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August 31, 2011

U.S. Marine Mike Corrado Raises Awareness For Wounded Warriors With Latest Single and Video, “Still In The Fight”

Proceeds to benefit USO Wounded Warrior Family Centers

September 4, 2010(Nashville, Tenn. – Aug. 31, 2011) Active-duty U.S. Marine and multi-genre artist Mike Corrado is raising public awareness for wounded service members with his latest single and video, titled “Still In The Fight.”

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Marjah residents take stand against insurgents, rebuild community

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 08.31.2011

MARJAH, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Before Afghan and coalition forces began security operations here last year, the insurgency cast an oppressive shadow over the city’s residents. Few local citizens stood up to the insurgents for fear of kidnapping or death. Times were dark, but one family decided enough was enough and stood up for what was right, knowing full well the risks

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Minn. finds money for honor guards at funerals

The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Aug 31, 2011 19:04:08 EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota’s top veterans official said Wednesday that the state will keep helping pay for honor guards at veterans’ funeral, after word that the American Legion and other service groups would seek new sources of funding to cover the honors.

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More Active-Reserve billets open for Marines

Story by Lance Cpl. David Flynn | Marine Corps Recruiting Command | Date: 08.31.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. - With more and more Marines opting to remain in the Corps, the re-enlistment process is becoming increasingly competitive. Marine Corps Recruiting Command’s Active-Reserve Program offers Marines another chance to stay in and experience a side of the Corps that many don’t know exists.

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August 30, 2011

Marine Corps Police Department dog handler bound for Officer Candidate School

8/30/2011 By Staff Sgt. Houston White Jr. , Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow

MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE BARSTOW, Calif. — In a recent instance of what must have seemed like déjà vu, Terri Piekosz, an officer with the Marine Corps Police Department at Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Calif., accomplished another of her childhood goals when she was accepted to attend Officer Candidate School, the first step in becoming a Marine Corps Officer.

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Larger drawdown possible for Corps

By Gina Cavallaro and Dan Lamothe - Staff writers
Posted : Tuesday Aug 30, 2011 10:24:37 EDT

NEW ORLEANS — The national budget crisis could force the Marine Corps to start cutting the force as soon as next fall, and below the 186,800-troop end strength top officers have pushed to maintain after the war in Afghanistan ends.

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Female Marines assist in delivery of local baby

Courtesy Story | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 08.30.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan —Sgt. LaJuanna Baker and Cpl. Andrea Moreira-Rios were in the right place at the right time on July 30.

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Barbells, Dumbbells, Kettlebells, Oh My!

Courtesy Story | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 08.30.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Across the room from a Kevlar helmet and body armor, near an M-16 rifle and night vision goggles, sits a jug of whey protein. Outside the doorless entryway, resting against the wall, are a minesweeper and electronic countermeasure gear entangled by a recently used jump rope. Sweat-stained uniforms hang from corners of a well-used pull-up bar.

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August 29, 2011

Michigan native discovers opportunity through hardship

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 08.29.2011

COMBAT OUTPOST AZADI, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Combat boots kick clouds of powdered dust threatening to stifle the Marines and sailors as they patrol down the dusty, Afghan roads. Seventy pounds of personal protective equipment, water, and ammunition weigh the men down, and the unrelenting sun slowly siphons their strength. Sweat pours, lips smack, and blistering, tasteless water is barely enough to quell their unyielding thirst.

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Detroit native keeps smilin’ through deployment

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 08.29.2011

COMBAT OUTPOST AZADI, Helmand province, Afghanistan – The title of United States Marine is earned, never given, but along with the title comes sacrifice. Marines give up time with friends and family to deploy to foreign lands in unselfish service to the nation.

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CLB-6 resupplies Sangin-area Marines, assists with realignment and retrograde

Story by Sgt. Justin Shemanski | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 08.28.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) convoyed to various bases in the vicinity of Helmand’s volatile Sangin district, Aug. 26.

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New ballistic eyewear for the warzone

By James K. Sanborn - [email protected]
Posted : Monday Aug 29, 2011 8:03:50 EDT

After years of complaints, Marines will soon have a new set of shades to wear downrange.

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Operations resume at New River, Camp Lejeune

The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Aug 29, 2011 7:53:10 EDT

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C — Conditions are returning to normal at Marine Corps Air Station New River following Hurricane Irene.

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Volunteers build pathway for heroes

8/29/2011 By Lance Cpl. Daniel Wulz , II MEF (FWD)
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Within the military, it is said that service members look out for their own. In combat, brothers and sisters in arms have given life and limb for one another countless times throughout the history of our nation’s military.

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Vet struggles to get care for PTSD, TBI

By Tanya Eiserer - Dallas Morning News
Posted : Monday Aug 29, 2011 11:40:38 EDT

DALLAS — Dallas police Officer Andrew Litz falls frequently and can’t walk across the room without help.

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August 28, 2011

Filling in the gaps: ‘America’s Battalion’ begins final pre-deployment training exercise

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 08.28.2011

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Six months ago, Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, began their journey toward Afghanistan with pre-deployment training on-island in Hawaii.

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CAXscaping the grind of 3/3 grunt life during Enhanced Mojave Viper: All in a ball

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 08.28.2011

Editor’s Note: This is the first installment in a series on Marines from 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, based out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. They are preparing for war by training in the California desert. Miserable heat, grueling training and the absence of home’s amenities here make their work exhausting and their downtime precious. They labor with little and appreciate the simple. This is the grunt grind, the life of the Marine infantryman.

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Amid a dusty city of tents, two Marines unwind after a long day of training. They leisurely toss a baseball back and forth, laughing and trading jabs as the evening sun dips under a colorful sky.

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Marines, commanders to get more records access

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Aug 28, 2011 9:19:56 EDT

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — The Corps is overhauling its approach to personnel administration, a move that will give commanders instant digital access to troops’ records, cut down on lost paperwork and reduce the number of trips Marines must make to base personnel centers.

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August 27, 2011

Marine's uncommon valor in Afghanistan garners Medal of Honor

Cpl. Dakota Meyer fought to save his friends on "worst day" of his life

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
1 p.m., Aug. 27, 2011

Cpl. Dakota Meyer was the youngest on the team assigned to mentor Afghan security forces. Until that day, the 21-year-old Marine’s worst firefight had been in the video game Call of Duty.

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Overdue salute for a black Marine

By David Perlmutt
[email protected]
Posted: Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011

Raymond Worsley was 18 in 1943, a student at Johnson C. Smith University, when the military came knocking.

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New beginning in Bethesda as military hospitals merge

Aug. 27, 2011

On Saturday, the last patients are to be transferred from the closing Walter Reed Army Medical Center to the Bethesda National Military Medical Center. As of Monday, the Bethesda facility will be known as the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

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Arrival of Patients Marks New Beginning at Bethesda

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

BETHESDA, Md., Aug. 27, 2011 – Officials here at the National Naval Medical Center declared a new chapter in military health care as a procession of ambulances delivered the last 18 inpatients from Walter Reed Army Medical Center this morning, a final milestone as the two flagship hospitals consolidate.

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August 26, 2011

Marines Test Battlefield Energy Technologies Under Mojave Sun

By ANNIE SNIDER of Greenwire
Published: August 26, 2011

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. -- The Marines prepare for Afghanistan at their sprawling base in the Mojave Desert.

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Elkridge Marine Among First Tanks in Afghanistan

Tank gunner Sgt. Todd Cross said: "We just focus on the mission, taking care of each other and coming back home."

By Elizabeth Janney
Aug. 26, 2011

When Sgt. Todd Cross of Elkridge, rolled into Afghanistan on a tank, he made history.

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Defense Department Prepares in Advance of Hurricane Irene

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

No. 740-11
August 26, 2011

The Department of Defense announced today that it is currently providing support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) efforts to prepare for Hurricane Irene’s expected landfall on the U.S. mainland. At this time, the support includes, but is not limited to: air and ground transportation experts and defense coordinating officers and elements who serve as DoD representatives to state, local and other federal agencies. These experts coordinate DoD resources in support of FEMA.

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Marines train Afghan police to handle special tactics missions

Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Gino Flores | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 08.26.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Marine Corps instructors at the Joint Sustainment Academy Southwest at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, are in the process of training an elite group of Afghan Uniformed Police in a first-of-its-kind training program.

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At Hawaii base, Biden praises service members

By Audrewy McAvoy - The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Aug 26, 2011 7:07:33 EDT

KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii — Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday thanked service members in Hawaii for being among what he called “the greatest generation of warriors that the world has ever produced.”

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August 25, 2011

Bridge Dedication in Honor of Marine Corporal Jason Dunham

6:12 AM, Aug 25, 2011
Written by
Heather Ly

AMITY, NY - The Scio native who gave his life in order to save two of his fellow Marines will receive another posthumous honor later today.

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Iron Horses stampede insurgency

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 08.25.2011

COMBAT OUTPOST SHIR GHAZAY, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Waves of rounds fly back and forth between the two forces. Marines move in pairs and continue to suppress the enemy while insurgents answer back with harassing fire. Clouds of dust suddenly emerge hundreds of meters behind the Marines’ position and enemy rounds stop hissing by. The echoing sounds and muzzle flashes of AK-47 assault rifles cease. It’s as if the insurgent forces knew big trouble was headed their way.

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Lejeune High School starts with high expectations

8/25/2011 By Lance Cpl. Victor Barrera , Marine Corps Base Camp LeJeune

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — The Lejeune High School aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, has opened its doors and is welcoming the new school year with an upgraded campus and high expectations from both the students and the staff.

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Sea Stallions’ first forward refueling takes fight farther south

Story by Cpl. Brian Adam Jones | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 08.25.2011

PATROL BASE WOLFPACK, Helmand province, Afghanistan -- From this remote desert outpost just miles from the Pakistani border, two Marine Corps attack helicopters were heard before they were seen.

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August 24, 2011

Part 2: First casualty of war? 'Everything'

10 Years of War: Family life for the battle-tested Debiaks often means kisses blown to the ocean and birthdays on video. The littlest Debiak takes note.

Published: Aug. 24, 2011 Updated: Aug. 28, 2011 10:29 a.m.

Editor's note: We are approaching two 10-year anniversaries. Sept. 11 we all remember. But Oct. 7 we seem to have forgotten. It marks 10 years of war: first in Afghanistan, then in Iraq – longer than any time in U.S. history. More than 6,200 dead. More than 45,000 wounded. Over four Sundays, the Orange County Register will tell the story of the more than 2 million troops who've fought in these wars. As we commemorate the anniversaries of Sept. 11 and Oct. 7, let us, as a nation, seek to understand the sacrifices made as a result of them.

They were so young the first time they said goodbye, a couple of newlyweds who had never been through war. He forgot his gas mask, and she had to rush home to get it as if all he had left in the bedroom closet was a briefcase.

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Travis Nelson, Marine killed in Afghanistan, to be buried Friday in Atmore

Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 7:57 AM

ATMORE, Alabama -- For Lance Cpl. Travis Nelson, 19, killed in action last week in Afghanistan, there was no worthier goal than to serve in the U.S. Marines, according to his father, Scott Nelson.

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Shaping the battle in Afghanistan: Marine general reflects on coalition air efforts

Story by Cpl. Rashaun X. James | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 08.24.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- Since taking the helm of air combat operations in March, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) has supported more than 600 combat operations in southwestern Afghanistan.

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Receiving: Training starts here

August 24, 2011

Many recruit parents are familiar with the recruit training matrix that outlines what their son is doing on a daily basis. For the next three months, this object whether a hard copy, a desktop screen saver or a simple PDF file will most likely become a lonely, but proud, parents’ best friend. It will be the first thing they will look at when they wake up (reveille) and the last thing they will look at before bed (hitting the rack, maybe lights out, whatever you wish).

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August 23, 2011

Patrol Base Jaker: Film documents Marine tour in Afghanistan

Screenings planned for Dana Point, Camp Pendleton

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
6:13 p.m., Aug. 23, 2011

A pre-release benefit screening of “Patrol Base Jaker,” a feature-length documentary film about Camp Pendleton’s 1st Battalion, 5th Marines and their 2009 tour in Nawa, Afghanistan, will be dedicated to one who didn’t make it home.

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Pushing through the shadow of the insurgency

Story by Cpl. James Clark | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 08.23.2011

MARJAH DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan – “There are no [insurgents] here. He says they aren’t here.”

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'Shrimp On A Treadmill': The Politics Of 'Silly' Studies

by Nell Greenfieldboyce
August 23, 2011 12:01 AM

Biologist Lou Burnett was in his car when his cellphone rang recently. It was a CNN reporter, asking about the fact that his research had been featured in a new report about wasteful government spending.

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August 21, 2011

Alpha Battery has eyes on with overwatch

Story by Sgt. Earnest J. Barnes | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 08.21.2011

FIREBASE SAENZ, Helmand province, Afghanistan—The Marines with Alpha Battery are keeping a watchful eye out for their brothers-in-arms in a more literal sense than one would expect from an artillery battery. The Marines in the battery’s Fire Direction Center monitor electronic chat systems and radios for any unit that needs support from the big guns, but they are not the only Marines in the Hawaii-based battery looking out for their fellow Marines.

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Camp Pendleton Marines gird for war at premiere combat range

Twentynine Palms center is last stop before Afghanistan

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
3:02 p.m., Aug. 21, 2011

Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms — The battalion of Marines fought their way into town the previous day, clearing it of insurgents who attacked them with small arms fire, rocket-propelled grenades and bombs. Now their objective in this combat training scenario is to make it from their forward operating base on foot across the open desert to meet the malik, the local strong man.

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Engineers enhance security along Route 606

Story by Lance Cpl. Bruno J. Bego | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 08.21.2011

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – One of the most trafficked roads in the country, Route 606, consists of 218 kilometers of paved road and connects Farah, Herat and Chaghcharan provinces, while winding its way into Iran.

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Washington Native prepares Marines for future

Story by Sgt. Earnest J. Barnes | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 08.21.2011

FIREBASE SAENZ, Helmand province, Afghanistan—He’s mean, but kind at the same time; small in stature, but a bigger man then what meets the eyes. He is a softy for his daughters when they bat their angelic eyes pleading “please daddy” and a teacher for his Marines. This description, as simple it may be, depicts one of Alpha Battery’s more than capable Howitzer section chiefs: Sgt. Tyler J. Ledbetter.

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August 20, 2011

Fallen Marine’s Family: He Was Our Hero

August 20, 2011

Their world was shattered about noon Thursday at the Nelson home in Bratt as three men in military uniforms stood at the door.

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August 19, 2011

2/8 returns home, leaves Marjah better than found

Story by Pfc. Phillip Clark | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 08.19.2011

MARJAH DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan – As they loaded gear into storage containers, climbed aboard armored trucks or into helicopters, the Marines of 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment bade farewell to northern Marjah District and began their journey home to North Carolina. They leave the area in the hands of 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, which participated in Operation Moshtarak, the initial push to remove insurgents from the city, last year.

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Part 1: A hero in Iraq faces eviction in Tustin

10 Years of War: A decade of war has created unique challenges for our newest veterans. And other Americans can't support themselves, much less the troops.

Published: Aug. 19, 2011 Updated: Aug. 26, 2011 3:08 p.m.

Editor's note: We are approaching two 10-year anniversaries. Sept. 11 we all remember. But Oct. 7 we seem to have forgotten. It marks 10 years of war: first in Afghanistan, then in Iraq – longer than any time in U.S. history. More than 6,200 dead. More than 45,000 wounded. Over four Sundays, the Orange County Register will tell the story of the more than 2 million troops who've fought in these wars. As we commemorate the anniversaries of Sept. 11 and Oct. 7, let us, as a nation, seek to understand the sacrifices made as a result of them.

It's been a humiliating morning for James Hassell.

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August 17, 2011

Marines develop skills to save lives on battlefield

Story by Lance Cpl. Mark Garcia | I Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 08.17.2011

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Marines and sailors from the Advisor Training Cell provided the Combat Lifesavers course to various units here, Aug. 17.

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August 16, 2011

Marines arrive in Tonga

TONGA, TO - (08.16.2011)
Story by Sgt. Heidi Agostini

Approximately 60 Marines and sailors from 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, arrived in the Kingdom of Tonga for Exercise Tafakula 2011, Aug. 9.

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August 15, 2011

Navy Medic From Oregon Killed In Afghanistan

Kristian Foden-Vencil | August 15, 2011 | Portland, OR

Details are emerging about the 19-year-old Navy hospital corpsman from Oregon who died in Afghanistan last week.

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August 13, 2011

Marine to receive Medal of Honor next month

By the CNN Wire Staff
August 13, 2011

Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama next month will present the Medal of Honor to the first living Marine to receive the recognition for actions in Afghanistan or Iraq, the White House announced Friday.

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August 12, 2011

Operation Black Sand blasts the insurgency to dust

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 08.12.2011

COMBAT OUTPOST SHUKVANI, Helmand province, Afghanistan – A blast of fire, triggered by 1,750 pounds of C4 explosive, erupted from the ground sending a shockwave ripping through the air. Secondary explosions suggested local improvised explosive devices sympathetically detonated as a massive mushroom cloud rose into the sky.

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August 10, 2011

'He loved the mission, he loved serving with the guys' Dennis E. Kancler remembered for quiet but dedicated spirit

Published: Wednesday, August 10, 2011
By Mike Kezdi, Sun News

A man who loved his family, country and the men with whom he served is the most succinct way to describe Marine Sgt. Dennis E. Kancler.
"He was a good son, a very good son," his mother, Paula Kancler, said from her Brecksville home Aug. 8.

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11th Marine Expeditionary Unit trains at sea

Courtesy Story | 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 08.10.2011

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit started a 12-day exercise with the Navy's Amphibious Squadron Five aboard amphibious ships, working together at sea for the first time since the unit formed a complete Marine air-ground task force in May.

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At Cherry Point, Amos warns of upcoming cuts

The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Aug 10, 2011 8:41:48 EDT

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. — The commandant of the Marine Corps is telling troops at a North Carolina aviation base that force reductions will mean not every Marine who wants to re-enlist will have that option.

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August 9, 2011

Hudson grad fighting terrorism in Afghanistan

Posted: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 10:57 pm
By GARY BASS/Contributing writer

Fighting against the odds and emerging a winner is something that Sgt. David Sowell of the U.S. Marine Corps has been doing since junior high.

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Coming of age through war: Cpl. Timothy Stark

Story by Cpl. James Clark | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 08.09.2011

MARJAH DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Cpl. Timothy Stark wrings his hands, unconsciously tapping the wedding band on his ring finger as he speaks about his wife and unborn daughter.

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Lone Star Marines guide Afghan soldiers to new battlespace

Story by Cpl. Adam Leyendecker | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 08.09.2011

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Marines with the Houston-based 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, also known as the Lone Star Battalion, provided security and guidance to Afghan National Army soldiers traveling through Helmand province, Aug. 5

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August 8, 2011

Quincy native enjoys role commanding female Marines in Afghanistan

Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Published: 8/8/2011 | Updated: 8/9/2011

A woman's perspective can only help.

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2/8 Fox company returns home safely

8/8/2011 By Pfc. Phillip R. Clark , 2nd Marine Division

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. — Marines with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, returned home Aug. 6, 2011, from a seven month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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More Marines may get alcohol-abuse treatment

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Aug 8, 2011 10:22:33 EDT

With orders from the top, the Marine Corps’ inspector general is canvassing the service to see how well commands are enforcing rules on alcohol use among Marines.

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Marine Sgt. Dennis E. Kancler of Brecksville dies in Afghanistan

Published: Thursday, August 04, 2011
By Pat Galbincea, The Plain Dealer

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio -- Dennis E. Kancler, the son of former Brecksville Police Chief Dennis A. Kancler, died Sunday in Afghanistan, military officials confirmed Wednesday.

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Father remembers fallen son as dedicated, loving, compassionate Marine

By Katie Sullivan (Staff Writer)
Published: August 8, 2011

Tom Dolphin didn't just lose a son to the war in Afghanistan - he lost a friend and a man he respected - Staff Sgt. Patrick R. Dolphin.

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Super Breed Marines receive Bronze Stars

Story by Lance Cpl. Tyler Reiriz | 1st Marine Division | Date: 08.08.2011

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Three Marines from 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, “the Super Breed,” received the Bronze Star with combat distinguishing device during a ceremony, Aug. 8.

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Female Marines launch first Musa Qal’eh woman’s school

Story by Lance Cpl. Clayton Vonderahe
Date Taken: 08.04.2011
Date Posted: 08.08.2011 05:25

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MUSA QAL'EH, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Afghanistan harbors a harsh environment where street smarts are more common than a formal education, especially for women. Many skills that are learned from experience can be the difference between life and death, but with limited formal education, the society can only advance so far.

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Code Talkers Have Served the Military Well—and Often Secretly

By Rebecca Jacobs August 8, 2011

Most people know about the Navajo code talkers who served in the U.S. military in World War II, but few know that members of at least 19 American Indian tribes acted as code talkers for the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines during both world wars. Choctaw members of the Army’s 36th Division in France transmitted messages in their Native language that were undecipherable by German forces. Until that point in the war, no transmitted message had been sent by the Allies that was not decoded by the Germans. Ruth McMillan, daughter of the late Choctaw code talker Tobias Frazier, remembers her father’s words: “Papa said—and everybody says—that the [Allied Forces] were beaten when they got [to Europe], and then we won those two battles [using code talkers], and it really turned the course of the war.”

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August 7, 2011

3/2 holds Route Landy Nawa, improves travel through Helmand province

Story by Lance Cpl. Clayton Vonderahe | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 08.07.2011

SHIR GHAZAY, Helmand province, Afghanistan - The road between Combat Outpost Shir Ghazay and Forward Operating Base Now Zad, known as Route Landy Nawa, is nothing more than tire tracks through powdery dirt. For miles in any direction there is nothing to be seen but the occasional dust devil and local citizens driving through.

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Javelin Thrust 2011 comes to another successful close

Story by Lance Cpl. Frans Labranche | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 08.07.2011

NEW ORLEANS – Once a year, Reserve Marines from across the country are sent to America’s deserts and mountains to train and remain ever-ready for deployment to the barren lands of countries overseas.

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Marines, Seabees complete road in Helmand province

Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Snodgrass | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 08.07.2011

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Marines with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), and Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4 held a "golden spike" ceremony to celebrate the completion of route red west, in Now Zad District, Helmand province, Aug. 5.

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'Shaving cream' effort helps save lives in Afghanistan

Low-tech tool is best way to mark location of bombs

By Jeff Gill [email protected]
POSTED: August 7, 2011 12:41 a.m.

Through a common, everyday household item, not a high-tech device with a big Pentagon price tag, area residents can help save military lives in one of Afghanistan's deadliest regions.

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Marine mechanic realizes role in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Brian Adam Jones | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 08.07.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - To Cpl. Leonard R. Knudsen Jr., his job can feel the same whether he is at Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., or Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.

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Saving lives on the battlefield: Air support begins with ordnance Marines

Story by Pfc. Sean Dennison | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 08.07.2011

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Thousands of Marines, Afghan and coalition troops rely on 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) for close air support. At Kandahar Airfield, that responsibility is carried on the wings of Marine Attack Squadron 513’s AV-8B Harriers.

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August 6, 2011

Camp Lejeune to employ better bomb detectors

By Tony Lombardo - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Aug 6, 2011 16:59:21 EDT

Fido has no bark and no bite, but it’s got a sniffer.

Its full name is the Fido XT Explosives Detector, and military police aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., are the latest Marines to put the device to use.

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U.S. official: Killed forces were reinforcing troops in Afghanistan

By David Ariosto and Barbara Starr, CNN
August 6, 2011

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- In the single deadliest loss for U.S. troops since the Afghan war began in late 2001, 30 service members died early Saturday when a helicopter carrying them went down while they were reinforcing other troops, officials said.

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Queens Marine with Afghanistan dream gets enlisted for third time at Brooklyn Bridge ceremony

BY Frank Lombardi
Saturday, August 6th 2011, 4:00 AM

Marine Sgt. Jon McDonald had more in mind Friday than simply seeing the spectacular view from the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Coram, N.Y. native leads Marines in Afghan fight

Story by Lance Cpl. Clayton Vonderahe | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 08.06.2011

COMBAT OUTPOST SHIR GHAZAY, Helmand province, Afghanistan - First impressions are usually lasting ones and one Coram, N.Y. Marine will always remember the first sights and sounds of his initial introduction to the real war in Afghanistan.

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August 5, 2011

Pendleton children play with the pros at free football camp

Story by Lance Cpl. Michelle Mattei | Camp Pendleton Public Affairs | Date: 08.05.2011

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Although they’re not tall and fierce like NFL superstars, the 150 children who attended the first Eric Dickerson Youth Football Camp learned to play like the pros.

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Fundraiser will help Marine who lost lower legs in Afghanistan

of the Journal Star
Posted Aug 05, 2011


Rodney Holzhauer has a severe heart problem. "I'm a bomb waiting to explode," the El Paso resident said with a chuckle.

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Mother of fallen Vernal Marine proud of son's sacrifice

Geoff Liesik, Vernal Express

Looking at the photo Tracy Beede held of her son Friday afternoon, it's hard to imagine that he was always a mama's boy.

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Marine from Clinton receives his second Purple Heart

11:07 PM, Aug. 5, 2011
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Sgt. Miguel Forsyth, a U.S. Marine serving on recruiting duty in Clinton, on Friday received his second Purple Heart medal — this one for combat injuries he suffered in Afghanistan last year.

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Local veterans group donates $1,000 to Hawley's Patriot Trip

Updated Aug 5, 2011

Assemblyman Steve Hawley, R-Batavia, recently announced that the American Legion Auxiliary 332 Batavia contributed $1,000 to his annual Patriot Trip, a program that brings area veterans to Washington, D.C., for a tour of military monuments and memorials. The crucial funding will be used to help provide a profound experience available to as many local veterans as possible, Hawley said.

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31st MEU brings smiles to Australian faces

8/5/2011 By Cpl. Garry J. Welch , 31st MEU
Australia — Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, in Brisbane for a multi-day port visit, brought smiles to elderly patients and children during a community relations event at the Maynor Children’s Hospital, August 4.

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‘Lessons Learned’ web site aims to educate Marines

Story by Cpl. Khoa Pelczar | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 08.05.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marines are constantly training for upcoming deployments or other contingency operations. But how do they know what training to focus on, or where to begin?

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Parents, widow bringing fallen Marine home for burial

August 05, 2011 6:47 AM
By Gina Childress
The Wilson Times

The parents and widow of a fallen Wilson Marine made the trip to Delaware this week to bring their loved one home for burial.

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August 4, 2011

One cup of coffee, G.I. Joe

Story by Kristen Wong | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 08.04.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Hawaii - Kailua-Kona resident Robert Gowan was a coffee farmer looking for a way to support the troops. Gowan asked his father, a World War II Air Force veteran, if he had any good memories “amidst all the tough conditions” during the war. His father replied that he and his fellow service members would find cheer as they lay in a fighting hole in the early morning hours when they could smell fresh coffee brewing from the cooks’ tent.

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Nawa Marines notice Afghan police ‘step their game up’

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 08.04.2011

NAWA DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Policemen with the Afghan Uniform Police all over Nawa intensify self-sufficiency as the deadline nears for United States forces to pull out of Afghanistan.

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Latin roots help ‘Carlos’ Company Marines succeed in Helmand

Story by Cpl. Adam Leyendecker | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 08.04.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Through the course of the recent Iraq wars, and now in Afghanistan, Company C, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, has literally grown up together, using their experiences from back home to unite and strengthen them on the battlefield.

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1/6 Returns to Marjah

Story by Cpl. James Clark | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 08.04.2011

MARJAH DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan – When Marines moved on the former insurgent stronghold of Marjah last year, they took the first step toward laying the foundation for the counterinsurgency strategy that turned the tide in Iraq but had yet to be proven in Afghanistan.

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‘Bazaar Day’ a weekly milestone for Helmand Marines

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 08.04.2011

COMBAT OUTPOST RANKEL, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Every Tuesday, Marines aboard Combat Outpost Rankel wake up at 4 a.m. to beat thousands of Afghans to Safar Bazaar.

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August 3, 2011

Wednesday's Readers' Page centerpiece: Cpl. Kyle Schneider's family thanks community

Published: Wednesday, August 03, 2011, 5:00 AM

To the Editor:
Cpl. Kyle Schneider’s family would like to extend our deepest appreciation and heartfelt gratitude for the tremendous outpouring of support from the people of the towns of Baldwinsville, Phoenix and Clay, as well as the greater Syracuse and Central New York areas, the state of New York, and a grieving nation for their fallen hero.

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Marines prepare for drawdown in Helmand province

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
4:50 p.m., Aug. 3, 2011

Last year a surge of Marines flooded into the poppy fields and mud-walled towns of southwestern Afghanistan, where their doubled-up force confronted the Taliban in a region that had long been a bastion of the insurgency.

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2001 Dallastown grad, a Marine, dies in Afghanistan

Daily Record/Sunday News

A 2001 Dallastown Area High School graduate died while serving in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. Air Force Mortuary Operations Public Affairs Office.

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Navy Surgeon General Warns of Health Effects of Spice

Story Number: NNS110803-17
Release Date: 8/3/2011 12:10:00 PM

By Shoshona Pilip-Florea, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy Surgeon General cautioned his commanding officers, medical providers and personnel on the negative health effects and legal consequences of using synthetic marijuana like Spice and other designer drugs in a message sent to all of Navy Medicine Aug. 2.

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Moving on up: Garmsir sees infrastructural growth as counterinsurgency expands

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 08.03.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — It’s a 600-year-old holy place: a shrine where the local people come to pray, learn about the Quran and remember family members who passed away. The roof is missing, and parts of the outer walls have started to crumble into individual bricks scattered on the ground, but the local people revere it as one of the most holy places in the area.

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In the ‘DIRT’: Reserve Marine’s ‘extreme humanitarianism’ takes him around the world

Story by Sgt. Tyler Hlavac | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 08.03.2011

NEW ORLEANS – When a humanitarian crisis occurs overseas, many Americans contribute to disaster relief by writing a check. Cpl. Adam Marlatt contributes by strapping a pack on his back, gathering his team and plunging headfirst into the disaster zone.

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Marine's dream of an Afghan national water polo team advances

After hearing about Jeremy Piasecki's goal, commercial airline employees have offered to provide transportation for 10 athletes to the United States, including members of the Afghan army.

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times

August 3, 2011
Reporting from San Diego -- For three years, Marine Warrant Officer Jeremy Piasecki has been trying to organize a national water polo team for Afghanistan.

His theory is simple: the people of such a war-torn land need sports heroes too.

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August 2, 2011

Military Dogs Enjoy Brighter Future After Service

by Gloria Hillard
August 2, 2011

The military's four-legged warriors now have a more hopeful future in store.

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Amos seeks award for first black Marines

By Julie Watson - The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday Aug 2, 2011 21:51:48 EDT

SAN DIEGO — The top leader of the Marine Corps said Tuesday that he wants the first black members of the Marines to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and hopes their story will inspire more black men and women to join the Corps and rise through its ranks.

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Big homecoming for U.S. Marine from Jupiter Farms

Happy reunion at airport

Posted: 08/02/2011
By: Giovanna Drpic

Corporal Heather Carroll had been traveling since Friday. She was anxious to get back home from Afghanistan to Jupiter Farms. The proud U.S. Marine took six planes to get back home. Her family, including her two-and-a-half year old daughter named Breahna, were waiting for her at Palm Beach International Airport.

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Marine CO: ‘The sky isn’t falling in Sangin’

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Aug 2, 2011 12:16:39 EDT

SANGIN, Afghanistan — Lance Cpl. John Farias parked himself in front of a video camera June 2 and fumbled his way through a seven-minute greeting to his family in Texas. A rifleman with 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, he discussed the austere living conditions at his patrol base and his craving for sushi.

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MEU Marines sight in on 'brilliance in the basics'

8/2/2011 By Cpl. John Robbart III , 15th MEU
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The old adage, ‘every Marine is a rifleman,’ is taken seriously by the Marine Corps, reminding its Marines that regardless of their military occupational specialty, they all are riflemen first.

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Former Marine comes up aces for his mom

By David Hodge
Stars and Stripes
Published: August 2, 2011

RAF MILDENHALL, England — On the way from Afghanistan to Texas to visit his ailing mother, former Marine Ken Griffin took a gamble on a gamble, and won: He won a World Series of Poker championship in Las Vegas and walked away with $455,356, enough to cover his mother’s mounting medical bills.

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Nawa celebrates opening of new justice center

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 08.02.2011

NAWA DISTRICT CENTER, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Marines with Civil Affairs Team 3 joined the local residents of Nawa to celebrate the grand opening of the new justice center, recently.

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Marines increase water production, distribution in Musa Qala District

Story by Sgt. Rachael Moore | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 08.02.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MUSA QALA, Afghanistan – Water purification systems continue to take the place of bottled water, increasing the expeditionary capability of troops in Afghanistan.

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August 1, 2011

Family, friends welcome 'hero' home from Afghanistan

Glenn Dayton Jr. said Afghanistan helped put life in perspective.

By Andy Fillmore
Published: Monday, August 1, 2011

Family members and friends of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Glenn Dayton Jr. welcomed their hero home last weekend from a tour of combat duty in Afghanistan, and some expressed hope that the public and politicians alike would better appreciate soldiers' sacrifices.

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Dustin Ivers awarded medal for heroism in Afghanistan

Aug 1 2011

A 23-year-old Marine and lifelong Ramona resident has been awarded a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with a Combat V for Valor.

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Medical Monday: A Grateful Marine’s Journey Through Navy Medicine

August 1, 2011

Captain Matthew Kutilek, U.S. Marine Corps

My interaction with Navy Medicine during my first eight years of service in the Marine Corps proved to be limited, uneventful and quite normal. An appointment here, sickness there, the birth of two healthy daughters over a span of two years and follow-on requisite visits proved to be the norm.

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Afghan soldiers blaze ahead with support from US Marines

8/1/2011 By Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272 turned up the heat for new Afghan National Army firefighters during the final evaluation of a basic firefighting course at Forward Operating Base Delaram II, Afghanistan, July 26.

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Honolulu native helps build strong foundation for Afghan future

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 08.01.2011

SANGIN, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Men and women around the world love to pick up power tools and build. The project may be as small as a birdhouse or as large as a sky-scraper, but when completed, it will always award the craftsman with the feeling of accomplishment. Those who build can see a tangible difference from start to finish and have something to show for their time and effort.

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Marine, Mullah partnership contributes to counterinsurgency fight

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 08.01.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — In hopes of countering insurgent dogma and improving local infrastructure, coalition forces have recently begun engaging local religious leaders to rally support for coalition forces and developmental projects in the district.

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Marine vet restores tank as hobby

By Terry Evans - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Posted : Monday Aug 1, 2011 7:10:47 EDT

BEDFORD, Texas — Glenn Wilson's hobby attracts attention.

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