Jan 30, 2019

Lance Cpl. Esteban Medina, a rifleman with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, helps inflate a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft during a time trial and competition aboard the dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), Philippine Sea, Jan. 21, 2019. Alpha Company Marines specialize in ship-to-shore small-boat raids as part of BLT 1/4, the Ground Combat Element for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU partnering with the Wasp ARG, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Harrison C. Rakhshani/Released)

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