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Marines with Combat Engineer Company detonate an oval charge and prepare to enter a building during urban mobility breaching training Dec. 6 at the Central Training Area near Camp Schwab. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Daniel E. Valle)

Engineers breach entryways

CENTRAL TRAINING AREA, Okinawa, Japan -- As sunlight breaks through thick cloud cover, voices echo through the urban terrain. “Five, four, three...

JSDF, Marines perfect command control during Yama Sakura

KIN BLUE BEACH, OKINAWA, Japan -- Marines and sailors with the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade partnered with U.S. Army soldiers and members of...

Marines load a KC-130J Hercules aircraft at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma bound for the Republic of the Philippines Dec. 8 to assist in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in the wake of Typhoon Bopha. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Manning

Okinawa Marines continue relief efforts in Philippines

MANILA, Republic of the Philippines (Dec. 14, 2012)) — Personnel and aircraft with III Marine Expeditionary Force continue to provide humanitarian...

Some tips to keep you safe throughout the holidays

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Kadena safety, fire and emergency service officials encourage everyone to follow a few safety tips during the holiday...

Staff Sgt. Jung Jun, a financial analyst with the 353rd Special Operations Group, poses for a photo in front of his squadron on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 4, 2012. Jung is one of the 73 enlisted members to recently be accepted for the Language Enabled Airman Program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kristine Dreyer)

SOG Airman leaps into AF language program

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- At the age of 17 when he and his family immigrated to the United States from Republic of Korea, he put all his focus on...

Maj. Gen. Peter J. Talleri, left, thanks Col. John C. Wright for his 40 years of service during Wright’s retirement ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma Nov. 29. Talleri is the commanding general of Marine Corps Installations Pacific and Marine Corps Base Camp Butler. Wright is the chief of staff of MCIPAC. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Manning)

Colonel retires after 40 years of service

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, Okinawa, Japan -- Col. John C. Wright retired at a ceremony here Nov. 29, following 40 years of committed and...

Cpl. Miles Cooley, chief sniper for the Scout Sniper Platoon, Headquarters & Service Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, takes aim at a buoy target with an M40 sniper rifle during an aerial platform shoot exercise. (Photo by Capt. Josh Cox)

Through the Scope: One sniper’s experiences, journey to the top

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan -- Snipers have been the focus of envy and the personification of legends in the Marine Corps since men like Carlos...

A Boeing 747-400 aircraft is unloaded at Tinian International Airport, Northern Mariana Islands, Nov. 28 during Exercise Forager Fury 2012. The aircraft was the first 747 to land on Tinian and brought equipment vital for Marine Aircraft Group 12’s execution of Forager Fury. The historic landing marked the beginning of the exercise, which is scheduled to be conducted through Dec. 19. MAG-12 is part of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Karwick)

Forager Fury begins with historic landing

TINIAN, Northern Mariana Islands -- Exercise Forager Fury 2012 officially began Nov. 28 as a Boeing 747-400 aircraft made history by being the...

Brig. Gen. Matt Molloy, 18th Wing commander, turns on the base Christmas tree with the help of Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and children of deployed service members during the tree lighting event for Tinsel Town on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 1, 2012. The tree lighting event was the last event of the annual Tinsel Town event for service members and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Darnell T. Cannady)

Tinsel Town reigns during holiday season

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- From beneath umbrellas and hooded coats, service members and their families brought in the holiday season with the...

U.S., Okinana conduct table-top exercise

KADENA AIR BASE - Each of the U.S. military branches partnered with members from Okinawan government agencies and emergency services for a...

Trace Adkins entertains a large crowd of service members, families and community members at Camp Hansen Dec. 1 during his concert sponsored by the USO. As Adkins sang his Marine Corps-inspired song, “Semper Fi,” the crowd's energy grew and chants of “Ooh-rah” echoed throughout Camp Hansen. Photo by Lance Cpl. Alyssa N. Hoffacker

Trace Adkins performs free concerts at Hansen, Kadena

Most rainy nights people seek shelter and fun indoors. However, on this evening, a crowd gathered in the rain to dance and sing along with one of...

Residents of Kin Town and U.S. service members attend a Christmas tree lighting outside of Camp Hansen Nov. 30. The tree lighting ceremony is an annual event held between Kin Town and Camp Hansen to celebrate the Christmas season. Photo by Lance Cpl. Elizabeth A. Case

Tree lighting unites community

CAMP HANSEN — Standing outside on a rainy evening, Japanese and American children smiled and giggled as they excitedly watched and waited for...

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