Video: A new salute to Marines wounded in Sangin

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A Marine mom with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, tipped me off to a new YouTube video sharing the sacrifice of several wounded warriors from the unit who made it back, but have a long road to recovery.

It’s well done, with new footage of the unit during its predeployment training at the Mountain Warfare Training Center at Bridgeport, Calif., classic footage of Marines spliced in from the service’s 2010 birthday message and scenes recorded downrange this fall.

A few related updates out of Afghanistan last night, following my blog post yesterday:

  • It was Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C. that was moved from Marjah to Sangin last month, said 1st Lt. Joshua Benson, a Marine spokesman in Afghanistan. The rest of 2/9 remained in the Marjah area.
  • Benson reiterated that despite some recent media reports to the contrary, elements of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will not be deploying to Sangin. They will be in northern Helmand province, though. Maj. Gen. Richard Mills, commander of Marine forces in Afghanistan, has said previously they would deploy to the upper Gereshk Valley, which falls between Sangin and Lashkar Gah, Helmand province’s capital.
  • Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion, out of Twentynine Palms, Calif., has arrived in theater, but they’re not operating yet, Benson said. They were selected to operate the first U.S. tanks deployed during nine years of war in Afghanistan.
  • The main units deployed to Sangin remain 3/5 and Lejeune’s 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion.

We’ll share more details as they become available.

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