U.S. Marines, Afghan Soldiers Conduct Clearing Operation Nightmare in Helmand Province

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Marines check their radios on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand province, June 6, 2013, before conducting a clearing operation dubbed "Operation Nightmare." Afghan soldiers led the operation and the U.S. Marines supported it. U.S. and coalition troops are working with Afghan forces to transition to Afghan-led operations in the country. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kowshon Ye
  • A U.S. Marine intravenously hydrates Cane, his military working dog, on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand province, June 6, 2013, before conducting a clearing operation. The Marine is assigned to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7. Afghan national forces led the clearing operation and the Marines supported it. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kowshon Ye
  • U.S. Marines and Afghan soldiers board a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during Operation Nightmare on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand province, June 6, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kowshon Ye
  • A U.S. Marine gives a signal during Operation Nightmare over Nowzad in Afghanistan's Helmand province, June 6, 2013. The Marine, a crew chief, is assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 46. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kowshon Ye
  • U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd class Cameron Kirk, front, exits a CH-53E Supper Stallion helcopter during Operation Nightmare in Nowzad in Afghanistan's Helmand province, June 6, 2013. Kirk, a hospital corpsman, is assigned to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kowshon Ye
  • U.S. Marines and Afghan soldiers provide security after unloading from a CH-53E Supper Stallion helcopter during Operation Nightmare in Nowzad in Afghanistan's Helmand province, June 6, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kowshon Ye
  • U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd class Cameron Kirk, right, fellow Marines and Cane, a military working dog, patrol during Operation Nightmare in Nowzad in Afghanistan's Helmand province, June 6, 2013. Kirk, a hospital corpsman, is assigned to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kowshon Ye
  • U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dillion Hertweck provides security during Operation Nightmare in Nowzad in Afghanistan's Helmand province, June 6, 2013. Hertweck, a radio operator, is assigned to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kowshon Ye
  • U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Michael Fox talks with his leaders over the radio during Operation Nightmare in Nowzad in Afghanistan's Helmand province, June 6, 2013. 
Fox, a forward air controller, is assigned to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kowshon Ye
  • U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Evan Keel provides security during Operation Nightmare in Nowzad in Afghanistan's Helmand province, June 6, 2013. Keel, a platoon leader, is assigned to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kowshon Ye
  • An Afghan soldier speaks to an Afghan villager during Operation Nightmare in Nowzad in Afghanistan's Helmand province, June 6, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kowshon Ye
  • U.S. Marines patrol through a village during Operation Nightmare in Nowzad in Afghanistan's Helmand province, June 6, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kowshon Ye
  • A U.S. Marine provides security during Operation Nightmare in Nowzad in Afghanistan's Helmand province, June 6, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kowshon Ye
  • Afghan children watch as U.S. Marines and Afghan soldiers patrol during Operation Nightmare in Nowzad in Afghanistan's Helmand provice, June 6, 2013. 
 U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kowshon Ye
  • U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Skylar Barrowman photographs an Afghan man's retinas using a secure electronic enrollment kit during Operation Nightmare in Nowzad in Afghanistan's Helmand province, June 6, 2013. Barrowman is assigned to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kowshon Ye
  • U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Derek Turner, right, searches a compound during Operation Nightmare in Nowzad in Afghanistan's Helmand province, June 6, 2013. Turner, a squad leader, is assigned to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kowshon Ye
  • U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Joseph Gravers gives water to Cane, a military working dog, during Operation Nightmare in Nowzad in Afghanistan's Helmand province, June 6, 2013. Graves is assigned to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kowshon Ye
  • U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Joseph Gravers uses his weapon's optic lens to 
scan the area during Operation Nightmare in Nowzad in Afghanistan's Helmand province, June 6, 2013. Graves is assigned to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kowshon Ye
  • U.S. Marines and Afghan soldiers patrol during Operation Nightmare in Nowzad in Afghanistan's Helmand province, June 6, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kowshon Ye