In May 2009, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment deployed to Afghanistan as part of a multinational effort to quell a revitalized insurgency in the country’s volatile south. For the next 9 months, 1st Battalion - nicknamed "Geronimo" - conducted counterinsurgency operations in the mud-brick villages and lush fields of Helmand Province, where a major Taliban offensive was underway. Sgt. Phillip Elgie, a U.S. Marine Corps combat cameraman, was on the ground to document the deployment. This is his story.
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Photos by Sgt. Phillip Elgie