Jan 28, 2013

Sergeant Greg P. Spies, the unit movement control coordinator with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and a native of Zalma, Mo., directs the flow of an 81-vehicle convoy en route to the USS Bonhomme Richard here, Jan 24. Moving all the 31st MEU’s tactical vehicles from the Camp Hansen motor pool to the ship docked at White Beach Naval Facility is just one of the many things the MEU Marines must conduct when getting ready for their deployment. “Our job is to plan, coordinate and execute the movement of the 31st MEU personnel and equipment aboard ship, in the field and in garrison,” said Spies. “Embarking for this deployment involves moving over 150 vehicles, 1,700 personnel and 530 short tons of equipment in the span of two weeks.” 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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