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April 30, 2012

Dam has hosted Soviets, Brits and U.S. Marines

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Apr 30, 2012 17:26:03 EDT

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Afghanistan — Up on this cliffside base, Marines protect the landmark Kajaki Dam while surrounded by the remnants of another bloody war in Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/04/marine-artillery-afghanistan-golf-battery-kajaki-deployment-043012/

Marine pilot earns honor for heroic Libya rescue

By Andy Matarrese - Medill News Service
Posted : Monday Apr 30, 2012 7:52:01 EDT

Maj. J. Eric Grunke had just left a late-evening briefing to grab some chow when the rumors started to circulate aboard the Kearsarge: There was a friendly jet down in Libya.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/04/marine-grunke-aviator-of-the-year-libya-rescue-043012/

April 29, 2012

3/7 Marines from Twentynine Palms return from hell

iSun special report: Death and life after Afghanistan

Written by
Denise Goolsby
The Desert Sun
1:02 AM, Apr. 29, 2012

The notices kept coming.

To continue reading about the 3/7:

http://www.mydesert.com/article/20120429/NEWS01/204290304/3-7-Marines-Twentynine-Palms-death-life-after-Afghanistan-return-from-hell-iSun?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Frontpage

3/7 Marine wives band together during deployments

Written by
Denise Goolsby
The Desert Sun

1:02 AM, Apr. 29, 2012

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Douglas Raber got to stick around just long enough to see the birth of his second daughter before leaving on his second tour of duty to Sangin, Helmand province, Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://www.mydesert.com/article/20120429/NEWS01/204290306/3-7-Marine-wives-band-together-during-deployments

Marines hunt Taliban hiding in tunnels

By Dan Lamothe - dlamothe@militarytimes.com
Posted : Sunday Apr 29, 2012 15:54:10 EDT

OBSERVATION POST SHRINE, Afghanistan — Under cover of darkness, the Marines stalked their enemy, looking to pick a fight.

To continue reading about the 1/8:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/04/marine-helmand-province-afghanistan-deployment-kajaki-raids-042912/

April 28, 2012

Marine welder keeps heavy-duty trailers operable in Afghanistan, saves Corps thousands

4/28/2012 By Sgt. John Jackson , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Adapt and overcome is a common phrase in the Marine Corps, and Cpl. Sean Castillo, a welder with Maintenance Company, 1st Maintenance Battalion (-) Reinforced, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), is embodying those words everyday in Afghanistan and saving the Marine Corps millions of dollars while doing so.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/1stmlg/1stmlg-fwd/Pages/MarinewelderkeepsheavydutytrailersoperableinAfghanistansavesCorpsthousands.aspx#.T5xC39m9HVY

Marine truck convoys begin base closures

Story by Staff Sgt. Brian Buckwalter | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 04.28.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II, Afghanistan – Although the timeline for the complete withdrawal of combat troops in Afghanistan is still nearly two years away, Marines in southwest Afghanistan are already starting to close bases and consolidate people and equipment.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/87533/marine-truck-convoys-begin-base-closures#.T5xBy9m9HVY

A day on patrol with the Marines of Dog Company 1/7

April 28th, 2012 | Afghanistan Embedded journalism Infantry Sangin | Posted by Dan Lamothe

SANGIN, Afghanistan – For a minute, it seemed like a manhunt in the hills of the Upper Sangin Valley was possible.

To continue reading:

http://militarytimes.com/blogs/battle-rattle/2012/04/28/a-day-on-patrol-with-the-marines-of-dog-company-17/

April 27, 2012

Marine known for love of U.S

.Mason grad killed in 5th deployment

By Laurel L. Scott
Posted April 27, 2012 at 7:58 p.m.

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Paul Smith, dean of students for Mason ISD, remembers Joseph Fankhauser because of the FBI visit.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Staff Sgt. Joseph H. Frankhauser, of the 7th ESB:

http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2012/apr/27/sgt-joseph-fankhauser-marine-known-for-love-of/

Journey Through the Snow (Part 2)

By Lance Cpl. Ali Azimi // April 27th, 2012

Editors note: This is the second in a three-part series written from the perspective of a combat correspondent new to cold weather and high altitude training.

Our first few days were spent acclimating to the elevation. I had a really bad headache the entire first day. I talked to a hospital corpsman, also known as “doc,” about it. Apparently my brain was expanding because of the decrease in air pressure.

To continue reading about the Mountain Warfare Training Center:

http://marines.dodlive.mil/2012/04/27/journey-through-the-snow-part-2/

Injured Marine returns home to Claiborne County

Reporter: Conroy Delouche
Posted: Fri 8:05 PM, Apr 27, 2012

SPEEDWELL, Tenn. (WVLT) - An injured marine from east Tennessee who spent time recovering in Maryland, is finally home.

To continue reading:

http://www.volunteertv.com/home/headlines/Injured_Marine_Finally_Home__149317015.html

2/5 Marines search suspicious compounds in Musa Qa’leh

Story by Cpl. Kenneth Jasik | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 04.27.2012

MUSA QA’LEH DISTRICT, Afghanistan – During Operation Lariat, Marines and sailors patrolled the Musa Qaleh district to an area previously untouched by coalition forces, April 14-18.

To continue reading about the 2/5:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/87438/2-5-marines-search-suspicious-compounds-musa-qaleh#.T5rOpdm9HVY

Marines and Norwegians open caves to test Marine Corps Prepositioning Program during Exercise Cold Response

Story by Lance Cpl. Marcin Platek | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 04.27.2012

TRONDHEIM, Norway—Of the U.S. Cold War assets, six caves and two storage facilities in central Norway exist as if a part of an action-movie film set. However, they are part of a remote Marine Corps program known as the Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/87455/marines-and-norwegians-open-caves-test-marine-corps-prepositioning-program-during-exercise-cold-response#.T5rMsNm9HVY

U.S. to move 9,000 Marines from Okinawa

By Robert Burns - The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Apr 27, 2012 8:37:47 EDT

WASHINGTON — About 9,000 Marines stationed on the Japanese island of Okinawa will be moved to the U.S. territory of Guam and other locations in the Asia-Pacific, including Hawaii, under a U.S.-Japan agreement announced Thursday.

To continue reading:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/04/ap-marine-marines-leave-okinawa-guam-042612/

Fallen MARSOC operator awarded Silver Star

Staff report
Posted : Friday Apr 27, 2012 9:38:17 EDT

An operator with Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command will posthumously receive the Silver Star for life-saving heroism in Badghis province, Afghanistan.

To continue reading about Sgt. William J. Woitowicz of the 2nd MSOB:

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April 26, 2012

Program helps Marines with invisible wounds

Story by Aquita Brown | Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment | Date: 04.26.2012

FORT CARSON, Colo. — “There is nothing wrong with having post traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury. You are not letting anyone down when you seek help for the symptoms that you are encountering and you are not alone in the fight.”

At 92, a Bandit to Hollywood but a Hero to Soldiers

By ALAN SCHWARZ
Published: April 26, 2012

MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. — One of the world’s most prolific bootleggers of Hollywood DVDs loves his morning farina. He has spent eight years churning out hundreds of thousands of copies of “The Hangover,” “Gran Torino” and other first-run movies from his small Long Island apartment to ship overseas.

To continue reading:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/27/nyregion/at-92-movie-bootlegger-is-soldiers-hero.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1

USS Iwo Jima

Photos by Lance Cpl. Tucker Wolf
Date Taken:04.26.2012
Date Posted:04.26.2012 15:17

The 24th MEU, partnered with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, is deployed as a theater reserve and crisis response force capable of a variety of missions from full-scale combat operations to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

To view 6 photos:

http://www.dvidshub.net/image/566199/uss-iwo-jima

24th MEU deployment 2012

Photos by 2nd Lt. Joshua Larson
Date Taken:04.23.2012
Date Posted:04.26.2012 05:40

The 24th MEU, along with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, is currently deployed as a theater reserve and crisis response force capable of a variety of missions from full-scale combat operations to humanitarian service and disaster relief.

To view six photos:

http://www.dvidshub.net/image/565748/24th-meu-deployment-2012#.T5mRkNm9HVY

April 25, 2012

Carlisle native witnesses Afghan progress

Story by Master Sgt. Brenda Varnadore | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 04.25.2012

COMBAT OUTPOST JAKER, Afghanistan – “Post One, Post One,” said an Afghan boy about 8 years old. “Do you need anything? Some water, anything from bazaar?”

To continue reading about the 2/6:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/87288/carlisle-native-witnesses-afghan-progress#.T5igjdm9HVY

‘Here to protect’: Marines stay involved in Kajaki

Story by Lance Cpl. Tyler Reiriz | 1st Marine Division | Date: 04.25.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WHITEHOUSE, Afghanistan - As coalition forces continue to transfer security responsibilities to Afghan National Army and police in Afghanistan, the Marines here continue to patrol to keep the people of Kajaki safe.

To continue reading about the 1/8:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/87283/here-protect-marines-stay-involved-kajaki#.T5hdANm9HVY

Preserving a Marine's sacrifice: The evolution of Combat Outpost Torbert

4/25/2012 By Cpl. Reece Lodder , Regimental Combat Team 5

COMBAT OUTPOST TORBERT, Afghanistan — The small combat outpost, surrounded by open desert and tiny farming villages in southern Helmand province’s Garmsir district, is the quietest it’s been since December 2010.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/1stmardiv/5thregiment/rct5/Pages/PreservingaMarinessacrificeTheevolutionofcombatoutpostTorbert.aspx#.T5ha69m9HVY

Nebraska Marine bears big burden on deployment

Story by Lance Cpl. Tyler Reiriz | 1st Marine Division | Date: 04.25.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WHITEHOUSE, Afghanistan - When a big job calls for a big machine, the Marines call on the expertise of a heavy equipment operator to get the job done.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/87279/nebraska-marine-bears-big-burden-deployment

April 24, 2012

MARSOC Marines shift focus beyond Afghanistan

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Apr 24, 2012 18:04:32 EDT

The boomerang rotations to Afghanistan that most Marine special operators have been on for years will soon shift as operations there shrink and the special operations community turns its attention to the rest of the globe.

To continue reading:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/04/marines-marsoc-special-forces-operators-shift-focus-beyond-afghanistan-042512/

Marines and sailors remember caring, fearless brother in Marjah

Story by Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 04.24.2012

COMBAT OUTPOST DULUTH, Afghanistan – U.S. Marines and sailors with Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, formed a line in front of a battlefield cross, assembled in honor of Lance Cpl. Abraham Tarwoe, a dog handler and mortarman who served with Weapons Company, after the conclusion of his memorial service here, April 22.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/87223/marines-and-sailors-remember-caring-fearless-brother-marjah#.T5ahCdniGso

Marine unit new to Afghanistan conducts first large-scale operation

Story by Staff Sgt. Brian Buckwalter | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 04.24.2012

MUSA QA’LEH DISTRICT CENTER, Afghanistan – As insurgents begin preparations for Afghanistan’s poppy harvest season, Marines, coalition forces and Afghan National Security Forces participated in Operation Jaws April 5-8.

To continue reading about the 2/5:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/87222/marine-unit-new-afghanistan-conducts-first-large-scale-operation#.T5afUdniGso

April 23, 2012

Tactics – a universal language of Marines worldwide

4/23/2012 By Sgt. Richard Blumenstein , 24th MEU

SIERRA DEL RETIN, Spain — Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit joined the Spanish Marine Corps, the Infanteria DeMarina, for two days of tactics sharing during bi-lateral training, April 16-17.

To continue reading about the 24th MEU:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/24thmeu/Pages/120424-Tactics.aspx#.T5YUltniGsp

Marines protect dam, train Afghans in Kajaki

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Apr 23, 2012 18:06:41 EDT

KAJAKI, Afghanistan —– The attack on Forward Operating Base White House began during a sandstorm. A team of at least four insurgents targeted guard posts with 7.62mm machine-gun fire while there was limited visibility, sparking a firefight that lasted nearly an hour, Marines here said.

To continue reading about the 1/8:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/04/marine-protect-dam-train-afghans-in-kajaki-042312/

Division Psychiatry helps Marines get back in the fight

4/23/2012 By Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde , 2nd Marine Division

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.. — Life as a service member can be quite stressful, especially in the Marine Corps. Deployments, frequent training and even the stress of balancing family life with military obligation, all weigh in on the individual Marine at one point or another and can sometimes overwhelm the service member to the point where they need a helping hand.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/2ndmardiv/Pages/DivisionPsychiatryhelpsMarinesgetbackinthefight.aspx#.T5Xe59niGso

April 22, 2012

DoD reports gaps in care of wounded warriors

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Apr 22, 2012 10:06:22 EDT

A Defense Department inspector general report found gaps in the care, treatment and transition programs for wounded Marines — plus poor morale fueled by idled hands, long waits for medical review boards, mixed messages about using and abusing medications and illegal drugs, and the sense their units had forgotten them. Worse, investigators found, wounded warriors complained they were put on public display, much like in a petting zoo, when charities visited and wanted the “visibly wounded” for their events.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/04/marine-defense-department-dod-gaps-in-care-of-wounded-warriors-042212w/

April 21, 2012

Tomy Parker, mom adjust to realization wounded Ronan Marine ready to live on own

Written by VINCE DEVLIN Photographed by KURT WILSON of the Missoulian | Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2012 10:00

SAN DIEGO – A few nights ago as she prepared dinner for herself and her son, Lisa Corbett punched through the top of a can of vegetables, gripped the can opener handles with one hand and turned the key with the other.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Marine awarded Bronze Star with “V”

Story by Sgt. John Jackson | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 04.21.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Two years ago, then Gunnery Sgt. Kelly Minkler arrived in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as an explosive ordnance disposal section leader with 1st EOD Company, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward). During that deployment, Minkler was in direct support of Weapons Co., 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/87117/explosive-ordnance-disposal-marine-awarded-bronze-star-with-v#.T5LE8dniGso

April 20, 2012

MCRD Parris Island close order drill first phase

Courtesy Photos | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 04.13.2012
Date Posted:04.20.2012 07:52

U.S. Marine recruits with Platoon 3045, Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, practice close order drill during the first phase of recruit training aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., April 13, 2012. Close order drill is used during recruit training to teach recruits to obey orders and to instill discipline.

To view three photos:

http://www.dvidshub.net/image/562317/mcrd-parris-island-close-order-drill-first-phase#.T6NNoFLiGsq

Doing more with less: advisor teams lead new way in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Katherine Keleher | II Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 04.20.2012

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — As troop numbers continue to decrease in Afghanistan, the counter-insurgency mission remains the same — to maintain hard-won momentum. Marines are once again being called to do more with less. In this case, this means handing over increasing responsibility to Afghan National Security Forces, all while the number of Marines and sailors operating in theater steadily decreases.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/87041/doing-more-with-less-advisor-teams-lead-new-way-afghanistan#.T5GEidniGso

The new tradition of E-18

Story by Cpl. Johnny Merkley | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 04.20.2012

NAWA DISTRICT, Afghanistan— Throughout the Marine Corps, the bulk of combat operations are conducted at a non commissioned officer level and below.

To continue reading about the 2/6:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/87023/new-tradition-e-18#.T5GC19niGso

Combat Logistics Battalions conduct “left seat, right seat” operations in Afghanistan

4/20/2012 By Sgt. Michele Watson , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

FORWARD OPERATING BASE PAYNE, Afghanistan — The war in Afghanistan is continuous, and while units may come and go, the mission never pauses.

To continue reading about CLB-1 and CLB-5:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/1stmlg/1stmlg-fwd/Pages/CombatLogisticsBattalionsconductleftseat,rightseatoperationsinAfghanistan.aspx#.T5F-BNniGso

April 19, 2012

VA to hire 1,600 mental health care providers

By Patricia Kime - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Apr 19, 2012 16:43:22 EDT

The Veterans Affairs Department announced Thursday that it plans to hire 1,600 nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers to bolster its staff of mental health providers.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/04/military-veterans-affairs-hire-1600-mental-health-providers-041912w/

Marines say goodbye to fallen brother

Story by Lance Cpl. Mark Garcia | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 04.19.2012

COMBAT OUTPOST SHIR GHAZAY, Afghanistan -- On a hot Friday morning, more than 100 Marines gathered to honor Cpl. Alex Martinez, a fallen comrade, during a memorial ceremony, April 13.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Cpl. Alex Martinez, of the 1st CEB:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86954/marines-say-goodbye-fallen-brother#.T5AYDNniGso

April 18, 2012

Marine mortar men arrive by sea, attack on land, extract by air

4/18/2012 By Cpl. Tyler Main , Marine Forces Africa

CAP DRAA, Morocco — Marine mortar men from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, in support of African Lion 2012, executed a quick-strike, indirect-fire mission on a simulated enemy fuel convoy at Cap Draa, Morocco, April 9.

To continue reading about the 24th MEU:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/marforaf/Pages/Marinesarrivebysea,attackonland,extractbyair.aspx#.T5DV_tniGso

USMC 4-star: Women to attend infantry school

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Apr 18, 2012 15:36:36 EDT

The Marine Corps school that produces infantry combat officers will enroll its first-ever female students this year, Marine Corps Times has learned.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/04/marine-corps-women-infantry-combat-dunford-amos-041812/

24th Marine Expeditionary Unit honors fallen Marines while at sea

Story by 2nd Lt. Joshua Larson | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 04.18.2012

OFF THE COAST OF MOROCCO – Marines and sailors from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group gathered together to honor Cpl. Derek Kerns and Cpl. Robby Reyes during a memorial ceremony aboard the USS Iwo Jima April 18.

To continue reading about Fallen Heroes Cpl. Robby A. Reyes and Cpl. Derek A. Kerns of the VMM-261:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86943/24th-marine-expeditionary-unit-honors-fallen-marines-while-sea#.T5AVC9niGso


8th Engineer Support Battalion mentors reservists during raft operations

4/18/2012 By Sgt. Justin J. Shemanski , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — A portion of the New River adjacent to Camp Lejeune was home to an afternoon of raft operations hosted by the Marines of 8th Engineer Support Battalion’s Bridge Company, April 17.

To continue reading about the 6th ESB and 8th ESB:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/2ndmlg/Pages/8thEngineerSupportBattalionmentorsreservistsduringraftoperations.aspx#.T5AQ19niGso

Moroccans, Marines prep for final exercise at Exercise Africa Lion 2012

4/18/2012 By Cpl. Tyler Main , Marine Forces Africa

CAP DRAA, Morocco — Marines of 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Battalion Landing Team, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Moroccan Armed Forces service members, teamed up to rehearse the final exercise for Exercise Africa Lion 2012 in Cap Draa, Morocco, April 16.

To continue reading about the 24th MEU:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/marforaf/Pages/Moroccans,MarinesprepforfinalexerciseatExerciseAfricaLion2012.aspx#.T468JdniGso

April 17, 2012

37 Marines, Sailors Awarded Purple Hearts

Award Recipients Part Of Battalion That Returned From Afghanistan In March

POSTED: 8:24 pm PDT April 17, 2012
UPDATED: 11:08 pm PDT April 17, 2012

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Thirty-seven Marines and sailors were awarded Purple Hearts during a ceremony at Camp Pendleton on Tuesday.

To continue reading:

http://www.10news.com/news/30911111/detail.html

From high school to Afghanistan, these Marines stick together

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | 1st Marine Division | Date: 04.17.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Marines describe their relationships with fellow Marines with words like brotherhood and sisterhood. Many view the Corps as a family, with brothers and sisters, mother and father figures. The way Marines take care of each other, look after each other and even bicker with each other is reminiscent of many families in America today.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86874/high-school-afghanistan-these-marines-stick-together#.T444_dniGso

Marine electrician keeps power on in southern Helmand province

4/17/2012 By Sgt. Michael S. Cifuentes , Regimental Combat Team 5

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan — CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan – Sometimes little luxuries like air conditioning, heat and power go unnoticed… just not in Afghanistan.

To continue reading about the 2/9:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/1stmardiv/Pages/MarineelectriciankeepsthepoweroninsouthernHelmand.aspx#.T410MtniGso

Postal Marines provide morale boost in Afghanistan

4/17/2012 By Sgt. Michele Watson , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan — Whether it is Girl Scout cookies sent by patriotic Americans or photographs of your child’s first day at school, mail is the number one source of morale for Marines in a combat zone.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/1stmlg/1stmlg-fwd/Pages/PostalMarinesprovidemoraleboostinAfghanistan.aspx#.T41x7dniGso

37 Marines, Sailors Awarded Purple Hearts

Award Recipients Part Of Battalion That Returned From Afghanistan In March

POSTED: 8:24 pm PDT April 17, 2012
UPDATED: 11:08 pm PDT April 17, 2012

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Thirty-seven Marines and sailors were awarded Purple Hearts during a ceremony at Camp Pendleton on Tuesday.

To continue reading:

http://www.10news.com/news/30911111/detail.html

April 16, 2012

Journey Through the Snow (Part I)

By Lance Cpl. Ali Azimi // April 16th, 2012

I’m not an infantryman. I’ve never been part of a grunt unit. But, I’ll be spending the next month with them in the wilds of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

To continue reading about the Mountain Warfare Training Center:

http://marines.dodlive.mil/2012/04/16/journey-through-the-snow-1/

US Ambassador to Morocco, senior officers visit Marines and sailors aboard USS Iwo Jima

Story by 2nd Lt. Joshua Larson | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 04.16.2012

OFF THE COAST OF MOROCCO – The U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, Sam Kaplan, along with senior members of the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces and the commanding general of U.S. Africa Command, Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, spent an afternoon with members of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group aboard the USS Iwo Jima, April 16, to learn about the unique capabilities of the amphibious assault ship and the Marines who operate from it.

To continue reading about the 24th MEU:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86834/us-ambassador-morocco-senior-officers-visit-marines-and-sailors-aboard-uss-iwo-jima#.T48_JtniGsp

8th Marine Regiment clears enemies down range

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 04.16.2012

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, recently spent two days conducting live-fire exercises, including platoons working to destroy all enemy territories.

To continue reading about the 2/8:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86824/8th-marine-regiment-clears-enemies-down-range#.T4yZNdniGso

Moroccans join 24th MEU for Amphibious ‘Day at the Beach’ during African Lion 12

Story by Staff Sgt. Robert Fisher | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 04.16.2012

MOROCCO - Marines and Sailors of Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, landed on the shores of the Kingdom of Morocco, April 10, to participate in Exercise African Lion 12.

To continue reading about the 24th MEU:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86803/moroccans-join-24th-meu-amphibious-day-beach-during-african-lion-12#.T48809niGsp

Raids, helo ops hit Afghan drug smugglers

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Apr 16, 2012 8:19:44 EDT

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Marines are running heliborne operations and other raids this spring to stem the flow of stored poppy out of the country ahead of the next harvest, said the two-star general overseeing ground operations here.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/04/marine-helmand-raids-hit-afghan-drug-smugglers-041612/

Toledo Marine drives across hundreds of miles in Afghanistan

4/16/2012 By Sgt. Michele Watson , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan — In America, all branches of the military are voluntary, and for those who choose to join, a certain level of respect is earned. There are some who believe that the highest honor comes from serving one’s country.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/1stmlg/1stmlg-fwd/Pages/ToledoMarinedrivesacrosshundredsofmilesinAfghanistan.aspx#.T4xAptniGso

Warehouse clerks band together in Afghanistan

4/16/2012 By Cpl. Mark W. Stroud , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — “Pretty much everything anyone has out here came through supply at one point,” said Lance Cpl. Lud G. Romain, assistant warehouse chief, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward). “We have three lance corporals in the warehouse taking care of the entire battalion.”

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/1stmlg/1stmlg-fwd/Pages/WarehouseclerksbandtogetheratCLB4.aspx#.T4w_O9niGso

Marines raise money, awareness for Semper Fi Fund

Story by Cpl. Jennifer Pirante | I Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 04.13.2012
Date Posted: 04.16.2012

SAN DIEGO — Marines and guests gathered to raise money and awareness for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund at the Broken Yolk Café in Oceanside, Calif., April 13.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86819/marines-raise-money-awareness-semper-fi-fund#.T414B9niGsr

April 15, 2012

Afghanistan’s Kajaki Dam offers landmines, breathtaking scenery

April 15th, 2012 | Posted by Dan Lamothe

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Afghanistan — After three nights visiting Marines at Observation Post Shrine, photographer James Lee and I have returned to this base overlooking the scenic Kajaki Dam.

To continue reading about the 2/11:

http://militarytimes.com/blogs/battle-rattle/2012/04/15/afghanistans-kajaki-dam-offers-landmines-breathtaking-scenery/

24th Marine Expeditionary Unit “Raven” flies the skies of Morocco

4/15/2012 By 2nd Lt. Joushua Larson , 24th MEU

AGADIR, Morocco — Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit demonstrated the capabilities of the MEU’s unmanned aerial system assets for members of the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces, April 12, at Inezgane Airfield.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/24thmeu/Pages/120415-Raven.aspx#.T4w9t9niGso

Marines set the pace for annual race

SARAH CRAWFORD | April 15th, 2012

CROSS-country competitors had to weave in and out of 150 US Marines who were running in formation at the annual Darwin long-distance race.

To continue reading about the 2/3:

http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2012/04/15/299111_ntnews.html

Taliban attack Afghan capital, 3 other cities

The Taliban launched a series of coordinated attacks on at least seven sites across the Afghan capital on Sunday, targeting NATO headquarters, the parliament and diplomatic residences. Militants also launched near-simultaneous assaults in three other eastern cities.

From the Associated Press

April 15, 2012, 6:30 a.m.
Kabul, Afghanistan—
The Taliban launched a series of coordinated attacks on at least seven sites across the Afghan capital on Sunday, targeting NATO headquarters, the parliament and diplomatic residences. Militants also launched near-simultaneous assaults in three other eastern cities.

To continue reading:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fgw-afghanistan-20120416,0,3088460,full.story

April 14, 2012

Family, friends, community say goodbye to Elgin Marine

By Emily McFarlan ~ emcfarlan@stmedianetwork.com April 14, 2012 8:34PM

Life Changers International Church in Hoffman Estates is the church Julianna Martinez, now 22, has attended since she was 12 or 13 years old, according to Pastor Gregory Dickow.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Cpl. Alex Martinez, of the 1st CEB:

http://couriernews.suntimes.com/news/11876916-418/family-friends-community-say-goodbye-to-elgin-marine.html

Photo Gallery:

http://couriernews.suntimes.com/photos/galleries/index.html?story=11876916

Family accepts Bronze Star for fallen Marine

Texan awarded medal posthumously at Ellington Field

By Lindsay Wise
Updated 10:00 p.m., Saturday, April 14, 2012

Rows of Marines snapped to attention at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base Saturday afternoon to honor the bravery of a 26-year-old staff sergeant from Arlington who lost his life in Afghanistan last year.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Staff Sgt. Jeremy Smith:

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Family-accepts-Bronze-Star-for-fallen-Marine-3482768.php

U.S. Marine Sgt. Fitzpatrick awarded for saving life of hospital corpsman

By Ellie Oleson
CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, April 14, 2012

OXFORD — During a firefight in Afghanistan last fall, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Kory M. Fitzpatrick, 23, risked his own life to save severely wounded Hospital Corpsman Third Class Michael Wengloski.

To continue reading:

http://www.telegram.com/article/20120414/TOWNNEWS/120419708&TEMPLATE=TOWNPORTAL

U.S. Marine Sgt. Fitzpatrick awarded for saving life of hospital corpsman

By Ellie Oleson
CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, April 14, 2012

OXFORD — During a firefight in Afghanistan last fall, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Kory M. Fitzpatrick, 23, risked his own life to save severely wounded Hospital Corpsman Third Class Michael Wengloski.

To continue reading:

http://www.telegram.com/article/20120414/TOWNNEWS/120419708&TEMPLATE=TOWNPORTAL

Marines continue infrastructure growth in Afghanistan

Story by Sgt. Michele Watson | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 04.14.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Marines with Support Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) worked tirelessly toward the completion of a 12 kilometer stretch of road.

To continue reading about the 9th ESB:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86746/marines-continue-infrastructure-growth-afghanistan#.T4nOwtniGso

April 13, 2012

The Unknown Soldiers: A Marine Named Fancy

By Tom Sileo
Published 04/13/12

Lance Cpl. Stuart Ferreri is just old enough to legally buy a beer in the United States. Yet the Marine, 21, is already on his second deployment to Afghanistan.

To continue reading about the 3/3:

http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/13/the-unknown-soldiers-a-marine-named-fancy/

Camp Pendleton honors five fallen Marines

It's a solemn day for the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, as it remembers comrades killed on a recent deployment to Afghanistan.

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
April 13, 2012

CAMP PENDLETON — After the formal ceremony was over, after the traditional order to "honor the dead" had been given, Marines and family members approached what are called battlefield crosses: individual displays of boots, dog tags, pictures and inverted rifles.

To continue reading:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0413-marines-memorial-20120413,0,2605282.story

From Marine wife to war widow

Procession, service planned for Elgin native killed in Afghanistan

By Michelle Stoffel, Chicago Tribune reporter
April 13, 2012

Alex Martinez was above all shy; a quietly motivated man, beloved by his friends and family and totally dedicated to his duty as a U.S. Marine, said his wife, Juliana Martinez.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Cpl. Alex Martinez, of the 1st CEB:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-elgin-war-widow-20120413,0,1815537.story

Kaipat, 21, killed in Afghanistan

By Haidee V. Eugenio
Reporter
Friday, April 13, 2012

A 21-year-old Marine from the CNMI was killed while on combat patrol in Afghanistan on Wednesday, bringing to 16 the number of Commonwealth sons and daughters who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the wars against terror since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Ramon T. Kaipat, of the 1st LAR:

http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?newsID=118048&cat=1

African Lion 12 Underway After 'Historic' Maritime Offload

By Gunnery Sgt. William Price
U.S. Marine Forces Africa

AGADIR, Morocco,
Apr 13, 2012 — Service members from all over the United States teamed up with the Moroccan Armed Forces to kick off Exercise African Lion 2012, in Agadir, Morocco, April 7-18.

To continue reading:

http://www.africom.mil/getArticle.asp?art=7782&lang=0

Mass casualty drill becomes reality for sailors, Marines

4/13/2012 By Sgt. John Jackson , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)
FORWARD OPERATING BASE EDINBURGH, Afghanistan — Doctors, surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and corpsmen began April 10 like every other Tuesday – by conducting medical drills to prepare for the worst.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/1stmlg/1stmlg-fwd/Pages/MasscasualtydrillbecomesrealityforsailorsMarines.aspx#.T4gridniGso

April 12, 2012

Comstock Marine drives forward

Story by 2nd Lt. Scott Murdock | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 04.12.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – When he is on his family farm, Dana Brakke can be found driving a John Deere through the green fields of Comstock, Minn. These days, he can be found driving an armored truck through the sand of southwest Afghanistan

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86616/comstock-marine-drives-forward#.T4uVR9niGsq

Marine's gift to Ithaca comes at a huge price

Written by
Dave Bohrer
11:31 PM, Apr. 12, 2012

A man sobbed uncontrollably, doubled over on the sidewalk Tuesday night as the last of Cpl. Christopher D. Bordoni's flag-draped casket escorted by Marines in their crisp dress blues disappeared through the doors of Bangs Funeral Home on the other side of Green Street.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Cpl. Christopher D. Bordoni, of the 1/6:

http://www.stargazette.com/article/20120412/VIEWPOINTS/204120416/Marine-s-gift-Ithaca-comes-huge-price

‘The Magnificent Bastards’ remember fallen brothers

Story by Cpl. Benjamin Crilly | 1st Marine Division | Date: 04.12.2012

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Five 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Marines were memorialized by their fellow comrades, friends and family during a memorial service at San Mateo, April 12.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86685/magnificent-bastards-remember-fallen-brothers#.T4edqNniGsp

Marines defend Kajaki at “The Shrine”

April 12th, 2012 | Posted by Dan Lamothe

OBSERVATION POST SHRINE, Afghanistan – Somewhere on the edge of Taliban country, we’ll be spending the night amidst the sound of coyotes, crickets and Afghan music.

To continue reading about the 1/8:

http://militarytimes.com/blogs/battle-rattle/2012/04/12/afghanistan-shrine-kajaki-deployed/

Official: Osprey crashed after Marines unloaded

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Apr 12, 2012 9:21:15 EDT

Two Marines were killed and two severely injured in the crash of an MV-22 Osprey during a training exercise in southern Morocco, the Marine Corps confirmed Wednesday.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/04/marine-morocco-2-marines-killed-osprey-crash-041112w/

Task Force Leatherneck commanding general visits Afghan, Marine forces in Garmsir

Photos by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 04.12.2012

During their visit to Helmand province’s Garmsir district, U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. David Berger and members of his staff surveyed positions manned by ‘America’s Battalion’ and Afghan National Security Forces. They discussed the progress made in Garmsir by the partnered forces, upcoming district community council elections and the nearing transition of lead security responsibility to Afghan forces.

To view photos:

http://www.dvidshub.net/image/559230/task-force-leatherneck-commanding-general-visits-afghan-marine-forces-garmsir#.T417ANniGso

Two New River Marines Killed In Osprey Crash

Posted: Wed 10:53 PM, Apr 11, 2012
Updated: Thu 10:17 AM, Apr 12, 2012

The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit at Camp Lejeune is releasing more information about the deadly Osprey crash in Morocco Wednesday, including confirming the two killed were from the New River Air Station.

To continue reading:

http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/New_Info_In_Camp_Lejeune_Attached_Osprey_Crash_147092695.html

April 11, 2012

Marine Osprey Crashes During Exercise in Africa

April 11th, 2012

NAPLES, Italy — An MV-22 Osprey operating from the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) crashed in a Royal Moroccan military training area southwest of Agadir, Morocco, while participating in the bilateral Exercise African Lion.

To continue reading:

http://www.ussnewyork.com/wordpress/2012/04/11/marine-osprey-crashes-during-exercise-in-africa/

From start to finish, Marine battalion leaves mark on Sangin

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 04.11.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan – Marines and sailors with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, came to Helmand province six months ago, cracking down on insurgents and extending a helping hand to locals.

To continue reading about the 3/7:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86544/start-finish-marine-battalion-leaves-mark-sangin#.T4Wa7dniGsq

Setting the Conditions: Motor Transport Marines prepare Garmsir for transition

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 04.11.2012

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Afghanistan — Over the past four years, seven U.S. Marine battalions have rotated through Helmand province’s Garmsir district.

To continue reading about the 3/3:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86549/setting-conditions-motor-transport-marines-prepare-garmsir-transition#.T4WX9dniGso

Marines salute fallen brother in Khan Neshin district

Story by Sgt. Michael Cifuentes | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 04.11.2012

COMBAT OUTPOST CASTLE, Afghanistan – “It’s going to be a little quiet and boring the rest of the deployment now … without his jokes and all the other stuff he gets us into.”

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Cpl. Roberto Cazarez, of the 1st LAR:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86537/marines-salute-fallen-brother-khan-neshin-district#.T4WV_dniGso

Morocco trip a boon for Reserve Marines

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Apr 11, 2012 6:11:14 EDT

Marine reservists have taken the lead in Morocco for African Lion, a 10-day joint exercise that partners Moroccan military forces with their American counterparts.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/04/marine-africa-lion-morocco-trip-boon-reserve-marines-041112/

African Lion 2012

Photos by Cpl. Michael Petersheim, 24th MEU
April 11, 2012

Marines from Company A, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct classes on different weapons with members of the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces on a beach in Morocco April 10, during Exercise African Lion 12.

To view photos:

http://www.camplejeuneglobe.com/news/collection_298c1088-83f5-11e1-ad36-0019bb2963f4.html

April 10, 2012

Marine South expo opens Wednesday

April 10, 2012 5:12 AM
DAILY NEWS STAFF

Marines will get a chance this week to take a firsthand look at the latest products from the leading defense equipment manufacturers.

To continue reading:

http://www.jdnews.com/news/-102635--.html

April 9, 2012

Pride paramount to River Ridge native

Story by Spc. Chelsea Russell | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 04.09.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The sound of the National Anthem fills the air and young Cpl. Marc Orgeron holds a microphone in his hand. He stands rigidly at attention, the gleam of hard-earned medals glinting from his chest as he begins to sing. His voice booms across the bright green ball field and fills the hearts of those gathered to witness the San Diego Padres versus Colorado Rockies baseball game, Sept. 17, 2009, with pride.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86474/pride-paramount-river-ridge-native#.T4OqvdniGso

1,500 veterans hired through new Mo. program

The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Apr 9, 2012 13:48:01 EDT

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — The jobless rate for veterans remains high, but a Missouri program is working to help.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/04/ap-1500-veterans-hired-through-missouri-program-show-me-heroes-040912/

Corps faces logistics challenge in Afghanistan

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Apr 9, 2012 8:02:46 EDT

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — With the end of combat in Afghanistan looming and the withdrawal of deployed U.S. troops already underway, the Marine Corps is laying plans for the herculean task of returning its equipment to the States.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/04/marine-afghan-logistics-challenge-040912/

Engineers pave way for progress

Story by 2nd Lt. Scott Murdock | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 04.09.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - “When I was here last, we had a 12-year-old boy turn his father in for making [improvised explosive devices],” said Capt. Aaron Fisher, Support Company commander, 9th Engineer Support Battalion. “We asked him why he’d do that. He said he learned in school that IEDs are bad and that bad people make them.”

To continue reading about the 9th ESB:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86481/engineers-pave-way-progress#.T4Lw2dniGso

April 8, 2012

First fighter jet to respond to 9/11 attacks heads for Marine museum

By: Kari Pugh | Inside NoVA
Published: April 08, 2012

If you were nearWashington,D.C., on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, the sight of this particular F/A-18 Hornet in the sky was probably a welcome one, even as smoke billowed upwards from the Pentagon.

To continue reading:

http://www2.insidenova.com/news/2012/apr/08/first-fighter-jet-respond-911-attacks-heads-marine-ar-1826616/

Ithaca Marine's funeral will follow time-honored tradition

8:50 PM, Apr. 8, 2012

Ithaca -- When the Marine Corps honor guard presents the folded flag to Cpl. Christopher Bordoni's widow, Jesse, the guard will do so on behalf of the president, the Marine Corps commandant and a grateful nation.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Cpl. Christopher D. Bordoni, of the 1/6:

http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20120408/NEWS01/204080343/Ithaca-Marine-s-funeral-will-follow-time-honored-tradition?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Sailors save Afghan stab victim in mobile ER

Story by Cpl. Kenneth Jasik | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 04.06.2012
Date Posted:04.08.2012 12:55

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II, Afghanistan – Sailors with shock trauma platoon, 1st Maintenance Battalion (-) Reinforced, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), provided life-saving care to an Afghan man who was stabbed in the abdomen by a thief, April 6.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86460/sailors-save-afghan-stab-victim-mobile-er#.T4Oo1NniGso

Poppy farming days are numbered in southern Helmand

Story by Sgt. Michael Cifuentes | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 04.08.2012

KHAN NESHIN DISTRICT, Afghanistan – A patrol leader with the Afghan Uniformed Police here said his message against growing poppy is reaching farmers. In return, farmers are sealing their compliance with handshakes and understanding.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86445/poppy-farming-days-numbered-southern-helmand#.T4Om79niGso

April 7, 2012

Elgin man who was ‘proud to be a Marine’ killed in Afghanistan

BY HUNTER CLAUSS Staff Reporter hclauss@suntimes.com April 7, 2012 12:38AM

A U.S. Marine from northwest suburban Elgin died in Afghanistan while “conducting combat operations,” the U.S. Department of Defense said Friday.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Cpl. Alex Martinez, of the 1st CEB:

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/11762897-418/elgin-man-who-was-proud-to-be-a-marine-killed-in-afghanistan.html

Marine engineers improve road for local village

Story by Anthony Ward | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 04.07.2012

SHIR GHAZAY, Afghanistan -- As Afghanistan continues to transition into a stronger, Afghan-led country, Marines continue to do their part by leaving things better than they found them.

To continue reading about the 9th ESB:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86422/marine-engineers-improve-road-local-village#.T4BejNniGso

Forward deployed Marine sings national anthem for Cleveland Indians’ home opener

Story by Sgt. John Jackson | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 04.07.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Joe DiMaggio once said, “You always get a special kick on opening day, no matter how many you go through. You look forward to it like a birthday party when you’re a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen.”

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86421/forward-deployed-marine-sings-national-anthem-cleveland-indians-home-opener#.T4BcdtniGso

Supply Management Unit supports operational needs across Helmand Province

Story by Sgt. Michele Watson | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 04.07.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - The Supply Management Unit aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, acts as the intermediary between units across Regional Command Southwest and the sources of supply for Marine Corps organizations.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86420/supply-management-unit-supports-operational-needs-across-helmand-province#.T4BafdniGso

Marines at Leatherneck concussion center heal, return to combat

April 7th, 2012 | Posted by Dan Lamothe

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Lance Cpl. Scott Anderson had been in Afghanistan about a month when he was “blown up.”

To continue reading:

http://militarytimes.com/blogs/battle-rattle/2012/04/07/marines-at-leatherneck-concussion-center-heal-return-to-combat/

USS New York Sailors and Marines to Run Around the World

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ian Carver, Amphibious Squadron 8 Public Affairs
Story Number: NNS120407-06
Release Date: 4/7/2012 9:08:00 AM

USS NEW YORK, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) are challenging themselves to collectively run enough miles to circumnavigate the earth - a competition that started April 1 and will continue until New York returns home from its maiden deployment to accumulate the 24,900 miles needed to complete the challenge.

To continue reading about the 24th MEU:

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=66366

Corps to offer on-base energy-saving incentives

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Apr 7, 2012 9:14:07 EDT

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Families in private housing on Marine Corps installations will start receiving utility bills this summer ahead of a servicewide plan to charge power hogs and credit power savers.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/04/marine-power-meters-energy-saving-incentives-040712w/

Corpsmen teach over chai, connect with Afghan students

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 04.07.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan – A medic places the last bandage on an Afghan soldier. He shouts commands to the soldiers next to him, and they respond, gripping the four corners of the stretcher. Together they carry their injured brother to cover behind a truck.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86417/corpsmen-teach-over-chai-connect-with-afghan-students#.T4LsNdniGsr

April 6, 2012

Marine from Elgin dies in Afghanistan

By Peter Nickeas
Tribune reporter
11:29 p.m. CDT, April 6, 2012

A 21-year-old Marine from Elgin died Thursday during his second deployment to Afghanistan, according to his family and the United States Department of Defense.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Cpl. Alex Martinez, of the 1st CEB:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-marine-from-elgin-dies-in-afghanistan-20120406,0,6948809.story

To Ramadi and back

Story by Cpl. Johnny Merkley | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 04.06.2012

TREK NAWA, Afghanistan — The men and women who have earned the title of Marine share a unique history and tradition only found in the Corps. In some cases, this history and tradition is shared by generations of Marines from the same family.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86366/ramadi-and-back#.T3-t9tniGso

Marine store in Afghanistan clears $4.5M in monthly sales

April 6th, 2012 | Afghanistan Camp Leatherneck Embedded journalism Marines | Posted by Dan Lamothe

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – When it comes to morale on a forward operating base, creature comforts are no small thing.

To continue reading:

http://militarytimes.com/blogs/battle-rattle/2012/04/06/marine-store-in-afghanistan-clears-4-5m-in-monthly-sales/

Doc with “million dollar wound” still helping Marines on second deployment

Story by Sgt. James Mercure | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 04.06.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WHITEHOUSE, Afghanistan – Petty Officer Third Class Chase Speed still has the blood-soaked belt he was wearing when an insurgent put a bullet through it last year.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86361/doc-with-million-dollar-wound-still-helping-marines-second-deployment#.T4Sz8NniGsp

Bravo Co. Marines take on new mission, demilitarize base

4/6/2012 By Cpl. Mark W. Stroud , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

PATROL BASE MIRMANDAB, Afghanistan — Marines with 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), assisted in demilitarizing Patrol Base Mirmandab, March 23-31.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/1stmlg/1stmlg-fwd/Pages/BravoCoMarinestakeonnewmissiondemilitarizebase.aspx#.T376zNniGso

Corpsmen save crash victims

4/6/2012 By Cpl. Mark W. Stroud , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP DELARAM II, Afghanistan — Two corpsmen were recognized for saving the lives of mass-casualty victims during a ceremony here March 28.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/mcbjapan/Pages/2012/0406-casualty.aspx#.T375FtniGso

For Marines on the battlefield, urgent care is just a call away

4/6/2012 By Cpl. Isaac Lamberth , 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (FWD)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — A four-vehicle convoy travels along the barren desert when the first vehicle is suddenly struck by an improvised explosive device. A Marine in the first vehicle is hit in the face by shrapnel. A Navy Corpsman riding in the third vehicle jumps out and pulls the injured Marine from the vehicle and rushes to assess his injuries. The convoy commander immediately radios for a medical evacuation.

To continue reading:

To continue reading:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/defence/us-denies-china-syndrome-behind-marine-move/story-e6frg8yo-1226315919284

Corps to map out drawdown options for Marines

Staff report
Posted : Monday Apr 2, 2012 11:05:06 EDT

Marine Corps manpower officials are launching an eight-week, worldwide tour to inform personnel how the service intends to shed about 20,000 from active duty over the next five years.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/04/marine-corps-drawdown-roadshow-040212/

Protective underwear helps guard troops against IEDs

By Tom Vanden Brook
USA Today
Published: April 2, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Staff Sgt. Ross Cox's wounds from the buried bomb were horrific enough: left foot blown off, right leg shattered, three tourniquets strapped to his bleeding limbs.

To continue reading:

http://www.stripes.com/news/us/protective-underwear-helps-guard-troops-against-ieds-1.173345

April 1, 2012

Dogs of war: Friends and saviors of Marines in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 03.29.2012
Date Posted:04.01.2012 14:14

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Afghanistan — Without the Marine’s watchful eyes and his dog’s trained nose, the round metal container packed with 40 pounds of homemade explosives could have wreaked destruction on their patrol.

To continue reading about the 3/3:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86086/dogs-war-friends-and-saviors-marines-afghanistan#.T3mvs9mAqsp

Drawdown could mean change for some reservists

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Apr 1, 2012 10:57:57 EDT

The looming drawdown in Afghanistan spells uncertainty for reservists on active duty. Their deployments will become increasingly unpredictable, and they could find themselves with a new mission or unexpected demobilization orders, according to Marine administrative message 146/12.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/04/marine-drawdown-could-mean-change-some-reservists-033112w/