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NEWS FROM CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, BAKERSFIELD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 28, 2003
CONTACT: Becky Zelinski, 661/664-2138, bzelinski@csub.edu

CSUB graduate deployed to Iraq

Marine Corps 1st Lt. Daniel Gordon, an alumnus of California State University, Bakersfield is currently deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom while assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit based in Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Elements of Gordonís unit recently joined coalition forces in the vicinity of Mosul, Iraq, to promote stability in the region and eliminate any pockets of Iraqi resistance. Gordon is one of more than 4,000 Pacific Fleet Sailors and Marines who deployed aboard the ships of the U.S.S. Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group.

Gordonís unit is an expeditionary intervention force with the ability to rapidly organize for combat operations in virtually any environment. Marine Expeditionary Units 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, Gordonís unit supplies and sustains itself for either quick mission accomplishment or clearing the way for follow-on forces.

Gordon received his bachelors of science degree from CSUB in 2000. For more information on the deployment and high-resolution photographs, please visit the 26th MEU website at http://www.26meu.usmc.mil.