31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

 

31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

The only continuously forward-deployed MEU

Okinawa, Japan
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Lt. Col. Mike Wilonsky speaks to the Marines of Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines on the flight deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard Feb. 22, 2015. Wilonsky used the opportunity to provide his guidance for the upcoming liberty port in Malaysia. The Marines are with BLT 2/4, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and recently concluded the annually scheduled Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ryan C. Mains/Released)
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Col. Romin Dasmalchi speaks to the Marines of Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, May 8, 2015. The Marines were attached to the 31st MEU as the ground combat element from Nov. 2014 to May 2015. Dasmalchi is the commanding officer for the 31st MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ryan C. Mains/ Released)
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Lt. Col. Mike Wilonsky presents Col. Romin Dasmalchi a plaque during a battalion formation May 8, 2015. Dasmalchi is the commanding officer for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Wilonsky is the commanding officer for Battalion Landing Team 2/4, 31st MEU. The Marines are with BLT 2/4, 31st MEU, and they recently concluded the annually scheduled Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ryan C. Mains/ Released)
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U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jeremiah Skaggs poses in the hangar bay of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), at sea, March 16, 2015. Skaggs, from Stockton, California, has trained in multiple environments including Bridgeport, California, Twentynine Palms, California, Okinawa, Japan, and now aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard. Skaggs is a squad leader with Weapons Co., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and is currently participating in the MEU’s annually-scheduled Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ryan C. Mains/Released)
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Cpl. Brennan Palmiter shakes hands with a Republic of Korea (ROK) Marine during Korean Marine Exchange Program (KMEP) 15 in the vicinity of Pohang, South Korea March 30, 2015. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) participated in KMEP 15. The overall objective of KMEPs are to enhance amphibious operations between ROK and U.S. forces that contributes to security and stability on the Korean Peninsula as well as the entire Asia-Pacific region.  The ROK Marines are with 33rd Battalion, 1st ROK Marine Division, and the U.S. Marines are with Company E, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st MEU.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ryan C. Mains/ Released)
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U.S. Marine Cops Cpl. Gary Johnston provides security during a beach landing exercise with Republic of Korea (ROK) Marines in the vicinity of Pohang, South Korea, March 29, 2015. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) participated in  Korean Marine Exchange Program 15. The overall objective of KMEP 15 is to enhance amphibious operations between ROK and U.S. forces that contributes to security and stability on the Korean Peninsula as well as the entire Asia-Pacific region. Johnston is with Company G, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st MEU.
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Republic of Korea Marine Corps Lt. Col. Jeong Hyung-Goo watches a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey land on the flight deck of the Republic of Korea ship Dokdo (LPH 6111), at sea, March 26, 2015. This was the first time an Osprey has landed on a ROK amphibious assault ship. The aircraft is with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The Marines of the 31st MEU are embarked aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and are currently participating in Korean Marine Exchange Program 15 during the MEU’s annual Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by SSgt. Joseph DiGirolamo/Released)
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U.S. Marine Cpl. Christopher B. Reyes performs a wristlock takedown against Sgt. Evan M. Hughlett during class on the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. Reyes is a Green Belt Instructor from Jesup, Georgia, and Hughlett is a Brown Belt Instructor from Minneapolis.  The Marines are with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and are currently embarked on the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in support of the Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph DiGirolamo/Released)
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U.S. Marine Capt. German Alicea (center standing), leads a discussion about the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program inside the hangar bay of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Alicea is a 1st Degree Black Belt Instructor and the disbursing officer for Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.  The Marines are with the 31st MEU and are currently embarked on the ship in support of the Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph DiGirolamo/Released)
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U.S. Marines sight in on their targets during a live-fire exercise Feb. 4 on the flight deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6). Given 30 rounds each, the Marines executed multiple live fire drills. The Marines are with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and are currently underway as part of the regularly scheduled Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ryan C. Mains/Released)
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Sgt. Antonio Lowe, left, and Cpl. Jimmy Ryan, right, watch as an MV-22B Osprey flies over the Nightingale team during a mass casualty evacuation drill Feb. 9 held at the Central Training Area, Okinawa, Japan. The Nightingale team, a contingency force of medical personnel trained to respond to mass casualties, participated in the drill to hone their skills. Lowe and Ryan are with the Communications Platoon, Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei/ Released)
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Lance Cpl. Nick Riley, (center) from North Richland Hills, Texas, acts as a simulated casualty during a mass casualty evacuation drill Feb. 9 held at the Central Training Area, Okinawa, Japan.  Known as a ‘Nightingale’, a contingency force consisting of corpsmen and medical personnel specialize in responding to mass casualty evacuations. Riley is with the Communications Platoon, Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei/ Released)
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Lance Cpl. Nicholas Gerace, from Elmont, New York, provides security during a mass casualty evacuation drill Feb. 9 at the Central Training, Okinawa, Japan. The drill helps improve the skills of the Nightingale team, a small team of medical personnel dedicated to responding to mass casualties. Gerace is a field radio operator with Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei/ Released)
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Corpsmen gather together after landing in a MV-22B Osprey to respond to a mass casualty evacuation drill Feb. 9 at the Central Training Area, Okinawa, Japan. The corpsmen are part of a Nightingale team that is specialized in responding to mass casualties. The corpsmen are with Health Services Support Platoon, Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei/ Released)
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Marines and their spouses attend a pre-deployment brief Jan. 16 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma’s Habu Pit club. The brief was held to prepare them for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s upcoming Spring Patrol. The Marines are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), currently assigned to the 31st MEU as the aviation combat element.
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1st Lt. William Tidd, center, from Angola, Indiana, briefs the plan to help rebuild and aid a simulated village that has been struck by a flood Jan. 13 at Camp Hansen. The Marines are practicing scenarios as part of the Humanitarian Assistance Survey Team. The team is typically sent into a country after a natural disaster occurs in order to assess the damage and determine the amount of supply and resources are needed. Tidd is the Engineer Platoon commander for Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei/ Released)
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