U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. H. Stacy Clardy, III., commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force visits Exercise Yama Sakura 79 on Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 12, 2020. YS 79 allows Marines, and their Japanese counterparts to maintain their interoperability, and readiness to respond to any crisis or contingency in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sarah Marshall)
U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Ospreys and a CH-47JA Chinook helicopter assigned to the Japan Ground Self Defense Force fly in a formation over the flight line during exercise Forest Light Eastern Army at Camp Soumagahara, Gunma Prefecture, Japan, Dec. 9.
U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Pilot with the 94th Fighter Squadron prepares for take-off while taxiing the runway at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 19, 2020. The F-35 Lightning II and the F-22 Raptor, both 5th generation fighter aircraft, represent the pinnacle of advanced fighter attack aircraft capabilities and are strategically forward-postured in the Indo-Pacific to maintain regional peace and security. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Ricker)
U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor with the 94th Fighter Squadron taxis the runway at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 19, 2020. The F-35 Lightning II and the F-22 Raptor, both 5th generation fighter aircraft, represent the pinnacle of advanced fighter attack aircraft capabilities and are strategically forward-postured in the Indo-Pacific to maintain regional peace and security. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Ricker)
A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor with the 94th Fighter Squadron prepares for flight operations out of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 19, 2020. The F-35 Lightning II and the F-22 Raptor, both 5th generation fighter aircraft, represent the pinnacle of advanced fighter attack aircraft capabilities and are strategically forward-postured in the Indo-Pacific to maintain regional peace and security. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Ricker)
U.S. Marine Corps Col. Frederick Lewis, Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni commanding officer, receives a small gift from Lt. Gen. Hiroshi Kaminotani, Japan Air Defense Command Vice Commander, aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 17, 2020. The visit enabled U.S. and Japanese military leaders to continue to build upon strong relationship and maintain mutual understanding of strategically placed aviation capabilities in the Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Bryant Rodriguez)
U.S. Marine Corps Col. Douglas DeWolfe, Marine Aircraft Group 12 commanding officer, greets Lt. Gen. Hiroshi Kaminotani, Japan Air Defense Command Vice Commander, aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 17, 2020. The visit enabled U.S. and Japanese military leaders to continue to build upon strong relationship and maintain mutual understanding of strategically placed aviation capabilities in the Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Bryant Rodriguez)
Lt. Gen. Hiroshi Kaminotani, Japan Air Defense Command Vice Commander (third from left) and U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Leonard Kosinski, vice commander, Fifth Air Force (fourth from left) pose for a group photo aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 17, 2020. The visit enabled U.S. and Japanese military leaders to continue to build upon strong relationship and maintain mutual understanding of strategically placed aviation capabilities in the Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Bryant Rodriguez)
Lt. Gen. Hiroshi Kaminotani, Japan Air Defense Command Vice Commander (second from left) and U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Leonard Kosinski, vice commander, Fifth Air Force (left) speak with U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Michael Wyrsch, commanding officer of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 242, aboard Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 17, 2020. The visit enabled U.S. and Japanese military leaders to continue to build upon strong relationship and maintain mutual understanding of strategically placed aviation capabilities in the Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Bryant Rodriguez)
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. David H. Berger, 38th commandant of the Marine Corps, and Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Troy E. Black, attend a 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) operational brief during Exercise Driven Thermite 21 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 16, 2020. This exercise ensures that 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) personnel are ready to plan and execute air operations in the Indo-Pacific by operating in a simulated environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Capt. Karen Jensen)
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. David H. Berger, 38th commandant of the Marine Corps, and Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Troy E. Black, attend a 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) operational brief during Exercise Driven Thermite 21 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 16, 2020. This exercise ensures that 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) personnel are ready to plan and execute air operations in the Indo-Pacific by operating in a simulated environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Capt. Karen Jensen)
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. David H. Berger, 38th commandant of the Marine Corps, and Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Troy E. Black, attend a 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) operational brief during Exercise Driven Thermite 21 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 16, 2020. This exercise ensures that 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) personnel are ready to plan and execute air operations in the Indo-Pacific by operating in a simulated environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Capt. Karen Jensen)
A U.S. Marine with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 (VMGR-152) conducts ground guiding for a load exercise at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 9, 2020. This is the first time VMGR-152 and MACG-18 have worked together to load an AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar system onto a KC-130J Super Hercules aircraft. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dalton J. Payne)
U.S. Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 (VMGR-152) and Marine Air Control Group 18 (MACG-18) conduct load operations at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 9, 2020. This is the first time VMGR-152 and MACG-18 have worked together to load an AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar system onto a KC-130J Super Hercules aircraft. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dalton J. Payne)
U.S. Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 (VMGR-152) and Marine Air Control Group 18 (MACG-18) conduct load operations at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 9, 2020. This is the first time VMGR-152 and MACG-18 have worked together to load an AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar system onto a KC-130J Super Hercules aircraft. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dalton J. Payne)
A U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Venom helicopter crew chief, with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 (HMLA-469), monitors a fellow crew chief firing a GAU-21 machine gun during a live-fire training event in Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 3, 2020. HMLA-469 conducted the training to simulate fighting in a forward operating environment to enhance the squadron’s combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ethan M. LeBlanc)
A U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Venom helicopter crew chief, with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 (HMLA-469), looks out the side door of the aircraft while flying alongside an AH-1Z Viper to a live-fire range in Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 3, 2020. HMLA-469 conducted a live-fire training event to simulate fighting in a forward operating environment to enhance the squadron’s combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ethan M. LeBlanc)
U.S. Marines with Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533 participate in Exercise Keen Sword 2021 at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 2, 2020. Keen Sword is a joint, bilateral training exercise involving U.S. forces and Japan Self-Defense Force personnel designed to increase the combat readiness and interoperability of the Japan-U.S. alliance. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Bryant Rodriguez)
U.S. Marines with Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533 participate in Exercise Keen Sword 2021 at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 2, 2020. Keen Sword is a joint, bilateral training exercise involving U.S. forces and Japan Self-Defense Force personnel designed to increase the combat readiness and interoperability of the Japan-U.S. alliance. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Bryant Rodriguez)
A U.S. Marine with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 speaks with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force personnel with Maintenance and Supply Squadron 31 during Exercise Keen Sword 2021 at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 2, 2020. Keen Sword is a series of joint/bilateral training exercises designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability of Japan Self-Defense Force and U.S. forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Harmon)