Images: Briefing the miniature battlefield at Koolendong [Image 2 of 3]
Photo by Cpl. Codey Underwood
Captain Thaddeus V. Drake Jr., commanding officer of Weapons Co., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, briefs the overall timeline during a rehearsal of concept for the next day’s live-fire assault as a part of Exercise Koolendong 13 here, Sept. 2. The 31st MEU moved a battalion-sized force more than 300 miles inland to conduct a live-fire training exercise. Also participating in the exercise is the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin and soldiers of the 5th Royal Australian Army. The exercise reinforces why the 31st MEU is the force of choice for the Asia-Pacific region. The 31st MEU brings what it needs to sustain itself to accomplish the mission or to pave the way for follow-on forces.