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31st MEU Gets Feet Wet During Mechanized Raid
Marines and sailors with Company A., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, stage amphibious assault vehicles before a mechanized raid here, Jan 24. The raid began from the USS Germantown (LSD-42), located off the coast of Okinawa, as part of their pre-deployment training for Spring Patrol 2013. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
LCpl Katelyn Hunter
Marines and Sailors with Co. A, BLT 1/5, 31st MEU, form a tactical line to suppress notional enemies during a mechanized raid here, Jan 24, 2013.
LCpl Katelyn Hunter
A Marine with Co. A, BLT 1/5, 31st MEU, maintains security during a mechanized raid here, Jan 24, 2013.
Cpl Jonathan G. Wright
Marines and Sailors with Co. A, BLT 1/5, 31st MEU, sweep the area for improvised explosive devices during a mechanized raid here, Jan 24, 2013.
LCpl Codey Underwood)
A Marine with Co. A, BLT 1/5, 31st MEU, sweeps the area for improvised explosive devices during a mechanized raid here, Jan 24, 2013.
Cpl Jonathan G. Wright
Marines with Co. A, BLT 1/5, 31st MEU, re-embark an amphibious assault vehicle after a mechanized raid here, Jan 24, 2013.
LCpl Katelyn Hunter
By LCpl Codey Underwood
Jan. 24, 2013
LZ CARDINAL, Okinawa, Japan: The Marines and sailors sat shoulder-to-shoulder inside their amphibious assault vehicles as the sounds of growling engines and vehicle tracks gripping the metal deck echoed off the hulls inside the ship.
Marines and Sailors with Company A, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted a mechanized raid from the USS Germantown (LSD-42) to a training area here, Jan 24, 2013.
While the 31st MEU’s “Mech” Company has been training with amphibious assault vehicles since arriving on Okinawa more than a month ago, this was their first ship to shore projection of forces from ship.
“When sitting inside these AAVs, we are completely closed off with no way to know what is going on outside,” said LCpl Daniel J. Chalmers, a fire team leader with Co. A, BLT 1/5, 31st MEU and a native of Albany, Ga. “All we can hear are the engines turning on, then we lurch forward and we’re moving. Slipping off the back of a ship while inside an AAV almost feels like being on a roller coaster.”
Taking advantage of the opportunity to train prior to the upcoming deployment, the Marines were able to gain the experience of integrating with the Navy at sea while continuing to hone their infantry skills.
“These Marines know where they need to be once we exit the AAV, but that transition takes time to perfect,” said Cpl Erik R. Melton, a squad leader with Co. A, BLT 1/5, 31st MEU and a native of Grand Rapids, Mich. “Continuing to perfect our skills not only helps for our upcoming training exercises alongside Asia-Pacific allies, but helps us prepare for a real life scenario.”
The day’s scenario was to stop a terrorist organization. The notional enemy was a group of drug and stolen weapons traffickers that had become a threat to the surrounding area.
The company was given the mission of eliminating the enemy force, a familiar task for the infantry Marines. The 31st MEU’s “Mech” Company surrounded the numerically inferior force, eliminating the role-players through fire and maneuver.
“It is this kind of realistic training that reinforces the MEU’s overall skills and capabilities, enabling the unit to be the Marine Corps’ force in readiness for this region,” according to Gunnery Sgt. James A. Cornwell, the foreign area staff non-commissioned officer and a native of American Fork, Utah. After the area was completely secured, the Marines and Sailors re-boarded their AAV’s and withdrew to the USS Germantown. The raid completed another stage of the BLT’s pre-deployment training for the 31st MEU’s Spring Patrol 2013. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Leatherneck Staff Artist, Technical Sergeant Robert Fleischauer, felt that our July cover should be commemorative of the Fourth of July. Since the members of the missile units are probably the Corps' best rocketeers, he picked them to perform a standard Fourth of July action. Whether or not the "Honest Johnny" is useful as a combat piece is a matter for debate, but you can't beat it for morale." [July 1957.]
“The Join Up on the Nick” by Major Alex Durr, USMCR, a member of the History Division, Marine Corps University, Quantico, Va.
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The oldest post of the Marine Corps, Washington, DC, is celebrating 200 years of excellence. Posed near the Barracks main gate were members of the official Color Guard of the United States Marine Corps (left to right): LCpl Joseph N. Keough, rifleman; Sgt Blake L. Richardson, Color Sergeant of the Marine Corps; Cpl Gerardo A. Guajardo, organizational color bearer; and LCpl Gregory A. Serwo, rifleman.
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In April this year (1981), two squadrons of AV-8A “Harriers” sailed for the Mediterranean aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau. Purpose of the cruise was to demonstrate the Navy/Marine Corps team’s capability to augment naval forces in any area of the World on short notice and to provide at-sea training for Marine Harrier pilots.
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January 2002: The Marines engraved another mark in the rich history of the Corps when they came from more than 400 miles offshore to establish a forward operating base south of Kandahar in the war on terrorism. The Marine CH-46 helicopter on the cover, photographed by PH1(AW/SW) Greg Messier, USN, fought in the desert sand to land and resupply Marines such as the ones (inset) photographed by Sgt Joseph R. Chenelly.
January 2001: This firefight during the Frozen Chosin Reservoir Campaign of 1950 was painted by “Chosin Few” veteran Jack Cannon, who served with Company B, 1st Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment and resides in the warmer climes of New Mexico. The cover was part of Leatherneck’s 50th anniversary salute to the Korean War veterans.
January 1992: This cover photograph of runners during Marine Corps Marathon XVI in Washington, D.C., was photographed by Sgt Deirdre Hallett.
January 1991: This month’s cover by Ross Simpson captures the Marines’ waiting-but-ready posture in the Middle East.
January 1982: Participants in the Sixth Annual Marine Corps Marathon presented a colorful spectacle as they began the 26-mile, 385-yard run in Washington, D.C., November 1, 1981. The cover photo, by Tom Bartlett, was taken from a bridge overlooking Highway 50 about a half-mile from the starting line.
January 1981: Nearly 7,800 runners participated in the Fifth Annual Marine Corps Marathon held in northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. The oldest finisher was 78; the youngest was 10. Leatherneck staffer Ron Lunn pre-positioned himself near the Nation’s Capitol to photograph runners during their 14th mile of the 26-mile, 385-yard course.
January 1972: This month’s cover, by Marine Combat Artist Peter Gish, shows members of the New Corps sightseeing in the Old World. While on liberty in Athens, Greece, the 3d Bn, Eighth Marines, were able to tour the Erektheon Porch and Cariatides. The water color is from the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Art collection.
Originally Published December 1983 -- Something tells us that we could date the cover without knowing when it was published.
Originally Published December 1972 -- We're not sure what's more interesting, Santa or the old style gas pump.
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