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M.C. Perry Junior High experiences traditional Japanese school
Yutaka Tsuda, mathematics teacher at Takamori Midori Junior High School in Kuga, Japan, explains a math problem to Ashley Atkins, a seventh-grader from Matthew C. Perry Junior High School, during a cultural exchange at Midori Junior High Feb. 2, 2016. M.C. Perry students integrated into various classes at Midori Junior High to experience the traditional Japanese classroom environment. Cultural events are a great opportunity for students to learn about a new culture and use their language skills.
Local farmers present mikans to M.C. Perry
From left to right, Jenny Reese, assistant principal at Matthew C. Perry Elementary School, Jessica Blackston and Kenji Brunson, students at M.C. Perry Elementary School and Arturo Rivera, principal at M.C. Perry Elementary School receive a box of mikans from Motoi Yoshimura, right, leading board director and union president at the Yamaguchi Oshima Agricultural Cooperative Association during the 6th Annual Mikan Presentation at M.C. Perry at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Feb. 1, 2016. Mikans are orange citrus fruits that resemble tangerines and are a symbol of Japan’s agricultural export business. The event provided students and staff the opportunity to strengthen their bond with Iwakuni residents.
Ambassador Kennedy makes first visit to MCAS Iwkauni
Ambassador Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, 29th United States ambassador to Japan, toured Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Jan. 28, 2016. This is her first time since appointed as ambassador back in 2013 by President Barack Obama that Kennedy has visited MCAS Iwakuni. Kennedy, the daughter of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, met with Marines of Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 and expressed her gratitude for their service to their country.
Fighting Bengals soar Pacific skies with Japanese pilots
A maintainer with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 224 salutes the pilots inside an F/A-18D Hornet before taking off at Chitose Air Base in Hokkaido, Japan, Jan. 14, 2016. VMFA (AW)-224, homebased at MCAS Beaufort, S.C., is temporarily based in Iwakuni on a unit deployment program and deployed to Northern Japan to participate in the Chitose Aviation Training Relocation Exercise Jan. 12-22. During the exercise, the squadron conducted dissimilar air combat training with and against the Japan Air Self-Defense Force to further support combined interoperability and Pacific theater security cooperation.
Chitose exercise enhances U.S.-Japan interoperability
Lance Cpl. Dylan Ahearn, a fixed-wing aviation safety equipment mechanic with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 224, carries a toolbox at Chitose Air Base apron in Hokkaido, Japan, Jan. 13, 2016. VMFA (AW)-224, homebased at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., is temporarily based in Iwakuni on a unit deployment program and deployed to Northern Japan to participate in the Chitose Aviation Training Relocation Exercise Jan. 12-22. During the exercise, the squadron conducted dissimilar air combat training with and against the Japan Air Self-Defense Force to further support combined interoperability and Pacific theater security cooperation.
Calligraphy event spells out fun for everyone
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni home-schoolers pose for a group picture with the Calligraphy Club from Kannon High School, Hiroshima, during a calligraphy event at the Waki General Community Center in Waki Town, Japan, Jan. 4, 2016. This event allowed the home-schoolers to learn about the culture that they are now a part of. Community relations events like these help bolster the relationship between the station and the local Japanese community.
Hiroshima Youth and Teen Center trip brightens holiday spirits
From left to right, Rhonda Kirk, program assistant with the Youth and Teen Center, Anna Kirk, and Kris Kirk, Mathew C. Perry Elementary School students, and Gunnery Sgt. Isaiah Kirk, cyber network chief with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni observe a Koi pond at the Hiroshima Botanical Garden in Hiroshima City, Japan, Dec. 23, 2015. The visit afforded residents the opportunity to explore various exhibits and view the festive displays at the garden.
M.C. Perry Japanese students bring holiday cheer to MCAS Iwakuni
Matthew C. Perry School students and Japanese students pose for a photo at the annual holiday concert at Marine Memorial Chapel at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Dec. 8, 2015. The American and Japanese students prepared and sang a number of holiday songs in both Japanese and English.
Volunteers bring Christmas spirit to nursing home
Volunteers from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, wish residents at the Vita Nursing Home in Iwakuni, a merry Christmas after caroling on Dec. 16, 2015. The chapel coordinated this community even as an opportunity to experience Japanese culture, give back to the local community and strengthen the bond between the U.S. and Japan. Nursing home residents expressed happiness, appreciation and shed tears of joy toward the residents.
U.S., Japan annual unit exchange
U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Justin Gerle, officer in charge of Commander Task Group 72.5, Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron VQ-1, arrives at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Dec. 8, 2015. Members of VQ-1 met with Air Reconnaissance Squadron VQ-81 with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force on the air station as a part of an annual unit exchange program between the naval unit and their sister unit in the JMSDF.
MCAS Iwakuni residents build bonds in Tsuzu
Participants pose for a group photo at the end of Cultural Day in Tsuzu, Japan, Dec. 12, 2015. The event provides both the American and Japanese communities an opportunity to interact, learn about each other’s culture, and make new friends through games, food, and arts and crafts. Visitors participated in a variety of activities such as mochi pounding, making wooden flutes, walking on bamboo stilts, and much more.
MCAS Iwakuni Flickr Page
Check out the Official MCAS Iwakuni's Flickr page to view photos of the units and residents aboard station.
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