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March 31, 2014

Marines and Sailors receive two tons of mail aboard the Bataan

Story by Sgt Austin Hazard
Date Taken:03.20.2014 | Date Posted:03.31.2014 02:48

GULF OF ADEN - The U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy Sailors of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and USS Bataan (LHD 5) received and sorted more than 5,000 pounds of mail, one of the largest deliveries to date, aboard the Bataan, March 20, 2014.

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https://www.dvidshub.net/news/123256/marines-and-sailors-receive-two-tons-mail-aboard-bataan#.UzoKBye9KSP

2 US Marines Hospitalized After Intervening In Baseball Fans’ Fight

March 31, 2014 11:48 PM

HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Two suspects are facing assault charges Monday while two of three U.S. Marines, who were injured in a street fight over the weekend, remain hospitalized.

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http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/03/31/2-marines-hospitalized-after-intervening-in-huntington-beach-fight/

March 29, 2014

Can Afghan forces hold after Marines depart?

Q&A with Col. Michael Langley, advisor to 215th Corps in Helmand

By Gretel C. Kovach
11:02 a.m.March 29, 2014

In 2010, U.S. Marines helped establish the 215th Afghan National Army Corps in the Helmand and Nimruz provinces — part of the southern heartland of the Taliban insurgency and the deadliest area of the country for the coalition.

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/mar/29/afghan-forces-marines-helmand-michael-langley/?st

March 28, 2014

‘Twin Dragons’ massive joint military exercise begins

By Staff Sgt. Joseph Digirolamo | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | March 28, 2014

CAMP MUJUK, Republic of Korea -- A multilateral combined arms and amphibious exercise known as Ssang Yong 2014 officially started at Pohang, Republic of Korea March 27.

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http://www.okinawa.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/18973/Article/161592/twin-dragons-massive-joint-military-exercise-begins.aspx

TRICARE Service Centers to close nationwide

By Kristen Wong | Marine Corps Base Hawaii | March 28, 2014

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII --
The TRICARE Service Centers at five locations on Oahu will be closing April 1, 2014.

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http://www.mcbhawaii.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/6999/Article/161635/tricare-service-centers-to-close-nationwide.aspx

Photo Essay: Firing while rocking on the USS Denver

By Sgt. Paul Robbins Jr. | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | March 28, 2014

USS Denver, At Sea -- Marines and Sailors of Company F. and Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, challenged their marksmanship skills by firing multiple weapons from the flight deck here, March 19.

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http://www.31stmeu.marines.mil/News/tabid/2392/Article/161647/photo-essay-firing-while-rocking-on-the-uss-denver.aspx

11th MEU leaps another hurdle on predeployment track

By Sgt. Melissa Wenger | 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit | March 28, 2014

FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. --
The Marines and sailors of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit completed two weeks of land-based predeployment training at Fort Hunter Liggett and nearby Camp Roberts, Calif., March 28.

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http://www.11thmeu.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/2683/Article/161619/11th-meu-leaps-another-hurdle-on-predeployment-track.aspx

Fourteen women have tried, and failed, the Marines’ Infantry Officer Course. Here’s why.

By Sage Santangelo, Published: March 28, 2014
Sage Santangelo is a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

I awoke to Eminem blasting hours before dawn at Quantico Marine Base. A fog of breath and sweat permeated the cold January air as I joined 104 other nervous lieutenants hauling gear to the classroom where we would receive our first instructions. With body armor, Kevlar, a rifle and a huge pack on my 5’3’’ frame, I must have looked like a child next to the buff guys assembling for Day 1 of the Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/fourteen-women-have-tried-and-failed-the-marines-infantry-officer-course-heres-why/2014/03/28/24a83ea0-b145-11e3-a49e-76adc9210f19_story.html

Marines and Romanians conduct first live-fire exercise of current BSRF iteration

By Lance Cpl. Scott Whiting | Marine Forces Europe and Africa | March 28, 2014

BABADAG TRAINING AREA, Romania --
Marines with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division assigned to Black Sea Rotational Force 14 got their first taste of what BSRF is all about by participating in their first international military exercise aboard Babadag Training Area in Romania March 26, 2014.

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http://www.marforeur.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/7617/Article/161589/marines-and-romanians-conduct-first-live-fire-exercise-of-current-bsrf-iteration.aspx

March 27, 2014

Pendleton Marines deploy to Australia

West Coast infantry battalion expands Darwin rotation

By Gretel C. Kovach
3:21 p.m. March 27, 2014

A Camp Pendleton infantry battalion deploys Tuesday for Australia, the largest unit by far to join the expanding rotation of U.S. Marines in Darwin.

To continue reading about the 1/5:

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/mar/27/australia-deployment-camp-pendleton-marines/?st

Weight training in Afghanistan? Build a gym

By Jennifer Hlad
Published: March 27, 2014

You fly 10,000 miles and get plunked down in a compound with cardio gyms, weightlifting gyms and an outdoor Crossfit box.

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http://www.stripes.com/blogs/stripes-central/stripes-central-1.8040/weight-training-in-afghanistan-build-a-gym-1.274838#.Uzchsie9KSP

3/7 returns from deployment

Story by LCpl Kasey Peacock
Date Taken:03.22.2014 | Date Posted:03.27.2014 20:24

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment returned to the Combat Center after a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan, March 22.

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https://www.dvidshub.net/news/122902/3-7-returns-deployment#.UzV92ie9KSM

March 26, 2014

Reunion of Honor brings 8 vets back to Iwo Jima

By Lisa Tourtelot
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 26, 2014

IWO JIMA, Japan — Eight U.S. veterans recently returned to the scene of one of the bloodiest battles of World War II as part of the 19th annual Reunion of Honor ceremony on Iwo Jima.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/reunion-of-honor-brings-8-vets-back-to-iwo-jima-1.274613#.UzTnOFfWk_w

‘Adopted’ Marine unit looking for donations of food for pantry

By Staff on Mar 26 2014

A food drive has been launched to help stock a new pantry that has been established at Camp Pendleton for Poway’s “adopted” Marine Corps battalion.

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http://www.pomeradonews.com/2014/03/26/adopted-marine-unit-looking-for-donations-of-food-for-pantry/

Military working dog handlers build skills with EOD

By Pfc. Abbey Perria | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | March 26, 2014

CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan --
Military working dog handlers with 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion received improvised explosive device detection training March 24 at Camp Hansen.

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http://www.okinawa.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/18973/Article/161464/military-working-dog-handlers-build-skills-with-eod.aspx

March 25, 2014

Marines ‘Will Do Same With Less,’ Amos Says

By Claudette Roulo
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2014 – Since the founding of the Marine Corps in 1775, Marines have answered the nation's call, faithfully protecting the American people and maintaining a world-class standard of military excellence, the Marine Corps commandant said today.

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http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=121894

March 24, 2014

Recruits, drill instructors discuss commitment to becoming Marines on Parris Island

Photo by Cpl. Octavia Davis | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 03.18.2014
Date Posted:03.24.2014 10:38

Recruits share their reasons for joining the Marine Corps during a guided discussion March 18, 2014, on Parris Island. Sgt. Steven Procter, senior drill instructor for Platoon 1034, Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion advised his recruits to remember the reasons they joined the Marine Corps, especially when training becomes stressful. Alpha Company is scheduled to graduate May 30, 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/1193503/photo-gallery-recruits-drill-instructors-discuss-commitment-becoming-marines-parris-island#.UzClRVfWlPY

Parris Island recruits push themselves on way to becoming Marines

Photos by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 03.21.2014
Date Posted: 03.24.2014 09:38

Recruits of Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, participate in more than 30 physical training sessions, meant to help them meet the Marine Corps’ high fitness standards, starting their second week on the island. Echo Company is scheduled to graduate June 6, 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/1193480/parris-island-recruits-push-themselves-way-becoming-marines#.UzQoQVfWlPY

March 23, 2014

Marines invade Southern Utah for training: STGnews Photo Gallery

Written by Aspen Stoddard on March 23, 2014

ST. GEORGE – The fine line between reality and fiction blurred into the same realm for some United States Marines this past weekend as they trained in and around the St. George Municipal Airport and the Shivwitz Indian Reservation.

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http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2014/03/23/marines-fictional-reality-training-deployment/#.UzD7lFfWk_w

March 22, 2014

Marines train for post-combat aftermath

Exercise focuses on securing area, providing emergency services

By Gretel C. Kovach
6:41 p.m.March 22, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON — The Marine commander was expecting a grateful reception after routing enemy forces from their village, but town leaders were in no mood to be thankful.

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/mar/22/marines-stability-operations-pendleton-deployment/?st

Images: Aerial delivery training mission unites Marines of 11th MEU

Photos by Sgt Melissa Wenger
Date Taken:03.21.2014 | Date Posted:03.22.2014 01:21

Cargo loaded by Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 11 (CLB-11), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, drifts from an MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th MEU, during an aerial delivery training event at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., March 21. Marines and sailors from the majority of the ground combat element, aviation combat element, logistics combat element and command element of the MEU participated in integrated training events as part of Realistic Urban Training Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise (RUTMEUEX) 14-1. RUTMEUEX allows its participants the opportunity to employ techniques and tactics applicable to their future deployment together.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1192768/aerial-delivery-training-mission-unites-marines-11th-meu#.Uy2tvCe9KSM

March 21, 2014

1st of 1,200 Marines to arrive in Australia within days as part of rotation

By Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 21, 2014

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The first of almost 1,200 U.S. Marines will arrive in northern Australia within days to start a six month training rotation, the Australian Ministry of Defence has announced.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/1st-of-1-200-marines-to-arrive-in-australia-within-days-as-part-of-rotation-1.274022

Images: Western-Pacific Deployment

Photos by LCpl Lonzo-Grei Thornton
Date Taken:03.08.2014 | Date Posted:03.21.2014 18:58

U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron-166 (Reinforced), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conduct schedule maintenance on an MV-22B Osprey aboard the USS Boxer, March 8, 2014. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Lonzo-Grei D. Thornton, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Combat Camera/Released)

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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1192708/western-pacific-deployment#.Uy2qCSe9KSM

March 19, 2014

Chaplain’s mission continues in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Cody Haas | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 03.19.2014

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II, Afghanistan – When service members are deployed to a combat zone, many rely on a chaplain for spiritual guidance and well-being.

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https://www.dvidshub.net/news/122221/chaplains-mission-continues-afghanistan#.UyoIOIXWlPZ

Study finds family challenges, limited support for offspring of healing vets

By Gretel C. Kovach
3:27 p.m.March 19, 2014

Children of seriously wounded combat veterans are “the hidden casualties of war,” according to a study released Wednesday.

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/mar/19/combat-wounded-children-study/?st

Racing Facebook: A New Challenge for the Military Community

19th March 2014
Originally posted Wednesday, March 12, 2014 9:38 AM |

The morning of September 22, 2013 was a typical one for Theresa Jones. She was 8 and a half months into a deployment that had been extended due to the Syrian crisis. Her husband Landon, a helicopter pilot, was attached to a squadron stationed on the USS Nimitz. Her newborn son Hunter, born while her husband was deployed, was hungry and needed to be fed.

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http://militaryoneclick.com/racing-facebook-a-new-challenge-for-the-military-community/?utm_source=March+21%2C+2014&utm_campaign=March+21&utm_medium=email

Salutations with a Bang! The Military Gun Salute

BY U.S. NAVY – MARCH 19, 2014
POSTED IN: COMMUNITY, HISTORY & HERITAGE
By MC1 Tim Comerford
Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division

If you’ve ever attended a significant military ceremony, you may not have seen it, but you certainly heard it: the booming report of a military gun salute.

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http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2014/03/19/salutations-with-a-bang-the-military-gun-salute/

March 18, 2014

1/7 conducts medical training exercise in Afghanistan

Images - 1/7 conducts medical training exercise in Afghanistan

Photos by by Cpl Joseph Scanlan
Date Posted:03.18.2014 06:40

Marines with Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, provide security as Navy corpsmen treat simulated casualties during a training drill aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, March 14, 2014. The drill was designed to ensure accountability of all personnel and gear while practicing movement to muster locations in the event of an emergency. The battalion had Navy corpsmen with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, evaluate the service members as they reacted to the situation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan)

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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1188958/1-7-conducts-medical-training-exercise-afghanistan#.Uz9ZQSe9KSM

Hundreds of young men arrive on Parris Island to be transformed into Marines

Photos by Cpl. Octavia Davis | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 03.03.2014
Date Posted: 03.18.2014 09:34

Regardless of their lifestyles prior to coming to boot camp, recruits must be loud, fast and intense at virtually all times during training. Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, is scheduled to graduate May 30, 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/1189084/photo-gallery-hundreds-young-men-arrive-parris-island-transformed-into-marines#.UzNYelfWlPY

Night-vision contact lenses could be available in the near future

"If we integrate it with a contact lens or other wearable electronics, it expands your vision," said researcher Zhaohui Zhong. "It provides you another way of interacting with your environment."

By Brooks Hays | March. 18, 2014 at 12:54 PM

March. 18 (UPI) -- Currently, it's mostly just cats, owls, and Navy Seals that can see in the dark, but soon, night-vision technology might be available to the masses.

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http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2014/03/18/Night-vision-contact-lenses-could-be-available-in-the-near-future/7931395158590/

Sailors, Marines Baptized in the Jordan River during Port Visit to Israel

Story Number: NNS140318-05 | Release Date: 3/18/2014 8:52:00 AM
By Seaman Phylicia A. Hanson, USS Mesa Verde Public Affairs

HAIFA, Israel (NNS) -- Sailors attached to amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) and Marines assigned to 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) were baptized in the Jordan River while exploring the Holy sites of Israel during a scheduled port visit March 8.

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http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=79691

Images: 11th MEU Marines train with explosive ordnance

Photos by Sgt Melissa Wenger
Date Posted:03.18.2014 23:30

Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines maneuver toward the site of the explosion of an Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System as during a live-fire training exercise as part of Realistic Urban Training Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise (RUTMEUEX) 14-1 aboard Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., March 18. RUTMEUEX is the first large-scale opportunity for integration between the ground combat element, aviation combat element, logistics combat element and command element of the 11th MEU. The training places its participants in environments similar to those they’ll see during their upcoming deployment.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1189761/11th-meu-marines-train-with-explosive-ordnance#.Uy2tDSe9KSM

March 17, 2014

Time-lapse video: The USS Bataan transits the Suez Canal

Posted on: 4:40 pm, March 17, 2014, by Matt Knight

Check out this time-lapse of the USS Bataan traveling through the Suez Canal. The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit are deployed to the Navy’s 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. The Bataan ARG is comprised of the USS Bataan, USS Mesa Verde, and the USS Gunston Hall.

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http://wtkr.com/2014/03/17/time-lapse-video-the-uss-bataan-transits-the-suez-canal/

March 16, 2014

Cutting Edge transfers authority to 1/7

Story by by Cpl Joseph Scanlan
Date Posted:03.16.2014 08:01

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Marines and sailors stood at attention as 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, known as Cutting Edge, handed over the responsibilities for their area of operations in Regional Command (Southwest) to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, known as First Team, during a transfer of authority ceremony aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, March 15.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/122081/cutting-edge-transfers-authority-1-7#.Uz9WNie9KSM

March 15, 2014

Women Marines celebrate 71 years in Corps

By THOMAS BRENNAN Daily News Staff
Published: Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 17:24 PM.

A ceremony this week that called for reflection also sparked conversation about the future.

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http://www.jdnews.com/news/military/women-marines-celebrate-71-years-in-corps-1.291764

March 14, 2014

Local Marine helps save man from burning car on I-85

By Tyler Estep
tyler.estep@gwinnettdailypost.com
Friday, March 14, 2014

BUFORD — Sgt. Matthew Sullivan was enjoying his drive down Interstate 85 last Sunday afternoon, basking in the beautiful weather and the relief of a task complete. Multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan under his belt, the day’s trip to Atlanta to drop off a group of “poolees” — enlisted Marines waiting for their trip to boot camp — was a comparative breeze.

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http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/news/2014/mar/14/local-marine-helps-save-man-from-burning-car-on-i/

Marine lost leg, but not passion for serving

Written by
Dessislava Yankova
Gannett Tennessee
Mar. 14, 2014

PORTLAND — Two and a half years ago Lance Cpl. Jeremy Vanhoose lost his leg in an explosion in Afghanistan, but the Marine did not lose his purpose: to serve.

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http://www.tennessean.com/viewart/20140314/GALLATIN01/303140151/Marine-lost-leg-not-passion-serving

Marines help in an unusual camel rescue in Afghanistan

By ERIKA I. RITCHIE / STAFF WRITER
Published: March 14, 2014 Updated: March 15, 2014 10:30 a.m.

As the military wind-down continues in Afghanistan, some troops are applying the Marine Oohrah in gentler ways.

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http://www.ocregister.com/articles/marine-605701-marines-camel.html

Marines training at Camp Roberts and FHL

Posted: 2:37 pm, March 14, 2014 by Scott Brennan

Residents near exercises may hear helicopters and weapons fire
Hunting and fishing on Fort Hunter Liggett is closed

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http://pasoroblesdailynews.com/marines-train-fort-hunter-liggett-camp-roberts-march-15-29/15482/

24th MEU Marines recognize the Sgt. Maj. Gallegos legacy

Story by 1LT Joshua Larson
Date Posted:03.14.2014 15:59

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit has a long and illustrious history dating back to the early 1980s, but few would argue that the unit’s 18th sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Octaviano Gallegos Jr., hasn’t made an impact on that unit’s history. The Marines say the Gallegos legacy is simple—a “Marine’s Marine” with selfless devotion and a straightforward, never-give-up, “no-BS” attitude.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/122035/24th-meu-marines-recognize-sgt-maj-gallegos-legacy#.UyRhAZK9KSM

24th Marine Expeditionary Unit welcomes the Marine Corps’ first female MEU sergeant major

Story by Cpl. Joshua W. Grant
Date Posted:03.14.2014 17:18

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Sgt. Maj. Octaviano Gallegos, Jr. relinquished the duties of sergeant major of 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit to Sgt. Maj. Lanette Wright aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, March 14.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/122044/24th-marine-expeditionary-unit-welcomes-marine-corps-first-female-meu-sergeant-major#.UyReTZK9KSN

Super Stallion flies with ammo supplies

by LCpl Matthew Bragg
Date Posted:03.14.2014 19:32

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii - Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 conducted several flight missions from Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay to Bradshaw Airfield on the Island of Hawaii, delivering ammunition supplies to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367, March 12, 2014.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/122051/super-stallion-flies-with-ammo-supplies#.UyRbR5K9KSM

MCAS Miramar hosts Battle Colors Detachment

by Cpl Melissa Eschenbrenner
Date Posted:03.14.2014 20:25

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. - The Battle Colors Detachment of the Commandant's Drum and Bugle Corps, Marine Corps Silent Drill Team and the official Color Guard of the Marine Corps performed for hundreds of spectators aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., March 14.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/122053/mcas-miramar-hosts-battle-colors-detachment#.UyRXO5K9KSM

March 13, 2014

CLR-35 corpsmen hone emergency medical skills

By Lance Cpl. Matt Myers | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | March 13, 2014

GWANGYANG, South Korea -- The pained cries of simulated victims echo throughout the camp as corpsmen race to find and triage victims during a mass casualty evacuation drill during Freedom Banner 14 in Gwangyang, Republic of Korea March 6.

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http://www.okinawa.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/18973/Article/160565/clr-35-corpsmen-hone-emergency-medical-skills.aspx#

Recruits learn fundamentals of marksmanship

By Cpl. Pedro Cardenas | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | March 13, 2014

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. --
“Our Corps, our culture has as its very basis, marksmanship skills—the ability to perform with a rifle. If you can’t shoot, you are not going to become a Marine,” said Gen. James T. Conway, 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps.

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http://www.mcrdsd.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/437/Article/160539/recruits-learn-fundamentals-of-marksmanship.aspx

Marine recruits hit the water on Parris Island

Photo by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 03.10.2014
Date Posted: 03.13.2014 12:58

All recruits must pass water survival qualification to advance in training. Water survival qualification was designed to increase recruits’ self-confidence, reduce fear and ensure they can survive in water. Hotel and Oscar Companies are scheduled to graduate May 9, 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 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/1185802/marine-recruits-hit-water-parris-island#.UyIdfoXWlPY

Bataan Amphibious Ready Group Enters US 5th Fleet

Story Number: NNS140313-17Release Date: 3/13/2014 2:47:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) John J. Belanger, USS Bataan Public Affairs

USS BATAAN, At Sea (NNS) -- The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (BATARG) with embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) transited the Suez Canal March 13, entering U.S. 5th Fleet's area of operations.

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http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=79655

'Consolidated' Tricare: Higher user fees, more freedom

By Tom Philpott
Published: March 13, 2014

Tricare Prime, the military’s managed care option for 5.5 million beneficiaries who enroll for a modest fee to be guaranteed timely access to primary care, would cease to exist within a few years under the “Consolidated Tricare” plan proposed in the fiscal 2015 defense budget.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/us/consolidated-tricare-higher-user-fees-more-freedom-1.272594

March 12, 2014

Marine recruits take steps towards graduation on Parris Island

Photo by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 03.08.2014
Date Posted: 03.12.2014 15:06

Recruits of Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, prepare not only for future deployments but also their last test before graduating – the Crucible. Golf Company is scheduled to graduate April 11, 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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III MHG sets up MEFEX 14

Story by Cpl Matthew Manning
Date Posted:03.12.2014 23:10

POHANG, South Korea - With a foot of snow on the ground, freezing temperatures and less than a month before the start of Marine Expeditionary Force Exercise 2014, 30 Marines arrive at Camp Mujuk Feb. 12 with the task of setting up living quarters for more than 1,200 Marines and a combined operations center to be used by the Republic of Korea Marine Corps and the III MEF Command Element.

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Marines board USNS Sacagawea for ROK exercises

By Lance Cpl. Pete Sanders | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | March 12, 2014

CAMP COURTNEY, OKINAWA, Japan -- Marines with various units assigned to III Marine Expeditionary Force boarded the USNS Sacagawea Feb. 17 at Tengan Pier, near Camp Courtney.

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http://www.okinawa.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/18973/Article/160479/marines-board-usns-sacagawea-for-rok-exercises.aspx

Images: 3rd Marine Logistics Group meets the challenge

Photos by LCpl Donald Peterson
Date Taken:02.28.2014 | Date Posted:03.12.2014 04:44

Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 4 compete in a fire team push-up competition Feb. 28 at the parade field on Camp Foster during a battalion field meet. Other activities consisted of several different competitions including a pull-up contest, fire team push-up contest, truck pull, tug of war and sumo wrestling matches. CLB-4 is part of 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

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March 11, 2014

Large US contingent to take part in South Korean exercise

By Ashley Rowland
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 11, 2014

SEOUL — Almost 10,000 U.S. troops will join the South Korean military later this month in the peninsula’s largest joint amphibious landing drill, South Korean media reported Tuesday.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/large-us-contingent-to-take-part-in-south-korean-exercise-1.272265

7th Communications Battalion wires up MEFEX 14

By Cpl. Matthew Manning | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | March 11, 2014

POHANG, Republic of Korea -- In an age where technology enables rapid decision making, and information can be moved in seconds, the ability to communicate is an invaluable asset for all and can make or break a military operation.

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http://www.okinawa.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/18973/Article/160348/7th-communications-battalion-wires-up-mefex-14.aspx

Corps names first woman to serve as MEU sergeant major

Mar. 11, 2014 - 11:31AM
Staff report | Sgt. Rachael Moore/Marine Corps

Sgt. Maj. Lanette Wright will make history this week when she is named the Corps’ first female sergeant major of a Marine expeditionary unit.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140311/NEWS/303110030/Corps-names-first-woman-serve-MEU-sergeant-major

March 9, 2014

Marines and Norwegians firing mounted .50 cal machine guns from BVs

Photo by MSgt Chad McMeen
Date Posted:03.06.2014 10:15

The Warlords of 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division fire .50 caliber machine guns on a range in Norway from mounted BV positions. This live-fire range is part of the integration training prior to the March 10th start of Exercise Cold Response 2014 which is a Norwegian-led multinational exercise above the Arctic Circle designed prepare for crisis response operations. During the exercise forces from 17 countries will unify to strengthen the strong military bond between participating nations.

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March 8, 2014

Deployed Marines gather to remember fallen brother

Story by Cpl. Joshua Young | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 03.08.2014

Marines and sailors with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, gathered to remember a fallen brother aboard Camp Leatherneck, March 7.

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22nd MEU passes through Strait of Messina

by Sgt Austin Hazard
Date Taken:03.06.2014 | Date Posted:03.08.2014 15:40

The USS Bataan (LHD 5) passes through the Strait of Messina March 6, 2014. The MEU is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard/Released)

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March 7, 2014

Commissaries to be run as a business, not a benefit

By Tom Philpott
Published: March 7, 2014

Behind the plan to slash taxpayer support of commissaries is a concept Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his senior advisors have embraced that base grocery stores should operate as a business and not a benefit.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/us/commissaries-to-be-run-as-a-business-not-a-benefit-1.271704

SMAW Weapons Drills

by Cpl Joshua Rudy
Date Taken:03.5.2014Date | Posted:03.7.2014 5:56PM

U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conduct weapons drills with the Shoulder-launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon aboard the USS Bataan (LHD 5), at sea, March 5, 2014. The MEU is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Joshua M. Rudy/Released)

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March 6, 2014

General: Marines Ready to Leave Helmand Province

Mar 06, 2014 | by Richard Sisk

Afghanistan's Helmand province, by far the scene of the heaviest coalition casualties of the war, could be abandoned by U.S. and allied forces by year's end, Marine Maj. Gen. Walter L. Miller said Thursday.

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http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/03/06/general-marines-ready-to-leave-helmand-province.html?comp=700001075741&rank=3

March 5, 2014

22nd MEU, USS Bataan Volunteer While at Port

by Sgt Alisa Helin
Date Taken:02.28.2014 | Date Posted:03.5.2014 1:02PM

U.S. Marines with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and U.S. Navy Sailors with the USS Bataan (LHD 5) participate in a community relations event in Lisbon, Portugual, Feb. 28, 2014. The Marines and Sailors picked oranges for a local food bank and volunteered at a local convent. The MEU is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious mission across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Sgt. Alisa J. Helin and U.S. Navy video by MC3 Chase Hawley/Released)

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Silent Drill Platoon & Blue Angels "Fat Albert"

by SSgt Oscar L Olive IV
Date Taken:03.4.2014 | Date Posted:03.5.2014 5:03PM

The Blue Angels, Marine Corps' C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as "Fat Albert," flies over the Silent Drill Platoon at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., March 4.

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March 4, 2014

Corpsman with 9th Marine Regiment recognized for actions in Helmand province

Story by Cpl. Cody Haas | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 03.04.2014

PATROL BASE BOLDAK, Afghanistan – If a Marine is seriously injured during a patrol, having a skilled Navy corpsman on the scene can mean the difference between life and death.

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22nd MEU Spanish PHIBLEX Offload

This work, 22nd MEU Spanish PHIBLEX Offload, by Sgt Alisa Helin
Date Taken:02.19.2014Date | Posted:03.4.2014 1:39PM

U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy sailors with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) off-load from the USS Bataan (LHD 5) to begin Spanish Amphibious Bilateral Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2014 at Sierra del Retin, Spain, Feb. 19. Spanish PHIBLEX is an annual exercise designed to improve interoperability, increase readiness and develop professional and personal relationships between U.S. forces and participating nations. The MEU is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious mission across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Sgt. Alisa J. Helin/Released)

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The last casualties: As a long war ends, risks still prove real

Written by Ernesto Londoño
Published: March 4

At BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan — Shortly after midnight on this frigid night, Capt. Nicholas Ingham arrived at this massive air base, in the belly of an Air Force C-130. As the back door swung open, flooding the cabin with light, the heavily sedated Marine, strapped onto a stretcher, blinked away a tear. An American flag tattooed on his chest rose and fell gently as a ventilator pumped air into his collapsed lung.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/the-last-casualties-as-a-long-war-ends-risks-still-prove-real/2014/03/04/55905998-8a90-11e3-a5bd-844629433ba3_story.html?hpid=z1

Maj. Kurt Chew-Een Lee, Asian-American Marines trailblazer dies at 88

By Madison Park, CNN
Updated 8:07 AM ET, Thu March 6, 2014

Maj. Kurt Chew-Een Lee, the first Asian-American U.S. Marine Corps officer, rose through the ranks beginning his career from World War II to the Vietnam War.

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http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/06/us/major-lee-marines/

March 3, 2014

Marines rapidly respond to injured Okinawa resident

Story by Lance Cpl. Stephen Himes | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 02.18.2014
Date Posted: 03.03.2014 20:24

OKINAWA, Japan – On the night of Feb. 18, three Marines reacted quickly and selflessly to provide aid to an injured man.

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Scholarships set up for kids of fallen Pendleton Marines

Scholarship given to kids of Camp Pendleton Marines killed in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal accident

By Linda McIntosh
11:39 a.m.March 3, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON — Children of four Camp Pendleton Marines killed in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal accident last November are getting scholarships to attend college.

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/mar/03/marine-scholarship-explosive-ordnance-accident/?st

March 1, 2014

1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment Marines patrol Helmand province

Story by Cpl. Cody Haas | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 03.01.2014

PATROL BASE BOLDAK, Afghanistan –Early each morning aboard Patrol Base Boldak, a team of infantry Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, dons their gear and prepares to leave for a daily patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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