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    Afghan, Marine partnership bears fruit through progress, transition in southern Helmand [Image 21 of 21]

    Afghan, Marine partnership bears fruit through progress, transition in southern Helmand

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II, AFGHANISTAN

    07.05.2012

    Photo by Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez 

    Regimental Combat Team-5

    U.S. Marine Col. Roger B. Turner Jr. and Sgt. Maj. Alberto Ruiz, the commanding officer and sergeant major of Regimental Combat Team 5, case the regimental colors during a transfer of authority ceremony here, July 5, 2012. Since their activation in 1917, 5th and 6th Marine Regiments have courageously fought for America, most notably in World War I when they fought side-by-side in the bloody Battle of Belleau Wood. In December 2011, Regimental Combat Team 6 arrived in northern Helmand province to support Operation Enduring Freedom, joining RCT-5 on the same battlefield for the first time in 94 years. This historic partnership is now coming to a close. Turner and Ruiz, the commanding officer and sergeant major of RCT-5, cased the colors of “Fighting Fifth” and transferred authority of their area of operations to Col. John R. Shafer and Sgt. Maj. Jamie Deets, the commanding officer and sergeant major of RCT-6 here, July 5. Marines and sailors of RCT-5 led subordinate units as they conducted counterinsurgency operations throughout southern Helmand, during their yearlong deployment. The “Fighting Fifth” is slated to return to Camp Pendleton, Calif., in August 2012.

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    Date Taken: 07.05.2012
    Date Posted: 07.30.2012 14:03
    Photo ID: 635377
    VIRIN: 120705-M-PH863-015
    Resolution: 3000x2100
    Size: 1.87 MB
    Location: FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II, AF 

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