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11th Marine Expeditionary Unit
I Marine Expeditionary Force

Nov 25, 2011

Team leader Cpl. Gerrick J. Watkins instructs a Marine on machine-gun procedures on the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock New Orleans here Nov. 25 during weapon drills with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Watkins is a 21-year-old Carrollton, Texas, native and serves with Company L. The Pendleton-based company is one of three rifle companies with Battalion Landing Team 3/1, which is the ground combat element for the unit. The unit embarked USS Makin Island, USS New Orleans and USS Pearl Harbor in San Diego Nov. 14 beginning a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East regions.

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