Cherry Point Marine receives Bronze Star

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 08:02 PM.

"Word came down that we needed to move and we needed to go up north to the Kajaki region and they said ‘Hey, it’s going to get ugly and we’re going to get it and we’re going to send you guys in there to clear it out,’" Harrington said. "Well, we went up there and it got ugly and we cleared out. We saw resilience from the people there and the Marines to continue to fight the enemy out of the Kajaki region and also establish a friendship and a relationship with the locals and even with the Afghan forces, just to build that relationship so that they can go back and take their country over and do the right things that we’ve been taught to do as well."

Harrington was lauded for making a profound impact on the relationship between coalition forces and the Afghan National Security Force.

"When the people saw us working side-by-side the Afghan forces it was a huge, huge bonus for the military forces working over there," Harrington said. "It was really great to see our capabilities and our ability to shake hands and be side-by-side with these guys walking in the same dirt and doing the same thing."

Harrington, a native of Gastonia, has been in the Marine Corps for nearly 25 years and lives in Swansboro. He has been sergeant major for VMR-1 since August of 2012. 

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