SHARING CULTURE THROUGH MIXED MARTIAL ARTS: JAPANESE, US KICKBOXERS TOUCH GLOVES TO SHOW SPORTSMANSHIP

Marines from Camp Courtney participated in friendly Japan-U.S. bouts in “TRY: Okinawa Inter Battle Vol.1” April 7 at Naha City, Okinawa. The event included fighters from various Japanese and Okinawan gyms as well as Marines.

Three of 22 bouts featured Marines. At the sound of the opening bell, Japanese and U.S. fighters touched gloves to convey their sportsmanship before they test their skills against each other in the ring.

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MARINE CORPS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR TOPS ALL FEMALE FINISHERS AT HISTORIC HALF

U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Lindsay Carrick, 26, finished the 2019 Marine Corps Historic Half with purpose and pride as the first female finisher in a time of 1:25:02. The Fredericksburg resident and Logistics Officer at Officer Candidate School aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico is the 2018 Marine Corps Athlete of the Year; an award based on active duty Marine’s athletic skills and how well they embody Marine Corps values. Her impressive running resume also includes accolades and is a member of the All-Marine Running Team, All-Marine Cross Country Team, All-Marine Warriors Across the Sea Team and the All-Marine Marathon Team.

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HISTORY IN THE MAKING: “THE PRESIDENT’S OWN” UNITED STATES MARINE BAND VISITS JAPAN FOR FIRST TIME

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band traveled to Japan and delivered a once in a lifetime performance for Japanese locals and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni residents at the Yamaguchi Prefectural Culture Hall Sinfonia Iwakuni, May 19, 2019.

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FRIENDSHIP FESTIVAL

Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, opened it’s gates to thousands of smiling community members and U.S. residents for the annual Friendship Festival May 11.

Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji annually hosts one of the largest community relations festivals between the U.S. and it’s host nation friends. The friendship festival is open to all to experience a number of Marine Corps and Japanese traditions, as well as cultural vents.

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NEW RADIO SYSTEM ENABLES MARINES TO SIMULTANEOUSLY MONITOR MULTIPLE NETWORKS

The Marine Corps’ radio systems are getting smaller, lighter and more capable.

The Corps plans to employ multichannel radio systems that enable Marines to simultaneously monitor two radio networks. The capability will enhance situational awareness and increase the speed of execution on the battlefield.

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RECON CHALLENGE 2019: TEAM LOWLIFE PROVES BONDS NOT BROKEN BY TIME

On October 26, 2010, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jonathon Blank, a reconnaissance Marine, with 1st Force Recon, 1st Marine Division was gathering intelligence on a suspected Taliban compound during Operation Enduring Freedom. When they reached their location early in the morning, the compound appeared uninhabited and extremely quiet, generally raising suspicion.

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MARINE POOLEE SUBDUES COLORADO HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTER

The United States Marine Corps has confirmed that Brendan Bialy, a current poolee in the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program (DEP), assisted in subduing an active shooter at STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7, 2019.

Brendan’s courage and commitment to swiftly ending this tragic incident at the risk of his own safety is admirable and inspiring. His decisive actions resulted in the safety and protection of his teachers and fellow classmates.

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REFLECTING ON OUR ANCESTORS: ASIAN AMERICAN, PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH

The month of May is designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the U.S. This monthlong observance celebrates the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. and recognizes the hardships and challenges they endured. This heritage month also honors their history, traditions and cultures in the U.S.

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CATALINA ISLAND AIRPORT RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY

From dusk to dawn, more than 90 U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 373, Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and U.S. Navy Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 25, paved their way to mission accomplishment while replacing the runway at Catalina Island Conservancy’s Airport in the Sky runway repair project.

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