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Gul Maqsood Sabit, right, the Afghanistan Deputy Finance

Gul Maqsood Sabit, right, the Afghanistan Deputy Finance

Gul Maqsood Sabit, right, the Afghanistan Deputy Finance Minister for Revenue and Customs addresses the International Security Assistance Force and Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan representati... More

U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., commander

U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., commander

U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., commander of International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces - Afghanistan, speaks to ISAF, Afghan National Security Force senior leaders and Government of ... More

Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, the defense minister of

Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, the defense minister of

Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, the defense minister of Afghanistan, speaks from behind a podium during the International Security Assistance Forces and Afghan National Security Force memorial unveiling ceremony outs... More

Sergeant Alexander Neal, a cannon crewmember assigned

Sergeant Alexander Neal, a cannon crewmember assigned

Sergeant Alexander Neal, a cannon crewmember assigned to Killer Troop, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, prepares to fire in support of a combined Afghan National Army live fire exercise. The exercise was hos... More

An Afghan villager from Maruf, Kandahar province,

An Afghan villager from Maruf, Kandahar province,

An Afghan villager from Maruf, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, brings his baby to coalition forces for a medical screening Aug. 14 during a veterinarian and medical operations program at the Maruf District Cent... More

A local boy helps to pump water for the construction

A local boy helps to pump water for the construction

A local boy helps to pump water for the construction workers who continue to work on the Habib Rahman Learning Center in Nijrab. The project will help provide engineering and other education to residents of Nij... More

Civil engineers and a U.S. Agency for International

Civil engineers and a U.S. Agency for International

Civil engineers and a U.S. Agency for International Development representative from Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team meet with local maleks in Surobi, Afghanistan, Nov. 26. Kapisa PRT discussed the success... More

Members of Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team, the

Members of Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team, the

Members of Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team, the Kapisa Prison director, and a representative from Task Force LaFayette Stabilization Operations talk about the possibility of an additional prison during a ... More

Members of the Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team,

Members of the Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team,

Members of the Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team, the Kapisa Prison director and a representative from Task Force La Fayette Stabilization Operations talk about the possibility of an additional prison durin... More

A member of Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team keeps

A member of Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team keeps

A member of Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team keeps watch over a combined-dismounted patrol of PRT and Afghanya Road Maintenance Team members from the turret of his vehicle here, Dec. 1. The RMT was trained... More

Children help to set up for a ribbon-cutting ceremony

Children help to set up for a ribbon-cutting ceremony

Children help to set up for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Abdul Manan High School here, Dec. 2. The school was completed in less than two years and was built to accommodate approximately 800 students in the... More

U.S. Air Force Capt. Seth Platt, senior engineer for

U.S. Air Force Capt. Seth Platt, senior engineer for

U.S. Air Force Capt. Seth Platt, senior engineer for Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team, from Pomfret, Conn., Jim Morris, PRT U.S. Department of State representative from Chappaqua, N.Y., government of the I... More

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Ashley Skillman, public affairs

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Ashley Skillman, public affairs

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Ashley Skillman, public affairs officer for Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team from Wichita, Kan., visits with a local shop owner in the Nijarb market during a dismounted-presence patr... More

U.S. Army Sgt. Kevin Vander Zwaag, Kapisa Provincial

U.S. Army Sgt. Kevin Vander Zwaag, Kapisa Provincial

U.S. Army Sgt. Kevin Vander Zwaag, Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team civil affairs from Reed City, Mich., shakes the hands of local children during a mission to the Tagab district center here, Dec. 21. The ... More

U.S. Army Spc. Mark E. Fielding, a Benton, La., native

U.S. Army Spc. Mark E. Fielding, a Benton, La., native

U.S. Army Spc. Mark E. Fielding, a Benton, La., native and rifleman assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Storm, provides secu... More

U.S. Air Force Capt. Brandon Rocker, Kapisa Provincial

U.S. Air Force Capt. Brandon Rocker, Kapisa Provincial

U.S. Air Force Capt. Brandon Rocker, Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team civil engineer from Fredericksburg, Va., crosses a stream to take a measurement during a site survey for the proposed Abdul Hadi Padar ... More

Mohammad Wizir signs for the hero payment by stamping

Mohammad Wizir signs for the hero payment by stamping

Mohammad Wizir signs for the hero payment by stamping his thumbprint on the form. Wizir’s son died while protecting the Sayed Karam District subgovernor. Coalition forces are authorized to give hero payments to... More

Afghan National Army soldiers distribute radios to

Afghan National Army soldiers distribute radios to

Afghan National Army soldiers distribute radios to villagers at Tandan Village, Afghanistan, Jan. 25. The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan distributed the radios during an outreach mission led ... More

Nangarhar's Provincial Development Council met at the

Nangarhar's Provincial Development Council met at the

Nangarhar's Provincial Development Council met at the governor's compound Feb. 23, to discuss how to better sustain their facilities. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Casey Osborne, Nangarhar Provincial Reconst... More

Luca, a Military Working Dog with 4th Stryker Brigade

Luca, a Military Working Dog with 4th Stryker Brigade

Luca, a Military Working Dog with 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, is geared up for medical evacuation training at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Feb.... More

Lelah Zadran, the Paktya director of Agriculture, Irrigation

Lelah Zadran, the Paktya director of Agriculture, Irrigation

Lelah Zadran, the Paktya director of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, brings up the issue of water management during the Provincial Development Council meeting held at the Governor’s Compound, March 15. F... More

U.S. Army Chaplain Lt. Col. Jerome Fehn, a Catholic

U.S. Army Chaplain Lt. Col. Jerome Fehn, a Catholic

U.S. Army Chaplain Lt. Col. Jerome Fehn, a Catholic priest and the base chaplain for Camp Life Support Area, Ali Asalim Air Base, Kuwait, blesses bread for a communion service while visiting Forward Operating B... More

Paktya Deputy Gov. Abdul Rahman Mangal addresses the

Paktya Deputy Gov. Abdul Rahman Mangal addresses the

Paktya Deputy Gov. Abdul Rahman Mangal addresses the audience at the government outreach meeting in Chamkani District March 28. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Barry Loo)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Sierco, Kapisa Provincial

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Sierco, Kapisa Provincial

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Sierco, Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team commander from Bowie, Md., speaks to school officials at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly constructed Kohi Girl's School in... More

PRT lessons learned shapes future training

PRT lessons learned shapes future training

U.S. Army Col. Mark Stammer, Joint Regional Training Center Operations Group commander from Fort Polk, La., receives an operations briefing from Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction Team staff at Forward Operati... More

Students attend class at Ali Haydar Primary School

Students attend class at Ali Haydar Primary School

Students attend class at Ali Haydar Primary School in Urgun District April 14. Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team visits schools on a regular basis to meet with school officials and discuss education concer... More

The Ahmad Abad District Afhgan Uniform Police Chief,

The Ahmad Abad District Afhgan Uniform Police Chief,

The Ahmad Abad District Afhgan Uniform Police Chief, along with village elders, hand out backpacks to young boys as part of a school opening ceremony in Ahmad Abad, Afghanistan, May 29. Officials from the Gover... More

The Ahmad Abad District Afhgan Uniform Police Chief,

The Ahmad Abad District Afhgan Uniform Police Chief,

The Ahmad Abad District Afhgan Uniform Police Chief, along with village elders, hand out backpacks to young boys as part of a school opening ceremony in Ahmad Abad, Afghanistan, May 29. Officials from the gover... More

U.S. Army Capt. Kevin Hrodey, right, commander of Company

U.S. Army Capt. Kevin Hrodey, right, commander of Company

U.S. Army Capt. Kevin Hrodey, right, commander of Company B, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, and Pleasant Hill, Iowa, native, talks with U.S. Army 1st Sgt. David Crowley, left, an Iowa City, Iowa, nativ... More

A U.S. service member of the Khowst Provincial

A U.S. service member of the Khowst Provincial

A U.S. service member of the Khowst Provincial Reconstruction Team greets children arriving to a medical screening outreach mission in Khoni Kawr, Khowst province, Afghanistan, Sept. 5. The event was made possi... More

U.S. Navy Leading Petty Officer Roberto S. Alberto,

U.S. Navy Leading Petty Officer Roberto S. Alberto,

U.S. Navy Leading Petty Officer Roberto S. Alberto, field corpsman for the Provincial Reconstruction Team-Khowst and a native of Somerville, N.J., takes a toddler's temperature during a medical screening outrea... 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

Col. Mike Lawrence (far left), Nimroz province coordinator,

Col. Mike Lawrence (far left), Nimroz province coordinator,

Col. Mike Lawrence (far left), Nimroz province coordinator, briefs the plan that Afghan provincial leaders reviewed concerning the security, development and managerial provisions within the province. The confer... 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

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 Staff Sgt. Robert J. Powell, 1st Battalion,

U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Robert J. Powell, 1st Battalion,

U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Robert J. Powell, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment Police Advisory Team staff non-commissioned officer in charge and native of Watertown, N.Y., assesses a target with an Afghan Local Po... More

Aerial photo over Kandahar province, Nov. 28, 2011.

Aerial photo over Kandahar province, Nov. 28, 2011.

Aerial photo over Kandahar province, Nov. 28, 2011.

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

Members of 2nd Company, 1st Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 205th

Members of 2nd Company, 1st Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 205th

Members of 2nd Company, 1st Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 205th Corps, Afghanistan National Army, pose for a photo on Combat Outpost Shamulzai, Zabul province, Afghanistan, Nov. 29, 2011. Combat Outpost Shamulzai provid... 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

US State Department representative & Senior Civilian

US State Department representative & Senior Civilian

US State Department representative & Senior Civilian Representative Paul Reid talks with Afghan Border Police Kandak Commander Colonel Jowhari regarding security provisions in Nimroz province, Dec. 2. Reid and ... More

A member of 1st Company, 1st Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 205th

A member of 1st Company, 1st Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 205th

A member of 1st Company, 1st Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 205th Corps, helps US Soldiers move equipment on Forward Operating Base Atghar, Zabul province, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2011. Forward Operating Base Atghar provid... More

Lt. Stanikzay, executive officer, 1st Company, 1st

Lt. Stanikzay, executive officer, 1st Company, 1st

Lt. Stanikzay, executive officer, 1st Company, 1st Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 205th Corps, and Warrant Officer Gavriloaea Constantin, Operational Mentor and Liaison Team 2, 15th Mechanized Brigade, 2nd Infantry Divis... 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

Coalition forces attend an Afghan Uniformed Police

Coalition forces attend an Afghan Uniformed Police

Coalition forces attend an Afghan Uniformed Police recruit course graduation ceremony at the Joint Sustainment Academy Southwest in June. Additional courses are provided for advanced training for AUP members, t... More

An Afghan National Army soldier with 1st Brigade, 215th

An Afghan National Army soldier with 1st Brigade, 215th

An Afghan National Army soldier with 1st Brigade, 215th Corps Route Clearance Company sweeps a road for improvised explosive devices during a route clearance mission here, Dec. 12. The Afghan soldiers have take... 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 soldiers post security along a

Afghan National Army soldiers post security along a

Afghan National Army soldiers post security along a barrier wall as Afghan National Security Force and International Security Assistance Force leaders celebrate the opening of a temporary new Operational Coordi... 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. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jose R. Perez is

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jose R. Perez is

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jose R. Perez is a corpsman with the Regimental Combat Team 5 regimental aid station, in charge of casualty tracking operations here. Whether it’s getting them back to the fron... More

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Eric Ozburn, Paktya Provincial

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Eric Ozburn, Paktya Provincial

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Eric Ozburn, Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team information operations officer from Rowland Heights, Calif., distributes Guardians of Peace handbills to local students during a Tandan ... 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 leaders met in Zaranj, the capital city of Nimroz

Afghan leaders met in Zaranj, the capital city of Nimroz

Afghan leaders met in Zaranj, the capital city of Nimroz province, Afghanistan, to discuss future development and security in the province, Dec. 30, 2011. In attendance were key leaders to include Maj. Gen. Joh... 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

An Afghan National Army soldier with 1st Brigade, 215th

An Afghan National Army soldier with 1st Brigade, 215th

An Afghan National Army soldier with 1st Brigade, 215th Corps, explains the care process for a mock casualty to U.S. Navy Chief Rob Longbottom, a chief medical advisor with Combat Logistics Battalion 1 and 35-y... 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

Cpl. Linton C. Sangster, a 21-year-old native of Cleveland,

Cpl. Linton C. Sangster, a 21-year-old native of Cleveland,

Cpl. Linton C. Sangster, a 21-year-old native of Cleveland, Ga., and a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense specialist with 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, poses with his gas mask here, Ja... More

Afghan National Army medics with the 1st Brigade, 215th

Afghan National Army medics with the 1st Brigade, 215th

Afghan National Army medics with the 1st Brigade, 215th Corps, escort two ANA patients (center) toward an Afghan Air Force MI-17 helicopter at a landing pad here, Dec. 28. The two patients were part of the firs... 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

Members of the Regimental Combat Team 5 staff observe

Members of the Regimental Combat Team 5 staff observe

Members of the Regimental Combat Team 5 staff observe the ongoing construction of an Afghan police precinct here, Jan. 12. Colonel Roger B. Turner, the commanding officer of RCT-5, and his staff toured Marjah d... 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

U.S. Marine Col. Roger Turner, commanding officer of

U.S. Marine Col. Roger Turner, commanding officer of

U.S. Marine Col. Roger Turner, commanding officer of Regimental Combat Team 5, greets a local elder before an artillery demonstration for government officials and local elders from districts across southern Hel... 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

U.S. Marine Cpl. Ivan D. Garciamunoz, a radio operator

U.S. Marine Cpl. Ivan D. Garciamunoz, a radio operator

U.S. Marine Cpl. Ivan D. Garciamunoz, a radio operator with Regimental Combat Team 5 and 21-year-old native of Riverside, Calif., sits inside a mobile modular command and control mine resistant ambush protected... 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

(From Left) Lance Cpl. Jacob S. Brehm, Staff Sgt. Peter

(From Left) Lance Cpl. Jacob S. Brehm, Staff Sgt. Peter

(From Left) Lance Cpl. Jacob S. Brehm, Staff Sgt. Peter S. Ramos, Lance Cpl. Brandyn E. Council, and Cpl. Michael S. Ussery serve with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Reigment. Brehm, Council and Ussery... More

A Marine with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine

A Marine with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine

A Marine with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, looks at a distant ridgeline through his Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight. The Marines and Afghan Uniformed Police were engaged by insurgent figh... 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

Corporal Michael S. Ussery, a Rochelle, Ga., native

Corporal Michael S. Ussery, a Rochelle, Ga., native

Corporal Michael S. Ussery, a Rochelle, Ga., native and a rifleman with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, is currently on his second combat tour to Afghanistan. The team leader with 3rd Platoon ... More

Marines with Echo Company, Afghan Uniformed Police

Marines with Echo Company, Afghan Uniformed Police

Marines with Echo Company, Afghan Uniformed Police patrolmen, and interpreters gathered around a fire became a common sight and a daily occurrence during Operation Double Check. The Marines and their Afghan cou... More

Corporal George W. Casey (right), a 29-year-old squad

Corporal George W. Casey (right), a 29-year-old squad

Corporal George W. Casey (right), a 29-year-old squad leader with 3rd Platoon, counts off Marines from his platoon to gain accountability as they prepare for a recent night extract. Casey led his squad while c... More

U.S. Marine Cpl. Mark Rittkaidachar, a range personal

U.S. Marine Cpl. Mark Rittkaidachar, a range personal

U.S. Marine Cpl. Mark Rittkaidachar, a range personal safety officer with Regimental Combat Team 5 and 21-year-old native of Perris, Calif., prepares to mark the target of Lance Cpl. Cristian Ruizduenos, a Mari... More

Local villagers watch a road construction project in

Local villagers watch a road construction project in

Local villagers watch a road construction project in Zharay district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Feb. 5, 2012. The new route is being built to help support security in the district.

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

A soldier of 3rd Brigade, 205th Corps, Afghanistan

A soldier of 3rd Brigade, 205th Corps, Afghanistan

A soldier of 3rd Brigade, 205th Corps, Afghanistan National Army, provides security for a route construction project, Zharay district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Feb. 6, 2012. The new route is being built ... More

U.S. Marine Sgt. William Robert Biggs, the Regimental

U.S. Marine Sgt. William Robert Biggs, the Regimental

U.S. Marine Sgt. William Robert Biggs, the Regimental Combat Team 5 personal security detachment platoon sergeant, executes an arm bar during a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program instructor trainer course here, ... More

A view to the east of Strongpoint Corner Brook, Zharay

A view to the east of Strongpoint Corner Brook, Zharay

A view to the east of Strongpoint Corner Brook, Zharay district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Feb. 9, 2012.

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