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    Operation Double Check: through the eyes of infantrymen [Image 3 of 12]

    Operation Double Check: through the eyes of infantrymen

    KHWAJADAD, HELMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN

    01.31.2012

    Photo by Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde  

    II Marine Expeditionary Force

    Carrollton, Ohio, native Cpl. Joseph Kakascik, an infantryman with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, patrols through a field during the opening phase of Operation Double Check, a battalion-level offensive to rid Khwajadad and other areas in southern Musa Qal’eh district of insurgents. Kakascik, 22, and other Fox Marines spent almost a week away from their company position at nearby Patrol Base 7171 during the operation’s initial phase. The Marines had to combat cold weather, inadequate shelter, fatigue and hunger during the first week of the operation. Kakascik, a 2008 graduate of Bluffton High School in Bluffton, S.C., uses advice he received from his recruiter when he originally enlisted in the Marine Corps to get through tough times on deployment. “Everyone’s got to find their own personal motivation inside to keep moving,” said Kakascik. “One thing my recruiter told me when I joined – he was a grunt for 11 years – he said, ‘You might be the most miserable person out there, but if you look to your left or right, someone out there is even more miserable,’ so it kind of gives you hope.”

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    IMAGE INFO

    Date Taken: 01.31.2012
    Date Posted: 01.31.2012 08:10
    Photo ID: 516521
    VIRIN: 120106-M-YI942-002
    Resolution: 5238x2964
    Size: 9.79 MB
    Location: KHWAJADAD, HELMAND PROVINCE, AF

    Web Views: 179
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