Friday, July 3, 2009


CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand Province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

“It’s not about how long your life is, 80 years, 100 years,” said Lt. Col Christian Cabaniss on June 5 to the men of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 3, Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan. “Your measure is what you do with the time you have. The things you do now, people will remember, and they will remember forever!” Cabaniss, the battalion commander, gathered his Marines for possibly the last time as a unit before departing Camp Leatherneck to take part in what he labeled “a summer of decisions in Afghanistan.” (US Marine Corps photo by Cpl Aaron Rooks).

These Marines are at this very moment carving their names into history with the points of their bayonets. Our thoughts and prayers are with them this Independence Day weekend - S.L.

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