Two B-1B Lancers took off from Andersen AFB, to conduct a Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission in the Indo-Pacific command theater, Dec. 16, 2020, integrating with Japanese fighters and making history landing at Iwakuni.
Iwakuni, home to the U.S. Marine Corps base, is a small castle city with a population of 130,000. The city is known for scenic Kintaikyo Bridge and majestic Iwakuni Castle located on the top of a mountain. World Heritage sites, Hiroshima and Miyajima are only within an-hour drive from the base, as well.
On October 16, 2020 Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 12 redesignated Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 242 as part of the Marine Corps’ ongoing transition process from legacy F/A-18 Hornet aircraft to the newer 5th generation F-35B Lighting II.
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Edward York II, an expeditionary firefighter and rescue specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, is presented with a letter of appreciation from the Iwakuni Regional Firefighting Organization in Iwakuni City, Japan, July 9, 2020.