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Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Year In Review

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.



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This work, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Year In Review [Image 27 of 42], 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:01.10.2013 11:57

Photo ID:812279

VIRIN:120424-M-UC900-001

Resolution:5616x3744

Size:8.14 MB

Location:CHERRY POINT, NC, USGlobe

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  • Maj. Gen. Jon. M. Davis, right, commanding general of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, congratulates Maj. J. Eric Grunke, AV-8B Harrier pilot with Marine Attack Squadron 542, upon his recognition as the Marine Corps Aviator of the Year by the Marine Corps Aviation Association, during a luncheon at Miller's Landing officers' club aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, April 17. Grunke was involved in a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel mission in Libya in March 2011 to rescue the pilot of an Air Force F-15E that had crashed due to a mechanical failure. Over the course of the mission, Grunke dropped two 500-pound laser-guided bombs on tactical vehicles pursuing the pilot and identified a suitable landing zone for the MV-22B Osprey that would make the pickup.
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  • 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.
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