Apr 3, 2010

When Lance Cpl. Zech Stimson, a motor transportation operator with Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), embarks upon an operation outside of his home base of Camp Leatherneck, he ensures a photograph-etched dog tag given to him by his wife accompanies him, as displayed aboard Forward Operating Base Edinburgh, Afghanistan April 3. Like many Marines, the 19-year-old Lapeer, Mich., native carries this piece of home with him for good luck while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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