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As a US Marine Corps (USMC) CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter departs, US Army (USA) Soldiers with Charlie Company (C CO), 3rd Battalion (BN), 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 82nd Airborne Division (AD), Fort Bragg, North Carolina (NC), set up a security perimeter after landing in the desert at the start of an operation in Baghdaddi. The Soldiers are conducting counterinsurgency operations with Iraqi Security Forces to create a secure environment during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

As a US Marine Corps (USMC) CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter departs, US Ar...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Baghdaddi State: Al Anbar Country: Iraq (IRQ) Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Michael R. Mcmaugh, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... More

SGT. Mohmed gives details to Iraqi soldiers 10th Platoon, 3rd Company, 2nd Battalion, in Samarra, Iraq, Dec. 11, 2005. The soldiers are training for counterinsurgency operations to take place in the days prior to the election. On Dec. 15, 2005 Iraqi citizens will elect their first permanent parliamentary government, which will lead the new democracy for the next four years. (U.S. Army photo by STAFF SGT. Alfred Johnson) (Released)

SGT. Mohmed gives details to Iraqi soldiers 10th Platoon, 3rd Company,...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: IRAQI FREEDOM Base: Camp Speicher State: Tikrit Country: Iraq (IRQ) Scene Major Command Shown: 3RD C, 2BN,1 BDE, 4 DIV Scen... More

Platoon and Company Leaders of the 3rd Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Division listen to an operation order with the use of a sandbox model to help visualize the terrain and obstacles that the unit will encounter in Samarra, Iraq, Dec. 11, 2005. The soldiers are training for counterinsurgency operations to take place in the days prior to the election. On Dec. 15, 2005 Iraqi citizens will electtheir first permanent parliamentary government, which will lead the new democracy for the next four years. (U.S. Army photo by STAFF SGT. Alfred Johnson) (Released)

Platoon and Company Leaders of the 3rd Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Div...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: IRAQI FREEDOM Base: Camp Speicher State: Tikrit Country: Iraq (IRQ) Scene Major Command Shown: 3RD C, 2BN,1 BDE, 4 DIV Scen... 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

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

Cpl. James Hernandez, a combat engineer with Alpha

Cpl. James Hernandez, a combat engineer with Alpha

Cpl. James Hernandez, a combat engineer with Alpha Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, and a native of Goodyear, Ariz., uses an electric saw to dismantle a HESCO barrier at Firebase Saenz, Helmand province... 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

Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan, the commanding general of

Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan, the commanding general of

Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan, the commanding general of Regional Command Southwest, walks with Lt. Col. Matthew J. Palma, the commander of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, on the way to a religious shura at the ... 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

Afghan National Army soldiers with 4th Kandak, 1st

Afghan National Army soldiers with 4th Kandak, 1st

Afghan National Army soldiers with 4th Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps, fire a Howitzer D-30 during an artillery demonstration for government officials and local elders from districts across southern Helmand h... More

Lance Cpl.'s Zachary Pumpelly and Vincent Myrick, both

Lance Cpl.'s Zachary Pumpelly and Vincent Myrick, both

Lance Cpl.'s Zachary Pumpelly and Vincent Myrick, both combat engineers with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, put together a culvert during the construction of a land bridge in the district of Now Zad, Helmand p... 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

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

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

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

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 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

Georgian soldiers with the 31st Georgian Light Infantry

Georgian soldiers with the 31st Georgian Light Infantry

Georgian soldiers with the 31st Georgian Light Infantry Battalion stand with the unit battle colors before a transfer of authority ceremony aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, May 1, 2014. The 31st GLIB and a... 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 his wife Crystal following his return to Marine Corps Base Hawaii from a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan, Dec. 7. Aft... More

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, view

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, view

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, view their targets and make adjustments to their weapons during a battle sight zero exercise at Range 101 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Pal... 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, crouch next to a Humvee as a fellow missileman fires a Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided missile during the Enhanced Mo... More

Editor’s Note: This is the first installment in a series

Editor’s Note: This is the first installment in a series

Editor’s Note: This is the first installment in a series on Marines from 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, based out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. They are preparing for war by training in the Cal... More

Marines with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine

Marines with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine

Marines with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, load into an amphibious assault vehicle before beginning clearing operations during Exercise Clear, Hold, Build 1 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat... More

Lance Cpls. Brett Neibel and Jesus Oliver, mortarmen

Lance Cpls. Brett Neibel and Jesus Oliver, mortarmen

Lance Cpls. Brett Neibel and Jesus Oliver, mortarmen with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, watch 81 mm mortar rounds impact the training area during a fire support coordination exercise on M... More

A blanket of green smoke sweeps by as an instructor

A blanket of green smoke sweeps by as an instructor

A blanket of green smoke sweeps by as an instructor watches infantrymen with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, provide fire suppression during a platoon attack at Range 410A on Marine Corps Air ... More

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, watch

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, watch

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, watch the Marines of India Company, 3/3, maneuver through a company attack at Range 400 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Sept. ... More

Lance Cpls. Channing Bergen and Matthew Adair, riflemen

Lance Cpls. Channing Bergen and Matthew Adair, riflemen

Lance Cpls. Channing Bergen and Matthew Adair, riflemen with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, hold watch over a detainee at an entry control point during Exercise Clear, Hold, Build 2 at Range... More

Lance Cpls. Justin Downing and Patrick Walker, mortar

Lance Cpls. Justin Downing and Patrick Walker, mortar

Lance Cpls. Justin Downing and Patrick Walker, mortar men with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, brace themselves while firing a 60mm mortar round during Exercise Clear, Hold, Build 3 on Marine ... More

Lance Cpl. Dan Jackson, an anti-tank missileman with

Lance Cpl. Dan Jackson, an anti-tank missileman with

Lance Cpl. Dan Jackson, an anti-tank missileman with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, waits in the gun turret of a Motorized All-Terrain Vehicle to begin Exercise Clear, Hold, Build 4 on Mar... More

Lance Cpl. Barney Oldfield, a rifleman with Jump Platoon,

Lance Cpl. Barney Oldfield, a rifleman with Jump Platoon,

Lance Cpl. Barney Oldfield, a rifleman with Jump Platoon, Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, uses a bottle cap to mark the location of a mock improvised explosive device durin... More

U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Sean Riordan, 1st Battalion, 3rd

U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Sean Riordan, 1st Battalion, 3rd

U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Sean Riordan, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment commanding officer from Montclaire, Va., uses a Ka-Bar kinfe to slice a birthday cake for Marines and sailors of 1/3 and 3rd Battalion, 3rd ... More

Afghan National Police member Abdul Nabi provides security

Afghan National Police member Abdul Nabi provides security

Afghan National Police member Abdul Nabi provides security under the watchful eye of U.S. Marine 2nd Lt. Brenton Mastro, 24, the Guard Force Platoon commander for Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion... More

Lance Cpl. Andrew Gray, 20, a team leader with Guard

Lance Cpl. Andrew Gray, 20, a team leader with Guard

Lance Cpl. Andrew Gray, 20, a team leader with Guard Force Platoon, Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment and native of Brandon, Miss., jokes with a local boy about bartering for ... More

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