Marine Corps cannon crewmen, bravo battery, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit endure the unforgiving heat as they intensely fire off over 200 rounds from their M777 A2 155 mm Howitzers during an artillery live fire range while deployed in the middle east May 11. This is only one of several training exercises the Marines of the 24th MEU have completed during their deployment throughout the middle east. They are a little over half way through the deployment and they have not slowed the pace since setting sail from the U.S. in late January.