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February 4, 2017

Marines practice raid at Governor's Complex

Post News Staff Feb 4, 2017 Updated Feb 5, 2017

A military helicopter descended on the lawn of the Governor Ricardo J. Bordallo Complex at Adelup.

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December 10, 2016

1st Battalion 3rd Marines simulate operation Gothic Serpent

by U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ricky S. Gomez
Date Taken: 12.10.2016 | Date Posted: 12.10.2016 22:50

U.S. Marines assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment during a simulation of operation Gothic Serpent aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, Dec. 10, 2016. Operation Gothic Serpent was a military operation conducted by U.S. special operations forces with the primary mission of capturing faction leader Mohamed Farrah Aidid. The operation occured in Somalia, Africa from August to October 1993 and was supervised by the Joint Special Operation Command.

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December 9, 2016

Steel Knight 2017: Marines execute largest long-range raid exercise in 14 years

Story by LCpl Jake McClung
Date Taken: 12.06.2016 | Date Posted: 12.09.2016 18:53

More than 600 Marines with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and 1st Marine Division conducted exercise Sea Horse Wind, in both southern California and Arizona, Dec. 4 to 9.

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September 17, 2016

Mortarmen refine targeting on FDM

Photos by U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. T.T. Parish/Released
Date Taken: 09.16.2016 | Date Posted: 09.17.2016 19:04

Mortarmen with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, during training on Farallon de Medinilla Range, Commonwealth Northern Mariana Islands, Sept. 16, 2016 as part of Valiant Shield 16. Valiant Shield 16 is a biennial field training exercise designed to develop the integration of joint U.S. forces. The training enables real-world proficiency of joint forces to detect, locate, track and engage units – at sea, in the air, on land, and in cyberspace – to prepare for a range of possible military operations.

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June 7, 2016

Happy to be home: VMA-214 “Black Sheep,” MALS-13 “Black Widows” service members return to MCAS Yuma

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lillian Stephens/Released
06.07.2016

Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 “Black Sheep” returns aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., June 7. returned from a seven-month deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and supported missions in the Pacific theater.

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May 12, 2016

CATC Fuji: training grounds of warriors

by Cpl Daniel Jean-Paul
Date Posted: 05.12.2016 21:14

At the base of Mount Fuji lies the Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji. CATC Fuji has provided the Marine Corps with a forward-based platform for vital training, troop readiness and force projection.

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Okinawa Marines honor fallen combat camera Marines

U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Jesula Jeanlouis/Released
Date Posted: 05.12.2016 01:20

Combat camera Marines memorial run to honor two fallen Marines, Cpl. Sara A. Medina and Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Hug, May 12 aboard Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. Medina and Hug died while performing earthquake relief efforts in Nepal during operation Sahayogi Haat on May 12, 2015. Marines and sailors from all over Okinawa participated in the run to honor Medina and Hug.

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March 16, 2016

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

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

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

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March 15, 2016

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

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

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

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March 3, 2016

Images: 31st MEU arrives in Republic of Korea

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

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

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February 23, 2016

SPRING DEPLOYMENT: MARINES, NAVY TAKE TO THE WATER DURING INTEGRATION TRAINING

By Gunnery Sgt. Zachary Dyer, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
23 Feb 2016

OKINAWA, Japan -- “A ship without Marines is like a garment without buttons.”

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February 20, 2016

Marines Helocast During Cobra Gold

by Cpl Thor Larson
Date Taken:02.10.2016 | Date Posted:02.20.2016 2:19AM

Royal Thai, Republic of Korea and U.S. Marines helocast from an MV-22B Osprey Feb. 10, 2016 during Cobra Gold 16 in Thailand. This was one of the first times an Osprey has conducted helocasting. CG16 increases cooperation, interoperability and collaboration among partner nations in order to achieve effective solutions to common challenges

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February 8, 2016

MARINES WITH HMLA-267 SUPPORT SCORPION FIRE

By Lance Cpl. Harley Robinson, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
8 Feb 2016

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif -- Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 took part in exercise Scorpion Fire 1-16 on and near Naval Air Facility El Centro, California, Jan. 25 to Feb. 5, 2016.

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February 6, 2016

Images: 31st MEU, Bonhomme Richard depart Okinawa

U.S. Marine Corps photos by Gunnery Sgt. Zachary Dyer/Released
Date Posted:02.06.2016 20:44

The USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) pulls out of port at White Beach, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 6, 2016. The Marines and sailors of the 31st MEU and the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group are currently on their spring deployment to the Asia-Pacific region.

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February 1, 2016

Shirtless Marines hit the snow in South Korea during sub-zero temps

By Jeff Schogol, Marine Corps Times 12:18 p.m. EST February 1, 2016

There’s training and then there’s recon training.

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January 30, 2016

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

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

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

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January 25, 2016

NAVY CORPSMEN CONTINUE SUPPORT OF MARINE OPERATIONS, TRAINING

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

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

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January 15, 2016

MEU MARINES TRAIN FOR JUNGLE COMBAT

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

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

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December 22, 2015

Marine Corps Pilot Flies New King Stallion

Marine Corps News | Dec 21, 2015

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Lt. Col. became the first U.S. Marine to fly the Corps’ CH-53K helicopter Dec. 18, 2015 at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation's Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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December 14, 2015

'Rhinos' support Steel Knight 2016

by LCpl Levi Schultz
Date Taken:12.11.2015 | Date Posted:12.14.2015 16:41

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter personifies great strides in modern air dominance capability. Among its characteristics of radar-evading stealth, supersonic speeds, fighter agility and advanced logistical support comes the capability to perform vertical take-off and landings.

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November 22, 2015

Bridging the gap: 8th, 9th ESB concludes MGB Bridge Master’s Course

U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Paul S. Martinez/Released
Date Taken:11.18.2015 | Date Posted:11.20.2015 09:13

Marine students attending the 8th Engineer Support Battalion Medium Girder Bridge Master’s Course during a field exercise at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Nov. 18, 2015.

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November 14, 2015

BREACH, CLEAR: MPS TRAIN IN COMBAT TOWN

By Cpl. Abbey Perria, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
14 Nov 2015

CENTRAL TRAINING CENTER, OKINAWA, Japan -- “Did gunny or the lieutenant kill you?” a group of Marines casually ask each other after clearing a house at Snipe Mount, Central Training Area, Okinawa, Japan. Red and blue chalk dots speckle the Marines’ uniforms; evidence of the recent simulated gunfight.

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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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October 13, 2015

A ‘Cush’ Landing

By Cpl. John Baker | I Marine Expeditionary Force | October 13, 2015

SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Marines are known for their ability to stay calm under pressure and approach problems with a keen understanding of the dangers around them. For everything that could go wrong, no matter how unlikely, there is a plan in place that Marines are ready to execute at a moment’s notice.

The Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command’s Capt., a pilot with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 165 along with his crew, proved once again that there’s nothing they’re not ready for.

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August 24, 2015

US MARINES AID SAIPAN WITH TYPHOON RELIEF EFFORTS

By Cpl. Ryan Mains, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
24 Aug 2015

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands -- The western North Pacific has historically been one of the most active tropical cyclone areas in the world. Year after year, tropical storms devastate the many islands in the Pacific. In early August, Typhoon Soudelor, the most powerful storm of the year, rocked across the Pacific before finally blowing itself out over China. The first place the typhoon hit was the small island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands, Aug. 2-3.

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August 22, 2015

U.S. Marines aid Saipan with typhoon relief efforts

by Cpl Ryan Mains
Date Taken:08.20.2015 | Date Posted:08.22.2015 11:22

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands - The western North Pacific has historically been one of the most active tropical cyclone areas in the world. Year after year, tropical storms devastate the many islands in the Pacific. In early August, Typhoon Soudelor, the most powerful storm of the year, rocked across the Pacific before finally blowing itself out over China. The first place the typhoon hit was the small island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands, Aug. 2-3.

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August 19, 2015

British Royal Marine First to Embed With US Marines in New Program

Stars and Stripes | Aug 19, 2015 | by Matthew M. Burke

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa -- A mysterious commando has been spotted across Asia, accompanying U.S. Marines from Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, since they arrived in Okinawa on the Unit Deployment Program in February.

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August 10, 2015

CLC-36 IMPROVES SERVICE MEMBERS’ COMBAT READINESS

By Lance Cpl. Carlos Cruz Jr., Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan
10 Aug 2015

COMBINED ARMS TRAINING CENTER CAMP FUJI, SHIZUOKA, Japan -- Combat Logistics Company 36 Marines and augments returned to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Aug. 4, from Exercise Dragon Fire 2015 at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, Japan.

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August 8, 2015

31st MEU and Ashland transport water into Saipan

By Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class David A. Cox, Amphibious Squadron 11 Public Affairs
Date Posted:08.08.2015 20:49

SAIPAN HARBOR, Northern Mariana Islands – The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard USS Ashland (LSD 48) arrived in Saipan on Aug. 9 and is providing disaster relief in the wake of Typhoon Soudelor.

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July 25, 2015

Tarawa Marines Return Home After 70 Years

U.S. Marine Corps video by Staff Sgt. Jason W. Fudge // RELEASED
Date Posted:07.25.2015 8:12AM

U.S. Marines travel to Tarawa, Kiribati to participate in a repatriation ceremony July 25, 2015. During the ceremony the remains of approximately 36 U.S. Marines who had fallen during World War II at the Battle of Tarawa were loaded onto a Marine Corps C-130J Hercules aircraft for transport back to the U.S.

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July 19, 2015

MCCS supports Marines in Exercise Dragon Fire 2015

by LCpl Carlos Cruz Jr.
Date Posted:07.19.2015 04:45

IWAKUNI, Japan - Out in the field where Marines may lack showers, laundry mats or even mess halls, Marine Corps Community Services’ Tactical Field Exchange comes through, bringing happiness like a glass of cold water in the summer.

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July 16, 2015

U.S. Marines, Australians conduct amphibious assault for Talisman Sabre 2015

by SSgt Zachary Dyer
Date Taken:07.11.2015 | Date Posted:07.16.2015 08:50

FOG BAY, Australia - The Marine Corps has long been synonymous with ship to shore operations. From the Marines’ first amphibious landing at the Battle of Nassau in 1776 to now, the Marine Corp has established itself as the premier force in amphibious assaults.

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July 15, 2015

USS Green Bay, the newest LPD class supporting Talisman Sabre 2015

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek A. Harkins
Date Posted:07.15.2015 23:38

INDIAN OCEAN – There is a new player at Talisman Sabre 2015, and it comes in the innovative form of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20).

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July 11, 2015

31st MEU Marines and Australian Soldiers conduct boat raid for Talisman Sabre 2015

Photos by LCpl Brian Bekkala/Released
Date Posted:07.11.2015 03:55

U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and members of the 2nd Royal Australian Regiment assault a beach using Combat Rubber Reconnaissance Crafts during an amphibious assault exercise as part of Talisman Sabre 15. Northern Territory, Australia, July 11. Talisman Sabre provides an invaluable opportunity to conduct operations in a combined, joint, and interagency environment that will increase the U.S and Australia’s ability to plan and execute contingency responses, from combat missions to humanitarian efforts.

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Images: 31st MEU Supports an Amphibious Assault during Talisman Sabre 15

U.S. Marine Corps photos by GySgt Ismael Pena/released
Date Posted:07.11.2015 11:07

U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit along with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, in support of an amphibious assault during exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary (LHD 6), at sea, Australia, July 11, 2015. Talisman Sabre is a major bilateral exercise that demonstrates the strong Australian-U.S. alliance and military relationship.

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June 15, 2015

Beyond the fundamentals: Battalion Landing Team Marines conduct weapons training at sea

Story by Cpl Ryan Mains
Date Taken:06.12.2015 | Date Posted:06.15.2015 10:15

AT SEA - Waking up to the sight of the sun rising on the distant horizon over the vast waters of the Pacific ocean might be a paradise for some, but for Marines embarked on a U.S. Navy vessel at sea, it is just another opportunity to sight in on their weapons and fire rounds down range.

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June 10, 2015

Video: Marines Compete in Strongman Competitions

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Date Taken:06.10.2015 | Date Posted:06.10.2015 8:28PM

Marines with III Marine Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force participate in the Highland Games June 5 at Camp Hansen. The Highland Games were inspired by traditional Scottish physical competitions consisting of various events including sheep toss, tug-of-war and the caber toss.

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June 8, 2015

Video: See Why Marines and K9 Make the Best Team

Date Taken:06.6.2015 | Date Posted:06.8.2015 7:11PM

A military working dog handler, talks about the relationships formed between his fellow handlers and their dogs and the role of Provost Marshal's Office K9 units on military bases.

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May 12, 2015

The Muscle of the Marine Corps

Story by LCpl Tyler Ngiraswei
Date Posted:05.12.2015 06:30

CAMP HANSEN, Japan - U.S. Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit must transport thousands of pounds of equipment all throughout the Asia-Pacific.

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May 7, 2015

JGSDF comes together with U.S. Marines

Story by Cpl Ryan Mains
Date Taken:04.28.2015 | Date Posted:05.07.2015 03:14

KIN BLUE, OKINAWA, Japan – A day by the ocean for beachgoers means relaxing in the sand, swimming or enjoying the sound of the waves splashing onto the shore, but a normal beach day for U.S. Marines is much different

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May 2, 2015

US troops, aircraft heading to Nepal delayed a day

By Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes
Published: May 2, 2015

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Four tilt-rotor V-22 Ospreys, other U.S. aircraft and 150 military personnel headed to Nepal to boost earthquake relief efforts have been delayed a day and are now expected to arrive Sunday.

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April 24, 2015

Video: U.S. Marines Connect with Local School Children

U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Ricardo Hurtado
Date Taken:04.20.2015 | Date Posted:04.24.2015 9:30PM

U.S. Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 3rd and 4th Marine Regiments, visited Santa Juliana Elementary School in Crow Valley, Tarlac, Philippines, April 20, during exercise Balikatan 2015. The Marines played games and read with children at the school. Balikatan is an annual Philippines-U.S. military training exercise and humanitarian civic assistance engagement, which highlights the longstanding partnership between both nations. This year's iteration takes place from April 20-30.

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CLB-3 awarded unit, volunteer of year

Story by Kristen Wong
Date Posted:04.24.2015 21:51

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII - Combat Logistics Battalion 3 is the 2015 Volunteer Unit of the Year and had one of their own chosen as 2015 Volunteer of the Year at Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony in the Fairways Ballroom at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, April 16, 2015.

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April 16, 2015

US Marines return to Okinawa after patrolling the Asia-Pacific

Story by LCpl Tyler Ngiraswei
Date Taken:04.07.2015 | Date Posted:04.16.2015 14:37

OKINAWA, Japan - U.S. Marines and sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit returned to Okinawa April 4 after completing a two-month patrol throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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April 15, 2015

Marine Helicopter Makes Emergency Beach Landing

By Monica Garske
April 15, 2015

A U.S. Marine helicopter made an emergency landing on a beach in north San Diego Wednesday after receiving a low oil pressure indicator, U.S. Marine Corps officials confirmed.

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March 22, 2015

Images: Greyhawks: 15th MEU Marines are cleared hot

Photos by Sgt. Jamean Berry/Released)
Date Taken:03.20.2015 | Date Posted:03.22.2015 22:33

Images of 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, during Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), San Clemente Island, Calif., March 20, 2015. COMPTUEX gives the Marines the opportunity to practice real-world scenarios and hone their skill sets.

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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

Squad Leader Development Program: Your questions answered

By Hope Hodge Seck, Staff writer 10:07 a.m. EDT March 15, 2015

The Marine Corps' new plan for developing infantry squad leaders offers instant promotion, a handsome bonus and a chance to deploy — and some grunts are wondering if there's a catch.

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March 11, 2015

Video: B-roll of DRMO: Where Gear Goes to Die

by Lance Corporal Jonathan Smith
Date Taken:03.10.2015 | Date Posted:03.11.2015 12:42AM

Where does gear go when it no longer serves its perceived purpose?

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February 19, 2015

USS Green Bay arrives in Sasebo

Courtesy story
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Edward Guttierrez III, USS Green Bay Public Affairs
Date Posted:02.19.2015 01:14

SASEBO, Japan - Sasebo, Japan –- USS Green Bay (LPD 20) arrived in Sasebo February 19 bringing the Navy’s latest technology to its largest numbered Fleet after transiting the Pacific Ocean from its former homeport of San Diego.

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February 9, 2015

Dates announced for spring US-South Korea exercises

By Ashley Rowland
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 9, 2014

SEOUL — The U.S. and South Korea announced plans Monday for two annual spring military exercises, which come amid questions of whether Seoul will assume wartime control of allied forces as planned next year.

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February 7, 2015

No Better Dojo – The Amphibious Assault Ship

Story by SSgt Joseph Digirolamo
Date Taken:02.06.2015 | Date Posted:02.07.2015 08:09

USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At sea - A gymnasium, a boxing ring, a wrestling mat, an octagon, an indoor padded garage or an outdoor spot on the grass - there are many different types of places to practice and learn martial arts. The Japanese call it a Dojo. They are everywhere on Okinawa. But a U.S. Marine will likely tell you there is no better place to train in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program than inside the hull of an amphibious assault ship.

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January 26, 2015

USS Green Bay moves to Japan

By Jeanette Steele1:58 P.M.JAN. 26, 2015Updated9:34 A.M.JAN. 27, 2015

San Diego said goodbye to the amphibious ship Green Bay on Monday, as another local warship transfers to Japan.

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January 19, 2015

Locate, Close with and Destroy

Story by Cpl Tony Simmons
Date Taken:01.11.2015 | Date Posted:01.19.2015 02:31

U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY - The mission of the Marine Corps rifle squad is to locate, close with and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver, or repel the enemy assault by fire and close combat; a lesson Marines are taught in boot camp that is carried throughout their entire career.

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January 16, 2015

Avengers Ordnance Marines Inspect What They Expect

by Cpl Tony Simmons
Date Taken:01.14.2015 | Date Posted:01.16.2015 01:26

Aviation ordnance technicians with VMA-211, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, inspect the ordnance of an AV-8B Harrier Vertical/Short Takeoff and Landing aircraft before a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in the Central Command area of operations, Jan. 14, 2015.

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January 4, 2015

Off the Leash: LE Detachment Conducts Controlled Aggression Training

by Cpl Carson Gramley
Date Taken:12.28.2014 | Date Posted:01.04.2015 02:48

U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND -- Marines and working dogs with Law Enforcement Detachment, Command Element, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, conducted controlled aggression training in the U.S. Central Command area of operations, Dec. 28, 2014.

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December 9, 2014

Holiday cheer runs through Camp Hansen

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Date Taken:12.03.2014 | Date Posted:12.09.2014 02:44

Marines with 3rd Intelligence Battalion got the base in the holiday spirit where they donned Santa costumes, antlers and other festive accessories during the three kilometer run during the Jingle Bell Fun Run Dec. 3 on the parade field at Camp Hansen.

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November 27, 2014

To serve and protect: PMO trains to save lives

Story by LCpl Isaac Ibarra
Date Posted:11.27.2014 05:42

CAMP COURTNEY, OKINAWA, Japan —In the previous 14 years, more than 160 active shooter instances have occurred resulting in casualties in communities throughout the U.S. Military installations are also susceptible to these types of emergencies. As first responders, military police must remain ready to keep their community safe and respond to all types of emergencies.

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October 24, 2014

Navy, Marine Corps engage in exercise Pacific Horizon 2015

by SN Jonathan Nelson
Date Taken:10.24.2014 | Date Posted:10.25.2014 00:01

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON , Calif. - Expeditionary Strike Group 3 and the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade participated in Navy-Marine Corps joint exercise Pacific Horizon 2015 from Oct. 20-28.

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October 20, 2014

Sit, stay, rappel: Dogs fast rope with their handlers

Story by LCpl Ryan Mains
Date Taken:10.07.2014 | Date Posted:10.20.2014 19:39

CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan – Military working dog handlers put a spin on the old adage, ‘teach an old dog new tricks,’ by participating in a fast-roping exercise with their dogs Oct. 7 at the Camp Hansen rappel tower.

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HMLA-169 Marines help Carlsbad community with post-fire cleanup

Story by Cpl Michael Thorn
Date Taken:10.18.2014 | Date Posted:10.20.2014 18:25

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Marines from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 169 aid local volunteers by cleaning up a fire-damaged area, in Carlsbad, Calif., Oct. 18.

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October 8, 2014

Sick Marines a medical whodunnit for Navy doctors

By Matthew M. Burke
Published: October 8, 2014

When Navy Lt. Cmdr. Joy Dierks arrived at work last month, she found 31 sick Marines waiting for her.

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September 26, 2014

PHIBLEX: Marines, Navy participating in Philippine amphibious exercise

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

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

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September 19, 2014

Corpsmen conduct MASCAS exercise on Tinian

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

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

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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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Forecasters prepare for Valiant Shield 2014

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

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

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September 11, 2014

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

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

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

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Heavy equipment operators get dirty to clear runway

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

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

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July 22, 2014

MEUEX Vertical Assault MOUT

by LCpl Alexander Pool
Date Taken:07.18.2014 | Date Posted:07.22.2014 7:21AM

US Marines with Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines (BLT 3/5), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) conduct a vertical assault on a Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) facility in Okinawa, Japan as part of MEU Exercise (MEUEX). The MEUEX is to prepare the unit for an upcoming amphibious deployment and practice it’s mission essential tasks while improving overall operational readiness. (Marine Corps Motion Imagery Provided by Lance Cpl. Alexander N. Pool 31st MEU Combat Camera/ Released)

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July 11, 2014

Paw Patrol: Military working dogs execute explosive detection training

By Lance Cpl. Drew Tech | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | July 11, 2014

CENTRAL TRAINING AREA, OKINAWA, Japan -- Military working dogs and their Marine handlers executed improvised explosive device detection training July 2 in the Central Training Area.

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June 30, 2014

ROK, US Marines sync artillery techniques during KMEP 14-7

Story by LCpl Thor Larson
Date Taken:06.15.2014 | Date Posted:06.30.2014 03:58

WARRIOR BASE, MUNSAN, Republic of Korea – The hot sun beats down on Marines as they stand ready beside their weapon, anxiously waiting for a fire mission that will create a dust cloud which can block out the sun.

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June 23, 2014

Okinawa Marines practice the art of fast-roping

Stars and Stripes
Published: June 23, 2014

NORTHERN OKINAWA, Japan — Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion practiced their fast-roping skills during a training exercise in northern Okinawa last week.

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June 18, 2014

Vet re-adjusts after two tours as a Marine in Afghanistan

Carol Comegno, Courier-Post 10:36 p.m. EDT June 18, 2014

Dominic Evola worked a wad of dough, pressing it against a wooden counter with his hands, lifting and twirling it into a circle before plopping it onto a pizza pan.

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June 10, 2014

MAG-16 Hosts Junior Jarhead Day

by Cpl Owen Kimbrel
Date Taken:06.7.2014 | Date Posted:06.10.2014 2:26PM

Marines and their families participated in a Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16 Junior Jarhead Day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 7. The event presented demonstrations from Aircraft Firefighting and Rescue along with multiple aircraft from various squadrons.

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June 2, 2014

RIMPAC to include experiment on small-unit operations

By Gina Harkins
Jun. 2, 2014 - 06:00AM

When the Marine Corps unveiled its new 10-year road map — Expeditionary Force 21 — in April, one of its fundamental principles was that small teams of Marines must be ready to deploy to, and sustain themselves in, isolated, austere and hostile environments.

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May 21, 2014

Marines get one shot at elite sniper status

Story by Sgt Adam Miller
Date Taken:05.16.2014 | Date Posted:05.21.2014 02:44

CENTRAL TRAINING AREA, OKINAWA, Japan – Marines concluded a two-week Special Reaction Team certification course May16 in the Central Training Area.

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May 10, 2014

Protecting troops at war's end

Base security beefed up at Marine headquarters after 2012 attack, drawdown

By Gretel C. Kovach
11:57 a.m.May 10, 2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — At night, the perimeter of the massive headquarters base for international forces in Helmand Province is ablaze with floodlights that could blind approaching enemy fighters.

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May 5, 2014

Marines withdraw from Sangin

Afghans secure northern Helmand as NATO combat mission wanes

4:19 a.m. May 5, 2014

SANGIN, Afghanistan — The last U.S. Marines withdrew from northern Helmand early Monday morning, turning their two bases in the hard-fought Sangin district over to Afghan national security forces.

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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 25, 2014

Marines explore Reserve options during road show

By Lance Cpl. Joshua R. Heins | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | April 25, 2014

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. --

Marines from across Cherry Point attended the career transition road show at Miller’s Landing April 15.

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April 21, 2014

9th ESB offloads, prepares for KMEP 14-6

By Lance Cpl. Cedric R. Haller II | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | April 21, 2014

POHANG, GYEONGSANGBUGDO, Republic of Korea -- U.S. Marines with 9th Engineer Support Battalion offloaded vehicles and supplies in preparation for the Korean Marine Exchange Program 14-6 April 16 in Pohang, Republic of Korea.

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April 16, 2014

USS Bonhomme Richard heading to capsized South Korea ferry

By Ashley Rowland
Stars and Stripes
Published: April 16, 2014

SEOUL — A U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship headed to the site where a South Korean ferry sank Wednesday to help if needed, the U.S. Navy said.

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April 14, 2014

High Tides, High Spirits for Holy Week

By Cpl. Henry Antenor | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | April 14, 2014

USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea -- Marines and sailors gather around a dining table with plates of fresh food. They clack their glasses full of grape juice together and laugh out loud. Spirits fly high during the Passover Seder meal, part of a week-long religious celebration of multiple faiths.

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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 7, 2014

Video: Exercise Ssang Yong 14

Courtesy Video HQMC Combat Camera
Date Posted: 04.7.2014 6:26PM

Ssang Yong 14 is the culmination of a multitude of training events and exercises between the U.S. and ROK forces, which take place across the Asia-Pacific region throughout the year. This year's evolution was the largest in its storied history and was comprised of three Expeditionary Units: two US and one ROK. The exercise was led by the 3rd MEB based in Okinawa Japan and showcased both interoperability and sea based operations in the Korean Peninsula. (U.S. Marine Corps motion media/Released) Available in high definition.

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April 2, 2014

Airmen participate in Marine exercise

Story by A1C Zade Vadnais
Date Posted:04.02.2014 22:23

OKINAWA, Japan - Airmen from Kadena's 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels management flight traveled to Marine Corps Camp Hansen to participate in a field exercise with Marines from the 9th Engineer Support Battalion March 24 through 27.

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March 28, 2014

‘Twin Dragons’ massive joint military exercise begins

By Staff Sgt. Joseph Digirolamo | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | March 28, 2014

CAMP MUJUK, Republic of Korea -- A multilateral combined arms and amphibious exercise known as Ssang Yong 2014 officially started at Pohang, Republic of Korea March 27.

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Photo Essay: Firing while rocking on the USS Denver

By Sgt. Paul Robbins Jr. | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | March 28, 2014

USS Denver, At Sea -- Marines and Sailors of Company F. and Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, challenged their marksmanship skills by firing multiple weapons from the flight deck here, March 19.

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March 26, 2014

Military working dog handlers build skills with EOD

By Pfc. Abbey Perria | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | March 26, 2014

CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan --
Military working dog handlers with 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion received improvised explosive device detection training March 24 at Camp Hansen.

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March 13, 2014

CLR-35 corpsmen hone emergency medical skills

By Lance Cpl. Matt Myers | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | March 13, 2014

GWANGYANG, South Korea -- The pained cries of simulated victims echo throughout the camp as corpsmen race to find and triage victims during a mass casualty evacuation drill during Freedom Banner 14 in Gwangyang, Republic of Korea March 6.

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March 12, 2014

III MHG sets up MEFEX 14

Story by Cpl Matthew Manning
Date Posted:03.12.2014 23:10

POHANG, South Korea - With a foot of snow on the ground, freezing temperatures and less than a month before the start of Marine Expeditionary Force Exercise 2014, 30 Marines arrive at Camp Mujuk Feb. 12 with the task of setting up living quarters for more than 1,200 Marines and a combined operations center to be used by the Republic of Korea Marine Corps and the III MEF Command Element.

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Marines board USNS Sacagawea for ROK exercises

By Lance Cpl. Pete Sanders | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | March 12, 2014

CAMP COURTNEY, OKINAWA, Japan -- Marines with various units assigned to III Marine Expeditionary Force boarded the USNS Sacagawea Feb. 17 at Tengan Pier, near Camp Courtney.

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Images: 3rd Marine Logistics Group meets the challenge

Photos by LCpl Donald Peterson
Date Taken:02.28.2014 | Date Posted:03.12.2014 04:44

Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 4 compete in a fire team push-up competition Feb. 28 at the parade field on Camp Foster during a battalion field meet. Other activities consisted of several different competitions including a pull-up contest, fire team push-up contest, truck pull, tug of war and sumo wrestling matches. CLB-4 is part of 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

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March 11, 2014

Large US contingent to take part in South Korean exercise

By Ashley Rowland
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 11, 2014

SEOUL — Almost 10,000 U.S. troops will join the South Korean military later this month in the peninsula’s largest joint amphibious landing drill, South Korean media reported Tuesday.

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7th Communications Battalion wires up MEFEX 14

By Cpl. Matthew Manning | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | March 11, 2014

POHANG, Republic of Korea -- In an age where technology enables rapid decision making, and information can be moved in seconds, the ability to communicate is an invaluable asset for all and can make or break a military operation.

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March 3, 2014

Marines rapidly respond to injured Okinawa resident

Story by Lance Cpl. Stephen Himes | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 02.18.2014
Date Posted: 03.03.2014 20:24

OKINAWA, Japan – On the night of Feb. 18, three Marines reacted quickly and selflessly to provide aid to an injured man.

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February 20, 2014

Gear in, gear out: Marines on retrograde mission pack it up and ship it out

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 20, 2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Forklifts, weapons, radios, tactical vehicles. Containers, trailers, air conditioners, generators. If the Marines brought it to Afghanistan, they need to get it out of Afghanistan, and it’s R4OG’s job to get it done.

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February 6, 2014

Corpsmen perfect lifesaving steps

By Pfc. Donald T. Peterson | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | February 06, 2014

CAMP FOSTER -- Twenty-six corpsmen with various units within the III Marine Expeditionary Force participated in a forward resuscitative care course Jan. 27-30 at the Simulated Trauma Advanced Training Center on Camp Foster.

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3rd Maintenance Battalion completes exercise at Kin Blue

By Lance Cpl. Pete Sanders | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | February 06, 2014

KIN BLUE, Okinawa -- Members of 3rd Maintenance Battalion participated in Maintenance Exercise 14-1 Jan. 27 to Feb. 1 at the Kin Blue Training Area near Camp Hansen.

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February 5, 2014

Marines board USS Denver at Okinawa, head for Cobra Gold

By Lisa Tourtelot
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 5, 2014

WHITE BEACH NAVAL FACILITY, Okinawa — The USS Denver made a brief stop at Okinawa on Wednesday to pick up members of the 3rd Marine Division and their gear before proceeding to Thailand in support of Exercise Cobra Gold 2014.

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January 11, 2014

Afghan war reaches endgame

Top commanders discuss stakes, prospects in last year of NATO campaign

By Gretel C. Kovach
8:13 a.m.Jan. 11, 2014

SANGIN, Afghanistan — The NATO campaign in Afghanistan may be ending late this year, but the war is not. Insurgent strongholds will remain — 13 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks prompted a U.S. invasion — inspiring anxiety about prospects for long-term stability and a newfound urgency among Afghan national security forces.

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January 9, 2014

Recon Marines depart for Sandfisher 2014

Story by Cpl Brandon Suhr
Date Posted:01.09.2014 23:05

FUTENMA, Japan - Marines and sailors with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion departed Jan. 7 to Hawaii for Exercise Sandfisher 2014 to expand their capabilities, training and combat readiness.

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January 8, 2014

SAT, ACT testing for success

Story by Cpl Brian Stevens
Date Posted:01.08.2014 18:07

IWAKUNI, Japan - Marines interested in attending college or becoming a commissioned officer can look into taking a placement test.

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December 28, 2013

Marines in Persian Gulf stand ready for crisis

By Gretel C. Kovach
2:50 p.m .Dec. 28, 2013

Aboard the USS Boxer — An MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor swooped over the Persian Gulf and dropped the commandant of the Marine Corps onto what military commanders like to refer to as four floating acres of diplomacy.

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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 20, 2013

America's Battalion,' 'Kings of Battle' return from unit deployment program

Story by LCpl Matthew Bragg
Date Posted:12.20.2013 20:23

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII - Marines and sailors from two units recently returned to Marine Corps Base Hawaii just in time for the holidays.

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November 29, 2013

Last US troops pull out of typhoon disaster zone in Philippines

By Ashley Rowland
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 29, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — The last U.S. troops pulled out of storm-ravaged Tacloban on Wednesday, marking the end of the American military presence in areas demolished by Typhoon Haiyan.

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November 27, 2013

Grateful Filipino troops serve up local cuisine for US Marines

By Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 27, 2013

GUIUAN, Philippines — Meals, Ready to Eat get boring pretty fast, so when a group of U.S. Marines got a chance to try out local cuisine while helping typhoon survivors in the Philippines, they chowed down.

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'Watchdogs' return home

By Lance Cpl. Kasey Peacock | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center | November 27, 2013

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. -- Approximately 55 Marines with Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 returned home to the Combat Center Nov. 22, 2013 after a nearly seven-month deployment to Afghanistan.

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November 21, 2013

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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November 19, 2013

31st MEU assesses remote sites with Osprey, delivers help

Story by Capt. Caleb Eames | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 11.18.2013
Date Posted:11.19.2013 02:45

LEYTE, Philippines - A bilateral assessment team traveled to remote areas in and near Leyte using an MV-22B tiltrotor Osprey aircraft to assess the needs of people isolated by Typhoon Haiyan Nov. 18, as part of Operation Damayan.

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November 18, 2013

Photo Gallery: Embedded with U.S. Marines in the Philippines

By Mike Morones
Staff photographer
Nov. 18, 2013 - 06:00AM

The KC-130, piloted by a crew from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, pulled to a stop on the runway at Guiuan well after sunset.

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Three-star general oversees typhoon relief

Joint task force activated for disaster response in Philippines

By Gretel C. Kovach
6:42 p.m.Nov. 18, 2013

The U.S. military bumped up its typhoon relief effort in the Philippines Monday by activating a task force led by a three-star general.

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Amphibs to Replace Carrier in Typhoon Relief

Nov 18, 2013
Stars and Stripes| by Ashley Rowland

SEOUL -- The USS George Washington will likely leave the Philippines in about three days, after the arrival of two amphibious ships that are better equipped to deal with a disaster such as Typhoon Haiyan, Navy officials said Monday.

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November 14, 2013

Fallen Marines sought dangerous job

Bomb disposal techs were from close-knit community stunned by stateside loss

By Gretel C. Kovach
6:48 p.m.Nov. 14, 2013
Updated8:53 p.m.

The four Marines killed Wednesday while clearing unexploded ordnance from a training range at Camp Pendleton had volunteered for one of the most dangerous jobs in the military. Every bomb disposal technician does.

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Press Release #13-043 Identification of Four Marines killed in accident aboard Camp Pendleton

November 14, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif --

Four Explosive Ordnance Disposal Marines were killed in an explosion at approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday during range maintenance operations to dispose of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the Zulu impact area aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

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November 13, 2013

Four additional Ospreys deploy to Philippines

By Courtesy Story | III MEF | November 13, 2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP S. D. BUTLER, OKINAWA, Japan -- Four additional MV-22B Ospreys departed Marine Corps Air Station Futenma Nov. 13 to support Operation Damayan, a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operation in the Republic of the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.

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November 12, 2013

Two more ships en route to Philippines

Nov. 12, 2013 - 06:46PM
By Tony Lombardo

More sailors and Marines are on the way to lead relief efforts in the Philippines.

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November 10, 2013

3rd MEB to provide humanitarian assistance to Philippines

Story by SSgt Kenneth Lewis
Date Posted:11.10.2013 08:54

OKINAWA, Japan - At the request of the Government of the Philippines, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has directed U.S. Pacific Command to support U.S. Government humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations (HADR) operations in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

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November 7, 2013

Marines establish self-staining water purification system

Story Cpl Joseph Karwick
Date Posted:11.07.2013 07:54

IWAKUNI, Japan - Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 assembled and operated a tactical water purification system at a beach area on Tinian Nov. 6, 2013, to provide clean water for Marines participating in exercise Forager Fury II.

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Marines prepare for Forager Fury II

Story by LCpl Antonio Rubio
Date Posted:11.07.2013 05:38

BAKER ISLAND - Approximately 100 Marines with 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, arrived Nov. 6, 2013, at Tinian’s West Field as part of exercise Forager Fury II.

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November 1, 2013

Combat pistol program reaches Okinawa

Story by LCpl Henry Antenor
Date Posted:11.01.2013 01:32

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa — Marines with III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Installations Pacific executed newly instituted combat pistol program qualifications with the M9A1 9 mm pistol Oct. 29 at Range 15 on Camp Hansen.

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October 31, 2013

Military working dogs, handlers build relationship

By Lance Cpl. Donald T. Peterson | Okinawa Marine | October 31, 2013

CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan --
"I’m letting my dog go!” warned the dog handler to the fleeing suspect.

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October 5, 2013

EOD conducts professional exchange with Singapore Navy

by Sgt Jennifer Pirante
10.05.2013

CHANGI NAVA BASE, Singapore - U.S. Marine explosive ordnance disposal technicians with Combat Logistics Battalion 13, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, welcomed Cmdr. K.H. Chew, Singapore Navy EOD officer in charge, and 15 Singapore Navy EOD technicians and divers aboard the USS Boxer at Changi Naval Base, Singapore, Oct. 4.

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October 4, 2013

'Lava Dogs' instill squad-level tactics in new Marines

by LCpl Matthew Bragg
10.04.2013 | Date Posted:10.05.2013 01:29

KAHUKU TRAINING AREA, Hawaii — Marines and sailors with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment completed a weeklong exercise at Kahuku Training Area Oct. 4, 2013. The exercise focused on familiarizing new Marines with current training methods used within the company while helping seasoned Marines sustain knowledge they were already taught.

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Lima Company returns from Australia

By Cpl. Matthew A. Callahan | Marine Corps Base Hawaii | October 04, 2013

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII -- Marines and sailors with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, returned from their deployment in Darwin, Australia, arriving at the 3rd Bn., 3rd Marines headquarters building Sept. 26, 2013.

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October 1, 2013

US warship in Goa for strategies & fun

By : TNN
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Close to 800 personnel from the US armed forces are looking forward to a week of sun, surf and sand with a touch of Goan hospitality, as the USS Harpers Ferry has dropped anchor at the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT).

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September 25, 2013

31st MEU returns from Fall Patrol

lBy Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | September 25, 2013

WHITE BEACH NAVAL FACILITY, Okinawa, Japan -- With the return of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and the offload of more than 1,000 Marines and Sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, the MEU’s regularly scheduled Fall Patrol ended here, Sept. 25.

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September 21, 2013

USS Denver arrives in White Beach, offloads 31st MEU

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Lindahl | Amphibious Squadron 11 | Date: 09.21.2013

WHITE BEACH NAVAL FACILITY, Okinawa, Japan – Amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9), with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in White Beach, Okinawa, Japan Sept. 21 to conduct an offload of the 31st MEU.

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September 20, 2013

'War Chiefs' conduct air assault course

By Compiled by Cpl. Sarah Dietz | Marine Corps Base Hawaii | September 20, 2013

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, CALIF. --
Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, hit the ground running after debarking CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters during a company-sized air assault course in the Quackenbush training area Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., as part of the Integrated Training Exercise, Sept. 11, 2013.

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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 17, 2013

31st MEU tests LRAD for use on MV-22 Osprey

By Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | September 17, 2013

USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea -- Carefully formed messages surged out of the portable communication device as the MV-22 Osprey circled the ship. Over the thunderous sounds of the rotor blades and the considerable distance, the men and women on the deck received the message loud and clear.

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September 15, 2013

CLB Marines, Super Stallions team up for heavy lifts

Story by Cpl Codey Underwood | Date Taken: 09.14.2013 | Date Posted:09.15.2013 13:45

USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea – Hovering above five landing support Marines, a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter slowly descends, dangling a charged hook underneath the hulking aircraft closer to the load sitting on the deck. As one Marine reaches up with a static wand to ground the 200,000 volts rushing through the hook, the other four scramble to secure the load.

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September 14, 2013

Marines and sailors do more with less in Timor-Leste

Story by Sgt Jonathan Wright
09.14.2013

DILI, Timor-Leste - They arrived with very little in hand, but their impact was great. Smiles and exclamations were abundant as the young children threw themselves at the service members in an explosion of cheers and hugs.

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Marines build leadership at sea

By Sgt. Jonathan Wright | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | September 14, 2013

USS DENVER, At Sea -- Standing tall as the deck underneath him gently sways, he focuses on the commands being called to his left. The morning sun tries to foul his movements by rendering him blind, but he doesn’t need to see. His right hand flies across his hips and confidently clamps down on the pommel of a sword at the bark of “draw….”

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September 12, 2013

Marines overcome challenges, improve close combat techniques on ship

By Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | September 12, 2013

USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea -- In the belly of an amphibious warship, squeezed between two aircraft, troops gather around a fight. Two Marines are going head-to-head, taking cues from instructors standing nearby as they struggle for dominance. Confined and challenging environments cannot stop the Marines from training.

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September 4, 2013

Expeditionary medicine for the Australian outback

By Sgt. Paul Robbins Jr. | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | September 04, 2013

BRADSHAW FIELD TRAINING AREA, Northern Territory, Australia -- Expeditionary operations sometimes require a military force to be hundreds of miles from the nearest hospital or emergency services. That’s why the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit brings their own

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August 17, 2013

Mongolian troops, police begin non-lethal weapons exercise with US Marines

Story by Sgt. Ben Eberle
Date Posted:08.17.2013 19:00

FIVE HILLS TRAINING AREA, Mongolia – U.S. Marines and Mongolian Armed Forces service members were back on the parade deck here for the start of another training evolution Aug. 17, only a couple days after the closing ceremony for the multinational peacekeeping exercise Khaan Quest 2013.

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August 16, 2013

HMLA-367 provides precise fire for TRAP

Story by Cpl William Jackson
08.16.2013

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The flight line roars with the sounds of Whiskeys and Yankees, the different types of helicopters that Marine Light Attack Squadron 367 utilizes. Heat vapors rise and fits of dust blow through the desert as mechanics and crewman diligently work on the birds on the flight line during their shift.

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August 13, 2013

Generals honor MWSS-373 Marines for supporting homeless vets

Story by Cpl. Melissa Wenger | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing | Date: 08.13.2013

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – It was a star-studded event as two commanding generals hosted a luncheon Aug. 12 to honor 70 Marines and spouses for their support of the Veterans Village of San Diego Stand Down last week, but if you ask the generals, the volunteers were the stars.

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August 7, 2013

Hawaii to become huge drone base for Marine Corps

Aug. 7, 2013 - 08:41AM
The Associated Press

HONOLULU — The Marine Corps in Hawaii is conducting an environmental assessment in anticipation of receiving additional surveillance drones.

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July 30, 2013

MRF-D Marines break barriers in Aussie fitness test

Story by Sgt. Sarah Fiocco | Marine Rotational Force Darwin | Date: 07.30.2013

ROBERTSON BARRACKS, Northern Territory, Australia – Marines with Marine Rotational Force – Darwin competed for two spots in an Australian Combat Fitness Leadership Course during a barrier test at the Northern Gym, here, July 30.

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July 29, 2013

Civilians flying at Miramar Air Show

Marines announce aerial lineup, after military flights grounded

By Gretel C. Kovach
2:44 p.m.July 29, 2013

Active duty military patriots are grounded for the 2013 Miramar Air Show. Instead, civilian ones will headline the annual air fest this fall, the Marine Corps said Monday, releasing its confirmed lineup of performances.

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July 12, 2013

'Flying Nightmares' end service with pride

July 12, 2013 10:48 PM
By Chris McDaniel

After nearly seven decades of service, Marine Attack Squadron 513 (VMA-513) was officially deactivated during a ceremony Friday morning at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.


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July 4, 2013

USS Germantown Arrives in Darwin, Australia

Story Number: NNS130704-03 Release Date: 7/4/2013 9:58:00
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Lindahl

DARWIN, Australia (NNS) -- Dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Darwin, Australia, July 4, prior to scheduled operations in the region.

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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 17, 2013

Marines train in Malaysia during CARAT 2013

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 06.17.2013

TANJUNG GELANG NAVAL BASE, Malaysia - U.S. Marines with Landing Force Company participating in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2013 (CARAT 2013) began land-based training and amphibious assault operations with Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) June 15.

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June 3, 2013

31st MEU’s “Boat” Company shows Japanese soldiers their craft

Story by Sgt. Jonathan Wright | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 06.03.201

OKINAWA, Japan - A platoon-sized element of Japanese soldiers spent two days learning from the Marines and Sailors of Company F., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, as they conducted small-boat training operations here, June 2 and 3.

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June 1, 2013

Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21—The Crossroads of Marine Aviation

Author: Roxanne Baker
06/01/2013

Tourists may know the Emerald Coast as a vacation destination with sugary white sands and tur­quoise waters. But the Marines based at Marine Aviation Training Support Group (MATSG) 21 in Pensacola, Fla., aren’t looking toward the beach. They have their sights locked in on the sky.

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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 24, 2013

9th Engineer Support Battalion prepares for deployment to Afghanistan

By Lance Cpl. Brandon C. Suhr | Marine Corps Installations Pacific | May 24, 2013

CENTRAL TRAINING AREA, OKINAWA, Japan -- Many Marines have served valiantly during combat operations in Afghanistan. The lessons learned are continuously passed from one generation of Marines to the next, laying the foundation for less experienced Marines to deploy to Afghanistan, complete the mission, and return home safely.
Marines with Company F, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, completed a field training exercise May 15-17 on Camps Hansen and Schwab, and the Central Training Area in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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May 8, 2013

Retrograding Home: Redeployment a focus of effort as Afghanistan exit draws closer

Courtesy Story | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 05.08.2013

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan - In 2009, Camp Dwyer was a sprawling base which housed thousands of service members ready to fight. Most of them were the result of a 30,000 troop surge in Afghanistan introduced by President Barack Obama.

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May 2, 2013

PMO Marines endure SRT indoctrination

Story by Cpl Joseph Karwick
Date Taken:05.02.2013 | Date Posted:05.08.2013 19:41

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan - Station military police with the Provost Marshall’s Office put themselves through a day of rigorous training May 2, 2013, in hopes of becoming part of the station's Special Reaction Team. An SRT is a specialized team or element within a military law enforcement unit.

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April 22, 2013

The Marines are back

Story by Sgt. Sarah Fiocco | Marine Rotational Force Darwin | Date: 04.21.2013
Date Posted:04.22.2013 02:39

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE BASE DARWIN, Australia - Approximately 200 Marines with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, arrived aboard RAAF Base Darwin from Marine Corps Base Hawaii, as part of the second iteration of Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, April 21.

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 26, 2013

Hawaii 1st Sgt. receives Bronze Star

By Hope Hodge - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Mar 26, 2013 13:56:42 EDT

A Hawaii-based Marine has received the Bronze Star with combat “V” device for his accomplishments and leadership during a 2010 deployment to Afghanistan.

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March 21, 2013

31st MEU returns from annual Spring Patrol

By Lance Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | March 21, 2013

WHITE BEACH NAVAL FACILITY, Okinawa, Japan -- More than 2,000 Marines and Sailors from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit offloaded from three ships of the Navy’s Amphibious Squadron 11 here, March 21. The unit returned after spending nearly two months conducting its annual Spring Patrol.

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March 11, 2013

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 9, 2013

Feeding an “army”, 42,000 servings at a time

By Lance Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | March 09, 2013

USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea -- Standing over warm trays of food with a serving spoon in hand and a paper hat on his head, an infantry Marine serves his brothers and sisters their afternoon meal.

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February 21, 2013

Cobra Gold 2013 concludes with combined arms live-fire exercise

Story by Sgt. Catherine Sinclair | 122nd Public Affairs Operations Center | Date: 02.21.2013

SUKHOTHAI PROVINCE, Kingdom of Thailand – Royal Thai and U.S. Marines and soldiers conducted a combined arms live-fire exercise Feb. 21 in Ban Dan Lan Hoi, Sukhothai province, Kingdom of Thailand, marking the conclusion of exercise Cobra Gold 2013.

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February 20, 2013

31st MEU learns jungle tricks from Thais

Story by Lance Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 02.20.2013

HAT YAO, Thailand - Surrounded by thick jungle as far as the eye can see, a Marine separated from his unit must come to the realization that survival requires effort. Finding food, water and shelter is the difference between life and death. From the leaves on the trees to the bugs crawling across the ground, anything around you can either harm you or help you.

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February 19, 2013

More than 200 Marines, sailors return home after yearlong deployment in Afghanistan

Vanessa Van Hyfte
Posted: 02/19/2013

SAN DIEGO - It was an emotional day on Monday for 240 Marines and sailors who returned home from Afghanistan after a yearlong deployment.

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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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January 30, 2013

Marines, NFL work mutual support at Pro Bowl

By Sgt. D.R. Cotton
U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific
January 30, 2013

AIEA, Hawaii -- A long line of men in uniform lunge from one end of a field to another, twisting their torsos with a “dynamic warm-up” in anticipation of physical exertion. Although this could be a scene from any Marine’s physical training session, these warriors were not preparing to take the field of battle, but the field of play at the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl.

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31st MEU embarks for 32nd iteration of exercise Cobra Gold 2013

By Lance Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | January 30, 2013

White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan -- Marines and Sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked on three ships of Amphibious Squadron 11 to begin their annual Spring Patrol and journey to the Kingdom of Thailand for exercise Cobra Gold 2013, Jan 30.

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January 20, 2013

31st MEU Marines and Sailors bowl with Japanese orphans

By Lance Cpl. Codey Underwood
31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
January 20, 2013

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan -- As the bowling ball slammed into the pins, the Japanese kids, surrounded by United States Marines, screeched with excitement while exchanging high fives and laughter.

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January 18, 2013

Recon Marines dive Hawaiian depths, return to amphibious roots

Story by Cpl. James Sauter | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 01.18.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII — The water of Kaneohe Bay remained calm as the sun broke through thick, grey clouds. The wind whistled gently and light sparkled off of the ocean’s surface while boaters cruised around the bay, enjoying the sunny, serene day.

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‘Kings of Battle’ Marines teach, learn, new firing system

Story by Lance Cpl. Jacob Barber | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 01.16.2013
Date posted: 01.18.2013

KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii - Marines with Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, employed the new Expeditionary Fire Support System M327 120-mm mortar weapon system at Landing Zone 216, Wednesday.

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January 17, 2013

Marines master bridge building

By Lance Cpl. Donald T. Peterson
Marine Corps Installations Pacific
January 17, 2013

CENTRAL TRAINING AREA, Okinawa, Japan -- As Marines traverse through the dense jungle, they stumble upon a 70-foot-wide trench approximately 50-feet-deep. Without hesitation, the Marines pull out a 100-foot rope and lower a Marine down to cross the trench and start building a one-rope bridge.

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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 9, 2013

MCAS Yuma to have full squadron of F-35B fighters by end of year

January 09, 2013 5:43 PM
BY JAMES GILBERT

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 has already received three of its F-35B Lightning IIs and will continue to get more planes, as well as newly-trained pilots and aircraft maintainers in the coming months. In fact, it's expected to have a full squadron of aircraft by the end of 2013.

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January 2, 2013

Marine Corps continues disaster efforts in Philippines

By III MEF/MCIPAC CPAO
Jan 02 2013

MANILA, Republic of the Philippines (December 12, 2012) – Personnel and aircraft with III Marine Expeditionary Force began providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief support Dec. 8 at the request of the government of the Republic of the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Pablo (international name Bopha), which made landfall Dec. 4.

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December 28, 2012

"The Professionals" depart 31st MEU

By 1stLt David Baugh
DVIDS | Dec 28 2012

KADENA AIR FORCE BASE, Japan (December 2, 2012) – Between executing numerous beach assaults and lending a hand to a host of communities, the Marines and Sailors of 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment left their mark in the Asia-Pacific as the battalion landing team of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

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December 26, 2012

Obamas visited Marines in Hawaii on Christmas

By David Jackson - USA Today
Posted : Wednesday Dec 26, 2012 16:00:03 EST

After spending most of Christmas Day with their family, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama observed what has become one of their holiday traditions: Visiting troops and their families at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

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December 25, 2012

Marines mark the holiday at war

Christmas at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
12:01 a.m., Dec. 25, 2012
Updated 8:29 p.m. , Dec. 24, 2012

Quite a few Marines serving in Afghanistan would rather forget it’s Christmas. Not Sgt. Joseph Soileau, an air wing planner who deployed from Miramar Marine Corps Air Station. When carolers passed by his office at Camp Leatherneck recently, Soileau walked outside to enjoy the serenade.

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December 18, 2012

Tribute to New York Fire Department, ladder company patrols Afghan sky

By Sgt. John Jackson | Headquarters Marine Corps
December 18, 2012

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan -- In an effort to ensure Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 Marines remember why they are deployed, the squadron has adopted one of New York Fire Department’s most decorated ladder companies that was heavily involved during the rescue attempts at the World Trade Center, Sept. 11, 2001.

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December 13, 2012

Okinawa Marines helping with Philippines disaster relief

By Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes
Published: December 13, 2012

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Apparently a few Marines can move a mountain — of supplies, that is.

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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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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 15, 2012

1/12 Marine awarded Purple Heart Medal

By Kristen Wong | Headquarters Marine Corps | November 15, 2012

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Kaneohe Bay -- On an August evening in Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Cody Rhode and his fellow Marines were nearing the end of their deployment and anticipating the return home. Until then, they went about their normal routines.

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October 26, 2012

Miramar fighter jets deployed in secret to Mideast

Unannounced Marine tour comes amid tensions over Iranian nuclear program

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
10:14 a.m., Oct. 26, 2012

Amid mounting concern over Iran’s nuclear program and violence elsewhere in the region, U.S. Central Command quietly dispatched a Marine fighter jet squadron from San Diego to an undisclosed country in the Middle East, U-T San Diego has learned.

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October 21, 2012

Equipment disposal a daunting job for military

By Bethany Crudele - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Oct 21, 2012 10:12:14 EDT

As the war in Afghanistan continues to wind down, millions of pounds of combat equipment are being received and disposed of each week, according to officials with the Defense Logistics Agency, Disposition Services.

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October 19, 2012

Into the mountains

Story by Lance Cpl. Ali Azimi | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 10.19.2012

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The War on Terror is not always fought in the urban setting where food, supplies and ammunition can be provided through normal logistical means. Fighting the enemy takes Marines into regions where common modes of transportation, such as armored vehicles or aircraft, cannot reach.

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October 12, 2012

Osprey in the spotlight at air show

Marines tout hybrid tilt-rotor as Corps builds fleet at Miramar

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
8:24 p.m., Oct. 12, 2012

The Osprey MV-22, a hybrid tilt-rotor that takes off like a helicopter and flies like a plane, has been featured in the Miramar Air Show for years. Until now, the revolutionary aircraft with a notorious early development history merely played a supporting role in the simulated combat assault by the Marine Air Ground Task Force.

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October 9, 2012

New Miramar commanders talk air show, ops, family life

Q and A with Maj. Gen. (select) Steven Busby and Col. J.P. Farnam

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
7:02 p.m., Oct. 9, 2012

More than 500,000 people are expected to flock to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar this weekend for the annual three-day air show that begins Friday. The event billed as the nation’s largest is a chance for the Defense Department to wow the tax-paying public with full-throttle demonstrations of costly newer aircraft such as the F-22 Raptor performing this year.

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US, Philippine Marines patrol, construct hide sites

Story by Lance Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 10.09.2012

CROW VALLEY, Philippines – Completely surrounded in thick vegetation, snipers encase themselves within a wall of camouflage, utilizing their natural surroundings to keep from being compromised.

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October 5, 2012

At sea, 31st MEU and 15th MEU ready to help

October 5th, 2012 | Allies and training Blue-Green operations MEU operations The Pacific | Posted by Gidget Fuentes

Natural disasters like typhoons and heavy storms that lead to mudslides are no stranger to the Asia-Pacific region, including the Philippines, which sees almost annual devastation from Mother Nature from heavy rains and winds. When that happens, the Marine Corps and the Navy sometimes get the call to respond and help in what’s been a long-running relationship well predating the so-called “pivot” to the Pacific.

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September 27, 2012

Marine Recalls Camp Bastion Attack

By Marine Corps Sgt. James Mercure
Regional Command Southwest

AFGHANISTAN, Sept. 27, 2012 – “There was blood down my leg after I got shot,” recalled Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Ethan Burk, who was present during the Sept. 14 insurgent night attack on Camp Bastion here in Helmand province.

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September 24, 2012

Australian Army, US Marines combine arms during urban operations

9/24/2012 By Cpl. Jacob D. Barber , 3rd Marine Regiment

MOUNT BUNDY TRAINING AREA, Northern Territory, Australia — Marines were positioned and camouflaged throughout a tree line. They waited patiently for their Australian partners to arrive before executing an assault at the urban operations training facility at Mount Bundy Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, Sept. 5.

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September 22, 2012

Slain Marine commander’s actions in Afghanistan called heroic

By Ernesto Londoño, Published: September 22

Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible was heading home to video-chat with his wife after dinner when the first blasts rang out. The pops in the distance on Sept. 14 at Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan were harbingers of the most audacious Taliban attack on a major NATO base in the decade-long war.

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September 14, 2012

2,200 Marines Begin Readiness Training on and Around Guam Starting Next TUESDAY.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 September 2012 14:28 Written by News Release Friday, 14 September 2012 14:24

Guam - Approximately 2,200 Marines and sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, embarked aboard ships of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, are scheduled to conduct readiness training on Guam from September 18 to 25.

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Annual ‘Recon Challenge’ underway

By Gidget Fuentes
Posted : Friday Sep 14, 2012 17:49:55 EDT

OCEANSIDE, Calif. – Thirteen two-man teams from around the Marine Corps will tackle the surf, hills and shooting ranges of Camp Pendleton, Calif., tomorrow morning in a daylong timed competition to crown the fastest, if not toughest, reconnaissance team.

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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 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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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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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

Voting assistance officers here to help Marines

Story by Lance Cpl. Rebecca Eller | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing | Date: 08.29.2012

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – Nov. 6 is a day most people have marked on their calendar; Election Day is approaching and many Marines may not be aware on how to cast their vote.

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August 23, 2012

Egress trainer provides insight from all angles

Story by Staff Sgt. Ken Melton | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 08.15.2012
Date Posted:08.23.2012 05:06

OKINAWA, Japan - Marines of 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion are the first on Okinawa to receive training on the mine-resistant ambush protected egress trainer, recently unveiled on the island.

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August 12, 2012

Long Island Marine Among Those Killed When Afghan Police Officer Opened Fire On U.S. Troops

August 12, 2012 11:04 PM

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — A Long Island family that was waiting for their son to return home from Afghanistan must now plan a funeral.

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Marines given tragic lessons on desert

Written by
Drew Schmenner
The Desert Sun
1:09 AM, Aug 12, 2012

Every year, approximately 44,500 troops train in the stark, sweltering desert at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. Many have been Marines preparing for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan.

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August 3, 2012

Recon Marines prepare for MEU exercise

8/3/2012 By Lance Cpl. Matthew Manning , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP GONSALVES, Okinawa, Japan — As the wind drives down the valley making trees sway, the Jungle Warfare Training Center’s next students prepare to descend. Each has been trained and equipped for the task. Each, in turn, will go over the edge and test their mettle against gravity, rappelling in the Okinawa jungle.

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July 30, 2012

31st MEU Marines train in fast-rope insertion

Story by Lance Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 07.30.2012

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan – With a firm grip on a thick rope, the Marines leap from the back of an aircraft hovering 40 feet above the ground. Within seconds, they are setting up security in the drop zone. Within minutes, the entire force of Marines is on the ground.

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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 21, 2012

Family needs help finding missing dog rescued by Marines in Afghanistan

Kujo missing Afghani dog

July 21, 2012
By: Jerrie Dean

On Friday, a family in Texas has increased the reward for Kujo, their missing dog that was a U.S. Marine squadrons companion while in Afghanistan, reports KWTX news.

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July 20, 2012

31st MEU practices decontamination skills

7/20/2012 By Lance Cpl. Matthew Manning , Marine Corps Bases Japan

KIN BLUE, Okinawa, Japan — Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted a mass-casualty decontamination training exercise at Kin Blue Beach training area July 11.

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July 19, 2012

Marines in Afghanistan Perform ‘Call Me Maybe’

By Suzan Clarke
Jul 18, 2012 7:16pm

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then “Call Me Maybe,” the catchy song from Carly Rae Jepsen, must have many admirers.

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MAWTS-1 Combat Camera provides vital assets to squadron, station, Corps

Story by Lance Cpl. Sean Dennison | Marine Corps Air Station Yuma | Date: 07.19.2012

YUMA, Ariz. - Twice a year, for seven weeks at a time, the station floods with Marines and service members from across the country and around the world. This magical time of congestion is called the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1.

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July 17, 2012

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

“Duty Expert” keeps combat logistics patrols moving

Story by Cpl. Mark Stroud | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 07.16.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – “Flat tires, blown transmissions, and even vehicle accidents are common occurrences in the harsh environment and inherent danger of a war zone,” said Staff Sgt. Brendan H. Chamburs, company gunnery sergeant, Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward). “The wrecker section has the responsibility to maintain convoy momentum when things go wrong.”

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July 9, 2012

Marine Corps footprint in Afghanistan shifting as drawdown continues

July 9th, 2012 | Afghanistan Drawdown Infantry Marjah | Posted by Dan Lamothe

The Marine Corps’ footprint in Afghanistan is changing dramatically as a drawdown in forces continues throughout the summer.

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July 6, 2012

Marines train with Aussies

7/6/2012 By Cpl. Jonathan Wright , Marine Corps Bases Japan

SHOALWATER BAY, Australia — Marines hugged the walls inside buildings as they trained their eyes skyward from the edges of windows. The low hum that drove them to cover grew louder as high above the town hung the silhouette of an Australian unmanned aerial vehicle.

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July 2, 2012

Marines brace against Aussie advance during Exercise Hamel 2012

Story by Cpl. Jonathan Wright | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 07.02.2012

SHOALWATER BAY, Australia - The Marines hugged the walls inside the buildings as they trained their eyes skyward from the edges of the windows. The low hum that drove them to cover became louder and high above the town hung the silhouette of an Australian unmanned aerial vehicle.

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June 27, 2012

Marine rotational force returns to Australia

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 06.27.2012

ROBERTSON BARRACKS, NORTHERN TERRITORY, Australia – Approximately 200 Marines with the Marine rotational force in Darwin returned to Australia June 26 and 27 to continue training with the Australian Defence Force. The Marines first arrived in Australia on April 3, 2012, following the force posture initiative announced by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and U.S. President Barack Obama on November 16, 2011.

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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 22, 2012

5th ANGLICO returns home

6/22/2012 By Lance Cpl. Matthew Manning , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan — More than 70 Marines with 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company returned to Camp Hansen from Afghanistan June 11.

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5th ANGLICO honors, remembers fallen brother

6/22/2012 By Lance Cpl. Matthew Manning , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan — Marines and sailors with 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company gathered in the Camp Hansen chapel June 14 to honor the life of Sgt. Julian C. Chase.

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June 21, 2012

MEB troops to get prestigious valor award

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Jun 21, 2012 16:00:50 EDT

About 28,000 U.S. and coalition forces who fought a thriving insurgency in Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010 under the command of a Marine expeditionary brigade will receive the prestigious Presidential Unit Citation, Marine Corps Times has learned.

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June 20, 2012

Long Island native uses years of mechanical expertise to keep logistics Marines mission ready

Story by Cpl. Mark Stroud | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 06.20.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan —“When you have a [mechanically inclined] mind and you are familiar with how an engine works and how a vehicle works, you can solve a lot of the problems and issues that come up on convoys, that you otherwise wouldn’t have been able to [fix],” said Cpl. Jason K. Fricke.

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June 18, 2012

Combat Logistics Battalion 4 supports Operation Branding Iron

Story by Cpl. Mark Stroud | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 06.18.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Marines and sailors with 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), provided sustained logistics support to Regimental Combat Team 6, north of Musa Qal’ah, May 27-June 11, in support of Operation Branding Iron.

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June 17, 2012

Where will Hawaii-bound Marines live and work?

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Jun 17, 2012 11:03:51 EDT

The U.S. military’s plan to shift as many as 2,700 Marines from Okinawa, Japan, to Hawaii raises a key question: Where will they work and live?

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June 15, 2012

Marines with 9th ESB return from Afghanistan

6/15/2012 By Pfc. Codey Underwood , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan — 9th Engineer Support Battalion returned home and were greeted by their friends and family at Camp Hansen June 5 after a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan.

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June 14, 2012

Infantry battalion arrives at Schwab

Story by Lance Cpl. Erik Brooks | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 06.11.2012
Date Posted:06.14.2012 19:53

CAMP SCHWAB, Okinawa, Japan — Fourth Marine Regiment welcomed 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, June 11, as the first infantry battalion in the unit deployment program to deploy to Camp Schwab in several years.

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June 2, 2012

Family mourns Marine killed in Afghanistan

By TINA REED Staff Writer
Posted: Saturday, June 2, 2012 6:00 am | Updated: 12:25 am, Sat Jun 2, 2012.

A 22-year-old Marine from Edgewater was killed on Memorial Day while serving in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense said this week.

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May 30, 2012

Wing Chaplain provides spiritual help on the fly

Photos by Cpl. Isaac Lamberth | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing | Date: 05.27.2012
Date Posted:05.30.2012 10:39

Navy Cmdr. Francis Foley, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) command chaplain, and Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Randall, a religious program specialist were at Combat Outpost Now Zad, Afghanistan, May 27. Foley and Randall delivered care packages to the Marines at the outpost.

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May 26, 2012

Maintenance Marines keep battalion rolling

Story by Cpl. Mark Stroud | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 05.26.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan ——“Maintenance is the lifeblood of the battalion,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Troy C. Havard, maintenance officer, Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward).

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May 24, 2012

One stop morale shop: Warfighter Exchange Services Team travels throughout Helmand Province

Story by Sgt. John Jackson | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 05.24.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – “Whenever anybody sees the PX truck, that is all you hear about – people saying ‘Oh, the PX truck is here,’” said Lance Cpl. Cody Turner, a combat engineer with 9th Engineer Support Battalion. “It’s definitely a morale booster for all the Marines at the [Forward Operating Bases].”

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May 23, 2012

From the couch to combat

Story by Cpl. Lisa Tourtelot | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing | Date: 05.23.2012

Sgt. Enrique Zamora, a crew chief with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466 and Los Fresnos, Texas, native, keeps an unusual collection with him on flights: a selection of Chevrolet Hot Wheels cars.

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May 22, 2012

Marines implement recycling program, save battalion thousands of dollars

Story by Cpl. Mark Stroud | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 05.22.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Lance Cpl. Matthew S. Belk, a motor vehicle mechanic with Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), came up with a plan to help his battalion save money in a combat zone through recycling.

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May 18, 2012

CLR-37 deploys to Afghanistan

5/18/2012 By Lance Cpl. Matthew Manning , Marine Corps Bases Japan

KADENA AIR BASE, OKINAWA, Japan — More than 100 Marines with Combat Logistics Regiment 37 gathered on Kadena Air Base to deploy to Afghanistan May 13.

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May 16, 2012

Combat Logistics Battalion 4 assists realigning Marine Corps forces in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Mark Stroud | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 05.16.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Service members attached to 1st MLG (Fwd) provide tactical logistics support to adjacent units in Regional Command (Southwest) and assist in the Marine Corps’ reset and reconstitution effort. Whether it is engineering operations, maintaining vehicles, supplying units or identifying excess gear, 1st MLG (Fwd) Marines and sailors get the mission accomplished.

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May 15, 2012

Future of Garmsir in Afghan hands, ‘America’s Battalion’ completes final Helmand tour

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 05.15.2012

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Afghanistan — In the fall of 2004, the Marines and sailors of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment began a challenging journey that took them to the Middle East and central Asia.

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May 7, 2012

A Marine’s perspective on progress in Helmand province

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 05.07.2012

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Afghanistan — Over the past seven months, I’ve seen and experienced progress in Afghanistan most Americans will never hear about from mainstream media.

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May 6, 2012

V-mail and Gmail

Story by Isaac Lamberth | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing | Date: 05.06.2012

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan - On April 28, 1941 – 71 years ago today as I write this – Leo Morgenstern, my great grandfather, wrote a letter from Nazi-occupied France to his son in America, asking for bribe money to facilitate his escape. The letter arrived in January, 1944, having been held up by a British censor due to concerns over its origins behind enemy lines. If only he could have sent an e-mail, he might not have perished at Auschwitz.

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May 4, 2012

CLB-4 expands patrols to new supply route

5/4/2012 By Cpl. Mark W. Stroud , Marine Corps Bases Japan

Afghanistan — Marines with Company A, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, conducted a combat logistics patrol along Route Red-West for the first time recently.

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May 2, 2012

The Last Patrol: ‘America’s Battalion’ Marines near completion of Helmand tour

Photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 05.02.2012

On the final patrol of their seven-month deployment, the Marines toured the Durzay region of Helmand province's Garmsir district to disrupt possible insurgent activity. After arriving in Garmsir in October 2011, the Marines aided Afghan National Security Forces in assuming lead security responsibility of the district, developing and expanding legitimate Afghan governance by defeating insurgent forces and securing the people of Garmsir.

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May 1, 2012

'America's Battalion' Marines patrol Garmsir as district prepares for transition

Photos by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 04.28.2012
Date Posted:05.01.2012

The 3/3 India Marines gave a battlefield tour of the Safar region to their replacements with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment. After arriving in Helmand province's Garmsir district in October 2011, the 'America's Battalion' Marines are nearing the end of their seven-month deployment. During the deployment, they aided Afghan National Security Forces in assuming lead security responsibility of Garmsir, developing and expanding legitimate Afghan governance by defeating insurgent forces and securing the people of Garmsir.

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For instant morale – just add water

5/1/2012 By Sgt. Michele Watson , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WHITEHOUSE, Afghanistan — After a 12-hour foot patrol in the baking heat of the Afghan desert, a shower to wash away the grime and the grit could be the one oasis the Marines and sailors here look forward to upon completing their arduous task.

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April 30, 2012

Dam has hosted Soviets, Brits and U.S. Marines

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Apr 30, 2012 17:26:03 EDT

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Afghanistan — Up on this cliffside base, Marines protect the landmark Kajaki Dam while surrounded by the remnants of another bloody war in Afghanistan.

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April 28, 2012

Marine truck convoys begin base closures

Story by Staff Sgt. Brian Buckwalter | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 04.28.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II, Afghanistan – Although the timeline for the complete withdrawal of combat troops in Afghanistan is still nearly two years away, Marines in southwest Afghanistan are already starting to close bases and consolidate people and equipment.

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April 25, 2012

Nebraska Marine bears big burden on deployment

Story by Lance Cpl. Tyler Reiriz | 1st Marine Division | Date: 04.25.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WHITEHOUSE, Afghanistan - When a big job calls for a big machine, the Marines call on the expertise of a heavy equipment operator to get the job done.

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April 16, 2012

Raids, helo ops hit Afghan drug smugglers

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Apr 16, 2012 8:19:44 EDT

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Marines are running heliborne operations and other raids this spring to stem the flow of stored poppy out of the country ahead of the next harvest, said the two-star general overseeing ground operations here.

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Warehouse clerks band together in Afghanistan

4/16/2012 By Cpl. Mark W. Stroud , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — “Pretty much everything anyone has out here came through supply at one point,” said Lance Cpl. Lud G. Romain, assistant warehouse chief, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward). “We have three lance corporals in the warehouse taking care of the entire battalion.”

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April 15, 2012

Marines set the pace for annual race

SARAH CRAWFORD | April 15th, 2012

CROSS-country competitors had to weave in and out of 150 US Marines who were running in formation at the annual Darwin long-distance race.

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April 14, 2012

Marines continue infrastructure growth in Afghanistan

Story by Sgt. Michele Watson | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 04.14.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Marines with Support Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) worked tirelessly toward the completion of a 12 kilometer stretch of road.

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April 13, 2012

The Unknown Soldiers: A Marine Named Fancy

By Tom Sileo
Published 04/13/12

Lance Cpl. Stuart Ferreri is just old enough to legally buy a beer in the United States. Yet the Marine, 21, is already on his second deployment to Afghanistan.

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April 12, 2012

Comstock Marine drives forward

Story by 2nd Lt. Scott Murdock | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 04.12.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – When he is on his family farm, Dana Brakke can be found driving a John Deere through the green fields of Comstock, Minn. These days, he can be found driving an armored truck through the sand of southwest Afghanistan

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Task Force Leatherneck commanding general visits Afghan, Marine forces in Garmsir

Photos by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 04.12.2012

During their visit to Helmand province’s Garmsir district, U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. David Berger and members of his staff surveyed positions manned by ‘America’s Battalion’ and Afghan National Security Forces. They discussed the progress made in Garmsir by the partnered forces, upcoming district community council elections and the nearing transition of lead security responsibility to Afghan forces.

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April 11, 2012

Setting the Conditions: Motor Transport Marines prepare Garmsir for transition

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 04.11.2012

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Afghanistan — Over the past four years, seven U.S. Marine battalions have rotated through Helmand province’s Garmsir district.

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April 9, 2012

Engineers pave way for progress

Story by 2nd Lt. Scott Murdock | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 04.09.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - “When I was here last, we had a 12-year-old boy turn his father in for making [improvised explosive devices],” said Capt. Aaron Fisher, Support Company commander, 9th Engineer Support Battalion. “We asked him why he’d do that. He said he learned in school that IEDs are bad and that bad people make them.”

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April 7, 2012

Marine engineers improve road for local village

Story by Anthony Ward | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 04.07.2012

SHIR GHAZAY, Afghanistan -- As Afghanistan continues to transition into a stronger, Afghan-led country, Marines continue to do their part by leaving things better than they found them.

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April 6, 2012

Bravo Co. Marines take on new mission, demilitarize base

4/6/2012 By Cpl. Mark W. Stroud , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

PATROL BASE MIRMANDAB, Afghanistan — Marines with 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), assisted in demilitarizing Patrol Base Mirmandab, March 23-31.

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Corpsmen save crash victims

4/6/2012 By Cpl. Mark W. Stroud , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP DELARAM II, Afghanistan — Two corpsmen were recognized for saving the lives of mass-casualty victims during a ceremony here March 28.

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For Marines on the battlefield, urgent care is just a call away

4/6/2012 By Cpl. Isaac Lamberth , 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (FWD)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — A four-vehicle convoy travels along the barren desert when the first vehicle is suddenly struck by an improvised explosive device. A Marine in the first vehicle is hit in the face by shrapnel. A Navy Corpsman riding in the third vehicle jumps out and pulls the injured Marine from the vehicle and rushes to assess his injuries. The convoy commander immediately radios for a medical evacuation.

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April 4, 2012

First 200 US Marines land at Aussie training hub

By ROD McGUIRK
Associated Press
Apr 4, 6:32 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The first detachment of 200 U.S. Marines has arrived in northern Australia, where a permanent joint training hub is taking shape as part of a U.S. shift of military strength in the Asia-Pacific region.

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CLB-4 Marines innovate, clean vehicles efficiently

4/4/2012 By Cpl. Mark W. Stroud , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Marines with Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), completed construction of a vehicle washrack at the battalion motor pool, March 27.

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April 3, 2012

Support Marines, sailors help EOD Company accomplish the mission

Story by Sgt. John Jackson | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 04.03.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Operational tempo in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, continues at a high pace. Service members continue to conduct foot patrols, mounted patrols, resupply convoys and construction projects on a daily basis. Throughout these missions, the number one hostile threat to coalition forces continues to be improvised explosive devices.

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April 1, 2012

Dogs of war: Friends and saviors of Marines in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 03.29.2012
Date Posted:04.01.2012 14:14

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Afghanistan — Without the Marine’s watchful eyes and his dog’s trained nose, the round metal container packed with 40 pounds of homemade explosives could have wreaked destruction on their patrol.

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March 30, 2012

Marine helicopter squadron honors six killed in Afghanistan

Story by Sgt. Brian Tuthill | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 03.30.2012

MARINE CORP BASE, Hawaii - Nearly 100 Marines, sailors, family members and friends gathered today to honor six Marines of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 who were killed Jan. 19 when their CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter went down in Afghanistan.

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Kids explore military life at MCAS' 2012 Children's Expo

Story by Lance Cpl. Sean Dennison | Marine Corps Air Station Yuma | Date: 03.29.2012

YUMA, Ariz. - MCAS Yuma opened up its flight line to special needs youth for them to get a taste of the annual Yuma Air Show during the Children's Expo, March 16.

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Company hits stride, completes largest patrol to date

3/30/2012 By Cpl. Mark W. Stroud , Marine Corps Bases Japan

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Company A, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, completed the largest combat logistics patrol to-date through Helmand province March 12-14.

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March 27, 2012

Killing Time: Bragging Rights

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 03.27.2012

This is the seventh installment in a series on U.S. Marines and Navy corpsmen from 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, based out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. After laboring through training in the California desert in 2011, they are now supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Grueling days and the absence of home’s amenities here make their work exhausting and their down time precious. They labor with little and appreciate the simple. This is their deployment grind.

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELHI, Afghanistan — The ragged dartboard nestled between camouflage uniform items and a giant American flag has seen better days.

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March 25, 2012

Afghan forces, ‘America’s Battalion’ Marines keep Garmsir safe during Afghan New Year

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 03.21.2012
Date Posted:03.25.2012 11:43

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Afghanistan — The celebration of the Afghan New Year was outlawed while Helmand province’s Garmsir district was under insurgent rule prior to the arrival of coalition forces in 2005.

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March 21, 2012

'Rain Man' keeps 31st MEU systems operating

Story by Cpl. Garry Welch | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 03.21.2012

USS ESSEX, At Sea — The ability to look at problems in a different way, and then solve them when no one else could is what earned him the nickname, “Rain Man.”

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Marine serves two crucial roles for 31st MEU

Story by Cpl. Garry Welch | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 03.21.2012

USS ESSEX, At Sea — Every Marine and sailor aboard the USS Essex serves a crucial role in the success of the mission, but Lance Cpl. Samantha A. Sabalboro serves two.

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March 13, 2012

From tragedy comes Tomodachi, bonds built out of the Tohoku disaster

3/13/2012 By Cpl. Jonathan G. Wright , 31st MEU

USS ESSEX, At Sea — One year ago on March 11, an undersea earthquake rocked the eastern coast of Japan, its 9.0 magnitude making it one of the five most powerful earthquakes in the world since 1900. Just 70 kilometers off the coast of Tohoku, the quake triggered a violent tsunami which damaged more than one hundred thousand buildings, killed or injured tens of thousands of people and caused meltdowns in reactors of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

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March 12, 2012

Wounded EOD Marine receives award from Georgian President

3/12/2012 By Sgt. John Jackson , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Staff Sgt. Marcus Burleson, an explosive ordnance disposal technician and team leader with 2nd EOD Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) was awarded the General Kvinitadze medal, which is given to foreign service members who significantly contribute in the development of Republic of Georgia-foreign nation military cooperation, Feb. 3.

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March 11, 2012

CLB-4 supports intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance operations with combat logistics patrol

Story by Cpl. Mark Stroud | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 03.11.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Marines with Bravo Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), conducted a combat logistics patrol in support of counterinsurgency operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, March 4–7.

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March 9, 2012

CLB-4 overcomes mud, flooding to deliver supplies

3/9/2012 By Cpl. Mark W. Stroud , Marine Corps Bases Japan

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — During entry-level training, Marines are taught the five stresses encountered during combat: extreme risk or fear, the fog of war, discomfort and fatigue, becoming or dealing with casualties and boredom.

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March 7, 2012

Making Strides Behind the Scenes: Afghan forces, Marines serve Garmsir from operational coordination center

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 03.07.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELHI, Afghanistan — Throughout Garmsir district’s developing city centers and sparsely populated desert areas, the familiar sight of Afghan National Security Forces is evidence of the growth in Afghan-led security operations.

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Marines heed locals’ call, provide long term bridge solution

3/7/2012 By 2nd Lt. Tyler Morrison , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

SHIR GHAZAY, Afghanistan — Combat Engineers with Bridge Platoon, Alpha Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) completed construction on a non-standard bridge that will provide a long term solution for local traffic in the area here, Mar.6.

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March 6, 2012

Marines tear it up with 'Gator' steel

Story by Lance Cpl. James Sauter | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 02.28.2012
Date Posted:03.06.2012 16:23

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII - Marines of Amphibious Assault Vehicle platoon, Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, partnered with members of the Environmental Compliance and Protection Department during the 30th annual Mud Operations, here, Feb. 28 trough March 1.

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9th ESB Marines defy challenges, complete construction mission

3/6/2012 By Cpl. Michele Watson , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — It’s 7 o’clock on a Sunday night. The sky is pitch black, and it is starting to rain again. The gunner strains his eyes to look for any moving figures illuminated by the frequent flashes of lightning across the sky.

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Marine MPs provide security, keep engineering operations safe

3/6/2012 By Sgt. John Jackson , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Whether the Marines of 9th Engineer Support Battalion are building bridges or roads or constructing new structures on patrol bases throughout Helmand province, the Marines provide tactical logistics support so that other units have what they need to accomplish their mission. However, completing these tasks takes not only the hard work of combat engineers, motor transport operators and heavy equipment operators, but military police Marines to provide security to ensure the mission is accomplished in the safest environment possible.

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March 4, 2012

31st MEU embarks for AIT, CERTEX

3/4/2012 By Cpl. Jonathan G. Wright , 31st MEU

USS ESSEX, At Sea — The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit has embarked Navy ships in order to conduct amphibious integration training and a follow on certification exercise before continuing the deployment in the Asia-Pacific region.

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March 3, 2012

CLB-4 maintains physical edge

Story by Cpl. Mark Stroud | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 03.03.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — The Combat Logistics Battalion 4 motor pool hums with activity throughout the day, its frenetic bustle slowing only slightly as the sun sets, and a night-crew replaces their daytime counterparts.

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March 1, 2012

CLB-4 conducts convoy

Story by Cpl. Mark Stroud | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 03.02.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WHITEHOUSE, Afghanistan - A Marine convoy delivered supplies to Forward Operating Bases Nolay and Whitehouse here during an operation Feb. 14-16.

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There's No Place Like A Patrol Base

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 02.25.2012
Date Posted:02.29.2012 20:15

PATROL BASE BURY, Afghanistan — Their humble home is exceptionally primitive, but it’s all the deployed infantrymen need.

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February 26, 2012

9th ESB Marines defy challenges, complete construction mission

Story by Cpl. Michele Watson | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 02.26.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – It’s 7 o’clock on a Sunday night. The sky is pitch black, and it is starting to rain again. The gunner strains his eyes to look for any moving figures illuminated by the frequent flashes of lightning across the sky.

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February 24, 2012

Corpsman proves valuable to team in Afghanistan

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 02.24.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - During the late afternoon hours of Jan. 30, Marines with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), were working hard to take apart a medium girder bridge in the rural district of Garmsir, in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. During the disassembly, part of the bridge inadvertently gave way and landed on a Marine’s leg, sending him to the ground, writhing in pain.

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February 22, 2012

Marines sweep uncharted areas of Khan-Neshin during Operation Highland Thunder

Story by Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 02.22.2012

SRE KALA, Helmand province, Afghanistan – A large plot of austere terrain in the southern portion of Khan-Neshin district is home to local farmers who make a living growing crops far from the more developed districts of southern Helmand province.

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February 16, 2012

Operation Shahem Tofan: Afghan Border Police, Marines extend reach toward Helmand border

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 02.16.2012

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — The thunderous clap of low-flying helicopters reverberates off an endless desert landscape. Inside the mechanical fortress, rows of Afghan Border Police and U.S. Marines stare out the open back hatch, calmly watching the wilderness rapidly retract beneath them.

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February 15, 2012

A Marine’s Journal – 1st Lt. David Morgenstern

Courtesy Story | 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing | Date: 02.15.2012

In Bangor, Maine there is a group of people that greets each flight carrying deploying or returning U.S. troops. I first met a few of them in March 2010 when, as a new second lieutenant in the Marine Corps, I passed through on my way to Afghanistan.

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February 14, 2012

Never a Bridge Too Far: Combat Engineers increase mobility in Garmsir

Story by Cpl. Bryan Nygaard | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 02.14.2012

GARMSIR, Afghanistan - During the last week of January, fifty-five Marines of Bridge Platoon, Alpha Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) traveled nearly 80 miles through the central portion of Helmand province in order to reach Combat Outpost Rankel, a small base located in the district of Garmsir, Helmand province. Their mission consisted of removing a medium girder bridge and replacing it with a more permanent and cost-efficient structure that would increase the mobility of the Marines and Afghans in the area.

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February 10, 2012

Illinois Corpsman works with Combat Engineers, proves his worth in Garmsir

2/10/2012 By Cpl. Bryan Nygaard , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

GARMSIR, Afghanistan — During the late afternoon hours of Jan. 30, Marines with Bridge Platoon, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), were working hard to take apart a medium girder bridge in the rural district of Garmsir, Helmand province. During the disassembly, part of the bridge inadvertently gave way and landed on a Marine’s leg, sending him to the ground, writhing in pain.

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February 9, 2012

Nawa: the essence of progress

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 02.09.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Extensive improvements in Nawa district and exceptional Afghan leadership has transformed the once improvised explosive device-laden area into a peaceful paragon of progress during the last year. Residents walk casually along roads and waterways, confident in local Afghan security forces to keep them safe. The growth of illegal drugs has been nearly eradicated as citizens have begun to see the benefits of growing legal crops. Interest in education is on the rise, ensuring a brighter future for the people of Nawa. The people are happy, healthy and hopeful.

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February 3, 2012

31st MEU departs for CG 12

Story by Gunnery Sgt. J. L. Wright Jr. | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 02.03.2012

CAMP HANSEN, Japan - Elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit departed Okinawa en route to the Kingdom of Thailand Jan. 25 to participate in Exercise Cobra Gold.

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Afghan Border Police, Marine partnership furthers governance in southern Helman

2/3/2012 By Cpl. Reece Lodder , Regimental Combat Team 5

BANADAR, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Situated in the southern portion of Afghanistan’s Helmand province, Garmsir district has historically been a highway for insurgent movement from Pakistan.

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January 27, 2012

31st MEU secures beach with amphibious assault

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 01.27.2012

Sporadic bursts of rifle fire cut through the still air, drawing an immediate response from the Marines staged on the opposite end of the clearing. Calls for maneuvers were made as groups of Marines took up defensive positions, returning fire in the direction of the enemy contact. Minutes later, three hostiles were either killed or captured, and a security perimeter was established around the cleared area.

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The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit departs for Cobra Gold 2012

1/27/2012 By Cpl. Jonathan G. Wright , 31st MEU

OKINAWA, Japan — The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit has kicked off the new year by departing for the multi-lateral training exercise Cobra Gold 2012.

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9th ESB completes road construction in Helmand

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 01.27.2012

Marine combat engineers are known for being the first called when something needs to be repaired, improvised, built or even destroyed. These capabilities often earn them accolades from their fellow Marines.

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January 25, 2012

Motorcade, public memorial this weekend for fallen Marine from Ferndale

CALEB HUTTON; THE BELLINGHAM HERALD
Published: 01/25/12 5:01 pm | Updated: 01/26/12 9:18 am

A public motorcade is tentatively scheduled for Saturday afternoon, Jan. 28, in honor of a U.S. Marine from Ferndale who died last week in Afghanistan.

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January 22, 2012

Classmates, teachers remember Crystal Lake Marine killed in Afghanistan

McHone was inspiration to work hard, "always wanted to be the best he could"

By KATIE ANDERSON - kanderson@shawmedia.com
Created: Sunday, January 22, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST

CRYSTAL LAKE – To his classmates and former coaches at Crystal Lake South High School, “Nate” McHone always will be an inspiration to work hard at whatever task sits before you.

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January 21, 2012

Lava Viper 2012

Photos by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau | Marine Forces Pacific Combat Camera | Date: 01.20.2012
Date Posted:01.21.2012 04:52

Lava Viper is a battalion-level combined-arms training exercise to better prepare Marines for upcoming deployments.

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January 19, 2012

Garmsir district eyes growth through ongoing school construction

Photos by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.19.2012

Twelve permanent schools are currently under construction by local contractors in Garmsir district. U.S. Marines with the civil affairs team in support of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, visited several sites to inspect the structures and ensure compliance with the quality assurance standards of the Afghan government. The buildings are projected for mid-year completion.

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Marine Infantrymen Mentor Afghan Police force in Garmsir

Video by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.13.2012
Date posted: 01:19:2012

Afghan National Police patrolmen and U.S. Marines with 2nd Platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, stand post at Patrol Base Amir Agha and conduct a partnered vehicle checkpoint here, Jan. 13. Produced by Cpl. Reece Lodder

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Poulsbo, Wash., native answers call as chaplain

1/19/2012 By Cpl. Meredith Brown , 2nd Marine Division

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GERONIMO, Afghanistan — It is Saturday night. The moon is visible through the sandy haze. The sounds of Guitar Hero are heard outside a small tent. A group of Marines are gathered inside rocking out to the various bands. Lt. Bryan Davenport, the chaplain for 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division (Forward), watches the Marines give their best shot before piping up from the back row and asking to get the next turn.

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January 18, 2012

Combat engineers improve ‘Old Silk Road’

Story by Master Gunnery Sgt. Phil Mehringer | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 01.18.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Nearly 150 Marines from 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward)’s 9th Engineer Support Battalion converged in the open Helmand desert on a dry river bed known as a wadi. They needed to quickly build a land bridge through the wadi, rushing to complete the project before the seasonal, heavy monsoon rains began.

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January 17, 2012

Cpl. Karl Winar

Video by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.17.2012

U.S Marine Cpl. Karl Winar, a 20-year-old motor transport operator with Trucks Platoon, Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and a native of Flemington, N.J., sends a shout out to his family. Produced by Cpl. Reece Lodder. Also available in high definition.

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Marine helicopter mechanic in Afghanistan saves lives with maintenance discovery

Story by Cpl. Brian Jones | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 01.17.2012

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan - A Marine Corps sergeant in Afghanistan who unearthed a never-before-seen maintenance issue in a UH-1Y Huey was recently awarded by the Marine Corps for his potentially lifesaving find.

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January 16, 2012

Marine infantrymen mentor Afghan police force in Garmsir

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.13.2012
Date posted: 01:16:2012

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — When U.S. Marines with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, arrived here in early November, they met an Afghan National Police force primed for development.

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January 13, 2012

9th ESB combat engineers demilitarize Afghanistan firebase

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 01.13.2012
By Cpl. Bryan Nygaard
2ND MARINE LOGISTICS GROUP (FWD)

FIREBASE SAENZ, Afghanistan Firebase Saenz has been destroyed. Its defenses have been torn down, and its walls have been completely leveled. This destruction was not caused by insurgents – it was the handiwork of Marines with 9th Engineer Support Battalion.

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EX LAVA VIPER B ROLL

Video by Lance Cpl. Robert Bush | Marine Forces Pacific Combat Camera | Date: 01.13.2012

U.S. Marines with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment are conducting a live hand grenade range during Lava Viper in Pohakuloa Training Area, Jan. 13, 2012.

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Lava Viper

Photos by Cpl. Demetrius Munnerlyn | Marine Forces Pacific Combat Camera | Date: 01.13.2012

Lava Viper is a battalion level combined arms training exercise to better prepare Marines for upcoming deployment.

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January 10, 2012

Operation Tageer Shamal: Afghans, Marines extend presence west of Helmand River

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.10.2012

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — The heart of Garmsir district is safe.

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Marines pursue Taliban into Helmand’s outer reaches

January 10th, 2012 | Battle Rattle | Posted by James Sanborn

Third Battalion, 3rd Marines, is shifting the fight in Helmand province to the countryside in pursuit of fighters who have been driven to the region’s remote outer reaches over the past two years.

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January 9, 2012

Afghan, Marine forces clear remnants of insurgency in southern Helmand

Story by 2nd Lt. Chris Harper | Regimental Combat Team-5Afghan, Marine forces clear remnants of insurgency in southern Helmand, 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.08.2012
Date Posted:01.09.2012 15:02

CAMP DWYER, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces with Regimental Combat Team 5 have launched Operation Tageer Shamal (Shifting Winds), a clearing operation focused on removing the final strains of the insurgency in southern Helmand province.

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Afghan, Marine forces clear remnants of insurgency in southern Helmand

By Chris Harper, Regimental Combat Team 5

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan, (January 9th, 2012) — Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces with Regimental Combat Team 5 have launched Operation Tageer Shamal (Shifting Winds), a clearing operation focused on removing the final strains of the insurgency in southern Helmand province.

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January 7, 2012

Detroit native draws on experience to lead Marines

Story by Cpl. Meredith Brown | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 01.07.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Nicholas Marchioni enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2000 as an infantryman and like many, he completed his four-year contract and headed back home to start a new chapter in his life.

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January 6, 2012

Combat engineers perform route recon mission, paving the way for road improvements in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Meredith Brown | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 01.06.2012

SHIR GHAZAY, Afghanistan - Two Marines carefully stepped out of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle and extended their metal detectors to full length during a route reconnaissance mission on Route Red, Jan. 1-3. The quick checks were conducted to calibrate the detectors and the Marines began the meticulous sweeping process, ensuring that the area was clear of improvised explosive devices.

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January 2, 2012

Marines save Afghans in daring canal rescue

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jan 2, 2012 10:26:48 EST

A routine Afghan-Marine foot patrol was thrown into chaos Dec. 2 when a car traveling more than 40 mph struck the point man, plunging both car and soldier violently into a nearby canal.

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December 31, 2011

Afghan soldiers, Marines join forces to patrol southern Garmsir district

Photos by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.30.2011
Date Posted:12.31.2011 07:34

. 'America's Battalion' is aiding the Afghan National Security Forces in assuming security responsibilities over Helmand province's Garmsir district. This interoperability is designed to further the expansion of stability, development and legitimate governance of Afghanistan by defeating insurgent forces and helping secure the Afghan people.

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From insurgent hotbed to commercial hub: Afghans, Marines clear Safar Bazaar of remnants of illegal activity during Operation Sandman

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.28.2011
Date Posted:12.31.2011 07:20

SAFAR BAZAAR, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Safar Bazaar was once a hotbed for insurgents, its shops teeming with illegal drugs and streets laden with improvised explosive devices.

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December 25, 2011

Operation Noel: Marine helicopters spread Christmas spirit in Afghanistan

Story by Staff Sgt. Christopher Flurry | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 12.25.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Capt. Jeff Barnes isn’t really Santa Claus, but don’t tell that to the Marines in Afghanistan.

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Marines, sailors of ‘America’s Battalion’ celebrate Christmas in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.25.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELHI, Helmand province, Afghanistan — At work a world away from home, the Marines and sailors of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment celebrated Christmas in Afghanistan, Dec. 25.

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December 24, 2011

Killing Time: Channeling boredom into board games

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.21.2011
Date Posted:12.24.2011 02:31

COMBAT OUTPOST KOSHTAY, Helmand province, Afghanistan — A group of infantry Marines huddle around a Scrabble board, barely visible beneath filthy camouflage utilities and a mishmash of warming layers. Sheltered in the meager warmth of an unheated concrete room, they fill their down time by channeling boredom into a board game.

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December 23, 2011

Wounded Marine inspires AP photographer's search

Associated Press
By ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS
AP – Fri, Dec 23, 2011

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — 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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What is Task Force Belleau Wood

Story by Cpl. Timothy Solano | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 12.23.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Maintaining an area of operations comparable to the size of New York City and neighboring boroughs is a full time job for the service members of Task Force Belleau Wood, who have held down Camp Leatherneck and its surrounding area since the unit arrived in early 2011.

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Unmanned helicopter makes first delivery for Marines in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Justin Boling | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 12.23.2011

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan -- Unmanned systems have revolutionized combat aviation, providing a colossal advantage in the fight against terror with surveillance and close-air support.

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December 22, 2011

Combat engineers tear down patrol bases throughout Helmand province, paving way for Afghan pullout

12/22/2011 By Cpl. Bryan Nygaard , 9th Engineer Support Battalion

FIREBASE SAENZ, Afghanistan — Firebase Saenz has been destroyed. Its defenses have been torn down and its walls have been completely leveled. This destruction was not caused by insurgents – it was the handiwork of Marines from the 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward).

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December 19, 2011

With transition in sight, Afghan soldiers lead Marines in patrolling Garmsir district

Photos by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.19.2011

On the patrol, the ANA and Marines interacted with local citizens and conducted a vehicle checkpoint. The Marines of "America's Battalion" are aiding the Afghan National Security Forces in assuming security responsibilities over Helmand province's Garmsir district. Their interoperability is designed to further the expansion of stability, development and legitimate governance of Afghanistan by defeating insurgent forces and helping secure the Afghan people.

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December 18, 2011

Combat cooks feed 'America’s Battalion' in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.15.2011
Date Posted:12.18.2011 07:15

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELHI, Helmand province, Afghanistan — The clock has barely passed 4 a.m., and the base is asleep. Few souls aboard Forward Operating Base Delhi have stirred to brave the morning cold, a bitter chill that lingers until it’s been chased away by the mid-day sun.

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December 14, 2011

Eyes opened through pain, my experience with OC training

12/14/2011 By 2nd Lt. Dave Baugh , 31st MEU

CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan — Within seconds of being sprayed, my eyelids slammed shut, hornets stung at my eyes and molten steel was poured over my face. This was my experience with Oleoresin Capsicum, commonly known as Pepper Spray.

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Marines plunge into frigid canal to save nine Afghans

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.14.2011

KUCHINEY DARVISHAN, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Dimly illuminated by a sliver of moonlight, eight shadowy figures quietly patrolled a gravel road set against a swiftly flowing canal.

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December 11, 2011

Repetitive yet reliable, vehicle checkpoints protect Afghans and Marines

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.11.2011

SAR BANADAR, Helmand province, Afghanistan — A short distance off a dusty Afghan road, two U.S. Marines brave the chill of an early winter morning as they await a flood of local traffic.

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December 7, 2011

Progress through partnership: Afghan soldiers, Marines pair up to patrol Garmsir

Photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.07.2011

Photos of Afghan National Army soldiers and 3/3 Marines who met with local elders at a shura and built rapport with local children during the patrol. The Marines of “America’s Battalion” will continue to mentor Afghan National Security Forces as they assume security responsibility in Garmsir district. Their interoperability is designed to further the expansion of stability, development and legitimate governance of Afghanistan by defeating insurgent forces and helping secure the Afghan people.

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December 5, 2011

US Marines save, heal Afghan IED victim

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.02.2011
Date Posted:12.05.2011 11:51

SAR BANADAR, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Nine months ago, a quiet 15-year-old Afghan boy had the last normal morning of his life.

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December 4, 2011

Fallen Marine receives a hero's welcome

Grieving family gathers at McNary Field as their fallen Marine comes home

Written by
Capi Lynn
Statesman Journal
11:52 PM, Dec. 4, 2011

Marine Cpl. Adam Buyes was welcomed home Sunday during a somber but stately ceremony on a flag-lined tarmac at McNary Field, eight days after he was killed during combat operations in Afghanistan.

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On post or patrol, Guard Force Platoon maintains security in Garmsir

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.28.2011
Date Posted:12.04.2011 15:20

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Afghanistan — Against the backdrop of a piercing mid-day sun, a squad of U.S. Marines quietly patrols along a Garmsir road. A slew of guests walk evenly within their ranks, following their escorts through the bazaar.

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December 2, 2011

Marine’s Christmas song offers tribute to family back home

12/2/2011 By Cpl. Brian Adam Jones , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan —

While deployed to Iraq, Robert Allen wrote a song for his wife, Carla. He sent it to her on Christmas Eve.

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3rd Recon Marines, loved ones reunite

12/2/2011 By Lance Cpl. Daniel E. Valle , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP SCHWAB, OKINAWA, Japan — More than 34 Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion’s advanced party returned to Okinawa Nov. 27, where they were met with open arms following a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan.

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December 1, 2011

Mess hall Marines maintain 3rd Recon morale

Story by Sgt. Earnest J. Barnes | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 12.01.2011

PATROL BASE ALCATRAZ, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Most people do not think twice about the food they eat each day and come to assume three hot meals will be available. The Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion quickly realized the value of a hot meal after eating pre-packaged Meals-Ready-to-Eat for the first six weeks of their deployment. Fortunately for them, that has all changed.

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November 30, 2011

Elite Marines crucial to 2014 Afghanistan exit

By Robert Burns - The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Nov 30, 2011 17:33:50 EST

PUZEH, Afghanistan — In this dusty village in southern Afghanistan a small team of elite U.S. Marines is nudging Afghans toward rejection of the Taliban insurgency, a mission that is emerging as central to the U.S. and NATO exit strategy but is little known beyond the rugged brown hills of the upper Helmand River Valley.

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November 28, 2011

Encroachment causes safety risks in East Miramar

Story by Lance Cpl. Erica Disalvo | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar | Date: 11.28.2011

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRIMAR, Calif. -- Random police patrols have increased on East Miramar aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar due to encroachment by the public and acts of vandalism to historic sites located in the area.

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Salem Marine Cpl. Adam Buyes dies in combat in Afghanistan

Published: Monday, November 28, 2011, 7:37 PM
By Ray Whitehouse, The Oregonian

A 21-year-old Marine from Salem has died while fighting in Afghanistan.

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November 26, 2011

SURVIVAL

Story by Staff Sgt. Ryan Smith | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 11.26.2011

COMBAT OUTPOST ALCATRAZ, Helmand province, Afghanistan - The Upper Sangin Valley has been a hot bed of insurgent activity in the Sangin District with constant threats of improvised explosive devices and fire fights against Afghan National Army members and coalition forces. For the past five months, the Marines of 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion have been working hard to secure the tiny villages north of Sangin as well as secure their portion of Route 611, a north-south highway running parallel to the Helmand River, and a major transportation route used for commerce in the area.

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November 22, 2011

Bringing governance to ungoverned places: District governor, Marine leaders interact with citizens of southern Garmsir

Photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.22.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — In the furthest reaches of Garmsir district, nearly 70 kilometers from the district center, a mixture of local elders and farmers sat quietly around a collection of ornately woven Afghan rugs, awaiting discussion with their district governor and Marine leaders.

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November 21, 2011

Marine brothers meet in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.21.2011

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan — When Cpl. Axel Benitez joined the Marine Corps more than three years ago, he never thought his younger brother would follow in his footsteps.

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November 20, 2011

Recon COIN ops create change in Upper Sangin Valley

Story by Staff Sgt. Ryan Smith | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 11.19.2011
Date Posted:11.20.2011 13:27

SANGIN DISTRICT, Afghanistan - Since the early days of their deployment to the Upper Sangin Valley of Afghanistan, the Marines of 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion have been relentless in their pursuit of insurgents, often fighting a battle not traditionally suited for their expertise.

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Transition in Garmsir: ‘America’s Battalion’ replaces ‘Lava Dogs’ in southern Helmand

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder
Date Posted:11.20.2011 02:27

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELHI, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Following the completion of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment’s successful seven-month deployment here, Lt. Col. Matthew J. Palma, 3/3 commanding officer, accepted responsibility of the district from Lt. Col. Sean Riordan, 1st Battalion 3rd Marine Regiment commanding officer, during a relief in place and transfer of authority ceremony here, Nov. 17.

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November 18, 2011

Marines ready Garmsir for transition of authority

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.18.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — When 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, nick-named the Lava Dogs, arrived here mid-April, expectations were of a deployment filled with improvised explosive devices and sporadic firefights.

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Communication Marines facilitate 3/12’s command and control

Story by Lance Cpl. Erik Brooks | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installation Pacific | Date: 11.18.2011

CAMP FUJI, Japan - Immediately upon their arrival, wires spread out and antennas sprout from the ground like spring grass. These Marines set up critical communications assets to allow an artillery battalion to communicate.

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9th ESB deploys in support of OEF

11/18/2011 By Lance Cpl. Kris Daberkoe , Marine Corps Bases Japan
KADENA AIR BASE, OKINAWA, Japan — Marines and sailors with 9th Engineer Support Battalion boarded aircraft here Nov. 12 and departed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, signaling the start of a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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November 17, 2011

Garmsir citizens, Marines honor fallen police chief

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.13.2011
Date Posted:11.17.2011 11:57

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Spread out within a maze of concertina wire and concrete barriers at Garmsir’s district center, Afghan National Police members partnered with Marines from 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment to provide security for the funeral of District Chief of Police Lt. Col. Sayfullah Khan Rashidi here, Nov. 13.

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November 16, 2011

Yuma-based Marines with VMA-513 return from Afghanistan

Story by Ruth Castillo, Reporter

MCAS Yuma, Arizona November 16, 2011 - Family and friends gathered at the VMA-513 hangar bay Wednesday night waited with eager anticipation for their Marines after being apart for half a year.

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November 15, 2011

Friendly faces: 3/3 Marines interact with Garmsir children

Photos by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.15.2011

Headquarters and Service Company Marines, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, patrol. They interacted with children and spoke with local leaders. “America’s Battalion” recently arrived in Garmsir. They’ll partner with the Afghan National Security Forces to establish a secure environment and develop district government to better meet the needs of the Afghan people.

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Lest we forget: remembrance service honors Garmsir fallen

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.15.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELHI, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Since 2006, coalition forces have fought to bring security and stability to the once insurgent-heavy Garmsir district. Five years later, coalition forces are near transitioning control of the district to the local government.

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November 11, 2011

Lock Down: Afghan National Security Forces, Marines interdict insurgent movement

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.03.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand Province, Afghanistan — Afghan National Security Forces and Marines from 1st and 3rd Battalions, 3rd Marine Regiment are putting the lock down on roads in Garmsir during operation gridlock here, Nov. 1 and 5.

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November 10, 2011

America’s Battalion’ celebrates 236th Marine Corps birthday in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.10.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — For the second year in a row, “America’s Battalion” celebrated the Marine Corps birthday in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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RCT-5 command delivers birthday tradition to southern Helmand

Story by Lance Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.10.2011

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Around this time of the year, most Marines are shining their shoes, taking their ‘Blues’ to the cleaners and making sure they have their ticket and date to the ball.

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November 7, 2011

‘America’s Battalion’ arrives in Afghanistan

Courtesy Story | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.07.2011

CAMP DWYER, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Over seven months of training, the Marines and sailors of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, have become hardened for war.

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Images: ‘America’s Battalion’ arrives in Afghanistan

Courtesy Photos | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.07.2011

After departing from Hawaii from Oct. 27 through Nov. 1, “America’s Battalion” arrived in southern Helmand province to begin their seven-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In the coming weeks 3/3 will take control of operations in Garmsir District, relieving fellow Hawaii-based 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment.

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November 4, 2011

'Spam Czar' sends care packages to K-Bay Marines

Story by Christine Cabalo | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 11.04.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Hawaii — Retired Marine 2nd Lt. Don Downer is still serving the Corps by sending hundreds of care packages to the deployed, including 2nd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment.

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November 3, 2011

Bridging the way to Garmsir

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.03.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Two years ago, an improvised explosive device blew a hole in the Darvishan Bridge, a main bridge across the Helmand River here.

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Funeral For South Bay Marine Open to Public

The public is invited to the service

Thursday, Nov 3, 2011

A memorial service has been planned in San Jose for a U.S. Marine from Milpitas who was killed in Afghanistan last week.

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November 1, 2011

Afghan National Army maintains progress in Garmsir

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.01.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand Province, Afghanistan — When 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment arrived in Garmsir, the Afghan National Army acted as augments to the infantry squads of the battalion. There were only a few un-partnered positions and 2nd Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps was spread throughout the district in groups of three or four soldiers

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October 28, 2011

Marine Sgt. Stephen Dunning, of Milpitas, killed disarming bomb in Afghanistan

By Linda Goldston
lgoldston@mercurynews.com
Posted: 10/28/2011 08:03:53 PM PDT
Updated: 10/29/2011 04:31:06 AM PDT

Staff Sgt. Stephen Dunning tried to live a selfless life, a life that put him in danger to save the lives of others. He volunteered to be one of the Marines who dismantled the crude bombs insurgents laced along the treacherous trails of Afghanistan.

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October 27, 2011

Patrol base hustle

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 10.27.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Home is where the heart is. In Afghanistan the heart of a Marine is usually a patrol base, an expeditionary camp made to house a no more than a squad-sized element of Marines.

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October 26, 2011

Marine offensive to secure Afghan dam continues

Operation Eastern Storm includes more than 2,000 troops

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
5:48 p.m., Oct. 26, 2011

A major Marine-led offensive to seize Taliban-controlled territory surrounding a strategic hydroelectric dam in southwestern Afghanistan continued this week, as troops pushed out from the main road and dug in at a new patrol base, the Marines said.

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October 25, 2011

War-zone Marines eating like cavemen

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Oct 25, 2011 9:11:39 EDT

GARMSER, Afghanistan — Lt. Col. Sean Riordan used to consider himself chubby. It never kept him from meeting the Marine Corps’ height and weight standards or from scoring in the 280-plus echelon on his physical fitness test. He just chalked up his less-than-desirable physique to genetics.

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October 23, 2011

Cannons help gain territory in Operation Eastern Storm

Story by Cpl. Clayton Vonderahe | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 10.23.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Helmand province, Afghanistan -- Howitzers recently fired over the mountains of Kajaki, striking targets they couldn't even see. United States Marines with Battery E, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, inserted themselves into an abandoned compound under the cover of night to establish Observation Post New York. The cannons rang out in support of the insertion, eliminating enemies holding positions against the Marines.

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October 19, 2011

Missionary kid to Marine – Continuing a life of adventure with the Corps

10/19/2011 By Capt. Caleb Eames , 31st MEU
USS ESSEX, At Sea — Many Marines join the Marine Corps for a chance to travel the world and experience adventure. But for one Marine assigned with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, the Corps is just a continuation of a life of excitement and danger.

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October 16, 2011

CLB-31 trains for disaster relief

10/16/2011 By Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Manning , 31st MEU

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan — Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit participated in a disaster relief training exercise here Oct. 10.

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October 13, 2011

A different fight in Helmand at Fiddlers Green

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 10.13.2011

FIRE BASE FIDDLERS GREEN, Helmand province, Afghanistan – The Marines of Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, are always on call. At any moment coalition units in the area could call for fire support, and the artillerymen must be ready day and night.

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Mahafiz Marines keep roads safe

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 10.13.2011

PATROL BASE MAHAFIZ, Helmand province, Afghanistan – The sparse encampment here consists of little more than sleeping tents, a meeting area and a bird’s nest sentry post standing as a defiant beacon to the insurgency.

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October 12, 2011

Hurricane Katrina Survivor Takes on Afghanistan

October 12, 2011
Marine Corps News|by Cpl. Jeff Drew

FIRE BASE FIDDLERS GREEN, Helmand province, Afghanistan -- When Hurricane Katrina blew through New Orleans decimating homes and changing lives, it also set into motion the fate of one young man and ensured his destiny to become a United States Marine.

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65 miles for 65 roses: Marcent Marine runs 65 consecutive miles to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis

10/12/2011 By Cpl. Lucas Vega , Marine Forces Central

MANAMA, Bahrain — Thirteen years ago, Maj. Jesse Sjoberg made a promise to spend the rest of his life with a woman named Jacquelyn “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health,” as the famous wedding vow reads.

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October 9, 2011

Aviation support Marines fuel success in southwestern Afghanistan

Story by Pfc. Sean Dennison | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 10.09.2011

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan - The Marines of Marine Wing Support Squadron 371’s fuel division are well acquainted with military aircraft.

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October 5, 2011

West Coast Marines take over Afghanistan aviation support from East Coast Marines

Story by Pfc. Sean Dennison | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 10.05.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - The gentle thump of helicopter blades wafts over a formation of Marines at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.

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October 4, 2011

Combat Assault Company tears through targets

Story by Lance Cpl. Jacob Barber | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 09.16.2011
Date Posted:10.04.2011 22:54

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Hawaii — The sound of bullets piercing targets echoed through the hills as Marines from 3rd Marine Regiment’s Combat Assault Company met at the Kaneohe Bay Range Training Facility to shoot and qualify with their .50-caliber machine guns and 40 mm. grenade launchers Sept. 16.

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September 29, 2011

31st MEU departs Okinawa for patrol of Asia-Pacific region

9/29/2011 By Cpl. Garry J. Welch , 31st MEU

WHITE BEACH, OKINAWA, Japan — With all cargo and personnel aboard, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit departed Okinawa, Japan, for its next patrol of the Asia-Pacific region, Sept. 27.

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September 27, 2011

Life on a swivel

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 09.27.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Another clearing operation means another chance to pinpoint a different perspective on deployment through the eyes Marines with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment.

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September 24, 2011

Functioning on flexibility: ‘America’s Battalion’ bolsters air-ground task force capabilities for Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 09.24.2011

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Waist-deep in a row of fighting holes, teams of sweat-starched infantrymen labored without shelter from the unforgiving desert sun. Scoop by scoop, they slung rocks and dirt from their dusty chasms, hewing out defensive positions to prepare for the enemy’s inevitable night attack.

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September 23, 2011

Wounded Marion Marine on road to recovery

by Dave Franzman :: UPDATED: 23 September 2011

MARION – A Marine who was wounded in a blast in Afghanistan in late May still has a long way to go to meet his goal of returning to duty.

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31st MEU begins boarding for next deployment

9/23/2011 By Capt. Caleb Eames , 31st MEU
CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan — More than 2,200 Marines and Sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit are preparing to board Navy ships of Amphibious Squadron 11, and depart within days to begin a patrol of the Asia-Pacific region.

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September 21, 2011

UAV operator guides peers toward better operation

9/21/2011 By Cpl. Justin M. Boling , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan —

Sgt. Chad John spends 12 hours a day with an aerial view of Afghanistan, but he rarely leaves the ground.

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September 19, 2011

Rehearsing for war: Marines of ‘America’s Battalion’ train for Afghan battlefield

9/19/2011 By Cpl. Reece Lodder , 3rd Battalion (3/3)

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Storming through the desert on helicopters and tracked vehicles, the Marines of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, practiced counterinsurgency operations during Exercise Clear, Hold, Build 2 at Range 210 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., from Aug. 14 to 19.

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September 18, 2011

Marines train with Russian aircraft

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Sep 18, 2011 9:31:27 EDT

Marines in Arizona will soon duke it out with a crop duster and a Russian helo in a new effort to understand enemy tactics and weaponry.

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September 17, 2011

iPads now helping Marines communicate, mark targets in battle

Published: September 17, 2011

Last year the Marine Corps’ 3rd Aircraft Wing purchased 32 iPads in an effort to increase efficiency and gain an advance in aerial warfare. Now, iPads are being used in Afghanistan and save about 15 minutes of communication time during close-air missions, according to an article by DefenseNews.

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Towers and tours: Avionics Marine reflects on post-9/11 career

Story by Pfc. Sean Dennison | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 09.17.2011

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - When Douglas Acero was turning his M-16A2 rifle to the armory at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Calif., the world changed.

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Lifeline: Marine KC-130Js resupply the fight in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Justin Boling | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 09.17.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - When supplies run thin at forward operating bases peppering the Helmand River valley, reassurance often comes with the strong hum of a Marine Corps KC-130J Hercules.

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September 16, 2011

Marines volunteer at local nursing home

9/16/2011 By Lance Cpl. Tyler C. Vernaza , Marine Corps Bases Japan

KIN TOWN, OKINAWA, Japan — For almost two decades, Marines and sailors with 7th Communication Battalion have volunteered their time and energy at Hikarigaoka Nursing Home in Kin-Cho. From sweeping the parking lots, to mowing the grass or just spending the holidays with the residents of the nursing home, the service members have made a lasting impression on their local community.

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September 15, 2011

Marine Becomes ‘One Man Army’

By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Erica DiSalvo
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif., Sept. 15, 2011 – Marine Corps Sgt. Colin M. Bell, an aviation supply specialist with Aviation Logistics Squadron 16 here, beat the competition during an episode of Discovery Channel’s “One Man Army” television show that aired Sept. 2.

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September 12, 2011

Safar Bazaar's 'little mayor' a Marine on deadline

By Mandy Clark
September 12, 2011 8:32 PM

(CBS News)

SAFAR BAZAAR, Afghanistan - A year ago, Safaar Bazaar was so full of home-made bombs that U.S. forces used rocket propelled explosives to blast their way in.

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Striking at sunrise: 3/3 Kilo Marines perform platoon attacks during Enhanced Mojave Viper exercise

9/12/2011 By Cpl. Reece Lodder , Marine Corps Base Hawaii
MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Silhouetted by a burnt orange sunrise, a platoon of Marines slapped magazines into their weapons as if fueling them with adrenaline.

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Fueled by firepower: 3/3 India Marines perform company attack to prepare for Afghanistan deployment

9/12/2011 By Cpl. Reece Lodder , Marine Corps Base Hawaii
MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Tucked behind a rocky mountainside, a company of Marines spread out by platoons along its base. After a countdown, an explosion growled beyond the thick shield of rocks. As vibrations coursed through the ground, the infantrymen rushed through a breached concertina wire obstacle to begin their assault.

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'Stress Training': 3/3 Lima Company Marines prepare for enemy by solidifying clearing skills

9/12/2011 By Cpl. Reece Lodder , Marine Corps Base Hawaii
MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Crammed on narrow benches within a 26-ton steel beast, a squad of Marines jostled around as their tracked vehicle powered through the desert toward its objective.

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The art of anti-armor warfare: 3/3 ‘Missile Marines’ prepare for enemy by shooting TOW, Javelin missiles

9/12/2011 By Cpl. Reece Lodder , Marine Corps Base Hawaii
MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Cali. — Cloaked by darkness in a silent wilderness, two teams of anti-tank missilemen itched with anticipation to reign destruction from afar.

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September 9, 2011

Symphony of fire: ‘America’s Battalion’ air, ground forces combine for fire support coordination exercise

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 09.09.2011

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Translating communication into firepower from afar, Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, performed a fire support coordination exercise on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., from Aug. 5 through 7, 2011.

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Striking at sunrise: 3/3 Kilo Marines perform platoon attacks during Enhanced Mojave Viper exercise

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 09.09.2011

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Silhouetted by a burnt orange sunrise, a platoon of Marines slapped magazines into their weapons as if fueling them with adrenaline.

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September 8, 2011

Afghan soldiers and Lava Dogs clear Garmsir roads

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 09.08.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — With every partnered patrol or operation the Afghan National Army conducts, their soldiers gain valuable military experience.

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Newhall native trades Hollywood for Helmand

Story by Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 09.08.2011

FIRE BASE FIDDLERS GREEN, Helmand province, Afghanistan – In 2008, a Newhall, Calif., native had a dream job in Hollywood’s entertainment industry. He worked as a color assistant, editing video footage for “Desperate Housewives” and was even able to meet the cast. He loved his job and saw it as something he could do long-term. Unfortunately, things change.

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September 4, 2011

Marine creates better seat for Huey helos

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Sep 4, 2011 9:10:04 EDT

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – One enlisted Marine’s ingenuity is paying off. Sgt. Zachary Lucas, a crew chief with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367, took lessons learned from the war zone and devised a seat upgrade for the Corps’ UH-1Y Huey.

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September 1, 2011

Marines push through scorching temps to provide security

Story by Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 09.01.2011

NAWA DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Marines patrol in full gear – a combat load of ammunition, flak jackets, helmets, rifles – and many must add communications radios, extra rounds or squad automatic weapons to their loads. These items get very heavy over the course of a three- or four-hour security patrol.

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August 30, 2011

Female Marines assist in delivery of local baby

Courtesy Story | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 08.30.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan —Sgt. LaJuanna Baker and Cpl. Andrea Moreira-Rios were in the right place at the right time on July 30.

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Barbells, Dumbbells, Kettlebells, Oh My!

Courtesy Story | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 08.30.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Across the room from a Kevlar helmet and body armor, near an M-16 rifle and night vision goggles, sits a jug of whey protein. Outside the doorless entryway, resting against the wall, are a minesweeper and electronic countermeasure gear entangled by a recently used jump rope. Sweat-stained uniforms hang from corners of a well-used pull-up bar.

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August 28, 2011

Filling in the gaps: ‘America’s Battalion’ begins final pre-deployment training exercise

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 08.28.2011

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Six months ago, Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, began their journey toward Afghanistan with pre-deployment training on-island in Hawaii.

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CAXscaping the grind of 3/3 grunt life during Enhanced Mojave Viper: All in a ball

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 08.28.2011

Editor’s Note: This is the first installment in a series on Marines from 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, based out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. They are preparing for war by training in the California desert. Miserable heat, grueling training and the absence of home’s amenities here make their work exhausting and their downtime precious. They labor with little and appreciate the simple. This is the grunt grind, the life of the Marine infantryman.

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Amid a dusty city of tents, two Marines unwind after a long day of training. They leisurely toss a baseball back and forth, laughing and trading jabs as the evening sun dips under a colorful sky.

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