Dec 20, 2011

Lance Cpl. Joshua Prall, a 19-year-old rifleman with 3rd Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment and native of Syracuse, N.Y., scans the area while crossing a bridge during a partnered security patrol with Afghan National Army soldiers here, Dec. 18. On the patrol, the ANA and Marines interacted with local citizens and conducted a vehicle checkpoint. The Marines of “America’s Battalion” are aiding the Afghan National Security Forces in assuming security responsibilities over Helmand province’s Garmsir district. Their interoperability is designed to further the expansion of stability, development and legitimate governance of Afghanistan by defeating insurgent forces and helping secure the Afghan people.

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