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31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

The only continuously forward-deployed MEU

Okinawa, Japan
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Lt. Col. Eric C. Malinowski, commanding officer of Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, addresses the battalion during the unveiling of the unit's new crest Nov. 12 at Camp Hansen’s West Chapel. The new design pays homage to the 31st MEU while still maintaining symbols used in previous versions. Each symbol on the crest holds a special meaning to CLB-31. Malinowski is from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei/ Released)
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CAMP HANSEN, Japan – Marines compete in a flag football game here, Nov. 10. Following a Marine Corps birthday celebration, the Marines of Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, held a battalion-wide competition pitting the companies against each other in flag football, basketball, softball, tug of war and more. The winner of the competition was Company K and their award is to be the first company to return home to California before the rest of the battalion. The Marines are with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine Photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)
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CAMP HANSEN, Japan – Company K, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is the winner of a battalion-wide competition here Nov. 10. Following a Marine Corps birthday celebration, the Marines of BLT 3/5 31st MEU, held a battalion-wide competition pitting the companies against each other in flag football, basketball, softball, tug of war and more. The winner of the competition was Company K and their award is to be the first company to return home to California before the rest of the battalion. (U.S. Marine Photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)
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CAMP HANSEN, Japan – Marines compete in a softball game here, Nov. 10. Following a Marine Corps birthday celebration, the Marines of Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, held a battalion-wide competition pitting the companies against each other in flag football, basketball, softball, tug of war and more. The winner of the competition was Company K and their award is to be the first company to return home to California before the rest of the battalion. (U.S. Marine Photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)
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CAMP HANSEN, Japan – Lieutenant Colonel Robert C. Rice announces the final results after a battalion-wide competition here Nov. 10. Following a Marine Corps birthday celebration, the Marines of Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, held a battalion-wide competition pitting the companies against each other in flag football, basketball, softball, tug of war and more. The winner of the competition was Company K and their award is to be the first company to return home to California before the rest of the battalion.  Rice is the battalion commander of BLT 3/5, 31st MEU.  (U.S. Marine Photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)
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CAMP HANSEN, Japan – Marines compete in a tug of war competition here, Nov. 10. Following a Marine Corps birthday celebration, the Marines of Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, held a battalion-wide competition pitting the companies against each other in flag football, basketball, softball, tug of war and more. The winner of the competition was Company K and their award is to be the first company to return home to California before the rest of the battalion.(U.S. Marine Photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)
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CAMP HANSEN, Japan – Marines compete in a basketball game here, Nov. 10. Following a Marine Corps birthday celebration, the Marines of Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, held a battalion-wide competition pitting the companies against each other in flag football, basketball, softball, tug of war and more. The winner of the competition was Company K and their award is to be the first company to return home to California before the rest of the battalion. (U.S. Marine Photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)
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CAMP HANSEN, Japan – Sergeant Jacob Fernandez bench presses 385 pounds during a battalion competition here Nov. 10. Following a Marine Corps birthday celebration, the Marines of Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, held a battalion-wide competition pitting the companies against each other in flag football, basketball, softball, tug of war and more. The winner of the competition was Company K and their award is to be the first company to return home to California before the rest of the battalion. Fernandez is an infantry squad leader with Company K, BLT 3/5, 31st MEU. (U.S. Marine Photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)
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Lieutenant Colonel Robert C. Rice cuts the cake during a Marine Corps birthday celebration here Nov. 10. Following the cake-cutting was a battalion-wide competition pitting the companies against each other in flag football, basketball, softball, tug of war and more. The winner of the competition was Company K and their award is to be the first company to return home to California before the rest of the battalion. Rice is the battalion commander of BLT 3/5, 31st MEU and a native of Richland, Washington. (U.S. Marine Photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)
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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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