Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Margaret Gale
November 22, 2018 - This collage of Marines and Sailors celebrate Thanksgiving Day aboard the USS Iwo Jima shows ... top - leaders with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Amphibious Squadron 8, and USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) around the the ceremonial Thanksgiving cake as it is being cut ... Bottom - Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Sailors with USS Iwo Jima enjoying their Thanksgiving meal while away from home.
The USS Iwo Jima with 2,000 Marines and Sailors is assigned to the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility that covers approximately 20 million square nautical miles of ocean including half of the Atlantic Ocean, from the Arctic Ocean to the coast of Antarctica; as well as the Adriatic, Baltic, Barents, Black, Caspian, Mediterranean and North Seas ... along with encompassing 105 countries with a combined population over one billion and includes a landmass extending more than 14 million square miles.