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July 31, 2011

Bonds of brotherhood help 3/4 Marines focus during deployment

Story by Staff Sgt. Ryan Smith | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 07.31.2011

OBSERVATION POST 22, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Thoughts of those left home during a deployment can weigh on a young man’s mind when he enters a combat zone for the first time.

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Afghan farmers trade poppy seeds for wheat seeds

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 07.31.2011

NAWA, Helmand province, Afghanistan - The change of agriculture in Afghanistan is steadily steering away from the illegal crops which fund insurgent forces year after year. Civil Affairs Team 3, which is supporting the Afghan government, plans to continue providing wheat as an alternative to growing poppy and cannabis in Afghanistan’s Nawa District to drive the country into future.

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Afghan police broaden horizons through local literacy program

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 07.31.2011

NAWA DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Among the biggest challenges the local government faces as the United States prepares to draw down thousands of troops from Afghanistan is its literacy rate. Only one in 10 recruits who sign up for Afghanistan's police and army can read and write according to a recent Reuters article. Many of the local residents find something as simple as spelling their own names a challenge.

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Camp Pendleton Marines in Afghanistan warned of Taliban threat

July 31, 2011 |
Tony Perry in San Diego

During a surprise visit Saturday with Marines and sailors from Camp Pendleton deployed in Afghanistan, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff warned against complacency and said Taliban fighters could be planning increased attacks.

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Coming of age through war: Lance Cpl. Ernest Prempeh

Story by Cpl. James Clark | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 07.31.2011

CAMP HANSON, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Life, for the most part, is gray. The passing moments are not unpleasant, nor are they particularly remarkable -- just a colorless blur of regularity and routine.

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US commanders concerned about Ramadan fighting

Associated Press
Jul 31, 7:45 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has until mid-October to submit a plan for the initial withdrawal of American troops, decisions that may hinge in part on whether the latest surge in attacks continues through the holy month of Ramadan.

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July 30, 2011

As drawdown approaches, U.S. commanders in Afghanistan reluctant to leave

By Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Saturday, July 30, 7:23 PM

Garmser, Afghanistan — This farming district along the Helmand River, once one of the most Taliban-saturated corners of southern Afghanistan, has turned so quiet over the past three months that some U.S. Marines here quietly wish for a gunfight. “Just to get off a few rounds,” said one, “so we can feel like Marines.”

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3/4 Marines take, return fire near Gereshk, Afghanistan

Story by Staff Sgt. Ryan Smith | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 07.30.2011

PATROL BASE KAKAR, Helmand province, Afghanistan - In the low lands of Gereshk, Afghanistan, the Marines of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, know they are being watched by the insurgency.

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Texas battalion’s good neighbor policy helps keep Helmand base secure

Story by Staff Sgt. Jeremy Ross | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 07.30.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Marines and sailors with the Houston-based Lone Star Battalion, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, have been conducting security and counterinsurgency operations in the vicinity of the Camp Leatherneck-Camp Bastion complex since deploying to Afghanistan in January.

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New book list and new reading rules for you

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Jul 30, 2011 8:34:51 EDT

Commandant Gen. Jim Amos has released a new professional reading list for all Marines, and cracking open a book could now factor in more clearly at promotion time.

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July 29, 2011

Marine forces in demand: special operations grows into Afghan role

Camp Pendleton battalion plans to fill ranks

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
10:03 p.m., July 29, 2011

Demand for the unique capabilities of special operations forces after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks led to the genesis of the first Marine Corps units. Now, even as the United States winds down two long wars, the worldwide need for the elite troops continues to grow, setting the nascent force of Marine operators at crosscurrents with broader military trends.

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Rest your weary head: Pillows crafted for Echo Battery

Story by Christine Cabalo | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 07.29.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Hawaii - A total of 150 Marines in Echo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, are receiving pillows in the mail while deployed in Afghanistan.

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Monroe woman breaks Afghanistan's cultural gender stereotype

By Chris Sullivan
97.3 KIRO FM Reporter
Updated Jul 29, 2011

Most of us know or have heard about how badly women are treated in Afghanistan. Schools and jobs are not open to them, especially in culturally-conservative rural areas.

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Vets with PTSD, government reach settlement

By Kimberly Hefling - The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Jul 29, 2011 7:25:44 EDT

WASHINGTON — More than a thousand Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder would be given lifetime disability retirement benefits such as military health insurance under the terms of a settlement reached between the government and the veterans.

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July 28, 2011

Combat Center conducts largest Enhanced Mojave Viper training yet

Courtesy Story | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 07.28.2011

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER, TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The Marine Corps serves as America's expeditionary force in readiness, ready to respond to crisis situations around the globe whenever America's interests are threatened. Preparing for the complex and deadly possibilities that they may be sent to face requires the toughest training Marines can receive.

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A new breed: Marine special operations

Camp Pendleton operators talk about what it takes to serve

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
2:55 p.m., July 28, 2011

The Marines long resisted the idea of carving out an elite unit from their “first to fight” force, but they finally stood up a special operations command in 2006. In recent years, the leatherneck operators found their footing within the special operations community with “village stability operations” in Afghanistan. Now the commandant plans to expand the Corps’ special operations force by 1,000 to 1,300 people, adding at least a third to their current numbers.

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U.S. forces target outskirts of Afghan cities

By Carmen Gentile - Special for USA Today
Posted : Thursday Jul 28, 2011 21:12:37 EDT

UPPER GERESHK VALLEY, Afghanistan — Smoking a cigarette after a long day at a tiny military outpost deep in Taliban territory, Sgt. David Sowell mulled over how many of his fellow Marines had lost limbs in this river valley.

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Corpsman From Kingwood Trains Medic To Save Lives In Afghanistan

Story & Photos by Cpl. Benjamin Crilly

The Afghan National Army foot patrol came to a halt as a shock wave engulfed the patrol. When the smoke cleared, Sgt. Wahid Zula had absorbed the majority of the blast and lay on the ground bleeding from the injuries he sustained.

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Soldier said he wanted to attack Fort Hood troops

By the CNN Wire Staff
July 28, 2011 6:04 p.m. EDT

Killeen, Texas (CNN) -- An AWOL Muslim American Army private arrested near Fort Hood has told investigators that he wanted to attack fellow soldiers at the military base, the police chief in Killeen, Texas, said Thursday.

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Blue dress uniform represents Corps’ history

Story by Pfc. Michael Granahan | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 07.28.2011

OKINAWA, Japan - The blue dress uniform, worn by Marines, is steeped in history, with roots dating back to 1798 when the secretary of war authorized the wearing of a blue uniform with red trim. Blue was chosen to represent the Marine Corps’ naval ties, the red to express sentiment for the British Royal Marines’ traditional colors.

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Marine sergeant major, son serve together in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Rashaun X. James | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 07.28.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Upon hearing the news that his son would be deploying to Afghanistan, Sgt. Maj. Robert Allen of Marine Wing Support Squadron 272 began making the arrangements to join the fight.

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New school in Sangin shows progress, brings hope

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 07.28.2011

SANGIN, Helmand province, Afghanistan – The summer is winding down and the school year is just weeks away in the United States. Children of all ages have nervous butterflies in anticipation of the first day of school, while parents purchase school supplies to prepare their sons and daughters for the coming months.

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Skull session: We walk you through the best helmet upgrades on the market

By Rob Curtis - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Jul 28, 2011 12:58:10 EDT

You don’t want to use your Kevlar helmet for a sink the way your grandfather may have back in the day. But your helmet still can do more than provide ballistic protection.

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July 27, 2011

An American hero: Georgia native loses leg, returns to combat zone

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 07.27.2011

CAMP HANSON, Helmand province, Afghanistan – The pouring rain drenched the streets of Ramadi, Iraq, mixing with the rancid stench of backed-up sewage canals. The knee-deep concoction made the night patrol difficult for the Marines, but they had a mission to accomplish.

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Where the Marines and the antelope play: Marines share South African training area with herds of blesbok, springbok

Story by Cpl. Jad Sleiman | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 07.27.2011

GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa - Just about every night around dusk, two opponents meet in the open fog.

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Boys of Company G push insurgency from Trek Nawa

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 07.27.2011

CAMP HANSON, Helmand province, Afghanistan – The sweltering, afternoon sun stretches across the cloudless, Afghan sky causing sweat to drip from the Marines’ faces. Living in mud compounds and sweltering tents, eating packaged meals-ready-to-eat three times a day, patrolling for hours on end with 100-pound packs – this is the life of a Marine with Company G, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.

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Combat innovations multiply Marine Corps Harriers’ punch

Story by Pfc. Sean Dennison | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 07.27.2011

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Singled out by their red helmets, ordnance Marines can be seen as the muscle of a squadron, the ones who provide weaponry and ensure each aircraft is battle ready.

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Pittsburgh native survives blast, returns to duty

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 07.27.2011

CAMP HANSON, Helmand province, Afghanistan – “My bell was rung,” said Pittsburgh native Zachary Beamer as he recounted his story of survival from an Improvised Explosive Device detonation.

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Marines adapt for the future in Javelin Thrust exercise

July 27, 2011

The future of the Marine Corps may be playing out in the mountains of Bridgeport, Calif., and the flatlands of nearby Hawthorne, Nev.

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July 26, 2011

New GI Bill tuition protection approved

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Jul 26, 2011 14:15:00 EDT

Congress has passed emergency legislation to prevent thousands of Post-9/11 GI Bill students from a drop in tuition payments next week when new policies will simplify the popular education program.

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Jo’burg born Marine returns to South Africa for exercise

Story by Cpl. Jad Sleiman | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 07.26.2011

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa - There’s the English spoken in South Africa, and then there’s the English spoken in Southern California.

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Marines, ANA give Garmsir Ramadan gift

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 07.26.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Ramadan is just a few days away and local Afghanistan National Army soldiers and Marines are joining in the holiday buzz.

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Yard banner for U.S. Marine sparks legal tussle

By Kathy Finn
NEW ORLEANS | Tue Jul 26, 2011 11:05am EDT

(Reuters) - When Corey Burr left to serve with U.S. forces in Afghanistan in January, his parents erected a banner in their front yard with his photo and a message: "Our son defends our freedom".

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Personnel retrieval and processing: bringing heroes home

Story by Lance Cpl. Bruno J. Bego | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 07.25.2011

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan – Personnel retrieval and processing specialists perform duties in both combat and non-combat environments pertaining to the search and recovery, identification, processing and transportation of America’s fallen heroes.

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July 25, 2011

No more 20-year rule? DOD panel calls for radical retirement overhaul

Published: July 25, 2011

A sweeping new plan to overhaul the Pentagon’s retirement system would give some benefits to all troops and phase out the 20-year cliff vesting system that has defined military careers for generations, the Military Times newspapers reported.

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CLB 31 supports BLT 2/7, 31st MEU during TS11

Story by Gunnery Sgt. Cindy Fisher | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 07.25.2011

SHOALWATER BAY TRAINING AREA, Australia – Behind every combat unit, there is logistic support. For the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, there is Combat Logistics Battalion 31.

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Re-up deadline days away for some

By Dan Lamothe
Posted : Monday Jul 25, 2011 7:43:46 EDT

If you’re a first-term Marine who thought there was more time this summer to consider re-enlistment, think again.

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July 24, 2011

Attacks, poppy crop stall Marines’ Afghan goals

By Solomon Moore - The Associated Press
Posted : Sunday Jul 24, 2011 12:20:12 EDT

SIRAQULA, Afghanistan — Shortly after the call to prayer resounded over the harvested poppy fields near Salaam Bazaar, two Taliban commanders were heard on their radios asking how their forces are doing.

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Marines of 3/23 navigate mountainous terrain during Operation Javelin Thrust

7/24/2011 By Cpl. Andrew Thorburn , Marine Forces Reserve

MARINE CORPS MOUNTAIN WARFARE TRAINING CENTER BRIDGEPORT, Calif. — With today’s technology, most people can flip out a cell phone and find their position in a minute, but when the batteries die, Marines pull out the compasses and paper maps to complete their missions.

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Female Engagement Team supports 1/5, Afghan soldiers in Sangin

Story by Cpl. Katherine Keleher | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 07.24.2011

PATROL BASE FULOD, Afghanistan – The two service women of Female Engagement Team 15, Petty Officer 2nd Class Amanda Richeal and Lance Cpl. Chandra Francisco, have been supporting 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 8, and their Afghan partners in their counterinsurgency mission since arriving in Sangin District, Helmand province, in the late spring.

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Former CG: MARSOC will grow, get air assets

By Dan Lamothe - Staff Writer
Posted : Sunday Jul 24, 2011 10:56:51 EDT

Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command could eventually balloon to between 5,000 and 6,000 Marines and have its own aviation assets, said the three-star general who served as its first commander.

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July 23, 2011

Honoring Ullom: Hospital corpsman laid to rest

By Kelly Dame Midland Daily News
Posted: Saturday, July 23, 2011 7:00 am

In ceremonies steeped in military rituals, U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Aaron D. “Doc” Ullom was honored at his Friday funeral services as a hero who died saving another man’s life. Midlanders recognized his sacrifice by coming out in droves to pay their respects to him and to support his family.

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July 22, 2011

US Marines to visit New Zealand next year

By NICK PERRY, Associated Press – July 22, 2011

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — U.S. Marines will visit New Zealand next year for the first time in at least 25 years, a sign of continuing thawing in the countries' military relations.

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July 21, 2011

Through the Ranks: Sergeant

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 07.21.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — A soft pink-hued glow highlights Sgt. Garrett Farris’ eyebrows, nose, cheeks and chin as he lies in his cot with a laptop resting on his stomach. On the screen, an animated horned beast falls in love with an innocent beauty.

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GI Bill reboot: Upcoming changes simplify the process, but new caps could cut your benefits

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Jul 21, 2011 10:52:24 EDT

GI Bill 2.0 starts Aug. 1 with sweeping improvements to help thousands of current and former troops — and some of their families — earn college degrees.

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After tour, Reservists' mental health may suffer

By Amy Norton
NEW YORK | Thu Jul 21, 2011 4:03pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Reservists returning from Iraq or Afghanistan may have more trouble adjusting to life at home than full-time soldiers do -- and that can take a toll on their mental well-being, a UK study finds.

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July 20, 2011

IED strike brings father, son closer

Story by Sgt. Jesse Stence | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 07.20.2011

CAMP DWYER, Helmand province, Afghanistan -- “By the time I had the radio to my mouth, the whole truck exploded.”

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Marine to be awarded Medal of Honor

Dakota Meyer ran to fallen comrades in Afghanistan

By Gretel C. Kovach, Reporter - Military
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 6:44 p.m.

A Marine who ignored his shrapnel wounds and a barrage of enemy gunfire to retrieve four fallen comrades in Afghanistan will be awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest for valor in combat.

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A hero's death for B'klyn man

Marine dies trying to save pal

Last Updated: 4:03 AM, July 20, 2011
Posted: 3:04 AM, July 20, 2011

A young Brooklyn man who became a Marine to be just like his dad was mortally wounded trying to save a comrade during a bloody clash in Afghanistan last week, grieving kin and the military said yesterday.

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July 19, 2011

Twentynine Palms Marine killed in Afghanistan: Lance Cpl. Christopher L. Camero

Marine from Hawaii served with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines in Helmand

By Gretel C. Kovach
Originally published 3:27 p.m., July 19, 2011, updated 1:31 p.m., July 20, 2011

A Twentynine Palms Marine was fatally wounded in action in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced today.

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Obama OKs Medal of Honor for living Marine

Dakota Meyer, a former corporal, will be honored for his heroics in Ganjgal, Afghanistan, in September 2009

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Jul 19, 2011 18:36:54 EDT

A Marine who repeatedly braved enemy fire in eastern Afghanistan attempting to find and save fellow members of his embedded training team will receive the Medal of Honor, Marine Corps Times has confirmed.

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Afghan villagers join forces with U.S. coalition to bring peace to Marjah

By Matt Millham
Stars and Stripes
Published: July 19, 2011

NORTHERN MARJAH, Afghanistan — Ali Mohammad pleaded with the Taliban to stop putting improvised bombs around his compound, explaining that they were more likely to kill children or goats than they were to injure U.S. Marines, who stomped into Marjah district in March 2010.

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IAR wins over skeptical Marine infantrymen

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Jul 19, 2011 10:54:48 EDT

GARMSER, Afghanistan — Lance Cpl. Kendrick Johnson used to carry around the 22-pound M249 Squad Automatic Weapon. During patrols, he said, being so weighed down “really sucked.” But after five hours on the move, his arms would get used to it.

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LA Marine learns more than local language

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 07.19.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — It looks like Sgt. Jose Hernandez is teaching an elementary level anatomy class, but he’s actually learning the local language. He points to a local boy’s arms, legs, ears and eyes -- naming each body part in Pashto.

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July 18, 2011

Marines in Afghanistan honor departed osprey crew chief

Story by Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 07.18.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghansitan - Deployed Marines and sailors gathered at the Regional Command Southwest Memorial Chapel on Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, to honor the life of Staff Sgt. Thomas J. Dudley, July 18.

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Wounded corpsman earns Silver Star

By Sam Fellman - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jul 18, 2011 13:48:16 EDT

When he saw a Marine in his squad fall, then-Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class (FMF) Jake Emmott rushed headlong into insurgent gunfire to reach him. It was April 20, 2010, and Emmott’s squad had fallen under heavy fire during a combat patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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A role model for Marines

800 pay tribute to Sgt. Trevor Cook at Medina service

Monday, July 18, 2011 12:00 am
By Tom Rivers

MEDINA — Trevor Cook, a skilled crew chief and marksman, was a leader in the Marine Corps, a soldier who already amassed many medals and promotions in his seven-year career.

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New this summer: groin armor

By James K. Sanborn - [email protected]
Posted : Monday Jul 18, 2011 8:48:58 EDT

It looks like a camouflage diaper, but it could save your future children.

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Gen. Petraeus hands over command in Afghanistan

Associated Press
Jul 18, 8:33 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Gen. David Petraeus handed over command of American and coalition forces to Gen. John Allen on Monday, ending a year that saw the costly counterinsurgency strategy he espoused and implemented coming under increasingly heavy criticism.

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Marine attack helicopters move north to aid air ambulances

7/18/2011 By Cpl. Rashaun X. James , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

FORWARD OPERATING BASE EDINBURGH, Afghanistan — Until recently, if an injured Marine needed medical evacuation from the battlefield in the turbulent northeast of Afghanistan’s Helmand province, the air ambulance providing care might not be able to assist until Marine Corps attack helicopters were on scene.

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6 Marines, 3 couples, 1 squadron: Married Marines deploy together to Afghanistan

7/18/2011 By Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan —

Michael and Jessica Stedman recently celebrated their first anniversary. They also recently deployed to Afghanistan together.

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July 17, 2011

Sangin FET Marines reach out to local women during 1/5 operation

7/17/2011 By Cpl. Katherine Keleher , II MEF (FWD)

SANGIN, Afghanistan — Service women with Female Engagement Team 13, in Sangin District, Helmand province, laced up their boots, filled up their water sources and set out on patrol in support of 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, and the Afghan National Army, July 14.

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Marine is killed in Afghanistan

Cpl. Gurpreet Singh had wanted to be in the military since he was a boy. The immigrant from India hoped to go to college after the service.

By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
July 17, 2011

Quiet and polite, with a penchant for keeping his emotions in check and his clothes clean and pressed, Gurpreet Singh seemed a perfect fit as a retail shoe salesman.

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Valor awards mount up for little-known battle

By Gina Cavallaro and Gidget Fuentes - Staff writers
Posted : Sunday Jul 17, 2011 9:51:52 EDT

GARMSER DISTRICT, Afghanistan — Just a few weeks into a short-notice deployment to southwestern Afghanistan, Capt. Byron Owen and the Marines in his force reconnaissance platoon got an urgent mission: Go to Shewan.

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July 16, 2011

Baltimore Marine leads Kajaki in positive direction

Story by Sgt. Earnest J. Barnes | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 07.16.2011

ORWARD OPERATING BASE FOB ZEEBRUGGE, Helmand province, Afghanistan — The image of most wars portrayed in the history books is that of battles in which sweaty, dirt-covered men storm beachheads and battlefields, while all that is left to read about are captivating dialogs of victory. Rarely do these books reflect on the human experience of what happens in the depths of counterinsurgency operations, in which these same men fight with their minds, guts and glory. One Baltimore native, however, has experienced this first hand and must now use all three to accomplish his mission once again.

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Missouri Marine follows in parents’ footsteps

Story by Sgt. Earnest J. Barnes | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 07.16.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Helmand province, Afghanistan — The arrival of a new baby in any family inevitably causes parents and family members to huddle around the child, saying things like “Oh, he has your nose,” or “Those eyes are just like his mother’s,” or “I wonder what he’ll be when he grows up.” One Grandview, Mo., native never thought he’d grow up to be like his parents, but as fate would have it, he fell into formation right behind them

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West Virginia Marine, family man fosters pride, humility

Story by Sgt. Earnest J. Barnes | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 07.16.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FOB ZEEBRUGGE, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Separation from family members is arguably the hardest part of deployments for service members and their loved ones. A Moundsville, W.Va., native and his family know the strain of being apart all too well, yet they have found a way to balance their challenging lifestyle through resilience and understanding

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Marine mechanics work hard, train hard, fight for each other

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 07.16.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE EDINBURGH, Helmand province, Afghanistan - The high-pitched warning beeps of trucks backing up, wrenches turning, and popular American music of all genres echo throughout the mechanic shop. Tan combat vehicles sit on floor jacks while Marines work under the hoods, replacing damaged or dysfunctional parts.

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Ohio rifleman reflects on loss of fallen Marine

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 07.16.2011

PATROL BASE TALIBJAN, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Marines in Afghanistan strive daily to defeat insurgents and support development efforts. Some end up paying the ultimate price, giving their lives for their fellow Marines.

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Lone Star Battalion probes for enemy during Operation Frank Jr.

Story by Cpl. Adam Leyendecker | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 07.16.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Marines with the Houston-based Lone Star Battalion, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, Task Force Belleau Wood, pushed through south Habib Abad in Nad’ Ali District, Helmand province, and linked up with troops from Task Force Helmand during Operation Frank Jr., July 13

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Marine pilots recount daring rescue mission

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Jul 16, 2011 10:14:53 EDT

Minutes after an Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle crashed in Libya late on March 21, the pilot of the downed aircraft made a simple radio plea: “Tell my wife I love her.”

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Canada's exit highlights Afghanistan challenges

Other allied nations have made no secret of their wish to follow suit, and the withdrawals will place a heavier burden on those troops left behind. Senior U.S. officials have been reassuring wary Afghans, who say violence is still rampant.

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
July 16, 2011

Reporting from Kandahar, Afghanistan—
The air conditioning in the cavernous military assembly hall didn't generate enough of a breeze to flutter the long strings of plastic Canadian flags. Some in the audience squirmed in their seats during a lengthy farewell address by an Afghan general. And with that, it was over.

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July 15, 2011

Why military veterans make great employees

By Rye Barcott, Special to CNN
July 15, 2011 6:55 a.m. EDT

Editor's note: Rye Barcott, the author of "It Happened on the Way to War," is a former marine and a co-founder of Carolina for Kibera, a nongovernmental organization devoted to alleviating poverty in the Kibera slum of Nairobi.

(CNN) -- Last Sunday, on the final stop of their final day in North America, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge popped in to a Los Angeles job fair for military veterans and spouses. William and Catherine spent their time with vets and enlightened business leaders looking to pair talent with opportunity.

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Lejeune Prepares for 'Green' Biodiesel Fuel Delivery

Fri, 15 Jul 2011 15:20:00 -0500
From a Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune News Release

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., July 15, 2011 - Officials here are preparing for the scheduled July 18 delivery of the inaugural shipment of biodiesel fuel that's grown, processed and blended exclusively in North Carolina for the military.

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Soldier's friend: Local support 'made me proud'

Published: Friday, Jul. 15, 2011
Andrew Dys Columnist - [email protected]


The bagpiper had finished, and the only flag at the graveside was taken from the coffin, folded and given to a wife whose grief is immeasurable as she held three fatherless children.

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Largest Marine Corps Reserve exercise of the year scheduled to commence

Courtesy Story | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 07.15.2011

NEW ORLEANS - More than 5,000 Marines from Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Corps active component units will participate in the largest Marine Corps Reserve exercise of the year at several locations throughout the Western United States July 17-31.

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Point man leads way for J Company, 42 Commando in Helmand province

Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Snodgrass | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 07.15.2011

NAD’ALI DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Imagine how much courage it takes to be a point man in Helmand province, Afghanistan, where insurgent attacks and improvised explosive devices are a common occurrence. Now imagine your specific mission is to detect and locate IEDs as the point man for a patrol.

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Marines make reality out of a ‘Mehraj’

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 07.15.2011

PATROL BASE MEHRAJ, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Every drop of sweat from their foreheads cools their faces as Marines patrol through the Afghan heat. Every cautious step through the cratered terrain and dusty roads is a step closer to completing the mission. Every hour spent standing watch brings them closer to the sweet smell of home-cooked meals or catching the big game on a Monday night.

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July 14, 2011

Midland sailor killed in Afghanistan

By Kelly Dame
Posted: Thursday, July 14, 2011

Family and friends are remembering Midlander Aaron Ullom, a U.S. Navy hospital corpsman who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Tuesday, as brave, strong and smart.

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Marines keep rolling through dangerous terrain

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 07.14.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE EDINBURGH, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Engine roars burst under the sunny morning sky from the monstrous trucks and off they go outside their protected walls, where potential threats are constant and the terrain is unforgiving. From sunrise to sunset, these hard-working Marines are always on the move. It’s their mission to roll through the rough roads of Afghanistan from patrol base to patrol base, supplying their fellow warriors with the food, water and any other supplies they need.

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Pennsylvania native makes connections in Helmand

Courtesy Story | 2nd Marine Division (FWD) Combat Camera | Date: 07.14.2011

MUSA QAL’EH, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Showers and cold drinks in the 120-degree heat of the Afghan summer exist only in a Marine’s memory at some of the smaller patrol bases in the area, but one Grove City, Pa., Marine is determined to keep the unforgiving temperatures and desert sand storms from degrading a vital asset Marines and sailors use daily.

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Afghanistan War Diary: Weapons cache found in Sangin

More than 400 pounds of explosives seized

By Gretel C. Kovach
12:40 p.m., July 14, 2011

There hasn’t been a lot of good news coming out of Sangin lately. After a year of punishing losses among the insurgent ranks, the Taliban finally launched a counteroffensive to retake their former stronghold in the poppy fields of southwestern Afghanistan.

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Marine Corps Wages War on PTSD

OSCAR, the mental health arm of the Marine Corps, offers a host of services designed to ensure that no Marine has to recover alone from the trauma of battle.

By Judy Erickson
July 14, 2011

In an effort to identify and treat Marines who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the Navy and Marine Corps have developed certain protocols in recent years. Psychiatrists, nurse practitioners and psychiatric technicians deploy with and also live in regiments on the front lines with troops.

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Fort Mill Marine killed in Afghanistan returns home

Published: Thursday, Jul. 14, 2011
By Nicole E. Smith - [email protected]


The air was warm and the mood solemn Wednesday morning as the family of Marine Staff Sgt. Thomas Joseph "T.J." Dudley walked into the hangar at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport.

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Mila Kunis Keeping Date with Marine

July 14, 2011

Mila Kunis is keeping her date with Marine Sgt. Scott Moore.

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Bakersfield, Calif., twins serve together in Afghanistan

Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Snodgrass | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 07.14.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Serving in Afghanistan usually means being away from family for several months. For identical twin sisters Lance Cpls. Ashley Sallee and Kimberly Gastelum, however, being deployed to Helmand province has brought them closer together.

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Marines keep rolling through dangerous terrain

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 07.14.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE EDINBURGH, Helmand province, Afghanistan -- Engine roars burst under the sunny morning sky from the monstrous trucks and off they go outside their protected walls, where potential threats are constant and the terrain is unforgiving. From sunrise to sunset, these hard-working Marines are always on the move. It’s their mission to roll through the rough roads of Afghanistan from patrol base to patrol base, supplying their fellow warriors with the food, water and any other supplies they need.

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July 13, 2011

Mila Kunis Breaks Date With Marine?

By Tim Kenneally at TheWrap

Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:44pm EDT

Mila Kunis has reportedly broken her word -- and, along with it, one lonely Marine's heart.

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Logistics squadron keeps Marine aircraft flying in Afghanistan

7/13/2011 By By Cpl. Rashaun X. James , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan — Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40 has one mission, to guarantee 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) squadrons are never left without ordnance, working equipment or the parts they need to keep aircraft in the fight in Afghanistan.

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Behind the scenes: Aircraft maintainers help Marine jets keep pressure on insurgents

7/13/2011 By Pfc. Sean Dennison , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Unsightly sweat stains mark another Afghan day for Lance Cpl. Joseph Gonzalez, but appearances are the farthest thing from his mind. Beneath the implacable sun, it’s his charge to ensure the AV-8B Harrier in front of him is ready for take-off.

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Marine Corps UAVs get new home in Afghanistan

7/13/2011 By Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

Marine Corps unmanned aerial vehicles have a new home at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.

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July 12, 2011

Logan Marine dies in Afghanistan on Sunday

By Steve Fidel, Deseret News
Published: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 12:20 p.m. MDT

LOGAN — Lance Cpl. Norberto Mendez-Hernandez was living his dream, serving his country as a U.S. Marine.

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New base takes battle for Sangin north

Story by Cpl. Benjamin Crilly | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 07.12.2011

PATROL BASE FAHEEM, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Faheem is now one of the northern most company positions in the 1/5 battle space. The patrol base allows the Marines to more effectively secure north of Sangin by engaging fighters farther away from the District Center. The district of Sangin is located roughly 300 miles west of Kabul, the capitol of Afghanistan.

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100 Firefights, Three Weeks: Inside Afghanistan’s Most Insane Fight

By Mark Moyar Email Author
July 12, 2011 |
7:00 am

Editor’s note: These Marines’ tour was one of the most brutal of the entire war. In its first three weeks in Afghanistan’s Sangin district, the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines got into more than 100 firefights, and sustained 62 casualties. The insurgents managed to negate the Marines’ night-vision gear, and rendered their traditional close-combat tactics useless. Things got so bad, the 3/5’s superior officers even suggested pulling their troops back.

That didn’t happen. Instead, the 3/5 went after the militants, hard. They went on the offensive constantly. They leveled booby-trapped compounds without apology. They didn’t bother with school-building until the insurgents were back on their heels. Nor did they mess with the poppy growers; the Marines had more than their fair share of enemies.

When the 3/5 came home, they told counterinsurgency historian Mark Moyar all about their deeply unconventional approach to what was already an unconventional war. An excerpt from Moyar’s 74-page after action report follows.


On Oct. 13, the day 3/5 took control of Sangin, the first Marine patrol to leave the wire came under fire 150 feet from the perimeter. One member of this patrol was shot dead. Within the next four days, another eight Marines died.

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July 11, 2011

Jamaican marine sergeant killed in Afghanistan laid to rest

2011-07-11 10:09:45

LAKE WORTH- Florida- CMC - A Jamaican-born, United States marine sergeant who was killed in Afghanistan last month has been laid to rest with full military honors at a US veterans cemetery here.

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Mila Kunis Says She'll Accompany U.S. Marine to Corps Ball

By Hollie McKay
Published July 11, 2011
| FoxNews.com

Most men will spend their lives dreaming about going on a date with Mila Kunis – but for one U.S. Marine, that fantasy may very well turn into a reality.

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Marines repel attack on U.S. embassy in Syria

By Matthew Lee - The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Jul 11, 2011 10:42:33 EDT

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will formally protest Monday’s attack on the U.S. embassy and the American ambassador’s residence in Syria and may seek compensation for damage caused when a mob breached the wall of the embassy compound before being dispersed by Marine guards.

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Indiana native graduates from football field to battlefield

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 07.11.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE PAYNE, Afghanistan – Williamsport, Ind., native Thomas Marshall never thought the Seeger Memorial High School football team would go so far. The small, country town began to take notice of the team’s success, however, in 2004 when the team won game after game in the regular season.

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July 10, 2011

Marine Sgt. Chad Frokjer was living his dream before he was killed in Afghanistan

By Miles Trump
[email protected]
Updated: 07/10/2011 09:06:22 PM CDT

When Chad Frokjer turned 3, family and friends knew he would grow up to be patriotic.

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Havertown Marine gets warm sendoff

Published: Sunday, July 10, 2011
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Marine Lance Cpl. Tom Boran IV got a big send off Thursday night as he prepares to deploy to Afghanistan next week.

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Marines Discuss Counterinsurgency Successes in Helmand

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan, July 10, 2011 – Progress is undeniable in Helmand province where three districts that were once the heartland of the Taliban saw an 80 percent reduction in enemy activity since August 2010, Marine commanders said here today.

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Ceremony honors Tinley Park Marine

July 10, 2011 11:22PM

At 22, U.S. Marine Cpl. Kristin Carrero already is a decorated veteran.

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Belated honors for Marines in fierce battle

By Jeanette Steele
6 p.m., July 10, 2011

Ambushed and outmanned, a 30-member Marine platoon fought back and before the long day was over, almost half had earned major military medals for valor — perhaps a measure of just how fierce the 2008 Battle of Shewan was.

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Guardian of patrols: Afghan dog fights like Marine

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 07.10.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE PAYNE, Helmand province, Afghanistan – He defends Marines and sailors with love and tenacity, protecting them as any Marine would protect a brother-in-arms. He is the epitome of man’s best friend, shielding service members from the enemy while providing companionship and camaraderie. His name is Willy Pete, and he’s a warrior, a protector, a friend. He’s also a dog.

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Exercise Talisman Sabre begins in northern Australia

Story by Cmdr. Suzanne Lesko | Talisman Sabre 2011 | Date: 07.10.2011

ROCKHAMPTON, Australia - The start of joint United States and Australia military training exercise, Talisman Sabre 2011, was marked with a successful Open Day event at the Rockhampton showgrounds in central Queensland yesterday.

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Daily Grind. Read how our troops get their daily cup of joe

Story by Mark Doran | Talisman Sabre 2011 | Date: 07.10.2011

ROCKHAMPTON, Queensland, Australia - FIRING the main gun of an M1 Abrams was an exciting highlight of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011 for Pvt. Jodie Gilmour from the 8th Personnel Services Team.

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July 9, 2011

Former Anoka Tornado serves in Afghanistan

News | Saturday, July 9, 2011 7:04 am by Sue Austreng |
by Sue Austreng
Staff Writer

Back at Anoka High School, Justin Powers was a cross-country skier, a soccer player, a guy who attended the STEP program and was really good at working on mechanics.

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Funeral held in Clay for U.S. Marine Cpl. Kyle R. Schneider

Published: Saturday, July 09, 2011, 12:17 PM
By Sarah Moses / The Post-Standard

Clay, NY -- Hundreds of family and friends packed the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clay this morning for the funeral of fallen Phoenix Marine, Cpl. Kyle Schneider.

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Airlines May be Punished for High Troop Bag Fees

July 09, 2011
Stars and Stripes|by Leo Shane III

WASHINGTON -- Commercial airlines that charge “excessive” bag fees for troops could lose lucrative government contracts and thousands of ticket sales to military travelers, under a pair of amendments approved by the House on Thursday.

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2nd Maintainance Battalion: Fueling the fight

Story by Sgt. Rachael Moore | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 07.09.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE EDINBURGH, Afghanistan – International Security Assistance Force operations require fuel for every mission. Whether the fuel is used for vehicles or generators, it’s an important asset to mission accomplishment.

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Marine Corps using X-rays to inspect armor

By James K. Sanborn - [email protected]
Posted : Saturday Jul 9, 2011 9:16:18 EDT

The Marine Corps has a new tool to identify life-threatening flaws in body armor: X-ray machines.

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31st MEU wows Aussies at Talisman Saber 2011 opening day

7/9/2011 By Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch , 31st MEU

CAMP ROCKY, ROCKHAMPTON, Australia — Thousands of Australian citizens poured into Rockhampton Fairgrounds July 9 during the opening day for Talisman Sabre 2011.

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July 8, 2011

Fort Mill Marine is killed in Afghanistan

Posted: Jul 08, 2011 2:23 PM CDT

FORT MILL - A Fort Mill Marine is being honored by his community after he was killed during combat in Afghanistan on Thursday.

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VFW Call to Action Against S. 277

July 8, 2011

VFW Call to Action Against S. 277:

The Marine Corps family stationed at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune between 1957 and 1987 is aware of some severe health issues that may have resulted from using contaminated well water that contained carcinogens. Until this week, the VFW was a strong advocate of the "Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans Act of 2011 (S. 277)," which the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee passed recently to provide VA healthcare to assigned Marines, their families and veterans. Now we have learned that SVAC changed the bill — without public notice or hearing — to fund the care it would provide through the elimination of federal subsidies for military commissaries, and by directing the military exchange system to consolidate with the Defense Commissary Agency. The VFW can no longer support S. 277 because the new proposal threatens the existence of the commissary and exchange systems. We ask that you urge your senators to reject S. 277. If additional funding is needed, then SVAC should request it through the traditional legislative process, and not attempt to obtain funding from a federal department over which it has no jurisdiction. Contact your senators today at http://capwiz.com/vfw/dbq/officials/.

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What’s in a name? Okinawa bases named for fallen heroes

Story by Lance Cpl. Heather Choate | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 07.08.2011

OKINAWA, Japan - During World War II, one of the fiercest battles took place in the Pacific. The Battle of Okinawa, fought in 1945, claimed more than 62,000 U.S. casualties, making it the bloodiest warfare U.S. forces experienced during the war.

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Marines, sailors volunteer time with local community

Story by Pfc. Daniel Valle | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 07.08.2011

OKINAWA, Japan - Artillery Marines are known for receiving firing missions and supporting their fellow Marines on the front lines of battle

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3d CAG Marines awarded Bronze Star

Story by Sgt. Marcy Sanchez | I Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 07.08.2011

Two Marines with 3d Civil Affairs Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, received Bronze Stars during an awards ceremony, July 1.

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Marine puts Hollywood music career on hold to serve in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Katherine Keleher | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 07.08.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Whether Sgt. Sean Castaneda is recording an album in Hollywood, Calif., or providing imagery intelligence to troops on the ground in the desert of southern Afghanistan, serving his country while pursuing his music dreams are just another day.

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Marine general says U.S. succeeding in Afghanistan but gains not yet 'irreversible'

-- Tony Perry in San Diego
July 8, 2011

The top Marine in Afghanistan says the Marines from Camp Pendleton and other bases, along with troops from coalition nations, are successfully thwarting a Taliban counter-offensive in Helmand province and also training Afghan forces to ultimately take responsibility for protecting the province.

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'Maintenance issue' forces USS Essex back to port en route to exercise

By Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes
Published: July 8, 2011

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — A “maintenance issue” forced the USS Essex back into port Thursday, meaning the ship, its crew and some members of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit won’t be off the coast of Australia when Talisman Sabre 2011 kicks off Monday, Navy officials said Friday.

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Marines hone skills, become combat hunters

7/8/2011 By Lance Cpl. Tyler C. Vernaza , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan — In the mid-2000s, Marines’ and sailors’ vulnerabilities were being exploited in Iraq by enemy snipers and improvised-explosive device makers. Commanders began to consider the best ways to counter attack them using more intelligent tactics rather than more technologically-advanced combat systems. In 2006, the Marine Corps sought to increase offensive spirit and to become predators, not prey - the Combat Hunter program was born.

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July 7, 2011

3/7 and 2/5 complete scout sniper team leaders course

Story by Cpl. Salvador R. Moreno | I Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 07.07.2011

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marines with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment and 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, engage multiple threats during a scout sniper team leaders course here, July 7.

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Marine killed in Camp Pendleton helicopter crash identified

July 7, 2011
Los Angeles Times

A Marine killed in Wednesday's helicopter crash at Camp Pendleton has been identified as Sgt. Trevor Cook, 25, a crew chief with Helicopter Squadron 369, the Marine Corps said Thursday.

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VA reaches out to female vets across nation

By Patricia N. Kime - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Jul 7, 2011 18:10:39 EDT

The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched an effort to find out why female vets often don’t turn to VA for their health care needs.

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9th ESB Marines awarded, receive earned promotion

Story by Lance Cpl. Garry Welch | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 07.07.2011

AICHI, Japan - A 9th Engineer Support Battalion Marine was combat meritoriously promoted at Camp Hansen June 29 for actions performed during a recent deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom

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July 6, 2011

Helmand Marines loosen reigns on local soldiers

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 07.06.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — Punching bags and jump rope help, but you don’t really learn how to fight until you set foot in the ring.

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Marines from Twentynine Palms to be among first to leave Afghanistan

-- Tony Perry in San Diego
July 6, 2011

A battalion of Marines from Twentynine Palms will be among the first units to leave Afghanistan under the drawdown ordered by President Obama, a top general told reporters today.

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3/4 eyed as part of Afghanistan drawdown

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Jul 6, 2011 14:31:24 EDT

A Marine infantry battalion out of Twentynine Palms, Calif., will leave Afghanistan before the end of the year as part of the early phases of a U.S. drawdown in the war-torn country.

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Fallen Marine remembered in Mullins

by Lisa Edge
Posted: 07.06.2011 at 3:41 PM
Updated: 07.06.2011 at 8:20 PM

MULLINS -- GySgt E.J. Pate, 29, died in action on June 26, 2011 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. His body was brought back to the U.S. on the 4th of July. His funeral was held at Mullins High School Thursday afternoon.

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Body Of New Braunfels Marine Returned Home

Hundreds Gather At Airport For Arrival Of Body

Katrina Webber, KSAT 12 News Reporter
POSTED: Wednesday, July 6, 2011

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas -- Hundreds of people gathered at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport Wednesday morning for the arrival of the body of a U.S. Marine who was killed in Afghanistan last week.

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Lafayette welcomes home Marine Cpl. Bowman

10:40 PM, Jul. 6, 2011
Written by

Children ran up and down the hill outside Christ United Methodist Church at the corner of 18th Street and Veterans Memorial Parkway. Families sat on blankets and in camping chairs wearing red, white and blue.

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Marine returns from Afghanistan

Buoyant, enthusiastic crowd welcomes Josh Lappin home

Published: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at 10:23 p.m.

As the sun began to beat down on the streets of Petaluma on Friday, supporters gathered on the corner of St. Francis Drive and Lindberg Lane under the shade of their American flags, awaiting the arrival of a young Marine.

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Corpsman, MARSOC sergeant receive Silver Stars

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Jul 6, 2011 9:41:22 EDT

With just a week left in their combat tour in Afghanistan, the joint special operations team left base on a critical mission to recover two fallen soldiers who drowned several days earlier.

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Pendleton helo crash kills 1, injures 5

Staff and wire reports
Posted : Wednesday Jul 6, 2011 18:43:13 EDT

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — One Marine was killed and five others were hospitalized Wednesday after a UH-1Y helicopter carrying six personnel crashed on Wednesday at Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps officials said.

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A Teacher Leaves The Classroom For Afghanistan

by Tom Bowman
July 6, 2011

A very small number of Americans are now serving in the military — less than 1 percent. Some are looking for direction; others are inspired by a sense of patriotism or by a family member who served in an earlier war. In the series Who Serves, NPR looks at those who have made a decision few others today have — to fight in America's wars.

In Afghanistan's Helmand province, a Marine platoon had taken over an abandoned compound. It was little more than a vacant lot, choked with weeds and surrounded by high mud walls.

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New Recruits Arrive At Boot Camp: "From Civilian To Marine" Part 2

Jared Broyles 5NEWS Reporter
12:00 a.m. CDT, July 6, 2011

We continue with the second story in our three part series "From Civilian to Marine."

Previously, we introduced you to Billy Gragg, an 18-year-old Greenwood graduate who has shipped off to Marine boot camp.

5NEWS reporter Jared Broyles flew from Fort Smith to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California to take us behind the fence. We're taking you onto the base for the first phase of the longest boot camp of any military branch.

Painted yellow feet on concrete await new recruits.

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July 5, 2011

A Vote you Can Be Proud Of ...to support wounded Marines.

4:35 PM, Jul 5, 2011 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL

Here’s a chance to help Purple Heart Family Support (PHFS) win a $25K grant from the Pepsi Refresh Everything Challenge. I know volunteers who work with PHFS at Bethesda Naval Hospital, and can vouch for their activities. At Bethesda, they serve dinner twice a month to families of severely wounded troops and to medical staff--200 meals per month--and at Balboa Hospital in San Diego PHFS volunteers provide recovering Marines and their family caregivers with group dinners, visits, field trips, companionship, and moral support. These Americans and their families have sacrificed for our country, and here is a way to take Pepsi up on their offer to help them out.

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Kurt Busch Gives To Soldiers In Personal Way

Kurt Busch carries a deep passion for connecting with veterans of the United States military...

FOXSports.com | Posted July 05, 2011 Daytona Beach, FL
Article by Lee Spencer, FOXSports.com

Johnny “Joey” Jones is as elated as any NASCAR fan who would have the opportunity to hang out in the driver/owner lot at Daytona International Speedway.

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Marine: 'We're Starting To Fall To The Wayside'

by Tom Bowman
July 5, 2011

A very small number of Americans are now serving in the military — less than 1 percent. Some are looking for direction; others are inspired by a sense of patriotism or by a family member who served in an earlier war. In the series Who Serves, NPR looks at those who have made a decision few others have — to fight in America's wars.

Just after dawn one day last month, Sgt. Jon Moulder led his patrol of Marines out of Combat Outpost Reilly — basically a collection of tents and sandbags and razor wire — and headed down a dusty road in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

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Corps buys Taliban-like robotic targets

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Jul 5, 2011 9:37:06 EDT

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — Marines have a new enemy in their sights. They have beards, AK-47s and Afghan Pakul hats, but they aren’t the Taliban — they’re Tali-bots.

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Greenwood Recruit Goes To Boot Camp: "From Civilian To Marine"

Jared Broyles 5NEWS Reporter

10:40 p.m. CDT, July 5, 2011

While many of his fellow students are spending the summer prepping for college, Greenwood graduate Billy Gragg is currently training to become a United States Marine.

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Yuma Marines celebrate Independence Day in Afghanistan

7/5/2011 By Pfc. Sean Dennison , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — US Marines with Marine Attack Squadron 513, deployed from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Airz., celebrated Independence Day at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, July 4

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July 4, 2011

Marines celebrate Independence Day in Afghanistan

July 04, 2011 6:10 PM

Camp Lejeune Marines stationed in Afghanistan took time off Monday to listen to music, play a few sports, call their loved ones at home and joke with British troops about the beating they took during America’s fight for freedom from England 235 years ago.

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Bedford Marine getting job done quietly in Afghanistan

Union Leader Correspondent
Published Jul 4, 2011 at 3:00 am

BEDFORD — Half a world away, in the deserts of Afghanistan, one New Hampshire Marine is proving that she doesn’t have to be on the front lines to help win a war.

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Marine sergeant receives Silver Star for bravery in Afghanistan firefight

-- Tony Perry in San Diego
July 4, 2011

When the Pentagon decided in 2008 it was time to send the Marines back to Afghanistan, one of the first battalions to deploy was the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, from Twentynine Palms.

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Cherry Point Marines spends July 4 on frontlines

July 04, 2011 10:36 AM
By Sue Book
Freedom ENC

Independence Day is a holiday for most in the United States to celebrate the fight for freedom marked by the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

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VFW Raises Close to $60,000 for 23-Year-Old War Veteran

Saturday, VFW Post 2593 held a fundraiser barbecue and auction to benefit U.S. Marine Corporal Justin McLoud, of Cedar Hill, who was severely injured by a roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan.

By Sarah Worner | July 4, 2011

U.S. Marine Corporal Justin McLoud, 23, of Cedar Hill, briefly returned to St. Louis for the first time since Christmas 2009.

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This barn is red, white and viewed

A large barn painted like an American flag is a landmark to motorists traveling in California's Central Valley. Its message is both personal and patriotic.

By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times
July 4, 2011

Reporting from Madera, Calif.—
In this part of California's Central Valley, where the city turns to country and the flatlands to hills, there stands a barn painted like an American flag.

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July 3, 2011

Marine Lance Cpl. Jason D. Hill, 20, Poway; killed in Afghan firefight

He knew early on that he wanted to be a Marine. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather also were Marines. And his older brother is a Marine sniper who was about a dozen miles away when he died.

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times

July 3, 2011
Jason Hill was from a Marine Corps family.

His father, grandfather and great-grandfather served in the Marines. Early on, Hill knew he wanted to be a Marine but some youthful misbehavior and a casual attitude toward high school gave the Marines pause about allowing him to enlist.

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Marine Lt. Col. Benjamin J. Palmer, 43, Modesto; shot and killed in Afghanistan

He and another Marine had just sat down for lunch with other members of a Marine advisory team inside an Afghan civil order police compound when a gunman dressed in an Afghan police uniform opened fire, killing them.

By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times

July 3, 2011
Growing up in Modesto, Benjamin J. Palmer enjoyed playing soprano bugle. So he thought of joining the Marine Corps in hopes of becoming part of its elite drum and bugle corps.

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Kyle Schneider dies in Afghanistan, pursuing his military dream

Published: Sunday, July 03, 2011, 11:41 AM
By Dave Tobin / The Post-Standard

Nothing was going to stop Kyle Schneider from becoming a Marine and going to war.

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U.S. Marine from Mobile who lost legs in Afghanistan determined to walk

Published: Sunday, July 03, 2011, 6:11 AM Updated: Sunday, July 03, 2011, 7:37 AM
By Roy Hoffman, Press-Register

At Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, Christopher Montgomery, a U.S. Marine corporal from Mobile, is learning to walk on artificial limbs.

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For U.S. troops, danger doesn’t die

BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY [email protected]
July 3, 2011 10:36PM

As Grace Schueman made her way across the country last week to visit her son, U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Thomas Schueman, at Camp Pendleton, Calif., the Mount Greenwood military mom took in the amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties.

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Marines from Arkansas use background to succeed in Afghan training mission

Story by Lance Cpl. Daniel Wulz | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 07.03.2011

MOBILE OPERATING BASE LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan - Over the years, Arkansas has produced Marines who have had a lasting effect on the Corps.

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Support dog helps veterans cope in courtroom

By L. L. Brasier - Detroit Free Press via the AP
Posted : Sunday Jul 3, 2011 10:03:08 EDT

DETROIT — Fourteen men sitting in a room at the Novi district courthouse had two things in common: They were military veterans, and they were in legal trouble.

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July 2, 2011

Marine Runs for Unit in Afghanistan

By LAURA SUMMERS World Correspondent
Published: 7/2/2011 4:49 PM
Last Modified: 7/3/2011 2:02 PM

BARTLESVILLE — Marine Lance Corp. William Ely pounded the pavement Saturday on a 20-mile run down U.S. 75 to raise awareness and support for the Marine 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment serving in Afghanistan.

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Scanner helps find traumatic brain injuries

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Jul 2, 2011 9:54:21 EDT

SAN DIEGO — An advanced, high-tech scanner is providing a team of Navy, Veterans Affairs Department and university researchers with detailed pictures of brain activity that will better identify traumatic brain injury, the signature but often-invisible war wound.

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Oregon Marine pursues photography passion in Afghanistan

7/2/2011 By Cpl. Rashaun X. James , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Capturing moments in time is a passion Sgt. Tristeza Castellanoz finds great pleasure in. What began as a casual interest in photography has grown into a long-term hobby, a method of expression and a potential career for the Nyssa, Ore., native.

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Akron, Ohio native gives guiding hand to future of Afghan security

7/2/2011 By Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Snodgrass , II MEF (FWD)
LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan — First Lt. Patrick Abell has one of the toughest and most important jobs a Marine can have: teaching future Afghan Border Policemen how to do their job after coalition forces leave Afghanistan.

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July 1, 2011

Humor, heroism define fallen Marine

Story by Sgt. Jesse Stence | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 07.01.2011

CAMP DWYER, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Silence settled over Patrol Base Lambert after Cpl. Matthew T. Richard’s memorial service. A steady current of hot desert air coursed its way through the Helmand combat position where Richard’s squad huddled together, finding comfort in each other’s presence.

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PREP, enhancing couples communication

Story by Cpl. Salvador R. Moreno | I Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 07.01.2011

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - A service member returns from deployment to his spouse. He’s back to his daily routine and in high spirits. Then a few months go by and he realizes there is trouble in his relationship. No matter what he says or does it just seems to make matters worse. What does he do?

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Panetta takes oath, begins a busy first day as defense secretary

By Kevin Baron
Stars and Stripes
Published: July 1, 2011

WASHINGTON — "Welcome aboard, sir."

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Message to the Department of Defense from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

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

No. 567-11
July 01, 2011

“Today, I was honored to take the oath of office to become the 23rd Secretary of Defense. I am mindful of the great responsibility the President has entrusted to me, and I will work with you -- America’s men and women in uniform and this Department’s civilian employees -- as I lead the Department of Defense in its mission to protect our citizens and our nation’s interests around the world. My long career in public service began in the 1960s when I proudly donned the uniform of this country as a young Army intelligence officer. In the decades since, my respect for the military has only grown stronger.

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