III Marine Expeditionary Force

 

III Marine Expeditionary Force

Okinawa, Japan

U.S. Navy Lt. Melissa Thomas, left, administers dental care to a Mongolian resident as part of the health services support engagement during Khaan Quest 2015 at the 79th High School in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, June 21. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. Thomas is a dental officer with 3rd Dental Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Mongolian Armed Forces, US Service Members Conduct Health Services Support Engagement
U.S. Navy Lt. Melissa Thomas, left, administers dental care to a Mongolian resident as part of the health services support engagement during Khaan Quest 2015 at the 79th High School in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, June 21. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. Thomas is a dental officer with 3rd Dental Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Mongolian and U.S. service members provide dental care for Mongolian residents as part of the health services support engagement during Khaan Quest 2015 at the 79th High School in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, June 21. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific.
Mongolian Armed Forces, US Service Members Conduct Health Services Support Engagement
Mongolian and U.S. service members provide dental care for Mongolian residents as part of the health services support engagement during Khaan Quest 2015 at the 79th High School in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, June 21. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific.
U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. James Hartwell, left, provides medical care to a Mongolian child as part of the Health Services Support Engagement during Khaan Quest 2015 at the 79th High School in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, June 21. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. Hartwell is a medical officer with 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Mongolian Armed Forces, US Service Members Conduct Health Services Support Engagement
U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. James Hartwell, left, provides medical care to a Mongolian child as part of the Health Services Support Engagement during Khaan Quest 2015 at the 79th High School in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, June 21. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. Hartwell is a medical officer with 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Leonard A. Santiago, right, from Olongapo City, Philippines, provides medical care to a Mongolian resident as part of the health services support engagement during Khaan Quest 2015 at the 79th High School in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, June 21. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. Santiago is a hospital corpsman with 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Mongolian Armed Forces, US Service Members Conduct Health Services Support Engagement
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Leonard A. Santiago, right, from Olongapo City, Philippines, provides medical care to a Mongolian resident as part of the health services support engagement during Khaan Quest 2015 at the 79th High School in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, June 21. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. Santiago is a hospital corpsman with 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. Navy Lt. Phillip Jakubowicz, left, speaks to a Mongolian interpreter about dental procedures he will perform on the Mongolian patient as part of the health services support engagement during Khaan Quest 2015 at the 79th High School in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, June 21. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. Jakubowicz is a dental officer with 3rd Dental Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Mongolian Armed Forces, US Service Members Conduct Health Services Support Engagement
U.S. Navy Lt. Phillip Jakubowicz, left, speaks to a Mongolian interpreter about dental procedures he will perform on the Mongolian patient as part of the health services support engagement during Khaan Quest 2015 at the 79th High School in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, June 21. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. Jakubowicz is a dental officer with 3rd Dental Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
A Mongolian soldier with the Mongolian Armed Forces takes charge of a formation during the opening ceremonies of Exercise Khaan Quest 2015 at Five Hills Training Area in Tavantolgoi, Mongolia, June 15, 2015. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. KQ15 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. This year marks the 13th iteration of this training event.
Khaan Quest 2015 Commences
A Mongolian soldier with the Mongolian Armed Forces takes charge of a formation during the opening ceremonies of Exercise Khaan Quest 2015 at Five Hills Training Area in Tavantolgoi, Mongolia, June 15, 2015. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. KQ15 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. This year marks the 13th iteration of this training event.
U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Christopher J. Mahoney speaks to U.S. Marines participating in Khaan Quest 2015 at the Five Hills Training Area in Mongolia, June 20. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. Mahoney is the deputy commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. The U.S. Marines are with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force under the unit deployment program.
Khaan Quest 2015 Commences
U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Christopher J. Mahoney speaks to U.S. Marines participating in Khaan Quest 2015 at the Five Hills Training Area in Mongolia, June 20. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. Mahoney is the deputy commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. The U.S. Marines are with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force under the unit deployment program.
U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment pose for a group photo with a panel of distinguished visitors of participating nations during the opening ceremonies of Khaan Quest 2015, in Tavantolgoi, Mongolia, June 20, 2015. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. KQ15 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. This year marks the 13th iteration of this training event.
Khaan Quest 2015 Commences
U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment pose for a group photo with a panel of distinguished visitors of participating nations during the opening ceremonies of Khaan Quest 2015, in Tavantolgoi, Mongolia, June 20, 2015. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. KQ15 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. This year marks the 13th iteration of this training event.
Tserendash Tsolmon, Minister of Defense of Mongolia, shakes hands with Piper Anne Wind Campbell, U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia, during the opening ceremonies of Exercise Khaan Quest 2015 at Five Hills Training Area in Tavantolgoi, Mongolia, June 20, 2015. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. KQ15 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. This year marks the 13th iteration of this training event.
Khaan Quest 2015 Commences
Tserendash Tsolmon, Minister of Defense of Mongolia, shakes hands with Piper Anne Wind Campbell, U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia, during the opening ceremonies of Exercise Khaan Quest 2015 at Five Hills Training Area in Tavantolgoi, Mongolia, June 20, 2015. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. KQ15 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. This year marks the 13th iteration of this training event.
The Mongolian Military Dance and Song Ensemble performs traditional Mongolian folk music for a panel of distinguished visitors of participating nations during the opening ceremonies of Khaan Quest 2015, in Tavantolgoi, Mongolia, June 20, 2015. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. KQ15 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. This year marks the 13th iteration of this training event.
Khaan Quest 2015 Commences
The Mongolian Military Dance and Song Ensemble performs traditional Mongolian folk music for a panel of distinguished visitors of participating nations during the opening ceremonies of Khaan Quest 2015, in Tavantolgoi, Mongolia, June 20, 2015. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. KQ15 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. This year marks the 13th iteration of this training event.
U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Christopher J. Mahoney, center, deputy commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, poses for a group photo during the opening ceremony of Exercise Khaan Quest 2015 at Five Hills Training Area in Tavantolgoi, Mongolia, June 20, 2015. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. KQ15 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. This year marks the 13th iteration of this training event.
Khaan Quest 2015 Commences
U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Christopher J. Mahoney, center, deputy commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, poses for a group photo during the opening ceremony of Exercise Khaan Quest 2015 at Five Hills Training Area in Tavantolgoi, Mongolia, June 20, 2015. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. KQ15 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. This year marks the 13th iteration of this training event.
A Mongolian soldier with the Mongolian Armed Forces, Special Task Battalion 84, parachutes into the opening ceremonies of Exercise Khaan Quest 2015 at Five Hills Training Area in Tavantolgoi, Mongolia, June 15, 2015. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. KQ15 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. This year marks the 13th iteration of this training event.
Khaan Quest 2015 Commences
A Mongolian soldier with the Mongolian Armed Forces, Special Task Battalion 84, parachutes into the opening ceremonies of Exercise Khaan Quest 2015 at Five Hills Training Area in Tavantolgoi, Mongolia, June 15, 2015. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. KQ15 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. This year marks the 13th iteration of this training event.
Ken Asato, a corporal with the Uruma City Police Department, exits his vehicle as an “intruder” on Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan June 11, during bilateral training between service members and the UCPD. The training ensured the Camp Guard, and the Provost Marshal’s Office are proficient in communicating with the UCPD to mitigate security threats involving service members and Okinawa residents. During the training event, Asato posed as an Okinawa resident entering the base without authorization. Camp Guard Marines patrolling the perimeter of the base apprehended the intruder and rehearsed turnover procedures with PMO Marines. (Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Janessa K. Pon/ Released)
Uruma City Police, Marines conduct bilateral security training
Ken Asato, a corporal with the Uruma City Police Department, exits his vehicle as an “intruder” on Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan June 11, during bilateral training between service members and the UCPD. The training ensured the Camp Guard, and the Provost Marshal’s Office are proficient in communicating with the UCPD to mitigate security threats involving service members and Okinawa residents. During the training event, Asato posed as an Okinawa resident entering the base without authorization. Camp Guard Marines patrolling the perimeter of the base apprehended the intruder and rehearsed turnover procedures with PMO Marines. (Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Janessa K. Pon/ Released)
Master Sgt. Patricio Mora directs a segment of the 101 critical days of summer brief June 5 at the base theater on Camp Foster, Okinawa. The “101 critical days of summer”, traditionally observed Memorial Day through Labor Day, is the span of time where statistics show the most accidents and incidents among service members occur. Service members are encouraged to be aware of their own safety while participating in summer activities as well as watching out for the safety of others, according to Mora, the operations training chief with Headquarters & Service Battalion S-3, Marine Corps Installations Pacific-Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Japan. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Brittany A. James/Released)
Enforcing traffic safety: Okinawa Police speak during summer safety brief
Master Sgt. Patricio Mora directs a segment of the 101 critical days of summer brief June 5 at the base theater on Camp Foster, Okinawa. The “101 critical days of summer”, traditionally observed Memorial Day through Labor Day, is the span of time where statistics show the most accidents and incidents among service members occur. Service members are encouraged to be aware of their own safety while participating in summer activities as well as watching out for the safety of others, according to Mora, the operations training chief with Headquarters & Service Battalion S-3, Marine Corps Installations Pacific-Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Japan. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Brittany A. James/Released)
Marines with Headquarters & Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific-Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Japan and veterans with the American Legion Post 28, Okinawa, pose in front of the Ernie Pyle Monument after placing floral wreaths on the epitaph April 19, on Iejima, Okinawa, Japan. Okinawa citizens, service members, veterans, Boy Scouts, and families gathered to honor of the 70th anniversary of American war correspondent Ernest T. “Ernie” Pyle’s death at the sight where he was killed in 1945 during the battle of Okinawa. Pyle was a Pulitzer Prize winner and served as a correspondent from 1935 through most of World War II, famous for his columns in the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain. Pyle volunteered to deploy with the men of the Army’s 77th Infantry Division to report first-hand during the battle of Okinawa.
Ernie Pyle: famous war correspondent never forgotten
Marines with Headquarters & Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific-Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Japan and veterans with the American Legion Post 28, Okinawa, pose in front of the Ernie Pyle Monument after placing floral wreaths on the epitaph April 19, on Iejima, Okinawa, Japan. Okinawa citizens, service members, veterans, Boy Scouts, and families gathered to honor of the 70th anniversary of American war correspondent Ernest T. “Ernie” Pyle’s death at the sight where he was killed in 1945 during the battle of Okinawa. Pyle was a Pulitzer Prize winner and served as a correspondent from 1935 through most of World War II, famous for his columns in the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain. Pyle volunteered to deploy with the men of the Army’s 77th Infantry Division to report first-hand during the battle of Okinawa.
Flowers lie at the foot of the Ernie Pyle Monument after being placed during a memorial ceremony April 19, on Iejima, Okinawa, Japan. Okinawa citizens, service members, veterans, Boy Scouts, and families gathered to honor the 70th anniversary of American war correspondent Ernest T. “Ernie”Pyle’s death at the sight where he was killed in 1945 during the battle of Okinawa. Pyle was a Pulitzer Prize winner and served as a war correspondent from 1935 through most of World War II, famous for his columns in the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain. Pyle volunteered to deploy with the men of the Army’s 77th Infantry Division to report first-hand during the battle of Okinawa.
Ernie Pyle: Famous war correspondent never forgotten
Flowers lie at the foot of the Ernie Pyle Monument after being placed during a memorial ceremony April 19, on Iejima, Okinawa, Japan. Okinawa citizens, service members, veterans, Boy Scouts, and families gathered to honor the 70th anniversary of American war correspondent Ernest T. “Ernie”Pyle’s death at the sight where he was killed in 1945 during the battle of Okinawa. Pyle was a Pulitzer Prize winner and served as a war correspondent from 1935 through most of World War II, famous for his columns in the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain. Pyle volunteered to deploy with the men of the Army’s 77th Infantry Division to report first-hand during the battle of Okinawa.
Gunnery Sgt. Maurice Williams teaches children how to dye eggs April 4 during a United Service Organization Easter celebration on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan. The camp opened its gates to Henoko and Nago City residents to introduce them to Easter traditions that children in the U.S. participate in during the holiday. The Marines spent the day guiding the children through different Easter activities, such as egg dyeing, making rabbit masks and an egg hunt. Williams is a native of Killeen, Texas, and the operations chief with 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Marines, Okinawa residents share traditions during USO Easter celebration
Gunnery Sgt. Maurice Williams teaches children how to dye eggs April 4 during a United Service Organization Easter celebration on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan. The camp opened its gates to Henoko and Nago City residents to introduce them to Easter traditions that children in the U.S. participate in during the holiday. The Marines spent the day guiding the children through different Easter activities, such as egg dyeing, making rabbit masks and an egg hunt. Williams is a native of Killeen, Texas, and the operations chief with 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Cpl. Jude Exantus, right smiles with a service member's daughter on top of an Assault Amphibious Vehicle April 4 during a United Service Organization Easter celebration on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan. Okinawa children and service members’ children came together to participate in Easter activities, such as egg dyeing, making rabbit masks and an egg hunt. The Camp Schwab USO plans to organize this Easter celebration annually.  Exantus is a native of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and AAV crew chief with Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Marines, Okinawa residents share traditions during USO Easter celebration
Cpl. Jude Exantus, right smiles with a service member's daughter on top of an Assault Amphibious Vehicle April 4 during a United Service Organization Easter celebration on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan. Okinawa children and service members’ children came together to participate in Easter activities, such as egg dyeing, making rabbit masks and an egg hunt. The Camp Schwab USO plans to organize this Easter celebration annually. Exantus is a native of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and AAV crew chief with Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Sgt. Shelly Janecke, a self-made artist from Eaton Rapids, Michigan, redesigns the Headquarters and Service Company logo March 26 at Camp Courtney. She shows her passion of art through drawing, painting and designing tattoos. Janecke is the III Marine Expeditionary Force G-4 Materials Readiness Branch ammunition noncommissioned officer in charge with III MEF Headquarters Group, III MEF.
Marine’s art skills used to redesign company logo
Sgt. Shelly Janecke, a self-made artist from Eaton Rapids, Michigan, redesigns the Headquarters and Service Company logo March 26 at Camp Courtney. She shows her passion of art through drawing, painting and designing tattoos. Janecke is the III Marine Expeditionary Force G-4 Materials Readiness Branch ammunition noncommissioned officer in charge with III MEF Headquarters Group, III MEF.
Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, speaks with Marines on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, March 26. Dunford traveled to the Marine bases on Okinawa from March 24 to the 26 to talk with Marines about his expectations for the Marines and the Corps. “My priorities are to make sure we have the warfighting capabilities we need, to address the maturity of our leaders and to make sure they have the training, education and the experience that they need to be successful on the battlefield,” said Dunford.
Gen. Dunford: III MEF is the rebalance to the Pacific
Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, speaks with Marines on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, March 26. Dunford traveled to the Marine bases on Okinawa from March 24 to the 26 to talk with Marines about his expectations for the Marines and the Corps. “My priorities are to make sure we have the warfighting capabilities we need, to address the maturity of our leaders and to make sure they have the training, education and the experience that they need to be successful on the battlefield,” said Dunford.
Staff Sgt. Peter Burchfield, from Boston, Massachusetts, sights in on a target with a AN/PED-1 Lightweight Laser Designator Rangefinder Jan. 16 during Exercise Lava Viper 15.1-2 at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, Hawaii. After sighting in, the device emits a laser which marks simulated hostile threats for air assets. The laser provides Marine pilots with the exact location of targets and suspected threats without putting the operator in harm’s way. Burchfield is a joint terminal attack controller with 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF.
5th ANGLICO calls fire support at Lava Viper 15.1-2
Staff Sgt. Peter Burchfield, from Boston, Massachusetts, sights in on a target with a AN/PED-1 Lightweight Laser Designator Rangefinder Jan. 16 during Exercise Lava Viper 15.1-2 at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, Hawaii. After sighting in, the device emits a laser which marks simulated hostile threats for air assets. The laser provides Marine pilots with the exact location of targets and suspected threats without putting the operator in harm’s way. Burchfield is a joint terminal attack controller with 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Hayes Barber, from New Orleans, Louisiana, signals where simulated casualties lie Jan. 19 during a mass casualty drill as part of Lava Viper 15.1-2 at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, Hawaii. The purpose of the drill was to speed up future recoveries of casualties. Barber is a hospital corpsman with Marine Wing Support Detachment 24, Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The helicopters are with Heavy Marine Helicopter Squadron 463, MAG-24.
Day shooting with HMH-463 at Lava Viper 15.1-2
Petty Officer 3rd Class Hayes Barber, from New Orleans, Louisiana, signals where simulated casualties lie Jan. 19 during a mass casualty drill as part of Lava Viper 15.1-2 at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, Hawaii. The purpose of the drill was to speed up future recoveries of casualties. Barber is a hospital corpsman with Marine Wing Support Detachment 24, Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The helicopters are with Heavy Marine Helicopter Squadron 463, MAG-24.
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members move a mock wounded comrade to safety Dec. 9 during Forest Light 15-1 at the Oyanohara Training Area in Yamato, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan. Forest Light is a routine, semi-annual exercise designed to enhance the U.S. and Japan military partnership, solidify regional security agreements and improve individual and unit-level skills. The JGSDF members are with 42nd Regiment, 8th Division, Western Army.
Air Support: US Marines, JGSDF look to sky for Forest Light’s culminating event
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members move a mock wounded comrade to safety Dec. 9 during Forest Light 15-1 at the Oyanohara Training Area in Yamato, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan. Forest Light is a routine, semi-annual exercise designed to enhance the U.S. and Japan military partnership, solidify regional security agreements and improve individual and unit-level skills. The JGSDF members are with 42nd Regiment, 8th Division, Western Army.
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members provide forward security Dec. 9 during Forest Light 15-1 at the Oyanohara Training Area in Yamato, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan. Forest Light is a routine, semi-annual exercise designed to enhance the U.S. and Japan military partnership, solidify regional security agreements and improve individual and unit-level skills. The JGSDF members are with 42nd Regiment, 8th Division, Western Army.
Air Support: US Marines, JGSDF look to sky for Forest Light’s culminating event
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members provide forward security Dec. 9 during Forest Light 15-1 at the Oyanohara Training Area in Yamato, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan. Forest Light is a routine, semi-annual exercise designed to enhance the U.S. and Japan military partnership, solidify regional security agreements and improve individual and unit-level skills. The JGSDF members are with 42nd Regiment, 8th Division, Western Army.
Harlem Globetrotters forward, Eric ‘Hackshaw’ Hall, right, dances with children Dec. 9 at the Foster Field House on Camp Foster. The Harlem Globetrotters displayed their basketball artistry to service members and their families. The Harlem Globetrotters are more than a basketball show; they incorporate high flying acrobat dunks with comedic skits to provide enjoyment for all ages. The event was a part of the Harlem Globetrotters 13th military tour, in which the team travels overseas to U.S. military installations to provide memories of home during the holidays. The game was presented by Navy Entertainment, Leatherneck Tour and Marine Corps Community Services.
Harlem Globetrotters bring their basketball talents to Camp Foster
Harlem Globetrotters forward, Eric ‘Hackshaw’ Hall, right, dances with children Dec. 9 at the Foster Field House on Camp Foster. The Harlem Globetrotters displayed their basketball artistry to service members and their families. The Harlem Globetrotters are more than a basketball show; they incorporate high flying acrobat dunks with comedic skits to provide enjoyment for all ages. The event was a part of the Harlem Globetrotters 13th military tour, in which the team travels overseas to U.S. military installations to provide memories of home during the holidays. The game was presented by Navy Entertainment, Leatherneck Tour and Marine Corps Community Services.
Harlem Globetrotters guard Saul ‘Flip’ White, left, displays his ball handling wizardry to the crowd Dec. 9 at The Foster Field House on Camp Foster. The Harlem Globetrotters displayed their basketball artistry to service members and their families in a showdown with their rivals, the Washington Generals. The event was a part of the Harlem Globetrotters 13th military tour, in which the team travels overseas to U.S. military installations to provide memories of home during the holidays. The game was presented by Navy Entertainment, Leatherneck Tour and Marine Corps Community Services.
Harlem Globetrotters bring their basketball talents to Camp Foster
Harlem Globetrotters guard Saul ‘Flip’ White, left, displays his ball handling wizardry to the crowd Dec. 9 at The Foster Field House on Camp Foster. The Harlem Globetrotters displayed their basketball artistry to service members and their families in a showdown with their rivals, the Washington Generals. The event was a part of the Harlem Globetrotters 13th military tour, in which the team travels overseas to U.S. military installations to provide memories of home during the holidays. The game was presented by Navy Entertainment, Leatherneck Tour and Marine Corps Community Services.
Justin Constantine, from Arlington, Virginia, gives a presentation Dec. 4 to Marines at Camp Kinser about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and emotional wellness in the Marine Corps. Constantine was wounded in Iraq in 2006. After a drastic recovery from PTSD, survivor’s guilt, and traumatic brain injury he now shares his story to people across the world. Constantine is a retired Marine lieutenant colonel and is now an inspirational speaker dedicated to reaching out to those facing similar problems.
Combat veteran shares recovery success story with Okinawa Marines
Justin Constantine, from Arlington, Virginia, gives a presentation Dec. 4 to Marines at Camp Kinser about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and emotional wellness in the Marine Corps. Constantine was wounded in Iraq in 2006. After a drastic recovery from PTSD, survivor’s guilt, and traumatic brain injury he now shares his story to people across the world. Constantine is a retired Marine lieutenant colonel and is now an inspirational speaker dedicated to reaching out to those facing similar problems.
Retired Sgt. Maj. Gonzalo A. Vasquez speaks with Marines and sailors about his thoughts on diversity Dec. 2 during Diversity Observance Day on Camp Hansen. “In the U.S., we celebrate numerous observances, such as Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Holocaust Remembrance, Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender pride, Hispanic Heritage and many more,” said Vasquez, the guest speaker for the event. “Diversity Observance Day celebrates all diversity, which includes not only our races but ethnic background, culture, religion, sexuality, gender and religious preferences.”
III MEF recognizes importance of military diversity
Retired Sgt. Maj. Gonzalo A. Vasquez speaks with Marines and sailors about his thoughts on diversity Dec. 2 during Diversity Observance Day on Camp Hansen. “In the U.S., we celebrate numerous observances, such as Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Holocaust Remembrance, Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender pride, Hispanic Heritage and many more,” said Vasquez, the guest speaker for the event. “Diversity Observance Day celebrates all diversity, which includes not only our races but ethnic background, culture, religion, sexuality, gender and religious preferences.”
Marines and sailors gather to discuss their views on diversity Dec. 2 during Diversity Observance Day on Camp Hansen. The event participants were chosen based on their different backgrounds, and discussed what diversity meant to them. The event marked the first Diversity Observance Day held at III Marine Expeditionary Force, and it is planned to be an annual event, according to Master Gunnery Sgt. Rafika O. Vann, from Brooklyn, New York. Vann is the III MEF Equal Opportunity Adviser.
III MEF recognizes importance of military diversity
Marines and sailors gather to discuss their views on diversity Dec. 2 during Diversity Observance Day on Camp Hansen. The event participants were chosen based on their different backgrounds, and discussed what diversity meant to them. The event marked the first Diversity Observance Day held at III Marine Expeditionary Force, and it is planned to be an annual event, according to Master Gunnery Sgt. Rafika O. Vann, from Brooklyn, New York. Vann is the III MEF Equal Opportunity Adviser.
U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Ryan T. Watson, right, receives a bouquet of flowers from a student Dec. 5 at Chinzei High School in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan. Marines participating in Forest Light 15-1 took a day off from training to visit local high schools to exchange culture lessons with the student. Forest Light is a routine, semi-annual exercise designed to enhance the U.S. and Japan military partnership, solidify regional security agreements, and improve individual and unit-level skills in a bilateral training environment. Watson, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, is an infantry unit leader with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program.
US Marines visit Japanese high schools, share culture
U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Ryan T. Watson, right, receives a bouquet of flowers from a student Dec. 5 at Chinzei High School in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan. Marines participating in Forest Light 15-1 took a day off from training to visit local high schools to exchange culture lessons with the student. Forest Light is a routine, semi-annual exercise designed to enhance the U.S. and Japan military partnership, solidify regional security agreements, and improve individual and unit-level skills in a bilateral training environment. Watson, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, is an infantry unit leader with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program.
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Mongolian Armed Forces, US Service Members Conduct Health Services Support Engagement

By Lance Cpl. Cedric R. Haller II | June 25, 2015

Throngs of people gathered outside of the high school eager to receive medical care from military professionals from around the world. Mongolian Armed Forces and U.S. service members, along with other nations participating in Khaan Quest 2015, established a primary care outpatient clinic at the 79th High School to provide direct patient care to MORE
Khaan Quest 2015 Commences

By Lance Cpl. Cedric R. Haller II | June 21, 2015

Mongolian Armed Forces and U.S. service members, along with more than 20 other nations, held an opening ceremony June 20 to mark the beginning of Exercise Khaan Quest 2015 at the Five Hills Training Area. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by MAF and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps MORE
Uruma City Police, Marines conduct bilateral security training

By Cpl. Janessa K. Pon | June 18, 2015

Marineswith Camp Courtney Camp Guard and the Provost Marshal’s Office participated ina bilateral security training simulation with the Uruma City Police DepartmentJune 11 on Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan. Thetraining provided an opportunity for the UCPD, Camp Guard and PMO Marines to rehearsecommunication and response procedures for unauthorized MORE
Enforcing traffic safety: Okinawa Police speak during summer safety brief

By Cpl. Brittany A. James | June 9, 2015

As temperatures rise and typhoon season rolls in,military commands across Okinawa prepare their troops for the changes in thesub-tropical climate. Marines and sailors of Headquarters &Service Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific-Marine Corps Base CampButler, Japan, gathered June 5 at the base theater on Camp Foster, Okinawa torefresh their MORE
Typhoon preparedness information

By Judy A. Barney | May 10, 2015

With typhoon season beginning June 1 and continuing through Nov. 30, the island will remain in Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 4 during the season, meaning storms are possible within 72 hours. When a typhoon strikes, there may be little left untouched by the storm. Even when proper measures are taken to secure and protect personal property, MORE
Ernie Pyle: Famous war correspondent never forgotten

By Lance Cpl. Janessa K. Pon | April 28, 2015

Gray clouds hung in the sky while rain pattered the concrete of the dock where veterans, Okinawa residents, service members, Boy Scouts and families boarded a large ferry charted for Iejima, an island in the Okinawa prefecture. They gathered together on the small land mass for a ceremony April 19 in honor of Ernest T. “Ernie” Pyle, a famous MORE
Gen. Dunford: III MEF is the rebalance to the Pacific

By Cpl. Thor Larson | April 9, 2015

The Marine Corps’ new commandant came to Okinawa, Japan, March 24-26 to talk with Marines across the island.Gen. Joseph F. Dunford wanted to make sure the Marines here know what his expectations are for the present and future of the Corps. “My priorities are to make sure we have the warfighting capabilities we need, to address the maturity of our MORE

 
       
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