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Cpl. Chad J. Albanesi, of Hudson Falls, N.Y., an administrative clerk with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) Command Element, sorts through mail at Forward Operating Base Hit, Iraq, Dec. 26, 2005. The 22nd MEU (SOC) is conducting counterinsurgency operations in Iraq's Al Anbar province with the 2nd Marine Division.

Photo by Sgt Richard D. Stephens

Mail brightens Marines' dreariest days

11 Jan 2006 | - 22nd MEU (SOC) Public Affairs

Few things are as important to deployed Marines and sailors in Iraq as knowing there is a world outside the dust and danger they face day in and day out.

That is why mail call holds a special place for everyone serving on the front lines in Iraq’s Al Anbar province with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable).  Normally transported in gaudy orange bags, news of its arrival spreads like wildfire and can brighten the day of even the most downhearted service member.

The 22nd MEU (SOC) is in Iraq conducting operations with the Second Marine Division, and consists of its Command Element, Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 2nd Marines, MEU Service Support Group 22, and Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (Reinforced).

For more information on the MEU’s role in Operation Iraqi Freedom, visit the unit’s web site at
22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit