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September 30, 2014

5th Marine Regiment will lead new crisis response unit in Middle East

Story by Hope Hodge Seck | Staff Writer
Sep. 30, 2014 - 06:00AM

The Marines’ new crisis response unit in U.S. Central Command will reach initial operating capability tomorrow with Camp Pendleton’s 5th Marine Regiment as its headquarters element, military officials said today.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140930/NEWS08/309300066/5th-Marine-Regiment-will-lead-new-crisis-response-unit-Middle-East?sf31799327=1

Miramar Air Show To Feature Final Flight Of Sea Knight ‘Phrog’

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
By Beth Ford Roth

The Vietnam-era aircraft CH-46 Sea Knight will fly its final time in an airshow at the 2014 Miramar Air Show, according to MCAS Miramar public affairs:

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http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/sep/30/miramar-air-show-final-flight-sea-knight-video/

September 29, 2014

8th Annual Vietnam Memorial Ride

Photos by Cpl. Mary Carmona
Date Taken:09.27.2014| Date Posted:09.29.2014 14:25

More than 400 motorcyclists prepare to embark on the 8th Annual Vietnam Memorial Ride, Sept. 27. The riders started at New River Harley Davidson and continued to the Onslow County Vietnam Veterans Memorial where they held a brief ceremony to honor Vietnam veterans and their service to our country.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1573437/8th-annual-vietnam-memorial-ride#.VDdFPmK9KSM

Parris Island recruits learn Marine Corps’ core values

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink
Date Taken:09.18.2014
Date Posted:09.29.2014 10:55

Recruits of Platoon 3093, Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, listen to a core values guided discussion Sept. 18, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Most recruits find training is as mentally challenging as it is physically. Recruits must prove by the end of training that they are imbued with the Corps’ core values in order to earn the title Marine. Lima Company is scheduled to graduate Nov. 26, 2014.

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New US Marine Corps Crisis Unit To Be Based in Kuwai

Sep. 29, 2014 - 03:45AM |
By JOE GOULD and PAUL McLEARY

QUANTICO, VA. — The US Marine Corps is preparing to deploy about 2,100 grunts to be based out of Kuwait in a new unit configuration designed to respond to crises in the region, according to Corps officials.

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http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140929/DEFREG02/309290020/New-US-Marine-Corps-Crisis-Unit-Based-Kuwait?odyssey=nav

Marine recruits gain sense of discipline, motivation through incentive training on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. David Bessey
Date Taken:09.16.2014
Date Posted:09.29.2014 11:18

Recruits of India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, sprint away from an incentive training session Sept. 16, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Drill instructors use incentive training to help instill discipline, defined as the instant and willing obedience to all orders, respect for authority and self-reliance, which is a key trait drill instructors must instill in recruits. 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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September 28, 2014

Lighting ceremony held for fallen Missouri soldiers

BY McKenzie Pendergrass
Sunday, September 28, 2014 | 9:07 p.m. CDT; updated 7:10 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 29, 2014

COLUMBIA — Paper bags imprinted with gold stars and holding sand and a small candle lined the pathway, honoring fallen military veterans and their families. As the crowd placed the bags on a walkway to Cosmo-Bethel Lake, volunteers handed out small American flags to place next to the luminaries.

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http://www.columbiamissourian.com/a/179624/lighting-ceremony-held-for-fallen-missouri-soldiers/

Gold Star families gather to remember

by Garrett Bergquist
Posted: 09.28.2014 at 10:16 PM

COLUMBIA -- Hundreds of luminaries lined a pathway at Bethel Park Sunday evening as families of fallen mid-Missouri servicemembers marked Gold Star Mothers Day.

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http://www.connectmidmissouri.com/news/story.aspx?id=1102533#.VCrF0hZlw_w

Five-year dwell standard eyed for Marine Reserves

Story by Hope Hodge Seck | Staff writer
Sep. 28, 2014 - 03:56PM

Lt. Gen. Richard Mills, commander of Marine Forces Reserve, doesn’t intend to let the close of a ground war lead to the atrophy of the reservists in his charge.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140928/NEWS02/309280017?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

September 27, 2014

Families question loss as new Mideast crisis emerges

Sep. 27, 2014 - 10:04AM | By Gina Harkins | Staff writer

A Marine four-star general who lost a son in Afghanistan said the renewed crisis in Iraq has led some anguished Gold Star families to ask him a heart-wrenching question: Was their loss worth it?/

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140927/NEWS/309270030

Corps sending 200 Marines to Central America for disaster relief, training

By Fred Lambert
Sept. 27, 2014 at 6:26 PM

MIAMI, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Marine Corps plans to send 200 men next year to supplement an air-ground task force in the U.S. Southern Command, which oversees disaster relief, training and other operations in Central America and the Caribbean.

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http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2014/09/27/Corps-sending-200-Marines-to-Central-America-for-disaster-relief-training/8541411852843/

September 26, 2014

PHIBLEX: Marines, Navy participating in Philippine amphibious exercise

By Seth Robson | Stars and Stripes
Published: September 26, 2014

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Okinawa-based Marines and sailors are taking part in an exercise that is designed to boost the Philippine military’s amphibious capabilities.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/phiblex-marines-navy-participating-in-philippine-amphibious-exercise-1.305063

September 25, 2014

Parris Island recruits strike blows during Marine Corps martial arts training

Photos by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple
Date Taken:09.18.2014 Date Posted:09.25.2014 19:13

Recruits of Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, practice armed manipulation techniques Sept. 18, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program combines hand-to-hand combat with mental discipline and character development to help transform recruits into ethical warriors. Golf Company is scheduled to graduate Nov. 21, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915

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Marine recruits finish off their training day on Parris Island

Photos by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple
Date Taken:09.17.2014 Date Posted:09.25.2014 19:07

Recruits of Platoon 4038, Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, enjoy their hour of free time Sept. 17, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. The evening routine – consisting of mail call, personal time and devotion – allows recruits to get a break from the close, constant association with their drill instructors at the end of the training day. Oscar Company is scheduled to graduate Nov. 7, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915

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Marine recruits develop unit cohesion through close-order drill on Parris Island

Photos by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple
Date Taken:09.25.2014 Date Posted:09.25.2014 18:12

Recruits of Platoon 2090, Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, practice marching Sept. 5, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits perform close-order drill movements in two formal evaluations to judge their grasp on these concepts. Drill instructors use close-order drill to teach recruits discipline, teamwork and respect for authority. Golf Company is scheduled to graduate Nov. 21, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915.

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September 24, 2014

Marine recruits improve physical fitness on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink
Date Taken:09.11.2014 Date Posted:09.24.2014 11:58

Recruits of Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, do side planks Sept. 11, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits perform various exercises meant to strengthen different muscle groups. Physical training sessions help recruits prepare for the physical fitness and combat fitness tests, which they must pass to graduate. Papa Company is scheduled to graduate Nov. 21, 2014.

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Marine recruits strengthen bodies, minds during physical training on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink
Date Taken:09.10.2014 Date Posted:09.24.2014 10:46

Recruits of India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, squat during a physical training session Sept. 10, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. While on Parris Island, recruits participate in more than 30 physical training sessions meant to help them meet the Marine Corps’ high fitness standards. India Company is scheduled to graduate Oct. 10, 2014.

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Women Veterans: The Long Journey Home

DAV report shows service gaps for women in health care, transition services, disability compensation, employment and housing.

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http://www.dav.org/women-veterans-study/

September 23, 2014

Valiant Shield wraps up

Stars and Stripes
Published: September 23, 2014

An estimated 18,000 servicemembers wrapped up Valiant Shield in Guam Tuesday.

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http://www.stripes.com/valiant-shield-wraps-up-1.304452

Transitional Health Care Programs (TAMP)

There are several Health Care programs available to assist veterans and retirees as they transition into the civilian workforce. These programs are designed to meet specific needs based on your duty status and transition circumstances. Some of these programs are long term, while others are temporary in nature and only provide coverage for up to 3 years.

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http://www.military.com/benefits/tricare/transitional-health-care-programs.html?comp=1199433946637&rank=17

State Veteran Benefits

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Veterans pursuing their educational goals are usually eligible for "educational assistance for students" in most states. Educational benefits for veterans and their dependents, particularly the children of deceased and disabled veterans, are also available in some states. Military.com has developed an on-line general summary of educational benefits for veterans and their dependents.

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http://www.military.com/education/money-for-school/state-veteran-benefits.html?comp=1198882780845&rank=6

5 Must Know GI Bill Facts

Story by by Terry Howell

Fact #1. You have 10 - 15 years to use your GI Bill benefits.
Once you have separated from the service you have 10 years to use all of your benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill and 15 years to use your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Although separating from service "starts the clock" on your 10-year time limit, you should know that if you rejoin active-duty service for more than 90 days during the 10- year period, your 10-year clock is reset. In other words, you get 10 years from your last discharge.

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http://www.military.com/education/gi-bill/5-must-know-gi-bill-facts.html

September 22, 2014

Procession for fallen Marine runs through Stafford

FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
September 22nd, 2014

The Stafford’s County Sheriff’s Office and the Strength and Honor Motorcycle Club will escort the body of a fallen Marine Tuesday from Dover Air Force Base to Covenant Funeral Service at Stafford Courthouse.

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http://news.fredericksburg.com/newsdesk/2014/09/22/procession-for-fallen-marine-runs-through-stafford/

September 21, 2014

Video: Kilo Battery Dominates the Battlefield During ARTP 14-2

Story by Sgt Matthew Manning
Date Taken:08.27.2014 | Date Posted:09.21.2014 8:34PM

Marines with Kilo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 11th Martine Regiment, take part in live-fire artillery training during Artillery Relocation Training Program 14-2 at Yausubetsu Maneuver Area in Hokkaido.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/video/361970/kilo-battery-dominates-battlefield-during-artp-14-2#.VCIOTGK9KSM

September 19, 2014

Silver Star for Doc who fought to save Marine

Navy hospital corpsman repelled machine gun fire in Sangin, Afghanistan
By Gretel C. Kovach10:10 A.M.SEPT. 19, 2014Updated6:58 P.M.

CAMP PENDLETON — When “Doc” Kong saw a Marine drop from a shot to the chest, he didn’t hesitate.

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/sep/19/corpsman-silver-star-sangin-kong/

Corpsmen conduct MASCAS exercise on Tinian

Courtesy story by Lance Cpl. Luis Ramirez
Date Taken:09.10.2014Date Posted:09.16.2014 05:02

TINIAN, North Marianas Islands – Corpsmen with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 participating in Valiant Shield 2014 conducted a mass casualty (MASCAS) drill here Sept. 10 in anticipation of the commencement of the exercise.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/142232/corpsmen-conduct-mascas-exercise-tinian#.VBwb_GK9KSM

September 18, 2014

VIDEOS, PHOTOS Valiant Shield a lesson in interservice communication and capability

By Erik Slavin
Stars and Stripes
Published: September 18, 2014

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — Capt. Jarod Dicks likens the Marines and the Air Force working together to putting an Alabaman and a Scotsman together in the same room: They may speak the same language, but they have very different ideas of what makes a good football match.

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http://www.stripes.com/valiant-shield-a-lesson-in-interservice-communication-and-capability-1.303719

Marine sergeant and friends bag record-setting alligator

Story by Joshua Stewart
Sep. 18, 2014 - 02:30 PM

The next time Sgt. Jesse Phillips has to train in the swamp, he’ll be all too familiar with the type of beasts that might be slithering around his boots.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140918/OFFDUTY04/309180045/Marine-sergeant-friends-bag-record-setting-alligator

Forecasters prepare for Valiant Shield 2014

Story by LCpl Tyler Ngiraswei
Date Posted:09.18.2014 02:57

TINIAN, North Marianas Islands – It is argued that the weather cost the French the Battle of Agincourt as their horses struggled across the swampy land in pursuit of Henry V’s significantly smaller British Army.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/142494/forecasters-prepare-valiant-shield-2014#.VB2c-WK9KSM

Marine recruits survive first encounter with Parris Island drill instructors

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink
Date Taken:09.06.2014 Date Posted:09.18.2014 11:09

Drill instructors of Platoon 3092, Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, storm through the squad bay shortly after being presented to their recruits Sept. 6, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. This was the first encounter the recruits had with the Marines responsible for the next 12 weeks of training. Lima Company is scheduled to graduate Nov. 26, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1555569/photo-gallery-marine-recruits-survive-first-encounter-with-parris-island-drill-instructors#.VBwR1aODoWE

September 17, 2014

Law enforcement bulletin warned of ISIS urging jihad attacks on US soil

By Jana WinterPublished September 17, 2014FoxNews.com

A law enforcement bulletin obtained by FoxNews.com warned that Islamic State fighters have increased calls for "lone wolves" to attack U.S. soldiers in America in recent months, citing one tweet that called for jihadists to find service members' addresses online and then "show up and slaughter them."

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http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/09/17/law-enforcement-bulletin-warned-isis-urging-jihad-attacks-on-us-soil/?intcmp=trending

Marine from Suffolk killed in Afghanistan

By Ali Rockett alrockett@dailypress.com
5:00 p.m. EDT, September 17, 2014

A Marine from Suffolk was killed in Afghanistan this week, according to a U.S. Department of Defense statement.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Sgt. Charles C. Strong, of the 2nd MSOB:

http://www.dailypress.com/news/military/dp-suffolk-marine-killed-afghanistan,0,1216991.story

Marine recruits use teamwork to complete final drill evaluation

Photos by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple
Date Taken:09.10.2014 Date Posted:09.17.2014 14:28

Recruits of Platoon 4032, Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, march during their final drill evaluation Sept. 10, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Drillmasters, experts on the Marine Corps Drill and Ceremonies Manual, graded the recruits on their discipline, bearing and attention to detail. Oscar Company graduated Sept. 19, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today,

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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1553904/marine-recruits-use-teamwork-complete-final-drill-evaluation#.VBrkPqODoWE

Marine recruits train in chemical warfare defense on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink
Date Taken:08.26.2014
Date Posted:09.17.2014 16:16

Recruits of Bravo Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, endure the effects of tear gas Aug. 26, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits experience temporary respiratory irritation, watery eyes and a burning sensation on the skin when exposed to tear gas, which is used increase their confidence in the mask’s ability to protect them in a biologically or chemically contaminated environment. 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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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1554134/photo-gallery-marine-recruits-train-chemical-warfare-defense-parris-island#.VBrD5qODoWE

September 15, 2014

Marine recruits learn unit cohesion, discipline through close-order drill on Parris Island

Photos byCpl. Caitlin Brink

Date Taken:09.02.2014
Date Posted:09.15.2014 10:54

Recruits of Platoon 3081, Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, march to their positions during close-order drill practice Sept. 2, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Close-order drill helps transform recruits into Marines by developing teamwork and unit cohesion while instilling discipline by teaching habits of precision and immediate response to orders. Kilo Company is scheduled to graduate Oct. 30, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1550171/photo-gallery-marine-recruits-learn-unit-cohesion-discipline-through-close-order-drill-parris-island#.VBe7saODoWE

NAVSUP Announces 2014 Holiday Season Mailing Deadlines

Story Number: NNS140915-17Release Date: 9/15/2014 3:15:00 PM

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (NNS) -- The Naval Supply Systems Command's (NAVSUP) mail-by dates for pre-Dec. 25 deliveries of holiday cards, letters, and packages were released Sept. 15.

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http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=83297

September 14, 2014

MARSOC vet relives elite Marines' fight for survival in Afghan wasteland

By Andrew deGrandpre - Staff writer
Sep. 14, 2014 - 06:00AM

PIKE NATIONAL FOREST, COLO. — It’s a rare individual who can, in one breath, wax poetic about his bar band’s adaptation of Pink Floyd’s early psychedelia and, in the very next, deconstruct his Marine special operations team’s quixotic foray in Afghanistan’s hopeless Bala Murghab valley. But Michael Golembesky is just that sort of dude.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140914/NEWS/309140033/MARSOC-vet-relives-elite-Marines-fight-survival-Afghan-wasteland

September 13, 2014

'The Hornet's Nest' emphasizes humanity, nobility of war

Sep. 13, 2014 - 10:48AM
By Hope Hodge Seck

Wildly jerky and almost nauseating hand-held camera shots hit the viewer in the early minutes of the film, producing a gut-tensing feeling of running in the middle of a firefight in Afghanistan. Father-and-son filmmakers Mike and Carlos Boettcher captured the helplessness and peril of combat simply by leaving their cameras on record as they dashed for cover from Taliban snipers or hit the ground on a signal from soldiers or Marines.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140913/NEWS/309130040/-Hornet-s-Nest-emphasizes-humanity-nobility-war

September 12, 2014

Marine band plays respects to 9/11 fallen, first responders

By Cpl. Terry Brady, Defense Media Activity
Sept 12, 2014

NEW YORK, New York --

The Quantico Marine Band journeyed to New York City, New York, to perform at various ceremonies as part of the New York 9/11 Commemoration event, Sept. 11, 2014.

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http://www.marines.mil/News/NewsDisplay/tabid/3258/Article/497283/marine-band-plays-respects-to-911-fallen-first-responders.aspx

September 11, 2014

Marines share history aboard USS Peleliu before and after 9/11/2001

Story by SSgt Joseph Digirolamo
Date Posted:09.11.2014 01:27

USS Peleliu (LHA-5) – It was the first day of liberty port in Darwin, Australia and Staff Sgt. James Roberts was enjoying a cold beverage at a local pub with his buddies. Suddenly, several shore-patrol Marines burst in frantically yelling to the service members inside to “Get out, get out… get back on ship… report to the ship!”

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/141755/marines-share-history-aboard-uss-peleliu-before-and-after-9-11-2001#.VBLhF_ldWSp#ixzz3D6PJQn4R

The Story of the Pentagon 9-11 Flag

By Jim Garamone
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2014 – Anyone who saw the American flag unfurled at the Pentagon on Sept. 12, 2001, knows how Francis Scott Key felt two centuries ago when he was inspired to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123129

Marine recruits get crash course in combat on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink

Date Taken:09.05.2014
Date Posted:09.11.2014 10:36

Recruits of Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, use teamwork to scale a three-level Confidence Course obstacle Sept. 5, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. The course is comprised of 15 obstacles designed to help Marine Corps recruits build confidence by overcoming physical challenges. Alpha 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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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1543904/photo-gallery-marine-recruits-get-crash-course-combat-parris-island#.VBjsQqODoWE

The Friendships, or Kizuna, Continue: Oshima Student Wants to Give Back after Operation Tomodachi by Being a Bridge between Japan and the United States Marines

By Robert D. Eldridge, Ph.D. | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | September 11, 2014

Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan -- Saya Onodera was only a few days away from graduating the 6th grade at Oshima Elementary School when a magnitude 9-earthquake, followed by a massive tsunami, struck her hometown of Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Fortunately, her school sits on higher ground, and the students were spared. Her school became an evacuation shelter for several months afterwards, with the students pitching in to help their neighbors, many of whom lost their homes, livelihoods, and in some cases, family members.

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http://www.okinawa.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/18973/Article/170320/the-friendships-or-kizuna-continue-oshima-student-wants-to-give-back-after-oper.aspx

Heavy equipment operators get dirty to clear runway

Story by Cpl David Walters
Date Taken:08.31.2014Date Posted:09.11.2014 04:05

TINIAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands – Heavy equipment operators with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, Combat Logistics Company 36 and 9th Engineer Support Battalion, clear a runway at West Field, Tinian, Aug. 31 during Exercise Valiant Shield 2014.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/141762/heavy-equipment-operators-get-dirty-clear-runway#.VBwYM2K9KSM

September 10, 2014

Video: Marine Rotational Force - Darwin

Video by Sgt John Lamb
Date Posted:09.10.2014 11:01AM

Approximately 1,150 Marines deployed to Darwin, Australia 2014 as the third rotation of Marine Rotational Force – Darwin (MRF-D), remaining for approximately six months. MRF-D engaged in a range of training activities and community relations events with the Australian Defense Force throughout the deployment.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/video/360006/marine-rotational-force-darwin#.VBfAHWK9KSP

Marine Harrier strikes Islamic State near Haditha Dam

Story by Joshua Stewart
Sep. 10, 2014 - 03:25 PM

A Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier has struck an Islamic State target near the Haditha Dam in Iraq.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140910/NEWS08/309100057/Marine-Harrier-strikes-Islamic-State-near-Haditha-Dam?sf30936339=1

OPG leads way as Marines, JSDF join disaster preparedness training

By Lance Cpl. Pete Sanders | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | September 10, 2014

September 6, 2014 -- HIRARA CITY, MIYAKO ISLAND, Japan – Members of the Okinawa Prefectural Government hosted a series of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief drills with the Japan Self-Defense Forces and U.S. Marines on and around Miyako Island Sept. 6.

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http://www.okinawa.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/18973/Article/170274/opg-leads-way-as-marines-jsdf-join-disaster-preparedness-training.aspx

McDonald: VA Plans a Healthcare Hiring Spree

Sep 10, 2014 | by Bryant Jordan

The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking to fill "tens of thousands" of jobs as quickly as possible to meet the healthcare needs of veterans, VA Secretary Bob McDonald said on Tuesday.

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http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/09/10/mcdonald-va-plans-a-healthcare-hiring-spree.html?ESRC=todayinmil.sm

September 9, 2014

U.S. Marine denied engagement ring refund; he missed deadline while on deployment

By Tracey Porpora | porpora@siadvance.com
on September 09, 2014 at 2:05 PM, updated September 09, 2014 at 7:03 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Two days before being deployed overseas on a seven-month mission, Sgt. Alexander Divito of the U.S. Marines proposed to his sweetheart for Valentine's Day. He gave her a ring worth more than $3,200, which he purchased from Kay Jewelers in North Carolina.

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http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/09/us_marine_denied_refund_for_en.html

September 8, 2014

Commandant, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps visit Marines, sailors in Helmand for final time

Story by SSgt John Jackson
Date Posted:09.08.2014 10:33

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – General James F. Amos, the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Sgt. Maj. Micheal Barrett, the 17th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, visited Marines and sailors aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Sept. 6.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/141390/commandant-sergeant-major-marine-corps-visit-marines-sailors-helmand-final-time#.VA_FHWK9KSN

11th MEU and Malaysian Armed Forces conduct MALUS AMPHEX 14

By Sgt. Melissa Wenger | 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit | September 08, 2014

Two nations joined forces and jumped in the same boat in the name of enhanced maritime skills and infantry operational excellence.

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http://www.11thmeu.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/2683/Article/170145/11th-meu-and-malaysian-armed-forces-conduct-malus-amphex-14.aspx

MARINES CONDUCT CLIFF ASSAULT TRAINING

By Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos
08 Sep 2014

BRIDGEPORT, California -- Marine Corps training has evolved throughout the Corps’ existence. Mountain warfare training began because of lessons learned from Marines in the Korean War. What started as cold weather training in mountainous terrain has changed into mental and physical preparations for operations in adverse areas.

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http://www.marines.mil/News/NewsDisplay/tabid/3258/Article/496927/marines-conduct-cliff-assault-training.aspx

September 6, 2014

Here's the 10-point plan a poolee used to cut 83 pounds for bootcamp

By Joshua Stewart
Sep. 6, 2014 - 06:00AM

Pvt. Alexander Klopfenstein relied on a low-fat diet and regular exercise to lose 83 pounds so he could ship out to boot camp. Beth Moylan, a senior nutritionist with Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, reviewed Klopfenstein’s regimen and explained why it worked for him. Here’s what Klopfenstein did:

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140906/NEWS/309060036

September 5, 2014

No injuries after Marine Harrier makes emergency landing, catches fire Investigation underway into what caused mishap in Japan

By Joshua Stewart
Sep. 5, 2014 - 01:15PM

A Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier caught fire Thursday after making an emergency landing in Japan.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140905/NEWS/309050043/

September 4, 2014

Understanding new 'in-state' tuition ceiling on GI Bill

By Tom Philpott
Special to Stars and Stripes
Published: September 4, 2014

Perhaps the first thing veterans using GI Bill education benefits should understand about new “in-state tuition” protection that Congress approved last month is that it won’t take effect for another year, by fall semester 2015.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/understanding-new-in-state-tuition-ceiling-on-gi-bill-1.301424

24th MEU fast-ropes toward deployment

By Sgt. Devin Nichols | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | September 04, 2014

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Marines and Sailors with Lima and Weapons Companies, both from Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Ground Combat Element, received fast-rope qualifications by fast-roping from a 60-foot tower and an MV-22B tilt-rotor aircraft, August 20-21, 2014, at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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http://www.24thmeu.marines.mil/News/ArticleDisplayPage/tabid/374/Article/170032/24th-meu-fast-ropes-toward-deployment.aspx

September 3, 2014

Sketching the Marines During Live-Fire Training

By Richard Johnson
The Washington Post
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
(Published in print: Thursday, September 4, 2014)

Quantico, Va. — Recently I was fortunate enough to get an opportunity to join Col. Craig Streeter, former Marine Cobra Pilot and latest poor soul to wear the hat of USMC Combat Artist, while he spent a couple of days warming up his skills before he heads for Afghanistan shortly to continue a proud tradition: documenting the experience of war through art. USMC Combat Artist Mike Fay, illustrator/war artist Victor Juhasz and myself were there to give a little support to his endeavor and as much advice as we could on operating as an artist in a hostile environment. I was brushing up, too. I’m heading to Afghanistan myself in a few days to spend some time with the U.S. International Security Assistance Force troops overseeing the end of combat.

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http://www.vnews.com/lifetimes/13402722-95/sketching-the-marines-during-live-fire-training

September 2, 2014

US Military Attacks al-Shabab in Somalia

Associated Press | Sep 02, 2014 | by Abdi Guled

MOGADISHU, Somalia — U.S. military forces attacked the extremist al-Shabab network in Somalia Monday, the Pentagon said, and a witness described ground-shaking explosions in a strike that reportedly targeted the group's leader.

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http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/09/02/us-military-attacks-al-shabab-in-somalia.html?ESRC=todayinmil.sm

Peleliu to Embark 31st MEU in Okinawa

Story Number: NNS140902-05Release Date: 9/2/2014 5:36:00 AM
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Will Gaskill,
USS Peleliu Public Affairs

OKINAWA, Japan (NNS) -- The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5), arrived in Okinawa, Japan, to embark the Okinawa-based 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) after embarking Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 while in Sasebo, Japan Aug. 31.

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http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=83039

September 1, 2014

Update: Marine Helicopter Crashes in the Gulf of Aden

Story Number: NNS140901-01Release Date: 9/1/2014 2:03:00 PM
From U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) crashed at 2:00 p.m. (GMT), today, at sea in the Gulf of Aden as it attempted to land aboard USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19).

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http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=83044

1/7 disrupts Taliban insurgents to assist retrograde operations

Photos by Sgt. Joseph Scanlan
Date Posted:09.01.2014 06:38

Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, operated during a mission in Helmand province to disrupt enemy insurgents while retrograde operations were ongoing nearby, Aug. 16-18.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1530425/1-7-disrupts-taliban-insurgents-assist-retrograde-operations#.VAUS4mK9KSM