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13th MEU Marines steam home 7 months better

08.26.2016
Story by Sgt. Paris Capers

A 120mm mortarman with the 13th MEU’s ground combat element, has been off the ship for every training evolution from Hawaii to Dubai to the United Arab Emirates. Despite a high work tempo, he has spent his time at sea teaching the mental, physical and character disciplines of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program to junior troops. Gilliard, a Philadelphia native, has dedicated more than 60 hours of instruction across multiple courses from entry-level sustainment to advanced techniques. For him, it’s more than just training. He’s molding Marines the same way he was brought up in the Corps.

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