An MV-22B Osprey from the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (VMM-262) lands while U.S. Marines, 4th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, and soldiers from the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force, 5th Infantry Regiment, prepare for air-to-ground maneuvers during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. The MV-22 and CV-22B Osprey are important assets in rapid air-to-ground operations for joint and allied forces in many environments, allowing rapid combat power projection and defense over vast distances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)
U.S. Air Force

21st SOS supports U.S. Marines and JGSDF in massive Resolute Dragon exercise

An MV-22B Osprey from the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (VMM-262) lands while U.S. Marines, 4th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, and soldiers from the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force, 5th Infantry Regiment, prepare for air-to-ground maneuvers during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. The MV-22 and CV-22B Osprey are important assets in rapid [Read More …]

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jason Cruz (left), and Lance Cpl. Michael Oswalt, machine gunners with 2d Battalion, 8th Marines, conduct bilateral force-on-force training with the 39th Infantry Regiment, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) during Resolute Dragon 21 at Iwate, Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. RD21 is the largest bilateral field training exercise between the U.S. Marine Corps and the JGSDF since 2013 and the largest ever in Japan. RD21 is designed to strengthen the defensive capabilities of the U.S.-Japan Alliance by exercising integrated command and control, targeting, combined arms, and maneuver across multiple domains. 2/8 is forward deployed in the Indo-Pacific under 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division. Cruz is a native of Springfield, Massachusetts and Oswalt is a native of Alexandria, Virginia. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Scott Aubuchon)
U.S. Marine Corps

Resolute Dragon Bilateral force-on-force

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jason Cruz (left), and Lance Cpl. Michael Oswalt, machine gunners with 2d Battalion, 8th Marines, conduct bilateral force-on-force training with the 39th Infantry Regiment, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) during Resolute Dragon 21 at Iwate, Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. RD21 is the largest bilateral field training exercise between the U.S. Marine Corps and the JGSDF [Read More …]

U.S. Marine Corps F-18C Hornets and Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2As fly side by side over Northern Japan during a simulated maritime strike operation, Dec. 15, 2021. The simulated maritime strike was coordinated by U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Soldiers, operating a Bilateral Ground Tactical Coordination Center as part of a bilateral rehearsal of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Raymond Geoffroy)
U.S. Air Force

Kadena’s Young Tigers Fuel Bilateral Training

U.S. Marine Corps F-18C Hornets and Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2As fly side by side over Northern Japan during a simulated maritime strike operation, Dec. 15, 2021. The simulated maritime strike was coordinated by U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Soldiers, operating a Bilateral Ground Tactical Coordination Center as part of a bilateral rehearsal of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. [Read More …]

U.S. Marines with 3d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division (1st MARDIV), fire mortars during Exercise Steel Knight 22 (SK-22) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 8, 2021. SK-22 is a 1st MARDIV-led annual training exercise which enables the Navy-Marine Corps team to operate in a realistic, combined-arms environment to enhance naval warfighting tactics, techniques and procedures. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Gabriel Antwiler)
U.S. Marine Corps

Steel Knight 22: 3/1 India Company Combat Operations Center

U.S. Marines with 3d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division (1st MARDIV), fire mortars during Exercise Steel Knight 22 (SK-22) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 8, 2021. SK-22 is a 1st MARDIV-led annual training exercise which enables the Navy-Marine Corps team to operate in a realistic, combined-arms environment to enhance naval warfighting tactics, techniques and procedures. [Read More …]

Three C-17 aircraft assigned to 97th Air Mobility Wing, Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, parked at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, during the U.S. Air Force Weapons School Integration exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Dec. 6, 2021. C-17 Aircraft and aircrew members from Altus AFB supported WSINT 21-B.
U.S. Air Force

WSINT 21-B

Three C-17 aircraft assigned to 97th Air Mobility Wing, Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, parked at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, during the U.S. Air Force Weapons School Integration exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Dec. 6, 2021. C-17 Aircraft and aircrew members from Altus AFB supported WSINT 21-B.

211213-N-FA490-2932 APRA HARBOR, Guam – Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 3rd Class Jake Puckett, from Harlingen, Texas, assigned to the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat 23 (HSC 23), left, and Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Josh Allen, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, assigned to the “Island Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25, are hoisted onto a MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, during an open water search and rescue exercise (SAREX). HSC-23 and USS Jackson (LCS 6), part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, are on a rotational deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Langholf)
U.S. Navy

HSC 23 Sailor Participates in SAREX

211213-N-FA490-2932 APRA HARBOR, Guam – Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 3rd Class Jake Puckett, from Harlingen, Texas, assigned to the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat 23 (HSC 23), left, and Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Josh Allen, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, assigned to the “Island Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25, are hoisted onto a MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned [Read More …]

Soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Sailors with 4th Marines prepare to load a simulated casualty onto a MV-22B Osprey during Resolute Dragon 21 at Ojojihara Proving Grounds, Japan, Dec. 14, 2021. RD21 is the largest bilateral field training exercise between the U.S. Marine Corps and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) since 2013 and is the largest ever in Japan. RD21 is designed to strengthen the defensive capabilities of the U.S.-Japan Alliance by exercising integrated command and control, targeting, combined arms, and maneuver across multiple domains. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kirstin Spanu)
U.S. Marine Corps

Resolute Dragon 21 Mass Casualty Drill

Soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Sailors with 4th Marines prepare to load a simulated casualty onto a MV-22B Osprey during Resolute Dragon 21 at Ojojihara Proving Grounds, Japan, Dec. 14, 2021. RD21 is the largest bilateral field training exercise between the U.S. Marine Corps and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) since 2013 and is the largest [Read More …]

U.S. Marines assume the prone position to conduct a series of drills in preparation for the Marine Corps Marksmanship Competition Far East on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. Throughout the two week competition, Marines first practiced marksmanship fundamentals followed by a scored course of fire as a team and as individuals. The Marines who score in the top 10 percent, will receive a gold, silver or bronze medal then move on to the Marine Corps Marksmanship Championship followed by, if they win, the opportunity to shoot on the Marine Corps Shooting Team. The Marine Corps Marksmanship Competition Far East is held annually to improve Marines’ marksmanship, combat readiness and weapon proficiency. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Karis Mattingly)
U.S. Marine Corps

Shooters you are now in your prep time: Marine Corps Marksmanship Competition Far East

U.S. Marines assume the prone position to conduct a series of drills in preparation for the Marine Corps Marksmanship Competition Far East on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. Throughout the two week competition, Marines first practiced marksmanship fundamentals followed by a scored course of fire as a team and as individuals. The Marines who score in the top [Read More …]

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Adam Carver and Sgt. Trent Gallagher, infantry Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/5, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), maintain security while participating in an embassy reinforcement during MEU exercise (MEUEX) on Camp Hansen, Dec. 9, 2021. MEUEX is a pre-deployment training exercise that validates and reinforces the MEU’s mission capabilities across all of the Marine subordinate elements. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Manuel Alvarado)
U.S. Marine Corps

Embassy Reinforcement

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Adam Carver and Sgt. Trent Gallagher, infantry Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/5, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), maintain security while participating in an embassy reinforcement during MEU exercise (MEUEX) on Camp Hansen, Dec. 9, 2021. MEUEX is a pre-deployment training exercise that validates and reinforces the MEU’s mission capabilities across all of the Marine [Read More …]