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II Marine Expeditionary Force

Operational Excellence. Readiness. Standards. Dignity and Respect.

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
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An Afghan National Army instructor with the Helmand Regional Military Training Center directs soldiers with 6th Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps as they close on a notional enemy during a mock patrol at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Oct. 15, 2017. More than 300 soldiers with the unit are currently conducting an eight-week operational readiness cycle at the Helmand RMTC. Through classroom instruction, training events and live-fire exercises, the ORC builds the warfighting capabilities of its students to prepare them for combat operations against the Taliban throughout Helmand province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
Afghan National Army soldiers with 6th Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps conduct a mock patrol during infantry tactics training at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Oct. 15, 2017. Afghan instructors at the Helmand Regional Military Training Center are building the warfighting capabilities of more than 300 soldiers assigned to 6th Kandak, 1st Brigade throughout an operational readiness cycle. The ORC is an eight-week training regimen designed to prepare its students for future combat operations throughout Helmand province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
An Afghan National Army soldier with 6th Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps executes an immediate action drill during a mock patrol at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Oct. 15, 2017. More than 300 soldiers with the unit are currently conducting an eight-week operational readiness cycle at the Helmand Regional Military Training Center. Led by ANA instructors with assistance from U.S. Marine advisors from Task Force Southwest, the ORC is designed to enhance the soldiers’ infantry tactics and techniques in preparation for future combat operations against the Taliban. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
Afghan National Army soldiers with 6th Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps conduct a mock patrol during infantry tactics training at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Oct. 15, 2017. Afghan instructors at the Helmand Regional Military Training center are currently leading an eight-week operational readiness cycle with more than 300 soldiers from 6th Brigade, 1st Kandak. U.S. Marine advisors with Task Force Southwest are assisting their Afghan counterparts throughout the training regimen, helping to enhance the soldiers’ warfighting capabilities in preparation for future combat operations in Helmand. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
Ambassador Hugo Llorens, the Special Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, speaks with Marines assigned to Task Force Southwest at Camp Shorab, Afghanistan, Oct. 12, 2017. Llorens reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to destroying the Taliban and other insurgent groups in Afghanistan, while also commending the Marines and key leaders with the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces for recent mission successes in Helmand province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
Ambassador Hugo Llorens, the Special Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, speaks with Marines assigned to Task Force Southwest at Camp Shorab, Afghanistan, Oct. 12, 2017. Llorens met with Task Force Southwest Marines and key Afghan National Defense and Security Force leaders to discuss recent progress and challenges in the fight against the Taliban in Helmand province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
Ambassador Hugo Llorens, center, the Special Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, and U.S. Marines and Sailors with Task Force Southwest pose for a photo at Camp Shorab, Afghanistan, Oct. 12, 2017. During his visit, Llorens met with key Afghan National Defense and Security Force leaders and Task Force Southwest personnel to discuss recent mission progress in Helmand province, while reaffirming the United States’ commitment to defeating the Taliban and other insurgent groups in Afghanistan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Roger Turner, left, the commanding general of Task Force Southwest, greets Ambassador Hugo Llorens, right, the Special Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, at Bastion Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 12, 2017. Llorens met with Task Force Southwest Marines and key Afghan National Defense and Security Force leaders to discuss recent progress and challenges in the fight against the Taliban in Helmand province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Roger Turner, left, the commanding general of Task Force Southwest, speaks with Ambassador Hugo Llorens, right, the Special Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, at Bastion Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 12, 2017. Llorens had an opportunity to meet with Marines from the Task Force and discuss the importance of their train, advise and assist mission in Helmand province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
Ambassador Hugo Llorens, third from left, the Special Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, U.S. Marines with Task Force Southwest and Afghan National Defense and Security Force leadership pose for a photo at Camp Shorab, Afghanistan, Oct. 12, 2017. During his visit, Llorens had an opportunity to discuss mission progress with key Task Force Southwest and ANDSF leaders, while reaffirming the United States’ commitment to thwarting the Taliban in Helmand province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
Afghan National Army soldiers with 6th Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps disassemble M240B machine guns at the Helmand Regional Military Training Center aboard Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Oct. 7, 2017. Hundreds of soldiers assigned to the unit began an eight-week operational readiness cycle  Sept. 30. The course is led by ANA instructors with assistance from U.S. Marine advisors with Task Force Southwest, and is built to strengthen the lethality and enhance the warfighting capabilities of its students in preparation for future combat operations against insurgency throughout the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
Afghan National Army soldiers with 6th Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps inspect an SPG-9 for functionality at the Helmand Regional Military Training Center aboard Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Oct. 7, 2017. Several hundred soldiers with the unit began an operational readiness cycle Sept. 30. The ORC is an eight-week training program led by ANA instructors, focusing on enhancing the unit’s lethality and warfighting capabilities for future combat operations against insurgency throughout the province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
An Afghan National Army instructor with the Helmand Regional Military Training Center teaches officers with 6th Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps land navigation techniques at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Oct. 7, 2017. U.S. Marine advisors with Task Force Southwest are supporting their Afghan counterparts throughout an eight-week operational readiness cycle. The ANA-led training regimen is developing the infantry skills of 6th Kandak, 1st Brigade through classroom instruction, practical application and live-fire exercises. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
Afghan National Army soldiers with 6th Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps unload a simulated round from a 60mm mortar at the Helmand Regional Military Training Center aboard Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Oct. 7, 2017. Hundreds of soldiers with the unit began an operational readiness cycle Sept. 30, an eight-week training evolution led by ANA instructors designed to bolster the unit’s warfighting capabilities to help combat insurgency throughout the province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
An Afghan National Army instructor with the Helmand Regional Military Training Center instructs soldiers with 6th Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps on the nomenclature of a M24 sniper rifle at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Oct. 7, 2017. Hundreds of soldiers with the unit began an operational readiness cycle Sept. 30, an eight-week course designed to build the lethality and warfighting capabilities of the Kandak to help combat insurgency throughout the province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
Afghan National Army instructors with the Helmand Regional Military Training Center teach soldiers with 6th Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps proper 60mm mortar firing techniques at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Oct. 7, 2017. Soldiers with the unit began an operational readiness cycle at the RMTC Sept. 30. The eight-week evolution focuses on strengthening the warfighting capabilities of participants through classroom instruction, practical application and live-fire exercises. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
An Afghan National Army instructor with the Helmand Regional Military Training Center demonstrates how to properly load a 60mm mortar using a simulated round to soldiers with 6th Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Oct. 7, 2017. Instructors at the RMTC are currently leading an eight-week operational readiness cycle with assistance from U.S. Marine advisors with Task Force Southwest. The ORC is designed to enhance the warfighting tactics and techniques of an infantry kandak in order to combat insurgency in the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
U.S. Marines with Task Force Southwest and key leaders with the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces discuss offensive strategy during Operation Maiwand Six near Gereshk, Afghanistan, Oct. 1, 2017. Multiple elements of ANDSF, including the Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army and National Directorate of Security collaborated to clear insurgents from Gereshk and nearby locations during the operation. Advisors with the Task Force enabled their Afghan partners through battle tracking and strategic recommendations, helping to improve security and stability for the local populace. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
Afghan National Army Col. Abdul Latif, right, the operations officer of 215th Corps, discusses offensive strategy with U.S. Marine advisors assigned to Task Force Southwest and key governmental leaders from the Gereshk area during Operation Maiwand Six, Sept. 29, 2017. Multiple elements of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces came together to thwart insurgency from Gereshk and surrounding areas during the two-week mission. Advisors with the Task Force helped enable their Afghan partners through battle tracking and strategic recommendations, helping to improve the security of Gereshk. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)
Afghan National Army Brig. Gen. Mohammed Ghani, right, the executive officer of 215th Corps, speaks with key Afghan National Defense and Security Force leaders and U.S. Marines with Task Force Southwest near Gereshk, Afghanistan, Oct. 1, 2017. Advisors with the Task Force assisted ANDSF throughout Operation Maiwand Six, which focused on clearing insurgents from Gereshk and surrounding areas. Units from the ANA, Afghan National Police and National Directorate of Security worked in unison to improve security and stability for the local populace throughout the two-week mission. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)