U.S. Marine Corps explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians with Marine Corps Base Hawaii EOD, unloads a Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II (MTRS Inc II) during a capabilities and educational demonstration for Military Homeschoolers of Hawaii students at MCBH, Sept. 21, 2023. Participants learned about military occupations, specifically those related to Science, Technology, Electronics, and Math, from MCBH EOD and Marathon Targets, a military technology company. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Julian Elliott-Drouin)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Antonio Keifner, a rifleman with Bravo Company, 3rd Littoral Combat Team, 3rd Marine Littoral Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, fires a suppressed M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle during a range acoustic test at Pu'uloa Range Training Facility, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Sept. 19, 2023. MCBH's Safety Department and PRTF personnel conducted the acoustic test to record and determine the effectiveness of suppressed weapons at reducing noise pollution exiting PRTF. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Hunter J. Jones)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Malik Dowe, a student with Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay Corporals Course 3-23, scans for simulated hostiles during urban operations training, Marine Corps Training Area Bellows, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Sept. 14, 2023. The course provided Marine noncommissioned officers with the skills and knowledge necessary to become successful small-unit leaders. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Hunter Jones)
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Edward D. Banta, Deputy Commandant of Installations and Logistics, center, discusses installation water treatment measures with staff members of the Water Reclamation Facility on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Sept. 13, 2023. Banta visited MCBH to gain insight into current base modernization efforts to meet the demands of a constantly evolving strategic environment in accordance with Force Design 2030. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Cody Purcell)
U.S. Marines, first responders, and support staff with Marine Corps Base Hawaii pay respects to the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, during a remembrance ceremony, MCBH, Sept. 11, 2023. The ceremony was held in honor of those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 attacks. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brandon Aultman)
High school students compete in the 5,000-meter race during the Hawaii High School Athletic Association cross country season opener on Marine Corps Training Area Bellows, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Aug. 29, 2023. This marked the first year that MCTAB, a non-live fire training facility utilized and maintained by service members across the Pacific, has hosted the event, which consisted of several 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter races across the facility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Hunter J. Jones)
A U.S. Marine speaks with representatives of Special Olympics Hawaii, an organization with the goal of providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, during a volunteer fair at the Mokapu Mall, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Aug. 25, 2023. The volunteer fair was held to showcase the base’s volunteer efforts and partnerships with external community organizations, fostering collaboration and community engagement. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brandon Aultman)
Dan Geltmacher, a range and training area manager with Marine Corps Base Hawaii, speaks to staff members of the Hawaii Military Affairs Council (MAC) during a visit, MCBH, Aug. 23, 2023. The purpose of the visitation was to provide members of the MAC a greater understanding of the military mission and challenges to better advocate with the Department of the Defense, State of Hawaii, and congressional delegation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Chandler Stacy)


Hawaii Marine - September 2023
The Hawaii Marine is a monthly video highlighting events that have recently occurred aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, April 28, 2023. The video is part of an ongoing series capturing events that occur throughout the several bases that make up MCBH. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Christian Tofteroo)
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Representatives from Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s Environmental Compliance and Protection Division and Environmental Protection Integration Program gathered alongside elected and local leaders as well as community members during a town hall to address mutual concerns regarding the impact of invasive species on the Windward side of Oahu. As stewards of the unique and culturally significant Mokapu peninsula and surrounding training areas, MCBH takes pride in our role of protecting local resources. Invasive species pose a threat to the local economy, the island’s ecosystem, and the safety of Oahu’s residents. As a member of the community, MCBH has direct lines of effort to help mitigate the spread and impact of invasive species.
MARINE CORPS TRAINING AREA BELLOWS, Hawaii – The Ko’olau mountains loomed in the blazing afternoon sun at Marine Corps Training Area Bellows while 600 high school and middle school students representing 16 schools gathered to compete in the Hawaii High School Athletic Association’s season opening cross country race, August 26, 2023.

The season opener consists of the 3,000-meter races for middle school and high school open, and 5,000-meter races for high school varsity athletes, hosted aboard MCTAB. MCTAB, a 1,049-acre non-live fire training area, is used by Marines across the Pacific for urban operations training, and waterborne, heavy equipment, and forward area aviation operations. An area designed to test, train, and prepare Marines for combat, saw young athletes compete on its grounds for the first time.
Across the thick jungles and mountainous terrain of Oahu, U.S. Marines participating in the Advanced Infantry Marine Course execute their patrol plans under the watchful eye of their combat tested instructors. Each iteration of the course is mentally rigorous and physically demanding, pushing Marines to the limit of their capabilities, and molding them into ready, highly proficient warriors.
MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII - At the edge of the crystal-clear waters of Kaneohe Bay, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, an essential team stands guard, ensuring the safety and preservation of the island paradise. MCBH Waterfront Operations is a dedicated force responsible for search and rescue, emergency response to environmental hazards, and maintaining security for this unique base.

"We have a memorandum of agreement with Coast Guard District 14. We're responsible for search and rescue on our side of the island, from Kahuku Point to Makua Point, and 12 miles out from the island. Any distress calls that are made within that area go to us. Service members, civilians, it doesn’t matter," explained U.S. Navy Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason Bowlen, officer in charge of MCBH Waterfront Operations.
MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII – Local residents and service members alike gathered along the shoreline of Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s Hangar 101 to compete in the 2023 John D. Kaupiko Regatta, hosted in partnership with the Hui Nalu Canoe Club, July 16, 2023.

The John D. Kaupiko Regatta, named after the renowned member of the Hui Nalu Canoe Club and symbolic icon for the Hawaiian sport of outrigger racing, is an annual canoe race that has been held on MCBH since 2012. This year, 18 canoe clubs participated in 45 races ranging in distances up to a mile and a half.
PU'ULOA RANGE TRAINING FACILITY, HI. – The U.S. Marine Corps has long upheld the principle of "Every Marine a rifleman," ensuring that marksmanship training remains a cornerstone of a Marine’s operational readiness. Critical to this endeavor for Hawaii Marines is Pu'uloa Range Training Facility (PRTF), a training complex that has remained under the stewardship of Marine Corps Base Hawaii since 1934. This commitment reflects the vital mission of providing middle-pacific based, sustainable and secure training and operational support, facilities and services to enable the Marine Corps to be a stand-in and joint operating force in readiness. The PRTF stands as the exclusive range in Hawaii where approximately 7,000 active-duty Marines per year can conduct their annual rifle qualification (ARQ).

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