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U.S. Army Soldiers with Alpha Company, 2-501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, fire an 81mm mortar in support of the Afghan National Army during operation Maiwand 10 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 26, 2017. The Soldiers fired multiple illumination rounds in order to light a nearby area of Marjah where the ANA experienced a nighttime ambush. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
Eyes in the Sky: Afghan Air assists ANDSF offensive maneuver during Maiwand 10
U.S. Army Soldiers with Alpha Company, 2-501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, fire an 81mm mortar in support of the Afghan National Army during operation Maiwand 10 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 26, 2017. The Soldiers fired multiple illumination rounds in order to light a nearby area of Marjah where the ANA experienced a nighttime ambush. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Roger Turner, the commanding general of Task Force Southwest, listens to Afghan National Army Brig. Gen. Abdul Raziq Hotak, the commander of the 1st Brigade, as he details his course of action over the next few days for operation Maiwand 10 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 26, 2017. Task Force Southwest is advising and assisting the 1st Brigade as they clear southern Marjah as part of the Maiwand 10 mission. This is a joint operation with maneuver elements from the Afghan National Army, National Directorate of Security and Afghan National Police forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
Eyes in the Sky: Afghan Air assists ANDSF offensive maneuver during Maiwand 10
U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Roger Turner, the commanding general of Task Force Southwest, listens to Afghan National Army Brig. Gen. Abdul Raziq Hotak, the commander of the 1st Brigade, as he details his course of action over the next few days for operation Maiwand 10 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 26, 2017. Task Force Southwest is advising and assisting the 1st Brigade as they clear southern Marjah as part of the Maiwand 10 mission. This is a joint operation with maneuver elements from the Afghan National Army, National Directorate of Security and Afghan National Police forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
A U.S. Marine advisor with Task Force Southwest verifies the fuse timing on a 122mm round to ensure precise illumination at the intended target during Maiwand 10 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 27, 2017. The artillerymen with 1st Brigade, 215th Corps fired an illumination round near a bed-down site to raise the morale of the Afghan National Army Soldiers, showcasing that they can provide artillery support at any time during the operation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
Eyes in the Sky: Afghan Air assists ANDSF offensive maneuver during Maiwand 10
A U.S. Marine advisor with Task Force Southwest verifies the fuse timing on a 122mm round to ensure precise illumination at the intended target during Maiwand 10 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 27, 2017. The artillerymen with 1st Brigade, 215th Corps fired an illumination round near a bed-down site to raise the morale of the Afghan National Army Soldiers, showcasing that they can provide artillery support at any time during the operation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
An Afghan National Army artilleryman with 1st Brigade, 215th Corps checks the fuse on a 122mm round for a D-30 during operation Maiwand 10 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 27, 2017. The artillerymen with 1st Brigade fired an illumination round near a bed-down site to raise the morale of the Afghan National Army Soldiers, showcasing that they can provide artillery support at any time during the operation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
Eyes in the Sky: Afghan Air assists ANDSF offensive maneuver during Maiwand 10
An Afghan National Army artilleryman with 1st Brigade, 215th Corps checks the fuse on a 122mm round for a D-30 during operation Maiwand 10 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 27, 2017. The artillerymen with 1st Brigade fired an illumination round near a bed-down site to raise the morale of the Afghan National Army Soldiers, showcasing that they can provide artillery support at any time during the operation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
An Afghan Tactical Air Coordinator with 1st Brigade, 215th Corps communicates with an MD-530 helicopter in support of operation Maiwand 10 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 26, 2017. This coordination allows Afghan Air to support 1st Brigade maneuver on the ground as they clear Marjah of the enemy and improvised explosive devices. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
Eyes in the Sky: Afghan Air assists ANDSF offensive maneuver during Maiwand 10
An Afghan Tactical Air Coordinator with 1st Brigade, 215th Corps communicates with an MD-530 helicopter in support of operation Maiwand 10 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 26, 2017. This coordination allows Afghan Air to support 1st Brigade maneuver on the ground as they clear Marjah of the enemy and improvised explosive devices. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
A U.S. Marine advisor with Task Force Southwest assists Afghan National Army Capt. Jefhat, the artillery officer with 1st Brigade, 215th Corps before a fire mission during operation Maiwand 10 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 27, 2017. The artillerymen with 1st Brigade fired an illumination round near a bed-down site to raise the morale of the Afghan National Army Soldiers, showcasing that they can provide artillery support at any time during the operation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
Eyes in the Sky: Afghan Air assists ANDSF offensive maneuver during Maiwand 10
A U.S. Marine advisor with Task Force Southwest assists Afghan National Army Capt. Jefhat, the artillery officer with 1st Brigade, 215th Corps before a fire mission during operation Maiwand 10 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 27, 2017. The artillerymen with 1st Brigade fired an illumination round near a bed-down site to raise the morale of the Afghan National Army Soldiers, showcasing that they can provide artillery support at any time during the operation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
A U.S. Marine advisor with Task Force Southwest teaches various techniques on how to plot and mark friendly and enemy locations on a map during operation Maiwand 10 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 27, 2017. Task Force Southwest is advising and assisting the 1st Brigade as they clear southern Marjah as part of the Maiwand 10 mission. This is a joint operation with maneuver elements from the Afghan National Army, National Directorate of Security and Afghan National Police forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
Eyes in the Sky: Afghan Air assists ANDSF offensive maneuver during Maiwand 10
A U.S. Marine advisor with Task Force Southwest teaches various techniques on how to plot and mark friendly and enemy locations on a map during operation Maiwand 10 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 27, 2017. Task Force Southwest is advising and assisting the 1st Brigade as they clear southern Marjah as part of the Maiwand 10 mission. This is a joint operation with maneuver elements from the Afghan National Army, National Directorate of Security and Afghan National Police forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
An illumination round lights up the night sky after a successful fire mission from the Afghan National Army artillerymen with 1st Brigade, 215th Corps during operation Maiwand 10 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 27, 2017. The artillerymen with 1st Brigade fired an illumination round near a bed-down site to raise the morale of the Afghan National Army Soldiers, showcasing that they can provide artillery support at any time during the operation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
Eyes in the Sky: Afghan Air assists ANDSF offensive maneuver during Maiwand 10
An illumination round lights up the night sky after a successful fire mission from the Afghan National Army artillerymen with 1st Brigade, 215th Corps during operation Maiwand 10 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 27, 2017. The artillerymen with 1st Brigade fired an illumination round near a bed-down site to raise the morale of the Afghan National Army Soldiers, showcasing that they can provide artillery support at any time during the operation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
An Afghan Soldier with 1st Brigade plots updated friendly and enemy locations during operation Maiwand 10 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 26, 2017. Task Force Southwest is advising and assisting the 1st Brigade as they clear southern Marjah as part of the Maiwand 10 mission. This is a joint operation with maneuver elements from the Afghan National Army, National Directorate of Security and Afghan National Police forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
Eyes in the Sky: Afghan Air assists ANDSF offensive maneuver during Maiwand 10
An Afghan Soldier with 1st Brigade plots updated friendly and enemy locations during operation Maiwand 10 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 26, 2017. Task Force Southwest is advising and assisting the 1st Brigade as they clear southern Marjah as part of the Maiwand 10 mission. This is a joint operation with maneuver elements from the Afghan National Army, National Directorate of Security and Afghan National Police forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
U.S. Army Soldiers with Alpha Company, 2-501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, fire an 81mm mortar in support of the Afghan National Army during operation Maiwand 10 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 26, 2017. The Soldiers fired multiple illumination rounds in order to light a nearby area of Marjah where the ANA experienced a nighttime ambush. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
Eyes in the Sky: Afghan Air assists ANDSF offensive maneuver during Maiwand 10
U.S. Army Soldiers with Alpha Company, 2-501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, fire an 81mm mortar in support of the Afghan National Army during operation Maiwand 10 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 26, 2017. The Soldiers fired multiple illumination rounds in order to light a nearby area of Marjah where the ANA experienced a nighttime ambush. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
Afghan National Army Brig. Gen. Abdul Hadi, the deputy commander of the 215th Corps, discusses future objectives during a key leader engagement in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 26, 2017. Task Force Southwest is advising and assisting the 1st Brigade as they clear southern Marjah as part of the Maiwand 10 mission. This is a joint operation with maneuver elements from the Afghan National Army, National Directorate of Security and Afghan National Police forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
Eyes in the Sky: Afghan Air assists ANDSF offensive maneuver during Maiwand 10
Afghan National Army Brig. Gen. Abdul Hadi, the deputy commander of the 215th Corps, discusses future objectives during a key leader engagement in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 26, 2017. Task Force Southwest is advising and assisting the 1st Brigade as they clear southern Marjah as part of the Maiwand 10 mission. This is a joint operation with maneuver elements from the Afghan National Army, National Directorate of Security and Afghan National Police forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
Afghan National Army Brig. Gen. Abdul Raziq Hotak, the commander of the 1st Brigade, 215th Corps discusses recent advances made by the 1st Brigade during operation Maiwand 10 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 26, 2017.  Task Force Southwest is advising and assisting the 1st Brigade as they clear southern Marjah as part of the Maiwand 10 mission. This is a joint operation with maneuver elements from the Afghan National Army, National Directorate of Security and Afghan National Police forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
Eyes in the Sky: Afghan Air assists ANDSF offensive maneuver during Maiwand 10
Afghan National Army Brig. Gen. Abdul Raziq Hotak, the commander of the 1st Brigade, 215th Corps discusses recent advances made by the 1st Brigade during operation Maiwand 10 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 26, 2017. Task Force Southwest is advising and assisting the 1st Brigade as they clear southern Marjah as part of the Maiwand 10 mission. This is a joint operation with maneuver elements from the Afghan National Army, National Directorate of Security and Afghan National Police forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
U.S. Marine Col. Matthew Grosz, the Task Force Southwest senior advisor to the 215th Corps, talks about how to ensure success during and after Operation Maiwand 10 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 26, 2017. Task Force Southwest is advising and assisting the 1st Brigade as they clear southern Marjah as part of the Maiwand 10 mission. This is a joint operation with maneuver elements from the Afghan National Army, National Directorate of Security and Afghan National Police forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
Eyes in the Sky: Afghan Air assists ANDSF offensive maneuver during Maiwand 10
U.S. Marine Col. Matthew Grosz, the Task Force Southwest senior advisor to the 215th Corps, talks about how to ensure success during and after Operation Maiwand 10 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 26, 2017. Task Force Southwest is advising and assisting the 1st Brigade as they clear southern Marjah as part of the Maiwand 10 mission. This is a joint operation with maneuver elements from the Afghan National Army, National Directorate of Security and Afghan National Police forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff)
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