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Aug

2014

Marines take a stroll down ‘IED lane’

Lance Cpl. Kirstin Merrimarahajara, HOLLY RIDGE, N.C.

More than 40 Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, took a stroll down an improvised explosive device training lane during a two-day, counter-IED course in Holly Ridge, N.C., Aug. 19-20, 2014.  The first part of the course took place in a classroom where counter-IED instructors taught motor-transport and




22

Aug

2014

First in, last out: Sailor serves with Marine units making history in Afghanistan

Sgt. Jessica Ostroska, CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan

A day that many remember and few will ever forget – the day four planes were hijacked and America was attacked. It was a day that would change the lives of thousands of Americans, on that day and for many years to come.  Born May 13, 1977, Petty Officer 1st Class Aaron Spaulding’s life-long dream was to enlist into the Navy as a medical corpsman.




22

Aug

2014

Supply Marines with Marine Expeditionary Brigade - Afghanistan retrograde excess gear aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan

Cpl. Cody Haas, CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan

As Marines prepare to shift full security responsibility in Helmand province to Afghan National Security Forces by the end of 2014, they are also concentrating on getting all of their gear and equipment out of Afghanistan.  Nine Marine Expeditionary Brigade - Afghanistan Marines consisting of one supply officer, one supply chief, four supply




22

Aug

2014

ANA opens new trauma center, brings improved medical capabilities to Helmand province

Staff Sgt. John Jackson, CAMP SHORABAK, Afghanistan

The Afghan National Army’s Surgeon General Maj. Gen. Mussa Wardak visited Camp Shorabak to celebrate the opening of the Afghan Army’s newest medical facility, Aug. 21.  Maj. Gen. Wardak along with Maj. Gen. Sayed Malouk, the commander of the 215th Corps, ANA, and Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo, the commander of Regional Command (Southwest), cut the




22

Aug

2014

Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 1 conduct retrograde operation in Helmand province, Afghanistan

Cpl. Cody Haas, CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan

As the U.S. footprint throughout Afghanistan begins to shrink, the extra gear and equipment needs to be retrograded back to the States by a unit capable of moving large items in a timely fashion. For Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 1, it is their mission.  Service members with CLB-1 conducted a retrograde operation aboard Patrol




22

Aug

2014

New Jersey Marine accounts for millions during Afghanistan drawdown

1st Lt. Garth Langley, CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan

Making sense of a military’s budget in a war zone is no easy task. Corporal Jesus O. Maldonado, 30, a native of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, and financial management resource analyst with Regional Command (Southwest), takes these matters seriously.  Maldonado deployed to Afghanistan during Jan. 2014, with Marine Expeditionary Brigade – Afghanistan, the




22

Aug

2014

Minnesota Marine is a heavy lifter during Helmand drawdown

1st Lt. Garth Langley, CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan

During the final year of operations in Helmand province, U.S. forces with Marine Expeditionary Brigade – Afghanistan, Regional Command (Southwest), are hard at work. While some security force assistance advisors continue to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Security Forces, others are focused on ensuring the retrograde mission is met




22

Aug

2014

Hawaii Marine instills ‘Ohana’ family spirit during Afghanistan deployment

1st Lt. Garth Langley, CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan

For 20 year-old Marine Sgt. Victor Farinas “Ohana,” or family, is everything.  The Aiea, Hawaii, native deployed to Helmand province, Afghanistan during Feb. 2014 with 1st Marine Regiment, the last Marine regiment to serve in Afghanistan during the Operation Enduring Freedom campaign and past 13 years of war. On Aug. 15, 2014, 1st Marines cased




22

Aug

2014

ISAF medical advisors laud Afghan National Security Forces in Helmand province

1st Lt. Garth Langley, CAMP SHORABAK, Afghanistan

The Taliban announced the start of the 2014 fighting season May 12, 2014, and their campaign sought to disrupt the transfer of power during the presidential elections and incite violence against the Afghan National Security Forces. During June, fighting increased across northern Helmand province, challenging the ANSF as International Security




22

Aug

2014

Marines with Weapons Company conduct security patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan

Cpl. Cody Haas, CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan

Enemy insurgents continue to operate in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in the area surrounding Camps Bastion and Leatherneck. In order to mitigate this threat, patrols are conducted to clear the surrounding area of all suspicious individuals and threats.  Marines with 1st Platoon, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, conducted a





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