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John Tuttle
06/03/2014 10:02 AM


A military public affairs photographer accompanied Marines who patrolled a village in Helmand Province, Afghanistan where a cache of weapons had been found. The only account of the action was provided in the photographer's caption, which reads, in part: "The company's mission was to disrupt Taliban forces in Larr Village and establish a presence in the area. Five days prior to the helicopter-borne mission, the company confiscated two rocket-propelled grenades in the vicinity of the village."

The Marines arrived in the village aboard a Super Sea Stallion helicopter, pulled security and interviewed locals.

Among the Marines was Sgt. Dean Bennet, who's described as coming from "Brandon, Oregon." Presumably, that's Bandon. He's shown escorting an Afghan child during the mission.

Bennet has Amador County ties. He is the son of one of Sheriff Martin Ryan's Correctional Officers and a 2009 Amador High School graduate.

The caption for the picture: Sergeant Dean Bennet, section leader, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, and a native of Bandon, escorts an Afghan child during a mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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