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Okinawa, Japan
CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan – The III Marine Expeditionary Force Band performed their Spring Concert for the Okinawan community and distinguished guests May 7, 2016 at Tedako Hall, Okinawa, Japan. III MEF Commander Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, Ginowan City Mayor Atsushi Sakima, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Masashi Mizukami and many other distinguished visitors attended the concert. The III MEF Band is the only expeditionary force band in the Marine Corps, exhibiting diverse musical capabilities and proficiency in a wide variety of settings. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tiffany Edwards)
III Marine Expeditionary Force Band wows dignitaries, community with performance dedicated to earthquake victims
CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan – The III Marine Expeditionary Force Band performed their Spring Concert for the Okinawan community and distinguished guests May 7, 2016 at Tedako Hall, Okinawa, Japan. III MEF Commander Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, Ginowan City Mayor Atsushi Sakima, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Masashi Mizukami and many other distinguished visitors attended the concert. The III MEF Band is the only expeditionary force band in the Marine Corps, exhibiting diverse musical capabilities and proficiency in a wide variety of settings. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tiffany Edwards)
CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan – III Marine Expeditionary Force Commander Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, Ginowan City Mayor Atsushi Sakima, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Masashi Mizukami and many other distinguished visitors applaud during the III MEF Band Spring Concert May 7, 2016 at Tedako Hall, Okinawa, Japan. The III MEF Band is the only expeditionary force band in the Marine Corps, exhibiting diverse musical capabilities and proficiency in a wide variety of settings. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tiffany Edwards)
III Marine Expeditionary Force Band wows dignitaries, community with performance dedicated to earthquake victims
CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan – III Marine Expeditionary Force Commander Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, Ginowan City Mayor Atsushi Sakima, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Masashi Mizukami and many other distinguished visitors applaud during the III MEF Band Spring Concert May 7, 2016 at Tedako Hall, Okinawa, Japan. The III MEF Band is the only expeditionary force band in the Marine Corps, exhibiting diverse musical capabilities and proficiency in a wide variety of settings. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tiffany Edwards)
CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan – The III Marine Expeditionary Force Band performed a tribute dedicated to the victims of the 2011 great East Japan earthquake and the victims in the recent earthquake in Kumamoto at their Spring Concert May 7, 2016 at Tedako Hall, Okinawa, Japan. III MEF Commander Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, Ginowan City Mayor Atsushi Sakima, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Masashi Mizukami and many other distinguished visitors attended the concert. The III MEF Band is comprised of 50 Marines, and performs in over 300 events each year, including the Japan Self-Defense Force Marching Festival, the Cherry Blossom Festival and the Okinawa City Street Parade. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tiffany Edwards)
III Marine Expeditionary Force Band wows dignitaries, community with performance dedicated to earthquake victims
CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan – The III Marine Expeditionary Force Band performed a tribute dedicated to the victims of the 2011 great East Japan earthquake and the victims in the recent earthquake in Kumamoto at their Spring Concert May 7, 2016 at Tedako Hall, Okinawa, Japan. III MEF Commander Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, Ginowan City Mayor Atsushi Sakima, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Masashi Mizukami and many other distinguished visitors attended the concert. The III MEF Band is comprised of 50 Marines, and performs in over 300 events each year, including the Japan Self-Defense Force Marching Festival, the Cherry Blossom Festival and the Okinawa City Street Parade. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tiffany Edwards)
CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan – III Marine Expeditionary Force Commander Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson greets Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Masashi Mizukami at the III MEF Band Spring Concert May 7, 2016 at Tedako Hall, Okinawa, Japan. The III MEF Band is the only expeditionary force band in the Marine Corps, and performs in over 300 events each year, including the Japan Self-Defense Force Marching Festival, the Cherry Blossom Festival and the Okinawa City Street Parade. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tiffany Edwards)
III Marine Expeditionary Force Band wows dignitaries, community with performance dedicated to earthquake victims
CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan – III Marine Expeditionary Force Commander Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson greets Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Masashi Mizukami at the III MEF Band Spring Concert May 7, 2016 at Tedako Hall, Okinawa, Japan. The III MEF Band is the only expeditionary force band in the Marine Corps, and performs in over 300 events each year, including the Japan Self-Defense Force Marching Festival, the Cherry Blossom Festival and the Okinawa City Street Parade. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tiffany Edwards)
Lt. Col. Neil J. Owens answers questions from Japanese media during an artillery demonstration for Artillery Relocation and Training Program 16-1, in Senjogahara, Japan, May 16, 2016. ARTP is a Japan-funded, routine training exercise that allows Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, to conduct live-fire training. Owens, the commanding officer of 3rd Bn., 12th Marines, communicates with Japanese officials about ARTP daily during the exercise. Owens is a native of Medford, Mass.
Guns ablaze in The Land of the Rising Sun
Lt. Col. Neil J. Owens answers questions from Japanese media during an artillery demonstration for Artillery Relocation and Training Program 16-1, in Senjogahara, Japan, May 16, 2016. ARTP is a Japan-funded, routine training exercise that allows Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, to conduct live-fire training. Owens, the commanding officer of 3rd Bn., 12th Marines, communicates with Japanese officials about ARTP daily during the exercise. Owens is a native of Medford, Mass.
A Japanese citizen listens to an explanation of small arms training during an artillery demonstration for Artillery Relocation Training Program 16-1 in Senjogahara, Japan, May 16, 2016. ARTP is a Japan-funded, routine training exercise that allows Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, to conduct live-fire training. ARTP has been conducted in mainland Japan since 1997.
Guns ablaze in The Land of the Rising Sun
A Japanese citizen listens to an explanation of small arms training during an artillery demonstration for Artillery Relocation Training Program 16-1 in Senjogahara, Japan, May 16, 2016. ARTP is a Japan-funded, routine training exercise that allows Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, to conduct live-fire training. ARTP has been conducted in mainland Japan since 1997.
Sgt. Kenyun Scott discusses the specifications of a M777 Lightweight Towed Howitzer during artillery demonstration and community outreach for Artillery Relocation Training Program 16-1, in Senjogahara, Japan, May 16, 2016. ARTP is a Japan-funded, routine training exercise that allows Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, to conduct live-fire training. Scott, a Mansfield, La., native and section chief with 3rd Bn., 11th Marine Regiment, 1st MarDiv, I MEF, is currently attached to 3rd Bn., 12th Marines.
Guns ablaze in The Land of the Rising Sun
Sgt. Kenyun Scott discusses the specifications of a M777 Lightweight Towed Howitzer during artillery demonstration and community outreach for Artillery Relocation Training Program 16-1, in Senjogahara, Japan, May 16, 2016. ARTP is a Japan-funded, routine training exercise that allows Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, to conduct live-fire training. Scott, a Mansfield, La., native and section chief with 3rd Bn., 11th Marine Regiment, 1st MarDiv, I MEF, is currently attached to 3rd Bn., 12th Marines.
A Japanese citizen snaps a photograph during an artillery demonstration for Artillery Relocation Training Program 16-1, in Senjogahara, Japan, May 16, 2016. ARTP is a Japan-funded, routine training exercise that allows Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, to conduct live-fire training. The artillery demonstration is a community outreach event that allows Japanese citizens and media to see how the Marine Corps trains.
Guns ablaze in The Land of the Rising Sun
A Japanese citizen snaps a photograph during an artillery demonstration for Artillery Relocation Training Program 16-1, in Senjogahara, Japan, May 16, 2016. ARTP is a Japan-funded, routine training exercise that allows Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, to conduct live-fire training. The artillery demonstration is a community outreach event that allows Japanese citizens and media to see how the Marine Corps trains.
Hiroshi Tsubokawa (left), the planning department director for the Tohoku Defense Bureau, answers questions from Japanese media during an artillery demonstration for Artillery Relocation Training Program 16-1, in Senjogahara, Japan, May 16, 2016. ARTP is a Japan-funded, routine training exercise that allows Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, to conduct live-fire training. Tsubokawa meets with Lt. Col. Neil J. Owens, the commanding officer of 3rd Bn., 12th Marines, on a daily basis to discuss various aspects of the exercise.
Guns ablaze in The Land of the Rising Sun
Hiroshi Tsubokawa (left), the planning department director for the Tohoku Defense Bureau, answers questions from Japanese media during an artillery demonstration for Artillery Relocation Training Program 16-1, in Senjogahara, Japan, May 16, 2016. ARTP is a Japan-funded, routine training exercise that allows Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, to conduct live-fire training. Tsubokawa meets with Lt. Col. Neil J. Owens, the commanding officer of 3rd Bn., 12th Marines, on a daily basis to discuss various aspects of the exercise.
Japanese citizens learn about small arms training during an artillery demonstration for Artillery Relocation Training Program 16-1, in Senjogahara, Japan, May 16, 2016. ARTP is a Japan-funded, routine training exercise that allows Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, to conduct live-fire training. Japanese locals and media are escorted around the training area during the event to witness the measures the Marine Corps takes to conduct ARTP safely.
Guns ablaze in The Land of the Rising Sun
Japanese citizens learn about small arms training during an artillery demonstration for Artillery Relocation Training Program 16-1, in Senjogahara, Japan, May 16, 2016. ARTP is a Japan-funded, routine training exercise that allows Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, to conduct live-fire training. Japanese locals and media are escorted around the training area during the event to witness the measures the Marine Corps takes to conduct ARTP safely.
Explosive ordnance disposal technician Marines and Soldiers stage small fire arms to perform burning operations during Korea EOD Exercise, May 14, 2016, at Camp Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea. Burning operations are used to dispose large amounts of ammunition that can no longer be used. The Soldiers are with 718th EOD Company, 23rd Chemical Battalion, 48th Chemical Brigade. The Marines are with 3rd EOD Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)
Marines, Soldiers practice inerting explosives in South Korea
Explosive ordnance disposal technician Marines and Soldiers stage small fire arms to perform burning operations during Korea EOD Exercise, May 14, 2016, at Camp Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea. Burning operations are used to dispose large amounts of ammunition that can no longer be used. The Soldiers are with 718th EOD Company, 23rd Chemical Battalion, 48th Chemical Brigade. The Marines are with 3rd EOD Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)
Explosive ordnance disposal technician Marines and Soldiers stage small fire arms to perform burning operations during Korea EOD Exercise, May 14, 2016, at Camp Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea. Burning operations are used to dispose large amounts of ammunition that can no longer be used. The Soldiers are with 718th EOD Company, 23rd Chemical Battalion, 48th Chemical Brigade. The Marines are with 3rd EOD Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)
Marines, Soldiers practice inerting explosives in South Korea
Explosive ordnance disposal technician Marines and Soldiers stage small fire arms to perform burning operations during Korea EOD Exercise, May 14, 2016, at Camp Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea. Burning operations are used to dispose large amounts of ammunition that can no longer be used. The Soldiers are with 718th EOD Company, 23rd Chemical Battalion, 48th Chemical Brigade. The Marines are with 3rd EOD Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)
A Marine Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician prepares to stage .50 Caliber rounds to perform burning operations during Korea EOD Exercise May 14, 2016, at Camp Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea. The Marines ignited repellent charges to train for disposing of ammunition that can no longer be used. The Marines are with 3rd EOD Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)
Marines, Soldiers practice inerting explosives in South Korea
A Marine Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician prepares to stage .50 Caliber rounds to perform burning operations during Korea EOD Exercise May 14, 2016, at Camp Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea. The Marines ignited repellent charges to train for disposing of ammunition that can no longer be used. The Marines are with 3rd EOD Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)
Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician Marine and Soldiers witness a successful ignitions of repellent during Korea EOD Exercise May 14, 2016 at Camp Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea. EOD performed burning operations to dispose of ammunition that can no longer be used.  This exercise allows them to increase their proficiency and familiarize themselves with different techniques through integration of a different branch. Soldiers are with 718th EOD Company, 23rd Chemical Battalion, 48th Chemical Brigade. Marines are with 3rd EOD Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)
Marines, Soldiers practice inerting explosives in South Korea
Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician Marine and Soldiers witness a successful ignitions of repellent during Korea EOD Exercise May 14, 2016 at Camp Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea. EOD performed burning operations to dispose of ammunition that can no longer be used. This exercise allows them to increase their proficiency and familiarize themselves with different techniques through integration of a different branch. Soldiers are with 718th EOD Company, 23rd Chemical Battalion, 48th Chemical Brigade. Marines are with 3rd EOD Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)
U.S. Marines train alongside U.S. Soldiers during Korea Explosive Ordnance Disposal Exercise, May 14, 2016, at Camp Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea. The Marines invited the Army to the exercise to increase EOD partnership and exchange different techniques and tactics. The Soldiers are EOD technicians with 718th EOD Company, 23rd Chemical Battalion, 48th Chemical Brigade. The Marines are EOD technicians with 3rd EOD Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)
Marines, Soldiers practice inerting explosives in South Korea
U.S. Marines train alongside U.S. Soldiers during Korea Explosive Ordnance Disposal Exercise, May 14, 2016, at Camp Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea. The Marines invited the Army to the exercise to increase EOD partnership and exchange different techniques and tactics. The Soldiers are EOD technicians with 718th EOD Company, 23rd Chemical Battalion, 48th Chemical Brigade. The Marines are EOD technicians with 3rd EOD Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)
CAMP RODRIGUEZ LIVE FIRE COMPLEX, South Korea — Marines clear an area for an ammunition supply point May 8, 2016 during Korea Explosive Ordnance Disposal Exercise at Camp Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea. The ranges are currently being prepared for EOD live fire training scheduled for the next couple of weeks. Marines are with Support Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)
How Marines move dirt
CAMP RODRIGUEZ LIVE FIRE COMPLEX, South Korea — Marines clear an area for an ammunition supply point May 8, 2016 during Korea Explosive Ordnance Disposal Exercise at Camp Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea. The ranges are currently being prepared for EOD live fire training scheduled for the next couple of weeks. Marines are with Support Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)
CAMP RODRIGUEZ LIVE FIRE COMPLEX, South Korea — Lance Cpl. Sergio Cuevas III ground guides the Army Front End Loader during Korea Explosive Ordnance Disposal Exercise May 8, 2016. Marines had to flatten and clear the ground from fallen branches in order to set up the ammunition supply point. Cuevas III is from Cranford, New Jersey and an Engineer Equipment Operator with Support Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)
How Marines move dirt
CAMP RODRIGUEZ LIVE FIRE COMPLEX, South Korea — Lance Cpl. Sergio Cuevas III ground guides the Army Front End Loader during Korea Explosive Ordnance Disposal Exercise May 8, 2016. Marines had to flatten and clear the ground from fallen branches in order to set up the ammunition supply point. Cuevas III is from Cranford, New Jersey and an Engineer Equipment Operator with Support Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)
CAMP RODRIGUEZ LIVE FIRE COMPLEX, South Korea — A Marine slowly ground guides a 130G Road Grader during Korea Explosive Ordnance Disposal Exercise May 8, 2016 at Camp Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea. The Marines used three different vehicles to create pathways and flatten an area for an ammunition supply point. Marines are with Support Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)
How Marines move dirt
CAMP RODRIGUEZ LIVE FIRE COMPLEX, South Korea — A Marine slowly ground guides a 130G Road Grader during Korea Explosive Ordnance Disposal Exercise May 8, 2016 at Camp Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea. The Marines used three different vehicles to create pathways and flatten an area for an ammunition supply point. Marines are with Support Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)
SENDAI, Japan – Capt. Emmanuel Baning, the Officer Conducting Exercise for Artillery Relocation Training Program 16-1, works with Japanese embarkation contractors overseeing the unloading of artillery at Sendai Port on May 9, 2016. Baning is with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan and is from Washington, D.C.
Capt. Emmanuel Baning works with Japanese embarkation contractors for Artillery Relocation Training Program 16-1
SENDAI, Japan – Capt. Emmanuel Baning, the Officer Conducting Exercise for Artillery Relocation Training Program 16-1, works with Japanese embarkation contractors overseeing the unloading of artillery at Sendai Port on May 9, 2016. Baning is with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan and is from Washington, D.C.
SENDAI, Japan – Japanese embarkation contractors unload cargo for Artillery Relocation Training Program 16-1 on May 9, 2016. ARTP is a Japan-funded, routine training exercise that allows Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force based out of Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, to conduct live-fire training.
Japanese embarkation contractors unload cargo for Artillery Relocation Training Program 16-1
SENDAI, Japan – Japanese embarkation contractors unload cargo for Artillery Relocation Training Program 16-1 on May 9, 2016. ARTP is a Japan-funded, routine training exercise that allows Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force based out of Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, to conduct live-fire training.
U.S. Marine CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 and U.S. Army aircraft assigned to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade prepare to land in formation during interoperability operations at Landing Zone Pu'ukapu, Hawaii, April 29, 2016. HMH-463 and the 25th CAB assisted 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment with personnel extraction and insertion during their Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Julian A. Temblador)
HMH-463 Lifts a Battalion Out of Combat Evaluation on Oahu
U.S. Marine CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 and U.S. Army aircraft assigned to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade prepare to land in formation during interoperability operations at Landing Zone Pu'ukapu, Hawaii, April 29, 2016. HMH-463 and the 25th CAB assisted 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment with personnel extraction and insertion during their Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Julian A. Temblador)
Lt. Col. Neil J. Owens, a Medford, Mass. native and the commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force gives insight into the upcoming Artillery Relocation and Training Program. ARTP is the foundation of combat readiness training for 3/12.
Lt. Col. Neil J. Owens
Lt. Col. Neil J. Owens, a Medford, Mass. native and the commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force gives insight into the upcoming Artillery Relocation and Training Program. ARTP is the foundation of combat readiness training for 3/12.
CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan – Marines and sailors with III Marine Expeditionary Force cheer on their teammates during a game of flag football April 29, 2016 on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. The game was part of a half-day event to raise funds for the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society by participating in competitive group sports. There are many ways the NMCRS can help Marines and sailors in times of need, including by providing interest-free loans and other financial assistance.
Navy Marine Corps Relief Society raises money for others through sports
CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan – Marines and sailors with III Marine Expeditionary Force cheer on their teammates during a game of flag football April 29, 2016 on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. The game was part of a half-day event to raise funds for the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society by participating in competitive group sports. There are many ways the NMCRS can help Marines and sailors in times of need, including by providing interest-free loans and other financial assistance.
A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force member visiting the annual Training Expo on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, tests out the Instrumental Tactical Evaluation Simulated System, April 29, 2016. This recently updated system works almost like the popular game, "laser tag," where a laptop traces the marksmanship of the shooter. This training can be recorded and handed back to the unit on a CD to evaluate performance. (U.S. Marine photo by LCpl. Amaia Unanue/Released)
JGSDF tests out new simulation equipment
A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force member visiting the annual Training Expo on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, tests out the Instrumental Tactical Evaluation Simulated System, April 29, 2016. This recently updated system works almost like the popular game, "laser tag," where a laptop traces the marksmanship of the shooter. This training can be recorded and handed back to the unit on a CD to evaluate performance. (U.S. Marine photo by LCpl. Amaia Unanue/Released)
Marines disembark from an MV-22 Osprey after landing at an airstrip in Panay, Philippines, during Exercise Balikatan, Monday, April 11, 2016. The Marines were acting as a follow-up force for an earlier amphibious landing by Filipino marines.
Balikatan: Lessons learned have real-time resonance in Philippines
Marines disembark from an MV-22 Osprey after landing at an airstrip in Panay, Philippines, during Exercise Balikatan, Monday, April 11, 2016. The Marines were acting as a follow-up force for an earlier amphibious landing by Filipino marines.
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard L. Simcock, Commanding General 3D Marine Division, talks to Marines from 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment about Marine Rotational Force Darwin (MRF-D) on Robertson Barracks, Darwin, Australia on April 24, 2016. MRF-D is a six-month deployment of Marines into Darwin, Australia, where they will conduct exercises and train with the Australian Defence Forces, strengthening the U.S.-Australia alliance. (U. S. Marine Corps Photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Osvaldo L. Ortega III/Released)
Maj. Gen. Richard Simcock speaks to the Marines of Marine Rotational Force Darwin
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard L. Simcock, Commanding General 3D Marine Division, talks to Marines from 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment about Marine Rotational Force Darwin (MRF-D) on Robertson Barracks, Darwin, Australia on April 24, 2016. MRF-D is a six-month deployment of Marines into Darwin, Australia, where they will conduct exercises and train with the Australian Defence Forces, strengthening the U.S.-Australia alliance. (U. S. Marine Corps Photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Osvaldo L. Ortega III/Released)
1st Sgt. Ray McGinnis stands at parade rest with the honor guard during the Australia New Zealand Army Corps Day ceremony held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, April 25, 2016. McGinnis is the company first sergeant of 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and led the honor guard throughout the ceremony. The U.S. Marine Corps and Australian Defence Forces share an enduring alliance through the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, which deploys in a rotational manner for six months out of the year in Darwin, Australia.
ANZAC Day 2016
1st Sgt. Ray McGinnis stands at parade rest with the honor guard during the Australia New Zealand Army Corps Day ceremony held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, April 25, 2016. McGinnis is the company first sergeant of 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and led the honor guard throughout the ceremony. The U.S. Marine Corps and Australian Defence Forces share an enduring alliance through the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, which deploys in a rotational manner for six months out of the year in Darwin, Australia.
Marines conduct a helicopter support team exercise at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, April 22, 2016. The Marines are landing support specialists, commonly referred to as red patchers, with Landing Support Detachment, 3rd Transportation Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Red Patchers: The Misunderstood Marines
Marines conduct a helicopter support team exercise at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, April 22, 2016. The Marines are landing support specialists, commonly referred to as red patchers, with Landing Support Detachment, 3rd Transportation Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Sgt. Jeffrey L. Allen scopes out the terrain from his seat in a UH-1Y Huey, April 8, 2016, at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. Allen, along with other crew chiefs and aircraft maintainers, may work up to 16 hours a day performing maintenance and checks on aircraft to ensure safe missions. Allen, from Ennis, Texas, is with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167, currently supporting Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program.
Keeping Birds in the Sky
Sgt. Jeffrey L. Allen scopes out the terrain from his seat in a UH-1Y Huey, April 8, 2016, at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. Allen, along with other crew chiefs and aircraft maintainers, may work up to 16 hours a day performing maintenance and checks on aircraft to ensure safe missions. Allen, from Ennis, Texas, is with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167, currently supporting Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program.
Aircraft maintenance Marines perform daily maintenance on a UH-1Y Huey, April 8, 2016, at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. The maintainers work in shifts so that each squadron maintains a 24-hour presence at its hangar. The Marines are with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167, currently supporting Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program.
Keeping Birds in the Sky
Aircraft maintenance Marines perform daily maintenance on a UH-1Y Huey, April 8, 2016, at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. The maintainers work in shifts so that each squadron maintains a 24-hour presence at its hangar. The Marines are with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167, currently supporting Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program.
III MEF Unit News
III Marine Expeditionary Force Band wows dignitaries, community with performance dedicated to earthquake victims

By Lance Cpl. Robert D. Williams Jr. | May 19, 2016

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan – As the Marines from the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band filed onto the stage with their instruments, applause swelled from the packed auditorium. Members of the Okinawa community and distinguished visitors were treated to a symphonic journey through music May 9, 2016 at Tedako Hall, Okinawa, Japan. MORE
Guns ablaze in the Land of the Rising Sun

By Lance Cpl. Nathaniel Cray | May 19, 2016

SENJOGAHARA, Japan — As artillery rounds pummel the ground, Japanese residents and media watch with enthusiasm. Approximately 80 local residents and media attended an artillery demonstration for Artillery Relocation Training Program 16-1 here, May 16, 2016. MORE
Train Local, Fight Global: Simulated Training Gives Edge to Oki Marines

By Lance Cpl. Amaia Unanue | May 2, 2016

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan -- Two Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members approached a table covered in gear, weapons and laptops, grinning from ear to ear. One of them began to speak to the contractor standing at the table. The other pulled out a cell phone and recorded the interaction. The contractor showed the service members how to use his system, which is essentially a tactical game of laser tag. The system tracks the marksmanship of each player through a laptop, which then records the results. A CD is given to the command to discuss their after-action report. MORE
Navy Marine Corps Relief Society raises money for others with sports

By Lance Cpl. Nathan Cray | May 2, 2016

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan – Marines and sailors raise funds for the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society by participating in competitive group sports April 29, 2016 on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. MORE
III MEF in the Media
  Leftwich Trophy winner motivated his Marines so much, they got matching unit tattoos
Lance M. Bacon | Marine Corps Times | April 21, 2016

A Marine Corps captain who “built the best infantry company" his commander said he's ever seen is this year's recipient of the service's prestigious Leftwich Trophy.
  Balikatan: Lessons learned have real-time resonance in Philippines
By Wyatt Olson | Stars and Stripes | April 14, 2016

BASA AIR BASE, Philippines — On paper, Balikatan might be called an exercise, but the Marine general leading the training prefers to think of it more as a mission rehearsal.
   US troops to be based in NT under Marine Rotational Force Darwin
Courtney Todd | NT News | April 11, 2016

THE Top End will once again play host to hundreds of US Marines, with the main body for Marine Rotational Force Darwin to arrive within weeks. This will be the fifth annual rotation of US troops to be based in the NT under MRF-D, a six-month deployment that sees Aussie and US troops train together in the Territory.

       
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