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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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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 covering Helmand 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 ones supporting those who are deployed.

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Mississippi native revives drowned Afghan child MARJAH DISTRICT, Afghanistan — A Petal, Miss., native used his medical training to revive a drowned Afghan toddler while conducting counterinsurgency operations Sept. 11. (more)

By Sgt. Earnest J. Barnes, 2nd Marine Division

Top Marine general pins Purple Heart on helicopter technician Camp Bastion, Afghanistan – Sgt. Tyler J. Andreatta, an avionics and weapons technician with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267, was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries he sustained during combat. (more)

By Staff Sgt. James Richardson, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward)

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 words fellow Marines used to describe Cpl. Michael Dutcher during a memorial service for the Asheville, N.C., native at Patrol Base Fires, Sept. 20. (more)

By Cpl. Benjamin Crilly, Regimental Combat Team 8

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Coming of age through war: Lance Cpl. Adam Toffling SANGIN DISTRICT, Afghanistan - The notes rip out from taught guitar strings. In time, random and displaced twangs give way to a smooth rhythm, as calloused hands tiptoe across the cords like an acrobat on a tightrope. 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

Through the Ranks: Gunnery Sergeant GARMSIR DISTRICT, Afghanistan – Gunnery Sgt. Shay Henry stands with his legs just wider than his shoulders and his hands on his hips. His head eclipses the 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

Gurkha sergeant builds strong relationships with Afghan Police A sergeant from 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles (2 RGR) has described his fourth tour in Afghanistan as the most rewarding yet after building 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 awards in the Operational Honours List dated today, 30 September 2011. (more)

A UK History and Honour news article

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RAF and USMC co-ordinate air campaign over Afghanistan In the south and south west of Afghanistan, a team from the RAF is working 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 festival of Dashain at this spartan patrol base near the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. Dashain is known as the largest and most important religious festival of the year in Nepal, homeland of the Gurkhas. (more) (video)

By MC1 Kurt Wesseling, Regional Command Southwest

Pay team ensures Afghan Local Police remain on the job NIKAZIA, Afghanistan - Providing security in Afghanistan is a coalition effort that centers on the development of Afghan security forces at the local, regional and national levels. Here in Helmand province, the Afghan Local Police are an intricate part of this security team; their role is to provide security at local villages. (more)

By MGySgt. Phil Mehringer, Regional Command Southwest

Talk to me: Afghans, coalition clear-up communication with groundbreaking council LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan – At any given time, there are several different Afghan forces responsible for security in Helmand province – each with a separate communications net and equipment set, and each dependent on the ability to talk in real time to the other agencies to effectively provide security. (more)

By Staff Sgt. Jeremy Ross, Regional Command Southwest

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Nawa thrives two years after ousting insurgency KHALAJ, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Government officials from Nawa district, Helmand province, and Marines from 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, clapped warmly as the district governor, Haji Abdul Manaf, broke ground at the Nawa Sport Complex. (more) (video)

By Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde, 2nd Marine Division

Marjah district elders, Marines reaffirm partnership CAMP HANSON, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Lt. Col. Daniel Schmitt, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment commanding officer, hosted a shura for Marjah district elders here, Sept. 21. (more)

By Staff Sgt. Andrew Miller, Regimental Combat Team 5

Corps’ top leaders visit warfighters in Afghanistan FORWARD OPERATING BASE GERONIMO, Afghanistan – Gen. James F. Amos, the 35th commandant of the Marine Corps, and Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, the 17th sergeant major of the Marine Corps, visited with Marines and sailors of 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, Sept. 22 during a battlefield tour of the province. (more) (video) (photos)

By Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde, 2nd Marine Division

Corpus Christi, Texas, native mentors Afghan police LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan – In preparation for the eventual drawdown of coalition security forces, coalition mentor teams are busy imparting their skills to the Afghan National Security Forces responsible for keeping law and order.(more)

By MC1 Gino Flores, Regional Command Southwest

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Virginia Marine preps for Marine Corps Marathon in Helmand CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Afghanistan – It began in recruit training nearly 29 years ago, but Arlington, Va., native Maj. Brian Mullery said his love for physical fitness and running has become an integral part of his life ever since. (more)

By Cpl. Jeff Drew, 2nd Marine Division

Afghan soldiers graduate broad military course with instruction from active, retired servicemembers CAMP SHORABAK, Afghanistan - More than 25 Afghan National Army soldiers with the 215th Corps Logistics Battalion graduated from a class led by Military Professional Resources Inc. at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Sept. 26. (more)

By Cpl. Katherine M. Solano, 2nd Marine Logistics Group

For additional stories from RC(SW) visit:
Regional Command Southwest 2nd Marine Division RCT-5 RCT-8 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing 2nd Marine Logistics Group Task Force Helmand Task Force Helmand on Facebook Task Force Belleau Wood on Facebook FaceBook

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