Marines Study Okinawa Battle Sites

By Roxanne Baker

About 40 Marines from MACG-18,1st MAW in Okinawa attended a professional military education trip Oct. 22 of tour sites of World War II's Battle of Okinawa.

The trip was funded through MCA&F’s Commander’s Forum Program, which provides funding to assist Commanders in developing and providing forum opportunities specifically tailored to enhance their Marines’ knowledge of operational matters from a historical, cultural or operational perspective.

"The Marines and Sailor were very impressed with the knowledge gained from this experience especially since our tour guide was a survivor of the Battle of Okinawa," said GySgt Martin V. Leon said in an email.

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