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31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

The only continuously forward-deployed MEU

Okinawa, Japan
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U.S. Marines with Expeditionary Operations Training Group, III Maarine Expeditionary Unit explain the training scenerio completed by Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit to members of the Palaun Police at Koror, Palau on July 21, 2016. The Marines are conducting training in Palau to ensure familiarity with Palau's complex urban environment. The training events were planned out with local authorities to provide an opportunity for realistic training with minimal inconvenience to the community and environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)
Police officers with the Palaun Police set up security and block roads for U.S. Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit while they conduct training at Koror, Palau on July 22, 2016. The Marines are conducting training in Palau to ensure familiarity with Palau's complex urban environment. The training events were planned out with local authorities to provide an opportunity for realistic training with minimal inconvenience to the community and environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)
U.S. Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit clear a water treatment facility at Koror, Palau on July 21, 2016. The Marines are conducting training in Palau to ensure familiarity with Palau's complex urban environment. The training events were planned out with local authorities to provide an opportunity for realistic training with minimal inconvenience to the community and environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)
A Marine with Helo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit provides area security in the jungle during a scenario based helo raid training event c as part of Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise June 25, 2016 at the Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa, Japan.The training was conducting in preparation for the 31st MEU's upcoming fall deployment.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha Villarreal/Released)
A Marine with Helo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit provides area security in the jungle during a scenario based helo raid training event c as part of Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise June 25, 2016 at the Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa, Japan.The training was conducting in preparation for the 31st MEU's upcoming fall deployment.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha Villarreal/Released)
A Marine with Helo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit trecks through the jungle June 25, 2016 at the Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa, Japan during scenario based training. The training was part of Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise in preparation for the 31st MEU's upcoming fall deployment (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha Villarreal/Released)
Marines with Helo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct scenario based training as part of Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise in preparation for the 31st MEU's upcoming fall deployment June 25, 2016 at the Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa, Japan.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha Villarreal/Released)
Marines with Helo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare to board MV-22B Ospreys as part of scenario based training in preparation for the 31st MEU's upcoming fall deployment June 25, 2016 at Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha Villarreal/Released)
Marines from F Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, carry a combat rubber raid craft to the shore in preparation for nighttime raid operations at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan during scenario based training. The training was part of Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise in preparation for the 31st MEU's upcoming fall deployment. The F Co., 2/4 Marines primary mission is to conduct amphibious landing and covert raid operations in support of the 31st MEU.
Marines from F Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, carry a combat rubber raid craft to the shore in preparation for nighttime raid operations at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan during scenario based training. The training was part of Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise in preparation for the 31st MEU's upcoming fall deployment. The F Co., 2/4 Marines primary mission is to conduct amphibious landing and covert raid operations in support of the 31st MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tiffany Edwards/Released).
Marines and Japanese service members load supplies into MV-22B Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in Japan Ground Self Defense Force Takayumaru Camp April 18, 2016. The supplies are in support of the relief effort after a series of earthquakes struck the island of Kyushu. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU and remains the Marine Corps' force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
U.S. Marines and Japanese service members load supplies into MV-22B Osprey, assigned to the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, in Japan Ground Self Defense Force Takayumaru Camp April 18, 2016. The supplies were in support of the relief effort after a series of earthquakes struck the island of Kyushu.
U.S. Marines with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a combined amphibious assault on Dogu Beach, South Korea, in AAV-P7/A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicles as part of Ssang Yong 16, March 12, 2016.  Ssang Yong is a biennial combined amphibious exercise conducted by U.S. forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army Forces in order to strengthen interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations. The Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU are in Korea as part of their spring deployment to the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Carl King Jr./Released)
An Air Force joint terminal attack controller participates in a raid conducted by Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Dec. 14, 2015. The JTAC acted as the eyes on the ground for aircraft supporting the raid. The raid was part of Interoperability Exercise 16.1, an exercise used to build a working bond between MRF and the MEU quickly. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson/Released)
U.S. ships from the Boxer and Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Groups sail with the Dokdo Amphibious Ready Group from the Republic of Korea as part of Ssang Yong 16, March 8, 2016. Ssang Yong is a biennial military exercise focused on strengthening the amphibious landing capabilities of the Republic of Korea, the U.S., New Zealand and Australia. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/Released)
U.S. ships from the Boxer and Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Groups sail with the Dokdo Amphibious Ready Group from the Republic of Korea during Ssang Yong 2016, at sea, March 8, 2016. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps team are committed to the ROK-U.S. alliance and conduct exercises regularly to ensure interoperability and maintain strong working relationships.  Ssang Yong familiarizes American armed forces with the Korean Peninsula and builds upon the strong preexisting relationship between the two militaries. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/ Released)
U.S. Marine Cpl. Christopher Lee, with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, uses hand signals to communicate with other AAV-P7/A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicles while conducting a combined amphibious assault on Dogu Beach, South Korea, as part of Ssang Yong 16, March 12, 2016. Ssang Yong is a biennial combined amphibious exercise conducted by U.S. forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army forces in order to strengthen interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations. The Marines and sailors of the 31st MEU are in Korea as part of their spring deployment to the Asia-Pacific region. Lee, a native of Haslet, Texas, is a crew chief with Alpha Co., BLT 1/5,31st MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Carl King Jr./Released)
The USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) sails with U.S. Navy ships from the Boxer and Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Groups as well as the Republic of Korea Navy ships of the Dokdo Amphibious Ready Group from the Republic of Korea as part of Ssang Yong 2016, March 8, 2016. Ssang Yong is a biennial military exercise focused on strengthening the amphibious landing capabilities of the Republic of Korea, the U.S., New Zealand and Australia. The Marines and sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit are currently embarked on the ships of the Bonhomme Richard ARG for their spring deployment to the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/ Released)
U.S., Thai, and Republic of Korea Marines conduct Special Patrol Insertion/Extraction (SPIE) rigging exercise during Cobra Gold 16, Sattahip, Thailand, Feb. 12, 2016.  SPIE system was developed as a means to rapidly insert and/or extract a reconnaissance patrol from an area that does not permit a helicopter to land.  Cobra Gold, in its 35th iteration, is designed to advance regional security and ensure effective responses to regional security crises by bringing together a robust combined task force from partner nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.  (Photo by GySgt Ismael Pena/Released)
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. David Belgard drives an AAV-P7/A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicle through the water during an amphibious assault at Fog Bay, Australia, July 11, 2015. The Marines with Echo Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Australians with Combat Team Bravo, 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, assaulted the beach and moved inland to secure additional objectives as part of Talisman Sabre 2015.  Talisman Sabre is a biennial exercise designed to improve the interoperability between Australian and U.S. forces. The 31st MEU is taking part in the exercise while deployed on its regularly scheduled Fall Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. Belgard, a native of Huffman, Texas, is an AAV crew chief with Echo Co., BLT 2/5, 31st MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Zachary Dyer/Released)