Mar 13, 2013

Villagers of the simulated village of Ishi pick up the weight equivalent of 10 gallons of water during a humanitarian assistance survey here, March 13. The Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU’s Humanitarian Assistance Survey Team evaluated the damage and condition of a local village in need of aid while giving initial amounts of water and medical care. The scenario is part of the 31st MEU’s Certification Exercise and tasks the unit with providing assistance to a village struck by a fictional typhoon. CERTEX is a semiannual event 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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