Talks With Villagers

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jacob Marler talks with villagers about their crops, animals and irrigation in Sangin, Afghanistan, on Jan. 17, 2012. Marter is a squad leader assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. Marines from this unit maintain a good relationship with the villagers by conducting security patrols with Afghan soldiers. DoD photo by Cpl. Ed Galo, U.S. Marine Corps.

Sangin Creek Crossing

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard Alvis crosses over a large creek outside a small patrol base near Sangin, Afghanistan, Jan. 17, 2012. The Marines maintain a good relationship with villagers by conducting security patrols with Afghan soldiers. Alvis is assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ed Galo.

Crop Conversation

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jacob Marler talks with villagers about their crops, animals and irrigation in Sangin, Afghanistan, Jan. 17, 2012. Marter is a squad leader assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. Marines from this unit maintain a good relationship with the the villagers by conducting security patrols with Afghan soldiers. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ed Galo.

Security And Candy Patrol In Sangin

SANGIN, Afghanistan (Dec. 27, 2011) Hospitalman Victor Castro, assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 8, hands out candy to an Afghan child during a security patrol in Sangin, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Marines conducted the patrol to help maintain security in the surrounding areas. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Armando Mendoza.

Helping Afghan Children Push A Wheelbarrow

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Robert Dominguez helps Afghan children push a wheelbarrow up a slope while conducting a security patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan, July 22, 2011. Dominguez is a team leader assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 8. U.S. Marines conduct patrols to suppress enemy activity and gain the trust of the local populace. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kowshon Ye.

Waits For The Dust To Clear

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Calvin Nash waits for the dust to clear after a controlled detonation during a patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan, on Sept. 8, 2011. The Marines are using the explosives to destroy abandoned compounds that block views from security posts. Nash is a squad leader with 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 8. DoD photo by Cpl. Nathan McCord, U.S. Marine Corps

CMC, SMMC Visit RCT-8 Marines

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II, Nimroz province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, addresses the Marines of Regimental Combat Team 8 during his visit to Delaram May 12. The commandant’s tour of the RCT-8 Area of Operations included visits to the Marines serving in Sangin, Musa Qala, and Gereshk. Amos spoke to the Marines about their importance to the war efforts and issues concerning the Marines. “After 10 years of doing counterinsurgency operations here in Afghanistan, the Marine Corps knows what they’re doing,” said Amos. “You have every reason to be proud to wear this uniform.” Photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Smith.

Sweeps For Improvised Explosive Devices

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Ben W. Gibson, right, with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 8, sweeps for improvised explosive devices with a Vallon metal detector during a reconnaissance patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan, April 22, 2011. U.S. Marines conduct reconnaissance patrols to survey the local populace and maintain familiarity with the area of operations. (DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Kowshon Ye, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

Wing Marines Expand Base To Better Support Troops On Ground

Lance Cpl. Jonathan J. Limrick, a combat engineer with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, directs a bulldozer clearing ground debris to expand a forward arming refueling point at Combat Outpost Ouellette in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, April 17.

The forward arming refueling point was recently constructed at the combat outpost to enable 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) to better support Marines and other coalition troops operating near Sangin, Afghanistan.

“We are constructing barriers, buffing up the base perimeter and building fuel bladders,” said Limrick.

“This is all part of making Ouellette bigger to support the ground troops better.”

Photo by Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington.

Well Words

U.S. Marines examine a well during a census patrol in the Sangin district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, Jan. 17, 2011. The Marines, assigned to Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, conducted patrols to suppress enemy activity and gain the trust of Afghan citizens. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury

Interacting With Afghan Children During A Security Patrol

SANGIN, Afghanistan (Nov. 7, 2010) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Raul R. Silva, assigned to Police Advisor Team 1 of Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, interacts with Afghan children during a security patrol with Civil Affairs Group and Afghan Uniformed Police. The battalion is one of the combat elements of Regimental Combat Team 2 conducting counter insurgency operations with the International Security Assistance Forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Ortiz/Released)

Assault Breaching Vehicle

SANGIN, Afghanistan - An Assault Breaching Vehicle pushes a mound of dirt to repair part of Route Conan in Sangin, July 30. The ABV is a tracked, armored engineer vehicle with the same chassis as an M1A1 Abrams main battle tank, designed for conducting in-stride breaching of minefields and complex obstacles. The Marines of 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, who are attached to Company K, 3rd Bn., 7th Marine Regiment, use the ABV to help repair the road when needed. Photo by Lance Cpl. Eric Laclair.