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Operation Noel: Marine helicopters spread Christmas spirit in Afghanistan

From left, Capt. Joseph Kennedy, Capt. Jeff Barnes, Sgt. Raymond Devor, Staff Sgt. Michael Evans and Lance Cpl. Andrew Harris, stand in front of a UH-1Y Huey from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 at Camp Bastion, 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 4 of 13], by SSgt Christopher Flurry, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:12.25.2011

Date Posted:12.25.2011 06:03

Photo ID:503594

VIRIN:111225-M-#####-010

Resolution:5616x3744

Size:5.53 MB

Location:CAMP BASTION, AFGlobe

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