In the Service

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Chadlin M. Ault, son of Marie A. Ault of Medford and Lionel G. Ostrander of Sahuarita, Ariz., recently reported for duty with Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps Logistics Base, Barstow, Calif.

Ault is a 2006 graduate of Mazama High School of Klamath Falls. He joined the Marine Corps in October 2007.

Marine Corps Cpl. Andrew S. Taylor, son of Gail A. and Scott E. Taylor of Yreka, Calif., is currently deployed with Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 (MWSS-172), Marine Wing Support Group 17, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan. Taylor is a 2005 graduate of Yreka High School and joined the Marine Corps in August 2005.

MWSS-172, which joined forces with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) in Al Asad, Iraq, is the first wing support squadron from III Marine Expeditionary Force to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. All previous MWSS's deployed from aircraft wings based in the United States. The Marines of MWSS-172 will perform aviation ground support at Al Asad Air Base and throughout Anbar province and modify existing helicopter-landing zones (HLZ) while constructing new ones. Using heavy equipment, the Marines level the area and compact the soil, then lay down a coat of soil-stabilizing substance to prevent excessive sand clouds. The process will enhance the pilots' visibility, allowing them to land aircraft safely.

Additionally, MWSS-172 and Alpha Company, 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion (CEB) teamed up with the Engineer Company, 7th Iraqi Infantry Division, to construct a new headquarters site for Iraqi Army soldiers.

For more than two years, 3rd Battalion, 10th Brigade, 7th Iraqi Infantry Division, has occupied the school in the town of Bagdadi while maintaining security in the local area. The 3rd CEB fortified the new site, placing barriers, guardhouses and concertina wire while MWSS-172 and the Iraqi Army engineers erected prefabricated buildings. The school is scheduled to be de-militarized before the start of the next school term, allowing students to return and reducing overcrowding in the neighboring schools.

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