Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
A Marine with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, provides security during a clearing operation in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 21, 2013. The company established temporary patrol bases and conducted dismounted patrols during a three day operation to build relations with local residents and counter any insurgent presence in the area. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Paul Peterson/Released)