16 May 2010

‘Red Cloud’ Marines rub elbows with Afghan locals

Sergeant Clifton Shackleford, a security team leader with Bravo Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) ‘elevates’ the spirits of several local children whom reside in the village outside Combat Outpost Cafferetta here May 10. The Marines conducted a series of combat logistics patrols in the region and spent the afternoon with dozens of locals from a nearby village whom welcomed the Marine’s presence in the area. Photo: Sgt. Justin J. Shemanski.

Like a Good Neighbor: ‘Red Cloud’ Marines rub elbows with Afghan locals

By Sgt. Justin J. Shemanski, 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — During their latest combat logistics patrol in the region May 7-11, Marines from Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), were able to spend time getting to know the native population on friendly terms.

The multiple-day resupply mission in support of the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, took the Marines of Bravo Company to several locations in and around Now Zad and Musa Qal’eh. Though these days consisted of long hours and hard work, the Marines were happy to spend some time with the curious groups of locals who gathered around to watch them in action at a few of their stops along their route.

Villagers, including dozens of children, flocked around the Leathernecks as they were eager to voice their wants and needs and discuss security and local issues with the patrol. They also took the opportunity to sell and trade items such as hats, toys, scarves and even food stuffs to include live chickens, turkeys, lambs, bread and vegetables.

The Marines enjoyed the experience perhaps even more than the villagers, as it was a welcome change of pace from day to day operations throughout Helmand province.

H/t to the Dawn Patrol.

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