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Staff Sgt. D. DeMarius Jackson performs a saxophone solo for the song “Deck the Halls” Dec. 9 during a III Marine Expeditionary Force band Christmas concert at the Kubasaki High School auditorium on Camp Foster. The concert was filled with a variety of Christmas songs performed by the jazz ensemble of the III MEF band, known as the “Big Band.” The concert was open to Okinawa community members for an opportunity to share in the traditions of the Christmas season. Jackson, a native of Aiken, South Carolina, is a saxophone musician with the III MEF band. - Staff Sgt. D. DeMarius Jackson performs a saxophone solo for the song “Deck the Halls” Dec. 9 during a III Marine Expeditionary Force band Christmas concert at the Kubasaki High School auditorium on Camp Foster. The concert was filled with a variety of Christmas songs performed by the jazz ensemble of the III MEF band, known as the “Big Band.” The concert was open to Okinawa community members for an opportunity to share in the traditions of the Christmas season. Jackson, a native of Aiken, South Carolina, is a saxophone musician with the III MEF band.

Harlem Globetrotters forward, Tydran ‘Crash’ Beaty, throws down the fanatic game winning dunk over a Washington Generals defender Dec. 9 at The Foster Field House on Camp Foster. The Harlem Globetrotters displayed their basketball artistry to service members and their families. The athletic basketball display was an opportunity for the Harlem Globetrotters to give a little taste of home to the service members serving overseas. The event was a part of the Harlem Globetrotters 13th military tour, in which the team travels overseas to U.S. military installations throughout Japan. The game was presented by Navy Entertainment, Leatherneck Tour and Marine Corps Community Services. - Harlem Globetrotters forward, Tydran ‘Crash’ Beaty, throws down the fanatic game winning dunk over a Washington Generals defender Dec. 9 at The Foster Field House on Camp Foster. The Harlem Globetrotters displayed their basketball artistry to service members and their families. The athletic basketball display was an opportunity for the Harlem Globetrotters to give a little taste of home to the service members serving overseas. The event was a part of the Harlem Globetrotters 13th military tour, in which the team travels overseas to U.S. military installations throughout Japan. The game was presented by Navy Entertainment, Leatherneck Tour and Marine Corps Community Services.

Staff Sgt. Edward Fairley, center, speaks about his thoughts on diversity to Petty Officer 2nd Class Dane O. Castello, right, and Petty Officer 1st Class Roman G. Gatica Dec. 2 during Diversity Observance Day on Camp Hansen. Marines and sailors of different cultural backgrounds were picked to discuss their thoughts on diversity. “Equality is something that we are all striving for, we all want, we all fight for and we all deserve,” said Fairley, from Gulfport, Mississippi, a food service specialist with 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Castello, from Georgetown, Guyana, and Gatica, from San Antonio, Texas, are field medical corpsman with Headquarters Regiment, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III MEF. - Staff Sgt. Edward Fairley, center, speaks about his thoughts on diversity to Petty Officer 2nd Class Dane O. Castello, right, and Petty Officer 1st Class Roman G. Gatica Dec. 2 during Diversity Observance Day on Camp Hansen. Marines and sailors of different cultural backgrounds were picked to discuss their thoughts on diversity. “Equality is something that we are all striving for, we all want, we all fight for and we all deserve,” said Fairley, from Gulfport, Mississippi, a food service specialist with 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Castello, from Georgetown, Guyana, and Gatica, from San Antonio, Texas, are field medical corpsman with Headquarters Regiment, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III MEF.

U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Ryan T. Watson, right, receives a bouquet of flowers from a student Dec. 5 at Chinzei High School in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan. Marines participating in Forest Light 15-1 took a day off from training to visit local high schools to exchange culture lessons with the student. Forest Light is a routine, semi-annual exercise designed to enhance the U.S. and Japan military partnership, solidify regional security agreements, and improve individual and unit-level skills in a bilateral training environment. Watson, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, is an infantry unit leader with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program. - U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Ryan T. Watson, right, receives a bouquet of flowers from a student Dec. 5 at Chinzei High School in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan. Marines participating in Forest Light 15-1 took a day off from training to visit local high schools to exchange culture lessons with the student. Forest Light is a routine, semi-annual exercise designed to enhance the U.S. and Japan military partnership, solidify regional security agreements, and improve individual and unit-level skills in a bilateral training environment. Watson, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, is an infantry unit leader with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program.

Gunnery Sgt. Shane R. Bertrand, from Ontario, Oregon, helps children put together paper pilgrim and American Indian hats Nov. 23 during the second annual Thanksgiving celebration with Tai Chu En Children’s Home at the Camp Kinser Chapel. This was the second annual Thanksgiving event with the children’s home and the Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Regiment 35. Following the crafts, the children and volunteers sat down for a Thanksgiving feast including turkey, corn and pumpkin pie. Bertrand is the logistics chief for CLR 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary. - Gunnery Sgt. Shane R. Bertrand, from Ontario, Oregon, helps children put together paper pilgrim and American Indian hats Nov. 23 during the second annual Thanksgiving celebration with Tai Chu En Children’s Home at the Camp Kinser Chapel. This was the second annual Thanksgiving event with the children’s home and the Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Regiment 35. Following the crafts, the children and volunteers sat down for a Thanksgiving feast including turkey, corn and pumpkin pie. Bertrand is the logistics chief for CLR 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary.

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Jonas G. Dewald, right, instructs a Japan Ground Self-Defense Force member during sniper stalk lane training Dec. 2 in the Oyanohara Training Area in Yamato, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan. The training is part of Forest Light 15-1, a semi-annual, bilateral exercise consisting of a command post exercise and field training events conducted by elements of III Marine Expeditionary Force and the JGSDF to enhance the U.S. and Japan military partnership, solidify regional security agreements and improve individual and unit-level skills. Dewald, from Wilson, North Carolina, is a machine gunner with Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, currently attached to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III MEF, under the unit deployment program. The JGSDF member is with 42nd Regiment, 8th Division, Western Army, JGSDF. - U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Jonas G. Dewald, right, instructs a Japan Ground Self-Defense Force member during sniper stalk lane training Dec. 2 in the Oyanohara Training Area in Yamato, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan. The training is part of Forest Light 15-1, a semi-annual, bilateral exercise consisting of a command post exercise and field training events conducted by elements of III Marine Expeditionary Force and the JGSDF to enhance the U.S. and Japan military partnership, solidify regional security agreements and improve individual and unit-level skills. Dewald, from Wilson, North Carolina, is a machine gunner with Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, currently attached to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III MEF, under the unit deployment program. The JGSDF member is with 42nd Regiment, 8th Division, Western Army, JGSDF.