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February 14, 2017

How this Marine from Russia came to America — and became the Corps’ best

BY WADE LIVINGSTON
FEBRUARY 14, 2017 12:01 AM

GySgt. Vitali Kholodov, Drill Instructor of the Year, talks about what traits make for a good drill instructor on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.

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January 5, 2017

Longest-serving U.S. Marine retires after 43 years of service

By Carol Ann Benanti | Staten Island Advance (Tribune News Service) | Published: January 5, 2017

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — After more than 43 years of service to our country, United States Marine Corps Col. Edmund J. Bowen retired during a solemn, ceremonial tribute hosted recently in Washington, D.C.

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December 23, 2016

Marine mom gets surprise of a lifetime, just in time for the holidays

By Julie Manganis | The Salem News (Tribune News Service) | Published: December 23, 2016

SALEM, Mass. — For weeks, Michelle kept busy.

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December 16, 2016

Video: Stafford First Grader Surprised by Dad's Early Return from Kuwait

Posted: December 16, 2016 5:31 PM
By Susan Larson

Widewater Elementary School first grader and his classmates thought they were listening to Santa read a story. But...

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December 9, 2016

Air Station mourns the loss of one of its own as Marine pilot dies in crash in Japan

By Stephen Fastenau | December 9, 2016 9:20 AM

A Marine pilot stationed in Beaufort who died after ejecting from his aircraft Wednesday night off the coast of Japan has been identified.

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December 8, 2016

Former Marine and astronaut, U.S. Sen. John Glenn of Ohio has died at 95

By: Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press, December 8, 2016 (Photo Credit: Jay LaPrete/AP)

WASHINGTON — Marine aviator John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95.

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November 27, 2016

Marine general uses POW time to teach Code of Conduct lessons

By MATTHEW M. BURKE | STARS AND STRIPES
Published: November 27, 2016

During Operation Desert Storm, then-Capt. Russell Sanborn had just pounded Iraqi military targets with gravity bombs in the southern Kuwaiti desert. Then a missile struck his AV-8B Harrier, forcing him to parachute into the same area, where the angry enemy waited.

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October 31, 2016

An Unshakable Bond, a Drive to Succeed

By Sgt. Sara Graham | Marine Corps Forces Reserves | October 31, 2016

HUMACAO, Puerto Rico -- Santos is a 23 year old native of Caguas, Puerto Rico. His demeanor reflects a determination to succeed in life not only as a civilian in Puerto Rico but as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

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October 30, 2016

Marine's memory goes the distance

Sunday, Posted at 12:01 AM, Oct. 30, 2016
By Sarah Hauck

A single set of footprints in the snow leading to his son’s grave gave a grieving father a fear he never thought he would have to face; his son being forgotten.

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October 18, 2016

Marine who received Medal of Honor for bravery in Vietnam dies

By: Jeff Schogol, October 18, 2016 (Photo Credit: Doug Sterner.)

Medal of Honor recipient Richard Pittman, who traded his rifle for a machine gun to save many of his fellow Marines, has died at the age of 71.

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September 23, 2016

Gone but Never Forgotten

By Cpl. Gabrielle Quire | 10th Marine Regiment | September 23, 2016

Marine Aircraft Group 49, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing held a memorial ceremony Sept. 18, 2016 at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, Louisiana, to honor two fallen pilots from their unit.

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September 14, 2016

Heartwarming Homecoming: Watch Marine Surprise Daughter After 7-Month Deployment

By Renee Schiavone (Patch Staff) - September 14, 2016 4:06 pm

BEAUMONT, CA – For Destiny, Tuesday started out like any other school assembly day at Tournament Hills Elementary School. But then the fourth-grader was lucky enough to be chosen to take part in a special "game" at the event.

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September 6, 2016

Navajo Code Talker Joe Kellwood is dead at 95

Dianna M. Náñez, The Republic | azcentral.com 7:58 p.m. MST September 6, 2016

Joe Hosteen Kellwood, a Navajo Code Talker from World War II, died Monday in Phoenix at the age of 95.

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August 30, 2016

Marines honor fallen corporal who kept fighting after IED blast

By: Charlsy Panzino, August 30, 2016

A new headquarters building at the Marine Corps' Advanced Infantry Training Battalion will honor a fallen noncommissioned officer who earned the Navy Cross during the battle that took his life.

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August 22, 2016

Meet one of the female Marines who passed Infantry Training Battalion

By USMC Life | By Marine Corps Cpl. Alvin Pujols | August 22nd, 2016

A Marine walks up to a pullup bar. She takes a deep breath; leaps up and grabs hold … one, two, three, four. She cranks out pullup after pullup … 18, 19, 20 … and when she can’t do any more, she drops down and smoke seems to puff up from her Marine Corps-issued boots.

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August 12, 2016

Warship to be named for fabled Marine John Basilone

By Hieu Tran Phan
The San Diego Union-Tribune (Tribune News Service)
Published: August 12, 2016

A legendary and much honored figure in Marine Corps history is slated to receive another tribute next week at Camp Pendleton.

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July 29, 2016

Terminally Ill 8-Year-Old Boy Becomes Honorary Marine: 'He's Taught Me Love,' Says Dad

By Caitlin Keatin
07/29/2016 AT 03:55 PM EDT

A dying 8-year-old boy who has just a few days left to live became an honorary U.S. Marine on Tuesday.

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July 20, 2016

Marine Special Operations School Honors Fallen Raider

U.S. Marine Corps video by Sgt Scott A. Achtemeier/ /RELEASED
07.20.2016
Video by Sgt. Scott Achtemeier

U.S. Marine Raiders, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, gather at a dedication ceremony where the Marine Special Operations School academic facility will be named in honor of Gunnery Sergeant Jonathan W. Gifford, 20 July 2016. GySgt Gifford was killed in action July 29, 2012 while deployed to Afghanistan with 2D Marine Raider Battalion and was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

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July 5, 2016

Marine of the Year takes care of his troops on and off the battlefield

Lance M. Bacon, Marine Corps Times 11:09 a.m. EDT July 5, 2016

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — One Gunnery Sgt. is a man who gets things done — and that has earned him the respect of subordinates and superiors alike.

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June 27, 2016

Marine pursues a life of physical fitness for himself and others

Story by Sgt. Jessica Quezada
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
Date Posted: 06.27.2016 03:39

This statement resonates profoundly to one U.S. Marine who made the decision at a young age to pursue a life of physical fitness not only for the benefit of himself but for others as well.

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June 20, 2016

Father and Son Serve Together

by Sgt Sara Graham
Date Posted: 06.20.2016 18:06

Most Marines, whether serving on active duty or in the reserves, don’t have as many opportunities to celebrate holidays with their families due to service commitments. It is normal and expected to miss out on holidays spent with loved ones including this Father’s Day, June 19, 2016. Despite this, there are two Marines at Integrated Training Exercise 4-16 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California, that have the unique opportunity to celebrate the holiday together this year.

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June 16, 2016

The single military father: A balance of nobility

Story by Cpl. Thomas Mudd
Posted 06.16.2016

When Gunnery Sgt. Ira first enlisted in the Marine Corps he never imagined he would become a father. As he quickly rose through the ranks, his focus was on being an exemplary Marine and having children wasn’t ever in the cards. Everything changed at 4:01 a.m. the day before Halloween, when his son, Jessen, was born and he held him for the first time. Military careers change, as do family dynamics, but in the years to come, he would learn to master the craft of balancing the responsibilities of a Marine Corps gunnery sergeant and those of a single father.

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June 1, 2016

New Marine starts and finishes with Fox Company

Date Taken: 05.31.2016 | Date Posted: 06.01.2016 17:04

Sustaining an injury while training is one of the last things recruits want to deal with during their experience. They try their best to prevent any injuries, but sometimes accidents happen. After waiting for almost a year to become a Marine, Private First Class Mauricio, Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, finally graduates recruit training.

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May 19, 2016

First combat amputee reaches top of Everest

Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY 6:04 p.m. EDT May 19, 2016

A Marine Corps veteran who lost his leg in Iraq reached the top of Mount Everest on Thursday to become the first combat amputee to conquer the world's highest mountain.

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May 3, 2016

Heroic Marine Saves Drowning Victim

By Cpl. Ian Ferro | Marine Corps Forces Reserves | May 3, 2016

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
What started as just another vacation on a beach with family in Emerald Isle, North Carolina on July 28, 2015, took a turn for the worst when Duncan A. Harris heard worried voices and desperation growing around him. He ran to the edge of the beach looking to see what all the commotion was about.

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April 25, 2016

Marine Corps Vietnam War veterans recreate photo after being apart for 50 years

By USMC Life | April 25th, 2016

A group of Marines reunite in Florida to recreate a photo they took on a sunny Oceanside, CA beach- over half a century ago.

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April 5, 2016

U.S. Marines Dog Lucca Receives PDSA Dickin Medal After Losing Leg on Patrol

by ALEXANDER SMITH
APR 5 2016, 7:37 PM ET

LONDON — Move over Lassie, there's a new hero pooch in town.

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April 1, 2016

WWII veteran gets long-awaited dress uniform

Steve Lambson, Digital Content Director, steve.lambson@kmiz.com
POSTED: 11:38 AM CDT Apr 01, 2016
UPDATED: 11:47 AM CDT Apr 01, 2016

COLUMBIA, Mo. - More than 70 years after getting discharged from the military, Thomas Ivan Henderson finally has a Marine Corps dress uniform to show off. He was given the Dress Blue uniform on Friday at the Columbia office of MarineParents.com, a non-profit organization.

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March 28, 2016

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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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.

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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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March 18, 2016

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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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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March 12, 2016

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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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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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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February 26, 2016

Video: Bringing a part of Josh home; MWD of fallen handler adopted by family

by LCpl Erick Galera
Date Posted:02.26.2016 9:17PM

Military Working Dog Sirius, who served with 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion, retired during a ceremony at Ashley Kennels at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 26, 2016. Sirius was adopted by the family of his former handler, Sgt. Joshua Ashley, who was killed while he and Sirius were on patrol in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012.

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February 19, 2016

Terminal Marine goes on one last ride

By Williams Martinez, Public Affairs Specialist
Friday, February 19, 2016

The Marion VA echoed in motorcycle rumbles and fire and police sirens as over two hundred bikers and supporters came out to go on one last bike ride with Marine Veteran Walter “Vernell” Holderfield. Three lanes of bikers from across Southern Illinois were led by Vernell as he rode on the back of a Harley-Davidson trike, driven by Navy Veteran Mike Harriss. “Riding used to be my therapy,” shares Vernell.

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February 17, 2016

'Terminal Lance' cartoon's popularity leads to book

By Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 17, 2016

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Patrick was hailed as a hero last month after pulling an unconscious man out of his mangled car moments before it burst into flames.

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February 16, 2016

This Marine Is About To Run 161 Miles In Honor Of Fallen Servicewomen

By Sarah Sicard on February 16, 2016

In honor of the 161 women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, one Capt. will run a 161 miles over four days.

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Arkansas, football and military working dogs

by Cpl Joshua Brown
Date Posted:02.16.2016 12:12

USS KEARSARGE -- A small community of farmers occupies Fayetteville, Arkansas. Schools in the area, like Greenland High School, don’t boast large graduating classes; in fact, one Lance Cpl. was one of 56 students in his

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Outstanding Marine recognized for setting the example

By Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel | I Marine Expeditionary Force | February 16, 2016

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – The Marine Corps thrives because of skilled leaders who must be individuals both of action and of intellect according to Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 1: Warfighting. The service makes a point to award those Marines who go above and beyond to embody the spirit of the organization.

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February 12, 2016

Former SgtMaj of USMC to become ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago

By USMC Life|February 13th, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed former Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps John L. Estrada as ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Feb. 12, 2016.

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February 9, 2016

BRONZE STAR AWARDED TO LEJEUNE MARINE

By Cpl. Fatmeh Saad, II Marine Expeditionary Force
9 Feb 2016

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina -- Staff Sgt. Nathan A. Hervey, an instructor with the Advanced Infantry Training Battalion at the School of Infantry-East, was awarded a Bronze Star Medal at Stone Bay rifle range, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Feb. 5.

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February 5, 2016

10 NFL Players Who Have Served in the Military

Posted on February 5, 2016 by Katie Lange
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Super Bowl 50 is almost upon us, everyone! It’s an annual football, food and fun fest that draws in about 114 million American viewers a year, including service members stationed all over the world.

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February 4, 2016

90 year old retired sergeant major, MCCS employee challenges Marines to remember legacy

Lance Cpl. Sean J. Berry MCB Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River | Posted: Thursday, February 4, 2016 12:00 am

Every Marine will, at one time in their career, cross paths with a fellow Marine whose story is so remarkable and whose testimony so true, that a legacy is created — an impression never forgotten and always inspiring.

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14 Photos of American Soldiers’ Hands Show the Toll Their Sacrifice Takes

BY KAYLA BRANDON (3 DAYS AGO) Feb. 4, 2016

When you first meet someone, you’re most likely looking at their face — their eyes, their smile, even their nose.

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February 3, 2016

Corpsman to Get Silver Star for Heroism after Afghan Insider Attack

Feb 03, 2016 | by Hope Hodge Seck

A Navy hospital corpsman serving with the Marines' elite special operations command will be recognized this week for heroism shown when he braved enemy fire to rush to the side of wounded troops in Afghanistan's Herat province in 2014 when they were attacked by a rogue Afghan commando.

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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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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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January 21, 2016

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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December 30, 2015

Marine diagnosed with cancer posts video sharing his story

By Dan Lamothe
The Washington Post
Published: December 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — After a weight-lifting session left him struggling to catch his breath, Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Fayloga made a decision: It was time to visit a doctor and find out what was wrong with him. He'd been struggling with fatigue for months, but chalked it up in part to his long commute from Columbia, Md., to the Pentagon.

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December 22, 2015

Paralyzed Marine turns to growing sport of sled hockey for rehabilitation, community

By Nicole Kwan Published December 22, 2015 FoxNews.com

When Josh Sweeney stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan in October 2009, the Marine Corps Sergeant lost both legs above the knee. Now, the Purple Heart recipient is an accomplished athlete- scoring the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team’s game-winning goal to earn its third gold medal at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and receiving the inaugural Pat Tillman Award for Service at the 2014 ESPYS. Sweeney’s transition from Marine to injured veteran to team captain is just one example of the positive impact the growth of sled hockey has had on veterans and paralyzed athletes in the past decade.

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December 19, 2015

Meet Hisham Tawfiq, the rising star of 'The Blacklist’

By JACQUELINE CUTLER
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS 10/19/2015 12:11 PM ET

Hisham Tawfiq plays a badass on TV. In real life he’s even tougher.

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December 9, 2015

These 13 Chesty Puller quotes show why Marines will love and respect him forever

by David Nye - Dec 9, 2015 12:58:16 pm

Lt. Gen. Lewis “Chesty” Puller, is a Marine Corps icon who’s known for his quotable quotes nearly as much as his battlefield accomplishments.

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December 5, 2015

Twentynine Palms Marine performed with Rascal Flatts

Denise Goolsby, The Desert Sun 1:03 p.m. PST December 5, 2015

A Marine Corps Staff Sgt. is somewhat of a resident celebrity at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms.

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November 15, 2015

Marine killed in WWII's Battle of Tarawa to be buried

Stars and Stripes
Published: November 15, 2015

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The remains of a Marine who went missing 72 years ago in World War II’s Battle of Tarawa will be buried with full military honors Monday in Denver.

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Inside the legacy of the oldest living sergeant major of the Marine Corps

By Gidget Fuentes, Special to Military Times 10:24 a.m. EST November 15, 2015

As Marines gather to celebrate the Corps' 240th birthday, chants of "oorah!" are likely to be heard around the world. That iconic battle cry is just one mark of the long-lasting legacy left by the oldest living sergeant major of the Marine Corps.

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November 12, 2015

Friends Bring Marine Corps Ball To Ocean Pines To Honor Veteran

Posted on 11/12/2015 by Bryan Russo

OCEAN PINES – There are few things Ted Rollings enjoys more than going to the annual US Marine Corps ball, but this year, the ball came to him.

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November 11, 2015

Retired Marine the voice behind the 'oorah'

USA TODAY NETWORK Gidget Fuentes, Marine Corps Times 3:33 p.m. EST November 11, 2015

The oldest living sergeant major of the Marine Corps is a legend of sorts.

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November 9, 2015

Voices: An enduring hero of Marines' most iconic battle

Jim Michaels, USA TODAY 8:26 p.m. EST November 9, 2015

Crouched in a large shell crater, Marine Capt. Donald Beck gathered what was left of his company’s leaders together as bullets whizzed overhead.

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Marines gather to honor fallen brother’s memory

Story by Sgt Grace L. Waladkewics
Date Posted:11.09.2015 12:21

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C.- Marines and family members gathered at a New River Air Station Chapel with heavy hearts to honor the life and service of fallen Staff Sgt. Denver Sugano during a memorial service at Marine Corps Air Station New River, Nov. 4.

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November 4, 2015

Remains of NY Marine Killed in '43 Pacific Battle Identified

Associated Press | Nov 04, 2015 | by Chris Carola

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Growing up in New York City, twins Michael and James Reilly did everything together. After the U.S. entered World War II, they enlisted in the Marines on the same day. When the leathernecks landed at Tarawa, the brothers were in the same assault wave.

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November 2, 2015

Rafael Peralta: Warship honoring Marine christened at Maine shipyard

DAVID SHARP, ASSOCIATED PRESS
9:54 AM, Nov 2, 2015 | 10:02 AM, Nov 2, 2015

BATH, Maine (AP) -- First in English, then in Spanish, the mother of a fallen Marine who shielded his comrades from an insurgent's grenade christened a new Navy destroyer in his honor.

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October 31, 2015

Images: USS Rafael Peralta

U.S. Marine Corps photos Sgt. Gabriela Garcia/Released
Date Posted:10.31.2015 22:10

The Marine Corps Sgt. Rafael Peralta's family members and friends, the Commandant of the Marine Corps and the Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps were in attendance for the christening of the destroyer which was named after Sgt. Peralta who was killed during the second battle of Fallujah in 2004, Oct. 31, 2015.

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October 28, 2015

Retired gunny honored for completing 439 MCI courses

By Matthew L. Schehl, Staff writer 5:05 p.m. EDT October 28, 2015

A retired gunny has gone on record as being the most-Marine-Corps-Institute-educated devil dog of all time.

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October 24, 2015

Destroyer USS Rafael Peralta, named for Marine killed in Iraq, to be christened

By Beth Brogan
Bangor Daily News, Maine
Published: October 24, 2015

BATH, Maine (Tribune News Service) — The future USS Rafael Peralta, the 35th Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer to be built by Bath Iron Works, will be christened on Oct. 31.

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October 23, 2015

Family, friends of F/A-18 pilot killed in UK crash share tributes

By Jennifer Svan and Adam Mathis
Stars and Stripes
Published: October 23, 2015

Maj. Taj Sareen, the Marine Corps pilot killed Wednesday when his F/A-18C Hornet fighter jet crashed near RAF Lakenheath in England, left behind a young daughter and a close-knit family in Hillsborough, Calif.

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October 22, 2015

Marines Identify Maj. Taj Sareen as Pilot Killed in England Hornet Crash

By: Sam LaGrone
October 22, 2015 8:05 PM

The Marines have identified the pilot who died following a Wednesday fighter crash in England.

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October 20, 2015

Navy to name ship after Medal of Honor recipient Hershel 'Woody' Williams

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
by Elaina Sauber, Putnam County Reporter

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Tuesday applauded the Navy for its decision to name a ship after Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams, seen here with Manchin in 2014 after addressing the Marine Corps League National Convention at Embassy Suites. Hershel is the last surviving veteran of the Battle of Iwo Jima to have been awarded a Medal of Honor.

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Retired Marine On Marathon Streak To Raise PTSD Awareness

By John Hanc TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2015, 4:35 PM

Hank can relate to the people he’s running for.

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October 14, 2015

Marine gets upgrade to Navy Cross 46 years later

By Heath Druzin
Stars and Stripes
Published: October 14, 2015

First, an ancient tape surfaced, then a letter that had been locked away for 40 years. Finally the full picture of Marine Sgt. Kenneth Altazan's bravery on a harrowing day in Vietnam began to emerge.

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September 26, 2015

With Honor: Events set for Bonnyman memorial, funeral

WBIR Staff, WBIR6:48 p.m. EDT September 26, 2015

(WBIR - KNOXVILLE) The family of 1st Lt. Alexander "Sandy" Bonnyman, Jr., honored with the Medal of Honor after he was killed during World War II, has scheduled three public events in conjunction with his burial in Knoxville.

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September 25, 2015

Bonnyman's bravery filmed in Oscar-winning documentary

Jim Matheny, WBIR 5:35 p.m. EDT September 25, 2015

(WBIR) East Tennessee has been home to several recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for military valor. However, Lt. Alexander "Sandy" Bonnyman is the only recipient whose heroism and final moments alive can still be seen in stunning video that was recorded during a deadly battle.

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September 18, 2015

Pittsburgh Marine receives second Navy Marine Corps Medal

Date Taken:09.11.2015 | Date Posted:09.18.2015 14:31

Master Sgt., the adjutant chief for the 4th Marine Corps District, received the Navy Marine Corps Medal in a ceremony at the Defense Distribution Center Susquehanna in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, Sept. 11.

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September 5, 2015

Uncle: Fallen Marine was 'one heck of a human being'

By Dianna Cahn
The Virginian-Pilot
Published: September 5, 2015

NORFOLK (Tribune News Service) — The exercise was complex and dangerous, involving rappelling and fast-ropes techniques on a moving helicopter that can enable a Hampton Roads-based anti-terror unit to get into difficult terrain where aircraft might not be able to land.

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September 1, 2015

Marine women look back on historic combat experiment

By Gretel C. Kovach | 5 p.m. Sept. 1, 2015

Will the Marine Corps fight to keep women out of the infantry? Female Marines who volunteered for research to help the commandant decide that question are eager to find out, along with many others tracking the contentious debate over women in combat.

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August 31, 2015

Cheerleader's High School Sweetheart Serves In The Marines But Refused To Miss Her First Game

CLAIRE PELTIER
Aug 31, 2015

Over the weekend, the St. Louis Rams hosted a game against the Indianapolis Colts and their stadium, the Edward Jones Dome.

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August 30, 2015

Marine who fought in Battle of Guadalcanal dies at 96

By Matthew L. Schehl, Staff writer 9:45 a.m. EDT August 30, 2015

The Marine Corps lost one of its last surviving veterans of the Battle of Guadalcanal this month.

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August 28, 2015

Army chaplain wins prize to give 9/11 sermon at chapel next to ground zero

By Ula Ilnytzky
Associated Press
Published: August 28, 2015

NEW YORK — An Army chaplain has won a national prize for an original sermon that he will deliver on Sept. 11 at a chapel near ground zero that became a sanctuary of consolation after the terrorist attacks.

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August 22, 2015

Foundation hands home over to injured veteran

By Pat Maio | 6 a.m. Aug. 22, 2015 | Updated, 5:04 p.m. | Aug. 21, 2015

FALLBROOK — U.S. Marine Corps. Sgt. Jason Ross was all smiles Friday at a ceremony where the Gary Sinise Foundation handed him the keys to a new home in Fallbrook that a wheelchair-bound double amputee could want.

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August 18, 2015

Missing Marine's family writes open letter to loved one

Jerick Sablan, (Guam) Pacific Daily News | 9:26 a.m. EDT August 18, 2015

The family of a Marine who went missing while swimming in the Tumon, Guam, area earlier this month has sent an open letter to the 20-year-old service member.

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August 16, 2015

Sacramento Man, 22, Identified As Marine Who Died After Hike At Camp Lejeune

August 16, 2015 3:22 PM

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Officials have identified the Marine who died after collapsing during a training hike at Camp Lejeune on the North Carolina coast.

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August 12, 2015

Sculptor unveils likeness of first Marine EOD technician killed in Iraq War

By Kelly Humphrey
Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach
Published: August 12, 2015

EGLIN AFB (Tribune News Service) — According to his widow, Niceville resident Sara Clark, Gunnery Sgt. Michael Clark was a low-key, easy going Marine who didn't like a lot of fuss made over him. On Friday, however, Clark's family and friends gathered at the EOD Memorial Wall to remember him in a unique way.

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August 9, 2015

Oklahoma Patriot Guard Escorts Marine's Ashes On Trip Home To Georgia

Posted: Aug 09, 2015 8:08 PM CDT Updated: Aug 09, 2015 10:33 PM CDT

TULSA, Oklahoma - Oklahoma's Own helped a Marine reach his final resting place.

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Oklahoma Patriot Guard Escorts Marine's Ashes On Trip Home To Georgia

Posted: Aug 09, 2015 8:08 PM CDT Updated: Aug 09, 2015 10:33 PM CDT

TULSA, Oklahoma - Oklahoma's Own helped a Marine reach his final resting place.

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August 8, 2015

Healing but scarred: Marine wounded in July 16 attack is back to recruiting

By Shelly Bradbury
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Published: August 8, 2015

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Tribune News Service) — The bullet holes are everywhere inside the Marine recruiting office on Lee Highway.

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August 2, 2015

Wounded Marine completes hand-biking trip across USA

Garrett W. Haake, WUSA-TV, Washington, D.C.11:26 p.m. EDT August 2, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. — A wounded Marine is getting some much-needed rest after a 63-day journey across America.

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July 31, 2015

Maj. Bambi: Meet The Marine Who Was Disney's Famous Fawn

JULY 31, 2015 4:46 AM ET

Donnie is a hard-nosed Marine, a highly decorated veteran of the Vietnam War who served for a quarter-century. First drafted in the '50s and subsequently promoted 13 times in 21 years — a Corps record at the time, he recalls — Dunagan found the Marines a perfect fit. That is, so long as he could keep a secret.

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Young Marine re-enlists after beating brain cancer

By Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes
Published: July 31, 2015

Jennifer Suarez had the world at her fingertips.

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July 30, 2015

Senate confirms Dunford as next Joint Chiefs Chairman

By Leo Shane III, Staff writer 11:08 a.m. EDT July 30, 2015

The Senate confirmed Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Wednesday, after a brief dispute between Pentagon leaders and the chamber's leading critic of military sexual assault policy.

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July 29, 2015

What I've Learned:

by LCpl Medina Ayala-Lo
Date Posted:07.29.2015 17:31

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Master Sgt. has been in the Marine Corps for 18 years and has been on seven deployments. He has a passion for cars and football and hopes to become the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens.

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July 22, 2015

Mike Battery is here': After loss, Marines regroup, move forward

July 22nd, 2015
by Shelly Bradburyin Local Regional News Read

The Marines of Mike Battery rolled into Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park early Monday morning in T-shirts and polos, shorts and jeans, unsure of exactly why they'd been called to the park.

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July 21, 2015

Marine Corps trainee sees man shot, pulls over and stops bleeding

July 21st, 2015
by Eve Baker - staff writer for the Quantico Sentry in Local Regional News

DUMFRIES, Va. — On the afternoon of June 21, 2nd Lt. Matthew George, a student with Charlie Company at The Basic School, which trains Marine officers, was driving on US Route 1 in Dumfries when he witnessed a confrontation along the side of the road. As he drove past a group of people, he heard multiple gunshots ring out, and in his rearview mirror, he saw someone fall to the ground.

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July 19, 2015

Marine meets women from inspirational recruiting poster

By Cathy Dyson / The Freelance Star
Posted July 19, 2015

One Marine was so inspired by a recruiting poster she saw 20 years ago—of three fresh-faced female Marines—that she joined that branch of the service.

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July 16, 2015

These Marines Lost Legs in Afghanistan and Now Hunt Child Predators

Jul 16, 2015 | by Richard Sisk

The fist bump was their thing in Afghanistan, where both Marines lost legs in the same attack, and the fist bump is still their thing in the hunt for child predators under a special law enforcement program to train and hire medically retired veterans.

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July 13, 2015

Marine Travels Across the Country Giving Out Free Hugs to Veterans

BY TIARE DUNLAP 07/13/2015 AT 07:35 PM EDT

Ian knows the anxiety and isolation faced by combat veterans returning from and even years after war – because he's faced it himself.

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July 5, 2015

Arizona Corpsman deploys to Middle East

Story by LCpl Garrett White
Date Posted:07.03.2015 10:35

UNDISCLOSED LOCATION - Since June 17, 1889, sailors of the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps have been providing lifesaving care to the men and women of the U.S. Marine Corps. Marines have no medical services organic to their branch, but Navy Corpsmen have fought in every clime and place, right along their sides.

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June 16, 2015

97-year-old retired Marine receives honorary promotion

By Andrew Adams
June 16th, 2015 @ 10:41pm

SALT LAKE CITY — At the age of 97, a retired U.S. Marine finally received the promotion many of his colleagues said he deserved.

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June 11, 2015

‘I saw only one thing in their eyes: courage’

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: June 11, 2015

When the bomb exploded, Navy Chief Petty Officer Justin Wilson didn’t run away.

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‘He would never leave a Marine behind’

By John Vandiver
Stars and Stripes
Published: June 11, 2015

The target was an expert bomb maker, suspected of killing numerous U.S. and NATO troops in western Afghanistan.

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May 27, 2015

Bible verse sends former Marine back to court

By Andrew Tilghman , Staff writer 1:36 p.m. EDT May 27, 2015

Is posting a Bible verse on a desktop computer in a military workplace an act protected under the Constitution as a free expression of religion?

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Thief Steals Gold Star Mom’s Commemorative Jacket, Bracelets

May 27, 2015 As seen on America's Newsroom

The mother of a fallen U.S. Marine is asking for help after someone stole a priceless jacket and bracelets that commemorated her son.

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May 26, 2015

Marine court-martialed for refusing to remove Bible verse

By Todd Starnes Published May 26, 2015 FoxNews.com

A United States Marine was convicted at a court-martial for refusing to remove a Bible verse on her computer – a verse of Scripture the military determined “could easily be seen as contrary to good order and discipline.”

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May 22, 2015

Second Marine killed in Hawaii Osprey crash identified

By Gina Harkins, Staff writer 1:58 p.m. EDT May 22, 2015
UPDATE: Marine officials released a correction on Lance Cpl. Matthew Determan's hometown on May 22.

Corps officials have identified the second Marine to die as a result of Sunday's MV-22B Osprey crash as Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Determan of Ahwatukee, Arizona.

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May 4, 2015

Deraps 5K earns funds for 7th year of college scholarships

By Camal Petro
Monday, May 4, 2015

JAMESTOWN — The Deraps family held their seventh annual L.Cpl. Leon B. Deraps Memorial Scholarship Fund 5K Walk/Run/Ride Saturday morning, raising money to help local high school students pay for college. So far, they’ve raised more than $30,000 for 25 to 30 students in the last seven years according to Dale Deraps, Leon Deraps’ father.

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April 25, 2015

Vietnam Veteran receives medals 47 years later

By Tiffany Liou
Published: April 25, 2015, 5:38 pm

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) – After 47 years, a Vietnam veteran from Sterling, Illinois received his wartime medals for the first time. This comes decades later, as he took an early discharge to care for his ill father.

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April 10, 2015

Blue Angels' first female pilot takes flight

APRIL 10, 2015, 8:17 AM
CBS News

When military aviation buffs pack into the Marine Corps Beaufort Air Show in South Carolina, they'll be wowed by the Navy's Blue Angels. But a new kind of history will also take flight in the team: a woman in the cockpit. U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Katie Higgins is the first female pilot in the team's 69-year history. Michelle Miller took to the sky to see how Higgins got her wings.

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April 8, 2015

Gunnery sergeant to receive Navy Cross for Afghanistan valor

The Associated Press
Published: April 8, 2015

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The Marine Corps said Tuesday that a gunnery sergeant will receive the service's second-highest award for enduring heavy assault in Afghanistan while his team leader and another Marine were ushered to safety after being shot and seriously wounded.

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April 1, 2015

Military kennel building named in honor of Sgt. Joshua R. Ashley

by Cpl Immanuel Johnson
Date Taken:03.27.2015 | Date Posted:04.01.2015 16:43

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Close friends, family, and Marines who knew Sgt. Joshua Ashley came to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, March 27, 2015 to pay their respects to him while attending the commemorative naming of 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion’s Military Working Dog Kennel Building, which was named in his honor.

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March 27, 2015

A final salute for Michigan Marine killed in chopper crash

By Christina Hall
Detroit Free Press (Tribune News Service)
Published: March 27, 2015

When Marine Staff Sgt. Marcus Bawol came home to Detroit to visit family, he attended mass in his uniform — proud to be serving his country.

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March 20, 2015

MARSOC corpsman awarded Silver Star Medal

Story by Sgt Donovan Lee
Date Posted:03.20.2015 17:27

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin D. Baskin, a special amphibious reconnaissance corpsman with 3rd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, was awarded the Silver Star Medal during a ceremony at Stone Bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 20, for his actions in Afghanistan.

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March 17, 2015

Video: Women's History Month 2015, milestones in female military aviation

by Cpl Michael Thorn
Date Posted:03.17.2015 6:03PM

MCAS Miramar and 3rd MAW commemorate Women's History Month through the accomplishments of female aviators in the military.

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March 15, 2015

A Few Good Women

2015 Mar 15
by Correspondant David Martin
The following is a script from "A Few Good Women" which aired on March 15, 2015. David Martin is the correspondent. Mary Walsh, producer.

Remember that old recruiting ad the Marines are "...looking for a few good men?" Well, now they're looking for a few good women as well. The Armed Services have been ordered to open all their ground combat units to women by the end of this year - or else give the secretary of defense a good reason why not.

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March 12, 2015

Can’t keep a Darkhorse down: A story of overcoming adversity

Story by PFC Alvin Pujols
Date Taken:03.10.2015 | Date Posted:03.12.2015 11:01

After taking the reins in Sangin District, Helmand province, Afghanistan, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, began a hard-fought battle. By the time their tour ended in April 2011, the Marines of the battalion suffered the highest casualty rate of any U.S. Marine unit during the past 10 years of Operation Enduring Freedom, losing 25 Marines and incurring 184 casualties.

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Video: MCAS Iwakuni Celebrates Women's History Month 2015

by LCpl Lupe Campos
Date Taken:03.11.2015 | Date Posted:03.12.2015 4:59AM

March is the annual observance of Women's History Month, dedicated to commemorating and celebrating women in the United States of America. Since the beginning of our nation's history, women have played a significant part our military. Continue to view highlights of a few women in the United States Marine Corps' history, past and present.

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Okinawa prefectural police, Marine investigators express appreciation for keeping Okinawa safe

Story by LCpl Brittany A. James
Date Posted:03.12.2015 20:37

OKINAWA CITY, Japan - Marines and a Japanese civilian employee with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Camp Foster Provost Marshal’s Office received letters of appreciation Feb. 20 during a ceremony at the Okinawa City Police Station, Okinawa Prefectural Police Department.

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March 5, 2015

British soldier awarded Victoria Cross for saving Marine

Oriana Pawlyk, Military Times 2:02 a.m. EST March 5, 2015

A British soldier received his country's highest military award for valor for heroic actions in Afghanistan that saved the life of a Marine infantry officer.

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March 4, 2015

24th MEU Marine in footsteps of father

Story by Sgt Devin Nichols
Date Posted:03.04.2015 06:41

USS FORT MCHENRY– Parents often share special bonds with their children, creating relationships that are close and certain. Fathers and sons, in particular, might enjoy playing catch, watching their favorite football team or restoring a car together. Sergeant Cody L. Olson, an M1A1 Abrams main battle tank technician with Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, shares a special bond with his father, Richard—they both belong to the same “gun club.”

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March 2, 2015

From Sudanese Refugee to US Marine

Story by Cpl Martin Egnash
Date Posted:03.02.2015 15:35

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Staff Sgt. Kon Biliu is originally from South Sudan. As a young man, he moved along with his family to Yemen where his father taught in high school. In the year 1999 his father lost his job as a teacher and they could not go back home to Sudan due to the ongoing civil war. They had no home country; nowhere to go. They were refugees. But that was all about to change.

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February 28, 2015

Homeless Oklahoma Veteran’s Dying Wish to Be Granted

POSTED 11:52 AM, FEBRUARY 28, 2015, UPDATED AT 11:54AM, FEBRUARY 28, 2015
BY TRACY BLOOM

After being diagnosed with terminal cancer and given only three weeks to live, a beloved Marine had one last wish: to be buried in uniform, along with a Marine Corps flag.

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February 21, 2015

Post of Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps changes hands

Story by Cpl Cuong L
Date Posted:02.20.2015 15:09

FORT GEORGE G. Meade, Md. -- The 17th Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett relinquished his post to the 18th Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green on Feb. 20, 2015, at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.

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February 20, 2015

‘Zero room for error,’ 2nd MAW Harrier pilot earns Air Medal

Story by Cpl Grace L. Waladkewics
Date Taken:02.12.2015| Date Posted:02.20.2015 08:43

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Capt. William Mahoney took off from the flight deck of the USS Bataan one day in June 2014 expecting nothing more than a routine flight, though there is nothing strictly routine about launching from or landing aboard a moving 840 foot runway at sea.

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February 17, 2015

American –Thai U.S. Marine builds community in Thailand during CG 15

Story by Cpl Ricardo Hurtado
Date Posted:02.17.2015 10:51

LOP BURI, Thailand - Exercise Cobra Gold has taken place in Thailand for the past 33 years. During its 34th iteration, Cobra Gold 2015 focuses on humanitarian civic action, community engagement and medical activities to support the needs and humanitarian interests of civilian populations in the region. This year, the 24 participating nations are working together to advance regional security and practicing effective responses to crises in the area.

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February 14, 2015

Marine veteran finds healing through throwing

By Nate Gotlieb
The Free Press, Mankato, Minn.
Published: February 14, 2015

MANKATO, Minn. (Tribune News Service) — Physically, Joshua Jablon appeared unhurt. But mentally, he was deteriorating.

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February 12, 2015

Why a Capitol Police Officer gave her beloved dog to a U.S. Marine

POSTED 12:21 AM, FEBRUARY 12, 2015
BY WEB STAFF, UPDATED AT 08:09AM, FEBRUARY 12, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. – Spike is a member of the K-9 patrol with the Virginia Capitol Police. Sweet as he is though, Spike, is also a heartbreaker. He didn’t mean to be – he just got caught in a love triangle. At the State Capitol in Richmond on Wednesday Spike was reunited with U.S. Marine Jared Heine. They hadn’t seen each other in three years.

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February 3, 2015

N.J. Marine killed in Vietnam will get posthumous Purple Heart

By Katie Lannan | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on February 03, 2015 at 8:30 AM, updated February 05, 2015 at 12:16 PM

ELIZABETH — A Marine first lieutenant who landed his aircraft under heavy enemy fire to rescue four of his fellow Marines will be honored posthumously with a Purple Heart on Saturday.

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January 31, 2015

Study examines impact of service dogs on veterans with PTSD

By Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes
Published: January 31, 2015

Retired Marine and lifelong New Yorker Matthew Raible knows that service dogs save lives.

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January 27, 2015

This Marine Was The ‘American Sniper’ Of The Vietnam War

BLAKE STILWELL, WE ARE THE MIGHTY
JAN. 27, 2015, 10:35 AM
This article originally appeared at We Are The Mighty. Copyright 2015.

Long before Chris Kyle penned “American Sniper,” Carlos Hathcock was already a legend.

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January 25, 2015

Marines name pilots killed in helicopter crash

Posted 12:01 PM, January 25, 2015, Updated at 04:52PM, January 25, 2015
By FOX 5 Digital Team

SAN DIEGO – The identities of the two Camp Pendleton Marines killed in a helicopter crash in Twentynine Palms were released Sunday.

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January 21, 2015

Fern Creek Marine ROTC instructor awarded Purple Heart

Posted: Jan 14, 2015 5:32 PM CST
Updated: Jan 21, 2015 5:32 PM CST
By Charles GazawayCONNECT

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A instructor at a JCPS high school has received an overdue honor.

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January 14, 2015

Warrior Wednesday: Marine from Post Falls, Idaho

by Sgt Emmanuel Ramos
Date Taken:01.13.2015 | Date Posted:01.14.2015 2:27AM

One Marine, from Post Falls, Idaho, inspired by his father, enlisted in the Marine Corps to make a difference and is a team leader with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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January 8, 2015

VMM-262 passes the sword [Image 1 of 2]

by PFC Juan Esqueda
Date Posted:01.08.2015 04:12

A post and relief ceremony Jan. 8 on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. Sgt. Maj. Devon A. Lee passed his responsibilities as the squadron sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. Timonthy J. Rudd.

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Marines jump in to help woman confronted by robbers

Posted: 7:00 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
By David Ham
KIRO-TV - Seattle

Three U.S. Marine Corps recruiters said they heard repeated honking from inside their office on Tuesday around 5:00 p.m. -- when they ran out to see what was going on.

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December 26, 2014

Afghan interpreter finds refuge at Marine's home

By Barbara Brotman
Chicago Tribune
Published: December 26, 2014

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (Tribune News Service) -- Every morning, Dinar sits in a folding chair in a second floor bedroom of a house in this university town and Skypes with his family a world away.

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December 9, 2014

Pittsburgh Marine earns honor graduate distinction at Officer Candidate Course

Story by Sgt Pedro Cardenas
Date Posted:12.09.2014 07:1

PITTSBURGH - Marine officers exemplify the phrase Ductus Exemplo, Latin for “Leadership by Example.” Some find the task of becoming an officer impossible and are dropped from the course. While others like Staff Sgt. James J.W. Geiger, embrace the challenge.

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November 21, 2014

Paralyzed Marine with robotic exoskeleton receives Bronze Star with V

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 21, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – When Capt. Derek Herrera was called to stand in the place of honor Friday at his retirement ceremony, he pressed buttons on what appeared to be a wristwatch as a fellow Marine came to his aid.

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MARSOC Marine Retires, Receives Bronze Star Medal

Story by Cpl Ricardo Hurtado
Date Posted:11.21.2014 18:41

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines with 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, friends and family members gathered to witness Capt. Derek Herrera, a special operations officer, accept the Bronze Star with combat V for heroism and medically retire from the Marine Corps, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Nov. 21, 2014.

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Remembering Greeley: The Marine who carried his flag to Iwo Jima

Story by Sgt Reece Lodder
Date Posted: 11.20.2014 13:07

BELLEVUE, Wash. - Few events in Marine Corps history are storied as the iconic flag raising on Mt. Suribachi during World War II’s Battle of Iwo Jima. The quiet event, starkly contrasting the bloody battle that claimed lives of a third of the war’s fallen Marines, later marked a deafening Allied victory and powerfully symbolized the resolve of a nation at war.

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November 20, 2014

MARSOC corpsman to get Navy Cross for braving bombs to save Marines

By Hope Hodge Seck, Staff writer 2:03 p.m. EST November 20, 2014

A Navy corpsman attached to the Marines' elite special operations unit will receive the services' second-highest award for valor for working heroically and selflessly to treat wounded Marines in Afghanistan after he himself was wounded by a makeshift bomb.

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November 18, 2014

Hagel Visits Female Marines Training for Combat Roles

Nov 18, 2014 | by Richard Sisk

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel traveled to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, to meet the female Marines who are seeking roles in the infantry, armor and artillery that previously were restricted to men.

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November 17, 2014

Don't call me 'POG': The push to end the Corps' most damaging divide

By Hope Hodge Seck, Staff writer4:40 p.m. EST November 17, 2014

Gunnery Sgt. Hector Vicente has 20 years of Marine Corps experiences under his belt, but what he heard one morning from his junior Marines made him wonder how well he knew the Corps.

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November 11, 2014

Marine's missing ring found by Florida cyclist

Posted: Nov 11, 2014 5:57 AM CST
Updated: Nov 11, 2014 5:57 AM CS

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) - A Marine's missing ring that was found on a bike ride in southwest Florida is on its way back to its owner.

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November 8, 2014

Veterans know about honor off and on the field

Nick Popaditch 05:00p.m. Nov 8, 2014

Some might say that for San Diego, with its strong military presence, every day is Veterans Day. But Tuesday, the 11th day of the 11th month, marks the day that the entire nation celebrates U.S. veterans. Here, two local veterans write about the benefits and challenges of military service.

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November 7, 2014

Marine receives heroism award

By Adelina Colbert - Adelina.colbert@JDNews.com
Published: Friday, November 7, 2014 at 04:41 PM

A local Marine was awarded with second highest non-combat award for heroism Friday for saving the life of another Marine last year.

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November 6, 2014

Mother of fallen Marine creates full-length ballet tribute to his life

By Hope Hodge Seck, Staff writer 1:58 p.m. EST November 6, 2014

When theatergoers attend a performance of the ballet "Colin" at Virginia's Hylton Performing Arts Center this weekend, among the first performers they'll see are two real active-duty Marines, clad in their dress blue uniforms.

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November 3, 2014

Continuing the LeJeune Legacy

Story by Sgt Lucas Vega
Date Posted:11.03.2014 14:46

NORMAN, Okla. - Ayden J. Lejeune, whose great-great-great uncle is the former 13th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, Lt. Gen. John A. Lejeune, leaves to Marine Corps Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Nov. 3.

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October 31, 2014

Mexican Court Orders US Marine Reservist Released

October 31, 2014
By ABC NEWS

U.S. Marine reservist Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, jailed in Mexico on gun charges since March, was ordered released by a judge in Mexico on Friday, according to documents released by the court.

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October 28, 2014

A marine gets the gift of a lifetime, and the keys to his future

POSTED 7:04 PM, OCTOBER 28, 2014
BY JIM ALTMAN, UPDATED AT 07:06PM, OCTOBER 28, 2014

BROOKLYN–He served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and now the community is serving him. Marine Pfc. Robert Vardaro was injured in three separate IED attacks while on combat missions in Afghanistan, and, as he continues to heal from the brain injuries he sustained, he has been given the keys to a new life.

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October 26, 2014

24th MEU Marine runs MCM aboard warship at sea

Story 1st Lt. Joshua Larson
Date Posted:10.26.2014 21:17

USS NEW YORK, At Sea - He was perhaps the very first finisher of the 39th Marine Corps Marathon, but he didn’t finish anywhere near Arlington, Virginia. Instead, he finished at sea aboard the USS New York - on a treadmill.

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October 23, 2014

Fallen Marine awarded Bronze Star for heroism in 'Operation Nightmare'

Oct. 23, 2014 - 11:36AM
By Hope Hodge Seck

The family of fallen Marine Sgt. Daniel Vasselian accepted his Bronze Star with combat “V” device last week for heroism in Afghanistan.

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October 20, 2014

Nilsson retires following 30 years of service

Story by Cpl Grace L. Waladkewics
Date Taken:10.17.2014 | Date Posted:10.20.2014 17:14

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Sgt. Maj. Lisa K. Nilsson retired from her post as sergeant major of Marine Air Control Group 28 during a retirement ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Oct. 17.

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October 17, 2014

Family looks to return Marine Corps ring to it's owner

Published: Oct 17, 2014 4:18 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 17, 2014 6:33 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- It's a story you'll see only on WINK News. A mystery in Cape Coral. We all know that sinking feeling when something we value goes missing. Today, what was lost is now found, except for the object's owner.

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October 14, 2014

Marine Corps Heroes: Col. Jay R. Vargas (Retired)

By Cpl. Shaltiel Dominguez | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | October 14, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --
As Hispanic-American Heritage month draws to a close, we take the time to recognize retired Col. Jay R. Vargas in a fictional account between a veteran Marine and a reporter, using historical information to retell his story of leadership and courage in the face of fire

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The Amos legacy: How the first aviator commandant will be remembered

By Hope Hodge Seck
Oct. 14, 2014 - 06:00AM

As Gen. Jim Amos neared the start of his final year leading the Marine Corps, his staff at the Pentagon asked a select group of senior officers for suggestions on how he and the service could improve.

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Marine runs, rides her way through recovery

October 14th, 2012 // By Sgt. Priscilla Sneden

Gunnery Sgt. Barbra Brown joined the Marine Corps in 1994. She spent the next 16 years dedicating her life to her family and the Corps. What she didn’t know was those experiences were preparing her to face the biggest challenge of her life.

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October 7, 2014

Search suspended for Marine missing in Guam

Oct. 2, 2014 - 03:07PM
By Kyle Daly
(Hagatna, Guam) Pacific Daily News

Search efforts for a Marine who went missing last week while swimming off the coast of Tinian were suspended Wednesday morning.

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October 6, 2014

Marine Lost at Sea Was Living Dream: Father

The Navy called off the search for Cpl. Jordan L. Spears, 21, on Thursday
By Vanessa Herrera
Monday, Oct 6, 2014 • Updated at 4:13 PM PDT

The father of a Marine corporal presumed dead at sea says it was his son’s childhood dream to serve.

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October 3, 2014

Three women pass grueling endurance test at Marine Infantry Officer Course

Oct. 3, 2014 - 06:00AM
Staff report

Three women have passed the grueling Combat Endurance Test on the first day of the Marine Corps Infantry Officer Course, officials told Marine Corps Times Friday morning.

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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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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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September 18, 2014

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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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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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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August 29, 2014

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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August 27, 2014

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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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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August 12, 2014

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 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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July 31, 2014

Marine from Camp Pendleton posthumously awarded Silver Star

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

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

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July 23, 2014

8 awarded Purple Heart for action in Afghanistan

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

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

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July 22, 2014

Marine Completes 90-pound Weight Loss

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

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

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July 19, 2014

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

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

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

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July 13, 2014

Joe Dunford to inherit Marine Corps in flux

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

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

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July 4, 2014

Returning Marine greeted with a grand old surprise

by Dustin Racioppi, USA TODAY
Jul. 4, 2014

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

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

By Jennifer Griffin
Published July 04, 2014
FoxNews.com

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

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July 2, 2014

MARSOC Marine posthumously awarded Bronze Star for actions in Afghanistan

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

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

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June 22, 2014

Cleveland area Marine reunites with combat dog

Posted: Sunday, June 22, 2014 9:34 am | Updated: 9:38 am, Sun Jun 22, 2014.

By VANESA BRASHIER

He was afraid she wouldn’t recognize him. Standing in the arrivals gate at Houston Hobby Airport on Saturday, Marine Cpl. Joaquin Aranda shifted nervously back and forth from one foot to another.

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June 20, 2014

New Marine spends two years on Parris Island

Story Cpl MaryAnn Hill
Date Posted:06.20.2014 15:19

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. – A knee injury stopped her from leaving, and eight months of poor health followed by two major surgeries kept her on Parris Island for over two years.

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June 11, 2014

MARSOC Marine to receive Navy Cross

By MARSOC Public Affairs
Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 16:31 PM.

Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan W. Gifford, with 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, will be posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic actions while deployed to Afghanistan in 2012.

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June 7, 2014

Family adopts Marine dog that was with their son when he was killed

By Tony Perry
Los Angeles Times
Published: June 7, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON - In a brief but poignant ceremony Saturday, a bomb-sniffing dog was declared retired and officially adopted by the family of his Marine handler who was killed in Afghanistan.

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May 31, 2014

Marine's final battle: Years of fighting PTSD, brain injury end in postwar casualty

By Tom Charlier
Published: May 31, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — That very first kill haunted him most. There were many others, to be sure, but long after he’d returned to Memphis from three deployments with the Marines, Paul Oliver voiced the greatest pain while recounting his lethal encounter with an Iraqi insurgent who ignored a command to disarm and raised his rifle.

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May 28, 2014

Marine to get Medal of Honor for blocking grenade; has Gainesville connections

By The Associated Press
Posted: Wednesday, May 28th 2014 at 7:30pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cpl. Kyle Carpenter remembers lying on his back on a rooftop in Marjah, Afghanistan, crammed up against sandbags alongside his friend and fellow Marine, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio.

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May 26, 2014

Battle-scarred corpsman becomes Marine officer

He feels proud to return to the fight

By Meghann Myers
Staff writer
May. 26, 2014 - 03:37PM

It’s not often you see a midshipman hustling down Stribling Walk to get to class with a Combat Action Ribbon and a Purple Heart pinned to his dress uniform, but that was the last four years for Marine 2nd Lt. Jefferson Talicuran.

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May 22, 2014

Marine general talks Afghanistan

Q & A with Brig. Gen. Daniel Yoo, southwest NATO commander

By Gretel C. Kovach
4 a.m.May 22, 2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Marine Brig. Gen. Daniel Yoo is slated to be the last coalition commander in southwestern Afghanistan, an impoverished Taliban stronghold checkered with illicit poppy plots. The former head of Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego took charge of Helmand and Nimruz provinces in February, at the helm of Marine Expeditionary Brigade – Afghanistan and NATO’s regional command.

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May 20, 2014

Marine Corps awards medal for heroism to local Reserve Marine

By Cpl. Kirstin Rodgers | U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve | May 20, 2014

NAVAL AIR STATION JOINT RESERVE BASE FORT WORTH, Texas --

A Marine was awarded the nation’s second highest award Sunday for a life-threatening act of heroism, in a ceremony here.

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May 19, 2014

It's official: Medal of Honor for Marine Kyle Carpenter

By James K. Sanborn | Staff writer
May. 19, 2014 - 05:24PM

Retired Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, 24, will receive the Medal of Honor for heroism in Afghanistan in 2010, the White House announced today. He will become only the second living Marine to receive the award for actions during the Global War on Terrorism.

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May 10, 2014

Meet Steel, the Marines’ morale dog in Afghanistan

May 10th, 2014 | Posted by Hope Hodge Seck

Not all working dogs in Afghanistan sniff explosives or walk patrols.

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May 8, 2014

MALS-14 Marine crowned Ordnance Marine of the Year

Story by LCpl Andrea Cleopatra
Date Posted:05.08.2014 09:16

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - It is initiative that proved vital in the success of Sgt. Jason Connolly, an aviation ordnance systems technician with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14. He recently earned the Marine Corps Aviation Association’s Ordnance Marine of the Year Award.

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May 7, 2014

Clovis resident, U.S. Marine combat veteran saves life of crash victim on Highway 41

Story by Sgt Jacob Harrer
Date Posted:05.07.2014 20:00

CLOVIS, Calif. – Combat action in Iraq and Afghanistan prepared a Clovis resident and U.S. Marine to save a critically-injured crash victim after he witnessed a collision on Highway 41 May 6.

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Harlingen Marine helps secure an area of Afghanistan

By TRAVIS M. WHITEHEAD Valley Morning Star
Posted: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 10:11 pm

When Staff Sgt. Troy Garza first arrived in Sangin Valley in Afghanistan, he and his fellow Marines faced daily firefights with insurgents.

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May 1, 2014

Pendleton Snipers take first place in National Competition

By Sgt. Valerie C. Eppler | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | May 01, 2014

West Coast Marines earned first place overall during the 43rd Winston P. Wilson Sniper Championship hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center held at Fort Chaffee, Ark., April 19-26.

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April 28, 2014

From spandex to Dress Blues

By Cpl. Henry Antenor | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | April 28, 2014

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan -- Strip 1st Lt. Scott T. Wilson of rank, uniform, and the title of Marine. See him as a lean, tall gentleman in his thirties. Now imagine him being lit on fire, jumping out of a window 42 feet above water, hitting it and surviving. Is that something a Marine officer does on his weekends?

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April 23, 2014

Stranded Marine gets new wheels

Alan Stewart
April 23, 2014 | 11:26 AM

Rick Wimp said he didn't consider it a big deal.

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April 22, 2014

Navy Cross bestowed on heroic Marine

Gunnery sergeant repeatedly braved Taliban fire to rescue, rally troops

By Mark Walker
5:34 p.m. April 22, 2014

TWENTYNINE PALMS — As Americans observed Memorial Day 2012, Marine Gunnery Sgt. Richard Jibson was fighting for his life, his fellow Marines and dozens of Afghan and Georgian forces nearly 8,000 miles away in Afghanistan.

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April 18, 2014

Sense of Duty Inspires Marine to Serve

By Marine Corps Cpl. Joseph Scanlan
Marine Expeditionary Brigade Afghanistan

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SABIT QADAM, Afghanistan, April 18, 2014 – The prestige of the Marine Corps especially appealed to a rifleman and mine sweeper deployed here when he enlisted at the age of 17.

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April 15, 2014

Tank officer who led Marines in 5-day battle to receive Leftwich Trophy

Apr. 15, 2014 - 06:00AM
By Hope Hodge Seck
Staff Writer

A tank officer who led his company to victory in a five-day battle against insurgents in Afghanistan last year will be honored with the prestigious Leftwich Trophy later this year.

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April 12, 2014

How one Iraqi boy dodged extremists and came to serve in the US military

By Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes
Published: April 12, 2014

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan — While his fellow Marine recruits cried and urinated in their trousers in the face of Parris Island’s tough-as-nails drill instructors, Pvt. Mansure had never been more thrilled.

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Marine wins woman of the year

Story by LCpl Caitlin Bevel
2014 Date Posted: 04.03.2014 12:47

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - A Marine with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion was recently named the Navy League 2014 Senior Enlisted Woman of the Year.

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April 11, 2014

Anja Niedringhaus felt the need to bear witness

By Anja Niedringhaus, Associated Press
Friday, April 11, 2014 6:03pm

Editor's note: Anja Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed German photojournalist, was shot and killed by an Afghan police officer earlier this month while on assignment for the Associated Press. In 2005, she was part of the AP team that won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Iraq, and she was awarded the Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women's Media Foundation. One of her bosses said "she truly believed in the need to bear witness." In years of reporting from war zones, the story that most haunted her was one about a Marine who was grievously wounded by a IED in Afghanistan in June 2011. This is what she wrote about it two days before Christmas 2011 — six months after the attack.

Inside the medevac helicopter in Afghanistan, U.S. Marine Cpl. Burness Britt bleeds profusely from his neck. He and two other Marines have just been hit by shrapnel, with Britt's injuries the most serious. The medevac crew chief clutches one of Britt's blood-covered hands as he is given oxygen. I take hold of the other.

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April 10, 2014

Commandant gives preview of the global Marine Corps in 2020

April 10th, 2014 | Africa Battle Rattle Commandant Crisis-response force Deployment map Deployments Pacific issues | Posted by Hope Hodge Seck

Water scarcity, regional conflict zones, and the “youth bulge:” these are all problems that may become the Marine Corps’ business in the near future.

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April 7, 2014

Building Rededication

Photo by Cpl Kathryn Bynum
Date Taken:04.04.2014 | Date Posted:04.07.2014 11:13

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Chester Nez receives an American flag from Pfc. Tiffany Boyd, at Code Talker Hall, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., April 4, 2014. The flag was flown over the Marine Corps War Memorial, on the first day of spring in honor of Cpl. Nez's attendance at the Platoon 382 Hall rededication. Cpl. Nez is the last of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers of World War II. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kathryn K. Bynum/Released)

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April 3, 2014

Ohio Marine Participates in Combat Readiness Evaluation with Dark Horse

By Lance Cpl. David Silvano | 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment | April 03, 2014

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- A Marine used to providing security for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps can find it difficult to make the transition to providing security in the field. This was not the case for Lance Cpl. Brandon Bender, a rifleman with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment. He took part in a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation or MCCRE, here, March 17 to March 22, 2014.

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March 29, 2014

Can Afghan forces hold after Marines depart?

Q&A with Col. Michael Langley, advisor to 215th Corps in Helmand

By Gretel C. Kovach
11:02 a.m.March 29, 2014

In 2010, U.S. Marines helped establish the 215th Afghan National Army Corps in the Helmand and Nimruz provinces — part of the southern heartland of the Taliban insurgency and the deadliest area of the country for the coalition.

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March 28, 2014

Fourteen women have tried, and failed, the Marines’ Infantry Officer Course. Here’s why.

By Sage Santangelo, Published: March 28, 2014
Sage Santangelo is a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

I awoke to Eminem blasting hours before dawn at Quantico Marine Base. A fog of breath and sweat permeated the cold January air as I joined 104 other nervous lieutenants hauling gear to the classroom where we would receive our first instructions. With body armor, Kevlar, a rifle and a huge pack on my 5’3’’ frame, I must have looked like a child next to the buff guys assembling for Day 1 of the Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course.

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March 19, 2014

Chaplain’s mission continues in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Cody Haas | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 03.19.2014

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II, Afghanistan – When service members are deployed to a combat zone, many rely on a chaplain for spiritual guidance and well-being.

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March 14, 2014

Local Marine helps save man from burning car on I-85

By Tyler Estep
tyler.estep@gwinnettdailypost.com
Friday, March 14, 2014

BUFORD — Sgt. Matthew Sullivan was enjoying his drive down Interstate 85 last Sunday afternoon, basking in the beautiful weather and the relief of a task complete. Multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan under his belt, the day’s trip to Atlanta to drop off a group of “poolees” — enlisted Marines waiting for their trip to boot camp — was a comparative breeze.

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Marine lost leg, but not passion for serving

Written by
Dessislava Yankova
Gannett Tennessee
Mar. 14, 2014

PORTLAND — Two and a half years ago Lance Cpl. Jeremy Vanhoose lost his leg in an explosion in Afghanistan, but the Marine did not lose his purpose: to serve.

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24th MEU Marines recognize the Sgt. Maj. Gallegos legacy

Story by 1LT Joshua Larson
Date Posted:03.14.2014 15:59

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit has a long and illustrious history dating back to the early 1980s, but few would argue that the unit’s 18th sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Octaviano Gallegos Jr., hasn’t made an impact on that unit’s history. The Marines say the Gallegos legacy is simple—a “Marine’s Marine” with selfless devotion and a straightforward, never-give-up, “no-BS” attitude.

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March 11, 2014

Corps names first woman to serve as MEU sergeant major

Mar. 11, 2014 - 11:31AM
Staff report | Sgt. Rachael Moore/Marine Corps

Sgt. Maj. Lanette Wright will make history this week when she is named the Corps’ first female sergeant major of a Marine expeditionary unit.

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March 4, 2014

The last casualties: As a long war ends, risks still prove real

Written by Ernesto Londoño
Published: March 4

At BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan — Shortly after midnight on this frigid night, Capt. Nicholas Ingham arrived at this massive air base, in the belly of an Air Force C-130. As the back door swung open, flooding the cabin with light, the heavily sedated Marine, strapped onto a stretcher, blinked away a tear. An American flag tattooed on his chest rose and fell gently as a ventilator pumped air into his collapsed lung.

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Maj. Kurt Chew-Een Lee, Asian-American Marines trailblazer dies at 88

By Madison Park, CNN
Updated 8:07 AM ET, Thu March 6, 2014

Maj. Kurt Chew-Een Lee, the first Asian-American U.S. Marine Corps officer, rose through the ranks beginning his career from World War II to the Vietnam War.

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February 18, 2014

Silver Stars for Marine assault

Twentynine Palms infantry honored for valor in Afghanistan

By Gretel C. Kovach
9:04 p.m. Feb. 18, 2014

A Marine from Fallbrook and three other infantrymen were honored with medals Tuesday for valor in combat during a six-day assault into a Taliban stronghold in southwestern Afghanistan.

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February 12, 2014

Twentynine Palms Marines to receive Silver and Bronze stars for six-day battle in 2012

By Andrew deGrandprè and James Sanborn
Staff writers
Feb. 12, 2014 - 06:00AM

Four California-based Marines will be recognized for their heroism during a 2012 operation in Afghanistan.

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February 6, 2014

Last Marine takes command in Afghanistan

Camp Pendleton brigade replaces southwest force at war's end

By Gretel C. Kovach
4:52 p.m. Feb. 6, 2014

A Marine brigade from Camp Pendleton took command of coalition forces in southwestern Afghanistan as the 13-year campaign enters its critical final phase, the International Security Assistance Force announced Thursday

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February 5, 2014

Groups rally to plan dinner for wounded Marine

By Andy Fillmore
Correspondent
Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:19 p.m.

Lance Cpl. David Garrett Burgess, wounded in December while serving with the U. S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan, will be honored Saturday with an official “welcome home” fundraising dinner to benefit him and his wife Emily, and their son Joseph.

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February 4, 2014

CMC Awards MCRC Recruiters of the Year

Story by Lance Cpl. Francisco Martinez | Marine Corps Recruiting Command | Date: 02.03.2014
Date Posted: 02.04.2014 16:09

QUANTICO, Va. - Exceptional work ethic, dedication to service and commitment to excellence are just a few things in which Marines take pride. Marines who put all the energy, knowledge and skills they possess into their work are recognized as the best of the best and a step above their peers.

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January 28, 2014

Female Marine enters pro MMA with 20 sec knockout

Story by LCpl Jonathan Boynes
Date Posted:01.28.2014 23:33

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – The night air vibrated with energy as Sgt. Misha Nassiri and her opponent entered the ring. They stared each other down while the referee addressed the basic rules of the match. The ring’s entrance was locked, the ref shouted “fight,” and violent roars shot from the audience as the fighters closed in on each other with violent swiftness. The opponents tapped gloves and the mayhem commenced.

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January 21, 2014

Marine recognized for providing honors to more than 1,000 fallen Marines

By Sgt. Michael Ito | U. S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve | January 21, 2014

BRIDGETON, Mo. --

As any Marine can tell you, earning and upholding the title is no small feat. No matter what a Marine does in life or how long they serve in their beloved Corps, they will always uphold the honor and respect for the Marines that went before them

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January 15, 2014

Navy Cross for fallen Marine SpecOps leaders

Two from Camp Pendleton fought off inside attack from Afghan policeman

By Gretel C. Kovach
2:41 p.m.Jan. 15, 2014
Updated3:08 p.m.

Two Marines from a Camp Pendleton special operations unit will be posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the nation’s second-highest medal for valor in combat.

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January 14, 2014

Marine receives award for rescuing young girl

By Cpl. Devin Nichols | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | January 14, 2014

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- With the arrival of the weekend, Marines and their friends gathered together to head to North Topsail Beach, N.C.

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January 9, 2014

Retired master gunnery sergeant opens trail for base

Story by LCpl Justin Rodriguez
Date Posted:01.09.2014 10:30

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Jeff LeBlanc wanted to give back to the community with a passion he developed during his 26 years in the Marine Corps, so he began building several bike trails in the community.

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January 7, 2014

Marine gets Silver Star for saving buddy

He carried team leader the distance of 3 football fields

By Jeanette Steele
5:05 p.m.Jan. 7, 2014
Updated 7:06 p.m.

A star running back at his tiny Michigan high school, Staff Sgt. Timothy Williams hoisted the team leader over his shoulder and ran the length of three football fields, as gun muzzles flashed all around.

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West Palm Beach, Fla., native a Marine Corps drill instructor on Parris Island

Photo by Lance Cpl. MaryAnn Hill | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 01.06.2014
Date Posted:01.07.2014 15:59

Sgt. Brian Dear currently serves as a Marine Corps drill instructor with Bravo Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. Dear joined the Marine Corps in August 2005 and became a drill instructor in March 2013. "[I became a drill instructor because] just knowing the fact that we are training civilians into the next Marine Corps leaders is pretty humbling," said Dear, a native of West Palm Beach, Fla. About 600 Marine Corps drill instructors shape the approximately 20,000 recruits who come to Parris Island annually into basic United States Marines. 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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January 6, 2014

Lake Placid native receives Bronze Star

Story by Cpl Mel Johnson
Date Posted:01.06.2014 18:15

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Corporal Joshua M. McKee, a rifleman with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, received the Bronze Star medal with combat distinguishing device during an award ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 27.

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December 25, 2013

Wounded Marine Behind Viral Email Gets New Helmet Hand-Delivered To Afghanistan By Corps' Top General

Paul Szoldra
December 25, 2013

The Marine behind an email that went viral on military networks was surprised by the Corps’ top general and senior enlisted leader Monday, when they both showed up in Afghanistan to present him with a brand new helmet.

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December 22, 2013

Road out of hell

Marine determined to move forward, set example

By Susan Ladd
News & Record, Greensboro, N.C.
Published: December 22, 2013

GREENSBORO — Cindy Gitter laughs and shakes her head when asked to describe Nathan Harris as a teenager.

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December 21, 2013

Q&A: Year ahead for Miramar aviation

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing officer talks recent exercise, future

By Jeanette Steele
noon Dec. 21, 2013

As the U.S. military turns its attention to China and the Pacific, Marine Corps aviators are gearing up for their role.

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December 19, 2013

Marine recruiter at mall helps collar shoplifter

By Kristen V. Brown
Published 8:15 pm, Thursday, December 19, 2013

COLONIE — A marine on recruit duty at Colonie Center helped apprehend a shoplifter Thursday.

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December 9, 2013

Silver Star awarded for Bastion heroism

By Jeanette Steele
8:09 p.m.Dec. 9, 2013

When Maj. Robb McDonald arrived at the Camp Bastion attack, some of the Marines under fire allowed themselves to exhale.

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December 5, 2013

Marine officer to receive Silver Star for heroics in Camp Bastion attack

Dec. 5, 2013 - 06:00AM
By Andrew deGrandpre
Staff writer

A highly decorated Marine Corps officer will receive the nation’s third-highest combat valor award next week for his role repelling the deadly 2012 attack inside a coalition airfield in southwestern Afghanistan.

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November 28, 2013

A Thanksgiving story: Life-changing injury doesn’t dim Marine’s gratitude

By Derek Herrera 12:17 P.M.NOV. 27, 2013

Thanksgiving is a tremendous opportunity to pause and reflect on the beauty of the human experience. This Thanksgiving, I have much to be thankful for. I consider myself lucky to do so, and like many others who have experienced life-altering events, I have had a cathartic shift in the way I view my role in the world.

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November 21, 2013

First female Marines graduate infantry training

Story by PFC Eric Keenan
Date Posted:11.21.2013 10:03

CAMP GEIGER, N.C. - In a crisp autumn dawn among the North Carolina pines, 200 panting, sweaty infantry students forged ahead on their route. Daybreak signaled the end of a 20-kilometer (12.4-mile) march out of darkness as it had for countless men before. On that morning, however, four women stood sharing the accomplishment.

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Marine saves community member’s life

Story by LCpl Peter Sanders
Date Posted:11.21.2013 01:12

JUNGLE WARFARE TRAINING CENTER, Okinawa — Marines train to prepare for any event, including caring for the injured or wounded. Not only did one Marine remember his training when it counted, he also saved a life in the process.

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Single mom, NCO inspires others

Story LCpl Natalie Rostran
Date Posted:11.21.2013 00:53

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa - The Commandant of the Marine Corps General James F. Amos’ recent letter to sergeants and corporals, “The Reawakening,” describes the noncommissioned officers as the backbone of the Marine Corps.

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Loss of parents leads Parris Island graduate to new family in the Corps

Story by Cpl. Caitlin Brink | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 11.21.2013

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. – After the death of both his parents in the last five years, one young man sought to make them proud by joining a different kind of family.

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November 18, 2013

Iraqi Translator Flees Baghdad, Becomes Marine

Nov 18, 2013
DVIDS | by Lance Cpl. MaryAnn Hill

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. - A journey that began in Baghdad involving an Iraqi native, who used her unique, dual-language skills to help the United States’ military, took a new turn after she earned the title of U.S. Marine recently.

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November 14, 2013

Marine sergeant major starts dance-off at Marine Corps ball

November 14th, 2013 | Battle Rattle | Posted by Gina Harkins

Anyone who has ever doubted a Marine’s skills on the dance floor hasn’t met Sgt. Maj. Michael Miller.

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November 10, 2013

Vietnam veteran who helped build Marine Corps museum now subject of new biography

By Tom Jackman, Published: November 10, 2013

Brig. Gen. William “Wild Bill” Weise retired from active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1982, having seen some of the heaviest action of the Vietnam War, and he stopped working in 1992. Sort of.

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November 7, 2013

Corpsman carries on ‘family tradition’

Story by LCpl Jose Mendez Jr.
Date Posted:11.07.2013 14:13

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Family traditions and heritage are like blood – passed down from one generation to the next.

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November 6, 2013

Heartwarming homecoming for 13 US Marines

The 13 Marines from Afghanistan were treated like heroes Monday night at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Their plane taxied beneath an arch of water from fire department hoses and were met by a small crowd of cheering USO volunteers, firefighters, police officers and airport workers.

By Don Babwin, Associated Press / November 6, 2013
Chicago

A group of Marines on their way home from Afghanistan got something they didn't expect after spending the better part of five days getting on and off planes as they tried to get from one side of the globe to another: cheers from a small crowd of police, a fire truck water salute and first-class plane tickets.

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November 5, 2013

Update: Motorcyclist Expected to Recover, Reunite With Dog After 3-Car Crash

Sheriff's appeared to be arresting a female driver at the scene.

Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 4:30 pm | Updated: 6:44 pm, Thu Nov 7, 2013.
By Melissa Caskey / melissa@malibutimes.com

[Update, Thursday:] The motorcyclist who was seriously injured in the crash is expected to survive. The driver of one of the SUVs has been arrested for suspicion of DUI. She was identified as Anna Caldwell, 47.

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October 29, 2013

Five things Marines, sailors should know about new law

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amara Timberlake | Headquarters Marine Corps | October 29, 2013

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. --
1. All Americans are required by law to have minimum essential coverage.

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October 25, 2013

1st MLG commanding general awards Purple Heart to son

Story by Cpl Timothy Childers
Date Posted:10.25.2013 17:49

SCHWENKSVILLE, Pa. – Standing on the porch were two Marines. On the right was an older Marine wearing a service uniform with a stack of ribbons below his left shoulder. To his left was a much younger Marine; a veteran standing at attention as the senior Marine pinned a Purple Heart to his chest. The senior Marine was his father.

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Service Milestones: Combat engineer becomes first female “Gunny”

by Cpl Paul Peterson
Date Posted:10.25.2013 01:00

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Raised rough and tumble in the modest midwestern city of Mineral Point, Wis., Gunnery Sgt. Robin Baker came from an extended family dominated by males.

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October 10, 2013

Randolph twins progress in their military careers

By Sue Scheible
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Oct 10, 2013 @ 11:26 AM

RANDOLPH —
Sgt. Bill McNamara of the Randolph Police Department has good news about his twin sons, who headed off to serve their country last spring.

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October 3, 2013

Capt. Will Swenson, next Medal of Honor recipient, sends touching invitation to Gold Star families

October 3rd, 2013 | Posted by Dan Lamothe

Former Army Capt. Will Swenson will receive the Medal of Honor on Oct. 15, more than four years after he and other U.S. forces tried desperately to find and save three Marines and a Navy corpsman who were trapped under heavy fire in the infamous Battle of Ganjgal in Afghanistan.

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October 1, 2013

Wounded Marine veteran makes house a home

Story by PFC Brandon Thomas
Date Taken: 09.28.2013. | Date Posted: 09.30.2013 09:43

ELLINGTON, Conn. - Sgt. Greg Caron, a Marine veteran, was presented with a house Sept. 28 by Building Homes for Heroes, a national non-profit organization that supports men and women who have been wounded or disabled in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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September 30, 2013

Corporal becomes first female Marine assault climber

By Gina Harkins
Sep. 30, 2013 - 06:00AM

A North Carolina-based Marine became the first woman to complete the demanding three-week Assault Climbers Course,which culminates with a near-vertical, 200-foot climb in California’s Sierra Nevada.

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September 25, 2013

Peralta legacy lives on: USS Rafael Peralta to carry tradition of heroism

By Lance Cpl. Scott Reel | I Marine Expeditionary Force | September 25, 2013

SAN DIEGO -- One of the most heralded Marines from 2004’s Battle of Fallujah was honored during a ship-naming ceremony aboard Naval Base San Diego, Calif., Sept. 20.

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Peralta legacy lives on: USS Rafael Peralta to carry tradition of heroism

By Lance Cpl. Scott Reel | I Marine Expeditionary Force | September 25, 2013

SAN DIEGO -- One of the most heralded Marines from 2004’s Battle of Fallujah was honored during a ship-naming ceremony aboard Naval Base San Diego, Calif., Sept. 20.

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September 23, 2013

Marine named 2013 USO Volunteer of the Year

By Petty Officer 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael | Headquarters Marine Corps | September 23, 2013

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti -- CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti -- A Marine deployed to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa , was recently selected as the United Service Organizations' 2013 Volunteer of the Year.

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September 20, 2013

Vietnam vets get stars, 46 years later

Heroics overlooked because officers were killed in battle

By Gretel C. Kovach
11:39 a.m.Sept. 20, 2013
Updated 7:22 p.m

A company of Marines fought up a hill near Khe Sanh, Vietnam, on April 30, 1967. Within two days, three-quarters of them left the bomb-cratered slopes of 881 South bloodied or dead.

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September 16, 2013

Iowa Marine receives Silver Star

Ryan Steinkamp is lauded for leadership in Afghan combat

Written by
William Petroski
Sep. 16, 2013

Hurling hand grenades and with his weapon blazing, Sgt. Ryan Steinkamp led a squad of about a dozen Marines last year on a death-defying mission against Taliban fighters in Afghanistan’s treacherous Helmand province.

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September 5, 2013

Marine extremely humbled to receive Silver Star

September 5, 2013 12:00 am
Lance Cpl. Scott Whiting 2nd Marine Division

Earning a Silver Star is one of the most prestigious achievements for someone in the military, and service members have to distinguish themselves with gallantry in action to be awarded the military’s third-highest honor.

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September 3, 2013

Local man conquers health issues to become Marine

By Kaitlyn Speer
Staff writer
newsroom@observer-reporter.com
Published Sep 3, 2013 at 11:03 am (Updated Sep 3, 2013 at 11:03 am)

Aaron Sitka always knew he wanted to join the military. It seemed as if his dreams were well on their way to coming true went he left home three days after his high school graduation for Marine Corps boot camp. But six weeks later, his hopes suddenly came crashing down around him.

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Local man conquers health issues to become Marine

By Kaitlyn Speer
Staff writer
newsroom@observer-reporter.com
Published Sep 3, 2013 at 11:03 am (Updated Sep 3, 2013 at 11:03 am)

Aaron Sitka always knew he wanted to join the military. It seemed as if his dreams were well on their way to coming true went he left home three days after his high school graduation for Marine Corps boot camp. But six weeks later, his hopes suddenly came crashing down around him.

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August 31, 2013

Battlefield Q&A: Marine general over Afghan ops

Maj. Gen. Joseph Osterman on keeping NATO troops safe as most head home

By Gretel C. Kovach
noon Aug. 31, 2013

The last time Maj. Gen. Joseph Osterman served in Afghanistan, the United States was doubling its forces in the southwest during the 2010 surge. Now the former Camp Pendleton Marine and Task Force Leatherneck commander oversees a rapidly dwindling force, as the Kabul-based operations officer for the coalition.

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August 30, 2013

Afghan streets: NYPD officer serves in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Paul Peterson | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 08.30.2013

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Before the War on Terror, the toppling of the oppressive Taliban regime in Afghanistan, or the attacks of Sept. 11, a young boy from the Bronx knew one thing: he wanted to help.

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August 26, 2013

Marine describes service as platoon's only woman

By THOMAS BRENNAN Daily News Staff
Published: Monday, August 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM.

She's not the first or last. She's the only one.

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August 21, 2013

Marines Honored On Field During NFL Football Game

Story by Sgt James Shea
08.21.2013

LANDOVER, Md. - Two Marines were honored during a “Salute to Service Moment” at an NFL game Monday, Aug. 19 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

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August 15, 2013

Marine Band historian retires after 39-year career

Story by SSgt Brian Rust
08.15.2013

WASHINGTON⎯In a formal ceremony on Aug. 23 at the Marine Barracks Annex, Marine Band Historian Master Gunnery Sgt. Michael Ressler will retire from the U.S. Marine Corps after 39 years of active duty service. He has served as a euphonium player, librarian, chief librarian, support staff section commander, and, since 2008, the band’s first-ever historian.

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August 13, 2013

Local Marine Awarded Medal For Bravery In Afghanistan

August 13, 2013 3:51 PM

(CBS) — It is a high military honor for bravery, once awarded to John F. Kennedy years before he was elected president.

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August 12, 2013

Female Marines Celebrate 95 Years in Corps

By LCpl Samuel Ellis
Aug. 12, 2013

QUANTICO, Va. - There it was, her name, Opha May Johnson, simply penned on the applicant line of a Marine Corps Reserve form. Although she typically signed her name Opha M., this was an official document and her middle name was necessary. Her decision to fill out that form entered her into an exclusively male world and would make her nothing less than a Marine Corps legend.

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August 2, 2013

Reluctant Marine hero awarded Silver Star

Organized assault in all-day battle against a larger enemy force

By Jeanette Steele
6:39 p.m.Aug. 2, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON — A reluctant hero received the nation’s third-highest combat award at Camp Pendleton Friday.

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July 29, 2013

Area Marine honored for valor

Cpl. Ryan T. McSweeney is a native of Middletown.

By Hannah Poturalski
Staff Writer
Posted: 3:41 p.m. Monday, July 29, 2013

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan —

A Middletown native and U.S. Marine was recently honored for bravery during combat in Afghanistan.

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July 26, 2013

Local Marine carries memories of war, for better or for worse

Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013 4:00 am

By STEPHANIE BUCKNER

Freedom does not come without a price, and that price for United States Marine and Cleveland resident Adam Brochin is constant anxiety and persistent memories of his active-duty experiences, which haunt his dreams like a roadside bomb waiting to explode.

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July 25, 2013

Marine rescues young swimmer at Atlantic Beach

By Pfc. Mike Granahan | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | July 25, 2013

130723 -- Sgt. Michael A. Pickett was enjoying a relaxing Saturday swimming at Atlantic Beach July 6, but all that changed when he saw someone on shore begin to shout and point toward the water.

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July 24, 2013

Marine Urges Others to ‘Pay It Forward’

By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Krista James
2nd Marine Division

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., July 24, 2013 – It all started with a note and a piece of candy taped to a barracks room door. The note read, “Pay it forward,” and told the reader to contact the person who put it there if they ever needed anything. It was a small token of kindness with a huge meaning behind it: to do things for other people.

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July 23, 2013

Texas Marine recognized for valor in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Paul Peterson | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 07.23.2013

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Lance Cpl. Joel T. Murray, an engineer heavy equipment operator with Combat Logistics Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, Regional Command (Southwest), received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with “V” device in recognition of his “heroic achievement” during the defense of Forward Operating Base Shir Ghazi in the Helmand province.

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July 21, 2013

From deployment to drill instructor

By Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels | July 21, 2013

USS KEARSARGE, At Sea --
Many Marines strive for greatness. It is forged into their blood the first day they step on those yellow footprints at boot camp; the day the transformation begins.

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July 18, 2013

Amputee continues to lead Marines at School of Infantry

Story by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan
07.18.2013 00:15

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- As an instructor at the School of Infantry, a Marine is expected to be physically fit, mentally strong and have a vast amount of knowledge in their occupational field.

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July 16, 2013

Gentry Community Mourns Loss Of Marine

Posted on: 2:58 pm, July 16, 2013, by Alicia Agent and Aubry Killion, updated on: 11:19pm, July 16, 2013

The U.S. Department of Defense is investigating the death in Germany over the weekend of a Marine from Gentry.

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July 15, 2013

Legendary warrior exemplifies what it means to be a Marine

By Dan Lamothe
Staff writer
Jul. 15, 2013 - 09:22AM

CHESAPEAKE, VA. — When Staff Sgt. Cliff Wooldridge arrived here in 2011 to serve as an instructor with Marine Corps Security Force Regiment, he was less than a year removed from beating a Taliban fighter to death in Afghanistan with his own machine gun.

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July 12, 2013

Recruits learn Marine Corps history

By Sgt. Liz Gleason | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | July 12, 2013

San Diego --
Some recruits arrive at the Depot with a good understanding of the Marine Corps’ history and some arrive with no prior knowledge, however throughout their journey to becoming Marines, they are immersed in the illustrious past of the Corps.

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‘I don’t go to work; I go to serve’- 3rd MAW sergeant major bids farewell

Story by Cpl. Melissa Wenger
07.12.2013 19:34

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – “Every day that you’re allowed to serve is literally a gift; treasure that gift that you get every day.”

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July 10, 2013

A small world, smaller Corps: Texas Marines stay together for more than 60 years

Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow
Story by Cpl. Thomas Bricker
07.10.2013 18:47

MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE BARSTOW, Calif. - California’s High Desert has become home for countless veterans over the years. But what are the chances of three friends from two Texas cities no more than 150 miles apart joining the Corps in 1947, coming to Barstow in the 1950s, and remaining there for more than 60 years?

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July 4, 2013

Parsippany Marine returns home from Afghanistan

Mayor declares day for soldier
Written by Michael Izzo | Jul. 4, 2013

PARSIPPANY — When Parsippany native Sam Fendler returned home from Afghanistan, he might have expected his family to throw him a welcome home party, but he certainly didn’t anticipate the mayor naming a day in his honor.

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July 3, 2013

Marine to take a bit of the U.S. back to Afghanistan

Rene De La Cruz, Staff Writer
July 03, 2013 5:50 PM

VICTORVILLE • After returning from his deployment to Afghanistan in September, U.S. Marine Cpl. Frank Demara saw the comforts of home in a whole new light.

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June 29, 2013

Marines keep skills, equipment fresh while at sea

By Sgt. Jonathan Wright | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | June 29, 2013

USS GERMANTOWN, At Sea -- It’s not unusual for Marines and Sailors assigned to Marine Expeditionary Units to find themselves embarked on naval vessels for a significant amount of time during scheduled patrols. But their time on these ships is not a cruise to their destination - the Marines are on a floating, functional base of operations

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June 27, 2013

Marine Barracks Washington Makes History with First Female Post Sgt. Major

Video by Lance Cpl. Lisette Leyva
06.27.2013 4:34PM

Marine Barracks Washington makes history with their first female post. Sgt. Major. Lance Cpl. Lisette Leyva brings us the story. Available in high definition.

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June 26, 2013

Words of a general who lost a son in combat resonate

Jim Michaels, @jimmichaels
USA TODAY
9:51 a.m. EDT June 26, 2013

At a time when the divide between the military and civilian world has never been greater, the words of Marine Gen. John Kelly have helped bridge the gap.

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June 24, 2013

Four-footed soldiers: Award to honor America's war dogs

Written by Sherry Barkas
The Desert Sun
Jun. 24, 2013

CATHEDRAL CITY — American war dogs, which have put their lives on the line since World War I, are being honored at next month’s Pegasus Riding Academy benefit luncheon where a “Saving American Lives” award is being presented for the first time to the K-9 unit at the Marine base in Twentynine Palms.

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Charlottesville Marine awarded Bronze Star for service in Afghanistan

Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 9:05 pm | Updated: 11:22 am, Tue Jun 25, 2013.
BY LIANA BAYNE

Capt. Daniel O’Brien and his wife, Morgan O’Brien, received a welcome to Charlottesville on Monday that was a little bigger than a backyard barbecue.

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June 20, 2013

Combat Center Marines use training to save life

Story by Cpl. William Jackson | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 06.20.2013

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - They were all strangers. The three of them had never met before that evening. Their weekend had just begun like any other. Little did they know they would be thrown into a situation that would save Rebecca’s life after her motorcycle collided with a car on Highway 62.

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June 10, 2013

Marine hero's name forever a part of Columbus Park School

by Walter Bird Jr.
Story Created: Jun 10, 2013 at 11:14 AM EDT

US Marine Sgt. William Soutra Jr. ships out later this month for his fourth tour of duty overseas. He heads back to Afghanistan, where on July 11, 2010 he unwittingly assumed the role of hero when his staff sergeant was mortally wounded, leading his platoon to safety out of the "kill zone." He returns a recipient of the Navy Cross for those actions, a distinction bestowed upon him in December. He also returns with his name forever etched into the history of the elementary school where he grew up.

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June 8, 2013

Basilone Award winner honored to join 'reconnaissance legends'

By Dan Lamothe
Staff writer
Jun. 8, 2013 - 12:09PM

A recent Silver Star recipient has earned another major award, becoming the first Marine reservist to receive the Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone Award for Courage and Commitment.

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June 7, 2013

MCRC Marine earns leadership award

By Cpl. David Flynn | Marine Corps Recruiting Command | June 07, 2013

Tawanda Hanible, diversity operations chief, Marine Corps Recruiting Command, received the Major Megan McClung Leadership Award during the Sea Service Leadership Association’s Joint Leadership Awards Luncheon at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center here, June 6.

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One of 'the few' who served for many

By Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | June 07, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --
His journey began in the mid-'70s as an adolescent on the streets of Detroit, which he resolved to leave after one day on the "wrong side of 8-Mile Road."

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June 3, 2013

Intel Marines complete new training for 22nd MEU deployment

By Sgt. Austin Hazard | 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit | June 03, 2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
Marines from 2nd Intelligence Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force, completed a new course designed to prepare them for a deployment with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit early next year, at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 22, 2013.

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Everybody Should Read General John Kelly's Speech About Two Marines In The Path Of A Truck Bomb

GEOFFREY INGERSOLL
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Five years ago, two Marines from two different walks of life who had literally just met were told to stand guard in front of their outpost's entry control point.

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May 30, 2013

Paralyzed, Marine fights for active duty

Foundation raising money for exoskeleton for SpecOps Marine

By Gretel C. Kovach
6:45 p.m.May 30, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON — The first enemy bullet blew a hole in the neck of a Marine sergeant. The second lodged in the spine of Capt. Derek Herrera, a special operations team leader who was deployed last summer in southwestern Afghanistan.

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Paralyzed, Marine fights for active duty

Foundation raising money for exoskeleton for SpecOps Marine

By Gretel C. Kovach
6:45 p.m.May 30, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON — The first enemy bullet blew a hole in the neck of a Marine sergeant. The second lodged in the spine of Capt. Derek Herrera, a special operations team leader who was deployed last summer in southwestern Afghanistan.

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May 28, 2013

Marine, Afghan Police Officer Reunite

May 28, 2013
Marine Corps News| by Sgt. Ned Johnson

COMBAT OUTPOST NOW ZAD, Afghanistan -- A Marine climbs to the top of an Afghan National Police tower to provide security, more than three years since the last time he was in Afghanistan.

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May 25, 2013

Afghan vet, now an MSU student, honors fallen Marines in documentary

By Niraj Warikoo
Detroit Free Press Staff Writer
May 25, 2013

When Logan Stark first set foot in Afghanistan in the fall of 2010 as a U.S. Marine, he wasn’t too worried.

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May 24, 2013

Physical training: Keeping Marines in shape on ship

By Cpl. Michael S. Lockett
May 24, 2013

USS CARTER HALL, At sea -- Ship life is a triumph of design by efficiency. Each minute of the day is designed to help contribute to the smooth running of the vessel. That means the day to day routine aboard a naval vessel, especially for the Marines it conveys from one shore to the next, can be precisely that: routine. Many Marines need something else in their day-to-day with a bit of variety -- a bit of zest -- to keep things interesting.

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May 21, 2013

Married to the Marines

By MOLLY BLAKE
May 21, 2013, 3:37 pm

When I graduated from college, I planned on being the next Diane Sawyer. My hubris took me to a small television station down south where I was a general assignment reporter until one day when the military reporter, Mark Dent, up and quit. I volunteered to fill in. That was 1997, long before The Longest War began.

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May 20, 2013

13th MEU tests new communication game changer for approaching deployment

By Sgt. Christopher O'Quin | 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit | May 20, 2013

NAVAL AIR FACILITY EL CENTRO, Calif. -- The 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit will be first MEU to bring GATR’s with them on their Western Pacific Deployment in 2013. No, not the fearsome jagged toothed reptilians and apex predators, but a state-of-the-art communication tool able to rapidly transmit and receive data. Though actual gators would be an epic mascot for the MEU deployment

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May 19, 2013

Meet the woman in charge of all Parris Island marines & recruits

by Romney Smith
Posted: 05.19.2013 at 12:00 PM

Brigadier General Lori Reynolds is in charge of the United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island South Carolina. She says her job in a nutshell is to produce marines, and to do it right. “I think there's a lot of misperceptions out there about what happens at recruit training. Everything that we do has a purpose and at the end of the day we turn regular American citizens into basically trained marines through a transformative process that is going to carry them through their whole enlistment” says Reynolds.

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Marine helps develop Female Engagement Team in Afghanistan

By Allison M. Roberts
Danville Register & Bee, Va.
Published: May 19, 2013

Sara Bryant knew going into the military was something she wanted to do, but what she did not know was the impact she would have on the role of females in the Marine Corps.

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May 13, 2013

Generation at War

Story by Sgt. Bobby Yarbrough | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 05.13.2013

EDITOR'S NOTE: The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq influenced most Marines before they could even comprehend it. Many of them are the progeny of conflict and survival, inflicted with the physical and psychological wounds of war. The realities of combat controlled and directed their growth, combining aptitude, instinct, and courage equally. As the war in Afghanistan comes to an end, Marine leaders reflect on their service over the last decade and how combat has shaped them as leaders and as men. This is part one of a three part series.

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - The violence in Iraq was reaching its pinnacle in 2004 when Chris Taylor received his deployment orders to Al-Anbar province. Marines had just bloodied their way through the first Battle of Fallujah and insurgency within the country was beginning to expand as sectarian clashes divided the nation.

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May 10, 2013

Marine father deploys to Afghanistan, closer to his son

Story by Sgt. Bryan Peterson | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 05.10.2013

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Chief Warrant Officer 5 Brice Thomas thought once the war in Iraq came to an end, combat deployments would be a thing of the past for him given his 25 years in the Marine Corps, three combat tours and the drawdown in Afghanistan. But fate had a different plan.

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April 11, 2013

Afghan bomb cost Marine his legs, but not his spirit

By Tony Perry
Los Angeles Times
Published: April 11, 2013

SAN DIEGO — Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Zambon was in Afghanistan, on his fourth combat deployment as an explosive ordnance disposal technician, when he took a step and heard the ominous click.

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April 10, 2013

Marine awarded Bronze Star Medal for actions during OEF

Story by Cpl. Marcin Platek | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 04.10.2013

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - 1st Sgt. Anthony J. Velarde, the first sergeant with 1st Civil Affairs Group, Force Headquarters Group, Marine Forces Reserve, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device during a ceremony here, March 11.

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April 9, 2013

Marine Liaisons Committed to Care of Fallen

Apr 09, 2013
Marine Corps News| by Air Force Master Sgt. Veronica Aceveda

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- When a Marine is killed and the fallen member is bound for Dover Air Force Base, Del., a specialized three-person team is standing by to provide the same care and assistance as a civilian funeral home.

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April 3, 2013

Medford resident and U.S. Marine veteran receives Purple Heart

By Nicholas Iovino/niovino@wickedlocal.com
Medford Transcript
Posted Apr 03, 2013 @ 12:00 PM
Last update Apr 03, 2013 @ 06:38 PM

Medford —

Medford resident and U.S. Marine Sgt. Daniel M. Vargas was knocked unconscious when two explosive devices detonated next to his convoy in the western cluster of Afghanistan on April 30, 2010.

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April 2, 2013

TWO MARINES HONORED FOR ROLE IN AFGHAN FIGHT

By Gretel C. Kovach12:01 a.m.April 2, 2013
Updated7:37 p.m.April 1, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON — Two Marines from a Camp Pendleton helicopter squadron who battled insurgents during the attack on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan last fall were honored with 2012 Marine Corps Aviation Awards.

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March 12, 2013

Marine awarded Bronze Star for leadership in Afghanistan

By 2nd Lt. Matthey Finnerty | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | March 12, 2013

USS Green Bay --

USS GREEN BAY – The Marine Corps continues to solidify its place in history through exemplary achievement and sacrifice of the country’s bravest men and women. Marines distinguish themselves on a daily basis, however, some standout amongst their peers.

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March 11, 2013

Marine awarded Navy and Marine Corps Medal for lifesaving efforts in Afghanistan

Story by Lance Cpl. James Gulliver | 1st Marine Division | Date: 03.08.2013
Date Posted:03.11.2013 23:00

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – As the sun rose over the Camp Las Flores parade deck here, March 8, Lance Cpl. Benjamin Nalls, a fire team leader serving with Delta Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, stood in front of his fellow infantrymen ready to receive the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his actions in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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Marines save life in Pohang

Story by 1st Lt. Jean-Scott Dodd | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 03.11.2013

POHANG, South Korea - Four Marines rescued a Korean from a burning building after a fire broke out March 8 in Pohang, Republic of Korea.

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March 1, 2013

Marine general set Corps on new course in training, education

Maj. Gen. Melvin Spiese honored with medal at retirement ceremony

By Gretel C. Kovach
9:48 p.m.March 1, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON — As he prepares to retire next month after more than 36 years as a Marine, Maj. Gen. Melvin Spiese said a disappointment of his career turned into an opportunity to make a lasting impact on the Corps.

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February 28, 2013

Inspired by a WWII Hero

Story by Cpl. Nana Dannsaappiah | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 02.28.2013

NEW ORLEANS - What makes Sgt. Delshayne John stand out from his fellow Marines at Marine Corps Support Facility New Orleans isn’t the fact that he rose through the ranks to be meritoriously promoted to sergeant in less than three years.

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February 27, 2013

26th MEU captain receives Bronze Star

By Hope Hodge - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Feb 27, 2013 11:36:52 EST

A captain with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit received a Bronze Star with combat “V” device while at sea aboard the amphibious assault ship Kearsarge on Feb. 16, the unit reported.

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February 22, 2013

Translators help Marines, JGSDF understand each other for Exercise Iron Fist 2013

Story by Lance Cpl. Demetrius Morgan | 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 02.22.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - "Translate this for me," is what Marines and Sailors often said when working with members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force during Exercise Iron Fist 2013.

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February 20, 2013

It’s a girl: Marine father meets baby girl

Story by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 02.20.2013

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - It’s time.

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February 18, 2013

Parsippany Hills H.S. teammates reunite as Marines in Afghanistan

Written by
Michael Izzo
@MIzzoDR
Feb 18, 2013

PARSIPPANY — Most people have their high school reunions in their old cafeteria, or a hotel or restaurant.

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Sergeants Course Marine named Combat Center’s Instructor of the Year

By Lance Cpl. Sarah Anderson | | February 18, 2011

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. -- Staff Sgt. Elmer Estes, a native of Harlan, Ky., was named the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center’s Instructor of the Year in February, for standing out among his peers as a Sergeants Course instructor at the Twentynine Palms Staff Noncommissioned Officers Academy.

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February 17, 2013

Pendleton general reflects on deadly Afghan region

Year as commander in Helmand and Nimroz marked by insider attacks, withdrawal push

By Gretel C. Kovach
12:01 a.m.Feb. 17, 2013

The suicide attack last March by a supposed Afghan ally was a sign of what was in store for Maj. Gen. Charles “Mark” Gurganus during his year in charge of international troops in southwestern Afghanistan.

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February 15, 2013

Marine honored, posthumously awarded Bronze Star

Story by Lance Cpl. James Gulliver | 1st Marine Division | Date: 02.15.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – “Always faithful” is a saying that has been a way of life for U.S. Marines since they adopted the motto in the late 1800s. The word continues to echo on the battlefield today.

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February 14, 2013

Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine Who Wrote Goodbye Letter To Be Awarded Bronze Star On Friday

Thursday, February 14, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

The military will posthumously award fallen Marine Sgt. William Stacey the Bronze Star at a Camp Pendleton ceremony Friday, according to 1st Marine Public Affairs.

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February 9, 2013

Marine’s journey puts smiles on faces of Thai children

By Lance Cpl. Jose Lujano
U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific
February 09, 2013

PHITSANULOK, Thailand --

Marines are men and women of diverse cultures and ethnicities who volunteer to serve in the armed forces for many different reasons. What varies even more are the life experiences each Marine brings with them to the Corps.

For Lance Cpl. Cuong V. Cao, a combat engineer with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, the journey to the Ban Kuad Nam Man School in the Chat Trakarn district, Phitsanulok province, Kingdom of Thailand, is like a journey back in time, reminding him of his youth.

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February 5, 2013

Marine Takes Charge, Earns Silver Star

Story by Cpl. Marcin Platek | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 02.05.2013

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT, SAN DIEGO-- A Silver Star Medal was presented to Sgt. Miguelange G. Madrigal of 3rd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Force Headquarters Group, Marine Forces Reserve, at a ceremony aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Jan. 31st.

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January 28, 2013

Mine sweeper's heroics rightfully noted

By Nathan Max10:24 a.m.Jan. 28, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON — Lance Cpl. Juan Munoz has a harrowing job under normal circumstances.

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January 27, 2013

1st Sgt. receives Bronze Star for actions in Sangin District, Afghanistan

By Cpl. Timothy Childers | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | January 27, 2013

01.26.2013 --

USS RUSHMORE, At Sea – Servicemembers stationed around the world make sacrifices every day for their country. Some expense time away from their families and a number risk their lives to protect their brothers in arms. It is always a special occasion when one is recognized for their actions.

January 23, 2013

Two members of 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion awarded Bronze Star

Story by Lance Cpl. Joseph Scanlan | 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.23.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – A Marine and a sailor serving with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion received the Bronze Star with combat distinguishing device during a ceremony here, Jan. 23.

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January 17, 2013

Marine Steps Up as Chaplain’s Assistant

By Sgt. Ned Johnson
Headquarters Marine Corps
January 17, 2013

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- As Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Adam Henderson begins his daily assignments here, he knows that most men his age are not making the same sacrifices he makes each day on a deployment.

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Marine becomes guardian angel

Story by Lance Cpl. Raquel Barraza | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing | Date: 01.16.2013
Date posted: 01.17.2013

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – On a winding narrow back road, a woman cries for help and through the rain she sees a glimpse of hope.

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January 16, 2013

California Marine takes leadership by example to heart

Story by Capt. Alfred Reynolds | Regimental Combat Team-7, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 01.16.2013

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan— Most Marines are familiar with the concept of leadership by example. One Marine lives it.

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January 14, 2013

Marine re-enlists at grave of fallen friend

By Melinda Morales - The Visalia (Calif.) Times-Delta
Posted : Monday Jan 14, 2013 13:41:38 EST

VISALIA, Calif. — When Sgt. Jonathan Diehm decided to sign up for another tour with the Marines, he chose to make it official where a fallen comrade and close friend is buried.

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January 9, 2013

Marine to Draw on Past Experiences as Combat Instructor

January 9th, 2013 // By Cpl. Timothy Lenzo

A mortarman turned squad leader plans to use his experiences gained while deployed to teach new Marines as a combat instructor.

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January 8, 2013

First female Marine Corps general dies

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff report
Posted : Tuesday Jan 8, 2013 19:57:06 EST

The Marine Corps lost one of its pioneering women last week with the passing of retired Brig. Gen. Margaret A. Brewer.

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January 4, 2013

Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 Marines Awarded Air Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device for Valor

Story by 1st Lt. Roberto Martins | Marine Corps Air Station New River | Date: 01.04.2013

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. – Three Marines from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 will be awarded the Air Medal with the combat distinguishing device for valor, during a ceremony at the VMM-266 hangar at 8 a.m. Monday, January 7, 2013.

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January 3, 2013

Keeping hands busy with automotive work helps disabled Marine heal

By Tony Perry
Los Angeles Times
Published: January 3, 2013

SAN DIEGO -- Marine Cpl. Timothy Read, who lost a leg in Afghanistan and has been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, is applying some Rustoleum to a new drive shaft for his prized 2003 Mustang Mach 1.

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December 28, 2012

Marine at war robbed of everything

Thieves struck while away in Afghanistan; vets offer help

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
7:35 p.m., Dec. 28, 2012

It had been a tough year to begin with. Then Gunnery Sgt. Jamie Hammond discovered that just about everything she owned except the desert camouflage on her back was stolen while she was in Afghanistan.

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December 20, 2012

Quick, decisive action saves Marine’s life at Camp Lejeune

By 2nd Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs Office | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | December 20, 2012

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- A Marine with Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group saved the life of one of his own in the pre-dawn hours here, Dec. 11.

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December 19, 2012

Marines to be lauded for Libya rescue

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Dec 19, 2012 18:09:14 EST

Three Marines with an MV-22B Osprey squadron will be honored next month for their heroics during a rescue mission last year in Libya in which they recovered a downed Air Force pilot.

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December 15, 2012

Golf Helps Save a Marine

By JEFF WALLACH
Published: December 15, 2012

KINSALE, Ireland — A driving downpour at Old Head Golf Links soaked through Tim Lang’s rain suit, blew in his face as he lined up daunting shots along cliffs above the gray Atlantic, and made it difficult to hold his ground on a prosthetic leg in the wet grass. Nobody should have been playing in such conditions, but on this October day, they made Lang feel more alive.

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December 14, 2012

Operation Coming Home provides wounded Marine veteran with new home

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 12.14.2012

CAMERON, N.C. – The cheers of the gathered crowds overpowered the roaring of the motorcycles that escorted Lance Cpl. Richie Chavis as he arrived at his new home. Marines with 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Chavis’ former unit, joined vendors, friends and family in applause as he arrived to receive the keys.

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December 12, 2012

First deployment to Afghanistan sniper’s dream finally fulfilled

By Cpl. Mark Garcia
December 12, 2012

MUSA QAL’AH DISTRICT CENTER, Afghanistan -- For Cpl. Aaron Clote, the challenge involved with becoming a Marine and the chance to experience the world was something he couldn’t miss out on.

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December 11, 2012

Marine Sgt. David Gerardi gets Silver Star at ceremony

By Torsten Ove / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 11, 2012 12:09 am

A Marine who did what Marines are trained to do was presented with a medal for bravery Monday for his actions in Afghanistan.

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December 8, 2012

Through the Scope: One sniper’s experiences, journey to the top

By Cpl. Jonathan G. Wright
31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
December 08, 2012

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan -- Snipers have been the focus of envy and the personification of legends in the Marine Corps since men like Carlos Hathcock and Chuck Mawhinney looked down their scopes in the jungles of Vietnam. The recent exploits of Chris Kyle, the retired Navy SEAL who now has the most confirmed sniper kills in U.S. military history, modernized the mystique of the military sniper, but few have had what it takes to join the ranks.

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December 7, 2012

“Our Institutional DNA”: The U.S. Marine Corps Surges to the Asia-Pacific

The Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, General James F. Amos, gives his thoughts in a wide ranging interview.

By: Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe
December 07, 2012

As the process of rebalancing its forces to the Asia-Pacific begins to gain further traction, the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) sees itself returning to a familiar region of the world. In this context, the Commandant of the USMC, General James F. Amos, spoke to Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe about the Corps’ transformation and modernization, the impact of successive deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, the status of Marine Corps activities in Africa and South America, the strategic realignment to the Asia-Pacific, the likely future battlefield, and defense budget cuts.

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December 5, 2012

Base hosts ‘Welcome Home Heroes’ for Marines returning from overseas

By Cpl. T. Allen Bricker
Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow
December 05, 2012

Returning from a deployment into the supportive, warm and open arms of a loved one can be the best feeling a Marine ever experiences. On the contrary, having no one welcome you back or showing you appreciation for a job well done could cause the opposite feeling, and no one deserves that.

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December 4, 2012

Habel becomes number 2 man of largest command in the Marine Corps

MARINE CORPS SUPPORT FACILITY NEW ORLEANS

By Cpl. Nana Dannsa-Appiah, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve
December 04, 2012

Col. Gregg T. Habel assumed his new position as executive director of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North, Dec. 3, during a ceremony at Marine Corps Support Facility New Orleans.

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December 1, 2012

Marine pioneering effort to move women into combat

By JULIE WATSON
The Associated Press
Published: December 1, 2012

SAN DIEGO -- Marine 1st Lt. Brandy Soublet is about as far from the war front as possible at her desk in the California desert, but she's on the front lines of an experiment that could one day put women as close to combat as their male peers.

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November 28, 2012

Marine special operations team draws top combat medals

Navy Secretary to award Navy Cross and Silver Stars at Camp Pendleton

Written by Gretel C. Kovach
4:46 p.m., Nov. 28, 2012
Updated 3:24 a.m. , Nov. 29, 2012

The secretary of the Navy is expected to present four members of a Marine special operations team from Camp Pendleton with top awards for valor in combat on Monday, for their actions in Afghanistan two years ago.

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November 27, 2012

Afghan combat yields 4 valor awards for MARSOC

By Andrew deGrandpré - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Nov 27, 2012 21:12:43 EST

Three Marines and a sailor assigned to an elite Marine unit at Camp Pendleton, Calif., will receive top valor awards for their combat heroics more than two years ago in Afghanistan.

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November 26, 2012

Despite spinal cord surgery, Marine continues to push forward on third combat deployment

Story by Cpl. Mark Garcia | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 11.26.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – The drive to become a Marine and gain acceptance into the tight-knit family is what drove Staff Sgt. Monica Paz to enlist during July 2000.

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November 16, 2012

Returning Marine gets surprise welcome

By CYNTHIA M. ELLIS
The Telegraph
Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012 7:00 am

WOOD RIVER — Marine Cpl. Luke Malone got the “Thanksgiving” welcome home Thursday he didn’t quite expect.

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U.S. Marine Surprises Sons at College Football Game

By Katie Kindelan
Nov 16, 2012 1:41pm

When 10-year-old Noah Ricafrente and his 8-year-old brother, Elijah, got tickets to the Eastern Carolina University football game with the rest of their Pop Warner football team, it was a big deal.

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November 10, 2012

My date with Mila Kunis: Marine’s untold story

Taking a celeb to the birthday ball has pros, cons

By Gina Harkins - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Nov 10, 2012 9:58:21 EST

Only a Marine would think to bring his date a bottle of vodka instead of a corsage.

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November 2, 2012

Fighter jet flies for Medal of Honor recipients

Commandant dedicates training jet at Miramar honoring war heroes

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
6:16 p.m., Nov. 2, 2012

Four F/A-18 Hornet jets streaked high over Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Friday afternoon in a missing man formation. When Number 222 peeled away from the others and landed, it was obvious that the latest aircraft added to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 101 was something special.

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Enid machine gunner makes most of Afghan deployment

Story by Master Sgt. Brenda Varnadore | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 11.02.2012

NOW ZAD, Afghanistan – After three years at Oklahoma State University, it came time for the Enid, Okla., native, to make a decision on his major. Realizing it would affect the rest of his life, he wanted to be absolutely sure. He took a long, hard look in the mirror and made his decision. He wanted to be a Marine.

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November 1, 2012

Marine rushes to teen’s aid after car accident

By Cpl. Tyler J. Bolken | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | November 01, 2012

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (Nov. 1, 2012) -- A Marine and his wife were chatting as they prepared for bed around 10 p.m., Oct. 23, when they heard the sound of squealing tires not far from their home in rural Newport, N.C., just east of the air station.

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October 27, 2012

Gunny battles cancer, prepares for marathon

By Erin Massey - Medill News Service
Posted : Saturday Oct 27, 2012 10:04:07 EDT

Gunnery Sgt. Jerry Embry and his nurse, Agnes Sicat, know what it’s like to face hurdles. In 2011, Embry, a motor transport mechanic and 22-year Marine, was diagnosed with a form of blood cancer known as non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

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October 26, 2012

Marine injured in Afghanistan throws first pitch at World Series

Tony Perry in San Diego
October 26, 2012 | 10:23 am

Marine Cpl. Nicholas Kimmel, who lost both legs and his left arm in Afghanistan, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Thursday's World Series game in San Francisco: a strike.

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October 11, 2012

Marines continue time-honored tradition in Sangin

10/11/2012 By Cpl. Timothy Lenzo , Regimental Combat Team 6
FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan — It is a military tradition carried out on U.S. bases throughout the world. The raising and lowering of the American flag is not just another duty for Marines, especially while deployed.

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October 6, 2012

Marines continue time-honored tradition in Sangin

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 10.06.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan – It is a military tradition carried out on U.S. bases throughout the world. The raising and lowering of the American flag is not just another duty for Marines, especially while deployed.

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U.S. Marines get promoted while deployed at sea

Story by Capt. Robert Shuford | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 10.06.2012

U.S. NAVY’S 5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – On the first of each month the U.S. Marine Corps authorizes a certain number of promotions for different ranks and job fields. For Marines deployed with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit being deployed at sea doesn’t keep them from moving up to the next rank.

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October 5, 2012

Marines save motorist's life in Riverside County

Written by
Nathan Max
1:46 p.m., Oct. 5, 2012

Sgt. Ronny Pool and Staff Sgt. Javier Acosta have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan a combined six times.

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October 1, 2012

$3 billion task: Getting gear home

By Bethany Crudele - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Oct 1, 2012 8:37:36 EDT

Marine Corps Logistics Command faces one of the most daunting challenges of the coming year or two: Bring home the tens of thousands of weapons, vehicles and gear, large and small, from Afghanistan; repair or replace them; and get the new or refurbished items back to the fleet as it prepares for the pivot to the Asia-Pacific region.

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September 24, 2012

'It makes you appreciate America'

Marine reflects on recent tour of Afghanistan

By Angeljean Chiaramida STAFF WRITER
September 24, 2012

SEABROOK — Sitting in her grandmother’s living room, petite and pretty Sara Adams looks nothing like the typical “leatherneck.”

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Running toward gunfire: Marines, British forces repel insurgents attacking Camp Bastion

9/24/2012 By Sgt. John Jackson , Marine Attack Squadron 211

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan —
Sgt. Rasheem Thomas never thought his first night working on Camp Bastion would turn into a gun battle with 15 insurgents.

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September 23, 2012

A Marine's Death Brings Together His Dad and His Battlefield Buddy

By MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS
Updated September 23, 2012, 2:43 p.m. ET

HOOVER, Ala.—Two years ago, Matthew Proctor dropped to his knees in the Afghan dirt and watched his best friend bleed to death.

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September 21, 2012

Camp Lejeune Marine earned Swain award by helping Afghans

By Rusty Dennen
The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va.
Published: September 21, 2012

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Marine Lance Cpl. Lauren Kohls can't talk much about her work in military intelligence, but others will be happy to do it tonight.

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September 13, 2012

9th Engineer Support Battalion Marines receive Bronze Star

9/13/2012 By Lance Cpl. Daniel Valle , III MEF
CAMP HANSEN, Japan — Captains Aaron F. Fisher and Christopher M. Kaprielian were awarded Bronze Star medals during a ceremony at the 9th Engineer Support Battalion physical training field at Camp Hansen Sept. 5.

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September 11, 2012

Marine surprises children in return from Afghanistan

By Stacy Moore, Hi-Desert Star
Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 10:53 pm

YUCCA VALLEY — The children of a U.S. Marine deployed to Afghanistan got the surprise of a lifetime Friday, Sept. 7, when their dad walked into their classroom at Onaga Elementary School.

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Georgia native, corpsman serves country on first deployment

Story by Cpl. Mark Garcia | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 09.11.2012

COMBAT OUTPOST SHIR GHAZAY, Afghanistan – As a senior in high school, Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ricky Lattimore made the decision to serve his country. One month after his May 2008 graduation, he was on his way to basic training.

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September 8, 2012

From Virginia to Afghanistan, Marine develops his own legacy

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 09.08.2012

PATROL BASE DETROIT, Afghanistan – The Marine Corps is filled with stories of young men and women looking for something different. They are brought together by a bond from the day they receive their Eagle, Globe and Anchor and officially earn the title of United States Marine.

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September 7, 2012

3rd CEB Marine earns Bronze Star

9/7/2012 By Lance Cpl. D. J. Wu , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. — Capt. Anthony Bariletti, ground combat element academic officer, Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group, received a Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device during a ceremony at the MCTOG compound Aug. 31, 2012.

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West Virginia Marine awarded Bronze Star for heroic actions in combat

9/7/2012 By Lance Cpl. Phillip Clark , 2nd Marine Division

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — The first thing Staff Sgt. Matthew E. Faircloth did once he regained consciousness after being shot in the head in a firefight in Afghanistan in 2011 was look at his family picture in the back of his Kevlar helmet. Never mind the blood gushing from the back of his head, he just wanted to make sure the one thing that kept him strong through his deployment was protected – a picture of his wife and three children.

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September 6, 2012

Illinois native bridges language, cultural barriers through Trek Nawa

9/6/2012 By Cpl. Timothy Lenzo , Headquarters Marine Corps

PATROL BASE DETROIT, Afghanistan —
The Marines are down but not out. The late afternoon sun beats on them, and one Marine wipes sweat from his eyes. Across from them, their opponents smile, seemingly sensing the outcome. With the Olympics fresh in their minds, this is not simply a volleyball game, this is a matter of national pride.

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September 5, 2012

Marines receive Silver Stars for Afghan heroics

By Gina Harkins - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Sep 5, 2012 13:20:00 EDT

Two Marines have received the nation’s third-highest award for combat valor in recognition of their heroic actions during separate battles last year in Afghanistan.

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September 3, 2012

Proper equipment saves Wisconsin Marine’s life

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 09.03.2012

PATROL BASE DETROIT, Afghanistan – Every day Marines put on their protective gear and put their lives in danger. They wear a heavy flak jacket, Kevlar helmet and fire retardant clothing. With temperatures reaching more than 130 degrees Fahrenheit, patrolling with all their gear can become tiresome, but there is one Marine who will not hear complaining about the extra weight.

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August 30, 2012

Married Couple Serves Deployment Together

By Marine Corps Cpl. Mark Garcia
Regional Command Southwest

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan, Aug. 30, 2012 – During a deployment, most Marines are separated from their families. But for one married Marine Corps couple, a deployment is providing the opportunity to connect in a way most would not be able to experience.

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August 29, 2012

One Marine feeds a company

8/29/2012 By Cpl. Ed Galo , Regimental Combat Team 6

COMBAT OUTPOST CASTLE, Afghanistan — Whether preparing the ingredients to be used for a meal, preheating ovens or making sure the food doesn’t over cook, feeding 300 people can be a difficult task. It can be even harder in a foreign environment and a single Marine is tasked with the workload.

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August 28, 2012

Philadelphia native receives Silver Star for valor in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 08.23.2012
Date Posted:08.28.2012 16:20

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – When a patrol of Marines from 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division; Afghan National Army soldiers and Afghan National Civil Order Police patrolmen was ambushed by insurgents March 5, 2011, Cpl. Jason M. Hassinger quickly realized that many of his comrades were trapped, unable to maneuver or engage the attacking enemy. The Marines requested air support, but it was not immediately available, so Hassinger led his section through the gunfire to rescue his trapped brothers in arms.

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Marine awarded Silver Star for combat valor

8/28/2012 By Staff Sgt. Robert Storm , Marine Corps Systems Command

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — “I was exactly where I wanted to be, doing exactly what I wanted to do,” said Gunnery Sgt. Joseph F. Lurz, a native of Baltimore.

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August 25, 2012

Following the scent: An explosive detector dog and his handler protect Marines

Story by Staff Sgt. Brian Buckwalter | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 08.25.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Riding in an armored truck over Afghanistan’s rutted dirt roads is scarcely a smooth or comfortable experience.

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August 21, 2012

Report details heroism in Osprey crash aftermath

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Aug 21, 2012 17:47:44 EDT

Newly released documents paint a picture of heroism in the immediate aftermath of an Osprey crash that left two Marines dead and two more seriously wounded.

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August 20, 2012

Dakota Meyer blasts Army brass in new book

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Aug 20, 2012 14:53:32 EDT

WEST MILFORD, N.J. — During one of the Afghan war’s ugliest battles, Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer was nearly taken prisoner at gunpoint but fended off his would-be captor by beating him to death with a baseball-sized rock, according to the Marine’s forthcoming book.

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August 8, 2012

Marine Declines Scholarship to Serve

By Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Brian Buckwalter
Regimental Combat Team 6

COMBAT OUTPOST JAKER, Afghanistan, Aug. 8, 2012 – For some people, history is just another subject in school. For Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Joshua Taylor, being a part of history was a calling.

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August 5, 2012

Father talks about homecoming of his son, a U.S. Marine

By Abigail Bartalini/WickedLocalBelmont.com
REP
Posted Aug 05, 2012 @ 07:33 PM

Belmont, Mass. —

Life-long resident Leo J. Saidnawey wears many hats. He is not only a IT Manager and Emergency Management Director, but also a husband, and father of a United States Marine.

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August 3, 2012

Finding comfort in training service dogs for other wounded vets

By C.J. Lin
Stars and Stripes
Published: August 3, 2012

BROOKEVILLE, Md. — Marine Sgt. Jon Gordon hadn’t been able to sleep soundly after driving over three roadside bombs in a six-week period during a 2010 deployment to Afghanistan.

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August 1, 2012

Arizona native helps keep rockets’ red glare alive, well in Afghanistan

Story by Sgt. James Mercure | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 08.01.2012

PATROL BASE EREDVI, Afghanistan - The High Mobility Artillery Rocket System delivers target destruction from miles away.

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July 30, 2012

Harrison Township Marine Patrick Murphy welcomed home from Afghanistan

Published: Monday, July 30, 2012, 4:00 AM
By Joe Green/Gloucester County Times

HARRISON TWP. — One might imagine Patrick Murphy could still feel the weight of a Kevlar helmet and body armor, even though they’re gone for now.

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July 29, 2012

MARINE DEVELOPS A PLAN FOR LIFE OF SERVICE

Specialist in logistics on track to receive college degree and officer’s commission this year

Written by
Lisa Deaderick
12:01 a.m., July 29, 2012
Updated 6:37 p.m. , July 27, 2012

There’s a song that Gunnery Sgt. Gabriel Adibe’s mother used to sing a lot when he was younger: “Jesus first, others second, you put yourself at the end of the line, and then you’ll find true joy in your life. …”

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July 28, 2012

Pendleton staff sgt. talks about Silver Star

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Jul 28, 2012 12:22:35 EDT

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — There is little, if any, hint today of the combat wound Staff Sgt. Paul Worley sustained two years ago when he led his squad with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, in an intense battle with the Taliban.

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July 26, 2012

Marine born in Afghanistan gives back to home nation

Story by Cpl. Mark Stroud | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 07.26.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan —“I remember the day I heard that America was going into Afghanistan,” said Lance Cpl. Behzad Razzada, a member of the Embedded Partnering Team, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward). “My parents were happy because it was a chance for Afghanistan to unite and fight for freedom. They said it was the only way that injustice in Afghanistan would be finished.”

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July 17, 2012

Afghanistan War Diary: A Purple Heart

Marine honored for combat wounds, others warned not to add to casualties at home

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
12:32 p.m., July 17, 2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN — The Purple Heart ceremony was simple. It was the setting that made it unforgettable.

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Five Cherry Point Marines selflessly save couple on Memorial Day

Story by Lance Cpl. Stephen Stewart | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing & Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | Date: 07.17.2012

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. – When a group of Marines took a trip to Fort Macon Park in Atlantic Beach, N.C., to enjoy the sun and relax over the Memorial Day holiday, they had no clue they would soon find themselves fighting to save the lives of two strangers.

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Radio Operator vital to Personal Security Detachment

7/17/2012 By Cpl. Mark Stroud , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — “Communication is everything for what we do,” said Staff Sgt. Jonathan Morgan, personal security detachment chief, Personal Security Detachment, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward). “If you can’t communicate you don’t know what is happening, you can’t coordinate with other elements and you can’t reinforce yourself; your command and signal is gone.”

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July 16, 2012

Marine earns Silver Star for Afghanistan action

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jul 16, 2012 16:32:59 EDT

A Marine infantry squad leader from Camp Pendleton, Calif., will receive the Silver Star on Tuesday for guiding his men through a hellish five-hour firefight two years ago in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

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July 14, 2012

Silver Star recipient recalls Marjah attack

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Jul 14, 2012 11:39:37 EDT

Pinned down in a canal under fire and without working radios, Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Cole made a decision: He would face the Taliban with an M240B machine gun.

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Marine brother, Sailor sister link up while deployed at sea

Courtesy Story | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 07.14.2012

USS SAMPSON, Red Sea - As siblings grow up and lead separate lives it’s sometimes difficult to stay in touch. Add the extra separation of being in the military and deploying around the world and some family members are lucky if they ever see each other.

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July 13, 2012

MARINE WHO LOOKS OUT FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS IS ENDING A GREAT CAREER

By Union-Tribune
12:01 a.m., July 13, 2012
Updated 7:17 p.m. , July 12, 2012

Today a true American hero retires from the Marine Corps after serving his country with distinction for 30 years.

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July 11, 2012

Georgia Marine awarded Silver Star for heroic actions in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 07.11.2012

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – He watched as five Marines beside him dropped, struck by the sheer force of insurgent machine gun fire. Within seconds, Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Cole joined his brothers as a three-round burst lifted his 200-pound frame and 80 pounds of gear completely off the ground, moved him five feet in the air, and slammed him into the dirt– all in less than half a second.

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July 9, 2012

Sgt. Enrique Trevino Supports Wounded Warrior Project By Attempting 1 Million Pushups

Posted: 07/09/2012 10:56 am Updated: 07/10/2012 12:54 pm

When doubters questioned if Sgt. Enrique Trevino could do 1 million pushups in a year, he responded in true Marine form: He simply added on another twist to the challenge.

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July 4, 2012

July Fourth at war: Marines say don't forget us

Closest most get to fireworks in Afghanistan is an artillery mission

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
2:24 p.m., July 4, 2012
Updated 9:14 p.m.

Forward Operating Base Shir Ghazay, Afghanistan — The Fourth of July isn’t much of a holiday in the war zone. It’s just another work day for many Marines and a reminder of family and friends who are gathering without them back home.

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Marine has the blues in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Ed Galo | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 07.04.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE NOLAY, Afghanistan – One recent morning, while waiting in line for breakfast at the field mess hall at Forward Operating Base Nolay, Marines could hear the sound of blues music coming from a harmonica.

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June 30, 2012

Runners bring flag to war veteran

Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012 5:30 am

TWENTYNINE PALMS — A relay team of U.S. Marines crossed the Hi-Desert Friday, bearing an American flag to present to a veteran whose legs were destroyed in Afghanistan.

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June 29, 2012

Lansing Marine receives hero's welcome

June 29, 2012 • By Carrie Steinweg Times

LANSING | There were splashes of red, white and blue all around Lansing on Thursday and it wasn’t just because Independence Day is approaching.

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Combat Camera Marine documents war, progress in Kajaki, Afghanistan

Story by Sgt. James Mercure | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 06.29.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KISHTIWAN – He carries a copy of the U.S. Constitution on every combat operation he’s documented and returns with history in his camera.

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June 25, 2012

Fighting Irish: deployed crew chief fulfills dream

Story by Cpl. Lisa Tourtelot | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing | Date: 06.25.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Flying over southwestern Afghanistan, a voice came over the radio, drawing the crew chiefs’ attention to a large truck and SUVs racing through the desert. Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, “Vengeance,” were performing aerial reconnaissance in the area, looking for any suspicious vehicles or potential insurgent activity.

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June 24, 2012

This Is My Life, Episode 3

Video by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | 1st Marine Division | Date: 06.24.2012

This is my life is a video journal blog of Marines in Afghanistan, documenting their daily life. This episode follows an infantryman with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment.

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June 23, 2012

Challenge Accepted; Corpsmen Ready, Serves with Marines

Video by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | 1st Marine Division | Date: 06.23.2012

Petty Officer 3rd Class Norberto Zamora, a corpsman with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, discusses the challenges he's faced during his deployment and why he enjoys working with Marines.

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June 22, 2012

Mexican immigrant serves in Marines, OEF; eyes US citizenship

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | 1st Marine Division | Date: 06.22.2012

KAJAKI, Afghanistan – He stands side-by-side his fellow Marines, pours his blood and sweat into his job and sacrifices time away from his family. He lives driven by a will to earn his way in life and appreciate what’s been given to him.

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June 21, 2012

1st Recon welcomes new commanding officer

Story by Lance Cpl. Tyler Reiriz | 1st Marine Division | Date: 06.21.2012

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Lieutenant Col. Brian L. Gilman relinquished command of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion to Maj. Brian J. Von Herbulis during a change of command ceremony at Camp Margarita, June 21.

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Cottage Grove Marine recognized for outstanding achievements in Afghanistan