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11th Marine Expeditionary Unit
I Marine Expeditionary Force

Jan 5, 2012

Reconnaissance Marine Sgt. Richard Eldemire calls in a CH-46E Sea Knight with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268 (Reinforced) aboard USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Jan. 5 during a casualty-evacuation drill. Eldemire, 31, hails from Kingston, Jamaica and serves as an assistant team leader with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Battalion Landing Team 3/1. The unit is currently deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (MKIARG), which is a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force. The group is also providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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