We’re Still at War: Photo of the Day for December 7, 2010

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U.S. Marine Cpl. Adam J. Rigdon, an armorer with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), participates in combat marksmanship training while wearing the M50 Joint Service General Purpose Mask at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 30, 2010. The marksmanship training is one of several scheduled training events the MEU will complete in preparation for their upcoming deployment. (DoD photo by Cpl. Brandon Rodriguez, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

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