31st MEU

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Riding off into the sunset.

Marines and Sailors with Company E., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, board a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st MEU, for a raid rehearsal as a part of Talisman Saber 2013. Talisman Saber 2013 is a biennial training activity aimed at improving Australian Defense Force and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability as a Combined Joint Task Force. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region and the only continuously deployed MEU.

(Photo by Cpl Codey Underwood, 17 JUL 2013.)

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CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan – Marines execute fast-rope techniques out of a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter Jan. 8 at a landing zone on Camp Hansen. “It’s important for the Marines to be comfortable with their gear when coming down (the rope),” said 
Sgt. Gregory J. Dominguez. “In hostile environments, they can’t be scared to come down from the helicopter. They have to be focused.” Dominguez is a machine gun section leader with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, currently assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program. The Marines are with 2nd Bn., 5th Marines, and the helicopter and crew are with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463, currently assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st MEU, under the UDP. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Natalie M. Rostran/Released)

The Leaf Blower by United States Marine Corps Official Page on Flickr.

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Marines with Weapons Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force - Darwin, fire a Shoulder-Launched, Multipurpose Assault Weapon as part of a movement-to-contact training evolution during Exercise Koolendong, Australia, Sept. 3, 2013. This training evolution is the first of its kind here in which Marines with MRF-D and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit worked bilaterally with the Australian soldiers of Bravo Company, 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment as a “proof of concept” to assess the capacity of the training ranges to support a battalion-sized live-fire event.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Sarah Fiocco/Released)

1st Sgt. Arturo Blanco, company first sergeant for Company G., Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and native of Buena Park, Calif., uses an improvised bench press with 40-pound water jugs at Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Queensland, Australia, July 22. Company G is conducting blocking and patrolling operations in support of exercise Talisman Saber 2013, a biennial training exercise between U.S. and Australian forces, aimed at improving combat readiness and interoperability.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jonathan Wright/Released)

no excuse, can always workout. 

Despite this site’s name, we’re equal opportunity aviation lovers around here. The odd rotary-wing craft sneaks in now and again.

A crew chief for a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, waits next to his aircraft after landing aboard the USS Denver at sea, March 29, 2014. The aircraft picked up the Marines with the 31st MEU’s Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon to participate in Exercise SSang Yong 2014. This training shows the interoperability of the Republic of Korea and U.S. forces and demonstrates their abilities to conduct amphibious operations and exercise expeditionary capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brian Bekkala/Released)

Need a bigger dingy.

Marines approach the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard in a combat rubber raiding craft following a simulated boat assault to support a certification exercise in the Coral Sea, Aug. 8, 2013. The Richard is the flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, and with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is conducting a certification exercise in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

130822-N-KE519-040 by U.S. Pacific Fleet on Flickr.

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CORAL SEA (Aug. 22, 2013) Members of the Force Reconnaissance Platoon (FRP), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), conduct a small-arms live-fire exercise on the port aircraft elevator aboard forward deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is the flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 31st MEU, is currently conducting routine joint-force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III/Released)

Marines with Weapons Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force - Darwin, fire a Shoulder-Launched, Multipurpose Assault Weapon as part of a movement-to-contact training evolution during Exercise Koolendong, Australia, Sept. 3, 2013. This training evolution is the first of its kind here in which Marines with MRF-D and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit worked bilaterally with the Australian soldiers of Bravo Company, 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment as a “proof of concept” to assess the capacity of the training ranges to support a battalion-sized live-fire event.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Sarah Fiocco/Released)

Water Warrior

A Marine with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, uses his Supplemental Emergency Breathing Device prior to escaping the simulated helicopter seat during Shallow Water Egress Training at the Camp Hansen pool. The training allows the Marines to competently use their breathing devices and escape a submerged helicopter. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ force of choice for the Asia-Pacific region and is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew Kuppers/Released)

130306-N-DU438-113 by U.S. Pacific Fleet on Flickr.

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LUZON STRAIT (March 6, 2013) Staff Sgt. Daniel Sigala, assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fires an M110 semi-automatic sniper rifle from the fantail of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, currently on deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations, is conducting amphibious integration training (AIT) and is scheduled to participate in a certification exercise (CERTEX) upon completion of AIT. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Betsy Knapper/Released)

Three U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit take off from Samuel Hill Airfield in Shoalwater Bay, Queensland, Australia, July 16, 2013, during exercise Talisman Saber 2013. Talisman Saber is a combined biennial exercise between the U.S. and Australian militaries designed to enhance both nations’ ability to respond to regional contingencies. (DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Bragg, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

 

Hope y'all aren’t stuck in Traffic. 

MEU Monday: In the Crows Nest

Sergeant Alexander M. Tryon scans the surrounding area for enemy forces during a vertical assault Dec. 10 at Combat Town. After acquiring a strong foothold within the town, the Marines cleared all of the buildings and searched for simulated high-value individuals. Tryon, from Cortland, Ohio, is a scout sniper with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ryan C. Mains/Released)

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31st MEU Small Boat Raid

Standby… Targets! by United States Marine Corps Official Page on Flickr.

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U.S. Marines with Command Element, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire assault rifles at intended targets on the flight deck of the USS Bonhomme-Richard during live fire training, September 16, 2013. The 31st MEU regularly performs live fire training to improve tactical skills and maintain the readiness of the 31st MEU during it’s summer deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Michael S. Oxton/Released)

Marines and sailors with Company E, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, board a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st MEU, for a raid rehearsal as a part of Talisman Saber 2013, here, July 17. Talisman Saber 2013 is a biennial training activity aimed at improving Australian Defense Force and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability as a Combined Joint Task Force. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region and the only continuously deployed MEU.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl Codey Underwood / Released)