U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Timothy Easterly, a member of the Border Adviser Team 2 in support of 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, and members of the Afghan Border Police return to Patrol Base Pay Banadar during a partnered security patrol here, Jan. 30. In southern Garmsir district, an area with a history of tribal conflict, the growing ABP force has deepened its roots and established governance through the mentorship of the 3/3 Weapons Co. Marines. The ABP is younger and significantly smaller than the Afghan National Army and police forces, but its mission is vital as Afghan forces prepare to assume lead security responsibility in Garmsir. “If the ABP didn’t exist, there would be holes all along Afghanistan’s southern border,” said Capt. Jason Armas, 33, the commanding officer of Weapons Co., 3/3, and a native of Rye, N.Y.