Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | Oct. 25, 2019

3rd Marine Division Participates in Fuji Viper 20-1

By 3rd Marine Division  Cpl. Timothy Hernandez

CAMP FUJI, GOTEMBA, Japan -- U.S. Marines and Sailors with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, currently deployed 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, as part of the Unit Deployment Program, are participating in Fuji Viper 20-1 in Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji, Gotemba, Japan from Sep. 29 to Nov. 4, 2019.

Fuji Viper 20-1 is an infantry training exercise centered around increasing the Marine Corps’ presence, lethality and capabilities in the Indo-Pacific region. The Marines of 2/2 have conducted many training events in the Combined Arms Training Center, as well as community relations events with the local community.

“Our goal for Fuji Viper 20-1 is to conduct combined arms training in order to sustain readiness by maximizing valuable assets in a new environment that offers opportunities unavailable at Camp Schwab or even back home in Camp Lejeune,” said Staff Sgt. Krysta Apodaca, the communications and information systems radio chief. “By attending Fuji Viper, we are able to integrate all elements of the battalion into organized small-unit training that will enable us to win the fight at any given time.”

These field exercises are meant to push Marines to their physical and mental limits as well as build confidence as warfighters in the Indo-Pacific theater. Marines had to push outside of their comfort zone while spending many nights in the field. Their training included combat marksmanship, incidental observer training, military operations in urban terrain, and force on force simulations where the three platoons are faced against each other in an unknown training area.

“The most difficult part of the training was pushing through seemingly endless movements throughout one night of our force on force exercise,” said Lance Cpl. Mark Taylor, a grenadier with Company F. “We had to endure the night during flooding and the cold rain, all while we’re in the woods with no Illumination; there was so much rain.”

Given a new terrain and climate, platoons were faced against each other in multiple simulated combat force on force field exercises. Objectives were given to the platoons, and squads were tasked with finding a way to complete them.

Even with the rigorous training conducted in the field, the Marines and Sailors were given time to explore the area and interact with the local community.

“Marines were given a three-day weekend during the initial portion of our training at Camp Fuji to explore Tokyo, Gotemba, and the surrounding area around Mount Fuji,” said 1st Lt. Zachary Scalzo, Company F executive officer. “Marines experienced the culture of mainland Japan and had great things to say about the people in the greater Gotemba area. At the end of our time at Camp Fuji, our Marines are scheduled to volunteer at the National CHUO Youth Friendship Center open-house event. Marines will speak English with participants from the center and participate in face painting and a tea ceremony.”

The training and tactics currently being conducted in Camp Fuji are essential to the warfighting capabilities and readiness of the Marine Air Ground Task Force in the Indo-Pacific region, and the 3rd Marine Division’s capability to fight tonight.

CONNECT WITH USINDOPACOM
Facebook

Like Us
Twitter
324,745
Follow Us

ENGAGE & CONNECT MORE WITH PACOM

                                                 

IN THE USINDOPACOM NEWS
U.S. INDOPACOM announces establishment of Joint Task Force Red Hill
220630-N-BD629-1009 CAMP H.M. Smith, Hawaii (June 30, 2022) Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Adm. John C. Aquilino addresses members of the media during a press conference announcing the establishment of Joint Task Force Red Hill. JTF Red Hill, in close coordination with the State of Hawaii, will oversee the safe and expeditious defueling of the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, demonstrating DoD’s commitment to remove fuel as quickly as possible, in a safe and informed manner, and with full transparency to regulators, intergovernmental partners, and with the people of Hawaii. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon M. Smith/Released)
July 1, 2022 - CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii – Adm. John C. Aquilino, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, announced the establishment of Joint Task Force Red Hill (JTF Red Hill) on June 30.The Secretary of Defense directed the standup of JTF...

Rim of the Pacific 2022 Officially Begins
Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022 participants network at the Southern California opening ceremony. Twenty-six nations, 38 ships, four submarines, more than 170 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 29 to Aug. 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2022 is the 28th exercise in the series that began in 1971.
June 30, 2022 - U.S. Navy -- Twenty-six nations, 38 surface ships, four submarines, nine national land forces, more than 30 unmanned systems, approximately 170 aircraft and more than 25,000 personnel will train and operate in and around the...

Chief of Naval Operations, Japanese Chief of Staff Meet to Discuss Maritime Security
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Adm. Ryo Sakai during an office call at the Pentagon, June 28. The two leaders discussed maritime security and ongoing efforts to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.
June 30, 2022 - WASHINGTON -- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday hosted the Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Adm. Ryo Sakai in Washington, D.C., for an office visit, June 28.The two leaders discussed...

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Peter Haas on Account of U.S. Independence Day 2022
Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Peter Haas on Account of U.S. Independence Day 2022.
June 30, 2022 - U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh -- Good afternoon, everyone! And thank you for joining us for this celebration of the 246th anniversary of U.S. independence. Independence Day in America is a day of red, white, and blue; a day of...

The U.S. Provides Immediate Assistance to Respond to Drought in Kiribati
US $500,000 in humanitarian assistance to respond to the drought across Kiribati
June 30, 2022 - SUVA, U.S. Embassy in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu -- The U.S., through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing US$500,000 in humanitarian assistance to respond to the drought across...