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July 31, 2014

11th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducts long-range insert

By Courtesy Story | 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit | July 31, 2014

USS MAKIN ISLAND, Pacific Ocean -- Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, supported by sailors from Amphibious Squadron 5 and the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, conducted a long range insertion of more than 800 nautical miles into Bellows Training Area, Hawaii, July 31, 2014.

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http://www.11thmeu.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/2683/Article/168598/11th-marine-expeditionary-unit-conducts-long-range-insert.aspx

Marines developing gender-neutral MOS tests as 11 new jobs open to women

By Hope Hodge Seck
Staff Writer
Jul. 31, 2014 - 06:00AM

The Corps’ top general said the service plans to adopt a gender-neutral screening test that would assess Marines’ physical qualifications for various military specialties. The plan follows a separate announcement that immediately opened 11 new jobs to female Marines that were previously closed to women.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140731/NEWS/307310071/Marines-developing-gender-neutral-MOS-tests-as-11-new-jobs-open-to-women

Marine from Camp Pendleton posthumously awarded Silver Star

By Tony Perry
Los Angeles Times
Published: July 31, 2014

A Marine from Camp Pendleton who was killed in Afghanistan has been posthumously awarded the Silver Star for bravery.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/marine-corps/marine-from-camp-pendleton-posthumously-awarded-silver-star-1.295872

July 30, 2014

Marine mechanics ensure success during combat operations in Afghanistan

Story by Sgt Joseph Scanlan
Date Posted:07.30.2014 11:58

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – The ground assault force is a crucial element during combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. To ensure the force’s vehicles can move to and from objectives, which can entail a life or death situation, motor transportation mechanics are relied on to keep each vehicle properly functioning at all times.

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July 29, 2014

Marine Proud to Serve Twice during Afghan Drawdown

Marine Corps News | Jul 29, 2014 | by 1st Lt. Garth Langley

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- During America’s longest war, many newly-minted Marines’ have wished for an opportunity to dirty their boots in Afghanistan. In the past year, however, deployments to Helmand have slowed and the remaining forces are focused on the redeployment and retrograde effort, while others continue to advise and assist the Afghan National Security Forces. Regional Command (Southwest) is set to close its doors by the end of 2014, which will mark the end of a significant chapter in the Marine Corps’ role in the Operation Enduring Freedom campaign.

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http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/07/29/marine-proud-to-serve-twice-during-afghan-drawdown.html

U.S. Marines enhance Non-Lethal Systems with Bosnian Forces

Story by Cpl Joshua Grant
Date Posted:07.29.2014 04:37

Sarajevo, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – A riot breaks out and the local police are overwhelmed, another level of defense must be called in, the armed forces.

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July 28, 2014

Marines approve new primary MOS for MARSOC officers

Story by Hope Hodge Seck | Staff Writer
Jul. 28, 2014 - 04:09PM

The commandant of the Marine Corps has approved a new primary military occupational specialty that will allow Marine officers the opportunity to spend a career in the Corps’ special operations command.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140728/CAREERS03/307280042/Marines-approve-new-primary-MOS-MARSOC-officers

July 26, 2014

Bataan group's long stretch at sea symptomatic of smaller amphibious fleet

By Hendrick Simoes | Stars and Stripes
Published: July 26, 2014

MANAMA, Bahrain — The amphibious assault ship USS Bataan returned to open waters Friday after undergoing much-needed maintenance after its near-record 135 days at sea in an area of heightened tension, which put a strain on the amphibious ready group and the ship’s crew.

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http://www.stripes.com/bataan-group-s-long-stretch-at-sea-symptomatic-of-smaller-amphibious-fleet-1.295305

CENTCOM commander visits USS Bataan

Photos by Sgt Alisa Helin
Date Taken:07.26.2014 | Date Posted:07.27.2014 14:03

U.S. Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander, U.S. Central Command, visited on board the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). The 22nd MEU is deployed with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. Central Command and the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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Marines secure departure of Tripoli Embassy personnel

Story by Capt. David David
07.26.14

MORON, Spain - On Saturday, July 26, 2014, the Marines and Sailors of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response (SP-MAGTF CR) provided support to a military assisted departure of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/137394/marines-secure-departure-tripoli-embassy-personnel#.U9QZa7E_xPY

24th MEU begins first major ‘work-up’ exercise

Cpl. Devin Nichols 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Posted July 22, 2014

A contingent of Marines and sailors from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Squadron 8, were busy from July 12 through 18, training for maritime interdiction operations at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.

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http://www.lejeuneglobe.com/news/th-meu-begins-first-major-work-up-exercise/article_79fec2b4-129a-11e4-a071-0017a43b2370.html?mode=jqm

July 25, 2014

Parris Island recruits start first lessons in martial arts on Parris Island

Photo by Cpl. David Bessey | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 07.17.2014
Date Posted:07.25.2014 12:49

The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program contributes to the physical, mental and character development of Marines and indoctrinates recruits into the warrior mindset of the Marine Corps. Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, is scheduled to graduate Oct. 3, 2014.

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Combined Arms Breaching Training during Platinum Lion 14-1

Photos by LCpl Samantha Barajas
Date Taken:07.23.2014 | Date Posted:07.25.2014 02:1

Marines and soldiers from the United States, Azerbaijan and the United Kingdom, along with our Azerbaijani interpreters, complete combined arms breaching training in Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, July 23, 2014.

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11th MEU departs for Western Pacific

Photos by by LCpl Caitlin Bevel
Date Posted:07.25.2014 17:19

Family and friends gathered to say goodbye as the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit passed by Embarcadero Marina Park, San Diego, July 25. The 11th MEU consists of Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Combat Logistics Battalion 11, and Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (reinforced). They are embarked aboard the U.S. Navy Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group for deployment to the Western Pacific.

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Marines, sailors with Charley Company ensure Camp Dwyer’s safety in Helmand province

Story by Cpl. Cody Haas | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 07.25.2014

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan— Improvised explosive devices and small arms fire from insurgents remain a threat to units patrolling in Helmand province.

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July 24, 2014

3/2 Marines are first in more than a decade to receive best rifle squad honors

Story by LCpl Kirstin Merrimarahajara
Date Posted:07.24.2014 08:52

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marines and sailors from 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division were presented winners’ badges in front of the commanding general’s building July 18, 2014, for their performance in a rifle squad competition.

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Dunford confirmed as 36th commandant of the Marine Corps

By Hope Hodge Seck
Staff Writer
Jul. 24, 2014 - 06:00AM

It’s official: Gen. Joseph “Fighting Joe” Dunford will be the 36th commandant of the Marine Corps.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140724/NEWS/307240065/Dunford-confirmed-36th-commandant-Marine-Corps

Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps visits Marines, sailors in Afghanistan

By Sgt. Jessica Ostroska | Marine Expeditionary Brigade - Afghanistan | July 21, 2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. John M. Paxton Jr. held a town hall meeting for Marines and sailors aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 18, 2014.

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http://www.imef.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/3963/Article/167938/assistant-commandant-of-the-marine-corps-visits-marines-sailors-in-afghanistan.aspx

Marines carry out raid exercise in Natural Bridge

Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014 9:07 pm
By Amy Friedenberger The Roanoke Times

NATURAL BRIDGE -- The sound of an approaching aircraft sent screaming men and women dashing from their housing quarters out into the dark.

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http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/state-regional/marines-carry-out-raid-exercise-in-natural-bridge/article_18b13966-1398-11e4-83cb-0017a43b2370.html

July 23, 2014

8 awarded Purple Heart for action in Afghanistan

By Matthew Adkins - Matthew.Adkins@JDNews.com
Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 12:10 PM.

Eight military service members from the 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment received Purple Heart medals Wednesday at Camp Lejeune for their actions during their recent deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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http://www.jdnews.com/news/military/8-awarded-purple-heart-for-action-in-afghanistan-1.349501

CLB-15 conducts pre-deployment training with Special Operations Training Group

Story by LCpl Shaltiel Dominguez
Date Posted:07.23.2014 12:08

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – “We need food and water,” chanted the crowd loudly in Filipino as they grew more and more restless. The few dozen Marines and sailors in the medical aid station did their best to keep the peace while providing treatment to casualties caused by a typhoon that ravaged the area.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/136995/clb-15-conducts-pre-deployment-training-with-special-operations-training-group#.U9t_QmK9KSP

Turret gunners of Combat Logistics Battalion 7 keep convoy safe

By Sgt. Frances Johnson | I Marine Expeditionary Force | July 23, 2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- While most aboard Camp Leatherneck were eating breakfast as the early morning sun began burning the earth in a golden heat wave, turret gunners of Combat Logistics Battalion 7 were already mounting .50 caliber and M240B machine guns inside the turrets of their vehicles, preparing for one of the battalion’s last missions, July 14.

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http://www.imef.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/3963/Article/168097/turret-gunners-of-combat-logistics-battalion-7-keep-convoy-safe.aspx

July 22, 2014

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IDENTIFIES MISSING WORLD WAR II MARINE

By Department of Defense news, Defense Media Activity
22 July 2014

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office announced that the remains of a U.S. serviceman lost during World War II have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors, according to a DoD news release issued July 21.

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http://www.marines.mil/News/NewsDisplay/tabid/3258/Article/167968/department-of-defense-identifies-missing-world-war-ii-marine.aspx

MEUEX Vertical Assault MOUT

by LCpl Alexander Pool
Date Taken:07.18.2014 | Date Posted:07.22.2014 7:21AM

US Marines with Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines (BLT 3/5), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) conduct a vertical assault on a Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) facility in Okinawa, Japan as part of MEU Exercise (MEUEX). The MEUEX is to prepare the unit for an upcoming amphibious deployment and practice it’s mission essential tasks while improving overall operational readiness. (Marine Corps Motion Imagery Provided by Lance Cpl. Alexander N. Pool 31st MEU Combat Camera/ Released)

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11th Marines welcomes new commanding officer

by LCpl David Silvano
Date Taken:07.22.2014 | Date Posted:07.23.2014 12:35

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.—Colonel Christopher A. Tavuchis, assumed command of 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force from Col. Stephen Liszewski during a change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 22, 2014.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/137004/11th-marines-welcomes-new-commanding-officer#.U9JAPmK9KSP

Marine Completes 90-pound Weight Loss

Jul 22, 2014
American Forces Press Service | by Cpl. Tyler Viglione

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. – For many potential recruits, enlisting in the Marine Corps is as easy as talking to a recruiter. But for some, it takes some willpower.

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http://m.military.com/daily-news/2014/07/22/marine-completes-90-pound-weight-loss.html?comp=7000023468045&rank=3

July 21, 2014

Working dog, handler prove useful in Afghanistan

By Cpl. Cody Haas | Marine Expeditionary Brigade - Afghanistan | July 21, 2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- Improvised explosive devices remain a major threat to Marines conducting security patrols in Helmand province.

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http://www.imef.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/3963/Article/167937/working-dog-handler-prove-useful-in-afghanistan.aspx

July 19, 2014

After 2 years aboard PI, Marine finishes MCT as honor graduate

By Gina Harkins | Staff writer
Jul. 19, 2014 - 02:32PM

Lance Cpl. Tallia Goodale got the typical 10 days of leave all new Marines get after boot camp,but when it was over, she had to go back to the training depot.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/your-marine-corps/2014/07/19/after-2-years-aboard-pi-marine-finishes-mct-as-honor-graduate/

Hotel and November Companies - Rappel Tower - July 15, 2014

Video by Cpl Caitlin Brink
Date Taken:07.15.2014 | Date Posted:07.18.2014 11:43AM

The recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, and November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, rappel a 47-foot tower July 15, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Each recruit’s safety depends on the tightness of the harness and the drill instructor who waits at the bottom of the tower to belay each recruit. Rappel training mimics descending from a helicopter skid or the side of a building using a rope and harness. These are skills the recruits may need if they become Marines. Both companies are scheduled to graduate Sept. 5, 2014.

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July 18, 2014

Parris Island recruits train to Marine fitness standards

Photos by Cpl Caitlin Brink
Date Posted: 07.18.2014 12:10

Platoon 4026, Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, scheduled to graduate Aug. 8, 2014, perform various exercises meant to strengthen the main muscle groups and prepare them for the physical fitness and combat fitness tests, both of which are graduation requirements on July 9, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. 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 complete Confidence Course on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 07.08.2014
Date Posted: 07.18.2014 11:34

The Confidence Course is comprised of 15 obstacles designed to help Marine Corps recruits build confidence by overcoming physical challenges. Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, is scheduled to graduate Sept. 12, 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 learn unit cohesion, discipline through close-order drill on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl Caitlin Brink
Date Posted:07.18.2014 10:08

Platoon 3069, Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion perform close-order drill practice July 9, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Close-order drill enables a unit to move from one place to another in a standard, orderly manner and creates a sense of unit cohesion. Mike Company is scheduled to graduate Sept. 12, 2014.

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Marine recruits climb, jump flip through Parris Island obstacle course

Photos by Cpl Caitlin Brink
Date Posted:07.18.2014 13:28

Platoon 1069, Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, attempt the obstacle course July 14, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. The course is used to condition recruits mentally and physically and is designed to improve balance, coordination and physical strength while exposing them to the types of obstacles they may face in a battle zone. Alpha Company is scheduled to graduate Sept. 19, 2014.

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Marine recruits survive first stressful night on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl Caitlin Brink
Date Posted:07.18.2014 13:37

On July 14, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C., if successful in training, the men of India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion of Papa Company and the women of 4th Recruit Training Battalion will be transformed during the following 13 weeks into basic Marines, representing the epitome of personal character, selflessness and military virtue. Both companies are scheduled to graduate Oct. 10, 2014.

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Marine recruits test strength, stamina on Parris Island circuit course

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 07.16.2014
Date Posted:07.18.2014 14:14

Combat conditioning sessions that Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, performed are meant to strengthen recruits to meet the Marine Corps’ high physical fitness standards and prepare them for the physical fitness and combat fitness tests, which are both graduation requirements. Alpha Company is scheduled to graduate Sept. 19, 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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VMGR-352 lights up night sky for battlefield illumination mission

By Sgt. Frances Johnson | Marine Expeditionary Brigade - Afghanistan | July 22, 2014

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan -- A six-man air crew with Marine Aerial Refueling Transportation Squadron 352 prepared their KC-130J Hercules for a battlefield illumination mission over Helmand province, July 18.

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http://www.imef.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/3963/Article/168037/vmgr-352-lights-up-night-sky-for-battlefield-illumination-mission.aspx

July 17, 2014

Marine recruits climb, jump, flip through Parris Island obstacle course

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 07.10.2014
Date Posted:07.17.2014 14:42

Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, train on the obstacle course. The course is a tool used by drill instructors to condition recruits mentally and physically and was designed to improve balance, coordination and physical strength. 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 climb, jump, flip through Parris Island obstacle course

Photos by Cpl Caitlin Brink
Date Posted: 07.17.2014 14:42

Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, scheduled to graduate Sept. 12, 2014 from Parris Island on July 10, 2014, go through an obstacle course. The course is used to condition recruits mentally and physically and was designed to improve balance, coordination and physical strength while exposing them to the types of obstacles they may face in a battle zone. 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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July 15, 2014

Legendary Marine Maj. Zembiec, the ‘Lion of Fallujah,’ died in the service of the CIA

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff
July 15 at 8:49 PM

In the foyer of the Central Intelligence Agency’s headquarters, there is a marble wall covered in stars. They are carved divots that represent those who have fallen in the service of the CIA. Below them, jutting out from the polished rock, is a black book entombed in a case of glass and steel. The book is a guide to the stars, giving the names of some of those who died and withholding the names of others.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/iconic-marine-maj-zembiec-the-lion-of-fallujah-died-in-the-service-of-the-cia/2014/07/15/71501d2c-0b77-11e4-8c9a-923ecc0c7d23_story.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=*Situation+Report&utm_campaign=JULY+16+2014+SITREP

Video: 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion honors fallen heroes

Video by Cpl Cody Haas
Date Posted:07.15.2014 8:01AM

A memorial service was held in honor of Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart, Cpl. Brandon J. Garabrant and Cpl. Adam J. Wolff aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, July 8, 2014.

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Smaller Marine Corps Likely to Deploy More Often, Commandant Says

By Claudette Roulo
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2014 – The world is very dangerous, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos said today but the United States has global responsibilities and cannot become isolationist.

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http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=122674

July 14, 2014

Recruits work as a team to finish log drills

By Sgt. Walter D. Marino II | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | July 14, 2014

Marnie Corps Recruit Depot San Diego --

Under a hot summer sun at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California, recruits of Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, were already sweating; and it was only the end of their warm-up drills.

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http://www.mcrdsd.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/437/Article/167401/recruits-work-as-a-team-to-finish-log-drills.aspx

July 13, 2014

1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, supply Marines account for $117 million worth of gear

Story by Sgt. Frances Johnson | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 07.13.2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Tracking equipment required to sustain missions for an infantry battalion in a combat zone may seem like it would be the work for an entire battalion itself. For 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, the supply shop consists of only five Marines.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/135956/1st-battalion-2nd-marine-regiment-supply-marines-account-117-million-worth-gear#.U8NOmbE_xPZ

Joe Dunford to inherit Marine Corps in flux

By PHILIP EWING | 7/13/14 9:36 PM EDT

Many leathernecks might argue there’s no such thing as a bad day inside the United States Marine Corps — but even they might also admit there have been better times than this.

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http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/joe-dunford-marine-corps-108852.html

July 12, 2014

New training requirement marks key shift in Marines' female grunt strategy

By Hope Hodge Seck
Staff Writer
Jul. 12, 2014 - 06:00AM

A key course correction may help ensure the Corps gets its first female graduates from Infantry Officers Course in Quantico, Va., before the deadline next year.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140712/NEWS/307120032/New-training-requirement-marks-key-shift-Marines-female-grunt-strategy

July 11, 2014

Manchester, Conn., native training at Parris Island to become U.S. Marine

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 07.08.2014
Date Posted: 07.11.2014 08:11

Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, and is scheduled to graduate Sept. 12, 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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Paw Patrol: Military working dogs execute explosive detection training

By Lance Cpl. Drew Tech | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | July 11, 2014

CENTRAL TRAINING AREA, OKINAWA, Japan -- Military working dogs and their Marine handlers executed improvised explosive device detection training July 2 in the Central Training Area.

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http://www.okinawa.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/18973/Article/167279/paw-patrol-military-working-dogs-execute-explosive-detection-training.aspx

July 10, 2014

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 deploys to Western Pacific

BY STAFF REPORTS
July 10, 2014

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 departed Beaufort Wednesday, headed for a deployment in the Western Pacific.

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http://www.islandpacket.com/2014/07/10/3205178/marine-fighter-attack-squadron.html?sp=/99/257/

Recruit: Should I tell my DIs it’s my birthday?

July 10th, 2014 | Battle Rattle | Posted by Gina Harkins

A Marine recruit — or soon to be recruit — took to the Internet to ask for some advice about whether drill instructors care if your birthday falls during boot camp.

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http://blogs.militarytimes.com/battle-rattle/2014/07/10/recruit-should-i-tell-my-dis-its-my-birthday/

July 9, 2014

US bases on Okinawa assessing damage after Typhoon Neoguri rolls through

By Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes
Published: July 9, 2014

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Typhoon Neoguri bore down on mainland Japan on Wednesday after drenching the country’s southern islands with the heaviest rainfall in 10 years.

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http://www.stripes.com/us-bases-on-okinawa-assessing-damage-after-typhoon-neoguri-rolls-through-1.292550

Marine recruits hone basic combat skills on Parris Island

Photos by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 07.01.2014
Date Posted: 07.09.2014 14:50

Held during the ninth week, Basic Warrior Training introduces recruits to basic field skills all Marines must know. Recruits of Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, work in teams of two or four to maneuver over and under various obstacles such as concertina wire, walls and small ponds while wearing combat equipment. The basic combat training recruits receive while on Parris Island will be broadened after boot camp at advanced training in Camp Lejeune, N.C. Oscar 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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July 8, 2014

Marine recruits attempt daunting obstacles on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 07.01.2014
Date Posted:07.08.2014 14:58

The Confidence Course is comprised of 15 obstacles designed to help Marine Corps recruits build confidence by overcoming physical challenges. Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, 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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Scout Sniper Platoon mourns loss of fallen brother

By Cpl. Joseph Scanlan | 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment | July 08, 2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- Nearly four months into their combat deployment, Marines and sailors with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, experienced a heartbreaking loss.

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http://www.1stmardiv.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/8585/Article/167149/scout-sniper-platoon-mourns-loss-of-fallen-brother.aspx#

Marines, sailors deploying to board new amphibious assault ship

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: July 8, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The departure was like most other Marine deployments — with camouflage-clad young men and women tagging giant sea bags, smoking and texting loved ones in a dark parking lot as they waited to board a bus for the airport. But there weren’t many tears or hand-lettered signs at this send-off.

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http://www.stripes.com/marines-sailors-deploying-to-board-new-amphibious-assault-ship-1.292456

July 7, 2014

Marines, sailors partner with task force in Gabon

Story by 1LT James Stenger
Date Posted:07.07.2014 15:07

NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Italy - Marines and sailors from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14 completed a partnership exercise in Gabon, June 28.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/135426/marines-sailors-partner-with-task-force-gabon#.U7tH1GK9KSO

Marine recruits train in close quarters combat on Parris Island

Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 06.30.2014
Date Posted:07.07.2014 15:52

Bayonet training is part of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, which combines hand-to-hand combat skills with mental discipline and character development to help transform recruits into physically and morally sound warriors. Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, is scheduled to graduate Sept. 12, 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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July 4, 2014

Last Marines in Afghanistan proud to serve on U.S. Independence Day

Story by 1LT Garth Langley
Date Posted:07.04.2014 14:51

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan— Thomas Paine once said, "Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." As the nation honors Independence Day during patriotic celebrations across the nation, deployed U.S. service members with Regional Command (Southwest) paused briefly to honor America, July 4, 2014.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/135319/last-marines-afghanistan-proud-serve-us-independence-day#.U7d9U2K9KSO

Returning Marine greeted with a grand old surprise

by Dustin Racioppi, USA TODAY
Jul. 4, 2014

BRICK, N.J. -- The mystery unfurled here over eight months.

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/04/returning-marine-greeted-with-a-grand-old-surprise/12222715/

'Heart of a lion': Quadruple amputee Afghanistan vet prepares for arm transplant

By Jennifer Griffin
Published July 04, 2014
FoxNews.com

Marine Sgt. John Peck is one of very few quadruple amputees to survive the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now he is preparing for his next mission: an experimental double-arm transplant that will give him, in part, his freedom back.

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http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/07/04/heart-lion-quadruple-amputee-afghanistan-vet-prepares-for-arm-transplant/%C2%A0

Typhoon 08W (Neoguri), #8

By Dave Ornauer
Published: July 4, 2014

11:15 a.m. Saturday, July 5, Japan time: Neoguri could rival Bart as the worst typhoon to hit Okinawa in the past 15 years.

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http://www.stripes.com/blogs/pacific-storm-tracker/pacific-storm-tracker-1.257110/typhoon-08w-neoguri-8-1.291786

July 3, 2014

Marine recruits hone marksmanship skills on Parris Island

Photo by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 06.27.2014
Date Posted:07.03.2014 09:44

Recruits of Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, were trained for five days on the fundamentals of rifle marksmanship, firing positions and rifle range commands in preparation for firing live rounds the following week. The Marine Corps holds the longest basic marksmanship training for recruits of any United States military service. Golf Company is scheduled to graduate Aug. 8, 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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Graduation Ceremony – Fox -November Company – July 3, 2014

Photos by Cpl. David Bessey
Date Taken:07.03.2014

Marines from Fox and November Companies, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, who graduated July 3, 2014, MCRD Parris Island.

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Hurricane warning issued as Tropical Storm Arthur threatens July 4th plans along East Coast

Published July 03, 2014 FoxNews

A hurricane warning was issued for part of North Carolina's coast late Wednesday as Tropical Storm Arthur moved northward, threatening Fourth of July plans across the eastern seaboard.

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http://www.foxnews.com/weather/2014/07/03/east-coast-braces-as-arthur-barrels-north/

July 2, 2014

MARSOC Marine posthumously awarded Bronze Star for actions in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl Donovan Lee
Date Taken:06.30.2014 | Date Posted:07.02.2014 13:30

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – A critical skills operator with U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command was remembered and awarded during a ceremony at Stone Bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 30.

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Quick reacting Marines aid injured Okinawan motorist

Story by SSgt Joseph Digirolamo
Date Taken:06.27.2014 | Date Posted:07.02.2014 06:35

OKINAWA, Japan – Several Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit rushed to aid an accident victim who was hit by a vehicle while riding his moped on highway 58 in Ginowan city, June 27.

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Marine martial arts instructors teach recruits basic skills on Parris Island

Photo by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 06.30.2014
Date Posted: 07.02.2014 15:40

Recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, practice bayonet techniques and how to break free from arm locks as part of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, which combines hand-to-hand combat with mental discipline and character development to help transform recruits into U.S. Marines. Recruits must earn their tan belts, the first level in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, to graduate training. Miller is a 33-year-old native of Lynchburg, Va. Hotel 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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July 1, 2014

Marine recruits judged on discipline, bearing during drill evaluation on Parris Island

Photo by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 06.16.2014
Date Posted:07.01.2014 12:34

Drillmasters, experts on the Marine Corps Drill and Ceremonies Manual, grade recruits on their discipline, bearing and attention to detail. Close-order drill is a key element of Marine Corps recruit training because it helps instill self-discipline, obedience to orders and unit pride. Golf Company is scheduled to graduate Aug. 8, 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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