3d Marine Division

 

3d Marine Division

The Fightin' Third

Okinawa, Japan
ROK and U.S. Marines pose with a snowman creatively constructed by both corps at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea, Dec. 21, 2015. Both Marine Corps will be training together and spending the holidays with each other in the ROK. The Korean Marine Exchange Program is carried out in the spirit of the Republic of Korea-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty signed between the two nations Oct. 1, 1953. The exercise illustrates the enduring alliance and friendship between the ROK and U.S. The KMEP 16-3 focuses on the two countries’ combined commitment to the defense of the ROK and our shared, faithful commitment to peace and security in the region. The Marines are from 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines regiment, currently deployed in the Pacific as part of 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/Released)
Christmas in Korea: Marines, ROK Marines, Snowman focus on partnership during holidays
ROK and U.S. Marines pose with a snowman creatively constructed by both corps at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea, Dec. 21, 2015. Both Marine Corps will be training together and spending the holidays with each other in the ROK. The Korean Marine Exchange Program is carried out in the spirit of the Republic of Korea-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty signed between the two nations Oct. 1, 1953. The exercise illustrates the enduring alliance and friendship between the ROK and U.S. The KMEP 16-3 focuses on the two countries’ combined commitment to the defense of the ROK and our shared, faithful commitment to peace and security in the region. The Marines are from 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines regiment, currently deployed in the Pacific as part of 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/Released)
Marines share MRE’s with Republic of Korea Marines at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea, Dec. 21, 2015. Both Marines Corps will be training together and spending the holidays with each other. The Korean Marine Exchange Program is carried out in the spirit of the Republic of Korea-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty signed between the two nations Oct. 1, 1953. The time spent together illustrates the enduring alliance and friendship between the ROK and U.S. The KMEP 16-3 focuses on the two countries’ combined commitment to the defense of the ROK and our shared, faithful commitment to peace and security in the region. The Marines are from 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines Regiment, currently forward deployed in the Pacific as part of 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/Released)
Christmas in Korea: Marines share holiday feast with Republic of Korea Marines
Marines share MRE’s with Republic of Korea Marines at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea, Dec. 21, 2015. Both Marines Corps will be training together and spending the holidays with each other. The Korean Marine Exchange Program is carried out in the spirit of the Republic of Korea-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty signed between the two nations Oct. 1, 1953. The time spent together illustrates the enduring alliance and friendship between the ROK and U.S. The KMEP 16-3 focuses on the two countries’ combined commitment to the defense of the ROK and our shared, faithful commitment to peace and security in the region. The Marines are from 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines Regiment, currently forward deployed in the Pacific as part of 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/Released)
Republic of Korea and U.S. Marines get together this holiday season to conduct bilateral training for the Korean Marine Exchange Program 16-3 at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea, Dec. 23, 2015. The time spent together of the holidays focuses the enduring alliances and friendship between the ROK and U.S Marine Corps. The KMEP highlights greater organizational fusion, which is a bilateral and collaborative effort between ROK and U.S Marine Corps forces from planning to execution. The ROKMC is a professional, warfighting organization that III MEF Marines work alongside and learn from to become more effective partners. The Marines are from 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines regiment, currently forward deployed in the Pacific as part of 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/Released)
Christmas in Korea: Marines focus on partnership with ROK Marines
Republic of Korea and U.S. Marines get together this holiday season to conduct bilateral training for the Korean Marine Exchange Program 16-3 at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea, Dec. 23, 2015. The time spent together of the holidays focuses the enduring alliances and friendship between the ROK and U.S Marine Corps. The KMEP highlights greater organizational fusion, which is a bilateral and collaborative effort between ROK and U.S Marine Corps forces from planning to execution. The ROKMC is a professional, warfighting organization that III MEF Marines work alongside and learn from to become more effective partners. The Marines are from 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines regiment, currently forward deployed in the Pacific as part of 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/Released)
Marines prepare to clear a house alongside ROK Marines during the Korean Marine Exchange Program 16-3 at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea, Dec. 22, 2015. KMEP 16-3 is one in a series of regularly-scheduled combined, small-unit, tactical training exercises. The relationship between ROK and U.S. Marine Corps forces encompasses the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of training. The goal of the KMEP is to enhance and improve interoperability of ROK an U.S. Marine Corps forces to build warfighting capabilities as partners. The Marines are from 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines Regiment, currently forward deployed in the Pacific as part of 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/Released)
Christmas in Korea: Marines focus on partnership with ROK Marines
Marines prepare to clear a house alongside ROK Marines during the Korean Marine Exchange Program 16-3 at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea, Dec. 22, 2015. KMEP 16-3 is one in a series of regularly-scheduled combined, small-unit, tactical training exercises. The relationship between ROK and U.S. Marine Corps forces encompasses the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of training. The goal of the KMEP is to enhance and improve interoperability of ROK an U.S. Marine Corps forces to build warfighting capabilities as partners. The Marines are from 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines Regiment, currently forward deployed in the Pacific as part of 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/Released)
Republic of Korea Marine Lt. Col. Joung Young Oh and  Lt. Col. Eric A. Reid focus on  building lasting, bilateral relationships during the Korean Marine Exchange Program 16-3 at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea, Dec. 22, 2015. KMEP 16-3 is one in a series of regularly-scheduled combined, small-unit, tactical training exercises between ROK and forward deployed U.S. Marines. The relationship between ROK and U.S. Marine Corps forces encompasses the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of training. The goal of the KMEP is to enhance and improve interoperability of ROK and U.S. Marine Corps forces at the level to build warfighting capabilities as partners. Lt. Col. Reid is the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines regiment commander, currently forward deployed in the Pacific as part of 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/Released)
USMC, ROKMC leaders focus on partnership
Republic of Korea Marine Lt. Col. Joung Young Oh and Lt. Col. Eric A. Reid focus on building lasting, bilateral relationships during the Korean Marine Exchange Program 16-3 at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea, Dec. 22, 2015. KMEP 16-3 is one in a series of regularly-scheduled combined, small-unit, tactical training exercises between ROK and forward deployed U.S. Marines. The relationship between ROK and U.S. Marine Corps forces encompasses the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of training. The goal of the KMEP is to enhance and improve interoperability of ROK and U.S. Marine Corps forces at the level to build warfighting capabilities as partners. Lt. Col. Reid is the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines regiment commander, currently forward deployed in the Pacific as part of 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/Released)
During the event, Santa’s Little Helper, Marines and children have snowball fights on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 12, 2015. The event also had Santa fast rope out of a helicopter, a bouncy castle, face painting and food served. The event was hosted by Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Community Services. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler S. Giguere/Released)
Christmas in Japan
During the event, Santa’s Little Helper, Marines and children have snowball fights on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 12, 2015. The event also had Santa fast rope out of a helicopter, a bouncy castle, face painting and food served. The event was hosted by Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Community Services. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler S. Giguere/Released)
Santa Claus listens to what children want for Christmas and then gives out candy canes during the event, Santa’s Little Helper, on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 12, 2015. The event also had Santa fast rope out of a helicopter, fake snow, a bouncy castle, face painting and food served. The event was hosted by Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Community Services. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler S. Giguere/Released)
Christmas in Japan
Santa Claus listens to what children want for Christmas and then gives out candy canes during the event, Santa’s Little Helper, on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 12, 2015. The event also had Santa fast rope out of a helicopter, fake snow, a bouncy castle, face painting and food served. The event was hosted by Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Community Services. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler S. Giguere/Released)
Santa Claus listens to what children want for Christmas during the event, Santa’s Little Helper, on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 12, 2015. The event also had Santa fast rope out of a helicopter, fake snow, a bouncy castle, face painting and food served. The event was hosted by Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Community Services. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler S. Giguere/Released)
Christmas in Japan
Santa Claus listens to what children want for Christmas during the event, Santa’s Little Helper, on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 12, 2015. The event also had Santa fast rope out of a helicopter, fake snow, a bouncy castle, face painting and food served. The event was hosted by Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Community Services. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler S. Giguere/Released)
Santa Claus listens to what children want for Christmas during the event, Santa’s Little Helper, on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 12, 2015. The event also had Santa fast rope out of a helicopter, fake snow, a bouncy castle, face painting and food served. The event was hosted by Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Community Services. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler S. Giguere/Released)
Christmas in Japan
Santa Claus listens to what children want for Christmas during the event, Santa’s Little Helper, on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 12, 2015. The event also had Santa fast rope out of a helicopter, fake snow, a bouncy castle, face painting and food served. The event was hosted by Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Community Services. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler S. Giguere/Released)
Santa Claus arrives for the event, Santa’s Little Helper, on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 12, 2015. The event also had Santa fast rope out of a helicopter, fake snow, a bouncy castle, face painting and food served. The event was hosted by Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Community Services. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler S. Giguere/Released)
Christmas in Japan
Santa Claus arrives for the event, Santa’s Little Helper, on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 12, 2015. The event also had Santa fast rope out of a helicopter, fake snow, a bouncy castle, face painting and food served. The event was hosted by Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Community Services. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler S. Giguere/Released)
Santa Claus arrives in a Light Armored Vehicle for the event, Santa’s Little Helper, on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 12, 2015. The event also had Santa fast rope out of a helicopter, fake snow, a bouncy castle, face painting and food served. The LAV is with Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler S. Giguere/Released)
Christmas in Japan
Santa Claus arrives in a Light Armored Vehicle for the event, Santa’s Little Helper, on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 12, 2015. The event also had Santa fast rope out of a helicopter, fake snow, a bouncy castle, face painting and food served. The LAV is with Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler S. Giguere/Released)
Santa Claus hugs children when he arrives for the event, Santa’s Little Helper, on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 12, 2015. The event also had Santa fast rope out of a helicopter, fake snow, a bouncy castle, face painting and food served. The event was hosted by Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Community Services. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler S. Giguere/Released)
Christmas in Japan
Santa Claus hugs children when he arrives for the event, Santa’s Little Helper, on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 12, 2015. The event also had Santa fast rope out of a helicopter, fake snow, a bouncy castle, face painting and food served. The event was hosted by Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Community Services. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler S. Giguere/Released)
NAGO, Okinawa, Japan – Marines from Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, spend the day with local children at Asunaro Nursery School during the Single Marine Program Volunteer opportunity at the school Nov. 12, 2015. The Marines of CAB routinely volunteer in the local communities of Henoko and Nago, Okinawa.
CAB Marines give back to Nago children
NAGO, Okinawa, Japan – Marines from Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, spend the day with local children at Asunaro Nursery School during the Single Marine Program Volunteer opportunity at the school Nov. 12, 2015. The Marines of CAB routinely volunteer in the local communities of Henoko and Nago, Okinawa.
NAGO, Okinawa, Japan – Cpl. Oluwaseun Bello from Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, spend the day with local children at Asunaro Nursery School during the Single Marine Program Volunteer opportunity at the school Nov. 12, 2015. The Marines of CAB routinely volunteer in the local communities of Henoko and Nago, Okinawa.
CAB Marines give back to Nago children
NAGO, Okinawa, Japan – Cpl. Oluwaseun Bello from Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, spend the day with local children at Asunaro Nursery School during the Single Marine Program Volunteer opportunity at the school Nov. 12, 2015. The Marines of CAB routinely volunteer in the local communities of Henoko and Nago, Okinawa.
Lt Col. John W. Black takes time, Nov. 19, 2015, to show Sgt. Maj. Vincent C. Santiago the old living quarters, nearby Wellington, New Zealand, where the Marines of 1st Marine Division stayed during World War II. Santiago, from Merizo, Guam, is the sergeant major for 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Black, from Stockton, California, works at the U.S. embassy in New Zealand. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler S. Giguere/Released)
A fern frond: the Maori proverb that moved a Marine colonel in New Zealand
Lt Col. John W. Black takes time, Nov. 19, 2015, to show Sgt. Maj. Vincent C. Santiago the old living quarters, nearby Wellington, New Zealand, where the Marines of 1st Marine Division stayed during World War II. Santiago, from Merizo, Guam, is the sergeant major for 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Black, from Stockton, California, works at the U.S. embassy in New Zealand. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler S. Giguere/Released)
A memorial to Sailors and Marines who lost their lives during World War II stands at a site near Wellington, New Zealand, near the old living quarters of 1st Marine Division. Sgt. Maj. Vincent C. Santiago, from Merizo, Guam, was shown the site by Lt. Col. John W. Black, from Stockton California, Nov. 19, 2015. Santiago, from Merizo, Guam, is the sergeant major for 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Black works at the U.S. embassy in New Zealand. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler S. Giguere/Released)
A fern frond: the Maori proverb that moved a Marine colonel in New Zealand
A memorial to Sailors and Marines who lost their lives during World War II stands at a site near Wellington, New Zealand, near the old living quarters of 1st Marine Division. Sgt. Maj. Vincent C. Santiago, from Merizo, Guam, was shown the site by Lt. Col. John W. Black, from Stockton California, Nov. 19, 2015. Santiago, from Merizo, Guam, is the sergeant major for 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Black works at the U.S. embassy in New Zealand. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler S. Giguere/Released)
ROK and U.S. Marines share experience during combined arms training in the Republic of Korea during 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, deployment to the Pacific.
Island Warriors share experience with ROK Marine brethren
ROK and U.S. Marines share experience during combined arms training in the Republic of Korea during 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, deployment to the Pacific.
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard Simcock II, commanding general, 3rd Marine Division, speaks to leaders with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, at Okuma Beach Resort, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 4, 2015. Marines from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, are coming to the end of their deployment in the Pacific at 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. Simcock discussed the importance of forward deployed Marine Corps forces and gave leaders the chance to ask questions regarding the Marine Corps’ place in the Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by LCpl. Makenzie Fallon/Released)
MajGen. Simcock meets with Pacific Marine Corps leaders
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard Simcock II, commanding general, 3rd Marine Division, speaks to leaders with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, at Okuma Beach Resort, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 4, 2015. Marines from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, are coming to the end of their deployment in the Pacific at 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. Simcock discussed the importance of forward deployed Marine Corps forces and gave leaders the chance to ask questions regarding the Marine Corps’ place in the Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by LCpl. Makenzie Fallon/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard Simcock II, commanding general, 3rd Marine Division, speaks to leaders with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, at Okuma Beach Resort, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 4, 2015. Marines from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, are coming to the end of their deployment in the Pacific at 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. Simcock discussed the importance of forward deployed Marine Corps forces and gave leaders the chance to ask questions regarding the Marine Corps’ place in the Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by LCpl. Makenzie Fallon/Released)
MajGen. Simcock meets with Pacific Marine Corps leaders
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard Simcock II, commanding general, 3rd Marine Division, speaks to leaders with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, at Okuma Beach Resort, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 4, 2015. Marines from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, are coming to the end of their deployment in the Pacific at 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. Simcock discussed the importance of forward deployed Marine Corps forces and gave leaders the chance to ask questions regarding the Marine Corps’ place in the Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by LCpl. Makenzie Fallon/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Christian L. Charkowski, left, receives his graduation certificate from New Zealand Defence Force Lt. Gen. Tim Keating, at the Defence Force Command and Staff College, Wellington, New Zealand, Nov. 19, 2015. Charkowski is the first U.S. Marine and second U.S. service member to graduate from the college. He attended the Joint Warrant Officers’ Advanced Course there, where the objectives were to prepare senior level leaders for senior strategic advisory positions, increase the students’ knowledge of regional security for the South West Pacific and provide insight into the workings of the government. Charkowski, from Madison, Wisconsin, is the battalion sergeant major for 3rd Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Keating is the Chief of Defence for the New Zealand Defence Force. (Marine Corps. photo by Cpl. Tyler S. Giguere/Released)
First ever U.S. Marine graduates New Zealand Command & Staff College
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Christian L. Charkowski, left, receives his graduation certificate from New Zealand Defence Force Lt. Gen. Tim Keating, at the Defence Force Command and Staff College, Wellington, New Zealand, Nov. 19, 2015. Charkowski is the first U.S. Marine and second U.S. service member to graduate from the college. He attended the Joint Warrant Officers’ Advanced Course there, where the objectives were to prepare senior level leaders for senior strategic advisory positions, increase the students’ knowledge of regional security for the South West Pacific and provide insight into the workings of the government. Charkowski, from Madison, Wisconsin, is the battalion sergeant major for 3rd Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Keating is the Chief of Defence for the New Zealand Defence Force. (Marine Corps. photo by Cpl. Tyler S. Giguere/Released)
Lt. Gen. Tim Keating, center, takes a photo with the graduating class of the Defence Force Command and Staff College, Wellington, New Zealand, Nov. 19, 2015. Sgt. Maj. Christian L. Charkowski, in the second row, third from left, was the first U.S. Marine and second U.S. service member to graduate from the course. He attended the Joint Warrant Officers’ Advanced Course, where the objectives were to prepare senior level leaders for senior strategic advisory positions, increase the students’ knowledge of regional security for the Pacific Southwest, and provide insight into the workings of the government. Charkowski, from Madison, Wisconsin, is the battalion sergeant major for 3rd Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Keating is the chief of defence for the New Zealand Defence Force. (Marine Corps. photo by Cpl. Tyler S. Giguere/Released)
First ever U.S. Marine graduates New Zealand Command & Staff College
Lt. Gen. Tim Keating, center, takes a photo with the graduating class of the Defence Force Command and Staff College, Wellington, New Zealand, Nov. 19, 2015. Sgt. Maj. Christian L. Charkowski, in the second row, third from left, was the first U.S. Marine and second U.S. service member to graduate from the course. He attended the Joint Warrant Officers’ Advanced Course, where the objectives were to prepare senior level leaders for senior strategic advisory positions, increase the students’ knowledge of regional security for the Pacific Southwest, and provide insight into the workings of the government. Charkowski, from Madison, Wisconsin, is the battalion sergeant major for 3rd Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Keating is the chief of defence for the New Zealand Defence Force. (Marine Corps. photo by Cpl. Tyler S. Giguere/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Christian L. Charkowski, right, presents a plaque to New Zealand Defence Force Commander Nigel Philpott at the Defence Force Command and Staff College, Wellington, New Zealand, Nov. 19, 2015. Charkowski is the first U.S. Marine and second U.S. service member to graduate from the college. He attended the Joint Warrant Officers’ Advanced Course, where the objectives were to prepare senior level leaders for senior strategic advisory positions, increase the students’ knowledge of regional security for the Southwest Pacific and provide the students with insight into the workings of the government. Charkowski, from Madison, Wisconsin, is the battalion sergeant major for 3rd Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Philpot, from Wellington, New Zealand, is the commandant of the Defence Force Command and Staff College. (Marine Corps. photo by Cpl. Tyler S. Giguere/Released)
First ever U.S. Marine graduates New Zealand Command & Staff College
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Christian L. Charkowski, right, presents a plaque to New Zealand Defence Force Commander Nigel Philpott at the Defence Force Command and Staff College, Wellington, New Zealand, Nov. 19, 2015. Charkowski is the first U.S. Marine and second U.S. service member to graduate from the college. He attended the Joint Warrant Officers’ Advanced Course, where the objectives were to prepare senior level leaders for senior strategic advisory positions, increase the students’ knowledge of regional security for the Southwest Pacific and provide the students with insight into the workings of the government. Charkowski, from Madison, Wisconsin, is the battalion sergeant major for 3rd Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Philpot, from Wellington, New Zealand, is the commandant of the Defence Force Command and Staff College. (Marine Corps. photo by Cpl. Tyler S. Giguere/Released)
Tinian Mayor Joey P. San Nicolas and the Tinian High School basketball team pose for a photo with Marines of 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, after a game of basketball that ended in a tie. The Marines took part in community relations efforts with the people of Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, on Nov. 17, 2015, after being deployed on short notice from Fuji to notionally secure the expeditionary airfield and conduct training. The training allowed the Marines an opportunity to establish long-range communications and receive professional military education in order to ensure utilization and validation of the Marianas Islands Range Complex, improve the Marines' understanding and appreciation for unit history, and validate elements of the Alert Contingency MAGTF.
Marines of 1/2 conduct community relations efforts
Tinian Mayor Joey P. San Nicolas and the Tinian High School basketball team pose for a photo with Marines of 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, after a game of basketball that ended in a tie. The Marines took part in community relations efforts with the people of Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, on Nov. 17, 2015, after being deployed on short notice from Fuji to notionally secure the expeditionary airfield and conduct training. The training allowed the Marines an opportunity to establish long-range communications and receive professional military education in order to ensure utilization and validation of the Marianas Islands Range Complex, improve the Marines' understanding and appreciation for unit history, and validate elements of the Alert Contingency MAGTF.
Marines from Company A, B, and C, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, took part in a basketball game against the Tinian High School team. The Marines took part in community relations efforts with the people of Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, on Nov. 17, 2015, after being deployed on short notice from Fuji to notionally secure the expeditionary airfield and conduct training. The training allowed the Marines an opportunity to establish long-range communications and receive professional military education in order to ensure utilization and validation of the Marianas Islands Range Complex, improve the Marines' understanding and appreciation for unit history, and validate elements of the Alert Contingency MAGTF.
Marines of 1/2 conduct community relations efforts
Marines from Company A, B, and C, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, took part in a basketball game against the Tinian High School team. The Marines took part in community relations efforts with the people of Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, on Nov. 17, 2015, after being deployed on short notice from Fuji to notionally secure the expeditionary airfield and conduct training. The training allowed the Marines an opportunity to establish long-range communications and receive professional military education in order to ensure utilization and validation of the Marianas Islands Range Complex, improve the Marines' understanding and appreciation for unit history, and validate elements of the Alert Contingency MAGTF.
Marines from Company A, B, and C, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, took part in a basketball game against the Tinian High School team. The Marines took part in community relations efforts with the people of Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, on Nov. 17, 2015, after being deployed on short notice from Fuji to notionally secure the expeditionary airfield and conduct training. The training allowed the Marines an opportunity to establish long-range communications and receive professional military education in order to ensure utilization and validation of the Marianas Islands Range Complex, improve the Marines' understanding and appreciation for unit history, and validate elements of the Alert Contingency MAGTF.
Marines of 1/2 conduct community relations efforts
Marines from Company A, B, and C, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, took part in a basketball game against the Tinian High School team. The Marines took part in community relations efforts with the people of Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, on Nov. 17, 2015, after being deployed on short notice from Fuji to notionally secure the expeditionary airfield and conduct training. The training allowed the Marines an opportunity to establish long-range communications and receive professional military education in order to ensure utilization and validation of the Marianas Islands Range Complex, improve the Marines' understanding and appreciation for unit history, and validate elements of the Alert Contingency MAGTF.
U.S. Marines with Company A, B and C, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, receive professional military education from 1st Lt. Andrew Harrington, Platoon Commander, Company B, on North Field, Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, on Nov. 17, 2015. The Marines have been deployed on short notice from Fuji to notionally secure the expeditionary airfield and conduct training. The training allowed the Marines an opportunity to establish long-range communications and receive professional military education in order to ensure utilization and validation of the Marianas Islands Range Complex, improve the Marines' understanding and appreciation for unit history, and validate elements of the Alert Contingency MAGTF.
1/2 Training on Tinian
U.S. Marines with Company A, B and C, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, receive professional military education from 1st Lt. Andrew Harrington, Platoon Commander, Company B, on North Field, Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, on Nov. 17, 2015. The Marines have been deployed on short notice from Fuji to notionally secure the expeditionary airfield and conduct training. The training allowed the Marines an opportunity to establish long-range communications and receive professional military education in order to ensure utilization and validation of the Marianas Islands Range Complex, improve the Marines' understanding and appreciation for unit history, and validate elements of the Alert Contingency MAGTF.
CHULU BEACH, TINIAN (November 17, 2015) -  Major Chris Merrill, Marine Corps Activity Guam Planning Representative, conducts professional military education on the realignment of Marines to the Pacific region with Marines of 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, on Nov. 17th, 2015.  The Marines have been deployed on short notice from Fuji to notionally secure the expeditionary airfield and conduct training.  The training allowed the Marines an opportunity to establish long range communications and receive professional military education in order to ensure utilization and validation of the Marianas Islands Range Complex, improve the Marines' understanding and appreciation for unit history, and validate elements of the Alert Contingency MAGTF.
1/2 Training on Tinian
CHULU BEACH, TINIAN (November 17, 2015) - Major Chris Merrill, Marine Corps Activity Guam Planning Representative, conducts professional military education on the realignment of Marines to the Pacific region with Marines of 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, on Nov. 17th, 2015. The Marines have been deployed on short notice from Fuji to notionally secure the expeditionary airfield and conduct training. The training allowed the Marines an opportunity to establish long range communications and receive professional military education in order to ensure utilization and validation of the Marianas Islands Range Complex, improve the Marines' understanding and appreciation for unit history, and validate elements of the Alert Contingency MAGTF.
U.S. Marines with Company A, B and C, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, receive professional military education from 1st Lt. Andrew Harrington, Platoon Commander, Company B, on North Field, Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, on Nov. 17, 2015. The Marines learned about Operation Centerboard, with Marines being able to view the location of the two atomic bomb loading pits. The Marines have been deployed on short notice from Fuji to notionally secure the expeditionary airfield and conduct training. The training allowed the Marines an opportunity to establish long-range communications and receive professional military education in order to ensure utilization and validation of the Marianas Islands Range Complex, improve the Marines' understanding and appreciation for unit history, and validate elements of the Alert Contingency MAGTF.
1/2 Training on Tinian
U.S. Marines with Company A, B and C, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, receive professional military education from 1st Lt. Andrew Harrington, Platoon Commander, Company B, on North Field, Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, on Nov. 17, 2015. The Marines learned about Operation Centerboard, with Marines being able to view the location of the two atomic bomb loading pits. The Marines have been deployed on short notice from Fuji to notionally secure the expeditionary airfield and conduct training. The training allowed the Marines an opportunity to establish long-range communications and receive professional military education in order to ensure utilization and validation of the Marianas Islands Range Complex, improve the Marines' understanding and appreciation for unit history, and validate elements of the Alert Contingency MAGTF.
U.S. Marines with Company A, B and C, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, receive professional military education from 1st Lt. Andrew Harrington, Platoon Commander, Company B, on North Field, Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, on Nov. 17, 2015. The Marines learned about Operation Centerboard, with Marines being able to view the location of the two atomic bomb loading pits. The Marines have been deployed on short notice from Fuji to notionally secure the expeditionary airfield and conduct training. The training allowed the Marines an opportunity to establish long-range communications and receive professional military education in order to ensure utilization and validation of the Marianas Islands Range Complex, improve the Marines' understanding and appreciation for unit history, and validate elements of the Alert Contingency MAGTF.
1/2 Training on Tinian
U.S. Marines with Company A, B and C, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, receive professional military education from 1st Lt. Andrew Harrington, Platoon Commander, Company B, on North Field, Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, on Nov. 17, 2015. The Marines learned about Operation Centerboard, with Marines being able to view the location of the two atomic bomb loading pits. The Marines have been deployed on short notice from Fuji to notionally secure the expeditionary airfield and conduct training. The training allowed the Marines an opportunity to establish long-range communications and receive professional military education in order to ensure utilization and validation of the Marianas Islands Range Complex, improve the Marines' understanding and appreciation for unit history, and validate elements of the Alert Contingency MAGTF.
U.S. Marines with Company A, B and C, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, receive professional military education from 2nd Lt. Hanson, Platoon Commander, Company A, in front of the Administration Building on North Field, Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, on Nov. 17, 2015. The Marines discussed Operation Forager, which was very successful for the Corps, as the Japanese lost 25% of their force on Tinian on the first night of battle. The Marines receiving the class have been deployed on short notice from Fuji to notionally secure the expeditionary airfield and conduct training. The training allowed the Marines an opportunity to establish long-range communications and receive professional military education in order to ensure utilization and validation of the Marianas Islands Range Complex, improve the Marines' understanding and appreciation for unit history, and validate elements of the Alert Contingency MAGTF.
1/2 Training on Tinian
U.S. Marines with Company A, B and C, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, receive professional military education from 2nd Lt. Hanson, Platoon Commander, Company A, in front of the Administration Building on North Field, Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, on Nov. 17, 2015. The Marines discussed Operation Forager, which was very successful for the Corps, as the Japanese lost 25% of their force on Tinian on the first night of battle. The Marines receiving the class have been deployed on short notice from Fuji to notionally secure the expeditionary airfield and conduct training. The training allowed the Marines an opportunity to establish long-range communications and receive professional military education in order to ensure utilization and validation of the Marianas Islands Range Complex, improve the Marines' understanding and appreciation for unit history, and validate elements of the Alert Contingency MAGTF.
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard Simcock II and Col. David Odom represent the Marines of 3rd Marine Division serving all over the Pacific during a cake cutting ceremony to commemorate the Marine Corps’ 240th birthday celebration on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 10, 2015. Simcock is the commanding general of 3rd Marine Division, and Odom is the commanding officer of 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by LCpl. Makenzie Fallon/Released)
Caltrap Marines celebrate 240th Marine Corps Birthday
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard Simcock II and Col. David Odom represent the Marines of 3rd Marine Division serving all over the Pacific during a cake cutting ceremony to commemorate the Marine Corps’ 240th birthday celebration on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 10, 2015. Simcock is the commanding general of 3rd Marine Division, and Odom is the commanding officer of 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by LCpl. Makenzie Fallon/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen.  Richard Simcock II thanks retired Lt. Gen. Terry Robling for his remarks during the 3rd Marine Division Birthday Ball at the Butler Officers’ Club on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 6, 2015. Simcock is the commanding general of 3rd Marine Division. Robling, the guest of honor, received a standing ovation after his speech. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by LCpl. Makenzie Fallon/Released)
CAltrap Marines celbrate 240th Marine Corps Birthday
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard Simcock II thanks retired Lt. Gen. Terry Robling for his remarks during the 3rd Marine Division Birthday Ball at the Butler Officers’ Club on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 6, 2015. Simcock is the commanding general of 3rd Marine Division. Robling, the guest of honor, received a standing ovation after his speech. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by LCpl. Makenzie Fallon/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard Simcock II, commanding general, 3rd Marine Division, welcomes Marines with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, on unit deployment program (UDP) to 3rd Marine Division during a speech on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 4, 2015. The unit deployment program gives Marines the chance to train in alternate locations from their original duty station in order to enhance combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by LCpl. Makenzie Fallon/Released)
Dark Horse Battalion lands in Okinawa
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard Simcock II, commanding general, 3rd Marine Division, welcomes Marines with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, on unit deployment program (UDP) to 3rd Marine Division during a speech on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 4, 2015. The unit deployment program gives Marines the chance to train in alternate locations from their original duty station in order to enhance combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by LCpl. Makenzie Fallon/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Vincent Santiago, sergeant major, 3rd Marine Division, speaks to Marines with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, during a welcome brief to 3rd Marine Division on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 4, 2015. Marines from 3rd Battalions, 5th Marines, are part of the unit deployment program, which gives units the chance to train in alternate locations from their original duty station in order to enhance combat readiness in a deployed environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by LCpl. Makenzie Fallon/Released)
Dark Horse Battalion lands in Okinawa
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Vincent Santiago, sergeant major, 3rd Marine Division, speaks to Marines with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, during a welcome brief to 3rd Marine Division on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 4, 2015. Marines from 3rd Battalions, 5th Marines, are part of the unit deployment program, which gives units the chance to train in alternate locations from their original duty station in order to enhance combat readiness in a deployed environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by LCpl. Makenzie Fallon/Released)
WATERS OFF OKINAWA, Japan – Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) monitor launching amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) during exercise Blue Chromite (BC) 16. BC 16 is a U.S. only exercise designed to increase amphibious proficiency between the Navy and Marine Corps. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Will Gaskill/Released)
USS Germantown supports III MEF at Blue Chromite
WATERS OFF OKINAWA, Japan – Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) monitor launching amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) during exercise Blue Chromite (BC) 16. BC 16 is a U.S. only exercise designed to increase amphibious proficiency between the Navy and Marine Corps. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Will Gaskill/Released)
WATERS OFF OKINAWA, Japan – Amphibious assault vehicles wait in the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) before launching to head ashore for a personnel swap during exercise Blue Chromite (BC) 16. BC 16 is a U.S. only exercise designed to increase amphibious proficiency between the Navy and Marine Corps. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Will Gaskill/Released)
USS Germantown supports III MEF at Blue Chromite
WATERS OFF OKINAWA, Japan – Amphibious assault vehicles wait in the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) before launching to head ashore for a personnel swap during exercise Blue Chromite (BC) 16. BC 16 is a U.S. only exercise designed to increase amphibious proficiency between the Navy and Marine Corps. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Will Gaskill/Released)
WATERS OFF OKINAWA, Japan – Senior Chief Culinary Specialist C. Wade Wilson, aircraft control officer aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), communicates with a MV-22 Osprey aircraft while landing on the flight deck aboard the ship during exercise Blue Chromite (BC) 16. BC 16 is a U.S. only exercise designed to increase amphibious proficiency between the Navy and Marine Corps. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Will Gaskill/Released)
USS Germantown supports III MEF at Blue Chromite
WATERS OFF OKINAWA, Japan – Senior Chief Culinary Specialist C. Wade Wilson, aircraft control officer aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), communicates with a MV-22 Osprey aircraft while landing on the flight deck aboard the ship during exercise Blue Chromite (BC) 16. BC 16 is a U.S. only exercise designed to increase amphibious proficiency between the Navy and Marine Corps. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Will Gaskill/Released)
WATERS OFF OKINAWA, Japan – Sailors and Marines look on while a MV-22 Osprey aircraft lands on the flight deck aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) during exercise Blue Chromite (BC) 16. BC 16 is a U.S. only exercise designed to increase amphibious proficiency between the Navy and Marine Corps. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Will Gaskill/Released)
USS Germantown supports III MEF at Blue Chromite
WATERS OFF OKINAWA, Japan – Sailors and Marines look on while a MV-22 Osprey aircraft lands on the flight deck aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) during exercise Blue Chromite (BC) 16. BC 16 is a U.S. only exercise designed to increase amphibious proficiency between the Navy and Marine Corps. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Will Gaskill/Released)
Two U.S. Marine Amphibious Assault Vehicles push towards a beachhead during the second amphibious assault of Blue Chromite 2016, at Kushii Crossing, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 29, 2015. The Marines onboard pushed through and assaulted into combat town. Blue Chromite is a large-scale amphibious exercise that draws primarily from III Marine Expeditionary Force’s training resources on Okinawa. The location of the training allows participating units to maintain a forward-deployed posture and eliminates the cost of traveling to train. The AAVs are with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, currently assigned to Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III MEF, under the unit deployment program.
Marines storm beach for Blue Chromite
Two U.S. Marine Amphibious Assault Vehicles push towards a beachhead during the second amphibious assault of Blue Chromite 2016, at Kushii Crossing, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 29, 2015. The Marines onboard pushed through and assaulted into combat town. Blue Chromite is a large-scale amphibious exercise that draws primarily from III Marine Expeditionary Force’s training resources on Okinawa. The location of the training allows participating units to maintain a forward-deployed posture and eliminates the cost of traveling to train. The AAVs are with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, currently assigned to Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III MEF, under the unit deployment program.
Unit Leaders
Commanding General
3d Marine Division
Major General Richard L. Simcock II
Assistant Division Commander
3d Marine Division
Colonel Michael L. Kuhn
Sergeant Major
3d Marine Division
Sergeant Major Vincent C. Santiago
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7th Fleet, III MEF: One Team, One Fight

Blue Chromite 16:

7thFleet, III MEF: One Team, One Fight

Marines embarked on the USS Germantown October 27, 2015, at White Beach, Okinawa, Japan. The Marines and the Navy worked together on the Germantown to conduct carrier qualifications with an MV-22B Osprey and an amphibious assault with amphibious assault vehicles. Blue Chromite is an amphibious training exercise that draws primarily from III Marine Expeditionary Force’s training resources on Okinawa. Participating units maintain a forward-deployed posture while eliminating travel costs.

Shoot, Move, Communicate Like a Marine

Sgt. Christopher M. D'Arcy teaches you how to Shoot, Move and Communicate like a U.S. Marine in South Korea. D'Arcy, from West Monroe, Louisiana, is a squad leader with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the Unit Deployment Program.

Release the MAGTF

Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 and Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 demonstrate the capabilities of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force to attendees of the Kaneohe Bay Airshow aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii Oct. 18, 2015. Also available in high definition.

Swift, Silent, Deadly: US, Philippine Recon Marines execute bilateral Amphibious Raid

U.S. and Philippine reconnaissance Marines execute a live-fire amphibious raid during Amphibious Landing Exercise 2015 at Cavite, Ternate, Philippines, Oct. 8, 2015. PHIBLEX 2015 is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by U.S. Marine and Navy Forces with the Armed Forces of the Philippines in order to strengthen our interoperability and working relationships across the range of military operations — from disaster relief, to complex expeditionary operations. The Philippine Marines are reconnaissance men with 64th Force Reconnaissance Company, Marine Special Operations Group. The U.S. Marines are reconnaissance men with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

PHIBLEX 2015 Scout Swim

U.S. Marines from 3rd Reconnaisance Battalion train alongside Philippine Marines from 64th Force Reconnaisance Company in scout swimming and beach raid techniques during Amphibious Landing Exercise2015, Oct 3. PHIBLEX 15 is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by U.S. Marine and Navy forces with the Armed Forces of the Phillipines in order to strengthen our interoperability and working relationships across the range of military operations. Also available in high definition.

Caltrap News Snapshot
First ever U.S. Marine graduates New Zealand Command & Staff College

By Cpl. Tyler Giguere | November 19, 2015

For the first time in history, a U.S. Marine has graduated the New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College. MORE
Marines aboard Camp Schwab participate in Shanghai Cup competition

By Lance Cpl. Douglas Simons | November 10, 2015

Marines from the 4th Marine Regiment participated in the second annual Shanghai Cup competition Nov. 10 aboard Camp Schwab. MORE
USS Germantown completes Blue Chromite ‘16

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Will Gaskill | October 31, 2015

WHITE BEACH, Okinawa (Oct. 30, 2015) – The amphibious docklanding ship, USS Germantown (LSD 42) MORE
Can You Back Up that Rocker?

By Staff Sgt. Warren Peace | October 28, 2015

A Marine’s life drastically changes when one becomes a staff noncommissioned officer. It is more than adding a rocker to your rank or a fatter wallet on payday. To give new staff sergeants a head start, senior enlisted leaders gathered 200 III MEF Marines for a Staff Sergeant Indoctrination Course Oct. 26-28, 2015. MORE
Naval Vessels Push Marine Amphibious Capabilities During Blue Chromite

By Lance Cpl. Steven Tran | October 27, 2015

Not every day can a Sailor say he’s ridden in a hovercraft. Not long ago, the hovercraft was close cousin of the Starship Enterprise, Millenium Falcon, and other vehicles of fictional lore. But during a logistics training exercise here today, Sailors with Shock Trauma Platoon, 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group discovered that the landing craft air cushion-class hovercraft is very much real. MORE
Mission
On order, 3d Marine Division conducts amphibious, forcible entry operations or sustained, combined arms land operations with strategic partners and allies as an integral part of III MEF within the Pacific Theater Area of Operations (AO) in support of national security objectives.

 





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