A Marine reserve unit headquartered in Pasadena will be deployed to Okinawa, Japan for training.

Marines with 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, based just down the street from Pasadena High School on Paloma Street in North Pasadena, will head to Okinawa in October, according to the Marine Corps Times.

“As the Marine Corps strives to make the most of its modernization plans, every opportunity will be taken to improve the capability and readiness of our forces at the same time,” Lt. Col. Ted Wong, a Marine spokesman, told Marine Corps Times.

The unit was last deployed to Okinawa in March 2011, where it participated in training with South Korean troops. The regiment returned to the U.S. that September. Then, the City of Pasadena adopted the regiment in 2013.

Since then, the Marines have provided their services for color guards, Military Funeral Honors, and participated in the Toys for Tots program each holiday season.

Additionally, the 2nd Battalion 23rd Marine Regiment has coordinated with the city for emergency planning and responses.

“We need to keep the Pasadena Marines in Pasadena,” Former Pasadena Mayor Bill Paparian said in 2013. “They are a tremendous asset to our community.”

The regiment has participated in several local events, such as the “Pasadena Salutes Our Veterans” ceremony last year on Nov. 11, which saw the Marines display military vehicles for public viewing. Before Pasadena, the regiment was based out of other Southern California cities, such as Santa Monica and Encino.


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