Highest-deployed Marine infantry regiment celebrates end to eight years of combat

Nathan Nastase

U.S. Marines with the 3rd Marine Regiment color guard march into place under the watch of Sgt. Maj. Justin Lehew (left) and Col. Nathan Nastase (right), regimental sergeant major and commanding officer, during a 3rd Marines battle streamer rededication ceremony on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, May 24, 2012. The ceremony marked the end of eight years of combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq for 3rd Marines, and honored 116 Marines and sailors killed in action and hundreds more wounded there. During the ceremony, Marines presented the regiment’s 17 battle streamers to senior leadership for re-attachment to the 3rd Marines battle colors.

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