III Marine Expeditionary Force


III Marine Expeditionary Force

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Okinawa, Japan
Marine musicians lift spirits of Kumamoto quake victims
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. James R. Holt and Sgt. Michael A. Parker, musicians with the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band, interact with Japanese children, June 17-20, 2016, while performing for Japanese citizens displaced by an earthquake that struck Kumamoto, Japan, April 16, 2016.
Lt. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson talks to Marines and Sailors on Okinawa about how the military and Okinawan communities are united, not only through military training, but also in everyday interaction. Nicholson is the commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary force and the Okinawa area coordinator for the U.S. service members stationed on the island.
Going Past the Warning Signs with EOD
A U.S. soldier sets up a shot with two unexploded 155mm projectiles and three M853/A1 81MM illumination mortars, May 21, 2016 at Montana Range, South Korea. U.S. Marine and U.S. Soldier Explosive Ordnance Explosive technicians participated in Korea EOD Exercise to further familiarize themselves with ordnance and render-safe procedures. Download Hi-Res Photo
Sgt. Maj. Lee D. Bonar Jr. and Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Michael J. Fasano address Marines and Sailors on Okinawa about the "100 days of Summer." The 100 days of Summer is a period in Okinawa when most heat-related mishaps occur. Bonar is the III Marine Expeditionary Force sergeant major and Fasano is the command master chief for III MEF.
III MEF Unit News


A Look into the Jungle

By LCpl. Nelson Duenas | June 24, 2016

The saccades’ song rolled through the jungle with a motion similar to ocean waves. It has been half MORE
Period of unity and mourning set to end June 28

By III MEF Public Affairs | June 24, 2016

On behalf of all U.S. forces, we continue to stand united with the people of Okinawa during this time of mourning. Our prayers, thoughts and condolences are offered to the family, friends and loved ones who lost their family member tragically. Our current liberty posture during the period of unity and mourning will continue until the morning of 28 June. After this time, established U.S. Forces Japan liberty policies will continue in effect with a few modifications. We will continue to communicate with all fifty-thousand Americans on Okinawa, especially our young servicemen and women, emphasizing the importance of their roles and responsibilities as ambassadors and being productive, helpful, and law-abiding members of our local communities. MORE
Hammer to fit, Paint to match

By Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei | June 15, 2016

CAMP COURTNEY, Okinawa, Japan – “Hammer to fit, paint to match,” said Staff Sgt. Patrick L. Sherricker, referring to Maintenance Platoon’s motto. “We’re going to get it done as quickly as possible; then we’re going to make it look sexy.” MORE
Jersey native leads the few and the proud onboard the USS Ashland (LSD 48)

By Lance Cpl. Carl King | June 14, 2016

U.S. Army Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf once said, “Do what is right, not what you think the high headquarters wants or what you think will make you look good.” Though Schwarzkopf was quoted saying that statement years ago, if you were to talk to some of the Marines in 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment currently attached, through the Unit Deployment Program, to 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force about Cpl. Ryan Albanese, they wouldn’t hesitate to tell you he possesses the leadership traits described in that statement. MORE
III MEF in the Media

 U.S. Okinawa commander says ties must remain strong after murder of local woman
  The Japan Times | Jun. 21, 2016

The head of U.S. forces in Okinawa has said he hopes the American and Japanese communities in the prefecture do not become estranged by the recent rape-murder of a 20-year-old Okinawa woman.


 With renewed fury, Japanese protest U.S. military presence in Okinawa
  CBS News | Jun. 20, 2016

The U.S. military in Japan faces new protests after an American Marine veteran is accused of murdering a young Japanese woman. Tens of thousands of Japanese rallied Sunday on the island of Okinawa, calling for the removal or reduction of the military bases there.


Marine vet's quick actions saved dozens of lives during Orlando nightclub shooting
 Jeff Schogol | Marine Corps Times | Jun. 14, 2016

A Marine veteran who served in Afghanistan is being hailed as a hero for helping scores of people escape from an Orlando nightclub targeted by a terrorist.


Okinawa base imposes curfew on US troops after woman's death
BBC Asia | BBC Asia | May 28, 2016

The US military base on Japan's island of Okinawa has imposed a midnight curfew and a ban on alcohol after the arrest of an ex-Marine suspected of killing a Japanese woman.


U.S. Marines offer Onaga a meeting with top military brass
Gen Okada and Takufumi Yoshida | The Asahi Shimbun | May 29, 2016

NAHA--The U.S. Marine Corps commander here has reached out to Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, offering a meeting with a high-ranking member of U.S. forces to air grievances related to the American bases in the prefecture.


U.S. general ‘angry’ over Okinawa death
Jiji Press | May 28, 2016

KITANAKAGUSUKU, Okinawa (Jiji Press) — Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, head of U.S. forces in Okinawa, on Saturday voiced his anger over a recent incident in which a worker at a U.S. base was arrested for allegedly abandoning the body of a local woman.

III MEF provides the United States with a forward-deployed force in readiness in the Pacific Theater, as a globally responsive, expeditionary, and fully scalable Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF), capable of generating, deploying, and employing forces for crisis response, forward presence, major combat operations, and campaigns.

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