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Hawaii-based Marines participate in Okinawan language program

By Sgt. Ricky Gomez, 3rd Marine Division

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Darren Broughton reads Where the Wild Things Are to children during a visit to Namisato Preschool in Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 30, 2018. Marines visited the school as a community relations event that helps the children learn basic English. Broughton, an Odessa, Texas native, is a team leader with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division.. Marines continue fostering relations with the local population and building bonds with allies.
Hawaii-based Marines participate in Okinawan language program
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Darren Broughton reads Where the Wild Things Are to children during a visit to Namisato Preschool in Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 30, 2018. Marines visited the school as a community relations event that helps the children learn basic English. Broughton, an Odessa, Texas native, is a team leader with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division.. Marines continue fostering relations with the local population and building bonds with allies.
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Mac Sautia sits with children during a visit to Namisato Preschool in Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 30, 2018. Marines visited the school during a community relations event to help children learn basic English. Sautia, an Oceanside, California native, is a radio technician with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. Marines continue fostering relations with the local population and building bonds with allies.
Hawaii-based Marines participate in Okinawan language program
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Mac Sautia sits with children during a visit to Namisato Preschool in Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 30, 2018. Marines visited the school during a community relations event to help children learn basic English. Sautia, an Oceanside, California native, is a radio technician with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. Marines continue fostering relations with the local population and building bonds with allies.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Headley Hall (left) and Petty Officer 3rd Class Tylor Tharp (right) high five children during a visit to Namisato Preschool in Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 30, 2018. Marines visited the school for a community relations event that helps the children learn basic English. Hall, a Chicago native, is an administrative clerk and Tharp, a St. Augustine, Florida native, is a religious program specialist. Both Marines are with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. The Marines continue fostering relations with the local population and building bonds with allies.
Hawaii-based Marines participate in Okinawan language program
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Headley Hall (left) and Petty Officer 3rd Class Tylor Tharp (right) high five children during a visit to Namisato Preschool in Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 30, 2018. Marines visited the school for a community relations event that helps the children learn basic English. Hall, a Chicago native, is an administrative clerk and Tharp, a St. Augustine, Florida native, is a religious program specialist. Both Marines are with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. The Marines continue fostering relations with the local population and building bonds with allies.
U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division visited a Japanese preschool to teach English and volunteer here, Jan. 30, 2018.

“Community relation events improve relations with our host nation or ally that goes beyond just the individuals we work with,” said U.S. Navy Lt. Len Driskell, a La Grange, Texas native, and the chaplain for the battalion.

Marines with the battalion spent the morning at Namisato Preschool as part of a volunteer event to enhance the relationship between the local people and the U.S. military. 

“It was interesting to see young Japanese children interested in learning our language and the impact that the Marines have on a younger generation,” Driskell added.

During the visit, Marines taught basic English to the children, ages 4-5, by working with them on personal introductions and basic phrases. The Marines also read the book “Where the Wild Things Are,” and played games with the children

“It was a great experience getting to work with the youth of a different country and helping them learn our language,” said Lance Cpl. Headley Hall, a Chicago native, and an administrative specialist with the battalion.

The 3/3 Marines are committed to fostering relations with the local population and building bonds with their allies, according to the battalion commander, Lt. Col. Steven J. Eastin.