Making the transformation

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brandon Salas
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brandon Salas

Making the transformation

31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

Col. Michael Nakonieczny, commanding officer of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), talks to the newly promoted non-commissioned officers (NCO’s) of the unit at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 6, 2020. “You are the direct link between the junior Marines and the staff and officers,” said Nakonieczny; “Be the corporal you wish you would’ve had.” Marines become NCO’s when they get promoted to the E-4 and E-5 rank (Cpl./ Sgt.), with the task of being small unit leaders. 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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