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Marine Corps Pvt. Bobby J. Hoover, along with more than 6,000 Marines and sailors of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group from Norfolk, Va., and embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) from Lejeune, N.C., are currently deployed to the Navy’s 5th and 6th Fleet area of operations in support of Maritime Security Operations and the Global War on Terror.
While in Naples, Italy, MEU Marines teamed with Commander, Naval Installation East and 6th Fleet sailors to participate in the 6th Fleet’s annual Evacuation Control Center Exercise. The Marines and sailors practiced the skills required for the safe evacuation of embassy personnel and civilians during natural disasters.
Hoover joined the Marine Corps in September 2006. He is the grandson of Susie and Mike Thompson of Baker City.
He is the son of Connie and Cliff Colvin of Baker City.
MWSS-172 supplied support to the forward element of Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd MAW (Forward), to include tenant and visiting squadrons at Al Asad Air Base, Anbar province, Iraq, as well as provided combat service support throughout the province.
MWSS-172 constructed more than 25 helicopter landing zones throughout Anbar province and built a refuel and replenishment point about 100 miles north of the Euphrates River, increasing the operation area of the 3rd MAW. Additionally, the squadron’s motor transportation company carried 103,062 tons of cargo more than 429,733 miles between March 25 and Oct. 15, and the squadron’s explosive ordnance disposal unit aided the newly-trained Iraqi EOD soldiers with controlled detonations as well as responded to local area requests for EOD support.
The sailors of MWSS-172 are primarily corpsmen, including augments from Marine Aircraft Group 36, MWSG-17, Naval Hospital San Diego and Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms, Calif. They maintained the squadron’s medical readiness and secured supplies for two cooperative medical engagements with the Iraqi medical system as well as provided medical treatment to Iraqi civilians in remote villages.
MWSS-172 was the first Marine wing support squadron from the III Marine Expeditionary Force to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the first deployment of the squadron in support of the global war on terrorism.