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Task Force Leatherneck deploys to Afghanistan

US Marine Corps News

5/6/2009 By Cpl. Meghan J. Canlas, II MEF

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUENE, N.C. — One hundred Marines and sailors of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, here, April 30.

While the Marines are in Afghanistan, they will provide a “windbreak” so the Afghan people can focus on building their country’s infrastructure and government.

“The MEB is going to provide an element of stability to a region that has seen a lot of conflict and has a lot of challenges for the people and government of Afghanistan,” said Col. George S. Amland, deputy commanding officer, 2nd MEB.

The Marines of Task Force Leatherneck will face different challenges in Afghanistan than those seen in Iraq.

“One could probably say Iraq has seen the final elements of its stability elements and is starting to develop into a country that’s representational of the people and provides for basic security and essential needs of the people,” said Amland.

In order to help the Afghan people, the Marines will develop an infrastructure they need to continue their missions and spend the next year developing the region so the representative government can start and stability operations from the Afghans can take hold, Amland said.

Even though the unit was pressed for time, they completed all of their training in four months.

“In 120 days, the MEB was formed, manned, equipped, trained and deployed,” said Capt. Bill Pelletier, public affairs officer, 2nd MEB. “Training was more rapidly paced, but we didn’t sacrifice quality for time.”

Amland also said he has the upmost faith the Marines of 2nd MEB will be successful in aiding the people of Afghanistan.

“It’s not going to be a problem for us,” he explained. “A great crew of people came together in a short period of time, and I’m pleased with the status they’ve gotten themselves to. I have every bit of faith in them.”

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