31st MEU HAST inserts, prepares to support local and federal agencies in Guam and the CNMI following Typhoon Mangkhut
Sgt. Jesse Benavente, a radio operator with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, carries gear to a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Rein.) at Andersen Air Force Base as part of typhoon relief efforts in Rota, Northern Mariana Islands, Sept. 11, 2018. Benavente, a native of Mangilao, Guam, graduated from George Washington High School June 2009; he enlisted in the Marine Corps Dec. 2013. Service members from the Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and working with Guam and Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas civil and local officials for Typhoon Mangkhut recovery efforts. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide-range of military operations.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Bernadette Plouffe/Released)
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