Nov 17, 2011

U.S. Marine Sgt. Thomas Settle, 29, Jump Platoon sergeant for Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and a native of Culpeper, Va., posts security at the entrance of the district center here during a dinner celebrating the transfer of authority of Garmsir from 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, to 3/3, Nov. 17. Though “America’s Battalion” has been operating in Garmsir for two weeks, the ceremony marked the official turnover of the area of operations between the two battalions. During their deployment, the 1/3 “Lava Dogs” focused on preparing the Afghan National Security Forces to take on a greater role in counterinsurgency operations. The Marines and sailors of 3/3 will continue to mentor ANSF as they progress toward taking lead security responsibility in the district. “We are winning this war,” Fahim said. “I’m optimistic that with the help of the 3/3 Marines, we’ll have peace and stability in Garmsir forever.”

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