Col. Robert Brodie

by Lance Cpl. Hannah Hall
U.S. Marine Corps

Col. Robert Brodie, the commanding officer of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, presents the Honorable Joey P. San Nicholas, the mayor of Tinian, with a plaque at the baseball field during a ceremony marking the end of the 31st MEU’s mission as part of the U.S. Defense Support of Civil Authorities relief efforts on Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Nov. 14, 2018.

Marines and Sailors with the 31st MEU and Combat Logistics Battalion 31 assisted the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency and local and civil authorities on Tinian to deliver aid to Tinians affected by Super Typhoon Yutu, which struck here Oct. 25 as the second strongest storm to ever hit U.S. soil.

Marines and Sailors with the 31st MEU and CLB-31 arrived on Tinian Oct. 29-31 to lead relief efforts on Tinian in response to Yutu as part of Task Force-West.

TF-W is leading the Department of Defense’s efforts to assist CNMI’s local and civil authorities provide critical assistance for citizens devastated by Yutu.

The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide-range of military operations across the Indo-Pacific region.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Hannah Hall/Released)

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