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31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

The only continuously forward-deployed MEU

Okinawa, Japan
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U.S. Marines with Company L, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) and Soldiers from the Western Army Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) conduct boat operations as part of the Japan Observer Exchange Program on Kin Blue, Okinawa, 11 July, 2014. The JGSDF was integrated with the 31st MEU in order to better understand amphibious operations. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by GySgt Ismael Pea/ Released)
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Sapporo Okadama Airport, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan – Major David Shearman, a pilot with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), and a native of Hillsdale, Michigan, walks children to their families as part of the Sapporo Air Show at Sapporo Okadama Airport, July 20. More than 50,000 spectators viewed U.S. and Japan military and commercial aircraft that were either on static display or showcased flying over the airport. “It is a great opportunity, not only for the United States military, but also for the Japan military to showcase their aircraft. We want to show the Japanese public what we do and why our alliance is so important.” said Maj. Gen. Andrew W. O’Donnell Jr., the deputy commander of United States Forces, Japan. This is the first time the Osprey has flown to Sapporo. The pilots and crew of the Osprey are with VMM-262 (Rein), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)
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Sapporo Okadama Airport, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan – Major David Shearman, a pilot with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), and a native of Hillsdale, Michigan, walks children to their families as part of the Sapporo Air Show at Sapporo Okadama Airport, July 20. More than 50,000 spectators viewed U.S. and Japan military and commercial aircraft that were either on static display or showcased flying over the airport. “It is a great opportunity, not only for the United States military, but also for the Japan military to showcase their aircraft. We want to show the Japanese public what we do and why our alliance is so important.” said Maj. Gen. Andrew W. O’Donnell Jr., the deputy commander of United States Forces, Japan. This is the first time the Osprey has flown to Sapporo. The pilots and crew of the Osprey are with VMM-262 (Rein), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)
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Sapporo Okadama Airport, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan – A posted sign  helps spectators  understand the capabilities of the MV-22 Osprey in front of a static display during the Sapporo Air Show at Sapporo Okadama Airport, July 20. More than 50,000 spectators viewed U.S. and Japan military and commercial aircraft that were either on static display or showcased flying over the airport. “It is a great opportunity, not only for the United States military, but also for the Japan military to showcase their aircraft. We want to show the Japanese public what we do and why our alliance is so important,” said Maj. Gen. Andrew W. O’Donnell Jr., the deputy commander of United States Forces, Japan. This is the first time the Osprey has flown to Sapporo. The pilots and crew of the Osprey are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)
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Sapporo Okadama Airport, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan – Spectators get an up-close look at various aircraft including the MV-22 Osprey as part of the Sapporo Air Show at Sapporo Okadama Airport, July 20. More than 50,000 spectators viewed U.S. and Japan military and commercial aircraft that were either on static display or showcased flying over the airport. “It is a great opportunity, not only for the United States military, but also for the Japan military to showcase their aircraft. We want to show the Japanese public what we do and why our alliance is so important,” said Maj. Gen. Andrew W. O’Donnell Jr., the deputy commander of United States Forces, Japan. This is the first time the Osprey has flown to Sapporo. The pilots and crew of the Osprey are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)
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Sapporo Okadama Airport, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan – Lance Corporal Carlos E. Bazuarojas (left), a flight equipment technician with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), and a native of Mesa, Arizona, gives stickers to children as part of the Sapporo Air Show at Sapporo Okadama Airport, July 20. More than 50,000 spectators viewed U.S. and Japan military and commercial aircraft that were either on static display or showcased flying over the airport. “It is a great opportunity, not only for the United States military, but also for the Japan military to showcase their aircraft. We want to show the Japanese public what we do and why our alliance is so important,” said Maj. Gen. Andrew W. O’Donnell Jr., the deputy commander of United States Forces, Japan. This is the first time the Osprey has flown to Sapporo. The pilots and crew of the Osprey are with VMM-262 (Rein), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)
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Sapporo Okadama Airport, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan – Spectators observe the MV-22 Osprey as part of the Sapporo Air Show at Sapporo Okadama Airport, July 20. More than 50,000 spectators viewed U.S. and Japan military and commercial aircraft that were either on static display or showcased flying over the airport. “It is a great opportunity, not only for the United States military, but also for the Japan military to showcase their aircraft. We want to show the Japanese public what we do and why our alliance is so important,” said Maj. Gen. Andrew W. O’Donnell Jr., the deputy commander of United States Forces, Japan. This is the first time the Osprey has flown to Sapporo. The pilots and crew of the Osprey are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)
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Sapporo Okadama Airport, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan – Staff Sergeant Shival Ramroop, an airframes hydraulic mechanic with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), and a native of Bogota, New Jersey, gives stickers to children as part of the Sapporo Air Show at Sapporo Okadama Airport, July 20. More than 50,000 spectators viewed U.S. and Japan military and commercial aircraft that were either on static display or showcased flying over the airport. “It is a great opportunity, not only for the United States military, but also for the Japan military to showcase their aircraft. We want to show the Japanese public what we do and why our alliance is so important,” said Maj. Gen. Andrew W. O’Donnell Jr., the deputy commander of United States Forces, Japan. This is the first time the Osprey has flown to Sapporo. The pilots and crew of the Osprey are with VMM-262 (Rein), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)
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Sapporo Okadama Airport, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan – Corporal Nathan Zimmerman, crew chief with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), and a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, speaks to members with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force as part of the Sapporo Air Show at Sapporo Okadama Airport, July 20. More than 50,000 spectators viewed U.S. and Japan military and commercial aircraft that were either on static display or showcased flying over the airport. “It is a great opportunity, not only for the United States military, but also for the Japan military to showcase their aircraft. We want to show the Japanese public what we do and why our alliance is so important,” said Maj. Gen. Andrew W. O’Donnell Jr., the deputy commander of United States Forces, Japan. This is the first time the Osprey has flown to Sapporo. The pilots and crew of the Osprey are with VMM-262 (Rein), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)
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Soldiers with the Japan Ground Self Defense and U.S. Marines and sailors carry combat rubber raiding crafts ashore during boat operations as part of the Japan Observer Exchange Program at Kin Blue beach here, July 16. The soldiers are with JGSDF’s Western Army and the Marines and sailors are with Company L, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The JGSDF soldiers have been observing L Co. for approximately six weeks. JOEP enables the JGSDF observation and education of small unit concepts, tactics, and amphibious operations to further enhance the interoperability of the two forces and security of the region.
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KIN BLUE, Okinawa, Japan – Private Sho Imamura (Right) and Lance Cpl. Joshua A. Landrum post security as part of the Japan Observer Exchange Program at Kin Blue here, July 11. Imamura is an anti-tank missile man with the Japan Ground Self Defense Force’s 12th Regiment, and a native of Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu Islands, Japan, and Landrum is a scout swimmer with Company L, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Houston. A platoon-sized element of the JGSDF will observe the MEU’s Marines and sailors and practice events alongside them to develop greater interoperability of forces and to further enhance the security of Japan. JOEP demonstrates the continued commitment of the United States and Japan to maintain a strong partnership to enable responses to future challenges. (U.S. Marine Photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)
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KIN BLUE, Okinawa, Japan – Lieutenant General John E. Wissler (right), commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force, shakes hands with Lt. Gen. Koichiro Bansho, commanding general of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force Western Army, during an inspection visit at Kin Blue beach, July 11. A platoon of JGSDF soldiers are integrated with Marines with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, as part of the Japan Observation Exchange Program (JOEP) for several weeks. The involvement of JGSDF soldiers in the MEU’s regularly-scheduled training comes in response to the April 2012 U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee, also known as the 2+2, statement calling for more dynamic defense cooperation and bilateral training. This integration with JGSDF soldiers demonstrates the continued commitment of the United States and Japan to increasing interoperability of our militaries and maintaining a strong partnership to enable a bilateral response to future challenges.  (U.S. Marine Photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)
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Sergeant Nagai Tukasa, a mortarman with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s 12 Infantry Regiment, prepares to submerge during shallow water egress training (SWET) at Camp Hansen’s pool, June 26. The SWET course covered how to use a breathing regulator and flotation device as well as techniques on how to escape an aircraft while submerged underwater. The involvement of JGSDF soldiers in the MEU’s regularly-scheduled training comes in response to the April 2012 U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee, also known as the 2+2, statement calling for the enhancement of bilateral security and defense cooperation. (U.S. Marine Photo by Cpl. Henry J. Antenor)
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Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers receive instruction during shallow water egress training (SWET) at Camp Hansen’s pool, June 26. The SWET course covered how to use a breathing regulator and flotation device as well as techniques on how to escape an aircraft while submerged underwater. The involvement of JGSDF soldiers in the MEU’s regularly-scheduled training comes in response to the April 2012 U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee, also known as the 2+2, statement calling for the enhancement of bilateral security and defense cooperation. (U.S. Marine Photo by Cpl. Henry J. Antenor)
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A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldier is upended by underwater egress trainers during shallow water egress training (SWET) at Camp Hansen’s pool, June 26. The SWET course covered how to use a breathing regulator and flotation device as well as techniques on how to escape an aircraft while submerged underwater. The involvement of JGSDF soldiers in the MEU’s regularly-scheduled training comes in response to the April 2012 U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee, also known as the 2+2, statement calling for the enhancement of bilateral security and defense cooperation. (U.S. Marine Photo by Cpl. Henry J. Antenor)
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Lance Cpl. Amelia Williams, left, enjoys a cookout with the children of the Nagomi Nursing Home for Children June 22 in Nago. The children experienced American culture through interaction with the Marines. Williams is a Bremerton, Washington, native and a radio operator with 3rd Marine Logistics Group currently assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brittany A. James/Released)
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