3d Marine Division

 

3d Marine Division

The Fightin' Third

Okinawa, Japan
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)
Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion test a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft March 1, at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan. The JGSDF members observed Marines from 3rd Recon Bn, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, practice scout swimmer techniques and conduct raid missions. (U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. Robert Williams Jr./Released)
JGSDF Observe 3rd Recon Bn. conduct raid missions
Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion test a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft March 1, at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan. The JGSDF members observed Marines from 3rd Recon Bn, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, practice scout swimmer techniques and conduct raid missions. (U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. Robert Williams Jr./Released)
A service member with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force finishes practicing scout swimming techniques March 1, at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan. The JGSDF members observed Marines from 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force,  practice scout swimmer techniques and conduct raid missions. The JGSDF members are with 43rd Infantry Regiment. (U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. Robert Williams Jr./Released)
JGSDF Observe 3rd Recon Bn. conduct raid missions
A service member with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force finishes practicing scout swimming techniques March 1, at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan. The JGSDF members observed Marines from 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, practice scout swimmer techniques and conduct raid missions. The JGSDF members are with 43rd Infantry Regiment. (U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. Robert Williams Jr./Released)
Service members with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force pull Combat Rubber Raiding Craft into the water at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, March 1. The JGSDF members observed Marines from 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force,  practice scout swimmer techniques and conduct raid missions. The JGSDF members are with 43rd Infantry Regiment. (U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. Robert Williams Jr./Released)
JGSDF Observe 3rd Recon Bn. conduct raid missions
Service members with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force pull Combat Rubber Raiding Craft into the water at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, March 1. The JGSDF members observed Marines from 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, practice scout swimmer techniques and conduct raid missions. The JGSDF members are with 43rd Infantry Regiment. (U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. Robert Williams Jr./Released)
Service members with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force paddle out to sea in Combat Rubber Raiding Craft at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, March 1. The JGSDF members observed Marines from 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, practice scout swimmer techniques and conduct raid missions. The JGSDF members are with 43rd Infantry Regiment. (U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. Robert Williams Jr./Released)
JGSDF Observe 3rd Recon Bn. conduct raid missions
Service members with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force paddle out to sea in Combat Rubber Raiding Craft at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, March 1. The JGSDF members observed Marines from 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, practice scout swimmer techniques and conduct raid missions. The JGSDF members are with 43rd Infantry Regiment. (U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. Robert Williams Jr./Released)
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)
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)
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)
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 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 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 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)
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)
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)
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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Caltrap Moving Pictures

Lava Dog Marines Conduct Long Range Raid

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.

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
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
4th Marines comm platoon receives Lt. Col. Shea Award

By Cpl. Daniel Jean-Paul | March 17, 2016

Fourth Marine Regiment’s Communications Platoon received the Lt. Col. Kevin M. Shea Memorial Unit of the Year Award, March 4. MORE
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
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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