Marine Corps Graduates First Female AAV Officer

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QUANTICO, Virginia --

Second Lt. Mariah A. Klenke graduated from Assault Amphibian Officer Course today and is the first female Marine Corps officer to earn the military occupational specialty of 1803, Assault Amphibian Officer

Assault Amphibian Officer Course, which takes place aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., prepares Marine officers to serve as Assault Amphibian Vehicle platoon commanders, and employ their Marines and vehicles. The 12-week course began in July and will graduate seven Assault Amphibian Officers.

"Assault Amphibian Officer Course was a great experience, and everyone worked well together," said 2ndLt. Klenke. "I chose the 1803 MOS for the role it plays in Marine Corps' amphibious mission, the occupation's close community and the opportunity to work closely with the infantry. I am looking forward to moving on to the fleet and training with Marines."

Klenke's follow on assignment is to 1st Marine Division aboard Marine Corps Base CampĀ  Pendleton, Calif.

"The Marine Corps and Training Command congratulate 2ndLt Klenke and her classmates on their graduation from Assault Amphibian Officer Course," said Brigadier General Jason Bohm, Commanding General, Training Command. "We wish her, and the entire class, the best of luck in their future endeavors as leaders of Marines."

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