3d Marine Division

 

3d Marine Division

The Fightin' Third

Okinawa, Japan
Marines don Mission Oriented Protective Posture suits before a simulated chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear reconnaissance and decontamination demonstration with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, July 30, 2015. The troops participated in a combined integrated capabilities demonstration to identify how both units can benefit each other. The Marines are with CBRN Platoon, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force and Battery A, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, under the Unit Deployment Program. The JGSDF soldiers are with Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Unit, 15th Brigade.
U.S. and Japanese troops cross study in decontamination
Marines don Mission Oriented Protective Posture suits before a simulated chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear reconnaissance and decontamination demonstration with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, July 30, 2015. The troops participated in a combined integrated capabilities demonstration to identify how both units can benefit each other. The Marines are with CBRN Platoon, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force and Battery A, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, under the Unit Deployment Program. The JGSDF soldiers are with Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Unit, 15th Brigade.
A Marine scrubs his helmet during a decontamination drill at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, July 30, 2015. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers participated in a combined integrated capabilities demonstration to identify how both units can benefit each other. The Marines are with Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Platoon, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and Battery A, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, under the Unit Deployment Program.
U.S. and Japanese troops cross study in decontamination
A Marine scrubs his helmet during a decontamination drill at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, July 30, 2015. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers participated in a combined integrated capabilities demonstration to identify how both units can benefit each other. The Marines are with Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Platoon, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and Battery A, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, under the Unit Deployment Program.
Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers clean a mock contamination at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, July 30, 2015. The Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear personnel participated in a combined integrated capabilities demonstration to identify how both units can benefit each other. The Marines are with CBRN Platoon, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force and Battery A, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, under the Unit Deployment Program. The JGSDF soldiers are with Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Unit, 15th Brigade.
U.S. and Japanese troops cross study in decontamination
Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers clean a mock contamination at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, July 30, 2015. The Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear personnel participated in a combined integrated capabilities demonstration to identify how both units can benefit each other. The Marines are with CBRN Platoon, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force and Battery A, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, under the Unit Deployment Program. The JGSDF soldiers are with Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Unit, 15th Brigade.
Maj. Gen. Richard L. Simcock II interacts with Sailors of 3rd Marine Division during his speech over key issues in the Pacific region at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 7, 2015. Simcock, from San Mateo, California, expressed the importance of the Sailors' role in maintaining Pacific stability by building stronger partnerships with allied nations in the region. Strong alliances among partnered nations increase reliability in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations, he explained. Simcock is the commanding general of 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. and allies seek enhancement of Pacific capabilities
Maj. Gen. Richard L. Simcock II interacts with Sailors of 3rd Marine Division during his speech over key issues in the Pacific region at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 7, 2015. Simcock, from San Mateo, California, expressed the importance of the Sailors' role in maintaining Pacific stability by building stronger partnerships with allied nations in the region. Strong alliances among partnered nations increase reliability in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations, he explained. Simcock is the commanding general of 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Maj. Gen. Richard L. Simcock II interacts with a Sailor of 3rd Marine Division during his speech over key issues in the Pacific region at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 7, 2015. Simcock, from San Mateo, California, expressed the importance of Sailors' role in maintaining Pacific stability by building stronger partnerships with allied nations in the region. Strong alliances among partnered nations increase reliability in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations, he explained. Simcock is the commanding general of 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. and allies seek enhancement of Pacific capabilities
Maj. Gen. Richard L. Simcock II interacts with a Sailor of 3rd Marine Division during his speech over key issues in the Pacific region at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 7, 2015. Simcock, from San Mateo, California, expressed the importance of Sailors' role in maintaining Pacific stability by building stronger partnerships with allied nations in the region. Strong alliances among partnered nations increase reliability in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations, he explained. Simcock is the commanding general of 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Maj. Gen. Richard L. Simcock II interacts with Sailors of the 3rd Marine Division during his speech over key issues in the pacific region at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 7, 2015. Simcock, from San Mateo, California, expressed the importance of Sailors' role in maintaining Pacific stability by building stronger partnerships with allied nations in the region. Strong alliances among partnered nations increase reliability in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations, he explained. Simcock is the commanding general of 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. and allies seek enhancement of Pacific capabilities
Maj. Gen. Richard L. Simcock II interacts with Sailors of the 3rd Marine Division during his speech over key issues in the pacific region at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 7, 2015. Simcock, from San Mateo, California, expressed the importance of Sailors' role in maintaining Pacific stability by building stronger partnerships with allied nations in the region. Strong alliances among partnered nations increase reliability in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations, he explained. Simcock is the commanding general of 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Master Chief Petty Officer Christopher W. Moore speaks to Sailors of the 3rd Marine Division at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 7, 2015. Moore, from Glendale, Arizona, discusses with Sailors new policy changes he wishes to enforce and their thoughts over the policies. Moore is the command master chief of 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. and allies seek enhancement of Pacific capabilities
Master Chief Petty Officer Christopher W. Moore speaks to Sailors of the 3rd Marine Division at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 7, 2015. Moore, from Glendale, Arizona, discusses with Sailors new policy changes he wishes to enforce and their thoughts over the policies. Moore is the command master chief of 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. Marines with Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, observe the terrain below while on a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463, MRF-D, Aug. 7, over the Kangaroo Flats Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia while conducting helicopter raid training. The Marines are a part of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force that is composed of aviation, ground and logistics combat elements that create MRF-D. The rotational deployment in Darwin enables Marines to more effectively train, exercise and operate with their partners, enhancing regional security and building a capacity to respond more rapidly to natural disasters and crises throughout that region.
U.S. Marines and Australian soldiers conduct helicopter raid training
U.S. Marines with Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, observe the terrain below while on a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463, MRF-D, Aug. 7, over the Kangaroo Flats Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia while conducting helicopter raid training. The Marines are a part of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force that is composed of aviation, ground and logistics combat elements that create MRF-D. The rotational deployment in Darwin enables Marines to more effectively train, exercise and operate with their partners, enhancing regional security and building a capacity to respond more rapidly to natural disasters and crises throughout that region.
U.S. Marines with Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, conduct a foot patrol Aug. 7 at the Kangaroo Flats Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia during helicopter raid training. The Marines are a part of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force that is composed of aviation, ground and logistics combat elements that create MRF-D. The Marines conducted the bilateral training with Australian soldiers with D COY, 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, Australian Army, Australian Defence Force. The rotational deployment in Darwin enables Marines to more effectively train, exercise and operate with their partners, enhancing regional security and building a capacity to respond more rapidly to natural disasters and crises throughout that region.
U.S. Marines and Australian soldiers conduct helicopter raid training
U.S. Marines with Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, conduct a foot patrol Aug. 7 at the Kangaroo Flats Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia during helicopter raid training. The Marines are a part of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force that is composed of aviation, ground and logistics combat elements that create MRF-D. The Marines conducted the bilateral training with Australian soldiers with D COY, 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, Australian Army, Australian Defence Force. The rotational deployment in Darwin enables Marines to more effectively train, exercise and operate with their partners, enhancing regional security and building a capacity to respond more rapidly to natural disasters and crises throughout that region.
U.S. Marines with Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, sight in on simulated enemy combatants during helicopter raid training Aug. 7 at the Kangaroo Flats Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia. Along with the Marines, Australian soldiers with Delta Company, 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, Australian Army, Australian Defence Force, used the bilateral training to familiarize their units with conducting a platoon-level assault on a simulated enemy encampment and securing intelligence. The rotational deployment in Darwin enables Marines to more effectively train, exercise and operate with their partners, enhancing regional security and building a capacity to respond more rapidly to natural disasters and crises throughout that region.
U.S. Marines and Australian soldiers conduct helicopter raid training
U.S. Marines with Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, sight in on simulated enemy combatants during helicopter raid training Aug. 7 at the Kangaroo Flats Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia. Along with the Marines, Australian soldiers with Delta Company, 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, Australian Army, Australian Defence Force, used the bilateral training to familiarize their units with conducting a platoon-level assault on a simulated enemy encampment and securing intelligence. The rotational deployment in Darwin enables Marines to more effectively train, exercise and operate with their partners, enhancing regional security and building a capacity to respond more rapidly to natural disasters and crises throughout that region.
Australian soldiers with Delta Company, 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, Australian Army, Australian Defence Force, sight in on simulated enemy combatants during helicopter raid training Aug. 7 at the Kangaroo Flats Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia. Australian soldiers along with U.S. Marines with Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, used the bilateral training to familiarize both units with conducting a platoon-level assault on a simulated enemy encampment and securing intelligence. The rotational deployment in Darwin enables Marines to more effectively train, exercise and operate with their partners, enhancing regional security and building a capacity to respond more rapidly to natural disasters and crises throughout that region.
U.S. Marines and Australian soldiers conduct helicopter raid training
Australian soldiers with Delta Company, 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, Australian Army, Australian Defence Force, sight in on simulated enemy combatants during helicopter raid training Aug. 7 at the Kangaroo Flats Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia. Australian soldiers along with U.S. Marines with Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, used the bilateral training to familiarize both units with conducting a platoon-level assault on a simulated enemy encampment and securing intelligence. The rotational deployment in Darwin enables Marines to more effectively train, exercise and operate with their partners, enhancing regional security and building a capacity to respond more rapidly to natural disasters and crises throughout that region.
U.S. Marines with Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, sight in on simulated enemy combatants during helicopter raid training Aug. 7 at the Kangaroo Flats Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia. Along with the Marines, Australian soldiers with Delta Company, 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, Australian Army, Australian Defence Force, used the bilateral training to familiarize their units with conducting a platoon-level assault on a simulated enemy encampment and securing intelligence. The rotational deployment in Darwin enables Marines to more effectively train, exercise and operate with their partners, enhancing regional security and building a capacity to respond more rapidly to natural disasters and crises throughout that region.
U.S. Marines and Australian soldiers conduct helicopter raid training
U.S. Marines with Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, sight in on simulated enemy combatants during helicopter raid training Aug. 7 at the Kangaroo Flats Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia. Along with the Marines, Australian soldiers with Delta Company, 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, Australian Army, Australian Defence Force, used the bilateral training to familiarize their units with conducting a platoon-level assault on a simulated enemy encampment and securing intelligence. The rotational deployment in Darwin enables Marines to more effectively train, exercise and operate with their partners, enhancing regional security and building a capacity to respond more rapidly to natural disasters and crises throughout that region.
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Matt Shibata teaches a Philippine Marine proper weapon handling techniques during Air Assault Support Exercise 2015-2 at Basa Air Base in Pampanga, Philippines, July 15, 2015. The Marines went through a number of different scenarios to include fire and maneuver as well as urban operations. AASE is a bilateral training event focused on strengthening the alliance between the Philippines and the U.S. Shibata is the platoon commander with 2nd Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division and is attached through the Unit Deployment Program to III Marine Expeditionary Force. The Philippine Marines are with Marine Battalion Landing Team 1, 1st Battalion, Philippine Marine Corps.
U.S. Marines train Philippine Marine Corps
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Matt Shibata teaches a Philippine Marine proper weapon handling techniques during Air Assault Support Exercise 2015-2 at Basa Air Base in Pampanga, Philippines, July 15, 2015. The Marines went through a number of different scenarios to include fire and maneuver as well as urban operations. AASE is a bilateral training event focused on strengthening the alliance between the Philippines and the U.S. Shibata is the platoon commander with 2nd Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division and is attached through the Unit Deployment Program to III Marine Expeditionary Force. The Philippine Marines are with Marine Battalion Landing Team 1, 1st Battalion, Philippine Marine Corps.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brandon Burkey stands shoulder to shoulder with a Philippine Marine while instructing him on proper reloading techniques during Air Assault Support Exercise 2015-2 on Basa Air Base in Pampanga, Philippines, July 15, 2015. The Marines went through a number of different scenarios to include fire and maneuver as well as urban operations. AASE is a bilateral training event focused on strengthening the alliance between the Philippines and the U.S. Burkey is a riflemen with 1st Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division and is attached through the Unit Deployment Program to III Marine Expeditionary Force. The Philippine Marines are with Marine Battalion Landing Team 1, 1st Battalion, Philippine Marine Corps.
U.S. Marines train Philippine Marine Corps
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brandon Burkey stands shoulder to shoulder with a Philippine Marine while instructing him on proper reloading techniques during Air Assault Support Exercise 2015-2 on Basa Air Base in Pampanga, Philippines, July 15, 2015. The Marines went through a number of different scenarios to include fire and maneuver as well as urban operations. AASE is a bilateral training event focused on strengthening the alliance between the Philippines and the U.S. Burkey is a riflemen with 1st Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division and is attached through the Unit Deployment Program to III Marine Expeditionary Force. The Philippine Marines are with Marine Battalion Landing Team 1, 1st Battalion, Philippine Marine Corps.
Philippine Marines learn speed reloading and tactical reloading techniques while on the move from U.S. Marines during Air Assault Support Exercise 2015-2 on Basa Air Base in Pampanga, Philippines, July 15, 2015. The Marines went through a number of different scenarios throughout the day including fire and maneuver as well as basic urban operations. AASE is a bilateral training event focused on strengthening the alliance between the Philippines and the U.S. The Philippine Marines are with Marine Battalion Landing Team 1, 1st Battalion, Philippine Marine Corps. The U.S. Marines are with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division and attached through the Unit Deployment Program to III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. Marines train Philippine Marine Corps
Philippine Marines learn speed reloading and tactical reloading techniques while on the move from U.S. Marines during Air Assault Support Exercise 2015-2 on Basa Air Base in Pampanga, Philippines, July 15, 2015. The Marines went through a number of different scenarios throughout the day including fire and maneuver as well as basic urban operations. AASE is a bilateral training event focused on strengthening the alliance between the Philippines and the U.S. The Philippine Marines are with Marine Battalion Landing Team 1, 1st Battalion, Philippine Marine Corps. The U.S. Marines are with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division and attached through the Unit Deployment Program to III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Philippine Marines receive their final instructions from U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Adrian Talamante before conducting basic urban operations on a tape house during Air Assault Support Exercise 2015-2 at Basa Air Base in Pampanga, Philippines, July 15, 2015. The Marines went through a number of different scenarios to include fire and maneuver with reloading techniques. AASE is a bilateral training event focused on strengthening the alliance between the Philippines and the U.S. The Philippine Marines are with Marine Battalion Landing Team 1, 1st Battalion, Philippine Marine Corps. Talamante is with 2nd Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division and attached through the Unit Deployment Program to III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. Marines train Philippine Marine Corps
Philippine Marines receive their final instructions from U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Adrian Talamante before conducting basic urban operations on a tape house during Air Assault Support Exercise 2015-2 at Basa Air Base in Pampanga, Philippines, July 15, 2015. The Marines went through a number of different scenarios to include fire and maneuver with reloading techniques. AASE is a bilateral training event focused on strengthening the alliance between the Philippines and the U.S. The Philippine Marines are with Marine Battalion Landing Team 1, 1st Battalion, Philippine Marine Corps. Talamante is with 2nd Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division and attached through the Unit Deployment Program to III Marine Expeditionary Force.
A Marine with Truck Company, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, assists a fellow Marine to an aircraft to be evacuated for notional injuries suffered from a simulated improvised explosive device during a motorized operations course aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 30. The Marines were evaluated on their performance to determine whether their standard operating procedures were effective or ineffective.
'Rough Riders' cruise through motorized operations course
A Marine with Truck Company, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, assists a fellow Marine to an aircraft to be evacuated for notional injuries suffered from a simulated improvised explosive device during a motorized operations course aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 30. The Marines were evaluated on their performance to determine whether their standard operating procedures were effective or ineffective.
Marines with Truck Company, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, used smoke to signal to aircraft the landing zone for a casualty evacuation during a motorized operations course aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, July 30. The training allowed the Marines to conduct multiple scenarios in order to receive vital feedback on operating procedures.
'Rough Riders' cruise through motorized operations course
Marines with Truck Company, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, used smoke to signal to aircraft the landing zone for a casualty evacuation during a motorized operations course aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, July 30. The training allowed the Marines to conduct multiple scenarios in order to receive vital feedback on operating procedures.
Lance Cpl. Tyler Henderson, a radio operator with Truck Company, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, sets up a road block after discovering a possible simulated improvised explosive device during a motorized operations course aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 30. The Marines set up road blocks and conducted a 360 degree area of security until explosive ordnance disposal arrived to neutralize the threat.
'Rough Riders' cruise through motorized operations course
Lance Cpl. Tyler Henderson, a radio operator with Truck Company, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, sets up a road block after discovering a possible simulated improvised explosive device during a motorized operations course aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 30. The Marines set up road blocks and conducted a 360 degree area of security until explosive ordnance disposal arrived to neutralize the threat.
Marines with Truck Company, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, standby for explosive ordnance disposal to arrive while keeping vigilant for possible enemy combatants during a motorized operations course aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 30. The Marines performed the exercise to better themselves in the event of a real-life scenario.
'Rough Riders' cruise through motorized operations course
Marines with Truck Company, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, standby for explosive ordnance disposal to arrive while keeping vigilant for possible enemy combatants during a motorized operations course aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 30. The Marines performed the exercise to better themselves in the event of a real-life scenario.
U.S. Marine Sgt. Richard E. Bousman uses a bulldozer to push out a layer of earth from the future site of an explosive ordnance demolition site Feb. 14 at Ban Chan Krem, Kingdom of Thailand. The construction is part of field training during exercise Cobra Gold 2013 and future expansion of the training range at Ban Chan Krem. Cobra Gold is a recurring, multinational and multiservice exercise hosted annually by Thailand and developed by the Thai and U.S. militaries. Bousman is with Combat Assault Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
CAB Marines build new roads, expands training ranges
U.S. Marine Sgt. Richard E. Bousman uses a bulldozer to push out a layer of earth from the future site of an explosive ordnance demolition site Feb. 14 at Ban Chan Krem, Kingdom of Thailand. The construction is part of field training during exercise Cobra Gold 2013 and future expansion of the training range at Ban Chan Krem. Cobra Gold is a recurring, multinational and multiservice exercise hosted annually by Thailand and developed by the Thai and U.S. militaries. Bousman is with Combat Assault Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
BAN CHAN KREM, CHANTHABURI, Kingdom of Thailand - U.S. Marines shield themselves from the blast of a breaching charge explosion Feb. 17 at Ban Chan Krem, Kingdom of Thailand during Exercise Cobra Gold. The day's training was intended to demonstrate how explosive ordinance disposal units prepare, construct and detonate some of their breaching charges and explain their underlying fundamentals. The Marines are with Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force and 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, which is currently assigned to 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, III MEF, as part of the Marine Corps' unit deployment program.
Exercise Cobra Gold 2014 concludes
BAN CHAN KREM, CHANTHABURI, Kingdom of Thailand - U.S. Marines shield themselves from the blast of a breaching charge explosion Feb. 17 at Ban Chan Krem, Kingdom of Thailand during Exercise Cobra Gold. The day's training was intended to demonstrate how explosive ordinance disposal units prepare, construct and detonate some of their breaching charges and explain their underlying fundamentals. The Marines are with Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force and 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, which is currently assigned to 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, III MEF, as part of the Marine Corps' unit deployment program.
A mine-clearing line charge lies off to the side as an Amphibious Assault Vehicle rolls past during a deliberate defense breaching exercise Jan. 22 at LZ Dodo in the Central Training Area. The MCLC is a line of high explosives projected into a mine field and detonated to trigger nearby mines allowing safe passage of ground troops afterward. The AAV is with Amphibious Assault Company, Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Combat Assault Battalion explodes through training
A mine-clearing line charge lies off to the side as an Amphibious Assault Vehicle rolls past during a deliberate defense breaching exercise Jan. 22 at LZ Dodo in the Central Training Area. The MCLC is a line of high explosives projected into a mine field and detonated to trigger nearby mines allowing safe passage of ground troops afterward. The AAV is with Amphibious Assault Company, Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
CAMP SCHWAB, OKINAWA, Japan— U. S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Carlos T. Jackson, left, answers questions regarding the capabilities and limitations of amphibious assault vehicles with Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Col. Yoshiyuki Goto Dec. 4 on Camp Schwab. The JGSDF visited Combat Assault Battalion to learn and observe the capabilities of the AAVs they consider developing their own amphibious capabilities, according to Goto. Jackson, a Detroit, Michigan, native, is the commanding officer for CAB, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Goto, an Ooita-Prefecture, Japan, native, is the commander of Western Army Infantry Regiment, JGSDF. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brittany A. James/Released)
JGSDF leaders observe AAV capabilities with CAB Marines
CAMP SCHWAB, OKINAWA, Japan— U. S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Carlos T. Jackson, left, answers questions regarding the capabilities and limitations of amphibious assault vehicles with Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Col. Yoshiyuki Goto Dec. 4 on Camp Schwab. The JGSDF visited Combat Assault Battalion to learn and observe the capabilities of the AAVs they consider developing their own amphibious capabilities, according to Goto. Jackson, a Detroit, Michigan, native, is the commanding officer for CAB, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Goto, an Ooita-Prefecture, Japan, native, is the commander of Western Army Infantry Regiment, JGSDF. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brittany A. James/Released)
Marines drive an assault amphibious vehicle during Exercise Keen Sword 2013 Nov. 9. U.S. military and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force personnel are training alongside each other at locations throughout Japan during Keep Sword, a regularly-scheduled, joint, bilateral exercise. The Marines are with Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Adam B. Miller)
Exercise Keen Sword 13 Begins
Marines drive an assault amphibious vehicle during Exercise Keen Sword 2013 Nov. 9. U.S. military and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force personnel are training alongside each other at locations throughout Japan during Keep Sword, a regularly-scheduled, joint, bilateral exercise. The Marines are with Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Adam B. Miller)
Cpl. Christopher J. Benavidez adjusts his communication equipment before boarding the Bell UH-1Y Venom helicopter Feb. 17 at Marine Air Ground Combat Center during Integrated Training Exercise 2-15. Marines with 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force conducted a long distance aerial raid from Twentynine Palms, California, to Yuma, Arizona, to demonstrate and hone aerial assault skills. ITX 2-15 is designed to integrate combined arms and improve war fighting capabilities. Benavidez, a Livermore, California, native, is a radio operator, with Headquarters Company, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
4th Marines Commands From Above during ITX 2-15
Cpl. Christopher J. Benavidez adjusts his communication equipment before boarding the Bell UH-1Y Venom helicopter Feb. 17 at Marine Air Ground Combat Center during Integrated Training Exercise 2-15. Marines with 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force conducted a long distance aerial raid from Twentynine Palms, California, to Yuma, Arizona, to demonstrate and hone aerial assault skills. ITX 2-15 is designed to integrate combined arms and improve war fighting capabilities. Benavidez, a Livermore, California, native, is a radio operator, with Headquarters Company, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Col. David L. Odom flies to Yuma, Arizona aboard a Bell UH-1Y Venom helicopter to command an aerial assault from the sky Feb. 17 at Marine Air Ground Combat Center during Integrated Training Exercise 2-15. The aerial assault provides Marines the opportunity to test and hone their ground and air integration. ITX 2-15 is designed to integrate combined arms and improve war fighting capabilities. Odom, a Hartsville, South Carolina native, is the commanding officer for Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Four and 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
4th Marines Commands From Above during ITX 2-15
Col. David L. Odom flies to Yuma, Arizona aboard a Bell UH-1Y Venom helicopter to command an aerial assault from the sky Feb. 17 at Marine Air Ground Combat Center during Integrated Training Exercise 2-15. The aerial assault provides Marines the opportunity to test and hone their ground and air integration. ITX 2-15 is designed to integrate combined arms and improve war fighting capabilities. Odom, a Hartsville, South Carolina native, is the commanding officer for Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Four and 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
An AH-1Z Super Cobra helicopter provides security for the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Four commanding officer during the long distance aerial assault Feb. 17 during Integrated Training Exercise 2-15. The assault is designed to demonstrate long distance capabilities and integrating ground and air forces. ITX 2-15 allows Marines to integrate combined arms and improve war fighting capabilities. Col. David L. Odom, a Hartsville, South Carolina native, is the commanding officer for Special Purpose MAGTF-4, and 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
4th Marines Commands From Above during ITX 2-15
An AH-1Z Super Cobra helicopter provides security for the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Four commanding officer during the long distance aerial assault Feb. 17 during Integrated Training Exercise 2-15. The assault is designed to demonstrate long distance capabilities and integrating ground and air forces. ITX 2-15 allows Marines to integrate combined arms and improve war fighting capabilities. Col. David L. Odom, a Hartsville, South Carolina native, is the commanding officer for Special Purpose MAGTF-4, and 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
The third gun of Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment fires a 155 mm howitzer under camouflage netting on Pohakuloa Training Area during Operation Spartan Fury 15.2, March 2, 2015. The training was part of Operation Spartan Fury 15.2.
3...2...1...Fire!
The third gun of Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment fires a 155 mm howitzer under camouflage netting on Pohakuloa Training Area during Operation Spartan Fury 15.2, March 2, 2015. The training was part of Operation Spartan Fury 15.2.
U.S. Marine Sgt. Jacob J. Baumann, left, and Hajime Nakama, the Mayor of Kin Town, pose for a photo with an award Sgt. Baumann received March 6 on Camp Hansen. Baumann, from Junction City, Kansas, was awarded for helping save the life an elderly Okinawan Gentlemen Dec. 23. Baumann was driving his car near Camp Hansen, where he is stationed, when he saw someone riding a bike fall and not get up. Because of Baumann’s military training, he realized the man’s heartbeat was irregular so he began CPR. He resuscitated the man before the paramedics arrived to take over for Baumann. Because of his actions, Baumann received an award from Kin Town’s fire and emergency services as well as the Navy and Marine Corps achievement medal. “I would like to thank (Sgt. Baumann) for his quick actions that helped to save a life,” said Nakama. “I think that he is a positive role model for his fellow Marines.” Baumann is a fire support man with Headquarters Battery, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Kansas Marine awarded for saving Okinawan life
U.S. Marine Sgt. Jacob J. Baumann, left, and Hajime Nakama, the Mayor of Kin Town, pose for a photo with an award Sgt. Baumann received March 6 on Camp Hansen. Baumann, from Junction City, Kansas, was awarded for helping save the life an elderly Okinawan Gentlemen Dec. 23. Baumann was driving his car near Camp Hansen, where he is stationed, when he saw someone riding a bike fall and not get up. Because of Baumann’s military training, he realized the man’s heartbeat was irregular so he began CPR. He resuscitated the man before the paramedics arrived to take over for Baumann. Because of his actions, Baumann received an award from Kin Town’s fire and emergency services as well as the Navy and Marine Corps achievement medal. “I would like to thank (Sgt. Baumann) for his quick actions that helped to save a life,” said Nakama. “I think that he is a positive role model for his fellow Marines.” Baumann is a fire support man with Headquarters Battery, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. Marine Sgt. Jacob J. Baumann and Hajime Nakama, the Mayor of Kin Town, center, pose for a photo after receiving an award March 6 on Camp Hansen. Baumann, from Junction City, Kansas, was awarded for helping save the life an elderly Okinawan Gentlemen Dec. 23. Baumann was driving his car near Camp Hansen, where he is stationed, when he saw someone riding a bike fall and not get up. Because of Baumann’s military training, he realized the man’s heartbeat was irregular so he began CPR. He resuscitated the man before the paramedics arrived to take over for Baumann. Because of his actions, Baumann received an award from Kin Town’s fire and emergency services as well as the Navy and Marine Corps achievement medal. “I would like to thank (Sgt. Baumann) for his quick actions that helped to save a life,” said Nakama. “I think that he is a positive role model for his fellow Marines.” Baumann is a fire support man with Headquarters Battery, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Kansas Marine awarded for saving Okinawan life
U.S. Marine Sgt. Jacob J. Baumann and Hajime Nakama, the Mayor of Kin Town, center, pose for a photo after receiving an award March 6 on Camp Hansen. Baumann, from Junction City, Kansas, was awarded for helping save the life an elderly Okinawan Gentlemen Dec. 23. Baumann was driving his car near Camp Hansen, where he is stationed, when he saw someone riding a bike fall and not get up. Because of Baumann’s military training, he realized the man’s heartbeat was irregular so he began CPR. He resuscitated the man before the paramedics arrived to take over for Baumann. Because of his actions, Baumann received an award from Kin Town’s fire and emergency services as well as the Navy and Marine Corps achievement medal. “I would like to thank (Sgt. Baumann) for his quick actions that helped to save a life,” said Nakama. “I think that he is a positive role model for his fellow Marines.” Baumann is a fire support man with Headquarters Battery, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. and Republic of Korea Marines carry a combat rubber raiding craft over their heads Feb. 5 during Korean Marine Exchange Program 15-3 in Gimpo, Gyeonggi Province, Republic of Korea. This type of carry is common when moving the craft over land or other terrain where it cannot operate. The U.S. Marines are reconnaissance men with Alpha Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The ROK Marines are force reconnaissance men with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division.
Marines use raiding craft for simulated beach demolition
U.S. and Republic of Korea Marines carry a combat rubber raiding craft over their heads Feb. 5 during Korean Marine Exchange Program 15-3 in Gimpo, Gyeonggi Province, Republic of Korea. This type of carry is common when moving the craft over land or other terrain where it cannot operate. The U.S. Marines are reconnaissance men with Alpha Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The ROK Marines are force reconnaissance men with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division.
Republic of Korea Marines set up a defensive position around their combat rubber raiding crafts Feb. 5 during Korean Marine Exchange Program 15-3 in Gimpo, Gyeonggi Province, Republic of Korea. The ROK Marines established a defensive position to return to after planting notional explosive ordinance onto an enemy controlled dock or shipyard. The ROK Marines trained alongside U.S. Marines during KMEP 15-3, enhancing the combat readiness and interoperability of the two forces. The U.S. Marines are reconnaissance men with Alpha Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The ROK Marines are force reconnaissance men with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division.
Marines use raiding craft for simulated beach demolition
Republic of Korea Marines set up a defensive position around their combat rubber raiding crafts Feb. 5 during Korean Marine Exchange Program 15-3 in Gimpo, Gyeonggi Province, Republic of Korea. The ROK Marines established a defensive position to return to after planting notional explosive ordinance onto an enemy controlled dock or shipyard. The ROK Marines trained alongside U.S. Marines during KMEP 15-3, enhancing the combat readiness and interoperability of the two forces. The U.S. Marines are reconnaissance men with Alpha Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The ROK Marines are force reconnaissance men with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division.
U.S. Marine Cpl. Richard J. Bennaugh fires training rounds from a Daewoo K201 grenade launcher Feb. 5 during Korean Marine Exchange Program 15-3 at Gimpo, Republic of Korea. The U.S. Marines fired six training rounds and then watched a live fire shoot demonstrated by Republic of Korea Marines. The U.S. Marines were given the unique opportunity to also test out the Daewoo K1 submachine gun, Daewoo K5 handgun, the Daewoo K2 assault rifle and the Daewoo K14 sniper rifle. Bennaugh, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a reconnaissance man with Alpha Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
US Marines operate ROK weapons
U.S. Marine Cpl. Richard J. Bennaugh fires training rounds from a Daewoo K201 grenade launcher Feb. 5 during Korean Marine Exchange Program 15-3 at Gimpo, Republic of Korea. The U.S. Marines fired six training rounds and then watched a live fire shoot demonstrated by Republic of Korea Marines. The U.S. Marines were given the unique opportunity to also test out the Daewoo K1 submachine gun, Daewoo K5 handgun, the Daewoo K2 assault rifle and the Daewoo K14 sniper rifle. Bennaugh, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a reconnaissance man with Alpha Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. and Republic of Korea Marines hike a 35- km path up a mountain Jan. 15 during Korean Marine Exchange Program 15-3 in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. The U.S. Marines hiked side-by-side with their ROK Marine counterparts through snow and ice. The U.S. Marines are reconnaissance men with Alpha Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The ROK Marines are force reconnaissance men with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division.
US, ROK Marines ruck over mountains
U.S. and Republic of Korea Marines hike a 35- km path up a mountain Jan. 15 during Korean Marine Exchange Program 15-3 in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. The U.S. Marines hiked side-by-side with their ROK Marine counterparts through snow and ice. The U.S. Marines are reconnaissance men with Alpha Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The ROK Marines are force reconnaissance men with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division.
Republic of Korea Marines hike a 35- km path up a mountain Jan. 15 during Korean Marine Exchange Program 15-3 in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. The ROK Marines were training for mountain warfare and snow mobility warfare alongside their U.S. counterparts from Alpha Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The ROK Marines are force reconnaissance men with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division.
US, ROK Marines ruck over mountains
Republic of Korea Marines hike a 35- km path up a mountain Jan. 15 during Korean Marine Exchange Program 15-3 in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. The ROK Marines were training for mountain warfare and snow mobility warfare alongside their U.S. counterparts from Alpha Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The ROK Marines are force reconnaissance men with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division.
Marines fix the mount for a machine gun on one of the vehicles for the jump team Jan. 20 at Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, during Integrated Training Exercise 2-15. The jump team uses M240B medium machine guns and the M2 .50-caliber Browning machine gun on their vehicles to provide security. ITX 2-15 is designed to integrate combined arms and improve warfighting capabilities. The Marines are with Headquarters Company, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
4th Marines Jump Through ITX 2-15
Marines fix the mount for a machine gun on one of the vehicles for the jump team Jan. 20 at Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, during Integrated Training Exercise 2-15. The jump team uses M240B medium machine guns and the M2 .50-caliber Browning machine gun on their vehicles to provide security. ITX 2-15 is designed to integrate combined arms and improve warfighting capabilities. The Marines are with Headquarters Company, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
An assault breacher vehicle races towards the objective as artillery provides suppressing fire Feb. 9 at Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, during the battalion assault course at Integrated Training Exercise 2-15. ABV’s are used to clear areas of mines and other ordinance for ground troops and vehicles to move through. During the BAC the ABV’s fire a mine-clearing line charge to simulate destroying enemy ordinance. The Marines operating the ABV are with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force.
Battalion Assault Course: Culminating Event for ITX 2-15
An assault breacher vehicle races towards the objective as artillery provides suppressing fire Feb. 9 at Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, during the battalion assault course at Integrated Training Exercise 2-15. ABV’s are used to clear areas of mines and other ordinance for ground troops and vehicles to move through. During the BAC the ABV’s fire a mine-clearing line charge to simulate destroying enemy ordinance. The Marines operating the ABV are with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force.
Lance Cpl. Joseph A. Daniel provides communication radio checks for the forward element of the combat operations center during the battalion assault course Feb. 12 at Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, as part of Integrated Training Exercise 2-15. Marines part of the jump team must not only uphold their responsibilities on the jump, but also be able to do their job with Headquarters Company as well. ITX 2-15 is designed to integrate combined arms and improve warfighting capabilities. Daniel, a Danielsville, Georgia, native, and a radio operator, is with Headquarters Company, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
4th Marines Jump Through ITX 2-15
Lance Cpl. Joseph A. Daniel provides communication radio checks for the forward element of the combat operations center during the battalion assault course Feb. 12 at Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, as part of Integrated Training Exercise 2-15. Marines part of the jump team must not only uphold their responsibilities on the jump, but also be able to do their job with Headquarters Company as well. ITX 2-15 is designed to integrate combined arms and improve warfighting capabilities. Daniel, a Danielsville, Georgia, native, and a radio operator, is with Headquarters Company, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
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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Tarawa Marines Return Home After 70 Years.

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

U.S. Marines and Australian soldiers destroy the enemy during assault drill.

U.S. Marines and Australian soldiers patrol and engage enemy targets during a high intensity assault drill at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Australia, July 9. The drill is part of training exercise Talisman Sabre 2015- an exercise training U.S. and Australian forces in high-end, mid-intensity war-fighting scenarios. The U.S. Marines are with 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The Australian soldiers are with Charlie Company, 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, 1st Brigade. Includes sound bites from Sgt. Ben E.W. Trewartha, Australian Army Platoon Sgt. and 1st Lt. William L. Roundtre, U.S. Marine Platoon Commander.

Caltrap News Snapshot
U.S. and Japanese troops cross study in decontamination

By Lance Cpl. Steven Tran | August 18, 2015

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U.S. Marines show Philippine forces ‘the ropes’

By Cpl. Tyler Giguere | August 5, 2015

Staring from the top of the tower, the Marines experience an irrepressible surge of adrenaline. The MORE
12th Marines Engage in Combined Arms During Exercise

By Lance Cpl. William Hester | March 20, 2015

An Okinawa based Marine Corps headquarters battery travelled to Hawaii to train directly with its MORE
12th Marine Regiment Maneuvers Through Dragon Fire Exercise 15-2

By Lance Cpl. William Hester | March 9, 2015

Rain falls for 18 hours straight onto the rocky, uninhabitable terrain in the Pohakuloa Training MORE
12th Marines Mess Hall competes for best mess hall in the Marine Corps

By Cpl. Tyler Giguere | March 9, 2015

Mess hall Marines brace for the oncoming meal-time rush of ravenous Marines. The day’s events go 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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