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Lance Cpl. Steven Akarim, infantryman and one of the six newest members of the Silent Drill Platoon, takes a break from a long practice session on a baseball field at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 22, 2011. For countless years, the SDP has been the world’s representation of Marines personifying the discipline and precision of the Corps through their performances around the globe. Akarim became a member of this prestigious group Feb. 15, 2011, their challenge day, which determines whether or not the students are ready to become a part of the SDP. Akarim finished at the top of his class, earning him the title of “New Dog," a nickname given by the SDP to the most prominent student. He also made it to what the SDP call, The Marching 24, meaning he is one of the 24 active members of the SDP and will perform with them across the world. “I put so much work into my training every day,” said Akarim. “It’s a tremendous accomplishment that fills me with a great sense of pride. I am honored to represent the Corps and our great nation.” - Lance Cpl. Steven Akarim, infantryman and one of the six newest members of the Silent Drill Platoon, takes a break from a long practice session on a baseball field at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 22, 2011. For countless years, the SDP has been the world’s representation of Marines personifying the discipline and precision of the Corps through their performances around the globe. Akarim became a member of this prestigious group Feb. 15, 2011, their challenge day, which determines whether or not the students are ready to become a part of the SDP. Akarim finished at the top of his class, earning him the title of “New Dog," a nickname given by the SDP to the most prominent student. He also made it to what the SDP call, The Marching 24, meaning he is one of the 24 active members of the SDP and will perform with them across the world. “I put so much work into my training every day,” said Akarim. “It’s a tremendous accomplishment that fills me with a great sense of pride. I am honored to represent the Corps and our great nation.”

Cpl. Ted McGirr, 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron flight engineer and right door gunner, fires a C-6 machine gun out of the CH-146 Griffon helicopter at the Yodaville Urban Target Complex at the Barry M. Goldwater Range in Arizona, Feb. 12, 2011. Approximately 220 Canadian military members with 408 arrived at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 1, 2011, to complete the final stage of their predeployment training, Exercise Desert Gander. McGirr, for his part, practiced air-to-ground firing during the exercise. "The practice we get out here helps us to understand how to react in desert conditions." 408 is slated to deploy to Afghanistan later this spring. - Cpl. Ted McGirr, 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron flight engineer and right door gunner, fires a C-6 machine gun out of the CH-146 Griffon helicopter at the Yodaville Urban Target Complex at the Barry M. Goldwater Range in Arizona, Feb. 12, 2011. Approximately 220 Canadian military members with 408 arrived at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 1, 2011, to complete the final stage of their predeployment training, Exercise Desert Gander. McGirr, for his part, practiced air-to-ground firing during the exercise. "The practice we get out here helps us to understand how to react in desert conditions." 408 is slated to deploy to Afghanistan later this spring.

Sgt. Marcelino Mejia, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron administrative separations noncomissioned officer in charge, helps Lance Cpl. Diego Gonzalez, H&HS administration specialist, at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz. Mejia was meritoriously promoted Feb. 2, 2011, after being named the Marine Corps Installations-West Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter recently. Mejia's Marines count working with him as one of their best experiences in the Corps. "Sgt. Mejia helps me in any and all problems I come across," said Gonzalez. "I know I can count on him with anything." - Sgt. Marcelino Mejia, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron administrative separations noncomissioned officer in charge, helps Lance Cpl. Diego Gonzalez, H&HS administration specialist, at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz. Mejia was meritoriously promoted Feb. 2, 2011, after being named the Marine Corps Installations-West Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter recently. Mejia's Marines count working with him as one of their best experiences in the Corps. "Sgt. Mejia helps me in any and all problems I come across," said Gonzalez. "I know I can count on him with anything."

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