3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines
The Marines of America's Battalion are bent not only on staying alive, but accomplishing the mission at hand. According to the "3-block" theory of war fighting, Marines must be ready and capable of handling humanitarian assistance on one block of a city, peacekeeping on the next, and full-on urban fighting on the third. The Marines of 3/3 are confident they know how to properly proportion their use of force for any and all manner of situations they may face. America's Battalion is ready for anything.
In September 2004 3rd Battalion, Third Marine Regiment conducted high-speed training with special effects support from Segall Studios in San Diego. They were getting a taste of the convoy operations and Security and Support Operations (or "Small Wars") missions. These are the possible missions they will soon undertake as part of a contingency deployment.
During 2004 America's Battalion, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Marines of America's Battalion implemented humanitarian assistance and civil affairs programs in their area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Their mission was insuring the uninterrupted development of a free and democratic society in Afghanistan. Marines from "America's Battalion," 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, operating near the Pakistan border, conducted a campaign to distribute much-needed school supplies to local children near one of the Battalion's forward operating bases. The coupling of Marine forces and US Army personnel was effective in realizing the humanitarian portion of the Marines' current mission to stabilize and support the democratic government of Afghanistan.
With only about 20,000 Afghan National Army troops recruited out of the 70,000 the Afghan government says they hope to eventually have, Coalition Forces still bore the brunt of security and stability operations in Afghanistan.
At Camp Blessing, Afghanistan, the Marines and Sailors of "America's Battalion," 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, trained side-by-side with Afghan Security Forces near the Pakistan border since the Battalion arrived in Afghanistan. In the northern province of Konar, India Co., 3/3, took control of a small forward operating base in the heart of the Hindu Kush mountain range. The Marines' efforts there focused on preparing Afghan Forces, employed by the Coalition, to take an even larger role in the protection of their country from its enemies in the form of Al Qaeda and remnants of the Taliban.
In the difficult terrain of the Hindu Kush Mountains, company movement can be slow and tedious. Often, operations break down to platoon and squad elements to locate and close with the enemy. With the Anti-Coalition Militias operating in numbers of anywhere from 10-40 insurgents, who are usually well-versed on evasion tactics in the mountains, the snipers of 'America's Battalion," 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment give commanders the ability to "reach out and touch someone."
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