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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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'Ditching, ditching, ditching!': Marines complete underwater egress training December 09, 2014 — As the fuselage filled up with water, Staff Sgt. Mikal A. Bowman braced himself and took one last breath just before the water covered his face.“The first thing that was going through my mind was that I wanted it to be over,” said Bowman, a warehouse chief for Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. “It sucks doing it, but it MORE
CLB-31 Maintenance Marines keeps the 31st MEU ready December 07, 2014 — Over 2,000 Marines depend on these guys: few missions are possible without them. Marines like Cpl. Beau Brummel can coax a Humvee’s engine to a roaring start and Sgt. Matthew Green can ensure a radio signal is loud and clear. Infantrymen confidently use weaponry Staff Sgt. Patrick Hubbard has fixed and drink the clean water Sgt. Duran Ritche has MORE
CBRN Marines suit up for the 31st MEU December 05, 2014 — For Lance Cpl. Andrew Jackson, entering a building with an unknown, possibly harmful chemical outbreak is just another day on the job as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear defense specialist Marine.Jackson and other CBRN defense specialists participated in an assessment/consequences management exercise for pre-deployment preparations MORE
The Hospital Corps’ top doc December 02, 2014 — There were an estimated five thousand casualties suffered during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and independent duty corpsmen did their best to prevent the deaths of those injured.Petty Officer 1st Class Wilson Rodriguez, Jr., now an IDC himself, served as a hospital corpsman on a small base in Iraq and witnessed the effectiveness MORE
A Magnificent Return for 2/4 to the 31st MEU November 20, 2014 — After a year’s absence from Okinawa, the California based 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines returned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Nov. 20 as the new battalion landing team.The battalion served as the 31st MEU’s ground combat element in 2013 during its Fall Patrol of the Asia-Pacific, conducting bilateral training exercises with the Australian MORE
Marines hold end of deployment competition to see who goes home first November 12, 2014 — Sergeant Jacob Fernandez, like everybody else in his unit, wanted to go home after six months in the Asia-Pacific region, but first he had to battle it out amongst hundreds of Marines in a fierce competition where the stakes were set extremely high.The winning company of the competition gets home before everybody else.Battalion Landing Team 3rd MORE
31st MEU Marine goes back to his amphibious roots on the USS Peleliu October 23, 2014 — U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Sy Poggemeyer knew how to get around an amphibious assault ship at the age of four. “I remember going to my dad’s stateroom, thinking that it was really big. I jumped on his bed; he had the Nintendo [Entertainment System] set up, so there we were, playing the old Mario Bros. game with my dad,” said Poggemeyer, radio MORE
A Dark Horse bond like no other: Grandfather, Grandson serve in same Battalion 50 years apart October 22, 2014 — Lance Corporal Benjamin J. Ferry joined the Marine Corps because of his grandfather. “My grandpa always said I could go in any branch, and die in any branch, but if I joined the Army he would shoot me tomorrow,” said Ferry, a 23 year-old from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. “I always wanted to be a Marine so that’s the way I chose to go.”Richard MORE
Strengthening ties: CLB Marines clear path at Philippine Marine Base October 10, 2014 — Looking at the large tractor, known as the TRAM, you would think of some sort of hybrid between a forklift and a bulldozer. Regardless of how it looks, the TRAM has allowed U.S. Marines in the Philippines to help make a difference. Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, cleared the rubble from a recent landslide MORE
Top Philippine and U.S. Military officials celebrate together during PHIBLEX 15 closing ceremony October 10, 2014 — Philippine and U.S. service members attended the closing ceremony of Amphibious Landing Exercise 15 here, Oct. 10, 2014.PHIBLEX is a two-week long bilateral exercise that allows Philippine and U.S. armed forces to work cooperatively in range of military operations such as complex amphibious operations and disaster relief missions. “PHIBLEX 15 has MORE

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