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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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BLT 2/5 Marines participate in large-scale assault during Ssang Yong 2014 April 08, 2014 — Thousands of rounds fly downrange as three platoons of Marines rush to their positions. Howitzers thunder in the distance while the rattle of machine guns echo off the sides of the valley. The gunfire is the symphony that accompanies the choreography of Marines as they advance.  Marines with Company E., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th MORE
Foothold: Company G seizes K-3 Airfield during Ssang Yong ‘14 April 05, 2014 — As soon as the back door to the CH-53E Super Stallion opens, Marines and sailors rush out fully geared with large packs on their shoulders and rifles at ready. Underneath their thudding boots, the pavement on airfield spread wide and far.    Marines with Company G, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Landing Team MORE
31st MEU Marines spend day with orphans in Pohang April 05, 2014 — Twenty-four Marines and sailors from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit joined a handful of Marines from Marine Corps Base Camp Mujuk to help the Pohang Orphanage commemorate the Arbor Day holiday here, April 5.   The group was put to work as soon as they arrived, with a dozen assigned to clearing land around the orphanage. Debris, brush and tree MORE
31st MEU Marines spend the day with orphans in Pohang
31st MEU Command Element moves ashore to command ground forces for Ssang Yong 2014 April 02, 2014 — Approximately 130 Marines and Sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Command Element established a command operations center ashore in support of their role for Exercise Ssang Yong here, April 2.  The 31st MEU’s CE took command of the 13th MEUs Battalion Landing Team and numerous other ground combat elements on March 31 to form Regimental MORE
Command Operations Center
3d MEB integrates 31st MEU for forcible entry in Korea April 01, 2014 — The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit has begun its participation in the large-scale amphibious training of Exercise Ssang Yong 2014, but it does so in pieces.   Elements of the 31st MEU participated in a simulated forcible entry operation here March 31, serving multiple roles as part of the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade. Battalion Landing Team 2nd MORE
Automatic security
Photo Essay: Firing while rocking on USS Denver March 19, 2014 — Marines and sailors of Company F. and Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, challenged their marksmanship skills by firing multiple weapons from the flight deck here, March 19.   Their accuracy was tested with varied ranges and movements during the seven-hour event. Marines MORE
Deck Shoot
31st MEU relieves earthquake-stricken village during CERTEX March 16, 2014 — The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit has an extensive history executing humanitarian missions, but the Marines aren’t likely to rest on their laurels. “As the force in readiness for the Asia-Pacific area of operation, the 31st MEU is exceptionally well prepared to conduct humanitarian missions in our (area of operation),” said LtCol. Troy Roesti, the MORE
Photo Essay – Riot control during 31st MEU CERTEX March 15, 2014 — Marines with Battery G., with Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, pushed back hostile protesters from the building gates of a simulated embassy during the 31st MEU’s Certification Exercise, March 15. In the CERTEX scenario, the 31st MEU’s Forward Command Element is coordinating humanitarian MORE
Three years later: 31st MEU remembers Operation Tomodachi March 11, 2014 — Marines and sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON) held a moment of silence to commemorate the Japanese citizens who lost their lives during the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami on the flight deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), March 11. On March 11, 2011, an undersea earthquake MORE
BLT 2/5 Marines conduct airborne raid March 10, 2014 — Helicopter blades churn under an overcast sky as a CH-53E Super Stallions lands in a grassy field by an airstrip. The back door opens and a platoon of Marines and sailors dash a hundred meters from under the back of the helicopter. After it the helicopter lifts back into the sky, the raiders platoon immediately turns their night vision optics and MORE

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