RUTLAND Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Christopher M. Horwedel, son of Janis M. Horwedel of Rutland, Vt. and Mark F. Horwedel of Rutland, is currently deployed with Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 (MWSS-172), Marine Wing Support Group 17, First Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan. MWSS-172, which joined forces with Third Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) in Al Asad, Iraq, is the first wing support squadron from III Marine Expeditionary Force to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. All previous MWSS's deployed from aircraft wings based in the United States. The Marines of MWSS-172 will perform aviation ground support aboard Al Asad Air Base and throughout the Anbar province and modify existing helicopter-landing zones (HLZ) while constructing new ones.