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III MEF Band performs for Kobe Leonessa and University of California, LA Bruins at exhibition soccer match

AWASE, OKINAWA, Japan — Members of the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band stand in formation prior to a performance March 23 at the Family Mart Dream Match exhibition soccer game at the Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park in Awase, Okinawa. During the match, the International Athletic Club Kobe Leonessa competed against the University of California, Los Angeles Bruins. “Everybody gets into (the performance),” said Lance Cpl. John M. Rosal, a percussionist with the band. “It was a different dynamic for the band in that we are actually performing for a non-military audience.” (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Diamond N. Peden/Released)

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CAMP SCHWAB, OKINAWA, Japan — U.S. Marine Combat Engineers train  April 15 during a four-day basic demolition course at Camp Schwab. The Marines placed blocks of TNT in an interconnected ring of detonation cord, helping to create what is known as a “TNT ring main.” Brown is a combat engineer currently serving as a civil affairs noncommissioned officer with the civil affairs detachment, G-3, operations, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Hoisington is a combat engineer with Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III MEF. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Jose D. Lujano/Released)

Don’t look down…

Lance Cpl. Michael A. Elhaj rappels down the face of a cliff as part of a Mountain Warfare Training Course at the 1st Republic of Korea Marine Division Mountain Warfare Training Center in Pohang, Republic of Korea. The U.S. Marines are in the Republic of Korea to take part in Korean Marine Exchange Program 14-8. KMEP is a series of continuous combined training exercises designed to enhance the ROK-U.S. alliance, promote stability on the Korean Peninsula and strengthen ROK-U.S. military capabilities and interoperability. Elhaj is a military policeman with Company B, 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Drew Tech/Released)

Marines attack their objective during exercise Blue Chromite 15 in the Central Training Area. Blue Chromite demonstrates the Navy and Marine Corps’ expeditionary capabilities from the sea. Marines rode in assault amphibious vehicles in a ship-to-shore assault from the USS Germantown to Oura Wan Beach. After securing their first objective Marines advanced inland to the CTA. The Marines are with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, currently assigned to 4th Marines Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Abbey Perria/Released)

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Past meets present: Service members honor history at Iwo Jima

IWO TO, Japan – Service members reflect on their shared history during a professional military education tour April 11 at the black-sand beaches of Iwo To, Japan. More than 50 service members toured the island to gain a better understanding of what Marines before them went through during the Battle of Iwo Jima. The service members are with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 1, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Anthony J. Kirby/Released)

Marines and Assault Amphibious Vehicles aboard the USS Germantown prepare to depart for Camp Schwab, Japan during exercise Blue Chromite 2014 Nov. 1. Blue Chromite exercises the interoperability and joint capabilities of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps forces and increases the amphibious proficiency of participating units. The Marines and AAV’s are with Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Abbey Perria/Released)

Flying in Formation past Fuji

Three CH-53E Super Stallion Helicopters fly past Mount FujI, during a two-day flight to Misawa Air Base, Japan, from Okinawa in support of Exercise Forest Light 15-2. Forest Light is a routine, semiannual exercise to strengthen U.S. and Japan military relations. The CH-53E helicopters are with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465, Marine Aircraft Group 16, currently assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jen S. Martinez/Released)

Tactical Tuesday

Lance Cpl. Christian J. Hernandez (left) and Lance Cpl. Giovonni Mejia fire the M777A2 lightweight 155 mm howitzer to support units engaged in the mechanized assault course at Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms during Integrated Training Exercise 2-15. “Fighting with combined arms is on of the most important parts of the (Marine Air-Ground Task Force),” said Lt. Col. Neil J. Owens. Giovonni, a Dallas, Texas native and Hernandez, a Buford, Georgia, native are both cannoneers with 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, currently assigned to 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force for ITX 2-15, as part of the ground combat element for SPMAGTF-4. Owens, a Medford, Massechusetts, native, is the commanding officer for 3rd Bn., 12th Marines. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. William Hester/ Released)

Stair case, going up…

 U.S. Marines make their way upstairs Sept. 20 during an island seizure exercise as part of Valiant Shield 2014. The compound was being held by soldiers with the Guam National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment who were role-playing as the opposing forces. The Marines are with. Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, currently assigned to 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei/ Released)

Parade, REST!

JGSDF, Marine Corps cold-weather interoperability enhanced

SEKIYAMA TRAINING AREA, NIIGATA PREFECTURE, Japan – Marines with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, participate in the closing ceremony for Exercise Forest Light 14-2 March 8 at Sekiyama Training Area, Niigata prefecture, Japan. Forest Light was a two-week long exercise in which Marines and JGSDF members trained together, improving interoperability in cold-weather environments. Marines and JGSDF members trained in tactical movements and cold-weather survival skills in the snow. 3rd Bn., 1st Marines, is currently assigned to 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joey S. Holeman, Jr./Released)

Marines with the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, wait on a C-130 Hercules prior to taking part in night jump training over Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 21, 2013. The training not only allowed the Marines to practice jumping, but it also allowed the Yokota aircrews to practice flight tactics and timed-package drops. 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

Building Bridges

Republic of Korea and U.S. Marines lift a component of a medium girder bridge April 25 during Korean Marine Exchange Program 14-6 in Pohang, Republic of Korea. The exercise highlights the ROK and U.S. combined commitment to the defense and security of the Asia-Pacific region. The ROK Marines are with 1st ROK Marine Engineer Battalion, 1st ROK Marine Division. The U.S. Marines are with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cedric Haller/Released)

Out for a walk

Law enforcement Marines master patrol techniques

CENTRAL TRAINING AREA, OKINAWA, Japan – Marines with 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion patrol down a road March 19 at the Central Training Area during a field training exercise. The Marines patrolled four times a day to increase proficiency and identify areas for improvement. The Marines are with Company A, 3rd LE Bn., III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. David N. Hersey/Released)

Locking On

Staff Sgt. Peter Burchfield, from Boston, Massachusetts, sights in on a target with a AN/PED-1 Lightweight Laser Designator Rangefinder during Exercise Lava Viper 15.1-2 at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, Hawaii. After sighting in, the device emits a laser which marks simulated hostile threats for air assets. The laser provides Marine pilots with the exact location of targets and suspected threats without putting the operator in harm’s way. Burchfield is a joint terminal attack controller with 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devon Tindle/Released) 

Marines assigned to Combat Logistics Regiment 3 inspect flood relief equipment offloaded from the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga. The III Marine Expeditionary Force Flood Relief Command Element, in coordination with the Thai Ministry of Defense, directed the Tortuga and CLR-3 to assist and support the Royal Government of Thailand in flood relief efforts.

(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Casey H. Kyhl, 28 November 2011. Laem Chabang, Thailand.)

Snow, ice, rain can’t stop Thundering Third

Lance Cpl. Andres J. Gonzales posts security March 4 during a culminating field event as part of Exercise Forest Light 14-2 at Sekiyama Training Area in Niigata prefecture, Japan. The three-day field training was the final test for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members and U.S. Marines participating in the bilateral exercise. The training assessed the cold-weather tactics and survival skills learned throughout Forest Light. Gonzales is a rifleman with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, currently assigned to 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program.

One down!

Cpl. Rasey Jupin, top, shouts to his partner while detaining a mock enemy during a search drill at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji. During Fuji Warrior, a biennial training exercise, Marines and sailors train in military operations on urbanized terrain, which may requires them to detain members of the opposing force. Jupin is an ammunition technician with Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Wes J. Lucko/Released)

CAMP KINSER, OKINAWA, Japan- Lance Cpl. Joshua Nickson, right, leads a group of Marines as part of a five-day Lance Corporal Leadership and Ethics Seminar April 28 through May 2 on Camp Kinser. The course allowed the attending Marines to participate in mentor led, guided discussions with their peers. Nickson is an Atlanta, Ga., native and dispersing technician with Combat Logistics Regiment 37, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Anne K. Henry/Released)

Here comes the spiderman!

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Justin A. Green rappels down 50-foot tower March 18 during the first day of the three-day Mountain Warfare Training Course at the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Pohang, Republic of Korea. During the training, ROK Marines instructed U.S. Marines in Australian rappelling which is used as a military assault technique where the Marine faces down the descent and is positioned to fire a weapon downwards. Green is a field radio operator with 7th Communication Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cedric R. Haller II/Released)

9th ESB offloads, prepares for KMEP 14-6

U.S. Marines carry luggage and equipment to a staging area while offloading a high-speed vessel April 16 during Korean Marine Exchange Program 14-6 in Pohang, Republic of Korea. KMEP is a series of exercises conducted regularly between ROK and U.S. Marine Corps to increase interoperability and combined capability. The Marines are with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Cedric Haller