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11th Marine Expeditionary Unit
I Marine Expeditionary Force

Mar 28, 2009

Co-pilot 1st Lt. Jon “Ponch” Baker flies a KC-130J Hercules above Fort Hunter Liggett during an aerial refueling mission March 28 in support of a recent 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit air-ground task force exercise. Hercules pilot Maj. David Peterson, who handed the flight controls to the lieutenant, spoke to Baker’s superior pilot skills: “His quick, constant learning and vigilant over-watch make him one of our finest.” The San Diego-based Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 flew refueling and transport missions to support the 11th MEU’s command element and aviation-combat element, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 166 (Reinforced). The MEU, which is comprised of 2,200 Marines and sailors, is training for a deployment later this year.

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