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31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

The only continuously forward-deployed MEU

Okinawa, Japan
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Humvees fire their turret-mounted M240B and M2 .50 caliber machine guns in support of maneuvering forces during a combined arms, live-fire exercise (CALFEX) as part of Exercise Ssang Yong 2014 (SY14) here, April 4. The CALFEX incorporated all aspects of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force, sending a company of Marines into assault with direct fire support from AH-1W Super Cobra and UH-1Y Huey helicopters, AAV’s, Light Armored Vehicle-25’s and M777A1 Lightweight Howitzers. SY14 is conducted annually in the Republic of Korea to enhance interoperability between U.S. and ROK forces by performing a full spectrum of amphibious operations, while showcasing sea-based power projection in the Asia-Pacific. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jonathan G. Wright)
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Marines with Company E., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Landing Team 31, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, advance on their targets during a combined arms, live-fire exercise (CALFEX) as part of Exercise Ssang Yong 2014 (SY14) here, April 4. The CALFEX incorporated all aspects of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force, sending a company of Marines into assault with direct fire support from AH-1W Super Cobra and UH-1Y Huey helicopters, AAV’s, Light Armored Vehicle-25’s and M777A1 Lightweight Howitzers. SY14 is conducted annually in the Republic of Korea to enhance interoperability between U.S. and ROK forces by performing a full spectrum of amphibious operations, while showcasing sea-based power projection in the Asia-Pacific. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jonathan G. Wright)
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Marines with Company E., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Landing Team 31, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, launch a 60mm mortar during a combined arms, live-fire exercise (CALFEX) as part of Exercise Ssang Yong 2014 (SY14) here, April 4. The CALFEX incorporated all aspects of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force, sending a company of Marines into assault with direct fire support from AH-1W Super Cobra and UH-1Y Huey helicopters, AAV’s, Light Armored Vehicle-25’s and M777A1 Lightweight Howitzers. SY14 is conducted annually in the Republic of Korea to enhance interoperability between U.S. and ROK forces by performing a full spectrum of amphibious operations, while showcasing sea-based power projection in the Asia-Pacific. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jonathan G. Wright) 
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Lance Cpl. Tyler E. Hunter, an automatic rifleman with Company E., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Landing Team 31, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, and a native of West Chicago, Ill., provides suppressing fire during a combined arms, live-fire exercise (CALFEX) as part of Exercise Ssang Yong 2014 (SY14) here, April 4. The CALFEX incorporated all aspects of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force, sending a company of Marines into assault with direct fire support from AH-1W Super Cobra and UH-1Y Huey helicopters, AAV’s, Light Armored Vehicle-25’s and M777A1 Lightweight Howitzers. SY14 is conducted annually in the Republic of Korea to enhance interoperability between U.S. and ROK forces by performing a full spectrum of amphibious operations, while showcasing sea-based power projection in the Asia-Pacific. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew Kuppers) 
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Lance Cpl. Juan C. Cazares, a rifleman with Company E., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Landing Team 31, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, and a native of Bakersfield, Calif., provides security from the top of an amphibious assault vehicle during a combined arms, live-fire exercise (CALFEX) as part of Exercise Ssang Yong 2014 (SY14) here, April 4. The CALFEX incorporated all aspects of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force, sending a company of Marines into assault with direct fire support from AH-1W Super Cobra and UH-1Y Huey helicopters, AAV’s, Light Armored Vehicle-25’s and M777A1 Lightweight Howitzers. SY14 is conducted annually in the Republic of Korea to enhance interoperability between U.S. and ROK forces by performing a full spectrum of amphibious operations, while showcasing sea-based power projection in the Asia-Pacific. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew Kuppers)
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M1A1 Abrams Tanks with Company C., 4th Tank Battalion, Marine Corps Forces Reserve, fire 120mm rounds at targets during a combined arms, live-fire exercise (CALFEX) as part of Exercise Ssang Yong 2014 (SY14) here, April 4. The CALFEX incorporated all aspects of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force, sending a company of Marines into assault with direct fire support from AH-1W Super Cobra and UH-1Y Huey helicopters, AAV’s, Light Armored Vehicle-25’s and M777A1 Lightweight Howitzers. SY14 is conducted annually in the Republic of Korea to enhance interoperability between U.S. and ROK forces by performing a full spectrum of amphibious operations, while showcasing sea-based power projection in the Asia-Pacific. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew Kuppers) 
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USS BONHOMME RICHARD, Yellow Sea – Marines with Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), rappel from an MH-60S helicopter with Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON) during a fast-rope exercise on the flight deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) here, April 13. The helicopters hovered over the ship while the Marines quickly descended to simulate a visit, board, search and seizure insertion. The 31st MEU/ PHIBRON-11 team recently participated in Exercise Ssang Yong 14 in the Republic of Korea and is currently conducting theater security cooperation operations in the Asia-Pacific region.  (Official U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)
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USS BONHOMME RICHARD, Yellow Sea – Marines with Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), rappel from an MH-60S helicopter with Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON) during a fast-rope exercise on the flight deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) here, April 13. The helicopters hovered over the ship while the Marines quickly descended to simulate a visit, board, search and seizure insertion. The 31st MEU/ PHIBRON-11 team recently participated in Exercise Ssang Yong 14 in the Republic of Korea and is currently conducting theater security cooperation operations in the Asia-Pacific region.  (Official U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)
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USS BONHOMME RICHARD, Yellow Sea – Marines with Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), rappel from an MH-60S helicopter with Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON) during a fast-rope exercise on the flight deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) here, April 13. The helicopters hovered over the ship while the Marines quickly descended to simulate a visit, board, search and seizure insertion. The 31st MEU/ PHIBRON-11 team recently participated in Exercise Ssang Yong 14 in the Republic of Korea and is currently conducting theater security cooperation operations in the Asia-Pacific region.  (Official U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)
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Marines with Company G, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Landing Team 31, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, post security on an airfield as part of Exercise Ssang Yong 14 here, April 7. Exercise Ssang Yong is conducted annually in the Republic of Korea to enhance the interoperability of U.S. and ROK forces by performing a full spectrum of amphibious operations while showcasing sea-based power projection in the Pacific.
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Kevin M. Garcia, a machine gunner with Company G, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Landing Team 31, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, and a native of Brookfield Ill., posts security while a MV-22 Osprey lands on an airfield as part of Exercise Ssang Yong 14 here, April 7.  Exercise Ssang Yong is conducted annually in the Republic of Korea to enhance the interoperability of U.S. and ROK forces by performing a full spectrum of amphibious operations while showcasing sea-based power projection in the Pacific.  The Osprey is with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade.
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Infantry soldiers with the Australian Army load an MV-22 Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, before taking off for a raid as part of Exercise Ssang Yong 14 at Pohang K-3 Air Base, Apr. 4. Exercise Ssang Yong is conducted annually in the Republic of Korea to enhance the interoperability of U.S., ROK, and Australian forces by performing a full spectrum of amphibious operations while showcasing sea-based power projection in the Pacific. (Official U.S. Marine Photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)
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Infantry soldiers with the Australian Army buckle-up while on a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, before taking off for a raid as part of Exercise Ssang Yong 14 at Pohang K-3 Air Base, Apr. 4. Exercise Ssang Yong is conducted annually in the Republic of Korea to enhance the interoperability of U.S., ROK, and Australian forces by performing a full spectrum of amphibious operations while showcasing sea-based power projection in the Pacific. (Official U.S. Marine Photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)
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A crew chief for a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, as part of 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, waits next to his aircraft after landing here, Mar. 29. The aircraft picked up the Marines of the 31st MEU's Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon for participation in Exercise SSang Yong 2014. This training shows the interoperability of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and US forces and demonstrates our abilities to conduct amphibious operations and exercise expeditionary capabilities. (Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl.
Brian Bekkala)
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Marines with Company F., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, organize gear on the deck of a Landing Craft Utility in preparation for deployment here, Mar. 28. The 31st MEU, as part of 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, is participating in exercise SSang Yong, a bilateral training event demonstrating the interoperability of Republic of Korea and U.S. forces.  (Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paul Robbins Jr.)
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A boy from the Pohang Orphanage uses the camera of Gunnery Sgt. Ismael Pena, combat camera chief for the Command Element, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Yakima, Wash., during a visit by 24 Marines and Sailors here, April 5. The Pohang orphanage was founded after the Korean War in 1953 by a Navy chaplain from the 1st Marine Air Wing. In 1954, the Navy Seabees constructed the original building. Since then, the children taken in by the orphanage have known regular visits from their camouflaged friends. The visit comes at the conclusion of the 31st MEU’s participation in Exercise Ssang Yong 2014, a bilateral training event that is a tribute to the maturity of the US-ROK relationship.
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