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New III MEF sergeant major brings his combat experience, optimism to Okinawa

Sgt. Maj. Michael P. Woods said he knows that anxiety among service members and their families is high following coronavirus-related lockdowns on Okinawa, but discipline must be maintained as liberty is restored.

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