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U.S. Marines board a CH-53E Super Stallion rotary-wing aircraft at Aibano training area, Sept. 15, 2015. The aircraft provided assault transport during a bilateral air assault comprehensive exercise at Aibano Training Area. The exercise is part of Forest Light 16-1, an exercise to increase interoperability of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Marine Corps forces. U.S. Marines are with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. - U.S. Marines board a CH-53E Super Stallion rotary-wing aircraft at Aibano training area, Sept. 15, 2015. The aircraft provided assault transport during a bilateral air assault comprehensive exercise at Aibano Training Area. The exercise is part of Forest Light 16-1, an exercise to increase interoperability of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Marine Corps forces. U.S. Marines are with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

Cpl. Daniel J. Benjamin Jr. reunites with Paula Genova at U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, on Sept. 14, 2015, two weeks after saving her life from a substantial head injury. On Aug. 31, Paula was riding her bike when she lost control and was struck in the head by a tree branch. While losing a significant amount of blood and screaming for help, Benjamin came to her aid by taking her straight to the hospital. Benjamin recently received a coin from the III Marine Expeditionary Force sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Lee D. Bonar Jr., for his selfless act. Paula is a tourist from Manila, Philippines. Benjamin is a digital wideband repair Marine with Headquarters Marine Wing Support Group 18, Marine Air Control Group 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. - Cpl. Daniel J. Benjamin Jr. reunites with Paula Genova at U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, on Sept. 14, 2015, two weeks after saving her life from a substantial head injury. On Aug. 31, Paula was riding her bike when she lost control and was struck in the head by a tree branch. While losing a significant amount of blood and screaming for help, Benjamin came to her aid by taking her straight to the hospital. Benjamin recently received a coin from the III Marine Expeditionary Force sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Lee D. Bonar Jr., for his selfless act. Paula is a tourist from Manila, Philippines. Benjamin is a digital wideband repair Marine with Headquarters Marine Wing Support Group 18, Marine Air Control Group 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force Sgt. Akito Yagi attaches vegetation to his sniper rifle while performing stalking drills during Forest Light 16-1 at Camp Imazu, Takashima, Japan, Sept. 10, 2015. The Marines sat up on a high embankment, trying to catch the JGSDF stalking the target with binoculars. Forest Light is a semiannual, bilateral exercise consisting of a command post exercise and multiple field training events, conducted by elements of III Marine Expeditionary Force and the JGSDF. Yagi is a sniper with 50th Infantry Regiment, 14th Brigade. - Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force Sgt. Akito Yagi attaches vegetation to his sniper rifle while performing stalking drills during Forest Light 16-1 at Camp Imazu, Takashima, Japan, Sept. 10, 2015. The Marines sat up on a high embankment, trying to catch the JGSDF stalking the target with binoculars. Forest Light is a semiannual, bilateral exercise consisting of a command post exercise and multiple field training events, conducted by elements of III Marine Expeditionary Force and the JGSDF. Yagi is a sniper with 50th Infantry Regiment, 14th Brigade.

Cpl. Brandon Crain yells fire to Lance Cpl. Clayton Baker while demonstrating the capabilities of the shoulder-launched multipurpose assault weapon to the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force during Forest Light 16-1 at Camp Imazu, Takashima, Japan, Sept. 7, 2015. The JGSDF and U.S. Marines took turns sharing knowledge about different anti-tank missile systems. After giving specifications of their respective weapon systems, the two forces used practice rounds to demonstrate how well the weapon systems work. Forest Light will take place Sept. 7-18 with approximately 240 Marines working next to 350 JGSDF members. The exercise will consist of mortar live fire, establishing forward arming and refueling points training, helicopter borne skills and combined arms procedures. Crain is from Leander, Texas and Baker is from Huntington, Indiana. Both Marines are assaultmen with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. - Cpl. Brandon Crain yells fire to Lance Cpl. Clayton Baker while demonstrating the capabilities of the shoulder-launched multipurpose assault weapon to the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force during Forest Light 16-1 at Camp Imazu, Takashima, Japan, Sept. 7, 2015. The JGSDF and U.S. Marines took turns sharing knowledge about different anti-tank missile systems. After giving specifications of their respective weapon systems, the two forces used practice rounds to demonstrate how well the weapon systems work. Forest Light will take place Sept. 7-18 with approximately 240 Marines working next to 350 JGSDF members. The exercise will consist of mortar live fire, establishing forward arming and refueling points training, helicopter borne skills and combined arms procedures. Crain is from Leander, Texas and Baker is from Huntington, Indiana. Both Marines are assaultmen with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

U.S. Marines and Japanese Ground Self Defense Force members salute as each nations’ national anthem plays marking the beginning of Forest Light 16-1 at Camp Imazu, Takashima, Japan, Sept. 6, 2015. Forest Light will take place Sept. 7-18 with approximately 240 Marines working next to 350 JGSDF members. The exercise will consist of combined mortar live fire, establishing forward arming and refueling points, combined helicopter borne skills and combined-arms training. The JGSDF members are from 50th Infantry Regiment, 14th Brigade. The Marines are with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. - U.S. Marines and Japanese Ground Self Defense Force members salute as each nations’ national anthem plays marking the beginning of Forest Light 16-1 at Camp Imazu, Takashima, Japan, Sept. 6, 2015. Forest Light will take place Sept. 7-18 with approximately 240 Marines working next to 350 JGSDF members. The exercise will consist of combined mortar live fire, establishing forward arming and refueling points, combined helicopter borne skills and combined-arms training. The JGSDF members are from 50th Infantry Regiment, 14th Brigade. The Marines are with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

Lance Cpl. Riley Deforest stabilizes the legs on the 81mm mortar system after Lance Cpl. Nicholas Seelhammer dropped a projectile in the tube Sept. 6, 2015 during Forest Light 16-1 at Camp Imazu, Takashima, Japan. The Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Marines took turns calling fire missions, prepping the mortar for fire, and firing the mortar during the training. Forest Light is a semi-annual, bilateral exercise consisting of a command post exercise and multiple field training events conducted by elements of III Marine Expeditionary Force and the JGSDF. Deforest is from Norwich, New York, and is a mortarman with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III MEF. Seelhammer is from Dawsonville, Georgia, and is a mortarman with 1st Bn., 2nd Marines. - Lance Cpl. Riley Deforest stabilizes the legs on the 81mm mortar system after Lance Cpl. Nicholas Seelhammer dropped a projectile in the tube Sept. 6, 2015 during Forest Light 16-1 at Camp Imazu, Takashima, Japan. The Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Marines took turns calling fire missions, prepping the mortar for fire, and firing the mortar during the training. Forest Light is a semi-annual, bilateral exercise consisting of a command post exercise and multiple field training events conducted by elements of III Marine Expeditionary Force and the JGSDF. Deforest is from Norwich, New York, and is a mortarman with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III MEF. Seelhammer is from Dawsonville, Georgia, and is a mortarman with 1st Bn., 2nd Marines.