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December 9, 2016

Air Station mourns the loss of one of its own as Marine pilot dies in crash in Japan

By Stephen Fastenau | December 9, 2016 9:20 AM

A Marine pilot stationed in Beaufort who died after ejecting from his aircraft Wednesday night off the coast of Japan has been identified.

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February 1, 2016

Cobra Gold partners work together to build better community

By Staff Sgt. Jose O. Nava | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | February 1, 2016

BAN CHAM KHO, Thailand -- Royal Thai Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force service members worked alongside one another to construct an open-air multi-purpose educational building Jan. 27 at Ban Cham Kho, Rayong, Thailand, before the official beginning of Exercise Cobra Gold 2016.

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January 28, 2016

We’re SNOW hard! Bare-chested US Marines and Korean troops perform drills (and mess about) in extreme cold as ‘preparation for North Korea attack’

By Alex Matthews For
Published: 06:24 EST, 28 January 2016 | Updated: 06:52 EST, 28 January 2016

The thought of wrestling bare-chested in the snow-covered wilderness with your mates wouldn't cross many people as a great way to spend a winter's afternoon, but a unit of marines couldn't wait to cover themselves in the white stuff during an exercise in South Korea.

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January 25, 2016

EXERCISE COBRA GOLD 2016 TO BEGIN FEBRUARY 9

By 1st Lt. Courtney Caimona, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific
25 Jan 2016

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand and the United States will co-host the annual, multilateral Exercise Cobra Gold in various areas throughout the Kingdom of Thailand Feb. 9-19, 2016.

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October 1, 2015

Marines identify units that will move from Japan to Guam

By Gina Harkins, Staff writer 12:27 p.m. EDT October 1, 2015

One of the Marine Corps' oldest infantry regiments will be among the units moving from Japan to Guam over the next few years.

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September 25, 2015

Bonnyman's bravery filmed in Oscar-winning documentary

Jim Matheny, WBIR 5:35 p.m. EDT September 25, 2015

(WBIR) East Tennessee has been home to several recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for military valor. However, Lt. Alexander "Sandy" Bonnyman is the only recipient whose heroism and final moments alive can still be seen in stunning video that was recorded during a deadly battle.

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July 25, 2015

Tarawa Marines Return Home After 70 Years

U.S. Marine Corps video by Staff Sgt. Jason W. Fudge // RELEASED
Date Posted:07.25.2015 8:12AM

U.S. Marines travel to Tarawa, Kiribati to participate in a repatriation ceremony July 25, 2015. During the ceremony the remains of approximately 36 U.S. Marines who had fallen during World War II at the Battle of Tarawa were loaded onto a Marine Corps C-130J Hercules aircraft for transport back to the U.S.

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July 19, 2015

MCCS supports Marines in Exercise Dragon Fire 2015

by LCpl Carlos Cruz Jr.
Date Posted:07.19.2015 04:45

IWAKUNI, Japan - Out in the field where Marines may lack showers, laundry mats or even mess halls, Marine Corps Community Services’ Tactical Field Exchange comes through, bringing happiness like a glass of cold water in the summer.

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April 24, 2015

Video: U.S. Marines Connect with Local School Children

U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Ricardo Hurtado
Date Taken:04.20.2015 | Date Posted:04.24.2015 9:30PM

U.S. Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 3rd and 4th Marine Regiments, visited Santa Juliana Elementary School in Crow Valley, Tarlac, Philippines, April 20, during exercise Balikatan 2015. The Marines played games and read with children at the school. Balikatan is an annual Philippines-U.S. military training exercise and humanitarian civic assistance engagement, which highlights the longstanding partnership between both nations. This year's iteration takes place from April 20-30.

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April 6, 2015

Pacific seabasing exercise will highlight new ships

By Hope Hodge Seck, Staff writer
2:47 p.m. EDT April 6, 2015

Navy and Marine officials will be able to put brand-new seabasing ships through their paces next month in a Pacific-based exercise designed to highlight the concept.

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March 12, 2015

Video: MCAS Iwakuni Celebrates Women's History Month 2015

by LCpl Lupe Campos
Date Taken:03.11.2015 | Date Posted:03.12.2015 4:59AM

March is the annual observance of Women's History Month, dedicated to commemorating and celebrating women in the United States of America. Since the beginning of our nation's history, women have played a significant part our military. Continue to view highlights of a few women in the United States Marine Corps' history, past and present.

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February 9, 2015

Dates announced for spring US-South Korea exercises

By Ashley Rowland
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 9, 2014

SEOUL — The U.S. and South Korea announced plans Monday for two annual spring military exercises, which come amid questions of whether Seoul will assume wartime control of allied forces as planned next year.

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June 2, 2014

RIMPAC to include experiment on small-unit operations

By Gina Harkins
Jun. 2, 2014 - 06:00AM

When the Marine Corps unveiled its new 10-year road map — Expeditionary Force 21 — in April, one of its fundamental principles was that small teams of Marines must be ready to deploy to, and sustain themselves in, isolated, austere and hostile environments.

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May 20, 2014

Brace yourselves, typhoon season is coming

By Lance Cpl. Alissa P. Schuning | Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni | May 20, 2014

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan -- With the summer months fast approaching, residents of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, will want to begin preparing for typhoon season beginning on June 1 until November 30.

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April 16, 2014

USS Bonhomme Richard heading to capsized South Korea ferry

By Ashley Rowland
Stars and Stripes
Published: April 16, 2014

SEOUL — A U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship headed to the site where a South Korean ferry sank Wednesday to help if needed, the U.S. Navy said.

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March 28, 2014

‘Twin Dragons’ massive joint military exercise begins

By Staff Sgt. Joseph Digirolamo | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | March 28, 2014

CAMP MUJUK, Republic of Korea -- A multilateral combined arms and amphibious exercise known as Ssang Yong 2014 officially started at Pohang, Republic of Korea March 27.

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January 9, 2014

Recon Marines depart for Sandfisher 2014

Story by Cpl Brandon Suhr
Date Posted:01.09.2014 23:05

FUTENMA, Japan - Marines and sailors with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion departed Jan. 7 to Hawaii for Exercise Sandfisher 2014 to expand their capabilities, training and combat readiness.

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November 23, 2013

Logistics Marines keep relief aid moving

Story by Cpl Brandon Suhr
Date Posted:11.23.2013 20:43

LUZON, Philippines - One full-grown adult elephant weighs approximately four tons, 8,000 pounds, and is the size of two cars stacked on top of each other.

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November 21, 2013

With a lot to prove, US Marine Osprey crews fly overtime for typhoon victims in Philippines

Published November 21, 2013
Associated Press

CLARK AIR BASE, Philippines – The U.S. Marines' newest and in some quarters most controversial transport airplane is showing the world what it's got — for the sake of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, and perhaps its own future.

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Marine Ospreys proving their worth in Philippines

By Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 21, 2013

CLARK AIR BASE, Philippines — Flying over a village that had been slammed by Typhoon Haiyan, Osprey crew chief Sgt. William Kaker saw a big Philippines flag staked out on the ground with a sign that read “God Help Us.”

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November 20, 2013

US Marines scale back typhoon relief operations

By Ashley Rowland
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 20, 2013

VILLAMOR AIR BASE, Philippines — The U.S. Marines are scaling back their relief efforts as roads in the areas hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan are being cleared, allowing the Philippine military and aid groups to deliver supplies on their own.

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October 4, 2013

'Lava Dogs' instill squad-level tactics in new Marines

by LCpl Matthew Bragg
10.04.2013 | Date Posted:10.05.2013 01:29

KAHUKU TRAINING AREA, Hawaii — Marines and sailors with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment completed a weeklong exercise at Kahuku Training Area Oct. 4, 2013. The exercise focused on familiarizing new Marines with current training methods used within the company while helping seasoned Marines sustain knowledge they were already taught.

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September 3, 2013

13th MEU conducts Tropic Thunder, showcases Ospreys

By Sgt. Jennifer Pirante | 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit | September 03, 2013

AT SEA -- Marines and Sailors of 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Boxer Amphibious Ready Group headed to paradise to conduct Exercise Tropic Thunder in Hawaii, Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, 2013.

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September 2, 2013

13th MEU sustainment training

Photos by Staff Sgt. Matthew Orr | 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 08.30.2013
Date Posted: 09.02.2013 18:27

Two Reconnaissance Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, provide security while a Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) vehicle drives off a Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) at Bellows Beach on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, during sustainment training Aug. 30, 2013.

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August 17, 2013

Mongolian troops, police begin non-lethal weapons exercise with US Marines

Story by Sgt. Ben Eberle
Date Posted:08.17.2013 19:00

FIVE HILLS TRAINING AREA, Mongolia – U.S. Marines and Mongolian Armed Forces service members were back on the parade deck here for the start of another training evolution Aug. 17, only a couple days after the closing ceremony for the multinational peacekeeping exercise Khaan Quest 2013.

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July 28, 2013

Exercise highlights MARSOC's role in Philippines

Jul. 28, 2013 - 09:51AM
By James K. Sanborn
Staff writer

Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command wants help conducting an elaborate role-player exercise to prepare soon-to-deploy operators for missions in the Philippines

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July 27, 2013

Marines may see Philippine tours

By Gina Harkins and Sam Fellman
Staff writers
Jul. 27, 2013 - 06:00AM

Marines may soon head to the Philippines on rotational deployments as U.S. and Philippine officials discuss strengthening an already tight military partnership to counter China’s rise to a major regional power.

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July 19, 2013

DOD studying moving 2,700 Marines from Okinawa to Hawaii

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Published: June 19, 2013

Three studies are underway on Oahu to find sites to house 2,700 Marines from Okinawa, Japan, but it may take until 2026 to implement what is estimated to be a $2.5 billion move.

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July 13, 2013

Anti-Terrorism Security Team Marines train for casualty evacuations in Talisman Saber

Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Toni Burton
07.13.2013 18:58

USS BLUE RIDGE, At Sea – Marines assigned to Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Pacific (FASTPAC) conducted training on NATO medical causality evacuation procedures in preparation for Talisman Saber 2013, July 12, 2013.

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June 23, 2013

1-star: Corps must 'relearn' UDP rotations

By Gina Harkins
Staff writer
Jun. 23, 2013

Officials with Marine Corps Forces Pacific are trying to match past doctrine with new capabilities as they return their focus to the Unit Deployment Program, which shrank significantly over the past eight years.

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June 17, 2013

Marines train in Malaysia during CARAT 2013

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 06.17.2013

TANJUNG GELANG NAVAL BASE, Malaysia - U.S. Marines with Landing Force Company participating in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2013 (CARAT 2013) began land-based training and amphibious assault operations with Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) June 15.

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June 11, 2013

Marines' role in Australia to expand next year, general says

Jun. 11, 2013 - 06:00AM
By Gina Harkins
Staff writer

The Marine Corps’ presence in Australia will increase fivefold next year as military officials there look to the U.S. for guidance in developing their amphibious capabilities, a Marine general with oversight of operations in the Pacific said June 11

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June 6, 2013

MAG-49 Marines ‘hustle’ 53s to Pacific

Story by Staff Sgt. David Carbajal
06.06.2013 16:04

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – Marines of Marine Aircraft Group 49 departed their home station at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst May 30-31, 2013, for a deployment to the Pacific as part of the U.S. Marine Corps’ resumption of the Unit Deployment Program.

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April 19, 2013

With Pacific pivot, Marines eye ‘Single Naval Battle' strategy

By Dan Lamothe, Gina Harkins and James K. Sanborn, Staff writers
Apr. 19, 2013 - 10:42AM

As the Marine Corps and Navy expand their presence throughout the Asia-Pacific region, officials are examining how best to move personnel and equipment and tackle the logistical challenge of operating in a theater so vast and dispersed.

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February 26, 2013

Last Marines arrive, all Guahan Shield personnel here

Story by Capt. Justin Jacobs | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 02.26.2013

DEDEDO, Guam - The last members of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division arrived here Feb. 25, rounding out the final personnel deployed to Guam in support of Exercise Guahan Shield.

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January 30, 2013

Marines, NFL work mutual support at Pro Bowl

By Sgt. D.R. Cotton
U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific
January 30, 2013

AIEA, Hawaii -- A long line of men in uniform lunge from one end of a field to another, twisting their torsos with a “dynamic warm-up” in anticipation of physical exertion. Although this could be a scene from any Marine’s physical training session, these warriors were not preparing to take the field of battle, but the field of play at the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl.

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January 24, 2013

Marines refuel Harriers for rapid takeoffs, landings at Ie Shima

By Lance Cpl. Terence G. Brady
Marine Corps Installations Pacific
January 24, 2013

IE SHIMA, Okinawa, Japan -- As AV-8B Harriers rapidly take off and land, Marines on the ground provide the critical support to keep them in the air, ensuring mission accomplishment no matter the environment.

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January 20, 2013

West Coast MEU readies for novel deployment

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Jan 20, 2013 17:12:11 EST

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — When the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit gets underway for shipboard pre-deployment training this spring, it will become the first West Coast-based unit to take the MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor out to sea.

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January 17, 2013

III MEF Band entertains ROK Marines

By Lance Cpl. Pete Sanders
Marine Corps Installations Pacific
January 17, 2013

CAMP MUJUK, Republic of Korea -- The III Marine Expeditionary Force Band performed for the Republic of Korea Marine Corps’ 1st Marine Division Jan. 13 at the division’s headquarters in Pohang, Republic of Korea.

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December 7, 2012

“Our Institutional DNA”: The U.S. Marine Corps Surges to the Asia-Pacific

The Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, General James F. Amos, gives his thoughts in a wide ranging interview.

By: Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe
December 07, 2012

As the process of rebalancing its forces to the Asia-Pacific begins to gain further traction, the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) sees itself returning to a familiar region of the world. In this context, the Commandant of the USMC, General James F. Amos, spoke to Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe about the Corps’ transformation and modernization, the impact of successive deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, the status of Marine Corps activities in Africa and South America, the strategic realignment to the Asia-Pacific, the likely future battlefield, and defense budget cuts.

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October 30, 2012

As Marines leave Afghanistan, more go to sea

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Oct 30, 2012 17:06:31 EDT

It’s official. The Marine Corps has returned to its amphibious roots.

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September 28, 2009

6-month Japan tours are back

Thousands could go. What you need to know.

By Dan Lamothe
Staff writer
Sep. 28, 2009

The Corps is planning to send more Marines to Japan, with an artillery battery arriving before the end of the month and entire battalions eventually expected to deploy for regular six-month tours.

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