Sep 14, 2013

Sergeant Binh D. Kien, a 23-year-old field artillery cannoneer with Echo Battery, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of San Jose, Calif., gets mobbed by students of the Bidau Akadiru-hun elementary school during a community relations visit here, Aug. 28. The visit was one of two events the Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU and crew of the USS Denver (LPD 9) were able to volunteer for. The other was a visit to the Ahisaun Foundation for disabled persons. Both events were during Exercise Koolendong 13, where a battalion-sized force of the 31st MEU trained alongside Marine Rotational Force - Darwin and soldiers of the 5th Royal Australian Regiment during a week-long, live-fire exercise. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness for the Asia-Pacific region and is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU.

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