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U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

In Any Clime and Place

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.
A 3rd Marine Regiment color guard takes its place, July 25, 2015, during a repatriation ceremony in Tarawa, Kiribati. The ceremony honored the remains of approximately 36 Marines who fought and died during the Battle of Tarawa during World War II, and were loaded onto a C-130J Hercules aircraft to be transported back home to the United States.
Coming Home
A 3rd Marine Regiment color guard takes its place, July 25, 2015, during a repatriation ceremony in Tarawa, Kiribati. The ceremony honored the remains of approximately 36 Marines who fought and died during the Battle of Tarawa during World War II, and were loaded onto a C-130J Hercules aircraft to be transported back home to the United States.
The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific color guard presents arms during the relief and appointment ceremony on Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii, July 23, 2015. During the ceremony, Sgt. Maj. William T. Stables relinquished his duties as MARFORPAC sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. Paul G. McKenna.
MARFORPAC welcomes new force sergeant major
The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific color guard presents arms during the relief and appointment ceremony on Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii, July 23, 2015. During the ceremony, Sgt. Maj. William T. Stables relinquished his duties as MARFORPAC sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. Paul G. McKenna.
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.
Brig. Gen. Christopher Mahoney, deputy commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, shakes hands with Brig. Gen. Hon Fielakepa, chief commander, His Majesty's Armed Forces, after the King's coronation celebration in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, July 6, 2015. The U.S. cultivates a strong partnership with Tonga through participation in significant cultural and ceremonial events.
Multinational Audience at Coronation Celebration
Brig. Gen. Christopher Mahoney, deputy commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, shakes hands with Brig. Gen. Hon Fielakepa, chief commander, His Majesty's Armed Forces, after the King's coronation celebration in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, July 6, 2015. The U.S. cultivates a strong partnership with Tonga through participation in significant cultural and ceremonial events.
The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band performs during His Majesty's Birthday Parade 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.
Bound by Music
The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band performs during His Majesty's Birthday Parade 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.
Musicians from the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band, the Tonga Royal Corps of Musicians, and the Australian Army march together in Nuku'alofa, Tonga July 1, 2015. The MARFORPAC Band is in Tonga to support the king's coronation and perform with other nations' military bands.
MARFORPAC Band, Tonga
Musicians from the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band, the Tonga Royal Corps of Musicians, and the Australian Army march together in Nuku'alofa, Tonga July 1, 2015. The MARFORPAC Band is in Tonga to support the king's coronation and perform with other nations' military bands.
U.S. Marines with the Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band along with soldiers from the Royal Corps of Musicians, His Majesty's Armed Forces of Tonga rehearse together in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, June 29, 2015. The MARFORPAC band travels throughout the Pacific region to promote community relations between the U.S. and other countries.
MARFORPAC Band, Tonga
U.S. Marines with the Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band along with soldiers from the Royal Corps of Musicians, His Majesty's Armed Forces of Tonga rehearse together in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, June 29, 2015. The MARFORPAC band travels throughout the Pacific region to promote community relations between the U.S. and other countries.
A Mongolian soldier with the Mongolian Armed Forces takes charge of a formation during the opening ceremonies of Exercise Khaan Quest 2015 at Five Hills Training Area in Tavantolgoi, Mongolia, June 15, 2015. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. KQ15 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. This year marks the 13th iteration of this training event. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by SSgt Christopher Giannetti/released)
Khaan Quest 2015 Opening Ceremony
A Mongolian soldier with the Mongolian Armed Forces takes charge of a formation during the opening ceremonies of Exercise Khaan Quest 2015 at Five Hills Training Area in Tavantolgoi, Mongolia, June 15, 2015. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise hosted annually by Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. KQ15 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. This year marks the 13th iteration of this training event. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by SSgt Christopher Giannetti/released)
U.S. Marine Master Gunnery Sgt. Mark Gleason, Bandmaster of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band, greets Maj. Suwarko, Band Officer of the Indonesian Korps Marinir Band after a joint concert on the 2nd Marine Force, Jakarta Marine Base, June 3, 2015. The musicians from both countries' bands practiced together, culminating in a concert for Indonesian KORMAR aboard the base. This is the first time the two bands have performed together.
MARFORPAC and KORMAR Bands come together
U.S. Marine Master Gunnery Sgt. Mark Gleason, Bandmaster of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band, greets Maj. Suwarko, Band Officer of the Indonesian Korps Marinir Band after a joint concert on the 2nd Marine Force, Jakarta Marine Base, June 3, 2015. The musicians from both countries' bands practiced together, culminating in a concert for Indonesian KORMAR aboard the base. This is the first time the two bands have performed together.
U.S. Marines bow their heads as a chaplain prays during the ANZAC Day Ceremony April 25, 2015, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The day commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign, fought by Australian-New Zealand Army Corps forces in World War I. The battle is remembered for the valiant men and the significant losses the nations both suffered. Those who fought are known as “ANZACS” and are honored in one of the most recognized holidays in the South Pacific.
Hawaii service members honor the ANZACS with partner nations
U.S. Marines bow their heads as a chaplain prays during the ANZAC Day Ceremony April 25, 2015, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The day commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign, fought by Australian-New Zealand Army Corps forces in World War I. The battle is remembered for the valiant men and the significant losses the nations both suffered. Those who fought are known as “ANZACS” and are honored in one of the most recognized holidays in the South Pacific.
A U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Venom from Joint Task Force 505 loaded with relief supplies prepares to depart from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal, May 10. The Nepalese government requested the U.S. government’s assistance after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the country, April 25. The U.S. government ordered JTF 505 to provide unique capabilities to assist Nepal.
Nepalese and JTF 505 Deliver Aid
A U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Venom from Joint Task Force 505 loaded with relief supplies prepares to depart from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal, May 10. The Nepalese government requested the U.S. government’s assistance after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the country, April 25. The U.S. government ordered JTF 505 to provide unique capabilities to assist Nepal.
U.S. Marine V-22 Ospreys fly into Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 3. U.S. Marines also brought an UH-1N Huey, tools and equipment to support the government of Nepal. The Nepalese Government requested the U.S. Government’s help after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck their country, April 25. The Marines are with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, Marine Aircraft Group 12, I Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mandaline Hatch/Released)
U.S. Marine aircraft arrive in Kathmandu to support Nepal earthquake relief
U.S. Marine V-22 Ospreys fly into Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 3. U.S. Marines also brought an UH-1N Huey, tools and equipment to support the government of Nepal. The Nepalese Government requested the U.S. Government’s help after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck their country, April 25. The Marines are with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, Marine Aircraft Group 12, I Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mandaline Hatch/Released)
U.S. Marine V-22 Ospreys arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 3. U.S. Marines also brought an UH-1N Huey, tools and equipment to support the government of Nepal. The Nepalese Government requested the U.S. Government’s help after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck their country, April 25. The Marines are with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, Marine Aircraft Group 12, I Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mandaline Hatch/Released)
U.S. Marine aircraft arrive in Kathmandu to support Nepal earthquake relief
U.S. Marine V-22 Ospreys arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 3. U.S. Marines also brought an UH-1N Huey, tools and equipment to support the government of Nepal. The Nepalese Government requested the U.S. Government’s help after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck their country, April 25. The Marines are with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, Marine Aircraft Group 12, I Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mandaline Hatch/Released)
Lt. Gen. John E. Wissler shakes hands with Alfonso Lenhardt May 5 at Tribhuvan international airport before they depart to village Bhirkuna Deurali, Nepal. Wissler, Lenhardt and other members of the United States Agency of International Development will distribute supplies including tarps, sleeping systems and water purification solutions. The Nepalese Government requested the U.S. Government’s help after the earthquake on April 25. USAID is a U.S. Government agency that gives civilian foreign aid in time of natural disasters. Wissler is the commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force. Lenhardt is the USAID acting administrator.
U.S. Marines Arrive to Support Nepal
Lt. Gen. John E. Wissler shakes hands with Alfonso Lenhardt May 5 at Tribhuvan international airport before they depart to village Bhirkuna Deurali, Nepal. Wissler, Lenhardt and other members of the United States Agency of International Development will distribute supplies including tarps, sleeping systems and water purification solutions. The Nepalese Government requested the U.S. Government’s help after the earthquake on April 25. USAID is a U.S. Government agency that gives civilian foreign aid in time of natural disasters. Wissler is the commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force. Lenhardt is the USAID acting administrator.
U.S. and Nepalese service members work in the Joint Task Force (JTF) 505 Joint Operations Command Center (FWD) on May 6, 2015. The Nepalese Government requested the U.S. Government’s assistance after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the country, April 25, 2015. U.S. Marines from III Marine Expeditionary Force have come together with other U.S. services to form JTF-505. JTF-505 works in conjunction with USAID and the international community to provide unique capabilities to assist Nepal.
U.S., Nepal's military coordinate relief missions
U.S. and Nepalese service members work in the Joint Task Force (JTF) 505 Joint Operations Command Center (FWD) on May 6, 2015. The Nepalese Government requested the U.S. Government’s assistance after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the country, April 25, 2015. U.S. Marines from III Marine Expeditionary Force have come together with other U.S. services to form JTF-505. JTF-505 works in conjunction with USAID and the international community to provide unique capabilities to assist Nepal.
A schoolgirl reads to U.S. Marine Capt. Paul Brashier, a civil affairs Marine assigned to III Marine Expeditionary Force, following a mural painting project at Don Joaquin Artuz Memorial Elementary School in Tapaz, Philippines, during Balikatan 2015, April 23. The mural, undertaken by the local schoolchildren, was a
project of the Combined-Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force on the island of Panay.
Armed Forces of the Philippines Engineers, along with U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy Seabees, are constructing a two classroom building at the school. Balikatan, which means “shoulder to shoulder” in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise aimed at improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, humanitarian assistance
and disaster relief operations.
Service members build up local school during Balikatan 2015
A schoolgirl reads to U.S. Marine Capt. Paul Brashier, a civil affairs Marine assigned to III Marine Expeditionary Force, following a mural painting project at Don Joaquin Artuz Memorial Elementary School in Tapaz, Philippines, during Balikatan 2015, April 23. The mural, undertaken by the local schoolchildren, was a project of the Combined-Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force on the island of Panay. Armed Forces of the Philippines Engineers, along with U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy Seabees, are constructing a two classroom building at the school. Balikatan, which means “shoulder to shoulder” in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise aimed at improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
A U.S. Marine Amphibious Assault Vehicle operator with Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, steers the vehicle through the currents from the Naval Education Training Center in Zambales, Philippines, to the USS Green Bay on April 16, during exercise Balikatan 2015. The AAVs participated in an amphibious assault on April 21 as part of a jointly planned and executed landing by Philippine and U.S. Marines. Balikatan is an annual bilateral training exercise with the U.S. and the Philippines aimed at enhancing readiness and military-to-military relations, territorial defense and humanitarian assistance, and disaster response operations.
Philippine, US Marines storm the beach at Balikatan
A U.S. Marine Amphibious Assault Vehicle operator with Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, steers the vehicle through the currents from the Naval Education Training Center in Zambales, Philippines, to the USS Green Bay on April 16, during exercise Balikatan 2015. The AAVs participated in an amphibious assault on April 21 as part of a jointly planned and executed landing by Philippine and U.S. Marines. Balikatan is an annual bilateral training exercise with the U.S. and the Philippines aimed at enhancing readiness and military-to-military relations, territorial defense and humanitarian assistance, and disaster response operations.
An Amphibious Assault Vehicle lands on North Beach at the Naval Education Training Center in Zambales, Philippines, April 21, during a bilateral amphibious landing by the Philippine and U.S. Marine Corps during exercise Balikatan 2015. Designed to assault any shoreline from the well decks of Navy assault ships, AAVs are highly mobile, tracked armored amphibious vehicles that transport Marines and cargo to and through hostile territory. Balikatan, which translates to “shoulder-to-shoulder” in Filipino, is an annual bilateral exercise between the AFP and the U.S. military, which focuses on improving security cooperation activities, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities, and crisis response throughout the region in accordance with the Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg)
The Marines Have Landed
An Amphibious Assault Vehicle lands on North Beach at the Naval Education Training Center in Zambales, Philippines, April 21, during a bilateral amphibious landing by the Philippine and U.S. Marine Corps during exercise Balikatan 2015. Designed to assault any shoreline from the well decks of Navy assault ships, AAVs are highly mobile, tracked armored amphibious vehicles that transport Marines and cargo to and through hostile territory. Balikatan, which translates to “shoulder-to-shoulder” in Filipino, is an annual bilateral exercise between the AFP and the U.S. military, which focuses on improving security cooperation activities, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities, and crisis response throughout the region in accordance with the Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg)
Philippine Marine Corps Cpl. Jose Ryan Tinio, combat medic, with Battalion Landing Team 4, 3rd Marine Brigade, acts as a simulated casualty while participants of the Tactical Combat Casualty training apply medical care in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, during exercise Balikatan 2015, April 27. The Tactical Combat Casualty Care training, taught by U.S. Armed Forces, was held to instruct military members as well as practice techniques to become more effective when responding to crisis in the region.
Philippine and U.S. Forces conduct Combat Casualty training
Philippine Marine Corps Cpl. Jose Ryan Tinio, combat medic, with Battalion Landing Team 4, 3rd Marine Brigade, acts as a simulated casualty while participants of the Tactical Combat Casualty training apply medical care in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, during exercise Balikatan 2015, April 27. The Tactical Combat Casualty Care training, taught by U.S. Armed Forces, was held to instruct military members as well as practice techniques to become more effective when responding to crisis in the region.
U.S. Army Sgt. Brad Ball, an electrical engineer with the 643rd Engineer Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 103rd Engineer Brigade, takes a break to speak with a Filipino child at a construction site where Philippine and U.S. engineers are working together to build facilities in the local Puerto Princesa, Philippines, community as part of exercise Balikatan 2015, April 7. This year marks the 31st iteration of the exercise, which is an annual Philippines-U.S. bilateral military training exercise and humanitarian civic assistance engagement.
Working 'shoulder-to-shoulder' for exercise Balikatan
U.S. Army Sgt. Brad Ball, an electrical engineer with the 643rd Engineer Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 103rd Engineer Brigade, takes a break to speak with a Filipino child at a construction site where Philippine and U.S. engineers are working together to build facilities in the local Puerto Princesa, Philippines, community as part of exercise Balikatan 2015, April 7. This year marks the 31st iteration of the exercise, which is an annual Philippines-U.S. bilateral military training exercise and humanitarian civic assistance engagement.
Lance Cpl. Ivan Trujillo, a scout with Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, hikes up Ulupau Crater aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, April 8, 2015, before conducting high angle firing with his platoon. The Marines trained with high angle shooting, which is anything 30 degrees or greater between them and their target. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Sarah Dietz)
Hawaii snipers train in high angle shooting
Lance Cpl. Ivan Trujillo, a scout with Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, hikes up Ulupau Crater aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, April 8, 2015, before conducting high angle firing with his platoon. The Marines trained with high angle shooting, which is anything 30 degrees or greater between them and their target. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Sarah Dietz)
Colonel Darric M. Knight, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Headquarters and Service Battalion commanding officer, greets the commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., as he arrives for morning colors aboard Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, March 18, 2015. Dunford addressed the Marines and sailors to express his goals going forward and thank them for what they do. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg)
MARFORPAC Morning Colors with CMC and SMMC
Colonel Darric M. Knight, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Headquarters and Service Battalion commanding officer, greets the commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., as he arrives for morning colors aboard Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, March 18, 2015. Dunford addressed the Marines and sailors to express his goals going forward and thank them for what they do. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg)
U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Marines and sailors gather around sergeant major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Green, aboard Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii, as he addressed various topics and explains how important the Marine Corps is as an organization, March 18, 2015. Green also took time to field questions and concerns. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg)
MARFORPAC Morning Colors with CMC and SMMC
U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Marines and sailors gather around sergeant major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Green, aboard Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii, as he addressed various topics and explains how important the Marine Corps is as an organization, March 18, 2015. Green also took time to field questions and concerns. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg)
Hand-washing a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter is part of the 1,500 hours it takes to make the aircraft inspection-ready for deployment to Australia. Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 have prepared five helicopters for inspection before they are sent to Marine Rotational Force-Darwin, Australia later this year. Each helicopter takes 10 to 20 days to complete.
Marines work to send aircraft to Australia
Hand-washing a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter is part of the 1,500 hours it takes to make the aircraft inspection-ready for deployment to Australia. Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 have prepared five helicopters for inspection before they are sent to Marine Rotational Force-Darwin, Australia later this year. Each helicopter takes 10 to 20 days to complete.
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii – Lance Cpl. Dylan Johnson, a cannon crewman with Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, preps a 120 mm high explosive round prior to it being fired from a M327 Expeditionary Fire Support System Oct. 7 during a training and readiness evaluation. The artillerymen from 1st Bn., 12th Marines, spent two days out on the range for their final evaluation prior to leaving to Okinawa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Erik Estrada)
1/12 conducts mortar training, preps for deployment
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii – Lance Cpl. Dylan Johnson, a cannon crewman with Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, preps a 120 mm high explosive round prior to it being fired from a M327 Expeditionary Fire Support System Oct. 7 during a training and readiness evaluation. The artillerymen from 1st Bn., 12th Marines, spent two days out on the range for their final evaluation prior to leaving to Okinawa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Erik Estrada)
U.S. Marines with Company I, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), offload a Humvee from a Landing Craft, Utility belonging to Navy Beach Unit 7, as part of Amphibious Integration Training (AIT) at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, Sept 4, 2014. The Marines, partnered with Amphibious Squadron-11, are conducting AIT aboard the USS Peleliu (LHA-5) in support of the regularly scheduled Fall Patrol ‘14.
Beach Landing
U.S. Marines with Company I, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), offload a Humvee from a Landing Craft, Utility belonging to Navy Beach Unit 7, as part of Amphibious Integration Training (AIT) at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, Sept 4, 2014. The Marines, partnered with Amphibious Squadron-11, are conducting AIT aboard the USS Peleliu (LHA-5) in support of the regularly scheduled Fall Patrol ‘14.
Philippine Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Eric Castino performs mechanical advantage control holds on U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Joshua Rodriguez, with 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Headquarters Group, at Fort Bonifacio, Philippines Aug. 04, 2014 during the Non-Lethal Weapons Executive Seminar field training exercise. The effective use of non-lethal weapons can be extremely valuable during rescue missions, for force protection in civil disturbances, while controlling rioting and prisoners of war, for checkpoint or convoy operations, HA/DR operations, or in situations in which civilians are used to mask a military attack.
Philippines host US Marines for non-lethal weapons exercise 2014
Philippine Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Eric Castino performs mechanical advantage control holds on U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Joshua Rodriguez, with 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Headquarters Group, at Fort Bonifacio, Philippines Aug. 04, 2014 during the Non-Lethal Weapons Executive Seminar field training exercise. The effective use of non-lethal weapons can be extremely valuable during rescue missions, for force protection in civil disturbances, while controlling rioting and prisoners of war, for checkpoint or convoy operations, HA/DR operations, or in situations in which civilians are used to mask a military attack.
Lance Cpl. Dakota Woodward, from Brandon, Florida, drinks cobra blood Feb. 8 during exercise Cobra Gold 2015. The Royal Thai Marines showed U.S. Marines various jungle survival methods. Drinking snake blood is used as a last resort in case there is nothing else to drink. Woodward is a distribution management specialist with Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)
Survival, Spiders and Cobras in Thailand
Lance Cpl. Dakota Woodward, from Brandon, Florida, drinks cobra blood Feb. 8 during exercise Cobra Gold 2015. The Royal Thai Marines showed U.S. Marines various jungle survival methods. Drinking snake blood is used as a last resort in case there is nothing else to drink. Woodward is a distribution management specialist with Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)
Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, speaks to Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael J. Smith the MARFORPAC band officer, about how to properly conduct the band, during the 7th Annual Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) held at the historic Hawai’i Theatre Center, Nov. 30. During the Christmas concert, MARFORPAC helped collect more than 2,000 presents and raised more than $3,200 for Toys for Tots of Hawaii. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Erik Estrada)
MARFORPAC Band, guest artists shine bright at annual Christmas concerts
Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, speaks to Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael J. Smith the MARFORPAC band officer, about how to properly conduct the band, during the 7th Annual Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) held at the historic Hawai’i Theatre Center, Nov. 30. During the Christmas concert, MARFORPAC helped collect more than 2,000 presents and raised more than $3,200 for Toys for Tots of Hawaii. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Erik Estrada)
KAHUKU TRAINING AREA, Hawaii - Lance Cpl. Brandon Dieckmann, an infantryman with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, India Co., leads the Legged Squad Support System through an open field at Kahuku Training Area July 10, 2014. The LS3 is experimental technology being tested by the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab as part of the Advanced Warfighting Experiment during Rim of the Pacific 2014.  There are multiple technologies being tested during RIMPAC, the largest maritime exercise in the Pacific region. This year's RIMPAC features 22 countries and around 25,000 people. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Sarah Dietz/RELEASED)
Marines use experimental technology during RIMPAC 2014
KAHUKU TRAINING AREA, Hawaii - Lance Cpl. Brandon Dieckmann, an infantryman with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, India Co., leads the Legged Squad Support System through an open field at Kahuku Training Area July 10, 2014. The LS3 is experimental technology being tested by the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab as part of the Advanced Warfighting Experiment during Rim of the Pacific 2014. There are multiple technologies being tested during RIMPAC, the largest maritime exercise in the Pacific region. This year's RIMPAC features 22 countries and around 25,000 people. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Sarah Dietz/RELEASED)
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Coming Home

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By Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs | July 18, 2015

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Band Harmonizes Relations

By Cpl. Brittney Vito | July 14, 2015

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