3/8 and other 26th MEU elements deploying to Afghanistan


Following up on our earlier blog post today, elements of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., will deploy to Afghanistan by the end of the month, Marine officials say.

The MEU’s ground combat element is headed by Lejeune’s 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines.

For more details, check out this initial report. Officials haven’t yet said which district or districts the MEU could handle, but they will fall under Regional Command-Southwest’s control, so it’s all but assuredly in Helmand province.


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