U.S. Troops Provide Security on Camp Leatherneck

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Marine Corps 1st. Lt. Stephen Castellanos, rigth foreground, briefs Marines on the importance of security missions on Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province, July 12, 2014. Castellanos, the officer in charge of the Bastion-Leatherneck Complex's main entry, is assigned to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. The Marines search all vehicles before granting access as a procedure to ensure the safety of all personnel. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.
  • U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sam Verderame, left, provides security as a civilian contractor and military working dog, Crank, search vehicles on Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province, July 12, 2014. Verderame, a machine gunner, and Crank are assigned to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.
  • U.S. Marine Corps military working dog, Crank, searches for hidden contraband outside the Bastion-Leatherneck Complex's main entry on Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province, July 12, 2014. Crank is assigned to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.
  • U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. James Ritchie, right, and U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Vincent Accordi inspect a driver's papers for stamps and signatures before they grant him access on Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province, July 12, 2014. Ritchie and Accordi are assigned to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.
  • U.S. Marines move a tire out of the way of a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle outside the main entry to the Bastion-Leatherneck Complex on Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province, July 12, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.
  • U.S. Marine Corps military working dog, Crank, relaxes after a day of searching vehicles outside the Bastion-Leatherneck Complex's main entry on Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province, July 12, 2014. Crank is assigned to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment.  
 U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.
  • U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sean Louis discovers a blade while searching vehicles for contraband at the Bastion-Leatherneck Complex's main entry on Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province, July 13, 2014. Louis is a data network specialist assigned to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.
  • U.S. Marine Corps Captain James Geiger, center, explains his expectations and command philosophy to a group Marines at the Bastion-Leatherneck Complex on Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province, July 14, 2014. Geiger commands Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.
  • U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Belmonte observes his surroundings during a security patrol in Afghanistan's Helmand province, July 16, 2014. Belmonte is a senior line corpsman assigned to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.
  • U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Justin Hinckley talks to an Afghan family from the Washer district during a security patrol in Afghanistan's Helmand province, July 16, 2014. Hinckley is a team leader assigned to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.
  • An Afghan boy from the Washer district watches U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Scott Weakly as he starts a biometric scanner during a security patrol in Afghanistan's Helmand province, July 16, 2014. Weakly is a team leader assigned to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.
  • U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Joseph Friedlander provides security for U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Justin Hinckley as he talks to an Afghan  family from the Washer district during a security patrol in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, July 16, 2014. Friedlander, a driver, and Hinckley, a team leader, are assigned to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.