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U.S. Marines with 3rd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion (LAAD) use a Tracking Head Trainer (THT), a training weapon system used by LAAD units to gain proficiency with the stinger missile system without having to utilize live ammunitions, to track the movements of a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 (HMH-361) during a combined Ground Threat Reaction (GTR) training event at the northern training area, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 23, 2020.
U.S. Marines conduct special patrol insertion/extraction and helicopter rappel training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 23.
A U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Venom helicopter crew chief, with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 (HMLA-469), fires a GAU-17 minigun during a live-fire training event in Okinawa, Japan.
A U.S. Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper helicopter with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469 fires a training flare during a live-fire training event near Okinawa, Japan
A U.S. Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper helicopter with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469 fires an Air Intercept Missile (AIM-9), or Sidewinder missile, during a live-fire training event near Okinawa.
A U.S. Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper helicopter with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469 fires an Air Intercept Missile (AIM-9), or Sidewinder missile, during a live-fire training event near Okinawa.
A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force, takes off from Marine Barracks Gregorio Lim during exercise KAMANDAG 2 at Ternate, Philippines on Oct. 7, 2018.
A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force, takes off from Marine Barracks Gregorio Lim during exercise KAMANDAG 2 at Ternate, Philippines on Oct. 7, 2018.
U.S. Marine Corps Brigadier Gen. Christopher A. McPhillips, left, commanding general of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, and Maj. Gen. Thomas D. Weidley, outgoing commanding officer of 1st MAW, conduct the passing of the colors during 1st MAW’s change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, June 25, 2019. 1st MAW operates throughout the Indo-Pacific area of responsibility, supporting numerous operations, exercises and humanitarian aid missions. The change of command ceremony represents the transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from the outgoing commanding general to the incoming commanding general. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ryan Persinger)
This photo provided by the Marine Corps shows Brig. Gen. William Forney, former 1st MAW commanding general from 1992 to 1994, preparing to take his last flight in an F/A-18 Hornet aircraft. Forney served 30 years in the Marine Corps and on Dec. 25, 2018, Forney passed away in Panama City, Florida at the age of 76.  His decorations include the Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal with gold star; Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V"; Air Medal with Numeral 8; and the Combat Action Ribbon.
The Marine Corps identifies Captain Jahmar F. Resilard, 28, as the Marine who was pronounced deceased after he was found during search and rescue operations off the coast of Kochi, Japan on Dec. 6.
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