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An Afghan National Army soldier displays his certificate of completion during a graduation ceremony at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Aug. 30, 2017. Approximately 70 engineer soldiers with various units from 215th Corps graduated from a route clearance course, which was led by U.S. advisors. The curriculum focused on developing the Afghan’s tactics and procedures when locating and clearing improvised explosive devices and mines, helping to improve mobility of troops and supplies on the battlefield. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins) - An Afghan National Army soldier displays his certificate of completion during a graduation ceremony at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Aug. 30, 2017. Approximately 70 engineer soldiers with various units from 215th Corps graduated from a route clearance course, which was led by U.S. advisors. The curriculum focused on developing the Afghan’s tactics and procedures when locating and clearing improvised explosive devices and mines, helping to improve mobility of troops and supplies on the battlefield. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)

U.S. Marine Capt. John Quail, the Task Force Southwest operations advisor to Afghan National Army 215th Corps, and ANA Col. Abdul Latif, the operations officer of 215th Corps, develop plans to secure a portion of Nawa district in Helmand province during Operation Maiwand Five Aug. 21, 2017. Advisors with the Task Force are assisting their Afghan National Defense and Security Force counterparts throughout the operation as a means to deny safe havens to insurgents in Nawa and promote security and stability to the local populace. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler Harrison) - U.S. Marine Capt. John Quail, the Task Force Southwest operations advisor to Afghan National Army 215th Corps, and ANA Col. Abdul Latif, the operations officer of 215th Corps, develop plans to secure a portion of Nawa district in Helmand province during Operation Maiwand Five Aug. 21, 2017. Advisors with the Task Force are assisting their Afghan National Defense and Security Force counterparts throughout the operation as a means to deny safe havens to insurgents in Nawa and promote security and stability to the local populace. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler Harrison)

Afghan National Army soldiers with the Helmand Regional Military Training Center fire M240B machine guns during a training range at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Aug. 17, 2017. More than 60 instructors at the RMTC are undergoing a four-week train-the-trainer course in preparation for an upcoming operational readiness cycle. U.S. Marine advisors with Task Force Southwest are enhancing the infantry knowledge and skills of the instructors to more effectively teach and train soldiers throughout the eight-week ORC. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins) - Afghan National Army soldiers with the Helmand Regional Military Training Center fire M240B machine guns during a training range at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Aug. 17, 2017. More than 60 instructors at the RMTC are undergoing a four-week train-the-trainer course in preparation for an upcoming operational readiness cycle. U.S. Marine advisors with Task Force Southwest are enhancing the infantry knowledge and skills of the instructors to more effectively teach and train soldiers throughout the eight-week ORC. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)

U.S. Navy Sailor Lt. Laura Cargill, right, the lead medical planner of Task Force Southwest, instructs Afghan National Army soldiers with 2nd Kandak, 4th Brigade, 215th Corps how to properly call for a casualty evacuation at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Aug. 13, 2017. Several ANA units partnered with the Afghan Air Force and U.S. advisors to enhance their CASEVAC procedures through classroom instruction and practical application. Quickening the CASEVAC process allows for faster movement of a wounded soldier to a medical facility and greatly improves chances for survivability and full recovery. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins) - U.S. Navy Sailor Lt. Laura Cargill, right, the lead medical planner of Task Force Southwest, instructs Afghan National Army soldiers with 2nd Kandak, 4th Brigade, 215th Corps how to properly call for a casualty evacuation at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Aug. 13, 2017. Several ANA units partnered with the Afghan Air Force and U.S. advisors to enhance their CASEVAC procedures through classroom instruction and practical application. Quickening the CASEVAC process allows for faster movement of a wounded soldier to a medical facility and greatly improves chances for survivability and full recovery. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)

The Afghan National Army 215th Corps color guard marches the Afghan national colors past Helmand Province key leaders and soldiers with 2nd Kandak, 4th Brigade, 215th Corps during a graduation ceremony at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, July 24, 2017. The 2nd Kandak, 4th Brigade completed an eight-week operational readiness cycle at the Helmand Regional Military Training Center, an eight-week course led by ANA instructors with assistance from U.S. Marine advisors with Task Force Southwest. The ORC is designed to enhance its students’ infantry skills in order to create an enduring and capable force to combat insurgency in the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins) - The Afghan National Army 215th Corps color guard marches the Afghan national colors past Helmand Province key leaders and soldiers with 2nd Kandak, 4th Brigade, 215th Corps during a graduation ceremony at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, July 24, 2017. The 2nd Kandak, 4th Brigade completed an eight-week operational readiness cycle at the Helmand Regional Military Training Center, an eight-week course led by ANA instructors with assistance from U.S. Marine advisors with Task Force Southwest. The ORC is designed to enhance its students’ infantry skills in order to create an enduring and capable force to combat insurgency in the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)

Afghan National Army Brig. Gen. Ahmadzai, left, the commanding general of 215th Corps, speaks with U.S. Marine Col. Matthew Grosz, right, the senior ANA advisor assigned to Task Force Southwest, at Camp Shorserack, Afghanistan, July 14, 2017. Elements of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, including the 215th Corps and 505th Zone National Police, successfully cleared the Nawa district center of insurgent presence during Operation Maiwand Four with assistance from Marine advisors, and will continue to provide security and work to establish governance in the area. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins) - Afghan National Army Brig. Gen. Ahmadzai, left, the commanding general of 215th Corps, speaks with U.S. Marine Col. Matthew Grosz, right, the senior ANA advisor assigned to Task Force Southwest, at Camp Shorserack, Afghanistan, July 14, 2017. Elements of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, including the 215th Corps and 505th Zone National Police, successfully cleared the Nawa district center of insurgent presence during Operation Maiwand Four with assistance from Marine advisors, and will continue to provide security and work to establish governance in the area. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins)

 

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