Apr 12, 2013

Lt. Col. Terry M. Johnson, commanding officer of Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and native of Castro Valley, Calif, speaks to U.S. and Philippine Marines participating in exercise Balikatan 2013 at the opening ceremony here, April 7. Now in its 29th iteration, this exercise gives U.S Marines the opportunity to train alongside their Philippine counterparts and become more familiar with the Pacific jungle environment. 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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