U.S. Marines with Bridge Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group (MLG), guide a completed Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB) at Naha Military Port, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 20, 2020. IRBs provide a wet-gap crossing capability either as a floating bridge or as a multi-bay raft for tracked and wheeled combat tactical vehicles. 3rd MLG, based out of Okinawa, Japan, is a forward deployed combat unit that serves as III Marine Expeditionary Force’s comprehensive logistics and combat service support backbone for operations throughout the Indo-Pacific area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ryan Harvey)
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9th ESB Marines conduct expeditionary bridging exercise

U.S. Marines with Bridge Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group (MLG), guide a completed Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB) at Naha Military Port, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 20, 2020. IRBs provide a wet-gap crossing capability either as a floating bridge or as a multi-bay raft for tracked and wheeled combat tactical vehicles. 3rd MLG, based out of Okinawa, Japan, [Read More …]

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dilan Cuthbertson, 353rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, secures an AE2100D3 Rolls Royce engine onto a service stand during an engine swap procedure on an MC-130J Commando II Aug. 6, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Commando II flies clandestine, or low visibility, single or multiship, low-level air refueling missions for special operations helicopters and tiltrotor aircraft, and infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of special operations forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)
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353rd SOAMXS Airmen swap MC-130J engine, maintain readiness [Image 12 of 16]

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dilan Cuthbertson, 353rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, secures an AE2100D3 Rolls Royce engine onto a service stand during an engine swap procedure on an MC-130J Commando II Aug. 6, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Commando II flies clandestine, or low visibility, single or multiship, low-level air refueling missions for [Read More …]

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Alliance between the United States and Japan, the cornerstone of stability and security in the region. Yesterday, the 67th Fighter Squadron flew an F-15C Eagle with a custom heritage paint job to commemorate this milestone. The paint scheme was designed to pay homage to the F-100 that the 67th FS flew over 60 years ago, but adjusted to fit the F-15's structure. Shout out to the 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron and civilian corrosion control team for the awesome paint job! (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rebeckah Medeiros)
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Heritage Bird

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Alliance between the United States and Japan, the cornerstone of stability and security in the region. Yesterday, the 67th Fighter Squadron flew an F-15C Eagle with a custom heritage paint job to commemorate this milestone. The paint scheme was designed to pay homage to the F-100 that the 67th FS flew over [Read More …]

Crew members with Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) lift U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Yohan Bae, a pilot with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, into a UH-60J helicopter during a combined search and rescue exercise off the coast of Japan, June 29, 2020. The units participated in a combined search and rescue exercise aimed at improving overall coordination with Western Air Defense Force and air rescue squadrons during real-world search and rescue operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jackson Ricker)
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Search and Rescue: U.S. and Japanese Forces Work Together

Crew members with Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) lift U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Yohan Bae, a pilot with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, into a UH-60J helicopter during a combined search and rescue exercise off the coast of Japan, June 29, 2020. The units participated in a combined search and rescue exercise aimed at improving overall coordination with Western [Read More …]

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert Lange, airborne commander and jump master with 1-1 Special Forces Group (Airborne), and Sgt. Giovani Gutierrez and Spc. Adrian Gibson, paratroopers with 1-1 SFG prepare parachute equipment for airborne operations with Marine Aerial Reueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 at Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, July 15, 2020. This training maintains readiness, combat proficiency and enhances interoperability essential for joint and combined military operations in austere, expeditionary environments within the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Alyssa J. Morales)
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Paratroopers and Sumo-42; VMGR-152 conducts airborne operations with 1-1 SFG

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert Lange, airborne commander and jump master with 1-1 Special Forces Group (Airborne), and Sgt. Giovani Gutierrez and Spc. Adrian Gibson, paratroopers with 1-1 SFG prepare parachute equipment for airborne operations with Marine Aerial Reueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 at Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, July 15, 2020. This training maintains readiness, combat proficiency and enhances [Read More …]

A Marine with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepares to load 40mm practice M781 rounds into an Mk-19 at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, June 29, 2020. 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. The 31st MEU has implemented strict health protection measures and will continue to conduct mission essential training in support of regional security and stability. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kolby Leger)
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Cheeto puffs and tracers: Marines with 2/4 fire rounds down range

A Marine with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepares to load 40mm practice M781 rounds into an Mk-19 at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, June 29, 2020. 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 [Read More …]

A V-22 Osprey aircraft bound for the Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) based at Camp Kisarazu departs Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, July 10, 2020. The ferry flight from MCAS Iwakuni marked the delivery of the first V-22 to the Japan Self Defense Force.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Lauren Brune)
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V-22 Departs MCAS Iwakuni

A V-22 Osprey aircraft bound for the Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) based at Camp Kisarazu departs Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, July 10, 2020. The ferry flight from MCAS Iwakuni marked the delivery of the first V-22 to the Japan Self Defense Force.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Lauren Brune)

Sgt. Christopher Frazier, a scout sniper with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), engages targets from improvised positions with the M40A6 Sniper Rifle during a static live fire range at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, July 8, 2020. The training allowed Marines to improve their proficiency in the fundamentals of marksmanship and to work on advanced techniques including long range precision shooting through barricades and improvised positions. 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. Brienna Tuck)
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31st MEU Scout Sniper Platoon conducts static live fire training

Sgt. Christopher Frazier, a scout sniper with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), engages targets from improvised positions with the M40A6 Sniper Rifle during a static live fire range at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, July 8, 2020. The training allowed Marines to improve their proficiency in the fundamentals of marksmanship and to work on [Read More …]