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DARWIN, Australia - From left, U.S. Marine Corps Col. Christopher Steele, Marine Rotational Force Darwin (MRF-D) 22 commanding officer, Lt. Gen. Steven Rudder, commander of Marine Forces Pacific, Maj. Nathan Frame, executive officer, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 268 Reinforced, MRF-D 22, and Lt. Col. Vanessa Clark, commanding officer of VMM 268 Reinforced, MRF-D 22, talk about the implementation of the Air Combat Element (ACE) in MRF-D 22, at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base, Darwin, NT, Australia, March 25, 2022. The ACE will utilize RAAF Base Darwin’s facilities as the main staging area and launch point for air operations during the rotation, in order to maintain credible crisis and contingency-ready forces alongside the Australian Defence Force.


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