Photo Friday: “Walking Tall”

Afghan children walk alongside Lance Cpl. Jacob Kartchner, a team leader with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and 28-year-old native of Long Beach, Calif., in the hopes of receiving candy from Kartchner as he patrols with fellow Marines and Afghan National Police outside the Hazar Joft Bazaar here, April 8, 2012. On the patrol, the Kilo Co. Marines partnered with members of the ANP to maintain security in and around the bazaar, one of the busiest commercial centers in Helmand province’s Garmsir district. Their partnership is a vital part of preparing the Afghan National Security Forces to assume lead security responsibility in Garmsir.
photo courtesy of: Cpl. Reece Lodder, USMC

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3 Responses to Photo Friday: “Walking Tall”

  1. Heather Kartchner says:

    Yes, this hunk of marine is my husband. I couldn’t be more proud of the sacrifices he makes for our country and our freedom. He is an amazing husband, father, and marine. I can’t wait to see him soon!

  2. Heather Kartchner says:

    Also, I think this picture is great because it shows that the children aren’t afraid. They look happy and excited. I told my husband that he looks like their personal bodyguard. He replied, “I kind of am.” he said its the same kids every day at the bazaar and they all get excited to see the marines and kind of follow them around. They bring the children a sense of safety and security, something they aren’t used to.

  3. Thank you for your comments Mrs. Kartchner! It is a great picture of your husband and those Afghan children. I could not resist choosing it as our “Photo Friday” picture this week. I hope your family will be reunited very soon! This Marine would also like to pass along his thanks and a Semper Fi to your Marine!

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