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  1. Since late March, the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa has been implementing strict safety measures including restricting activities off base to minimize the spread of COVID-19. After the infection surged in early July, with two clusters of infections discovered on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and Camp Hansen, the Marine Corps worked ceaselessly to ensure the safety and protection of the U.S. military and the Okinawan communities. With deliberate force health-protection efforts, the Marine Corps was able to subside the spread of infection...
    Okinawa Prefectural Government representatives met with Marine Corps Installations Pacific leadership and medical health professionals to discuss COVID-19 related information on Camp Foster Naval Hospital, July 15.
  2. Support personnel from the Marine Corps Recruiting Command Headquarters spent time with local canvassing recruiters to learn more about their daily activities and mission. Three Marines from the administrative, marketing and communication, and operations sections at MCRC Headquarters did a recruiter ride-along November 17. Marines in supporting positions to the recruiting effort can sometimes struggle to fully understand the day to day tactical recruiting activities canvassing recruiters execute in the performance of their duties, and a ride-along serves to bridge some of those gaps...
    U.S. Marines receive a brief about their responsibilities from Recruiting Substation Woodbridge’s staff noncommissioned officer in charge, Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan Gwin, at RSS Stafford in Va., Nov. 17.
  3. The iconic red poppies are back and being offered as a symbol of remembrance and commemoration of World War I, and all fallen military service members. A century ago, “the war to end all wars” raged throughout Europe. It was a war that racked up nearly 38 million casualties, including upwards of 8.5 million deaths. From 1914 to 1918, World War I took a greater human toll than any previous conflict. The Great War, as it was then known, also ravaged the landscape of Western Europe, where most of the fiercest fighting took place...
    The bust of the World War I memorial scheduled to be built in Pershing Park, Washington D.C., November 8, 2018. The bust is highlighting the projected projects built in coordination with the World War One Centennial Commission.
  4. Amidst COVID-19 mitigations, the concert was hosted in continuation of the strengthening bond between the bands. In previous years, the concert has been held in different venues across Okinawa. This year the concert was recorded to provide a virtual concert due to COVID-19 mitigations within the local and U.S. Military communities. The concert will be debuted online within the coming weeks. “We play a combined concert every year with the 15th Brigade Band,” said Staff Sgt. Ryan San Juan, a Hialeah, Florida, native and a clarinetist with the III MEF Band. “Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we can’t have an audience in person.” Due to the current COVID-19 environment, each band had to adjust to the new guidelines...
    U.S. Marines with the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band and members with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force 15th Brigade Band perform together during the 25th Annual Combined Concert at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 17.
  5. II MEF concluded Marine Expeditionary Force Exercise 21.1, which took place across the east coast at Fort Drum, New York; Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia; and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, November 13. The exercise occurred from November 4-13 and included Marines and Sailors with II MEF training alongside NATO allies: Norway’s Brigade North, French Army 6th Light Armoured Brigade, and the United Kingdom’s Royal Marine 3rd Commando, and U.S. Navy partners with Second Fleet....