Shaping a Way Ahead for the Marines in the Pacific: A 2021 Overview

09/10/2021
When I visited MARFORPAC in 2014, it was the beginning of what the Obama Administration called the “Pivot to the Pacific.” But that really did not happen as the Russians seized Crimea, and the wars in the Middle East ramped up. Those demand sets still weigh heavily on the U.S.…

Island Marauder 21

09/09/2021
By Matt Gonzales MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII In August, Marine Corps Systems Command led one of the largest command and control user evaluations since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. MCSC collaborated with the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, Navy and Coast Guard to execute Island Marauder…

Shaping a Way Ahead for the Marines in Pacific Defense: The Perspective of Lt. General Rudder, Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

09/08/2021
By Robbin Laird My last visit to Hawaii and meetings with the MARFORPAC commander and his staff was in 2014. In August 2021, I visited again and spent several days in the Islands, during which I visited both MARFORPAC and PACAF. Since my last visit, what the Marines refer to…

Working Integrated Fires in the Pacific: Col. Miagany, G-3, MARFORPAC

09/03/2021
By Robbin Laird During my visit to Honolulu in early August 2021, I visited MARFORPAC for several days. I had been last there in 2014-2015, so had a chance to look at changes underway since then. One of those changes has been the focus on naval integration and how the…

Shaping a Way Ahead for Training for the High-End Fight: The Perspective of the Former Commander of the 57th Wing, Nellis AFB

08/26/2021
I first met Brigadier General, retired, Robert Novotny at RAF Lakenheath in 2016. There we focused on the coming of the F-35 to the base after the Brits would deploy the aircraft onboard their new class of carriers. We discussed the broader implications of being able to integrated F-35s throughout…

Enabling Flexible Basing Across the Combat Chessboard: The Contribution of the CH-53K

08/16/2021
As the Marines rework how they are going to shape their way ahead with regard to the joint force and full spectrum crisis management, their ability to operate from seabasses to expeditionary bases to the wider littoral operations is a crucial contribution. With their Osprey and F-35B capabilities already providing…

Shaping a Way Ahead for the TACAIR Community: Visiting MAG-14

08/11/2021
By Robbin Laird During my July 2021 visit to 2nd Marine Air Wing, I had a chance to meet with the leadership of MAG-14. I met with Col. Williams, the MAG-14 Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Harrell, the MAG-14 Executive Officer and Maj. Cunningham, the MAG-14 Operations Officer. Based at Cherry…

Shaping a Way Ahead for the Assault Support Community: Visiting the “War Eagles” of MAG-29

08/10/2021
By Robbin Laird During my visit to 2nd Marine Air Wing in July 2021, I had a chance to discuss the way ahead for the assault support community with the Commanding Officer of MAG-29, Col. Joyce, and with Maj. Bowing, the Operations Officer for MAG-29. In terms of aircraft, MAG-29…