LEAVING KUWAIT — Marines and sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit traveling in a Landing Craft Utility wait to enter the well deck of the USS Essex Amphibious Assault Ship Feb. 28, 2005, in preparation for the unit's redeployment to its home base in Okinawa, Japan. The MEU has been serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom since September 2004. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. J. D. Cress
Safe home, and Job Well Done!