Aug 9, 2011

Hospital Apprentice Jesse Stephens, a native of Hartselle, Al., pauses to catch his breath after a firefight with insurgents in the Polpazai village, here, Aug. 11. The 19-year old Stephens, serves as a Navy corpsman with, 2nd Squad, 4th Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, and is on his first deployment.

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