Browsing: Japan

For some, CrossFit is just a hobby. For others, like Marine Staff Sgt. Christen Wagner, it’s a way of life. Wagner, a training chief attached to III MHG in Okinawa, Japan, recently traveled to California to compete in the 2012 Reebok CrossFit games. The world famous competition is open to individuals from around the globe who qualify and challenges athletes to take home the title of “Fittest on Earth” by completing high-intensity combinations of weight and endurance training. The 25-year old Marine began CrossFit in 2010 and was hoping to make her debut at the 2011 CrossFit Asia Open. Unable…

  Marines with Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, join the massive clean-up of remote Oshima island in Japan, April 4.//31st MEU photoIt’s a field day – on a much bigger scale. With dozers, dump trucks and supplies in hand, hundreds of Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit descended on a small remote island near the epicenter of the March 11 earthquake that devastated northeastern Japan. On April 1, they began Operation Field Day, with the mission of helping clear mounds of debris on the island of Oshima, population 3,000. The Marines found some 600 residents holed up…

The devastation in northern Japan following last week’s tsunami and earthquake is still becoming apparent, but Marines are heavily involved in the relief effort, officials said. Marine officials said today that Marines stationed at Camp Fuji deported today for Yamagata, Japan, in support of Operation Tomodachi, the relief effort launched following the disaster. III Marine Expeditionary Force has established a forward headquarters at Yamagata Airport to provide humanitarian assistance. About 588 Marines, sailors and civilians from III MEF and Marine Corps Bases Japan are currently deployed in support of Tomodachi, officials said. Humanitarian assistance survey teams from III MEF reviewed…

If you love the sound of friendly artillery, be sure to crank the volume on your speakers before watching this little gem. Marine Corps Times’ senior video journalist Colin Kelly caught  up with members of Romeo Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, at Camp Lejeune, N.C., in early February — just a few weeks before the start of their six-month deployment to Okinawa. They were good enough to give him a demo of this wondrous Howitzer, which we — in turn — are happy to share with you. Enjoy. And please be sure to keep these Marines and their families in…

In case you missed it, Marines on Okinawa, Japan, last week experienced Typhoon Chaba, a fierce storm that dumped two inches of rain per hour on the island and included winds of at least 60 mph. The storm is no laughing matter. However, Marines can find comedy in anything. Below, we give you the experiment that one intrepid Marine tried in the gusty wind. The video quality is relatively poor, but the comedy level is high: I think we could all see the end result coming a mile away, and yet that was still oddly satisfying.

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