A Dam Neck, Va., intelligence training classroom now bears the name of a fallen Marine who once trained there. On Feb. 18, the Marine Corps Detachment at the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center dedicated the classroom to the memory of Cpl. Joshua Sticklen, who died when the CH-46 helicopter in which he was riding crashed near Anbar Province, Iraq.
Sticklen was a 26-year-old intelligence specialist with the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, when he was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. On Dec. 3, 2006, the helicopter he was riding in crash-landed into a man-made lake. Corporal Sticklen was killed, along with three other passengers.
Sticklen, a native of Virginia Beach, Va., attended the NMITC in 2003.
“The ceremony we hold today is only a small token to his sacrifice, but one that will ingrain his memory into each and every one of us that walk these halls,” said Lt. Col Lyle McDaniel, the NMITC MARDET commanding officer. “And it’s my sincere hope that this will stand as a constant reminder of the honor that we, as Marines, must pay to those that have gone before us. With today’s dedication, we ensure that Cpl. Sticklen will never be forgotten, and to the Sticklen family, I promise you that so long as there is a Marine Detachment training intelligence specialists, there will always be a Cpl. Joshua Sticklen Classroom. “