It was previously designated a forward operating base, but was significantly expanded in 2009 and the name changed to Camp Dwyer for British Lance Bombardier James Dwyer (1984-2006), of 29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery, who was killed on Wednesday 27 December 2006, aged 22, when the vehicle he was driving struck an anti-tank mine while on a patrol in southern Helmand Province.
The base was a major USMC installation and one of the largest camps the Marines used in Southern Helmand. The base has been significantly reduced in physical size and number of personal assigned. As of January 2014 about 700 military and civilian personnel are at the base. And the base size has been reduced to about 1,400 acres.