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Staff Sgt. Richard Near, a radio operator course instructor with the Embedded Partnering Team, Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), helps two Afghan National Army soldiers from the 5th Kandak communicate with other soldiers via radio during a course at Forward Operating Base Delaram, Afghanistan, April 4, 2011. Twelve ANA soldiers graduated from the latest radio operator course during a ceremony at FOB Delaram June 5, 2011. The course consisted of 54 hours of classroom instruction and 28 hours of practical application. The soldiers learned the different components and capabilities, as well as how to set up and program the PRC-1077 VHF radio and the RT-7000 HF radio. - Staff Sgt. Richard Near, a radio operator course instructor with the Embedded Partnering Team, Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), helps two Afghan National Army soldiers from the 5th Kandak communicate with other soldiers via radio during a course at Forward Operating Base Delaram, Afghanistan, April 4, 2011. Twelve ANA soldiers graduated from the latest radio operator course during a ceremony at FOB Delaram June 5, 2011. The course consisted of 54 hours of classroom instruction and 28 hours of practical application. The soldiers learned the different components and capabilities, as well as how to set up and program the PRC-1077 VHF radio and the RT-7000 HF radio.

Staff Sgt. Richard Near, a radio operator course instructor with the Embedded Partnering Team, Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), helps two Afghan National Army soldiers from the 5th Kandak communicate with other soldiers via radio during a course at Forward Operating Base Delaram, Afghanistan, April 4, 2011. Twelve ANA soldiers graduated from the latest radio operator course during a ceremony at FOB Delaram June 5, 2011. The course consisted of 54 hours of classroom instruction and 28 hours of practical application. The soldiers learned the different components and capabilities, as well as how to set up and program the PRC-1077 VHF radio and the RT-7000 HF radio. - Staff Sgt. Richard Near, a radio operator course instructor with the Embedded Partnering Team, Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), helps two Afghan National Army soldiers from the 5th Kandak communicate with other soldiers via radio during a course at Forward Operating Base Delaram, Afghanistan, April 4, 2011. Twelve ANA soldiers graduated from the latest radio operator course during a ceremony at FOB Delaram June 5, 2011. The course consisted of 54 hours of classroom instruction and 28 hours of practical application. The soldiers learned the different components and capabilities, as well as how to set up and program the PRC-1077 VHF radio and the RT-7000 HF radio.

Lance Cpl. Thomas C. Martin (left), from Rutherford, N.C., a metal worker, and Cpl. Quinntin T. Smith (right), the tire shop non commissioned officer in charge with Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), install an air seal inside a new Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle tire June 6, 2011, aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Since arriving in Afghanistan in January, the Marines at the tire shop rebuilt 512 tires for all types of motor transportation and heavy equipment, providing units within Regional Command Southwest, including the embedded partnering teams across the area of operation and even the fire department aboard Camp Leatherneck, with brand new tires for their vehicles. - Lance Cpl. Thomas C. Martin (left), from Rutherford, N.C., a metal worker, and Cpl. Quinntin T. Smith (right), the tire shop non commissioned officer in charge with Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), install an air seal inside a new Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle tire June 6, 2011, aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Since arriving in Afghanistan in January, the Marines at the tire shop rebuilt 512 tires for all types of motor transportation and heavy equipment, providing units within Regional Command Southwest, including the embedded partnering teams across the area of operation and even the fire department aboard Camp Leatherneck, with brand new tires for their vehicles.

U.S., French and Italian forces conducted an 81-mile combat logistics patrol from Regional Command Southwest to retrieve the French F-2000 Mirage aircraft without incident in the Bakwa district of Regional Command West in Afghanistan May 27, 2011. Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) took the lead on the mission. In direct support of the battalion were teams from 2nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 2nd MLG (Fwd.), along with the Army’s 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion providing heavy equipment transport capabilities, an Aircraft Recovery Fire Fighting team from Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, a French aircraft recovery team and an Italian team escorting the convoy from the RC boundary to the crash site where they continued to provide security for the duration of the operation in support of the International Security Assistance Force. - U.S., French and Italian forces conducted an 81-mile combat logistics patrol from Regional Command Southwest to retrieve the French F-2000 Mirage aircraft without incident in the Bakwa district of Regional Command West in Afghanistan May 27, 2011. Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) took the lead on the mission. In direct support of the battalion were teams from 2nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 2nd MLG (Fwd.), along with the Army’s 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion providing heavy equipment transport capabilities, an Aircraft Recovery Fire Fighting team from Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, a French aircraft recovery team and an Italian team escorting the convoy from the RC boundary to the crash site where they continued to provide security for the duration of the operation in support of the International Security Assistance Force.

Two Afghan children pose for a picture as a joint-service combat logistics patrol rolls through their village, May 10, 2011. Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), the Route Clearance Platoon from Joint-Task Force Paladin, and soldiers with the 541st Transportation Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion partnered to deliver mission-essential supplies to coalition forces operating near Forward Operating Base Shukvani, Afghanistan. It is common for Afghan children to approach the convoy, and if possible interact with the troops. - Two Afghan children pose for a picture as a joint-service combat logistics patrol rolls through their village, May 10, 2011. Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), the Route Clearance Platoon from Joint-Task Force Paladin, and soldiers with the 541st Transportation Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion partnered to deliver mission-essential supplies to coalition forces operating near Forward Operating Base Shukvani, Afghanistan. It is common for Afghan children to approach the convoy, and if possible interact with the troops.

An Afghan National Army soldier with the 5th Kandak signals to his driver who is pulling a humvee out of a ditch during a mission readiness exercise at Forward Operating Base Delaram, Afghanistan, April 11, 2011. During the exercise, soldiers had to complete each station with little to no help from Marines with the Embedded Partnering Team, Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward). Other parts of the exercise included using a ground guide while driving in reverse and preventive maintenance on tactical vehicles. - An Afghan National Army soldier with the 5th Kandak signals to his driver who is pulling a humvee out of a ditch during a mission readiness exercise at Forward Operating Base Delaram, Afghanistan, April 11, 2011. During the exercise, soldiers had to complete each station with little to no help from Marines with the Embedded Partnering Team, Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward). Other parts of the exercise included using a ground guide while driving in reverse and preventive maintenance on tactical vehicles.

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