Monday, December 11, 2006
What gives you the right to fuck with our lives: LXXXIX:
NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense

December 11, 2006
Media Contact: (703) 697-5131/697-5132
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DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Maj. Megan M. McClung, 34, of Coupeville, Wash., died Dec. 6 while supporting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. McClung was assigned to I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, I MEF, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

For further information in regard to this release the media can contact the Camp Pendleton public affairs office at (760) 725-5044.
--Spencer Ackerman
And she was Larry Kaplan's escort the last time he went there -- no, I'm not kidding:

"Major Megan McClung is my guardian angel today. McClung, a Marine officer, Naval Academy graduate, and most recently, the public affairs officer for the 1st Armored Divison's First Brigade Combat Team, choreographed my present journey through Iraq. As every journalist who has spent time in the American military universe here knows, public affairs officers in Iraq can make your life a mess or they can make it bearable. Whether securing me a seat on a flight that no one else knew existed, scoring an interview for me with a Sunni sheikh in Ramadi, or responding quickly and indulgently to the most inane questions a writer could think to ask, McClung did a difficult job cheerfully and she did it well. This is why First Brigade's Colonel Sean MacFarland stole her away from the Marines and why he could justifiably boast that he had one of the finest PAO's in Iraq. It is why reporters admired her. And it is why this sharp and talented young woman, who was killed by a roadside bomb a few days ago in Ramadi, can never be replaced.

--Lawrence F. Kaplan
posted 4:08 p.m."

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