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February 28, 2011

Houston's Lone Star Battalion heads to Afghanistan

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

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

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

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Frank Buckles, last living U.S. WWI vet, dies

By Vicki Smith - The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Feb 28, 2011 2:30:45 EST

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Frank Buckles was repeatedly rejected by military recruiters and got into uniform at 16 after lying about his age. He would later become the last surviving U.S. veteran of World War I.

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A leaner Corps in the future

By Julia LeDoux
Published: February 28, 2011

QUANTICO, Va. - There will be fewer Marines in the future, but the Corps will remain the nation’s “expeditionary force in readiness.”

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MARSOC program targets physical, mental health

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Feb 28, 2011 6:05:57 EST

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — The rigors of war — endless deployments, broken bodies and frayed nerves at home — are being addressed for special operations Marines through a wellness program that aims to clear a path to a long and healthy life.

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Police training in Zabul: The first six weeks

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

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

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

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Now Zad wasn’t built in a day

2/28/2011 By Lance Cpl. Clayton Vonderahe, Regimental Combat Team 8

NOW ZAD, AFGHANISTAN — Buildings lay in ruins. Vast stretches of the city are either destroyed or abandoned. Fields are bordered with rocks painted red and white, signifying if they are cleared of mines or if they are still unsafe to walk in. A destroyed Soviet tank lays to the wayside of the streets, clearly identifying the rough battles this area has seen.

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Hundreds mourn fallen 26-year-old Marine from Oregon

Written by The Associated Press
1:45 AM, Feb. 28, 2011

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of mourners bid farewell Saturday to an Oregon Marine killed in combat in Afghanistan.

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Selfless Service: Marine proves he is a leader among leaders

2/28/2011 By Cpl. Paul D. Zellner, Combat Logistics Battalion-3

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan — A tactical data network specialist with Communications Platoon, Headquarters and Service Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 3, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) is using his Marine Corps Martial Arts Program skills and family values to lead fellow Marines to the next level.

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Review group calls for leaner combat force

Corps’ total force to be reduced by 15,000-plus Marines

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Feb 28, 2011 16:01:57 EST

As the Corps carries out a massive restructuring plan over the next few years, Marines can expect to see fewer infantry and artillery battalions, armor companies, aviation squadrons and headquarters elements.

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Wounded Warriors Compete During First Marine Corps Trials

2/28/2011 By Lance Cpl. Michelle S. Mattei, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Some competed blindly; some competed without their arms or legs—but for the first ever Marine Corps Trials, wounded warriors from all over the world did not let their injuries deter their will to compete.

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February 27, 2011

Not just mail, motivation

Story by Lance Cpl. Bruno J. Bego
Date 02.27.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Approximately 40,000 pounds of mail arrive at Camp Leatherneck’s post office daily and more than 7.4 million pounds of mail in the last year alone. Forty-six Marines spread thin between Leatherneck, Dwyer and Delaram dig through the pallets and sort the mail, package by package, according to its address.

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February 26, 2011

Pendleton Marines maintain uneasy calm in battle-scarred Afghan town

By Gretel C. Kovach
Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 3 p.m.

SANGIN, Afghanistan — The Afghan police and their Marine advisers walk out of the base where they live and work together and into the bazaar. Cold winter rain has given way to sunny skies, putting everyone in a good mood.

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Afghanistan war diary: The 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment rides through history

By Gretel C. Kovach
Saturday, February 26, 2011 at midnight

SANGIN, Afghanistan — The motto “get some!” is a battle cry favored by all Marines. Depending on its application, the phrase can mean many different things: think notches on the belt on one end of the spectrum, or the New Testament on the other. In Sangin, for instance, Marines who visit the Get Some Chapel at Forward Operating Base Jackson get religion, in one of Afghanistan’s deadliest areas for NATO coalition troops.

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3/2 Civil Affairs rolls in heavy

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

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

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Communication system eases contact with family

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Feb 26, 2011 10:12:58 EST

The Corps is rolling out a new online tool to help families of deployed Marines stay in the know.

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Marine Corps to closely monitor local troops

Mental health specialists assigned to Camp Pendleton regiment battered in Afghanistan

By MARK WALKER - [email protected] North County Times - The Californian | Posted: Saturday, February 26, 2011 6:00 pm |

For nearly seven months, they've seen friends die or have their limbs shredded by crude roadside bombs.

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February 25, 2011

Happy Birthday, USO! Non-profit turns 70 in style

Story by Kristen Wong | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 02.25.2011

HONOLULU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT — Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Bartlett remembers a more comfortable six-hour layover in Atlanta, thanks to the United Services Organization, which celebrated 70 years of service on Feb. 4.

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Unit, Personal, Family Readiness Program supports Marines, sailors

2/25/2011 By Sgt. Rebekka S. Heite , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa — “When my dad was a grunt in the Marine Corps several years ago, he was gone all the time,” said Tolondra Johnson, family readiness officer with 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF. During these absences, her entire family struggled, she added.

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2nd generation Marine leaves small town roots

2/25/2011 By Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — From the quiet streets of Indiana, to the hectic pace of Marine Corps life, Lance Cpl. Jonathon Rockey managed to make it a smooth transition in joining his family business of serving his country.

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Battalion clears leave and liberty misconceptions

2/25/2011 By Cpl. Juan D. Alfonso , Marine Forces Pacific

CAMP H. M. SMITH, Hawaii — U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Marines thinking about taking leave and special liberty may be surprised to find there are special regulations when taking their hard-earned time off in Hawaii.

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31st MEU Capt. Caleb D. Eames
31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
Public Affairs Office

USS ESSEX, off the coast of the Kingdom of Cambodia —

Elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, embarked aboard the USS Essex (LHD 2), are scheduled to participate in the Cambodian Maritime Exercise, Feb. 27 – March 2.

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MP support company takes on field exercise

Story by Cpl. Daniel Flynn | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 02.25.2011

More than 50 Marines from Military Support Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, recently participated in a two-week training evolution here.

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Corpsmen, Japanese officers learn together

Story by Lance Cpl. Tyler Vernaza | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 02.25.2011

OKINAWA, Japan - Corpsmen with 3rd Medical Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and officers with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force from mainland Japan, concluded a week-long evolution where they practiced tactical combat casualty care, Feb. 17.

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Getting ground troops needed air support

Story by Cpl. Aaron Hostutler | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 02.25.2011

OKINAWA, Japan - "Mission 1001 is airborne. They’re going to be at your location in five [minutes]. It’s a flight of two AV-8B Harriers, how copy?”

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Coalition forces, Afghans increase security presence in Marjah

Story by Lance Cpl. Mark A. Garcia | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 02.25.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan- Marines from 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, Kilo Company, and Afghan forces increased local Afghans freedom of movement with operations that focused on security in Marjah Feb 16-18.

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Artillery unit to Japan, UDP getting new life

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Feb 25, 2011 8:42:52 EST

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — The Marines of Romeo Battery are deploying again, only this time they’ll be in Okinawa, Japan, and on the lookout for something other than bad guys.

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EOD Marines conduct basic demolition range

2/25/2011 By Lance Cpl. Heather N. Choate , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP SCHWAB, Okinawa — Marines with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, conducted a two-day basic demolition training package for junior Marines and sailors in the battalion.

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Citrus County Marine killed in Afghanistan

By Logan Neill, Times Staff Writer
Friday, February 25, 2011

HOMOSASSA — Once a Marine, always a Marine.

That's what the family of Cpl. John Taylor came to understand in time.

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February 24, 2011

22nd MEU Marine to receive Bronze Star

Courtesy Story | 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit Public Affairs | Date: 02.24.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – A Marine with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit is scheduled to receive high honors during a ceremony tomorrow, Feb. 25, for actions while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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1st platoon, Kilo Company, an essential piece of Operation Sulaiman

Story by Cpl. Megan Sindelar | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 02.24.2011

MARJAH, Afghanistan – Marines with 1st platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment were an essential part of Operation Sulaiman, Feb. 16-18.

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New mortar system fires first combat rounds

February 24, 2011 3:18 PM
Gunnery Sgt. Bryce Piper
26th MEU Public Affairs

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Marines fired the first rounds using the Expeditionary Fire Support System during combat operations recently.

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Despite Their Profound Skills, Veterans Struggle in the Job Market

U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand listened closely to veteran students from Mercy College during a roundtable discussion on veteran unemployment.

By Renea Henry

Bart Bochenski is a sophomore at Mercy College, and a veteran of the U.S Marine Corps. During his deployment, Bochenksi had a combat assignment operating equipment most civilians will never see or use. However without a formal degree, employers often overlook his profound skill set.

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Saying goodbye to Marine takes practice

[email protected]
Published: Feb. 23, 2011
Updated: Feb. 24, 2011 11:12 a.m.

I'm a guru of goodbyes, an artist of adieus. A skillful sayonara takes ample practice, which the United States Marine Corps has graciously afforded me in the past 17 years.

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SMP members visit local retirement home

2/24/2011 By Lance Cpl. Damien Gutierrez , Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The residents of Fairwinds–Ivey Ranch Retirement Community shared memories and laughs during dinner with sailors from Camp Pendleton’s Single Marine Program, Feb. 23.

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Silent Drill Platoon welcomes 'New Dog'

2/24/2011 By Lance Cpl. Laura Cardoso , Marine Corps Air Station Yuma

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz. — Discipline, precision and dedication to Corps and country are attributes found in all members of the Silent Drill Platoon.

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Urgent! Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Jacob Chadwick needs a kidney

* February 24th, 2011 1:50 pm ET
Susy Raybon

After returning home from war safe and healthy, Sgt. Jacob Chadwick needs help; asking does not come easy for a battle hardened Marine so his family is asking on his behalf. Jake needs a kidney.

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Marines build relationships with Afghans in Marjah

Story by Lance Cpl. Mark A. Garcia | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 02.24.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan- Afghans and Marines from 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment came together for a shura in Marjah, Feb. 12.

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Operation Beckham kicks good will into action

Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 12:00 am
Lance Cpl. Clayton Vonderahe, 2nd Marine Division

It can be a very humbling experience to share your abundance with those less fortunate. That is precisely what the Marines of the Police Advisory Team, Regimental Combat Team 8, did. On Feb. 15, the PAT Marines along with the Afghan Uniformed Police patrolled through the city of Delaram, Afghanistan, to deliver toys to the children of the Delaram Boys School.

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‘Gun Doctor’ Keeps Howitzers Firing

By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jovane M. Holland
Marine Corps Bases Japan

HIJUDAI TRAINING AREA, Japan, Feb. 24, 2011 – People who feel under the weather see a doctor. If a dog isn’t feeling well, a visit to the veterinarian is in order. If an M777 howitzer is on the fritz, Marine Corps Cpl. Daniel Rivera is the man to call.

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February 23, 2011

'My son is coming home'

Family members of Marine killed in Afghanistan express love, sorrow

February 23, 2011
By Paris Achen
Mail Tribune

Oregon Marine Sgt. Matthew J. DeYoung of Talent rarely had time during his deployment in Afghanistan to talk with his family at leisure.

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Tracks tear up MCB Hawaii ponds for endangered birds: Environmental, AAVs team up for 29th annual Mud Ops

Story by Lance Cpl. Reece Lodder | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 02.23.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Hawaii - The spinning tracks of amphibious assault vehicles pierced still waters and sent mud flying as they tore up the Nuupia Ponds Wildlife Management Area during the annual Mud Ops exercise on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Feb. 22 to 24.

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Review calls for fewer Marines but greater capabilities

By Chris Carroll
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 23, 2011

The Marine Corps is planning a “reset,” a top general said Wednesday, shrinking in size but expanding its ability to function as “the tip of the spear” in conflict or crises around the globe.

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Afghan Army poised to fight roadside bombs

2/23/2011 By Sgt. Jesse Stence , Regimental Combat Team 1

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan — The soldiers inched forward in carefully spaced columns, tracing crescents over the harrowed terrain with combat metal detectors.

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Camp Pendleton commemorates WWII heroes during Iwo Jima 66th Anniversary

2/23/2011 By Lance Cpl. Damien Gutierrez , Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Hundreds gathered to honor and remember the Marines who lost their lives during World War II on the shores of Iwo Jima 66 years ago.

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Marine delivers daughter in restaurant parking lot

2/23/2011 By Lance Cpl. Tyler J. Bolken , Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (Feb. 15, 2011) — With his pregnant wife on the verge of giving birth beside him, Staff Sgt. Johnathon M. Waytas frantically drove himself and his wife in their four-door SUV down U.S. Highway 70 toward the Morehead City, N.C., hospital Feb. 7.

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Marines and sailors aided refugees for 38 days


Sometimes, the tail end of a story gets forgotten. Such is the case with sailors and Marines who recently returned from a deployment with the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, out of San Diego, Calif.

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Part 2 of 2: The Battle for Bomb Alley (Afghanistan War)

February 2011

For four years, thousands of British servicemen fought with the Taliban for the district of Sangin - the most violent part of Afghanistan. The British withdrew in the Fall of 2011 - handing the area over to the US Marines.
On Oct. 13, 2011 the 3/5 took control of Sangin. The extent of the resistance encountered in Sangin surprised many of the Marines. It was stronger than any Taliban resistance that Marines had witnessed previously in Afghanistan.

This Marines’ tour was one of the most brutal of the entire war. Ben Anderson, who was with the British forces in 2007, returned to see if the Americans were faring any better. His remarkable film follows Lima Company, a unit of the 3/5 US Marines, as they dodge improvised bombs and struggle to reclaim the same territory the British previously occupied.

There are two parts to the video.

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Bodies of Americans Killed By Somali Pirates Headed Home

FBI Begins Process of Examining How to Prosecute 15 Captured Somali Pirates

Feb. 23, 2011

The bodies of the four Americans killed after Somali pirates hijacked their yacht headed home on the USS Enterprise from the dangerous waters off the Somali coast last night, military officials said. Also on board the massive aircraft carrier were the 15 captured Somali pirates.

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Homegrown hometown salute win-win for Marines, media outlets

2/23/2011 By Sgt. R. Drew Hendricks , Recruiting Station Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Marine Corps has one of the most recognized branding images and taglines in the marketing industry. In 2007 for instance, the slogan “The Few. The Proud.” was inducted into the Advertising Walk of Fame in New York City.

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February 22, 2011

Afghanistan war diary: FOB Jackson

By Gretel C. Kovach
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at midnight

SANGIN, Afghanistan — Walking around Forward Operating Base Jackson, one is reminded now and then of the many British troops who served here over the years, before U.S. Marines took over this fall. A sign on a whitewashed wall points to “Ulster Way.” The stairwell of a half-constructed mansion dubbed the “haunted house” is painted with the battle shield of a long-gone unit that lived there. And metal shipping containers connected to local well water offer the first real “WC” (or water closet, as they call bathrooms in Great Britain) that we’ve seen on this trip to Helmand province military installations. I don’t know who built it, maybe the British, maybe the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines from Twentynine Palms who served here during the handover, but Camp Pendleton troops also fell in on a platform erected over the creek that rushes through the base. U.S. infantrymen and the Afghan police they mentor stand there shoulder to shoulder over the rapids, dipping their lines and comparing the daily catch. “We’re partnering!” one Marine quipped.

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3 Warships Deploy From San Diego

USS Boxer, Green Bay, Comstock Deploy

POSTED: 4:10 am PST February 22, 2011

SAN DIEGO -- Three San Diego-based warships departed Tuesday for a seven-month deployment that includes anti-piracy operations, a job made all the more crucial following the shooting deaths of four Americans on a hijacked yacht off Somalia.

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Cheverus graduate earns Bronze Star

Sgt. John Spring Jr., a Windham native, receives the combat award for his actions in Afghanistan in 2009.

By David Hench [email protected]
Staff Writer
Posted: February 22

Sgt. John Spring Jr. tried to prepare his squad of 20 Marines for the coming battle. A veteran of two tours in Iraq, the Windham native and 2005 Cheverus graduate was one of the few in the company with combat experience.

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From Quinter, with love


QUINTER -- A large bulletin board in Marcia Leon's third-grade classroom at Quinter Elementary School features a real American hero -- a U.S. Marine serving his country in Afghanistan -- with whom the students are corresponding this year.

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CLB-3 generator mechanics ensure success on battlefield

2/22/2011 By Cpl. Daniel H. Woodall , Combat Logistics Battalion-3

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan — Whether deployed or in garrison, Marines require electrical power to maximize their operational efficiency. Lightweight, tactical generators provide Marines with a mobile power source that they can rely on.

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San Jose Bronze Star recipient to honor friend with medal

By Lisa M. Krieger
[email protected]
Posted: 02/21/2011 08:36:00 PM PST
Updated: 02/22/2011 02:45:36 AM PST

Bellarmine College Prep graduate Al Flores Jr. has been awarded the prestigious Bronze Star Medal with Valor as a commanding officer in the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan.

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Isle Marines' success in Afghanistan praised

By William Cole
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 22, 2011

The head of the Marine Corps told Kaneohe Bay Marines that the area they have operated in on recent deployments, the Nawa district in Helmand province, has become the "poster child for how things have gone well in Afghanistan."

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Western Pennsylvania educators to visit Marine Boot Camp

Story by Sgt. Lynn Kinney | 1st Marine Corps District | Date: 02.22.2011

A group of 40 educators from western Pennsylvania will get an "insider's look" at the making of a Marine during the Educators Workshop to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., March 29 - April 1.

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Boxer ARG, 13th MEU leave on deployment

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Feb 22, 2011 16:24:59 EST

SAN DIEGO – Under clear blue skies, more than 4,000 sailors and Marines manned the rails and took their three amphibious ships out to sea Tuesday morning on a course for the Western Pacific and Persian Gulf regions.

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Marine Cpl. Andrew Lozier

Video by Cpl. John McCall | 1st Marine Division | Date: 02.10.2011
Date Posted: 02.22.2011

Marine Cpl. Andrew Lozier, a combat engineer from Monmouth, Ill., talks to a military reporter about the operation in which he and his fellow engineers with 1st CEB, 1st Marine Division (Forward), participated in Operation Big Valley in support of 3rd LAR.

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B-Roll of 1st CEB Working with Bridge

Video by Cpl. John McCall | 1st Marine Division | Date: 02.16.2011
Date Posted: 02.22.2011

Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), unloading and preparing a bridge laying vehicle for an upcoming mission at Combat Outpost Ouellette.

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Afghan Forces Eat Up Return of Fast Food

* FEBRUARY 22, 2011, 2:41 A.M. ET

KABUL—U.S. forces may be planning a drawdown from Afghanistan in coming months, but in at least one area they're busy expanding their girth: junk food.

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Logistics 'heavy hitters' ensure success on battlefield

Story by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Brofer | 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 02.22.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Before a single truck rolls out on a mission anywhere within Regional Command (Southwest), a group of Marines here carefully calculate exactly what is needed for that particular mission. Everything from fuel and supplies to maintenance and medical personnel is coordinated well in advance to ensure Marines have everything they need for mission success.

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February 21, 2011

Afghanistan war diary: Arrival in Sangin

By Gretel C. Kovach
Monday, February 21, 2011 at midnight

SANGIN, Afghanistan — We flew into Forward Operating Base Jackson in central Sangin in an Osprey. The notorious MV-22 tiltrotor aircraft still gives many Marines the willies. “I don’t like them at all,” one told me last summer in Afghanistan, as the leatherneck waited to step into the loading bay for his first Osprey flight. Many grunts remain unnerved by the history behind the hybrid aircraft’s long and troubled development, including the deaths of 19 Marines killed in a 2000 crash. The Osprey, which flies like a plane and lands like a helicopter, has since been redesigned and has proven itself in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now this strange bird with its massive futuristic rotors is an increasingly common sight in the skies above San Diego: Miramar Marines have stood up several Osprey squadrons, and more are on the way as the Corps retires its Vietnam War-era CH-46 Battle Phrog helicopters. Flying along Interstate 15 with its rotors tipped upward, the Osprey reminds me of a man flexing his biceps.

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Inaugural Marine Trials for Wounded Warrior Games

By Alison St John
February 21, 2011

More than 150 Marines, many of them missing a limb, are competing this week in the first ever Marine trials for the Warrior Games later this year. More Marines are remaining in the service, even with serious injuries that might have disqualified them in the past.

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Wounded lance cpl. taken off life support

The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Feb 21, 2011 11:06:33 EST

COLUMBIA, Tenn. — The parents of a Marine wounded in Afghanistan say he has been taken off life support.

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Corps seeks ideas for new amphibious vehicles

By Christopher P. Cavas - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Feb 21, 2011 17:11:34 EST

The Marine Corps wants a new family of vehicles to carry out the business of amphibious warfare, and has issued a series of requests for information seeking industry input.

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Wells Fargo to send refunds to troops, veterans

By Karen Jowers - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Feb 21, 2011 16:03:08 EST

Nearly 60,000 service members and veterans who have refinanced their Veterans Affairs Department mortgage loans through Wells Fargo, Wachovia and SouthTrust will receive refunds as the result of a $10 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit, a Wells Fargo official said.

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Recounting Iwo Jima

Marine, of St. Peters, was part of artillery battery during month-long WWII battle

By Russell Korando > [email protected]
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Posted: Monday, February 21, 2011 12:00 am

Iwo Jima was the second-to-last stop for the U.S. in its goal of total victory against Japan in World War II.

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Thousands raised for wounded Ronan Marine

Posted: Feb 21, 2011 6:30 AM by Allyson Weller (KPAX News)
Updated: Feb 21, 2011 6:31 AM

RONAN - Folks from all over Montana came together over the weekend to raise over $72,000 for the Ronan Marine who lost both his legs and most of his left hand in Afghanistan.

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Marine earns award for combat valor in Afghanistan

Photos by Cpl. Shannon McMillan | 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 02.20.2011
Date Posted: 02.21.2011 06:48

Photos of Sgt. Darren J. Mumm, team leader, Commanding General’s Personal Security Detachment, Combat Logistics Regiment 15 (Forward), 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), being awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with combat distinguishing device during an award ceremony at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Feb. 17.

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Three San Diego warships to deploy on Tuesday

By Gary Robbins
Originally published February 21, 2011 at 6:30 a.m

The amphibious assault ship Boxer and two other San Diego-based warships will leave Tuesday for a seven month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean -- a mission that could involve combat operations, anti-piracy work and providing humanitarian assistance. Boxer will be accompanied by the Green Bay, an amphibious transport dock, and the Comstock, an amphibious dock landing ship. The warships will carry 1,800 sailors and 2,200 Marines from Camp Pendleton's 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

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Maritime Contingency Force remains ready

2/21/2011 By Cpl. Michael A. Bianco , 31st MEU

ABOARD THE USNS JACK LUMMUS — CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters broke the silence of the early morning hours as they soared toward a ship refusing to comply with orders of the U.S. Navy.

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February 20, 2011

Under Marines' watch, Marjah makes strides

Legitimate businesses displace town's opium bazaar

By Saeed Shah - McClatchy Newspapers North County Times - The Californian | Posted: Sunday, February 20, 2011 12:05 am

MARJAH, Afghanistan ---- Nothing better illustrates the transformation of this southern Afghan town than the central Koru Chareh market, where an entire street functioned as a drug bazaar when the Taliban were in control. Today tailors have set up business at one end, and legitimate enterprises have started filling the empty shops.

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Afghanistan war diary: Welcome back to Camp Leatherneck

By Gretel C. Kovach
Sunday, February 20, 2011 at midnight

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — A lot has changed at Camp Leatherneck in the 4 1/2 months since our last visit. For starters, we landed on a new air strip under the gaze of a modern air traffic control tower. The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Forward recently moved all its aircraft and squadron bays to the new location, though they will begin cycling home to Miramar soon along with all the other West Coast Marine commanders who have been running the show in Helmand province for almost a year. About 20,000 Marines will continue to serve in southwestern Afghanistan for the foreseeable future, roughly half from the force headquartered at Camp Pendleton, but East Coast Marines take charge this spring.

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Japanese troops train at Camp Pendleton for island defense

February 20, 2011 | 8:39 am

Japanese troops from the Western Area Infantry Regiment are assaulting the green hills of Camp Pendleton in operation Iron Fist.

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Marine marksmanship will face review

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Feb 20, 2011 8:02:13 EST

Marine officials will take aim at combat marksmanship next month during a four-day symposium addressing entry-level training, competitive shooting and at least five other issues.

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February 19, 2011

Marine's Mother Receives Apology for Phone Call Suspension

Posted: Feb 19, 2011 11:27 PM CST

WOODBURY, Tenn.-A local business is now apologizing, and making amends after suspending a woman for answering a phone call from her son serving in Afghanistan.

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She lost her Marine; another eases the pain

They met by chance. Or maybe not. Adrienne Johnson was still hurting after a visit to her son's grave the day a stranger stopped by her Bayport home, having spotted the Marine Corps flag in the yard. He just wanted to greet a fellow Marine.

By Mary Divine
Pioneer Press
Updated: 02/19/2011 11:32:01 PM CST

When Adrienne Johnson answered the doorbell at her Bayport home, she found a stranger standing outside.

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Afghanistan war diary: The journey in

By Gretel C. Kovach
Saturday, February 19, 2011 at midnight

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — A familiar smell permeated the cabin on our last flight into the war zone. Our fellow passengers heading into Afghanistan had purchased huge bags of McDonald’s hamburgers at the airport and toted them on the plane. Marines and sailors stationed at Camp Leatherneck – the main base of U.S. and international military operations in Helmand province – are privy to a bountiful dining facility featuring a weekly steak and lobster night and ice cream at practically every meal, but no fast food franchises. (A steady supply of Pizza Hut might weaken the Marines’ hardcore warrior mentality, apparently.) Those living at remote patrol bases subsist on far more spartan rations of chemically heated MREs and protein bars sent in care packages. So it was easy to understand why American and Canadian contractors and troops returning from leave suffer from Big Mac attacks. When you are at war half-way around the world, even a cold cheeseburger is a comforting taste of home.

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Wounded Warriors: Life will never be the same

Richard Johnson February 19, 2011 – 6:00 am

In remarkably candid interviews from a veterans hospital in Richmond, Virginia, three U.S. Marines tell National Post graphics editor and illustrator Richard Johnson about coming under fire in Afghanistan, and the long road to recovery.

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Ronan friends, strangers come out in force for Tomy Parker

By VINCE DEVLIN of the Missoulian missoulian.com | Posted: Saturday, February 19, 2011 11:00 pm

RONAN - They rolled in by the hundreds Saturday, close friends, distant relatives and complete strangers alike, never-ending waves of people who packed the Ronan Community Center to welcome Lance Cpl. Thomas Parker home, and thank him for his sacrifice.

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IE-Doh! Taliban tactic fizzles in Garmsir, Afghanistan

Story by Sgt. Jesse Stence | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 02.19.2011

Cpl. Kerry Timms is from Shallow Water, Texas, and at times, he and the Marines of 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment have skated on some pretty thin ice.

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Marine 'compassionate beyond belief'

3:40 PM, Feb. 19, 2011
Written by
Steve Kemme
[email protected]

LIBERTY TWP. - Cathy Clore witnessed Lucas T. Pyeatt's persistence and emotional and spiritual growth at each stage of his life - Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Eagle Scout, missionary and Marine.

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3 German soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:33AM

A gunman in an Afghan army uniform has opened fire on US-led soldiers in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province, killing three German soldiers and injuring six others, a report says.

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1st CEB Conducting Combat Marksmanship Training

Video by Cpl. John McCall | 1st Marine Division | Date: 02.11.2011
Date Posted: 02.19.2011

Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), BZO their weapons and conduct combat marksmanship training at Combat Outpost Payne, Feb. 11.

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February 18, 2011

Hammerhead detachment returns from Afghanistan

Photo by Cpl. Samuel A. Nasso | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | Date: 02.18.2011

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Marines, friends and families waited for more than a hundred Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366 to return from a seven-month deployment from Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Feb. 9.

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Fightertown families find focus outside of deployments

Story by Lance Cpl. Joshua Pettway | Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort | Date: 02.18.2011

Every year, hundreds of families endure months of separation from their loved ones as they defend the nation. Service members travel afar to keep their loved ones safe, while sacrificing a luxury many take for granted – being near their family.

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Sweathogs train on airfield recovery, restoration

Story by Pfc. Justin Boling | Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort | Date: 02.18.2011

The Marines of Marine Wing Support Squadron 273 recently conducted Base Recovery After Attack Training commonly known to Marines as BRAAT Feb. 10 and continued throughout this week.

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9th ESB departs for Forest Light

2/18/2011 By Cpl. Justin R. Wheeler , Marine Corps Bases Japan

NAHA MILITARY PORT, OKINAWA, Japan — Marines from 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, boarded a High Speed Vessel and departed to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni to begin Exercise Forest Light Feb. 15.

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Randolph native recalls fight for Iwo Jima as Marine

By Chris Burrell
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Feb 18, 2011 @ 04:45 AM
Last update Feb 18, 2011 @ 05:13 AM


Harlan C. Jeffery grasped the helmet in his 89-year-old hands and ran his fingers over two holes in it – a smooth one toward the front and, a few inches behind that, a jagged one where the steel is splayed.

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2010 Reserve Family Readiness Awards Presented

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release
February 18, 2011

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs Dennis M. McCarthy presented the 2010 Department of Defense Reserve Family Readiness Awards winners today at the Pentagon.

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Memories of a fallen brother remembered

Story by Staff Sgt. Ryan Smith | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 02.18.2011

The words stumble from his mouth like a child who misses a step. Memories are flashing through his mind as he remembers details of a friend who had fallen in the line of duty.

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March 4 is Final Day to Claim ‘Stop Loss’ Pay

By Terri Moon Cronk
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2011 – People whose military service was involuntarily extended or whose retirement was suspended between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009, have until March 4 to file for retroactive payments of $500 for each month of their extended service under the “Stop Loss” policy.

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2/7 mortarmen add more metal to Lead Mountain

2/18/2011 By Cpl. M. C. Nerl , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Marines with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, ventured to the Combat Center’s Lead Mountain training area to exercise their core competencies, Feb. 14 through 18, 2011.

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2nd Marine Division Band, serving the Corps since 1798

2/18/2011 By Lance Cpl. Walter D. Marino II , 2nd Marine Division

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune — Nearly every day aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., the sound of trumpets, tubas and drums escape from the 2nd Marine Division Band’s work shop.

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Pendleton Marines train in massive, new combat town

2/18/2011 By Cpl. Andrew S. Avitt , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — For some Marines the experience of entering an Afghan village for the first time will seem as foreign as the culture they have been entrusted to protect. However, after training at the Combat Center’s newest and most realistic “mock” city training complex, many of those Marines will be better prepared to face that challenge.

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New M-ATV training requirements keeps Marines safe, ready

2/18/2011 By Lance Cpl. Tyler C. Vernaza , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan — Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, received training on the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All Terrain Vehicle at the III MEF Motor Transportation Training and Simulation Center Feb. 11, in preparation for an upcoming deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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February 17, 2011

Tailor shops displace opium bazaar in Afghan town

By Saeed Shah | McClatchy Newspaper
* Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011

MARJAH, Afghanistan — Nothing better illustrates the transformation of this southern Afghan town than the central Koru Chareh market, where an entire street functioned as a drug bazaar when the Taliban were in control. Today tailors have set up business at one end, and legitimate enterprises have started filling the empty shops.

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Military Mom Pays High Price For Speaking With Son

by Amanda Hara
Posted: Feb 17, 2011 5:04 PM CST Updated: Feb 17, 2011 9:00 PM CST

WOODBURY, Tenn. - A military mom said she would do anything to answer her son's phone call from overseas, no matter what the cost.

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Cobra Gold 2011 ends

Story by Staff Sgt. Matthew Winstead | United States Army Alaska | Date: 02.17.2011

CAMP ERAWAN, Thailand — Soldiers from the Alaska-based 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment stood beside members of the Royal Thai Army’s 3-31st Infantry Regiment, Kings Guard for a ceremony marking the official end of training for Exercise Cobra Gold 2011 here.

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Top general says Camp Pendleton Marines no longer in daily firefights in Afghanistan

February 17, 2011
-- Tony Perry at Camp Pendleton

Fighting has "dropped off to virtually nothing" in the Sangin district of Afghanistan, where two-dozen Marines from Camp Pendleton were killed and more than 140 wounded in the fall and early winter, the top Marine general in Afghanistan told reporters Thursday.

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Marine tanks now assigned to 3/8 in Afghanistan


When the Marine Corps acknowledged last month that it would begin using U.S. tanks in the war in Afghanistan for the first time, one of the most obvious questions was simple: Where?
We’re starting to clear that up.

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Afghan village reaps success of surge

McClatchy Newspapers
Posted on Thu, Feb. 17, 2011 11:21 PM

MARJAH, Afghanistan | Schools that the Taliban closed have reopened in this southern Afghan town, and some girls are even back in the classrooms. The wheat and cotton crops are flourishing, and poppy cultivation is way down.

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Detroit Marine in new TV commercial

Detroit Free Press Staff Writer
9:07 PM, Feb. 17, 2011

Commercials are among the projects filmed in Detroit, as the explosively popular Eminem Super Bowl ad for Chrysler reminded everyone.

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Wounded Warrior Serves as Inspiring Example to Marines Injured in Action

February 17, 2011 6:30 AM
by Patty Kleban

After spending two weeks at Marine base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C, I considered the many things I could write about for this week’s column. The dedication of those who have volunteered to serve in the Marine Corps. The enthusiasm of the Marine Corps Community Service personnel who serve those who serve. Adjusting to life, even temporarily, in a community where “security” means more than locking the front door. Acronyms. Artillery practice and helicopter training missions overhead at night. Being the only person in civilian clothes in the long lines of young men and women in uniform at the food court at the MC Exchange.

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Marine Museum to host WWII cameraman

World War II combat cameraman, author to appear at book signing at Marine Corps museum

Date published: 2/17/2011

Just inside the entrance of the National Museum of the Marine Corps sits a display depicting the Marines' harrowing landing on Tarawa atoll in the Pacific during World War II.

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February 16, 2011

M16 transition a boot camp milestone

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Feb 16, 2011 13:54:35 EST

After more than 25 years of service as the primary training weapon at Marine Corps boot camp, the M16A2 rifle is heading for retirement.

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Job market leaves female vets behind

They struggle to catch up on civilian skills

By Meena Thiruvengadam - Special for USA Today
Posted : Wednesday Feb 16, 2011 21:17:33 EST

Christa Fazio left the Navy in 2006 with big dreams for her civilian life. But 20 months after being laid off from the last in a string of jobs, she wonders if she measures up to job seekers who didn’t spend nearly a decade in the military.

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Marines clear, hold, build in Enhanced Mojave Viper

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Published: Feb. 16, 2011 11:25 a.m.

Here's a dispatch, below from Lance Cpl. Benjamin Crilly of 1st Marine Division. Crilly is currently attached to Marines and sailors with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, who are training for deployment.

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – “Go! Go! Go!” resounded, as boots slammed down the ramp of the amphibious assault vehicles.

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Purple Heart recipient looks forward to returning to duty

2/16/2011 By Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Marjah, Afghanistan, was the site of countless casualties and deaths, while Marines and coalition forces seized the city early last year in an attempt to rid it of Taliban forces. Fallen service members were given the proper respect and wounded Marines were decorated with the honors they deserved, but even one year after the initial assault, the urban center remains a dangerous region of Helmand province.

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Marines of ‘The Pacific’ inspire their descendants

2/16/2011 By Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — From their exploits in places like Belleau Woods and Tarawa, the Marines of old and their heroic feats are embedded in our warrior culture and often used as examples for younger Marines. The manner in which they fought these battles serves as snapshots of courage and leadership, and in true cliché fashion, the past is being used to learn for the future.

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Their D-Day; Marjah veterans look back a year to where they were, lessons learned

2/16/2011 By Cpl. James W. Clark , II MEF

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — It is glorified in film and photography, praised with emotionally charged words in literature and poetry and exalted during news reels. However, no format ever does justice to that three letter word – war, or its six letter counterpart – combat.

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Injured Ronan Marine returns home for first time

By VINCE DEVLIN of the Missoulian Wednesday, February 16, 2011

As Marine Lance Cpl. Thomas Parker of Ronan returned home Wednesday night for the first time since losing both legs and four fingers in Afghanistan, it was hard to tell what got to him more.

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Marine vet, 88, warming up to sing anthem at Blackhawks game

By Jeffrey Steele, Special to the Tribune
February 16, 2011

As the first verse of the national anthem is sung at Sunday's Chicago Blackhawks game at the United Center, some 21,000 fans will raise the roof with a thunderous cheer that will be sustained right through "the home of the brave."

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Better IED detection reduces casualties 37% in Afghanistan

By Tom Vanden Brook
USA Today
Published: 02.16.2011

The military has reduced the number of troops wounded or killed by homemade bombs in Afghanistan by 37% since August by improving its ability to find the explosives before they blow up.

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February 15, 2011

CLB-3’s ‘Metal Man’: Marine uses welding skills to improve Helmand province

2/15/2011 By Cpl. Daniel H. Woodall , Combat Logistics Battalion-3

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan — A generator’s hum followed by an intense flash of light means only one thing to the Marines of Combat Logistics Battalion 3’s Engineer Company: Lance Cpl. Jesse G. Mudd is working.

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‘Medusa’ drives on despite IEDs

2/15/2011 By Lance Cpl. Kenneth Jasik , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — She sits about 15 feet tall and weighs about seven tons, and despite being blown up by several improvised explosive devices, she hasn’t thrown in the towel just yet.

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Second Radio Battalion honors fallen Marine

Story by Sgt. Jeremy Ross | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 02.15.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan– Marines and sailors with 2nd Radio Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), paused to honor Cpl. Lucas T. Pyeatt, a team leader and linguist with C Company, 2nd Radio Bn., during a memorial service at the LSA 7 chapel here, Feb. 15.

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2nd MLG (FWD) departs for Afghanistan

Photos by Sgt. Justin Shemanski | 2nd Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 02.15.2011

The members of 2nd MLG (FWD) will embark on a year-long deployment to Afghanistan's Helmand province in support of International Security Assistance Force operations.

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Remembering a hero

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

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

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Funeral arrangements set for West Chester Marine


WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - Funeral arrangements have been finalized for a local Marine killed in Afghanistan

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Pentagon denies Petraeus leaving Afghanistan post early

By Kevin Baron
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 15, 2011

WASHINGTON — Afghanistan war commander Gen. David Petraeus is not leaving his post anytime soon, the Pentagon said late Tuesday, tamping down a flurry of speculation after London’s The Times newspaper reported he was on his way out.

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February 14, 2011

One year after offensive, signs of progress in Marjah

By Nancy Montgomery
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 14, 2011

MARJAH, Afghanistan — A year ago, the farmers, opium poppy growers and insurgents in and around Marjah were under siege. Locals had fled; the bazaar had been shuttered.

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Amos OKs new MOS for MARSOC

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Feb 14, 2011 18:33:21 EST

A new primary military occupational specialty has been approved and authorized for enlisted Marines trained as special operators, ending the five-year rotation limit within Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command and clearing the way for promotion in a professional career path.

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Parris Island Drill instructor shares combat experience


BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) - Parris Island, it's where Marines are made. As a drill instructor, Staff Sgt. Octaya McGee is doing her part to help female recruits learn what it takes to become one of the few and the proud.

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Storage Marines: providing supplies to troops in Afghanistan

2/14/2011 By Lance Cpl. Kenneth Jasik, 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Operating out of the largest storage lot in the Marine Corps, Marines from Combat Logistics Regiment 15 (Forward)’s Supply Company have the enormous responsibility of supporting Marine units operating in Helmand and Nimruz provinces.

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Marines conduct mock helo-raid during Cobra Gold 2011

Story by Staff Sgt. Leo Salinas | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 02.13.2011
Date Posted: 02.14.2011 01:22

SAMESAN, Thailand - U.S. and Royal Thai Marines were inserted by CH-46E Sea Knights and CH-53E Super Stallions to conduct a mock helicopter raid here Feb. 11, during Exercise Cobra Gold 2011.

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Gates defends plan to raise some Tricare fees

By Andrew Tilghman - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Feb 14, 2011 13:45:00 EST

Health care coverage rates for working-age military retirees would increase about 13 percent under a controversial plan unveiled by Pentagon officials Monday.

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February 13, 2011

After rains, Marines reach out to Afghans

2/13/2011 By Gunnery Sgt. Bryce Piper , 26th MEU

After three days of heavy rain, U.S. Marines have reached out to residents in the Afghan villages of Turah Shah Ghundey and South Gavmishi to lend assistance. Marines with Company I, Battalion Landing Team 3/8, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Regimental Combat Team 8, visited the villages to offer medical and minor engineering help.

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1st CEB pulling out MATV

Video by: Cpl. John McCall
Date Taken: 01.24.2011
Date Posted: 02.13.2011
Location: GARMSER, AF

Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion recover a vehicle after getting stuck in mud during a vehicle convoy.

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Engineers uncover 27 IEDs during sweep

Story by Cpl. John McCall | 1st Marine Division | Date: 02.01.2011
Posted: 02.13.2011

COMBAT OUTPOST PAYNE, Afghanistan - What began as a mission to sweep a ridgeline to watch over Marines operating below, quickly turned into much more. To their surprise, the engineers with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, uncovered a total of 27 improvised explosive devices and one weapons cache during the three-day mission, ending Feb. 1.

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Marine comes home to hugs

Celebration surprises Canton man who was injured in Afghanistan

Feb 13, 2011
Written by
Peter Harriman

Near the statue of South Dakota's great World War II hero, Joe Foss, in the lobby of the Sioux Falls Regional Airport on Saturday, Lance Cpl. Jeff Grosky stood awkwardly. He was surrounded by U.S. flags with applause washing over him.

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Thai forces, 31st MEU conduct raid from air

2/13/2011 By Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch , 31st MEU

SAMESAN, Kingdom of Thailand — The Marines hymn describes the Marine Corps ability to “fight our countries battles in the air on land and sea.” The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, has been training to ensure the Marine Corps retains the ability to do just that.

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1st CEB Preparing For a Mission

Video by Cpl. John McCall | 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.21.2011
Date Posted:02.13.2011 5:48AM

Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion prepare supplies and vehicles for an upcoming mission.

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Corps offers incentives for some recruits

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Feb 13, 2011 8:47:37 EST

Re-enlistment bonuses have been shrinking for the last few years, but the Marine Corps is still offering cash incentives to recruits who take on some jobs.

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February 12, 2011

1st CEB Getting a Dump Truck Unstuck

Video by: Cpl. John McCall
Date Taken: 01.24.2011
Date Posted: 02.12.2011
Location: GARMSER, AF

B-roll of 1st Combat Engineer Battalion Marines working to recover a dump truck after it was stuck in a ditch during a vehicle convoy in Garmser, Afghanistan. Scenes include the Marines trying twice to pull the dump truck out with another vehicle, once with a rope which breaks and once with a chain.

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1st CEB working with Sand Bags

Video by: Cpl. John McCall
Date Taken: 01.25.2011
Date Posted: 02.12.2011
Location: GARMSER, AF

B-roll of Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion filling sand bags to improve traction on a dirt road.

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Lt. Dan Band returns to MCB Hawaii with tools to DSTRESS

Story by Lance Cpl. Reece Lodder | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 02.12.2011

Illuminating Hangar 103 with equal doses of energy, hits and charisma, Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band returned to Marine Corps Base Hawaii for a United Service Organizations-sponsored concert, Feb. 11, 2011.

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Students at Base school send messages of support to marines

By Linda McIntosh
Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 6 a.m.

Camp Pendleton

Children at Mary Fay Pendleton School on base were on a mission of their own last week — making valentines for Marines deployed in Afghanistan.

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1st CEB pulling out TRAM

Video by Cpl. John McCall | 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.24.2011
Date Posted: 02.12.2011

B-roll of 1st Combat Engineer Battalion Marines recovering a TRAM vehicle after it was stuck in a ditch during a vehicle convoy.

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Garmser - Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion Build a Wooden Guard Post at a Patrol Base

Video by Cpl. John McCall | 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.27.2011
Date Posted: 02.12.2011

B-roll of Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward) build a wooden guard post at a patrol base.

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Garmser - Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion set up Hesco Barriers for a New Patrol Base

Video by Cpl. John McCall | 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.27.2011
Date Posted: 02.12.2011

B-roll of Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), set up Hesco barriers for a new patrol base.

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1st CEB Building Wood Floors

Video by Cpl. John McCall | 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.19.2011
Date Posted: 02.12.2011

B-roll of Marines with the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion building wood flooring at a patrol base in Garmser, Afghanistan. Scenes include the marines delivering, cutting and installing the floor.

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1st CEB Pulling Out Tram

Video by: Cpl. John McCall
Date Taken: 01.24.2011
Date Posted: 02.12.2011
Location: GARMSER, AF

B-roll of Marines with the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion recovering a TRAM vehicle after it was stuck in a ditch. Scenes include the Marines connecting chains between the stuck TRAM and another heavy vehicle and pulling it out of a ditch.

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February 11, 2011

TRICARE: Staying up to date when you PCS

Story by Cpl. Salvador R. Moreno | I Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 02.11.2011

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Service members often move from duty station to duty station every few years. They update their address, phone number and vehicle registration, but what they often forget to update is their healthcare, and it can cause problems, said John Sylvera, a Tricare operations health benefits advisor at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.

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Navy-Marine Corps Unit Provides Numerous Capabilities

Courtesy Story | Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs | Date: 02.11.2011

WASHINGTON - A Navy-Marine Corps unit completed a wide range of missions across the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean in the past year, ranging from reclaiming a container ship that had been taken over by pirates to providing relief in the aftermath of flooding in Pakistan.

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Royal Thai, U.S. Marines conduct mechanized raid from the sea

2/11/2011 By Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch , 31st MEU

AAV CAMP, Kingdom of Thailand — Throughout its history, the Marine Corps has been known for its ability to strike from the sea anywhere in the world in a moment’s notice. In order to uphold that expectation, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit trains for mechanized raids, amphibious landings and a variety of other missions throughout the world to ensure its readiness.

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2/7 HQ Co. spends day sharpening infantry skills

2/11/2011 By Cpl. Andrew S. Avitt , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

2/7 HQ Co. spends day sharpening infantry skills — Marines with Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, attended refresher courses at Building 1707 to increase overall unit readiness and brush up on some infantry basics, Feb. 8, 2011.

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HQBN NCOs join 2/7 in mortars course

2/11/2011 By Lance Cpl. D. J. Wu , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Noncommissioned officers from Headquarters Battalion joined with 81mm mortar platoon, Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, training at the Combat Center’s Range 106 Feb. 3, 2011.

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Mountain Leadership Course trains Marines to train Marines

2/11/2011 By Lance Cpl. Sarah Anderson , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS MOUNTAIN WARFARE TRAINING CENTER BRIDGEPORT, Calif. — Marines from all over the Corps came to the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center for six weeks, from Jan. 10 to Feb. 18, 2011, to complete the Winter Mountain Leadership Course.

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Face of Defense: Mother, Son Serve Together

Courtesy Story | Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs | Date: 02.11.2011

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - It was 4 a.m. when she settled in to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Green Bay Packers. Technically, it was Super Bowl Monday for her.

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United States Military Warships Sent To The Suez Canal

Suez : Egypt | Feb 11, 2011
By Dava Castillo

The arrival of U.S. naval, marine and air forces in the Suez Canal’s Greater Bitter Lake could indicate that the crisis in Egypt is swerving out of control.

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2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment returns home

2/11/2011 By Lance Cpl. Jeff Drew , 2nd Marine Division

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Children tossed and tumbled on a giant inflatable giraffe bouncy-house, while the smell of barbeque wafted toward the clouds. Giggles and laughter playfully battled the melodious lyrics of Neil Diamond’s “Coming to America” as family members and friends gathered aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune for the homecoming of Headquarters and Service Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, recently.

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Valor in the Face of the Enemy

2/11/2011 By Lance Cpl. Jeff Drew , 2nd Marine Division

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. — The sun drew behind the clouds in quiet reverence as the Marines of 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division gathered into formation aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, recently.

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Marine tanks head to northern Helmand

Lance Cpl. Kenneth Jasik
1st Marine Logistics Group
Published: Feb. 11, 2011 3:13 p.m.

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), helped escort M1A1 Abrams tanks of 3rd Platoon, Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), to northern Helmand province, Feb. 2.

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La Puente Marine racing against clock to reach dying mother

By Juliette Funes, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/11/2011 12:17:05 PM PST

WEST COVINA - A La Puente Marine is attempting to fly across the globe in time to reunite with his terminally ill mother, who is expected to live for only a matter of hours.

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Recruits use teamwork to ascend new heights

2/11/2011 By LANCE CPL. ERIC QUINTANILLA , Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT, San Diego — Two recruits carefully crossed a rope bridge, each holding one end of a rope attached to an ammunition can. If they fell or dropped their gear, they had to start over.

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Recruit motivates platoon

2/11/2011 By Lance Cpl. Eric Quintanilla , Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT, San Diego — A motivated recruit runs while yelling at the sound of his name coming from one of his drill instructors. Although the recruits are told from day one to be loud and motivated at all times, one stands out above the rest.

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Marine recieves Navy Cross for heroic actions during Vietnam War

2/11/2011 By Lance Cpl. Christofer P. Baines , Headquarters Marine Corps

ARLINGTON, Va. — “Working in pitch darkness with only the occasional flickering illumination from aircraft dropped flares above and suffering a leg and hand wound from mortar fire, Lance Cpl. Seath expertly crafted an operational M-60 machine gun from the pieces of two disabled weapons. Immediately and with devastating effects, he directed deadly accurate fire at the onrushing enemy, ultimately repelling the enemy's assault.” – Navy Cross citation.

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BLT 3/8 honors fallen brother, names post

2/11/2011 By Gunnery Sgt. Bryce Piper , 26th MEU

Combat Outpost Ouellette, Helmand province, Afghanistan —
An Improvised Explosive Device blast sent a squad of Marines on foot patrol scrambling for cover in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Mar. 22, 2009. Ignoring his fatal wounds, the squad leader continued to direct his Marines' fire and call in supporting attack helicopters to fight off the Taliban assault that followed the blast, while a quick reaction force raced to the Marines’ position. For his actions, Squad Leader Cpl. Michael W. Ouellette was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

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Corps will shrink, top Marine says

Gen. James F. Amos makes his first visit to Kaneohe Bay since becoming commandant

By William Cole
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 11, 2011

The new commandant of the Marine Corps revealed during a visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii yesterday that the size of the Corps would drop to 186,800 from 202,000 after the U.S. pulls out of Afghanistan.

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Bomb-Resistant Boxers to Be Manufactured by New York Company

By Joshua Rhett Miller
Published February 11, 2011 | FoxNews.com

EXCLUSIVE: Brace yourself: Blast Boxers are coming to America.

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‘Battle for Marjah’ vividly portrays one unit’s experience

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Feb 11, 2011 14:02:20 EST

One year ago on Feb. 13, thousands of Marines led a massive assault on the violent Taliban stronghold of Marjah, a collection of farming villages in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

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Navy Cross presented to Vietnam-era Marine

Lance Cpl. Ned Seath was recognized for valor 45 years after saving his comrades from oncoming North Vietnamese soldiers; he also received a Bronze Star with ‘V’ device for previous actions

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Feb 11, 2011 16:48:09 EST

TRIANGLE, Va. — On the night of July 16, 1966, Lance Cpl. Ned Seath saved Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines. He had been painfully wounded by mortar fire in the leg and hand but frantically worked to assemble an M60 machine gun from the fragments of two badly damaged weapons.

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Meet top athletes during Swamp Romp Expo

Story by Christine Cabalo | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 02.11.2011

Before gearing up for the muddy race, take down a few fitness tips from three top Hawaii athletes during the Swamp Romp Expo Feb. 25.

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Marine engineers complete repairs to most heavily-trafficked route in Helmand province

Story by Cpl. Daniel Woodall | 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 02.11.2011

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Approximately 40 combat engineers and engineer equipment operators with Combat Logistics Battalion 3, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), completed repairs to more than 10 miles of roadway in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, Feb. 3.

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Engineer Marines begin civil development projects in Durzay

Story by Cpl. Daniel Woodall | 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 02.11.2011

DURZAY, Afghanistan - Following a recent, large-scale military operation in Durzay, Marines are beginning to conduct civil development projects in an effort to improve transportation and security for military units and Afghan civilians in the rural, southern Helmand village.

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Deployed Marines go hands-on with foreign weapons

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

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

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EFSS goes to war, fires first combat rounds

2/11/2011 By Gunnery Sgt. Bryce Piper , 26th MEU

Combat Outpost Ouellette, Helmand province, Afghanistan —
U.S. Marines fired the first rounds using the Expeditionary Fire Support System during combat operations, Jan. 29. In support of the International Security Assistance Force, Marines with F Battery, Battalion Landing Team 3/8, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Regimental Combat Team 2, fired the new 120mm mortar system from Combat Outpost Ouellette, Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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February 10, 2011

Lejeune, New River place 24 Onslow shops off limits to Marines

February 10, 2011 1:51 PM

Camp Lejeune officials have released a list of local shops declared off-limits to troops on account of spice, the synthetic cannabinnoid banned by the Marine Corps last year.

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Amos’ inaugural visit to MCB Hawaii

Story by Lance Cpl. Vanessa American Horse | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 02.10.2011

From pay freezes to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps addressed several newsworthy issues during a visit here Feb. 10.

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1/5 clears, holds, builds during Enhanced Mojave Viper

Story by Lance Cpl. Benjamin Crilly | 1st Marine Division | Date: 02.10.2011

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – “Go! Go! Go!” resounded, as boots slammed down the ramp of the amphibious assault vehicles.

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Werewolves serve as guardians to ground forces in Afghanistan

Story by Pfc. Justin Boling | Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort | Date: 02.10.2011

Since arriving in Afghanistan in late November, Fightertown’s own Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122 has provided air support for ground forces while deployed to Kandahar Air Field in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Caregiver benefits proposal irks families of wounded troops

By Leo Shane III
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 10, 2011

WASHINGTON — A plan to provide benefits to caregivers of wounded troops may now exclude some of the same families who appeared alongside President Barack Obama when the measure was signed into law last spring.

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Voting begins to select 2011 Military Spouse of the Year

2/10/2011 By Courtesy Military Spouse magazine , Headquarters Marine Corps

Military Spouse magazine announced the five military service branch winners for its 2011 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year award, and Bianca Strzalkowski, the wife of Gunnery Sgt. Ronald Strzalkowski, is representing the Marine Corps as the top Marine spouse. PITTSBURGH — Gunnery Sgt. Strzalkowski is the staff noncommissioned officer of Recruiting Sub-Station Garner, N.C., and Bianca has been by his side since the days he was a Marine prospect preparing for recruit training in 2001.

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2/9 returns from mission in Marjah

February 10, 2011 3:46 AM

An embattled region of southwest Afghanistan is now safer, more secure, and a little bit friendlier, returning troops from Camp Lejeune’s 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines said Wednesday morning.

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Marine, Family Receive Patriotic Homecoming

Lt. Colonel Returns after Afghanistan Tour

by Stacie N. Galang San Clemente Times
Feb 10, 2011

The Harbor Ridge neighborhood joined together to welcome home one of their own, U.S. Marine Lt. Colonel Terry Johnson, who returned Monday from a six-month tour in Afghanistan.

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Kids Who Care club makes Valentine's Day cards for Marines

Marie Ekberg Padilla | for the Orange County Register | Feb 10, 2011

LADERA RANCH – About a hundred parents and kids made Valentine's Day cards and filled care packages for Marines during a Kids Who Care club event at the Oak Knoll Club house Saturday.

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Engineering, medical projects press forward in Thailand during Cobra Gold 2011

Story by 2nd Lt. Scott Sasser and 2nd Lt. Scott Sasser | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 02.10.2011

UTAPAO, Kingdom of Thailand – Maps line the walls here in a building recently converted into the Combined Joint Civil Military Operations Task Force combat operations center as Marines and sailors support the eight engineering and nine medical civic action projects being conducted throughout Thailand as part of Exercise Cobra Gold 2011.

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Marine Corps watching Army carbine search

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Feb 10, 2011 5:45:45 EST

As the Army prepares for a two-year, $30 million competition to identify a possible new carbine, the Marine Corps is watching closely and evaluating what its own future weapons should look like.

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4th MAW Chili Cook-Off Heats Up

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

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

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February 9, 2011

Cherry Point hosts students for job shadow day

2/9/2011 By Lance Cpl. Tyler J. Bolken , Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (Feb. 2, 2011) — As part of National Groundhog Job Shadow Day, students from multiple Craven County schools came to Cherry Point Feb. 2 for a firsthand look at the various vocations aboard the air station.

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How will years of war change us?

By Rick Hampson, USA TODAY

Several landmarks in Marne, Mich., are named "Berlin," including the Baptist church, the fairgrounds and the racetrack. That's because Marne, home to many German settlers in the 19th century, was named Berlin — until the United States entered World War I.

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FDA expedites review of robotic arm

The lifelike limb, controlled by a chip planted on the brain, is being tested as part of a program designed to speed development of medical devices.

By Andrew Zajac, Washington Bureau
February 9, 2011

Reporting from Washington —
Responding to the needs of badly wounded war veterans, federal officials said Tuesday they were accelerating reviews of a science-fiction-like robotic arm controlled by a computer chip on the brain.

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1/5 trains to defeat IED threat

Story by Lance Cpl. Benjamin Crilly | 1st Marine Division | Date: 02.09.2011

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – Marines of 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, conducted improvised explosive device lane training in preparation for the Enhanced Mojave Viper exercise at Outpost Barma, Jan. 19.

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Senators want caregiver benefits now

By Leo Shane III
Published: February 9, 2011

WASHINGTON – A group of senators is asking White House officials to speed up plans to train and pay caregivers of wounded troops, noting that by law the first checks should have gone out to those families last month.

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VMAQ-3 Marines maintain mission readiness in Afghanistan

2/9/2011 By Lance Cpl. Tyler J. Bolken , Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (Feb. 9, 2011) — It’s been a little over three months since the Marines of Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 3 departed Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point en route to Afghanistan in October 2010.

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February 8, 2011

Gen. James Amos outlines vision of Marine Corps

Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 9:02 pm

Gen. James Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps, delivered a major speech in San Francisco Tuesday evening outlining his vision for a smaller and lighter "middleweight force."

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Ceremony marks beginning of exercise Iron Fist

Story by Cpl. Elyssa Quesada | 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 02.08.2011

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - The First Marine Expeditionary Force and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit welcomed the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force’s Western Infantry Regiment to the start of exercise Iron Fist here Feb. 8. The bilateral training planned during the next month will showcase each component of the Marine Air Ground Task Force, from small boat operations and aerial inserts to company sized live-fire events.

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Marine Corps will be smaller, lighter but just as deadly, commandant promises

February 8, 2011 | 7:47 pm

The Marine Corps of the future will be smaller and use lighter vehicles and lighter personal protective gear but retain its ability to respond swiftly and with intimidating firepower to any global crisis, Commandant Gen. James Amos said Tuesday night.

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Afghanistan's most loyal troops

Dogs play an increasing role in ferreting out roadside bombs in key provinces. As with their masters, not all of them get to come home.

Tony Perry | Los Angeles Times | February 8. 2001

When Pfc. Colton Rusk was shot in Afghanistan by a Taliban sniper, a Marine dog named Eli immediately ran to him, guarding the downed Marine against further attack.

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Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 provides aviation ground support during Cobra Gold 2011

Story by Lance Cpl. J Nava | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 02.08.2011

KORAT, Kingdom of Thailand – Marines from Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Wing Support Group 17, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, traveled to Thailand to support Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st MAW, during Exercise Cobra Gold 2011.

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Top Doctor Cites Importance of Psychological Health

Story by Lisa Daniel | Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs | Date: 02.08.2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Psychological health is among the military's most critical and most promising areas of medical treatment, the Defense Department's assistant secretary for health affairs said Feb. 8.

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Gun team exhibits M777 howitzer capabilities

2/8/2011 By Lance Cpl. Jovane M. Holland , Marine Corps Bases Japan

HIJUDAI TRAINING AREA, Japan — The Marines of Gun Team 2, Bravo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, exhibited the capabilities of the M777 howitzer to more than 50 Japan Ground Self-Defense Force service members here Feb. 3.

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Tip of the spear in Thailand: 31st MEU arrives for Cobra Gold 2011

2/8/2011 By Cpl. Michael A. Bianco , 31st MEU

HAT YAO BEACH, Kingdom of Thailand — Marines and sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in the Kingdom of Thailand Feb. 7 in preparation for the MEU’s participation in exercise Cobra Gold 2011, Feb. 7-18.

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Marines, ANSF find weapons caches, secure southern river valley

Story by Cpl. Ned Johnson | 1st Marine Division | Date: 02.04.2011
Date Posted: 02.08.2011 11:51

Marines with 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), search local farmers during Operation Big Valley, Feb. 1. The 3rd LAR Marines, who call themselves the Wolf pack, went on a five-day operation along with their Afghan partners to clear areas where the Taliban was believed to store weapons and bomb-making materials.

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Amos set to map out drawdown, future capabilities

Staff report
Posted : Tuesday Feb 8, 2011 11:46:35 EST

The Marine Corps’ top officer will reveal Tuesday night how he intends to shape the service once combat comes to an end in Afghanistan.

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Marine corporal from Newport News killed in Afghanistan

By Corinne Reilly
The Virginian-Pilot
© February 8, 2011

A Marine corporal who grew up in Newport News was killed in combat in Afghanistan this weekend.

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February 7, 2011

Local Marine dies, meningitis feared

Monday, February 7, 2011

The death this weekend of a recruit at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island may be linked to a suspected case of meningitis.

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All-Marine female athletes bring much needed presence to Houston high schools

2/7/2011 By Staff Sgt. Lisa Rosborough , Recruiting Station Houston

HOUSTON — Three Marines from the women’s All-Marine Volleyball Team visited nine high schools within Recruiting Station Houston’s area of responsibility during the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2011, bringing much needed visibility to the Marine Corps.

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Documenting history in Denver: Aviator educates new generation

2/7/2011 By Sgt. Justin M. Pack , Recruiting Station Denver

DENVER — “I had two options,” the 89-year-old pilot states. “I could ditch my plane or bail out of the cockpit into the dark waters below.” As the man speaks, his blue eyes light up as though he is back at the control of his F4U Corsair over the Pacific Ocean in 1944. “I decided to jump out of my cockpit,” he says with a smile.

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HITT gym takes different approach to gym exercise

3/1/2011 By Lance Cpl. Victor Barrera , Marine Corps Base Camp LeJeune

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — To many the word gym brings to mind an endless row of treadmills, countless exercise bikes and free weights stacked against the walls. The High Intensity Tactical Training Gym however, is something totally different.

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Military tries one-stop shop for treatment of concussions

By Nancy Montgomery
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 7, 2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Gunnery Sgt. Williams had done it before, clearing a compound with his company, preparing to build a new patrol base.

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Local grad takes on Marine mission in Middle East

Published February 07 2011

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sorina Langer returned late last year from Afghanistan where the mission included building relationships as well as dodging bullets.

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Marines, Sailors of the 31st MEU watch Super Bowl 45 aboard USS Essex

2/7/2011 By Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch , 31st MEU

USS ESSEX, off the coast of the Kingdom of Thailand — More than 150 Marines and Sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Squadron 11 crowded into the mess deck of the USS Essex (LHD 2), to watch the Super Bowl 45 before the start of exercise Cobra Gold 2011, Feb.7.

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Marine recruiter apprehends armed robber at local restaurant

2/7/2011 By Sgt. Melvin Lopez , 8th Marine Corps District

DESOTO, Texas —

A local Marine recruiter became a hero on the evening of Jan. 16, 2011 after he managed to nab an alleged thief who held up a Mexican restaurant where he was having dinner.

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Local Marine killed in Afghanistan

By Carrie Whitaker • [email protected] • February 7, 2011

WEST CHESTER -- Marine Cpl. Lucas T. Pyeatt, the 24-year-old son of a West Chester Township couple, has died in combat in southern Afghanistan.

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Commandant considers MARSOC MOS

Corps may create special operations career path

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Feb 7, 2011 5:45:31 EST

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Marines who would like to forge a career as a MARSOC special operator may soon have their wish granted.

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February 6, 2011

Meningitis blamed for recruit's death

[email protected]
Published Sunday, February 6, 2011

A 19-year-old recruit at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island died Saturday at a Charleston hospital from complications believed to be brought on by a suspected case of meningitis. As many as 200 personnel at the depot have been given an antibiotic as a precaution, according to a Marine Corps Public Affairs Office news release.

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Leap of faith: 9th Comm. Marine’s athletic obsession fuels chase of world record jump

Story by Sgt. Jeremy Ross | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 02.06.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- Staff Sgt. George Bryant is sore. On a recent afternoon here the 27-year-old data chief for Alpha Company, 9th Communications Battalion, walks into the makeshift fitness area at the battalion’s compound wearing compression tights. For the soreness, he says. Most Marines pride themselves on fitness, but not to the point of wearing ultra-tight clothing to alleviate the pain of the previous day’s workout. Then again, most Marines don’t work out like Bryant does.

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Marine, students inspire each other

After corresponding with St. Patrick students while in Afghanistan, Chris Nagel tells them how much their support meant to him and others.

By Michael J. Solender
Special Correspondent
Posted: Sunday, Feb. 06, 2011

Though he was several continents away, serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan last year, 1st Lt. Chris Nagel's adopted hometown of Charlotte and his elementary school, St. Patrick Catholic, were never far from his thoughts.

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Gunfire detection devices heading to the fleet

SWATS helps Marines zero in on enemy sniper fire

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Feb 6, 2011 8:20:00 EST

The Marine Corps is ordering several hundred gunfire detection devices for use in Afghanistan, at pre-deployment training sites and at bases throughout the Corps.

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Marines, USAID offer alternatives to farmers in Marjah

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

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

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February 5, 2011

Marines Battle Afghanistan's Terrain

Story by Cpl. John McCall | 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.30.2011
Posted: 02.05.2011

GARMSER, Afghanistan – Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), conduct vehicle convoys throughout Afghanistan regularly, encountering improvised explosives and poorly maintained roads. During a recent convoy, Marines found themselves knee deep in mud, Jan. 24-Jan. 25.

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Marjah CMOC making a difference in Afghan’s lives

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

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

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February 4, 2011

31st MEU leaves for spring float

Story by Lance Cpl. Garry Welch | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 02.04.2011

With cargo and personnel aboard ship, III Marine Expeditionary Force’s 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit left Okinawa, Japan, for their spring deployment throughout the Asia-Pacific region, Jan. 29.

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3rd Recon Marines learn techniques of predator

2/4/2011 By Lance Cpl. Heather N. Choate , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP SCHWAB, Okinawa, Japan — Marines with Company B, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, recently began a combat hunter course hosted by instructors from the School of Infantry West.

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Exploding Bombs and Wounded Eyes: From Blindness Back to Patrol

The New York Times
by CJ Chivers

By any reasonable measure, Specialist Peter Sprenger, a radio operator in an Army infantry company, could easily have been dead. It was Dec. 19, 2003, in Talafar, Iraq. An Iraqi man driving an explosives-laden car had breached his company’s perimeter. American soldiers fired at him with light machine guns, but the driver accelerated toward the company command post.

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DVIDS premiers HD live from Afghanistan during Super Bowl XLV on FOX

Courtesy Story | DVIDS Hub | Date: 02.04.2011

ATLANTA - The Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) will conduct its first live, high-definition satellite feed with U.S. Marines stationed at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, during FOX’s coverage of Super Bowl XLV. Through the use of cutting-edge video streaming technologies combined with Ku-band ground satellite terminals, DVIDS will bring crystal-clear, HD live footage of U.S. service members in Afghanistan enjoying Sunday’s big game. FOX will air the footage of the forward-deployed Marines during their game-day coverage, taking place Feb. 6 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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Marines turn to alternatives to fuel coalition efforts

Story by Sgt. Shawn Coolman | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 02.04.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – As a force in readiness, the Marine Corps can be called at moment’s notice to be deployed anywhere in the world. To power this moving mechanism, fuel has to be shipped, airlifted and moved across thousands of miles.

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‘Cheetahs’ Offer Swift Connection Home for Deployed Troops

By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2011 – Deployed service members often count on connections home -- whether it’s e-mail, Skype, Facebook or Twitter -- for encouragement, comfort or just a welcome diversion.

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Marines play hard at 3rd LAR field meet

2/4/2011 By Lance Cpl. D. J. Wu , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Marines from Headquarters and Service Company and Company B of 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion participated in a field meet at Del Valle Field Jan. 28, 2011.

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Pendleton instructors train Combat Center Marines to reach new heights

2/4/2011 By Cpl. M. C. Nerl , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, JOSHUA TREE, Calif. — Marines can fight in every clime and place, but sometimes they have to climb to get there.

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Frontline photos

Jerry Lara / San Antonio Express-News via The Associated Press

Bomb-sniffing Labrador, Eli, licks Brady Rusk, 12, during an adoption ceremony.

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2/7 assaults an entrenched enemy position

2/4/2011 By Lance Cpl. Andrew D. Thorburn , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Since the dawn of warfare, attacking forces have had to oust entrenched defenders, a practice which will continue until the end of war.

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Two Bridgeport Marines awarded Bronze Star

2/4/2011 By Lance Cpl. Sarah Anderson , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS MOUNTAIN WARFARE TRAINING CENTER BRIDGEPORT, Calif. — Established in 1944, the Bronze Star Medal is awarded to United States military members who set themselves apart by heroic acts in combat or meritorious achievements, not involving aerial flight.

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Marines perform outdoor gas exercise with new M50 mask

2/4/2011 By Lance Cpl. Andrew D. Thorburn , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Marines and sailors with Company E., 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, get acquainted with the new M50 mask during an outdoor gas exercise training at Range 210 Jan. 26.

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2nd Bn, 4th Marines take on Bridgeport

2/4/2011 By Lance Cpl. Sarah Anderson , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS MOUNTAIN WARFARE TRAINING CENTER BRIDGEPORT, Calif. — The two-week Mountain Exercise training for 2nd Battalion 4th Marine Regiment ended Tuesday, with a 9-kilometer-hike down the mountains of the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif.

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Wounded Warrior Marines SuperBowl Bound

2/4/2011 By Capt. Jill Leyden , Wounded Warrior Regiment

IRVING, Tx. — Marines and Marine veterans, supported by the United States Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment, gathered here to attend a welcome dinner at the Irving Convention Center, marking the start of events leading up to their attendance at Super Bowl XLV. The 40 Marines and Marine veterans are from military treatment facilities, military bases and communities across the nation. They were hand selected by Wounded Warrior Regiment staff to attend Super Bowl XLV and participate in various activities throughout the week.

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Show and Tell: Gun team exhibits M777 howitzer capabilities

Story by Lance Cpl. Jovane Holland | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 02.04.2011

OKINAWA, Japan - The Marines of Gun Team 2, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, exhibited the capabilities of the M777 howitzer to more than 50 Japanese Ground Self Defense Force service members here Feb. 3.

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III MEF Marines train on new optics: Acquire targets fast, accurately with new M240G optics system

Story by Pfc. Mark Stroud | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 02.04.2011

CAMP SCHWAB, Japan - III Marine Expeditionary Force Marines recently had the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the Marine Corps’ new SU-260/P Machine Gun Day Optic and Ruggedized Miniature Reflex Sight for the M240G medium machine gun.

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2 NC-based Marines to be honored with bronze stars

The Associated Press
Posted: Friday, Feb. 04, 2011

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. Two North Carolina-based Marines are being honored for their actions in Afghanistan.

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February 3, 2011

24th MEU Marines’ walk in the woods gets gaseous

2/3/2011 By 24th MEU Public Affairs Office , 24th MEU

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit were engulfed in clouds of CS Gas, a non-lethal riot control substance, during a different rendition of their annual chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense training Feb. 3, in the dense forest behind the Marine Corps Base Gas Chamber.

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'Flying Tigers' retract claws; 'Ironhorse' assumes heavy-lift responsibility

Story by Sgt. Derek Carlson | 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs | Date: 02.01.2011
Date Posted:02.03.2011 05:41

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan – The Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 “Flying Tigers” transferred responsibilities to HMH-461 “Ironhorse” during a Transfer of Authority ceremony here Feb. 1.

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The Big Picture: Afghanistan, January 2011

Paula Nelson
February 3, 2011

With this post, we continue the monthly look at the men and women who live and fight in the country and at the Afghan people themselves as they struggle for peace in their land. At the end of the regular post I've included 14 additional images by Associated Press photographer Kevin Frayer. The images are black and white aerials - a unique view - of Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan.

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As The Marines Prepare For Turnover in Afghanistan, Opium Production Escalates US Concerns

Marian Anthony | Feb. 3, 2011, 5:16 PM

Camp Pendleton, California – U.S. Marines from 1st Battalion 5th Marine Regiment prepare at Camp Wilson, 29 Palms, California, for their pre-deployment work-up in Afghanistan.

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The Blue Diamond Turns 70

Story by Cpl. Zachary Nola | 1st Marine Division | Date: 02.03.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines, sailors, veterans, friends and family joined together to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the 1st Marine Division during a morning colors ceremony in front of the division’s headquarters Feb. 3.

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Iwo Jima veteran visits Afghan-bound battalion

Courtesy Story | 1st Marine Division | Date: 02.03.2011

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

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Marines, Sailors can avoid social media hazards

Story by Staff Sgt. Roman Yurek | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | Date: 02.03.2011

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. -- Social media has become a staple in society for families, consumers, businesses, governments and groups to share various pieces of information.

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Directory Links Wounded Warriors, Families to Resources

By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2011 – From benefits and compensation to education and training, an online directory is providing wounded warriors, veterans and their families a direct connection to thousands of state, local and national resources.

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February 2, 2011

Battalion honor guard conducts funerals for veterans

2/2/2011 By Lance Cpl. John Robbart III , Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Military honors are given to those who have passed and honorably served in the U.S. Armed Forces, whether it is for four years or forty.

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Halfway Home: Motor transport Marines keep on truckin’

2/2/2011 By Cpl. Paul D. Zellner , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan — As they reach the halfway point in their deployment, Marines with Motor Transport Companies A and B, Combat Logistics Battalion 3, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), continue to deliver supplies to units in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

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Family of fallen Marine Colton Rusk to receive his bomb dog

* By Mark Collette
updated February 2, 2011 at 4:38 a.m.

ORANGE GROVE — A faithful companion of a fallen Marine from Orange Grove is headed home this week.

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'Robot Army' in Afghanistan Surges Past 2,000 Units


There are now more than 2,000 ground robots operating in Afghanistan, and troops are demanding more.

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CLB Marines train to provide humanitarian assistance

2/12/2011 By Cpl. Dwight A. Henderson , 22nd MEU

FORT PICKETT, VA. — Marines are known for their tactical prowess, their ability to persevere through austere conditions and their bravery in combat.

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February 1, 2011

'Payne Games' keeps Marines prepared, provides camaraderie

Story by Cpl. Ned Johnson
Date: 01.30.2011
Date Posted: 02.01.2011
Location: Combat Outpost Payne, AF

COMBAT OUTPOST PAYNE, Afghanistan— Dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge are the five D’s of dodge ball. But Marines at Combat Outpost Payne have added a letter of their own to the popular playground game: Don—as in don and clear your gas mask.

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3/12 Prepares for artillery training

2/1/2011 By Lance Cpl. Jovane M. Holland , III MEF

HIJUDAI TRAINING AREA, Japan — Approximately 180 Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force are scheduled to conduct artillery training here Feb. 1-19, as part of the Artillery Relocation Training Program.

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Medal of Honor recipient bonds with 3/5

Story by Cpl. Paul Basciano | 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.27.2011
Posted: 02.01.2011

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – The Marines and sailors of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment’s brushed shoulders with a living legend, when Medal of Honor recipient and retired Col. Jay Vargas came to the San Mateo area of Camp Pendleton to talk with 3/5 Marines, Jan. 27.

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Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Moses

February 1, 2011

MOSES, Sgt. Major Jeffrey D., 49, of Oceanside, Ca. (formerly of Wheeling W.Va.) died Friday, January 28, 2011.

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Bloodlines strong within 1/23

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

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

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1st Marine Division celebrates 70th anniversary at Camp Leatherneck

Story by Lance Cpl. Glen Santy | 1st Marine Division | Date: 02.01.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -The Marines and sailors from 1st Marine Division (Forward) celebrates the Blue Diamond 70th anniversary at Camp Leatherneck, Feb. 1.

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Not left empty handed

Story by Lance Cpl. Clayton Vonderahe | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 01.31.2011
Date Posted:02.01.2011 10:15

DELARAM, Afghanistan -- What do the children of Afghanistan want? For some it is no more than a pencil. Education is the foundation of civilization and an important building block in today’s modern societies.

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Oshkosh opening new training center

Published: Feb. 1, 2011 at 9:08 AM

OSHKOSH, Wis., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Oshkosh Defense of Wisconsin is opening a new vehicle operator and maintenance training center in California for U.S. Marines and Navy Seabees.

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Kids of soldiers battle reality of war at home

STEVEN VERBURG | [email protected] | 608-252-6118 madison.com | Posted: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 8:00 am

This story appeared first in the Sunday edition of the Wisconsin State Journal newspaper.

Andrew Leckel already was waking up with nightmares about his father’s second yearlong deployment in Iraq. One day he came home crying because his first-grade classmates had inadvertently fueled his fears by talking about soldiers being killed in the war.

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2/8 Marines replace 2/9 in Afghanistan

February 1st, 2011 | Afghanistan Infantry Marjah Sangin | Posted by Dan Lamothe

America’s Battalion is taking over Northern Marjah.

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2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment honors fallen brothers

Story by Cpl. Daniel Blatter | 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.31.2011
Date Posted:02.01.2011 06:37

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Marines and sailors from Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, held a memorial ceremony at Camp Leatherneck, Jan. 31, to honor Cpl. Jacob A. Tate, Lance Cpl. Joseph R. Giese, and Lance Cpl. Maung P. Htaik, all riflemen with 2/9 who were killed in action in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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Opium Wars

A key step to securing peace will be to wean Afghan farmers off growing poppies.

By Robert Draper
Photograph by David Guttenfelder

The chief of police has a memorable way of demonstrating that he's not afraid of the drug smugglers. He holds up his right hand, revealing the absence of his middle finger. Four years ago, Brig. Gen. Aqa Noor Kintuz was hired as provincial chief of police in the northeastern Afghan province of Badakhshan and charged with destroying its plentiful poppy fields. "After I finished one of the first eradications," he says, "my vehicle was blown up by a remote-control bomb." He rolls up his right shirtsleeve. His forearm is badly mangled. In the years since, he has received innumerable death threats. Women and children of poppy farmers have hurled stones at his policemen. One of his eradication tractors was torched.

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