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Coalition forces seized a weapons cache on April 3

Coalition forces seized a weapons cache on April 3

Coalition forces seized a weapons cache on April 3 in Garmsir District, Helmand province, during an operation targeting a Taliban insurgent associated with weapons facilitations operations. The items were destr... More

Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine

Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine

Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, NATO – International Security Assistance Force conduct operations in Garmsir District, Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Master Sgt Rodney L. Abbott manning the turret in Garmsir.

Master Sgt Rodney L. Abbott manning the turret in Garmsir.

Master Sgt Rodney L. Abbott manning the turret in Garmsir.

Afghan shop owners follow the Marines out to the bazaar,

Afghan shop owners follow the Marines out to the bazaar,

Afghan shop owners follow the Marines out to the bazaar, so the Marines can find out where each shop owners shop is at in Safaar, Garmsir District, Afghanistan, Aug. 12.

ANA Share Pride With Marines

ANA Share Pride With Marines

Rafik Mohammed, a soldier with the Afghan National Army, wears a Marine Corps “boonie” cover while providing security at the district governor’s compound in Garmsir, Oct. 14. Rafik and other ANA soldiers work w... More

An Afghan National Army soldier walks past Lance Cpl.

An Afghan National Army soldier walks past Lance Cpl.

An Afghan National Army soldier walks past Lance Cpl. Brandon McFall, an infantryman with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, on a security patrol in Garmsir, Oct. 14. McFall, a 22-year-old native of Buda, Texa... More

Cpl. Thomas B. Brinkerhoff, bridge master in training

Cpl. Thomas B. Brinkerhoff, bridge master in training

Cpl. Thomas B. Brinkerhoff, bridge master in training with Bridge Platoon, Company A, and Maj. Ernest Bulli-Cruz, the battalion executive officer with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group ... More

Afghan police officer Abdul Wali graduates from a police

Afghan police officer Abdul Wali graduates from a police

Afghan police officer Abdul Wali graduates from a police skills training course at the Garmsir District Center, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Jan. 30. The course instruction included hand-cuffing, searching, h... More

Staff Sgt. George Saggeth, a team chief with 3rd Civil

Staff Sgt. George Saggeth, a team chief with 3rd Civil

Staff Sgt. George Saggeth, a team chief with 3rd Civil Affairs Group, patrols to Belush, in Garmsir District, Helmand province, Afghanistan, with Redemption II, Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regime... More

Locals of Garmsir district, Helmand province, Afghanistan,

Locals of Garmsir district, Helmand province, Afghanistan,

Locals of Garmsir district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, watch a group of US diplomats walk to the Garmsir District Center with a security entourage of Marines, Afghan National Army soldiers and Afghan Nation... More

FET: Female Marines Build Relationships in Helmand

FET: Female Marines Build Relationships in Helmand

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand Province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — Sgt. Kimberly Nalepka, a Coral Springs, Fla., native, speaks to a teacher about the day’s lesson plan at a local school April 30. Nalepka is... More

Sgt. Kimberly Nalepka, a Coral Springs, Fla., native,

Sgt. Kimberly Nalepka, a Coral Springs, Fla., native,

Sgt. Kimberly Nalepka, a Coral Springs, Fla., native, crosses a canal after visiting a local school, April 30. Nalepka, team leader of the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment Female Engagement Team, visits medic... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand Province, Islamic Republic

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand Province, Islamic Republic

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand Province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — Sgt. Maj. Brent Cook greets local Afghanistan National Police and Afghanistan National Army leaders during a traditional end of deployment d... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - A color guard stands at attention moments before the Transfer of Authority Ceremony between 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment and 1st Batta... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Carter Malkasian speaks to Lance Cpl. Eric Raines while showing him around the district center here, May 11. Raines, a native of Williamsbur... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Steven Dorman cleans a local child's burn here, May 15. The native of Miami Gardens, Fla., is the senior line c... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Lance Cpls. Edward Stevens, William Schott and Jacob Hoover admire the sunrise while riding V-22 Osprey during Operation Black Dawn here, Ma... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Sgt. Benjamin Maldonado and Sgt. Farhad speak to a local elder during a security patrol here, May 19. Maldonado, a native of Quinton, N.J., ... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Lance Cpl. Shawn Cole, a native of Cresskill, N.J., is a fire team leader with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment's Guard Force Platoon. He ... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — An Afghan man smiles after shaking Lance Cpl. Robert Lemonte hand during a security patrol here, May 25. Lemonte, a Mansfield Ind., native, ... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Pfc. Clifford Oyugi heads a soccer ball before playing a soccer game with a local team here, May 28. Oyugi, a native of Las Vegas, is a mach... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — Capt. Daniel Petronzio speaks to a group of local elders and family leaders about a recent weapons cache find, during a shura here, May 30. ... More

The senior Afghanistan National Army representative

The senior Afghanistan National Army representative

The senior Afghanistan National Army representative stands at the head of formation with Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Sean Riordan and Afghanistan National Police Chief of Police Captain Omar Jan during the Mem... More

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELHI, Helmand province, Islamic

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELHI, Helmand province, Islamic

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELHI, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Afghanistan National Army soldiers, Marines of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment and Afghanistan National Police members gather... More

Lance Cpl. Aaron Ferencik jumps across a canal during

Lance Cpl. Aaron Ferencik jumps across a canal during

Lance Cpl. Aaron Ferencik jumps across a canal during a security patrol here, June 5. Ferencik, a native of Denver, is the squad leader of 3rd Squad, 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company. He led his squad through an im... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Local children interact with Marines of 3rd Squad, 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company during a security patrol here, June 7. The squad was conduct... More

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELHI, Helmand province, Islamic

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELHI, Helmand province, Islamic

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELHI, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — U.K. Ambassador to Afghanistan Sir William Patey reads the plaque on the Garmsir District British Armed Forces Memorial during h... More

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELHI, Helmand province, Islamic

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELHI, Helmand province, Islamic

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELHI, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — Marines form 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment pose for a photo after the comedy show ‘Comics on Duty: Tom Foss and the Ladies ... More

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELHI, Helmand province, Islamic

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELHI, Helmand province, Islamic

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELHI, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — Lt. Col. Sean Riordan greets Maj. Gen. John Toolan Jr. after he arrived for an official visit here, June 14. Toolan, a native of... More

Marines with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine

Marines with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine

Marines with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) assemble a temporary bridge over the Darvishan Bridge in the Gamsir District, Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 16, 2011. The ... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan --

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan --

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan -- The head of Afghanistan's National Department of Security, Mir Hamsar, speaks to local citizens about the voting process, June 17, at the Hazar Joft District C... More

COMBAT OUTPOST KOSHTAY, Helmand province, Afghanistan

COMBAT OUTPOST KOSHTAY, Helmand province, Afghanistan

COMBAT OUTPOST KOSHTAY, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Cpl. Michael Kelley, a native of Philadelphia, is a police sergeant with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. He is responsible for logistic... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - An Afghanistan National Army soldier with the 2nd Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps provides security during a momentary halt during a securi... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — A

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — A

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — A member of the Afghan National Police form Garmsir listens to District Governor Mohammed Fahim before an awards ceremony at the District Police Headquarters Bu... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Lance

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Lance

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Lance Cpl. Joseph Messina walks next to a compound during a security patrol here, July 8. Messina, a native of San Diego, is the corpsman for 2nd Section, Combi... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Sgt.

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Sgt.

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Sgt. Garrett Farris looks back at his squad while on a security patrol here, July 11. Farris, a Castroville, Texas native, is a section leader for Weapons Compa... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Garmsir

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Garmsir

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Garmsir Chief of Police Omar Jan speaks during a Regional Stability Shura here, July 18. Leaders from the Nawa, Marjah and Garmsir Districts participated in the shura.

Marines, ANA give Garmsir Ramadan gift

Marines, ANA give Garmsir Ramadan gift

LASHKAR GAH, Helmand province, Afghanistan - A local Afghan gathers truckloads of wheat here, July 21. The Embedded Training and Civil Affairs Teams with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment joined Afghan Nationa... More

LASHKAR GAH, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Capt.

LASHKAR GAH, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Capt.

LASHKAR GAH, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Capt. Daniel Petronzio gathers truckloads of wheat grain here, July 21. Petronzio, a native of Beverly, Mass., is the officer-in-charge of the 1st Battalion, 3rd Mar... More

Marine, Mullah partnership contributes to counterinsurgency fight

Marine, Mullah partnership contributes to counterinsurgency fight

GAMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Navy Lt. Carl Rhoads enjoys a cup of chai tea during a shura with local mullahs here, July 23. Rhoads, a native of Weippe, Idaho, is the battalion chaplain for 1... More

GAMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Navy

GAMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Navy

GAMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Navy Lt. Carl Rhoads enjoys a cup of chai tea during a shura with local mullahs here, July 23. Rhoads, a native of Weippe, Idaho, is the battalion chaplain for 1... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - A

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - A

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - A local Afghan doctor distributes hygiene supplies here, July 24. The Marines of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment partnered with local health clinics to pass ... More

COMBAT OUTPOST RANKEL, Helmand province, Afghanistan

COMBAT OUTPOST RANKEL, Helmand province, Afghanistan

COMBAT OUTPOST RANKEL, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Lance Cpl. Robert Lemont speaks to local shop owners during a security patrol here, July 26. Lemont, a native of a Mansfield Ind., is a squad leader with C... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Steve

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Steve

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Steve Toth walks across harvested wheat fields while on security patrol here, July 27. Toth, a native of Spring Valley, N.Y., is a law enforcement professional ... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Lance

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Lance

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Lance Cpl. Aaron Daniels provides security atop a roof here, July 28. Daniels is a designated marksman with the Police Advisory Team. Marines of Charlie Company... More

COMBAT OUTPOST RANKEL, Helmand province, Afghanistan

COMBAT OUTPOST RANKEL, Helmand province, Afghanistan

COMBAT OUTPOST RANKEL, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Lance Cpl. Jose Contreras completes a burpee pull-up as part of the Rankel Workout here, Aug. 1. Contreras, a native of San Antonio, is a team leader with ... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Lance

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Lance

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Lance Cpl. Joseph Estrada lifts a pallet of water with a tram Combat Outpost Gorgak, Aug. 4. Estrada, a native of Staten Island, N.Y., is a maintenance manager ... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Navy

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Navy

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Navy Chief Petty Officer William Stewart speaks to sailors with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment during a command battlefield trip here, Aug. 6... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Staff

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Staff

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Staff Sgt. John Wheeler, a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program instructor-trainer, demonstrates a MCMAP technique during a martial arts class here, Aug. 9. Wheele... More

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan - A local man speaks at the

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan - A local man speaks at the

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan - A local man speaks at the graduation of a farming cooperative course here, Aug. 14. Local farmers participated in the training.

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Marines

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Marines

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment share a prayer during a memorial service at Combat Outpost Rankel here, Aug. 17. The memorial s... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Marines

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Marines

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Marines from 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment and district government officials enjoy Iftar, or ‘breaking of fast,’ which is the nightly meal during the month... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Gunnery

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Gunnery

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Gunnery Sgt. Jason Hill completes a triceps dip at Forward Operating Base Delhi, Aug. 23. Hill, a native of Torrington, Ky., is the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Re... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Marines

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Marines

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Marines with the Afghan Local Police Mentoring Detachment, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, clear an impact area before a marksmanship class here, Aug. 29. T... More

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — A

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — A

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — A local child eats a piece of candy after a gift handout in support of the local community’s celebration of Eid here, Aug. 31. Marines, with 1st Battalion, 3rd ... More

An Afghan National Army soldier with the 2nd Kandak,

An Afghan National Army soldier with the 2nd Kandak,

An Afghan National Army soldier with the 2nd Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps momentarily halts during a patrol here, Sept. 3. The patrol was part of the five-day, battalion-sized clearing operation recently co... More

A local boy walks to school here, Sept. 13. The Afghan

A local boy walks to school here, Sept. 13. The Afghan

A local boy walks to school here, Sept. 13. The Afghan government and 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment have focused on developing the Garmsir school system and have planned the construction of more than 10 sc... More

Marines from 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment speak

Marines from 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment speak

Marines from 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment speak with Afghan National Army soldiers before entering a local elder’s compound here, Sept. 20. The Marines stopped to have chai tea with the elders during a cl... More

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos speaks

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos speaks

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos speaks to Marines with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment aboard Forward Operating Base Delhi, Sept. 22. Amos is a native of Wendell, Idaho. Amos and Sergeant Majo... More

Gunnery Sgt. Shay Henry speaks to a group of Marines

Gunnery Sgt. Shay Henry speaks to a group of Marines

Gunnery Sgt. Shay Henry speaks to a group of Marines aboard Forward Operating Base Delhi here, Sept. 25. Henry, a native of Lewiston, Idaho, is the company gunnery sergeant for Headquarters and Services Company... More

Lance Cpl. Tyler Wilson sweeps for improvised explosive

Lance Cpl. Tyler Wilson sweeps for improvised explosive

Lance Cpl. Tyler Wilson sweeps for improvised explosive devices during a security patrol here, Sept. 30. Wilson, a native of Virginia Beach, Va., is a point man with 3rd Squad, 4th Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st B... More

Lance Cpl. Dakota Cash completes a set of pull-ups

Lance Cpl. Dakota Cash completes a set of pull-ups

Lance Cpl. Dakota Cash completes a set of pull-ups during the Walli Olympics here, Oct. 1. Cash, a native of Jasper, Tenn., is an assistant patrol leader with 3rd Squad, 4th Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalio... More

1st Sgt. Randy Jackson speaks to Marines from his company

1st Sgt. Randy Jackson speaks to Marines from his company

1st Sgt. Randy Jackson speaks to Marines from his company here, Oct. 3. Jackson, a native of Girard, Ohio, is the first sergeant for Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. Jackson has been in the Ma... More

Provincial Governor Gulab Mangal speaks to a group

Provincial Governor Gulab Mangal speaks to a group

Provincial Governor Gulab Mangal speaks to a group of Afghan National Army soldiers before a wheat distribution shura here, Oct. 8. The event was part of a series of shuras held throughout Helmand by Mangal to ... More

Afghan National Army officers check their targets during

Afghan National Army officers check their targets during

Afghan National Army officers check their targets during a machine gun range here, Oct. 9. The range was part of an ANA platoon commander's course being conducted by the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment Embed... More

A life in our beloved Corps

A life in our beloved Corps

Master Gunnery Sgt. David Bryan poses for a picture here, Oct. 24. Bryan, a native of Terre Hill, Pa., is the operations chief of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. Bryan has spent 25 years in the Corps and is... 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, conducts a dismounted patrol during a battlefield circulation here, April 24. Jones, a native of Detroit, Mich., has bee... More

Garmsir District Governor Mohammed Fahim speaks during

Garmsir District Governor Mohammed Fahim speaks during

Garmsir District Governor Mohammed Fahim speaks during an Afghan Local Police validation shura here, Oct. 26. The shura certified the Garmsir ALP as an official organization of the Afghan Ministry of Interior. ... More

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Gino Sorrisso holds a sickle,

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Gino Sorrisso holds a sickle,

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Gino Sorrisso holds a sickle, a tool used to find improvised explosive devices, before a security patrol here, Oct. 19. Sorrisso, a native of Chicago, Ill., is a rifleman with Combined An... More

An Afghan National Army soldier walks through a cornfield

An Afghan National Army soldier walks through a cornfield

An Afghan National Army soldier walks through a cornfield during a security patrol here, Oct. 19. The ANA has maintained steady progress during 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment’s deployment, taking control of... More

Marines from 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, greet

Marines from 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, greet

Marines from 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, greet a local man recently released from custody under a pending investigation here, Nov. 2. The battalion staff escorted him to the district center and were in-... 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 man’s motorcycle at a vehicle checkpoint here, Nov. 1.The search was part of Operation Gridlock, a joint operation between Afghan National Security forces... More

Bridging the way to Garmsir

Bridging the way to Garmsir

The Darvishan Bridge is pictured here, Nov. 1. The bridge functions as a main entry point in the northeastern part of the Garmsir. The bridge also serves as a main route to the Hazar Joft Bazaar, one of the bus... 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

British Army Maj. Andrew Green works on the Forward

British Army Maj. Andrew Green works on the Forward

British Army Maj. Andrew Green works on the Forward Operating Base Delhi Memorial here, Nov. 9. The memorial, originally recognizing British soldiers who fought and died in Garmsir from 2006 to 2008, is being r... More

Sgt. Maj. Dwight D. Jones, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine

Sgt. Maj. Dwight D. Jones, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine

Sgt. Maj. Dwight D. Jones, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment sergeant major, wishes Marines from Charlie Company a happy birthday during the 236th Marine Corps birthday ceremony here, Nov. 10. Jones, a native ... 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

The Afghan, American and British flags fly over a recently

The Afghan, American and British flags fly over a recently

The Afghan, American and British flags fly over a recently refurbished memorial at Forward Operating Base Delhi, Nov. 11. During their seven-month deployment Marines from 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment have... 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

Lance Cpl. Isaiah Schult, a 20-year-old Indianapolis

Lance Cpl. Isaiah Schult, a 20-year-old Indianapolis

Lance Cpl. Isaiah Schult, a 20-year-old Indianapolis native and improvised explosive device dog handler with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, jokes with Afghan children outside a local residence. The unit jo... 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

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