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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.


External Lift

U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 12th Marines, Combat Logistics Battalion 3, and Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 conduct an external lift of a...


Coast Guard and Marines

U.S. Marines and Coastguardsmen establish communications aboard USCGC William Hart (WPC 1134) during LSE 2021, Aug. 5, 2021.


Talisman Sabre HIMARS

U.S. Marine Corps High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems with 3d Battalion, 12th Marines, 3d Marine Division, and U.S. Army HIMARS with Alpha...


Hard Training Makes Hard Marines

The Jungle Warfare Training Center (JWTC), located at Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa, Japan, is the world’s premier jungle training center and venue for...


Jungle Warfare Exercise

U.S. Marines with 2d Battalion, 2d Marines and 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, participate in Jungle Warfare Exercise in the Northern Training Area on...

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3d Marine Division Leaders

Major General James W. Bierman
Commanding General

Major General James W. Bierman, Jr. was born in Camp Lejeune and is a graduate from the Virginia

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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 Eric D. Cook
Sergeant Major

Sergeant Major Cook, a native of Ewing, Illinois, entered the Marine Corps in August of

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Command Master Chief Donald Leppert
Command Master Chief

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

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