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VMR-1 recognized for operational excellence

Brig. Gen. Robert F. Castellvi, commanding general of Marine Corps Installations East (second from left), accompanied by Capt. David R. Crookham (left), Maj. Paul Stout (center), Cpl. Kyle B. Smith (right), and Seaman Justin M. Jones (far right) stands in front of a Marine Transport Squadron 1 HH-46E Sea Knight Nov. 18. Castellvi visited the squadron to congratulate them on their recent accomplishments. Crookham and Stout are CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter pilots with VMR-1; Smith is a rescue swimmer with VMR-; Jones is a Navy corpsman with VMR-1. The squadron has earned more than 20 Chief of Naval Operations awards since the 1990s.

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This work, VMR-1 recognized for operational excellence, by LCpl Unique Roberts, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:11.18.2013

Date Posted:12.05.2013 10:18

Photo ID:1066329



Size:3.19 MB

Location:CHERRY POINT, NC, USGlobe

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