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Future of Garmsir in Afghan hands, ‘America’s Battalion’ completes final Helmand tour

U.S. Marine Cpl. Mark Jensen (center), a team leader with 4th Platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and 22-year-old native of Nyssa, Ore., jokes with Afghan National Police patrolmen and local children while providing security at a vehicle checkpoint outside the Hazar Joft Bazaar here, April 8, 2012. In November 2011, the Marines and sailors of 'America's Battalion' began their final Afghanistan deployment to Helmand province's Garmsir district. After six combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq since 2004, they're finally coming home. During their seven months in Garmsir, they advised and developed Afghan forces preparing to take the lead in providing security for the district. As the Afghan forces grew in number and capability, commerce expanded and successful district community council elections were held in April 2012. 'America's Battalion' transferred control of coalition positions in Garmsir to Kilo Co., 3rd Bn., 8th Marines, May 14.

U.S. Marine Cpl. Mark Jensen (center), a team leader with 4th Platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and 22-year-old native of Nyssa, Ore., jokes with Afghan National Police patrolmen and local children while providing security at a vehicle checkpoint outside the Hazar Joft Bazaar here, April 8, 2012. In November 2011, the Marines and sailors of ‘America’s Battalion’ began their final Afghanistan deployment to Helmand province’s Garmsir district. After six combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq since 2004, they’re finally coming home. During their seven months in Garmsir, they advised and developed Afghan forces preparing to take the lead in providing security for the district. As the Afghan forces grew in number and capability, commerce expanded and successful district community council elections were held in April 2012. ‘America’s Battalion’ transferred control of coalition positions in Garmsir to Kilo Co., 3rd Bn., 8th Marines, May 14.