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Operation Noel: Marine helicopters spread Christmas spirit in Afghanistan

The crew of a Marine Corps UH-1Y Huey with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 prepares to take-off from a forward operating base in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 25. The Marine Corps helicopter squadron flew thousands of pounds of care packages to infantry Marines at austere combat outposts in Afghanistan on Christmas Day.



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This work, Operation Noel: Marine helicopters spread Christmas spirit in Afghanistan [Image 7 of 13], is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:12.25.2011

Date Posted:12.25.2011 06:01

Photo ID:503591

VIRIN:111225-M-#####-007

Resolution:5616x3744

Size:5.28 MB

Location:HELMAND PROVINCE, AFGlobe

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