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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 share history aboard USS Peleliu before and after 9/11/2001 September 11, 2014 —  It was the first day of liberty port in Darwin, Australia and Staff Sgt. James Roberts was enjoying a cold beverage at a local pub with his buddies. Suddenly, several shore-patrol Marines burst in frantically yelling to the service members inside to “Get out, get out… get back on ship… report to the ship!” In another part of town, Cpl. Jason M. MORE
Marines share history with the USS Peleliu, before and after 9/11/2001
Colours of the Corps August 27, 2014 — What if you were born outside of the United States and lived a part of your childhood – or all of it – in the Philippines? Or maybe Brazil is where you called home. If not the Philippines, or Brazil, how does Rwanda sound? The list goes on; the Defense Manpower Data Center estimates that about 35,000 non-citizens currently serve in the U.S. active MORE
Colours of the Corps
Editorial - "Mando Fun" with the 31st MEU August 25, 2014 — When I first heard of “mandatory fun”, like a battalion beach bash, I remember being invited to a picnic hosted by my Grandma for a family get-together. It seems to happen every time - Uncle Rick and Cousin James get drunk and get into a brawl. Grandpa watches over the babies and retells them old war stories. Dad, who’s been harping on me about my MORE
Combat shooting takes Marine overseas, shooting professionally for his country August 22, 2014 — It’s not a cliché: every Marine is a rifleman, regardless if they are an infantryman or an administrative clerk. Annual requirements dictate qualifying on a known-distance rifle range and the occasional field exercise, but the minimum expectations don’t inspire Marines to excellence. What, then, if a Marine has a burning passion and the drive to MORE
Just part of the job; corpsman treats Marine WWII veteran at Iwo To August 12, 2014 — The 69th Reunion of Honor ceremony at Iwo To (the island formerly known as Iwo Jima) was a tribute to the veterans who fought at the Battle of Iwo Jima and Petty Officer 3rd Class Traciemarie D. San Juan was standing there with the jitters. She didn’t have heightened nerves from the magnitude of the ceremony - this time - but because she was called MORE
BLT Marines race for time in squad competition August 11, 2014 — Marines with Company K, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, completed a squad competition at Camp Hansen, Aug 8.  For the squad competition, Marines within the company were divided into six squads to accomplish a variety of challenges as fast as possible.  “This squad competition brought us together as MORE
BLT Marines race for time in squad competition
Sayonara; JGSDF soldiers say goodbye to the 31st MEU after successful JOEP evolution August 11, 2014 — Soldiers with the Western Army of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force concluded their participation of the Japan Observer Exchange Program (JOEP) alongside Marines from Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, here, Aug. 7.  The JGSDF integrated with the BLT’s boat company as part of the six-week JOEP MORE
Sayonara; JGSDF soldiers say goodbye to the 31st MEU after successful JOEP evolution
Slice of ‘Slife’ – The sergeant with a mouth July 31, 2014 — Sergeant Levi J. Slife is a talker. He loves to talk while he fixes his truck and motorcycle back home in Littleton, Colorado. His Marine buddies say he ran his mouth during a firefight in Afghanistan while enemy rounds were chipping away at brick walls inches above his head. His Marines  claim he talks like Usain Bolt runs. He talks because it is MORE
A slice of 'Slife' - the sergeant with a mouth
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
Vertical assault prepares MEU Marines for upcoming deployment July 18, 2014 — OKINAWA, Japan - Preparing for an upcoming deployment, Marines participated in a vertical assault scenario July 18 at the Central Training Area, Okinawa, Japan, during an ongoing Marine Expeditionary Unit exercise.  The scenario incorporated the 31st MEU’s aviation and ground combat elements to test their capabilities in a seize-and-capture MORE
Vertical assault prepares MEU Marines for upcoming deployment

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