Now reporting live from Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan


CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Good morning, friends. Photographer Tom Brown and I successfully hopped a CH-53 flight night last night from Camp Hanson in Marjah to Camp Leatherneck.

While that means our time with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, has come to a close, we’ll be posting a variety of photographs and blog entries in the next few days in this space that shows what life is like for those Marines, who took great care of us while we were embedded with them.

We’ll also be blogging about life here at Leatherneck again and pointing out some of the more serious journalism we’ve done on this trip as it goes live on our website. For example, this long-form piece on the sniper threat in Marjah appeared on the Marine Corps Times website within the last day or three.

As always, thanks for reading. Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, and if you happen to have time, consider checking out the comments under the infamous Sarah Palin tattoo entry. The conversation grows richer by the minute, and exploded on the Internet in the last 24 hours.


About Author

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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  2. Daniel and Tom; I want to thank you for the stories you have shared about our guys while you’ve been with the 3/6. Your words and pictures have brought a better understanding of the effort, hardships and sacrifice our Marines and Sailors are making every day. Of course, it has been difficult to see our sons, husbands and fathers actually being shot at but just knowing that you both have seen them and talked to them makes our days and nights a little easier to get through.

    On this Memorial Day weekend, I want to thank you for helping us see what this holiday is all about. And if you and Tom happen to be onboard Camp Lejeune during our Homecoming, look for an old, fat, bald guy that just won’t stop hugging his LCpl son and introduce yourself. I’d be honored to shake your hand! SEMPER FI!

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    Ditto Michael, my sentiments exactly. Thanks Dan and Tom for all your stories and pictures, I looked forward to reading them every day. It gave me the chance to see through your eyes what our marines are going through on a daily basis. I haven’t heard from Tommy since you were first embedded with India Co. but he did tell me when you arrived that he was able to talk to you. Thanks again.

  4. I want to thank all the guys and all the families who have been so supportive of my kid’s work in the last few weeks.
    I was a little antsy about Dan going into a war zone with a week’s worth of training, armed with nothing but a pencil and a laptop. From where I sit, your guys have been extremely helpful to the rookie tag-a-long, watching his butt like it was one of their own. Thanks for keeping my clown in one piece.

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