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

Nathan Nastase

U.S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Justin Lehew (second from right) and Col. Nathan Nastase (far right), the regimental sergeant major and commanding officer of 3rd Marine Regiment, attach a battle streamer to the 3rd Marines battle colors during a 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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