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September 28, 2014

Five-year dwell standard eyed for Marine Reserves

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

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

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August 30, 2014

MARSOC offers operator spots to reservists

Story by Hope Hodge Seck
Aug. 30, 2014 - 06:00AM

Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command put out a call for enlisted reservists to join the ranks of critical skills operators.

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August 20, 2014

Reserve Marines Participate In Partnership of the Americas 2014 In Support Of MARFORSOUTH

By 1st Lt. Michael Hopkins | 4th Marine Division | August 20, 2014

PICHIDANGUI, Chile -- Just as the local population evacuates their small beach town, the waves of a tsunami come crashing into their homes. Houses are flooded, windows are shattered, and lives are ruined. Some of the locals could not get to safety in time. There is limited food, water, medical care, and shelter, but there is relief on the horizon. The simulation of these scenarios allows Marines realistic training with partner nations.

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August 12, 2014

Marines Eligible For Selected Early Release Program FY15

By Lance Cpl. Sara Graham | U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve | August 12, 2014

NEW ORLEANS --

Marine Administrative Message 378/14 announced the start of the fiscal year 2015 Selected Marine Corps Reserve Early Release Program. The program is effective Aug. 1, 2014 through Sept. 30, 2015, and focuses on cost saving and sustainment for the Marine Corps.

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June 10, 2014

“Lone Star” battalion maintains readiness during annual training

Story by Cpl. John McCall | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 06.10.2014

FORT POLK, La. – The trait of being always ready has been a part of the Marine Corps’ ethos for more than 238 years. 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment held true to this standard during their annual training here, June 1 – 11.

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May 20, 2014

Marine Corps awards medal for heroism to local Reserve Marine

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

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

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

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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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January 21, 2014

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

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

BRIDGETON, Mo. --

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

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January 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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October 1, 2013

Wounded Marine veteran makes house a home

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

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

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September 9, 2013

A History That Will Live On: 24th Marines

By Lance Cpl. Bradley Carrier | 9th Marine Corps District | September 09, 2013

Sept. 9, 2013 -- The 24th Marine Regiment unit colors along with its prestigious history were cased to pave the way for Combat Logistics Regiment 4 during a deactivation and activation ceremony at the unit’s headquarters Sept. 8. The actions resulted from the three year Force Structure Review Group which announced the decision in 2012, in order to accomplish the best realignment and utilization of forces within the Marine Corps, said Lt. Col. Michael Myers, regimental inspector-instructor of the new unit.

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August 29, 2013

Marines to hike 81 miles over Labor Day weekend to honor Fallujah heroes

August 29th, 2013
Posted by Gina Harkins

A group of Marine reservists are leading a three-day, 81 mile hike in Florida this weekend to honor those who died in the Battle of Fallujah in 2004.

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August 13, 2013

Back to basics: Marines of Co. F and G, 2/24 practice crucial marksmanship fundamentals

Story by Lance Cpl. Tiffany Edwards | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 08.13.2013

CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. – In the misty, pre-dawn light of the Indiana morning, Marines marched onto the rifle range. Covered and aligned, each platoon from Companies F and G, 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, grounded their packs and began setting up two-man tents.

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June 18, 2013

Saluting a soldier’s last march

By Karla Peterson
6 p.m.June 18, 2013

They are separated by many years and multiple wars, but when 26-year-old Michael Contee presented 96-year-old Imel Willis with a pin and a plaque to commemorate his years of service, the young Marine Corps reservist and the World War II Army vet were a united front. One nation under the call of duty.

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June 8, 2013

Basilone Award winner honored to join 'reconnaissance legends'

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

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

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June 6, 2013

MAG-49 Marines ‘hustle’ 53s to Pacific

Story by Staff Sgt. David Carbajal
06.06.2013 16:04

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – Marines of Marine Aircraft Group 49 departed their home station at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst May 30-31, 2013, for a deployment to the Pacific as part of the U.S. Marine Corps’ resumption of the Unit Deployment Program.

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May 11, 2013

Ind. Marine's family mark decade since his death

The Herald Bulletin/AP
Published: May 11, 2013

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Family and friends of a U.S. Marine from Indiana who died in a 2003 Humvee crash in Kuwait marked the 10th anniversary of his death by gathering for a somber memorial at his gravesite

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April 24, 2013

Marines Ice Fish With Inupiaq Native Alaskans

By Cpl Marcin Platek
April 24, 2013

KOTZEBUE, Alaska - A small group of uniformed men made their way across what seemed to be an endless white desert, their gloves and beanies did little to break the bitter-cold wind hitting their already pink faces and blue fingers. In front of them was a massive body of frozen water; behind them, a long workday.

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April 17, 2013

Canceled Moroccan exercise upends Marines’ deployment

By Kent Miller, Staff writer
Apr. 17, 2013 - 02:22PM

Hundreds of Marines with Task Force African Lion have suddenly been left with a lot less to do after Morocco abruptly canceled the huge annual exercise on Tuesday, just days after the Marines arrived.

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April 10, 2013

Marine awarded Bronze Star Medal for actions during OEF

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

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

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March 8, 2013

Marines, soldiers, sailors prepare for African Lion 2013

Story by Lance Cpl. Jackeline Perez Rivera | Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune | Date: 03.08.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - The parade deck outside of 2nd Longshoreman Platoon’s home at Stone Bay, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, became a Moroccan port for a short time on the weekend of Feb. 8. Vehicles carrying minor or feigned cargo passed through the gates and, with the help of Marines, soldiers and sailors, navigated checkpoints and obstacles the service members could face in the upcoming US African Command and Morocco annual training exercise, African Lion 2013.

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March 5, 2013

Unmanned aerial vehicle squadron starts training at Pendleton

By Sgt. Christopher Duncan | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | March 05, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Marine Unmanned Vehicle Squadron 4 conducted its first field training exercises at Camp Talega since the unit’s official move here from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. The unit held its first change of command between Lt. Col. Kyle J. Moore and Lt. Col. Matthew C. Shortal on Feb. 22, symbolizing the squadron's official move from Yuma to Camp Talega, here.

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February 28, 2013

Inspired by a WWII Hero

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

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

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February 22, 2013

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

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

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

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February 8, 2013

Delco-Based US Marine Battalion Returns Home From Afghanistan

February 8, 2013 3:59 PM
By Steve Tawa

FOLSOM, Pa. (CBS) — About two dozen local members of the US Marine Forces Reserve got a big welcome home today from their families and friends at the Marines Recruiting Center in Folsom (Delaware County).

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December 2, 2012

The few, the proud, the very busy Marines behind Toys for Tots

By Staci Sturrock

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Posted: 12:00 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012

Meet Staff Sgt. Bryan Kauffman, unlikely Santa Claus.

Beardless and buff, the Marine with the shaved head and serious demeanor keeps what he calls “all the moving parts” of Palm Beach County’s busiest gift-giving machine in motion.

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November 28, 2012

Marines prepare to deploy and train African partner nations

By Cpl. Jessica Ito | U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve | November 28, 2012

NEW ORLEANS --

More than 130 Marines from 32 different Reserve training centers came together at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. last month to get to know each other and prepare to face the unique challenges presented by operating independently in Africa.

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November 21, 2012

Kentucky Marines return home from Afghanistan deployment

By Cpl. Nana Dannsa-Appiah | U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve | November 21, 2012

FORT KNOX, Ky. --

The Marines of Company E, 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, returned home to their friends and families Nov. 15 after a six-month deployment to Afghanistan, marking the end of an era for the 4th Marine Division and the Marine Corps Reserve.

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November 13, 2012

Toys for Tots putting smiles on the faces of children since 1947

By Pfc. Norman Eckles | U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve | November 13, 2012

BARSTOW, Calif. -- In December 1947, Maj. Bill Hendricks, United States Marine Corps Reserve, and a group of Marine reservists collected and distributed more than 5,000 toys to children in low income families throughout the city of Los Angeles, thus sparking the idea of the Toy for Tots program.

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November 5, 2012

My unit is going away... Now what?

By Cpl. Nana Dannsa-Appiah | U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve | November 05, 2012

BILLINGS, Mont. --

Marines from 2nd and 3rd Platoon, Company D, Anti-Terrorism Battalion, 4th Marine Division, listened to their future options to continue serving in the Marine Corps. Their infantry company is being transformed into a military police company.

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October 31, 2012

Marines help save 14 New Yorkers trapped by Hurricane Sandy

Story by Cpl. Michael Ito | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 10.31.2012

NEW YORK - Winds, close to 80 mph, whipped the 14-foot floodwaters through the streets of New York Monday night as Hurricane Sandy bore down on the city. During the height of the storm, a detective from the New York Police Department approached the duty noncommissioned officer of 6th Communications Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group in Brooklyn, N.Y., and requested assistance for a rescue operation.

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October 29, 2012

Unit Deployment Program provides Marines with valuable skills

By Cpl. Michael Ito | U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve | October 29, 2012

NEW ORLEANS --

Gunnery Sgt. Raoul P. Sheridan has deployed before. He’s been to the cities and deserts of Iraq, where he provided fire support for Marines. But his last deployment was unlike any other.

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October 13, 2012

WWII Purple Heart presented to family

By Mark Wineka - The Salisbury Post via AP
Posted : Saturday Oct 13, 2012 11:55:46 EDT

CHINA GROVE, N.C. (AP) — Lynn White Polasit never knew her Uncle Olin. He lost his young life with 163 other crew members who went down with the USS Drexler May 28, 1945, just northwest of Okinawa.

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September 9, 2012

More than 1,400 US, allied Marines, soldiers build legacy in Florida

Story by Master Sgt. Chris Cox | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 09.09.2012

CAMP BLANDING, Fla. - What do you get when you take hundreds of professionals from 9 different countries and put them in the same location? In the military, it’s called “multi-lateral partnership.”
Officially, it’s called Partnership of the Americas 2012.

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August 27, 2012

Marine Corps reservists returning Wednesday from Afghanistan

Journal Star
Posted Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:05 PM

PEORIA —
Dozens of Peoria County U.S. Marine Corps reservists who deployed earlier this year to Afghanistan are scheduled to return home Wednesday.

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August 12, 2012

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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July 15, 2012

Active-duty and reserve Marines storm the desert for war games

Conduct exercise called Javelin Thrust exercise at Twentynine Palms

Written by
Nathan Max
12:01 a.m., July 15, 2012

The Marine Corps couldn’t have picked a more challenging environment for one of its largest and most important exercises of the year.

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July 13, 2012

Reservists visit MCAGCC for Javelin Thrust

Story by Lance Cpl. D. J. Wu | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 07.13.2012

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - More than 5,000 Marines came to in the Combat Center’s training area from Marine Forces Reserve and I Marine Expeditionary Force to participate in Large Scale Exercise-1/Javelin Thrust 2012 from July 2 through July 12.

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TRAP mission prepares reservists for combat

Story by Lance Cpl. Ali Azimi | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 07.13.2012

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The roar of the propellers above the helicopter was deafening. A screech rang throughout the hull, where eight Marines and the flight crew sat. Their only form of communication was hand signals, but those sitting side-by-side had the luxury of screaming into each other’s ears, hoping the message was comprehended down the row of seats.

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July 12, 2012

Marines teach riot control techniques to West African nations

Story by Sgt. Tatum Vayavananda | U.S. Marine Forces Africa | Date: 07.12.2012

THÍES, Senegal – Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment are spending the next couple of weeks with joint forces from various West African nations to train and exchange their shared experiences of non-lethal weapons and crowd-control tactics as part of Exercise Western Accord 2012, July 11.

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July 10, 2012

Marines, West African partners kick off Exercise Western Accord 2012

Story by Cpl. Tatum Vayavananda | U.S. Marine Forces Africa | Date: 07.09.2012
Date Posted:07.10.2012 07:06

THIES, Senegal - Approximately 600 U.S. Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen, along with about 600 African partner-nation troops, officially kicked off Exercise Western Accord 2012, with a combined-forces opening ceremony, July 9.

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June 22, 2012

US Marines work with Latvians during mortar missions at Saber Strike 2012

6/22/2012 By Sgt .Ray Lewis , Marine Forces Reserve

ADAZI, Latvia — Marine mortarmen of 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment worked with the Latvian army during a recent mortar firing training exercise at Saber Strike 2012.

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June 20, 2012

Reserve Marine instructs Caribbean veterans in Barbados

Story by Cpl. Nana Dannsaappiah | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 06.20.2012

CHRIST CHURCH, Barbados – Twenty seven-year-old Sgt. Andrew Mercer spoke loudly, gesturing with his hands as he fluctuated between two groups of students. The two platoons that flanked him, law enforcement and defense veterans from various Caribbean islands, directed their attention to the lead instructor, Mercer, and his five assistant instructors.

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June 19, 2012

Training the trainer: Reserve Marines share proven tactics with Caribbean troops

Story by Cpl. Nana Dannsaappiah | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 06.19.2012

CHRIST CHURCH, Barbados - On a grassy hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, a handful of Marines from Headquarters Company, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, participated in training with a coalition of law enforcement and defense personnel from a host of Caribbean nations June 16 during Exercise Tradewinds 2012.

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June 17, 2012

Military families the focus of fallen Marine family brunch

Story by Cpl. Chelsea Flowers | Marine Week | Date: 06.17.2012

CLEVELAND - Chloe Knight is almost 8 years old. She has her father’s eyes, a contagious smile and will talk your ear off. Like most little girls, her daddy is her hero. But unlike most kids, Chloe has never met her dad.

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June 14, 2012

Sixteen Marines come home from Afghanistan, joyful to see family and remembering one who didn’t return

By Hana Engroff
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ashley Owens burst into tears when she saw U.S. Marine Sgt. Arthur Ramirez on Thursday. She hadn’t seen him in seven months — and any doubts the 14-year-old from Jupiter had about seeing him again were gone.

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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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April 27, 2012

Marines and Norwegians open caves to test Marine Corps Prepositioning Program during Exercise Cold Response

Story by Lance Cpl. Marcin Platek | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 04.27.2012

TRONDHEIM, Norway—Of the U.S. Cold War assets, six caves and two storage facilities in central Norway exist as if a part of an action-movie film set. However, they are part of a remote Marine Corps program known as the Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway.

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April 18, 2012

8th Engineer Support Battalion mentors reservists during raft operations

4/18/2012 By Sgt. Justin J. Shemanski , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — A portion of the New River adjacent to Camp Lejeune was home to an afternoon of raft operations hosted by the Marines of 8th Engineer Support Battalion’s Bridge Company, April 17.

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April 14, 2012

Family accepts Bronze Star for fallen Marine

Texan awarded medal posthumously at Ellington Field

By Lindsay Wise
Updated 10:00 p.m., Saturday, April 14, 2012

Rows of Marines snapped to attention at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base Saturday afternoon to honor the bravery of a 26-year-old staff sergeant from Arlington who lost his life in Afghanistan last year.

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April 11, 2012

Morocco trip a boon for Reserve Marines

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Apr 11, 2012 6:11:14 EDT

Marine reservists have taken the lead in Morocco for African Lion, a 10-day joint exercise that partners Moroccan military forces with their American counterparts.

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April 1, 2012

Drawdown could mean change for some reservists

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Apr 1, 2012 10:57:57 EDT

The looming drawdown in Afghanistan spells uncertainty for reservists on active duty. Their deployments will become increasingly unpredictable, and they could find themselves with a new mission or unexpected demobilization orders, according to Marine administrative message 146/12.

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March 25, 2012

Fort Worth-based 14th Marine Regiment to train with Moroccan military

By Chris Vaughn
cvaughn@star-telegram.com
Posted Sunday, Mar. 25, 2012

FORT WORTH -- The Fort Worth-based 14th Marine Regiment, on a steady diet of Iraq and Afghanistan deployments for eight years, is readying itself for yet another deployment to a Muslim country.

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March 24, 2012

Norway exercise preps Marines for cold combat

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Mar 24, 2012 9:45:12 EDT

A group of reservists recently trekked into the Arctic Circle to prepare for international conflict. Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines, out of Terre Haute, Ind., deployed to Norway for exercise Cold Response 2012.

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Reserve Marines come together, accomplish mission in Afghanistan

3/24/2012 By Sgt. John Jackson , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Of the more than 200 Marines that make up General Support Motor Transport Company, Marine Air-Ground Task Force Support Battalion 11.2, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), all but six are Reserve Component Marines.

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February 18, 2012

2012 Marine Corps trials prove to be a milestone in 1/23 Marine’s road to recovery

Story by Cpl. Lucas Vega | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 02.18.2012

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - At the archery range for the 2012 Marine Corps Trials, Lance Cpl. Christopher Crump straddles the firing line on a leg that once shattered, finds his natural respiratory pause with lungs that were once collapsed, sights in on his bow with an eye that was once dangling from its socket, and speaks and writes words that he could not temporarily say and scribe, due the tragic event of Aug. 16, 2011.

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February 9, 2012

Happily home

Marines are welcomed back after six months in Afghanistan

By Winston Ross
The Register-Guard
February 9, 2012

SPRINGFIELD — Twin fire engines sat on opposite sides of Pierce Parkway on Wednesday, their ladders outstretched, a giant American flag draped from a wire strung between them and flapping in the drizzle.

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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 7, 2012

Marines welcomed home from Afghanistan

73 members of Bridge Company Alpha

By Marc Thompson
Updated: Tuesday, 07 Feb 2012, 11:18 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 07 Feb 2012, 4:38 PM EST

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) - After being deployed for almost a year, 73 members of the Marine Corps Reserve returned to Battle Creek Tuesday afternoon.

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January 13, 2012

Wounded Marine Surprises Comrades As They Return Home From War

By BILL LEUKHARDT, wleukhardt@courant.com The Hartford Courant
12:24 a.m. EST, January 13, 2012
CHICOPEE, Mass.—

— The sight of a young man with a USMC tattoo on his right forearm, standing with the help of two canes next to a wheelchair, was the big treat Thursday night for a group of Connecticut-based Marines returning from Afghanistan.

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January 12, 2012

Marines to return early to Devens from Afghanistan

01/12/2012 4:30 PM
By Bryan Bender, Globe Staff

WASHINGTON -- About 550 Marines based at Fort Devens will be returning three months early from Afghanistan tonight as part of the gradual drawdown of American forces.

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December 25, 2011

... And another day on the job in Afghanistan

By O’Ryan Johnson
Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas will be another work day for local U.S. Marines deployed in Afghanistan — driving supplies, standing watch or patrolling the deadly Helmund province that has been their home since May.

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December 23, 2011

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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December 15, 2011

Jupiter mother: Marine reservist killed in Afghanistan 'lived by faith'

By Cynthia Roldan
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Updated: 7:52 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, 2011
Posted: 6:13 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011

Two U.S. Marines knocked on Kathleen Bischoff's door in Jupiter Wednesday morning, there to inform her that her only son, Maj. Sam Griffith, had been shot and killed in Afghanistan.

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December 1, 2011

Marine Corps Reserves’ Dunkin’ Donuts Toys for Tots Train Hits the Rails for 2011 Run

Published: 12/01 2:08 pm

From Dunkin Donuts:

The Marine Corps Reserves’ Dunkin’ Donuts Toys for Tots Train, presented by Canadian Pacific Railway, will make its annual run across New York to deliver gifts to thousands of children in need. The train’s run is the result of a $25,000 contribution from Dunkin’ Donuts to the Toys for Tots Foundation.

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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 29, 2011

Pup adopted by Marines in Afghanistan dies

By RENÉE C. LEE, HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Published 07:21 p.m., Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A mutt rescued this summer in Afghanistan by a Houston-based Marine reserve platoon won't be reunited with his adoptive family as planned.

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November 26, 2011

New England’s Own delivers Thanksgiving dinner to Patrol Base Boldak

Story by Cpl. Katherine Keleher | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 11.26.2011

PATROL BASE BOLDAK, Afghanistan – In the barren desert of Helmand province, Marines with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, thought their Thanksgiving was going to be just another day. It was not.

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November 10, 2011

Toys for Tots launches as the holiday season approaches

Story by Lance Cpl. Marcin Platek | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 11.10.2011

NEW ORLEANS – As Halloween decorations come down, some stores start preparing for Christmas early. From sales to giveaways, Christmas fever is spreading. For the Marines it means something else: there are toys to be collected.

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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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October 25, 2011

Detection team sharpens skills, protects Marines from IED threat

Story by Lance Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 10.25.2011

CAMP DWYER, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Maintaining a Marine’s warfighting skills requires rigorous practice and steadfast dedication. Training doesn’t stop, not even in a combat zone.

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October 23, 2011

Life on Patrol Base Boldak: The routine of Weapons Co., 1st Bn., 25th Marines

Story by Cpl. Bryan Nygaard | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 10.23.2011

PATROL BASE BOLDAK, Afghanistan – A horde of flies swarms above Cpl. James Baker’s head. They repeatedly swoop down and buzz around his face. He quickly swats one away, only to swat another moments later.

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October 20, 2011

Marines bypassed on LRA mission in Africa

By Dan Lamothe and Tony Lombardo - Staff writers
Posted : Thursday Oct 20, 2011 11:18:49 EDT

A 130-man team of Force Reconnaissance Marines deploying to Africa this month will not be involved in a high-profile mission to advise Ugandan troops as they push to stamp out the violent Lord’s Resistance Army.

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October 18, 2011

Marines accompany Afghan district governor during meeting at Camp Leatherneck bazaar

10/18/2011 By Cpl. Bryan Nygaard , II MEF (FWD)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — On the northern end of Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, just outside of the perimeter, sits a shantytown by the name of “Soak City.” This hub of tents surrounding a gas station consists of several hundred Afghans who have moved there so they can sell various wares to Afghan contractors and civilians visiting Camp Leatherneck.

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October 15, 2011

On patrol with New England’s own

Story by Cpl. Bryan Nygaard | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 10.15.2011

PATROL BASE BOLDAK, Afghanistan – The sound of diesel engines fills the morning air at Patrol Base Boldak. Several Marines rush into a large metal storage container used to store food. They grab a handful of packaged muffins, Pop Tarts, energy drinks and bottles of Gatorade and stuff them into backpacks. They then throw on their body armor and climb into armored vehicles. In a few moments they will drive several miles to a nearby village. There, a long day of foot patrols through irrigated fields and dusty farmland awaits them, but for now – breakfast.

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OIA crowd greets Marines returning from war in Afghanistan

By Eloísa Ruano González, Orlando Sentinel
8:43 p.m. EDT, October 15, 2011

A hundred people gathered at the Orlando International Airport on Saturday to celebrate the safe return of seven U.S. Marine reservists returning from duty in Afghanistan.

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October 10, 2011

Reserve mission expands, despite the drawdown

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Oct 10, 2011 7:23:21 EDT

While the Marine Corps faces fiscal uncertainty and a drawdown looms for the active-duty force, the Reserve is poised to continue offering opportunity and adventure. And it’s actively seeking non-commissioned officers and junior officer in several career fields.

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October 6, 2011

Marine's death touched region, reminds all of military's sacrifice

By NEWS SENTINEL EDITORIAL BOARD
Posted October 6, 2011 at 4 a.m.

Frankie Watson could have been any young East Tennessean.

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October 4, 2011

Pup adopted by Marines bound for Houston ball

By RENÉE C. LEE, HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Published 07:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 4, 2011

An orphaned puppy turned Marine mascot soon will make his way from Afghanistan to the United States to be reunited with his platoon - just in time for the Marine Corps ball in November.

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October 1, 2011

Marine's widow eternally grateful for ring's return

Her husband didn’t return from Afghanistan, 
but his platoon made sure the symbol of their love did

By LINDSAY WISE, HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Updated 10:59 p.m., Saturday, October 1, 2011

Sgt. Jared Hammonds frantically scanned an Afghan poppy field, searching for a glint of silver in the soil.

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September 28, 2011

Marines to return Saturday

11:27 PM, Sep. 28, 2011
Written by
From Staff Reports

Local Marine reservists who deployed to Afghanistan late last year will return home Saturday, spokesmen for the local unit say.

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September 25, 2011

Family and friends remember Monroe County Marine killed in Afghanistan

21-year-old Lance Corporal Franklyn Watson, from Vonore, was killed in action in Afghanistan.

Posted: 6:14 PM Sep 25, 2011
Reporter: Kate Burgess

VONORE, Tenn. (WVLT)--A local Marine from Vonore is dead, killed in action in Afghanistan. Lance Corporal Franklyn "Frankie" Watson was with the 1/6 Alpha Company 2nd Marine Division sweeping for IED's when his unit was attacked. Watson was 21 years old.

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September 22, 2011

Coalition forces deny insurgency movement, money in Afghanistan

9/22/2011 By Cpl. Brian Adam Jones , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan —

Military experts have long-deemed limiting the enemy’s movement as vital to an effective campaign.

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September 19, 2011

Program aids wounded reserve Marines

9/19/2011 By Aquita Brown , Wounded Warrior Regiment

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va., (Sept 19, 2011) — Marine reservists who are combat wounded, injured stateside or fall ill while in a duty status can be assured that they will have someone on their side. Mark Brokaw, who works at the Wounded Warrior Regiment here, wants reserve Marines to know this. Brokaw works at the Regiment as the program manager for the Reserve Medical Entitlements Determination section. Unique to the Marine Corps, the Wounded Warrior Regiment has an RMED section that tracks and manages the non-medical and medical care of wounded, ill and injured reserve Marines.

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September 13, 2011

'New England’s Own’ arrives in Afghanistan, prepares for operations

9/13/2011 By Cpl. Bryan Nygaard , II MEF (FWD)
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province — During the first week of September, Marines with 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, a reserve infantry battalion based out of the New England area, conducted integration training aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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September 3, 2011

New center to train Marine motorcyclists

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Sep 3, 2011 9:56:22 EDT

Marine Forces Reserve has a new $1 million motorcycle safety training center in New Orleans, complete with a track, 12 motorcycles, and state-of-the-art simulators.

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August 31, 2011

More Active-Reserve billets open for Marines

Story by Lance Cpl. David Flynn | Marine Corps Recruiting Command | Date: 08.31.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. - With more and more Marines opting to remain in the Corps, the re-enlistment process is becoming increasingly competitive. Marine Corps Recruiting Command’s Active-Reserve Program offers Marines another chance to stay in and experience a side of the Corps that many don’t know exists.

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August 9, 2011

Lone Star Marines guide Afghan soldiers to new battlespace

Story by Cpl. Adam Leyendecker | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 08.09.2011

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Marines with the Houston-based 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, also known as the Lone Star Battalion, provided security and guidance to Afghan National Army soldiers traveling through Helmand province, Aug. 5

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August 7, 2011

Javelin Thrust 2011 comes to another successful close

Story by Lance Cpl. Frans Labranche | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 08.07.2011

NEW ORLEANS – Once a year, Reserve Marines from across the country are sent to America’s deserts and mountains to train and remain ever-ready for deployment to the barren lands of countries overseas.

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August 4, 2011

Latin roots help ‘Carlos’ Company Marines succeed in Helmand

Story by Cpl. Adam Leyendecker | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 08.04.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Through the course of the recent Iraq wars, and now in Afghanistan, Company C, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, has literally grown up together, using their experiences from back home to unite and strengthen them on the battlefield.

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August 3, 2011

In the ‘DIRT’: Reserve Marine’s ‘extreme humanitarianism’ takes him around the world

Story by Sgt. Tyler Hlavac | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 08.03.2011

NEW ORLEANS – When a humanitarian crisis occurs overseas, many Americans contribute to disaster relief by writing a check. Cpl. Adam Marlatt contributes by strapping a pack on his back, gathering his team and plunging headfirst into the disaster zone.

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July 30, 2011

Texas battalion’s good neighbor policy helps keep Helmand base secure

Story by Staff Sgt. Jeremy Ross | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 07.30.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Marines and sailors with the Houston-based Lone Star Battalion, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, have been conducting security and counterinsurgency operations in the vicinity of the Camp Leatherneck-Camp Bastion complex since deploying to Afghanistan in January.

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July 27, 2011

Where the Marines and the antelope play: Marines share South African training area with herds of blesbok, springbok

Story by Cpl. Jad Sleiman | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 07.27.2011

GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa - Just about every night around dusk, two opponents meet in the open fog.

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Marines adapt for the future in Javelin Thrust exercise

July 27, 2011

The future of the Marine Corps may be playing out in the mountains of Bridgeport, Calif., and the flatlands of nearby Hawthorne, Nev.

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July 26, 2011

Jo’burg born Marine returns to South Africa for exercise

Story by Cpl. Jad Sleiman | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 07.26.2011

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa - There’s the English spoken in South Africa, and then there’s the English spoken in Southern California.

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July 24, 2011

Marines of 3/23 navigate mountainous terrain during Operation Javelin Thrust

7/24/2011 By Cpl. Andrew Thorburn , Marine Forces Reserve

MARINE CORPS MOUNTAIN WARFARE TRAINING CENTER BRIDGEPORT, Calif. — With today’s technology, most people can flip out a cell phone and find their position in a minute, but when the batteries die, Marines pull out the compasses and paper maps to complete their missions.

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July 21, 2011

After tour, Reservists' mental health may suffer

By Amy Norton
NEW YORK | Thu Jul 21, 2011 4:03pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Reservists returning from Iraq or Afghanistan may have more trouble adjusting to life at home than full-time soldiers do -- and that can take a toll on their mental well-being, a UK study finds.

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July 16, 2011

Lone Star Battalion probes for enemy during Operation Frank Jr.

Story by Cpl. Adam Leyendecker | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 07.16.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Marines with the Houston-based Lone Star Battalion, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, Task Force Belleau Wood, pushed through south Habib Abad in Nad’ Ali District, Helmand province, and linked up with troops from Task Force Helmand during Operation Frank Jr., July 13

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July 15, 2011

Largest Marine Corps Reserve exercise of the year scheduled to commence

Courtesy Story | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 07.15.2011

NEW ORLEANS - More than 5,000 Marines from Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Corps active component units will participate in the largest Marine Corps Reserve exercise of the year at several locations throughout the Western United States July 17-31.

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July 8, 2011

3d CAG Marines awarded Bronze Star

Story by Sgt. Marcy Sanchez | I Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 07.08.2011

Two Marines with 3d Civil Affairs Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, received Bronze Stars during an awards ceremony, July 1.

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Marine puts Hollywood music career on hold to serve in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Katherine Keleher | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 07.08.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Whether Sgt. Sean Castaneda is recording an album in Hollywood, Calif., or providing imagery intelligence to troops on the ground in the desert of southern Afghanistan, serving his country while pursuing his music dreams are just another day.

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June 27, 2011

Marines move into new home in New Orleans

Story by Cpl. Nana Dannsaappiah | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 06.27.2011

NEW ORLEANS – Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North’s new 411,320 square-foot home on the west bank of the Mississippi River officially dedicated during a ribbon cutting ceremony here June 27.

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World War II to Afghanistan: Rocket scientist, third generation Marine serves in Helmand province

6/27/2011 By 1st Lt. Megan Greathouse , II MEF (FWD)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Every Marine has a story. For one Reservist currently serving in Helmand province the story is of a rocket scientist who answered the call to serve his country as a third generation Marine.

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June 22, 2011

Marine Duo Powers Up Area of Operations

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 06.22.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GERONIMO, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – The typical American may wake up, drink their coffee along with a small nutritious breakfast, and then head out the door to their nine to five job, with expectations of being home by six p.m. every evening. Life is much different for two Marines attached to the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment.

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Ballistic Underwear Make Their Way to Marines in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 06.22.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Once you get past the humor of “ballistic underwear,” the threat it helps mitigate is real and the protection is necessary.

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June 13, 2011

Tent liners bring cool relief

June 13th, 2011
by Gina Cavallaro

Patrol Base Boldak, Afghanistan – A casual conversation with an infantryman, who’s had a few deployments here and in Iraq, reveals a happy history of heat, cold and general discomfort along the lines of “I lived in my vehicle for seven months.”


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June 8, 2011

Marines say goodbyes before heading to the Middle East

11:05 PM, Jun. 8, 2011
Written by
Derek Redd

Members of Echo Company, Antiterrorism Battalion, 4th Marine Division sat with family and loved ones around tables outside the Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center on Roberts Avenue. The mood was quiet, with laughter sometimes breaking through the hot June air.

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BDAF Marines protect Leatherneck, declare 'Protect This House or Die Trying: Not on our Watch'

Story by Lance Cpl. Katherine M. Solano | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 06.08.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Thousands of people rely on the security parameters in place on Camp Leatherneck to keep them safe as they go about their daily business of running units, planning sustainment missions for Afghan communities, holding shuras with Afghan government figures and maintaining a sense of normalcy in a battle-ridden area of operation.

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June 6, 2011

Task Force Belleau Wood Marines Hone Shotgun Skills During Range Training

Story by Lance Cpl. Katherine M. Solano | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 06.06.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- Training does not stop just because Marines are forward deployed. It is the goal of many companies to continue to hone their Marines’ skills on various weapons systems in between operational commitments and offensive missions.

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May 23, 2011

Reserve leads growing Black Sea mission

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Monday May 23, 2011 8:30:23 EDT

Marine reservists are at the helm of what is the largest multinational training exercise in Europe — and it’s still growing, with future opportunities for half-year stints overseas.

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May 16, 2011

14th Marines arrive in Morocco, take lead of U.S. participation in Exercise African Lion 2011

5/16/2011 By Lance Cpl. Nana Dannsaappiah , Marine Forces Africa

AGADIR, Morocco — Marines of Headquarters Battery, 14th Marine Regiment, a reserve unit from Fort Worth, Texas, assumed command of American forces participating in Phase II of Exercise African Lion 2011 during a ceremony here May 15.

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May 12, 2011

Top Shot: What it takes to be among the best shooters in the Reserves

5/12/2011 By Lance Cpl. Nana Dannsaappiah , Marine Forces Reserve

PARK CITY, Ky. — For some Reserve Marines’ travel opportunities can be limited as they have to spend one weekend a month drilling at their local base. Additionally, their opportunities to practice marksmanship can be even more limited having to pack all their annual training into one weekend a month and two weeks a year.

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May 6, 2011

Marines get sendoff to Afghanistan - with video

Friday, May 6, 2011
By JAKE BERRY
Staff Writer

LONDONDERRY – Dozens of unopened presents line the rafters in the garage of Abbie Finn’s Hudson home.

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April 20, 2011

4th MAW in search of qualified flight instructors

Story by Lance Cpl. Nana Dannsaappiah | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 04.20.2011

NEW ORLEANS – The 4th MAW Marine Corps Reserve Flight Instructor Program Selection Board is aimed at employing the most qualified Reserve or active duty naval aviators and naval flight officers as flight instructors.

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April 18, 2011

Face of Defense: Marine Becomes Top Cook

By Marine Corps Cpl. Jad Sleiman
Marine Forces Reserve

NEW ORLEANS, April 18, 2011 – Marine Corps Sgt. Daniel Evans didn’t see himself working in a kitchen when he first became interested in the Marines, but food service specialist was the only job available.

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April 17, 2011

U.S. Marine Reserves leave Joliet for Afghanistan deployment

By Bob Okon bokon@stmedianetwork.com Apr 17, 2011 02:29AM

JOLIET — Forty-six Marines left Joliet on their way to Afghanistan on Friday knowing they had support back home.

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April 15, 2011

Amos touts Reserve law enforcement unit

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Apr 15, 2011 17:31:56 EDT

The Marine Corps plans to stand up specialty Reserve battalions including one dedicated to law enforcement, said Commandant Gen. Jim Amos during a speech Friday in downtown Washington.

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April 10, 2011

Grand Rapids Marine Reserve members, likely bound for Afghanistan, greeted with breakfast after training

Published: Sunday, April 10, 2011, 10:32 AM

GRAND RAPIDS - The local Marine Corps League organized a welcome-home breakfast this morning for some 150 Marine Reserve members of Grand Rapids-based Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines.

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April 8, 2011

4th MAW Marines and VMGR-452 recognized for outstanding achievement

4/8/2011 By Lance Cpl. Zach Altemus , Marine Forces Reserve

NEW ORLEANS — Two Marines and one squadron from 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Forces Reserve are scheduled to receive awards from the Marine Corps Aviation Association May 19-21 for outstanding achievements conducted during 2010.

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April 5, 2011

Marine comes home from Afghanistan, meets son for first time

5:38 AM, Apr. 5, 2011
Written by
L.B. Whyde
Advocate Reporter

NEWARK -- A Newark Marine has many reasons to be thankful for his homecoming after a first tour of duty in Afghanistan, but his return also meant getting to hold his son for the first time.

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March 28, 2011

Reserve Marines assist 1st MAW in support of Japan aid

Story by 2nd Lt. Lindsay Pirek | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 03.28.2011

NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan – Marines from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 234 (VMGR-234), Marine Aircraft Group 41, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Forces Reserve, the “Rangers,” assisted the Marines of III Marine Expeditionary Brigade Aviation Command Element in support of Operation Tomodachi here March 11-27.

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March 25, 2011

1/23 March Newsletter

3/25/2011
By 1/23 March Newsletter , 1st Battalion (1/23)

March 25, 2011 —
On March 2, 1836, men from around Texas gathered at Washington-on-the-Brazos to formally sever ties with Mexican dictator Santa Anna by signing Texas’ Declaration of Independence.

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March 23, 2011

Marine platoon returns from Afghanistan

Published : Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011, 6:31 PM EDT
* George Richert
* Posted by: Eli George

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Military families have waited a year for this day. Marines have just returned home to the Porter Avenue naval station from a long tour of duty in Afghanistan.

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March 19, 2011

3/25 hands over widespread authority to 1/23

Story by Cpl. Brian Gabriel Jr. | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 03.19.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – The Marines of 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment officially took over a wide variety of operations throughout Helmand province from 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment during a transfer of authority ceremony here, March 19.

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March 18, 2011

Civil Affairs Group looks to alternative power in Now Zad

Courtesy Story | ISAF Joint Command | Date: 03.18.2011

KABUL, Afghanistan – The civil affairs team, from 4th Civil Affairs Group attached to Regimental Combat Team 8, are investigating a way to produce green energy for the citizens of Now Zad District, Helmand province.

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March 16, 2011

War fighter by day, Ground fighter by night:Reserve Marine is Professional MMA fighter.

3/16/2011 By Lance Cpl. Fenton Reese, Marine Forces Reserve

CAMP BLANDING, Fla. — A common reference among Marines is they are “lean, mean war fighting machines.” So, it is appropriate that one Marine would take that a step further.

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March 14, 2011

Marines attend Dr. Seuss Day celebration at elementary school

Story by Pfc. Joseph Altemus | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 03.14.2011

Six Marines from Marine Forces Reserve Headquarters participated in the Dr. Seuss Day celebration at Sarah T. Reed Elementary School, March 2.

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March 10, 2011

Here Comes the Boom: Marines of 4th Tank Battalion pull, push, engage their way through four final qualification tables of .50-caliber machine gunnery

Story by Lance Cpl. Fenton Reese | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 03.10.2011

CAMP BLANDING, Fla. - Expended brass casings littered the ground giving an illusion that the dirt was paved gold.

Another day on the range had come to an end for the Marines of 4th Tank Battalion, Headquarters and Service Company, Detachment 4.

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March 7, 2011

Riot Games: Richcreek vs. Sylvain

Story by Cpl. Tyler Hlavac | Tradewinds 2011 | Date: 03.06.2011
Date Posted: 03.07.2011 11:50

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – When the rioters first hit the defender’s lines, there is a brief moment of disorder and confusion as dozens of screaming protestors throw bottles, kicks, punches and taunts at the defenders. The defenders step back, quickly reorganize their lines and begin to slowly move forward, pushing the aggressors back with shields, batons and oleoresin capsicum spray. The confrontation is loud, messy, aggressive, chaotic and over within minutes as the defenders snatch up the riot leader, bringing an end to the hostilities.

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March 4, 2011

Active Reserve program offers options for Marines

3/4/2011 By Lance Cpl. David Flynn , Marine Corps Recruiting Command

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — Some Marines discovered this year that they were unable to reenlist and retain their military occupational specialty. There is an option for Marines who want to stay in the Marine Corps besides changing their MOS. The Active Reserve (AR) program is looking for highly qualified active component Marines that want to reenlist and serve full-time.

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February 28, 2011

Houston's Lone Star Battalion heads to Afghanistan

Posted by Lindsay Wise with the Houston Chronicle
February 28, 2011 10:14 AM

Houston's 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment has begun the long journey to Afghanistan.

Last week, more than 800 Marines and Navy corpsmen who serve in 1/23 -- also known as 'The Lone Star Battalion' -- started to depart Camp Pendleton in California, where they've been training since November, and headed overseas on the first leg of their trip. They will spend seven months in Afghanistan.

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Police training in Zabul: The first six weeks

Story by Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson | Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul | Date: 02.28.2011

ZABUL PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Part 1: In-Processing

As the recruits stepped off the bus in Zabul province, five Afghan Uniform Police officers were there to great them.

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February 26, 2011

3/2 Civil Affairs rolls in heavy

Story by 2nd Lt. Timothy Irish | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 02.25.2011
Date Posted: 02.26.2011 04:02

NOW ZAD, Afghanistan - When a new unit rotates into Afghanistan much of the turnover of information can be placed neatly into a book for easy reading. However, personal relationships forged by time cannot simply be signed over. This is the challenge a new civil affairs unit faces.

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February 15, 2011

Remembering a hero

February 15, 2011 - By DAVE EMKE Special to the OBSERVER

JAMESTOWN - Aaron Swanson had a smile that could light up any room, brighten any day and bring joy to everyone he knew.

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February 11, 2011

Deployed Marines go hands-on with foreign weapons

Story by Sgt. Jeremy Ross | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 02.11.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Every Marine is expected to have at least a basic knowledge of the standard U.S. military arsenal, but after a hands-on session with foreign weapons at the Joint Security Academy Southwest, Feb. 11, about a dozen Marines from various units based here now know a little bit about AK-47 assault rifles, PKM machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, too.

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February 10, 2011

4th MAW Chili Cook-Off Heats Up

2/10/2011 By Lance Cpl. Fenton Reese , Marine Forces Reserve

NEW ORLEANS — An aroma of meats, sauces, spices and seasonings filled the air. With wide eyes and grumbling stomachs, Marines and civilians of the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing gathered here for the second annual 4th MAW Chili Cook-Off, Jan. 26.

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February 6, 2011

Marines, USAID offer alternatives to farmers in Marjah

Story by Cpl. Megan Sindelar | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 02.06.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MARJAH, Afghanistan – With the planned delivery of 70,000 saplings, Marines from team 1, detachment 3, 3rd Civil Affairs Group, are offering farmers around Marjah, Afghanistan, an alternative to growing illegal crops.

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February 5, 2011

Marjah CMOC making a difference in Afghan’s lives

Story by Cpl. Megan Sindelar | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 02.05.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Marines working at the Civil Military Operations Center in Marjah have improved Afghan lives during the few short months they have been in Afghanistan.

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February 3, 2011

Iwo Jima veteran visits Afghan-bound battalion

Courtesy Story | 1st Marine Division | Date: 02.03.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- In late 1944, based on casualty estimates and the inevitable need for replacement officers in the war against Japan, the U.S. Marine Corps convened a special Officer Candidates School at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Four hundred officers were trained, commissioned, and rushed to the Pacific Theater of Operations. Half would be sent to Iwo Jima in Feburary 1945, the remainder would serve on Okinawa beginning in April 1945.

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February 1, 2011

Bloodlines strong within 1/23

2/1/2011 By Cpl. Lucas Vega , Marine Forces Reserve

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Ten Marines with 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment were given the opportunity to shine in the spotlight when a CNN crew visited Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 25.

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January 27, 2011

Hispanic roots strong in 1/23

Story by Cpl. Lucas Vega | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 01.27.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - “Charlie” is the letter C in the proper military phonetic alphabet, and is used by all other units throughout the Marine Corps for Company C. But for years one unit has been commonly referred to as Carlos Company. This common Hispanic name has been unofficially adopted by Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment.

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January 19, 2011

Polishing perishable skills: 4th Force Recon Marines dive to train, increase proficiency

Story by Lance Cpl. Reece Lodder | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 01.19.2011

MARINE CORPS TRAINING AREA BELLOWS, WAIMANALO, Hawaii — The gentle whirr of F470 Combat Rubber Raiding Craft motors cuts through the wind as it moves across the unsettled waters off Oahu’s coast. Relentless rains have turned the water a murky gray, yet its emerald glow slowly reappears as the sun breaks through the clouds.

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January 11, 2011

1/23 prepares for Afghanistan deployment

Courtesy Story | 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.11.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines and sailors with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment took part in infantry immersion training Jan. 11-12, as the battalion continues preparations for an upcoming six-month deployment to Afghanistan.

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Marines' fitness means endurance on battlefield

Story by Cpl. Steven Posy | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar | Date: 01.11.2011

SAN DIEGO -- Approximately 50 runners from Marine Corps installations around the world raced on a five-mile course for the All-Marine Cross Country championship, held here, Jan. 8.

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January 10, 2011

1/23 trains to counter IED’s

Courtesy Story | 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.10.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Behind the screens of virtual simulators sit Marines equipped not with M4 semi-automatic rifles or M203 grenade launchers, but a video game controller, designed to train the Marines of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, on countering improvised explosive devices Jan. 10 at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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January 3, 2011

Faces and Places - Afghanistan

Monday, January 03, 2011

The pictures speak for themselves......

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January 1, 2011

Marines Marry At Times Square New Year's Eve

Updated: Saturday, 01 Jan 2011, 8:24 AM CST
Published : Saturday, 01 Jan 2011, 8:24 AM CST

(NewsCore) - Two US Marines exchanged wedding vows during Friday night's New Year's celebrations in the heart of New York's Times Square, as thousands of screaming revelers looked on.

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December 23, 2010

For Lima Company, Holidays Away From Home Are Bittersweet

Hardest-Hit Unit From Iraq War Deploys to Afghanistan, Leaving Families Behind Again

By CHRISTINE ROMO, TERI WHITCRAFT and JENNIFER METZ
Dec. 23, 2010

The Marines of Lima Company, a reserve unit from Columbus, Ohio, understand war is not just fought on the front lines. Their unit was the hardest hit in the Iraq War -- in 2005, they lost 23 men and over 40 were wounded. Now, five years later, Lima Company has been called to serve again, deploying this time to Helmand Province, Afghanistan -- a Taliban stronghold -- leaving their families behind.

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December 21, 2010

For the Families News Letter #2

12/21/2010
By 1stLt Jeffrey L. Williford ,
1st Battalion (1/23)
Camp Pendleton, Ca.
NEWSLETTER #2

For the second time since terrorists ruthlessly attacked our homeland on September 11, 2001, the Marines of 1st Battalion, 23d Marines have left behind their civilian jobs, their college textbooks, beloved family members to again answer the call of a grateful nation, and to stand up against those who would threaten democracy and our very way of life.

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I MEF receives ‘tons’ of mail during holiday season

Story by Sgt. Shawn Coolman | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 12.21.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Spending the holidays away from family is a routine occurrence for many service members, but during the holiday season, receiving a package from a loved one is a welcomed distraction.

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December 16, 2010

Frontline photos 12/16/2010

Sgt. Artur Shvartsberg / Marine Corps

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines and 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines evacuate an Afghan National Army soldier out of Forward Operating Base Jackson in Sangin, Afghanistan, on Dec. 6.

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December 15, 2010

Marine helps less fortunate in U.S., Afghanistan

Story by Sgt. Shawn Coolman | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 12.15.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Staff Sgt. Cary Anderson is a Marine who shows devotion to both the community and the Marine Corps, by his actions home and abroad.

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December 14, 2010

Love for a 'shelter dog' eases family's, fiancée's pain over dead Marine Sgt. Nicholas Aleman

Michael Daly
Tuesday, December 14th 2010, 4:00 AM

War is when 24-year-old Brooklyn Marine Sgt. Nicholas Aleman is killed in Afghanistan the same day his fiancée gets the flowers he sent for her 23rd birthday.

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December 11, 2010

Job gives marine more family time, less deployment risk

by Megan Eckstein @ The Frederick News-Post
December 11, 2010 - 8:10am

For Maj. Lawrence Lowman, taking command of the Marine company in Frederick was not only a good opportunity to advance his career but also a much-appreciated break from deployments to take care of his young family.

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December 9, 2010

HMH-462 gives 1/23 a lift

Courtesy Story | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar | Date: 12.09.2010

Faces in a squad of Marines seated in a CH-53E “Super Stallion” broke into smiles as the helicopter chopped through the sky. This was the first flight in a helicopter for many of the Texas-based reserve Marines onboard

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December 8, 2010

Family mourns death of Sgt. Nicholas Aleman, 24, a Brooklyn Marine killed in Afghanistan

BY Jake Pearson and Larry Mcshane
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Wednesday, December 8th 2010, 4:00 AM

A Brooklyn-born Marine sergeant was killed during combat operations in Afghanistan, leaving his devastated family to face Christmas without their beloved hero.

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Marine from B'klyn killed

By KATE SHEEHY
December 8, 2010

A young Marine who grew up in a military family in Brooklyn was killed by a suicide bomber — ambushed while sleeping in an encampment in Afghanistan, said US officials and the man’s stunned family yesterday.

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Peoria-based Marines returning from Afghanistan

By ANDY KRAVETZ (akravetz@pjstar.com)
Journal Star
Posted Dec 07, 2010 @ 11:09 PM
Last update Dec 08, 2010 @ 12:29 AM

PEORIA —

A handful of Peoria County-based U.S. Marine Corps reservists are expected to return home Wednesday after spending several months in Afghanistan.

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December 5, 2010

Infantry automatic rifle is Afghan-bound

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Dec 5, 2010 19:10:24 EST

Five units will soon deploy with the new M27 infantry automatic rifle, a 5.56mm weapon that may one day replace the M249 squad automatic weapon. A total of 458 rifles will be delivered by the gun’s maker, Heckler and Koch, and meted out to five battalions working up for deployments to Afghanistan.

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December 1, 2010

First Lady Welcomes Marine Families to White House

By Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2010 – First Lady Michelle Obama today welcomed Marine Corps families to the White House for an event that highlighted the Toys for Tots charity and allowed military children to make holiday crafts with the first lady.

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Marines, families prepare for deployment in Middletown

By LARRY HIGGS • STAFF WRITER • December 1, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — The sound of a lone bagpiper cut through the night along with the soft slapping sound of canvas duffle bags being loaded by Marines into a bus bound for Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

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November 30, 2010

Breathless: Marine medically discharged after lung collapses in boot camp returns to earn the title

11/30/2010 By Lance Cpl. Jad Sleiman , Marine Forces Reserve

NEW ORLEANS — Lance Cpl. Matt McGuiness’ lowest point wasn’t the day his left lung sprung a leak and deflated inside his chest as he waited outside a chow hall during recruit training. It wasn’t the day he watched his platoon graduate without him as he waited on an evaluation board that would eventually medically discharge him. It wasn’t the day he woke up screaming in agony and alone in a Virginia intensive care unit after his pain killers failed post-surgery.

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November 29, 2010

Marine doing 'something great' with her life

The Plumstead woman is part of a special unit serving in Afghanistan.

By: CHRISTINA KRISTOFIC
Bucks County Courier Times
November 29, 2010 02:07 AM

Most nights this year, Angela Pacheco has slept in her clothes and combat boots on a cot in a small plywood cabin or other makeshift shelter.

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Marine lauded for heroic act

Injured Friday while collecting for charity at Augusta Best Buy

By Susan McCord
Staff Writer
Monday, Nov. 29, 2010

A Marine stabbed while collecting Toys for Tots said he thought of all the people inside Best Buy on crowded Black Friday when he tried to intercept a fleeing shoplifter.

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November 27, 2010

Marine reservist stabbed while collecting toys

The Associated Press
Posted : Saturday Nov 27, 2010 8:53:07 EST

AUGUSTA, Ga. — A Marine reservist collecting toys for children was stabbed Friday when he helped stop a suspected shoplifter in eastern Georgia.

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November 23, 2010

Knox Marines welcomed home after seven months in Afghanistan

Delta Company thankful to be back in time for holidays

* By Matt Lakin
* Knoxville News Sentinel
* Posted November 23, 2010 at midnight

Maj. Nathan Opie held his month-old son Dominic for the first time Monday night.

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November 14, 2010

Embedded: Life outside of the wire

By Kelly Koopmans / KVAL News
Story Published: Nov 14, 2010 at 6:00 PM PST

EUGENE, Ore. -- It’s a rare moment, but when the battlefield goes quiet, Marines in Marjah, Afghanistan wonder when the enemy will strike.

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November 12, 2010

Embedded: 'I did the best I could to show you what is going on there'

By Kelly Koopmans KVAL News
Story Published: Nov 12, 2010 at 10:49 PM PST

EUGENE, Ore. -- When a mission ends and the sun sets, Marines 7,000 miles from the Unites States call Camp Marjah in Marjah, Afghanistan, home.

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November 10, 2010

Portal Helps Vets, Reserves, Guardsmen Land Jobs

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2010 – Just in time for Veterans Day, a new, state-of-the-art Web portal is being rolled out tomorrow to help veterans – as well as reserve-component members, their families and wounded warriors – land jobs with civilian employers who value their military experience.

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November 7, 2010

Hub Marine earns Bronze Star for Afghan work

By Natalie Sherman
Sunday, November 7, 2010

A Boston man who spent nine months leading Marines in building Afghan infantry units capable of standing up to the Taliban was awarded the Bronze Star on Friday as the Marine Corps celebrated its 235th birthday at Fort Devens.

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CP10 Marines, Sailors assess Hurricane Tomas impact

Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force

Story by Cpl. Daniel Negrete
Date: 11.07.2010

USS IWO JIMA, At Sea – On the morning of Nov. 6, Marines and sailors aboard the USS Iwo Jima flew over Haitian soil to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Tomas in support of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti and the government of Haiti.

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November 5, 2010

Area Marine Reserve unit saddling up

'Lone Star Battalion' to train first in California, then go to Afghanistan

By LINDSAY WISE
HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Nov. 5, 2010, 8:09AM

A Marine Reserve battalion headquartered in Houston has been mobilized for deployment to Afghanistan, Marine officials announced Thursday.

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November 4, 2010

Slain Marine remembered at memorial service

11/4/2010 By Lance Cpl. Lucas Vega , Marine Forces Reserve

MARINE FORCES RESERVE, New Orleans — Family, service members and fellow Marines gathered at the Belle Chasse chapel to pay respect to the late Sgt. Ryan Lekosky Nov. 3.

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November 3, 2010

Bossier City Marine reservists to leave next week

From Staff Reports • November 3, 2010

Monday will be bittersweet for members of Bravo Co., 1/23rd Marines, the reserve unit headquartered in Bossier City.

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November 2, 2010

Marine Sgt. stabbed to death after Marine Corps Ball, in NOLA

* November 2nd, 2010 9:23 am ET

Deployed for a year to Al Asad, Iraq, with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron-29, Sgt. Ryan Lekosky was murdered in the French Quarter of New Orleans early Sunday morning.

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November 1, 2010

Texas Marine dies defending his wife in French Quarter

He was fatally stabbed after a formal Marine Corps ball

By DANE SCHILLER
HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Nov. 1, 2010, 8:01PM

A Marine from Texas survived combat in Iraq only to be murdered in the French Quarter — stabbed to death even as he wore his dress-blue uniform complete with battle commendations pinned to his chest.

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October 27, 2010

Parents of LAPD officer killed by bomb had feared for his safety

As a Marine reservist disarming roadside bombs in Afghanistan, Joshua Cullins knew he had one of the most dangerous jobs on Earth. He died just two days before he was to be reassigned.

By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
October 27, 2010

He was only two days away from being reassigned to a base camp administrative job after spending six months in Afghanistan disarming roadside bombs.

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October 26, 2010

The Recipe for High Morale

Story by Lance Cpl. Lucas Vega | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 10.26.2010

FORT WORTH, Texas - Nine multi-tasking Marines scurry back and forth between food preparation tables and burners in the field mess kitchen. The stoves are filled to the brim with enough Creole chicken, rice and cornbread to feed nearly 150 Marines with Headquarters Battery, 14th Marine Regiment. Each food service Marine, assigned a different task, works against the clock to prepare enough food to satisfy the Marines’ hungry stomachs.

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October 25, 2010

Oregon Marines hit by IEDs in Taliban hotspot

By Cali Bagby for KVAL.com
Story Published: Oct 25, 2010 at 5:13 PM PDT

EN ROUTE TO COMBAT OUTPOST SHIR GHAZAY, Afghanistan - “Everyone make sure their helmets and seatbelts are on," says Cpt Ryan Bumgardner, 29, of Hood River, Ore., "and the doors are locked.”

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Program Fills Gap for Returning Guard, Reserve

By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2010 – Though the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program has eased the post-deployment process for thousands of Guard and Reserve members and their families over the past two years, officials are hoping thousands more take advantage of the Defense Department program in the coming months, the program’s executive director said.

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October 18, 2010

'More grunts are going home alive because of what you are doing'

By Cali Bagby for KVAL.com
Story Published: Oct 18, 2010

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - “It’s like 'Field of Dreams' - build it and they will come,” says LtCol Ted Adams to Oregon Marines as they sit on benches - and in the dirt - of Afghanistan.

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October 14, 2010

Kansas marines return from Afghanistan

October 14, 2010|By Rebecca Gannon | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

(WICHITA, Kan.) — Eight Marines deployed for seven months arrived in Kansas just after five Thursday evening.

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October 7, 2010

Lejeune-based Marine dies in Afghanistan

October 07, 2010 6:02 PM
DAILY NEWS STAFF

A Camp Lejeune-based Marine died this week in Afghanistan, according to the Defense Department.

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Duck fan in Afghanistan: 'Keep it up, Chip Kelly'

By Cali Bagby for KVAL.com with KVAL.com staff
Story Published: Oct 7, 2010

Multimedia reporter Cali Bagby caught up with the 2nd Squad, 1st Platoon of Alpha Company of the 6th Engineer Support Battalion based out of Springfield, Ore., in Afghanistan.

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Reserve US marines drill for frontlines of Afghanistan

By Michel Moutot
(AFP) – Oct. 7, 2010

RED BANK, New Jersey — On an open field in this suburb of New York City, scores of men in military fatigues are put through their combat paces, hurling fake grenades and dodging imaginary bullets.

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October 2, 2010

Fallen sailors and Marines honored at dedication of eagle statue memorial

By SCOTT CANON
The Kansas City Star
Posted on Sat, Oct. 02, 2010 10:15 PM

Through the songs and the speeches about fallen Marines and sailors, through a moment of silence filled by the sounds of flags snapping in the wind and fighter jets thundering overhead, Mary Donahue dabbed at her eyes with a tissue.

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September 30, 2010

VMU-4 casts Shadow over Yuma

9/30/2010 By Cpl. Austin Hazard , Marine Corps Air Station Yuma

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz. — The Corps’ newest unmanned aerial vehicle squadron debuted its capabilities with the maiden flight of one of its RQ-7B Shadow aircraft at the Barry M. Goldwater Range east of the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz., Sept. 29, 2010.

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September 28, 2010

MATTHEWS DEPLOYS TO AFGHANISTAN

September 28, 2010

COSHOCTON -- Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dennis R. Matthews, a 2004 graduate of Coshocton High School, Coshocton, alongside 800 fellow Marines attached to the 3rd Battalion 25th Marines(3/25), stationed in Moundsville, W.Va., recently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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September 26, 2010

Three Marines deployed

September 26, 2010

MOUNDSVILLE, W. Va. -- Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Hallman, Pfc. Adam C. Smith and Lance Cpl. Jonathan C. Walker are among 800 Marines attached to the 3rd Battalion 25th Marines stationed in Moundsville that have recently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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September 25, 2010

Judge honored for his 27 years in the Marines

Judge David Johnson took off his black robe Friday and for the last time in an official capacity donned one of the garments he has loved even more for the past 27 years — in this instance it was the green-and-khaki service uniform of a United States Marine.

By: Mark Stodghill , Duluth News Tribune
Published September 25 2010

Judge David Johnson took off his black robe Friday and for the last time in an official capacity donned one of the garments he has loved even more for the past 27 years — in this instance it was the green-and-khaki service uniform of a United States Marine.

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September 17, 2010

3rd LAAD transfers authority to 3/25

Regional Command Southwest
Story by Sgt. Shawn Coolman
Date09.16.2010
Date Posted:09.17.2010 04:27

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan— Third Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion turned over responsibilities to 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, in a transfer of authority ceremony here, Sept. 16.

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September 15, 2010

Emotions Run High During Marines' Homecoming

NORTH VERSAILLES (KDKA)
Sep 15, 2010 11:03 pm US/Eastern

The family of a Marine killed in combat traveled to the Pittsburgh area to be on hand when his company returned home.

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Marines focus on building new Afghan nation

By Gretel C. Kovach
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 7:17 p.m.

MARJAH, Afghanistan — Capt. Stan Lee patrols his corner of Helmand Province with a loaded rifle like every other Marine. But he has never had to use it. Here in one of the most combative areas of southern Afghanistan, Lee has another weapon — U.S. dollars.

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September 11, 2010

Combined Endeavor Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony

110th Public Affairs Detachment
Story by Sgt. Peter Ramaglia
Date 09.11.2010

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Members of the 6th Communication Battalion, a Marine Corps Reserve unit out of Brooklyn, N.Y., participating in Combined Endeavor, remembered, Sept. 11, with a ceremony at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Grafenwoehr, Germany today.

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August 23, 2010

Four Marines awarded Purple Heart for their sacrifice

8/23/2010
By Lance Cpl. Michelle S. Mattei,
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. —
Four Marines were added to the Purple Heart’s list of heroes injured during battles in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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August 21, 2010

Remote camp is Marines' key toehold in Afghanistan

Marines offer Afghans what the Taliban cannot, but security is top priority

By Gretel C. Kovach, UNION-TRIBUNE
Originally published August 21, 2010 at 6:23 p.m

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Dust billows from the roads of this military base at all hours, during sun-baked desert days and hot windy nights.

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August 16, 2010

Rocker's gift is music to Marines families' ears

by JOSHUA SUDOCK
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Published: Aug. 15, 2010
Updated: Aug. 16, 2010 1:09 a.m.

Motivated by a love for the men and women of the armed forces and a passion for rock n' roll, more than 100 people gathered at Tortilla Jo's restaurant in Anaheim Sunday to support the families of Sgt. Maj. Robert Cottle and Lance Cpl. Rick Centanni, two Yorba Linda Marines who lost their lives in Afghanistan earlier this year.

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August 15, 2010

Remembering the bravery of Selfridge's 22 Marines

BY NAOMI R. PATTON
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
Posted: Aug. 15, 2010

Twenty-two U.S. Marines from the 1st Battalion 24th Marine Reserve, based at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, who died during their seven-month tour in Iraq were honored Saturday with a granite memorial bearing their names dedicated in Canton's Heritage Park.


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August 14, 2010

Knoxville-based Marine killed in Afghanistan

A Knoxville-based Marine has died after being wounded in Afghanistan.

Reporter: Nick Bona
Email Address: nick.bona@wvlt-tv.com
Aug 14, 2010

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – A Knoxville-based Marine has died after being wounded in Afghanistan.

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August 12, 2010

New memorial honors fallen Marines

By Darrell Clem • OBSERVER STAFF WRITER • August 12, 2010

In a somber, patriotic tribute to fallen U.S. Marines who died in Fallujah, Iraq, a new memorial will be dedicated during a ceremony set for 3 p.m. Saturday at the Canton Veterans Memorial Wall in Heritage Park.

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Fallen Marine remembered as jokester, athlete, friend

Regimental Combat Team-7, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs
Date Posted:08.12.2010
Story by Staff Sgt. Luis Agostini

MARJAH, Afghanistan – A memorial service for Lance Cpl. Abram L. Howard was held at the Marjah District government center in Marjah, Afghanistan, Aug. 12.

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August 1, 2010

'Ajax' strikes chord with Marine veterans

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. • The reading of Sophocles' classic drama "Ajax" was polished and powerful.

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July 31, 2010

Marines get an extra 'thank you' with fishing trip

LOUDON - The striped fishing wasn't great in the waters just below Ft. Loudoun Dam.

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July 29, 2010

Reserve lance cpl. dies in Helmand province

Staff report
Posted : Thursday Jul 29, 2010 14:24:48 EDT

A reserve Marine died Tuesday in Helmand province, Afghanistan, the Defense Department has announced.

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July 28, 2010

Oct. 21 is deadline to apply for stop-loss pay

By William H. McMichael - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Jul 28, 2010 17:18:55 EDT

Time is running out for current and former troops involuntarily held on active duty beyond their service commitments to apply for retroactive $500 monthly payments.

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July 20, 2010

Arctic Construction: Marines build road for new village over Alaskan tundra

NELSON ISLAND, Alaska — Marines with 6th Engineer Support Battalion, Battle Creek, Mich., are spending their summer building a future for the isolated villagers of Newtok, Alaska.

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July 13, 2010

Life on Bourbon Street

USS NEW ORLEANS, At Sea - Naval traditions run deep in the Marine Corps. In fact, the 1775 resolution establishing the Continental Marines specifically directed recruiting efforts to focus on “good seamen, those acquainted with maritime affairs, and those who would be willing to serve at sea when requested”—those first recruits boarded the Alfred in Philadelphia to man the guns, protect the vessel and serve as infantrymen from the sea.

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July 7, 2010

Marine Reserves Kickoff Exercise in Peru

ANCON, Peru - The parade deck was an elaborate mixture of both ceremonial dress and battle dress uniforms. Desert tans and woodland green camouflage patterns were each as unique as the culture and country they came from: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and the United States. Although their backgrounds, culture and uniforms are different they all have one thing in common—they are Marines.

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July 4, 2010

Marine Forces Reserve ups bonuses to $15,000

By James K. Sanborn - jsanborn@militarytimes.com
Posted : Sunday Jul 4, 2010 11:21:13 EDT

Marine Forces Reserve is now offering $15,000 re-enlistment and affiliation bonuses for Marines in selected, in-demand fields who are willing to sign a three year contract with the Selected Marine Corps Reserve.

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July 1, 2010

Reserve Marine officer finds niche civil affairs

NEW ORLEANS — Second Lt. Christopher Banweg walked out of his staff platoon commander’s office in a state of shock in November 2000.

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June 28, 2010

Lima Company Memorial 'very powerful'

ZANESVILLE -- Look into Lance Cpl. Nicholas W. B. Bloem's eyes and you see trust.

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Reserve Engineer Hopes to ‘Spark Some Innovation’ Against IED Threat

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Waiting outside a conference room in the Regional Command Southwest headquarters building, Cpl. Paul A. Spies passes the time by glancing at the wall adorned with wood-framed pictures of fallen brethren, many of whom were killed by improvised explosive device blasts. A few moments later, Maj. Gen. Richard Mills, commander of RC (SW), walks into the conference room already full of unit commanders. Spies waits patiently for his name to be called.

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June 24, 2010

Lima Company memorial to go on display

Chillicothe Marine among those honored

ZANESVILLE -- The Lima Company Memorial, a powerful display of paintings honoring the fallen heroes of Lima Company, including one from Chillicothe, will be in Zanesville beginning on Friday. Twenty-two Marines and a Navy Corpsman from Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, lost their lives while serving in Iraq in 2005. Among them was Lance Cpl. Aaron Reed, of Chillicothe.

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June 21, 2010

Mountain Men: 1/25 Marines use Mountain Warfare Training Center to train for future Afghanistan deployment

MARINE CORPS MOUNTAIN WARFARE TRAINING CENTER, Calif. — In the mountains, the temperatures vary hourly, from hot to cold, depending on the time of day. The terrain can work against Marines; the thin air and peaks tire them and provide cover and concealment for the enemy. Communications can become spotty and they never know what is exactly waiting behind the next peak or hill.

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June 8, 2010

Tankers train tenaciously in Moroccan desert during AFRICAN LION 2010 combined exercise.

TAN TAN, Morocco — In close tandem with three others, the tank rocks back on its haunches as a massive ball of flame leaps from the barrel. A split second later, the tank lurches forward, settling, as a “BOOM!” reaches the ears of bystanders, the press of the concussion is felt, and a slow cloud of dust appears in the wake of the shell. Grins cover the sunburned faces of Marines from Fox Company, 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division.

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June 4, 2010

'You Can't Beat the View:' Reserve Gunner Helps Resupply Forward Troops

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – It was a bit of a bumpy ride for Cpl. Thomas Hornor when he sat atop the turret of his Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle during a nearly eight-hour combat logistics patrol across the unpredictable terrain of the scorching Afghanistan desert.

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June 1, 2010

Hercs move Marines to southern Morocco, prepare for 2nd phase of AFRICAN LION

KENITRA, Morocco —

Reserve Marine aircrews flying KC-130 Hercules aircraft moved about 300 Marines and sailors of Task Force African Lion from the coastal Moroccan city of Agadir to a training area several hundred miles south May 28.

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Marine reserves returning from Afghanistan

A group of South Bend area Marine reservists are coming home from Afghanistan this week. 44 members of Engineering Company 'B' will arrive at the South Bend airport Friday.

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May 27, 2010

Marine reservists return to the US

Frederick 's Marine reservists are back on American soil.

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May 18, 2010

Strike, stabilize, rebuild: Quantico Viper trains reserve Marines for deployment

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — Marines at Quantico rolled toward a foreign town on 7-ton trucks. As they approached the perimeter an improvised explosive device took out one of the vehicles and insurgents opened fire on the Marines. The Marines dismounted and stormed the town in fire teams. Methodically they broke in and controlled each building, until the town was secure.

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May 12, 2010

Hard Hit Marine Unit Deploys Again

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An Ohio Marine Reserve unit devastated by losses in Iraq in 2005 has left for its first large-scale deployment since returning from that ill-fated mission.

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May 11, 2010

Marshall County Marine reserves deploying to Afghanistan

May 11, 2010 · More than 100 Marines and U.S. Navy Reservists based in Moundsville will soon head to Afghanistan. Family, friends and community members gathered at the Marine Forces Reserve for a special send-off.

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May 10, 2010

Avon: Father finishes journey for Marine Reservist son

AVON -- A proud father of a recently-deployed Marine Reservist will stand in for his son in a unique way -- graduating from law school.

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May 9, 2010

Equipment offload kicks off Exercise African Lion ‘10

Under a blazing North African sun, U.S. Marines and Soldiers worked to offload 276 vehicles and pieces of equipment from the USS Arc in preparation for AFRICAN LION 2010 here. AFRICAN LION, a U.S. Africa Command-sponsored exercise which commences May 15, will include various types of military training to include a command post exercise, intelligence capacity building, a field training exercise with live-fire, peace operations training, aviation training, medical exchange training, as well as humanitarian civic assistance programs.

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May 7, 2010

Boston beach to be stormed by Marines

BOSTON —

The Marines are planning a full on assault at Carson Beach May 8.
They will be combining their combat elements from the air and on the ground when storming the South Boston waterfront, just to show the city how strong their force is when flexing their muscle.

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May 5, 2010

Volunteers bridge a generational gap

BOSTON —

The New England Center for Homeless Veterans received a helping hand as part of Marine Week Boston’s community outreach program this week.

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Marines paint mural, display Corps to Boston

Bostonians driving past Marines painting a mural showcasing the Corps’ proud values displayed their support by waving, honking and shouting motivation toward the Marines at an intersection in Hyde Park, May 5.

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Marines assist Habitat for Humanity’s mission in Boston

BOSTON —

If there’s one thing Marines are no stranger of, it’s a “working party.”

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May 3, 2010

Marines Say Goodbye To Deploy To Afghanistan

Tour Will Last 7 Months

Fifty Marines left Orlando for Afghanistan Monday morning.

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The Marines have landed … in Boston

BOSTON —

The Marines took to the land, skies to storm the city of Boston.

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Marines support reservoir cleanup during water emergency

BOSTON —

A ruptured water main in the city Saturday evening shutdown all drinking water in the Boston Metropolitan area, causing city officials to reactivate Chestnut Hill Reservoir as an emergency backup supply of water.

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April 28, 2010

Savannah-based Marines prepare for deployment to Afghanistan

Local Reservists brush up on rifle skills before leaving for seven months in Afghanistan

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. - Pop. Pop. Pop.

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April 26, 2010

Rain doesn’t hamper memorial run for Cherry Hill Marine

The day Jeremy Kane's friends and family laid him to rest in January was cold and snowy. On Sunday, when the weather was chilly and misty, they gathered once more to run two miles in his memory.

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April 22, 2010

Marine Corps Active Reserve program seeks applicants for upcoming board

The Marine Corps Active Reserve program is looking for qualified applicants for their upcoming officer accession board, which is scheduled to convene May 17.

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April 17, 2010

Marine’s running marathon to honor his fallen friend

Marine Maj. Gus Biggio will run 26.2 miles in Monday’s Boston Marathon with a friend.

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April 16, 2010

N.J. Marines Train Junior Leaders

The Marines of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, focused on the cornerstone of infantry leadership during a field exercise here, April 10.

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April 14, 2010

LAPD officer killed in Afghanistan is honored in somber memorial

SWAT Officer Robert J. Cottle was on Marine Reserve duty when he died March 24 in an explosion. He was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star in services at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

A somber procession on Tuesday morning snaked its way through downtown Los Angeles as thousands honored LAPD SWAT Officer Robert J. Cottle, who was killed March 24 in Afghanistan while on Marine Corps Reserve duty.

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April 13, 2010

Landing Force Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2010 Prepares for Embarkation

The last training week before the Landing Force, participating in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2010, will start its embarkation on ship and set sail to their first CARAT exercise, April 12-16.

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April 11, 2010

Augments Depart Iraq Early to Mentor Afghan Army

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Ten Afghan national soldiers, armed with M-16's, lie in the prone position shooting downrange while their company commander barked orders for muzzle awareness.

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April 10, 2010

Local Bazaar Stimulated by Marines

COMBAT OUTPOST CASTLE, Afghanistan- The U.S. dollar is a powerful ally in improving the local Afghan economy and the Marines quality of life.

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April 8, 2010

More than 145 Marines from LF CARAT-2010 aim for black

Since stepping on the yellow foot prints at recruit training, every Marine has formed a habit of firing rifles. It's ingrained in every Marine, no matter what military occupational specialty, that knowing basic combat marksmanship fundamentals is a requirement to be in the Corps – those fundamentals must be maintained.

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April 7, 2010

Marine Fights Fires and Terrorism

Deep in the sands of Afghanistan, a Marine reservist who is also a volunteer firefighter carries out the missions placed upon him.

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Military Working Dogs Aid Marines, Find Explosives

COMBAT OUTPOST CASTLE, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan -When used, military working dogs and their trainers are an immense asset to troops on the ground.

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April 1, 2010

Det. 2 Marine returns from war with Purple Heart Medal

On Christmas Day 2009, Lance Cpl. Ruben Wright awoke in a hospital bed in Afghanistan.

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March 29, 2010

MarForRes seeks select junior officers, NCOs

Slots expected to fill soon, though

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Mar 29, 2010 7:35:12 EDT

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — Marine Forces Reserve is in the midst of a major recruiting drive, targeting active-duty lieutenants, captains, sergeants and staff sergeants in select career fields and offering $5,000 bonuses to some who make at least a three-year commitment.

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March 26, 2010

LAPD officer serving in Afghanistan is killed by roadside bomb

SWAT team member Robert J. Cottle, a Marine Corps reservist, is the department's first member to die in post-9/11 combat. He previously had served two tours in Iraq.

The Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday mourned its first officer to be killed in combat in Afghanistan after a roadside bomb took the life of a highly regarded SWAT team member.

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Afghan Marksmen — Forget the Fables

he recent Marine operations in and near Marja brought into sharp relief a fact that contradicts much of what people think they know about the Afghan war. It is this: Forget the fables. The current ranks of Afghan fighters are crowded with poor marksmen.

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March 25, 2010

Pendleton E-9 killed in Afghanistan

The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday Mar 25, 2010 21:58:29 EDT

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles SWAT team officer, who was on active duty as a Marine, was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, police officials said Thursday.

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March 21, 2010

Newest Taliban tactic in Marjah: IED blasts

By Heidi Vogt - The Associated Press
Posted : Sunday Mar 21, 2010 8:43:10 EDT

MARJAH, Afghanistan — Explosions rumble through this former Taliban stronghold three or four times a day — an ominous sign that the insurgents have not given up despite losing control of this town to U.S. and Afghan forces about two weeks ago.

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March 20, 2010

Taliban adjust, wage bomb attacks in Afghan town

MARJAH, Afghanistan -- Explosions rumble through this former Taliban stronghold three or four times a day - an ominous sign that the insurgents have not given up despite losing control of this town to U.S. and Afghan forces about two weeks ago.

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March 19, 2010

An up close look at the military life in Marjah

-- EDITOR'S NOTE - Associated Press photographer David Guttenfelder was embedded with U.S. forces during the offensive in Marjah, Afghanistan. Here is his account of some of the photos he made of the soldiers' daily lives.

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MARJAH, Afghanistan (AP) - For months, the U.S. military had been openly saying it was getting ready to crush the Taliban in its last stronghold in Afghanistan's Helmand province - the world's opium bazaar.

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Marine patrols still meet snipers in Afghan town

MARJAH, Afghanistan -- The first shots came from the north, sending Marines ducking into the nearest ditch - some filled with putrid water. More shots rang out from the southwest: a possible ambush from two sides.

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March 17, 2010

Afghan poppy harvest is next challenge for U.S. Marines

MARJAH, Afghanistan -- U.S. Marine Sgt. Brad Vandehei stood on the edge of the small opium poppy field that serves as a central helicopter landing zone for the new military compound that's rising nearby.

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March 14, 2010

At Afghan outpost, Marines gone rogue or leading the fight against counterinsurgency?

DELARAM, AFGHANISTAN -- Home to a dozen truck stops and a few hundred family farms bounded by miles of foreboding desert, this hamlet in southwestern Afghanistan is far from a strategic priority for senior officers at the international military headquarters in Kabul. One calls Delaram, a day's drive from the nearest city, "the end of the Earth." Another deems the area "unrelated to our core mission" of defeating the Taliban by protecting Afghans in their cities and towns.

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March 12, 2010

Marjah push: Ups and downs are lessons for future

EDITOR'S NOTE: Alfred de Montesquiou, an Associated Press correspondent embedded with U.S. Marines in the battle for the Afghan town of Marjah, was able to observe some of the lessons of the fighting and hear from the officers in command how they are being absorbed.

MARJAH, Afghanistan (AP) — After a day spent pinned down in gunbattles or caught in a maze of roadside bombs, with little hope of air support and an erratic Afghan army to coax along, Lance Cpl. Travis Anderson reflected on the frustrations of the campaign U.S. forces were fighting.

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March 6, 2010

Afghan Drug Trade Complicates U.S. Task in Marjah

The impetus for the U.S.-led assault on Marjah began one moonless night last May when a squad of American and Afghan anti-narcotics agents, backed by U.S. Marines, slipped through the town's empty streets and raided the Lachoya opium bazaar.

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March 3, 2010

Even His Red Squeak Toy Can't Get First Sgt. Gunner, USMC, to Fight

Despite Rehab, the Yellow Lab Won't Sniff For Bombs in Combat; He's 'a Lover'

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan—When the Marines cry "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war, one remains in his kennel. Quivering.

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Taliban, not drugs, focus of US-Afghan offensive

MARJAH, Afghanistan — Even by Afghan standards, it was a startling find: An opium packaging workshop, buried under donkey dung and old hay in a stable that U.S. Marines turned into a patrol base in southern Afghanistan.

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March 2, 2010

McChrystal, others visit Marja, Afghanistan, as offensive enters governing phase

MARJA, AFGHANISTAN -- The initial phase of the military offensive in southern Afghanistan to wrest Marja from insurgent control has largely ended, but the more daunting task of building a credible government in the place of Taliban rule has just begun, according to senior U.S. and Afghan officials.

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McChrystal, others visit Marja, Afghanistan, as offensive enters governing phase

MARJA, AFGHANISTAN -- The initial phase of the military offensive in southern Afghanistan to wrest Marja from insurgent control has largely ended, but the more daunting task of building a credible government in the place of Taliban rule has just begun, according to senior U.S. and Afghan officials.

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March 1, 2010

Taliban Flees Marjah, Threat Remains For Marines

In southern Afghanistan, U.S. Marines and their Afghan counterparts are tightening their hold on the Taliban stronghold of Marjah. Each day, troops are uncovering weapons caches left behind by Taliban fighters who ran away or are hiding among the local population.

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Improvised Explosive Device Detection Program for the Dogs

FORWARD OPERATING BASE CAFERETTA, Nimruz province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – As improvised explosive devices continue to be a threat in the region as the Taliban's weapon of choice, coalition forces continue to adapt their ways of dealing with them.

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Residents of Marjah wary of U.S. after Taliban ouster

MARJAH, Afghanistan -- One by one, the men of Marjah tentatively approached the high-ranking Afghan official with their complaints.

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MEB in Afghanistan grows to 15,000

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Mar 1, 2010 19:25:26 EST

The Marine Corps’ footprint in Afghanistan has expanded to include 15,000 Marines, the service’s top general said, and another battalion is expected to deploy soon.

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February 28, 2010

With Marja Largely Won, Marines Try to Win Trust

SEMITAY BAZAAR, Afghanistan — After the declaration this weekend that the battle for the Taliban enclave of Marja had been won, for the Marines standing behind sandbags and walking patrols, the more complicated work has begun. With it will be a test of the strategy selected by President Obama and the generals now running the Afghan war.

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Marines, Afghan troops to be stationed in Marjah

MARJAH, Afghanistan — More than 2,000 U.S. Marines and about 1,000 Afghan troops who stormed the Taliban town of Marjah as part of a major NATO offensive against a resurgent Taliban will stay for the next several months to help ensure insurgents don't return, Marine commanders said Sunday.

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February 27, 2010

Insurgents disappear as US, Afghan forces clear last areas of former Taliban stronghold Marjah

MARJAH, Afghanistan - Marines and Afghan troops who fought through the centre of Marjah linked up Saturday with American soldiers on the northern edge of the former Taliban stronghold, clearing the town's last major pocket of resistance.

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Normalcy takes root in Marjah after allied offensive

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Stars and Stripes online edition, Saturday, February 27, 2010

MARJAH, Afghanistan — Just a few dozen yards from the bullet-riddled government building, Marine Brig. Gen. Larry Nicholson found more proof Saturday that the battle for Marjah was over.

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US, Afghan forces clear last parts of Taliban area

MARJAH, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. and Afghan forces say they have cleared the last major pocket of resistance from the former Taliban stronghold of Marjah.

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February 25, 2010

Taking It to the Taliban

Two days before launching the most ambitious military campaign of the Obama Administration, General Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, convened a meeting in Kabul of 450 tribal elders and scholars from Helmand province. The general's objective: to build support for Operation Moshtarak, a massive offensive on the Taliban stronghold of Marjah. McChrystal ran through the military phase of the plan, which would involve 6,000 U.S. Marines and British soldiers and 4,500 Afghan troops and police. Then he described how these troops would protect the town while a "government in a box" — a corps of Afghan officials who had been training for this moment for months — would start administering the town. The elders all signed off on the plan, but not before one of them warned the American general, "You have to understand that if you don't do what you say, we'll all be killed."

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Chaplains help Marines cope with offensive in Afghanistan

WILMINGTON – Chaplains deployed to Afghanistan have provided support for Marines dealing with the loss of their own in recent battles. After two weeks of intense fighting in Afghanistan, an Afghan flag now flies over Marjah, a former Taliban stronghold.

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Afghan government claims Taliban stronghold

Flag-raising ceremony held as troops mop up last pockets of resistance

MARJAH, Afghanistan - The Afghan government took official control of the southern Taliban stronghold of Marjah on Thursday, installing an administrator and raising the national flag while U.S.-led troops worked to root out final pockets of militants.

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US-led troops inch close to victory in Afghan assault

MARJAH, Afghanistan : US-led troops were inching closer to declaring victory over a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan as a senior commander said Wednesday militant resistance had fallen dramatically.

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Afghans displaced by Marja offensive fret in a cold limbo

At least 24,000 people have fled since the assault on the Taliban began. Each passing day is a countdown to ruin for farm families.

Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan - In wind-whipped tents, makeshift shelters and overcrowded family compounds, Afghans who fled the battleground town of Marja are asking themselves and one another: When will it be safe to go home?

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February 24, 2010

Marines Clearing Last Taliban Pockets In Marjah

More than 100 Marines and their Afghan counterparts are pushing into a neighborhood they say is the last significant stronghold of insurgents.

Marines are starting a push to clear the last pockets of Taliban insurgents from Marjah.

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February 23, 2010

US offensive yet to persuade Afghans in key town

MARJAH, Afghanistan -- Bouwudin courteously greeted the Afghan and American officers who came to meet him, offering tea and eventually a meal as the meeting lingered on. No amount of invitations could get him to walk a few hundred yards to the Marines base.

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February 22, 2010

Taliban Resistance Strong In Southern Afghanistan

It's the second week of a major U.S.-led offensive in southern Afghanistan to expel the Taliban from a key stronghold in Helmand province.

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Battle for Marja not only militarily significant

A year ago, the mention of Marja, a speck on the map in southern Afghanistan, would have drawn befuddled stares in the Pentagon.

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US-led troops make 'steady progress' in Marjah

US-led forces fighting to clear a Taliban stronghold in south Afghanistan are making "steady progress", the most senior US military commander says.

Adm Mike Mullen said the operation in the town of Marjah in Helmand province was "messy... but that doesn't mean that it's not worth the cost".

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Progress in Marjah, But Civilian Trust Elusive

MARJAH, Afghanistan—Ten days into the fight for Marjah, U.S. and Afghan troops continue to seize ground, often battling the Taliban from one mud-walled compound to the next. But progress has been slower in winning over local civilians, many of whom are unsure which side will make life safer for their families.

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Reporter's diary: Inside Operation Moshtarak

For more than a week, CNN International Correspondent Atia Abawi has been embedded with U.S. Marines who are working alongside Afghan soldiers to rout out Taliban forces from the southern Afghan province of Marjah. Abawi filed this inside look at Operation Moshtarak:

It's been over a week now since Operation Moshtarak began here in southern Afghanistan. The city of Marjah shakes with the sound of improvised explosive devices, most of them set off by controlled explosions. Between IED blasts, the air is filled with the sounds of whizzing bullets, booming mortars, clacking helicopters, and other noises of war that I can't even express in writing.

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February 21, 2010

Afghans Voice Their Fears Amid Marja Campaign

MARJA, Afghanistan — Since the American-led offensive into the last large Taliban enclave in Helmand Province began nine days ago, local Afghans have faced a dangerous and uncertain world.

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Marines target Taliban holdouts in Marjah

Fighter jets, drone and attack helicopters focus on part of city

MARJAH, Afghanistan - Outnumbered and outgunned, Taliban fighters are mounting a tougher fight than expected in Marjah, Afghan officials said Sunday, as U.S.-led forces converged on a pocket of militants in a western section of the town.

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Military sweep of Marja focuses on pocket of 'determined resistance'

Marines and Afghan troops fight to clear holdout insurgents from one corner of the city in southern Afghanistan. NATO says there is another casualty among Western troops, bringing the total to 13.

Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan, and Nawa, Afghanistan -- Backed by fighter jets and attack helicopters, U.S. Marines and Afghan troops closed in on an insurgent-ridden sector of Marja on Sunday, the ninth day of a coalition bid to wrest control of the southern Afghan town from the Taliban.

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Afghans frustrated in bid to remake Taliban-free towns

Nawa's district governor, upset by the unresponsive provincial government, pleads with residents not to become disenchanted and ally with insurgents.

Reporting from Nawa, Afghanistan — Haji Abdul Manaf, the district governor for this region of Helmand Province, was incensed.

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Marines Converge On Taliban Holdouts In Marjah

NATO Forces Face 'Determined Resistance'

MARJAH, Afghanistan -- Marines and Afghan units converged Sunday on a dangerous western quarter of the Taliban stronghold of Marjah, with NATO forces facing "determined resistance" as their assault on the southern town entered its second week.

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February 20, 2010

Taliban Resistance Stalls New Rule in Marjah

MARJAH, Afghanistan—The Taliban grenade that whizzed overhead was John Kael Weston's first indication that this town might not be ready for an influx of diplomats, agriculturalists and economic-development specialists.

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Marines Do Heavy Lifting as Afghan Army Lags in Battle

ARJA, Afghanistan — As American Marines and Afghan soldiers have fought their way into this Taliban stronghold, the performance of the Afghan troops has tested a core premise of the American military effort here: in the not-too-distant future, the security of this country can be turned over to indigenous forces created at the cost of American money and blood.

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Afghan police deployed in wake of NATO offensive

MARJAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghan police were deployed on Saturday in an area recaptured from the Taliban by U.S. Marines this week, in the early phase of a plan to put the country firmly under the control of Afghan authorities.

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In Marja, it's war the old-fashioned way

MARJA, AFGHANISTAN -- They had slogged through knee-deep mud carrying 100 pounds of gear, fingers glued to the triggers of their M-4 carbines, all the while on the lookout for insurgents. Now, after five near-sleepless nights, trying to avoid hypothermia in freezing temperatures, the grunts of the 1st Battalion of the 6th Marine Regiment finally had a moment to relax.

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February 19, 2010

Troops Face Pockets of Resistance in Marjah

MARJAH, Afghanistan—The Taliban grenade that whizzed overhead was John Kael Weston's first indication that this embattled town might not be ready for an influx of diplomats, agriculturalists and economic-development specialists.

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US Marines seize Taliban headquarters, IDs, photos

MARJAH, Afghanistan – After a fierce gunfight, U.S. Marines seized a strongly defended compound Friday that appears to have been a Taliban headquarters — complete with photos of fighters posing with their weapons, dozens of Taliban-issued ID cards and graduation diplomas from a training camp in Pakistan.

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Marines in Marja focus on sniper threat

Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan — Following the deadliest day yet for coalition forces seeking to drive the Taliban from the town of Marja in southern Afghanistan, U.S. Marines took aim Friday at the threat posed by insurgent snipers.

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In Afghanistan, Marines handling detainees by the book

The Marines have been ordered not to treat Afghans roughly. When making an arrest, they are instructed to ask their suspect to voluntarily go with them. Most do.

Reporting from Spin Ghar, Afghanistan - The three men were blindfolded, their hands bound in front of them with plastic flex cuffs, and each was in the firm grip of a Marine. Their loose-fitting clothes were faded and dusty, their thick beards beginning to show gray.

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February 18, 2010

Marines dropped behind Taliban lines; NATO now controls key roads in Marjah but progress slow

MARJAH, Afghanistan - Two U.S. helicopters dropped elite Marine recon teams behind Taliban lines before dawn Friday as the U.S.-led force stepped up operations to break resistance on the seventh day of fighting in the besieged militant stronghold of Marjah.

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Marines still looking over shoulder for Taliban

MARJAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - It's only been six days since NATO launched a major assault against the Taliban and some Afghans are already asking Marines when they can reopen their shops.

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February 17, 2010

Snipers Imperil U.S.-Led Forces in Afghan Offensive

MARJA, Afghanistan — In five days of fighting, the Taliban have shown a side not often seen in nearly a decade of American military action in Afghanistan: the use of snipers, both working alone and integrated into guerrilla-style ambushes.

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US forces move swiftly to take control of region north of Marjah

US Marines moving from the north of Marjah have joined up with US troops who were dropped into the area by helicopter four days ago, helping to increase their control over a crucial area known as the “Pork Chop”.

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Embattled Afghan Taliban rely on human shields

MARJAH, Afghanistan — Taliban fighters holding out in Marjah are increasingly using civilians as human shields, firing from compounds where U.S. and Afghan forces can clearly see women and children on rooftops or in windows, Afghan and U.S. troops said Wednesday.

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Marjah inroads slowed by new bombs

Lt Col Cal Worth, who commands one of two Marine battalions leading the offensive against Taliban fighters here, set off at 7am on Wednesday for the return journey to his battalion headquarters from a combat outpost less than four miles away.

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February 16, 2010

Marines link up in Afghan Taliban stronghold

MARJAH, Afghanistan – Marines moving by land from the north linked up Tuesday with U.S. units that have faced nearly constant Taliban attack in the four days since they were dropped by helicopter into this insurgent stronghold in southern Afghanistan.

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Site of Marjah Government Offices Seized

MARJAH, Afghanistan—U.S. Marines and Afghan soldiers seized the site of Marjah's government offices, setting the stage for Kabul to attempt to resume its authority in a town long run by the Taliban.

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Marines: Taliban resistance more disorganized

MARJAH, Afghanistan — U.S. and Afghan forces traded gunfire with insurgents shooting from haystacks in poppy fields in the Taliban stronghold of Marjah as they pressed ahead in NATO's assault on the militants' heartland in southern Afghanistan.

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February 15, 2010

Soldiers Keep Up Push in Taliban Stronghold

MARJA, Afghanistan — Ten minutes after walking out of the small outpost on Monday morning, the Marines of Company K were ambushed again.

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February 11, 2010

Taliban vow guerrilla warfare against NATO troops

KABUL — The Taliban vowed on Thursday to fight back with a "hit and run" guerrilla campaign against Western and Afghan forces preparing to storm one of their key strongholds in southern Afghanistan.

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February 10, 2010

U.S. Inches Closer to Major Afghan Assault

Marines Test Taliban Defenses Before Attack on Key Militant Stronghold

(CBS/ AP) U.S. Marines fired smoke rounds Wednesday and armored vehicles maneuvered close to Taliban positions to test insurgent defenses ahead of an anticipated attack on the biggest militant-controlled town in southern Afghanistan.

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February 8, 2010

Marines quietly wrap up ops in Iraq

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Feb 8, 2010 8:31:29 EST

By mid-February, Marines will be out of Iraq.

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February 4, 2010

Frederick Marine remembered for bravery

Family plans to bury Frederick High graduate at Arlington National Cemetery

Kristen Forse will always remember her brother's bravery — on and off the battlefield.

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February 3, 2010

Marines, Afghan army plan massive assault on Taliban

The attack will be aimed at Marja, the last community held by the militia in Helmand province.

Reporting from Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan - The U.S. Marines and Afghan army plan a massive assault on Taliban fighters in Marja, the last community under Taliban control in a sprawling, lawless region once dominated by the insurgency, a top Marine said Wednesday.

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January 27, 2010

Former UT student, Navy sailor died in combat

A U.S. Navy Sailor and former University of Texas student was killed in Afghanistan Saturday. According to the Department of Defense, Petty Officer Second Class Xin Qi, 25, died in combat.

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January 4, 2010

6 tons of illegal drugs seized in Afghanistan

Staff report
Posted : Monday Jan 4, 2010 17:02:04 EST

Marines and Afghan border police recently seized more than six tons of illegal drugs during operations in southern Afghanistan.

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January 3, 2010

Marines grope with complex Afghan drug woes

By Sebastion Abbot - The Associated Press
Posted : Sunday Jan 3, 2010 8:40:21 EST

KHAN NESHIN, Afghanistan — The arrival of Marines has disrupted the illegal drug trade in opium-rich Helmand province — and that’s not necessarily a good thing.

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December 21, 2009

Troops, Taliban race to build up governments

By Sebastian Abbot - The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Dec 21, 2009 13:55:15 EST

KHAN NESHIN, Afghanistan — The governor of this remote district in southern Afghanistan has employees he can't afford to pay, a school he struggles to staff with teachers, a clinic where doctors are scarce and a police force of mostly illiterate farmers.

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December 20, 2009

Last grunts in Iraq prepare to come home

By Trista Talton - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Dec 20, 2009 11:08:43 EST

The last Marine infantry battalion will leave Iraq in January, closing a long, complicated chapter in the Corps’ history as combat intensifies on another front in Afghanistan.

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December 17, 2009

From group to regiment, regiment to battalion: Marines continue to drawdown in Iraq

AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq — Combat Logistics Battalion 46 officially took over for Combat Logistics Regiment 27 (Forward) as the logistics combat element during a Transfer of Authority ceremony aboard Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Dec. 16.

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December 16, 2009

Stretched Marines largely ignore Afghan border

Surge troops will allow some to be stationed, but Taliban still may be able to move across freely

By Sebastian Abbot - The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Dec 16, 2009 8:07:18 EST

KHAN NESHIN, Afghanistan — Only a few hundred American troops are policing the southern border of one of Afghanistan’s major smuggling areas, leaving open a vast expanse of desert that the Taliban use to shuttle in weapons and fighters from Pakistan.

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December 7, 2009

Jobs, Not Taliban, Are The Worry In Afghan Town

The dusty bazaar in this remote town in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province was once teeming with Taliban fighters and drug smugglers who used it as a central transit point in their journeys to and from nearby Pakistan.

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November 23, 2009

Operation Blue Spoon underway aboard Al Asad

As the clouds and drizzle of the rainy winter season roll into Iraq, many Marines with Multi National Force - West are rolling out. The gradual drawdown of Marines aboard Al Asad Air Base has sparked the idea for Operation Blue Spoon.

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October 25, 2009

Marine reserves from Detrick heading to Afghanistan

About 145 Marine reserves from Fort Detrick are preparing to deploy to Helmand province in Afghanistan.

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October 14, 2009

Marines Spread Good Will With Vet Care

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Oct. 14, 2009 – Marines here have brought new meaning to the expression “goat rope” by helping local farmers with free veterinary care for their goats, sheep and cows.

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September 23, 2009

Marine readies for 4th Iraq tour

Sgt. Doug Osborn, 27, has already earned a Purple Heart
MUNCIE -- A Purple Heart recipient from Delaware County has volunteered to return to Iraq for his fourth deployment there.

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September 21, 2009

Funeral set in Anderson for Highway Patrol trooper

ANDERSON, SC — Law enforcement officials from across the state will be coming to Anderson on Wednesday to pay their respects to Lance Cpl. Jonathan S. Nash, a graduate of the city’s Oakwood Christian Academy.

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August 15, 2009

Journalist Joined Marines After 9/11

Marine Sgt. Bill Cahir, 40, a former Washington-based journalist and congressional staffer who joined the Marines after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, was killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 13, his unit and friends reported. He was an Alexandria resident.

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August 14, 2009

Bill Cahir, Express-Times reporter-turned-Marine sergeant, killed in Afghanistan

Former Express-Times correspondent and U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Bill Cahir has been killed in combat in Afghanistan, family and friends said Thursday.

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August 13, 2009

Bill Cahir, journalist, soldier, great American, killed in Afghanistan

Express-Times correspondent Bill Cahir wrote this front page account of his U.S. Marine boot camp experience that appeared in the newspaper July 4, 2004. Our valued co-worker, friend and journalist was killed in active duty in Afghanistan.

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July 24, 2009

Marines ready as they prepare for Afghanistan

CAMP WILLIAMS -- As the United States intensifies its military mission in Afghanistan, Utah Marines prepare to deploy. We caught up with Charlie Company at the crack of dawn as the Marines trained for their mission.

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May 9, 2009

Marines deploy to Iraq

KSDK -- Dozens of marines from across the Midwest, including the St. Louis area, have been called to duty.

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March 11, 2009

Coalition forces focus on helping victims of war

CAMP KOREAN VILLAGE, Iraq —
When Lt. Cmdr. Kobena Arthur arrived in Iraq for the first time in September 2008, he pledged to make an impact in the far reaches of the western Al Anbar desert.

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March 9, 2009

2/14 touts advanced artillery system

Staff report
Posted : Monday Mar 9, 2009 8:39:39 EDT

The reservists with Battery D, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marines, had been at Camp Barber only three weeks in February when they conducted a successful field test of their High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, a first for any Marine unit operating in Afghanistan and a sign of what’s in store for the insurgency there, officials said in a news release.

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March 7, 2009

Reserve chiefs: Our people deserve better retirement

By Tom Philpott, Special to Stars and Stripes
Pacific edition, Saturday, March 7, 2009

Reserve and National Guard members deserve a better retirement plan, one that pays an annuity earlier than age 60 at least for those willing to serve longer than 20 years, Reserve leaders have told Congress.

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February 16, 2009

Iraq-bound 2/23 has packed training schedule

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Feb 16, 2009 8:38:24 EST

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — When the Corps hands you lemons, a good CO won’t settle for lemonade — he’ll bake a lemon soufflé.

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February 4, 2009

Reservists help reconstruct a nation, one line at a time

CAMP KOREAN VILLAGE, Iraq —
For the past five months, the Marines of 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment have been conducting operations in the Iraq’s Rutbah district, which covers nearly 4,000 square miles of open desert terrain interspersed with towns, villages and nomadic-shepherd communities in Iraq’s western Al Anbar province.

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January 24, 2009

Reserve motor transportation Marines keep the mission rolling

CAMP KOREAN VILLAGE, Iraq —
When the Marines of 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 8 arrived at al Asad Air Base in western Iraq in early September, they were faced with an immediate challenge: transportation.

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January 17, 2009

IP, Marineshelp change perceptions in rural al-Anbar province

COMBAT OUTPOST AKASHAT, Iraq —
Local Iraqi Police teamed up with Marines and sailors from Company G, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 8, Jan. 14 to give students something to look forward to after finishing their annual standardized tests at Akashat Primary School.

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December 4, 2008

Iraqi children receive an education

RUTBAH, Iraq — A patrol of Reserve Marines, soldiers and sailors, led by Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, showed their support for local schools and introduced children to the role that women serve in the U.S. armed forces when visiting the Houran Primary School in Rutbah, Iraq, Dec. 2.

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November 29, 2008

Reserve Marines Host Distinguished Visitor

CAMP KOREAN VILLAGE, Iraq — Reserve Marines from 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5 based here received an honored guest at their remote desert outpost Nov. 26.

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November 24, 2008

War tour plays role in firehouse prank

By Joe Bush - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Nov 24, 2008 20:06:47 EST

At first, fellow Marines might have thought Staff Sgt. Daniel Stranahan was nuts for carrying a plaque with him into outhouses in the middle of Iraq — and photographing it.

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November 22, 2008

Reserve Commander Adapts and Overcomes

CAMP KOREAN VILLAGE, Iraq — When Lt. Col. Geoff Rollins took command of 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team in October 2006, he had a daunting task before him.

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November 17, 2008

3/25 memorial opens at Cincinnati museum

By Lisa Cornwell - The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Nov 17, 2008 9:28:33 EST

CINCINNATI — Three-year-old Christian Kreuter will see a life-size image of the father he never had the chance to know when he and his mother make their first visit to a memorial honoring 23 Ohio-based service members killed in Iraq.

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November 16, 2008

Marines Maintain Vigilance on Syrian Border

AL-ANBAR PROVINCE, Iraq — Reserve Marines from Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5 based here drove more than 200 miles Nov. 9 to conduct a security patrol and inspect construction of new Iraqi forts along the country’s border with Syria.

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November 10, 2008

Lima Company art moving to Cincinnati

The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Nov 10, 2008 13:23:01 EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Life-size paintings of 23 Marines and service members killed in Iraq are about to be taken down from display at the Statehouse after a five-month run.

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October 28, 2008

N.J. Marine receives Bronze Star

New Orleans — Capt. Joseph Lizarraga, Inspector/Instructor, Battery G, 3rd battalion, 14th Marines, and a Hamilton, N.J. native, was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service while on deployment in Iraq, at the reserve center in Trenton, N.J., Oct. 20.

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October 20, 2008

Reserve MP spices up life for Marines at remote outpost

COMBAT OUTPOST TREBIL, Iraq — When you step into the mess hall here, the first thing you notice is the smell of gourmet coffee. Next, you notice an orderly array of shelf-stable meals displayed in cubbies along the plywood walls, available to the post’s Marines 24-hours a day.

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October 17, 2008

Welcome Home 4th LAR

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — Marines from Delta Company, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, a reserve unit based at Camp Upshur here, reunited with their loved ones at a special homecoming reception at Barnett Field here Tuesday, October 14. The Marines deployed to western Al Anbar Province in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from March to October 2008 performing a mechanized security mission across more than 9,000 square miles, an area as large as South Carolina. They were mobilized and attached to 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion out of Camp Lejeune.

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Annual Toys for Tots Campaign Kicks Off

Toys"R"Us, Inc. today announced the launch of its "Make A Difference" campaign to support the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation's annual toy drive.

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September 29, 2008

4th Tanks Marine extends to deploy

AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq — Civilian life can wait. At least that was how Sgt. Jonathan J. Gray felt when he found out his unit needed him.

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September 25, 2008

Reserve Marines settle in at Korean Village

CAMP KOREAN VILLAGE, Iraq — Reserve Marines from 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, headquartered in Garden City, N.Y., arrived here in late September to support RCT-5’s security and stability mission in western al-Anbar province.

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August 28, 2008

Beyond the Call of Duty

How One Team Roping Marine Made A Difference

Cody Hill was like most late-teen roping bums you know. Coming off a 300-mother cow operation in Ada, Okla., he gravitated toward the arena and was a natural.

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August 21, 2008

Marine receives Silver Star

By Colby Sledge - The Nashville Tennessean
Posted : Thursday Aug 21, 2008 17:09:10 EDT

When Lance Cpl. William “Billy” D. Spencer saw his squad leader wounded in an Iraq shootout, he did the only thing he could do: He tried to save his commanding officer.

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August 19, 2008

Supporters break ground on home for West Michigan Marine

MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - Supporters of a local Marine paralyzed by a sniper's bullet in Iraq broke ground today on a new home for him in Middleville.

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August 18, 2008

Combat artists paint Reserve battalion’s portrait

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — There are hundreds of thousands of Marines spread across hundreds of occupational specialties, yet only two of them are combat artists, and they are both Reserve Marines

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August 15, 2008

Reserve Marines go on the assault

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Reserve Marines from Company F, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, braved the heat of the Mojave Desert while conducting the Deliberate Assault Course (DAC) Aug. 13-14, in a remote section of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center here.
Each of the battalion’s companies went through the DAC as an integral element of Mojave Viper, an intensive 30-day comprehensive assessment of combat readiness prior to overseas deployment.

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August 12, 2008

New Jersey Marines train in the high desert

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. -- Marine Reserve Staff Sgt. John Tacopino invaded Iraq in a Humvee with no doors.

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August 9, 2008

Brothers stick together through all

COMBAT OUTPOST AKASHAT, Iraq — It’s common for Marines to refer to each other as brothers-in-arms, but the esprit de corps might just be stronger between two Marines who are actually full-blooded brothers serving in the same unit.

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August 5, 2008

Marines target oil smuggling, protect citizens

UM AL WAZZ, Iraq – Western al-Anbar province was one of the most dangerous areas in Iraq in recent years, and Marine units operating there have encountered threats ranging from improvised explosive devices to small-arms firefights.

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Reserve Marines deal with the HEAT

Twentynine Palms, Calif. — Marines and Sailors from Headquarters and Service Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, had the opportunity to go through the Humvee Egress Assistance Trainer (HEAT) at Camp Wilson here on Aug. 4.

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August 1, 2008

Marine’s Arabic skills benefit operation

COMBAT OUTPOST AKASHAT, Iraq —
A Marine started several years ago to learn Arabic, a language spoken throughout the Middle East. Recognizing the value of the talent, he decided to put it to use helping his country.

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July 26, 2008

Marines relax with sports

COMBAT OUTPOST AKASHAT, Iraq —
The stresses of a constant operational tempo give Marines the need for something to balance out the tension. Some Marines have found a way to relax by participating in outdoor sporting activities.

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July 9, 2008

Akashat police take control

AKASHAT, Iraq — Another Iraqi Police station became an independent unit in Al Anbar province during a ceremony here July 9. During the ceremony, Marines with Delta Company, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd LAR Bn., Regimental Combat Team 5 passed responsibility of the city of Akashat to the IPs.

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July 6, 2008

Hollywood arrives at Akashat

CAMP KOREAN VILLAGE, Iraq — A company of Marines, in one of the most secluded combat outposts in Iraq, had an unusual visit by a special group of entertainers from Hollywood, Calif..

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June 25, 2008

Marines bridge the gap

New River sandbars offer good raft training

There's more than one way to cross a river.

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June 11, 2008

Marines Find, Destroy Enemy Weapons

HABBANIYAH — Marines of 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, and Company B, 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, have worked together day in and day out, searching for weapon caches and disabling the enemy’s number one threat; improvised explosive devices.

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June 6, 2008

4th CEB continues search for weapons caches

HABBANIYAH, Iraq — Marines of 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1 and Company B, 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, have worked together day in and day out, searching for weapons caches and disabling the enemies number one threat; improvised explosive devices.

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May 31, 2008

Marines adjust to an evolving Iraq

By Andrew Scutro - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday May 31, 2008 7:55:39 EDT

WESTERN IRAQ — This isn’t the combat mission these Marines expected.

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May 28, 2008

Hard, familiar words: Off to Iraq

Parting is no easier the 2nd time

The charter bus waiting to carry Staff Sgt. Darryl Anderson off to war idled nearby.

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May 26, 2008

Local Marines Pack-Up, Head Out On Memorial Day

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. -- It was tears, hugs and lots of “I love you” as 18 marines from Company K, 3d Battalion, said goodbye to their families in Moundsville, and prepared to head overseas.

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May 22, 2008

Monument to Marines dedicated at development

A luxury housing development in Wailea is the site of a newly dedicated monument honoring the 4th Division Marines who trained on Maui during World War II before shipping out to battles in the Pacific.

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May 19, 2008

Healing visions

Artist's portraits touch spirit of lost Marines of Ohio's Lima Company

COLUMBUS - There's a little-known stretch of heaven in Westerville.

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May 8, 2008

Wisconsin family remembers their fallen Marine

HABBANIYAH, Iraq (May 8, 2008) – Funny, outgoing, crazy, loving, full of life – those are just a few of the many words that describe the late Cpl. Richard “Ricky” J. Nelson, a 23-year-old rifleman from Kenosha, Wis., who was killed by an improvised explosive device in the al Anbar Province of Iraq, Apr. 14.

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Mass. Marine Reserve unit mobilized

The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday May 8, 2008 9:37:22 EDT

DEVENS, Mass. — A Massachusetts-based Marine Corps Reserve unit is being mobilized for eventual deployment to Iraq.

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April 30, 2008

Local tips lead Marines to weapons cache

HABBANIYAH, Iraq —
HABBANIYAH, Iraq — The war has changed. No longer are Marines kicking in doors and battling insurgents with continuous gunfire. Instead, they are walking through the war-torn streets of Iraq, the same streets that just a few short years ago were the sights of horrendous warfare, where Marines are now continuously greeted by hoards of children, with their parents or guardians watching, smiling from a distance.

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April 28, 2008

Thousands attend service for former MIA Maupin

By Howard Wilkinson and Cliff Radel - The Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted : Monday Apr 28, 2008 8:59:19 EDT

CINCINNATI — Yes, there were many tears Sunday afternoon as Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin was finally laid to rest. But they were not all tears of sorrow.

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March 28, 2008

Marines return to Atlanta after Iraq deployment

233 WENT, 233 RETURNED: Marines back from Iraq into open arms

This is how it should be, when warriors come home.

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March 25, 2008

Sea-based Marines deliver humanitarian supplies to Liberians

MONROVIA, Liberia — The streets were lined with hundreds of smiling faces and thumbs-up signs. Happy shouts of "Marines!" were directed towards a humanitarian assistance convoy of two seven-ton trucks and several humvees laden with thousands of dollars worth of hospital and school supplies making their way slowly through the city of Monrovia, Liberia.

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Hundreds greet wounded Marine

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich (WOOD) -- When word went out that Joshua Hoffman was coming home, his family asked the injured Marine corporal if he wanted a public homecoming.

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Paralyzed Marine Joshua Hoffman returns home to well-wishers

"Can I give you a kiss?"

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March 8, 2008

Marine deploys to Iraq, puts Ultimate Fighter dream on hold

HABBANIYAH, Iraq (March 8, 2008) -- Sacrifices are made when preparing to deploy. When a reserve battalion is activated, the Marines are required to put their entire lives on hold. Not only do they sacrifice being away from family, friends and jobs, some of them even put their dreams on hold.

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February 23, 2008

2/24 Patrols, Keeps Streets Safe

SAQLAWIYAH, Iraq (Feb. 23, 2008) -- Thanks to the Marines of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, the streets of Saqlawiyah continue to be a safer place to live.

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February 18, 2008

Marine reservists bring maturity to latest deployment

By Geoff Ziezulewicz, Stars and Stripes
European edition, Monday, February 18, 2008

CAMP HABBANIYAH, Iraq — What a difference a couple of years makes. That’s how long it’s been since the 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines, a Reserve unit out of Chicago, have been deployed to Iraq.

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February 14, 2008

Company E, 2/24 conducts Census Ops

SAQLAWIYAH, Iraq (Feb. 14, 2008) -- Getting to know the family living next door can sometimes be a challenge, but Marines of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, patrolled through the streets of Saqlawiyah Feb. 12, introducing themselves as the new ‘family’ next door.

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February 4, 2008

Corps commissions symphony for New Orleans

MARINE CORPS TIMES - (Feb. 4, 2008) -- Some of the most grizzled Marines have worried in recent years that the Corps was getting away from its “expeditionary roots.”

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February 1, 2008

Marines, Soldiers train IP for the future

HADITHA CITY, Iraq (Feb. 1, 2008) -- Marines with 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, and the Army’s 170th Military Police Company routinely work side-by-side to train the Iraqi Police in the Haditha area.

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Reserve LAR company celebrates activation with assault course training

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER, TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2008) -- A newly reactivated Marine Corps Reserve light armored reconnaissance company put their skills to the test Feb. 1.

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January 16, 2008

Company intel changes pace of operations

COMBAT OUPOST AKASHAT, Iraq – Intelligence specialists at the battalion level support a large area of operations, but some ground combat companies prefer to have “intel” elements at their level, especially when that unit is responsible for a large area itself.

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January 7, 2008

2 brothers also in band of brothers

Marine reservists glad to serve in same unit in Iraq

Brian and Mike Wiebe shared everything, from friends to a passion for football, while growing up in northwest suburban Rolling Meadows.

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January 4, 2008

Quantico reserve unit ships out to Iraq War MARINES >> 'Band of brothers' among those deploying

Marine reservist unit based at Quantico departs for eventual deployment to Iraq

Tom Patsos fought back tears yesterday as he gave some last-minute advice to his son, who was setting out on his first deployment.

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December 15, 2007

2/24 takes on Mojave Viper DAC

The Marines and sailors of 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, completed the Deliberate Assault Course at Combat Center Range 210 Dec. 5-7.

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December 9, 2007

A Marine's long road home; After an Iraq bomb left him in a coma with Traumatic Brain Injury, a Saginaw man struggles to be normal

BAY CITY -- A Purple Heart hangs on the wall over his pillow. Photos from Iraq are taped above the desk. A Marine Corps flag is pinned above the bed.

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November 17, 2007

A family affair-3/23 holds family day

NAVAL AIR STATION/JOINT RESERVE BASE NEW ORLEANS, La. — (Nov. 17, 2007) -- Family members of 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment’s deployed Marines and sailors came together here Saturday afternoon during a battalion family day.

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November 12, 2007

Campaigning From a Combat Zone

A Marine reservist seeks Dad's House seat.

While California Congressman Duncan L. Hunter, the ranking Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, is navigating the campaign trail in his long-shot bid for the White House, his son, Marine Capt. Duncan D. Hunter, is running to replace him in Congress with help from his dad's Beltway buddies. The younger Hunter, or Junior, as he is called by some friends and family, is waging this political struggle while serving his country 8,000 miles away in Afghanistan (he has also served in Iraq).

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September 29, 2007

Marines Going to Iraq

A group of about 60 local Marines head to Iraq for the second time.

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September 10, 2007

As bullets fly, Marine takes out a sketchpad; His mission is to deploy with various squads and create art depicting life in a war zone.

His orders are simple: "Go to war, do art."

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September 6, 2007

Pace Thanks World War II Marines for Setting Standard for Today’s Troops

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sept. 6, 2007 – Marine Gen. Peter Pace last night thanked veterans of the storied 4th Marine Division who fought in Iwo Jima and other major World War II battles for setting the example for today’s troops and demonstrating why they’ll never fail in combat.

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July 7, 2007

OKC Marine Reserve unit to leave for Iraq

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A large contingent of Marines from the Armed Forces Reserve Center will leave for Iraq next week for a seven-month tour of duty.

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July 3, 2007

Talisman Saber 2007 comes to a close

ROCKHAMPTON, Australia - Tens of thousands of U.S. and Australian forces concluded the largest joint war fighting exercise in the Pacific this year July 3 with successes all around.

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June 12, 2007

NMCRS Combat Casualty Program Meets Critical Need

From the time he was a young boy, Maj. James L. Browning Jr. wanted to fly. As a 12-year-old, Browning joined the Mississippi Wing Civil Air Patrol, a civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force. During his time as a Civilian Air Patrol cadet, he learned the importance of leadership, physical fitness, and a strong moral compass—all qualities that would serve him well as a Marine in the years to come.

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June 9, 2007

Task Force 24 reaches out to Chilean needy

CIFUNCHO, Chile (June 9, 2007) -- Building cooperation and support through humanitarian missions as well as training, Marines of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 24 joined Chilean counterparts in distributing donated items to the needy this week.

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Marines offload, train in Chilean desert

CIFUNCHO, Chile (June 9, 2007) -- Almost three weeks into their deployment, the Marines of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 24 are still discovering just how surprising, yet familiar, Chile’s landscape and climate can be.

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June 7, 2007

HARD TO SAY GOODBYE

It wasn't easy for Jon Thomas to let his son go to Iraq the first time, but the second time is devastating. "I cried," Thomas said. "He volunteered to do it, but I just hope he comes back OK."

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June 2, 2007

Plaza honors Marine, others killed in Iraq

From childhood, Brad Squires dreamed of being two things: a Marine and firefighter.

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May 28, 2007

Their words live on; Letters shine light on what Marines thought in final days

Memorial Day is the day we remember the men and women in uniform who died serving this country, from Saratoga and Bunker Hill to Haditha and Fallujah.

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May 25, 2007

Wounded warrior leads formation run to Ground Zero

NEW YORK (May 25, 2007) -- New York police and firefighters joined forces with the Marine Corps on Thursday for a two-mile motivational run through the lower east side of Manhattan led by a “wounded warrior.”

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May 20, 2007

Playground dedicated to fallen Marine

MILFORD — A few days before Aug. 25, 2006, Marine Cpl. Jordan Pierson could have transferred to a safer assignment in Iraq.

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May 16, 2007

Flag to return to Pearson school

WINSTED - An American flag will come full circle today.
Pearson Middle School students took a flag from a pole outside the school in October 2005 and gave it to 25th Marine group, 4th Marine Division in Plainville prior to their deployment to Iraq. The Marines returned from active duty, and they will now return the flag to the students.

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April 23, 2007

MICHIGAN'S BAND OF BROTHERS Soon, 1/24th Marines will be home; After 7 months in Iraq, they are back in the U.S.

TWENTYNINE PALMS, CALIF. -- Salutes, softball and a brass band -- the 1/24th Marine Reserves are back in America.

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April 22, 2007

Many local Marines return home

EWING -- As they neared the waiting crowds, subdued anticipation turned instantly to sheer joy. As they entered the airport, the screams were deafening.

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Marines welcomed home from Iraq

Lance Cpl. Brandon Morgan seemed a little disoriented Saturday afternoon as he stepped onto the lawn at his wife's grandmother's house in Red Bank.

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April 21, 2007

Reservists Return Home from Iraq

April 21, 2007 - This has been an extra special Saturday in Northeast Philadelphia. It was a jubilant homecoming for some 150 Marine reservists.

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April 11, 2007

Grand Rapids based Marines coming home

Grand Rapids - The Grand Rapids-based Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines, will be coming home soon. Sunday, the families of the 170 Grand Rapids marines prepared for the homecoming.

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March 20, 2007

Tri-Cities Marines coming home

Homecoming celebrations are in the works tonight for some Tri-Cities marines.

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South Bend-based Company B Marines back on U.S. soil

The Marines with South Bend-based Engineer Company B are back in the United States. They arrived in California just after 5 p.m. EDT on Tuesday. They're back from a seven-month deployment to Iraq.

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March 18, 2007

Local Marines Return from Duty


Just a few days before the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq, there's a happy homecoming for some hometown heroes

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March 16, 2007

Mobile-based Marines welcomed home

After seven months in Iraq, these Mobile-based troops were home.
Cheers erupted from the crowd of family and friends as the Marines got off the bus.

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Back Home

Mar 16, 2007 - Two local Marine reservists are home tonight... after a seven month deployment in Iraq.

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March 15, 2007

South Plains Marines Return Home From Iraq

Marine Reservists from West Texas and New Mexico returned home late Thursday night from a 7 month deployment in Iraq. Members of