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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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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
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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MIRMANDAB, Afghanistan – The sound of bullets sliced through the air, enemy grenades and mortars pelted the ground near the Marines. Through it all, the Marines of Alpha Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), continued to press on and complete the mission. Story by Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr.
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URMUZ, Afghanistan - Afghan National Security Forces executed a town clearing of Urmuz during Operation Speargun. Located in the southern part of the Now Zad district of Helmand province, Urmuz has been a narcotics haven for insurgents. Historically, a limited presence by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has allowed insurgents to traffic drugs throughout the region without reprisal. Coalition forces supported the ANSF during the 5-day mission. Story and photos by Sgt. James Mercure
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NOW ZAD DISTRICT, Afghanistan - The Now Zad District Women’s Center in Helmand province, Afghanistan officially opened for business during a ceremony at the facility. More than 100 local women and children attended. The center offers a safe place for the local women to congregate and work. Story and photos by Cpl. Meredith Brown
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PATROL BASE BOLDAK, Afghanistan - Boldak is a forward operating base located near Camp Leatherneck. It is the first line of defense for the largest coalition base in Helmand province. It is occupied by the Marines of Weapons Co., 1st Bn., 25th Marines, a reserve unit based out of Fort Devens, Mass. Story and photos by Cpl. Bryan Nygaard
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FORWARD OPERATING BASE PAYNE, Afghanistan – In the Afghan-led operation Eagle Hunt, Afghan Border Police conducted patrols in an area of the Helmand province, Afghanistan, between Tahgaz and Dishu Ferry, alongside Marines and sailors from. The ultimate goal behind the operation was to bring Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan law to the area west of Tahgaz where no coalition forces or Afghan National Security Forces have been. Story and photos by Cpl. Daniel Wulz
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