U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing observe an MV-22B Osprey at the flight line during exercise Forest Light Western Army at Camp Soumagahara, Gunma Prefecture, Japan, Dec. 3, 2020. Forest Light is an annual bilateral training exercise that strengthens the interoperability and readiness of the U.S. Marine Corps and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force to deter aggression and defeat any threat. This iteration is focused on seizing and defending key maritime terrain as an integrated force in support of naval operations in the defense of Japan. (Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Branden J. Bourque)
U.S. Marines Cpl. Noel Lopez, an aircraft ordnance technician with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, loads MK-76 training bombs at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Dec. 2, 2020. VMFA-312 supported 3rd Marine Division by providing close air support for the exercise at Combined Arms Training Center (CATC) Camp Fuji, Dec. 3, 2020. CATC Camp Fuji is a Marine Corps Installations Pacific Facility dedicated to modernized live, virtual, and constructive combined arms training. CATC Camp Fuji provides premier support for the accomplishment of air, ground, and amphibious training for the Marine Corps, joint U.S. forces, and our allies. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Bryant Rodriguez)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Carlos Rosadonieves, an aircraft ordnance technician with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, loads MK-76 training bombs at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Dec. 2, 2020. VMFA-312 supported 3rd Marine Division by providing close air support for the exercise at Combined Arms Training Center (CATC) Camp Fuji, Dec. 3, 2020. CATC Camp Fuji is a Marine Corps Installations Pacific Facility dedicated to modernized live, virtual, and constructive combined arms training. CATC Camp Fuji provides premier support for the accomplishment of air, ground, and amphibious training for the Marine Corps, joint U.S. forces, and our allies. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Bryant Rodriguez)
U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing carry a casualty to an MV-22B Osprey during exercise Forest Light Western Army at Camp Soumagahara, Gunma Prefecture, Japan, Dec. 12, 2020. Forest Light is an annual bilateral training exercise that strengthens the interoperability and readiness of the U.S. Marine Corps and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force to deter aggression and defeat any threat. This iteration is focused on seizing and defending key maritime terrain as an integrated force in support of naval operations in the defense of Japan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Branden J. Bourque)
A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing takes off during a casualty evacuation drill during exercise Forest Light Western Army at Camp Soumagahara, Gunma Prefecture, Japan, Dec. 12, 2020. Forest Light is an annual bilateral training exercise that strengthens the interoperability and readiness of the U.S. Marine Corps and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force to deter aggression and defeat any threat. This iteration is focused on seizing and defending key maritime terrain as an integrated force in support of naval operations in the defense of Japan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Branden J. Bourque)
U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment observe as an MV-22B Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 conduct hoist operations during exercise Forest Light Western Army at Camp Soumagahara, Gunma Prefecture, Japan, Dec. 10, 2020. Forest Light is an annual bilateral training exercise that strengthens the interoperability and readiness of the U.S. Marine Corps and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force to deter aggression and defeat any threat. This iteration is focused on seizing and defending key maritime terrain as an integrated force in support of naval operations in the defense of Japan. 3/8 is forward-deployed in the Indo-Pacific as part of 3d Marine Division. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Branden J. Bourque)
U.S. Marines with Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear defense, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, gather information during hazardous environment training at Camp Lester, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 9, 2020. This training event was conducted to strengthen the unit’s proficiency and readiness when operating in hazardous environments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ethan M. LeBlanc)
U.S. Marines with Chemical; Biological; Radiological; and Nuclear defense; 1st Marine Aircraft Wing; approach a building during hazardous environment training at Camp Lester; Okinawa; Japan; Dec. 9; 2020. This training event was conducted to strengthen the unit’s proficiency and readiness when operating in hazardous environments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ethan M. LeBlanc)
U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 2 Victor Sanchez, right, Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172, a bulk fuel officer, briefs Air Force Maj. Nathan Franklin, left, 33rd Rescue Squadron, during a joint forward arming and re-fueling point training exercise at Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 9, 2020. This training maintains readiness, combat proficiency and enhances interoperability essential for joint and combined military operations in austere expeditionary environments within the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dalton J. Payne)
U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 172 and Airmen with 33rd Rescue Squadron review the plan of action in the Tactical Operations Center (TOC) during a joint forward arming and refueling point training exercise at Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 9, 2020. The training maintains readiness, combat proficiency and enhances interoperability essential for joint and combined military operations in austere expeditionary environments within the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dalton J. Payne)
U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Ospreys assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing fly in a formation over the flight line during exercise Forest Light Eastern Army at Camp Soumagahara, Gunma Prefecture, Japan, Dec. 9, 2020. Forest Light is an annual bilateral training exercise that strengthens the interoperability and readiness of the U.S. Marine Corps and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force to deter aggression and defeat any threat. This iteration is focused on seizing and defending key maritime terrain as an integrated force in support of naval operations in the defense of Japan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Branden J. Bourque)
U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Patrick Doran, top, with Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 36 begins treatment on a simulated casualty during a joint search and rescue exercise at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 8, 2020. This exercise was conducted to improve understanding of the personnel recovery processes in Okinawa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ethan M. LeBlanc)
U.S. Sailors with Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 36 and United States Naval Hospital Okinawa observe a U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter landing during a joint search and rescue exercise at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 8, 2020. This exercise was conducted to improve understanding of the personnel recovery processes in Okinawa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ethan M. LeBlanc)
A U.S. Marine with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment (3/8) and a member of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force give a class on fast roping during exercise Forest Light Western Army at Camp Soumagahara, Gunma Prefecture, Japan, Dec. 8, 2020. Forest Light is an annual bilateral training exercise that strengthens the interoperability and readiness of the U.S. Marine Corps and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force to deter aggression and defeat any threat. This iteration is focused on seizing and defending key maritime terrain as an integrated force in support of naval operations in the defense of Japan. 3/8 is forward-deployed in the Indo-Pacific under 3d Marine Division. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Branden J. Bourque)
Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force prepare to fast rope out of an U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 during exercise Forest Light Western Army at Camp Soumagahara, Gunma Prefecture, Japan, Dec. 8, 2020. Forest Light is an annual bilateral training exercise that strengthens the interoperability and readiness of the U.S. Marine Corps and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force to deter aggression and defeat any threat. This iteration is focused on seizing and defending key maritime terrain as an integrated force in support of naval operations in the defense of Japan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Branden J. Bourque)
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. David Cardonasoto, a navigational aids technician chief, with Marine Air Control Squadron (MACS) 4, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing sets up an airfield mobile tactical air navigation system at the flight line during exercise Forest Light Western Army at Camp Soumagahara, Gunma Prefecture, Japan, Dec. 5, 2020. Forest Light is an annual bilateral training exercise that strengthens the interoperability and readiness of the U.S. Marine Corps and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force to deter aggression and defeat any threat. This iteration is focused on seizing and defending key maritime terrain as an integrated force in support of naval operations in the defense of Japan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Branden J. Bourque)
A U.S. Marine with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing approaches an MV-22B Osprey at the flight line during exercise Forest Light Western Army at Camp Soumagahara, Gunma Prefecture, Japan, Dec. 5, 2020. Forest Light is an annual bilateral training exercise that strengthens the interoperability and readiness of the U.S. Marine Corps and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force to deter aggression and defeat any threat. This iteration is focused on seizing and defending key maritime terrain as an integrated force in support of naval operations in the defense of Japan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Branden J. Bourque)
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Elliott Snelgrove, an F/A-18 Hornet pilot with Marine Fighter attack Squadron (VMFA) 312 inspects an F/A-18D Hornet at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Dec 4, 2020. Marines with VMFA-312 provided close air support to Marines with 3rd Marine Division during training at Combined Arms Training Center (CATC) Camp Fuji. CATC Camp Fuji is a Marine Corps Installations Pacific Facility dedicated to modernized live, virtual, and constructive combined arms training. CATC Camp Fuji provides premier support for the accomplishment of air, ground, and amphibious training for the Marine Corps, joint U.S. forces, and our allies. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Harmon)
A U.S. Marine with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing observes a MV-22B Osprey come in for landing at the flight line during exercise Forest Light Western Army at Camp Soumagahara, Gunma Prefecture, Japan, Dec. 03, 2020. Forest Light is an annual bilateral training exercise that strengthens the interoperability and readiness of the U.S. Marine Corps and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force to deter aggression and defeat any threat. This iteration is focused on seizing and defending key maritime terrain as an integrated force in support of naval operations in the defense of Japan. (Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Branden J. Bourque)
U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing observe an MV-22B Osprey at the flight line during exercise Forest Light Western Army at Camp Soumagahara, Gunma Prefecture, Japan, Dec. 3, 2020. Forest Light is an annual bilateral training exercise that strengthens the interoperability and readiness of the U.S. Marine Corps and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force to deter aggression and defeat any threat. This iteration is focused on seizing and defending key maritime terrain as an integrated force in support of naval operations in the defense of Japan. (Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Branden J. Bourque)