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31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

The only continuously forward-deployed MEU

Okinawa, Japan
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Sergeant Maj. James Roberts (left) and GySgt. Jason M. Whipkey stand on the flight deck of the USS Peleliu (LHA-5) September 10. The Marines were embarked on the ship 13 years ago when it was diverted from Darwin, Australia to Afghanistan in response to the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. Roberts is the Sergeant Major of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and is from Dallas. Whipkey is the platoon sergeant for Weapons Co., Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st MEU and is from Carneys Point, New Jersey. The 31st MEU/Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group is currently conducting Amphibious Integration Training in preparation for the regularly scheduled Fall Patrol ’14. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the force of choice for the Asia-Pacific region.
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U.S. Marines with Company I, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct training with Amphibian Assault Vehicles as part of Amphibious Integration Training (AIT) at sea, Sept 4, 2014. The Marines, partnered with Amphibious Squadron-11, are conducting AIT aboard the USS Peleliu (LHA-5) in support of the regularly scheduled Fall Patrol ‘14.
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U.S. Marines with Company I, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), offload a Humvee from a Landing Craft, Utility belonging to Navy Beach Unit 7, as part of Amphibious Integration Training (AIT) at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, Sept 4, 2014. The Marines, partnered with Amphibious Squadron-11, are conducting AIT aboard the USS Peleliu (LHA-5) in support of the regularly scheduled Fall Patrol ‘14.
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U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conduct a live-fire exercise on the flight deck of the USS Peleliu (LHA-5) while underway, Sept. 7. The Marines, partnered with Amphibious Squadron-11, are conducting AIT aboard the USS Peleliui n support of the regularly scheduled Fall Patrol ‘14.
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A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey Tilt Rotor Aircraft, belonging to Marine Tilt Rotor Squadron 262, takes off from the flight deck of the USS Peleliu, at sea, Sept 5, 2014. The MV-22 Osprey will be used during Amphibious Integration Training which will take place aboard the ship.
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Lance Corporal William Schwappach, left, throws a football as part of a company-level barbecue and sports group function here, Aug. 22. The Marines are with Company K and Battery K, who are both with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The event involved softball, volleyball, tug-of-war, football and a variety of food. Schwappach is a radio operator with the battery and a native of West Palm Beach, Florida. The 31st MEU is the force of choice in the Asian-Pacific region and the only continuously forward-deployed MEU.
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U.S. Marines with Battery K, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, celebrate after winning the tug-of-war competition as part of a company-level barbecue and sports group function here, Aug. 22. The Marines are with Company K and Battery K, who are both with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The event involved softball, volleyball, tug-of-war, football and a variety of food. The 31st MEU is the force of choice in the Asian-Pacific region and the only continuously forward-deployed MEU.
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U.S. Marines pull on a rope during tug-of-war of as part of a company-level barbecue and sports group function here, Aug. 22. The Marines are with Company K and Battery K, who are both with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The event involved softball, volleyball, tug-of-war, football and a variety of food. The 31st MEU is the force of choice in the Asian-Pacific region and the only continuously forward-deployed MEU.
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U.S. Marines pose with the company sledgehammer as part of a company-level barbecue and sports group function here, Aug. 22. The Marines are with Company K and Battery K, who are both with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The event involved softball, volleyball, tug-of-war, football and a variety of food. The 31st MEU is the force of choice in the Asian-Pacific region and the only continuously forward-deployed MEU.
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Gunnery Sergeant Clausele Barthold, center, tends to the grill as part of a company-level barbecue and sports group function here, Aug. 22. The Marines are with Company K and Battery K, who are both with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The event involved softball, volleyball, tug-of-war, football and a variety of food. Barthold is the company gunnery sergeant with K Co. and a native of New York City. The 31st MEU is the force of choice in the Asian-Pacific region and the only continuously forward-deployed MEU.
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U.S. Marines are served food as part of a company-level barbecue and sports group function here, Aug. 22. The Marines are with Company K and Battery K, who are both with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The event involved softball, volleyball, tug-of-war, football and a variety of food. The 31st MEU is the force of choice in the Asian-Pacific region and the only continuously forward-deployed MEU.
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Two U.S. Marines jump to hit the volleyball during a company-level barbecue and sports group function here, Aug. 22. The Marines are with Company K and Battery K, who are both with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The event involved softball, volleyball, tug-of-war, football and a variety of food. The 31st MEU is the force of choice in the Asian-Pacific region and the only continuously forward-deployed MEU.
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Colonel Romin Dasmalchi addresses the Marines and Sailors of the 31st Marine Expedtionary Unit aboard the USS Peleliu, September 2. The 31st MEU is conducting amphibious integration training aboard the ship as part of their reguarly scheduled fall patrol. Dasmalchi is the commanding officer of the 31st MEU.
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Mrs. Ariana Beltran pins the Fleet Marine Force Warfare insignia on her husband, Navy Lt. Manuel H. Beltran on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan August 29. Lieutenant Beltran is the medical planner for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and he and his wife are both natives of Elgin, Illinois. The FMF Qualified Officer Insignia is presented to U.S. Navy officers who complete all necessary requirements such as serving in a Marine Corps command for a year, completing an oral board held by FMF qualified officers, and passing a written test and the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph DiGirolamo)
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MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz. - Capt. Nicholas Dimitruk sits in the cockpit of an AV-8B Harrier while preparing for a flight out of MCAS Yuma . Dimitruk is a forward air controller with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Wimbledon, England. Dimitruk and the Marines of BLT 3/5 are currently assigned to the 31st MEU as the ground combat element and are conducting pre-deployment preparations in support of the regularly scheduled Fall Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region.
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CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan - Capt. Nicholas Dimitruk is a forward air controller with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Wimbledon, England. Dimitruk and the Marines of BLT 3/5 are currently assigned to the 31st MEU as the ground combat element and are conducting pre-deployment preparations in support of the regularly scheduled Fall Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region.
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