Battle Rattle blog recognized for combat coverage


The cat’s out of the bag, which means it’s time for an overdue thank you here on Battle Rattle.

The Military Reporters and Editors organization announced Wednesday that this blog has received honorable mention in its Online Interactive category for work done in 2010. Specifically, it highlighted the war-zone blogging that photographer Thomas Brown and I did during our spring 2010 embed in Helmand province, Afghanistan (most of those entries can be found here).

I won’t get long-winded, but since I’m aware there are Battle Rattle readers who don’t make their way to Marine Corps Times’ online front page regularly, I wanted to share the good news here, too. We finished behind a very substantial New York Times project, so there’s no shame in that.

Thanks to the staff of I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward); 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, and everyone else who played a hand in helping us tell the Marines’ story during a hectic, dangerous time in Marjah district. It’s an experience we won’t forget.


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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. Congratulations, your coverage from Afghanastan was especially important to me as a mother of a 3/6 Marine, and even tho he out now I still check in regularly for your coverage and I know he does also. It is so important that everyone knows what sacrifices these individuals make for their country.

  2. Dan and Thomas rock at their job!! Congrats you two!! Plus most folks who know squat about journalistic prowess know that you kicked tail on the Times!!

  3. Daddy Cracker on

    Congratulations on your well deserved honor! Your articles made son’s first deployment just a little bit more bearable. And I will never forget the excitement for me and my extended 3/6 family when his picture showed up in an article! You guys will always have a special place in our hearts! GOD Bless and SEMPER FI!

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