A Marine searches for his bags in a sea of gear waiting to be loaded on the truck shortly before Company L, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, leaves for their seven-month tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom April 6, 2011.


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I'm a senior writer with Marine Corps Times, covering ground warfare, manpower, weapons acquisition and other beats. I embedded in Afghanistan in spring 2010, and plan to return at least once in 2011.

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