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Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit fire a three-round-volley rifle salute, April 18, 2012, during a memorial ceremony to honor Cpl. Derek Kerns and Cpl. Robby Reyes, crew chiefs with VMM-261 (reinforced) who died during a training accident in Morocco, April 11, 2012. The 24th MEU, along with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, is currently deployed as a theater security and crisis response force capable of a variety of missions from full-scale combat to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Photo by 2nd Lt. Joshua Larson.

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