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Copter crash marks another dark chapter for Marine unit

2015.03.12 02:00

 Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story misstated the name of the organization that coordinates American special forces. It is the U.S. Special Operations Command.

The helicopter crash in the Gulf of Mexico presumed to have killed 11 servicemembers marks another dark chapter for a Marine special operations forces unit that is only 9 years old.
Seven of those on board belonged to the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, or MARSOC, based at Camp LeJeune in North Carolina. MARSOC is the Marine component of U.S. Special Operations Command, which was created to bring together the highly specialized capabilities of each branch of the military.
Charles Neimeyer, director of Marine Corps history at the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Va., said the nature of special operations means its impossible for the public to know what its members do on a regular basis or to chronicle the successful missions they carry out. He said one thing is certain about the men and women serving there:
"In order to get into (MARSOC), you have to be at a high level of skill," he said. "Its a very competitive command."
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