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31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

The only continuously forward-deployed MEU

Okinawa, Japan
31st MEU "In the News"
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Marines showcase Osprey in Sapporo Air Show July 20, 2014 — Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, showcased two MV-22 Ospreys as static displays during the Sapporo Air Show at Sapporo Okadama Airport, July 20. The Marine pilots and crew members flew from Okinawa July 18 and made stops at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and Yokota Air Base before MORE
Marines showcase Osprey in Sapporo Air Show
Quick reacting Marines aid injured Okinawan motorist June 27, 2014 — OKINAWA, Japan - Several Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit rushed to aid an accident victim who was hit by a vehicle while riding his moped on highway 58 in Ginowan city, June 27. Lance Cpl. Nicholas G. Kenny credits the first-aid training he has received in the Marine Corps for the quick actions he and others took in helping the MORE
JGSDF rolls through SWET device June 26, 2014 — CAMP HANSEN, Japan – First Lieutenant Nara Shunsaku and his men have nowhere to go, trapped and surrounded by water with their time running out. They each take a deep breath and, in an instant, are upside down, submerged. Water begins to fill up their noses and burn their sinuses but they react quickly and escape thanks to their practice and a MORE
JGSDF rolls through SWET device
Marines, sailors dedicate time to local children June 22, 2014 — NAGO, Okinawa - Shrieks of joy and excitement echo through the halls as small bare feet run across the hardwood floor. Children look up to the Marines with sparkles in their eyes as they are served sizzling American-style burgers. More than 30 Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, spent the day with MORE
Marines, sailors dedicate time to local children
Flying Tigers earn their stripes in fire rescue June 19, 2014 — MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, Okinawa, Japan – The flames scorched the ground around the charred skin of the aircraft as plumes of smoke twisted skyward. Four teams of hose-bearing Marines advanced toward the inferno, their clothing heats up as they drew closer. Once the hoses pulsed to life, water began to overwhelm flame and extinguish the MORE
Flying Tigers earn their stripes in fire rescue
Marines endure culminating event during jungle warfare training June 14, 2014 — Marines slip and slide down red clay slopes. They trudge through neck-high, insect -infested water. They belly-crawl through muddy trenches, wriggle underneath concertina wire, hop over concrete walls, submerge face first into a peanut-butter like sludge and drag themselves through obstacles.  These were the conditions the Marines and sailors with MORE
CLB-31 change of command June 12, 2014 — Lieutenant Colonel Omar J. Randall relinquished command of Combat Logistics Battalion 31, the logistics combat element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, to Lt. Col. Eric C. Malinowski during a change of command ceremony at Camp Hansen’s parade deck, June 12. Randall, a native of Bronx, New York, has served as CLB-31’s commanding officer since MORE
Dasmalchi assumes command of 31st MEU June 09, 2014 — Col. Romin Dasmalchi assumed command of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit from the interim commanding officer, Lt. Col. G. Troy Roesti, in an Assumption of Command ceremony here, June 9. The ceremony was held at the Camp Hansen House of Pain gymnasium in front of friends and fellow Marines, including Lt. Gen. John Wissler, commanding general of MORE
Passing the command
The magnanimous Sgt. Maj. Butch Vasquez retires June 06, 2014 — Marcus Aurelius, a roman emperor who reigned from 161 to 180 A.D., once said, “When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love…”  This famous quote became a personal mission statement for Sgt. Maj. Gonzalo A. “Butch” Vasquez during his 30 years in the Marine Corps, a career that concluded MORE
The magnanimous Sgt. Maj. Butch Vasquez retires
VMM-265 rotates off 31st MEU following eventful year May 22, 2014 — Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron-265 (Reinforced) was replaced by VMM-262 (REIN) as the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s aviation combat element, ending its year-long attachment to the unit.  VMM-262 (REIN), known as the ‘Flying Tigers’, will provide the MEU with assault support and transport capability for the next year, deploying during MORE

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