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Lance Cpl. Kenneth Aoford, Marine Attack Squadron 513 airframer, safety wires bolts on an AV-8B Harrier in the squadron's hangar at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz., Aug. 10, 2009. Aoford is one of approximately 150 Marines scheduled to deploy Aug. 16 and 21, 2009, in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit based in Japan. "This is going to be my first deployment," said Aoford. "I'm pretty excited, this is going to be a very new experience." While in Japan the squadron is slated to participate in exercises Ryuku Warrior, Talisman Saber and Wolmi-Do Fury. - Lance Cpl. Kenneth Aoford, Marine Attack Squadron 513 airframer, safety wires bolts on an AV-8B Harrier in the squadron's hangar at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz., Aug. 10, 2009. Aoford is one of approximately 150 Marines scheduled to deploy Aug. 16 and 21, 2009, in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit based in Japan. "This is going to be my first deployment," said Aoford. "I'm pretty excited, this is going to be a very new experience." While in Japan the squadron is slated to participate in exercises Ryuku Warrior, Talisman Saber and Wolmi-Do Fury.

Lance Cpl. Adam Horn, Marine Attack Squadron 214 airframe mechanic, embraces his wife Lindsey after returning home to the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz., from a seven-month deployment with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Boxer July 31, 2009. Approximately 100 VMA-214 and Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13 Marines and sailors returned to Yuma. While deployed, the Marines aided in counter-piracy operations off the coast of Africa, near the Gulf of Aden, including the recovery of Richard Phillips, a civilian cargo ship captain who was taken hostage by Somali pirates. - Lance Cpl. Adam Horn, Marine Attack Squadron 214 airframe mechanic, embraces his wife Lindsey after returning home to the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz., from a seven-month deployment with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Boxer July 31, 2009. Approximately 100 VMA-214 and Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13 Marines and sailors returned to Yuma. While deployed, the Marines aided in counter-piracy operations off the coast of Africa, near the Gulf of Aden, including the recovery of Richard Phillips, a civilian cargo ship captain who was taken hostage by Somali pirates.

Lance Cpl. Aaron Neal, right, Lance Cpl. Manuel GarciaRamirez and Lance Cpl. Eddie Tapia, Marine Attack Squadron 311 powerline mechanics, prepare an AV-8B Harrier engine to be reinstalled into a Harrier after maintenance in the squadron’s hangar at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz., Aug. 4, 2009. The squadron was named the attack squadron of the year by the Marine Corps Aviation Association July 28, 2009, for its constant mission readiness and overall performance at home and on deployments. The Tomcats beat out six other squadrons to earn the title, which they have received three times before. - Lance Cpl. Aaron Neal, right, Lance Cpl. Manuel GarciaRamirez and Lance Cpl. Eddie Tapia, Marine Attack Squadron 311 powerline mechanics, prepare an AV-8B Harrier engine to be reinstalled into a Harrier after maintenance in the squadron’s hangar at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz., Aug. 4, 2009. The squadron was named the attack squadron of the year by the Marine Corps Aviation Association July 28, 2009, for its constant mission readiness and overall performance at home and on deployments. The Tomcats beat out six other squadrons to earn the title, which they have received three times before.

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