U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. T. T. Parish/Released
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. T. T. Parish/Released

Charlie Company Marines refine platoon attack fundamentals

31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

Lance Cpl. Jonathan Perez, a rifleman with Charlie Company, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, holds security during platoon attack training at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 28, 2019. Perez, a native of Tampa, Florida, graduated from Riverview High School in May 2015 before enlisting in January 2016. During the training, Marines with Charlie Company refined their ability “To locate, close with and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver, or repel the enemy’s assault by fire and close combat,” the mission of the Marine Corps rifle squad. Charlie Company Marines are the airborne raid specialists with BLT 1/4, the Ground Combat Element for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region.

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