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January 31, 2011

Marine father, son battle brain injuries

by Julie Watson, The Associated Press
Posted: Monday, January 31, 2011

MOORPARK, Calif. — The crisply ironed uniforms of the father and son hang side by side in what they have dubbed the “Marine Corps closet,” a dark space filled with vestiges of their tours of duty.

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Return to Helmand's 'bomb alley' with the US marines

Monday, 31 January 2011

Three months after British forces in Afghanistan handed over control of Sangin to the Americans, reporter Ben Anderson went on patrol with the US 3rd Battalion 5th Marines "Lima Company" in the area still widely viewed as the country's most dangerous.

No-one knew it yet, but we were standing on a "daisy chain" of seven home-made bombs, buried inches beneath our feet and designed to wipe out the entire squad of US marines.

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Veterans, families of KIA torn over flag proposal

Associated Press
Jan 31, 4:52 PM EST

DENVER (AP) -- The simple banner is designed to honor those who served and died in the military. But a national campaign to add the red-and-white "Honor and Remember" flag to official U.S. flag displays on military holidays is creating painful divisions among veterans and the relatives of loved ones killed in action.

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Electronic records to help track training

New system will ease burden at all levels

By Tony Lombardo - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jan 31, 2011 6:10:52 EST

Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. — The Corps’ Training and Education Command is introducing a new electronic system to track training requirements and completions in an effort to help ease strain on Marines across the board.

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January 30, 2011

2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment leaves Northern Marjah a safer place

Story by Lance Cpl. Andrew Johnston | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 01.30.2011

MARJAH, Afghanistan - Nearly one year ago, Marjah was the scene of some of the deadliest fighting since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom. Now, after the persistence of 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, the area is lauded as proof that counterinsurgency operations can work.

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31st MEU departs for tour of Asia-Pacific

1/30/2011 By Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch , 31st MEU

WHITE BEACH NAVAL FACILITY, OKINAWA, Japan — With cargo and personnel aboard ship, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit left Okinawa, Japan for a patrol of the Asia-Pacific Region, Jan. 29.

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Marines, sailors provide emergency medical aid to hiker on Guatemalan volcano

1/30/2011 By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeffery Tilghman Williams, High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) Public Affairs , Southern Partnership Station - 2011

SAN JUAN, Guatemala (NNS) —
Sailors and Marines supporting Southern Partnership Station (2011) in South America provided emergency medical assistance to a hiker on Pacaya Volcano, near San Juan, Jan. 30.

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Marines training helps Afghan police prosper

1/30/2011 By Lance Cpl. Jeremy Fasci , I MEF

SANGIN, Afghanistan — Afghan National Police officers stationed near Forward Operating Base Jackson have been taking part in a four-day training cycles to build their skills.

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Afghan police provide increased security

1/30/2011 By Lance Cpl. Jeremy Fasci , I MEF

SANGIN, Afghanistan — Afghan National Police officers and Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment’s police mentor team, patrol the area surrounding forward operating base Jackson daily to provide security for the people of Sangin.

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Wrecker named RC-SW Marine of the Year

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Jan 30, 2011 8:52:12 EST

Rain, snow or shine, if a vehicle in southern Afghanistan gets stuck, blown up or breaks down, it’s Lance Cpl. Stephan C. Wall’s job to get it moving again — even if that means braving bomb blast and enemy fire.

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Elk Grove family's pizza drop for troops goes super for Super Bowl

Article updated: 1/30/2011 09:38 PM
By Eileen O. Daday

An Elk Grove Village resident is known worldwide as “the pizza man.”

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January 29, 2011

Marines help Afghans build brighter future

Courtesy Story | ISAF Joint Command | Date: 01.29.2011

KABUL, Afghanistan – In their fight against the Taliban, the Afghan government, alongside 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, have made an effort to win the people’s support by providing employment and skills-based education while improving the quality of life in Musa Qal’ah.

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CFR gets fired-up for TRT training

Story by Sgt. Derek Carlson | 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs | Date: 01.29.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Sometimes, the hardest line of work is the one where not doing your job is a good thing.

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Egyptian Military Protecting U.S. Embassy, Official Says

Published January 29, 2011| FoxNews.com

The Egyptian military is protecting the U.S. Embassy as protesters continue to take to the streets in opposition of President Hosni Mubarak, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News.

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BLT 3/8 enters Helmand province

Story by Gunnery Sgt. Bryce Piper | 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Public Affairs | Date: 01.29.2011

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 3/8, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Regimental Combat Team 2, have established a presence in Helmand province, during the past two weeks. BLT 3/8 deployed to Afghanistan to exploit RCT 2's gains in establishing security in Helmand province in support of the International Security Assistance Force.

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Corps’ first armed tanker supports grunts

Weaponized Hercules trolls Afghan skies

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Jan 29, 2011 8:52:47 EST

The Marine Corps now has a KC-130J Hercules tanker trolling the skies over southern Afghanistan — armed to the teeth. Just three months into its first deployment it is already credited with saving lives on the ground and providing invaluable intelligence.

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January 28, 2011

American interpreter takes a stand in Afghanistan

By Nancy Montgomery
Stars and Stripes
Published: January 28, 2011

MARJAH, Afghanistan — Maybe the last person you’d expect to see arguing with an Afghan soldier in a goat-filled bazaar is the former manager of a Los Angeles-area Victoria’s Secret.

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FET enacts shura with Afghan women

1/28/2011 By Cpl. Katherine Keleher , II MEF (FWD)

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Colorful carpets laid over the dusty wooden floor in a cramped, small room lit by sunlight through small window. Despite the lack of electricity, heat and uncomfortable living situation -- 14 women sat and huddled together, having just met for the first time.

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Marines say Afghan Border Police becoming self-sufficient

1/28/2011 By Cpl. Ned Johnson , 1st Marine Division

COMBAT OUTPOST CASTLE, Afghanistan — Much accolade is given to the Afghan National Army, but there is another unit of fellow countrymen that is providing security to their republic – the Afghan Border Police.

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Foster tax center opens for services Feb. 1

1/28/2011 By Lance Cpl. Abigail M. Wharton , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa, Japan — The tax center here will open for all active duty service members, their families and Department of Defense employees starting Feb. 1.

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Psychiatrist says bloodied Camp Pendleton unit remains strong

Teams paying close attention to mental health of Marines with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment

By MARK WALKER - [email protected] North County Times - The Californian | Posted: Friday, January 28, 2011 10:30 pm

Marine Corps psychiatrists closely monitoring a bloodied Camp Pendleton unit that has had 24 men killed and more than 145 wounded say the troops are not exhibiting an inordinate amount of mental distress.

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2nd MAW (Fwd) activates for Afghanistan

Story by Lance Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 01.28.2011

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

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III Marine Expeditionary Force corpsman strives to help others during Cobra Gold 2011

Story by Lance Cpl. Matthew Denny | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 01.27.2011
Date Posted:01.28.2011 02:17

MTA PHOU, Kingdom of Thailand – Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Smith is one of many service members traveling to rural communities in the Kingdom of Thailand to treat locals unable to travel to distant hospitals as part of the medical civic actions programs taking place during Exercise Cobra Gold 2011.

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Marine recounts time with female engagement team

Story by Pfc. Sean Dennison
January 28, 2011

To quote the Rolling Stones, "Cool, calm and collected," that's the impression Lance Cpl. Sorina Langer, base operations flight clearance clerk, gives off when talking to her. Who would guess, listening to her soft voice and watching her movements, that she was a previous member of a Female Engagement Team?

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Artillerymen honor St. Barbara

1/28/2011 By Lance Cpl. Michael Iams , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa, Japan — The Marines of 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, hosted their annual St. Barbara celebration at the Butler Officers’ Club Jan. 15. Enlisted service members, officers, distinguished guests and their families gathered together for a night of entertainment and commemoration of the patron saint of artillery.

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Special Insanity Plea Withdrawn in Waukesha Homicide Case

Defense attorney wants to present testimony about post-traumatic stress disorder.

By Sarah Millard | January 28, 2011

The defense attorney for Steven P. Osburn, 24, an Army veteran who is accused of killing his friend, 23-year-old Zachary S. Gallenberg, in a south Waukesha neighborhood said Friday that the evidence will not support a mental-based plea of not guilty in the crime.

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January 27, 2011

Company E donates blood to military blood bank

Story by Pfc. Katalynn M. Thomas | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego | Date: 01.27.2011

SAN DIEGO - Even though they have not earned the title of United States Marine yet, the men of Company E, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion have the chance to help out their future brothers and sisters. They can donate blood during the third phase of recruit training aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

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Marines in Afghanistan Test New Concussion Care

Courtesy Story | Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs | Date: 01.27.2011

WASHINGTON - A new concussion care program being fielded by the Marine Corps in Afghanistan is giving psychiatrists, physicians and even chaplains and sergeants a better way to treat those with the No. 1 battle injury, military combat medicine experts said today.

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Albany Marine Band brings home honors

1/27/2011 By Pamela Jackson , Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany

MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. — Albany’s best kept secret is out of the bag! While they may be small in numbers, when the 48 members of the Albany Marine Band get together, their sounds can be heard all over Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany when they practice for their next performance. Marine Corps Logistics Command’s Albany Marine Band was recently named the FY2010 Marine Corps Band of the Year and honored during the annual Marine Corps Leadership Symposium Dec. 14, 2010, in Chicago, Ill.

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Corps signs contract for mobile kitchens

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Jan 27, 2011 5:08:40 EST

The Marine Corps is preparing to field a new mobile kitchen designed to deliver hot chow to grunts downrange.

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II MHG deploys in full, first time

1/27/2011 By Lance Cpl. Daniel A. Wulz , II MEF (FWD)

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — For the first time since 2001 all of II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force command element and its subordinate units will be deployed at the same time.

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HMH-363: Hawaii’s helo hussars

1/27/2011 By Lance Cpl. Jennifer Pirante , Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni

HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii — HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii — Heavy Marine Helicopter Squadron 363, stationed at Marine Corps Air Facility Koneohe Bay, Hawaii, is part of Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing.

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Hispanic roots strong in 1/23

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

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

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January 26, 2011

Marines unveil city-size urban warfare training at Twentynine Palms

10:18 PM PST on Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The Press-Enterprise

Leaders at the sprawling Marine base in Twentynine Palms have unveiled their latest training ground: a mock city the size of downtown San Diego with hotels, markets, a hospital, tunnels and a soccer stadium large enough to land four helicopters.

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Leading Marines requirements

Story by Cpl. Salvador Moreno | I Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 01.26.2011

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- A new online course has replaced the Marine Corps Institute printed version of Leading Marines. According to Marine Administrative Message 640/10, lance corporals must complete the Marine Net version, called the Leading Marines Distance Education Program, to be promotion eligible.

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2nd MAW commanding general hosts heroes dinner

1/26/2011 By Lance Cpl. Tyler J. Bolken , Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (Jan. 18, 2011) — Heroism is often the result of instinct, instilled in Marines from their creation by the intellectual branding of the heroic stories from the likes of Chesty Puller, Dan Daly and Jason Dunham. All of whom are etched in Marine Corps lore because of their unrivaled acts of courage and initiative.

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Sailor serves alongside Marine husband in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Shannon McMillan | 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 01.26.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Most spouses of active duty military members have to endure the hardship of separation while their loved one is deployed, but one dual active-duty married couple here has the unique opportunity of serving together in the same unit.

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USO opens at Camp Leatherneck

Story by Sgt. Shawn Coolman | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 01.26.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – A United Service Organization facility opened here, Jan. 25.

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Coalition forces build trust with marginalized Afghan clan during unprecedented negotiations

Story by Sgt. Jesse Stence | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 01.26.2011

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan - Coalition forces in Helmand province have made tentative progress in winning over a small but significant itinerant population that insurgents have exploited in recent years, say Regimental Combat Team 1 officials

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January 25, 2011

War wounded family: Father, son help each other after suffering brain injuries from blasts

Associated Press
January 25, 2011, 11:50 a.m.

MOORPARK, Calif. (AP) — The crisply ironed uniforms of the father and son hang side by side in what they have dubbed the "Marine Corps closet," a dark space filled with vestiges of their tours of duty.

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Petraeus offers optimistic assessment of war in Afghanistan

Washington Post Foreign Service
Story by: Joshua Partlow
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

KABUL - Gen. David H. Petraeus on Tuesday offered an optimistic assessment of the war in Afghanistan, writing to his subordinates that coalition and Afghan troops in the past year "inflicted enormous losses" on mid-level insurgents and "took away some of their most important safe havens."

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‘Heavy Haulers’ and HST flex their muscle

Story by Lance Cpl. Lisa Tourtelot | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar | Date: 01.25.2011

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. -- Marines from Helicopter Support Team, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, partnered with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462, the “Heavy Haulers,” to practice external cargo lifts - the art of attaching large, heavy objects by hand to a hovering helicopter.

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Fitness center expand hours, keep patrons in mind

Story by Lance Cpl. Damany Coleman | Camp LeJeune Base Public Affairs | Date: 01.25.2011

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- For avid athletes, routine visitors or base personnel who just want to hit the treadmill or pump some iron the old-fashioned way, the French Creek Fitness Center is open while work continues on the heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems.

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Marine Corps To Secretary Gates: 'We're Relevant'

by Tom Bowman
January 25, 2011

The Marine Corps is at a crossroads.

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California: Another Mock City for Marines Rises in the Desert

New York Times
By The Associated Press
Published January 25, 2011

A mock city roughly the size of downtown San Diego has risen in a remote Southern California desert to train military forces to fight in urban environments.

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New Details on Troubled F-35 Fighter

New York Times
By Christopher Drew
Published January 25, 2011

Shortly before making a final push to ensure that the Marine version of the F-35 fighter was not canceled, the service’s commandant, Gen. James F. Amos, called in a former Marine corporal for a frank talk.

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Family, friends honor fallen Marine

Updated: Tuesday, 25 Jan 2011, 8:39 AM CST
Published : Monday, 24 Jan 2011, 9:44 PM CST
* Paige Malone

MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) - Since Cpl. Joe Whitehead's body arrived in Mobile on Monday, members of the U.S. Marines have not left his side.

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Iwo Jima Monument May Get a Makeover

Iconic memorial may be showing its age

Updated 10:42 PM EST, Tue, Jan 25, 2011

One of the country’s most iconic images may be getting a makeover. The Marine Corps War Memorial -- often referred to as the Iwo Jima Memorial -- is in need of a little sprucing, according to a memorial foundation.

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New uniforms make Padres' military tribute harder to see

By Bill Center
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 5:43 p.m.

As four Padres unveiled the club’s new, Marine Corps-inspired camouflage uniforms Tuesday at a local hotel, a voice from the rear of the room cried out: “We can’t see you.”

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Warriors prepare for redeployment with transition brief

Photos by Sgt. Deanne Hurla | 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs | Date: 01.25.2011

Cmdr. Herbert Griffin, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) chaplain, talks to Marines and sailors of Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 3 and Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 16, both part of 3rd MAW (Fwd), about the challenges they will face upon returning home from deployment during a Warrior Transition brief Jan. 25 aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.

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January 24, 2011

Old and new ways to treat traumatic brain injuries

By Dr. Patrick B. Massey
Article updated: 1/24/2011 07:36 AM

Traumatic brain injury is a major cause of death and disability worldwide, especially in young adults and children. Unfortunately, war is also a significant factor in the number of serious brain trauma events. The end result of TBI can be significant deficits in speech, understanding, memory and higher brain functions.

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Marine receives big welcome home in Haverford

(With Video)

Published: Monday, January 24, 2011
Times Correspondent

AVERFORD — The community pulled out all the stops to welcome home U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Roy C. Basis as he returns from a four-year tour of duty that included service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Lehigh Marine's body headed for home

[email protected]
POSTED: January 24, 2011

The arrival of the body of a Lehigh Acres Marine, who was killed in action in Afghanistan, is expected to take place some time this week.

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Advances in treatment help more people survive severe injuries to the brain

Brain Trauma Foundation guidelines drafted in 1995 have been widely adopted. Iranian physicians who treated the wounded in the Iran-Iraq war also helped treatment advance.

By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
January 24, 2011

In the 1946 issue of the Annals of Surgery, U.S. Army Maj. Ralph A. Munslow chronicled in exquisite detail the emergency care of 140 soldiers and civilians who suffered grievous head wounds — mainly from shell fragments — during the 5th Army's 1944 operation to seize and hold a beachhead in Anzio, Italy.

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Corpsmen teach Afghan children hygiene

1/24/2011 By Cpl. Ned Johnson , 1st Marine Division

COMBAT OUTPOST CASTLE, Afghanistan — While Navy corpsmen and medical officers are attached to Marine units in Afghanistan for battlefield wounds and emergencies, one unit is using medical basics to better Afghanistan’s future.

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Nearly 40 Marines killed in Sangin since September

January 24th, 2011 | Posted by Dan Lamothe

Greetings, readers. It was a slow week on Battle Rattle last week while I covered SHOT Show in Las Vegas for sister blog Gear Scout, but things are back to normal now.

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Training a continuous process for Afghan Police in Sangin

Story by Lance Cpl. Jeremy Fasci | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 01.24.2011

SANGIN, Afghanistan – Afghan National Police officers stationed near Forward Operating Base Jackson have been taking part in a four-day training cycles to build their skills.

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Repairs considered for Iwo Jima memorial

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jan 24, 2011 5:52:08 EST

It’s one of the most iconic images of World War II — the flag-raising by five Marines and a sailor on Mount Suribachi in 1945 on the island of Iwo Jima.

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Website aims to increase awareness of PTSD

The Virginian-Pilot
© January 24, 2011

The Defense Department has launched an interactive simulation designed to help those dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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January 23, 2011

Step Up For Your Country

The general who led U.S. forces in Afghanistan makes the case for national service and the ‘basic responsibilities of being an American.’

by Stanley McChrystal
January 23, 2011

Standing recently in New Haven’s small train station, I was approached by a stranger who thanked me for my service. His gratitude was clearly genuine—and I deeply appreciated it.

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Marines working to curb culture of drinking

By Gretel C. Kovach
Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 3 p.m.

The booze was flowing Halloween night in the Camp Pendleton barracks, but the party ended early for one young Marine overcome by potent cocktail “bombs” made of liquor and caffeinated energy drinks.

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3rd MAW (Fwd) flight surgeon receives prestigious award for service

Story by Sgt. Derek Carlson | 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs | Date: 01.23.2011

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan – Navy medical personnel have been to countless battlefields over the years, side-by-side with Marines – keeping them in the fight. So when Marine aviation officially took to the skies on May 22, 1912, the development of naval flight surgeons was not far behind

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January 22, 2011

Marines pay a price trying to secure an Afghan hot spot

What happened to them in Sangin district of Helmand province shows the sacrifices in a campaign aimed at crippling the Taliban in a stronghold and helping extricate the U.S. from a decadelong war.

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
January 22, 2011, 8:33 p.m.

Reporting from Camp Pendleton —
Marines tell of snipers who fire from "murder holes" cut into mud-walled compounds. Fighters who lie in wait in trenches dug around rough farmhouses clustered together for protection. Farmers who seem to tip the Taliban to the outsiders' every movement , often with signals that sound like birdcalls.

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Hercules rain supplies during aerial delivery

1/22/2011 By Sgt. Deanne Hurla , 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (FWD)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — When coalition forces on the ground can't afford to wait for a convoy or are out of reach for a helicopter resupply, the KC-130J provides the flexibility and capability of making a mass aerial delivery to the front lines.

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Weapon techs give coalition forces tactical advantages in southern Afghanistan

1/22/2011 By Cpl. Daniel H. Woodall , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan — Since October, approximately 15 ordnance Marines with Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 3, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) have repaired and returned more than 500 weapon systems to coalition units operating in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

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CAG pushes for better relationships in Sangin

Story by Lance Cpl. Jeremy Fasci | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 01.22.2011

SANGIN, Afghanistan – Members of the civil affairs group attached to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment performed a site survey on a flood defense wall project, one of the many projects planned to help build the infrastructure of Sangin and gain the trust of the people Jan. 17.

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Photos: Afghanistan Marines

(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times) and (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Individual 3/5 Marines

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'Battle buddies' increase safety while deployed

Story by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Brofer | 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 01.22.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Marine Corps leaders continue to stress the importance of utilizing the “buddy system” in order to ensure the safety and accountability of every Marine.

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January 21, 2011

Thomasville Marine Vet To Get New Home Built By Volunteers

Staff Writer
6:18 p.m. EST, January 21, 2011

Dozens of volunteers are building a new home for a former Marine who was severely wounded in Afghanistan.

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Vets get surprise Bears-Packers tickets

Friday, January 21, 2011
John Garcia

January 21, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Tickets to the game Sunday are a hot item -- it is only the second time in the 89-year rivalry that the Bears and Packers have met in the playoffs.

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TRICARE Improves Online Communication, Access

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2011 – Additions to the TRICARE military health plan’s website are giving beneficiaries easier access to their personal health data, more convenient appointment scheduling and better communication with their health care providers, the top TRICARE official reported.

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Battle-hardened Marine Teaches Others

By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Bryan Nygaard
2nd Marine Expeditionary Force

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., Jan. 21, 2011 – Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. William Abernathy, the company first sergeant for the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group’s Military Police Support Company, has no trouble getting the attention of his Marines.

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Marine welcomes daughter into the world from halfway around it

Story by Staff Sgt. Danielle Bacon | 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Public Affairs | Date: 01.21.2011

USS KEARSARGE - “Push baby. Push. You are doing great sweetie. You’re almost done. Push. Push - just a couple more. You are doing great, Jana, almost there. There you go. Good job baby. You did great … yeah; she does have a good set of lungs.”

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911 Emergency calling procedures on Okinawa

Story by Cpl. Megan Angel | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 01.21.2011

OKINAWA, JapN - In an emergency, each and every moment thereafter is crucial and could be the difference between life and death.

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Camp Leatherneck Marines complete Bahraini baton training

Story by Master Sgt. Brian Jones | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 01.21.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Six Marines here completed a five-day baton course taught by members of Bahraini Special Security Forces Company 3, Jan. 20.

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Afghan Uniformed Police Headquarters opens in Musa Qal’eh

Story by Lance Cpl. Joshua Hines | Regimental Combat Team-2, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 01.20.2011
Date Posted: 01.21.2011 00:11

MUSA QAL’EH, Afghanistan – A new Afghan Uniformed Police headquarters building officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony here, Jan. 19.

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Rifle improves rapid target engagement

1/21/2011 By Pfc. Mark W. Stroud , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan — As a presence in several evolving conflicts around the world, Marines must remain up-to-date on the newest technology in order to defeat the enemy and complete the mission at hand.

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Red Cross Continues Legacy of Troop, Family Support

By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2011 – The face of the American Red Cross’ wartime mission could be conveyed through countless images of volunteers greeting wounded warriors on flightlines, offering comfort to troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and providing much-needed support to family members back home.

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January 20, 2011

1st CEB Building a Post for Base

Video by Cpl. John McCall | 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.21.2010
Date Posted: 01.20.2011

B-roll of engineers with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), build a post while constructing a forward operating base.

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1st CEB Marines Setting up Hesco Barriers

Video by Cpl. John McCall | 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.22.2010
Date Posted: 01.20.2011

B-roll of 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward) Marines, setting up Hesco barriers.

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1st CEB Replacing Tire

Video by Cpl. John McCall | 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.28.2010
Date Posted: 01.20.2011

B-roll of Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), replace tires on a vehicle trailer.

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Amtrackers mourn fallen Marine

Camp Pendleton schoolhouse hit hard by instructor death

By Gretel C. Kovach
Originally published January 20, 2011

The protected waters of the Del Mar boat basin at Camp Pendleton were glassy and calm that morning. The weather notwithstanding, the routine never changes.

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CLR-15 Marines Transport Fuel with Afghan Local Nationals

Video by Lance Cpl. Kenneth Jasik | 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 01.20.2011

B-roll of Marines with Combat Logistics Regiment 15 (Forward), 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) escorting local nationals delivering fuel to Marines of 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.

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Stream of life: livelihood to flow into Now Zad waterways

Story by Lance Cpl. Glen Santy | Regimental Combat Team-2, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 01.20.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE CAFFARETTA, Afghanistan – Staring into a gaping hole in the earth, Marines walked along its edge, making notes of the project’s progress. Muddy Afghan workers deep in the holes laugh and wave for the Marines to join them. “No Thanks,” the Marines call back and slowly press on. This isn’t the only site they’ll need to visit today

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Man's best friend could soon be veteran's best medicine

By Sharon L. Peters Special for USA TODAY

The number of veterans who get rehabilitation and re-entry help from dogs will substantially increase if a bill introduced in the House of Representatives this month becomes law.

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Sangin: US marines take fight to the Afghan Taliban

The US marines have pursued aggressive tactics in flashpoint town Sangin since replacing British forces in the southern Afghan town several months ago. The BBC's Paul Wood, embedded with US Marine Battalion 3/5, reports on the continuing fight against the Taliban.

20 January 2011

"Come on, come out come and play," said the marine sniper.

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Marine tanks prepare for their first missions in Afghanistan

Army News — By US Marines on January 20, 2011 5:55 am

Afghanistan: Early versions of the tank shaped the battlefields of World War I, and more sophisticated versions helped quickly end the Gulf War for the U.S. Now tanks have landed in Afghanistan to help bring security to Helmand province.

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January 19, 2011

1st CEB Recovering a Stuck Vehicle

Video by Cpl. John McCall | 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.17.2010
Date Posted: 01.19.2011

Engineers with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division recovered a stuck vehicle.

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

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

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

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13th MEU certified to fight

Story by Cpl. Christopher O'quin | 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 01.19.2011

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - In the past 20 years, the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit has conducted numerous expeditionary operations throughout the globe.

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'Virtual World' Helps With Post-traumatic Stress

Courtesy Story | Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs | Date: 01.19.2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Defense Department is using virtual-world interactivity to educate and help warfighters and others who are reluctant to seek more direct care to deal with post-traumatic stress, said an official at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, also known as "T2."

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1st CEB Using Demolition Charges

Video by Cpl. Daniel Blatter | 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.07.2011
Date posted: 01.19.2011

B-roll of engineers with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), use demolition charges in Now Zad, Afghanistan Jan. 7. Produced by Cpl. John McCall.

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Corpsmen teach Afghan children hygiene, hand out supplies

Photos by Cpl. Ned Johnson | 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.19.2011

Five images of Marines and Sailors with Delta Company, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), handing out supplies to local children.

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Marines drive insurgents out of Afghan village

1/19/2011 By 1st Lt. Alex Lim , Regimental Combat Team 1

COMBAT OUTPOST RANKEL, Afghanistan — The CH-53 began a slow, downward loop, descending to a muddy field when the word was passed.

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Battle hardened Marine uses experience, wisdom to teach others

1/19/2011 By Lance Cpl. Bryan Nygaard , II MEF (FWD)

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — "Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you're not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. 'Cause if you lose your head and you give up, then you neither live nor win. That's just the way it is."

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Friends, family remember Axis marine killed in Afghanistan as tough, charismatic

Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 7:01 PM
By Rhoda A. Pickett, Press-Register

Those who knew Cpl. Joseph C. Whitehead called him hardworking and loyal, a man with the mettle of a Marine.

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Pendleton Marines see progress in Afghanistan

By Gretel C. Kovach
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 8:21 p.m.

U.S. Marines are expanding their relationships with tribal leaders in Afghanistan to build a bulwark against the Taliban as violence subsides in several areas of Helmand province, the new deputy commander in charge of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force headquartered at Camp Pendleton said Wednesday.

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Marine base upgrades planned for 2011

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Jan 19, 2011 5:14:54 EST

In the past two years, Marine Corps installations have become veritable construction zones, with new barracks, chow halls, warehouses, offices and ranges opening at bases that are busy training and deploying Marines for war tours and other overseas duty.

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January 18, 2011

1st CEB Taking Down Concertina Wire

Video by Cpl. John McCall | 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.28.2010
Date Posted: 01.18.2011

Engineers with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division take down concertina wire in Musa Qal'eh.

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B-Roll of 1st CEB helping recover an overturned truck

Video by Cpl. John McCall | 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.31.2010
Date Posted: 01.18.2011

Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division recover an overturned truck in Musa Qal'eh, Afghanistan. Produced by Cpl. John McCall.

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Ronan banding together to help injured Marine

Posted: Jan 18, 2011 7:27 PM by Allyson Weller (KPAX News)
Updated: Jan 18, 2011 8:42 PM

MISSOULA - The Ronan community is working to raise money for a local Marine who lost both his legs and most of his left hand in Afghanistan.

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U.S. Marine's life connects Afghanistan war, UND women's hockey

By: Randy Hanson, Hudson (Wis.) Star-Observer
Published January 18 2011


Lance Cpl. Taylor Kolls had an eventful 2010.

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Santa, Clark American Legion Visit Recovering Marine Sgt. Michael Brattole

Before he headed back to base, Santa and the American Legion paid Michael Brattole a visit.

By Lauren Mazzarella and Jessica Remo

Marine Sergeant Michael Brattole was on the nice list this year.

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Marines of Operation Godfather see stark improvement in deadly Helmand province

By Josh Boak
Washington Post Foreign Service
Tuesday, January 18, 2011; 12:51 PM

GARMSIR, AFGHANISTAN - The Marines strode single-file across dusty farmland that the Taliban had controlled days earlier, facing little resistance beyond a boy who said, "Please don't step on the poppies."

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Marines look to sky for resupply

1/18/2011 By Cpl. Paul Zellner , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan — When Marines deployed to remote forward operating bases are in need of immediate resupply, they look to the sky.

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Marines say insurgency weakening in northern Marjah

1/18/2011 By Lance Cpl. Andrew Johnston , Regimental Combat Team 1

MARJAH, Afghanistan — It was early morning and the moon still lit the sky. A frigid winter breeze lashed the Marines as they trudged across frost-covered farmland, quietly making their way to the landing zone. In the cover of darkness, they crouched in an empty canal and awaited their flight.

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Marine commandant reconfirms Marines as expeditionary

By Cpl. Scott Schmidt/Headquarters Marine Corps
Published: January 18, 2011

ARLINGTON, Va. — The relevance of the Marine Corps as America’s expeditionary force in readiness was among the commandant of the Marine Corps’ key talking points during a visit to the Surface Naval Association Jan. 13.

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Marine commandant reconfirms Marines as expeditionary

By Cpl. Scott Schmidt/Headquarters Marine Corps
Published: January 18, 2011

ARLINGTON, Va. — The relevance of the Marine Corps as America’s expeditionary force in readiness was among the commandant of the Marine Corps’ key talking points during a visit to the Surface Naval Association Jan. 13.

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DoD offers free access to online studying aid

Story by Christine Cabalo | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 01.18.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Hawaii — Students of every age on base are finding solutions to their homework problems with free access an online study aid.

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January 17, 2011

1st CEB Loading Tram

Video by Cpl. John McCall | 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.18.2010
Date Posted: 01.17.2011

Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), load a TRAM vehicle in preparation for a construction mission.

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In Afghanistan, Insurgents Let Bombs Do Fighting

Published: January 17, 2011

PATROL BASE BARIOLAI, Afghanistan — If the battlegrounds of Afghanistan are the “tip of the spear,” as Marines like to say, then the remote district of Sangin in Helmand Province may be its very point: the deadliest spot in the hardest-fought province for Marines leading the American offensive in Taliban territory.

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Trip to Parris Island not a day at the beach for educators, Marine recruits (with video)

Published: Monday, January 17, 2011

By Laura Kessel
[email protected]

A severe winter storm early last week gave the U.S. Marines a chance to show how well they can adjust to crisis.

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Community group salutes high school seniors volunteering for military service

1/17/2011 By Sgt. W. J. Ferris , 1st Marine Corps District

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — Every year across the nation, high school seniors attend awards and graduation ceremonies. Valedictorians and scholarship awardees are recognized and honored by their communities and fellow students.

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Marine's legacy one of helping others

Fox Tech grad died after saving his comrades during a training accident in California

By Eva Ruth Moravec
[email protected]
Published: 12:00 a.m., Monday, January 17, 2011

Sgt. Wesley Rice lived to serve his fellow man, God and country, his mother said, so it seemed tragically fitting to her that he died saving fellow Marines when their amphibious assault vehicle sank during training in California last week.

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BHS teacher honors Marine with donation

January 17, 2011, 8:59 am

Michael Saarie, a music teacher at Binghamton’s West Middle School, made a donation to the school that struck a special chord in the hearts of many.

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26th Marine Expeditionary Unit begins arriving in Helmand

Courtesy Story | ISAF Joint Command | Date: 01.17.2011

KABUL, Afghanistan – An aviation detachment of Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit began arriving at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province this week in support of ongoing operations in Afghanistan.

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January 16, 2011

1st CEB corpsmen provide medical attention to local Afghans

Photo by Cpl. John McCall | 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.20.2010
Date Posted: 01.16.2011

Eleven photos of 1st CEB Marines.

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Marines work through holidays, bring gift of security to Musa Qal’eh

Story by Cpl. John McCall
Date: 01.08.2011
Posted: 01.16.2011
Location: MUSA QAL’EH, AF

MUSA QAL’EH, Afghanistan – Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), built and improved a series of defensive positions to support 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment’s mission of keeping Musa Qal’eh safe from enemy insurgents.

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Engineers tighten security at Naw Zad base

Story by Cpl. John McCall
Date: 01.09.2011
Posted: 01.16.2011
Location: NAW ZAD, AF

NAW ZAD, Afghanistan – Usually, engineers with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), are called in to expand a defensive position or build one from scratch. During their most recent project, engineers were asked to downsize a forward operating base in Naw Zad, Jan. 4-7.

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Welcome to Now Zad: New roads to bring better life to Afghan people

Story by Lance Cpl. Glen Santy | Regimental Combat Team-2, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 01.16.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE CAFFARETTA, Afghanistan - Marines on patrol use little more than rocks and dirt to draw the plans for an upcoming project. For as far as the eye can see; rough roads stretch across the desert valley. Soon roads here will be paved and goods will pour into the villages of Now Zad.

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January 15, 2011

Marine tanks prepare for their first missions in Afghanistan

Story by: Cpl. Ned Johnson
Date: 01.13.2011
Posted: 01.15.2011
Location: Camp Leatherneck, AF

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Early versions of the tank shaped the battlefields of World War I, and more sophisticated versions helped quickly end the Gulf War for the U.S. Now tanks have landed in Afghanistan to help bring security to Helmand province.

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America's Battalion Honors Two Fallen Warriors

Photo by Sgt. Mark Fayloga | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 01.15.2011

Marines pay their respect to 1st Lt. Scott J. Fleming and Sgt. Joe L. Wrightsman during a 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, memorial ceremony at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

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Panel: More judge advocates needed

Increased demand taxes current cadre

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Jan 15, 2011 9:49:07 EST

A recent review of the Marine Corps’ and Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps revealed a community strained by heavy workloads and in need of more personnel.

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Modern warfare's lifesaving techniques give Ronan's Tomy Parker a fighting chance

By VINCE DEVLIN of the Missoulian missoulian.com | Posted: Saturday, January 15, 2011 10:49 pm

BETHESDA, Md. - Both of his legs are gone. The flesh was torn to shreds half a planet from here, and what little remained - mostly bone - was amputated in a field hospital in Afghanistan last month.

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Indiana family copes with sudden death of Marine

Jan 15, 2011 3:00am

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — Since February, Hadley North Mac McQueary has grown to look more like his father and learned how to walk and talk, his family said.

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‘Rest easy, my hero': Marine’s life remembered at funeral

By Heather Darenberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 7:53 PM Jan 15, 2011

LAWRENCEVILLE — Ryan Giese took his first step home in the baptismal of First Christian Church of Atlanta, where his grandfather served as pastor for many years.

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January 14, 2011

Marjah continues to benefit from education advances

Story by Cpl. Brian Gabriel Jr. | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 01.14.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – The education system in Marjah, Afghanistan, has seen substantial improvements since the previous school year, including a 100-percent increase in open schools and a 450-percent increase in enrolled students.

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Wounded Marine Returns Home

POSTED: 4:53 pm CST January 14, 2011

TEXARKANA -- A U.S. Marine from Broken Bow, Okla., who was wounded by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan returned home on Friday.

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Female engagement team refreshes their training

Story by Cpl. Megan Sindelar | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 01.14.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Marines with the Regional Command Southwest Female Engagement Team conducted reset training here Jan 11-12.

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Job barriers, yes, but vets can climb

By Rick Rogers - For The North County Times North County Times - The Californian | Posted: Friday, January 14, 2011 12:00 am

What used to be only whispered is finally public knowledge: Human resource managers are leery of hiring veterans.

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Solar tactically used on the Afghan front

January 14, 2011 10:50 AM PST
by Candace Lombardi

A Marine experiment aimed at determining whether it's beneficial, or even feasible, to use solar energy in the theater of war has landed on the side of solar.

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Marine officer from Hartsville awarded Legion of Merit for service in Afghanistan

Published: January 14, 2011

Approximately 40 service members and civilians gathered at the Special Operations Forces Memorial on Dec. 3, 2010 to watch Lt. Col. David L. Odom of the U.S. Marine Corps receive the Legion of Merit medal during a ceremony at MacDill Air Force Base.

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BLT 1/7 returns home to smiles, cheers

1/14/2011 By Diane Durden , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif., — The excitement of the crowd continued to build as someone shouted, “They’re at KFC on the highway.” Families and friends gathered at the Del Valle soccer field Jan. 6-8, 2011, to welcome home the Marines and sailors of Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionalry Unit.

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Marines aim to raise money by walking for upstart charity

By Tom Pfingsten - For the North County Times North County Times - The Californian | Posted: Friday, January 14, 2011 12:00 am

CAMP PENDLETON ---- On Saturday, Feb. 12, Sgt. Dan Arcand and seven other Camp Pendleton Marines will take the literal first step in an upstart fundraising effort aimed at assisting service members wounded in combat.

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A New Husband Reflects On Returning To Afghanistan

by Catherine Welch
January 14, 2011 from WRNI

On a recent night, Josh Apsey is waiting to sit down for dinner with his parents for one of the last times before the U.S. Marine heads back to Afghanistan.

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Wounded warrior honored in front of Marine family

1/14/2011 By Cpl. Andrew S. Avitt , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif., — Although Cpl. Jonathan Dowdell was confined to a wheelchair, it was his bravery and relentless optimism that made him stand out among the Marines and sailors of his former unit, Company K, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, as he accepted his Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device Jan. 7, 2011.

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3rd CEB mourns lost brothers

1/14/2011 By Cpl. M. C. Nerl , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif., — Third Combat Engineer Battalion gathered with family and friends to mourn four Marines lost during their last deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Jan. 12, 2011, at the Combat Center’s Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field.

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Marine killed, five saved after assault vehicle sinks at Camp Pendleton

Staff Writers North County Times - The Californian
Posted: Friday, January 14, 2011

One Marine died and five others were rescued Friday after the amphibious assault vehicle they were in sank in the Camp Pendleton Del Mar Boat Basin just north of Oceanside, base officials said.

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22nd MEU Marine to receive Bronze Star

Courtesy Story | 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit Public Affairs | Date: 01.14.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – A Marine from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit is scheduled to receive high honors during a ceremony Friday, Jan. 14, for his actions while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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West L.A. students forge relationship with Afghan school

Working with Marines, private school makes a friendship video and soon will send backpacks filled with school supplies with the help of the L.A.-based nonprofit Spirit of America.

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
January 14, 2011

Danielle Katz has a limited Pashto vocabulary — limited but significant.

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PMO Marines train for danger, uncertainty

1/14/2011 By Lance Cpl. Jovane M. Holland , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa, Japan — It can happen in the blink of an eye. A traffic stop goes wrong. A detainee in Afghanistan tries to escape. A suspect violently resists arrest.

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January 13, 2011

Bones of 'Extreme Makeover' house emerge

Published Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thursday, Jan. 13: In an instant, the house's shape emerged Thursday, a day after the old house was demolished.

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USMC AH-1Z To Deploy In Late 2011

Jan 13, 2011
By Amy Butler
Amarillo, Hurst and Fort Worth, Texas

A decade after first flight, the U.S. Marine Corps’ AH-1Z attack helicopter finally graduated from a turbulent operational evaluation and is being readied for its first shipboard deployment.

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Wyoming marine gives meaning to the word sacrifice

Posted: Jan 13, 2011 6:01 PM by Amanda Venegas
Updated: Jan 13, 2011 6:03 PM

BILLINGS - United States Marine Corps Sergeant Dustin Stroble is finding himself in a whole new world, after being seriously wounded in service. Now, instead of patrolling the streets of Marja, Afghanistan, he is rebuilding his strength and body one day at a time.

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Chaplain donates 2/8 handmade memorial to Museum of the Marine

Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011 12:00 am
Lance Cpl. Victor A. Barrera Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

"All of them." What had first started off as a single radio message to higher headquarters became the focus point for 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment’s Chaplain as he tried to the best of his ability to recreate what Company E had been through on their last deployment.

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Camp Hanson Marines cozy up to improved living conditions

Story by Lance Cpl. Andrew Johnston | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 01.13.2011

CAMP HANSON - When Marines broke ground here in northern Marjah, the camp was little more than a barren desert. Aside from tiny farming compounds scattered throughout the area, the Marines were isolated. They lived out of their rucksacks and slept under the stars.

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Marine general sees some good in Gates' reductions

By Otto Kreisher National Journal January 13, 2011

The Marine Corps' top general Thursday disputed the widely held view that the Marines took the biggest hit in Defense Secretary Robert Gates' latest round of "efficiencies," saying there was "a lot of good" in those actions.

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Clinton Rules Out American Combat Mission In Afghanistan

Beyond 2014

1/13/2011 6:24 AM ET

(RTTNews) - United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has dismissed reports that American troops could stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014 in a combat capacity.

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DoD expands Tricare coverage for older children

Staff report
Posted : Thursday Jan 13, 2011 19:16:24 EST

The Defense Department has finally formalized its plan to expand Tricare coverage for dependent children through age 26, bringing the military’s policy in line with the national health care reform law enacted last year.

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Extreme students lend a hand

Special scholars from Bluffton High School give back as part of Beaufort home makeover.

Posted: January 13, 2011 - 7:28pm

The production lines preparing 800 care packages for U.S. Marines in Afghanistan were well under way in the heated special activities tent when four special education students from Bluffton High School arrived to lend a hand under the auspices of ABC's popular reality show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

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January 12, 2011

Beaufort family soon to shout 'Move That Bus!'

Posted: Jan 11, 2011 3:14 PM EST Updated: Jan 12, 2011 5:37 PM EST

BEAUFORT, S.C. – Ty Pennington and his "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" crew ambushed The Dickinson Family this morning and finally announced the location of this week's Beaufort County build: 45 Mystic Circle in Beaufort.

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Marine, family get extreme home makeover

By Kyle Peterson - The Beaufort Gazette via AP
Posted : Wednesday Jan 12, 2011 11:47:10 EST

BEAUFORT, S.C. — A tan, one-story ranch house stands on a quiet street in Beaufort. The only outward signs of the sacrifice its owners have endured are a piece of plywood tacked conspicuously to the facade and a faded American flag hanging next to the front door.

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Winder Marine is killed in Afghanistan

By Merritt Melancon - [email protected]
Published Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Despite his family's misgivings about him serving in a war zone, 24-year-old Ryan Giese of Winder always knew he wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and serve in the U.S. Marine Corps.

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Marine in war zone becomes online scam target

Posted on January 12, 2011 at 10:49 PM

Imagine fighting for your country in a war zone. It's lonely and dangerous and your computer is your only link to the outside world. The KING 5 Investigators have found that computer lifeline makes U.S. troops vulnerable to online scammers. We go inside a scam that targets military service members and find an Internet romance that reaches all the way from Western Washington to Afghanistan.

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Beaufort Military Family Chosen for "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"

Reported by: Jennifer Beale
Email: [email protected]

BEAUFORT, SC – Ty Pennington and his "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" crew ambushed the Dickinson family Tuesday morning and finally announced the location of this week’s Beaufort County build: 45 Mystic Circle in Beaufort.

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January 11, 2011

1/23 prepares for Afghanistan deployment

Courtesy Story | 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.11.2011

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

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Marines' fitness means endurance on battlefield

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

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

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SCHS dance concert to help Marines

Published: Jan. 10, 2011
Updated: Jan. 11, 2011 3:20 p.m.

San Clemente High School's USA grand champion dance team invites you to visit the campus this week, be entertained for two hours and help send Valentine's Day greetings to Marines serving in Afghanistan.

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Back from Battle: Marine from Alameda

Contra Costa Times
Posted: 01/10/2011 12:48:22 PM PST
Updated: 01/11/2011 09:08:05 AM PST

Over nearly a decade of American-led combat between the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, thousands of military personnel from the Bay Area have deployed, often several times, into combat zones. Most have returned home to friends, family and civilian lives forever changed.

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Marine cheered by home front support

By Anastasia Scarborough
Published: January 11, 2011

The daily grind for Josh Pittman and his comrades in the U.S. Marines 5th ANGLICO (Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company) can be lonely.

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Fallen Marine Memorialized At Lake Worth High School

Name Of 19-Year-Old Killed In Afghanistan Etched In Graduate Memorial Wall

POSTED: 1:55 pm EST January 11, 2011

LAKE WORTH, Fla. -- A somber tribute was held Tuesday morning at Lake Worth High School for a U.S. Marine and former student who was killed in Afghanistan.

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Biden: US Committed to Afghanistan Beyond 2014

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

11 January 2011 VOA News U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says if the Afghan people want the United States to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014, the U.S. is prepared to do so.

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Biden Meets Karzai, Visits Troops in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2011 – Vice President Joe Biden today spoke with Afghan national and local leaders as he continued what White House officials described as a visit to assess progress and reinforce the U.S. commitment to Afghanistan.

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Now Zad school enrollment doubles, more renovations planned

Courtesy Story | ISAF Joint Command | Date: 01.11.2011

KABUL, Afghanistan – When the Marines of the civil affairs team in support of 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, arrived to Now Zad district, Helmand province, an estimated 200 students were in attendance at the schools in the local area. Now nearly 500 children attend classes here daily.

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Study: Women shortchanged on combat-stress help

By Corinne Reilly
The Virginian-Pilot
© January 11, 2011

The Department of Veterans Affairs must work harder to address combat stress in women returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a new government study says.

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Building camaraderie, sharpening skill: CLB-31prepares for upcoming deployment

1/11/2011 By Cpl. Michael A. Bianco , 31st MEU

KIN BLUE, OKINAWA, Japan — The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is the only continually forward deployed MEU in the Marine Corps and is constantly training to be ready when called upon. Combat Logistics Battalion 31, the logistics arm of the 31st MEU, conducted its bi-annual exercise CLBEX, Jan. 5-12, to prepare for the upcoming deployment of the Asia-Pacific Region.

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Motivated Cpl helps CLB-31 hold mess night during busy period

1/11/2011 By Capt. Caleb Eames , 31st MEU

CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan — With a high operational tempo, frequent personnel turnover, and plenty of work to be done between deployments, one might think Marines of Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, would not have time to put a mess night together during the holiday season.

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January 10, 2011

1/23 trains to counter IED’s

Courtesy Story | 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.10.2011

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

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Operation Valentine lets deployed Marines, sailors know they are appreciated

Story by Cpl. Zachary Nola | 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.09.2011
Date Posted:01.10.2011 16:14

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – The 5th Marine Regiment hosted an estimated 1,100 mothers and daughters from the non-profit National Charity League who made it their mission to ensure every deployed Marine or sailor receives a gift, when they prepared 2,400 care packages during the 4th Annual Operation Valentine at Camp San Mateo, Jan. 9.

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O.C. charity group gets a taste of Marine life

Photos and story by MINDY SCHAUER
Published: Jan. 10, 2011

CAMP PENDLETON – More than 1,000 teenage girls and their moms got in touch with their inner Marine at Camp Pendleton on Sunday as they took part in a combat fitness test, climbed aboard an AMK-25 truck and handled shoulder-launched, multi-purpose assault weapons.

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Iwo Jima monument in dire need of a rescue mission


Photo gallery of the Iwo Jima monument depicting the work needed to be done.

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Local Marine will hunt explosives with specially trained K-9 partner

Published: Monday, January 10, 2011 at 7:45 a.m.

WINTER HAVEN - U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Michael Yanchura, with the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalian at Camp Lejuene, N.C., recently completed the Improvised Explosive Device Detection Dog Handler Course.

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Corps’ most decorated unit joins 31st MEU

1/10/2011 By Capt. Caleb D. Eames , 31st MEU

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa, Japan — The most decorated infantry battalion in the Marine Corps has arrived over the past week from Camp Pendleton, Calif., to join the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit as the new battalion landing team, with the final flight landing here Jan. 10.

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Belt native named Marine of the Year

By LANCE CPL. KENNETH JASIK • Department of Defense • January 10, 2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — A Belt native who is a wrecker operator in Afghanistan was selected as the Regional Command (Southwest) Marine of the Year on Jan. 2.

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The Toppling

How the media inflated a minor moment in a long war.

by Peter Maass
January 10, 2011

On April 9, 2003, Lieutenant Colonel Bryan McCoy, commander of the 3rd Battalion 4th Marines, awoke at a military base captured from the Iraqis a few miles from the center of Baghdad, which was still held by the enemy. It had been twenty days since the invasion of Iraq began, and McCoy had some personal chores to take care of—washing his socks, for one. Afterward, he walked over to a group of marines under his command who were defacing a mural of Saddam Hussein. As I watched, he picked up a sledgehammer and struck a few blows himself. The men cheered. Then he began preparing for the serious business of the day: leading the battalion into the heart of the city. He expected a house-to-house brawl that would last several days.

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Central figure in 'Band of Brothers' dead at 92

By Larry Shaughnessy, CNN Pentagon Producer
January 10, 2011 9:22 p.m. EST

Washington (CNN) -- Richard "Dick" Winters, a decorated hero of World War II and the central figure in the book and miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died. He would have turned 93 years old in February.

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Corps: New body armor more comfortable

Improved tactical vest, plate carrier coming in 2011

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jan 10, 2011 5:00:48 EST

As early as spring, Marines will be dawning the next generation of improved body armor designed to be more comfortable and adjustable than current models.

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Afghan insurgents match surge with more IEDs

By Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY

Insurgents in Afghanistan have answered the Obama administration's troop surge with a surge of their own, planting thousands of roadside bombs that caused more U.S. troop casualties last year than the prior eight years of the war.

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January 9, 2011

'Ugly Angels’ carry their weight in combat operations

Story by Sgt. Deanne Hurla | 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs | Date: 01.08.2011
Date Posted: 01.09.2011 05:53

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan – When coalition forces and supplies need to be moved quickly throughout the Regional Command (Southwest)’s area of operations, the Marines of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), are here to carry the weight

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3rd MAW (Fwd) makes explosive impact in Afghanistan

Story by Sgt. Derek Carlson | 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs | Date: 01.08.2011
Date Posted:01.09.2011 04:10

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Coalition forces present in Afghanistan continuously patrol the country’s vast landscape and cities while conducting operations and gathering information from local citizens.

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Lejeune targets dangerous drivers

Strict penalties include revocation of driving privileges

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Jan 9, 2011 9:27:02 EST

Camp Lejeune, N.C., is in the midst of a dangerous-driver crack down aimed at those who text, speed, talk on their phones or don’t wear seatbelts on base.

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January 8, 2011

Quantico revamps weapons regulations

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Jan 8, 2011 10:34:39 EST

Weapons regulations aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., have been tightened by a base order published Dec. 21.

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Fallen Marine loved his country

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9:35 p.m. EST, January 8, 2011

Lance Cpl. Maung P. "Samuel" Htaik's parents weren't sure why their son wanted to join the U.S. Marine Corps. They tried to dissuade him, but he enlisted and was sent to Afghanistan several months ago to fight.

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Marine’s long road to recovery

By Diana Kuyper Special to The News-Sun Jan 8, 2011 02:34AM

Marine Cpl. John Peck may have lost his legs and arms in an IED explosion in Afghanistan, but he hasn’t lost his heart.

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3rd MAW (Fwd) develops new flightline aboard Camp Bastion

Story by Sgt. Derek Carlson | 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs | Date: 01.08.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Third Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) is currently completing the final phases of an extensive three-year flightline project aboard Camp Bastion, which will allow the flightline to traffic larger aircraft, such as the C-5 Galaxy, Boeing 737 and Antonov AN-124 Condor on its 11,500-foot runway.

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January 7, 2011

Eight years later, 26th MEU returns to Afghanistan to hold the line

January 07, 2011 10:00 PM

Following humanitarian aid missions in flooded Pakistan and training operations in Africa, elements of Camp Lejeune’s 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will set a course for combat zones in Afghanistan later this month.

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New life, fresh sadness at end of deployment

January 07, 2011 8:02 AM

In single file, the troops of 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment marched in, still in desert camouflage utilities with gear slung on their backs. Wives and mothers and fathers and children shouted names of loved ones or strained to see their faces in the sea of uniforms.

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Geotags invade privacy and OPSEC

Story by Sgt. Heidi Agostini | I Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 01.07.2011

You want to show off your new car and you take a picture with your smartphone. Then, you post it to Picasa or Flickr, both location-based social-networking services.

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Health Plan Officials Work to Improve Efficiency, Care

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2011 – As Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates presses for a modest increase in health plan premiums for working-age military retirees to help offset rising health care costs, the head of the TRICARE Management Activity reported progress already made in improving efficiencies as well as the quality of health care services.

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Health Plan to Remain Free for Troops, Officials Emphasize

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2011 – Though Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates seeks modest premium increases for working-age military retirees who use the TRICARE Prime health plan, the benefit will remain free to service members, defense officials emphasized today.

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Pentagon assures U.S.' short-term mission after announcing fresh troops to Afghanistan

The United States assured that the latest announcement to send more than 1,000 Marines would stay in Afghanistan for short-term and that it would not exceed the set limit of 100,000 troops in the region.

Reporter: AHN Staff
Location: Pentagon, United States Published: January 7, 2011 06:47 am EST

In an attempt to accelerate the pace of progress in southern Afghanistan, the United States has announced to dispatch nearly 1,400 additional Marines later this month.

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Cherry Point, 2nd MAW soar forward in 2010

Story by The Windsock Cherry Point | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | Date: 01.06.2011
Date Posted:01.07.2011 09:50

CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Marines, sailors and civilians who live and work on Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point experienced another eventful year in 2010. The challenges faced by the air station and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing were met head-on as the wing deployed elements to Operation Enduring Freedom while also activating 2nd MAW (Forward) for deployment to Afghanistan in early 2011.

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2nd MAW band looks back on 2010

Story by Lance Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | Date: 01.06.2011
Date Posted: 01.07.2011 09:59

CHERRY POINT, N.C. - The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band had several golden moments during 2010, including playing for the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, Canada, performing at the opening of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Ky., the 2010 Cherry Point Air Show, the Cherry Point Christmas Concert, and a top Marine Corps performance award.

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Afghan police learn advance tactics

Courtesy Story | ISAF Joint Command | Date: 01.07.2011

KABUL, Afghanistan – Fifteen Afghan Uniformed Police recently participated in a 10-day advanced training course taught by the Police Advisory Team with 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, in Musa Qal’ah, Helmand province.

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January 6, 2011

Co. F runs altered o-course

Story by Pfc. Katalynn M. Thomas | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego | Date: 12.11.2010
Date Posted: 01.06.2011 17:38

Recruits from Company F took on the obstacle course at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego as part of their third phase training, Dec. 11.

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26th MEU to support Operation Enduring Freedom

Courtesy Story | 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Public Affairs | Date: 01.06.2011

USS KEARSARGE, At Sea - Following a request by the commander of United States Forces Afghanistan, in coordination with the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the commander of U.S. Central Command, Gen. James N. Mattis, has ordered elements from 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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MACG-28’s year in review

Story by Cpl. Samuel A. Nasso | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | Date: 01.06.2011

The beginning of 2011 starts another busy year in the books for Marine Air Control Group 28. Yet looking back, 2010 was a busy year for MACG-28, from training to sending units on deployments, to the changing of leadership throughout the group.

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India Company, 3/5 Dark Horse Marines use solar power to brighten mission accomplishment

Story by Gunnery Sgt. William Price | 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.06.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan -The Marines and sailors of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment have tapped into a vital renewable energy source – the sun – to help take the fight to the enemy in Sangin District.

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DOD Directs Army, Marine Drawdowns for 2015, 2016

By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2011 – Budget pressures that have proven greater than anticipated mean the Defense Department will trim end strength in its ground forces beginning in four years, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today.

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Marine Unit Deploys About 1,400 Troops to Afghanistan

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2011 – About 1,400 service members of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will deploy to southwestern Afghanistan, U.S. Central Command officials announced today.

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Marine commandant supports cutting fighting machine

Published: Jan. 6, 2011

While saying that the nation's amphibious capability remains the Marine Corps' priority, the force's commandant said that he supports the cancellation of an amphibious fighting vehicle program by Defense Secretary Robert Gates as part of broad defense spending cuts announced Thursday.

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CLB-3’s Embedded Partnering Team increases operability of Afghan soldiers

1/6/2011 By Cpl. Daniel H. Woodall , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

CAMP GARM-SHER, Afghanistan — Personnel with Combat Logistics Battalion 3’s Embedded Partnering Team recently implemented plans to increase the Afghan National Army’s ability to conduct independent operations.

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Afghanistan: Land of War and Opportunity

Where most people see only deprivation and misery, Paul Brinkley sees potential. With luck, business will agree

By Jason Kelly
January 6, 2011, 5:00PM EST

The skyline of the city of Herat, in the westernmost corner of Afghanistan, is dominated by the Qala Ikhtyaruddin, a 700-year-old stone citadel. On a chilly December afternoon, as the sun begins to dip, the citadel's grounds are largely unoccupied. The general public isn't allowed in until renovations to the time-ravaged site are finished. Paid for in part by a $725,000 grant from the U.S. government, the project is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2011.

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Pentagon Seeks Biggest Military Cuts Since Before 9/11

Published: January 6, 2011

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Thursday that the nation’s “extreme fiscal duress” now required him to call for cuts in the size of the Army and Marine Corps, reversing the significant growth in military spending that followed the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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3/5 Marines Fight to Secure Sangin

Video by Sgt. Dean Davis | Regimental Combat Team-2, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 01.06.2011

In this video, 3/5 Marines are seen patrolling, scouting, searching for IEDs, shooting at Taliban fighters and searching compounds.

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Pendleton Marines to hike from San Francisco to O.C. for the wounded

Published: Jan. 6, 2011

CAMP PENDLETON – About a dozen Pendleton Marines will hike from San Francisco to San Clemente over 22 days starting next month to raise money for wounded warriors and their families.

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VMR-1 saves 47 lives in 2010

Story by Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | Date: 01.06.2011

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Marine Transport Squadron 1 had a dynamic year supporting the service members of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing and citizens in the local area. In 2010 alone VMR-1 conducted 65 missions, 140 flight hours and saved 47 lives.

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January 5, 2011

'Hero Miles' Program Supports Families of Fallen, Wounded

Story by Donna Miles | Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs | Date: 01.05.2011

BETHESDA, Md. - A popular program that turns donated frequent-flyer miles into free airline tickets for wounded warriors receiving medical care as well as their families will expand this year so families of the fallen and combat wounded can participate in two upcoming events.

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Marine with local ties killed in Afghanistan

Written by Julia M. Dendinger/News-Bulletin
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 06:00

A Marine with Belen ties was killed Dec. 27 while leading a patrol in Helmand province in Afghanistan.

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Family says goodbye to fallen Marine, a Tech graduate

By Larry Bivins • Times Washington correspondent • January 5, 2011

WASHINGTON — Through the words of U.S. Navy Lt. Jonathan Bush, the nation said a final thank you Tuesday to Marine Cpl. Sean Osterman, who was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Marines, Locals Prompt Partnership in Nimruz

Video by Sgt. Dean Davis | Regimental Combat Team-2, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 01.05.2011

Package about how Marines and Sailors of Regimental Combat Team 2 visited the village of Dhemazong, in Nimruz province, Afghanistan,.

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Marine’s lifelong passion supports deployed operations

Story by Cpl. Megan Sindelar | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 01.05.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – An energetic and upbeat Marine from the countryside of Dutton, Va., spends his time here doing a job he has always loved to do.

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Hope for peace arises in one Afghan district

By Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Nestled amid Afghanistan's southwestern foothills, the lush pomegranate orchards and dense poppy groves of Sangin have seen more combat fatalities than any other district in the country.

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Navy, Army, Marines Conduct Joint Logistical Link Up

1/5/2011 By PO3 Kristin L. Grover , 26th MEU

USS Carter Hall conducted a stern gate transfer with the assistance of U.S. Army vessels to facilitate the movement of elements of 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit going ashore to conduct scheduled sustainment training in Kuwait, Dec. 23.

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$33 Million in Unclaimed Money for Veterans Dating Back to World War I

Veterans' Advocacy Groups Urge Families to Check Government Records

Jan. 5, 2011
abc GMA

Veterans and their families may be eligible to receive unclaimed funds totaling at about $33 million, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans' advocacy groups say many veterans' families have no idea the money is there.

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Christmas Wish Complete: Marine Finally Receives New Teeth

1/5/2011 By PO1 Phil Beaufort , 26th MEU

All Lance Cpl. Bryan Greene wanted for Christmas were his three front teeth. After un-dergoing multiple root canal procedures and appointment after appointment at Camp Lejeune to prepare his mouth for prosthetic teeth during the busy pre-deployment work-up schedule, Greene appeared to see September as the month he would finally be done with his dental adventures. Then came the order to deploy ear¬ly. Getting his dental work completed before leaving seemed like an afterthought for Greene.

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January 4, 2011

U.S. Boosts Afghan Surge

Pentagon Plans to Send 1,400 Extra Marines to Supplement Spring Campaign

* JANUARY 4, 2011

WASHINGTON—Defense Secretary Robert Gates has decided to send an additional 1,400 Marine combat forces to Afghanistan, officials said, in a surprise move ahead of the spring fighting season to try to cement tentative security gains before White House-mandated troop reductions begin in July.

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Smithsburg graduate remembered as quiet and nice

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7:57 p.m. EST, January 4, 2011

Maung P. Htaik came to the United States in 2002, and he died fighting for the country in Afghanistan on the first day of 2011.

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Nellis Airmen, joint partners prep Marines for Afghanistan

Posted 1/4/2011
by Casey E. Bain
United States Joint Forces Command Joint Fires Integration and Interoperability Team

1/4/2011 - CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AFNS) -- U.S. Joint Forces Command joint fires experts joined Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group and other joint enablers during a mission rehearsal exercise here to prepare Marine Corps Regimental Combat Team-8 for its upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

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New Year to include Cherry Point deployments, construction

January 04, 2011 5:13 PM
By Drew C. Wilson
Havelock News

Cherry Point Marines, who have been active in the War on Terror, will once again be on the frontlines in 2011 when the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) deploys to Afghanistan later this year.

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President signs into law latest GI Bill changes

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Jan 4, 2011 20:34:09 EST

President Obama has signed into law a package of changes — mostly improvements — in the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

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Anthony Henderson Triggered A Marine Triumph In Afghanistan


One key for leaders is to find a balance between getting out front and sitting back to see the big picture, says Lt. Col. Anthony Henderson.

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Camp Pendleton Marines wait for impact of Sangin peace deal

Elders pledged to quell violence in restive Afghan district

By Gretel C. Kovach
Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 8 p.m.

A security deal brokered by leaders of an influential tribe is spurring hopes that the erosion of Taliban power and influence in southern Afghanistan will finally reach the violent Sangin river valley, where Camp Pendleton’s 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment has suffered heavy casualties in recent months.

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Crowd turns out as Marine's body comes home

January 04, 2011 5:57 AM
The Telegraph

BETHALTO — Residents, military veterans, firefighters, police officers and people from across the area came together as a family Monday to welcome Kenny Corzine back to his hometown.

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Did Marines, not German soldiers, coin the phrase ‘Devil Dogs’?

By Jeff Schogol
Published: January 4, 2011

In the Marine Corps, there is tradition and there is truth, and the two do not always intersect. Such is the case with term “Devil Dogs,” which the German troops in World War I supposedly called Marines at Belleau Wood, leading the Corps to adopt it as a term of endearment.

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Services set for Ill. Marine killed in Afghanistan

Associated Press - January 4, 2011 8:34 AM ET

BETHALTO, Ill. (AP) - Services are scheduled Thursday for a southwestern Illinois Marine killed last month during combat operations in Afghanistan.

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India Company, 3/5 Dark Horse Marines draw “lines in the sand”

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

01.03.2011 Story by GySgt William Price 1st MarDiv SANGIN DISTRICT, Afghanistan - The Marines of 3rd Platoon, India Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, with their Afghan National Army counterparts, set out on a patrol to “draw lines in the sand,” outside Patrol Base Fulod in Sangin District, Dec. 30.

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Marines ring in new year with 5k run in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Shannon McMillan | 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 01.04.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – More than 750 service members and civilian contractors took part in the New Year’s 5k race at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Jan. 1.

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Hero Boxes

Courtesy Photo | 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Public Affairs | Date: 01.02.2011
Date Posted: 01.04.2011 04:53

Marines with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and sailors with USS Kearsarge open Hero Boxes in the main mess deck aboard USS Kearsarge, Jan. 2. The 26th MEU is deployed aboard the ships of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility and acting as the theater reserve force.

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January 3, 2011

US general: Deal with tribe in Taliban bastion

Associated Press
Jan 3, 11:29 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The leaders of the largest tribe in a Taliban stronghold in southern Helmand province have pledged to halt insurgent attacks and expel foreign fighters from one of the most violent spots in the country, the senior U.S. Marine general in Afghanistan said Monday

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Afghanistan hopes tribal uprising will bring peace

Insurgents in Sangin hand in weapons in attempt to join peace process as tribal elders agree to stand up to Taliban

Jon Boone in Kabul
Monday 3 January 2011 18.22 GMT

Afghan and western officials are pinning their hopes on a tribal uprising to bring peace to the notoriously violent district of Sangin just three months after the UK left a town that had become a death trap for British troops.

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Marines remembered for dedication, sacrifice

By Cpl. Shannon E. McMillan, 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)
Monday, January 03, 2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — More than 150 service members bowed their heads in silence and paid their final respects here, Dec. 26, to two Marines who dedicated their lives to eliminating the largest threat on today’s battlefield, improvised explosive devices.

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Legacy Walk tells Marines' story

By Julia LeDoux
Published: January 03, 2011

TRIANGLE, Va. - The National Museum of the Marine Corps has published its first book.

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Faces and Places - Afghanistan

Monday, January 03, 2011

The pictures speak for themselves......

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3 brothers in combat home for the holidays

BY JERRY DAVICH Post-Tribune Jan 3, 2011 02:33AM

Matt Sabo and his three brothers were all raised in Lake Station.

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Marine Kenny Corzine comes home 1/3/2011

Date: 1/3/2011
Album ID: 1145533

Photos by John Badman

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'Men who look death in the face and continue to move forward'

1/3/2011 By Cpl. Daniel Blatter , Regimental Combat Team 2

SANGIN, Afghanistan — Marines and sailors from 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, in Sangin, paused to honor Cpl. Derek A. Wyatt, a team leader for 1st Platoon, Lima Company, Lance Cpl. Kenneth A. Corzine, a rifleman in 1st Squad, 3rd Platoon, Lima Company and Lance Cpl. Colton Rusk, a machine gunner with Weapons Company.

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US Marines Being Trained for Cultural Sensitivity Before Deployment

Ana Ward | Quantico, Va
03 January 2011

The U.S. military is expected to withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014. But thousands of U.S. Marines will still deploy there within the next year to support the war.

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US general: deal with tribe in Taliban bastion

Posted 01.03.11

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The senior U.S. Marine general in Afghanistan says the leaders of the largest tribe in a Taliban stronghold in the southern Helmand province have pledged to halt insurgent attacks and expel foreign fighters.

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Former SAW gunner receives Silver Star

Sgt. William W. Rollins, no longer in the Corps, fought to silence the enemy and protect wounded Marines

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jan 3, 2011 5:53:22 EST

Sgt. William W. Rollins was on a routine reconnaissance patrol June 19, 2008, in Farah province, Afghanistan, when his unit came under fire from suspected insurgents.

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January 2, 2011

Postcards from Afghanistan

By Jeanette Steele
Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 3:31 p.m.

Marines from San Diego County are spending their holidays serving in Afghanistan, part of the American troop surge aimed at ending the nine-year-old war.

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Marine Corps Operations in Afghanistan

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

01/02/2011 – In this slide show, a USMC operation to ferret out adversaries and to protect the local population is pictured.

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Kilo Co, 3/5 take fight to Taliban

Video by Sgt. Dean Davis | Regimental Combat Team-2, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 01.02.2011


Marines of Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines have been meeting the Taliban daily in fire fights.

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Hornet squadron touts land-based deployment

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Jan 2, 2011 10:05:45 EST

A Marine Corps squadron recently returned to the United States after a historic deployment as the first of the service’s F/A-18 Hornets to operate from a ground base in Afghanistan.

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Policy puts troops at risk for identity theft

By Andrew Tilghman - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Jan 2, 2011 9:37:01 EST

U.S. troops may be among the most vulnerable Americans to identity theft. That’s because the U.S. military is overusing Social Security numbers and putting at risk troops’ most basic personal information, according to a recent report from several professors at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

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January 1, 2011

Marines ring in new year with 5K run in Afghanistan

Photo by Cpl. Shannon McMillan | 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 01.01.2011

Photos of service members and civilians during a 5 kilometer run at midnight to help celebrate the New Year at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.

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Local Afghans, Marines celebrate New Years Day together in Bareckzai

Photo by Lance Cpl. Glen Santy | Regimental Combat Team-2, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 01.01.2011

Photos of Marines and sailors with the Civil Affairs and Female Engagement Teams, assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marines.

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Tricare denies coverage of newer TBI treatment

By Andrew Tilghman - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Jan 1, 2011 10:07:25 EST

Military health officials are refusing to pay for a new treatment for traumatic brain injury despite widespread support for the therapy among doctors and lawmakers.

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Marines provide ammunition for warfighters in Afghanistan

1/1/2011 By Lance Cpl. Kenneth Jasik , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan — When troops outside the wire need a resupply of ammunition, they count on the Marines who work at the Field Ammunition Supply Point to provide them with the rounds they need.

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Marines Marry At Times Square New Year's Eve

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

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

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