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A ceremony in the clouds
Flowery Branch Marine promoted in helicopter flying above Afghanistan
Army Lt.. Col. Jeffrey B. Henderson promotes Marine Cpl. Christofer Baines of Hall County on May 1 while flying over Kabul, Afghanistan.
Cpl. Christofer P. Baines may be in a career his family never expected, but that hasn’t kept him from excelling with flying colors. The 2009 Flowery Branch High School graduate turned U.S. Marine was recently promoted from lance corporal to corporal in a very unique ceremony — conducted hundreds of feet in the air over Kabul, Afghanistan in a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter. When Baines, a broadcaster with the American Forces Network in Afghanistan, was informed of his impending promotion, he asked U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jeffrey B. Henderson of Macon to be the officiating officer.