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Skids stay ready in Koolendong

Sergeant Jeffrey O. Burton, a 25-year-old avionics non-commissioned officer in charge for Marine Light Attack Squadron 369, currently attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Goose Creek, S.C., works on the tail of a UH-1Y Venom helicopter during maintenance here, Sept. 3. The helicopters are supporting the battalion-sized element currently conducting Exercise Koolendong 13. Koolendong 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.



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This work, Skids stay ready in Koolendong [Image 2 of 5], by Sgt Paul Robbins, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:09.03.2013

Date Posted:09.03.2013 11:38

Photo ID:1009154

VIRIN:130903-M-PZ610-398

Resolution:5616x3744

Size:2.37 MB

Location:BRADSHAW FIELD TRAINING AREA, NT, AU

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