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3rd Radio Battalion heads to Iraq

Marine Corps News

Story Identification #: 200552314055
Story by Cpl. Megan L. Stiner


MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (May 20, 2005) -- More than 50 members of 3rd Radio Battalion, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, began their journey back to Iraq May 13 and 14, as family and friends bid them farewell from the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay Annex parking lot.

Once the Marines arrive in country, they will be serving as a support unit, going to Camp Fallujah, Alasad and Blue Diamond, as needed.

According to Lance Cpl. Chris J. Ruiz, armorer, 3rd Radio Bn., most of the Marines going on this deployment have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan before.

"This will be my first time," said the Santa Ana, Calif. native. "But more than half of the other people are going out again. I am nervous and excited, but I feel more confident because I will be with Marines who have already experienced being there."

Sgt. Dustin L. Knight, mechanic, 3rd Radio Bn., will be one of the Marines returning to Iraq for a second tour. He was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and said he is excited about going back.
"I extended in the Marine Corps so I could go back out with my troops," said the Energy, Ill. native. "We are a very close-knit group in Motor "T" and you just cannot find the type of camaraderie you get when you are deployed to somewhere like Iraq."

The last time Knight was deployed he served with Headquarters and Service Company, doing most of his work "out of harms way." This deployment he will be with Alpha Company, supporting mobile operations.

"I am looking forward to the change," he said. "This deployment should be more interesting for me. We are also really prepared this time around, so I am looking forward to the experience."

To get ready for their deployment the Marines completed a Tactical Combat Casualty Care course, Enhanced Marksmanship Training and Convoy Operations Training, in addition to performing their regularly assigned jobs.

"We did a lot of training," said Knight. "But I think the best advantage we have is that many of us have been there before, and we know what to expect. Besides missing family, friends and the freedoms back here, this should be a good time."


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