After months of fighting, the two infantry battalions saddled with the majority of responsibility in the former Taliban stronghold of Marjah, Afghanistan, may soon get a break.
As we covered in a long-form story laying out the Marine Corps’ summer plan in Afghanistan, regularly scheduled unit rotations dictate that 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, and 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, both out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., will be replaced in Marjah this summer.
Marines on the ground in Marjah say they’re working under the assumption that Lejeune’s 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, will replace 1/6 in central and southern Marjah, while Lejeune’s 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, will replace 3/6 in northern Marjah and surrounding areas later this summer.
You may remember that 1/6 arrived en masse in Afghanistan before Christmas, so it’s likely they will be relieved in a change of command ceremony sometime soon by 2/6, which already has started to deploy in small numbers. The expectation is that 3/6 would be replaced later this summer by 2/9.