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JALALABAD AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army Col. John M. Nicholson, commanding officer of Combined Task Force Spartan, presents Marine Lt. Col. James W. Bierman, commanding officer of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, with a plaque for his battalion's exceptional service, professionalism, and dedication to duty at a transfer of authority ceremony held at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan, May 13.  The "Lava Dogs" of 1/3 turned over their area of operations in eastern Afghanistan to the Army's 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry, the "Chosin Battalion," and are returning to Marine Corps Base Kanoehe Bay, Hawaii, after a five-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Photo by Marine Lance Cpl. Stephen Kwietniak)