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Jul 8, 2011

Sgt. Todd J. Martin, machine gunner and assistant section leader, Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, pets a koala bear while on a liberty trip on his first day in Australia. Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU are here preparing for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011, a bilateral exercise designed to increase interoperability, flexibility, and readiness between Australia and the U.S. This exercise and training helps to maintain peace and stability in the Pacific region.

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31st Marine Expeditionary Unit