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November 30, 2010

2nd MAW unit receives highest DOD maintenance award

11/30/2010 By Cpl. Rashaun X. James , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. — A 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing squadron took home one of the Department of Defense’s highest awards for maintenance performance, Nov. 17. Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40 received the 2010 Phoenix Award, part of the 2010 Secretary of Defense maintenance awards program, at the DOD’s maintenance symposium and exhibition in Tampa, Fla.

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Marines concerned about allowing gays to serve openly

Survey shows they are least supportive on ending ban

By Gretel C. Kovach
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8 p.m.

Semper fidelis. Always faithful.

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More Marine tanks arrive in Afghanistan

11/30/2010 By Staff Sgt. Jennifer Brofer , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Marine Corps M1A1 Abrams tanks continue to roll into Afghanistan and are being staged here for inspection before being assigned elsewhere in Helmand province as another tool in waging counterinsurgency operations.

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192 Marines Return From Afghanistan

Marines Were Deployed To Helmand Province For 7 Months

POSTED: 4:18 pm PST November 30, 2010
UPDATED: 7:24 pm PST November 30, 2010

SAN DIEGO -- About 190 Marines returned Tuesday morning from a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan.

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Chilling ‘night letters’ from Taliban intimidate Afghans

By Jon Rabiroff
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 30, 2010

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Afghanistan — The message addressed to the teacher and posted on the door of the new school was direct: “If you keep teaching here, you are going to die and we won’t be responsible for your death.”

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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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Assault Breacher Vehicle platoon clears the way

Story by Cpl. John McCall
Date: 11.28.10
Posted: 11.30.10
Location: Forward Operating Base Jackson, AF

FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan – For ammunition and supplies to be transported to Marines, the roads in Afghanistan need to be cleared of improvised explosive devices. With the assistance of the Marines of the Assault Breaching Vehicle platoon, safe travel on the roads is being made possible.

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Marines’ Instant Gunship Blasts Taliban, Pentagon Bureaucracy

* By David Axe Email Author
* November 30, 2010 |
* 11:41 am |

At first glance, the Marine Corps’ hottest new weapon looks just like a standard cargo plane. For the “Harvest Hawk” gunship, the external differences are subtle. A sensor pod jutting from one of the under-wing fuel tanks of the KC-130J aircraft. A rack under the left wing for four Hellfire missiles. A clutch of 10 smaller Griffin missiles fixed to the ramp. With these $10-million add-ons, plus extra training for the crew, any similar plane in the Marine Corps inventory becomes a cheaper version of the Air Force’s powerful, custom-made AC-130 gunship.

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Navy medics get pep talk from Medal of Honor recipient

By Corinne Reilly
The Virginian-Pilot
© November 30, 2010


The ambush happened on a wet afternoon in May 1968 in Vietnam's Quang Tri province. Navy medic Don Ballard was 22, one of the oldest in his company of Marines.

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Man offers to return Marine's personal items

November 30, 2010|By Joel Hood and David Elsner, TRIBUNE REPORTERS

Not since his days as a Marine in combat in Iraq has Matthew Winters Jr. felt a call of duty like the one he embarked on Tuesday, trying to recover the identification tags, medals and folded burial flag of his younger sister, who was the first U.S. servicewoman killed in the Afghanistan campaign.

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November 29, 2010

Troops exempt from fed pay freeze proposal

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Nov 29, 2010 13:57:22 EST

Uniformed military personnel are exempt from a proposed two-year freeze on government salary increases — for now.

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31st MEU returns to Okinawa

11/29/2010 By Cpl. Michael A. Bianco , 31st MEU

WHITE BEACH NAVAL FACILITY, OKINAWA, Japan — The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit returned to Okinawa Nov. 23 after a nearly three-month deployment of the Asia-Pacific region.

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Marine doing 'something great' with her life

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

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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‘Pappy' Boyington possessions donated to VMF-214 squadron

November 29, 2010 7:11 AM

When retired Air Force officer Greg Boyington Jr. decided to preserve some of his famous father's possessions, he said the choice of what to do with them was an easy one.

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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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Despite hitting 202K, Corps needs recruits

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Nov 29, 2010 5:41:20 EST

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — Recruiting Command is riding a high and meeting all major goals, but it faces obstacles in coming years, including potential budget cuts and projected increases in the number of recruits needed in future years, said the two-star officer overseeing the command.

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November 28, 2010

Gates Seeking to Contain Military Health Costs

Published: November 28, 2010

WASHINGTON — Francis Brady enjoys a six-figure salary and generous benefits at the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, but as a retired Marine lieutenant colonel he and his family remain on the military’s bountiful lifetime health insurance, Tricare, with fees of only $460 a year. He calls the benefit “phenomenal.”

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November 27, 2010

Marines recall chilling 'miracle' at Chosin Reservoir

By Jennifer Reeger
Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Chinese would come for them at night. They'd bang cymbals and blow horns. Then the Chinese soldiers would scream at them through loudspeakers from the dark.

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After decade of war, impact of combat stress becomes clearer

By Gretel C. Kovach • U-T,
Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 6 p.m.

A young soldier who returned from Iraq drives across the country to visit a buddy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The patient’s legs have been blown off by a rocket-propelled grenade.

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Grandparents play vital role for many families during wartime deployments

By Teri Weaver
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 27, 2010

TOKYO — The very first night Debbie Nichols tucked her granddaughter in bed after taking custody of her, Nichols got a glimpse of what was to come.

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Marine Corps to reassess how it prepares troops for life after war

By MARK WALKER - [email protected] North County Times - Californian | Posted: Saturday, November 27, 2010 9:00 pm

Each year, Dan Clouse oversees the about-face of nearly 7,000 Camp Pendleton Marines, trying to turn legions of men and women who've been at war for years into regular citizens ready to go to work in the civilian world.

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The Taliban Call a Time-Out

by Ron Moreau
November 27, 2010

For months, NEWSWEEK has reported emphatic denials by senior Afghan Taliban officials that they were engaged in secret peace talks with the government in Kabul. Those denials received further weight last week when The New York Times exposed a purported top-level Taliban negotiator as an impostor who made off with large sums of U.S. cash.

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Number of Afghans pursuing asylum spikes, hinting at loss of hope for peaceful homeland

By David Nakamura
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, November 27, 2010; 7:03 PM

KABUL -- The number of Afghans who are fleeing their country and seeking political asylum abroad has spiked dramatically during the past two years, a sign that people here are giving up the dream of a peaceful homeland to seek security and employment elsewhere.

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1/8 Marines celebrate, give thanks

Story by Lance Cpl. Joshua Hines | Regimental Combat Team-2, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 11.25.2010
Date Posted:11.27.2010 06:15

MUSA QAL’EH, Afghanistan – Marines and sailors with 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, gathered at a festively decorated chow hall to celebrate Thanksgiving with a traditional dinner, Nov. 25.

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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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Calif. universities target Marine veterans

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Nov 27, 2010 8:54:17 EST

Former Marines and those nearing their end of active service are eligible to apply for a reserved spot at one of 18 schools under the California State University system.

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November 26, 2010

Mystery WWII Marine is identified in photo

Man's daughter says she immediately recognized dad in image from 1944

By Jim Carney
Beacon Journal staff writer
Published on Friday, Nov 26, 2010

A mystery that was decades in the making ended with just one glance.

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Marines instruct ANA IED course

Story by Sgt. Jesse Stence | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 11.25.2010
Date Posted:11.26.2010 10:41

Afghan National Army soldiers from Garmsir, Helmand province, Afghanistan, completed a four-day improvised explosive device course at Camp Garmsir, here, Nov. 25

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Marine engineers leave 'long term impact' during Afghanistan deployment

Story by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Brofer | 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 11.25.2010
Date Posted:11.26.2010 08:17

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – The Marines of 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) transferred authority to the North Carolina-based 8th Engineer Support Battalion in a ceremony here, Nov. 25, officially marking the completion of their seven-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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ScanEagle keeps eyes in sky across Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Derek Carlson | 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs | Date: 11.26.2010

FORWARD OPERATING BASE EDINBURGH, Afghanistan - Edinburgh is a small forward operating base, which lies surrounded by mountains and conflict in the northern region of Helmand province.

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Deeds of Afghan, US partnership save Marines’ lives

Story by Cpl. Ned Johnson | Regimental Combat Team-2, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 11.26.2010

FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan – When bullets begin to impact all around, a split-second decision can make the difference between life and death for a fellow comrade. For some, what happens next will make them heroes.

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Corps expands use of fire-support trainers

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Nov 26, 2010 6:14:41 EST

The Corps is continuing to ramp up its use of hyper-realistic close-air support simulators used to train fire-support teams.

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US presence in Afghanistan as long as Soviet slog

Associated Press
Nov 26, 2:29 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Soviet Union couldn't win in Afghanistan, and now the United States is about to have something in common with that futile campaign: nine years, 50 days.

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Villagers claim deaths, complicating Afghan push

Associated Press
Nov 26, 1:27 PM EST

SANGIN, Afghanistan (AP) -- Locals in this southern Afghan valley have accused U.S. Marines of regularly killing civilians since they launched an aggressive campaign against the Taliban here over a month ago - claims the Marines say are untrue and fueled by insurgent propaganda.

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Combat engineers enhance security at Forward Operating

Photos by Cpl. John McCall
Date Taken: 11.18.2010
Date Posted: 11.26.2010
Photo ID:343564

Engineers with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), place razor wire along the outside of Hesco barriers to ensure security at Forward Operating Base Musa Qal’eh,

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November 25, 2010

Marines in Helmand Seek Out and Destroy 8 Talib

India Company Marines seek and destroy Taliban hold on Afghan locals

by Cpl. Ned Johnson
Thursday, November 25, 2010

FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan – Marines know that one of the most important things to Afghan locals is the security of their village, and sometimes providing them with that security means putting the mission of the Marine Corps rifle squad to use: “Locate, close with and destroy the enemy.”

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Thanksgiving with the Marines of 3/5

Photo by Ned Johnson
Date Taken:11.25.2010
Date Posted:11.25.2010 12:20
Photo ID:343450

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, pass through the chow line during Thanksgiving Dinner, Nov. 25.

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Marines try to make the most of Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

By Geoff Ziezulewicz
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 25, 2010

ADRASKAN NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER, Afghanistan — If he were back home Thursday, Marine Lance Cpl. Chad Berry would have eaten turkey and ham at the home of one of his sets of grandparents in Tennessee. If it was his father’s side of the family, they’d go deer hunting after dinner, then come home and eat some more.

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November 24, 2010

Three Marines, two IEDs and a lot of luck

By Jon Rabiroff
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 24, 2010

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Afghanistan — Cpl. Kenneth Bowles stepped on an IED late last month patrolling near a mosque.

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CLB-3 provides logistics support to coalition forces

11/24/2010 By Cpl. Paul D. Zellner , Marine Corps Bases Japan

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Marines and sailors from Motor Transport Company B (Reinforced), Combat Logistics Battalion 3, provided tactical logistics support to the Marines of 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force, during Operation Steel Dawn II Oct. 26 - Nov. 1.

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1st MAW reflects during unit hike

11/24/2010 By Cpl. Aaron Hostutler , Marine Corps Bases Japan

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, OKINAWA, Japan — "I estimate there to be 3,500 of us out here this morning," said Brig. Gen. William D. Beydler, commanding general, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. "3,430 Marines lost their lives taking this island. I want you to think about what it is to be a U.S. Marine. I want you to think about your obligation to one another, your obligation to your unit, your obligation to our Corps and our country. 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, attention! Commanders prepare your Marines and sailors for a march ... Follow me!"

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Artillery relocation training begins

11/24/2010 By Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP SENDAI, Japan — The Marine Corps has returned to the Ojojihara training area on mainland Japan for artillery relocation training Nov. 18 - Dec. 9.

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Marine honored with Bronze Star on Corps' birthday

11/24/2010 By Cpl. Kentavist P. Brackin , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan — Master Sgt. Blaine M. Jones, artillery man and fire support chief for 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, received the Bronze Star with combat distinguishing device, America's fourth-highest awarded combat decoration, for service during his deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Pakistan Flood Relief

Video by Gunnery Sgt. Bryce Piper
Date Taken:11.24.2010
Date Posted:11.24.2010 1:11PM
Video ID:101355
Size:11.2 MB

In response to severe flooding in Pakistan in the autumn of 2010, the United States responded with a massive humanitarian relief effort. As part of that effort, for two months, Marines with 15th and 26th Marine Expeditionary Units saved thousands of lives by using helicopters to deliver world food program supplies to stranded Pakistanis.

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Family and friends gather to pay final respects

Story by Lance Cpl. Jerrick J. Griffin | 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 11.24.2010

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Family members, friends and fellow Marines gathered to pay their final respects to a fallen explosive ordnance disposal technician, Nov. 23.

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Charismatic coach helps Marines shoot on target

Story by Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | Date: 11.24.2010

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - “Every Marine is a rifleman” is a well-known phrase throughout the Marine Corps and is demonstrated nearly every week on Cherry Point’s rifle range.

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Families thrilled by their Marines' return

Published: Nov. 23, 2010
Updated: Nov. 24, 2010 6:57 a.m.

CAMP PENDLETON – He heard her first cry over the telephone.

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'Final' Afghan election results announced

But quarrels over the outcome of the vote for parliament are likely to remain a chief feature of the country's political landscape in the weeks or months to come, further blurring a clouded picture.

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
November 24, 2010|2:29 p.m.

Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan —
Afghanistan's main electoral body Wednesday released what were billed as the final results of September's trouble-plagued parliamentary election. But as is so often the case here, "final" does not mean "finished."

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November 23, 2010

Pentagon offers grim status report on Afghanistan

The Taliban's foothold has grown and violence has reached new highs, it says, although some areas in the south have seen modest security gains.

By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
November 23, 2010|6:19 p.m.

Reporting from Washington —
The Taliban insurgency has spread to more of Afghanistan in recent months and violence has reached new highs, though there have been "slow and incremental" security gains in areas of the south where tens of thousands of additional U.S. troops have deployed, according to a Pentagon report released Tuesday.

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2nd Med. Bn. shares thanks before future deployments

11/23/2010 By Cpl. Bobbie A. Curtis , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — It’s safe to say that the Marine Corps and Navy family aboard Camp Lejeune is much larger than your average American family.

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81 Millimeter Mortars Platoon battles Taliban through counter insurgency

11.23.10, Story by Lance Cpl. Joshua Hines

MUSA QAL’EH, Afghanistan – Counter-insurgency is the weapon of choice for the Marines of 1st Lt. Robert E. Rain’s platoon, the 81 Millimeter Mortars Platoon, attached to Company B, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, who aim to provide security, support and friendship to the Afghan people.

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Mixing marriage and the Marine Corps

Story by Lance Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | Date: 11.23.2010

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - All Marines make an oath to defend the constitution of the United States, and several Marines also vow a commitment to marriage with devotion to their spouse – through thick and thin.

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2nd MAW (Fwd.) activates for Afghanistan

Story by Lance Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | Date: 11.23.2010

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) activated in a ceremony aboard Cherry Point Tuesday, Nov. 23.

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Food Service Company cookin’ up grub for competition

Story by Lance Cpl. Jerrick J. Griffin | 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 11.22.2010
Date Posted:11.23.2010 14:36

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – In the field with a makeshift chow hall set up, Marines with Food Service Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group, began cooking up their best dishes, Nov. 15, in preparation for an international food service competition against the Marine Corps’ top field mess chefs.

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Afghanistan Report Shows Security, Governance Gains

By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2010 – Progress across Afghanistan remains uneven, with modest gains in security, governance and development in key areas, according to a Defense Department report sent to Congress today.

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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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IED training helps Marines identify threats

Story by Sgt. Deanne Hurla | 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs | Date: 11.23.2010

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan – While driving down the dusty roads of Afghanistan, Marines watch out the windows of their vehicles. The lead driver halts the convoy and calls for a search team to dismount. A possible improvised explosive device has been spotted

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Amphib Peleliu returning to San Diego

By Gary Robbins
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 6 a.m.

UPDATE: The Navy hasn't announced a formal date for its return. But military officials say the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu is heading back to its homeport of San Diego, wrapping up a busy deployment that began in May. The ship, carrying the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Pendleton, is expected to reach San Diego Bay by the end of the year. Another amphibious warship, the USS Pearl Harbor, also is en route back to San Diego, the Navy says.

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November 22, 2010

Helmet face shield could reduce troop brain injuries

Findings of a study by MIT engineers might contribute to a future redesign.

By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
November 22, 2010|6:34 p.m.

The much-maligned combat helmet worn by U.S. soldiers and Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan sustained another blow Monday as engineers from MIT reported that the headgear, as currently designed, did little to protect troops from blast-related brain injury.

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Artillery Marines survive jungle with teamwork, determination

11/22/2010 By Lance Cpl. Dengrier M. Baez , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP GONSALVES, OKINAWA, Japan — An early October morning, rain pouring, Marines wait patiently under the protection of a steel-dome overhead. It's only for a short while; their final test in the thick of the jungle is about to begin.

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New water survival qualification streamlines training, enhances individual Marine

11/22/2010 By Lance Cpl. Christofer P. Baines , Headquarters Marine Corps

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — Effective now, the Marine Corps has implemented a new qualification system for combat water survival. The new system enhances safety, increases effectiveness and simplifies qualification requirements.

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Engineers with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), function check their weapons

Video by Cpl. John McCall | 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.22.2010

B-roll of Engineers with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), function check their weapons before a patrol at Forward Operating Base Musa Qal'eh, Afghanistan. Marines. Produced by Cpl. John McCall. Also available in High Definition.

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Marine general's son laid to rest at Arlington

Robert Kelly was killed by a concealed bomb in Afghanistan. His father asks that prayers be directed toward his son's platoon, still facing danger on the battleground.

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
November 22, 2010|5:10 p.m.

Reporting from Arlington, Va. —
Amid a military tradition honed by the agony of warfare, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Michael Kelly was honored and buried Monday at Arlington National Cemetery in the section reserved for those who have fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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CLR-35 Marine uses past experiences for future advantage

11/22/2010 By Lance Cpl. Abigail M. Wharton , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP KINSER, OKINAWA, Japan — "He's outgoing, understanding and patient with a good work ethic," says Cpl. John C. Waters, describing his friend Lance Cpl. Leland Sajdak. "He had a lot of experience before the Corps, and he's putting it to use here." Sajdak, native of Detroit and a telephone systems and personal computer intermediate repairman with legacy/multi-plexor section, Intermediate Maintenance Activity Platoon, Electronic Maintenance Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, enlisted in the Marines after graduating from a camp aimed to help troubled kids.

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Former Marine in line for the Medal of Honor

By William Cole
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 22, 2010

A former Hawaii Marine may be on his way to becoming just the second living service member since the Vietnam War to receive the Medal of Honor.

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November 21, 2010

3/5 PMT works hand-in-hand with AUP

Story by Cpl. Ned Johnson | Regimental Combat Team-2, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 11.21.2010

FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan – Newer police forces can benefit from training and discipline, but a good example is one of the best ways to learn

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Afghans losing patience in war

Associated Press
Nov 21, 12:21 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. and NATO forces will stay in Afghanistan for at least another four years, yet there are growing signs that the West has worn out its welcome.

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Camp Lejeune sees record growth

By Hope Hodge
The Daily News
Published: 09:30 PM, Sun Nov 21, 2010

JACKSONVILLE - In an all-time record infrastructure growth year, Camp Lejeune spent up to $2 million a day in 2010 on vertical construction projects, officials said.

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Marine Lance Cpl. James D. Boelk, 24, Oceanside; killed by bomb weeks into his first deployment

Growing up in a military family, he had traveled the world. He joined the Marines last year and had promised to finish college after his five-year enlistment.

By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
November 21, 2010

Lance Cpl. James D. Boelk grew up in a well-traveled military family. But his path to the Marine Corps was not a straight one.

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MARSOC hopefuls aided by new prep course

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Nov 21, 2010 9:27:55 EST

The Corps’ effort to groom Marines for tours as special operators continues to benefit from a new prep course that helps candidates achieve peak conditioning before going through Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command’s Assessment and Selection process.

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Proud of their Marine

LARRY HENDRICKS Assistant City Editor azdailysun.com | Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2010 5:20 am |

WILLIAMS — Family and friends remembered him as dedicated, bold, brave, unashamed and perpetually wearing a big smile.

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November 20, 2010

Obama: US role in Afghanistan unclear past 2014

By The Associated Press,
Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 10:01 a.m.

LISBON, Portugal — President Barack Obama says it's "hard to anticipate" the exact U.S. role in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

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31st MEU helps Hong Kong nursery school

11/20/2010 By 1st Lt. Caleb Eames , 31st MEU

HONG KONG, People’s Republic of China — Eighteen Marines and Sailors, from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit spent the day helping children at the Ma Tau Chung Nursery School in Hong Kong, Nov. 19.

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Saluting American Valor: Selfless courage at the moment of truth

By Andrew Lubin © Stephens Media LLC 2009 www.americanvalor.net
Saturday, November 20, 2010 10:33 PM CST

Capt. Jason Smith was frustrated. He could see where his stranded Marines were located by the smoke of their burning vehicle, yet the rescue convoy of Abrams tanks and Humvees wasn’t moving nearly fast enough.

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Marines, sailors train Afghan soldiers to operate independently

Story by Cpl. Daniel Woodall | 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 11.20.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – For the past two months, 20 Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 3, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), have been mentoring approximately 330 soldiers with the Afghan National Army.

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NATO endorses 2014 handover of Afghan security, OKs long-term partnership

By John Vandiver
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 20, 2010

LISBON, Portugal — NATO leaders formally agreed Saturday on a plan to end combat operations in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, and laid the groundwork for an “enduring partnership” with the Afghan government after the fighting stops.

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Obama, NATO discuss 2014 Afghanistan exit strategy

Nov 20, 2010

President Obama and NATO allies endorsed what they hope will be the beginning of the end of the Afghanistan war on Saturday, agreeing to start reducing troop levels next year and to hand over security of the Afghans themselves by 2014.

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November 19, 2010

US sending tanks to southern Afghan fight

Associated Press
Nov 19, 12:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ratcheting up U.S. combat power in Afghanistan, the Pentagon is sending Abrams tanks into the battle against insurgents at a time when the U.S. and European publics are anxious to see progress in the 9-year-old war.

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Kings of the Road, Jacks of all Trades: For Jump Platoon No Mission Is Too Small

Story by Sgt. Mark Fayloga | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 11.19.2010

NAWA, Afghansistan - The Jump Platoon, though the members of it would never say so themselves, is special.

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Jay Leno welcomes service member-only audience

Story by Lance Cpl. Andrew Thorburn | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 11.19.2010

BURBANK, Calif. – “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” showed their support for the nation’s warriors during a special Veteran’s Day show with a service member-only audience.

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Jane Wayne Day smash hit with Marine wives

Published: Friday, November 19, 2010 9:13 PM CST
Lance Cpl. M. C. Nerl
Combat Correspondent

Wives of 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Marines and sailors got a chance to walk in their husbands’ boots Wednesday when they geared up and participated in the unit’s Jane Wayne Day aboard the Combat Center and its training areas.

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Navy ‘Docs’, important part of warrior care

11/19/2010 By Cpl. Jose O. Nava , Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The hallways of the Branch Medical Clinic here bustle with bodies moving to-and-fro. Both recruits and Marines are treated every day by U.S. Navy hospital corpsman, or as most Marines refer to as, ‘Doc’, who work arduously behind the scenes.

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Company M recruits gain confidence before Crucible

11/19/2010 By Lance Cpl. Eric Quintinilla , Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. — A platoon of recruits line the metal walls of a small room. With their eyes squeezed shut, they hold their gas masks just above their faces to get a taste of the gas in the air. Some try to hold their breath while others start coughing, waiting for the command to put on and clear their masks.

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Company M recruit turns his life around

11/19/2010 By Lance Cpl. Eric Quintinilla , Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Looking to turn his life around, Pfc. Rushi K. Bhatt, Platoon 3261, Company M, 3rd Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, found himself in a Marine recruiting office. He knew that the Marine Corps would help put him back on the path he strayed from so long ago.

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Embedded Marines teaching Afghans to fend for themselves

Americans use a 'tough love' approach in training security forces to be less dependent

By Jon Rabiroff
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 19, 2010

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Afghanistan -- Here, it seems, you can lead a force to water but you can’t make it think.

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'Brute' by Robert Coram

Examining the life of Marine Lt. Gen. Victor H. 'Brute' Krulak, who was instrumental in shaping the modern Marine Corps.

By Tony Perry
Los Angeles Times
November 19, 2010

"Brute" examines the life and career of U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. Victor H. "Brute" Krulak, the complex and controversial officer whose role in shaping the modern Marine Corps was as large as his stature — 5-foot-4 — was short.

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Operation Feeding Freedom VIII brings a delicious taste of home to troops in Afghanistan

Story by Gunnery Sgt. William Price
Date Posted:11.19.2010 03:58

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - The Marines, sailors, soldiers and airmen of Regional Command Southwest recently got "a delicious taste of home" courtesy of Outback Steakhouse Inc. Restaurant Partners LLC, the parent company of Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, and Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine

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Marine Corps sending tanks to Helmand for the first time

By Mark Walker - [email protected] - North County Times - Californian | Posted: Friday, November 19, 2010 10:45 am |

Vowing to keep the pressure on the Taliban insurgency, the U.S. Marine Corps said Friday it is sending tanks to Afghanistan for the first time in the war, which is now in its 10th year.

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CLB-6 gets back to the basics with first post-deployment exercise

11/19/2010 By Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — In these times of cell phones, computers and other technological advances, the old way of doing things can become archaic, often foreign to new generations.

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Marines honor ancestors, ties to Navajo Code Talkers

11/19/2010 By By Sgt. Dean Davis , Regimental Combat Team 2

FOB DELARAM II, Afghanistan — Many triumphs and sacrifices distinguish the military service of the Navajo people. Perhaps most famous, is the story of the Navajo Code Talkers. During WWII these men ciphered thousands of battlefield messages in the Pacific theatre, saving countless lives and helping end the war. Few of these men are still here today to tell their account, but as Lance Cpl. Devin Bidtah, a Navajo Code Talker descendant explains, their legacy still thrives, and their story that inspired so many, will be honored.

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DOD Establishes Wounded Warrior Task Force

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release
November 19, 2010

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness announced today the names of 14 people who will serve on the Department of Defense Task Force for Care, Management, and Transition of Recovering Wounded, Ill, and Injured Members of the Armed Forces.

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Wounded warriors write winter wishlists

Story by Kristen Wong | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 11.19.2010

KANEOHE — All Lance Cpl. Joshua Kelly wants for Christmas is a cane.

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No room at the inn for too-young Bakersfield honeymooners

November 19, 2010 | 10:51 am

It was to be the perfect end to a perfect day. Hillary and Jason Martin had just gotten married. They arrived at Bakersfield's swank Padre Hotel -- the bride in her wedding dress, the groom in Marine Corps dress blues

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‘Purple Foxes’ hone their skills

11/19/2010 By Lance Cpl. Lisa M. Tourtelot , Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Flying over the dark blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, the CH-46 Sea Knight seems like a smooth ride; suddenly, the horizon disappears and the crew in the back are sucked into their seats as the aircraft performs a 180-degree turn nearly in place.

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November 18, 2010

Marines Unsure of New Rifle Plan

November 18, 2010
Military.com|by Christian Lowe

The general in charge of training and equipping Marines for the future fight said Nov. 16 that it is still unclear how infantry units will need to adjust to replace their light machine guns with the service's new automatic rifle.

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7th ESB takes the step to become Combat Hunters

Story by Lance Cpl. Jerrick J. Griffin | 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 11.18.2010

Marines with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group attended a five-day Combat Hunters Course here, Nov. 15-19.

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Language resources available to Cherry Point Marines

Story by Lance Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | Date: 11.18.2010

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. – Marines are stationed and deployed in “every clime and place,” so they have to be ready to encounter the civilian populace wherever they go.

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WWII Pararigger Visits Modern-day Parachute Shop: United States Marine Corps Women’s Reservist Recounts Her Days as a Pararigger During WWII

Story by Master Sgt. Beth Holliker | 180th Fighter Wing Ohio National Guard | Date: 11.17.2010
Date Posted:11.18.2010 13:38

SWANTON, Ohio - “Join the Marines to release a Marine to fight,” read the billboard down the street from where Marjorie Tredway worked as a secretary in 1943. Excited to show her patriotism, she joined the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve, two months after the Women’s Reserve was organized.

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Bridging the generation gap: Has the Corps really gone soft?

11/18/2010 By Cpl. Kristin E. Moreno , Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan — In all my time in the Marine Corps, as short a time as it may be, I can’t recall the number of times I’ve heard some older, higher-ranking Marines say the Marine Corps isn’t what it used to be. They say this new generation of Marines does nothing but complain, they’re too sensitive, don’t like being called devil dog and know nothing of hazing. While there may be some truth to this, has this new generation somehow managed to weaken the image and strength of our beloved Corps? Has our Corps really gone soft?

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Hundreds pay respects as fallen Marine returns home

Article updated: 11/18/2010 09:24 PM
By Deborah Donovan and Lee Filas

Lance Cpl. James Bray Stack came home Thursday to Arlington Heights, and the community honored the fallen Marine with American flags and tears.

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Defense Logistics Agency to Provide Holiday Meals for Troops

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release
November 18, 2010

Although thousands of miles from wherever they may call home, America’s military won’t miss the tastes and smells of a hearty Thanksgiving meal later this month. Preparations for providing 244,000 pounds of turkey, 8,600 cans of sweet potatoes and more than 38,000 pies began in the early spring. By now, dining facilities and other distribution points throughout Iraq and Afghanistan have received the food to be used in preparing Thanksgiving meals. In all, about 225 locations are serviced.

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Arlington Heights motorcade today for fallen Marine

By Lee Filas
Article updated: 11/18/2010 08:44 AM

A motorcade of police, honor guards and patriotic motorcycle groups will escort the remains of fallen Marine James Bray Stack through Arlington Heights this morning.

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November 17, 2010

Congressman calls for roadside bomb point man in Afghanistan

Rep. Duncan Hunter pushes Pentagon to put more effort on No. 1 killer of troops

By MARK WALKER - [email protected] North County Times - Californian |
Posted: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 6:22 pm |

The Pentagon is falling short in its efforts to combat roadside bombs in Afghanistan by failing to appoint a single authority to put resources where they're needed most, Rep. Duncan Hunter said Wednesday.

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Unveiling of Afghan plan will tout transition, not conclusion

By Dianna Cahn and Kevin Baron
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 17, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan — NATO leaders gathering for a summit in Portugal this weekend will announce plans for the gradual handover of Afghanistan to fledgling Afghan forces by 2014 and a partnership that will endure for far longer.

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Marines, Afghan soldiers launch clearing operation to inspire confidence

11/17/2010 By Cpl. Ned Johnson , Regimental Combat Team 2

SANGIN, Afghanistan — Marines are always prepared for a gun battle, but their capabilities are broader than “kill or be killed.”

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Marines, ANA play volleyball, strengthen relationships

Story by Cpl. Ned Johnson | Regimental Combat Team-2, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 11.17.2010

FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan – Marines and Afghan soldiers have fought many battles together in Sangin District, but today they faced off against each other in a different battle.

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US Marines want tribesmen to fight Taliban in deadly Afghan river valley

Associated Press
November 17, 2010|8:55 a.m.

SANGIN, Afghanistan (AP) — When members of the Alikozai tribe rose up against the Taliban in this critical insurgent stronghold, neither coalition forces nor the government in Kabul lifted a finger to help them.

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Marine engineers build outpost after clearing insurgents from town

11/17/2010 By Cpl. John McCall , 1st Marine Division

MUSA QAL'EH, Afghanistan — After an operation led by Afghan forces to eliminate the enemy threat in a local town, engineers with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), were sent to build a new guard post to maintain security in the area, Nov. 13-14.

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Made-for-TV Movie 'A Walk In My Shoes' Set to Air on Friday, December 3 on NBC

By Robert Seidman
– November 17, 2010
Posted in: Network TV Press Releases

“A Walk in My Shoes” Set to Air on Friday, December 3 at 8/7C on NBC

CINCINNATI (Nov. 17, 2010) – Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) and Walmart (NYSE:WMT) will premiere their third made-for-TV family movie, “A Walk in My Shoes,” starring Nancy Travis, Philip Winchester and Yara Martinez on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 at 8/7C on NBC.

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Marine wives could be newest reality TV stars

By Kurt Schauppner
The Desert Trail
Published: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 7:26 PM CST

TWENTYNINE PALMS — About 30 wives of Twentynine Palms based Marines are set to attend a meet and greet, a sort of informal audition, with producers hoping to create a reality show built around their lives at Bistro Twenty Nine here on Saturday, Nov. 20.

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Packed with care

Volunteers fill 900 bags with `comfort items' for Marines

By Phillip Zonkel, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/17/2010 09:55:33 PM PST
Updated: 11/17/2010 11:07:24 PM PST

CERRITOS - Chris and Mary Ann Tierheimer have adopted 900 Marines.

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U.S. appears ready to acknowledge a long haul in Afghanistan

As NATO leaders meet in Lisbon this weekend, the U.S. is expected to endorse a plan for slow withdrawal and gradually handing over security responsibility by 2014.

By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
November 17, 2010|7:34 p.m.

Reporting from Washington —
President Obama built his Afghanistan strategy around the bet that he could quickly turn around a "must win" war by narrowing his goals and sending more troops. This weekend he will make his clearest acknowledgment yet that doing so will actually take years.

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Dog That Befriended Marines In Afghanistan Has New Home Here

An 8-month old Afghan Wolfhound that befriended U.S. Marines in Afghanistan has a new home in Central Texas, thanks to a local couple whose son is also a Marine.

Reporter: By Lauren Westbrook
Email Address: [email protected]

LOTT (November 17, 2010)--An 8-month-old Afghan Wolfhound that was adopted by a group of Marines in Afghanistan has a new home in Central Texas.

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November 16, 2010

Hard-won progress seen in key Afghan battleground

16 Nov 2010 12:06:35 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Finbarr O'Reilly

KUNJAK, Afghanistan, Nov 16 (Reuters) - U.S. Marines were exchanging heavy fire with insurgents during a recent battle in the southern Afghan town of Nabuk when a woman and child suddenly appeared from a Taliban gunner's position.

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Camp Pendleton's Thundering Third returns

NATO plans for four more years at war in Afghanistan

By Gretel C. Kovach
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 7:25 p.m.

The families began to gather around the “Thundering Third” headquarters building after midnight, waiting in frigid darkness for the last wave of troops from Camp Pendleton’s 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment to return home from Afghanistan.

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ANA, Marines disrupt enemy, inspire confidence

Story by Cpl. Ned Johnson | Regimental Combat Team-2, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 11.16.2010

FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan – Marines are always prepared for a gun battle, but their capabilities are broader than “kill or be killed.”

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All-female teams support MEUs

FETs called important to culturally sensitive missions

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Nov 16, 2010 14:19:03 EST

Female Engagement Teams are earning an important spot on Marine Expeditionary Units, especially on deployments to regions where cultural sensitivities can preclude male Marines from interacting with local women. Several MEUs have now deployed with FETs including the 26th MEU which is operating in the 5th Fleet area of operations.

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Marines stay prepared on five areas of threats

Marine Corps general speaks at chamber's military affairs council gathering

Date published: 11/16/2010


Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Marine Corps has been preparing to meet evolving threats far beyond its traditional roles, Brig. Gen. John W. Bullard Jr. says.

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Marines honor fallen platoon commander

11/16/2010 By Sgt. Jesse Stence , Regimental Combat Team 1

PATROL BASE SHANFIELD, Afghanistan — The dust of Patrol Base Shanfield turned to gold as the sun started a long plunge toward the Marjah countryside. As the Marines came forward to pay their final respects, it peeked over hesco walls and snuck under the camouflage netting that covered the place where they knelt in honor of 1st Lt. James R. Zimmerman.

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Afghan Uniformed Police stand up commando unit

11/16/2010 By LCpl. Joshua Hines , Regimental Combat Team 2

MUSA QAL’EH, Afghanistan — There is a new force emerging in the Afghan Uniformed Police ready to take the fight to the enemy in a brand new way: The Musa Qal’eh Commando Police. This elite unit is trained to deal with high-priority targets and act as a quick-reaction force here in Musa Qal’eh.

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Taliban deploy human shields against U.S. Marines

Despite challenges, commanders boast progress in key Afghan province

By Finbarr O'Reilly
updated 11/16/2010 8:21:42 PM ET

KUNJAK, Afghanistan — U.S. Marines were exchanging heavy fire with insurgents during a recent battle in the southern Afghan town of Nabuk when a woman and child suddenly appeared from a Taliban gunner's position.

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Pentagon's internal threat review for all military branches released

* November 16th, 2010 6:18 am ET
Jim Kouri

The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps will update their policies and procedures to better assess internal security threat such as last year's shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, according to American Forces Press Service's Lisa Daniel.

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Marines to restrict spending on ground combat equipment as costs soar

By Roxana Tiron - 11/16/10 07:44 PM ET

The Marine Corps is seeking to restrict the money it spends on ground combat equipment because of ballooning costs over the last decade.

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Fallen Marine remembered as father and husband

By Deborah Donovan
Article updated: 11/16/2010 08:22 PM

After losing “an amazing father and amazing husband more than I could ever ask for," Katie Stack says her year-old daughter, Mikayla, is her whole life.

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Auto wrecking means saving Marine lives

Published: Nov. 16, 2010

At Ron Perugini's San Clemente Auto Wrecking yard, it isn't just about salvaging parts this week – it's about saving lives.

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Veterans’ Reflections: 'Learn Everything You Can'

By Ian Graham
Emerging Media, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2010 – When Frank “Irish” Healey was in Vietnam, he was a walking dead man. At least that’s what infamous Radio Hanoi broadcaster “Hanoi Hannah” said of Healey and his fellow Marines in the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines.

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November 15, 2010

Marine Corp Commandant Visits Beaufort

By Brittany Shane
Published: November 15, 2010

Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos made a stop at the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station, where he addressed the marines, toured their new rec center, and awarded outstanding soldiers. Amos was stationed in Beaufort for six years of his military career... and he and his wife got a chance to come back home.

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Perfect timing of donation puts Marine in driver’s seat

By Diane Bell
Monday, November 15, 2010 at 9:30 p.m.

Dennis Flores sat in his Camp Pendleton office wondering how he could help a 21-year-old Marine who was desperate for a car to travel to college classes off the base.

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MARSOC to purchase more powerful pistols

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Nov 15, 2010 6:03:20 EST

Operators with Marine Forces Special Operations Command could soon be packing .45-caliber semi-automatic pistols, rather than the standard 9mm pistols now used by most Marines.

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Camp Pendleton expands Infantry Immersion Trainer

Mixed reality simulator mimics chaos of war

By Gretel C. Kovach
Monday, November 15, 2010 at 2:16 p.m.

The Marine Corps plans to unveil a $30 million expansion of its Infantry Immersion Trainer at Camp Pendleton on Tuesday.

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U.S. Plan Envisions Path to Ending Afghan Combat

Published: November 14, 2010

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has developed a plan to begin transferring security duties in select areas of Afghanistan to that country’s forces over the next 18 to 24 months, with an eye toward ending the American combat mission there by 2014, officials said Sunday.

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Werewolves of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122 head to Afghanistan

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Published Monday, November 15, 2010

For the first time since Marine Corps combat operations in Iraq ended earlier this year, an F-18 Hornet squadron from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort is headed to a war zone.

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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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Marine pursues dream of flying

11/14/2010 By Lance Cpl. Tyler C. Vernaza , 31st MEU

USS DENVER (LPD9), AT SEA — A Marine with Company A, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is on the verge of making his dreams of becoming a pilot a reality.

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Communications Marines keep service members connected in Afghanistan

11/14/2010 By Lance Cpl. Kenneth Jasik , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Without the sophisticated communications systems necessary for messages to securely travel long distances, many Marines and sailors would simply be lost in the fog of war. These systems need to be assembled and maintained though, which is where communications Marines come in.

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Marine ceremony moves grieving Stack family

By Deborah Donovan
Article updated: 11/14/2010 08:08 AM

The family of Lance Cpl. James Bray Stack, a Marine from Arlington Heights, was deeply moved with the ceremony surrounding the return of his body from Afghanistan, his father, Robert Stack, said Saturd

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EOD Marine remembered for heart, selflessness and courage

Story by Cpl. Shannon McMillan | 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 11.13.2010
Date Posted:11.14.2010 09:50

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan –Coalition forces and friends gathered for a memorial service to honor Staff Sgt. Jordan B. Emrick here, Nov. 13.

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CLB-3 minimizes risk to maximize support

Story by Cpl. Daniel Woodall | 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 11.13.2010
Date Posted:11.14.2010 10:32

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan – On the morning of Nov. 8, a convoy of vehicles belonging to Combat Logistics Battalion 3, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), departed here to deliver supplies to units aboard Forward Operating Bases Fiddlers Green and Geronimo. With limited visibility due to an incoming dust storm, Staff Sgt. Jesus Velasquez’s Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected All-Terrain Vehicle took a left turn and rolled into a ditch.

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US Marine honors his brother by deploying to Afghanistan

Story by Lance Cpl. Andrew Johnston | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 11.14.2010

MARJAH, Afghanistan - It started off like any other day for the Aurora, Ohio, native, Cpl. Amos T. Benjamin, an infantry-man with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment.

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November 13, 2010

Semper Fi Society of St. Louis Speech

John F. Kelly
Lieutenant General, U. S. Marine Corps
Commander, Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North

Nov 13, 2010

Nine years ago two of the four commercial aircraft took off from Boston, Newark, and Washington. Took off fully loaded with men, women and children—all innocent, and all soon to die. These aircraft were targeted at the World Trade Towers in New York, the Pentagon, and likely the Capitol in Washington, D.C.. Three found their mark. No American alive old enough to remember will ever forget exactly where they were, exactly what they were doing, and exactly who they were with at the moment they watched the aircraft dive into the World Trade Towers on what was, until then, a beautiful morning in New York City. Within the hour 3,000 blameless human beings would be vaporized, incinerated, or crushed in the most agonizing ways imaginable. The most wretched among them—over 200—driven mad by heat, hopelessness, and utter desperation leapt to their deaths from 1,000 feet above Lower Manhattan. We soon learned hundreds more were murdered at the Pentagon, and in a Pennsylvania farmer’s field.

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U.S.S. Jason Dunham Joins Fleet

Patrick Moussignac
November 13, 2010

PORT EVERGLADES, FL- The massive warship named after local fallen Marine Corp. Jason Dunham was officially commissioned and put into service Saturday.

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Ship named for fallen Marine ready to set sail

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Posted on Saturday, 11.13.10

Deb Dunham lost a son, but along the way she gained a second family -- 300 men and women who carry on her son's legacy.

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Crowds gather to launch new warship at Port Everglades

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Posted on Saturday, 11.13.10

Sailors, their families and just plain South Floridians streamed into Port Everglades Saturday morning for a celebration of a Marine's sacrifice.

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Marine pounds pavement for fellow veterans

By MARK I. JOHNSON, Staff Writer
[email protected]
November 13, 2010 12:05 AM

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- When Bill Rotella lined up behind the starting line of the Marine Corps Marathon, he had two goals in mind -- beat diabetes and help fellow U.S. Marines who had been wounded in combat.

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Veterans’ Reflections: ‘Do Your Duty and Be Proud’

By Ian Graham
Emerging Media, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2010 – Michael Tripp is a certified public accountant in East Providence, R.I. He’s also one of the most famous faces from the Vietnam War.

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USS Jason Dunham Commissioning Ceremony, Part 1

Courtesy Video | Defense Media Activity | Date: 11.13.2010

B-roll of the commissioning of the USS Jason Dunham at Port Everglades, Fla. Scenes include speeches, the Navy band and the display of colors. Part 1 of 9

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USS Jason Dunham Commissioning Ceremony, Part 2

Courtesy Video | Defense Media Activity | Date: 11.13.2010

B-roll of the commissioning of the USS Jason Dunham at Port Everglades, Fla. Scenes include speeches and crowd shots

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USS Jason Dunham Commissioning Ceremony, Part 3

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B-roll of the commissioning of the USS Jason Dunham at Port Everglades, Fla. Scenes include speeches and crowd shots. Part 3 of 9.

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USS Jason Dunham Commissioning Ceremony, Part 4

Courtesy Video | Defense Media Activity | Date: 11.13.2010

B-roll of the commissioning of the USS Jason Dunham at Port Everglades, Fla. Scenes include speeches and crowd shots.

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USS Jason Dunham Commissioning Ceremony, Part 5

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B-roll of the commissioning of the USS Jason Dunham at Port Everglades, Fla. Scenes include speeches and crowd shots

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USS Jason Dunham Commissioning Ceremony, Part 6

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B-roll of the commissioning of the USS Jason Dunham at Port Everglades, Fla. Scenes include speeches and crowd shots. Part 6 of 9.

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USS Jason Dunham Commissioning Ceremony, Part 7

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B-roll of the commissioning of the USS Jason Dunham at Port Everglades, Fla. Scenes include speeches, crowd shots and the Navy band. Part 7 of 9

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USS Jason Dunham Commissioning Ceremony, Part 8

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B-roll of the commissioning of the USS Jason Dunham at Port Everglades, Fla. Scenes include speeches and crowd shots as well as various views of the Sailors on their ship. Part 8 of 9.

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USS Jason Dunham Commissioning Ceremony, Part 9

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B-roll of the commissioning of the USS Jason Dunham at Port Everglades, Fla. Scenes include speeches, crowd shots and various views of the Sailors on the ship as well as the official announcement of the commissioning of the ship.

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November 12, 2010

‘The Cutting Edge’ honors fallen brothers

Published: Friday, November 12, 2010 9:16 PM CST
Lance Cpl. Sarah Anderson
Combat Correspondent

Four brothers from 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regi- ment, who were killed in action, were represented with military crosses on Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field during the units memorial service Nov. 5.

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26th MEU Marines endure African climate to train in Djibouti

11/12/2010 By Lance Cpl. Santiago G. Colon Jr , 26th MEU

DJIBOUTI, Africa —
Marines with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived on the shores of a Djiboutian beach to scorching temperatures and the site of donkeys, camels and a mountainous landscape to conduct sustainment training at the end of October 2010.

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Bailed-out banks should cut service members some slack

Brian Roach missed two payments on his Bank of America card while fighting in Afghanistan. Fixing his credit score should have been easier.

By David Lazarus
November 12, 2010

Brian Roach missed a couple of credit card payments while helping battle the Taliban in Afghanistan last year. Since then, he's been locked in combat with Bank of America.

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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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Marines learn lessons from tragedy in Afghanistan

The Associated Press
Friday, November 12, 2010; 2:56 PM

PATROL BASE FULOD, Afghanistan -- The first time U.S. Marines went on patrol from this base in southern Afghanistan, the Taliban were ready. The militants shot and killed a 21-year-old lance corporal just 150 feet from the perimeter.

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Commissioning Slated for USS Jason Dunham

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2010 – Final preparations are under way in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for the commissioning tomorrow of the Navy’s newest guided-missile destroyer, to be named honoring Marine Corps Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, who received the Medal of Honor posthumously for heroism in Iraq.

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Marines take over for British in Afghan province, get aggressive

08:56 AM CST on Friday, November 12, 2010
Sebastian Abbot, The Associated Press

SANGIN, Afghanistan – U.S. Marines, who recently inherited this lush but violent river valley in Helmand province from British forces, have tossed aside their predecessors' playbook in favor of a more aggressive strategy.

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Marine Brandon Pearson's promise: 'I've got your back'

written by: Jeffrey Wolf
written by: Kim Christiansen
November 12, 2010

ARVADA - If you knew Brandon Pearson you knew he was known for saying: "I've got your back bro." He made that promise to his good friends and the men in his battalion as a Marine.

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Fallen Pilots Honored During Plaque Dedication Ceremony

Regimental Combat Team 1

Story by Sgt. Mark Fayloga
Date: 11.12.2010

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GERONIMO, Afghanistan - Marines at Forward Operating Base Geronimo, Afghanistan, honored the sacrifice of two pilots from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 during a plaque dedication ceremony Nov. 7.

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November 11, 2010

PHOTOS: USS Dunham named after WNYer

Updated: Thursday, 11 Nov 2010, 3:55 PM EST
Published : Thursday, 11 Nov 2010, 3:55 PM EST

Port Everglades, FL (WIVB) - The Navy's newest missile destroyer pulled into Port Everglades, Florida last week and is named for Allegany County native Corporal Jason Dunham who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq in 2004 at the age of 22.

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Engineers improve 1/8's defense in Musa Qal'eh

1st Marine Division
Story by Cpl. John McCall
Date: 11.05.2010
Date Posted: 11.11.2010
Location: Musa Qal'eh, AF

MUSA QAL’EH, Afghanistan – With just sandbags and the mud walls surrounding the compound, Marines with 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, were vulnerable to enemy fire. Engineers with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), were called in to fortify the position, Nov. 2-5.

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Prosthetics team restores looks of injured

By Michelle Tan - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Nov 11, 2010 21:20:43 EST

SAN ANTONIO — Col. Alan Sutton knows he can make lives better. He just has to get the word out. Sutton and a team made up of other doctors and highly skilled technicians at Wilford Hall Medical Center, the Air Force’s premier hospital in San Antonio, painstakingly restore the faces of service members injured in war.

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Arlington Heights Marine dies in Afghanistan

Stacey Baca

November 11, 2010 (WLS) -- A Marine from the northwest suburbs has become the latest casualty in Afghanistan.

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Moms Collect Items After Soldiers' Stuff Stolen

POSTED: 5:52 pm PST November 11, 2010
UPDATED: 6:58 pm PST November 11, 2010

The Tri-County Blue Star Mothers are collecting and packaging items for a unit of soldiers in Afghanistan after the group's items were stolen.

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Arlington Hts. Marine dies in Afghanistan

By Deborah Donovan

A young Marine from Arlington Heights was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday.

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Area Marine killed in Afghanistan

By John Andrew Prime • [email protected] • November 11, 2010

A Greenwood man who joined the U.S. Marine Corps a year ago has been killed in Afghanistan.

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Presidential Panel: Freeze Military Pay

November 11, 2010
Stars and Stripes|by Jeff Schogol

A presidential commission on reducing the deficit has recommended freezing basic military pay and housing allowances for three years starting in 2011, according to a draft report of the commission’s recommendations posted online Wednesday.

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On Veterans Day, honoring Marine who lost limbs in Afghanistan, but not spirit

By Michael E. Ruane
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 11, 2010; 9:28 AM

The morning that Marine Cpl. Todd A. Nicely received his medal for valor, he and his wife, Crystal, paused in a restroom at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to pull the trousers of his uniform over his artificial legs.

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Veterans’ Reflections: The Value of Military Service

By Ian Graham
Emerging Media, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2010 – David Fike got the urge to serve early, but his father insisted that he think about the decision thoroughly and perhaps consider an officer candidate program, rather than running to enlist in the Army Air Corps in 1944.

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Son of Marine General Killed in Afghanistan

2nd Lt. Robert Kelly, the Son of Lt. Gen. John Kelly, was Killed Tuesday in a Roadside Bombing

Nov. 11, 2010

The most recent fatality in the Marine battalion that has seen the heaviest casualties in Afghanistan right now was the son of a Marine three star general.

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235th Marine Corps Birthday Celebrated At Tip of the Spear

Regimental Combat Team 1

Story by Cpl. Skyler Tooker
Date: 11.11.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Regional Command Southwest celebrated the Marine Corps’ 235th birthday with a ceremony held at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, on Nov. 10, 2010.

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Stafford teen helps families of fallen

Arlington National Cemetery scandal prompts North Stafford High School junior to create graves database, website for veterans, families

Date published: 11/10/2010

When news of burial mix-ups at Arlington National Cemetery unfolded over the summer, Ricky Gilleland was among those shaking their heads at the scandal.

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At Arlington, 'we all share in the same loss'

Section 60, where more than a tenth of the casualties from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan rest, is home to service members who died recently, and young. The mourners have become like family.

By Faye Fiore, Los Angeles Times
November 11, 2010

Reporting from Arlington, Va. —
It's a perfect autumn Sunday and Chad Weikel is sitting outdoors, having a beer with his big brother, Ian. Chad's beer is resting in the cup holder of his folding chair. Ian's is propped up against his headstone.

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Red Devils take out enemy positions, improve friendly freedom of movement

Story by Sgt. Deanne Hurla | 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs | Date: 11.11.2010

KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan – On Nov. 4, seven F/A-18 Hornets took off from here en route to Kajaki Dam to take out several known enemy firing positions.

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Georgian soldiers hand over mission, help secure Afghanistan

Regimental Combat Team-2, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs

Story by Sgt. Dean Davis

FOWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II, Afghanistan – For the last six months, Georgian soldiers of the 31st Battalion have worked alongside Afghan National Army soldiers and U.S. Marines in southern Afghanistan to eliminate the Taliban and bring security to the Afghan people.

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Marine Week 2011 Coming to St. Louis

Third Annual Event Celebrates Country and Corps June 20-26

11/11/2010, Headquarters Marine Corps

The United States Marine Corps will partner with the City of St. Louis to bring Marine Week to the Gateway City, June 20-26, 2011. The week-long celebration will showcase the unique characteristics of America's Corps through more than two dozen events where attendees can watch combat demonstrations; climb aboard aircraft and ground equipment, to include helicopters, the V-22 Osprey and amphibious vehicles; and participate in community service projects alongside Marines.

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Embedded in 'the bleeding ulcer of Afghanistan'

By Kelly Koopmans
Nov 11, 2010

EUGENE, Ore. -- After three long months, both Cali Bagby and Dan Morrison are home in Eugene. They’re in one piece - but reminders of Marjah, Afghanistan, are not far behind.

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November 10, 2010

Mother of fallen Marine is presented with her son’s Navy Cross

11/10/2010 By Sgt. Michael S. Cifuentes , Headquarters Marine Corps

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Donna Ouellette said she lived the most bittersweet moment of her life when she accepted her son’s Navy Cross on his behalf.

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Tallahassee Marine killed in Afghanistan was son of general

By Jeff Burlew • Senior Government Editor • Published: November 10. 2010

The Tallahassee Marine killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday is the son of Lt. Gen. John Kelly, commander of the Marine Forces Reserve based in New Orleans, said Lance Cpl. Michael Atchue, a public-affairs specialist for Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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A Birthday Message From The Commandant Of The Marine Corps

Sixty years ago, the United States Marine Corps—as it has throughout our history—demonstrated its vital role as America’s Expeditionary Force in Readiness. Just weeks after North Korean Communist forces crossed the 38th Parallel, the First Marine Provisional Brigade landed in South Korea, forming the backbone of the perimeter around the city of Pusan. The efforts of the “Fire Brigade” at Pusan allowed for the daring amphibious landing at Inchon and set the stage for one of the most savage campaigns in our Corps’ history—the Chosin Reservoir. As we pause to celebrate our 235th Birthday, we pay special tribute to the Marines of the Korean War and recognize their contributions to our enduring legacy.

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Veterans hit the books, form a club at Elgin Community College

Article updated: 11/10/2010 12:59 PM
By Daily Herald Report

Bonded by their common interests, a growing number of veterans at Elgin Community College recently formed a new club at the school: Military Branches United.

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Suburban woman befriends World War II veteran after reading profile on him

By Dave Heun
Article updated: 11/10/2010 12:14 PM

As she does nearly every day, Sarah Giachino glanced through her Daily Herald while sitting at her kitchen counter on a morning in early May.

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Last American WWI vet calls for memorial

By Elisabeth Mistretta
Article updated: 11/10/2010 05:50 PM

The daughter of America's last surviving World War I veteran on Wednesday called for construction of a monument to those who served in that war to be built in Washington, D.C.

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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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Volunteer opportunities surpassed by Yuma Marines

11/10/2010 By Lance Cpl. Jakob Schulz, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz. — The stations Single Marine Program’s shift last year emphasizing community service and volunteer work exceeded expectations for fiscal year 2010’s total volunteer hours.

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CLB-3 celebrates USMC Birthday in Afghanistan

1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs

Story by Cpl. Daniel Woodall
Date: 11.10.2010

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan –On Nov. 10, Marines and sailors of Combat Logistics Battalion 3, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) gathered together to celebrate 235years of Marine Corps history and tradition.

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26th MEU Marines observe Marine Corps birthday, end of mission

26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Public Affairs

Story by Gunnery Sgt. Bryce Piper
Date: 11.10.2010

PANO AQIL, Pakistan - Marines across the Corps observe, Nov. 10, as their birthday, whether in garrison or deployed to the far reaches of the globe. Marines with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit supporting flood relief operations in Pakistan had the rare opportunity to observe their birthday on the same day they observed a ceremony marking the end of their current mission.

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Corps’ remains focused on diversity

Marine Corps Recruiting Command

Story by Master Sgt. Jason Bortz
Date: Posted:11.10.2010

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – As a whole, the Marine Corps is fairly representative of the Nation’s demographic composition. However, one area that the Marine Corps is working to improve is diversity amongst its senior leadership positions.

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1st MLG FWD celebrates Marine Corps' 235th birthday

1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs

Story by Cpl. Shannon McMillan

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Marines from 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) commemorated the United States Marine Corps’ 235th Birthday with a traditional cake-cutting ceremony at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Nov. 10.

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Family of NH marine to be given Navy Cross

By Associated Press
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

LONDONDERRY, N.H. — The family of a New Hampshire Marine killed in Afghanistan is being presented with one of the military’s highest decorations.

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Medevac soldier makes peace with PTSD diagnosis


Wednesday, November 10, 2010
By Michael A. Fuoco, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Don Bankosh stands next to the bathroom door in his bedroom and points to large holes he punched into it during a fit of rage several years ago.

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Fighting gets intense in key Afghan town

Camp Pendleton battalion has lost 14 Marines in a little more than a month of fighting

By Gretel C. Kovach
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 8:35 p.m.

CAMP PENDLETON — Maj. Gen. Richard P. Mills, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in southwestern Afghanistan, said Wednesday that Camp Pendleton’s 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment drew one of the toughest assignments in Marine Corps history when it was sent in October to Sangin, a strategic crossroads town in Helmand province.

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November 9, 2010

U.S. Marines take on Afghan valley that bled Brits

More aggressive strategy aims to finally rout Taliban from crossroads of gun running, drug trade

The Associated Press

SANGIN, Afghanistan — U.S. Marines who recently inherited this lush river valley in southern Helmand province from British forces have tossed aside their predecessor's playbook in favor of a more aggressive strategy to tame one of the most violent places in Afghanistan.

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DOD Call Center Links Troubled Troops, Resources

By Cheryl Pellerin
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2010 – Troubled troops, veterans and family members have a round-the-clock, free resource for locating the help they need to deal with psychological health problems and traumatic brain injury.

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Prepared at all times; 31st MEU conducts urban training exercises in Singapore

11/9/2010 By Lance Cpl. Tyler C. Vernaza, 31st MEU

MURAI URBAN TRAINING FACILITY, MURAI, Republic of Singapore — Marines with Company A (Reinforced), Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted urban training exercises with the military of the Republic of Singapore, Nov. 6.

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Engineers fortify a Musa Qal'eh outpost [Image 1 of 15]

1st Marine Division
Photo by John McCall
Date Taken: 11.04.2010
Date Posted: 11.09.2010 10:24
Photo ID: 338155
VIRIN: 101104-M-5160M-942
Location: MUSA QAL'EH, AF

A tram vehicle scoops up a load of dirt to fill a Hesco barrier at a small combat outpost in Musa Qal’eh, Nov. 4.

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Over and over: 'Why am I alive?'


Tuesday, November 09, 2010
By Michael A. Fuoco, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In his mind's eye, Mike Cranmer is a young boy, romping amid the rural lushness of a Greene County farm, his family's rustic getaway from suburban Pittsburgh. He's safe among the trees, the rolling hills, the foliage. A calmness envelops him.

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3/1 leads I MEF re-enlistment surge

Regimental Combat Team 1

Story by Sgt. Jesse Stence
11.09.2010 06:58

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan -- He has conducted re-enlistment interviews in just about every imaginable setting in the Garmsir district of Helmand province, Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Joseph Janez, the career planner with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, has hopped on convoys and hunkered down behind the protection of hesco walls to talk to Marines about their career options. Once, at Combat Operation Post Rankel in Southern Garmsir, an improvised explosive device blew up about 150 yards away from where he was conducting an interview.

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Arizona Marine dies in combat in Afghanistan

by Stephanie Snyder - Nov. 9, 2010 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic

Only days after his March wedding, Matthew Broehm handed his wife a letter and boarded a bus that would take him back to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

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November 8, 2010

Vets with PTSD train dogs to help comrades

By Arthur Allen
Special to The Washington Post
Monday, November 8, 2010; 1:51 PM

Rick Yount and his golden retriever puppy, Gabe, had separation issues every morning. "The dog kept looking at me at the door with those sad eyes, and finally it was just impossible to resist," Yount recalled. So one morning, "I decided to take him with me."

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Family and Friends Remember Fallen Marine

By: Emily Finnegan
November 08, 2010

HOYLETON -- A Southern Illinois Marine killed in the line of duty made his final trip back to the United States Sunday. The body of 26-year-old Jordan Emrick was flown into Dover Air Force Base Sunday evening. The Hoyleton native, and Nashville High School graduate, was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on Friday. Family and friends say he was a beloved member of the Hoyleton community.

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Local Marine killed in Afghanistan was a top student and 'free spirit'

Monday, Nov. 08, 2010

Nathan Kasten couldn't believe it when his young employee and friend announced he would forego college to join the military.

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Afghan, coalition forces kill insurgents; seize drugs, weapons during raid

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs

Story by Cpl. Derek Carlson
Date Posted:11.08.2010

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan –Thunder roared and lightning ripped through the sky while ordinance burst across an insurgent logistics trafficking hub as coalition forces conducted one of the largest raid operations since the early stages of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Carrie Kleeh carries the unseen battle scars from Iraq


Monday, November 08, 2010
By Michael A. Fuoco, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

WHEELING, W.Va. -- Carrie Kleeh is calm and relaxed behind the steering wheel in Pittsburgh as other drivers fret and fume in the city's stop-and-go traffic.

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Buena High School Graduate killed in Afghanistan

Nov 8, 2010

SIERRA VISTA - For the second time in less than week, a Southern Arizona Service member is killed in Afghanistan.

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November 7, 2010

Program lets wounded vets experience W.Va. hunts

By John McCoy - The Charleston Gazette via AP
Posted : Sunday Nov 7, 2010 12:00:18 EST

FRANKLIN, W.Va. — With a quick squeeze of a crossbow's trigger, James Raffetto proved that it would take more than an insurgent's bomb to keep him from enjoying life.

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Afghan Solider Suspected in Attack on Marines

Two Camp Pendleton Marines were killed in the attack

Sun, Nov 7, 2010

Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Broehm of Flagstaff, Ariz and Lance Cpl. Brandon W. Pearson of Arvada, Colo. were providing security at an outpost in Southern Helmand Province, Afghanistan when someone started shooting at them.

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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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Caring for the invisible wounds that warriors bring home


Sunday, November 07, 2010
By Michael A. Fuoco, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

WELLS TANNERY, Pa. -- Derrick Earley steers a four-wheeler up the gravel driveway to his father's hand-built stone home and climbs off. Fit and goateed, the 23-year-old is wearing a cutoff T-shirt, camouflage shorts and cap as he shyly greets visitors, not quite making eye contact, not quite avoiding it, either.

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Camp Pendleton Marines run 235-mile relay Three-day race honors Corps' birthday

By Gretel C. Kovach
Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 8:56 a.m.

Camp Pendleton troops are commemorating the 235th birthday of the Marine Corps by running a 235-mile relay race across base, beginning tonight and continuing non-stop until Wednesday.

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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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Wing Marines fly through convoy operations

Story by Cpl. Derek Carlson | 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs | Date: 11.07.2010

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Convoys provide vital lifelines of troops, supplies and vehicles across Afghanistan; however, it requires an immense amount of teamwork, dedication and proficiency to keep these assets moving across the vast desert terrain.

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Two Marines from Camp Pendleton may have been killed by Afghan soldier

Associated Press
November 7, 2010

The two Marines from Camp Pendleton whose deaths in Afghanistan were announced Saturday may have been killed by an Afghan soldier, the Marine Corps said Sunday.

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November 6, 2010

Policy of no scopes for new recruits continued

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Nov 6, 2010 11:15:53 EDT

Recruits and newly minted lieutenants have never been allowed to use scopes during their initial training, but a new Marine Administrative Message, released Oct. 19, makes it clear that the policy won’t change.

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Afghan soldier may have killed 2 troops

By Katharine Houreld - The Associated Press
Posted : Saturday Nov 6, 2010 9:47:58 EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan— NATO said Saturday it is investigating whether an Afghan National Army soldier killed two coalition service members in southern Afghanistan, where joint forces are pushing into insurgent strongholds.

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Motor Transport keeps Marines in the fight

Story by Cpl. Daniel Woodall | 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 11.06.2010

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan –The Marines and sailors of Combat Logistics Battalion 3, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) arrived here last month in support of I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) and to provide combat logistics support to units within Regimental Combat Team 1.

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Home is where the heart is: Mexico-born Marine gives back to U.S. during Afghanistan Deployment

11/6/2010 By Lance Cpl. Kenneth Jasik , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Born in Mexico, a motor transport operator from 2nd Platoon, General Support Motor Transport Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 15 (Forward), 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), did not grow up with much, but when he moved to the United States his life took a turn to the brighter side; and now he is happy to have a chance to give back to the country he now calls home.

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I MEF (Forward) career planners retain service

Story by Sgt. Shawn Coolman | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 11.06.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – The job of a career planner is neither glamorous nor envied, but is essential in the retention of qualified Marines.

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Veterans fighting the enemy within

A brief film shows three men struggling against a death wish after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

By Steve Lopez
November 6, 2010|6:41 p.m.

The Marine from Downey had the muzzle of an assault rifle in his mouth and was ready to pull the trigger when his fellow Marines saved him. Back home, he tried to overdose on Valium and he once called a suicide hotline with a gun in his hand and police at his door.

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Arvada Marine Brandon Pearson, 21, killed in Afghanistan

By Yesenia Robles
The Denver Post
Posted: 11/06/2010

Knowing the dangers he would face in Afghanistan, Brandon Pearson took full advantage of life in the days before his deployment five weeks ago.

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November 5, 2010

The changing face of the nation's veterans

By Jeanette Steele
Friday, November 5, 2010 at 8:32 p.m.

As America honors its former warriors on Veterans Day Thursday, the face of the veteran population continues to shift. Former members of the military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan now make up 14 percent of the San Diego regional veteran population, and 5 percent countrywide.

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'The signature injury of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan'

By Kelly Koopmans KVAL News
Story Published: Nov 5, 2010 at 4:00 PM PDT

EUGENE, Ore. - Harvey Jay Leal remembers how and when Iraqi insurgents blew up his convoy, but it’s hard for him to remember how our conversation even started.

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The fourth time’s a charm: Waves roll in for Kuau Rockin’ Surf Competition on MCB Hawaii

Story by Lance Cpl. Reece Lodder | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 11.05.2010

After three straight weekends of poor waves, surfers found the swells they’d been looking for at the Kuau Rockin’ Surf Competition on Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s Pyramid Rock Beach, Oct. 31, 2010.

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3rd Radio Battalion takes to field, mixes it up with moulage

Story by Lance Cpl. Reece Lodder | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 11.05.2010

Crimson blood oozes from the face lacerations and open leg fracture of an unresponsive casualty. Two Marines work quickly to stop his bleeding, grabbing gauze and bandages from the contents of an individual first aid kit strewn in the field around him.

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Corps knowledge passed to spouses through LINKS CAX

Courtesy Story | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 11.05.2010

From the instant spouses of Marines say “I do,” the full Marine Corps marriage package of deployments, formations, meetings, late nights, field operations, rank structure and an entirely new world of order and discipline hit them like a tidal wave.

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Triathlon team trains in open desert

Story by Lance Cpl. Michael Nerl | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 11.05.2010

The Combat Center’s triathlon team trains hard to meet their goals in their difficult sports of choice, to include weekly 25-mile rides on Wednesdays, and further training when their units’ schedules allow.

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3rd LAR heads ‘to the fight’

Courtesy Story | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 11.05.2010

The 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion Wolf Pack has finally left for their long awaited deployment to Helmand province, Afghanistan, throughout the week.

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Past Drill Instructor Promotes Former Recruit

By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kenneth Jasik
1st Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan, Nov. 5, 2010 – A gunnery sergeant with 1st Marine Logistics Group’s Combat Logistics Regiment 15 promoted a Marine to the rank of staff sergeant here Nov. 1, but the first time they met was under completely different circumstances eight years ago at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

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Marine awarded Bronze Star for Afghan explosion

By Charles Ames on November 5, 2010

In July 2009, Alpha Co., 1st Bn, 5th Marines, nearly 200 men strong, conducted an infiltration of Nawa in southern Afghanistan. The first day they came under several firefights but were able to establish Combat Outpost Porghar.

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Toys For Tots Changes Lives: The Cpl Miller Story

November, 2010

Families struggling with Christmas this year should know the United States Marine Corps remains "Always Faithful" and standing by ready to assist, with very few questions asked.

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Veterans’ Reflections: Going to War in 1944

By Ian Graham
Emerging Media, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2010 – John J. Kushwara didn’t have to risk his life.

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Artillery Marines endure JWTC’s challenge

11/5/2010 By Cpl. Kentavist P. Brackin , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP GONSALVES, OKINAWA, Japan — More than 70 Marines from Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, took on the Jungle Warfare Training Center’s 3.8 mile Jungle Endurance Course Oct. 21 on Camp Gonsalves.

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CLB-3 begins operations in Afghanistan

11/5/2010 By Cpl. Paul D. Zellner II , Marine Corps Bases Japan

Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan — Marines from Combat Logistics Battalion 3 began conducting independent operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom after an official transfer of authority Oct. 18 on Camp Dwyer in Afghanistan.

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Area Marine Reserve unit saddling up

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

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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Martin County detachment renamed for slain Marine from Palm City

By Jim Mayfield
Posted November 5, 2010

STUART — On the eve of the U.S. Marine Corps’ 235th birthday, the Martin County Detachment 1045, Marine Corps League celebrated Friday by changing its name in honor of Marine Lance Cpl. Justin J. Wilson, the first serviceman from Martin County to lose his life in Afghanistan.

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Volunteers give injured ex-Marine a house

Published Fri, Nov 05, 2010 02:00 AM

FUQUAY-VARINA -- The cold rain that came down Thursday morning as former Marine Corps Sgt. Stanley A. Roberts received the keys to his new house felt like a blessing falling from the sky.

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November 4, 2010

Business Growth, Jobs, Infrastructure Highlight Progress

ISAF HQ Public Affairs

KABUL, Afghanistan (November 4) – Enabled by security progress, Afghan-Coalition partnership and actions taken by the Government of Afghanistan, significant achievements in governance and development across Afghanistan in October created new educational and economic opportunities.

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Spokesman Explains Significance of July 2011 in Afghanistan

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2010 – The July 2011 target to begin handing over territory in Afghanistan to Afghan security forces is a marker for the Afghan government, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said today.

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Chairman and Wife Speak Out on Veterans’ Challenges

By Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2010 – With Veterans Day around the corner, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Navy Adm. Mike Mullen and his wife, Deborah, sat down with reporters this week to raise visibility on issues important to military families and veterans.

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Pumped up

Story by Lance Cpl. Joshua Pettway | Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort | Date: 11.04.2010

Fightertown is no different from the human body, which is composed of many operating parts. The heart and soul of the Air Station is the aircraft and maintainers aboard it, while the fuel used by the aircraft and vehicles could be considered the blood

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Signed, sealed, delivered: What to if it looks suspicious

11/4/2010 By Lance Cpl. Jennifer J. Pirante , Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan — In a message from the U.S. Postal Service to Americans in 2001, John E. Potter, postmaster general with USPS, stated the USPS places the highest priority on the safety of customers, employees and the security of the mail.

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5 days, 89,000 gallons: Marines train for disaster

11/4/2010 By Cpl. Kristin E. Moreno , Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan — Marines of Combat Logistics Company 36 and Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 maintenance and utilities sections participated in water purification training at Penny Lake here Oct. 25-29.

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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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Heroism: Marine risks life to save others

11/4/2010 By Lance Cpl. Claudio A. Martinez , Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan — Station members held a formation at the parade deck in front of Building 1 here Oct. 28 to recognize and award a local Marine for his bravery.

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Maine Marine recalled as ‘a fine young man’

11/4/10 07:51 pm Updated: 11/4/10 08:02 pm
By Jen Lynds
BDN Staff

HOULTON, Maine — For Mark Jago, the former headmaster of Greater Houlton Christian Academy, memories of 1st Lt. James Zimmerman are both plentiful and powerful. Jago watched the 25-year-old GHCA graduate and U.S. Marine, who was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday, grow up inside the classroom and out on the playground with his five daughters. He helped guide him through some tough academic years and smiled broadly when he turned Zimmerman’s tassel on graduation day in 2003.

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Polar Plunge: Freezin’ for a reason

Story by Lance Cpl. Victor Barrera | Camp LeJeune Base Public Affairs | Date: 11.04.2010

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune will once again host the annual Polar Plunge at Onslow Beach, January 2011.

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Free meals at Applebee’s on Veterans Day

By Karen Jowers - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Nov 4, 2010 17:22:11 EDT

Applebee’s officials are expecting to serve more than 1 million free meals to active-duty personnel, reserve component members and veterans at their local restaurants around the country from 11 a.m. to midnight on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

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New generation of troops inherit Afghan war

By TODD PITMAN - The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday Nov 4, 2010 15:21:53 EDT

MARJAH, Afghanistan — Lance Cpl. Jacob Adams was in 5th grade math class when hijacked jetliners slammed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. His parents took him out of school early that day.

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Veteran with brain injury: 'Freedom isn't free ... it has a heavy price'

By Kelly Koopmans KVAL News
Story Published: Nov 4, 2010 at 4:49 PM PDT

PART TWO of a three part series. Watch KVAL News on Friday for more on Traumatic Brain Injury

KEIZER, Ore. - There is a reason Julio Najara keeps his apartment dark.

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Afghani villagers get stronger against Taliban

Nov. 4, 2010
By Jim Michaels, USA TODAY

Military commanders in southern Afghanistan say successful coalition offensives have slashed the Taliban's ability to fund operations and have boosted the confidence of Afghan villagers to form defense groups against the insurgents.

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Health care costs on the front lines

By GORDON LUBOLD | 11/4/10 4:35 AM EDT

Looking to push his cost-cutting reforms to new realms, Defense Secretary Robert Gates may set his sights on runaway military health care costs — an area that members of Congress have so far been reluctant to tackle.

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Corps’ plan for clean water downrange

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Nov 4, 2010 9:04:16 EDT

New smaller, company-sized water purification systems are en route to Afghanistan, where larger-scale systems also are getting more use on remote battlefields.

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November 3, 2010

U.S. Military Targeted by Phishing Scam

Nov 3, 2010 | 9:59 AM ET | By Matt Liebowitz, SecurityNewsDaily Staff Writer

A new phishing scam is currently targeting members of the United States Military and their families.

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Images: 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion [Image 1 of 19]

Regional Command Southwest
Courtesy Photo
Date Taken: 10.29.2010
Date Posted: 11.03.2010 03:53
Photo ID: 336197
VIRIN: 101030-M-0000X-002

Marines of 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance battalion recently conducted Operation Steel Dawn II in Barham Chah.

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‘Gunfighters’ ready for quick draw during troops in contact response

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs
Story by Sgt. Deanne Hurla
Date Posted:11.03.2010 10:40

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan – “TIC, TIC, TIC” is the radio call that commands Marines to sprint to waiting aircraft on the flightline for an immediate takeoff. It can happen at any time of day, and two attack helicopters from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 are always ready for tasking when the call is received.

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Musa Qal'eh Roads Made Safe by Combat Engineers

1st Marine Division
Story by Cpl. John McCall
Date: October 30, 2010
Date Posted: November 3, 2010
Location: Musa Qal'eh, AF

MUSA QAL'EH, Afghanistan – Safe travel throughout the roads of Afghanistan is a must for Coalition forces, which is why combat engineers with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), conducted a route reconnaissance mission, Oct. 30.

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Helmand governor: US improving security in Sangin

The Associated Press
Wednesday, November 3, 2010; 2:10 PM

LONDON -- Security has improved since U.S. Marines replaced British troops in a volatile area of southern Afghanistan that has seen some of the most intense combat of the war, a key Afghan official said Wednesday.

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Key Afghan official says security improving in troubled district since US troops replaced UK

November 03, 2010
The Associated Press
The Canadian Press, 2010

LONDON - The governor of Afghanistan's southern Helmand province says security has improved since U.S. Marines replaced British troops in towns that have seen the most intense combat.

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Amos offers vision for U.S. Marine Corps' future at town hall

By Kevin Baron
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 3, 2010

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — Two weeks after becoming the new top Marine, Commandant Gen. James Amos laid out his vision for a “middleweight” expeditionary force responding to global hotspots and coastal cities rendered unstable by poverty, competition for resources, and ideological extremism.

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Marine renders aid to devastating accident

Story by Pfc. Ryan Carpenter | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar | Date: 11.03.2010

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Sifting through wreckage caused by a truck ripping through an occupied home almost a year and a half ago, Staff Sgt. James DeLeo reverted to his training as an Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Marine to control the chaotic situation.

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CLB-22 increases unit capabilities through Fort Bragg-based training

11/3/2010 By Lance Cpl. Bruno J. Bego , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Nearly three hundred Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 22, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, participated in a pre-deployment field training exercise at Fort Bragg, N.C. from Oct. 20-27.

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Small town girl, big time heart

11/3/2010 By Cpl. M. Foster , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Amidst the tall, broad and burly Marines, whose biceps won’t fit in the largest of sleeves, is a distinctly smaller Marine, with a distinctly bigger muscle: her heart.

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Mother and son reunited in Afghanistan

1st Marine Division
Story by Cpl. Daniel Blatter
Date Posted: 11.03.2010

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan - After more than two years of separation due to military deployments and lifestyle, mother and son were reunited thousands of miles from home.

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Dental Detachment performs root canal on K-9s

1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs
Story by 2nd Lt. Rebecca Burgess
Date: 11.03.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – The sailors with Charlie Surgical Company’s Dental Detachment here went above and beyond their mission by opening up their doors to less traditional patients, Military Working Dogs.

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Veterans’ Reflections: Following in Her Father’s Footsteps

By Ian Graham
Emerging Media, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2010 – Marie Peckham is a small woman. While it wouldn’t be technically inaccurate to assume she wears military-themed pins and jewelry because her husband served in the military -- he did -- it would be an underestimation of Peckham’s strength.

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Coalition forces repair road for Helmand village

Courtesy Story | ISAF Joint Command | Date: 11.03.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – Coalition forces completed road improvements near the village of Shir Ghazay in Helmand province, Oct. 21, improving traffic ability for local villagers as well as Afghan National Security Forces and coalition troops.

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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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AFN to air HBO documentary on PTSD

By Megan McCloskey
Published: November 3, 2010

WASHINGTON - HBO's new documentary about the psychological toll of combat will be aired on AFN this Veterans Day, the same day it premieres in the States.

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National parks will be free on Veterans Day

By Associated Press
Story Published: Nov 3, 2010 at 5:27 PM PDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In honor of Veterans Day, national parks will not be charging any entrance fees on Nov. 11.

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Silent epidemic: 'Brain injury and war go hand in hand'

By Kelly Koopmans KVAL News
Story Published: Nov 3, 2010 at 7:33 PM PDT

PART ONE of a three part series. Watch KVAL News on Thursday and Friday for more on Traumatic Brain Injury

EUGENE, Ore. -- It's a wound few understand or even see: Many of Oregon's service members are coming home forever changed by Traumatic Brain Injury, known as TBI for short.

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November 2, 2010

Laguna Hills' adopted battalion loses 10 Marines

Published: Nov. 2, 2010

LAGUNA HILLS – Ten Marines from the city's adopted 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines of the 1st Marine Division out of Camp Pendleton were killed while on patrol just 18 days into their deployment to Afghanistan.

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ARFF Marines bring the heat

Story by Pfc. Ryan Carpenter | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar | Date: 11.02.2010

SAN DIEGO - Fire danced around the aircraft as a two-man team of Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Marines wielded a high-pressure hose shooting hundreds of gallons of water, suffocating the blazing inferno. Like a trick candle on a child’s birthday cake, the flames burst back to life only to have the ARFF Marines re-attack. The engine from a P-19 primary firefighting truck rumbled in the background.

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Marines excel in MARSOC prep course

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Nov 2, 2010 14:27:59 EDT

Results from the first prep course designed to help Marines get in shape for the grueling special operations Assessment and Selection process showed a promising rate of success.

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At Role 3 hospital, ‘There’s essentially nothing that can come in here that we can’t handle’

By Drew Brown
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 2, 2010

Second in a two-day series

KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — The U.S. soldier arrived at NATO’s Role 3 hospital here in dire shape. A homemade Taliban bomb had torn off both legs and an arm, and he had lost a tremendous amount of blood.

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3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment memorializes fallen Marines

Story by Cpl. Daniel Blatter
Date Posted:11.02.2010 00:26

SANGIN, Afghanistan – Marines and sailors from 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, paused to honor their fallen brothers.

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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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Marine honored as defense intel instructor of the year

Hails from Fleet Intelligence Training Center in San Diego

By Gretel C. Kovach
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 6:24 p.m.

A San Diego Marine was honored by the Defense Intelligence Agency as instructor of the year, the Naval Education and Training Command announced Tuesday.

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MCCS brings morale to Kajaki Marines

Story by Lance Cpl. Kenneth Jasik
Date 10.20.2010
Date Posted: 11.02.2010 01:47

KAJAKI DAM, Afghanistan – Members of the Warrior Express Services Team, Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) brought a little piece of home to the Marines of India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, when the team visited them here, Oct. 17-27.

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U.S. Marines begin to hand over small bases to Afghan army in southwest

By Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 2, 2010; 12:06 AM

NAWA, AFGHANISTAN - U.S. Marines have begun handing over some of their small bases to the Afghan army in this once-volatile district in the country's southwest, a transition that top military commanders intend to cite as proof that the Obama administration's troop escalation and counterinsurgency strategy are succeeding.

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November 1, 2010

International force seizes explosives, weapons

Materials for more than 2,000 bombs destroyed in Afghanistan

By Gretel C. Kovach
Originally published November 1, 2010 at 6:02 p.m., updated November 1, 2010 at 10:30 p.m.

International forces under the command of Camp Pendleton’s 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Forward raided a Taliban logistics hub near the Afghan border with Pakistan over the weekend, where they killed at least 15 insurgents and seized enough explosive material to make more than 2,000 bombs, the International Security Assistance Force announced Monday

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Unmanned bomber fits in backpack

Drone could give Marines instant air support

By Bruce Rolfsen - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Nov 1, 2010 15:06:36 EDT

The Air Force is working to develop a small unmanned bomber that can fit in a backpack and be deployed by infantry in seconds to annihilate enemy forces. It’s a tool that could prove useful for Marines and special operators on the frontlines of the war on terror where critical air support isn’t always moments away.

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'More missions, more contact' for Task Force Shadow

By Drew Brown
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 1, 2010

First in a two-day series

KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — Hardly a day passes when the American flag above the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade’s headquarters here is not flying at half-staff.

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Marine 'Gumps' Running Coast-To-Coast

Runners Arrived In Las Vegas On Monday

POSTED: 9:57 pm PDT November 1, 2010

LAS VEGAS -- Nearing the end of their journey, six Marines are passing through Las Vegas on their way to complete the Gumpathon, a two month long coast-to-coast run.

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Texas Marine dies defending his wife in French Quarter

He was fatally stabbed after a formal Marine Corps ball

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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CLB-3 constructs bridge, aids Afghan community

1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs
Story by Cpl. Daniel Woodall

Date: 10.27.2010
Date Posted: 11.01.2010 06:47

TRAKH NAWA, Afghanistan – Since the removal of the Taliban as Afghanistan’s governing body nine years ago, coalition forces have helped rebuild the nation’s infrastructure, providing stability and peace to an otherwise turbulent region. Their humanitarian and peace-keeping efforts seek to bridge the divide between traditional and progressive values in an ever-changing world. For combat engineers, the aforementioned objective can be accomplished quite literally.

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US Marines conduct full-fledge clearing operation boosting security in Northern Marjah

Regimental Combat Team 1
Story by Lance Cpl. Andrew Johnston
Date Posted: 11.01.2010 04:51

MARJAH, Afghanistan - Engines roaring, a massive convoy charged toward Sistani, a region in Marjah notorious for remnant Taliban fighters who harass the local population.

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2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, honor fallen brother

Regimental Combat Team 1 - Lance Cpl. Andrew Johnston - 11.01.2010

MARJAH, Afghanistan - Throughout history, Marines have been called upon to fight enemies who oppress people and endanger our country’s freedom. Thousands of Marines have unselfishly stepped into harm’s way and answered that call with their lives. The legacy of past battles, fallen comrades, and sacrifices for country and Corps has permanently imprinted their names into history for generations to come.

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Marines Train the Afghan Trainers

Monday, November 01, 2010
by Sgt. Jesse Stence RCT-1

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan – They’re young, but they don’t have the luxury of claiming inexperience; they have to make life-and-death decisions in the blink of an eye. Equipped with modern technology and senses sharpened to detect the tiniest irregularities, they’re poised to act. They are the small unit leaders – modern warriors.

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President Proclaims November as Military Family Month

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2010 – President Barack Obama has signed a proclamation designating this month as Military Family Month.

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