Afghanistan The Green, Green Grass of Helmand July 27, 2012 Share Read Later Marine photo / Lance Cpl. Sean SearfusU.S. Navy Seaman Derek Happel, front, and U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Alexander Vanny patrol in Sangin in Afghanistan's Helmand province, July 11. Happel, a hospitalman, and Vanny, a team leader, are assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6.