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The Fighting Third


3d Marine Division operates as a Stand-In Force in the first island chain to secure, seize, or defend key maritime terrain in order to deny and disrupt adversary actions in support of the Fleet, the Joint Force, and partnered and allied forces.


3d MLR Marines Conduct Joint Exercise Garnet Rattler

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Stephen Rotton, a special missions aviator with 40th Helicopter Squadron from Malmstrom Air Force Base Great Falls,...


3/2 Combat Engineers utilize explosives in live-fire drill

U.S. Marines with 3d Battalion, 2d Marines, detonate an explosive breach charge during a live-fire range at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, May 12,...


3d Reconnaissance Pistol Range

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Christophe Dunn, assistant platoon sergeant with 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division, fires an M18 pistol on...


1/3 Counter Assault Exercise

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jaemes Plowman, a mortarman with 3d Battalion, 2d Marines, prepares to take part in Counter Assault Exercise on Okinawa,...

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3d Marine Division Leaders

Major General Jay M. Bargeron
Commanding General

Major General Jay M. Bargeron enlisted in the Navy in 1984 and was commissioned as a second

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Colonel Jason S.D. Perry
Assistant Division Commander

Colonel Perry was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in December 1994 upon graduating from Brigham

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Sergeant Major Michael D. Martinet
Sergeant Major of 3d Marine Division

Sergeant Major Martinet is a native of Pueblo, Colorado.  He enlisted in the United States Marine

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Command Master Chief Donald O. Leppert
Command Master Chief

Master Chief Leppert, a native of Binghamton, New York, grew up in Newport, North Carolina, enlisted

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