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August 31, 2014

Bataan group extended in Mideast

By Hendrick Simoes
Stars and Stripes
Published: August 31, 2014

MANAMA, Bahrain — The Bataan amphibious ready group will remain in the Middle East for three more weeks, Navy officials announced Saturday.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/bataan-group-extended-in-mideast-1.300870

Older Vets Committing Suicide at Alarming Rate

Aug 31, 2014 | by Bryant Jordan

Veteran suicide numbers have gone up in recent years with much of the attention focused on veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan killing themselves. However, almost seven out of 10 veterans who have committed suicide were over the age of 50, according to a Department of Veterans Affairs study.

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http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/08/31/older-vets-committing-suicide-at-alarming-rate.html?ESRC=todayinmil.sm

August 30, 2014

The Walking Dead’ roll up their colors

Photos by Lance Cpl. Sullivan
Date Taken:08.29.2014
Date Posted:08.30.2014 10:37

Sergeant Maj. Irvin Howard (center left), the sergeant major of 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, and Lt. Col. Corey Collier (center right), the battalion commanding officer, roll and case the battalion’s colors one final time during the unit’s deactivation ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 29, 2014. The colors will be stored at Headquarters Marine Corps until the battalion answer’s the Nation’s call to active service.


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MARSOC offers operator spots to reservists

Story by Hope Hodge Seck
Aug. 30, 2014 - 06:00AM

Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command put out a call for enlisted reservists to join the ranks of critical skills operators.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140830/NEWS/308300042/MARSOC-offers-operator-spots-reservists?sf30485465=1

August 29, 2014

'Walking Dead' Marine battalion to be deactivated

By Jonathan Drew
The Associated Press
Published: August 29, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the "Walking Dead."

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http://www.stripes.com/news/us/walking-dead-marine-battalion-to-be-deactivated-1.300556

Marines, sailors with Bravo Company conduct security patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan

By Cpl. Cody Haas | Marine Expeditionary Brigade - Afghanistan | August 29, 2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- Enemy insurgents continue to operate in Helmand province, Afghanistan. To mitigate this threat, infantry units conduct security patrols to build relationships with locals in the surrounding area of Camps Bastion and Leatherneck, and to rid local routes of improvised explosive devices.

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http://www.imef.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/3963/Article/169845/marines-sailors-with-bravo-company-conduct-security-patrol-in-helmand-province.aspx

Retired Marine Assigns Himself To A Post; Town Show It’s Respect

By Steve Straub August 29, 2014

I love it when citizens step up to the plate to help their communities. This retired Marine definitely has the right spirit!

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http://www.thefederalistpapers.org/us/awesome-retired-marine-assigns-himself-to-a-post-town-show-its-respect

August 27, 2014

Program Helps Vets Improve Mental Health From Home

by Vets Prevail
August 27, 2014

Identifying the signs of mental health needs can be a challenging and confusing time for many individuals. Everyone experiences different emotions and feelings when dealing with difficult or stressful situations, and mental health may not be at the forefront of one's mind. In the US, 1 in 4 people experience a mental illness in a given year; and Veterans experience rates of depression and PTSD at 5 times higher rates than civilians, but up to 60% never seek treatment. This can be caused by a variety of barriers including stigma or a lack of access to treatment. The most important fact to remember is that mental illness is not a sign of weakness or a personal flaw, and should be regarded as any other medical issue. Knowing some of the signs and symptoms for mental illness can be the first step to finding help.

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http://www.military.com/benefits/veterans-health-care/program-helps-vets-improve-mental-health-from-home.html?ESRC=DAV.sm

Edson Range brings in 2nd female PMI in history

By Cpl. Tyler Viglione | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | August 27, 2014

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., - Marines are all trained to be riflemen from the beginning of recruit training, and it takes talented instructors to teach rifle fundamentals. One Marine at Edson Range holds the honor of being the second female to hold this important position, in the historically male dominant role.

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http://www.mcrdsd.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/437/Article/169707/edson-range-brings-in-2nd-female-pmi-in-history.aspx

Lejeune mess hall dedicated to Marines who died stopping bomb truck

By Hope Hodge Seck
Aug. 27, 2014 - 05:41PM

Two Marines who earned posthumous Navy Crosses for standing in the way of a truck filled with explosives in Iraq will be honored in the renaming of a mess hall on the base they called home.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140827/NEWS/308270094/Lejeune-mess-hall-dedicated-Marines-who-died-stopping-bomb-truck

August 26, 2014

Poem Carried By Fallen Marine Stolen From Family

By Colleen Curry
Aug. 26, 2014

The family of a U.S. Marine who was killed in Afghanistan last year is heartbroken after a thief stole the only remaining memento he had with him when he was killed: a poem.

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http://abcnews.go.com/US/poem-carried-fallen-marine-stolen-family/story?id=25128370

Video: 1/2 Charlie Company Deconstructs P.B. Boldak

Video by Cpl John Martinez
Date Taken:08.14.2014 | Date Posted:08.26.2014 6:01PM

U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, conduct retrograde operations aboard Patrol Base Boldak, Helmand province, Afghanistan, from 14 to 19 August 2014. The remediation and closure of Patrol Base Boldak allows Charlie Company to continue their operations aboard the Bastion-Leatherneck Complex.

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1/2 Charlie Company Tears Down P.B. Boldak [Image 1 of 22]

Photos by Cpl John Martinez
Date Taken:08.16.2014 | Date Posted:08.26.2014 16:36

U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment during the retrograde of Patrol Base Boldak in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on August 14, 2014.

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2/8 Marines join forces with MARSOC to enhance partner nation force training capabilities

Story by CPT Barry Morris
Date Taken:08.25.2014 | Date Posted:08.26.2014 15:30

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – As the nature of conflict and challenges to the U.S. and its interests remain constant, so does the demands of the U.S. Marine Corps’ ability to operate and conduct operations as a closely integrated Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) with interagency and multinational partners across the full range of military operations.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/140424/2-8-marines-join-forces-with-marsoc-enhance-partner-nation-force-training-capabilities#.VASDx2K9KSM

1st Marines return to Pendleton for ‘well-deserved break

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: August 26, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — When the 1st Marine Regiment left for Afghanistan in February, they weren’t anticipating being home until the end of the year. But on Monday, they became the last Marine regiment to return from Afghanistan — four months early.

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http://www.stripes.com/1st-marines-return-to-pendleton-for-well-deserved-break-1.299973

August 25, 2014

Just Keep Swimming

By Lance Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | August 25, 2014

CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan --
A young boy puts goggles on and lowers himself into the water. His weapon loaded, he quietly makes his way toward his target tuning out the noise around him.

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http://www.okinawa.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/18973/Article/169623/just-keep-swimming.aspx

Recruits learn Marine Corps history, legacy on Parris Island

Photos by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple
Date Taken:08.18.2014
Date Posted:08.25.2014 11:00

Recruits of November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, study Marine Corps history Aug. 18, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Lessons cover topics like the Marine Corps’ founding in 1775, the first woman to become a Marine in 1918 and recent operations to prepare them for their future as Marines. The Marine Corps’ more than 238-year legacy sets an example for recruits and Marines. November Company is scheduled to graduate Oct. 24, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915

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Future Marines learn to be recruits on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink
Date Taken:07.21.2014
Date Posted:08.25.2014 09:37

Drill instructors of India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, assemble their recruits for an incentive training demonstration July 21, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Drill instructors spend the first three days with their recruits teaching basic procedures and expectations. The formal 70-day training schedule begins about a week after recruits arrive on Parris Island; recruits spend the first week in-processing and learning basic procedures and expectations. India Company is scheduled to graduate Oct. 10, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915.

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August 24, 2014

Equipped with monitors and mice, modern Marines train for fast-moving future

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

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Beyond the dusty berms, concertina wire and armed guards, in the center of adjoining tents set up like spokes on a wheel, Marines sat at computers, monitoring incoming communications while huge screens full of blue and red icons illustrated the position of friendly and enemy forces.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/equipped-with-monitors-and-mice-modern-marines-train-for-fast-moving-future-1.299571

How one female officer won over her skeptical combat-arms Marines

Story by Joshua Stewart
Aug. 24, 2014 - 06:00AM

CAMP PENDLETON, CALIF. — Lance Cpl. Eamonn Garber wasn’t sure things would work out, and that was bad mostly because his unit was at war.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140824/NEWS/308240015/How-one-female-officer-won-over-her-skeptical-combat-arms-Marines

August 22, 2014

Cherry Point Marines, Sailors build home for Marine family

By Lance Cpl. Grace L. Waladkewics | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | August 22, 2014

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. --
More than 30 Marines and Sailors volunteered several weekends this summer with Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point's Single Marine Program and the American Heroes Home Build of Pamlico County to build a home for the family of a fellow service member.

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http://www.cherrypoint.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/4890/Article/169537/cherry-point-marines-sailors-build-home-for-marine-family.aspx

Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 1 conduct retrograde operation in Helmand province, Afghanistan

By Cpl. Cody Haas | Marine Expeditionary Brigade - Afghanistan | August 22, 2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- As the U.S. footprint throughout Afghanistan begins to shrink, the extra gear and equipment needs to be retrograded back to the States by a unit capable of moving large items in a timely fashion. For Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 1, it is their mission.

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http://www.imef.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/3963/Article/169558/marines-with-combat-logistics-battalion-1-conduct-retrograde-operation-in-helma.aspx

HMH-462 conducts external lift training with CLR-17

Story by Cpl Owen Kimbrel
Date Taken:08.21.2014 | Date Posted:08.22.2014 18:24

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 462 conducted external cargo lifts in coordination with a Helicopter Support Team with Combat Logistic Regiment 17 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 21.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/140201/hmh-462-conducts-external-lift-training-with-clr-17#.VASDvmK9KSM

August 21, 2014

First in, last out: Sailor serves with Marine units making history in Afghanistan

Story by Sgt. Jessica Ostroska | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 08.20.2014
Date Posted: 08.21.2014 07:37

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – A day that many remember and few will ever forget – the day four planes were hijacked and America was attacked. It was a day that would change the lives of thousands of Americans, on that day and for many years to come.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/140010/first-last-out-sailor-serves-with-marine-units-making-history-afghanistan#.U_jkz2NlxPZ

August 20, 2014

Reserve Marines Participate In Partnership of the Americas 2014 In Support Of MARFORSOUTH

By 1st Lt. Michael Hopkins | 4th Marine Division | August 20, 2014

PICHIDANGUI, Chile -- Just as the local population evacuates their small beach town, the waves of a tsunami come crashing into their homes. Houses are flooded, windows are shattered, and lives are ruined. Some of the locals could not get to safety in time. There is limited food, water, medical care, and shelter, but there is relief on the horizon. The simulation of these scenarios allows Marines realistic training with partner nations.

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http://www.marforres.marines.mil/MarineReserveNewsPhotos/MarineReserveNews/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/7930/Article/169387/reserve-marines-participate-in-partnership-of-the-americas-2014-in-support-of-m.aspx

Marines with Weapons Company conduct security patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Cody Haas | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 08.20.2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Enemy insurgents continue to operate in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in the area surrounding Camps Bastion and Leatherneck. In order to mitigate this threat, patrols are conducted to clear the surrounding area of all suspicious individuals and threats.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/139887/marines-with-weapons-company-conduct-security-patrol-helmand-province-afghanistan#.U_jlzmNlxPZ

Marine recruits kick-start transformation with martial arts on Parris Island

Photos by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple
Date Taken:07.08.2014
Date Posted:08.20.2014 14:19

Recruits of Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, practice horizontal knee strikes July 8, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program combines hand-to-hand combat skills 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 Sept. 19, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915.

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Marines sort, deliver hundreds of pounds of mail daily to Parris Island recruits

Photos by Cpl. David Bessey
Date Taken:08.11.2014
Date Posted:08.20.2014 10:56

Mail is delivered to the depot post office on Parris Island, S.C. Marine postal clerks sort through hundreds of pounds of mail each day to ensure they reach the recruits in training in a timely manner. Most recruits’ only connection to the outside world during their 13 weeks on Parris Island is through letters from friends and family. To ensure mail reaches recruits, Marine postal clerks stress the importance proper packaging and addressing to include a full name, full unit name, post office box and return address.

This article is true for both MCRD San Diego and Parris Island, it just happens to be about Parris Island.

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August 19, 2014

Marine recruits build self-confidence during martial arts training on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Jennifer Schubert
Date Taken:08.05.2014
Date Posted:08.19.2014 09:29

Recruits of Bravo Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, practice the vertical hammer fist strike Aug. 5, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. This is one of many strikes in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, which is designed to increase the warfighting capabilities of individual Marines and units, enhance Marines’ self-confidence and esprit de corps and foster the warrior ethos in all Marines. The program fuses hand-to-hand combat skills with character development, helping transform recruits into physically strong and morally sound Marines. Bravo Company is scheduled to graduate Oct. 17, 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 stick to basics with bayonet training on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Jennifer Schubert
Date Taken:08.01.2014
Date Posted:08.19.2014 08:49

Recruits of Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, hone their bayonet fighting skills during pugil stick training Aug. 1, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits wear safety equipment such as helmets, groin protectors, flak jackets, gloves and mouthpieces to prevent injuries. 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. Echo Company is scheduled to graduate Oct. 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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August 18, 2014

11th Marine Expeditionary Unit visits Iwo To during transit through U.S 7th Fleet

Story by CPT Joshua Diddams
Date Posted:08.18.2014 13:35

USS MAKIN ISLAND, Pacific Ocean – Marines and sailors with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Squadron 5 were afforded a rare opportunity to visit Iwo To (formally known as Iwo Jima) while transiting through the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility Aug. 16, 2014.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/139671/11th-marine-expeditionary-unit-visits-iwo-during-transit-through-us-7th-fleet#

August 17, 2014

1st Marine Regiment cases colors, ends mission in Afghanistan

Story by 1LT Garth Langley
Date Posted:08.17.2014 09:41

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan - A blinding sandstorm swept across the desert floor surrounding Regional Command (Southwest)’s security-nebulous, Task Force Belleau Wood, Aug. 15, 2014. During a brief pause in the storm, Marines with 1st Marine Regiment held a small ceremony to case the unit’s battle colors for the final time in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/139582/1st-marine-regiment-cases-colors-ends-mission-afghanistan#.U_LM42K9KSP

The Pentagon is adding to its arsenal of weapons in Norway’s caves

Story by Dan Lamothe August 12, 2014

In the heart of Norway’s countryside, the U.S. military is bolstering its arsenal of weapons with tanks, gun trucks and other armored vehicles along with hundreds of containers of equipment.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2014/08/12/the-pentagon-is-adding-to-its-arsenal-of-weapons-in-norways-caves/

August 16, 2014

Marines with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company provide security for units operating in Helmand province, Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Cody Haas | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 08.16.2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – During the early morning hours before sunrise, Marines with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company donned their gear for a security operation in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 8.

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August 15, 2014

World War II Marine Raiders reunite

By Sgt. Christina Porras | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | August 15, 2014

San Diego --

In the midst of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt enacted an order creating a group of Marines to perform elite operations and employ unconventional warfare tactics similar to those used by modern-day special operations units. Volunteers made up four battalions of these elite operators and they came to be known as the Marine Raiders. Although the specialized operators were only in existence from 1942-1944, the men left a lasting impression in the pages of Marine Corps history.

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http://www.mcrdsd.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/437/Article/169215/world-war-ii-marine-raiders-reunite.aspx

Recruits donate blood for a good cause

By Cpl. Tyler Viglione | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | August 15, 2014

SAN DIEGO -- On average, Naval Hospital San Diego collects about 2,860 pints of blood per year and without the selflessness of recruits, none of that would be possible.

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http://www.mcrdsd.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/437/Article/169214/recruits-donate-blood-for-a-good-cause.aspx

Marines arrive aboard Mesa Verde, aircraft take cargo

Photos by Cpl Manuel Estrada
Date Taken:07.10.2014 | Date Posted:08.15.2014 10:16

Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), M32 grenadier and MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd MEU, aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) during routine flight operations and taking on cargo. The 22nd MEU is deployed with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout U.S. Central Command and the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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August 14, 2014

24th MEU conducts PMINT

Story by LCpl Joey Mendez and Sgt Devin Nichols
Date Posted:08.14.2014 17:07

USS IWO JIMA, At Sea - Marines and Sailors with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit caught their first glimpse of what their life will consist of while deployed aboard the USS Iwo Jima, USS New York, or the USS Fort McHenry, during Amphibious Squadron/ Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration, or PMINT, August 6—13.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/139379/24th-meu-conducts-pmint#.U--pTmK9KSP

Marine recruits put combat skills to test on Parris Island

Photos by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple
Date Taken:08.11.2014
Date Posted:08.14.2014 15:33

Recruits of Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, hone their bayonet skills during pugil sticks training Aug. 11, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits wear safety equipment such as helmets, groin protectors, flak jackets, gloves and mouthpieces to prevent injuries. Recruits fight with pugil sticks, which represent rifles with attached bayonets, to simulate a close encounter with an enemy. 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. Fox Company is scheduled to graduate Oct. 24, 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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Leatherneck Comedy Tour returns to the Combat Center

By Cpl. Charles Santamaria | I Marine Expeditionary Force | August 14, 2014

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. --

“The Marine looked me straight in the eyes and said, ‘I’ll make sure you get home safe, don’t worry sir,” said Sam Fedele, comedian. “It really hit me at home. I was just doing a show for them in Iraq and he was protecting me from anything that might harm me. To think this is what they do every day is truly amazing. Performing and making them smile is the least I can do.”

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http://www.imef.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/3963/Article/169124/leatherneck-comedy-tour-returns-to-the-combat-center.aspx

2/7 Marines Execute Evacuation Drills for Large Scale Exercise 2014

Story by Cpl Ricardo Hurtado
Date Posted:08.14.2014 17:09

MOUNTAIN WARFARE TRAINING CENTER, BRIDGEPORT, Calif. – Marines with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, performed a tactical non-combatant personnel evacuation training mission via aircraft as part of Large Scale Exercise 2014 at the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Aug. 13.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/139386/2-7-marines-execute-evacuation-drills-large-scale-exercise-2014#.VCb0oGK9KSN

August 13, 2014

Homecoming for part of the last major Marine command to deploy to Afghanistan

By Jenn Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: August 13, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — First Lt. Caleb Peterson got back just in time.

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http://www.stripes.com/homecoming-for-part-of-the-last-major-marine-command-to-deploy-to-afghanistan-1.298052

2/7 conducts FiST operations during LSE 14

Story by LCpl Angel Serna
Date Taken:08.12.2014 | Date Posted:08.13.2014 22:28

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – Marines with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, conducted fire support operations during Large Scale Exercise 2014 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Aug. 9-10, 2014.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/139257/2-7-conducts-fist-operations-during-lse-14#.VCbyvmK9KSN

August 12, 2014

BLT Marines race for time in squad competition

Story by Cpl Henry Anteno
Date Taken:08.08.2014 | Date Posted:08.12.2014 20:15

CAMP HANSEN, Japan - Marines with Company K, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, completed a squad competition at Camp Hansen, Aug 8.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/139161/blt-marines-race-time-squad-competition#.U_LJWGK9KSO

Marine recruits stay on target during Parris Island training


Photos by Cpl Caitlin Brink
Date Taken:07.22.2014 | Date Posted:08.12.2014 08:45

Primary marksmanship instructors teach recruits from Platoon 4031, November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, the fundamentals of rifle marksmanship, firing positions, weapons safety and rifle range procedures during the marksmanship training, July 22, 2014 on Parris Island, S.C. This is before the recruits fire live rounds the following week. Recruits train with scopes because the Marine Corps now equips all rifles with scopes, and rifle marksmanship fundamentals remain the same. November Company is scheduled to graduate Sept. 5, 2014.

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Marine recruits train in close quarters combat on Parris

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink
Date Taken:08.04.2014
Date Posted:08.12.2014 15:44

Marine recruits fight using pugil sticks on Parris Island, S.C. They fight in 15-second bouts using pugil sticks, which represent rifles with fixed bayonets, to test their bayonet skills on a live opponent and simulate a close encounter with an enemy. Bayonet training, along with other hand-to-hand fighting skills, is part of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, which contributes to the mental, character and physical development of Marines. Bravo Company is scheduled to graduate Oct. 17, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915.

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Marines Eligible For Selected Early Release Program FY15

By Lance Cpl. Sara Graham | U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve | August 12, 2014

NEW ORLEANS --

Marine Administrative Message 378/14 announced the start of the fiscal year 2015 Selected Marine Corps Reserve Early Release Program. The program is effective Aug. 1, 2014 through Sept. 30, 2015, and focuses on cost saving and sustainment for the Marine Corps.

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Marine recruits train in chemical warfare defense on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink
Date Taken:07.22.2014
Date Posted:08.12.2014 08:30

Recruits of Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, learn the basics of biological and chemical warfare defense by properly using gas masks while being exposed to tear gas. Mike Company 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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Greeley, Colorado, native receives meritorious promotion while deployed to Afghanistan

Story by Sgt Jessica Ostroska
Date Posted:08.12.2014 02:12

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Former U.S. senator, Olympic gold medalist and professional NBA athlete Bill Bradley once said, “Ambition is the path to success, and persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.”

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August 11, 2014

Uniform board seeks Marine feedback on female hairstyles

By Cpl. Samuel Ellis | Headquarters Marine Corps | August 11, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The Marine Corps Uniform Board released a special uniform survey Aug. 11 to gather Marine opinions concerning two female hairstyles — locks (dreadlocks) and twists.

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Bringing home the fallen Marines of Tarawa

By Chip Reid CBS News August 11, 2014, 8:08 PM

TARAWA -- The Republic of Keera-Bass is a nation of 33 islands straddling the equator in the central Pacific Ocean.

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US Marines to Modernize Equipment Stored in Norwegian Prepositioning Caves

Courtesy Story
Date Posted:08.11.2014 07:56

TRØNDELAG REGION, Norway – U.S. Marines, in coordination with their Norwegian counterparts, are scheduled to conduct a pre-planned Single Ship Movement and offload of military equipment from a Maritime Prepositioning Force ship in the Trøndelag region of Norway mid-August.

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AT&T is Making it Easy for Military Spouses to Enjoy Discounted Wireless Services

08/11/2014

The company has updated its existing wireless services discount program for qualified U.S. military personnel to allow their spouses to enroll for the services even while their significant other is away on deployment.

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August 10, 2014

To continue Audubon Park, Camden County officials welcome home U.S. Marine from Afghanistan

By Greg Adomaitis | South Jersey Times
on August 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM, updated August 10, 2014 at 2:50 PM

When was the last time you took time to appreciate that big tree in the front yard or the lush grass out back?

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More than 100 aircraft, 8 ships ready for Iraq air campaign

Story by Jeff Schogol
Aug. 8, 2014 - 07:11PM

The U.S. has a massive force of ships and aircraft in the Persian Gulf for the air campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq.

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August 8, 2014

Graduation Ceremony – Golf and Papa companies – August 8, 2014

Photos by Cpl Caitlin Brink
Date Posted:08.08.2014 12:15

Golf Company and Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion's honor graduates and one new Marine with Platoon 3058, Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion who earned the highest combined physical fitness test and combat fitness test score for his company. He earned 590 out of 600 points. They graduated August 8, 2014.

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August 7, 2014

11th MEU concludes first training evolution

Story by Cpl Demetrius Morgan
Date Posted:08.07.2014 20:53

MARINE CORPS TRAINING AREA BELLOWS, Hawaii – For decades, Marine Expeditionary Units have operated alongside their Amphibious Ready Group counterparts throughout the world's oceans as forward-deployed crisis response forces. In the first stop along the 11th MEU's WESTPAC 14-2 deployment, Marines and sailors of the MEU demonstrated their expeditionary nature, and continued their preparation for the uncertainty of world events by way of multiple training events aboard Training Area Bellows, Hawaii.

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Former Marine paddles away 2 tours in Afghanistan

By Gerald herbert
The Associated Press
Published: August 7, 2014

VENICE, La. — Two tours in Afghanistan took a toll on Joshua Ploetz.

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22nd MEU Chaplain earns FMF officer pin

Photos by Sgt Alisa Helin
Date Taken:07.30.2014 | Date Posted:08.07.2014 01:50

U.S. Navy 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) chaplain and native of Panama City, Fla., stands at attention while being pinned with his Fleet Marine Force qualification aboard the 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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August 6, 2014

The past aligned with the future: MARSOC becomes Marine Raiders

By Gunnery Sgt. Josh Higgins | U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command | August 06, 2014

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- During World War II, four Marine Raider battalions and two Raider regiments were formed and saw action in the Pacific Theater between 1942 and 1944. Formed to conduct amphibious raids and guerrilla operations behind enemy lines, the Raider battalions were the United States’ first special operations units.

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Hotel Company - Marksmanship Training - July 28-Aug. 1, 2014

Photos by Cpl Jennifer Schubert
Date Taken:07.30.2014 | Date Posted:08.06.2014 15:15

Recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, received marksmanship training July 30, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits fire more than 200 rounds each over five days. At the end of the week, they attempt to qualify from distances of 200, 300 and 500 yards. Hotel Company is scheduled to graduate Sept. 5, 2014.

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August 5, 2014

Hollywood, Fla., native training at Parris Island to become U.S. Marine

Photos by Cpl Caitlin Brink
Date Taken:07.22.2014 | Date Posted:08.04.2014 15:49

A native of Hollywood, Fla. along with others across the eastern part of the U.S. are currently training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., in hopes of earning the title of United States Marine. Platoon 4030, November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion is scheduled to graduate Sept. 5, 2014. “Platoon 4030, November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, and is scheduled to graduate Sept. 5, 2014. “I joined the Marine Corps to better myself and my future,” said one Recruit. “I didn’t see college working out, and I wanted to provide support for my mother and sisters. I’ve been thinking about joining for the past three years, and I finally just committed to it.” 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.

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August 4, 2014

Alpha and Oscar Companies - Swim Qualification - July 21, 2014

Photos by Cpl Jennifer Schubert
Date Taken:07.21.2014 | Date Posted:08.04.2014 11:38

All recruits must pass water survival qualification to advance in training. The training was designed to increase recruits’ self-confidence, reduce fear and ensure they can survive in water. Recruits of Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion are scheduled to graduate Sept. 19, 2014

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FBI to enact tough new security procedures for military bases

Published time: August 04, 2014 23:56
Edited time: August 05, 2014 02:13

Getting into a military base is about to get tougher even for well-credentialed individuals, as the Defense Department implements a new screening system that will subject people to FBI background checks every time they enter a facility.

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Deland, Fla., native training at Parris Island to become U.S. Marine

Photos by Cpl Caitlin Brink
Date Taken:07.22.2014 | Date Posted:08.04.2014 15:53

A native of Deland, Fla. along with others across the eastern part of the U.S. are currently training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., in hopes of earning the title of United States Marine. Platoon 3077, India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion is scheduled to graduate Oct. 10, 2014. “I joined the Marine Corps to get a challenge out of life,” said one recruit. “The Marine Corps is part of my family. My uncle and brother-in-law are Marines, and when I heard about the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, it inspired me to join.” 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.

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August 1, 2014

Recruits filled with pride as they’re fitted for uniforms

By Sgt. Walter D. Marino II | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | August 01, 2014

Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego --
There were some wide smiles as recruits of Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, received their name tapes and tried on their dress blue uniform for the first time at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, July 30.

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Tampa, Fla., native training at Parris Island to become U.S. Marine

Photos by Cpl David Bessey
Date Taken:07.24.2014 | Date Posted:08.01.2014 08:25

A native of Tampa, Fla. is currently training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., in hopes of earning the title of United States Marine. Platoon 2066, Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion is scheduled to graduate Sept. 5, 2014. “I want to have a sense of purpose.” He went on to say, “I want to serve my country and better my life.” 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.

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Blackstone, Mass., native training at Parris Island to become U.S. Marine

Photos by Cpl David Bessey
Date Taken:07.24.2014 | Date Posted:08.01.2014 08:10

A native of Blackstone, Mass., is currently training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., in hopes of earning the title of United States Marine. Platoon 2073, Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion is scheduled to graduate Oct. 3, 2014. “I joined the Marine Corps so I could protect people.” 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.

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