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Roundup 120430 PDF

Roundup 120430 PDF

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Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Monique LaRouche 
 CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Being the newstudent on the first day of school often leaves an uneasyfeeling. But what about the instructor, he has the planningand coordinating of the course, building a solid foundation forsuccess. This is the case for the Raheem Gul, the newestinstructor at Joint Sustainment Academy Southwest. Gul willbe making history being the first Afghan leading Afghaninstructor. Gul, once a student at JSAS, is now standing inthe front of the class teaching. “When I first got here I wasstudent, I demonstrated good working skills,” said Gul, asergeant for the Afghan National Army. “They offered me theinstructor position.” He has been at JSAS for more than ayear training side by side with the Marine instructors. Whenthe time was right, Gul was ready to take the lead, teaching his own course.
Story and photos by Marine Lance Cpl. Tyler Reiriz 
 FORWARD OPERATING BASE WHITEHOUSE, Afghanistan- As Afghan forces take responsibility for more civil andsecurity operations in Kajaki, Marines serving with WeaponsCompany, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, are stayingconnected with the local community. “One of the things wedid when we first got to Kajaki was establish weekly shurasin some of the villages,” said 1st Lt. Kevin J. Fitzsimmons, anative of Greenville, S.C., and a platoon commander withWeapons Co. “We bring all the elders and people in so wecan talk to them about what is going on in the village and thesurrounding areas.” The Marines left Forward OperatingBase Whitehouse early in the morning April 14 to meet with Afghan National Civil Order Police officers atPatrol Base Virginia, an ANCOP post in Kajaki.
Story and photos by Marine Lance Cpl. Tyler Reiriz 
 FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Afghanistan -On a damp and cloudy Kajaki morning, the Marines of 1stBattalion, 8th Marine Regiment Police Advisory Team, droveup a steep mountainside and across a road atop the KajakiDam, and to a makeshift rifle range to instruct amarksmanship class for Afghan Uniformed Police officers,April 19. The class was part of a larger effort by the Marinesto prepare the Afghan National Security Forces to take fullresponsibility of security operations in Kajaki and thesurrounding areas. The Afghan National Army units in Kajakihave reached a point where they are self-sustaining, and theAfghan Uniformed Police are now striving to attain the samelevel of independence. Staff Sgt. Gregory Sanders saidwhen he first assumed his role as ANA advisor of GolfBattery, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, the local ANAforces were completely dependent on help from the Marines.
 
Story and photos by Marine Lance Cpl. Tyler Reiriz 
 FORWARD OPERATING BASE WHITEHOUSE, Afghanistan- As coalition forces continue to transfer securityresponsibilities to Afghan National Army and police inAfghanistan, the Marines here continue to patrol to keep thepeople of Kajaki safe. Since arrival, Marines of WeaponsCompany, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, have assistedAfghan forces in taking control of security operations hereand maintaining positive relations with the local civilians. TheMarines began this patrol, April 14, traveling in a convoy ofarmored vehicles from FOB Whitehouse to Patrol BaseVirginia, a nearby post once established as a Marineposition, but now transitioned to the Afghan National CivilOrder Police who are currently responsible for security operations in the area.
 
Story and photos by Marine Cpl. Reece Lodder 
 COMBAT OUTPOST TORBERT, Afghanistan — The smallcombat outpost, surrounded by open desert and tiny farmingvillages in southern Helmand province’s Garmsir district, isthe quietest it’s been since December 2010. Over the past16 months, Afghan and coalition forces have employedCombat Outpost Torbert as a key location for stabilizationand the growth of governance in Garmsir’s once-volatileBanadar region. Today, Afghan forces will soon assume leadsecurity responsibility for the district, as coalition forces havestepped back into an overwatch role. This developmentenabled U.S. Marines with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion,3rd Marine Regiment, to transfer COP Torbert to AfghanBorder Police, April 20, 2012.
Story and photos by Marine Cpl. Johnny Merkley 
 NAWA DISTRICT, Afghanistan — Throughout the MarineCorps, the bulk of combat operations are conducted at thenon commissioned officer level and below. Within 2ndBattalion, 6th Marine Regiment, an unexpected, a traditionbetween the two senior enlisted leaders in the battalion hasarisen due to their close working relationship. The battalionsergeant major and master gunnery sergeant have made it apractice to develop a presence on the front lines with juniorenlisted Marines across the 2/6 battlespace. “The best wayto understand what the Marines are going through, is get outthere and do it with them,” said Master Gunnery Sgt. John E.Trotta, the 2/6 operations chief. “The Marines have to knowthe guys who make decisions know what they’re goingthrough.” Together, Trotta and Sgt. Maj. William R. Frye, the2/6 sergeant major, patrol monthly and sometimes weeklywith their Marines throughout Helmand province’s Nawadistrict. .

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