Jul 15, 2013

Corporal Dante Bickham, a mortarman with Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Houston, Texas, explains the nomenclature of an M249 squad automatic weapon to a young Australian boy during the opening ceremony for exercise Talisman Saber, here, July 14. The Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU, PHIBRON 11, and Expeditionary Strike Group 7 will train alongside a joint U.S. force that totals approximately 18,000 personnel, as well as approximately 9,000 Australian service members in the fifth iteration of Talisman Saber, a month-long biennial exercise designed to enhance multilateral collaboration in support of future combined operations, natural disaster, humanitarian and emergency response.

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