31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

 

31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

The only continuously forward-deployed MEU

Okinawa, Japan
A Marine with Helo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit trecks through the jungle June 25, 2016 at the Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa, Japan during scenario based training. The training was part of Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise in preparation for the 31st MEU's upcoming fall deployment (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha Villarreal/Released)
31st MEU Marines conduct helo raid training exercise
A Marine with Helo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit trecks through the jungle June 25, 2016 at the Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa, Japan during scenario based training. The training was part of Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise in preparation for the 31st MEU's upcoming fall deployment (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha Villarreal/Released)
Marines with Helo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare to board MV-22B Ospreys as part of scenario based training in preparation for the 31st MEU's upcoming fall deployment June 25, 2016 at Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha Villarreal/Released)
31st MEU Marines conduct helo raid training exercise
Marines with Helo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare to board MV-22B Ospreys as part of scenario based training in preparation for the 31st MEU's upcoming fall deployment June 25, 2016 at Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha Villarreal/Released)
Marines from F Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, carry a combat rubber raid craft to the shore in preparation for nighttime raid operations at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan during scenario based training. The training was part of Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise in preparation for the 31st MEU's upcoming fall deployment. The F Co., 2/4 Marines primary mission is to conduct amphibious landing and covert raid operations in support of the 31st MEU.
F Co. 2/4 conducts nighttime raid training during MEUEX
Marines from F Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, carry a combat rubber raid craft to the shore in preparation for nighttime raid operations at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan during scenario based training. The training was part of Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise in preparation for the 31st MEU's upcoming fall deployment. The F Co., 2/4 Marines primary mission is to conduct amphibious landing and covert raid operations in support of the 31st MEU.
U.S. Marines and Japanese service members load supplies into MV-22B Osprey, assigned to the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, in Japan Ground Self Defense Force Takayumaru Camp April 18, 2016. The supplies were in support of the relief effort after a series of earthquakes struck the island of Kyushu. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha Villarreal)
Marines assist in Japan earthquake relief
U.S. Marines and Japanese service members load supplies into MV-22B Osprey, assigned to the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, in Japan Ground Self Defense Force Takayumaru Camp April 18, 2016. The supplies were in support of the relief effort after a series of earthquakes struck the island of Kyushu. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha Villarreal)
Marines and Japanese service members load supplies into MV-22B Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in Japan Ground Self Defense Force Takayumaru Camp April 18, 2016. The supplies are in support of the relief effort after a series of earthquakes struck the island of Kyushu. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU and remains the Marine Corps' force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
 (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha Villarreal/Released)
Marines assisst in Japan earthquake relief
Marines and Japanese service members load supplies into MV-22B Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in Japan Ground Self Defense Force Takayumaru Camp April 18, 2016. The supplies are in support of the relief effort after a series of earthquakes struck the island of Kyushu. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU and remains the Marine Corps' force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha Villarreal/Released)
U.S. Marine Cpl. Christopher Lee, with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, uses hand signals to communicate with other AAV-P7/A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicles while conducting a combined amphibious assault on Dogu Beach, South Korea, as part of Ssang Yong 16, March 12, 2016. Ssang Yong is a biennial combined amphibious exercise conducted by U.S. forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army forces in order to strengthen interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations. The Marines and sailors of the 31st MEU are in Korea as part of their spring deployment to the Asia-Pacific region. Lee, a native of Haslet, Texas, is a crew chief with Alpha Co., BLT 1/5,31st MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Carl King Jr./Released)
Ssang Yong 16: 31st MEU Marines take to the water for amphibious assault
U.S. Marine Cpl. Christopher Lee, with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, uses hand signals to communicate with other AAV-P7/A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicles while conducting a combined amphibious assault on Dogu Beach, South Korea, as part of Ssang Yong 16, March 12, 2016. Ssang Yong is a biennial combined amphibious exercise conducted by U.S. forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army forces in order to strengthen interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations. The Marines and sailors of the 31st MEU are in Korea as part of their spring deployment to the Asia-Pacific region. Lee, a native of Haslet, Texas, is a crew chief with Alpha Co., BLT 1/5,31st MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Carl King Jr./Released)
U.S. Marines with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a combined amphibious assault on Dogu Beach, South Korea, in AAV-P7/A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicles as part of Ssang Yong 16, March 12, 2016.  Ssang Yong is a biennial combined amphibious exercise conducted by U.S. forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army Forces in order to strengthen interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations. The Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU are in Korea as part of their spring deployment to the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Carl King Jr./Released)
Ssang Yong 16: 31st MEU Marines take to the water for amphibious assault
U.S. Marines with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a combined amphibious assault on Dogu Beach, South Korea, in AAV-P7/A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicles as part of Ssang Yong 16, March 12, 2016. Ssang Yong is a biennial combined amphibious exercise conducted by U.S. forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army Forces in order to strengthen interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations. The Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU are in Korea as part of their spring deployment to the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Carl King Jr./Released)
U.S. ships from the Boxer and Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Groups sail with the Dokdo Amphibious Ready Group from the Republic of Korea during Ssang Yong 2016, at sea, March 8, 2016. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps team are committed to the ROK-U.S. alliance and conduct exercises regularly to ensure interoperability and maintain strong working relationships.  Ssang Yong familiarizes American armed forces with the Korean Peninsula and builds upon the strong preexisting relationship between the two militaries. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/ Released)
Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group Begins Exercise Ssang Yong 2016 in the Republic of Korea
U.S. ships from the Boxer and Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Groups sail with the Dokdo Amphibious Ready Group from the Republic of Korea during Ssang Yong 2016, at sea, March 8, 2016. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps team are committed to the ROK-U.S. alliance and conduct exercises regularly to ensure interoperability and maintain strong working relationships. Ssang Yong familiarizes American armed forces with the Korean Peninsula and builds upon the strong preexisting relationship between the two militaries. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/ Released)
U.S. ships from the Boxer and Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Groups sail with the Dokdo Amphibious Ready Group from the Republic of Korea as part of Ssang Yong 16, March 8, 2016. Ssang Yong is a biennial military exercise focused on strengthening the amphibious landing capabilities of the Republic of Korea, the U.S., New Zealand and Australia. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/Released)
U.S., ROK Navy ships sail together for Ssang Yong 16
U.S. ships from the Boxer and Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Groups sail with the Dokdo Amphibious Ready Group from the Republic of Korea as part of Ssang Yong 16, March 8, 2016. Ssang Yong is a biennial military exercise focused on strengthening the amphibious landing capabilities of the Republic of Korea, the U.S., New Zealand and Australia. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/Released)
U.S., Thai, and Republic of Korea Marines conduct Special Patrol Insertion/Extraction (SPIE) rigging exercise during Cobra Gold 16, Sattahip, Thailand, Feb. 12, 2016.  SPIE system was developed as a means to rapidly insert and/or extract a reconnaissance patrol from an area that does not permit a helicopter to land.  Cobra Gold, in its 35th iteration, is designed to advance regional security and ensure effective responses to regional security crises by bringing together a robust combined task force from partner nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.  (Photo by GySgt Ismael Pena/Released)
SPIE rigging with U.S., Thai and Republic of Korea Marines
U.S., Thai, and Republic of Korea Marines conduct Special Patrol Insertion/Extraction (SPIE) rigging exercise during Cobra Gold 16, Sattahip, Thailand, Feb. 12, 2016. SPIE system was developed as a means to rapidly insert and/or extract a reconnaissance patrol from an area that does not permit a helicopter to land. Cobra Gold, in its 35th iteration, is designed to advance regional security and ensure effective responses to regional security crises by bringing together a robust combined task force from partner nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (Photo by GySgt Ismael Pena/Released)
An Air Force joint terminal attack controller participates in a raid conducted by Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Dec. 14, 2015. The JTAC acted as the eyes on the ground for aircraft supporting the raid. The raid was part of Interoperability Exercise 16.1, an exercise used to build a working bond between MRF and the MEU quickly. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson/Released)
Maritime Raid Force Breaches into INTEROP 16.1
An Air Force joint terminal attack controller participates in a raid conducted by Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Dec. 14, 2015. The JTAC acted as the eyes on the ground for aircraft supporting the raid. The raid was part of Interoperability Exercise 16.1, an exercise used to build a working bond between MRF and the MEU quickly. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson/Released)
Cpl. Anthony M. Reyes provides rear security during a boat raid rehearsal on Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 9, 2015. Marines with Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, rehearsed for an upcoming boat raid as part of the MEU’s preparation for its upcoming spring deployment. Reyes, a native of Dallas, is an infantryman with Bravo Co., BLT 1/5, 31st MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Samantha Villarreal/Released)
Practice makes perfect
Cpl. Anthony M. Reyes provides rear security during a boat raid rehearsal on Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 9, 2015. Marines with Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, rehearsed for an upcoming boat raid as part of the MEU’s preparation for its upcoming spring deployment. Reyes, a native of Dallas, is an infantryman with Bravo Co., BLT 1/5, 31st MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Samantha Villarreal/Released)
Lance Cpl. Christian E. Miller prepares to clear a building during a simulated room clearing training exercise on Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 11, 2015. The training, referred to as ‘tape room clearing,’ is essentially military operations in urban terrain training set in a two-dimensional environment where buildings are distinguished by taped outlines on the ground. Miller, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is an infantryman with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine photo by Lance Cpl. Samantha Villarreal/Released)
Stack em' up
Lance Cpl. Christian E. Miller prepares to clear a building during a simulated room clearing training exercise on Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 11, 2015. The training, referred to as ‘tape room clearing,’ is essentially military operations in urban terrain training set in a two-dimensional environment where buildings are distinguished by taped outlines on the ground. Miller, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is an infantryman with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine photo by Lance Cpl. Samantha Villarreal/Released)
Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to jump from a UH-1Y Huey during helocast training at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 2, 2015. Once the Marines jumped into the water, they swam to the waiting Combat Rubber Raiding Craft which brought them to shore. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson/Released)
Into the deep blue sea
Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to jump from a UH-1Y Huey during helocast training at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 2, 2015. Once the Marines jumped into the water, they swam to the waiting Combat Rubber Raiding Craft which brought them to shore. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson/Released)
Lance Cpl. Carl King escapes the Shallow Water Egress Training chair blindfolded on Nov. 17, 2015, on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. King, along with other Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, participated in the pre-deployment training which allows MEU Marines to prepare for real-life situations. King, from Albany, Ga., is a public affairs Marine with the 31st MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thor Larson/Released)
31st MEU Shallow Water Egress Training
Lance Cpl. Carl King escapes the Shallow Water Egress Training chair blindfolded on Nov. 17, 2015, on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. King, along with other Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, participated in the pre-deployment training which allows MEU Marines to prepare for real-life situations. King, from Albany, Ga., is a public affairs Marine with the 31st MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thor Larson/Released)
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