U.S. Marines with Headquarters Battalion (HQBN), Marine Corps Base Hawaii, participate in a pugil stick competition during HQBN’s 1st annual Turkey Bowl, MCBH, Nov. 17, 2023. The HQBN Turkey Bowl is scheduled to be held annually during the Thanksgiving season to foster healthy competition and esprit de corps. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christian Tofteroo)
Steve Tome, a planner with Marine Corps Base Hawaii Environmental Compliance and Protection Division, identifies and explains the historical significance of proposed power generation sites on Marine Corps Base Hawaii during an Industry Day event, MCBH, Nov. 16, 2023. The event invited energy industry partners and developers aboard MCBH and served as a stepping stone towards enhancing the installation's energy resiliency through innovative and environmentally conscious means.
U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Simon Duran, director, Strategy and Plans Division, Plans, Policies, and Operations (PP&O), Headquarters Marine Corps, discusses community engagement efforts with Marine Corps Base Hawaii leadership and PP&O staff during a visit at Kansas Tower Hill, MCBH, Nov. 16, 2023. PP&O staff visited the base to discuss topics related to training, community engagement, and force modernization. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brandon Aultman)
Angie Condon, left, the strategic partnerships manager at Western Governors University, and Kevin Nolan, the academic relationship manager at Purdue University, pose for a photo during the Fall Education Fair, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Nov. 15, 2023. The fair offered service members and civilians an opportunity to learn more about educational benefits in the military and meet with college representatives from around the country. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tania Guerrero)


Navy Divers Document, Survey Marine Environment Below Downed P-8A Aircraft
Navy Divers assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One (MDSU-1) conduct an underwater survey of a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The video, collected to document the marine environment on Nov. 28 between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. HST, depicts the two points of contact the aircraft has with the coral and the remainder of the aircraft floating above. The Navy is developing a plan to remove the aircraft that prioritizes safety of people (salvage workers), safety of the environment and restoring combat capability of the aircraft. The Navy is conducting a thorough investigation of the mishap to determine the cause and prevent similar mishaps in the future. The P-8A is assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 “Skinny Dragons,” based at Whidbey Island, Washington, and was on a detachment in support of maritime homeland defense. The aircraft overshot the runway at Marine Corps Base Kaneohe on Nov. 20, and all nine crewmembers safely evacuated. (U.S. Navy video)
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MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII – Energy industry partners and developers converged on Marine Corps Base Hawaii for “Industry Day,” Nov. 16, 2023. The event, hosted by MCBH, served as a stepping stone towards enhancing the installation’s energy resiliency through innovative and environmentally conscious means.
MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII – The Nu’upia Ponds Wildlife Management Area of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, comprised of shoreline/beaches, ponds, wetlands, and native vegetated areas, provides sanctuary for several federally protected species. One of which, has expanded its colony since its early discovery in 1994 – the Wedge-tailed Shearwater. This has been possible due to collaborative and continuous environmental initiatives, habitat preservation/restoration and the species management.
MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII - It was a clear June night and Cpl. Ethan Merrill, a crash fire rescue firefighter stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and native of Grantsville, Maryland, felt the wind in his face as he cruised down Kalanianaole Highway on his Kawasaki Ninja 636 motorcycle. Riding with friends, and fellow service members, was always a carefree adventure to him. Suddenly, tragedy struck.

“One of my friends I was riding with went around a turn and hit the guardrail and flew down a 40-foot cliff,” said Merrill, recalling the incident. “My body will take over before my brain does. Every time we do drills or training, it helps me picture what could happen, and help be better prepared for it.”
MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII – Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) co-hosted a first of its kind community workday, Oct. 7, 2023, to rehabilitate the ecosystem of the Nu’upia ponds wildlife management area (WMA) and enhance accessibility to important archaeological sites in the area.

The workday was the first to occur under the terms of a May 2023 Nu’upia WMA co-stewardship Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between MCBH and local nonprofit organization, Peapae o He’eia. The day saw 19 volunteers converge on the Nu’upia WMA to clean up the wetlands, ponds and beaches of the area.
Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer (ISMT) enables Marines across the installation to maintain skills and proficiency with a variety of weapons systems without firing live ammunition. The ISMT is an interactive audio/visual weapons simulator that provides basic and enhanced marksmanship training, weapons employment training, and tactical decision making for a variety of small arms and crew served weapons. Recently, mortarmen assigned to 3rd Marine Littoral Regiment, 3d Marine Division, stationed at MCBH conducted training using the newly upgraded M252 81mm mortar ISMT.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Gabriela Rodriguez, a rising contender in the competitive powerlifting world, recently made waves in Hawaii by shattering state records in her weight class at the 2023 USA Powerlifting Wahine Open. Gabriela's journey from her hometown of Fresno, California to where she is now stands as a testament to her unwavering self-belief and relentless commitment to personal growth.

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