2/3 Marines end Afghanistan deployment, return to Hawaii


Cpl. Robert Adams, a squad leader with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, leads the searches of several compounds in southern Marjah District on March 23, the first day of Operation Watchtower. (Photo by Sgt. Jesse Stence)

The Island Warriors have returned home.

As news coverage like this points out, Second Battalion, 3rd Marines, is returning this week from Afghanistan to Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Their deployment had them in several central Helmand province districts, launching counterinsurgency endeavors like Operation Watchtower, in which they uncovered weapons caches in southern Marjah.


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I'm a senior writer with Marine Corps Times, covering ground warfare, manpower, weapons acquisition and other beats. I embedded in Afghanistan in spring 2010, and plan to return at least once in 2011.


  1. Welcome back to the lava rock. Somebody hit up Tropic’s out in Kailua for me if its still there and have a beer.

    3/3 Marine 99-2003 Semper Gumby

  2. Welcome home and Godbless yall for what your doing. Your country is proud of you. My husband is currently in Helmand Province not scheduled to come home for a couple more months. But Im glad you all are out of there! OOOrRah!

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