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Col. Robert Brodie, left, commanding officer of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, stands with Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Col. Kouki Watanabe, commanding officer of the JGSDF 12th Infantry Regiment after the opening ceremony for Exercise Forest Light Western Army at Camp Oyanohara, Kyushu, Japan, Jan. 18, 2020. The exercise will consist of field training events including basic infantry skills, vertical assaults integrated with MV-22B Osprey flight operations, and combined–arms, and enhances the collective defense capabilities of the U.S.-Japanese alliance. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Audrey M. C. Rampton) - Col. Robert Brodie, left, commanding officer of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, stands with Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Col. Kouki Watanabe, commanding officer of the JGSDF 12th Infantry Regiment after the opening ceremony for Exercise Forest Light Western Army at Camp Oyanohara, Kyushu, Japan, Jan. 18, 2020. The exercise will consist of field training events including basic infantry skills, vertical assaults integrated with MV-22B Osprey flight operations, and combined–arms, and enhances the collective defense capabilities of the U.S.-Japanese alliance. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Audrey M. C. Rampton)

Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, center, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, stands for a photo with fellow sergeants major during the Force Level Summit 2020 held in Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 15, 2020. The summit is a yearly event held to bring Force Level Sergeants Major together with the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps to discuss ideas, lessons learned and address current and future concerns of the Marine Corps in order to improve lethality and readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Hannah Hall) - Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black, center, the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, stands for a photo with fellow sergeants major during the Force Level Summit 2020 held in Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 15, 2020. The summit is a yearly event held to bring Force Level Sergeants Major together with the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps to discuss ideas, lessons learned and address current and future concerns of the Marine Corps in order to improve lethality and readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Hannah Hall)

Retired Sgt. Maj. John Canley, Medal of Honor Recipient, speaks to Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 11, 2019. Sgt. Maj. Canley received the Medal of Honor for his valor in combat during the Vietnam War. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser) - Retired Sgt. Maj. John Canley, Medal of Honor Recipient, speaks to Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 11, 2019. Sgt. Maj. Canley received the Medal of Honor for his valor in combat during the Vietnam War. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)

U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Clinton Cummings, commanding officer of 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, under the Unit Deployment Program, shakes hands with Col. Akamai Kazuo, commanding officer of 8th Infantry Regiment, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, at an opening ceremony during Forest Light Middle Army in Aibano Training Area, Shiga, Japan, Dec. 1, 2019. Forest Light Middle Army is an annual training exercise that is designed to enhance the collective defense capabilities of the United States and Japan Alliance by allowing infantry units to maintain their lethality and proficiency in infantry and combined arms tactics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. D’Angelo Yanez) - U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Clinton Cummings, commanding officer of 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, under the Unit Deployment Program, shakes hands with Col. Akamai Kazuo, commanding officer of 8th Infantry Regiment, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, at an opening ceremony during Forest Light Middle Army in Aibano Training Area, Shiga, Japan, Dec. 1, 2019. Forest Light Middle Army is an annual training exercise that is designed to enhance the collective defense capabilities of the United States and Japan Alliance by allowing infantry units to maintain their lethality and proficiency in infantry and combined arms tactics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. D’Angelo Yanez)