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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.
U.S. Marines with Marine Attack Squadron 542 (VMA) 542, exit a U.S. Air Force C-130J upon their arrival at Chitose Air Base, Japan, Dec. 2, 2016. VMA-542 journeyed to Chitose to partake in the Aviation Relocation Training program in an effort to increase operational readiness between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Japan Air Self Defense Force, improve interoperability and reduce noise concerns of aviation training on local communities by disseminating training locations throughout Japan.
Tigers arrive in Chitose
U.S. Marines with Marine Attack Squadron 542 (VMA) 542, exit a U.S. Air Force C-130J upon their arrival at Chitose Air Base, Japan, Dec. 2, 2016. VMA-542 journeyed to Chitose to partake in the Aviation Relocation Training program in an effort to increase operational readiness between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Japan Air Self Defense Force, improve interoperability and reduce noise concerns of aviation training on local communities by disseminating training locations throughout Japan.
The Hakuhodo film team records a promotion video at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 29, 2016. Hakuhodo Inc. teamed up with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force to create a promotion video to show how the JMSDF is active in the community. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Gabriela Garcia-Herrera)
Filming the Zero Hangar
The Hakuhodo film team records a promotion video at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 29, 2016. Hakuhodo Inc. teamed up with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force to create a promotion video to show how the JMSDF is active in the community. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Gabriela Garcia-Herrera)
U.S. Marines with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 225 participated in exercise Cope West 17 at Sam Ratulangi International Airport, Indonesia, Nov. 1 - 11, 2016. Cope West 17 is a fighter-focused exercise lead by Pacific Air Forces and executed by the U.S. Marine Corps and Indonesian Air Force to enhance the readiness of combined interoperability between the two nations. Both the U.S. F/A-18D Hornets and Indonesian F-16 Fighting Falcons bring unique capabilities affording the associated nations the opportunity to learn and understand each other’s skills, preparing them for real world contingencies and further strengthening their relationship. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Aaron Henson)
Cope West 17
U.S. Marines with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 225 participated in exercise Cope West 17 at Sam Ratulangi International Airport, Indonesia, Nov. 1 - 11, 2016. Cope West 17 is a fighter-focused exercise lead by Pacific Air Forces and executed by the U.S. Marine Corps and Indonesian Air Force to enhance the readiness of combined interoperability between the two nations. Both the U.S. F/A-18D Hornets and Indonesian F-16 Fighting Falcons bring unique capabilities affording the associated nations the opportunity to learn and understand each other’s skills, preparing them for real world contingencies and further strengthening their relationship. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Aaron Henson)
U.S. Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni pose for a picture at the 27th annual Kuragake Festival and Samurai Parade in Iwakuni City, Japan, Nov. 20, 2016. The Marines were transformed from service members to samurai warroirs with traditional samurai armor, swords, spears and helmets before marching down the streets of Kuga demonstrating their strength and courage before going to battle. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Nicole Zurbrugg)
Marines commemorate historic Japanese samurai
U.S. Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni pose for a picture at the 27th annual Kuragake Festival and Samurai Parade in Iwakuni City, Japan, Nov. 20, 2016. The Marines were transformed from service members to samurai warroirs with traditional samurai armor, swords, spears and helmets before marching down the streets of Kuga demonstrating their strength and courage before going to battle. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Nicole Zurbrugg)
Julie Pace, a speech contestant, presents a speech at the 55th Annual Japanese and English Speech Contest at the Iwakuni Sinfonia in Iwakuni City, Japan, Nov. 13, 2016. Speech contestants were judged on their articulation, enunciation, and clear and concise speaking as well as their overall performance. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Gabriela Garcia-Herrera)
Overcoming differences, growing relationships
Julie Pace, a speech contestant, presents a speech at the 55th Annual Japanese and English Speech Contest at the Iwakuni Sinfonia in Iwakuni City, Japan, Nov. 13, 2016. Speech contestants were judged on their articulation, enunciation, and clear and concise speaking as well as their overall performance. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Gabriela Garcia-Herrera)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpls. Jorge Lares, left, Ashley Garcia, middle, and Austin Berube, right, combat engineers with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 171, attempt to fix a generator during unit level training at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 17, 2016. The focused on base recovery exercises to better prepare the Marines for scenarios that could arise while on station or during deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego)
Sentinels practice restoring runway
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpls. Jorge Lares, left, Ashley Garcia, middle, and Austin Berube, right, combat engineers with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 171, attempt to fix a generator during unit level training at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 17, 2016. The focused on base recovery exercises to better prepare the Marines for scenarios that could arise while on station or during deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego)
U.S. Marines and U.S. Airmen work together during a simulated contamination control area in preparation of Vigilant Ace 17-1 at Osan Air Base, Korea, Nov. 17, 2016. Vigilant Ace is a biannual, bilateral training event that exercises U.S. military and Republic of Korea Air Force interoperability through simulated wartime tasking. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jacob Farbo)
Ready Group takes part in Vigilant Ace 17-1
U.S. Marines and U.S. Airmen work together during a simulated contamination control area in preparation of Vigilant Ace 17-1 at Osan Air Base, Korea, Nov. 17, 2016. Vigilant Ace is a biannual, bilateral training event that exercises U.S. military and Republic of Korea Air Force interoperability through simulated wartime tasking. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jacob Farbo)
A U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18D Hornet takes off from Sam Ratulangi International Airport, Indonesia during exercise Cope West 17, Nov. 8, 2016. The combined training offered by this exercise helps prepare the U.S. Marine Corps and Indonesia Air Force to work together in promoting a peaceful Indo-Asia-Pacific region while practicing close air support and air-to-air training that will enhance their to respond to contingencies throughout the region. Both the U.S. F/A-18D Hornets and Indonesian F-16 Fighting Falcons bring unique capabilities affording the associated nations the opportunity to learn and understand each other’s skills, preparing them for real world contingencies and further strengthening their relationship. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron Henson)
Pacific Air Forces, US Marine Corps conclude exercise Cope West 17
A U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18D Hornet takes off from Sam Ratulangi International Airport, Indonesia during exercise Cope West 17, Nov. 8, 2016. The combined training offered by this exercise helps prepare the U.S. Marine Corps and Indonesia Air Force to work together in promoting a peaceful Indo-Asia-Pacific region while practicing close air support and air-to-air training that will enhance their to respond to contingencies throughout the region. Both the U.S. F/A-18D Hornets and Indonesian F-16 Fighting Falcons bring unique capabilities affording the associated nations the opportunity to learn and understand each other’s skills, preparing them for real world contingencies and further strengthening their relationship. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron Henson)
U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Philip Park, right, command chaplain with Marine Aircraft Group 12, recieves a school basketball jersey from Jemmy Jermias, the school principal, during a visit at Sekolah Menengah Eben Haezar Manado High School in Manado, Indonesia, Nov. 9, 2016. The exchanging of gifts symbolizes each other’s appreciation for cultural exchanges and community relations events. As part of a community relations event, the visit offered Marines and Sailors with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA(AW)) 225 the opportunity to engage in cultural exchanges and build relationships within the local community. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron Henson)
Marines, Sailors build bonds with Indonesian students
U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Philip Park, right, command chaplain with Marine Aircraft Group 12, recieves a school basketball jersey from Jemmy Jermias, the school principal, during a visit at Sekolah Menengah Eben Haezar Manado High School in Manado, Indonesia, Nov. 9, 2016. The exchanging of gifts symbolizes each other’s appreciation for cultural exchanges and community relations events. As part of a community relations event, the visit offered Marines and Sailors with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA(AW)) 225 the opportunity to engage in cultural exchanges and build relationships within the local community. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron Henson)
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Jerry P. Martinez, commander of U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, and Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, Chief of Staff of the Japan Joint Staff, held a press conference at the conclusion of Keen Sword 2017 at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 10, 2016. Held since 1986, Keen Sword is the largest joint, bilateral field training exercise between the U.S. military and Japan Self-Defense Force. The forces conducted air and amphibious training at military installations throughout mainland Japan, Okinawa and in air and sea surrounding Japan, Guam and Tinian. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Donato Maffin)
Keen Sword Press Conference
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Jerry P. Martinez, commander of U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, and Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, Chief of Staff of the Japan Joint Staff, held a press conference at the conclusion of Keen Sword 2017 at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 10, 2016. Held since 1986, Keen Sword is the largest joint, bilateral field training exercise between the U.S. military and Japan Self-Defense Force. The forces conducted air and amphibious training at military installations throughout mainland Japan, Okinawa and in air and sea surrounding Japan, Guam and Tinian. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Donato Maffin)
A player from the Matthew C. Perry High School Samurai football team runs through a defender from the Humphreys High School Blackhawks football team from U.S. Army Garrison, Camp Humphreys, Korea, during the Far East Division II Championship Nov. 5, 2016, at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. At the end of the fourth quarter, the Samurai beat the Blackhawks 44-6 making them the Far East Division II Champions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego)
Samurai run through Blackhawks
A player from the Matthew C. Perry High School Samurai football team runs through a defender from the Humphreys High School Blackhawks football team from U.S. Army Garrison, Camp Humphreys, Korea, during the Far East Division II Championship Nov. 5, 2016, at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. At the end of the fourth quarter, the Samurai beat the Blackhawks 44-6 making them the Far East Division II Champions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Delwin K. Ellington, sergeant major of Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA (AW)) 225, presents a signed basketball to Deysie Lumowa, the head mistress at Sekolah Menengah Atas Negeri 1 High School in Manado, Indonesia, Nov. 4, 2016. As part of a community relations event, the visit offered service members the opportunity to engage in cultural exchanges and build relationships within the local community. At the end of the event, Marines and Sailors exchanged gifts with Lumowa, showing each other’s appreciation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron Henson)
Making new friends, building relationships
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Delwin K. Ellington, sergeant major of Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA (AW)) 225, presents a signed basketball to Deysie Lumowa, the head mistress at Sekolah Menengah Atas Negeri 1 High School in Manado, Indonesia, Nov. 4, 2016. As part of a community relations event, the visit offered service members the opportunity to engage in cultural exchanges and build relationships within the local community. At the end of the event, Marines and Sailors exchanged gifts with Lumowa, showing each other’s appreciation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron Henson)
Two U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18D Hornets with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA (AW)) 225, taxi down the flight line to begin exercise Cope West 17 at Sam Ratulangi International Airport, Indonesia, Nov. 1, 2016. This fighter-focused, bilateral exercise between the U.S. Marine Corps and Indonesian Air Force is designed to enhance the readiness of combined interoperability between the two nations. The squadron plans to complete their unit air-to-air training requirements, which focuses on basic fighter maneuvering, section engaged maneuvering, offensive anti-air warfare and active air defense versus the Indonesian Air Force to increase situational readiness, interoperability, knowledge and partnership between the U.S. and Indonesia. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron Henson)
VMFA (AW) 225, Indonesia launch flight operations
Two U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18D Hornets with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA (AW)) 225, taxi down the flight line to begin exercise Cope West 17 at Sam Ratulangi International Airport, Indonesia, Nov. 1, 2016. This fighter-focused, bilateral exercise between the U.S. Marine Corps and Indonesian Air Force is designed to enhance the readiness of combined interoperability between the two nations. The squadron plans to complete their unit air-to-air training requirements, which focuses on basic fighter maneuvering, section engaged maneuvering, offensive anti-air warfare and active air defense versus the Indonesian Air Force to increase situational readiness, interoperability, knowledge and partnership between the U.S. and Indonesia. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron Henson)
U.S. Marines of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni perform a cake cutting ceremony during the 241st Marine Corps birthday uniform pageant on the parade deck at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 1, 2016. The ceremony displayed uniforms dating back to 1775, honoring traditional Marine Corps uniforms and history. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Sgt. Carlos Cruz Jr.)
241st Marine Corps Birthday Uniform Pageant
U.S. Marines of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni perform a cake cutting ceremony during the 241st Marine Corps birthday uniform pageant on the parade deck at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 1, 2016. The ceremony displayed uniforms dating back to 1775, honoring traditional Marine Corps uniforms and history. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Sgt. Carlos Cruz Jr.)
The Matthew C. Perry High School Samurai football team runs the ball against the Yokota High School Panthers during the homecoming football game at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 22, 2016. Both undefeated in Division II Japan, the Samurai (5-1) faced off against the Panthers (4-1) where the winner became the Division II Japan champions. At the end of the fourth quarter, the Samurai beat the Panthers 52-19 making them the Division II Japan champions and will host the Humphreys High School Blackhawks from U.S. Army Garrison, Camp Humphreys, Korea, the Division II Korea champions during the Far East Division II Championship on Nov. 5, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Henson)
Samurai beat Panthers 52-19 in homecoming game
The Matthew C. Perry High School Samurai football team runs the ball against the Yokota High School Panthers during the homecoming football game at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 22, 2016. Both undefeated in Division II Japan, the Samurai (5-1) faced off against the Panthers (4-1) where the winner became the Division II Japan champions. At the end of the fourth quarter, the Samurai beat the Panthers 52-19 making them the Division II Japan champions and will host the Humphreys High School Blackhawks from U.S. Army Garrison, Camp Humphreys, Korea, the Division II Korea champions during the Far East Division II Championship on Nov. 5, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Henson)
Yoshihiko Fukuda, mayor of Iwakuni City, Japan, and U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. J. T. Bardo, commanding officer of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, observe an F-35B Lightning II at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma, Arizona, Oct. 24, 2016. The demonstration of the F-35B gave Fukuda a better understanding of the aircraft and its capabilities. This event helped Fukuda better understand the capabilities of VMFA 121.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nathan Wicks)
Fukuda visits MCAS Yuma
Yoshihiko Fukuda, mayor of Iwakuni City, Japan, and U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. J. T. Bardo, commanding officer of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, observe an F-35B Lightning II at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma, Arizona, Oct. 24, 2016. The demonstration of the F-35B gave Fukuda a better understanding of the aircraft and its capabilities. This event helped Fukuda better understand the capabilities of VMFA 121.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nathan Wicks)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Allison Jenkins, firefighter specialist with Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting, watches U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jacob Johnson, firefighter specialist with ARFF, while he ensures the safety of a Girl Scout from Iwakuni Brownies Troop 92 while operating a fire hose during a fire prevention and safety seminar at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 22, 2016. The Marines used methods the girls wouldn’t forget in their teaching such as interacting with Sparky, the fire dog for MCAS Iwakuni; trying on the gear used for fighting fire and operating the fire hose. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego)
Iwakuni Brownies learn fire safety, prevention
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Allison Jenkins, firefighter specialist with Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting, watches U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jacob Johnson, firefighter specialist with ARFF, while he ensures the safety of a Girl Scout from Iwakuni Brownies Troop 92 while operating a fire hose during a fire prevention and safety seminar at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 22, 2016. The Marines used methods the girls wouldn’t forget in their teaching such as interacting with Sparky, the fire dog for MCAS Iwakuni; trying on the gear used for fighting fire and operating the fire hose. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego)
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Donald Shrewsbury, a KC-130J Hercules representative  with Marine Aviation Training System Site Iwakuni, directs a Japan Air Self-Defense Force aviation cadet with the 12th Flight Training Wing from JASDF Hōfu-kita Air Base while flying a KC-130J simulator during a Junior officer engagement program at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 19, 2016. The engagement program aims to enhance the understanding and working relationships between U.S. and Japanese pilots. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Henson)
Junior Officer Engagement Program strengthens US, Japan interoperability
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Donald Shrewsbury, a KC-130J Hercules representative with Marine Aviation Training System Site Iwakuni, directs a Japan Air Self-Defense Force aviation cadet with the 12th Flight Training Wing from JASDF Hōfu-kita Air Base while flying a KC-130J simulator during a Junior officer engagement program at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 19, 2016. The engagement program aims to enhance the understanding and working relationships between U.S. and Japanese pilots. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Henson)
U.S. Marines with Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting conduct live fire exercises at Training Point Charlie on Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 18, 2016. The Marines used jet fuel to simulate realistic situations, increasing their readiness and ability to respond to an emergency at any hour. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego)
ARFF fuels their readiness
U.S. Marines with Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting conduct live fire exercises at Training Point Charlie on Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 18, 2016. The Marines used jet fuel to simulate realistic situations, increasing their readiness and ability to respond to an emergency at any hour. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego)
U.S. Marines and Sailors from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni march with members of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Fleet Air Wing 31 and Japanese civilians during the 60th Annual Iwakuni Festival in Iwakuni City, Japan, Oct. 16, 2016. The goal of the festival is to enrich the Iwakuni image, show the development of the community and build relationships between Iwakuni civilians. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Henson)
Iwakuni Festival brings community together
U.S. Marines and Sailors from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni march with members of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Fleet Air Wing 31 and Japanese civilians during the 60th Annual Iwakuni Festival in Iwakuni City, Japan, Oct. 16, 2016. The goal of the festival is to enrich the Iwakuni image, show the development of the community and build relationships between Iwakuni civilians. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Henson)
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni residents and Japanese locals pose for a group photo during the U.S.-Japan Children Soccer event at the Suo-Oshima Athletic Field in Suo-Oshima, Japan, Oct. 1, 2016. As part of a good keeping with the U.S.-Japan relationship, soccer was used to break the barrier of communication through words and teach children communication through actions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego)
Kicking through language barriers
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni residents and Japanese locals pose for a group photo during the U.S.-Japan Children Soccer event at the Suo-Oshima Athletic Field in Suo-Oshima, Japan, Oct. 1, 2016. As part of a good keeping with the U.S.-Japan relationship, soccer was used to break the barrier of communication through words and teach children communication through actions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego)
Athletes pose for a group photo after finishing a duathlon during the Special Olympics Nippon Hiroshima at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 2, 2016. Activities held at the Special Olympics included basketball, futsal, tennis, bowling and a duathlon. The Special Olympics instills confidence, inspires a sense of competition and improves health through the transformative power of sports. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Henson)
Special Olympics creates friendships
Athletes pose for a group photo after finishing a duathlon during the Special Olympics Nippon Hiroshima at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 2, 2016. Activities held at the Special Olympics included basketball, futsal, tennis, bowling and a duathlon. The Special Olympics instills confidence, inspires a sense of competition and improves health through the transformative power of sports. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Henson)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Mario A. Marquez, left, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) sergeant major, and U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Lee D. Bonar Jr., III Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) sergeant major, observe Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni during a command visit at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, Sept. 27, 2016. The command visit entailed a meeting with the senior enlisted leaders of the air station, staff noncommissioned officer professional military education, breakfast with noncommissioned officers and afforded the senior enlisted leaders of III MEF, Marine Corps Installations Pacific and 1st MAW the opportunity to view the transformation of the air station. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Henson)
Marine, Navy senior enlisted leaders visit MCAS Iwakuni
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Mario A. Marquez, left, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) sergeant major, and U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Lee D. Bonar Jr., III Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) sergeant major, observe Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni during a command visit at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, Sept. 27, 2016. The command visit entailed a meeting with the senior enlisted leaders of the air station, staff noncommissioned officer professional military education, breakfast with noncommissioned officers and afforded the senior enlisted leaders of III MEF, Marine Corps Installations Pacific and 1st MAW the opportunity to view the transformation of the air station. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Henson)
Lance Cpl. Nick Cox, a powerliner assigned to Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA(AW)) 242 performs maintenance on an F/A-18D Hornet after a flight mission during Exercise Valiant Shield 16 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Sept. 18, 2016. Powerliners, airframes mechanics, communication navigation and ordnance technicians, work around the clock to ensure flight schedules are met for aviation operations during the exercise. During this U.S.-only, biennial field training exercise, F/A-18D Hornets flew in a plethora of missions that emphasize joint integration, interoperability and expeditionary readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jessica Quezada)
Maintainers keep The Bats flying
Lance Cpl. Nick Cox, a powerliner assigned to Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA(AW)) 242 performs maintenance on an F/A-18D Hornet after a flight mission during Exercise Valiant Shield 16 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Sept. 18, 2016. Powerliners, airframes mechanics, communication navigation and ordnance technicians, work around the clock to ensure flight schedules are met for aviation operations during the exercise. During this U.S.-only, biennial field training exercise, F/A-18D Hornets flew in a plethora of missions that emphasize joint integration, interoperability and expeditionary readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jessica Quezada)
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS) 12 officers, staff noncommissioned officers and their spouses from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni pose for a photo on the Kintai Bridge in Iwakuni City, Japan, Sept. 23, 2016. The squadron gathered for a formal dinner to promote camaraderie and fellowship between service members and their spouses while experiencing the Japanese culture. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nicole Zurbrugg)
MALS-12 promotes camaraderie
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS) 12 officers, staff noncommissioned officers and their spouses from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni pose for a photo on the Kintai Bridge in Iwakuni City, Japan, Sept. 23, 2016. The squadron gathered for a formal dinner to promote camaraderie and fellowship between service members and their spouses while experiencing the Japanese culture. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nicole Zurbrugg)
Japanese locals make their way toward the Kumano Brush festival in Kumano, Japan, Sept. 22, 2016. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni residents traveled to Kumano with the Cultural Adaptation Program to experience calligraphy, tradition, history and entertainment the festival offered. After attending the festival the residents visited the Fudenosato Kobo Museum where they learned how calligraphy equipment is made. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego)
Air station residents experience Kumano Brush Festival
Japanese locals make their way toward the Kumano Brush festival in Kumano, Japan, Sept. 22, 2016. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni residents traveled to Kumano with the Cultural Adaptation Program to experience calligraphy, tradition, history and entertainment the festival offered. After attending the festival the residents visited the Fudenosato Kobo Museum where they learned how calligraphy equipment is made. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego)
Children wait for shaved ice during the Boys and Girls Club Day for Kids Celebration 2016 at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Sept. 17, 2016. All kids, 17 years of age and younger, were invited out for entertainment, food and beverages with the local community. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego)
Celebration for kids
Children wait for shaved ice during the Boys and Girls Club Day for Kids Celebration 2016 at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Sept. 17, 2016. All kids, 17 years of age and younger, were invited out for entertainment, food and beverages with the local community. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego)
U.S. Marine Corps airframes mechanics assigned to Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA(AW)) 242 remove a hydraulic pump from an F/A-18D Hornet after a flight mission during Exercise Valiant Shield 16 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Sept. 18, 2016. Powerliners, airframes mechanics, communication navigation and ordnance technicians, work around the clock to ensure flight schedules are met for aviation operations during the exercise. During this U.S.-only, biennial field training exercise, F/A-18D Hornets flew in a plethora of missions that emphasize joint integration, interoperability and expeditionary readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jessica Quezada)
Maintainers keep The Bats flying
U.S. Marine Corps airframes mechanics assigned to Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA(AW)) 242 remove a hydraulic pump from an F/A-18D Hornet after a flight mission during Exercise Valiant Shield 16 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Sept. 18, 2016. Powerliners, airframes mechanics, communication navigation and ordnance technicians, work around the clock to ensure flight schedules are met for aviation operations during the exercise. During this U.S.-only, biennial field training exercise, F/A-18D Hornets flew in a plethora of missions that emphasize joint integration, interoperability and expeditionary readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jessica Quezada)
U.S. Navy Sailors pose for a group photo during a promotion ceremony in the Marine Memorial Chapel at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Sept. 16, 2016. The newly promoted chief petty officers were joined by their peers as a sign of becoming something bigger than themselves. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego)
Chief Petty Officer selectees take next step
U.S. Navy Sailors pose for a group photo during a promotion ceremony in the Marine Memorial Chapel at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Sept. 16, 2016. The newly promoted chief petty officers were joined by their peers as a sign of becoming something bigger than themselves. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego)
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Iwakuni News Stories
Tigers arrive in Chitose By Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego | December 3, 2016
Hakuhodo film crew visits Zero Hangar By Pfc. Gabriela Garcia-Herrera | December 1, 2016
Cope West 17 By Cpl. Aaron Henson | November 22, 2016
Overcoming differences, growing relationships By Private First Class Gabriela Garcia-Herrera | November 21, 2016
Marines commemorate historic Japanese samurai By Sgt. Nicole Zurbrugg | November 21, 2016
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).

Liberty Policy as of Sept. 1, 2016

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