An infantry battalion with a major role in the 2010 assault on Marjah, Afghanistan, has returned to the war-torn district.
First Battalion, 6th Marines, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., is taking over this month for 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, also out of Lejeune. It isn’t new ground for 1/6, which patroled central Marjah from the February assault through June last year, when the district was regularly marred by violence.
Marines with 1/6 will be joined for the next few months in Marjah by 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines. It’s an arrangement with many similarities to spring 2010, when 3/6 patrolled the northern half of the district and 1/6 manned the center.
Marines with 2/8, meanwhile, will return to Lejeune soon. They’ve had a rough deployment, particularly those in Echo Company 2/8, which deployed to northern Helmand to patrol battlespace in the violent Sangin area near 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, out of Camp Pendleton, Calif. It wasn’t immediately clear whether a company of 1/6 or 3/6 Marines has deployed to the Sangin area to assist in Sangin.
While we’re on the subject of deployments, it’s also worth noting that Lejeune’s 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, also is now settled in central Helmand, including in Nawa district. They replaced 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, which returned home in June.