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U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class Clifford Moles, a motor vehicle operator with 2nd Transport Support Battalion, guides a 7-ton truck out of a cave during Strategic Mobility Exercise 17 near Stjordal, Norway, May 2, 2017. Marines readied the vehicles for a convoy to the exercise’s assembly area. The forward prepositioning of materiel from the Marine Corps’ Prepositioning Program in Norway reduces reaction time and eliminates the need to deploy equipment from locations in the continental United States.
A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 conducts a level III flight demonstration during the 41st Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force – Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Friendship Day at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, May 5, 2017. Since 1973, MCAS Iwakuni has held a single-day air show designed to foster positive relationships and offer an elevating experience that displays the communal support between the U.S. and Japan. The air show also encompassed various U.S. and Japanese static aircraft displays, aerial performances and demonstrations, food and entertainment.
Japanese locals view various U.S. and Japanese static display aircraft during the 41st Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force – Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Friendship Day at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, May 5, 2017. Displays included of F/A-18C and F/A-18D Hornets, an MV-22B Osprey and F-35B Lightning II from the III Marine Expeditionary Force, F-16 Fighting Falcon, A-10 Thunderbolt II, and KC-135 Stratotanker from U.S. forces in Korea. Displays also encompassed a C-1, MC-130J, A6M Zero, and MCH-101 from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and JMSDF, along with WACO biplanes and Cessna airplanes from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Japan.
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, hosted the 41st Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force – MCAS Iwakuni Friendship Day, May 5, 2017. Since 1973, MCAS Iwakuni has held a single-day air show designed to foster positive relationships and offer an elevating experience that displays the communal support between the U.S. and Japan. The air show also encompassed various U.S. and Japanese static aircraft displays, aerial performances and demonstrations, food and entertainment.
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s Blue Impulse performs aerial demonstrations during the 41st Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force – Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Friendship Day at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, May 5, 2017. Since 1973, MCAS Iwakuni has held a single-day air show designed to foster positive relationships and offer an elevating experience that displays the communal support between the U.S. and Japan. The air show also encompassed various U.S. and Japanese static aircraft displays, aerial performances and demonstrations, food and entertainment.
U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Ospreys and Marines with Headquarters and Support Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division conduct a Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration during the 41st Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force – Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Friendship Day at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, May 5, 2017. Since 1973, MCAS Iwakuni has held a single-day air show designed to foster positive relationships and offer an elevating experience that displays the communal support between the U.S. and Japan. The air show also encompassed various U.S. and Japanese static aircraft displays, aerial performances and demonstrations, food and entertainment.
Japanese locals view various U.S. and Japanese static display aircraft during the 41st Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force – Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Friendship Day at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, May 5, 2017. Displays included of F/A-18C and F/A-18D Hornets, an MV-22B Osprey and F-35B Lightning II from the III Marine Expeditionary Force, F-16 Fighting Falcon, A-10 Thunderbolt II, and KC-135 Stratotanker from U.S. forces in Korea. Displays also encompassed a C-1, MC-130J, A6M Zero, and MCH-101 from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and JMSDF, along with WACO biplanes and Cessna airplanes from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Japan. Since 1973, MCAS Iwakuni has held a single-day air show designed to foster positive relationships and offer an elevating experience that displays the communal support between the U.S. and Japan. The air show also encompassed various U.S. and Japanese static aircraft displays, aerial performances and demonstrations, food and entertainment.
Japanese locals view various U.S. and Japanese static display aircraft during the 41st Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force – Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Friendship Day at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, May 5, 2017. Displays included of F/A-18C and F/A-18D Hornets, an MV-22B Osprey and F-35B Lightning II from the III Marine Expeditionary Force, F-16 Fighting Falcon, A-10 Thunderbolt II, and KC-135 Stratotanker from U.S. forces in Korea. Displays also encompassed a C-1, MC-130J, A6M Zero, and MCH-101 from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and JMSDF, along with WACO biplanes and Cessna airplanes from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Japan. Since 1973, MCAS Iwakuni has held a single-day air show designed to foster positive relationships and offer an elevating experience that displays the communal support between the U.S. and Japan. The air show also encompassed various U.S. and Japanese static aircraft displays, aerial performances and demonstrations, food and entertainment.
Marines with III Marine Expeditionary Force, Alert Contingency Marine Air Ground Task Force prepare to board a MV-22 osprey during a ACM drill, on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, May 5, 2017. The ACM must be prepared to respond within 24 hours to crises throughout the Asian pacific region to mitigate crises, protect U.S. citizens, and territories, or counter threats to U.S. national interests as needed.
A U.S. Marine with III Marine Expeditionary Force, Alert Contingency Marine Air Ground Task Force prepares to palletize equipment during an ACM drill at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, May 5, 2017. The ACM must be prepared to respond within 24 hours to crises throughout the Asian pacific region to mitigate crises, protect U.S. citizens, and territories, or counter threats to U.S. national interests as needed.
Marines with III Marine Expeditionary Force, Alert Contingency Marine Air Ground Task Force board an MV-22 osprey during a ACM drill, on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, May 5, 2017. The ACM must be prepared to respond within 24 hours to crises throughout the Asian pacific region to mitigate crises, protect U.S. citizens, and territories, or counter threats to U.S. national interests as needed.
U.S. Marines with III Marine Expeditionary Force, Alert Contingency Marine Air Ground Task Force chain down equipment during an ACM drill at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, May 5, 2017. The ACM must be prepared to respond within 24 hours to crises throughout the Asian pacific region to mitigate crises, protect U.S. citizens, and territories, or counter threats to U.S. national interests as needed.
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 13th Fighter Squadron, Misawa Air Base, Japan, taxis out during Exercise Northern Edge 2017, at Eileson Air Force Base, Alaska, May 4, 2017. Northern Edge is Alaska’s largest and premier joint training exercise designed to practice operations, techniques and procedures as well as enhance interoperability among the services. Thousands of participants from all the services—Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard personnel from active duty, Reserve and National Guard units—are involved.
U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Sea Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter (HMH) Squadron 361, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, carries a Bambi Bucket during flight on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, San Diego, Calif., May 4, 2017. This exercise was conducted to simulate immediate response action drills according to established procedures during a fire event.
A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II flies through the skies above Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 3, 2017. Northern Edge is Alaska’s largest and premier joint training exercise designed to practice operations, techniques and procedures, as well as enhance interoperability among the services. The exercise provides real-world proficiency in detection and tracking of units at sea, in the air and on land and response to multiple crises in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The F-35B is based out of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. Marines with the Silent Drill Platoon demonstrate a "bursting bomb" during an evening parade dress rehearsal, Marine Barracks Washington, Washington, D.C., April 26, 2017. Evening parades are held as a means of honoring senior officials, distinguished citizens and supporters of the Marine Corps.
Helicopters fill up with water from Lake O’Neill to assist Camp Pendleton Firefighters during the Roblar Fire on Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 22, 2016. The Roblar Fire has burned 2,000 acres and currently at 30% containment.
U.S. Air Force Maj. Robert Riggs, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command air mobility liaison officer, assists in loading cargo aboard a C-17 aircraft at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. As MARSOC’s AMLO, Riggs provides a critical link of communication between the airlift and ground forces in the area of operations. He facilitated the mission from planning and coordination through hands-on facilitation by piloting the aircraft as it deployed and re-deployed two MARSOC units.
U.S. Air Force Maj. Robert Riggs, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command air mobility liaison officer, prepares for his C-17 mission on the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. Riggs drove down to Charleston, S.C., to operate the C-17 scheduled to deploy a Marine Special Operations Company to Africa and bring back a separate MSOC. The total flight took four days and visited four different countries on three continents.
U.S. Air Force Maj. Robert Riggs, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command air mobility liaison officer, prepares for his mission on the flight deck of a C-17 aircraft at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. As MARSOC’s AMLO, Riggs provides a critical link of communication between the airlift and ground forces in the area of operations. He facilitates the timely flow of critical information between the air mobility network and MARSOC units into sensitive, forward-deployed environments around the globe.