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Brigadier Gen. James W. Lukeman, the 2nd Marine Division Commanding General, speaks words of encouragement after pinning the Purple Heart Medal onto Gunnery Sgt. Gabriel de la Rosa, a platoon sergeant with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, from Holland, Mich., for wounds suffered in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Nov. 15, 2013. “It’s an honorto be recognized and know that what we did is not forgotten, because there are only a few people left in the battalion who were there with me and know what we have been through,” said de la Rosa. - Brigadier Gen. James W. Lukeman, the 2nd Marine Division Commanding General, speaks words of encouragement after pinning the Purple Heart Medal onto Gunnery Sgt. Gabriel de la Rosa, a platoon sergeant with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, from Holland, Mich., for wounds suffered in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Nov. 15, 2013. “It’s an honorto be recognized and know that what we did is not forgotten, because there are only a few people left in the battalion who were there with me and know what we have been through,” said de la Rosa.

Sergeant William P. Reckley, a section leader with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, from Ayden, N.C., pulls open a door while assaulting Mobile MOUT Town aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Oct. 20, 2013. “‘Amtrackers’ are known for being flexible and being able to conduct any mission, whether it’s assaulting a beach and taking it over or supporting the infantry in an urban environment; both of those are gained by doing this training,” said 1st Lt. Michael Bianca, a platoon commander with the battalion, and Huntsville, Ala., native. - Sergeant William P. Reckley, a section leader with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, from Ayden, N.C., pulls open a door while assaulting Mobile MOUT Town aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Oct. 20, 2013. “‘Amtrackers’ are known for being flexible and being able to conduct any mission, whether it’s assaulting a beach and taking it over or supporting the infantry in an urban environment; both of those are gained by doing this training,” said 1st Lt. Michael Bianca, a platoon commander with the battalion, and Huntsville, Ala., native.

Marines and sailors with 1st Battalion, 10 Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division use pack mules to transport their food, water and ammunition in the rugged terrain of Toiyabe National Forest, Calif., while participating in Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training from Aug. 14 through Sept. 14, 2013. Because of the high elevations where the training took place the Marine couldn’t depend on helicopter support for resupply. Similarly, the rugged terrain prevented trucks and other motorized vehicles from conducting resupply missions, so the service members relied the animals to transport there equipment and supplies. - Marines and sailors with 1st Battalion, 10 Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division use pack mules to transport their food, water and ammunition in the rugged terrain of Toiyabe National Forest, Calif., while participating in Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training from Aug. 14 through Sept. 14, 2013. Because of the high elevations where the training took place the Marine couldn’t depend on helicopter support for resupply. Similarly, the rugged terrain prevented trucks and other motorized vehicles from conducting resupply missions, so the service members relied the animals to transport there equipment and supplies.

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