A married female Marine stands at the position of attention April 1 during an awards and promotion ceremony. The formation was held days before the squadron headed home after a six-month deployment to Iraq. She works in a predominately male environment with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 774, Marine Aircraft Group 16 (Reinforced), 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, based out of Richmond, Va. Deployments can have a heavy strain on marriages but communication between couples over distance can sometimes strengthen the relationship.
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