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31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

The only continuously forward-deployed MEU

Okinawa, Japan
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Marines assigned to Landing Support Platoon, Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, observe a MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st MEU, during external lift operations training at Landing Zone Falcon, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 8, 2016. The units conducted the training to complete qualifications for the 31st MEU's upcoming spring deployment. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st MEU’s air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/ Released)
Sgt. Andrew Sturgress, a MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft crew chief assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducts his pre-flight inspections at Oruma Air Base, Nagasaki, Japan, Nov. 18, 2016. The aircraft flew from the island of Okinawa, conducted simulated humanitarian aid with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) at multiple locations and was refueled by JMSDF personnel before returning to Okinawa. Sturgess is a native of Sidney, Illinois. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/ Released)
U.S. Marines disembark the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) after returning from their Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region, April 6, 2017. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is prepared to respond to a wide range of military operations, from humanitarian assistance missions to limited combat operations, at a moment’s notice. As a balanced air-ground-logistics team, the 31st MEU is ready to respond throughout the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sergeant Ernest V. Hagewood)
U.S. Marines disembark the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) after returning from their Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region, April 6, 2017. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is prepared to respond to a wide range of military operations, from humanitarian assistance missions to limited combat operations, at a moment’s notice. As a balanced air-ground-logistics team, the 31st MEU is ready to respond throughout the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sergeant Ernest V. Hagewood)
U.S. Marines disembark the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) after returning from their Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region, April 6, 2017. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is prepared to respond to a wide range of military operations, from humanitarian assistance missions to limited combat operations, at a moment’s notice. As a balanced air-ground-logistics team, the 31st MEU is ready to respond throughout the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sergeant Ernest V. Hagewood)
U.S. Marines disembark the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) after returning from their Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region, April 6, 2017. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is prepared to respond to a wide range of military operations, from humanitarian assistance missions to limited combat operations, at a moment’s notice. As a balanced air-ground-logistics team, the 31st MEU is ready to respond throughout the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sergeant Ernest V. Hagewood)
Cpl. Andrea Mariani, a military working dog handler with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, holds onto Sjonnie, a military working dog aboard the USS Green Bay (LPD 20), Pacific Ocean, April 4, 2017. Dog handlers and their military working dogs conducted a capabilities demonstration for the Marines and sailors of the Green Bay. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)
Sgt. Maj. William J. Pinkerton, sergeant major of 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, is bit by Sjonnie, a military working dog (MWD), as Cpl. Andrea Mariani, a MWD handler demonstrates her dog’s bite capability aboard the USS Green Bay (LPD 20), Pacific Ocean, April 4, 2017. Dog handlers and their military working dogs conducted a capabilities demonstration for the Marines and sailors of the Green Bay. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)
Lance Cpl. Ryan A. Harris, a rifleman with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is bit by Sjonnie, a military working dog aboard the USS Green Bay (LPD 20), Pacific Ocean, April 4, 2017. 31st MEU dog handlers and their military working dogs conducted a capabilities demonstration for the Marines and sailors of the USS Green Bay. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/ Released)
Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Green, the 18th sergeant major of the Marine Corps, speaks with Marines and Sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), in the Pacific Ocean, April 2, 2017. Green visited the ship to provide guidance regarding the future of the Marine Corps during the 31st MEU 17.1 Spring Patrol. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st MEU’s air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sergeant Ernest V. Hagewood)
Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Green, the 18th sergeant major of the Marine Corps, speaks with Marines and Sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), in the Pacific Ocean, April 2, 2017. Green visited the ship to provide guidance regarding the future of the Marine Corps during the 31st MEU 17.1 Spring Patrol. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st MEU’s air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sergeant Ernest V. Hagewood)
Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Green, the 18th sergeant major of the Marine Corps, speaks with Marines and Sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), in the Pacific Ocean, April 2, 2017. Green visited the ship to provide guidance regarding the future of the Marine Corps during the 31st MEU 17.1 Spring Patrol. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st MEU’s air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sergeant Ernest V. Hagewood)
Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Green, the 18th sergeant major of the Marine Corps, speaks with Marines and Sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), in the Pacific Ocean, April 2, 2017. Green visited the ship to provide guidance regarding the future of the Marine Corps during the 31st MEU 17.1 Spring Patrol. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st MEU’s air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sergeant Ernest V. Hagewood)
AAV-P7/A1 assault amphibious vehicles with Echo Co., Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, maneuver down a road while participating in mechanized raid at Marine Corps Base Butler, Okinawa, Japan, March 27, 2017. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st MEU air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal/Released)
Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, a combat photographer with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, provides security from the top hatch of an AAV-P7/A1 assault amphibious vehicle with Echo Co., Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st MEU, while participating in mechanized raid at Marine Corps Base Butler, Okinawa, Japan, March 27, 2017. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st MEU air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. M.A. Montelus/Released)
AAV-P7/A1 assault amphibious vehicles with Echo Co., Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, assist in posting security on a beach while participating in mechanized raid at Marine Corps Base Butler, Okinawa, Japan, March 27, 2017. As the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed unit, the 31st MEU air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal/Released)
Maj. Joseph Montedoro, executive officer for Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, speaks with a role player during Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief training at Kin Blue Training Area, Okinawa, Japan, March 26, 2017. The Marines conducted Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief training during Certification Exercise for the MEU’s 17.1 Spring Patrol. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st MEU’s air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Breanna L. Weisenberger/Released)
Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, move pallets of rice at Kin Blue Training Area, Okinawa, Japan, March 26, 2017. The Marines conducted Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief training during Certification Exercise for the MEU’s 17.1 Spring Patrol. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st MEU’s air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Breanna L. Weisenberger/Released)
Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, post security at a supply point a Kin Blue Training Area, Okinawa, Japan, March 26, 2017. The Marines conducted Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief training during Certification Exercise for the MEU’s 17.1 Spring Patrol. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st MEU’s air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Breanna L. Weisenberger/Released)
College students from Okinawa, Japan watch a Navy MH-60S Seahawk land aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in the Pacific Ocean, March 25, 2017. College students from Okinawa International University, Ryukyu University and Toyo Medical Community College toured the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as part of a military exchange experience during the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s 17.1 Spring Patrol of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Education programs, such as this military exchange experience, increase cooperation, trust and understanding between the U.S. military and the Okinawan community. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tiffany Edwards/Released)