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Marines, Navy, AF take part in 3-day surge during Exercise Forager Fury II

U.S. Marines With Marine Aircraft Group (MAG)- 12 conduct a simulated combat search and rescue mission at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, during Exercise Forager Fury II Dec11, 2013. Exercise Forager Fury II improves the aviation combat readiness of MAG-12 and 1st MAW and simulates operations in a deployed environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Richard Currier/Released)

U.S. Marines With Marine Aircraft Group (MAG)- 12 conduct a simulated combat search and rescue mission at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, during Exercise Forager Fury II Dec11, 2013. Exercise Forager Fury II improves the aviation combat readiness of MAG-12 and 1st MAW and simulates operations in a deployed environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Richard Currier/Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Roy Agila, Marine Aircraft Group 12 assistant operations officer, coordinates with units on the island of Tinian during a 72-hour aircraft operations surge during Exercise Forager Fury II Dec. 12, 2013, on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Forager Fury II is a Marine contingency exercise focuses on training units for combat situations in the Pacific theater and is conducted on the islands of Guam and Tinian. (U.S. Air Force photo  by Airman 1st Class Emily A. Bradley/Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Roy Agila, Marine Aircraft Group 12 assistant operations officer, coordinates with units on the island of Tinian during a 72-hour aircraft operations surge during Exercise Forager Fury II Dec. 12, 2013, on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Forager Fury II is a Marine contingency exercise focuses on training units for combat situations in the Pacific theater and is conducted on the islands of Guam and Tinian. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily A. Bradley/Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Warrant Officer Keith Sell, Marine Aircraft Group 12 mobility officer, writes and coordinates missions during the 72-hour aircraft operations surge for Exercise Forager Fury II Dec. 12, 2013, on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Forager Fury II is a Marine contingency exercise focuses on training units for combat situations in the Pacific theater and is conducted on the islands of Guam and Tinian. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily A. Bradley/Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Warrant Officer Keith Sell, Marine Aircraft Group 12 mobility officer, writes and coordinates missions during the 72-hour aircraft operations surge for Exercise Forager Fury II Dec. 12, 2013, on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Forager Fury II is a Marine contingency exercise focuses on training units for combat situations in the Pacific theater and is conducted on the islands of Guam and Tinian. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily A. Bradley/Released)

U.S. Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA)-232, fly F/A-18C Hornets from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, during Exercise Forager Fury II Dec. 9, 2013. VMFA-232 is currently assigned to Marine Aircraft Group (MAG)-12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW), while participating in unit deployment program. Forager Fury improves the aviation combat readiness of MAG-12 and 1st MAW and simulates operations in a deployed environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Richard Currier/Released)

U.S. Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA)-232, fly F/A-18C Hornets from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, during Exercise Forager Fury II Dec. 9, 2013. VMFA-232 is currently assigned to Marine Aircraft Group (MAG)-12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW), while participating in unit deployment program. Forager Fury improves the aviation combat readiness of MAG-12 and 1st MAW and simulates operations in a deployed environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Richard Currier/Released)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Various units from the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force came together to exercise their ability to conduct combat operations across the Pacific by participating in a nonstop operations surge Dec. 10 to Dec. 13 on Guam and the nearby island of Tinian.

The surge was part of Exercise Forager Fury II, a U.S. Marine Corps contingency exercise focusing on training units for combat situations in the Pacific theater. The exercise, which began Dec. 2, involved 1,200 Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, and was supported by approximately 400 Airmen and Sailors in various capacities. It is expected to end Dec. 18.

The recent surge component of Forager Fury II lasted 72 hours and kept a constant simulated fight between U.S. Armed Forces aircraft and enemy aircraft north of Tinian while simultaneously responding to simulated ground invasions on Guam.

The exercise also featured Marine aviation units assigned to Marine Aircraft Group (MAG)-12 - a subordinate unit of the Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW)-1 from Camp Foster, Japan - and is made up of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA)-112, deployed with MAG-12 and flying F/A-18A++ Hornets, VMFA-232, flying F/A-18Cs, VMFA-242, flying F/A-18Ds, Marine Air Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR)-152, flying KC-130J Super Hercules and Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM)-262, flying MV-22B Ospreys. Additionally, U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagles from the 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan, are training with the MAG-12 as part of their recurring Aircraft Training Relocation program, which allows U.S. military pilots from air bases in Japan to train in the Central Northern Marianas Island areas to fly more hours, drop live explosives and fire live munition rounds in training environments not available in Japan.

"The surge's goal is to maximize the amount of [missions] in a 72-hour period," said U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Keith Topel, MAG-12 operations officer. "The surge is the main purpose of why we're here. We are expected to operate cohesively and fight as a joint task force."

The units continuously deploy aircraft into the air while also testing maintainers' skills on the ground to sustain aircraft for flight.

The aircraft launched from Andersen, refueled at North Field, Tinian, which served as the forward air refueling point, before defending the area north of Tinian. The fuel at North Field was transported from West Field, Tinian, which acted as the forward operating base.

Service members were also evaluated on their ability to protect Guam from a hostile invasion on Andersen South, a training area located several miles from the main base. "The most important thing here is the inter-service training," said U.S. Marine Corps. Capt. Roy Agila, MAG-12 assistant operations officer. "Each service has its own capabilities and the exercise gives us the ability to practice, without kinks or friction. Without practice, it's chaotic in a real-world combat situation."

The U.S. Navy's Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25, an Andersen-based unit, had Sailors who were involved in a simulated rescue mission in a hostile environment north of Tinian, where Marines and Airmen pilots defended the island with F-15s and F/A-18s. The fighter's mission ensured HSC-25's rescue swimmers performed their rescues without being in harm's way.
"This exercise also allows Marine and Air Force pilots to familiarize each other with many aircraft," said U.S. Air Force Capt. William Strohecker, 18th Wing project officer. "It's a nonstop aircraft fight while also trying to defend the helicopter and the person in the water."

The Aviation Training Relocation Program, which tied the recurring program into the Marine exercise, increases operational readiness while managing the noise impacts of training in and around the local communities of Okinawa, Japan, according to Pacific Air Forces officials.

Operating out of Guam allows pilots the opportunity to exercise all of the aircraft capabilities without the regular airspace restrictions the unit complies with in Japan.
After the surge, the U.S. Marine Corps units are focusing on sustaining and maintaining equipment and aircraft until the exercise concludes Dec. 20. The U.S. Air Force ATR contingent is projected to depart Dec. 18.

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