31st MEU Media Gallery
A UH-1Y crew member flies above Camp Hansen after takeoff during a simulated high altitude, low opening parachute jump and Reconnaissance and Surveillance mission as part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s MEU Exercise, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 8, 2018.
Lance Cpl. Brian A. Fentresstaglisferi, an intelligence specialist with Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, launches an InstantEye quadcopter during embassy reinforcement training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 5, 2018.
Marines with Echo Battery, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, prepare for embassy reinforcement training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 5, 2018.
Lance Cpl. Nicholas S. Whitesall, a canonneer with Echo Battery, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, and other Marines with the BLT wielding riot shields and Remington M1014 shotguns await further instructions during Noncombatant Evacuation Operations training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 6, 2018.
An F-35B Lightning II jet with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 taxis the flight line at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 17, 2018.
Marines with Charlie Company, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, carry bags of litter during a community cleanup event in Kin, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 29, 2018.
Sgt. Juan Reynoso, the color sergeant for Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, holds the battalion colors before a Thanksgiving “Turkey Trot” run at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, on November 22, 2018.
The dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) sits idle off the coast during the U.S. Defense Support of Civil Authorities relief effort in response to Super Typhoon Yutu, Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Nov. 3, 2018. Businesses, government buildings, homes and schools were heavily damaged by Super Typhoon Yutu, which made a direct hit with devastating effect on Tinian Oct. 25 packing 170 MPH winds – it is the second strongest storm to ever hit U.S. soil and the strongest storm of 2018. Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and CLB-31 have been leading a multi-service contingent since Oct. 29 as part of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency-directed DSCA mission here. The Ashland arrived today to deliver a larger contingent of Marines and Seabees to further assist the people of Tinian. The Marines arrived at the request of CNMI officials and FEMA to assist relief efforts in the wake of Yutu, the largest typhoon to ever hit a U.S. territory. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide-range of military operations across the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. T. T. Parish/Released)
The Honorable Joey P. San Nicholas, mayor of Tinian, thanks the Marines and sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Combat Logistics Battalion 31 during a ceremony marking the end of the 31st MEU’s mission as part of the U.S. Defense Support of Civil Authorities relief efforts on Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Nov. 14, 2018. Marines and Sailors with the 31st MEU and CLB-31 assisted the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency and local and civil authorities on Tinian to deliver aid to Tinians affected by Super Typhoon Yutu, which struck here Oct. 25 as the second strongest storm to ever hit U.S. soil. Marines and Sailors with the 31st MEU and CLB-31 arrived on Tinian Oct. 29-31 to lead relief efforts on Tinian in response to Yutu as part of Task Force-West. TF-W is leading the Department of Defense’s efforts to assist CNMI’s local and civil authorities provide critical assistance for citizens devastated by Yutu. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide-range of military operations across the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Hannah Hall/Released)
Tinian children try on Marine Corps flak jackets and helmets after a ceremony marking the end of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's mission as part of the U.S. Defense Support of Civil Authorities relief efforts on Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Nov. 14, 2018. Marines and Sailors with the 31st MEU and Combat Logistics Battalion 31 assisted the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency and local and civil authorities on Tinian to deliver aid to Tinians affected by Super Typhoon Yutu, which struck here Oct. 25 as the second strongest storm to ever hit U.S. soil. Marines and Sailors with the 31st MEU and CLB-31 arrived on Tinian Oct. 29-31 to lead relief efforts on Tinian in response to Yutu as part of Task Force-West. TF-W is leading the Department of Defense’s efforts to assist CNMI’s local and civil authorities provide critical assistance for citizens devastated by Yutu. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide-range of military operations across the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Hannah Hall/Released)
Col. Robert Brodie, commanding officer of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, signs the 31st MEU logo during a Veteran’s Day ceremony on Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Nov. 12, 2018. The Mayor’s Office here commissioned the work in honor of the Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU who have been working to since Oct. 29 to assist local and CNMI officials during relief efforts in the wake of Super Typhoon Yutu, which struck here Oct. 25 as the second strongest storm to ever hit U.S. soil. Marines and Sailors with the 31st MEU and CLB-31 arrived on Tinian Oct. 29-31 to lead relief efforts on Tinian in response to Yutu as part of Task Force-West. TF-W is leading the Department of Defense’s efforts to assist CNMI’s local and civil authorities provide critical assistance for citizens devastated by Yutu. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide-range of military operations across the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Hannah Hall/Released)
Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit visit the ocean side ‘Blowhole’ on Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Nov. 11, 2018. Marines with the 31st MEU and Combat Logistics Battalion 31 have been leading the multi-service Department of Defense’s Defense Support of Civil Authorities relief efforts here since Oct. 29 in the wake of Super Typhoon Yutu, which wreaked havoc as the second strongest storm to ever hit U.S. soil on Oct. 25. Tinian, host of a 1944 WWII battle during the Marianas Campaign, is part of the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. More than 320 Marines, sailors and soldiers died during the battle here in June and July 1944 as allied forces moved toward Imperial Japan. As a historic battle site, Marines and sailors with both the 31st MEU and CLB-31 spent time exploring the island during the DSCA mission to learn about its significance in American history. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. T. T. Parish/Released)
Petty Officer 3rd Class Maxwell Manville, a construction mechanic with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1, hits a ball at a community relations baseball event during U.S. Defense Support of Civil Authorities relief efforts on Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Nov. 9, 2018. Manville, a native of Reno, Nevada, graduated from Reed High School in June 2014 before enlisting in June 2015. Businesses, government buildings, homes and schools were heavily damaged by Super Typhoon Yutu, which made a direct hit with devastating effect on Tinian Oct. 25 as the second strongest-storm to ever hit U.S. soil. Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Combat Logistics Battalion 31 arrived on Tinian Oct. 29-31 in the wake of Super Typhoon Yutu as part of Task Force-West. TF-W is providing Department of U.S. Defense support to the CNMI's civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon recovery effort. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide-range of military operations across the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Hannah Hall/Released)
Lance Cpl. Eric Russell, a basic water support technician with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, pumps purified water for citizens of Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Oct. 31, 2018. Russell, a native of Muskegon, Michigan, graduated from Oakridge High School in June 2017 before enlisting in November the same year. Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and CLB-31 arrived on Tinian Oct. 29-30 in the wake of Super Typhoon Yutu as part of the U.S. Defense Support of Civil Authorities here. The Marines arrived at the request of CNMI officials and the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist relief efforts in the wake of Yutu, the largest typhoon to ever hit a U.S. territory. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide-range of military operations across the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Hannah Hall/Released)
Col. Robert “Bams” Brodie, commander of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, speaks with local elected officials of Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, after arriving to support relief efforts here in the wake of Super Typhoon Yutu, Oct. 29, 2018. Marines with the 31st MEU and Combat Logistics Battalion 31 arrived on Tinian in the wake of Super Typhoon Yutu as part of the U.S. Defense Support of Civil Authorities here. The Marines arrived at the request of CNMI officials and the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist relief efforts in the wake of Yutu, the largest typhoon to ever hit a U.S. territory. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide-range of military operations across the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. T. T. Parish/Released)
Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Combat Logistics Battalion 31 pump purified water for citizens of Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Oct. 31, 2018. Marines with the 31st MEU and CLB-31 arrived on Tinian Oct. 29-30 in the wake of Super Typhoon Yutu as part of the U.S. Defense Support of Civil Authorities here. The Marines can purify more than 20-thousand gallons of sea water each day to meet the urgent needs of the people of Tinian. The Marines arrived at the request of CNMI officials and the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist relief efforts in the wake of Yutu, the largest typhoon to ever hit a U.S. territory. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide-range of military operations across the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. T. T. Parish/Released)
Sgt. Charles Herndon, a combat engineer with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, chainsaws a downed tree outside the Tinian Public School, Oct. 30, 2018. Herndon, a native of Carrollton, Georgia, enlisted in June 2013 after graduating from Central High School in May of the same year. Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and CLB-31 spent the day helping clear debris at the school as part of the U.S. Defense Support of Civil Authorities across the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, to which Tinian belongs. The Marines arrived at the request of CNMI officials and the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist relief efforts in the wake of Yutu, the largest typhoon to ever hit a U.S. territory. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide-range of military operations across the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. T. T. Parish/Released)
Gunnery Sgt. Angel Ignacio, the battalion gunnery sergeant with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, catches a package of bottled water from a coastguardsman aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Washington (WPB-1331) while delivering food and supplies to citizens of Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands during relief efforts in the wake of Super Typhoon Yutu, Oct. 29, 2018. Ignacio, a communications chief, is a native of Guam, CNMI, which was also affected by Yutu. The Marines arrived on Tinian in the wake of Super Typhoon Yutu as part of the U.S. Defense Support of Civil Authorities here. The Marines arrived at the request of CNMI officials and the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist relief efforts in the wake of Yutu, the largest typhoon to ever hit a U.S. territory. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide-range of military operations across the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. T. T. Parish/Released)
The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit unveiled its new insignia on Oct. 17th.  The new crest adopts East Asian features aligning with the III Marine Expeditionary Force insignia.  Further, the 31st MEU’s new crest boldly defines the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) as lethal warfighting organization ready to answer our nation’s call and respond to crisis.
An F-35B Lightning II attack jet flies alongside a KC-130J tanker aircraft attached to a refueling drogue during an aerial refueling mission above the East China Sea, Oct. 23, 2018.
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