Associated Press photojournalist Kevin Frayer recently sent out a group of stark black-and-white aerial images that show the rugged, inhospitable terrain of the province. Frayer made the images while flying in a medevac helicopter from the U.S. Army’s Task Force Shadow “Dust Off”, Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment.

In this aerial photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, U.S. Marines gather around a colleague wounded by an improvised explosive device as they wait for a medevac helicopter of the U.S. Army’s Task Force Shadow “Dust Off”, Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment near Marjah in the volatile Helmand Province, Southern Afghanistan. (AP / Kevin Frayer)

I like black & white photgraphy a lot.

Another 18 images over at “The Frame” – HERE


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A US Marine convoy from India Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines steers alongside an inactive gas station in Marjah, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, on April 9, 2010.

Some new pictures I haven’t seen, some old.

See them all – HERE


Check out the whole set – HERE

Quite a few of the pictures show Marines who have tattoos all down their arms.    Judging by the Marine Corps. tattoo policy, June 1, 2010 is the cuttoff in order to be grandfathered in, because the most recent version of the policy strictly prohibits “sleeve” tattoos.

I wonder what happens if someone violates the policy?  My guess is they get booted out.

There is an interesting article over at usmc.mil regarding the new tattoo policy.  It appears that having tattoos is a bad personal choice when it comes to your career, if you are in the USMC.