SHOALWATER BAY TRAINING AREA, Australia
Lance Cpl. Marine Michael Ruiz, a mechanic with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, sits inside a 7-ton truck before small-arms and machine gun marksmanship training on Townshend Island, Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Queensland, Australia, during Exercise Talisman Saber 17, July 16, 2017.
Ruiz, 20, is a native of Riverside, California and graduate of Bueno High School.
Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 31 provide essential support to the Marines and Sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit while supporting Talisman Saber 17.
The 31st MEU is taking part in Talisman Saber 17 while deployed on a regularly-scheduled patrol of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Talisman Saber is a biennial exercise designed to improve the interoperability between Australian and U.S. forces.