KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa, Japan – U.S. Marines with 3d Transportation Support Battalion (TSB), Combat Logistics Regiment (CLR) 3 and 9th Engineer Support Battalion (ESB), 3d Marine Logistics Group (MLG), conducted ground training evolutions with a Navy Poseidon P-8 aircraft with Patrol Squadron 1 (VP-1) here as part of Exercise Noble Fury 21, October 9, 2020.
During the evolutions, the 3d MLG refueling team of approximately 25 Marines transported over 3000 gallons of fuel to Kadena Air Base.
“This provided a great opportunity for us to integrate and exchange knowledge with 9th ESB’s Bulk Fuel Company. Today my Marines and the Marines with 9th ESB integrated seamlessly and showed that the right team in the right place can keep crucial aviation assets in the fight to continue supporting the joint force,” said 1st Lt. Brody Kirby, a platoon commander with 3d TSB.
While Marines from both units regularly conduct training evolutions ground vehicles, this exercise honed their skillset in working with Navy aviation assets, coming on the heels of a similar operation conducted during a MEF-wide exercise on Ie Shima last month.
Noble Fury is a joint III Marine Expeditionary Force and 7th Fleet field and command post training exercise intended to increase integration between both three star-level commands and increase III MEF’s capability to conduct command and control of distributed expeditionary advanced bases throughout the Indo-Pacific. The exercise tests new operating concepts and integrates all elements of the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) into a cohesive force to fight now in support of U.S. allies and partners in the region.