U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Adam Gresham with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 speaks with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force personnel 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)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Meanong Lor, an aircraft electrical systems technician with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force personnel with Maintenance and Supply Squadron 31 inspect tools 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)
U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 171 refuel an AH-1Z Viper helicopter with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469 in support of Exercise Active Shield aboard Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 28. 2020. The Marines of MWSS-171 converted the parade field of MCAS Iwakuni into a landing zone and forward arming and refueling point to support sustained operations. Active Shield is an annual bilateral exercise partnering U.S and Japanese forces for the protection and defense of MCAS Iwakuni and other assets in the region in order to sustain military operations in support of the U.S.-Japan Alliance.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Harmon)
U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 171 prepare a forward arming and refueling point (FARP) in support of Exercise Active Shield aboard Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 28, 2020. The Marines of MWSS-171 converted the parade field of MCAS Iwakuni into a landing zone and FARP to support sustained aviation operations. Active Shield is an annual bilateral exercise partnering U.S and Japanese forces for the protection and defense of MCAS Iwakuni and other assets in the region in order to sustain military operations in support of the U.S.-Japan Alliance.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Harmon)
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Maj. Gen. Yasuyuki Kodama, commander of the 13th Brigade, arrives in a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter during Exercise Active Shield aboard Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 28, 2020. The purpose of the visit was to observe U.S. and JGSDF service members working together during the exercise. Active Shield is an annual bilateral exercise partnering U.S. and Japanese forces for the protection and defense of MCAS Iwakuni and other assets in the region in order to sustain military operations in support of the U.S.-Japan Alliance. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Harmon)
U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 171 assemble the combat operations center (COC) during Exercise Active Shield aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 26, 2020. Marines with MWSS-171 assembled the COC to provide security operations during the exercise. Active Shield is an annual bilateral exercise partnering U.S. and Japanese forces for the protection and defense of MCAS Iwakuni and other assets in the region in order to sustain military operations in support of the U.S.-Japan Alliance. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Bryant Rodriguez)
U.S Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 repair damage to a concrete slab that simulates damage to an airfield during Exercise Active Shield aboard Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 29, 2020. Active Shield is an annual bilateral exercise partnering U.S. and Japanese forces for the protection and defense of MCAS Iwakuni and other assets in the region in order to sustain military operations in support of the U.S.-Japan Alliance. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Bryant Rodriguez)
U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 171 assemble the combat operations center (COC) during Exercise Active Shield aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 26, 2020. Marines with MWSS-171 assembled the COC to provide security operations during the exercise. Active Shield is an annual bilateral exercise partnering U.S. and Japanese forces for the protection and defense of MCAS Iwakuni and other assets in the region in order to sustain military operations in support of the U.S.-Japan Alliance. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Bryant Rodriguez)
U.S Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 repair damage to a concrete slab that simulates damage to an airfield during Exercise Active Shield aboard Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 29, 2020. Active Shield is an annual bilateral exercise partnering U.S. and Japanese forces for the protection and defense of MCAS Iwakuni and other assets in the region in order to sustain military operations in support of the U.S.-Japan Alliance. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Bryant Rodriguez)
A U.S. Marine Corps Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD) gunner with 3rd LAAD Battalion runs for cover as a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 (HMH-361) passes overhead during a combined Ground Threat Reaction (GTR) training event at the northern training area, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 23, 2020. 3rd LAAD and HMH-361 conducted the training event to improve their skills and proficiency with both aerial maneuvers and the THT weapon system. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ethan M. LeBlanc)
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. 3rd LAAD and HMH-361 conducted the training event to improve their skills and proficiency with both aerial maneuvers and the THT weapon system. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ethan M. LeBlanc)
A U.S. Marine with III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF), Expeditionary Operation Training Group (EOTG), conducts helicopter rappel training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 23, 2020. EOTG trains Marines before being attached to Marine Expeditionary Units, where they will conduct operations using multiple techniques for tactical insertions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dalton J. Payne)
U.S. Marines with III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF), Expeditionary Operation Training Group (EOTG) with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 (HMLA-469), conduct special patrol insertion/extraction and helicopter rappel training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 23, 2020. EOTG trains Marines before being attached to Marine Expeditionary Units, where they will conduct operations using these techniques. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dalton J. Payne)
U.S. Army Soldiers with Special Forces Group 1-1 and Marines from 3rd Marine Raider Battalion with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 (HMLA-469), conduct casualty evacuation drills at Torii Station, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 23, 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. Marine Corps Cpl. Anthony Demartini, a UH-1Y Venom helicopter crew chief with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 (HMLA-469), travels to conduct casualty evacuation drills at Torii Station, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 23, 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)
A U.S. Marine with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, provides security during exercise Kamoshika Wrath, Harumara Maneuver Area, Japan, Oct. 21, 2020. Kamoshika Wrath is an annual field exercise centered around unit-level training. The exercise consists of tactical convoys, rifle qualification, pistol qualification, and annual requirements in order to meet training and readiness standards. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Ricker)
U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, engage simulated enemy forces using the M240B light machine gun during exercise Kamoshika Wrath, Harumara Maneuver Area, Japan, Oct. 20, 2020. Kamoshika Wrath is an annual field exercise centered around unit-level training. The exercise consists of tactical convoys, rifle qualification, pistol qualification, and annual requirements in order to meet training and readiness standards. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Ricker)
U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 arrive at a combat operations center during exercise Kamoshika Wrath, Harumara Maneuver Area, Japan, Oct. 19, 2020. Kamoshika Wrath is an annual field exercise centered around unit-level training. The exercise consists of tactical convoys, rifle qualification, pistol qualification, and annual requirements in order to meet training and readiness standards. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Ricker)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. John Ellis, a load master with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 prepares to execute a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System rapid infiltration to Iwo To from Okinawa, Japan as part of Exercise Noble Fury, Oct. 10, 2020. After traveling more than 800 miles aboard a KC-130J Super Hercules with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, the HIMARS swiftly debarked, moved to a firing point, and engaged utilizing targeting information coordinated while in flight. After successfully striking the simulated target, the Marines loaded the HIMARS back on the aircraft and prepared for the next mission.  This operation demonstrated the ability of 3d Marine Division and 1st Marine Aircraft Wing to deploy long-range, precision-fires assets across a vast region in support of distributed operations in the littorals. Noble Fury is a joint exercise involving Marines and Sailors from III Marine Expeditionary Force and 7th Fleet and part of ongoing integrated training between the Navy and Marine Corps. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Harmon)
U.S. Marines with 3d Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment execute a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System rapid infiltration to Iwo To from Okinawa, Japan as part of Exercise Noble Fury, Oct. 10, 2020. After traveling more than 800 miles aboard a KC-130J Super Hercules with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, the HIMARS swiftly debarked, moved to a firing point, and engaged utilizing targeting information coordinated while in flight. After successfully striking the simulated target, the Marines loaded the HIMARS back on the aircraft and prepared for the next mission.  This operation demonstrated the ability of 3d Marine Division and 1st Marine Aircraft Wing to deploy long-range, precision-fires assets across a vast region in support of distributed operations in the littorals. Noble Fury is a joint exercise involving Marines and Sailors from III Marine Expeditionary Force and 7th Fleet and part of ongoing integrated training between the Navy and Marine Corps. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Harmon)