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June 30, 2011

Marine's last words to family from Afghanistan: 'I'll see you soon'

By Chelsea J. Carter, CNN
June 30, 2011 3:10 p.m. EDT

(CNN) -- The home video from Marine Lance Cpl. John F. Farias held little back from his parents about the dangers of fighting in Afghanistan, about how the experience was changing him and about how much he missed his family.

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Hundreds honor fallen Visalia Marine

Crowd lines streets to pay homage during procession

Written by
Jun. 30, 2011

As Americans prepare to celebrate the independence of their country, residents from across Tulare County and the state celebrated the life of a fallen Visalia Marine.

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Local Marine severely injured in Afghanistan explosion

Grover Beach man loses leg in IED explosion

By April Charlton/Senior Staff Writer [email protected] | Posted: Thursday, June 30, 2011

Life forever changed for one U.S. Marine from Grover Beach during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.

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Obama bids Gates farewell with the Medal of Freedom

By Kevin Baron
Stars and Stripes
Published: June 30, 2011

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama surprised Defense Secretary Robert Gates by presenting him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor the president can bestow, during a warm farewell ceremony Thursday, Gates’ last day at the Pentagon.

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Help �stuff the trailer� for local Marine

Fairborn Editor
June 30, 2011

FAIRBORN � While Homes For Our Troops is completing a new home for Corporal Larry Draughn another organization wants to help him take care of it.

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Outgoing U.S. defense chief weighs toll of war

By Phil Stewart, Missy Ryan and David Alexander
WASHINGTON | Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:11am IST

(Reuters) - Robert Gates, in his final interview as U.S. defense secretary, grew quiet as he tried to articulate the heavy toll his job took on him over the past four and a half years -- every day of them during wartime

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Local Marine killed in action in Afghanistan

Posted: Jun 27, 2011 11:14 AM CDT Updated: Jun 30, 2011 6:57 AM CDT

MARION, SC (WMBF) – A family in Marion is mourning the loss of a 29-year-old Marine after he was killed during combat in Afghanistan Sunday.

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Decades later, servicemen’s remains returning to Spokane

Kevin Graman The Spokesman-Review
June 30, 2011 in City

A Marine private lost at the Battle of Tarawa in 1943 and an Army captain who died as a prisoner of the North Koreans in 1951 are finally coming home to Spokane.

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A snapshot of a recruiter's world

6/30/2011 By Lance Cpl. David Flynn , Marine Corps Recruiting Command

BOWIE, Md. — A mob of Washington Capitals fans adorned in red, white and blue file past a few Marines at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Mar. 3. The Marines are dressed in woodland Marine pattern trousers, boots and black long-sleeve shirts. Their pull-up bar stands ready to test anyone up to the challenge. Some ignore the calls of the Marines to get up on the bar and bust out 20 pull-ups, while others try to convince the Marines to give them gear without getting up on the bar. Like everything in the Marine Corps, however, the prizes are earned, never given.

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Molly Marine: embodying Corps values

Story by Cpl. J Nava | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 06.30.2011

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT, PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. - Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island is the only place in the world where females are trained to be enlisted U.S. Marines. As such, it is a fitting place to erect a monument in honor of women Marines.

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Health care for Camp Lejeune veterans clears Senate hurdle

By Barbara Barrett
McClatchy Newspapers
Published: June 30, 2011

WASHINGTON — Thousands of Marine veterans and family members across the country who once lived at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Marine base may be closer to getting health care for illnesses suffered because of decades of water contamination on the base.

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June 29, 2011

Friends remember area Marine killed in Afghanistan

Posted: 5:24 AM Jun 29, 2011
Reporter: WEAU 13 News Staff

"He changed anyone and everyone's life around him in Spring Valley. He did so much and just probably wasn't even aware of it," Sarah Friberg remembered.

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Billings Marine greeted by supporters after Afghanistan deploymen

Story By CHELSEA KROTZER Photos By CASEY PAGE Of The Gazette Staff‌ | Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Family, friends and community members gathered at Billings Logan International Airport on Tuesday night awaiting the arrival of one of Billings’ servicemen.

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U.S. Military Searches For A Device To Stop IEDs

June 29, 2011

Homemade remote-controlled bombs, also known as improvised explosive devices or IEDs, have been one of the biggest killers of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Marines complete bilateral exercise with Spanish forces

Courtesy Story | 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 06.29.2011

USS BATAAN, At sea – Marines and sailors with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit and Bataan Amphibious Ready Group completed the Spanish Amphibious Bilateral Landing Exercise, also known as PHIBLEX 2011, off the coast of Spain, June 29.

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Marine wife's charity passes $50 million mark

By Bill Murphy Jr.
Stars and Stripes
Published: June 29, 2011

WASHINGTON — In the early days of the Iraq War, Karen Guenther, a nurse and Marine wife, was deeply moved by the sacrifices of the first wounded Marines and sailors who came home from the war.

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Former Marine Helping Injured Veterans Find Peace Through Fly Fishing: Warriors and Quiet Waters

By GoFISHn Editors on June 29, 2011

Anyone who's fly fished in Montana knows how soothing it can be, and that's why retired Marines colonel Eric Hastings decided to start Warriors and Quiet Waters–to share that tranquility with servicemen and women who have been traumatically wounded.

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Marines swap firepower for accuracy with IAR

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Jun 29, 2011 7:16:04 EDT

For at least a decade, factions of the Marine Corps have pushed for replacement of the legendary 5.56mm M249 Squad Automatic Weapon in infantry fire teams.

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June 28, 2011

Tour of Elk Grove adds disabled veterans race

By Rachel Levin

Six-year-old Eli Velasco of Schaumburg cheered Tuesday while standing on the side of Elk Grove Boulevard in Elk Grove Village.

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Horse riding program named after Marine Corps legend

6/28/2011 By Cpl. Damien Gutierrez , Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The legacy and tradition of one Camp Pendleton Marine who changed the lives of hundreds of wounded veterans was given new life at the place where it all began.

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Allen vows to slow Afghanistan drawdown if conditions deteriorate

By Leo Shane III
Stars and Stripes
Published: June 28, 2011

WASHINGTON – The incoming head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Tuesday offered support for the president’s drawdown of American troops from that battlefield but also vowed to slow down those departures if the situation begins to deteriorate.

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31st MEU departs Okinawa headed to Australia

6/28/2011 By Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch , 31st MEU

WHITE BEACH, OKINAWA, Japan — More than 1,800 Marines and Sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked the USS Essex (LHD 2), and USS Germantown (LSD 42), June 28, in preparation for exercise Talisman Sabre 2011 to be held in Australia.

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Military intelligence Marines speak on recent accomplishments

6/28/2011 By Staff Sgt. Christopher Flurry , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — The military intelligence community of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) said they are finding new ways to stay ahead of insurgents in Afghanistan.

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June 27, 2011

New living areas to bring aviation Marines closer to the flight

6/27/2011 By Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)
CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan —

Marines and sailors in Afghanistan are nearing completion on a major land excavation project for new living areas for 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) Marines who work on the flightline at Camp Bastion.

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Marines move into new home in New Orleans

Story by Cpl. Nana Dannsaappiah | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 06.27.2011

NEW ORLEANS – Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North’s new 411,320 square-foot home on the west bank of the Mississippi River officially dedicated during a ribbon cutting ceremony here June 27.

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Decorated house a salute to US troops

Woman's son, other service members honored

Written by
Charlene Sharpe
1:55 AM, Jun. 27, 2011

BETHANY BEACH -- This Fourth of July, Page Etzler wants resort visitors to think about more than fireworks and family cookouts -- she wants people to remember why Americans are enjoying those things.

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U.S. to Begin 'Thinning Out' Its Afghan Forces

Petraeus says coalition forces have already shifted out of some parts of the country and handed security responsibility off to the Afghans.

By Yochi J. Dreazen and Sara Sorcher
Updated: June 27, 2011 | 9:07 a.m.
June 27, 2011 | 6:00 a.m.

President Obama’s announcement last week that 10,000 troops would leave Afghanistan this year set off a political firestorm, with Democrats accusing Obama of withdrawing too few troops and Republicans accusing him of withdrawing too many.

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Family, city prepare to honor fallen Visalia Marine

Written by
11:00 PM, Jun. 27, 2011

Eighteen-month-old Jacob Verbeek doesn't know why hundreds of American flags line his Visalia neighborhood, but when his small hand grasped the wooden stick holding an American flag Monday, it's clear he'll have many memories of his father.

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Hospital gives back to troops

[email protected]
June 27, 2011

DURHAM -- When one of Deidra Powell's two sons left for his first deployment with the U.S. Marines, and her second son left for boot camp, the single mother said she felt lost.

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World War II to Afghanistan: Rocket scientist, third generation Marine serves in Helmand province

6/27/2011 By 1st Lt. Megan Greathouse , II MEF (FWD)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Every Marine has a story. For one Reservist currently serving in Helmand province the story is of a rocket scientist who answered the call to serve his country as a third generation Marine.

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June 26, 2011

Marines bid farewell to St. Louis

6/26/2011 By Lance Cpl. Jacob D. Osborne , Headquarters Marine Corps

— Marines and St. Louisans gathered at the War Memorial June 26, for the closing ceremony of Marine Week St. Louis 2011

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Optics added for entry-level rifle training

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Jun 26, 2011 8:59:08 EDT

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — In a significant reversal, the Marine Corps has begun using optics at entry-level training, and could do so on a permanent basis beginning next year.

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June 25, 2011

Newport News Marine to get posthumous award for valor

By Corinne Reilly
The Virginian-Pilot
© June 25, 2011

A Newport News Marine who was killed in Afghanistan in February will posthumously receive the National Intelligence Medal for Valor on Wednesday.

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Marines Aim to Avoid Postwar Identity Crisis

The service's top officer plots a post-Afghanistan focus in the Pacific region, where Marines experienced their most devastating losses and most heroic victories.

JUNE 25, 2011

The U.S. Marine Corps, one of the most storied military forces, is searching for a mission after the war in Afghanistan ends.

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Marines Aim to Avoid Postwar Identity Crisis

The service's top officer plots a post-Afghanistan focus in the Pacific region, where Marines experienced their most devastating losses and most heroic victories.

JUNE 25, 2011

The U.S. Marine Corps, one of the most storied military forces, is searching for a mission after the war in Afghanistan ends.

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Marines Aim to Avoid Postwar Identity Crisis

The service's top officer plots a post-Afghanistan focus in the Pacific region, where Marines experienced their most devastating losses and most heroic victories.

JUNE 25, 2011

The U.S. Marine Corps, one of the most storied military forces, is searching for a mission after the war in Afghanistan ends.

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Fallen Marine's family reaches out to Hendersonville Marine

By Mark Schulman
Times-News Staff Writer
Published: Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 4:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 24, 2011 at 12:32 p.m.

The family of a fallen Marine from Stanley has stepped up to help a Marine from Hendersonville who was severely injured in an IED attack in Afghanistan earlier this month.

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Former Marine honored for thwarting ’09 robbery

Navy and Marine Corps Medal awarded to GSU grad who is now an ensign

By Jill Laster - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Jun 25, 2011 8:58:41 EDT

Marine Sgt. Sean Barner and a friend were returning to a birthday party at a College Park, Ga., apartment after going outside to get some fresh air when they saw the attendees sitting silently in the living room.

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While US talks withdrawal, Afghan corruption soars

Associated Press
Jun 25, 4:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The farmer picking apples in the outskirts of Kabul must pay the Taliban $33 to ship out each truckload of fruit. The governor sends in armed men to chase workers off job sites if the official bribes aren't paid. Poor neighborhoods never get their U.N.-provided wheat, long since sold on the black market

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June 24, 2011

Afghans fear U.S. drawdown will allow Taliban to regroup

Afghans don't have much confidence in the country's inexperienced security forces.

By Alex Rodriguez,
Los Angeles Times
June 24, 2011

Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan—
President Obama's planned drawdown of 33,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan has generated ripples of anxiety for Afghans who worry that the Taliban will overwhelm the country's inexperienced, ill-equipped security forces.

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The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad – review

Jamil Ahmad's collection of stories is a striking debut

Basharat Peer
The Guardian, Friday 24 June 2011

Jamil Ahmad, a Pakistani civil servant, began his career in Baluchistan in the 1950s. Most civil servants posted to such a remote area as Baluchistan, North Western Frontier Province, or the tribal areas along the Pakistan-Afghan border would lobby hard for a posting in the bigger cities of Pakistan, but Ahmad stayed on, spending several decades working as an administrator. Unlike most officials from the plains, Ahmad learned Pashto, the language most tribes along the dreaded frontier speak. Along the way, he took notes, and by 1974 had turned his impressions into a collection of inter-linked stories.

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Help available for Lejeune Marines with PTSD

6/24/2011 By Lance Cpl. Walter D. Marino II , 2nd Marine Division

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Imagine you’re driving down a road with loved ones and suddenly a deer leaps in front of your car. Maybe you’re able to avoid the crash, maybe not – either way, that moment will affect you for the rest of your drive and maybe the rest of your life. Now multiply that by 100 and you might have an idea of what it’s like to encounter an improvised explosive device.

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June 23, 2011

OPSEC: National security starts with you

6/23/2011 By Lance Cpl. Cayce Nevers , Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan — OPSEC is a process to deny potential enemies information about capabilities and/ or intentions by identifying, controlling and protecting unclassified information that gives evidence of the planning and execution of sensitive activities.

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Marine Corps, public at odds over desert valley

Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Thursday, June 23, 2011

Twentynine Palms, --

San Bernardino County - Rough and rocky, Johnson Valley is considered the perfect place to test the mettle of men and their machines.

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Marines' dad applauds drawdown

Tanya Arja
FOX 13 News reporter
Updated: Thursday, 23 Jun 2011, 8:17 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 23 Jun 2011, 8:12 PM EDT


President Barack Obama announced Wednesday evening that the U.S. and its allies had achieved enough in Afghanistan to merit a drawdown of forces beginning this summer.

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June 22, 2011

Obama orders rollback in troops from Afghanistan

Pullout to begin with 10,000 by the end of this year

By Gretel C. Kovach
Originally published 8:18 p.m., June 22, 2011, updated 7:24 a.m., June 23, 2011

President Barack Obama Wednesday announced the much-anticipated plan to begin a U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying the first 10,000 troops will be brought home by the end of this year.

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No Security Like Personal Security Detachment

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 06.22.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GERONIMO, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Picture yourself in a foreign country full of sand, hot weather, and insurgents who want nothing more than to take your life. Your job is to drive and patrol through this combat zone and protect a commanding officer as he conducts his daily duties.

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Marine Duo Powers Up Area of Operations

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 06.22.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GERONIMO, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – The typical American may wake up, drink their coffee along with a small nutritious breakfast, and then head out the door to their nine to five job, with expectations of being home by six p.m. every evening. Life is much different for two Marines attached to the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment.

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Ballistic Underwear Make Their Way to Marines in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 06.22.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Once you get past the humor of “ballistic underwear,” the threat it helps mitigate is real and the protection is necessary.

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June 21, 2011

Camp Pendelton Marines insert, clear Ghughori Baba

Story by Cpl. Benjamin Crilly | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 06.21.2011

PATROL BASE FIRES, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan -- Six CH-53E Super Stallions chopped through the early morning air, June 5. Moving swiftly under the cover of darkness, they transported their passengers to an uncertain objective where Marines have rarely gone before.

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June 20, 2011

2/4 Corner: Meet Lt. Col. Bill Vivian

Jun 20, 2011

The 2/4 Corner is a weekly series for the SC Times on the Marines and Navy Corpsmen who make up the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines. The profiles are compiled by 2/4's Family Readiness Officer Dan Liesik.The 2/4 is one of San Clemente's two adopted squadrons.

Name: Bill Vivian

Rank: Lieutenant colonel

Length of Service: 24 years

Number of Deployments: Seven

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June 19, 2011

Stepson's return from Afghanistan is best Father's Day gift for New Hanover man

Published: Sunday, June 19, 2011; Last Updated: Sun. Jun 19, 2011, 12:32pm
By Brandie Kessler, [email protected]

NEW HANOVER — Father's Day is complete for Tim Rooney, who, with tears of pride and gratitude welcomed his son, Marine Cpl. Gary Anoushian, home from his third tour overseas.

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CMC touts need for immersion training

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Jun 19, 2011 9:52:52 EDT

The Corps’ Infantry Immersion Trainer, a three-dimensional simulator that mimics the sights, sounds and smells of modern combat, could become a mandatory stop for more Marines as part of the commandant’s push to make his troops more resilient to stress.

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June 18, 2011

Community welcomes injured Marine

11:00 PM, Jun. 18, 2011
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Community members turned out Saturday to welcome home Petal resident Cpl. Colte James, who was injured June 4 in Afghanistan.

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IED blast in Afghanistan kills Marine


By Maki Becker
Published:June 18, 2011, 12:00 AM
Updated: June 18, 2011, 9:08 AM

A Marine sniper who grew up in Cuba, in Allegany County, died Thursday from injuries he suffered from an improvised explosive device in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.
Sgt. Mark A. Bradley was 25.

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Stop-loss pay goes uncollected by Marines

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Jun 18, 2011 9:22:07 EDT

Several hundred Marines whose planned separations from service or retirement were delayed by the stop-loss order have yet to collect their extra pay.

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June 17, 2011

St. Charles County Marine awarded Distinguished Flying Cross

By Russell Korando > [email protected] STLtoday.com | Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 4:16 pm

As a crew chief and door gunner on a UH-1Y (Huey), Bart Davis' life has literally flown by in the last eight years.

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Fallen hero laid to rest in Armstrong County

By Mitch Fryer, LEADER TIMES
Friday, June 17, 2011
Last updated: 8:16 am

DISTANT — Hundreds of people, many who didn't know Sgt. Joseph Michael "Joey" Garrison, lined the street leading to the Oakland Church of God on Thursday to show their gratitude and grief for the fallen Marine.

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'Sean has come home'

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 5:53 pm | Updated: 7:25 pm, Fri Jun 17, 2011.
Collin McRann

A mournful silence filled the air as the jet carrying Lance Cpl. Sean O’Connor arrived at Converse County Airport Friday afternoon.

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Chicago Native and Truck Company Keeps 1/5 Rolling in Sangin

Story by Cpl. Benjamin Crilly | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 06.17.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Cpl. Rene Sotelo, the loadmaster for 2nd Platoon, Truck Company B, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, spends anywhere from six to eight hours preparing the trucks before each convoy. Eight stops later the Chicago native and his fellow motor transportation operators return to Forward Operating Base Nolay after driving through the night resupplying 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, in Sangin, Afghanistan.

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Lucky charms and bullet holes in Afghan helicopter

Associated Press
Jun 17, 6:19 AM EDT

ABOARD A BLACK HAWK HELICOPTER IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN (AP) - The Army medics had just dropped off a Marine wounded in a bombing when one reached over and handed me a scribbled note inside the noisy U.S. helicopter.

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Historic Marine base gets 1st-ever female general

By SUSANNE M. SCHAFER, Associated Press – June 17, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For the first time in its 96-year history, a female general is taking charge at the famed Marine Corps training depot at South Carolina's Parris Island.

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June 16, 2011

The thin line between crazy, brave

Story by Sgt. Earnest J. Barnes | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 06.15.2011
Date Posted: 06.16.2011 15:31

WASHIR, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan—Most people who I’ve talked to about the occupation field where the job description requires you to go into some of the world’s most dangerous places and look for homemade bombs generally give the impression that anyone who would perform this duty walks the fine line of crazy and brave.

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Pendleton Marines train at simulated Afghan village

Published: June 15, 2011
Updated: June 16, 2011 10:27 a.m.

While traffic on I-5 whizzes by San Onofre, less than a mile inland, dramatic scenes are unfolding inside a walled cluster of sandstone-colored buildings barely visible to passing freeway drivers.

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Beachside Chat to Focus on Military

San Clemente Times
Jun 16, 2011

The Marines will be the theme of tomorrow's Beachside Chat at 8 a.m. at Café Calypso on Avenida Del Mar.

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2nd MAW Band parades through Troy, NY

6/16/2011 By Lance Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki , Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

TROY, N.Y. (June 16, 2011) — The Marines of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band have performed at more than 50,000 events, both military and civilian, since its activation in 1941. By playing at these events, the band supports 2nd MAW in a way just as important as any other unit.

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2nd MAW Band travels to New York, honors American flag

6/16/2011 By Lance Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki , Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

TROY, N.Y. (June 16, 2011) — In a dimly lit concert hall in Troy, N.Y., nearly 800 people came together to honor the American flag with music from the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band. The lights in the concert hall had been turned off, leaving one solitary spotlight shining on the American flag carried by a United States Air Force color guard.

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June 15, 2011

Simi Marine teams with Afghan counterparts

Partnership cited in success of operation

* By Cpl. Benjamin Crilly, Special to The Star
* Ventura County Star
* Posted June 15, 2011 at 4:33 p.m.

SANGIN DISTRICT, Afghanistan — Afghan National Army soldiers conducted Operation Zapoonki Guzaroona in partnership with the Marines of Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, in Sangin, Afghanistan, last month.

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Video: Cpl. Aine Feaser and Cpl. Aisling Feaser (WFLA-TV), Part 2

Courtesy Video | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 06.15.2011

Two Marines talk to a WFLA-TV reporter about their family, joining the Marines, their responsibilities and what they deployment has been like in Afghanistan. Part 2 of 2

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Selection process for special duty assignments improved; Marines can now indicate preference

Story by Gunnery Sgt. J. L. Wright Jr. | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 06.15.2011

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa, Japan – With the release of Marine Administrative Message 327/11, the Marine Corps has revolutionized the screening and selection process for special duty assignments.

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Operation Afghan Warrior continues

Story by 1st Lt. Timothy Irish | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 06.15.2011

WASHIR, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Afghan forces now stand guard over every street in the Washir marketplace and man observations posts on hilltops surrounding the villages.

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Taliban reintegration hits wall in Afghan hotspot

June 15, 2011

SANGIN, Afghanistan: Multi-million dollar plans to reintegrate Taliban fighters into society to help end a decade of war have hit a stalemate in one of Afghanistan’s toughest battlegrounds.

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Yuma Marine base to get new F-35 facilities

The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Jun 15, 2011 7:33:05 EDT

YUMA, Ariz. — Two new hangers and a flight simulator facility are to be built at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma to support the new F-35 joint strike fighter.

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Gen. Amos briefed by Marines of 31st MEU

6/15/2011 By Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch , 31st MEU

CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan — Gen. James F. Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps, visited Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, June 14.

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June 14, 2011

'Hell Of A Leader': Marines Remember Sgt. Garrison

by Tom Bowman
June 14, 2011

On Friday, Marines will gather to remember Sgt. Joseph Garrison at a small combat outpost in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

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'The Day Remembered': Wounded Marines reflect on life after Afghanistan

Commemorative DVD raises funds for Camp Pendleton troops

By Gretel C. Kovach
4:45 p.m., June 14, 2011

Amber McLoud was shopping in Walmart when she got the call. A gunnery sergeant wanted to inform her of some “really bad news” about her husband, an infantry Marine deployed to Afghanistan.

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Military Security Issues of Social Media: Army

Written by: J.R. Wilson on June 14, 2011

When a U.S. soldier was captured by insurgents in Afghanistan, the Army quickly realized his personal Facebook page contained information his captors could use in psychological torture. When apprised of the situation, Facebook immediately responded to the Army’s request to take the page down.

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Wyoming Marine dies in Afghanistan

By WILLIAM BROWNING Star-Tribune staff writer | Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 8:00 am |

A young Sean O’Connor had been talking about joining the armed forces. When he decided on the U.S. Marine Corps, he told his father.

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Fallen Marine a 'Born Hero'

Reporter: A.J. Ross
Web Producer: Sean RoweFallen Marine a 'Born Hero'
Posted: Tuesday, June 14 2011, 03:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Defense on Monday confirmed the death of a U.S. Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Navy aerospace physiologist keeps pilots safe in Afghanistan

Story by Pfc. Sean Dennison | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 06.14.2011

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Amber Biles’ mother is a doctor. Her father served as a U.S. Navy pilot for 23 years. So perhaps it was only natural she became an aerospace physiologist.

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Afghan Army Improves Defenses in Sangin

Story by Cpl. Benjamin Crilly | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 06.14.2011

SANGIN DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan -- Afghan National Army leadership have been improving their base defenses and their skill level with the help of Marine advisor teams in Sangin.

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‘Green Lantern’ star Reynolds to visit Miramar

Staff report
Posted : Tuesday Jun 14, 2011 14:04:15 EDT

Ryan Reynolds, who stars in the title role of the upcoming blockbuster super-hero movie “Green Lantern,” will be on hand at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., on Thursday to introduce an advance screening of the film.

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Corps tests biofuels in vehicles, generators

By Tony Lombardo - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Jun 14, 2011 9:20:42 EDT

You’re running low on fuel at your outpost, but no sweat.

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Aircraft wing Marines augment NATO military police

6/14/2011 By Pfc. Sean Dennison , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) deployed to southwestern Afghanistan with a primary mission: to provide support for Marines and their Afghan and coalition partners on the ground.

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June 13, 2011

Afghans fearful of push to negotiate with Taliban

Many Afghans fear that the Karzai government's U.S.-backed effort to reconcile with the Taliban may result in too many concessions to the militants, eroding freedoms and undercutting gains in women's and minority rights.

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times

June 13, 2011, 9:02 p.m.
Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan—
It was a peaceful afternoon in a rose-fragrant Kabul park set aside for women. But when girls and women strolling its pathways were asked about the Afghan government's overtures to the Taliban movement, faces that had been alight with pleasure grew tight with apprehension.

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Poway Marine killed in action in Afghanistan

Lance Cpl. Jason D. Hill died with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment

By Gretel C. Kovach and Hailey Persinger
Originally published 2:40 p.m., June 13, 2011, updated 7:06 p.m., June 13, 2011

A Marine from Poway was killed in action in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Monday. Lance Cpl. Jason D. Hill, 20, died Saturday in combat with the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment.

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Communications Marines train before pre-deployment exercises

Story by Lance Cpl. John Robbart III | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 06.13.2011

SAN DIEGO -- Marines are known to always strive for excellence and to do that requires constant training even in their off-time

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VA Works to Provide Post-9/11 Family Caregiver Benefits

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2011 – A month after the Veterans Affairs Department began processing applications for primary family caregivers of eligible post-9/11 veterans, officials report steady progress toward delivering the new services and benefits.

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From grunts to undergraduates, Marines deploy to Stanford

--Tony Perry in San Diego
June 13, 2011

They were Marine "grunts" in Iraq and Afghanistan and now they're undergraduates at one of the world's most prestigious universities.

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Tent liners bring cool relief

June 13th, 2011
by Gina Cavallaro

Patrol Base Boldak, Afghanistan – A casual conversation with an infantryman, who’s had a few deployments here and in Iraq, reveals a happy history of heat, cold and general discomfort along the lines of “I lived in my vehicle for seven months.”

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Military Spouses Get Help With Professional Licenses

By Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service

ARLINGTON, Va., June 13, 2011 – A Defense Department organization is making it easier for military spouses to maintain professional licenses as they move from state to state.

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New haulers rolling to Afghanistan

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jun 13, 2011 8:42:51 EDT

The Corps will soon field heavy hauler trucks capable of pulling disabled mine-resistant vehicles and other beefy equipment over Afghanistan’s unforgiving terrain.

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Obama weighs scale of Afghanistan pullout

Amid growing doubts in Congress over the war's cost, the Obama administration begins an internal debate this week on how many troops to bring home, and when.

By Peter Nicholas and Lisa Mascaro, Los Angeles Times
June 13, 2011

Reporting from Washington—
The Obama administration opens an internal debate this week on the size of a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan amid growing doubts in Congress about the cost and purpose of the decade-long war and public pressure to bring it to a rapid end.

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MEU exercise brings SoCal forces together

Story by Capt. Roger Hollenbeck | 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 06.13.2011

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marines and sailors of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit began a large-scale, two-week training exercise here June 13 – a first since the Marine air-ground task force formed in May.

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June 12, 2011

Thousands eligible to exit service early

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Jun 12, 2011 9:25:30 EDT

The Marine Corps is extending its early release program through next fiscal year, and more than 37,000 Marines have a chance to exit the service up to 90 days ahead of schedule.

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Brother, home from Afghanistan, tearfully reunites with sister at graduation ceremony

By Linda Goldston
[email protected]
Posted: 06/11/2011 08:49:56 PM PDT
Updated: 06/12/2011 01:14:55 PM PDT

There was only one thing missing when Jessica Freedman walked to the stage at her graduation ceremony at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo on Saturday afternoon -- her brother, Eric.

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Waterford Marine experiences improvements during second tour to Nad ‘Ali South

Story by Cpl. Adam Leyendecker | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 06.12.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Before every deployment, Marines are trained up on the area of operation they will perform their duties to prepare them for mission success.

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Marine light attack helicopter squadron answers call to duty

6/12/2011 By Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan —

The commanding officer of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269 received a phone call from his higher headquarters in May. More attack helicopters were needed to support Marines and their coalition partners in southwestern Afghanistan in preparation of the fighting season.

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June 11, 2011

Afghan Taliban Cede Ground in the South, but Fears Linger

Published: June 11, 2011

MARJA, Afghanistan — The poppy harvest is over and the fighting season has arrived in southern Afghanistan — except this year the Taliban have not returned in their usual numbers to intensify the war, Afghans across the region say.

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Lance Cpl. Matthew Shank of Waynesboro receives the Purple Heart

By Denise Bonura
The Record Herald
Posted Jun 11, 2011 @ 11:01 AM

Lance Cpl. Matthew Shank of Waynesboro was among five Marines to receive the Purple Heart by Marine commandant Gen. James Amos Thursday.

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Light Armored Reconnaissance Trades in Wheels

Story by Sgt. Earnest J. Barnes | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 06.11.2011

CAMP DWYER, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan—The Marines with 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion geared up recently to drive their Light Armored Vehicles to Camp Dwyer swap them out for recently overhauled LAVs.

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June 10, 2011

Groton recalls Marine killed overseas

Joining Corps was Woitowicz’s dream

By Ben Wolford
Globe Correspondent / June 10, 2011

GROTON — William Woitowicz was a tall, lanky high schooler — “all arms and legs,’’ one teacher said.

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Family, friends mourn the loss of Miamisburg Marine killed in Afghanistan

By Tom Beyerlein and Kelli Wynn, Staff Writers Updated 9:42 AM Friday, June 10, 2011

MIAMISBURG — Friends and neighbors of a decorated Marine killed in action during combat operations in Afghanistan poured out memories and grief on social websites devoted to the 2006 Miamisburg High School graduate.

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Uncertain Obama faces crossroad in Afghan war

1:29 AM, Jun. 10, 2011
Written by

WASHINGTON - Debate over how to end the war in Afghanistan is escalating, and how you perceive the issue may hinge around your definition of "modest" and "real."

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NROTC students get a taste of Marine life

Story by Sgt. Marcy Sanchez | I Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 06.10.2011

Nearly 400 Naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corps students from universities across the country are visiting Camp Pendleton this month to participate in the annual Career Orientation and Training for Midshipmen program.

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Kent yields to Barrett as top enlisted Marine

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Jun 10, 2011 5:33:47 EDT

MARINE BARRACKS WASHINGTON – With the passing of a sword, Sgt. Maj. Carlton Kent retired Thursday night and stepped aside after a distinguished career of more than 35 years.

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Semper FiPad: Marine Corps aviators use popular tablet in Afghanistan

6/10/2011 By Cpl. Rashaun X. James , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

Marine Corps aviators in Afghanistan are using one of the hottest electronic devices on the market to help keep Afghan civilians and coalition ground troops safe. CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan — “iPads allow close-air support aircrew several advantages,” said Maj. Marc Blankenbicker, the lead fire control officer for the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron Harvest Hawk detachment at Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan. “First is the ability to carry 500 large charts, known as gridded reference graphics, on one electronic tablet.”

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Help on the way for female combat veterans

Story by Sgt. Heidi Agostini | I Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 06.10.2011

Sgt. Nora Mund’s eyes welled up with tears as she fumbled with the black bracelet worn on her left wrist. Branded with the name of a fallen Marine she befriended during her Afghanistan-tour, the band serves as a memorial and a constant reminder of a life cut short. It’s one of many combat memories she finds difficult to suppress.

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Knowledge is power: Marines train Afghan troops in generator maintenance

6/10/2011 By Staff Sgt. Christopher Flurry , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

They say knowledge is power, and in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, U.S. Marines are giving Afghan forces the knowledge of power. CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272 are training Afghan soldiers and police in generator maintenance and basic electrician skills.

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June 9, 2011

Marines support Habitat for Humanity

Story by Cpl. Michele Watson | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 06.09.2011

OCEANSIDE, Calif. - The Marine Corps participates in humanitarian efforts across the globe, from the earthquake in Haiti to the typhoon in Japan. Here at home, some Marines take the time to volunteer in the local community and help make a difference in someone else’s life.

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Bomb tech's quick eye saves reporter's life

By Matt Millham
Stars and Stripes
Published: June 9, 2011

KAJAKI, Afghanistan — Just about every GI who’s been on patrol experiences a close call.

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Marines earn Navy Cross for Ganjgal heroism

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Jun 9, 2011 16:16:24 EDT

Two Marines who survived a bloody ambush in eastern Afghanistan in September 2009 will receive the Navy Cross on Friday for heroism, Marine officials said.

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Cherry Point community warriors gather, pay Memorial Day tribute

6/9/2011 By Lance Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki , Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

NEW BERN, N.C. (June 9, 2011) — Dozens of senior men filed into the New Bern National Cemetery with serious, stern looks on their faces. Many of them wore veteran’s hats, displayed with a solemn pride that they had served their country in times of war during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. They came to pay respects to the friends they served with but had not made it back.

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VMR-1 certifies for search, rescue

6/9/2011 By Pfc Cory D. Polom , Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. — The ocean’s choppy waves cause the water to rush inside the boat slowly, causing it to sink. In the middle of the ocean, as a growing fear sets in, a loud rumble is heard overhead in the dark night. Looking up in the sky, a bright light breaks the darkness, and down comes a man on a rope yelling he’s here to help. He then puts a strap around your waist and begins to hoist you from the cold water and toward the helicopter with the spotlight.

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June 8, 2011

Marines say goodbyes before heading to the Middle East

11:05 PM, Jun. 8, 2011
Written by
Derek Redd

Members of Echo Company, Antiterrorism Battalion, 4th Marine Division sat with family and loved ones around tables outside the Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center on Roberts Avenue. The mood was quiet, with laughter sometimes breaking through the hot June air.

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Groton Marine William Woitowicz Killed in Afganistan

June 8, 2011
By Editor

Flags throughout Groton were lowered to half-staff this afternoon and evening in honor of Marine Corporal William Woitowicz, killed in a “combat operation” on June 7 in Badghis, a province in Afghanistan. The 2007 graduate of Groton-Dunstable Regional High School entered the Marines when he graduated, and was assigned to the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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Navy Cross recipient credits Kent in recovery

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Jun 8, 2011 12:42:25 EDT

When Sgt. Maj. Carlton Kent hits the road to visit Marines, he likes to share the story of one man’s fight with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Once a Marine, Always a Marine: Commandant improves Transition Assistance Program

6/8/2011 By Lance Cpl. Chelsea Flowers , Headquarters Marine Corps

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Marine Corps has always been committed to the welfare of its troops. This attitude doesn’t change when a Marine gets out of the Corps.

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Delta changes bag policy after public outcry over charging soldiers

Stars and Stripes
Published: June 8, 2011

Two U.S. soldiers returning from a deployment in Afghanistan got fired up after being charged a $200 extra baggage fee by Delta Air Lines for their connecting flight from Baltimore to Atlanta — and their outrage led the airline to change its policy.

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Fontana Marine Develops Troops in Combat Through Unique Leadership

Story by Lance Cpl. Bryan Nygaard | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 06.08.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Capt. Ramon Pattugalan, of Fontana, Calif., had two objectives before this deployment to Afghanistan began: bring all his Marines back home alive and make them better than they were before they left. It is safe to say he completed that mission

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BDAF Marines protect Leatherneck, declare 'Protect This House or Die Trying: Not on our Watch'

Story by Lance Cpl. Katherine M. Solano | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 06.08.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Thousands of people rely on the security parameters in place on Camp Leatherneck to keep them safe as they go about their daily business of running units, planning sustainment missions for Afghan communities, holding shuras with Afghan government figures and maintaining a sense of normalcy in a battle-ridden area of operation.

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June 7, 2011

Marines struggle to convince Afghans that they won't abandon them

By Matt Millham
Stars and Stripes
Published: June 7, 2011

MUSA QALA, Afghanistan — More than a year after U.S. Marines took responsibility from British forces for the northern reaches of Helmand’s Musa Qala district, they are struggling to convince skeptical locals that this time, Western forces are going to make sure the stability is lasting.

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New Radio Helps Marines Accomplish Mission

Story by Lance Cpl. Daniel Wulz | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 06.07.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MARJAH, Afghanistan – Upon arrival to Forward Operating Base Marjah, Marines from Communications Platoon, 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, were introduced to a new piece of equipment, the AN/PRC-117G radio.

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Man on the ship, 24th MEU

6/7/2011 By Sgt. Richard Blumenstein , 24th MEU

Aboard the USS Iwo Jima (LHD -7) — As Marines and Sailors with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit head home to Camp Lejeune aboard the USS Iwo Jima (LHD -7), they are left with time to reflect on their experiences during Fleet Week New York 2011, which took place May 25 to June 1.

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Twentynine Palms Marine killed in Afghanistan

Cpl. Paul W. Zanowick II served with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment

By Kevin Acee
9:31 a.m., June 7, 2011

A Twentynine Palms Marine was killed in action in Afghanistan, the Corps announced. Cpl. Paul W. Zanowick II, 23, of Miamisburg, Ohio, died June 3 in Helmand province, a stronghold of the Taliban insurgency.

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Accomplishing the Mission: Marines in Marjah Produce Results

Story by Lance Cpl. Daniel Wulz | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 06.07.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MARJAH, Afghanistan -- When Marines of 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, came aboard Forward Operating Base Marjah, December 2010, Marine communication specialists tapped into insurgent intelligence.

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Marine Advisor Team Trains Afghans to Lead Themselves

Story by Lance Cpl. Daniel Wulz | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 06.07.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MARJAH, Afghanistan -- Since November 2010, the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment advisor team has been guiding and teaching Afghan National Army soldiers here.

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Marine aircraft wing chaplain provides ‘ministry on the fly’

Story by Cpl. Rashaun X. James | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 06.07.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM, Afghansitan - It’s 2:53 p.m. at Forward Operating Base Delaram, Afghanistan, and religious programs specialist Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Gallagher is looking quite nervous. Pacing in the blazing Afghanistan sun, Gallagher knows that he and the Navy chaplain he is sworn to protect have a convoy to catch in seven minutes, one that very well may leave them stranded if they are late.

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June 6, 2011

Task Force Belleau Wood Marines Hone Shotgun Skills During Range Training

Story by Lance Cpl. Katherine M. Solano | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 06.06.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- Training does not stop just because Marines are forward deployed. It is the goal of many companies to continue to hone their Marines’ skills on various weapons systems in between operational commitments and offensive missions.

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Doctor: Spice could threaten mental health

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jun 6, 2011 8:13:06 EDT

SAN DIEGO — Using synthetic drugs such as spice will do more than just risk your military career — it could lead to serious and potentially long-term mental disorders.

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Ground-Breaking Ceremony Instills Hope for Growth in Marjah

6/6/2011 By Lance Cpl. Katherine M. Solano , II MEF (FWD)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — As much as 85 percent of Afghanistan’s economic activity is made up of agricultural enterprises in the Helmand and Nimroz provinces. This impressive economic stature makes these areas attractive opportunities for coalition forces to develop and promote independent agricultural growth.

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Corinth Marine Survives Two IEDs, Stays in Fight

6/6/2011 By Lance Cpl. Bryan Nygaard , II MEF (FWD)

COMBAT OUTPOST SHUKVANI, Afghanistan — Lance Cpl. Andrew J. Armstrong’s fellow Marines call him, “Rock.” The name fits him well. The Corinth, N.Y., native has survived not one, but two improvised explosive devices. He is still in the fight and shows no signs of stopping. However, the memory of the first IED will always be engraved in his mind.

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June 5, 2011

Marines have the right stuff to play hardball with Taliban

Wesley G. Hughes, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/05/2011 09:26:44 PM PDT

The Marines at the Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms have proved once again that they can do the job.

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Cyclists ride to ease wounded vet's financial load

10:45 PM, Jun. 5, 201
Written by

Marine Cpl. Matthew Bowman, 23, of Lafayette continues to rehab as an out-patient at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

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VA trauma center treats most grievously wounded troops

The Palo Alto facility is among four nationwide in which physicians and therapists take a team approach to care for those who have suffered amputations and other catastrophic injuries, many from bomb blasts.

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
June 5, 2011

Reporting from Palo Alto—
Marine Lance Cpl. Jorge Ortiz is in pain.

A combat photographer, Ortiz was taking pictures of a captured weapons cache in Sangin, Afghanistan, on Jan. 15 when he stepped on a buried explosive device.

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Marine earns raucous day of welcoming

Frank Gray
Last updated: June 5, 2011 10:36 a.m.

Normally a placid place, the Fort Wayne International Airport terminal was jammed Saturday afternoon with people carrying flags, signs and cameras.

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Floor mats protect against IED blasts

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Jun 5, 2011 9:04:05 EDT

The Marine Corps and Army could soon field blast-resistant floor mats in thousands of military vehicles to protect U.S. troops in combat, military officials said.

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Camp Pendleton Marine to claim motorycycle, ride in fallen friend's honor

Lance Cpl. Clancy Cheek got the keys during Afghanistan tour

By Gretel C. Kovach
6 a.m., June 5, 2011

Cpl. Clancy Cheek is finally getting his new motorcycle, the one he plans to ride in honor of his best friend killed in action in Afghanistan. The Camp Pendleton Marine was serving a brutal tour with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment in Sangin, Afghanistan when the commandant of the Marine Corps handed him the keys on Christmas Day.

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June 4, 2011

Hundreds salute Marine Peter Clore at Courthouse

By Lee Morrison
TimesReporter.com staff writer
Posted Jun 04, 2011 @ 11:22 PM


More than 400 area residents climbed the Tuscarawas County Courthouse stairs Saturday to pay their respects to Marine Lance Cpl. Peter Clore, who was remembered as a laughing, friendly person, always helping others.

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Marines veteran makes us proud

Posted Jun 04, 2011

The year was 2006 and my family and I were attending the Veterans Day Parade in Fall River, when a veteran came by and gave my 4-year-old daughter a giant American flag. He told us that he was a 30-year veteran from the United States Marine Corps, and that on every Memorial Day and Veterans Day parade, he purchases these flags and hands them out to children along the parade route.

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First Lady Lauds Strength, Resilience of Military Kids

By Elaine Sanchez
American Forces Press Service

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va., June 4, 2011 – First Lady Michelle Obama lauded the graduating seniors of Quantico Middle/High School here last night for their strength, resilience and maturity as they came of age in military families during a time of war.

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In Afghanistan, Gates bidding farewell to troops

AP National Security Writer
Jun 4, 9:14 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Saturday during his farewell trip to Afghanistan that success of the U.S. mission is paramount and the "most costly thing of all would be to fail."

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June 3, 2011

The ties that bind (and survive boot camp)

Posted by Gidget Fuentes
June 3rd, 2011

It’s a memory just about any Marine would rather soon forget, the moment when niceties from the first moments at recruit training are quietly shoved aside when testosterone-driven drill instructors pick up their fresh prey and aim right for the jugular.

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New Philadelphia soldier arrives home for burial

By Jon Baker
Times-Reporter.com staff writer
Posted Jun 03, 2011 @ 10:44 PM


Marine Lance Cpl. Peter Clore completed the last leg of his long journey home from Afghanistan as a mile-long procession escorted his remains to Tuscarawas County from the Akron-Canton Airport on Friday.

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Marine from York injured by shrapnel in Afghanistan

Wounded Propst won't come home without unit

Andrew Dys - Columnist
Published: Friday, Jun. 03, 2011


When you are the son of a guy who runs a sawmill in rural western York County - and your grandfather and great-grandfather that ran that mill - you grow up tough and hard-nosed.

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Radio Battalion Helps ANGLICO Intercept Insurgents

Story by Lance Cpl. Bryan Nygaard | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 06.03.2011

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Marines see a man walking, he does not see them. He hunches down and starts to dig. The Marines believe he is planting an improvised explosive device, but they do not know for sure. There is nothing that identifies him as the enemy.

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Story by Cpl. Adam Leyendecker | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 06.03.2011

Waiting behind trees, rocks, thick brush and sometimes behind their own people, the insurgents of Afghanistan are smart and sometimes difficult to locate and suppress.

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Brother, sister in arms: Colorado Springs siblings reunite in Afghanistan

Story by Pfc. Sean Dennison | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 06.03.2011

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - When Sgt. Judy Hunziker, a maintenance administration clerk with Marine Attack Squadron 513, last saw her brother, she was on pre-deployment leave in the comfort of her hometown of Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Marine from San Clemente selected for posthumous Navy Cross for heroism in Afghanistan

June 3, 2011 | 11:35 am

A Marine lance corporal from San Clemente who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009 while saving fellow Marines from a buried roadside bomb has been selected for the Navy Cross.

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Marine Corps announces changes to re-enlistment procedures

By Travis Tritten
Stars and Stripes
Published: June 3, 2011

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Marine Corps has changed its re-enlistment procedures in an attempt to improve the quality of its ranks, according to orders approved by the commandant in May.

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‘War Dogs’ arrive to join 31st MEU

6/3/2011 By Capt. Caleb D. Eames , 31st MEU

KADENA AIR BASE, OKINAWA, Japan — The ‘War Dogs’ of Twentynine Palms, Calif., have begun arriving here to join the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit as the new battalion landing team, with the first flight landing June 3.

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June 2, 2011

Groundbreaking ceremony instills hope for growth in Marjah

Story by Lance Cpl. Katherine M. Solano | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 06.03.2011

MARJAH, Afghanistan - As much as 85 percent of Afghanistan’s economic activity is made up of agricultural enterprises in the Helmand and Nimroz provinces. This impressive economic stature makes these areas attractive opportunities for coalition forces to develop and promote independent agricultural growth.

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Troops find bombs more on foot than by vehicle

Experience and training credited for increased finds of explosive devices

By Gretel C. Kovach
4:19 p.m., June 2, 2011

The surge of troops sent to Afghanistan encountered soaring numbers of bombs hidden in paths and roads over the last year — and a corresponding jump in casualties. But as insurgents increased their use of these simple and inexpensive homemade weapons, international forces patrolling on foot became far better at finding them, the latest Pentagon figures show.

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Marine's cross-country fundraising trip ends in Bethany Beach

7:35 AM, Jun. 2, 2011
Written by
Alyson Cunningham

BETHANY BEACH — On his bicycle journey across the country, Marine Maj. Bill Conner’s friends were never far from his thoughts.

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Safar Bazaar’s ‘little mayor’ reaches Afghans

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 06.02.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan -- Lance Cpl. Robert Lemonte smiles as he patrols, at six in the morning, down the main street of the Safar Bazaar. He’s not smiling because someone told a joke; the Mansfield, Ind., native smiles because he recognizes the shop owners who are opening up for the day. He smiles because they smiled at him first.

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PSC offers monthly Money Management Workshop

Story by Cpl. Jovane Henry | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 06.02.2011

Dealing with personal finances can be a daunting task for those not experienced or unaware of the resources available.

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DOD to remove social security numbers from ID cards

Story by Pfc. Daniel Valle | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 06.02.2011

OKINAWA, Japan - All social security numbers will be removed from Department of Defense identification cards and be replaced by a DOD identification number beginning June 2011.

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Marines drive 1,000 miles to Cashion to aide tornado cleanup

Cashion resident Pfc. Dustin Buckner and two Marines left Camp Pendleton, Calif., on Friday for Cashion to help with tornado cleanup.

BY BRYAN DEAN [email protected] Oklahoman Comment on this article 0
Published: June 2, 2011

U.S. Marine Pfc. Dustin Buckner watched in disbelief as national news broadcasts showed the devastation from a tornado that hit his hometown of Cashion last week.

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June 1, 2011

Louisiana Marine Survives IED Blast, Continues to Fight

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 06.01.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – “I thought it was just another day on the 45-minute drive to get to the location. My teammate and I were coming up with a plan of attack,” said Winnfield, La., native Staff Sgt. Tony Palomo. “I never thought I’d be the one to set off the (improvised explosive device).”

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Injured marine gets warm welcome home

He's home from war early, not unscathed. It's the first time Marine Lance Cpl. Johnathan Bedwell has been back since he was injured in an IED Explosion in Afghanistan.

Posted: 5:46 PM Jun 1, 2011
Reporter: Sara Shookman
Email Address: [email protected]

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A wounded warrior is home with family in East Tennessee Wednesday.

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Marine, Canine Make a Good Team

By Marine Corp Cpl. Jenn Calaway
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Public Affairs

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., June 1, 2011 – Two Marine Corps members, one somewhat hairy for a Marine, work together to make this military base safe for its workers and residents.

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Abbot Marine serving in Afghanistan misses what Mainers take for granted: grass

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff
Posted June 01, 2011, at 11:16 a.m.

ABBOT, Maine — An Abbot man serving his first tour of duty in Afghanistan says he longs for his family but he also misses something most Mainers take for granted during the summer months: grass.

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Medford Marine dedicates flag to school, first grade class

By Nell Escobar Coakley/[email protected]
Posted Jun 01, 2011 @ 12:00 PM

Medford —

It was supposed to be a small ceremony: a Marine, first graders and a flagpole. Instead, the McGlynn school community came out in force last week to meet one Medford solider who brought a special gift with him all the way from the Middle East.

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Marines wrestle with exasperation in battle for hearts and minds

By Matt Millham
Stars and Stripes
Published: June 1, 2011

PATROL BASE MIRAGE, Afghanistan — First Lt. Tor Peery stood in front of a black and white map tacked to a piece of plywood in his command center, raised a massive arm and pointed to a pizza-slice-shaped bit of acreage south of the blue thumbtack representing his current position.

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Ordnance technicians ensure warheads hit foreheads

Story by Lance Cpl. Charles Clark | Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni | Date: 06.01.2011

IWAKUNI, Japan - A Marine walks out from under the F/A-18 Hornet wing and looks up at the sky. He sees a mix of light and dark gray.

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