Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Federico E. Santana, son of Milagros A. and Federico A. Santana of Far Rockaway, is currently deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom while assigned to the 26 Marine Expeditionary Unit, based in Camp Lejeine, North Carolina.
Santana is one of more than 4,000 Pacific Fleet Sailors and Marines who were deployed aboard the ships of the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group.
The majority of Marines and Sailors in Santana’s unit have safely returned to the ships of the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group from Mosul, Iraq, as Operation Iraqi Freedom continues to transition to humanitarian missions.
Santana’s unit is an expeditionary intervention force with the ability to rapidly organize for combat operations in virtually any environment. MEU’s are composed of more than 2,000 personnel and are divided into an infantry battalion, aircraft squadron, support group and command element. With this combination, Santana’s unit supplies and sustains itself for quick mission accomplishment and for clearing the way for follow-on forces.
Santana is a 1995 graduate of Far Rockaway High School of Far Rockaway, and joined the Marine Corps in April 2002.