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31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

The only continuously forward-deployed MEU

Okinawa, Japan
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Just part of the job; corpsman treats Marine WWII veteran at Iwo To

By Cpl. Henry J. Antenor | August 12, 2014

The 69th Reunion of Honor ceremony at Iwo To (the island formerly known as Iwo Jima) was a tribute to the veterans who fought at the Battle of Iwo Jima and Petty Officer 3rd Class Traciemarie D. San Juan was standing there with the jitters. She didn’t have heightened nerves from the magnitude of the ceremony - this time - but because she was called MORE
BLT Marines race for time in squad competition

BLT Marines race for time in squad competition

By Cpl. Henry J. Antenor | August 11, 2014

Marines with Company K, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, completed a squad competition at Camp Hansen, Aug 8.  For the squad competition, Marines within the company were divided into six squads to accomplish a variety of challenges as fast as possible.  “This squad competition brought us together as MORE
Sayonara; JGSDF soldiers say goodbye to the 31st MEU after successful JOEP evolution

Sayonara; JGSDF soldiers say goodbye to the 31st MEU after successful JOEP evolution

By Cpl. Henry J. Antenor | August 11, 2014

Soldiers with the Western Army of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force concluded their participation of the Japan Observer Exchange Program (JOEP) alongside Marines from Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, here, Aug. 7.  The JGSDF integrated with the BLT’s boat company as part of the six-week JOEP MORE
A slice of 'Slife' - the sergeant with a mouth

Slice of ‘Slife’ – The sergeant with a mouth

By Cpl. Henry Antenor | July 31, 2014

Sergeant Levi J. Slife is a talker. He loves to talk while he fixes his truck and motorcycle back home in Littleton, Colorado. His Marine buddies say he ran his mouth during a firefight in Afghanistan while enemy rounds were chipping away at brick walls inches above his head. His Marines  claim he talks like Usain Bolt runs. He talks because it is MORE
Marines showcase Osprey in Sapporo Air Show

Marines showcase Osprey in Sapporo Air Show

By Cpl. Henry J. Antenor | July 20, 2014

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, showcased two MV-22 Ospreys as static displays during the Sapporo Air Show at Sapporo Okadama Airport, July 20. The Marine pilots and crew members flew from Okinawa July 18 and made stops at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and Yokota Air Base before MORE
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