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Lance Cpl. Samantha A. Sabalboro, an airframe mechanic with Marine Attack Squadron 311, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, patrols the passageways of the USS Essex (LHD 2), looking for safety issues or actions contrary to Navy and Marine Corps regulations, March 21. Sabalboro fills two billets on ship, working as a patrolman for eight hours during the day with the Navy Master at Arms office, then an airframe mechanic with her squadron upon completion of her patrolman shift. Sabalboro is eager to continue improving her skills as a patrolmen and airframe mechanic throughout the duration of the 31st MEU’s deployment to the Asia-Pacific region. - Lance Cpl. Samantha A. Sabalboro, an airframe mechanic with Marine Attack Squadron 311, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, patrols the passageways of the USS Essex (LHD 2), looking for safety issues or actions contrary to Navy and Marine Corps regulations, March 21. Sabalboro fills two billets on ship, working as a patrolman for eight hours during the day with the Navy Master at Arms office, then an airframe mechanic with her squadron upon completion of her patrolman shift. Sabalboro is eager to continue improving her skills as a patrolmen and airframe mechanic throughout the duration of the 31st MEU’s deployment to the Asia-Pacific region.

Lance Cpl. Alejandro Carbajal, scout swimmer and rifleman with Company A, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, scouts ahead before the primary raid force lands on the shoreline during a small boat raid here, March 17. The raid was conducted during the MEU’s Certification Exercise, which upon completion certifies that the MEU is capable to respond to any scenario that may arise. 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. Alejandro Carbajal, scout swimmer and rifleman with Company A, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, scouts ahead before the primary raid force lands on the shoreline during a small boat raid here, March 17. The raid was conducted during the MEU’s Certification Exercise, which upon completion certifies that the MEU is capable to respond to any scenario that may arise. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the nation’s force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.

Cpl. Garry Welch, combat correspondent deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, reads a digital copy of a letter sent to him by Wataru Kikuta, a Japanese boy he met during Operation Tomodachi exactly one year ago. After the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster wreaked havoc in Northeastern Japan, the 31st MEU was dispatched to Oshima Island, in the Kessenuma City area, where Welch helped Wataru in clearing the debris of what was once his house. Wataru contacted Welch through a reporter after he saw a one-year-later documentary about the disaster in which Welch was interviewed. The 31st MEU has responded to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations five times in the last four years. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward deployed MEU and is the U.S.’s force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. - Cpl. Garry Welch, combat correspondent deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, reads a digital copy of a letter sent to him by Wataru Kikuta, a Japanese boy he met during Operation Tomodachi exactly one year ago. After the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster wreaked havoc in Northeastern Japan, the 31st MEU was dispatched to Oshima Island, in the Kessenuma City area, where Welch helped Wataru in clearing the debris of what was once his house. Wataru contacted Welch through a reporter after he saw a one-year-later documentary about the disaster in which Welch was interviewed. The 31st MEU has responded to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations five times in the last four years. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward deployed MEU and is the U.S.’s force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.

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