09192010-M-8640M-001 FORT PICKETT Va.- Lance Cpl Matthew Gearhart, a scout sniper with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Weapons Co., aims in on his target during a training exercise aboard Ft. Pickett Va., Sep. 19. Gearhart and the rest of the battalion is preparing to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.


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