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Fighting Phoenix enjoys 300 miles of deployment

Marine Corps News

Release Date: 1/26/2004

Story by Lt. j.g. Tre Costello and Lt. j.g. Christina Laughlin

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan(January 23, 2004) -- The Fighting Phoenix of Electronic Attack Squadron 128 were hard at work on deployment again. Currently, the entire squadron is stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. This has not been the case for most of the three-month deployment. The squadron's travels have taken them to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan and Misawa Air Force Base, Japan.

VAQ-128 started with a three-week stay on Guam - the "Pearl of the Pacific", where they participated in Cope North 2004. Cope North was a mass exercise consisting of US EA-6B's, F-15C's, F/A-18D's, KC-135's and an E-3, as well as, Japanese Defense Force F-4E's and an E707.

The exercise allowed US service members and Japanese forces to fly together in a simulated defense of Japan.

When asked about his experiences in Guam Lt. j.g. Jason 'Leno' Saura said, "It was difficult to get years and be restricted to quarters for four months. If the incident was committed off Station the child will be restricted to the Station for one year as well. Their sponsor will also accompany them while they perform community service for the entire duration of the service.

"People really need to think about what there doing before they steal. Is a $15 item really worth the consequences to you and your family?" asked Forti. "There are no second chances anymore and if you steal you are affecting you and your families ability to enjoy Japan for what a great experience it is."

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