The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit or MEU which is based out of Okinawa and which is a part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary strike group will be training on Guam from January 6-16th.
Guam – Marines and sailors will be conducting a training exercise on Guam next month.
The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit or MEU which is based out of Okinawa and which is a part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary strike group will be training on Guam from January 6-16th. According to the Officer In Charge of Expeditionary Operations Training Group III Marine Expeditionary Force Col. Daniel H. Wilson the training will occur mostly on Naval installations but “residents of the island could see marines periodically throughout the exercise and are likely to notice increased military activities on the 13th and 15th of January.”
Colonel Wilson wrote a letter to the community of Guam about the upcoming exercises in which he states these exercises “may briefly raise the noise level in some villages and we greatly appreciate your patience and understanding.” Col. Wilson explains in his letter that the training on Guam is necessary to prepare them for future missions and specifically to prepare them for an upcoming deployment. Col. Wilson writes that months prior to deploying a MEU begins training intensively most of which is done at their home bases in Okinawa and aboard Navy ships at sea. However, Col. Wilson explains that the Guam training is necessary to help them “adequately prepare to operate in an unfamiliar environment.” On Guam their aim is to focus on training in an urban environment which will help them prepare for scenarios in which they must maneuver “through heavily congested areas” and identify “threats lurking in windows and around street corners.” Col. Wilson says their aim with this training is to expose their marines to realistic scenarios and stresses posed by operating in an actual urban environment. This is something the Col. says they are “not able to replicate aboard home base.”