August 27, 2009

Photo Essay - Marine Engineers Construct Major Fortifications in Helmand's Hostile Territory

A 73,000 pound combat excavator sank about eight feet in the mud after hitting the water table as it was building a berm around the future site of Patrol Base Khanjar, Aug. 17. It took Marines several hours to free the mechanical giant from the spongy muck. Photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington

Sgt. Justin L. Olbu, 23, squad leader, Company G, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, scans the horizon with one of his Afghan national army counterparts, Aug. 17, while Marine engineers construct a more permanent base of operations for his unit. The Stanwood, Wash., native has been living in abandoned buildings and open fields since combat operations began in July. Photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington

Cpl. Eric Braddock, engineer with Combat Logistics Battalion 8 and Murray, Ky., native, assembles a security post for the under-construction Patrol Base Khanjar, Aug. 17. The security posts, staged atop Hesco barriers, will give Marines a better view of the surrounding area while providing a shelter for cover and concealment from insurgents. Photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington

A Marine with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, driving a front loader, rolls along a high mud wall next to newly-established Combat Outpost Koshtay, Aug 17. Construction projects were continuous throughout the day and night. Photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington


Akinoluna - a female Marine said...

Yikes, getting that thing out of the mud must have sucked.

David M said...

I think a couple of M88's could have done it.

Scott said...

Getting that thing out of the mud took a very long time. I wasn't sure it was going to work. We got lucky. -- Sgt. Scott Whittington