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Back to Iraq

Sgt. Juan Arredondo (left) shakes hands with his former first sergeant, Command Sergeant Maj. Glenn Robinson, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment command sergeant major, during Arrendondo's visit to FOB Marez in northern Iraq. He, and seven other wounded combat veterans, participated in Operation Proper Exit V, which honored the wounded warriors for their sacrifices.



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This work, Back to Iraq [Image 1 of 2], by SPC Crystal M. Bradley, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:04.30.2010

Date Posted:04.30.2010 03:27

Photo ID:274652

VIRIN:100430-A-#####-002

Resolution:1800x1200

Size:1.28 MB

Location:FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAREZ, IQGlobe

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