The Marines have landed! Troy University alumnus John Griffin, a United States Marine, proudly displays a Troy University flag in the Garmsir District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The photograph was taken just days after Griffin’s battalion, the 3rd Battalion 1st Marine Regiment, took control of the Safar Bazaar, pictured in the background. The bazaar previously been held by the Taliban and used as a command and control hub for the insurgency. Griffin, who received the Master of Public Administration degree from TROY through the University’s eCampus, recently returned from his deployment and makes his home in Oceanside, CA.