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September 30, 2013

NYC, Marine Corps Marathons Ban CamelBak-type Packs

The security measure does not prohibit fuel belts or hand-held water bottles.

By
Michelle Hamilton
Published
September 30, 2013

Runners planning to use hydration backpacks during the New York City and Marine Corps marathons this fall will need to come up with a new fueling strategy. Both events are prohibiting the use of the CamelBak-type packs.

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http://www.runnersworld.com/races/nyc-marine-corps-marathons-ban-camelbak-type-packs

Congress passes shutdown exemption for military pay

By Rick Maze
Staff writer
Sep. 30, 2013 - 05:07PM

Congress has passed a bill exempting the military from pay delays during a government shutdown, Senate leaders said Monday.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20130930/BENEFITS/309300034/Congress-passes-shutdown-exemption-military-pay

Corporal becomes first female Marine assault climber

By Gina Harkins
Sep. 30, 2013 - 06:00AM

A North Carolina-based Marine became the first woman to complete the demanding three-week Assault Climbers Course,which culminates with a near-vertical, 200-foot climb in California’s Sierra Nevada.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20130930/NEWS/309300015/Corporal-becomes-first-female-Marine-assault-climber

Photo Gallery: Marine recruits become riflemen on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 09.19.2013
Date Posted: 09.30.2013 20:40

Recruits spend four days honing their shooting skills before qualifying with the M16-A4. India Company is scheduled to graduate Oct. 25, 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 of females in the Marine Corps.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1028290/photo-gallery-marine-recruits-become-riflemen-parris-island#.Ukra9lPB_YQ

Uganda: U.S. Marines Train UPDF in Special Operations

By Taddeo Bwambale, 30 September 2013

A group of 148 UPDF officers have completed a 10-week course conducted by the US Marines at the Uganda Peace Support Operations Training Center in Singo, Nakaseke district.

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http://allafrica.com/stories/201309301605.html

September 27, 2013

Marines study foreign women in combat

Australia opened infantry to female troops this year; U.K. remains opposed

By Gretel C. Kovach
6:14 p.m.Sept. 27, 2013

As the Marine Corps weighs whether to open the infantry to women, the service is studying how other countries approach the issue of female troops in direct ground combat.

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/sep/27/marines-women-combat-foreign/?st

Iraq, Afghan vets group CEO talks issues

VA backlog, changing sexual assault prosecution, predatory colleges

By Jeanette Steele
4 p.m.Sept. 27, 2013

Paul Rieckhoff is chief executive officer of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, founded in 2004 to represent the newest generation of veterans. Based in New York, the group has more than 200,000 members.

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/sep/27/iava-reickhoff-va-gibill/?st

Corps announces tuition assistance changes

Courtesy Story | Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall | Date: 09.27.2013

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - The Marine Corps has announced changes to its eligibility requirements for using tuition assistance.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/114373/corps-announces-tuition-assistance-changes#.UkZWChAlJPY

Marines try training women to be grunts

Corps to spend year researching prospects for female riflemen
By Gretel C. Kovach7:04 A.M.SEPT. 25, 2013 Updated10:57 A.M. SEPT. 27, 2013

The first female Marines began enlisted infantry training today as the Corps launched a year of research into prospects for women in the service’s defining combat specialty – the “0311” rifleman.

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/sep/25/women-marines-enlisted-infantry-training/

September 26, 2013

Navy names destroyer after decorated Marine who died at Fallujah

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Published: September 26, 2013

A Marine who died while shielding fellow Marines from a grenade blast during the 2004 battle for Fallujah in Iraq has been honored during a ship-naming ceremony at Naval Base San Diego.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/navy/navy-names-destroyer-after-decorated-marine-who-died-at-fallujah-1.243444

September 25, 2013

Peralta legacy lives on: USS Rafael Peralta to carry tradition of heroism

By Lance Cpl. Scott Reel | I Marine Expeditionary Force | September 25, 2013

SAN DIEGO -- One of the most heralded Marines from 2004’s Battle of Fallujah was honored during a ship-naming ceremony aboard Naval Base San Diego, Calif., Sept. 20.

To read the entire article:

http://www.imef.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/3963/Article/150693/peralta-legacy-lives-on-uss-rafael-peralta-to-carry-tradition-of-heroism.aspx

31st MEU returns from Fall Patrol

lBy Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | September 25, 2013

WHITE BEACH NAVAL FACILITY, Okinawa, Japan -- With the return of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and the offload of more than 1,000 Marines and Sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, the MEU’s regularly scheduled Fall Patrol ended here, Sept. 25.

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http://www.31stmeu.marines.mil/News/tabid/2392/Article/150883/31st-meu-returns-from-fall-patrol.aspx

September 24, 2013

Moon Township, Pa., native training at Parris Island to become U.S. Marine

Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 09.18.2013
Date Posted:09.24.2013 13:06

Rct. John Hall, an 18-year-old native of Moon Township, Pa., is currently training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., in hopes of earning the title of United States Marine. Hall is training with Platoon 3092, Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, and is scheduled to graduate Nov. 22, 2013.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1025089/moon-township-pa-native-training-parris-island-become-us-marine#.UkH8go29LCQ#ixzz2fqVhi9Wztarget="_blank"

Cartersville, Ga., native training at Parris Island to become U.S. Marine

Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 09.18.2013
Date Posted:09.24.2013 13:04

Rct. Andrew Patterson, a 25-year-old native of Cartersville, Ga., is currently training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., in hopes of earning the title of United States Marine. Patterson is training with Platoon 3088, Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, and is scheduled to graduate Nov. 22, 2013.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1025086/cartersville-ga-native-training-parris-island-become-us-marine#.UkH9b429LCQ#ixzz2fqWYYJyW

Photo Gallery: Parris Island recruits train to use bayonets on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 09.17.2013
Date Posted:09.24.2013 19:24

Recruits of Platoons 3088, 3089 and 3090, Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, wait to participate in pugil stick training Sept. 17, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits fight with pugil sticks, which represent rifles with attached bayonets, to simulate a close encounter with an enemy. Bayonet training is part of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, which combines hand-to-hand combat skills with mental discipline and character development to help transform recruits into physically and morally sound warriors. Kilo Company is scheduled to graduate Nov. 22, 2013.

To view nine photos:

http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1025314/photo-gallery-parris-island-recruits-train-use-bayonets-parris-island#.UkL7SxAlJPY

September 23, 2013

Marine named 2013 USO Volunteer of the Year

By Petty Officer 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael | Headquarters Marine Corps | September 23, 2013

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti -- CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti -- A Marine deployed to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa , was recently selected as the United Service Organizations' 2013 Volunteer of the Year.

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http://www.hqmc.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/3488/Article/150564/marine-named-2013-uso-volunteer-of-the-year.aspx

September 21, 2013

Photo Gallery: Parris Island recruits begin journey to earn Marine title

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 09.16.2013
Date Posted: 09.21.2013 18:26

The first hour on Parris Island is one of many recruits will spend learning what it takes to earn the title of United States Marine. Lima Company is scheduled to graduate Dec. 13, 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 of females in the Marine Corps.

To view fourteen photos:

http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1023286/photo-gallery-parris-island-recruits-begin-journey-earn-marine-title#.UkEGQBAlI_w

USS Denver arrives in White Beach, offloads 31st MEU

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Lindahl | Amphibious Squadron 11 | Date: 09.21.2013

WHITE BEACH NAVAL FACILITY, Okinawa, Japan – Amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9), with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in White Beach, Okinawa, Japan Sept. 21 to conduct an offload of the 31st MEU.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/114047/uss-denver-arrives-white-beach-offloads-31st-meu#.Uj3n1xAlI_w

September 20, 2013

'War Chiefs' conduct air assault course

By Compiled by Cpl. Sarah Dietz | Marine Corps Base Hawaii | September 20, 2013

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, CALIF. --
Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, hit the ground running after debarking CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters during a company-sized air assault course in the Quackenbush training area Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., as part of the Integrated Training Exercise, Sept. 11, 2013.

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http://www.mcbhawaii.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/6999/Article/150511/war-chiefs-conduct-air-assault-course.aspx

Photo Gallery: Marine recruits use map, compass to navigatge on Parris Island

Photos by Lance Cpl. MaryAnn Hill | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 09.16.2013
Date Posted: 09.20.2013 14:58

Recruits of Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, determine their walking pace Sept. 16, 2013, during land navigation training on Parris Island, S.C. Each recruit counted how many steps he took to walk 100 meters in order for each to track distance. Alpha Company is scheduled to graduate Oct. 11, 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 of females in the Marine Corps.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1022455/photo-gallery-marine-recruits-use-map-compass-navigate-parris-island#.Uj9pJRAlI_w

3 destroyers, 3 war stories

Navy and Marines name new ships for heroes, young and old

By Jeanette Steele
7:26 p.m.Sept. 20, 2013

Now their stories, tales of desperate bravery, will be forged in steel.

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/sep/20/shipnaming-destroyer-finn-johnson-peralta/?st

Vietnam vets get stars, 46 years later

Heroics overlooked because officers were killed in battle

By Gretel C. Kovach
11:39 a.m.Sept. 20, 2013
Updated 7:22 p.m

A company of Marines fought up a hill near Khe Sanh, Vietnam, on April 30, 1967. Within two days, three-quarters of them left the bomb-cratered slopes of 881 South bloodied or dead.

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/sep/20/marines-khe-sanh-silver-star-medal/?st

September 19, 2013

Photo Gallery: Marine recruits dress in iconic blues for Parris Island boot camp

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 09.05.2013
Date Posted: 09.19.2013 13:32

Recruits of India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, took turns donning modified dress blue uniforms and posing for their boot camp photo Sept. 5, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C. India Company is scheduled to graduate Oct. 25, 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 of females in the Marine Corps.

To view thirteen photos:

http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1021613/photo-gallery-marine-recruits-dress-iconic-blues-parris-island-boot-camp#.UjvEoxAlI_x

September 18, 2013

3/7 deploys to Afghanistan

Story by LCpl Paul Martinez
09.18.2013

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Three individual contingents with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, staged sea bags and gear in the presence of families and friends before departing for Afghanistan over the course of Sept. 14, 2013 through Sept. 17, 2013 at Felix Field.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/113856/3-7-deploys-afghanistan#.UkehwjK9KSM

Marine killed, four injured in AAV fire at 29 Palms

By Hope Hodge Seck
Staff Writer
Sep. 18, 2013 - 12:50PM

A Marine was killed and four others injured when an Amphibious Assault Vehicle caught fire Monday morning at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20130918/NEWS/309180015/One-Marine-killed-four-injured-training-accident-Twentynine-Palms

September 17, 2013

31st MEU tests LRAD for use on MV-22 Osprey

By Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | September 17, 2013

USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea -- Carefully formed messages surged out of the portable communication device as the MV-22 Osprey circled the ship. Over the thunderous sounds of the rotor blades and the considerable distance, the men and women on the deck received the message loud and clear.

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http://www.31stmeu.marines.mil/News/tabid/2392/Article/150581/31st-meu-tests-lrad-for-use-on-mv-22-osprey.aspx

September 16, 2013

Iowa Marine receives Silver Star

Ryan Steinkamp is lauded for leadership in Afghan combat

Written by
William Petroski
Sep. 16, 2013

Hurling hand grenades and with his weapon blazing, Sgt. Ryan Steinkamp led a squad of about a dozen Marines last year on a death-defying mission against Taliban fighters in Afghanistan’s treacherous Helmand province.

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http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130916/NEWS/309160036/Iowa-Marine-receives-Silver-Star?gcheck=1

Marines Complete Urban Training in Central Va.

Sept. 16, 2013

The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) has completed its training in Central Virginia.

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http://www.newsplex.com/home/headlines/Marines-Complete-Urban-Training-in-Central-Va-223936661.html

Guardian angels: Marines deploy to protect embassy

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | 1st Marine Division | Date: 09.16.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines and sailors with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, said their goodbyes to their families and friends at the Camp Horno parade deck here, Sept. 14, as they deployed to provide security for an embassy in the Middle East.

To continue reading about the 1/1:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/113742/guardian-angels-marines-deploy-protect-embassy#.Ujki1T8lI_w

September 15, 2013

CLB Marines, Super Stallions team up for heavy lifts

Story by Cpl Codey Underwood | Date Taken: 09.14.2013 | Date Posted:09.15.2013 13:45

USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea – Hovering above five landing support Marines, a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter slowly descends, dangling a charged hook underneath the hulking aircraft closer to the load sitting on the deck. As one Marine reaches up with a static wand to ground the 200,000 volts rushing through the hook, the other four scramble to secure the load.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/113671/clb-marines-super-stallions-team-up-heavy-lifts#.UjY8mMu9KSM

Ride2Recovery: Minuteman Challenge, Days 5 and 6

BY CHRIS · SEPTEMBER 15, 2013 ·

Hartford, CT to Danbury, CT
Day 5 from Newburgh to Ft. Lee got underway with very iffy weather conditions that gave way to serious thunderstorms and heavy rain. This caused a delay in the day’s ride just as the riders reached the lunch stop in Haverstraw, NJ. The day’s highlights included a stop at the world famous Orange County Chopper with the owner Paul Sr. coming out and visiting with the riders.

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http://www.notubesracing.com/blog/ride2recovery-minuteman-challenge-days-5-and-6/

September 14, 2013

Marines and sailors do more with less in Timor-Leste

Story by Sgt Jonathan Wright
09.14.2013

DILI, Timor-Leste - They arrived with very little in hand, but their impact was great. Smiles and exclamations were abundant as the young children threw themselves at the service members in an explosion of cheers and hugs.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/113655/marines-and-sailors-do-more-with-less-timor-leste#.UjZAe8u9KSM

Marines build leadership at sea

By Sgt. Jonathan Wright | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | September 14, 2013

USS DENVER, At Sea -- Standing tall as the deck underneath him gently sways, he focuses on the commands being called to his left. The morning sun tries to foul his movements by rendering him blind, but he doesn’t need to see. His right hand flies across his hips and confidently clamps down on the pommel of a sword at the bark of “draw….”

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http://www.31stmeu.marines.mil/News/tabid/2392/Article/149991/marines-build-leadership-at-sea.aspx

September 13, 2013

Photo Gallery: Parris Island recruits finish Crucible, earn Marine title

Story by Lance Cpl. MaryAnn Hill | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 09.13.2013

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. -The new Marines of Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, received their Eagle, Globe and Anchor during a ceremony Sept. 7, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C.

To view eight photos:

http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1017102/photo-gallery-parris-island-recruits-finish-crucible-earn-marine-title#.UjN9Ij8lI_w

The Chosin Few

By Lance Cpl. Orrin Farmer | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | September 13, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --
The 63rd Anniversary of the Landing on Inchon was held at the Chosin Few monument adjacent to the Pacific Views Event Center here on Sept. 13. The ceremony commemorated the landing on Inchon and the Marines that fought at the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War.

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http://www.pendleton.marines.mil/PendletonNews/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/5440/Article/149959/the-chosin-few.aspx

September 12, 2013

First of 9 ‘Intrepid Spirit’ Centers Opens at Fort Belvoir

By J.D. Leipold
Army News Service

FORT BELVOIR, Va., Sept. 12, 2013 – Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks 12 years ago, more than 2.5 million U.S. troops have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and over that same period, more than 260,000 service members have been diagnosed with the invisible wounds of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress as a result of combat-related injuries and accidents.

To continue reading:

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=120761

Marines learn ways of SWAT

By LCpl Scott Reel
Marines.mil | Sep 12 2013

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (Aug. 27, 2013) - Marines with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion are training to acquire a military occupational specialty of special reaction team member aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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https://www.marines.com/news/-/news-story/detail/news_12sep2013_marineslearnswat_marinesmil

Marines overcome challenges, improve close combat techniques on ship

By Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | September 12, 2013

USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea -- In the belly of an amphibious warship, squeezed between two aircraft, troops gather around a fight. Two Marines are going head-to-head, taking cues from instructors standing nearby as they struggle for dominance. Confined and challenging environments cannot stop the Marines from training.

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http://www.31stmeu.marines.mil/News/tabid/2392/Article/149975/marines-overcome-challenges-improve-close-combat-techniques-on-ship.aspx

September 11, 2013

Airport dedicates its new hangar

Story by Joyce Lobeck @ysJoyceLobeck
September 11, 2013 11:47 PM

Wednesday was a momentous occasion for the Yuma International Airport as it hosted a dedication ceremony for its new $5 million Aviation Industrial Center on the west side of the airport within the Defense Contractor Complex.

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http://www.yumasun.com/articles/new-89586-airport-aviation.html

September 10, 2013

Unity felt after attacks endures

Tragedy created bond for military and civilians

By Gretel C. Kovach
9:18 p.m.Sept. 10, 2013
Updated12:24 p.m.Sept. 11, 2013

Twelve years ago, terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon, hitting symbols of the industrial and military might that underpin American power.

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/sep/10/sept-11-ceremony-miramar-marines-dakota-meyer/

BLT 1/4 Bravo Company trains in paradise

By Sgt. Christopher O'Quin | 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit | September 10, 2013

USS HARPERS FERRY AT SEA -- In the early morning of August 30, 2013, Marines and Sailors with Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit sit on the ramp of USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) lined up waiting to launch in Amphibious Assault Vehicle 7's, from the ship's well deck.

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http://www.13thmeu.marines.mil/News/tabid/1974/Article/149575/blt-14-bravo-company-trains-in-paradise.aspx

Marine cycles cross-county to honor fallen comrades

By Linda McIntosh
6 a.m.Sept. 10, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON — A retired Marine is cycling cross-country to visit American Gold Star Mothers and honor comrades killed in combat.

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/sep/10/Marine-crosscountry-ride-fallentroops-goldstarmom/?st

September 9, 2013

A History That Will Live On: 24th Marines

By Lance Cpl. Bradley Carrier | 9th Marine Corps District | September 09, 2013

Sept. 9, 2013 -- The 24th Marine Regiment unit colors along with its prestigious history were cased to pave the way for Combat Logistics Regiment 4 during a deactivation and activation ceremony at the unit’s headquarters Sept. 8. The actions resulted from the three year Force Structure Review Group which announced the decision in 2012, in order to accomplish the best realignment and utilization of forces within the Marine Corps, said Lt. Col. Michael Myers, regimental inspector-instructor of the new unit.

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http://www.9thmcd.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/4722/Article/149527/a-history-that-will-live-on-24th-marines.aspx

31st MEU back on patrol after Exercise Koolendong 13

By Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | September 09, 2013

DARWIN, Northern Territory, Australia -- Driving along a dusty path connecting the Australian outback to civilization, the High-Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle took lead of a military column that stretched for miles. The convoy, two days into the trip, carried Marines, equipment and supplies back from a week of continuous training.

To continue reading:

http://www.31stmeu.marines.mil/News/tabid/2392/Article/149596/31st-meu-back-on-patrol-after-exercise-koolendong-13.aspx

September 8, 2013

Sallyman raises morale in field

Photos by Sgt Sarah Fiocco | 3/3 Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force | Date: 09.04.2013
Date Posted: 09.08.2013 21:24

Arnold Beazley, a Salvation Army representative known as the Sallyman, delivers cold beverages and snacks to Australian soldiers and MRF-D Marines during field operations.

To view 4 photos:

http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1012751/sallyman-raises-morale-field#.Ui6gNMu9KSM

September 7, 2013

Former Marine paid price for stopping beach bullies

By Jorge Milian
The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post
Published: September 7, 2013

JUPITER, Fla. — As LeRoy Wright Jr. and his 14-year-old son were surrounded and threatened by three men at Juno Beach Park in May, several people stood nearby either watching or videotaping the incident.

To continue reading:

http://www.stripes.com/news/marine-corps/former-marine-paid-price-for-stopping-beach-bullies-1.239846?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+starsandstripes%2Fgeneral+%28Stars+and+Stripes%29

Through their eyes: Armored vehicle driver in Afghanistan

By Cpl. Paul Peterson | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | September 07, 2013

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- Like many areas of Afghanistan, the shifting desert surrounding the town of Now Zad in northern Helmand province is deceptive. The parched surroundings stand in stark contrast to the village’s tree-lined streets and the emergent green of nearby fields.

To continue reading about the CLR 2:

http://www.2ndmlg.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/3874/Article/149440/through-their-eyes-armored-vehicle-driver-in-afghanistan.aspx

September 6, 2013

Ride 2 Recovery Minuteman Challenge Will Bring Bicycling Veterans Through Newtown, Tuesday

Friday, September 6, 2013

A group of approximately 200 injured veterans and their supporters will set off on Sunday, September 8, on the UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) Minuteman Challenge, a seven-day, 425-mile bicycle ride. The route begins in Lexington, Mass., and will conclude in Philadelphia, Penn., on Saturday, September 14.

To continue reading:

http://newtownbee.com/news/enjoy/2013/09/06/ride-2-recovery-minuteman-challenge-will-bring-bic/160264

Brothers in arms: honoring the past

By Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels | September 06, 2013

USS KEARSARGE, At Sea --
U.S. and French Marines alike are built around their customs, traditions and deep history composed of honor and selfless sacrifice. Quinton Ennius, a poet often considered the father of Roman poetry said, “Let no one weep for me, or celebrate my funeral with mourning; for I still live, as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men.”

To continue reading:

http://www.26thmeu.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/2723/Article/149358/brothers-in-arms-honoring-the-past.aspx

MACS-2 Marines return from operations in Spain

By Pfc. Victor A. Arriaga | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | September 06, 2013

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT,N.C. -- Eight Marines with Marine Air Control Squadron 2 returned to Cherry Point Friday after a five-month deployment to Spain.

To continue reading:

http://www.cherrypoint.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/4890/Article/149337/macs-2-marines-return-from-operations-in-spain.aspx

Marine recruits navigate Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink
Date Taken:08.19.2013
Date Posted:09.06.2013 08:15

Recruits of Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, learn how to properly read a compass and map before venturing into the woods with their teams. Papa Company is scheduled to graduate Sept. 13, 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 of females in the Marine Corps.

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Charity for Charity makes dream come true

Charity for Charity makes dream come true
By Cpl. Brianna Turner | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | September 06, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --
Being afflicted with Leukemia usually means repeated hospital visits and Chemotherapy treatments, but to Charity for Charity it was an opportunity to give 7-year-old Baden a chance to out of the hospital bed and fulfill a lifelong dream.

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http://www.pendleton.marines.mil/PendletonNews/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/5440/Article/149417/charity-for-charity-makes-dream-come-true.aspx

MRF-D trains with Aussies, MEU ‘out bush’ during Exercise Koolendong

Story by Sgt Sarah Fiocco
Date Taken: 09.04.2013 / Date Posted: 09.06.2013 01:25

BRADSHAW FIELD TRAINING AREA, Northern Territory, Australia – Marines with Marine Rotational Force – Darwin moved through the extreme heat and dry terrain of the Australian Outback to send rounds flying at a simulated militia group of rebels armed with 82mm mortars, two vehicles and other weaponry.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/113170/mrf-d-trains-with-aussies-meu-out-bush-during-exercise-koolendong#.UisfEMu9KSN

September 5, 2013

Marine extremely humbled to receive Silver Star

September 5, 2013 12:00 am
Lance Cpl. Scott Whiting 2nd Marine Division

Earning a Silver Star is one of the most prestigious achievements for someone in the military, and service members have to distinguish themselves with gallantry in action to be awarded the military’s third-highest honor.

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http://www.camplejeuneglobe.com/news/marine_corps_news/article_7c708afa-157f-11e3-865e-0019bb2963f4.html

Last U.S. Marine tank unit heading home from Afghanistan

September 5th, 2013 | Afghanistan Infantry Kajaki Musa Qala Sangin | Posted by Dan Lamothe

The Marine Corps made national headlines in fall 2010 when it sent tanks to northern Helmand province to bolster firepower there. It was a first for the U.S. in the war, which was nine years old at the time.

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http://blogs.militarytimes.com/battle-rattle/2013/09/05/last-u-s-marine-tank-unit-heading-home-from-afghanistan/

Marine recruits survive first night on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 09.05.2013

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. - Young men from across the eastern United States stepped on Parris Island’s legendary yellow footprints Aug. 26, 2013, to begin their journey to the title of United States Marine.

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September 4, 2013

USS San Antonio arrives in Haifa, Israel

Stars and Stripes
Published: September 4, 2013

NAPLES, Italy — The USS San Antonio, an amphibious ship carrying hundreds of Marines, arrived Wednesday in Haifa, Israel, amid regional tensions over possible U.S. military strikes against Syria.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/uss-san-antonio-arrives-in-haifa-israel-1.239191

R4OG deploy as Corps’ unsung heroes

Story by Cpl Charles Clark
Date Posted:09.04.2013 15:06

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marines and sailors with the Retrograde and Redeployment in support of Reset and Reconstitution Operations Group, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, boarded buses as an advance party deploying to Afghanistan at the Maintenance Battalion’s maintenance bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Aug. 29.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/113072/r4og-deploy-corps-unsung-heroes#.UnJytbK9KSM

Expeditionary medicine for the Australian outback

By Sgt. Paul Robbins Jr. | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | September 04, 2013

BRADSHAW FIELD TRAINING AREA, Northern Territory, Australia -- Expeditionary operations sometimes require a military force to be hundreds of miles from the nearest hospital or emergency services. That’s why the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit brings their own

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http://www.31stmeu.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleView/tabid/7377/Article/150117/expeditionary-medicine-for-the-australian-outback.aspx

Integrated, live-fire assault proves viability of the outback

by Cpl Codey Underwood
Date Taken: 09.03.2013 / Date Posted: 09.04.2013 01:18

BRADSHAW FIELD TRAINING AREA, Australia - Kicking up dust and making a lot of noise in the outback, a mixed force of Americans and Australians descended upon targets in a coordinated and destructive attack.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/113044/integrated-live-fire-assault-proves-viability-outback#.UisfDsu9KSN

September 3, 2013

Integrated, live-fire assault proves viability of the outback

By Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | September 03, 2013

BRADSHAW FIELD TRAINING AREA, Northern Territory, Australia -- Kicking up dust and making a lot of noise in the outback, a mixed force of Americans and Australians descended upon targets in a coordinated and destructive attack.

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http://www.31stmeu.marines.mil/News/tabid/2392/Article/149156/integrated-live-fire-assault-proves-viability-of-the-outback.aspx

Local man conquers health issues to become Marine

By Kaitlyn Speer
Staff writer
newsroom@observer-reporter.com
Published Sep 3, 2013 at 11:03 am (Updated Sep 3, 2013 at 11:03 am)

Aaron Sitka always knew he wanted to join the military. It seemed as if his dreams were well on their way to coming true went he left home three days after his high school graduation for Marine Corps boot camp. But six weeks later, his hopes suddenly came crashing down around him.

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http://www.observer-reporter.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130902/NEWS01/130909909

Local man conquers health issues to become Marine

By Kaitlyn Speer
Staff writer
newsroom@observer-reporter.com
Published Sep 3, 2013 at 11:03 am (Updated Sep 3, 2013 at 11:03 am)

Aaron Sitka always knew he wanted to join the military. It seemed as if his dreams were well on their way to coming true went he left home three days after his high school graduation for Marine Corps boot camp. But six weeks later, his hopes suddenly came crashing down around him.

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http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20130903/SPECIAL05/130909879#.UrhN1bQlI_y

13th MEU maintains cultural awareness amid current events

Story by Sgt. Jennifer Pirante | 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 08.29.2013
Date Posted:09.03.2013 20:55

USS BOXER (LHD 4), AT SEA - After the Marines and Sailors of 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Boxer Amphibious Ready Group departed Naval Base San Diego, Aug. 23, on Western Pacific Deployment, professors from the Naval Postgraduate School kept the units' senior leaders informed about the current state of Middle-Eastern countries through the Regional Security Education Program.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/113040/13th-meu-maintains-cultural-awareness-amid-current-events#.Uicwk9Iw23M#ixzz2dvgKfcTD

13th MEU conducts Tropic Thunder, showcases Ospreys

By Sgt. Jennifer Pirante | 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit | September 03, 2013

AT SEA -- Marines and Sailors of 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Boxer Amphibious Ready Group headed to paradise to conduct Exercise Tropic Thunder in Hawaii, Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, 2013.

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http://www.13thmeu.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/1982/Article/149121/13th-meu-conducts-tropic-thunder-showcases-ospreys.aspx

September 2, 2013

Marine brings message to U-T Honor Bowl

By Don Norcross
4 p.m.Sept. 2, 2013

TEMECULA — Josue Barron’s left leg was ripped off just below the hip after stepping on an improvised explosive device nearly three years ago in Afghanistan. He later lost his left eye, now replaced by a glass prosthetic.

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/Sep/02/honor-bowl-barron-U-T/?#article-copy

Now Zad District handed over to Afghan Uniformed Police

Courtesy Story | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 09.02.2013

NOW ZAD, Afghanistan - The U.S. Marine-led Police Advisor Team in Now Zad transitioned the lead security role to the Afghan Uniformed Police Aug. 23.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/112963/now-zad-district-handed-over-afghan-uniformed-police#.UiZWZD8lI_w

13th MEU sustainment training

Photos by Staff Sgt. Matthew Orr | 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 08.30.2013
Date Posted: 09.02.2013 18:27

Two Reconnaissance Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, provide security while a Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) vehicle drives off a Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) at Bellows Beach on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, during sustainment training Aug. 30, 2013.

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September 1, 2013

MarineParents.com: Still Serving After 10 Years

Author: Mike Hoeferlin
September 1, 2013

America has been at war for al­most 13 years, and, of course, Marines have been in the thick of the fight since the beginning. During those sometimes tentative years, Marines and their families have faced numerous obstacles, challenges and uncertainties. Fortunately, a very special group of selfless and de­voted volunteers who operate under the banner of MarineParents.com has been helping them understand and cope with the known and unknown. Those incredibly dedicated volunteers have provided information, com­fort, reassurance and a positive nur­turing environment to as many Marine families, friends and loved ones as possible.

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http://www.mca-marines.org/leatherneck/article/marineparentscom-still-serving-after-10-years

Maintenance keeps the MEU rolling in Koolendong

By Sgt. Paul Robbins Jr. | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | September 01, 2013

BRADSHAW FIELD TRAINING AREA, Northern Territory, Australia -- Less than 30 highly-trained and specialized Marines keep more than 800 wheels turning in support of 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit operations when deployed.

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http://www.31stmeu.marines.mil/News/tabid/2392/Article/149058/maintenance-keeps-the-meu-rolling-in-koolendong.aspx