The only part of this picture thats staged is the pistol. This was taken while I was still the Intel Officer. The other Marine is Cpl Brandon St Clair. He and I played well over a hundred games of chess that deployment. I think I beat him a total of 7 times. We are "tac'd up" because a few minutes earlier we had received incoming indirect fire rounds and we were waiting for the all clear to be sounded. By the time this picture was taken incoming was relatively common place... a far cry from how we behaved a few months before this picture was taken.