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Gen. James F. Amos, 35th commandant of the Marine Corps, grins as Sgt. Maj. Carlton W. Kent, sergeant major of the Marine Corps, shares a story with approximately 2,000 Marines from 3rd Marine Regiment during a visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Feb. 10, 2011. During their visit, the leaders spoke about and answered questions concerning the Corps’ continued involvement in overseas operations, reduction in personnel, the future of certain military occupational specialties, and issues surrounding the recent repeal of the Department of Defense’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. For Amos, who began his career as a first lieutenant with a Hawaii-based squadron, the visit to Hawaii was his first as commandant. - Gen. James F. Amos, 35th commandant of the Marine Corps, grins as Sgt. Maj. Carlton W. Kent, sergeant major of the Marine Corps, shares a story with approximately 2,000 Marines from 3rd Marine Regiment during a visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Feb. 10, 2011. During their visit, the leaders spoke about and answered questions concerning the Corps’ continued involvement in overseas operations, reduction in personnel, the future of certain military occupational specialties, and issues surrounding the recent repeal of the Department of Defense’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. For Amos, who began his career as a first lieutenant with a Hawaii-based squadron, the visit to Hawaii was his first as commandant.

The Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device graces the uniform of Cpl. Marc A. Madding. According to the medal citation, Madding, a former mortarman with Weapons platoon, Company L, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, was presented the award June 3 for “heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy as an Embedded Advisor, Embedded Training Team 5-4, 201st Corps, Afghanistan National Army, on 23 December 2008, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.” - The Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device graces the uniform of Cpl. Marc A. Madding. According to the medal citation, Madding, a former mortarman with Weapons platoon, Company L, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, was presented the award June 3 for “heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy as an Embedded Advisor, Embedded Training Team 5-4, 201st Corps, Afghanistan National Army, on 23 December 2008, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.”

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Pfc. Lucas Smith asks Gen. Robert B. Neller a question during his visit to Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Japan, October 13, 2016. Neller is visiting III Marine Expeditionary Force to reinforce the importance of every Marine and Sailor and their role in continuing the mission of the ‘Fight Tonight’ MEF. Whether responding to a crisis or natural disaster, III MEF continues to train to ensure its capabilities in keeping peace and security throughout the region. “I’m not looking to pick a fight with anybody, but you need to be ready to go,” said Neller. Neller, from East Lansing, Michigan, is the commandant of Marine Corps. Smith, from Cleveland, Ohio is a warehouse clerk at 3rd Supply Battalion, 3rd Supply Company, III Marine Logistics Group, III MEF. - Pfc. Lucas Smith asks Gen. Robert B. Neller a question during his visit to Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Japan, October 13, 2016. Neller is visiting III Marine Expeditionary Force to reinforce the importance of every Marine and Sailor and their role in continuing the mission of the ‘Fight Tonight’ MEF. Whether responding to a crisis or natural disaster, III MEF continues to train to ensure its capabilities in keeping peace and security throughout the region. “I’m not looking to pick a fight with anybody, but you need to be ready to go,” said Neller. Neller, from East Lansing, Michigan, is the commandant of Marine Corps. Smith, from Cleveland, Ohio is a warehouse clerk at 3rd Supply Battalion, 3rd Supply Company, III Marine Logistics Group, III MEF.

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