U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific
In Any Clime and Place
Today, Pacific Marines wants to wish Marine Forces Reserve a Happy Birthday. Thank you for 100 years of dedicated service!
(U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Robert Sweet)
A new Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer (DDG-122) will be named in honor of Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone, Aug. 16. Basilone received the Medal of Honor for his bravery in Guadalcanal and the posthumous Navy Cross for his actions in Iwo Jima. Music: Jeremy Soule - Company of Heroes
Provisional Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Hawaii is currently wrapping up Rim of the Pacific 2016, a multinational military exercise, from June 29 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian islands. The brigade is comprised of service members from the U.S., Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Japan,Tonga and Indonesia. It is commanded by 3rd Marine Regiment, which supports III Marine Expeditionary Force. RIMPAC 16, the world's largest amphibious, maritime exercise, promotes interoperability among 26 participating nations and helps maintain security and stability on the world's sea lanes and oceans. (U.S. Marine Corps Video by Cpl. Natalie Dillon)
Okinawa is home to more than 26,000 of our U.S. service members and is considered the "Keystone of the Pacific" because it's within 1,500km of key cities. Here are six facts that service members and their families may not know about III Marine Expeditionary Force's home. (Video by Sgt. Ally Beiswanger/released)
U.S. Marines and Australian Army soldiers tell us a fraction of what it is like training out in the field at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii July 20, 2016. Marines with III Marine Expeditionary Force are participating in Rim of the Pacific 2016, a multinational military exercise, from June 29 to Aug. 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands. III MEF trains year-round throughout the Pacific to build partnership with allied and Pacific nations and maintain a state of constant readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps Video by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra)
Journey to Iwo Jima
By Story by Sgt. Matthew Bragg | August 2, 2016
Sixteen U.S. Marines and three Sailors were told to pack their bags and prepare for a journey very few will take during their military career. Could this really be? They had been selected to embark on a trip to a place many consider hallowed ground for the Marine Corps, a place they’d all heard of yet seemed to live only in history books. They would go to Iwo Jima. MORE
Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians, reconnaissance Marines practice standoff munitions disruption
By Cpl. Janessa Pon | August 2, 2016
“Fire when ready!” shouts a Marine behind a blast shield atop a sniper tower. Shots resonate across a hilly range as 50mm rounds impact targets downrange, blossoming into irate red fireballs.
Explosive ordnance disposal technicians with Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific – Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Japan, and Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force and reconnaissance snipers with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III MEF rehearsed standoff munitions disruption July 28 on Camp Schwab, Okinawa. MORE