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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.
U.S. Marines with 4th Marine Regiment execute Stand-in Force Exercise 24 at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, Japan, Dec. 1-12, 2023.
U.S. Marines and Sailors with 3d Marine Division carried out multiple exercises over the last year in the Indo-Pacific region.
U.S. Marine Cpl. Joseph Morales executes a reconnaissance mission during Stand-in Force Exercise 24 at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji,...
U.S. Marines prepare to fire an M777 Howitzer during Artillery Relocation Training Program 23.3 in the North Fuji Maneuver Area at Combined Arms...
U.S. Marines with 2d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment move to their objective during Stand-in Force Exercise 24 at Combined Arms Training Center Camp...
U.S. Marine Corps Col. Peter Eltringham, 12th Marine Littoral Regiment Commanding Officer, retires 12th Marines’ unit colors during the redesignation...
Sgt. Aidan Blansfield, a machine gunner with the 3d Marine Division, received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for saving a woman’s life.
Corporal Jacob Cogswell, a machine gunner with the 3d Marine Division, received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his heroic actions while saving the life of a local teen in New York.
From Nov. 15 through Dec. 15. 2023, The Marines of 3d Marine Division demonstrated their tactical
In the summer of 2020, Gen. David H. Berger, ret., introduced the Marine Corps to Force Design 2030, a 10-year plan to prepare the force to operate inside actively contested maritime spaces in support of fleet operations. The concept directed the transformation of traditional naval and expeditionary formations, facilitating the Marine Corps’ return to its amphibious roots. III Marine Expeditionary Force, headquartered in Okinawa, Japan, was identified as the ideal Fleet Marine Force for Force Design 2030’s modernization efforts to take place. One such effort was the creation of the Marine Littoral Regiment, a naval formation capable of conducting several mission-sets that support and enable the joint force across multiple domains. The MLR would be able to execute stand in force operations and provide 3d Marine Division and III MEF with a mobile, low-signature, and persistent presence inside the adversary’s Weapons Engagement Zone.
3d Marine Littoral Regiment demonstrated its unique ability to get to the future fight and establish a forward presence during Marine Aviation Support Activity 23. In a matter of days, the inaugural MLR deployed its forces across the Pacific, established a fully operationally capable expeditionary advanced base in the vicinity of Northern Luzon, Philippines, and initiated communications with a reach-back cell based out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The exercise marked a historical demonstration of 3d MLR’s Fight Now capabilities.