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U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Ericka ValenciaReyes, a postal clerk with Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific-Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, poses at the Camp Foster Post Office, on Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 10, 2024. At 9-years-old, ValenciaReyes left her hometown in N.C. for Mexico with her mother after her parents’ divorce. She decided to move back to the states and join the Marine Corps when she turned 18. Despite fracturing her pelvic bone in boot camp, she persevered and went on to graduate from Papa Company in Feb. 2021. She moved to Okinawa in July, 2022. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Martha Linares) - U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Ericka ValenciaReyes, a postal clerk with Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific-Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, poses at the Camp Foster Post Office, on Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 10, 2024. At 9-years-old, ValenciaReyes left her hometown in N.C. for Mexico with her mother after her parents’ divorce. She decided to move back to the states and join the Marine Corps when she turned 18. Despite fracturing her pelvic bone in boot camp, she persevered and went on to graduate from Papa Company in Feb. 2021. She moved to Okinawa in July, 2022. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Martha Linares)

U.S. Marine Corps base leadership with Marine Corps Air Station Futenma sit in support during a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 17, 2023. During the celebration, Marines learned about Dr. King and the political movements of his time through videos and songs addressing racial injustice and the hope for a better future. After taking a pledge to promote equal opportunity, the Marines linked arms and sang together, showing their unity and commitment to equality. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan Beauchamp) - U.S. Marine Corps base leadership with Marine Corps Air Station Futenma sit in support during a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 17, 2023. During the celebration, Marines learned about Dr. King and the political movements of his time through videos and songs addressing racial injustice and the hope for a better future. After taking a pledge to promote equal opportunity, the Marines linked arms and sang together, showing their unity and commitment to equality. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan Beauchamp)

U.S. Marines 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and III Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, grapple during the culminating event of a Martial Arts Instructor Course on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 14, 2023. The MAI course is a three-week course that implements physical training and academic instruction for instructor trainees. The demanding physical intensity prepares trainees to perform Marine Corps Martial Arts Program techniques through the different elements of war. Coursework evaluations ensure that all newly graduated instructors have more than enough knowledge to carefully supervise and instruct Marines who are looking to make MCMAP belt advancements. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thomas Sheng) - U.S. Marines 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and III Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, grapple during the culminating event of a Martial Arts Instructor Course on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 14, 2023. The MAI course is a three-week course that implements physical training and academic instruction for instructor trainees. The demanding physical intensity prepares trainees to perform Marine Corps Martial Arts Program techniques through the different elements of war. Coursework evaluations ensure that all newly graduated instructors have more than enough knowledge to carefully supervise and instruct Marines who are looking to make MCMAP belt advancements. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thomas Sheng)

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Aaliyah Aguallo, an administrative specialist with Installation Personnel Administration Center, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, performs a duck walk during the culminating event of a Martial Arts Instructor Course on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 14, 2023. The MAI course is a three-week course that implements physical training and academic instruction for instructor trainees. The demanding physical intensity prepares trainees to perform Marine Corps Martial Arts Program techniques through the different elements of war. Coursework evaluations ensure that all newly graduated instructors have more than enough knowledge to carefully supervise and instruct Marines who are looking to make MCMAP belt advancements. Aguallo is native of Chicago, Ill. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thomas Sheng) - U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Aaliyah Aguallo, an administrative specialist with Installation Personnel Administration Center, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, performs a duck walk during the culminating event of a Martial Arts Instructor Course on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 14, 2023. The MAI course is a three-week course that implements physical training and academic instruction for instructor trainees. The demanding physical intensity prepares trainees to perform Marine Corps Martial Arts Program techniques through the different elements of war. Coursework evaluations ensure that all newly graduated instructors have more than enough knowledge to carefully supervise and instruct Marines who are looking to make MCMAP belt advancements. Aguallo is native of Chicago, Ill. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thomas Sheng)

A U.S. Marine fires an M4 service rifle during the Marine Corps Marksmanship Competition Far East on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 12, 2023. MCMC-Far East is an annual two week event held to improve Marines’ marksmanship, combat readiness and weapon proficiency. Marines utilize the first week to learn various techniques and fundamentals from members of the Marine Corps Shooting Team, and compete the following week as individuals and teams. Marines utilized tires to practice how to manipulate their weapon system in unique scenarios. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Vincent Pham) - A U.S. Marine fires an M4 service rifle during the Marine Corps Marksmanship Competition Far East on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 12, 2023. MCMC-Far East is an annual two week event held to improve Marines’ marksmanship, combat readiness and weapon proficiency. Marines utilize the first week to learn various techniques and fundamentals from members of the Marine Corps Shooting Team, and compete the following week as individuals and teams. Marines utilized tires to practice how to manipulate their weapon system in unique scenarios. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Vincent Pham)

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Andrew Bryant, command senior enlisted advisor of Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, speaks to attendees during Comic Con Okinawa 2023 at the Camp Foster Fieldhouse, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 3, 2023. Comic Con Okinawa 2023 is an on-base comic book convention held annually that features notable voice actors, comic artists, and off-base store vendors that is open to all military personnel and local Japanese residents. Inspired by the film series Ghostbusters, Bryant and his youngest daughter cosplayed as paranormal investigators for the length of the event. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thomas Sheng) - U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Andrew Bryant, command senior enlisted advisor of Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, speaks to attendees during Comic Con Okinawa 2023 at the Camp Foster Fieldhouse, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 3, 2023. Comic Con Okinawa 2023 is an on-base comic book convention held annually that features notable voice actors, comic artists, and off-base store vendors that is open to all military personnel and local Japanese residents. Inspired by the film series Ghostbusters, Bryant and his youngest daughter cosplayed as paranormal investigators for the length of the event. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thomas Sheng)

Students and faculty with Korea National Defense University pose for a group photo with U.S. Marine Corps Col. William Pacatte, the commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, during a tour on MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 13, 2023. MCAS Futenma recently hosted students from the Korea National Defense University, highlighting the base's role in international cooperation and regional security. This visit emphasized the significance of the alliance between South Korea and the U.S. in preserving peace in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan A. Beauchamp) - Students and faculty with Korea National Defense University pose for a group photo with U.S. Marine Corps Col. William Pacatte, the commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, during a tour on MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 13, 2023. MCAS Futenma recently hosted students from the Korea National Defense University, highlighting the base's role in international cooperation and regional security. This visit emphasized the significance of the alliance between South Korea and the U.S. in preserving peace in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan A. Beauchamp)