AfghaniDan

A young man's strange, erotic journey from Milan to Minsk...and apparently, back again.

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Saturday, May 13, 2006

The Marines have left the building...

Today, May 13, was the last day of Task Force Lava in Afghanistan. The men of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines cased their colors, and transferred authority to the Army's 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry--a unit that's been in the region since March with the rest of Task Force Spartan. These photos are again those of Lance Cpl Stephen Kwietniak, combat photographer extraordinaire.

The battalions present arms as the national anthem is played. I do realize this may be confusing for awhile, as I jump back and forth between current photos (the past week's memorial and today's transfer ceremony) and ones from a month ago, but I figure it's better than backing everything up.

Marines from the remaining companies of the battalion stand in formation, bowing their heads for the chaplain's prayer. I mentioned the insane heat here, right? The constant 110+ degree highs? Well, it continues...this was held at 8 a.m., and was already sweltering.


There it goes...I could barely stand to watch as the Eagle, Globe and Anchor is taken down and covered. It's back to the never-ending questions I endure in an Army environment: "Why aren't you with the rest of your battalion?" or "So you're a Lieutenant, right?" Knuckleheads.

It's perfectly appropriate, by the way, for a Marine battalion to be sharing their battle space with, then turning it over to, the "Chosin Battalion." As their name implies, this unit's lineage is heavy with battles that were fought alongside Marines, right up through Fallujah in 2004.

There you have it...the colors are swapped out, remarks and kudos complete by all commanders, the plaque is handed over and it's "Aloha time" for the Lava Dogs, as they return to Hawaii. I've really enjoyed my time with them over the last couple of months. And then there was one Marine remaining in all of eastern Afghanistan...

12 Comments:

Anonymous Agnieszka O. said...

Thanks for posting the photos.
Be nice to 1-32 Inf... I mail care packages to them :-)
Are there any Marines left at Camp Blessing?
It was 85F in shade today in Denver.

May 13, 2006 at 4:46 PM  
Anonymous Jan said...

"And then there was one Marine remaining in all of eastern Afghanistan..."

Sounding kinda lonely, Captain Dan. But know you can represent the Corp!

Thinking about you! Stay safe.

May 13, 2006 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger Rubin said...

"And then there was one Marine remaining in all of eastern Afghanistan..."

I can feel the Love, can you? :)

1st rate blog Marine!!

May 13, 2006 at 8:58 PM  
Blogger Rubin said...

"And then there was one Marine remaining in all of eastern Afghanistan..."

I can feel the Love, can you? :)

1st rate blog Marine!!

May 13, 2006 at 8:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, there are a few other Marines out there!! Someone has to keep the Army in line!

My pet peeve: CPT instead of Capt. Drives me crazy.

- Shannon

May 14, 2006 at 5:37 AM  
Anonymous Squidward said...

OOOOHHH RAAHHHH Devil Dog!!!

May 15, 2006 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Skip said...

As long as your with the Army, at least you won't get lost :)

proud Dad of a 19D, 3-71 Cav

May 15, 2006 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger Call Me Grandma said...

God bless and thank you for serving.

May 16, 2006 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger kbug said...

But it only takes one Marine, right?? Being the daughter of a Marine, I know all about that.... :)

May 18, 2006 at 8:37 PM  
Blogger I Love Jeets said...

Once a Marine, always a Marine.

May 19, 2006 at 11:23 AM  
Anonymous Emily said...

RESPECT! RESPECT! RESPECT! Respect the LMNO.

May 21, 2006 at 8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my hubby is at blessing you better be nice

June 30, 2006 at 9:04 PM  

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