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October 31, 2011

An Afghan Hell On Earth For 'Darkhorse' Marines

by Tom Bowman
October 31, 2011

A year ago, nearly 1,000 U.S. Marine officers and enlisted men of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment deployed to restive Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. By the time their tour ended in April 2011, the Marines of the 3/5 — known as "Darkhorse" — suffered the highest casualty rate of any Marine unit during the past 10 years of war. This week, NPR tells the story of this unit's seven long months at war — both in Afghanistan and back home.

Second of seven parts

The Marines of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment remember Sangin in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province as different from anywhere else they'd fought.

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October 30, 2011

Afghan Success Comes At High Price For Commander

by Tom Bowman
October 30, 2011

A year ago, nearly 1,000 U.S. Marine officers and enlisted men of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment deployed to restive Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. By the time their tour ended in April 2011, the Marines of the 3/5 — known as "Darkhorse" — suffered the highest casualty rate of any Marine unit during the past 10 years of war. This week, NPR tells the story of this unit's seven long months at war — both in Afghanistan and back home.

First of seven parts

With his brown checkered sport coat, blue shirt and tie, Jason Morris could easily be mistaken for a young professor. Only the close-cropped hair and stocky build might suggest a military life.

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Stress-control training is in Corps’ plans

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Oct 30, 2011 8:43:26 EDT

The Marine Corps wants deploying units and some stateside commands to train and certify Marines in operational stress control.

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Flags placed to honor fallen Marine

Volunteers help spread 1,100 American flags along procession route for Pekin Marine Jordan Bastean

By Eric Engel
of the Journal Star
Posted Oct 30, 2011 @ 10:55 PM
Last update Oct 31, 2011 @ 02:37 PM

Pekin —

With heavy hearts, volunteers gathered on Sunday afternoon to help honor the homecoming of Lance Cpl. Jordan S. Bastean.

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Army reservist tops at Marine Corps Marathon

By Alexandra Schwappach - Medill News Service
Posted : Sunday Oct 30, 2011 17:06:50 EDT

Army Reserve 1st Lt. Charles Ware breezed past the field Sunday at the Marine Corps Marathon, but he never was certain he’d win.

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October 29, 2011

Marine returns from Afghanistan while his brother prepares for deployment

Posted: Saturday, October 29, 2011 10:29 pm | Updated: 12:14 am, Sun Oct 30, 2011.

Saturday was a bittersweet day for the Komm family of Atascocita. While one son arrived home safely from Afghanistan, another is scheduled to leave in the middle of November.

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US Official: 13 Americans Killed In Afghan Bombing

by The Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan October 29, 2011, 09:55 am ET

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban suicide bomber rammed a van into an armored NATO bus Saturday in Kabul, killing 13 American troops and four Afghans, U.S. and Afghan officials said, in the deadliest attack on coalition forces in more than two months.

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October 28, 2011

Fallen Marine's father: 'My son is my hero'

Steve Bastean says his son, Jordan, inspired him to be best

By ANDY KRAVETZ ([email protected])
of the Journal Star
Posted Oct 28, 2011 @ 09:55 PM
Last update Oct 29, 2011 @ 10:53 AM


Steve Bastean managed a smile when he remembered how his son, Jordan Bastean, returned his Jeep after a day of four-wheeling.

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Marine Sgt. Stephen Dunning, of Milpitas, killed disarming bomb in Afghanistan

By Linda Goldston
[email protected]
Posted: 10/28/2011 08:03:53 PM PDT
Updated: 10/29/2011 04:31:06 AM PDT

Staff Sgt. Stephen Dunning tried to live a selfless life, a life that put him in danger to save the lives of others. He volunteered to be one of the Marines who dismantled the crude bombs insurgents laced along the treacherous trails of Afghanistan.

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From Yale to Afghanistan

By McKenna Keyes
Staff Reporter
Friday, October 28, 2011

Upon graduating from Yale, Ricardo Anzaldua-Burke ’07 had to come to terms with the possibility that he would be in a life-threatening situation.

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Gurganus to lead Marine Corps forces in Afghanistan next year

By MARK WALKER [email protected] | Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 5:00 am

The Marine Corps has tapped a battle-tested and insurgent-savvy commander at Camp Pendleton to lead its troops on the ground in Afghanistan next year.

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October 27, 2011

Fund to honor Marine

By Michael Smothers
Pekin Daily Times
Posted Oct 27, 2011

PEKIN, Ill. — Jordan Bastean’s family hopes those who wish to remember and honor their fallen family member will give to a cause that helps Bastean’s fellow U.S. Marines in Afghanistan.

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OPERATION EASTERN STORM: Marines push through Kajaki Sofla

10/27/2011 By Cpl. James Clark , 2nd Marine Division

KAJAKI SOFLA DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — The Marines and sailors of 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, are engaged in Operation Tofan Sharq (Eastern Storm), a major offensive operation to root out the Taliban-led insurgency in the Upper Sangin Valley region of Kajaki.

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Home from Afghanistan, Marine surprises 4-year-old son

By Anna Mitchell
Posted October 27, 2011 at 6:53 p.m.

ANDERSON — Brayden Spillers wore a Captain America costume to his preschool class’s annual Halloween lunch outing on Thursday.

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Patrol base hustle

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 10.27.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Home is where the heart is. In Afghanistan the heart of a Marine is usually a patrol base, an expeditionary camp made to house a no more than a squad-sized element of Marines.

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Donations for 'Hope for Homeless Veterans' drive

By: Lynne Valencia, Community Relations Director, KUSA-TV
October 27, 2011

DENVER - Hundreds of 9NEWS' viewers showed up Thursday morning with winter clothing, sleeping bags and cash to help homeless veterans in Colorado.Anchor Gregg Moss will hosted Hope for Homeless Veterans at 9NEWS for the second annual event.

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At last, honors for the first black Marines

By Jim Michaels, USA TODAY
October 27, 2011

For decades Joseph Smith, 87, didn't want to think or talk about his time in the Marine Corps. "Whenever military service came up I couldn't truthfully say, 'Yeah, I'm a proud Marine,'" Smith said. "I tried to say it and it wouldn't quite come out."

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Pendleton Marines participate in annual Leatherneck Field Meet

10/27/2011 By Cpl. Damien Gutierrez, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton


Marines tested their strength, endurance and ability to work as a team during the 7th annual Leatherneck Field Meet at the Paige Fieldhouse, Oct. 26.

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Winning hearts and minds: Shock Trauma Platoon brings relief, relationships to Afghan locals

Story by Cpl. Katherine M. Solano | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 10.27.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM III, Afghanistan - There is a battle of sorts being won in southern Helmand province. The Marines and sailors at Forward Operating Base Delaram II, and specifically the Shock Trauma Platoon there, take pride in ‘winning’ the hearts and minds of locals.

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October 26, 2011

PMINT Amphibious Squadron 8 (PHIBRON 8) / 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Integration Training

25 Oct 2010 & 26 Oct 2011

Amphibious Squadron 8 (PHIBRON 8) / 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Integration Training (PMINT) took place Oct. 24 to Nov. 3. PMINT is focused on building the Navy-Marine Team and establish the working relationships and practices necessary to conduct operations from the sea.

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Marine Corps backs off tuition assistance cuts

Cid Standifer - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Oct 26, 2011 17:11:51 EDT

The Marines Corps has retreated from the tuition assistance cuts the service announced less than two weeks ago, according to a Marine Corps administrative message released Wednesday, but they are warning that TA funds will probably run out well before the end of fiscal 2012.

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Marine offensive to secure Afghan dam continues

Operation Eastern Storm includes more than 2,000 troops

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
5:48 p.m., Oct. 26, 2011

A major Marine-led offensive to seize Taliban-controlled territory surrounding a strategic hydroelectric dam in southwestern Afghanistan continued this week, as troops pushed out from the main road and dug in at a new patrol base, the Marines said.

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GQ Names Former Marine Winner in 2011 Better Men Better World Search

Last modified: 2011-10-27T01:09:51Z
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 - 6:09 pm

NEW YORK, Oct. 26, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- GQ's The Gentlemen's Fund, in partnership with Movado, is proud to announce Jake Wood, president of Team Rubicon, as winner of the 4th annual Better Men Better World Search. Each year, GQ accepts hundreds of nominations from across the country in its search for men who dedicate their time and energy for the betterment of society.

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Auburn Marine comes home to where the heart is

By Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer

The war in Afghanistan has ended for now for U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Tim Bergenstock of Auburn.

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Ammo movers keep coalition weapons locked and loaded

Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Snodgrass | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 10.26.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - At a Camp Leatherneck firing range, M-4 rifles and SAW machine guns break the still afternoon air with the staccato of gunfire. At Forward Operating and Patrol Bases across Helmand province, Marines load their weapons and go condition one prior to going on patrol missions.

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October 25, 2011

The Marines are coming

Marine Week will take place in Cleveland.

Colleen O'Neill, Newsradio WTAM 1100
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

(Cleveland)- Cleveland has been chosen to host the 4th annual Marine Week...

The announcement was made Tuesday morning at Cleveland City Hall. It's taking place June 11-17, 2012 and provides a unique experience to directly connect the public and Marines.

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Young local Marine killed

By Michael Smothers
Pekin Daily Times
Posted Oct 25, 2011 @ 09:09 AM

PEKIN, Ill. —

Less than two years out of high school, Lance Cpl. Jordan S. Bastean of Pekin has been killed in combat conditions while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

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War-zone Marines eating like cavemen

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Oct 25, 2011 9:11:39 EDT

GARMSER, Afghanistan — Lt. Col. Sean Riordan used to consider himself chubby. It never kept him from meeting the Marine Corps’ height and weight standards or from scoring in the 280-plus echelon on his physical fitness test. He just chalked up his less-than-desirable physique to genetics.

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Marine Week 2012 to be held in Cleveland, Ohio

October 25th, 2011 | Marine Week | Posted by Dan Lamothe

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Capital of the World will showcase the Marine Corps next summer.

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Marine Week to Rock Cleveland in 2012

Headquarters Marine Corps Capt. Lori Miller, USMC

571-256-4177 (office)
[email protected]

Fourth Annual Event Celebrates Community, Country and Corps June 11-17 2012

The United States Marine Corps will partner with the city of Cleveland, Ohio, to bring Marine Week to the nation’s Rock and Roll Capital, June 11-17, 2012. Marine Week is a celebration of community, country and Corps, and provides the unique experience to directly connect the American public and Marines.

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Detection team sharpens skills, protects Marines from IED threat

Story by Lance Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 10.25.2011

CAMP DWYER, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Maintaining a Marine’s warfighting skills requires rigorous practice and steadfast dedication. Training doesn’t stop, not even in a combat zone.

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Marines honor fallen brother in Musa Qal’eh

Story by Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 10.25.2011

MUSA QAL’EH DISTRICT CENTER, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Marines and sailors with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, attended a memorial service Oct. 13 to honor Lance Cpl. Benjamin W. Schmidt, 24, of San Antonio.

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October 23, 2011

Life on Patrol Base Boldak: The routine of Weapons Co., 1st Bn., 25th Marines

Story by Cpl. Bryan Nygaard | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 10.23.2011

PATROL BASE BOLDAK, Afghanistan – A horde of flies swarms above Cpl. James Baker’s head. They repeatedly swoop down and buzz around his face. He quickly swats one away, only to swat another moments later.

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Cannons help gain territory in Operation Eastern Storm

Story by Cpl. Clayton Vonderahe | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 10.23.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Helmand province, Afghanistan -- Howitzers recently fired over the mountains of Kajaki, striking targets they couldn't even see. United States Marines with Battery E, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, inserted themselves into an abandoned compound under the cover of night to establish Observation Post New York. The cannons rang out in support of the insertion, eliminating enemies holding positions against the Marines.

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UM grad's passion to honor fallen Montana soldiers coming to fruition

By VINCE DEVLIN of the Missoulian | Posted: Sunday, October 23, 2011 6:45 am

This story - about a larger-than-life bronze memorial to be unveiled Friday, Nov. 4, on the University of Montana campus that honors the 40 Montanans who have sacrificed their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan - has to be, in large part, about David Bell.

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Marines train to win hearts, spot bombs

By MARK WALKER [email protected] | Posted: Sunday, October 23, 2011 6:00 am

As the war in Afghanistan enters its 11th year, thousands of Camp Pendleton troops are getting much more detailed training in Afghan cultural practices.

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Unmanned cargo helos ready for war zone

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Oct 23, 2011 9:21:11 EDT

The Marine Corps’ first unmanned cargo helicopter is headed to Afghanistan, where it will resupply front-line troops and keep convoys off the road.

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Warrior’s words: Last of Code Talkers speaks

By Betty Reid - The (Phoenix) Arizona Republic
Posted : Sunday Oct 23, 2011 9:18:53 EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Chester Nez is the last of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers. All the rest of the Marines who created the first unbreakable code that baffled the Japanese during World War II have died.

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October 22, 2011

US Marines continue Operation Eastern Storm

Story by 1st Lt. Timothy Irish | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 10.22.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Operation Eastern Storm continues to secure Route 611 from Sangin’s District Center to the Kajaki Dam.

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Should to shoulder: Ohio Reserve Marines support combat operations in Helmand

Story by Sgt. Justin Shemanski | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 10.22.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE NOLAY, Afghanistan - Many of the familiar trappings of life are half a world away from the small base nestled atop a hill on the outskirts of the Sangin Valley, but a handful of the Buckeye State’s own who are based here have found echoes of home in each other.

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Pure oxygen used in treating brain injuries

Active-duty Marines will undergo trials at Pendleton, Lejeune naval hospitals

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Oct 22, 2011 9:18:14 EDT

Marines are participating in a study to see whether treatments of pure oxygen will help heal service members with mild traumatic brain injuries, one of the most common wounds of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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October 21, 2011

Marines secure road to dam in long-awaited Afghan mission

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
6:57 p.m., Oct. 21, 2011

After a five-day operation in one of the most combative areas of Afghanistan, international forces have secured the main road from Sangin to the strategic Kajaki Dam in northern Helmand province, Marine commanders announced.

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1,374 days: Marine returns home to Prescott after more than 3 years in Iraq, Afghanistan

Lisa Irish
The Daily Courier
10/21/2011 10:00:00 PM

When U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Trent Pendergast drove to his family's home in Prescott earlier this month after finishing his deployment in Afghanistan, he saw signs made by his mother welcoming him home in the front yard, surrounded by flags.

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Captain receives Purple Heart for injuries in Afghanistan

10/21/2011 By Cpl. Walter D. Marino II , 2nd Marine Division

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — As a teenager working on farms and in construction in his hometown of Urbana, Ohio, Capt. Chase B. Wheeler never thought he would one day be a Marine combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient.

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Engineers keep fellow Marines in fight

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 10.21.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE PAYNE, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Black grease stains cover his arms after working for hours in the hot weather. The young Marine takes a drink from a warm water bottle that sat beside him as he worked. He accidentally smudges his face with grease as he wipes the sweat away. Then he looks up to his corporal standing over him and says, “All done boss,” with a grin on his face.

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Beyond The Battlefield: A Reporter's Reflections On The Plight Of Severely Wounded Veterans

David Wood
Posted: 10/21/11 08:10 AM ET

In the dusty desert village of Jigjiga, in Ethiopia, I once watched a man die.

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Marines, Afghans enjoy pace of Nawa district’s unique countryside

Story by Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 10.21.2011

COMBAT OUTPOST JAKER, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Cornfields, dirt paths, tree lines and canals dominate the backcountry of Nawa district, Helmand province. This rugged, fertile community is quite the sight to see, a place where residents wear traditional attire and live an agrarian lifestyle that may seem like a scene from the past.

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October 20, 2011

Marines bypassed on LRA mission in Africa

By Dan Lamothe and Tony Lombardo - Staff writers
Posted : Thursday Oct 20, 2011 11:18:49 EDT

A 130-man team of Force Reconnaissance Marines deploying to Africa this month will not be involved in a high-profile mission to advise Ugandan troops as they push to stamp out the violent Lord’s Resistance Army.

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Douglas Co. Marine's body brought home

6:25 PM, Oct 20, 2011
Written by
11Alive Staff
Written by
Jerry Carnes

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - Thousands of people lined the streets of Douglas County in a silent salute to a 21-year-old Marine described as a defender of the underdog.

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Musicians and Marines collecting toys for youngsters in benefit concert

Lindsey Kelleher
Thursday, October 20, 2011 Last updated: Thursday October 20, 2011, 2:03 AM

While stopped at a red light last Christmas, Deborah Nader saw a man holding a sign that read, "I am a homeless father. Please help me give my children a Christmas."

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October 19, 2011

New uniform rule bans rolled sleeves

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Oct 19, 2011 11:02:03 EDT

A new uniform rule that takes effect Monday will require all Marines to wear their sleeves rolled down, all year long.

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Military retirees’ COLA to rise by 3.5 percent

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Oct 19, 2011 9:16:02 EDT

After two years of having no annual adjustment, military retirees will receive a 3.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment effective Dec. 1.

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Missionary kid to Marine – Continuing a life of adventure with the Corps

10/19/2011 By Capt. Caleb Eames , 31st MEU
USS ESSEX, At Sea — Many Marines join the Marine Corps for a chance to travel the world and experience adventure. But for one Marine assigned with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, the Corps is just a continuation of a life of excitement and danger.

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October 18, 2011

Marines return from Valley of Death; memorial planned

Tony Perry in San Diego
October 18, 2011 | 3:24 pm

When British forces had responsibility for clearing the Taliban stronghold in the Gereshk Valley in southern Afghanistan, the British press referred to the region as the "Valley of Death."

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Commandant: Marines permitted to wear KIA bracelets

Published: October 17, 2011
UPDATED: OCT. 18, 2:11 P.M. EDT

WASHINGTON — Following a public outcry, Marines can now wear KIA bracelets that honor fallen comrades, according to a Corps official.

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Toys"R"Us® Partners With the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to Bring Toys - and Smiles - to the Millions of Children in Need Across the Country This Holiday Season

"Shaq-A-Claus is Coming to Town" to Support the Company's Eighth Annual Toys for Tots Fundraising Campaign and Brighten the Holidays for Kids Who Might Otherwise Go Without a Gift to Open on Christmas

Oct. 18, 2011, 5:00 a.m. EDT

WAYNE, N.J., Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- As a company committed to helping children in need, Toys"R"Us® today announced that it has once again teamed up with four-time NBA Champion, actor, philanthropist and entrepreneur Shaquille O'Neal to launch its eighth annual nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

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Marine offensive near Afghanistan’s Kajaki Dam comes into focus

October 18th, 2011 | Posted by Dan Lamothe

The Marine Corps’ next significant push in Afghanistan is well underway, and starting to get attention in the mainstream media.

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Tuition assistance slashed by 75 percent for Marines

By Travis J. Tritten
Stars and Stripes
Published: October 18, 2011

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Marine Corps announced Tuesday it has slashed tuition assistance by 75 percent for servicemembers who take classes on their off-duty time.

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Marines accompany Afghan district governor during meeting at Camp Leatherneck bazaar

10/18/2011 By Cpl. Bryan Nygaard , II MEF (FWD)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — On the northern end of Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, just outside of the perimeter, sits a shantytown by the name of “Soak City.” This hub of tents surrounding a gas station consists of several hundred Afghans who have moved there so they can sell various wares to Afghan contractors and civilians visiting Camp Leatherneck.

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October 17, 2011

Marines frustrated by ban on KIA bracelets

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Oct 17, 2011 7:23:28 EDT

Commands across the Marine Corps are clamping down on troops who wear bracelets that commemorate friends killed in action. And Marines are fuming about it.

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Can running the Marine Corps Marathon make you shorter?

By Jeff Schogol
Published: October 17, 2011

Running is definitely not The Rumor Doctor's favorite pastime. In fact, The Doctor believes that running became obsolete with the invention of the internal combustion engine.

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Chaplain of the Marine Corps meets with incoming Female Engagement Team

10/17/2011 By Cpl. Katherine Keleher , II MEF (FWD)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Chaplain of the Marine Corps Rear Adm. Margaret Kibben visited and talked with the Marines and sailors of Regional Command Southwest’s incoming Female Engagement Team aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Sept. 22.

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October 16, 2011

Pendleton unit is last Marine team to leave Iraq

By MARK WALKER [email protected] | Posted: Sunday, October 16, 2011 6:00 pm

A team of 13 Camp Pendleton Marines made history Friday as the last Marine Corps unit to leave Iraq.

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Pendleton leads way in easing hell of war

By MARK WALKER [email protected] | Posted: Sunday, October 16, 2011 5:30 am

The Marine Corps is trying to ease some of the hell of war, ordering that initiatives with roots at Camp Pendleton be put in place across the force to stem troop suicides and reduce combat stress disorder.

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Corps fields dispenser for 40mm grenades

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Oct 16, 2011 8:44:12 EDT

Marine and Army units are beginning to field a new 40mm grenade dispenser designed to allow infantrymen to put rounds on target more quickly.

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CLB-31 trains for disaster relief

10/16/2011 By Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Manning , 31st MEU

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan — Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit participated in a disaster relief training exercise here Oct. 10.

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Marines return to Twentynine Palms after deadly Afghanistan mission

-- Tony Perry in San Diego
October 15, 2011

After a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan, Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 4th Regiment will return in the next few days to their base at Twentynine Palms, the Marine Corps announced.

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October 15, 2011

The Old Soldier Who Didn't Fade Away

A 59-year-old sergeant in Afghanistan is determined to serve any way he can. His real fear? Retirement

OCTOBER 15, 2011

Staff Sgt. Don Nicholas disproves the old refrain: Old soldiers do not, in fact, fade away. They re-enlist.

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Fallen Marine was part of ‘Spurs family'

Benjamin Schmidt grew up in the public eye.

By Scott Huddleston
[email protected]
Updated 12:27 a.m., Saturday, October 15, 2011

Friends and family members gathered Friday to honor a fallen Marine who grew up near the limelight, hanging out courtside at Spurs games and meeting the city's political and civic elite before he was old enough to vote.

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On patrol with New England’s own

Story by Cpl. Bryan Nygaard | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 10.15.2011

PATROL BASE BOLDAK, Afghanistan – The sound of diesel engines fills the morning air at Patrol Base Boldak. Several Marines rush into a large metal storage container used to store food. They grab a handful of packaged muffins, Pop Tarts, energy drinks and bottles of Gatorade and stuff them into backpacks. They then throw on their body armor and climb into armored vehicles. In a few moments they will drive several miles to a nearby village. There, a long day of foot patrols through irrigated fields and dusty farmland awaits them, but for now – breakfast.

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Corps continues push for armored 8-wheeler

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Oct 15, 2011 9:07:53 EDT

The Marine Corps is pushing forward with development of the Marine Personnel Carrier, an armored eight-wheel vehicle that will be able to swim, but not required to travel from ship to shore.

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OIA crowd greets Marines returning from war in Afghanistan

By Eloísa Ruano González, Orlando Sentinel
8:43 p.m. EDT, October 15, 2011

A hundred people gathered at the Orlando International Airport on Saturday to celebrate the safe return of seven U.S. Marine reservists returning from duty in Afghanistan.

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October 14, 2011

M'dale Marine running 236 miles to honor the fallen

October 14, 2011|PHILIP PETRUNAK | Daily American Staff Writer

U.S. Marines are known for being as tough as nails and for pushing themselves beyond the limits of their mental and physical capabilities. Often, that mentality culminates with a Marine making the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

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Badly wounded Marine finds a new way to serve his country

By Michael Doyle
McClatchy Newspapers
Published: October 14, 2011

WASHINGTON — Kurtis Foster knows the cost of wartime service.

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Beyond the Battlefield: As Wounded Veterans Struggle To Recover, Caregivers Share The Pain

David Wood
First Posted: 10/14/11 08:31 AM ET Updated: 10/18/11 11:14 AM ET

Luana Schneider gave up her career as an interior decorator and her "side job" as a mother of six, and moved to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio to care for her son. In addition to his severe burns, he had suffered perforated internal organs and leg injuries that eventually required an amputation. She lived in a hotel room and devoted days and nights to his care. Just changing his dressings took up to eight hours a day.

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1/6 Comm Marines overcome adverse terrain, conditions

10/14/2011 By Cpl. James Clark , 1st Battalion (1/6)

SANGIN DISTRICT, Helmand Province, Afghanistan — For many, they began their first deployment just two months ago. Now, for the first time, they are seeing the landscape of Afghanistan as they have come to know it from story and rumor. The Marines of Communications Platoon, Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, have made their way to Patrol Base Alcatraz, and their first order of business is rapidly establishing communications for the battalion.

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October 13, 2011

Which online retailers ship APO

By Jon R. Anderson - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Oct 13, 2011 14:57:44 EDT

Holiday shippers are likely to face some battles getting gifts to deployed loved ones this year. The reasons:

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Beyond The Battlefield: Military Turning To Wounded Vets' Families As Key Part Of Healing Process

David Wood
First Posted: 10/13/11 08:57 AM ET

Last January, on a dusty parade ground in Mosul, Iraq, Army Sgt. Robert Fierro was shot in the head.

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A different fight in Helmand at Fiddlers Green

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 10.13.2011

FIRE BASE FIDDLERS GREEN, Helmand province, Afghanistan – The Marines of Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, are always on call. At any moment coalition units in the area could call for fire support, and the artillerymen must be ready day and night.

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Mahafiz Marines keep roads safe

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 10.13.2011

PATROL BASE MAHAFIZ, Helmand province, Afghanistan – The sparse encampment here consists of little more than sleeping tents, a meeting area and a bird’s nest sentry post standing as a defiant beacon to the insurgency.

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Failure not an option for motor transport Marines in Helmand

Story by Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 10.13.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GERONIMO, Helmand province - Marines from 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment’s, Motor Transport Platoon don’t accept failure. They have been heavily relied upon throughout 1/9’s deployment to provide motorized logistics and personnel support and have built a reputation within their battalion for consistently getting the job done.

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October 12, 2011

Hope and Care center opens for wounded warriors

10/12/2011 By Lance Cpl. Michelle S. Mattei , Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in celebration of the opening of Camp Pendleton’s Warrior Hope and Care Center, Oct. 6, marking the end of a nearly three-year-long construction. MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The new facility located in the Wounded Warrior Battalion West will house offices for counseling and transition services that cater to wounded, ill and injured Marines, sailors and their families during their healing process.

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Hurricane Katrina Survivor Takes on Afghanistan

October 12, 2011
Marine Corps News|by Cpl. Jeff Drew

FIRE BASE FIDDLERS GREEN, Helmand province, Afghanistan -- When Hurricane Katrina blew through New Orleans decimating homes and changing lives, it also set into motion the fate of one young man and ensured his destiny to become a United States Marine.

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Corps debuts new social media handbook

By Tony Lombardo - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Oct 12, 2011 9:56:22 EDT

If you wouldn’t say it to your grandma, don’t post it on online.

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65 miles for 65 roses: Marcent Marine runs 65 consecutive miles to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis

10/12/2011 By Cpl. Lucas Vega , Marine Forces Central

MANAMA, Bahrain — Thirteen years ago, Maj. Jesse Sjoberg made a promise to spend the rest of his life with a woman named Jacquelyn “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health,” as the famous wedding vow reads.

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October 11, 2011

Beyond The Battlefield: With Better Technology And Training, Medics Saving More Lives

David Wood
First Posted: 10/11/11 08:28 AM ET

Stepping carefully through the blinding sun and heat and dust of southern Afghanistan with Lance Cpl. Tyler Southern and several squads of sweating Marines was a brand-new Navy corpsman, James Stoddard. He had never treated a real-life battle casualty. He was 19 years old.

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Father of fallen Marine founds state Honor and Remember flag chapter

The Times-Tribune
CORBIN — By Sarah Hogsed / Staff Writer
October 11, 2011

Tim Jackson, of Williamsburg, will never forget the sacrifice that thousands of United States service members have made in the current wars because his son is one of the Marines who paid with his life in Afghanistan.

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October 10, 2011

Dino attends his Marine master's memorial service

-- Tony Perry in San Diego
October 10, 2011

Marine Sgt. Christopher Diaz, assigned to a battalion from Twentynine Palms, was one of the most experienced dog-handlers in the Marine Corps.

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Marine's dream comes true a year after his death

Written by
Michael King
4:07 PM, Oct 10, 2011

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- In 2010, 21-year-old Jason Estopinal was killed in Afghanistan where he served as a Marine. The young man from Paulding County had a simple dream -- to get a Jeep when he came home.

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Reserve mission expands, despite the drawdown

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Oct 10, 2011 7:23:21 EDT

While the Marine Corps faces fiscal uncertainty and a drawdown looms for the active-duty force, the Reserve is poised to continue offering opportunity and adventure. And it’s actively seeking non-commissioned officers and junior officer in several career fields.

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October 9, 2011

Davison Marine Nicholas A. Sprovtsoff remembered for service to others during candlelight vigil

Published: Sunday, October 09, 2011, 9:30 PM

DAVISON, Michigan -- After handshakes, hugs and more than a few tears, Sandy Sprovtsoff Dutton made a path towards her car following a candlelight vigil in honor of her son, U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Nicholas A. Sprovtsoff Sunday night outside Davison City Hall.

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Corps to upgrade combat gloves

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Oct 9, 2011 10:59:02 EDT

The Marine Corps plans to field improved flame-resistant gloves within a year, but has not settled on a design and is looking for input from Marines.

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All heart

A 12-year-old from Afghanistan gets a second chance at life after a Marine reservist connects him with help in the U.S.

By Misti Crane
The Columbus Dispatch Sunday October 9, 2011 5:39 AM

Sher Jan walks on feet that turn inward — toes facing toes — and twist back, forcing him to balance on the outside edges. He has never known another way. 

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Marine master sergeant proud of U.S. work in Iraq, Afghanistan

1:45 AM, Oct. 9, 2011

Marine Master Sgt. Paul McGowan said he wanted to help write history.

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Aviation support Marines fuel success in southwestern Afghanistan

Story by Pfc. Sean Dennison | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 10.09.2011

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan - The Marines of Marine Wing Support Squadron 371’s fuel division are well acquainted with military aircraft.

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Empathy & War: Fighting an enemy, fighting to understand the ‘enemy'

Story by Cpl. James W. Clark | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 10.09.2011

SANGIN DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - In fairy tales, it’s the wicked witch who desperately wants a pair of shiny shoes or the brutish baron of some dark and spooky tower who really just needs a hug. In romantic comedies, it’s the stuck up frat boy who belittles the scrawny underdog and his goofy cadre of friends in front of the dream girl.

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October 8, 2011

Bush hosting Warrior Open for injured troops

Events for wounded warriors draws former president back into spotlight

By Jamie Stengle - The Associated Press
Posted : Saturday Oct 8, 2011 14:17:00 EDT

DALLAS — George W. Bush says that after eight years in the White House, he’s happy to be back home in Texas and out of the spotlight.

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Starting Again After a Brain Injury

Published: October 8, 2011

Jane Rosett is an artist at work on a multimedia project, “Adaptivitudes: Navigating My Brain Injury Rehabilitation,” and currently a brain injury patient at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.


“WANT a piece of gum, Jane?” asked my friend Andrée.

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October 7, 2011

Marjah district opens schools, develops future generations

Story by Sgt. Earnest J. Barnes | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 10.07.2011

MARJAH DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan opened several schools within the district recently, intent on educating tomorrow’s future for the nation.

The residents of Marjah celebrated more than six school openings in the past month. Government representatives, local residents, students and Marines with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, gathered on several occasions to commemorate opening day ceremonies at various locations.

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Virginia native dies three times, returns to Marjah

Story by Sgt. Earnest J. Barnes | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 10.07.2011

MARJAH DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Some Marines involved in the battle for Marjah in 2010 say they stared death in the face. One Manassas, Va., native involved in the intense fighting not only stared death in the face, but shook its hand as well.

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October 6, 2011

Heroic Marine downplays accomplishments

By MARK WALKER [email protected] | Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011

A year ago this month, Master Sgt. David Jarvis and part of his platoon of Camp Pendleton Marines found themselves surrounded by dozens of insurgents in Afghanistan's deadly Sangin River Valley.

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Marine's death touched region, reminds all of military's sacrifice

Posted October 6, 2011 at 4 a.m.

Frankie Watson could have been any young East Tennessean.

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Wheat seed distribution gives hope to Helmand Afghans

Story by Cpl. Katherine M. Solano | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 10.06.2011

KAJAKI, Afghanistan - For decades now, Afghan locals have been relying on a crop cycle of poppy and cannabis to provide income and a stable livelihood for their families.

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October 5, 2011

Marines visit San Francisco for Fleet Week, earthquake planning

Tony Perry
October 5, 2011

More than 700 Marines and sailors from Camp Pendleton have deployed to San Francisco on a mission to win hearts and minds.

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West Coast Marines take over Afghanistan aviation support from East Coast Marines

Story by Pfc. Sean Dennison | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 10.05.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - The gentle thump of helicopter blades wafts over a formation of Marines at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.

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1/5 and 3/2 Marines replaced in Afghanistan by 3/7 and 2/4

October 5th, 2011 | Afghanistan Infantry Sangin | Posted by Dan Lamothe

Marine units in two of the more volatile districts in Afghanistan’s Helmand province have been replaced in the last few weeks, Marine spokesmen confirmed to Marine Corps Times today.

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Corps adding healthful food to mess-hall menus

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Oct 5, 2011 9:30:31 EDT

A new crop of healthful foods will begin to appear on menus at the Corps’ chow halls early next year.

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October 4, 2011

Pup adopted by Marines bound for Houston ball

Published 07:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 4, 2011

An orphaned puppy turned Marine mascot soon will make his way from Afghanistan to the United States to be reunited with his platoon - just in time for the Marine Corps ball in November.

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Davison Marine to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery

By George Jaksa | The Flint Journal
Published: Tuesday, October 04, 2011, 8:59 AM

DAVISON, Michigan — Funeral services will be held Thursday in Arlington, Va., for Nicholas Sprovtsoff, 28, a U.S. Marine staff sergeant from Davison who was killed in combat in Afghanistan.

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Separated Vets Can Apply for Review

The Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) provides veterans who were medically separated from military service between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2009, with a new chance to have their disability ratings reviewed for fairness, consistency and accuracy.

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Combat Assault Company tears through targets

Story by Lance Cpl. Jacob Barber | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 09.16.2011
Date Posted:10.04.2011 22:54

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Hawaii — The sound of bullets piercing targets echoed through the hills as Marines from 3rd Marine Regiment’s Combat Assault Company met at the Kaneohe Bay Range Training Facility to shoot and qualify with their .50-caliber machine guns and 40 mm. grenade launchers Sept. 16.

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Marine brother serves with Air Force sister in Afghanistan

10/4/2011 By Cpl. Justin M. Boling , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Allen Rader’s service to the Air Force took his family from their home in Charleston, W.Va., to Alaska, Arizona, and Florida. Even overseas.

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October 3, 2011

Following the tradition: For this Marine, service is all in the family

Written by
Kris Wartelle
11:00 PM, Oct. 3, 2011

Cullen Crochet says he has known how to salute since he was 2 years old. His grandfather was a Marine, his father was a Marine and his brother is a Marine. He says there was never any question about him going into the military.

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Camp Pendleton Marine getting Silver and Bronze Star

By MARK WALKER [email protected] | Posted: Monday, October 3, 2011

A Silver Star and a Bronze Star are being pinned on a Camp Pendleton Marine on Wednesday for heroic action in Afghanistan.

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3/5 works with 15th MEU Marines, trains in communications

Story by Cpl. John Robbart III | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 10.03.2011

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Communication is crucial to any battlefield commander and his troops. To ensure that communication is able to be established, the Marines behind the scenes train continuously to make sure they can make a connection every time.

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Marine from Michigan remembered for dedication

Monday, October 3, 2011
(10-03) 11:40 PDT Davison, Mich. (AP) --

A Marine from Michigan who was killed during combat operations in Afghanistan had a dedication to the military that went back to when he was a high school student, a former coach said.

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29 Palms Marine killed in combat

Posted: Monday, October 3, 2011 11:22 am

AFGHANISTAN - A Marine from Twentynine Palms died in combat here Wednesday, the Department of Defense has announced.

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Mind fitness routines fight combat stress

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Oct 3, 2011 7:52:02 EDT

The Marine Corps has a plan to rewire your brain, but it isn’t a mind-control plot inspired by a bad sci-fi movie. It’s part of an effort to improve resilience throughout the service and, officials hope, stave off post-traumatic stress among those who work in dangerous or demanding environments.

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Royal Marines train in Mojave Desert in California

By Clinton Rogers BBC News
3 October 2011

It is 120 degrees in the Mojave Desert in California with no place to hide - and for the past three weeks it has been home to the Royal Marines.

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October 2, 2011

Chilled water cuts need for bottles in war zone

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Oct 2, 2011 9:42:09 EDT

The Marine Corps may soon be chilling in Afghanistan. Chilling water, that is.

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October 1, 2011

Upper Gereshk: The Helmand plan meets tough reality

By John Cantlie Gereshk Valley, Helmand
1 October 2011
BBC News

After 10 years in Afghanistan, foreign troops can claim successes in the notorious province of Helmand - but a vicious guerrilla war still rages in the Upper Gereshk valley, which US marines are in the process of handing back to British forces.

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Marine's widow eternally grateful for ring's return

Her husband didn’t return from Afghanistan, 
but his platoon made sure the symbol of their love did

Updated 10:59 p.m., Saturday, October 1, 2011

Sgt. Jared Hammonds frantically scanned an Afghan poppy field, searching for a glint of silver in the soil.

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Civilians connect with troops at Miramar Air Show

By MORGAN COOK [email protected] | Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2011 9:00 pm

A crowd roughly equivalent to the population of Oceanside gathered Saturday to witness astonishing displays of speed and winged power as the nation's biggest and best air show saluted the 100th anniversary of Marine aviation.

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