3/3 Marines deploy to Afghanistan

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Marines and sailors with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, sit aboard an Air Force C-17 transport aircraft on the flight line at Marine Corps Base Hawaii before departing for Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan, on Oct. 30. (Photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder/Marine Corps)

America’s Battalion is back in the fight.

Third Battalion, 3rd Marines, out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, has arrived in Afghanistan for a seven-month deployment, Marine officials said in this news release. They will relieve 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines in and around Helmand province’s Garmser district.

The area has largely been pacified, but 3/3 will have the logistically and strategically challenging task of preparing the district for the expected withdrawal of Marine forces as the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police take over providing security. A small number of Marines will stay afterward, but in an advisory role.

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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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  1. Semper fidelis devil dogs and happy birthday I myself was in 3rd battalion 3rd marines 2nd platoon. Keep your heads up over there and kick some butt as we did in desert storm and desert shield. Hoooorrraaahhh

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