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By Lt. Col. Mike Wilonsky, Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, The Magnificent Bastards          

Greetings San Clemente—your adopted United States Marine Corps unit, 2nd Battalion 4th Marines, is just days away from embarking on yet another six-month deployment. This time we are headed to Okinawa, Japan, where we will embark on three Navy Ships to patrol the Pacific, and also train with some of our closest partner nations in the region.

Since our return from our last deployment, only 12 months ago, we have spent our time preparing and training in the sands of Twenty-nine Palms, Calif., the mountainous terrain of Bridgeport, and the coastline of Camp Pendleton. We are more than prepared and equipped to train with other units nations, provide humanitarian assistance to those who might require it, and to conduct full spectrum battle if and when called upon.

San Clemente adopted 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines back in 1996 and began a tradition of southern California towns adopting Camp Pendleton Marine Corps units.  Since our adoption, our battalion has forged a fantastic relationship and it continues to grow stronger. In the past year alone, our battalion has participated in numerous local events and the city has been a part of numerous battalion events. Without San Clemente’s assistance, we would not have had a Battle of Ramadi Remembrance Ceremony.  Our city is such a wonderful place to live and grow—and to serve as a Camp Pendleton Marine.

As the Commanding Officer of San Clemente’s battalion, I look forward to bringing you updates each month on your Marines and Sailors from the storied 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines—affectionately known as the Magnificent Bastards.

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