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210623-M-TS451-2483 PHILIPPINE SEA - A U.S. Marine with Force Reconnaissance Platoon, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), observes the Philippine Sea while in route to the USS Germantown (LSD 42) to conduct a Maritime Interdiction Operation (MIO) training exercise June 24, 2021. The MIO consisted of Force Reconnaissance Marines fast roping on to the USS Germantown and executing a search and seizure scenario with support from the Battalion Landing Team 3/5 as the security element. The 31st MEU is operating aboard ships of the America Amphibious Ready Group in the 7th fleet area of operation to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Karis Mattingly) - 210623-M-TS451-2483 PHILIPPINE SEA - A U.S. Marine with Force Reconnaissance Platoon, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), observes the Philippine Sea while in route to the USS Germantown (LSD 42) to conduct a Maritime Interdiction Operation (MIO) training exercise June 24, 2021. The MIO consisted of Force Reconnaissance Marines fast roping on to the USS Germantown and executing a search and seizure scenario with support from the Battalion Landing Team 3/5 as the security element. The 31st MEU is operating aboard ships of the America Amphibious Ready Group in the 7th fleet area of operation to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

A Marine sits at his desk, holding his mouse, looking at a computer. The Marine Corps flag and other organizational posters are on the wall. - U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Neal Copenhaver, data systems noncommissioned officer with Data Platoon, Communications Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 37, 3d Marine Logistics Group (MLG), monitors performance on his Marine Corps Enterprise Network computer on Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Japan, April 12, 2021. Copenhaver is the recipient of the Marine Corps Association and Foundation Noncommissioned Officer Award for Operational Communications Excellence, also known as the PFC Herbert A. Littleton Enlisted Communications Award. The award is presented to a noncommissioned officer who displays superior knowledge and understanding of communications and data systems employment in support of command and control. “I just did my job. I had great support, great Marines working with me, and fantastic leadership.” Copenhaver said. 3d MLG, based out of Okinawa, Japan, is a forward deployed combat unit that serves as III MEF’s comprehensive logistics and combat service support backbone for operations throughout the Indo-Pacific area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Hailey D. Clay)