Gunnery Sgt. Marklester M. Ecalnir, a foreign area staff non-commissioned officer for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, helps direct Thai citizens for a multinational non-combatant evacuation operation as part of Cobra Gold 2013 here, Feb. 17. Ecalnir specializes in the Southeast-Asia region and brought a deep understanding of each nation's culture to the planning process of the operation and a working knowledge in four of the five languages spoken by the participants. The 31st MEU recently participated in the 32nd iteration of Cobra Gold, a multinational exercise that promotes regional prosperity, security and cooperation among partner militaries. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps' force in readiness for the Asia-Pacific region and the only continuously forward deployed MEU.
130217-M-PZ610-004.JPG Photo By: Sgt. Paul Robbins Jr.

Feb 24, 2013
Pattaya, Kingdom of Thailand - Gunnery Sgt. Marklester M. Ecalnir, a foreign area staff non-commissioned officer for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, helps direct Thai citizens for a multinational non-combatant evacuation operation as part of Cobra Gold 2013 here, Feb. 17. Ecalnir specializes in the Southeast-Asia region and brought a deep understanding of each nation's culture to the planning process of the operation and a working knowledge in four of the five languages spoken by the participants. The 31st MEU recently participated in the 32nd iteration of Cobra Gold, a multinational exercise that promotes regional prosperity, security and cooperation among partner militaries. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps' force in readiness for the Asia-Pacific region and the only continuously forward deployed MEU.


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