Image description: Marines assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit participate in a team-building water obstacle course at Arta Beach, Djibouti. The unit provides support for maritime security operations.
Photo by Cpl. Richard Sanglap-Heramis, U.S. Marines
Image description: In Sihanoukville, Cambodia, Sgt. Marcos Bustos joins in the fun during a community service event at the Help the Cambodian Children Goodwill Center. Sgt. Bustos is assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and aboard the USS Pearl Harbor.
Photo by U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dominique Pinerio
Image description: Marines carried a Toys For Tots banner in the annual New York City Veterans Day parade. The Toys For Tots program collects unopened toys each Christmas season for less fortunate children.
Photo by Marine Corps Sgt. Randall A. Clinton
Sergeant (then Corporal) Dakota Meyer stands at an awards ceremony in Afghanistan.
Congratulations to Sergeant Dakota L. Meyer who will receive the Medal of Honor for his acts of extraordinary heroism in Afghanistan on September 8, 2009.
Over the course of a six hour fire fight, Sgt. Meyer entered the battle zone five separate times to evacuate the wounded, provide essential aid, and save the lives of 13 Marines and 23 Afghan soldiers.
Sgt. Meyer will be the first living Marine to receive the Medal of Honor in 41 years.
Learn more about Sgt. Meyer’s heroic actions.
Image description: A U.S. Marine shovels dirt during a construction project in Afghanistan.
For more than a year, U.S. Marines have been helping Afghan workers rebuild waterways in their villages to revive a way of life there.
The project is focused on rebuilding major waterways to make water more accessible to the Afghan people.
The increased flow of water may encourage farmers to plant legal crops like wheat or corn, rather than poppy, which, though illegal, doesn’t require much water.
Easier access to water also makes it possible for construction workers to create new villages with buildings made of mud.
Read more about construction projects in Afghanistan.