The United States Marine Corps Memorial on 4th of July


The United States Marine Corps War Memorial, better known as the Iwo Jima Memorial, is seen in Arlington, Va., during the Independence Day fireworks display yesterday. (Photo by Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

For all of you who were away from the computer during the holiday weekend, welcome back. I thought it’d be a good idea to share here the Associated Press photograph posted above, as highlighted on our Line of Sight blog.

If you’re playing catch-up, it’s worth reading back a few entries to see what senior writer Gina Cavallaro and photographer Tom Brown are up to Sangin, Afghanistan.

They’re embedded with 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, out of Camp Pendleton, Calif., and received a sobering assessment of the security situation Marines there face. They also were at Forward Operating Base Jackson this weekend during a shooting incident that killed a member of the Afghanistan National Army and wounded a Marine.


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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.


  1. Are Gima Cavallaro and Tom Brown anywhere near where the 1.5 B Co 1st Platoon is? I do not get much from my son on this deployment due to where they are and his duties keeping him more than busy. I will follow this blog each day in hopes to hear about what is going on. Thanks for anything you post on this. Hooah! (I am retired Army 36 years mostly Special Ops)

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