Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni

Members of the Filipino American society perform the Filipino folk dance of Maria Clara during the 2013 Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Awareness Month celebration at the Club Iwakuni ball room May 22, 2013. The celebration helped to bolster the appreciation and understanding of the numerous Asian and Polynesian cultures which contribute to American society. (Photo by Cpl. Kenneth K. Trotter Jr.)

Station recognizes contributions of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders

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Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration at the Club Iwakuni ballroom here, May 22, 2013.

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Lance Cpl. Michael J. Young, an Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting crew chief and Strongman Competition participant, performs a Humvee pull, which was the final challenge of the event, at the Penny Lake fields here, May 18, 2013. The other events included a tire flip, farmers walk, steel log press and a crucifix hold. (Photo by Pfc. D. A. Walters)

Strongman Competition fosters friendships through struggles

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Marine Corps Community Services hosted a strongman competition at Penny Lake fields here, May 18, 2013.

Twelve...

(Right) Jesareli Delagarza, 12, a 6th grade student and cardboard convention participant, instructs fellow students on the operation of her Tow Mater tow truck May 17, 2013, at the Matthew C. Perry Elementary School playground. The truck was made from scrap metal and cardboard and featured a working crane in the bed of the truck. (Cpl. J. Gage Karwick)

Sixth graders show off inventions throughout cardboard convention

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Matthew C. Perry 6th grade students gathered at the M.C. Perry playground in the second cardboard convention with their...

Deanna O'Neal, left, Officers' Spouses' Club philanthropy chairman, hands Josiah Ricafrente, Matthew C. Perry High School senior, his scholarship at the Officers' Spouses' Club scholarship night held in building 1200 at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, May 16, 2013. Ricafrente said he plans to use his money toward paying for his tuition at the University of California at Irvine as he pursues his studies toward becoming an aerospace engineer. (Photo by Lance Cpl. James R. Smith)

OSC presents scholarships to deserving students

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Students from Matthew C. Perry High School and station residents gathered at building 1200 for the Officers’ Spouses’ Club...

Sailors from Robert M. Casey Medical and Dental Clinic practice tearing down a three-lane decontamination center as part of First Receiver Operations Training hosted by the Decontamination Education and Consulting on Nuc/Bio/Chem (DECON) near Penny Lake Field at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, May 8-9, 2013. (Photo by Lance Cpl. James R. Smith)

Iwakuni sailors receive hands-on FROT training

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Sailors from Robert M. Casey Medical and Dental Clinic took part in First Receiver Operations Training hosted by the...

Sgt. Maj. Jason Simmons, Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 sergeant major, stands tall during the relief and appointment ceremony at the VMFA(AW)-242 hangar at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, May 13, 2013. Simmons is a former 2nd Recruit Training Battalion sergeant major at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC. (Photo by Lance Cpl. James R. Smith)

Sgt. Maj. Pritchard leaves VMFA(AW)-242 legacy in new hands

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Marines with Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 stood proud and tall as Sgt. Maj. Michael Pritchard relinquished his...

Sailors from Robert M. Casey Medical and Dental Clinic process a patient during the final exercise of First Receiver Operations Training hosted by the Decontamination Education and Consulting on Nuc/Bio/Chem (DECON) near Penny Lake Field at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, May 8-9, 2013. (Photo by Lance Cpl. James R. Smith)

OPSEC teaches how to keep personal info personal

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With today’s advanced technology, it’s no longer necessary for enemies of the United States to leave the comfort of their homes if...

Seaman Christopher Browning, left, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker are pictured in the Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper Feb. 27, 2013. Two days later the two servicemembers received 10 and nine-year sentences, respectively, for the gang-rape of an Okinawa woman in 2012.

Osaka mayor: ‘Wild Marines’ should consider using prostitutes

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YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — U.S. servicemembers should consider soliciting prostitutes to control their “sexual energies,” the...

DOD furlough plan to affect 9 in 10 civilians

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WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced a sweeping furlough plan Tuesday that will hit well over 90 percent of the...

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