AL-ANBAR MISSION PREPARATION IN IRAQ
Cpl. Michael T. Wier, from 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, or â€œFirst Team,â€ provides weapons maintenance to his vehicleâ€™s main gun before â€œleaving the wireâ€ for a mission on Al Anbar Provinceâ€™s dangerous roads, June 3, 2006. The 22-year-old from Scottsdale, Ariz., is with the battalionâ€™s Personal Security Team. The teamâ€™s job is cut and dry â€“ provide maximum security for the battalionâ€™s top brass. The team consists of a handful of armored humvees with a variety of infantry weapons, to include heavy machine guns and anti-armor weapons. While most U.S. Marine Personal Security Teams are composed of infantrymen, Maranoâ€™s Personal Security Team is comprised mostly of â€œsupportâ€ Marines â€“ administrative clerks, communications technicians, and other â€œnon-infantryâ€-type occupations. (UPI Photo/Cpl. Antonio Rosas/US MARINE CORPS)
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