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III Marine Expeditionary Force

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Okinawa, Japan
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.
Marines with the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force board a KC-130J Super Hercules at Kadena Air Base to begin preparing for a training exercise Friday, April 15. The training included picking up supplies and Marines from 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III MEF from Ie Shima. Then the reconnaissance Marines practiced low-level static line training with the support of VMGR-152. (U.S. Marine photo by LCpl Amaia Unanue/Released)
VMGR-152 supports static line jump
Marines with the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force board a KC-130J Super Hercules at Kadena Air Base to begin preparing for a training exercise Friday, April 15. The training included picking up supplies and Marines from 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III MEF from Ie Shima. Then the reconnaissance Marines practiced low-level static line training with the support of VMGR-152. (U.S. Marine photo by LCpl Amaia Unanue/Released)
Japan Self-Defense Force service members, attending the Joint Staff College, received a presentation on the Marine Air-Ground Task Force and III Marine Expeditionary Force’s chain of command during a visit to Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan on April 16, 2016. The presentation clarified the different sizes and capabilities of different MAGTFs and III MEF’s capabilities in the Pacific.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Hester/ Released)
Joint Service College students learn MAGTF
Japan Self-Defense Force service members, attending the Joint Staff College, received a presentation on the Marine Air-Ground Task Force and III Marine Expeditionary Force’s chain of command during a visit to Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan on April 16, 2016. The presentation clarified the different sizes and capabilities of different MAGTFs and III MEF’s capabilities in the Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Hester/ Released)
U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Japan Self-Defense Force members transport supplies onto an MV-22B Osprey aboard the JS Hyuga (DDH 181), April 19, 2016. The supplies are in support of the relief effort after a series of earthquakes struck the island of Kyushu. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU and remains the Marine Corps' force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
31st MEU Marines help JSDF deliver much needed supplies to residents of Kyushu island
U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Japan Self-Defense Force members transport supplies onto an MV-22B Osprey aboard the JS Hyuga (DDH 181), April 19, 2016. The supplies are in support of the relief effort after a series of earthquakes struck the island of Kyushu. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU and remains the Marine Corps' force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Japan Ground Self Defense Force personnel carry supplies from a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, in Hakusui Sports Park, Kyushu island, Japan, April 20, 2016. The supplies are in support of the relief effort after a series of earthquakes struck the island of Kyushu. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU and remains the Marine Corps' force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
JSDF, U.S. Marines continue ship to shore earthquake relief
Japan Ground Self Defense Force personnel carry supplies from a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, in Hakusui Sports Park, Kyushu island, Japan, April 20, 2016. The supplies are in support of the relief effort after a series of earthquakes struck the island of Kyushu. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU and remains the Marine Corps' force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Japan Maritime Self Defense Force personnel, U.S. Navy sailors and U.S. Marines load supplies onto a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the JS Hyuga, at sea, April 20, 2016. The supplies are in support of the relief effort after a series of earthquakes struck the island of Kyushu. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU and remains the Marine Corps' force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
JSDF, U.S. Marines continue ship to shore earthquake relief
Japan Maritime Self Defense Force personnel, U.S. Navy sailors and U.S. Marines load supplies onto a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the JS Hyuga, at sea, April 20, 2016. The supplies are in support of the relief effort after a series of earthquakes struck the island of Kyushu. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU and remains the Marine Corps' force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Japan Ground Self Defense Force personnel carry supplies from a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, in Hakusui Sports Park, Kyushu island, Japan, April 20, 2016. The supplies are in support of the relief effort after a series of earthquakes struck the island of Kyushu. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU and remains the Marine Corps' force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
JSDF, U.S. Marines continue ship to shore earthquake relief
Japan Ground Self Defense Force personnel carry supplies from a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, in Hakusui Sports Park, Kyushu island, Japan, April 20, 2016. The supplies are in support of the relief effort after a series of earthquakes struck the island of Kyushu. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU and remains the Marine Corps' force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Japan Ground Self Defense Force personnel carry supplies from a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, in Hakusui Sports Park, Kyushu island, Japan, April 20, 2016. The supplies are in support of the relief effort after a series of earthquakes struck the island of Kyushu. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU and remains the Marine Corps' force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
JSDF, U.S. Marines continue ship to shore earthquake relief
Japan Ground Self Defense Force personnel carry supplies from a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, in Hakusui Sports Park, Kyushu island, Japan, April 20, 2016. The supplies are in support of the relief effort after a series of earthquakes struck the island of Kyushu. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU and remains the Marine Corps' force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, assists the Government of Japan in supporting those affected by recent earthquakes in Kumamoto, Japan, April 18, 2016. VMM-265 picked up supplies from Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Camp Takayubaru and delivered them to Hakusui Sports Park in the Kumamoto Prefecture. The long-standing relationship between Japan and the U.S. allows U.S. military forces in Japan to provide rapid, integrated support to the Japan Self-Defense Forces and civil relief efforts.
Japan Earthquake Relief 2016
Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, assists the Government of Japan in supporting those affected by recent earthquakes in Kumamoto, Japan, April 18, 2016. VMM-265 picked up supplies from Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Camp Takayubaru and delivered them to Hakusui Sports Park in the Kumamoto Prefecture. The long-standing relationship between Japan and the U.S. allows U.S. military forces in Japan to provide rapid, integrated support to the Japan Self-Defense Forces and civil relief efforts.
Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, assists the Government of Japan in supporting those affected by recent earthquakes in Kumamoto, Japan, April 18, 2016. VMM-265 picked up supplies from Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Camp Takayubaru and delivered them to Hakusui Sports Park in the Kumamoto Prefecture. The long-standing relationship between Japan and the U.S. allows U.S. military forces in Japan to provide rapid, integrated support to the Japan Self-Defense Forces and civil relief efforts. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Nathan Wicks/Released)
VMM-265 provides operational airlift support for the Japanese government relief efforts
Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, assists the Government of Japan in supporting those affected by recent earthquakes in Kumamoto, Japan, April 18, 2016. VMM-265 picked up supplies from Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Camp Takayubaru and delivered them to Hakusui Sports Park in the Kumamoto Prefecture. The long-standing relationship between Japan and the U.S. allows U.S. military forces in Japan to provide rapid, integrated support to the Japan Self-Defense Forces and civil relief efforts. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Nathan Wicks/Released)
Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, assists the Government of Japan in supporting those affected by recent earthquakes in Kumamoto, Japan, April 18, 2016. VMM-265 picked up supplies from Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Camp Takayubaru and delivered them to Hakusui Sports Park in the Kumamoto Prefecture. The long-standing relationship between Japan and the U.S. allows U.S. military forces in Japan to provide rapid, integrated support to the Japan Self-Defense Forces and civil relief efforts. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Nathan Wicks/Released)
VMM-265 provides operational airlift support for the Japanese government relief efforts
Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, assists the Government of Japan in supporting those affected by recent earthquakes in Kumamoto, Japan, April 18, 2016. VMM-265 picked up supplies from Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Camp Takayubaru and delivered them to Hakusui Sports Park in the Kumamoto Prefecture. The long-standing relationship between Japan and the U.S. allows U.S. military forces in Japan to provide rapid, integrated support to the Japan Self-Defense Forces and civil relief efforts. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Nathan Wicks/Released)
MV-22B Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit arrive at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, April 17, 2016. The aircraft arrived in preparation to support the Government of Japan’s relief efforts in response to the earthquakes that struck the island of Kyushu earlier this week. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU and remains the Marine Corps’ force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha Villarreal/Released)
Earthquake relief support: 31st MEU Marines arrive in Iwakuni
MV-22B Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit arrive at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, April 17, 2016. The aircraft arrived in preparation to support the Government of Japan’s relief efforts in response to the earthquakes that struck the island of Kyushu earlier this week. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU and remains the Marine Corps’ force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha Villarreal/Released)
A Marine waits to guide MV-22 Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, during their takeoff April 17 on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. United States Forces, Japan is providing operational airlift support in coordination with the Government of Japan’s efforts to provide relief following the devastating earthquake near Kumamoto. “We express our deepest condolences to all of those affected by the recent earthquakes in Kyushu,” said Lt. Gen. John Dolan, commander of USFJ. “To the people of Japan and the region affected by this tragedy we send our heartfelt sympathies. The men and women of U.S. Forces, Japan stand with you during this difficult time.” The long-standing alliance between Japan and the U.S. allows U.S. military forces in Japan to provide rapid, integrated support to the Japanese Self-Defense Forces and civil relief efforts.
USFJ prepares to support Japan earthquake relief efforts
A Marine waits to guide MV-22 Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, during their takeoff April 17 on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. United States Forces, Japan is providing operational airlift support in coordination with the Government of Japan’s efforts to provide relief following the devastating earthquake near Kumamoto. “We express our deepest condolences to all of those affected by the recent earthquakes in Kyushu,” said Lt. Gen. John Dolan, commander of USFJ. “To the people of Japan and the region affected by this tragedy we send our heartfelt sympathies. The men and women of U.S. Forces, Japan stand with you during this difficult time.” The long-standing alliance between Japan and the U.S. allows U.S. military forces in Japan to provide rapid, integrated support to the Japanese Self-Defense Forces and civil relief efforts.
An MV-22 Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, begins to takeoff April 17 from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. United States Forces, Japan is providing operational airlift support in coordination with the Government of Japan’s efforts to provide relief following the devastating earthquake near Kumamoto. “We express our deepest condolences to all of those affected by the recent earthquakes in Kyushu,” said Lt. Gen. John Dolan, commander of USFJ. “To the people of Japan and the region affected by this tragedy we send our heartfelt sympathies. The men and women of U.S. Forces, Japan stand with you during this difficult time.” The long-standing alliance between Japan and the U.S. allows U.S. military forces in Japan to provide rapid, integrated support to the Japanese Self-Defense Forces and civil relief efforts.
USFJ prepares to support Japan earthquake relief efforts
An MV-22 Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, begins to takeoff April 17 from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. United States Forces, Japan is providing operational airlift support in coordination with the Government of Japan’s efforts to provide relief following the devastating earthquake near Kumamoto. “We express our deepest condolences to all of those affected by the recent earthquakes in Kyushu,” said Lt. Gen. John Dolan, commander of USFJ. “To the people of Japan and the region affected by this tragedy we send our heartfelt sympathies. The men and women of U.S. Forces, Japan stand with you during this difficult time.” The long-standing alliance between Japan and the U.S. allows U.S. military forces in Japan to provide rapid, integrated support to the Japanese Self-Defense Forces and civil relief efforts.
Sgt. Shelly Janecke poses with her daughter Payton in 2013, prior to her promotion to sergeant. Janecke balances being a Marine, student and mother. Janecke is the ammunition noncommissioned officer-in-charge of the Materials and Readiness Branch, G-4, supply and logistics, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Marine Overcomes Adversity, Shows Honor, Courage, Commitment
Sgt. Shelly Janecke poses with her daughter Payton in 2013, prior to her promotion to sergeant. Janecke balances being a Marine, student and mother. Janecke is the ammunition noncommissioned officer-in-charge of the Materials and Readiness Branch, G-4, supply and logistics, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. Marines with the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, arrive in Darwin, Australia to begin preparation for exercise Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D) on April 13, 2016. MRF-D was a six-month deployment of Marines into Darwin, Australia, where they conducted exercises and trained with the Australian Defence Forces, strengthening the U.S.-Australia alliance. (U. S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Osvaldo L. Ortega III)
1st Battalion, 1st Marines arrival to Darwin
U.S. Marines with the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, arrive in Darwin, Australia to begin preparation for exercise Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D) on April 13, 2016. MRF-D was a six-month deployment of Marines into Darwin, Australia, where they conducted exercises and trained with the Australian Defence Forces, strengthening the U.S.-Australia alliance. (U. S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Osvaldo L. Ortega III)
Staff Sgt. Jarret Garibaldi, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with EOD Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, gives information on the upcoming Korea Explosive Ordnance Disposal Exercise 16.
Staff Sgt. Jarret Garibaldi Speaks About Korea Explosive Ordnance Disposal Exercise 16
Staff Sgt. Jarret Garibaldi, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with EOD Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, gives information on the upcoming Korea Explosive Ordnance Disposal Exercise 16.
Philippine Marine Cpl. Mark De-Guzman takes part in a patrol with the U.S. Marine Corps during Balikatan 16, Panay, Philippines, April 11, 2016. De-Guzman is with the Marine Battalion Landing Team 4. Throughout Balikatan, U.S. and Philippine Marines exchanged tactics, techniques and procedures to hone their combined readiness. This year marks the 32nd iteration of Balikatan where U.S. service members continue to work “shoulder-to-shoulder” with members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to increase combined readiness to crises and conflict across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jessica N. Etheirdge/Released)
US, Philippine Marines Share Techniques
Philippine Marine Cpl. Mark De-Guzman takes part in a patrol with the U.S. Marine Corps during Balikatan 16, Panay, Philippines, April 11, 2016. De-Guzman is with the Marine Battalion Landing Team 4. Throughout Balikatan, U.S. and Philippine Marines exchanged tactics, techniques and procedures to hone their combined readiness. This year marks the 32nd iteration of Balikatan where U.S. service members continue to work “shoulder-to-shoulder” with members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to increase combined readiness to crises and conflict across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jessica N. Etheirdge/Released)
A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter, lands on the joint high speed vessel, the U.S.N.S. Millinocket during Balikatan 16, off the coast of Panay, Philippines, April 12, 2016. After landing on deck, infantry units with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment de-boarded the helicopter marking the completion phase of an aerial assault of Antique Airfield. Marines and Navy work together to increase our amphibious capabilities to be able to work effectively to provide relief and assistance in the event of natural disasters and other crises that threaten public safety and health across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jessica N. Etheridge/released)
CH-53E lands on U.S.N.S. Millinocket
A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter, lands on the joint high speed vessel, the U.S.N.S. Millinocket during Balikatan 16, off the coast of Panay, Philippines, April 12, 2016. After landing on deck, infantry units with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment de-boarded the helicopter marking the completion phase of an aerial assault of Antique Airfield. Marines and Navy work together to increase our amphibious capabilities to be able to work effectively to provide relief and assistance in the event of natural disasters and other crises that threaten public safety and health across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jessica N. Etheridge/released)
U.S. Marine Cpl. Kevin V. Phan and the Philippine Marines teach each other patrol techniques during Balikatan 16, Panay, Philippines, April 11, 2016. Phan, from Garden Grove, California, is assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, currently attached to 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.  Balikatan provides opportunities for U.S. and Philippine forces to learn from each other and train for potential real world crises, better preparing them to support the local population throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jessica N. Etheridge/Released)
US, Philippine Marines Share Techniques
U.S. Marine Cpl. Kevin V. Phan and the Philippine Marines teach each other patrol techniques during Balikatan 16, Panay, Philippines, April 11, 2016. Phan, from Garden Grove, California, is assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, currently attached to 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Balikatan provides opportunities for U.S. and Philippine forces to learn from each other and train for potential real world crises, better preparing them to support the local population throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jessica N. Etheridge/Released)
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Dillon Ellzey, squad leader with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division currently assigned to 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force under the Unit Deployment Program conducts a ground assault maneuver training during Balikatan 16 at Crow Valley, Philippines, April 9, 2016. U.S. and Philippine Marines trained “shoulder-to-shoulder” after an aerial insert in ground assault maneuvers to build their combined capabilities. Balikatan is an annual Philippines-U.S. military bilateral training exercise that strengthens the Philippine-U.S. alliance and focuses on a variety of missions in response to conflict and crises throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cameron Darrough/Released)
Ground Assault Maneuver in the Philippines
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Dillon Ellzey, squad leader with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division currently assigned to 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force under the Unit Deployment Program conducts a ground assault maneuver training during Balikatan 16 at Crow Valley, Philippines, April 9, 2016. U.S. and Philippine Marines trained “shoulder-to-shoulder” after an aerial insert in ground assault maneuvers to build their combined capabilities. Balikatan is an annual Philippines-U.S. military bilateral training exercise that strengthens the Philippine-U.S. alliance and focuses on a variety of missions in response to conflict and crises throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cameron Darrough/Released)
U.S. and Philippine Marines conducts a ground assault maneuver during Balikatan 16, at Crow Valley, Philippines, April 9, 2016. U.S. and Philippine Marines trained “shoulder-to-shoulder” after an aerial insert in ground assault maneuvers to build their combined capabilities. Balikatan is an annual Philippines-U.S. military bilateral training exercise that strengthens the Philippine-U.S. alliance and focuses on a variety of missions in response to conflict and crises throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cameron Darrough/Released)
Ground Assault Maneuver in the Philippines
U.S. and Philippine Marines conducts a ground assault maneuver during Balikatan 16, at Crow Valley, Philippines, April 9, 2016. U.S. and Philippine Marines trained “shoulder-to-shoulder” after an aerial insert in ground assault maneuvers to build their combined capabilities. Balikatan is an annual Philippines-U.S. military bilateral training exercise that strengthens the Philippine-U.S. alliance and focuses on a variety of missions in response to conflict and crises throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cameron Darrough/Released)
U.S. and Philippine Marines fly in a MV-22B Osprey to their drop off zone during Balikatan 16, at Crow Valley, Philippines, April 9, 2016. U.S. and Philippine Marines trained “shoulder-to-shoulder” after an aerial insert in ground assault maneuvers to build their combined capabilities. Balikatan is an annual Philippines-U.S. military bilateral training exercise that strengthens the Philippine-U.S. alliance and focuses on a variety of missions in response to conflict and crises throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cameron Darrough/Released)
Ground Assault Maneuver in the Philippines
U.S. and Philippine Marines fly in a MV-22B Osprey to their drop off zone during Balikatan 16, at Crow Valley, Philippines, April 9, 2016. U.S. and Philippine Marines trained “shoulder-to-shoulder” after an aerial insert in ground assault maneuvers to build their combined capabilities. Balikatan is an annual Philippines-U.S. military bilateral training exercise that strengthens the Philippine-U.S. alliance and focuses on a variety of missions in response to conflict and crises throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cameron Darrough/Released)
Patrol Explosive Detection Dog Uno plays with a toy as a reward for finding explosives at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, April 7, 2016.  A Patrol Explosive Detection Dog is one of four types of Military Working Dog employed at 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Nelson Duenas/ Released)
Unmuzzling Military Working Dogs, Part 1/4 -- Patrol Explosive Detection Dogs
Patrol Explosive Detection Dog Uno plays with a toy as a reward for finding explosives at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, April 7, 2016. A Patrol Explosive Detection Dog is one of four types of Military Working Dog employed at 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Nelson Duenas/ Released)
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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
The Backstory to Bombardment

By Lance Cpl. Nathan C. Cray | April 29, 2016

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan -- If an artillery round explodes but no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? The Marines of 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment hope to test that question as accurately as possible over the course of a quarterly exercise in Miyagi Prefecture, Honshu, Japan, next month. MORE
Red Patchers: The misunderstood Marines

By Lance Cpl. Nelson Duenas | April 27, 2016

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, Okinawa, Japan -- The Marines braced themselves against rotor wash as the helicopter rose. It hovered over a 7,000 – pound cinder block, ready to lift. MORE
Keeping Birds in the Sky

By Cpl. William Hester | April 27, 2016

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, OKINAWA, Japan – When the morning dew begins to dampen the grass fields in between runways, there are some Marines already at work. The sound of clanging metal rings through the air as they inventory their tools. Sleepy-eyed, these aircraft maintainers sweep the flight line for debris and obstruction, quietly carrying out a profession responsible for the success of missions and preservation of life. 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.
  Cleveland Marine honored for helping rescue Army paratrooper
Brian Albrecht | The Plan Dealer | April 4, 2016

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Military heroism doesn't always arise on a battlefield.

On Dec. 15, it surfaced when an Army parachutist dropped from the sky, got blown off course and landed in the Pacific Ocean off the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

Okinawa Marines help restrain unruly passenger on Pacific flight
By Matt Burke | Stars and Stripes | March 31, 2016
 
About 50 Okinawa-based Marines were aboard the United Airlines flight, which had no air marshal, when they were called on to help restrain an out-of-control South Korean man, said Maj. Troy Cronbaugh, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

2,000 U.S. Marines arrive in S. Korea for drills as North threatens war
By Jeff Schogol | Marine Corps Times | March 5, 2016

The U.S. military is holding exercises in South Korea amid increased tensions with North Korea, whose leader Kim Jong Un has ordered his country’s nuclear weapons to be at the ready.

Navy, Marines to test seabasing concepts at Korean exercise
By Matthew M. Burke | Stars and Stripes | Feb. 29, 2016

The Navy and Marine Corps will operate new platforms at the Freedom Banner and Ssang Yong exercises that start in South Korea this week and experiment with new concepts they hope will streamline and improve future amphibious landing capabilities in the Pacific.

       
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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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