Camp Dwyer

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Camp Dwyer
Tactical Base Dwyer
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Garmsir District, Helmand Province in Afghanistan
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Helicopter Landing Zone sign
Camp Dwyer is located in Afghanistan
Camp Dwyer
Camp Dwyer
Shown within Afghanistan
Coordinates 31°06′04″N 64°04′02″E / 31.10111°N 64.06722°E / 31.10111; 64.06722Coordinates: 31°06′04″N 64°04′02″E / 31.10111°N 64.06722°E / 31.10111; 64.06722
Site information
Owner Resolute Support Mission
Operator United States Marine Corps (USMC)
Site history
Built 2007 (2007) & expanded in 2009
In use 2007-present
Airfield information
Elevation 735 metres (2,411 ft) AMSL
Direction Length and surface
05L/23R  Asphalt
05R/23L  Asphalt
Number Length and surface
01  Dirt

Camp Dwyer is a military camp of the United States Army Located within the Helmand River Valley in Garmsir District, Afghanistan.


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,[2] 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.[3]

The base was a major USMC installation and one of the largest camps the Marines used in Southern Helmand.[4] Immediately adjacent to, and connected to the Marine base was an installation known as Camp Gamsir which was the headquarters of the 1st Brigade 215th Corps. Some Marines lived on this smaller Afghan base as part of a training detail. [5]

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.[6]


British units

  • Operation Herrick 5 - Elements of 4 Logistic Support Regiment, 60 CS Sqn, Royal Logistic Corps
    • One troop of light guns from 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery
      • Afghan National Army (ANA)
  • Operation Herrick 7 - Household Cavalry Regiment Battlegroup HQ[7]
    • Unknown Artillery unit[7]

American units

  • Operation Asada Wosa. Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion 6th Marine Regiment, Reinforced March - October 2008.
  • Detachment of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Seven during December 2008.
  • 2nd Battalion 8th Marines during July 2009.
  • Regimental Combat Team 3 between June 2009 - October 2009 commanded by Col. Duffy White.
  • Regimental Combat Team 7 (RCT 7) between September 2009 and September 2010.
  • Company B, Det-B of 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion during December 2009.
  • Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Three between November 2010 - January 2011.
  • RCT 1 between September 2010 and July 2011
  • RCT 5 between August 2011 and July 2012 commanded by Col. Roger Turner
  • RCT 7 between September 2012 and July 2013 commanded by Col. Austin Renforth.[4]
  • 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines between October 2012 and May 2013
  • Elements of 2nd Battalion 8th Marines between July 2013[4] and October 2013.
  • Combat Logistics Battalion 8 between May 2009 and October 2009
  • Combat Logistics Battalion 3 between Aug 2010 and May 2011
  • Combat Logistics Battalion 1 between Oct 2011 and May 2012
  • Elements of Retrograde Redeployment Reset and Reconstitution Operations Group (R4OG) From 13 Jun 2014 through 28 Oct 2014

Aviation assets


See also[edit]



  1. ^ "NMCB 3 Departs Camp Dwyer, Closes Chapter in Seabee History". U.S Navy. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lance Bombardier James Dwyer killed in Afghanistan - Fatality notice - GOV.UK". Retrieved 2018-02-22. 
  3. ^ Military Operations news article - Lance Bombardier James Dwyer
  4. ^ a b c "Marines ready for next phase of Afghanistan withdrawal". Marine Corps Times. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Month 2 Day 5". Exit Strategy. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  6. ^ "At Marine outpost in Afghanistan, conditions grow more austere by the day". Military Times. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Grey 2010, p. IX.