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Animal Packers Course

Lance Cpl. Tyler Langford, anti-tank missileman, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, leads his pack mule during a hike at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Bridgeport, Calif., Oct. 13, 2012.



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This work, Animal Packers Course [Image 2 of 2], by Cpl Ali Azimi, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:10.19.2012

Date Posted:10.19.2012 14:38

Photo ID:748538

VIRIN:121013-M-KI464-284

Resolution:1024x683

Size:728.52 KB

Location:MOUNTAIN WARFARE TRAINING CENTER BRIDGEPORT, CA, US

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