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    HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Lance Cpls. Keith B. Lawson and Spence G. Press, scout snipers attached to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, work together to identify targets as Taliban fighters approached from Marjeh toward their position at the “Five Points” intersection Feb. 9. Lawson, 25, is from Reedly, Calif., and Press, 20, is from Newbury Park, Calif. photo by Sgt. Brian A. Tuthill)


    Gunnery Sgt. Chris Denham, the company gunny for India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, watches as the rocket from his light anti-tank weapon closes in on a compound used by enemy fighters during a firefight in Trek Nawa, Afghanistan, while participating in Operation Mako, Sept. 21, 2010. “The only thing louder than the back blast of the rocket was the Marines cheering,” said Capt. Francisco X. Zavala, the India Company commander.

    From TIME: A pair of Marines wills their way onto a roof in Afghanistan’s Helmand province last Saturday. Corporal Enrique Torres, right, helps lift Lance Corporal Joseph Hevia into a compound in the Garmsir district during a sweep with Afghan police. The two Marines belong to Kilo Co., 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. (USMC photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder)

    Modern Medicine and War - William "Kyle" Carpenter lost most of his jaw and an eye when he fell on a grenade to shield a fellow Marine from the blast. His body shattered, one lung collapsed, the Marine lance corporal was nearly given up for dead after that 2010 Afghanistan firefight. Then he spent 2½ years in a hospital as doctors worked to rebuild his body Full Article:

    Musa Qal'eh Quarell First Lt. Neal T. Jones, with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, searches for enemy spotters during an engagement in Musa Qal'eh, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 15, 2012. Marines returned small arms fire after they were engaged by enemy combatants. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Chistopher M. Paulton)

    Marine Capt. Trevor J. Yurista Died October 27, 2008 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom 32, of Pleasant Valley, N.Y.; assigned to the 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died Oct. 27 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while supporting combat operations.

    Petty Officer 2nd Class David Hess, corpsman from 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Division, applies camouflage paint to his face July 29, 2010 at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Hess and Marines from Combined Anti-Armor Team, Company K, acted as a quick reaction force for training missions during the final week of 3rd battalion's training before deploying to Afghanistan.

    Marines cross a canal in Afghanistan.

    U.S. Marines with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, conduct census patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan, January 2011 [U.S. Marine Corps (Dexter S. Saulisbury)]

    U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Aaron Burnett, scout sniper with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, runs his ghillie suit through the mud and water on Forward Operating Base Jackson, Helmand province, on April 20, 2012. The snipers were breaking in their ghillie suits to resemble the local dirt and vegetation. (USMC/Sgt. Logan W. Pierce

    Sgt. Daniel Kahn, a force reconnaissance Marine with 1st Platoon, 4th Force Reconnaissance Company

    Captain Elizabeth Jackson from US 3rd Battalion 2nd Marine Regimental Combat Team 8 rides on a teeter-totter with an Afghan boy in a playground near the town of Musa Qala in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on April 12, 2011. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

    KARMAH, Iraq—Sgt. Jesse E. Leach drags Lance Cpl. Juan Valdez of Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, to safety moments after he was shot by a sniper during a patrol. Valdez was shot through the arm and right torso but survived, Oct. 31, 2006.

    US Marine Sniper

    U.S. Marines conduct combat operations in Now Zad, Afghanistan, during Operation Cobra's Anger, Dec. 4, 2009. Operation Cobra's Anger disrupted enemy supply lines and communication in Now Zad, once a safe haven for Taliban forces. The Marines are assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Walter Marino

    U.S. Marines scout snipers with with Echo company, 2nd Battalion 9th Marines

    A Marine Special Operations Team member fires a M240B machine gun during night fire sustainment training in Helmand province, Afghanistan, March 28, 2013. Marine Special Operations Team members are deployed in Helmand province to train and mentor Afghan National Security Forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau)

    U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Wahl, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264, airframe mechanic, participates in performing a foreign object debris (FOD) walk, at Camp Bastion, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on May 23, 2011. (U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Robert R. Carrasco)

    This combination picture shows a US Marine from 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Bravo company shooting a missile from a Mirage patrol base, Musa Qala District, in Afghanistan's Helmand province on February 8, 2011. (DMITRY KOSTYUKOV/AFP/Getty Images)

    US Marine Chuck Mawhinney, sniper