31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

 

31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

The only continuously forward-deployed MEU

Okinawa, Japan
Thailand
Marines with Alpha Co. and Weapons Co., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire various weapon systems at a notional enemy encampment during a combined-arms live-fire exercise here, Feb. 21. CALFEX blends U.S. and Royal Thai forces in a live-fire combat simulation, with success dependant on the interoperability of both nations. Exercise Cobra Gold, now in its 32nd iteration, strengthens interoperability between the U.S. and Thailand and enhances the ability to respond to regional crisis. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Spitting tracers
Marines with Alpha Co. and Weapons Co., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire various weapon systems at a notional enemy encampment during a combined-arms live-fire exercise here, Feb. 21. CALFEX blends U.S. and Royal Thai forces in a live-fire combat simulation, with success dependant on the interoperability of both nations. Exercise Cobra Gold, now in its 32nd iteration, strengthens interoperability between the U.S. and Thailand and enhances the ability to respond to regional crisis. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Marines with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire a Shoulder-Launched, Multipurpose Assault Weapon at a notional enemy stronghold during a combined-arms live-fire exercise here, Feb. 21. CALFEX blends U.S. and Royal Thai forces in a live-fire combat simulation, with success dependant on the interoperability of both nations. Exercise Cobra Gold, now in its 32nd iteration, strengthens interoperability between the U.S. and Thailand and enhances the ability to respond to regional crisis. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Plumes of flames
Marines with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire a Shoulder-Launched, Multipurpose Assault Weapon at a notional enemy stronghold during a combined-arms live-fire exercise here, Feb. 21. CALFEX blends U.S. and Royal Thai forces in a live-fire combat simulation, with success dependant on the interoperability of both nations. Exercise Cobra Gold, now in its 32nd iteration, strengthens interoperability between the U.S. and Thailand and enhances the ability to respond to regional crisis. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
A Marine with Company A., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires an M136 AT4 rocket launcher during exercise Cobra Gold 2013. Exercises such as Cobra Gold allow the 31st MEU to collaborate with partner countries in achieving mutual security goals, addressing shared concerns, and continuing to develop and enhance relationships. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps' force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Back blast area all clear
A Marine with Company A., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires an M136 AT4 rocket launcher during exercise Cobra Gold 2013. Exercises such as Cobra Gold allow the 31st MEU to collaborate with partner countries in achieving mutual security goals, addressing shared concerns, and continuing to develop and enhance relationships. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps' force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Royal Thai Marines with 1st Long Range Reconnaissance Platoon connect with the ground after parachuting out of a C-130 Hercules during bilateral parachute jump training as part of Cobra Gold 2013 here, Feb. 18. Thailand and the United States are committed to working together in areas of common interest for the stabilization of regional security. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Insertion for recon
Royal Thai Marines with 1st Long Range Reconnaissance Platoon connect with the ground after parachuting out of a C-130 Hercules during bilateral parachute jump training as part of Cobra Gold 2013 here, Feb. 18. Thailand and the United States are committed to working together in areas of common interest for the stabilization of regional security. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear defense specialists with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit drags a Royal Thai Marine, role playing as a casualty, during bilateral assessment consequence management training as part of exercise Cobra Gold 2013, here Feb. 19. Exercises such as Cobra Gold allow the 31st MEU to collaborate with partner countries to achieve mutual security goals, addresses shared concerns, and continue to develop and enhance relationships. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear defense specialists with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit drags a Royal Thai Marine, role playing as a casualty, during bilateral assessment consequence management training as part of exercise Cobra Gold 2013, here Feb. 19. Exercises such as Cobra Gold allow the 31st MEU to collaborate with partner countries to achieve mutual security goals, addresses shared concerns, and continue to develop and enhance relationships. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Corporal Elaina M. Rojas, a radio operator with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Kin City, Mo., uses a metal detector to scan a Thai child during a multilateral non-combatant evacuation operation as a part of Cobra Gold 2013 here, Feb. 17. Cobra Gold is the largest multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific and helps reinforce the foundation and framework for a multinational force to respond rapidly and effectively to regional crises. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
31st MEU participates in multilateral NEO
Corporal Elaina M. Rojas, a radio operator with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Kin City, Mo., uses a metal detector to scan a Thai child during a multilateral non-combatant evacuation operation as a part of Cobra Gold 2013 here, Feb. 17. Cobra Gold is the largest multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific and helps reinforce the foundation and framework for a multinational force to respond rapidly and effectively to regional crises. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Lt. Cmdr. Angela Dougherty, critical care clinical nurse specialist with 3rd Medical Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force, explains the capabilities of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's forward resuscitative surgical suite to a group of Royal Thai Army medical personnel here, Feb. 16. The RTA medical visit helps the U.S. medical staff understand how to treat any incoming Thai personnel during exercise Cobra Gold 2013. Cobra Gold, in its 32nd iteration, is a multinational exercise that promotes regional prosperity, security and cooperation among partner militaries.
Sharing knowledge
Lt. Cmdr. Angela Dougherty, critical care clinical nurse specialist with 3rd Medical Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force, explains the capabilities of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's forward resuscitative surgical suite to a group of Royal Thai Army medical personnel here, Feb. 16. The RTA medical visit helps the U.S. medical staff understand how to treat any incoming Thai personnel during exercise Cobra Gold 2013. Cobra Gold, in its 32nd iteration, is a multinational exercise that promotes regional prosperity, security and cooperation among partner militaries.
Royal Thai Marines assemble on line after coming ashore during a bilateral boat raid as a part of exercise Cobra Gold 2013 here, Feb. 15. Cobra Gold is an annual exercise that includes numerous multilateral events ranging from amphibious assaults to non-combatant evacuation operations. The training aims to improve interoperability between the United States, the Kingdom of Thailand, and many other participating countries. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
31st MEU, Thai Marines conduct bilateral boat raid
Royal Thai Marines assemble on line after coming ashore during a bilateral boat raid as a part of exercise Cobra Gold 2013 here, Feb. 15. Cobra Gold is an annual exercise that includes numerous multilateral events ranging from amphibious assaults to non-combatant evacuation operations. The training aims to improve interoperability between the United States, the Kingdom of Thailand, and many other participating countries. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Marines and Sailors with Company A., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, provide security along a road during an amphibious assault for exercise Cobra Gold 2013 here, Feb. 14. Cobra Gold is an annual exercisethat includes numerous multilateral events ranging from amphibious assaults to non-combatant evacuation operations. The training aims to improve interoperability between the United States, the Kingdom of Thailand, and many other participating countries. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Line of security
Marines and Sailors with Company A., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, provide security along a road during an amphibious assault for exercise Cobra Gold 2013 here, Feb. 14. Cobra Gold is an annual exercisethat includes numerous multilateral events ranging from amphibious assaults to non-combatant evacuation operations. The training aims to improve interoperability between the United States, the Kingdom of Thailand, and many other participating countries. 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 Company A., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, move through the jungle towards their objective during an amphibious assault as part of exercise Cobra Gold 2013 here, Feb. 14. Cobra Gold is an annual exercise that includes numerous multilateral events ranging from amphibious assaults to non-combatant evacuation operations. The training aims to improve interoperability between the United States, the Kingdom of Thailand, and many other participating countries. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Through the brush
Marines and Sailors with Company A., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, move through the jungle towards their objective during an amphibious assault as part of exercise Cobra Gold 2013 here, Feb. 14. Cobra Gold is an annual exercise that includes numerous multilateral events ranging from amphibious assaults to non-combatant evacuation operations. The training aims to improve interoperability between the United States, the Kingdom of Thailand, and many other participating countries. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Royal Thai Marines move up the beach during an amphibious assault rehearsal for exercise Cobra Gold 2013 here, Feb. 13. The amphibious assault combined the capabilities of Company A, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Royal Thai Marines in a bilateral attack. Exercise Cobra Gold is an annual event that includes numerous multilateral exercises ranging from amphibious assaults to non-combatant evacuations. The training aims to improve interoperability between the United States, Kingdom of Thailand, and many other participating countries. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
On the charge
Royal Thai Marines move up the beach during an amphibious assault rehearsal for exercise Cobra Gold 2013 here, Feb. 13. The amphibious assault combined the capabilities of Company A, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Royal Thai Marines in a bilateral attack. Exercise Cobra Gold is an annual event that includes numerous multilateral exercises ranging from amphibious assaults to non-combatant evacuations. The training aims to improve interoperability between the United States, Kingdom of Thailand, and many other participating countries. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Royal Thai Marines float ashore in amphibious assault vehicles during an amphibious assault rehearsal for Cobra Gold 2013 here, Feb. 13. The amphibious assault combined the capabilities of Company A, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Royal Thai Marines in a bilateral attack. Exercise Cobra Gold is an annual event that includes numerous multilateral exercises ranging from amphibious assaults to non-combatant evacuations. The training aims to improve interoperability between the United States, Kingdom of Thailand, and many other participating countries. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Coming ashore
Royal Thai Marines float ashore in amphibious assault vehicles during an amphibious assault rehearsal for Cobra Gold 2013 here, Feb. 13. The amphibious assault combined the capabilities of Company A, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Royal Thai Marines in a bilateral attack. Exercise Cobra Gold is an annual event that includes numerous multilateral exercises ranging from amphibious assaults to non-combatant evacuations. The training aims to improve interoperability between the United States, Kingdom of Thailand, and many other participating countries. 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 Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, exit an amphibious assault vehicle during an amphibious assault rehearsal for exercise Cobra Gold 2013, Feb. 13. The amphibious assault combined the capabilities of Company A, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Royal Thai Marines in a bilateral attack. Exercise Cobra Gold is an annual event that includes numerous multilateral exercises ranging from amphibious assaults to non-combatant evacuations. The training aims to improve interoperability between the United States, Kingdom of Thailand, and many other participating countries. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Unloading
Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, exit an amphibious assault vehicle during an amphibious assault rehearsal for exercise Cobra Gold 2013, Feb. 13. The amphibious assault combined the capabilities of Company A, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Royal Thai Marines in a bilateral attack. Exercise Cobra Gold is an annual event that includes numerous multilateral exercises ranging from amphibious assaults to non-combatant evacuations. The training aims to improve interoperability between the United States, Kingdom of Thailand, and many other participating countries. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Coaching the Shot
Royal Thai Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Praman Keawsajunnee part of the Royal Thai King's Guard, works with U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Bradley Blankenship a scout sniper assigned to the Battalion Landing Team Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) on the proper shooting method during scout sniper training with Royal Thai Marines and Republic of Korea Navy SEAL's at Recon Camp, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 16, 2012.. The training was part of Cobra Gold 2012, a multilateral training exercise. CG 2012 demonstrates the resolve of the U.S. and participating nations to increase interoperability and promote security and peace throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The 31st MEU is the U.S.'s expeditionary force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by LCpl. Patrick J. McMahon/Released)
Shared Marksmanship
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Micah Crowell, a scout sniper assigned to the Battalion Landing Team Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), sights in his rifle during scout sniper training with Royal Thai Marines and Republic of Korea Navy SEAL's at Recon Camp, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 16, 2012. The training was part of Cobra Gold 2012, a multilateral training exercise. CG 2012 demonstrates the resolve of the U.S. and participating nations to increase interoperability and promote security and peace throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The 31st MEU is the U.S.'s expeditionary force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by LCpl. Patrick J. McMahon/Released)
Decontamination
Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defense specialists assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), in Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear, decontaminate a Royal Thai Marine Corps role player during CBRN decontamination training at Camp Samaesan, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 14, 2012. The training was part of the multi-lateral training exercise Cobra Gold 2012. Cobra Gold 2012 demonstrates the resolve of the U.S. and participating nations to increase interoperability & promote security and peace throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The 31st MEU is the U.S.'s expeditionary force in readiness in the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by LCpl Patrick J. McMahon/Released)
Local Cuisine
U.S. Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit eat insects during a jungle survival training class at Recon Camp, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 3, 2012. The class was part of the multi-lateral training exercise Cobra Gold 2012. Cobra Gold 2012 demonstrates the resolve of the U.S. and participating nations to increase interoperability & promote security and peace throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The 31st MEU is the U.S.'s expeditionary force in readiness in the region.
Survival Training
Royal Thai Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Pranom Yodrug demonstrates how to properly handle a cobra to U.S. Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit during a jungle survival training class at Recon Camp, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 3, 2012. The class was part of the multi-lateral training exercise Cobra Gold 2012. Cobra Gold 2012 demonstrates the resolve of the U.S. and participating nations to increase interoperability & promote security and peace throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The 31st MEU is the U.S.'s expeditionary force in readiness in the region.
Orderly Evacuation
Japanese refugees are guided onto a U.S. CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, during a non-combatant evacuation operation exercise here, Feb. 12. The training scenario included military forces from the U.S., including Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st MEU, and other MEU elements alongside Kingdom of Thailand, Republic of Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia. The event was part of the 31st iteration of exercise Cobra Gold 2012, a multi-lateral training event that demonstrates the resolve of the U.S. and participating nations to increase interoperability and promote security and peace throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the nation’s force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Thai-t Security
A Thai citizen resists being searched by a Royal Thai Marine for dangerous objects during a non-combatant evacuation operation exercise here, Feb. 12. The training scenario included military forces from the U.S., including Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and other MEU elements alongside Kingdom of Thailand, Republic of Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia. The event was part of the 31st iteration of exercise Cobra Gold 2012, a multi-lateral training event that demonstrates the resolve of the U.S. and participating nations to increase interoperability and promote security and peace throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the nation’s force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Tri-Nation Amphibious Assault
Amphibious Assault Vehicles of the Kingdom of Thailand, U.S. and Republic of Korea move toward the beach under cover of a smoke screen during an amphibious assault here, Feb. 10. U.S. Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Royal Thai and Republic of Korea Marines conducted the multi-lateral assault as part of Exercise Cobra Gold 2012. CG12 demonstrates the resolve of the U.S. and participating nations to increase interoperability and increase security and peace throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The 31st MEU is the U.S.’s expeditionary force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Breaking the Ice
Capt. Andrew Reaves, the fires officer for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, enjoys some Pad Thai with his Republic of Korea Marine counterparts during an icebreaker event, Feb. 8. The event was conducted as part of Exercise Cobra Gold 2012 to introduce multinational service members to Thailand. CG 2012 demonstrates the resolve of the U.S. and participating nations to increase interoperability and promote security and peace throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The 31st MEU is the U.S.’s expeditionary force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Moving Inland
Royal Thai and U.S. Marines move toward their objective during a bilateral small boat raid here, Feb. 8. The U.S. Marines with Company A, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, were conducting the bilateral boat raid during Exercise Cobra Gold 2012, an annual exercise hosted by the Kingdom of Thailand. CG 2012 demonstrates the resolve of the U.S. and participating nations to increase interoperability and promote security and peace throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The 31st MEU is the U.S.’s expeditionary force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Boat Raid
A Marine Company A, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, moves into position as Royal Thai Marines provide security during a small boat raid here, Feb. 8. The Marines were conducting the boat raid during Exercise Cobra Gold 2012, an annual exercise hosted by the Kingdom of Thailand. CG 2012 demonstrates the resolve of the U.S. and participating nations to increase interoperability and promote security and peace throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The 31st MEU is the U.S.’s expeditionary force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Exercise Cobra Gold
With an established history of more than 30 years, Exercise Cobra Gold is a multi-lateral training exercise hosted by the Kingdom of Thailand Armed Forces and co-led by the U.S. Marines. The 31st MEU works with their Thai counterparts, and participants from numerous other Asia-Pacific nations, to increase interoperability for theater security cooperation and humanitarian aid/disaster relief operations. 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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