The Thundering Third is back in Afghanistan.
At least that should be the case for 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, out of Twentynine Palms, Calif. The unit deployed last week in waves, and will be deployed in northern Helmand province, according to this Marine Corps news release.
It could be a tough deployment. The Corps hasn’t said it officially, but the L.A. Times reported recently that 3/4 will join 1/5 in Sangin district, the volatile area where 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, out of Camp Pendleton, Calif., faced so many hardships in their recently completed deployment.
Second Reconnaissance Battalion, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., also has operated in the area, and 3/5 was reportedly spread into neighboring Kajaki district during their deployment. It’ll be interesting to see how 1/5 and 3/4 are distributed.
Commandant Gen. Jim Amos said in February that Marines have passed a “tipping point” in Sangin, meaning the insurgents won’t be able to take back the district. With the spring fighting season looming, however, it’s worth keeping 1/5 and 3/4 in your thoughts going forward.