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Service members from the Royal Thai, Republic of Korea, and U.S. Armed Forces participate in an amphibious capabilities demonstration at Hat Yao, Rayong, Thailand, during exercise Cobra Gold, Feb. 12, 2016. Cobra Gold is a multinational training exercise developed to strengthen security and interoperability between the Kingdom of Thailand, the U.S. and other participating nations.
Multinational Service Members Participate in an Amphibious Capabilities Demonstration During Cobra Gold 2016
Service members from the Royal Thai, Republic of Korea, and U.S. Armed Forces participate in an amphibious capabilities demonstration at Hat Yao, Rayong, Thailand, during exercise Cobra Gold, Feb. 12, 2016. Cobra Gold is a multinational training exercise developed to strengthen security and interoperability between the Kingdom of Thailand, the U.S. and other participating nations.
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Nicholas Emerson, an administration specialist with Marine Wing Headquarter Squadron 1, a native of Temecula, Calif., plays with children at the Wat Sombun Naram School, Rayong District, Thailand, during exercise Cobra Gold, Feb. 10, 2016. Cobra Gold, in its 35th iteration, includes a specific focus on humanitarian civic action, community engagement, and medical activities conducted during the exercise to support the needs and humanitarian interests of civilian populations around the region.
Wat Sombun Naram School
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Nicholas Emerson, an administration specialist with Marine Wing Headquarter Squadron 1, a native of Temecula, Calif., plays with children at the Wat Sombun Naram School, Rayong District, Thailand, during exercise Cobra Gold, Feb. 10, 2016. Cobra Gold, in its 35th iteration, includes a specific focus on humanitarian civic action, community engagement, and medical activities conducted during the exercise to support the needs and humanitarian interests of civilian populations around the region.
U.S. Marines and sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, participate in a community relationship event at the Child Development and Protection Center, in Chonburi, Thailand, during exercise Cobra Gold, Feb. 6, 2016. Cobra Gold 2016, in its 35th iteration includes a specific focus on Humanitarian Civic Action, community engagement, and medical activities conducted during the exercise to support the needs and humanitarian interests of civilian populations around the region.
31st MEU visits the Child Development and Protection Center
U.S. Marines and sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, participate in a community relationship event at the Child Development and Protection Center, in Chonburi, Thailand, during exercise Cobra Gold, Feb. 6, 2016. Cobra Gold 2016, in its 35th iteration includes a specific focus on Humanitarian Civic Action, community engagement, and medical activities conducted during the exercise to support the needs and humanitarian interests of civilian populations around the region.
Royal Thai Army Supreme Commander, Gen. Sommai Kaotira and U.S. Ambassador Glyn Davies (right),  shake hands during the opening ceremony for Exercise Cobra Gold at the Royal Thai Marine Corps Headquarters in Sattahip, Thailand, Feb. 9, 2016. Cobra Gold will consist of three primary events: a command post exercise, which includes a senior leader seminar; humanitarian civic assistance projects in Thai communities; and a field training exercise that will build regional relationships.
Cobra Gold 2016 Opening Ceremony
Royal Thai Army Supreme Commander, Gen. Sommai Kaotira and U.S. Ambassador Glyn Davies (right), shake hands during the opening ceremony for Exercise Cobra Gold at the Royal Thai Marine Corps Headquarters in Sattahip, Thailand, Feb. 9, 2016. Cobra Gold will consist of three primary events: a command post exercise, which includes a senior leader seminar; humanitarian civic assistance projects in Thai communities; and a field training exercise that will build regional relationships.
A Marine with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, secures an AAV-P7/A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicle to the well-deck of the USS Ashland (LSD 48) Jan. 29, 2016, at White Beach, Okinawa, Japan. The Marines loaded their AAVs onto the Ashland before departing for the MEU's spring deployment. The spring deployment is a regularly scheduled deployment designed to support PACOM's theater security cooperation initiatives to promote goodwill, and strengthen allied relationships.
31st MEU Marines Head to Cobra Gold 16
A Marine with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, secures an AAV-P7/A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicle to the well-deck of the USS Ashland (LSD 48) Jan. 29, 2016, at White Beach, Okinawa, Japan. The Marines loaded their AAVs onto the Ashland before departing for the MEU's spring deployment. The spring deployment is a regularly scheduled deployment designed to support PACOM's theater security cooperation initiatives to promote goodwill, and strengthen allied relationships.
Teachers at Ban Sa Yai School in Trat, Thailand, pass out coloring books during exercise Cobra Gold, Feb. 3, 2016. Cobra Gold 2016, in its 35th iteration, includes a specific focus on humanitarian civic action, community engagement, and medical activities conducted during the exercise to support the needs and humanitarian interests of civilian populations around the region.
Cobra Gold 2016
Teachers at Ban Sa Yai School in Trat, Thailand, pass out coloring books during exercise Cobra Gold, Feb. 3, 2016. Cobra Gold 2016, in its 35th iteration, includes a specific focus on humanitarian civic action, community engagement, and medical activities conducted during the exercise to support the needs and humanitarian interests of civilian populations around the region.
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Taylor White (left) and Lance Cpl. Scott Skith (right), both field artillery cannoneers, with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines, wait for a vehicle to be offloaded from the USNS Maj. Stephen W. Pless, during exercise Cobra Gold 2016, on Sattahip Naval Base, Thailand, Jan. 28, 2016. Cobra Gold, in its 35th iteration, is an important element of the United States' and all other participating nations' regional military to military engagement efforts.)
Royal Thai Navy and U.S. Service Members Offload from the USNS Maj. Stephen W. Pless
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Taylor White (left) and Lance Cpl. Scott Skith (right), both field artillery cannoneers, with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines, wait for a vehicle to be offloaded from the USNS Maj. Stephen W. Pless, during exercise Cobra Gold 2016, on Sattahip Naval Base, Thailand, Jan. 28, 2016. Cobra Gold, in its 35th iteration, is an important element of the United States' and all other participating nations' regional military to military engagement efforts.)
Samai Tanapai Bul blesses a pillar at the Wuat Ban Mak school, during exercise Cobra Gold 2016, Saraburi, Thailand, Jan. 25, 2016. Cobra Gold, in its 35th iteration, focuses on humanitarian civic action, community engagement, and medical activities to support the needs and humanitarian interest of civilian populations around the region.
Cobra Gold 2016 Pillar Dedication Ceremony: Wuat Ban Mak School
Samai Tanapai Bul blesses a pillar at the Wuat Ban Mak school, during exercise Cobra Gold 2016, Saraburi, Thailand, Jan. 25, 2016. Cobra Gold, in its 35th iteration, focuses on humanitarian civic action, community engagement, and medical activities to support the needs and humanitarian interest of civilian populations around the region.
Samai Tanapai Bul blesses a construction site during a Pillar Raising Ceremony as part exercise Cobra Gold 2016 in Wuat Ban Mak, Saraburi, Thailand, Jan. 25, 2016. Cobra Gold 2016, in its 35th iteration, includes a specific focus on humanitarian civic action, community engagement, and medical activities conducted during the exercise to support the needs and humanitarian interests of civilian populations around the region.
Cobra Gold 2016
Samai Tanapai Bul blesses a construction site during a Pillar Raising Ceremony as part exercise Cobra Gold 2016 in Wuat Ban Mak, Saraburi, Thailand, Jan. 25, 2016. Cobra Gold 2016, in its 35th iteration, includes a specific focus on humanitarian civic action, community engagement, and medical activities conducted during the exercise to support the needs and humanitarian interests of civilian populations around the region.
Samai Tanapai Bul blesses a construction site during a Pillar Raising Ceremony as part exercise
Cobra Gold 2016 in Wuat Ban Mak, Saraburi, Thailand, Jan. 25, 2016.  Cobra Gold 2016, in its 35th iteration, includes a specific focus on humanitarian civic action, community engagement, and medical activities conducted during the exercise to support the needs and humanitarian interests of civilian populations around the region.
Cobra Gold 2016
Samai Tanapai Bul blesses a construction site during a Pillar Raising Ceremony as part exercise Cobra Gold 2016 in Wuat Ban Mak, Saraburi, Thailand, Jan. 25, 2016. Cobra Gold 2016, in its 35th iteration, includes a specific focus on humanitarian civic action, community engagement, and medical activities conducted during the exercise to support the needs and humanitarian interests of civilian populations around the region.
The display of the battlefield crosses over the flight line during a memorial ceremony honoring 12 Marines from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Jan. 22, 2016. Two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters with HMH-463 were involved in an incident off the coast of North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii, Jan. 14.
HMH-463 Honors 12 Marines in Memorial Service
The display of the battlefield crosses over the flight line during a memorial ceremony honoring 12 Marines from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Jan. 22, 2016. Two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters with HMH-463 were involved in an incident off the coast of North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii, Jan. 14.
A Marine places his hand over the Kevlar of a battlefield cross during a memorial ceremony honoring 12 Marines from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Jan. 22, 2016. Two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters with HMH-463 were involved in an incident off the coast of North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii, Jan. 14.
U.S. Marine Corps Honors 12 Marines in Memorial Service
A Marine places his hand over the Kevlar of a battlefield cross during a memorial ceremony honoring 12 Marines from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Jan. 22, 2016. Two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters with HMH-463 were involved in an incident off the coast of North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii, Jan. 14.
Mark Rigg (left), director, Honolulu Emergency Services Department, receives an award from Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan (middle), commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, and Mayor Kirk Caldwell (right), City & County of Honolulu, during the First Responder Recognition Ceremony at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, in Honolulu, Dec. 18, 2015. Various individuals from the Honolulu Emergency Services Department, Honolulu Fire Department, and Honolulu Police Department were recognized for their heroic, selfless actions while responding to a mishap involving an MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft.
First Responders Recognition Ceremony
Mark Rigg (left), director, Honolulu Emergency Services Department, receives an award from Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan (middle), commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, and Mayor Kirk Caldwell (right), City & County of Honolulu, during the First Responder Recognition Ceremony at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, in Honolulu, Dec. 18, 2015. Various individuals from the Honolulu Emergency Services Department, Honolulu Fire Department, and Honolulu Police Department were recognized for their heroic, selfless actions while responding to a mishap involving an MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft.
Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific and Mayor Kirk Caldwell, City & County of Honolulu, award U.S. Airmen during the First Responder Recognition Ceremony at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, in Honolulu, Dec. 18, 2015.  Military and civilian personnel that selflessly assisted during the rescue and treatment of the Marines and Sailor received recognition from the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Commander.
First Responders Recognition Ceremony
Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific and Mayor Kirk Caldwell, City & County of Honolulu, award U.S. Airmen during the First Responder Recognition Ceremony at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, in Honolulu, Dec. 18, 2015. Military and civilian personnel that selflessly assisted during the rescue and treatment of the Marines and Sailor received recognition from the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Commander.
Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan (right), commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, and Mayor Kirk Caldwell (left), City & County of Honolulu, take a picture with the Honolulu Police Department after the First Responder Recognition Ceremony at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, in Honolulu, Dec. 18, 2015. Various individuals from the Honolulu Emergency Services Department, Honolulu Fire Department, and Honolulu Police Department were recognized for their heroic, selfless actions while responding to a mishap involving an MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft.
First Responders Recognition Ceremony
Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan (right), commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, and Mayor Kirk Caldwell (left), City & County of Honolulu, take a picture with the Honolulu Police Department after the First Responder Recognition Ceremony at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, in Honolulu, Dec. 18, 2015. Various individuals from the Honolulu Emergency Services Department, Honolulu Fire Department, and Honolulu Police Department were recognized for their heroic, selfless actions while responding to a mishap involving an MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft.
Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, speaks during the First Responder Recognition Ceremony at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, in Honolulu, Dec. 18, 2015.  U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific recognized Honolulu's first responders who assisted during the rescue and treatment of Marines and sailors in the aftermath of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft mishap.
First Responders Recognition Ceremony
Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, speaks during the First Responder Recognition Ceremony at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, in Honolulu, Dec. 18, 2015. U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific recognized Honolulu's first responders who assisted during the rescue and treatment of Marines and sailors in the aftermath of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft mishap.
Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan visits Marines aboard USS Essex, and welcomes them to Hawaii, Dec. 3, 2015.
Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan visits Marines
Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan visits Marines aboard USS Essex, and welcomes them to Hawaii, Dec. 3, 2015.
Guest performer Kevin Jones rocks out with the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Show Band at the 8th annual Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) Christmas Concerts at the historic Hawaii Theatre Center.
Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) Christmas Concert
Guest performer Kevin Jones rocks out with the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Show Band at the 8th annual Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) Christmas Concerts at the historic Hawaii Theatre Center.
Pearl Harbor survivor, Delton E. Walling, speaks with the attendees during the Pearl Harbor Colors, Honors and Heritage Ceremony at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2015. The ceremony is held once a month to honor the sacrifices of our armed forces, both those serving now and those have served.
Pearl Harbor Colors, Honors and Heritage Ceremony
Pearl Harbor survivor, Delton E. Walling, speaks with the attendees during the Pearl Harbor Colors, Honors and Heritage Ceremony at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2015. The ceremony is held once a month to honor the sacrifices of our armed forces, both those serving now and those have served.
Marines with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, pause while patrolling during training exercise Lava Viper, a staple of their pre-deployment training, at Range 10 at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, Nov. 4, 2015. The purpose of the training was to provide Marines within the company with an opportunity to utilize various tactics and weapons while organizing within the platoons to accomplish a common mission. Lava Viper provides the Hawaii-based Marines with an opportunity to conduct various movements, live-fire and tactical training before departing for Integrated Training Exercise aboard Marine Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., where the battalion will train and be evaluated as a whole.
Kilo Co. rushes, eliminates enemy
Marines with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, pause while patrolling during training exercise Lava Viper, a staple of their pre-deployment training, at Range 10 at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, Nov. 4, 2015. The purpose of the training was to provide Marines within the company with an opportunity to utilize various tactics and weapons while organizing within the platoons to accomplish a common mission. Lava Viper provides the Hawaii-based Marines with an opportunity to conduct various movements, live-fire and tactical training before departing for Integrated Training Exercise aboard Marine Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., where the battalion will train and be evaluated as a whole.
GULF OF ADEN (Oct. 17, 2015) U.S Marine Cpl. Shawn Obrien, left, sprints with an ammo can during the combat conditioning portion of a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program black belt course aboard the USS Rushmore (LSD 47). Obrien is an amphibious assault vehicle crew chief with Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. In In addition enhancing hand-to-hand combat skills, MCMAP sharpens the decision making and mental toughness of the Marines by instilling a warrior ethos.. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
One Mind, Any Weapon: U.S. Marines earn black belt at sea
GULF OF ADEN (Oct. 17, 2015) U.S Marine Cpl. Shawn Obrien, left, sprints with an ammo can during the combat conditioning portion of a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program black belt course aboard the USS Rushmore (LSD 47). Obrien is an amphibious assault vehicle crew chief with Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. In In addition enhancing hand-to-hand combat skills, MCMAP sharpens the decision making and mental toughness of the Marines by instilling a warrior ethos.. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
ARTA RANGE FACILITY, Djibouti (Oct. 7, 2015) U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Force Reconnaissance Detachment, clear a simulated enemy stronghold during a desert survival and tactics course alongside the French 5th Overseas Combined Arms Regiment (RIAOM). Elements of the 15th MEU trained with the 5th RIAOM in Djibouti in order to improve interoperability between the MEU and the French military. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
All together now: U.S. Marines enhance interoperability with French in Djibouti
ARTA RANGE FACILITY, Djibouti (Oct. 7, 2015) U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Force Reconnaissance Detachment, clear a simulated enemy stronghold during a desert survival and tactics course alongside the French 5th Overseas Combined Arms Regiment (RIAOM). Elements of the 15th MEU trained with the 5th RIAOM in Djibouti in order to improve interoperability between the MEU and the French military. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Caleb Lyon, a Stockbridge, Georgia native, eats a magpie goose during Exercise Kowari 15 Sept. 2 in the Daly River region, Northern Territory, Australia. Kowari is a trilateral environmental survival training opportunity hosted by Australia and includes forces from Australia, China and the U.S. simultaneously.
US Forces surviving Australian training
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Caleb Lyon, a Stockbridge, Georgia native, eats a magpie goose during Exercise Kowari 15 Sept. 2 in the Daly River region, Northern Territory, Australia. Kowari is a trilateral environmental survival training opportunity hosted by Australia and includes forces from Australia, China and the U.S. simultaneously.
Caskets carrying the remains of approximately 36 Marines rest on the tarmac, July 25, 2015, in Tarawa, Kiribati, before a repatriation ceremony. The remains were honored during the ceremony and loaded onto a C-130J Hercules aircraft for their return home to the United States where they will be identified and laid to rest in their final resting place.
Coming Home
Caskets carrying the remains of approximately 36 Marines rest on the tarmac, July 25, 2015, in Tarawa, Kiribati, before a repatriation ceremony. The remains were honored during the ceremony and loaded onto a C-130J Hercules aircraft for their return home to the United States where they will be identified and laid to rest in their final resting place.
Master Gunnery Sgt. Mark Gleason, bandmaster, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band, marches to his spot during a military tattoo in Nuku'alofa, Tonga July 8, 2015. The MARFORPAC Band travels throughout the Pacific region to promote community relations and interoperability between the U.S. and other countries.
Band Harmonizes Relations
Master Gunnery Sgt. Mark Gleason, bandmaster, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band, marches to his spot during a military tattoo in Nuku'alofa, Tonga July 8, 2015. The MARFORPAC Band travels throughout the Pacific region to promote community relations and interoperability between the U.S. and other countries.
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