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March 30, 2016

24th MEU sets up COMMEX

U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Todd F. Michalek
Date Taken:03.28.2016 | Date Posted:03.30.2016 10:14

Hospital Corpsman with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, assists during the set up of the MEU's communications exercise at Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 29, 2016. The COMMEX is designed to refresh the skills of communications Marines and to ensure the equipment is fully functional.

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March 29, 2016

Fallen Marine captain continues to inspire others

By Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 29, 2016

Friends and family recall how Matthew Freeman always tried to help others. It’s been more than six years since the Marine captain fell in combat, but that legacy lives on through those who serve in his name.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/fallen-marine-captain-continues-to-inspire-others-1.401070

March 28, 2016

Co. M - Combat Fitness Test

by LCpl Angelica Annastas
Date Taken:03.24.2016 | Posted:03.28.2016 11:15

Recruits of Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, performing the combat fitness test at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, March 24. This is the first of three events that make up the test. Mike Company is scheduled to graduate April 15

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Co. B - Pick Up

by LCpl Angelica Annastas
Date Taken:03.25.2016 | Date Posted:03.28.2016 17:26

Bravo Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, during pick up at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, March 11. After spending the first week in-processing, recruits marched to their new squad bay where their drill instructors introduced themselves, recited the Drill Instructor Creed and began to carrying out the mission of transforming civilians into United States Marines. Bravo Company is scheduled to graduate June 17.

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What I’ve Learned

by Cpl Connor Hancock
Date Posted: 03.28.2016 17:34

Lance Cpl. Nickole Gabel, maintenance management specialist, Exercise Support Division, is an avid percussionist and has been a multi-instrumental musician most of her life. She hopes to one day perform in the “Commandant’s Own”, United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps.

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https://www.dvidshub.net/news/193721/ive-learned-nickole-gabel#.VwnSLvA8KrX

March 25, 2016

Co. F - Obstacle Course II

by LCpl Angelica Annastas
Date Taken:03.24.2016 | Date Posted:03.25.2016 13:32

Recruits of Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, tackle a high obstacle during Obstacle Course II at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, March 24. Fox Company is scheduled to graduate June 3.

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How To be A GI Bill Expert: Know Your Payment

By BARRETT Y. BOGUE on March 25, 2016

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is the greatest education benefit program since World War II and arguably just as successful. Since 2009, over 1.5 million people have used it to achieve their educational goals. I’ve experienced how the program helps, what works best, and what doesn’t work including payments sent to you and your school. Nothing is more cherished yet more misunderstood than payments under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Master how the payments work because not doing so could leave you struggling financially.

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http://taskandpurpose.com/gi-bill-expert-know-payment/

March 23, 2016

Co. M - MCMAP Test

by LCpl Angelica Annastas
Date Posted:03.23.2016 18:25

The Program Test, March 23 is a part of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. Recruits of Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego performed this test. Mike Company is scheduled to graduate April 15

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March 20, 2016

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve

Press Operations
Release No: NR-100-16
March 20, 2016

Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin, of Temecula, California, died Mar. 19 in northern Iraq, from wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his unit with rocket fire. The incident is under investigation.

To continue reading about this Fallen Hero, Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin, of the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment:

http://www.defense.gov/News/News-Releases/News-Release-View/Article/698404/dod-identifies-marine-casualty

March 19, 2016

Marine veteran walks over 5,000 miles to raise PTSD awareness

POSTED:MAR 19 2016 11:14PM PDT
UPDATED:MAR 19 2016 11:14PM PDT

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - KTVU – After 400 days of walking, an American veteran completed an incredible cross-country journey on Saturday at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach to raise awareness for post-traumatic stress disorder.

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http://www.ktvu.com/news/110217960-story

March 18, 2016

Delta Company Enters The Quigley

U.S. Marine Corps Photos by Cpl. Patrick H. Owens/Released
Date Taken:03.15.2016 | Date Posted:03.18.2016 07:13

Candidates assigned to Delta Company, Officer Candidates Class-221, enter the murky water of 'The Quigley' at Brown Field, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., on March 15, 2016.

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Marine vet awarded the Silver Star for heroism during enemy ambush

Matthew L. Schehl, Marine Corps Times 9:03 p.m. EDT March 18, 2016

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — A former squad leader who stepped up to lead his fellow Marines through a vicious firefight in Afghanistan was awarded the nation’s third-highest valor award Friday, nearly five years after the intense battle.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/story/military/2016/03/18/marine-vet-awarded-silver-star-heroism-during-enemy-ambush/81990984/

March 17, 2016

Kansas WWII Marine Women’s Reserve veteran was among first to serve

BY BECCY TANNER
MARCH 17, 2016 7:02 AM

Kathryn Wilson Schroeder – back then, just Kathryn Wilson – was impatient.

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http://www.kansas.com/news/local/article66604222.html

March 16, 2016

Ashland embarks US Marine tanks and the Royal Australian Regiment for Exercise Ssang Yong 2016

by SN Kelsey Adams
Date Taken:03.14.2016 | Date Posted:03.16.2016 03:19

GWANGYANG, Republic of Korea - Amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHRESG), embarked M1A1 Abram tanks and Marines from Delta Company 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division along with members of the 6th Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) March 14 to prepare for the Assault Follow-On Echelon (AFOE) portion of Exercise Ssang Yong 16 (SY16).

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https://www.dvidshub.net/news/192520/ashland-embarks-us-marine-tanks-and-royal-australian-regiment-exercise-ssang-yong-2016#.Vu2EVfA8KrU

Iwo Jima monument at Parris Island refurbished

The Associated Press 11:41 a.m. EDT March 16, 2016

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. — The Iwo Jima Monument at the Parris Island Marine Recruit Depot on the South Carolina coast has been refurbished, extending its life by at least 20 years.

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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/story/military/2016/03/16/iwo-jima-monument-parris-island-refurbished/81858392/

March 15, 2016

Video: Running and Gunning

by Sgt Paris Capers
Date Taken:03.15.2016 | Date Posted:03.15.2016 6:59PM

Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit honed their infantry marksmanship skills with rehearsals, immediate action drills and live-fire shooting during Exercise Ssang Yong 16 as part of Western Pacific Deployment 16-1.

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https://www.dvidshub.net/video/454353/running-and-gunning#.Vu2Kk_A8KrV

13th MEU EOD lights the fuses during Exercise Ssang Yong 16

by LCpl Alvin Pujols
Date Taken:03.13.2016 | Date Posted:03.15.2016 05:40

POHANG, SOUTH KOREA – U.S. Marines with the explosive ordnance disposal teams of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and 31st MEU swept Suseongri live-fire range to find, identify, approach, and then dispose of it in place or safely transport and dispose of it then during Exercise Ssang Yong 16 in Pohang, South Korea, Mar. 13, 2016.

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https://www.dvidshub.net/news/192379/13th-meu-eod-lights-fuses-during-exercise-ssang-yong-16#.Vu2I2PA8KrU

Here’s A VA Benefit We Bet You Didn’t Know About

By SARAH SICARD on March 15, 2016
The Survivors’ and Dependents’ Education Assistance Program provides aid to dependents of fallen or disabled veterans.

It can be a major undertaking to sift through all the Department of Veterans Affairs benefits, and one not commonly known to veterans or their families is the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program under Chapter 35.

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http://taskandpurpose.com/heres-va-benefit-bet-didnt-know/

March 13, 2016

The M4: The Marines' new weapon of choice

CBS NEWS March 13, 2016, 9:55 AM

There are gun lovers -- and then there are Marines.

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http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-m4-the-marines-new-weapon-of-choice/

March 12, 2016

770 MILES TO GO: GROUP MARCHES NONSTOP TO HONOR FALLEN MARINES

By Katie Lange, Defense Media Activity
12 Mar 2016

NAVARRE, Florida -- One step at a time – it’s a pretty common motto, but this week, it’s literally what will get 15 Marines and a few others through a 770-mile ruck march to honor the lives of 11 service members lost during a training mission one year ago.

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http://www.marines.mil/News/NewsDisplay/tabid/3258/Article/692133/770-miles-to-go-group-marches-nonstop-to-honor-fallen-marines.aspx

Retired Chattanooga K-9 reunited with former Marine handler

Chattanooga Times/Free Press, Tenn.
Published: March 12, 2016

A Chattanooga police dog whose first career as a Marine dog included three tours in Afghanistan was reunited with his military handler Saturday upon his retirement from police work.

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http://www.stripes.com/news/us/retired-chattanooga-k-9-reunited-with-former-marine-handler-1.399010

March 9, 2016

Boxer ARG, 13th MEU join ROK forces in Ssang Yong 2016

by PO1 MATTHEW JACKSON
Date Taken:03.08.2016 | Date Posted:03.09.2016 05:56

EAST SEA – Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are participating in exercise Ssang Yong 16 (SY16), March 8-18 in and around Pohang, Republic of Korea (ROK).

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https://www.dvidshub.net/news/191690/boxer-arg-13th-meu-join-rok-forces-ssang-yong-2016#.VuAi0_BOKrU

March 8, 2016

Passions Followed, Music Made

by Sgt Taylor Morton
Date Posted: 03.08.2016 18:00

SAN DIEGO – A dedicated musician is a driven artist; most look for the opportunity to perform under bright lights on stage in front of large crowds for the rest of their lives. Every steadfast musician, no matter the instrument, waits for the day when they can say the countless hours of practice, the performances big and small, the blisters and callouses formed on their hands, and the dedication it took to put their music above anything else finally paid off.

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https://www.dvidshub.net/news/191646/passions-followed-music-made#.V1Bo6mz5MQ5

2nd LEB demonstrates MWD's capabilities to Dutch Marines

U.S. Marine Corps photos by Lance Cpl. Erick Galera/Released
Date Taken:03.07.2016 | Date Posted:03.08.2016 15:28

2nd Law Enforcement Battalion demonstrate the benefits of MWD’s within infantry units for the visiting Dutch marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 7, 2016. The Dutch marines do not have a canine unit and look to the U.S. Marines for support with MWD’s for future operations.

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March 7, 2016

EMBASSY REINFORCEMENT: CRISIS RESPONSE MARINES SHARPEN SKILLS IN PORTUGAL

By 1st Lt. John McCombs, Marine Corps Forces Africa

7 Mar 2016

U.S. EMBASSY LISBON, PORTUGAL -- The U.S. Marines kept their weapons trained on the suspect as they closed in on him in the parking lot of the embassy. One Marine cautiously approached the man to search him for weapons while the other Marines in the unit kept their weapons up, ready to engage the intruder and protect embassy personnel.

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http://www.marines.mil/News/NewsDisplay/tabid/3258/Article/687281/embassy-reinforcement-crisis-response-marines-sharpen-skills-in-portugal.aspx

2nd Tanks deactivates Charlie Company

by Cpl Joey Mendez
Date Posted:03.07.2016

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marines, sailors, family and friends of 2nd Tank Battalion witnessed the deactivation of the battalion’s beloved Charlie Company at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, March 4.

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https://www.dvidshub.net/news/191460/2nd-tanks-deactivates-charlie-company#.Vu3Je_A8KrV

March 6, 2016

BRINGING PART OF JOSH HOME: MWD OF FALLEN HANDLER ADOPTED BY FAMILY

By Cpl. Michelle Reif, II Marine Expeditionary Force
29 Feb 2016

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Military Working Dog handlers often describe the bond between themselves and their dogs as unbreakable and everlasting. Their dogs are more than just their best friends; they are their brothers, an extension of themselves, comrades in arms. For the family of fallen Marine Sgt. Joshua Ashley, adopting MWD Sirius into their family was like reuniting with a part of their son.29

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http://www.marines.mil/News/NewsDisplay/tabid/3258/Article/682135/bringing-part-of-josh-home-mwd-of-fallen-handler-adopted-by-family.aspx

March 5, 2016

13th MEU stays ready with MCMAP

by LCpl Alvin Pujols
Date Taken:02.26.2016 | Date Posted:03.05.2016 07:23

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb 29, 2016) – “A [Marine Corps Martial Arts Program] class teaches Marines the fundamentals of hand-to-hand combat, ground fighting and self-defense techniques, along with incorporating our leadership traits, warrior ethos and Marine Corps history,” said U.S. Marine Cpl. Francis Mueller, a MCMAP instructor and heavy equipment mechanic with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS New Orleans.

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https://www.dvidshub.net/news/191226/13th-meu-stays-ready-with-mcmap#.Vt27mvBOKrV

March 4, 2016

EOD CONDUCTS FINAL FIELD EXERCISE IN PREPARATION FOR SPMAGTF-CR-AF

By Cpl. Paul S. Martinez, II Marine Expeditionary Force
4 Mar 2016

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Marines with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Platoon, Combat Logistics Battalion 2, conducted a field training exercise at Camp Lejeune, March 2.

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http://www.marines.mil/News/NewsDisplay/tabid/3258/Article/686131/eod-conducts-final-field-exercise-in-preparation-for-spmagtf-cr-af.aspx

EOD CONDUCTS FINAL FIELD EXERCISE IN PREPARATION FOR SPMAGTF-CR-AF

By Cpl. Paul S. Martinez, II Marine Expeditionary Force
4 Mar 2016

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Marines with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Platoon, Combat Logistics Battalion 2, conducted a field training exercise at Camp Lejeune, March 2.

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http://www.marines.mil/News/NewsDisplay/tabid/3258/Article/686131/eod-conducts-final-field-exercise-in-preparation-for-spmagtf-cr-af.aspx

26TH MEU FEMALE ENGAGEMENT TEAM TRAINS WITH KUWAITI POLICE

By Capt. Lindsay Pirek
4 Mar 2016

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait -- U.S. Marines assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted an exchange of information with the Kuwait Ministry of the Interior VIP Protection Unit, Female Division, Jan. 31 to Feb. 11, 2016, in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

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http://www.marines.mil/News/NewsDisplay/tabid/3258/Article/686139/26th-meu-female-engagement-team-trains-with-kuwaiti-police.aspx

March 3, 2016

Images: 31st MEU arrives in Republic of Korea

U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/ Released
Date Posted:03.03.2016 00:38

The USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) pulls into port at Busan, Republic of Korea, March 3, 2016. The Marines and sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit are currently embarked on Navy ships of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group as part of their spring deployment to the Asia-Pacific region.

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March 2, 2016

PROWLER "FINAL FOUR" PERFORM DIVISION FLIGHT

By Sgt. Grace L. Waladkewics, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point
2 Mar 2016

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. -- Four EA-6B Prowlers belonging to each Prowler squadron at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point conducted a “Final Four” division flight at the air station March 1, 2016.

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http://www.marines.mil/News/NewsDisplay/tabid/3258/Article/683900/prowler-final-four-perform-division-flight.aspx

WARFIGHTING LAB PROMOTES INNOVATION ACROSS FORCE

By Pfc. Julien Rodarte, Defense Media Activity
Mar 1 2016

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. -- The Marine Corps wants to be more innovative. Yes, the organization that has a rich history of innovation is trying to strengthen its culture of innovation across the force and not just on the battlefield or in a crisis. Marine Corps leaders recognize that in order to meet the challenges of future operating environments and face enemies that don’t follow the traditional rules of warfare the Corps must find a way to harness the untapped cognitive and creative abilities of its Marines, Sailors, and civilians.

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http://www.marines.mil/News/NewsDisplay/tabid/3258/Article/683073/warfighting-lab-promotes-innovation-across-force.aspx

DISTINGUISHED VISITOR DAY MARKS OFFICIAL START OF EXERCISE COLD RESPONSE 16

By Lance Cpl. Brianna Gaudi, II Marine Expeditionary Force
2 Mar 2016

Norway -- NATO allies and partner nations gathered assets and personnel to present to distinguished visitors during Exercise Cold Response 16, March 1, 2016.

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http://www.marines.mil/News/NewsDisplay/tabid/3258/Article/684406/distinguished-visitor-day-marks-official-start-of-exercise-cold-response-16.aspx

March 1, 2016

MARINE AIRCRAFT WING PROVIDES ASSETS IN COBRA GOLD

By Cpl. William Hester, III Marine Expeditionary Force
1 Mar 2016

UTAPAO, Thailand -- Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167 is among one of the squadrons aiding in the air-ground capabilities. HMLA 167 is currently supporting Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force in Thailand during Cobra Gold 16 as part of the unit deployment program.

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http://www.marines.mil/News/NewsDisplay/tabid/3258/Article/682943/marine-aircraft-wing-provides-assets-in-cobra-gold.aspx