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Next Marine rotation training for Afghanistan deployment

A second rotation of Marines will arrive in Helmand province, Afghanistan, next year to continue to advise and assist Afghan troops and police, a Corps official confirmed. Currently, about 300 Marines make up Task Force Southwest, which works with the Afghan National Army’s 215th Corps and the 505th Zone National Police. The Marines’ nine-month deployment ends in January. The next rotation of Marines has a force structure that is similar to the current Task Force Southwest, said Maj. Bradlee Avots, a spokesman for Marine Corps Forces Central Command. The Marines began pre-deployment training in September at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. About 50 of the Marines going to Afghanistan will be issued Glock 19M pistols as concealed handguns because their jobs require them to be armed at all times, said Chief Warrant Officer 5 Christian Wade, 2nd Marine Division gunner. Wade said...

Full article: https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/your-marine-corps/2...

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