Provide the Fleet Marine Forces with operational functionality in order to enhance warfighting capabilities, facilitate the strengthening of coalition partnerships and joint region relationships, while projecting forward presence.
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Tylerruben Salas, small arms repair technician for Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz, conducts rifle, pre-fire inspections before shooting on Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz, Guam, Sept. 25, 2023. The Marine Corps’ Program Manager for Training Systems will conduct target calibration from Sept. 25 to Oct. 27 and testing from Dec. 4-15. Two of four ranges at the Live Fire Training Range Complex will be equipped with new technology that provide more efficient and effective combat marksmanship training to support combat readiness. The live-fire location of miss and hit or LOMAH technology, replaces the human element of observing and marking targets. The calibration and testing are to ensure that the LOMAH system is working properly. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Garrett Gillespie)
Ahead of opening the Mason Live-Fire Training Range Complex (LFTRC), located at Northwest Field, Yigo, the Marine Corps’ Program Manager for Training Systems will conduct target calibration from Sept. 25 to Oct. 27 and Dec. 4-15. As currently planned, calibration and testing will not take place in the evenings or on weekends. This will be the first, live-fire activity at the LFTRC and will trigger the establishment of a safety buffer area to ensure public safety while the ranges are in use.
Marines with Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Blaz sing cadences during a motivational run on MCB Camp Blaz, Guam, August 10, 2023. The Marines prepared for a motivational run to lift camaraderie within the unit. The tradition of motivational runs represents the core values of the Marine Corps, to show unit pride and build esprit de corps. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Garrett Gillespie)
Col. Christopher L. Bopp relinquished command of Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Blaz to Col. Ernest
The site of the island’s last mature Serianthes nelsonii tree on Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Blaz, was not left untouched by Mother Nature. While the tree’s trunk remains rooted, the main boughs broke away leaving a branchless and leafless wood pillar. However, just below what was recently the S. nelsonii’s canopy, multiple seedlings are growing, hungry for the new-found sunlight.
Despite Typhoon Mawar’s destruction across the island, the ongoing enhancements at the Mason Live Fire Training Range Complex are in full swing. Throughout the months of May to July Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Blaz is installing static and moving targets on two of its four ranges at the Mason range complex.
In a historic moment for the Republic of Palau, one of its own has achieved the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant (E-9) in the United States Marine Corps. This achievement marks the first time a Palauan has attained the highest enlisted rank in the Marine Corps. On May 12, 2023 Master Gunnery Sgt. Milton Donatus was frocked at Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Blaz, Guam in front of a formation of Marines, family, Marine veterans, and the Consul General of the Republic of Palau on Guam.