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11th Marine Expeditionary Unit
I Marine Expeditionary Force

Oct 5, 2011

Gunnery Sgt. Cesar Andrade bench presses 225 pounds during a competition aboard the amphibious assault ship Makin Island Oct. 5. Gunnery Sgt. John Wellons won the competition by bench pressing 345 pounds. Andrade, 38, is from Portland, Ore., and serves as the company gunnery sergeant for Headquarters and Service Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/1. The battalion is the ground combat element for the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which embarked USS Makin Island, the amphibious transport dock New Orleans and the dock landing ship Pearl Harbor in San Diego Sept. 28 and is participating in its final exercise before deploying in November.

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