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December 31, 2010

Boards delayed for NCOs late to re-up

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Dec 31, 2010 9:32:46 EST

Boards designed to retain exceptional noncommissioned officers who missed their window to re-up have been delayed.

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Secretary Napolitano Arrives in Afghanistan to Meet Troops, Discuss Security

Published December 31, 2010
| FoxNews.com

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday morning to kick off a weeklong trip in the Middle East and Europe that will address international and regional security.

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December 30, 2010

Marine Leadership Visits Marines at FOB Payne, Afghanistan

Video by Sgt. Shawn Coolman | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 12.24.2010
Date Posted:12.30.2010 9:52AM

Gen. James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps and Sgt. Maj. Carlton Kent, sergeant major of the Marine Corps visit service members with 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance, aboard Forward Operating Base Payne, Afghanistan.

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President visits, spreads Holiday Cheer

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 12.30.2010

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII — Among the highlights of the first family’s recent Hawaiian vacation was spending time with Marines, sailors and families here Dec. 25. More than 250 people met the president and first lady during their Christmas day visit to the Anderson dining hall.

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Home for Christmas, in a most creative way

Published: Thursday, December 30, 2010, 9:25 AM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - NEW BRIGHTON - A U.S. Marine serving in Afghanistan had a truly touching idea, and an ice-sculpture company on Long Island was able to execute it. The result? A most unusual birthday gift is sitting in a New Brighton back yard.

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Cherry Point wins best Blue Angel Air Show of the Year award

12/30/2010 By Cpl. Daniel A. Negrete, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT N.C. — The 2010 Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Air Show was the first military installation to receive the Blue Angel Air Show of the Year award for 2010 at the International Council of Air Shows annual convention Dec. 7 in Las Vegas.

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Rolls-Royce increases knowledge, enhances safety, one Marine at a time

12/30/2010 By Cpl. Samuel A. Nasso, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT N.C. — They go by the motto “Increasing knowledge, enhancing safety, one Marine at a time”

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Troops deploy with memorable photos, thanks to local project

By Amanda Greene
[email protected]
Published: Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 11:18 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 11:18 a.m.

Using duct tape and a plastic sandwich bag, Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Sgt. Lee McCurdy tried to preserve photos of his wife during his two deployments to Iraq.

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December 29, 2010

2/6 reflects as they give final farewell to fallen brother

Story by 1st Lt. Alex Lim | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 12.28.2010
Date Posted: 12.29.2010 12:27

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan -- When it was all said and done, the Marines of 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment had a significant role in the progress made in Marjah the past seven months. From school and shop openings, to a concrete relationship with the local nationals; from a defining partnership with the local security forces to the neighborhood watch program, 2/6 was the backbone in making all this possible.

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New video shows off what NROTC has to offer

Story by Pfc. David Flynn | Marine Corps Recruiting Command | Date: 12.29.2010

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va.- Marine Corps Recruiting Command released “Graduate a Leader of Warriors,” a video detailing the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship, as well as the experiences of college students currently attending school through the program, Dec. 16.

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Deployed service members enjoy holiday season

Story by Sgt. Derek Carlson | 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs | Date: 12.29.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Inevitably, many Marines and service members spend the holiday seasons overseas away from friends and family. Fortunately, they have an enormous support network, which continues to produce new ways to enhance holiday cheer during their deployment.

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Progress 'slow but steady' in Afghan flashpoint

By Claire Truscott (AFP) – 12.29.10

PATROL BASE GONZO, Afghanistan — US Marines fire mortars over the walls of their newest base in southern Afghanistan to defend ground freshly captured from the Taliban -- a sign of progress, they say, after years of stalemate.

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Afghan, US forces lay stepping stone in Afghanistan’s path of progress

y by Sgt. Dean Davis | Regimental Combat Team-2, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 12.29.2010

SANGIN, Afghanistan - At first, it looks like a clinic. Afghan children and men mill about the tents with over-the-counter medicine and pamphlets. Coalition forces help distribute supplies to locals after Afghan soldiers teach classes. But this outreach program is about more than just free medicine.

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December 28, 2010

The Marines of "Crusher One"

December 28, 2010 4:31 PM

The nine-man Marine squad "Crusher One" has seen some of the heaviest fighting in the war in Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan War: Is child abuse a new Taliban gambit?

US medics in Afghanistan say they are facing a harrowing new Taliban tactic.

By Nichole Sobecki
Published: December 28, 2010 05:57 ET in Asia

This brutal strategy is beginning to tug at the U.S. military’s medical capacity. Under NATO regulations, any Afghan civilian wounded as a result of military activity is treated in the Western military’s medical system. But Afghans seek help for many other things: motorcycle accidents and burst appendices, problems in childbirth and severe burn cases like Razia’s.

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"Thundering Third" Victories Come at Huge Cost

CBS News' Terry McCarthy Reports on the Physical and Mental Toll of Marines' Battles With the Taliban

By Terry McCarthy
December 28, 2010

(CBS) As part of our continuing coverage of "Afghanistan: the Road Ahead," CBS News correspondent Terry McCarthy follows the Third Battalion, First Marines at home, and abroad in Afghanistan.

Garmsir, Afghanistan - In Afghanistan, roadside bombs killed two more NATO service members Tuesday. Seven hundred nine NATO soldiers have been killed in 2010, the most of any year of the war. More than two-thirds were Americans.

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Fallen Mid-South marine's mother says her son lived out calling

Posted: Dec 28, 2010 10:48 PM EST
By Lori Brown

ARLINGTON, TN (WMC-TV) - The mother of a fallen Mid-South marine says her son felt called to become a marine.

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Coalition engineers build bridge for Afghans in Marjah

Courtesy Story | ISAF Joint Command | Date: 12.28.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – Coalition engineers fabricated a bridge at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province, Dec. 21, which will later be installed in Marjah and serve as a permanent replacement for a medium-girder bridge.

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December 27, 2010

Marines aid missionary injured in Baja accident

By Don Norcross
Monday, December 27, 2010 at 7:59 p.m.

With his brother in the passenger seat, James Lamb eased a minivan onto a bumpy dirt road on the outskirts of Ensenada. Lamb, 34, was leading volunteers from a Lincoln, Neb., church to perform missionary work.

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Marines sort holiday mail at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan

Photo by Sgt. Brian Lautenslager | 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 12.27.2010


U.S. Marines with 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) sort mail during the busy holiday season at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 27.

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Semper Fi Fund founder nominated for award

Story by Lance Cpl. Lisa Tourtelot | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar | Date: 12.27.2010

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. - The Military Spouse of the Year nominations are in, and one nomination stands out among the rest.

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MWR opens on Camp Leatherneck

Story by Sgt. Shawn Coolman | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 12.27.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Afghanistan – A new Morale, Welfare and Recreation facility opened for service members on Camp Leatherneck with a ribbon cutting ceremony, Dec. 27.

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RCT-2 celebrates Christmas Eve with candlelight service

Story by Lance Cpl. Glen Santy | Regimental Combat Team-2, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 12.27.2010

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II, Afghanistan - Cmdr. Bill Appleton, Regimental Chaplain of Regimental Combat Team 2, hosted a Christmas Eve candlelight service at the Forward Operating Base Delaram II dining facility, Dec. 24, 2010.

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He’s ‘seen enough’ of war

John K. Ryan
Dec 27, 2010 12:12AM

When he finished his first stint a year ago, Marine Cpl. Jonathan Eckert couldn’t wait to get back to Afghanistan. He immediately signed back up for a second deployment.

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Bethalto Marine Dies From Injuries

Marine Lance Corporal Kenny Corzine, 23, From Bethalto Has Died

December 27, 2010

ROXANNA, IL (KTVI-FOX2now.com) — A Metro East family is feeling the painful impact of the war in Afghanistan first hand. Marine Lance Corporal Kenny Corzine, 23, from Bethalto has died. Corzine had been hospitalized after losing both of his legs in an IED attack on December 5.

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Marines ‘on edge’ from suppressing Taliban activity

12/27/2010 By Cpl. Daniel Woodall , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

COMBAT OUTPOST RANKEL, Afghanistan — Combat engineers with Combat Logistics Battalion 3, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) continue to improve mobility for Afghan civilians and the Marines of 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division (Forward), near Combat Outpost Rankel in southern Afghanistan.

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Marine Leadership Visits Camp Geronimo, Afghanistan

Courtesy Video | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 12.24.2010
Date Posted: 12.27.2010 8:01AM

B-roll of Gen. James Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps and Sgt. Maj. Carlton Kent, Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps visit service members with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines aboard Camp Geronimo, Afghanistan.

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Marine Corps top leaders visit Marines in Marjah Christmas Eve

Story by Lance Cpl. Andrew Johnston | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 12.24.2010
Date Posted:12.27.2010 03:50

CAMP HANSON, Afghanistan— Gen. James Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps and Sgt. Maj. Carlton Kent, sergeant major of the Marine Corps, visited Marines with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, at Camp Hanson in Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 24.

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Two 26th MEU innovators recognized

12/27/2010 By Gunnery Sgt. Bryce Piper, 26th MEU

USS KEARSARGE, At Sea — When a Marine receives an award, his fellow unit members share the pride of having one of their own recognized for his accomplishments. Marines with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit have twice as many reasons to share that pride, with two unit members selected to receive the prestigious Copernicus Award this year.

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December 26, 2010

Honor flight program reaches end of veteran wait list

December 26, 2010 3:13 PM

After sponsoring trips for 415 local World War II veterans to visit the memorial in their honor in Washington, D.C. officials with Honor Flights SENC said the organization may be reaching the end of a lengthy list of veterans interested in the venture.

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A military hospital's all-encompassing mission

By David Brown
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, December 26, 2010

AT KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, AFGHANISTAN Most of the time, this war-theater hospital crackles with danger and expertise, its staff members working to keep alive people who would be dead if they ended up almost anywhere else in the world.

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Obama, military mingle

The president visits service members and their families at the Kaneohe Marine base

By Craig Gima
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 26, 2010

President Barack Obama took time out of a quiet Christmas with family, friends and basketball to greet servicemen and women during their Christmas dinner on the Marine Corps Base Hawaii yesterday afternoon.

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$250M Unclaimed in Stop Loss Compensation Act

Just 69,000 of 145,000 Eligible Servicemen and Women Filed for Compensation for Serving Past Their Original Discharge Date

By Byron Pitts
Dec. 26, 2010

(CBS) Michael Pereira served his country with honor -- in Afghanistan. Four years ago, he looked forward to leaving the service to be with his wife and family. But he was forced to put his civilian life on hold, reports CBS News correspondent Byron Pitts.

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Paying for power jolts some military families

About 6,400 Navy and Marine Corps households will be charged for excess energy use, a cost some believe is unfair

By William Cole
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 26, 2010

Come Saturday, 6,400 military families in Hawaii will start to get electricity bills where there weren't any before, and although the change is intended to reduce consumption, not all are viewing the effort with holiday cheer.

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December 25, 2010

Top US general visits troops in Afghanistan

Associated Press
Dec 25, 7:57 AM EST

MARJAH, Afghanistan (AP) -- The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan crisscrossed the country on Saturday, visiting coalition troops on Christmas at some of the main battle fronts in a show of appreciation and support in the tenth year of the war against the Taliban.

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Christmas On The Battlefield

Troops Celebrate Christmas in Afghanistan

News video
December 25, 2010

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Christmas cheer flows through Camp Leatherneck

Story by Lance Cpl. Jeremy Fasci | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 12.25.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Singers from the Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps sang Christmas carols for recovering service members and those eating their Christmas meal at the dining facilities at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Dec. 25.

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Commandant spends Christmas Eve with RCT-1

Story by Cpl. Skyler Tooker | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 12.24.2010
Date Posted: 12.25.2010 11:13

CAMP DWYER, Helmand province, Afghanistan— The commandant and sergeant major of the Marine Corps stopped in at Camp Dwyer, Helmand province, Afghanistan, for a Christmas Eve dinner with Regimental Combat Team 1, Dec. 24.

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’Twas a Night in December

By Jian DeLeon, Ian Graham and Navy Lt. Jennifer Cragg
Emerging Media, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2010 – Servicemembers stationed from Antarctica to Afghanistan lent their talents and time to craft a video for a poem titled “’Twas a Night in December,” based on Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” but rewritten with a military twist.

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US Marine in Afghanistan sends ice sculpture to family in his place

* By Yoav Gonen of the New York Post
* From: NewsCore
* December 25, 2010 6:07PM

A WARM-hearted US Marine stationed Afghanistan couldn't come home for Christmas or his sister's birthday - so he stunned his family by sending them a towering ice block carved in his likeness instead.

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December 24, 2010

OC spirit sends Christmas trees to Marines

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Published: Dec. 23, 2010
Updated: Dec. 24, 2010 2:39 a.m.

Half a world away in Afghanistan, it's Christmas Eve.

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Thanking the troops

Last Updated: 12:15 AM, December 24, 2010
Posted: 9:25 PM, December 23, 2010

During the holiday season, please take more than a moment to remember and be grateful for the enormous sacrifices made by brave American service members to protect our freedoms and defend our way of life.

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Signs of Progress in Afghanistan

Marine Corps commandant visits troops, thanks them for service

December 24, 2010

News video General Amos, Marine Corps Commandant, visiting Marines in Afghanistan.

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In Clinton Marine's final moments, he asked medics to save his dog

Former Red Devils football player killed in Afghanistan

By Ron Barnett • Staff writer • Published: December 24. 2010 2:00AM

Billy Crouse lived life on the edge, and that’s how he died, in the service of his country.

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Vets launch clothing line for wounded warriors

By Kate Wiltrout - The Virginian-Pilot via AP
Posted : Friday Dec 24, 2010 12:43:53 EST

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Jason Redman remembers what it was like to go out in public while recovering from war wounds — out into what he called “the land of stares and gawks.”

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December 23, 2010

Christmas cheer, Afghan-style, for US troops

By Claire Truscott (AFP) – 12.23.10

FOB TALIBJAN, Afghanistan — There will be no Christmas turkey and trimmings for US marines at Patrol Base Talibjan this year -- a chemically heated meal of preserved meat is all the infantry men expect.

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Marine Assigned To Dangerous Duty Killed In Afghanistan

By Maureen Mespell
By Jeff Neumeyer
December 23, 2010

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Making the ultimate sacrifice for country and for your fellow servicemen. 22-year old Lance Corporal Billy Crouse, a Marine who attended Northrop High School for part of his teen years, died Tuesday in Afghanistan, along with his bomb-sniffing dog, doing a job that is considered one of the war effort's most dangerous.

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MCB Hawaii Operations and Training Directorate holds first training symposium

Story by Kristen Wong | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 12.23.2010

KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii — This year, more than 4,000 service members from various branches of the military, including the Army and the Coast Guard, have taken advantage of training opportunities on base. At a recent symposium, attendees could get a more in-depth look at the kind of training that has reputedly produced some of the “best battalions,” according to Lt. Col. Michael Antonio, director of the Operations and Training Directorate.

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Marine Corps top leadership visits Camp Leatherneck

Story by Sgt. Shawn Coolman | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 12.23.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Gen. James Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps, and Sgt. Maj. Carlton Kent, the sergeant major of the Marine Corps visited Marines aboard Camp Leatherneck, Dec. 23.

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Commandant of the Marine Corps visits troops in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Shannon McMillan | 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 12.23.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, accompanied by the Corps’ top enlisted Marine, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Carlton Kent, visited service members of 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Dec. 23.

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Pentagon Told Congress It’s Studying Brain-Damage Therapy

by T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, and Daniel Zwerdling, NPR Dec. 23, 2010, 8:30 a.m.

Last month, the Pentagon sent a soothing letter [1] to members of Congress worried about the treatment of soldiers who suffered brain injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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For Lima Company, Holidays Away From Home Are Bittersweet

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

Dec. 23, 2010

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

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RCT-1 celebrates Christmas

Photo by Cpl. Skyler Tooker | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 12.23.2010

The Regimental Combat Team 1 Christmas party started out with a hot meal followed by Christmas presents for all the Marines, while at Camp Dwyer, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 22, 2010.

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December 22, 2010

Pendleton Marine families treated by Disney on Ice

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Published: Dec. 22, 2010

ANAHEIM - Marines from Camp Pendleton and their families were treated to a little holiday rest and relaxation Wednesday with characters of the show Disney on Ice.

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Marine's services set

Family sets up music scholarship fund

By TOM KNAPP, Staff Writer
Intelligencer Journal
Lancaster New Era
Updated Dec 22, 2010 22:51

Cpl. Eric Torbert Jr. will be laid to rest Tuesday in a Lancaster cemetery.

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Restoring a national icon, memorial for fallen Marines

12/22/2010 By Sgt. Jimmy D. Shea , Headquarters Marine Corps

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Marine Corps War Memorial Foundation is planning the restoration and preservation of the Corps’ beloved Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va.

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Raised in Dover, dog dies a hero in Afghanistan

Cole detected explosives, saved Marines' lives

By J.L. MILLER • The News Journal • December 22, 2010

Cole was born to be a champion. He died a hero.

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Marines in Afghanistan get a ‘hug from home’

FBC Dover sends Christmas shoeboxes

Dec 22, 2010

AFGHANISTAN (FBW)—Somewhere in Afghanistan this Christmas a U.S. Marine unit will celebrate with gifts from First Baptist Church in Dover. The Marines will take a break from working on vehicles in a motor pool to open shoe boxes full of tasty goodies from Florida.

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2/1 honors fallen brother

Story by Cpl. Skyler Tooker | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 12.22.2010

PATROL BASE HERNANDEZ, Afghanistan – Cpl. Chad S. Wade was remembered by his fellow Marines during a memorial service at Patrol Base Hernandez, Dec. 13.

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Marine honored for heroism, courage

12/22/2010 By Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan — Running into a hail of bullets to save lives is not something just anyone would do, but Marines who have earned our country’s highest awards for heroism have done just that.

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December 21, 2010

Transformative Year in Afghanistan Leaves Many Challenges for US in 2011

Al Pessin | The Pentagon
21 December 2010

2010 was a transformative year for the U.S. effort in Afghanistan, with 30,000 additional troops and thousands more civilians flowing into the country to implement President Barack Obama's revised strategy for winning the now nine-year-old war.

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For the Families News Letter #2

By 1stLt Jeffrey L. Williford ,
1st Battalion (1/23)
Camp Pendleton, Ca.

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

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Carolers sound off

12/21/2010 By Lance Cpl. Casey F. Meehan , 2nd Marine Division

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — ‘Twas nine nights before Christmas when all through the base, Marines were busy working, keeping it safe. The families paced restlessly because they all cared, About the Marines who couldn’t be there; “But worry not,” said the band to the families in plight. “Your Marines will return after they finish their fight. “In the meantime, let’s honor their brave sacrifice, By singing Christmas carols all through the night.”

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Desert downpour no roadblock for Marines

12/21/2010 By Gunnery Sgt. Sergio Jimenez , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Flash flood warnings and a wrecked training area may have forced Combat Center Marines to scrub their planned 12-mile hike through the Mojave Desert, but not cancel their training plans altogether.

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Seether rocks Marine Corps Base Hawaii

Story by Lance Cpl. Reece Lodder | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 12.21.2010

Jarring screams, face-melting guitar riffs and bowel-shaking bass highlighted platinum hard rock band Seether’s United Service Organizations-sponsored free concert on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Dec. 17, 2010.

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A Christmas story you never heard

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Dick Trail

Dr. Don Blank, fellow Air Force veteran, forwarded this story and it is too good not to share. Incidentally the Air Force Academy football team beat both the Army and the Navy winning the Commander In Chief's Trophy this year and all three will be appearing in Bowl games. This article appeared in the Philadelphia Daily News on Dec. 22, 2005, by Ronnie Polaneczky and edited a bit by me. Now to the story:

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Paying it forward: ‘Kings of Battle’ Marines clean up homeless veterans shelter

Story by Lance Cpl. Reece Lodder | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 12.21.2010

WAIANAE, Hawaii -- Marines are imbued with a willingness to serve — from the time they swear an oath to defend their country to the time they join the fight overseas.

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I MEF receives ‘tons’ of mail during holiday season

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

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

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Marines celebrate Christmas with their second family

Story by Cpl. Megan Sindelar | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 12.21.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – In a combat zone it is hard for Marines to spend Christmas away from their families, but this year Marines at Camp Leatherneck are celebrating Christmas with their second family: each other

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Mark Wahlberg visits Helmand province

Story by Lance Cpl. Jeremy Fasci | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 12.21.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Service members at Camp Leatherneck, Camp Dwyer and combat outpost Azadi had met with actor Mark Wahlberg during a holiday visit to Afghanistan, Dec. 19 and 20.

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Philanthropist, not Pentagon, bankrolls promising TBI therapy

By T. Christian Miller and Daniel Zwerdling
ProPublica and NPR
Published: December 21, 2010

ATLANTA — One afternoon this fall, Bobby McKinney hunched over a coffee table with a clear glass surface. A lamp with a bare light bulb illuminated it from below. Pencil in hand, the former Marine traced the pattern for a tattoo across delicate paper, a swirling, intricate design reminiscent of a Celtic cross.

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December 20, 2010

1/5 Marines prepare for Afghanistan

Story by Lance Cpl. Benjamin Crilly | 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.20.2010

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Lance Cpl. Marco A. Hernandez leads his Marines through a local Afghan village conducting an atmospherics patrol to assess the mood of the locals. In a heartbeat the Marines’ attention turns from interacting with the local residents to sniper fire from the bazaar.

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1/5 Marine uses combat experience to train Marines

Story by Lance Cpl. Benjamin Crilly | 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.20.2010

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – The Marines huddled around a terrain model of the small town adjacent to their combat outpost. They listened carefully and took notes as Sgt. Michael P. Hodge, a squad leader with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, gave a pre-mission brief. Then they lined up at the gate and stepped out, knowing once they departed friendly lines their lives were in Hodge’s hands.

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Princeton Marine dies of Afghanistan injuries

Cpl. Sean Osterman, on his second tour of duty, had planned to attend college.

December 20, 2010 - 9:09 PM

After graduating from high school in 2007, Sean Osterman knew he was headed to the military, but took his time researching which branch might be best for him.

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1/5 mortarmen aim for for proficiency and cohesion

Story by Lance Cpl. Benjamin Crilly | 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.10.2010
Date Posted: 12.20.2010

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, fired mortars on Range MP-2 during an 81 mm mortar shoot, Dec. 10.

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Marine returns from Afghanistan in Santa's sack

Mark Gould, Multimedia Journalist

OHIO (NBC) -- Three young Ohio brothers got an early Christmas present last week when Santa brought them a very special surprise from Afghanistan.

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Three Pendleton Marines reflect on a year at war

Two return home from deployment, a third will spend Christmas in Helmand province

By Gretel C. Kovach
Monday, December 20, 2010 at 6 a.m.

Three Marines left Camp Pendleton for Afghanistan in the spring — a truck driver fresh from boot camp, an infantry officer ready to test himself in combat, and a sergeant major nearing retirement. • They were a few Marines among thousands sent to the war zone at a critical juncture in the nine-year war. Two have since returned home, while the third pushes to the end of a yearlong deployment with headquarters staff. • In this, the fourth and final installment of a series of profiles on their deployments, the Marines reflect on their service, how it changed them, and how it changed Afghanistan.

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Battle over science, money blocks widely recommended TBI therapy

By T. Christian Miller and Daniel Zwerdling
ProPublica and NPR
Published: December 20, 2010

WASHINGTON — Over the past few decades, scientists have become increasingly persuaded that people who suffer brain injuries benefit from what is called cognitive rehabilitation therapy — a lengthy, painstaking process in which patients relearn basic life tasks like counting, cooking and remembering directions to get home.

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Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Insurgents, Find Weapons

Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases
U.S. Department of Defense

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2010 – Afghan and coalition forces killed and detained several insurgents in operations today throughout Afghanistan, military officials reported.

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Marines return home after three high-profile assignments

Los Angeles Times
Published: Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Dec. 20, 2010 - 5:20 am

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Col. Roy Osborn, commander of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, has a succinct way of explaining the deployment that just ended with the safe return of 2,300 Marines and sailors.

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Jamaica Plain hub soon to bear name of a Marine hero

By Matt Rocheleau
Globe Correspondent / December 20, 2010

Alexander Scott Arredondo had always had a strong connection with Jamaica Plain.

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The heart of a soldier

By Colin DeVries
Hudson-Catskill Newspapers
Published: Monday, December 20, 2010 2:12 AM EST

GREENVILLE — Luke McDermott weeps openly for his fallen comrades, knowing they’ve made the ultimate sacrifice for God and country.

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Marine returns to hero’s welcome

By JOSEPH BUSTOS - [email protected]
Created: Monday, December 20, 2010 5:30 a.m. CST

LAKE IN THE HILLS – For 30 days at a time, U.S. Marine Sgt. Roland LeBlanc and his Camp Pendleton, Calif.-based unit would go on reconnaissance patrols in the northern part of Afghanistan.

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VA takes steps to deal with mounting Lejeune water claims

By Barbara Barrett | McClatchy Newspapers
* Posted on Monday, December 20, 2010

WASHINGTON — Responding to heightened publicity and an uneven smattering of decisions on claims, the Department of Veterans Affairs will begin training a specialized cadre of workers this week to handle disability claims related to historic water contamination at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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December 19, 2010

A hero’s highway: Fallen marine honored with sign on 136

by John Willis, Calhoun Times

On a blustery Dec. 16, Robin Patterson stood atop a ladder to cut the plastic covering from a new highway sign in Resaca.

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Marine from Twentynine Palms receives Silver Star for bravery in Afghanistan

December 19, 2010 | 12:45 pm

William Rollins, 27, of Houston, has been awarded the Silver Star for bravery during combat in Afghanistan while serving as a sergeant in the Marine Corps.

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A Marine gets a loud, joyous welcome home in Bridgewater

By STEPHEN REED • STAFF WRITER • December 19, 2010

BRIDGEWATER — With sirens wailing and lights flashing, a convoy of fire engines, police and rescue vehicles and motorcyclists escorted Cpl. Ryan Radwanski home on Sunday, marking his return from military service in Afghanistan.

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‘A humbling experience’

Posted: Sunday, December 19, 2010 1:31 am

POCATELLO — Lance Cpl. Ryan Swallow called his six months serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan “a humbling experience.”

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Joey Jones makes first visit home since Afghanistan blast

By: Todd South
Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010

DALTON, Ga. — Joyce Jones barely could wait for the car door to open to hug her son, a Marine sergeant who arrived home Saturday for the first time since an August bomb blast in Afghanistan took his legs.

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Afghan War Just a Slice of U.S. Coverage

Published: December 19, 2010
The New York Times

As the Obama administration conducted an Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy review this month, the news media did too, and the coverage came peppered with question marks.

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Operation Hero Miles Reunites Wounded Heroes with Their Families


Governor Pat Quinn today encouraged families throughout Illinois to support Operation Hero Miles, a program that benefits servicemembers who were injured in Iraq or Afghanistan. Through the program, people can donate unused frequent flyer miles to allow military families to visit their loved ones recovering in military hospitals around the world.

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MARSOC purchases retro woodland camouflage

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Dec 19, 2010 18:08:16 EST

Marine special operators are going old-school. Some have ditched their MARPAT for “NATO woodland print” which is similar to what all Marines wore more than a decade ago. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command purchased 300 sets of the uniforms for use on unspecified missions.

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Faithful to Two Worlds: The Marines and the Artistic Life

Published: December 19, 2010

WASHINGTON — He’s an artist on his way to his second war, and he wants to make one thing perfectly clear: He is not a Marine who paints, but a painter who fights.

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Mark Wahlberg visits troops in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Shannon McMillan | 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 12.19.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Actor Mark Wahlberg visited service members of 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Dec. 19.

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In Afghanistan, Tate keeps link to Spartans

After successful mission, former player to be honorary captain at bowl game

Joe Rexrode • [email protected] • December 19, 2010

In Afghanistan, 2nd Lt. Joe Tate encountered hostile Taliban, endured 130-degree temperatures, guided 39 Marines safely through a seven-month tour, helped build foot bridges and a soccer field, and marveled at the dedication of Muslims fasting each day during the monthlong observance of Ramadan.

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Father and son reunited, serving combat tours

Story by Lance Cpl. Glen Santy | Regimental Combat Team-2, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 12.19.2010

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II, Afghanistan - After nearly a year apart, Petty Officer 1st Class Greg Hoodenpyle, 54, and his son 1st Lt. Alex Hoodenpyle, 25, were reunited here, Dec. 10 through 17, 2010.

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December 18, 2010

U.S. Marine visits Loveland school to thank second-graders for writing messages to troops

By Sarah Bultema
Loveland Reporter-Herald
Publish Date: 12/18/2010

With most children dressed in festive red and green, some even donning reindeer ears, Debra Lucero’s second-grade students at B.F. Kitchen Elementary were bustling Friday morning in preparation for their holiday performance

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Friends, classmates, veterans honor fallen Marine in vigil at Lake Worth Beach

By Julius Whigham II
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Updated: 2:13 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010
Posted: 9:56 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, 2010

LAKE WORTH — One by one the candles were lit in front of a photo of Marine Lance Cpl. Jose A. Hernandez.

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Wounded Marine arrives home to hero's reception

December 18, 2010 12:32 AM
Craig Smith / CBS 6 Staff

COLONIE -- It was a special holiday homecoming for a local Marine -- his first time back to Westerlo since he lost his lower legs to an explosion in Afghanistan in June.

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U.S. Marine Sgt. Jason D. Peto remembered for loyalty, love for the "sweetness of life" at funeral

Published: Saturday, December 18, 2010, 8:32 PM
By Matt Buxton, The Oregonian

While clouds part to the sun in the moments after a rain storm on a cold, windy Saturday morning, a hearse -- with the escort of motorcycles customary to a military funeral -- pulls into the parking lot of a church in Vancouver.

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Derry Marine had 'Heart of a Lion'

Union Leader Correspondent
December 18, 2010

DERRY -- To the hundreds of mourners lining Crystal Avenue yesterday morning, U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Geary’s death was much more than a sad story. He was one of them.
Geary, 20, was killed in combat Dec. 8 while serving with Fox Company 2/9 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

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December 17, 2010

‘Workhorse of the Wing’ repairs national park roadways

12/17/2010 By Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT N.C. — Marine Wing Support Squadron 271 Marines partnered with members of the Croatan District Office Dec. 6-10 to help repair the damaged roads, which are used by forest rangers, outdoor enthusiasts and the general public alike.

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Com. Company – you’re connected

12/17/2010 By Lance Cpl. Bruno J. Bego, 2nd Marine Logistics Group

Camp Lejeune, N.C. — Marines with the communications section attached to 2nd Marine logistics Group (Forward) kept troops connected during a Command Post Exercise aboard Camp Lejeune N.C., Dec.16.

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Fallen Marine to be buried here

Jose Hernandez lived in Pueblo as a boy.

Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010 12:00 am


Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Hernandez, who lived in Pueblo as a young boy, will be buried here by his family after being killed by a mine in Afghanistan on Tuesday.

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CLR-2 sergeant is honored with Purple Heart

12/17/2010 By Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado, 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — A motor transportation operator with Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, received the Purple Heart medal during a ceremony aboard Camp Lejeune, Dec. 15.

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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks to Marines and Sailors in Afghanistan

MARJAH, Afghanistan (Dec. 17, 2010) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus speaks to Marines and Sailors assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines and 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines.

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Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus speaks to Marines and Sailors

MARJAH, Afghanistan (Dec. 17, 2010) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus speaks to Marines and Sailors assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment and 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment.

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Marines patrol the streets of Marjah, Afghanistan.

MARJAH, Afghanistan (Dec. 17, 2010) Marines assigned to 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, patrol the streets of Marjah, Afghanistan. (US Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin O'Brien)

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December 16, 2010

Orange Grove family hopes fallen Marine's bomb dog can live with them

Marines tell parents: Dog crawled on top of Rusk after he went down and wouldn't let anyone get near him

* By Jaime Powell
* Corpus Christi Caller Times
* Posted December 16, 2010 at 7:03 p.m., updated December 16, 2010 at 8:47 p.m.

CORPUS CHRISTI — When U.S. Marine Pfc. Colton Rusk was shot Dec. 5 by Taliban fighters, an unconventional Marine named Eli rushed to save his best friend.

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Afghanistan's Real-Life 'Hurt Locker'

An Up-Close Look at How the Marines Hunt for Bombs to Save Lives

SAFAR BAZAAR, Afghanistan, Dec. 16, 2010

(CBS) As part of our continuing coverage of "Afghanistan: the Road Ahead," - CBS News correspondent Terry McCarthy follows the Third Battalion, First Marines at home, and abroad in Afghanistan.

Sergeant Matthew Jackson, a bomb disposal expert, maneuvers a robot up to a car he suspects may be booby trapped.

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Warrant officer program seeks the best from the enlisted ranks

12/16/2010 By Pfc. David Flynn , Marine Corps Recruiting Command

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va — Every year, hundreds of enlisted Marines join the officer ranks through the warrant officer program.

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White House report cites progress in Afghanistan

By Jeanette Steele
Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 7:31 p.m.

A much-anticipated White House report card on the Afghanistan war concludes that the Taliban are hamstrung in many regions and that al-Qaeda leaders have suffered grave losses since the American military surge began early this year.

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3rd Marine Regiment honors fallen heroes with memorial run

Story by Lance Cpl. Reece Lodder | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 12.16.2010

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Hawaii -- Behind a giant white banner bearing the phrase, “To honor their blood… with our sweat,” the morning sun shone brightly off a row of 116 dog tags displayed outside the 3rd Marine Regiment headquarters building on Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

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Mullen Gets Unvarnished Look at Afghanistan Mission

Story by Jim Garamone | Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs | Date: 12.16.2010

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen got the clear and unvarnished truth about conditions in some of the toughest areas in Afghanistan when he stopped at forward operating bases in Helmand and Kandahar provinces Dec. 16.

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Congress passes expansion of GI Bill benefits

By Leo Shane III
Stars and Stripes
Published: December 16, 2010

WASHINGTON — For the second time in two years, Congress has approved a major overhaul of GI Bill benefits, this time simplifying the formula for college tuition payments and awarding housing stipends to students attending classes online.

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Boy Scouts visit Quantico for campout

12/16/2010 By Cpl. Meloney R. Moses , Marine Corps Base Quantico

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — Scouts from the Great Cardinal District held their 2010 Oorah Camporee winter event Dec. 10-12 at Lunga Park with demonstrations from Motor Transportation, Security Battalion and Marine Corps Martial Arts Program volunteers.

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HMLA-369 Marines get 'back in the saddle'

12/16/2010 By Cpl. Alexandra M. Harris , Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Marines with Marine Light Attack Squadron 369 recently returned to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and began their 'back in the saddle’ training after a seven and a half month deployment to Afghanistan.

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Salisbury U.S. Marine sergeant will have merry Christmas at home

After 3 tours in Iraq, one in Afghanistan, Salisbury man ready for some family time

By Earl Holland • Staff Writer • December 16, 2010

SALISBURY -- It was what Chris Manuel had awaited for a while -- the time he would be able to come home and spend the holidays with his family.

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Marine raised in Stanton Heights killed in Afghanistan

By Chris Togneri
Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Marine who grew up in Stanton Heights died in Afghanistan, his family confirmed Wednesday.

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Pinkerton gathers to pay its final respects

New Hampshire Union Leader Staff

DERRY – Pinkerton Academy's school community mounted a touching farewell Wednesday for one of its own -- Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Geary, a 2009 graduate of the school who died in combat last week in Afghanistan.

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Frontline photos 12/16/2010

Sgt. Artur Shvartsberg / Marine Corps

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

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A quarter-million Americans respond to Marine’s call to keep children warm in Marjah

Story by Lance Cpl. Andrew Johnston
Date 12.08.2010
Date Posted: 12.16.2010 00:36

MARJAH, Afghanistan— It all started with a click of a button. One strike of the keyboard and the email was sent. Like a wild fire, the message quickly spread.

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Troop Discharges High for 'Pre-Existing' Psychiatric Disorders

Published December 16, 2010
| FoxNews.com

A pair of recently released government
reports shows that more military trainees are being discharged for "pre-existing" psychiatric conditions than any other reason, with those cases particularly high among Marines.

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Event Pays Tribute to ‘The Chosin Few’

By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2010 – Fang Woo walked into a room, walls adorned with Navy history memorabilia, and made a beeline for a young Marine reservist across the room.

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'Secret Santa’ brings Christmas cheer to deployed troops in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Shannon McMillan | 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 12.11.2010
Date Posted:12.16.2010 08:03

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – ‘Twas the month of December and all through desert lands, service members were prepared for the missions at hand. Though they would not be home for the holiday season, there was laughter and joy that came with great reason.

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Coalition engineers improve road in Sangin

Courtesy Story | Navy Visual News Service | Date: 12.16.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – Coalition engineers recently conducted route improvement operations in the Sangin district, Helmand proivnce.

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Letters from children warm hearts aboard Kearsarge

12/16/2010 By Petty Officer 3rd Class Cristina Gabaldon , 26th MEU

Marines with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge had a special holiday treat when they were granted the opportunity to receive and respond to letters from children back in the United States.

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Marine bomb technician dies in Afghanistan

Thursday, December 16, 2010
By Torsten Ove, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A veteran Marine bomb technician originally from Stanton Heights was killed in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb on Tuesday.

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December 15, 2010

Are Marines Giving Up too Much in Afghanistan?

Four Marines Who Lost Limbs in Afghanistan Talk About the Afghan People, Their Time in Afghanistan and the Price They Paid

Dec. 15, 2010
By David Martin

(CBS) If ever Marines earned the right to speak their minds about the war, it is a group of four men who were all gravely wounded by roadside bombs in Afghanistan, reports CBS News National Security correspondent David Martin

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Injured corpsman greets troops who helped save him

1st Reconnaissance Battalion arrives home in time for the holidays

By MARK WALKER - [email protected] North County Times - Californian | Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 8:53 pm

He lost his legs, his left arm and part of his right hand to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in August, but Navy Medical Corpsman James Raffetto says that's not what's been worrying him.

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True hero: Lake Worth Marine steps on land mine, protects unit

December 15, 2010 11:50 PM

Lake Worth, Fla.-- The family of 19-year-old Lance Corporal Jose Hernandez was understandably grief stricken Wednesday night.

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Highly educated Marine values role on front line

By Jon Rabiroff
Stars and Stripes
Published: December 15, 2010

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Afghanistan — Marine Capt. Nicholas Schmitz uses a plastic bag for a toilet, showers in foul-smelling well water and often leads his platoon on patrol on the front line in the war against the Taliban.

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Marine remembered for his determination

N.H. resident slain in combat in Afghanistan

By Thomas Byrne
Globe Correspondent / December 15, 2010

MALDEN — Lance Corporal Michael E. Geary was a determined, level-headed teenager who decided at an early age he wanted to be a US Marine, his family says.

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1st Recon Bn. returns from Afghanistan

Courtesy Story | 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.15.2010

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Approximately 220 Marines and sailors with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion returned to Camp Pendleton Dec. 15, following a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan.

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Pair of Marine moms headed to Boston Marathon

By Mark Walker
North County Times
Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 7:51 pm

Marine moms are a strong, proud and brave bunch. But they can also be wracked with worry when their sons and daughters are at war in Afghanistan and they hear daily reports of battlefield carnage.

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Colonel asks community to help wounded Marines' recovery

John Davis • Poughkeepsie Journal • December 15, 2010

FREEDOM PLAINS — Individuals, businesses and organizations such as the LaGrange Sunrise Rotary Club can help the recovery of Marines severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Marines Return to Amphibious Roots

By Marine Corps Capt. Timothy Patrick
2nd Marine Expeditionary Force

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., Dec. 15, 2010 – After nearly a decade of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Marine Corps has been inappropriately branded as a second land army.

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MarForPac Band CD covers hits

Story by Lance Cpl. Vanessa American Horse | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 12.15.2010

KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii - The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band released their first cover band CD this week.

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Marines fly Santa, helpers to Arizona reservation

(AP) – 12.15.10

SUPAI, Ariz. (AP) — Children on the Havasupai reservation don't associate Santa Claus with a sleigh and flying reindeer.

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MCX to grow in size, become one-stop shopping destination

Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 2:43 pm
Lance Cpl. Victor A. Barrera, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

The Marine Corps Exchange aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is currently going through construction that will provide service members and their families a one-stop shopping destination.

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Impact of Poverty in Africa

by Cpl. Scott Schmidt, Marine Forces Africa | Wednesday, December 15, 2010 10:23

TENGA, Mozambique — Hundreds of Mozambican villagers lined a dusty dirt road at dawn Aug. 5 to receive medical care from U.S. service members and medics with the Armed Forces for the Defenses of Mozambique (FADM).

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NATO Push Deals Taliban a Setback in Kandahar

Published: December 15, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan — As the Obama administration reviews its strategy in Afghanistan, residents and even a Taliban commander say the surge of American troops this year has begun to set back the Taliban in parts of their southern heartland and to turn people against the insurgency — at least for now.

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Marine helps less fortunate in U.S., Afghanistan

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

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

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Red Cross warns of rise in armed groups in Afghanistan as bombs kill 3 kids, NATO soldier

Associated Press
Dec 15, 6:03 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The international Red Cross warned Wednesday of an increase in the number of Afghan armed groups operating in the country as bombings killed three children and a NATO soldier in separate attacks in southern Afghanistan.

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December 14, 2010

Orange Grove Marine's funeral will be Saturday

Visitation will be Friday in Annaville

* By Jaime Powell
* Corpus Christi Caller Times
* Posted December 14, 2010 at 12:46 p.m.

ORANGE GROVE — The waiting is the hard part now.

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Pressing on with purpose: Marine firefighters hike Honolulu Marathon for second year, raise money for wounded warriors

Story by Lance Cpl. Reece Lodder | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 12.14.2010

HONOLULU — Under the auburn glow of Honolulu streetlights, eight Marines in boots and camouflage trousers donned packs chock-full of fluids, food and 65 pounds of gear, yet still swiftly moved to the Honolulu Marathon’s starting line.

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Mullen Discusses Surge Successes in Afghanistan

Story by Jim Garamone | Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs | Date: 12.14.2010

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Though the last of the U.S. surge troops only reached Afghanistan last month, they already are achieving successes, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Pakistani reporters here Dec. 14.

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Marine commandant concluded DADT repeal may risk lives

By Kevin Baron
Stars and Stripes
Published: December 14, 2010

ARLINGTON, Va. — The nation’s top Marine Corps officer said he read the Pentagon’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” report and troop survey repeatedly, thoughtfully, and without prejudice before deciding he could not endorse a change that might bring distractions or endanger the lives of Marines in combat.

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

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

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

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U.S. Marine Corps Adds Electric Trucks to its Fleet

by Michael Graham Richard, Ottawa, Canada on 12.14.10

The U.S. Marine Corps has just bought two electric Newton trucks from Smith Electric. The photo above shows the prototype (which the USMC will repaint to their liking), which is a bit different from the Smith Electric Newton trucks that we're more used to see (see the other pic below). The trucks will be delivered to Camp Pendleton, CA, the Corps' largest West Coast training facility, and home of the First Marine Expeditionary Force.

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Giving rides to Marines a truly patrotic gesture

Jerry Evans • Special to The Desert Sun • December 14, 2010

Imagine this: You are a young Marine coming off a holiday/ predeployment leave. You land at the Palm Springs airport on a Sunday. You have spent most of your $1,600 pay. You must get to the Marine base at Twentynine Palms for deployment to Afghanistan. The first thing you do is head for the USO. You grab a snack, greet others, recharge your cell phone, call home, check e-mail and figure out how to get to the base.

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Report: U.S. mulls African base

Published: Dec. 14, 2010 at 2:13 PM

ALGIERS, Algeria, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reported to be seeking "expressions of interest" in building a military airbase in a "North African country," indicating the Americans may be planning to take a more active role in the regional war against al-Qaida.

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Soldiers Sacrifice Limbs for Afghanistan

The Price of Progress: At Bethesda Naval Hospital, Amputees Recover From Injuries Received While in Afghanistan

By David Martin
BETHESDA, Md., Dec. 14, 2010

(CBS) If you want to measure the price of progress in Afghanistan, there's no better place than the surgical ward at Bethesda Naval Hospital, reports CBS News David Martin

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Frontline photos 12/14/2010

Cpl. John M. McCall / Marine Corps

Afghan National Army soldiers and Marines with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, patrol down route 611 during a clearing operation...

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December 13, 2010

M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle hits Hawaii Marines’ hands, fleet Marine force

Story by Lance Cpl. Tyler Main | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 12.13.2010

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Hawaii - Marine Corps Systems Command personnel and gun maker Heckler & Koch staff delivered more than 80 M27 Infantry Automatic Rifles Dec. 3 to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment armorers.

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Marines to split new jets between Miramar, Yuma

Calls basing plan best for military operations

By Gretel C. Kovach
Monday, December 13, 2010 at 7:52 p.m.

Amid community concerns over noise and safety issues, the Navy Department is moving ahead with plans to evenly split its West Coast fleet of the new F-35B Joint Strike Fighter jets between Miramar Marine Corp Air Station and Yuma, Ariz.

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Peleliu, Pearl Harbor return to San Diego Sunday

By Gary Robbins, UNION-TRIBUNE
Originally published December 13, 2010 at 5:50 p.m., updated December 13, 2010 at 6:20 p.m.

The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu is scheduled to return to its home port of San Diego Sunday after leading a ready group on an eventful deployment to the western Pacific.

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Pendleton tank unit to deploy to Afghanistan

By Dan Lamothe - [email protected]
Posted : Monday Dec 13, 2010 17:51:44 EST

The Marine Corps has identified the unit that will operate the first U.S. tanks used in the 9-year-old war in Afghanistan.

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No decisive victory one year into Afghan surge

Associated Press
Dec 13, 7:08 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- One year after President Barack Obama ordered a troop buildup to halt the Taliban's momentum, the war in Afghanistan has not broken decisively in favor of U.S.-led forces - at least not yet.

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Advisor Training Cell continues to train the trainer

12/13/2010 By Cpl. Monty Burton , I MEF

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Tucked away in a gated compound on Camp Del Mar, the Marines of I Marine Expeditionary Force’s Advisor Training Cell work hard to prepare Marines to train and mentor Afghan national security forces.

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Marine Corps Historic Half Weekend of Running Events to Open for Registration on Dec. 15


The Marine Corps Historic Half marathon, one of the largest half marathons in Virginia, will open online registration beginning at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at www.marinemarathon.com. Since 2008, the Historic Half marathon held in the scenic colonial city of Fredericksburg has increased in popularity and participation to an anticipated 8,000 runners in 2011. The May 15 event is organized by the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) and U.S. Marines.

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Marines cycle through transition assistance program as Corps eyes changes

December 13, 2010 8:56 AM

Every United States armed service branch offers some assistance to troops transitioning from military to civilian life, but only Marines require their service members to attend a weeklong transition assistance class before they can receive their DD-214.

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US, Iraqi Marines conduct logistical operations

Story by Sgt. David Scott | United States Forces – Iraq, Deputy Commanding General (Advising and Training) | Date: 12.13.2010

UMM QASR, Iraq - A contingent of U.S. Marine Corps trainers and advisors recently assisted their Iraqi counterparts with the completion of a fundamental sustainment mission near Umm Qasr.

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Holiday remembrance at Arlington

Carol Guzy / The Washington Post

Photo Gallery

Wreath-laying is an annual event to remember those buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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December 12, 2010

1st CEB, Coalition forces complete Outlaw Wrath, destroy more than 50 IEDs

Story by Cpl. John McCall | 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.07.2010
Date Posted:12.12.2010 05:51

SANGIN, Afghanistan – Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), conducted an 8-day deliberate breaching operation, known as Outlaw Wrath, in the Sangin District, Nov. 29-Dec. 6.

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ANA platoons learn new tactics in Musa Qal’eh

Story by Lance Cpl. Joshua Hines | Regimental Combat Team-2, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 12.12.2010

MUSA QAL’EH, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army soldiers with 3rd Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 215th Corps undertook a platoon tactics course, taught by the Marine Advisor Team with 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, at the Afghan National Army compound in Musa Qal’eh, Dec. 8.

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New counseling hotline aims to 'DSTRESS' Marines, families

12/12/2010 By Staff Sgt. Jennifer Brofer , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Marines and family members who find themselves battling stress can talk to a trained counselor for free through the “DSTRESS” Line, a Marine Corps-sponsored phone hotline staffed 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

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Dwyer Cobra Detachment Provides close-air tactical advantage

Story by Sgt. Derek Carlson | 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs | Date: 12.11.2010
Date Posted:12.12.2010 09:51

FORWARD OPERATIING BASE DWYER, Afghanistan – A small detachment of AH-1W Super Cobra pilots and enlisted Marines stationed here, distanced from the main body of their squadron aboard Camp Leatherneck, work around the clock with few aircraft and limited manpower to provide immediate close air support for coalition and Afghan forces within the area.

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Survival Struggle in Sangin

Local Marines are locked in a bloody battle for the last Taliban stronghold

Updated 10:35 PM PST, Sun, Dec 12, 2010

It’s one of the most critical operations in the nine-year war in Afghanistan. 20 Members of Camp Pendleton’s 3rd Battalion 5th Marine regiment have been killed in Helmand province’s Sangin district since the beginning of October. Three of those deaths occurred this past week.

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Nawa turns into proving ground for U.S. strategy in Afghan war

By Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Sunday, December 12, 2010; 12:00 AM

IN NAWA, AFGHANISTAN When Gen. David H. Petraeus makes his case that the military's strategy in Afghanistan is succeeding, he cites the evolution of this community of mud-walled homes and wheat fields:

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December 11, 2010

Bases going to the dogs - and cats

By Jon Rabiroff
Stars and Stripes
Published: December 11, 2010

ARGHANDAB DISTRICT, Afghanistan — U.S. soldiers and Marines are smuggling them onto bases across the country.

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Job gives marine more family time, less deployment risk

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

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

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Local Doctor Honored for Afghanistan Work

Gave Medical Care to Sick Women and Children

Saturday, December 11, 2010
By Carla Amurao

The Santa Barbara County Medical Society (SBCMS) held its annual meeting at the Four Seasons Biltmore on December 7. SBCMS presented Dr. Gilbert Andersen of Lompoc with the coveted Physician of the Year award. Keynote speaker, C. Alan Brown, M.D., discussed his recent tour in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marine Corps as a medical officer from October 2009 to June 2010.

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Obama honors Pendleton corpsman

President presents Keegan Purcell with Purple Heart in Afghanistan

Posted: Saturday, December 11, 2010 12:15 am | Updated: 9:27 am, Sat Dec 11, 2010.
By PHIL WRIGHT East Oregonian

One moment Pendleton native Keegan Purcell was lying on an Afghanistan battlefield fighting for his life.

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Army to Deploy XM2010 Sniper Rifle to Afghanistan

Susy Raybon
*Military Community Examiner
*December 11, 2010 8:17 am ET

Army snipers are training with the new XM2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle at an undisclosed facility in Arkansas and according to the Remington Arms Company and the Department of Defense U.S. soldiers will have it in their hands shortly after the first of the year.

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December 10, 2010

Remembering Dec. 7 at site of first attacks

Story by Kristen Wong | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 12.10.2010

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Hawaii - With a clear sky and a bright morning sun, the base remembered its eighteen sailors and two civilian contractors lost on “the date which will live in infamy,” in front of the Kaneohe Klipper Monument, Dec. 7.

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2 suspects arrested in stabbing death of Marine in French Quarter

Published: Friday, December 10, 2010, 11:22 AM
By Times-Picayune Staff

Melvin Clay, 37, and Heliana Amrine, 21, were arrested Thursday night in connection to the stabbing death of 23-year-old Marine Corps sergeant Ryan Lekosky, a Texas native who was stationed in Belle Chasse, in October.

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Camp Pendleton Marines beat back insurgents

As casualties taper, commanders send in tanks in Sangin river valley in Afghanistan

By Gretel C. Kovach
Friday, December 10, 2010 at 6:34 p.m.

Camp Pendleton Marines made advances in recent weeks in their campaign to beat back insurgents in the hard-fought Sangin river valley — the Taliban’s last major stronghold in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, their commanding general said.

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Live-fire training with a blast

12/10/2010 By Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP SENDAI, Japan — Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, concluded this evolution of the Artillery Relocation Training Program at Camp Sendai, Japan, Dec. 1.

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5th ANGLICO prepares to return home

12/10/2010 By Lance Cpl. Jovane M. Holland , Marine Corps Bases Japan

Helmand province, Afghanistan — The Marines of 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF, are nearing the end of their seven-month deployment to Helmand province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Bleak Afghan and Pakistan intelligence reviews

Associated Press Writers
Dec 10, 7:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) -- New U.S. intelligence reports paint a bleak picture of the security conditions in Afghanistan and say the war cannot be won unless Pakistan roots out militants on its side of the border, according to several U.S. officials who have been briefed on the findings.

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Conduits for Progress: 'America’s Battalion' returns successful from Afghanistan deployment

Story by Lance Cpl. Reece Lodder | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 12.10.2010

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Hawaii - Every day away was a test — but “America’s Battalion” is finally home.

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Arlington Wreaths Event Continues Holiday Tradition

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2010 – For nearly 20 years, a group of dedicated volunteers and sponsors have ensured that servicemembers and other prominent Americans at rest at Arlington National Cemetery are not forgotten during the holiday season.

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Three hooahs for adopted batallion

Marine foundation chairman creates event to boost 'Thundering Third' morale by showing them Americans still support the troops.

By Britney Barnes, [email protected]
December 10, 2010 | 12:24 p.m.

Red, white and blue balloons filled Marine View Middle School's gymnasium, and the colors were echoed throughout on banners hung on every surface.

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December 9, 2010

4 bases selected to host Marine F-35Bs

By Susanne M. Schafer - The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday Dec 9, 2010 20:33:35 EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The military plans to put 400 of the Marine Corps’ new vertical take-off F-35B fighter jets at four installations in North Carolina, South Carolina, California and Arizona.

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NH Marine killed in Afghanistan, lauded as hero

By Norma Love
Associated Press / December 9, 2010

CONCORD, N.H.—Michael Geary was so proud to be a Marine he wore his dress uniform to show his Pinkerton Academy English teacher after he completed training.

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HMH-462 gives 1/23 a lift

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

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

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Thousands gather to pay tribute to fallen Marine

By KAREN STEIN, Staff Writer Ledger Independent | Posted: Thursday, December 9, 2010 9:25 pm

PEEBLES, Ohio -- Close to a thousand mourners lined the streets of Peebles Thursday afternoon to watch a police motorcade escort the body of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Lucas C. Scott home.

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Navy, Marine Corps Prepare for Amphibious Training

By Ian Graham
Emerging Media, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2010 – For the past 10 years, the word “Marine” in the Marine Corps has seemed a misnomer: combat in Iraq and Afghanistan have left the majority of Marines land locked, with little or no experience in amphibious operations.

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St. Helena Marine itching to return to Afghanistan

John Lindblom Napa Valley Register | Posted: Thursday, December 9, 2010 12:00 am

Corporal Michael DeLeon, a graduate of St. Helena High School — class of 2004 — will not soon dismiss from memory his U.S. Marine Corps tour of duty in the pervasive, all-encompassing dust in an area of Afghanistan called Deleram in the Sangin River area.

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Women-led U.S. Teams Work With Afghan Women

By Jian DeLeon
Emerging Media, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2010 – Following the counterinsurgency tenet of supporting civilians, the Army and Marines have deployed women-focused teams to gain insight into Afghanistan’s mostly silent female population.

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Charles couple's son dies in Afghanistan

By Gretchen Phillips
Maryland Independent
Thursday, December 9, 2010

U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. William J. Donnelly IV, the son of a Pomfret couple, died Nov. 25 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense said.

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2nd MLG Marines receive Purple Heart medal

12/9/2010 By Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Three Marines with the 2nd Marine Logistics Group received Purple Heart medals during a ceremony aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 2.

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All-female U.S. Marine team in Afghanistan


Here is a selection from the photo essay by Getty Images photojournalist Paula Bronstein that Getty moved this morning. Photographed last month, the images depict the women deployed as the second Female Engagement team in Afghanistan.

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Marine commandant speaks at MCAS Yuma

December 09, 2010 5:03 PM

In his first tour of West Coast installations since becoming the 35th commandant of the Marine Corps., Gen. James F. Amos addressed the Marines and sailors at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma and toured the facility Thursday.

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From Historic Home to Futuristic Weapons: Camp Pendleton

by Jonathan Volzke San Clemente Times
Dec 09, 2010

Camp Pendleton opened its gates on Tuesday to members of the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society, who took their annual tour of the base and were treated to some behind-the-scenes sights not often enjoyed by the public.

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December 8, 2010

Gates Visits Marines on Camp Leatherneck

By John D. Banusiewicz
American Forces Press Service

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan, Dec. 8, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today noted the value of the work the 1st Marine Logistics Group does here for the war effort, and extended his personal thanks.

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Commandant calls Joint Strike Fighter essential

Marines need vertical landing jet, he says in San Diego visit

By Gretel C. Kovach
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 7:04 p.m.

Gen. James Amos, the new commandant of the Marine Corps, said Wednesday during a visit to San Diego that impending budget constraints will likely force him to make tough trade-offs between comforts for Marines on the home front and the weapons they need in battle.

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Corps looks to field 100,000 new packs

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Dec 8, 2010 16:12:16 EST

The Marine Corps is moving forward with a plan to field at least 100,000 new packs beginning in 2012, replacing the existing Individual Load Bearing Equipment system that Marines have humped since 2004.

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Marines fear toy guns could bring real problems in Afghanistan

By Jon Rabiroff
Stars and Stripes
Published: December 8, 2010

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Afghanistan — Toys can now be added to the list of complications in the already complicated war here.

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

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

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

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Marine from B'klyn killed

December 8, 2010

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

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Commanders Re-balance Strategy in Afghanistan

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2010 – Commanders in Afghanistan are re-balancing the strategy to confront the realities on the ground, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.

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Mild Brain Trauma May Raise Long-Term Alzheimer’s Risk

By Cheryl Pellerin
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2010 – Improvised explosive devices and multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan are boosting the incidence of mild traumatic brain injury, a condition that some early studies indicate may increase a soldier’s future risk for Alzheimer’s disease, a researcher said yesterday.

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1/8 Marines, ANSF foster relationships with local Afghans

Story by Lance Cpl. Joshua Hines | Regimental Combat Team-2, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 12.08.2010

MUSA QAL’EH, Helmand province, Afghanistan – The Afghan people are the most important factor in the fight against the Taliban. A fact well known by the Marines of 2nd Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, who are battling the Taliban and protecting the people of Karimanda.

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Families of the fallen get a license plate of their own

By Robert J. Hawkins
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 6:18 a.m.

Since World War I, families who lost a son or daughter in the line of duty have hung a simple banner in a front window showing a simple gold star superimposed over a blue one, as a measure of the sacrifice made to the nation.

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Peoria-based Marines returning from Afghanistan

By ANDY KRAVETZ ([email protected])
Journal Star
Posted Dec 07, 2010 @ 11:09 PM
Last update Dec 08, 2010 @ 12:29 AM


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

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2nd MLG sergeant says goodbye to unit after years of service

12/8/2010 By Cpl. Bobbie A. Curtis , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Sergeant Deryl B. Stockton is ready for a non-deployable billet.

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Akron Marine is killed in Action

East High graduate Cpl. Derek A Wyatt dies in Afghanistan

By Jim Carney - Akron Beacon Journal | Posted: Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Friends of Marine Cpl. Derek A. Wyatt gathered at the home of his longtime friend Andy Falcone in Akron on Monday night, played Wyatt's favorite music and told stories about him.

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Top-Ranking Marine Confident In Afghanistan Effort

Gen. James Amos Is New Marine Corps Commandant

POSTED: 6:26 pm PST December 8, 2010
UPDATED: 7:18 pm PST December 8, 2010

SAN DIEGO -- Gen. James Amos, the newly appointed Commandant of the Marine Corps, said he believes the tide is turning in Afghanistan and that Marines are making a difference.

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Vancouver Marine dies two weeks after blast in Afghanistan combat

Published: Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Michael Russell, The Oregonian

A U.S. Marine from Vancouver died Tuesday, two weeks after he was wounded in combat operations in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Wednesday.

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Akron native killed in action in Afghanistan

Cpl. Derek Wyatt, 25, leaves behind a wife and son

By M.L. Schultze - WKSU | Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Akron’s East High School is planning a special memorial Sunday for native son Derek Wyatt, who was killed Monday in fighting in Afghanistan.

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Akron Marine dies on the eve of son's birth

Friends, coaches, recruiter says the specialness of Derek Wyatt was clear long ago

By M.L. Schultze and Amanda Rabinowitz - WKSU | Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Corporal Derek Wyatt was a talented athlete who played up the talents of others, a music lover who could tell you anything – anything – about the Deftones, and a Marine who was often a peacemaker. The Akron native died Monday in Afghanistan.

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New Afghan instructors take reigns from Marine mentors

Story by Sgt. Jesse Stence | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 12.08.2010

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan - With boundless motivation but limited experience, the grimacing novice soldiers attempted to muscle together machine gun parts in a fashion that geometry wouldn’t allow.

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December 7, 2010

Two neighbors, both Pearl Harbor survivors, are decades-old friends

Paul Perrault and Anthony 'George' Mark, unaware of each other, survived the Japanese attack. Twenty years later, they found themselves neighbors on a Monrovia cul-de-sac. A bond formed between two men who never considered themselves heroes.

By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
December 7, 2010

They were barely men at the time, unaware of each other but baptized by the same fire.

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Marines work on forest roads

December 07, 2010 3:54 PM
By Drew C. Wilson
Havelock News

Any hunter knows how easy it is to get stuck on a muddy road deep in the Croatan National Forest after a hard rainfall.

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Senate Resolution Designates Gold Star Wives Day

Story by C. Todd Lopez | Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs | Date: 12.07.2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. - For the first time, America officially recognizes the contributions and dedication of military widows with ''Gold Star Wives Day.''

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‘Aggressive winter campaign’ in Helmand

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Dec 7, 2010 21:49:09 EST

Marine forces in Afghanistan have launched an “aggressive winter campaign” in Helmand province that will include special operations raids, conventional military operations and efforts to improve the economy by creating jobs, said the senior Marine commander in Afghanistan.

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US general: Battle in Marjah is over

Associated Press
Dec 7, 4:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior Marine general in Afghanistan on Tuesday declared the battle in the southern Taliban stronghold of Marjah "essentially over."

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For a few, Pearl Harbor still a vivid memory

By Ron Barnett, USA TODAY
Dec. 7, 2010

Jim Morgan was sleeping a little late on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941.

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Orange Grove Marine Colton Rusk killed in Afghanistan

He was a senior class favorite, star football player and all-around good guy, friends said

* By Jaime Powell
* Corpus Christi Caller Times
* Posted December 6, 2010 at 5:33 p.m., updated December 7, 2010 at 6:09 a.m.

ORANGE GROVE — Colton Rusk lived his motto.

“Don’t be afraid to go after your hopes and dreams, but don’t be afraid to be willing to pay the price,” Rusk wrote under his senior photo in Orange Grove High School’s yearbook.

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New Runway Offers New Capabilities for FOB Delram II

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs
Courtesy Video
Date Taken:12.7.2010
Video ID:102220

Start of Description:
Package about the first KC-130J landing at Forward Operating Base Delram II.

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Afghan TV police drama delivers message with zest

Partially funded by the U.S. and aided by Australian TV veterans, the series 'Eagle Four' follows an elite Afghan police squad. It has a political agenda but gets points for being entertaining.

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
December 7, 2010, 6:20 p.m.

Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan —
A suicide bomber is loose in the city, and the clock is ticking. But an elite squad of Afghan cops is on the case, working street sources and mining databases, equally at ease with witty one-liners and fully loaded assault rifles, looking cool and soulful all the while.

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‘Divas’ and MCAS Miramar team up for show

12/7/2010 By Lance Cpl. Lisa M. Tourtelot , Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. — About ten Marines grinning from ear to ear enjoyed a private concert while Katy Perry rehearsed on stage.

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Division Band Caroling in Base Housing

12/7/2010 By powerpoint , 2nd Marine Division

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Division Band Caroling in Base Housing MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – The 2nd Marine Division Band will travel around Berkley Manor and Tarawa Terrace, Dec. 16, to spread holiday cheer to the residents of those neighborhoods. At approximately 6 p.m., the Marines will begin caroling. In addition to singing for the residents, the Marines will be delivering hot chocolate door-to-door. They are expected to finish around 8 p.m.

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Afghanistan war: why IEDs are taking a mounting toll

As US troop levels have surged in the Afghanistan war, so has the number of IEDs – and their effectiveness. Their simplicity is making them hard to detect.

By Anna Mulrine, Staff writer / December 7, 2010

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is touring Afghanistan this week to gauge progress on the ground, but back in Washington, the Pentagon is already wrestling with what to do about the “significant” increase in the number and effectiveness of roadside bombs throughout the country.

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CLB-7: 1st Logistics unit to go through Infantry Immersion Trainer

Story by Sgt. Whitney N. Frasier | 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 12.07.2010

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Every Marine is a rifleman. Now every Marine may have the chance to train like infantry regardless of their primary military occupation. Combat Logistics Battalion 7, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, were the first logistical unit to complete the Infantry Immersion Trainer here, Dec. 5-Dec. 8.

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New school gets under way in Marjah

Courtesy Story | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 12.07.2010

MARJAH, Afghanistan - Days after the ribbon cutting of the Balakino School in Southern Marjah, local workers ground out the dirty side of the job in another pocket of the district.

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Medical personnel join forces to save lives in Sangin

Story by Cpl. Shannon McMillan | 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 12.07.2010

FORWARD OPERATING SABIT QADAM , Afghanistan – Sailors with the Shock Trauma Platoon, Surgical Company A, Combat Logistics Regiment 15 (Forward), 1st Marine Logistics Group and the sailors with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines Battalion Aid Station have the same mission in mind: save lives in Sangin, Afghanistan.

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Marine Portrays Deployment Via Video Blog

By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2010 – When Marine Corps Cpl. Bryan Lett deployed to Afghanistan earlier this year, he decided to create a video blog of his life on the ground there so his family could share in his experiences.

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Gates Visits Afghanistan Bases

By John D. Banusiewicz
American Forces Press Service

KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 7, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in Afghanistan today for troop visits and meetings with key U.S. leaders and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

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Marines set to return home after final training

12/7/2010 By Lance Cpl. Tyler C. Vernaza , 31st MEU

USS ESSEX (LHD2), OFF THE COAST OF OKINAWA, Japan (Dec. 7, 2010) — The Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force and 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit began operations for Keen Sword 2011, Dec. 6.

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Commandant meets with 3/5 family members

Staff Writer North County Times - Californian
Posted: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 8:17 pm

The head of the Marine Corps met behind closed doors Tuesday with family members from Camp Pendleton's 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, which has seen 18 of its members killed in Afghanistan, including two announced a few hours after the meeting.

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December 6, 2010

Funeral Saturday for Marine, ex-Buchanan student

Posted at 07:28 PM on Monday, Dec. 06, 2010
The Fresno Bee

Funeral arrangements for Marine Sgt. Matthew Abbate, a former Buchanan High student, have been set for Saturday, family spokeswoman Lisa Boyles said.

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Pearl Harbor survivor group: We won't disband yet

Associated Press
Dec 6, 9:09 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) -- The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association will continue for at least a while longer.

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Pearl Harbor attack still vivid for survivor

William Clothier is now one of fewer than 3,000 living survivors of the attack, according to staff members at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor.

By Lynn Thompson
Seattle Times staff reporter
Originally published Monday, December 6, 2010 at 10:01 PM

William Clothier was a 20-year-old Marine private aboard the battleship USS Nevada when Japanese torpedo planes and dive bombers attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

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Marines return from seven-month deployment in Afghanistan

By Star-Advertiser staff
POSTED: 07:54 p.m. HST, Dec 06, 2010

About 450 Hawaii Marines will return to Kaneohe Bay tomorrow after a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan, officials said.

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Time, Trust Key to Progress in Afghanistan

Courtesy Story | Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs | Date: 12.06.2010

WASHINGTON - Before he went to the southern area of Afghanistan's Helmand province in October 2009 he wondered whether success was possible, a Marine Corps colonel said during an interview here, Dec. 6.

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WW II hero continued bravery as a boxer

By KEITH MORELLI | The Tampa Tribune
Published: December 6, 2010

In his 85 years, Daniel R. "Danny" Nardico had seen the horrors of war and stared down a raging bull in the boxing ring.

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Pearl Harbor: ‘Life was going to change for many of us’

Published: Monday, December 06, 2010
Journal Register News Service

Driving home to visit his family in Philadelphia, Eric Wiesenhutter turned his 1937 Ford around just south of Trenton after hearing news of an air attack on Pearl Harbor, an American naval installation in Hawaii.

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Base leadership breaks ground for new Naval Hospital

12/6/2010 By Lance Cpl. John Robbart III , Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Marine and Navy leaders broke ground on the 70-acre construction site for the new Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital, Dec. 2.

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Pearl Harbor vets told nation will never forget

By Matt Brennan For The Beacon-News Dec 6, 2010 07:07PM

AURORA — Pearl Harbor veteran Milton Card of Aurora believes he only survived Dec. 7, 1941, because of a couple fortunate breaks.

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Brotherhood forged between Marines in the field

12/6/2010 By Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP SENDAI, Japan — Editor’s note: This is final part in a three part series.

Growing up, I had always wanted to become a Marine. The tales of what they had done astonished me, and having multiple relatives that served in the Marine Corps only added to my fascination.

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MP Company upgrades MCMAP training

12/6/2010 By Lance Cpl. Marco G. Mancha , 2nd Marine Division

The Marine Corps’ most deadly weapon doesn’t come from a factory and isn’t carried on a sling. The deadliest weapon is the Marine himself. Marines with Military Police Company, Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, spent time refreshing and upgrading their Marine Corps Martial Arts Program training recently.

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Regimental training prepares Marines for the challenges of command

12/6/2010 By Lance Cpl. James D. Frazer , 1st Battalion, 9th Marines (1/9)

Regimental training prepares Marines for the challenges of command —
A lot of different things may go through a Marine’s mind while he is patrolling a town in search of a bomb factory. However, it is critical Marines remain focused on the tasks at hand in order for everyone to return home safe.

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Tango battery wins 2010 'Top Gun' competition

12/6/2010 By Lance Cpl. Jeff Drew , 2nd Marine Division


When someone says the words “Top Gun,” most people immediately envision Maverick and Goose fighting together in the high skies and flying into the danger zone. This time, however, no one is singing, “You’ve lost that lovin’ feelin.’”

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Giving Thanks for Our Warriors

From the Scrapbook
Dec 6, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 12

What follows are excerpts from remarks by Marine Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly to the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis on November 13. Kelly’s son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Michael Kelly, 29, had been killed in action four days earlier in Sangin, in southern Afghanistan, while leading his platoon on a combat patrol:

"Those with less of a sense of service to the nation never understand it when men and women of character step forward to look danger and adversity straight in the eye, refusing to blink, or give ground, even to their own deaths.  .  .  . No, they are not victims but are warriors, your warriors, and warriors are never victims regardless of how and where they fall. Death, or fear of death, has no power over them. Their paths are paved by sacrifice, sacrifices they gladly make .  .  . for you. .  .  .

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Ohio Marine killed in Afghanistan

By KAREN STEIN, Staff Writer Ledger Independent
Posted: Monday, December 6, 2010 9:15 pm

PEEBLES, Ohio -- The body of a 20-year-old Ohio Marine who was killed in Afghanistan is scheduled to be flown home this week.

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Camp Pendleton artillery battalion remembers four Marines killed in action

The 1st Battalion, 11th Marines served in Afghanistan

By Gretel C. Kovach, UNION-TRIBUNE
Monday, December 6, 2010 at 2:47 p.m.

Camp Pendleton’s 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment will gather Wednesday on base for a memorial service honoring the four Marines killed in action with the unit in Afghanistan.

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Report: Defense faces large and growing mental health problem

By Bob Brewin [email protected] December 6, 2010

During the past decade, 767,290 active-duty military personnel have received a diagnosis of a mental health disorder, according to a series of reports expected to be released today by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center in Silver Spring, Md. Overall, from January 2000 through December 2009, such diagnoses increased 60 percent.

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Marines, Navy to Conduct Synthetic Amphibious Exercise

By Jian DeLeon
Emerging Media, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2010 – For nearly a decade the Marines have been heavily involved in land-locked battles in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, the Marine Corps’ II Marine Expeditionary Force is teaming up with the U.S. Navy’s Second Fleet for Exercise Bold Alligator 2011, a synthetic training exercise that’ll test the Marines’ famed amphibious capabilities.

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Father, Son Reunite in Afghanistan

By Army 1st Lt. Andrew B. Adcock
Joint Sustainment Command Afghanistan

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2010 – It’s not often that a father and son meet in a combat zone, but that’s what happened when Missouri Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Robert W. Pharris reunited with his son, Marine Corps Cpl. Benjamin J. Pharris here Nov. 17.

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Marjah school opening gives hope to Afghans' future

Courtesy Story
Date Posted:12.06.2010 01:46

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan - Marines and Afghan National Security Forces reached a historic milestone in the District of Marjah, with the opening of the Balakino School, Dec. 1.

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Proposed military pay raise panned

By Gregg Zoroya • USA TODAY • December 6, 2010

Military servicemembers are fighting what would be their lowest pay raise in decades as the nation wages two wars, including a 10th year of combat in Afghanistan.

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US commander inherits tough fight for Taliban state

By Claire Truscott (AFP) – 12.06.10

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — US Marines are facing heavy losses, but their commander in Helmand says "steady" progress has been made since replacing British troops in the Taliban's most notorious flashpoint.

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Marine commandant visits desert troops

10:38 PM PST on Monday, December 6, 2010
The Press-Enterprise

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER - Touching down in a cloud of dust, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos emerged from a helicopter in the middle of the Mojave Desert on Monday to spend about an hour with troops in the field training near Twentynine Palms.

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American Marines pay heavy price in fight for Sangin

Monday, December 6th, 2010 at 10:06 pm

American forces have suffered some of their worst casualties in the Afghan war since taking over the notorious town of Sangin from British troops.

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December 5, 2010

US Fights to Open School in Taliban Area

by Todd Pitman
The Associated Press
Sunday, December 5, 2010; 12:05 AM

SENJERAY, Afghanistan -- Over the last six months, U.S. troops have wrested the school away from insurgents. They've hired Afghan contractors to rebuild it, and lost blood defending it.

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Afghanistan's Propaganda War Takes New Twist

Critics say that pictures of an Afghan girl disfigured by the Taliban are being used to justify the occupation. But can we just abandon women like Bibi Aisha to their fate?

by Andrew Anthony
The Observer
Sunday, December 5, 2010

In 1985, at the height of the Soviet suppression of Afghanistan, National Geographic ran a cover photograph of a stunning Afghan girl. She had no name, but her haunted, mesmerising green eyes and her dramatic features framed by a crimson head shawl, seemed to capture a story of suffering, lost innocence and unrealised potential that went far deeper than the experience of just one girl.

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Medevac Team Saves Lives in Southern Afghanistan

By Brennan Linsley
The Associated Press
Sunday, December 5, 2010; 8:08 AM

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- It was pushing dusk when the call came: "One Category Alpha." The voice crackled over the radio, urgent but matter-of-fact. Translation: One man badly wounded, medical care needed right away.

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‘Another planet’

Afghanistan through the eyes of a Marine from Pueblo West

Posted: Sunday, December 5, 2010 12:00 am
By PETER ROPER | [email protected] |

There was a Christmas tree already standing in the corner of Gary Maroney's dining room in Pueblo West last week, but the most important present was sitting at the table — Marine Lance Cpl. Chris Maroney, home after seven months patrolling the mountains and villages of Afghanistan.

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'We move it all': Heavy equipment operators transport supplies to troops on frontlines

12/5/2010 By Lance Cpl. Kenneth Jasik , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ROBINSON, Afghanistan — It takes a lot of heavy lifting to transport the tons of food, water, ammunition and other supplies needed to sustain warfighters on the frontlines, which is why heavy equipment operators are so vital to the counterinsurgency mission in Afghanistan.

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Marines on Parris Island talk freely with the media

BY BEN WOLFGANG (STAFF WRITER [email protected])
Published: December 5, 2010

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. - Most Marines aren't shy about talking to the press.

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Drill instructors get little sleep but push Marine recruits to the limit

BY BEN WOLFGANG (STAFF WRITER [email protected])
Published: December 5, 2010

Editor's note: This is the final story in a series covering boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., and a Marine Corps educators workshop.

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. - After Marine Corps recruits finally go to sleep at the end of a long day, their drill instructors stay awake.

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Deployed Airman saves stateside buddy with Internet connections

Susy Raybon
* Military Community Examiner
* December 5th, 2010 6:30 pm ET

Air Force Senior Airman Jordan Gunterman did the right thing when he suspected a buddy was in serious trouble. He phoned a friend and got online.

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Paving the Way: CLB-3 Engineers improve road in southern Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Daniel Woodall | 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 11.28.2010
Date Posted:12.05.2010 09:24

PATROL BASE AMIR, Afghanistan – Approximately 50 Marine combat engineers with Engineer Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 3,1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), completed repairs to a well-traveled roadway near Patrol Base Amir in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, Nov. 28.

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Language training at major bases expanded

Operational demands in Afghanistan call for more fluency

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Dec 5, 2010 8:44:35 EST

Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C. and Camp Pendleton, Calif., now have the option of pursuing intermediate and advanced language study before deploying to Afghanistan.

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Katy Perry supreme as 'Divas' salutes troops

AP Entertainment Writer
Dec 5, 5:29 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Katy Perry loves a man in a uniform.

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A motley crew

Patchwork team steps up to plug training gaps

By Geoff Ziezulewicz
Stars and Stripes
Published: December 5, 2010

ADRASKAN NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER, Afghanistan — What do you get when you throw together a Marine Corps cook, a radio operator, an ordnance specialist, two grunts and an assortment of Marines in other occupations?

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Marine Lance Cpl. Tyler A. Roads, 20, Burney; killed while on patrol in Afghanistan

By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times
December 5, 2010

The death of Tyler Roads, a Marine killed in Afghanistan this summer, seemed to touch nearly everyone in Burney, the tiny Northern California town where he grew up.

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Female Marines prepare for deployment, mission

December 05, 2010 10:09 AM

A dozen women sit huddled on the floor of a narrow carpeted room.

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Infantry automatic rifle is Afghan-bound

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

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

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‘The longer I’m in Afghanistan, the better'

Four months after leaving Helmand, Marine returns to Afghanistan

Stars and Stripes
Published: December 5, 2010

Things didn’t feel right for John White when he got home from Afghanistan’s Helmand province this year.

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December 4, 2010

Marines on the hunt for IEDs in Afghanistan

December 04, 2010, 8:22PM

Eagle eyes and upset stomachs help U.S Marines do their job as they look for signs of possible roadside bombs near Marjah, Afghanistan. Video by Cali Bagby/Special to The Oregonian

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Serving to protect

Retired Navy doctor's nonprofit helps troops upgrade helmets for better comfort, safety

Dec. 4, 2010, 7:33AM

When Bob Meaders found out in 2004 that his grandson's Marine rifle team had been issued helmets without shock-absorbent pads, the retired Navy doctor was appalled.

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Senior Official Details Success, Challenges in Afghanistan

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2010 – Enemy sanctuaries throughout southern Afghanistan are being cleared, and the results are encouraging, a senior military official said on background recently.

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Marine Corps expands infantry bomb dog program

Camp Pendleton handlers tout results

By Gretel C. Kovach
Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 11 p.m.

The Marine Corps is greatly expanding its experimental program that deploys infantrymen to combat zones with bomb-sniffing dogs, declaring it a successful component of the fight against the insurgents’ most lethal killer — homemade bombs dug into roads and footpaths.

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Winning Afghanistan... one cow at a time

4 December 2010 Last updated at 19:43 ET

Ten months ago, foreign forces in south-west Afghanistan launched a major operation to clear Taliban insurgents from the district of Marjah, in Helmand province. As the BBC's Michael Buchanan found on a visit to Marjah, recent months have seen signs of progress for local people.

It was an unusual school opening. Wandering among the smiling student faces were about two dozen heavily armed US marines as well as armed guards provided by the local community.

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Educators watch as 571 recruits become Marines

BY BEN WOLFGANG (STAFF WRITER [email protected] republicanherald.com)
Published: December 4, 2010

Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series of stories covering boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., and a Marine Corps educators workshop.

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. - A group of 40 educators who spent the week observing Marine recruits witnessed the "icing on the cake" Friday.

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Divas show at Miramar rocks the 20,000-plus crowd

Originally published December 4, 2010 at 12:05 a.m., updated December 4, 2010 at 12:12 a.m.

To show support for the military, some people send care packages or volunteer their time. When VH1 shows its appreciation, it's in the form of a mega pop concert.

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Marine sergeant, a former Piedmont High student, killed in Afghanistan

By: Cecily Burt
Oakland Tribune
Posted: 12/03/2010 04:57:39 PM PST
Updated: 12/04/2010 09:50:13 AM PST

Even as a little boy, Matt Abbate always wanted to be a Marine.

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Sister of Clovis Marine Shares His Life's Stories

Reported by: Tony Botti, CBS47.tv
Print Story Published: 12/04 11:16 am

The sister of a Valley Marine killed in combat shares stories about her brother. Twenty six year old Sergeant Matthew Abbate died Thursday from a wound while serving a tour in Afghanistan.

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Infantry training in Corps faces scrutiny

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Dec 4, 2010 8:38:13 EST

A broad assessment of the Marine Corps’ infantry training aimed at identifying and fixing shortcomings may loom on the horizon.

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December 3, 2010

3/12 comes home to loving families

Story by Lance Cpl. Andrew Thorburn | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 12.03.2010

Family and friends braved frigid Combat Center temperatures to welcome back the Marines and sailors of Battery L, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment Monday at Del Valle Field after a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom

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NBC San Diego presents Marine wife, son with early holiday gift

Courtesy Story | 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.03.2010
Story by Sgt. Heidi Agostini

SAN DIEGO – Marine wife Krystal Dillihay-DeBaker was all smiles, Nov. 30, when she appeared on NBC San Diego’s evening news for a holiday segment.

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These Marines are Real American Heroes and they know how to Hunt and Fish

Last Updated on Friday, 03 December 2010 12:49 Friday, 03 December 2010 00:15
Written by Rick and Alice Linahan

This 3 day outdoor excursion was successful before the first Marine stepped foot onto the property, into a deer blind, or on the lake shore.

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US troops take hard line to tame rebels of Sangin

By Julius Cavendish in Sangin
Friday, 3 December 2010

There was so much high explosive raining down it was hard to believe anyone could have survived beneath the two-hour salvo of guided artillery rounds, Hellfire missiles and strafing runs by F/A-18 warplanes and helicopter gunships.

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President Obama in Afghanistan on unannounced trip

AP White House Correspondent
Dec 3, 11:38 AM EST

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) -- President Barack Obama slipped unannounced into dangerous Afghanistan on Friday, one year after widening an ever deadlier war and just days before a pivotal review about the 9-year-plus conflict. Plans for a face-to-face meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai were scrapped at the last minute.

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Anniversary finds waning number of Pearl Harbor survivors

By Tom Pfingsten - For the North County Times North County Times - Californian | Posted: Friday, December 3, 2010 12:00 am

NORTH COUNTY ---- On a cold Wednesday morning in the parking lot of the Fallbrook Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter, a woman stepped out of her car and approached three men in bright blue windbreakers.

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U.S. 'Connects The Dots' To Catch Roadside Bombers

by Tom Gjelten
December 3, 2010

With his doctorate from Princeton, Army Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has become the prime example of a special breed of soldier: the warrior-scholar, trained in history and politics as well as how to fight wars.

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Less running, more fighting in Marine boot camp

BY BEN WOLFGANG (STAFF WRITER [email protected])
Published: December 3, 2010

Editor's note: This is the third in a series of stories covering boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., and a Marine Corps educators workshop.

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. - For Marine hopefuls, proper training is crucial.

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Stories from the firing line; Marines ready to stand against any foe

12/3/2010 By Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP SENDAI, Japan — Marine Corps lore is as storied as any fighting force in history. The Marine Corps hymn tells of famous battles from “the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli.”

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Strong individual Marines make up even stronger team

12/3/2010 By Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP SENDAI, Japan — Editor’s note: This is the second in a three part series

Gun Team Five is not without solid leadership to command the howitzer in the trenches. Their non-commissioned officers bark out the commands during fire missions and the Marines perform their duties with precision.

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Marine gun team operates as family

12/3/2010 By Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP SENDAI, Japan — Editor’s note: This is the first in a three part series

While waiting for the call for live fire, Gun Team Five passes the time by joking about Marines they know, stories of family, or telling old stories from deployments and previous exercises they have been on. Even though they may tease each other, they operate as one, well-oiled Marine machine.

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3rd Recon, HMM-265 conduct helocast operations

12/3/2010 By Pfc. Mark W. Stroud , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP SCHWAB, OKINAWA, Japan — The CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter glided precariously low over the choppy water off the beach of Camp Schwab, dropping pairs of reconnaissance Marines into the ocean. The splash of the Marines’ entry into the waves was lost in the wind-whipped water that sprayed underneath the dual rotors of the helicopter.

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Deadline extended to apply for retroactive stop-loss pay

By Jeff Schogol
Stars and Stripes
Published: December 3, 2010

Congress has once again extended the deadline for the retroactive-stop-loss pay program, which had been set to expire on Friday but now runs through Dec. 18.

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Camp Pendleton honors 14 troops killed in Afghanistan

An emotional goodbye to brothers in arms

By Gretel C. Kovach
Friday, December 3, 2010 at 7:01 p.m.

The battalion commander stood on the landing zone Friday, the green hills of Camp Pendleton framing his Marines arrayed in parade formation. The 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment recently returned from a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan. Fourteen of their brothers in arms did not make it home alive.

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December 2, 2010

In keeping with the highest traditions

Story by Lance Cpl. Tyler Main | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 12.02.2010

For displaying gallantry in more than 20 firefights and 90 combat patrols, Staff Sgt. Cody M. Maynard was awarded the Bronze Star with combat distinguishing device Tuesday at the Combat Assault Company headquarters building on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.

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Returning with Grace

Story by Lance Cpl. Tyler Main | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 12.02.2010

In May of 1979, 441 Vietnamese refugees fled their country in hopes of landing anywhere but Vietnam. Shortly after leaving, pirates raided their vessel and the refugees were left adrift for days. The USS Tarawa, a United States Navy amphibious assault ship, finally rescued the refugees on May 8. Grace Tarawa Tran was born two days later and immediately became a U.S. citizen.

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Camp Pendleton breaks ground on new hospital

Half-billion-dollar facility expected to open in 2014

By Gretel C. Kovach
Originally published December 2, 2010 at 12:50 p.m., updated December 2, 2010 at 5:13 p.m.

Construction to replace Camp Pendleton’s aging hospital with a facility costing nearly half-a-billion dollars began Thursday, when military commanders and builders sunk their shovels into the ground at a ceremonial groundbreaking.

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In Afghan cauldron, realism can trump the rulebook

Associated Press
Dec 2, 3:47 PM EST

SANGIN, Afghanistan (AP) -- "Clear, hold and build" is the official formula for fighting the Taliban, but in this southern river valley, the most dangerous place in Afghanistan, the experts say you have to be a realist to succeed.

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Veterans searching for purpose back home take on "green" jobs

By Bruce Finley
The Denver Post
Posted: 12/02/2010 01:00:00 AM MST
Updated: 12/02/2010 09:40:03 AM MST

Combat missions in Iraq gave U.S. Marines veteran Jordan Latva a purpose — until an exploding rocket-propelled grenade took him out. He recovered from his physical wounds after eight surgeries.

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U.S. cracks down on IED chemical in Afghanistan

By Giulia Lasagni - Medill News Service
Posted : Thursday Dec 2, 2010 15:42:00 EST

While improvised explosive devices are killing an increasing number of U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan, American officials are trying to limit the flow of one the key ingredients in the bombs.

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Educators briefed on requirements for Marine recruits, get target practice

BY BEN WOLFGANG (STAFF WRITER [email protected] republicanherald.com)
Published: December 2, 2010

Editor's note: This is the second in a series of stories covering boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., and a Marine Corps educators workshop.

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. - The sun wasn't yet up, but two teams of educators spending the week with the Marine Corps were.

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2nd MAW Band tunes up for holiday concert

Story by Lance Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | Date: 12.02.2010

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band is scheduled to hold its free annual Christmas concert at the Cherry Point theater Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.

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Family proud of son who gave everything for his fellow Marines

Posted: Dec 02, 2010 7:12 PM CST
Updated: Dec 02, 2010 9:54 PM CST
By Jeff Lawson

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - On Thanksgiving Day, the Donnelly family received the news that every military family fears. They learned their son, Will, had been killed in action in Afghanistan.

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'Progress Made' In Afghanistan's Helmand Province

December 2, 2010
Radio news broadcast

One year ago, President Obama announced he would send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan to launch a new offensive, aimed at regaining the momentum in the war.

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December 1, 2010

First Lady Welcomes Marine Families to White House

By Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service

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

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Artillery Marines take on multiple challenges during exercise

12/1/2010 By Lance Cpl Garry J. Welch , Marine Corps Bases Japan


A Marine Corps artillery battery has multiple tasks to synchronize for an artillery relocation exercise to be successful.

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Family gets back personal effects of Ind. Marine

Associated Press
Dec 1, 8:18 PM EST

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- An Indiana businessman who bought the dog tags, medals and funeral flag belonging to the first U.S. servicewoman to die in the war in Afghanistan handed over her personal effects to her brother on Wednesday after initially refusing to give them back.

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The Wolfpack Makes its Inaugural Deployment to Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Ned Johnson | 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.01.2010

COMBAT OUTPOST PAYNE, Afghanistan -- The Marines and sailors of 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), unfurled their unit’s colors for the first time during a transfer of authority ceremony with 1st LAR Bn. at Combat Outpost Payne, Nov. 20.

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Marines, families prepare for deployment in Middletown

By LARRY HIGGS • STAFF WRITER • December 1, 2010

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

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Angels by another name -- U.S. Marines -- save Lincoln man

By CINDY LANGE-KUBICK / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com | Posted: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 8:00 am

James Lamb and his brother climbed into the minivan.

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Marines prepare to stand watch over Camp Leatherneck

Story by Sgt. Deanne Hurla | 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs | Date: 12.01.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – No matter what time of the day or night, a Marine is always standing watch – he is the first line of defense against attacks and protects those under his charge.

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US deploys 'game-changer' weapon to Afghanistan

by Michael Mathes Michael Mathes – Wed Dec 1, 2:09 am ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) – It looks and acts like something best left in the hands of Sylvester Stallone's "Rambo," but this latest dream weapon is real -- and the US Army sees it becoming the Taliban's worst nightmare.

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Educators get taste of Marines boot camp

BY BEN WOLFGANG (STAFF WRITER [email protected])
Published: December 1, 2010

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of stories covering boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., and a Marine Corps educators workshop.

BEAUFORT, S.C. - Former New Philadelphia and Tamaqua police officer Matt Bartal almost signed up for the Marine Corps 13 years ago.

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