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Just hours before the KC-130 crash that claimed the lives of 15 Marines and a sailor in Mississippi on June 10, the retiring three-star general in charge of Marine Corps aviation published a farewell letter stressing the need to bolster the service’s aviation readiness — and saying the Corps needed more, and better-trained, aircraft maintainers.

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The Marines could shut down 10 fighter squadrons in the summer if Congress does not pass the 2017 Defense Department budget, the commander of Marine Corps aviation said Tuesday.

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