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March 31, 2011

Marine killed in chopper crash remembered by family and friends

Reported by: Andrew Pereira
Published: 3/31 6:37 pm

KANEOHE - The U.S. Marine killed Tuesday night when a CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter performed an emergency landing and crashed in the middle of Kaneohe Bay is being remembered as a playful teen that grew into a man in the military.

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Chicago-area Marines offer help to Afghan girl

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Paul Meincke

March 31, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- A group of Marines, including several from the Chicago area, are reaching out to help a 10-year-old girl who has been wounded and scarred by the war in Afghanistan.

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Dry Run or Wrong Turn? 3 Mid-East Men Try to Enter Calif. Marine Base After Allegedly Making Terror Threats

Posted on March 31, 2011

Was it just a wrong turn, or something more sinister?

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Nassau decommissioned after 32 years of service

By William H. McMichael - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Mar 31, 2011 20:52:19 EDT

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, Va. — Nearly 32 years of service and history came to an end Thursday when the amphibious assault ship Nassau was decommissioned at Naval Station Norfolk.

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Operation Watchtower: Fox Company searches for insurgents, finds peace

Story by Sgt. Jesse Stence | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 03.31.2011

As night descended, the desert turned cold, and silhouettes gathered within the walls of Patrol Base Husker. The light of a near full moon revealed brambles of concertina wire atop the walls, and gave the bulky rows of combat packs a thin, nocturnal lining. The Marines - tucked into sleeping bags along the rows -murmured premonitions about the coming days.

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RCT-8 spreads goodwill to neighbors, recharges batteries

Story by Lance Cpl. Clayton Vonderahe | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 03.30.2011
Date Posted:03.31.2011 13:38

GAVMISHI, Afghanistan -- “They deserve the same rights we do,” said Lance Cpl. Jared Beard, a motor transportation operator with Regimental Combat Team 8. Beard was referring to Gavmishi’s residents and the Afghan population as a whole. He was gathering supplies to distribute to the underprivileged population of the small village.

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13 Marines receive recognition for actions in Afghanistan

3/31/2011 By Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Marines with 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, were recognized during an award ceremony aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 24, 2011.

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U.S., Japanese Counterparts Restore Devastated Airport in Sendai

Video by Gunnery Sgt. J. L. Wright Jr. | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.31.2011

U.S. service members and their Japanese counterparts have been working around the clock to restore the Sendai airport after the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the area in early March.

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March 30, 2011

1 dead, 3 injured in Marine helicopter in Oahu bay

Mar. 30, 2011 5:21 PM ET

HONOLULU (AP) — A Marine Corps helicopter crashed during an emergency landing in the shallow water of Hawaii's Kaneohe Bay, killing one Marine on board and injuring three others after they had set out on an evening training exercise, the military said Wednesday.

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Dentist Surprises Marine Corps

PHOENIX, March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- It's not unusual for a business owner to support a charity, especially during the holidays. What is unusual is for a business owner to provide that support "silently" and without fanfare.

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Roller derby knocks ‘em out

Story by Lance Cpl. Lisa Tourtelot | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar | Date: 03.30.2011

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - They have names like “Isabelle Ringer,” “Steely Jan” and “Slamurai.” They don’t typically respond to their legal names.

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Marine Corps recalls new boots from war zone

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Mar 30, 2011 15:42:37 EDT

The Marine Corps is recalling more than 8,000 of its new hot-weather rugged all terrain boots produced by Bates — many of them being worn presently by troops in Afghanistan — after reports they weren’t holding up in the field.

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Valley fights Marines' expansion plans

By Courtney Vaughn
Hi-Desert Star
Published: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 2:54 AM CDT

JOHNSON VALLEY — As the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center explores a 379,000-acre expansion, residents in the Johnson Valley area are voicing their disapproval of the project.

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Marines, Japanese counterparts work to restore Sendai Airport

Story by Gunnery Sgt. J. L. Wright Jr. | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.30.2011

SENDAI AIRPORT, Japan – A few weeks ago, the third floor terminal of the Sendai International Airport was bustling with business. Now, nearly three weeks after the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the area, it has become home for hundreds of service members working to clear debris and restore the airport as part of Operation Tomodachi.

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March 29, 2011

Marines make friends while dodging bombs in Sangin

Camp Pendleton unit draws tough assignment in war-torn province

By Gretel C. Kovach
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 6 p.m.

SANGIN, Afghanistan — After a breakfast of packaged rations and chemically heated “nail polish ham,” the Marines gather outside their hooch to pull on flak jackets and check their gear.

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3rd MLG supports Operation Tomodachi

Story by Lance Cpl. Matthew Denny | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.29.2011

NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan -- Marines with 3rd Marine Logistics Group combined forces with III Marine Expeditionary Brigade Aviation Command Element as an Arrival/Departure Airfield Control Group to support Operation Tomodachi, March 29.

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1 Marine dies, 3 injured in Kaneohe Bay crash

By Rob Shikina and Gregg Kakesako
Star-Advertiser Staff
POSTED: 07:49 p.m. HST, Mar 29, 2011

Crews are working this afternoon to drain a fuel tank that detached from a Marine Corps helicopter that crashed in shallow water last night in Kaneohe Bay, killing one Marine and inijuring three others.

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General: Military taking precautions to protect troops from radiation

By Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 29, 2011

TOKYO, Japan — The U.S. military constantly is monitoring radiation levels in Sendai to ensure its troops are not receiving dangerous doses of radiation from the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, the commander of the American military effort said Monday night.

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March 28, 2011

Malachowski recalled as a hero, friend and son of Carroll County

Funeral of Marine killed in Afghanistan draws hundreds to Manchester

By Kevin Dayhoff
Posted 3/28/11

“It's hard to find God amidst the horror and chaos of war. … And what we have here are the results.”

With those words, Army Chaplain Shawn Hunze invited a packed St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Manchester on Monday to remember, honor and celebrate the life of Staff Sgt. James “Jimmy” Malachowski, a Carroll County native and U.S. Marine who died performing a duty that family members say he held dear.

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USMC spirit fills Feeding America

3/28/2011 By Lance Cpl. Lisa M. Tourtelot , Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

SAN DIEGO — Marines from Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 16, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, helped Feeding America San Diego open its new warehouse March 25.

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ABV Platoon Paves Way for 3rd LAR During Operation Rawhide

Story by Cpl. John McCall | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 03.28.2011

BAHRAM CHAH, Afghanistan – In the early morning hours of March 14, elements from 1st Combat Engineer Battalion pushed into Bahram Chah, clearing a path for 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, and began a three-day operation known as Rawhide.

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High Maintenance Vehicles Run by High Performance Marines

Story by Cpl. John McCall | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 03.28.2011

BAHRAM CHAH, Afghanistan - Adapting and overcoming obstacles is something every Marine faces at some point during his service, but the Assault Breacher Vehicle platoon, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, does this on a regular basis.

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War widow blogs the next chapter of her life

By Megan McCloskey
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 28, 2011

Late that night, after the notification officer had picked her up from her knees and carried her into the house, the young newlywed wrote on her blog what she couldn’t yet convince herself was true.

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Reserve Marines assist 1st MAW in support of Japan aid

Story by 2nd Lt. Lindsay Pirek | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.28.2011

NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan – Marines from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 234 (VMGR-234), Marine Aircraft Group 41, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Forces Reserve, the “Rangers,” assisted the Marines of III Marine Expeditionary Brigade Aviation Command Element in support of Operation Tomodachi here March 11-27.

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Relics of Defeat: Marines uncover insurgent caches

Story by Sgt. Jesse Stence | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 03.28.2011

MARJAH, Afghanistan - Like tomb raiders, the Marines unearth the deadly treasures of those who no longer rule Helmand province. Scouring dry creek beds and abandoned compounds, they collect caches of AK-47s, Soviet era grenades and homemade explosives buried by the Taliban.

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Random screenings target out-of-shape Marines

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Mar 28, 2011 7:33:39 EDT

Senior Marine Corps leaders say they’re fed up with overweight Marines and lax commanders who fail to enforce the Corps’ appearance standards.

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Tax credit extended for members on deployment

The Virginian-Pilot
© March 28, 2011

U.S. Sen. Kay R. Hagan, D-N.C., is encouraging eligible members of the military to take advantage of the homebuyer tax credit, which Congress extended for service members who were deployed, according to a news release. The credit is up to $8,000 for first-time buyers and up to $6,500 for repeat buyers.

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HMM 262 receives Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award

3/28/2011 By Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch , 31st MEU

USS ESSEX AT SEA — Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, received the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award for excellence in safety throughout fiscal year 2010.

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Lejeune Marines prepare to deploy off Libyan coast

Monday, March 28, 2011
Shae Crisson

CAMP LEJEUNE (WTVD) -- Twenty-two hundred Marines and sailors from Camp Lejeune are preparing to deploy off the coast of Libya in northern Africa. They said goodbye to their families Monday afternoon, and they'll be leaving in the days ahead.

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March 27, 2011

Isolated Island receives food, water, power with 31st MEU, PHIBRON 11 visit

3/27/2011 By Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch , 31st MEU

OSHIMA, Japan — Two U.S. Navy landing craft carrying Marines and Sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Squadron 11, as well as disaster relief supplies and Japanese electrical utility trucks, arrived in Oshima Island, March 27.

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HMM-265 Marines deliver relief supplies to areas inaccessible by road

Story by Cpl. Brandon Saunders | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.27.2011

ATSUGI, Japan – Marines with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 continue to support flight missions during Operation Tomodachi transporting supplies to location inaccessible by road.

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Marines begin Operation Field Day

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.27.2011

EAST MATSUSHIMA, Japan -Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, Combat Logistics Regiment 37, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force transported supplies to Oshima Island near the city of Sendai March 27 for use in Operation Field Day, a clean-up project led by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force.

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Marine dad to Lebron: You’re not in combat

By Brian Shane - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Mar 27, 2011 9:28:14 EDT

Pro basketball superstar LeBron James used his @KingJames Twitter account to pump himself up for the remainder of the NBA season.

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Marines from Camp Pendleton relinquish command of key Afghan territory

A ceremony marks the turnover of responsibility for Helmand province to a force from Camp Lejeune, N.C. Since March 1, 2010, 61 Pendleton Marines have died in Helmand.

By Tony Perry
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
March 27, 2011

Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan—
Amid praise for a job well done, the Marines from Camp Pendleton on Saturday formally relinquished responsibility for leading the fight against the Taliban in the insurgency's longtime Afghanistan stronghold of Helmand province.

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March 26, 2011

Vivid World War II posters up for auction

By Cliff Radel - The Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted : Saturday Mar 26, 2011 18:10:08 EDT

CINCINNATI — The war has long been over. GIs who fought it are a vanishing breed.

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MWSS-373, Royal Air Force celebrate coalition partnership

Story by Cpl. Rashaun X. James | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Public Affairs | Date: 03.26.2011

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan - As part of Operation Rawhide II, an initiative intended to interdict and disrupt enemy activity along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, Marine Wing Support Squadron 373 was tasked with building forward arming and refueling points near the city of Bahram Cha, Afghanistan.

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Troop surge brings progress to war-torn Afghan province

Camp Pendleton Marine general ends year in command

By Gretel C. Kovach • U-T
Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 7:26 p.m.

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — The first time that Maj. Gen. Richard Mills visited Marjah, the rural patchwork of canals and poppy fields was a shooting gallery.

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Marine commander: Afghan border to be secured

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Mar 26, 2011 8:59:34 EDT

The top Marine commander in Afghanistan for the last year said his forces are bracing for more insurgent attacks this spring, but are prepared for them and already have degraded the Taliban’s ability to wage war in Helmand province.

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Marines provide showers for displaced residents

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.26.2011

EAST MATSUSHIMA, Japan - Marines and sailors attached to 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (Forward) moved equipment and personnel to the Ooshiro Community Center here today to install shower facilities for residents here who have been without heat and water in the aftermath of the devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that struck mainland Japan on March 11.

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3rd MarDiv exemplifies Corps’ readiness during Operation Tomodachi

Story by Cpl. Megan Angel | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.26.2011

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan – The Marine Corps is known for being uniquely trained, equipped and organized to maintain a constant state of global readiness and the ability to plan and mobilize for any ship-to-shore operation within a matter of hours.

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II MEF takes the helm of Regional Command Southwest

Story by Master Sgt. Brian Jones | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 03.26.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), assumed command of Regional Command Southwest in a ceremony here, March 26.

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Marines in Sendai pushing for larger role in relief effort

By Travis J. Tritten
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 26, 2011

SENDAI, Japan — A group of excited young Japanese girls jumped and shouted to 1st Lt. Sean McMahon, “Sign it! Sign it!”

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31st MEU continues relief efforts in Japan

3/26/2011 By Cpl. Michael A. Bianco , 31st MEU

USS ESSEX, Off the coast of Japan — The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit continues relief efforts off the northeast coast of Honshu in support of Operation Tomodachi, March 25.

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Information cell coordinates relief efforts

3/26/2011 By Gunnery Sgt. Leo A. Salinas , Marine Corps Bases Japan

SENDAI, Japan — Japanese and U.S. military personnel have assembled a team to help coordinate relief and recovery efforts and better facilitate distribution of supplies to those affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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March 25, 2011

Navy corpsman earns medal after actions in Afghanistan

Published Friday, March 25, 2011

A corpsman at Naval Hospital Beaufort now has a prestigious combat decoration to commemorate his first patrol in Afghanistan.

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Garden brings ancient history to life

Courtesy Story | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 03.25.2011

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – Members of the Combat Center’s Archeology and Paleontology Curration Center built and planted a historical garden right outside its facilities with the help of volunteers.

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Camp Pendleton's 3/5 to Return Home

Updated 8:52 AM PDT, Fri, Mar 25, 2011

The unit of Camp Pendleton-based U.S. Marines that has seen the most casualties than any other Marine Corps unit in Afghanistan is headed home.

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Marine General Recalls His Whitman Roots

About to return from Afghanistan, Mills speaks with optimism about younger generation.

By Pam Robinson
March 25, 2011

The 1968 graduate of Walt Whitman High School couldn't make it back to his hometown last fall for his induction into the South Huntington Hall of Fame.

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Marine a loving friend to the end

Tom Sileo
March 25, 2011 8:53am EDT

As Lance Cpl. Thomas Rivers Jr. patrolled Afghanistan’s volatile Helmand Province, he knew God had his back. The Marine often carried a Bible, but even on days he didn’t have room for anything but essential combat gear, Rivers felt protected by Psalm 91:1, which was tattooed on his back.

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1/23 March Newsletter

By 1/23 March Newsletter , 1st Battalion (1/23)

March 25, 2011 —
On March 2, 1836, men from around Texas gathered at Washington-on-the-Brazos to formally sever ties with Mexican dictator Santa Anna by signing Texas’ Declaration of Independence.

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HASTs mission determines need

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.25.2011

Humanitarian Assistance Survey Teams, III Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), are in Japan to assist in planning humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations following the March 11 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

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Operation Tomodachi continues III MEF, MCBJ supporting relief efforts

3/25/2011 By Gunnery Sgt. Cindy Fisher , Marine Corps Bases Japan

OKINAWA, Japan — III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Bases Japan are continuing to actively provide support to Operation Tomodachi on mainland Japan.

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March 24, 2011

Marines Aid Secluded Japanese Towns

Residents Facing Freezing Temperatures

By Joshua Philipp
Epoch Times Staff
Created: Mar 24, 2011

Marine helicopters sweep along the coast of northern Japan in search of secluded towns and villages in need of aid. With residents lacking clean water and facing freezing temperatures at night, the Marine’s arrival in each area brings welcomed supplies to those left in the cold.

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Wainwright students pitch in to help military members

10:45 PM, Mar. 24, 2011
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U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Andrew Buck knows what a care package can mean to the morale of a soldier serving overseas.

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I MEF (FWD) begins trek home after historic deployment

Story by Sgt. Heidi Agostini | I Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 03.24.2011

Marines and sailors with I Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD) are returning home from a year-long deployment to Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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HMH-461 Marines receive award for extraordinary lift

Story by Lance Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Public Affairs | Date: 03.24.2011

When Cpl. Michael K. Nelson woke early on the morning of March 20 to his gunnery sergeant yelling, he wasn’t sure what to expect.

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Engineers thwart culvert attacks

Story by Staff Sgt. Theresa Seng | 2nd Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 03.24.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Afghans residing in Regional Command Southwest’s area of operation, as well as coalition forces who work in the area, now can be less wary of improvised explosive devices hidden in culverts.

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Marines help clear out Sendai Airport after tsunami

By Travis J. Tritten
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 24, 2011

SENDAI, Japan — Tsuyoshi Sato stood at the Sendai Airport fuel farm Thursday evening as a crew of Marines used heavy chains and a military tow truck to pull a car from a one-story pile of debris.

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22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit To Deploy

By WCTI Staff
POSTED: 2:19 pm EDT March 24, 2011

ONSLOW COUNTY -- Approximately 2,200 Marines and sailors with 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, II Marine Expeditionary Force from Camp Lejeune received deployment orders to support the commanders of the U.S. European, African and Central commands, and will leave in April.

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Face of Defense: Marine Finds Way to Help Tsunami Victims

By Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Cindy Fisher
Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP COURTNEY, Japan, March 24, 2011 – Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Yamile Brito is proving the truth of former President John F. Kennedy’s statement that “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.”

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MWCS-18, HMM-265 support relief efforts

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.24.2011

NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan - Marines assigned to Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force provided much-needed support to Marines and sailors, as well as Japanese counterparts in Sendai March 23.

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Play Shares Emotions of Deployments, Reintegration

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

HAMPTON, Va., March 24, 2011 – The “F-bombs” fell fast and furiously yesterday at an otherwise perfectly proper gathering of military health care professionals here as they broke away from their lectures and academic exchanges to watch a documentary play about the challenges many of their patients struggle to overcome.

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Marines conduct aerial resupply

Story by Staff Sgt. Theresa Seng | 2nd Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 03.24.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Coalition forces with Marine Air Delivery Platoon, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) sent off nearly 57,000 pounds of supplies to Marines on the front lines March 22 aboard a C-130 Hercules aircraft.

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March 23, 2011

Marine platoon returns from Afghanistan

Published : Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011, 6:31 PM EDT
* George Richert
* Posted by: Eli George

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Military families have waited a year for this day. Marines have just returned home to the Porter Avenue naval station from a long tour of duty in Afghanistan.

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Injured girl helps Marines show compassionate side

By Gretel C. Kovach
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 5:27 p.m.

SANGIN, Afghanistan — The Afghan girl and her family met with the Marines in an empty concrete building strewn with trash, where the Americans could set their guns against the wall and remove their helmets.

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Afghanistan war diary: the girls of Sangin

By Gretel C. Kovach
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 5:27 p.m.

SANGIN, Afghanistan — Many Marines stationed in Sangin have a soft spot for the little girls who scamper after them on patrol. Knowing there is no chance that these bright-eyed little lasses will join the insurgency after they are grown and shoot at them is one reason, but the young Afghan girls are also simply adorable.

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Eight of 10 injured in Rolling Thunder exercise return to Camp Lejeune

Susy Raybon

It was learned today that eight of the ten Marines and sailors who were injured in a training accident at Ft. Bragg last week have returned to Camp Lejeune.

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'Evils Eyes' DET keeps birds flying high

Story by Cpl. Christopher O'Quin | 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 03.23.2011

USS GREEN BAY, At Sea – For more than 50 years, Marines and sailors with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (Reinforced) have proven they can operate in the far reaches of the globe, from the jungles of Vietnam to the mountains of Afghanistan

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Bataan ARG heads to Libya duty in Med

By William H. McMichael - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Mar 23, 2011 14:47:03 EDT

NORFOLK, Va. — A journey into uncertainty began Wednesday as the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group left its Norfolk bases, bound for the Mediterranean and a yet-to-be-determined role in the coalition operations off the coast of strife-torn Libya.

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1st MAW aircraft carry cargo through elements

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.23.2011

NAVAL AIR FACILITY ASTUGI, Okinawa, Japan - KC-130 cargo aircraft from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 (VMGR-152), Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, delivered 16,500 pounds of humanitarian aid/disaster relief supplies in nine sorties to airfields throughout Japan, March 22 during freezing temperatures.

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Karzai names first areas where Afghans will take over security duties

The provinces and cities to be transferred from coalition control in July are largely free of insurgent action or have many Western troops.

By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
March 23, 2011

Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan—

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday named the initial cities and provinces expected to see local forces take over security from U.S.-led coalition troops, even as the country's military and police continue to face a lack of trainers and equipment.

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March 22, 2011

Marine museum to add hotel and convention center

3/22/2011 By Cpl. Jahn R. Kuiper , Marine Corps Base Quantico

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — The creators of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, are now planning to add a hotel and convention center to the museum grounds.

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The eagle has landed at Quantico

3/22/2011 By Cpl. Jahn R. Kuiper , Marine Corps Base Quantico

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — Marine Corps Base Quantico is home to four active bald eagle nests. This particular nest, along the Potomac River, has three chicks, said Tim Stamps, the of the base’s fish, wildlife and agronomy section.

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Marine Dad Not Done Fighting Church

Albert Snyder thanks The American Legion for support, urges them to push for legislation to control Westboro protests.

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Albert Snyder says he is not done fighting the Westboro Baptist Church and the emotional strain its anti-gay, anti-military protests cause families at private funerals. The Maryland man who lost his 20-year-old Marine son Matthew in Iraq in 2006 has fought the church in the court system after Westboro members picketed the fallen lance corporal's funeral five years ago. The case ended early this month in the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Marines Face Questions About Rescue of Officers in Libya

The New York Times
Published: March 22, 2011

WASHINGTON — An American pilot and a weapons officer were safely rescued in Libya on Tuesday after their warplane crashed near Benghazi, but the United States Marine Corps dropped two 500-pound bombs during the recovery and faced questions about whether Marines had fired on villagers.

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Missing Marine found dead

March 22, 2011 8:30 AM

The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the body of Cpl. Joshua Barron, who was reported missing last week, has been recovered from a canal.

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Mojave nightmare: VMA-513 completes final workup to Afghanistan

Story by Pfc. Sean Dennison
March 22, 2011

Sunlight covers the desert expanse while vehicle convoys create walls of dust in the distance. Marines carry energy drinks and chow in one hand while using the other to sling their rifles over their shoulder. The sky is littered with aircraft at most hours of the day, and things that go bump in the night are actually the sounds of far-off artillery blasts.

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The Road to Withdrawal: Afghanistan Starts Transition

First Areas to Transition to Afghan Control Include Lashkar Gah, Capital of Helmand

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 22, 2011 --

More than nine years after the United States overthrew the Taliban, Afghanistan's government said for the first time today it can secure parts of the country with its own security forces.

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Tax Laws Benefit Troops, Families

By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2011 – Service members and their families have a few tax advantages at their disposal, as well as a few extra days in which to complete their taxes this year, a Defense Department tax expert said.

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Marines rescue downed pilot after fighter jet crashes in Libya

3/22/2011 By Staff , Headquarters Marine Corps

ARLINGTON, Va. — Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit rescued a U.S. Air Force pilot downed in Libya March 22.

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Living History: Quantico docent shares the legacy of women Marines

3/22/2011 By MSgt. Sal Cardella , Marine Corps Base Quantico

TRIANGLE, Va. — Her still-dazzling baby blue eyes and brilliant smile seemed even brighter as she talked about joining the Marine Corps during World War II.

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31st MEU stays safe during relief mission

3/22/2011 By Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch , 31st MEU

USS ESSEX AT SEA — As the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit helps conduct humanitarian assistance missions off the northeast coast of Japan as part of Operation Tomodachi, officials are careful to check equipment and personnel coming back to the ship for possible low-level radioactive contamination.

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III Marine Expeditionary Force supports Japan’s efforts to rebuild

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.22.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP S.D. BUTLER, OKINAWA, Japan – Humanitarian Assistance Survey Teams made up of Marines and sailors from III Marine Expeditionary Force conducted surveys in the city of Higashimatsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, March 22, to determine the extent of damages from a tsunami that struck after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake March 11.

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Marines deliver relief supplies to Japanese affected by earthquake and tsunami

3/22/2011 By Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch , 31st MEU

MIYAKO, Japan — As a group of 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters made their way along the northeast Japanese coast March 21, the destruction caused by the recent 9.0 earthquake and following tsunami became apparent.

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March 21, 2011

With the Warriors

Bing West
From the March 7th edition of NR
March 21, 2011 4:00 A.M.

—Patrol Base Fires, Sangin District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan

The view from this platoon outpost in southern Afghanistan is unobstructed, both visually and strategically. On all sides stretch flat, bare, winter farmlands dotted with walled compounds. The strategy is aggressive patrolling to kill and drive out the Taliban, who have acted as the rural government here for 15 years.

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Radio to Recon: 3rd Radio Battalion stands up recon capabilities

Story by Lance Cpl. Tyler Main | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 03.14.2011
Date Posted: 03.21.2011 19:47

MARINE CORPS TRAINING AREA BELLOWS, Hawaii — In the black of night two teams of six Marines sprinted into the ocean in rubber boats. Their mission — paddle 1,500 meters against pounding waves and release two reconnaissance swimmers to scout out a landing point.

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Marines step onto Afghan soil with eyes on skies

3/21/2011 By Lance Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Marine Air Control Group 28 has arrived in Afghanistan and is ready to provide command and control for 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) and its coalition partners.

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Silver Star no surprise to widow

By Cindy Gonzalez
Published Monday March 21, 2011

From the day they met as teenagers at a football game, Tiffany Bock knew her future husband, Michael, was a standout.

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31ST MEU moves to the east coast of Japan, delivers aid via helo

3/21/2011 By Capt. Caleb Eames , 31st MEU

USS ESSEX, off the coast of Japan — The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Squadron 11, with a combined total of more than 4,000 Marines and Sailors, transited to the east coast of mainland Japan March 20.

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Operation Tomodachi continues: III MEF Marines, sailors continue supporting relief efforts in Japan

Story by Gunnery Sgt. Cindy Fisher | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.21.2011

OKINAWA, Japan - III Marine Expeditionary Force is continuing to actively provide support to Operation Tomodachi on mainland Japan.

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III Marine Expeditionary Force continues bilateral survey mission

Courtesy Story | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Public Affairs | Date: 03.21.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP S.D. BUTLER, OKINAWA, Japan – Yesterday, Marines and sailors from III Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) Humanitaraian Assistance Survey Teams conducted patrols in Matsushima and the Ofunato Port to determine the extent of damages from a tsunami that struck after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake March 11.

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26th MEU aims to safeguard Libyans, key city

3/21/2011 By Capt. Richard K. Ulsh , 26th MEU

USS Kearsarge, at sea — In an effort to safeguard the Libyan populace and infrastructure in and around the city of Ajdabiyah from further attacks by regime forces, 26th MEU, as part of Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn, launched a second round of strikes by AV-8B Harrier jump jets, March 20.

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Mobile homes – 3rd LAR Marines cram comforts into life on the road

Story by Sgt. Jeremy Ross | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 03.21.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE PAYNE, Afghanistan – At first glance, the back of the light armored vehicle designated as the casualty evacuation vehicle for C Company, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, is nothing more than a mobile trauma bay on eight wheels. Stretchers sit stacked to one side of the already cramped 6-foot by 7-foot cargo area. Emergency medical supplies are crammed into bags hanging from almost every surface.

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3rd LAR Bn. interdictions aim to squeeze insurgent supply lines

Story by Sgt. Jeremy Ross | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 03.21.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE PAYNE, Afghanistan – The rocky, rolling desert landscape of southern Helmand province sees little traffic other than the occasional farmer with a tractor load of firewood, late model pickups ferrying fuel to isolated villages, and shepherds with small flocks of sheep and goats, but through this austere environment trickles the lifeblood of the area’s insurgency – narcotics, weapons and bomb-making materials.

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Where to Turn if Shutdown Happens

March 21, 2011 • Terry Howell

News of a DoD doc­u­ment out­lin­ing plans to deal with the pos­si­ble gov­ern­ment shut­down hit the web caus­ing con­cern for mil­i­tary ser­vice­mem­bers and their fam­i­lies. The spe­cific con­cern is the DoD plan to deal with mil­i­tary pay.

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March 20, 2011


U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release
March 21, 2011

DOD Identifies Marine Casualty

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Cherry Point Marines involved in Libya attack

March 20, 2011 3:13 PM
Staff and wire reports

CHERRY POINT — Marine AV-8B Harriers from Cherry Point air station were among aircraft that attacked Libyan surface and ground targets Sunday.

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New York high school teachers take crash course in Marine boot camp

BY Richard Sisk
Sunday, March 20th 2011, 4:00 AM

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. - Dozens of New York high school teachers have taken a crash course in Marine boot camp to learn what to tell kids thinking about joining up.

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Kansas soldier awarded Silver Star for bravery

Associated Press
Posted on Sun, Mar. 20, 2011 07:44 AM

SYRACUSE, Kan. | A 24-year-old Kansas soldier has been awarded the Silver Star for his bravery as a medic in Afghanistan.

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Better barracks under construction at Lejeune

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Mar 20, 2011 10:37:46 EDT

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Today, hard-hatted workmen are busy hammering nails, and the rumble of heavy construction equipment shakes the earth. But come August, when the first members of 8th Marines move into the Wallace Creek regimental complex here, construction will be complete and Marines will experience a new side of barracks life.

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1st Marine Aicraft Wing transports fuel to affected areas

Story by 2nd Lt. Lindsay Pirek | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.20.2011

NAVAL AIR STATION ATSUGI, Japan – Marines of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (forward), III Marine Expeditionary Force transported 76 barrels of kerosene, provided by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, in six CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters from Tagajo Fuel Depot near Sendai, Japan, March 19 to distribution points throughout areas affected by the earthquake and tsunam

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26th MEU planes strike Libya

3/20/2011 By Capt. Richard K. Ulsh , 26th MEU

U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973, which is centered on protecting Libyan citizens from any further harm from the Libyan Leader Muammar al-Qadhafi regime, now involves 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aircraft, as part of Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn, Mar. 20. USS Kearsarge, At sea —

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2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) takes flight for Operation Rawhide II

3/20/2011 By Cpl. Rashaun X. James , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan — Recently an operation bringing together five of the six functions of the aviation combat element began here in the Regional Command Southwest area of operations in Afghanistan.

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March 19, 2011

U.S. Missiles Strike Libyan Air-Defense Targets

Published: March 19, 2011

TRIPOLI, Libya — American and European forces began a broad campaign of strikes against the government of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi on Saturday, unleashing warplanes and missiles in a new military intervention in the Arab world on a scale not seen since the Iraq war.

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USS Green Bay amplifies 13th MEU capabilities MEU as “Mini MAGTF in air, land, sea

Story by Cpl. Christopher O'Quin | 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 03.19.2011

PACIFIC OCEAN aboard USS GREEN BAY – A ship cuts through the ocean surface, its sleek and angled design resembles a stealth fighter, but its potential on the water gives the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit a capability that goes beyond the sea.

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3/25 hands over widespread authority to 1/23

Story by Cpl. Brian Gabriel Jr. | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 03.19.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – The Marines of 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment officially took over a wide variety of operations throughout Helmand province from 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment during a transfer of authority ceremony here, March 19.

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Pendleton Marine pays tribute to brother-in-arms

Best friend is killed in combat two weeks into tour in Afghanistan

By Gretel C. Kovach
Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 3 p.m.

SANGIN, Afghanistan — Lance Cpl. Clancy Cheek was really nervous about meeting the commandant.

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Afghanistan war diary: the ace of spades

By Gretel C. Kovach
Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.

SANGIN, Afghanistan — Cpl. Zackery Wallis returned to base after a security patrol earlier in his tour and dropped his heavy body armor on the ground. Later when he picked up the gear he found a playing card underneath, an ace of spades. The 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines have been fighting since October in Sangin, a Taliban stronghold said to be the deadliest area of Afghanistan for NATO coalition troops. Wallis and the rest of the 1st squad from India Company’s 1st platoon were engaged in a firefight on that patrol, but no Marines were injured or killed. The ace of spades became their good luck charm. “I’ve had it ever since,” Wallis said.

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III Marine Expeditionary Force continues to provide aid to mainland Japan

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.19.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP S.D. BUTLER, OKINAWA, Japan – III Marine Expeditionary Force aircraft and personnel continue to support relief efforts in Japan, moving personnel, supplies and equipment from Okinawa to mainland Japan, March 19.

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3rd LAR strikes key insurgent border hub during Operation Raw Hide II

Story by Sgt. Jeremy Ross | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 03.19.2011

PATROL BASE WOLFPACK, Afghanistan – A task force headed by 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion struck a key insurgent trafficking hub on the Pakistan border at the beginning of an operation designed to stem the flow of narcotics, weapons and fighters into, out of and around southern Afghanistan, March 14-17.

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Recruiting site connects communities with Corps

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Mar 19, 2011 9:18:08 EDT

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — A new Marine Corps website connecting communities across the nation to their hometown Marines is the latest tool from Marine Corps Recruiting Command.

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March 18, 2011

Bataan going to Mediterranean ahead of schedule

By William H. McMichael - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Mar 18, 2011 14:50:19 EDT

The amphibious assault ship Bataan, two sister ships and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit will deploy ahead of schedule next week in response to the crisis in Libya, the Navy’s 2nd Fleet announced Friday.

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Military pay remains in question in face of federal budget woes

3/18/2011 By Sgt. Heidi Agostini , I MEF

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A last-minute spending extension passed by Congress has alleviated fears of service members whose pay would have been affected April 1.

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Member of original 29 Code Talkers dies in Arizona

Associated Press | Posted: Friday, March 18, 2011 6:34 pm

Lloyd Oliver wasn't much of a talker, but it was clear that he was proud to have his native language serve as a key weapon during World War II. As part of an elite group of Marines, he helped develop and implement a code based on the Navajo language that helped win the war.

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Petals for Patriots says thank you to troops

Garden clubs deliver flowers and fruit to the wounded

By Linda McIntosh
Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 6 a.m.


The first time David Root took flowers to the Naval Medical Center San Diego for service members recovering from their wounds suffered in Iraq, he knew he would return.

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Camp Pendleton says goodbye to the Huey

Workhorse helicopter being retired from the fleet

By Karen Kucher
Friday, March 18, 2011 at 6:04 p.m.

The iconic UH-1N Huey helicopter, a workhorse of the Marine Corps fleet since 1968, took its final flight Friday at Camp Pendleton.

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Lt. Dan performance highlights DSTRESS

3/18/2011 By Lance Cpl. Sarah Anderson , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — The Combat Center’s Sunset Cinema was filled with Marines, sailors and friends, March 12, 2011 pumped up to hear a performance by Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band.

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HQBN Marines learn to think like insurgents

3/18/2011 By Diane Durden , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Generations of Marines have been taught the philosophy “know your enemy” from Sun Tzu’s book, “The Art of War.”

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Locals build Marine home

3/18/2011 By Lance Cpl. Sarah Anderson , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Many gathered in the small community of Wellington, Nev., on Feb. 11, to welcome a new neighbor and help build him and his family a home.

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Civil Affairs Group looks to alternative power in Now Zad

Courtesy Story | ISAF Joint Command | Date: 03.18.2011

KABUL, Afghanistan – The civil affairs team, from 4th Civil Affairs Group attached to Regimental Combat Team 8, are investigating a way to produce green energy for the citizens of Now Zad District, Helmand province.

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3/18/2011 By Capt. Caleb D. Eames , 31st MEU

USS ESSEX, off the coast of Japan — The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Squadron 11, with a combined total of more than 4,000 Marines and Sailors, arrived off of the west coast of mainland Japan March 18, after a major earthquake and following tsunami caused extensive destruction to northeast Japan one week ago.

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Marines use destruction to succeed in Afghanistan

Associated Press
Mar 18, 2:21 AM ED

SANGIN, Afghanistan (AP) -- In a war where winning the hearts and minds of Afghans is the ultimate goal, damaging homes with powerful explosives and bulldozing a mosque and scores of other buildings may not sound like a wise idea.

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MCAS Futenma proves critical during III MEF HA/DR effort

3/18/2011 By 1st Lt. John D. Norton , Marine Corps Bases Japan

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, Okinawa, Japan — Marine Corps Air Station Futenma has proven to be a critical asset in III Marine Expeditionary Force’s support to the humanitarian assistance/disaster relief efforts on mainland Japan following the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami which took place March 11, according to the station’s commanding officer Col. Dale M. Smith.

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Romeo Battery joins III MEF team

3/18/2011 By Sgt. Rebekka S. Heite , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa — More than 130 Marines with Romeo Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., arrived on Okinawa to augment 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, as part of the Marine Corps’ Unit Deployment Program March 11.

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March 17, 2011

Camp Pendleton Marines leave for Afghanistan in anticipation of Taliban counter-offensive

March 17, 2011
by Tony Perry

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Eric Smith watched Thursday as sniper rifles in shock-resistant carrying cases were loaded onto a truck at Camp Pendleton to begin a journey to Afghanistan.

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31st MEU inserts to begin helping with Japan relief operations

3/17/2011 By Cpl. Michael A. Bianco, 31st MEU

SEA OF JAPAN — Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit left the flight deck of the USS Essex (LHD 2) to establish a forward command center for the unit, March 17.

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PACOM could evacuate 87k Americans from Japan

Admiral outlines worst-case scenario to move U.S. citizens and military personnel amid radiation concerns

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Mar 17, 2011 21:27:50 EDT

SAN DIEGO — The admiral in charge of all U.S. military forces in the Pacific region said on Thursday the military has developed contingency plans to evacuate 87,000 Americans — including Defense Department personnel — from Japan if the situation deteriorates.

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Marines recovering from training accident on howitzer in use in Afghanistan

By Dan Blottenberger
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 17, 2011

BAMBERG, Germany — Five of the 10 servicemembers injured in an apparent explosion at Fort Bragg, N.C., during an artillery training exercise Monday have been released from the hospital, according to a 2nd Marine Division press release.

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Misawa Air Base authorizes voluntary departure of dependants

Posted 3/17/2011
by Tech. Sgt. Phillip Butterfield
35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

3/17/2011 - MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Rothstein, 35th Fighter Wing commander, and U.S. Navy Capt. James Haugen, Naval Air Facility Misawa commanding officer, addressed the Misawa Air Base community in an American Forces Network broadcast March 17.

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Scottish soldiers and US Marines mark historic relationship

17 March 2011

Scottish soldiers and US Marines have spent the last six months working closely to improve the capability of the Afghan National Police.

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III Marine Expeditionary Force continues to support relief effort

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.17.2011

OKINAWA, Japan - Marines stationed at Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji, Japan, departed today bound for Yamagata, Japan, in support of Operation Tomodachi.

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Corps may tackle sniper community problems

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Mar 17, 2011 6:58:57 EDT

Several influential Marine officers are pushing for major changes to the Corps’ scout sniper community, including the adoption of a primary military occupational specialty and the expansion of scout sniper teams and platoons.

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U.S. military delivers 40 tons of supplies to hardest-hit areas

By John Rabiroff
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 17, 2011

SEOUL — U.S. military personnel have delivered 40 tons of supplies to the hardest-hit areas of Japan, as humanitarian aid continues in the face of an ever-increasing threat from the failing Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant.

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March 16, 2011

Free Passes: A Museum Salute to the Military

Published: March 16, 2011

LAST summer, facing two months in Parris Island, S.C., while her husband, a Marine Corps colonel, was deployed to Afghanistan, Kathryn Roth-Douquet packed her two children into the family S.U.V. and drove up the Eastern Seaboard, visiting one museum after another, free.

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Fuel shortage threatens to slow rescuers

By Charlie Reed
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 16, 2011

SENDAI, Japan — More than 4,000 tsunami survivors were still stranded along the pulverized coastline east of here Wednesday, and the region’s dwindling supply of gasoline began threatening rescue efforts and fueling a new sense of panic in the city.

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War fighter by day, Ground fighter by night:Reserve Marine is Professional MMA fighter.

3/16/2011 By Lance Cpl. Fenton Reese, Marine Forces Reserve

CAMP BLANDING, Fla. — A common reference among Marines is they are “lean, mean war fighting machines.” So, it is appropriate that one Marine would take that a step further.

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Pentagon preparing for a nuclear worst-case scenario at Fukushima

By Chris Carroll
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 16, 2011

WASHINGTON — If the deteriorating situation at a Japanese nuclear plant veers toward a worst-case meltdown scenario, people across the country — including 86,000 American servicemembers, civilian employees and their dependents — could face an unprecedented atomic disaster.

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All-female unit gets loving gift from locals

1:13 AM, Mar. 16, 2011
Written by

Camouflage-colored prayer shawls, crocheted and knitted right here in Salem, were on the must-pack list this week for a group of female Marines headed for Afghanistan.

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3rd RAD Det 3 returns from Korea

Story by Lance Cpl. Vanessa American Horse | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 03.16.2011

A total of 40 signal intelligence and support Marines from Detachment 3 returned from their two-month deployment to the Republic of Korea in support of exercise Winter Surge March 16. This was the first time in 16 years a detachment from 3rd Radio Battalion has provided support to the Korean peninsula.

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USMC survey teams deliver aid to Sendai

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.16.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP S.D. BUTLER, OKINAWA, Japan – Humanitarian Assistance Survey Teams from III Marine Expeditionary Force surveyed heavily damaged areas today in Sendai, Japan, delivered much-needed water supplies and assisted the Government of Japan in coordinating relief efforts during Operation Tomodachi.

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Military monitors radiation as troops deliver humanitarian aid

By Jon Rabiroff
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 16, 2011

SEOUL — U.S. military assets continue to converge on Japan, hoping to deliver humanitarian assistance while being careful not to expose servicemembers to radiation leaking from the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant.

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March 15, 2011

Lassie 2.0

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 03.15.2011

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — With noses to the ground and tails in the air in a combat zone, Marine bomb sniffing dogs bring yet another asset to the table in the fight against improvised explosive devices.

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Petraeus: Afghan war gains enable US troop cuts

Mar 15, 4:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid signs of deepening war weariness among Americans, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Tuesday he will soon recommend a plan for beginning troop reductions, while embracing President Barack Obama's goal of pursuing a long-term military partnership with the Afghan government.

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Mild brain injury could soon rate Purple Heart

By Andrew deGrandpre and Richard Sandza - Staff writers
Posted : Tuesday Mar 15, 2011 18:27:36 EDT

More U.S. troops who sustain combat-related brain injuries could soon be eligible for the Purple Heart.

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Resiliency through repetition, RAPTOR programs prepares deploying Marines

Story by Cpl. Jennifer Calaway | I Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 03.15.2011

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- A research program is underway that will strengthen the resiliency of tomorrow’s warfighter.

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Marines bond during yearlong Afghanistan deployment

Published: March 15, 2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – The personal security detachment for the commanding general of 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), Brig. Gen. Charles L. Hudson, completed its last mission in Afghanistan, Feb. 14, before heading home after a yearlong deployment.

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From The Frontline: Mementos from home

By Chris Brown
Published: March 14, 2011
Updated: March 15, 2011 - 12:09 AM

MARJAH, AFGHANISTAN - Just because they’re 7,000 miles away doesn't mean our Marines in Afghanistan aren’t thinking of their family and friends.

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‘Marines do not bleed’: Military operations change Afghan perception in southern Helmand

Story by Cpl. Daniel Woodall | 2nd Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 03.15.2011

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- “Marines do not bleed. They do not eat, they do not sleep. They are not human.”

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Task Force Leatherneck Changes Hands in Ceremony

Story by Lance Cpl. Phillip Clark | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 03.15.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – 1st Marine Division (Forward) transferred authority of Task Force Leatherneck to 2nd MarDiv (Fwd) during a ceremony, March 15.

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Red Cross Website Links Japan-based Troops to Home

By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2011 – In the wake of Japan’s massive earthquake and tsunami, Red Cross officials are encouraging U.S. service members and families posted there to register with an online resource intended to keep family and friends back home informed of their welfare.

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III Marine Expeditionary Force supports Japanese recovery efforts

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.15.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP S.D. BUTLER, OKINAWA, Japan – The III Marine Expeditionary Force Marines continue to conduct coordination with Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Northeastern Army at Camp Sendai that will enable resources to flow to the disaster area.

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CLB-3 continues supporting, improving southern Helmand as redeployment draws near

Story by Cpl. Daniel Woodall | 2nd Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 03.15.2011

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Nearly 30 days from redeploying, the Marines of Combat Logistics Battalion 3, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) continue to conduct development projects and provide logistics support to various units operating in southwestern Afghanistan.

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March 14, 2011

Wounded Warrior shows true grit to stay in the fight

3/14/2011 By Maj. Paul Greenberg , Wounded Warrior Battalion-East

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (March 14, 2011) — In September 2001, Than Naing was cooking hamburgers in a fast-food restaurant in New York City and taking prerequisite classes part-time at the City College of New York in hopes of pursuing an engineering degree.

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First to Leave Afghanistan Will Be Noncombat Troops

The New York Times
Published: March 14, 2011

WASHINGTON — The United States military is preparing to start withdrawing, as planned, as many as several thousand troops from Afghanistan in July.

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Eight second ride: Marine ropes, rides in New Bern rodeo

3/14/2011 By Cpl. Melissa A. Latty , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — He lowers himself onto the fierce, muscular animal. He takes a few seconds to prepare himself, wrapping the rope tight around his hand. He gives a nod, signaling he’s ready to go.

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Vermont Marine killed in combat in Afghanistan

2:38 PM, Mar. 14, 2011

DANVILLE — Cpl. Ian M. Muller was made to be a Marine.

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Groups build home for Marine wounded in Iraq

The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Mar 14, 2011 11:28:10 EDT

WELLINGTON, Nev. — A Marine who had both legs amputated after his Humvee struck an anti-tank mine in Iraq in 2007 will soon realize his dream of a new home for his family in Nevada.

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31st MEU headed for Japan coast prepared to assist

3/14/2011 By Capt. Caleb D. Eames , 31st MEU

PHILIPPINE SEA — The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, embarked aboard three ships of Amphibious Squadron 11, is heading towards the coast of mainland Japan and is expected to arrive March 16 in support of Operation Tomodachi, after a major earthquake and following tsunami Friday.

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U.S. Military to Save $336,000 Annually With Newly Installed Solar Panel Installation

Monday, March 14th 2011 6:33 PM
By GetSolar Staff.

The U.S. military has been at the forefront of solar energy research for the past few years, albeit quietly. The Department of Defense has funneled large amounts of money into solar research and has looked to utilize the technology's power to help troops, power its bases and bring about technological advances in the field.

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Atop A Landfill, U.S. Marine Corps Installs 1.4 Megawatt Solar System

Lora Kolodny
March 14, 2011

Today, the United States Marine Corps completed its largest solar installation to date — a 1.4 megawatt ground-mounted system — that will generate electricity for Base Camp Pendleton outside of San Diego, Calif. The system was installed atop an inactive landfill.

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III Marine Expeditionary Force provides support to those affected by tsunami

Story by Lindsay Pirek | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.14.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP S. D. BUTLER, OKINAWA, Japan – Marines and sailors from III Marine Expeditionary Force continue to provide support for foreign humanitarian assistance operations from Okinawa to mainland Japan. The operation, known as Tomodachi, means “friends” in Japanese, and was chosen by Japan.

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Marines attend Dr. Seuss Day celebration at elementary school

Story by Pfc. Joseph Altemus | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 03.14.2011

Six Marines from Marine Forces Reserve Headquarters participated in the Dr. Seuss Day celebration at Sarah T. Reed Elementary School, March 2.

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March 13, 2011

Marines assist after disaster strikes Japan

Staff report
Posted : Sunday Mar 13, 2011 13:32:56 EDT

Marine forces in Japan are delivering food, water and other supplies to assist in disaster-relief efforts following the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated the region Friday.

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Some normalcy returns to bases, relief for Japanese rolls in

Stars and Stripes
Published: March 13, 2011

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Life started to return to normal Sunday for still-wary U.S. servicemembers and their families at most military bases throughout Japan, even as Japanese officials acknowledged Friday’s disaster may be exponentially worse than initially feared.

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III Marine Expeditionary Force continues humanitarian assistance mission

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.13.2011

OKINAWA, Japan – Marines and sailors from III Marine Expeditionary Force are actively providing support for foreign humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in mainland Japan. The operation, known as Tomodachi, means “friends” in Japanese, and was chosen by Japan.

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U.S. Navy steps up earthquake relief efforts in Japan

By Erik Slavin
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 13, 2011

NAVAL AIR STATION ATSUGI, Japan — The USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group delivered four drops of humanitarian supplies Sunday and began ongoing support of Japanese search-and-rescue helicopters, U.S. 7th Fleet officials said Sunday afternoon.

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III MEF continues relief efforts in support of Operation Tomodachi

3/13/2011 By Gunnery Sgt. J. L. Wright Jr. , III MEF

MARINE CORPS BASES, OKINAWA, Japan — Marines and sailors from III Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) are supporting Government of Japan-led humanitarian aid/disaster relief operations in mainland Japan following the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and the subsequent tsunami that struck northern Japan March 11.

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The Pegasus has landed: HMH-463 arrives in southwestern Afghanistan

3/13/2011 By Cpl. Rashaun X. James , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan — A pair of Hawaii-based heavy helicopter squadrons traded reins during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, March 10.

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Family with Warsaw ties reunites after military deployment

Written by
Mar 13, 2011

For the past seven months, Pam and Jamie Rice welcomed their grandson, Seth, into their empty nest while his parents were deployed in the military.

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March 12, 2011

Marine saves three lives in Beaufort

Story by Pfc. Justin Boling | Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort | Date: 03.12.2011

Marines are taught in recruit training to overcome whatever fear could stop them from accomplishing the mission or saving a life.

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Japan-based Marines move to provide aid

Staff report
Posted : Saturday Mar 12, 2011 11:26:25 EST

Marine forces in Japan are readying aircraft and supplies to assist in disaster-relief efforts following the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated the region Friday, officials said in a news release.

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U.S. military, aid teams headed for Japan

Navy ships, Marine forces and non-governmental relief teams are being dispatched to the disaster-stricken areas of Japan to provide humanitarian assistance and to search for survivors.

By Ken Dilanian, Washington Bureau
March 12, 2011, 8:59 a.m.

Reporting from Washington --
U.S. Navy ships and aircraft were converging on disaster-stricken Japan Saturday, while the main U.S. aid agency dispatched two urban search-and-rescue teams to help look for trapped survivors.

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Where Minds Meet: FET bridges gap between Western, Afghan culture

3/12/2011 By Sgt. Jesse Stence , Regimental Combat Team 1

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan — Sgt. Meredith Burns has fielded numerous questions about females in combat since she deployed to Afghanistan as 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment’s Female Engagement team leader nearly six months ago.

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Marine Corps Conducts Emergency Actions in Wake of Earthquake and Tsunami

Story by 1st Lt. Lucas Burke | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.12.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP S.D. BUTLER, OKINAWA, Japan - Marines and sailors stood up an emergency operations center to facilitate the evacuation of U.S. service members living in low-lying areas around Okinawa, March 11.

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March 11, 2011

Marine dedicated to mission still misses his loved ones home in Taunton

Staff Writer
Posted Mar 11, 2011 @ 11:38 PM

Taunton —

A Marine serving in Afghanistan said he is dedicated to his mission, but misses the loved ones he left back in the Silver City.

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If government shuts down, so would troop pay

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Mar 11, 2011 12:08:58 EST

U.S. troops could be required to report to work without pay if a budget clash in Congress results in a government-wide shutdown, according to draft planning guidance circulating in the Pentagon.

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‘Warhorses’ support fast-roping, medevac rehearsals

Story by Lance Cpl. Lisa Tourtelot | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar | Date: 03.11.2011

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. - The radio reconnaissance Marines were sweat-drenched and hobbling by the time they disembarked the CH-53E “Super Stallion.” The Marines had good reason to be exhausted after more than four hours of fast-roping and repelling training.

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Building Better Tomorrow in Afghanistan

Story by Lance Cpl. James Frazer | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 03.11.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Afghanistan – The U.S. Marine Corps’ Civil-Military Operations, or CMO, plays a leading role in supporting Afghanistan’s efforts to provide a better quality of life for its people.

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VA insists benefits will cover caregivers of vets with TBI

By Leo Shane III
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 11, 2011

WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs officials promised Friday that traumatic brain injury victims will be covered under new caregiver benefits scheduled to start this summer, but veterans advocates remain skeptical.

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Battle Colors dazzle Combat Center

3/11/2011 By Cpl. M. C. Nerl , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Marines with the Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps, known as the “Commandant’s Own,” and the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon from Marine Barracks 8th and I, in Washington, D.C., showcased their world-famous drill talents, as well as musical performances, during the Battle Colors Ceremony at the Combat Center’s Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field.

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HQBN connects with ‘next generation’

3/11/2011 By Diane Durden , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — For decades, Marines have passed their knowledge and experience from one generation to the next. Older, more seasoned Marines teach and mentor younger Marines as they make their own way through the ranks.

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2/7 Marines seize Twentynine Palms Airport

3/11/2011 By Cpl. Andrew S. Avitt , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Sand swirling around the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters provided light concealment for the Marines as they touched down to seize the airfield. Weapon-toting enemy fighters milled about the area and watched as the unit systematically closed in from across the tarmac toward the airport’s facilities. Like cats waiting for their prey, they waited patiently for just the right moment to attack.

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Patrols get 1/3 ready to work with ANA soldiers

3/11/2011 By Lance Cpl. Sarah Anderson , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Marines from 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, put their last three weeks’ worth of training to the test with a patrol accompanied by Afghan role players March 8, 2011. Their actions were assessed by members of the Advisor Training Group.

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Military Gears Up to Help Japan

By Cheryl Pellerin
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2011 – U.S. forces are swinging into action to assist Japan in the wake of a magnitude 8.9 earthquake that struck early this morning.

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Navy sends 8 ships to provide tsunami relief

By Sam Fellman - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Mar 11, 2011 2:55:35 EST

Eight warships are headed to Japan to render disaster relief in the wake of a catastrophic magnitude 8.9 earthquake that left hundreds dead Friday. The quake unleashed a tsunami that is tearing across the Pacific. It unmoored two subs and is forcing other ships to get underway or ease their lines as the surge waters arrive, according to updates posted on official Navy Facebook pages across the region.

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Marine Bases Japan spared by earthquake

U.S. Forces prepare for humanitarian relief operations

By James K. Sanborn and Gidget Fuentes - Staff writers
Posted : Friday Mar 11, 2011 11:49:11 EST

What is being called Japan’s largest earthquake in 100 years struck the country’s main island Friday afternoon, but the effect on Marine installations was minimal, according to a Headquarters Marine Corps spokesman.

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FET Marines, 9th Comm. Bn. leader share Afghan experience with defense professionals

Story by Sgt. Heidi Agostini | I Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 03.11.2011

Three Marines from 9th Communication Battalion represented women who serve during the 3rd Annual San Diego Chapter, Women in Defense Symposium on March 10, in La Jolla, Calif.

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31st MEU to participate in ASEAN Regional Forum Disaster Relief Exercise

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.11.2011

USS HARPERS FERRY – Elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, embarked aboard the USS Harpers Ferry, are scheduled to participate in the Association of Southeastern Asian Nations Regional Forum Disaster Relief Exercise, March 14 – 18. The multilateral exercise will take place in Indonesian territorial waters.

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III MHG gets Combat Operations Center

3/11/2011 By Lance Cpl. Mark W. Stroud , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP COURTNEY, Okinawa, Japan — Marines with III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF, trained with a new Combat Operations Center here March 1. The COC uses equipment standardized across the Marine Corps.

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March 10, 2011

3rd Intel supports Winter Surge

Story by Cpl. Rebekka Heite | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.10.2011

OKINAWA, Japan - Marines with 3rd Intelligence Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF, recently returned from U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, Republic of Korea, where they participated in Operation Winter Surge 2011, a combined, joint event conducted by the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and ROK and U.S. Marines

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Marine company moves into ‘Green Zone'

March 10, 2011 7:14 PM
Special to the Sun Journal

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — U.S. Marines with Company I, Battalion Landing Team 3/8, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Regimental Combat Team 8, moved into Helmand province’s “Green Zone” last week, where Taliban insurgents had previously roamed nearly uncontested.

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New suspension systems added to MRAPs, increase comfort and handling

Story by Cpl. Salvador R. Moreno | I Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 03.10.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- An independent suspension system was recently added to two vehicles in I Marine Expeditionary Headquarters Group’s fleet of vehicles, increasing terrain navigability and vehicle reliability.

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Here Comes the Boom: Marines of 4th Tank Battalion pull, push, engage their way through four final qualification tables of .50-caliber machine gunnery

Story by Lance Cpl. Fenton Reese | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 03.10.2011

CAMP BLANDING, Fla. - Expended brass casings littered the ground giving an illusion that the dirt was paved gold.

Another day on the range had come to an end for the Marines of 4th Tank Battalion, Headquarters and Service Company, Detachment 4.

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Marine decorated for valor

Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2011 12:00 am |
Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado, 2nd Marine Logistics Group The Globe |

A Marine with Ordnance Maintenance Company, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, was decorated for valor during a ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Feb. 24.

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Marines, sailors win hearts and minds by healing

Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2011 12:00 am
Gunnery Sgt. Bryce Piper 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit The Globe |

Helmand Province, Afghanistan - U.S. Marines and sailors conducting counterinsurgency operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, conducted a community health initiative in Kakar village, March 1, and a second one in Aminollah Kariz village, March 2.

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Biometrics becomes next battlefield in War on Terror

Story by Pfc. Mark Stroud | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.10.2011

OKINAWA, Japan - Terrorists concealed within a civilian population are a prevalent enemy of Operation Enduring Freedom. Veiled behind a cloak of anonymity, they strike and then recede back into the shadows disappearing once more into the local populace.

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MALS-14 cryogenic Marines lend cool hand to 2nd MAW

Story by Cpl. Samuel A. Nasso | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | Date: 03.10.2011

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. -- When a Marine says he or she is a cryogenic technician it is easy to be unclear with what that entails. Possibly for movie buffs the first thing that comes to mind is the movie Demolition Man, when villain Wesley Snipes and hero Sylvester Stallone are cryogenically frozen for years until they are thawed and upon doing so rekindle their tension in a new era.

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Marine Corps opens crime-tips website to combat use of Spice

Stars and Stripes
Published: March 10, 2011

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Marine Corps on Okinawa has created a crime-tips website to combat the use of designer drugs known as Spice, officials said Thursday.

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‘Every little detail counts’

3/10/2011 By Cpl. Melissa A. Latty , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Anyone driving around Camp Lejeune’s surrounding cities on any given afternoon will see various types of cars. Many Marines rev their engines at stop lights in their Mustangs and Camaros. Others seem larger than life in their lifted trucks with tires that can compare in size to those of a Marine Corps “7-ton” Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement.

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2nd MAW (Fwd) assumes aviation combat responsibilities in Afghanistan from 3rd MAW (Fwd)

3/10/2011 By Lance Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd.) accepted responsibility of coalition air combat efforts in the Regional Command Southwest area of operations from 3rd MAW (Fwd.) in a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, March 9.

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Viral post pits coverage of Sheen, fallen soldiers

By Wayne Drash, CNN
March 10th, 2011
03:19 PM ET

It started with a Facebook status update. Upset at the media's coverage of Charlie Sheen, someone took up for American soldiers dying in Afghanistan.

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March 9, 2011

Marine pursued 'a more certain path'

Published: March 8, 2011
Updated: March 9, 2011 9:26 a.m.

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – Since his deployment to Afghanistan in November, Cpl. Jordan R. Stanton was only able to speak to his father twice, most recently a week ago.

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Pendleton Marines help Afghan governor meet his people

With security improved, Sangin leader can venture out from military compound

By Gretel C. Kovach
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 6 p.m.

SANGIN, Afghanistan — Mohammad Sharif is the governor of this picturesque river valley in the heartland of the Taliban insurgency and Afghanistan’s killing fields of opium poppy. Until quite recently, however, he couldn’t see much of it. The threat of assassination and war zone violence made it too dangerous for him to travel his district to meet his constituents face to face, or even spend much time at his government offices in the Sangin town center.

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Secretary of Defense visits FOB Jackson

Story by Staff Sgt. Ryan Smith | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 03.08.2011
Date Posted: 03.09.2011 11:19

FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan – Secretary of Defense Robert Gates visited the Marines of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 8, during a tour of Forward Operating Base Jackson, March 8. The tour included a brief by Lt. Col. Jason Morris, commanding officer of 3rd Bn., 5th Marines, an address to the Marines of FOB Jackson, a question and answer period and a lunch with a few of the battalion non-commissioned officers.

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Taliban fighters moving back into former Afghanistan stronghold

The return of Taliban leaders who had been driven from Sangin in southern Afghanistan raises concern that fragile security gains achieved by U.S. Marines could be reversed.

By David S. Cloud and Laura King, Los Angeles Times
March 9, 2011

Reporting from Sangin and Kabul, Afghanistan
Insurgents who were driven out of the Taliban stronghold of Sangin in southern Afghanistan are flowing back in as winter lifts, threatening fragile gains achieved by U.S. Marines over the last five months, according to American commanders.

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U.S. seeks surge success from lethal Afghan outpost

By Missy Ryan
SANGIN, Afghanistan | Wed Mar 9, 2011 8:27am EST

SANGIN, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Five months ago, when U.S. Marines took over this sandbagged outpost in Sangin, deep in southern Afghanistan's Taliban country, they were pounded by insurgent fire every time they stepped foot off base.

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22nd MEU heads to Mediterranean

March 09, 2011 7:34 AM

Camp Lejeune’s 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit will deploy next month to the Mediterranean, according to Marine Corps officials.

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Marines tour Korea's demilitarized zone to prepare for training

3/9/2011 By Lance Cpl. Michael Iams , Marine Corps Bases Japan

JOINT SECURITY AREA, DEMILITARIZED ZONE, PANMUNJOM, Republic of Korea — The commanding general of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Maj. Gen. William D. Beydler, and other 1st MAW senior leadership toured the demilitarized zone and the border between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea here Feb. 26. The trip was meant to better their understanding of the situation between the two countries in preparation for Exercise Key Resolve.

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March 8, 2011

Lejeune's infrastructure progress, the road ahead

Story by Lance Cpl. Damany Coleman | Camp LeJeune Base Public Affairs | Date: 03.07.2011
Date Posted: 03.08.2011 12:50

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- With the improvements and construction underway for the new entry road and front gate, the goal of an infrastructure that can accommodate the increase of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune personnel may seem distant.

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MAG-39 supports Read Across America

Story by Lance Cpl. Lisa Tourtelot | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar | Date: 03.08.2011
Date Posted: 03.08.2011 13:16

VISTA, Calif. - Lance Cpl. Micheal Hollar patiently answered interview questions for young students. He told them his name, his job and even gave them his mailing address so they could be pen pals. The 2nd-grade students struggled to form the correct words in large block letters, but treated the interview with awe-struck reverence.

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Golden on the green side: 1/3 corpsman named MARFORPAC Sailor of the Year

Story by Cpl. Reece E. Lodder | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 03.08.2011

Cramped in a decrepit room within the stark, gray halls of the aged 3rd Marines’ Regimental Aid Station, a quiet hospital corpsman diligently attends to his duties. Though the uncomfortable mid-day mugginess plagues his office, Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Jenkins works comfortably, his brow remaining untouched by sweat.

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Gates Sees Crucial Test for U.S. in Afghanistan

The New York Times
Published: March 8, 2011

SANGIN, Afghanistan — More American forces have died in this mountainous, hauntingly beautiful Taliban narcotics center than in any other place in the nearly 10-year-old war — 29 Marines in the last five months alone. In December, the Pentagon was so worried that helicopters might come under fire, that it canceled plans for Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to visit.

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Remarks by Secretary Gates to Service Members in Sangin, Afghanistan

Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
March 08, 2011

LT. COL. JASON MORRIS: Okay. Good morning, 3/5 [3rdBattalion, 5th Marine Regiment]. Oo-rah!

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Bob Barker donates $2 million to Semper Fi Fund

The Associated Press
Posted: Tuesday, Mar. 08, 2011

LOS ANGELES Former TV game show host Bob Barker is donating $2 million to a charity that helps injured members of the military and their families.

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Marines announce deployment of 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit

22nd MEU Capt. Binford R. Strickland
MCB Camp Lejeune, N.C.

(910) 451-0428/0717 or (910) 546-4421

The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) from Camp Lejeune, N.C. will deploy in support of the U.S. Africa, European and Central Commands in mid-April with approximately 2,200 Marines and Sailors.

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Putting Afghan Plan Into Action Proves Difficult

The New York Times
CJ Chivers
Published March 8, 2011

ALAM KHEL, Afghanistan — If the American-led fight against the Taliban was once a contest for influence in well-known and conventionally defined areas — the capital and large cities, main roads, the border with Pakistan, and a handful of prominent valleys and towns — today it has become something else.

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US claims to have driven Taliban out of Sangin

US defence secretary Robert Gates praises marines for 'dramatic turnaround' after British forces pulled out

* Ewen MacAskill in Sangin
* guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 8 March 2011 17.01 GMT

The US claims its marines have managed to subdue the notoriously violent Sangin district in Afghanistan within five months of their arrival, a goal that eluded British forces for four years.

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New rules promise better tuition-plan oversight

By Andrew Tilghman - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Mar 8, 2011 12:39:25 EST

The Pentagon is ramping up oversight of the $517 million program that provides tuition assistance money for the active-duty force amid mounting concerns that it is ripe for waste and abuse.

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Navy-Marine Corps team prepares for crisis response

3/8/2011 By Sgt. Marcy Sanchez , I MEF

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The tip of the spear, America’s expeditionary force in readiness, the first to fight; Marines go by all these names.

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Engineers provide security for road improvements

Story by Cpl. John McCall | 1st Marine Division | Date: 03.07.2011
Date Posted: 03.08.2011 05:55

SANGIN, Afghanistan – Marines with Route Clearance Platoon 3, Mobility Assault Company, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), were focused on freedom of mobility while they provided security on Route 611 Feb. 25 to March 3.

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Lightweight drone set for first MEU deployment

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Mar 8, 2011 5:19:44 EST

SAN DIEGO — The 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit deployed in late February with the ScanEagle unmanned aircraft, marking the first time any MEU has taken the combat-proven drone out to sea for an operational assignment, officials said.

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Growing up while mom and dad are off fighting a war

By Larry Shaughnessy, CNN Pentagon Producer
March 8, 2011 -- Updated 0342 GMT (1142 HKT)

Warsaw, Ohio (CNN) -- Seth Rice is a 2-year-old boy full of energy, curiosity and emotions. Watching him play with his toys, you don't notice any of the emotional toll that having a parent deploy can take on a little boy.

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March 7, 2011

Riot Games: Richcreek vs. Sylvain

Story by Cpl. Tyler Hlavac | Tradewinds 2011 | Date: 03.06.2011
Date Posted: 03.07.2011 11:50

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – When the rioters first hit the defender’s lines, there is a brief moment of disorder and confusion as dozens of screaming protestors throw bottles, kicks, punches and taunts at the defenders. The defenders step back, quickly reorganize their lines and begin to slowly move forward, pushing the aggressors back with shields, batons and oleoresin capsicum spray. The confrontation is loud, messy, aggressive, chaotic and over within minutes as the defenders snatch up the riot leader, bringing an end to the hostilities.

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Gates Says U.S. Is in Position to Start Afghan Pullout

The New York Times
Published: March 7, 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Monday that the United States was “well positioned” to begin withdrawing some American troops from Afghanistan in July, but he said that a substantial force would remain and that the United States was starting talks with the Afghans about keeping a security presence in the country beyond 2014.

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Boxer Amphibious Ready Group Enters 7th Fleet

By Lt. Chad A. Dulac, USS Boxer Public Affairs
Posted: March 7, 2011

PACIFIC OCEAN – The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (BOXARG) entered the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility on March 6, as part of the ship’s Western Pacific deployment.

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From the Frontline: Spending the night with Marines of the 2/8

March 07, 2011
Eyewitness News 9, North Carolina

News video
MARJAH, AFGHANISTAN -- Reporter, Chris Brown, has made it to Mariah with the 2/8.

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March 6, 2011

Tunisia Evacuation

Photos by Lance Cpl. Tammy Hineline | 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Public Affairs | Date: 03.05.2011
Date Posted: 03.06.2011 15:17

Photos of the 26th MEU who were directed by the Department of Defense to help evacuate Egyptians, who fled to the Tunisian border from Libya, get back to Egypt.

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In and Out, RCT-8 team expedites movement across battle space

Story by Staff Sgt. Ryan Smith | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 03.05.2011
Date Posted: 03.06.2011 12:51

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Moving personnel and parts throughout the battle space can be a difficult task for any unit working on the front lines of the war on terror. Without the added support of a small section of Marines, tracking and facilitating the flow of worn out equipment and fresh troops would come to a near halt.

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Marine unit stung by death of colleague

By Nancy Montgomery
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 6, 2011

PATROL BASE TORBERT, Afghanistan — When Red Platoon needed an engineer for an overnight mission to secretly observe the goings-on in several small villages, Cpl. Eric Torbert said OK, he’d do it.

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3rd LAR Marine receives Purple Heart in Afghanistan

Story by Sgt. Jeremy Ross | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 03.05.2011
Date Posted: 03.06.2011 02:16

FORWARD OPERATING BASE PAYNE, Afghanistan – A scout with 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion received the Purple Heart medal during a ceremony at Patrol Base South Station, Helmand province, March 5.

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US Military Intervention in Libya Carries Risks

The New York Times
Published: March 6, 2011

WASHINGTON — American military planners are sifting through a range of options as the United States, like other Western nations, weighs the response to the bloody Libyan military assaults on rebels trying to oust Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.

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MWSS-373 convoys

Photo by Lance Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Public Affairs | Date: 03.05.2011
Date Posted: 03.06.2011 05:23

More than 50 Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 373 returned to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, after completing an independent convoy to Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan, March 5.

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American spirit strong at Marine homecoming

Published: March 5, 2011
Updated: March 6, 2011 10:41 a.m.

It was, in the truest sense, a homecoming.

Six Marines. Nearly 500 miles hiked. And infinite love.

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Souda Bay Onload

Courtesy Photos | 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Public Affairs | Date: 03.04.2011
Date Posted: 03.06.2011 16:12

Marines with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, who are augmenting 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, board USS Kearsarge at Souda Bay, Greece, March 4.

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Marine's dad reads between lines

By Matthew Hansen
Published Sunday March 6, 2011

WEST POINT, Neb. — Rick Wimer pulls the tattered, dirty-white envelope out of the mailbox on a frigid winter Friday.

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March 5, 2011


3/5/2011 By Capt. Caleb D. Eames , 31st MEU

WHITE BEACH NAVAL FACILITY, OKINAWA, Japan — Elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit switched naval vessels as they disembarked from the USS Denver (LPD 9) and embarked aboard the USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) in port, March 5.

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Military honors two for valor with Silver Stars

Medals awarded to Marine corporal posthumously and Navy corpsman

By J. Harry Jones
Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 12:10 p.m.

CAMP PENDLETON — A Marine corporal and a Navy corpsman were awarded the military’s third-highest honor for valor, the Silver Star, during an emotional ceremony Friday on the parade grounds at Camp Horno on Camp Pendleton.

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Corps brings back wings for airborne Marines

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Mar 5, 2011 8:16:22 EST

The Marine Corps is resurrecting Naval Aviation Observer Wings after a 15-year-hiatus. Hundreds of Marines will now be eligible to wear them, according to a recent Marine administrative message.

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Pendleton Marines root out Taliban "murder holes"

Troops take advantage of winter lull to destroy enemy defenses

By Gretel C. Kovach
Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 3 p.m.

SANGIN, Afghanistan — A squad of Marines set out on a cold, drizzling afternoon this week for an important mission: “murder” the murder holes.

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Marines in deadly Afghan valley face combat stress

The Associated Press
Saturday, March 5, 2011; 9:22 PM

SANGIN, Afghanistan -- When U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Derek Goins deployed to the most dangerous place in Afghanistan five months ago, he mentally prepared for the risk of getting shot by the Taliban or stepping on bombs buried throughout this southern river valley.

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March 4, 2011

Active Reserve program offers options for Marines

3/4/2011 By Lance Cpl. David Flynn , Marine Corps Recruiting Command

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — Some Marines discovered this year that they were unable to reenlist and retain their military occupational specialty. There is an option for Marines who want to stay in the Marine Corps besides changing their MOS. The Active Reserve (AR) program is looking for highly qualified active component Marines that want to reenlist and serve full-time.

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US warships arrive at Crete in Libya buildup

The Associated Press
Published: Friday, Mar. 4, 2011 - 1:38 pm

ATHENS, Greece -- Two vessels carrying 1,300 U.S. Marines docked Friday at an American base on Crete as part of a military build up around Libya, the U.S. Navy said.

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Marines await Taliban move in deadly valley

Sangin deadliest district in Afghanistan last year

Published : Friday, 04 Mar 2011, 8:46 AM EST
By SEBASTIAN ABBOT, Associated Press

SANGIN, Afghanistan (AP) - The cacophony of gunfire and bombing that dominated this southern river valley in the fall has dropped to a whisper, but U.S. Marines who have paid a heavy price battling the Taliban in Afghanistan's deadliest spot expect the insurgents to hit back hard.

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MASS-2 takes on Lava Viper

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.04.2011

OKINAWA, Japan - Nearly two dozen Marines from the Marine Air Support Squadron 2, Marine Air Control Group 18, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, recently participated in the Lava Viper 2011 exercise here.

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EOD Marines honor fallen comrades with memorial wall

Story by Lance Cpl. Heather Choate | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.04.2011

OKINAWA, Japan - Marines with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, put the finishing touches on a memorial wall to honor members of the unit who lost their lives in combat five years ago

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Peninsula exercise displays readiness

Story by Lindsay Pirek | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.04.2011

OKINAWA, Japan - Approximately 750 Marines from 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, manned their battle stations 24 hours a day, simulating the command and control of a large-scale conflict, during Exercise Key Resolve 2011 here Feb. 28.

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2d MLG (FWD) takes logistical reigns in southern Afghanistan

Story by 2nd Lt. Joshua Smith | 2nd Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 03.04.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Brig. Gen. Charles L. Hudson, commanding general of 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), transferred authority to Brig. Gen. Michael G. Dana, commanding general of 2nd MLG (FWD), during a ceremony here, March 4.

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Marines Conduct Major Ship-To-Shore Excercises

By Alison St John
March 4, 2011

As conflict in Libya continues, Marines are among the U.S. forces being moved into the area. A major exercise off the coast of San Diego this week is training Marines to move rapidly from ships floating just over the horizon to the beach.

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March 3, 2011

Marines: Rightsizing into "middleweight" force

By Jeanette Steele
Originally published March 3, 2011 at 7:24 p.m., updated March 4, 2011 at 4:08 p.m.

After 10 years of acting as America’s second land army, the U.S. Marine Corps will be slimmed down to “middleweight” fighter status, its leader says.

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Stop-loss pay deadline extended to March 18

By Jeff Schogol
Published: March 3, 2011

WASHINGTON – Troops, veterans and surviving spouses now have until March 18 to apply for retroactive stop-loss pay under a stop-gap funding measure signed by the president on Wednesday.

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Marines, Sailors conclude training in Cambodia

3/3/2011 By Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch, 31st MEU

Marines, Sailors conclude training in Cambodia — Marines and Sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit successfully ended training exercises with the Cambodian military during a ceremony held March 1.

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Marines clear multiple IEDs from Afghan village

March 03, 2011 5:45 PM
26th MEU Public Affairs

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Gunnery Sgt. Brad Rickabaugh and his team cleared improvised explosive devices from the village of Kakar near Combat Outpost Ouellette in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on Saint Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.

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U.S. troops arrive in Greece in Libya buildup

Posted 3/3/2011 12:23 PM ET
The Associated Press

ATHENS (AP) — Some 400 U.S. Marines arrived at an American naval base in Greece in a buildup of U.S. forces around revolt-torn Libya, even as European governments shied away Thursday from possible military action.

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Commanders expect Taliban will try to regain lost ground

By Joshua Partlow
Washington Post Foreign Service
Thursday, March 3, 2011; 8:33 AM

KABUL-American military officials in Afghanistan expect the Taliban will mount a fresh spring campaign to regain ground lost to U.S. troops last year and use suicide bombing teams to strike at those associated with the Afghan government or coalition forces.

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RCT-2 Marines and sailors honor their fallen after year-long deployment

Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2011 12:00 am
Lance Cpl. Johnny Merkley, 2nd Marine Division

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. - Marines, sailors and family members from Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, honored their 87 fallen comrades Feb. 23, 2011, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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East meets West: 2nd MLG (Fwd) prepares to take baton

Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2011 12:00 am
Lance Cpl. Bruno J. Bego, 1st Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEATHERNECK, AFGHANISTAN - Marines and sailors from the 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) continue to arrive at Camp Leatherneck to begin replacing their West Coast counterparts as 1st MLG (Fwd.) finishes their tour of duty.

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March 2, 2011

1st Amendment Protects Military Funeral Protesters

Supreme Court Says 1st Amendment Protects Fundamentalist Church Members

MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press
POSTED: March 2, 2011

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the First Amendment protects fundamentalist church members who mount anti-gay protests outside military funerals, despite the pain they cause grieving families.

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Lt. Gen. John Kelly, who lost son to war, says U.S. largely unaware of sacrifice

By Greg Jaffe
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 2, 2011; 12:00 AM

Before he addressed the crowd that had assembled in the St. Louis Hyatt Regency ballroom last November, Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly had one request. "Please don't mention my son," he asked the Marine Corps officer introducing him.

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Lejeune troops ready for spectrum of Libya operations

March 02, 2011 9:21 AM

Marines from Camp Lejeune may soon be landing yet again on the shores of Tripoli.

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USS Ponce and USS Kearsarge get closer to Libya

By Elizabeth Flock
Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 03/ 2/2011

Two U.S. amphibious warships, the USS Ponce and the USS Kearsarge, passed through Egypt's Suez Canal on Wednesday and arrived in the Mediterranean, a canal official said. The officials said the USS Kearsarge is carrying 42 helicopters.

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MV-22 takes tight landings to new heights

Story by Lance Cpl. Lisa Tourtelot | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar | Date: 03.02.2011

The stomach-churning accelerations and decelerations of the MV-22 “Osprey” seemed to have no effect on the crew chiefs from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadrons 161 and 561, casually directing the pilots who could not see what was underneath and behind the Osprey while they rehearsed confined area landings at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and San Clemente Island Feb. 17.

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Marines stimulate economy at Afghan bazaar

Story by Sgt. Jesse Stence | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 03.02.2011

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan - As long as there is daylight at Patrol Base Jaker, the feistiest merchants of Khalaj Bazaar stand outside the gate, ceaselessly advertising kabobs and energy drinks in their shrill, pre-pubescent voices.

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I MHG transfers authority to II MHG

Story by Lance Cpl. Mark A. Garcia | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 03.02.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Marines from II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group (Forward) assumed command from I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group (Forward) during a transfer of authority ceremony here, March 2.

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Marines Boot Social Media Pioneers From Afghanistan After Facebook Freakout

By Spencer Ackerman
March 2, 2011

It started off as an experimental effort to cover the war in the era of social media. But launching a forum where anyone could weigh in about a combat unit’s fight proved to be more than the Marines were willing to handle. The media pioneers have been sent home — largely over some comments left on a Facebook wall.

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Protests disgust veterans, but they understand ruling

Conduct condemned, but Constitution defended

By MARK WALKER - mlwalker@nctimes.com North County Times - The Californian
Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 8:41 pm

Many North County veterans say they're conflicted by Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding a controversial church's practice of picketing funerals for members of the military killed in combat.

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March 1, 2011

A job deer to his heart

Nearly 70 years after voicing Bambi, retired Marine sees life lessons

By LANA BERKOWITZ Copyright 2011 Houston Chronicle
March 1, 2011, 5:02PM

Donnie Dunagan was 6 when he was hired to be a facial model and voice actor for young Bambi in the 1942 Disney classic. Today, the 77-year-old retired Marine battalion commander says the fact that he sees a parallel between his life and the deer's coming-of-age story is a testament to the magic of the story.

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New militia brings security, and worries, to Marjah, Afghanistan

By Saeed Shah | McClatchy Newspapers
Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011

MARJAH, Afghanistan — Namatullah, a 19-year-old volunteer for a new armed "neighborhood watch" militia now patrolling alongside Marines in northeast Marjah, simply drew his finger across his throat when asked why he and other residents hadn't banded together to protect their districts until the arrival of the U.S. soldiers.

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In rural Afghan village, local security takes root

By Josh Boak
Washington Post Foreign Service
Tuesday, March 1, 2011; 1:49 PM

MARJA, AFGHANISTAN - Surrounded by quiet tribesmen with AK-47s slung over their shoulders, Haji Asaf said he expects the Taliban will kill him if given the chance.

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Beyond Bullets: Female Marines Race To Win Over Afghan Women

March 2011

The Marine Corps deploys Female Engagement Teams to reach out to Afghan women to address their needs.

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Gates Plays Down Idea of U.S. Force in Libya

Published: March 1, 2011

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Tuesday played down the possibility of American military intervention in Libya, saying that there was no agreement within NATO about the use of force and that now was not the time for the United States to be entering into another war in the Middle East.

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Tribal peace deal in Afghanistan on shaky ground

By SEBASTIAN ABBOT, Associated Press
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

SANGIN, Afghanistan (AP) --

U.S. Marines battling the Taliban in this insurgent stronghold in southern Afghanistan are increasingly dubious about prospects for a high-profile peace deal struck two months ago between the government and the area's largest tribe.

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Hillary Clinton warns of 'drawn-out civil war' in Libya as U.S. sends in its warships

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 6:02 PM on 1st March 2011

Hillary Clinton today warned that Libya faces a drawn-out civil war as the U.S. stepped up pressure on 'delusional' Moammar Gaddafi to quit.

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