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These photos were taken from the USO Spring Visit, recently. Peyton Manning, Vincent Jackson, Curt Schilling and many other celebrities came to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan as part of a six-day trip across the world to thank troops for their service and remind them America’s praying for their safe return.
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HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The Marine Corps’ top general and his senior enlisted advisor visited Marines throughout southern Afghanistan to thank them for their service and sacrifice, July 17.
General James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, and Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett were greeted by formations of Marines at six locations throughout Helmand province.
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HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – What began as a window of opportunity, a simple chance to change the status quo in the Central Helmand River Valley, turned into an ongoing counternarcotics operation that has prevented the annual summer fighting season from getting off the ground.
Operation Psarlay Taba, a partnered counternarcotics operation conducted by 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, and the Afghan National Interdiction Unit, targeted opium production facilities and narcotics trafficking in the Bari Desert, northwest of Marjah district. Story by 1st Lt. Chris Harper and photos by Lance Cpl. Tyler Reiriz
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KAKARAN, Afghanistan - To best judge a teacher, look at his students’ progress.
During Operation Atash June 18 through 20, Afghan National Army soldiers with the 215th Corps cleared the town of Kakaran of improvised explosive devices and insurgents, while British Advisor Teams from the Brigade Advisory Group acted as a mobile quick reaction force. Story and photos by Sgt. James Mercure and Cpl. Mark Garcia
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GARMSIR DISTRICT, Afghanistan – The responsibility of local Afghan National Security Forces has grown in Garmsir throughout the last month, as Marines with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, partner with them to control an area once held by a much larger force of Marines. Story and photos by Cpl. Kenneth Jasik
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KAJAKI, Afghanistan - The Marines of 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment added to their rich history when they trekked through Zamindawar, one of the few remaining insurgent strongholds in Afghanistan, May 26-June 9, to disrupt the insurgents’ leadership and logistics chain.
For 15 days Marines engaged the insurgents in and around the town located within the Kajaki district, taking small arms fire, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades, as the enemy attempted to repel their attack. Story and photos by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo
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FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II, Afghanistan – For the first time since World War I, the Marines and sailors of 5th and 6th Marine Regiments are fighting side by side.
Marines and sailors with Regimental Combat Team 5 are currently operating from Forward Operating Base Dwyer while the Marines and sailors of Regimental Combat Team 6 are currently based out of Forward Operating Base Delaram II.
The last time the 5th and 6th Regiments fought together was 94 years ago, during the Battle of Belleau Wood, one of the bloodiest battles in Marine Corps history.
Story and photos by Cpl. Ed Galo and Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez
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DEH MUSHEK, Afghanistan – Another door bursts open as an Afghan soldier slams his boot against its wooden frame. The familiar smell of animal manure burns his nostrils. He learned how to kick open a door that day from a lance corporal patrolling with him. Story and photos by Sgt. James Mercure
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HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2, the “Night Owls,” made history earlier this week when they completed the first “hot hookups” between landing support Marines on the ground and a hovering Kaman K1200, “K-MAX,” unmanned helicopter in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
In the nearly 20 years of its commercial and military use, no organization had ever attempted to hook cargo to the K-MAX while it was in unmanned flight. Story and photos by Cpl. Lisa Tourtelot
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FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan – As Marines continue to retrograde from Afghanistan, the shift in focus from combat operations to advising and mentoring the Afghan National Security Forces have becomes ever increasing. Story and photos by Lance Cpl. Mark Garcia
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FORWARD OPERATING BASE DULUTH, Afghanistan – The Steak Team Mission is at it again. After 10 years of serving steaks to troops across the world, STM, a Texas-based nonprofit organization, is back in Afghanistan. The team of eleven arrived early in the week for preparation to serve 2,000 meals to troops at forward operating bases throughout Afghanistan. They flew from Texas with all the supplies it takes to serve that many people. Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Monique LaRouche
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COMBAT OUTPOST FIDDLER’S GREEN, Afghanistan - As the transition toward Afghan-led security continues, coalition forces in southern Helmand province are focusing their advising efforts on developing the Afghan National Army’s combat support capabilities. The Combat Support Advisory Team, comprised mainly of Marines from 11th Marine Regiment, are tasked with mentoring the ANA’s 4th Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps, in basic infantry skills and specialty areas like medical, combat engineering and artillery. Story and photos by Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr
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TREK NAWA, Afghanistan – Many children beg their parents for a dog. The floppy ears and wagging tail seems to attract children to man’s best friend. But many parents know that caring for a dog means a lot of responsibility, training and effort.
Dog handlers in the Marine Corps not only shoulder those same responsibilities — they volunteer for it. Then take on the responsibilities of being deployed to Afghanistan as well. A dog handler’s job can be exhausting, with an additional month of dog handler school, combined with months of predeployment training. Story and photos by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo
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District Governor Haji Abdul Manaf speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Basolane school in Nawa district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 13, 2012. The school is being built by the local government as part of their push for education in the region. Photos by Cpl. Nicholas Gillen
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MUSA QA’LEH DISTRICT CENTER, Afghanistan – As insurgents begin preparations for Afghanistan’s poppy harvest season, Marines, coalition forces and Afghan National Security Forces participated in Operation Jaws. Second Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment’s role in Jaws was to find and destroy weapons caches, improvised explosive devices and drug-producing facilities. The Marines focused on three key population centers: Barang, Mishmas Karez and Mama Karez, all of which are known passageways for enemy forces moving north and south through the area of operations. Story and photos by Lance Cpl. Mark Garcia
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