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
05L/23R  Asphalt
05R/23L  Asphalt
Helipads
Number Length and surface
01  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] 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. [4]

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.[5]

Units[edit]

Aviation assets

Commanders[edit]

  • Maj. Christopher Murphy (August - October 2013).[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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