Pacific Marines Stories

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Ender Wichlacz, left, a team leader with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, hikes alongside members of the United Arab Emirates Presidential Guard during a bilateral training exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 10, 2024. As part of the training, Marines and the Emirati soldiers conducted progressive training on reconnaissance tasks, counterinsurgency operations, and individual skills training in order to improve small unit tactical proficiency and interoperability, and maintain a bilateral military relationship. Wichlacz is a native of Minnesota. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alexis Ballin) - U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Ender Wichlacz, left, a team leader with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, hikes alongside members of the United Arab Emirates Presidential Guard during a bilateral training exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 10, 2024. As part of the training, Marines and the Emirati soldiers conducted progressive training on reconnaissance tasks, counterinsurgency operations, and individual skills training in order to improve small unit tactical proficiency and interoperability, and maintain a bilateral military relationship. Wichlacz is a native of Minnesota. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alexis Ballin)

Papua New Guinea Defence Force members, U.S. Department of Defense personnel and an Australian Army Soldier, pose for a group photo following a Women, Peace and Security Gender Focal Point course graduation at the Kumul Learning Center, Murray Barracks, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, May 24, 2024. The course was facilitated by the PNGDF Gender Committee with support from the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s Office of WPS, and trained gender advisors with U.S. Air Force Wisconsin Air National Guard, and U.S. Marine Corps Marine Rotational Force – Darwin 24.3. The PNGDF Gender Committee focused on equipping defence force personnel with the tools necessary to integrate gender perspectives into their operational strategies to enhance PNGDF institutional and organizational effectiveness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Kassie McDole) - Papua New Guinea Defence Force members, U.S. Department of Defense personnel and an Australian Army Soldier, pose for a group photo following a Women, Peace and Security Gender Focal Point course graduation at the Kumul Learning Center, Murray Barracks, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, May 24, 2024. The course was facilitated by the PNGDF Gender Committee with support from the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s Office of WPS, and trained gender advisors with U.S. Air Force Wisconsin Air National Guard, and U.S. Marine Corps Marine Rotational Force – Darwin 24.3. The PNGDF Gender Committee focused on equipping defence force personnel with the tools necessary to integrate gender perspectives into their operational strategies to enhance PNGDF institutional and organizational effectiveness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Kassie McDole)

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jonah Hendrickson, a rifleman assigned to Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/5, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and native of Tennessee, patrols with U.S. Marines and Philippine Marines assigned to Marine Battalion Landing Team 3 during Archipelagic Costal Defense Continuum at San Vicente, Palawan, Philippines, May 21, 2024. ACDC is a series of bilateral exchanges and training opportunities between U.S. Marines and Philippine Marines aimed at bolstering the Philippine Marine Corps’ Coastal Defense strategy while supporting modernization efforts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Helms) - U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jonah Hendrickson, a rifleman assigned to Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/5, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and native of Tennessee, patrols with U.S. Marines and Philippine Marines assigned to Marine Battalion Landing Team 3 during Archipelagic Costal Defense Continuum at San Vicente, Palawan, Philippines, May 21, 2024. ACDC is a series of bilateral exchanges and training opportunities between U.S. Marines and Philippine Marines aimed at bolstering the Philippine Marine Corps’ Coastal Defense strategy while supporting modernization efforts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Helms)

U.S. Marine Corps Col. Sean Dynan, right, commanding officer of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit gifts his command challenge coin to Malaysia Army Lt. Col. Mohd Zaki, commanding officer of 18th Battalion, Royal Malay Regiment, 10th Brigade (Para), during a key leader engagement at Sri Pantai Camp, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia, May 28, 2024. Tiger Strike is a bilateral exercise between U.S. and Malaysia armed forces designed to enhance communication and build combat readiness through combined amphibious operations and subject matter expert exchanges in support of a shared vision for security and stability in the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Robert Nanna) - U.S. Marine Corps Col. Sean Dynan, right, commanding officer of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit gifts his command challenge coin to Malaysia Army Lt. Col. Mohd Zaki, commanding officer of 18th Battalion, Royal Malay Regiment, 10th Brigade (Para), during a key leader engagement at Sri Pantai Camp, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia, May 28, 2024. Tiger Strike is a bilateral exercise between U.S. and Malaysia armed forces designed to enhance communication and build combat readiness through combined amphibious operations and subject matter expert exchanges in support of a shared vision for security and stability in the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Robert Nanna)

U.S. Marines with 3rd Marine Littoral Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, conduct pre-flight checks on the Stalker VXE30 unmanned aerial system during the Littoral Zone Reconnaissance Cobra exercise for Archipelagic Coastal Defense Continuum at Camp Cape Bojeador, Philippines, May 20, 2024. LZR Cobra is a bilateral command post exercise between U.S. Marines with 3rd MLR and Philippine Marines with the Coastal Defense Regiment and 4th Marine Brigade aimed at enhancing interoperability, refining tactics, techniques, and procedures, and supporting combined and joint force maritime domain awareness. ACDC is a series of bilateral exchanges and training opportunities between U.S. Marines and Philippine Marines aimed at bolstering the Philippine Marine Corps’ Coastal Defense strategy while supporting the modernization efforts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Eric Huynh) - U.S. Marines with 3rd Marine Littoral Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, conduct pre-flight checks on the Stalker VXE30 unmanned aerial system during the Littoral Zone Reconnaissance Cobra exercise for Archipelagic Coastal Defense Continuum at Camp Cape Bojeador, Philippines, May 20, 2024. LZR Cobra is a bilateral command post exercise between U.S. Marines with 3rd MLR and Philippine Marines with the Coastal Defense Regiment and 4th Marine Brigade aimed at enhancing interoperability, refining tactics, techniques, and procedures, and supporting combined and joint force maritime domain awareness. ACDC is a series of bilateral exchanges and training opportunities between U.S. Marines and Philippine Marines aimed at bolstering the Philippine Marine Corps’ Coastal Defense strategy while supporting the modernization efforts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Eric Huynh)

Explosive ordnance disposal technicians with the Philippine Marine Corps, Philippine Navy Special Operations Command, and U.S. Marine Corps transport a “Floating Freddy” towards a C-4 charge during underwater unexploded ordnance disposal demolitions off the coast of Caballo Island, Philippines, during Archipelagic Coastal Defense Continuum May 14, 2024. ACDC is a series of bilateral exchanges and training opportunities between U.S. Marines and Philippine Marines aimed at bolstering the Philippine Marine Corps’ Coastal Defense strategy while supporting the modernization efforts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. This event marked the first time in U.S. Marine Corps EOD history that dive and demolition training on live underwater ordnance was conducted outside the continental United States. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Dana Beesley) - Explosive ordnance disposal technicians with the Philippine Marine Corps, Philippine Navy Special Operations Command, and U.S. Marine Corps transport a “Floating Freddy” towards a C-4 charge during underwater unexploded ordnance disposal demolitions off the coast of Caballo Island, Philippines, during Archipelagic Coastal Defense Continuum May 14, 2024. ACDC is a series of bilateral exchanges and training opportunities between U.S. Marines and Philippine Marines aimed at bolstering the Philippine Marine Corps’ Coastal Defense strategy while supporting the modernization efforts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. This event marked the first time in U.S. Marine Corps EOD history that dive and demolition training on live underwater ordnance was conducted outside the continental United States. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Dana Beesley)

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 214, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, receives fuel from a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft with No. 33 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, over the Pacific Ocean, while flying from Camp Blaz, Guam, to RAAF Base Tindal, Australia, May 19, 2024. VMFA-214 deployed more than 200 Marines and eight F-35B Lightning II aircraft from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, to RAAF Base Tindal, Australia, to conduct bilateral training with the RAAF No. 3 Squadron and No. 75 Squadron. As part of I Marine Expeditionary Force, 3rd MAW persistently trains in the Indo-Pacific, maintaining a forward presence and enduring commitment to our allies and partners in the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nicholas Johnson) - A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 214, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, receives fuel from a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft with No. 33 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, over the Pacific Ocean, while flying from Camp Blaz, Guam, to RAAF Base Tindal, Australia, May 19, 2024. VMFA-214 deployed more than 200 Marines and eight F-35B Lightning II aircraft from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, to RAAF Base Tindal, Australia, to conduct bilateral training with RAAF No. 3 Squadron and No. 75 Squadron. As part of I Marine Expeditionary Force, 3rd MAW persistently trains in the Indo-Pacific, maintaining a forward presence and enduring commitment to our allies and partners in the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nicholas Johnson)

U.S. Marines and Sailors with Marine Rotational Force – Darwin 24.3 board a Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport at Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin, NT, Australia, May 23, 2024. Members of MRF-D 24.3 deployed to Townsville Field Training Area, QLD, Australia to participate in Exercise Southern Jackaroo 24, a multilateral combined arms exercise held with capabilities and personnel from the Australian Army, U.S. Army and Marine Corps, Papua New Guinea Defence Force, and the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force to increase interoperability with Allies and partners. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Earik Barton) - U.S. Marines and Sailors with Marine Rotational Force – Darwin 24.3 board a Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport at Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin, NT, Australia, May 23, 2024. Members of MRF-D 24.3 deployed to Townsville Field Training Area, QLD, Australia to participate in Exercise Southern Jackaroo 24, a multilateral combined arms exercise held with capabilities and personnel from the Australian Army, U.S. Army and Marine Corps, Papua New Guinea Defence Force, and the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force to increase interoperability with Allies and partners. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Earik Barton)

U.S. Marines with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS) 24, Marine Aircraft Group 24,1st Marine Aircraft Wing, stage transport vehicles at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Apr. 15, 2024. The purpose of MALS-24's Displaced Warrior exercise is to demonstrate their ability to set up power mobile maintenance facilities, assist flight operations and deliver supply support in an austere environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jose Villasenor) - U.S. Marines with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS) 24, Marine Aircraft Group 24,1st Marine Aircraft Wing, stage transport vehicles at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Apr. 15, 2024. The purpose of MALS-24's Displaced Warrior exercise is to demonstrate their ability to set up power mobile maintenance facilities, assist flight operations and deliver supply support in an austere environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jose Villasenor)