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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.

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)

2nd Marine Division