The Norman Transcript


October 13, 2012

Marines help ANSF, Sangin government



With battalion level operations specifically designed to clear the city and the surrounding green zones, the Marines began to see changes. 

“For the first time, I think ever, we have a very good security situation here,” said Coombs. 

In addition to the increased security, the local bazaar increased by more than 500 new shops.

“When we got here there were 1,000 stalls and now there are over 1,500 stalls,” said Bradney, “It shows that people are willing to invest, and there are enough people to support the additional stalls.”

The people of Sangin also saw great strides in their local government. Earlier this year, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, witnessed the first election of a district security council.

Bradney said the council works with the governor and relays the needs and wants of the Afghan people.

Now 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, passes the torch to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines. The new battalion will continue strengthening the ANSF and supporting the Sangin Government.

The Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, will return home after months of giving everything they had to the people of Afghanistan. They needed to come and do things the right way, and they leave with their heads high and in the capable hands of 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines.

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