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Marine officer works from home in Hawaii shaping Exercise Bougainville II
POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA -- Capt. Evan Ota, the operations officer for 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, observes a platoon live-fire event at Pohakuloa Training Area Aug. 24, 2017. Ota has overseen the restructuring of this iteration of Bougainville II to include battalion level training events. Exercise Bougainville II prepares 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment for service as a forward deployed force in the Pacific by training them to fight as a ground combat element in a Marine Air-Ground Task Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Luke Kuennen)
Marines launch mortars in northern Japan
Lt. Col. Jeremiah Salame, commanding officer for 1st Battalion, 3d Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, meets with leaders from the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force Aug. 12, 2017 in Chitose, Japan, in support of Northern Viper 17. They discussed different techniques for operating their mortar systems. Northern Viper maintains and strengthens the United States’ influence in the region and the U.S.-Japan Alliance. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ally Beiswanger)
Leadership Through Obstacles
U.S. Marines and Sailors assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, forward deployed to the 3rd Marine Division, as part of the forward Unit Deployed Program, practice small-unit leadership skills through a Leadership Reaction Course at Camp Mujuk, South Korea, May 29, 2017. Marines conduct courses like these to build confidence and communication skills within their units. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David A. Diggs)
Platoon Assault Range in Korea
U.S. Marine Cpl. Michael Maas participates in a platoon assault during Korea Marine Exchange Program 17-1 Nov. 25, 2016 at Suseong-ri range, South Korea. KMEP offers realistic training leveraging the most advanced tactics and technology to ensure a trained and ready ROK-U.S. combined force. Maas is from Atlanta, Georgia and is assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, which is forward deployed from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, to 3rd Marine Division, based in Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaac Ibarra)
3/3 Marines and USS Green Bay conduct amphibious operations during Blue Chromite 2017
WATERS OUTSIDE OF OKINAWA, Japan (Oct. 30, 2016) An amphibious assault vehicle (AAV), assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, embarks the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) during Blue Chromite 2017. Blue Chromite is a U.S.-only exercise, which strengthens the Navy-Marine Corps expeditionary, amphibious rapid-response capabilities based in Okinawa, Japan and the greater Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Williamson/Released)
Super Stallion lifts helicopter from Green Bay
161031-N-XM324-051 WATERS OUTSIDE OKINAWA (Oct. 31, 2016) Marines, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, prepare to board an MV-22B Osprey, assigned to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, on the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) during Blue Chromite. Blue Chromite is a U.S.-only exercise, which strengthens the Navy-Marine Corps expeditionary, amphibious rapid-response capabilities based in Okinawa, Japan and the greater Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Dionne/Released)
"Black Sheep" Marines participate in Spartan Fury exercise
Marines from Bravo Company, “Black Sheep,” 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, fire an artillery round from a M777 Lightweight Towed Howitzer during Spartan Fury 16.4 at Schofield Barracks on Sept. 6, 2016. Spartan Fury is a pre-deployment exercise in which service members conduct live-fire artillery training and unit leaders are able to further assess and improve the lethality of the battalion.
Mortarmen refine targeting on FDM
Mortarmen with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire an 81 mm mortar during training on Farallon de Medinilla Range, Commonwealth Northern Mariana Islands, Sept. 16, 2016. The mortarmen fired nearly 100 81 mm mortar rounds during training on the uninhabited targeting range as part of Valiant Shield 16. Valiant Shield 16 is a biennial field training exercise designed to develop the integration of joint U.S. forces. The training enables real-world proficiency of joint forces to detect, locate, track and engage units – at sea, in the air, on land, and in cyberspace – to prepare for a range of possible military operations.
Mortarmen refine targeting on FDM
Marines with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, unload boxes of 81 mm mortar rounds from the rear exit of a CH-53E Super Stallion belonging to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st MEU, after landing on Farallon de Medinilla Range, Commonwealth Northern Mariana Islands, Sept. 16, 2016. The mortarmen fired nearly 100 81 mm mortar rounds during training on the uninhabited targeting range as part of Valiant Shield 16. Valiant Shield 16 is a biennial field training exercise designed to develop the integration of joint U.S. forces. The training enables real-world proficiency of joint forces to detect, locate, track and engage units – at sea, in the air, on land, and in cyberspace – to prepare for a range of possible military operations.
Mortarmen refine targeting on FDM
Mortarmen with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, await a fire mission during 81 mm mortar-fire training on Farallon de Medinilla Range, Commonwealth Northern Mariana Islands, Sept. 16, 2016. The mortarmen fired nearly 100 81 mm mortar rounds during training on the uninhabited targeting range as part of Valiant Shield 16. Valiant Shield 16 is a biennial field training exercise designed to develop the integration of joint U.S. forces. The training enables real-world proficiency of joint forces to detect, locate, track and engage units – at sea, in the air, on land, and in cyberspace – to prepare for a range of possible military operations.
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Marine officer works from home in Hawaii shaping Exercise Bougainville II

By Lance Cpl. Luke Kuennen | 3rd Marine Regiment | October 6, 2017

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POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, HI, UNITED STATES --

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, HAWAII -- The unforgiving desert terrain and billowing pillow-rock formations at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii can seem alien to Marines who are mainland natives, but to Capt. Evan Ota, the operations officer for 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, it’s more than familiar - it’s home.

“I was born in Kealakekua, Hawaii, about an hour and a half southwest of here,” said Ota. “Prior to becoming the operations officer, I was a company commander here with Kilo Company, 3rd Marines, did a deployment with those guys, and became the operations officer after that.”

As the operations officer, Ota handles the logistics of scheduling ranges, devising schemes of maneuvers for training events, and mentoring lieutenants and other junior officers taking part in training.

“Capt. Ota’s role as my operations officer is that he plans the bigger picture,” said 2nd Lt. Andrew Carlson, a platoon commander with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Regiment. “He sets the base for our success. With him in charge, all I have to worry about is training my individual Marines.”

Ota does a great job of making sure India Co.’s Marines can focus on their mission maintaining readiness and preparing for the unit deployment program, Carlson said.

“Capt. Ota has experience as a company commander, and you can tell,” said Carlson. “He’s very experienced, very professional, and great with dealing with the junior lieutenants as well as the Marines.”

The commanding officer of India Co., Capt. Steven Kent, met with Ota as he oversaw a platoon live-fire event August 24, 2017.

“I’ve been working with Capt. Ota since March of this year,” said Kent. “It’s great working with him. He’s a very easygoing guy, very intelligent, and always offering good, sound advice.”

As the battalion’s operations officer, Ota has been tasked with spearheading the largely unprecedented changes to the training schedule for Exercise Bougainville II.

“Normally, we do a Bougainville I, which is company level training, then Bougainville II, which is battalion level training, then either a mountain exercise, an integrated training exercise, or a tactical air-land operations exercise, as the final event before a deployment,” Ota explained. “We didn’t get one of those this year unfortunately, but we’re doing our best to have this take its place.”

Ota and other battalion leaders have made several changes to Bougainville II to ensure that the Marines of 3/3 receive the same level of training they normally would before leaving PTA and beginning their deployment in the Pacific.

“The first big change from what we normally do here at Bougainville II is that we’re doing a battalion level attack and defense,” said Ota. “It hasn’t been done here, at least in recent memory, so we’re going to give it a go and utilizing the ranges and base to the fullest of their capabilities.”

Training for Bougainville II began August 14, 2017, and is slated to end September 13, 2017. The schedule is approximately two weeks longer to accommodate the additional events. The changes have kept Ota busy, but he says he’s glad to be back serving in his home state.

“I was gone just long enough to see the world, see the sights, and see a lot of different places I hadn’t expected to go in my life,” Ota said. “However, it ended up being a good point to come home, reconnect with family, see some old friends, and enjoy island life.”

Exercise Bougainville II prepares 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment for service as a forward deployed force in the Pacific by training them to fight as a ground combat element in a Marine Air-Ground Task Force. 3/3 is scheduled to begin the unit deployment program in mid-December.

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Sergeant Major Alfonso D. Via
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Colonel Michael S. Styskal
Commanding Officer
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