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July 31, 2013

Grandfather honored through commitment

Story by LCpl Pedro Cardenas
07.31.2013

SAN DIEGO - The Marine Corps prides itself in instilling recruits with its core values; honor, courage and commitment. For Pvt. Justin B. Vannoord, Platoon 1033, Company B, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, it was his grandfather, who taught him commitment to a task at hand and through the Marine Corps Vannoord can now display what he learned from him.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/111128/grandfather-honored-through-commitment#.Ufm7q8u9KSM

Legal Service Support Section, attorneys provide pro bono service

By Cpl. Michael Iams | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | July 31, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Camp Pendleton’s Legal Service Support Section and attorneys from counties around the base held the first Help for Heroes event at the Joint Legal Assistance Office here, July 27.

To continue reading:

http://www.pendleton.marines.mil/PendletonNews/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/5440/Article/147179/legal-service-support-section-attorneys-provide-pro-bono-service.aspx

Single Marine Program abounds with opportunities

Story by Lance Cpl. Justin Rodriguez | Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune | Date: 07.31.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Volunteer opportunities are abundant aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, and the Single Marine Program provides single and unaccompanied service members an opportunity to serve their community.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/111134/single-marine-program-abounds-with-opportunities#.Ufmr620lI_w

July 30, 2013

MRF-D Marines break barriers in Aussie fitness test

Story by Sgt. Sarah Fiocco | Marine Rotational Force Darwin | Date: 07.30.2013

ROBERTSON BARRACKS, Northern Territory, Australia – Marines with Marine Rotational Force – Darwin competed for two spots in an Australian Combat Fitness Leadership Course during a barrier test at the Northern Gym, here, July 30.

To continue reading about the 3/3:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/111037/mrf-d-marines-break-barriers-aussie-fitness-test#.Ufg5Sm0lI_w

Photo Gallery: Marine recruits learn martial arts techniques

Story by Lance Cpl. MaryAnn Hill | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 07.30.2013

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. - Marine recruits of November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, learned martial arts techniques at a training session July 24, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/111051/photo-gallery-marine-recruits-learn-martial-arts-techniques#.Ufg3rm0lI_w

July 29, 2013

Civilians flying at Miramar Air Show

Marines announce aerial lineup, after military flights grounded

By Gretel C. Kovach
2:44 p.m.July 29, 2013

Active duty military patriots are grounded for the 2013 Miramar Air Show. Instead, civilian ones will headline the annual air fest this fall, the Marine Corps said Monday, releasing its confirmed lineup of performances.

To continue reading

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/29/miramar-air-show-flight-lineup/?st:

Maximum Resistance: George E. "Bud" Day

n Prison, North Vietnam, 1967-1973

By Peter Collier

George "Bud" Day was seventeen in late 1942 when he badgered his parents into allowing him to volunteer for the Marine Corps. He spent nearly three years in the South Pacific during World War II, then returned home, went to college, and got a law degree. In 1950, he joined the Air National Guard. When he was called up for active duty a year later, he applied for pilot training and flew fighter jets during the Korean War. After being promoted to captain in 1955, he decided to become a "lifer" in the Air Force.

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Area Marine honored for valor

Cpl. Ryan T. McSweeney is a native of Middletown.

By Hannah Poturalski
Staff Writer
Posted: 3:41 p.m. Monday, July 29, 2013

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan —

A Middletown native and U.S. Marine was recently honored for bravery during combat in Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://www.middletownjournal.com/news/news/area-marine-honored-for-valor/nY7FL/

July 28, 2013

Exercise highlights MARSOC's role in Philippines

Jul. 28, 2013 - 09:51AM
By James K. Sanborn
Staff writer

Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command wants help conducting an elaborate role-player exercise to prepare soon-to-deploy operators for missions in the Philippines

To continue reading:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20130728/NEWS/307280006/Exercise-highlights-MARSOC-s-role-Philippines

July 27, 2013

Marines may see Philippine tours

By Gina Harkins and Sam Fellman
Staff writers
Jul. 27, 2013 - 06:00AM

Marines may soon head to the Philippines on rotational deployments as U.S. and Philippine officials discuss strengthening an already tight military partnership to counter China’s rise to a major regional power.

To continue reading:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20130727/NEWS/307270001/Marines-may-see-Philippine-tours

July 26, 2013

Local Marine carries memories of war, for better or for worse

Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013 4:00 am

By STEPHANIE BUCKNER

Freedom does not come without a price, and that price for United States Marine and Cleveland resident Adam Brochin is constant anxiety and persistent memories of his active-duty experiences, which haunt his dreams like a roadside bomb waiting to explode.

To continue reading:

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/cleveland/news/local-marine-carries-memories-of-war-for-better-or-for/article_11e36174-f30c-5dd4-ac58-772501fdce15.html

Monument honors Leyden Township Marine who perished in Afghanistan

By: Mark Lawton | mlawton@pioneerlocal.com
July 26, 2013 2:11PM

A Marine from Leyden Township was honored the afternoon of July 24, the third anniversary of his death in Afghanistan.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, L. Cpl. Frederik Erik Vazquez:

http://franklinpark.suntimes.com/news/vazquez-FPH-08012013:article

July 25, 2013

Ospreys enter the lineup in Talisman Saber exercise

By Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes
Published: July 25, 2013

As the biggest and most comprehensive of the five biennial iterations of Talisman Saber, the 2013 exercise going on now across the east coast of Australia involves about 20,000 U.S. troops and 15 ships, and — for the first time, — the “game-changing” MV-22 Osprey hybrid aircraft.

To continue reading:

http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/ospreys-enter-the-lineup-in-talisman-saber-exercise-1.232067

US-Australia exercise shows cultural alignment, different approaches

By Erik Slavin
Stars and Stripes
Published: July 25, 2013

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Ask a group of U.S. military officers why they like working with their Australian counterparts, and a similar answer generally arises: we get each other.

To continue reading:

http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/us-australia-exercise-shows-cultural-alignment-different-approaches-1.232100

Marine rescues young swimmer at Atlantic Beach

By Pfc. Mike Granahan | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | July 25, 2013

130723 -- Sgt. Michael A. Pickett was enjoying a relaxing Saturday swimming at Atlantic Beach July 6, but all that changed when he saw someone on shore begin to shout and point toward the water.

To read the entire article:

http://www.cherrypoint.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/4890/Article/146860/marine-rescues-young-swimmer-at-atlantic-beach.aspx

July 24, 2013

Marine Urges Others to ‘Pay It Forward’

By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Krista James
2nd Marine Division

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., July 24, 2013 – It all started with a note and a piece of candy taped to a barracks room door. The note read, “Pay it forward,” and told the reader to contact the person who put it there if they ever needed anything. It was a small token of kindness with a huge meaning behind it: to do things for other people.

To continue reading:

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=120512

Navy base to honor fallen Marine

Building at NSF Indian Head to be renamed

By REBECCA J. BARNABI
Staff writer
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A building at Naval Support Facility Indian Head will be dedicated to honor U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Terry “T.J.” Honeycutt Jr., who died while serving in Afghanistan in 2010.

To continue reading:

http://www.somdnews.com/article/20130724/NEWS/130729694/1075/navy-base-to-honor-fallen-marine&template=southernMaryland

July 23, 2013

Texas Marine recognized for valor in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Paul Peterson | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 07.23.2013

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Lance Cpl. Joel T. Murray, an engineer heavy equipment operator with Combat Logistics Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, Regional Command (Southwest), received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with “V” device in recognition of his “heroic achievement” during the defense of Forward Operating Base Shir Ghazi in the Helmand province.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/110859/texas-marine-recognized-valor-afghanistan#.UfMmLG0lI_x

July 22, 2013

Last Marine Infantry Regimental Headquarters Prepares to Leave Afghanistan

Story by 1st Lt. Spencer Kenyon
07.22.2013

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Due to the transfer of lead security responsibility to the Afghan National Security Forces, Regimental Combat Team 7 will leave Helmand province in August as the last Marine infantry regimental headquarters to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/110577/last-marine-infantry-regimental-headquarters-prepares-leave-afghanistan#.Ue6N-Mu9KSO

31st MEU ground forces begin talks with local populace

By Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | July 22, 2013

SHOALWATER BAY TRAINING AREA, Queensland, Australia --
Outside a local Australian village, a large group of Marines emerge from the tree line. They quickly set up a circle of security while the leaders of the village come forward to greet them. The Marines’ mission is to identify the needs and wants of the people.

To continue reading:

http://www.31stmeu.marines.mil/News/tabid/2392/Article/146694/31st-meu-ground-forces-begin-talks-with-local-populace.aspx

New Marine Corps order fortifies operations security

By Lance Cpl. Cuong Le | Marine Corps Base Quantico | July 22, 2013

Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. -- All Marines will be required to take one operations security class every calendar year, according to new Marine Corps order 3070.2A implemented on July 2, 2013.

To read the entire article:

http://www.quantico.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/10834/Article/146615/new-marine-corps-order-fortifies-operational-security.aspx

July 21, 2013

From deployment to drill instructor

By Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels | July 21, 2013

USS KEARSARGE, At Sea --
Many Marines strive for greatness. It is forged into their blood the first day they step on those yellow footprints at boot camp; the day the transformation begins.

To continue reading:

http://www.26thmeu.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/2723/Article/146597/from-deployment-to-drill-instructor.aspx

“Helo” company inserts into Talisman Saber 13

By Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | July 21, 2013

SHOALWATER BAY TRAINING AREA, Queensland, Australia --
The gust of the rotors covered the area in dust as the aircraft departed the landing zone, leaving a company of Marines behind. Rifles at the ready, the troops move forward into the seemingly endless Australian vegetation, heading northeast toward their objective.

To continue reading:

http://www.31stmeu.marines.mil/News/tabid/2392/Article/146695/helo-company-inserts-into-talisman-saber-13.aspx

July 20, 2013

Talisman Saber 2013 Amphibious Assault

Video by LCpl Ashley Powell
07.20.2013

B-Roll of U.S. Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conducting an amphibious assault on Fresh Water Beach, Queensland, Australia, July 20, 2013 during Exercise Talisman Saber. TS13 promotes the alliance with Australia, which is one of the United States’ most important defense relationships and a central pillar for national security strategy, based on shared values and a common commitment to peace and security. Produced by A1C. Ashley Powell.

To continue to view the video:

http://www.dvidshub.net/video/296762/talisman-saber-2013-amphibious-assault#.Uev7rEHFJVA#ixzz2Zh4A9Plt

3rd Battalion 9th Marines set to deactivate

By Daily News Staff
Published: Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 18:04 PM.

Camp Lejeune will host a deactivation ceremony on Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. for 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines at WPT Field aboard the base.

To continue reading:

http://www.jdnews.com/news/military/3rd-battalion-9th-marines-set-to-deactivate-1.175566

Company G. lands ground forces during Talisman Saber 2013

By Sgt. Jonathan Wright | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | July 20, 2013

SHOALWATER BAY TRAINING AREA, Queensland, Australia -- Waves of steel vehicles swarmed the beach as helicopters thundered overhead, both units making a formidable show of force as they pushed inland. On the horizon, behind the waves of oncoming armor and weapons, the rising sun silhouetted the two ships responsible for launching the air and ground assets.

To continue reading:

http://www.31stmeu.marines.mil/News/tabid/2392/Article/146693/company-g-lands-ground-forces-during-talisman-saber-2013.aspx

July 19, 2013

DOD studying moving 2,700 Marines from Okinawa to Hawaii

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Published: June 19, 2013

Three studies are underway on Oahu to find sites to house 2,700 Marines from Okinawa, Japan, but it may take until 2026 to implement what is estimated to be a $2.5 billion move.

To continue reading:

http://www.stripes.com/news/marine-corps/dod-studying-moving-2-700-marines-from-okinawa-to-hawaii-1.226543

Swim camp held for wounded warriors

By Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | July 19, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --
Fifteen Marines and four coaches from Wounded Warrior Regiment, participated in a swim camp at the Wounded Warrior Hope and Care Center here July 18.

To read the entire article:

http://www.pendleton.marines.mil/PendletonNews/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/5440/Article/146584/swim-camp-held-for-wounded-warriors.aspx

11th MEU Resumes Hikes

By 11th MEU Public Affairs | 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit | July 19, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --
Marines and sailors of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit completed their first unit hike behind a new commanding officer here, July 19.

To continue reading:

http://www.11thmeu.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/2683/Article/146574/11th-meu-resumes-hikes.aspx

July 18, 2013

Hagel Stresses Value of Special Operations Forces to Security

By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Steven Fox
U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., July 18, 2013 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel highlighted the value of special operations forces during a visit with Marines at the Stone Bay facility here yesterday.

To continue reading:

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=120471

Marine recruits evaluated on close-order drill on Parris Island

by LCpl Caitlin Brink
07.18.2013 09:07

Recruits of Platoon 3065, Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, align themselves during their initial drill evaluation July 15, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C. Close-order drill enables a unit to move from one place to another in a standard, orderly manner and creating a sense of unity. Lima Company is scheduled to graduate Sept. 6, 2013. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent for females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)

To view the photo gallery:

http://www.dvidshub.net/image/974146/photo-gallery-marine-recruits-evaluated-close-order-drill-parris-island#.Uek8SMu9KSM

Amputee continues to lead Marines at School of Infantry

Story by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan
07.18.2013 00:15

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- As an instructor at the School of Infantry, a Marine is expected to be physically fit, mentally strong and have a vast amount of knowledge in their occupational field.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/110356/amputee-continues-lead-marines-school-infantry#.Uefqvsu9KSM

July 17, 2013

Transition class offered to disabled Marines

By Pfc. Samuel Ellis | Marine Corps Base Quantico | July 17, 2013

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. (July 17, 2013) --
Disability. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a disability is a limitation in the ability to pursue an occupation because of a physical or mental impairment.

To continue reading:

http://www.quantico.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/10834/Article/146570/transition-class-offered-to-disabled-marines.aspx

The ‘drive’ to learn: Marine qualifies to pilot Navy ships

By Sgt. Jonathan Wright | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | July 17, 2013

USS GERMANTOWN, At Sea -- He spoke at length on plotting courses and directing a ship in the event of unknown contact. He stressed the importance of factoring in distance, weather and sea state. He spoke knowledgeably and without error as only a trained nautical expert could.

To continue reading:

http://www.31stmeu.marines.mil/News/tabid/2392/Article/146529/the-drive-to-learn-marine-qualifies-to-pilot-navy-ships.aspx

July 16, 2013

Gentry Community Mourns Loss Of Marine

Posted on: 2:58 pm, July 16, 2013, by Alicia Agent and Aubry Killion, updated on: 11:19pm, July 16, 2013

The U.S. Department of Defense is investigating the death in Germany over the weekend of a Marine from Gentry.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Benjamin W. Tuttle, of the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323, MAG 11, 3rd MAW, I MEF, MCAS Miramar, Calif.:

http://5newsonline.com/2013/07/16/gentry-marine-killed/

July 15, 2013

Legendary warrior exemplifies what it means to be a Marine

By Dan Lamothe
Staff writer
Jul. 15, 2013 - 09:22AM

CHESAPEAKE, VA. — When Staff Sgt. Cliff Wooldridge arrived here in 2011 to serve as an instructor with Marine Corps Security Force Regiment, he was less than a year removed from beating a Taliban fighter to death in Afghanistan with his own machine gun.

To read the entire article:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20130715/SMOY/307150019/Legendary-warrior-exemplifies-what-means-Marine

Marine Corps recruits increase strength, overcome obstacle course on Parris Island

Story by Lance Cpl. MaryAnn Hill
07.15.2013

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. - Recruits of Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, improved their physical fitness at the battalion’s obstacle course July 8, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/110209/photo-gallery-marine-corps-recruits-increase-strength-overcome-obstacle-course-parris-island#.Ue3zrsu9KSN

31st MEU arrives to participate in Talisman Saber 2013

By Capt. Garron Garn | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | July 15, 2013

CAMP ROCKY, Queensland, Australia -- More than 2,000 Marines and Sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived here to participate in exercise Talisman Saber 2013, a multilateral exercise taking place in a number of locations in Australia from July 15 – Aug. 5.

To continue reading:

http://www.31stmeu.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleView/tabid/7377/Article/146279/31st-meu-arrives-to-participate-in-talisman-saber-2013.aspx

July 13, 2013

Anti-Terrorism Security Team Marines train for casualty evacuations in Talisman Saber

Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Toni Burton
07.13.2013 18:58

USS BLUE RIDGE, At Sea – Marines assigned to Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Pacific (FASTPAC) conducted training on NATO medical causality evacuation procedures in preparation for Talisman Saber 2013, July 12, 2013.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/110168/anti-terrorism-security-team-marines-train-casualty-evacuations-talisman-saber#.UeI4xcu9KSM

Warlords protect Bastion, Leatherneck, Shorabak

Story by Cpl. Lia Adkins
07.13.2013

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - With fighting season well underway and in preparation for Ramadan, the Warlords of Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, were in a high operations tempo to counter a possible increase in insurgent activity.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/110161/warlords-protect-bastion-leatherneck-shorabak#.UeI1Esu9KSN

July 12, 2013

Nations unite for bilateral tank training

Story by Cpl. D.J. Wu
07.12.2013

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The tankers of Company B, 1st Tank Battalion, and Squadron B, 1st Armoured Regiment of the Australian Army seem like they would have a one-dimensional relationship. The Australians arrived at the Combat Center almost a month ago for bilateral and integrated tank operations.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/110136/nations-unite-bilateral-tank-training#.UeCP28u9KSN

Marines and Sailors get a bruising lesson in Brisbane

By Sgt. Paul Robbins Jr. | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | July 12, 2013

BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia -- Looking across the field at their opponents, the mismatched unit of Marines and Sailors could recognize their defeat was imminent. But that couldn’t wipe the smiles from their faces.

To continue reading:

http://www.31stmeu.marines.mil/News/tabid/2392/Article/146191/marines-and-sailors-get-a-bruising-lesson-in-brisbane.aspx

MCMAP develops warrior ethos

By Lance Cpl. Pedro Cardenas | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | July 12, 2013

Recruits of Company L, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, were graded on their knowledge of Marine Corps Martial Arts Program aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego June 26.

To continue reading:

http://www.mcrdsd.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/437/Article/146111/mcmap-develops-warrior-ethos.aspx

Marine recruits qualify in water survival on Parris Island

by LCpl Caitlin Brink
07.12.2013 11:11

Recruits of Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, wait for instructions on the next portion of the basic water survival qualification July 8, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C. Water survival training was designed to reduce fear, raise self-confidence and develop the ability to survive in water. The evaluation is a graduation requirement and provides recruits with basic water survival skills. Lima Company is scheduled to graduate Sept. 6, 2013. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent for females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)

To view the photo gallery:

http://www.dvidshub.net/image/970673/photo-gallery-marine-recruits-qualify-water-survival-parris-island#.UemzPcu9KSN

Recruits learn Marine Corps history

By Sgt. Liz Gleason | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | July 12, 2013

San Diego --
Some recruits arrive at the Depot with a good understanding of the Marine Corps’ history and some arrive with no prior knowledge, however throughout their journey to becoming Marines, they are immersed in the illustrious past of the Corps.

To continue reading:

http://www.mcrdsd.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/437/Article/146117/recruits-learn-marine-corps-history.aspx

'Flying Nightmares' end service with pride

July 12, 2013 10:48 PM
By Chris McDaniel

After nearly seven decades of service, Marine Attack Squadron 513 (VMA-513) was officially deactivated during a ceremony Friday morning at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.


To read the entire article:

http://www.yumasun.com/articles/squadron-88628-marine-unit.html

‘I don’t go to work; I go to serve’- 3rd MAW sergeant major bids farewell

Story by Cpl. Melissa Wenger
07.12.2013 19:34

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – “Every day that you’re allowed to serve is literally a gift; treasure that gift that you get every day.”

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/110147/dont-go-work-go-serve-3rd-maw-sergeant-major-bids-farewell#.UeI9zsu9KSM

July 11, 2013

USS Kearsarge, USS San Antonio 'parked off of Egypt'

By Megan McCloskey
Stars and Stripes
Published: July 11, 2013

WASHINGTON – As political unrest continues in post-coup Egypt, two amphibious assault ships have moved to the coast there, the commandant of the Marine Corps said Thursday.

To continue reading:

http://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/uss-kearsarge-uss-san-antonio-parked-off-of-egypt-1.229915

Falling tree hurts 15 at San Diego Marine depot

By The Associated Press 11:27 A.M.JULY 11, 2013

SAN DIEGO — Authorities say a tree has fallen and hurt 15 people at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego but none of the injuries are life-threatening.

To continue reading:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20130711/NEWS/307110023/Falling-tree-hurts-15-Marine-Corps-Recuit-Depot-San-Diego

Sailors visit sick Brisbane kids

Yahoo!7 July 11, 10:22 am

Dozens of US sailors volunteered a rare day off to visit sick children.

Continue to view the video:

http://au.news.yahoo.com/video/queensland/watch/17954463/sailors-visit-sick-brisbane-kids/

July 10, 2013

A small world, smaller Corps: Texas Marines stay together for more than 60 years

Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow
Story by Cpl. Thomas Bricker
07.10.2013 18:47

MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE BARSTOW, Calif. - California’s High Desert has become home for countless veterans over the years. But what are the chances of three friends from two Texas cities no more than 150 miles apart joining the Corps in 1947, coming to Barstow in the 1950s, and remaining there for more than 60 years?

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/110017/small-world-smaller-corps-texas-marines-stay-together-more-than-60-years

Fighting for smiles in Brisbane

By Sgt. Paul Robbins Jr. | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | July 10, 2013

BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia -- As the bus rolled to a stop, the Marines and Sailors filed off and surveyed the massive complex that lay before them. Their mission was clear and none would leave until they saw it through. Today, the small force would serve as a needed distraction.

To read the entire article:

http://www.31stmeu.marines.mil/News/tabid/2392/Article/146188/fighting-for-smiles-in-brisbane.aspx

2nd Marine Aircraft Wing & Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Pointt

Story by Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki
07.10.2013

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366 is scheduled to deploy to Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., to support Integrated Training Exercise 5-13, from mid-July to mid-August.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/110005/hammerheads-support-twentynine-palms-exercise#.Ud5D5su9KSM

July 8, 2013

Tropical Storm 07W (Soulik), # 2

By DAVE ORNAUER
Published: July 8, 2013

6 p.m. Monday, July 8, Japan time: Already, the wind is picking up some, bending around from the southwest to the east for the first time in what seems like weeks.

To continue reading:

http://www.stripes.com/blogs/pacific-storm-tracker/pacific-storm-tracker-1.106563

July 7, 2013

Halfway to home

By Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels | July 07, 2013

USS KEARSARGE, At sea --
Sailing through the Fifth and Sixth Fleet areas of responsibility on three Navy vessels assigned to the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, Marines and sailors with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit have made it to the halfway mark of returning home to their friends and family during their 2013 deployment.

To continue reading:

http://www.26thmeu.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/2723/Article/145687/halfway-to-home.aspx

July 6, 2013

Infantry course humbling

Male, female Marines slog through combat endurance test at Quantico

By Gretel C. Kovach
9:09 a.m.July 6, 2013

QUANTICO, Va. — On opening day of the infantry officer course, two Marine lieutenants stand facing each other. One man. One woman. Gnarled ropes, the rough fibers slicked with rain, sweat and blood, dangle at their muddy boots.

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Germantown Departs Darwin Following Bio-security, Community Outreach

By Sgt. Jonathan Wright | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | July 06, 2013

DARWIN, Northern Territory, Australia --
Dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, departed Darwin, Australia July 8, for scheduled operations in the Asia Pacific region.

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http://www.31stmeu.marines.mil/News/tabid/2392/Article/146187/germantown-departs-darwin-following-bio-security-community-outreach.aspx

July 5, 2013

In moving darkness, marksmen are made

By Sgt. Paul Robbins Jr. | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | July 05, 2013

USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea --
In the dead of night, the calming song of the ocean is broken by the distinct crack of rifle fire. Paper snaps and wood splinters as dedicated marksmen use enhanced vision to identify and eliminate their targets.

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http://www.31stmeu.marines.mil/News/tabid/2392/Article/145678/in-moving-darkness-marksmen-are-made.aspx

July 4, 2013

Celebrating Independence Day at sea

By Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | July 04, 2013

USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea -- Normally covered with aircraft and the sound of whirling rotors, the flight deck of the ship bustled with hundreds of troops enjoying sunshine and fresh barbecue.

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http://www.31stmeu.marines.mil/News/tabid/2392/Article/145651/celebrating-independence-day-at-sea.aspx

USS Germantown Arrives in Darwin, Australia

Story Number: NNS130704-03 Release Date: 7/4/2013 9:58:00
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Lindahl

DARWIN, Australia (NNS) -- Dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Darwin, Australia, July 4, prior to scheduled operations in the region.

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“Fighting Thirteenth” flexes muscles during PMINT Exercise

By Sgt. Christopher O'Quin, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit
Jul 4, 2013 - 7:30:49 PM

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - When one evokes the image of a Marine, one often thinks of the typical grunt storming beaches from the sea. While this image rings true for the Corps after all these years, many types of battlefields have evolved since the days of John Wayne’s “Sands of Iwo Jima”.

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http://www.blackanthem.com/News/U_S_Military_19/Fighting-Thirteenth-flexes-muscles-during-PMINT-Exercise25693.shtml

Parsippany Marine returns home from Afghanistan

Mayor declares day for soldier
Written by Michael Izzo | Jul. 4, 2013

PARSIPPANY — When Parsippany native Sam Fendler returned home from Afghanistan, he might have expected his family to throw him a welcome home party, but he certainly didn’t anticipate the mayor naming a day in his honor.

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http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20130703/NJNEWS/307030026?odyssey=mod%7Cmostcom&gcheck=1

July 3, 2013

MALS-40 heads to Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing & Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | Date: 07.03.2013

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - More than 50 Marines from Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14 left Cherry Point for Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, June 28.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/109731/mals-40-heads-afghanistan#.UdYug20lI_w

1st MLG celebrates 66th anniversary by remembering its roots

By Courtesy Story | 1st Marine Logistics Group | July 03, 2013

7/4/2013 -- CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines and sailors with 1st Marine Logistics Group celebrated the unit’s 66th anniversary aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 1, 2013.

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http://www.1stmlg.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/8628/Article/145595/1st-mlg-celebrates-66th-anniversary-by-remembering-its-roots.aspx

Adjusting to life after deployment

By Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | July 03, 2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Do to a high tempo work environment, service members face many emotional challenges while deployed. Unfortunately, many of those challenges can continue after returning home.

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http://www.15thmeu.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/8671/Article/145621/adjusting-to-life-after-deployment.aspx

Fourth reminds Marines why they serve

Recruits taught to understand the ideals they are defending

By Gretel C. Kovach
8:54 p.m.July 3, 2013

QUANTICO, Va. — Each of the Marine lieutenants bounding down the firing range during basic officer training on Wednesday carried an important document into battle — a pocket edition of the Constitution of the United States.

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2nd MarDiv Band lights up stage for July 4th

Story by Pfc. Jose Mendez Jr. | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 07.03.2013

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - In celebration of July 4th the 2nd Marine Division Band held a concert at the Base Theatre aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, July 2.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/109738/2nd-mardiv-band-lights-up-stage-july-4th#.UdSZC20lI_w

Marine to take a bit of the U.S. back to Afghanistan

Rene De La Cruz, Staff Writer
July 03, 2013 5:50 PM

VICTORVILLE • After returning from his deployment to Afghanistan in September, U.S. Marine Cpl. Frank Demara saw the comforts of home in a whole new light.

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http://www.vvdailypress.com/articles/afghanistan-41147-bit-marine.html

July 2, 2013

US Marines in Spain, Italy remain on heightened alert

By Megan McCloskey
Stars and Stripes
Published: July 2, 2013

WASHINGTON — About 500 crisis-response Marines who recently deployed to Italy and Spain are positioned to respond to the brewing chaos in Egypt.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/us-marines-in-spain-italy-remain-on-heightened-alert-1.228618

Sewing a new Star-Spangled Banner the old way

Harriet Baskas NBC News contributor
July 2, 2013 at 12:56 PM ET

Oh, say can you sew?

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http://www.nbcnews.com/travel/sewing-new-star-spangled-banner-old-way-6C10516898

July 1, 2013

It’s not just training, it’s a way of life

By Lance Cpl. Cuong Le | Marine Corps Base Quantico | July 01, 2013

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. --
The permanent personnel of The Basic School conducted a 10-mile conditioning hike aboard the west-side of Marine Corps Base Quantico on June 28, 2013.

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http://www.quantico.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/10834/Article/144698/its-not-just-training-its-a-way-of-life.aspx