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U.S. Marines with Combat Engineers, 3rd Battalion,

U.S. Marines with Combat Engineers, 3rd Battalion,

U.S. Marines with Combat Engineers, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment (3/3) discuss deconstruction in Karmah, Iraq, on November 19, 2007. Combat Engineers with 3/3 expand the berthing area at an observation po... More

Lance Cpl. Joel P. Dumbacher from Arvada,Col. with

Lance Cpl. Joel P. Dumbacher from Arvada,Col. with

Lance Cpl. Joel P. Dumbacher from Arvada,Col. with Combat Engineers, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment (3/3) watches as a excavator digs a hole in Karmah, Iraq on November 19, 2007.Combat Engineers with 3/3 ex... More

U.S. Marines with I Co, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines

U.S. Marines with I Co, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines

U.S. Marines with I Co, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines (3/3) patrol through a village in Zaidon, Iraq on December 2, 2007. I Co conducts a dwell operation to collect census information and conduct security patrols ... More

U.S. Marines with 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines listen

U.S. Marines with 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines listen

U.S. Marines with 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines listen attentively to the mission brief in Karmah, Iraq on December 6, 2007. U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines conduct a mounted patrol throughout in order... More

U. S. Marine Corps Cpl. Owen Bailey, from Columbia

U. S. Marine Corps Cpl. Owen Bailey, from Columbia

U. S. Marine Corps Cpl. Owen Bailey, from Columbia Tenn., with L Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines checks items off a preparation list in Karmah, Iraq.

Marines, with 1st Platoon, 2nd Battalion, L Company,

Marines, with 1st Platoon, 2nd Battalion, L Company,

Marines, with 1st Platoon, 2nd Battalion, L Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, prepare to begin their patrol in Karmah, Iraq.

A U.S. Marine, with I Company ,3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines,

A U.S. Marine, with I Company ,3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines,

A U.S. Marine, with I Company ,3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, observes his surroundings in Zaidon, Iraq, on Dec. 29. U.S. Marines gather information on villages in Zaidon, Iraq.

Sgt. Christopher Conaway and Cpl. Curtis Wolf, a squad

Sgt. Christopher Conaway and Cpl. Curtis Wolf, a squad

Sgt. Christopher Conaway and Cpl. Curtis Wolf, a squad leader and a team leader with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, help an Afghan boy get his wheelbarrow up an incline while manning a vehicl... More

Cpl. Anthony Patris, a vehicle commander from Jump

Cpl. Anthony Patris, a vehicle commander from Jump

Cpl. Anthony Patris, a vehicle commander from Jump Platoon, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, listens in as his interpreter, Nasrullah Sadat, speaks with Afghan boys after an improvised ... More

Pfc. Gabe French, a team leader with Kilo Company,

Pfc. Gabe French, a team leader with Kilo Company,

Pfc. Gabe French, a team leader with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, pulls out a water bottle for an Afghan boy near the end of a brief patrol after conducting a security sweep at Khalaj High ... More

Hayatullah, one of the Nawa District governor’s bodyguards,

Hayatullah, one of the Nawa District governor’s bodyguards,

Hayatullah, one of the Nawa District governor’s bodyguards, sits atop food donations at the Nawa District governor’s Marine house near the Nawa District Governor’s Center, Afghanistan, Sept. 8, 2010. Making pur... More

Cpl. Noah Berry, an infantryman with 3rd Battalion,

Cpl. Noah Berry, an infantryman with 3rd Battalion,

Cpl. Noah Berry, an infantryman with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, is greeted by fellow 3/3 Marines and sailors following his return to Marine Corps Base Hawaii from a seven-month deployment to Afghanista... More

Cpl. Michael A. Barnhouse, a Marine with Kilo Company,

Cpl. Michael A. Barnhouse, a Marine with Kilo Company,

Cpl. Michael A. Barnhouse, a Marine with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, pays his respect to 1st Lt. Scott J. Fleming and Sgt. Joe L. Wrightsman during a 3/3 memorial ceremony at the Marine Co... More

Sgt. Jacob Kunst, on the job trainee, (left) and Gunnery

Sgt. Jacob Kunst, on the job trainee, (left) and Gunnery

Sgt. Jacob Kunst, on the job trainee, (left) and Gunnery Sgt. Kurtis Hunt, explosive ordnance disposal tech, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, helps Natalie Stegall, 7, into a protective suit March 25. Hunt and othe... More

A U.S. Marine from 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment,

A U.S. Marine from 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment,

A U.S. Marine from 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Lima Company conducts counter improvised explosive device training on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, May 4, 2011. Concurrent Technologies Corporation in accorda... More

Generous to the Bone: Marine donates bone marrow to girl in need

Generous to the Bone: Marine donates bone marrow to girl in need

Lance Cpl. Joshua Epps stands, rifle in hand. To his peers, Epps is a machine gunner, but to the family of an ill 8-year-old girl in California, Epps is a savior. The Marine from 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regim... More

Sgt. Maj. Andrew Cece, battalion sergeant major, 3rd

Sgt. Maj. Andrew Cece, battalion sergeant major, 3rd

Sgt. Maj. Andrew Cece, battalion sergeant major, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, carries the battalion battle colors toward Lt. Col. Jeffrey C. Holt, outgoing commanding officer, 3/3, during a change of com... More

Pfc. Brandon Binsfield, an anti-tank missileman with

Pfc. Brandon Binsfield, an anti-tank missileman with

Pfc. Brandon Binsfield, an anti-tank missileman with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, posts security in a mock Afghan village during counterinsurgency training at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii,... More

Lance Cpl. John Corsi, a rifleman with India Company,

Lance Cpl. John Corsi, a rifleman with India Company,

Lance Cpl. John Corsi, a rifleman with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, moves toward his squad's next objective during counterinsurgency training on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Aug. 15, 2011. Th... More

Lance Cpls. Cody Varnell and Nick Lacarra, military

Lance Cpls. Cody Varnell and Nick Lacarra, military

Lance Cpls. Cody Varnell and Nick Lacarra, military working dog handlers with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, toss around a baseball outside their sleeping quarters following a training day... More

Anti-tank missilemen with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion,

Anti-tank missilemen with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion,

Anti-tank missilemen with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, fires a Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided missile from a Humvee during the Enhanced Mojave Viper training exercise at t... More

Killing Time: A sanctuary of Spades

Killing Time: A sanctuary of Spades

Dimly lit by the neon glow of chem lights in his tent, Lance Cpl. Jared Honeyman (left) escapes into a sanctuary of Spades with friends following a day of pre-deployment training on Marine Corps Air Ground Comb... More

Lance Cpl. Carl Sanchez, a rifleman with Lima Company,

Lance Cpl. Carl Sanchez, a rifleman with Lima Company,

Lance Cpl. Carl Sanchez, a rifleman with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, uses a mine detector to sweep the area around a simulated casualty during Exercise Clear, Hold, Build 1 on Marine Corps... More

Mortarmen with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd

Mortarmen with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd

Mortarmen with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, brace themselves after launching an 81 mm mortar during a fire support coordination exercise on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentyni... More

Second Lt. Adam Staff, a platoon commander with Kilo

Second Lt. Adam Staff, a platoon commander with Kilo

Second Lt. Adam Staff, a platoon commander with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, communicates with his Marines during a platoon attack at Range 410A on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twe... More

Lance Cpl. Jeremy Coltharp, a machine gunner with India

Lance Cpl. Jeremy Coltharp, a machine gunner with India

Lance Cpl. Jeremy Coltharp, a machine gunner with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, holds links of ammunition for Lance Cpl. Andrew Ellis to fire during a company attack at Range 400 on Marine ... More

Pfc. Daniel Candelaria, a rifleman with India Company,

Pfc. Daniel Candelaria, a rifleman with India Company,

Pfc. Daniel Candelaria, a rifleman with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, holds security during Exercise Clear, Hold, Build 2 at Range 210 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Pa... More

Brig. Gen. Frederick Padilla, the commanding general

Brig. Gen. Frederick Padilla, the commanding general

Brig. Gen. Frederick Padilla, the commanding general of 3rd Marine Division, greets Lance Cpl. Jack Becker, a team leader with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, while Becker digs in his defensiv... More

Lance Cpl. Nick Montez, an improvised explosive device

Lance Cpl. Nick Montez, an improvised explosive device

Lance Cpl. Nick Montez, an improvised explosive device dog handler with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, calms his working dog, Mally, as Lance Cpl. Jared Hunter, a mortarman with Weapons Co... More

Marines and sailors with Headquarters and Service Company,

Marines and sailors with Headquarters and Service Company,

Marines and sailors with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, sit aboard an Air Force C-17 transport aircraft on the flight line here, before departing for Camp Dwyer, Afghanist... More

U.S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Dwight D. Jones, 1st Battalion,

U.S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Dwight D. Jones, 1st Battalion,

U.S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Dwight D. Jones, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment sergeant major from Detroit, and a formation of Marines and sailors from 1/3 and 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, watch the Commandan... More

A member of the Afghan National Police searches a local

A member of the Afghan National Police searches a local

A member of the Afghan National Police searches a local elder as he enters the district center here for the funeral of District Chief of Police Lt. Col. Sayfullah Khan Rashidi, Nov. 13. Sayfullah died when his ... More

U.S. Marine Cpl. Joshua Melendez, 26, a squad leader

U.S. Marine Cpl. Joshua Melendez, 26, a squad leader

U.S. Marine Cpl. Joshua Melendez, 26, a squad leader with Guard Force Platoon, Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and a native of Anaheim, Calif., walks past the Garmsir distr... More

U.S. Marine 1st Sgt. Wesley Misenhimer, the Headquarters

U.S. Marine 1st Sgt. Wesley Misenhimer, the Headquarters

U.S. Marine 1st Sgt. Wesley Misenhimer, the Headquarters and Service Company first sergeant for 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment from Castro Valley, Calif., calls off the names of Marines killed during combat... More

Lt. Col. Sean Riordan, the commanding officer of 1st

Lt. Col. Sean Riordan, the commanding officer of 1st

Lt. Col. Sean Riordan, the commanding officer of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, encourages Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, to devote themselves to bettering Garmsir during a relief in plac... More

U.S. Navy Seaman Chris Mesnard, a 22-year-old corpsman

U.S. Navy Seaman Chris Mesnard, a 22-year-old corpsman

U.S. Navy Seaman Chris Mesnard, a 22-year-old corpsman with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, from Omaha, Neb., peers through the scratched lenses of an oxygen-restricting tr... More

Afghan elders and U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion,

Afghan elders and U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion,

Afghan elders and U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, wait for a shura to begin at a local residence here, Nov. 22. Following their recent assumption of security responsibility in Garmsir, the... More

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Isaiah Schult, a dog handler

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Isaiah Schult, a dog handler

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Isaiah Schult, a dog handler with Jump Platoon, Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and 20-year-old Indianapolis native, jokes with Afghan children while... More

U.S. Marine Cpl. Adam Schoeller, a helicopter crew

U.S. Marine Cpl. Adam Schoeller, a helicopter crew

U.S. Marine Cpl. Adam Schoeller, a helicopter crew chief with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464, mans a machine gun from the ramp of a CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter while transporting Marines from 3rd Batt... More

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. John Hagan, a 23-year-old team

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. John Hagan, a 23-year-old team

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. John Hagan, a 23-year-old team leader with Guard Force Platoon, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and native of Philadelphia, relays a message to his squad leader during a security patr... More

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Garrett Reed, a 22-year-old

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Garrett Reed, a 22-year-old

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Garrett Reed, a 22-year-old squad automatic weapon gunner with the 81 mm Mortar Platoon, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and native of Plano, Texas, and Afghan Nation... More

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Jesus Oliver, a 20-year-old

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Jesus Oliver, a 20-year-old

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Jesus Oliver, a 20-year-old mortarman with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and native of Sacramento, waves a red flag signaling for a passing motorcycle to stop at a ... More

Sayed Gul stands with his father Alai Noor after talking

Sayed Gul stands with his father Alai Noor after talking

Sayed Gul stands with his father Alai Noor after talking to U.S. Marines with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, during their visit to the Baluch Jan village here, Dec. 2. Gul, the 15-year-old... More

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Jon Lyman, a 21-year-old mortarman

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Jon Lyman, a 21-year-old mortarman

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Jon Lyman, a 21-year-old mortarman with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment and native of Oregon City, Ore., hands a piece of candy to an Afghan child during a security pa... More

Afghan students participate in a video teleconference

Afghan students participate in a video teleconference

Afghan students participate in a video teleconference with students from Lejeune High School on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., at the Garmsir Agricultural High School here, Dec. 8. The VTC, the second of... More

U.S. Marine Sgt. Matt Garst, a 23-year-old squad leader

U.S. Marine Sgt. Matt Garst, a 23-year-old squad leader

U.S. Marine Sgt. Matt Garst, a 23-year-old squad leader with 2nd Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment and native of Charlotte, N.C., pauses during a security patrol here, Dec. 12, along the... More

U.S. Marine Sgt. Aaron Sarinana (left), from El Paso,

U.S. Marine Sgt. Aaron Sarinana (left), from El Paso,

U.S. Marine Sgt. Aaron Sarinana (left), from El Paso, Texas, and Cpl. Exxon Suarez, from Portland, Ore., food service specialists with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment serve ... More

Afghan National Army soldier Moben walks through a

Afghan National Army soldier Moben walks through a

Afghan National Army soldier Moben walks through a field during a partnered security patrol with Marines from 3rd Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment here, Dec. 18. On the patrol, the ANA ... More

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Killing Time: Channeling boredom into board games

Killing Time: Channeling boredom into board games

U.S. Marines with 1st Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment play Scrabble in the chow hall to pass time during a sand storm here, Dec. 21. The down time was an exception to the short time th... More

Killing Time: Channeling boredom into board games

Killing Time: Channeling boredom into board games

U.S. Marines with 1st Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment play Scrabble in the chow hall to pass time during a sand storm here, Dec. 21. The down time was an exception to the short time th... More

Killing Time: Channeling boredom into board games

Killing Time: Channeling boredom into board games

U.S. Marines with 1st Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment play Scrabble in the chow hall to pass time during a sand storm here, Dec. 21. The down time was an exception to the short time th... More

U.S. Marine Cpl. Angel Cabrera, a 24-year-old administrative

U.S. Marine Cpl. Angel Cabrera, a 24-year-old administrative

U.S. Marine Cpl. Angel Cabrera, a 24-year-old administrative specialist with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment and native of Amsterdam, N.Y., prepares promotion warrants for p... More

U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the assistant commandant

U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the assistant commandant

U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, greets 1st Sgt. Wesley Misenhimer, Headquarters and Service Company first sergeant, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, after arriv... More

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Martin Argueta, a 19-year-old

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Martin Argueta, a 19-year-old

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Martin Argueta, a 19-year-old rifleman with 2nd Platoon, India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment and Yuma, Ariz., native provides security while helping Afghan National Army sol... More

Afghan National Army Sgt. Shah Baaz uses a metal detector

Afghan National Army Sgt. Shah Baaz uses a metal detector

Afghan National Army Sgt. Shah Baaz uses a metal detector to sweep the ground under the watch of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Zachary Fisher, a 22-year-old fire team leader with 3rd Platoon, India Company, 3rd Battal... More

Afghan National Army soldier Taza Khan enters a local

Afghan National Army soldier Taza Khan enters a local

Afghan National Army soldier Taza Khan enters a local elder's home while clearing compounds with U.S. Marines from 3rd Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, during Operation Tageer Shamal (... More

An interpreter and a local elder watch as Afghan National

An interpreter and a local elder watch as Afghan National

An interpreter and a local elder watch as Afghan National Army soldier Abdul Karim and U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Alex Puente, the 25-year-old commander of 3rd Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment... More

U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Ryan Gulliksen, a 26-year-old logistics

U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Ryan Gulliksen, a 26-year-old logistics

U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Ryan Gulliksen, a 26-year-old logistics officer with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and native of Ormond Beach, Fla., spends each of his days on deploy... More

Afghan National Police patrolman Mir Wali scans the

Afghan National Police patrolman Mir Wali scans the

Afghan National Police patrolman Mir Wali scans the surrounding area while standing guard duty at a position shared with U.S. Marines from 2nd Platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, here, Ja... More

An Afghan man prepares a mixture of mud and concrete

An Afghan man prepares a mixture of mud and concrete

An Afghan man prepares a mixture of mud and concrete while constructing the ceiling to a school building here, Jan. 19. Twelve permanent schools are currently under construction by local contractors in Garmsir ... More

U.S. Marine Cpl. Jason Misener, a 21-year-old rifleman

U.S. Marine Cpl. Jason Misener, a 21-year-old rifleman

U.S. Marine Cpl. Jason Misener, a 21-year-old rifleman with the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment Embedded Training Team, and a native of Hackettstown, N.J., performs squats with Afghan National Army soldiers ... More

U.S. Marine Cpl. Jason Misener, a 21-year-old rifleman

U.S. Marine Cpl. Jason Misener, a 21-year-old rifleman

U.S. Marine Cpl. Jason Misener, a 21-year-old rifleman with the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment Embedded Training Team, and a native of Hackettstown, N.J., performs squats with Afghan National Army soldiers ... More

Afghan National Army Sgt. Khal Mohammad (fourth from

Afghan National Army Sgt. Khal Mohammad (fourth from

Afghan National Army Sgt. Khal Mohammad (fourth from left), a 22-year-old infantryman with 2nd Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps, and a native of Badakhshan province, speaks with his soldiers and an interpreter ... More

Afghan Border Police Sgt. Khan Jan, a patrolman with

Afghan Border Police Sgt. Khan Jan, a patrolman with

Afghan Border Police Sgt. Khan Jan, a patrolman with 2nd Tolai, 2nd Kandak, Helmand ABP, holds security with U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Medina, a 21-year-old machine gunner with Combined Anti-Armor Team 2, ... More

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Edward Knudsen, a 25-year-old

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Edward Knudsen, a 25-year-old

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Edward Knudsen, a 25-year-old mortarman with Headquarters Platoon, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and a native of Rapid City, S.D., studies a mathematics textbook in... More

Afghan National Army Sgt. Achmed, a non commissioned

Afghan National Army Sgt. Achmed, a non commissioned

Afghan National Army Sgt. Achmed, a non commissioned officer with 4th Tolai, 2nd Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps, helps U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Joshua Holden, a section leader with 81mm mortar platoon, Weapons ... More

Country music star Rodney Atkins (right) and guitarist

Country music star Rodney Atkins (right) and guitarist

Country music star Rodney Atkins (right) and guitarist Liam Bailey perform a song for U.S. Marines and sailors with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, during a United Service Organization-sponsored concert in ... More

Afghan Border Police with 4th Tolai, 2nd Kandak, Helmand

Afghan Border Police with 4th Tolai, 2nd Kandak, Helmand

Afghan Border Police with 4th Tolai, 2nd Kandak, Helmand ABP, and U.S. Marines with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, board a CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter near Combat Outpost Torbert here b... More

U.S. Marine 1st Lt. David Rooks, an operations advisor

U.S. Marine 1st Lt. David Rooks, an operations advisor

U.S. Marine 1st Lt. David Rooks, an operations advisor with the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment Embedded Training Team, and 32-year-old native of Garland, Texas, uses binoculars to determine target placement... More

Garmsir District Governor Mohammad Fahim speaks to

Garmsir District Governor Mohammad Fahim speaks to

Garmsir District Governor Mohammad Fahim speaks to a crowd of approximately 200 elders, Afghan military leaders and U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, during a shura here, Feb. 23. Fahim aske... More

U.S. Marine Lance Cpls. Leonardo Espitiarobles (right),

U.S. Marine Lance Cpls. Leonardo Espitiarobles (right),

U.S. Marine Lance Cpls. Leonardo Espitiarobles (right), 19, from Anaheim, Calif., and Michael Mundy, 19, from Shelter Island, N.Y., riflemen with 3rd Platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, d... More

U.S. Marine Cpl. Devin Deweerdt, a 20-year-old mortarman

U.S. Marine Cpl. Devin Deweerdt, a 20-year-old mortarman

U.S. Marine Cpl. Devin Deweerdt, a 20-year-old mortarman with 3rd Platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and native of Riverton, Utah, writes his wife a letter in his sleeping area after a d... More

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Devin Deweerdt, a 20-year-old

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Devin Deweerdt, a 20-year-old

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Devin Deweerdt, a 20-year-old mortarman with 3rd Platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and native of Riverton, Utah, shaves in the hygiene area before beginning his d... More

Lance Cpl. Tristan McBlane, (left), a motor transport

Lance Cpl. Tristan McBlane, (left), a motor transport

Lance Cpl. Tristan McBlane, (left), a motor transport operator with Motor Transport Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), and Sgt. Harold Lambert, line noncommissioned off... More

U.S. Marine 2nd Lt. Robert Hindle (left), the officer

U.S. Marine 2nd Lt. Robert Hindle (left), the officer

U.S. Marine 2nd Lt. Robert Hindle (left), the officer in charge of Garmsir district’s operational coordination center, and a 23-year-old native of Baltimore assigned to Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine R... More

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Maxwell McGill, a

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Maxwell McGill, a

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Maxwell McGill, a 25-year-old corpsman with the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment battalion aid station, and native of Englewood, Fla., checks the compass reading of Afghan Na... More

Malim Wazir, the head teacher of Safar School, speaks

Malim Wazir, the head teacher of Safar School, speaks

Malim Wazir, the head teacher of Safar School, speaks about the crucial role of education in Garmsir district’s future to Safar elders during a shura outside the school here, March 18. Approximately 40 elders a... More

Afghan National Police patrolman Charyogli Allahberdi

Afghan National Police patrolman Charyogli Allahberdi

Afghan National Police patrolman Charyogli Allahberdi searches a local man at a vehicle checkpoint outside the Hazar Joft Bazaar with U.S. Marines from Guard Force Platoon, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, d... More

U.S. Marine Cpl. George Eifert, a wrecker operator

U.S. Marine Cpl. George Eifert, a wrecker operator

U.S. Marine Cpl. George Eifert, a wrecker operator with Trucks Platoon, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and 22-year-old native of Cambridge, Minn., flushes gear oil out of the hub of a wrecker truck while c... More

U.S. Marine Cpl. Robert Garcia (right), a radio operator

U.S. Marine Cpl. Robert Garcia (right), a radio operator

U.S. Marine Cpl. Robert Garcia (right), a radio operator with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and 21-year-old native of Lake Forest, Calif., and Army Sgt. Pedro Reyesmontie... More

Local children interact with Afghan National Army Pvt.

Local children interact with Afghan National Army Pvt.

Local children interact with Afghan National Army Pvt. Barad (left), a soldier with 2nd Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps, while he provides security outside a compound as fellow soldiers and U.S. Marines with 3... More

Staff Sgt. Hugo Paniagua, an Aerial Observer with Marine

Staff Sgt. Hugo Paniagua, an Aerial Observer with Marine

Staff Sgt. Hugo Paniagua, an Aerial Observer with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362 and Brooklyn, N.Y., native, helps Marines from Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, get seated as they boar... More

Afghan children walk alongside U.S. Marine Lance Cpl.

Afghan children walk alongside U.S. Marine Lance Cpl.

Afghan children walk alongside U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Jacob Kartchner, a team leader with 4th Platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and 28-year-old native of Long Beach, Calif., in the hope... More

U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. David Berger (left), the commanding

U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. David Berger (left), the commanding

U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. David Berger (left), the commanding general of Task Force Leatherneck, 1st Marine Division (Forward), speaks with Capt. Brian Blaine, the Kilo Company commander for 3rd Battalion, 3rd Mari... More

An Afghan National Army soldier with 2nd Kandak, 1st

An Afghan National Army soldier with 2nd Kandak, 1st

An Afghan National Army soldier with 2nd Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps, celebrates after earning a point during a game of volleyball with fellow soldiers following a day of duties here, April 13, 2012. Afgha... More

Afghan policemen prepare to search a room for possible

Afghan policemen prepare to search a room for possible

Afghan policemen prepare to search a room for possible insurgent materiel while clearing a compound with U.S. Marines from 1st Platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, during Operation Zema P... More

Afghan men travel to the Garmsir Agricultural High

Afghan men travel to the Garmsir Agricultural High

Afghan men travel to the Garmsir Agricultural High School to vote in district community council elections under the safe watch of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Eric Chrivia, a mortarman with 4th Platoon, Kilo Company,... More

U.S. Marines with Weapons Company, 3D Battalion, 3D

U.S. Marines with Weapons Company, 3D Battalion, 3D

U.S. Marines with Weapons Company, 3D Battalion, 3D Marine Regiment (3/3), Regimental Combat Team 5 count bayonets during an equipment inventory at Forward Operating Base Delhi, Helmand province, Afghanistan Ap... More

An emotional Afghan National Policeman recovers outside

An emotional Afghan National Policeman recovers outside

An emotional Afghan National Policeman recovers outside the battalion aid station here after he was injured in an attack by a suicide bomber in Helmand province’s Garmsir district, April 19, 2012. The 3/3 corps... More

U.S. Marine Cpl. Eric M. Torbert, Jr., a 25-year-old

U.S. Marine Cpl. Eric M. Torbert, Jr., a 25-year-old

U.S. Marine Cpl. Eric M. Torbert, Jr., a 25-year-old combat engineer from Lancaster, Pa., was killed by an improvised explosive device while supporting 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion on a night patr... More

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Javier Garza, a machine gunner

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Javier Garza, a machine gunner

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Javier Garza, a machine gunner with 3rd Platoon, India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and 22-year-old native of Donna, Texas, interacts with Afghan children while halted dur... More

U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Luke Forelle, the 3rd Platoon commander

U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Luke Forelle, the 3rd Platoon commander

U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Luke Forelle, the 3rd Platoon commander for India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and a 28-year-old native of New York City, walks through a farming village during a security pa... More

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Vincent Goitortua, a Squad Automatic

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Vincent Goitortua, a Squad Automatic

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Vincent Goitortua, a Squad Automatic Weapon gunner with 1st Platoon, India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and 19-year-old native of San Diego, scans for potential threats wh... More

Afghan National Policeman Abdul Khaled (left) provides

Afghan National Policeman Abdul Khaled (left) provides

Afghan National Policeman Abdul Khaled (left) provides security outside the Garmsir Agricultural High School while fellow policeman Sher Agha (right) searches local elders waiting to vote in district community ... More

A U.S. Navy service member operates a Medium Tactical

A U.S. Navy service member operates a Medium Tactical

A U.S. Navy service member operates a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement while hauling a T5D9 Caterpillar Bulldozer aboard Forward Operating Base Payne in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, May 10, 2012. Sailors e... More

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Ronald Valdez (left),

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Ronald Valdez (left),

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Ronald Valdez (left), a corpsman with 1st Platoon, India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and 30-year-old native of Waipahu, Hawaii, extends a helping hand to Marin... More

U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Matthew Palma (right), commanding

U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Matthew Palma (right), commanding

U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Matthew Palma (right), commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines Regiment and Sgt. Maj. Andrew Cece, 3rd Bn., 3rd Marines sergeant major, case the battalion battle colors to symboliz... More

U.S. Marine Cpl. Garrett Carnes, a squad leader with

U.S. Marine Cpl. Garrett Carnes, a squad leader with

U.S. Marine Cpl. Garrett Carnes, a squad leader with 3rd Platoon, India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and 22-year-old native of Mooresville, N.C., speaks with Ramsay Wharton, a reporter with Hawa... More

U.S. Marine Cpl. Garrett Carnes (in wheelchair), a

U.S. Marine Cpl. Garrett Carnes (in wheelchair), a

U.S. Marine Cpl. Garrett Carnes (in wheelchair), a squad leader with 3rd Platoon, India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and 22-year-old native of Mooresville, N.C., begins a motivational run with f... More

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