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Nothing keeps him away: Military Dad goes extra mile for family

Chief Petty Officer Patrick Mondragon, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing religious ministries’ senior enlisted leader and a San Jose, Calif., native, stands with his two children at a ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 13. Mondragon won the 2013 Military Fatherhood Award.



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This work, Nothing keeps him away: Military Dad goes extra mile for family [Image 4 of 5], by Cpl Raquel Barraza, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:06.13.2013

Date Posted:06.14.2013 14:44

Photo ID:953612

VIRIN:130613-M-RB277-033

Resolution:3744x5616

Size:5.73 MB

Location:MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, CA, USGlobe

Hometown:SAN JOSE, CA, US

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