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Paul L. Anstine - Combat Photographer for Marine Corps
- From LCpl paul L. Anstine on 26 October
- I enlisted in the Marine Corps in June
of 1996. I stayed in
the delayed entry program until June of 1997, Thirteen days after
graduating from High School I reported to Parris Island, Sc for
Boot camp, where after 13 weeks I graduated Sept 19, 1997 a Private
First Class(PFC). Following a brief 10 days of boot leave, I
reported to MCT(Marine Combat Training) while there I was selected
to attend Combat Photography school in Ft. Meade, MD.
Combat Photography school was 13 weeks, during which I was promoted
to Lance Corporal. I graduated Photography school on Apr 17,
1998. I was then given orders to Iwakuni, Japan which is about
45 kilometers south of Hiroshima.
- While in Japan I took photo's of Ceremonies,
promotions, damage to gov't property, aircraft mishaps and forensic
photography. In February 99I deployed with VFMA 212 ,a F/A-18
Hornet Squadron, to Alaska(Exercise Northern Edge)and to Guam(exercise
Tandem Thrust) with in route stops to Hawaii, Wake Island, and
the Kwajalen Atoll. While on this deployment one of the F/A-18's
crashed into a mountain in Alaska. I was sent out by helo to
take photographs. I was put into a safety harness and the door
of the helo was opening so that I could take a 360 of the surrounding
area. Once the helo landed the recover team climbed the mountain
and I proceeded to take more in-depth photographs to include
photo's of the pilot.
- After the deployment I finished out the
rest of my 13 month tour in
Japan and received orders to the 4th Marine Corps recruiting
District here in New Cumberland, PA. While I'm attached to this
command I primarily take photo's for ceremonies, promotions,
and the district magazine. I also travel around with our recruiting
Hummvee to places like the Little League World Series, Martinsville
Raceway, and various other places to support the recruiting mission.
- I have just received the word that on
the first of Nov, 1999 I will be promoted to Corporal.
Boot Camp Photo
- PROMOTION TO
- ON THE FIRING