pivoting away from something
toward something, and it isn’t new.
For us, it is just a return, but I think
it is a return in a little bit different
way. … We are going to end up
more balanced across the Pacific
than we have been in the past —
we’re very centrally located in
Okinawa — you are going to see us
spread out a little bit more across the
Pacific and I think that will help in
The Marine Corps’ emerging
partnership with and presence in
The Navy and Marine Corps are best suited to oper-
ate in the region because “we are more efficient. It’s not
feasible, it’s not practical, it’s not affordable to put land
forces all over the Pacific on every piece of ground you
might want to engage with a partner where you might
think there is a crisis. We just cannot afford to do that
as a nation and, even if it were the wise thing to do, we
cannot do it.
“We are much more efficient because we can position
ourselves around a large area like that but be responsive
pretty much anywhere. I think we’re mobile, much more
mobile than a land force. … For us, it is easy. We are
already on ships, we already know how to operate
together, it is easy to move somewhere else.”
The Corps, Berger said, is meant to be light, mobile
and have as small a footprint ashore as possible.
“We don’t have a human footprint ashore,” he said.
“It is easier logistically because you all support us from
the sea; we are not relying on that nation to do that. It
is easily reversible; we can back out as we need to,
much more than if we’ve got a heavy footprint ashore.”
With regard to readiness, Berger noted that while it
is not cheap for ships or for Marines, it is necessary.
“It is not good enough to have forces around the
Pacific if they cannot move where they need to move,
if they are not prepared to go into combat as needed.
… We need support and we are going to continue to
need support,” he said.
Dunmire and U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) Chairman Randy W.
Hollstein present the Willis E. Reed Award for Cadet of the Year to Cadet Chief
Petty Officer Ryan C. Pellegrino with the America Division from Richmond,
Va., during the Annual Meeting of Members June 22. At the podium is NSCC
Executive Director James Monahan.
tional opportunities to strengthen the commercial U.S.-
flag fleet. On the international front, that means that we
are identifying and pursuing policies and supporting
market opportunities for the U.S.-flag fleet, and that
includes enforcing cargo preference rules and laws and
improving U.S.-flag fleet access to foreign markets
through government-to-government engagement.”
The Coast Guard, with its unique law enforcement
mandate, is no stranger to the Asia-Pacific region.
“A lot of our work is around the region of Oceania,”
Schultz said. “We’ve got some partnerships in the
Navy, we’ve put some Coast Guard law enforcement
In that region, “fish economics is the backbone of
their existence,” he said. Coast Guard-assisted law
enforcement efforts against illegal fishing activities helps
smaller nations impose and collect fines up to $5 million,
which has a huge impact on their small economies.
Schultz said the Coast Guard “can actually go in and
train and operate with not just [U.S.] Navy forces, but
other countries’ maritime forces,” citing the maritime
services in China as an example. “They are looking at
an organization sort of like the Coast Guard, and I
think they realize that the ability to integrate those
worlds of law enforcement, maritime security and safety all under one umbrella is very much a good force to
replicate. That is what we bring to the equation here.”
Operating in the Pacific “isn’t a new thing for the
Navy and Marine Corps,” Berger said. “This isn’t about