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Republic of Korea Marine Corps 1st Lt. Rukhan Lee, an interpreter with ROK Marine Corps Headquarters, center, facilitates a conversation between U.S. Marine Corps Col. Andrew Gourgoumis, current operations officer with III Marine Expeditionary Force, right, and ROK Marine Corps Lt. Col. Jaemyoung Lee, an exercise planning officer with ROK Marine Corps Headquarters, left, in the Landing Force Operations Center aboard the USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) in support of Ulchi Freedom Shield 23, August 25, 2023. U.S. 7th Fleet’s flagship USS Blue Ridge is in port at Fleet Activities Yokosuka in Yokosuka, Japan. Ulchi Freedom Shield is a defense-oriented exercise designed to strengthen the ROK-U.S. Alliance, enhance our combined defense posture, and strengthen security and stability on the Korean peninsula. Gourgoumis is a native of Boston. - Republic of Korea Marine Corps 1st Lt. Rukhan Lee, an interpreter with ROK Marine Corps Headquarters, center, facilitates a conversation between U.S. Marine Corps Col. Andrew Gourgoumis, current operations officer with III Marine Expeditionary Force, right, and ROK Marine Corps Lt. Col. Jaemyoung Lee, an exercise planning officer with ROK Marine Corps Headquarters, left, in the Landing Force Operations Center aboard the USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) in support of Ulchi Freedom Shield 23, August 25, 2023. U.S. 7th Fleet’s flagship USS Blue Ridge is in port at Fleet Activities Yokosuka in Yokosuka, Japan. Ulchi Freedom Shield is a defense-oriented exercise designed to strengthen the ROK-U.S. Alliance, enhance our combined defense posture, and strengthen security and stability on the Korean peninsula. Gourgoumis is a native of Boston.

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Seth Wilson, rifleman with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, provides cover fire after exiting a Brazilian Amphibious Armored Vehicle for a frontal assault, Aug. 5, 2023, in Formosa, Brazil, during the Corpo de Fuzileiros Navais’ annual Infantry Training Exercise Formosa. Exercise Formosa offers an ideal platform for the armed forces of multiple nations to enhance their interoperability, conduct joint military operations, and exchange invaluable insights on tactics and strategies. With the backdrop of an ever-changing global security landscape, the participation of the United States Marine Corps and militaries from multiple nations shows commitment to regional security and partnership. Wilson is from L'Ance, Michigan. - U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Seth Wilson, rifleman with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, provides cover fire after exiting a Brazilian Amphibious Armored Vehicle for a frontal assault, Aug. 5, 2023, in Formosa, Brazil, during the Corpo de Fuzileiros Navais’ annual Infantry Training Exercise Formosa. Exercise Formosa offers an ideal platform for the armed forces of multiple nations to enhance their interoperability, conduct joint military operations, and exchange invaluable insights on tactics and strategies. With the backdrop of an ever-changing global security landscape, the participation of the United States Marine Corps and militaries from multiple nations shows commitment to regional security and partnership. Wilson is from L'Ance, Michigan.

U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Freddy Peubla, a machine gunner with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, fires a M240B machine gun during a littoral live fire exercise for Marine Aviation Support Activity at Punta Baja, Palawan, Philippines, July 15, 2023. MASA 23 is a bilateral exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. Marine Corps, aimed at enhancing interoperability and coordination in support of U.S.-Philippine mutual defense. - U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Freddy Peubla, a machine gunner with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, fires a M240B machine gun during a littoral live fire exercise for Marine Aviation Support Activity at Punta Baja, Palawan, Philippines, July 15, 2023. MASA 23 is a bilateral exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. Marine Corps, aimed at enhancing interoperability and coordination in support of U.S.-Philippine mutual defense.

Francisco Ocegueda, the American Battle Monuments Commission Deputy Director of Cemetery Operations for the Pacific Region gives remarks during the 81st Anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal Ceremony at the Guadalcanal American Memorial in Honiara, Solomon Islands, August 7, 2023. The Battle of Guadalcanal, also known as Operation Watchtower, was a seven-month campaign that marked the first Allied land offensive in the Pacific theater in World War II. - Francisco Ocegueda, the American Battle Monuments Commission Deputy Director of Cemetery Operations for the Pacific Region gives remarks during the 81st Anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal Ceremony at the Guadalcanal American Memorial in Honiara, Solomon Islands, August 7, 2023. The Battle of Guadalcanal, also known as Operation Watchtower, was a seven-month campaign that marked the first Allied land offensive in the Pacific theater in World War II.

A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing is offloaded by U.S. Marines and Filipino citizens during relief efforts in the wake of Typhoon Egay, international name Typhoon Doksuri, on Fuga Island, Philippines, Aug. 3, 2023. At the request of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, U.S. Marines are providing relief and lifesaving capabilities to remote regions of the Philippines. The forward presence and ready posture of I Marine Expeditionary Force assets in the region facilitated rapid and effective response to crisis, demonstrating U.S. commitment to Allies and partners. During the three days of relief efforts, VMM-163 delivered approximately 64,000 pounds of food and water, provided by the Government of the Philippines, to remote, affected communities. - A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing is offloaded by U.S. Marines and Filipino citizens during relief efforts in the wake of Typhoon Egay, international name Typhoon Doksuri, on Fuga Island, Philippines, Aug. 3, 2023. At the request of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, U.S. Marines are providing relief and lifesaving capabilities to remote regions of the Philippines. The forward presence and ready posture of I Marine Expeditionary Force assets in the region facilitated rapid and effective response to crisis, demonstrating U.S. commitment to Allies and partners. During the three days of relief efforts, VMM-163 delivered approximately 64,000 pounds of food and water, provided by the Government of the Philippines, to remote, affected communities.

U.S. Marines with Lima Co., 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin 23 engage simulated targets during Exercise Southern Jackaroo 23 in Townsville Field Training Area, Queensland, Australia, July 1, 2023. Southern Jackaroo is a trilateral exercise with MRF-D, Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force, and Australian Defence Force, with Republic of Korea observers, working together to achieve fire, maneuver, and communications interoperability objectives. - U.S. Marines with Lima Co., 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin 23 engage simulated targets during Exercise Southern Jackaroo 23 in Townsville Field Training Area, Queensland, Australia, July 1, 2023. Southern Jackaroo is a trilateral exercise with MRF-D, Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force, and Australian Defence Force, with Republic of Korea observers, working together to achieve fire, maneuver, and communications interoperability objectives.

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. William M. Jurney, left, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, and Indonesian Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Nur Alamsyah, commandant, Korps Marinir Republik Indonesia, deliver remarks during the closing ceremony of the Pacific Amphibious Leaders Symposium, Bali, Indonesia, July 13, 2023. PALS strengthens our interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations – from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to complex expeditionary operations. This year's symposium hosted senior leaders from 24 participating nations who are committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific, with the objective of strengthening and developing regional relationships. - U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. William M. Jurney, left, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, and Indonesian Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Nur Alamsyah, commandant, Korps Marinir Republik Indonesia, deliver remarks during the closing ceremony of the Pacific Amphibious Leaders Symposium, Bali, Indonesia, July 13, 2023. PALS strengthens our interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations – from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to complex expeditionary operations. This year's symposium hosted senior leaders from 24 participating nations who are committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific, with the objective of strengthening and developing regional relationships.

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Michael O’Brien, Commanding Officer of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, discusses the capabilities of a U.S. Marine Corps F-35C Lightning II aircraft with Air Commodore Peter Robinson, Commander of Air Combat Group, Royal Australian Air Force, and Wing Commander Adrian Kiely, Commanding Officer of RAAF No. 3 Squadron, while touring RAAF Base Williamtown, New South Wales, Australia, June 28, 2023. The tour allowed for U.S. Marine Corps and Australian military leadership to view on-going unit-level and bilateral training events designed to enhance U.S.-Australian relationships and further develop and sustain capabilities in the Indo-Pacific Region. O’Brien is a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native. - U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Michael O’Brien, Commanding Officer of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, discusses the capabilities of a U.S. Marine Corps F-35C Lightning II aircraft with Air Commodore Peter Robinson, Commander of Air Combat Group, Royal Australian Air Force, and Wing Commander Adrian Kiely, Commanding Officer of RAAF No. 3 Squadron, while touring RAAF Base Williamtown, New South Wales, Australia, June 28, 2023. The tour allowed for U.S. Marine Corps and Australian military leadership to view on-going unit-level and bilateral training events designed to enhance U.S.-Australian relationships and further develop and sustain capabilities in the Indo-Pacific Region. O’Brien is a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native.

U.S. Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division breach concertina wire with a mock Expedite Bangalore Torpedo during Intrepid Maven 23.4, July 3, 2023. Intrepid Maven is a bilateral exercise between U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command and the Jordanian Armed Forces designed to improve interoperability, strengthen partner-nation relationships in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, and improve both individual and bilateral unit readiness. - U.S. Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division breach concertina wire with a mock Expedite Bangalore Torpedo during Intrepid Maven 23.4, July 3, 2023. Intrepid Maven is a bilateral exercise between U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command and the Jordanian Armed Forces designed to improve interoperability, strengthen partner-nation relationships in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, and improve both individual and bilateral unit readiness.

U.S Marine Corps Capt. Quinton Boyed, field artillery officer, 2d Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, II Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, provides security with Norwegian Armed Forces at the Outdoor Infantry Immersion Trainer on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, May 18, 2023. The OIIT provided Marines and international partners with scenario based realistic training, creating a fully immersive environment using role players, pyrotechnics, subject matter experts, and sound and smell generators. - U.S Marine Corps Capt. Quinton Boyed, field artillery officer, 2d Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, II Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, provides security with Norwegian Armed Forces at the Outdoor Infantry Immersion Trainer on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, May 18, 2023. The OIIT provided Marines and international partners with scenario based realistic training, creating a fully immersive environment using role players, pyrotechnics, subject matter experts, and sound and smell generators.

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