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11th Marine Expeditionary Unit
I Marine Expeditionary Force

May 6, 2012

Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew A. Carlson rappels from a UH-1Y Huey flown by pilots with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268 (Reinforced) onto USS Makin Island's flight deck here May 6. The 24-year-old Seattle native serves as a corpsman with Battalion Landing Team 3/1, the ground combat element with the 11th Marine Expeditionary 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, Horn of Africa and Middle East regions.

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