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Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Terry Scott greets Rear Adm. Rick Ruehe, Commander Task Force Seventy Six (CTF-76), while making a visit aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2)

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Terry Scott speaks with Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Joseph Speranza and Hospital Corpsman 1s Class Tessie Delossantos while having lunch with Sailors in Camp Shields Crows Nest, Naval Hospital Okinawa

Manning the rails aboard USS Belleau Wood

USMC personnel assigned to the 1ST Battalion, 3rd Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa Japan and Armed Forces of Philippines (AFP) personnel take part in opening ceremonies for Exercise BALIKATAN 2000 held at Marine Base Ternate, Philippines. BALIKATAN 2000 is a joint combined field training exercise held between US and Philippines forces, and is the largest of its kind since 1995

USMC personnel assigned to the 1ST Battalion, 3rd Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa Japan take part in opening ceremonies for Exercise BALIKATAN 2000 held at Marine Base Ternate, Philippines. BALIKATAN 2000 is a joint combined field training exercise held between US and Philippines forces, and is the largest of its kind since 1995

Corporal (CPL), Kevin D. Balain, USMC, 1ST Battalion, 3rd Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa Japan teaches math to students at the Sapang Elementary School, Philippines as part of the community relations campaign during Exercise BALIKATAN 2000. BALIKATAN 2000 is a joint combined field training exercise held between US and Philippines forces, and is the largest of its kind since 1995

USMC personnel assigned to the 1ST Battalion, 3rd Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa Japan pose for a photograph with students outside the Sapang Elementary School, Philippines as part of the community relations campaign during Exercise BALIKATAN 2000. BALIKATAN 2000 is a joint combined field training exercise held between US and Philippines forces, and is the largest of its kind since 1995

President William Jefferson Clinton, US Marine Corps Lieutenant General Earl B. Hailston, US Air Force General James Smith, US Navy Admiral Paul Scholtz and US Army Colonel Micheal J. sullivan listen to STAFF Sergeant Shane Wehunt (not shown) introduce the President during the ceremony in Okinawa, Japan. The President is visiting Okinawa Japan as part of a multinational summit involving the eight leading industrialized nations

The retired colors of 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB), pass in review, during the deactivation ceremony held at Camp Courtney, Okinawa Japan

US Marine Corps Major General (MGEN), Rollins, promotes Lieutenant Colonel Williams to the rank of Colonel, during his promotion ceremony held at Camp Courtney, Okinawa Japan. Assisting in the promotion ceremony is COL Williamss wife

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter from HMH-463 Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, lands on the island of Peleliu as part of Exercise KOA THUNDER 2001. Marines from Aviation Support Element, Kaneohe Bay Hawaii, 1ST Marine Air Wing (MAW), Okinawa Japan, and 3rd Marines 7th Battalion 29 Palms, California, participated in KOA THUNDER on the island of Guam from July 9 to July 14. The purpose of the exercise was to demonstrate the Marine Corps ability to deploy in the South Pacific from places other than Okinawa, Japan

Community Relations - tutoring

Sailor completes electronic bench test

Aviation Machinist Mate 3rd Class Dexter A. Desamito from Fairfield, Calif., installs a new landing light

Aviation Machinist Mate 3rd Class Dexter A. Desamito from Fairfield, Calif., performs a safety check on a newly installed landing light

Aviation Machinist Mate 3rd Class Ines J. Ramos from Quitman, Texas, torques a propeller nut

Aviation Machinist Mate 3rd Class Ines J. Ramos from Quitman, Texas, makes adjustments to a propeller mount

Navy Corpsman dons Personnel Field Protective Suite.

Capt. Reiss and Capt. Cox of Helicopter Light Attack Squadron Three Six Seven (HMLA-367) fire precision-guided rockets from their �Cobra� Helicopter during a training mission, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan.

Steelworker Constructionman Peter Blum uses a wack-packer to pack dirt.

The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) sits moored pierside.

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Terry Scott speaks with Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Weston R. Wright, during a luncheon with sailors at Camp Shields Crows Nest.

Gen. Michael W. Hagee, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Sgt. Maj. Alford McMichael Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps speak to Marines assigned to the 12th Marine Regiment.

Gen. Michael W. Hagee, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Sgt. Maj. Alford McMichael, Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps, visit the 9th Engineer Support Battalion.

Gen. Michael W. Hagee, Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC), discusses the adventures that Marines have while conducting the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement-Training Simulator with Cpl. Amina Welch

Gen. Michael W. Hagee, Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC), visits Marine Wing Support Squadron One Seventy Two (MWSS-172) to boost the moral of the Marines

Hospital Corpsman John Copeck assigned to 3D Medical Battalion, Training Company, takes a break to hydrate after connecting his canteen to his gas mask.

Hospital Apprentice Michael Jacoby and Hospitalman Derek Roe, assigned to the U.S. Marines 3rd Division Medical Battalion, work to decontaminate patient

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Fredd Allen, assigned to the U.S. Marines 3rd Division Medical Battalion, applies a head dressing to a simulated wound on the face of patient

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Fredd Allen assigned to 3rd Medical Battalion, applies a head dressing on the side of the face to a simulated wound during a mass casualty field training exercise

Hospital Corpsmen assigned to 3rd Medical Battalion, work to decontaminate a simulated patient by spraying and scrubbing him down after being exposed to a blister agent

U.S. Navy Lt. Eric A. Schuchard operates the tactical coordinator (TACCO) station aboard a P-3C Orion aircraft

Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 2nd Class Theresa R. Donahue monitors a video display of the Sensor Two Station aboard a P-3C Orion aircraft

AAV's approach USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49)

United Seaman�s Service Center Director Walter Christiansen and Lt. Cmdr. Cheryl Manning, Commanding Officer Military Sealift Command Office Okinawa, place a wreath on the pier at Naha Military Port

Builder Constructionman Oliver Forrester sets screw jack placements for extra support on a roof that will soon have concrete place on top of it.

The amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) is moored at the White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan

A target drone is fired off the flight deck aboard USS Cushing (DD 985), that will be used to give the Navy an opportunity for real-world target practice

Sailors from Fleet Activities Okinawa, Japan on load target drones

Sailors from Fleet Activities Okinawa, Japan on load target drones

Sailors from USS Cushing�s (DD 985) deck division hauls in the lines before getting underway from Okinawa, Japan

Aviation Machinist�s Mate 3rd Class Qunita M. Triplett steadies a turtleback on the wing of a P-3C Orion

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Lee Beams, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Bobby Ferrell, and Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Anthony Rivera remove a patient from the water during a mock rescue training exercise

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Bobby Ferrell applies Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) skills to a simulated unconscious patient during a mass casualty drill

Engineering Aid 3rd Class Guia Buarles surveys a construction project

Construction Electrician Constructionman John Tingler evens out cement

Engineering Aide 2nd Class Povilas Pekinas talks with Rear Adm. Charles Kubic.

Seabees assigned to the The Professionals of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Five (NMCB-5).

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Jamie Schwilk, a cable antenna systems journeyman, with the 18th Communications Squadron (CS), dons his climbing harness before acending a tower for a corrosion control antenna inspection, at Kadena Air Base (AB), Okinawa Japan (JPN)

US Air Force (USAF) Senley Walker, top, SRA Mike Shoup, left and STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Jamie Schwilk, right, all from the 18th Communications Squadron (CS), check the tower structure for signs of corrosion during a routine antenna inspection, at Kadena Air Base (AB), Okinawa Japan (JPN)

Sailors assigned to Commander Fleet Activities Okinawa (CFAO) stand at parade rest, ready to receive lines as the amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC/JCC 19).

Gordon R. England, Secretary of the Navy, gives a motivational speech to the Marines and Sailors at Camp Foster Theater in Okinawa, Japan.

U.S. Army soldiers assigned to the First Battalion of First Special Operations Airborne Unit, Torii Station, Okinawa, Japan, perform High Altitude, Low Opening (HALO) jumps.

A U.S. Army soldier assigned to the First Battalion of First Special Operations Airborne Unit, Torii Station, Okinawa, Japan, performs a static jump.

Maj. Gen. Thomas L. Moore, Rear Adm. Gary R. Jones and a Republic of Korea (ROK) naval officer attended the Ulchi Focus Lens (UFL) Icebreaker Social .

Aerographer's Mate 1st Class McDuffie assigned to Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Detachment (NPMOD) Kadena, lights a candle at the POW/MIA table during the 2004 Okinawa Island-Wide Navy Ball.

Commander Fleet Activities Okinawa, Capt. Robert D. Wilson, center left, and guest speaker, Commanding General, Marine Corps Bases, Japan, Lt. Gen. R. Blackman Jr., center right, cut the cake during the Navy 229th birthday ball.

Personnel assigned to Naval Expeditionary Logistics Support Force (NAVELSF), Forward Group Charlie, offload a bus.

An Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), receives fuel as it completes deck-landing qualification training.

P-3C Orion aircraft sits on the flight line at Kadena Air Force Base, Japan prior to a mission.

P-3C Orion aircraft sits on the flight line at Kadena Air Force Base, Japan prior to a mission.

Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1631 and LCU 1651, attached to Assault Craft Unit One (ACU-1), are loaded with supplies and equipment.

Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Forty (NMCB 40) wait at White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan to board the USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43).

Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1651, attached to Assault Craft Unit One (ACU-1), pulls into the well deck aboard USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43).

Range instructors assigned to Fleet Activities Okinawa, Japan Security Department, try to distract Master-at-Arms Seaman Jessica Cato as she fires her 9mm pistol.

Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Four Zero (NMCB-40) gives medical assistance to a wounded battalion member during a simulated Chemical, Biological, and Radiological (CBR) attack.

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Joseph Pfelifticker mans a fire hose as he sprays-down the starboard side of a P-3C Orion.

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Llyod Lewis finishes loading a MK-65 Quickstrike mine on a P-3C Orion.

Lt. Cmdr. Alan Marblestone checks a MK-65 Quickstrike mine, during an aircraft preflight on a P-3C Orion.

Sailors assigned to VP-8 tow one of the squadron�s P-3C Orion aircraft.

A BQM-74E Aerial Target Drone is launches using Jet Assist Take Off (JATO) from the flight deck aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63).

A BQM-74E Aerial Target Drone is launches using Jet Assist Take Off (JATO) from the flight deck aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63).

Search and rescue swimmers from a boat crew recover a disabled BQM-74E Aerial Target Drone after it was launched from the flight deck of the guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63).

A BQM-74E Aerial Target Drone is launches using Jet Assist Take Off (JATO) from the flight deck aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63).

A boat crew attaches a pulley prior to having their Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) lifted out of the water and back onto the guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) after recovering a disabled BQM-74E Aerial Target Drone.

Guerrero of El Paso, Texas, conducts maintenance on a disabled BQM-74E Aerial Target Drone.

Crew members aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) carry a recovered BQM-74E Aerial Target Drone to its stand.

Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Four Zero (NMCB-40), cross a two strand bridge over a thirty foot drop at the Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa, Japan.

Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Four Zero (NMCB-40), rappel down a hill at the Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa, Japan.

A U.S. Marine low-crawls through muddy trenches during the endurance course at the Jungle Warfare Training Center on board Camp Gonslaves, Okinawa.

U. S. Marines low-crawl through muddy trenches during the endurance course at the Jungle Warfare Training Center on board Camp Gonslaves, Okinawa.

Equipment Operator 3rd Class Jordan Mann, a Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Four Zero (NMCB-40), low-crawls through a pond during the endurance course at the Jungle Warfare Training Center on board Camp Gonslaves, Okinawa.

U.S. Marines cross a three-strand bridge at the beginning of the endurance course at the Jungle Warfare Training Center on board Camp Gonslaves, Okinawa.

Builder 3rd Class Marcos Lopez, a Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Four Zero (NMCB-40), low-crawls through a trench during the endurance course at the Jungle Warfare Training Center on board Camp Gonslaves, Okinawa.

Journalist 2nd Class Barbera Silkwood, a Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Four Zero (NMCB-40), emerges from muddy water.

Seabees dine at the Seabee Ball on board Camp Butler, Okinawa.

Builder 3rd Class Peter Lyzack uses a concrete vibrator to fill in hard to get spots in the foundation at a construction project in Okinawa, Japan.

Equipment Operator 1st Class Jason Morris uses an excavator with a hydraulic rock hammer attachment to tear down the vehicle dispatch office on Camp Shields, Okinawa.

A track loader operated by Equipment Operator 1st Class John Romero, tears down the vehicle dispatch office building on Camp Shields, Okinawa.

Aviation Ordnancemen download an inert CATM-84K Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) training missile from a weapons pylon on a P-3C Orion.

Airman Lawrence Than salutes a P-3C Orion, assigned to the Tigers to Patrol Squadron Eight (VP-8), prior to take-off in Okinawa, Japan.

Aviation Ordnancemen download an AN/AWW-13 Advanced Data Link pod from a weapons pylon on a P-3C Orion, assigned to the Tigers to Patrol Squadron Eight (VP-8) in Okinawa, Japan.

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Joseph Pfelisticker and Airman Llyod Lewis clean bomb racks on a P-3C Orion, assigned to the Tigers to Patrol Squadron Eight (VP-8) in Okinawa, Japan.

Aviation Structural Mechanic Equipment 2nd Class Lucus Green services the emergency walk-around oxygen bottles from a P-3C Orion, assigned to the Tigers to Patrol Squadron Eight (VP-8), in Okinawa, Japan.

A P-3C Orion, assigned to the Tigers to Patrol Squadron Eight (VP-8), taxis through a wash rack upon returning from a mission in Okinawa, Japan.

Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Five (EODMU-5), wash off in a creek after a full day of jungle warfare training exercises.

Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Billy Stocker, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Five (EODMU-5), uses available shrubbery to check for trip wires during jungle warfare training exercises.

Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Brian Fitzgerald, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Five (EODMU-5), studies his compass at a land navigation training exercise.

Lt. Geoffrey Townsend, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Five (EODMU-5), rappels down a 75-foot cliff during jungle warfare training exercises held in Okinawa, Japan.

Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Brian Fitzgerald, right, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Five (EODMU-5), checks his weapon before heading out to a target area during jungle warfare training.