We’re Still at War: Photo of the Day for November 13, 2009

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From left to right: Lance Cpl. John Franke and Staff Sgt. David Dial enter a compound in Nawa District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Nov. 6, 2009. Franke is a 20 year old amphibious assault vehicle operator from Greenville, S.C. and Dial is a 29 year old section leader from Newnan, Ga. Both are with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. Marines conducted an operation to search compounds for weapons and improvised explosive device making materials in a local village, Nov. 6. (US Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. John McCall.)

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