We’re Still at War: Photo of the Day for May 2, 2014


Lance Cpl. Ethan C. Hogeland, native of Fayetteville, N.C., and amphibious assault vehicle crewman with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., watches the sunrise on the flight deck in preparation for manning the rails as the USS New York (LPD 21) sails into South Florida for Fleet Week Port Everglades 2014, April 28. Approximately 120 Marines from 2nd AAV Bn., 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., and Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 269, Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., are participating in the 24th Annual Fleet Week in Port Everglades; South Florida’s annual celebration of maritime forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders/Released)

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