III Marine Expeditionary Force

 

III Marine Expeditionary Force

Okinawa, Japan

Lance Cpl. Michael Kratz, a Test Cell engine operator with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron-36, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, monitors readings taken from the engine Aug. 11. Every engine mounted in a helicopter must go through Test Cell and pass the required tests administered by engine operators and technicians.
Test Cell ensures engine safety aboard MCAS Futenma
Lance Cpl. Michael Kratz, a Test Cell engine operator with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron-36, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, monitors readings taken from the engine Aug. 11. Every engine mounted in a helicopter must go through Test Cell and pass the required tests administered by engine operators and technicians.
A “Dyno” rests inside the Test Cell building on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Aug. 11. The “Dyno” simulates the engine running as if it were installed in a helicopter. It is one of the tools Test Cell Marines with, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron-36, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, use to ensure the engine is safe for flight. “We’re the last security checkpoint before the engines are issued out to the squadrons,” said Cpl. Yuliyan Shvartsman, a Test Cell engine operator. “Lives of other Marines (are at stake) and it’s up to us to make sure (the engine) is safe for flying.”
Test Cell ensures engine safety aboard MCAS Futenma
A “Dyno” rests inside the Test Cell building on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Aug. 11. The “Dyno” simulates the engine running as if it were installed in a helicopter. It is one of the tools Test Cell Marines with, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron-36, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, use to ensure the engine is safe for flight. “We’re the last security checkpoint before the engines are issued out to the squadrons,” said Cpl. Yuliyan Shvartsman, a Test Cell engine operator. “Lives of other Marines (are at stake) and it’s up to us to make sure (the engine) is safe for flying.”
Marines don Mission Oriented Protective Posture suits before a simulated chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear reconnaissance and decontamination demonstration with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, July 30, 2015. The troops participated in a combined integrated capabilities demonstration to identify how both units can benefit each other. The Marines are with CBRN Platoon, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force and Battery A, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, under the Unit Deployment Program. The JGSDF soldiers are with Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Unit, 15th Brigade.
U.S. and Japanese troops cross study in decontamination
Marines don Mission Oriented Protective Posture suits before a simulated chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear reconnaissance and decontamination demonstration with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, July 30, 2015. The troops participated in a combined integrated capabilities demonstration to identify how both units can benefit each other. The Marines are with CBRN Platoon, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force and Battery A, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, under the Unit Deployment Program. The JGSDF soldiers are with Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Unit, 15th Brigade.
Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers clean a mock contamination at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, July 30, 2015. The Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear personnel participated in a combined integrated capabilities demonstration to identify how both units can benefit each other. The Marines are with CBRN Platoon, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force and Battery A, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, under the Unit Deployment Program. The JGSDF soldiers are with Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Unit, 15th Brigade.
U.S. and Japanese troops cross study in decontamination
Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers clean a mock contamination at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, July 30, 2015. The Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear personnel participated in a combined integrated capabilities demonstration to identify how both units can benefit each other. The Marines are with CBRN Platoon, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force and Battery A, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, under the Unit Deployment Program. The JGSDF soldiers are with Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Unit, 15th Brigade.
A Marine scrubs his helmet during a decontamination drill at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, July 30, 2015. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers participated in a combined integrated capabilities demonstration to identify how both units can benefit each other. The Marines are with Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Platoon, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and Battery A, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, under the Unit Deployment Program.
U.S. and Japanese troops cross study in decontamination
A Marine scrubs his helmet during a decontamination drill at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, July 30, 2015. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers participated in a combined integrated capabilities demonstration to identify how both units can benefit each other. The Marines are with Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Platoon, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and Battery A, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, under the Unit Deployment Program.
Master Chief Petty Officer Christopher W. Moore speaks to Sailors of the 3rd Marine Division at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 7, 2015. Moore, from Glendale, Arizona, discusses with Sailors new policy changes he wishes to enforce and their thoughts over the policies. Moore is the command master chief of 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. and allies seek enhancement of Pacific capabilities
Master Chief Petty Officer Christopher W. Moore speaks to Sailors of the 3rd Marine Division at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 7, 2015. Moore, from Glendale, Arizona, discusses with Sailors new policy changes he wishes to enforce and their thoughts over the policies. Moore is the command master chief of 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Maj. Gen. Richard L. Simcock II interacts with Sailors of the 3rd Marine Division during his speech over key issues in the pacific region at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 7, 2015. Simcock, from San Mateo, California, expressed the importance of Sailors' role in maintaining Pacific stability by building stronger partnerships with allied nations in the region. Strong alliances among partnered nations increase reliability in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations, he explained. Simcock is the commanding general of 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. and allies seek enhancement of Pacific capabilities
Maj. Gen. Richard L. Simcock II interacts with Sailors of the 3rd Marine Division during his speech over key issues in the pacific region at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 7, 2015. Simcock, from San Mateo, California, expressed the importance of Sailors' role in maintaining Pacific stability by building stronger partnerships with allied nations in the region. Strong alliances among partnered nations increase reliability in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations, he explained. Simcock is the commanding general of 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Maj. Gen. Richard L. Simcock II interacts with a Sailor of 3rd Marine Division during his speech over key issues in the Pacific region at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 7, 2015. Simcock, from San Mateo, California, expressed the importance of Sailors' role in maintaining Pacific stability by building stronger partnerships with allied nations in the region. Strong alliances among partnered nations increase reliability in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations, he explained. Simcock is the commanding general of 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. and allies seek enhancement of Pacific capabilities
Maj. Gen. Richard L. Simcock II interacts with a Sailor of 3rd Marine Division during his speech over key issues in the Pacific region at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 7, 2015. Simcock, from San Mateo, California, expressed the importance of Sailors' role in maintaining Pacific stability by building stronger partnerships with allied nations in the region. Strong alliances among partnered nations increase reliability in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations, he explained. Simcock is the commanding general of 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Maj. Gen. Richard L. Simcock II interacts with Sailors of 3rd Marine Division during his speech over key issues in the Pacific region at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 7, 2015. Simcock, from San Mateo, California, expressed the importance of the Sailors' role in maintaining Pacific stability by building stronger partnerships with allied nations in the region. Strong alliances among partnered nations increase reliability in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations, he explained. Simcock is the commanding general of 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. and allies seek enhancement of Pacific capabilities
Maj. Gen. Richard L. Simcock II interacts with Sailors of 3rd Marine Division during his speech over key issues in the Pacific region at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 7, 2015. Simcock, from San Mateo, California, expressed the importance of the Sailors' role in maintaining Pacific stability by building stronger partnerships with allied nations in the region. Strong alliances among partnered nations increase reliability in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations, he explained. Simcock is the commanding general of 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
A U.S. Marine CH-53E Super Stallion assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 lands to withdraw Philippine Marines from their raid assault during Air Assault Support Exercise 2015-2 at Crows Valley Range in Botolan, Zambales, Philippines, July 22, 2015. The Philippine Marines participated in two weeks of bilateral training alongside U.S. Marines to improve readiness and strengthen interoperability between both forces. HMH-462 is attached to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force through the Unit Deployment Program. The Philippine Marines are with Marine Battalion Landing Team 1, 1st Battalion, Philippine Marine Corps.
US Marines airlift Philippine forces through assault exercise
A U.S. Marine CH-53E Super Stallion assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 lands to withdraw Philippine Marines from their raid assault during Air Assault Support Exercise 2015-2 at Crows Valley Range in Botolan, Zambales, Philippines, July 22, 2015. The Philippine Marines participated in two weeks of bilateral training alongside U.S. Marines to improve readiness and strengthen interoperability between both forces. HMH-462 is attached to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force through the Unit Deployment Program. The Philippine Marines are with Marine Battalion Landing Team 1, 1st Battalion, Philippine Marine Corps.
A Philippine Marine provides security in anticipation for the landing of U.S. Marine CH-53E Super Stallions assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 during Air Assault Support Exercise 2015-2 at Crows Valley, Philippines, July 22, 2015. The Philippine Marines participated in two weeks of bilateral training alongside U.S. Marines to improve readiness and strengthen interoperability between both forces. HMH-462 is attached to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force through the Unit Deployment Program. The Philippine Marines are with Marine Battalion Landing Team 1, 1st Battalion, Philippine Marine Corps.
US Marines airlift Philippine forces through assault exercise
A Philippine Marine provides security in anticipation for the landing of U.S. Marine CH-53E Super Stallions assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 during Air Assault Support Exercise 2015-2 at Crows Valley, Philippines, July 22, 2015. The Philippine Marines participated in two weeks of bilateral training alongside U.S. Marines to improve readiness and strengthen interoperability between both forces. HMH-462 is attached to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force through the Unit Deployment Program. The Philippine Marines are with Marine Battalion Landing Team 1, 1st Battalion, Philippine Marine Corps.
A Philippine Marine learns fast roping under the supervision of U.S. Marines with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines during Air Assault Support Exercise 2015-2 at Basa Air Base in Pampanga, Philippines, July 15, 2015. The exercise is a bilateral training event focused on strengthening the alliance between the Philippines and the U.S. The Philippine Marines are with Marine Battalion Landing Team 1, 1st Battalion, Philippine Marine Corps.
US Marines show Philippine forces ‘the ropes’
A Philippine Marine learns fast roping under the supervision of U.S. Marines with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines during Air Assault Support Exercise 2015-2 at Basa Air Base in Pampanga, Philippines, July 15, 2015. The exercise is a bilateral training event focused on strengthening the alliance between the Philippines and the U.S. The Philippine Marines are with Marine Battalion Landing Team 1, 1st Battalion, Philippine Marine Corps.
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Matt Shibata teaches a Philippine Marine proper weapon handling techniques during Air Assault Support Exercise 2015-2 at Basa Air Base in Pampanga, Philippines, July 15, 2015. The Marines went through a number of different scenarios to include fire and maneuver as well as urban operations. AASE is a bilateral training event focused on strengthening the alliance between the Philippines and the U.S. Shibata is the platoon commander with 2nd Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division and is attached through the Unit Deployment Program to III Marine Expeditionary Force. The Philippine Marines are with Marine Battalion Landing Team 1, 1st Battalion, Philippine Marine Corps.
U.S. Marines train Philippine Marine Corps
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Matt Shibata teaches a Philippine Marine proper weapon handling techniques during Air Assault Support Exercise 2015-2 at Basa Air Base in Pampanga, Philippines, July 15, 2015. The Marines went through a number of different scenarios to include fire and maneuver as well as urban operations. AASE is a bilateral training event focused on strengthening the alliance between the Philippines and the U.S. Shibata is the platoon commander with 2nd Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division and is attached through the Unit Deployment Program to III Marine Expeditionary Force. The Philippine Marines are with Marine Battalion Landing Team 1, 1st Battalion, Philippine Marine Corps.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Brent Maholy supervises a group of Philippine airmen as they climb a 40-foot tower to begin fast roping during Air Assault Support Exercise 2015-2 on Basa Air Base in Pampanga, Philippines, July 15, 2015. The exercise is a bilateral training event focused on strengthening the alliance between the Philippines and the U.S. Maholy is a squad leader with 2nd Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines and is attached through the Unit Deployment Program to III Marine Expeditionary Force. The Philippine airmen are with Ground Special Operations Unit, 710th Special Operations Wing, Philippine Air Force.
US Marines show Philippine forces ‘the ropes’
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Brent Maholy supervises a group of Philippine airmen as they climb a 40-foot tower to begin fast roping during Air Assault Support Exercise 2015-2 on Basa Air Base in Pampanga, Philippines, July 15, 2015. The exercise is a bilateral training event focused on strengthening the alliance between the Philippines and the U.S. Maholy is a squad leader with 2nd Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines and is attached through the Unit Deployment Program to III Marine Expeditionary Force. The Philippine airmen are with Ground Special Operations Unit, 710th Special Operations Wing, Philippine Air Force.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jeremy Pires acts as the belay man for a Philippine Marine during rappelling training as part of Air Assault Support Exercise 2015-2 on Basa Air Base in Pampanga, Philippines, July 15, 2015. The belay man is a safety precaution to stop troops from falling if they let go of the rope. The exercise is a bilateral training event focused on strengthening the alliance between the Philippines and the U.S. Pires is a squad leader with 1st Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines and is attached through the Unit Deployment Program to III Marine Expeditionary Force. The Philippine Marine is with Marine Battalion Landing Team 1, 1st Battalion, Philippine Marine Corps.
US Marines show Philippine forces ‘the ropes’
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jeremy Pires acts as the belay man for a Philippine Marine during rappelling training as part of Air Assault Support Exercise 2015-2 on Basa Air Base in Pampanga, Philippines, July 15, 2015. The belay man is a safety precaution to stop troops from falling if they let go of the rope. The exercise is a bilateral training event focused on strengthening the alliance between the Philippines and the U.S. Pires is a squad leader with 1st Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines and is attached through the Unit Deployment Program to III Marine Expeditionary Force. The Philippine Marine is with Marine Battalion Landing Team 1, 1st Battalion, Philippine Marine Corps.
Philippine Marines receive their final instructions from U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Adrian Talamante before conducting basic urban operations on a tape house during Air Assault Support Exercise 2015-2 at Basa Air Base in Pampanga, Philippines, July 15, 2015. The Marines went through a number of different scenarios to include fire and maneuver with reloading techniques. AASE is a bilateral training event focused on strengthening the alliance between the Philippines and the U.S. The Philippine Marines are with Marine Battalion Landing Team 1, 1st Battalion, Philippine Marine Corps. Talamante is with 2nd Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division and attached through the Unit Deployment Program to III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. Marines train Philippine Marine Corps
Philippine Marines receive their final instructions from U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Adrian Talamante before conducting basic urban operations on a tape house during Air Assault Support Exercise 2015-2 at Basa Air Base in Pampanga, Philippines, July 15, 2015. The Marines went through a number of different scenarios to include fire and maneuver with reloading techniques. AASE is a bilateral training event focused on strengthening the alliance between the Philippines and the U.S. The Philippine Marines are with Marine Battalion Landing Team 1, 1st Battalion, Philippine Marine Corps. Talamante is with 2nd Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division and attached through the Unit Deployment Program to III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Philippine Marines learn speed reloading and tactical reloading techniques while on the move from U.S. Marines during Air Assault Support Exercise 2015-2 on Basa Air Base in Pampanga, Philippines, July 15, 2015. The Marines went through a number of different scenarios throughout the day including fire and maneuver as well as basic urban operations. AASE is a bilateral training event focused on strengthening the alliance between the Philippines and the U.S. The Philippine Marines are with Marine Battalion Landing Team 1, 1st Battalion, Philippine Marine Corps. The U.S. Marines are with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division and attached through the Unit Deployment Program to III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. Marines train Philippine Marine Corps
Philippine Marines learn speed reloading and tactical reloading techniques while on the move from U.S. Marines during Air Assault Support Exercise 2015-2 on Basa Air Base in Pampanga, Philippines, July 15, 2015. The Marines went through a number of different scenarios throughout the day including fire and maneuver as well as basic urban operations. AASE is a bilateral training event focused on strengthening the alliance between the Philippines and the U.S. The Philippine Marines are with Marine Battalion Landing Team 1, 1st Battalion, Philippine Marine Corps. The U.S. Marines are with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division and attached through the Unit Deployment Program to III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brandon Burkey stands shoulder to shoulder with a Philippine Marine while instructing him on proper reloading techniques during Air Assault Support Exercise 2015-2 on Basa Air Base in Pampanga, Philippines, July 15, 2015. The Marines went through a number of different scenarios to include fire and maneuver as well as urban operations. AASE is a bilateral training event focused on strengthening the alliance between the Philippines and the U.S. Burkey is a riflemen with 1st Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division and is attached through the Unit Deployment Program to III Marine Expeditionary Force. The Philippine Marines are with Marine Battalion Landing Team 1, 1st Battalion, Philippine Marine Corps.
U.S. Marines train Philippine Marine Corps
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brandon Burkey stands shoulder to shoulder with a Philippine Marine while instructing him on proper reloading techniques during Air Assault Support Exercise 2015-2 on Basa Air Base in Pampanga, Philippines, July 15, 2015. The Marines went through a number of different scenarios to include fire and maneuver as well as urban operations. AASE is a bilateral training event focused on strengthening the alliance between the Philippines and the U.S. Burkey is a riflemen with 1st Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division and is attached through the Unit Deployment Program to III Marine Expeditionary Force. The Philippine Marines are with Marine Battalion Landing Team 1, 1st Battalion, Philippine Marine Corps.
Brigadier Gen. Russell A. Sanborn speaks to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing as their commanding general for the first time after a change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, July 30, 2015. Sanborn recently served as the director of Marine and Family Programs in Quantico, Virginia. Sanborn assumed command of the wing from Maj. Gen. Steven R. Rudder who will become the director of J5 Strategic Planning and Policy Directorate, Pacific Command. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devon Tindle/Released)
Sanborn takes charge as 1st Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general
Brigadier Gen. Russell A. Sanborn speaks to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing as their commanding general for the first time after a change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, July 30, 2015. Sanborn recently served as the director of Marine and Family Programs in Quantico, Virginia. Sanborn assumed command of the wing from Maj. Gen. Steven R. Rudder who will become the director of J5 Strategic Planning and Policy Directorate, Pacific Command. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devon Tindle/Released)
Major Gen. Steven R. Rudder, right, passes the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing colors to Brig. Gen. Russell A. Sanborn during a change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, July 30, 2015. Sanborn recently served as the director of Marine and Family Programs in Quantico, Virginia. Rudder will become the director of J5 Strategic Planning and Policy Directorate, Pacific Command. Sanborn is the new commanding general of 1st MAW, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devon Tindle/Released)
Sanborn takes charge as 1st Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general
Major Gen. Steven R. Rudder, right, passes the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing colors to Brig. Gen. Russell A. Sanborn during a change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, July 30, 2015. Sanborn recently served as the director of Marine and Family Programs in Quantico, Virginia. Rudder will become the director of J5 Strategic Planning and Policy Directorate, Pacific Command. Sanborn is the new commanding general of 1st MAW, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devon Tindle/Released)
Brigadier Gen. Russell A. Sanborn, right, stands in front of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing with Maj. Gen. Steven R. Rudder, before assuming command of the wing during a ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, July 30, 2015. Sanborn recently served as the director of Marine and Family Programs in Quantico, Virginia. Rudder will become the director of J5 Strategic Planning and Policy Directorate, Pacific Command. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devon Tindle/Released)
Sanborn takes charge as 1st Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general
Brigadier Gen. Russell A. Sanborn, right, stands in front of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing with Maj. Gen. Steven R. Rudder, before assuming command of the wing during a ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, July 30, 2015. Sanborn recently served as the director of Marine and Family Programs in Quantico, Virginia. Rudder will become the director of J5 Strategic Planning and Policy Directorate, Pacific Command. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devon Tindle/Released)
Due to sequestration and other budget cuts numbers for staff non-commissioned officers have dropped in the Marine Corps. The number of Marines might go from 184,000 to 174,000 Marines by the end of 2017, according to Pentagon personnel statistics. The Marine Corps offers resources to keep SNCO’s in the fight such as career planners, career counselors and the SNCO Academy. With the ever increasing competitiveness to achieve the next rank, it is important to document Letters of Appreciation, Certificates of Commendations and Navy Achievement Medals early in the career, according to Sgt. Maj. Jonathan Henry, the director of the Okinawa SNCO Academy. (U.S. Marine Corps photo illustration by Cpl. Devon Tindle/Released)
Staff Non-commissioned Officers Need to Adapt to Ever-changing Corps for Promotion
Due to sequestration and other budget cuts numbers for staff non-commissioned officers have dropped in the Marine Corps. The number of Marines might go from 184,000 to 174,000 Marines by the end of 2017, according to Pentagon personnel statistics. The Marine Corps offers resources to keep SNCO’s in the fight such as career planners, career counselors and the SNCO Academy. With the ever increasing competitiveness to achieve the next rank, it is important to document Letters of Appreciation, Certificates of Commendations and Navy Achievement Medals early in the career, according to Sgt. Maj. Jonathan Henry, the director of the Okinawa SNCO Academy. (U.S. Marine Corps photo illustration by Cpl. Devon Tindle/Released)
Due to sequestration and other budget cuts, numbers of staff non-commisioned officers have dropped in the Marine Corps. The number of Marines might go from 184,000 to 174,000 Marines by the end of 2017, according to Pentagon personnel statistics. The Marine Corps offers resources to keep SNCO’s in the fight such as career planners, career counselors and the SNCO Academy. With the ever increasing competitiveness to achieve the next rank, it is important to document Letters of Appreciation, Certificates of Commendations and Navy Achievement Medals early in your career, according to Sgt. Maj. Jonathan Henry, the director of the Okinawa SNCO Academy. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devon Tindle/Released)
Staff Non-commissioned Officers Need to Adapt to Ever-changing Corps for Promotion
Due to sequestration and other budget cuts, numbers of staff non-commisioned officers have dropped in the Marine Corps. The number of Marines might go from 184,000 to 174,000 Marines by the end of 2017, according to Pentagon personnel statistics. The Marine Corps offers resources to keep SNCO’s in the fight such as career planners, career counselors and the SNCO Academy. With the ever increasing competitiveness to achieve the next rank, it is important to document Letters of Appreciation, Certificates of Commendations and Navy Achievement Medals early in your career, according to Sgt. Maj. Jonathan Henry, the director of the Okinawa SNCO Academy. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devon Tindle/Released)
Staff non-commissioned officers attending the Advanced Career Course run in formation during physical training at Camp Hansen, Japan, March 31, 2015. The advanced course is mandatory for all gunnery sergeants to attend in order to be promoted to the next rank. The course teaches war fighting, leadership skills and unit readiness training. The SNCO’s are from various units of III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devon Tindle/Released)
Staff Non-commissioned Officers Need to Adapt to Ever-changing Corps for Promotion
Staff non-commissioned officers attending the Advanced Career Course run in formation during physical training at Camp Hansen, Japan, March 31, 2015. The advanced course is mandatory for all gunnery sergeants to attend in order to be promoted to the next rank. The course teaches war fighting, leadership skills and unit readiness training. The SNCO’s are from various units of III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devon Tindle/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Sergio D. Barrios, the Offload Preparation Party (OPP) SNCOIC aboard the USNS 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo, III Marine Expeditionary Force, ground guides a 120-M grader during the MPF Offload of gear and equipment from the Bobo in Chinhae, South Korea, June 13, 2015 in support of Peninsula Express 15. Peninsula Express is one in a series of regularly-scheduled combined, small-unit, tactical training exercises that demonstrates continued dedication to the ROK-U.S. relationship, contributing to the security and stability of the Korean Peninsula and Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin A. Bopp/Released)
Peninsula Express 15
U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Sergio D. Barrios, the Offload Preparation Party (OPP) SNCOIC aboard the USNS 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo, III Marine Expeditionary Force, ground guides a 120-M grader during the MPF Offload of gear and equipment from the Bobo in Chinhae, South Korea, June 13, 2015 in support of Peninsula Express 15. Peninsula Express is one in a series of regularly-scheduled combined, small-unit, tactical training exercises that demonstrates continued dedication to the ROK-U.S. relationship, contributing to the security and stability of the Korean Peninsula and Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin A. Bopp/Released)
ANMYEON BEACH, Republic of Korea (July 3, 2015) – U.S. Marines from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force drive High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) to the beach from a Causeway ferry operated by the 331st Transportation Company at Anmyeon Beach on the west coast of the Republic of Korea during exercise Combined Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore (LOTS) 2015.  CJLOTS 2015 is an exercise designed to train U.S. and ROK service members to accomplish vital logistical measures in a strategic area while strengthening communication and cooperation in the U.S.-ROK Alliance.  (U.S. Navy Photo by LT Russell Wolfkiel/Released)
Causeway ferry operation
ANMYEON BEACH, Republic of Korea (July 3, 2015) – U.S. Marines from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force drive High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) to the beach from a Causeway ferry operated by the 331st Transportation Company at Anmyeon Beach on the west coast of the Republic of Korea during exercise Combined Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore (LOTS) 2015. CJLOTS 2015 is an exercise designed to train U.S. and ROK service members to accomplish vital logistical measures in a strategic area while strengthening communication and cooperation in the U.S.-ROK Alliance. (U.S. Navy Photo by LT Russell Wolfkiel/Released)
A Roll-on Roll-off Discharge Facility is attached to the USNS 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo (T-AK 3008) during the Combined Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore exercise off the shore of Anmyeon Beach, Republic of Korea, July 1, 2015. CJLOTS 2015 is an exercise designed to train U.S. and ROK services members to accomplish vital logistical measures in a strategic area while strengthening communication and cooperation in the U.S.-ROK Alliance. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Perkey)
Combined Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore 2015
A Roll-on Roll-off Discharge Facility is attached to the USNS 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo (T-AK 3008) during the Combined Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore exercise off the shore of Anmyeon Beach, Republic of Korea, July 1, 2015. CJLOTS 2015 is an exercise designed to train U.S. and ROK services members to accomplish vital logistical measures in a strategic area while strengthening communication and cooperation in the U.S.-ROK Alliance. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Perkey)
The ramp on the Landing Craft Utility 2000 is lowered and unloading of vehicles begins at Anmyeon Beach on the west coast of the Republic of Korea. CJLOTS 2015 is an exercise designed to train U.S. and ROK service members to accomplish vital logistical measures in a strategic area while strengthening communication and cooperation in the U.S. - ROK Alliance. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Thanh Pham)
Combined Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore 2015
The ramp on the Landing Craft Utility 2000 is lowered and unloading of vehicles begins at Anmyeon Beach on the west coast of the Republic of Korea. CJLOTS 2015 is an exercise designed to train U.S. and ROK service members to accomplish vital logistical measures in a strategic area while strengthening communication and cooperation in the U.S. - ROK Alliance. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Thanh Pham)
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.
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Test Cell ensures engine safety aboard MCAS Futenma

By Cpl. Jessica Collins | August 20, 2015

Test Cell Marines with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron-36, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, are the final checkpoint before the squadrons receive their helicopter engines.“Test Cell is a system (the Marine Corps) uses to ensure the (helicopter engine) is mechanically sound to be installed on the MORE
U.S. and Japanese troops cross study in decontamination

By Lance Cpl. Steven Tran | August 18, 2015

Language barriers can be difficult to overcome, especially when it comes to detecting and neutralizing deadly contaminants. That was the challenge for members of the Japanese Self Defense Force and U.S. Marines during a unique joint study here at Camp Hansen, July 28-30. All participants in the study had a role in the Chemical, Biological, MORE
U.S. Marines show Philippine forces ‘the ropes’

By Cpl. Tyler Giguere | August 5, 2015

Staring from the top of the tower, the Marines experience an irrepressible surge of adrenaline. The surge becomes a cold rush as they grab the rope, spin 180 degrees, and slide toward the ground 40 feet below. They brace for impact, hit the deck and sprint out of the way before the next man lands. United States and Philippine service members teamed MORE
Sanborn takes charge as 1st Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general

By Cpl. Devon Tindle | August 2, 2015

Brigadier Gen. Russell A. Sanborn assumed command of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force from Maj. Gen. Steven R. Rudder at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, July 30, 2015.Sanborn commissioned into the Marine Corps in May 1986 after graduating from the University of Florida. His previous assignment was director MORE
Staff Non-commissioned Officers Need to Adapt to Ever-changing Corps for Promotion

By Cpl. Devon Tindle | July 20, 2015

As the Corps continues to draw down, today's Marines need to stand out amongst their peers now more than ever. Staff non-commissioned officers see the shrinking Corps as an obstacle they must navigate to continue their military careers. According to Pentagon personnel statistics, due to sequestration and other budget cuts, the Corps may have to MORE
Prepositioning Force Bolsters III MEF’s Expeditionary Capabilities

By Cpl. Joey Holeman | July 19, 2015

A Maritime Prepositioning Force is one of many facets of the Marine Corps amphibious capabilities. It provides rapid and expeditionary deployment of personnel and equipment, which allows III Marine Expeditionary Force to maintain operations and meet mission goals in the Asia-Pacific Region. On June 13, the United States Naval Ship 2nd Lt. John Bobo MORE
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

       
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