U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, fire an M2 .50 caliber machine gun on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 26, 2020. This training helps artillery Marines remain proficient in crew severed weapons systems used to defend the M777 howitzer while in a defensive position. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
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3/12 Conducts Crew Served Weapons Training.

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, fire an M2 .50 caliber machine gun on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 26, 2020. This training helps artillery Marines remain proficient in crew severed weapons systems used to defend the M777 howitzer while in a defensive position. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jackson Dukes)

U.S. Marines with Bridge Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group (MLG), guide a completed Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB) at Naha Military Port, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 20, 2020. IRBs provide a wet-gap crossing capability either as a floating bridge or as a multi-bay raft for tracked and wheeled combat tactical vehicles. 3rd MLG, based out of Okinawa, Japan, is a forward deployed combat unit that serves as III Marine Expeditionary Force’s comprehensive logistics and combat service support backbone for operations throughout the Indo-Pacific area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ryan Harvey)
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9th ESB Marines conduct expeditionary bridging exercise

U.S. Marines with Bridge Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group (MLG), guide a completed Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB) at Naha Military Port, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 20, 2020. IRBs provide a wet-gap crossing capability either as a floating bridge or as a multi-bay raft for tracked and wheeled combat tactical vehicles. 3rd MLG, based out of Okinawa, Japan, [Read More …]

Lance Cpl. Matthew Lusak, a Field Artillery Cannoneer with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), looks through binoculars to provide shot corrections to Marines during a live fire range at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, July 23, 2020. 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. The 31st MEU has implemented strict health protection measures and will continue to conduct mission essential training in support of regional security and stability. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brandon Salas)
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BLT 2/4, 31st MEU machine gun live fire

Lance Cpl. Matthew Lusak, a Field Artillery Cannoneer with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), looks through binoculars to provide shot corrections to Marines during a live fire range at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, July 23, 2020. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready [Read More …]

Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), provide security during a simulated Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel (TRAP) mission at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, July 25, 2020. TRAP is the capability to conduct overland rescue and recovery of downed aircraft personnel, equipment, and to provide advanced trauma life support in a benign or hostile environment. 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. The 31st MEU has implemented strict health protection measures and will continue to conduct mission essential training in support of regional security and stability. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brienna Tuck)
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BLT 2/4, 31st MEU perform simulated TRAP mission

Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), provide security during a simulated Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel (TRAP) mission at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, July 25, 2020. TRAP is the capability to conduct overland rescue and recovery of downed aircraft personnel, equipment, and to provide advanced trauma life support in a benign [Read More …]

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert Lange, airborne commander and jump master with 1-1 Special Forces Group (Airborne), and Sgt. Giovani Gutierrez and Spc. Adrian Gibson, paratroopers with 1-1 SFG prepare parachute equipment for airborne operations with Marine Aerial Reueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 at Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, July 15, 2020. This training maintains readiness, combat proficiency and enhances interoperability essential for joint and combined military operations in austere, expeditionary environments within the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Alyssa J. Morales)
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Paratroopers and Sumo-42; VMGR-152 conducts airborne operations with 1-1 SFG

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert Lange, airborne commander and jump master with 1-1 Special Forces Group (Airborne), and Sgt. Giovani Gutierrez and Spc. Adrian Gibson, paratroopers with 1-1 SFG prepare parachute equipment for airborne operations with Marine Aerial Reueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 at Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, July 15, 2020. This training maintains readiness, combat proficiency and enhances [Read More …]

A Marine with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepares to load 40mm practice M781 rounds into an Mk-19 at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, June 29, 2020. 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. The 31st MEU has implemented strict health protection measures and will continue to conduct mission essential training in support of regional security and stability. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kolby Leger)
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Cheeto puffs and tracers: Marines with 2/4 fire rounds down range

A Marine with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepares to load 40mm practice M781 rounds into an Mk-19 at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, June 29, 2020. 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 [Read More …]

Sgt. Christopher Frazier, a scout sniper with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), engages targets from improvised positions with the M40A6 Sniper Rifle during a static live fire range at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, July 8, 2020. The training allowed Marines to improve their proficiency in the fundamentals of marksmanship and to work on advanced techniques including long range precision shooting through barricades and improvised positions. 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. Brienna Tuck)
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31st MEU Scout Sniper Platoon conducts static live fire training

Sgt. Christopher Frazier, a scout sniper with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), engages targets from improvised positions with the M40A6 Sniper Rifle during a static live fire range at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, July 8, 2020. The training allowed Marines to improve their proficiency in the fundamentals of marksmanship and to work on [Read More …]

U.S. Marines with 1st platoon, Force Reconnaissance Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force, clear a room during Close Quarters Tactics training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, June 29, 2020. The reconnaissance Marines conducted the CQT training to sharpen their proficiency on room and hallway clearing. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Francesca Landis)
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Reconnaissance Marines conduct CQT training

U.S. Marines with 1st platoon, Force Reconnaissance Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force, clear a room during Close Quarters Tactics training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, June 29, 2020. The reconnaissance Marines conducted the CQT training to sharpen their proficiency on room and hallway clearing. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Francesca Landis)

Sgt. John Marks, an explosive ordnance disposal Marine with the Force Reconnaissance Platoon (FRP), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fires his M4A1 service rifle during combat marksmanship training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, June 30, 2020. During the training, Marines of the FRP focused on shooting fundamentals in order to increase their speed and lethality while engaging close range targets. 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 Cpl. Brandon Salas)
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Force Reconnaissance Platoon conducts combat marksmanship training

Sgt. John Marks, an explosive ordnance disposal Marine with the Force Reconnaissance Platoon (FRP), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fires his M4A1 service rifle during combat marksmanship training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, June 30, 2020. During the training, Marines of the FRP focused on shooting fundamentals in order to increase their speed and lethality while engaging close range targets. [Read More …]

Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), carry a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft during a small-boat exercise at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, July 6, 2020. Fox Company provides the 31st MEU with a rapid attack force from the sea utilizing small-boat operations. 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 Sgt. Audrey M. C. Rampton)
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On the water: BLT 2/4, 31st MEU conduct Combat Rubber Raiding Craft (CRRC) training

Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), carry a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft during a small-boat exercise at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, July 6, 2020. Fox Company provides the 31st MEU with a rapid attack force from the sea utilizing small-boat operations. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed [Read More …]