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CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait (July 22, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 (Reinforced), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, use a rapid ground refueling system from an MV-22 Osprey to refuel an M1A1 Abrams tank from the 24th MEU's Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment at Udairi Range in Kuwait, July 22, 2012. The Marines are in Kuwait as part of a 24th MEU sustainment training package. The 24th MEU, along with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, is deployed to the U.S Central Command area of operations as a theater reserve and crisis response force, providing support for maritime security and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Richard Blumenstein/Released)

Photo by Sgt. Richard Blumenstein

24th Marine Expeditionary Unit training exercises conducted in Kuwait

16 Aug 2012 | Staff Sgt. Robert Fisher

Marines and Sailors with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit took part in multiple training exercises and robust maintenance schedules during a sustainment training package at Camp Buehring and the Udairi Ranges in Kuwait, throughout the months of July and August.

The MEU’s time ashore allowed the Marines ample time to “stretch their legs,” focusing on tactical and physical training while completing the types of equipment maintenance
that are more difficult aboard the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group. The Marines took advantage of the wide-open spaces of Kuwait’s Udairi Range to further refine their already exceptional combat skills. They trained across multiple disciplines of infantry combat, including vertical assaults with MEU aircraft and U.S. Army Blackhawks, and combined-arms exercises using organic indirect fire assets. They also managed combat logistics training, culminating in an air delivery exercise with MV-22 Ospreys.

Never the type to squander any opportunity, the 24th MEU also fit in a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program Instructor Trainer course, tactical squad leader courses, and a two-week Corporal’s Course.

From here, the MEU is scheduled to continue on its mission as a theater reserve and crisis response force, supporting U.S Central and Africa Commands and the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet from the air, land and sea.