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3d Marine Regiment

3d Marine Division

Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii
ITX is a large-scale, combined-arms training exercise conducted on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms conducted to continue increasing the units’ readiness as a Marine Air-Ground Task Force.
Hawaii Marines depart for ITX 2-18
Marines standby for their departure to Integrated Training Exercise 2-18 from Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Jan. 12, 2018.
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3/3 Marines deploy from Hawaii to Okinawa
Marines and Sailors with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, bid their families and friends farewell as they prepare to deploy from Marine Corps Base Hawaii to Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 08, 2017.
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3/3 Marines deploy from Hawaii to Okinawa
Marines and Sailors with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, bid their families and friends farewell as they prepare to deploy from Marine Corps Base Hawaii to Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 08, 2017.
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3/3 Marines deploy from Hawaii to Okinawa
Marines and Sailors with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, bid their families and friends farewell as they prepare to deploy from Marine Corps Base Hawaii to Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 08, 2017.
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CAC Conducts Long Range Swim Training Exercise in Hawaii
U.S. Marines from Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division conduct a long range swim training exercise, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Dec. 5, 2017.
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CAC conducts long range swim training exercise
An MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268 flies over an amphibious assault vehicle from Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, during a long range swim training exercise, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Dec. 5, 2017.
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2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines conduct Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel training
Cpl. Nathan Blue (left), Hospitalman Second Class Jonathan Alexander (middle), and Hospitalman Third Class Timothy Lucsom (right), oversee 2nd Lt. Mark Mabry playing a simulated downed pilot during a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel training event in Exercise Bougainville II at Landing Zone Boondocker, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, on Oct. 26, 2017.
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2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines conduct the Infantry Platoon Battle Course
U.S. Marines hold their positions while attending the Infantry Platoon Battle Course at the Pohakuloa Training Area on the Island of Hawaii, Oct. 25, 2017.
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2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines Combined Anti-Armor Team acquire targets at an unknown distance
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. John Pesto, driver of a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle at the mobile assault course during Exercise Bougainville II at the Pohakuloa Training Area, on the island of Hawaii, Oct. 23, 2017.
Regiment News Snapshot
Marines gear up during a rapid response drill

By Lance Cpl. Jasmine Price | 3rd Marine Division | November 3, 2017

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The Great East Japan Earthquake, which happened in March 2011, was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan. The earthquake triggered a tsunami and the disaster resulted in the death of more than 15,800 people.

Marines with 3rd Marine Division were participating in exercise Balikatan 2011 when the Alert Contingency Marine Air-Ground Task Force was activated to deploy manpower, assets and equipment to help the people of Japan in support of Operation Tomodachi.

The purpose of an ACM is to help reduce response time to any crisis in the region, from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions to combat operations. 3rd Marine Division held a drill here, October 17, 2017, to help prepare participants of the ACM.

One of the participants, who was part of the ACM team during Operation Tomodachi, said these drills are important because it mainly focuses on allowing the Marines and Sailors to witness how an actual ACM is conducted.

“The drills are put in place to make sure that our gear is ready to go when an ACM is activated,” said Master Gunnery Sgt. Klever Novillo, the Division logistics chief at 3rd Marine Division. “It allows me to know who I need to contact or who’s going to contact me, and also know how much time I have to be at a certain location.”

Because there weren’t any drills conducted before the disaster, Novillo gives credit to the success of the operation on its timing.

“We just got back from an exercise and our gear was ready to go,” said Novillo. “If the timing was different, then there may have been more issues that day than there was.”

ACM drills are in place to maintain the capability to rapidly deploy any military assistance to asses situations, and focus on logistical properties for the mission.

“When we deploy it has to deal with space and weight on that aircraft, and knowing this before the mission eliminates guessing,” said Novillo. “When it is time to execute, we are way ahead of the plan.”
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3d Marine Regiment Leaders

Sergeant Major Alfonso D. Via
Sergeant Major
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Colonel Michael S. Styskal
Commanding Officer
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MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII