US Marine Corps Lance Corporal John J. McConnell searches outside an Afghan compound for weapons during Operation Grizzly in Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 18, 2013. McConnell is assigned to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. US Marine Corps photo by Corporal Alejandro Pena.
Grizzly was described by ISAF as "a counterinsurgency operation to deter enemy activity, establish a presence and gather human intelligence." For more information on recent operations in Regional Command Southwest, which includes Helmand province, listen to Andrew Lubin's interview with Colonel Austin Renforth, commanding officer of Regimental Combat Team-7, at Leatherneck magazine.