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Two hundred newly promoted or selected-to-be Marine staff sergeants participate in an open discussion with (from left to right) Sergeants Maj. Vincent Santiago, Mario Marquez, Michael Hendges and Robert Williamson at the end of III Marine Expeditionary Force's Staff Sergeant Indoctrination Course at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Oct. 28, 2015. The course provided the attendees a place to learn from centuries of cumulative experience of the senior enlisted leaders within III MEF. Santiago is the sergeant major for 3rd Marine Division. Marquez is the sergeant major for 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. Hendges is the sergeant major for 3rd Marine Logistics Group. Williamson is the sergeant major for Marine Corps Installations Pacific. - Two hundred newly promoted or selected-to-be Marine staff sergeants participate in an open discussion with (from left to right) Sergeants Maj. Vincent Santiago, Mario Marquez, Michael Hendges and Robert Williamson at the end of III Marine Expeditionary Force's Staff Sergeant Indoctrination Course at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Oct. 28, 2015. The course provided the attendees a place to learn from centuries of cumulative experience of the senior enlisted leaders within III MEF. Santiago is the sergeant major for 3rd Marine Division. Marquez is the sergeant major for 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. Hendges is the sergeant major for 3rd Marine Logistics Group. Williamson is the sergeant major for Marine Corps Installations Pacific.

Flares from a C-130 Hercules transportation aircraft illuminate the landing zone for an incoming CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter during a fire support coordination exercise that kicked off Blue Chromite 2016, at Okinawa, Japan, today. Blue Chromite is large-scale air-ground training exercise that builds upon the Marine Corps’ sea-borne, rapid-reaction capabilities while maintaining the Corps’ strategic presence in the Pacific. The principle units involved in the ongoing exercise are 3rd Marine Division, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing and 3rd Marine Logistics Group, all subordinate commands of III Marine Expeditionary Force. - Flares from a C-130 Hercules transportation aircraft illuminate the landing zone for an incoming CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter during a fire support coordination exercise that kicked off Blue Chromite 2016, at Okinawa, Japan, today. Blue Chromite is large-scale air-ground training exercise that builds upon the Marine Corps’ sea-borne, rapid-reaction capabilities while maintaining the Corps’ strategic presence in the Pacific. The principle units involved in the ongoing exercise are 3rd Marine Division, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing and 3rd Marine Logistics Group, all subordinate commands of III Marine Expeditionary Force.

Maj. Gen. Richard L. Simcock, the commanding general of 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, speaks to his Marines about Marine Corps readiness at Legends Officers' Club on Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 14, 2015. The round-table event was organized to educate Marines about the importance of mission readiness, the need for qualified Marines to re-enlist, and how noncommissioned officers are responsible for their Marines. “Warfighting is the number one priority of the division,” said Simcock. “All actions we take, both as a division and as major subordinate elements, should support the priority.” Simcock is from San Mateo, California. - Maj. Gen. Richard L. Simcock, the commanding general of 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, speaks to his Marines about Marine Corps readiness at Legends Officers' Club on Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 14, 2015. The round-table event was organized to educate Marines about the importance of mission readiness, the need for qualified Marines to re-enlist, and how noncommissioned officers are responsible for their Marines. “Warfighting is the number one priority of the division,” said Simcock. “All actions we take, both as a division and as major subordinate elements, should support the priority.” Simcock is from San Mateo, California.

Cpl. Blake Ericksonworks together Philippine Navy Seabees, members of their naval construction battalions, to fill wheelbarrows with cement mix while working on the humanitarian civic assistance project at Binduyan Elementary School Oct. 4, during Amphibious Landing Exercise 2015 (PHIBLEX 15). PHIBLEX 15 is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines alongside U.S. Marine and Navy Forces. It focuses on strengthening the partnership and relationships between the two nations across a range of military operations, including disaster relief and complex expeditionary operations. Erickson is a combat engineer with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. - Cpl. Blake Ericksonworks together Philippine Navy Seabees, members of their naval construction battalions, to fill wheelbarrows with cement mix while working on the humanitarian civic assistance project at Binduyan Elementary School Oct. 4, during Amphibious Landing Exercise 2015 (PHIBLEX 15). PHIBLEX 15 is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines alongside U.S. Marine and Navy Forces. It focuses on strengthening the partnership and relationships between the two nations across a range of military operations, including disaster relief and complex expeditionary operations. Erickson is a combat engineer with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

Cpl. Jake Morales, left, and Cpl. Wesley McCulloch troubleshoot a Hawkeye III Lite satellite at Clark Air Base, Philippines, Oct. 6, 2015. Communication Marines are a vital link to the command and provided 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade with communications throughout Amphibious Landing Exercise 2015. PHIBLEX 2015 is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by U.S. Marine and Navy Forces with the Armed Forces of the Philippines in order to strengthen our interoperability and working relationships across the range of military operations — from disaster relief, to complex expeditionary operations. Morales from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a data network specialist with 7th Communications Battalion, III Marine Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. McCulloch, from Dyersburg, Tennessee, is a field radio operator with 7th Comm Bn., III MHG, III MEF. - Cpl. Jake Morales, left, and Cpl. Wesley McCulloch troubleshoot a Hawkeye III Lite satellite at Clark Air Base, Philippines, Oct. 6, 2015. Communication Marines are a vital link to the command and provided 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade with communications throughout Amphibious Landing Exercise 2015. PHIBLEX 2015 is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by U.S. Marine and Navy Forces with the Armed Forces of the Philippines in order to strengthen our interoperability and working relationships across the range of military operations — from disaster relief, to complex expeditionary operations. Morales from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a data network specialist with 7th Communications Battalion, III Marine Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. McCulloch, from Dyersburg, Tennessee, is a field radio operator with 7th Comm Bn., III MHG, III MEF.

Led by a Republic of Korea Marine Corps instructor, U.S. and ROK Marines paddle to shore during inflatable boat training as part of Korean Marine Exchange Program 15-13 at Baengnyeongdo, Republic of Korea, Sept. 7, 2015. Marines trained as integrated units paddling the boats and learning to work as a team. KMEP is a regularly scheduled training event which highlights the invaluable opportunities for ROK and U.S. Marines to train and learn from each other. The U.S. Marines are assigned to 3rd Platoon, Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, currently attached to 4th Marine Regiment, III Marine Expeditionary Force, through the Unit Deployment Program. The ROK Marines are with 11th Company, 63rd Battalion, 6th Brigade, 1st Regiment, 2nd ROK Marine Corps Division, ROK Headquarters Marine Corps. - Led by a Republic of Korea Marine Corps instructor, U.S. and ROK Marines paddle to shore during inflatable boat training as part of Korean Marine Exchange Program 15-13 at Baengnyeongdo, Republic of Korea, Sept. 7, 2015. Marines trained as integrated units paddling the boats and learning to work as a team. KMEP is a regularly scheduled training event which highlights the invaluable opportunities for ROK and U.S. Marines to train and learn from each other. The U.S. Marines are assigned to 3rd Platoon, Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, currently attached to 4th Marine Regiment, III Marine Expeditionary Force, through the Unit Deployment Program. The ROK Marines are with 11th Company, 63rd Battalion, 6th Brigade, 1st Regiment, 2nd ROK Marine Corps Division, ROK Headquarters Marine Corps.

Retired Lt. Col. Justin Constantine speaks to Marines at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 30, 2015, about his near- death experience in Iraq. Constantine was hit in the back of the head by an enemy sniper round during a routine combat patrol, Oct. 18, 2006. Constantine, who is still recovering, dedicates his life to giving back to Marines and encouraging them to seek help if they need it. Constantine was appointed by the Secretary of Defense to a four-year congressionally mandated task force for recovering warriors, and is currently on the board of directors for the Wounded Warrior Project. Constantine, from Fairfax, Virginia, is a retired Lt. Col. and a motivational speaker for active and retired service members. - Retired Lt. Col. Justin Constantine speaks to Marines at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 30, 2015, about his near- death experience in Iraq. Constantine was hit in the back of the head by an enemy sniper round during a routine combat patrol, Oct. 18, 2006. Constantine, who is still recovering, dedicates his life to giving back to Marines and encouraging them to seek help if they need it. Constantine was appointed by the Secretary of Defense to a four-year congressionally mandated task force for recovering warriors, and is currently on the board of directors for the Wounded Warrior Project. Constantine, from Fairfax, Virginia, is a retired Lt. Col. and a motivational speaker for active and retired service members.