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Lieutenant Col. Carl E. Cooper, the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment commanding officer, and Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey G. Monssen, the battalion's sergeant major, prepare to case the battalion colors Aug. 13, 2013 during the battalion's deactivation ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. "The sergeant major and I were proud to do it," said Cooper. "There will be a time when the battalion is established again and we will have to unfurl those colors." This ceremony marked the fifth time the battalion has been deactivated since its origination in 1917. - Lieutenant Col. Carl E. Cooper, the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment commanding officer, and Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey G. Monssen, the battalion's sergeant major, prepare to case the battalion colors Aug. 13, 2013 during the battalion's deactivation ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. "The sergeant major and I were proud to do it," said Cooper. "There will be a time when the battalion is established again and we will have to unfurl those colors." This ceremony marked the fifth time the battalion has been deactivated since its origination in 1917.

Petty Officer Lynn Chaplin, a Corpsman with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, further explains to Marines with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 4th Combat Engineer Battalion and 8th Engineer Support Battalion, the importance of all of the information involving evacuating casualties during their communication class at Engineer Training Areas 9 and 10, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 17, 2013. This is just one of the many classes that the Marines will take before doing practical application exercises during their two-week training event. - Petty Officer Lynn Chaplin, a Corpsman with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, further explains to Marines with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 4th Combat Engineer Battalion and 8th Engineer Support Battalion, the importance of all of the information involving evacuating casualties during their communication class at Engineer Training Areas 9 and 10, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 17, 2013. This is just one of the many classes that the Marines will take before doing practical application exercises during their two-week training event.

From left to right, Staff Sgt. John Kramer, platoon Sgt. with 2nd Tanks Battalion, Jeff Clark, chairman of the Military Affairs Committee, Ashley Seniw, wife of Sgt. William Seniw, Sgt. William Seniw, a tank gunner with 2nd Tank Battalion, Laurette Leagon, president of the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce, and 2nd Lt. Christopher Swift, platoon commander with 2nd Tank Battalion, stand together after Seniw's award ceremony at the officer's club, June 17, 2013. Seniw was awarded the service member of the month for outstanding service. - From left to right, Staff Sgt. John Kramer, platoon Sgt. with 2nd Tanks Battalion, Jeff Clark, chairman of the Military Affairs Committee, Ashley Seniw, wife of Sgt. William Seniw, Sgt. William Seniw, a tank gunner with 2nd Tank Battalion, Laurette Leagon, president of the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce, and 2nd Lt. Christopher Swift, platoon commander with 2nd Tank Battalion, stand together after Seniw's award ceremony at the officer's club, June 17, 2013. Seniw was awarded the service member of the month for outstanding service.

Lieutenant Col. Tyler Zagurski (left), commanding officer of 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, and a Mercer Island, Wash., native, stands opposite Cpl. Ronald Smith, a native of Saint Marys, Ga., and a mortarman with the unit, as the battalion sergeant major reads Smith’s Bronze Star medal with combat distinguishing device citation aloud May 4. The ceremony was conducted at the conclusion of an 11-mile hike the battalion conducted to recognize Smith for treating a wounded Afghan soldier in the heat of combat in Helmand province, Afghanistan, last year. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Timothy L. Solano) - Lieutenant Col. Tyler Zagurski (left), commanding officer of 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, and a Mercer Island, Wash., native, stands opposite Cpl. Ronald Smith, a native of Saint Marys, Ga., and a mortarman with the unit, as the battalion sergeant major reads Smith’s Bronze Star medal with combat distinguishing device citation aloud May 4. The ceremony was conducted at the conclusion of an 11-mile hike the battalion conducted to recognize Smith for treating a wounded Afghan soldier in the heat of combat in Helmand province, Afghanistan, last year. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Timothy L. Solano)

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