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Members of a quick reaction force perfected their moves recently at Al Asad Air Base in western Iraq. Their training scenario was: A bomb went off, injuring two servicemembers about one and a half hours away by air. The Marines, with Company D, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, were to pick up their gear, race outside, put it on, and go to a mock helicopter landing pad. Afterward, 1st Lt. James Smith told the Marines they had made it to the pad in 25 "fast and smooth" minutes. The force can prepare for a mission with no notice in an hour, or about half an hour if the members are on standby.


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