Ronnie Torres

Staff Sgt. Ronnie Torres, a 29-year-old platoon sergeant from Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, based out of Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, carries his sea bag to his tent after arriving to an airbase at Al Asad, Iraq, March 17, 2006. Just eight months after their deployment to Afghanistan, the Hawaii-based Marines have departed their base in Hawaii for a seven-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. “It takes a very special man to sacrifice his comfort and the comfort of those who he loves most in order to make a difference to his country,” said Lt. Col. Norman Cooling, the unit’s commanding officer. “That’s the kind of men that serve in this unit – in ‘America’s Battalion.’ “It’s a real sacrifice that few are willing to make.” The Marines will be replacing the Camp Pendleton, Calif.-based 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, in the “Triad” region of Haditha, Haqliniyah, and Barwanah along the Euphrates River in western Iraq. The battalion will work hand-in-hand with local Iraqi Security Forces to conduct counterinsurgency operations, as well as advise and guide Iraqi soldiers so they can eventually take operational control of Al Anbar Province. Torres is a Pembroke, Fla., native. (Photo by Sgt. Roe F. Seigle)

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