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Marines and Sailors from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit carry their gear off of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) after returning from the annual Spring Patrol here, March 21. During the deployment, the Marines and Sailors participated in exercise Cobra Gold 2013 to improve interoperability with allied nations and increase regional security within the Asia-Pacific region. The unit also conducted its semiannual Certification Exercise, an event designed to ensure the 31st MEU maintains proficiency in its full spectrum of capabilities for real-world operations. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. - Marines and Sailors from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit carry their gear off of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) after returning from the annual Spring Patrol here, March 21. During the deployment, the Marines and Sailors participated in exercise Cobra Gold 2013 to improve interoperability with allied nations and increase regional security within the Asia-Pacific region. The unit also conducted its semiannual Certification Exercise, an event designed to ensure the 31st MEU maintains proficiency in its full spectrum of capabilities for real-world operations. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.

Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear defense specialists with the Marine Air Ground Task Force Assessment and Consequence Management Team of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit drag a simulated chemical casualty to a decontamination line for treatment here, March 14. The CBRN operation was in response to the confirmed presence of a chemical weapon-making facility during a notional humanitarian aid and disaster relief operation. The MAGTF ACMT evacuated casualties, inspected the premises and removed all chemical materials found. The 31st MEU’s CERTEX is a semiannual exercise where Special Operations Training Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, evaluates the unit’s full range of capabilities, with the purpose of maintaining the MEU’s proficiency and readiness. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. - Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear defense specialists with the Marine Air Ground Task Force Assessment and Consequence Management Team of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit drag a simulated chemical casualty to a decontamination line for treatment here, March 14. The CBRN operation was in response to the confirmed presence of a chemical weapon-making facility during a notional humanitarian aid and disaster relief operation. The MAGTF ACMT evacuated casualties, inspected the premises and removed all chemical materials found. The 31st MEU’s CERTEX is a semiannual exercise where Special Operations Training Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, evaluates the unit’s full range of capabilities, with the purpose of maintaining the MEU’s proficiency and readiness. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.

Marines with Company C., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, patrol toward an airfield during a helicopter assault here, March 13. The 31st MEU’s “Helo Company” conducted the attack at an airfield with a small collection of structures defended by more than a dozen role players. The scenario was part of the 31st MEU’s Certification Exercise, prepared and evaluated by Special Operations Training Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. - Marines with Company C., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, patrol toward an airfield during a helicopter assault here, March 13. The 31st MEU’s “Helo Company” conducted the attack at an airfield with a small collection of structures defended by more than a dozen role players. The scenario was part of the 31st MEU’s Certification Exercise, prepared and evaluated by Special Operations Training Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.

Marines with Fox Battery, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, acting as the quick reaction force of the 31st MEU’s Forward Command Element, attempt to push through the gate of the notional U.S. Embassy to quell hostile protesters here, March 11. The FCE is the 31st MEU’s on-site survey and planning cell when responding to a request for humanitarian assistance or disaster relief aid in a foreign country. The 31st MEU is currently conducting its semiannual Certification Exercise, where the unit’s full range of capabilities are evaluated by the Special Operations Training Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, with the purpose of maintaining the MEU’s proficiency. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. - Marines with Fox Battery, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, acting as the quick reaction force of the 31st MEU’s Forward Command Element, attempt to push through the gate of the notional U.S. Embassy to quell hostile protesters here, March 11. The FCE is the 31st MEU’s on-site survey and planning cell when responding to a request for humanitarian assistance or disaster relief aid in a foreign country. The 31st MEU is currently conducting its semiannual Certification Exercise, where the unit’s full range of capabilities are evaluated by the Special Operations Training Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, with the purpose of maintaining the MEU’s proficiency. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.

Lance Cpl. Ben P. Moore, a field radio operator with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Lufkin, Texas, gives a Marine a scoop of refried beans during an afternoon meal here, Feb. 5. More than 2,000 Marines and Sailors on the USS BHR line up outside the mess areas to receive their daily rations of hot food. The mess crew cooks 42,000 servigs worth of food for five dishes to complete the four meals served each day. The crew also prepares desserts, assortments of fruit, and cold and hot drinks. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marines Corps' force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. - Lance Cpl. Ben P. Moore, a field radio operator with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Lufkin, Texas, gives a Marine a scoop of refried beans during an afternoon meal here, Feb. 5. More than 2,000 Marines and Sailors on the USS BHR line up outside the mess areas to receive their daily rations of hot food. The mess crew cooks 42,000 servigs worth of food for five dishes to complete the four meals served each day. The crew also prepares desserts, assortments of fruit, and cold and hot drinks. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marines Corps' force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.

A Marine with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires an M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System rifle through a freeing port (a hole to allow water runoff) at a target from the stern of the ship here, March 6. The snipers of the 31st MEU’s Amphibious and Force Reconnaissance Platoons conducted marksmanship training to keep their skills sharp for any contingency operation that they may be called upon to execute. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. - A Marine with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires an M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System rifle through a freeing port (a hole to allow water runoff) at a target from the stern of the ship here, March 6. The snipers of the 31st MEU’s Amphibious and Force Reconnaissance Platoons conducted marksmanship training to keep their skills sharp for any contingency operation that they may be called upon to execute. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.

A Marine with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fast ropes out of a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter during helicopter rope suspension techniques training here, March 6. The purpose of the fast rope insertion is to deploy Marines and Sailors in a situation where a helicopter cannot land. The 31st MEU maintains the fast rope capability for use in numerous contingencies from combat insertions to humanitarian operations. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. - A Marine with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fast ropes out of a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter during helicopter rope suspension techniques training here, March 6. The purpose of the fast rope insertion is to deploy Marines and Sailors in a situation where a helicopter cannot land. The 31st MEU maintains the fast rope capability for use in numerous contingencies from combat insertions to humanitarian operations. 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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