Marine from Clio leads effort to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan
Thu, 26 May 2011 21:26:14 GMT —
A pentagon report last month said the United States and its allies have made, "tangible progress" in the Afghanistan War.
NBC25 introduces you to a Marine from Clio who is an integral part in keeping America safe.
Rapid gunfire is a sound Lance Corporal Zach Mullin hears on a daily basis.
I TMm responsible for not only mine, but the members of my team's lives, said Lance Cpl. Zach Mullin, who is a Team Leader with the 1st Platoon, E Company.
Mullin is a native of Clio, Michigan.
His current mission in the Marine Corps is to disrupt Taliban activity in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.
"Trying to stop any IED smuggling, drug trafficking, said Mullin.
Mullin gathers intelligence from the Afghani people, communication skills that have saved countless lives.
"The people are extremely cooperative. They are trying to get these bombs off the roads themselves and they do anything they can to help us out in finding and eliminating them, said Mullin.
Mullin TMs superiors call him Fire and Forget. It TMs a phrase the military uses to refer to a weapon that doesn't require guidance to reach a target after it TMs launched.
He's a type of Marine where if we get a task assigned us last minute, or ahead of schedule, I give it to him and I can walk away. There TMs no question of whether it TMs going to get done, or done right, cause it will, said Sgt. Matt Talbot, Mullin TMs Squad Leader.
Lance Corporal Mullin says his success is solely based on teamwork.
Everything that we've accomplished and everything that we have done so far wouldn't be possible without a high level of teamwork, and a willingness to cooperate from all the Marines, said Mullin.
Mullin says looking after the well-being of his unit is the biggest responsibility of his life.
Waking up every morning whether it TMs at midnight for two hours standing on a vehicle watching out as security while the rest of his vehicle sleeps, or whether it TMs that next day on patrol, said Sgt. Talbot.
Since the beginning of his military career, Mullin has earned the respect and trust of others.
Other Marines are just drawn to him, whether it TMs on the battlefield or off if it. They want to be like him, said Sgt. Talbot.
Despite Mullin TMs achievements overseas, he says he'll never take for granted what he has waiting back home for him in Clio.
The weather, the grass, the lakes, cookouts, and BBQ's. I miss all that stuff, said Mullin.
Once Mullin TMs mission is complete in Afghanistan he'll return home to his family this summer.
Until that day comes, his focus is making America a safer place.
In 2009, President Obama sent 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan to launch a new offensive.
Many of those troops were Marines sent to the Helmand Province, one of the most dangerous places in the country.
Cpl. Adam Leyendecker contributed to this article.