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12 Jul 2000 | Sgt. Kevin Dolloson (24th MEU (SOC) Public Affairs NCO) 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Marines and Sailors of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (24th MEU (SOC)) completed an exercise July 12 with Israeli Defense and Air Forces.  The exercise is a bi-annual exercise conducted in designated locations throughout Israel. 

The aim of the exercise is to sustain the readiness of Marine Expeditionary Units.

In addition to the exercise concluding, members of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 263 were visited by Col. Ralph Tice.  Tice visited the squadron in the field and aboard USS Wasp.

"I have to let each and every one of you know," said Tice.  "That the media back home, as well as all your family and friends think you all have done nothing less than an outstanding job." 

Col. Tice toured the desert training areas and was transported to the USS Wasp to meet and talk with Col. Rick Tryon, Commanding Officer, 24th MEU (SOC) as well as the troops of HMM 263.

"The work you all have done, and are still doing, is very favorable in the eyes of all Americans," Col. Tice said to a formation of HMM 263 Marines he addressed in the hangar bay.

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