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Providing shelter for Soldiers

What fits into one C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, will be used by as many as 150 Soldiers, and can be set up and fully operational in as little as 3 1/2 hours?

Give up? Everything one would need to set up an entire base camp. It's true, and it all came about as a result of Army shelters used and judged inadequate during Operation Desert Storm.

31st MEU, State Department conduct non-combatant evacuation exercise

Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, with assistance from the Embassy of the Ryukyu Kingdom, evacuated American citizens Oct. 7, in response to rising danger to civilians in the area.

The scenario was part of a Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation (NEO) exercise, conducted during a certification exercise for the 31st MEU. The training prepares the expeditionary unit for contingencies that may arise in the Asia-Pacific.

Riverine Squadron Deploys with Amphibious Southern Partnership

Twenty-eight Riverine Sailors deployed aboard USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) Oct. 3 to participate in Amphibious-Southern Partnership Station.

The Riverines will conduct exercises with the Colombian navy to increase skills and interoperability and build stronger partnerships.

Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 3, Detachment 1, deployed with two Riverine patrol boats.

Lima takes down town

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A rifle company with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit eliminated mock enemy forces here Oct. 4 during the unit’s final exercise before deploying in November.

Company L launched in amphibious assault vehicles from the well deck of the amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans and engaged enemy role-players positioned inside of a combat training town.

Sgt. Alex M. Piasecki, a section leader with the company said the training displayed the flexibility and quick reaction of the unit.

Nightstalkers bring heavy assault aerial platform to European exercise

When special operations forces need to move a large component to a target by air, they often look to the heavy assault Chinook helicopter to do the job.

The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment brought this capability to Exercise Jackal Stone 2011 with two MH-47G Chinook helicopters and crews. SOAR's expertise is getting special operations forces to a target, under any environmental and combat conditions, plus or minus 30 seconds from when the ground force commander needs to be there.

Marines conduct vessel board search and seizure exercise

As the CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters crested the horizon and approached the USS Germantown (LSD 42), they began lowering ropes to deliver their payload of approximately 35 Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Marines of the MRF, consisting of Force Reconnaissance Platoon and elements of the Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, conducted a mock vessel board, search and seizure in preparation for the MEU’s upcoming certification exercise.

Special Forces Soldiers save motorist's life, earn them Soldier's Medal

A leisurely motorcycle ride through Mount Rainier National Park forever changed the lives of Sgt. 1st Class Anton Engelmann and Staff Sgt. Marc Emmi.

A sports utility vehicle was overturned in the raging Nisqually River, and a man was trapped inside. Instincts kicked into high gear for the two Special Forces Soldiers, and without regard to their own safety, jumped into the water and pulled the man to the shoreline.

Park rangers called in emergency medical support and the rescued man survived.

AFSOC's first MC-130J Combat Shadow II arrives at Cannon AFB

Airmen assigned to the 27th Special Operations Wing held an aircraft acceptance ceremony Sept. 29 on the flightline here for the arrival of Air Force Special Operations Command's first MC-130J Combat Shadow II.

Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel, the AFSOC commander, and Brig. Gen. Stephen Clark, the AFSOC director of plans, programs, requirements and assignments, were part of the official party flying the aircraft here for delivery to the 522nd Special Operations Squadron from the Lockheed Martin plant in Marietta, Ga.