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I Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) Information Group (I MIG) provides administrative, training, and logistical support while in CONUS and forward deployed to the I MEF and I MEB Command Elements. Additionally, function as Higher Headquarters for the four Major Subordinate Elements in order to allow I MEF CE to execute warfighting functions in support of service and COCOM initiatives as required.

Plan and direct, collect process, produce and disseminate intelligence, and provide, counterintelligence support to the MEF Command Element, MEF major subordinate commands, subordinate Marine Air Group Task Force(MAGTF), and other commands as directed

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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks at a Navy Cross Presentation Ceremony in honor of the late Sgt. Rafael Peralta, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, June 8, 2015. Sgt. Rafael Peralta was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously after sacrificing his life by absorbing the blast of an enemy grenade and shielding fellow Marines only feet away while serving with Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division in Fallujah, Al Anbar province, Iraq, on Nov. 15, 2004.

Photo by Sgt. Luis Vega

Sgt. Rafael Peralta awarded the Navy Cross aboard Camp Pendleton

9 Jun 2015 | Cpl William Perkins 1st Marine Division

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus awarded the Navy Cross to Rosa Peralta, the mother of the late Sgt. Rafael Peralta, aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 8, 2015.







According to the award citation, Sgt. Rafael Peralta was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously after sacrificing his life by absorbing the blast of an enemy grenade and shielding fellow Marines only feet away while serving with Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division, in Fallujah, Al Anbar province, Iraq, on Nov. 15, 2004.







Throughout the ceremony several people stepped forward to talk about Peralta and to express their gratitude for his actions. The first to speak was Rafael’s brother, Ricardo Peralta. Ricardo enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2010 as an infantryman to follow in his brother’s footsteps.







Ricardo spoke for his family when he said there’s nothing that can replace the sense of pride they have for Rafael and his actions.







“Regardless of any sort of award, buildings or ships being named after him, it doesn’t take away from the sense of pride that we all share,” Ricardo said. “Those of us that have worked beside him and worn the uniform have a sense of pride [and nothing can take that away].”







Ricardo also said his brother didn’t care about medals or decorations; he just wanted to serve as an infantryman.







“In the end, Navy Cross, Medal of Honor, it doesn’t matter,” he stated. “It’s all good.”







Staff Sergeant Adam Morrison, one of the Marines with Peralta when the grenade detonated, stated that if it wasn’t for the Peralta’s actions, he would have been fatally wounded.







The Peralta family said they have appreciated the support the Navy and Marine Corps has given in order to preserve the memory of the fallen warrior.







Peralta’s legacy will live on through the stories and memorabilia left behind. This fall, the U.S. Navy will christen an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer with his name, and his battle-worn rifle along with a letter written to Ricardo will be displayed in the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va.
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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks at a Navy Cross Presentation Ceremony in honor of the late Sgt. Rafael Peralta, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, June 8, 2015. Sgt. Rafael Peralta was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously after sacrificing his life by absorbing the blast of an enemy grenade and shielding fellow Marines only feet away while serving with Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division in Fallujah, Al Anbar province, Iraq, on Nov. 15, 2004.

Photo by Sgt. Luis Vega

Sgt. Rafael Peralta awarded the Navy Cross aboard Camp Pendleton

9 Jun 2015 | Cpl William Perkins 1st Marine Division

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus awarded the Navy Cross to Rosa Peralta, the mother of the late Sgt. Rafael Peralta, aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 8, 2015.







According to the award citation, Sgt. Rafael Peralta was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously after sacrificing his life by absorbing the blast of an enemy grenade and shielding fellow Marines only feet away while serving with Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division, in Fallujah, Al Anbar province, Iraq, on Nov. 15, 2004.







Throughout the ceremony several people stepped forward to talk about Peralta and to express their gratitude for his actions. The first to speak was Rafael’s brother, Ricardo Peralta. Ricardo enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2010 as an infantryman to follow in his brother’s footsteps.







Ricardo spoke for his family when he said there’s nothing that can replace the sense of pride they have for Rafael and his actions.







“Regardless of any sort of award, buildings or ships being named after him, it doesn’t take away from the sense of pride that we all share,” Ricardo said. “Those of us that have worked beside him and worn the uniform have a sense of pride [and nothing can take that away].”







Ricardo also said his brother didn’t care about medals or decorations; he just wanted to serve as an infantryman.







“In the end, Navy Cross, Medal of Honor, it doesn’t matter,” he stated. “It’s all good.”







Staff Sergeant Adam Morrison, one of the Marines with Peralta when the grenade detonated, stated that if it wasn’t for the Peralta’s actions, he would have been fatally wounded.







The Peralta family said they have appreciated the support the Navy and Marine Corps has given in order to preserve the memory of the fallen warrior.







Peralta’s legacy will live on through the stories and memorabilia left behind. This fall, the U.S. Navy will christen an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer with his name, and his battle-worn rifle along with a letter written to Ricardo will be displayed in the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va.
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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks at a Navy Cross Presentation Ceremony in honor of the late Sgt. Rafael Peralta, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, June 8, 2015. Sgt. Rafael Peralta was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously after sacrificing his life by absorbing the blast of an enemy grenade and shielding fellow Marines only feet away while serving with Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division in Fallujah, Al Anbar province, Iraq, on Nov. 15, 2004.

Photo by Sgt. Luis Vega

Sgt. Rafael Peralta awarded the Navy Cross aboard Camp Pendleton

9 Jun 2015 | Cpl William Perkins 1st Marine Division

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus awarded the Navy Cross to Rosa Peralta, the mother of the late Sgt. Rafael Peralta, aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 8, 2015.







According to the award citation, Sgt. Rafael Peralta was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously after sacrificing his life by absorbing the blast of an enemy grenade and shielding fellow Marines only feet away while serving with Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division, in Fallujah, Al Anbar province, Iraq, on Nov. 15, 2004.







Throughout the ceremony several people stepped forward to talk about Peralta and to express their gratitude for his actions. The first to speak was Rafael’s brother, Ricardo Peralta. Ricardo enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2010 as an infantryman to follow in his brother’s footsteps.







Ricardo spoke for his family when he said there’s nothing that can replace the sense of pride they have for Rafael and his actions.







“Regardless of any sort of award, buildings or ships being named after him, it doesn’t take away from the sense of pride that we all share,” Ricardo said. “Those of us that have worked beside him and worn the uniform have a sense of pride [and nothing can take that away].”







Ricardo also said his brother didn’t care about medals or decorations; he just wanted to serve as an infantryman.







“In the end, Navy Cross, Medal of Honor, it doesn’t matter,” he stated. “It’s all good.”







Staff Sergeant Adam Morrison, one of the Marines with Peralta when the grenade detonated, stated that if it wasn’t for the Peralta’s actions, he would have been fatally wounded.







The Peralta family said they have appreciated the support the Navy and Marine Corps has given in order to preserve the memory of the fallen warrior.







Peralta’s legacy will live on through the stories and memorabilia left behind. This fall, the U.S. Navy will christen an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer with his name, and his battle-worn rifle along with a letter written to Ricardo will be displayed in the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va.