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Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

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Cherry Point, North Carolina
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American flags line the side walk of the Craven County Community College Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point – Havelock campus Sept. 11, 2014, in honor of those who lost their lives during the attacks 13 years ago. The college hosted a memorial ceremony where Maj. Gen. Robert F. Hedelund, the commanding general of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, was the keynote speaker.
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Maj. Gen. Robert F. Hedelund speaks during a 9/11 memorial ceremony at the Craven County Community College Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point – Havelock campus, honoring those who lost their lives during the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Hedelund is the commanding general of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.
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Sgt. Ben W. Cole loads a round into a PL-87 Stinger missile during a simulated missile shoot as part of 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion’s section leader course and team leader course at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Sept. 11, 2014. Cole is a course instructor with 2nd LAAD and is a native of Linden, Mich.
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Sgt. Rico L. Rose clears the back-blast area during a simulated PL-87 Stinger missile shoot during a 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion’s section leader course and team leader course at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Sept. 11, 2014. Rose is a gunner with the battalion and a native of Appomattox, Va.
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Sgt. Rico L. Rose simulates firing a PL-87 Stinger missile during a 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion’s section leader course and team leader course at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Sept. 11, 2014. Rose is a gunner with the battalion and a native of Appomattox, Va.
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Cpl. Joseph D. Keefe, left, preps the PL-87 Stinger missile system for Sgt. Ryan C. Johnson during a simulated missile shoot as part of 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion’s section leader course and team leader course at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Sept. 11, 2014. Keefe and Johnson are both gunners with 2nd LAAD attending section leader course; firing the Stringer missile was their final exercise. Keefe is a native of Boston and Johnson is a native of Long Island, N.Y.
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Spouses and family members with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2 perform defensive strikes as part of a Marine Corps Martial Arts demonstration during a Jane Wayne Day hosted by Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Sept. 12, 2014. 
During the event, spouses and other extended MWHS-2 family toured portions of the air station to learn more about the day-to-day lives of their Marines. The day included familiarization classes with Marine Corps weapon systems at an Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer; aircraft simulators; and a MCMAP demonstration.
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Kimberly A. Alaniz fires a MK-19 automatic grenade launcher inside an Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer during a Jane Wayne Day hosted by Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Sept. 12, 2014.
Alaniz, a former Sailor, is a stay at home mom, soccer coach and wife of Staff Sgt. Israel G. Alaniz, an aviation supply specialist with MWHS-2. Both are natives of Port Isabel, Texas. 
During the event, spouses and other extended MWHS-2 family members toured portions of the air station to learn more about the day-to-day lives of their Marines. The day included familiarization classes with Marine Corps weapon systems at the ISMT; aircraft simulators; and a demonstration of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.
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Carsey Meredith performs a choke-hold on her fiance, Lance Cpl. Nick Passopulo, as part of a Marine Corps Martial Arts demonstration during a Jane Wayne Day hosted by Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Sept. 12, 2014. 
Meredith is a dental assistant and Passopulo is a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense specialist with MWHS-2. Both are graduates of Prince George High School, Prince George, Va. 
During the event, spouses and other extended MWHS-2 family toured portions of the air station to learn more about the day-to-day lives of their Marines. The day included familiarization classes with Marine Corps weapon systems at an Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer; aircraft simulators; and a MCMAP demonstration.
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Carsey Meredith performs a leg-sweep on her fiancé, Lance Cpl. Nick Passopulo, as part of a Marine Corps Martial Arts demonstration during a Jane Wayne Day hosted by Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Sept. 12, 2014. 
Meredith is a dental assistant and Passopulo is a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense specialist with MWHS-2. Both are graduates of Prince George High School, Prince George, Va. 
During the event, spouses and other extended MWHS-2 family toured portions of the air station to learn more about the day-to-day lives of their Marines. The day included familiarization classes with Marine Corps weapon systems at an Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer; aircraft simulators; and a MCMAP demonstration.
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Spouses and family members with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2 fire practice weapons inside an Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer during a Jane Wayne Day hosted by the squadron at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Sept. 12, 2014.
During the event, spouses and other extended MWHS-2 family members toured portions of the air station to learn more about the day-to-day lives of their Marines. The day included familiarization classes with Marine Corps weapon systems at the ISMT; aircraft simulators; and a demonstration of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.
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Old Glory hangs between two all-terrain boom crane 50-tons at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Sept. 10, 2014. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 274 hung the colors for their fellow Marines and Sailors returning for a deployment to Afghanistan.
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Petty Officer 2nd Class Harry Nanpei kisses his daughter Lana after returning to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Sept. 10, 2014, from a more than six-month deployment to Afghanistan. Nanpei is a corpsman attached to Marine Wing Support Squadron 274 and is a native of Micronesia, Guam.
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Cpl. Logan S. Mains meets his daughter Laney for the first time at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Sept. 10, 2014, after returning from a more than six-month deployment to Afghanistan. Mains is a motor vehicle operator with Marine Wing Support Squadron 274 and is a native of Rush Run, Ohio.
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Carl R. Gull makes his way to the top floor of the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point fire department training facility Sept. 9, 2014, during a ceremonial stair climb in honor of the firefighters lost in the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001. Firefighters with the air station’s department climbed 110 flights of stairs to commemorate the 343 New York City Fire Department members who gave their lives on 9/11. Gull is a firefighter with Cherry Point Security and Emergency Services, Fire Division. Gull was 18-years-old when the Twin Towers fell and remembers the exact moment. “I was a junior in high school, in a gym class, when suddenly all of the coaches went into their office,” said Gull, a former Marine corporal from Oklahoma City. “Shorty after, they stopped the class and gathered everyone in their office to watch the events on the television.”
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John L. Wilson reaches the top flight of stairs during a ceremonial stair climb at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Sept. 9, 2014. For the second year the department climbed 110 flights of stairs to commemorate the 343 firefighters who gave their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Wilson is a captain with Cherry Point Security and Emergency Services, Fire Division. Wilson, a native of Vanceboro, N.C., was 32 years old during 9/11 and was working at Cherry Point driving fire-engine 2 when he heard the news. “I couldn’t believe it,” said Wilson. “Everyone was in complete shock. All I could think about was all those at ground zero and worried for the firefighters making the climb and braving the towers.”
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