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Newsline: Marine Corps clarinetist evacuated two US embassies in one year

Marine Staff Sgt. Ryan San Juan just wanted to spend four years playing in a military band. Instead, he became a witness to history, evacuating two embassies in global hot spots in a single year ― and earning Marine Corps legend status in the process. San Juan, 31, helped oversee the emergency departure of U.S. embassy staff from Afghanistan as the Marine Security Guard detachment commander in August 2021 in Kabul. (https://news.yahoo.com/marine-corps-clarinetist-evacuated-2-104157045.html) A month later, he arrived at a new post as detachment commander at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine. Half a year later, he’d support the evacuation there. While the Kabul evacuation was hasty and unplanned, the Kyiv departure felt orderly and proactive.

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