A U.S. Airman with Special Operations Forces Medical Element, 18th Wing, and a Marine with Marine Corps Force Recon Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, talk to the crew chief of a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 (HMH-361) before boarding at Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 8, 2020. The Airmen conducted various operations on casualties until transported to the U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, in support of exercise Noble Fury 21. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ethan M. LeBlanc)
A U.S. Airman with Special Operations Forces Medical Element, 18th Wing, prepares freeze-dried plasma during a simulated casualty evacuation drill at Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 8, 2020. The Airmen conducted various operations on casualties until transported to the U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, in support of exercise Noble Fury 21. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ethan M. LeBlanc)
U.S. Airmen with Special Operations Forces Medical Element, 18th Wing disembark from a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 (HMH-361) prior to conducting a simulated casualty evacuation drill at Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 8, 2020. The Airmen conducted various operations on casualties until transported to the U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, in support of exercise Noble Fury 21. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ethan M. LeBlanc)
U.S. Marines with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron (H&HS) Futenma conduct a hot refuel on the F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 7, 2020. The hot pits allow aircraft to rapidly refuel without powering down their engines, increasing operational readiness and reducing the amount of time needed to get the aircraft back into action. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ethan M. LeBlanc)
U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II air craft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, prepare for a hot refuel at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 7, 2020. The hot pits allow aircraft to rapidly refuel without powering down their engines, increasing operational readiness and reducing the amount of time needed to get the aircraft back into action. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ethan M. LeBlanc)
U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Communications Squadron (MWCS) 18 tie down an AT-1011 whip antenna during a long haul high frequency training exercise at Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 30, 2020. MWCS-18 held the training as part of an 8-week initiative to advance the knowledge of the unit’s transmission system operators. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ethan M. LeBlanc)
U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Communications Squadron (MWCS) 18 raise an AT-1011 whip antenna upright during a long haul high frequency training exercise at Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 30, 2020. MWCS-18 held the training as part of an 8-week initiative to advance the knowledge of the unit’s transmission system operators. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ethan M. LeBlanc)
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, Sept. 29, 2020. HMLA-469 conducted a live-fire exercise using Air Intercept Missiles (AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles) to improve proficiency with the weapon system. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ethan M. LeBlanc)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Bryce Hubbard, a helicopter crew chief with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469, travels to a live-fire range while aboard a UH-1Y Venom near Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 29, 2020. HMLA-469 conducted a live-fire exercise using Air Intercept Missiles (AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles) to improve proficiency with the weapon system. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ethan M. LeBlanc)
A U.S. Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper helicopter, with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469, begins take-off after conducting forward arming and refueling point (FARP) training at Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 25, 2020. HMLA-469 conducted the FARP training to increase their familiarity and coordination with refueling and re-arming while operating in forward locations; The training was executed in cooperation with 9th Engineer Support Battalion (ESB), 3rd Transportation Support Battalion (TSB) and Combat Logistics Regiment (CLR) 3. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ethan M. LeBlanc)
U.S. Marines with 9th Engineer Support Battalion (ESB) observe the take-off of a UH-1Y Venom helicopter during a forward arming and refueling point (FARP) at Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 24, 2020. 9th ESB participated in the FARP training to increase their familiarity and coordination with refueling and re-arming while operating in forward locations; The training was executed in cooperation with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469, 3rd Transportation Support Battalion (TSB) and Combat Logistics Regiment (CLR) 3. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ethan M. LeBlanc)
U.S. Marines with Marine Air Support Squadron 2, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, along with Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, conduct an external lift with a CH-53E Super Stallion at Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 22, 2020. The units conducted a helicopter sling load of the Direct Air Support Center’s Communication Vehicle to improve their expeditionary capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dalton J. Payne)
U.S. Marine Cpl. James Thompson with Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, prepares a vehicle for an external lift exercise at Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 22, 2020. Thompson helps to prepare the Direct Air Support Center’s Communication Vehicle for an external lift to improve their expeditionary capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dalton J. Payne)
U.S. Marines with Marine Air Support Squadron 2, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462,1st Marine Aircraft Wing, along with Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, prepare a vehicle for an external lift at Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 22, 2020. The units prepared the Direct Air Support Center’s Communication Vehicle for an external lift to improve their expeditionary capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dalton J. Payne)
U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 conduct flight operations aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Aug. 18, 2020. VMFA-121 is the first forward deployed Marine F-35B squadron, capable of providing close air support and conducting strike missions in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Lauren Brune)
U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 conduct flight operations aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Aug 18, 2020. VMFA-121 is the first forward deployed Marine F-35B squadron, capable of providing close air support and conducting strike missions in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Lauren Brune)
U.S. Marines with Marine Air Control Squadron 4, Marine Air Support Squadron 2 and Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, swim 50 meters using the lifesaving stroke while carrying a 10 lb. rubber brick during a Marine Corps Instructor of Water Survival Pre-Screener on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 12, 2020. Marines participated in this pre-screener course, overseen by a certified MCIWS instructor, to gain entry into the MCIWS instructor course that will allow them to teach water survival skills to Marines and Sailors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ethan M. LeBlanc)
U.S. Marines with Marine Air Control Squadron 4, Marine Air Support Squadron 2 and Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, swim 500 meters during a Marine Corps Instructor of Water Survival Pre-Screener on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 12, 2020. Marines participated in this pre-screener course, overseen by a certified MCIWS instructor, to gain entry into the MCIWS instructor course that will allow them to teach water survival skills to Marines and Sailors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ethan M. LeBlanc)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Zachary D. Torres, a helicopter crew chief with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, deploys an M18 smoke grenade to signal the 33rd Rescue Squadron, 18th Wing, to pick up the U.S. Marines and Sailors with 1st Marine Aircraft Wing during a Combat Search and Rescue training event at Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 6th 2020. The exercise was held as part of Weapons and Tactics Instructor Primer to enhance the interoperability, relationships and communication between U.S. Marine Corps air, ground components with the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ethan M. LeBlanc)
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Christopher T, Kidd, the Marine Air Traffic Control Mobile Team leader with Marine Air Control Squadron 4, conducts a radio check during a 1st Marine Aircraft Wing Weapons and Tactics Instructor primer operation on Aug. 6, 2020, on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. The MMT controlled a pick-up zone on Camp Hansen to ensure Marines’ safety when aircraft was landing and taking off. Kidd is a native of Manheim, Pennsylvania. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brennan J. Beauton)