Conway, Kent touch down in Afghanistan

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Gen. James Conway, center, and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Carlton Kent, right, have reached Afghanistan for what will likely be the last time with Conway overseeing the Corps. They're show here earlier this month at Camp Lejeune, N.C. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Bryan J. Nygaard/Marine Corps)

It had to come sometime.

After four years of leading the Marine Corps in wartime, Commandant Gen. James Conway is making what will likely be his final trip to Afghanistan this week. He touched down at Bagram Airfield on Tuesday, and if he and his traveling party haven’t already made it to Camp Leatherneck, the Corps’ major hub of operations in Afghanistan, they’ll likely be there soon.

For security reasons, their agenda is classified. However, it’s likely they’ll tour much of the area. This brief account in the Pakistani media also reports that Conway visited today with Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the chief of staff for the Pakistani Army.

Conway is expected to retire next month and will be replaced by Gen. James Amos, the service’s current assistant commandant.

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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.

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