Fun Run, Son

Members of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group participate in a 5K Thanksgiving fun run aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 22, 2012. The fun run is part of the Thanksgiving celebration coordinated by the ships Moral, Recreation and Welfare program for the Marines and Sailors. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima ARG and is currently in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa.

Red Rover, Red Rover

Rear Adm. William Lescher, commanding officer, Expeditionary Strike Group Five, speaks to Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and sailors with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group during his visit Saturday aboard the Iwo Jima. The 24th MEU is providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts for the Navy’s 5th Fleet.