Afghan child
Afghan child

MARJAH, Afghanistan - Gunnery Sgt. Brandon Dickinson, a Marine with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment comforts an injured child, Feb 14, 2010. The child's home was partially destroyed during a scene of intense fighting when insurgents, one armed with a suicide vest attempted to breach a Marine position the night prior.

 

Sundown showdown
Sundown showdown

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion 6th Marine Regiment open fire on insurgents taking cover in a nearby compound, Jan. 18, 2010.

Five hours of fire
Five hours of fire

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion 6th Marine Regiment provide covering fire as their squad prepares to move to a new position, Jan. 18, 2010.

A cross to bear
A cross to bear

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment step out on patrol through the Shorshurak region of Helmand Province, Jan. 29, 2010.

Mortars over Marjah
Mortars over Marjah

MARJAH, Afghanistan -The 81mm mortar-men attached to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment open fire with their weapons' systems during the initial assault on the Taliban held city of Marjah, Feb. 13, 2010.

 

Morning ambush
Morning ambush

MARJAH, Afghanistan – Sgt. Daniel Pluth, a Marine with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment takes aim as military aged males begin to surround the Marine position in Marjah, Feb. 13, 2010. Over the next several weeks the Marines of B. Co., come under heavy fire each day as they fight to clear the insurgent held city.

 

Medevac
Medevac

MARJAH, Afghanistan – Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment keep low to the ground as a medical evacuation for a critically injured Marine, takes place in Marjah, Feb. 13, 2010. Over the next several weeks the Marines of B. Co., come under heavy fire each day as they fight to clear the insurgent held city.

Walk'n the beat
Walk'n the beat

MARJAH, Afghanistan – A Marine walks through the abandoned bazaar in the center of Marjah, Feb. 15, 2010. Normally a bustling center of commerce, most civilians have fled to avoid becoming caught in the crossfire between Marine and Taliban forces.

Salute
Salute

MARJAH, Afghanistan - A young boy poses with a Marines' Kevlar helmet in the city of Marjah, April 23, 2010.

A lighter moment
A lighter moment

MARJAH, Afghanistan - A Marine with Weapon’s Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment jokes with an Afghan boy while out on patrol, April 23, 2010.

At play
At play

MARJAH, Afghanistan - An Afghan girl poses for a photo with a scarf that a Marine with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment gave her during their patrol, April 23, 2010.


In the shade
In the shade

MARJAH, Afghanistan - A young girl escapes from the sun under a row of trees on her family's farm, April 23, 2010.

 

Staredown
Staredown

MARJAH, Afghanistan - A Marine with the police mentor team attached to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment patrols through a bazaar in downtown Marjah, May 3, 2010.

Man's best friend
Man's best friend

MARJAH, Afghanistan - Lance Cpl. Jimmy Borzillieri, an 81mm mortar-man with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment plays with one of the many stray puppies that inhabit the city, May 12, 2010.

Elder
Elder

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A village elder outside his compound.

Market
Market

MARJAH, Afghanistan - A young boy sits on his family's produce stand at one of Marjah's many Bazaars. Locals are returning home after a major coalition offensive which aimed to push entrenched Taliban forces from the city. 

Marksmanship
Marksmanship

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan - An Afghan National Army soldier during marksmanship training.