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II Marine Expeditionary Force

Readiness. Standards. Core Values.

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Super Bowl party held at-sea

By Cpl. John Robbart III | | February 11, 2013

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Lance Cpls. Micah A. Host (left), rifleman, Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/5, and Brian L. Flanagan, field radio operator, Command Element, both with 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, eat pizza and chicken wings during the Super Bowl party held in the hangar bay of the USS Peleliu, Feb. 4. The ship hosted a Super Bowl party for its Marines and sailors as a way to help them decompress and enjoy some of the comforts of home while being forward deployed. The 15th MEU is deployed as part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Host, 23, is from Hartselle, Ala., and Flanagan, 22, is from Columbus, Ohio.

Lance Cpls. Micah A. Host (left), rifleman, Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/5, and Brian L. Flanagan, field radio operator, Command Element, both with 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, eat pizza and chicken wings during the Super Bowl party held in the hangar bay of the USS Peleliu, Feb. 4. The ship hosted a Super Bowl party for its Marines and sailors as a way to help them decompress and enjoy some of the comforts of home while being forward deployed. The 15th MEU is deployed as part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Host, 23, is from Hartselle, Ala., and Flanagan, 22, is from Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Cpl. John Robbart III)


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Corporals Christopher W. Hibbard (left), assessment consequence management team member, Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Defense Detachment, and Jose M. Mamani, supply clerk, both with the Command Element, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, eat chicken wings during the Super Bowl party held in the hangar bay of the USS Peleliu, Feb. 4. The ship hosted a Super Bowl party for its Marines and sailors as a way to help them decompress and enjoy some of the comforts of home while being forward deployed. The 15th MEU is deployed as part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Hibbard, 25, is from Mexia, Texas, and Mamani, 21, is from Burke, Va.

Corporals Christopher W. Hibbard (left), assessment consequence management team member, Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Defense Detachment, and Jose M. Mamani, supply clerk, both with the Command Element, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, eat chicken wings during the Super Bowl party held in the hangar bay of the USS Peleliu, Feb. 4. The ship hosted a Super Bowl party for its Marines and sailors as a way to help them decompress and enjoy some of the comforts of home while being forward deployed. The 15th MEU is deployed as part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Hibbard, 25, is from Mexia, Texas, and Mamani, 21, is from Burke, Va. (Photo by Cpl. John Robbart III)


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Sergeant Michael B. Peeks, communications technician, Command Element, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, gets food before watching Super Bowl XLVII during the Super Bowl party held in the hangar bay of the USS Peleliu, Feb. 4. The ship hosted a Super Bowl party for its Marines and sailors as a way to help them decompress and enjoy some of the comforts of home while being forward deployed. The 15th MEU is deployed as part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Peeks, 25, is from Chicago.

Sergeant Michael B. Peeks, communications technician, Command Element, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, gets food before watching Super Bowl XLVII during the Super Bowl party held in the hangar bay of the USS Peleliu, Feb. 4. The ship hosted a Super Bowl party for its Marines and sailors as a way to help them decompress and enjoy some of the comforts of home while being forward deployed. The 15th MEU is deployed as part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Peeks, 25, is from Chicago. (Photo by Cpl. John Robbart III)


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Marines and sailors with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group watch Super Bowl XLVII during the Super Bowl party held in the hangar bay of the USS Peleliu, Feb. 4. The ship hosted a Super Bowl party for its Marines and sailors as a way to help them decompress and enjoy some of the comforts of home while being forward deployed. The 15th MEU is deployed as part of the Peleliu ARG as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

Marines and sailors with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group watch Super Bowl XLVII during the Super Bowl party held in the hangar bay of the USS Peleliu, Feb. 4. The ship hosted a Super Bowl party for its Marines and sailors as a way to help them decompress and enjoy some of the comforts of home while being forward deployed. The 15th MEU is deployed as part of the Peleliu ARG as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (Photo by Cpl. John Robbart III)


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Sergeant William A. Bonilla (right), assessment consequence management team member, Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Defense Detachment, and Lance Cpl. Alberto Perez III, administrative specialist, both with the Command Element, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, watch Super Bowl XLVII during the Super Bowl party held in the hangar bay of the USS Peleliu, Feb. 4.  The ship hosted a Super Bowl party for its Marines and sailors as a way to help them decompress and enjoy some of the comforts of home while being forward deployed. The 15th MEU is deployed as part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Bonilla, 26, is from Houston, and Perez, 21, is form Burbank, Calif.

Sergeant William A. Bonilla (right), assessment consequence management team member, Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Defense Detachment, and Lance Cpl. Alberto Perez III, administrative specialist, both with the Command Element, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, watch Super Bowl XLVII during the Super Bowl party held in the hangar bay of the USS Peleliu, Feb. 4. The ship hosted a Super Bowl party for its Marines and sailors as a way to help them decompress and enjoy some of the comforts of home while being forward deployed. The 15th MEU is deployed as part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Bonilla, 26, is from Houston, and Perez, 21, is form Burbank, Calif. (Photo by Cpl. John Robbart III)


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Sergeants Tim J. Kunkoski (left), motor transport non-commissioned officer-in-charge, and Yoen J. Santana, platoon sergeant, both with Transportation Support Detachment, Combat Logistics Battalion 15, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, watch Super Bowl XLVII during the Super Bowl party held in the hangar bay of the USS Peleliu, Feb. 4. The ship hosted a Super Bowl party for its Marines and sailors as a way to help them decompress and enjoy some of the comforts of home while being forward deployed. The 15th MEU is deployed as part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Kunkoski, 26, is from Baltimore, and Santana, 26, is from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Sergeants Tim J. Kunkoski (left), motor transport non-commissioned officer-in-charge, and Yoen J. Santana, platoon sergeant, both with Transportation Support Detachment, Combat Logistics Battalion 15, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, watch Super Bowl XLVII during the Super Bowl party held in the hangar bay of the USS Peleliu, Feb. 4. The ship hosted a Super Bowl party for its Marines and sailors as a way to help them decompress and enjoy some of the comforts of home while being forward deployed. The 15th MEU is deployed as part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Kunkoski, 26, is from Baltimore, and Santana, 26, is from Brooklyn, N.Y. (Photo by Cpl. John Robbart III)


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Sergeants Tim J. Kunkoski (left), motor transport non-commissioned officer-in-charge, and Yoen J. Santana, platoon sergeant, both with Transportation Support Detachment, Combat Logistics Battalion 15, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, watch Super Bowl XLVII during the Super Bowl party held in the hangar bay of the USS Peleliu, Feb. 4 The ship hosted a Super Bowl party for its Marines and sailors as a way to help them decompress and enjoy some of the comforts of home while being forward deployed. The 15th MEU is deployed as part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Kunkoski, 26, is from Baltimore, and Santana, 26, is from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Sergeants Tim J. Kunkoski (left), motor transport non-commissioned officer-in-charge, and Yoen J. Santana, platoon sergeant, both with Transportation Support Detachment, Combat Logistics Battalion 15, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, watch Super Bowl XLVII during the Super Bowl party held in the hangar bay of the USS Peleliu, Feb. 4 The ship hosted a Super Bowl party for its Marines and sailors as a way to help them decompress and enjoy some of the comforts of home while being forward deployed. The 15th MEU is deployed as part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Kunkoski, 26, is from Baltimore, and Santana, 26, is from Brooklyn, N.Y. (Photo by Cpl. John Robbart III)


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(Right to left) Sgt. Ketron L. Toomer, career planner, Cpl. Guadalupe Law, avionics technician, and Cpl. Shannon T. Burns, food service specialist, all with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 (Rein.), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, watch Super Bowl XLVII during the Super Bowl party held in the hangar bay of the USS Peleliu, Feb. 4. The ship hosted a Super Bowl party for its Marines and sailors as a way to help them decompress and enjoy some of the comforts of home while being forward deployed. The 15th MEU is deployed as part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Toomer, 24, is from Miami, Law, 23, is from Laredo, Texas, and Burns, 24, is from Detroit.

(Right to left) Sgt. Ketron L. Toomer, career planner, Cpl. Guadalupe Law, avionics technician, and Cpl. Shannon T. Burns, food service specialist, all with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 (Rein.), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, watch Super Bowl XLVII during the Super Bowl party held in the hangar bay of the USS Peleliu, Feb. 4. The ship hosted a Super Bowl party for its Marines and sailors as a way to help them decompress and enjoy some of the comforts of home while being forward deployed. The 15th MEU is deployed as part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Toomer, 24, is from Miami, Law, 23, is from Laredo, Texas, and Burns, 24, is from Detroit. (Photo by Cpl. John Robbart III)


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02.04.2013 --

USS PELELIU – The time on deck was 1:30 a.m. when Marines and sailors with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group started gathering in the ship’s hangar bay to watch Super Bowl XLVII, Feb. 3.

The ship hosted a Super Bowl party for its Marines and sailors as a way to help them decompress and enjoy some of the comforts of home while being forward deployed. The event included pizza and wings served by senior enlisted Marines and sailors. Musical entertainment was also provided by the ship’s band “River City.”

“This Super Bowl party is awesome,” said Cpl. Michael A. Travis, Marine Air-Ground Task Force planner, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. “There is lots of good food, good people and non-alcoholic beer,” added the 25-year-old native of Talladega, Ala., with a smile.

The hangar bay was filled with camping chairs, San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens memorabilia and, of course, crazed fans.

“Everyone should experience something like this,” said Travis in reference to the party. “Even if you’re not a football fan, it’s just an all-around good time.”

The party reminded many of the Marines and sailors of parties they have had at home.

“This is pretty close to a party at home,” said Sgt. Oscar A. Avila, fire direction center chief, 81mm Mortars/Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel Platoon, Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/5, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. “It’s a lot more than what I expected,” added the 27-year-old native of Oxnard, Calif.

The night ended with the Baltimore Ravens topping the San Francisco 49ers with the final score, 34-31.

The 15th MEU is deployed as part of the Peleliu ARG as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.