In service – Lira – Giammona |

In service – Lira – Giammona


Marine Corps Cpl. Zekial M. Lira-Giammona, son of Rebecca J. and David A. Giammona of Auburn, and fellow Marines and sailors of 3rd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), Camp Lejeune, N.C., recently reached the halfway point in their deployment to Al Anbar province, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terror.

The Marines and sailors of 3rd Battalion, 10th Regiment have a variety of missions in Iraq including convoy escort, corrections and border security. The Convoy Security Teams escort convoys throughout western Iraq including the second phase of transporting giant electric generators from the Jordanian border to Baghdad. Since convoys are limited to traveling 8 to 10 mph, moving generators took approximately a week. Other escort duties include providing security for some Iraqi Provincial leaders in the Provincial capital of Ramadi.

During the first half of their deployment, the Marines managing the two Regional Detention facilities received highest marks during an inspection by Multi National Corps-Iraq detention operations team and provost marshalls. Additionally, Marines teach the Basic Iraqi Corrections Course, designed to train Iraqi leadership to manage a corrections program and train Iraqi corrections officers. The Marines also are preparing the old Ramadi Detention Center in an effort to relocate the Fallujah facility to Camp Ramadi.

On the Iraqi border at Waleed and Trebil, Marines and sailors have been improving their combat outposts, reducing vulnerabilities and receiving accolades from visiting senior leadership.

Many Marines in 3rd Battalion, 10th Regiment were promoted during the deployment and the newest corporals were formally indoctrinated through the Corporal’s Course, a leadership course designed to help them succeed in their new position of responsibility. Additionally, Marines continue to work on professional military education requirements as well as participate in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.

Lira-Giammona is a 2004 graduate of Bear River High School, and joined the Marine Corps in June 2005.

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