CAMP HANSON, Afghanistan — Marine Corps Times has reached its destination.
Photographer Tom Brown and I caught a few of the last seats available this afternoon on a CH-53E helicopter from Camp Dwyer to Camp Hanson, home of 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines — the Teufelhunden, as they call themselves. The base in northern Marjah, and the unit is spread throughout the region.
So far, we’ve met with Lt. Col. Brian Christmas, the battalion commander, and Maj. Billy Ray Moore, the executive officer. I also chatted up several Marines about guns, ammo and not taking showers — all thing relevant to a combat environment. Some of 3/6’s Marines showered just four times from January until last month, when the unit received wooden shower stalls.
As always, there will be more to come. We hope to get off Hanson soon and spend a significant amount of time with a company to be determined.