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11th Marine Expeditionary Unit
I Marine Expeditionary Force

Jul 2, 2009

Light-armored vehicle commander Gunnery Sgt. Matthew Vickers, 33, clears his vehicle’s antennae under a tunnel as 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion conducts the tactical recovery of a simulated missing pilot here July 2. The LAR detachment is part of Battalion Landing Team 2/4, the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element. The MEU, part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, is conducting its first pre-deployment exercise at sea with its Navy counterpart, Amphibious Squadron 7. The Navy and Marine Corps team is testing interoperability before a deployment certification exercise later this summer. Vickers hails from Decatur, Ill.

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