27 Oct '14, 4pm

After base handoff, last Marines depart Afghanistan:

After base handoff, last Marines depart Afghanistan:

The final Marine Corps contingent remaining in southern Afghanistan departed the region today to begin the journey home. The lift-off came the day after Marines transferred their last remaining base in the country, Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province, to Afghan National Security Forces. The move signaled the completion of the Marines’ combat mission in Afghanistan. British troops in Helmand also departed the region today, having handed off the Bastion airfield Marine officials in Helmand said elements of 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines; Combat Logistics Battalion 1; and Marine Aircraft Group — Afghanistan were present for the handoff. They did not immediately specify how many troops departed Helmand today. According to 1st Lt. Skye Martin, a spokeswoman for Regional Command Southwest in Helmand, the Marines, sailors and British troops remaining in the province today were flown...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141027/NEWS/310270...

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