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Marine commander praises Tinian leadership

TINIAN — The commanding officer of Marine Wing Support Squadron-171 based in Iwakuni, Japan considers the support of the local leadership important to the conduct of the exercises on Tinian.

Howard Eyth
Asked by Variety if the full support of the local leadership played a significant part in the success of their expeditionary exercise, MWSS-171 Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Howard C. Eyth III said, “It’s very important.”

“We appreciate the hospitality that we have been given: from the local community, to the local government, to the airport authority,” said Eyth.

He added that the experience the Marines had on Tinian “has been entirely positive.”

The leadership of the MWSS-171 officially passed to Eyth from Lt. Col. Michael Taylor during a change of command ceremony last June.

Taylor led the Iwakuni-based Marines in setting up the largest expeditionary exercise MAG-12 has undertaken since Chu Lai in 1965 in Vietnam.

The Marine Aircraft Group-12 successfully conducted Operation Geiger Fury in May on Tinian and Guam.

This week, their Operation Forager Fury ends on a high note.

For Eyth, conducting exercises on Tinian affords them the opportunity to give back to the community and forge relationships.

“I think we are building relationships that are going to prove mutually beneficial in the future,” he said.

Eyth also said that whenever they come to Tinian, “we are very conscientious about our responsibility to give back to the community.”

The Marine and Navy doctors and dentist conducted a community relations project at the Tinian Health Center where they treated over 100 patients, some suffering from dental problems that required extraction, filling or cleaning. Others suffered difficulty in breathing.

For Eyth, each time the Marine and Navy dental and medical team comes out to Tinian, it is always with the full intent to give back to the community.

The members of the community recognize this gesture and express their appreciation to the Marine and the Navy corpsmen for coming over.

“I would have to fly to Saipan to have my teeth checked. That would have cost me a fortune,” a nonresident worker told Variety in an interview Friday.

She said that she is grateful that the Marine and Navy personnel were on Tinian and their outreach program at the clinic saved her money.