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Okinawa, Japan

MCB Butler, MCB Hawaii, MCAS Futenma, MCAS Iwakuni, CATC Camp Fuji, Camp Mujuk
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Guests line up to enter the Okinawa Haunted Labyrinth Oct. 29 on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. The annual open-gate event welcomes Okinawa residents and Status of Forces Agreement personnel to come together to enjoy Halloween fright, candy and food. The labyrinth is designed and hosted by the Okinawa Single Marine Program and is the largest SMP open-gate event held on Okinawa. During the event, families painted pumpkins, and collected candy.
Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, center, greets Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey A. Young, right, and Col. William DePue, left, Oct. 28 aboard Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. The community center was one stop along a tour of the military installations across Okinawa during which Kennedy addressed senior military leadership and their families living on Okinawa directly. “I am always inspired by the patriotism I see here when I visit,” said Kennedy. “I want to thank everyone here for everything that you do for this outstanding partnership with Japan. There is a lot to learn here and all you leaders are doing a great job maintaining positive community involvement. I encourage you to continue to educate service members to ensure that we continue to enjoy the support and alliance we have here in Japan.” After her speech, Kennedy posed for photos with attendees and their families. Young is the sergeant major of Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific. DePue is the camp commander of Camp Foster and the commanding officer of H&S Bn., MCIPAC.
Retired U.S. Marine Corps military working dog Patti attends an award ceremony on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 24, 2016. Patti received an award from the U.S. War Dogs Association for her service in 2007 as a combat tracking dog and suffered injuries in the line of duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Janessa Pon)
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Donald Shrewsbury, a KC-130J Hercules representative  with Marine Aviation Training System Site Iwakuni, directs a Japan Air Self-Defense Force aviation cadet with the 12th Flight Training Wing from JASDF Hōfu-kita Air Base while flying a KC-130J simulator during a Japanese officer engagement program at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 19, 2016. The engagement program aims to enhance the understanding and working relationships between U.S. and Japanese pilots. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Henson)
A Japan Air Self-Defense Force aviation cadet with the 12th Flight Training Wing from JASDF Hōfu-kita Air Base sits in the pilot seat of a KC-130J Hercules during a Japanese officer engagement program at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 19, 2016. Visiting the air station provided the cadets with the opportunity to interact with U.S. Marines and gain a greater knowledge and understanding of their present condition in Japan. The engagement program aims to enhance the understanding and working relationships between U.S. and Japanese pilots. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Henson)
From left: Commander, Combined Forces Command, Gen. Vincent Brooks;  ROK Chairman General Sun Jin Lee;  Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford; Japanese Chief of Staff Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano; and Commander, U.S. Pacific Command Adm. Harry B. Harris. The senior military leaders met at the Pentagon Oct. 14 to discuss trilateral collaboration in order to respond to increasing North Korean nuclear and missile threats.
Pfc. Alex Renschler, a rifleman with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and an Evansville, Indiana native, provides security during a patrol part of Exercise Island Viper aboard Marine Corps Training Area Bellows, Sept. 29, 2016. Exercise Island Viper is a 3-week-long battalion level training evolution workup that focuses on sharpening the infantry skills of the individual, team and squad.
Athletes pose for a group photo after finishing a duathlon during the Special Olympics Nippon Hiroshima at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 2, 2016. Activities held at the Special Olympics included basketball, futsal, tennis, bowling and a duathlon. The Special Olympics instills confidence, inspires a sense of competition and improves health through the transformative power of sports. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Henson)
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni residents and Japanese locals pose for a group photo during the U.S.-Japan Children Soccer event at the Suo-Oshima Athletic Field in Suo-Oshima, Japan, Oct. 1, 2016. As part of a good keeping with the U.S.-Japan relationship, soccer was used to break the barrier of communication through words and teach children communication through actions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego)
Marines from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, conduct a course of fire at the Kaneohe Bay Range Training Facility, part of Exercise Island Viper at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Sept. 26, 2016. Marines wrap up their final week of Exercise Island Viper, an annual pre-deployment training event preparing Marines for a larger exercise in the Pacific Region. During Exercise Island Viper, the Marines practiced clearing buildings, patrolling through simulated villages, solved obstacles at the Leadership Reaction Course and traversing through an Improvising Explosive Devices course.
A Marine provides security during a patrol as part of a training exercise at the Kahuku Training Facility, Hawaii, Sept. 20, 2016. The exercise is part of a 7-week-long training event known as the Advance Infantry Course. The Advance Infantry Course, which is conducted by the Advance Infantry Battalion, Detachment Hawaii, is an advanced 0311 rifleman Military Occupational Specialty course for squad leaders who are currently serving in the operating field.
Marines don their gas masks as simulated hostiles use O-chlorobenzalmalononitrile gas during a raid as part of a training exercise aboard the Kahuku Training Facility, Sept. 20, 2016. The exercise is part of a 7-week-long training known as the Advance Infantry Course. The Advance Infantry Course, which is conducted by the Advance Infantry Battalion, Detachment Hawaii, is an advanced 0311 rifleman Military Occupational Specialty course for squad leaders who are currently serving in the operating field.
Children enjoy a carnival ride during the 22nd Annual Camp Hansen Festival Sept. 3 aboard Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. The annual festival provides Okinawa residents with a taste of American culture and entertainment and is one of the quarterly open-gate events hosted by Camp Hansen that bridges the gap between Status of Forces Agreement personnel and Okinawa residents. More than 12,855 attendees of the two-day event enjoyed a vast array of ethnic foods, ride carnival rides, play games for prizes and rock out to a free concert by the headlining band, American Authors.
Marines give a mock demonstration of the operations of an 155 mm. artillery piece during the 22nd Annual Camp Hansen Festival Sept. 3 aboard Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. The annual festival is one of the quarterly open-gate events hosted by Camp Hansen that bridges the gap between Status of Forces Agreement personnel and Okinawa residents. More than 12,855 attendees came together during the two-day event to enjoy a vast array of ethnic foods, ride carnival rides, play games for prizes and rock out to a free concert by the headlining band, American Authors. The Marines are with 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment; currently assigned to 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program.
Instructors from the Yayoi Kimono Shop and Cultural School pose for photos with Status of Forces Agreement personnel who participated in a Japanese Tea Ceremony Class Sept. 17, 2016, in Naha, Okinawa, Japan. The class provided SOFA personnel with the opportunity to experience Japanese traditions firsthand. The students learned how to politely partake of tea and refreshments and how to prepare and serve the matcha, which is a powdered green tea commonly served at tea ceremonies. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Janessa K. Pon)
A three-strand obstacle sprawls over an open valley at the Jungle Warfare Training Center Sept. 20, 2016 at Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa, Japan. This obstacle is one of the 31 obstacles Marines must navigate during the culminating event of any JWTC course. JWTC is utilized for its harsh terrain and conditions to prepare Marines for operations in the Asia-Pacific Region and stretches over more than 17,000 acres. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Janessa K. Pon)
Instructors demonstrate how to set up a pulley system to retain equipment in the jungle Sept. 20, 2016, at the Jungle Warfare Training Center, Okinawa, Japan. The Jungle Warfare Training Center has provided terrain and climate-specific training to units serving across the Asia-Pacific region since 1958 and stretches over more than 17,000 acres. Training aboard the installation reinforces service members’ ability to carry out tactical operations in a jungle environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Janessa K. Pon)
An instructor demonstrates proper hasty rappelling procedures Sept. 20, 2016 at Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa, Japan. Hasty rappelling is one of the many skills Marines must develop while training at JWTC. The training area stretches across more than 17,000 acres and is home to several rigorous courses through which Marines must navigate harsh terrain and climate-specific training in preparation for operations in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Janessa K. Pon)
Japanese locals make their way toward the Kumano Brush festival in Kumano, Japan, Sept. 22, 2016. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni residents traveled to Kumano with the Cultural Adaptation Program to experience calligraphy, tradition, history and entertainment the festival offered. After attending the festival the residents visited the Fudenosato Kobo Museum where they learned how calligraphy equipment is made. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rudy Martinez, a powerliner from Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, watches over the refueling process of an F-18 Hornet after flight operations at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Feb. 11, during Exercise Cobra Gold 2011. Cobra Gold is an regularly scheduled annual multinational training exercise. It is the latest in the continuing series of U.S. - Thai military exercises designed to ensure regional peace and stability.