31st MEU returns to Okinawa after exercises
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Members of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit landed on White Beach on Tuesday, completing a two-month deployment that included exercises in the Philippines and China.
In September, the MEU and Amphibious Squadron 11 embarked aboard the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and performed training before steaming to the Philippines for bilateral exercises and participation in medical and civil engineering projects.
The MEU then re-embarked for Okinawa. En route, the USS Juneau and a special-purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force steamed to Zhanjaing, China, for a port visit and a bilateral search-and-rescue exercise.
Col. John L. Mayer, 31st MEU commanding officer, said that among notable achievements throughout the training cycle were the relationships established with members of the Philippine and Chinese militaries.
“We created new relationships with two great nations, which I hope to maintain and strengthen in the future,” Mayer was quoted in a news release as saying. “I was very pleased with the way our forces and the host nation forces worked together.”