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Marine aviator of the year recalls historic mission in Libya

Maj. J. Eric Grunke, pictured here at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., April 24, has been named Marine Corps Aviator of the Year by the Marine Corps Aviation Association. The MCAA gives the award to the pilot who makes the most outstanding contribution to Marine aviation over that past year.



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This work, Marine aviator of the year recalls historic mission in Libya [Image 1 of 2], by Cpl Brian Adam Jones, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:04.24.2012

Date Posted:04.24.2012 14:02

Photo ID:564551

VIRIN:120424-M-UC900-001

Resolution:5616x3744

Size:8.36 MB

Location:MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, NC, USGlobe

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  • Maj. J. Eric Grunke, pictured here at Cherry Point, was named Marine Corps Aviator of the Year by the Marine Corps Aviation Association. The MCAA gives the award to the pilot who makes the most outstanding contribution to Marine aviation over that past year. Grunke, an AV-8B Harrier pilot, played an instrumental role in a mission to recover a downed Air Force pilot in Libya.
  • Maj. James Vallario, an AV-8B Harrier pilot with Marine Aircraft Group 13, right, and Maj. John Grunke, an AV-8B Harrier pilot with Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, left, train in their aircraft during the spring Weapons and Tactics Instructors’ Course hosted by MAWTS-1 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., March 30. WTI is hosted twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.
  • Maj. James Vallario, an AV-8B Harrier pilot with Marine Aircraft Group 13, right, and Maj. John Grunke, an AV-8B Harrier pilot with Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, left, train in their aircraft during the spring Weapons and Tactics Instructors’ Course hosted by MAWTS-1 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., March 30. WTI is hosted twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.
  • Maj. James Vallario, an AV-8B Harrier pilot with Marine Aircraft Group 13, bottom, and Maj. John Grunke, an AV-8B Harrier pilot with Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, top, train in their aircraft during the spring Weapons and Tactics Instructors’ Course hosted by MAWTS-1 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., March 30. WTI is hosted twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.

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