Sea Control 255 – Littoral Access Companies with Zach Ota

By Walker Mills

Major Zach Ota, a Marine Corps Regional Affairs Officer, talks with host Walker Mills about his award-winning essay “Littoral Access Companies” as well as the opportunities and challenges in the Marine Corps international affairs community. Zach also tells the story of Sergeant Major Jacob Vouza, a Solomon Islands native who played a critical role in the Allied victory at Guadalcanal. 

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1. “Littoral Access Companies,” by Zach Ota, Marine Corps Gazette, February 2021.
2. Tentative Manual for Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations,” by USMC, 2020.
3. Littoral Operations in a Contested Environment,” USMC, 2017.
4. Solomon Islanders in World War II: An Indigenous Perspective, Anna Annie Kwai, Australian National University Press, 2017.
5. “Sleeper Cell Logistics,” by Michael Sweeny, Marine Corps Gazette, January 2021.
6. Civil Affairs: Soldiers Became Governors, by Albert Weinberg and Harry Coles, Center of Military History, 1986. 

Walker Mills is Co-Host of the Sea Control podcast. Contact the podcast team at

One thought on “Sea Control 255 – Littoral Access Companies with Zach Ota”

  1. Excellent introduction and expansion on littoral access companies. The argument to organize Foreign Area Officers, Regional Area Officers and Civil Affairs as a tactical unit at the MEF level versus common application as translators and liaisons may bridge a long existing gap with existing human capital like you mention. Thank you for keeping the nation informed on the interests, concerns, and activity of our finest fighting force.

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