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Interview of Benjamin Almquist by Sara Starkey

March 24, 2014

Feature Article

Mr. Benjamin Almquist served in the United States Marine Corps from 2006 to 2010. Coming from a military family, he decided at a young age that he would follow in his father's footsteps and join the military to serve and protect his country. He did so in Iraq’s al-Anbar Province as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. One of his other important assignments was on Coalition Task Force 151. The task force focused on counter-piracy security off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden. Mr. Almquist’s main job was to detain pirates that hijacked vessels in those areas in an effort to keep the waters safe. Another assignment that broadened his military career was a weeklong survival-training course with French Marines in Africa. With these and other experiences in the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Almquist was able to achieve his childhood dream of becoming a Marine.

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