III Marine Expeditionary Force

 

III Marine Expeditionary Force

Forward - Faithful - Focused

Okinawa, Japan
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Cody R. Gannon, a mortarman with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, is meritoriously promoted by Lt. Col. Eric A. Reid, the battalion commander of 1/2, on Iwo Jima, Japan, Feb. 2, 2016. Gannon won the 2nd Marine Division Meritorious Sergeant Board and is currently forward deployed in the Pacific as part of 3rd Marine Division. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Robert Gonzales/Released)
Michigan Marine Meritoriously Promoted on Iwo Jima Beach
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Cody R. Gannon, a mortarman with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, is meritoriously promoted by Lt. Col. Eric A. Reid, the battalion commander of 1/2, on Iwo Jima, Japan, Feb. 2, 2016. Gannon won the 2nd Marine Division Meritorious Sergeant Board and is currently forward deployed in the Pacific as part of 3rd Marine Division. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Robert Gonzales/Released)
Cpl. John M. Cranston, middle, poses for a photo with Col. David Nathanson, right, and Sgt. Maj. Michael Miller, left, after receiving the 3rd Marine Logistics Group Marine of the Year award at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 5, 2016. Cranston was awarded Marine of the year for his devotion to his job and his commitment to being the best Marine he could be. Cranston from, Canby, Oregon, is an administrative specialist with 3rd Transport Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3rd MLG, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Nathanson from Jackson, New Jersey, is the commanding officer for CLR 3. Miller from French Camp, California, is the Sergeant Major of CLR 3. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Devon Tindle/Released)
Canby, Oregon, Marine Awarded 3rd MLG Marine of the Year
Cpl. John M. Cranston, middle, poses for a photo with Col. David Nathanson, right, and Sgt. Maj. Michael Miller, left, after receiving the 3rd Marine Logistics Group Marine of the Year award at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 5, 2016. Cranston was awarded Marine of the year for his devotion to his job and his commitment to being the best Marine he could be. Cranston from, Canby, Oregon, is an administrative specialist with 3rd Transport Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3rd MLG, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Nathanson from Jackson, New Jersey, is the commanding officer for CLR 3. Miller from French Camp, California, is the Sergeant Major of CLR 3. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Devon Tindle/Released)
Staff Sgt. Jarret Garibaldi, left, instructs Staff Sgt. Cody Fazio on a 155 mm howitzer round during a joint-training exercise between III Marine Expeditionary Force Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Ordnance Disposal units at the Central Training Area, Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 29, 2016. The exercise enhances unit cohesion between the two units for further training, real-world instances and keeping the Asia-Pacific region safe from explosive ordnance and CBRN threats. Garibaldi is from Napa, California, and is an EOD technician with 3rd Ordnance Disposal Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III MEF. Fazio, from Billings, Montana, is an EOD technician with 3rd Ordnance Disposal Company, 9th ESB, 3rd MLG, III MEF. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kelsey M. Dornfeld/ Released)
CBRN, EOD Team Up
Staff Sgt. Jarret Garibaldi, left, instructs Staff Sgt. Cody Fazio on a 155 mm howitzer round during a joint-training exercise between III Marine Expeditionary Force Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Ordnance Disposal units at the Central Training Area, Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 29, 2016. The exercise enhances unit cohesion between the two units for further training, real-world instances and keeping the Asia-Pacific region safe from explosive ordnance and CBRN threats. Garibaldi is from Napa, California, and is an EOD technician with 3rd Ordnance Disposal Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III MEF. Fazio, from Billings, Montana, is an EOD technician with 3rd Ordnance Disposal Company, 9th ESB, 3rd MLG, III MEF. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kelsey M. Dornfeld/ Released)
Ambassador Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, 29th United States ambassador to Japan, addresses Marines of Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 during her visit to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Jan. 28, 2016. This is her first time since appointed as ambassador back in 2013 by President Barack Obama that Kennedy has visited MCAS Iwakuni. Kennedy, the daughter of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, met with Marines of VMGR-152 and expressed her gratitude for their service to their country. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Carlos Cruz Jr./RELEASED)
U.S. ambassador to Japan’s MCAS Iwakuni visit
Ambassador Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, 29th United States ambassador to Japan, addresses Marines of Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 during her visit to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Jan. 28, 2016. This is her first time since appointed as ambassador back in 2013 by President Barack Obama that Kennedy has visited MCAS Iwakuni. Kennedy, the daughter of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, met with Marines of VMGR-152 and expressed her gratitude for their service to their country. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Carlos Cruz Jr./RELEASED)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Cami Snider, a Westerville, Ohio native, welds a tress onto a support column as Royal Thai Marine Corps Seaman Class Chainarong Kaewyongkot observes Jan. 23 at the Watkhunsong humanitarian civic action site, Chanthaburi, Thailand. The construction at Watkhunsong is one of six HCA sites in which the Thai, U.S. and partner nation’s militaries will work together on HCA programs to support security and humanitarian interests of friends and partner nations during Cobra Gold 2016. The programs will improve the quality of life, as well as the general health and welfare of civilian residents in the exercise areas. Snider is a metal worker with Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. Kaewyongkot is with the Engineer Battalion, Marine Division, Royal Thai Navy.
Building schools, winning hearts, minds throughout Thailand
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Cami Snider, a Westerville, Ohio native, welds a tress onto a support column as Royal Thai Marine Corps Seaman Class Chainarong Kaewyongkot observes Jan. 23 at the Watkhunsong humanitarian civic action site, Chanthaburi, Thailand. The construction at Watkhunsong is one of six HCA sites in which the Thai, U.S. and partner nation’s militaries will work together on HCA programs to support security and humanitarian interests of friends and partner nations during Cobra Gold 2016. The programs will improve the quality of life, as well as the general health and welfare of civilian residents in the exercise areas. Snider is a metal worker with Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. Kaewyongkot is with the Engineer Battalion, Marine Division, Royal Thai Navy.
The crew of a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter  (CG 6608) from Air Station Barbers Point conducts a search for 12 Marine aviators off the North Shore of Oahu Jan. 17, 2016. The Dolphin crew relieved the night crew to conduct daytime searches. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Barbers Point/Released)
Coast Guard searches for 12 Marine aviators off Oahu
The crew of a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter (CG 6608) from Air Station Barbers Point conducts a search for 12 Marine aviators off the North Shore of Oahu Jan. 17, 2016. The Dolphin crew relieved the night crew to conduct daytime searches. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Barbers Point/Released)
Multiple federal, state and local agencies are coordinating search and rescue efforts from the Haleiwa Incident Command Post in Haleiwa, Hawaii, Jan. 17, 2016. The search and rescue efforts are for 12 missing Marines who were involved in a helicopter crash along the North Shore of Oahu. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read/Released)
Multi-agency search for 12 Marines off the North Shore of Oahu
Multiple federal, state and local agencies are coordinating search and rescue efforts from the Haleiwa Incident Command Post in Haleiwa, Hawaii, Jan. 17, 2016. The search and rescue efforts are for 12 missing Marines who were involved in a helicopter crash along the North Shore of Oahu. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read/Released)
Marines report a piece of debris to the Haleiwa Incident Command Post during a beach sweep near Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku, Hawaii, Jan. 17, 2016. The Marines are assisting the Coast Guard and other first responders with search and rescue efforts for 12 missing Marines from a helicopter crash along the North Shore of Oahu. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read/Released)
Multi-agency search for 12 Marines off the North Shore of Oahu
Marines report a piece of debris to the Haleiwa Incident Command Post during a beach sweep near Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku, Hawaii, Jan. 17, 2016. The Marines are assisting the Coast Guard and other first responders with search and rescue efforts for 12 missing Marines from a helicopter crash along the North Shore of Oahu. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read/Released)
Governor of Hawaii, David Ige, addresses the Marines of 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, thanking them for their search efforts and sending his aloha on Jan. 16, 2016. Monday marks the fourth day of the search and rescue efforts for the 12 missing Marines of HMH-463.
Hawaii Governor David Ige thanks Marines
Governor of Hawaii, David Ige, addresses the Marines of 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, thanking them for their search efforts and sending his aloha on Jan. 16, 2016. Monday marks the fourth day of the search and rescue efforts for the 12 missing Marines of HMH-463.
Marine Brig. Gen. Russell Sanborn, commanding general of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, and Coast Guard Capt. Jim Jenkins, chief of staff for the Coast Guard 14th District, conduct a press conference with other responders from Haleiwa Beach Park at the forward Incident Command Post Jan. 17, 2016. The press conference was held to provide an update on search efforts for the 12 missing Marine aviators. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Scott Carr/Released)
Update: Coast Guard, partner agencies enter third day of search for 12 marine aviators off North Shore, Oahu
Marine Brig. Gen. Russell Sanborn, commanding general of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, and Coast Guard Capt. Jim Jenkins, chief of staff for the Coast Guard 14th District, conduct a press conference with other responders from Haleiwa Beach Park at the forward Incident Command Post Jan. 17, 2016. The press conference was held to provide an update on search efforts for the 12 missing Marine aviators. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Scott Carr/Released)
U.S. Marines assigned to 3rd Squad, 1st Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, search for debris of two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters along the coast of Haleiwa, Hawaii, Jan. 16, 2016. The Marines with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines are covering the whole north point of the island to determine the field of dispersion of the debris. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson)
Marines, Coast Guard continue search and recovery in Hawaii
U.S. Marines assigned to 3rd Squad, 1st Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, search for debris of two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters along the coast of Haleiwa, Hawaii, Jan. 16, 2016. The Marines with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines are covering the whole north point of the island to determine the field of dispersion of the debris. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson)
The Marine Corps can confirm there is an active search and rescue operation ongoing for two CH-53E helicopters off the coast of Oahu.
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The Marine Corps can confirm there is an active search and rescue operation ongoing for two CH-53E helicopters off the coast of Oahu.
Marines demonstrate how to defend and attack with a rifle for Japan Ground Self-Defense Force officer candidates on Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 15. Three hundred and sixty officer candidates visited Combat Logistics Regiment 35 to complete joint and combined operation requirements. The cadets watched Marine Corps Martial Art Program demonstrations, learned the capabilities of various machine guns the Marine Corps uses, and observed a static display of motor transportation vehicles. The Marines are with CLR-35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Robert Williams Jr./Released)
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force officer candidates learn from Marines
Marines demonstrate how to defend and attack with a rifle for Japan Ground Self-Defense Force officer candidates on Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 15. Three hundred and sixty officer candidates visited Combat Logistics Regiment 35 to complete joint and combined operation requirements. The cadets watched Marine Corps Martial Art Program demonstrations, learned the capabilities of various machine guns the Marine Corps uses, and observed a static display of motor transportation vehicles. The Marines are with CLR-35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Robert Williams Jr./Released)
Cpl. Malynn Ochsner shows Japan Ground Self-Defense Force officer candidate Ayako Yukawa how to operate a MK19 machine gun, MOD 3 on Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 15. Three hundred and sixty JGSDF officer candidates visited Combat Logistics Regiment 35 to complete joint and combined operation requirements. The cadets watched Marine Corps Martial Art Program demonstrations, learned the capabilities of various machine guns the Marine Corps uses, and observed a static display of motor transportation vehicles. Ochsner, from Pflugerville, Texas, is a distribution management specialist with 3rd Supply Battalion, CLR-35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Robert Williams Jr./Released)
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force officer candidates learn from Marines
Cpl. Malynn Ochsner shows Japan Ground Self-Defense Force officer candidate Ayako Yukawa how to operate a MK19 machine gun, MOD 3 on Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 15. Three hundred and sixty JGSDF officer candidates visited Combat Logistics Regiment 35 to complete joint and combined operation requirements. The cadets watched Marine Corps Martial Art Program demonstrations, learned the capabilities of various machine guns the Marine Corps uses, and observed a static display of motor transportation vehicles. Ochsner, from Pflugerville, Texas, is a distribution management specialist with 3rd Supply Battalion, CLR-35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Robert Williams Jr./Released)
First Lt. Melissa Cooling demonstrates a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program arm bar to Japan Ground Self-Defense Force officer candidates on Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 15. Three hundred and sixty officer candidates visited Combat Logistics Regiment 35 to complete joint and combined operation requirements. The cadets watched Marine Corps Martial Art Program demonstrations, learned the capabilities of various machine guns the Marine Corps uses, and observed a static display of motor transportation vehicles. Cooling, from Southbury, Connecticut, is the current operations officer with CLR-35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Robert Williams Jr./Released)
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force officer candidates learn from Marines
First Lt. Melissa Cooling demonstrates a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program arm bar to Japan Ground Self-Defense Force officer candidates on Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 15. Three hundred and sixty officer candidates visited Combat Logistics Regiment 35 to complete joint and combined operation requirements. The cadets watched Marine Corps Martial Art Program demonstrations, learned the capabilities of various machine guns the Marine Corps uses, and observed a static display of motor transportation vehicles. Cooling, from Southbury, Connecticut, is the current operations officer with CLR-35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Robert Williams Jr./Released)
ROK and U.S. Marines pose with a snowman creatively constructed by both corps at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea, Dec. 21, 2015. Both Marine Corps will be training together and spending the holidays with each other in the ROK. The Korean Marine Exchange Program is carried out in the spirit of the Republic of Korea-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty signed between the two nations Oct. 1, 1953. The exercise illustrates the enduring alliance and friendship between the ROK and U.S. The KMEP 16-3 focuses on the two countries’ combined commitment to the defense of the ROK and our shared, faithful commitment to peace and security in the region. The Marines are from 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines regiment, currently deployed in the Pacific as part of 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/Released)
Christmas in Korea: Marines, ROK Marines, Snowman focus on partnership during holidays
ROK and U.S. Marines pose with a snowman creatively constructed by both corps at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea, Dec. 21, 2015. Both Marine Corps will be training together and spending the holidays with each other in the ROK. The Korean Marine Exchange Program is carried out in the spirit of the Republic of Korea-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty signed between the two nations Oct. 1, 1953. The exercise illustrates the enduring alliance and friendship between the ROK and U.S. The KMEP 16-3 focuses on the two countries’ combined commitment to the defense of the ROK and our shared, faithful commitment to peace and security in the region. The Marines are from 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines regiment, currently deployed in the Pacific as part of 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/Released)
Marines share MRE’s with Republic of Korea Marines at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea, Dec. 21, 2015. Both Marines Corps will be training together and spending the holidays with each other. The Korean Marine Exchange Program is carried out in the spirit of the Republic of Korea-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty signed between the two nations Oct. 1, 1953. The time spent together illustrates the enduring alliance and friendship between the ROK and U.S. The KMEP 16-3 focuses on the two countries’ combined commitment to the defense of the ROK and our shared, faithful commitment to peace and security in the region. The Marines are from 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines Regiment, currently forward deployed in the Pacific as part of 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/Released)
Christmas in Korea: Marines share holiday feast with Republic of Korea Marines
Marines share MRE’s with Republic of Korea Marines at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea, Dec. 21, 2015. Both Marines Corps will be training together and spending the holidays with each other. The Korean Marine Exchange Program is carried out in the spirit of the Republic of Korea-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty signed between the two nations Oct. 1, 1953. The time spent together illustrates the enduring alliance and friendship between the ROK and U.S. The KMEP 16-3 focuses on the two countries’ combined commitment to the defense of the ROK and our shared, faithful commitment to peace and security in the region. The Marines are from 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines Regiment, currently forward deployed in the Pacific as part of 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/Released)
Republic of Korea Marine Lt. Col. Joung Young Oh and  Lt. Col. Eric A. Reid focus on  building lasting, bilateral relationships during the Korean Marine Exchange Program 16-3 at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea, Dec. 22, 2015. KMEP 16-3 is one in a series of regularly-scheduled combined, small-unit, tactical training exercises between ROK and forward deployed U.S. Marines. The relationship between ROK and U.S. Marine Corps forces encompasses the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of training. The goal of the KMEP is to enhance and improve interoperability of ROK and U.S. Marine Corps forces at the level to build warfighting capabilities as partners. Lt. Col. Reid is the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines regiment commander, currently forward deployed in the Pacific as part of 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/Released)
USMC, ROKMC leaders focus on partnership
Republic of Korea Marine Lt. Col. Joung Young Oh and Lt. Col. Eric A. Reid focus on building lasting, bilateral relationships during the Korean Marine Exchange Program 16-3 at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea, Dec. 22, 2015. KMEP 16-3 is one in a series of regularly-scheduled combined, small-unit, tactical training exercises between ROK and forward deployed U.S. Marines. The relationship between ROK and U.S. Marine Corps forces encompasses the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of training. The goal of the KMEP is to enhance and improve interoperability of ROK and U.S. Marine Corps forces at the level to build warfighting capabilities as partners. Lt. Col. Reid is the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines regiment commander, currently forward deployed in the Pacific as part of 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/Released)
Marines prepare to clear a house alongside ROK Marines during the Korean Marine Exchange Program 16-3 at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea, Dec. 22, 2015. KMEP 16-3 is one in a series of regularly-scheduled combined, small-unit, tactical training exercises. The relationship between ROK and U.S. Marine Corps forces encompasses the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of training. The goal of the KMEP is to enhance and improve interoperability of ROK an U.S. Marine Corps forces to build warfighting capabilities as partners. The Marines are from 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines Regiment, currently forward deployed in the Pacific as part of 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/Released)
Christmas in Korea: Marines focus on partnership with ROK Marines
Marines prepare to clear a house alongside ROK Marines during the Korean Marine Exchange Program 16-3 at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea, Dec. 22, 2015. KMEP 16-3 is one in a series of regularly-scheduled combined, small-unit, tactical training exercises. The relationship between ROK and U.S. Marine Corps forces encompasses the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of training. The goal of the KMEP is to enhance and improve interoperability of ROK an U.S. Marine Corps forces to build warfighting capabilities as partners. The Marines are from 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines Regiment, currently forward deployed in the Pacific as part of 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/Released)
Republic of Korea and U.S. Marines get together this holiday season to conduct bilateral training for the Korean Marine Exchange Program 16-3 at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea, Dec. 23, 2015. The time spent together of the holidays focuses the enduring alliances and friendship between the ROK and U.S Marine Corps. The KMEP highlights greater organizational fusion, which is a bilateral and collaborative effort between ROK and U.S Marine Corps forces from planning to execution. The ROKMC is a professional, warfighting organization that III MEF Marines work alongside and learn from to become more effective partners. The Marines are from 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines regiment, currently forward deployed in the Pacific as part of 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/Released)
Christmas in Korea: Marines focus on partnership with ROK Marines
Republic of Korea and U.S. Marines get together this holiday season to conduct bilateral training for the Korean Marine Exchange Program 16-3 at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea, Dec. 23, 2015. The time spent together of the holidays focuses the enduring alliances and friendship between the ROK and U.S Marine Corps. The KMEP highlights greater organizational fusion, which is a bilateral and collaborative effort between ROK and U.S Marine Corps forces from planning to execution. The ROKMC is a professional, warfighting organization that III MEF Marines work alongside and learn from to become more effective partners. The Marines are from 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines regiment, currently forward deployed in the Pacific as part of 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/Released)
Satsuki Ashitomi eagerly waits for a piece of cake Dec. 19 at the Kin Town Social Welfare Center, Okinawa, Japan. Marines organized a toy drive through the Kin Town Single Parent Association to give back to their community by handing out gifts and cake to the children. The Marines are with 3rd Intelligence Battalion, III Marine Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)
Operation Merry Christmas
Satsuki Ashitomi eagerly waits for a piece of cake Dec. 19 at the Kin Town Social Welfare Center, Okinawa, Japan. Marines organized a toy drive through the Kin Town Single Parent Association to give back to their community by handing out gifts and cake to the children. The Marines are with 3rd Intelligence Battalion, III Marine Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)
Lance Cpl. Tony McCandless, right, hands out cake to kids Dec. 19 at the Kin Town Social Welfare Center, Okinawa, Japan. Marines organized a toy drive through the Kin Town Single Parent Association to give back to their community by handing out gifts and cake to the children. McCandless is a radio maintainer with 3rd Intelligence Battalion, III Marine Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)
Operation Merry Christmas
Lance Cpl. Tony McCandless, right, hands out cake to kids Dec. 19 at the Kin Town Social Welfare Center, Okinawa, Japan. Marines organized a toy drive through the Kin Town Single Parent Association to give back to their community by handing out gifts and cake to the children. McCandless is a radio maintainer with 3rd Intelligence Battalion, III Marine Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)
Cpl. Zachariah Mercer hands a present to a child Dec. 19 at the Kin Town Social Welfare Center, Okinawa, Japan. Marines organized a toy drive through the Kin Town Single Parent Association to give back to their community by handing out gifts and cake to the children. Mercer is a surveillance sensor operator with 3rd Intelligence Battalion, III Marine Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)
Marines Play Santa for a Day
Cpl. Zachariah Mercer hands a present to a child Dec. 19 at the Kin Town Social Welfare Center, Okinawa, Japan. Marines organized a toy drive through the Kin Town Single Parent Association to give back to their community by handing out gifts and cake to the children. Mercer is a surveillance sensor operator with 3rd Intelligence Battalion, III Marine Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)
Satsuki Ashitomi plays with her new doll Dec. 19 at the Kin Town Social Welfare Center, Okinawa, Japan. Marines organized a toy drive through the Kin Town Single Parent Association to give back to their community by handing out gifts and cake to the children. The Marines are with 3rd Intelligence Battalion, III Marine Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)
Operation Merry Christmas
Satsuki Ashitomi plays with her new doll Dec. 19 at the Kin Town Social Welfare Center, Okinawa, Japan. Marines organized a toy drive through the Kin Town Single Parent Association to give back to their community by handing out gifts and cake to the children. The Marines are with 3rd Intelligence Battalion, III Marine Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)
Marines with 7th Communication Battalion sing Christmas carols to the residents at Hikariga Oka Nursing Home during a Christmas Party thrown by the nursing home for the Marines at Hikariga Oka Nursing Home in Kin Town, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 18, 2015.The nursing home hosts the Christmas party annually to pay thanks for the battalion’s continual community relations projects. Since 1994 Marines with the battalion regularly volunteers regularly to help maintain the home’s grounds of the home and conduct organize routine cleanups and maintenance. The Marines are with 7th Comm. Bn., III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Devon Tindle/Released)
Hikariga Oka Nursing Home hosts Christmas party for 7th Comm. Bn.
Marines with 7th Communication Battalion sing Christmas carols to the residents at Hikariga Oka Nursing Home during a Christmas Party thrown by the nursing home for the Marines at Hikariga Oka Nursing Home in Kin Town, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 18, 2015.The nursing home hosts the Christmas party annually to pay thanks for the battalion’s continual community relations projects. Since 1994 Marines with the battalion regularly volunteers regularly to help maintain the home’s grounds of the home and conduct organize routine cleanups and maintenance. The Marines are with 7th Comm. Bn., III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Devon Tindle/Released)
Marines with 7th Communication Battalion sing Christmas carols to residents of Hikariga Oka Nursing Home during a Christmas party at HikarigaOka Nursing Home in Kin Town, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 18, 2015. The nursing home hosts the party annually as thanks for the Marines' continuous contributions to the home. Since 1994, Marines with the battalion have regularly volunteered to help maintain the home’s grounds of the home and spend time with the residents. The Marines are with various units under 7th Comm. Bn., III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Devon Tindle/Released)
Hikariga Oka Nursing Home hosts Christmas party for 7th Comm. Bn.
Marines with 7th Communication Battalion sing Christmas carols to residents of Hikariga Oka Nursing Home during a Christmas party at HikarigaOka Nursing Home in Kin Town, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 18, 2015. The nursing home hosts the party annually as thanks for the Marines' continuous contributions to the home. Since 1994, Marines with the battalion have regularly volunteered to help maintain the home’s grounds of the home and spend time with the residents. The Marines are with various units under 7th Comm. Bn., III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Devon Tindle/Released)
Junko Kurata, right, serves salad to Cpl. Jonathan Koren during a Christmas Party thrown by the Hikariga Oka Nursing Home in Kin Town, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 18, 2015. The nursing home hosts the Christmas party annually to pay thanks for 7th Communication Battalion continuous contributions and community outreach projects. Since 1994, Marines with the battalion have regularly volunteered regularly by organizing routine cleanups and maintenance for the home and its surrounding area. Kurata is from Kin town and is a nurse at the nursing home. Koren is from Allentown, Pennsylvania and is a digital wideband repairer with 7th Comm. Bn., III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Devon Tindle/Released)
Hikariga Oka Nursing Home hosts Christmas party for 7th Comm. Bn.
Junko Kurata, right, serves salad to Cpl. Jonathan Koren during a Christmas Party thrown by the Hikariga Oka Nursing Home in Kin Town, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 18, 2015. The nursing home hosts the Christmas party annually to pay thanks for 7th Communication Battalion continuous contributions and community outreach projects. Since 1994, Marines with the battalion have regularly volunteered regularly by organizing routine cleanups and maintenance for the home and its surrounding area. Kurata is from Kin town and is a nurse at the nursing home. Koren is from Allentown, Pennsylvania and is a digital wideband repairer with 7th Comm. Bn., III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Devon Tindle/Released)
Lance Cpl. David Ryan from Tallahassee, Florida, fills his plate during a Christmas party thrown by the Hikariga Oka Nursing Home in Kin Town, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 18, 2015. The nursing home hosts the party annually as thanks for 7th Communication Battalion’s continuous community outreach projects. Since 1994, Marines with the battalion have regularly volunteered to help maintain the home’s grounds and organized routine cleanups and maintenance. Ryan is a field radio operator with 7th Comm. Bn., III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF.(U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Devon Tindle/Released)
Hikariga Oka Nursing Home hosts Christmas party for 7th Comm. Bn.
Lance Cpl. David Ryan from Tallahassee, Florida, fills his plate during a Christmas party thrown by the Hikariga Oka Nursing Home in Kin Town, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 18, 2015. The nursing home hosts the party annually as thanks for 7th Communication Battalion’s continuous community outreach projects. Since 1994, Marines with the battalion have regularly volunteered to help maintain the home’s grounds and organized routine cleanups and maintenance. Ryan is a field radio operator with 7th Comm. Bn., III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF.(U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Devon Tindle/Released)
Marines with the 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion search a Marine posing as a terrorist during training at Kadena Marina, Okinawa, Dec. 10, 2015. Marines with military police and Criminal Investigation Division, 3rd LE, III Marine Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, participated in an elaborate week-long exercise to sharpen their tactical investigation skills and practice successfully merging two individual units. The goal of the exercise was to collect evidence at each crime scene to guide them to the next, ultimately resulting in the capture of a simulated terrorist.
You Can’t Hide: 3rd LE Marines sharpen tactical skills
Marines with the 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion search a Marine posing as a terrorist during training at Kadena Marina, Okinawa, Dec. 10, 2015. Marines with military police and Criminal Investigation Division, 3rd LE, III Marine Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, participated in an elaborate week-long exercise to sharpen their tactical investigation skills and practice successfully merging two individual units. The goal of the exercise was to collect evidence at each crime scene to guide them to the next, ultimately resulting in the capture of a simulated terrorist.
A Marine with the Criminal Investigation Division dusts for fingerprints on a prop on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Dec. 11, 2015. Marines with military police and CID, 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, participated in an elaborate week-long exercise to sharpen their tactical investigation skills and practice successfully merging two individual units. The goal of the exercise was to collect evidence at each crime scene to guide them to the next, ultimately resulting in the capture of a simulated terrorist.
You Can’t Hide: 3rd LE Marines sharpen tactical skills
A Marine with the Criminal Investigation Division dusts for fingerprints on a prop on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Dec. 11, 2015. Marines with military police and CID, 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, participated in an elaborate week-long exercise to sharpen their tactical investigation skills and practice successfully merging two individual units. The goal of the exercise was to collect evidence at each crime scene to guide them to the next, ultimately resulting in the capture of a simulated terrorist.
III MEF Unit News
Michigan Marine meritoriously promoted on historic Iwo Jima beach

By Cpl. Natalie Dillon | February 6, 2016

Newly promoted Sgt. Cody R. Gannon, a mortarman with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, Company B, never imagined that the legendary island would be the site of his meritorious promotion to sergeant. MORE
Canby, Oregon, Marine awarded 3rd MLG Marine of the Year

By Cpl. Devon Tindle | February 5, 2016

Marine Corps officials recognized a Canby, Oregon, native as the 3rd Marine Logistics Group Marine of the Year for 2015. MORE
Ambassador Kennedy makes first visit to MCAS Iwakuni

By Sgt. Antonio Rubio | January 29, 2016

Ambassador Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, U.S. ambassador to Japan, made her first official visit to MORE
U.S., Thai Marines build school together

By Staff Sgt. Jose O. Nava | January 27, 2016

Royal Thai Marine Corps and U.S. Marine Corps service members worked together on the construction of MORE
Memorial Service for Fallen Hawaii Marines Scheduled for Friday

By III MEF PAO | January 21, 2016

A memorial service honoring the lives of the 12 fallen Marines of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 will be held on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Jan. 22. MORE
III MEF in the Media
  Tastes like chicken: Cobra Gold 2016 set to kick off

Jeff Schogol | Marine Corps Times | Feb.5, 2016

More than 1,900 Marines will take part in this year’s Cobra Gold exercise in Thailand, which has traditionally involved U.S. service members drinking cobra blood, eating bugs and biting into a chicken with the feathers still on.
  US, Korean Marines perform combat drills in extreme cold

Alex Matthews | UK Daily Mail | January 28, 2016

U.S. Marines from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary force, deployed from Okinawa, Japan, larked about with a unit of South Korean Marines while they took a quick break from a set of gruelling endurance drills in Pyeongchang-gun.

Lives of 12 Marines lost in helicopter crash recalled at Hawaii memorial

By Wyatt Olson | Stars and Stripes Okinawa | Jan. 26, 2016

Forty-eight Marines solemnly adorned white crosses with flight vests, helmets, goggles and Hawaiian leis Friday in tribute to the dozen men lost when two helicopters collided during training.

 

 A Proud History of HMH-463 and Their Super Stallions

By Jaryd Stock | Aviation Photography Digest | Jan. 24, 2016

To me, there is something special about HMH-463. The Squadron that is the founding unit for CH-53 Stallion operations in the United States Marine Corps.

Hawaii copter crash: Missing Marines declared dead

By Phil Gast | CNN | Jan. 22, 2016

Twelve Marines who went missing when the two helicopters carrying them apparently crashed off the coast of Hawaii last week have been declared dead.

       
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