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Oct 1, 2011 Roundup

Oct 1, 2011 Roundup

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A wrap up of stories from around Regional Command Southwest, Helmand Province, Afghanistan for the week ending October 1, 2011
A wrap up of stories from around Regional Command Southwest, Helmand Province, Afghanistan for the week ending October 1, 2011

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| Regional Command Southwest Roundup1
N.C. Marine honored in Afghanistan as a true leader, mentor,friend
PATROL BASE FIRES, Afghanistan -- Kind, passionate, resourceful,knowledgeable, humble and brave: those were just some of the wordsfellow Marines used to describe Cpl. Michael Dutcher during amemorial service for the Asheville, N.C., native at Patrol Base Fires,Sept. 20. (more)
By Cpl. Benjamin Crilly, Regimental Combat Team 8 
 
Top Marine general pins Purple Heart on helicoptertechnician
Camp Bastion, Afghanistan – Sgt. Tyler J. Andreatta, an avionics andweapons technician with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron267, was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries he sustained duringcombat. (more) 
By Staff Sgt. James Richardson, 2 
nd 
Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) 
 
Mississippi native revives drowned Afghan child
MARJAH DISTRICT, Afghanistan — A Petal, Miss., nativeused his medical training to revive a drowned Afghan toddlerwhile conducting counterinsurgency operations Sept. 11.(more)
By Sgt. Earnest J. Barnes, 2 
nd 
Marine Division 
 
Weekly Report, October 1, 2011
The following content summarizes a week’s worth of activity from Regional Command Southwest, commanded by Maj. Gen. John Toolan and coveringHelmand and Nimroz Provinces, Afghanistan. The content was created by Marine Corps Combat Correspondents, Navy Mass Communication Specialists,Combat Camera and personnel with UK media operations under Task Force Helmand. Feel free to forward our stories to family, friends and loved onessupporting those who are deployed.
Featured Stories
 
| Regional Command Southwest Roundup2
Gurkha sergeant builds strong relationships with Afghan Police
  A sergeant from 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles (2 RGR) hasdescribed his fourth tour in Afghanistan as the most rewarding yet afterbuilding strong relationships with Afghan colleagues. (more)
 A UK people in Defence News Article 
 
Operational Honours and Awards List: 30 September 2011
 A total of 140 members of the Armed Forces have received honours and awardsin the Operational Honours List dated today, 30 September 2011. (more) 
 A UK History and Honour news article 
 
 
Through the Ranks: Gunnery Sergeant
GARMSIR DISTRICT, Afghanistan – Gunnery Sgt. Shay Henry stands with hislegs just wider than his shoulders and his hands on his hips. His head eclipsesthe rising sun, but it’s a momentary image. Other than when he is stuck behind a desk, Henry never stays in one spot. (more) 
By Cpl. Colby Brown, Regimental Combat Team 5 
 
 
Coming of age through war: Lance Cpl. Adam Toffling
SANGIN DISTRICT, Afghanistan - The notes rip out from taught guitarstrings. In time, random and displaced twangs give way to a smoothrhythm, as calloused hands tiptoe across the cords like an acrobat on atightrope. Lance Cpl. Adam Toffling, a 21-year-old from West Topsham, Vt., stamps his right foot in sync with the emerging beat.(more) 
By Cpl. James Clark, Regimental Combat Team 8 
 
 
| Regional Command Southwest Roundup3
RAF and USMC co-ordinate air campaign over Afghanistan
In the south and south west of Afghanistan, a team from the RAF isworking with the US Marine Corps (USMC) on the daunting task of co-ordinating the use of some of the world's busiest airspace.(more) 
 A UK Military Operations news article 
 
 
2 Royal Gurkha Rifles celebrate Hindu festival Dashain
PATROL BASE CHILLI, Afghanistan — The soldiers of “B” Company,2 Royal Gurkha Rifles enthusiastically celebrated the Hindu festivalof Dashain at this spartan patrol base near the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. Dashain is known as the largest and most importantreligious festival of the year in Nepal, homeland of the Gurkhas.(more) (video) 
By MC1 Kurt Wesseling, Regional Command Southwest 
 
 
Talk to me: Afghans, coalition clear-up communication withgroundbreaking council
LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan – At any given time, there are several different Afghan forces responsible for security in Helmand province – each with aseparate communications net and equipment set, and each dependent onthe ability to talk in real time to the other agencies to effectively providesecurity. (more)
 By Staff Sgt. Jeremy Ross, Regional Command Southwest 
 
 
Pay team ensures Afghan Local Police remain on the job
NIKAZIA, Afghanistan - Providing security in Afghanistan is acoalition effort that centers on the development of Afghan securityforces at the local, regional and national levels. Here in Helmandprovince, the Afghan Local Police are an intricate part of thissecurity team; their role is to provide security at local villages.(more) 
By MGySgt. Phil Mehringer, Regional Command Southwest 
 

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