Mar 13, 2013

Marines with Fox Battery, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, acting as the quick reaction force of the 31st MEU’s Forward Command Element, attempt to push through the gate of the notional U.S. Embassy to quell hostile protesters here, March 11. The FCE is the 31st MEU’s on-site survey and planning cell when responding to a request for humanitarian assistance or disaster relief aid in a foreign country. The 31st MEU is currently conducting its semiannual Certification Exercise, where the unit’s full range of capabilities are evaluated by the Special Operations Training Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, with the purpose of maintaining the MEU’s proficiency. 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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