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Koa Moana 2016 Photos
U.S. Marines and Sailors arrive on Motutapu Island, Tonga, July 25, 2016, for a multi-national, bilateral exercise with Tongan Soldiers as part of Task Force Koa Moana’s deployment in the Asia-Pacific region. The service members will conduct basic infantry and live-fire range training, with assistance from reconnaissance boats to operationalize USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2), to increase interoperability and relations. The Marines and Sailors with the task force are originally assigned to I and III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. Marines and Tongan soldiers conduct a beach insertion during the culminating range as part of a multi-national, bilateral exercise designed to increase interoperability and relations, July 27, 2016, on Motutapu Island, Tonga, as part of Task Force Koa Moana’s deployment in the Asia-Pacific region. The service members applied skills such as demolition, beach insertions, high explosive exploitation and buddy rushes in the final range to test their capabilities. The Marines with the task force are originally assigned to I Marine Expeditionary Force and III MEF.
A U.S. Marine and Tongan soldier sprint toward the objective, exploiting high explosives used to clear an obstacle during a live-fire range, July 27, 2016, on Motutapu Island, Tonga, as part of a multi-national, bilateral exercise designed to increase interoperability and relations. The service members combined and applied skills practiced during the exercise in a culminating range such as buddy rushing, demolition, high explosive exploitation and buddy rushing. The Marines are with Task Force Koa Moana and are originally assigned to I Marine Expeditionary Force and III MEF.
U.S. Marines and Tongan soldiers take cover while a demolition charge clears a path through concertina wire, July 28, 2016, during a live-fire range as part of a multi-national, bilateral exercise designed to increase interoperability and relations. The service members combined and applied skills practiced during the exercise in a culminating range such as high explosive exploitation, buddy rushing, demolition and beach insertion. The Marines are with Task Force Koa Moana and are originally assigned to I and III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. Marines, Sailors and Tongan Soldiers unload ammunition and supplies from a reconnaissance boat, July 25, 2016, on Motutapu Island, Tonga, during a multi-national, bilateral exercise a part of Task Force Koa Moana’s deployment in the Asia-Pacific region. The service members will conduct basic infantry and live-fire range training, with assistance from recon boats to operationalize USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2), to increase interoperability and relations. The Marines and Sailors with the task force are originally assigned to I and III Marine Expeditionary Force. The Tongans are with His Majesty’s Armed Forces.
Lance Cpl. Jake E. Gieseke (Right) teaches Pvt. Sezio Nono (Right) different firing positions, June 21, 2016, during Exercise Koa Moana, at Goldie Barracks, Papua New Guinea, as part of Task Force Koa Moana’s deployment in the Asia-Pacific region. Koa Moana is the first multi-national, bilateral exercise between the Papua New Guinea Defence Force and U.S. Marines directly, and is designed to increase interoperability and relations by sharing infantry, law enforcement, engineering and medical skills. Gieseke, from New Ulm, Minnesota, is an assault man with Task Force Koa Moana, originally assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. Nono is an infantryman with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Royal Pacific Islands Regiment, PNGDF. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Hester/ Released)
U.S. Marines and Sailors and soldiers with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force gather for a group photo after conducting live fire training, June 21, 2016, during Exercise Koa Moana, at Goldie Barracks, Papua New Guinea, as part of Task Force Koa Moana’s deployment in the Asia-Pacific region. Koa Moana is the first multi-national, bilateral exercise between the PNGDF and U.S. Marines directly, and is designed to increase interoperability and relations by sharing infantry, medical, engineering and law enforcement skills. The Marines and Sailors with Task Force Koa Moana are originally assigned to I and III Marine Expeditionary Force. The soldiers are with 1st Battalion, 1st Royal Pacific Islands Regiment, PNGDF. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Hester/ Released)
Cpl. Steven C. Anderson coaches a soldier with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force during live fire training, June 21, 2016, as part of Exercise Koa Moana, at Goldie Barracks, Papua New Guinea, during Task Force Koa Moana’s deployment in the Asia-Pacific region. Koa Moana is the first multi-national, bilateral exercise between the PNGDF and U.S. Marines directly, and is designed to increase interoperability and relations by sharing infantry, engineering, medical and law enforcement skills. Anderson, from Sumter, South Carolina, is an infantryman with Task Force Koa Moana, originally assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Hester/ Released)
U.S. Marines, Sailors and Soldiers with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force gather at the Goldie River for a group photo, June 22, 2016, during their hike on the Kokoda Trail, Papua New Guinea in remembrance of the battles fought there during WWII, as part of Exercise Koa Moana. Koa Moana is the first multi-national, bilateral exercise between the PNGDF and U.S. Marines directly, and is designed to increase interoperability and relations by sharing infantry, engineering, medical and law enforcement skills. The Marines and Sailors with Task Force Koa Moana are originally assigned to I and III Marine Expeditionary Force. The Soldiers are with 1st Battalion, 1st Royal Pacific Islands Regiment, PNGDF. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Hester/ Released)
U.S. Marine Cpl. Joseph Osorio with Task Force Koa Moana poses for a picture with Papua New Guinea soldier before departing their separate ways concluding Exercise Koa Moana, Taurama Barracks, Papua New Guinea, June 23, 2016. Throughout the deployment the Marines and Sailors with the task force shared infantry, law enforcement and engineering skills with Papua New Guinea to strengthen relationships and interoperability in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps imagery by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Jesus McCloud/ Released)
U.S. Marines with Task Force Koa Moana and the Papua New Guinea Defence Force, hike the historical Kokoda trail during Exercise Koa Moana, Papua New Guinea, June 22, 2016. In 1942 ammunition and supplies were trucked 45 kilometers from Port Moresby to Owers where they were repacked in Uberi, a major supply base just beyond the Goldie River. From Uberi only sure-footed native carriers were able to traverse the tortuous track ahead.   (U.S. Marine Corps imagery by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Jesus McCloud/ Released)
U.S. Marines with Task Force Koa Moana and the Papua New Guinea Defence Force, hike the historical Kokoda trail during Exercise Koa Moana, Papua New Guinea, June 22, 2016. In 1942 ammunition and supplies were trucked 45 kilometers from Port Moresby to Owers where they were repacked in Uberi, a major supply base just beyond the Goldie River. From Uberi only sure-footed native carriers were able to traverse the tortuous track ahead.   (U.S. Marine Corps imagery by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Jesus McCloud/ Released)
U.S. Marines with Task Force Koa Moana and the Papua New Guinea Defence Force, conclude Exercise Koa Moana with a series of events which included a moto run, closing ceremony and a native Papuan cookout, Taurama Barracks, Papua New Guinea, June 23, 2016. Throughout the deployment the Marines and Sailors with the task force shared infantry, law enforcement and engineering skills with Papua New Guinea to strengthen relationships and interoperability in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps imagery by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Jesus McCloud/ Released)
A Papua New Guinean naval ship heads toward USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) for Task Force Koa Moana to disembark their gear and personnel, off the coast of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, June 17, 2016. This marks the first time the Papua New Guinea Defence Force and U.S. Marines will train together directly. Papua New Guinea is the second of four destinations for the task force during their deployment in the Asia-Pacific region. Their deployment consists of multiple multi-national, bilateral exercises designed to increase the interoperability and relations between participating nations by sharing infantry, engineering, law enforcement and medical skills. The Marines and Sailors are originally assigned to I and III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Hester/ Released)
A crew member aboard USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) throws a line to a barge as part of the process of preparing to move supplies from ship to ship. Sacagawea is a Marine Prepositioning Force ship responsible for transporting Task Force Koa Moana to various countries in the Asia-Pacific region to support their mission to increase interoperability and relations. The Marines and Sailors with the task force are originally assigned to I and III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Cpl. Zachary A. Barnett (Right) assists a fellow Marine onto a Papua New Guinea naval vessel, as part of their movement to shore from USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2), to participate in Exercise Koa Moana, June 17, 2016, as part of Task Force Koa Moana’s deployment in the Asia-Pacific region. Koa Moana is a multi-national, bilateral exercise with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force to increase interoperability and relations by sharing infantry, law enforcement, medical and engineering skills. The Sacagawea is a Marine Prepositioning Force Ship assigned to transport the task force to multiple nations in the Asia-Pacific region during their deployment. This marks the first time for the Papua New Guinea Navy to transport equipment and personnel from ship to ship to shore. The U.S. service members with the task force are originally assigned to I and III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Sgt. Marten L. Malimau (Right) conducts a drive stun on Maj. Todd A. Peterson (Left) during a non-lethal weapons course, June 7, 2016, at Metinaro, Timor Leste, as part of Exercise Crocodilo 16. The non-lethal weapons course gives U.S. Marines the opportunity to instruct Timorese soldiers on less-than-lethal methods to handle future disputes. Malimau is an infantryman with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, Timor Leste Defense Force. Peterson, from Westland, Michigan, is the commanding officer with Task Force Koa Moana, originally the operations officer with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Cpl. Preston G. Thompson (Right) instructs Pvt. Fransicso Araujo how to properly operate the X26-E Taser during Exercise Crocodilo 16, June 7, 2016, at Metinaro, Timor Leste, as part of Task Force Koa Moana’s deployment to nations in the Asia-Pacific region. The task force brings capabilities in law enforcement, infantry, engineering and combat lifesaving skills to increase interoperability and relations with participating nations. Araujo is with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, Timor Leste Defense Force. Thompson, from Wyoming, Michigan, is a military police and chief instructor for the non-lethal weapons course with Task Force Koa Moana, originally assigned to Charlie Company, 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Pvt. Hermenegildo Martins attends the non-lethal weapons course held by U.S. Marines with Task Force Koa Moana during Exercise Crocodilo 16, June 7, 2016, at Metinaro, Timor Leste, as part of the task force’s deployment to nations in the Asia-Pacific region. The course gives Timorese the opportunity to learn less-than-lethal techniques from their U.S. counterparts. Crocodilo is a multi-national, bilateral exercise designed to increase interoperability and relations with participating nations. Martins is an infantryman with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, Timor Leste Defense Force, stationed in Baucau, Timor Leste.
Cpl. Zachary A. Barnett (Left) demonstrates pressure point techniques with Lance Cpl. Christopher M. Hettinger (Bottom) during a non-lethal weapons course with Timorese soldiers, June 7, 2016, at Metinaro, Timor Leste, as part of Exercise Crocodilo 16. The non-lethal weapons course gives Marines the opportunity to share techniques with the host nation to give their nation a better means to handle future disputes. Crocodilo is a multi-national, bilateral exercise designed to increase interoperability and relations by sharing infantry, engineering, law enforcement and combat lifesaving skills. Barnett is a non-lethal weapons instructor with Task Force Koa Moana.  Barnett, from Yuba City, California, and Hettinger, from Strawberry Point, Iowa, are military policeman with the task force, originally assigned to Bravo Company, 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force.