story by: Dan Lamothe
photo courtesy of: Cpl. Bryan Nygaard, USMC
Marines in Afghanistan face a summer of transition that will include a massive drawdown, continued fighting in northern Helmand province and Afghan forces taking a more prominent combat role, according to the departing top officer in the region.
Maj. Gen. John Toolan, commanding general in southwestern Afghanistan for the past year, said the landscape in Helmand and Nimroz provinces has changed significantly under II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), out of Camp Lejeune, N.C. He’ll be replaced as head of Regional Command Southwest on March 12 by Maj. Gen. Charles Gurganus, commanding general of I MEF (Fwd.), out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.
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