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U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Austin Merrill, a heavy equipment operator with Combat Logistics Battalion 13, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, directs a 624K tractor rubberized wheel articulated steering multipurpose during a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief exercise, Jan. 23 in Mullikulam. CARAT/MAREX Sri Lanka is a bilateral exercise between Sri Lanka and the United States designed to promote regional security cooperation, practice humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and strengthen maritime understanding, partnerships, and interoperability. In its 28th year, the CARAT series is comprised of multinational exercises, designed to enhance U.S. and partner forces’ abilities to operate together in response to traditional and non-traditional maritime security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region. - U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Austin Merrill, a heavy equipment operator with Combat Logistics Battalion 13, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, directs a 624K tractor rubberized wheel articulated steering multipurpose during a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief exercise, Jan. 23 in Mullikulam. CARAT/MAREX Sri Lanka is a bilateral exercise between Sri Lanka and the United States designed to promote regional security cooperation, practice humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and strengthen maritime understanding, partnerships, and interoperability. In its 28th year, the CARAT series is comprised of multinational exercises, designed to enhance U.S. and partner forces’ abilities to operate together in response to traditional and non-traditional maritime security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region.

U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Austin Grimes, a chaplain with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, leads a chapel service aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), Jan. 22. The 13th MEU is embarked on the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, comprised of the Makin Island and amphibious transport dock ships USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) and USS Anchorage (LPD 23), and operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with Allies and partners in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region. - U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Austin Grimes, a chaplain with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, leads a chapel service aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), Jan. 22. The 13th MEU is embarked on the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, comprised of the Makin Island and amphibious transport dock ships USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) and USS Anchorage (LPD 23), and operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with Allies and partners in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Thomas Richard, left, installation restoration program manager, Laura Spung, center, installation restoration program assistant, and William Hagen Ratliff, right, underground storage tank program manager, all with the Environmental Quality Branch, pose for a photo after receiving the 2022 Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Navy Environmental Awards for Environmental Restoration after an awards presentation on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Dec. 21, 2022. The SECDEF and SECNAV Environmental Awards recognize installations, teams, and individuals for their accomplishments in innovative and cost-effective environmental management strategies supporting mission readiness. - Thomas Richard, left, installation restoration program manager, Laura Spung, center, installation restoration program assistant, and William Hagen Ratliff, right, underground storage tank program manager, all with the Environmental Quality Branch, pose for a photo after receiving the 2022 Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Navy Environmental Awards for Environmental Restoration after an awards presentation on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Dec. 21, 2022. The SECDEF and SECNAV Environmental Awards recognize installations, teams, and individuals for their accomplishments in innovative and cost-effective environmental management strategies supporting mission readiness.

Ms. Yoshikawa Yuumi, parliamentary vice-minister of foreign affairs from the Government of Japan, speaks at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Sabånan Fadang Memorial on Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz, Guam, Jan. 25, 2023. During the ceremony Maj. Gen. Stephen E. Liszewski, Commanding General of Marine Corps Installations Pacific, presented the memorial to Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, Guam Governor, to symbolize the transfer of the memorial to the people of Guam. While Camp Blaz will continue to care of the site, the memorial will be available for future, public access. The Sabånan Fadang Burial Site was constructed as part of the base’s commitment to preserving the rich cultural heritage of Guam. The monument has a dedicative plaque featuring a large engraving of a “trongkon nunu,” a banyan tree said to serve as a home for “taotaomo-na,” ancestral Chamoru spirits. The plaque is nestled between two ancient Chamoru lusongs, mortars used for pounding seeds or roots into processed food. - Ms. Yoshikawa Yuumi, parliamentary vice-minister of foreign affairs from the Government of Japan, speaks at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Sabånan Fadang Memorial on Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz, Guam, Jan. 25, 2023. During the ceremony Maj. Gen. Stephen E. Liszewski, Commanding General of Marine Corps Installations Pacific, presented the memorial to Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, Guam Governor, to symbolize the transfer of the memorial to the people of Guam. While Camp Blaz will continue to care of the site, the memorial will be available for future, public access. The Sabånan Fadang Burial Site was constructed as part of the base’s commitment to preserving the rich cultural heritage of Guam. The monument has a dedicative plaque featuring a large engraving of a “trongkon nunu,” a banyan tree said to serve as a home for “taotaomo-na,” ancestral Chamoru spirits. The plaque is nestled between two ancient Chamoru lusongs, mortars used for pounding seeds or roots into processed food.

British Royal Marine Cpl. Charlie Walker, a GD training corporal with 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines, conducts a weapon familiarization test for U.S. Marines with Marine Corps Security Force Regiment on the C8 assault rifle during Tartan Eagle phase II, Otterburn Training Camp, Europe, Oct. 24, 2022. U.S. Marines must properly handle the Royal Marines primary weapon system to pass the annual combat marksmanship training test while overseas with 43 Cdo RM. Exercise Tartan Eagle is an annual bilateral training exercise for the U.S. Marines and British Royal Marines with 43 Cdo RM to travel to each command’s training facilities to exchange tactics, techniques and procedures in fixed site security. - British Royal Marine Cpl. Charlie Walker, a GD training corporal with 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines, conducts a weapon familiarization test for U.S. Marines with Marine Corps Security Force Regiment on the C8 assault rifle during Tartan Eagle phase II, Otterburn Training Camp, Europe, Oct. 24, 2022. U.S. Marines must properly handle the Royal Marines primary weapon system to pass the annual combat marksmanship training test while overseas with 43 Cdo RM. Exercise Tartan Eagle is an annual bilateral training exercise for the U.S. Marines and British Royal Marines with 43 Cdo RM to travel to each command’s training facilities to exchange tactics, techniques and procedures in fixed site security.

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