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                                     march 19, 2010                                            

    CAMP MUJUK, Republic of Korea — Marines from Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force,
    participating in Exercise Freedom Banner, march though the snow storm enroute to training March 10. The Marines were taught rock climbing,
    rappelling, and mountain climbing techniques by Republic of Korea Marine instructors. The Marines also went on a 4-kilometer hike traversing the
    snowy terrain. Photo by Lance Cpl. Thomas W. Provost

Meu gives medical SOFA personnel become citizens
support during BK through naturalization ceremony                     Pfc. Anthony Ward Jr.        March 5 to participate     held to make them U.S.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Smith                                  okinawa marine staff         in a naturalization cer-   citizens.
uss harpers ferry public affairs                                                                   emony. The ceremony           Ceremonies like these
                                                                      CAMP FOSTER — Ser-           which consisted of Army,   usually occur every six
TERNATE, the Philippines — Sailors and Marines assigned               vice members and their       Navy and Marine Corps      mont hs on Ok i nawa,
to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and members of the              families gathered at the     service members, as well   said Kenneth J. Sherman,
Armed Forces of the Philippines conducted a five-day medi-            Ca mp Foster Theater         as family members, was     the field office director
cal civil action project at San Juan Elementary School in                                                                     in charge of the Republic
Ternate, the Philippines, that began March 8.                                                                                 of Korea and Japan for
   The project is part of exercise Balikatan 2010, and includes                                                               the U.S. Citizenship and
four Navy doctors, four Marines and 16 Navy hospital corps-                                                                   Immigration Services.
men assigned to the MEU’s Combat Logistics Battalion health                                                                      The process to become
services support team. Throughout the project, they will                                                                      a citizen starts at your
work side-by-side with their AFP counterparts to provide                                                                      military installation ad-
medical care to more than 700 local residents.                                                                                ministration center, said
   “Going into remote areas to provide medical treatment                                                                      Sherman. The process
and alleviate suffering from the lives of people demonstrates                                                                 begins the same way for
our partnership with the Philippine government better than                                                                    service members and
anything else,” said Navy Lt. Randy Gire, officer-in-charge                                                                   family members alike.
of the mission.                                                                                                                  A request is filed and
   Medical treatment ranges from providing vitamin supple-            Service members stand and give the oath of allegiance   sent to a Service Center
ments to pulling teeth.                                               during a naturalization ceremony at the Camp Foster     in Lincoln, Neb., where
                                                 see MEDICAL pg      theater March 5. Photo by Pfc. Anthony Ward Jr.                    see CITIZENS pg 

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                                                                                             okinawa marine | OPiniOn                                                  & eDitORiAL |                   march 19, 2010

                 Marines' service in Iraq
                 ends with appreciation                                                                                                                                                                                   Source: u.S. Marine corpS HiStory DiviSion

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          March 19, 1944: 4th Marines landed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          on and secured Emirau, St. Matthias
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Islands, completing isolation of a Japanese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          stronghold at Rabaul, New Brittain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          March 20, 2003: Operation Iraqi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Freedom began with the launching of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          approximately 40 Tomahawk cruise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          missiles. The missiles, launched from six
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          U.S. Navy ships, were aimed at three
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          designated military targets around
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Baghdad, Iraq.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          March 21, 2003: A Marine CH-46 Sea
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Knight helicopter from Marine Medium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Helicopter Squadron 268 crashed nine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          miles south of Umm Qasr. All four Marine
 EDITorIAL                                                                                                                                                                                                                crewmembers and the eight Royal British
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Marines became the first casualties in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Operation Iraqi Freedom.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          March 23, 2003: 2nd Marine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Expeditionary Brigade's Task Force Tarawa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lost 18 Marines in the bloodiest day of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          war as the task force pushed into the city
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of An Nasiriyah in order to secure it and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          key bridges over the Euphrates River, thus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          creating a second route into Baghdad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          March 25, 1942: 1st Marine Brigade
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          disbanded in New York upon its arrival
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          from Iceland. Components returned to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          parent units.

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                                                                                  Make moving smooth
                                                                                  Lance Cpl. Abigail M. Wharton
                                                                                  okinawa marine staff

                                                                                  CAMP FOSTER — The Smooth Move Workshop is a seminar geared to
                                                                                  provide information and resources, to individuals and family members
                                                                                  departing Okinawa to ensure a seamless move occurs.
                                                                                     A wide variety of presenters provide pre-departure and destination
                                                                                  information to include: moving tips, financial preparation, relocation
                                                                                  and travel entitlements, and base and community referral assistance. It
                                                                                  is recommend you attend the workshop five to six months before your
                                                                                  rotation date, said Dave Randle, Relocation Assistance Program Analyst,
                                                                                  Personal Services Center, Marine Corps Community Services. Orders
                                                                                  are not required, he added.
                                                                                     Marine Corps Bases Japan Order 1754.1D states, “Ensure outbound
                                                                                  transferring personnel, to include family members, attend a mandatory
Debt-collectors are not permitted to call a service member's workplace for any    relocation ‘Smooth Move’ permanent change of station workshop at least
reason other than to locate the individual. A creditor can face penalties under   60 days prior to transfer.”
the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act for contacting a person's workplace for       The key to a smooth move is planning, and the earlier you attend
any other reason. Photo Illustration by Lance Cpl Matthew A. Denny                the workshop the more time you have to use the information learned,
                                                                                  Randle said.

When creditors attack...                                                             Here are some of the topics covered in the Smooth Move Workshop.
                                                                                     Information is covered on clearing your off-base quarters, vacating on-
Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Denny                “The main reason a creditor or         base family housing (Preliminary and Final Inspection), scheduling gov-
okinawa marine staff                    solicitor would call a consumer’s         ernment furniture for pick-up and advance applications for housing.
                                        work place is to harass and annoy            They also provide married service members living in the barracks with
CAMP FOSTER — “Every office             the consumer,” said Alcantara.            information about housing at their next duty station.
will have different office proce-       Sometimes when people feel pres-             Disbursing
dures on how to deal with creditors     sured they give in because they              Information on pay entitlements like temporary lodging allowance,
or solicitors when they call and how    don’t like to be pushed. So when          dislocation allowance, mileage allowance in lieu of transportation and
to deal with the situation,” said       someone calls and it sounds like          temporary lodging entitlements are explained.
1st Lt. Dan E. Alcantara, officer in    they may know what they are                  Financial Management
charge of legal services and an at-     talking about it, some people may            Information on contingency plans, practical financial management tips
torney for Service Company with         release the information only to get       while preparing for the move, money on the move (lodging, groceries,
Combat Logistics Regiment 37, 3rd       that creditor or solicitor to leave       clothing, childcare, school, spouse employment and housing [Rent/Buy]),
Marine Logistics Group, III Marine      them alone, added Alcantara.              credit reports, car buying and home buying are factored into the moving
Expeditionary Force.                       According to section 804 of the        process.
   A good way for a Marine to           FDCPA, there are do’s and don’ts             TriCare
respond to a creditor or solicitor      about talking to a non-consumer              Information is provided on the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Report-
calling for another Marine’s infor-     about a consumer’s information            ing System, transferring enrollment, split enrollment, coverage while
mation is to flip the conversation      and a creditor is allowed to only         traveling and who is a Tricare provider.
onto the debt-collector and try to      ask certain questions. A creditor            Traffic Management Office
get as much information as possible,    must identify him/herself, state             Information is covered on arranging for the move, basic facts on ship-
said Alcantara.                         that he/she is confirming or cor-         ping household goods and unaccompanied baggage, what you may and
    A creditor can suffer penalties     recting location information con-         may not ship as household goods, professional books, paper and equip-
for contacting a debt-holder, with-     cerning the consumer. The creditor        ment, firearm storage, full replacement value, yours and the carrier’s
out the debt-holder’s permission, at    cannot state that the consumer            responsibilities before the move and at the new destination, shipping a
the work place for any reason other     owes any debt and cannot com-             privately owned vehicle and claims.
than to try and locate the individu-    municate with any person more                “If you don’t take care of everyone’s stress, it boils over,” Randle said.
al, according to the FDCPA.             than once at the consumer’s place         “The more time you take to plan, the less stressful (the move) will be.”
   Any person who has access to an-     of work without the consumer’s               For more information on registering for the Smooth Move Workshop
other person’s information through      consent. The creditor cannot com-         call 645-8395.
means of a government position and      municate by post card or any form
releases that information for any       of mail that shows that the debt
reason other than official business,    collector is in the debt collection
can be held legally responsible for     business.
their actions, according to the Pri-       “If the consumer does find there
vacy Act of 1974.                       to be false transactions, the next
   Ask the creditor questions like      step is to contact legal services,”
where they are calling from, who        said Alcantara. “After a Marine
they represent, how many times          is represented by legal services,
they have called, and the reason        a creditor cannot have any direct
they are trying to contact the Ma-      contact with the consumer without
rine. This will allow the Marine        first going though the legal services
being contacted to research his ac-     attorney,” he added.
counts and credit reports to verify        For more information refer to
the call was not fraudulent, said Al-   the Fair Debt Collection Practices
cantara while referencing the Fair      Act or the Privacy Act of 1974 or go
Debt Collection Practices Act.          to and www.
   At no time is the command re- If you have any
quired to take control of the debt      questions regarding what creditors        Marine Corps Community Services hosts the Smooth Move Workshop for all
situation with a Marine in their        can and can’t do or what to do if a       Marines and family members about to execute permanent change of station
command unless there is a court         creditor is in violation of the law,      orders. The workshop offers tips for packing belongings, finding a new home
order involved, stated Alcantara.       call 645-1037.                            and getting to your next destination. Photo illustration by Lance. Cpl. Abigail M. Wharton
                                                      okinawa marine | neWs | march 19, 2010


Campaign against fraud
                                                     Experts offer tips to avoid
                                                     poisonous local vegetation
   Throughout the months of January, February
and March, Naval Criminal Investigative
Service has been conducting the Campaign
against Fraud. NCIS is asking for everyone's
help in identifying, reporting and preventing
                                                     Lance Cpl. Jovane M. Holland
fraud. To schedule a fraud brief for your unit
call 645-0223.
                                                     okinawa marine staff
                                                                                                              if you ingested poisonous vegetation:

daps 60th anniversary open house                     CAMP FOSTER — Okinawa is home to an                                                   do
    Document Automation and Product Service          immense and diverse variety of fruits, plants,           • Seek medical attention immediately;
                                                     trees and flowers.                                       • Take a photo with your camera or phone, or
is celebrating their 60th Anniversary Thursday
                                                         Some are harmless while several species of           bring a sample of the plant in a plastic, seal-
from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in building 106 on Kadena                                                              able bag to assist in identification;
Air Base and March 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.         vegetation here have varying degrees of toxicity         • Note time of suspected ingestion and amount
in building 5863 on Camp Foster.                     that can lead to serious health complications if         if possible.
    There will be games, prizes, free food and       not identified and treated properly, according                                      don't
displays of what they can offer to support the       to the Preventive Medicine Department of the             • Attempt home remedies;
mission: various print samples from small cards,     U.S. Naval Hospital on Camp Lester.                      • Induce vomiting unless instructed by a
booklets, large posters and more. The event is           It is imperative service members, whether            physician.
free and open to all.                                training or simply exploring Okinawa on
    For information, call 645-3766 or 634-1340.      their own, establish a basic knowledge of the
                                                     potentially harmful vegetation throughout the
women's history month                                island.
   Celebrate Women's History Month at the
                                                         The most commonly encountered toxic plants
Camp Foster Community Center March 26 from
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.                                    belong to the oleander plant family, said Lt. Carl
                                                     Blaesing, head of Preventive Medicine.
navy mwr kids deal or no deal                            “Because of their fragrant, colorful flowers
   Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation will be       and ornamental appeal, oleander plants are one
hosting “Kids Deal or No Deal” today starting        of the main vegetation we see service members
at 6 p.m. in the Crow’s Nest Club, located on        and their families come into contact with,” Blae-
Camp Shields.                                        sing said. “Another reason for frequent exposure
   This event is for children ages 6-16. There       is these plants can be found not only outside the
will be 15 envelopes given away. Everyone that       base, but within the camps as well.”
plays is a winner! Tickets are required to enter         According to the Marine Corps Bases Japan        The sago palm has toxic stems, leaves and seeds
the drawing for the contest. Tickets are now         Facilities Engineer Division, Environmental          that can lead to nausea, vomiting and even death if
available at the Crow’s Nest Club.
                                                     Affairs Branch, oleanders are only one among         ingested. Photos courtesy of Marine Corps Bases Japan Facilities
   For more information please call the Crow’s
Nest Club at 959-2779.                               several poisonous plants service members run         Engineer Division, Environmental Affairs Branch
                                                     a risk of encountering on base in Okinawa.
                                                         The sago palm, also known as sotetsu, is also                                                The poisonous sea
ZumBathon for autism awareness                                                                                                                        mango’s fruit is egg-
   The Exceptional Family Member Program             used as ornamentation for many Okinawan
                                                                                                                                                      shaped, 5-10 cm long
has partnered with Health Promotions for a           yards and gardens, and can even be found on
                                                                                                                                                      and green-blackish.
Zumbathon for Awareness April 3 from 9:30            base. Although aesthetically pleasing, the sago                                                  Touching the plants
to 11:30 a.m. at the Foster Field House.             palm’s seeds, stems and leaves are poisonous if                                                  sap causes irritation
   Hear from parents and subject matter experts,     ingested, according to an informational pam-                                                     and ingesting the
including Autism Specialists with Department         phlet released by the Environmental Affairs                                                      fruit can cause death.
of Defense Dependents Schools and social             Branch.                                                                                          The plant grows
workers with Education and Developmental
                                                         Another common plant, known as the wax                                                       near seashores and
Intervention Services.
                                                     tree, or hazenoki, belongs to the same family                                                    is often planted
   Childcare will not be provided, and registra-
                                                     as the American poison oak and poison ivy. Its                                                   along roadsides as a
tion is not necessary. Water and snacks will be
                                                     leaves induce similar symptoms after coming                                                      landscaping plant.
provided. For more information, call EFMP at
645-9237.                                            in contact with skin, such as rashes, severe
                                                     itching and inflammation, according to the
Camp foster taX return preparation                   pamphlet.
   Until further notice, the Camp Foster Tax             Blaesing said symptoms of exposure to these
Center will not prepare tax returns dealing          plants depend on the ingested or exposed dos-
with rental properties in the United States. It      age and can run the spectrum from localized
will also not prepare returns requiring complex      skin irritation to vomiting and increased heart
schedule D paperwork dealing with the sale           rate.
and/or purchase of stocks and bonds. If you
                                                         “After exposure, do not attempt home rem-
have a rental property in the states or complex
schedule D paperwork, call the Kadena Tax            edies. Seek medical attention immediately,”
Center at 634-7418.                                  Blaesing said. “The best option for after hours
                                                                                                          The wax tree is a small to medium sized tree that produces
   If you have any questions or concerns             care is to go to the U.S. Naval Hospital emer-
                                                                                                          yellowish green flowers and pale yellow small, round
regarding this notice, contact the Camp Foster       gency room, which is directly tied into the
                                                                                                          fruits. It also produces a poisonous oil from any crushed or
Tax Center at 645-4255.                              poison control center.”                              cut part of the plant which produces an allergic reaction
                                                         The first step to avoiding contact with poi-     similar to poison oak and poison ivy, causing severe
Be a donor, give Blood                               sonous vegetation on base and out in town on         itching and inflammation with blistering on the skin.
   Donate blood and help save lives. All blood       Okinawa is to simply be aware there are hazards
types are needed. Appointments are available         in this tropical environment, Blaesing said.                                          Despite its beauty, the entire
Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the             “Keep an eye on young children and teach                                          oleander plant is toxic to both
Armed Service Blood Bank on Camp Lester at           them not to touch, handle or eat any of the local                                     humans and animals causing
building 6017. For details, call 643-7737/7710                                                                                             nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and
                                                     plant life,” Blaesing said. “Respect and appreci-
or visit                                                                                                        irregular heart rate, or even a
                                                     ate the natural beauty of the tropical vegetation                                     coma that can lead to death if
                                                     without interfering.”                                                                 ingested. The plant, which is not
TO SUBMIT A BRIEF, send an e-mail to
                                                         For more information on poisonous vegeta-                                         native to Okinawa, is cultivated, or fax your
request to 645-3803. The deadline for submitting     tion on Okinawa, contact your camp’s Envi-                                            as an ornamental, woody shrub
a brief is noon every Friday. The Okinawa Marine     ronmental Affairs Branch or the Preventive                                            and is often seen along the
reserves the right to edit all submitted material.   Medicine Department at 643-3028.                                                      fence lines of the camps.
                                                    okinawa marine | neWs | march 19, 2010                                                                    
                                                                                                                       CITIZENS from pg 1

  Sweet return for MAG-24 Marines                                                                                      a specific unit for military applicants
                                                                                                                       is housed to expedite all citizenship
                                                                                                                       requests made by service members.
                                                                                                                          While the package is at the center,
                                                                                                                       it undergoes a background check pro-
                                                                                                                       cess. If accepted the package is sent
                                                                                                                       to the American Embassy in Seoul,
                                                                                                                       Korea, headquarters for the field of-
                                                                                                                       fice of Japan, where the application is
                                                                                                                       processed further.
                                                                                                                          Once the paperwork has been pro-
                                                                                                                       cessed, Sherman and his team come to
                                                                                                                       the service member’s military installa-
                                                                                                                       tion to conduct personal interviews.
                                                                                                                          “We usually come out on a Monday,
                                                                                                                       conduct our interviews and hold a
                                                                                                                       ceremony that Friday,” said Sherman.
                                                                                                                          One of the many Marines who be-
                                                                                                                       came a citizen during this ceremony,
                                                                                                                       Lance Cpl. Josue Lemy, a Port-au-
                                                                                                                       Prince, Haiti native said, “The cer-
                                                                                                                       emony was perfect.”
                                                                                                                          Lemy, who joined the Marine Corps
                                                                                                                       January 2009, said, “What made me
                                                                                                                       want to become a citizen was the fact
                                                                                                                       that I serve in the Marine Corps. I
                                                          1st Marine Aircraft Wing spouses on Okinawa                  fight for this country. I should be a
                                                          collected cookies March 12 to give to Marines                citizen.”
                                                          returning from a seven-month-long deployment                    “This is the favorite part of my job,”
                                                          to Afghanistan. Maj. Gen. Raymond Fox,                       said Sherman talking about the cer-
                                                          commanding general, 1st MAW, met with and                    emony. “People, who serve, deserve to
                                                          acknowledged the efforts of the Marines
                                                                                                                       be citizens of our country.”
                                                          before the Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st
                                                          MAW, III Marine Expeditionary Force Marines
                                                                                                                          Immigrants have contributed vol-
                                                          made their final departure for home in Hawaii                umes to our nation, said Brigadier Gen.
                                                          and the 3rd Intelligence Battalion, III MEF                  William M. Faulkner, commanding gen-
                                                          Headquarters Group, III MEF Marines returned                 eral of 3rd Marine Logistics Group dur-
                                                          to MCB Camp Butler. Top photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Vernaza    ing the ceremony. “I am proud to serve
                                                          Photo on left compliments of Jennifer Almendarez             with you and call you all Americans.”

MEDICAL from pg 1                                  medical assistance at various locations in                    The 31st MEU and the Essex Amphibious
   “I feel like we are giving some of these kids   the Philippines throughout the exercise. By                 Ready Group are participating in exercise
a chance at life,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class    the end of their mission, the team is expected              Balikatan 2010, an annual, bilateral exercise
Joseph Castillo, who was born in Manila and        to have provided assistance in four towns,                  designed to improve interoperability between
lived in the Philippines until he was 6 years      treating approximately 2,000 people.                        the United States and the Philippines.
old. “The work we do here demonstrates the
close alliance our two countries have had for
decades and strengthens it even further.”
   One service many residents are taking
advantage of during the project is circumci-
sions for young boys. Circumcision is con-
sidered a right of passage for Filipino boys
around the age of 12, and more than 30 boys
received the operation from AFP doctors the
first day.
   “I was glad to get this operation for my son
here today, or else he might not have gotten
it at all,” said Jsheld Mojica, a Ternate resi-
dent who brought her son specifically for a
   Though the circumcision is a right of pas-
sage for young boys, many families cannot
afford the procedure on their own, and aid
projects such as this are the only chance
they have to get the operation for their sons,
said Mojica.
   By the end of the first day, the dental
team had treated 128 patients, most of which
required multiple tooth extractions. They
provided medication to 559 people and pro-
vided emergency care to a local boy who was
injured while playing nearby.
   “We are fortunate to have help from the
                                                   Seaman Daniel Ngo and Lt. Pamela Hartman, from Combat Logistics Battalion Health Service
U.S. military and local police,” said AFP Maj.
                                                   Support Team, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, remove a tooth from a Filipino patient during a
Ieisen Perdido, a dentist who is participat-
                                                   medical civil action project at San Juan Elementary School March 8. The 31st MEU is operating with
ing in the medical project. “We have accom-        the forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group as part of Balikatan 2010, an annual bilateral
plished a lot working together.”                   exercise designed to improve interoperability between the United States and the Philippines.
   The team is scheduled to provide more           Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Smith
                                                                                                                                                  okinawa marine | FeAt

             when,                                                             where
                                                        Marines expect best,
                                                          prepare for rest
                                                                                                                                         Exercise Sagip, a bilateral U.S./Philip
                                                                                                                                         opportunity to practice administrati
                                                                                                                                         event in the western Pacific region. W
                                                                                                                                         from the Philippine Army, like those
                                                                                                                                         bilateral Exercise Balikatan 2010. Phot
A homeless child stands in the street begging for money and food after a massive earthquake devastated the island of Java,
Indonesia May 27. More than 33,000 people were injured during the disaster. Bilateral exercises such as Sagip and Balikatan
help prepare U.S. forces and allies to better understand the language of civilian disaster relief agencies and each others' management
process. Photo by Sgt. Warren Peace

sAGiP heLPs PRePARe FOR DisAsteRs
Lance Cpl. Kentavist P. Brackin              requirements, allocating resources,            two typhoons that struck the Philip-
okinawa marine staff                         building and sustaining relation-              pines in 2009 and the earthquake
                                             ships and transitional planning and            that recently devastated Haiti were

       lements of the Armed Forces of        oversight during humanitarian aid              discussed by participants of Sagip
       the Philippines and the Joint         and disaster relief efforts.                   2010, said Calad.
       Special Operations Task Force            The point instructors hope to                  Planners discussed these events
Philippines conducted humanitar-             drive home is that planners should             to better understand what to expect
ian assistance/disaster relief classes       use lessons learned from real-world            in future natural disasters and how
March 9 - 11 in preparation for Sagip        situations, said Col. Jim Reilly, the          to better plan and allocate logistics,
2010.                                        deputy director for Standing Joint             said Calad. Lessons learned from
   Sagip, which means “to save” or           Forces Headquarters - Pacific.                 these past disasters were also used
“to help” in Tagalog, is a scenario-            Disasters from the past decade              for planning during Sagip 2010, he
based command post exercise that             were used as examples of how Philip-           added.
tests the Philippine and U.S. forces’        pine and U.S. forces could improve                “We’re adjusting to different
abilities to provide humanitarian            their responses. Examples included             cultures, military, civilian,” he said.
assistance and disaster relief under         the earthquake in Haiti earlier this           “We’re setting up these groups for
the Philippine Disaster Management           year and the 2004 Indian Ocean                 unity of effort. What I’ve learned is
system.                                      Tsunami that resulted in more than             that the procedures on the military
   In recent history the Marine Corps        200,000 deaths across the Asia-Pa-             side and the procedures on the civil-
has responded to several natural             cific region.                                  ian side are very intricate, and the
disasters. Tropical Storm Ketsana,              “The most interesting things I              training provides a template for how
which hit the Republic of the Phil-          learned during this training is that           to start off.”
ippines Sept. 26, is one example of          the Philippine government already                 Sagip 2009 focused on a mock
Marines assisting a foreign country          has the mechanisms to handle                   external threat to the Philippines and
during a time of distress.                   disaster in their country and they             had the United States acting as a sup-
   The three days of training prior          continuously upgrade their disaster            porting ally in the exercise.
to the March 15 start of Sagip 2010          management system to increase their               This year’s scenario focused
covered essential mechanisms and             potential to handle disasters,” said           on Philippine and U.S. personnel
emergency responses for the AFP,             Army Maj. Mario D. Calad, deputy               coordinating and providing disaster
Philippine civil defense agencies and        commander for civil military opera-            relief/humanitarian assistance to
U.S. forces.                                 tions during the Sagip 2010 and with           residents in Manila and coordinating
   Pablito Cordeta, a senior superin-        the 322nd Civil Affairs Brigade.               with civilian government agencies in
tendent and regional director for the           Cmdr. Ramon Dela Torre Jr., with            the wake of a mock earthquake hit-
Bureau of Fire Protection, and first         the Philippine Navy, has partici-              ting the area.
time participant in Sagip, said the          pated in previous events. Torre said              “I am going to be looking for
training was very informative.               training events like Sagip 2010                knowledge of the situation and com-
   “We learned a lot about relief            improve Philippine and U.S. disaster           munication between both sides. The
efforts in the Philippines: relief,          response, especially in the areas of           tendency is that we are bystanders,
recovery and restoration and how we          coordination and communication.                everyone is looking around waiting
respond,” Cordeta said.                         Navy Lt Cmdr. Jason Nunez, the              for someone to ask questions,” said
   He noted that U.S. forces also            exercise’s Naval forces liaison officer        Brig. Gen. William M. Faulkner, U.S.         Exercise Sagip, which translates to En
                                                                                                                                         military planners in navigating the Ph
stand to gain a lot of knowledge             for the exercise, said he paid par-            exercise director for Balikatan and
                                                                                                                                         respond to a natural disaster or mass
about emergency relief efforts due to        ticular attention to the training and          Sagip 2010.
                                                                                                                                         last year's flood victims in the Philipp
the frequency of natural disasters in        the interface between the different               “People are literally dying (in           disaster relief agencies and each oth
this region.                                 groups. His parents were both from             these situations), that’s why when           Marine Expeditionary Force Marines
   Sagip 2010 training included iden-        the Philippines.                               we hit the ground, we need to hit the        Manila, Republic of the Philippines, in
tifying, balancing and prioritizing             Past natural disasters such as the          ground running,” he said.                    Oct. 3. Photo by Lance Cpl. Stefanie C. Pupkeiwic
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ppine humanitarian assistance/disaster relief exercise, offered participants an
 ive and operational interoperability in the event of a disaster or mass casualty
 While military planners and coordinators were participating in Sagip, soldiers      Petty Officer 2nd Class Caryl A.R. Nelson and Philippine soldiers worked together during
  pictured here, were practicing working together with their American peers in       Exercise Sagip 2010 while practicing a casualty evacuation drill March 12 at Fort Magsaysay,
oto by Lance Cpl. Kentavist P. Brackin
                                                                                     Philippines. Military planners on both sides participated in Exercise Sagip, a scenario-based
                                                                                     command post exercise meant to familiarize them with the Philippine Disaster Management
                                                                                     System. Photo by Lance Cpl. Kentavist P. Brackin

                                                                                     Exercise Sagip, which translates to English roughly as Exercise "Lend Assistance," tested
                                                                                     American and Philippine military planners in navigating the Philippine Disaster Management
                                                                                     System. When American and Philippine forces respond to a natural disaster or mass casualty
                                                                                     event in the western Pacific region, like the humanitarian support to last year's earthquake
                                                                                     victims in Indonesia pictured here, these allies will better understand the language of civilian
                                                                                     disaster relief agencies and each others' management process because of exercises like Sagip.
                                                                                     In this photo, U.S. service members unload Shelter Boxes during disaster relief operations in
                                                                                     Hula Banda, Indonesia. A Shelter Box contains enough materials and supplies to support 450
                                                                                     people for a period of six months. Photo by Lance Cpl. Michael A. Bianco

 nglish roughly as Exercise "Lend Assistance," tested American and Philippine
 hilippine Disaster Management System. When American and Philippine forces
 s casualty event in the western Pacific region, like the humanitarian support to
 pines pictured here, these allies will better understand the language of civilian
hers' management process because of exercises like Sagip. In this photo, III         Marines and sailors of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Nassau Amphibious Ready
  and members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines deliver relief supplies in      Group carry a 2 year-old off an MH-60 Seahawk during an emergency medivac of Haiti
 n the aftermath of the storms that flooded areas of the country Sept. 26 and        nationals Jan. 23. Exercises such as Sagip 2010 ensure the U.S. military maintains its ability to
 cz                                                                                  rapidly respond in the event of a disaster or mass casualty. Photo by Lance Cpl. David J. Beall
                                                       okinawa marine | FeAtuRe | march 19, 2010

                                                  to serve                                The Hansen USO celebrates its 34th anniversary of serving personnel on
                                                                                          the island since 1976, this month.

                                                                                          Marines enjoy USO,
                                                                                          perfect local get-away
                                                                                          Story and photos by                  the 3rd Marine Expeditionary
                                                                                          Lance Cpl. Kentavist P. Brackin      Brigade, III Marine Expedition-
Cpl. Haesaul “Jay” Yoon, data networking specialist, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine      okinawa marine staff                 ary Force, who celebrated his
Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, is currently at Exercise Key Resolve 2010, in                                        23rd birthday there Feb. 23.

Korea, to translate between the Korean people and the U.S. Marines. Photo by Lance Cpl.
                                                                                                  he Hansen United Ser-           The USO also offers enter-
Abigail M. Wharton
                                                                                                  vice Organization began      tainment in the form of pool,
Lance Cpl. Abigail M. Wharton                 Yoon said he realized he had to make                serving personnel here,      free internet and a very large flat
okinawa marine staff                          a change and do something with his          34 years ago and celebrates its      screen television surrounded by
                                              life or he would end up homeless            anniversary this month.              30 recliners.

          mong the hustle and bustle          again and possibly in trouble.                 The USO was built on the             The TV receives numerous
          of Exercise Key Resolve 2010,           “I thought I might end up in jail       camp back in 1976 and has            cable channels and is available
          a Korean-American Marine            and knew I had to make a change,”           since undergone renovations          for service members wanting to
helps interpret between the people            Yoon commented. “So I came here.”           to continue to provide ser-          watch a movie on it, commented
from his homeland and the land he                 At the age of 20 Yoon took the oath     vice members with a relaxing         Kramvik.
grew up in. Cpl. Haesaul “Jay” Yoon,          of enlistment and began his new life.       atmosphere, said Lee Kramvik,            “Additionally, during this
data networking specialist, Head-                 “I was lucky to be attached to III      a retired Marine and center          past NFL season, games were
quarters Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd          MEF so I can stay in the Pacific and        manager for Camps Hansen and         shown live via NFL Game Pass
Marine Division, III Marine Expedi-           participate in exercises that bring me      Schwab USO’s.                        with free snacks for the die-hard
tionary Force, now deployed as an             close to home,” he said.                       “Our main mission is to           football fans,” he added.
interpreter.                                      So far, Yoon has participated in        provide morale, welfare and              The USOs are also trying to
   “Yoon has been able to help                two exercises in Korea and been able        recreation for the troops,” said     keep abreast with new computer
strengthen the relationship between           to return on leave twice.                   Kramvik. “The island USOs are        technology and offer free Wi-Fi
the U.S. Marines and the Republic of              Although Yoon took the Defense          places where friendly staff and      and free international phone
Korea Marines because of his past in          Language Proficiency Test, he said          volunteers welcome and interact      calls through an internet-based
Korea and his military excellence,”           he thinks he gets recommended as a          with the troops to provide a         phone service, a new addition
said Sgt. Michael L. McCullum, data           translator more from word of mouth          comfortable place to spend some      last year, he added.
non-commissioned officer in-charge,           then his military records.                  time.”                                  The service allows users to
4th Marines.                                      On his first deployment to South           On average about 6,000 to         make voice calls to cell phones
   Yoon was born in Nebraska and              Korea, Yoon was detained for a week         7,000 Marines and sailors walk       or home phones through the
moved to Seoul with his mother as             at Yongsan Garrison. Yoon said that         through the doors of those USOs      internet and is available for free
an infant. He attended Seoul Foreign          although he is an American citizen,         a month. That number fluctu-         to service member at the USO.
School until his senior year when his         he is somehow in a family registry          ates even higher when service           More than 38,600 free in-
mother sent him to New York to at-            in Korea. Since every Korean male           members from the 31st Marine         ternet-based calls were placed
tend the New York Military Academy.           is bound to two years of military           Expeditionary Unit are in port,      from USO Okinawa centers
   Although he attended a military            service at the age of 18, he was de-        he said.                             since May 2009, saving service
academy, Yoon said it didn’t affect           tained because he had not served his           Some of these service mem-        members more than $18,000, he
his decision to eventually join the           military time in Korea.                     bers come to the Hansen USO to       said.
Marine Corps.                                     “For me it was another week at          enjoy the free flapjacks served         “I think it’s a great place for
   “At the time I was just mad that I         home,” Yoon said. “I didn’t mind be-        the first Friday of every month      all the service members to go to,
had to give up my senior year at the          ing here at all, although in the back       from 6 until 9 a.m.                  and it gives everybody a little
school I had been going to,” Yoon             of my mind I was worried about the             “I come every once in a while     taste of home,” said Pawlak.
said. “Looking back, it wasn’t a big          outcome.”                                   because it’s somewhere I can go         For more information about
deal. I still had fun, and it was a new           While detained, Yoon went to            to relax,” said Lance Cpl. Josh      the Hansen USO visit the web
experience.”                                  work with the Marine Forces Korea           M. Pawlak, an S-4 Marine with or call 623-5011.
   Yoon said he visited the United            Marines stationed there. A United
States several times while growing up         States Forces Korea lawyer informed
in Korea, so the transition to living         Yoon of his options.
there during his school days wasn’t a             “As long as I’m serving in the U.S.
big deal.                                     military, I can come and go from
   “When I was growing up I made              Korea freely,” Yoon said. “As soon as
many trips to the states to see my            I’m not serving, I have to either stop
brothers that were already there. So          visiting Korea or serve time in the
it wasn’t a big shock or anything to          Korean military.”
move there,” he said.                             As a U.S. Marine, Yoon's service is
   After high school Yoon said he             outstanding.
worked odd jobs and lived on the                  “Yoon is a hard worker,” McCul-
streets most of the time.                     lum said. “His time in Korea has defi-
   When he finally decided to join            nitely given him a different perspec-
the Corps, he was living with a friend        tive on life and a new appreciation for     Marines relax in recliners while enjoying free pizza and a movie at the
that had decided to move out of town.         the service.”                               Hansen United Service Organization Feb. 23.
                                                    okinawa marine | FeAtuRe | march 19, 2010                                                              

  Battle Color Detachment visits Okinawa

                                                   Story and photos by Lance Cpl. Stefanie C. Pupkiewicz
                                                                     okinawa marine staff

The Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon performs during the Battle Color Ceremony on Camp Foster March 4. The drill routine was created by Cpl. Robert
Dominguez, the 62nd Drill Master of the Silent Drill Platoon, and will be performed throughout the year.

         he opulence and                                                                        Platoon and the Marine          colors while the Drum and
         discipline of the                                                                      Corps Color Guard.              Bugle Corps played “The
         Battle Color Detach-                                                                      “We’re definitely not        Star-Spangled Banner.”
ment from Marine Barracks                                                                       perfect but we strive for          The event came to a
Washington that performed                                                                       perfection,” said Lance Cpl.    conclusion with a pass and
on the Kubasaki High                                                                            Oscar Franquez, one of the      review before Krusa-Dossin.
School football field on                                                                        24 performing members           The performing Marines
Camp Foster March 4 is the                                                                      of the Marine Corps Silent      then made time to meet the
polished product of years of                                                                    Drill Platoon.                  audience on the field.
hard work and training.                                                                            Marines in the platoon          During this meet and
   This was the first time in                                                                   were offered the opportu-       greet, children attending the
recent history the full Battle                                                                  nity to volunteer for ceremo-   event took an interest in the
Color Detachment has come                                                                       nial duty at 8th and I, as      musical instruments of the
to Okinawa. Normally,                                                                           the barracks is also known,     members of the Drum and
a smaller detachment of                                                                         while they are going            Bugle Corps particularly the
Marines makes the overseas       A soprano bugler with the Marine Corps Drum and Bugle          through the school of infan-    large bass drum.
                                 Corps, blasts out the last note of a song during the Battle
tour, according to Maj. Gen.                                                                    try, said Cpl. Robert Domin-       Solberg and his fellow
                                 Color Ceremony performance on Camp Foster March 4. The
Mary Ann Krusa-Dossin,                                                                          guez, the 62nd Drill Master     percussionists helped some
                                 performance also included the Marine Corps Silent Drill
the commanding general of        Platoon and the Marine Corps Color Guard.                      of the Silent Drill Platoon.    of the more curious chil-
Marine Corps Bases, Oki-                                                                        Those infantry Marines          dren into the harness that
nawa, Japan.                     but after joining the “Com-    Drum and Bugle Corps.           who volunteer and have the      supports the drum on the
   The “Commandant’s             mandant’s Own” he became          “Besides, a band has         right timing go through the     Marines while they per-
Own,” as the Marine Corps        a soprano bugle player.        woodwinds,” he explained.       school to become part of the    form. The harness is a stiff
Drum and Bugle Corps is             The Drum and Bugle          The Commandant’s Own            platoon.                        structure that goes over the
known started the show           Corps differs from the         only perform with brass and        There are 38 members of      head and sits on the shoul-
with elaborate formation         fleet Marine Corps bands       percussion instruments.         the platoon with 24 per-        ders holding the drum in
marches while performing         because they focus on             The Drum and Bugle           formers and 14 supernumer-      the front of body.
Frank Sinatra's “That's Life,”   field music rather than        Corps were followed at their    aries, Dominguez said.             Some of the children
a score from the musical         concert performances,          evening performance by the         The Marine Corps Color       delighted in it, and oth-
“Hair” and their rendition       said Cpl. Trevor Solberg, a    precision movements of the      Guard followed the Silent       ers needed help holding
of “The Stars and Stripes        bass drum player with the      Marine Corps Silent Drill       Drill Platoon by posting the    the drums up because the
Forever.”                                                                                                                       drum’s weight threatened to
   The “Commandant’s                                                                                                            tip them over.
Own” are professional                                                                                                              While the interest of
Marines prescreened to be                                                                                                       the children is something
musicians during the re-                                                                                                        anticipated at most perfor-
cruiting process. They then                                                                                                     mances, the feeling of play-
go to recruit training and                                                                                                      ing on Okinawa was some-
Marine combat training.                                                                                                         thing unique, Solberg said.
Some go on to the music                                                                                                         The larger the crowd the
school house and into the                                                                                                       more motivation he feels, he
fleet Marine Corps bands                                                                                                        said, but the “Japanese and
but others travel directly to                                                                                                   American cultures coming
Washington, D.C., to be in                                                                                                      together to watch us,” added
the Drum and Bugle Corps.                                                                                                       to the feeling.
   “It’s everything I’ve                                                                                                           The Battle Color De-
always wanted to do,” said                                                                                                      tachment performed the
Lance Cpl. Caleb Steeo, a                                                                                                       following day on Camp
soprano bugle player with                                                                                                       Hansen, and is continuing
the Drum and Bugle Corps.                                                                                                       on its tour of the Pacific
Steeo started as a trumpet       Veterans of Iwo Jima stand to be recognized at the Battle Color Ceremony performance on        which will end this month
player in the fourth grade       Camp Foster March 4.                                                                           in California.
                                                        okinawa marine | FeAtuRe | march 19, 2010

‘Flaming Joe’ returns to iwo Jima  years later
Cpl. Megan Angel                                        Iwo Jima. On the way, 5th MarDiv ships stopped            “All these years, I always had something in
okinawa marine staff                                    in Saipan to meet up with 3rd and 4th Marine          my mind about Japanese people,” he said. “But
                                                        Divisions.                                            I know it wasn’t the Japanese people who were

            arine Corps veteran and Broomfield,            In the early morning hours of Feb. 19, 1945,       at fault. I blame their leaders – their leaders who
            Colo., native, Joe Weinmeier, also          the three Marine Divisions arrived off Red            started everything, their leaders who convinced
            known as “Flaming Joe,” 83, gave            Beach, the allies’ amphibious landing sight on        the people in Japan that we were bad – their lead-
serious thought about returning to the place            Iwo Jima.                                             ers who took 27 months of my life.”
where he fought in one of the fiercest battles             “Ships were already there, and the island was          After Weinmeier got out of the Marine Corps,
of World War II and where he witnessed so               all shelled up,” said Weinmeier. “We were told        he still didn’t really know what he wanted to do
many pay the ultimate sacrifice.                        we were only going to be there for three or four      as far as a career. He loved to roller skate and got
    It’s only been about five years that Wein-          days then we would be going to Okinawa.”              a job at a local roller rink as a roller guard.
meier has been telling his story about his                 Little did he know, he would be there for              “I was actually pretty good at skating,” he
experience during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Not           36 grueling days, and in just the first day of        said with a chuckle. “My manager approached
even his family knew.                                   fighting, 600 of the men around him would lose        me and said I should try out for the roller derby.
     “The majority of men just didn’t talk about        their lives.                                          He told me I was young and single and should
(war),” Weinmeier said, only a day after return-            “They waited for the first wave of Marines        give it a try. So, I did.”

                          “ ”
ing from his recent pilgrimage to Mount Suriba- to get to the top of the mountain, and then they                  He ended up spending three years on a pro-
chi. “My family asked                                                                      attacked almost    fessional roller derby team, traveling all over the
why I never told them                                                                      completely         country for regularly televised matches and per-
about anything and I               When I stepped onto the island,                         wiping them all    formances. He married a girl from his team, got
said, ‘You never asked!’”                                                                  out,” said Wein-   a job as a speedometer technician and moved to
    But for the past sev-
                                I dropped down to my knees and                             meier about        Denver. They had two sons, then divorced a few
eral years, Weinmeier                said a prayer for the fallen.                         the Japanese       years after.
became involved with                    - Iwo Jima veteran, Joe Weinmeier                  defenders. “We         A year later, he would meet his second wife,
The Greatest Genera-                                                                       were in the rear   Florence, and they would be married for 46 years
tion, an organization that brings veterans back         echelon and weren’t supposed to go i n until          until she died in 2007 from Parkinson’s disease.
to their old battlefields. Being a part of the          later that evening, but because the first wave            Weinmeier retired after 20 years as a speed-
organization has taken him all over the world to was hit so badly, we ended up getting called in              ometer technician and now spends the major-
tell his story and made him a subject in several        early at around noon. When we started going in,       ity of his time golfing.
World War II documentaries.                             the wounded were already being brought out.”              “A lot of the guys who came back from the
    In light of the 65th anniversary of the Battle of      Flame throwers were paramount for the              war did not take care of themselves and suf-
Iwo Jima, Weinmeier and 10 other Marine Corps           progression up Muont Suribachi. Their job was         fered from severe depression and other mental
World War II veterans returned to the island,           to shut down the network of caves and tunnels,        problems,” Weinmeier said. “I attribute my
renamed Iwo To in 2007, and shared their stories        which was one of the defenders’ advantages            good health to my time in the roller derby. It
of what happened more than half a century later. against the Marines.                                         was its own therapy because it was something
    Still a senior in high school, Weinmeier knew          In a classroom of the Headquarters and Ser-        I loved to do and it kept my mind off from what
if he didn’t volunteer for the military, he would       vice Battalion building at Camp Foster March 5,       I had been through.”
eventually get drafted. He didn’t want to join          Weinmeier described briefly about what combat             Weinmeier says his memories of the Battle
the Army because his older brother was already was like for him.                                              of Iwo Jima are still very clear and he still
serving there. His choice was the Marines.                 “It was unbelievable for an island that small      thinks about it. But returning here with some
    However, his father would only agree to sign        to have so many people on it … all fighting,”         of the men he fought next to for 36 days, has
for him if he graduated high school. As soon            he said. “They were attacking us from on top of       given him much needed and deserved closure
as he graduated, at the age of 17, Weinmeier            the mountain and from underneath. They could          and peace of mind.
enlisted in the Marine Corps and was shipped            see us, but we couldn’t see them. The daytime
off to boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot          was nonstop fierce fighting and at night time, it
Parris Island, S.C., on June 8, 1944.                   would quiet down a little, but they would come
    Weinmeier spent two months at boot camp             out at night as well.
and was then sent to Marine Corps Base Camp                “Combat is a funny thing. You are always so
Lejeune, N.C., for about four months conducting busy. You had to always be alert,” he said. “Your
nothing but weapons training, where he learned mind is so numb from everything that’s going
about and became familiar with the M2 A1-7              on, but you had a job to do and you had to keep
flamethrower.                                           moving. It became common to see a guy get hit
    On Dec. 1, 1944, he was put on a troop train        with a shell or shot by a sniper. The majority of
and sent to MCB Camp Pendleton, Calif., where           the time, you just took it how it was.”
he would join the still-developing 5th Marine              Weinmeier was good friends with Ira Hayes,
Division, 3rd Battalion Headquarters Demolition the Pima Native American who helped raise
Platoon.                                                the American flag on Mount Suribachi, Feb. 19,
    “I heard the platoon sergeant yell, ‘I need a       1945.
flame thrower!’ And I raised my hand,” said                “(Hayes) saved many men on that island,”
Weinmeier. “We worked and trained with tons             said Weinmeier. “He was a true hero.”
of explosives every day.”                                  Weinmeier knew this year’s trip back to Iwo
    Around the beginning of February 1945,              To would be emotional. He was reluctant to
there was all kinds of activity going on around         come back, but was told by other veterans plan-
Camp Pendleton, but the Marines never really            ning to make the trip, it would be the chance of
knew what that activity was about.                      a lifetime.
    “We knew we were getting ready to go. We               “I didn’t think too much about it, until I saw
just didn’t know where or when,” Weinmeier              the island … then I fell apart,” Weinmeier said
said while sipping on a cup of coffee. “Then, we referring to March 3, the day he flew on to the
were loaded up on ship and went to Maui (Ha-            island’s airstrip, as he fought back his emotion.
                                                                                                              Marine Corps veteran, Joe Weinmeier, also
waii) where we conducted more training and              “When I stepped onto the island, I dropped down       known as “Flaming Joe,” 83, along with 10
mock beach landings.”                                   to my knees and said a prayer for the fallen and      other World War II veterans, visited Iwo To for
    After a brief stop in Honolulu, the Marines         that I was fortunate to have survived.”               the 65th commemoration of the Battle of Iwo
were back on ship and two days after shipping              Weinmeier said he felt better after return-        Jima March 3. Out of the 16 million World War II
out of Hawaii, were told they were headed to a          ing to Iwo To and towards the people he fought        veterans, less than two million are alive today.
little island most of them had never heard of,          against 65 years ago.                                 Photo by Master Gunnery Sgt. Constance Heinz
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In Theaters Now MaRch 19 - MaRch 26
                   FOsteR                                                 KADenA                                                 hAnsen                                                 FutenMA
TODAY alice in Wonderland (PG), 6 and 9 p.m.           TODAY the Spy next Door (PG), 6 p.m.; nine             TODAY the book of Eli (R), 6 p.m.; nine (PG13),       TODAY Youth in Revolt (R), 6:30 p.m.
SATURDAY the Spy next Door (PG), noon; nine            (PG13), 9 p.m.                                         9 p.m.                                                SATURDAY alice in Wonderland (PG), 4 and
(PG13), 3 p.m.; the book of Eli (R), 6 p.m.; Shutter   SATURDAY alice in Wonderland (PG), noon, 3,            SATURDAY cop out (R), 6 p.m.; the book of Eli         7 p.m.
island (R), 9 p.m.                                     and 6 p.m.; the Spy next Door (PG), 9 p.m.             (R), 9 p.m.                                           SUNDAY Leap Year (PG), 4 p.m.; Youth in Revolt
SUNDAY the Spy next Door (PG), 1 p.m.; Green           SUNDAY alice in Wonderland (PG), 1 and 4               SUNDAY the Spy next Door (PG), 2 p.m.; nine           (R), 7 p.m.
Zone (R), 4 and 7 p.m.                                 p.m.; the book of Eli (R) 7 p.m.                       (PG13), 5:30 p.m.                                     MONDAY Shutter island (R), 6:30 p.m.
MONDAY the Spy next Door (PG), 7 p.m.                  MONDAY closed                                          MONDAY Green Zone (R), 7 p.m.                         TUESDAY closed
TUESDAY Shutter island (R), 7 p.m.                     TUESDAY closed                                         TUESDAY Green Zone (R), 7 p.m.                        WEDNESDAY closed
WEDNESDAY nine (PG13), 7 p.m.                          WEDNESDAY closed                                       WEDNESDAY the book of Eli (R), 7 p.m.                 THURSDAY closed
THURSDAY Green Zone (R), 7 p.m.                        THURSDAY closed                                        THURSDAY alice in Wonderland (PG), 7 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                                             theAteR DiReCtORY
                   sChWAB                                               COuRtneY                                                 KinseR                                         CAMP FOSTER 645-3465
TODAY cop out (R), 7 p.m.                              TODAY Green Zone (R), 6 and 9 p.m.                     TODAY nine (PG13), 6:30 p.m.                                     KADENA AIR BASE 634-1869
SATURDAY avatar (PG13), 5 p.m.                         SATURDAY Leap Year (PG), 2 p.m.; avatar                SATURDAY the Spy next Door (PG), 3 p.m.; the                            (USO NIGHT) 632-8781
SUNDAY Daybreakers (R), 5 p.m.                         (PG13), 6 p.m.                                         book of Eli (R), 6:30 p.m.                                        MCAS FUTENMA 636-3890
MONDAY-THURSDAY closed                                 SUNDAY old Dogs (PG), 2 p.m.; cop out (R),             SUNDAY the Spy next Door (PG), 3 p.m.; the                              (USO NIGHT) 636-2113
                                                       6 p.m.                                                 book of Eli (R), 6:30 p.m.                                       CAMP COURTNEY 622-9616
                                                       MONDAY Daybreakers (R), 7 p.m.                         MONDAY closed                                                     CAMP HANSEN 623-4564
                                                       TUESDAY closed                                         TUESDAY alice in Wonderland (PG), 6:30 p.m.                             (USO NIGHT) 623-5011
                                                       WEDNESDAY alice in Wonderland (PG), 7 p.m.             WEDNESDAY Green Zone (R), 3 and 6:30 p.m.                          CAMP KINSER 637-2177
                                                       THURSDAY closed                                        THURSDAY the Spy next Door (PG), 6:30 p.m.                        CAMP SCHWAB 625-2333
                                                                                                                                                                                      (USO NIGHT) 625-3834

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                                                                                                                                                                • Catholic: Sun., 8:30 a.m., Mass, Chapel 3;
                                  For more information, or to sign up, contact the                       Sat., 5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.                              Sun., 11:30 a.m., Reconciliation, Chapel 3;
                                       Single Marine Program at 645-3681                               • Christian Science: Sun., 11 a.m., Bldg. 442              Sun., 12:30 p.m., Mass, Chapel 3;
                                                                                                       • Eastern Orthodox: Sun., 9:30 a.m.,                       Sun., 5 p.m., Mass, Chapel 2;
                                    all bus pick-up points will be at Semper Fit                        Vespers, Sat., 5 p.m.                                     Daily Mass, Mon.-Fri., noon, Chapel 2
                                          gyms or the Foster Fieldhouse.                               • Gospel: Sun., 11:30 a.m.                               • Contemporary: Sun., 10:30 a.m., Kadena
                                                                                                       • Hindu: Sat., 3:30 p.m.                                 High School
                                                                                                       • Jewish: Fri., Traditional, 6 p.m.;                     • Gospel: Sunday School, 9 a.m., Bldg. 856;
ExPO PARK & PINEAPPLE PARK: TOMORROW                                                                     Informal: 1st, 3rd Fri., 6:30 p.m.                     Service 10:30 a.m., Chapel 3
• come see whale sharks more than 27-feet long, huge manta rays, and learn                             • Muslim: Fri., Prayer, 12:45 p.m.                       • Inspirational: Sun., 8:30 a.m., Chapel 2;
the history of pineapples, their origin, composition, and ways to be prepared!                         • Protestant: Sun., 8:30 a.m.                            • Protestant: Sun., 10 a.m., Chapel 2;
$10 for transportation must be paid at the SMP office to sign up.                                      • Seventh Day Adventist: Sat., 10 a.m.                   • Traditional: Sun., 10:30 a.m., Chapel 2;
                                                                                                                                                                • Wiccan/Pagan: Sat., 2 p.m., Bldg. 856
• come to okinawa’s new super sports/game complex near the convention                                  CaMp sChwaB | 622-9350
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mechanical bull, play badminton, billiards, basketball, mini-golf, ping-pong,                          • Protestant: Sun., 4 p.m.                               • Catholic: Sun., 8 a.m., Lester Chapel
karaoke, darts and more. $10 for transportation must be paid to the SMP office                                                                                    Tues., 7:15 a.m., Thurs., 9 a.m., Liturgy of Word
to sign up. For more information, call 623-3017.                                                       CaMp COurtnEy | 622-9350                                 • Non-Denominational: Sun., 9 a.m., Hospital
                                                                                                       • Catholic: Sun., 8 and 11:15 a.m.;                        Chapel; Sun., 10 a.m., Lester Chapel
FOREST ADVENTURE PARK (SOUTHERN CAMPS): MARCH 27                                                         Mon.-Fri., 11:45 a.m..
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fortitude on suspended bridges and rope ladders at Forest adventure Park. the                                                                                   • Catholic: Sun., noon
fun starts at 11 a.m. and it takes about an hour to complete the course. cost is
                                                                                                       CaMp KinsEr | 637-1148                                   • Contemporary: Fri., 7 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.
¥3,000 at the door and $10 for transportation. contact the SMP office for more
information or to sign up.                                                                             • Catholic: Sun., 11 a.m.                                • High school senior service: Sat. 6 p.m.
                                                                                                       • Protestant: Sun., 9 a.m.
ORION BEER FACTORY TOUR (NORTHERN CAMPS): MARCH 28                                                                                                               CaMp McturEOus | 622-9350
• See how the okinawa brand of beer is produced. the trip is from 1 to 3 p.m.                          CaMp hansEn | 622-9350                                   • Gospel: Sun., 12:30 p.m.
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                                                                                                                                         Lance Cpl. Timothy
                                                                                                                                          Wagner, a combat
                                                                                                                                     engineer with Combat
                                                                                                                                      Assault Battalion, 3rd
                                                                                                                                     Marine Division, works
                                                                                                                                       out with some of the
                                                                                                                                    equipment he and some
                                                                                                                                         Marines in his unit
                                                                                                                                              made Feb. 28.

                               Story and photos by
                            Lance Cpl. Aaron Hostutler
                                okinawa marine staff

Marines use creativity to stay in shape while deployed
PVC pipe,550 chord,bamboo,
 duct tape, and a few rocks.
 To some that may seem like a pile of trash, but to Marines in Combat
Engineer Company, Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, it’s
                the tools they need to stay in shape.

          arines with the company         Despite the lack of free time,
          recently deployed to Ni-     some Marines decided to use that
          honbara Training Area for    time to hit the weights.
Operation Forest Light, a bilateral       “Staying in top physical condi-
exercise with U.S. forces and the      tion has a lot of benefits,” said Blose.
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force        “It helps you maintain physical
focusing on exchanging combat          stamina and withstand the physi-
tactics and techniques in a cold       cal rigors of combat. It builds and
weather environment.                   maintains confidence in yourself
    While training together was the    and your team. It can build ca-
mission for the operation, Marines     maraderie and keep Marines oc-
with the battalion made sure they      cupied.”
also accomplished a mission every         In past deployments to the Middle
Marine is given; staying physically    East, Blose and other Marines from
fit.                                   his unit also used the tools they
    “Physical fitness is extraordi-    could find around them to build a
narily important,” said 1st Sgt.       gym and stay in shape there.
Douglas Blose, the company first          “We used to fill up a bunch of
sergeant.                              sandbags so they weighed just
    While deployed, the Marines        about they same. We tied 550 chord
built a gym using only the materials   around them and then added as
they could find around them. They      many as we needed on a steel bar so
made pull-up bars, a dip station, a    we could do curls or bench press,”
small barbell and two large barbells   Blose said.
to use on their homemade workout          According to Blose, a Marine
bench.                                 motivating himself to stay in shape
    “You have to want to do it your-   says a lot about their character and
self,” said Cpl. Dustin J. Gunnoe,     often crosses over into other aspects
combat engineer. “You have to have     of life.
that self motivation and determina-       “It really does say a lot about
tion to stay in shape.”                these Marines,” he said. “They
    With the amount of training        want to maintain a higher level of
Marines accomplished throughout        physical fitness and pride in them-
the exercise, free time was limited.   selves. A lot of the junior Marines
Often times after completing the       in this command are green belts
day’s training, cleaning gear and      and some are even brown. There’s
                                                                                  Cpl. Justin J. Gunnoe, a combat engineer with Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd
weapons and eating chow, they          no one here making them do that.           Marine Division, performs pull-ups on hanging bars the Marines from the
were left with only a few hours        They do it because they take pride         battalion made. During their time in Nihonbara Training Area for Operation
before lights out to shower and        in themselves, in their unit and in        Forest Light, many of the Marines did everything they could to stay in top
prepare for the next day.              being Marines.”                            physical condition.

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