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Maintenance keeps the MEU rolling

Lance Cpl. Chase J. Dusenbury, an 18-year-old motor transportation mechanic for Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Lexington, S.C., removes attachments from the engine of a High Mobility, Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle here, Sept. 1. The Marines of CLB-31’s maintenance section are working long days and late nights to keep pace with the required maintenance that comes with supporting the battalion-sized element currently executing Exercise Koolendong 13. Koolendong is a week-long, live-fire exercise that demonstrates the operational reach of the 31st MEU and reinforces why it is the force of choice for the Asia-Pacific region. Also participating in the exercise is the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin and soldiers of the 5th Royal Australian Army. The 31st MEU brings what it needs to sustain itself to accomplish the mission or to pave the way for follow-on forces. The size and composition of the 31st MEU makes it well suited for amphibious operations, which includes raids, assaults, evacuations and humanitarian assistance operations.



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This work, Maintenance keeps the MEU rolling [Image 5 of 5], by Sgt Paul Robbins, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:09.01.2013

Date Posted:09.01.2013 03:12

Photo ID:1008455

VIRIN:130901-M-PZ610-658

Resolution:5616x3744

Size:2.05 MB

Location:BRADSHAW FIELD TRAINING AREA, NT, AU

Hometown:LEXINGTON, SC, US

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