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thedrifter
01-13-04, 11:36 AM
Marines heading to Iraq


Quantico personnel gear up for deployment to Iraq.

By PAMELA GOULD


Date published: 1/11/2004

Quantico to send at least 14 over


At least 14 Marines from Quantico Marine Corps Base are being deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2--the second rotation of Defense Department personnel into Iraq.

The Marines from Quantico will be among 25,000 deploying servicewide, Maj. Douglas Powell, a spokesman at Marine Corps headquarters, said.

The deployments will be for seven months and will begin on a small scale next month, Powell said. The vast majority of the Marines will depart in March.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in November announced plans to send to Iraq a second rotation of military personnel to keep deployments no longer than 18 months.

The Marines are planning a one-year tour of duty carried out in two waves of seven-month deployments, Powell said.

Though the number could change, Quantico is currently sending 14 people--a group comprising communications specialists, combat correspondents, an infantryman, someone from the intelligence field and a chaplain, according to Capt. Jeff Landis, a base spokesman.

Additionally, the Marine Corps Combat Development Command--based at Quantico--is putting together a team that will spend four to six months gathering information to compile a list of lessons learned from efforts in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Known as the Enduring Freedom Combat Assessment Team, the group will include at least 40 people, Landis said. A departure date for that group hasn't yet been established.

Quantico routinely sends what are referred to as "augmentees" for military operations. As a training command, the base can offer people with specialized skills to complement units that are deployed.

To reach PAMELA GOULD: 540/657-9101 pgould@freelancestar.com

Date published: 1/11/2004

http://www.freelancestar.com/News/FLS/2004/012004/01112004/1224447

Sempers,

Roger
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thedrifter
01-13-04, 11:37 AM
Duty calls Q-C-based Marine Reserve
By Thomas Geyer

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For the first time since the Korean War, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve members attached to the General Support Maintenance Company, 4th Maintenance Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group, based at the Rock Island Arsenal, have been called to active duty, a spokeswoman for the unit said.
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Marine Staff Sgt. Stephanie Borges said that 25 members of the company will be heading to Camp Pendleton, Calif., for an indefinite period. From there, they will be deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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Their orders are for one year, she added.
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“Our job is to provide general support, and perform maintenance on the supply trucks, Humvees and other Marine Corps ground equipment,” she said. “It is our job to keep the supply line up and running and on the move.”
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She said the company was notified of their deployment Dec. 26.
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On paper, there are about 110 members of the company at the Arsenal, she added. But only about 85 of the unit’s members drill. Out of that number, 25 were selected for duty overseas based on their skills and the needs of the Marines overseas. They reported for duty Monday.
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“Since their notification they have been getting all their supplies ready, and taking care of all administrative and personal business,” she said.
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A final formation for the 25 will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center at the Arsenal.
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Thomas Geyer can be contacted at
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(563) 383-2328 or tgeyer@qctimes.com.

http://www.qctimes.com/internal.php?story_id=1022809&t=Local+News&c=2,1022809


Sempers,

Roger
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thedrifter
01-13-04, 11:39 AM
Departing Area Marines Include Greene Countians <br />
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By: By BILL JONES/Staff Writer <br />
Source: The Greeneville Sun <br />
01-10-2004 <br />
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