A look at Marine Gen. John Allen’s ISAF coin


Challenge coins have become a prominent part of military culture, honoring exemplary service and dedication to duty. For that reason, it seemed relevant to point out the following:

(Photos by Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie/ISAF)

That’s the coin of Marine Gen. John Allen, the top commander in Afghanistan. The photo was posted online by the military along with this story.

Here’s the flip-side of the coin, if you will:


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