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April 30, 2014

Task Force Marines climb volcano for Earth Day

Story by Sgt Ed Galo
Date Posted:04.30.2014 07:22

MT. ETNA, Italy – In observance of Earth Day, Marines and sailors with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14 hiked up Mt. Etna, April 26, 2013.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/128188/task-force-marines-climb-volcano-earth-day#.U2Dvhdq9KSO

Parris Island recruits train to meet Marine Corps' high fitness standards

Photos by Cpl. MaryAnn Hill | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 04.29.2014
Date Posted: 04.30.2014 09:08

Recruits endure more than 30 different training sessions, which are meant to strengthen and harden their bodies and minds to meet the Marine Corps’ high fitness standards. Kilo Company is scheduled to graduate July 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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April 29, 2014

MRF-D Marines jump start mentorship program at Rosebery Middle School

Photos by Cpl Scott Reel
Date Posted:04.29.2014 01:11

Marines with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, exercise with students from Palmerston, Northern Territory, as MRF-D Marines begin their mentorship program at Rosebery Middle School, April 29, 2014. The Marines introduced themselves to the students and led a physical fitness session for the first day of the program.

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Combat engineer Marines conduct Transfer of Authority Ceremony in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl Cody Haas
Date Posted:04.29.2014 08:26

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan –Marines and sailors with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion relieved 1st CEB during a transfer of authority ceremony aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, April 20.

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https://www.dvidshub.net/news/127999/combat-engineer-marines-conduct-transfer-authority-ceremony-afghanistan#.U2BQptq9KSM

April 28, 2014

Reserve to draw down by 1,100 Marines

Transition opportunities remain for active-duty personnel

By James K. Sanborn
Staff writer
Apr. 28, 2014 - 06:00AM

The Maine Corps Reserve will take its own manpower hit as officials prepare to draw down by 1,100 Marines over three years.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140428/NEWS02/304280022/Reserve-draw-down-by-1-100-Marines

By air, land and sea: SPMAGTF-ASEAN unwinds at sea

By Lance Cpl. Shaltiel Dominguez | 1st Marine Logistics Group | April 28, 2014

4/25/2014 -- AT SEA - The crowd roared as Lance Cpl. Michael Sigur, a supply clerk with 1st Maintenance Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, finished singing “I Won’t Complain,” a smooth, Southern gospel hymn to a crowd of more than 200 Marines and sailors aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD-23). Raising his hands to the crowd, the judges gave him their critiques, and he stepped off the stage. He would eventually win third place in the Anchorage Talent Show, April 13, 2014.

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http://www.1stmlg.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/8628/Article/163316/by-air-land-and-sea-spmagtf-asean-unwinds-at-sea.aspx

1st MLG leaders recognize Family Readiness Program volunteers

Story by LCpl Shaltiel Dominguez
Date Posted:04.28.2014 17:51

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Senior leaders and family readiness officers with 1st Marine Logistics Group recognized more than 45 volunteers for their support in improving troop welfare and morale through the Family Readiness Program during a small get-together aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 27, 2014.

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Marine drill instructors instill discipline in recruits during close-order drill on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Octavia Davis | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 04.24.2014
Date Posted: 04.28.2014 16:53

Drill instructors are responsible for ensuring their recruits uphold the highest standards of discipline and attention to detail, both on and off the parade deck. Close-order drill helps recruits develop teamwork, discipline and esprit de corps. Papa Company is scheduled to graduate June 20, 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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New Marine Corps website, application shares future with public

By Sgt. Justin M. Boling | Headquarters Marine Corps | April 28, 2014

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. --

The Marine Corps recently launched a website and mobile application, which outline its operational and structural future.

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http://www.hqmc.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/3488/Article/163346/new-marine-corps-website-application-shares-future-with-public.aspx

From spandex to Dress Blues

By Cpl. Henry Antenor | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | April 28, 2014

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan -- Strip 1st Lt. Scott T. Wilson of rank, uniform, and the title of Marine. See him as a lean, tall gentleman in his thirties. Now imagine him being lit on fire, jumping out of a window 42 feet above water, hitting it and surviving. Is that something a Marine officer does on his weekends?

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http://www.31stmeu.marines.mil/News/tabid/2392/Article/163369/from-spandex-to-dress-blues.aspx

April 27, 2014

AFGHAN FORCES PREPARE TO TAKE LEAD

By Gretel C. Kovach
12:01 a.m. April 27, 2014

Across Afghanistan, monumental transitions like the one involving Marine Lt. Col. Thomas Ziegler are taking place.

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/apr/27/tp-afghan-forces-prepare-to-take-lead/

April 25, 2014

Marine vet receives equivalent of 2 Purple Hearts in 44 years

By Chris Umpierre
The News-Press
Apr. 25, 2014 - 06:00AM

While other Southwest Florida sexagenarians were busy sleeping in hammocks, golfing or watching the sunset, Fort Myers’ Richard Crawford was climbing into mine-resistant military vehicles in the most dangerous part of the world.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140425/NEWS/304250066/Marine-vet-receives-equivalent-of-2-Purple-Hearts-in-44-years

US Olympics train with Marines

By Lance Cpl. Matthew Bragg | Marine Corps Base Hawaii | April 25, 2014

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII -- Third Marine Regiment hosted two U.S. Olympic athletes with American300 Warrior Tours aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, April 16 and 17, 2014.

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http://www.mcbhawaii.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/6999/Article/163264/us-olympics-train-with-marines.aspx

Marines explore Reserve options during road show

By Lance Cpl. Joshua R. Heins | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | April 25, 2014

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. --

Marines from across Cherry Point attended the career transition road show at Miller’s Landing April 15.

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http://www.cherrypoint.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/4890/Article/163219/marines-explore-reserve-options-during-road-show.aspx

April 24, 2014

'Marines & Mickey': New organization sends military families on Disney getaways

By LANCE SHEARER
Posted April 24, 2014 at 10:20 a.m.

Southwest Florida has many military veterans and many initiatives devoted to helping them.

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http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2014/apr/24/marines-mickey-new-organization-sends-military/

Marine recruits strike way through martial arts training on Parris Island

Photos by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 04.21.2014
Date Posted: 04.24.2014 08:38

The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program combines hand-to-hand combat with mental discipline and character development to help transform recruits into ethical warriors. Fox Company is scheduled to graduate July 3, 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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April 23, 2014

13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Returns Home After Eight-Month Deployment

Story by Sgt Jennifer Pirante
Date Posted:04.23.2014 11:50

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – After eight months at sea conducting theater security cooperation exercises with foreign nations throughout the Western Pacific and the Middle East, Marines and Sailors of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (BOXARG) are slated to wrap up their Western Pacific deployment and head home to San Diego, Calif., April 24, 2014.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/127234/13th-marine-expeditionary-unit-returns-home-after-eight-month-deployment#.U11xZNq9KSM

Infantrymen disrupt Taliban lethal aid in Helmand province

Story by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 04.23.2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – As the majority of Camp Leatherneck’s residents were still asleep one typical Thursday morning, infantrymen with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, reinforced with Afghan commandos, prepared to depart friendly lines, April 17.

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Stranded Marine gets new wheels

Alan Stewart
April 23, 2014 | 11:26 AM

Rick Wimp said he didn't consider it a big deal.

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http://www.corydondemocrat.com/Articles-News-i-2014-04-22-227362.114125-Stranded-Marine-gets-new-wheels.html

VA's Homeless Vet Support Deadline Causes Concern

Apr 23, 2014 | by Bryant Jordan and Michael Hoffman

As the Department of Veterans Affairs supposedly nears its goal of ending chronic veteran homelessness in 2015, the groups that support homeless veterans are worried about the VA's support in 2016.

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http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/04/23/vas-homeless-vet-support-deadline-causes-concern.html?ESRC=todayinmil.sm

April 22, 2014

A Decade Later, a Marine’s Selfless Actions Live On

On the anniversary of his death, a look at what has kept alive the legacy of Cpl. Jason L. Dunham.

Corps Connections, Features // April 22nd, 2014 // By Gunnery Sgt. Scott Dunn

A little more than 10 years ago, Cpl. Jason L. Dunham was just one of many Marines serving with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. But one split-second decision on April 14, 2004, secured his place as a Marine Corps hero who will never be forgotten.

Their son’s story is a two-parter: the time he lived in the tangible world, and after.

He was an athlete, a prankster and a protector, and when he became a man, he was too soon gone, dead at 22.

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http://marines.dodlive.mil/2014/04/22/a-decade-later-a-marines-selfless-actions-live-on/

Navy Cross bestowed on heroic Marine

Gunnery sergeant repeatedly braved Taliban fire to rescue, rally troops

By Mark Walker
5:34 p.m. April 22, 2014

TWENTYNINE PALMS — As Americans observed Memorial Day 2012, Marine Gunnery Sgt. Richard Jibson was fighting for his life, his fellow Marines and dozens of Afghan and Georgian forces nearly 8,000 miles away in Afghanistan.

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/apr/22/marine-honor-cross-afghanistan/

Course Leads to Better Gear for Marines

DVIDS | Apr 22, 2014 | by Monique Randolph

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. - On patrols in Afghanistan and Iraq, Marines must crawl through tight spaces, maneuver steep, uneven stairs and climb through small windows while lugging around weapons and combat gear. But patrols aren’t the only times Marines face these obstacles.

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http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/04/22/course-leads-to-better-gear-for-marines.html?comp=7000023468045&rank=2

April 21, 2014

Parris Island recruits get first fitting for Marine Corps uniforms they hope to earn

Photo by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 04.16.2014
Date Posted: 04.21.2014 12:42

Recruits with Platoon 4018, Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, have their service uniform fitted April 16, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits had four sets of uniforms fitted for tailoring. The U.S. Marine Corps’ dress uniforms are some of the world’s most iconic military uniforms today. 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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Parris Island recruits tested on Marine Corps martial arts skills

Photo by Cpl. MaryAnn Hill | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 04.18.2014
Date Posted: 04.21.2014 11:06

Recruits with Platoon 3041, India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, demonstrated 50 different techniques throughout their martial arts qualification April 18, 2014 to earn tan belts, the first belt level in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. The program combines hand-to-hand combat skills with mental discipline and character development to help transform recruits into honorable warriors. They are scheduled to graduate June 13, 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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Parris Island recruits clean barracks, prep gear for move to rifle range

Photos by Cpl. David Bessey | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 04.18.2014
Date Posted: 04.21.2014 10:39

Recruits of Platoon 2044, Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, take inventory and prepare their equipment April 18, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C., for the company’s move to the rifle range the following day. Recruits pack and carry everything they will need for the next two weeks of marksmanship training. Echo Company is scheduled to graduate June 6, 2014.

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9th ESB offloads, prepares for KMEP 14-6

By Lance Cpl. Cedric R. Haller II | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | April 21, 2014

POHANG, GYEONGSANGBUGDO, Republic of Korea -- U.S. Marines with 9th Engineer Support Battalion offloaded vehicles and supplies in preparation for the Korean Marine Exchange Program 14-6 April 16 in Pohang, Republic of Korea.

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http://www.okinawa.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/18973/Article/162908/9th-esb-offloads-prepares-for-kmep-14-6.aspx

April 18, 2014

Sense of Duty Inspires Marine to Serve

By Marine Corps Cpl. Joseph Scanlan
Marine Expeditionary Brigade Afghanistan

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SABIT QADAM, Afghanistan, April 18, 2014 – The prestige of the Marine Corps especially appealed to a rifleman and mine sweeper deployed here when he enlisted at the age of 17.

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http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=122087

April 17, 2014

Marines pull out of Afghanistan's Nimroz province

Apr. 17, 2014 - 06:00AM
By Hope Hodge Seck
Staff writer

Earlier this month, the Marine Corps quietly took leave of Nimroz province, consolidating its operations in Afghanistan to a single province and completing another chapter in its drawdown efforts.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140417/NEWS/304170045/Marines-pull-out-Afghanistan-s-Nimroz-province

Diving as therapy for injured veterans

BY AARON CLAVERIE
STAFF WRITER
April 17, 2014; 10:46 AM

The water’s surface forms a shield.

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http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/temecula/temecula-headlines-index/20140417-murrieta-diving-as-therapy-for-injured-veterans.ece

April 16, 2014

USS Bonhomme Richard heading to capsized South Korea ferry

By Ashley Rowland
Stars and Stripes
Published: April 16, 2014

SEOUL — A U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship headed to the site where a South Korean ferry sank Wednesday to help if needed, the U.S. Navy said.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/navy/uss-bonhomme-richard-heading-to-capsized-south-korea-ferry-1.278157

April 15, 2014

Tank officer who led Marines in 5-day battle to receive Leftwich Trophy

Apr. 15, 2014 - 06:00AM
By Hope Hodge Seck
Staff Writer

A tank officer who led his company to victory in a five-day battle against insurgents in Afghanistan last year will be honored with the prestigious Leftwich Trophy later this year.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140415/NEWS/304150060/Tank-officer-who-led-Marines-5-day-battle-receive-Leftwich-Trophy

April 14, 2014

High Tides, High Spirits for Holy Week

By Cpl. Henry Antenor | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | April 14, 2014

USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea -- Marines and sailors gather around a dining table with plates of fresh food. They clack their glasses full of grape juice together and laugh out loud. Spirits fly high during the Passover Seder meal, part of a week-long religious celebration of multiple faiths.

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http://www.31stmeu.marines.mil/News/tabid/2392/Article/163352/high-tides-high-spirits-for-holy-week.aspx

April 13, 2014

Marine recruits rise before sun on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Octavia Davis | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 04.09.2014
Date Posted: 04.13.2014 12:32

Recruits typically wake up at 4 a.m. and complete a series of daily morning tasks, including getting dressed, shaving and tidying up the barracks, before continuing with their training day. 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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USS Bataan activity

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mark Hays
Date Taken:04.12.2014 | Date Posted:04.13.2014 11:53

Sailors and Marines from the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) play basketball during a steel beach picnic April 12. Bataan is the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mark Hays/Released) www.facebook.com/ussbataan

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April 12, 2014

How one Iraqi boy dodged extremists and came to serve in the US military

By Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes
Published: April 12, 2014

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan — While his fellow Marine recruits cried and urinated in their trousers in the face of Parris Island’s tough-as-nails drill instructors, Pvt. Mansure had never been more thrilled.

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http://www.stripes.com/how-one-iraqi-boy-dodged-extremists-and-came-to-serve-in-the-us-military-1.277161

Marine wins woman of the year

Story by LCpl Caitlin Bevel
2014 Date Posted: 04.03.2014 12:47

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - A Marine with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion was recently named the Navy League 2014 Senior Enlisted Woman of the Year.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/123997/marine-wins-woman-year#.U0lOoie9KSM

April 11, 2014

MK Airbase showcases capabilities during Different School Week

Story by SSG Alexander Burnett
Date Posted:04.11.2014 02:22

MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania - Romanian and U.S. service members and airport employees showcased their occupational specialties and unique service equipment during Different School Week at Mihail Kogalniceanu Airbase April 7-11.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/125467/mk-airbase-showcases-capabilities-during-different-school-week#.U0i1eSe9KSN

Maintenance is key to mission success, readiness

Story by LCpl Jorden Wells
Date Posted: 04.11.2013 09:00

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - Without the hard work and diligent attention to detail that mechanics possess, the many missions that are carried out by squadrons such as Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263 would not be possible, said Master Gunnery Sgt. Michael Keatley, VMM-263 maintenance chief.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/105007/maintenance-key-mission-success-readiness#.U0yB6Ce9KSN

Anja Niedringhaus felt the need to bear witness

By Anja Niedringhaus, Associated Press
Friday, April 11, 2014 6:03pm

Editor's note: Anja Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed German photojournalist, was shot and killed by an Afghan police officer earlier this month while on assignment for the Associated Press. In 2005, she was part of the AP team that won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Iraq, and she was awarded the Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women's Media Foundation. One of her bosses said "she truly believed in the need to bear witness." In years of reporting from war zones, the story that most haunted her was one about a Marine who was grievously wounded by a IED in Afghanistan in June 2011. This is what she wrote about it two days before Christmas 2011 — six months after the attack.

Inside the medevac helicopter in Afghanistan, U.S. Marine Cpl. Burness Britt bleeds profusely from his neck. He and two other Marines have just been hit by shrapnel, with Britt's injuries the most serious. The medevac crew chief clutches one of Britt's blood-covered hands as he is given oxygen. I take hold of the other.

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http://www.tampabay.com/news/perspective/perspective-anja-niedringhaus-felt-the-need-to-bear-witness/2174760

Marine shot at Camp Lejeune took bullet for a friend

Therese Apel, The Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger 11:56 a.m. EDT April 11, 2014

Twins Mike and Mark Boterf knew when they decided to go into the Marines together during wartime that they might not come out of it together.

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/11/camp-lejeune-marine-shooting/7590599/

Marines to set sail around South America

Company-size unit will embark with the Navy's newest amphib
Story by Gina Harkins | Staff writer
Apr. 11, 2014 - 06:00AM

Marines will help test a new Navy amphibious assault ship’s capabilities on its maiden transit from the ship yard in Mississippi all the way around South America to its new home in the Pacific — and they’ll make several stops to engage with military partners along the way.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140411/NEWS/304110050/Marines-set-sail-around-South-America

April 10, 2014

Dad: Marine Killed At Front Gate Overcame Physical Hurdles to Join Corps

Updated: Thu 6:31 PM, Apr 10, 2014

The father of the 21-year-old Marine killed in an accidental shooting says his son overcame physical hurdles to join his two other brothers in the Marine Corps.

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http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/Camp-Lejeune-Main-Gate-Marine-Sentry-Dies-From-Gunshot-Wound-254449021.html

Military dog retires and reunites in N.J. with former Marine

Military dog reunites with Marine from N.J. for life after service

Written by
Deborah M. Marko
Apr. 10, 2014

VINELAND — After a 6,000-mile trek over 28 hours, Derrick Magee brought his Marine partner home for a peaceful retirement.

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http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20140410/NJNEWS/304100019?odyssey=mod|mostcom

Marine Corps to stand up crisis response unit in CENTCOM in 2015

Story By Gina Harkins
Staff Writer
Apr. 10, 2014 - 06:00AM

The Marine Corps will form a new land-based unit in the Middle East during fiscal year 2015 that is designed to respond to crises in the region, including emergencies at embassies, sources have told Marine Corps Times.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140410/NEWS/304100058/Marine-Corps-stand-up-crisis-response-unit-CENTCOM-2015?sf24878000=1

Commandant gives preview of the global Marine Corps in 2020

April 10th, 2014 | Africa Battle Rattle Commandant Crisis-response force Deployment map Deployments Pacific issues | Posted by Hope Hodge Seck

Water scarcity, regional conflict zones, and the “youth bulge:” these are all problems that may become the Marine Corps’ business in the near future.

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http://blogs.militarytimes.com/battle-rattle/2014/04/10/marinesin2020/

Farmers market coming to Camp Lejeune

By Cpl. Jackeline Perez Rivera | Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune | April 10, 2014

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --

There’s nothing like strolling through a vibrant farmers market. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables overflowing from baskets; the smell of fresh-baked cookies and pies lingering in the air, and the hum of a community coming together – it’s enough to entice anyone.

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http://www.lejeune.marines.mil/News/ArticleView/tabid/1108/Article/162500/farmers-market-coming-to-camp-lejeune.aspx

April 9, 2014

North Texas Marine killed in Camp Lejeune shooting

Associated Press
Posted on April 9, 2014 at 10:23 PM
Updated yesterday at 10:37 PM

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday that the fatal shooting of a North texas Marine on guard duty by a colleague at a North Carolina base appears to have been an accident.

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http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Marine-from-Crowley-killed-in-Camp-Lejeune-shooting-254660841.html

Amphibious Squadron Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration (PMINT)

Photo by GySgt Rome Lazarus
Date Posted:04.09.2014 19:29

Marines with Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct daily morning section physical training on the flight deck of the USS Makin Island during Amphibious Squadron Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration (PMINT), off the coast of San Diego, Calif., April 9, 2014. PMINT is a two-week long pre-deployment training event focusing on the combined capabilities of the Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Rome M. Lazarus/Released)

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April 8, 2014

Viral video shows Magnificent Bastards lined up for miles, saluting Gold Star families during Ramadi 10th memorial ceremony

April 8th, 2014 | Battle Rattle | Posted by James Sanborn

A recent video posted to Facebook captures a touching gesture of respect and honor. In it, members of 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, line miles of road to salute the families of fallen Marines on their way to an April 6 memorial aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., that marked the 10th anniversary of the battle of Ramadi.

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The Evolving Role of Women in the Corps

Features, Marines Uncovered // April 8th, 2014 // By Marine Corps News

Although the Marine Corps has proudly defended the United States since its founding in 1775, it wasn’t until 1918 that women first donned the uniform. Since that time, the role of female Marines has evolved over the years as women continue to show what they are capable of accomplishing for the Corps.

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http://marines.dodlive.mil/2014/04/08/the-evolving-role-of-women-in-the-corps/

Marine guard shot to death by colleague at Camp Lejeune

Hope Hodge Seck, Marine Corps Times 10:32 p.m. EDT April 8, 2014

Military officials are investigating a shooting at Camp Lejeune, N.C., on Tuesday, where a Marine gate guard killed a colleague with his service rifle.

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Official: Marine fatally shoots fellow Marine at Camp Lejeune main gate

By WCTI Staff
POSTED: 7:24 PM Apr 08 2014

CAMP LEJEUNE, ONSLOW COUNTY -

[UPDATE: 4/8 10:15 P.M.] The Marine guard shot and killed by another Marine at Camp Lejeune's main gate died from a single gunshot wound, officials said.

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Marines land in Morocco, demonstrate crisis response capability

Story by CPT David David
Date Taken:04.07.2014 | Date Posted:04.08.2014 09:12

MORON AIR BASE, Spain - In today’s security environment, the ability to quickly place military personnel on a location anywhere on the globe is at a premium. In order to stay ready for that task, the U.S. Marines of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force conducted a training mission in Tifnit, Morocco, April 3, 2014.

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Corpsman awarded Commendation Medal for valor in Afghanistan

By Thomas Brennan
The (Jacksonville, N.C.) Daily News
Published: April 8, 2014

“When the time comes and you’re down range and a Marine yells ‘corpsman up,’ I know you won’t hesitate, because that’s not what we do.”

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Recruits transition to Marine boot camp life on Parris Island

Photo by Cpl. Octavia Davis | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 03.25.2014
Date Posted: 04.08.2014 09:17

The young men spent their first week on the island receiving training gear, completing in-processing and learning what it means to be a recruit so they can be successful when they begin the official training curriculum. Williams, a 24-year-old from Burlington, N.J., and Walker, a 22-year-old from Lexington, Mass., are scheduled to graduate June 20, 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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April 7, 2014

Marine recruits endure martial arts course on Parris Island

Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 03.13.2014
Date Posted: 04.07.2014 09:53

Recruits of Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, endure a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program endurance course March 13, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. The course combines practicing martial arts techniques with combat conditioning. The training helps recruits retain newfound martial arts skills and continue to build strength and stamina to meet the Marine Corps’ high physical fitness standards. Papa Company is scheduled to graduate April 25, 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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Marine recruits improve physical fitness on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 03.26.2014
Date Posted:04.07.2014 09:27

Physical training sessions help recruits prepare for physical fitness and combat fitness tests, which they must pass to graduate, as well as annual training requirements for Marines. During boot camp, recruits participate in more than 30 physical training sessions meant to help them meet the Marine Corps’ high fitness standards. 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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Wide awake at 4 a.m., Marine recruits begin day with rushed routine on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 03.25.2014
Date Posted: 04.07.2014 10:21

Recruits of Platoon 3044, India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, participate in their first incentive training session on the morning of their first official training day March 25, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Incentive training sessions consist of physical exercises administered in a controlled and deliberate manner and are used to correct minor disciplinary infractions. Drill instructors are responsible for instilling discipline in their recruits. India Company is scheduled to graduate June 13, 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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Building Rededication

Photo by Cpl Kathryn Bynum
Date Taken:04.04.2014 | Date Posted:04.07.2014 11:13

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Chester Nez receives an American flag from Pfc. Tiffany Boyd, at Code Talker Hall, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., April 4, 2014. The flag was flown over the Marine Corps War Memorial, on the first day of spring in honor of Cpl. Nez's attendance at the Platoon 382 Hall rededication. Cpl. Nez is the last of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers of World War II. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kathryn K. Bynum/Released)

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Video: Exercise Ssang Yong 14

Courtesy Video HQMC Combat Camera
Date Posted: 04.7.2014 6:26PM

Ssang Yong 14 is the culmination of a multitude of training events and exercises between the U.S. and ROK forces, which take place across the Asia-Pacific region throughout the year. This year's evolution was the largest in its storied history and was comprised of three Expeditionary Units: two US and one ROK. The exercise was led by the 3rd MEB based in Okinawa Japan and showcased both interoperability and sea based operations in the Korean Peninsula. (U.S. Marine Corps motion media/Released) Available in high definition.

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April 6, 2014

New US Marine Concept Re-establishes Maritime Roots

Apr. 6, 2014 - 01:41PM
By CHRISTOPHER P. CAVAS

WASHINGTON — The US Marine Corps is in a period of transition, working to reconstitute itself as a sea-based fighting force after more than a decade of fighting land wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Corps is rolling out Expeditionary Force 21 (EF 21), a new construct intended to organize its forces to deploy and respond worldwide to whatever need it’s assigned to.

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April 4, 2014

The Marines will let women try the Infantry Officer Course a second time

By Mark Berman
April 4 at 6:10 pm

Since the grueling Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course was first opened up to women in September 2012, 14 female officers have attempted and failed the test (and, of course, a lot of men have also failed; around 20 to 25 percent of Marines are typically dropped from the taxing course). And since that time, all 14 of these officers have not been allowed to take it a second time, unlike many of their male peers.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/04/04/marines-will-let-women-try-infantry-officer-course-second-time/

April 3, 2014

CLB-1 prepares for deployment with Integrated Training Exercise

by Cpl Timothy Childers
Date Posted:04.03.2014 12:14

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 1, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, conducted Integrated Training Exercise 3-14 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twenty-nine Palms, Calif., Feb. 28 - March 27, preparing them for the last combat deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom later this year.

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Ohio Marine Participates in Combat Readiness Evaluation with Dark Horse

By Lance Cpl. David Silvano | 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment | April 03, 2014

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- A Marine used to providing security for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps can find it difficult to make the transition to providing security in the field. This was not the case for Lance Cpl. Brandon Bender, a rifleman with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment. He took part in a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation or MCCRE, here, March 17 to March 22, 2014.

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http://www.1stmardiv.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/8585/Article/161932/ohio-marine-participates-in-combat-readiness-evaluation-with-dark-horse.aspx

Mike Company - Pugil Sticks - March 21, 2014

Video by Cpl. Jennifer Schubert
Date Taken:03.21.2014
Date Posted: 04.3.2014 10:05AM

Recruits of Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, with pugil sticks, which represent rifles with attached bayonets, to simulate a close encounter with an enemy. Mike Company is scheduled to graduate May 23, 2014.

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April 2, 2014

Airmen participate in Marine exercise

Story by A1C Zade Vadnais
Date Posted:04.02.2014 22:23

OKINAWA, Japan - Airmen from Kadena's 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels management flight traveled to Marine Corps Camp Hansen to participate in a field exercise with Marines from the 9th Engineer Support Battalion March 24 through 27.

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Veterans warned about pension advance scams

By Mitch Shaw
Published: April 2, 2014

OGDEN, Utah — If you're a veteran and you're approached with an offer to receive a lump-sum pension advance, run as fast as you can in the opposite direction.

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April 1, 2014

Exercise African Lion 2014 is underway in Agadir, Morocco

Courtesy story
Date Taken:03.28.2014 | Date Posted:04.01.2014 19:14

AGADIR, Morocco – Royal Moroccan Armed Forces, members of the Federal Republic of Germany Armed Forces, a small representation of NATO personnel and U.S. personnel with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade along with representatives from 13 African and European partner nations began Exercise African Lion, March 26, 2014.

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Semper Fit introduces HITT Program to Marines

By Cpl. Codey Underwood | U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve | April 01, 2014

NEW ORLEANS --
Marine administrative message 148/14 announced the availability of the Marine Corps Semper Fit Program’s High Intensity Tactical Training Program through a website and mobile application.

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