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Staff Sgt Sky R. Mote

Staff Sgt. Sky R. Mote, 27, of El Dorado, Calif., died Aug. 10 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was an explosive ordnance disposal technician. A Purple Heart recipient with experience in both combat zones, he joined MARSOC in 2009. Mote was a bulk fuel specialist before becoming an EOD tech. Mote was a nine-year veteran who joined the Marine Corps’ Special Operations Command in August 2009. After boot camp and combat training he became a bulk fuel specialist, then an explosive ordnance disposal technician in 2007. His service included deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Mote’s decorations include a Purple Heart, a Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, two Combat Action Ribbons and three Good Conduct Medals.

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