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Commander's Update!

2d Battalion 2d Marines
22 June 2005. Marines and families. Our upcoming deployment is nearing quickly and I wanted to take the opportunity to provide you the latest information on what your Marines and the Warlords have been doing. Near the end of May we completed a 30-day deployment to California where we conducted Support and Stability Operations (SASO) training as well as live-fire training at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Training Center in 29 Palms, California. The training conducted in the California desert included intensive individual shooting skills and platoon and company sized live-fire attacks with supporting arms. In essence, we fine-tuned the individual skills and culminated in unit sized attacks. This excellent training was all in preparation for our deployment to Iraq and I am very confidant in the abilities of the individual Marine and the Battalion as a whole.

We are finalizing our logistical and administrative preparations for deployment, to include our leave periods, which are currently underway. These final weeks are a good time to talk to your Marine to ensure that all family, administrative and financial matters are considered with plans in place. Our mailing address for deployment will be activated on 1 July so you can begin mailing items at that time. Current estimates show mail is taking approximately two weeks for letter mail and three weeks for packages though variations can occur due to transportation asset availability. Plan to begin mail about two weeks prior to your Marine's deployment and it should arrive shortly after he does. Mail that does arrive before him will be held for him.

Another way to communicate with your Marine in Iraq is through Motomail. Information can be found using the link on this website. This program is designed such that you send an email letter via Motomail to your Marine. Once it is received at the station in Iraq, it is printed out and delivered to your Marine as a letter in a much faster time than normal letter mail. The first time you utilize this system, you will need to provide an email address and designate a password. You will then be able to compose a letter. You will select an address to include into your address book by clicking "add address". You will need to select a "Marine Corps Unit". Page through the list provided to locate the address for 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines. Be sure to look carefully since it also will list his company (E, F, G, Wpns, Hq Svc Co) This address may not be within the system until our arrival in Iraq. Once the address is selected, enter the information requested on the following screen. Once the address is in your address book, you can then select that address, compose a letter and send it on its way. Using this website, you can track the letter's progress as well.

I am confident in the training of your Marine and the Battalion and expect that the Warlords will be very successful while playing their part in Iraq.

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