BAN CHAN KREM, Thailand (Feb. 14, 2017) -- Marines and Sailors with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, and Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced) began participation in Exercise Cobra Gold 17 at Ban Chan Krem, Thailand, Feb. 14, 2017. Cobra Gold 17, in its 36th iteration, is designed to advance regional security and ensure effective responses to regional crises by bringing together a robust multinational force to address shared goals and security commitments in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. BLT 2/5 and VMM-262 (Rein) are the ground and aviation components, respectively, of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Marine Air-Ground Task Force. During patrols of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, the 31st MEU engages partner nations to sustain theater security and continue integrated bilateral training, furthering cohesion between our militaries. For more information on the mission and history of the 31st MEU, contact 31st MEU Public Affairs Officer, Capt. Jennifer Giles, at Jennifer.email@example.com or visit the unit's websites at www.31stmeu.marines.mil or www.facebook.com/31stMEU.