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Staff Sgt. Benjamin D. Jacobsen, a team leader with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Rockport, Texas, carries his children up the steps of the 31st MEU Headquarters after returning from the annual Spring Patrol here, April 24. During the patrol, the 31st MEU participated in the largest iteration of Exercise SSang Yong in the history of the bilateral event. The 31st MEU led the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade’s ground forces as Regimental Landing Team 31 during a simulated forceful entry in the Republic of Korea. The combat exercise was conducted alongside ROK Marine Corps and Navy forces, as well as soldiers of the Royal Australian Army to make a combined force of more than 13,000. - Staff Sgt. Benjamin D. Jacobsen, a team leader with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Rockport, Texas, carries his children up the steps of the 31st MEU Headquarters after returning from the annual Spring Patrol here, April 24. During the patrol, the 31st MEU participated in the largest iteration of Exercise SSang Yong in the history of the bilateral event. The 31st MEU led the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade’s ground forces as Regimental Landing Team 31 during a simulated forceful entry in the Republic of Korea. The combat exercise was conducted alongside ROK Marine Corps and Navy forces, as well as soldiers of the Royal Australian Army to make a combined force of more than 13,000.

M1A1 Abrams Tanks with Company C., 4th Tank Battalion, Marine Corps Forces Reserve, fire 120mm rounds at targets during a combined arms, live-fire exercise (CALFEX) as part of Exercise Ssang Yong 2014 (SY14) here, April 4. The CALFEX incorporated all aspects of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force, sending a company of Marines into assault with direct fire support from AH-1W Super Cobra and UH-1Y Huey helicopters, AAV’s, Light Armored Vehicle-25’s and M777A1 Lightweight Howitzers. SY14 is conducted annually in the Republic of Korea to enhance interoperability between U.S. and ROK forces by performing a full spectrum of amphibious operations, while showcasing sea-based power projection in the Asia-Pacific. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew Kuppers)  - M1A1 Abrams Tanks with Company C., 4th Tank Battalion, Marine Corps Forces Reserve, fire 120mm rounds at targets during a combined arms, live-fire exercise (CALFEX) as part of Exercise Ssang Yong 2014 (SY14) here, April 4. The CALFEX incorporated all aspects of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force, sending a company of Marines into assault with direct fire support from AH-1W Super Cobra and UH-1Y Huey helicopters, AAV’s, Light Armored Vehicle-25’s and M777A1 Lightweight Howitzers. SY14 is conducted annually in the Republic of Korea to enhance interoperability between U.S. and ROK forces by performing a full spectrum of amphibious operations, while showcasing sea-based power projection in the Asia-Pacific. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew Kuppers) 

A boy from the Pohang Orphanage uses the camera of Gunnery Sgt. Ismael Pena, combat camera chief for the Command Element, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Yakima, Wash., during a visit by 24 Marines and Sailors here, April 5. The Pohang orphanage was founded after the Korean War in 1953 by a Navy chaplain from the 1st Marine Air Wing. In 1954, the Navy Seabees constructed the original building. Since then, the children taken in by the orphanage have known regular visits from their camouflaged friends. The visit comes at the conclusion of the 31st MEU’s participation in Exercise Ssang Yong 2014, a bilateral training event that is a tribute to the maturity of the US-ROK relationship. - A boy from the Pohang Orphanage uses the camera of Gunnery Sgt. Ismael Pena, combat camera chief for the Command Element, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Yakima, Wash., during a visit by 24 Marines and Sailors here, April 5. The Pohang orphanage was founded after the Korean War in 1953 by a Navy chaplain from the 1st Marine Air Wing. In 1954, the Navy Seabees constructed the original building. Since then, the children taken in by the orphanage have known regular visits from their camouflaged friends. The visit comes at the conclusion of the 31st MEU’s participation in Exercise Ssang Yong 2014, a bilateral training event that is a tribute to the maturity of the US-ROK relationship.

Concertina wire surrounds the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s command operations center for Regimental Landing Team 31, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, as part of Exercise Ssang Yong 2014 here, April 2. For the duration of the exercise, the 31st MEU’s CE became RLT-31, which is the ground combat element of 3d MEB for the bilateral training exercise with Republic of South Korea forces. RLT-31 consists of Battalion Landing Teams 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines; 1st Battalion, 4th Marines; 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines; as well as elements of 1st Tank Battalion, 4th Tank Battalion, 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion and 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. Ssang Yong shows the interoperability of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and US forces, and demonstrates their ability to conduct amphibious operations and exercise expeditionary capabilities. - Concertina wire surrounds the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s command operations center for Regimental Landing Team 31, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, as part of Exercise Ssang Yong 2014 here, April 2. For the duration of the exercise, the 31st MEU’s CE became RLT-31, which is the ground combat element of 3d MEB for the bilateral training exercise with Republic of South Korea forces. RLT-31 consists of Battalion Landing Teams 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines; 1st Battalion, 4th Marines; 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines; as well as elements of 1st Tank Battalion, 4th Tank Battalion, 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion and 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. Ssang Yong shows the interoperability of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and US forces, and demonstrates their ability to conduct amphibious operations and exercise expeditionary capabilities.

Marines with Company E., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Landing Team 31, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, set up security positions after an amphibious assault as part of Exercise SSang Yong 2014 here, March 31. Elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit participated in a simulated forcible entry operation, serving multiple roles as part of the 3d MEB. Ssang Yong is intended to strengthen ROK-US combat readiness and combined interoperability, and advance the command and control capabilities of the ROK Marine Corps through combined amphibious operations. - Marines with Company E., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Landing Team 31, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, set up security positions after an amphibious assault as part of Exercise SSang Yong 2014 here, March 31. Elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit participated in a simulated forcible entry operation, serving multiple roles as part of the 3d MEB. Ssang Yong is intended to strengthen ROK-US combat readiness and combined interoperability, and advance the command and control capabilities of the ROK Marine Corps through combined amphibious operations.

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