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Lt. Col. Kemper Jones gives a motivational speech to his Marines during the 50-mile hike challenge, May 15-17, 2017, at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, Japan. The 50-mile hike challenge dates back to 1908 when President Theodore Roosevelt signed Executive Order 989, requiring lieutenants and captains in the Marine Corps to walk 50-miles in no more than 20 hours. Jones is the commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment. The Marines are with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines forward deployed from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina to III Marine Expeditionary Force under the unit deployment program. (Photo courtesy of Maj. Patrick Murray) - Lt. Col. Kemper Jones gives a motivational speech to his Marines during the 50-mile hike challenge, May 15-17, 2017, at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, Japan. The 50-mile hike challenge dates back to 1908 when President Theodore Roosevelt signed Executive Order 989, requiring lieutenants and captains in the Marine Corps to walk 50-miles in no more than 20 hours. Jones is the commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment. The Marines are with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines forward deployed from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina to III Marine Expeditionary Force under the unit deployment program. (Photo courtesy of Maj. Patrick Murray)

A reconnaissance Marine participates in the United States Marine Corps Combatant Divers Course, on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, May 11, 2017. A mobile training team from Navy Diving and Salvage Training Center, Panama City, Florida, conducted the training. The USMC Combatant Divers Course is eight weeks and combines lectures, demonstrations and practical application of circuit diving, diving physics, and medical aid. The Marine is with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaac Ibarra) - A reconnaissance Marine participates in the United States Marine Corps Combatant Divers Course, on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, May 11, 2017. A mobile training team from Navy Diving and Salvage Training Center, Panama City, Florida, conducted the training. The USMC Combatant Divers Course is eight weeks and combines lectures, demonstrations and practical application of circuit diving, diving physics, and medical aid. The Marine is with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaac Ibarra)

U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Clinton John DuClos receives the James Maguire Exceptional achievement award at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, April 21, 2017. The Marine Corps Aviation Association awarded Duclos for leading, mentoring, and training Marines to become subject matter experts and be fully qualified in the airframes job field. “I’m just doing my job to the best of my ability,” said DuClos. “I’m very humbled and appreciative of it.” DuClos, a native of St. Louis, is a MV-22 Osprey airframes division chief with Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron 262, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. - U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Clinton John DuClos receives the James Maguire Exceptional achievement award at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, April 21, 2017. The Marine Corps Aviation Association awarded Duclos for leading, mentoring, and training Marines to become subject matter experts and be fully qualified in the airframes job field. “I’m just doing my job to the best of my ability,” said DuClos. “I’m very humbled and appreciative of it.” DuClos, a native of St. Louis, is a MV-22 Osprey airframes division chief with Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron 262, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit hike up a hill at Hacksaw Ridge, Okinawa, Japan, May 4, 2017. The Marines, non-commissioned officers with the MEU, visited World War II battle sites throughout Okinawa as part of a Marine Corps Community Services tour that was intended to boost morale throughout the NCO corps of the 31st MEU and sharpen the Marines’ mental readiness. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tiffany Edwards) - Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit hike up a hill at Hacksaw Ridge, Okinawa, Japan, May 4, 2017. The Marines, non-commissioned officers with the MEU, visited World War II battle sites throughout Okinawa as part of a Marine Corps Community Services tour that was intended to boost morale throughout the NCO corps of the 31st MEU and sharpen the Marines’ mental readiness. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tiffany Edwards)

Maj. Christopher A. Denver was honored as the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing Aviator of the Year Award recipient last month at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. The Alfred A. Cunningham Award (Marine Aviator of the Year) first recognizes the top aviator in each MAW, and then identifies an overall winner from those finalists. The Marine Corps Aviation Association announced Capt. Hugh E. Anderson, assigned to Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533, Marine Aircraft Group 31, 2nd MAW, as the winner of the Marine Corps wide Aviator of the Year. Denver, from San Antonio, Texas, is the executive officer of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, MAG 36, 1st MAW. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Bernadette Wildes) - Maj. Christopher A. Denver was honored as the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing Aviator of the Year Award recipient last month at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. The Alfred A. Cunningham Award (Marine Aviator of the Year) first recognizes the top aviator in each MAW, and then identifies an overall winner from those finalists. The Marine Corps Aviation Association announced Capt. Hugh E. Anderson, assigned to Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533, Marine Aircraft Group 31, 2nd MAW, as the winner of the Marine Corps wide Aviator of the Year. Denver, from San Antonio, Texas, is the executive officer of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, MAG 36, 1st MAW. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Bernadette Wildes)