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.
2015 Annual Typhoon Awareness

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.

2015 Annual Typhoon Awareness (PDF, 2.6 MB)

Photo by Cpl. Carlos Cruz Jr.
VMGR-152 Marines practice air delivery ground refueling
Staff Sgt. David Hoyt, a KC-130J loadmaster with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron(VMGR) 152, guides a MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262, into place for air-delivery ground refueling training aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Aug. 21, 2015. This kind of refueling operation is usually conducted in an austere environment where an air strip or fuel is not available. The KC-130J’s ability to refuel other vehicles adheres to the Marine Corps aviation’s mission to deliver Marines, fuel and cargo where needed.
Photo by Lance Cpl. Nicole Zurbrugg.
USO brings entertainment for military families
Katy Corrigan, two years, and her mother Mary Corrigan, enjoy the Sesame Street performance by the United Services Organization Experience for Military Families at the Sakura Theater aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Aug. 14, 2015. Families in attendance received a special Sesame Street toy and reading material outlining the importance of military families adjusting to change.
Photo by Lance Cpl. Nicole Zurbrugg.
Moon Dogs arrive aboard Iwakuni air station
An EA-6B Prowler with Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VMAQ) 3, the “Moon Dogs,” arrives at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, in support of the unit deployment program, Aug. 7, 2015. VMAQ-3 conducts training locally and abroad to achieve qualifications for the Marines and aircraft while supporting the day to day operations of Marine Aircraft Group 12 aboard the air station.
Photo by Lance Cpl. Nicole Zurbrugg.
Service members bond with Japanese students
Pfc. Abraham Centeno, an embarkation specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 based aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, teaches students the English alphabet at Josho Hoikuen School in Iwakuni City, Aug. 11, 2015. Centeno, along with several other service members, volunteered for this community relations event hosted by the Marine Memorial Chapel to experience the Japanese culture.
Photo by Sgt. Antonio J. Rubio.
Marine Corps University briefs new changes to Marines
Dr. James P. Hopkins, College of Distance Education and Training Okinawa regional director, briefs staff noncommissioned officers of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, and Marine Aircraft Group 12 on the Career Course Seminar Distance Education Program, and officers on the Blended Seminar Program at the Sakura Theater aboard station Aug. 5, 2015. Marine Corps University is the professional military education advocate for the Marine Corps, setting policies that affect Marines’ personal and professional education.
Photo by Cpl. Carlos Cruz Jr.
CLC-36 improves service members’ combat readiness
Marines with Combat Logistics Company 36 practice their fire and maneuver tactics during Exercise Dragon Fire 2015 at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, Japan, July 21. Service members participated in live-fire ranges, land navigation, and conducted convoy and recovery operations during the annual exercise to enhance their combat readiness.
Photo by Lance Cpl. Nicole Zurbrugg.
MCAS Iwakuni Boy Scouts experience 23rd World Scout Jamboree
Scouts, residents from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, and jamboree participants observe unique attractions from various countries at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan, August 1, 2015. Each country in attendance had a booth displaying traditional clothing and other cultural items, and scout paraphernalia.
Photo by Lance Cpl. Nicole Zurbrugg.
Station volunteers teach English at local Japanese school
Lance Cpl. Christopher Kopack, left, and Lance Cpl. Efrain MoralesHernandez, correctional specialists with the Provost Marshal’s Office aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, read a book to students at Midoro Hoikuen School in Iwakuni City, during a community relations visit, July 30, 2015. Kopack and MoralesHernandez are assigned to Headquarters and Headquarter Squadron, MCAS Iwakuni. Volunteers played games and sang songs to help the children learn English.
Photo by Lance Cpl. Carlos Cruz Jr.
Service members enhance land navigation skills
Marines with Combat Logistics Company 36 navigate through training grounds during Exercise Dragon Fire 2015 at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, Japan, July 27. Using only a map, protractor and compass, service members navigated in an unfamiliar, highly vegetated terrain with limited time to complete their mission. Exercise Dragon Fire is conducted annually allowing service members to strengthen their combat readiness, a vital asset to the Marine Corps’ mission.
Photo by Lance Cpl. Carlos Cruz Jr.
Service members refine convoy, recovery operation skills during DF15
Cpl. Gerardo Becerra, a motor transport operator with Combat Logistics Company 36, attaches an abandoned vehicle to an AMK-36 wrecker during Exercise Dragon Fire 2015 at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, Japan, July 24. Convoy and recovery operations are one of the many activities Marines and Sailors practiced during the exercise. CLC-36 conducts this exercise annually to refresh the minds of the service members of all the tactical skill sets that leaned about in boot camp and Marine combat training. This training environment simulated a combat zone in order to further develop the service members’ combat mindset to prepare them for the mental and physical stress of a combat zone.
Photo by Cpl. Jessica Quezada
Station residents learn to cook Oriental dishes
Karelia Graham, a resident of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni mixes diced garlic and ground pork to make Shumai during a Japanese cooking class at Fukushi Kaikan in Iwakuni, July 24, 2015. The station’s cultural adaptation program coordinates the class three times a year, and it is one of many ways to indulge in local cuisine. Participants learned how to make Oriental dishes such as Chinese pork dumpling, seaweed soup and fried rice.
Photo by Lance Cpl. Carlos Cruz Jr.
Corpsmen called to action during Exercise Dragon Fire 2015
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Daniel Valerio, left, Hospital Corpsman Mc Joe Evans Bautista, center, and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Trevor A. Tisby, right, stationed with Combat Logistics Company 36 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, place Sgt. Kendrick Moore, a motor transport operator with CLC-36, onto the stretcher during Exercise Dragon Fire 2015 at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, Japan, July 20, 2015. Moore simulated an unexpected injury during this training scenario that allowed the corpsmen to respond as if there was a real emergency. Dragon Fire reinforces Marines’ and Sailors’ combat mindset to prepare them for the mental and physical stresses of a combat zone.
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

VMGR-152 Marines practice air delivery ground refueling

August 20, 2015

Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 conducted air-delivery ground refueling MORE

USO brings entertainment for military families

August 14, 2015

Experience for Military Families, partnered with Sesame Street and Vee Corporation, delivered a free MORE

Moon Dogs arrive aboard Iwakuni air station

August 13, 2015

Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 3, the “Moon Dogs,” arrived aboard Marine Corps Air MORE

Service members bond with Japanese students

August 11, 2015

Service members aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, taught children English at Josho MORE

Marine Corps University briefs new changes to Marines

August 05, 2015

Marine Corps University representatives briefed commissioned and staff noncommissioned officers at MORE
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Environment
The lead testing on priority areas aboard MCAS Iwakuni is completed. Click the below button to see the result.

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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.
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OPSEC
 
Sexual Assault Prevention

To make a confidential report, call the 24/7 sexual assault hotline:080-5865-3566 (From CONUS, call 011-81-80-5865-3566). Victim Advocacy Program: 253-4526 or 090-9978-1033.

Please click the image to go to "DOD Safe Helpline" webpage.