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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 the mainland of Japan.
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The Marine Memorial Chapel aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, hosted a Kintai Bridge clean-up at the Iwakuni Bridge, Nov. 21, 2014. Volunteers from various units aboard station included Marine Aircraft Group 12, Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12, Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 and Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron. This community relations event is held once a month and illustrates the commitment the station has towards its host nation.
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Personnel with Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, and Japan Ground Self Defense Force service members participate in a hazardous material mass casualty drill as a part of Exercise Keen Sword aboard station, Nov. 19, 2014. Keen Sword is a routine force protection exercise designed to strengthen the relationship and interoperability between the air station and JGSDF forces.
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Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, donned authentic samurai armor to participate in the Kuragake Castle Festival, Nov. 16, 2014, in Kuga, Iwakuni City. The event symbolized the last gathering held by the Kuga Samurai before going to battle against an enemy much larger than their own in the 16th century.
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An F/A-18 hornet with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 awaits maintenance during Exercise Max Thunder 14-2, aboard Kunsan Air Base, Republic Of Korea, Nov. 14, 2014. Max Thunder is a semi-annual training event consisting of composite and coalition flight training between the U.S. military and the ROK Force with a main focus on air combat tactics, close air support, and combat search and rescue.
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Air crew Marines with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533 inspect panels and landing gear on an F/A-18 hornet during Exercise Max Thunder 14-2 aboard Kunsan Air Base, Republic Of Korea, Nov. 14, 2014. Max Thunder is a semi-annual training event consisting of composite and coalition flight training between the U.S. military and the ROK Air Force, with a main focus on air combat tactics, close air support, and combat search and rescue.
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Members of Seoul American High School’s cheer team perform during the 2014 Far East Cheer Championships, Nov. 7, inside the Mathew C. Perry High School gymnasium aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. The annual event is held to crown the best cheer team of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools.
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Members of Yokota High School’s cheer team perform during the 2014 Far East Cheer Championships, Nov. 7, inside the Mathew C. Perry High School gymnasium aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. The annual event is held to crown the best cheer team of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools.
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Service members with Marine Aircraft Group 12 run the 239th mile of their Marine Corps Birthday Run, Nov. 7, 2014, aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. Throughout the week, service members took turns running a mile on the seawall with the MAG-12 guideon.
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Service members with Marine Aircraft Group 12 warm up before running the last mile of their Marine Corps Birthday Run, Nov. 7, 2014, aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. Service members took turns running a mile on the seawall with the MAG-12 guideon throughout the week.
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Marines with Marine Aircraft Group 12 run on the seawall with their guideon aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 7, 2014. MAG-12 celebrated the 239th Marine Corps birthday by running 239 miles within a week.
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Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni's units celebrated the 239th Marine Corps Birthday with the traditional birthday ball at IronWorks Gym aboard MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 6, 7 and 8.
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Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, presented a Uniform Pageant for station residents at the Parade Deck, Nov. 5, 2014. The pageant is an annual event hosted in celebration of the Marine Corps Birthday.
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A Marine with Marine Aircraft Group 12 and a member of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s 102nd Central Nuclear Biological Chemical Weapon Defense Unit take care of a victim during Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Hazardous Material Emergency Response Operations aboard MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 8, 2014. This was the first time the MCAS Iwakuni Fire Station, Marine Aircraft Group 12 and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s 102nd Central Nuclear Biological Chemical Weapon Defense Unit collaborated to conduct this type of training.
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Fire fighters with the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Fire Station extract a victim from the fire training tower during Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Hazardous Material Emergency Response Operations aboard MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 8, 2014. This was the first time the MCAS Iwakuni Fire Station, Marine Aircraft Group 12 and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s 102nd Central Nuclear Biological Chemical Weapon Defense Unit collaborated to conduct this type of training.
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A member of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s 102nd Central Nuclear Biological Chemical Weapon Defense Unit makes his way through a smoke filled room inside the fire training tower aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 7, 2014. The 102nd Central NBC Weapon Defense Unit, Marine Aircraft Group 12, and the MCAS Iwakuni Fire Station collaborated to conduct interoperability training  while executing Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Hazardous Material Emergency Response Operations.
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Jarell Davis, a Matthew C. Perry Samurai running back, breaks away from the Daegu Warrior defense to score a touchdown during the 2014 Department of Defense Dependents Schools Far East Division II Football Championship Game at the Matthew C. Perry High School football field aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 8, 2014. Harris ran for 285 yards and scored three touchdowns in a losing effort. The Warrior won the title game 60-50.
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