Camp Dwyer

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Camp Dwyer
Flag of the International Security Assistance Force.svg
Garmsir District, Helmand Province in Afghanistan
Camp Dwyer LZ sign (Afghanistan) 01.jpg
Helicopter Landing Zone sign
Camp Dwyer is located in Afghanistan
Camp Dwyer
Camp Dwyer
Shown within Afghanistan
Coordinates 31°06′04″N 064°04′02″E / 31.10111°N 64.06722°E / 31.10111; 64.06722Coordinates: 31°06′04″N 064°04′02″E / 31.10111°N 64.06722°E / 31.10111; 64.06722
Site information
Owner International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
Operator United States Marine Corps (USMC)
Site history
Built 2007 (2007) & expanded in 2009
In use 2007-2014 (2014)
Airfield information
Elevation 735 metres (2,411 ft) AMSL
Runways
Direction Length and surface
00/00  Dirt
Helipads
Number Length and surface
00  Dirt

Camp Dwyer is a former military camp of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) located within the Helmand River Valley in Garmsir District, Afghanistan.

History[edit]

The base was originally a forward operating base however in May 2009 it was expanded into a Camp by Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Five (NMCB 5), it was further expanded by NMCB 3 in November 2011.[1]

The base was named after British Lance Bombardier James Dwyer (1984-2006), of 29th Commando Regiment Royal Artillery,[citation needed] 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.[2]

The base was a major USMC installation and one of the largest camps the Marines used in Southern Helmand.[3]

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.[4]

Units[edit]

Aviation assets

Commanders[edit]

  • Maj. Christopher Murphy (August - October 2013).[4]

See also[edit]

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