31st MEU Marines in Guam for unit-level training

by Cpl. Amaia Unanue
31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

ANDERSEN SOUTH AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Ashland (LSD 48) arrived in Guam to conduct unit-level training throughout the bases and ranges there as part of their regularly-scheduled fall patrol, August 29, 2017.

In Guam, the Ashland is receiving routine, scheduled maintenance, while Marines with India Company, Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, and Combat Logistics Battalion 31, are honing their crisis response and warfighting capabilities with daily training events, and will be participating in service projects with local communities.

First Sgt. Frank Hernandez, India Company’s first sergeant, said the Marines are not only looking forward to the training opportunities, but are also excited for the chance to learn about Guam’s history and culture.

“I know the Marines are looking forward to seeing Guam and spending time on the beach as a unit,” said Hernandez. “There are also [Morale, Welfare and Recreation] battle site tours available, and the Marines are going to take advantage of that opportunity to learn some Marine Corps history.”

Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, the Logistics Combat Element of the 31st MEU, continuously perfect their tactics, techniques and procedures during convoy training, refine their marksmanship skills through live-fire ranges, and will enhance their crisis response skills through simulated noncombatant evacuation operations.

Major Daniel Struzik, the operations officer for CLB-31, said that due in large part to regularly-scheduled training in places like Guam, the 31st MEU is ready for anything.

“I like to think of [the 31st MEU] as the MEU that never sleeps,” said Struzik. “If there are typhoons, earthquakes, tsunami or any type of crisis in the [Indo-Asia-Pacific region], the American people can rest assured that CLB-31 and the rest of the 31st MEU are prepared to respond.”

Photo Caption:

Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, clear an abandoned house during Military Operations in Urbanized Terrain (MOUT) training at Andersen South Air Force Base, Guam, August 30, 2017. Marines with BLT 3/5 train regularly in different environments to maintain their readiness as the Ground Combat Element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The 31st MEU partners with the Navy's Amphibious Squadron 11 to form the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, providing a cohesive blue-green team capable of accomplishing a variety of missions across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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