first published on December 17, 2017 by Josh
Marines and Soldiers who deployed as part of the Global War on Terror have a long standing tradition of creating video mash-ups based around footage and images taken from their deployments. The Marines of Baker Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines are no exception to this tradition, and the video at the bottom of this article is their addition to the tradition of excellent deployment mash-ups.
In 2012, the Marines of 1st Battalion, 7th Marines deployed to the Sangin district of Afghanistan. Once on the ground, they conducted Counter Insurgency Operations (COIN) against the Taliban to assist local forces in taking control of their area of operations. At the conclusion of their deployment in October of 2012, the Marines of 1/7 had no idea that they would be asked to return again to the same area of operations in 2014 to finish the mission they started.
In 2014, they were asked to return to Sangin to finish retrograde operations for the United States Marine Corps. At the conclusion of their final deployment to the area of operations, they handed over tactical control to the Afghan National Army, and Police. “They should be proud of what they contributed to the campaign,” said Brig. Gen. Daniel Yoo. “They have been involved in everything from the northern Helmand retrograde from Sangin, which was historic for the Marine Corps but also for 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, because of their previous deployment there. They were involved in the central Helmand liftoff to support our U.K. brothers as they picked up and moved out of Lashkar Gah. They were involved in elections prep from both the primary elections and the runoff elections.”
This shout-out goes to the Marines and Sailors of 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, Sgt. Thomas Spitzer (KIA 25 June 2014), and Staff Sgt. Brandon Dodson (WIA 9 Aug 2014).