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Cpl. Austin Leake, field radio operator with 8th Communications Battalion, presents the Afghanistan Campaign Streamer to Lt. Col. Joseph Delaney, commanding officer of 8th Comm. Bn. aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Nov. 7. After the streamer ceremony, Leake received a Purple Heart for wounds received in action on Nov. 16, 2012 in Afghanistan.

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8th Communications Battalion earns new battle streamers

7 Nov 2013 | Cpl. Donovan Lee

Marine Corps units display their lineage and show others what campaigns, operations and battles they have participated in by adding battle streamers to their organizational colors.

8th Communications Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force, was awarded four battle streamers for their recent accomplishments during a ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Nov. 7.

The battalion was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation streamer with bronze star in lieu of second award for services in Iraq from 2009 to 2010, and bronze star in lieu of third award for services in Afghanistan in 2011. They received the Meritorious Unit Commendation streamer for meritorious service from 2008 to 2010. They earned the Afghanistan campaign streamer with bronze star for participation in Operation Enduring Freedom, and the Iraq campaign streamer with three bronze stars for service and support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

 Lt. Col. Joseph Delaney, the commanding officer of 8th Comm. Bn., said the battalion has a long history, and he is proud to be a part of it, as well as being part of updating the linage of the battalion.

Marines from the battalion presented the streamers to Delaney to pin them on the guidon.

Staff Sgt. Richard Taylor, radio chief who has served six years the battalion, presented Delaney with the Meritorious Unit Commendation streamer.

“Of all the field operations I’ve participated in with this unit, these Marines have never failed,” said Taylor. “The Marines in this battalion know their job and do it well. I’m proud to have been a part of this battalion.”

After the streamers were pinned, individual awards were given to several Marines.  Cpl. Austin W. Leake received a Purple Heart for wounds received on Nov. 16, 2012 in Afghanistan. 1st Sgt. Brenda R. Chrismer, Company C first sergeant with 8th Comm. Bn., earned the Meritorious Service Medal for her outstanding performance during March 2011 to May 2013.

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