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11th Marine Expeditionary Unit
I Marine Expeditionary Force

Nov 30, 2011

Amphibious assault vehicle crew chief Sgt. Jorge A. Mejia, right, instructs AAV crew man Lance Cpl. Robert C. Benford, left, during martial-arts training aboard the amphibious transport dock New Orleans here Nov. 30. Mejia, 25, is from Perris, Calif. Benford, 19, is from Temecula, Calif. Both Marines serve with Company L's AAV platoon. The Pendleton-based company is one of three rifle companies with Battalion Landing Team 3/1, the ground combat element for the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which 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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