Operation Gratitude

...Our troops deserve our support...

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“The United States has done so much for me. I have a family, I have a brotherhood, and when I decide to get out (of the Marine Corps), I have all my guys I can call if I need anything, and they can do the same.” –Lance Cpl. Sergey Huber
Caption: Lance Cpl. Sergey Huber, a squad automatic weapon gunner with 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, gives a peace sign with a bird found in an abandoned Afghan compound during regimental operation in Urmoz, Afghanistan. Born in Russia, Huber lived in a Russian orphanage for several years before being adopted and brought to America as a child. (DVIDS photo by Sgt. James Mercure. Used with permission.)

“The United States has done so much for me. I have a family, I have a brotherhood, and when I decide to get out (of the Marine Corps), I have all my guys I can call if I need anything, and they can do the same.” –Lance Cpl. Sergey Huber

Caption: Lance Cpl. Sergey Huber, a squad automatic weapon gunner with 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, gives a peace sign with a bird found in an abandoned Afghan compound during regimental operation in Urmoz, Afghanistan. Born in Russia, Huber lived in a Russian orphanage for several years before being adopted and brought to America as a child. (DVIDS photo by Sgt. James Mercure. Used with permission.)

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An email to share: “Dear OPERATION GRATITUDE:  I just wanted to thank you on behalf of *** for supporting the troops out here in Herat, Afghanistan by sending your packages.  It’s always nice to know that random people from children to adults back home still care enough to send their love and appreciation all the way to the other side of the world.  You bring smiles to our faces as it means a lot to all of us when we receive snacks and random necessities because who would have thought people could get excited over simple items like soap?  I wish the best for you all as we continue our mission with helping Afghanistan become an independent nation. V/r, LS2 K.A.G.”
Caption: Today’s Navy chiefs wear many hats and operate across a broad spectrum of services, wearing different uniforms but still keeping with the one team, one fight purpose. Chiefs wearing each of these uniforms attended the Navy chiefs’ birthday celebration, April 1, aboard Camp Krutke, a Seabee camp located on Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 currently operates out of Camp Krutke and hosted the celebration. (DVIDS photo by Chief Petty Officer Leslie Shively. Used with permission.)

An email to share: “Dear OPERATION GRATITUDE:  I just wanted to thank you on behalf of *** for supporting the troops out here in Herat, Afghanistan by sending your packages.  It’s always nice to know that random people from children to adults back home still care enough to send their love and appreciation all the way to the other side of the world.  You bring smiles to our faces as it means a lot to all of us when we receive snacks and random necessities because who would have thought people could get excited over simple items like soap?  I wish the best for you all as we continue our mission with helping Afghanistan become an independent nation. V/r, LS2 K.A.G.”

Caption: Today’s Navy chiefs wear many hats and operate across a broad spectrum of services, wearing different uniforms but still keeping with the one team, one fight purpose. Chiefs wearing each of these uniforms attended the Navy chiefs’ birthday celebration, April 1, aboard Camp Krutke, a Seabee camp located on Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 currently operates out of Camp Krutke and hosted the celebration. (DVIDS photo by Chief Petty Officer Leslie Shively. Used with permission.)

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A MH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Los Angeles conducts a flyover of the Point Vicente Lighthouse as part of the memorial service for Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Fernando Jorge. Jorge, along with Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor, Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron and Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight were killed when their helicopter crashed in Mobile Bay, Ala., during a training mission Feb. 28, 2012. (U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers. Used with permission.)

A MH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Los Angeles conducts a flyover of the Point Vicente Lighthouse as part of the memorial service for Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Fernando Jorge. Jorge, along with Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor, Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron and Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight were killed when their helicopter crashed in Mobile Bay, Ala., during a training mission Feb. 28, 2012. (U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers. Used with permission.)

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The face of William Eldridge, a former machine gunner with the U.S. Army 31st Infantry Regiment and survivor of the Bataan Death March, March 24. Eldridge endured marching nearly 80 miles subject to conditions of extreme brutality under the Japanese, who held him along with 76,000 other allied forces members as prisoners of war during World War II. http://www.bataanmarch.com/
(DVIDS photo by Daniel Liddicoet. Used with permission.)

The face of William Eldridge, a former machine gunner with the U.S. Army 31st Infantry Regiment and survivor of the Bataan Death March, March 24. Eldridge endured marching nearly 80 miles subject to conditions of extreme brutality under the Japanese, who held him along with 76,000 other allied forces members as prisoners of war during World War II. http://www.bataanmarch.com/

(DVIDS photo by Daniel Liddicoet. Used with permission.)

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Army Staff Sgt. Adrian “Mohican” Gonzalez from the 1186th Military Police unit assigned to the Quick Reaction Force at Camp Eggers, Kabul, hands a bottle of water to a passing Afghan child during a routine presence and patrol mission within the city. The patrols are designed to assure the Afghan population that U.S. and coalition forces are in Kabul to provide safety and security in addition to suppressing terrorist threats. NTM-A is a coalition of 37 troop-contributing nations charged with assisting the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in generating a capable and sustainable Afghan National Security Force ready to take lead of their country’s security by 2014. (DVIDS photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Fahey. Used with permission.)

Army Staff Sgt. Adrian “Mohican” Gonzalez from the 1186th Military Police unit assigned to the Quick Reaction Force at Camp Eggers, Kabul, hands a bottle of water to a passing Afghan child during a routine presence and patrol mission within the city. The patrols are designed to assure the Afghan population that U.S. and coalition forces are in Kabul to provide safety and security in addition to suppressing terrorist threats. NTM-A is a coalition of 37 troop-contributing nations charged with assisting the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in generating a capable and sustainable Afghan National Security Force ready to take lead of their country’s security by 2014. (DVIDS photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Fahey. Used with permission.)

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Our troops continue to deploy….we will continue to support them.Caption: Jaden Yun waves goodbye to his uncle, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Marvin Robles, and the other sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS O’Kane (DDG77) as it departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 23, 2012, for a deployment to the Western Pacific. USS O’Kane, is deploying under the Middle Pacific Surface Combatant (MPSC) deployment concept in which Pearl Harbor-based ships deploy in support of operations primarily in the Western Pacific under Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. (DVIDS photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth. Used with permission.)

Our troops continue to deploy….we will continue to support them.

Caption: Jaden Yun waves goodbye to his uncle, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Marvin Robles, and the other sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS O’Kane (DDG77) as it departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 23, 2012, for a deployment to the Western Pacific. USS O’Kane, is deploying under the Middle Pacific Surface Combatant (MPSC) deployment concept in which Pearl Harbor-based ships deploy in support of operations primarily in the Western Pacific under Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. (DVIDS photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth. Used with permission.)

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“I didn’t really think about it. To me it was clear-cut. I knew what I had to do and I did it.” — Lance Cpl. Benjamin Nalls
Choosing brotherhood over personal safety – U.S. service members like these young Marines are HEROES. Read the whole story here: http://bit.ly/GVrn2Z
Caption: Sergeant Erick Gutierrez, a squad leader, Lance Cpl. Benjamin Nalls, a light armored vehicle crewman, and Lance Cpl. Christopher D. Bast, a fire team leader, all serving with 1st Platoon, Delta Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, pose for a photo here, March 21, 2012. The three Marines were on an evening resupply patrol to another squad of Marines near a small village in Helmand province’s Khan Neshin district, Feb. 23, when they fell in a 15-foot-wide canal at separate times. Each participated in the successful rescue of his fellow Marines, with Nalls jumping back in the near-freezing water when Gutierrez fell in the canal. (DVIDS photo by Sgt. Michael Cifuentes. Used with permission.)

“I didn’t really think about it. To me it was clear-cut. I knew what I had to do and I did it.” — Lance Cpl. Benjamin Nalls

Choosing brotherhood over personal safety – U.S. service members like these young Marines are HEROES. Read the whole story here: http://bit.ly/GVrn2Z

Caption: Sergeant Erick Gutierrez, a squad leader, Lance Cpl. Benjamin Nalls, a light armored vehicle crewman, and Lance Cpl. Christopher D. Bast, a fire team leader, all serving with 1st Platoon, Delta Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, pose for a photo here, March 21, 2012. The three Marines were on an evening resupply patrol to another squad of Marines near a small village in Helmand province’s Khan Neshin district, Feb. 23, when they fell in a 15-foot-wide canal at separate times. Each participated in the successful rescue of his fellow Marines, with Nalls jumping back in the near-freezing water when Gutierrez fell in the canal. (DVIDS photo by Sgt. Michael Cifuentes. Used with permission.)

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