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May 31, 2014

Marine's final battle: Years of fighting PTSD, brain injury end in postwar casualty

By Tom Charlier
Published: May 31, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — That very first kill haunted him most. There were many others, to be sure, but long after he’d returned to Memphis from three deployments with the Marines, Paul Oliver voiced the greatest pain while recounting his lethal encounter with an Iraqi insurgent who ignored a command to disarm and raised his rifle.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/marine-corps/marine-s-final-battle-years-of-fighting-ptsd-brain-injury-end-in-postwar-casualty-1.286343

May 30, 2014

Marine recruits face obstacles on Parris Island’s Confidence Course

Photos by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 04.29.2014
Date Posted: 05.30.2014 10:38

The Confidence Course is comprised of 15 obstacles designed to help Marine Corps recruits build self-confidence by overcoming physical and mental challenges. Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, 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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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1371923/marine-recruits-face-obstacles-parris-islands-confidence-course#.U4pGTyg_xPY

Fallen Marine’s mom seeks help recovering medallion stolen from son’s headstone

By Jolene Cleaver, jcleaver@oneidadispatch.com,, @DispatchCleaver on Twitter
Posted: 05/30/14, 8:50 AM EDT

ONEIDA>>City resident Vicky Arnold is asking for the public’s help in finding a U.S. Marine Corps medal that is missing from son’s headstone in Oneida Castle cemetery.

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http://www.saratogian.com/general-news/20140530/fallen-marines-mom-seeks-help-recovering-medallion-stolen-from-sons-headstone

Typhoon season starts June 1

Posted 5/29/2014 Updated 5/30/2014
by Airman Zade C. Vadnais
18th Wing Public Affairs

5/29/2014 - KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- On June 1, Kadena will enter Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness Four, the default condition of readiness during typhoon season, which begins June 1 and lasts until November 30.

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http://www.kadena.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123412552

Video: 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment Deactivation Ceremony

by Cpl Charles Santamaria
Date Posted:05.30.2014 10:20PM

3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment hosts their deactivation ceremony at Lance Corporal Torrey L. Gray Field. (Footage by Lance Cpl. Hannah Carlson)(Footage by Lance Cpl. Dakim Rucker)(Footage by Cpl. Charles Santamaria).

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http://www.dvidshub.net/video/340320/3rd-battalion-4th-marines-7th-marine-regiment-deactivation-ceremony#.U7_lA2K9KSN

May 29, 2014

1/7 Marines support British forces during turnover of Sterga II

By Cpl. Joseph Scanlan | Marine Expeditionary Brigade - Afghanistan | May 29, 2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- As Marines departed Sangin District, one of Afghanistan’s most dangerous areas, they were supported by British soldiers with Maneuver Battle Group who provided security to ensure a safe convoy to Camp Leatherneck.

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http://www.imef.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/3963/Article/165029/17-marines-support-british-forces-during-turnover-of-sterga-ii.aspx

May 28, 2014

Marines of 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines take control of the fight in southern Helmand province

Story by Cpl. Michael Dye | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 05.28.2014

PATROL BASE BOLDAK, Afghanistan – Marines and sailors with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, completed the turnover with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, and took control over Patrol Base Boldak and its area of operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 20, 2014.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/131246/marines-1st-battalion-2nd-marines-take-control-fight-southern-helmand-province#.U4al8Sg_xPZ

U.S. citizens urged to leave Libya; Bataan moves into Mediterranean

By Lolita C. Baldor
May. 28, 2014 - 12:07PM

WASHINGTON — The State Department recommended Tuesday that Americans leave Libya immediately and warned U.S. citizens against any travel to the North African country.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140528/NEWS08/305280049/U-S-citizens-urged-leave-Libya-Bataan-moves-into-Mediterranean

Marine to get Medal of Honor for blocking grenade; has Gainesville connections

By The Associated Press
Posted: Wednesday, May 28th 2014 at 7:30pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cpl. Kyle Carpenter remembers lying on his back on a rooftop in Marjah, Afghanistan, crammed up against sandbags alongside his friend and fellow Marine, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio.

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http://www.accessnorthga.com/detail.php?n=275484

MRF-D Conducts a Fire Team Leaders Course

Video by Cpl James Gulliver
Date Posted:05.28.2014 1:59AM

KANGAROO FLATS TRAINING AREA, Northern Territory, Australia – Marines with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, and Soldiers with the Australian Army, participate in the fire team leaders course here.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/video/339707/mrf-d-conducts-fire-team-leaders-course#.U5Rv_Nq9KSO

May 27, 2014

Obama announces plan to keep 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan after 2014

Published May 27, 2014
FoxNews.com

President Obama announced Tuesday that he aims to keep 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the war formally ends later this year, while pledging a near-total withdrawal by the end of 2016.

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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/05/27/obama-plans-to-keep-800-us-troops-in-afghanistan-after-2014-official-says/

May 26, 2014

President Obama lays wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

BY newsdesk May 26, 2014 at 10:33 AM EDT

President Obama, back in Washington after his surprise trip to visit troops in Afghanistan, appeared at Arlington National Cemetery this morning to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/watch-live-president-obama-lays-wreath-tomb-unknown-soldier/

Service Members Aboard Camp Leatherneck Remember the Fallen

by Sgt Frances Johnson
Date Posted:05.26.2014 2:12PM

Regional Command (Southwest) hold Memorial Day ceremony May 26, 2014, aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/video/339483/service-members-aboard-camp-leatherneck-remember-fallen#.U4P5pNq9KSN

Battle-scarred corpsman becomes Marine officer

He feels proud to return to the fight

By Meghann Myers
Staff writer
May. 26, 2014 - 03:37PM

It’s not often you see a midshipman hustling down Stribling Walk to get to class with a Combat Action Ribbon and a Purple Heart pinned to his dress uniform, but that was the last four years for Marine 2nd Lt. Jefferson Talicuran.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140526/NEWS/305260020/Battle-scarred-corpsman-becomes-Marine-officer

May 25, 2014

US honors veterans over Memorial Day weekend

By JAKE PEARSON, Associated Press
Updated 11:00 am, Sunday, May 25, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Marine Corps' chaplain, speaking Sunday to a congregation that has tied gold ribbons on the church's fence in honor of fallen soldiers since the Iraq War began, lauded the sacrifice of veterans around the world as President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan for Memorial Day.

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http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/USMC-chaplain-at-NYC-church-for-Memorial-Day-5503591.php

Marine settles in Montana, creates beer company to honor troops

Jenn Rowell, jrowell@greatfallstribune.com
8:48 a.m. MDT May 25, 2014

Over a decade on active duty in the Marine Corps, Seth Jordan squirreled away money and recently made a longtime dream come true when he opened Dog Tag Brewing in Belgrade.

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http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/money/2014/05/25/marine-settles-in-montana-creates-beer-company-to-honor-troops/9397211/

May 24, 2014

2nd LAR Marines, sailors remember fallen comrades

By Lance Cpl Krista James | 2nd Marine Division | May 22, 2014

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. --
Marines, sailors and distinguished guests with 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, gathered together at the battalion headquarters aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, for a memorial service, May 21, 2014.

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http://www.2ndmardiv.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/2643/Article/164651/2nd-lar-marines-sailors-remember-fallen-comrades.aspx

US cancels military exercises with Thailand

Stars and Stripes
Published: May 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department announced Saturday it had canceled ongoing military exercises with Thailand as a result of the military coup in the Southeast Asian country.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/us-cancels-military-exercises-with-thailand-1.285224

Veterans from Vietnam, Korea see off Marines deploying to Afghanistan

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: May 24, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Veterans who served in 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company in Vietnam and Korea stood shoulder to shoulder Friday evening to shake the hands of 20 Marines deploying to Afghanistan this Memorial Day weekend.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/veterans-from-vietnam-korea-see-off-marines-deploying-to-afghanistan-1.285082

James Capodanno, who kept alive memory of his brother, Father Vincent Capodanno, dies at 94

By Tom Wrobleski
May 23, 2014 at 4:00 PM, updated May 24, 2014 at 2:18 PM

ELTINGVILLE – James Capodanno, a World War II Marine Corps veteran who kept alive the memory of his hero brother, the Rev. Vincent R. Capodanno, has died at the age of 94, his family said.

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http://www.silive.com/obituaries/index.ssf/2014/05/james_capodanno_who_kept_alive.html

May 22, 2014

Marine general talks Afghanistan

Q & A with Brig. Gen. Daniel Yoo, southwest NATO commander

By Gretel C. Kovach
4 a.m.May 22, 2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Marine Brig. Gen. Daniel Yoo is slated to be the last coalition commander in southwestern Afghanistan, an impoverished Taliban stronghold checkered with illicit poppy plots. The former head of Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego took charge of Helmand and Nimruz provinces in February, at the helm of Marine Expeditionary Brigade – Afghanistan and NATO’s regional command.

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http://m.utsandiego.com/news/2014/may/22/yoo-southwest-afghanistan-marine/?st

May 21, 2014

Marines get one shot at elite sniper status

Story by Sgt Adam Miller
Date Taken:05.16.2014 | Date Posted:05.21.2014 02:44

CENTRAL TRAINING AREA, OKINAWA, Japan – Marines concluded a two-week Special Reaction Team certification course May16 in the Central Training Area.

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https://www.dvidshub.net/news/130594/marines-get-one-shot-elite-sniper-status#.VUmN1mK9KSP

Fleet Week returns to NYC after one-year absence

Published May 21, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK – Well, hello, sailor!

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http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/05/21/fleet-week-returns-to-nyc-after-one-year-absence/?intcmp=latestnews

May 20, 2014

Marine Corps awards medal for heroism to local Reserve Marine

By Cpl. Kirstin Rodgers | U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve | May 20, 2014

NAVAL AIR STATION JOINT RESERVE BASE FORT WORTH, Texas --

A Marine was awarded the nation’s second highest award Sunday for a life-threatening act of heroism, in a ceremony here.

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http://www.marforres.marines.mil/MarineReserveNewsPhotos/MarineReserveNews/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/7930/Article/164502/marine-corps-awards-medal-for-heroism-to-local-reserve-marine.aspx

Aircraft sent to Italy for possible Libya evacuation

Stars and Stripes
Published: May 20, 2014

A Marine crisis-response team has deployed additional aircraft to Sicily as it awaits orders for a possible evacuation of American officials in Libya.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/aircraft-sent-to-italy-for-possible-libya-evacuation-1.284092

Brace yourselves, typhoon season is coming

By Lance Cpl. Alissa P. Schuning | Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni | May 20, 2014

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan -- With the summer months fast approaching, residents of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, will want to begin preparing for typhoon season beginning on June 1 until November 30.

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http://www.mcasiwakuni.marines.mil/News/NewsStories/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/6911/Article/164452/brace-yourselves-typhoon-season-is-coming.aspx

Marine recruits learn to rappel on Parris Island

Photo by Cpl. David Bessey | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 05.13.2014
Date Posted: 05.20.2014 09:12

Marines learn to rappel to prepare for deploying from helicopters in flight or navigating difficult terrain, and the training also helps instill courage in recruits to overcome any fear of heights. Fox Company is scheduled to graduate July 3, 2014. 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/1354028/photo-gallery-marine-recruits-learn-rappel-parris-island#.U3yvJyg_xPY

May 19, 2014

It's official: Medal of Honor for Marine Kyle Carpenter

By James K. Sanborn | Staff writer
May. 19, 2014 - 05:24PM

Retired Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, 24, will receive the Medal of Honor for heroism in Afghanistan in 2010, the White House announced today. He will become only the second living Marine to receive the award for actions during the Global War on Terrorism.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140519/NEWS/305190040/It-s-official-Medal-Honor-Marine-Kyle-Carpenter

Evacuation Orders Lifted at Camp Pendleton

Courtesy Video | Pentagon Channel | Date: 05.19.2014

Operations are returning to normal at Camp Pendleton, CA, after wildfires last week

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http://www.dvidshub.net/video/337822/evacuation-orders-lifted-camp-pendleton?source=GovDelivery#.U3ohwig_w_x

Fox Company - Gas Chamber

Date Taken: 05.13.2014
Date Posted: 05.19.2014 4:07PM
Location:PARRIS ISLAND, SC, US

Recruits of Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, endure the effects of tear gas after exiting a gas chamber May 13, on Parris Island, S.C.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/video/337952/fox-company-gas-chamber?sub_id=25171&utm_campaign=subscriptions&utm_medium=email&utm_source=25171&utm_content=asset_link#.U3tbeCg_xPb

May 15, 2014

MWSS-271 hones communication abilities

Story by Cpl Unique B. Roberts
Date Posted:05.15.2014 12:34

BOGUE, N.C. - Members of Marine Wing Support Squadron 271 conducted their annual Communication Exercise, May 5 – 9 at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, N.C.

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https://www.dvidshub.net/news/129922/mwss-271-hones-communication-abilities#.VPkH52K9KSM

Make-A-Wish, Marines team up to grant San Diego native’s wish

By Sgt. Timothy Lenzo | 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines | May 15, 2014

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. -- He stands noticeably smaller than the Marines to his right and left. Their frames fill out their camouflage utilities and flak jackets, while his looks a couple sizes too small.

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http://www.1stmardiv.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/8585/Article/164257/make-a-wish-marines-team-up-to-grant-san-diego-natives-wish.aspx

May 14, 2014

US crisis response Marines mobilized for north Africa threat

By John Vandiver
Stars and Stripes
Published: May 14, 2014

STUTTGART, Germany — A team of crisis response Marines has moved from Spain to a U.S. base in southern Italy in response to new security concerns in northern Africa, according to U.S. European Command.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/us-crisis-response-marines-mobilized-for-north-africa-threat-1.282966

A world away from Normandy, troops practice modern-day beach landing

By Hendrick Simoes
Stars and Stripes
Published: May 14, 2014

DJIBOUTI — The world may never see another amphibious landing like the ones that characterized the U.S. war effort in World War II.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/a-world-away-from-normandy-troops-practice-modern-day-beach-landing-1.282684

EVACUATIONS: 6 San Diego brush fires burning

11:43 AM, May 14, 2014
Updated 2:50 PM

ARLSBAD - Multiple brush fires throughout San Diego County Wednesday have forced evacuations:
Camp Pendleton (Tomahawk Fire):
- Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook personnel
- Camp Pendleton personnel in the 14-Area have been ordered to evacuate to 33-Area parade deck.
- De Luz housing residents
- De Luz Child Development Center
- Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School
- O'Neill Heights Housing

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http://www.10news.com/news/carlsbad-camp-pendleton-fires-prompt-evacuations

Parris Island recruits dive into Marine Corps’ amphibious nature

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 05.12.2014
Date Posted: 05.14.2014 09:27

Each exercise simulates a water survival technique recruits may need if they become Marines. Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, 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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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1339003/photo-gallery-parris-island-recruits-dive-into-marine-corps-amphibious-nature#.U3Ui0Sg_w_w

Continuing legacies cross paths as 31st MEU rotates infantry battalions

By Sgt. Jonathan G. Wright | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | May 14, 2014

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa, Japan – Each Marine Corps unit is defined by its people or its accomplishments - from famous Marines within the ranks to historic events that turned the tide of battle, the legacy of years past is carried with pride to this day. For two units in particular, those defining years were during the Korean War and the battle of Okinawa.

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http://www.31stmeu.marines.mil/News/tabid/2392/Article/164242/continuing-legacies-cross-paths-as-31st-meu-rotates-infantry-battalions.aspx

May 13, 2014

Marine recruits learn fundamentals of rifle marksmanship on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. David Bessey | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 05.08.2014
Date Posted: 05.13.2014 16:59

All recruits who graduate training have received more than two weeks of marksmanship training, making them qualified Marine riflemen. Bravo 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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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1336691/photo-gallery-marine-recruits-learn-fundamentals-rifle-marksmanship-parris-island#.U3Q8fSg_w_w

Marine recruits develop vital marksmanship skills on Parris Island

Photo by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 05.01.2014
Date Posted: 05.13.2014 15:45

Recruits spend two weeks honing their shooting skills before qualifying. Rifle qualification is one of eight graduation requirements recruits must fulfill to become Marines. Oscar 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/1336561/marine-recruits-develop-vital-marksmanship-skills-parris-island#.U3Q5-Cg_w_w

First-grade class at Hamilton School in Bridgewater befriends Marine in Afghanistan

May 13, 2014 6:21 PM
Written by | Staff Report

BRIDGEWATER — Students from Susan Roxbury’s first-grade class at Hamilton School have learned a bit more about current events and the efforts of Marines serving in Afghanistan.

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http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20140514/NJNEWS10/305140016/First-grade-class-at-Hamilton-School-in-Bridgewater-befriends-Marine-in-Afghanistan

Lawmaker calls on US to suspend aid to Mexico over jailed Marine

Published May 13, 2014
FoxNews.com

A key lawmaker on Monday called on the United States to suspend military aid to Mexico in light of the jailing of a Marine Corps sergeant who mistakenly entered the country with firearms.

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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/05/13/rep-duncan-hunter-calls-on-us-to-suspend-military-aid-in-light-marine/

May 12, 2014

Military gets picky in recruiting; only 20% of applicants qualify

May 12
By RICK MONTGOMERY
The Kansas City Star

Army Sgt. 1st Class Terrence Hoard must reach potential recruits early to set them straight.

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http://newsinkansas.com/military-gets-picky-in-recruiting-only-20-of-applicants-qualify-21/

Pentagon reauthorizes R & R for 9 countries

By Chris Carroll
Stars and Stripes
Published: May 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — Troops who deploy by the end of this month to nine Middle Eastern countries recently removed from the imminent danger pay location list will still qualify for R & R, according to a recent Pentagon decision.

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http://www.stripes.com/pentagon-reauthorizes-r-r-for-9-countries-1.282672

Marines stretch sea legs as Afghanistan winds down

By Hendrick Simoes
Stars and Stripes
Published: May 12, 2014

As the U.S. military concludes its mission in Afghanistan and the Marine Corps is in the midst of reducing its current active-duty strength, many Marines are wondering what their postwar role will be.

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http://www.stripes.com/marines-stretch-sea-legs-as-afghanistan-winds-down-1.282297

On the ground in Afghanistan: the last days of a FOB

May 12th, 2014 | Afghanistan Embedded journalism Food | Posted by Hope Hodge Seck

As I prepared for my first embed with in Afghanistan, I figured I might spend some time sleeping under the stars and taking “health and comfort breaks” in the woods as the Marines shut down several of their remaining forward operating bases. I’ve done a bit of tent camping, and I figured I couldn’t be disappointed if I managed my expectations.

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http://blogs.militarytimes.com/battle-rattle/2014/05/12/on-the-ground-in-afghanistan-the-last-days-of-a-fob/

31st MEU Marines learn to teach during MCIWS instructor course

by Sgt Jonathan Wright
Date Posted:05.12.2014 6:57AM

Marines on Okinawa participated in the Marine Corps Instructor of Water Survival course on Camp Hansen starting May 5. The weeklong period allows the Marines to hold swim qualifications for their respective units per annual training requirements...

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http://www.dvidshub.net/video/336434/31st-meu-marines-learn-teach-during-mciws-instructor-course#.U3C-H9q9KSO

May 11, 2014

U.S. Marine veteran wins award for self-portrait

Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2014 10:00 pm
By Victoria Brito THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD

Gripping both sides of civilian and military life, that is what John Rothschild said his daughter Sarah Rothschild depicts in her award-winning painting, “What Happens There Doesn’t Stay There.”

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http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/local/article_59301aba-d97e-11e3-8ea1-001a4bcf6878.html

May 10, 2014

Protecting troops at war's end

Base security beefed up at Marine headquarters after 2012 attack, drawdown

By Gretel C. Kovach
11:57 a.m.May 10, 2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — At night, the perimeter of the massive headquarters base for international forces in Helmand Province is ablaze with floodlights that could blind approaching enemy fighters.

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/May/10/camp-leatherneck-security-task-force-belleau-wood/?st#article-copy

Meet Steel, the Marines’ morale dog in Afghanistan

May 10th, 2014 | Posted by Hope Hodge Seck

Not all working dogs in Afghanistan sniff explosives or walk patrols.

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http://blogs.militarytimes.com/battle-rattle/2014/05/10/meet-steel-the-marines-morale-dog-in-afghanistan/

May 9, 2014

Parris Island recruits learn basic Marine swim survival techniques

Photos by Cpl. Octavia Davis | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 05.05.2014
Date Posted: 05.09.2014 11:00

Recruits must swim 25 meters before moving on to jumping off a 10-foot tower, swimming with a gear pack and shedding combat gear underwater. The recruits must successfully complete each exercise to pass the overall qualification, a graduation requirement. If the recruits become Marines, they will be expected to requalify in water survival regularly. Fox and November Companies are 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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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1327799/photo-gallery-parris-island-recruits-learn-basic-marine-swim-survival-techniques#.U242MSg_w_w

Marine recruits descend Parris Island tower to develop rappelling skills

Photos by Cpl. Octavia Davis | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 04.29.2014
Date Posted: 05.09.2014 09:32

Recruits of Bravo Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, rappel from a 47-foot tower April 29, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits slide down ropes belayed by anchors at the tower’s peak and drill instructors on the ground. Rappel training mimics descending from a helicopter skid or the side of a building using a rope and harness. These skills are some the recruits may need if they become Marines. Bravo 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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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1327258/photo-gallery-marine-recruits-descend-parris-island-tower-develop-rappelling-skills#.U240dSg_w_w

May 8, 2014

The Values of a Marine

Story by Sgt Jon Holmes
Date Posted:05.08.2014 13:08

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - As a young man, Charles Krulak respected the values of his father – selflessness, moral courage and integrity. His father, Marine Lieutenant General Victor H. Krulak, imparted in his son the same values introduced to him as a Marine.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/129187/values-marine#.U27_BNq9KSO

Mountain leaders sharpen animal packing skills

Story by Cpl Charles Santamaria
Date Posted:05.08.2014 19:24

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Mountain leaders from the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center conducted an Animal Packing Refresher Course at the MCMWTC’s stables, April 29.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/129242/mountain-leaders-sharpen-animal-packing-skills#.U27_Ktq9KSP

VMA-223 Marines return from supporting 31st MEU

Story by LCpl Unique Roberts
Date Posted:05.08.2014 16:53

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Approximately 30 Marines with Marine Attack Squadron 223 returned to Cherry Point from Okinawa, Japan, and Korea after supporting the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, during a Unit Deployment Program April 30.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/129224/vma-223-marines-return-supporting-31st-meu#.U275nNq9KSO

CLB-7 Marines, sailors complete convoy out of Forward Operating Base Nolay for final time

Story by Cpl Cody Haas
Date Posted:05.08.2014 06:29

FORWARD OPERATING BASE NOLAY, Afghanistan – Units currently deployed to Afghanistan are conducting missions to decrease the amount of gear and personnel aboard forward operating bases and combat outposts. One of the units providing this type of support is Combat Logistics Battalion 7.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/129131/clb-7-marines-sailors-complete-convoy-out-forward-operating-base-nolay-final-time#.U3ENvdq9KSP

MALS-14 Marine crowned Ordnance Marine of the Year

Story by LCpl Andrea Cleopatra
Date Posted:05.08.2014 09:16

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - It is initiative that proved vital in the success of Sgt. Jason Connolly, an aviation ordnance systems technician with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14. He recently earned the Marine Corps Aviation Association’s Ordnance Marine of the Year Award.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/129153/mals-14-marine-crowned-ordnance-marine-year#.U3EKbtq9KSP

Café Sangin

Final Exit: Afghanistan War Diary

By Gretel C. Kovach
8:32 a.m. May 8, 2014

SANGIN, Afghanistan — I climbed the basement stairs of the “drug lord palace” where we slept at Forward Operating Base Jackson/Sabit Qadam one morning and did a double-take. Maj. Mike Johannes was sitting out front sipping something from a travel mug.

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/May/08/sangin-coffee-war-diary-afghanistan/?st#article-copy

Award-Winning Filmmaker Learned Everything He Needed To Know In The Marine Corps

Jeremy Bender
May 8, 2014, 4:38 PM

Anton Sattler says he could not have made his award-winning CHOSIN documentary or its spin-off graphic novels without what he learned in the Marine Corps.

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http://www.businessinsider.com/anton-sattler-brian-iglesias-chosin-2014-5

A video game controller flies this $14 million drone

May 8th, 2014 | Battle Rattle | Posted by Hope Hodge Seck

Look at the two pictures below. One is a controller for your average Playstation 2 machine. One flies the $14 million K-Max drone, which the Marine Corps uses to transport up to 6,000 pounds of gear and equipment at a time. Can you tell which is which?

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http://blogs.militarytimes.com/battle-rattle/2014/05/08/a-video-game-controller-flies-this-14-million-drone/

Mountain Rest, S.C., native training at Parris Island to become U.S. Marine

Photos by Cpl. Octavia Davis | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 04.29.2014
Date Posted: 05.08.2014 11:52

Rct. Brittney Lindmeier, a 19-year-old Mountain Rest, S.C., native, is currently training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., in hopes of earning the title of United States Marine. 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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May 7, 2014

Clovis resident, U.S. Marine combat veteran saves life of crash victim on Highway 41

Story by Sgt Jacob Harrer
Date Posted:05.07.2014 20:00

CLOVIS, Calif. – Combat action in Iraq and Afghanistan prepared a Clovis resident and U.S. Marine to save a critically-injured crash victim after he witnessed a collision on Highway 41 May 6.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/129091/clovis-resident-us-marine-combat-veteran-saves-life-crash-victim-highway-41#.U278Qtq9KSP

The poignant process of etching new names into the Vietnam Wall

By Carlos Bongioanni
Stars and Stripes
Published: May 7, 2014

WASHINGTON — Lined row upon row, the names etched on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial’s polished black granite slabs are a somber reminder that more than 58,000 U.S. troops died — or were listed as missing-in-action — as a result of their involvement in the Vietnam War.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/the-poignant-process-of-etching-new-names-into-the-vietnam-wall-1.281939

Commission Could Decide Future Pay and Benefits

May 07, 2014 | by Bryant Jordan

While Pentagon leaders tell Congress it must cut pay and benefits to maintain readiness at a time of lean budgets, the commission with the actual task of recommending changes to compensation is preparing an interim report due in June.

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http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/05/07/commission-could-decide-future-pay-and-benefits.html?ESRC=todayinmil.sm

Harlingen Marine helps secure an area of Afghanistan

By TRAVIS M. WHITEHEAD Valley Morning Star
Posted: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 10:11 pm

When Staff Sgt. Troy Garza first arrived in Sangin Valley in Afghanistan, he and his fellow Marines faced daily firefights with insurgents.

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http://www.valleymorningstar.com/news/local_news/article_7bdc2414-d65e-11e3-bf06-001a4bcf6878.html

May 6, 2014

Parris Island welcomes its newest hopeful recruits ready for Marine boot camp

Photos by Cpl. Octavia Davis | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 04.28.2014
Date Posted: 05.06.2014 13:59

The recruits' 13-week mission to become Marines had only just begun, but drill instructors ensure recruits are quickly immersed in the controlled chaos of boot camp. Regardless of their lifestyles before to boot camp, recruits must be loud, fast and intense at virtually all times during training. Oscar and Charlie Companies are scheduled to graduate July 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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May 5, 2014

Marines withdraw from Sangin

Afghans secure northern Helmand as NATO combat mission wanes

4:19 a.m. May 5, 2014

SANGIN, Afghanistan — The last U.S. Marines withdrew from northern Helmand early Monday morning, turning their two bases in the hard-fought Sangin district over to Afghan national security forces.

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/may/05/marines-withdraw-sangin-afghanistan/?st

May 4, 2014

Modern Marine heritage

Final Exit: Afghanistan War Diary

Gretel C. Kovach
1:05 a.m. May 4, 2014

QUANTICO, Va. — We stopped on our way to Afghanistan so I could accept the Gen. Oliver P. Smith award for local reporting from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. Nel Cepeda, the photographer I work with in the war zone, was worried my head might swell too big for my Kevlar helmet. He reminded me that the medal I got for preserving Marine Corps history ranks just above Cracker Jack status, compared to the one on the pale blue ribbon worn by another guest at the annual awards gala last month at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, near Quantico, Va.

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/May/04/marine-heritage-awards-museum/?st#article-copy

May 3, 2014

America’s Battalion takes Texas: Destroy the enemy from the air

Story by Cpl Austin Long
Date Posted:05.03.2014 22:11

FORT BLISS, Texas - When troops are in a grueling firefight while on patrol, the sound of an approaching attack helicopter can give hope for the Marines and sailors engaging the enemy. Attack helicopters provide troops with an advantage over ground forces when trying to accomplish a mission. It provides them with a better view point of the battlefield and superior fire power unmatched by enemy ground forces.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/128646/americas-battalion-takes-texas-destroy-enemy-air#.U2muc9q9KSM

New automatic weapon being fielded at 2nd LAR

Posted: Thursday, May 3, 2012 12:00 am
Lance Cpl. James Frazer 2nd Marine Division

The Marine Corps got its first chance, in December 2010, to test the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle developed by the Heckler & Koch firearm company. Marines with the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, recently got their first chance to try out the newest weapon chosen to join the arsenal of the Marine infantry units.

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http://www.camplejeuneglobe.com/news/article_b28f9924-95e6-11e1-bfd0-001a4bcf887a.html

May 1, 2014

Camp Leatherneck is Afghanistan’s next ghost town

May 1st, 2014 | Afghanistan Battle Rattle Camp Bastion Camp Leatherneck | Posted by gpingersoll
By Hope Hodge Seck

Camp Leatherneck–Greetings from Camp Leatherneck, a once-bustling base in Afghanistan’s Helmand province that is rapidly becoming a ghost town.

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http://blogs.militarytimes.com/battle-rattle/2014/05/01/leatherneck-ghost-town/?sf25686416=1

Pendleton Snipers take first place in National Competition

By Sgt. Valerie C. Eppler | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | May 01, 2014

West Coast Marines earned first place overall during the 43rd Winston P. Wilson Sniper Championship hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center held at Fort Chaffee, Ark., April 19-26.

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http://www.pendleton.marines.mil/PendletonNews/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/5440/Article/163586/pendleton-snipers-take-first-place-in-national-competition.aspx