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III Marine Expeditionary Force

Forward, Faithful, Focused

U.S. Marines with 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, and U.S. Soldiers with 97th Transportation Company, 10th Support Group, work together to quickly embark transportation vehicles and a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System on the U.S. Army Vessel Harpers Ferry (LCU-2022) during a joint service HIMARS embarkation training exercise in Kin, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 31, 2019. This event marks the first time a Marine HIMARS was loaded on to an Army landing craft in the Indo-Pacific. Strategic mobility is key in the Indo-Pacific and the ability to transport the HIMARS over water is a vital capability that the 3rd Marine Division is now able to expand upon by partnering with the 10th Support Group. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. D’Angelo Yanez)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. William Testorff with Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, performs a radio check while on patrol during Samurai 20-1 on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 22, 2019. The purpose of this exercise is to conduct battle drills that validate the 3rd Marine Division’s movement, setup of a combat operations center, force protection, and passage of command and control between supporting elements. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. David Staten)
U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Huey helicopters with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 currently attached to 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, fly in a formation during a rapid deployment exercise conducted by 1st MAW, Oct. 24 in Okinawa, Japan. Marines with the 1st MAW conduct rapid deployment training to increase the confidence of III MEF’s ability to rapidly deploy and maintain a secure Indo-Pacific region while showcasing the lethality and operational flexibility of 1st MAW. As the only forward-deployed MEF, III MEF is strategically postured to quickly and effectively respond to any crisis within the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Amaia Unanue)
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Zachary Scalzo participates in a combat marksmanship range during exercise Fuji Viper 20.1 in Camp Fuji, Japan, Oct. 16, 2019. Fuji Viper is a regularly scheduled training evolution for infantry units assigned to 3rd Marine Division as part of the unit deployment program. The training allows units to maintain their lethality and proficiency in infantry and combined arms tactics. Scalzo is assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Timothy Hernandez)
Gunnery Sgt. Jared McManus, company first sergeant for Maneuver Company, salutes 1st Lt. Sean Gunn, company commander of Maneuver Company, during the company activation ceremony at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 30, 2019. Composed of engineers, motor transport and landing support, Maneuver Company was activated to optimize training while in garrison and to excel in distributed operations when deployed with the 31st MEU. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dylan Hess)
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Gabriel Marrero, a fire directional control specialist with Headquarters Battery, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, stands security during Thunder Field Training Exercise on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 18, 2019. The purpose of the exercise is to rehearse setting up an expeditionary combat operations center and refine procedures for doing so. Marrero is a native of Atlantic City, N.J. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Jamal Norris)
The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is the latest addition to the 3rd Marine Division's fleet of vehicles in Okinawa, Japan. With improved armor, a better engine, and durability greater than that of the Humvee, the JLTV is a valuable new asset to 3rd Marine Division and will greatly improve mission success and lethality. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jacob Hancock)
Marines with Echo Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, carry a simulated casualty to a KC-130 during a simulated airfield seizure after a long-range raid from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) at Ie Shima Training Facility, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 13, 2019. The 31st MEU and Amphibious Squadron 11, aboard Wasp Amphibious Ready Group ships, conducted a series of sequential operations which simulated naval expeditionary combined-arms maneuver from amphibious assets to shore, utilizing Marine Air-Ground Task Force capabilities integrated across all warfighting domains. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kenny Nunez Bigay)
Marines with Echo Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, load onto an MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft prior to a simulated airfield seizure as part of a long-range raid from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), Philippine Sea, Aug. 12, 2019. The 31st MEU and Amphibious Squadron 11, aboard Wasp Amphibious Ready Group ships, conducted a series of sequential operations which simulated naval expeditionary combined-arms maneuver from amphibious assets to shore, utilizing Marine Air-Ground Task Force capabilities integrated across all warfighting domains. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kenny Nunez Bigay)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Thomas Pelham and Sgt. Timothy Hoff inspect the tracks of an assault amphibious vehicle with Philippine Marines during an AAV subject matter expert exchange in Subic Bay, Philippines, Aug. 30, 2019. The U.S. Marine Corps has partnered with the Philippine Marine Corps for the last eight years to develop skill sets and policies to enable the Philippine Navy and Marine Corps to conduct amphibious operations. This SMEE was a milestone in these efforts, marking the first time that Philippine forces launched their AAVs from a Philippine Navy amphibious ship and transited from ship to shore. Pelham and Hoff are a mechanic and section leader, respectively, with AAV Company, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division and are natives of Reno, Nev., and Waldorf, Md., respectively. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Lance Cpl. Jacob Hancock)
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Richard Aguila poses for a photograph on Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Japan, August 30, 2019. Aguila, a native of Orange County, California, is a contract specialist with the Expeditionary Contracting Platoon, Combat Logistics Regiment 37, 3rd Marine Logistics Group. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Carla E. O)
U.S. Marines Cpl. Henry Kijewski IV (left), Sgt. Joshua Luedtke (center), and Cpl. Pablo Villegas (right), with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, stand in front of a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, during the Central Training Area HIMARS field training exercise, known as CTA HIMARS, on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, from Aug. 15-30, 2019. “This is the dream team,” said Luedtke, a launcher chief. “I have no questions about their skills and I have complete confidence in their abilities to accomplish anything.” The integration of HIMARS during this FTX helps refine tactics, techniques and procedures to enhance the Marine Corps’ readiness within the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ujian Gosun)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Scott Roguska, the combat graphics specialist for Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) Communication Strategy and Operations, shakes hands with a monitor during the annual Manpower Management Enlisted Assignments (MMEA) Roadshow, MCBH, Aug. 20, 2019. Marines from various units aboard the base got a chance to meet face-to-face with their monitor and receive career counseling, orders, and receive on the spot approval for reenlistment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Samantha Sanchez)
U.S. Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment conduct MOUT training with Indonesian Marines during the Korps Marinir (KORMAR) Platoon Exchange 2019 program in Surabaya, Indonesia, August 9, 2019. The KORMAR platoon exchange program between Indonesia and the U.S. involves each country sending a platoon of Marines to live and train together at the other's military base. This program enhances the capability of both services and displays their continued commitment to share information and increase the ability to respond to crisis together. (U.S. Marine corps photo by Cpl. Eric Tso)
Ordnance Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, load an AIM- 9X Sidewinder missile onto an F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft prior to a defensive combat air patrol rehearsal aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), Pacific Ocean, August 7, 2019. Wasp, flagship of the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group, with embarked 31st MEU, is operating in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as ready-response force for any type of contingency, while simultaneously providing a flexible and lethal crisis response force ready to perform a wide range of military operations. (Official U.S Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Luis Velez)
Newly appointed sergeant major of 4th Marine Regiment, Sgt. Maj. Jose H. Molina, gives remarks, during a relief and appointment ceremony at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 16, 2019. During the ceremony, Leiva transferred leadership to Sgt. Maj. Jose H. Molina, who was selected as the new 4th Marine Regiment sergeant major. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. D’Angelo Yanez)
A landing craft, utility assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20), lowers its ramp to unload a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, as part of a simulated amphibious raid, at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 14, 2019. This simulated amphibious raid marks the first time that HIMARS have been inserted by landing craft, utility, demonstrating the Marine Air-Ground Task Force’s ability to conduct combined-arms maneuver from amphibious shipping. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 8, 2019) Marines and Sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit have a guided discussion with Lt. Cmdr Jason Weatherwax, Chaplain with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, after “Chap’s Fit”, a daily workout and discussion group focusing on spiritual toughness, aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). Wasp, flagship of the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group, with embarked 31st MEU, is operating in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as ready-response force for any type of contingency, while simultaneously providing a flexible and lethal crisis response force ready to perform a wide range of military operations. (Official U.S Navy photo by RP3 Anthony Wood-Casella)
U.S. Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, and Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, prepare to fire an M777 Howitzer during the Artillery Relocation Training Program in Ojojihara, Japan, July 30, 2019. ARTP is an exercise in Japan that provides artillery Marines an opportunity to train and enhance their capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christine Phelps)
An F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, loaded with a Joint Direct Attack Munition and a laser guided bomb, prepares to take off during an aerial gunnery and ordnance hot-reloading exercise aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), Solomon Sea, August 4, 2019. Wasp, flagship of the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group, with embarked 31st MEU, is operating in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as ready-response force for any type of contingency, while simultaneously providing a flexible and lethal crisis response force ready to perform a wide range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dylan Hess)
U.S. Marines with 7th Communication Battalion conducted a Distributed Command and Control Exercise (DC2EX) July 10-23, 2019, spanning more than 3,700 miles across multiple locations in the Indo-Pacific region.
U.S. Marines assess a terrain map during a simulated amphibious assault of exercise Talisman Sabre 19 in Bowen, Australia, July 22, 2019. Talisman Sabre provides an opportunity to conduct operations in a combined, joint and interagency environment that will increase participating countries' abilities to plan and execute contingency responses, from combat missions to humanitarian assistance efforts. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tanner D. Lambert
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Michael J. West presents the Marine Corps to U.S. Marine Corp Maj. Gen. Paul J. Rock Jr. during the 3D Marine Expeditionary Brigade assumption of command at the Camp Courtney Theater, July 26, 2019. Rock assumes command as the deputy commanding general of the III Marine Expeditionary Force and commanding general of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade. The assumption of command ceremony represents the relinquishing of power from one commanding general to another. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. George Melendez)
“We cross-train Marines in every aspect of combat logistics, preparing them for the field and for any situation because when you’re a Marine, you are able to adapt and overcome,” said Corporal Christian Gomez, a supply specialist with CLB-31.
An Assault Amphibious Vehicle with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, patrols the coast after a simulated raid on Townshend Island, Queensland Australia, July 1, 2019. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kyle P. Bunyi)
Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, ride ashore in a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft during a boat raid exercise in the Coral Sea, July 3, 2019. The Marines launched from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), part of the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group, with embarked 31st MEU, while operating in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency, while simultaneously providing a flexible and lethal crisis response force ready to perform a wide range of military operations. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brennan Priest)
U.S. Marines conduct a simulated amphibious assault of exercise Talisman Sabre 19 in Bowen, Australia, July 22, 2019. Talisman Sabre provides an opportunity to conduct operations in a combined, joint and interagency environment that will increase participating countries' abilities to plan and execute contingency responses, from combat missions to humanitarian assistance efforts. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tanner D. Lambert)
Marines from the Marine Air Traffic Control Mobile Team stand alongside their Tactical Aid to Navigation device, which helps them guide incoming aircraft into the landing zone. Being able to rapidly set up and maintain airstrips and helipads in a deployed environment is one of the many capabilities that Detachment 18 brings to the 31st MEU.
Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, is comprised of various units, task organized to accomplish the different missions the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is expected to be prepared for. One of the most versatile and dynamic capabilities that 2/1 offers would be the ability to vertically envelop the enemy and conduct offensive operations to seize, occupy and defend an objective. This is the job of Echo Company, tasked as BLT 2/1, 31st MEU’s Air Assault Company, currently deployed aboard the USS Wasp (LHD 1), as they take part in Talisman Sabre 2019, a biennial exercise between the U.S. and Australia.
“The capabilities and resourcefulness of the Marines in each of the individual platoons have developed and grown,” said 1st Lt. Michael Downing, Light Armored Reconnaissance platoon commander with Weapons Company. “Even in the restricted training environment on ship, seeing their drive to keep up the training in Weapons Company has been a very rewarding experience. We are excited to showcase all of our capabilities during Talisman Sabre and see all of our Marines’ hard work pay off.”
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