III Marine Expeditionary Force


III Marine Expeditionary Force

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Okinawa, Japan
III MEF Unit News


"Fastest Gunner in the World" By Lance Cpl. Amaia Unanue | August 16, 2016
The Caretaker: Crew Chief By Lance Cpl. Carl King | August 11, 2016
Task Force Koa Moana: Forging futures with Fiji By Sgt. William Hester | August 8, 2016
Task Force Koa Moana: Combining capabilities By Sgt. Wlliam Hester | August 8, 2016
III MEF in the Media
  Iwakuni Marines travel to Fuji for Eagle Wrath 2016
Stars and Stripes | July 12, 2016            

A group of Iwakuni Marines will get the chance to climb Mount Fuji during an exercise aimed at honing a variety of combat skills this week.  The Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, also known as “America’s squadron,” arrived at Camp Fuji on July 8 for Eagle Wrath 2016.

  RIMPAC 2016: Hawaiian Combat Training Range offers Unique Opportunities
USNI News | Megan Eckstein | July 29, 2016

The U.S. Army’s Pohakuloa Training Area hosted the live-fire portion of this year’s Rim of the Pacific exercise, with ground forces from eight countries leaving amphibious ships for about 12 days to practice with “the entire gamut of weapons systems, everything from the pistol all the way up to 84mm rockets and missiles,” Chief Warrant Officer 4 Joshua Smith, the Marine Gunner for 3rd Marine Regiment, told USNI News during a training event last week.


RIMPAC wraps up with amphibious assaults in Hawaii, Calif.
Stars and Stripes | Wyatt Olson | July 31, 2016
MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII — The Rim of the Pacific exercise staged amphibious assaults in Hawaii and Southern California on Saturday, the finale of the biennial naval exercise that included more than two dozen nations.

  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.

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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