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March 9, 2022

USMC’s 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade completes JWT event in Okinawa

A range of small-unit operations were carried out in a jungle environment to enhance readiness.

Members of the US Marine Corps’ (USMC) 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) have concluded the Jungle Warfare Training event in Okinawa, Japan.

The event was held at the USMC’s jungle warfare training area, Camp Gonsalves.

Troops from the 7th Communications Battalion and the III Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group also took part in the event.

The exercise provided an opportunity for the marines and sailors to operate and work in unity while maintaining operational flexibility in the event of a crisis.

7th Communications Battalion commanding officer lieutenant colonel Jeffrey Patterson said: “Not only did this exercise enhance our strong partnership with 3rd MEB, but it also enhanced our marines’ understanding of the jungle environment and instilled confidence in their ability to traverse the difficult conditions.

“Our ability to manoeuvre is an essential element in providing assured communications for 3rd MEB to exercise distributed command and control.”

The Jungle Warfare Training course consisted of rope training, casualty care, military rappel, and survival.

The units also had a day-long training in the demanding jungle environment of northern training area in Okinawa.

3D MEB operations officer colonel Michael Brennan said: “Every marine in the Fire Brigade fights. We have taken the time to execute this tough and realistic training in order to improve our ability to be employed at a moment’s notice.

“We are fully aware of the challenges this environment presents, and we are training to manage those challenges.”

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