HomeUnit Home
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan

 

Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan

Welcome to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni’s official website. MCAS Iwakuni is the only Marine Corps installation on mainland Japan.
2016 Typhoon Season Information
MCAS Iwakuni's typhoon season will officially begin June 1 and end November 30. The Station residents should read the below brief before the typhoon season.

Annual Typhoon Awareness (PDF, 2.6 MB)
Photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Henson.
America’s Squadron concludes company training, begins culminating event
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kendal Kleinhenz, a combat engineer with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 171 stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, deploys an M18A1 Claymore Mine during exercise Eagle Wrath 2016 at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, July 20, 2016. The squadron plans to complete their unit annual training requirements throughout three stages, which focus on air base ground defense and Marine Corps common skills that Marines are unable to train for locally. Combat engineers within the squadron also conducted training for Military Operations in Urban Terrain, which focuses on improving the individual and collective combat skills of the Marines. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Henson)
Photo by Lance Cpl. Donato Maffin.
MCAS Iwakuni welcomes new commanding officer
U.S. Marine Corps Col. Robert V. Boucher, outgoing commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, receives the U.S. Marine Corps colors from U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Christopher J. Garza, Sergeant major of MCAS Iwakuni, during a change of command ceremony at MCAS Iwakuni, July 22, 2016. Residents, locals and guests gathered aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni to witness U.S. Marines and sailors welcome Col. Richard Fuerst as their new commanding officer. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Donato Maffin)
Photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego.
Red carpet event brings cultures together
Larraine DeLoach, a model for The Red Carpet Event of Iwakuni 2016, displays a dress on the runway at the Egretta restaurant in Iwakuni, Japan, July 16, 2016. Models displayed hair styles, make-up and different clothing styles from various businesses to guests attending the event. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego)
Photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Henson.
MWSS-171 blasts through first stage of Eagle Wrath 2016
U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Simon Gomezramirez, a combat engineer with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 171, provides security after constructing a defensive position during exercise Eagle Wrath 2016 at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji on July 14, 2016. The squadron plans to complete their unit annual training requirements throughout three stages, which focus on air base ground defense and Marine Corps common skills that Marines are unable to train for locally. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Henson/Released)
Photo by Lance Cpl. Jacob Farbo.
MCAS Iwakuni honors 25 Japanese retirees with ceremony
Retirees and members of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni leadership pose for a photo during a retirement ceremony at the Landing Zone in Club Iwakuni on MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, July 15, 2016. The ceremony acknowledged the appreciation for the retirees’ hard work and dedication toward the installation’s success over the years. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jacob Farbo)
Photo by Lance Cpl. Donato Maffin.
US Air Force F-16's pit stop at MCAS Iwakuni
A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet pilot from Misawa Air Base, Japan, shows a ‘claw’ with his hand after refueling at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni on July 12, 2016. Multiple F-16’s arrived at MCAS Iwakuni to refuel while in transit to Okinawa, Japan. The F-16 is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft, whose maneuverability and combat radius exceeds that of all potential threat fighter aircraft. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Donato Maffin/Released)
Photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Henson.
Grand opening offers residents new theater
Kiyotaka Nozaki, right, Chugoku-Shikoku Defense Bureau deputy procurement director, presents a painting to U.S. Marine Corps Col. Robert V. Boucher, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni commanding officer, during the grand opening of the Command Assembly Hall at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, July 1, 2016. Costing approximately $28 million, construction of the building began September 2013 and finished March 2016 with an additional $1.5 million spent furnishing the facility. The old 20,776 square foot theater, which opened in 1954, is scheduled to be demolished in order to expand the Child Development Center. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Henson/Released)
Photo by Lance Cpl. Donato Maffin.
Seventh Joint Leadership Walk
U.S. Marine Corps Col. Robert V. Boucher, commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, right, and the Honorable Yoshihiko Fukuda, mayor of Iwakuni, wait to cross an intersection during the seventh Joint Leadership Walk down the streets of Iwakuni on July 6, 2016. The last walk took place in December 2015 and continues to be a firm demonstration of the bond and unity between both communities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Donato Maffin/Released)
Photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Henson.
MWSS-171 arrives in Fuji, unleashes Eagle Wrath 2016
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Rebecca Hurst, a corpsman with the Robert M. Casey Medical and Dental Clinic at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni treats simulated victims during exercise Eagle Wrath 2016 at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, Japan, July 8, 2016. Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 171 plans to complete their unit annual training requirements throughout three stages, which focuses on air base ground defense and Marine Corps common skills that Marines are unable to train for locally. To wrap up exercise Eagle Wrath 2016, ‘America’s squadron’ will conquer Mount Fuji before packing up gear and washing down equipment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Henson/Released)
Photo by Sgt. Jessica Quezada
Commanding officer of ‘America’s squadron’ bids farewell
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Jonathan M. Wyble, left, Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 171 sergeant major, passes the squadron guidon to Lt. Col. James S. Whiteker, outgoing commanding officer of MWSS-171, during a change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, June 30, 2016. After serving honorably and faithfully for two years as the squadron commander, Whiteker will be moving onto his next assignment at U.S. Marine Corps Forces South in Miami, Florida, as the logistics officer. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Jessica Quezada/Released)
Photo by Lance Cpl. Jacob Farbo.
H&HS welcomes new commanding officer
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Darnell T. Richardson, right, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron sergeant major, passes the squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Karl T. Schmidt, outgoing H&HS commanding officer, during a change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, June 30, 2016. The passing of the guidon symbolizes the end of Schmidt’s role as commanding officer after serving in the position since June 9, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jacob Farbo/Released)
Photo by Sgt. Jessica Quezada.
Marine pursues a life of physical fitness for himself and others
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Michael Eckert rests after completing the preliminary 2016 High Intensity Tactical Training Competition at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, May 17, 2016. The three-event course tested competitor’s endurance, speed, agility and stamina. As the first place winner, Eckert will be traveling to MCAS Miramar in August to compete against other active-duty U.S. Marines from across the world at the 2016 HITT Athlete Championship.
Photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Henson.
Rear Adm. visits MCAS Iwakuni, interacts with sailors
Dr. Andrew Jones, director of Total Forces Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, right, addresses U.S. Marine Corps Col. Robert V. Boucher, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni commanding officer, left, and Col. Daniel Shipley, Marine Aircraft Group 12 commanding officer at MCAS Iwakuni, June 22, 2016. During his visit Jones and U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Bruce A. Gillingham, commander of Navy Medicine West, attended a leadership discussion with the Sailors from the Robert M. Casey Medical and Dental Clinic, presented awards and coins to staff members, met with Boucher and Shipley, and attended lunch with the Sailors. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Henson/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Malcolm Cappelle, a quality assurance safety observer with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, and forward deployed to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, inspects the undercarriage of an F/A-18C Hornet during exercise Red Flag-Alaska 16-2 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 16, 2016. Cappelle is inspecting the jet to make sure everything is secured properly on the squadron’s fighter jet so it will be ready for the next mission during its support of exercise Red Flag-Alaska 16-2. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Donato Maffin/Released)
Ordnance Marine leads teams, loads bombs
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Malcolm Cappelle, a quality assurance safety observer with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, and forward deployed to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, inspects the undercarriage of an F/A-18C Hornet during exercise Red Flag-Alaska 16-2 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 16, 2016. Cappelle is inspecting the jet to make sure everything is secured properly on the squadron’s fighter jet so it will be ready for the next mission during its support of exercise Red Flag-Alaska 16-2. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Donato Maffin/Released)
Check out the Official MCAS Iwakuni page to view photos of the units and residents aboard station.
MCAS Iwakuni Flickr Page
Check out the Official MCAS Iwakuni page to view photos of the units and residents aboard station.
Iwakuni News Stories
Atomic bomb survivor continues legacy of helping others, striving for peace By Lance Cpl. Donato Maffin | July 26, 2016
Marines celebrate Hawaiian style By Cpl. Nathan Wicks | July 26, 2016
Local kindergarteners make a splash at MCAS Iwakuni By Cpl. Nathan Wicks | July 26, 2016
America’s Squadron concludes company training, begins culminating event By Lance Cpl. Aaron Henson | July 25, 2016
Ice cream, fire trucks, friendship By Lance Cpl. Donato Maffin | July 25, 2016
Press Releases
PCS with Pet
Bringing pets to MCAS Iwakuni Japan is highly discouraged. Housing here is very limited both on and off-base. Dogs are not permitted in much of the on-base housing. Many landlords off-base will not rent to families with pets. Check with local airlines regarding their policies if you decide to bring pets. Travel with pets to and from Iwakuni may require special arrangements and expensive fees.
Sexual Assault Prevention

To make a confidential report, call the 24/7 sexual assault support line:080-5865-3566 (From CONUS, call 011-81-80-5865-3566). Click here to go to "DOD Safe Helpline" webpage. Click here for MCCS Iwakuni's Counseling Services. SAPR Office : 253-6556(LINK).

Town Hall Meeting, Feb. 11, 2016

Please click the below button to see the summary of the town hall meeting on Feb. 11, 2016.

Social Media

MarinesTV
    NEO and emergency evacuation plan
    NEO

    OPSEC
    OPSEC banner