An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | Dec. 16, 2020

Marines from 1st MAW Participate in Yama Sakura 79

3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade

OKINAWA, Japan -- U.S. Marines from Marine Air Control Group 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing participated in Yama Sakura 79 with Marines from 3D Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) as well as soldiers from Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s (JGSDF) Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB), Dec. 9 to Dec. 14, 2020 at Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan.

U.S. Marines from MACG-18 provided critical command and control capabilities to 3D MEB and the ARDB during Yama Sakura 79. Coming from different military occupational specialties and squadrons, they teamed up for the duration of the exercise establishing the Aviation Coordination Cell (AvCC).

On a day to day basis, the AvCC managed a multilateral airspace and monitored both joint and organic aviation assets. The cell must understand the targeting process in order to work with the fires cell to interdict enemy forces and allocate assets to prosecute targets of opportunity. Running the AvCC requires a complete understanding of both the air and ground scheme of maneuver as well as Marine Corps and Naval Aviation doctrine in order to control and coordinate the air fight at the MEB level and accomplish the overall mission.

“The Air Command and Control specialty is a key enabler to our role as a stand-in force in the Indo-Pacific. The Marines of the Control Group sustain a high state of readiness and are adaptable to integrating with the Joint Force and our Japanese partners,” said Lt. Col. Joseph S. McAlarnen, 3D MEB Air Officer. “Exercises like Yama Sakura ensure that we are prepared to project aviation combat power through Expeditionary Advanced Based and Amphibious Operations.”

Yama Sakura 79 is an annual command post exercise that focuses on improving the interoperability between JGSDF and U.S. Forces. Beginning in 1982, Yama Sakura has provided the opportunity for both forces to continually work together ensuring that they can rapidly react to counter aggression against Japan and other allies and partners. Trainings like these are essential to maintaining peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region.

This year, 3D MEB and the ARDB play a part in the larger U.S. Army First Corps and JGSDF’s Western Army exercise events. Marines from other III Marine Expeditionary Force major subordinate commands assist the 3D MEB with non-organic structure and equipment, enabling 3D MEB to a provide rapidly-employable C2 node to conduct expeditionary advanced base operations as may be required against a near-peer adversary. 3D MEB remains a resilient, ready, and relevant force and is III MEF’s crisis contingency task force.

CONNECT WITH USINDOPACOM

ENGAGE & CONNECT MORE WITH PACOM

                                                 

IN THE USINDOPACOM NEWS
ACDC: Marksmanship training Reel
May 21, 2024 - U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, and service members with the Philippine Armed Forces conduct marksmanship training during Archipelagic Coastal Defense Continuum...

U.S. Pacific Fleet Announces 29th RIMPAC Exercise
Graphic intended for use as a placeholder for Statements and Press Releases without accompanying imagery.
May 21, 2024 - Approximately 29 nations, 40 surface ships, 3 submarines, 14 national land forces, over 150 aircraft and more than 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 26 to...

Navy Awards Two Government of Japan Funded Contracts Totaling $122 Million for Work at Marine Corps Installation on Guam
Graphic intended for use as a placeholder for Statements and Press Releases without accompanying imagery.
May 21, 2024 - Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Pacific awarded two firm-fixed price task order Government of Japan (GOJ) funded contracts totaling $122 million for work at Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz (MCBCB) on Guam...

LANPAC Forum Strengthens Leadership and Alliances in Indo-Pacific
Lt. Gen. (Retired) Leslie C. Smith talks about patience, kindness, how to solve problems and the importance of see the Army as a profession and sense of purpose during the Leadership Forum at Honolulu, HI., on May 14, 2024. He asked Capt. Zhi Bing Cheong from the Singapore Army to share opinions about patience.

The LANPAC Leadership Forum professionally develops and inspires leaders, showcases USARPAC subordinate units, and engages both allies and partners across the USINDOPACOM area of responsibility.



(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Carolina Sierra)
May 21, 2024 - Senior non-commissioned officers, senior officers, warrant officers, allies, and partners across the United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) area of responsibility came together May 14 through the 16 for three days...

U.S. Coast Guard visit to Republic of Palau strengthens maritime navigation and cooperation
Lt. Jay DeInnocentiis meets with Marine Transportation leadership and ATON technicians to discuss the fixed and floating ATON constellation in Palau on May 14, 2024. The team completed a vital weeklong mission in the Republic of Palau, setting the stage for future collaboration and bolstering safe maritime navigation and security. This visit, in response to a request from Palau Marine Transportation, focused on an Aids to Navigation (ATON) Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE). (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
May 20, 2024 - The U.S. Coast Guard completed a vital weeklong mission in the Republic of Palau, setting the stage for future collaboration and bolstering safe maritime navigation and security...