Sep 23, 2012

Sgt. Joshua Garcia, squad leader for 2nd squad, 2nd platoon, Company F., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and naitive of Victorville, Calif., and Sergeant 1st Class Yoshimitsu Shintomi, squad leader and coxon with 1st Company, 51st Infantry Regiment, 15th Brigade, Western Army, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and native of Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, hold security next to combat rubber raiding craft during their integrated amphibious raid here, Sept. 22. Working alongside the 31st MEU, the Japanese soldiers conducted various amphibious-borne training evolutions aimed at strengthening both militaries' interoperability. 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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