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Leading over 800 enemy kills to guiding elite forces: These Marines were honored for combat ops | Marine Corps Times
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Leading over 800 enemy kills to guiding elite forces: These Marines were honored for combat ops | Marine Corps Times

The winners of the coveted annual Marine Corps Association and Foundation Ground Awards this year ranged from leaders who’d served to prepare the Corps for the amphibious fight to critical combat roles fighting ISIS in Iraq and the Philippines.

Gunnery Sgt. Scott Koppenhafer was named the Marine Special Operator of the Year for his role leading Marine Special Operations Team 8223 out of Golf Company, 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, Marine Raider Regiment to a “masterfully orchestrated success” of guiding elite Iraqi Special Operations Forces that “directly contributed to the defeat of ISIS forces in northern Iraq.”

Those combined and joint operations defeated Islamic State forces in that section of the nation last year, according to the award citation read at the May 3 ceremony.

Source: Leading over 800 enemy kills to guiding elite forces: These Marines were honored for combat ops | Marine Corps Times

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