Operation Shahem Tofan

02/27/2012: After arriving in the desert on helicopters and an armored convoy, Afghan Border Police and the Weapons Marines scoured dusty highways for smugglers and insurgents moving across the eastern desert into Helmand province, Feb. 10-13. The mission was a shift from the ABP’s current assignment in Garmsir district, where they keep watch over its southern population centers. Under the coalition mentorship, they are returning to their core capability of interdicting insurgent activity across Helmand’s border.

Credit: Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division:02/16/12

  • In the first photo, U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher Rico, a 21-year-old mortarman with the 81mm Mortar Platoon, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and a native of Galveston, Texas, rests in a foxhole at his platoon’s defensive position after a security patrol during Operation Shahem Tofan (Eagle Storm) here, Feb. 12.
  • In the second photo, U.S. Marine Lance Cpls. Ryan Snyder, a 21-year-old team leader from Kapolei, Hawaii, and David Lambert, a 21-year-old mortarman from Granbury, Texas, assigned to the 81mm Mortar Platoon, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, talk while providing security from their defensive position as the sun sets during Operation Shahem Tofan (Eagle Storm) here, Feb. 11.
  • In the third photo, U.S. Marines with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and Afghan Border Police rush off a CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter during Operation Shahem Tofan (Eagle Storm) here, Feb. 10.
  • In the fourth photo, Afghan Border Police with 4th Tolai, 2nd Kandak, Helmand ABP, and U.S. Marines with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, board a CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter near Combat Outpost Torbert here before the start of Operation Shahem Tofan (Eagle Storm), Feb. 10.
  • In the final photo, Afghan Border Police Pvts. Mohammad Qasim and Sayed Khan, assigned to 4th Tolai, 2nd Kandak, Helmand ABP, search a tractor trailer while on a security patrol with U.S. Marines from Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, during Operation Shahem Tofan (Eagle Storm) here, Feb. 13.


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