HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Lance Cpls. Keith B. Lawson and Spence G. Press, scout snipers attached to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, work together to identify targets as Taliban fighters approached from Marjeh toward their position at the “Five Points” intersection Feb. 9. Lawson, 25, is from Reedly, Calif., and Press, 20, is from Newbury Park, Calif. photo by Sgt. Brian A. Tuthill)
From TIME: A pair of Marines wills their way onto a roof in Afghanistan’s Helmand province last Saturday. Corporal Enrique Torres, right, helps lift Lance Corporal Joseph Hevia into a compound in the Garmsir district during a sweep with Afghan police. The two Marines belong to Kilo Co., 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. (USMC photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder)
Gunnery Sgt. Chris Denham, the company gunny for India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, watches as the rocket from his light anti-tank weapon closes in on a compound used by enemy fighters during a firefight in Trek Nawa, Afghanistan, while participating in Operation Mako, Sept. 21, 2010. “The only thing louder than the back blast of the rocket was the Marines cheering,” said Capt. Francisco X. Zavala, the India Company commander.
Marine Capt. Trevor J. Yurista Died October 27, 2008 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom 32, of Pleasant Valley, N.Y.; assigned to the 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died Oct. 27 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while supporting combat operations.
Petty Officer 2nd Class David Hess, corpsman from 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Division, applies camouflage paint to his face July 29, 2010 at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Hess and Marines from Combined Anti-Armor Team, Company K, acted as a quick reaction force for training missions during the final week of 3rd battalion's training before deploying to Afghanistan.
Musa Qal'eh Quarell First Lt. Neal T. Jones, with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, searches for enemy spotters during an engagement in Musa Qal'eh, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 15, 2012. Marines returned small arms fire after they were engaged by enemy combatants. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Chistopher M. Paulton)