BLT 2/5 Marines practice fast roping at Camp Hansen
Cpl. Jonathan M. Hernandez, an infantry Marine with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines descends during fast rope training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 23, 2017. BLT 2/5 from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, is the Ground Combat Element for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. Fast roping is a crucial skill to infantry units because it is a quick tactical response. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st MEU air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Indo-Asia- Pacific region.