Images: 24th MEU deployment 2012 [Image 8 of 9]
Sgt. Chadrick Richardson, right, platoon sergeant for 1st Platoon, Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, practices Marine Corps Martial Arts Program fighting techniques with Lance Cpl. Zachary Minick, a team leader also with Alpha Company, June 5. The 24th MEU, along with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, is currently deployed to the U.S Central Command area of operations as a theater reserve and crisis response force. The group is providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet area of responsibility.