U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Bayles, of Plainfield, was captured in this Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System photo as he crossed over a canal in Sre Kala, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Feb. 16.
The photo accompanied a news story on marines and sailors with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Bayles' unit, and India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, conducted clearing and disrupting operations in and around the villages of Sre Kala and Paygel during Operation Highland Thunder.
Marines with 1st LAR led the operation on foot, sweeping for enemy weapons and drug caches through 324 square kilometers of rough, previously unoccupied desert and marshland terrain. Mobile units with1st LAR set up blocking positions and vehicle check points while India Company, 3/3 conducted helicopter inserts to disrupt insurgent freedom of movement.
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To read the whole story on Operation Highland Thunder, go to: http://www.dvidshub.net/image/529287/marines-sweep-uncharted-areas-khan-neshin-during-operation-highland-thunder#.T0Wq1vWwUeQ#ixzz1nAbKjp8R