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August 31, 2012

Political dos, don’ts

8/31/2012 By Lance Cpl. D.J. wu , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — During this election season there are things that active duty service members need to know to stay out of trouble when showing support for a political party.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/29palms/Pages/Politicaldos,don%E2%80%99ts.aspx#.UEGFGyKd6So

Scout snipers keep watch over Marines

Story by Cpl. Ed Galo | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 08.31.2012

AGHA AHMAD, Afghanistan – The snaps and cracks of accurate small-arms fire break the silence of the day.

To continue reading about the 1/1:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/94096/scout-snipers-keep-watch-over-marines#.UEGHyyKd6So

Explosive ordnance disposal technicians teach methods to counter improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan

8/31/2012 By Sgt. Michele Watson , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — In today’s war, improvised explosive devices remain the number one threat to Marines and sailors forward deployed to Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/1stmlg/1stmlg-fwd/Pages/ExplosiveordnancedisposaltechniciansteachmethodstocounterimprovisedexplosivedevicesinAfghanistan.aspx#.UEGDjyKd6So

Dynamic training for ‘Thundering Third’

8/31/2012 By Lance Cpl. Ali Azimi , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS Calif. — Marines with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, conducted a series of exercises at Noble Pass and Delta training areas Aug. 23, as part of the unit’s squad certifications.

To continue reading about the 3/4:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/29palms/Pages/Dynamictrainingfor%E2%80%98ThunderingThird%E2%80%99.aspx#.UEGCziKd6So

August 30, 2012

US Marines Patrol Guatemala’s Western Coast in Anti-Drug Effort

Published August 30, 2012
Fox News Latino

Guatemala City – To combat the growing presence of drug traffickers in the Central American nation, 200 U.S. Marines have begun patrolling the waters of Guatemala's western coast, the U.S. military spokesman said Wednesday.

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http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/08/30/us-marines-patrol-guatemalas-western-coast-in-anti-drug-effort/

Married Couple Serves Deployment Together

By Marine Corps Cpl. Mark Garcia
Regional Command Southwest

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan, Aug. 30, 2012 – During a deployment, most Marines are separated from their families. But for one married Marine Corps couple, a deployment is providing the opportunity to connect in a way most would not be able to experience.

To continue reading:

http://www.defense.gov//News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=117687

NAS Pensacola personnel evacuate, return home

Story by Nathan Hanks | Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany | Date: 08.28.2012
Date Posted:08.30.2012 15:59

ALBANY, Ga. - More than 3,900 Marines, Sailors and Airmen from Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., arrived here Monday afternoon to escape Hurricane Isaac’s impending landfall between the panhandle of Florida and the Louisiana Gulf Coast.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/94064/nas-pensacola-personnel-evacuate-return-home#.UEBf_rd5mc0#ixzz256XncIXr

August 29, 2012

Voting assistance officers here to help Marines

Story by Lance Cpl. Rebecca Eller | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing | Date: 08.29.2012

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – Nov. 6 is a day most people have marked on their calendar; Election Day is approaching and many Marines may not be aware on how to cast their vote.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/93992/voting-assistance-officers-here-help-marines#.UD6ZBKCd6So

One Marine feeds a company

8/29/2012 By Cpl. Ed Galo , Regimental Combat Team 6

COMBAT OUTPOST CASTLE, Afghanistan — Whether preparing the ingredients to be used for a meal, preheating ovens or making sure the food doesn’t over cook, feeding 300 people can be a difficult task. It can be even harder in a foreign environment and a single Marine is tasked with the workload.

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http://www.marines.mil/unit/hqmc/Pages/One-Marine-feeds-a-company.aspx#.UD6XPqCd6So

Marines testing women in combat jobs

August 29, 2012 8:55 AM

WASHINGTON — There may be some anxiety from male Marines as female officers work their way into infantry and other combat jobs that historically have been open only to men, Gen. James F. Amos, the Marine Corps commandant, said Tuesday.

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http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505245_162-57502375/marines-testing-women-in-combat-jobs/

August 28, 2012

Philadelphia native receives Silver Star for valor in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 08.23.2012
Date Posted:08.28.2012 16:20

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – When a patrol of Marines from 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division; Afghan National Army soldiers and Afghan National Civil Order Police patrolmen was ambushed by insurgents March 5, 2011, Cpl. Jason M. Hassinger quickly realized that many of his comrades were trapped, unable to maneuver or engage the attacking enemy. The Marines requested air support, but it was not immediately available, so Hassinger led his section through the gunfire to rescue his trapped brothers in arms.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/93940/philadelphia-native-receives-silver-star-valor-afghanistan#.UD7lv6Cd6Sp

Marine awarded Silver Star for combat valor

8/28/2012 By Staff Sgt. Robert Storm , Marine Corps Systems Command

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — “I was exactly where I wanted to be, doing exactly what I wanted to do,” said Gunnery Sgt. Joseph F. Lurz, a native of Baltimore.

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http://www.marines.mil/unit/hqmc/Pages/Marine-awarded-Silver-Star.aspx#.UD1CYaCd6So

Reporter, Marine vet, missing for two weeks

By Bethany Crudele - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Aug 28, 2012 16:35:49 EDT

Friends and family of a former Marine and freelance journalist have not heard from him in more than two weeks.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/08/marine-tice-reporter-missing-syria-082812/

August 27, 2012

Marine Corps reservists returning Wednesday from Afghanistan

Journal Star
Posted Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:05 PM

PEORIA —
Dozens of Peoria County U.S. Marine Corps reservists who deployed earlier this year to Afghanistan are scheduled to return home Wednesday.

To continue reading about the 6th ESB:

http://www.pjstar.com/news/x186675175/Marine-Corps-reservists-returning-Wednesday-from-Afghanistan

August 26, 2012

Powerful typhoon lashes Japan's Okinawa island

The Associated Press
Published: August 26, 2012

TOKYO (AP) -- More than 75,000 households lacked power on Monday after a powerful typhoon lashed the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, injuring four people but doing less damage than feared before moving off to sea.

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http://www.stripes.com/powerful-typhoon-lashes-japan-s-okinawa-island-1.186999

Magnitude-5.3 quake, dozens of smaller shocks rattle Imperial, San Diego counties in Calif.

By Associated Press, Published: August 26

SAN DIEGO — Dozens of small to moderate earthquakes rattled Southern California on Sunday, shaking an area from rural Imperial County to the San Diego coast and north into the Coachella Valley.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/series-of-earthquakes-rattle-californias-imperial-and-san-diego-counties/2012/08/26/e6aa6340-efc0-11e1-b74c-84ed55e0300b_story.html

August 25, 2012

Following the scent: An explosive detector dog and his handler protect Marines

Story by Staff Sgt. Brian Buckwalter | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 08.25.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Riding in an armored truck over Afghanistan’s rutted dirt roads is scarcely a smooth or comfortable experience.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/93809/following-scent-explosive-detector-dog-and-his-handler-protect-marines#.UDrs2KCd6So

Amputee EOD tech tackles Africa’s tallest peak

By Gina Harkins - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Aug 25, 2012 12:46:17 EDT

A Marine has reached the summit of Africa’s tallest mountain just 18 months after losing his legs to an improvised explosive device — and he did it at the pace of an able-bodied climber.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/08/marine-kilimanjaro-climb-amputee-eod-mark-zambon-082512w/

August 24, 2012

Rolling thunder: Marine tankers provide safety for operational forces

Story by Cpl. Kenneth Jasik | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 08.24.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Marines with Bravo Company, 2nd Tank Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 6, have been supporting the most dangerous operations in northern Helmand province since they first arrived about two months ago.

To continue reading about 2nd Tanks:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/93750/rolling-thunder-marine-tankers-provide-safety-operational-forces#.UDgQpqCd6So

Tongues Are Wagging After Snub of Pentagon's Top Dog Leads to Marine Corps Promotion

Some Say Chesty's Conduct With Defense Secretary's Golden Retriever Was Unbecoming; Pats From the Commandant

By JULIAN E. BARNES
Friday, August 24, 2012

WASHINGTON—The Marines won't say it out loud, but everyone knows that Cpl. Chesty got promoted to sergeant this summer not for being a good Marine, but for his in-your-muzzle confrontation with the top dog in the Pentagon.

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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444508504577593051585000234.html?KEYWORDS=Barnes#articleTabs%3Darticle

August 23, 2012

MARSOC gunnery sgt. to get Silver Star

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Aug 23, 2012 13:32:38 EDT

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — A gunnery sergeant who led a team of special operators through more than 100 enemy attacks in Afghanistan will receive the Silver Star for his heroism on Friday, Marine officials said.

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http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/08/marine-silver-star-joseph-lurz-marsoc-afghanistan-082312/

Egress trainer provides insight from all angles

Story by Staff Sgt. Ken Melton | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 08.15.2012
Date Posted:08.23.2012 05:06

OKINAWA, Japan - Marines of 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion are the first on Okinawa to receive training on the mine-resistant ambush protected egress trainer, recently unveiled on the island.

To continue reading about the 3rd LE Bn:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/93677/egress-trainer-provides-insight-all-angles#.UGxvTK6d6Sq

Okinawa residents brace for powerful typhoon

Stars and Stripes
Published: August 23, 2012

OKINAWA, Japan — Okinawa residents are being warned to prepare for a massive storm that forecasters say could be the most powerful to hit the island in 13 years.

To continue reading:

http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/okinawa/okinawa-residents-brace-for-powerful-typhoon-1.186682

August 22, 2012

Americans tune out Afghan war as fighting rages on

By DEB RIECHMANN | Associated Press - August 22, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — It was once President Barack Obama's "war of necessity." Now, it's America's forgotten war.
The Afghan conflict generates barely a whisper on the U.S. presidential campaign trail. It's not a hot topic at the office water cooler or in the halls of Congress — even though more than 80,000 American troops are still fighting here and dying at a rate of one a day.

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http://news.yahoo.com/americans-tune-afghan-war-fighting-rages-185225577.html

August 21, 2012

My Turn: It's a long road to `semper fi'

By Joe Franklin
Posted: 08/21/2012 10:33:00 AM PDT
Updated: 08/21/2012 10:33:45 AM PDT

It's the impish smile I see every morning in the faded photo imprinted on the two-decade-old coffee mug.

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http://www.dailybreeze.com/ci_21314705/my-turn-its-long-road-semper-fi?IADID=Search-www.dailybreeze.com-www.dailybreeze.com

First Time, First Firefight – Marine stays focused during combat

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 08.21.2012

PATROL BASE DETROIT, Afghanistan – It’s a moment of truth for many Marines – the first time they are in combat and their training is put to the test.

To continue reading about the 1/1:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/93552/first-time-first-firefight-marine-stays-focused-during-combat#.UEGJtiKd6Sq

Special operators to anti-Obama groups: Zip it

By Kimberly Dozier - The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday Aug 21, 2012 19:17:17 EDT

WASHINGTON — A group of retired special operations and CIA officers who claim President Obama revealed secret missions and turned the killing of Osama bin Laden into a campaign centerpiece are coming under criticism from some of their own.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/08/ap-special-operators-tell-anti-obama-groups-zip-it-082112/

Report details heroism in Osprey crash aftermath

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Aug 21, 2012 17:47:44 EDT

Newly released documents paint a picture of heroism in the immediate aftermath of an Osprey crash that left two Marines dead and two more seriously wounded.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/08/marine-report-details-heroism-osprey-crash-aftermath-082112/

August 20, 2012

Dakota Meyer blasts Army brass in new book

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Aug 20, 2012 14:53:32 EDT

WEST MILFORD, N.J. — During one of the Afghan war’s ugliest battles, Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer was nearly taken prisoner at gunpoint but fended off his would-be captor by beating him to death with a baseball-sized rock, according to the Marine’s forthcoming book.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/08/marine-dakota-meyer-into-the-fire-book-blasts-army-medal-of-honor-082012/

Afghans to spy on own troops to stop ‘insider’ attacks

By Kevin Sieff, Published: August 20

KABUL — Afghan officials say they have launched an expanded effort to spy on their own police and army recruits, an acknowledgment that previous measures designed to reduce insurgent infiltration in the country’s security services have failed.

To continue reading:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/afghans-to-spy-on-own-troops-to-stop-insider-attacks/2012/08/20/e9f93ea8-eafd-11e1-866f-60a00f604425_story.html?hpid=z1

August 19, 2012

Marines propose Twentynine Palms expansion

Written by Nathan Max
12:01 a.m., Aug. 19, 2012

The Marine Corps’ warfare training center in the desert community of Twentynine Palms could undergo a significant expansion if the Navy Department and Congress approve a plan presented in an environmental study released last month.

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/aug/19/marines-eye-major-land-expansion-to-twentynine/

USMC investigates GI Bill anomaly

By Bethany Crudele - Staff writer
Posted: Sunday Aug 19, 2012 11:41:04 EDT

The Marine Corps is examining how its two boot camps inform recruits about their GI Bill education benefits. The move was prompted when officials realized that so far this year, nearly all West Coast recruits have elected to buy into the Montgomery GI Bill, while the vast majority of East Coast recruits have enrolled in the new Post-9/11 GI Bill, which is more generous than its predecessor and includes no buy-in fees.

To read more:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20120819/NEWS/208190311/USMC-investigates-GI-Bill-anomaly

August 17, 2012

Sign-up deadline looms for Family Health Plan

By Patricia Kime - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Aug 17, 2012 14:39:17 EDT

Tricare beneficiaries who live in one of the regions served by the Uniformed Services Family Health Plan have until Monday to apply for the program if they want to stay in it when they become Medicare-eligible.

To continue reading:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/08/military-US-Familly-Health-Plan-enrollment-081712w/

August 16, 2012

Lives of the MarDet Marines can be fast-paced but always regimented

By Coby Smith
Special to Soundoff!
Posted 8/16/12

All is quiet in the halls of the Marine Detachment on Fort Meade until about 4 a.m. when alarms start to blare, doors crack open and slam shut, and the sounds of shuffling can be heard down the stairs as the Devil Dogs head to morning formation.

To continue reading:

http://www.ftmeadesoundoff.com/news/10176/dinfos-marines-lead-fast-paced-life/

August 15, 2012

Top Marine urges caution, calm after attacks

By Andrew deGrandpré - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Aug 15, 2012 18:41:11 EDT

Marines in Afghanistan should expect more attacks like the two last week in which six troops were shot and killed by Afghans thought to be allies, the Marine Corps’ top general warns in a letter distributed Tuesday to leaders across the service.

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http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/08/marine-corps-commandant-amos-letter-afghanistan-killings-081512/

August 14, 2012

San Diegan among Marines killed in Afghanistan

Shot by Afghan working at shared installation

Written by
Loic Hostetter
7:01 p.m., Aug. 14, 2012

A staff sergeant from San Diego was one of three Marines who were fatally shot Friday night in the Garmser district of southern Afghanistan.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Staff Sgt. Scott E. Dickinson, of the 3/8:

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/aug/14/san-diegan-among-marines-killed-in-afghanistan/

Inside-the-wire attacks double in Afghanistan

By Andrew Tilghman - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Aug 14, 2012 17:33:49 EDT

Insider attacks by Afghan troops who turn their weapons on U.S. and NATO forces have doubled compared to last year, prompting the top U.S. commander in Kabul to step up efforts to identify potential inside-the-wire threats.

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http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/08/military-inside-the-wire-attacks-double-in-afghanistan-081412/

Satirical military news site fools some readers

By Gina Harkins - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Aug 14, 2012 15:52:38 EDT

A former Marine infantryman runs a fake military news website — and he does it so well that officials have had to field questions from outraged readers who mistook the stories for fact.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/08/marine-fake-military-news-site-the-duffel-blog-fools-readers-paul-szoldra-081412/

August 13, 2012

Pentagon IDs 6 Marines killed in Helmand

By Andrew deGrandpré - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Aug 13, 2012 17:51:18 EDT

Six Marines were shot and killed during separate attacks Friday in southwestern Afghanistan, both incidents allegedly perpetrated by Afghans believed to be allies.

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Peninsula Marine killed in Afghanistan

Henry K. Lee
Updated 9:12 p.m., Monday, August 13, 2012

U.S. Marine Capt. Matthew Manoukian of Los Altos Hills planned to leave the service next year and enroll in law school, following in the footsteps of his parents who both serve on the bench.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Capt. Matthew P. Manoukian, of the 1st MSOB:

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Peninsula-Marine-killed-in-Afghanistan-3785453.php

24th MEU, Iwo Jima ARG celebrate hump day

Story by Staff Sgt. Robert Fisher | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 08.13.2012

USS NEW YORK - The Marines and Sailors of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group celebrated the halfway point of their deployment aboard the USS New York, July 28, 2012.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/93081/24th-meu-iwo-jima-arg-celebrate-hump-day#.UCmFIKCd6So

August 12, 2012

Long Island Marine Among Those Killed When Afghan Police Officer Opened Fire On U.S. Troops

August 12, 2012 11:04 PM

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — A Long Island family that was waiting for their son to return home from Afghanistan must now plan a funeral.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, LCpl Gregory T. Buckley, of the 3/3 attached to the 3/8:

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/08/12/long-island-marine-among-those-killed-in-afghanistan-when-afghan-police-officer-opened-fire-on-u-s-troops/

Marines given tragic lessons on desert

Written by
Drew Schmenner
The Desert Sun
1:09 AM, Aug 12, 2012

Every year, approximately 44,500 troops train in the stark, sweltering desert at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. Many have been Marines preparing for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012208120351&nclick_check=1

August 11, 2012

3/5 Marine posthumously awarded Navy Cross

Story by Lance Cpl. Timothy Childers | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 08.10.2012
Date Posted:08.11.2012 12:35

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Sergeant Matthew Abbate was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the highest decoration that can be bestowed by the Department of the Navy and second highest decoration for valor, during an award ceremony at the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines' Parade Deck here, Aug. 10.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Sgt. Matthew T. Abbate, of the 3/5:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/93046/3-5-marine-posthumously-awarded-navy-cross#.UCmIxaCd6Sr

Lung disease put on list for faster benefits

By Patricia Kime - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Aug 11, 2012 9:05:02 EDT

The Social Security Administration is putting a rare lung disease found in some veterans exposed to burn pits and fires in Iraq and Afghanistan on its “compassionate allowances” list, a designation that should speed the process to receive Social Security disability benefits.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/08/military-lung-disease-put-on-list-faster-benefits-081112w/

Military bids farewell to the 'Flag Mama'

Hundreds turn out for a service for Laura Froehlich, an Air Force veteran who greeted thousands of troops leaving for or returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
August 11, 2012

RIVERSIDE — For more than a decade, Laura Froehlich, an irrepressible civic dynamo known as the "Flag Mama," made it her duty to greet military personnel departing for Iraq and Afghanistan or returning from those war zones.

To continue reading:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0811-flag-mama-20120811,0,5489879.story

Photo Gallery:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-funeral-for-flag-mama-pictures,0,2451712.photogallery?index=lat-bcpix_m8k4gxpd20120810140339

August 10, 2012

Mural a tribute to all who served

Wall in Plymouth VFW Post 1425 includes scenes from 6 wars in which U.S. fought.

Bill O'Boyle - boboyle@timesleader.com - 570-829-7218 - Twitter: @TLBillOBoyle
Aug 10

PLYMOUTH – The mural takes up one entire wall at the Plymouth Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1425.

To continue reading:

http://www.timesleader.com/stories/Mural-a-tribute-to-all-who-served,189106

August 9, 2012

Major charity accused of misusing money intended for injured vets

By JULIE WATSON
The Associated Press
Published: August 9, 2012

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- California's attorney general has sued a major veterans charity on allegations that its directors misused millions of dollars in private donations for hefty pensions and other perks, including more than $80,000 in golf memberships for its board members.

Help Hospitalized Veterans of Winchester ranks among the nation's top 1 percent of charities for the amount of money it reports raising annually. Prosecutors say the group - whose primary mission is to provide homebound and hospitalized veterans with arts and crafts kits - has reported more than $436 million in revenue since 2001.

To continue reading:

http://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/major-charity-accused-of-misusing-money-intended-for-injured-vets-1.185308

2/5 conducts MCMAP training in Afghanistan

Photo by Lance Cpl. Ismael Ortega | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 07.26.2012
Date Posted:08.09.2012 02:39

U.S. Marines with the 2/5 held a a Marine Corp Martial Arts Program session on Forward Operating Base Shir Ghazay, Helmand province, Afghanistan July 26, 2012. Marines conducted the session as part of the sustainment training required by the program.

To view nine photos:

http://www.dvidshub.net/image/641806/2-5-conducts-mcmap-training-afghanistan#.UCPih6Cd6So

2/5 conducts MCMAP training in Afghanistan

Photos by Lance Cpl. Ismael Ortega | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 07.26.2012
Date Posted:08.09.2012 02:39

U.S. Marines with the 2/5 held a a Marine Corp Martial Arts Program session on Forward Operating Base Shir Ghazay, Helmand province, Afghanistan July 26, 2012. Marines conducted the session as part of the sustainment training required by the program.

To view nine photos:

http://www.dvidshub.net/image/641806/2-5-conducts-mcmap-training-afghanistan#.UCPih6Cd6So

'First step of justice' for ailing Camp Lejeune vets, families

By Tom Philpott
Published: August 9, 2012

President Obama signed a bipartisan bill Monday that, for the first time, offers veterans and family members government-funded hospitalization and medical services for 15 specific ailments presumed linked to drinking water contamination at Camp Lejeune, N.C., over 31 years, ending in 1987.

To continue reading:

http://www.stripes.com/news/us/first-step-of-justice-for-ailing-camp-lejeune-vets-families-1.185234

August 8, 2012

Marine Declines Scholarship to Serve

By Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Brian Buckwalter
Regimental Combat Team 6

COMBAT OUTPOST JAKER, Afghanistan, Aug. 8, 2012 – For some people, history is just another subject in school. For Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Joshua Taylor, being a part of history was a calling.

To continue reading:

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=117434

Aiming lasers skyward needs to stop, says Marine Corps

TOM PFINGSTEN For the North County Times
August 8, 2012

Around 9 p.m. on a recent Tuesday, a Marine Corps pilot was navigating a helicopter 2,000 feet above our rooftops on a training route out of Munn Field, a few miles west of Fallbrook in the heart of Camp Pendleton.

To continue reading:

http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/columnists/pfingsten/pfingsten-aiming-lasers-skyward-needs-to-stop-says-marine-corps/article_8d8eb37e-411e-5f5f-b062-04a168dbc5b9.html?comment_form=true

August 7, 2012

Four-legs makes the best partner, friend

Story by Lance Cpl. Tabitha Bartley | Marine Corps Base Quantico | Date: 08.07.2012

QUANTICO, Va. — Having to say good-bye and make new friends is something service members and their families do often throughout a career. Leaving people behind can be made easier through technology because of today’s social media sites, email and the telephone. However, some Marines aren’t able to stay in contact with their best friends. Some Marines don’t text, tweet, email or even Facebook.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/92780/four-legs-makes-best-partner-friend#.UCG7UaCd6So

Temple hero a Brooklyn son

Cop shot nine times helped save the day

By LAUREL BABCOCK and BOB FREDERICKS
Last Updated: 2:35 AM, August 7, 2012
Posted: 12:28 AM, August 7, 2012

There was no taking the Brooklyn out of this gutsy hero.

To continue reading:

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/temple_hero_brooklyn_son_gm5NSrwtsB4945tHI00CqI

August 6, 2012

37 years later, Marine laid to rest at Fort Rosecrans

Had been shot down off Cambodia during Vietnam War

Written by
Nathan Max
3:36 p.m., Aug. 6, 2012
Updated 5:02 p.m.

There has been a tombstone with U.S. Marine Richard W. Rivenburgh’s name on it at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery since the CH-53 helicopter he was flying in was shot down off the coast of Cambodia in 1975.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Pfc Richard W. Rivenburgh, of the 2/9, Viet-Nam era:

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/aug/06/37-years-later-marine-laid-rest-fort-rosecrans/?page=1#article

Photo Gallery:

http://www.utsandiego.com/photos/galleries/2012/aug/06/funeral-marine-corps-pfc-richard-rivenburgh/#/0

Lobster Festival detachment visits Maine nursing center

Story by Lance Cpl. Paul Peterson | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 08.06.2012

ROCKLAND, Maine — More than 25 Marines and sailors from Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, and the USS San Antonio crew put on their dress uniforms Aug. 2 and disembarked for an afternoon with residents of the Knox Center, a nursing facility for long-term care in Rockland, Maine.

To continue reading about the CLR 27:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/92717/lobster-festival-detachment-visits-maine-nursing-center#.UB_xaqCd6So

Watch-standing sgt. honors child with cancer

By Gina Harkins - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Aug 6, 2012 9:14:51 EDT

Cody Green only lived to be 12, but he had already spent years battling a deadly disease with the fighting style of the Marines he idolized. And one former sergeant made sure a Marine was with him during his final hours.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/08/marine-watch-standing-sergeant-honors-child-cancer-080612w/

August 5, 2012

Father talks about homecoming of his son, a U.S. Marine

By Abigail Bartalini/WickedLocalBelmont.com
REP
Posted Aug 05, 2012 @ 07:33 PM

Belmont, Mass. —

Life-long resident Leo J. Saidnawey wears many hats. He is not only a IT Manager and Emergency Management Director, but also a husband, and father of a United States Marine.

To continue reading:

http://www.wickedlocal.com/belmont/news/x1412422298/Father-talks-about-homecoming-of-his-son-a-U-S-Marine#axzz22pLmHoQE

Afghan combat support soldiers work with Marine advisors

Story by Staff Sgt. Brian Buckwalter | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 08.05.2012

COMBAT OUTPOST FIDDLERS GREEN, Afghanistan – The future success of Afghanistan’s security depends largely on the abilities of the country’s armed forces.

To continue reading about the RCT-6:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/92682/afghan-combat-support-soldiers-work-with-marine-advisors#.UB6E8qCd6So

August 4, 2012

Marine special operators fight, live among the Afghans

Teams recruit community police forces, form local governing councils

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
9:30 a.m., Aug. 4, 2012

PUZEH, Afghanistan — Marine special operations forces realized the security situation had changed dramatically in their stretch of the upper Sangin river valley this summer when village boys started playing policeman instead of Taliban insurgent.

To continue reading about 1st MSOB:

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/aug/04/marine-special-operators-fight-live-among-the/

Photo Gallery:

http://www.utsandiego.com/photos/galleries/2012/aug/04/marine-special-operation-force/#/0

Afghan parliament votes out defense minister

By Rahim Faiez - The Associated Press
Posted : Saturday Aug 4, 2012 13:21:52 EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan parliament voted Saturday to dismiss the country’s defense and interior ministers, a move that threatens to throw the country’s security apparatus into confusion as foreign forces withdraw.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/08/ap-afghanistan-parliament-votes-out-defense-minister-080412/

August 3, 2012

3-Year-Old Hit By Pickup Truck Dies

Boy Was Visiting With Family For Brother's Marine Corps Graduation

POSTED: 9:49 am PDT August 3, 2012
UPDATED: 12:57 pm PDT August 3, 2012

SAN DIEGO -- A 3-year-old New Mexico boy who was struck by a pickup truck on a Point Loma-area street died early Friday, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

To continue reading:

http://www.10news.com/news/31329615/detail.html

Logistics battalion field training exercise presents real-life scenarios

8/3/2012 By Cpl. Bruno J. Bego , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — More than 350 servicemembers with Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group participate in a field training exercise here, from July 30 to Aug. 3.

To continue reading about CLB-8:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/2ndmlg/Pages/Logisticsbattalionfieldtrainingexercisepresentsreal-lifescenarios.aspx#.UBxQAqCd6So

Recon Marines prepare for MEU exercise

8/3/2012 By Lance Cpl. Matthew Manning , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP GONSALVES, Okinawa, Japan — As the wind drives down the valley making trees sway, the Jungle Warfare Training Center’s next students prepare to descend. Each has been trained and equipped for the task. Each, in turn, will go over the edge and test their mettle against gravity, rappelling in the Okinawa jungle.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/mcbjapan/Pages/2012/0803-recon.aspx#.UBxPBaCd6So

Finding comfort in training service dogs for other wounded vets

By C.J. Lin
Stars and Stripes
Published: August 3, 2012

BROOKEVILLE, Md. — Marine Sgt. Jon Gordon hadn’t been able to sleep soundly after driving over three roadside bombs in a six-week period during a 2010 deployment to Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://www.stripes.com/news/finding-comfort-in-training-service-dogs-for-other-wounded-vets-1.184795

August 2, 2012

Rancho Cucamonga Marine Joshua Ashley laid to rest on Thursday

By Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 08/02/2012 01:16:50 PM PDT

Rancho Cucamonga Marine Joshua Ashley laid to rest on Thursday.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Cpl. Joshua R. Ashley, of the 2nd Law Enforcement Bn:

http://www.dailybulletin.com/ci_21219898

Photo Gallery:

http://photos.dailybulletin.com/2012/08/marine-sgt-joshua-ryan-ashley-is-laid-to-rest-august-2-2012/#name%20here

Afghan forces increasingly in security lead in southern Helmand province

Story by Staff Sgt. Brian Buckwalter | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 08.02.2012

COMBAT OUTPOST DEHLI, Afghanistan — As Marines drove along the narrow dirt roads of southern Helmand province they watched farmers tend to their corn fields and livestock. They saw children running alongside vehicles and swimming in a river that irrigates the fields surrounding it. Trucks carrying bags of wheat and other products passed the Marines' convoy regularly on their way to deliver their goods to bazaars and customers in the area.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/92562/afghan-forces-increasingly-security-lead-southern-helmand-province#.UBqQFqCd6So

Congressional Gold Medal recipient living up old age

Thursday, August 2, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

BY Lindsey Armentrout

COLUMBIA — Lawrence “Larry” Diggs gets up before the sun nearly every day to go fishing, exercises regularly and is always looking forward to his next trip.

To continue reading:

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2012/08/02/columbia-resident-remembers-serving-one-first-african-american-marines/

Military groups oppose Obama campaign lawsuit

By Ann Sanner - The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday Aug 2, 2012 17:38:40 EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Fifteen military groups are opposing a federal lawsuit in Ohio brought by President Obama’s campaign because they say it could threaten voter protections afforded to service members, such as the extended time they have to cast a ballot.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/08/ap-military-groups-oppose-obama-suit-ohio-080212/

August 1, 2012

A daily honor to our fallen Heroes

By bodiesunl | Posted August 1, 2012 | Newnan, Georgia

When we watch the evening news what do we mostly encounter? For the most part we see, world news, on the home front, local, late breaking, sports and weather. I myself watch the news to be educated on what is happening not only around the world but throughout the United States. I have regularly envisaged writing an article pertaining to an issue with the media that has truly troubled me but have never got around to it until today.

To continue reading:

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-823401

Arizona native helps keep rockets’ red glare alive, well in Afghanistan

Story by Sgt. James Mercure | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 08.01.2012

PATROL BASE EREDVI, Afghanistan - The High Mobility Artillery Rocket System delivers target destruction from miles away.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/92489/arizona-native-helps-keep-rockets-red-glare-alive-well-afghanistan#.UBkvQaCd6So