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2/2 Easy Zaidon 11-15-05

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Alright! We're gonna' have to change the name of this fotopage to "The Easy Company Fotopage!" heh!

These four images were taken by David Furst / Agence France-Presse / Getty Images and can be found on the Marine Times site at: http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/channel.php?GQID=show Go to November 15.


# 1 -Marines from Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment take cover from flying debris as they prepare to board helicopters to launch an operation in Fallujah, Iraq, on Monday. The Marines are taking part in a major operation in the Zaidon area southeast of Fallujah, aimed at detaining suspected insurgents and uncovering potential weapons caches.

# 2 -A Marine from Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment searches the roof of a school for insurgent activity as his comrades order students out of their classroom, during an offensive in Fallujah, Iraq, on Monday.


# 3 -Marines from Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment race off the back of a helicopter as they arrive in the Zaidon area southeast of Fallujah, Iraq, during an anti-insurgency operation there on Monday.


#4 -Marine Lance Cpl. Derrick Lee of Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment mans a .50-caliber machine gun mounted on his Humvee during a sweep through the Zaidon market, southeast of Fallujah, Iraq, during an operation on Tuesday.


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Commander's Update!

 
15 November 2005

Warlord Family and Friends,

The past few weeks have been relatively quiet throughout our area of operation. In our continuing push to improve the security of the area, today we began Operation TRIFECTA, a battalion size operation aimed at disrupting the enemy’s ability to plan and operate in an area they considered a safe haven. Our intent is to show them that Task Force 2/2 will choose the time and place of its operations and that we will go anywhere we want, whenever we want. It will continue for some time but the initial reports are very positive. This operation took a lot of detailed planning and preparation by Marines at all levels of the battalion and they performed extremely well.

In our future, we continue to look towards the upcoming governmental elections in mid-December. This will be a very important day as the Iraqi citizens once again are able to use their democratic rights to choose their own government, which will continue to move them forward. The new Iraqi constitution accepted in October was the ground work and the new Iraqi government will lead Iraq towards a future chosen by their people, not by a tyrannical leader bent on meeting only his needs.

One big step towards the new future of Iraq is the recent success of the 1-4-1 Iraqi Army in AO Warlord. This battalion has operated and trained with 2/2 since our arrival. Over the intervening time, the Iraqi Army battalion has continuously improved the performance of the individual jundi, or soldier, increased the ability of its companies and performed as a battalion. In recognition of their development, 1-4-1 Iraqi Army assumed control of its own battlespace where they now operate without any assistance from Marine Corps operational forces. The importance of this is that they are the first unit to do so in the Al Anbar Province and pave the way for future Iraqi Army units. 2/2 continues to train their platoons to increase their performance but all operations are planned and conducted by the Iraqi Army within their own battlespace.

On 10 November 2005, TF 2/2 and its companies celebrated the Marine Corps’ 230th birthday. Those companies operating in firm bases had a cake and hot chow delivered to them. Despite combat operations, each command conducted a ceremony marking this important day, following tradition, the 13th Commandant General Lejeune’s message was read along with the message of our current Commandant. The customary “Cake Cutting” was done with the oldest and youngest Marines sharing cake. At the Battalion CP H&S Company conducted a superb birthday ceremony with Easy and Weapons in attendance. I had the privilege as being the Guest of Honor. Sgt Roper with our Civil Affairs Det was the oldest Marine present, born in 1952. He completed his first enlistment in 1975 when he exited service. 30 years later, he offered his services to the Marine Corps and deployed as a sergeant with our Civil Affairs Detachment at age 53. Our youngest Marine, L/Cpl Aaron Davenport, from Supply in H&S Company was also honored at the ceremony. He was born in September 11th , in 1986.

In closing, I must again thank all our family and friends back home that do remarkable work everyday to maintain our morale and fighting spirit. You are true “force multipliers” for the Task Force and I remain forever in your debt. Please enjoy your “Thanksgiving Holiday” as we give thanks to you for your continued support. May God continue to bless you and the Men of this magnificent Task Force
I remain Semper Fidelis


James J Minick




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A hodgepodge of old and new!

Pfc Crooker and the boys from G 4th
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UPDATE:That would now be Lance Corporal Crooker in the above photo! Congrats LCpl!

This one got by me and is from October 6, 2005. Update: decided to throw a few more here and just let it roll! - JHD

ALBU AWDA, Iraq - Pfc. Travis Crooker of Asheway R.I., posts security, while his fellow Marines of 4th Platoon, Company G, 2d Battalion, 2d Marines, and Iraqi Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade, Iraqi Intervention Forces, conduct a systematic cordon and search of Albu Awda, looking for high value terrorist targets as well as illegal weapons and munitions. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mancuso, Paul S., 2nd Marine Division Combat Camera)


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# 1-3 -U.S. Marines from 3rd Platoon, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, systematically search Al Sadan market in Zaidon, Iraq, for arms and high-value targets Nov. 6, 2005. The 2nd Marine Division is deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to conduct counter-insurgency operations and to facilitate the creation of a secure environment that enables Iraqi self-reliance and self-governance. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paul S. Mancuso)

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# 4 -A U.S. Marine with 2nd Combat Engineers Battalion, examines inside an uncovered weapons cache in Zaidon, Iraq, Oct. 31, 2005. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Hutchison) (Released)

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# 5 -U.S. Marines with 1st Platoon, Company G, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines take time from their security patrol to play soccer with the local children in Kharma, Iraq, Oct. 22, 2005. 2nd Marine Division is deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to conduct counter-insurgency operations to isolate and neutralize anti-Iraqi forces; support the continued development of Iraqi Security Force; support Iraqi reconstruction and democratic elections; and to facilitate the creation of a secure environment that enables Iraqi self-reliance and self-governance. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paul S. Mancuso) (Released)

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# 6 -U.S. Marines with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment (2/2), breach a gate in order to search an Iraqi home, during the systematic clearing with 3rd Recon Battalion in Ameriya, Iraq, on Aug. 25, 2005. 2/2, part of 2nd Marine Division and Multi-National Force-West, conduct counter-insurgency operations with Iraqi Security Forces to isolate and neutralize Anti-Iraqi Forces, to support the continued development of Iraqi Security Forces, and to support Iraqi reconstruction and democratic elections in order to create a secure environment that enables Iraqi self-reliance and self-governance. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paul S. Mancuso) (Released)

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# 7 -U.S. Marines with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment (2/2), post security as their fellow Marines press towards the next objective, during the systematic clearing with 3rd Recon Battalion in Ameriya, Iraq, on Aug. 25, 2005. 2/2, part of 2nd Marine Division and Multi-National Force-West, conduct counter-insurgency operations with Iraqi Security Forces to isolate and neutralize Anti-Iraqi Forces, to support the continued development of Iraqi Security Forces, and to support Iraqi reconstruction and democratic elections in order to create a secure environment that enables Iraqi self-reliance and self-governance. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paul S. Mancuso) (Released)

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U.S. Marine Pfc. Austin Glover stands next to a Humvee while Pfc. Christopher Gralewski mans the Mark-19 Grenade Launcher within the turret on Aug. 19, 2005. Both Marines, with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment (2/2), prepare to secure the area during a security halt. The Marines with 2/2 conduct counter-insurgency operations with Iraqi Security Forces to isolate and neutralize Anti-Iraqi Forces, to support the continued development of Iraqi Security Forces, and to support Iraqi reconstruction and democratic elections in order to create a secure environment that enables Iraqi self-reliance and self-governance. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Hutchison) (Released


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Distinguished Marines U.S. Postage Stamps!

U.S. Postage Stamps
 
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MARINE BARRACKS WASHINGTON, Washington DC(Nov. 10, 2005) -- Gen. Michael W. Hagee, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and John E. Potter, Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service,unveiled the Distinguished Marines commemorative 37-cent U.S. Postage stamps at Marine Barracks Washington on the 230th Birthday of the Marine Corps, Nov. 10. The stamps depict legendary Marines, Daniel Daly, John Basilone, John A. Lejeune and Lewis "Chesty" Puller.

Other participants included the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps performing elements of the Barracks' Friday Evening Parade, and Aaron Tippin, country music recording artist.

Another first-day dedication ceremony took place at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA.

Gen. Michael W. Hagee, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and John E. Potter, Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service, shake hands at the unveiling of the Distinguished Marines commemorative 37-cent U.S. Postage stamps at Marine Barracks Washington on the 230th Birthday of the Marine Corps, Nov. 10. The stamps depict legendary Marines, Daniel Daly, John Basilone, John A. Lejeune and Lewis "Chesty" Puller. Photo by: Cpl. David Revere


Here's a short bio plus if you check out the link it will give you more detail and further bios. - JHD

Four Distinguished Marines Saluted on U.S. Postage Stamps

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- America was looking for a few good
Marine stamps so the Postal Service delivered four. Available nationwide
today, the 37-cent Distinguished Marines commemorative postage stamps salute
four heroic Marines who served with bravery, distinction and honor during the
20th Century. These legendary Marines include: Gunnery Sergeant John
Basilone; Sergeant Major Daniel J. Daly; Lieutenant General John A. Lejeune,
and Lieutenant General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller.
(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20041105/DCF007-n )
"The United States Postal Service is proud to honor the Marine Corps' 230-
year tradition of excellence in military service to our nation," said
Postmaster General John E. Potter, speaking from the Marines' Barracks in
Washington, DC. "These four legendary Marines are inspirational examples of
the U.S. Marine Corps extraordinary devotion to their proud motto: Semper Fi,"
he added, referring to the Marines' credo taken from the Latin phrase Semper
Fidelis, meaning "always faithful."
Joining Potter at the Washington, DC, ceremony was General Michael W.
Hagee, Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps, and some of the relatives of the Marines
depicted on the stamps.
"The Puller family is truly honored and pleased with this recognition. He
was a revered Marine as well as a magnificent father," said Martha Puller
Downs, one of Chesty Puller's two daughters. "The light of his life was
mother, us, and the United States Marine Corps, and each of his three children
have sons named for him," she added. "Father was there for us and showed us
much affection. We did not want to let him down, and I do not think the
Marines he served with did either. He was the constant encourager and had
much faith in mankind. He would never give up on anyone."
Puller, one of the most decorated Marines in history, was held in high
esteem by those who served under him. Getting his nickname for his barreled
chest, Puller often ate and slept and showered in the same conditions as his
men.
A First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony also took place at Marine Corps
Base, Camp Pendleton, CA, near San Diego. Joining USPS San Diego District
Manager John E. Platt was Major General Michael Lehnert, commanding general,
Marine Corps Installations West, and Major General Richard Natonski,
commanding general, 1st Marine Division.
The stamps images, based on photographs, also include text identifying
each of the four Marines. The approximate date of each photo and insignia also
appear on each stamp (detailed background information on each Marine
attached).

Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone
The John Basilone stamp features a detail of a 1943 photograph of Basilone
and the insignia of the 5th Marine Division. The recipient of the nation's
highest military award, Basilone was recognized during World War II for
holding 3,000 Japanese soldiers at bay for 72 hours during the battle of
Guadalcanal with only 15 men, 12 of whom died. Following this act of heroism,
Basilone was sent back to the U.S. to promote war bonds. Shortly thereafter,
he requested return to his unit to, "be with my boys." He again distinguished
himself by single-handedly destroying an enemy blockhouse and helped guide a
friendly tank out of a minefield during the invasion of Iwo Jima, where he was
killed during a shelling attack, Feb. 19, 1945, at the age of 28. He was
posthumously awarded the Navy Cross and Purple Heart.

Sergeant Major Daniel J. Daly
The Daniel J. Daly stamp features a detail from a photograph of Daly taken
around 1919 and the insignia of the 73rd Machine Gun Company, which is a
variation on the Army's 2nd Infantry Division insignia. During World War I,
Daly served as a Marine with the 73rd Machine Gun Company in the 2nd Infantry
Division. Acclaimed by Maj. Gen John A. Lejeune as "the outstanding Marine of
all time," Daly received the Medal of Honor twice for separate acts of
heroism.
In 1900, during the Boxer Rebellion, the defense of the American Embassy
at Peking (now Beijing) was in the hands of a strong but small force of
Marines. On the afternoon of July 13, German soldiers were driven back from
their position on the east end of the wall. When a Marine captain asked for a
volunteer to take up point and provide cover fire while repairs were made to
the fortification, Daly stepped forward and said, "I'm your man."
Daly held his position alone, throughout the night, withstanding repeated
Boxer assaults, an accomplishment that earned him his first Congressional
Medal of Honor.
In 1915, he was a recipient of his second medal when Marines were deployed
to Haiti to protect American lives in the wake of an anti-government uprising.
Daly was part of a night reconnaissance mission with 35 enlisted Marines and
three officers when 400 Haitian bandits fired on them from three sides. The
detachment found better position and fought them off throughout the night. At
daybreak, the three squads of Marines advanced and surprised the enemy,
scattering them in all directions.

Lieutenant General John A. Lejeune
The John A. Lejeune stamp features a detail from a circa 1924 photograph
of Lejeune. The stamp also depicts the insignia of the Army's 2nd Infantry
Division, which Lejeune commanded during World War I. Born in Pointe Coupee,
LA, Lejeune (1867-1942) is best remembered as a wartime commander after being
the first Marine General to command an Army division in combat during World
War I. He is also credited with saving the Marine Corps from budget cuts and
consolidations following World War I and establishing Marine Corps
institutions and traditions. The Marine base located near Jacksonville, NC
bears his name.

Lieutenant General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller
The Lewis B. Puller stamp features a photograph of Puller at Koto-ri,
Korea, in 1950, and the insignia of the 1st Marine Division. Nicknamed for his
barrel chest, Puller (1898-1971), born in West Point, VA, was one of the most
famous Marine commanders in Corps history. He was a battalion commander and
regimental commander with the 1st Marine Division during World War II and the
Korean War.
True to himself and the Corps, Puller never was one to mince words.
During the Korean War, when surrounded by more than 100,000 Chinese
soldiers at the Chosin Reservoir, Puller is believed to have said, "They're on
our right, they're on our left, they're in front of us, they're behind us;
they can't get away from us this time."
During his 37-year career, Puller was awarded 14 personal decorations in
combat, five Navy Crosses (the nation's second highest award for valor), one
Army Distinguished Service Cross plus a long list of campaign medals, unit
citation ribbons and other awards. He began his career with the "Horse
Soldiers" in China, then on to four World War II campaigns, the Korean War and
expeditionary service in China, Nicaragua and Haiti.



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The 230th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps!

 
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MARINE CORPS ORDERS
No. 47 (Series 1921)
U.S. MARINE CORPS HEADQUARTERS
Washington, November 1, 1921


759. The following will be read to the command on the 10th of November, 1921, and hereafter on the 10th of November of every year. Should the order not be received by the 10th of November, 1921, it will be read upon receipt.

(1) On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of Continental Congress. Since that date many thousand men have borne the name "Marine". In memory of them it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the birthday of our corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.

(2) The record of our corps is one which will bear comparison with that of the most famous military organizations in the world's history. During 90 of the 146 years of its existence the Marine Corps has been in action against the Nation's foes. From the Battle of Trenton to the Argonne, Marines have won foremost honors in war, and is the long eras of tranquility at home, generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres and in every corner of the seven seas, that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.

(3) In every battle and skirmish since the birth of our corps, Marines have acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term "Marine" has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.

(4) This high name of distinction and soldierly repute we who are Marines today have received from those who preceded us in the corps. With it we have also received from them the eternal spirit which has animated our corps from generation to generation and has been the distinguishing mark of the Marines in every age. So long as that spirit continues to flourish Marines will be found equal to every emergency in the future as they have been in the past, and the men of our Nation will regard us as worthy successors to the long line of illustrious men who have served as "Soldiers of the Sea" since the founding of the Corps.



JOHN A. LEJEUNE,
Major General Commandant

75705--21



ALMAR 051/05
««-----------------------------------------------------»»


Date signed: 10/31/2005 ALMAR Number: 051/05
R 310026Z OCT 05
FM CMC WASHINGTON DC(UC)
UNCLASSIFIED//
ALMAR 051/05
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC CMC//
SUBJ/UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY MESSAGE - 10 NOVEMBER 2005//
POC/SGT K. PTAK/ADMIN CHIEF/CMC STAFF GROUP/-/TEL:(703) 614-2326//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. ON NOVEMBER 10TH, 1775, THE SECOND CONTINENTAL
CONGRESS RESOLVED TO RAISE TWO BATTALIONS OF CONTINENTAL MARINES
MARKING THE BIRTH OF OUR UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS. AS MAJOR
GENERAL LEJEUNE'S MESSAGE REMINDS US, THE ENSUING GENERATIONS OF
MARINES WOULD COME TO SIGNIFY ALL THAT IS HIGHEST IN WARFIGHTING
EXCELLENCE AND MILITARY VIRTUE. EACH NOVEMBER AS MARINES THE WORLD
OVER CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF OUR CORPS, WE PAY TRIBUTE TO THAT LONG
LINE OF "SOLDIERS OF THE SEA" AND THE ILLUSTRIOUS LEGACY THEY HAVE
HANDED DOWN TO US.
2. THIS PAST YEAR HAS BEEN ONE OF CONTINUOUS COMBAT OPERATIONS
OVERSEAS AND DISTINGUISHED SERVICE HERE AT HOME - A YEAR OF
CHALLENGES THAT HAVE BROUGHT OUT THE VERY BEST IN OUR CORPS. IN
IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, MARINE COURAGE AND MASTERY OF COMPLEX AND
CHAOTIC ENVIRONMENTS HAVE TRULY MADE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF
MILLIONS. MARINE COMPASSION AND FLEXIBILITY PROVIDED HUMANITARIAN
ASSISTANCE TO THOUSANDS IN THE WAKE OF THE SOUTH EAST ASIAN TSUNAMI,
AND HERE AT HOME, MARINES WITH AAVS, HELICOPTERS, AND SOMETIMES WITH
THEIR BARE HANDS SAVED HUNDREDS OF OUR OWN FELLOW AMERICANS IN THE
WAKE OF HURRICANES KATRINA AND RITA. ACROSS THE FULL SPECTRUM OF
OPERATIONS, YOU HAVE SHOWCASED THAT MARINES CREATE STABILITY IN AN
UNSTABLE WORLD, AND HAVE REINFORCED OUR CORPS' REPUTATION FOR
SETTING THE STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE.
3. THE SENSE OF HONOR, COURAGE, AND PATRIOTISM THAT EPITOMIZED
THOSE WHO ANSWERED THAT FIRST CALL TO ARMS 230 YEARS AGO IS STILL
INDELIBLY IMPRINTED ON OUR RANKS TODAY. IN COMMEMORATING OUR
ANNIVERSARY, LET US STRENGTHEN OUR TIES TO THE PAST BY PAYING HOMAGE
TO THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE US. AS WE HONOR THE SACRIFICES OF OUR
WOUNDED AND FALLEN COMRADES, OUR COMMITMENT TO ONE ANOTHER REMAINS
UNSHAKABLE. WE TAKE SPECIAL PRIDE IN THE ACTIONS OF THE MARINES NOW SERVING IN HARM'S WAY, AND REDEDICATE OURSELVES TO THE SERVICE OF OUR NATION AND OUR CORPS.
4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARINES, SEMPER FIDELIS, AND KEEP ATTACKING! M.W.
HAGEE, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS.///

Happy Birthday Marines!
Love, Honor, Respect,
JHD


UPDATE:Photos in from Camp Fallujah!

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# 1 -A Marine carries a birthday cake during the II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD) cake cutting ceremony at Camp Fallujah in honor of the Marine Corps’ 230th birthday Thursday. More than 100 Marines and Sailors were present at the ceremony, which was attended by the II MEF (FWD) commanding general, Maj. Gen. Stephen T. Johnson and the II MEF (FWD) sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Gary W. Harris.
Photo by: Cpl. Evan M. Eagan


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# 2 -A color guard presents the colors during the II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD) cake cutting ceremony at Camp Fallujah in honor of the Marine Corps’ 230th birthday Thursday. More than 100 Marines and Sailors were present at the ceremony, which was attended by the II MEF (FWD) commanding general, Maj. Gen. Stephen T. Johnson and the II MEF (FWD) sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Gary W. Harris. Photo by: Cpl. Evan M. Eagan

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# 3 -Major Gen. Stephen T. Johnson, commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD), prepares to cut the first piece of cake during a cake cutting ceremony at Camp Fallujah in honor of the Marine Corps’ 230th birthday Thursday. More than 100 Marines and Sailors were present at the ceremony, which was attended by the commanding general and the II MEF (FWD) sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Gary W. Harris. Photo by: Cpl. Evan M. Eagan

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# 4 -Major Gen. Stephen T. Johnson, commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD), presents a piece of cake to the oldest Marine in the unit, Col. Gary I. Wilson, officer-in-charge, Anti-Terrorism Force Protection, II MEF (FWD), during a cake cutting ceremony held at Camp Fallujah in honor of the Marine Corps’ 230th birthday Thursday. More than 100 Marines and Sailors were present at the ceremony, which was attended by the commanding general and the II MEF (FWD) sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Gary W. Harris. Photo by: Cpl. Evan M. Eagan

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# 5 -The oldest Marine in the unit, Colonel Gary I. Wilson, 58, officer-in-charge, Anti-Terrorism Force Protection, II MEF (FWD), presents Lance Cpl. Ryan Eberly, 19, communication center operator and systems administrator, G-2 office, II MEF (FWD), the youngest Marine in the unit, with a piece of cake during a cake cutting ceremony held at Camp Fallujah in honor of the Marine Corps’ 230th birthday Thursday. More than 100 Marines and Sailors were present at the ceremony, which was attended by the II MEF (FWD) commanding general, Maj. Gen. Stephen T. Johnson and the II MEF (FWD) sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Gary W. Harris. Photo by: Cpl. Evan M. Eagan

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# 6 -II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD) celebrated the Marine Corps’ 230th birthday at Camp Fallujah Thursday. More than 100 Marines and Sailors were present at the ceremony, which was attended by the II MEF (FWD) commanding general, Maj. Gen. Stephen T. Johnson and the II MEF (FWD) sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Gary W. Harris. Photo by: Cpl. Evan M. Eagan



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