Jan 19, 2009

Col. John K. Love, center, commanding officer, Regimental Combat Team 8, and Sgt. Maj. Rudy Resto, regimental sergeant major, RCT-8, assume control of Coalition Forces operations in western al-Anbar province, Iraq, during a relief in place/transfer of authority ceremony Jan. 19 at Camp Ripper. Love and his Marines from RCT-8 are taking over an area covering 70,000 miles, roughly the size of South Carolina, and will be helping the Iraqis improve their security and infrastructure.

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