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You voted, and March's photo of the month comes from Cpl. Reece Lodder. Lodder was with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, on the way to meet with Afghan National Police when he noticed two small boys run up to Lance Cpl. Tom Morton. “Even in the middle of a mission that demanded his full attention, the tall, tattooed infantryman took a moment to make the children's day," said Lodder. "He didn't have to stop or interact with the kids, but he chose to. I thought it was a reflection of his character - and a greater reflection of the Marines around him."
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Tom Morton, a 23-year-old team leader with 3rd Platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and native of Nashville, Tenn., hands an Afghan child a toy during a security patrol here, Feb. 25. On the patrol, the 3rd Platoon Marines partnered with Afghan National Police to search for insurgent activity in Safar Bazaar, Garmsir district's busiest commercial center. They mentor the ANP in a partnered combat operations center at PB Bury, and patrol with them throughout Safar. The partnership is a vital part of preparing the Afghan National Security Forces to assume lead security responsibility in Garmsir.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder)