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31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

The only continuously forward-deployed MEU

Okinawa, Japan
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Marine Corps 1st Lt. Sy Poggemeyer stands in front of the USS Peleliu (LHA-5) in port, Oct. 21, 2014. Poggemeyer’s stepfather, Navy Capt. Michael Krieger, served on the USS Peleliu 20 years ago, the same ship that Poggemeyer is currently deployed on with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The 31st MEU/Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group recently participated in Amphibious Landing Exercise 15 in the Philippines as part of a regularly-scheduled Fall Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region.
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This photo illustration depicts Lance Cpl. Benjamin Ferry and his Grandfather, Richard T. Ferry, side-by-side while each was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. Coincidentally, both Benjamin and Richard were assigned the same unit with more than 60 years’ difference in service time. Richard served with 3/5 during the Korean War, fighting in Inchon and at the Chosin Reservoir before being evacuated with two wounds suffered in combat. Benjamin is an automatic rifleman and is currently deployed aboard the USS Peleliu (LHA 5) with India Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/5, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
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Philippine Marines and U. S. Marines stand together after paying their respects to those who died during the Bataan Death March during Amphibious Landing Exercise 15 Oct. 8, 2014. More then 100 Marines visited the memorial over two days to learn more about the events of World War II that occurred in the Philippines. PHIBLEX is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines alongside U.S. Marine and Navy Forces focused on strengthening the partnership and relationships between the two nations across a range of military operations including disaster relief and complex expeditionary operations. The U. S. Marines are from Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
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U. S. Marines read a tombstone memorial while visiting the Bataan Death March Memorial at Capas National Shrine during Amphibious Landing Exercise 15, Oct. 8, 2014. More then 100 Marines visited the memorial over two days to learn more about the events of World War II that occurred in the Philippines. PHIBLEX is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines alongside U.S. Marine and Navy Forces focused on strengthening the partnership and relationships between the two nations across a range of military operations including disaster relief and complex expeditionary operations. The Marines are with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
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U.S. Navy Lt. Yonatan Warren explains the history of the Bataan Death March at the memorial wall during Amphibious Landing Exercise 15, Oct. 8, 2014. More then 100 Marines visited the memorial over two days to learn more about the events of World War II that occurred in the Philippines. PHIBLEX is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines alongside U.S. Marine and Navy Forces focused on strengthening the partnership and relationships between the two nations across a range of military operations including disaster relief and complex expeditionary operations. Warren is the chaplain for Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
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U. S. Marines listen as U.S. Navy Lt. Yonatan Warren explains the history of the Bataan Death March during Amphibious Landing Exercise 15, Oct. 8, 2014. More then 100 Marines visited the memorial over two days to learn more about the events of World War II that occurred in the Philippines. PHIBLEX is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines alongside U.S. Marine and Navy forces focused on strengthening the partnership and relationships between the two nations across a range of military operations including disaster relief and complex expeditionary operations. Warren is the chaplain with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
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U. S. Marine Cpl. Wayne Bass reads the tombstone memorial dedicated to the civilians who helped service members escape the Bataan Death March at Capas National Shrine during Amphibious Landing Exercise 15, Oct. 8, 2014. More then 100 Marines visited the memorial over two days to learn more about the events of World War II that occurred in the Philippines. PHIBLEX is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines alongside U.S. Marine and Navy Forces focused on strengthening the partnership and relationships between the two nations across a range of military operations including disaster relief and complex expeditionary operations. Bass is a Landing Support Specialist with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
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(from left to right) U.S. Marines Col. Michael P. Wylie, operations chief, Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group Philippines, Col. John Armellino Jr, chief of staff of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, and Col. Romin Dasmalchi, commanding officer of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, discuss their time in the Philippines at the closing ceremony of Amphibious Landing Exercise 15, Oct. 10, 2014. Philippine and U.S. service members attended the closing ceremony of PHIBLEX to celebrate the two-week long 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 is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines alongside U.S. Marine and Navy forces focused on strengthening the partnership and relationships between the two nations.
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U.S. Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion and Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct free fall jumps during Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 15 at Basa Air Base, Pampanga, Philippines, Oct. 8, 2014. PHIBLEX is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, U.S. Marines and Navy to strengthen interoperability across a range of capabilities to include disaster relief and contingency operations.
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U.S. Marines carry Bangalore torpedoes fused with detonation cord used to clear obstacles at Crow Valley, the Philippines, during Amphibious Landing Exercise 15, Oct. 8. PHIBLEX is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines alongside U.S. Marine and Navy forces focused on strengthening the partnership and relationships between the two nations across a range of military operations including disaster relief and complex expeditionary operations. The Marines are with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
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U.S. Marine Cpl. Malcom L. Crafton (middle) explains to Lance Cpl. Kent M. Curry (left) and Lance Cpl. Maxwell E. Ackerdeoliveira how to emplace the 40-pound M3A1 shaped charge at a demolitions range at Crow Valley, the Philippines, during Amphibious Landing Exercise 15, Oct. 8. PHIBLEX is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines alongside U.S Marine and Navy forces focused on strengthening the partnership and relationships between the two nations across a range of military operations including disaster relief and complex expeditionary operations. The Marines are with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph DiGirolamo)
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Explosives detonate in order to clear obstacles at Crow Valley, the Philippines, during Amphibious Landing Exercise 15, Oct. 8. PHIBLEX is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines alongside U.S. Marine and Navy forces focused on strengthening the partnership and relationships between the two nations across a range of military operations including disaster relief and complex expeditionary operations. The U.S. Marines who set the charges are with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph DiGirolamo)
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TNT tied around detonation cord U.S. Marines used at a demolitions range in Crow Valley, the Philippines during Amphibious Landing Exercise 15, Oct. 8. PHIBLEX is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines alongside U.S. Marine and Navy forces focused on strengthening the partnership and relationships between the two nations across a range of military operations including disaster relief and complex expeditionary operations. The Marines are with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph DiGirolamo)
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U.S. Marines observe explosives detonate from a safe distance on a demolitions range at Crow Valley, the Philippines, during Amphibious Landing Exercise 15, Oct. 8. PHIBLEX is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines alongside U.S. Marine and Navy forces focused on strengthening the partnership and relationships between the two nations across a range of military operations including disaster relief and complex expeditionary operations. The Marines are with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph DiGirolamo
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U.S. Marines set up a ring of TNT tied around detonation cord at a demolitions range in Crow Valley, the Philippines during Amphibious Landing Exercise 15, Oct. 8. PHIBLEX is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines alongside U.S. Marine and Navy forces focused on strengthening the partnership and relationships between the two nations across a range of military operations including disaster relief and complex expeditionary operations. The Marines are with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
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U.S. Marine Cpl. Cory Stryker (middle), explains to Lance Cpl. Maxwell E. Ackerdeoliveira (left) and Lance Cpl. Christophe M. Medberry how to arm C4 explosives at a demolitions range at Crow Valley, the Philippines, during Amphibious Landing Exercise 15, Oct. 8. PHIBLEX is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines alongside U.S. Marine and Navy forces focused on strengthening the partnership and relationships between the two nations across a range of military operations including disaster relief and complex expeditionary operations. Stryker is a Wooster, Ohio, native while Ackerdeoliveira is from San Francisco and Medberry is from San Diego. All three Marines are with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
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