Members of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group participate in a 5K Thanksgiving fun run aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 22, 2012. The fun run is part of the Thanksgiving celebration coordinated by the ships Moral, Recreation and Welfare program for the Marines and Sailors. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima ARG and is currently in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Chad R. Kiehl)
U.S. 6th FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS – Marines and Sailors from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit celebrated Thanksgiving Day aboard the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, Nov. 22, 2012.
All three ships, the USS Iwo Jima, New York, and Gunston Hall, served a traditional Thanksgiving meal including turkey, trimmings and desserts as they sailed throughout the 6th Fleet in support of maritime security operations.
The 24th MEU is deployed as an expeditionary crisis response force in readiness and has been deployed since March 2012.