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II Marine Expeditionary Force

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An Afghan National Army engineer soldier with 215th Corps levels a road using a Caterpillar 120M Motor Grader at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2017. U.S. Marine route clearance advisors with Task Force Southwest are currently holding a five-week Heavy Equipment Maintenance Operator Course with their Afghan counterparts. More than 20 ANA soldiers assigned to various engineer kandaks from throughout Helmand province are participating in the course, which is designed to build their technical proficiency using large vehicles and strengthen their route clearance capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
Afghan soldiers build heavy equipment operating skills
An Afghan National Army engineer soldier with 215th Corps levels a road using a Caterpillar 120M Motor Grader at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2017. U.S. Marine route clearance advisors with Task Force Southwest are currently holding a five-week Heavy Equipment Maintenance Operator Course with their Afghan counterparts. More than 20 ANA soldiers assigned to various engineer kandaks from throughout Helmand province are participating in the course, which is designed to build their technical proficiency using large vehicles and strengthen their route clearance capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Ronnie Mills, a route clearance advisor with Task Force Southwest, directs an Afghan National Army engineer soldier as he levels a road using a Caterpillar 120M Motor Grader at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2017. Mills and other advisors with the Task Force are instructing a five-week Heavy Equipment Maintenance Operator Course with more than 20 ANA soldiers assigned to 215th Corps. The training cycle allows for the soldiers to receive hands-on training with large vehicles while enhancing their route clearance capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
Afghan soldiers build heavy equipment operating skills
U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Ronnie Mills, a route clearance advisor with Task Force Southwest, directs an Afghan National Army engineer soldier as he levels a road using a Caterpillar 120M Motor Grader at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2017. Mills and other advisors with the Task Force are instructing a five-week Heavy Equipment Maintenance Operator Course with more than 20 ANA soldiers assigned to 215th Corps. The training cycle allows for the soldiers to receive hands-on training with large vehicles while enhancing their route clearance capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Ronnie Mills, a route clearance advisor with Task Force Southwest, observes as an Afghan National Army engineer soldier with 215th Corps levels a road using a Caterpillar 120M Motor Grader at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2017. More than 20 soldiers assigned to various engineer kandaks throughout Helmand province are executing a five-week Heavy Equipment Maintenance Operator Course, which is designed to improve the soldiers’ route clearance skills and develop their technical abilities using large vehicles. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
Afghan soldiers build heavy equipment operating skills
U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Ronnie Mills, a route clearance advisor with Task Force Southwest, observes as an Afghan National Army engineer soldier with 215th Corps levels a road using a Caterpillar 120M Motor Grader at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2017. More than 20 soldiers assigned to various engineer kandaks throughout Helmand province are executing a five-week Heavy Equipment Maintenance Operator Course, which is designed to improve the soldiers’ route clearance skills and develop their technical abilities using large vehicles. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
Afghan National Army engineer soldiers with 215th Corps inspect a Caterpillar 120M Motor Grader prior to levelling a road at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2017. More than 20 soldiers assigned to various engineer kandaks throughout Helmand province are executing a five-week Heavy Equipment Maintenance Operator Course, which is designed to improve the soldiers’ route clearance skills and develop their technical abilities using large vehicles. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
Afghan soldiers build heavy equipment operating skills
Afghan National Army engineer soldiers with 215th Corps inspect a Caterpillar 120M Motor Grader prior to levelling a road at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2017. More than 20 soldiers assigned to various engineer kandaks throughout Helmand province are executing a five-week Heavy Equipment Maintenance Operator Course, which is designed to improve the soldiers’ route clearance skills and develop their technical abilities using large vehicles. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Ronnie Mills, a route clearance advisor with Task Force Southwest, briefs Afghan National Army engineer soldiers with 215th Corps prior to levelling a road at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2017. More than 20 soldiers from various engineer kandaks throughout Helmand province are currently conducting a Heavy Equipment Maintenance Operator Course. The five-week evolution is designed to build the soldiers’ technical proficiency with large vehicles, such as bulldozers and road graders, while also bolstering their route clearance skills. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
Afghan soldiers build heavy equipment operating skills
U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Ronnie Mills, a route clearance advisor with Task Force Southwest, briefs Afghan National Army engineer soldiers with 215th Corps prior to levelling a road at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2017. More than 20 soldiers from various engineer kandaks throughout Helmand province are currently conducting a Heavy Equipment Maintenance Operator Course. The five-week evolution is designed to build the soldiers’ technical proficiency with large vehicles, such as bulldozers and road graders, while also bolstering their route clearance skills. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Ronnie Mills, center, a route clearance advisor with Task Force Southwest, observes as an Afghan National Army engineer soldier with 215th Corps levels a road using a Caterpillar 120M Motor Grader at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2017. Mills and other advisors with the Task Force are instructing a five-week Heavy Equipment Maintenance Operator Course with more than 20 ANA soldiers assigned to 215th Corps. The training cycle allows for the soldiers to receive hands-on training with large vehicles while enhancing their route clearance capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
Afghan soldiers build heavy equipment operating skills
U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Ronnie Mills, center, a route clearance advisor with Task Force Southwest, observes as an Afghan National Army engineer soldier with 215th Corps levels a road using a Caterpillar 120M Motor Grader at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2017. Mills and other advisors with the Task Force are instructing a five-week Heavy Equipment Maintenance Operator Course with more than 20 ANA soldiers assigned to 215th Corps. The training cycle allows for the soldiers to receive hands-on training with large vehicles while enhancing their route clearance capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
Brig. Gen. Daud Ghulam Tarakhel, the commanding general of the 505th Zone National Police, listens to statements and accusations during a shura with tribal elders from Helmand Province at Bost Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 13, 2017. Brig. Gen. Tarakhel held the shura to collect statements of alleged corruption issues within a district in Helmand, and passed the statements to a counter-corruption team at the Police Provincial Headquarters in Lashkar Gah for further investigation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
Money and Power: Counter-Corruption tactics are intensified in Helmand Province
Brig. Gen. Daud Ghulam Tarakhel, the commanding general of the 505th Zone National Police, listens to statements and accusations during a shura with tribal elders from Helmand Province at Bost Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 13, 2017. Brig. Gen. Tarakhel held the shura to collect statements of alleged corruption issues within a district in Helmand, and passed the statements to a counter-corruption team at the Police Provincial Headquarters in Lashkar Gah for further investigation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
Brig. Gen. Roger Turner, the commanding general for Task Force Southwest, greets British Army Maj. Gen. Charles Herbert, the Resolute Support senior advisor to the Minister of Interior, at Bastian Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 11, 2017. The purpose of the visit for the Afghan Minister of Interior  was an introduction to the leadership of 505th Zone National Police and an opportunity to meet some of the MOI forces at Bost Airfield. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
Money and Power: Counter-Corruption tactics are intensified in Helmand Province
Brig. Gen. Roger Turner, the commanding general for Task Force Southwest, greets British Army Maj. Gen. Charles Herbert, the Resolute Support senior advisor to the Minister of Interior, at Bastian Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 11, 2017. The purpose of the visit for the Afghan Minister of Interior was an introduction to the leadership of 505th Zone National Police and an opportunity to meet some of the MOI forces at Bost Airfield. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
Brig. Gen. Roger Turner, the commanding general for Task Force Southwest, greets Wais Ahmad Barmak, the Minister of Interior for Afghanistan, at Bastian Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 11, 2017. The purpose of the visit for the Afghan Minister of Interior was an introduction to the leadership of 505th Zone National Police and an opportunity to meet some of the MOI forces at Bost Airfield. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
Money and Power: Counter-Corruption tactics are intensified in Helmand Province
Brig. Gen. Roger Turner, the commanding general for Task Force Southwest, greets Wais Ahmad Barmak, the Minister of Interior for Afghanistan, at Bastian Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 11, 2017. The purpose of the visit for the Afghan Minister of Interior was an introduction to the leadership of 505th Zone National Police and an opportunity to meet some of the MOI forces at Bost Airfield. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
Wais Ahmad Barmak, the Minister of Interior for Afghanistan, and British Army Maj. Gen. Charles Herbert, the Resolute Support senior advisor to the MOI, disembark off a UH-60 Blackhawk for a key leader engagement with Afghan National Defense and Security Force key leaders at Bost Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 11, 2017. The key leaders came together to discuss a better way to streamline processes for supply, promotions, training opportunities, the distribution of vehicles and weapons, as well as what can be done to counter the corruption that is present in Helmand Province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
Money and Power: Counter-Corruption tactics are intensified in Helmand Province
Wais Ahmad Barmak, the Minister of Interior for Afghanistan, and British Army Maj. Gen. Charles Herbert, the Resolute Support senior advisor to the MOI, disembark off a UH-60 Blackhawk for a key leader engagement with Afghan National Defense and Security Force key leaders at Bost Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 11, 2017. The key leaders came together to discuss a better way to streamline processes for supply, promotions, training opportunities, the distribution of vehicles and weapons, as well as what can be done to counter the corruption that is present in Helmand Province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
Wais Ahmad Barmak, the Minister of Interior for Afghanistan, greets Afghan National Defense and Security Force key leaders at Bost Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 11, 2017. The key leaders came together to discuss a better way to streamline processes for supply, promotions, training opportunities, the distribution of vehicles and weapons, as well as what can be done to counter the corruption that is present in Helmand Province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
Money and Power: Counter-Corruption tactics are intensified in Helmand Province
Wais Ahmad Barmak, the Minister of Interior for Afghanistan, greets Afghan National Defense and Security Force key leaders at Bost Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 11, 2017. The key leaders came together to discuss a better way to streamline processes for supply, promotions, training opportunities, the distribution of vehicles and weapons, as well as what can be done to counter the corruption that is present in Helmand Province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
Wais Ahmad Barmak, right, the Minister of Interior for Afghanistan, Brig. Gen. Daud Ghulam Tarakhel, center, the commanding general of the 505th Zone National Police, are greeted by a formation of Afghan National Policemen at Bost Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 11, 2017. The key leaders came together to discuss a better way to streamline processes for supply, promotions, training opportunities, the distribution of vehicles and weapons, as well as what can be done to counter the corruption that is present in Helmand Province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
Money and Power: Counter-Corruption tactics are intensified in Helmand Province
Wais Ahmad Barmak, right, the Minister of Interior for Afghanistan, Brig. Gen. Daud Ghulam Tarakhel, center, the commanding general of the 505th Zone National Police, are greeted by a formation of Afghan National Policemen at Bost Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 11, 2017. The key leaders came together to discuss a better way to streamline processes for supply, promotions, training opportunities, the distribution of vehicles and weapons, as well as what can be done to counter the corruption that is present in Helmand Province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
Wais Ahmad Barmak, center, the Minister of Interior for Afghanistan, Governor Hayatullah Hayat, left, the governor of Helmand Province, and Brig. Gen. Daud Ghulam Tarakhel, right, the commanding general of the 505th Zone National Police, walk and talk after the conclusion to a key leader engagement at Bost Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 11, 2017. The key leaders came together to discuss a better way to streamline processes for supply, promotions, training opportunities, the distribution of vehicles and weapons, as well as what can be done to counter the corruption that is present in Helmand Province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
Money and Power: Counter-Corruption tactics are intensified in Helmand Province
Wais Ahmad Barmak, center, the Minister of Interior for Afghanistan, Governor Hayatullah Hayat, left, the governor of Helmand Province, and Brig. Gen. Daud Ghulam Tarakhel, right, the commanding general of the 505th Zone National Police, walk and talk after the conclusion to a key leader engagement at Bost Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 11, 2017. The key leaders came together to discuss a better way to streamline processes for supply, promotions, training opportunities, the distribution of vehicles and weapons, as well as what can be done to counter the corruption that is present in Helmand Province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
II MEF News
Money and Power: Counter-Corruption tactics are intensified in Helmand Province By Sgt. Justin Updegraff | September 19, 2017
2nd Medical Battalion qualifies in the gas chamber By Cpl. Ashley Lawson | September 11, 2017
Aiming for excellence: 2nd AA Bn Motor T shoots Gunnery Table Five Range By Cpl. Ashley Lawson | September 11, 2017
Afghan forces complete night CASEVAC scenarios By Sgt. Lucas Hopkins | September 11, 2017
8th ESB deconstructs beach houses, builds unit cohesion By Cpl. Ashley Lawson | September 1, 2017
II MEF Videos
Isaak Competition: the search for 2nd LAR’s most proficient scout
Marines from 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion put their military skills to the test during a multiple-event competition at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, August 8-10. The Isaak Competition, in honor of Cpl. Garreth Isaak, distinguishes the most proficient scout within the Battalion through a series of events including an endurance course, land navigation, and weapons proficiency. The Marines are with 2nd LAR Battalion. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Gloria Lepko)
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