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November 30, 2011

Funeral for fallen Danville Marine draws nearly 1,800 mourners

By Paul Thissen
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 11/30/2011 11:04:09 AM PST
Updated: 11/30/2011 09:24:00 PM PST

DANVILLE -- It was barely two months after he arrived in Afghanistan and just a few weeks before his 20th birthday. Lance Cpl. Joshua "Chachi" Corral died a Marine; it was what he had long dreamed of becoming.

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Lindenhurst Marines link up in Afghan war zone

By Frank Abderholden [email protected] November 30, 2011 8:48PM

Two Lindenhurst Marines gave their families some cheer recently when the neighbors met up in a war zone in Afghanistan as one unit replaced another. They posted the pictures on Facebook.

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The Marines’ New Target Dummies Ride Segways

By Andrew Tarantola, Gizmodo.com
November 30, 2011

For years, military live fire exercises have relied on either stationary or pop-out targets but they don’t really simulate enemy movements—they just sit there, waiting to be shot. These targets, newly developed for the U.S. Marine Corps don’t; they move, behave, and react just like real combatants. Well, combatants who ride Segway scooters.

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Depot Marines earn 2011 Musician of the Year title

Story by Lance Cpl. Katalynn M. Thomas | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego | Date: 11.30.2011

SAN DIEGO -- Twenty-four Marines from across the Marine Corps competed to become the Corps’ top enlisted musicians. They were measured by their proficiency as Marines, musicians and leaders. Only two, one staff non-commissioned officer and a non-commissioned officer, would come out on top and earn the title of Musician of the Year.

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Local police train with the “Walking Dead”

Story by Lance Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.30.2011

NAWA DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan – The Marines of the “Walking Dead”, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, have brought a new kind of police training program to the citizens of Nawa.

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Marines show U.S. institutions to Afghans

The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Nov 30, 2011 14:30:25 EST

SAN DIEGO — Top Afghan army and police officials who will oversee security in one of the country’s hardest-fought provinces in the war are visiting Southern California this week to get a look at how the United States teaches its children, treats its prisoners and patrols its border with Mexico.

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Open for Business: CLB-1 builds route, brings growth to Helmand

Story by Cpl. Katherine M. Solano | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 11.30.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GERONIMO, Afghanistan - The Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 1, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), are currently in the midst of a first-time operation. They are constructing a route between the Nowa and Marjah districts in Helmand province.

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Elite Marines crucial to 2014 Afghanistan exit

By Robert Burns - The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Nov 30, 2011 17:33:50 EST

PUZEH, Afghanistan — In this dusty village in southern Afghanistan a small team of elite U.S. Marines is nudging Afghans toward rejection of the Taliban insurgency, a mission that is emerging as central to the U.S. and NATO exit strategy but is little known beyond the rugged brown hills of the upper Helmand River Valley.

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Injured Marine Greeted With Hero's Welcome

POSTED: 9:25 pm CST November 30, 2011

OMAHA, Neb. -- Months after a roadside bomb blew up his vehicle, a Fremont Marine has returned home, thankful to be alive.

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November 29, 2011

Pup adopted by Marines in Afghanistan dies

Published 07:21 p.m., Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A mutt rescued this summer in Afghanistan by a Houston-based Marine reserve platoon won't be reunited with his adoptive family as planned.

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40,000 troops to leave Afghanistan by end of 2012

Associated Press
Nov 29, 6:20 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Drawdown plans announced by the U.S. and more than a dozen other nations will shrink the foreign military footprint in Afghanistan by 40,000 troops at the close of next year, leaving Afghan forces increasingly on the frontlines of the decade-long war.

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November 28, 2011

Military looks at supply routes away from Pakistan

By John Vandiver and Martin Kuz
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 28, 2011

STUTTGART, Germany — If Pakistan opts to keep the border crossings into Afghanistan closed to NATO resupply convoys for an extended period following an air attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, the U.S. military and its allies may have to rely more heavily on the Northern Distribution Network, a key gateway for military equipment.

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Encroachment causes safety risks in East Miramar

Story by Lance Cpl. Erica Disalvo | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar | Date: 11.28.2011

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRIMAR, Calif. -- Random police patrols have increased on East Miramar aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar due to encroachment by the public and acts of vandalism to historic sites located in the area.

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Salem Marine Cpl. Adam Buyes dies in combat in Afghanistan

Published: Monday, November 28, 2011, 7:37 PM
By Ray Whitehouse, The Oregonian

A 21-year-old Marine from Salem has died while fighting in Afghanistan.

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Corps seeks better ear protection

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Nov 28, 2011 8:11:35 EST

The Marine Corps is on the hunt for improved ear plugs that will save Marines’ hearing down range while helping them maintain situational awareness, and those currently fielded by the Army could get a serious look.

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November 27, 2011

Australia offers strong training opportunities, vibrant off-duty options for visiting Marines

By Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 27, 2011

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — U.S. Marines should feel right at home in northern Australia when they start regular training there in the near future.

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Corps seeks wearable system to power equipment

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Nov 27, 2011 9:43:32 EST

The Corps has launched a new effort to find a wearable power system that provides energy to radios and other electronics that Marines carry with them in the field.

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November 26, 2011


Story by Staff Sgt. Ryan Smith | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 11.26.2011

COMBAT OUTPOST ALCATRAZ, Helmand province, Afghanistan - The Upper Sangin Valley has been a hot bed of insurgent activity in the Sangin District with constant threats of improvised explosive devices and fire fights against Afghan National Army members and coalition forces. For the past five months, the Marines of 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion have been working hard to secure the tiny villages north of Sangin as well as secure their portion of Route 611, a north-south highway running parallel to the Helmand River, and a major transportation route used for commerce in the area.

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New England’s Own delivers Thanksgiving dinner to Patrol Base Boldak

Story by Cpl. Katherine Keleher | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 11.26.2011

PATROL BASE BOLDAK, Afghanistan – In the barren desert of Helmand province, Marines with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, thought their Thanksgiving was going to be just another day. It was not.

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Marines to wind down Afghan combat in 2012

By Robert Burns - The Associated Press
Posted : Saturday Nov 26, 2011 9:55:07 EST

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — U.S. Marines will march out of Afghanistan by the thousands next year, winding down combat in the Taliban heartland and testing the U.S. view that Afghan forces are capable of leading the fight against a battered but not yet beaten insurgency in the country’s southwestern reaches, senior U.S. military officers say.

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November 25, 2011

Camp Pendleton changed by 10 years of constant war

Tony Perry at Camp Pendleton
November 25, 2011

When Marine Major-Gen. Charles “Mark” Gurganus returned to Camp Pendleton recently after an absence of several years, he had an immediate impression of the sprawling base.

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Groundbreaking research looks at how blasts injure brain

By Seth Robbins
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 25, 2011

LANDSTUHL, Germany — During a firefight in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province in 2002, U.S. Army Maj. Kevin Kit Parker stood atop a hill awaiting a Medevac flight for an injured soldier when a bomb exploded several miles away.

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MARSOC deployment inspires energy drink

By Laura Phelps - Medill News Service
Posted : Friday Nov 25, 2011 8:45:29 EST

Developed by a Marine on the battlefields of Afghanistan, RuckPack is a caffeine-free energy drink designed to give troops an extra kick during long, isolated missions.

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Marine from Exeter awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

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9:00 PM, Nov. 25, 2011

A Marine from Exeter has been awarded the Bronze Star — the military's fourth-highest award for bravery -†for disarming nine roadside bombs in five hours in Afghanistan.

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November 24, 2011

Town turns Marines into ‘family’

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Published: Nov. 24, 2011 Updated: Nov. 25, 2011 2:49 p.m.

To be sure, Thanksgiving's about family. It just depends on how we define family.

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Top Marine spends Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

The Associated Press
Thursday, November 24, 2011

COMBAT OUTPOST HANSON, Afghanistan — A turkey trot it was not.

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Eleventh Marine Expeditionary Unit first to train in dunked simulator

Story by Cpl. Ryan Carpenter | 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 11.24.2011

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – In seconds, water filled a sinking hull with four Marines strapped inside. To escape, the men recalled the day’s training, which covered life vests and underwater breathing devices.

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Marine, dog to reunite after hard journey for both

Peter Fimrite, Chronicle Staff Writer
Thursday, November 24, 2011

Ward Van Alstine is a tough U.S. Marine who, after a somewhat troubled life growing up in Santa Rosa, developed a sense of purpose amid the gunfire, bone-rattling explosions and death in Afghanistan.

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Unit celebrates Thanksgiving Day at sea

Courtesy Story | 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 11.24.2011

PACIFIC OCEAN – Sailors and Marines of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group celebrated Thanksgiving Day aboard three ships Nov. 24 – some spending their first holiday away from home.

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Okarche Soldier Talks Family For Thanksgiving From Afghanistan

Posted: Nov 24, 2011 6:58 PM CST
Jamie Oberg, News 9

OKARCHE, Oklahoma -- "I love you all very much and I'm sorry I couldn't be there. I'm here with my Marines and you know that and the only other place I'd rather be is with y'all."

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Faith on the ‘front lines’: service members find strength in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 11.24.2011

MUSA QAL’EH DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan – For many, faith provides a foundation of core values and an inner strength required to accomplish any mission and weather any hardship. It is a difficult word to define, however, as it means many things to different people.

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Corps supporters seek museum for Carolinas

By Susanne M. Schafer - The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday Nov 24, 2011 11:53:49 EST

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — Marine Corps supporters near Camp Lejeune are launching a national effort to build a $12 million museum documenting the service’s history in North and South Carolina.

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November 23, 2011

Victory in Nawa: the final chapter

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 11.23.2011

Editor’s note: This is the final installment in a four-part series chronicling a trek across Nawa district called the Nawa Victory Walk, a four-day, 30-mile patrol by U.S. Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers.

NAWA DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Sailors and Marines with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, slipped from the relative warmth of their sleeping bags, braving the morning chill, and began to prepare for the day. The final day of the Nawa Victory Walk was upon them, and the Marines were excited to finish the four-day, 30-mile patrol. The trek brought together Mercer Island, Wash., native Lt. Col. Tyler Zagurski, the battalion commander, and Afghan Lt. Col. Gul Ahmad, the kandak commander of 1st Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps, in a patrol across the district to promote confidence in Afghan security forces and talk to residents.

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Camp Lejeune Marine receives the Outstanding Veteran Award for exemplary service to the community.

11/23/2011 By Cpl. Andrew D. Johnston , 2nd Marine Division

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — The Town Hall was packed and the crowd was full of old time war vets who proudly served their country. One by one, honorees approached the city council where they were recognized for their outstanding work in the community—one of them stood out.

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Friends, strangers turn out to support local Marine who lost leg in Afghanistan

Posted November 23, 2011

About 40 people gathered Wednesday night to pray and show support for a local Marine and Gulf Coast High School graduate who lost his leg after stepping on an improvised explosive device last week in Afghanistan.

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Free Thanksgiving meals donated to MEU Marines

Story by Cpl. John Robbart III | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 11.22.2011
Date Posted:11.23.2011 15:34

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marines of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit will be eating well this Thanksgiving thanks to a generous donation from Operation Homefront, Nov. 22.

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Nixa marine spending holidays in Afghanistan

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 12:00 am |
By: Amelia Wigton, associate editor [email protected]

Green bean casserole and croissants with brie cheese melted inside—those are the two foods that Lance Cpl. Nathan Miller is going to miss the most this Thanksgiving.

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Family grateful for Marine’s holiday return

By: Dave Olson, INFORUM
Published November 23, 2011

MOORHEAD – Mary and Don Kramvik of Moorhead have many reasons to be thankful.

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Report shows a military and a nation disconnected

By Megan McCloskey
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 23, 2011

WASHINGTON — A new report on civilian ties to the military puts numbers to what top military leaders have been a lamenting for years: The American public is largely disconnected from its fighting force.

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Coming of age through war: Lance Cpl. Damien Mathis

Story by Cpl. James Clark | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 11.23.2011

KAJAKI SOFLA, Helmand Province, Afghanistan - The walls are thick with furtively scratched lines and the roads exist only as hollowed lanes. Distinctive villagers earn a place on the landscape with detailed memories. Each patrol is inspiration and recorded in vast detail.

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November 22, 2011

Injured San Jose Marine returns home to family

Julia Prodis Sulek
[email protected]
Posted: 11/22/2011 03:58:46 PM PST

Marine Cpl. Daniel Franke will be coming home this Thanksgiving, wheeling across the concourse at the San Jose airport after a long and painful journey.

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Marine surprises family with return home

Reported by: Justin Lewis
Email: [email protected]
Last Update: 11/22 10:29 pm

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Amory native Josh Roye has been serving in Afghanistan since February as his fourth deployment with the U.S. Marines.

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Bringing governance to ungoverned places: District governor, Marine leaders interact with citizens of southern Garmsir

Photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.22.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — In the furthest reaches of Garmsir district, nearly 70 kilometers from the district center, a mixture of local elders and farmers sat quietly around a collection of ornately woven Afghan rugs, awaiting discussion with their district governor and Marine leaders.

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Marine from Preston dies from injuries in Afghanistan

Staff report | Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 3:00 pm

PRESTON, Iowa — Those who knew Cpl. Zach Reiff remembered him Tuesday as a young man who loved his family and was proud to serve his country.

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Marine squadron in Afghanistan wins Pentagon’s top maintenance award

Story by Cpl. Brian Adam Jones | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 11.22.2011

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Just days into their second deployment to Afghanistan in two years, the Marines of Marine Electronic Warfare Squadron 1, an EA-6B Prowler squadron deployed from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., learned they received the Pentagon’s top maintenance award for their efforts in 2010.

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VMAQ-4 returns home: ICAP III proves critical to fight in Afghanistan

11/22/2011 By Lance Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki , Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. — Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 4 Marines returned to MCAS Cherry Point from Afghanistan Nov. 16 bringing a close to the historic first Marine deployment of the EA-6B Increased Capability III aircraft.

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New simulator combines exercise, shooting

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Nov 22, 2011 5:28:14 EST

Marines in Twentynine Palms, Calif., will soon get the chance to train with a new shooting simulator as part of a conditioning program that combines marksmanship with high-endurance exercise.

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November 21, 2011

Two brothers, one goal

Story by Lance Cpl. Francisco Abundes | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 11.21.2011

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. - Most recruits in training probably wish they had a familiar face beside them to make it easier, but for twin brothers graduating today, it was different.

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Marine brothers meet in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.21.2011

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan — When Cpl. Axel Benitez joined the Marine Corps more than three years ago, he never thought his younger brother would follow in his footsteps.

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November 20, 2011

Recon COIN ops create change in Upper Sangin Valley

Story by Staff Sgt. Ryan Smith | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 11.19.2011
Date Posted:11.20.2011 13:27

SANGIN DISTRICT, Afghanistan - Since the early days of their deployment to the Upper Sangin Valley of Afghanistan, the Marines of 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion have been relentless in their pursuit of insurgents, often fighting a battle not traditionally suited for their expertise.

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War-torn marriage: Family shattered by TBI, PTSD picks up pieces

By Megan McCloskey
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 20, 2011

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — The breaking point came when Sandra Rivera found their 9-year-old son backed against a wall with his arms over his face, shielding himself from her husband’s screaming.

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For Gaithersburg Marine, a surprise homecoming

By Robert Samuels, Published: November 20

Editor’s note: Were you in suspense after reading Saturday night’s article about Lance Cpl. Matthew Rodgers on PostLocal.com? Here’s the rest of the story.

The proclamation was in the mayor’s hands. The marching band, all warmed up. The firetruck and police cars stood on call. And Pinky and Pepe Rodgers were in their beer and wine store in the Kentlands shopping complex, wondering why their store was suddenly so crowded.

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More Marines survive war-zone wounds

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Nov 20, 2011 9:49:10 EST

Fresher blood, sharper training and more rehab in theater have meant higher survival rates for wounded Marines and allowed thousands more to stay with their units longer after suffering an injury downrange.

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Operation North Pole ramps up for holiday mail rush

Story by Cpl. Katherine M. Solano | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 11.20.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - The Marines with the Postal Detachment, Headquarters and Service Company, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) are accustomed to moving upward of 10,000 pounds of mail per day, but with the holiday season approaching, that amount will nearly double.

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Transition in Garmsir: ‘America’s Battalion’ replaces ‘Lava Dogs’ in southern Helmand

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder
Date Posted:11.20.2011 02:27

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELHI, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Following the completion of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment’s successful seven-month deployment here, Lt. Col. Matthew J. Palma, 3/3 commanding officer, accepted responsibility of the district from Lt. Col. Sean Riordan, 1st Battalion 3rd Marine Regiment commanding officer, during a relief in place and transfer of authority ceremony here, Nov. 17.

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Corps looks to Pacific, drawdown in Afghanistan

11/20/2011 By Lance Cpl. Daniel A. Wetzel , Headquarters Marine Corps

ARLINGTON, Va. — With the current budget crisis, all branches of the military are looking for ways to cut spending. The downsizing of service members from Afghanistan in the near future have some people concerned about future troop placement.

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Local Marine injured in Afghanistan returns home

Sunday, November 20, 2011
John Garcia

November 20, 2011 (MANHATTAN, Ill.) (WLS) -- A suburban Marine injured in Afghanistan was welcomed home to an early Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday.

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November 19, 2011

Navy medic from Staten Island honored for his heroics

Published: Saturday, November 19, 2011, 4:47 PM

Navy medic from Staten Island honored for his heroics

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Neighbors: Family eager to welcome home their Marine

4:40 PM, Nov. 19, 2011

Don't be surprised if you see tears of joy streaming down Leslie Blanford's face or hear squeals of laughter on Sullivan Street in East Elmira this week.

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Gaithersburg Marine’s big homecoming hits a logistical snag

By Robert Samuels, Published: November 19

Everybody knows that airline flights are sometimes delayed, but Saturday night’s delay seemed a little bit more difficult to bear.

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Danville mourns Marine killed in Afghanistan

By Rick Hurd
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 11/19/2011 04:57:37 PM PST
Updated: 11/19/2011 09:01:02 PM PST

When Joshua Corral dedicated his life to serving his country, he took many friends with him.

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November 18, 2011

Marines ready Garmsir for transition of authority

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.18.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — When 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, nick-named the Lava Dogs, arrived here mid-April, expectations were of a deployment filled with improvised explosive devices and sporadic firefights.

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Communication Marines facilitate 3/12’s command and control

Story by Lance Cpl. Erik Brooks | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installation Pacific | Date: 11.18.2011

CAMP FUJI, Japan - Immediately upon their arrival, wires spread out and antennas sprout from the ground like spring grass. These Marines set up critical communications assets to allow an artillery battalion to communicate.

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9th ESB deploys in support of OEF

11/18/2011 By Lance Cpl. Kris Daberkoe , Marine Corps Bases Japan
KADENA AIR BASE, OKINAWA, Japan — Marines and sailors with 9th Engineer Support Battalion boarded aircraft here Nov. 12 and departed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, signaling the start of a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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MP Support company Marine finds missing child aboard Camp Lejeune

11/18/2011 By Cpl. Walter D. Marino II , 2nd Marine Division

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Recently a mother momentarily lost her two-year-old daughter aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Thanks to Marines with Military Working Dog Platoon, Military Police Support Company, 2nd Marine Headquarters Group, the child was quickly found.

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November 17, 2011

Ellington Comes Together for Injured Marine

Greg Caron was seriously injured in Afghanistan and the whole town is now coming together to support him and his family.

By Erin Quinlan
Nov. 17.2011

When people in Ellington heard that Marine Greg Caron had been injured in Afghanistan, they rallied.

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Marine office in Quincy shows call to duty still strong

By Lane Lambert
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Nov 17, 2011 @ 02:17 AM
Last update Nov 17, 2011 @ 05:14 AM

Late on a weekday afternoon, the Marine Corps recruiting office in Quincy was full and busy. The Marine office has shared a floor with Army, Navy and Air Force recruiters for years, but in October it became a full-fledged station, after being a satellite of the Brockton office. That change is evidence that the Marines and other military services continue to draw more recruits than they can sign.

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Garmsir citizens, Marines honor fallen police chief

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.13.2011
Date Posted:11.17.2011 11:57

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Spread out within a maze of concertina wire and concrete barriers at Garmsir’s district center, Afghan National Police members partnered with Marines from 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment to provide security for the funeral of District Chief of Police Lt. Col. Sayfullah Khan Rashidi here, Nov. 13.

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New girls in town: FET resets

Story by Cpl. Katherine Keleher | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 11.17.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province – A surge of over 40 Marines with the Female Engagement Team came to Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Nov. 11-15, where they were able to kick up their boots and talk about their experiences in Afghanistan since they began their deployment.

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DoD Releases Updated Compensation and Benefits Handbook to Assist Wounded, Ill and Injured Service Members and Their Families

By taniameireles2
– November 17, 2011

The Department of Defense (DoD) recently published the 2011 DoD Compensation and Benefits Handbook, a comprehensive resource guide describing compensation and other benefits Service members and their families would be entitled to upon separation or retirement as a result of serious injury or illness.

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November 16, 2011

Yuma-based Marines with VMA-513 return from Afghanistan

Story by Ruth Castillo, Reporter

MCAS Yuma, Arizona November 16, 2011 - Family and friends gathered at the VMA-513 hangar bay Wednesday night waited with eager anticipation for their Marines after being apart for half a year.

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Victory in Nawa: voice of progress

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 11.16.2011

Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a four-part series chronicling a trek across Nawa district called the Nawa Victory Walk, a four-day, 30-mile patrol by U.S. Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers.

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Afghanistan – The third day of the Nawa Victory Walk began early. Marines with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, woke as the sun rose, then filled up on energy bars for breakfast. They checked their equipment, refilled water containers, met up with their Afghan National Army counterparts, and headed for the front gate.

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CLB-1 Engineers, locals improve critical intersection in Marjah

Story by Lance Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.16.2011

MARJAH DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Combat engineers with Alpha Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 1 and local workers improved road conditions by repairing a key bridge here, Nov. 12.

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Obama Announces Expanded U.S. Military Presence in Australia

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2011 – President Barack Obama joined Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard today to announce expanded military-to-military relationships between the two countries as they commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Australia-New Zealand-U.S. alliance.

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Marines upgrade digital communications in Afghanistan

11/16/2011 By Cpl. Justin M. Boling , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan — Coalition troops at Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan, now have better communications thanks to the nonstop efforts of a small detachment of Marines.

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November 15, 2011

Tim McGraw draws thousands to Pendleton

Story by Lance Cpl. Michelle Mattei | Camp Pendleton Public Affairs | Date: 11.15.2011

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- More than 27,000 attendees gathered at Camp Pendleton’s Paige Fieldhouse to attend Time McGraw’s Tour for the Troops free concert, Nov. 13.

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Friendly faces: 3/3 Marines interact with Garmsir children

Photos by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.15.2011

Headquarters and Service Company Marines, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, patrol. They interacted with children and spoke with local leaders. “America’s Battalion” recently arrived in Garmsir. They’ll partner with the Afghan National Security Forces to establish a secure environment and develop district government to better meet the needs of the Afghan people.

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Lest we forget: remembrance service honors Garmsir fallen

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.15.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELHI, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Since 2006, coalition forces have fought to bring security and stability to the once insurgent-heavy Garmsir district. Five years later, coalition forces are near transitioning control of the district to the local government.

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November 14, 2011

Happy Birthday To America's Most Enduring Brand: The Marines

Dean Crutchfield, Contributor
CMO Network | 11/14/2011 @ 4:07PM

The United States Marines Corps this month celebrates 236 years of inviolable service to us, the American people.

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Marine aviation key to major offensive in Afghanistan

11/14/2011 By Cpl. Brian Adam Jones , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

Under the veil of darkness, a team of Marine Corps CH-53 heavy-lift helicopters sped over the Helmand River valley in early October.

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November 13, 2011

Marine Surprises Family With Return

On a deployment to Afghanistan, Jerry Thorton has been planning his surprise homecoming for five months

By Mola Lenghi
| Sunday, Nov 13, 2011

For Master Gunnery Sargent Jerry Thorton of the U.S. Marine Corps, coming home has been a covert operation.

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Justin Timberlake Parties at the Marine Corps Ball

By Susan Keating
Update Sunday November 13, 2011 09:00 PM EST Originally posted Sunday November 13, 2011 01:10 PM EST

This summer, Justin Timberlake accepted a servicewoman's invitation to attend the Instructor Battalion Marine Corps Ball, and Saturday he made good on that promise.

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‘Making a difference’ pushes one Arizona Marine to excel on fourth deployment

Story by Cpl. Katherine M. Solano | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 11.13.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Nine years in the Marine Corps, four deployments and less than four weeks until he steps foot on American soil once again, Staff Sgt. Davison Slivers has spent a collective two-and-a-half years defending his country in both Iraq and Afghanistan. A Marine with that sort of experience has a lot to offer to those he leads, evident by the profound respect his Marines express for him.

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November 12, 2011

Marine commander sends message from Afghanistan

Lt. Col. William Vivian, commanding officer of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines from Camp Pendleton, says the unit ‘adopted’ by San Clemente is making progress against the Taliban

Published: Nov. 12, 2011

The Camp Pendleton Marine Corps unit that San Clemente "adopted" in 1996 through the America Supporting Americans program says it is making strides toward restoring security and normality to towns in Afghanistan.

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7th ESB brings commerce, growth to Helmand province while supporting Operation Eastern Storm

Story by Cpl. Katherine M. Solano | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 11.12.2011

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - As Operation Tofan Sharq (Eastern Storm) continues in the upper Sangin Valley of Helmand province, Afghanistan, Marines and sailors with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), conducted multiple route repairs throughout early November.

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Leaping Sand Flea robot heading to Afghanistan

By Michael Hoffman - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Nov 12, 2011 9:03:34 EST

The Sand Flea looks like a laptop with four wheels. But it can leap up to 24 feet high, landing on its wheels every time.

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November 11, 2011

Dozen Marine special operators earn medals

Two from Camp Pendleton battalion honored with Silver Star

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
6:25 p.m., Nov. 11, 2011

The reconnaissance patrol of special operations Marines and Afghan soldiers was moving through central Farah province when the enemy attacked. Sgt. Charles Cartwright, a 26-year-old assistant element leader, jumped out of his vehicle amid the barrage of enemy mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons fire.

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Marines erect cross on Veterans Day to honor fallen comrades

November 11, 2011

To honor the memory of four Marine comrades killed in Iraq and to show respect for all military personnel sent to foreign lands, a small but determined group trudged up a steep hill at Camp Pendleton on Friday morning as the nation observed Veterans Day.

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School honors St. Charles County Marine killed in Afghanistan

By Raymond Castile > [email protected] | Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011

Phillip Vinnedge's dream of becoming a Marine began when he was 10 years old, watching the World Trade Center collapse on television.

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Marines to be based in Australia, report says

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Nov 11, 2011 16:27:06 EST

Crocodile Dundee, move over — there’s a new tough guy reportedly moving in Down Under. The U.S. will base 500 to 1,000 Marines in Australia as part of an expanded partnership between the two countries, according to media reports.

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Poulsbo, Wash., native answers call as chaplain

Story by Cpl. Meredith Brown | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 11.11.2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GERONIMO, Afghanistan - It is Saturday night. The moon is visible through the sandy haze. The sounds of Guitar Hero are heard outside a small tent. A group of Marines are gathered inside rocking out to the various bands. Lt. Bryan Davenport, the chaplain for 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division (Forward), watches the Marines give their best shot before piping up from the back row and asking to get the next turn.

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Veterans Day: What you need to know

Rene Lynch
November 11, 2011

Veterans Day is one of 10 federally recognized holidays. But if you stopped the proverbial man on the street and asked him to name all the federal holidays, it's likely he'd tick off Christmas and New Year's and the Fourth of July and a few others before he got around to Veterans Day.

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For the local family of a Marine, Veterans Day is more than a day off

Written by
Kym Klass
6:01 AM, Nov. 11, 2011

Veterans Day for Berry and Heidi Cantrell means more than just a long weekend.

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Arlington Heights Marine's family marks year since his death

By Deborah Donovan
Article updated: 11/11/2011

Katie Stack will always be part of the U.S. Marines, even though the young widow and all of Lance Cpl. James Bray Stack's family know better than anyone the terrible price membership in this fraternity can extract.

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Lock Down: Afghan National Security Forces, Marines interdict insurgent movement

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.03.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand Province, Afghanistan — Afghan National Security Forces and Marines from 1st and 3rd Battalions, 3rd Marine Regiment are putting the lock down on roads in Garmsir during operation gridlock here, Nov. 1 and 5.

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Marines join UK partners for Remembrance Day ceremony

Story by Cpl. Meredith Brown | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 11.11.2011

CAMP BASTION, Helmand province, Afghanistan – At the 11th hour on Nov. 11, 1918, the armistice was signed between the allied forces and Germany to end World War I. Today, the 11th of November serves as a national holiday in many of the allied countries throughout the world.

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Retired Marines carry spirit of service

By Laurie (LC) Lewis, For the Deseret News
Published: Friday, Nov. 11, 2011

A marvelous glimpse of U.S. Marine Corps life occurs each September on the Quantico Marine Base in Virginia. A massive Marine expo titled "Modern-Day Marines" showcases the incredible technology and firepower today's soldiers employ on the battlefront.

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November 10, 2011

Toys for Tots launches as the holiday season approaches

Story by Lance Cpl. Marcin Platek | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 11.10.2011

NEW ORLEANS – As Halloween decorations come down, some stores start preparing for Christmas early. From sales to giveaways, Christmas fever is spreading. For the Marines it means something else: there are toys to be collected.

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For a Marine from Woodbury, morale is everything

By Ruben Rosario
Updated: 11/10/2011

Joshua Hanson misses a lot of things. They include "friends, girls, family."

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Marine injured in Afghanistan receives hero's welcome

Posted Nov 10, 2011 @ 08:25 PM
Last update Nov 11, 2011 @ 08:48 AM

Happy birthday, U.S. Marine Corps.

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America’s Battalion’ celebrates 236th Marine Corps birthday in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.10.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — For the second year in a row, “America’s Battalion” celebrated the Marine Corps birthday in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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Providing personal security in perilous places

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 11.10.2011

PATROL BASE WHITE HOUSE, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Nestled in the rolling mountains of Afghanistan near the Helmand River are the fighting warriors of 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. They battle the threat of a waning insurgent force and bring peace to the local residents of Afghanistan one patrol, convoy, and firefight at a time.

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Marines smash, grab in motorized raid course

Story by Sgt. Richard Blumenstein | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 11.10.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — “Landing in a hostile country, moving into an (enemy’s) backyard, punching them in the face, taking something from them, and then turning around and leaving back on the ship.”

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At age 236, Marines still our most capable force

12:21 AM, Nov. 10, 2011
Written by
Lt. Gen. John G. Castellaw, USMC (Retired)

Last March, U.S. Marines returned to the “shores of Tripoli” for the first time since fighting the Barbary pirates in 1805.

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Birthday celebration capped off by motto-run

11/10/2011 By Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — As the sun rose Nov. 8 on what Marines have come to know as “PT Road”, there was thousands of Marines running in formation and chanting cadence in the brisk morning air.

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Marines carry on traditions, honor fallen in Afghanistan

11/10/2011 By Cpl. Brian Adam Jones , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

Over the course of a single day, Marines deployed with Marine Air Support Squadron 1 ran a combined 144 miles in Afghanistan, Nov. 9.

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RCT-5 command delivers birthday tradition to southern Helmand

Story by Lance Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.10.2011

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Around this time of the year, most Marines are shining their shoes, taking their ‘Blues’ to the cleaners and making sure they have their ticket and date to the ball.

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November 9, 2011

Veterans Day more than just a day off work

Story by Lance Cpl. John Suleski | Marine Corps Air Station New River | Date: 11.09.2011

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. – With two wars and numerous operations throughout the past decade, Marines, sailors, soldiers and airmen can find pride in their service. Nov. 11 is a day Americans can honor military veterans of all branches of service and celebrate what they have done to help keep this country safe.

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Victory in Nawa: building a better tomorrow

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 11.09.2011

Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a four-part series chronicling a trek across Nawa district called the Nawa Victory Walk, a four-day, 30-mile patrol by U.S. Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers.

NAWA DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Sunlight crept silently through the windows lining the walls of the Loy Kolay precinct, an Afghan National Army security outpost, as the Marines and sailors awoke, each nudging the soundly sleeping service member next to him. Their legs sore from the previous day’s hike more than 14 kilometers, their shoulders strained from the weight of their body armor, the service members of 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, prepared for another day of patrolling across the district with their Afghan counterparts.

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Marines to use tactical smartphone network

Published: Nov. 9, 2011 at 7:20 AM

BALTIMORE, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Marine Corps will soon use a tactical smartphone network developed to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercises.

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Calif. Marine Beaten to Death at Camp Pendleton

Associated Press
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. November 9, 2011 (AP)

Authorities in California have determined that a Marine who was found dead in his Camp Pendleton barracks was beaten to death by another Marine.

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November 8, 2011

Commandant cuts Marine Corps birthday cake

11/8/2011 By Lance Cpl. Chelsea Flowers , Headquarters Marine Corps
WASHINGTON — Before the United States was born, there was a Marine Corps. For the last 236 years Marines have fought tirelessly to preserve the freedom of the United States and the traditions of the Corps.

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Marines prepare for celebrity ball dates

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Nov 8, 2011 5:32:00 EST

STERLING, Va. — In front of 300 screaming fans here, Cpl. Kelsey De Santis went to work.

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A Marine and His Dog

November 8, 2011

August 9th dawned scalding and dry across the Marjeh district of Helmand province, Afghanistan. In the blocks, a fertile swath of land watered by a canal network stretching dozens of square kilometers, farmers roused their mules early in order to complete ploughing before their relatives came visiting for Ramadan. A convoy of marines, accompanied by Afghan Local Police, rattled down a dusty strip between fields known as Panther road.

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Offshore earthquake hits Okinawa area, no reports of damage

By the CNN Wire Staff
November 8, 2011

(CNN) -- A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck deep under the ocean floor northwest of Okinawa, Japan, near noon Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Bratt Park renamed for fallen Marine Travis Nelson

Written by
Lindsay Ruebens
11:00 PM, Nov. 8, 2011

Lance Cpl. Travis M. Nelson loved the outdoors.

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Fallen Elmwood Park Marine remembered for giving nature

Lance corporal, graduate of St. Patrick High in Chicago returned to alma mater to help coach football team

By John P. Huston, Chicago Tribune reporter
November 8, 2011

Before Nick Daniels deployed to Afghanistan, the Marine lance corporal and his fiancee began making plans for their future together once he returned.

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November 7, 2011

‘America’s Battalion’ arrives in Afghanistan

Courtesy Story | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.07.2011

CAMP DWYER, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Over seven months of training, the Marines and sailors of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, have become hardened for war.

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Images: ‘America’s Battalion’ arrives in Afghanistan

Courtesy Photos | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.07.2011

After departing from Hawaii from Oct. 27 through Nov. 1, “America’s Battalion” arrived in southern Helmand province to begin their seven-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In the coming weeks 3/3 will take control of operations in Garmsir District, relieving fellow Hawaii-based 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment.

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Infantry trainer puts Marines through paces

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Nov 7, 2011 8:11:31 EST

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — In a first for the Corps, a live-fire training facility designed to simulate a sea-going merchant ship will be installed here, on land, making it easier and more cost-effective to practice boarding drills.

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November 6, 2011

Nebraska Marine discovers Afghan experience

Story by Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 11.06.2011

PATROL BASE MEHRAJ, Helmand province, Afghanistan – The culture, landscape and austere conditions of Helmand province can be downright shocking to American troops deployed to the area for the first time. Life in Helmand is completely different than life in the United States, and one can only begin to understand this exotic land after experiencing it first-hand.

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Marine IG helps train former guerrillas

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Nov 6, 2011 9:20:15 EST

Nearly four months after the Republic of South Sudan was born, the country’s citizens are still dancing in the streets.

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1st black Marines may soon get Congressional Gold Medal

1:43 AM, Nov. 6, 2011

More than 16 million Americans answered the call to arms in World War II. Of those, 600,000 were the few, the proud, the Marines.

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November 5, 2011

Homefront battles from Camp Pendleton

While Marines served in Afghanistan, their families faced absence and uncertainty

By Gretel C. Kovach, Reporter - Military
Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 8:03 p.m.

CAMP PENDLETON — It was after midnight when the young couple said goodbye. Emily Black had married her best friend and high school sweetheart. She was at his side when he enlisted in the Marine Corps.

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Ashford mourns Marine killed in Afghanistan

By: Jim Cook
Published: November 05, 2011

Every day is a good day, even this one.

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Volunteers make Monroe home wheelchair accessible for Marine who lost legs in Afghanistan

Published: Saturday, November 05, 2011, 7:38 PM

MONROE (Middlesex County) — At first, Marcella Pascik didn’t notice the color scheme on the outside of her newly renovated home.

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Camp Pendleton remembers, mourns 17 Marines killed in Afghanistan

A somber memorial service pays tribute to troops from the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment who recently died in the continuing fight for the Taliban stronghold of Sangin.

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times

November 5, 2011
Reporting from Camp Pendleton—

The rain and cold were appropriate. "Somber weather for a somber occasion," the battalion commander said.

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Respect, tears at memorial for 17 Marines killed in Afghanistan

--Tony Perry at Camp Pendleton
November 5, 2011

They were young -- all in their 20s -- but different from many in their generation.

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Local veterans return from Honor Flight

Posted: Nov 05, 2011 6:18 PM CDT Updated: Nov 05, 2011 6:35 PM CDT
Posted by Laura McCallister, Multimedia Producer


Saturday a group of local World War II veterans returned from their Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

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7th ESB partners with Jordan armed forces engineers

Story by Sgt. Justin Shemanski | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 11.05.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- Manual labor proved to be a universal language of sorts as Marines with 7th Engineer Support Battalion’s Charlie Company continued several projects along with their Jordan Armed Forces counterparts, Nov. 5.

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U.S. troops may leave Afghanistan early

Nov. 5: NBC's Atia Abawi reports from Afghanistan where reports are swirling that U.S. troops may exit the country much earlier than the targeted date of 2014.

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November 4, 2011

Pendleton Marines remembered for ultimate sacrifice

Published: Nov. 4, 2011

CAMP PENDLETON – Seventeen battlefield crosses with photos of the fallen warriors stood in front of two formations of Marines on the parade deck at Camp San Mateo.

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Marines now treat boot camp injuries instead of dismissing them

To reduce injuries, the Corps has hired certified athletic trainers — most with experience tending professional and college athletes — to oversee training. It's a big change from the old ways.

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times

November 4, 2011
Reporting from San Diego—
When the recruit staggered out of the Thunderdome pugil-stick arena, he had the early signs of concussion: glassy eyes, confusion, unsteadiness on his feet.

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Wounded warriors share tales of recovery, hope

By Patricia Kime - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Nov 4, 2011 13:09:32 EDT

Apparently, wounded warriors who find a way to overcome grievous injuries tend to share a common characteristic: a wicked sense of gallows humor.

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'Spam Czar' sends care packages to K-Bay Marines

Story by Christine Cabalo | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 11.04.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Hawaii — Retired Marine 2nd Lt. Don Downer is still serving the Corps by sending hundreds of care packages to the deployed, including 2nd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment.

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Marine Arrogance

From: Jim Dargan
Volume 20, Number 4, November 2011 in the The MATCA Hotline, pg. 16

Someone asked me what makes Marines special. I thought about that for a while.

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Marines remember the fallen in Afghanistan

Camp Pendleton battalion served in Sangin
By Gretel C. Kovach7:33 P.M.NOV. 4, 2011

Lance Cpl. Joshua B. McDaniels, a 21-year-old Marine combat engineer from Dublin, Ohio, had the most dangerous job in what has been the most dangerous area of Afghanistan for international troops: walking point on patrol, sweeping for bombs in the insurgent minefields of Sangin.

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Marine War Games Drive Wholesale Amphibious Shakeup

By Carlo Munoz
Published: November 4, 2011

Washington: A series of war games led by a special Marine Corps task force could dramatically change the way the service fights their way from ship to shore in the future.

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Just by listening, civilians can help veterans heal

By Paula J. Caplan, Published: November 4

Psychologist Paula J. Caplan on how civilians and veterans can find common ground

We are a war-illiterate nation, and our ignorance can be obvious when civilians say to veterans: “Thank you for your service.” That simple phrase might seem like the best thing to say — it strikes us as easy, respectful and appreciative — but some veterans find the thank you disturbing, even if they realize that the speaker has good intentions.

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From moon dust to city: Leatherneck grows to service war fighters

Story by Cpl. Meredith Brown | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 11.04.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Over the last two years, Camp Leatherneck, located in Helmand province, has dramatically evolved. When Marines and their Navy counterparts first started building the base it was a mere 400 acres. Now, at more than 1,600 acres, the base serves as the main hub for all units operating within Regional Command Southwest’s Helmand and Nimruz provinces.

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November 3, 2011

Bridging the way to Garmsir

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.03.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Two years ago, an improvised explosive device blew a hole in the Darvishan Bridge, a main bridge across the Helmand River here.

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Victory in Nawa: standing on the cusp of transition

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 11.03.2011

Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a four-part series chronicling a trek across Nawa district called the Nawa Victory Walk, a four-day, 30-mile patrol by U.S. Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers.

NAWA DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan – They arrived early by vehicle convoy to the small Afghan National Army outpost named Dangar in the northern part of the district. Marines and sailors with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, stood beside their Afghan counterparts, ready to depart for the four-day trek that lay before them – approximately 30 miles in total.

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Funeral For South Bay Marine Open to Public

The public is invited to the service

Thursday, Nov 3, 2011

A memorial service has been planned in San Jose for a U.S. Marine from Milpitas who was killed in Afghanistan last week.

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Local Marine injured in Afghanistan

By Tom Smith
Senior Staff Writer

Christina Felber said her family members have had some anxious moments since learning her brother, Marine Cpl. Brian Felber, was severely injured while on patrol Monday morning in Sangin, Afghanistan.

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Afghan Uniformed Police, Marine partnership makes progress in Musa Qal’eh

Story by Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 11.03.2011

PATROL BASE MEHRAJ, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Afghan Uniformed Police patrolmen and Marines from 3rd Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, have been conducting partnered patrols in Musa Qal’eh district, Helmand province, in recent weeks to show a strong, partnered presence in the platoon’s area of responsibility.

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Victory in Nawa: standing on the cusp of transition

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 11.03.2011

Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a four-part series chronicling a trek across Nawa district called the Nawa Victory Walk, a four-day, 30-mile patrol by U.S. Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers.

NAWA DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan – They arrived early by vehicle convoy to the small Afghan National Army outpost named Dangar in the northern part of the district. Marines and sailors with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, stood beside their Afghan counterparts, ready to depart for the four-day trek that lay before them – approximately 30 miles in total.

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November 2, 2011

Post office warns overseas military Christmas mailing deadline is near

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

RAF MILDENHALL, England — The deadlines for sending gifts for the holidays are fast approaching, and postal officials caution that mail service could be busier than usual this year with U.S. troops withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistan and shipping their belongings home by mail.

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The Once and Future Way to Run

Published: November 2, 2011

When you’re stalking barefoot runners, camouflage helps. “Some of them get kind of prancy when they notice you filming,” Peter Larson says. “They put on this notion of what they think barefoot running should be. It looks weird.” Larson, an evolutionary biologist at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire who has been on the barefoot beat for two years now, is also a stickler about his timing. “You don’t want to catch them too early in a run, when they’re cold, or too late, when they’re tired.”

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Thousands pay tribute to fallen Pekin Marine

By ANDY KRAVETZ ([email protected])
of the Journal Star
Posted Nov 02, 2011 @ 12:18 PM
Last update Nov 03, 2011 @ 11:38 AM

Only the sound of flags flapping could be heard Wednesday morning in downtown Pekin as a funeral procession of well more than 200 cars and motorcycles escorted Lance Cpl. Jordan Bastean to his final resting place.

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Young Marine remembered for bravery, friendship

By Stephanie Siegel
[email protected]

Scott “Boots” Harper of Douglasville is remembered by friends and family for his smile, his warmth and his love for his friends.

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2nd MLG moves north along 611, supports ‘Eastern Storm’

Story by 2nd Lt. James Stenger | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 11.02.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Combat Logistics Battalion 6 and 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), are pushing north on Route 611, building patrol bases, combat outposts and village stability platforms in support of Task Force Leatherneck and Operation Tofan Sharq (Eastern Storm).

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Marines maintain security 24/7

Story by Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 11.02.2011

PATROL BASE MEHRAJ, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Marines from Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, stand post along the base’s perimeter 24 hours a day, seven days a week, protecting those inside and allowing them to conduct business in relative safety within the base’s walls.

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Veterans back bill to create registry of illnesses blamed on burn pits

By Leo Shane III
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 2, 2011

WASHINGTON — Veterans exposed to burn pits during their war deployments are backing legislation to create an ongoing registry of patients and illnesses believed connected to the toxic smoke, suggesting it may be the last chance to discover what long-term health problems they’ll face.

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November 1, 2011

As Casualties Mounted, So Did Marine Families' Fears

by Tom Bowman
November 1, 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.

Third of seven parts

Dave Boelk works for the Navy outside Washington, D.C. Every morning when he gets to work, he has a ritual: He turns on his computer and checks the military's classified reports from Afghanistan.

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Injured US Marines to get 'lollipop' instead of morphine

US Marines badly wounded in Afghanistan may get a "lollipop" with a powerful pain killer from now on instead of the traditional shot of morphine, according to the Marine Corps.

9:48PM GMT 01 Nov 2011

The new treatment offers an alternative to the morphine needle "you see in the World War II movies," with medics jabbing a syrette into a soldier's leg or arm, Captain Brian Block said.

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Military surges MRIs to war zone to diagnose brain injuries

By CNN National Security Producer Jennifer Rizzo
November 1st, 2011
02:27 PM ET

For the first time ever, MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) systems were deployed to a combat zone last month, ending an initiative by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to obtain the technology for brain injury treatment in Afghanistan.

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Afghan National Army maintains progress in Garmsir

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 11.01.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand Province, Afghanistan — When 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment arrived in Garmsir, the Afghan National Army acted as augments to the infantry squads of the battalion. There were only a few un-partnered positions and 2nd Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps was spread throughout the district in groups of three or four soldiers

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Operation Eastern Storm returns commerce, residents to Kajaki Sofla Bazaar

Story by Cpl. James Clark | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 11.01.2011

KAJAKI SOFLA DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Columns of mopeds, caravans of pack animals, and an endless stream of trucks, tractors and trailers heralds the return of local residents to the Kajaki Sofla District.

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