Mission Accomplished

U.S. Marine Lance Cpls. Matthew Scofield (left), 19, from Syracuse, N.Y., and Jarrett Hatley, 21, from Millingport, N.C., a squad automatic weapon gunner and an improvised explosive device detection dog handler with 3rd Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, rest next to Hatley’s dog Blue after clearing compounds with Afghan National Army soldiers during Operation Tageer Shamal (Shifting Winds).

Over the past five years, coalition forces have operated with Afghan National Security Forces to defeat the insurgency in the central Helmand River valley. Driven from the green zones, or populated areas, of districts in southern Helmand, enemy fighters have sought refuge in bed-down locations west of the Helmand River.

This area on the outskirts of Garmsir district has been, until now, nearly untouched by the partnered forces and the Afghan government. During the operation, Jan. 4-8, Afghan forces and Marines with 3/3 cleared the area of insurgent activity, weapons and improvised explosive device-making materials, and held shuras to address the concerns of local elders.

After a job well done, all enjoyed some well earned rest.

2 thoughts on “Mission Accomplished”

  1. Why would the USA military put down a fellow soldier? That is really not very honorable. We don’t put down their human counter parts when the job is finished. That is not right. I think that dogs should get a ticket home and then be adopted out to people who love them. I say bring home the working dogs. The picture is nice but if they are just going to put that life saving dog down then shame on them. I hope the military people who make the policy to put the dogs down are haunted for the rest of their lives by the horrible thing that they did.

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  2. this is totally wrong. Why are these dogs euthanized once there done with there jobs over there? Thats just like telling all soldiers human and 4-legged your service is not needed anymore and neither are you! These dogs are very heroic/very brave and this is how there being re-paid for risking there lives? This is so so wrong and i hope our government dos someting to (stop the euthaniza of these military working dogs once there done with there duties. I dont understand why another agency couldnt take them(since there allready trained) (or why couldnt someone other than adopt them instead of havinv them euthanized> That is so wrong for these dogs risked so much)!!

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