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Florida Marine Makes History with Combat Promotion

Staff Sgt. Garrett Cheatum (front) shakes hands with Marines of 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, after being promoted to staff sergeant April 2. The Niceville, Fla., native is an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician with 1st EOD Company, attached to 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, and earned a combat meritorious promotion to staff sergeant, the first such promotion in EOD history, for his work in Marjah. The battalion is deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.



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Date Taken:04.02.2011

Date Posted:04.14.2011 15:20

Photo ID:389791

VIRIN:110402-M-RC758-058

Resolution:2736x3744

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Location:FORWARD OPERATING BASE MARJAH, AFGlobe

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  • Staff Sgt. Matthew Jackson, explosive ordnance disposal team leader, 1st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, stands at the position of attention as Maj. James Shelstad, company commander, 1st EOD Co., 7th ESB, CLR-1, 1st MLG, 43, from Canby, Ore., pins a Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device to his uniform at Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 18. Jackson, 31, from Calabasas, Calif., who at the time was a sergeant with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, RCT-7, 1st MarDiv (FWD), as an EOD team leader, received the award for displaying tremendous technical proficiency, mental agility and physical determination in facilitating the battalion’s ability to combat a diverse enemy IED network counterinsurgency environment.
  • Staff Sgt. Timothy Lynch, team leader, 3rd Platoon, 1st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device during an award ceremony on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 20, for actions while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. According to the citation, Lynch, 28, a native of Naperville, Ill., selflessly put his life at risk while leading his team on 120 combat missions and manually rendering safe 95 IEDs.
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