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Mortars interrupt silent night in Kajaki

Mortars interrupt silent night in Kajaki

Sgt. Robert Canes, a mortar chief with India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, Cpl. Nester Hernandez, an ammo team chief, and Cpl. David Needham, a mortar gunner, man a mortar tube aboard Forward Op... More

Marines with 2nd platoon, India Battery, 3rd Battalion,

Marines with 2nd platoon, India Battery, 3rd Battalion,

Marines with 2nd platoon, India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, patrol through the area of Kajaki to locate and destroy enemy fixed and reinforced fighting positions, Sep... More

Cpl. Jacob Hoag, the Motor Transportation maintenance

Cpl. Jacob Hoag, the Motor Transportation maintenance

Cpl. Jacob Hoag, the Motor Transportation maintenance chief, and Cpl. Cody Scholes, a field artillery cannon crewman, both with India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, take... More

3/12 Marines earn Kajaki children's trust

3/12 Marines earn Kajaki children's trust

Cpl. Boe Trujillo, a field artillery cannon crewman with India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, kneels to pass out candy to local children while on a patrol through the ar... More

3/12 Marines Light Up the Kajaki Night, Expose Enemy Movement

3/12 Marines Light Up the Kajaki Night, Expose Enemy Movement

After an evening full of Taliban engagements, the Marines with India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, fire illumination rounds, Sept. 10, into a known Taliban traveling ar... More

Marines with India Battery, 3rdrd Battalion, 12thth

Marines with India Battery, 3rdrd Battalion, 12thth

Marines with India Battery, 3rdrd Battalion, 12thth Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, patrol to several locations along the Helmand River’s green zone to clear openings in tree lines, Sept. 11, after r... More

A squad of Marines cross the Helmand River after Forward

A squad of Marines cross the Helmand River after Forward

A squad of Marines cross the Helmand River after Forward Operating Base Zeegrugge in Kajaki was attacked with indirect fire, Sept. 12. Marines with India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, Regimental... More

A Marine's a Marine

A Marine's a Marine

Lance Cpl. Kimberly R. Burrows, a combat engineer with Alpha Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) moves a two-by-four while working on improvements for Forward Operating... More

Lance Cpl. Dwason E. Griffith, a combat engineer with

Lance Cpl. Dwason E. Griffith, a combat engineer with

Lance Cpl. Dwason E. Griffith, a combat engineer with Alpha Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), nails an A-frame to a wall, Sept. 12. Since their arrival on the FOB, S... More

Lance Cpl. Bryant Wahlen, a field artillery cannoneer

Lance Cpl. Bryant Wahlen, a field artillery cannoneer

Lance Cpl. Bryant Wahlen, a field artillery cannoneer crewman and designated marksman with India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, sights in on enemy activity across the He... More

Sgt. Aaron Segovia, a squad leader with India Battery,

Sgt. Aaron Segovia, a squad leader with India Battery,

Sgt. Aaron Segovia, a squad leader with India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, radios in their position during their farthest patrol to the northern part of their area of ... More

These Colors Don't Run

These Colors Don't Run

Cpl. Jorge Villarreal, a motor transportation mechanic with India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, leans over the edge of a compound in Kajaki to remind his fellow Marines... More

Taking a Break From the Patrol

Taking a Break From the Patrol

While on a patrol to find known enemy egress and ingress routes, Cpl. Jonathan Eckert, a military working-dog handler, attached to India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, a... More

Lance Cpl. Kevin Ivie, 24, from Paris, Ky., and Lance

Lance Cpl. Kevin Ivie, 24, from Paris, Ky., and Lance

Lance Cpl. Kevin Ivie, 24, from Paris, Ky., and Lance Cpl. William Branch, 21, from Miami, Fla., were both promoted to the rank of corporal aboard Forward Operating Base Zeebrugge, Oct. 1. Both Marines are fiel... More

3/12 Marines Highlight Suspicious Activity

3/12 Marines Highlight Suspicious Activity

Marines with India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, in Kajaki, light up the dark sky, Oct. 1, after receiving word of suspicious activity near the Kajaki Dam. The mortarme... More

India Battery Gets Eyes on Kajaki With New Gear, Improves Range and Visibility

India Battery Gets Eyes on Kajaki With New Gear, Improves Range and Vi...

Camped out aboard Outpost Athens West, Lance Cpl. Kevin Sullivan, an artilleryman with India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, peers through his newly acquired Nokia “Big E... More

U.S. Marines assigned to India Battery, 3rd Battalion,

U.S. Marines assigned to India Battery, 3rd Battalion,

U.S. Marines assigned to India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment form a line in the mobile post exchange that was set up by Marine Corps Community Services Marines with Headquarters and Service Compa... More

Two Afghan National policeman load 64 bags of alfalfa

Two Afghan National policeman load 64 bags of alfalfa

Two Afghan National policeman load 64 bags of alfalfa seed onto an ANP pick-up truck to be distributed to the local villagers in Kajaki, Oct. 25. The ANP worked together in handing out the bags of alfalfa seed ... More

Sgt. Alan L. Lewis, Marine Corps Community Services

Sgt. Alan L. Lewis, Marine Corps Community Services

Sgt. Alan L. Lewis, Marine Corps Community Services specialist, Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), cashes out Marines from Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment... More

Marines from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 arrive

Marines from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 arrive

Marines from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 arrive aboard Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, as an augment from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Jan. 15. Marine elements from the 26th MEU will reinforce securit... More

Marines from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 arrive

Marines from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 arrive

Marines from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 arrive aboard Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, as an augment from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Jan. 15. Marine elements from the 26th MEU will reinforce securi... More

Afghan National Army commandos assigned to the 8th

Afghan National Army commandos assigned to the 8th

Afghan National Army commandos assigned to the 8th Commando Kandak prepare to board a CH-47 prior to a mission near Kajaki village June 1. During the mission, more than 1,000 pounds of black tar opium was foun... More

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Helmand province,

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Helmand province,

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Helmand province, Afghanistan—A battlefield memorial is set up in memory of Pfc. Josue Ibarra. A ceremony was held June 28 in memory of Ibarra, a cannoneer with 2nd Battalion, ... More

FOWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBURGGE, Helmand province,

FOWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBURGGE, Helmand province,

FOWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBURGGE, Helmand province, Afghanistan —Sgt. Christopher Gonzales, a Baltimore native, takes a drink from his hydration pack as he rests on a security patrol. Gonzales, the Civil Affairs... More

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Helmand province,

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Helmand province,

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Cpl. Israel W. Owens, a field artillery radar operator with 2nd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, folds the United States national ensign. Owens ... More

Various switches and gauges on the control panel at

Various switches and gauges on the control panel at

Various switches and gauges on the control panel at the Kajaki dam. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Afghanistan Engineer District-South and Afghan engineers recently completed installation of a primary switch... More

KAJAKI, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Sgt. Brandon

KAJAKI, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Sgt. Brandon

KAJAKI, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Sgt. Brandon Rice, an assistant-patrol leader with Battery E, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, holds a rifle for Cpl. Fabian Gonzales, a field wireman, as he jumps a ... More

Sgt. John Hoover, 7th Engineer Dive Team member, maneuvers

Sgt. John Hoover, 7th Engineer Dive Team member, maneuvers

Sgt. John Hoover, 7th Engineer Dive Team member, maneuvers the remotely operated vehicle at the Kajaki Dam in Helmand province, Aug. 14. (USACE Photo)

Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine

Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine

Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), unload supplies at Patrol Base Alcatraz, Helmand province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Eastern Storm, Aug. 26. PB Alcatr... More

U.S. Army Pfc. Myles Standish from Delta, Colo., serving

U.S. Army Pfc. Myles Standish from Delta, Colo., serving

U.S. Army Pfc. Myles Standish from Delta, Colo., serving with Task Force Black Knight, A Company, 3-66th Armor Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade, watches the surrounding ridge lines for enemy activity in Kajaki,... More

Ten pallets of wheat and vegetable seed and fertilizer

Ten pallets of wheat and vegetable seed and fertilizer

Ten pallets of wheat and vegetable seed and fertilizer are stacked on a flight line in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, before they are transferred to Kajaki, Sept. 30, 2011, where they will be distributed to local fa... More

Cpl. Brandon Thaller, a motor transportation operator

Cpl. Brandon Thaller, a motor transportation operator

Cpl. Brandon Thaller, a motor transportation operator with Battery E, 2nd Battalion, 12 Marine Regiment, places razor wire around the perimeter of the base to help secure it against enemy forces. The base recei... More

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

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

Marines with 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment conduct patrols through the Kajaki district, Oct. 25. Until recently the district was securely under the control of insurgent fighters who... More

A Marine with 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion,

A Marine with 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion,

A Marine with 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, provides security during a recent patrol through the Kajaki Sofla Bazaar. The bazaar reopened recently as Marines and Afghan soldier... More

A Marine with 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion,

A Marine with 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion,

A Marine with 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, waits for helicopters to arrive. The Marines and sailors of Bravo Co. are participating in Operation Eastern Storm to clear insurgen... More

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

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

Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, and Afghan National Army soldiers return from a recent foot patrol. They maintain security in the area formerly held by insurgents by patrolling r... More

A Marine with 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion,

A Marine with 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion,

A Marine with 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, crosses the water during a recent patrols through the area. Until recently the district was securely under the control of insurgent ... More

Afghan locals load and transport various crops in Helmand

Afghan locals load and transport various crops in Helmand

Afghan locals load and transport various crops in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Nov. 3. The Afghans in this area have begun using Route 611 more frequently due to the route repairs conducted by 7th Engineer Su... More

A village elder attends a shura, the equivalent of

A village elder attends a shura, the equivalent of

A village elder attends a shura, the equivalent of a town hall meeting, at Patrol Base Pennsylvania, near Kajaki Sofla, Oct. 28. The Marines of Company B., 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, are conducting ope... More

A group of local elders, Police Advisers, with 1st

A group of local elders, Police Advisers, with 1st

A group of local elders, Police Advisers, with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, and Afghan Uniformed Police Officers gather for a meal at Patrol Base Pennsylvania, Nov. 6. Afghan National Security Forces and... More

Helmand Governor Mohammad Gulab Mangal, left, thanks

Helmand Governor Mohammad Gulab Mangal, left, thanks

Helmand Governor Mohammad Gulab Mangal, left, thanks British Army Col. Peter Jackson, commanding officer of Bastion Role 3 Hospital, for giving him the opportunity to visit Afghan patients being treated there. ... More

1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment was split across

1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment was split across

1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment was split across three distinctly different areas of operation. Charlie Company was in Marjah, reinforcing Marine and Afghan forces operating in the city’s remaining troubled ... More

A U.S. Marine with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, Regimental

A U.S. Marine with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, Regimental

A U.S. Marine with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 6 constructs a ladder for an elevated observation post inside Patrol Base 102, Kajaki, Afghanistan, Jan. 27, 2012. Marines built observat... More

An Afghan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP) officer

An Afghan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP) officer

An Afghan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP) officer with the 1st Battalion, 5th Brigade provides security atop a vehicle during a shura, or meeting, in Kajaki, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 21, 2012. AN... More

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Sarah Debarberie with Female

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Sarah Debarberie with Female

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Sarah Debarberie with Female Engagement Team 3 prepares to depart on a security patrol with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 in Kajaki, Helman... More

U.S. Marines with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 8th

U.S. Marines with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 8th

U.S. Marines with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 exit friendly lines for a patrol in Kajaki, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb 29, 2012. Marines conduct patrols t... More

U.S. Marines with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 8th

U.S. Marines with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 8th

U.S. Marines with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 exit friendly lines for a patrol in Kajaki, Helmand province, Afghanistan Feb.29, 2012. Marines conducted patrols ... More

Afghan children pose for a photo in Kajaki, Helmand

Afghan children pose for a photo in Kajaki, Helmand

Afghan children pose for a photo in Kajaki, Helmand province, Afghanistan, March 2, 2012. The children waited while Afghan Task Force soldiers spoke with the compound's owner about Taliban activity during a pat... More

Sgt. Phil Farmer, a squad leader, with 3rd platoon,

Sgt. Phil Farmer, a squad leader, with 3rd platoon,

Sgt. Phil Farmer, a squad leader, with 3rd platoon, Bravo Co., 1st Bn., 8th Marines gives orders to his Marines during a patrol of a suspected insurgent fighting position, March 5. Farmer, a Matawan, N.J., nati... More

Cpl. Robert P. Bolanos, an assistant patrol leader

Cpl. Robert P. Bolanos, an assistant patrol leader

Cpl. Robert P. Bolanos, an assistant patrol leader with Golf Battery, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, places identification tags onto a memorial shrine during the memorial service for Cpl. Conner T. Lowry ... More

A U.S. Marine with Golf Battery, 2nd Battalion, 11th

A U.S. Marine with Golf Battery, 2nd Battalion, 11th

A U.S. Marine with Golf Battery, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 holds a program with the biography of U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Connor T. Lowery during a memorial ceremony in his hon... More

Afghanistan Second Sergeant Khangul, a noncommissioned

Afghanistan Second Sergeant Khangul, a noncommissioned

Afghanistan Second Sergeant Khangul, a noncommissioned officer with the Afghan Uniformed Police in Kajaki, and 2nd Sgt. Abdul Hari, the assistant training officer with the AUP in Kajaki, listen to patrolling ti... More

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason G. Smith, the Police

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason G. Smith, the Police

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason G. Smith, the Police Advisory Team 1 officer-in-charge with 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, shakes hands with Afghan Uniformed Police 2nd Sgt. Khangul, a noncommissioned office... More

Lance Corporal Juan R. Sanchezvelazquez, a motor transport

Lance Corporal Juan R. Sanchezvelazquez, a motor transport

Lance Corporal Juan R. Sanchezvelazquez, a motor transport operator with Golf Battery, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, walks across a bridge here during a patrol into the Tangye Bazaar, March 13, 2012. The... More

Sergeant Erick A. Granados, a squad leader with Golf

Sergeant Erick A. Granados, a squad leader with Golf

Sergeant Erick A. Granados, a squad leader with Golf Battery, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, checks on his Marines at a security post here, March 14, 2012. Granados, a 25-year-old native of Houston, contr... More

Doc with “million dollar wound” still helping Marines on second deployment

Doc with “million dollar wound” still helping Marines on second deploy...

Petty Officer Third Class Chase Speed, corpsman, Police Advisor Team 2, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, waits for the patrol order before departing friendly lines during a recent regimental operation, March... More

Corporal Christopher E. Gregory closes the door of

Corporal Christopher E. Gregory closes the door of

Corporal Christopher E. Gregory closes the door of his Millennia Military Vehicle here, April 11, 2012. The forklift is one of the many pieces of machinery he uses as a heavy equipment operator with Combat Logi... More

Citizens of Kajaki attend a shura here, April 14, 2012.

Citizens of Kajaki attend a shura here, April 14, 2012.

Citizens of Kajaki attend a shura here, April 14, 2012. The villagers had the opportunity to speak directly to commanders of the Marines and Afghan National Civil Order Police who provide security for their community.

An officer with the Afghan National Civil Order Police

An officer with the Afghan National Civil Order Police

An officer with the Afghan National Civil Order Police sits in front of an ANCOP vehicle at Patrol Base Virginia in Kajaki, April 14, 2012. Marines formerly operated the patrol base before turning over responsi... More

U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Gerald P. Myers,

U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Gerald P. Myers,

U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Gerald P. Myers, right, Information Operations (IO) Chief with Task Force Leatherneck and U.S. Army Specialist Daniel W. Prignitz, left, with Regional Psychological Operatio... More

U.S. Service members with Information Operations (IO),

U.S. Service members with Information Operations (IO),

U.S. Service members with Information Operations (IO), Task Force Leatherneck, raise an omni-directional antenna on Patrol Base Pennsylvania in Kajaki, Helmand province, Afghanistan April 20, 2012. IO is respon... More

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Thomas A. Beranek with

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Thomas A. Beranek with

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Thomas A. Beranek with Helicopter Support Team 8, Combat Logistics Battalion 4 attached to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, communicates with the Air Of... More

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 conduct a security patrol through Kajaki district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 28, 2012. Marines conducted ... More

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Kyle J. Boundy with Alpha Company,

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Kyle J. Boundy with Alpha Company,

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Kyle J. Boundy with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 ensures his radio is working properly during Operation Reservoir Dogs in the village of Sab... More

Lance Cpl. Christopher Cavey, (foreground) a Baton

Lance Cpl. Christopher Cavey, (foreground) a Baton

Lance Cpl. Christopher Cavey, (foreground) a Baton Rouge, Louisiana native and Lance Cpl. Michael Clingan, a Hagerstown, Maryland native, aims in during a firefight with insurgents in the small town of Sabzikar... More

Marines from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine

Marines from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine

Marines from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, line up to get a warm meal at midnight after a 48-hour operation, May 14, 2012. “It doesn’t matter what time it is, we’ll do anything to keep thos... More

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, commanding

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, commanding

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, commanding general Regional Command (Southwest), speaks to Marines with 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 on Forward Operating Base Wh... More

Ben Foley, left, cameraman, and Bernard Smith,

Ben Foley, left, cameraman, and Bernard Smith,

Ben Foley, left, cameraman, and Bernard Smith, correspondent, with Al Jazeera English News Channel ready their equipment in preparation to conduct a broadcast from Forward Operating Base Kishtiwaln, Helmand pro... More

Ben Foley, left, cameraman, and Bernard Smith,

Ben Foley, left, cameraman, and Bernard Smith,

Ben Foley, left, cameraman, and Bernard Smith, correspondent, with Al Jazeera English News Channel report from Forward Operating Base Kishtiwaln, Helmand province, Afghanistan May 20, 2012. Smith reported on Af... More

Bernard Smith, left, a correspondent,with Al Jazeera

Bernard Smith, left, a correspondent,with Al Jazeera

Bernard Smith, left, a correspondent,with Al Jazeera English News Channel, embeds with U.S. Marines with Police Advisory Team 2, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 during a security pa... More

Ben Foley, right, a cameraman with Al Jazeera English

Ben Foley, right, a cameraman with Al Jazeera English

Ben Foley, right, a cameraman with Al Jazeera English News Channel, photographs local Afghan Uniformed Police training with U.S. Marines with Police Advisory Team 2, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regiment... More

U.S. Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th

U.S. Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th

U.S. Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 patrol in the village of Deh Mushek during Operation Trap House in Kajaki, Helmand province Afghanistan May 22, 2012... More

A U.S. Marine Corps Explosives Ordnance Disposal technician,

A U.S. Marine Corps Explosives Ordnance Disposal technician,

A U.S. Marine Corps Explosives Ordnance Disposal technician, right with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 checks an empty enemy fighting position for improvised explosi... More

Explosive tandem demolishes bunkers, supports Operation Jaws

Explosive tandem demolishes bunkers, supports Operation Jaws

Lance Cpl. Jeremy Corea, an assaultman with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, discusses how to demolish an insurgent fighting position with Lance Cpl. Cameron Brown, a combat engineer with 1st Combat Engineer... More

Staff Sgt. John Wildman, a platoon sergeant with 2nd

Staff Sgt. John Wildman, a platoon sergeant with 2nd

Staff Sgt. John Wildman, a platoon sergeant with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, scans the horizon during a security halt in support of Operation Jaws, May 28, 2012. Wildman’s platoon engaged insurgent in the town ... More

Three Marines with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment,

Three Marines with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment,

Three Marines with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, search for possible enemy combatants during Operation Jaws, in Zamindawar, an area known as an insurgent stronghold, May 26, 2012. The Marines cleared the ... More

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Steve E. Rice, left, Sgt.

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Steve E. Rice, left, Sgt.

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Steve E. Rice, left, Sgt. Maj. of 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment (1/8), speaks with Sgt. Maj. Terry L. Jones, right, Sgt. Maj. of Task Force Leatherneck (TFL), in Kajaki, Helmand... More

Lance Cpl. Jeremy Corea, an assaultman with 2nd Battalion,

Lance Cpl. Jeremy Corea, an assaultman with 2nd Battalion,

Lance Cpl. Jeremy Corea, an assaultman with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, inspects a hole in a wall during Operation Jaws, May 26, 2012. Corea often works with the combat engineers, discussing best way to... More

Lance Cpl. Christopher Yudin, a machinegunner with

Lance Cpl. Christopher Yudin, a machinegunner with

Lance Cpl. Christopher Yudin, a machinegunner with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, looks through the sights of his M240 machinegun, May 30, 2012.

Assistant patrol leader, Cpl. Christopher A. Turner,

Assistant patrol leader, Cpl. Christopher A. Turner,

Assistant patrol leader, Cpl. Christopher A. Turner, with Fox Battery, 2nd Battalion 10th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, patrols near the Kajkai District Center in Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 5, 201... More

Afghan workers begin refurbishing the Kajaki District

Afghan workers begin refurbishing the Kajaki District

Afghan workers begin refurbishing the Kajaki District Center in Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 7, 2012. The project is funded by U.S. Agency for International Development, and is the first project of its k... More

Master Sgt. Joseph Rice, an adviser with the Police

Master Sgt. Joseph Rice, an adviser with the Police

Master Sgt. Joseph Rice, an adviser with the Police Advisor Team 4, provides security during a patrol to a nearby Afghanistan Uniformed Police base in Kajaki district, Afghanistan, July 10, 2012. Marines with t... More

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Third Class David Fu with

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Third Class David Fu with

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Third Class David Fu with personal security detail, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 crosses a vegetation field during a routine security patrol in Kajaki... More

Most decorated infantry battalion returns from Afghanistan

Most decorated infantry battalion returns from Afghanistan

Petty Officer 1st Class Nathan Hardin, an independent duty corpsman serving with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, reunites with his family after returning home Sept. 17, 2012, from a deployment to Afghanista... More

The sun sets over Kajaki district, Helmand province,

The sun sets over Kajaki district, Helmand province,

The sun sets over Kajaki district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, where U.S. Marines assigned to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment (2/7) are deployed, Dec. 2, 2012. The Marines of 2/7 are deploye... More

An Afghan man has his retinas photographed by a U.S.

An Afghan man has his retinas photographed by a U.S.

An Afghan man has his retinas photographed by a U.S. Marine assigned to Police Advisory Team 4 (PAT-4) using a Secure Electronic Enrollment Kit at an Afghan Uniformed Police (AUP) checkpoint in Kajaki District,... More

Afghan National Army soldiers patrol over the frost

Afghan National Army soldiers patrol over the frost

Afghan National Army soldiers patrol over the frost covered ground during Operation New Hope, Kajaki, Afghanistan, Jan. 16. Moments after, they would receive fire from multiple enemy positions. During the opera... More

U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Donnie Bridges, company

U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Donnie Bridges, company

U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Donnie Bridges, company gunnery sgt. with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7, provides security while at an Afghan National Civil Order Police chec... More

Petty Officer 2nd Class Bradlee Brackeen, a corpsman

Petty Officer 2nd Class Bradlee Brackeen, a corpsman

Petty Officer 2nd Class Bradlee Brackeen, a corpsman with Police Advisor Team 4, and a 27-year-old native of Whitesboro, Texas, provides security during a patrol to Checkpoint Doblex, Feb. 11. Brackeen provides... More

Afghan National Civil Order Police patrolmen rehearse

Afghan National Civil Order Police patrolmen rehearse

Afghan National Civil Order Police patrolmen rehearse boarding a helicopter to prepare for an operation, Feb. 12. “This ANCOP has proven to be independent,” said 1st Lt. James Magenheimer, the communications of... More

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kody King, a machine gunner

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kody King, a machine gunner

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kody King, a machine gunner with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7, adjusts the sights on an M2HB Browning .50 caliber machine gun at a fire support position duri... More

An explosives instructor teaches an Afghan Uniform

An explosives instructor teaches an Afghan Uniform

An explosives instructor teaches an Afghan Uniform Police officer how to handle Composite C-4 during a controlled detonation at Forward Operating Base Zeebruge March 28. The controlled detonation was part of th... More

An explosives instructor teaches an Afghan Uniform

An explosives instructor teaches an Afghan Uniform

An explosives instructor teaches an Afghan Uniform Police officer how to handle Composite C-4 during a controlled detonation at Forward Operating Base Zeebruge March 28. The controlled detonation was part of th... More

Lance Cpl. Daniel McCoy gets dressed for an early morning

Lance Cpl. Daniel McCoy gets dressed for an early morning

Lance Cpl. Daniel McCoy gets dressed for an early morning patrol at Forward Operating Base Zeebruge, March 30. McCoy is a member of the U.S. Marine-led Kajaki Police Advisor Team. (Photo by Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough)

A Kajaki District Afghan Uniformed Police officer searches

A Kajaki District Afghan Uniformed Police officer searches

A Kajaki District Afghan Uniformed Police officer searches a motorcyclist at an AUP post March 30. The AUP have established checkpoints on Route 611 and search vehicles and pedestrians as they pass through the ... More

Navy Chief Petty Officer Salvador Vallebo injects a

Navy Chief Petty Officer Salvador Vallebo injects a

Navy Chief Petty Officer Salvador Vallebo injects a numbing agent into the face of a Kajaki Afghan Uniformed Police officer during a procedure at Forward Operating Base Zeebruge March 31. Afghan National Securi... More

Sultan Mahmoud, secretary to the representative of

Sultan Mahmoud, secretary to the representative of

Sultan Mahmoud, secretary to the representative of the directorate of agricultural, irrigation and livestock, gives veterinary classes to other DAIL staff members in Kajaki District, April 24, 2013. “He was ask... More

Staff member of the directorate of agricultural, irrigation

Staff member of the directorate of agricultural, irrigation

Staff member of the directorate of agricultural, irrigation and livestock, listen to a veterinary class given by Georgia Agricultural Development Team 3, Regimental Combat Team 7 in Kajaki, Afghanistan, April 2... More

Afghan Uniformed Policemen display their certificates

Afghan Uniformed Policemen display their certificates

Afghan Uniformed Policemen display their certificates for completing evidence collection training on Forward Operating Base Zeebrugge in Kajaki, Afghanistan, April 27, 2013. The training was organized by the Ka... More

U.S. Marine Corps Col. Austin E. Renforth, right, commanding

U.S. Marine Corps Col. Austin E. Renforth, right, commanding

U.S. Marine Corps Col. Austin E. Renforth, right, commanding officer of Regimental Combat Team 7, and Col. Dwayne A. Whiteside, commanding officer of Combat Logistic Regiment 2, pose for a photo during a battle... More

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