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    24 MEU Deployment 2012 [Image 3 of 13]

    24 MEU Deployment 2012

    Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Woodard, a platoon sergeant with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, reads the birthday message on the flight deck of the USS New York during a cake-cutting ceremony to celebrate the Marine Corps’ 237th birthday, Nov. 10, 2012. This was the first of perhaps many more Marine Corps birthday celebrations aboard the New York, built with seven-and-a-half tons of steel from the World Trade Center, as she sails on her maiden deployment. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and is currently in the 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility as a disaster relief and crisis response force. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. The 24th MEU is scheduled to return to their home bases in North Carolina later this year. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Robert Fisher III/Released)



    Date Taken: 11.10.2012
    Date Posted: 11.12.2012 02:04
    Photo ID: 780912
    VIRIN: 121110-M-HF911-030
    Resolution: 3306x4960
    Size: 2.75 MB
    Location: USS NEW YORK, AT SEA

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