31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

 

31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

The only continuously forward-deployed MEU

Okinawa, Japan
The Philippines
Marines and Sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, play with students while visiting an elementary school here, Oct. 11. The visits were part of a bilateral effort by US and Philippine armed forces to give back to the communities that help host Amphibious Landing Exercise 2013. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Making friends
Marines and Sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, play with students while visiting an elementary school here, Oct. 11. The visits were part of a bilateral effort by US and Philippine armed forces to give back to the communities that help host Amphibious Landing Exercise 2013. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Completely surrounded by the natural vegetation, Cpl. Jeremy Russow, an assistant team leader with the Scout Sniper Platoon, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, crouches beside a Philippine Marine from Special Operations Platoon, 3rd Battalion, while constructing a hide site here, Oct. 9. The Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU are conducting the 29th iteration of the Amphibious Landing Exercise alongside their Philippine Marine counterparts to further improve the two forces’ interoperability and strengthen their long standing relationship. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Natural concealment
Completely surrounded by the natural vegetation, Cpl. Jeremy Russow, an assistant team leader with the Scout Sniper Platoon, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, crouches beside a Philippine Marine from Special Operations Platoon, 3rd Battalion, while constructing a hide site here, Oct. 9. The Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU are conducting the 29th iteration of the Amphibious Landing Exercise alongside their Philippine Marine counterparts to further improve the two forces’ interoperability and strengthen their long standing relationship. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-262 (REIN), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to land and offload Marines during a helicopter raid exercise here, Oct. 14. The training was part of the 29th iteration of the annual Philippines Bilateral Amphibious Landing Exercise, designed to increase interoperability between U.S. and Philippine forces while strengthening their long standing bond.
Stallions landing
CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-262 (REIN), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to land and offload Marines during a helicopter raid exercise here, Oct. 14. The training was part of the 29th iteration of the annual Philippines Bilateral Amphibious Landing Exercise, designed to increase interoperability between U.S. and Philippine forces while strengthening their long standing bond.
An integrated squad of Marines from Company G., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, and Philippine Marines of the 33rd Battalion, 33rd Marine Company, rush for cover after being inserted by helicopters from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-262 (REIN) during a helicopter raid exercise here, Oct. 14. The training was part of the 29th iteration of the annual Philippines Bilateral Amphibious Landing Exercise, designed to increase interoperability between U.S. and Philippine forces while strengthening their long standing bond.
Moving in
An integrated squad of Marines from Company G., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, and Philippine Marines of the 33rd Battalion, 33rd Marine Company, rush for cover after being inserted by helicopters from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-262 (REIN) during a helicopter raid exercise here, Oct. 14. The training was part of the 29th iteration of the annual Philippines Bilateral Amphibious Landing Exercise, designed to increase interoperability between U.S. and Philippine forces while strengthening their long standing bond.
Marines and Sailors with Force Reconnaissance Platoon, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, descend to the ground after jumping out of a C-130 Hercules aircraft during bilateral parachute jump training alongside Philippine Marines and Soldiers, here, Oct. 15. The Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU are participating in the 29th iteration of the Philippine Bilateral Amphibious Landing Exercise alongside their Philippine Marine counterparts in order to improve the two forces’ interoperability and strengthen their long standing relationship. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
In descent
Marines and Sailors with Force Reconnaissance Platoon, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, descend to the ground after jumping out of a C-130 Hercules aircraft during bilateral parachute jump training alongside Philippine Marines and Soldiers, here, Oct. 15. The Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU are participating in the 29th iteration of the Philippine Bilateral Amphibious Landing Exercise alongside their Philippine Marine counterparts in order to improve the two forces’ interoperability and strengthen their long standing relationship. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
CROW VALLEY, Republic of the Philippines - Marines and Sailors with Company G., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, consolidate around a fire, learning how to cook rice inside a bamboo trunk during a jungle survival class instructed by Philippine Marines here, Oct. 12. The event is part of the 29th iteration of the Amphibious Landing Exercise, designed to increase the interoperability of the forces and strengthen their long standing bond. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Jungle Survival
CROW VALLEY, Republic of the Philippines - Marines and Sailors with Company G., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, consolidate around a fire, learning how to cook rice inside a bamboo trunk during a jungle survival class instructed by Philippine Marines here, Oct. 12. The event is part of the 29th iteration of the Amphibious Landing Exercise, designed to increase the interoperability of the forces and strengthen their long standing bond. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Lance Cpl. Christopher Heatherington, combat engineer with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and a native of Fairbury, Ill., attempts to cheat off a neighboring fourth-grader during a multiplication test here, Oct. 10. Taking a break from their engineering civil affair project at the elementary school, the Marines interacted with the students in class. The ENCAP is one of multiple humanitarian civil affairs projects conducted by the 31st MEU throughout the island of Palawan during the Amphibious Landing Exercise in the Philippines. PHIBLEX, now in its 29th iteration, is an annually-scheduled exercise between the U.S. and Philippine forces, aimed at strengthening military-to-military interoperability and bilateral relationships.
Combat engineer test
Lance Cpl. Christopher Heatherington, combat engineer with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and a native of Fairbury, Ill., attempts to cheat off a neighboring fourth-grader during a multiplication test here, Oct. 10. Taking a break from their engineering civil affair project at the elementary school, the Marines interacted with the students in class. The ENCAP is one of multiple humanitarian civil affairs projects conducted by the 31st MEU throughout the island of Palawan during the Amphibious Landing Exercise in the Philippines. PHIBLEX, now in its 29th iteration, is an annually-scheduled exercise between the U.S. and Philippine forces, aimed at strengthening military-to-military interoperability and bilateral relationships.
Marines and Sailors play volleyball with Filipino elementary school children during a community relations visit here, Oct. 7. One of four COMREL visits scheduled during the MEU's Amphibious Landing Exercise throughout the Philippines, Marines and Sailors visit multiple elementary schools in Puerto Princesa City to play with the children before rendering medical and dental care and engineering assistance. PHIBLEX, now in its 29th iteration, is an annually-scheduled exercise between the U.S. and Philippine forces, aimed at strengthening military-to-military interoperability and bilateral relationships.
Don't spike me, bro
Marines and Sailors play volleyball with Filipino elementary school children during a community relations visit here, Oct. 7. One of four COMREL visits scheduled during the MEU's Amphibious Landing Exercise throughout the Philippines, Marines and Sailors visit multiple elementary schools in Puerto Princesa City to play with the children before rendering medical and dental care and engineering assistance. PHIBLEX, now in its 29th iteration, is an annually-scheduled exercise between the U.S. and Philippine forces, aimed at strengthening military-to-military interoperability and bilateral relationships.
Flashy Exit
U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Mike Simpson, jump master assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit hand salutes while executing a free-fall sky jumps from C-130 Hercules aircraft aboard Basa Air Base, Republic of the Philippines, Oct. 25, 2011. The Marines are conducting the jumps as a part of the Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2012. PHIBLEX is a bilateral training exercise that U.S Marines and the Armed Forces of the Philippines undergo annually to increase interoperability between the two allied forces.
Target Practice
TERNATE, Republic of the Philippines - U.S. Maj. Marcelo B. Castro, executive officer of Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires a M107 rifle at a firing range here on Oct. 25, 2011, during the Amphibious Landing Exercise. PHIBLEX is a bilateral training event that is designed to improve interoperability between the two allied forces and increase the readiness of individual units. The 31st MEU is operating in support of III Marine Expeditionary Brigade for the exercise and remains the United States’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Bi-lateral Engagement
Lance Cpl. Cody Lindeman, a machine gunner with Company G, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, communicates with a Philippine Marine during a mock mechanized amphibious assault, Oct. 23. The assault was a bilateral exercise, and is conducted annually by the Republic of the Philippines and United States. The 31st MEU is operating in support of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade for the exercise, is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the United States’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Bi-lateral Engagement
Lance Cpl. Cody Lindeman, a machine gunner with Company G, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, works with a Philippine Marine during a mock mechanized amphibious assault, Oct. 23. The assault was a bilateral exercise, and is conducted annually by the Republic of the Philippines and United States. The 31st MEU is operating in support of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade for the exercise, is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the United States’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Bi-lateral Engagement
A Marine with Company G, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, partners with a Philippine Marine during a mock mechanized amphibious assault, Oct. 23. The assault was a bilateral exercise, and is conducted annually by the Republic of the Philippines and United States. The 31st MEU is operating in support of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade for the exercise, is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the United States’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Joint Amphibious Assault
An Amphibious Assault Vehicle with Company G, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, makes its way ashore during a mock mechanized amphibious assault, Oct. 23. The assault was a bilateral exercise, and is conducted annually by the Republic of the Philippines and United States. The 31st MEU is operating in support of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade for the exercise, is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the United States’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Amphibious Landing Exercise
PHIBLEX is a multi-lateral training exercise hosted by the Philippine Armed Forces. The 31st MEU works with their Philippine counterparts to increase interoperability for humanitarian aid/disaster relief operations and theater security cooperation. The combined forces train in functional areas like amphibious assault, amphibious raids, urban combat, jungle survival, non-combatant evacuation, and much more.
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