Mar 9, 2013

A mess deck crewman with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit places a piece of chocolate cake on a Marine's tray during the afternoon meal here, Feb. 5. More than 2,000 Marines and Sailors on the USS BHR line up outside the mess areas to receive their daily rations of hot food. The mess crew cooks 42,000 servigs worth of food for five dishes to complete the four meals served each day. The crew also prepares desserts, assortments of fruit, and cold and hot drinks. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marines Corps' force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.

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