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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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CLB-31 HAST responds to disaster scenario January 16, 2015 — On March 11, 2011, the worst undersea earthquake to affect Japan struck at a magnitude of 9.0 off the coast of Honshu creating waves exceeding one-hundred feet in height. The waves swept inland, taking the lives of more than 15,000 people and injuring thousands more. The survivors were left with damaged roads, buildings and industrial facilities, MORE
VMM-262 families prepare for upcoming deployment January 16, 2015 — Lauren Blond has great advice for any spouse dealing with the separation of a military deployment: Set expectations ahead of time.“It helps a lot knowing that I will expect to wait two weeks for things to start settling in before we can talk, instead of waiting by the phone or constantly clicking refresh on my email,” said Blond, a Marine spouse MORE
VMM-262 passes the sword January 8, 2015 — Sgt. Maj. Timonthy  J. Rudd accepted responsibility from Sgt. Maj. Devon A. Lee as the squadron sergeant major for Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 during a post and relief ceremony Jan. 8 here.  Marines and family members attended the ceremony to watch Lee transfer the senior enlisted advisor role to Rudd. “This was the first time I’ve had a MORE
Happy Holidays with CLB 31 Marines and sailors, friends and families December 17, 2014 — For Sarah Bowers, seeing palm trees and coral reefs does not normally evoke images of the winter holidays.“It is definitely much hotter,” said Bowers, a native of Fairbanks, Alaska. “It feels like summer. Other than having decorations up, it doesn’t feel like (the holidays) at all.” Living in Okinawa, Sarah is thousands of miles away from friends MORE
Showdown in combat town: 2/4 executes vertical assault December 10, 2014 — CENTRAL TRAINING AREA, OKINAWA, Japan – For Lance Cpl. Kenneth R. Murray Jr, assaulting a mock urban town during a vertical assault feels routine, until it is done in Okinawa, Japan.“The jungle is way different,” said Murray, a machine gunner. “They say Marines fight in ‘any clime and place’ and this is definitely a different clime and MORE
'Ditching, ditching, ditching!': Marines complete underwater egress training December 9, 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 7, 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 5, 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 2, 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

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