31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

 

31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

The only continuously forward-deployed MEU

Okinawa, Japan
U.S. Marine Cpl. Christopher Lee, with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, uses hand signals to communicate with other AAV-P7/A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicles while conducting a combined amphibious assault on Dogu Beach, South Korea, as part of Ssang Yong 16, March 12, 2016. Ssang Yong is a biennial combined amphibious exercise conducted by U.S. forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army forces in order to strengthen interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations. The Marines and sailors of the 31st MEU are in Korea as part of their spring deployment to the Asia-Pacific region. Lee, a native of Haslet, Texas, is a crew chief with Alpha Co., BLT 1/5,31st MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Carl King Jr./Released)
Ssang Yong 16: 31st MEU Marines take to the water for amphibious assault
U.S. Marine Cpl. Christopher Lee, with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, uses hand signals to communicate with other AAV-P7/A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicles while conducting a combined amphibious assault on Dogu Beach, South Korea, as part of Ssang Yong 16, March 12, 2016. Ssang Yong is a biennial combined amphibious exercise conducted by U.S. forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army forces in order to strengthen interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations. The Marines and sailors of the 31st MEU are in Korea as part of their spring deployment to the Asia-Pacific region. Lee, a native of Haslet, Texas, is a crew chief with Alpha Co., BLT 1/5,31st MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Carl King Jr./Released)
U.S. Marines with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a combined amphibious assault on Dogu Beach, South Korea, in AAV-P7/A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicles as part of Ssang Yong 16, March 12, 2016.  Ssang Yong is a biennial combined amphibious exercise conducted by U.S. forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army Forces in order to strengthen interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations. The Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU are in Korea as part of their spring deployment to the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Carl King Jr./Released)
Ssang Yong 16: 31st MEU Marines take to the water for amphibious assault
U.S. Marines with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a combined amphibious assault on Dogu Beach, South Korea, in AAV-P7/A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicles as part of Ssang Yong 16, March 12, 2016. Ssang Yong is a biennial combined amphibious exercise conducted by U.S. forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army Forces in order to strengthen interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations. The Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU are in Korea as part of their spring deployment to the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Carl King Jr./Released)
U.S. ships from the Boxer and Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Groups sail with the Dokdo Amphibious Ready Group from the Republic of Korea during Ssang Yong 2016, at sea, March 8, 2016. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps team are committed to the ROK-U.S. alliance and conduct exercises regularly to ensure interoperability and maintain strong working relationships.  Ssang Yong familiarizes American armed forces with the Korean Peninsula and builds upon the strong preexisting relationship between the two militaries. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/ Released)
Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group Begins Exercise Ssang Yong 2016 in the Republic of Korea
U.S. ships from the Boxer and Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Groups sail with the Dokdo Amphibious Ready Group from the Republic of Korea during Ssang Yong 2016, at sea, March 8, 2016. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps team are committed to the ROK-U.S. alliance and conduct exercises regularly to ensure interoperability and maintain strong working relationships. Ssang Yong familiarizes American armed forces with the Korean Peninsula and builds upon the strong preexisting relationship between the two militaries. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/ Released)
U.S. ships from the Boxer and Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Groups sail with the Dokdo Amphibious Ready Group from the Republic of Korea as part of Ssang Yong 16, March 8, 2016. Ssang Yong is a biennial military exercise focused on strengthening the amphibious landing capabilities of the Republic of Korea, the U.S., New Zealand and Australia. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/Released)
U.S., ROK Navy ships sail together for Ssang Yong 16
U.S. ships from the Boxer and Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Groups sail with the Dokdo Amphibious Ready Group from the Republic of Korea as part of Ssang Yong 16, March 8, 2016. Ssang Yong is a biennial military exercise focused on strengthening the amphibious landing capabilities of the Republic of Korea, the U.S., New Zealand and Australia. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/Released)
U.S., Thai, and Republic of Korea Marines conduct Special Patrol Insertion/Extraction (SPIE) rigging exercise during Cobra Gold 16, Sattahip, Thailand, Feb. 12, 2016.  SPIE system was developed as a means to rapidly insert and/or extract a reconnaissance patrol from an area that does not permit a helicopter to land.  Cobra Gold, in its 35th iteration, is designed to advance regional security and ensure effective responses to regional security crises by bringing together a robust combined task force from partner nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.  (Photo by GySgt Ismael Pena/Released)
SPIE rigging with U.S., Thai and Republic of Korea Marines
U.S., Thai, and Republic of Korea Marines conduct Special Patrol Insertion/Extraction (SPIE) rigging exercise during Cobra Gold 16, Sattahip, Thailand, Feb. 12, 2016. SPIE system was developed as a means to rapidly insert and/or extract a reconnaissance patrol from an area that does not permit a helicopter to land. Cobra Gold, in its 35th iteration, is designed to advance regional security and ensure effective responses to regional security crises by bringing together a robust combined task force from partner nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (Photo by GySgt Ismael Pena/Released)
An Air Force joint terminal attack controller participates in a raid conducted by Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Dec. 14, 2015. The JTAC acted as the eyes on the ground for aircraft supporting the raid. The raid was part of Interoperability Exercise 16.1, an exercise used to build a working bond between MRF and the MEU quickly. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson/Released)
Maritime Raid Force Breaches into INTEROP 16.1
An Air Force joint terminal attack controller participates in a raid conducted by Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Dec. 14, 2015. The JTAC acted as the eyes on the ground for aircraft supporting the raid. The raid was part of Interoperability Exercise 16.1, an exercise used to build a working bond between MRF and the MEU quickly. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson/Released)
Cpl. Anthony M. Reyes provides rear security during a boat raid rehearsal on Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 9, 2015. Marines with Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, rehearsed for an upcoming boat raid as part of the MEU’s preparation for its upcoming spring deployment. Reyes, a native of Dallas, is an infantryman with Bravo Co., BLT 1/5, 31st MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Samantha Villarreal/Released)
Practice makes perfect
Cpl. Anthony M. Reyes provides rear security during a boat raid rehearsal on Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 9, 2015. Marines with Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, rehearsed for an upcoming boat raid as part of the MEU’s preparation for its upcoming spring deployment. Reyes, a native of Dallas, is an infantryman with Bravo Co., BLT 1/5, 31st MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Samantha Villarreal/Released)
Lance Cpl. Christian E. Miller prepares to clear a building during a simulated room clearing training exercise on Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 11, 2015. The training, referred to as ‘tape room clearing,’ is essentially military operations in urban terrain training set in a two-dimensional environment where buildings are distinguished by taped outlines on the ground. Miller, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is an infantryman with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine photo by Lance Cpl. Samantha Villarreal/Released)
Stack em' up
Lance Cpl. Christian E. Miller prepares to clear a building during a simulated room clearing training exercise on Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 11, 2015. The training, referred to as ‘tape room clearing,’ is essentially military operations in urban terrain training set in a two-dimensional environment where buildings are distinguished by taped outlines on the ground. Miller, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is an infantryman with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine photo by Lance Cpl. Samantha Villarreal/Released)
Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to jump from a UH-1Y Huey during helocast training at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 2, 2015. Once the Marines jumped into the water, they swam to the waiting Combat Rubber Raiding Craft which brought them to shore. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson/Released)
Into the deep blue sea
Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to jump from a UH-1Y Huey during helocast training at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 2, 2015. Once the Marines jumped into the water, they swam to the waiting Combat Rubber Raiding Craft which brought them to shore. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson/Released)
Lance Cpl. Carl King escapes the Shallow Water Egress Training chair blindfolded on Nov. 17, 2015, on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. King, along with other Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, participated in the pre-deployment training which allows MEU Marines to prepare for real-life situations. King, from Albany, Ga., is a public affairs Marine with the 31st MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thor Larson/Released)
31st MEU Shallow Water Egress Training
Lance Cpl. Carl King escapes the Shallow Water Egress Training chair blindfolded on Nov. 17, 2015, on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. King, along with other Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, participated in the pre-deployment training which allows MEU Marines to prepare for real-life situations. King, from Albany, Ga., is a public affairs Marine with the 31st MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thor Larson/Released)
Lance Cpl. Alexis Vergara clears a stairway before his fire team moves to the second floor in a building in Central Training Area’s Combat Town in Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 6 2015. The Marines with Combat Logistic Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, used special effect small-arms marking system rounds and cleared buildings with opposing forces during a three day training event. Vergara, a native of Chino Hills, California, is a military policeman with Military Police Detachment, CLB 31, 31st MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Abbey Perria/Released)
Breach and clear
Lance Cpl. Alexis Vergara clears a stairway before his fire team moves to the second floor in a building in Central Training Area’s Combat Town in Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 6 2015. The Marines with Combat Logistic Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, used special effect small-arms marking system rounds and cleared buildings with opposing forces during a three day training event. Vergara, a native of Chino Hills, California, is a military policeman with Military Police Detachment, CLB 31, 31st MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Abbey Perria/Released)
Reconnaissance Marines close with their targets while firing during a close quarters tactics training evolution aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), Aug. 10, 2015. The Marines with Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, combined fast-roping with live-fire training, all while wearing M50 gas masks. The Marines of FRP provide the 31st MEU with a specialized direct action force. The 31st MEU is currently on a regularly scheduled deployment to the Asia-Pacific region.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Zachary Dyer/Released)
Shoot, move, communicate
Reconnaissance Marines close with their targets while firing during a close quarters tactics training evolution aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), Aug. 10, 2015. The Marines with Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, combined fast-roping with live-fire training, all while wearing M50 gas masks. The Marines of FRP provide the 31st MEU with a specialized direct action force. The 31st MEU is currently on a regularly scheduled deployment to the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Zachary Dyer/Released)
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Riley Remoket, with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fills a water bull at a water distribution site during typhoon relief efforts in Saipan, Aug. 19, 2015. The Marines with Echo Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st MEU and CLB 31, 31st MEU, assisted the locals of Saipan by producing and distributing potable water. The Marines and sailors of the 31st MEU were conducting training near the Mariana Islands when they were redirected to Saipan after the island was struck by Typhoon Soudelor Aug. 2-3. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Ismael Pena/Released)
Saipan typhoon relief
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Riley Remoket, with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fills a water bull at a water distribution site during typhoon relief efforts in Saipan, Aug. 19, 2015. The Marines with Echo Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st MEU and CLB 31, 31st MEU, assisted the locals of Saipan by producing and distributing potable water. The Marines and sailors of the 31st MEU were conducting training near the Mariana Islands when they were redirected to Saipan after the island was struck by Typhoon Soudelor Aug. 2-3. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Ismael Pena/Released)
U.S. Marine 7-ton trucks with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to distribute water and supplies from the USS Ashland (LSD 48) to local civilians as part of typhoon relief efforts in Saipan, Aug. 11, 2015. The 31st MEU and the ships of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group are assisting the Federal Emergency Management Agency with distributing emergency relief supplies to Saipan after the island was struck by Typhoon Soudelor Aug. 2-3. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brian Bekkala/Released)
Saipan typhoon relief
U.S. Marine 7-ton trucks with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to distribute water and supplies from the USS Ashland (LSD 48) to local civilians as part of typhoon relief efforts in Saipan, Aug. 11, 2015. The 31st MEU and the ships of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group are assisting the Federal Emergency Management Agency with distributing emergency relief supplies to Saipan after the island was struck by Typhoon Soudelor Aug. 2-3. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brian Bekkala/Released)
U.S. Marines fire an M777A2 155 mm lightweight howitzer during a fire mission at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Australia, July 17, 2015. Marines with Echo Battery, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted daily artillery fire missions in support of the rest of the BLT during Talisman Sabre 2015. Talisman Sabre is a major bilateral exercise that enhances the combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. and Australian forces across a range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by GySgt Ismael Pena/Released)
Artillery Marines make it rain
U.S. Marines fire an M777A2 155 mm lightweight howitzer during a fire mission at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Australia, July 17, 2015. Marines with Echo Battery, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted daily artillery fire missions in support of the rest of the BLT during Talisman Sabre 2015. Talisman Sabre is a major bilateral exercise that enhances the combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. and Australian forces across a range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by GySgt Ismael Pena/Released)
Two Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, walk out to a UH-1Y Huey as it comes in for a landing at Landing Zone Nackaroo at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Australia, July 18, 2015. The MEU's Aviation Combat Element provided close air support to the Marines on the ground during live-fire training as part of Talisman Sabre 2015. Talisman Sabre is a biennial exercise designed to improve the interoperability between Australian and U.S. forces. The 31st MEU participated in the exercise while deployed on its regularly scheduled Fall Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Zachary Dyer/Released)
Huey kicking up dust
Two Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, walk out to a UH-1Y Huey as it comes in for a landing at Landing Zone Nackaroo at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Australia, July 18, 2015. The MEU's Aviation Combat Element provided close air support to the Marines on the ground during live-fire training as part of Talisman Sabre 2015. Talisman Sabre is a biennial exercise designed to improve the interoperability between Australian and U.S. forces. The 31st MEU participated in the exercise while deployed on its regularly scheduled Fall Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Zachary Dyer/Released)
Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force personnel inspect their targets to confirm the battle sight zeroes of their weapons during live-fire training at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Australia, July 18, 2015. Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and JGSDF service members zeroed their weapons before conducting further live-fire training as part of Talisman Sabre 2015. Talisman Sabre is a major bilateral exercise that enhances the combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. and Australian forces across a range of military operations. The 31st MEU is participating in the exercise while deployed on its regularly scheduled Fall Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brian Bekkala/Released)
U.S. Marines, Japanese Forces aim toward perfection
Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force personnel inspect their targets to confirm the battle sight zeroes of their weapons during live-fire training at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Australia, July 18, 2015. Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and JGSDF service members zeroed their weapons before conducting further live-fire training as part of Talisman Sabre 2015. Talisman Sabre is a major bilateral exercise that enhances the combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. and Australian forces across a range of military operations. The 31st MEU is participating in the exercise while deployed on its regularly scheduled Fall Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brian Bekkala/Released)
Lance Cpl. Sephen Hardy removes his magazine during a fire and movement drill at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Australia, July 15, 2015. The Marines with Golf Company, Battlalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted live-fire training as part of Talisman Sabre 2015. Talisman Sabre is a major bilateral exercise that enhances the combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. and Australian forces across a range of military operations. The 31st MEU participated in the exercise while deployed on its regularly scheduled Fall Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. Hardy, a native of Evergreen, Colorado, is a machine gunner with Golf Co., BLT 2/5, 31st MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Abbey Perria/RELEASED)
Speed Reload
Lance Cpl. Sephen Hardy removes his magazine during a fire and movement drill at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Australia, July 15, 2015. The Marines with Golf Company, Battlalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted live-fire training as part of Talisman Sabre 2015. Talisman Sabre is a major bilateral exercise that enhances the combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. and Australian forces across a range of military operations. The 31st MEU participated in the exercise while deployed on its regularly scheduled Fall Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. Hardy, a native of Evergreen, Colorado, is a machine gunner with Golf Co., BLT 2/5, 31st MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Abbey Perria/RELEASED)
U.S. Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and Japanese Ground Self Defense Force Soldiers from the Western Army Regiment, establish communication during an amphibious assault on stingray beach, Australia, July 11, 2015. Talisman Sabre is a major bilateral exercise that enhances the combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. and Australian forces across a range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brian Bekkala/Released)
Calling it in
U.S. Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and Japanese Ground Self Defense Force Soldiers from the Western Army Regiment, establish communication during an amphibious assault on stingray beach, Australia, July 11, 2015. Talisman Sabre is a major bilateral exercise that enhances the combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. and Australian forces across a range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brian Bekkala/Released)
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. David Belgard drives an AAV-P7/A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicle through the water during an amphibious assault at Fog Bay, Australia, July 11, 2015. The Marines with Echo Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Australians with Combat Team Bravo, 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, assaulted the beach and moved inland to secure additional objectives as part of Talisman Sabre 2015.  Talisman Sabre is a biennial exercise designed to improve the interoperability between Australian and U.S. forces. The 31st MEU is taking part in the exercise while deployed on its regularly scheduled Fall Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. Belgard, a native of Huffman, Texas, is an AAV crew chief with Echo Co., BLT 2/5, 31st MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Zachary Dyer/Released)
Being amphibious in Australia
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. David Belgard drives an AAV-P7/A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicle through the water during an amphibious assault at Fog Bay, Australia, July 11, 2015. The Marines with Echo Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Australians with Combat Team Bravo, 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, assaulted the beach and moved inland to secure additional objectives as part of Talisman Sabre 2015. Talisman Sabre is a biennial exercise designed to improve the interoperability between Australian and U.S. forces. The 31st MEU is taking part in the exercise while deployed on its regularly scheduled Fall Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. Belgard, a native of Huffman, Texas, is an AAV crew chief with Echo Co., BLT 2/5, 31st MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Zachary Dyer/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Chance Seckenger with Company F, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), rides in a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft  during launch and recovery drills from the well deck of the USS Green Bay (LPD-20), at sea, July 9, 2015. Talisman Sabre is a major bilateral exercise that enhances the combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. and Australian forces across a range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brian Bekkala/Released)
Sunset in a CRRC
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Chance Seckenger with Company F, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), rides in a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft during launch and recovery drills from the well deck of the USS Green Bay (LPD-20), at sea, July 9, 2015. Talisman Sabre is a major bilateral exercise that enhances the combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. and Australian forces across a range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brian Bekkala/Released)
Lt. Col. Mike Wilonsky speaks to the Marines of Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines on the flight deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard Feb. 22, 2015. Wilonsky used the opportunity to provide his guidance for the upcoming liberty port in Malaysia. The Marines are with BLT 2/4, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and recently concluded the annually scheduled Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ryan C. Mains/Released)
A Magnificent Tour
Lt. Col. Mike Wilonsky speaks to the Marines of Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines on the flight deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard Feb. 22, 2015. Wilonsky used the opportunity to provide his guidance for the upcoming liberty port in Malaysia. The Marines are with BLT 2/4, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and recently concluded the annually scheduled Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ryan C. Mains/Released)
U.S. Marine Cops Cpl. Gary Johnston provides security during a beach landing exercise with Republic of Korea (ROK) Marines in the vicinity of Pohang, South Korea, March 29, 2015. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) participated in  Korean Marine Exchange Program 15. The overall objective of KMEP 15 is to enhance amphibious operations between ROK and U.S. forces that contributes to security and stability on the Korean Peninsula as well as the entire Asia-Pacific region. Johnston is with Company G, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st MEU.
U.S.-ROK Marine Force strengthens alliance through annual exercise
U.S. Marine Cops Cpl. Gary Johnston provides security during a beach landing exercise with Republic of Korea (ROK) Marines in the vicinity of Pohang, South Korea, March 29, 2015. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) participated in Korean Marine Exchange Program 15. The overall objective of KMEP 15 is to enhance amphibious operations between ROK and U.S. forces that contributes to security and stability on the Korean Peninsula as well as the entire Asia-Pacific region. Johnston is with Company G, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st MEU.
Republic of Korea Marine Corps Lt. Col. Jeong Hyung-Goo watches a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey land on the flight deck of the Republic of Korea ship Dokdo (LPH 6111), at sea, March 26, 2015. This was the first time an Osprey has landed on a ROK amphibious assault ship. The aircraft is with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The Marines of the 31st MEU are embarked aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and are currently participating in Korean Marine Exchange Program 15 during the MEU’s annual Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by SSgt. Joseph DiGirolamo/Released)
Osprey makes first ever landing on Republic of Korea amphibious assault ship
Republic of Korea Marine Corps Lt. Col. Jeong Hyung-Goo watches a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey land on the flight deck of the Republic of Korea ship Dokdo (LPH 6111), at sea, March 26, 2015. This was the first time an Osprey has landed on a ROK amphibious assault ship. The aircraft is with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The Marines of the 31st MEU are embarked aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and are currently participating in Korean Marine Exchange Program 15 during the MEU’s annual Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by SSgt. Joseph DiGirolamo/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jeremiah Skaggs poses in the hangar bay of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), at sea, March 16, 2015. Skaggs, from Stockton, California, has trained in multiple environments including Bridgeport, California, Twentynine Palms, California, Okinawa, Japan, and now aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard. Skaggs is a squad leader with Weapons Co., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and is currently participating in the MEU’s annually-scheduled Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ryan C. Mains/Released)
The challenges of earning sea legs
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jeremiah Skaggs poses in the hangar bay of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), at sea, March 16, 2015. Skaggs, from Stockton, California, has trained in multiple environments including Bridgeport, California, Twentynine Palms, California, Okinawa, Japan, and now aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard. Skaggs is a squad leader with Weapons Co., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and is currently participating in the MEU’s annually-scheduled Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ryan C. Mains/Released)
U.S. Marine Cpl. Christopher B. Reyes performs a wristlock takedown against Sgt. Evan M. Hughlett during class on the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. Reyes is a Green Belt Instructor from Jesup, Georgia, and Hughlett is a Brown Belt Instructor from Minneapolis.  The Marines are with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and are currently embarked on the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in support of the Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph DiGirolamo/Released)
No Better Dojo – The Amphibious Assault Ship
U.S. Marine Cpl. Christopher B. Reyes performs a wristlock takedown against Sgt. Evan M. Hughlett during class on the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. Reyes is a Green Belt Instructor from Jesup, Georgia, and Hughlett is a Brown Belt Instructor from Minneapolis. The Marines are with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and are currently embarked on the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in support of the Spring Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph DiGirolamo/Released)
U.S. Marine with Company E, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), provides security during a vertical assault as part of the MEU Exercise (MEUEX), in Combat Town, Okinawa, Japan, Dec 10, 2014. BLT 2/4 is conducting training in preparation of their upcoming spring patrol.
Showdown in combat town: 2/4 executes vertical assault
U.S. Marine with Company E, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), provides security during a vertical assault as part of the MEU Exercise (MEUEX), in Combat Town, Okinawa, Japan, Dec 10, 2014. BLT 2/4 is conducting training in preparation of their upcoming spring patrol.
A Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear defense specialist survey’s the readings from an unknown substance on a simulated casualty during an assessment/consequences management exercise Dec. 5 at Camp Hansen. The Marines are with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
CBRN Marines suit up for the 31st MEU
A Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear defense specialist survey’s the readings from an unknown substance on a simulated casualty during an assessment/consequences management exercise Dec. 5 at Camp Hansen. The Marines are with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
U.S Marine with Company E, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, (BLT) 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, moves towards targets while conducting a vertical assault at Combat Town, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 8 Company E. is conducting training as part of the MEU Exercise and pre-deployment training.
Echo Company Helo Raid
U.S Marine with Company E, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, (BLT) 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, moves towards targets while conducting a vertical assault at Combat Town, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 8 Company E. is conducting training as part of the MEU Exercise and pre-deployment training.
U.S. Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion and Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct free fall jumps during Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 15 at Basa Air Base, Pampanga, Philippines, Oct. 8, 2014. PHIBLEX is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, U.S. Marines and Navy to strengthen interoperability across a range of capabilities to include disaster relief and contingency operations.
"You're about to jump out of a perfectly good airplane Jonny, how do you feel about that?"
U.S. Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion and Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct free fall jumps during Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 15 at Basa Air Base, Pampanga, Philippines, Oct. 8, 2014. PHIBLEX is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, U.S. Marines and Navy to strengthen interoperability across a range of capabilities to include disaster relief and contingency operations.
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31st MEU Marines show off with explosives at PHIBLEX 15
Explosives detonate in order to clear obstacles at Crow Valley, the Philippines, during Amphibious Landing Exercise 15, Oct. 8. PHIBLEX is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines alongside U.S. Marine and Navy forces focused on strengthening the partnership and relationships between the two nations across a range of military operations including disaster relief and complex expeditionary operations. The U.S. Marines who set the charges are with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph DiGirolamo)
Marines, assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), depart the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) in combat rubber raiding crafts (CRRC) during the Amphibious Landing Exercise 2015 (PHIBLEX15). PHIBLEX15 is an annual bilateral training exercise conducted with the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Germantown is part of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group, commanded by Rear Adm. Hugh Wetherald, and is conducting joint forces exercises in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
Shipping off the ship
Marines, assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), depart the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) in combat rubber raiding crafts (CRRC) during the Amphibious Landing Exercise 2015 (PHIBLEX15). PHIBLEX15 is an annual bilateral training exercise conducted with the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Germantown is part of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group, commanded by Rear Adm. Hugh Wetherald, and is conducting joint forces exercises in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
Philippine and U.S. Marines assault the beach during a simulated raid during Amphibious Landing Exercise 15 in Palawan, the Philippines, October 2, 2014. PHIBLEX is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines alongside U.S. Marine and Navy forces focused on strengthening the partnership and relationships between the two nations across a range of military operations including disaster relief and complex expeditionary operations. The U.S. Marines are with Company L,  Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade.
Philippine, U.S. Marine Boat Raid During PHIBLEX 15
Philippine and U.S. Marines assault the beach during a simulated raid during Amphibious Landing Exercise 15 in Palawan, the Philippines, October 2, 2014. PHIBLEX is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines alongside U.S. Marine and Navy forces focused on strengthening the partnership and relationships between the two nations across a range of military operations including disaster relief and complex expeditionary operations. The U.S. Marines are with Company L, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade.
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31st MEU PHIBLEX 15 Flight Operations
Cpl. Justin Dudley from Oxnard, California, with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, keeps watch while flying in a UH-1Y Venom during Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 15 here, Sept. 30, 2014. PHIBLEX is an annual bilateral training exercise conducted by U.S. Marine and Navy Forces alongside members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines focused on strengthening the partnership and relationships between the two nations across a range of military operations including disaster relief and complex expeditionary operations.
Marines with Company I, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, execute a live-fire deck shoot during Certification Exercise (CERTEX) Sept. 26, 2014. CERTEX is the final evaluation of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group prior to their regularly-scheduled Fall Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region.
Target engagement on the flight deck
Marines with Company I, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, execute a live-fire deck shoot during Certification Exercise (CERTEX) Sept. 26, 2014. CERTEX is the final evaluation of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group prior to their regularly-scheduled Fall Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region.
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M240B Shoot
A military policeman with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires the M240B medium machine gun during a crew-served weapons live-fire here, Aug. 21, 2014. The training refreshed the Marines’ proficiency with the machine gun, which requires two Marines to operate. The Marines of CLB-31 are conducting pre-deployment training in preparation for the regularly scheduled Fall Patrol 2014. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the force of choice for the Asia-Pacific region.
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