31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

 

31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

The only continuously forward-deployed MEU

Okinawa, Japan
Pre-Deployment
A Marine with Company F., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, tightens the hood of another Marine’s Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) suit during Monitor, Survey and Decontamination Team training at the 31st MEU’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear defense warehouse here, June 20. A squad-sized element of Marines from each company and attachment of BLT 2/4 underwent MSD training, designed to give each company a first-responder team for a chemical threat. An MSD team is equipped to identify and isolate an area of suspected hazardous material for a follow-on unit of highly-trained CBRN specialists. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Button up
A Marine with Company F., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, tightens the hood of another Marine’s Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) suit during Monitor, Survey and Decontamination Team training at the 31st MEU’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear defense warehouse here, June 20. A squad-sized element of Marines from each company and attachment of BLT 2/4 underwent MSD training, designed to give each company a first-responder team for a chemical threat. An MSD team is equipped to identify and isolate an area of suspected hazardous material for a follow-on unit of highly-trained CBRN specialists. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, operate fire hoses under the direction of firefighting instructors during training with the Mobile Aircraft Firefighting Training Device at the base fire station here, June 14. The Marines who participated in the training did not have firefighting occupations, but due to their work around aircraft, they are required to be first responders in the event an aircraft catches fire. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Burn baby burn
Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, operate fire hoses under the direction of firefighting instructors during training with the Mobile Aircraft Firefighting Training Device at the base fire station here, June 14. The Marines who participated in the training did not have firefighting occupations, but due to their work around aircraft, they are required to be first responders in the event an aircraft catches fire. 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. Eric A. Sundquist, a scout swimmer with Company F., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, provides security during an accountability halt of a notional boat raid here, June 8. The training exercise allowed the force to practice every aspect of an amphibious raid, except for the use of a Navy ship as the starting point, before their upcoming deployment. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness for the Asia-Pacific region and is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU.
A relaxing day at the beach
Lance Cpl. Eric A. Sundquist, a scout swimmer with Company F., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, provides security during an accountability halt of a notional boat raid here, June 8. The training exercise allowed the force to practice every aspect of an amphibious raid, except for the use of a Navy ship as the starting point, before their upcoming deployment. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness for the Asia-Pacific region and is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU.
A Marine with the Maritime Raid Force of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit relays information back to their mission commander during a low-light,  live-fire raid exercise here, June 4. As a result of the realistic experience, the three integrated platoons of the MRF learned to operate more efficiently in support of crisis response missions for the 31st MEU. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Can you hear me now?
A Marine with the Maritime Raid Force of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit relays information back to their mission commander during a low-light, live-fire raid exercise here, June 4. As a result of the realistic experience, the three integrated platoons of the MRF learned to operate more efficiently in support of crisis response missions for the 31st MEU. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Marines with Company E., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, enter through the window of a building controlled by enemy role players during a raid exercise here, June 5. The company conducted a raid on a notional enemy supply depot as part of the 31st MEU’s pre-deployment training package. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the nation’s force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Dynamic entry
Marines with Company E., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, enter through the window of a building controlled by enemy role players during a raid exercise here, June 5. The company conducted a raid on a notional enemy supply depot as part of the 31st MEU’s pre-deployment training package. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the nation’s force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Sergeant Benjamin M. Miller (right), chief scout swimmer for Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Los Angeles, draws out formations to designated scout swimmers with the 12th Infantry Regiment, 8th Division, Western Army, Japanese Ground Self Defense Forces, during familiarization training here, June 3. The Marines and Sailors of Company F., or “Boat” Company, integrated a platoon of Japanese soldiers as part of the Japanese Observer Exchange Program, where the soldiers take an observational role during the 31st MEU’s pre-deployment training. The 31st MEU and Japanese Self Defense Forces continually fortify their bond through shared training in order to enhance security and stability in the Asia Pacific region.
Bilateral teachings
Sergeant Benjamin M. Miller (right), chief scout swimmer for Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Los Angeles, draws out formations to designated scout swimmers with the 12th Infantry Regiment, 8th Division, Western Army, Japanese Ground Self Defense Forces, during familiarization training here, June 3. The Marines and Sailors of Company F., or “Boat” Company, integrated a platoon of Japanese soldiers as part of the Japanese Observer Exchange Program, where the soldiers take an observational role during the 31st MEU’s pre-deployment training. The 31st MEU and Japanese Self Defense Forces continually fortify their bond through shared training in order to enhance security and stability in the Asia Pacific region.
A Marine with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, throws a makeshift grappling hook at a concertina wire barrier during a live-fire exercise here, Jan 4. The Marines and Sailors of BLT 1/5 conducted this training to hone their combat skills in a jungle environment. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Fishing for concertina
A Marine with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, throws a makeshift grappling hook at a concertina wire barrier during a live-fire exercise here, Jan 4. The Marines and Sailors of BLT 1/5 conducted this training to hone their combat skills in a jungle environment. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Sergeant Gary E. Lehman, a squad leader with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and a native of Murrieta, Calif., leads his squad through the thick jungle to begin a live-fire exercise here, Jan 4. The Marines and Sailors of BLT 1/5 conducted this training to hone their combat skills in a jungle environment. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Learning the terrain
Sergeant Gary E. Lehman, a squad leader with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and a native of Murrieta, Calif., leads his squad through the thick jungle to begin a live-fire exercise here, Jan 4. The Marines and Sailors of BLT 1/5 conducted this training to hone their combat skills in a jungle environment. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Marines and Sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion-31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, carry simulated casualties onto CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-262 (Reinforced), during a mass casualty evacuation exercise here, Dec. 14. Marines and Sailors of CLB-31 secured a landing zone, triaged simulated casualties and evacuated them by priority as part of their preparatory training for the upcoming spring deployment. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness for the Asia-Pacific region and the only continuously forward-deployed MEU.
Evacuating wounded
Marines and Sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion-31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, carry simulated casualties onto CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-262 (Reinforced), during a mass casualty evacuation exercise here, Dec. 14. Marines and Sailors of CLB-31 secured a landing zone, triaged simulated casualties and evacuated them by priority as part of their preparatory training for the upcoming spring deployment. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness for the Asia-Pacific region and the only continuously forward-deployed MEU.
Simulated casualties lay in their staging areas to be evacuated during a mass casualty evacuation exercise conducted by Combat Logistics Battalion-31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, here, Dec. 14. Marines and Sailors of CLB-31 secured a landing zone, triaged simulated casualties and evacuated them by priority as part of their preparatory training for the upcoming spring deployment. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness for the Asia-Pacific region and the only continuously forward-deployed MEU.
Priority
Simulated casualties lay in their staging areas to be evacuated during a mass casualty evacuation exercise conducted by Combat Logistics Battalion-31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, here, Dec. 14. Marines and Sailors of CLB-31 secured a landing zone, triaged simulated casualties and evacuated them by priority as part of their preparatory training for the upcoming spring deployment. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness for the Asia-Pacific region and the only continuously forward-deployed MEU.
A Marine with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires an M249 squad automatic weapon at multiple targets during a live-fire training exercise here, Dec. 12. The Marines and Sailors of CLB-31 used the training to refresh their skills in crew-served weapons for their role in providing security in support of convoy operations, humanitarian aid and disaster relief, and mass casualty operations. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps' force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Smoke and brass
A Marine with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires an M249 squad automatic weapon at multiple targets during a live-fire training exercise here, Dec. 12. The Marines and Sailors of CLB-31 used the training to refresh their skills in crew-served weapons for their role in providing security in support of convoy operations, humanitarian aid and disaster relief, and mass casualty operations. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps' force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
The importance of Pre-Deployment Training
Pre-deployment training, evaluated by the 31st MEU's higher headquarters and created by Special Operations Training Group, certifies that the Marine Air Ground Task Force is capable of executing the wide array of capabilities expected of an expeditionary force in readiness. The multitude of scenarios test the Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU in amphibious raid capabilities, humanitarian aid, disaster relief and much more!
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