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The Marines of the Maintenance section of Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, are able to repair and maintain the entire fleet of ground vehicles used during Exercise Koolendong 13. From adding oil to a forklift to completely replacing a High Mobility, Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle engine, the Marine mechanics possess the skills and parts to keep the unit rolling while forward-deployed, without significant external support. While the majority of time is spent on vehicle maintenance, their expertise is not limited to vehicles. Artillery cannons, floodlights, weapon optics, and much more is within their abilities of repair.



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This work, CLB 31 maintenance section keeps the 31st MEU rolling during Exercise Koolendong 13, by Sgt Jonathan Wright, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:09.01.2013

Date Posted:09.01.2013

Category:Newscasts

Audio ID:34213

Length:00:01:07

Filename:1309/DOD_100901368.mp3

Location:BRADSHAW FIELD TRAINING AREA, NT, AU

Hometown:TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, NM, US

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