Ie Shima Airfield Seizure and FARP

U.S. Marines with Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing perform aircraft maintenance while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
U.S. Marines with Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing perform aircraft maintenance while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)

U.S. Marines with Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing perform aircraft maintenance while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)

U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, utilize the  Platoon Water Purification System to produce drinking water while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, utilize the Platoon Water Purification System to produce drinking water while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Eduardo Estrada, a water support technician with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing adjusts the Platoon Water Purification System drinking water while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. Estrada is a native of Marble Falls, Texas.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Eduardo Estrada, a water support technician with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing adjusts the Platoon Water Purification System drinking water while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. Estrada is a native of Marble Falls, Texas. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Corey Ward, a water support technician with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, adjusts the Platoon Water Purification System to produce drinking water while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. Ward is a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Corey Ward, a water support technician with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, adjusts the Platoon Water Purification System to produce drinking water while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. Ward is a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Eduardo Estrada, a water support technician with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, adjusts the Platoon Water Purification System to produce drinking water while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. Estrada is a native of Marble Falls, Texas.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Eduardo Estrada, a water support technician with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, adjusts the Platoon Water Purification System to produce drinking water while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. Estrada is a native of Marble Falls, Texas. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)

U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. York Bahlauy, an electrician with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, redirects a solar panel from the Ground Renewable Expeditionary Energy Network System while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. York is a native of Jackson, Michigan.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. York Bahlauy, an electrician with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, redirects a solar panel from the Ground Renewable Expeditionary Energy Network System while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. York is a native of Jackson, Michigan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)

U.S. Marine Corps Col. Christopher Murray, commanding officer, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, explains the capabilities of a forward arming and refueling point to Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force observers on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing established a FARP on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to sustain aviation operations in support of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
U.S. Marine Corps Col. Christopher Murray, commanding officer, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, explains the capabilities of a forward arming and refueling point to Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force observers on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing established a FARP on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to sustain aviation operations in support of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)

U.S. Marines with Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, and Airmen with 18th Logistical Readiness Squadron explain the capabilities of a forward arming and refueling point to Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force observers on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing established a FARP on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to sustain aviation operations in support of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
U.S. Marines with Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, and Airmen with 18th Logistical Readiness Squadron explain the capabilities of a forward arming and refueling point to Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force observers on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing established a FARP on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to sustain aviation operations in support of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)

U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, charge communication equipment batteries using the Ground Renewable Expeditionary Energy Network System while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, charge communication equipment batteries using the Ground Renewable Expeditionary Energy Network System while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Warren Osterman, a generator mechanic with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, monitors the Ground Renewable Expeditionary Energy Network System while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Warren Osterman, a generator mechanic with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, monitors the Ground Renewable Expeditionary Energy Network System while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)

U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, monitor the Ground Renewable Expeditionary Energy Network System while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, monitor the Ground Renewable Expeditionary Energy Network System while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)

U.S. Marines with Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, demonstrate the capabilities of a forward arming and refueling for Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force observers on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing established a FARP on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to sustain aviation operations in support of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
U.S. Marines with Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, demonstrate the capabilities of a forward arming and refueling for Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force observers on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing established a FARP on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to sustain aviation operations in support of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)

U.S. Marines with Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing perform aircraft maintenance while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
U.S. Marines with Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing perform aircraft maintenance while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)

U.S. Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 169, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing prepares to depart Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to sustain aviation operations in support of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
U.S. Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 169, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing prepares to depart Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to sustain aviation operations in support of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)

U.S. Navy Hospitalman Third Class Matthew Hernandez, a corpsman with 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, participates in a casualty evacuation drill during Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. Hernandez is a native of Chicago, Illinois. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
U.S. Navy Hospitalman Third Class Matthew Hernandez, a corpsman with 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, participates in a casualty evacuation drill during Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. Hernandez is a native of Chicago, Illinois. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)

U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Jacob Tavakolyator, a platoon with 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, participates in a casualty evacuation drill during Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. Tavakolytor is a native of Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Jacob Tavakolyator, a platoon with 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, participates in a casualty evacuation drill during Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. Tavakolytor is a native of Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Antonio Ady, a rifleman with 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, participates in a casualty evacuation drill during Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations Ady is a native of Canton, Ohio.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Antonio Ady, a rifleman with 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, participates in a casualty evacuation drill during Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations Ady is a native of Canton, Ohio. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)

U.S. Marines with Marine Aircraft Group 36 and Airmen from 18th Logistical Readiness Squadron refuel a UH-1Y Venom helicopter while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
U.S. Marines with Marine Aircraft Group 36 and Airmen from 18th Logistical Readiness Squadron refuel a UH-1Y Venom helicopter while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)

U.S. Marines with Marine Aircraft Group 36 and Airmen from 18th Logistical Readiness Squadron refuel a UH-1Y Venom helicopter while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
U.S. Marines with Marine Aircraft Group 36 and Airmen from 18th Logistical Readiness Squadron refuel a UH-1Y Venom helicopter while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)

U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, rearm a UH-1Y Venom helicopter while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, rearm a UH-1Y Venom helicopter while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)

U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, rearm a UH-1Y Venom helicopter while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, rearm a UH-1Y Venom helicopter while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)

U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, rearm a UH-1Y Venom helicopter while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, rearm a UH-1Y Venom helicopter while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Tyler Bender, a bulk fuel specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, prepares to refuel a UH-1Y Venom helicopter while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. Bender is a native of Hoover, Alabama. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Tyler Bender, a bulk fuel specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, prepares to refuel a UH-1Y Venom helicopter while conducting Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 6, 2021. MWSS-172 established a forward arming and refueling point on an airfield secured by 2d Battalion, 3d Marines to support sustained aviation operations. Bender is a native of Hoover, Alabama. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)

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