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April 30, 2011

Coming home

Courtesy Image | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 04.30.2011
Photo by Jody Lee Smith

Friends and family welcome home U.S. Marines and sailors attached to Combat Logistics Battalion 3 on Marine Corps Air Station, April 30, 2011.

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Tears are mixed with pride at Camp Pendleton memorial for fallen Marines

Tribute is paid to 25 'Dark Horse' troops who died and more than 200 others who were wounded while routing the Taliban from the Sangin district of Afghanistan's Helmand province.

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
April 30, 2011

Reporting from Camp Pendleton -- It was a gathering of the wounded in body and the wounded in spirit as hundreds of family members and friends joined a thousand Marines at a memorial service for the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment, just back from Afghanistan.

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Marine weathermen crucial to Afghan fight

Staff report
Posted : Saturday Apr 30, 2011 9:36:22 EDT

The birds are chirping, the poppies are ready for harvesting and unrelenting sandstorms are on the way. It’s springtime in Afghanistan.

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April 29, 2011

Troop ailments, from backs to breathing, swell

By Kelly Kennedy, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — More than 190,000 active-duty servicemembers sought treatment for back injuries in 2010 — roughly 70,000 more than did in 2001, before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began, according to a Defense Department morbidity report released Friday.

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NASCAR champ driven to honor pair of warriors

NASCAR star drops by Quantico to visit wounded Marines, sign autographs for fans

Date published: 4/29/2011

On any given weekend in NASCAR's racing season, driver Tony Stewart is greeted by thousands of cheering fans.

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Portland Marine engages enemy, leads team to safety

Story by Cpl. Adam Leyendecker | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 04.29.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE PAYNE, Afghanistan – For much of their deployment, Marines of 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion have found an insurgent force which was reluctant to fight them toe to toe. Rather, the enemy has relied more on improvised explosive devices and indirect fire.

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Fed begins phase-out of paper benefit checks

By Karen Jowers - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Apr 29, 2011 11:11:54 EDT

Paper checks for federal benefits are going the way of the dinosaurs, and the first step happens May 1.

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‘Darkhorse’ Marines honor fallen brothers

Camp Pendleton ceremony pays tribute to 25 men killed in Sangin

By Gretel C. Kovach
Friday, April 29, 2011 at 7 p.m.

CAMP PENDLETON — One by one, the Marines approached the podium to speak about their brothers-in-arms killed in Sangin, Afghanistan. Each of the 25 men who died with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment during the tour that ended this month was honored Friday at Camp Pendleton by a Marine who knew him best.

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Temperatures rise, bring higher risks

Story by Cpl. J Nava | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 04.29.2011

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT, PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. -- With summer right around the corner, Marines have their minds on several things – liberty, the beach, more liberty – but the one thing that nobody can afford to overlook during this time is the danger inherent to hot weather.

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New guidance for second-tour 'hats'

Story by Lance Cpl. Javarre Glanton | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 04.29.2011

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT, PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. -- The rules for drill instructor duty second tours changed April 24, and new incentives are in place to attract experienced hats back to the drill field.

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3/3 Marine translates experience into action, earns prestigious award for intelligence work in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Reece E. Lodder | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 04.29.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII - On his deployment to Afghanistan last year, Cpl. Raymond P. Weeks found little sleep but plenty of purpose.

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Exclusive combat award for Marjah Marine

By Andrew Theen - Special to Marine Corps Times
Posted : Friday Apr 29, 2011 10:11:21 EDT

A company commander involved in last year’s assault on the Taliban stronghold of Marjah has been named the Marine Corps’ next Leftwich Trophy recipient for his courage and outstanding leadership in combat.

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Recon Marines tackle jungle warfare training

4/29/2011 By Lance Cpl. Mark W. Stroud , Marine Corps Bases Japan

JUNGLE WARFARE TRAINING CETER, Okinawa, Japan — Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, engaged in jungle warfare training at the Jungle Warfare Training Center on Okinawa April 12-27.

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Team Work: Marines continue tradition with Colorado Rockies

4/29/2011 By Sgt. Justin Pack , Recruiting Station Denver

DENVER — Marine recruiters in Denver participated in the opening day ceremony for the Colorado Rockies during the first game of the season at Coors Field, April 1.

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Prioritizing the prevalent threats: 3/3 Marines patrol to improve counter-IED measures

4/29/2011 By Cpl. Reece E. Lodder , Marine Corps Base Hawaii

MARINE CORPS TRAINING AREA BELLOWS, Hawaii — On a dusty road weaving through walls of dense brush, a squad of Marines silently pushes through another patrol. Their training is far from glamorous, but it’s their forte — they've been taught, practiced, made mistakes, succeeded and repeated the process. For these frequently deployed infantrymen, breaking in their boots during training is essential for their success overseas.

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Brothers-in-arms face off in field meet

4/29/2011 By Cpl. Kentavist P. Brackin , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP RODREGUIZ, Republic of Korea — Approximately 400 U.S. Marines and sailors from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment (Reinforced), 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and Republic of Korea Marines from 22nd Battalion, 2nd Artillery Brigade, 2nd ROK Marine Division, integrated with each other to form two bilateral teams that competed during a field meet at Camp Rodriguez, Republic of Korea, April 23.

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NFL, cheerleaders visit Combat Center

4/29/2011 By Lance Cpl. Sarah Dietz , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — The Combat Center children got the star treatment when Chicago Bear Charles Tillman and Dallas Cowboy Kareem Larrimore showed up to spend the week with them.

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CLB-3 Marines return home

4/29/2011 By Lance Cpl. Kris Daberkoe , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa, Japan — Approximately 400 Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 3, Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, returned from Afghanistan over the course of the last several days.

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Amphibious Ready Groups and Marine Expeditionary Units Complete Turnover

Courtesy Story | 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit Public Affairs | Date: 04.29.2011

USS BATAAN, Mediterranean Sea – The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Group relieved the Kearsarge ARG and 26th MEU of their duties in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility April 27.

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With improved vehicles comes advanced training, saved lives

Story by Lance Cpl. Katherine M. Solano | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 04.28.2011
Date Posted:04.29.2011 04:09

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Motor transport Marines trained on the Marine Corps’ newest Mine Resistant Ambush Protected recovery vehicle on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 26.

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April 28, 2011

The story of Sangin, in their own words

By Gretel C. Kovach
Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 8 p.m.

The 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment gathers today at Camp Pendleton with family and military dignitaries to honor the fallen from their ranks in Sangin, Afghanistan.

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Fish ponds receives Earth Day makeover

Story by Cpl. Steven Posy | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar | Date: 04.28.2011

SAN DIEGO -- Whether hiking, fishing, exercising or just looking for a quiet place to observe the wilderness, the Miramar Fish Pond has all the amenities for a simple outdoor getaway.

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Third generation Marine sets example

4/28/2011 By Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — The Marine Corps has seen its fair share of noncommissioned officers come and go, and in that time, those NCO’s have left the mold of what everyone has come to expect from their leaders.

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Top Marine shooters meet in rifle, pistol matches

Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011 12:00 am
Cpl. Jonathan G. Wright, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune The Globe

Alfred M. Gray, Jr., 29th commandant of the Marine Corps, created the one ethos that would last throughout the following history pages of Marine Corps heritage - “Every Marine a rifleman.” To exemplify this, he was the only commandant to wear his camoflague utility uniform in his official photograph.

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April 27, 2011

Lt. Gen. John Allen to lead in Afghanistan

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Apr 27, 2011 16:46:36 EDT

Marine Lt. Gen. John Allen will be nominated to replace Army Gen. David Petraeus in Afghanistan and is expected to take command by September, a senior White House official said Wednesday.

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4/27/2011 By Lance Cpl. David Flynn , Marine Corps Recruiting Command

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — Some of the finest young football players in America are competing for their chance to play in the inaugural Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl Jan. 3, 2012.

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Brenstville graduate Sean Callahan killed in Afghanistan

By Aileen Streng
Published: April 27, 2011


Marine Sgt. Sean T. Callahan had a lust for life. He loved to have fun, play the guitar and he had lots of friends.

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COC staff, the eyes and ears of the MLG

Story by Lance Cpl. Bruno J. Bego | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 04.27.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Regional Command Southwest in Afghanistan is comprised of Helmand and Nimruz provinces, which covers 39,000 square miles.

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Two IED blasts can't stop BLT 3/8 Marine

4/27/2011 By Gunnery Sgt. Bryce Piper , 26th MEU

HELMAND PROVINCE, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — "I think psychologically it started to get to me. It was like, all right I just stepped on an IED again; I've got to be hurt. There's no way I'm not hurt. ... How many guys do you hear that step on two IEDs in one deployment?"

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April 26, 2011

Family Remembers Fallen Marine from White Swan

By David Mance. Published Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

The family of a Marine from White Swan who was killed in Afghanistan over the weekend says he died doing what he wanted to do. And that was protecting his country. Now, more about Lance Corporal Joe Jackson and how much he will be missed.

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Roadside bombs kill 2 Marines from Michigan

Written by
April 26, 2011

Two Marines from Michigan and another from Virginia were killed in fighting in Afghanistan during the weekend.

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Missions change, goodbyes remain the same: 'Kings of Battle' Marines depart on first deployment to Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Reece E. Lodder | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 04.26.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Hawaii - Ceasing embraces with their loved ones for resolute grips on their rifles, approximately 550 Marines and sailors with 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, loaded buses from April 25-30, and departed on a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan.

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MEUs add time to at-sea training

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Apr 26, 2011 10:17:20 EDT

SAN DIEGO — West Coast Marines and sailors will get more time training aboard amphibious ships under a new plan to build their “sea legs” and sharpen their capabilities, officials said.

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Ariz. Native Has Big Job in Afghanistan

Story by Lance Cpl. Phillip Clark | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 04.26.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – A four-year-old boy rode in a parade with his father, who was in his unmistakably identifiable uniform: the Marine Corps dress blues. From that day forward, the Kearny, Ariz., child wanted to be a United States Marine, exactly like his father.

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April 25, 2011

More Marines now eligible to receive Purple Heart for TBI

By Chris Carroll
Stars and Stripes
Published: April 25, 2011

WASHINGTON — It’s no longer necessary for Marines suffering from mild traumatic brain injuries to have been knocked unconscious to qualify for a Purple Heart, a retroactive change that could affect thousands of troops who have served in battle since Sept. 11, 2001.

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April 23, 2011

Marines turn the tide in the ‘Fallujah of Afghanistan’

By Gretel C. Kovach
Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 8 p.m.

SANGIN, Afghanistan — It would be hard to forget that face, even if they hadn’t seen it just the day before.

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Lava Dogs bring Aloha to Afghanistan

Courtesy Story | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 04.23.2011

GARMSER DISTRICT, Helmand Province, Afghanistan — The 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment arrived here in support of Operation Enduring Freedom April 18 – 23. The Lava Dogs will be assuming responsibility of the Garmser District from 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, which is scheduled to return to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., in May.

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BLT 2/2 Conducts Ship-to-Shore Aviation-Borne Raid

Story by Cpl. John Raufmann | 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit Public Affairs | Date: 04.23.2011

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted an aviation-borne raid aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 8.

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3/4 Relieves BLT 3/8 in Helmand Province

Story by Gunnery Sgt. Bryce Piper | 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Public Affairs | Date: 04.20.2011
Date Posted:04.23.2011 02:04

COMBAT OUTPOST OUELLETTE, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (April 20, 2011) – Marines with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, have relieved Battalion Landing Team 3/8 in place this week. BLT 3/8 detached from the deployed 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit in January to establish and maintain security in portions of Helmand province.

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3/4 Marines replace BLT 3/8 in Afghanistan

April 23rd, 2011 | Afghanistan Infantry MEU operations Sangin | Posted by Dan Lamothe

Happy Saturday, everyone. Battle Rattle is typically pretty quiet on the weekend, but a news release just came through this morning that I didn’t want to leave until Monday.

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Marines become leaders at austere combat outpost

Story by Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 04.23.2011

COMBAT OUTPOST OUELLETTE, Afghanistan - By the light of a full Afghan moon, a handful of young Marines are hard at work. They lay a thick plastic liner over a hollow square. When finished, they will have created a container for more than 40,000 gallons of jet fuel – extending the range for Marine helicopters supporting ground troops near Sangin, Afghanistan.

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April 22, 2011

New Parent Support Program: Helping build military families since 1993

Story by Lance Cpl. Eric Quintanilla | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego | Date: 04.22.2011

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The New Parent Support Program was developed to help military families with children under five years old adapt to parenthood and thrive as healthy families.

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1st MarDiv welcomes new sergeant major, bids farewell to next SMMC

Story by Lance Cpl. Glen Santy | 1st Marine Division | Date: 04.22.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – First Marine Division bid farewell to the next sergeant major of the Marine Corps, and welcomed its new senior enlisted leader during a post and relief ceremony here April 22.

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CLB-11 gets rolling with HEAT training

Story by Lance Cpl. Jerrick J. Griffin | 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 04.22.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – “Roll over! Roll over! Roll over!” the Marines screamed as they were tossed around inside the vehicle.

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Operation Rawhide II disrupts insurgent communication, supply lines

Story by Cpl. Adam Leyendecker | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 04.22.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE PAYNE, Afghanistan – Southern Helmand province used to be a safe haven and stronghold for the insurgency in Afghanistan where the enemy could establish lines of communication and traffic drugs and weapons.

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Artillery Marines hold back insurgents in key Afghan district

Story by Staff Sgt. Jeremy Ross | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 04.22.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Afghanistan - Kajaki District is usually dangerous, occasionally beautiful, always strategically important, and for the last six months its security has been lead by a single Marine Corps artillery battery.

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Corpsmen step up for 3rd LAR

Story by Cpl. Adam Leyendecker | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 04.22.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE PAYNE, Afghanistan – Marines from 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion encountered multiple improvised explosive devices in Sangin District Jan. 19. Petty Officer 3rd Class Rogelio Saldana, combat corpsmen for E Company, 3rd LAR, and native of El Paso, Texas, immediately assessed a Marine who complained of severe back pain after an IED blast. He was later evacuated to safety.

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Bank to pay $48 million to military homeowners

By Karen Jowers - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Apr 22, 2011 11:54:59 EDT

JPMorgan Chase has agreed to pay about $48 million to service members affected by alleged violations of the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act, in a settlement of a class action lawsuit filed by Marine Corps Capt. Jonathon Rowles.

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Study establishes depression, TBI link

By Chris Carroll
Stars and Stripes
Published: April 22, 2011

WASHINGTON -- About 30 percent of traumatic brain injury patients will develop clinical depression, a level three times higher than the general population, according to a new study.

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Marines observe Earth Day

4/22/2011 By Lance Cpl. Jovane M. Henry , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa, Japan — Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day, devoted to the promotion of environmental education, has evolved from a classroom presentation to a worldwide observance recognized and celebrated by more than 175 countries.

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Marines celebrate Earth Day the Corps way

4/22/2011 By Lance Cpl. Christofer P. Baines , Headquarters Marine Corps

WASHINGTON — The Marine Corps is renowned for protecting the nation’s freedoms, but every day when Marines train to fight, they protect the environment as well. For Marines every day is Earth Day.

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April 21, 2011

Catch me if you can: All-Marine runner switches uniforms, changes from humble Marine to hungry athlete

Story by Cpl. Reece E. Lodder | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 04.21.2011

On a straight stretch of asphalt surrounded by still ponds, a lone runner quietly carves out his battleground. Though he has shed his camouflage utilities for a running uniform, the lighter set of armor morphs the quiet Marine into an aggressive athlete.

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Police chief plans visit to Parris Island

Story by Lance Cpl. Javarre Glanton | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 04.21.2011

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT, S.C. -- Parris Island will host a distinguished guest Wednesday when the chief of police for Columbia, S.C., the state’s capital, attends the job fair as a vendor, April 27.

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3/8 Marines continues battalion legacy at COP Ouellette

Story by Cpl. Katherine Keleher | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 04.21.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – “I will never forget who I am or what I represent. I will challenge myself to the limit and be ever attentive to duty.”

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Mississippi Shows How You Handle Westboro Freaks

April 21, 2011

On Saturday, USMC Staff Sgt. Jason Rogers, who was killed in action in Afghanistan April 7, was buried in Brandon, Mississippi...Why weren’t there protestors?

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April 20, 2011

4th MAW in search of qualified flight instructors

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

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

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Steak Team Mission Brings Taste of Texas to Helmand

Story by Sgt. Earnest J. Barnes | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 04.21.2011
Date Posted:04.20.2011 16:43

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – The 8-ounce fillets hit the grill in a sizzle and the juice dripped down on the red coals, causing a flow of white to billow from the smoker. The line of Marines rapidly grew longer as they waited anxiously for the metaphorical dinner bell to ring, where some would receive their first home-cooked meal in months.

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3/4 Relieves BLT 3/8 in Helmand Province

4/20/2011 By Gunnery Sgt. Bryce Piper , 26th MEU

COMBAT OUTPOST OUELLETTE, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — Marines with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, have relieved Battalion Landing Team 3/8 in place this week. BLT 3/8 detached from the deployed 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit in January to establish and maintain security in portions of Helmand province.

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Wake Island Avengers take on Japan: VMA-211 arrives for UDP

Story by Lance Cpl. Jennifer Pirante | Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni | Date: 04.20.2011

IWAKUNI, Japan - Marine Aircraft Group 12 welcomed Marine-Attack Squadron 211 into its hangars here April 6 as the squadron nears the end of its Western Pacific deployment.

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Wounded platoon leader greets men who saved his life after Afghanistan blast

By MARK WALKER - [email protected] North County Times - The Californian | Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 8:55 pm

Wounded by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan just two weeks into his first combat assignment, Lt. Cameron West has waited for months to see the men who helped save his life after the explosion tore off his right leg.

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Fire and Forget: Lance corporal’s leadership stems from hard work, discipline

Story by Cpl. Adam Leyendecker | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 04.20.2011

PATROL BASE WOLFPACK, Afghanistan – ‘Fire and forget’ in military jargon refers to a weapon that doesn’t require further guidance to reach the intended target after launch.

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Warfighting lab experiments with robotic trucks

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Apr 20, 2011 8:57:29 EDT

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory is pushing forward with development of at least two unmanned ground vehicles, including a 7-ton truck that would cut down on the number of Marines outside the wire during resupply convoys.

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Face of Defense: Marine Coaches Youth Wrestlers

By Marine Corps Cpl. Juan D. Alfonso
Marine Forces Pacific

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii, April 20, 2011 – When people look at Master Sgt. Timothy D. Greenleaf, they see a 6-foot, bulky, tattooed Marine. What isn’t so obvious is he’s enjoyed working with children for more than 18 years.

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April 19, 2011

PTSD iPhone App Launches For Veterans

The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs launch the free PTSD Coach to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder seek immediate help or manage their symptoms.

By Elizabeth Montalbano InformationWeek
April 19, 2011 14:06 PM

Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) now can turn to their mobile devices for help, thanks to a new application from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD).

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Pentagon rushes underwear armor to Afghanistan

By Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY

A rise in the number of troops wounded from buried bombs in Afghanistan has the Pentagon experimenting with new forms of protection, ranging from heavyweight chaps and Kevlar underwear to ground-penetrating radar systems.

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Marine All-Star Jazz Band performs across Michigan

4/19/2011 By Sgt. Jimmy D. Shea , Headquarters Marine Corps

MARQUETTE, Mich. — The Marine Corps’ most talented jazz musicians staged performances and held music clinics across Michigan during their third annual All-Star Jazz Band tour from April 10 to 15.

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2/3 Marines now operating in northern Marjah

Story Posted by Dan Lamothe
April 19th, 2011

It looks like the force laydown as we know it in Helmand province, Afghanistan, is evolving.

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Tankers Take on Route Clearance

Story by Cpl. John McCall | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 04.19.2011

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan -- Tank crewmen with Company B, 1st Tank Battalion, had to learn another set of skills recently to succeed during their seven-month tour in Afghanistan.

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Texas Marine Earns Marine of the Quarter

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 04.19.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – He hails from the southern tip of Texas, where warm weather radiates and sun-kissed residents roam the subtropical City of Palms. All he wanted was to broaden his horizons and fulfill his father’s dream of becoming a service member; he never expected to earn the prestigious title of Marine of the Quarter.

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The Marine Corps’ turf war; paying for the ground we gain

Story by Lance Cpl. Daniel Wulz | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 04.19.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – The Marine Corps’ mission in Afghanistan not only revolves around gaining ground and defeating the enemy, but also depends on gaining the trust of Afghans.

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Erie Company reflects on successful deployment

Story by Cpl. Adam Leyendecker | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 04.19.2011

PATROL BASE WOLFPACK, Afghanistan - Alone in the middle of the desert, Afghanistan winds pound Marines of 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion’s Erie Company with its dust and sand. But not even the scorching heat or evening rain can bring down morale as the company’s troops approach the end of the unit’s inaugural deployment.

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April 18, 2011

Jason Rogers' mother talks about the community support

Posted: Apr 18, 2011 6:10 PM CDT Updated: Apr 19, 2011 2:08 PM CDT

Marine Staff Sergeant Jason Rogers was laid to rest last Saturday in the new Brandon cemetery. The combat engineer was killed over a week ago in Afghanistan while getting two badly wounded marines to safety.

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Commander says Marine from Mississippi died saving others

Monday, Apr. 18, 2011

BRANDON -- Marine Staff Sgt. Jason Rogers was helping protect his U.S. military colleagues in Afghanistan when a weapon detonated and killed him, his company commander, Capt. John Shubeck, said Saturday as Rogers was buried in Brandon.

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Face of Defense: Marine Becomes Top Cook

By Marine Corps Cpl. Jad Sleiman
Marine Forces Reserve

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

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April 17, 2011

U.S. Marine Reserves leave Joliet for Afghanistan deployment

By Bob Okon [email protected] Apr 17, 2011 02:29AM

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

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Lejeune neighborhood recovering after tornado

Injured toddler still in critical condition

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Apr 17, 2011 14:55:56 EDT

A toddler remains in critical condition and several residents of a Camp Lejeune, N.C., neighborhood were injured Saturday when a highly destructive tornado cut through the area around 9 p.m. and damaged more than 100 homes.

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Marines walk the same path

By Joseph Morton
Published Sunday April 17, 2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — A discarded blue plastic bottle cap on the ground.

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Wife faces life-or-death decision for her war-injured husband

Staff Writer
[email protected]
Published: 17 April 2011 12:15 AM

Second of a two-part series

Doctors told Ivonne Thompson to prepare for the worst. Her husband might not survive the night.

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New York Marine Helps Steer Unit Success

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 04.17.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Life as a motor transport operator in Afghanistan doesn’t just consist of driving around all day, transporting personnel and equipment.

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WWII veterans group gathers for last toast

By Janice Gibbs - The Associated Press
Posted : Sunday Apr 17, 2011 10:05:50 EDT

TEMPLE, Texas — It was over with the clinking of glass.

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Corps to test alternative COC power sources

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Apr 17, 2011 9:48:48 EDT

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — The Marine Corps will in May test systems that can power and cool a battalion command operations center, the next step of its Experimental Forward Operating Base program.

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April 16, 2011

New dive mask lets Marines talk underwater

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Apr 16, 2011 9:08:44 EDT

The Marine Corps has fielded a new full-face dive mask to its most elite troops that is safer, easier to maintain and allows Marines to talk underwater.

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Taste test: Panel tries 12 new items for MREs

By Lance M. Bacon - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Apr 16, 2011 8:28:32 EDT

Connoisseurs of combat cuisine, get ready for change. Meals, Ready-to-Eat will soon have 12 new items for you to taste, trade and mix together.

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April 15, 2011

EOD Marines earn recognition for valor

4/15/2011 By Lance Cpl. Mark W. Stroud , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan — An operations and training chief with 3rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force received an award April 7 at a ceremony here for conduct while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom.

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III MEF Band plays alongside President’s Own

4/15/2011 By Lance Cpl. Michael Iams , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa, Japan — The stage of the Camp Foster theater was awash in “Coats of Red and Blue” as the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band and The President’s Own United States Marine Band performed together April 8.

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Marines Battalion Mentally Upbeat, Despite Record Deaths

1 in 5 Combat Veterans Get Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, But Training, Unit Cohesion Can Foster Resilience

April 15, 2011

The 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment returned home from one of Afghanistan's deadliest war zones this week after a grueling eight-month deployment with record casualties. Remarkably, military psychiatrists say the men appear to be relatively unscathed mentally.

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Amos touts Reserve law enforcement unit

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

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

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DOD Launches Sexual Assault Response Helpline

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2011 – Defense Department officials today launched the Pentagon’s newest initiative to support victims of sexual assault.

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Florida Marine Makes History with Combat Promotion

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 04.15.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MARJAH, Helmand province, Afghanistan - "Marines to be promoted, Center! March!" commanded Sgt. Maj. Octaviano Gallegos with 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment.

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April 14, 2011

Nearly 300 Marines ship out to Afghanistan

Posted: Apr 14, 2011 4:08 AM CDT

KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow) - Nearly 300 bags lined the parking lot at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe on Wednesday. The 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment packed up for a seven month deployment in Afghanistan.

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Spring fighting season to test gains in Afghan war

Associated Press
Apr 14, 3:35 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's fighting season will begin in full force by the end of this month as the trees bud and the last of the snows melt off the mountain tops - and with it, a chance to measure the success of NATO efforts to turn back the Taliban.

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Finally, San Diego vets get full-service cemetery

By Jeanette Steele
Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 9:27 p.m.

A casket was lowered into the ground Thursday at Miramar National Cemetery, marking the first time since 1966 that San Diego County has offered veterans a resting spot with full burial options.

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No suits, just combat boots

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 04.14.2011

MARJAH, Afghanistan - They might not wear the fancy black suits and matching ties like the secret service, but their mission to protect and serve remains the same.

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MALS-12 receives new machines to arm station with greater capabilities

Story by Cpl. Claudio Martinez | Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni | Date: 04.14.2011

Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12 machinists received two pieces of machinery last month that have improved the squadron’s productivity and the station’s readiness to support regular operations here and throughout Japan.

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31st MEU back in Okinawa after Cobra Gold, MAREX, Operation Tomodachi

4/14/2011 By Cpl. Michael A. Bianco , 31st MEU

WHITE BEACH NAVAL FACILITY, OKINAWA, Japan — The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit returned to Okinawa after its nearly three-month deployment of the Asia-Pacific Region, April 12.

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April 13, 2011

Welcome home, 3/5 Marines and sailors

Story by Lance Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez | 1st Marine Division | Date: 04.11.2011
Date Posted:04.13.2011 09:41

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines and sailors with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, were welcomed home by their family and friends at the 62 Area parade deck, April 11.

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Marine foundation to dedicate park near Quantico

Associated Press
– Wed Apr 13, 11:35 am ET

TRIANGLE, Va. – The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation will be dedicating a 23-acre park overlooking the National Museum of the Marine Corps near Quantico.

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April 12, 2011

Marines to receive combat underwear

By Tony Lombardo - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Apr 12, 2011 16:22:01 EDT

New underwear designed to better protect Marines’ groins from improvised explosive device blasts will soon be shipped to the war zone.

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Camp Pendleton's 3/5 Finally Home

NBC San Diego
By Katia Lopez-Hodoyan

Any Marine or sailor who has seen combat has stories to tell but few have seen action in recent years like the troops from Camp Pendleton's 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment.

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FET works with Now Zad District governor to improve, rebuild area

Story by Lance Cpl. Katherine M. Solano | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 04.12.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – The female engagement team in Now Zad, Helmand province, Afghanistan, is pushing for the speedy development of a women’s center, new school and other community projects.

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Camp Pendleton Marine is named top Sgt. Major

By Jeanette Steele
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 8:01 a.m.

An Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran from Camp Pendleton has been named Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, the highest enlisted position in the Corps.

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Solar Power To Save Marine Lives In Afghanistan

By Padma Nagappan
April 12, 2011

One Marine was wounded for every 50 runs for fuel through enemy territory in Afghanistan, according to a Marine Corps study conducted during a three-month period last year.

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Marine Corps Plans To Expand Training Area At 29 Palms

By Alison St John
April 12, 2011

The Marine Corps wants to expand its base at 29 Palms. The base is already the largest Marine Corps training facility in the world.

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April 11, 2011

Marines from the Dark Horse battalion return home to Camp Pendleton

LA Times
April 11, 2011 | 10:40 pm

Exhausted yet exhilarated, Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment, returned Monday night to Camp Pendleton after seven months of combat, death and survival in Afghanistan.

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Marion Elementary Center students support Marine

Monday, April 11, 2011

Third-grade teacher Susan Neuman knew something was wrong when Anthony Tedeschi was sitting by himself at recess one day.

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Military: Two U.S. troops believed killed by drone in Afghanistan

From Barbara Starr, CNN
April 11, 2011 10:54 p.m. EDT

Washington (CNN) -- The deaths of two U.S. service members in southern Afghanistan last week is being investigated as a possible friendly-fire incident, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force told CNN.

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2/3 Police Advisory Team Hones AUP Skills

Story by Sgt. Earnest Barnes | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 04.11.2011

NAWA, Afghanistan -- Choosing a career path can be an agonizing process for some, with the most difficult questions being, “What do I want to do?” and “How do I get there?” Patrolmen with the Afghan Uniformed Police in Nawa know the answer to those questions: the AUP Academy here.

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Marine Corps makes aviation history with intercontinental Osprey flight

4/11/2011 By Cpl. Rashaun X. James , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan — The Marine Corps completed an aviation first, April 8, by flying MV-22B Ospreys on the aircraft’s longest movement to date

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Few politicians say it, but most think it: our Afghan war is a disaster

Julian Glover
The Guardian, Monday 11 April 2011

The army is on the Soviet occupiers' path, with less success. What follows may be worse. All we can do, perhaps, is go.

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April 10, 2011

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

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

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

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Special loan helps Marine turn entrepreneur

April 10th, 2011, 6:00 am

When Colin Burgos was in the Marines 1999 to 2005, U.S. active military were always always looking for a place to buy special or custom gear.

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McChrystal to Lead Program for Military Families

The New York Times
Published: April 10, 2011

WASHINGTON — Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who was relieved of command in Afghanistan after a magazine profile quoted his subordinates as disparaging senior civilian leaders, has been invited back to public service by the Obama administration to help oversee a high-profile initiative in support of military families, White House officials said Sunday.

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Marines teach more than combat to JSAS admin students

Story by Lance Cpl. Daniel Wulz | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 04.10.2011

CAMP LEATHERNCK, Afghanistan – A functioning police force and army require much more than troops trained to use weapons.

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April 9, 2011

Marines stick together, even after battle

By Gretel C. Kovach
Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 6 p.m.

With his family at his bedside, there was no reason for the phone in Cpl. Marcus Chischilly’s hospital room to ring. Then one day it did.

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Military families are thrust into caregiving roles for severely injured troops

Staff Writer
[email protected]
Published: 09 April 2011 10:21 PM

First of two parts

For nearly four days, the squad of Marines stood guard on Bridge 286, an overpass that crossed a highway thick with traffic between Baghdad and Fallujah. Just a few hours before the end of their shift, a dump truck approached the bridge and rolled to a stop under the overpass. It was loaded with 3,000 pounds of explosives.

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April 8, 2011

3/4 Marines deploy to Helmand, re-join fight

4/8/2011 By Lance Cpl. Sarah Anderson , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Family and friends gathered to bid farewell to the Marines and sailors of Company L, Headquarters and Services Company and attachments of 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, who left on their seventh consecutive combat deployment April 6, 2011.

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Navy Federal to advance servicemembers paychecks through April 15

By Erik Slavin
Stars and Stripes
Published: April 8, 2011

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – Navy Federal Credit Union will advance servicemembers a week’s pay if the government shuts down, according to a credit union news release.

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VA Officials Try To Ease Disability Exam Backlog

by Julie Rose
April 8, 2011 from WFAE

Hundreds of veterans are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with disabilities that make it hard or impossible for them to get a job. Many are eligible for disability benefits, but with a wait time that can last months or even years, the veterans are at risk of serious financial trouble.

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Military and civilian worlds meet at airport

By Moni Basu, CNN
April 8, 2011 8:58 a.m. EDT

Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) -- Sara Koniar puts down her lunch, jumps to her feet and joins her hands together in thundering applause as men and women in uniform file past her at the Atlanta airport.

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Passing on the NCO sword: MCB Hawaii Sgt. Maj. says goodbye after final tour, 30 years of service

Story by Cpl. Reece E. Lodder | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 04.08.2011

Marking the culmination of 30 years of service and the conclusion of his time at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Sgt. Maj. James W. Sutton, outgoing base sergeant major, passed this NCO sword to Sgt. Maj. Robert E. Eriksson in a post and relief and retirement ceremony at Dewey Square on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, April 8, 2011.

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Taking the Final Step

Story by Cpl. J Nava | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 04.08.2011

MCRD PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. -- The recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion are Marines today, but before they earned that title, they had to face and conquer several challenges put in their way — one of which was the nerve-racking Final Drill.

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Legislation would ensure GI Bill changes don't land vets in debt

By Leo Shane III
Stars and Stripes
Published: April 8, 2011

WASHINGTON — Legislation introduced in Congress this week would ensure that students attending college under the new post-9/11 GI Bill will have their full tuition covered, even if the cost exceeds the $17,500 cap put in place under recent changes to the program.

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

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

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

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Last U.S. ships leave coast of disaster area

By Erik Slavin
Stars and Stripes
Published: April 8, 2011

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – The last U.S. military ships aiding the tsunami-stricken area of Japan were preparing to leave the northern Honshu coast Friday, 7th Fleet officials said.

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Marines remain ready to respond

4/8/2011 By Lance Cpl. Heather N. Choate , Marine Corps Bases Japan

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, Okinawa, Japan — Marines with Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (Forward), III MEF, traveled from Sendai, Japan, to Okinawa April 5 after assisting in relief efforts for Operation Tomodachi.

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Marine ‘proud’ to help during Operation Tomodachi

4/8/2011 By Lance Cpl. Mark W. Stroud , Marine Corps Bases Japan

SENDAI, Miyagi, Japan — Cpl. Tori K. Tadehara was a passenger in the back of a 7-ton cargo truck headed back to temporary billeting where he would be able to catch a few hours of sleep before hitting the road again.

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April 7, 2011

Marines lend a hand in Japan

Camp Pendleton-based troops push through piles of rubble to retrieve disaster victims’ family heirlooms

By Jeanette Steele
Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 9:09 p.m.

The Marines taught Cpl. Adam Shatarsky to use his field shovel to dig fighting holes.

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A Father's Fight to Help His Wounded Warrior

Apr 7, 2011

McArthur's Bakery owner David McArthur on his son’s traumatic brain injury and attempts to get help from the Marine Corp.

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Initial Response Force demonstrate their capabilities for JGSDF

Posted 4/7/2011

4/7/2011 - Marines from Naval Support Facility, Indian Head, Md., demonstrate their capabilities to Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members at Yokota Air Base, Japan, April 6, 2011.

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Sky no limit for 2nd MAW (Fwd) crew chief

Story by Cpl. Rashaun X. James | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Public Affairs | Date: 04.07.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Cpl. Erin C. Pesti is afraid of heights, but she said that doesn’t keep her down.

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Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn III Message to DOD Workforce on Potential Government Shutdown

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release
April 07, 2011

“The department remains hopeful that a government shutdown will be averted. The President has made it clear that he does not want a government shutdown, and the administration is working to find a solution with which all sides can agree. However, prudent management requires that we plan for an orderly shutdown should Congress be unable to pass a funding bill before our current funding expires on April 8.

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Congresswoman Hartzler criticizes congressional liberals for putting politics ahead of America’s troops

Apr 7, 2011 Issues: Congressional Issues, Defense and National Security, Economy and Jobs, Spending Cuts and Debt

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) is expressing disappointment and dismay with congressional liberals who have refused to support legislation to fully fund America’s men and women in uniform through the end of the current fiscal year. Legislation to fund our troops while cutting $12 billion in wasteful government spending over the next week was approved by House Republicans without much help from Democrats. The bill now goes to the Democrat-controlled Senate which has already made clear it will not pass the bill.

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Taliban alters its deadly IED tactics

By Rowan Scarborough
The Washington Times
Updated: 10:17 a.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2011

Insurgents in Afghanistan have changed tactics in how they place deadly improvised explosive devices (IEDs), prompting a war-veteran congressman to propose a relatively simple technique to find and detonate them.

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31st MEU conducts Operation “Field Day”

4/7/2011 By Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch , 31st MEU

URANOHAMA PORT, OSHIMA ISLAND, Japan — More than 300 Marines and sailors with 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, worked through rain, snow, and freezing temperatures cleaning Oshima Island during Operation “Field Day”, April 1-6.

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Bowling offers inexpensive, entertaining pastime

Story by Cpl. Aaron Hostutler | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 04.07.2011

OKINAWA, Japan - Whether pro-leaguers nearing a perfect 300 score or beginners with a 75-point average, bowling is a sport with benefits for all.

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Shutdown Could Affect Young Troops Most, Gates Says

By John D. Banusiewicz
American Forces Press Service

BAGHDAD, April 7, 2011 – While emphasizing that service members eventually will receive the pay they would earn during a government shutdown, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates acknowledged here today that if the government shuts down for a week starting tomorrow, their mid-month paychecks would include only the pay they earned for the first week of the month.

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Camp Foster Mess Hall celebrates grand reopening

4/8/2011 By Lance Cpl. Jovane M. Holland , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP FOSTER, OKinawa, Japan — After almost two years of renovations, the Camp Foster Mess Hall officially reopened its doors March 29.

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April 6, 2011

7th ESB Marines, sailors deploy with CLB-7

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Published: April 6, 2011

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marines and sailors with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group said their extended goodbyes to friends and family members as they boarded the bus here to begin their journey to Afghanistan, March 30.

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Pendleton Marines wield explosive new weapon system

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Published: April 6, 2011
Updated: April 7, 2011 3:08 p.m

Marines of Battery K, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, attached to 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, perform a fire mission with the M327 120mm Expeditionary Fire Support System during a live-fire exercise, March 28.

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U.S. troops in Afghanistan suffer more catastrophic injuries

Study shows 2010 saw at least 171 troops suffer battlefield injuries resulting in amputations; 65 of them lost two limbs or more.

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
April 6, 2011

Reporting from Landstuhl, Germany, and Helmand— Grim combat statistics that one military doctor called "unbelievable" show U.S. troops in Afghanistan suffered an unprecedented number of catastrophic injuries last year, including a tripling of amputations of more than one limb.

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If the government shuts down, here's how it would work

By Steven Thomma
McClatchy Newspapers
Posted on Wednesday, 04.06.11

WASHINGTON — Social Security checks would still go out. So would tax payments and refunds for e-filed returns. Soldiers would remain on duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, and sailors off the coast of Libya. FBI agents would still work. Mail would be delivered.

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Female US marines play role in Afghanistan

By afpenglish
April 6, 2011

They may be banned from fighting on the front line in Afghanistan, but teams of female troops are battling for the hearts and minds of Afghans.

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More isle troops headed overseas

29th Infantry soliders might be sent back to Afghanistan in 2013

By William Cole
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 06, 2011

As the nation’s military and civilian leaders debate the size of a drawdown expected to start in Afghanistan in July, record numbers of Hawaii-based troops are projected to serve in the country for years to come.

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Report: Shutdown would hurt military families

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Apr 6, 2011 15:58:44 EDT

The pay freeze that would come with an extended government shutdown would severely hurt military families and require the military to organize financial help for those who don’t have savings to cover bills, a nonpartisan arm of Congress is warning lawmakers.

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The Initial Response Force lands at Yokota Air Base

Posted 4/6/2011
(U.S. Air Force photo by/Master Sgt. Jeromy K. Cross)

4/6/2011 - A U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy carrying Marines and their equipment from the Initial Response Force lands at Yokota Air Base, April 3.

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Grammy-winning band Train launches 'Marry Me' contest for military couples

Apr 06, 2011

When it comes to knowing when a band's song has "made it", the Billboard Hot 100 has long been the gold standard.

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April 5, 2011

Drew Carey will run the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon

Erin Sanders
* Baltimore Running Examiner
* April 5th, 2011 7:46 am ET

On May 15 the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon will have first-time half-marathoner Drew Carey running amongst the 8,000 participants. Carey is celebrating his recent weight loss by making his race debut.

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Federal shutdown would have some troops' paychecks

Posted Tuesday, Apr. 05, 2011

WASHINGTON -- U.S. military troops at war in Iraq and Afghanistan would receive one week's pay instead of two in their next paycheck if the government shuts down this weekend because of the federal budget impasse, a senior defense official said Tuesday.

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U.S. friends dig deep for isolated island / Cut off after the tsunami tore up its port, Oshima gets lifeline from Operation Tomodachi

Apr. 5, 2011
Kentaro Nakajima and Koichi Nakamura / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer and Photographer

KESENNUMA, Miyagi--Restoration work on Oshima island, located off Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, has suffered significant setbacks because ships have struggled to dock at the island's completely devastated port.

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Marines partner with youth football camp

Story by Lance Cpl. David Flynn | Marine Corps Recruiting Command | Date: 04.05.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va.- Some of the finest young football players in the Jacksonville, Fla., area teamed up with a few of America’s finest warriors as the Marines took over the Junior Rank Diamond Flight football camp, March 25-27.

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Marine comes home from Afghanistan, meets son for first time

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

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

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Sgt. survives sniper round to the head

By Brian Shane - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Apr 5, 2011 5:08:53 EDT

Manning the top of a compound south of Sangin, Afghanistan, Sgt. Paul Boothroyd III took a sniper round to the head. He landed face down onto the muddy roof with a thud.

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April 4, 2011

MCRD promotes healthy lifestyle

Story by Lance Cpl. Eric Quintanilla | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego | Date: 04.04.2011

SAN DIEGO - Marine Corps Community Services is slated to kick off its second annual 101 Days of Summer Campaign at the Wellness Expo aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 11.

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Marine bases burst with bottled water

Story by Sgt. Jesse Stence | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 04.04.2011

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan - In the open desert outside the villages, Helmand province can be as dry as the desert Charlton Heston crawled through in "The Ten Commandments."

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Marjah district governor meets with female elected officials, Marines

Story by Cpl. Katherine Keleher | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 04.03.2011
Date Posted:04.04.2011 00:55

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – The district governor of Marjah, Abdul Mutalib, met with three female members of Helmand’s Provincial Council and a member of the Department of Women’s Affairs, April 2, to discuss ways local government can help the women of Marjah.

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April 3, 2011

Pay, recognition up combat instructor appeal

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Apr 3, 2011 9:34:36 EDT

Camp Lejeune, N.C. — Training newly minted Marines in common combat skills wasn’t always a coveted job; some even saw it as baby-sitting and few volunteered.

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Japan's Road to Recovery: III MEF CG visits island of Oshima

4/3/2011 By Cpl. Megan Angel , III MEF

OSHIMA ISLAND, Japan — OSHIMA ISLAND, Japan – Three weeks after a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Tokyo and set off a devastating tsunami March 11, affected Japanese citizens are still rummaging through the remains of their homes, neighborhoods and towns.

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31st MEU helps aid isolated island of Oshima

4/3/2011 By Capt. Caleb Eames , 31st MEU

OSHIMA, Japan — Approximately 170 Marines and Sailors from Company G, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit left the USS Essex (LHD 2) beginning Operation Field Day in support of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force, April 1.

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April 2, 2011

PMO: keeping the ‘mean streets’ of Camp Leatherneck safe

Story by Lance Cpl. Katherine M. Solano | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 04.02.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – “Someone’s got to protect the mean streets of Leatherneck.”

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Medal of Honor sought for Chosin veteran

By Brian Shane - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Apr 2, 2011 9:03:01 EDT

More than 200 members of Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, were surrounded by Chinese forces defending the Toktong Pass during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.

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April 1, 2011

Off the coast of Libya, on board America's floating fortress

The USS Kearsarge carries 1,000 marines and boasts enough military hardware to invade a small country. Its aircraft are already in action over Libya, but aboard the giant assault ship, the biggest concern is spending enough time in the gym

Tom Kington
The Guardian
Friday 1 April 2011

At dawn, the PA crackles into life and a country and western tune is broadcast to all decks, followed by an announcement urging marines on board to "get their game on" and sign up for the basketball tournament being held in the cavernous hangar where mechanics are toiling over a half-aircraft, half-helicopter that has flown straight out of a science-fiction film.

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22nd MEU Air Combat Element Lands Aboard Bataan

Release Date: 4/1/2011 3:58:00 PM
From USS Bataan Public Affairs

USS BATAAN, At Sea (NNS) -- The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit's (MEU) Air Combat Element (ACE) completed a successful embark of aircraft and aircrews aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5), April 1.

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Camp Pendleton gate incident prompted alarm

Base officials say weekend scare was investigated; they concluded no threat exists

By MARK WALKER - [email protected] North County Times - The Californian | Posted: Friday, April 1, 2011 8:45 pm

Camp Pendleton and national security authorities scrambled last weekend after two vehicles with Middle Eastern occupants drove onto the base shortly after a Marine reported overhearing terrorist threats from a group of men at a nearby gas station.

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Families pull through deployment with help from support programs

Story by Sgt. Marcy Sanchez | I Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 04.01.2011

Many families who have coped with deployments can vouch for the fact that kids sometimes struggle to deal with the absence of their father or mother.

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Motivator leads by example

Story by Lance Cpl. Courtney White | Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort | Date: 04.01.2011

A Marine shows up to work early, stays several hours late, takes time to help any Marine who needs help, makes time for the gym and takes pride in serving the Marine Corps.

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1st ANGLICO Marines prepare to converse with ANA

Story by Sgt. Marcy Sanchez | I Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 04.01.2011

Marines with Assault Charlie, 2nd Brigade Platoon, 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, are learning Dari as part of a six-week long pre-deployment training evolution that concludes April 14.

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Students send cards of encouragement

4/1/2011 By Cpl. Aaron Hostutler , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa, Japan — “Dear Marine, thank you for helping in Sendai and for helping the Japanese people with rebuilding, giving supplies, first aid, food and water and clothes. I hope you guys help out a lot. I’m glad you left your own home to help out the Japanese.”

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KC-130J Harvest Hawk: Marine Corps teaches old plane new tricks in Afghanistan

Story by Staff Sgt. Christopher Flurry | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Public Affairs | Date: 04.01.2011

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan - One of the U.S. military’s most seasoned aircraft has found a new purpose as a one-of- a- kind weapon for the Marine Corps in support of troops on the ground in Afghanistan.

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U.S. to scale back participation in annual exercise in Philippines

By Travis J. Tritten
Stars and Stripes
Published: April 1, 2011

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The U.S. military will scale back participation in its annual joint exercise with the Philippines due to ongoing relief efforts in Japan, Marine Corps and Navy officials said Friday.

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