Happy Saturday, everyone. Battle Rattle is typically pretty quiet on the weekend, but a news release just came through this morning that I didn’t want to leave until Monday.
Many readers have been wondering where 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, out of Twentynine Palms, Calif., would fit into the picture in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. Now we know: They’ll be replacing Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, according to announcement released by BLT 3/8’s parent command, the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Marines with 3/4 assumed command of several outposts held by BLT 3/8 in the last two weeks, Marine officials said. They include Combat Outpost Ouellette, which has served as the BLT’s headquarters downrange since they pushed into the upper Gereshk Valley, south of violent Sangin district, after landing in Afghanistan in January.
From COP Ouellette and several other patrol bases, BLT 3/8 has provided security for a variety of development projects, including the completion of Highway 611, the second major paved highway in Afghanistan.
It hasn’t always been safe, either, as our good friend “Headshot” can attest.
Marine officials said BLT 3/8 will meet the rest of the 26th MEU at Lejeune, meaning they won’t be reunited with Marines still deployed with the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group until after the 26th MEU returns home. One would assume that will occur soon.