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January 30, 2012

Proposal Would Expand Support for Military Caregivers

By Elaine Sanchez
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2012 – First Lady Michelle Obama today announced a series of measures intended to increase the nation’s support for caregivers of wounded, ill and injured service members.

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Filed Mon, Jan 30, 2012 by Scott Engle

As scheduled the private jet carrying Cpl. Joseph Logan arrived at Bush International Airport at 10 a.m. Monday morning. As the family sat on the tarmac facing the aircraft as it taxied in Houston Police, Patriot Guard, Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies, Precinct 2 and Precinct 3 deputies stood at attention. Houston Fire Department with their airport crash trucks positioned themselves and created an arch of water as the aircraft passed under it.

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January 28, 2012

Cuts give new life to old weapons systems

By Robert Burns - The Associated Press
Posted : Saturday Jan 28, 2012 10:39:59 EST

WASHINGTON — The lineup of weapons the Pentagon has picked to fit President Obama’s new forward-looking defense strategy, called “Priorities for 21st Century Defense,” features relics of the past.

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January 27, 2012

31st MEU secures beach with amphibious assault

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 01.27.2012

Sporadic bursts of rifle fire cut through the still air, drawing an immediate response from the Marines staged on the opposite end of the clearing. Calls for maneuvers were made as groups of Marines took up defensive positions, returning fire in the direction of the enemy contact. Minutes later, three hostiles were either killed or captured, and a security perimeter was established around the cleared area.

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The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit departs for Cobra Gold 2012

1/27/2012 By Cpl. Jonathan G. Wright , 31st MEU

OKINAWA, Japan — The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit has kicked off the new year by departing for the multi-lateral training exercise Cobra Gold 2012.

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9th ESB completes road construction in Helmand

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 01.27.2012

Marine combat engineers are known for being the first called when something needs to be repaired, improvised, built or even destroyed. These capabilities often earn them accolades from their fellow Marines.

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College credit earned though military experience

1/27/2012 By Lance Cpl. Rubin J. Tan , Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

MCAS Beaufort, S.C. — Engineers, aircraft mechanics, data network specialists and other jobs in the Marine Corps can be turned into careers and with experience in the military, Marines may be qualified for college credit.

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Fox mobile Marines stay flexible during Operation Double Check

Story by Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 01.27.2012

ATROL BASE 7171, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Armored trucks provide unique capabilities in a combat environment and mobile sections are often among the most utilized assets for a line company during an Afghanistan deployment. Missions tasked out to mobile sections can be highly variable – flexibility is a must for its Marines, especially during formal operations. The high-stress, sometimes tedious life of a mobile Marine in Afghanistan takes some getting used to as personal comfort gives way to mission accomplishment.

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WWR Marine receives Bronze Star

1/27/2012 By Capt. Jill Wolf , Wounded Warrior Regiment

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. (Jan. 27, 2012) — Marines, sailors and family members gathered here to honor a Wounded Warrior Regiment staff member during an award ceremony at the regimental headquarters today.

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ANA soldiers complete designated marksman course with Marine scout snipers

Story by Cpl. Johnny Merkley | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.25.2012
Date Posted:01.27.2012 13:37

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GERONIMO, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army soldiers with 1st Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps participated in a designated marksman course here, Jan. 21-25.

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Absentee voting should be easier for servicemembers in 2012

By Leo Shane III
Stars and Stripes
Published: January 27, 2012

WASHINGTON — Voting experts anticipate fewer problems for military and overseas absentee voters in this November’s presidential election, thanks to more online tools and more accommodating deadlines from states.

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January 26, 2012

Combat engineers build posts during Operation Double Check to improve Musa Qal’eh’s security

Story by Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 01.26.2012

PATROL BASE 7171, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Marines from 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, spent the opening days of Operation Double Check building elevated security posts for Afghan National Security Force and Afghan National Police personnel. The posts, now complete, were placed in areas of southern Musa Qal’eh district, Helmand province, that lacked a coalition presence prior to the operation’s start, Jan. 3 – areas that have been plagued by an active insurgency in recent years.

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Cherry Point MP Company de-activates after 3 years

1/26/2012 By Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom , Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. — Marines with 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing's Military Police Company stood in formation for the last time today before their company first sergeant dismissed them, following the unit's de-activation during a ceremony at their headquarters building aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.

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Making Marines: Training

Date: 1/26/2012 Album ID: 1402827
Photos by Chris Dillmann

This is the second installment of the series, "Making Marines." These photos try and give a glimpse of what some of the training exercises the recruits do.

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Tax center opens for business

Thursday, 26 January 2012
Story and photo by Amy Newcomb
GUIDON staff

The Fort Leonard Wood Tax Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony in order to kick off the 2012 tax season Jan. 19 in Bldg. 315.

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20,000 Marines to be cut, Pentagon announces

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Jan 26, 2012 13:45:08 EST

The Marine Corps will slash 20,000 Marines as part of Defense Department-wide budget cuts, reducing its end strength to about 182,000, top Pentagon officials announced Thursday.

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N.Y. hoodlum turned combat cameraman of the year

1/26/2012 By Staff Sgt. Danielle M. Bacon , 26th MEU

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Armed with a spray can, most walls were considered fair game. Graffiti was his medium and more often than not, it was not appreciated by the public. Kicked out of the New York school system, most would have considered the ‘skater boy’ from Queens a lost cause – a hoodlum, nothing more, and nothing less.

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Marine’s best friend, insurgent’s worst enemy

Story by Cpl. Johnny Merkley | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.24.2012
Date Posted: 01:26:2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GERONIMO, Helmand province, Afghanistan – When Cpl. Ross T. Gundlach enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2008, the last thing he expected to do was rely on a dog for survival while patrolling the rugged terrain of southern Helmand province.

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January 25, 2012

3/7 and FET help educate local children

Story by Cpl. Ed Galo | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 01.25.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan — The Female Engagement Team and 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment has been conducting shuras which are community gatherings or consultations in order to help the local population outside of Forward Operating Base Jackson, Afghanistan.

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Making Marines: The Arrival

BY Daniel Callahan - SUN NEWSPAPERS
Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 2:12 PM CST

Looking around the USO at the San Diego International Airport, you might think the numerous Marine Corps recruits were getting ready for camp. They lounge on easy chairs, grab snacks and drinks from the kitchen, watch television and relax.

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Nevada Marine's remains returned home

By Keith Rogers
Posted: Jan. 25, 2012 | 8:43 p.m.
Updated: Jan. 26, 2012 | 8:40 a.m.

Forty-five minutes before President Barack Obama landed at McCarran International Airport, the remains of fallen Marine Cpl. Jon-Luke Bateman arrived at Nellis Air Force Base, where his grief-struck family waited.

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Motorcade, public memorial this weekend for fallen Marine from Ferndale

Published: 01/25/12 5:01 pm | Updated: 01/26/12 9:18 am

A public motorcade is tentatively scheduled for Saturday afternoon, Jan. 28, in honor of a U.S. Marine from Ferndale who died last week in Afghanistan.

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Afghan forces, Echo Company oust insurgency, establish new security posts in Musa Qal’eh

Story by Sgt. Earnest J. Barnes | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 01.25.2012

MUSA QAL’EH DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Marines with Echo Company and members of the Afghan National Security Forces are participating in Operation Double Check, an operation to promote legitimate governance within the Musa Qal’eh district. This operation further spread the influence of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to untouched areas and provided an opportunity for Afghan forces to take on a greater role in security efforts.

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Family bonding leads to discoveries from past

1/25/2012 By Lance Cpl. Brianna Turner , Marine Corps Bases Japan

Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan — A vacation in Japan, visiting with his son and grandchildren, reminiscing about the past that is what Ron Maines, a Rogers, Ark. native, had planned when he came to Okinawa. What he found while taking a stroll down memory lane, however, was not what he expected.

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Officials: Scam database will protect troops

By Karen Jowers - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Jan 25, 2012 15:16:12 EST

Federal officials have begun tracking companies and individuals who repeatedly target service members with scams, officials announced Wednesday.

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January 24, 2012

Marines in Afghanistan honor brethren killed in helicopter crash

Story by Cpl. Brian Adam Jones | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 01.24.2012

CAMP BASTIAN, Afghanistan -- The Marines of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 filled the pews of a small chapel at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, to bid farewell to six fallen brothers, Jan. 24.

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Marines, Afghan police secure southern Musa Qal’eh, work toward long-term stability during Operation Double Check

Story by Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 01.24.2012

PATROL BASE 7171, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Force and Afghan National Police personnel are working with Marines and sailors from Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, to secure areas of southern Musa Qal’eh district, Helmand province, during Operation Double Check, which kicked off Jan. 3 when the Marines helicopter-inserted into the area.

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January 23, 2012

Marine corporal, a former Chaparral High grad, killed in action

By AARON CLAVERIE [email protected] | Posted: Monday, January 23, 2012 3:15 pm

U.S. Marine Cpl. Christopher G. Singer, 23, a Chaparral High School graduate, died Saturday after he was shot while serving in Afghanistan, a family member said Monday.

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Operation Tageer Shamal: ANA conducts clearing operation through Shorshorak

Story by Cpl. Johnny Merkley | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.18.2012
Date posted: 01:23:2012

SHORSHORAK, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army soldiers with 1st Brigade, 215th Corps conducted a clearing operation as part of the ongoing Operation Tageer Shamal (Shifting Winds) here Jan. 12-14.

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Blue Knights deploy to Afghanistan

Story by Lance Cpl. John Suleski | Marine Corps Air Station New River | Date: 01.23.2012

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. - The parking lot in front of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365’s hangar was full of families posing for one last photo, children reaching for their parents, and lovers embracing each other and not wanting to let go.

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Corps mandates yearly hearing test for all

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jan 23, 2012 8:56:10 EST

Mandatory annual hearing tests for all Marines start now under a new policy aimed at putting some muscle behind the Corps’ hearing conservation program.

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January 22, 2012

Classmates, teachers remember Crystal Lake Marine killed in Afghanistan

McHone was inspiration to work hard, "always wanted to be the best he could"

By KATIE ANDERSON - [email protected]
Created: Sunday, January 22, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST

CRYSTAL LAKE – To his classmates and former coaches at Crystal Lake South High School, “Nate” McHone always will be an inspiration to work hard at whatever task sits before you.

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Confidence Course 2

Defense Imagery Management Operations Center

Date Taken:01.10.2012
Date Posted:01.22.2012
Produced by Sergeant William J. Faffler.

U.S. Marine Recruits, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego (MCRD) conduct a confidence course aboard MCRD San Diego, Calif. on January 10, 2012. This event is training day 19 in Marine Corps Recruit Training.

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Musa Qal’eh: walking the path of progress

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 01.22.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Musa Qal’eh, once terrorized by insurgents, now shines as a symbol of progress in the province, thanks to the hard work and dedication of Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan officials, Afghan security forces, Marines and sailors of the 2nd Marine Division (Forward), and other coalition partners.

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Way for single Marines to gripe, raise concerns

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Jan 22, 2012 9:03:43 EST

With at least 50 percent of the Corps composed of unmarried men and women, top leaders have moved to give single Marines a voice within their command that is equal to their married colleagues on matters of family readiness.

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January 21, 2012

2nd CEB holds memorial service for 26 fallen members

January 21, 2012 4:29 AM

It has been eight-and-a-half years since Jary and Sheryl Kleiboeker received word that their son, 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Nicholas Kleiboeker, of 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, was killed by an exploding munitions bunker near Al Hillah, Iraq on May 13, 2003, becoming the first unit casualty from the Wars on Terror. For other families who joined the Kleiboekers at the battalion’s headquarters on Friday, only a year had passed since the dreaded knock of a casualty assistance officer.

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Washington Township Marine receives warm welcome home from latest deployment to Afghanistan

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2012, 4:00 AM

WASHINGTON TWP. — Standing in front of his family’s home in 30-degree weather, Corporal Andrew Levin was a far cry from his 135-degree days in Afghanistan.

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Marines earn Air Medals for resupply mission

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Jan 21, 2012 12:57:09 EST

It was the hottest landing zone they’d seen. On June 12, when the MV-22 Osprey touched down in Sangin, Afghanistan, its four-man crew faced multiple enemy fighting positions less than 100 yards away. It was a hellish three minutes scrambling to unload food, water and ammunition to infantrymen who’d been pinned down all day, and marked the first time in Afghanistan or Iraq that a Marine Osprey crew engaged the enemy with the aircraft’s ramp-mounted machine gun.

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Lava Viper 2012

Photos by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau | Marine Forces Pacific Combat Camera | Date: 01.20.2012
Date Posted:01.21.2012 04:52

Lava Viper is a battalion-level combined-arms training exercise to better prepare Marines for upcoming deployments.

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January 20, 2012

Receiving Company: Transforming civilians into recruits

Story by Sgt. Whitney N. Frasier | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego | Date: 01.20.2012

SAN DIEGO - Leaving for recruit training can be an exciting time for many, but arriving at the depot may not be what they expected.

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Flags Ordered at Half-Staff for Cpl. McGeath

Updated: Friday, 20 Jan 2012, 9:26 PM MST
Published : Friday, 20 Jan 2012, 9:26 PM MST

PHOENIX - When you are out and about this weekend, you'll noticed that flags around town and across the state are lowered to half staff.

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Goodbye, 'birth control' glasses

Military unveils new eyeglass style

Written by
Jeanette Steele
2:55 p.m., Jan. 20, 2012

The U.S. military said Thursday that weak-sighted recruits will no longer be forced to wear the infamous eyeglass frames long known affectionately as “birth control glasses

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Hard-bitten battalion heads home after 3rd consecutive combat deployment

Story by Cpl. James Clark | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 01.20.2012

KAJAKI SOFLA, Afghanistan - With three deployments in three years, the men of 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment were called upon to serve as the tip of the spear for large scale offensive operations across Afghanistan’s contentions Helmand Province

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January 19, 2012

Garmsir district eyes growth through ongoing school construction

Photos by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.19.2012

Twelve permanent schools are currently under construction by local contractors in Garmsir district. U.S. Marines with the civil affairs team in support of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, visited several sites to inspect the structures and ensure compliance with the quality assurance standards of the Afghan government. The buildings are projected for mid-year completion.

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Marine Infantrymen Mentor Afghan Police force in Garmsir

Video by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.13.2012
Date posted: 01:19:2012

Afghan National Police patrolmen and U.S. Marines with 2nd Platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, stand post at Patrol Base Amir Agha and conduct a partnered vehicle checkpoint here, Jan. 13. Produced by Cpl. Reece Lodder

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3/7 I Co. Marines maintain local relationships

Story by Cpl. Ed Galo | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 01.19.2012

SANGIN, Afghanistan - The Marines of I Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment maintain a great relationship with the locals in the village outside their patrol base near Sangin.

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Wars’ lessons applied to ease combat stress

By Julie Watson - The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday Jan 19, 2012 7:18:12 EST

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — When the Marine unit that suffered the greatest casualties in the 10-year Afghan war returned home last spring, they didn’t rush back to their everyday lives.

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Poulsbo, Wash., native answers call as chaplain

1/19/2012 By Cpl. Meredith Brown , 2nd Marine Division

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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Engineers learn convoy leadership

1/19/2012 By Cpl. Bruno J. Bego , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Improvised explosive device laden terrain presents an imminent threat to mission accomplishment but more importantly to the lives of service members serving throughout Afghanistan.

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January 18, 2012

Making Marines: The Arrival Date

Date: 1/18/2012 Album ID: 1397806
Photos by Chris Dillmann

This is the first in a series of photos that tries to capture a glimpse of what Marine Corps boot camp is like. These photos take place over a five-day period A group of educators from the Midwest were invited down to see what boot camp was like.

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Atlanta Marine follows in father’s footsteps, powers Marines in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.18.2012

CAMP DWYER, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Each Marine has a unique reason for joining the Corps: some enlist out of pride, some want to see a foreign land, and some do it simply to serve their country.

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Combat engineers improve ‘Old Silk Road’

Story by Master Gunnery Sgt. Phil Mehringer | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 01.18.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Nearly 150 Marines from 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward)’s 9th Engineer Support Battalion converged in the open Helmand desert on a dry river bed known as a wadi. They needed to quickly build a land bridge through the wadi, rushing to complete the project before the seasonal, heavy monsoon rains began.

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SMMC inspires his hometown friends

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff report
Posted : Wednesday Jan 18, 2012 5:42:43 EST

Sgt. Maj. Mike Barrett, the man once known to his friends in upstate New York as a scrawny, soccer-playing hell-raiser, has become an inspirational leader of sorts for them, and he has even moved some to change their ways.

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January 17, 2012

National Air and Space Museum opens art exhibit showing history of Marine Corps aviation

By Associated Press, Published: January 17

WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is marking the 100th anniversary of U.S. Marine Corps aviation with an art exhibit retracing the history of military aviators.

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Cpl. Karl Winar

Video by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.17.2012

U.S Marine Cpl. Karl Winar, a 20-year-old motor transport operator with Trucks Platoon, Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and a native of Flemington, N.J., sends a shout out to his family. Produced by Cpl. Reece Lodder. Also available in high definition.

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Mission accomplished: Marine Osprey squadron flies last mission of Afghanistan deployment

Story by Cpl. Justin Boling | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 01.17.2012

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan - A Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey squadron flew its final combat mission, Jan. 17, to complete its deployment to Afghanistan.

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Marine helicopter mechanic in Afghanistan saves lives with maintenance discovery

Story by Cpl. Brian Jones | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 01.17.2012

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan - A Marine Corps sergeant in Afghanistan who unearthed a never-before-seen maintenance issue in a UH-1Y Huey was recently awarded by the Marine Corps for his potentially lifesaving find.

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Calif. family of fallen Marine to get Navy Cross

AP Newswire
Jan 17, 3:05 AM EST

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) -- The U.S. Navy is expected to present its highest honor to the California family of a 20-year-old Marine killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan after helping his fellow Marines get out of harm's way.

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January 16, 2012

Japanese forces and Marines train in Iron Fist

Iron Fist amphibious exercise expands during shift toward Asia Pacific

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
6:39 p.m., Jan. 16, 2012

Camp Pendleton troops will be storming the beaches with Japanese defense forces over the next month, building on long-standing military ties with an important strategic ally in the Asia Pacific amid rising tensions in the region.

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Marine recruiters face different challenges

Mark Johnston - Daily Herald | Posted: Monday, January 16, 2012 12:25 am

Any reassignment to a new location while serving in the Marine Corps can come as quite a shock, even when it's to Provo, Utah, to join the 12th recruiting district.

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Marine infantrymen mentor Afghan police force in Garmsir

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.13.2012
Date posted: 01:16:2012

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — When U.S. Marines with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, arrived here in early November, they met an Afghan National Police force primed for development.

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Idea to take the 'D' out of PTSD being studied

By Lindsay Wise
Houston Chronicle
Published: January 16, 2012

The president of the American Psychiatric Association says he is "very open" to a request from the Army to come up with an alternative name for post-traumatic stress disorder so that troops returning from combat will feel less stigmatized and more encouraged to seek treatment.

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January 15, 2012

More weapons approved for annual quals

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Jan 15, 2012 9:19:28 EST

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — Additional weapons have been cleared for use during annual marksmanship qualifications, to include the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle, M4A1 Close Quarters Battle Weapon and the M45 Close Quarters Battle Pistol.

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A dog tag's amazing journey

Marine's dog tag found on Saipan, returned to its owner in Massachusetts after over 60 years

By Ferdie de la Torre
Sunday, January 15, 2012

A U.S. Marine Corps identification tag, which was lost during Word War II and found in a yam field on Saipan in 1981, was flown from the island to Massachusetts where it was finally returned to its owner, veteran Richard Caldwell Urie, now 86, over the weekend.

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January 14, 2012

Women’s center provides new opportunities for Afghan women

Story by Cpl. Meredith Brown | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 01.14.2012

NOW ZAD DISTRICT, Afghanistan - The Now Zad District Women’s Center in Helmand province, Afghanistan officially opened for business during a ceremony at the facility, Jan. 11. More than 100 local women and children attended. The center offers a safe place for the local women to congregate and work.

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January 13, 2012

US, Iranian ships involved in incidents in Strait of Hormuz

Published January 13, 2012 | FoxNews.com

Iranian ships recently taunted two U.S. Navy vessels as part of escalating tensions in and around the Persian Gulf's Strait of Hormuz.

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Wounded Marine Surprises Comrades As They Return Home From War

By BILL LEUKHARDT, [email protected] The Hartford Courant
12:24 a.m. EST, January 13, 2012

— The sight of a young man with a USMC tattoo on his right forearm, standing with the help of two canes next to a wheelchair, was the big treat Thursday night for a group of Connecticut-based Marines returning from Afghanistan.

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9th ESB combat engineers demilitarize Afghanistan firebase

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 01.13.2012
By Cpl. Bryan Nygaard

FIREBASE SAENZ, Afghanistan Firebase Saenz has been destroyed. Its defenses have been torn down, and its walls have been completely leveled. This destruction was not caused by insurgents – it was the handiwork of Marines with 9th Engineer Support Battalion.

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Video by Lance Cpl. Robert Bush | Marine Forces Pacific Combat Camera | Date: 01.13.2012

U.S. Marines with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment are conducting a live hand grenade range during Lava Viper in Pohakuloa Training Area, Jan. 13, 2012.

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Lava Viper

Photos by Cpl. Demetrius Munnerlyn | Marine Forces Pacific Combat Camera | Date: 01.13.2012

Lava Viper is a battalion level combined arms training exercise to better prepare Marines for upcoming deployment.

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Allen West on the Marines Incident: 'Shut Your Mouth, War Is Hell'

1:37 PM, Jan 13, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), a former Army lieutenant colonel, sends THE WEEKLY STANDARD an email commenting on the Marines' video, and has given us permission to publish it.

“I have sat back and assessed the incident with the video of our Marines urinating on Taliban corpses. I do not recall any self-righteous indignation when our Delta snipers Shugart and Gordon had their bodies dragged through Mogadishu. Neither do I recall media outrage and condemnation of our Blackwater security contractors being killed, their bodies burned, and hung from a bridge in Fallujah.

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Marine saves local woman’s life

1/13/2012 By Lance Cpl. Alyssa N. Hoffacker , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CHATAN, OKINAWA, Japan — Cpl. Eric J. Hansen put his training to work recently, saving an elderly woman’s life in Mihama.

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Norwich, Conn., native accepts new challenge with Female Engagement Team

1/13/2012 By Cpl. Meredith Brown , 2nd Marine Division

SANGIN, Afghanistan — When Kimberly Ryan stepped into the Navy recruiter’s office at age 18, she had no idea what she wanted to do. All she knew was she wanted to get out of Connecticut and broaden her horizon.

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Defense secretary promises probe of Marines video

By Pauline Jelinek and Robert Burns/ Associated Press
Posted: 01/13/2012 01:01:50 AM PST

WASHINGTON -- Pentagon leaders scrambled Thursday to contain damage from an Internet video purporting to show four Marines urinating on Taliban corpses -- an act that appears to violate international laws of warfare and further strains U.S.-Afghan relations.

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January 12, 2012

Marines to return early to Devens from Afghanistan

01/12/2012 4:30 PM
By Bryan Bender, Globe Staff

WASHINGTON -- About 550 Marines based at Fort Devens will be returning three months early from Afghanistan tonight as part of the gradual drawdown of American forces.

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Atlanta Marine sees truth through war

Story by Sgt. Earnest J. Barnes | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 01.12.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Modern cinema often portrays human life in a manner that seems too surreal, with large explosions and quick timelines that turn hours into a matter of minutes. Sergeant Mamadee Toure recalled growing up in Monrovia, Liberia, seemed like an over-dramatized movie in slow motion, but it was a childhood that led him to what he is doing today.

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US ambassador, MFE Marines tour supply caves in Norway

Story by Sgt. Matthew Lyman | U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe | Date: 01.06.2012
Date Posted:01.12.2012 02:15

“Speed and prepositioning are the primary means of overcoming the tyranny of distance.” - U.S. Transportation Command Headquarter

OSLO, Norway - Recently a contingent of logistics officers from Marine Forces Europe led a group of Army, Navy, Air Force and United States Embassy officials traveled to Trondheim, Norway, for briefs and a site survey of the Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway facility.

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Amos vows to investigate desecration of dead

Web video shows apparent Marines urinating on bodies of dead Taliban

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Jan 12, 2012 10:58:33 EST

Commandant Gen. Jim Amos condemned a web video that surfaced Wednesday that appears to show Marines in Afghanistan urinating on dead Taliban fighters, and the Corps’ top officer has requested an investigation into the matter by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

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January 11, 2012

Political activities: what every Marine and DOD civilian should know

1/11/2012 By Cpl. Isis M. Ramirez , Marine Forces Pacific

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii — Just like everyone else in the United States, Marines and Department of Defense civilians have opinions. As citizens, they have the freedom to generate and express their beliefs. However, as the 2012 presidential elections draw near, it is a good time to be reminded of the do’s and don’ts in regard to service members and civilian government employees participating in the election process, as well as how opinions can be appropriately expressed in a public forum.

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January 10, 2012

Operation Tageer Shamal: Afghans, Marines extend presence west of Helmand River

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.10.2012

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — The heart of Garmsir district is safe.

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Marines pursue Taliban into Helmand’s outer reaches

January 10th, 2012 | Battle Rattle | Posted by James Sanborn

Third Battalion, 3rd Marines, is shifting the fight in Helmand province to the countryside in pursuit of fighters who have been driven to the region’s remote outer reaches over the past two years.

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USS Carl Vinson Reaches Middle East

The carrier, along with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, reaches the region as tensions are rising with Iran.

January 10, 2012

Deployed San Diego-based ships in the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and Makin Island groups are now in the Middle East, the U.S. Fifth Fleet and Central Command has announced.

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Major route construction projects near completion in Helmand

Story by Sgt. Justin Shemanski | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 01.10.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Marine engineers with 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) have nearly completed two major route construction and improvement projects in Helmand province.

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January 9, 2012

Afghan, Marine forces clear remnants of insurgency in southern Helmand

Story by 2nd Lt. Chris Harper | Regimental Combat Team-5Afghan, Marine forces clear remnants of insurgency in southern Helmand, 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.08.2012
Date Posted:01.09.2012 15:02

CAMP DWYER, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces with Regimental Combat Team 5 have launched Operation Tageer Shamal (Shifting Winds), a clearing operation focused on removing the final strains of the insurgency in southern Helmand province.

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22nd MEU heading home after long deployment

By William H. McMichael - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jan 9, 2012 15:39:46 EST

The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit are slowly headed home. The Navy announced Saturday that the units were relieved of their 5th Fleet duties Jan. 5, paving the way for a February return to their respective East Coast ports after an extraordinarily long deployment.

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11th MEU Marines learn shipboard damage control

Story by Cpl. Ryan Carpenter | 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 01.09.2012

ARABIAN SEA – Approximately 30 Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit learned emergency ship repair and firefighting skills aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans Jan. 5 during a firefighting exercise.

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Warriors Watch Riders Welcome Home Barrington Marine

Lance Cpl. Lisa Zychowski was treated like a rock star with a motorcade and cheers for her service.

By Claudia Lenart
January 9, 2012

For Lance Cpl. Lisa Zychowski, the welcome home festivities staged by Warriors Watch Riders were a total surprise.

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Corps’ Africa mission may be growing

By Tony Lombardo - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jan 9, 2012 7:46:46 EST

A select group of Marines is quietly battling terrorism across a wide swath of Africa as part of the first wave of what could become a long-term mission for the Corps.

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Great grandfather earns the French Fourragere, great grandson wears it

Story by Cpl. Jonathan Merkley | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.08.2012
Date Posted:01.09.2012 13:10

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GERONIMO, Helmand province, Afghanistan – A person would be hard pressed to find an organization with the history and traditions as rich as those of the United States Marine Corps.

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San Diego-based ships arrive in Middle East

North County Times wire services | Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 3:30 pm

SAN DIEGO - Deployed San Diego-based ships in the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and Makin Island groups are now stationed in the Middle East, the U.S. Fifth Fleet and Central Command announced today.

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Afghan, Marine forces clear remnants of insurgency in southern Helmand

By Chris Harper, Regimental Combat Team 5

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan, (January 9th, 2012) — Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces with Regimental Combat Team 5 have launched Operation Tageer Shamal (Shifting Winds), a clearing operation focused on removing the final strains of the insurgency in southern Helmand province.


January 7, 2012

Advocates lobby for military dogs

By Ashley Cullins - Medill News Service
Posted : Saturday Jan 7, 2012 8:19:27 EST

They have four legs, cold wet noses and tails that often wag furiously. Yet the Defense Department classifies its working dogs as equipment. Advocates for the four-footed troops want this to change.

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Detroit native draws on experience to lead Marines

Story by Cpl. Meredith Brown | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 01.07.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Nicholas Marchioni enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2000 as an infantryman and like many, he completed his four-year contract and headed back home to start a new chapter in his life.

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January 6, 2012

Local Marine brings home dog from Afghanistan

By Jessica Goodman
Times-News Staff Writer
Published: Friday, January 6, 2012 at 4:30 a.m.

During her tour of duty in Afghanistan from October 2010 to May 2011, Maj. Rose Griffith was the only female Marine in a 58-person post in an area of Helmand, Southern Afghanistan.

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Rep.: Troops need reminder on political events

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Jan 6, 2012 17:20:34 EST

A Colorado lawmaker wants the Defense Department to remind active-duty and reserve service members about the rules limiting participation in partisan political events.

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Rangers fan beaten after Winter Classic was Iraq war veteran

January 06, 2012|By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer

Neal Auricchio Jr. fought two tours in Iraq, returning to war even after a sniper blew apart one of his calf muscles.

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Rangers fan beaten after Winter Classic was Iraq war veteran

January 06, 2012|By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer

Neal Auricchio Jr. fought two tours in Iraq, returning to war even after a sniper blew apart one of his calf muscles.

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Combat engineers perform route recon mission, paving the way for road improvements in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Meredith Brown | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 01.06.2012

SHIR GHAZAY, Afghanistan - Two Marines carefully stepped out of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle and extended their metal detectors to full length during a route reconnaissance mission on Route Red, Jan. 1-3. The quick checks were conducted to calibrate the detectors and the Marines began the meticulous sweeping process, ensuring that the area was clear of improvised explosive devices.

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January 5, 2012

Puerto Rican Marine keeps steady beat in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 01.05.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE PAYNE, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Puerto Rico, Spanish for “rich port,” is truly rich in its culture. Much of the island’s culture is centered on the influence of music, a blended, multicultural sound derived from many Latin genres, to include salsa, bachata and reggaeton.

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Marines control air in southwestern Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Justin Boling | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) | Date: 01.05.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Fewer than 100 Marines control nearly 100,000 square miles of airspace in southwestern Afghanistan.

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Anderson sailor killed in Afghan blast

Local man had spoken to family hour before

By George L. Winship Anderson Valley Post
Posted January 3, 2012 at 11 p.m.

A 24-year-old Navy petty officer from Anderson has died in a bomb explosion in Afghanistan.

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January 4, 2012

3 Navy ships named in honor of Marines

Written by
Gary Robbins
5:38 p.m., Jan. 4, 2012

The three Mobile Landing Platform ships that General Dynamics NASSCO will build in San Diego have been given names that honor Marines and a historic Marine Corps training facility.

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Military's Gold Star families often feel disconnected

By Gregg Zoroya
USA Today
Published: January 4, 2012

COLLINSVILLE, Okla. - Jane Horton wears a small Gold Star pin honoring her husband, Christopher, who was killed by Taliban gunfire four months ago.

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Smartphones improve foreign aid missions

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Jan 4, 2012 10:05:39 EST

When an earthquake and tsunami ravaged Japan in 2011, civil affairs Marines expedited aid delivery with a powerful new tool — hand-held smart devices.

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Former Marine awarded Bronze Star Medal

4:01 AM, Jan. 4, 2012
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If the people at the Cascade County Sheriff's Office know they work alongside a veteran decorated with one of the nation's highest military honors, it isn't because Deputy Jack Hinchman told them.

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January 3, 2012

Law signed to speed troops through TSA security

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Jan 3, 2012 17:21:36 EST

President Obama has signed a law that within six months could make it easier for service members and their families to get through security checkpoints at major airports.

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Guadalupe Mourns Marine Killed in Car Crash

Posted: Jan 03, 2012 8:43 PM CST Updated: Jan 03, 2012 8:43 PM CST

SANTA MARIA - Fellow Marines are reaching out to the family of a Marine drill instructor who was killed over the weekend in a car crash in Santa Maria.

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January 2, 2012

“A day in the life…" The division chaplain makes his way around Task Force Leatherneck, one FOB at a time.

Story by Maj. Bradley Gordon | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 01.02.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - “This is what it’s all about,” said Cmdr. Christopher Fronk, chaplain for 2nd Marine Division (Forward). “There’s nothing better than getting out to the Marines, to share their time and their devotion.”

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Marines save Afghans in daring canal rescue

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jan 2, 2012 10:26:48 EST

A routine Afghan-Marine foot patrol was thrown into chaos Dec. 2 when a car traveling more than 40 mph struck the point man, plunging both car and soldier violently into a nearby canal.

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Volunteer honor guard makes sure veterans get the proper final salute

By Jim Warren — [email protected] Posted: 12:00am on Jan 2, 2012; Modified: 2:34pm on Jan 2, 2012

When 21-year Army veteran Floyd E. Douglas was laid to rest at Mill Springs National Cemetery in Pulaski County last month, 17 men and women, all veterans wearing the uniforms of the various military services, were there to render full military honors.

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Marine vet, family gets new home

By JANE HUH - [email protected]
Created: Monday, January 2, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST

MARENGO – Kevin Shear, a U.S. Marine veteran, nearly fell over and needed his friend to hold him up when he received the keys to a three-bedroom ranch.

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January 1, 2012

Postal Marines awarded for holiday season work ethic

Story by Sgt. Justin Shemanski | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 01.01.2011

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - When skimming through the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal citations for Lance Cpls. Caitlin E. Johnson and Markevis J. Seth, it was evident as to why they were standing tall and proud before a general officer, Dec. 30, 2011.

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Doc West: A corpsman dedicated to his Marines

Story by Cpl. Daniel Wulz | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 01.01.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE PAYNE, Afghanistan – Throughout the history of the Marine Corps, the navy corpsman has played a vital role alongside Marines, cauterizing wounds on ships as far back as the Revolutionary War and the days of the Continental Navy. Even in the iconic photo for the flag-raising on Iwo Jima, Petty Officer 2nd Class John Bradley, a pharmacist's mate (a previous hospital corpsman rate), can be seen alongside Marines on Mt. Suribachi.

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2nd MLG (FWD) continues Operation Clean Sweep, Accounting for millions of dollars worth of gear and equipment

Story by 2nd Lt. James Stenger | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 01.01.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Over the last three months, Marine and sailors of the 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) have accounted for, sorted, cleaned and processed several millions of dollars worth of gear and equipment in support of Operation Clean Sweep aboard Camp Leatherneck and Camp Dwyer.

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