Chincoteague native's images spotlight Marines in Syria

U.S. Marines with Tank Platoon, Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 4th Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, participate in Exercise Alligator Dagger in Djibouti, Africa, in December 2016. Video shot by Lance Cpl. Zachery Laning of Chincoteague, Va.

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (Delmarva Now) -- A compelling photo of the U.S. Marines in action in Syria, shot by a Chincoteague native, is the July cover of Leatherneck, the magazine for Marines.

Cpl. Zachery Laning’s photo of 11th MEU artillery operations in northern Syria garnered him a great cover just in time for the Fourth of July.

The Leatherneck cover was forwarded to our partners at DelmarvaNow for publication by Keith Oliver, national president of the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association.

Laning is a videographer by training but his Gunnery Sgt. Robert Brown of Spring Lake, North Carolina, said Laning used the unit’s recent far-ranging deployment to “cross-train into still.”

Brown said Laning continues to do “game changing stuff on the video side of the house,” noting that he regularly “thinks way outside the box.”

“This guy is beyond the box,” said Brown. “Laning is the future of what this hybrid MOS is becoming for our Marine Corps.”

The Leatherneck’s July edition also pays tribute to a Marines combat correspondent icon, the late Norm Hatch.

PHOTOS: Lance Cpl. Zachery Laning's Syria photos

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