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Aziz Ahmadzai, the chief of operations for Afghanistan

Aziz Ahmadzai, the chief of operations for Afghanistan

Aziz Ahmadzai, the chief of operations for Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program, speaks during the Tranche 3 Conference held aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 2. The conferenc... More

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, right,

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, right,

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, right, Task Force Leatherneck commanding general, and Afghan National Police (ANP) Col. Abdul Nabi Elham, left, Helmand Provincial Chief of Police, share a special l... 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

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

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

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, center, is greeted by Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Mark Clingan, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (3rd LAR), aboard Combat Outpost (COP) Payne, Reg-E... More

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Conor Brady with 1st Platoon,

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Conor Brady with 1st Platoon,

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Conor Brady with 1st Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 provides security while a patrol base is established during Operation Bla... More

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Ivan Pina with Charlie

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Ivan Pina with Charlie

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Ivan Pina with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1), Regimental Combat Team 6, takes part in a patrol during a key leader engagement mission in Reg-E Khan Neshi... More

An Afghan National Army soldier sits at the Tranche

An Afghan National Army soldier sits at the Tranche

An Afghan National Army soldier sits at the Tranche 3 conference, aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 2. The conference takes place to discuss the transfer of security operations from ... More

The crew chief of a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey

The crew chief of a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey

The crew chief of a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey mans an M2 Browning .50 caliber Machine Gun as the tiltrotor aircraft departs Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, Afghanistan June 18, 2012. The Osprey trans... More

From left, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James

From left, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James

From left, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance (3rd LAR) Battalion Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Mark Clingan, Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett, and... More

U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Austin Stenback with 1st Platoon,

U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Austin Stenback with 1st Platoon,

U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Austin Stenback with 1st Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 provides security while a patrol base is established during Operation Black... More

U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Andrew Bailey with Charlie

U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Andrew Bailey with Charlie

U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Andrew Bailey with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1), Regimental Combat Team 6 takes part in a patrol during a key leader engagement mission in Reg-E Khan Neshi... More

Members of the Afghan National Security Forces and

Members of the Afghan National Security Forces and

Members of the Afghan National Security Forces and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan speak during the Tranche 3 Conference April 2, aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan. Th... More

The crew chief of a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey

The crew chief of a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey

The crew chief of a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft mans an M2 Browning .50 caliber Machine Gun over the Helmand River in Helmand province, Afghanistan June 18, 2012. The Osprey transported U... More

From left, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James

From left, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James

From left, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance (3rd LAR) Battalion Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Mark Clingan, Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett, and... More

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Dustin Combs with 1st Platoon,

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Dustin Combs with 1st Platoon,

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Dustin Combs with 1st Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 provides security while a patrol departs during Operation Black Shield in Reg-... More

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Ivan Pina, front right,

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Ivan Pina, front right,

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Ivan Pina, front right, with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1), Regimental Combat Team 6 takes part in a patrol during a key leader engagement mission in Reg... More

Members of the Afghan National Security Forces and

Members of the Afghan National Security Forces and

Members of the Afghan National Security Forces and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan speak during the Tranche 3 Conference April 2, aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan. Th... More

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, left,

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, left,

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, left, Task Force Leatherneck commanding general, and Afghan National Police (ANP) Col. Abdul Nabi Elham, right, Helmand Provincial Chief of Police, arrive in Kajaki,... More

U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st

U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st

U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1), Regimental Combat Team 6 and 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (3rd LAR) listen to the remarks of Commandant of the Marine C... More

U.S. Marines with 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st

U.S. Marines with 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st

U.S. Marines with 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 conduct a patrol during Operation Black Shield in Reg-E Khan Neshin, Afghanistan on July 21, 2012. Op... More

U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Andrew Bailey, right, with

U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Andrew Bailey, right, with

U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Andrew Bailey, right, with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1), Regimental Combat Team 6 takes part in a patrol during a key leader engagement mission in Reg-E Kh... More

The Kajaki Dam power station sits along the edge of

The Kajaki Dam power station sits along the edge of

The Kajaki Dam power station sits along the edge of the Helmand River in Kajaki, Helmand Province, Afghanistan June 18, 2012. The power station currently has an installed capacity of 33 megawatts and provides e... More

Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett speaks

Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett speaks

Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett speaks with the Marines of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1), Regimental Combat Team 6 and 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (3r... More

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Micha A. Stienpfad, company

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Micha A. Stienpfad, company

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Micha A. Stienpfad, company commander, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 provides security during Operation Black Shield in Reg-E Khan Neshin,... More

U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st

U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st

U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1), Regimental Combat Team 6 patrol during a key leader engagement mission in Reg-E Khan Neshin, Helmand province, Afghanistan Aug. 3, 20... More

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. David Eaton, assigned to 3D

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. David Eaton, assigned to 3D

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. David Eaton, assigned to 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (3D LAR), Regimental Combat Team 5, takes a drink of water during Operation Halberd in Reg-e Khan Neshin, Helmand provin... More

The Helmand river flows through the Kajaki district

The Helmand river flows through the Kajaki district

The Helmand river flows through the Kajaki district in Helmand Province, Afghanistan June 18, 2012. The Helmand River is the longest river in Afghanistan and is used extensively for irrigation.

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

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

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, left, speaks with the Marines of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1), Regimental Combat Team 6 and 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Batta... More

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Robert Athey with Charlie Company,

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Robert Athey with Charlie Company,

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Robert Athey with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 provides security on a patrol during Operation Black Shield in Reg-E Khan Neshin, Afghanist... More

A U.S. Marine with 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance

A U.S. Marine with 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance

A U.S. Marine with 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5, builds an observation post to provide overwatch while Marines execute Operation Halberd in Reg-e Khan Neshin, Helmand prov... More

Afghan National Police (ANP) Col. Abdul Nabi Elham,

Afghan National Police (ANP) Col. Abdul Nabi Elham,

Afghan National Police (ANP) Col. Abdul Nabi Elham, left, Helmand Provincial Chief of Police, is greeted by officers at the ANP headquarters in Kajaki, Helmand Province, Afghanistan June 18, 2012. Elham and U.... More

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

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

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, center, speaks with the Marines of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1), Regimental Combat Team 6 and 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Bat... More

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Micha A. Stienpfad, company

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Micha A. Stienpfad, company

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Micha A. Stienpfad, company commander, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 provides security during Operation Black Shield in Reg-E Khan Neshin,... More

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Panchisin assigned to

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Panchisin assigned to

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Panchisin assigned to 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5, begins a brief prior to patrolling in Reg-e Khan Neshin, Helmand province, Afghanistan in ... More

Afghan National Police (ANP) Col. Abdul Nabi Elham,

Afghan National Police (ANP) Col. Abdul Nabi Elham,

Afghan National Police (ANP) Col. Abdul Nabi Elham, right, Helmand Provincial Chief of Police, takes notes during and Elders Shura at the ANP headquarters in Kajaki, Helmand Province, Afghanistan June 18, 2012.... More

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

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

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, second from right, and Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett, second from left, receive plaques after speaking with the Marines of Charlie Company, ... More

U.S. Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Brian O'Toole with Charlie

U.S. Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Brian O'Toole with Charlie

U.S. Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Brian O'Toole with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 provides security for a patrol during Operation Black Shield in Reg-E Khan Neshin, Afg... More

U.S. Marine Coprs Sgt. Aaron Panchisin, assigned to

U.S. Marine Coprs Sgt. Aaron Panchisin, assigned to

U.S. Marine Coprs Sgt. Aaron Panchisin, assigned to 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5, begins a patrol in Reg-e Khan Neshin, Helmand province, Afghanistan in support of Operati... More

Afghan National Police (ANP) Col. Abdul Nabi Elham,

Afghan National Police (ANP) Col. Abdul Nabi Elham,

Afghan National Police (ANP) Col. Abdul Nabi Elham, center, Helmand Provincial Chief of Police, speaks with village elders during a shura attended by District Governor Mullah Sharafuddin Akhundzada, right, at t... More

From right, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Micheal P.

From right, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Micheal P.

From right, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps, and Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, speak with Marines from 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battali... More

Members of the Afghan Border Police provide security

Members of the Afghan Border Police provide security

Members of the Afghan Border Police provide security outside a compound during Operation Black Shield in Reg-E Khan Neshin, Afghanistan on July 21, 2012. Operation Black Shield was executed to disrupt trafficki... More

U.S. Marines assigned to 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance

U.S. Marines assigned to 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance

U.S. Marines assigned to 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5, patrol through Reg-e Khan Neshin, Helmand province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Halberd on June 6, 2012. Ope... More

Afghan National Police (ANP) Col. Abdul Nabi Elham,

Afghan National Police (ANP) Col. Abdul Nabi Elham,

Afghan National Police (ANP) Col. Abdul Nabi Elham, center, Helmand Provincial Chief of Police, speaks with village elders during a shura attended by District Governor Mullah Sharafuddin Akhundzada, center righ... More

From right, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Micheal P.

From right, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Micheal P.

From right, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps, and Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, speak with Marines from 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battali... More

U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st

U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st

U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 speak with a village elder during Operation Black Shield in Reg-E Khan Neshin, Afghanistan, July 21, 2012. Operati... More

U.S. Marines assigned to 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance

U.S. Marines assigned to 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance

U.S. Marines assigned to 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5 halt while patrolling through Reg-e Khan Neshin, Helmand province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Halberd on Jun... More

Kajaki District Governor Mullah Sharafuddin Akhundzada

Kajaki District Governor Mullah Sharafuddin Akhundzada

Kajaki District Governor Mullah Sharafuddin Akhundzada attends and Elders Shura at the Afghan National Police (ANP) headquarters in Kajaki, Helmand Province, Afghanistan June 18, 2012. Akhundzada visited with U... More

A U.S. Marine provides security for Commandant of the

A U.S. Marine provides security for Commandant of the

A U.S. Marine provides security for Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, and Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett on Combat Outpost Payne, Reg-E Khan Neshin, Afghanistan on July 17, 20... More

Members of the Afghan Border Police patrol through

Members of the Afghan Border Police patrol through

Members of the Afghan Border Police patrol through a village during Operation Black Shield in Reg-E Khan Neshin, Afghanistan, July 21, 2012. Operation Black Shield was executed to disrupt trafficking of narcoti... More

A U.S. Marine assigned to 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance

A U.S. Marine assigned to 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance

A U.S. Marine assigned to 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5, provides security while patrolling through Reg-e Khan Neshin, Helmand province, Afghanistan in support of Operation... More

Afghan National Police (ANP) Col. Abdul Nabi Elham,

Afghan National Police (ANP) Col. Abdul Nabi Elham,

Afghan National Police (ANP) Col. Abdul Nabi Elham, right, Helmand Provincial Chief of Police, speaks with village elders during a shura at the ANP headquarters in Kajaki, Helmand Province, Afghanistan June 18,... More

U.S. Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Brian O'Toole with Charlie

U.S. Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Brian O'Toole with Charlie

U.S. Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Brian O'Toole with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 participates in a patrol during Operation Black Shield in Reg-E Khan Neshin, Afghanist... More

A U.S. Marine assigned to 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance

A U.S. Marine assigned to 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance

A U.S. Marine assigned to 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5 provides security while patrolling through Reg-e Khan Neshin, Helmand province, Afghanistan in support of Operation ... More

Afghan National Police Col. Abdul Nabi Elham, front

Afghan National Police Col. Abdul Nabi Elham, front

Afghan National Police Col. Abdul Nabi Elham, front right, Helmand Provincial Chief of Police, addresses officers at the ANP headquarters in Kajaki, Helmand Province, Afghanistan June 18, 2012. Elham and U.S. M... More

A member of the Afghan Border Police speaks with a

A member of the Afghan Border Police speaks with a

A member of the Afghan Border Police speaks with a local villager during Operation Black Shield in Reg-E Khan Neshin, Afghanistan, July 21, 2012. Operation Black Shield was executed to disrupt trafficking of na... More

U.S. Marines assigned to 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance

U.S. Marines assigned to 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance

U.S. Marines assigned to 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5, patrol through a local village in Reg-e Khan Neshin, Helmand province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Halberd o... More

A handwritten sign welcomes visitors the the Afghan

A handwritten sign welcomes visitors the the Afghan

A handwritten sign welcomes visitors the the Afghan National Police Headquarters in Kajaki, Helmand Province, Afghanistan June 18, 2012. U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, Task Force Leatherneck comm... More

U.S. Marines assigned to 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance

U.S. Marines assigned to 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance

U.S. Marines assigned to 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5, interact with local Afghan nationals in Reg-e Khan Neshin, Helmand province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Hal... More

A wooden ladder leans against a storage shed at the

A wooden ladder leans against a storage shed at the

A wooden ladder leans against a storage shed at the Afghan National Police (ANP) Headquarters in Kajaki, Helmand Province, Afghanistan June 18, 2012. U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, Task Force Lea... More

A U.S. Marine assigned to 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance

A U.S. Marine assigned to 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance

A U.S. Marine assigned to 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5, takes a knee during a patrol in Reg-e Khan Neshin, Helmand province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Halberd on... More

A Chukar Partridge, Alectoris chukar, walks around

A Chukar Partridge, Alectoris chukar, walks around

A Chukar Partridge, Alectoris chukar, walks around its cage at the Afghan National Police Headquarters in Kajaki, Helmand Province, Afghanistan June 18, 2012. The Chukar, a Eurasian upland gamebird in the pheas... More

U.S. Marines and an interpreter assigned to 3D Light

U.S. Marines and an interpreter assigned to 3D Light

U.S. Marines and an interpreter assigned to 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5 speak with local Afghan nationals in Reg-e Khan Neshin, Helmand province, Afghanistan in support o... More

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, left,

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, left,

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, left, Task Force Leatherneck commanding general, speaks with Kajaki District Governor Mullah Sharafuddin Akhundzada, right, with assistance from interpreter Wahid Kh... More

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

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

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Steve E. Rice, Sgt. Maj. of 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment (1/8), casts a shadow on his personal protective equipment and M4 Carbine Service Rifle at the Afghan National Police (... More

A Humvee from 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental

A Humvee from 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental

A Humvee from 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 crosses the Tangye Bridge in Kajaki, Helmand Province, Afghanistan June 18, 2012. The Tangye Bridge spans the Helmand River, the longes... More

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Terry L. Jones, center,

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Terry L. Jones, center,

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Terry L. Jones, center, sergeant major of Task Force Leatherneck, crosses the Tangye Bridge with Marines from 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 in Kajaki, ... More

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Steve E. Rice, right, sergeant

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Steve E. Rice, right, sergeant

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Steve E. Rice, right, sergeant major of 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, and Staff Sgt. Anthony B. Triplett, personal security officer for the Task Force Leatherneck commanding ge... More

A local Afghan man sits near a fountain and watches

A local Afghan man sits near a fountain and watches

A local Afghan man sits near a fountain and watches as U.S. Marines patrol past him in Kajaki, Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 18, 2012. U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, Task Force Leatherneck c... More

A local Afghan man sits near a fountain and watches

A local Afghan man sits near a fountain and watches

A local Afghan man sits near a fountain and watches as U.S. Marines patrol past him in Kajaki, Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 18, 2012. U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, Task Force Leatherneck c... More

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, Task Force

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, Task Force

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, Task Force Leatherneck commanding general, patrols through Kajaki, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, June 18, 2012. Berger and Afghan National Police Col. Abdul Nabi El... More

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, right,

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, right,

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, right, Task Force Leatherneck commanding general, patrols through Kajaki, Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 18, 2012. Berger and Afghan National Police Col. Abdul ... More

Turbine parts sit near the Kajaki Dam power station

Turbine parts sit near the Kajaki Dam power station

Turbine parts sit near the Kajaki Dam power station in Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 18, 2012. The power station currently has two fully functioning turbines, which have a capacity of 33 megawatts and pro... More

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Terry L. Jones, right,

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Terry L. Jones, right,

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Terry L. Jones, right, sergeant major of Task Force Leatherneck, and Staff Sgt. Anthony B. Triplett, TFL personal security officer, patrol through Kajaki, Helmand province, Afghanist... More

Water surges from the Kajaki Dam power station along

Water surges from the Kajaki Dam power station along

Water surges from the Kajaki Dam power station along the Helmand River in Kajaki, Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 18, 2012. The power station currently has an installed capacity of 33 megawatts and provides... More

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Terry L. Jones, Sgt. Maj.

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Terry L. Jones, Sgt. Maj.

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Terry L. Jones, Sgt. Maj. of Task Force Leatherneck, surveys the Helmand River from the Kajaki Dam power station in Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 18, 2012. Jones visited Kajaki... More

Water surges from the Kajaki Dam power station along

Water surges from the Kajaki Dam power station along

Water surges from the Kajaki Dam power station along the Helmand River in Kajaki, Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 18, 2012. The power station currently has an installed capacity of 33 megawatts and provides... More

A marble plaque commemorates the completion of the

A marble plaque commemorates the completion of the

A marble plaque commemorates the completion of the Kajaki Dam power station in Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 18, 2012. The power station currently has an installed capacity of 33 megawatts and provides el... More

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, right,

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, right,

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, right, Task Force Leatherneck commanding general, and Afghan National Police Col. Abdul Nabi Elham, left, Helmand Provincial Chief of Police, share a meal in Kajaki,... More

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, second

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, second

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, second from right, Task Force Leatherneck commanding general, and Afghan National Police Col. Abdul Nabi Elham, center, Helmand Provincial Chief of Police, share a m... More

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, right,

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, right,

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, right, Task Force Leatherneck commanding general, and Afghan National Police (ANP) Col. Abdul Nabi Elham, center, Helmand Provincial Chief of Police, await the rest ... More

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, center,

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, center,

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, center, Task Force Leatherneck commanding general, and Afghan National Police (ANP) Col. Abdul Nabi Elham, left, Helmand Provincial Chief of Police, await the rest o... More

Afghan National Police (ANP) Col. Abdul Nabi Elham,

Afghan National Police (ANP) Col. Abdul Nabi Elham,

Afghan National Police (ANP) Col. Abdul Nabi Elham, Helmand Provincial Chief of Police, inspects Reg-e Khan Neshin police at Combat Outpost (COP) Castle, Helmand Province, Afghanistan June 11, 2012. Elham visi... More

Afghan National Police (ANP) Col. Abdul Nabi Elham,

Afghan National Police (ANP) Col. Abdul Nabi Elham,

Afghan National Police (ANP) Col. Abdul Nabi Elham, Helmand Provincial Chief of Police, inspects an ANP billeting area at Combat Outpost (COP) Castle, Reg-e Khan Neshin, Helmand Province, Afghanistan June 11, 2... More

The walls of Combat Outpost (COP) Castle, a former

The walls of Combat Outpost (COP) Castle, a former

The walls of Combat Outpost (COP) Castle, a former 12th-century castle, are reinforced with sandbags and HESCO barriers in Reg-e Khan Neshin, Helmand Province, Afghanistan June 11, 2012. COP Castle is the oper... More

The walls of Combat Outpost (COP) Castle, a former

The walls of Combat Outpost (COP) Castle, a former

The walls of Combat Outpost (COP) Castle, a former 12th-century castle, are reinforced with sandbags and HESCO barriers in Reg-e Khan Neshin, Helmand Province, Afghanistan June 11, 2012. COP Castle is the oper... More

Two U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 3D Light Armored

Two U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 3D Light Armored

Two U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (3D LAR) provide overwatch security from a guard post at Combat Outpost (COP) Castle, Reg-e Khan Neshin, Helmand Province, Afghan... More

Logos of past and present units line the wall outside

Logos of past and present units line the wall outside

Logos of past and present units line the wall outside the headquarters of Charlie Comapany, 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (3D LAR) at Combat Outpost (COP) Castle, Reg-e Khan Neshin, Helmand Province... More

The American, Afghan, and U.S. Marine Corps flags fly

The American, Afghan, and U.S. Marine Corps flags fly

The American, Afghan, and U.S. Marine Corps flags fly above Combat Outpost (COP) Castle, Reg-e Khan Neshin, Helmand Province, Afghanistan June 11, 2012. COP Castle is the operating base for U.S. Marines with 3... More

A U.S. Marine with Charlie Company, 3D Light Armored

A U.S. Marine with Charlie Company, 3D Light Armored

A U.S. Marine with Charlie Company, 3D Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (3D LAR) peers over a wall reinforced with sandbags at Combat Outpost (COP) Castle, a former 12th-century castle in Reg-e Khan Neshi... More

A local Afghan baker offers his freshly prepared naan

A local Afghan baker offers his freshly prepared naan

A local Afghan baker offers his freshly prepared naan at Combat Outpost (COP) Castle, Reg-e Khan Neshin, Helmand Province, Afghanistan June 11, 2012. COP Castle is the operating base for U.S. Marines with 3D L... More

A special lunch is prepared in traditional Afghan manner

A special lunch is prepared in traditional Afghan manner

A special lunch is prepared in traditional Afghan manner for visitors at Combat Outpost (COP) Castle, Reg-e Khan Neshin, Helmand Province, Afghanistan June 11, 2012. U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger... More

Workers continue construction of the Reg-e Khan Neshin

Workers continue construction of the Reg-e Khan Neshin

Workers continue construction of the Reg-e Khan Neshin District Center at Combat Outpost (COP) Castle, Helmand Province, Afghanistan June 11, 2012. COP Castle is the operating base for U.S. Marines with 3D Lig... More

Workers continue construction of the Reg-e Khan Neshin

Workers continue construction of the Reg-e Khan Neshin

Workers continue construction of the Reg-e Khan Neshin District Center at Combat Outpost (COP) Castle, Helmand Province, Afghanistan June 11, 2012. COP Castle is the operating base for U.S. Marines with 3D Lig... More

A small vineyard grows inside the walls of Combat Outpost

A small vineyard grows inside the walls of Combat Outpost

A small vineyard grows inside the walls of Combat Outpost Castle, a former 12th-century castle in Reg-e Khan Neshin, Helmand province, Afghanistan June 11, 2012. COP Castle is the operating base for U.S. Marine... More