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Lieutenant Col. Damien "Faulkner" Marsh, commanding officer of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (REIN), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, applies a temporary Dragon tattoo to a fan during a static display of CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters at the Atsugi Air Show, Atsugi Naval Air Facility, Japan, on April 28. The Marines' participation in the event comes one year after their assistance to Japanese tsunami victims during Operation Tomodachi. The 31st MEU is the United States' expeditionary force in readiness for the Asia Pacific region. - Lieutenant Col. Damien "Faulkner" Marsh, commanding officer of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (REIN), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, applies a temporary Dragon tattoo to a fan during a static display of CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters at the Atsugi Air Show, Atsugi Naval Air Facility, Japan, on April 28. The Marines' participation in the event comes one year after their assistance to Japanese tsunami victims during Operation Tomodachi. The 31st MEU is the United States' expeditionary force in readiness for the Asia Pacific region.

A Marine with 1st Platoon, Company B., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, crawls through a watery ditch and under concertina wire during the Jungle Endurance Course here, April 20. After completing a two-week training evolution at the Jungle Warfare Training Center, the Marines underwent the four-mile-long course through the Okinawan jungle, utilizing the rappelling, rope-crossing, improvised stretcher carry and other skills they learned. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the nation’s force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. - A Marine with 1st Platoon, Company B., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, crawls through a watery ditch and under concertina wire during the Jungle Endurance Course here, April 20. After completing a two-week training evolution at the Jungle Warfare Training Center, the Marines underwent the four-mile-long course through the Okinawan jungle, utilizing the rappelling, rope-crossing, improvised stretcher carry and other skills they learned. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the nation’s force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.

Lance Cpl. Kinley Ray, a radio operator with Command Element, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, looks into the entrance of an underground network of tunnels, used by Japanese soldiers in World War II, during a Battle of Okinawa tour here, April 17. Marines with the Command Element of the 31st MEU engaged in the day-long tour of four sites throughout southern Okinawa, learning the events that unfolded which eventually brought them to be stationed on the island. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the nation's force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. - Lance Cpl. Kinley Ray, a radio operator with Command Element, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, looks into the entrance of an underground network of tunnels, used by Japanese soldiers in World War II, during a Battle of Okinawa tour here, April 17. Marines with the Command Element of the 31st MEU engaged in the day-long tour of four sites throughout southern Okinawa, learning the events that unfolded which eventually brought them to be stationed on the island. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the nation's force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.

A U.S. Marine with Company B., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, role plays an enemy defender here, Feb. 16. U.S. Marines and their Royal Thai counterparts participated in military operations in urban terrain exercise where Thais integrated into the U.S. squads and trained in assaulting and defending a position. The training is part of exercise Cobra Gold 2012, a multi-lateral training event where participating nations train to increase interoperability and promote security and peace throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the nation’s force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. - A U.S. Marine with Company B., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, role plays an enemy defender here, Feb. 16. U.S. Marines and their Royal Thai counterparts participated in military operations in urban terrain exercise where Thais integrated into the U.S. squads and trained in assaulting and defending a position. The training is part of exercise Cobra Gold 2012, a multi-lateral training event where participating nations train to increase interoperability and promote security and peace throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the nation’s force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.

U.S. Marines with the Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon, a part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, shoot M40A3 and M40A5 rifles alongside the Royal Thai Marine Corps and the Republic of Korea Navy SEALs during scout sniper training at Recon Camp, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 16. The training was part of Exercise Cobra Gold 2012, an annual multinational exercise co-hosted by Thailand and the U.S., which is designed to advance security throughout the Asia-Pacific region and enhance interoperability with participating nations. The 31st MEU is the U.S. expeditionary force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. - U.S. Marines with the Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon, a part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, shoot M40A3 and M40A5 rifles alongside the Royal Thai Marine Corps and the Republic of Korea Navy SEALs during scout sniper training at Recon Camp, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 16. The training was part of Exercise Cobra Gold 2012, an annual multinational exercise co-hosted by Thailand and the U.S., which is designed to advance security throughout the Asia-Pacific region and enhance interoperability with participating nations. The 31st MEU is the U.S. expeditionary force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.

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