Sep 13, 2012

Lance Cpl. Michael Herrera, squad automatic weapon gunner with 2nd platoon, Company E., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and a native of Austin, Texas, provides covering fire for his squad during the assault and seizure of a notional enemy airfield here, Sept. 12 through 14. The three-day training evolution was the beginning of the 31st MEU's certification exercise, a series of notional operations throughout the Mariana Islands designed to re-enforce the Marines' skills and tactics. The airfield seizure exercise was the largest U.S. operation on the island of Tinian since its use as a strategic airfield during World War II. 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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