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    Marine aviator of the year recalls historic mission in Libya [Image 2 of 2]

    Marine aviator of the year recalls historic mission in Libya

    MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, NC, UNITED STATES

    04.17.2012

    Photo by Cpl. Tyler J. Bolken 

    II Marine Expeditionary Force

    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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    Date Taken: 04.17.2012
    Date Posted: 04.24.2012 14:25
    Photo ID: 564550
    VIRIN: 120417-M-XK427-058
    Resolution: 5100x3300
    Size: 7.58 MB
    Location: MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, NC, US 

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