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Written by: Diana West
Monday, April 05, 2010 4:45 PM 

The few, the proud, the Marines? Yup, that's Lt . Col. Matt Baker (commanding officer of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment) Sgt. Maj. Dwight D. Jones (sergeant major of 1/3), and Maj. Rudy Quiles (civil affairs team leader with 1/3), all decked out for Islamic New Year last month in Nawa, Helmand Province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, which, of course, is Afghanistan's official name.

The official Marine Corps caption (below) tells us they are decked out in traditional Afghan ceremonial garb to "honor the occastion." Since when are dress blues not spiffy enough to honor any occasion? Official Marine Corps photos and captions below.    

NAWA, Helmand Province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (From left to right) Lt . Col. Matt Baker, commanding officer of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Sgt. Maj. Dwight D. Jones, sergeant major of 1/3, and Maj. Rudy Quiles, civil affairs team leader with 1/3, listen to Nawas district administrator speak March 21, during Islamic New Year celebration. Nearly 1,000 citizens from all around Nawa came to the districts open-air bazaar to celebrate the holiday for the first time in years since the Taliban were flushed from Nawa by Marines and Afghan forces last July. Baker, Jones and Quiles dressed in traditional Afghan ceremonial garb and headdresses in honor the occasion. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brian A. Tuthill)

NAWA, Helmand Province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Haji Mohammed Khan, district administrator of Nawa, applauds as Nafus Khan, Nawa’s police commander, shakes hands with Lt. Col. Matt Baker, commanding officer of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment after Baker places a ceremonial headdress on the police commander’s head. Baker and other Marines of 1/3 were guests of honor at Nawa’s first Islamic New Year celebration in years, which was held at the district’s open-air bazaar and attended by nearly 1,000 citizens. It was the first time in years such a large celebration has been held publicly since Marines and Afghan forces flushed the Taliban from the district last July. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brian A. Tuthill)

NAWA, Helmand Province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Lt. Col. Matt Baker, commanding officer of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and Sgt. Maj. Dwight D. Jones, sergeant major of 1/3, walk through the large open-air bazaar in Nawa district during a celebration of Islamic New Year March 21. They were joined by nearly 1,000 Nawa citizens for the holiday event, the first of its kind in years held publicly in Nawa since Marines and Afghan forces flushed the Taliban from the district last July. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brian A. Tuthill)

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