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Last U.S. Ship Transferred to Republic of Korea Navy Decommissioned in Ceremony
December 29, 2016
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea (CNFK), Commander Navy Region Korea (CNRK) and Republic of Korea (ROK) Sailors attend the decommissioning ceremony of ROK ship Pyeongtaek (ATS-27) at Commander Fleet Activities, Chinhae. USS Beaufort (ATS-2), an Edenton-class salvage ship, joined the U.S, Dec. 28, 2016.  Fleet in 1972 and served 24-years in the Indo-Asia-Pacific before being decommissioned in 1996. One year later, the ship was transferred to the ROK Navy and commissioned as Pyeongtaek.

2nd Infantry Division creates "Living Insignia"
December 29, 2016
More than 5,000 Soldiers of 2nd infantry Division/ROK-US Combined Division re-created the division insignia at Indianhead Field on camp Casey, Dec. 21, 2016.  This is the third time in the division's history that the living insignia has been re-created and the first with the Combined Division tab.

94th Army Air and Missile Command Year in Review
December 29, 2016

Eighth Army G6 Team Strengthens C4I Partnerships with the Republic of Korea
December 29, 2016
U.S. Army Spc. Bryan McGuigan, a Tactical Satellite Operator assigned to 112th Signal Detachment, Special Operations Command Korea, briefs  U.S. Eighth Army Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Thomas S. Vandal about the SDN SOF Deployable Node during a static display at a Republic of Korea Special Warfare Command Installation near Icheon, Republic of Korea December 1, 2016, as a part of the 2016 C4I (Command Control Communication Computers Intelligence) Summit. The C4I Summit showcases joint interoperability between U.S. and ROK forces.

Ambassador Kennedy's Statement on Prime Minister Abe's Visit to Pearl Harbor
December 28, 2016
PEARL HARBOR (Dec. 27, 2016) Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe greets Pearl Harbor survivors following a visit to the USS Arizona Memorial and delivering remarks alongside President Barack Obama that focused on reconciliation and peace. Today marks the first time an acting Japanese prime minister has visited the USS Arizona Memorial.

Guam Navy Commands Win 2016 Environmental Stewardship Flagship Award
December 28, 2016
In this file photo, Yeoman 1st Class Erik Estrada, far right, assigned to the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40), helps local volunteers pack mulch into bags in the village of Dededo, Guam.  Frank Cable Sailors teamed up with volunteers from Island Girl Power, a local community service program for young girls, to clean and renovate a series of parks. Frank Cable, forward deployed to the island of Guam, conducts maintenance and support of submarines and surface vessels deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

Ground Breaking Ceremony U.S.-Assisted Construction of Thai Police Training Center
December 28, 2016
Ground Breaking Ceremony U.S.-Assisted Construction of Thai Police Training Center, Dec. 21, 2016.

Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Abe of Japan at Pearl Harbor
December 28, 2016
On Dec. 27, 2016, U.S. President Barack Obama speaks on Kilo Pier at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam while Japanese Prime Minister looks on. President Obama described the U.S.-Japan alliance as the cornerstone of peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific and a force for progress around the globe.

President Obama Visits Marine Corps Base Hawaii to Thank Troops
December 27, 2016

USS John S. McCain Visits Puerto Princesa on Patrol
December 27, 2016
The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) approaches Puerto Princesa for a scheduled port visit, Dec, 24, 2016. McCain is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

ROK, US Naval Alliance Takes Next Step with 'Combined Edge' Junior Officer Exchange Program
December 27, 2016
Lt. j.g. David Dinkins, ships navigator for USS Barry (DDG 52) tours Republic of Korea (ROK) ship Bucheon (PCC 773) during the officer exchange program Combined Edge, Dec. 22, 2016. “Combined Edge” is a program focusing on improving combined war fighting integration between the U.S. and ROK navies by allowing U.S. Navy officers to embark on ROK navy ships.

Alexandria Visits Sasebo during Indo-Asia-Pacific Deployment
December 27, 2016

Regional Health Command-Pacific Paves Way for Global Health Engagements in 2016
December 27, 2016
Senior Chief Petty Officer CJ Eison, fleet medical liaison, Military Sealift Command Far East (MSCFE), observes staff members of a local hotel here perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques during a refresher course.  MSCFE personnel are in Thailand conducting various COMREL events along with volunteers from the dry cargo ship USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11), Dec. 12, 2016. The Washington Chambers is currently in Thailand conducting scheduled voyage repairs.

Marine Air Control Squadron-4 Marines Train to Employ Expeditionary Runways
December 27, 2016
U.S. Marines with Marine Air Control Squadron (MACS) 4 Detachment Bravo, Marine Air Traffic Control Mobile Team (MMT), run to the next 500-foot marker of an expeditionary runway during aircraft landing zone training at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Dec. 21, 2016. The training allows the Marines to gain experience, practice constructing an expeditionary airfield, and complete training and readiness requirements. An MMT team comprises of a base, pace, chase, reference, navigation aid and communication technician who establish a runway in remote locations during combat scenarios, medical evacuations or for humanitarian aid.

USS Wasp Completes Deployment, Ready for Japan
December 27, 2016

U.S. Marines with Marine Attack Squadron 542 Heads Home
December 27, 2016
A U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier with Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 prepares to land on the runway during the Aviation Relocation Training Program at Chitose Air Base, Japan, Dec. 14, 2016. VMA-542 is conducting training at Chitose Air Base in an effort to increase operational readiness between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Japan Air Self Defense Force, improve interoperability and reduce noise concerns of aviation training on local communities by disseminating training locations throughout Japan.

U.S. Returns 10,000 Acres of Okinawan Training Area to Japan
December 22, 2016
Japanese Minister of Defense Tomomi Inada makes opening remarks during the Northern Training Area Land Return Ceremony Dec. 22 in Nago City, Okinawa, Japan. Representatives from the United States government, U.S. Forces Japan and the Government of Japan gathered for the ceremony that represented the return of thousands of acres of land previously utilized as part of the Northern Training Area. The return included approximately 9,852 acres of land and marks the largest land return from U.S. Forces Japan since 1972. The return is one of the many U.S. Forces Japan efforts to consolidate U.S. presence on Okinawa and ensure minimal environmental impact on Okinawa’s natural resources.

B-52s Complete Joint, Combined Missions in Indo-Asia-Pacific
December 22, 2016
A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress takes off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, after a short deployment Dec. 17, 2016. This short-term deployment helped to ensure the bomber crews maintain a high state of readiness and crew proficiency, and provided opportunities to integrate capabilities with regional partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

USS Zumwalt Holds Change of Command
December 21, 2016
SAN DIEGO (Dec. 20, 2016) Left to right, Vice Adm. Thomas Rowden, commander, Naval Surface Forces, Capt. James A. Kirk, outgoing commanding officer (CO) of  guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), Capt. Scott A. Tait, in-coming CO of Zumwalt, and Capt. W. Kyle Fauntleroy, Force Chaplain, Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, salute the ensign during a change of command ceremony at Naval Base San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Zachary Bell/Released)

'Dreadnaught' Battalion Takes Home Lessons from Korean Gunnery Exercise
December 21, 2016
POCHEON, Republic of Korea -- Armored crews from 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, conduct a combined-arms, live-fire exercise on the Rodriguez Life Fire Complex Nov. 30. The live-fire exercises included elements not organic to the organization, such as aviation and engineers, in order to create a more realistic training environment. (U.S. Army Photo by Capt. Jonathan Camire, 1st ABCT Public Affairs/Released)