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Face of Defense: Marine Embarkation Specialist Helps Deployments Run Smoothly

By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Nathaniel Cray III Marine Expeditionary Force

OKINAWA, Japan, Aug. 17, 2016 — Marines with the III Marine Expeditionary Force stationed here have the opportunity to deploy to several countries across the Pacific region, including South Korea, the Philippines and Australia.

There are many moving parts that maintain the expeditionary capabilities of the MEF but Marines are the key to keeping these parts on the go, said Marine Corps Cpl. Imani Golden, an embarkation specialist with 3rd Marine Headquarters Group.

Coordinating Deployment Logistics

“I deal with all matters of logistics,” Golden said. “When it comes to expeditionary readiness, that’s my job.”

Embarkation specialists help coordinate flights, motor transportation and food service for Marines when they deploy to another country. Marines with III MEF deploy at a constant rate, but Golden said he looks forward to the fast pace.

“I make sure the movements go smoothly,” said Golden, who hails from Brooklyn, New York. “I know other embarkation specialists with other units who don’t get to do what I do.”

Marine Corps Cpl. Misaeo Miranda, a motor transportation mechanic with 3rd MHG, has been deployed to South Korea twice and said he enjoys the travel.

Learning New Things

“It was fun going there because you get to see new sights and learn new things,” said Miranda, who calls Naples, Florida, home.

During his last deployment to South Korea, Miranda said the weather was harsh, which made his job harder.

“We are able to do a lot with little resources, however,” Miranda said. “It’s important to have mechanics because if a truck breaks down we’re the only ones who can fix them.”

All of the exercises that Marines participate in while in Okinawa are designed to practice the Corps’ expeditionary skills.

“We learn how fast we are; how fast we can offload, set up and do what we need to do,” Golden said. “I love the forward-deployed nature of III MEF.”
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