In the service
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Michael Swenson, fire support officer from Houston, Minn., and attached to Company K, Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 3/2, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), was promoted to his current rank by Lt. Col. Charles Cassidy, BLT 3/2 commanding officer, in Al Quweira, Jordan, June 8, 2013. Exercise Eager Lion 2013 is an annual, multinational exercise designed to strengthen military-to-military relationships and enhance security and stability in the region by responding to modern-day security scenarios. The 26th MEU is deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group. The 26th MEU operates continuously across the globe, providing the president and unified combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, sea-based quick reaction force.