Marine units in two of the more volatile districts in Afghanistan’s Helmand province have been replaced in the last few weeks, Marine spokesmen confirmed to Marine Corps Times today.
First Battalion, 5th Marines, out of Camp Pendleton, Calif., and 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., will return to the U.S. following deployments in Sangin and Musa Qala, respectively. Third Battalion, 7th Marines, out of Twentynine Palms, Calif., is now patrolling the Sangin area, while 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, out of Pendleton, mans Musa Qala.
Marines with 3/5 and 3/2 both fought the insurgency in northern Helmand, the last remaining enclave for the Taliban in southwestern Afghanistan.
They’ll have assistance this fall from several other units, including elements of Lejeune’s 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, which is now functioning as a “maneuver unit” in the Sangin area, said Maj. Gen. John Toolan, commander of Marine forces in Afghanistan. For a more complete rundown, check out this recent Marine Corps Times story.