Commander, Marine Forces Command visits Republic of Georgia to see off the historic deployment of the 31st Light Infantry Battalion
TBILISI, Georgia — Lt. Gen. Richard F. Natonski, commander of Marine Forces Command, Brig. Gen. Paul W. Brier, commander of Marine Forces Europe and Marine Forces Africa, and senior leadership from Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group recently traveled here to participate
TBLISI, Georgia — Lt. Gen. Richard F. Natonski, commander of Marine Corps Forces Command, shakes the hand of a Republic of Georgia soldier during a ceremony marking the historic deployment of the Republic of Georgia's 31st Light Infantry Battalion to support Marine Expeditionary Brigade Afghanistan. The 31st Battalion has been training with Marines from Marine Forces Europe and Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group for the past six months as the first of four Georgian battalions participating in the Georgia Deployment Program. The deployment marks the first time a foreign military force will deploy as part of a Marine Regimental Combat Team. (U.S. Marine photo by Sgt. Rocco DeFilippis)
5 photos: TBLISI, Georgia — Lt. Gen. Richard F. Natonski, commander of Marine Corps Forces Command, shakes the hand of a Republic of Georgia soldier during a ceremony marking the historic deployment of th
Photo 1 of 5: TBLISI, Georgia — Lt. Gen. Richard F. Natonski, commander of Marine Corps Forces Command, shakes the hand of a Republic of Georgia soldier during a ceremony marking the historic deployment of the Republic of Georgia's 31st Light Infantry Battalion to support Marine Expeditionary Brigade Afghanistan. The 31st Battalion has been training with Marines from Marine Forces Europe and Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group for the past six months as the first of four Georgian battalions participating in the Georgia Deployment Program. The deployment marks the first time a foreign military force will deploy as part of a Marine Regimental Combat Team. (U.S. Marine photo by Sgt. Rocco DeFilippis) Download full-resolution version
TBILISI, Georgia — Lt. Gen. Richard F. Natonski, commander of Marine Corps Forces Command, delivers a speech during a ceremony marking the historic deployment of the Republic of Georgia's 31st Light Infantry Battalion to support Marine Expeditionary Brigade Afghanistan. The 31st Battalion has been training with Marines from Marine Forces Europe and Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group for the past six months as the first of four Georgian battalions participating in the Georgia Deployment Program. The deployment marks the first time a foreign military force will deploy as part of a Marine Regimental Combat Team. (U.S. Marine photo by Sgt. Rocco DeFilippis)
5 photos: TBILISI, Georgia — Lt. Gen. Richard F. Natonski, commander of Marine Corps Forces Command, delivers a speech during a ceremony marking the historic deployment of the Republic of Georgia's 31
Photo 2 of 5: TBILISI, Georgia — Lt. Gen. Richard F. Natonski, commander of Marine Corps Forces Command, delivers a speech during a ceremony marking the historic deployment of the Republic of Georgia's 31st Light Infantry Battalion to support Marine Expeditionary Brigade Afghanistan. The 31st Battalion has been training with Marines from Marine Forces Europe and Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group for the past six months as the first of four Georgian battalions participating in the Georgia Deployment Program. The deployment marks the first time a foreign military force will deploy as part of a Marine Regimental Combat Team. (U.S. Marine photo by Sgt. Rocco DeFilippis) Download full-resolution version
KRTSANISI, Georgia — Brig. Gen. Paul W. Brier, commander of Marine Forces Europe and Marine Forces Africa, discusses the Georgia Deployment Program training with the base commander during a visit to the Krtsanis Training Area (KTA). Marines with Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group (MCTAG) have been working with infantry battalions from the Republic of Georgia Armed Forces to train them for deployments to Afghanistan in support of International Security and Assistance Forces there. During his two-day visit, Brig. Gen. Brier also attended a ceremony marking the historic deployment of the Georgian 31st Light Infantry Battalion to support Marine Expeditionary Brigade Afghanistan. The 31st Battalion has been training with Marines from Marine Forces Europe and MCTAG for the past six months as the first of four Georgian battalions participating in the Georgia Deployment Program. The deployment marks the first time a foreign military force will deploy as part of a Marine Regimental
5 photos: KRTSANISI, Georgia — Brig. Gen. Paul W. Brier, commander of Marine Forces Europe and Marine Forces Africa, discusses the Georgia Deployment Program training with the base commander during a visi
Photo 3 of 5: KRTSANISI, Georgia — Brig. Gen. Paul W. Brier, commander of Marine Forces Europe and Marine Forces Africa, discusses the Georgia Deployment Program training with the base commander during a visit to the Krtsanis Training Area (KTA). Marines with Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group (MCTAG) have been working with infantry battalions from the Republic of Georgia Armed Forces to train them for deployments to Afghanistan in support of International Security and Assistance Forces there. During his two-day visit, Brig. Gen. Brier also attended a ceremony marking the historic deployment of the Georgian 31st Light Infantry Battalion to support Marine Expeditionary Brigade Afghanistan. The 31st Battalion has been training with Marines from Marine Forces Europe and MCTAG for the past six months as the first of four Georgian battalions participating in the Georgia Deployment Program. The deployment marks the first time a foreign military force will deploy as part of a Marine Regimental Download full-resolution version
TBLISI, Georgia — Republic of Georgia soldiers stand in formation during a ceremony marking the historic deployment of the Republic of Georgia's 31st Light Infantry Battalion to support Marine Expeditionary Brigade Afghanistan. The 31st Battalion has been training with Marines from Marine Forces Europe and Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group for the past six months as the first of four Georgian battalions participating in the Georgia Deployment Program. The deployment marks the first time a foreign military force will deploy as part of a Marine Regimental Combat Team. (U.S. Marine photo by Sgt. Rocco DeFilippis)
5 photos: TBLISI, Georgia — Republic of Georgia soldiers stand in formation during a ceremony marking the historic deployment of the Republic of Georgia's 31st Light Infantry Battalion to support Mari
Photo 4 of 5: TBLISI, Georgia — Republic of Georgia soldiers stand in formation during a ceremony marking the historic deployment of the Republic of Georgia's 31st Light Infantry Battalion to support Marine Expeditionary Brigade Afghanistan. The 31st Battalion has been training with Marines from Marine Forces Europe and Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group for the past six months as the first of four Georgian battalions participating in the Georgia Deployment Program. The deployment marks the first time a foreign military force will deploy as part of a Marine Regimental Combat Team. (U.S. Marine photo by Sgt. Rocco DeFilippis) Download full-resolution version
TBILISI, Georgia — A Republic of Georgia soldier stands in formation during a ceremony marking the historic deployment of the Republic of Georgia's 31st Light Infantry Battalion to support Marine Expeditionary Brigade Afghanistan. The 31st Battalion has been training with Marines from Marine Forces Europe and Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group for the past six months as the first of four Georgian battalions participating in the Georgia Deployment Program. The deployment marks the first time a foreign military force will deploy as part of a Marine Regimental Combat Team. (U.S. Marine photo Sgt. Rocco DeFilippis)
5 photos: TBILISI, Georgia — A Republic of Georgia soldier stands in formation during a ceremony marking the historic deployment of the Republic of Georgia's 31st Light Infantry Battalion to support M
Photo 5 of 5: TBILISI, Georgia — A Republic of Georgia soldier stands in formation during a ceremony marking the historic deployment of the Republic of Georgia's 31st Light Infantry Battalion to support Marine Expeditionary Brigade Afghanistan. The 31st Battalion has been training with Marines from Marine Forces Europe and Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group for the past six months as the first of four Georgian battalions participating in the Georgia Deployment Program. The deployment marks the first time a foreign military force will deploy as part of a Marine Regimental Combat Team. (U.S. Marine photo Sgt. Rocco DeFilippis) Download full-resolution version
TBLISI, Georgia — Lt. Gen. Richard F. Natonski, commander of Marine Corps Forces Command, shakes the hand of a Republic of Georgia soldier during a ceremony marking the historic deployment of the Republic of Georgia's 31st Light Infantry Battalion to support Marine Expeditionary Brigade Afghanistan. The 31st Battalion has been training with Marines from Marine Forces Europe and Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group for the past six months as the first of four Georgian battalions participating in the Georgia Deployment Program. The deployment marks the first time a foreign military force will deploy as part of a Marine Regimental Combat Team. (U.S. Marine photo by Sgt. Rocco DeFilippis)
TBILISI, Georgia — Lt. Gen. Richard F. Natonski, commander of Marine Corps Forces Command, delivers a speech during a ceremony marking the historic deployment of the Republic of Georgia's 31st Light Infantry Battalion to support Marine Expeditionary Brigade Afghanistan. The 31st Battalion has been training with Marines from Marine Forces Europe and Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group for the past six months as the first of four Georgian battalions participating in the Georgia Deployment Program. The deployment marks the first time a foreign military force will deploy as part of a Marine Regimental Combat Team. (U.S. Marine photo by Sgt. Rocco DeFilippis)
KRTSANISI, Georgia — Brig. Gen. Paul W. Brier, commander of Marine Forces Europe and Marine Forces Africa, discusses the Georgia Deployment Program training with the base commander during a visit to the Krtsanis Training Area (KTA). Marines with Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group (MCTAG) have been working with infantry battalions from the Republic of Georgia Armed Forces to train them for deployments to Afghanistan in support of International Security and Assistance Forces there. During his two-day visit, Brig. Gen. Brier also attended a ceremony marking the historic deployment of the Georgian 31st Light Infantry Battalion to support Marine Expeditionary Brigade Afghanistan. The 31st Battalion has been training with Marines from Marine Forces Europe and MCTAG for the past six months as the first of four Georgian battalions participating in the Georgia Deployment Program. The deployment marks the first time a foreign military force will deploy as part of a Marine Regimental
TBLISI, Georgia — Republic of Georgia soldiers stand in formation during a ceremony marking the historic deployment of the Republic of Georgia's 31st Light Infantry Battalion to support Marine Expeditionary Brigade Afghanistan. The 31st Battalion has been training with Marines from Marine Forces Europe and Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group for the past six months as the first of four Georgian battalions participating in the Georgia Deployment Program. The deployment marks the first time a foreign military force will deploy as part of a Marine Regimental Combat Team. (U.S. Marine photo by Sgt. Rocco DeFilippis)
TBILISI, Georgia — A Republic of Georgia soldier stands in formation during a ceremony marking the historic deployment of the Republic of Georgia's 31st Light Infantry Battalion to support Marine Expeditionary Brigade Afghanistan. The 31st Battalion has been training with Marines from Marine Forces Europe and Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group for the past six months as the first of four Georgian battalions participating in the Georgia Deployment Program. The deployment marks the first time a foreign military force will deploy as part of a Marine Regimental Combat Team. (U.S. Marine photo Sgt. Rocco DeFilippis)
TBILISI, Georgia  — Lt. Gen. Richard F. Natonski, commander of Marine Forces Command, Brig. Gen. Paul W. Brier, commander of Marine Forces Europe and Marine Forces Africa, and senior leadership from Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group recently traveled here to participate in a farewell ceremony for the Republic of Georgia’s 31st Light Infantry Battalion which is deploying to Afghanistan to support Marine Expeditionary Brigade Afghanistan and International Security Assistance Forces.

The 31st Battalion is the first of four Georgian battalions to complete the Georgia Deployment Program and will serve alongside U.S. Marines in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The historic deployment of the battalion marks the first time a foreign force has served as part of a U.S. Marine Regimental Combat Team.

During the visit the distinguished visitors met with senior members of the Republic of Georgia’s Ministry of Defense, toured and observed training of the 32nd Light Infantry Battalion, the battalion slated to replace the 31st upon completion of their deployment, and participated in the traditional Georgian deployment ceremony.
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