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June 30, 2014

Marine recruits train in martial arts on Parris Island

Photos by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 06.11.2014
Date Posted:06.30.2014 08:20

The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program combines hand-to-hand combat with mental discipline and character development to help transform recruits into ethical warriors. Recruits must earn their tan belts, the first level in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, to graduate training. Oscar Company is scheduled to graduate Aug. 22, 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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ROK, US Marines sync artillery techniques during KMEP 14-7

Story by LCpl Thor Larson
Date Taken:06.15.2014 | Date Posted:06.30.2014 03:58

WARRIOR BASE, MUNSAN, Republic of Korea – The hot sun beats down on Marines as they stand ready beside their weapon, anxiously waiting for a fire mission that will create a dust cloud which can block out the sun.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/134839/rok-us-marines-sync-artillery-techniques-during-kmep-14-7#.U7RCQmK9KSP

Marine recruits battle during pugil stick matches on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Octavia Davis | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 06.24.2014
Date Posted:06.30.2014 16:59

Pugil stick training is part of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, which fuses hand-to-hand combat skills with character development, yielding a strong, morally sound Marine warrior.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/1427699/photo-gallery-marine-recruits-battle-during-pugil-stick-matches-parris-island#.U7QuybE_xPb

New Marines a cut above with high’n’tight

Photo by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 06.24.2014
Date Posted:06.30.2014 10:21

Recruits of Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, receive high-and-tight haircuts June 24, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. The recruits were only days away from earning their places in the Corps, and these haircuts not only separated them from the other male recruits on base but also allowed them to look the part of a U.S. Marine. 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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June 29, 2014

Swim call aboard the USS Bataan in the Mediterranean Sea

Posted 4:18 PM, June 29, 2014, By Matt KniGht, Updated at 04:23PM, June 29, 2014

Swim call is only a short walk away when you serve on an amphibious assault ship. Check out the sailors and marines onboard the USS Bataan enjoying some time in the water.

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http://wtkr.com/2014/06/29/watch-swim-call-aboard-the-uss-bataan-in-the-mediterranean-sea/

Marine's journey ends with ultimate sacrifice

Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2014 9:56 am

By TOM SILEO The Unknown Soldiers

On April 4, U.S. Marine Cpl. Brandon Garabrant updated his Facebook page as the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion left North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune for Afghanistan.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Cpl Brandon J Garabrant, of the 2nd CEB:

http://www.bgdailynews.com/features/marine-s-journey-ends-with-ultimate-sacrifice/article_3b150ebe-78e7-5a0f-8666-70c252379f9c.html

June 28, 2014

Obamas attend evening parade at Marine Barracks Washington

Stars and Stripes
Published: June 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were among the guests at Friday's evening parade at Marine Barracks Washington.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/marine-corps/obamas-attend-evening-parade-at-marine-barracks-washington-1.291085

June 27, 2014

BLT 1/6 rappels, fast ropes at sea

Photos by LCpl Caleb McDonald
Date Taken:06.23.2014 | Date Posted:06.27.2014 08:05

A U.S. Marine with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepares to rappel out of a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during a fast rope and rappel training exercise aboard the USS Bataan (LHD 5), at sea, June 23, 2014. Elements of the 22nd MEU, embarked aboard Bataan, are operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to augment U.S. Crisis Response forces in the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Caleb McDonald/Released)

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No landing gear at sea? No problem for this Marine pilot

BY DAN LAMOTHE June 27 at 1:27 PM

Say you’re a pilot for a minute. You’re in the middle of a deployment, and flying AV-8B Harrier jump jets over water when something scary happens: Your front landing gear refuses to work.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2014/06/27/viral-video-no-landing-gear-at-sea-no-problem-for-this-marine-pilot/

Stafford County residents welcome home fallen Marine

Posted: Jun 27, 2014 6:40 AM CST Updated: Jun 27, 2014 7:07 PM CST
By Tom Fitzgerald, FOX 5 Reporter

STAFFORD, Va. -

It was a solemn welcome home ceremony for a local Marine killed in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. David Stewart was one of three Marines killed last week. His body arrived home to Stafford County in a patriotic motorcade Friday afternoon.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart, of the 2nd CEB:

http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/25886442/stafford-county-residents-welcome-home-fallen-marine

Marine recruits practice martial arts techniques on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Octavia Davis | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 06.19.2014
Date Posted: 06.27.2014 10:02

The martial arts skills recruits learn in boot camp are some they may need if they become Marines. The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program fuses hand-to-hand combat skills with character development, yielding a strong, morally sound Marine warrior. 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 make another attempt at obstacle course on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Octavia Davis | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 06.18.2014
Date Posted:06.27.2014 09:29

The obstacle course is designed to help improve recruits’ upper-body strength and develop confidence in their physical capabilities. Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion is 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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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1423064/photo-gallery-marine-recruits-make-another-attempt-obstacle-course-parris-island#.U67cwrE_xPY

June 26, 2014

Unsung heroes: Corpsmen hold special place among Marines

By Nathan L. Hanks Jr. | Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany | June 26, 2014

June 26, 2014 -- “Corpsman up” yelled Sgt. Deryl Stockton as he ran to help his squad leader, who lay injured inside the motor pool at Al-Taqaddum Air Base, Iraq, after the Marines had been hit by six rockets from enemy fire, June 17, 2005.

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http://www.albany.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/4246/Article/166618/unsung-heroes-corpsmen-hold-special-place-among-marines.aspx

Recruits participate in first physical training session on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Octavia Davis | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 06.18.2014
Date Posted: 06.26.2014 18:35

Drill instructors supervise recruits during PT and motivate them to improve their fitness. November Company is scheduled to graduate Sept. 5, 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/1422045/photo-gallery-recruits-participate-first-physical-training-session-parris-island#.U67fGrE_xPY

CARAT 2014

Photos by LCpl Austin Schlosser
Date Taken:06.26.2014 | Date Posted:07.01.2014 11:08

U.S. Marines assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment watch demonstrations during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines 2014. In its 20th year, CARAT is a bilateral exercise series between the United States and the armed forces of nine partner nations in South and Southeast Asia. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Austin Schlosser/Released)

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Recruits meet Parris Island drill instructors who will train them throughout Marine boot camp

Photos by Cpl. Octavia Davis | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 06.07.2014
Date Posted:06.26.2014 18:49

Pickup is the day when drill instructors meet their recruits and set the tone for the remainder of training. 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/1422113/recruits-meet-parris-island-drill-instructors-who-will-train-them-throughout-marine-boot-camp#.U61wbbE_xPY

Marines emerge victorious in World Cup tournament at Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan

Story by Cpl Joseph Scanlan
Date Posted:06.26.2014 04:19

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan – When Marines and sailors are not patrolling and supporting missions in Afghanistan, they often exercise to relieve stress and pass time. With the 2014 FIFA World Cup currently underway, the Marines of “Suicide” Charley Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, decided to host their own soccer tournament aboard Camp Dwyer, June 21, 2014.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/134467/marines-emerge-victorious-world-cup-tournament-camp-dwyer-afghanistan#.U6z9Rtq9KSO

June 25, 2014

Logistics Command keeping Marines in the fight since 1798

Story by Sgt Jessica Ostroska
Date Posted:06.25.2014 01:51

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Whether deployed in a combat zone, stateside, or conducting training operations with partnered countries, Marines need logistical support to aid them in accomplishing their missions, and Logistics Command Forward was responsible for the supplying their needs up until June 1, 2014.

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https://www.dvidshub.net/news/134311/logistics-command-keeping-marines-fight-since-1798#.U6tr6Nq9KSM

Marine recruits prepare for close-order drill evaluation on Parris Island

Photos by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 05.07.2014
Date Posted: 06.25.2014 10:37

Drill instructors use close-order drill to teach recruits discipline, teamwork and respect for authority. 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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June 24, 2014

Iowa Marine dies in attack in Afghanistan

William Petroski, bpetrosk@dmreg.com 8:45 a.m. CDT June 24, 2014

An Ottumwa native known as a hard worker who was always kind to his classmates was one of three Marines killed in a Taliban attack as the United States draws down its military forces in Afghanistan.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, LCpl. Adam F. Wolff, of the 2nd CEB:

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/2014/06/23/iowa-marine-killed-afghanistan/11261973/

In peace time and in war there will always be mail call

Story by Sgt Frances Johnson
Date Posted:06.24.2014 07:33

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – The Marines of the Camp Leatherneck post office are few in number but have been working hard during the five months they have been deployed. Ensuring mail is delivered and picked up from all service members and civilians working in Regional Command (Southwest), the Marines of the post office make postal operations run as smoothly as possible.

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https://www.dvidshub.net/news/134163/peace-time-and-war-there-will-always-mail-call#.U612vNq9KSM

In peace time and in war there will always be mail call

Story by Sgt Frances Johnson
Date Posted:06.24.2014 07:33

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – The Marines of the Camp Leatherneck post office are few in number but have been working hard during the five months they have been deployed. Ensuring mail is delivered and picked up from all service members and civilians working in Regional Command (Southwest), the Marines of the post office make postal operations run as smoothly as possible.

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https://www.dvidshub.net/news/134163/peace-time-and-war-there-will-always-mail-call#.U612vNq9KSM

June 23, 2014

Family Mourns Marine Killed in Afghanistan

By David Culver
Jun 23, 2014

Northern Virginia Bureau Reporter David Culver talks with the father and the wife of a local Marine who died in Afghanistan.

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http://www.nbcwashington.com/video/#!/news/local/Family-Mourns-Marine-Killed-in-Afghanistan/264313361

New horsepower for war zones: Special Forces saddle up

By Jim Michaels
USA Today
Published: June 23, 2014

BRIDGEPORT, Calif. — The men emerged over the crest of a ridge and guided their horses along a tree line, skirting a wide meadow. They picked their way along narrow trails, climbing higher into the Sierra until a panorama of snowcapped peaks and a broad green valley unfolded beneath them.

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http://www.stripes.com/new-horsepower-for-war-zones-special-forces-saddle-up-1.290187#

MRF-D Marines participate in Cross-fit competition

Photos by Cpl James Gulliver
Date Taken:06.21.2014Date | Posted:06.23.2014 01:10

Marines with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force-Darwin, perform various exercises with their Australian teammates during a Cross-fit competition in Darwin, Australia, June 21, 2014. The competition gave Marines a chance to perform workouts with members of the Darwin community, and gave the participants a chance to get to know the Marines. Marine community engagements in the Northern Territory add depth to the U.S. relationship with Australia

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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1412246/mrf-d-marines-participate-cross-fit-competition#.U7Btttq9KSM

Weapons Company Marines conduct security patrol in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Cody Haas | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 06.23.2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – During the late evening hours under the cover of darkness, Marines and sailors with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, donned their gear, mounted in Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles and convoyed approximately four hours south of Camp Leatherneck.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/134057/weapons-company-marines-conduct-security-patrol-afghanistan#.U6nPibE_xPZ

Recruits develop obedience, discipline during incentive training on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Octavia Davis | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 06.12.2014
Date Posted: 06.23.2014 10:51

Incentive training is meant to correct minor disciplinary infractions and motivate recruits to improve. Delta Company is scheduled to graduate Aug. 29, 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/1412997/photo-gallery-recruits-develop-obedience-discipline-during-incentive-training-parris-island#.U6nNKbE_xPY

Okinawa Marines practice the art of fast-roping

Stars and Stripes
Published: June 23, 2014

NORTHERN OKINAWA, Japan — Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion practiced their fast-roping skills during a training exercise in northern Okinawa last week.

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http://www.stripes.com/okinawa-marines-practice-the-art-of-fast-roping-1.289585

Military Pay Outpaces Civilians'. Is It Justified?

The Virginian-Pilot | Jun 23, 2014 | by Dianna Cahn

NORFOLK -- Whether you are military or civilian, enlisted or officer -- mention military pay in this region and you are likely to hear an earful.

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http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/06/23/military-pay-outpaces-civilians-is-it-justified.html?ESRC=todayinmil.sm

June 22, 2014

Cleveland area Marine reunites with combat dog

Posted: Sunday, June 22, 2014 9:34 am | Updated: 9:38 am, Sun Jun 22, 2014.

By VANESA BRASHIER

He was afraid she wouldn’t recognize him. Standing in the arrivals gate at Houston Hobby Airport on Saturday, Marine Cpl. Joaquin Aranda shifted nervously back and forth from one foot to another.

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http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/cleveland/news/cleveland-area-marine-reunites-with-combat-dog/article_97f6c377-5164-503f-8973-e7f6f50adf11.html

June 20, 2014

New Marine spends two years on Parris Island

Story Cpl MaryAnn Hill
Date Posted:06.20.2014 15:19

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. – A knee injury stopped her from leaving, and eight months of poor health followed by two major surgeries kept her on Parris Island for over two years.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/133875/new-marine-spends-two-years-parris-island#.U7riKmK9KSN

Marine recruits prove combat fitness in test on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Octavia Davis | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 06.16.2014
Date Posted: 06.20.2014 08:25

The CFT is an annual training requirement for all Marines. The CFT consists of three scored events that help measure combat readiness. November 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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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1409628/photo-gallery-marine-recruits-prove-combat-fitness-test-parris-island#.U6WbQ7E_xPY

Service members can now register on burn-pit list

Jun. 20, 2014 - 04:35PM
By Patricia Kime

New research links Iraq dust to sick soldiers
The Veterans Affairs Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry is now live.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140620/BENEFITS06/306200073?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

June 18, 2014

Parris Island recruits learn basis of Marine Corps martial arts

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 06.03.2014
Date Posted: 06.18.2014 12:59

Platoon 3060, Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, scheduled to graduate Aug. 22, 2014, learn basis of Marine Corps Martial Arts Program on June 3, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Driven by the philosophy of "one mind, any weapon," the program combines some of the most effective unarmed techniques from various martial arts with armed techniques designed for combat. 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/1406003/photo-gallery-parris-island-recruits-learn-basis-marine-corps-martial-arts#.U6Oth7E_xPY

Vet re-adjusts after two tours as a Marine in Afghanistan

Carol Comegno, Courier-Post 10:36 p.m. EDT June 18, 2014

Dominic Evola worked a wad of dough, pressing it against a wooden counter with his hands, lifting and twirling it into a circle before plopping it onto a pizza pan.

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http://www.app.com/story/news/military/veterans/2014/06/18/vet-re-adjusts-two-tours-marine-afghanistan/10827487/

June 17, 2014

Marine killed in Afghanistan awarded Bronze Star for bravery

By Tony Perry
June 17, 2014

A Marine killed in Afghanistan was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star for bravery Monday in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton attended by his family members.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Steven P. Stevens II, of the 1/7:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-marine-bronze-star-20140617-story.html

Marine recruits display discipline, cohesion during first close-order drill evaluation on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Octavia Davis | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 06.02.2014
Date Posted: 06.17.2014 16:54

Recruits of Platoon 1052, Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion have their initial close-order drill evaluation on Parris Island, S.C. During the evaluation, recruits performed a series of precision drill movements and could only move when directed to do so. The platoons will be evaluated again a week before graduation. Charlie Company is 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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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1404420/photo-gallery-marine-recruits-display-discipline-cohesion-during-first-close-order-drill-evaluation-parris-island#.U6GlOyg_xPY

Marine veterans walk cross-country for PTSD awareness

Nikki Burdine 6:13 p.m. EDT June 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Two D.C. area Marines quit their jobs and decided to walk thousands of miles to raise awareness of PTSD last year, but little did they know, their journey would turn into so much more.

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http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/local/2014/06/17/marines-walk-across-country-ptsd-wounded-walk/10704393/

June 16, 2014

FAST Marines, U.S. soldiers arrive at the U.S. Embassy compound in Iraq

By Gina Harkins and Andrew Tilghman
Staff writers
Jun. 16, 2014 - 08:42PM

The Pentagon has deployed about 100 troops — including more than 50 Marines attached to a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team to the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad, Iraq, to help protect diplomatic personnel and property.

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http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140616/NEWS/306160027/FAST-Marines-U-S-soldiers-arrive-U-S-Embassy-compound-Iraq

June 14, 2014

Bravo Company keeps Bastion, Leatherneck secure

Story by Cpl. Michael Dye | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 06.14.2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Marines and sailors with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, are tasked with the mission of protecting the Camps Bastion and Leatherneck. To achieve this crucial mission, the unit conducted a security patrol near the base, in Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 3, 2014.

To continue reading about the 1/2:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/133105/bravo-company-keeps-bastion-leatherneck-secure#.U5zuxSg_xPZ

Marines endure culminating event during jungle warfare training

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

CAMP GONSALVEZ, Okinawa, Japan --
Marines slip and slide down red clay slopes. They trudge through neck-high, insect -infested water. They belly-crawl through muddy trenches, wriggle underneath concertina wire, hop over concrete walls, submerge face first into a peanut-butter like sludge and drag themselves through obstacles.

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http://www.31stmeu.marines.mil/News/tabid/2392/Article/166119/marines-endure-culminating-event-during-jungle-warfare-training.aspx

June 12, 2014

Urban operations put combat engineers to the test

By Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | June 12, 2014

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC -- Incoming rounds popped and whizzed past the heads of Marines, spiking their adrenaline as they darted through streets and around buildings.

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http://www.2ndmlg.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/3874/Article/165820/urban-operations-put-combat-engineers-to-the-test.aspx

June 11, 2014

MARSOC Marine to receive Navy Cross

By MARSOC Public Affairs
Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 16:31 PM.

Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan W. Gifford, with 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, will be posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic actions while deployed to Afghanistan in 2012.

To continue reading:

http://www.jdnews.com/jdnewstream/marsoc-marine-to-receive-navy-cross-1.331689

Marine recruits get fit on Parris Island obstacle course

Photos by Cpl. Octavia Davis | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 05.14.2014
Date Posted: 06.11.2014 10:35

The obstacle course is designed to help improve recruits’ upper-body strength and develop confidence in their physical capabilities. Bravo Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion 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/1392106/photo-gallery-marine-recruits-get-fit-parris-island-obstacle-course#.U5oLeCg_xPY

June 10, 2014

“Lone Star” battalion maintains readiness during annual training

Story by Cpl. John McCall | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 06.10.2014

FORT POLK, La. – The trait of being always ready has been a part of the Marine Corps’ ethos for more than 238 years. 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment held true to this standard during their annual training here, June 1 – 11.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/132721/lone-star-battalion-maintains-readiness-during-annual-training#.U5kmhCg_xPZ

Wanted: Good home for Marine Corps working dogs

By Hope Hodge Seck
Jun. 10, 2014 - 06:00AM

Think you could provide a good home to a retiring Marine Corps IED detection dog?

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140610/NEWS/306100085/Wanted-Good-home-Marine-Corps-working-dogs?sf27207441=1

MAG-16 Hosts Junior Jarhead Day

by Cpl Owen Kimbrel
Date Taken:06.7.2014 | Date Posted:06.10.2014 2:26PM

Marines and their families participated in a Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16 Junior Jarhead Day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 7. The event presented demonstrations from Aircraft Firefighting and Rescue along with multiple aircraft from various squadrons.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/video/342272/mag-16-hosts-junior-jarhead-day#.U7CBytq9KSN

June 9, 2014

Vets for Vets: How Veterans Can Get Free Pet Insurance for Their Service Dogs

By Michele C. Hollow
JUNE 9, 2014 – 12:00 PM

Minna Moonsammy and her service dog, Rigby, are taking advantage of a new program that provides free pet insurance to veterans with service dogs. Pet insurance provider Trupanion was recently awarded a contract with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to provide medical insurance to veteran-owned service dogs at no cost to veterans. Veterans can take their eligible enrolled service dogs to a veterinarian, and Trupanion will pay the bill in full.

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http://parade.condenast.com/302558/michelechollow/vets-for-vets-how-veterans-can-get-free-pet-insurance-for-their-service-dogs/

Have medical questions? Call the TRICARE Nurse Advice Line

By NHCP Public Affairs | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | June 09, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --
Sometimes it is difficult to know if and when to seek medical help for health problems, so having professional help at a moment’s notice is invaluable. The Military Health System’s (MHS) new Nurse Advice Line (NAL) for TRICARE beneficiaries does just that. TRICARE beneficiaries in the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii can call the NAL toll-free twenty-four hours a day, seven days a wee
The NAL is a team of registered nurses who are available to answer a variety of urgent healthcare questions. They can help you decide whether self-care is the best option, or if it is better to see a healthcare provider. There will always be a live-person on the line to address beneficiary concerns.

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http://www.pendleton.marines.mil/PendletonNews/NewsBriefs/tabid/13373/Article/165579/have-medical-questions-call-the-tricare-nurse-advice-line.aspx

June 8, 2014

US completes large-scale Middle East exercise, even with amphibious forces stretched

By Hendrick Simoes
Published: June 8, 2014

AQABA, Jordan — Although officials insisted the annual multinational Eager Lion exercise that ended here Sunday was unrelated to sectarian violence across Jordan’s borders, regional tensions nonetheless affected the course of the two-week exercise.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/us-completes-large-scale-middle-east-exercise-even-with-amphibious-forces-stretched-1.287816

US Navy rescues 282 people in Mediterranean Sea

By Hendrick Simoes
Published: June 8, 2014

The amphibious assault ship USS Bataan rescued 282 people in the Mediterranean Sea on Friday and transferred them to Malta’s military the next day, Navy officials said. Five of those rescued had to be medically evacuated.

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http://www.stripes.com/us-navy-rescues-282-people-in-mediterranean-sea-1.287719

June 7, 2014

Family adopts Marine dog that was with their son when he was killed

By Tony Perry
Los Angeles Times
Published: June 7, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON - In a brief but poignant ceremony Saturday, a bomb-sniffing dog was declared retired and officially adopted by the family of his Marine handler who was killed in Afghanistan.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/us/family-adopts-marine-dog-that-was-with-their-son-when-he-was-killed-1.287721

June 6, 2014

Family, military sacrifice inspires one recruit to give 100%

By Sgt. Walter D. Marino II | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | June 06, 2014

Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego -- He never knew his mother, but for Recruit Trajon L. Griffis, guide, Platoon 2161, Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, his father was more than enough.

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http://www.mcrdsd.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/437/Article/165528/family-military-sacrifice-inspires-one-recruit-to-give-100.aspx

US, Jordanian forces demonstrate combat power at Eager Lion

By Hendrick Simoes
Published: June 6, 2014

JEBEL PETRA, Jordan — Moments after fighter aircraft pummeled the exercise area with bombs, U.S. Marine and Jordanian armored vehicles advanced into it while low-flying AH1-F Cobra attack helicopters zoomed past them to provide cover. Each action was precise, taking place on cue.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/us-jordanian-forces-demonstrate-combat-power-at-eager-lion-1.287358

June 4, 2014

Video: 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment, a look into their history

by Cpl Charles Santamaria
Date Taken:06.3.2014 | Date Posted:06.4.2014 3:12AM

3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment, deactivated for the 7th time and hosted their ceremony aboard the Combat Center May 30, 2014. 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines has been reactivated on several occasions to answer the country's call to battle and has made it's mark in several conflicts throughout history. (Photos by Cpl. Trent Randolph) (Photos by Pvt. Michael Gams) (Photos by Cpl. Seth Maggard) (Photos by Cpl. Ali Azimi) (Courtesy Photos) (Footage by Sgt. Timothy Lenzo) (Footage by Lance Cpl. Jordan Walker) (Footage by Cpl. Charles Santamaria).

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http://www.dvidshub.net/video/340952/3rd-battalion-4th-marines-7th-marine-regiment-look-into-their-history#.U7_k62K9KSN

Chester Nez, last of original group of Navajo Code Talkers, dies at 93

By Felicia Fonseca
The Associated Press
Published: June 4, 2014

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The language he once was punished for speaking in school became Chester Nez's primary weapon in World War II.

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http://www.stripes.com/chester-nez-last-of-original-group-of-navajo-code-talkers-dies-at-93-1.286991

3 homes destroyed when 2nd Yuma Harrier crashes in a month

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: June 4, 2014

SAN DIEGO — An AV-8B Harrier jet stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., crashed in Imperial, Calif., on Wednesday afternoon, Marine Corps officials said.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/marine-corps/3-homes-destroyed-when-2nd-yuma-harrier-crashes-in-a-month-1.287079

June 3, 2014

Marine Corps to close its IED detection dogs specialty

By Hope Hodge Seck
Jun. 3, 2014 - 06:50PM

Officials with the Marine Corps military working dog program are looking to find homes for all the service’s improvised explosive device-sniffing dogs as the Corps’ requirement for these highly trained animals draws to a close.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140603/NEWS/306030083/Marine-Corps-close-its-IED-detection-dogs-specialty

Okinawa residents, Marines take part in tradition with dragon boat races

By Sgt. Jose O. Nava | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | June 03, 2014

MATSUDA-NO-HAMA BEACH, OKINAWA, Japan -- The sun shines down on the ocean as final preparations are made for the beginning of the annual Henoko Dragon Boat Races May 25 at Matsuda-No-Hama Beach. Okinawa residents, U.S. service members and their families participated in the event.

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http://www.okinawa.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/18973/Article/165246/okinawa-residents-marines-take-part-in-tradition-with-dragon-boat-races.aspx

June 2, 2014

VMGR-252 aerial refuels HMX-1 during trans-Atlantic flight

By Cpl. S.T. Stewart | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | June 02, 2014

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. -- Three KC-130J Super Hercules from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 left Cherry Point May 27 for a week-long deployment in support of Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 as the helicopter squadron completed its first trans-Atlantic flight in the squadron’s MV-22B Ospreys.

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http://www.cherrypoint.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/4890/Article/165213/vmgr-252-aerial-refuels-hmx-1-during-trans-atlantic-flight.aspx

RIMPAC to include experiment on small-unit operations

By Gina Harkins
Jun. 2, 2014 - 06:00AM

When the Marine Corps unveiled its new 10-year road map — Expeditionary Force 21 — in April, one of its fundamental principles was that small teams of Marines must be ready to deploy to, and sustain themselves in, isolated, austere and hostile environments.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140602/NEWS/306020025/RIMPAC-include-experiment-small-unit-operations?sf26859464=1