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02/06/03

More Marines to Deploy

As our troops prepare for possible war in Iraq, more headoverseas to join them. Two units from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort are heading to the Middle East, just a day after Secretary of State Colin Powell went before the United Nations.

Their commander, Col. Harmon Stockwell, said "For a long time, there have been units identified here at the MCAS that would participate if that situation arose. That situation is coming, and we do have two units identified for deployment."

In December, more than 200 Marines and sailors with VMFA 115 left on a six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf and Mediterranean Sea aboard the USS Harry S. Truman. Now, two more units with a total of 400 Marines and sailors are scheduled to deploy soon. For security reason, the Air Station isn't giving us much information, but they do tell us these Marines and sailors will respond to the Central Command Area of Operations in the Middle East as part of the war on terror.

It's a task the commanding officer says they're ready for. "I'm proud of them," Col. Stockwell told us. "They're prepared, they're ready to go. They've fired up to do their mission."

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

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