Jul 19, 2013

Staff Sgt. Michael W. Burkhart, an amphibious assault vehicle section leader with Company G., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and native of Norman, Okla., answers a ship piloting question given by Ensign Andrea M. Stoke, communications officer with the operations department, USS Germantown, and native of Chula Vista, Calif., here, July 15. Burkhart is training to be a qualified helmsman of small-deck Navy vessels in addition to performing his duties as an AAV staff noncommissioned officer in support of a bilateral exercise in Australia. The 31st MEU is embarked aboard the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, currently participating in Talisman Saber 2013,a biennial training exercise with the Australian military designed to enhance multilateral collaboration in support of future combined operations, natural disaster, humanitarian and emergency response.

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