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Reunitin' for some fightin'

Reunitin' for some fightin'

Marines who once served together in 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, are reunited fifteen years later aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, May 24, 2014. Pictured from left to right: Sgt. Maj. Douglas Berry ... More

U.S. Marines with Regimental Combat Team 5 looks at

U.S. Marines with Regimental Combat Team 5 looks at

U.S. Marines with Regimental Combat Team 5 looks at the ceremony program during the 10th anniversary ceremony of 9/11 aboard Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan, on Sept. 11, 2011. The ceremony paid tribute to the lives lo... More

An Afghan local talks to a British soldier assigned

An Afghan local talks to a British soldier assigned

An Afghan local talks to a British soldier assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion the Rifles, during a routine stop where Afghan locals, with the assistance of British soldiers, are building a school for a lo... More

Col. Washamee Sayeed Zamaadin, the financial manager

Col. Washamee Sayeed Zamaadin, the financial manager

Col. Washamee Sayeed Zamaadin, the financial manager of the Afghan National Army’s 215th Corps, speaks with a financial representative from 3rd Brigade, 215the Corps during a meeting with Marines from Regional ... More

A Seabee oversees the digging process for a tow wall

A Seabee oversees the digging process for a tow wall

A Seabee oversees the digging process for a tow wall at a bridge work site in Musa Qal’ah district, Helmand province, Sept. 17. The working element from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4 has been constructi... More

Afghan National Security Forces members listen during

Afghan National Security Forces members listen during

Afghan National Security Forces members listen during a communications shura, or meeting, between senior ANSF and coalition communications officers at Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, Sept. 21. The shura marked ... More

Chaplain of the Marine Corps Rear Adm. Margaret Kibben,

Chaplain of the Marine Corps Rear Adm. Margaret Kibben,

Chaplain of the Marine Corps Rear Adm. Margaret Kibben, talks with the Regional Command Southwest Female Engagement Team, at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Sept. 22. Kibben made it a point to stop and talk... More

Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps,

Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps,

Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, accompanied by Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, sergeant major of the Marine Corps, talks to Marines and sailors with II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) Hea... More

An Afghan Uniformed Police class leader listens to

An Afghan Uniformed Police class leader listens to

An Afghan Uniformed Police class leader listens to the commencement address during a graduation ceremony at the Lashkar Gah AUP training facility, Helmand province, Sept. 28. The Lashkar Gah training facility ... More

Lt. Col. Brian O’Leary, commander of 1st Battalion,

Lt. Col. Brian O’Leary, commander of 1st Battalion,

Lt. Col. Brian O’Leary, commander of 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, and Daod Mohammad, the district governor of Washir, conduct a shura with Afghan shopkeepers at a bazaar located on the northern perimete... More

A graduate of the Protective Security Detail course

A graduate of the Protective Security Detail course

A graduate of the Protective Security Detail course at the Joint Sustainment Academy Southwest, proudly displays his certificate to the crowd during a graduation ceremony at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, ... More

Solar panels used to collect energy emitted by the

Solar panels used to collect energy emitted by the

Solar panels used to collect energy emitted by the sun sit atop HESCO barriers at Patrol Base Boldak, Helmand province, Sept. 30. Boldak is an “Experimental Forward Operating Base” (ExFOB) that is used to imple... More

Cpl. Marcus Yeakel, an anti-tank missleman with Mobile

Cpl. Marcus Yeakel, an anti-tank missleman with Mobile

Cpl. Marcus Yeakel, an anti-tank missleman with Mobile Assault Platoon 4, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment and a native of Lyons, Kan., uses a Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipme... More

U.K. Royal Navy Cdr. Carol Betteridge, Role 3 Hospital

U.K. Royal Navy Cdr. Carol Betteridge, Role 3 Hospital

U.K. Royal Navy Cdr. Carol Betteridge, Role 3 Hospital commanding officer, and Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) and Regional Command Southwest, cut a ribbo... More

Another day passes at the Task Force Belleau Wood supply

Another day passes at the Task Force Belleau Wood supply

Another day passes at the Task Force Belleau Wood supply office, where various units comprised of thousands of service members come to acquire any of their logistical needs. This unit’s supply account in partic... More

Deployed troops get education opportunities

Deployed troops get education opportunities

Staff Sgt. Christopher Stephens, the Afghan National Security Forces logistics chief with Regional Command Southwest and a native of Dallas, is one of many servicemembers taking college classes while being curr... 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

Marines watch the Marine Corps birthday message during

Marines watch the Marine Corps birthday message during

Marines watch the Marine Corps birthday message during the 236th birthday ceremony aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Nov. 10. It is tradition that Marines across the world, regardless of operational te... More

Sgt. Hamidullah (center) of the 1st Brigade, 215th

Sgt. Hamidullah (center) of the 1st Brigade, 215th

Sgt. Hamidullah (center) of the 1st Brigade, 215th Corps stands next to his students after instruction on explosive weapons assembly, handling and functionality. The Afghan National Army soldier has been teachi... More

Marines with Female Engagement Team, assigned to Task

Marines with Female Engagement Team, assigned to Task

Marines with Female Engagement Team, assigned to Task Force Belleau Wood and utilized as a 2nd Marine Division (Forward) asset, sit during a class while at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, for reset training... More

(Left) Col. Michael M. Sweeney, commanding officer

(Left) Col. Michael M. Sweeney, commanding officer

(Left) Col. Michael M. Sweeney, commanding officer for Task Force Belleau Wood, and (Right) Col. Michael E. Cordero, Task Force Belleau Wood comptroller, meet with Daoud Mohammad, the Washir district governor, ... 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

Servicemembers and DOD civilians introduce themselves

Servicemembers and DOD civilians introduce themselves

Servicemembers and DOD civilians introduce themselves as new staff members to Camp Leatherneck during a luncheon that followed a transfer of authority (TOA) ceremony, Dec 15. The new planners, developers and ov... 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

Staff Sgt. Mirali, an Afghan instructor at the Joint

Staff Sgt. Mirali, an Afghan instructor at the Joint

Staff Sgt. Mirali, an Afghan instructor at the Joint Sustainment Academy Southwest and native of Daykundi, Afghanistan, takes a group photo with his fellow instructors, Dec. 20, during a classroom break at JSAS... More

Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents aboard

Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents aboard

Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents aboard Camp Leatherneck receive more than 650 pairs of shoes from students at The Center for Achievement in Columbia, S.C. The shoes were collected during the “Wear-a... More

Lt. Gen. John M. Paxton, commanding general of II Marine

Lt. Gen. John M. Paxton, commanding general of II Marine

Lt. Gen. John M. Paxton, commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force, talks to the Marines of Task Force Belleau Wood aboard Camp Leatherneck, Dec. 24. Paxton addressed in his visit some of the Corp's p... 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

Capt. Brandon Newell, Expeditionary Energy Liaison

Capt. Brandon Newell, Expeditionary Energy Liaison

Capt. Brandon Newell, Expeditionary Energy Liaison Officer for Regional Command Southwest, talks with project contractors, Dec. 29, about how each shop will insert a pre-paid card into their specific meter to u... More

Cpl. Jake Porter, administrative orders noncommissioned

Cpl. Jake Porter, administrative orders noncommissioned

Cpl. Jake Porter, administrative orders noncommissioned officer for Task Force Belleau Wood and native of Fairfield, Texas, takes notes as he converses with United States Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta durin... More

Sgt. Nicholas Marchioni, a squad leader with 2nd platoon,

Sgt. Nicholas Marchioni, a squad leader with 2nd platoon,

Sgt. Nicholas Marchioni, a squad leader with 2nd platoon, Alpha Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), talks over the radio during a route reconnaissance mission, Jan. 2.... More

Sgt. Maj. Craig D. Cressman, sergeant major Task Force

Sgt. Maj. Craig D. Cressman, sergeant major Task Force

Sgt. Maj. Craig D. Cressman, sergeant major Task Force Belleau Wood and native of Gladwin, Mich., addresses senior US and coalition leaders, Jan. 8, during a meeting to organize the upcoming Coalition Noncommis... More

Capt. Susan McKinley, female engagement team

Capt. Susan McKinley, female engagement team

Capt. Susan McKinley, female engagement team officer-in-charge (left), and Col. Helen Pratt (right), pass out children’s clothes and engage with local Afghan children outside of the women’s center in Now Zad di... 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

Maj. Erich Bergiel scans his surroundings while

Maj. Erich Bergiel scans his surroundings while

Maj. Erich Bergiel scans his surroundings while participating in a combat patrol. Bergiel was on his way to the Marjeh Fruit and Vegetable Packing Facility, located directly behind him, to conduct the final con... More

Students in the Explosive Hazard Reduction Course at

Students in the Explosive Hazard Reduction Course at

Students in the Explosive Hazard Reduction Course at the Joint Sustainment Academy Southwest aboard Camp Leatherneck listen to speeches during a graduation ceremony at the academy, Feb. 2. Twenty-six Afghan Na... More

Wing Marines reflect on yearlong deployment at Helmand academy

Wing Marines reflect on yearlong deployment at Helmand academy

A group of Air Wing Marines pose for a photo at the Joint Sustainment Academy Southwest aboard Camp Leatherneck Feb. 3. Throughout their yearlong deployment, the Marines played a pivotal role in graduating more... More

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

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

Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general of Regional Command Southwest, visits with Sgt. Jacob P., a Danish tank commander with Jutland Dragoon Regiment, at the Role 3 Hospital aboard Camp Bastion, Feb. 1. ... More

From Hemet to Helmand, Marine Finds Focus

From Hemet to Helmand, Marine Finds Focus

Corporal Douglas Smith with 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment walks between a row of trucks on the way to his own before a mission March 26 on Camp Boldak, Afghanistan. Marines at Boldak said Smith "always ha... 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

Major Gen. Sayed Malouk, commander of the 215th Corps,

Major Gen. Sayed Malouk, commander of the 215th Corps,

Major Gen. Sayed Malouk, commander of the 215th Corps, Afghan National Army, addresses an audience during an Afghan Peace and Reintegration Program seminar here, June 3, 2012. The APRP is an Afghan-led peace pr... More

Vehicles maneuver down the road as part of the route

Vehicles maneuver down the road as part of the route

Vehicles maneuver down the road as part of the route clearance for Operation Jaws in Nahr-e Saraj, Afghanistan, June 22, 2012. The ten-day operation brought together Air Force Explosive Ordinance Disposal and M... More

An Afghan National Army soldier gave Lance Cpl. Nathan

An Afghan National Army soldier gave Lance Cpl. Nathan

An Afghan National Army soldier gave Lance Cpl. Nathan Pontious, rifleman, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, this Pashtu to English dictionary. Pontious learned to speak Pas... More

Lance Cpl. Jacob Noremberg, pointman, Weapons Company,

Lance Cpl. Jacob Noremberg, pointman, Weapons Company,

Lance Cpl. Jacob Noremberg, pointman, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, prepares to patrol, Aug. 26, 2012. Noremberg was shot in the side Small Arms Protective Insert plate,... More

Sergeant Joshua Ott, team leader, scout sniper team,

Sergeant Joshua Ott, team leader, scout sniper team,

Sergeant Joshua Ott, team leader, scout sniper team, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, takes a coffee break before preparing for the day, Aug. 26. Ott and his team helped de... More

Lance Cpl. Ethan Payne, machine gunner, Weapons Company,

Lance Cpl. Ethan Payne, machine gunner, Weapons Company,

Lance Cpl. Ethan Payne, machine gunner, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, waits to load into his vehicle before a convoy, Aug. 28, 2012. Payne is proud of what he and his pl... More

Afghan National Army 1st Lt. Asrar Hussain, an officer

Afghan National Army 1st Lt. Asrar Hussain, an officer

Afghan National Army 1st Lt. Asrar Hussain, an officer with 1st Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps, stands with 1st Lt. Stephen Huff, platoon commander, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, Regimental Com... More

Sergeant Vincent Laughlin, a motor transport operator,

Sergeant Vincent Laughlin, a motor transport operator,

Sergeant Vincent Laughlin, a motor transport operator, left, Sgt. Joshua Williams, the adjutant noncommissioned officer in charge, center, and Cpl. Valentino Nevarez, a motor transport mechanic, all with I Mari... More

Afghan Air Force MI-17 helicopters will support Afghan

Afghan Air Force MI-17 helicopters will support Afghan

Afghan Air Force MI-17 helicopters will support Afghan National Army soldiers with resupply and casualty evacuations during Operation Azadi. This marks the first time in the area AAF will support Afghan soldier... More

Afghan National Army soldiers listen during a debrief

Afghan National Army soldiers listen during a debrief

Afghan National Army soldiers listen during a debrief after their simulated patrol, Oct. 11, 2012. The soldiers took enemy contact from their right, and responded with suppressing fire and squad movements.

Major Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, the I Marine Expeditionary

Major Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, the I Marine Expeditionary

Major Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, the I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) and Regional Command Southwest commanding general, speaks to distinguished coalition and Afghan officials during the I MEF (Fwd) farewe... More

Marines serving with India Company, 3rd Battalion,

Marines serving with India Company, 3rd Battalion,

Marines serving with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, conduct a security patrol in Musa Qala, Nov. 1. Many of the locals greeted the Marines and were eager to talk with them.

A Marine serving with India Company, 3rd Battalion,

A Marine serving with India Company, 3rd Battalion,

A Marine serving with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, carries his M240B machine gun during unknown distance live-fire training here, Nov. 24, 2013. The Marines familiarized themselves with th... More

Gunnery Sgt. Brent R. Sheets, the motor transportation

Gunnery Sgt. Brent R. Sheets, the motor transportation

Gunnery Sgt. Brent R. Sheets, the motor transportation operations chief with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, briefs his Marines at Forward Operating Base Shukvani, Afghanistan, prior to a resupply mission, ... More

Sergeant Leonard Sloan III, supply administration chief

Sergeant Leonard Sloan III, supply administration chief

Sergeant Leonard Sloan III, supply administration chief with 1st Marine Regiment, and a native of Kansas City, Mo., gathered aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., during a farewell for the regiment F... More

Corporal Randy Sanabriadiaz, left, a food service specialist

Corporal Randy Sanabriadiaz, left, a food service specialist

Corporal Randy Sanabriadiaz, left, a food service specialist with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, and a Tampa, Fla., native, and Staff Sgt. Rudolph Montgomery, center, the battalion mess chief and Baltimore... More

Gen. Malouk, commander of the 215th Corps and Maj.

Gen. Malouk, commander of the 215th Corps and Maj.

Gen. Malouk, commander of the 215th Corps and Maj. Gen. Richard P. Mills, commander, Regional Command Southwest, meet with Afghan media representatives during a press briefing at Camp Leatherneck, Aug. 3. Afgh... More

An Afghan local talks to a British soldier assigned

An Afghan local talks to a British soldier assigned

An Afghan local talks to a British soldier assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion the Rifles, during a routine stop where Afghan locals, with the assistance of British soldiers, are building a school for the ... More

U.S. Marines with Regimental Combat Team 5 color guard

U.S. Marines with Regimental Combat Team 5 color guard

U.S. Marines with Regimental Combat Team 5 color guard bows their head in prayer during the 10th anniversary ceremony of 9/11 aboard Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan, on Sept. 11, 2011. The ceremony paid tribute to the ... More

Col. Michael E. Cordero, comptroller for Regional Command

Col. Michael E. Cordero, comptroller for Regional Command

Col. Michael E. Cordero, comptroller for Regional Command Southwest, listens to a financial representative from the Afghan National Army’s 3rd Brigade, 215th Corps during a meeting at the Afghans’ headquarters ... More

Petty Officer 3rd Class Thomas Cunningham, a steel

Petty Officer 3rd Class Thomas Cunningham, a steel

Petty Officer 3rd Class Thomas Cunningham, a steel worker with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4, and native of Farmington, N.M., welds supporting structures to a tow wall at a bridge worksite in Musa Qal’a... More

Afghan National Security Forces and coalition communications

Afghan National Security Forces and coalition communications

Afghan National Security Forces and coalition communications officers take part in a communications shura, or meeting, at Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, Sept. 21. The shura marked the first time many of the var... More

Chaplain of the Marine Corps Rear Adm. Margaret Kibben,

Chaplain of the Marine Corps Rear Adm. Margaret Kibben,

Chaplain of the Marine Corps Rear Adm. Margaret Kibben, talks with the Regional Command Southwest Female Engagement Team, at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Sept. 22. Kibben made it a point to stop and talk... More

Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps,

Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps,

Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, accompanied by Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, sergeant major of the Marine Corps, talks to Marines and sailors with II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) Hea... More

Afghan Uniformed Police stand in ranks during a graduation

Afghan Uniformed Police stand in ranks during a graduation

Afghan Uniformed Police stand in ranks during a graduation ceremony at the Lashkar Gah training facility, Helmand province, Sept. 28. The Lashkar Gah Afghan Uniform Police training facility recently made impro... More

Daod Mohammad, the district governor of Washir, talks

Daod Mohammad, the district governor of Washir, talks

Daod Mohammad, the district governor of Washir, talks with Afghan shopkeepers during a shura at a bazaar located on the northern perimeter of Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Sept. 29. The purpose of the mee... More

Afghan National Security Forces students at the Protective

Afghan National Security Forces students at the Protective

Afghan National Security Forces students at the Protective Security Detail class at the Joint Sustainment Academy Southwest, await their diplomas during a graduation ceremony at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand provin... More

Solar panels used to collect energy emitted by the

Solar panels used to collect energy emitted by the

Solar panels used to collect energy emitted by the sun sit in the corner of Patrol Base Boldak, Helmand province, Sept. 30. Boldak is an “Experimental Forward Operating Base” (ExFOB) that is used to implement t... More

Marines with Mobile Assault Platoon 4, Weapons Company,

Marines with Mobile Assault Platoon 4, Weapons Company,

Marines with Mobile Assault Platoon 4, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, speak with an Afghan farmer while on patrol in the southern portion of the Washir district, Helmand province, Oct. 2.... More

MRI technologist Patrick Taylor (left), a Dayton, Ohio,

MRI technologist Patrick Taylor (left), a Dayton, Ohio,

MRI technologist Patrick Taylor (left), a Dayton, Ohio, native, escorts U.K. Royal Navy Cdr. Carol Betteridge, Role 3 Hospital commanding officer, and Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general of II Marine E... More

Marines with Task Force Belleau Wood’s supply section

Marines with Task Force Belleau Wood’s supply section

Marines with Task Force Belleau Wood’s supply section (from left): Cpl. Joel Lewis, a native of Atlanta, Ga.; Cpl. Ian Digney, a native of Rock Creek, Ohio; Sgt. Adam Gould, a native of Richlands, N.C.; Cpl. Ge... More

Marines watch the Marine Corps birthday message during

Marines watch the Marine Corps birthday message during

Marines watch the Marine Corps birthday message during the 236th birthday ceremony aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Nov. 10. It is tradition that Marines across the world, regardless of operational te... More

Col. Mike Lawrence, Nimroz province coordinator, discusses

Col. Mike Lawrence, Nimroz province coordinator, discusses

Col. Mike Lawrence, Nimroz province coordinator, discusses the plan for the upcoming few days, during which Afghan provincial leaders will meet to review security, development and managerial provisions within t... More

Students in the Explosive Hazard Reduction course at

Students in the Explosive Hazard Reduction course at

Students in the Explosive Hazard Reduction course at the Joint Sustainment Academy Southwest assemble blasting caps after instruction by Sgt. Hamidullah. Explosive weapons handling is an important skillset taug... More

Sgt. Jessica Lugo, assigned to Female Engagement Team

Sgt. Jessica Lugo, assigned to Female Engagement Team

Sgt. Jessica Lugo, assigned to Female Engagement Team 6 in Sangin district, Helmand province, and a native of Los Angeles, listens to other Marines with FET talk about their experiences during deployment, Nov. ... More

Daoud Mohammad, the Washir district governor speaks

Daoud Mohammad, the Washir district governor speaks

Daoud Mohammad, the Washir district governor speaks to Task Force Belleau Wood Marines, coalition partners and local Afghans at a shura, Nov. 28. The shura was held to discuss plans to build a new police statio... More

ISAF coordinators and plans developers huddle as they

ISAF coordinators and plans developers huddle as they

ISAF coordinators and plans developers huddle as they review construction plans during a site visit to Zaranj in Nimroz province. The engagement between ISAF and Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanista... More

Marine, Army and civilian leaders listen as servicemembers

Marine, Army and civilian leaders listen as servicemembers

Marine, Army and civilian leaders listen as servicemembers and DOD civilians introduce themselves as new staff members to Camp Leatherneck during a luncheon that followed a transfer of authority (TOA) ceremony,... More

Staff Sgt. Mirali, an Afghan instructor at the Joint

Staff Sgt. Mirali, an Afghan instructor at the Joint

Staff Sgt. Mirali, an Afghan instructor at the Joint Sustainment Academy Southwest and native of Daykundi, Afghanistan, overcame many hardships, from the Soviet invasion to undergoing Taliban rule. Now, serving... More

Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents aboard

Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents aboard

Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents aboard Camp Leatherneck take a group photo with more than 650 pairs of shoes donated by students at The Center for Achievement in Columbia, S.C. The shoes were collec... More

Lt. Gen. John M. Paxton, commanding general of II Marine

Lt. Gen. John M. Paxton, commanding general of II Marine

Lt. Gen. John M. Paxton, commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force, talks to the Marines of Task Force Belleau Wood aboard Camp Leatherneck, Dec. 24. Paxton addressed in his visit some of the Corp's p... More

Afghan National Security Forces and International Security

Afghan National Security Forces and International Security

Afghan National Security Forces and International Security Assistance Forces service members walk along the edge of a new construction site in Zaranj, Dec. 30, 2011. Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general... More

Capt. Brandon Newell, Expeditionary Energy Liaison

Capt. Brandon Newell, Expeditionary Energy Liaison

Capt. Brandon Newell, Expeditionary Energy Liaison Officer for Regional Command Southwest, talks with project contractors about the technical aspects of the solar energy project for the Nawa district bazaar, De... More

Cpl. Jake Porter, administrative orders noncommissioned

Cpl. Jake Porter, administrative orders noncommissioned

Cpl. Jake Porter, administrative orders noncommissioned officer for Task Force Belleau Wood and native of Fairfield, Texas, takes notes as he converses with United States Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta durin... More

Sgt. Nicholas Marchioni, a squad leader with 2nd platoon,

Sgt. Nicholas Marchioni, a squad leader with 2nd platoon,

Sgt. Nicholas Marchioni, a squad leader with 2nd platoon, Alpha Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), enjoys a game of spades with his Marines during some down time in a... More

Master Sgt. Clarence Davis, operations chief Task Force

Master Sgt. Clarence Davis, operations chief Task Force

Master Sgt. Clarence Davis, operations chief Task Force Belleau Wood and native of Rochester, N.Y., addresses senior U.S. and coalition leaders, Jan. 8, during a meeting to organize the upcoming Coalition Nonco... More

Capt. Susan McKinley, female engagement team

Capt. Susan McKinley, female engagement team

Capt. Susan McKinley, female engagement team officer-in-charge pumps up a soccer ball to give to local Afghan children outside of the women’s center in Now Zad district, Helmand province, Jan. 11.

Helmand Governor Mohammad Gulab Mangal, left, walks

Helmand Governor Mohammad Gulab Mangal, left, walks

Helmand Governor Mohammad Gulab Mangal, left, walks with British Army Col. Peter Jackson, commanding officer of Bastion Role 3 Hospital. Mangal had just arrived at the hospital to visit Afghan patients being tr... More

Major Erich Bergiel inspects the interior of the new

Major Erich Bergiel inspects the interior of the new

Major Erich Bergiel inspects the interior of the new Fruit and Vegetable Packing Facility located in Marjeh. Local farmers will now be able to keep their fresh produce in a controlled environment instead of the... More

Maj. Gen. Asmatullah Dawlatzai, commanding general

Maj. Gen. Asmatullah Dawlatzai, commanding general

Maj. Gen. Asmatullah Dawlatzai, commanding general 707th Zone Afghan Uniformed Police, addresses the students and visitors in attendance at the Explosive Hazard Reduction Course at the Joint Sustainment Academy... More

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

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

Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general of Regional Command Southwest, visits with Sgt. Jacob P., a Danish tank commander with Jutland Dragoon Regiment, at the Role 3 Hospital aboard Camp Bastion, Feb. 1. ... More

U.S. Army Chaplain Lt. Col. Avi Weiss wears a prayer

U.S. Army Chaplain Lt. Col. Avi Weiss wears a prayer

U.S. Army Chaplain Lt. Col. Avi Weiss wears a prayer shawl during Shabbat, a service held at the beginning of Sabbath, in the camp's chapel Feb. 24, Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. He made his first visit to Lea... 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

Shah Wali Khan, chief of the Provincial Peace Council

Shah Wali Khan, chief of the Provincial Peace Council

Shah Wali Khan, chief of the Provincial Peace Council of Helmand province addresses a crowd during an Afghan Peace and Reintegration Program seminar here, June 3, 2012. Khan stated that the Afghan National Army... More

Harley, an improvised explosive detection dog, searches

Harley, an improvised explosive detection dog, searches

Harley, an improvised explosive detection dog, searches the area around a vehicle during Operation Jaws, June 23, 2012. An IED dog is one of the many tools 1st Combat Engineer Battalion use to ensure the safety... More

Lance Cpl. Nathan Pontious, rifleman, Weapons Company,

Lance Cpl. Nathan Pontious, rifleman, Weapons Company,

Lance Cpl. Nathan Pontious, rifleman, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, is currently deployed to Trek Nawa, an area between the Marjah and Nawa districts. Pontious learned P... More

Lance Cpl. Jacob Noremberg, pointman, Weapons Company,

Lance Cpl. Jacob Noremberg, pointman, Weapons Company,

Lance Cpl. Jacob Noremberg, pointman, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, sits in the back of his vehicle with Lance Cpl. Robert Owens II, team leader with Noremberg’s company... More

Lance Cpl. Grant Ciffone, slackman, scout sniper team,

Lance Cpl. Grant Ciffone, slackman, scout sniper team,

Lance Cpl. Grant Ciffone, slackman, scout sniper team, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, prepares for a partnered operation, Aug. 26, 2012. Ciffone said his seniors, Sgt. Jo... More

Lance Cpl. Ethan Payne, machine gunner, Weapons Company,

Lance Cpl. Ethan Payne, machine gunner, Weapons Company,

Lance Cpl. Ethan Payne, machine gunner, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, prepares to load into his vehicle for a convoy, Aug. 28, 2012. Payne enlisted in the Marine Corps l... More

Afghan Air Force personnel and coalition advisory service

Afghan Air Force personnel and coalition advisory service

Afghan Air Force personnel and coalition advisory service members inspect an AAF MI-17 helicopter after it lands, Sept. 9, 2012. The Afghan crew conducts resupply missions, casualty evacuations and transports A... More

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