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U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Clinton John DuClos receives the James Maguire Exceptional achievement award at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, April 21, 2017. The Marine Corps Aviation Association awarded Duclos for leading, mentoring, and training Marines to become subject matter experts and be fully qualified in the airframes job field. “I’m just doing my job to the best of my ability,” said DuClos. “I’m very humbled and appreciative of it.” DuClos, a native of St. Louis, is a MV-22 Osprey airframes division chief with Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron 262, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Justin Tyler Johnson receives the Jack W. Demmond Aviation Ground Marine of the Year award at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, April 21, 2017. The Marine Corps Aviation Association awarded Johnson for his efforts in transporting Marines and their gear to and from locations by air, land, and sea. “I was excited,” said Johnson. “I wasn’t really expecting it. I just do my job the best way I can.” Johnson, a native of Pensacola, Florida, is an embarkation chief with Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron 262, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Lance Cpl. Ryan Koernr, right, explains the rules to wrestlers during the Okinawa Open Championship May 13 on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. The Okinawa Open Championship is the largest youth wrestling tournament in Okinawa. Each league practices with a different fighting style: folk and freestyle. Lumpkin volunteers as a referee for the Gladiator Wrestling League. (U.S Marine photo by Lance Corporal Tayler P. Schwamb)
Cpl. Tylan Davis, left, coaches a wrestler on his team during the Okinawa Open Championship May 13 on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. Approximately 100 wrestlers from the Okinawa Youth Wrestler League competed alongside 70 wrestlers from the Gladiator Wrestling League. The Okinawa Open Championship is the largest youth wrestling tournament in Okinawa. Lumpkin volunteers as a coach for the Gladiator Wrestling League.  (U.S Marine photo by Lance Corporal Tayler P. Schwamb)
MCAS FUTENMA, OKINAWA, Japan – Marines and officer candidates pose for a group photo March 24 on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. The candidates with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force received a brief on the cooperation between Marines and the Japan Self-Defense Force and the crucial role MCAS Futenma plays. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jessica Collins)
MCAS FUTENMA, OKINAWA, Japan – Lt. Col. Bob Sweginnis, left, receives a plaque from Capt. Hiroyuki Habuchi March 24 on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. Officer candidates with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force visited the air station to learn about the cooperation between the Marines and Japan Self-Defense Force. Habuchi is the commander of the 1st Training Submarine Division, JMSDF. Sweginnis is the executive officer of MCAS Futenma. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jessica Collins)
MCAS FUTENMA, OKINAWA, Japan –Lt. Col. Bob Sweginnis gives a brief to officer candidates with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force March 24 on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. The brief covered the cooperation between Marines and the Japan Self-Defense Force and the crucial role MCAS Futenma plays in the relationship. Sweginnis is the executive officer of MCAS Futenma. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jessica Collins)
Donald Irwin, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, shakes 1st Lt. Lauren Campbell’s hand, April 7, 2017, on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. Irwin, who served aboard a number of ships during World War II, fought at Midway and Guadalcanal and survived the sinking of the USS Colhoun during the Battle of Okinawa. Irwin returned to Okinawa and exchanged stories with the Marines and Sailors stationed on the island. Irwin is a native of San Jose, California, and Campbell, a native of Redwood City, California, is a material control officer with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Donald Irwin, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, shakes Lance Cpl. Hui Xue’s hand, April 7, 2017, on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. Irwin, who served aboard a number of ships during World War II, fought at Midway and Guadalcanal and survived the sinking of the USS Colhoun during the Battle of Okinawa. Irwin returned to Okinawa and exchanged stories with the Marines and Sailors stationed on the island. Irwin is a San Jose, California native, and Xue, a native of New York, is an aviation life support system technician with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
MCAS FUTENMA, OKINAWA, Japan— Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron poses for a group photo March 29 after an award ceremony on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. During the ceremony, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron received the 2016 National Defense Transportation Association Military Unit of the Year Award for their outstanding service in the field of transportation and logistics. H&HS went head-to-head against the other branches of service for this award and came out on top.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jessica Collins)
MCAS FUTENMA, OKINAWA, Japan— Maj. Gen. Malavet, left, gives a coin to Cpl. Alexis Goodwyn March 29 during an award ceremony on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. During the ceremony, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron received the 2016 National Defense Transportation Association Military Unit of the Year Award for their outstanding service in the field of transportation and logistics. H&HS went head-to-head against the other branches of service for this award and came out on top.  Malavet is the commanding general for Marine Corps Installations Pacific and Marine Corps Base Camp Butler-Japan. Goodwyn is the operations chief for H&HS, MCAS Futenma, Marine Corps Installations Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jessica Collins)
MCAS FUTENMA, OKINAWA, Japan— Lt. Col. Henry Dolberry stands at the head of a formation March 29 during an award ceremony on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron received the 2016 National Defense Transportation Association Military Unit of the Year Award for their outstanding service in the field of transportation and logistics. H&HS went head-to-head against the other branches of service for this award and came out on top.  Dolberry is the commanding officer of H&HS, MCAS Futenma, Marine Corps Installations Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jessica Collins)
MCAS FUTENMA, OKINAWA, Japan— Cpl. Saamad Mitchell holds the Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron guideon March 29 during an award ceremony on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. H&HS received the 2016 National Defense Transportation Association Military Unit of the Year Award for their outstanding service in the field of transportation and logistics. H&HS went head-to-head against the other branches of service for this award and came out on top.  Mitchell is a flight clearance supervisor with H&HS, MCAS Futenma, Marine Corps Installations Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jessica Collins)
Ginowan Police Chief Motoki Haneji, left, awards Col. Peter N. Lee with a letter of authorization Feb. 28 on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. Lee was recognized by Haneji for the significant mutual support and cooperation between MCAS Futenma and the Ginowan City Police Department during the chief’s command tenure. Haneji is retiring from his duties as chief of the Ginowan Police Department. "Since the chief has arrived at Ginowan, we've had a great relationship with him, and because of him we've really enhanced the partnership between the station and the city,” said Lee, the commanding officer of MCAS Futenma. "Because of him we will continue to strive to be the best partners we can be."
Ginowan Police Chief Motoki Haneji presents a letter of appreciation presented to Col. Peter N. Lee Feb. 28 on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. As commanding officer of MCAS Futenma, Lee oversaw various programs to help Marines embody the motto ‘protect what you’ve earned.’ “Please continue your contribution to Okinawa, the United States, Japan and the world,” said Haneji.
AYokohama DeNA BayStars hat sits on a table Feb. 24 at the Habu Pit on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. The Yokohama DeNA BayStars baseball team had the chance to tour an MV-22B Osprey and visit with Marines while on MCAS Futenma. “Events like this enhance the already strong community relations MCAS Futenma enjoys with the surrounding City of Ginowan,” said Lt. Col. Bob Sweginnis, the executive officer of MCAS Futenma. “This event in particular allowed those who live and work aboard MCAS Futenma to meet and interact with professional baseball players from a prominent Japanese Big League team that conducts spring training every year in here Ginowan City, just outside the gates of Futenma.” (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Jessica Collins)
Marines and Yokohama DeNA BayStars baseball team pose in front of an MV-22B Osprey Feb. 23 on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. The BayStars players and staff had the opportunity to tour an Osprey and dine at the Habu Pit. “Events like this enhance the already strong community relations MCAS Futenma enjoys with the surrounding City of Ginowan,” said Lt. Col. Bob Sweginnis, the executive officer of MCAS Futenma. “This event in particular allowed those who live and work aboard MCAS Futenma to meet and interact with professional baseball players from a prominent Japanese Big League team that conducts spring training every year in here Ginowan City, just outside the gates of Futenma.”  (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Jessica Collins)
Capt. Tobin Lewis receives a Yokohama DeNA BayStars hat from the team’s manager Alex Ramirez Feb. 24 on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. The BayStars baseball team were able to tour an MV-22B Osprey and visit with Marines. “Events like this help create a sense of pride in the local community among Marines, sailors and civilians who live and work aboard MCAS Futenma,” said Lt. Col. Bob Sweginnis, the executive officer of MCAS Futenma. “They go a long way toward knocking down boundaries, dispelling myths and building mutual appreciation and understanding between those on both sides of the air station gates.”
Lewis is a MV-22B Osprey pilot with Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Air Wing. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Jessica Collins)
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, OKINAWA, Japan – Runners take off Jan. 21 at the start of the Ginowan City Traffic Safety Relay Race at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Participants of the 14-kilometer race obeyed all crosswalk and traffic signals in an effort to raise awareness about traffic safety. Events like this get Marines out in to the community and strengthen the U.S-Japan alliance.
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, OKINAWA, Japan – Marines pose for a group photo Jan. 21 after the Ginowan City Traffic Safety Relay Race at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The 14-kilometer race around the perimeter of MCAS Futenma was an effort by Ginowan City to raise awareness about traffic safety. The Ginowan City fire department took first and second place, with the Marines coming in third.