Operation Cobra

Marines from Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, in partnership with the Afghanistan National Army, successfully completed their first task of establishing an observation post in support of Operation New Dawn in Southern Shorshork, Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 17.

Credit Regimental Combat Team-7, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs

June 17, 2010

Operation New Dawn is a joint operation between Marine Corps units and the Afghanistan National Army to disrupt enemy forces which have been using the sparsely populated region between Marjah and Nawa as a safe haven.

“We’re going to be conducting patrols, vehicle checkpoints and looking at the population, making sure there aren’t people from out of the area coming in and causing harm or issues for the local people,” said Capt. Luke Pernotto, L Company commander and commander for 3/3’s ground force in Operation New Dawn. “We want to make sure enemy forces can’t be reinforced, and don’t fall back to regroup in this area. We’ve made extreme progress in Nawa, and to have it all go to waste, especially when we’re doing our last bit of clean-up in the Trek Nawa area, would be a shame.”

Following a nearly seven-hour convoy from Combat Outpost Toor Ghar, which took much longer than expected due to traveling on roads unused by coalition forces, and vehicle problems, an initial observation post was set up in a local’s compound.

During the first 48 hours of the operation, the Marines overcame obstacles to establish an observation post. While continuing to build up their defensive position, the Marines began to patrol in their new area of responsibility.

  • The first photo shows U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Christopher Cook, convoy commander, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and Sgt. Zachary K. Tokumoto, assistant convoy commander, H&S Company, 3/3, talking during a break in the Lima Company convoy from Combat Outpost Toor Ghar to Southern Shorshork, Helmand province, Afghanistan, as part of 3/3’s mission.
  • Photo 2 shows Lance Cpl. Travis S. Lane, team leader, 3rd Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, patrolling farmland near where Lima Company first established an observation post in Southern Shorshork, Helmand province, Afghanistan.
  • Photo 3 shows a Marine from 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, ground guiding a vehicle into position near a temporary observation post in Southern Shorshork, Helmand province, Afghanistan.
  • Photo 4 shows Lance Cpl. Si M. Moy, rifleman, 3rd Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, provides security while the rest of Lima Company sets up an observation post in Southern Shorshork, Helmand province, Afghanistan.
  • Photo 5 shows Sgt. James Humerick, squad leader, 3rd Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, guiding an all-terrain vehicle into a compound 3/3 occupied for the first night of the Operation in Southern Shorshork, Helmand province, Afghanistan.
  • Photo 6 shows Marines from Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, patrol to set up an observation post in Southern Shorshork, Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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