U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Zachary Fisher, a 22-year-old fire team leader with 3rd Platoon, India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment and Roanoke native, speaks with Afghan men about a vehicle checkpoint during a partnered security patrol with Afghan National Army soldiers on Dec. 30. On this particular patrol, Afghan Army soldiers and Marines interacted with local citizens and spoke with an elder about biometrically enrolling the members of his village for identification purposes. ‘America’s Battalion’ is aiding the Afghan National Forces in assuming security responsibilities in Helmand province. The operations are designed to further the expansion of stability, development and legitimate governance of Afghanistan by defeating insurgent forces and helping secure the Afghan people.