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Marines with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment wait to leave a temporary patrol base during an operation in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, July 5. The Marines' presence restricts enemy groups freedom of movement and helps restore peace and prosperity to the local populace. The battalion  is part of the ground combat element of Regimental Combat Team 3, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade.
090705-M-6159T-003.jpg Photo By: Sgt. Pete Thibodeau

Jul 5, 2009
Helmand province, Afghanistan - Marines with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment wait to leave a temporary patrol base during an operation in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, July 5. The Marines' presence restricts enemy groups freedom of movement and helps restore peace and prosperity to the local populace. The battalion is part of the ground combat element of Regimental Combat Team 3, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade.


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