KAJAKI, Afghanistan – Lance Cpl. Christopher Yudin, a machinegunner with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, looks through his scope of his M240 machine gun, May 30, 2012. Yudin, a native of Seattle, plans to apply for citizenship when he returns from his deployment.


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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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