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Gunnery Sgt. Andrew Bauer, left, and Maj. John P. Arnold pilot an MV-22 Containerized Flight Training Device at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma recently. Arnold is the officer in charge of Marine Aviation Training Systems Site Futenma. Bauer is the site's staff noncommissioned officer in charge. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Mike Granahan)

Osprey simulator promotes safety, prepares pilots

MCAS FUTENMA, Okinawa, Japan -- All Marine pilots face an endless number of variables every time they take to the air in their respective...

Lance Cpl. Jordan A. Finestone posts security on the back of an assault amphibious vehicle during an amphibious landing at Camp Schwab during Exercise Keen Sword 2013 Nov. 15. Finestone is a rifleman with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, which is assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Adam B. Miller)

Exercise Keen Sword 2013 concludes

CAMP SCHWAB, Okinawa, Japan -- Marines and sailors concluded Exercise Keen Sword 2013 with an amphibious landing here Nov. 15.


Staff Sgt. Noel P. Lopez serves Mitsu Afuso during a Thanksgiving meal at Hikarigaoka Nursing Home in Kin Town Nov. 15. Marines with 7th Communication Battalion provided the meal for nearly 200 elderly Japanese residents and staff at the nursing home. Lopez is an electronics maintenance technician for 7th Comm. Bn., III MEF Headquarters Group, III MEF. Afuso is a resident at the nursing home. Photo by Lance Cpl. Jose D. Lujano.

Residents, nursing home staff feast with service members

KIN TOWN, Okinawa, Japan — Service members with 7th Communication Battalion provided a Thanksgiving meal for nearly 200 elderly Japanese residents...

Marines of the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band play side by side with numerous bands from the Japan Self-Defense Force during the 2012 Japan Self-Defense Force Marching Festival at the Nippon Budokan Arena in Tokyo Nov. 17. Hours of practice were put into the festival by the Marines to ensure their performance with the other bands would go smoothly. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Anne K. Henry)

III MEF Band impresses at Budokan

TOKYO, Japan -- The Japan Ground, Air and Maritime Self-Defense Force Bands performed with the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band and U.S. Army...

Marines fire an M777A2 155 mm howitzer during a demonstration for local government officials and media at the North Fuji Maneuver Area, Shizuoka prefecture, Japan, Nov. 13. The demonstration allowed Marines to showcase their proficiency to visitors attending the event as part of Artillery Relocation Training Program 12-3. Mike Battery is currently assigned to 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Katelyn Hunter)

Mike Battery conducts live-fire training

NORTH FUJI MANEUVER AREA, Shizuoka prefecture, Japan -- Marines and sailors with Mike Battery conducted live-fire training with M777A2 155 mm...

Your GI Bill can help get the kids through college

Hello Military Community,

Another question that arises in my discussions with military families is the amazing benefit of Post 9/11 GI...

Airman 1st Class Wynton Warren, alto saxophone with Tops in Blue, plays his saxophone during an interview on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 16, 2012. Warren is a part of the 18th Communications Squadron when he’s not touring with Tops in Blue performing for service members throughout the world (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Laszlo Babocsi)

Kadena's Airman shines during Tops in Blue

11/19/2012 - KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- As the premiere U.S. Air Force entertainment group, Tops in Blue, performs for service members stationed...

BOSS Blood Drive Nov. 27 & 29

Place: Torii Chapel Annex, Torii Station

Date: November 27 and November 29

Contact your...

Lance Cpl. Enrique Gallardo sets up a communication interface system at Camp Foster Nov. 6. In May, Gallardo flew to San Diego to donate bone marrow to a woman suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Gallardo is an aviation systems radio technician with Marine Air Support Squadron 2, Marine Air Control Group 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Photo by Pfc. Kasey Peacock

Marine endures pain, donates bone marrow for stranger

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa, Japan -- In the midst of recruit training, Pvt. Enrique Gallardo was given a form to sign in January of 2010 — a form that,...

Students from Naha Nikkei Business College explain how to use Okinawa’s public transportation systems to service members at the Okinawa monorail station after traveling there by city bus in Naha, Okinawa, Oct. 27. The day gave the students a chance to practice their English while the service members got to explore the city and learn how to use the bus and monorail systems. Photo by Lance Cpl. Anne K. Henry

Marines, sailors explore local public transit

NAHA, Japan - As crowds of people rush to quickly board the bus in order to commute to work, a typical morning in Naha can be chaotic. It can be...

Lt. Col. Jason Brown presents Oshino Village Mayor Yasunori Amano with an ink pen from the National Museum of the Marine Corps as a token of appreciation during a meeting at Amano's office Nov. 9. The meeting gave Brown the opportunity to inform the local mayor about training details and his intent for Artillery Relocation Training Program 12-3. ((Photo by Lance Cpl. Brandon C. Suhr)

Marines, Fuji-area leaders meet before training

COMBINED ARMS TRAINING CENTER CAMP FUJI, Japan -- Lt. Col. Jason Brown, the commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, met with...

Chief Warrant Officer Rilin P. Desamours and Maj. Robert B. Thomas, right, practice a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program technique during a martial arts instructor course at Camp Kinser Oct. 23. Photo by Lance Cpl. Brandon C. Suhr

Marines refresh skills with instructor course

CAMP KINSER, Okinawa, Japan -- Marines completed a martial arts instructor course at Camp Kinser Nov. 9, certifying them as Marine Corps Martial...