31st Marine Expeditionary Completes MEU Training
During the frequently-scheduled exercise after the Battalion Landing Team’s aid-in-place, parts of the 31st MEU planned and executed full-mission profiles.
The exercise is made to affect missions that the MEU could be tasked with at any time by the geographic combatant commander and to enhance the unit’s lethality and aptness.
MEUEX missions range from small boat raids, including a Marine amphibious force driving combat rubber raid craft to clandestinely insert on shoreline objectives, to company-sized expeditionary superior airfield seizures utilizing a vertical-assault force in MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, and CH-53E Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopters.
Throughout the scenario, the 31st MEU commanding official and employees convened crisis action groups to assess the dynamic scene, problem-framed and wargamed then selected programs of action.
Mission commanders planned and instructed the mission sets to achieve the overall commander’s plan.
This rapid response planning course, created to take six hours from start to finish, is essential in planning to execution processes as key to the 31st MEU’s mission accomplishment.
By launching missions in and around Okinawa, and simulating ship-to-shore movements, MEUEX prepared the Marine Air-Ground Task Force for planning and alliance with naval partners.
Marines and Sailors with the 31st MEU repeatedly start aboard the ships of PHIBRON-11, forward-based in Sasebo for deployments and at-sea durations.
The 31st MEU will proceed to focus on space presence throughout the Indo-Pacific area, training with associated and partner nations’ militaries as a way to improve security, support freedom of exploration, and serve as an expeditionary disaster response force.