31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

 

31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

The only continuously forward-deployed MEU

Okinawa, Japan
U.S. Marines disembark the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) after returning from their Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region, April 6, 2017. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is prepared to respond to a wide range of military operations, from humanitarian assistance missions to limited combat operations, at a moment’s notice. As a balanced air-ground-logistics team, the 31st MEU is ready to respond throughout the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sergeant Ernest V. Hagewood)
31st MEU Disembark from 17.1 Spring Patrol
U.S. Marines disembark the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) after returning from their Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region, April 6, 2017. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is prepared to respond to a wide range of military operations, from humanitarian assistance missions to limited combat operations, at a moment’s notice. As a balanced air-ground-logistics team, the 31st MEU is ready to respond throughout the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sergeant Ernest V. Hagewood)
Lance Cpl. Ryan A. Harris, a rifleman with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is bit by Sjonnie, a military working dog aboard the USS Green Bay (LPD 20), Pacific Ocean, April 4, 2017. 31st MEU dog handlers and their military working dogs conducted a capabilities demonstration for the Marines and sailors of the USS Green Bay. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)
Marine working dogs on ship
Lance Cpl. Ryan A. Harris, a rifleman with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is bit by Sjonnie, a military working dog aboard the USS Green Bay (LPD 20), Pacific Ocean, April 4, 2017. 31st MEU dog handlers and their military working dogs conducted a capabilities demonstration for the Marines and sailors of the USS Green Bay. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)
AAV-P7/A1 assault amphibious vehicles with Echo Co., Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, maneuver down a road while participating in mechanized raid at Marine Corps Base Butler, Okinawa, Japan, March 27, 2017. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st MEU air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal/Released)
Land and Sea
AAV-P7/A1 assault amphibious vehicles with Echo Co., Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, maneuver down a road while participating in mechanized raid at Marine Corps Base Butler, Okinawa, Japan, March 27, 2017. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st MEU air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal/Released)
Marines with Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, load up on a Navy MH-60 Seahawk during a vessel Visit, Board, Search and Seizure exercise aboard the USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4) in the Pacific Ocean, March 17, 2017. The MRF specializes in ground and amphibious reconnaissance operations and limited scale raids as the primary reconnaissance and battlespace shaping element of the 31st MEU. 31st MEU conducts VBSS training as a part of the 31st MEU’s 17.1 Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st MEU’s air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jona R. Meme/Released)
17.1 vessel Visit, Board, Search and Seizure
Marines with Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, load up on a Navy MH-60 Seahawk during a vessel Visit, Board, Search and Seizure exercise aboard the USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4) in the Pacific Ocean, March 17, 2017. The MRF specializes in ground and amphibious reconnaissance operations and limited scale raids as the primary reconnaissance and battlespace shaping element of the 31st MEU. 31st MEU conducts VBSS training as a part of the 31st MEU’s 17.1 Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st MEU’s air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jona R. Meme/Released)
U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson, commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force, is greeted by U.S. Navy Capt. Nathan Moyer, commanding officer of the USS Green Bay (LPD 20), underway in the Pacific Ocean, March 21, 2017. Nicholson spoke with Marines and Sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, a III MEF component currently aboard ships of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st MEU air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal)
Lt. Gen. Nicholson visits USS Green Bay
U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson, commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force, is greeted by U.S. Navy Capt. Nathan Moyer, commanding officer of the USS Green Bay (LPD 20), underway in the Pacific Ocean, March 21, 2017. Nicholson spoke with Marines and Sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, a III MEF component currently aboard ships of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st MEU air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal)
A Force Reconnaissance Marine with Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, provides security during a vessel Visit, Board, Search and Seizure exercise aboard the USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4), in the Pacific Ocean, March 17, 2017. The MRF specializes in ground and amphibious reconnaissance operations and limited scale raids as the primary reconnaissance and battlespace shaping element of the 31st MEU. 31st MEU conducts VBSS training as a part of the 31st MEU’s 17.1 Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st MEU’s air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jona R. Meme/Released)
17.1 vessel Visit, Board, Search and Seizure
A Force Reconnaissance Marine with Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, provides security during a vessel Visit, Board, Search and Seizure exercise aboard the USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4), in the Pacific Ocean, March 17, 2017. The MRF specializes in ground and amphibious reconnaissance operations and limited scale raids as the primary reconnaissance and battlespace shaping element of the 31st MEU. 31st MEU conducts VBSS training as a part of the 31st MEU’s 17.1 Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st MEU’s air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jona R. Meme/Released)
U.S. Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct marksmanship training during a deck shoot aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), in the Pacific Ocean, March 14, 2017. Marines with CLB-31, 31st MEU underwent combat marksmanship training as a part of the 31st MEU’s 17.1 Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st MEU’s air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tiffany Edwards)
Brass on deck, rounds downrange
U.S. Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct marksmanship training during a deck shoot aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), in the Pacific Ocean, March 14, 2017. Marines with CLB-31, 31st MEU underwent combat marksmanship training as a part of the 31st MEU’s 17.1 Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st MEU’s air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tiffany Edwards)
Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, rig and tow combat rubber raiding crafts during a launch and recovery training off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, March 10, 2017. The 31st MEU is currently aboard ships of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group as part of the 31st MEU's regularly scheduled spring patrol. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales)
Marines ride waves
Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, rig and tow combat rubber raiding crafts during a launch and recovery training off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, March 10, 2017. The 31st MEU is currently aboard ships of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group as part of the 31st MEU's regularly scheduled spring patrol. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales)
A Marine Corps AAV-P7/A1 assault amphibious vehicle with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, maneuvers off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, March 8, 2017. AAVs maneuvered into the well deck of USS Ashland (LSD 48) as part of the 31st MEU's regularly scheduled spring patrol aboard ships of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st MEU air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal)
USS Ashland departs with 31st MEU elements
A Marine Corps AAV-P7/A1 assault amphibious vehicle with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, maneuvers off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, March 8, 2017. AAVs maneuvered into the well deck of USS Ashland (LSD 48) as part of the 31st MEU's regularly scheduled spring patrol aboard ships of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st MEU air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal)
An AV-8B Harrier pilot with Marine Attack Squadron 311, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, signals to flight deck personnel during flight operations aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) March 9, 2017. Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU embarked aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Readiness Group, as part of their annual spring patrol of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The 31st MEU, embarked on the amphibious ships of the Expeditionary Strike Group 7, has the capability to respond to any crisis or contingency at a moment’s notice. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tiffany Edwards)
VMM-262 goes underway with 31st MEU, USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)
An AV-8B Harrier pilot with Marine Attack Squadron 311, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, signals to flight deck personnel during flight operations aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) March 9, 2017. Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU embarked aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Readiness Group, as part of their annual spring patrol of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The 31st MEU, embarked on the amphibious ships of the Expeditionary Strike Group 7, has the capability to respond to any crisis or contingency at a moment’s notice. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tiffany Edwards)
Force reconnaissance Marines with Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire M45A1 pistols during a range at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan Feb. 27, 2017. MRF specializes in amphibious reconnaissance, vessel Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure operations and limited combat operations as the reconnaissance element of the 31st MEU. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's air-ground-logistics team range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jona R. Meme/Released)
Recon Close Quarters Training
Force reconnaissance Marines with Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire M45A1 pistols during a range at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan Feb. 27, 2017. MRF specializes in amphibious reconnaissance, vessel Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure operations and limited combat operations as the reconnaissance element of the 31st MEU. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's air-ground-logistics team range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jona R. Meme/Released)
Lance Cpl. Nautika Jordan, left, an electrician, and Lance Cpl. Liam Turner, a bulk fuel specialist with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire an M240G medium machine gun at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 16, 2017. The Marines conducted the live fire range to re-qualify on the weapon system. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st MEU air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Amy Phan/Released)
Machine Gun Range
Lance Cpl. Nautika Jordan, left, an electrician, and Lance Cpl. Liam Turner, a bulk fuel specialist with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire an M240G medium machine gun at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 16, 2017. The Marines conducted the live fire range to re-qualify on the weapon system. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st MEU air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Amy Phan/Released)
Marines with Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire weapons with Guam Police Department officers and SWAT team members at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 7, 2017. The MRF Marines trained with the police officers and SWAT team members as a gesture of good will between the two forces. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)
31st MEU Marines shoot aside Guam SWAT
Marines with Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire weapons with Guam Police Department officers and SWAT team members at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 7, 2017. The MRF Marines trained with the police officers and SWAT team members as a gesture of good will between the two forces. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)
A Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, provides security, during a realistic urban training exercise, at the Governor Ricardo J. Bordallo Complex, Asan, Guam, Feb. 2, 2017. As the Marine Corps' only continuously  forward-deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)
31st MEU Maritime Raid Force refines urban tactics
A Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, provides security, during a realistic urban training exercise, at the Governor Ricardo J. Bordallo Complex, Asan, Guam, Feb. 2, 2017. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)
Cpl. Ryan Yancey, a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defense specialist with the CBRN response element (CRE), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, collects a sample from a mock contaminated environment during CBRN response training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 1, 2017. The CRE conducted full scale detection and decontamination training with Marine Corps Installations Pacific - Fire and Emergency Services personnel observing. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st MEU air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal/ Released)
CBRN Response
Cpl. Ryan Yancey, a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defense specialist with the CBRN response element (CRE), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, collects a sample from a mock contaminated environment during CBRN response training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 1, 2017. The CRE conducted full scale detection and decontamination training with Marine Corps Installations Pacific - Fire and Emergency Services personnel observing. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st MEU air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal/ Released)
Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit embark aboard the USS Green Bay (LPD 20), White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 1, 2017. Detachments from the air, ground and logistics combat elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked Feb. 1, 2017 as a part of the MEU’s 17.1 Spring Patrol. The air-ground task force concept is designed to thoroughly exploit the combat power inherent in air and ground assets by closely integrating them into a single force under one commander. The MEU brings what it needs to sustain itself from the sea for the rapid accomplishment of the mission or to pave the way for follow-on forces. The size and composition of the MEU makes it well suited for amphibious operations, security operations, noncombatant evacuation operations, humanitarian assistance operations and special operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tiffany Edwards/Released)
31st MEU embarks on 2017 Spring Patrol
Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit embark aboard the USS Green Bay (LPD 20), White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 1, 2017. Detachments from the air, ground and logistics combat elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked Feb. 1, 2017 as a part of the MEU’s 17.1 Spring Patrol. The air-ground task force concept is designed to thoroughly exploit the combat power inherent in air and ground assets by closely integrating them into a single force under one commander. The MEU brings what it needs to sustain itself from the sea for the rapid accomplishment of the mission or to pave the way for follow-on forces. The size and composition of the MEU makes it well suited for amphibious operations, security operations, noncombatant evacuation operations, humanitarian assistance operations and special operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tiffany Edwards/Released)
Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, clear rooms at night, during a realistic urban training exercise, at Tanguisson Power Plant, Dededo, Guam, Jan. 30, 2017. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)
RUTEX 17.1
Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, clear rooms at night, during a realistic urban training exercise, at Tanguisson Power Plant, Dededo, Guam, Jan. 30, 2017. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)
Cpl. Giovanni Rodriguez with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, maneuvers under barbed wire while moving through the endurance course at the Jungle Warfare Training Center, Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 24, 2017. JWTC exposes Marines to training situations and environments unique to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region which sustain operational readiness and enhance forward deployed capabilities. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia- Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corp's photo by Lance Cpl. Breanna L. Weisenberger/Released)
2/5 tackles Jungle Warfare
Cpl. Giovanni Rodriguez with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, maneuvers under barbed wire while moving through the endurance course at the Jungle Warfare Training Center, Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 24, 2017. JWTC exposes Marines to training situations and environments unique to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region which sustain operational readiness and enhance forward deployed capabilities. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia- Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corp's photo by Lance Cpl. Breanna L. Weisenberger/Released)
Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, provide security on a rigid-hulled inflatable boat during a visit, board, search, seizure, training exercise at Apra Harbor, Guam, Jan. 13, 2017. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)
Visit, board, search, seizure
Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, provide security on a rigid-hulled inflatable boat during a visit, board, search, seizure, training exercise at Apra Harbor, Guam, Jan. 13, 2017. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)
Lance Cpl. James P. Nelson, a scout swimmer with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, provides security during a boat raid at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 12, 2017. Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise is the first in a series of pre-deployment training events to prepare the 31st MEU for the upcoming 2017 Spring Patrol. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st MEU’s air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Breanna L. Weisenberger)
31st Marine Expeditionary Unit completes MEUEX
Lance Cpl. James P. Nelson, a scout swimmer with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, provides security during a boat raid at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 12, 2017. Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise is the first in a series of pre-deployment training events to prepare the 31st MEU for the upcoming 2017 Spring Patrol. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st MEU’s air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Breanna L. Weisenberger)
Sgt. Allen Rhee, a radio operator, with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, provides security from a rigid-hulled inflatable boat during a visit, board, search, seizure, training exercise at Apra Harbor, Guam, Jan. 13, 2017. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Rhee is a native of Carpentersville, Illinois. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)
Visit, board, search, seizure
Sgt. Allen Rhee, a radio operator, with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, provides security from a rigid-hulled inflatable boat during a visit, board, search, seizure, training exercise at Apra Harbor, Guam, Jan. 13, 2017. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Rhee is a native of Carpentersville, Illinois. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)
Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fast rope from a UH-1Y Huey, during a fast rope training event at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 10, 2017. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)
Visit, board, search, seizure
Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fast rope from a UH-1Y Huey, during a fast rope training event at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 10, 2017. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)
Lance Cpl. Sergio Becerra, a canine handler with Command Element, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, pets Fredy, an explosives detection dog, during military working dog training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 5, 2017. Each element of the 31st MEU takes part in cross training to enhance interoperability within the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st MEU air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Amy Phan/Released)
Military Working Dog Operations
Lance Cpl. Sergio Becerra, a canine handler with Command Element, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, pets Fredy, an explosives detection dog, during military working dog training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 5, 2017. Each element of the 31st MEU takes part in cross training to enhance interoperability within the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st MEU air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Amy Phan/Released)
Marines with Echo Battery, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and military police with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st MEU, conduct non-lethal weapons training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 29, 2016. Echo Battery and Military Police Platoon trained with modified weapons to reinforce crowd and riot control tactics using non-lethal munitions. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st MEU air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Amy Phan/Released)
31st MEU non-lethal weapons training
Marines with Echo Battery, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and military police with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st MEU, conduct non-lethal weapons training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 29, 2016. Echo Battery and Military Police Platoon trained with modified weapons to reinforce crowd and riot control tactics using non-lethal munitions. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st MEU air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Amy Phan/Released)
A Marine with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct live-fire and maneuver drills at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 22, 2016. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st MEU air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, through the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal/Released)
2/5 Live-Fire Range
A Marine with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct live-fire and maneuver drills at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 22, 2016. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st MEU air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, through the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal/Released)
Lance Cpl. Samuel Ricario, an automatic rifleman with Company F, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, throws a training grenade from the kneeling position at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 22, 2016. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st MEU air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, through the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/Released)
Frag out!
Lance Cpl. Samuel Ricario, an automatic rifleman with Company F, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, throws a training grenade from the kneeling position at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 22, 2016. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st MEU air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, through the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/Released)
Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, sight-in with M27 Infantry Automatic Rifles at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 16, 2016. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st MEU air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, through the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)
Company F, 2/5 train in the basics
Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, sight-in with M27 Infantry Automatic Rifles at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 16, 2016. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st MEU air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, through the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)
Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, participate in games with children during a holiday party at the Yugufu Church, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 17, 2016. Marines assigned to BLT, 2/5, 31st MEU attended the event to take part in community relations during the holidays. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)
Connecting with the community
Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, participate in games with children during a holiday party at the Yugufu Church, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 17, 2016. Marines assigned to BLT, 2/5, 31st MEU attended the event to take part in community relations during the holidays. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)
Republic of Korea Rear Admiral Jong Sam Kim shakes Marines' hands after a capabilities demontration on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Nov.30, 2016. The Marines were with 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. 31st MEU Marines continue to participate in events with their ROK counterparts to strengthen interoperability and partnerships. (U.S. Marine Corps. photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/released)
31st MEU Marines demonstrate a static display to Republic of Korea Marines, sailors
Republic of Korea Rear Admiral Jong Sam Kim shakes Marines' hands after a capabilities demontration on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Nov.30, 2016. The Marines were with 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. 31st MEU Marines continue to participate in events with their ROK counterparts to strengthen interoperability and partnerships. (U.S. Marine Corps. photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/released)
A MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is refueled by Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) members at Oruma Air Base, Nagasaki, Japan, Nov. 18, 2016. The aircraft flew from the island of Okinawa, conducted simulated humanitarian aid with the JMSDF at multiple locations and was refueled by JMSDF personnel before returning to Okinawa. The aircraft also conducted a passenger exercise carrying Sasebo Mayor Norio Tomonaga and the Assemblymen of Defense for Sasebo City. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/ Released)
Marine Osprey refueled by Japanese Defense Force
A MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is refueled by Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) members at Oruma Air Base, Nagasaki, Japan, Nov. 18, 2016. The aircraft flew from the island of Okinawa, conducted simulated humanitarian aid with the JMSDF at multiple locations and was refueled by JMSDF personnel before returning to Okinawa. The aircraft also conducted a passenger exercise carrying Sasebo Mayor Norio Tomonaga and the Assemblymen of Defense for Sasebo City. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/ Released)
Col. Tye R. Wallace, commander of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, cuts a birthday cake as part of the Marine Corps Birthday Ball ceremony at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 11, 2016. The Marines were celebrating the 241st birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Amy Phan, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/Released)
31st MEU celebrates 241st Marine Corps Birthday Ball
Col. Tye R. Wallace, commander of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, cuts a birthday cake as part of the Marine Corps Birthday Ball ceremony at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 11, 2016. The Marines were celebrating the 241st birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Amy Phan, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/Released)
Cpl. Doug Dicka, a force reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, takes aim aboard a MH-60S Seahawk helicopter during aerial sniper training above the Pacific Ocean, Oct. 22, 2016. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is prepared to respond to a wide range of military operations, from humanitarian assistance missions to limited combat operations, at a moment’s notice. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. David A. Diggs/ Released)
31st MEU snipers refine aerial targeting capabilities
Cpl. Doug Dicka, a force reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, takes aim aboard a MH-60S Seahawk helicopter during aerial sniper training above the Pacific Ocean, Oct. 22, 2016. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is prepared to respond to a wide range of military operations, from humanitarian assistance missions to limited combat operations, at a moment’s notice. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. David A. Diggs/ Released)
U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fly west above the Pacific Ocean during scheduled flight operations after departing the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), Sept. 26, 2016. VMM-262 is the Aviation Combat Element for the 31st MEU, and features a variety of fixed-wing, rotary-wing and tiltrotor aircraft. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is prepared to respond to a wide range of military operations, from humanitarian assistance missions to limited combat operations, at a moment’s notice. As a balanced air-ground-logistics team, the 31st MEU is ready to respond throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Ospreys in flight
U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fly west above the Pacific Ocean during scheduled flight operations after departing the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), Sept. 26, 2016. VMM-262 is the Aviation Combat Element for the 31st MEU, and features a variety of fixed-wing, rotary-wing and tiltrotor aircraft. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is prepared to respond to a wide range of military operations, from humanitarian assistance missions to limited combat operations, at a moment’s notice. As a balanced air-ground-logistics team, the 31st MEU is ready to respond throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Philippine Marines join U.S. Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, during combat rubber raiding craft training as part of Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise 33 (PHIBLEX) off the coast of Marine Barracks Gregorio Lim, Ternate, Philippines, Oct. 5, 2016. PHIBLEX 33 is an annual bilateral exercise conducted with the Armed Forces of the Philippines that combines amphibious capabilities and live-fire training with humanitarian civic assistance efforts to strengthen interoperability and working relationships through commitment, capability and cooperation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/ Released)
Philippine, U.S. Marines refine boat raid capabilities
Philippine Marines join U.S. Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, during combat rubber raiding craft training as part of Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise 33 (PHIBLEX) off the coast of Marine Barracks Gregorio Lim, Ternate, Philippines, Oct. 5, 2016. PHIBLEX 33 is an annual bilateral exercise conducted with the Armed Forces of the Philippines that combines amphibious capabilities and live-fire training with humanitarian civic assistance efforts to strengthen interoperability and working relationships through commitment, capability and cooperation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/ Released)
Marines with Company G, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct an amphibious assault dry rehearsal during Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise 33 (PHIBLEX), at the Naval Education and Training Command, Philippines, Oct. 6, 2016. PHIBLEX 33 is an annual bilateral exercise conducted with the Armed Forces of the Philippines that combines amphibious capabilities and live-fire training with humanitarian civic assistance efforts to strengthen interoperability and working relationships through commitment, capability and cooperation. (US. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales)
Marines conduct an amphibious assault rehearsal
Marines with Company G, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct an amphibious assault dry rehearsal during Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise 33 (PHIBLEX), at the Naval Education and Training Command, Philippines, Oct. 6, 2016. PHIBLEX 33 is an annual bilateral exercise conducted with the Armed Forces of the Philippines that combines amphibious capabilities and live-fire training with humanitarian civic assistance efforts to strengthen interoperability and working relationships through commitment, capability and cooperation. (US. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales)
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Philippine Marine Staff Sgt. Bernaje G. Canindo, a reconnisance marine, demonstrates fire making to U.S. Marines assigned to Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, during a jungle survival class as part of Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise 33 (PHIBLEX), at Marine Barracks Gregorio Lim, Ternate, Philippines, Oct. 6, 2016. PHIBLEX 33 is an annual bilateral exercise conducted with the Armed Forces of the Philippines that combines amphibious capabilities and live-fire training with humanitarian civic assistance efforts to strengthen interoperability and working relationships through commitment, capability and cooperation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal/ Released)
Philippine, U.S. Marines partner during PHIBLEX 33
Subscribe 76 Philippine Marine Staff Sgt. Bernaje G. Canindo, a reconnisance marine, demonstrates fire making to U.S. Marines assigned to Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, during a jungle survival class as part of Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise 33 (PHIBLEX), at Marine Barracks Gregorio Lim, Ternate, Philippines, Oct. 6, 2016. PHIBLEX 33 is an annual bilateral exercise conducted with the Armed Forces of the Philippines that combines amphibious capabilities and live-fire training with humanitarian civic assistance efforts to strengthen interoperability and working relationships through commitment, capability and cooperation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal/ Released)
Marines with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, land in Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base, Philippines, to begin bilateral training with their counterparts in the Philippine Marine Corps as part of Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise 33 (PHIBLEX). PHIBLEX is an annual U.S.-Philippine military bilateral exercise that combines amphibious capabilities and live-fire training with humanitarian civic assistance efforts to strengthen interoperability and working relationships.(U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Rob Kunzig/Released)
Philippine, 2/4 Marine Conduct Bilateral Training
Marines with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, land in Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base, Philippines, to begin bilateral training with their counterparts in the Philippine Marine Corps as part of Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise 33 (PHIBLEX). PHIBLEX is an annual U.S.-Philippine military bilateral exercise that combines amphibious capabilities and live-fire training with humanitarian civic assistance efforts to strengthen interoperability and working relationships.(U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Rob Kunzig/Released)
Cpl. Cristina Fuentes, a UH-1Y Venom helicopter crew chief assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires a GAU-17/A minigun during a fire support training exercise (FISTEX) over Farallon De Medinilla, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Sept. 16, 2016. Marines with VMM-262 (Rein.) conducted the FISTEX as a part of Valiant Shield 16. Valiant Shield 16 is a biennial, U.S.-only, field training exercise with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces. This training enables real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land, and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal/Released)
Spitting Venom
Cpl. Cristina Fuentes, a UH-1Y Venom helicopter crew chief assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires a GAU-17/A minigun during a fire support training exercise (FISTEX) over Farallon De Medinilla, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Sept. 16, 2016. Marines with VMM-262 (Rein.) conducted the FISTEX as a part of Valiant Shield 16. Valiant Shield 16 is a biennial, U.S.-only, field training exercise with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces. This training enables real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land, and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal/Released)
First Sgt. Mario Aguero sights in during Valiant Shield 26, at Apra Harbor, Guam, Sept. 20, 2016. Aguero is the company first sergeant of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines. Valiant Shield is a biennial U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps exercise held in Guam, focusing on real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces at sea, in the air, on land and in cyberspace. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales)
Valiant Shield 16
First Sgt. Mario Aguero sights in during Valiant Shield 26, at Apra Harbor, Guam, Sept. 20, 2016. Aguero is the company first sergeant of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines. Valiant Shield is a biennial U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps exercise held in Guam, focusing on real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces at sea, in the air, on land and in cyberspace. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales)
Sgt. Maj. Jim Lanham, sergeant major, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, speaks to a formation of 31st MEU noncommissioned officers on the flight-deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) after taking part in physical training, Sept. 13. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed Marine Air-Ground Task Force, and combines air-ground-logistics into a single team capable of addressing a range of military operations in the Asia-Pacific region – from force projection and maritime security to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in cooperation with host countries and partner militaries. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Staff Sgt. T.T. Parish/Released)
31st MEU NCOs gather for sergeant major PT
Sgt. Maj. Jim Lanham, sergeant major, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, speaks to a formation of 31st MEU noncommissioned officers on the flight-deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) after taking part in physical training, Sept. 13. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed Marine Air-Ground Task Force, and combines air-ground-logistics into a single team capable of addressing a range of military operations in the Asia-Pacific region – from force projection and maritime security to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in cooperation with host countries and partner militaries. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Staff Sgt. T.T. Parish/Released)
ABOARD USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD-6), At Sea, (Sept. 2, 2016) - Cpl. Taylor W. Torrence spends a moment with his partner, Eesther, in the hangar bay of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), while waiting to depart for a training mission as part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, at sea, Sept. 2, 2016. 
 Torrence, a native of Fairfield, California, is a combat tracking-dog handler with the 31st MEU's Maritime Raid Force. Eesther is a four-year-old Belgian Malinois, and a combat tracking dog with the 31st MEU MRF. 
 The hangar bay is a common feature of amphibious assault ships, where Marines and Sailors maintain aircraft; troops gather before departing ship; and, occasionally, where the ship's crew go to get a breath of fresh air when the doors are open throughout the day. 
 The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed Marine Air-Ground Task Force, and combines air-ground-logistics into a single team capable of addressing a range of military operations in the Asia-Pacific region – from force projection and maritime security to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in cooperation with host countries and partner militaries. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Staff Sgt. T.T. Parish/Released)
Hangar bay dog-day
ABOARD USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD-6), At Sea, (Sept. 2, 2016) - Cpl. Taylor W. Torrence spends a moment with his partner, Eesther, in the hangar bay of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), while waiting to depart for a training mission as part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, at sea, Sept. 2, 2016. Torrence, a native of Fairfield, California, is a combat tracking-dog handler with the 31st MEU's Maritime Raid Force. Eesther is a four-year-old Belgian Malinois, and a combat tracking dog with the 31st MEU MRF. The hangar bay is a common feature of amphibious assault ships, where Marines and Sailors maintain aircraft; troops gather before departing ship; and, occasionally, where the ship's crew go to get a breath of fresh air when the doors are open throughout the day. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed Marine Air-Ground Task Force, and combines air-ground-logistics into a single team capable of addressing a range of military operations in the Asia-Pacific region – from force projection and maritime security to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in cooperation with host countries and partner militaries. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Staff Sgt. T.T. Parish/Released)
Col. Tye R. Wallace, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit commanding officer, congratulates Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Ben Kaplan for his hard work and dedication to serving the Marines of Company G, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, aboard the USS Germantown (LSD-42), Sept. 23, 2016. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is prepared to respond to a wide range of military operations, from humanitarian assistance missions to limited combat operations, at a moment’s notice. As a balanced air-ground-logistics team, the 31st MEU is ready to respond throughout the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/released)
31st MEU commanding officer and sergeant major speak aboard USS Germantown
Col. Tye R. Wallace, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit commanding officer, congratulates Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Ben Kaplan for his hard work and dedication to serving the Marines of Company G, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, aboard the USS Germantown (LSD-42), Sept. 23, 2016. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is prepared to respond to a wide range of military operations, from humanitarian assistance missions to limited combat operations, at a moment’s notice. As a balanced air-ground-logistics team, the 31st MEU is ready to respond throughout the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/released)
U.S. Marines assigned to Company F, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, maneuver with combat rubber raiding craft while participating in an amphibious night raid off the coast of Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 3, 2016. As the Marine Corps' force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region, the 31st MEU trains in a number of unique capabilities for rapid crisis response. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/ Released)
31st MEU Amphibious Raid
U.S. Marines assigned to Company F, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, maneuver with combat rubber raiding craft while participating in an amphibious night raid off the coast of Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 3, 2016. As the Marine Corps' force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region, the 31st MEU trains in a number of unique capabilities for rapid crisis response. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/ Released)
USS GREEN BAY (LPD 20), At Sea, (Aug. 23, 2016) – A Marine Corps UH-1Y Venom "Huey" helicopter from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, takes-off from the flight deck of the USS Green Bay (LPD 20), at sea, Aug. 23, 2016. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed Marine Air-Ground Task Force, and combines air-ground-logistics into a single team capable of addressing a wide variety of military operations in the Asia-Pacific region, from force projection and maritime security to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/ Released)
31st MEU takes flight day and night
USS GREEN BAY (LPD 20), At Sea, (Aug. 23, 2016) – A Marine Corps UH-1Y Venom "Huey" helicopter from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, takes-off from the flight deck of the USS Green Bay (LPD 20), at sea, Aug. 23, 2016. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed Marine Air-Ground Task Force, and combines air-ground-logistics into a single team capable of addressing a wide variety of military operations in the Asia-Pacific region, from force projection and maritime security to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/ Released)
WHITE BEACH NAVAL STATION, Okinawa, Japan, (Sept. 4, 2016) – Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, carry a wounded role-player evacuated from the U.S. Consulate on Okinawa, Japan, during noncombatant evacuation operations training at White Beach Naval Station, Okinawa, Sept. 4, 2016. Noncombatant evacuation operations are a key facet of the 31st MEU’s capabilities as part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group. The 31st MEU, currently embarked aboard the ships of the BHR ESG, combines air-ground-logistics into a single unit with one commander, and is task-organized to address a wide variety of military operations in the Asia-Pacific region, from force projection and maritime security to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/released)
31st MEU Marines Conduct NEO Training Exercise
WHITE BEACH NAVAL STATION, Okinawa, Japan, (Sept. 4, 2016) – Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, carry a wounded role-player evacuated from the U.S. Consulate on Okinawa, Japan, during noncombatant evacuation operations training at White Beach Naval Station, Okinawa, Sept. 4, 2016. Noncombatant evacuation operations are a key facet of the 31st MEU’s capabilities as part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group. The 31st MEU, currently embarked aboard the ships of the BHR ESG, combines air-ground-logistics into a single unit with one commander, and is task-organized to address a wide variety of military operations in the Asia-Pacific region, from force projection and maritime security to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/released)
USS GREEN BAY (LPD-20), At Sea, (Aug. 29, 2016)– Marines assigned to Company F, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit use combat rubber raiding craft to conduct a launch and recovery exercise from the well deck of the USS Green Bay (LPD-20), at sea, Aug. 29, 2016. The 31st MEU is task-organized to address a wide variety of military operations in the Asia-Pacific region, from force projection and maritime security to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/ Released)
"Raiders" launch from the sea
USS GREEN BAY (LPD-20), At Sea, (Aug. 29, 2016)– Marines assigned to Company F, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit use combat rubber raiding craft to conduct a launch and recovery exercise from the well deck of the USS Green Bay (LPD-20), at sea, Aug. 29, 2016. The 31st MEU is task-organized to address a wide variety of military operations in the Asia-Pacific region, from force projection and maritime security to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/ Released)
ABOARD USS GREEN BAY (LPD-20), At Sea (Aug. 22, 2016) – U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Torien Collins, an aviation boatswain's mate, directs sailors away from a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, on the flight deck of the USS Green Bay (LPD-20), at sea, Aug. 22, 2016. Marines of the 31st MEU are currently embarked on ships of the USS Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group for a regularly scheduled fall patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. The 31st MEU combines air-ground-logistics into a single unit with one commander, and is task-organized to address a range of military operations in the Asia-Pacific region, from force projection and maritime security to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/ Released)
Moving runway and tilting rotors aboard USS Green Bay (LPD-20)
ABOARD USS GREEN BAY (LPD-20), At Sea (Aug. 22, 2016) – U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Torien Collins, an aviation boatswain's mate, directs sailors away from a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, on the flight deck of the USS Green Bay (LPD-20), at sea, Aug. 22, 2016. Marines of the 31st MEU are currently embarked on ships of the USS Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group for a regularly scheduled fall patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. The 31st MEU combines air-ground-logistics into a single unit with one commander, and is task-organized to address a range of military operations in the Asia-Pacific region, from force projection and maritime security to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/ Released)
ABOARD USS GERMANTOWN (LSD-42), At Sea, (Aug. 31,2016) – Marines and sailors with the USS Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group conduct a resupply mission aboard the USS Germantown (LSD-42). The resupply was done in support of the 31st MEU's fall patrol. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed Marine Air-Ground Task Force, and combines air-ground-logistics into a single team capable of addressing a wide variety of military operations in the Asia-Pacific region, from force projection and maritime security to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/released)
Marines, Sailors conduct resupply mission during 31st MEU's Fall Patrol
ABOARD USS GERMANTOWN (LSD-42), At Sea, (Aug. 31,2016) – Marines and sailors with the USS Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group conduct a resupply mission aboard the USS Germantown (LSD-42). The resupply was done in support of the 31st MEU's fall patrol. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed Marine Air-Ground Task Force, and combines air-ground-logistics into a single team capable of addressing a wide variety of military operations in the Asia-Pacific region, from force projection and maritime security to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/released)
ABOARD USS GERMANTOWN (LSD-42), At Sea (Aug. 21, 2016) - U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, riding Assault Amphibious Vehicles, boarded the USS Germantown (LSD-42) while underway as part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, Aug. 21, 2016. 
The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed Marine Air-Ground Task Force, and is task-organized to address a wide variety of military operations in the Asia-Pacific region, from force projection and maritime security to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/released)
Tracks, All Aboard and Underway
ABOARD USS GERMANTOWN (LSD-42), At Sea (Aug. 21, 2016) - U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, riding Assault Amphibious Vehicles, boarded the USS Germantown (LSD-42) while underway as part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, Aug. 21, 2016. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed Marine Air-Ground Task Force, and is task-organized to address a wide variety of military operations in the Asia-Pacific region, from force projection and maritime security to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/released)
ABOARD USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD-6), At Sea (Aug. 24, 2016) – An MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, approaches the flight deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), during normal flight operations at sea, Aug. 24, 2016. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed Marine Air-Ground Task Force, and is task-organized to address a wide variety of military operations in the Asia-Pacific region – from force projection and maritime security to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in cooperation with host countries and partner militaries. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jay A. Parks/ Released)
VMM-262 Practices Low Light Landing Aboard BHR
ABOARD USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD-6), At Sea (Aug. 24, 2016) – An MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, approaches the flight deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), during normal flight operations at sea, Aug. 24, 2016. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed Marine Air-Ground Task Force, and is task-organized to address a wide variety of military operations in the Asia-Pacific region – from force projection and maritime security to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in cooperation with host countries and partner militaries. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jay A. Parks/ Released)
ABOARD USS GERMANTOWN (LSD-42), At Sea (Aug. 21, 2016) - U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, riding Assault Amphibious Vehicles, boarded the USS Germantown (LSD-42) while underway as part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, Aug. 21, 2016. 
The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed Marine Air-Ground Task Force, and is task-organized to address a wide variety of military operations in the Asia-Pacific region, from force projection and maritime security to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/released)
Tracks, All Aboard and Underway
ABOARD USS GERMANTOWN (LSD-42), At Sea (Aug. 21, 2016) - U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, riding Assault Amphibious Vehicles, boarded the USS Germantown (LSD-42) while underway as part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, Aug. 21, 2016. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed Marine Air-Ground Task Force, and is task-organized to address a wide variety of military operations in the Asia-Pacific region, from force projection and maritime security to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/released)
U.S. Marine Corps Col. Tye R. Wallace addresses the Marines and Sailors assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit for the first time since setting sail on the USS Bonhomme Richard, at sea, in Japan on Aug. 22, 2016. The 31st MEU is currently underway and on patrol around the Asia-Pacific region. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed Marine Air-Ground Task Force, and combines air-ground-logistics into a single team capable of addressing a wide variety of military operations in the Asia-Pacific region – from force projection and maritime security to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in cooperation with host countries and partner militaries.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jay Parks, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/ Released)
Formation At Sea
U.S. Marine Corps Col. Tye R. Wallace addresses the Marines and Sailors assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit for the first time since setting sail on the USS Bonhomme Richard, at sea, in Japan on Aug. 22, 2016. The 31st MEU is currently underway and on patrol around the Asia-Pacific region. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed Marine Air-Ground Task Force, and combines air-ground-logistics into a single team capable of addressing a wide variety of military operations in the Asia-Pacific region – from force projection and maritime security to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in cooperation with host countries and partner militaries.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jay Parks, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/ Released)
WHITE BEACH, Okinawa, Japan, (Aug. 20, 2016) – Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit wait on the gangplank before boarding the USS Bonhomme Richard at White Beach, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 20, 2016.
The 31st MEU is embarked aboard the ships of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group during a regularly scheduled patrol of the Pacific region.
Sea Bound, 31st MEU Goes Aboard BHR
WHITE BEACH, Okinawa, Japan, (Aug. 20, 2016) – Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit wait on the gangplank before boarding the USS Bonhomme Richard at White Beach, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 20, 2016. The 31st MEU is embarked aboard the ships of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group during a regularly scheduled patrol of the Pacific region.
Sgt. Maj. James Roberts, off-going sergeant major of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, relinquishes the sword of office during his relief and appointment ceremony and retirement ceremony to Col. Tye R. Wallace, commanding officer of the 31st MEU, and oncoming MEU Sgt. Maj. Jim Lanham, Aug. 10, 2016 at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. Roberts retired after 30 years of service, completing his enlistment with a tour as sergeant major of the 31st MEU. The 31st MEU led several humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations across the Pacific region, as well as various bilateral and multilateral exercises with Pacific partner nations, during Roberts’ tenure as the 31st MEU’s senior enlisted advisor.
31st MEU Sergeant Major retires, Lanham assumes sword of office
Sgt. Maj. James Roberts, off-going sergeant major of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, relinquishes the sword of office during his relief and appointment ceremony and retirement ceremony to Col. Tye R. Wallace, commanding officer of the 31st MEU, and oncoming MEU Sgt. Maj. Jim Lanham, Aug. 10, 2016 at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. Roberts retired after 30 years of service, completing his enlistment with a tour as sergeant major of the 31st MEU. The 31st MEU led several humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations across the Pacific region, as well as various bilateral and multilateral exercises with Pacific partner nations, during Roberts’ tenure as the 31st MEU’s senior enlisted advisor.
U.S. Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit clear a water treatment facility at Koror, Palau on July 21, 2016. The Marines are conducting training in Palau to ensure familiarity with Palau's complex urban environment. The training events were planned out with local authorities to provide an opportunity for realistic training with minimal inconvenience to the community and environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)
Maritime Raid Force rushes in, Palau police provides security
U.S. Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit clear a water treatment facility at Koror, Palau on July 21, 2016. The Marines are conducting training in Palau to ensure familiarity with Palau's complex urban environment. The training events were planned out with local authorities to provide an opportunity for realistic training with minimal inconvenience to the community and environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)
Marines with III Marine Expeditionary Force participated in a culminating event as part of a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program Instructor course July 28, 2016 at Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan. The Marines went through a three-week course which challenged them mentally and physically, pushing them past their limits. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha Villarreal/Released)
Marines endure Marine Corps Martial Arts Program instructor course
Marines with III Marine Expeditionary Force participated in a culminating event as part of a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program Instructor course July 28, 2016 at Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan. The Marines went through a three-week course which challenged them mentally and physically, pushing them past their limits. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha Villarreal/Released)
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)
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