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January 30, 2016

Images: 31st MEU embarks aboard the USS Ashland (LSD 48)

U.S. Marine Corps photos by Gunnery Sergeant Ismael Pena/Released
Date Taken:01.29.2016 | Date Posted:01.30.2016 09:28

U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, loaded their AAVs onto the USS Ashland (LSD 48) before departing for the MEU's spring deployment. The Spring Deployment is a regularly scheduled deployment designed to support PACOM's theater security cooperation initiatives to promote goodwill, and strengthen allied relationships.

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January 29, 2016

Video: Non-Lethal Weapons Instructors Teach Combat Engineers to Keep the Peace

U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Jonathan Boynes/ Released
Date Taken:01.27.2016 | Date Posted:01.29.2016 3:23PM

Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, practice the fundamentals of riot control during a non-lethal weapons training course at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 27.

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Video: 1st LEB, Shoot Rifles, Pistols and Shotguns

by Cpl John Baker
Date Taken:01.27.2016 | Date Posted:01.29.2016 6:42PM

Marines with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion conduct a series of live-fire shoots with assault rifles, pistols and shotguns at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 27, 2016. The purpose of the shoot is to perfect Marines’ weapon handling skills in order to build their confidence in accurately discharging their weapons systems.

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North Carolina Marines deploy for missions in Eastern Europe

Matthew L. Schehl, Marine Corps Times 4:40 p.m. EST January 29, 2016

A new crop of East Coast Marines are at the helm of the Black Sea Rotational Force, which provides extra security in Eastern Europe.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/story/military/2016/01/29/marines-black-sea-rotational-force-changes-guard/79413010/

Family members spanning four generations killed in car wreck near Statesboro

Updated: 9:59 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 | Posted: 7:47 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

A military family is struggling to cope with the loss of three family members after a Marine’s wife, her grandmother and her baby daughter were killed in a car accident Wednesday night in Millen, Georgia.

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http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/family-members-spanning-four-generations-killed-ca/nqFKf/

January 28, 2016

New mess hall at Weapons Training Battalion dedicated to fallen staff sergeant

By Adele Uphaus-Conner | Marine Corps Base Quantico | January 28, 2016

Marine Corps Base Quantico -- “It’s fitting that this mess hall is being named for Staff Sgt. Malachowski because he was hungry,” Lt. Col. Jonathan Sabado, executive officer of Marine Corps Embassy Security Group, said at a dedication of the new building at Weapons Training Battalion aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico Jan. 19. “I don’t mean he was hungry for chow hall food. He was hungry for something deeper that we can all relate to. We all have goals, dreams, and aspirations. Staff Sgt. Malachowski was no different.”

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http://www.quantico.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/10834/Article/645632/new-mess-hall-at-weapons-training-battalion-dedicated-to-fallen-staff-sergeant.aspx

Pentagon Sets Maternity Leave at 12 Weeks for All Services

Jan 28, 2016 | by Amy Bushatz

Navy and Marine Corps maternity leave policies drastically expanded last year will be now slashed by six weeks from 18 to 12 weeks under a new plan announced Thursday by Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.

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http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/01/28/maternity-leave-slashed-for-sailors-marines.html?ESRC=todayinmil.sm

We’re SNOW hard! Bare-chested US Marines and Korean troops perform drills (and mess about) in extreme cold as ‘preparation for North Korea attack’

By Alex Matthews For
Published: 06:24 EST, 28 January 2016 | Updated: 06:52 EST, 28 January 2016

The thought of wrestling bare-chested in the snow-covered wilderness with your mates wouldn't cross many people as a great way to spend a winter's afternoon, but a unit of marines couldn't wait to cover themselves in the white stuff during an exercise in South Korea.

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http://www.detroitnewstime.com/regional/119378-we’re-snow-hard-bare-chested-us-marines-and-korean-troops-perform-drills-and-mess-about-in-extreme-cold-as-‘preparation-for-north-korea-attack’.html

January 27, 2016

Winning design concept for the National World War I Memorial unveiled Honoring Vets

VA News Digital by Melissa Heintz
January 27, 2016 1:25 pm

The nation’s capital will finally receive a national memorial dedicated to the Servicemembers who fought in “The Great War.” The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission selected the design team of Joe Weishaar & Sabin Howard and their design concept “The Weight of Sacrifice” for the National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park.

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January 26, 2016

Marine Recruiter Wounded In Chattanooga Shooting Receives Purple Heart

Jan 26, 2016 | by Hope Hodge Seck

A Marine Corps recruiter wounded on the job during the deadly mass shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee last July received the Purple Heart medal today.

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http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/01/26/marine-recruiter-wounded-chattanooga-shooting-purple-heart.html

January 25, 2016

EXERCISE COBRA GOLD 2016 TO BEGIN FEBRUARY 9

By 1st Lt. Courtney Caimona, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific
25 Jan 2016

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand and the United States will co-host the annual, multilateral Exercise Cobra Gold in various areas throughout the Kingdom of Thailand Feb. 9-19, 2016.

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http://www.marines.mil/News/NewsDisplay/tabid/3258/Article/644293/exercise-cobra-gold-2016-to-begin-february-9.aspx

NAVY CORPSMEN CONTINUE SUPPORT OF MARINE OPERATIONS, TRAINING

By Cpl. Janessa Pon, II Marine Expeditionary Force
25 Jan 2016

COMBINED ARMS TRAINING CENTER CAMP FUJI, Japan -- For more than 239 years, Navy corpsmen have been known as the enlisted force which has supported Marine operations and training both garrison and the field.

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http://www.marines.mil/News/NewsDisplay/tabid/3258/Article/644296/navy-corpsmen-continue-support-of-marine-operations-training.aspx

January 24, 2016

Native American USMC veteran’s walk is truly inspiring

By Staff Writer|January 24th, 2016|U.S. Marines, Videos|0 Comments

Eddie Gray is a Cheyenne USMC veteran. He is walking every perimeter state in the U.S. and meeting with local politicians and veterans at every chance he gets. So far, he has covered 7,000 miles with a 100 lbs ruck sack on his back.

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http://popularmilitary.com/native-american-usmc-veterans-walk-is-truly-inspiring/

January 23, 2016

Images: Marines with 22nd MEU Conduct Riot Training

U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Chris Garcia/Released
Date Taken: 01.22.2016 | Date Posted:01.23.2016 15:46

Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit performed many tactics to maintain control of a simulated riot during a non-lethal weapons course at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 22, 2016. The Marines participated in the course to ensure mission readiness and to improve their ability to maintain control during a riot.

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January 22, 2016

Images: Exercise Iron Fist 2016 Opening Ceremony

U.S. Marine Corps photos by Lance Cpl. Timothy Valero/ Released
Date Posted:01.22.2016 20:35

The opening ceremony of exercise Iron Fist 2016 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 22, 2016 which is an annual, bilateral amphibious training exercise held in Southern California between the United States Marine Corps and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. The Marines taking part in the exercise are from I Marine Expeditionary Force on Camp Pendleton.

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January 21, 2016

12 missing Marines officially declared dead

Posted: Jan 21, 2016 5:58 PM CST | Updated: Jan 21, 2016 8:34 PM CST
By Clayton Wakida

MARINE CORPS BASE KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii -
The U.S. Marine Corps has officially declared 12 Marines dead after their two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters were involved in an incident off the coast of Oahu's Waimea Bay along the North Shore on the evening of January 14.

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Navajo Code Talker Alfred James Peaches Dies at Age 90

Associated Press | Jan 21, 2016

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. -- Flags will be lowered across the Navajo Nation in honor of another Navajo Code Talker who has died.

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http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/01/21/navajo-code-talker-alfred-james-peaches-dies-age-90.html?ESRC=todayinmil.sm

Marine Raider awarded Silver Star for heroism in Afghanistan

By Matthew L. Schehl, Marine Corps Times 7:46 p.m. EST January 21, 2016

A Marine Raider has been awarded the nation's third-highest valor award for heroic actions during a 2013 deployment to Afghanistan.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/story/military/2016/01/21/marine-raider-awarded-silver-star-heroics-afghanistan/79122682/

January 20, 2016

Images: 11th Marine Regiment celebrates Saint Barbara's Day

Marine Corps photos by Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel
Date Taken:01.15.2015 | Date Posted:01.20.2015 13:47

The 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, celebrated St. Barbara’s Day at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Jan. 15. Saint Barbara is invoked for protection against fire or explosions and is known as the patron saint of artillery.

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January 19, 2016

Marine Commandant Announces New Promotion, Cyber Warfar

Jan 19, 2016 | by Hope Hodge Seck

A new directive from Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller announces dramatic changes to the service set to take place by the end of next year.

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http://m.military.com/daily-news/2016/01/19/marine-commandant-announces-promotion-cyber-warfare-opportunity.html

January 18, 2016

Images: MRF Deck Shoot

U.S. Marine Corps photos by Sgt. Hector de Jesus/Released
Date Taken:01.18.2016 | Date Posted:01.19.2016 00:39

U.S. Marines with Maritime Raid Force, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a deck shoot during Sustainment Exercise aboard the USS Boxer, January 18, 2016 in preparation for their upcoming deployment.

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January 16, 2016

Missing Marines identified in Hawaii helicopter crash; search continues

By Wyatt Olson
Stars and Stripes
Published: January 16, 2016

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — The Marine Corps has released the names of the 12 crew members aboard two helicopters that crashed late Thursday off the North Shore of Oahu.

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http://www.stripes.com/missing-marines-identified-in-hawaii-helicopter-crash-search-continues-1.389181

U.S. and Okinawan Youth Basketball Tournament

by LCpl Steven Tran
Date Posted:01.16.2016 8:28AM

U.S. and Okinawan children face off on the basketball court and then integrate as mixed teams during a youth basketball tournament on Camp Schwab, Jan. 16, 2016. The even fosters the importance of teamwork with different nationalities and cultures through sportsmanship and friendly competition.

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All-Marine ice hockey team hits the rink for first time in decades

Matthew L. Schehl, Staff writer 10:56 a.m. EST January 16, 2016

Marines are prepared to fight in any clime and place — including the ice hockey rink.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/story/military/2016/01/16/all-marine-ice-hockey-team-hits-rink-first-time-decades/78657208/

January 15, 2016

MEU MARINES TRAIN FOR JUNGLE COMBAT

By Lance Cpl. Carl King, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
15 Jan 2016

CAMP HANSEN OKINAWA, Japan -- His bulky, brown pack soaked in rain water made it a challenge to walk up the already steep hills of the jungle. His shoulders ached in a constant, annoying pain from the weight of the pack. The mud under his feet made him slip and fall every 100 steps. Through all these tangible problems and an array of intangibles, the Marine kept his composure and focused on the mission at hand – to locate, close with and destroy his enemy.

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http://www.marines.mil/News/NewsDisplay/tabid/3258/Article/643256/meu-marines-train-for-jungle-combat.aspx

January 14, 2016

MEU Marines train for jungle combat

by LCpl Carl King
Date Taken:01.07.2016 | Date Posted:01.14.2016 07:24

CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan – His bulky, brown pack soaked in rain water made it a challenge to walk up the already steep hills of the jungle. His shoulders ached in a constant, annoying pain from the weight of the pack. The mud under his feet made him slip and fall every 100 steps. Through all these tangible problems and an array of intangibles, the Marine kept his composure and focused on the mission at hand – to locate, close with and destroy his enemy.

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Program helps veterans find civilian jobs in solar energy industry

POSTED 8:04 PM, JANUARY 14, 2016, BY FOX 13 NEWS AND KELLY KEITER

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – A new program is helping military veterans make the transition to civilian employment, specifically in the solar power industry.

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http://fox13now.com/2016/01/14/program-helps-veterans-find-civilian-jobs-in-solar-energy-industry/

January 13, 2016

Military Bases No Longer Accepting IDs from Five States

Jan 13, 2016 | by Amy Bushatz

U.S. military installations are no longer allowing visitors to gain base access using official ID cards from five states -- and other installations may soon follow.

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http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/01/13/some-military-bases-no-longer-accepting-ids-from-five-states.html

Photo Gallery: Marine recruits stand tall for official photo on Parris Island

Photos by Sgt. Jennifer Schubert
Date Posted:01.13.2016 15:31

Platoon 3017, Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, pose for his first official photos Jan. 13, 2016, on Parris Island, S.C. This photo is normally identified as a Marine’s official Marine Corps photo and has been taken in training since the 1950’s. Lima Company is scheduled to graduate March 4, 2016.

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January 12, 2016

Marine Corps to award job titles such as ‘Rifleman’ to women who have completed infantry training

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff January 12, 2016

The Marine Corps is set to allow women who have done the training to assume combat jobs and titles that had previously been closed to them.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/01/12/marine-corps-to-award-job-titles-such-as-rifleman-to-women-who-have-completed-infantry-training/?tid=ss_tw

Photo Gallery: Marine recruits test limits, learn to rappel on Parris Island

PhotoS by Sgt. Jennifer Schubert
Date Posted:01.12.2016 11:28

Recruits of Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, on Parris Island, S.C are taught about the rappel tower. Lima Company is scheduled to graduate March 4, 2016.

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January 11, 2016

HMHT-302, CLB-2 CONDUCT EXTERNAL LIFTS

By Lance Cpl. Erick Galera, II Marine Expeditionary Force
11 Jan 2016

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron 302 and Combat Logistics Battalion 2 conducted external lifts at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Jan. 6, 2016.

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http://www.marines.mil/News/NewsDisplay/tabid/3258/Article/642220/hmht-302-clb-2-conduct-external-lifts.aspx

Marine's parents get letter from Iraq almost 11 years later

6 p.m. EST January 11, 2016

ROANOKE, Va. — A Virginia couple was surprised after receiving a letter their son sent almost 11 years ago while serving in Iraq.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/story/military/2016/01/11/marines-parents-get-letter-iraq-almost-11-years-later/78652928/

January 8, 2016

Veterans Let Slip The Masks Of War: Can This Art Therapy Ease PTSD?

Samantha Allen 01.08.165:01 AM ET

Service members suffering from PTSD often feel like they’re wearing a mask. Melissa Walker asks them to make one.

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http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/01/08/veterans-let-slip-the-masks-of-war-can-this-art-therapy-ease-ptsd.html

January 7, 2016

Capri Sun innovator gives $16 million to Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

By T. Rees Shapiro January 7, 2016

Before he developed and marketed the citrus fruit beverage known to the world today as Capri Sun, Hans-Peter Wild was a child in Heidelberg during World War II who would always remember the generosity of the U.S. troops stationed in his father’s factory.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/capri-sun-innovator-gives-16-million-to-marine-corps-scholarship-foundation/2016/01/06/af314d1a-b48f-11e5-9388-466021d971de_story.html?tid=hybrid_collaborative_1_na

January 6, 2016

School of Infantry-East Marines conduct Machine Gun Qualification

Date Taken:12.16.2015 | Date Posted:01.06.2016 14:53

Alpha Company, Infantry Training Battalion (ITB), School of Infantry-East, conducted a live fire range as part of their Machine Gunner qualification.

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India Company Marines navigate the confidence course

Date Taken:12.17.2015 | Date Posted:01.06.2016 14:58

Entry-level Marines with India Company, Marine Combat Training Battalion (MCT), School of Infantry-East, navigate the confidence course on Camp Devil Dog, N.C., Dec. 17, 2015. MCT is a 29-day training evolution where entry-level Marines are training in basic infantryman skills.

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Brotherly Love: A Personalized Tool As A Gift For Veterans

January 6, 2016 7:33 AM By Ukee Washington

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Haddonfield man has honored thousands of veterans and their families across the country with an unusual gift.

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http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2016/01/06/brotherly-love-a-personalized-tool-as-a-gift-for-veterans/

January 5, 2016

How wolves and warriors help each other heal

A California couple helps rescued wolves and veterans with PTSD forge lasting bonds.
SIDNEY STEVENS
January 5, 2016, 9:34 a.m.

About 90 minutes north of Los Angeles at the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center (LARC), healing magic happens every day. Nestled on acres of scenic land inside the Los Padres National Forest, LARC’s Warriors and Wolves program offers combat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder the chance to bond with wolves and wolfdogs that have been rescued from abusive situations or abandoned because their wild roots make them poor pets. Together they heal and gain a sense of belonging — and a second chance at life.

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http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/healing-wolves

January 4, 2016

Today’s Task Force Al Asad

By Gunnery Sgt. Christine Polvorosa | I Marine Expeditionary Force | January 4, 2016

AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq -- At the height of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Al Asad was the second largest U.S. air base in Iraq, and home to thousands of deployed coalition personnel from II Marine Expeditionary Force/Multi-National Force West and other major tenant commands.

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http://www.imef.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/3963/Article/639851/todays-task-force-al-asad.aspx

January 3, 2016

Veteran Launches 'The War Horse' to Tell Stories of Iraq, Afghanistan

Jan 03, 2016 | by Hope Hodge Seck

One Marine veteran is on a mission to make sure the war stories of his generation are told -- and told right.

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http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/01/03/veteran-launches-website-for-iraq-afghan-war-stories.html