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    Operation Double Check: through the eyes of infantrymen [Image 4 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

    Edmond, Okla., native Lance Cpl. Nathan Aschenbrenner, an automatic rifleman with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, patrols across a field during the first week of Operation Double Check, a battalion-level offensive to rid Khwajadad and other areas in southern Musa Qal’eh district of insurgents. Aschenbrenner, 24, 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, in addition to insurgents, during the first week of the operation. Aschenbrenner credits the Marines in his squad for helping him get through the experience. "Just having the guys around you, that really is how you take your mind off of everything,” said Aschenbrenner, a 2005 graduate of Edmond North High School. “Just talking to your buddy, joking around, having a good time in a bad situation totally makes it worth it.”

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    IMAGE INFO

    Date Taken: 01.31.2012
    Date Posted: 01.31.2012 08:11
    Photo ID: 516522
    VIRIN: 120106-M-YI942-093
    Resolution: 4638x3000
    Size: 9.09 MB
    Location: KHWAJADAD, HELMAND PROVINCE, AF

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