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A table displays the Bronze Star Medal along with Sgt. Daniel Vasselian’s award citation and photos from his life Oct. 13, inside the American Legion’s Lewis V. Dorsey Post 112 in Abington, Mass. Daniel was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device for combat actions while on his third deployment to Afghanistan. Daniel’s wife, Erin Vasselian, and parents, Karen and Mark Vasselian, each were presented with medals during the ceremony. Daniel was killed in action Dec. 23, 2013 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. Richard Blumenstein)
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Karen Vasselian takes a photo of a commemorative brick bearing her son’s name Oct. 13, in front of the American Legion’s Lewis V. Dorsey Post 112 War Memorial in Abington, Mass. Sgt. Daniel Vasselian was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device for combat actions while on his third deployment to Afghanistan. Daniel’s wife, Erin Vasselian, and parents, Karen and Mark Vasselian, each were presented with medals during the ceremony. Daniel was killed in action Dec. 23, 2013 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. Richard Blumenstein)
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Karen Vasselian embraces Maj. James Nolan, Inspector-Instructor for Headquarters and Service Company and Weapons Company, , 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, following a ceremony where her son, Sgt. Daniel Vasselian, was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device, Oct. 13, in front of the American Legion’s Lewis V. Dorsey Post 112 War Memorial in Abington, Mass. Daniel was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device for combat actions while on his third deployment to Afghanistan. Daniel’s wife, Erin Vasselian, and parents, Karen and Mark Vasselian, each were presented with medals during the ceremony. Daniel was killed in action Dec. 23, 2013 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. Richard Blumenstein)
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First Sgt. Shane Dillon addresses the friends and family of Sgt. Daniel Vasselian before posthumously awarding him the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device Oct. 13, in front of the American Legion’s Lewis V. Dorsey Post 112 War Memorial in Abington, Mass. Karen’s son, Sgt. Daniel Vasselian was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device for combat actions while on his third deployment to Afghanistan. Daniel’s wife, Erin Vasselian, and parents, Karen and Mark Vasselian, each were presented with medals during the ceremony. Daniel was killed in action Dec. 23, 2013 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. Richard Blumenstein)
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Mark Vasselian embraces Maj. James Nolan, Inspector-Instructor for Headquarters and Service Company and Weapons Company, , 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, following a ceremony where his son, Sgt. Daniel Vasselian, was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device, Oct. 13, in front of the American Legion’s Lewis V. Dorsey Post 112 War Memorial in Abington, Mass. Daniel was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device for combat actions while on his third deployment to Afghanistan. Daniel’s wife, Erin Vasselian, and parents, Karen and Mark Vasselian, each were presented with medals during the ceremony. Daniel was killed in action Dec. 23, 2013 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. Richard Blumenstein)
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Erin Vasselian holds a Bronze Star Medal following a ceremony where her husband, Sgt. Daniel Vasselian, was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device, Oct. 13, in front of the American Legion’s Lewis V. Dorsey Post 112 War Memorial in Abington, Mass. Daniel was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device for combat actions while on his third deployment to Afghanistan. Erin Vasselian, and parents, Karen and Mark Vasselian, each were presented with medals during the ceremony. Daniel was killed in action Dec. 23, 2013 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. Richard Blumenstein)
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Maj. James Nolan, Inspector-Instructor for Headquarters and Service Company and Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, presents the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device to Karen Vasselian during a ceremony Oct. 13, in front of the American Legion’s Lewis V. Dorsey Post 112 War Memorial in Abington, Mass. Karen’s son, Sgt. Daniel Vasselian was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device for combat actions while on his third deployment to Afghanistan. Daniel’s wife, Erin Vasselian, and parents, Karen and Mark Vasselian, each were presented with medals during the ceremony. Daniel was killed in action Dec. 23, 2013 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. Richard Blumenstein)
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Lt. Gen. Richard P. Mills, commander of Marine Forces Reserve, addresses Marines and Sailors during the Navy’s birthday celebration ceremony at Marine Corps Support Facility New Orleans, Oct. 15, 2014.  The United States Navy celebrated its 239th birthday with the traditional bell ringing and cake cutting ceremony.
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Master Chief Petty Officer Eric Cousin, command master chief of Marine Forces Reserve, reads the Navy’s birthday message during the Navy’s birthday celebration ceremony at Marine Corps Support Facility New Orleans, Oct. 15, 2014. The United States Navy celebrated its 239th birthday with the traditional bell ringing and cake cutting ceremony.
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Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Land, the most junior Sailor at the ceremony,  and Cmdr. Steven Bartell, the most senior Sailor at the ceremony, cut the cake and offer the first piece to Steve McMurtry, the guest of honor, as part of the traditional cake cutting ceremony. At celebrations from ships to shore, the Navy’s birthday cake is cut by the most senior and the most junior sailor at the same time. The tradition represents passing knowledge and experience from one generation to the next.
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Cpl. Kevin D. Carson (left) and Lance Cpl. Anthony Davis, food service Marines with Combat Logistics Regiment 45, prepare and serve meals using the newest food service capability, the Expeditionary Field Kitchen during a training exercise at Ft. Benning, Ga. Brig. Gen. Patrick J. Hermesmann, commanding general of 4th Marine Logistics Group, visited the Marines from Oct. 2-5. This was the first time the regimental headquarters company had gone to the field.
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Marines from Combat Logistics Battalion 451, Combat Logistics Regiment 45, 4th Marine Logistics Group, train during an exercise that simulates a supply drop off/pick up during Integrated Training Exercise 4-14 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, June 14, 2014. The purpose of the exercise is familiarizing the Marines with supply drops and pick-ups in areas where it might be too dangerous or the terrain is not suited for the helicopter to land. ITX 4-14 is the largest annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve training exercise, which helps refine skills necessary to seamlessly integrate with active duty counterparts as well as operate as a complete Marine Air-Ground Task Force. (U.S. Marine photo by Sgt. Adwin Esters/Released)
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John Zimmer (left), a security specialist at Headquarters Battalion, Marine Forces Reserve, practices a leg lock on his coach, Reilly Bodycomb, before his debut fight at the Caged Warrior Championship V on Oct. 4, 2014, in Patterson, La.  He practices a form of martial arts called combat Sambo, which helps him with quick takedowns and submissions during mixed martial arts fights. Zimmer works as a civilian at Marine Corps Support Facility New Orleans, but he is also a Marine in the Individual Ready Reserve.
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John Zimmer, a security specialist at Headquarters Battalion, Marine Forces Reserve, tries to fight off his opponent’s take down at the Caged Warrior Championship V on Oct. 4, 2014, in Patterson, La. This was Zimmer’s first time competing in a mixed martial arts fight. Although he lost, Zimmer looks forward to future challenges as a martial artist.
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John Zimmer (left), a security specialist at Headquarters Battalion, Marine Forces Reserve, warms up before his fight at the Caged Warrior Championship V on Oct. 4, 2014, in Patterson, La.  Zimmer worked on his stand-up fighting to balance out his grappling style of combat Sambo.
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John Zimmer (center), a security specialist at Headquarters Battalion, Marine Forces Reserve, gets examined by a ringside physician moments before his fight at the Caged Warrior Championship V on Oct. 4, 2014, in Patterson, La. Zimmer’s coach, Collin Murray, places petroleum jelly on Zimmer’s face to prevent cuts during the fight.
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