Amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22), amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) and embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit concluded the 2014 Malaysia, United States Amphibious Exercise in Malaysia Sept. 2.
"I was in the 7th grade. When I came home from art class, I saw my mother in tears and knew something bad had happened. I didn't understand why she was crying but I wasn't happy and I wanted to do something about it."
The Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45), now operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed from Mina Salman Pier, Bahrain, Oct. 5 following a four-day port visit.
'Oh say can you see, by the dawn's early light...' rang over the speakers as crew members stood at attention on the forecastle while the Sailors and Marines of amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego's (LPD 22) choir sang the national anthem.
The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU)'s Second Class Petty Officer and Sergeant Association (SCPOSA) hosted a "Thinking Pink" event aboard the ship, Oct. 30.
"I had asked my brother after he told me of his upcoming deployment if he wanted to go," said Matthew Hansen. "He told me, 'It doesn't matter if I want to go or not. If I don't, they will send another Marine and I would never be able to hold my head up if something happened to him in my place.'"
Approximately 4,500 Sailors and Marines with Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 5 and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) returned to the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations Feb. 10 following operations in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet during their Western-Pacific deployment.
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Dishern Tucker, assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74, recently received the Cornelius "Fritz" Koppy - John "Rick" Garmeson Award as the 2015 Aerospace Medicine Technician (AVT) of the Year for the Navy and Marine Corps.