COMBAT OUTPOST REILLY, Afghanistan — Marine Corps Times was “Oscar Mike” again yesterday, moving by convoy from the headquarters of 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, at Camp Hanson to this outpost, where Kilo Company 3/6 is based.
The outpost is similar to Yazzie and several other patrol bases we’ve seen recently. Marines sleep mostly in air-conditioned tents, but there is no running water or an indoor chow hall, and few ways to know what is going on in the world outside Afghanistan.
We are told that Kilo Company’s area of operations isn’t nearly as hot as India Company’s right now, but there are still certainly pockets of resistance. COP Reilly is based about 10 miles east of Marjah, on a road known as Highway 608. One of the company’s primary responsibilities is to make sure that the dirt “highway” remains free of improvised explosive devices, something it was laden with when Marines began pushing into the area in February.
We’ll be bouncing around Kilo for the next few days, searching for story ideas and checking on a few themes we’ve already covered. In the meantime, I wanted to point out this story, which Marine Corps Times posted to the Web this weekend. The story focuses on the Corps’ effort to train Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army soldiers at Camp Leatherneck. I wrote it earlier this month while on the flightline at Camp Bastion waiting for a ride to some of the adventures I’ve shared in the last few weeks.