3d Marine Division

 

3d Marine Division

The Fightin' Third

Okinawa, Japan
Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, talks to Marines with the Scout Sniper Platoon at Mount Bundey Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, May 14, 2016. “The greatest honor of my life is leading the Navy and the Marine Corps, Semper Fi Marines,” Mabus said. He came to Australia to visit the Marines and Sailors of Marine Rotational Force – Darwin and observe live-fire ranges. The Marines are with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, MRF-D. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Mandaline Hatch/Released)
MRF-D 2016: SECNAV visits Marines in the Top End
Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, talks to Marines with the Scout Sniper Platoon at Mount Bundey Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, May 14, 2016. “The greatest honor of my life is leading the Navy and the Marine Corps, Semper Fi Marines,” Mabus said. He came to Australia to visit the Marines and Sailors of Marine Rotational Force – Darwin and observe live-fire ranges. The Marines are with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, MRF-D. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Mandaline Hatch/Released)
Cpl. Chance A. Benedict Jr., a mortarman, talks to Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, about the M40A5 sniper rifle at Mount Bundey Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, May 14, 2016. Mabus came to Australia to visit the Marines and Sailors of Marine Rotational Force – Darwin and observe live-fire ranges. Benedict is with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, MRF-D. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Mandaline Hatch/Released)
MRF-D 2016: SECNAV visits Marines in the Top End
Cpl. Chance A. Benedict Jr., a mortarman, talks to Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, about the M40A5 sniper rifle at Mount Bundey Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, May 14, 2016. Mabus came to Australia to visit the Marines and Sailors of Marine Rotational Force – Darwin and observe live-fire ranges. Benedict is with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, MRF-D. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Mandaline Hatch/Released)
U.S. Marine Sgt. Devon L. Ward and Australian Army Pvt. Jacob Handley, combat engineers, perform a radio check at Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex, Northern Territory, Australia, on May 19, 2016. U.S. Marine and Australian Army combat engineers conducted clearing training to find improvised explosive device and caches. Marine Rotational Force - Darwin is a six-month deployment of Marines into Darwin, Australia, where they will conduct exercises and train with the Australian Defence Forces, strengthening the U.S.-Australia alliance. Ward, from Grand Rapids, Michigan, is with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, MRF-D. Handley, is with 1st Combat Engineer Regiment, 1st Brigade. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Carlos Cruz/Released)
Combat Engineers clear the way
U.S. Marine Sgt. Devon L. Ward and Australian Army Pvt. Jacob Handley, combat engineers, perform a radio check at Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex, Northern Territory, Australia, on May 19, 2016. U.S. Marine and Australian Army combat engineers conducted clearing training to find improvised explosive device and caches. Marine Rotational Force - Darwin is a six-month deployment of Marines into Darwin, Australia, where they will conduct exercises and train with the Australian Defence Forces, strengthening the U.S.-Australia alliance. Ward, from Grand Rapids, Michigan, is with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, MRF-D. Handley, is with 1st Combat Engineer Regiment, 1st Brigade. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Carlos Cruz/Released)
Lt. Col. Neil J. Owens answers questions from Japanese media during an artillery demonstration for Artillery Relocation and Training Program 16-1, in Senjogahara, Japan, May 16, 2016. ARTP is a Japan-funded, routine training exercise that allows Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, to conduct live-fire training. Owens, the commanding officer of 3rd Bn., 12th Marines, communicates with Japanese officials about ARTP daily during the exercise. Owens is a native of Medford, Mass.
Guns ablaze in The Land of the Rising Sun
Lt. Col. Neil J. Owens answers questions from Japanese media during an artillery demonstration for Artillery Relocation and Training Program 16-1, in Senjogahara, Japan, May 16, 2016. ARTP is a Japan-funded, routine training exercise that allows Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, to conduct live-fire training. Owens, the commanding officer of 3rd Bn., 12th Marines, communicates with Japanese officials about ARTP daily during the exercise. Owens is a native of Medford, Mass.
Sgt. Kenyun Scott discusses the specifications of a M777 Lightweight Towed Howitzer during artillery demonstration and community outreach for Artillery Relocation Training Program 16-1, in Senjogahara, Japan, May 16, 2016. ARTP is a Japan-funded, routine training exercise that allows Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, to conduct live-fire training. Scott, a Mansfield, La., native and section chief with 3rd Bn., 11th Marine Regiment, 1st MarDiv, I MEF, is currently attached to 3rd Bn., 12th Marines.
Guns ablaze in The Land of the Rising Sun
Sgt. Kenyun Scott discusses the specifications of a M777 Lightweight Towed Howitzer during artillery demonstration and community outreach for Artillery Relocation Training Program 16-1, in Senjogahara, Japan, May 16, 2016. ARTP is a Japan-funded, routine training exercise that allows Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, to conduct live-fire training. Scott, a Mansfield, La., native and section chief with 3rd Bn., 11th Marine Regiment, 1st MarDiv, I MEF, is currently attached to 3rd Bn., 12th Marines.
Japanese citizens learn about small arms training during an artillery demonstration for Artillery Relocation Training Program 16-1, in Senjogahara, Japan, May 16, 2016. ARTP is a Japan-funded, routine training exercise that allows Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, to conduct live-fire training. Japanese locals and media are escorted around the training area during the event to witness the measures the Marine Corps takes to conduct ARTP safely.
Guns ablaze in The Land of the Rising Sun
Japanese citizens learn about small arms training during an artillery demonstration for Artillery Relocation Training Program 16-1, in Senjogahara, Japan, May 16, 2016. ARTP is a Japan-funded, routine training exercise that allows Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, to conduct live-fire training. Japanese locals and media are escorted around the training area during the event to witness the measures the Marine Corps takes to conduct ARTP safely.
U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, also known as “The Lava Dogs”, conduct inflatable boat training with the Republic of Korea (ROK) marines as a part of the Korea Marine Exchange Program (KMEP) in South Korea, April 04, 2016. KMEP is a program designed to increase interoperability and camaraderie between U.S. Marines and ROK marines. The alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea has grown ever stronger based upon the shared interests and common values of both nations. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by MCIPAC Combat Camera Cpl. Erick Loarca/ Released)
Inflatable Boat Training
U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, also known as “The Lava Dogs”, conduct inflatable boat training with the Republic of Korea (ROK) marines as a part of the Korea Marine Exchange Program (KMEP) in South Korea, April 04, 2016. KMEP is a program designed to increase interoperability and camaraderie between U.S. Marines and ROK marines. The alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea has grown ever stronger based upon the shared interests and common values of both nations. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by MCIPAC Combat Camera Cpl. Erick Loarca/ Released)
U.S. Marines and Sailors with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, also known as “The Lava Dogs”, present a gift to Republic of Korea (ROK) marines during the Korean Marine Exchange Program (KMEP) in South Korea, April 13, 2016. KMEP is a program designed to increase interoperability and camaraderie between U.S. Marines and ROK marines. The alliance between America and the Republic of Korea has grown ever stronger based upon the shared interests and common values of both nations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Sean M. Evans/ Released)
ROK Field Day
U.S. Marines and Sailors with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, also known as “The Lava Dogs”, present a gift to Republic of Korea (ROK) marines during the Korean Marine Exchange Program (KMEP) in South Korea, April 13, 2016. KMEP is a program designed to increase interoperability and camaraderie between U.S. Marines and ROK marines. The alliance between America and the Republic of Korea has grown ever stronger based upon the shared interests and common values of both nations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Sean M. Evans/ Released)
U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, also known as “The Lava Dogs”, and Australian soldiers with Bravo Company, 6th Royal Australian Regiment, participaite in a field meet that includes competitive events designed to encourage comradery and teamwork during exercise Ssang Yong 16 in South Korea, March 23, 2016. Ssang Yong is a biennial combined amphibious exercise conducted by forward deployed U.S. forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army Forces in order to strengthen our interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations - from disaster relief to complex expeditionary operations. The Marines of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines are a mission-tailored fighting force able to rapidly deploy during crisis or conflict in diverse operational environments. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by MCIPAC Combat Camera Cpl. Erick Loarca/ Released)
U.S. Marines and australian Soldiers participate in a field meet
U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, also known as “The Lava Dogs”, and Australian soldiers with Bravo Company, 6th Royal Australian Regiment, participaite in a field meet that includes competitive events designed to encourage comradery and teamwork during exercise Ssang Yong 16 in South Korea, March 23, 2016. Ssang Yong is a biennial combined amphibious exercise conducted by forward deployed U.S. forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army Forces in order to strengthen our interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations - from disaster relief to complex expeditionary operations. The Marines of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines are a mission-tailored fighting force able to rapidly deploy during crisis or conflict in diverse operational environments. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by MCIPAC Combat Camera Cpl. Erick Loarca/ Released)
U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, also known as “The Lava Dogs”, and Australian soldiers with Bravo Company, 6th Royal Australian Regiment, participaite in a field meet that includes competitive events designed to encourage comradery and teamwork during exercise Ssang Yong 16 in South Korea, March 23, 2016. Ssang Yong is a biennial combined amphibious exercise conducted by forward deployed U.S. forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army Forces in order to strengthen our interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations - from disaster relief to complex expeditionary operations. The Marines of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines are a mission-tailored fighting force able to rapidly deploy during crisis or conflict in diverse operational environments. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by MCIPAC Combat Camera Cpl. Erick Loarca/ Released)
U.S. Marines and australian Soldiers participate in a field meet
U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, also known as “The Lava Dogs”, and Australian soldiers with Bravo Company, 6th Royal Australian Regiment, participaite in a field meet that includes competitive events designed to encourage comradery and teamwork during exercise Ssang Yong 16 in South Korea, March 23, 2016. Ssang Yong is a biennial combined amphibious exercise conducted by forward deployed U.S. forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army Forces in order to strengthen our interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations - from disaster relief to complex expeditionary operations. The Marines of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines are a mission-tailored fighting force able to rapidly deploy during crisis or conflict in diverse operational environments. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by MCIPAC Combat Camera Cpl. Erick Loarca/ Released)
U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, also known as “The Lava Dogs”, conduct a coalition platoon attack drill during exercise Ssang Yong 16 in South Korea, March 17, 2016. Ssang Yong is a biennial combined amphibious exercise conducted by forward deployed U.S. forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army Forces in order to strengthen our interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations - from disaster relief to complex expeditionary operations. The Marines of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines are a mission-tailored fighting force able to rapidly deploy during crisis or conflict in diverse operational environments. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Sean M. Evans/ Released)
Pass it On
U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, also known as “The Lava Dogs”, conduct a coalition platoon attack drill during exercise Ssang Yong 16 in South Korea, March 17, 2016. Ssang Yong is a biennial combined amphibious exercise conducted by forward deployed U.S. forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army Forces in order to strengthen our interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations - from disaster relief to complex expeditionary operations. The Marines of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines are a mission-tailored fighting force able to rapidly deploy during crisis or conflict in diverse operational environments. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Sean M. Evans/ Released)
U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, also known as “The Lava Dogs”, and 1st Tanks, 4th Marine Regiment, pose for a group photo with Australian soldiers with Bravo Company, 6th Royal Australian Regiment during exercise Ssang Yong 16 in South Korea, March 17, 2016. Ssang Yong is a biennial combined amphibious exercise conducted by forward deployed U.S. forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army Forces in order to strengthen our interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations - from disaster relief to complex expeditionary operations. The American-Australian alliance has grown ever stronger based upon the shared interests and common values of both nations. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Sean M. Evans/ Released)
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U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, also known as “The Lava Dogs”, and 1st Tanks, 4th Marine Regiment, pose for a group photo with Australian soldiers with Bravo Company, 6th Royal Australian Regiment during exercise Ssang Yong 16 in South Korea, March 17, 2016. Ssang Yong is a biennial combined amphibious exercise conducted by forward deployed U.S. forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army Forces in order to strengthen our interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations - from disaster relief to complex expeditionary operations. The American-Australian alliance has grown ever stronger based upon the shared interests and common values of both nations. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Sean M. Evans/ Released)
U.S. Marines and Sailors with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, also known as “The Lava Dogs”, present a gift to Republic of Korea (ROK) marines during the Korean Marine Exchange Program (KMEP) in South Korea, April 13, 2016. KMEP is a program designed to increase interoperability and camaraderie between U.S. Marines and ROK marines. The alliance between America and the Republic of Korea has grown ever stronger based upon the shared interests and common values of both nations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Sean M. Evans/ Released)
ROK Field Day
U.S. Marines and Sailors with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, also known as “The Lava Dogs”, present a gift to Republic of Korea (ROK) marines during the Korean Marine Exchange Program (KMEP) in South Korea, April 13, 2016. KMEP is a program designed to increase interoperability and camaraderie between U.S. Marines and ROK marines. The alliance between America and the Republic of Korea has grown ever stronger based upon the shared interests and common values of both nations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Sean M. Evans/ Released)
U.S. Marines and Sailors with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, also known as “The Lava Dogs”, present a gift to Republic of Korea (ROK) marines during the Korean Marine Exchange Program (KMEP) in South Korea, April 13, 2016. KMEP is a program designed to increase interoperability and camaraderie between U.S. Marines and ROK marines. The alliance between America and the Republic of Korea has grown ever stronger based upon the shared interests and common values of both nations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Sean M. Evans/ Released)
ROK Field Day
U.S. Marines and Sailors with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, also known as “The Lava Dogs”, present a gift to Republic of Korea (ROK) marines during the Korean Marine Exchange Program (KMEP) in South Korea, April 13, 2016. KMEP is a program designed to increase interoperability and camaraderie between U.S. Marines and ROK marines. The alliance between America and the Republic of Korea has grown ever stronger based upon the shared interests and common values of both nations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Sean M. Evans/ Released)
Lt. Col. Neil J. Owens, a Medford, Massachusetts native and the commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force gives insight into the upcoming Artillery Relocation and Training Program. ARTP is the foundation of combat readiness training for 3/12.
Considerate cannoneers: the backstory to bombardment
Lt. Col. Neil J. Owens, a Medford, Massachusetts native and the commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force gives insight into the upcoming Artillery Relocation and Training Program. ARTP is the foundation of combat readiness training for 3/12.
Marines from Combat Assault Battalion participated in a riverside clean-up of the Ocheon-eup City District February 16, 2016, in Pohang, South Korea. Approximately one ton of garbage was collected helping the community of approximately 54,000 residents. The Marines are from Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, forward deployed in the Pacific.
Marines Contribute to Pohang Community
Marines from Combat Assault Battalion participated in a riverside clean-up of the Ocheon-eup City District February 16, 2016, in Pohang, South Korea. Approximately one ton of garbage was collected helping the community of approximately 54,000 residents. The Marines are from Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, forward deployed in the Pacific.
Marines from Combat Assault Battalion participated in a riverside clean-up of the Ocheon-eup City District February 16, 2016, in Pohang, South Korea. Approximately one ton of garbage was collected helping the community of approximately 54,000 residents. The Marines are from Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, forward deployed in the Pacific.
Marines Contribute to Pohang Community
Marines from Combat Assault Battalion participated in a riverside clean-up of the Ocheon-eup City District February 16, 2016, in Pohang, South Korea. Approximately one ton of garbage was collected helping the community of approximately 54,000 residents. The Marines are from Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, forward deployed in the Pacific.
U.S. Marines assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment disembark from a UH-60 Black Hawk at Landing Zone Boondocker aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, April 29, 2016. The Marines returned back to MCBH after a week long Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation exercise. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt Ezekiel R. Kitandwe)
HMH-463 Lifts a Battalion Out of Combat Evaluation on Oahu
U.S. Marines assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment disembark from a UH-60 Black Hawk at Landing Zone Boondocker aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, April 29, 2016. The Marines returned back to MCBH after a week long Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation exercise. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt Ezekiel R. Kitandwe)
U.S. Marines assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, march into the pickup zone to board UH-60 helicopters at Landing Zone Canes, Hawaii, April 29, 2016. Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 led four CH-53Es, four UH-60s, and a CH-47 in a battalion-sized lift during assault support operations.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson)
HMH-463 Lifts a Battalion Out of Combat Evaluation on Oahu
U.S. Marines assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, march into the pickup zone to board UH-60 helicopters at Landing Zone Canes, Hawaii, April 29, 2016. Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 led four CH-53Es, four UH-60s, and a CH-47 in a battalion-sized lift during assault support operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson)
Marines disembark from an MV-22 Osprey after landing at an airstrip in Panay, Philippines, during Exercise Balikatan, Monday, April 11, 2016. The Marines were acting as a follow-up force for an earlier amphibious landing by Filipino marines. (Stars and Stripes/Wyatt Olson)
Balikatan: Lessons learned have real-time resonance in Philippines
Marines disembark from an MV-22 Osprey after landing at an airstrip in Panay, Philippines, during Exercise Balikatan, Monday, April 11, 2016. The Marines were acting as a follow-up force for an earlier amphibious landing by Filipino marines. (Stars and Stripes/Wyatt Olson)
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard L. Simcock, Commanding General 3D Marine Division, talks to Marines from 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment about Marine Rotational Force Darwin (MRF-D) on Robertson Barracks, Darwin, Australia on April 24, 2016. MRF-D is a six-month deployment of Marines into Darwin, Australia, where they will conduct exercises and train with the Australian Defence Forces, strengthening the U.S.-Australia alliance. (U. S. Marine Corps Photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Osvaldo L. Ortega III/Released)
Maj. Gen. Richard Simcock speaks to the Marines of Marine Rotational Force Darwin
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard L. Simcock, Commanding General 3D Marine Division, talks to Marines from 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment about Marine Rotational Force Darwin (MRF-D) on Robertson Barracks, Darwin, Australia on April 24, 2016. MRF-D is a six-month deployment of Marines into Darwin, Australia, where they will conduct exercises and train with the Australian Defence Forces, strengthening the U.S.-Australia alliance. (U. S. Marine Corps Photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Osvaldo L. Ortega III/Released)
Marines from 3rd Platoon, Combat Engineer Company, Combat Assault Battalion, observe the impact of 7.62 mm rounds Jan. 28 at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, Republic of Korea. The Marines are from Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, forward deployed in the Pacific.
Combat Assault Battalion builds strength in Korea
Marines from 3rd Platoon, Combat Engineer Company, Combat Assault Battalion, observe the impact of 7.62 mm rounds Jan. 28 at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, Republic of Korea. The Marines are from Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, forward deployed in the Pacific.
Marines from 3rd Platoon, Combat Engineer Company, Combat Assault Battalion, apply the finishing touches to a water charge used for breaching Jan. 28 at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, Republic of Korea. The Marines were able to assemble and detonate several different styles of door and window charges in sub-zero temperatures. The Marines are from Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, forward deployed in the Pacific.
Combat Assault Battalion builds strength in Korea
Marines from 3rd Platoon, Combat Engineer Company, Combat Assault Battalion, apply the finishing touches to a water charge used for breaching Jan. 28 at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, Republic of Korea. The Marines were able to assemble and detonate several different styles of door and window charges in sub-zero temperatures. The Marines are from Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, forward deployed in the Pacific.
Marines from 3rd Platoon, Combat Engineer Company, Combat Assault Battalion, tie logs together with barbed wire to create obstacles Jan. 28 at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, Republic of Korea. The Marines are from Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, forward deployed in the Pacific.
Combat Assault Battalion builds strength in Korea
Marines from 3rd Platoon, Combat Engineer Company, Combat Assault Battalion, tie logs together with barbed wire to create obstacles Jan. 28 at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, Republic of Korea. The Marines are from Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, forward deployed in the Pacific.
Marines from Headquarters and Service Company conduct a conditioning hike to acclimatize to the new environment Jan. 18, during their recent deployment to Rodriguez Life Fire Complex in the Republic of Korea. The Marines are from Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, forward deployed in the Pacific.
Combat Assault Battalion builds strength in Korea
Marines from Headquarters and Service Company conduct a conditioning hike to acclimatize to the new environment Jan. 18, during their recent deployment to Rodriguez Life Fire Complex in the Republic of Korea. The Marines are from Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, forward deployed in the Pacific.
Marines from Motor Transport Platoon display the US and South Korean Flags Jan. 18, during their recent deployment to Rodriguez Life Fire Complex in the Republic of Korea. The Marines are from Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, forward deployed in the Pacific.
Combat Assault Battalion builds strength in Korea
Marines from Motor Transport Platoon display the US and South Korean Flags Jan. 18, during their recent deployment to Rodriguez Life Fire Complex in the Republic of Korea. The Marines are from Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, forward deployed in the Pacific.
Cpl. Justin Fugate marches back into formation after being awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for saving a U.S. Army parachutist that landed in the ocean and was trapped by coral and his own parachute.  Fugate is a 2009 graduate of St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio and serves as an Electro-Optical Ordnance Repairman.
Cpl. Lester Cano was awarded the same medal moments before.  Cano and Fugate worked as a team on the rescue.
The Marines are assigned to Headquarters Company, 3d Marine Regiment and were awarded by Col. Carl Cooper and Sgt. Maj. Alfonso Via, March 30, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. On Dec. 15, 2015 a U.S. soldier was blown off course from his drop zone by high winds and parachuted into the Pacific Ocean north of the Mokapu Peninsula that forms Marine Corps Base Hawaii on the island of Oahu. Fugate and Cano were running through the area during their Corporal's Course small unit leader evaluation. They noticed people pointing towards the water and then saw the parachutist. They worked together to develop a rescue plan. Cano improvised a safety line and swam 100 meters out to establish himself as the anchoring relay halfway between the trapped soldier and shore. Meanwhile, Fugate and a lifeguard spent the next hour swimming to reach the soldier where they then freed him from the entangled cordage and retrieved him to the shore. Once ashore, Cano rendered first aid and Fugate assisted until emergency medical services arrived.
Marines awarded for rescuing Army parachutist
Cpl. Justin Fugate marches back into formation after being awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for saving a U.S. Army parachutist that landed in the ocean and was trapped by coral and his own parachute. Fugate is a 2009 graduate of St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio and serves as an Electro-Optical Ordnance Repairman. Cpl. Lester Cano was awarded the same medal moments before. Cano and Fugate worked as a team on the rescue. The Marines are assigned to Headquarters Company, 3d Marine Regiment and were awarded by Col. Carl Cooper and Sgt. Maj. Alfonso Via, March 30, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. On Dec. 15, 2015 a U.S. soldier was blown off course from his drop zone by high winds and parachuted into the Pacific Ocean north of the Mokapu Peninsula that forms Marine Corps Base Hawaii on the island of Oahu. Fugate and Cano were running through the area during their Corporal's Course small unit leader evaluation. They noticed people pointing towards the water and then saw the parachutist. They worked together to develop a rescue plan. Cano improvised a safety line and swam 100 meters out to establish himself as the anchoring relay halfway between the trapped soldier and shore. Meanwhile, Fugate and a lifeguard spent the next hour swimming to reach the soldier where they then freed him from the entangled cordage and retrieved him to the shore. Once ashore, Cano rendered first aid and Fugate assisted until emergency medical services arrived.
Cpl. Lester Cano shakes the hand of Col. Carl Cooper after being awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for saving a U.S. Army parachutist that landed in the ocean and was trapped by coral and his own parachute.  Cano is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana
Cpl. Justin Fugate was awarded the same medal moments after.  Cano and Fugate worked as a team on the rescue.
The Marines are assigned to Headquarters Company, 3d Marine Regiment and were awarded by the regimental commanding officer, March 30, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. On Dec. 15, 2015 a U.S. soldier was blown off course from his drop zone by high winds and parachuted into the Pacific Ocean north of the Mokapu Peninsula that forms Marine Corps Base Hawaii on the island of Oahu. Fugate and Cano were running through the area during their Corporal's Course small unit leader evaluation. They noticed people pointing towards the water and then saw the parachutist. They worked together to develop a rescue plan. Cano improvised a safety line and swam 100 meters out to establish himself as the anchoring relay halfway between the trapped soldier and shore. Meanwhile, Fugate and a lifeguard spent the next hour swimming to reach the soldier where they then freed him from the entangled cordage and retrieved him to the shore. Once ashore, Cano rendered first aid and Fugate assisted until emergency medical services arrived.
Marines awarded for rescuing Army parachutist
Cpl. Lester Cano shakes the hand of Col. Carl Cooper after being awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for saving a U.S. Army parachutist that landed in the ocean and was trapped by coral and his own parachute. Cano is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana Cpl. Justin Fugate was awarded the same medal moments after. Cano and Fugate worked as a team on the rescue. The Marines are assigned to Headquarters Company, 3d Marine Regiment and were awarded by the regimental commanding officer, March 30, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. On Dec. 15, 2015 a U.S. soldier was blown off course from his drop zone by high winds and parachuted into the Pacific Ocean north of the Mokapu Peninsula that forms Marine Corps Base Hawaii on the island of Oahu. Fugate and Cano were running through the area during their Corporal's Course small unit leader evaluation. They noticed people pointing towards the water and then saw the parachutist. They worked together to develop a rescue plan. Cano improvised a safety line and swam 100 meters out to establish himself as the anchoring relay halfway between the trapped soldier and shore. Meanwhile, Fugate and a lifeguard spent the next hour swimming to reach the soldier where they then freed him from the entangled cordage and retrieved him to the shore. Once ashore, Cano rendered first aid and Fugate assisted until emergency medical services arrived.
Communications Platoon, Headquarters Company, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, provides satellite communication to 4th Marines during Exercise Ssang Yong, March 16, 2016, aboard Camp Mujuk, South Korea. Communications Platoon received the Lt. Col. Kevin M. Shea Memorial Unit of the Year Award, which recognizes the communications or information technology unit that made the most significant contributions to the Marine Corps command, control, communications and computer field. 4th Marines is currently supporting III Marine Expeditionary Force during Ssang Yong 2016.
4th Marines comm platoon receives Lt. Col. Shea Award
Communications Platoon, Headquarters Company, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, provides satellite communication to 4th Marines during Exercise Ssang Yong, March 16, 2016, aboard Camp Mujuk, South Korea. Communications Platoon received the Lt. Col. Kevin M. Shea Memorial Unit of the Year Award, which recognizes the communications or information technology unit that made the most significant contributions to the Marine Corps command, control, communications and computer field. 4th Marines is currently supporting III Marine Expeditionary Force during Ssang Yong 2016.
Marines from 4th Marine Regiment’s Communication Platoon pose with their unit flag, March 16, 2016, aboard Camp Mujuk, Republic of Korea. Communications Platoon, Headquarters Company, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division received the Lt. Col. Kevin M. Shea Memorial Unit of the Year Award. The award recognizes the communications or information technology unit that made the most significant contributions to the Marine Corps command, control, communications and computer field. 4th Marine Regiment is currently supporting III Marine Expeditionary Force during Exercise Ssang Yong 2016.
4th Marines comm platoon receives Lt. Col. Shea Award
Marines from 4th Marine Regiment’s Communication Platoon pose with their unit flag, March 16, 2016, aboard Camp Mujuk, Republic of Korea. Communications Platoon, Headquarters Company, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division received the Lt. Col. Kevin M. Shea Memorial Unit of the Year Award. The award recognizes the communications or information technology unit that made the most significant contributions to the Marine Corps command, control, communications and computer field. 4th Marine Regiment is currently supporting III Marine Expeditionary Force during Exercise Ssang Yong 2016.
Ayumi Marsh, wife of SSgt. Anthony K. Marsh, fires the M240B medium machine gun during Jayne Wayne Day on Camp Schwab, March 18, 2016. Throughout the day Ayumi learned to fire the M9 service pistol and M4-A1 carbine rifle. Jayne Wayne Day is an event Marines families attend to experience a day in the life of their Marine. The event was hosted by Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jessica N. Etheridge/Released)
Spouses and family learn what it takes to be a U.S. Marine
Ayumi Marsh, wife of SSgt. Anthony K. Marsh, fires the M240B medium machine gun during Jayne Wayne Day on Camp Schwab, March 18, 2016. Throughout the day Ayumi learned to fire the M9 service pistol and M4-A1 carbine rifle. Jayne Wayne Day is an event Marines families attend to experience a day in the life of their Marine. The event was hosted by Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jessica N. Etheridge/Released)
Gina N. Hoss, wife of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Milton W. Hoss, fires the M9 service pistol during Jayne Wayne Day on Camp Schwab, March 18, 2016. During the day Gina learned to fire the M4-A1 carbine rifle and a M240B medium machine gun. Jayne Wayne Day is an event to help show Marine families what a day is like for a Marine. The event was hosted by Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jessica N. Etheridge/Released)
Spouses and family learn what it takes to be a U.S. Marine
Gina N. Hoss, wife of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Milton W. Hoss, fires the M9 service pistol during Jayne Wayne Day on Camp Schwab, March 18, 2016. During the day Gina learned to fire the M4-A1 carbine rifle and a M240B medium machine gun. Jayne Wayne Day is an event to help show Marine families what a day is like for a Marine. The event was hosted by Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jessica N. Etheridge/Released)
Marines and their loved ones experienced an Amphibious Assault Vehicle “splash” during a Jane Wayne event on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, March 18, 2016. These events provide a good bonding opportunity while giving Marine’s family members a closer look at their day-to-day lives. The AAVs are with Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Hester/ Released)
Spouses and family learn what it takes to be a U.S. Marine
Marines and their loved ones experienced an Amphibious Assault Vehicle “splash” during a Jane Wayne event on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, March 18, 2016. These events provide a good bonding opportunity while giving Marine’s family members a closer look at their day-to-day lives. The AAVs are with Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Hester/ Released)
Marines and their family members put on flak jackets and Kevlar helmets, preparing to “splash” on an Amphibious Assault Vehicle during a Jane Wayne event on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, March 18, 2016. The Jane Wayne event allows Marine family members to get a first-hand experience of what they do every day. The Marines and family are with Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Hester/ Released)
Spouses and family learn what it takes to be a U.S. Marine
Marines and their family members put on flak jackets and Kevlar helmets, preparing to “splash” on an Amphibious Assault Vehicle during a Jane Wayne event on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, March 18, 2016. The Jane Wayne event allows Marine family members to get a first-hand experience of what they do every day. The Marines and family are with Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Hester/ Released)
Maj. Kenneth A. McKean takes a photo of his wife and her target during a Jane Wayne event on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, March 18, 2016. Jane Wayne events are designed to bring families closer together and give family members the opportunity to see what their loved ones do on a daily basis. McKean, from North Ridgeville, Ohio, works in the operations section with Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Hester/ Released)
Spouses and family learn what it takes to be a U.S. Marine
Maj. Kenneth A. McKean takes a photo of his wife and her target during a Jane Wayne event on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, March 18, 2016. Jane Wayne events are designed to bring families closer together and give family members the opportunity to see what their loved ones do on a daily basis. McKean, from North Ridgeville, Ohio, works in the operations section with Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Hester/ Released)
Marine spouses and family members receive safety briefs before conducting pistol and rifle ranges during a Jane Wayne event on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, March 18, 2016. These events bring families closer together, increase bonds and give loved ones a closer look at what their Marines do every day. The event was hosted by Combat Assault battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Hester/ Released)
Spouses and family learn what it takes to be a U.S. Marine
Marine spouses and family members receive safety briefs before conducting pistol and rifle ranges during a Jane Wayne event on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, March 18, 2016. These events bring families closer together, increase bonds and give loved ones a closer look at what their Marines do every day. The event was hosted by Combat Assault battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Hester/ Released)
Latoya M. Williams fires an M240B medium machine gun during a Jane Wayne event on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan March 18, 2016. Jane Wayne is an event that allows Marines from Combat Assault Battalion to bring their spouses or family members to interact in military based events. The events give them a better idea of what their service member does every day. At this event spouses and family members were able to shoot rifles, pistols, machine guns and ride in amphibious assault vehicles. Williams is from Crystal Springs, Mississippi, and married to 1st Sgt. Ceasare Williams, CAB, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Hester/released)
Spouses and family learn what it takes to be a U.S. Marine
Latoya M. Williams fires an M240B medium machine gun during a Jane Wayne event on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan March 18, 2016. Jane Wayne is an event that allows Marines from Combat Assault Battalion to bring their spouses or family members to interact in military based events. The events give them a better idea of what their service member does every day. At this event spouses and family members were able to shoot rifles, pistols, machine guns and ride in amphibious assault vehicles. Williams is from Crystal Springs, Mississippi, and married to 1st Sgt. Ceasare Williams, CAB, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Hester/released)
Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion demonstrate how to approach a beach in a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft during a raid to service members with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, March 3, 2016. The JGSDF members watched the Marines perform raid missions and navigate using a nautical compass. The Marines are with 3rd Recon Bn., 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. Robert Williams Jr./Released)
JGSDF Observe 3rd Recon Bn. navigate the seas
Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion demonstrate how to approach a beach in a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft during a raid to service members with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, March 3, 2016. The JGSDF members watched the Marines perform raid missions and navigate using a nautical compass. The Marines are with 3rd Recon Bn., 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. Robert Williams Jr./Released)
Cpl. Lionel Armstrong observes while members of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force navigate the seas in a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, March 3, 2016. The JGSDF members watched the Marines perform raid missions and navigate using a nautical compass. Armstrong, from Richland, Michigan, is a safety swimmer with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. Robert Williams Jr./Released)
JGSDF Observe 3rd Recon Bn. navigate the seas
Cpl. Lionel Armstrong observes while members of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force navigate the seas in a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, March 3, 2016. The JGSDF members watched the Marines perform raid missions and navigate using a nautical compass. Armstrong, from Richland, Michigan, is a safety swimmer with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. Robert Williams Jr./Released)
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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HIMARS Any Clime and Any Place

U.S. Marine Staff. Sgt. Clark S. Hefflefinger from Fox Battery, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment, describes the strategic significance of how the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System was transported and operated throughout the Philippine archipelago during Balikatan 16 at Palawan, Philippines, April 12,2016.

2/2 Operation Phoenix; Balikatan 2016

U.S. Marine Cpl. Connor Ruggies from Fox Company, 3rd Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment describes the actions that where conducted during Operation Phoenix for Balikatan 16 at Crow Valley, Philippines, April 14,2016.

Lava Dog Marines Conduct Long Range Raid

Marines with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment conduct a long-range raid from Pohang, South Korea, to Okinawa, Japan, March 21, 2016. Three MV-22 transported the Marines, making a refueling stop in Iwakuni, Japan to complete the raid. 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment is currently forward deployed to the Asia-Pacific region.

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.

 

Caltrap News Snapshot
Guns ablaze in the Land of the Rising Sun

By Lance Cpl. Nathaniel Cray | May 19, 2016

SENJOGAHARA, Japan — As artillery rounds pummel the ground, Japanese residents and media watch with enthusiasm. Approximately 80 local residents and media attended an artillery demonstration for Artillery Relocation Training Program 16-1 here, May 16, 2016. MORE
The Backstory to Bombardment

By Lance Cpl. Nathan C. Cray | April 29, 2016

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan -- If an artillery round explodes but no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? The Marines of 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment hope to test that question as accurately as possible over the course of a quarterly exercise in Miyagi Prefecture, Honshu, Japan, next month. MORE
Balikatan: Lessons learned have real-time resonance in Philippines

By Wyatt Olson, Stars and Stripes | April 14, 2016

BASA AIR BASE, Philippines — On paper, Balikatan might be called an exercise, but the Marine general leading the training prefers to think of it more as a mission rehearsal. Real-life military interaction between the U.S. and Philippines generally involves relief efforts after natural disasters, such as the devastating super typhoon Haiyan of 2013. But the Philippine armed forces have been battling insurgencies in the country’s southern region for years, particularly in Mindanao, and lessons learned at the annual Balikatan exercise have real-time resonance for this nation’s troops. MORE
Three Marine Families Share Their Stories

By III MEF Public Affairs Office | March 23, 2016

Three couples in III Marine Expeditionary Force share their personal stories of life, resiliency and struggle. Each unique story paints a picture of remaining faithful despite trials and tribulations. Find out how these couples turned cultural differences, physical separation and newlywed stress into a source of strength. MORE
Spouses and family learn what it takes to be a U.S. Marine

By Nelson Duenas and Cpl. Tyler Giguere | March 19, 2016

CAMP SCHWAB, Japan - On March 18, 2016, Combat Assault Battalion conducted a “John and Jane Wayne 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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