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Archive: August, 2019

Photo by Cpl. Andrew Jones - Anthony Ervin, an Olympic swimmer, demonstrates swimming techniques and movements to Japanese and American children at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, Aug. 26, 2019. Ervin spoke to children from local Japanese swim teams and the MCAS Iwakuni Tsunami swim team during a State Department sponsored visit to various locations in Japan. The purpose of Ervin’s visit was to inspire children, teach them how to swim better, and provide insight into what it is like to be an Olympian. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andrew Jones)

Photo by Cpl. Andrew Jones - U.S. Marine Corps Col. Richard Fuerst, outgoing commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, and Col. Lance Lewis, incoming commanding officer of MCAS Iwakuni, conduct the passing of the colors during a change of command ceremony at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, Aug. 22, 2019. MCAS Iwakuni is a mission-ready air station, capable of providing continuous base-operating support for tenant organizations and follow-on U.S. and allied forces during training, combat or contingency operations throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andrew Jones)

Photo by Lance Cpl. Lauren Brune - Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and local Japanese residents perform Bon Odori dancing at the Kinjuen nursing home in Iwakuni City, Japan, Aug. 14, 2019. Station residents were invited to participate in a Bon Odori festival through the Marine Corps Community Services Cultural Adaptation Program. Obon is a Japanese Buddhist custom, meant to honor the spirits of their ancestors. Highlights from the festival were the Bon Odori dance, Yukatas and eating traditional Japanese summer foods. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Lauren Brune)