Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Romanian Marines wait to return to the USS Whidbey Island while ashore at Capu Midia, Romania. The Romanian and American Marines were headed to the USS Whidbey Island to conduct an amphibious raid, the culminating event of Summer Storm Amphibious Bilateral Exercise 11, a five-day exercise meant to increase the interoperability between American and Romanian forces. The 22nd MEU is a multi-mission, capable force comprised of approximately 2,200 Marines and sailors. The combined unit has four main components: Aviation Combat Element, a Logistics Combat Element, a Ground Combat Element, and a Command Element. Prior to deployment, the men and women of the MEU undergo a rigorous 26-week training program designed to prepare them for any contingency.
Location: CAPU MIDIA, Romania
Photographer: Cpl. Dwight A. Henderson
// By Cpl. Priscilla Sneden
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