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11th Marine Expeditionary Unit
I Marine Expeditionary Force

Aug 17, 2011

Lance Cpl. Jeremy Phares, rifleman, uses a compass here Aug. 17 during a field exercise with Company L, one of three rifle companies in Battalion Landing Team 3/1, the ground combat element for the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Company L spent five days in the field during the unit’s first sea-based training since becoming a complete Marine air ground task force in May. The company disembarked USS New Orleans off Pendleton’s coast and was driven ashore by amphibious assault vehicles. A platoon of tracked vehicles from 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, Camp Pendleton, reinforces the Pendleton-based 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines. The platoon provides the go-to means of maneuver for Company L. Phares is a 22-year-old Orange, Texas, native.

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