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Lieutenant Col. Troy Roesti, executive officer of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, greets soldiers of 12th Infantry Regiment, 8th Division, Western Army, Japanese Ground Self Defense Forces, during their arrival here, May 29. As part of the Japanese Observer Exchange Program, the soldiers will live alongside Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU while observing approximately three weeks of amphibious operations. By sharing small unit concepts and tactics for amphibious operations, the two forces aim to increase interoperability and strengthen bilateral response to future challenges. - Lieutenant Col. Troy Roesti, executive officer of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, greets soldiers of 12th Infantry Regiment, 8th Division, Western Army, Japanese Ground Self Defense Forces, during their arrival here, May 29. As part of the Japanese Observer Exchange Program, the soldiers will live alongside Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU while observing approximately three weeks of amphibious operations. By sharing small unit concepts and tactics for amphibious operations, the two forces aim to increase interoperability and strengthen bilateral response to future challenges.

Marines with the Force Reconnaissance Platoon, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, escort a notional enemy prisoner of war during the culmination of a Close Quarters Tactics course here, May 24. The CQT course, run by Special Operations Training Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, involved engaging the enemy at very short ranges in a fast, violent assault requiring precision fire and split-second decision making. With the certification completed, the platoon stands ready to conduct any mission the 31st MEU may deem necessary during their upcoming patrol. 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 the Force Reconnaissance Platoon, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, escort a notional enemy prisoner of war during the culmination of a Close Quarters Tactics course here, May 24. The CQT course, run by Special Operations Training Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, involved engaging the enemy at very short ranges in a fast, violent assault requiring precision fire and split-second decision making. With the certification completed, the platoon stands ready to conduct any mission the 31st MEU may deem necessary during their upcoming patrol. 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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