Marines

CMC visits OEF Marines and Sailors

5 Apr 2004 | Task Force Stonewall Public Affairs

General Michael W. Hagee, Commandant of the Marine Corps, visited Marines and Sailors of five Marine units currently serving here in support of Operation Enduring Freedom April 5.

Accompanied by Sgt. Maj. John L. Estrada, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Hagee visited with Marines and Sailors from 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment; Headquarters Company, 6th Marine Regiment; and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), all based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., in addition to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron-769 and Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron-769, both from 4th Marine Aircraft Wing.

Theses units are serving in various areas of Afghanistan disrupting and destroying terrorist organizations and infrastructure while supporting national stability to assist in the accelerated growth of Afghanistan.

During the visit, Hagee and Estrada answered various questions and commended the Marines and Sailors on their activities in the region.

“I want to thank you for what you are doing for your Marine Corps, for your County, and for Afghanistan,” Hagee said.

The visit was well received, especially for Marines and Sailors assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, who deployed here in November.

“We’ve been here for five months,” said Lance Cpl. David Fredrick, Headquarters and Support Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines.  “To have the Commandant and the sergeant major come here made us all feel pretty good.”

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