(Extensions of Remarks - June 20, 2012)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1096]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []



                          HON. DANIEL WEBSTER

                               of florida

                    in the house of representatives

                        Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  Mr. WEBSTER. Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to recognize the 5th Marine 
Regiment and Regimental Combat Team 5. The 5th Marine Regiment was 
activated in 1917 during World War I as the United States made 
preparations for deployment to France, where the Regiment won the 
moniker the ``Fighting Fifth.'' The Regiment has served in every major 
U.S. military engagement since World War I, most recently serving in 
Iraq and Afghanistan.
  The 5th Marine Regiment, deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 as 
Regimental Combat Team 5, has spent the last seven months in southern 
Helmand province serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 
Based out of Camp Dwyer, the Marines of Regimental Combat Team 5 are 
conducting operations and training Afghan forces in the Marjah, 
Garmsir, and Nawa districts.
  As a nation, we are proud of their courageous service and selfless 
dedication to defending the ideas that framed our Constitution and 
continue to sustain our democratic republic. There is no greater debt 
than that owed by people of this country to those who place their lives 
on the line for our nation.
  Our thoughts and prayers are with Regimental Combat Team 5 as they 
complete their deployment, and with their families as they eagerly 
await the safe return of the brave Marines and sailors.