III Marine Expeditionary Force


III Marine Expeditionary Force

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Okinawa, Japan
III MEF Unit News


Learning to save lives By Lance Cpl. Nelson Duenas | July 23, 2016
Task Force Koa Moana: Jungle Roots By Cpl. William Hester | July 18, 2016
Revive, Rescue, Repeat: Marine Recon and Air Force Special Operations Hone Humanitarian Skills By Cpl. Natalie A. Dillon | July 15, 2016
RIMPAC 16: USS America Sets Sail By Cpl. Isaac Ibarra Staff Sgt. Christopher Giannetti | July 14, 2016
III MEF in the Media
   Marines join Okinawan exercise to prepare for disasters
 Stars and Stripes| Matthew M. Burke | Jul. 25, 2016


CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Marines further solidified their working relationship with Japan’s military Thursday as preparation for a possible emergency in a country that is prone to disasters.

Korean Marines Train to Maintain Long-Distance Relationship
 Stars and Stripes| Kim Gamel| Jul. 11, 2016

POHANG, South Korea — Long-distance relationships don’t always work. But the U.S. and Korean marines think they have found a winning formula.

The III Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Okinawa, Japan, deploys a steady stream of units to South Korea for joint training exercises with their Korean counterparts.
   Multilateral Training
 The Fiji Times| Losalini Bolatagici| Jul. 01, 2016

About 200 Marines, sailors and Coast Guards from the US will be conducting training exercises in Fiji and Tonga this month.

The exercise, known as Koa Moana, meaning ocean warrior, is designed to improve interoperability and enhance military-to-military relations.


 Marine Corps Base Hawaii prepares for new Osprey
Hawaii News Now | Jolanie Martinez | Jun. 21, 2016

KANEOHE, OAHU – Marines are training up for new Osprey aircraft to be permanently based in the islands.

On Wednesday, Marine Corps Base Hawaii officials gave reporters a tour of a new simulator, aimed at offering Osprey pilots a realistic training experience.


 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.

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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