3rd Battalion 3rd Marines. Marine Corps Base Hawaii. December 2010.

Friends and family members greet Marines and sailors with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, at their return to Marine Corps Base Hawaii from a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan, Dec. 7, 2010. After replacing 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, in Helmand province’s Nawa district last May, 3/3 supported Regimental Combat Teams 1 and 7, as part of counterinsurgency operations during Operation Enduring Freedom. The battalion’s operations varied from securing elections and ensuring school openings, to more traditional combat operations such as security patrols and clearing danger areas, said Maj. Jay Garcia, executive officer, 3/3, of Honolulu. The return of “America’s Battalion” brought 925 Marines back to Hawaii.

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