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Staff Sgt. Oscar Luna (left) and Warrant Officer Colin Cooper pound in a fence rail at the Community Relations project site April 30. Luna, Cooper and a handful of Marines and Sailors from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Bonhomme Richard Strike Group came together and volunteered free time for the project during a routine port call in Guam. The second of two such projects, service member were tasked with building a fence, planting trees and other beautifications to the village Mayoral Office.

Photo by Sgt. Andy Hurt

13th MEU Flexes Friendship Muscles in Guam

28 Apr 2007 | Sgt. Andy Hurt

Marines and Sailors from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit participated in a community relations project April 30 during a routine port visit to Guam.

Nearly 20 members of the 13th MEU and Bonhomme Richard Strike Group pitched in at a local government center during the second of two projects, planting trees and building a fence for a rest area.

Mr. Pete Borja, village mayor, pitched in the construction activities, and praised the effort as a great way for everyone to “get to know each other.”

Following the completion of the projects, Marines and Sailors were invited to enjoy a fiesta, featuring barbecued ribs, chicken, rice and salad.

On the ride back to the pier, service members were driven to a local historical spot to observe a World War II battle ground.

As the 13th MEU presses on during WESTPAC 07-1, the mission is still uncertain. Friends of democracy, however, can be rest assured the Fighting 13th is on their side. And always willing to lend a hand.

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