2004-10-29 / Community

Local Marines In Iraq Action

Two local marines have recently taken part in actions against insurgents in Iraq.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. A. A. Stoney, son of Sharon A. Stoney of Arverne, and PFC Jerry Bolden Tatum, son of Perla Tatum and Fred Bodden of Far Rockaway, joined the other marines and sailors of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) recently captured four suspected anti-Iraqi militants in Northern Babil province.

Their unit also provided assistance from the MEU’s Force Reconnaissance platoon to Iraqi Special Weapons and Tactics members as well as Iraqi national guardsmen, to help capture a former Baath Party leader and apprehend two men suspected of firing on Marines. Since assuming operational control of Northern Babil on July 29,

the unit has worked closely with ISF to disrupt criminal and other anti-Iraqi activity in the area. To date, they have captured more than 160 individuals throughout the province. Their mission is to assist Iraqi authorities in fostering security and stability for the nearly 900,000 citizens of the province.

MEU’s are a Marine Air Ground Task Force. With a strength of about 2,200 personnel, the MEU consists of a command element, a reinforced

infantry battalion, a composite helicopter squadron and a MEU service

support group.

Stoney is a 2002 graduate of Jamaica High School. Bodden Tatum is a 1999 graduate of Franklin K. Lane High School.

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