Lance Cpl. Ryan Meyer momentarily halts during a security patrol here, Sept. 30. Meyer, a native of Stafford, Va., is a rifleman with 3rd Squad, 4th Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. A point man leads each of these partnered Afghan National Police and Marine patrols. The point man, whose primary responsibility is finding safe patrol routes, plays a critical role in daily operations for coalition forces in southern Helmand.