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May 31, 2011

Re-enlistment changes coming this summer

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday May 31, 2011 7:56:00 EDT

TAMPA, Fla. — The Marine Corps will overhaul its re-enlistment process this summer, introducing a new system that will give Marines more time to decide their future and allow the service to be more selective about who it keeps.

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Marine Corps Hornets, Harriers team up for tandem operations in Afghanistan

5/31/2011 By Pfc. Sean Dennison , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — There was a different sort of roar across the southwestern Afghan skies, May 21. For the past year, Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornets reigned over the airspace, providing much needed close-air support to coalition forces below.

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May 30, 2011

A Modern Memorial Day

By Chris Stirewalt
Published May 30, 2011| FoxNews.com

For the Americans who do take time away from their Memorial Day barbecues and road trips to consider the purpose of Monday's holiday -- honoring our nation's war dead -- the first thoughts will likely be of misty-eyed, gray-haired men standing at attention for fallen comrades from wars long ago.

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Navy chaplain spreads good word, good will to deployed troops

Story by Cpl. Rashaun X. James | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 05.30.2011

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan - A young James C. Ragain found himself face to face with tragedy in his seventh-grade year. His father, a Navy dentist, had moved his family to Parris Island, S.C. where Ragain recalled his first contact with military chaplains that would forever change his life.

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May 29, 2011

Let's Not Overlook the Real Reason for the Holiday Weekend

Once called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a time to pause and show our respect to those who have fought for our freedoms.

By Peggy Heminitz
May 29, 2011

It’s Memorial Day weekend – the unofficial start to summer.

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Memorial Day: Chasing down fragile, elusive memories

Vietnam veteran Jim Zwit has made it his life's mission to find the families of the eight friends he lost 40 years ago

Mary Schmich
May 29, 2011

The woman walks toward the wall.

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May 28, 2011

‘The words they leave to us’

Posted : Saturday May 28, 2011 12:34:34 EDT

(The following is a speech given Thursday by Adm. James Stavridis, commander of U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City where, as Stavridis said, “I humbly accepted this year’s Intrepid Freedom Award. The speech gives some of my thoughts on Memorial Day through letters written by some of the fallen and their families. Please share with me your reflections on this Memorial Day weekend.”)

I want to spend my few minutes tonight with you giving voice to those who cannot be with us. I want to share with you the voices of the fallen and their families.

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Gossip shuts down Bataan’s Facebook page

By Joshua Stewart - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday May 28, 2011 10:13:36 EDT

Loose tweets sink fleets, and as sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship Bataan learned, unchecked gossip can bring down a command’s Facebook page.

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Missoula-born Marine killed in NYC crash

By VINCE DEVLIN of the Missoulian missoulian.com | Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2011 7:33 am

Like every parent of a military member sent into harm's way, Chuck Jorgenson of Missoula lived with the worry that the Marines might come knocking on his door with the worst of news.

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Wisconsin high school honors Marines at home, abroad through Empty Parking Lot Project

5/28/2011 By Staff Sgt. Clinton Firstbrook , Recruiting Station Twin Cities

HUDSON, Wis. — Marines with Recruiting Substation Woodbury attended Hudson High School's Empty Parking Lot Project ceremony May 27, an event dedicated to honoring all service members, past and present.

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May 27, 2011

Why We Fight

Courtesy Story | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 05.27.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - As families across our great country gather this Memorial Day weekend, the men and women serving in Afghanistan will also pause to reflect on those who have gone before them. They will celebrate our heroes, past and present. These men and women serving in southwest Afghanistan are reminded daily that freedom and “justice for all” doesn’t exist everywhere, and that it comes at a cost.

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Behind the hat: A look at how Support Battalion trains recruits and sharpens Marines

Story by Cpl. J Nava | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 05.27.2011

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. - Although recruits may mostly remember the drill instructors of their respective platoons, Marines from another unit on Parris Island also play an integral role in training.

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Marines celebrate centennial of aviation

100 years of MAGTF history began in 1912

By Gretel C. Kovach
Originally published 2:50 p.m., May 27, 2011, updated 4:14 p.m., May 27, 2011

The theme for this year’s air show at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station salutes the 100 year-history of Naval aviation. Marine aviators may belong to the Navy Department, but they have their own heritage to celebrate, beginning with Alfred A. Cunningham’s first flight in 1912.

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Americans Don’t Wait for Memorial Day to Unite in Helmand

Story by Gunnery Sgt. Pauline Franklin | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 05.27.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – At 6:50 p.m., May 25, a Marion, Iowa, Marine struck an improvised explosive device while patrolling in southern Garmser district. The infantry point man with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, was wounded and needed care, but just as the communication lines began to light up to coordinate transportation for him, a sandstorm brought it all to a halt, putting the Marine in grave danger of bleeding to death before he reached medical assistance.

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War 101: Don't bring a motorbike to a tank fight

By Matt Millham
Stars and Stripes
Published: May 27, 2011

MUSA QALA, Afghanistan — For the first five months of the deployment, insurgents were smart enough to stay out of Freak Show’s way.

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Marines move into tough neighborhood in Helmand

By Matt Millham
Stars and Stripes
Published: May 27, 2011

PATROL BASE SALAAM BAZAAR, Afghanistan — Company L Marines weren’t on the ground six hours when the welcome they’d expected came screaming in. A barrage of heavy rounds, possibly from a recoilless rifle or mortar, slammed into the ring of not-yet-filled Hesco barriers that made up their new desert base.

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Combat veterans show their support for future service members

Story by Lance Cpl. Mark Garcia | I Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 05.27.2011

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - When you join the Marine Corps you’re not only joining for a four-year enlistment—you’re joining for a lifetime.

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Company C, 1/5 Gets to Know Citizens of Sangin

Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division
Story by 1st Lt. Timothy Irish
Date: 05.22.2011
Date Posted: 05.27.2011 07:00

PATROL BASE BARIOLAI, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Counterinsurgency at the squad level is an exhausting task.

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May 26, 2011

Yuma Harrier squadron starts Afghanistan combat operations

Story by Pfc. Sean Dennison | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 05.26.2011

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- If the heat was the only indication for 100 Marines crammed into a squad bay, May 16, they may have thought they were back home at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.

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Spring to test U.S. strategy in Afghanistan

By Jim Michaels, USA TODAY
May 26, 2011

KAJAKI, Afghanistan — Marine Col. Eric Smith stood on the banks of the Helmand River and pointed across the swift-moving water to an abandoned market, its shop owners and customers scared off by the Taliban.

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Memorial Day; A Tribute to Peralta and the 31st MEU

5/26/2011 By Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch , 31st MEU

CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan — As Memorial Day nears, it is important to look back, and think about why Memorial Day is celebrated, and who it is celebrated for.

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May 25, 2011

Time working against Taliban

By Jim Michaels, USA TODAY
May 25, 2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — U.S. Marines have devastated the Taliban leadership, disrupted poppy production and driven militants out of most major towns in the south, making it hard for militants to launch a spring offensive, according to commanders.

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Study: Mail From Home Lessens PTSD Symptoms

May 25, 2011
Military.com|by Amy Bushatz

The more mail a happily married Soldier receives downrange, the less likely he is to have PTSD issues when he comes home -- but frequent mail for unhappily married Soldiers can result in stronger symptoms, a new study says.

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Fleet Week kicks off in New York

By Verena Dobnik - The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday May 25, 2011 14:18:36 EDT

NEW YORK — As the 24th annual Fleet Week festivities got under way Wednesday with a parade of military vessels sailing up the Hudson River, the Navy secretary said the small number of participating boats this year was a reflection of the Navy’s work around the world responding to disasters and conflicts.

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2nd Recon Second to None in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 05.25.2011

PATROL BASE ALCATRAZ, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Swift, silent, deadly -- those three words rest on the spear of 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion’s insignia.

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A Pledge to Remember

By Deborah Mullen
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2011 – Deborah Mullen, a Navy wife and mom and a military family advocate, has been married to Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for 40 years.

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Marines, JASDF implement enhanced simulated air-to-air combat training

Story by Lance Cpl. Jennifer Pirante | Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni | Date: 05.25.2011

WAKUNI, Japan - Marine Aircraft Group 12’s Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 pilots launched four F/A-18D Hornet jets from the runway here May 19 to conduct ongoing simulated air-to-air combat training with elements of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. VMFA(AW)-242 wrapped up its third week of the newly implemented air to-air training with the Western Air Defense Force 8th Air Wing’s F-15J 304th and F-2A 6th JASDF Tactical Fighter Squadrons from Tsuiki Air Base.

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May 24, 2011

Marine who lost limbs to war looks ahead to concert, new home

BY BILL LAMBRECHT • [email protected] and MARLON A. WALKER • [email protected]
STLtoday.com | Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 7:00 am |

At a benefit concert Friday on his behalf, Marine Cpl. Todd Nicely's thoughts may travel from the explosion in Afghanistan that nearly killed him to the peaceful environs of Lake of the Ozarks.

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Ferocity in the face of the enemy: 1st Sgt. Rice

Story by Lance Cpl. Kenneth Jasik | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 05.24.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - A Marine with Food Service Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device here, May 24, for his heroic actions in Afghanistan nearly two years ago.

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Stories of our brave Marines teach us what it means to be truly selfless

By Gen. James F. Amos - 05/24/11 06:45 PM ET

On a typically beautiful Southern California day in March of this year, First Lieutenant Cameron West of 3rd Platoon, Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment rolled his wheelchair up to the podium in front of a crowd gathered for his battalion’s family readiness meeting. With a determined look, he deliberately halted the wheelchair several feet from the podium, stood on his one leg and hopped confidently to the microphone. West gave the crowd a wry grin and, in his characteristic good humor, introduced himself, “You Marines on the left side of the room can call me Lieutenant West and all you beautiful ladies and people on the right can call me Cam. I live in Oceanside and I’m open for visits,” he said.

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MCCS Marines inaugurate new MCX at FOB Edinburgh

Story by Lance Cpl. Bruno J. Bego | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 05.24.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE EDINBURGH, Afghanistan – A small base home to many Marines and sailors of 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) recently received an upgrade to better serve those on the outer rim of Regional Command Southwest in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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Marines locked and loaded for Fleet Week New York City

Story by Sgt. Richard Blumenstein | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 05.24.2011

USS IWO JIMA, At Sea – More than 900 Marines will soon descend upon the streets of New York City to participate in the city’s annual Fleet Week event, scheduled to run May 25 to June 1.

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Angels honor local Marine's sacrifice in Afghanistan

11:00 PM, May. 24, 2011

As Marine sergeant Micah Crooks walked with a slight limp to to the pitcher's mound at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, the Alexandria native was introduced to some 43,000 fans settling in to watch the Los Angeles Angels host the Atlanta Braves Saturday night.

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New training puts distance between HQ and units

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday May 24, 2011 6:53:41 EDT

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — Ten weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, six CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters were launched from the amphibious assault ship Peleliu and traveled nearly 400 miles from the North Arabian Sea before touching down in Afghanistan.

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Program Offers Free Museum Visits

By Terri Moon Cronk
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2011 – Service members and their families can visit a wide array of museums free of charge from Memorial Day through Labor Day, courtesy of the second-annual Blue Star Museums program.

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Marine Corps Harriers return to Afghanistan

5/24/2011 By Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)


One of the first Marine Corps Harrier squadrons to see action in Afghanistan has returned after nearly a decade.

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May 23, 2011

Back in Afghanistan

North soldier takes latest deployment in stride

Monday, May 23, 2011 2:12 AM EDT

Osama bin Laden may be history, but keeping the pressure on the Taliban is an ongoing job for 1st Sgt. Marc R. Chabot and his fellow Marines serving with U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

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Back in Afghanistan

North soldier takes latest deployment in stride

Monday, May 23, 2011 2:12 AM EDT

Osama bin Laden may be history, but keeping the pressure on the Taliban is an ongoing job for 1st Sgt. Marc R. Chabot and his fellow Marines serving with U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

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Buffalo Marine Leads Recon Through Danger Zone

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 05.23.2011

PATROL BASE ALCATRAZ, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Down by the “Mini Helmand River,” as local residents call it, Marines maneuver through the night to conduct surveillance. They are led by a Reconnaissance Marine who fearlessly clears a path for his fellow brothers in arms.

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Reserve leads growing Black Sea mission

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Monday May 23, 2011 8:30:23 EDT

Marine reservists are at the helm of what is the largest multinational training exercise in Europe — and it’s still growing, with future opportunities for half-year stints overseas.

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May 22, 2011

Church to hold service to remember veterans

PRINCE OF PEACE: Navy chaplain to deliver message after deployment to Afghanistan.

By KARI HELTON/The Valley Chronicle
Published: Sunday, May 22, 2011 7:07 AM PDT

In the midst of the carnage of war, Chaplain Robert Crossan II and the Marines he serves with find evidence of God’s presence.

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Arizona’s Own Joins Corps’ Tradition

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 05.22.2011

PATROL BASE ALCATRAZ, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Families all over America have certain traditions they honor. Some go on annual camping trips, and others have special items they’ve passed down from generation to generation. One Mesa, Ariz., native made joining the Marine Corps a family tradition.

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Still in the fight: All-Marine team closing in on Warrior Games success

5/22/2011 By By Sgt. Michael S. Cifuentes , Headquarters Marine Corps

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Marines continue to dominate the competition at the 2011 Warrior Games, and the gold medals continue stacking.

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May 21, 2011

Marines dedicate Afghanistan compound to fallen lieutenant colonel

Story by Cpl. Rashaun X. James | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 05.21.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Deployed Marines and sailors honored the life and service of former 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion commanding officer, Lt. Col. Benjamin J. Palmer, by dedicating to him the Marine Air Control Group 28 compound on Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, May 21.

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Aviation elements return to Cherry Point from 26th MEU

5/21/2011 By Lance Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki , Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (May 21) — The Marine Corps prides itself on being a force in readiness, able to be wherever needed at a moment’s notice. Epitomizing the mission is the Marine expeditionary unit, a force of approximately 2,200 Marines and Sailors that operate from amphibious platforms at sea.

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May 20, 2011

Marines offered nonstop entry to higher education

Story by Sgt. Marcy Sanchez | I Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 05.20.2011

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.- Marines exiting the Marine Corps can have an advantage to being admitted to colleges and universities nationwide over other applicants.

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General explains vision, intent

5/20/2011 By Lance Cpl. Tyler C. Vernaza , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan — Lt. Gen. Kenneth J. Glueck Jr., commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force and commander of Marine Corps Bases Japan, visited Camp Hansen May 13 to praise III MEF and MCBJ Marines and sailors for their efforts during the recent Operation Tomodachi and to discuss the way ahead for III MEF.

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Sleep loss a chronic problem for Afghanistan troops, Army says

By Chris Carroll
Stars and Stripes
Published: May 20, 2011

WASHINGTON – Combat troops in Afghanistan suffer from high rates of sleep deprivation, a recent Army mental health report indicates, but not from factors that might be suspected.

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May 19, 2011

Fallen 8th Comm. Marine Honored at Leatherneck

Story by Lance Cpl. Bryan Nygaard | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 05.19.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Marines and sailors with 8th Communication Battalion, Task Force Belleau Wood, gathered together to honor Sgt. Kevin B. Balduf aboard Camp Leatherneck, May 19. Balduf, a native of Nashville, Tenn., was killed while working with a mentoring team that provides support to the Afghan National Civil Order Police, May 12. He was 27-years-old.

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Afghans trust ISAF with their children

Story by 1st Lt. Timothy Irish | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 05.19.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II, Nimroz province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - A 3-year-old Afghan boy and a 14-year-old girl were treated and medically evacuated from the district of Sangin by coalition forces Tuesday.

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Bravo Company shoots down Khe Sanh event

Story by Cpl. J Nava | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 05.19.2011

MCRD PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. -- The men of Bravo Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, completed the Battle of Khe Sanh, also known as Event 6, as part of the 54-hour trial known as the Crucible.

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3/3 Marines bring different experience to AASAM

5/19/2011 By Lance Cpl. Mark Stroud , Marine Forces Pacific

PUCKAPUNYAL, Australia — Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, travelled here to participate in the 2011 Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting May 9 to 19.

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Santa Barbara Marine Returns Home to Open Arms After Tour in Afghanistan

LCpl. Eddie Mesa enjoys a laid-back round of golf and a party with friends and family after seven months of duty overseas

By Lara Cooper, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @laraanncooper | Published on 05.19.2011

The first thing Eddie Mesa wanted to do was play a round of golf.

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Donkey That Was Marine Mascot In Iraq Has New Home In U.S.

A donkey that served as a mascot to a group of Marines in Iraq has a new home in a pasture in Nebraska.

KWTX .com

FORT CALHOUN, Neb. (May 19, 2011)—A donkey named Smoke calls a pasture eastern Nebraska pasture home these days after a more than 6,000-mile journey.

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Entire Marine shooting team advances to Warrior Games final round

Story by Aquita Brown | Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment | Date: 05.19.2011

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The All-Marine shooting team consists of 18 athletes who competed in the 2011 Warrior Games preliminary rounds. The Marines went head to head with athletes from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Special Operations Command. Victorious in their pursuit, the Marines advanced all 18 of their athletes to the final round that will be held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 19.

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2nd ANGLICO Watches Over Georgian Forces

Story by Lance Cpl. Bryan Nygaard | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 05.19.2011

COMBAT OUTPOST SHUKVANI, Afghanistan -- In a combat environment, the word liaison represents a means of communication for ensuring mission accomplishment, which is exactly the mission of 2nd Air-Naval Gunfire Liaison Company does.

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From Hueys to Harvest Hawk: Ordnance Marine arms aircraft in Afghanistan

5/19/2011 By Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan — “I remember him starting to tear up and saying that when the aircraft were flying over head, the insurgents seemed to disappear,” said Gunnery Sgt. Brian D. Cook. “That moment made me realize how much my job means.”

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May 18, 2011

Marine reflects on the sacrifices that brought down bin Laden

By Col. Brian Salas
Posted: 05/18/2011 12:05:27 PM PDT
Updated: 05/18/2011 06:24:35 PM PDT

On the day Osama bin Laden was dispatched, my Marine colleagues and I took a moment to walk down from our offices in the Pentagon to visit the 9/11 memorial outside.

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Amos, Kent surprise Wounded Warrior Regiment at Warrior Games

Story by Lance Cpl. Kayla Hermann | Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment | Date: 05.18.2011

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, his wife Bonnie, and Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Carlton W. Kent, surprised Marines during an intense sitting volleyball match between the Marines and Air Force, at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 18.

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Marine air crews battled insurgents, terrain in Afghanistan

By Gretel C. Kovach
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 5:37 p.m.

Massive dust storms rolled in from the desert, swallowing the entire province and grounding flights. Gummed-up engines had to be washed after each sortie, and replaced often. Pilots and crew broiled in triple-digit summer heat and froze during winter snows.

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Family mourns Marine killed in action

By Keith Edwards [email protected]
Staff Writer
Posted: May 18, 2011

RICHMOND — A Marine sergeant whose wife and in-laws live in Richmond was killed during combat operations in Afghanistan last week.

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Sgt. Kevin Balduf remembered as 'a Marine's Marine, gung ho'

The Nashville, Tenn. native, married to Amy Balduf of Richmond, was killed in Afghanistan last week.

By KEITH EDWARDS Kennebec Journal
May 18 , 2011

RICHMOND — The father-in-law of a Marine sergeant killed in combat last week in Afghanistan said his son-in-law was "a nice guy who tended to put other people before himself."

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Marine team dominates track and field competition at 2011 Warrior Games

Story by Sgt. Heidi Agostini | Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment | Date: 05.18.2011

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - By the end of the track and field meet, fans were not surprised to hear the Marines’ Hymn play during medal presentations at the 2011 Warrior Games, May 17, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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New details in Afghan police center killings

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday May 18, 2011 16:59:46 EDT

It was chow time May 12 when the Marine advisory team sat down to dinner. Its members didn’t know a gun-wielding Afghan policeman was around the corner and about to open fire.

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Military Dating Scammers Wising Up

May 18 2011
— By CJ

The Nigerians and other scammers using images of troops to dupe women around the world out of their hard-earned money has gotten a bit more sophisticated. But, it’s still not difficult to out them.

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Smoke The Donkey travels more than 6,000 miles from Iraq to new home in eastern Nebraska

MARGERY A. BECK Associated Press

May 18, 2011, 3:56 p.m.
FORT CALHOUN, Neb. (AP) — Smoke The Donkey brayed loudly and pawed at the door of his trailer as it slowed to a stop in the gravel lot of a Nebraska horse ranch Wednesday. He spent a couple of seconds sniffing the strange ground before ambling toward the edge of the drive to dine on his first Nebraska delicacy: dandelions.

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Sgt. Maj. Kent spends final days of farewell tour with Marines in Afghanistan

Story by Lance Cpl. Katherine M. Solano | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 05.18.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - There is a certain presence around the Marine who has led hundreds of thousands of men and women throughout the past 35 years. His voice commands attention, his demeanor demands respect and his words instill unconditional pride. His smile, though fleeting, bolsters confidence, while his devil dog glare can freeze hell.

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The costs of war

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 2:57 AM EDT

FOXBORO - A young Marine from Foxboro was seriously wounded this week in an attack by insurgents in a rugged desert region in southwestern Afghanistan.

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May 17, 2011

New Details: Families Grieve As 2 Marines From The East Killed By Afghan Police Officer

By Chris Brown , Smitha Rao
Published: May 16, 2011
Updated: May 17, 2011 - 5:53 PM

HELMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN - An Afghan police officer opened fire on a training base in Helmand Province and killed two Marines from the east.

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2011 Warrior Games commence with opening ceremony

Story by Sgt. Heidi Agostini | Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment | Date: 05.17.2011

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. Paralympics and Department of Defense held its opening ceremony today for the 2011 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Thousands of runners pass through historic city for Marine Corps Half Marathon

5/17/2011 By Lance Cpl. Jacob D. Osborne , Headquarters Marine Corps

Under an overcast sky, 5679 runners from all 50 states hit the pavement for the fourth annual Marine Corps Marathon Historic Half, May 15. FREDERICKSBURGH, Va. — Among them was actor, comedian and Marine Drew Carey, who served in the Marie Corps Reserve from 1981-1987 and also acted as the race’s official starter.

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Allen prepares to be next Afghan war commander

By Gina Cavallaro and Dan Lamothe - Staff writers
Posted : Tuesday May 17, 2011 7:43:48 EDT

When Marine Lt. Gen. John Allen replaces Army Gen. David Petraeus later this year as commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, he’ll take over a complex mission that is expected to grow only more challenging in the months and years ahead.

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Joint engineering effort builds bridges between US Army, Marines

5/17/2011 By Cpl. Rashaun X. James , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

COMBAT OUTPOST PAYNE, Afghanistan — In early February, Marines from the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion found themselves in a difficult predicament with a vehicle stuck in the rising waters of Afghanistan’s Helmand River.

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May 16, 2011

War zone puppy reunited with Marine

Updated: Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 12:40 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 16 May 2011, 11:57 PM EDT
* By: Karen Hensel

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A dog that survived the war zone in Afghanistan is safe in Indiana thanks to the U.S. Marines and the love of hundreds of local school children.

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Former POW to depart Afghanistan for senior post in US European command

5/16/2011 By Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)


A senior leader of Marines in southwestern Afghanistan has been selected for promotion to brigadier general, and will soon depart Camp Leatherneck for duties at the U.S. European Command.

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Force Recon rededicates monument

5/16/2011 By Cpl. Ed Galo , 2nd Marine Division

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Marines and prior-service Marines with Force Reconnaissance Company, II Marine Expeditionary Force, gathered outside the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion office for a ceremony for a monument.

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From Marblehead to Afghanistan - And Back

Marblehead resident Anthony DiGiammarino sits down for a conversation about life as a marine in Afghanistan, and what it means to him to come home.

By Michelle Phillips | 5:46am
May 16, 2011

Last weekend, I had the privileged opportunity to sit down with Lance Corporal Anthony DiGiammarino of the 3rd Battalion 5th Regiment of the United States Marine Corps for a conversation about his time in Afghanistan.

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Richmond, Spring Grove come out to welcome home three Marines

By BRETT ROWLAND - [email protected]
Created: Monday, May 16, 2011 5:30 a.m. CDT

SPRING GROVE – Three Marines returning from Afghanistan received a hero’s welcome Sunday.

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USMC Pack could debut downrange by October

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Monday May 16, 2011 8:37:09 EDT

The Marine Corps’ search for a new standard-issue pack is complete. Officials have settled on a final design for the USMC Pack, which Marines will begin wearing downrange as early as October, according to Lt. Col. Kevin Reilly, the pack’s program manager at Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Va.

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14th Marines arrive in Morocco, take lead of U.S. participation in Exercise African Lion 2011

5/16/2011 By Lance Cpl. Nana Dannsaappiah , Marine Forces Africa

AGADIR, Morocco — Marines of Headquarters Battery, 14th Marine Regiment, a reserve unit from Fort Worth, Texas, assumed command of American forces participating in Phase II of Exercise African Lion 2011 during a ceremony here May 15.

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May 15, 2011

Marines Employ Skills Learned on the Battlefield to Graduate in the Ivy League

By Ron Ralston
Published May 15, 2011
| FoxNews.com

Their path to graduation began on the battlefield. Veterans of the war on terror, the skills they learned as Marines made it possible to endure rigorous Ivy League academics. But it's the corps buddy system – a brotherhood that looks out for each other – that got them here and helped them through to graduation.

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Small military contractors dot Montana's landscape

By TOM LUTEY Of The Gazette Staff‌ The Billings Gazette | Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2011 12:15 am

The Marines had a problem. At times the Iraqi desert sand kicked up so thick they risked clipping buildings or power lines when landing helicopters.

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Program brings out the warrior in Marine athletes

Story by Aquita Brown | Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment | Date: 05.15.2011

From their first day on the yellow footprints at recruit training or day one at Officer Candidates School, Marines have developed into athletic warriors. A program that was established in February 2008 has succeeded in bringing out that same warrior instinct for wounded, ill and injured Marines nationwide. The Wounded Warrior Regiment’s Warrior Athlete Reconditioning program, also known as the WAR program, provides opportunities for Marines to engage in individual or team sports settings that improve their overall mental and physical fitness.

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Comedian Carey’s Marine dream comes true at Historic Half

By Joe Gromelski
Stars and Stripes
Published: May 15, 2011

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Comedian Drew Carey wasn’t about to fail in his first attempt at the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon.

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Darkhorse battalion gets additional support

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday May 15, 2011 8:17:09 EDT

SAN DIEGO — The men of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, returned home in mid-April to joyous reunions with families and friends — and under the close watch of medical and mental health experts.

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May 14, 2011

ANA Leads Marines on Sangin Patrol

Story by Cpl. Benjamin Crilly | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 05.14.2011

PATROL BASE FULOD, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Afghan National Army soldiers from the 2nd Tolay, 2nd Kandak, led a presence patrol through Sangin, Afghanistan, May 11.

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Trauma surgeons fight to keep troops alive

By Gretel C. Kovach
Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 6 p.m.

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan — Flags for the international fighting force were flying at half-staff outside the military trauma hospital the morning of our visit, in remembrance of the latest troops killed in the war.

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Marines' Iraqi donkey headed for Nebraska

After long journey, former camp mascot to work as therapy animal

By Jessica Gresko
The Associated Press
updated 5/14/2011 7:30:07 PM ET

WASHINGTON — It took 37 days and a group of determined animal lovers, but a donkey from Iraq is now a U.S. resident.

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Blind Marine competes in Warrior Games with the help of his family

Story by Aquita Brown | Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment | Date: 05.14.2011

The Warrior Games is an annual athletic competition that allows the Wounded Warrior Regiment’s wounded, ill and injured Marines to strengthen their mind, body and spirit. Athletes from all branches of service have an opportunity to compete, fine tune their skills and build camaraderie. However, for Marine veteran Chuck Sketch it means much more than that. Chuck has the opportunity to share this experience with his fellow Marines and his father, Roger Sketch.

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Gates Farewell Includes Visits With Recruits, Trainers

By Cheryl Pellerin
American Forces Press Service

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C., May 14, 2011 – With his retirement nearly at hand, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is taking time to visit entry-level training facilities for military services all over the country.

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Marines star in 2 new video games

By Tony Lombardo - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday May 14, 2011 9:01:11 EDT

Two military-themed video games are slated for release this year, both promising an immersion into modern war and featuring Marines in the starring roles.

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May 13, 2011

Hospital corpsmen continue to form close bonds with Marines

Story by Lance Cpl. Mark Garcia | I Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 05.13.2011

It’s the job of Navy hospital corpsmen to provide healthcare to those who serve. Through that job, especially during times of combat, their role allows them to create unique and special bonds between the Marines and sailors they look after.

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Afghanistan war diary: combat dogs

Four-legged commando on OBL raid sparks interest

By Gretel C. Kovach
Friday, May 13, 2011 at 1:01 p.m

I don’t think my editors were as interested in the dogs of war I encountered in Afghanistan as I was, though they indulged me when I was overseas and let me write a story about them. Now that the world knows a military dog accompanied Navy SEALs on the raid that killed terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, these four-legged war fighters are getting the online equivalent of a ticker tape parade. A photo essay that shows military dogs leaping from airplanes wearing oxygen masks and flinging themselves into the ocean during airborne amphibious assault training that was posted online by Foreign Policy magazine has attracted more than 6.5 million views.

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Iron Mike: Who is he?

Story by Cpl. J Nava | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 05.13.2011

MCRD PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. - Several signs line the streets of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island bearing the image of his silhouette, which also provides the cover art for informational pamphlets about the depot. But who is this iconic figure returning victorious from enemy lines, pointing a pistol at the sky with a machine gun slung over his right shoulder?

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Gaylord Marine SSgt. David Day remembered, honored at funeral

by Andrew Keller
Posted: 05.13.2011 at 6:52 PM

GAYLORD, MI -- Hundreds of people gathered in Gaylord to say their final goodbyes to a local American Hero, a Marine, who was killed in combat while serving in Afghanistan. Friday, his funeral was held.

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Second graders welcome home Marine pen pal

By Andrea Goodwin
Staff Reporter
[email protected]
POSTED May 13, 2011 8:30 p.m.

One second grade class at Julien Elementary School had a unique visitor on Friday morning. Marti Brown’s students have been corresponding with U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Charles Hernandez since around Thanksgiving, and on Friday he came to meet them all in person.

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Moondogs return to hero’s welcome

5/13/2011 By Lance Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki , Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (May 13) — After six months of patiently waiting loved ones welcomed home the Marines and Sailors of Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 3 upon their arrival to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point from Afghanistan May 7.

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Commercial launches next phase in battle against drug abuse

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 05.13.2011

The commercial, currently being broadcast on the American Forces Network, is the next phase in the “Not in My Corps” campaign against Spice, led by Brig. Gen. William D. Beydler, commanding general of 1st MAW.

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May 12, 2011

MALS-31 conducts squadron run, barbecue for departing commanding officer

Story by Lance Cpl. Kelvin Clark | Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort | Date: 05.12.2011

In the Marine Corps, when a Marine leaves a command, his unit wants him to leave with a lasting memory. For the Marines and sailors of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31, they wanted to leave one Marine with a memory he would never forget.

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Gates to Troops: U.S. Must Sustain Force Excellence

By Cheryl Pellerin
American Forces Press Service

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.,, May 12, 2011 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates spoke with Marines and soldiers and watched them train today at two East Coast military bases, thanking them for their service, and -- 48 days away from his June 30 retirement -- saying goodbye.

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The Warrior’s Song: Community welcomes, remembers Native American Marine

Story by Cpl. Jad Sleiman | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 05.12.2011

YAKIMA, Wash. – Past sprawling orchards, rusting automobiles and tangles of graffiti is the Yakama Nation Native American community of White Swan. It was here that Lance Cpl. Joe Jackson, surrounded by drugs, gangs and poverty, beat the odds.

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Top Shot: What it takes to be among the best shooters in the Reserves

5/12/2011 By Lance Cpl. Nana Dannsaappiah , Marine Forces Reserve

PARK CITY, Ky. — For some Reserve Marines’ travel opportunities can be limited as they have to spend one weekend a month drilling at their local base. Additionally, their opportunities to practice marksmanship can be even more limited having to pack all their annual training into one weekend a month and two weeks a year.

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Civilian, military forces bulldoze insurgents out of Garmsir

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 05.12.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic Afghanistan — The insurgents are getting bulldozed out of Garmsir, and not just in a matter of speaking.

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May 11, 2011

Sniper Platoon Keeps Cool Under Fire

Story by Lance Cpl. Phillip Clark | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 05.11.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HANSON, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Stealthy, methodical and deadly -- these traits have come to symbolize the Marine sniper community and what scouts/snipers have come to survive by. These traits also enable the Marines to accomplish their mission proficiently, save Marines’ lives, and eliminate enemy threats.

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SEAL Sleuths Expose Lies

Wannabes lie to get free beers, to get women into bed, to further their civilian careers or to get military benefits.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

As long as there have been Navy SEALs, there have been men pumping up their resumes or thumping their chests in bars with bogus claims of being one of the Navy's elite warriors.

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New concussion care center opens at Camp Leatherneck

Story by 2nd Lt. Joshua Smith | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 05.11.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – The Concussion Restoration Care Center opened a new, updated facility to continue treatment for the number one battle injury sustained in Afghanistan.

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The Dogs of War: Beloved Comrades in Afghanistan

Published: May 11, 2011

WASHINGTON — Marines were on a foot patrol last fall in the Taliban stronghold of Marja, Afghanistan, when they shot and killed a lethal threat: a local dog that made the mistake of attacking the Marines’ Labrador retriever.

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May 10, 2011

Appeals court blasts VA mental health care system

Associated Press
May 10, 4:47 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Noting that an average of 18 veterans a day commit suicide, a federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Department of Veterans Affairs to dramatically overhaul its mental health care system.

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New MARADMIN updating reenlistment standards brings big changes

5/10/2011 By Lance Cpl. Christofer P. Baines , Headquarters Marine Corps

ARLINGTON, Va. — Recent changes in reenlistment procedures will help the Marine Corps identify and retain only the most qualified Marines by approving them through selection boards.

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Humboldt Park Marine strives to make better life for family

Story by Cpl. Katherine Keleher | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 05.10.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Every Marine joins the Corps for their own reasons, and Sgt. Ivan Vega-Pacheco is no different.

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Corps planning new MEBs for crisis response

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday May 10, 2011 5:19:01 EDT

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — The Marine Corps has started to build two new one-star Marine expeditionary brigade headquarters that will be capable of leading joint task forces in times of crisis.

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May 9, 2011

Project runway: Marines move 12 million pounds of matting in Afghanistan

5/9/2011 By Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan —

Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, with the help of Marines from around 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), completed the removal of aluminum matting formerly used as the expeditionary runway at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, May 8

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Antioch honors wounded Marine, but he denies he's a hero

Article updated: 5/9/2011 10:33 PM
By Russell Lissau

Marine Cpl. John Peck doesn't remember who told him he lost his limbs after stepping on an explosive device in Afghanistan nearly a year ago.

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New weapons, war dogs eyed to fight IEDs

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Monday May 9, 2011 9:13:04 EDT

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — The Marine Corps could soon have two new weapons in the fight against improvised explosive devices: remote-control vehicles and improved detector dogs.

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California UAV squadron takes over in southwestern Afghanistan as Carolina Marines head home

5/9/2011 By Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan —

A new Marine Corps unmanned aerial vehicle squadron took responsibility for supporting Marines and coalition troops in southwestern Afghanistan with aerial surveillance, May 7.

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May 8, 2011

VA details new rules for program that compensates family caregivers

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

WASHINGTON — Advocates for wounded troops are hailing major changes to the Veterans Affairs caregivers program announced last week, and military families can formally apply for the benefits starting Monday.

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Scranton area teens get taste of Marine Corps life

Published: May 8, 2011

Not 24 hours before she would blow out the candles on her 22nd birthday cake, Danielle Howell panted into the tall grass at the Pennsylvania National Guard Training Center at Fort Indiantown Gap on Saturday, exhausted.

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Upgrades weighed for Corps’ mine rollers

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday May 8, 2011 9:19:47 EDT

The Marine Corps has launched a search for better mine rollers, the trailerlike devices mounted to the front of war-zone vehicles to protect them from improvised explosive devices.

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Homeowners group fights Marine family’s banner

By Michele Marcotte - The (Shreveport, La.) Times
Posted : Sunday May 8, 2011 12:00:29 EDT

BOSSIER CITY, La. — Jodi Burr never thought hanging a large patriotic sign in support of her son’s service in Afghanistan would violate her neighborhood covenants — much less that it would lead to legal action by her homeowner’s association.

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Drew Carey: 'I feel like I'm aging in reverse'

By Mary Brophy Marcus, USA TODAY
May 8, 2011

In the past couple of years, comedian, actor and game-show host Drew Carey has dropped more than 70 pounds. Now he's planning to run his first half-marathon, the 13.1-mile Marine Corps Historic Half, on Sunday in Fredericksburg, Va. Carey, who celebrates his 53rd birthday this month, talks about his upcoming race and how he's feeling better in his 50s than he has for decades.

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May 7, 2011

The New Breed: Corps unleashes Labradors in counter-IED fight

Story by Sgt. Jesse Stence | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 05.07.2011

CAMP DWYER, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – The Marine Corps believes it has found the right dog for the counter-IED fight, but it’s not the traditional military working dog.

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Thundering 3/4 Builds Rapport on Patrols

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 05.07.2011

PATROL BASE SHARK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – The ranger file stretches across the farmlands. Marines stay vigilant, but take time to talk and get to know the local populace in the area.

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After severe war injuries, a new battlefield Troops with severe war injuries such as multiple amputations face a long and difficult rehabilitation.

Naval Medical Center San Diego is where some learn a new way of life.

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
May 7, 2011

Reporting from San Diego—

Marine Lance Cpl. Juan Dominguez has come a long way since October, when a roadside bomb in Afghanistan ripped off his legs above the knees and shredded his right arm above the elbow.

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May 6, 2011

Marines get sendoff to Afghanistan - with video

Friday, May 6, 2011
Staff Writer

LONDONDERRY – Dozens of unopened presents line the rafters in the garage of Abbie Finn’s Hudson home.

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Beloved leader, guitarist remembered for deft touch

Story by Sgt. Jesse Stence | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 05.06.2011

The world keeps turning
The sun keeps burning
For all to learn what
Heaven only knows
Why do some
Get taken too young
All these answers
That heaven only knows

- "I Couldn't Explain Why," The Rainwater LP (2010), Citizen Cope

CAMP DWYER, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Whether plucking the strings of his guitar or expertly navigating the complex scales of authority to help his Marines, Sgt. Sean T. Callahan had a deft touch.

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“Possessed of Selflessness and Loyalty”:Lejeune battalion remembers fallen hero

Story by Sgt. Jesse Stence | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 05.06.2011

CAMP DWYER, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan -- One final time, duty came between Lance Cpl. Dominic Ciaramitaro and his loved ones.

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Oregon Marine watches over ground troops in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 05.06.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE EDINBURGH, Afghanistan - An Oregon Marine was awarded by the commanding general of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) for her work with a Marine Corps unmanned aerial vehicle squadron at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, May 4.

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U.S. Marines Prove Energy Efficiencies in Afghanistan

07:26 GMT, May 6, 2011 WASHINGTON | There’s a peculiar sight on Forward Operating Base Jackson in the Sangin district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province. The base is one of several in southern Afghanistan where the Marine Corps has set up solar panels and uses solar blankets as sources of renewable energy.

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May 5, 2011

Cincinnati Marine stays motivated during second combat deployment

Story by Cpl. Katherine Keleher | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 05.05.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - By the age of six, Cpl. Derrik M. Nixon, a fire team leader with 1st Platoon, Engineer Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), was telling anybody willing to listen that he was a future Marine.

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Body of fallen Marine returns home

Updated: Thursday, 05 May 2011, 8:53 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 05 May 2011, 6:31 PM EDT

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - A local Marine killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan has been brought home.

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Marine Corps unveils new facility for counter IED training

May 05, 2011 10:30 PM

With 80 percent of combat casualties in the Middle East caused by Improvised Explosive Devices, Camp Lejeune has opened a new facility specifically for training to defeat the devices.

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May 4, 2011

Marines escort new kandak to Helmand Province

5/4/2011 By Sgt. Rachael K. A. Moore , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — US forces are continuously working with Afghan National Security Forces to help them become an independent military.

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Through the Ranks: Private First Class

5/4/2011 By Cpl. Colby Brown , Regimental Combat Team 1

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — Quiet, muffled conversation leaks from a guard tower, but only one Marine can be seen inside. His mouth moves in sync with both sides of the discussion. He has stood in almost the same place for an hour, but his eyes have been on the move, intensely scanning. He shifts his weight to a different leg, bringing the conversation to a resolution, and pinches smokeless tobacco into his bottom lip. He’s been standing post for two hours. Pfc. Clark Kirkley has four more before he gets to “hit the rack.”

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May 3, 2011

President picked up where Bush left off

Aggressive tactics credited with crucial role

May 2, 2011, 10:42PM

WASHINGTON — The lives and legacies of George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden have been inextricably intertwined since Sept. 11, 2001.

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Father salutes slain Marine son when news breaks

May 3, 2011
By Ben Wolford | Staff Writer

Word reached Robert Gilbert Sr. that Osama bin Laden died around the same time it reached everyone else, late Sunday night.

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Hawaii helos support coalition combat operation

5/3/2011 By Cpl. Rashaun X. James , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan — Marines from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 participated in a coalition troop insertion and extraction operation, in southwestern Afghanistan, April 27.

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Anti-Armor Rolls, Patrols Through Helmand Province

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 05.03.2011

PATROL BASE SHARK , Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – The team wasted no time getting to work. They’ve been rolling and patrolling through the unit’s area of operations providing fire support and delivering supplies.

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Re-supply Team Gone ‘Eagle Eye’ Team

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 05.03.2011

COMBAT OUTPOST OUELLETTE, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan -- They stand watch atop the high hills of Afghanistan, with fields of farm lands covering the area for miles. The local residents work peacefully under the guardian eyes of the Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers.

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Oklahoma Marine Serves as Role Model for Squad

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 05.03.2011

PATROL BASE SHARK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – He who leads Marines into battle must be able to inspire them to work toward a common goal or mission through the best and worst of times.

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CLB 8 engineers expand COP Shukvani for Georgian Army

Story by Cpl. Katherine Keleher | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 05.03.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Working under the sun’s ruthless heat, 36 Marines and one sailor with 1st Platoon, Engineer Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) worked to expand Combat Outpost Shukvani, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 18-30.

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May 2, 2011

Virginia Marine killed in Afghanistan buried at Arlington National Cemetery

By Christy Goodman, Published: May 2

A team of white horses carried Sgt. Sean T. Callahan’s flag-draped coffin on a caisson Monday as about 300 friends, family members and U.S. Marines followed to Section 60 in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Unit takes form, begins deployment cycle

Story by Gunnery Sgt. Scott Dunn | 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 05.02.2011

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit began its deployment cycle here May 2 by assuming operational control of the elements that make it a complete Marine air-ground task force.

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Gettin' Dirty with Company D Tankers

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 05.02.2011

COMBAT OUTPOST OUELLETTE, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – The brown beads of sweat stream down their faces as they work on the largest mobile ground weapon in the Marine Corps. These Marines have no problem living up to Company D’s alias: “Dirty Delta.”

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Marines: 'It Doesn't End The War For Us'

by Claire O'Neill
01:30 pm
May 2, 2011

The news of Osama bin Laden's killing was met with cautious excitement by many men from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion 5th Marines in Helmand River Valley — allegedly one of the most dangerous regions of Afghanistan.

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Unit awarded Puller Leadership Award for second time

5/2/2011 By Cpl. Melissa A. Latty , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Every year a small, medium and large-sized unit within the II Marine Expeditionary Force is awarded the Lieutenant General Chesty Puller Outstanding Leadership Award to commend the unit for superior leadership.

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Islamic scholars criticize bin Laden burial at sea

May 2, 2011
Associated Press correspondent Hamza Hendawi reports:

Muslim clerics said Monday that Osama bin Laden's burial at sea was a violation of Islamic tradition that may further provoke militant calls for revenge attacks against American targets.

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Bin Laden's death brings healing to old wounds

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN
May 2, 2011 9:24 a.m. EDT

(CNN) -- The hijacked jet planes that roared out of a clear blue sky one sunny September morning ten years ago killed nearly 3,000 people, but the hurt they did spread far beyond the immediate death and destruction at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

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Spontaneous celebrations

May 2, 2011

Photos of spontaneous celebrations after announcement Osama Bin Laden killed.

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President Obama: Osama bin Laden is dead; U.S. dumps body at sea

'Justice has been done,' President Obama says

3:42 AM, May. 2, 2011

WASHINGTON – Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was slain in his luxury hideout in Pakistan early Monday in a firefight with U.S. forces, ending a manhunt that spanned a frustrating decade.

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Troops surprised, relieved over bin Laden's death

Stars and Stripes
Published: May 2, 2011

SEOUL — Shock and awe.

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US Marines watch TV

Mon May 2, 5:24 PM ET
AFP photo

US Marines watch TV as President Barack Obama announces the death of Osama Bin Laden, at Camp Dwyer in Helmand Province.

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May 1, 2011

Obama announces Osama bin Laden killed by U.S.

By Michael A. Memoli and Michael Muskal

May 1, 2011, 8:35 p.m.
Reporting from Washington and Los Angeles—
Osama bin Laden, the world's most wanted terrorist, was killed in Pakistan as the result of a U.S. military operation, President Obama announced to the nation Sunday night.

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Mass. marine awarded for heroism overseas

By Erin Smith
Lowell Sun / May 1, 2011

DRACUT, Mass.—Cpl. Brian Cozy's squad was positioned atop a hillside in Afghanistan when gunfire erupted around them.

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'Honor and duty became the driving force' of fallen South Lyon Marine

12:28 AM, May. 1, 2011

Before there were words, there were tears.

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Published: May 1, 2011

WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden has been killed, two United States officials said. President Obama was expected to make an announcement on Sunday night, almost ten years after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

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FET: The ladies’ side of the conversation

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 05.01.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - She has long brown hair, but it’s coiled into a tight bun. Her glare burns through tactical sunglasses but somehow doesn’t betray the femininity in her mahogany colored eyes. Her M-4 rifle is slung loosely over her shoulder, and a M-9 pistol hangs from her hip.

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Some re-enlistment bonuses going away

By Brian Shane - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday May 1, 2011 8:33:48 EDT

Selective re-enlistment bonuses will dry up next month for Marines in 59 military occupational specialties, according to an April 13 Marine administrative message.

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Marines briefed matter-of-factly on 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal

'I want to be clear.... We will step out smartly to faithfully implement this new law,' Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos tells his troops via video. Sessions are being held at bases worldwide.

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
May 1, 2011

Reporting from Camp Pendleton—
The presentation was direct, even matter-of-fact, giving no hint of the large-scale cultural shift that the new policy represents — or of the passionate debate it provoked among politicians, religious leaders and other civilians.

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