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Jan 31, 2014

Marines with Company G., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, check a notional enemy casualty for intelligence during a low-light, aerial raid on an enemy encampment here, Jan. 28. Company G., the 31st MEU’s “Helo” company, was supplemented with machine gun and mortar teams from Weapons Company to provide additional firepower for the mission. The Marines have executed coordinated operations like this before, but this one added the challenge of artificial vision through the use of nigh vision goggles. The raid was part of the 31st MEU’s pre-deployment training exercise that tests the unit’s ability to conduct rapid planning and mission execution within a limited timeframe. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region and is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU.

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31st Marine Expeditionary Unit