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Birth of a Motto: in Helmand Province, 3/3 H&S Marines Prove Their Versatility, Mettle

Pfc. Aramis C. Sandoval, administrative clerk, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, holds security at a vehicle checkpoint near Forward Operating Base Geronimo, Afghanistan, May 30. Sandoval from Bronx, N.Y., will have served in the Marine Corps for a year on June 7. He wants to become a lawyer and hoped serving as a clerk in a legal office would give him some experience. Instead he is part of the H&S guard force, a group of mostly non-infantrymen who perform infantry duties in the H&S battle space. "I give all the respect to the grunts," Sandoval said with a tired sigh. "This work is not easy at all. It's physically and mentally demanding. The pressure is the biggest challenge. I don't ever want to look back and think I got a Marine hurt because I wasn't doing something right.

Regimental Combat Team-7, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs

Photo by Sgt. Mark Fayloga

Date: 05.30.2010

Location: Forward Operating Base Geronimo, AF

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Taken on June 6, 2010