An Afghan policeman and U.S. Marines patrol through a creek adjacent to the Helmand River in Nawa district in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Oct. 20, 2011. The Marines are assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. The Marines and Afghan police conduct regular partnered patrols in the area to maintain a security presence. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde.