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Lance Cpl. Glenn A. Cocagne, a team leader with Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, leads a group of Marines and Afghanistan National Army soldiers outside a compound during Operation Integrity, in Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Jan. 15. The main purpose of the operation was to successfully cordon off a suspected hotspot for Taliban activity, search for weapon and IED caches, disrupt enemy logistical operations and gather census data on locals in the region of Sistani.

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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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