Nov 22 2023
Tougher Than a Turkey: HQBN MCBH Hosts 1st Annual Turkey Bowl Competition
Cpl. Christian Tofteroo
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)
Power Production Possibilities: Energy Industry Partners and Developers Attend MCBH Industry Day
Lance Cpl. Hunter Jones
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.
Ironing Out the Details: Plans, Policies, and Operations Staff Visit MCBH to Discuss Training, Community Engagement, and Force Modernization Efforts
Sgt. Brandon Aultman
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)
Two Covers Are Better Than One: MCBH Hosts Fall Education Fair
Sgt. Julian Elliott-Drouin
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)
Nov 29 2023
Marine Corps Base Hawaii Seeks to Enhance Energy Resiliency
Story by Gunnery Sgt. Orlando Perez
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.
Pulling Wedgies: Tagging Wedge-Tailed Shearwater Fledglings Ahead of Fallout Season
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.
Oct 16 2023
Band of Brothers: Grantsville, Maryland Native Saves Fellow Service Member
Story by Cpl. Chandler Stacy
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.”
Oct 07 2023
Marine Corps Base Hawaii and Paepae o He’eia Nu’upia Ponds Wildlife Management Area First Community Workday
Story by 1st Lt. Hailey Harms
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.
Sep 29 2023
Adjusting [Simulated] Fire: MCBH mortar simulator receives upgrade
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.
Raising the Bar: MCBH Marine breaks Hawaii State Powerlifting Record
Story by Cpl. Brandon Aultman
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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