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Amphibious assault training during Talisman Saber
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AV-8B Harrier training
Brisbane Port Visit
Rockhampton Quay Street, Australia (June 17,2007)— U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier jets from the U.S. Kitty Hawk fly by Quay Street for the opening ceremony of Exercise Talisman Saber 2007 (TS07). This biennial exercise is designed to enhance the combat readiness and interoperability between U.S. and Australia military forces in support of the Global war on terrorism. It is conducted in Australia and focuses on crisis action planning and execution of contingency response operations. TS07 is the largest joint/combined training exercise in the region consisting of more than 20,000 U.S. and 7,500 Australian personnel conducting land, sea and air evolutions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Chelsea D Terrell)


Photo by: Lance Cpl. Chelsea D. Terrell 
Photo ID: 200761791749
Submitting Unit: 31st MEU
Photo Date:06/17/2007
QUEENSLAND, Australia – A CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter with the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade’s 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit flies over the Australian coastal waters near Rockhampton, June 15, in support of Exercise Talisman Saber 2007. Talisman Saber is conducted to train an U.S. and Australian joint task force and operations staff in crisis action planning for execution of contingency operations. The exercise also supports increased interoperability, flexibility and readiness in winning the Global War on Terror for both U.S. and Australian forces.


Photo by: Cpl. Kamran Sadaghiani 
Photo ID: 20076168338
Submitting Unit: 31st MEU
Photo Date:05/15/2007
ABOARD USS JUNEAU – Marines and Sailors from the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade’s 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit launch combat rubber reconnaissance crafts from the stern of the USS Juneau (LPD 10) during an amphibious landing rehearsal of the coast of Queensland, Australia, June 15. The rehearsal was in preparation for Exercise Talisman Saber 2007. Talisman Saber is conducted to train an U.S. and Australian joint task force and operations staff in crisis action planning for execution of contingency operations. The exercise involves more than 32,000 personnel from both nations that will focus on improving interoperability and enhancing regional stability.


Photo by: Staff Sgt. Marc Ayalin 
Photo ID: 200761675211
Submitting Unit: 31st MEU
Photo Date:06/15/2007
Gun 4 section prepares its M-198 155mm Medium Howitzer for firing April 19. (Photo by Cpl. Warren Peace).
A forward observer scout team watches artillery rounds hit their target from Observation Post Fast in the East Fuji Maneuver Area near Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji April 18. Forward observers use binoculars, compasses, laser range finders, maps and Global Positioning Systems to determine target locations. (Photo by Cpl. Warren Peace).
Lance Cpl. Barclay M. Reed prepares to submerge himself April 19 during the Marine Corps' Modular Amphibious Egress Trainer course at the Camp Hansen House of Pain's 25-meter pool. Reed is a engineer equipment operator with combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
MALLIPO BEACH, Republic of Korea – Republic of Korea soldiers portray simulated aggressors during an amphibious landing exercise involving ROK Marines and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit here, March 29, as part of Exercise Foal Eagle 07. The amphibious landing was conducted to provide training for Republic of Korea and U.S. forces in the various aspects of planning, execution and integration of forces for defense-oriented operations to enhance readiness and the ability to defend the ROK against external aggression. Photo by: Cpl. Kamran Sadaghiani
3d MEB, Australian soldiers work together on USS Juneau during Talisman Saber 2007
ABOARD USS JUNEAU – Lance Cpl. Ryan Graal, an assault man with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, teaches Australian soldiers from 2nd Battalion, Royal Army Regiment, how to properly operate the MK-153 shoulder-launched multi-purpose assault weapon here, June 14. More than 20,000 U.S. and 12,000 Australian personnel will participate in Exercise Talisman Saber 2007, a combined and joint military training exercise set to enhance interoperability and regional stability. Photo by: Cpl. Kamran Sadaghiani Cpl. Kamran Sadaghiani
ABOARD USS JUNEAU (June 14, 2007) -- Side-by-side, Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade took the opportunity to work with soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment here June 14. The Marines and soldiers spent the day learning the technical skills needed to operate each other’s weapon systems as part of interoperability training between both forces in preparation for field training during Exercise Talisman Saber 2007. The exercise is designed for both U.S. and Australian forces to conduct joint operations ashore and train staff and commanders in crisis action planning for possible future operations. The sessions began with the Australian soldiers from 2RAR, based out of Townsville Australia, practicing with the L14-A1 84mm recoilless rifle to hone and maintain their proficiency in effectively employing the weapon. During the training, the Marines joined to participate in the learning experience. Full Story
Royal Australian Army board ESG 7 ships during Talisman Saber 2007
ABOARD USS ESSEX - Royal Australian Army Capt. Peter Brown, operations officer for the 72nd Electronic Warfare Squadron, 7th Signal Regiment, takes a snap shot of a AV-8B Harrier II from Marine Attack Squadron 214 aboard USS Essex (LHD 2), June 11. Brown and other Australian Army and Navy personnel are embarked on Essex in conjunction with Exercise Talisman Saber 2007. Talisman Saber is a U.S.-Australian joint and combined exercise, involving 32,000 military members from both nations, that will feature crisis action planning and execution of contingency response operations in land, sea and air maneuvers. Expeditionary Strike Group 7/Task Force 76 is the Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious force, based in Okinawa, Japan with an operating detachment in Sasebo, Japan. Photo by: Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam R. Cole Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam R. Cole, CTF 76 Public Affairs
ABOARD USS ESSEX (June 12, 2007) -- Landing on an amphibious assault ship at sea from a Marine Corps helicopter was one of just many firsts for the command staff of the Royal Australian Army’s 3rd Brigade, who arrived on USS Essex (LHD 2) June 12, while another element of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment embarked USS Juneau (LPD 10). Led by Army Brig. Gen. John G. Caligari, the Australian army members—who double as both soldiers and marines—are working closely with Marines and Sailors from the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade to plan and coordinate a portion of field training component of Exercise Talisman Saber 2007, set to kick off June 19. Members of the Australian brigade now embarked on Juneau are conducting combined planning, as the military members mull over geographic maps and landing zones. Exercise Talisman Saber 2007 is an Australian-U.S. joint and combined exercise involving more than 32,000 personnel from both nations that will focus on improving interoperability and enhancing regional stability. Full Story
Australian soldiers, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade join forces for Talisman Saber 2007
ABOARD USS JUNEAU – Australian soldiers from the 2nd Royal Australian Regiment based out of Townsville, Australia, observe as Marines from the Okinawa, Japan-based 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade prepare to load a landing craft utility from the USS Juneau (LPD 10) and sail to Her Majesty’s Australian Ship Kanimbla for interoperability training June 12, in preparation for combined and joint training during Exercise Talisman Saber 2007. Soldiers of Australia’s 3rd Brigade and elements of 3rd MEB will be conducting three weeks of combined and joint training along with Expeditionary Strike Group 7/Task Force 76 during the exercise. Photo by: Cpl. Kamran Sadaghiani Cpl. Kamran Sadaghiani
ABOARD USS JUNEAU (June 12, 2007) -- Soldiers from the 2nd Royal Australian Regiment, based out of Townsville, Australia, observe as Marines from the Okinawa, Japan-based 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade prepare to load a landing craft utility from the USS Juneau (LPD 10) and sail to Her Majesty’s Australian Ship Kanimbla for interoperability training, June 12. The soldiers, belonging to 3rd Brigade, embarked Juneau to integrate with the MEB’s 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit for combined training in preparation for Exercise Talisman Saber 2007, an Australia-U.S. combined and joint training exercise which increases war fighting capabilities while observing environmental regulations. Throughout their stay aboard Juneau, the soldiers will receive orientations from the Marines on operating assault amphibian vehicles and how the MEU’s combat service support element functions. Full Story
Marines, Sailors enhance community relations during Australian port visit
BRISBANE, Australia – Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Rolando Samortin dances with a resident of Wesley Mission elderly home June 7. USS Tortuga (LSD 46) crew members and Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade visited the home during a four-day port visit here. Tortuga, along with USS Essex (LHD 2) and USS Juneau (LPD 10) both embarked with Marines of the 3rd MEB, was in Brisbane prior to what will be the start of the at-sea component of Talisman Saber 2007, a joint and combined training exercise between the United States and Australia that will involve more than 32,000 military members from both nations, improve interoperability and enhance the military alliance between the two countries. Photo by: Seaman Brandon A. Myrick, USS Tortuga Seaman Brandon A. Myrick, USS Tortuga
BRISBANE, Australia (June 7, 2007) -- Sailors aboard USS Tortuga (LSD 46) with embarked Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade took a different kind of off-ship liberty here June 7, during a four-day port visit. Approximately 45 Sailors and Marines volunteered on their day off to spend some valuable time with the residents of the Wesley Mission Elderly Home, which brought much friendly conversation and even more happy smiles. “This community service effort went phenomenally well,” said Cmdr. Todd A. Lewis, Tortuga commanding officer. “Events like this are great because there is positive interaction between Team Tortuga and the local community.” Full Story
3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Essex Amphibious Ready Group experience land ‘down under’
BRISBANE, Australia – Sgt. Mark Fulling, a Radio Battalion platoon sergeant with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, feeds a kangaroo at the Lone Pines Kuala Sanctuary here, June 7, during the four-day port visit. The MEU, part of the Okinawa, Japan-based 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, will be conducting combined/joint training with the soldiers of Australia’s 3rd Brigade and Expeditionary Strike Group 7/Task Force 76 during Exercise Talisman Saber 2007. Photo by: Sgt. Emery Wonger Cpl. Kamran Sadaghiani
BRISBANE, Australia (June 6, 2007) -- The streets were full of bustle after more than 4,000 Marines and Sailors from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade embarked on three ships of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group arrived at the port here, June 6, for a little rest and relaxation. The visit was a precursor to participating in Exercise Talisman Saber 2007, an exercise for U.S. and Australian forces to conduct combined/joint operations and increase interoperability. During liberty, service members took advantage of the city’s best dining, shopping and tourist activities while others spent their off time volunteering for several community outreach projects. “The best part of the visit was the friendliness of the Brisbane community,” explained Col. John Mayer, the MEU commanding officer. “Whether it was downtown, shopping in restaurants, out at the zoo or out in the countryside, everybody welcomed us with open arms. They were very friendly and they took our Marines and Sailors in and treated them like family.” Full Story
31st MEU embarks Essex ARG for Exercise Talisman Saber ‘07
OKINAWA, Japan – Seaman Sergio Rojas, a landing support corpsman of Combat Logistics Battalion 31, the combat service support element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, directs traffic during the embarkation of the MEU onto the Essex Amphibious Ready Group here May 24. Together, the embarkation team, landing support platoon and combat cargo detachment, planned and executed to strategically move and position gear, such as storage containers, ground support equipment, aircraft, vehicles and weapons systems needed for the MEU’s various missions. Photo by: Cpl. Kamran Sadaghiani Cpl. Kamran Sadaghiani
OKINAWA, Japan (May 25, 2007) -- In preparation for their voyage to Australia to participate in exercise Talisman Saber 2007, Marines and Sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit recently finished the embarkation of approximately 2,000 personnel and all supporting equipment aboard the Essex Amphibious Ready Group here, May 24. This embarkation of more than 25 aircraft, 220 vehicles, and 650 pieces of cargo was spread across the three ships comprising the ARG: the USS Essex (LHD 2), the USS Tortuga (LSD 46), and the USS Juneau (LPD 10), said Staff Sgt. Christopher Oliver, the MEU embarkation chief. “In order to logistically support the MEU’s broad spectrum of operational capabilities, a great task was placed on the men and women behind the scenes,” Oliver said. Full Story
Tactical air control party calls fire from above
OKINAWA, Japan – The tactical air control party of Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, the ground combat element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, use an infrared pointer to mark a target when calling for close air support during a TACP training exercise at Range W-174 here, May 9. The pilots engaged targets with an employment of heavy munitions and machine gun fire between 250 and 500 meters away from their observation post. By Cpl. Kamran Sadaghiani, 31st MEU
OKINAWA, Japan (May 18, 2007) -- Close air support has played an important role throughout modern warfare, serving a purpose similar to artillery in how it provides fire support for friendly forces. To refine their skills in providing close air support, the tactical air control party of Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, the ground combat element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unity, practiced calling in numerous close air support missions at range W-174 here, May 7-9. Full Story
Communications Marine at the foothold of his career
OKINAWA, Japan – Sergeant Nicholas S. Busby, a 19-year-old satellite communications operator with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is promoted to his current rank at Camp Hansen here, May 8, during his promotion ceremony. Busby, a Belleville, Ill., native, proved his performance to peers after surpassing them in a meritorious promotion board, making him one of the MEU’s newest sergeants. By Cpl. Kamran Sadaghiani, 31st MEU
OKINAWA, Japan (May 18, 2007) -- Communication and leadership are two key elements the Marine Corps relies on to succeed in mission accomplishment. Sergeant Nicholas S. Busby, a 19-year-old satellite communications operator with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is keenly interested in both. He proved it to his peers recently after surpassing them in a meritorious promotion board, making him one of the MEU’s newest sergeants. Full Story
For his family: Battalion Landing Team 2/1 Marine awarded Bronze Star
CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan – Staff Sgt. Logan Cortes, the Interim Fast Attack Vehicle section leader for Company G, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, receives the Bronze Star with combat distinguishing device from Lt. Col. Francis Donovan, BLT 2/1 commanding officer, during an award ceremony here, May 15. On Nov. 15, 2005, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Cortes rushed into an insurgent-held house to rescue a wounded Marine who could not get out on his own. BLT 2/1 is the ground combat element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. By Lance Cpl. Eric D. Arndt, 31st MEU
CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan (May 17, 2007) -- “Now you tell me - do I deserve it?" This is a serious question following a sincere conversation, but to understand its weight you have to understand the context. It's May 15, 2007, and I'm sitting on a metal picnic bench across from Staff Sgt. Logan Cortes. Let’s just say his doubt has begun to set in. Full Story