Currently Aboard USS Iwo Jima
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Federico E. Santana, son of Milagros A. and Federico A. Santana of Far Rockaway, recently completed a two-week bilateral training exercise with Albanian military forces while assigned to the 26 Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), based in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The unit is currently aboard the USS Iwo Jima.
Santana is one of more than 4,000 Pacific Fleet Sailors and Marines who deployed aboard the ships of the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group.
Drawing upon lessons learned in recent operations in Mosul, Iraq, Santana’s unit sought to create a training exercise that included every element of the MEU with specific emphasis on combat service support of secure convoy procedures.
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 either quick mission accomplishment or clearing the way for follow-on forces.
Santana is a 1995 graduate of Far Rockaway High School of Far Rockaway, New York, and joined the Marine Corps in April 2002.