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February 29, 2012

Troops from Iraq, Afghanistan to be honored in DC

Associated Press
Feb 29, 1:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It took almost 60 years for World War II veterans to get a monument in Washington. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial opened less than a decade after their war ended. Now with the Iraq war just over, and Afghanistan continuing, there are already plans to honor those veterans in a new National Mall tribute in the works.

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Marines stay at the forefront of social media development

2/29/2012 By Lance Cpl. Chelsea Flowers , Headquarters Marine Corps

WASHINGTON — The official Marines Facebook Page will launch its new design, featuring a cover photo and Page timeline, Feb. 29.

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Theme for troops at Iraq war dinner: ‘Humbled’

By Gina Harkins - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Feb 29, 2012 20:45:45 EST

Getting a phone call that you have a dinner scheduled with the president in the White House’s East Room might sound like a prank — and that’s what many Iraq war veterans thought when they got that call.

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February 28, 2012

MARSOC shoot house allows for tactical training

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Feb 28, 2012 20:43:40 EST

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Marines prepping to be the Corps’ next crop of special operators are training on some of the newest close-quarters battle platforms available.

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Marines from Camp Pendleton depart for Afghanistan -- again

February 27, 2012 | 2:26 pm

Under a cold, gray sky, Marines departed Camp Pendleton on Monday for Afghanistan, more than a decade after Marines from the same base toppled the Taliban government.

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Marine with 3/7 mentor, train the Afghan National Army

Story by Lance Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | 1st Marine Division | Date: 02.28.2012

PATROL BASE HANGAR, Sangin, Afghanistan – The patrol had just stepped off the road when gunfire opened up. The Marines and sailors with India Company immediately crouched and raised their weapons. Second Lt. Theodore Hardy, a platoon commander with the company, called for his Marines to take cover by nearby ruins.

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February 27, 2012

W. Va. Marine Dies During Calif. Desert Training

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. February 27, 2012 (AP)

The Marine Corps says a Marine who died after collapsing at a California training base was from West Virginia.

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February 26, 2012

9th ESB Marines defy challenges, complete construction mission

Story by Cpl. Michele Watson | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 02.26.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – It’s 7 o’clock on a Sunday night. The sky is pitch black, and it is starting to rain again. The gunner strains his eyes to look for any moving figures illuminated by the frequent flashes of lightning across the sky.

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Boot camp to better cater to families

By Tony Lombardo - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Feb 26, 2012 9:53:05 EST

Parris Island is laying out the welcome mat a day earlier for family and friends in town for their recruits’ graduation. But before you think boot camp is getting soft — the ’rents are banned from getting an early visit with their leatherneck-in-training.

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February 25, 2012

Grim task: Informing families in Marine copter crash

By Jaimee Rose and Michelle Ye Hee Lee, The Arizona Republic
February 25, 2012

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – They walk to fallen soldiers' front doors in pairs, crisp and dark in their military dress blues: one officer, one chaplain.

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February 24, 2012

10,000 Marines to be cut in Afghanistan

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Feb 24, 2012 13:28:00 EST

U.S. commanders plan to cut the Marine Corps’ footprint in southwestern Afghanistan dramatically this year, from about 17,000 personnel now to about 7,000 in October, said the top officer in the region.

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Marines release names of 7 killed in deadliest aviation training accident in years

By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, February 24, 7:29 PM

SAN DIEGO — The Marine Corps has released the names of the seven Marines killed in the deadliest aviation training accident in years.

The dead were listed Friday as Maj. Thomas A. Budrejko, 37, of Montville, Conn.; Capt. Michael M. Quin, 28, of Purcellville, Va.; Capt. Benjamin N. Cerniglia, 31, of Montgomery, Ala.; Sgt. Justin A. Everett, 33, of Clovis, Calif.; Lance Cpl. Corey A. Little, 25, of Marietta, Ga; Lance Cpl. Nickoulas H. Elliott, 21, of Spokane, Wash. and Capt. Nathan W. Anderson, 32, of Amarillo, Texas.

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Corpsman proves valuable to team in Afghanistan

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 02.24.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - During the late afternoon hours of Jan. 30, Marines with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), were working hard to take apart a medium girder bridge in the rural district of Garmsir, in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. During the disassembly, part of the bridge inadvertently gave way and landed on a Marine’s leg, sending him to the ground, writhing in pain.

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Marines search for answers after fatal training collision

By Dustin Gardiner and Richard Ruelas - The (Phoenix) Arizona Republic
Posted : Friday Feb 24, 2012 7:45:23 EST

YUMA -The remote areas surrounding this Marine Corps town are favored for helicopter training, in part, because the desert landscape resembles that of war zones in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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February 23, 2012

7 Pendleton Marines killed in helo collision

Staff report
Posted : Thursday Feb 23, 2012 9:38:13 EST

Seven Marines were killed Wednesday after two light-attack helicopters collided during nighttime training at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Marine officials said.

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Boom goes the dynamite

Story by Pfc. Franklin Mercado | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 02.23.2012

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Being a Marine is dangerous in itself, but within the ranks of the Corps, there lies an even greater danger – the job of an explosive ordnance disposal technician.

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Afghan police, Marines maintain security gains at Pinjadoo precinct

Story by Cpl. Johnny Merkley | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 02.23.2012

PINJADOO, Helmand province, Afghanistan – As coalition forces continue their shift to an advisory role in Nawa and Afghan National Security Forces take the lead in counterinsurgency operations, some areas within the district are more than ready for the changeover to begin.

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Copter collision kills 7 Marines in Calif. in one of Corps’ deadliest crashes in years

By Associated Press, Thursday, February 23

SAN DIEGO — A collision that killed seven Marines in one of the Marine Corps’ deadliest aviation training accidents in years occurred over a sprawling desert range favored by the U.S. military because its craggy mountains and hot, dusty conditions are similar to Afghanistan’s harsh environment.

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78 service members to dine at White House

Staff report
Posted : Thursday Feb 23, 2012 19:05:30 EST

The Defense Department announced the names late Thursday of 78 service members who have been invited to attend the Feb. 29 White House dinner hosted by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

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February 22, 2012

Marines sweep uncharted areas of Khan-Neshin during Operation Highland Thunder

Story by Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 02.22.2012

SRE KALA, Helmand province, Afghanistan – A large plot of austere terrain in the southern portion of Khan-Neshin district is home to local farmers who make a living growing crops far from the more developed districts of southern Helmand province.

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Vets find camaraderie in cooking ‘boot camp’

By Michael Hill - The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Feb 22, 2012 10:15:57 EST

HYDE PARK, N.Y. — Julio Gerena is in a wheelchair, his long career in the Navy and Army forever behind him. But the 52-year-old recaptured some of the old military camaraderie while peeling potatoes and chopping cilantro in a crowded kitchen.

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Afghan Soldiers run Patrol Base, secure local area

2/22/2012 By Sgt. Jacob H. Harrer , 2nd Marine Division

HANJAR YAK, Helmand Province, Afghanistan — When Sgt. Zachary T. Harding and his squad of Marines arrived at the patrol base several weeks ago, they thought they would be training a squad of Afghan National Army soldiers.
However, the Marines discovered a highly proficient and hospitable group of ANA soldiers who were able to function independently, explained Harding, a squad leader with 2nd Platoon, India Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment.

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Wounded Warriors show spirit in Marine games Area Marine takes gold in air rifle shooting

February 22, 2012 3:52 PM
ERIKA I. RITCHIE - Orange County Register

CAMP PENDLETON — Cpl. Anthony McDaniel spun his wheelchair and strategically placed it between it himself and two guards from the opposing team.

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February 21, 2012

15th Marine Expeditionary Unit composites to full Marine Air-Ground Task Force

Story by 1st Lt. Justin Smith | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 02.21.2012

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit inherited its necessary major subordinate elements required to composite into a complete Marine Air-Ground Task Force, here, Feb. 20.

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Cherry Point Marine pulls man from truck engulfed in flames

2/21/2012 By Lance Cpl. Stephen T. Stewart , Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (Feb. 14, 2012) — Running late on his way to pick up a new fishing boat after work Feb. 14, Lance Cpl. David S. Shouse drove through the small town of Boiling Spring Lakes, N.C., when he saw a truck engulfed in flames.

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February 20, 2012

Tank training, warfare can’t rely on Army

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Feb 20, 2012 8:06:05 EST

The Marine Corps’ tank community will rely less on the Army and more on simulation-based training in the future, a trend driven by ongoing reorganization in both services.

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Marines, tanks head to Korea for exercise

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Feb 20, 2012 18:29:38 EST

The Marine Corps is sending hundreds of personnel to South Korea for a large amphibious exercise scheduled for March.

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February 19, 2012

Marine veterans remember how battle changed their perspective of war

Journal Star
Posted Feb 19, 2012


Robert DeGise stood, pointing, through the wall and across 6,865 miles of plains and oceans, to an ash-ridden crater on Mount Suribachi.

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Group takes veterans to revisit Iwo Jima

By Pat Kinney - Waterloo/Cedar Falls (Iowa) Courier via AP
Posted : Sunday Feb 19, 2012 15:18:03 EST

WATERLOO, Iowa — David Greene is planning a spring vacation to a Pacific island.

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Walking point, avoiding IEDs in Sangin

Story by Sgt. Jacob Harrer | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 02.19.2012

PATROL BASE WISHTAN, Helmand Province, Afghanistan – The pointman of a patrol spotted something sticking out of the ground. He immediately identified it as an improvised explosive device, the number one killer of coalition forces in Afghanistan.

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Former MARSOC Marine seeks book deal

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Feb 19, 2012 10:12:30 EST

Michael Golembesky is poised to publish the first book detailing experiences of Marine special operators in Afghanistan. And unlike career writers who drop into an outpost for a quick embed, Golembesky was there, as a member of Marine Special Operations Team 8222 during one of its hardest deployments.

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February 18, 2012

2012 Marine Corps trials prove to be a milestone in 1/23 Marine’s road to recovery

Story by Cpl. Lucas Vega | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 02.18.2012

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - At the archery range for the 2012 Marine Corps Trials, Lance Cpl. Christopher Crump straddles the firing line on a leg that once shattered, finds his natural respiratory pause with lungs that were once collapsed, sights in on his bow with an eye that was once dangling from its socket, and speaks and writes words that he could not temporarily say and scribe, due the tragic event of Aug. 16, 2011.

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Unit honors fallen corpsman

Story by Capt. Roger Hollenbeck | 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 02.18.2012

ARABIAN SEA – All hands celebrated the life and service of Petty Officer 3rd Class Kyler L. Estrada during a memorial service aboard USS Makin Island Feb. 17.

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Combat-hardened Marines get amphib training

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Feb 18, 2012 10:05:25 EST

ABOARD THE AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP WASP — Steaming toward the coastline to face an enemy with uncertain plans, Marines and sailors on this 41,000-ton warship watched as surrounding vessels pulled together tightly in formation.

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Camp Pendleton command returns to Afghanistan

Will lead international forces in southwest

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
12:10 p.m., Feb. 18, 2012

The Camp Pendleton force preparing to lead the fight in southwestern Afghanistan will have to find its footing on shifting sands of change in the deserts flanking the Helmand River Valley, as the U.S. slowly winds down its war campaign.

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February 17, 2012

Military pay raise plans could pinch troops' wallets

By Leo Shane III
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 17, 2012

WASHINGTON — Troops could see their lowest pay raises in four decades — far below what their civilian peers will get — if proposed changes are made in the way military raises are calculated.




Marines visit wounded buddies

CNN|Added on February 17, 2012
News video

Marines just back from war in Afghanistan reunite with their injured buddies, CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

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Afghan forces, Marines meet locals, drive back insurgency in Sangin

Story by Sgt. Jacob Harrer | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 02.17.2012

SANGIN DISTRICT, Helmand Province, Afghanistan- Afghan soldiers from the Afghan National Army 4th Tolai, 2nd Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 215th Corps and Marines from Weapons Co., 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, met with villagers and searched for insurgent assets in Reygion and De Kahkesh Karez during Operation Southern Disrupt, here, recently.

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February 16, 2012

For visiting Marines, an 'incredibly powerful, healing measure'

By Carlos Bongioanni
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 16, 2012

ARLINGTON, Va. — It wasn’t easy to talk about. Four Marines awarded Purple Hearts Thursday in front of the national Marine Corps Memorial found it difficult to open up about their recent deployment to Afghanistan.

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Working dogs are Marine's best friend

Story by Staff Sgt. Robert Storm | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 02.16.2012

PATROL BASE HABIB, Helmand province, Afghanistan - A rifle may be a Marine’s best friend in combat, but a close second goes to the military working dogs that go out with the Marines of 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines every day.

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Operation Shahem Tofan: Afghan Border Police, Marines extend reach toward Helmand border

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 02.16.2012

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — The thunderous clap of low-flying helicopters reverberates off an endless desert landscape. Inside the mechanical fortress, rows of Afghan Border Police and U.S. Marines stare out the open back hatch, calmly watching the wilderness rapidly retract beneath them.

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2nd Battalion, 4th Marines charge Alekhine’s Gun

Story by Staff Sgt. Robert Storm | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 02.16.2012

PATROL BASE HABIB, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Together with their Afghan National Army partners, the Marines and sailors from 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines conducted operation Alekhine’s Gun in Musa Qal’eh District, Afghanistan.

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February 15, 2012

A Marine’s Journal – 1st Lt. David Morgenstern

Courtesy Story | 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing | Date: 02.15.2012

In Bangor, Maine there is a group of people that greets each flight carrying deploying or returning U.S. troops. I first met a few of them in March 2010 when, as a new second lieutenant in the Marine Corps, I passed through on my way to Afghanistan.

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General: Cuts will drive career competition

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Feb 15, 2012 12:38:33 EST

Deeper than anticipated manpower cuts mean Marines will face the stiffest competition to stay in uniform in more than a decade, and more units will deactivate as the Corps whittles down to 182,100.

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Navy names destroyer for Rafael Peralta

By Sam Fellman - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Feb 15, 2012 15:26:21 EST

The three latest destroyers will be named for Navy and Marine Corps heroes from Pearl Harbor, Vietnam and the Iraq war, the Navy announced in a statement Wednesday.

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Connect your iPod, radio to combat solar panels

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Feb 15, 2012 5:15:22 EST

New accessory packs that allow Marines to plug computers, radios and even iPods directly into solar panels are heading to Afghanistan.

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February 14, 2012

Never a Bridge Too Far: Combat Engineers increase mobility in Garmsir

Story by Cpl. Bryan Nygaard | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 02.14.2012

GARMSIR, Afghanistan - During the last week of January, fifty-five Marines of Bridge Platoon, Alpha Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) traveled nearly 80 miles through the central portion of Helmand province in order to reach Combat Outpost Rankel, a small base located in the district of Garmsir, Helmand province. Their mission consisted of removing a medium girder bridge and replacing it with a more permanent and cost-efficient structure that would increase the mobility of the Marines and Afghans in the area.

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More Marines may deploy to South Korea

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Feb 14, 2012 5:30:14 EST

Amid well-publicized plans to shift upwards of 5,000 Marines from Okinawa, Japan, to Guam, and rotate thousands more between Hawaii, Australia and the Philippines, there are quiet indications the Marine Corps also may seek greater military ties with South Korea, where 28,000 U.S. troops are permanently stationed.

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February 13, 2012

Marines put shooting skills to test, participate in CIAP shooting matches

Story by Cpl. Miranda Blackburn | Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune | Date: 02.13.2012

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - The ethos “Every Marine is rifleman” is something that is ingrained into the minds of Marines.

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February 11, 2012

Former Pendleton Marine receives Silver Star

The Associated Press
Posted : Saturday Feb 11, 2012 8:21:02 EST

SAN DIEGO — A Marine based out of Camp Pendleton received the Silver Star on Friday for courageous service during a bloody, six-hour firefight in the war in Afghanistan.

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February 10, 2012

Local Marine Awarded Silver Star

Sgt. Phillip McCulloch Honored For Valor In Battle

POSTED: 8:01 pm PST February 10, 2012
UPDATED: 8:32 pm PST February 10, 2012

SAN DIEGO -- A San Diego Marine received the military's third-highest award for valor in a ceremony on Friday.

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Illinois Corpsman works with Combat Engineers, proves his worth in Garmsir

2/10/2012 By Cpl. Bryan Nygaard , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

GARMSIR, Afghanistan — During the late afternoon hours of Jan. 30, Marines with Bridge Platoon, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), were working hard to take apart a medium girder bridge in the rural district of Garmsir, Helmand province. During the disassembly, part of the bridge inadvertently gave way and landed on a Marine’s leg, sending him to the ground, writhing in pain.

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February 9, 2012

Happily home

Marines are welcomed back after six months in Afghanistan

By Winston Ross
The Register-Guard
February 9, 2012

SPRINGFIELD — Twin fire engines sat on opposite sides of Pierce Parkway on Wednesday, their ladders outstretched, a giant American flag draped from a wire strung between them and flapping in the drizzle.

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Family Day now extended to Wednesday

Story by Lance Cpl. Michael Rogers | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 02.09.2012

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. — Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island’s expansion of Family Day kicked off Feb. 1.

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Lima Company recruits walk their post

Story by Lance Cpl. Francisco Abundes | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 02.09.2012

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. -- Marines watch over their base by continuously patrolling the perimeter and protecting it from possible threats, a skill they first learn during recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.

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Nawa: the essence of progress

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 02.09.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Extensive improvements in Nawa district and exceptional Afghan leadership has transformed the once improvised explosive device-laden area into a peaceful paragon of progress during the last year. Residents walk casually along roads and waterways, confident in local Afghan security forces to keep them safe. The growth of illegal drugs has been nearly eradicated as citizens have begun to see the benefits of growing legal crops. Interest in education is on the rise, ensuring a brighter future for the people of Nawa. The people are happy, healthy and hopeful.

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Marines in Helmand partner, mentor in Now Zad

Story by Staff Sgt. Robert Storm | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 02.09.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE NOW ZAD, Afghanistan - As Afghanistan’s leadership seeks to take increasing control of its own country, Marines with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines find themselves conducting more training and advisory positions to Afghan National Security Forces.

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February 8, 2012

Recruit Swim Qualification

Video by Sgt. William Faffler | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego - Combat Camera | Date: 02.08.2012

U.S. Marine Corps swim instructors, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego (MCRD) conduct the swim qualification portion of recruit training at the MCRD pool aboard MCRD San Diego, Calif, November 21, 2011.

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More combat opportunities for women, but still no infantry

By Leo Shane III
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 8, 2012

WASHINGTON — Defense officials will allow female troops to work in front-line battlefield units for the first time but still bar them from combat infantry jobs under rules announced Thursday.

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Silver Star for San Diego Marine Drill Instructor

February 8, 2012 | 10:05 AM | By Beth Ford Roth

The Marine Corps on Friday will award Sgt. Philip A. McCulloch Jr. the Silver Star Medal for his heroic actions in Afghanistan. The 22-year-old is currently a drill instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

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Drill instructor to be awarded Silver Star

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Feb 8, 2012 10:55:47 EST

The Marine Corps will award the Silver Star medal on Friday to a sergeant who led his infantry squad through a six-hour firefight in Afghanistan’s Sangin district last year.

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Homecoming pushes wounded vet toward recovery

By Jay Reeves - The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Feb 8, 2012 11:26:40 EST

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. — Shot through the upper back on a rooftop in Afghanistan and gasping for breath after a bullet ripped through his chest, Marine Sgt. Ben Tomlinson had a fear worse than death.

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February 7, 2012

Vets ask: Time for an Iraq war parade?

By Dugald McConnell and Brian Todd
updated 9:33 PM EST, Tue February 7, 2012

(CNN) -- On a day when New York City threw a parade to celebrate the New York Giants for their Super Bowl victory, at least one veterans' group is using the occasion to ask: What about a parade to honor the soldiers who fought in Iraq?

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Marines welcomed home from Afghanistan

73 members of Bridge Company Alpha

By Marc Thompson
Updated: Tuesday, 07 Feb 2012, 11:18 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 07 Feb 2012, 4:38 PM EST

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) - After being deployed for almost a year, 73 members of the Marine Corps Reserve returned to Battle Creek Tuesday afternoon.

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Afghans, Marines clear illegal drugs, insurgent activity in southern Garmsir

Photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 02.06.2012
Date Posted:02.07.2012 09:51

"America's Battalion" is aiding the Afghan National Security Forces in assuming security responsibilities over Helmand province's Garmsir district. This interoperability is designed to further the expansion of stability, development and legitimate governance of Afghanistan by defeating insurgent forces and helping secure the Afghan people.

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Gen. Amos visits Afghanistan

Photos by Sgt. Charles Mabry | Task Force Leatherneck | Date: 02.05.2012
Date Posted:02.07.2012 01:02

U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, and Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, sergeant of the Marine Corps, visit with Marines from HMH-363 aboard Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Feb. 5, 2012.

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Marines memorialize Seattle hero

Story by Staff Sgt. Robert Storm | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 02.07.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE NOW ZAD, Helmand province, Afghanistan - The Marines stand at attention. War-toughened sergeants shout out “here” as their name is called. Leading the formation, 1stSgt Andrew Golding, 45, weapons company first sergeant, from Fort Lauderdale, Fl. calls the roll.

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February 6, 2012

Family Releases Camp Pendleton Marine’s Final Letter (Video)

February 6, 2012 | 10:11 AM | By Beth Ford Roth

Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. William Stacey was killed January 31 by an IED while on foot patrol in Afghanistan. Last week Home Post shared a war correspondent’s memories of the 23-year-old sergeant. Lawrence Dabney had been embedded with Stacey’s squad in Afghanistan. Dabney wrote of Stacey:
Sgt. Stacey was as special as they come. He had a bright and concentrated flame within him that could cut through stone. It spelled death and failure for his enemies and gave life to his comrades.

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New water workout is tougher than running

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Feb 6, 2012 8:11:05 EST

Water aerobics is not just for retirees anymore. The Marine Corps is promoting low-impact pool running — dubbed “water cadence”— to help even the fittest Marines up their game.

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Whidbey Island, 22nd MEU return to US after record-breaking deployment

Courtesy Story | U.S. Naval Forces, 5th Fleet Public Affairs | Date: 02.05.2012

Story by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Rachael L. Leslie
USS Whidbey Island Public Affairs

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. – Sailors and Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, aboard amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41), returned to the United States following a 10 1/2-month deployment when it pulled into Morehead City, N.C., Feb. 4.

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Marine ‘Bastards’ do a magnificent job

Story by Staff Sgt. Robert Storm | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 02.06.2012

MUSA QAL'EH DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - The “Magnificent Bastards” of 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines have been proving their motto “second to none” while deployed to the Musa Qal’eh District in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

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February 5, 2012

Marine's Wife Killed in Housing Explosion

February 05, 2012
Associated Press

COLEVILLE, Calif. -- A woman killed in a propane gas explosion outside a remote Northern California training base was the 31-year-old wife of a U.S. Marine, and a mother of two from Hudson, Iowa, military officials said late Saturday.

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Ohio native’s initiative changes face of Afghan communications

Story by Sgt. Earnest J. Barnes | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 02.05.2012

CAMP SHORABAK, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Something spoke to 1st Lt. Joseph M. Russell’s heart as he watched the Twin Towers fall to rubble on that infamous day in September 2001. The Richmond Heights, Ohio, native heard a voice inside of him telling him to stand up against the wrongs done that day and fight for his country … so he did, not knowing his contributions would change how an entire Afghan National Army unit operates.

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February 4, 2012

For Wounded Vet, Love Pierces the Fog of War

FEBRUARY 4, 2012

DALLAS—The night Katie Brickman met Ian Welch at the bar, she knew right away the Iraq war veteran was the man she wanted to marry.

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Corps wants to hear all of your complaints

Staff report
Posted : Saturday Feb 4, 2012 8:07:49 EST

It’s a rare opportunity when the Marine Corps actually wants you to complain, and this is one of them. Through retention surveys, active-duty enlisted Marines and officers are invited to spell out “how satisfied or dissatisfied they are with certain aspects of the Marine Corps and the military way of life.”

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February 3, 2012

Family, friends say farewell to fallen Marine

Published: Feb. 3, 2012 Updated: 5:13 p.m.

LAKE FOREST – At 7, Cpl. Christopher Singer knew he wanted to be a Marine, his mother told more than 1,000 gathered at Saddleback Church on Friday.

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Fallen Marine’s Last Words: ‘It Was All Worth it’

By Alexandra Ludka
Feb 3, 2012 2:11pm

Sgt. William Stacey joined the Marines in January 2007, completing a total of five deployments. He was scheduled to return home from his final deployment in Afghanistan this spring.

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Yuma Marine awarded Bronze Star for heroic acts in Afghanistan

February 03, 2012 5:28 PM

On two occasions, when explosives went off, instead of heading away from the chaos and violence, Staff Sgt. Kasell “C.J.” Wiggins jumped straight into the destruction.

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22nd MEU returns to Camp Lejeune

Courtesy Story | 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 02.03.2012

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Marines and sailors with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit are scheduled arrive here Saturday afternoon, Feb. 4, after completing a 10-month deployment at sea.

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Buyouts, early outs could be part of Army plan to cut 80,000 soldiers and officers

By Andrew Lapin
February 3, 2012

The Army could resort to buyouts and severance packages in its recently announced effort to eliminate 80,000 soldiers over the next six years, the National Journal has reported.

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31st MEU departs for CG 12

Story by Gunnery Sgt. J. L. Wright Jr. | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 02.03.2012

CAMP HANSEN, Japan - Elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit departed Okinawa en route to the Kingdom of Thailand Jan. 25 to participate in Exercise Cobra Gold.

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Afghan Border Police, Marine partnership furthers governance in southern Helman

2/3/2012 By Cpl. Reece Lodder , Regimental Combat Team 5

BANADAR, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Situated in the southern portion of Afghanistan’s Helmand province, Garmsir district has historically been a highway for insurgent movement from Pakistan.

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Through the Eyes of Infantrymen

February 3rd, 2012 // By Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde

PATROL BASE 7171, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Infantry Marines deployed to Afghanistan endure trials that Americans unfamiliar with military life cannot begin to fathom. Inclement weather, insatiable hunger, perpetual fatigue and direct combat with enemy forces are challenges frequently confronting the infantryman because he regularly operates in austere, hostile conditions. The infantry Marine in Afghanistan, commonly 18 years old and fresh out of high school, is often significantly more mature than others his age because of his unique experiences.

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February 2, 2012

JBLM kids record DVDs for deployed moms and dads

Posted on February 2, 2012 at 4:37 PM
Updated Thursday, Feb 2 at 6:42 PM

LACEY, Wash. -- Dozens of deployed mothers and fathers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord can expect a special care package in the mail soon.

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Marines rescue Afghan Policemen from collapsed building

Story by Cpl. Ed Galo | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 02.02.2012

SANGIN TUFAAN, Afghanistan - During a routine key leader engagement, Jan. 22, in Sangin Tufaan, Afghanistan, Marines with Afghan National Civil Order Police Mentorship Team Two, with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, found themselves in a situation that was anything but routine.

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Filed Thu, Feb 2, 2012 by Scott Engle

Hundreds turned out for to say good bye to Cpl. Joey Logan Wednesday afternoon at the North Montgomery County Community Center in Willis. Once again the streets were lined procession route with flags as many stood silent, some saluting others hands on their hearts as the hearse passes by them.

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February 1, 2012

Seattle Marine killed Jan. 31 in Afghanistan made his mark

By Erik Lacitis
Seattle Times staff reporter
Originally published February 1, 2012 at 9:32 PM | Page modified February 2, 2012 at 5:07 PM

On Tuesday morning at 7:30, Bob Stacey was heading out the door of his Roosevelt home to take his daughter, Anna, 16, to school and then head off to work.

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Honor the Fallen

Marine Cpl. Michael W. Ouellette
Died March 22, 2009 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

28, of Manchester, N.H.; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died March 22 in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, while supporting combat operations. Also killed was Cpl. Anthony L. Williams.

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Family, friends gather at funeral for fallen Marine from Willis

Demond Fernandez
Wednesday, February 01, 2012

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Hundreds came out in Montgomery County Wednesday to honor a Willis Marine killed in action.

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A happy homecoming in North Reading

By Brian R. Ballou
Globe Staff
February 01, 2012

NORTH READING - State Police and family members greeted 26-year-old Marine Lieutenant Ben Hodgkins when he landed at Logan International Airport yesterday after a year in Afghanistan that maimed several in his unit. As he and his parents arrived here in his hometown, their police escort whisked their van to the town center.

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Afghanistan chapel dedicated to fallen Marines

2/1/2012 By Cpl. Justin M. Boling , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan — A newly constructed chapel at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, was dedicated in a ceremony, Jan. 31, to Marines who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.

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Recruit Leave: Ten Days That Cost The Marine Corps Millions

1stLt Daniel Durbin
February 2012

The School of Infantry East (SOI-E) administratively separated more than 150 new Marines in fiscal year 2011 for a myriad of disciplinary and medical reasons. Many of these medical and legal issues occurred over recruit leave. There is a travesty happening right now in the Marine Corps, but nothing is being done about it. Every year, the Marine Corps loses several hundreds of Marines to drugs, legal issues, and injuries during a single 10-day period—recruit leave.

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