MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
On Jan 21, 2018, Task Force South West will return to Camp Lejeune after completing their nine month deployment to Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The redeployment of the Task Force is the largest since 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines concluded the Marine Corps’ combat role in Afghanistan in late 2014.
At the request of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, the approximately 300 Marines deployed in the spring 2017 in support of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission. They replaced an Army unit designated as Task Force Forge.
Task Force South West, made up of Marines from II Marine Expeditionary Force and led by Brig. Gen. Roger B. Turner, Jr., trained and advised key leaders within the Afghan National Army 215th Corps and the 505th Zone National Police. They transferred authority to a new rotation of Marines, led by Brig. Gen. Benjamin T. Watson, at Camp Shorab, January 15, 2018.
Media interested in attending the Task Force South West homecoming must RSVP with II MEF Communication Strategy and Operations at 910-451-7200 before noon on Friday, Jan 19, 2018.