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Feb

2015

Battalion Assault Course: Culminating Event for ITX 2-15

Lance Cpl. William Hester, Defense Media Activity

Marines from Japan, Hawaii and every corner of the United States have spent countless, draining hours in the extreme conditions of the Mojave Desert for the culminating event of Integrated Training Exercise 2-15, the Battalion Assault Course.Marines from multiple units conducted back-to-back courses involving every element of the Marine Air-Ground




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Feb

2015

Survival, spiders, cobras in Thailand

Cpl. Isaac Ibarra, III Marine Expeditionary Force

My journey begins on a small island named Okinawa, south of mainland Japan. I’ve been stationed there as a Marine for close to nine months now and, finally, got the chance to deploy.I received orders to support exercise Cobra Gold in Thailand -- a country I’ve always wanted to visit. Soon thereafter, I stepped off a plane in Utapao, Thailand. I was




11

Feb

2015

MPF responds to Cobra Gold 15

Courtesy Story, II Marine Expeditionary Force

The maritime prepositioning ship, U.S. Naval Ship Pililaau, sails across the pacific ocean February 6 with equipment and supplies for exercise Cobra Gold 2015 in Thailand.The Pililaau is one of many ships which make up the Marine Corps' Maritime Prepositioning Force. The MPF provides the Marine Air-Ground Task Force essential equipment and supplies




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Feb

2015

Ground Combat Element brings big guns for ITX 2-15

Lance Cpl. William Hester, III Marine Expeditionary Force

Crisp, desert air greets the early rising Marines of Alpha Battery, as they prepare themselves and their M777A2 lightweight 155 mm howitzers for the long, draining day ahead. Digging holes for the “feet” of their weapon systems, and moving rounds that weigh near 80 pounds to different areas on the firing line is common during the average day of a




16

Jan

2015

Futenma Marines rehearse arrested landing safety procedures

Lance Cpl. Janessa K. Pon, III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office

Marines executed arrested landing safety training Jan. 9 on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.The Marines are expeditionary airfield systems technicians with Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron, MCAS Futenma, Marine Corps Installations Pacific-Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Japan.In an arrested landing, either a safety barrier or other equipment,




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Jan

2015

Fight Tonight; HQ Regiment is always ready

Lance Cpl. William Hester, III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office

Units like Headquarters Regiment from 3rd Marine Logistics Group make it possible for the Marine Corps to be ready at a moments’ notice.For their actions, Headquarters Regiment, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force won the maintenance readiness awards each quarter of 2014 and the fiscal year award.“I’m very excited and proud




14

Jan

2015

Marines hold night training for raid force

Cpl. Drew Tech, III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office

Marines with Expeditionary Operations Training Group set up and instructed a Realistic Urban Training Exercise for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force Jan. 10 on Camp Courtney. The Marines with the 31st MEU and the raid force performed a night raid on an objective using a helicopter insertion, an explosive entry, and simulated




13

Jan

2015

Special Reaction Team refine special weapons, tactics training

Cpl. Royce Dorman, III Marine Expeditionary Force

The sky is overcast and a brisk wind sends a chill across flat, featureless terrain. Men dressed in flak jackets and Kevlar helmets ready themselves to engage targets downrange.“Threat!” barked a tall, broad-shouldered man in green coveralls. His voice carried a thick southern accent that echoed through the air. The five men on the firing line




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Dec

2014

Rodeo rounds up Motor T

Lance Cpl. William Hester, III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office

Musty diesel fumes fill the air as 7-ton trucks maneuver through an obstacle course. Meanwhile, sweaty, greasy Marines work hard to change the tires on a Humvee as others rush to disassemble and reassemble the rear of a 7-ton. Marines with 3rd Marine Logistics Group, organized a truck rodeo for multiple motor transport units stationed on Okinawa




30

Dec

2014

Urasoe police, Camp Kinser law enforcement participate in training

Lance Cpl. Royce Dorman, III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office

Police officers and security guards participated in anti-terrorism force protection training here Dec. 24.The police officers, with the Urasoe Police Department, and the Marines and Japanese security guards with the Camp Kinser Provost Marshal’s Office coordinated during a mock scenario in which they worked together to apprehend suspicious persons





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