Jan 16, 2005

AR RAMADI, Iraq (May 16, 2005) - Corporal Eric W. Witt, a rifleman with 1st Squad, 3rd Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, points a New Iraqi Army (NIA) soldier in the direction where he needs to position himself during a mission in the city here. The 23-year-old from Rogersville, Mo., and his fellow warriors with 3rd Platoon conducted a cordon and search mission of a neighborhood with 15 NIA soldiers. The three-hour joint-operation was geared toward keeping a military presence in area and establishing a positive relationship between Iraqi civilians and members of their own military. The Marines and their Iraqi counterparts executed the mission without incident. Photo by Cpl. Tom Sloan

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