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December 29, 2013

CMC, SGTMAJ Visit 13th MEU

Story by Sgt Jennifer Pirante
Date Posted:12.29.2013 09:14

ARABIAN GULF - U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps; Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, the 17th sgt. maj. of the Marine Corps; and distinguished guests visited the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), Dec. 27, to thank Marines and Sailors assigned to 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), for their service.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/118669/cmc-sgtmaj-visit-13th-meu#.UsEWqX-9KSM

December 28, 2013

Commandant spends Christmas with Marines in RC Southwest

Story by Cpl Austin Long
Date Taken:12.24.2013 | Date Posted:12.28.2013 10:02

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Michael Barrett visited Marines and sailors with Regional Command [Southwest], Dec. 23-26.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/118664/commandant-spends-christmas-with-marines-rc-southwest#.Ur9jen-9KSM

Marines in Persian Gulf stand ready for crisis

By Gretel C. Kovach
2:50 p.m .Dec. 28, 2013

Aboard the USS Boxer — An MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor swooped over the Persian Gulf and dropped the commandant of the Marine Corps onto what military commanders like to refer to as four floating acres of diplomacy.

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/Dec/28/marines-in-gulf-prepared-for-crisis/?st#article-copy

December 27, 2013

Canine Combat Vet Guards Pentagon Halls

December 27, 2013
CNN

A canine combat vet who used to sniff out roadside bombs in Afghanistan is now patrolling the halls of the Pentagon.

To view news video:

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/us/2013/12/27/tsr-dnt-starr-pentagon-dog-protects-halls.cnn.html

December 25, 2013

Kellie Pickler serenades the troops in Afghanistan

By Kevin Sieff, Published: December 25

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — It was Christmas in southern Afghanistan, and the country music star walked past the blast barriers to the makeshift stage. She wore camouflage leggings and rhinestone boots. Her audience eased closer, rifles slung across their chests.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/war-zones/kellie-pickler-serenades-the-troops-in-afghanistan/2013/12/25/3a461e0a-6d96-11e3-aecc-85cb037b7236_story.html?hpid=z1

Wounded Marine Behind Viral Email Gets New Helmet Hand-Delivered To Afghanistan By Corps' Top General

Paul Szoldra
December 25, 2013

The Marine behind an email that went viral on military networks was surprised by the Corps’ top general and senior enlisted leader Monday, when they both showed up in Afghanistan to present him with a brand new helmet.

To continue reading about a 1/9 Marine:

http://www.businessinsider.com.au/ian-gorman-helmet-afghanistan-2013-12

Abington Marine dies in Afghanistan

Town’s first combat loss since Vietnam

Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Erin Smith

The Abington community was left mourning the loss yesterday of a young U.S. Marine — the town’s first serviceman to die in combat since the Vietnam War.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Sgt. Daniel M. Vasselian, of the 1/9:

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/12/abington_marine_dies_in_afghanistan

December 24, 2013

South Sudan crisis lands Marine crisis response unit its largest mission

By John Vandiver
Stars and Stripes
Published: December 24, 2013

STUTTGART, Germany — A new unit of rapid reaction Marines has mobilized to Africa in response to a crisis, marking a muscular milestone for U.S. Africa Command as it contends with a crisis in South Sudan.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/south-sudan-crisis-lands-marine-crisis-response-unit-its-largest-mission-1.259075

December 23, 2013

Fallen Marine, his sister's 'superhero,' laid to rest

Monday, December 23, 2013
By:
Laurel J. Sweet

FAIRHAVEN - U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew R. "Smiley" Rodriguez lived by his tattoo bearing the words: "For those I love, I will sacrifice," his proud sister told a packed church today in the fishing town where her little brother learned to laugh and love during his 19 brief years.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, LCpl Matthew R. Rodriguez, of the 1st CEB:

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/herald_bulldog/2013/12/fallen_marine_his_sisters_superhero_laid_to_rest

December 22, 2013

Road out of hell

Marine determined to move forward, set example

By Susan Ladd
News & Record, Greensboro, N.C.
Published: December 22, 2013

GREENSBORO — Cindy Gitter laughs and shakes her head when asked to describe Nathan Harris as a teenager.

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http://www.stripes.com/road-out-of-hell-1.258756

December 21, 2013

Q&A: Year ahead for Miramar aviation

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing officer talks recent exercise, future

By Jeanette Steele
noon Dec. 21, 2013

As the U.S. military turns its attention to China and the Pacific, Marine Corps aviators are gearing up for their role.

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/dec/21/wise-3maw-steel-knight-marine-aviation/?st

December 20, 2013

Recruit on way to become family's fourth generation Marine on Parris Island

Story by LCpl MaryAnn Hill
Date Posted:12.20.2013 13:38

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. – The Marine Corps prides itself on its long, rich history. One recruit stepped on the famous yellow footprints here with a lofty goal – to continue his family’s tradition and graduate as a fourth-generation Marine.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/118540/recruit-way-become-familys-fourth-generation-marine-parris-island#.UreksH-9KSN

America's Battalion,' 'Kings of Battle' return from unit deployment program

Story by LCpl Matthew Bragg
Date Posted:12.20.2013 20:23

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII - Marines and sailors from two units recently returned to Marine Corps Base Hawaii just in time for the holidays.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/118564/americas-battalion-kings-battle-return-unit-deployment-program#.Us7IRX-9KSP

Photo Gallery: Recruits mentored during Marine Corps core values discussion on Parris Island

Photo by Cpl. Octavia Davis | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 12.18.2013
Date Posted:12.20.2013 05:07

Values discussions play an integral role in developing recruits into Marines. Discussions facilitate recruits' grasp of the Corps' ethical code and reinforces their growth into honorable warriors. By the time they graduate, recruits must embrace the Corps' core values of honor, courage and commitment. Papa Company is scheduled to graduate Feb. 28, 2014. 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/1141985/photo-gallery-recruits-mentored-during-marine-corps-core-values-discussion-parris-island#.Ut6buLTnbKw

December 19, 2013

Photo Gallery: Young men, women arrive on Parris Island for chance to earn title Marine

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 12.16.2013
Date Posted:12.19.2013 18:03

Drill instructors are responsible for preparing new recruits for training. Recruits must learn quickly that the rules of recruit training are strictly enforced. Recruits are expected to uphold a military appearance while in training. November Company is scheduled to graduate March 14, 2014. 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 13 photos:

http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1141634/photo-gallery-young-men-women-arrive-parris-island-chance-earn-title-marine#.UrZzvLQlJPY

Marine recruiter at mall helps collar shoplifter

By Kristen V. Brown
Published 8:15 pm, Thursday, December 19, 2013

COLONIE — A marine on recruit duty at Colonie Center helped apprehend a shoplifter Thursday.

To continue reading:

http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Marine-recruiter-at-mall-helps-collar-shoplifter-5079950.php

22nd MEU completes final major pre-deployment exercise

By Sgt. Austin Hazard | 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit | December 19, 2013

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. --

The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed its Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the U.S. Navy Sailors and ships of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 6 off the East Coast, at sea, Dec. 15, 2013.

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http://www.22ndmeu.marines.mil/News/ArticleView/tabid/196/Article/156202/22nd-meu-completes-final-major-pre-deployment-exercise.aspx

10 more women graduate from Marine Corps' enlisted infantry training

By Hope Hodge Seck
Staff writer
Dec. 19, 2013 - 06:00A

Ten women graduated from the Marine Corps’ enlisted infantry training course on Thursday, part of the service’s ongoing research to determine what additional ground combat jobs should lift their gender restrictions.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20131219/NEWS/312190031/10-more-women-graduate-from-Marine-Corps-enlisted-infantry-training

Photo Gallery: Parris Island recruits strive strength to meet Marine Corps' high standards

Photos by Lance Cpl. MaryAnn Hill | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 12.17.2013
Date Posted:12.19.2013 22:11

Recruits engage in different types of training such as running, circuit courses and cross training. The variety of training ensures recruits develop a solid physical fitness foundation. Bravo Company is scheduled to graduate Feb. 24, 2014. 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/1141796/photo-gallery-parris-island-recruits-strive-strength-meet-marine-corps-high-standards#.UrevQLQlJPY

Photo Gallery: Parris Island recruits strive strength to meet Marine Corps' high standards

Photos by Lance Cpl. MaryAnn Hill | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 12.17.2013
Date Posted:12.19.2013 22:11

Recruits engage in different types of physical training such as running, circuit courses and cross training. The variety of training ensures recruits develop a solid physical fitness foundation. Bravo Company is scheduled to graduate Feb. 24, 2014. 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 photos:

http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1141796/photo-gallery-parris-island-recruits-strive-strength-meet-marine-corps-high-standards#.Us2K67QlJPY

December 18, 2013

Fairhaven Marine killed in Afghanistan returning home Thursday

By Ariel Wittenberg
awittenberg@s-t.com
December 18, 2013 1:45 PM

Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Rodriguez will be coming home Thursday in a dignified transfer ceremony at the New Bedford Airport.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, LCpl. Matthew R. Rodriguez, of the 1st CEB:

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20131218/NEWS/312180366

December 17, 2013

Exercise Iron Fist 2014 to bring U.S., Japanese forces together

Courtesy Story | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 12.17.2013

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, will partner with soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force to participate in Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Camp Pendleton, from Jan. 23 to Feb. 24.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/118350/exercise-iron-fist-2014-bring-us-japanese-forces-together#.UrGlrrQlJPY

Highlanders lead way in Exercise Steel Knight 2014

Story by Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Moore | 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.17.2013

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – Light Armored Reconnaissance Marines are often the tip of the spear in combat environments, conducting operations several hundred miles in front of friendly troops. To effectively complete their missions, they must always remain a force in readiness. Marines with Delta Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, nicknamed the Highlanders, demonstrated this in support of Exercise Steel Knight 2014, Dec. 10 through 16.

To continue reading about the 1st LAR:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/118355/highlanders-lead-way-exercise-steel-knight-2014#.UrGkfbQlJPY

December 16, 2013

VA eases rules for claims on some TBI-related health problems

By Leo Shane III
Stars and Stripes
Published: December 16, 2013

WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs officials are easing disability filing rules for brain injured veterans with additional combat complications like depression, dementia or Parkinson’s disease.

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http://www.stripes.com/va-eases-rules-for-claims-on-some-tbi-related-health-problems-1.257939

Entries sought for Marine heritage awards

Contest honors military and civilians preserving Corps history

By Gretel C. Kovach
2:32 p.m.Dec. 16, 2013

The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation is seeking submissions for its annual awards program. The 2014 contest recognizes work illuminating the 238-year history of Marine traditions, culture and service, from long ago battles to ones still being fought in Afghanistan today.

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/dec/16/marine-corps-heritage-foundation-awards-2014/?st

Field exercise prepares Marines, sailors for overseas service

Story by LCpl Sullivan Laramie
Date Posted:12.16.2013 12:36

Approximately 200 Marines and sailors with Ragnarok Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group participated in a field exercise here Dec. 9 to 12.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/118273/field-exercise-prepares-marines-sailors-overseas-service#.Uq9Lo6RASkU#ixzz2nfJdn8ls

December 15, 2013

In The Heat of Battle: Marines Engage in Hourslong Firefight

By CPL. PAUL PETERSON
SPECIAL TO THE LEDGER
Published: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 11:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 11:47 p.m.

NAD ALI DISTRICT, Afghanistan | A threatening calm settled around 2nd Platoon as the whir of helicopter blades faded into the night. It was 5:15 a.m. with dawn nearing fast

To continue reading about the 1/9:

http://www.theledger.com/article/20131215/NEWS/131219454/-1/privacypolicy?Title=In-The-Heat-of-Battle-Marines-Engage-in-Hourslong-Firefight

Thousands converge on Arlington for Wreaths Across America event

By Kevin Miller
Portland Press Herald, Maine
Published: December 15, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va. — Thousands of people gathered at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday to lay 143,000 Maine-made wreaths on veterans’ graves, helped along by a last-minute surge of donations that enabled organizers to surpass their goal.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/us/thousands-converge-on-arlington-for-wreaths-across-america-event-1.257706

December 14, 2013

Reward Offered in Search for Missing Southern Illinois Woman

Story by Eyewitness Tristate Homepage News
12/14/2013 | 09:55 PM | 12/14/2013 10:07 PM

SHAWNEETOWN -- The family of a missing Hardin County, Illinois woman is trying a new attempt to find her.

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http://www.tristatehomepage.com/story/reward-offered-in-search-for-missing-southern-illi/d/story/2kYUperwjEK3LgCfc-qTfg

Wreaths Across America honors U.S. veterans

Photos by Jared Soares / For The Washington Post
Dec. 14, 2013

Volunteers and family members placed more than 100,000 remembrance wreaths on headstones throughout Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday.

To view Photo Gallery:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/wreaths-across-america-honors-us-veterans/2013/12/14/a87429b0-6505-11e3-a373-0f9f2d1c2b61_gallery.html#photo=1

December 13, 2013

New order defines separation rules

Dec. 14, 2013 - 06:00AM
By James K. Sanborn

The Corps has overhauled its manual governing how Marines retire or are separated from the service, with broad changes that cover everything from transition assistance requirements and involuntary separation protections for career officers to drug use and sexual ­assault.

To continue reading:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20131214/NEWS/312140006/New-order-defines-separation-rules

Marine from Fairhaven killed in Afghanistan

By Steve Urbon
also by Ariel Wittenberg
surbon@s-t.com; awittenberg@s-t.com
December 13, 2013 12:00 AM

A Fairhaven Marine has been killed in Afghanistan while conducting combat operations.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, LCpl. Matthew R. Rodriguez, of the 1st CEB:

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20131213/NEWS/312130320

December 11, 2013

Study links traumatic brain injury and PTSD

By Travis J. Tritten
Stars and Stripes
Published: December 11, 2013

Traumatic brain injuries during deployments appear to increase the risk of troops experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder after returning home, according to Department of Veterans Affairs-sponsored research published Wednesday.

To continue reading:

http://www.stripes.com/study-links-traumatic-brain-injury-and-ptsd-1.257017

December 9, 2013

Silver Star awarded for Bastion heroism

By Jeanette Steele
8:09 p.m.Dec. 9, 2013

When Maj. Robb McDonald arrived at the Camp Bastion attack, some of the Marines under fire allowed themselves to exhale.

To continue reading:

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/dec/09/silver-star-awarded-for-heroism-in-bastion-attack/?st

December 6, 2013

Breaking down the MEU: reinforcements return to parent commands

Story by LCpl Joshua Brown
Date Posted:12.06.2013 14:20

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will decomposite after an eight-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleets areas of responsibility Dec. 6, 2013.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/117857/breaking-down-meu-reinforcements-return-parent-commands#.UqNfHX-9KSM

December 5, 2013

Marine officer to receive Silver Star for heroics in Camp Bastion attack

Dec. 5, 2013 - 06:00AM
By Andrew deGrandpre
Staff writer

A highly decorated Marine Corps officer will receive the nation’s third-highest combat valor award next week for his role repelling the deadly 2012 attack inside a coalition airfield in southwestern Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20131205/NEWS/312050027/Marine-officer-receive-Silver-Star-heroics-Camp-Bastion-attack

December 3, 2013

Marine Corps identifies 1,100-man infantry unit for next Australia rotation

Dec. 3, 2013 - 08:13PM
By Gina Harkins

A full battalion landing team out of Camp Pendleton, Calif., will head to Australia next spring, the largest contingent of Marines to head Down Under for a rotational deployment.

To continue reading:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20131203/NEWS/312030026/Marine-Corps-identifies-1-100-man-infantry-unit-next-Australia-rotation

December 2, 2013

Photo Gallery: Marine recruits begin journey to title on Parris Island footprints

Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 11.18.2013
Date Posted:12.02.2013 18:12

Recruits from India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion and Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion learn from the moment they step on the yellow footprints that they are expected to move with speed and intensity and to respond to all commands loudly and confidently. They are scheduled to graduate Feb. 14, 2014. 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 17 photos in Gallery Images:

http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1064116/photo-gallery-marine-recruits-begin-journey-title-parris-island-footprints#.Ur2sMLQlJPY

December 1, 2013

One year later, remembering a fallen Marine

Posted at: 12/01/2013 2:16 AM | Updated at: 12/01/2013 3:59 PM
By: Steve Flamisch

MECHANICVILLE – U.S. Marine Lance Corporals Anthony Denier and Erik Jacobsen were "six feet away" from one another when an enemy combatant opened fire in Afghanistan on Dec. 2, 2012.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Anthony J. Denier:

http://wnyt.com/article/stories/S3231984.shtml?cat=300