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March 31, 2012

Maintenance Marines repair equipment, save millions of dollars

Story by Cpl. Michele Watson | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 03.30.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Marines with Maintenance Company, Marine Air-Ground Task Force Support Battalion11.2, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) are wrapping up their last few days of deployment in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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Tricare to close online mental health program

By Patricia Kime - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Mar 31, 2012 9:54:58 EDT

The Tricare Assistance Program for behavioral health counseling is being shut down due to lack of use, Tricare officials said Friday.

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March 30, 2012

Marine helicopter squadron honors six killed in Afghanistan

Story by Sgt. Brian Tuthill | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 03.30.2012

MARINE CORP BASE, Hawaii - Nearly 100 Marines, sailors, family members and friends gathered today to honor six Marines of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 who were killed Jan. 19 when their CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter went down in Afghanistan.

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24th Marine Expeditionary Unit deploys with Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, starts journey across Atlantic

3/30/2012 By 24th MEU Public Affairs Office , 24th MEU

OFF THE COAST OF NORTH CAROLINA — The 2,300 Marines and Sailors of the Camp Lejeune-based 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit are headed across the Atlantic on a scheduled eight-month deployment to serve as a theater reserve and crisis response force in support of the U.S. European, Africa and Central Commands.

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Marines expand communication range with Combat SkySat

Story by Gunnery Sgt. Jennifer Antoine | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 03.30.2012

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines strained their necks as they looked up toward the sky at what could only be described as a giant balloon flying above Camp Delmar, March 29. Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit trained with a new communications system that expands the capabilities of the Marine Air Ground Task Force.

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Marines look to extend unmanned helo program in Afghanistan

By Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 30, 2012

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — A trial of unmanned cargo helicopters in Afghanistan has been so successful the Marine Corps wants to extend the mission.

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Kids explore military life at MCAS' 2012 Children's Expo

Story by Lance Cpl. Sean Dennison | Marine Corps Air Station Yuma | Date: 03.29.2012

YUMA, Ariz. - MCAS Yuma opened up its flight line to special needs youth for them to get a taste of the annual Yuma Air Show during the Children's Expo, March 16.

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Company hits stride, completes largest patrol to date

3/30/2012 By Cpl. Mark W. Stroud , Marine Corps Bases Japan

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Company A, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, completed the largest combat logistics patrol to-date through Helmand province March 12-14.

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General: Marines’ Pacific swing will be tough

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Mar 30, 2012 17:26:22 EDT

With the shift in focus from the Middle East to Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Marine Corps logisticians have a challenge before them unlike anything they’ve ever seen.

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March 29, 2012

In the worst calamities, these veterans rush to the rescue

By Kathleen Toner, CNN
updated 7:05 PM EDT, Thu March 29, 2012

Los Angeles (CNN) -- When Haiti suffered a massive earthquake two years ago, many people responded by donating money.

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U.S. troops get new protections in Afghanistan

By Lolita C. Baldor and Pauline Jelinek - The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday Mar 29, 2012 9:19:10 EDT

WASHINGTON — U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan have assigned “guardian angels” — troops that watch over their comrades even as they sleep — and have ordered a series of other increased security measures to protect troops against possible attacks by rogue Afghans.

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Leveraging technology adds force multiplier, saves lives in combat

Story by Chief Petty Officer Leslie Shively | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 03.29.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- Although Marines are not the transformers seen in films on the silver screen, they are equipped with some of the latest technologies available today.

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Marine exhibits courage on battlefield, receives Bronze Star

Photo by Cpl. Ned Johnson | 1st Marine Division | Date: 03.29.2012

Hartford, Conn., native Sgt. Patrique Fearon, a combat engineer with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, received the Bronze Star Medal with Combat V, March 29, 2012, in San Mateo.

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March 28, 2012

U-T reporter honored for Marine coverage

Gretel C. Kovach recognized for combat dispatches and narrative series

By U-T San Diego
5:33 p.m., March 28, 2012

Gretel C. Kovach, a U-T San Diego military affairs reporter, has been selected for two awards for “exemplary work in advancing and preserving Marine Corps history,” the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation announced Wednesday.

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Marine tells tales of Afghanistan, recovery

By CHRIS PETERSON Hungry Horse News
Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 8:29 am

Can you still play video games? Are your fingers inside the flesh on your hand? How do you get out of the pool with no legs? What does your stump look like? How does that wheelchair work?

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'Daddy Dolls' Helping Local Military Children American Red Cross, Wal-Mart, Operation Hug-A-Hero Providing Dolls To Children Of Deployed Parents

POSTED: 6:38 pm PDT March 28, 2012
UPDATED: 9:49 am PDT March 29, 2012

SAN DIEGO -- Military deployment is never easy for the families left behind, but now there is one tool that helps the young kids deal with the missing parent.

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Marine sergeant from Waldwick remembered as 'great kid' who 'wanted to be wherever the action was'

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Last updated: Wednesday March 28, 2012, 7:13 PM

Sgt. Joseph D'Augustine of the U.S. Marine Corps was killed in Afghanistan this week. He was 29.

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Veterans battle PTSD stigma -- even if they don't have it

By Stacy Lu
March 29, 2012

Fresh from a tour of duty in Iraq where he earned a Bronze Star, Ryan Gallucci didn’t expect a simple job interview to be such a memorably unpleasant experience.

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Make it happen: Weapons Platoon adapts, overcomes in southern Helmand

Story by Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 03.28.2012

KHAN NESHIN, Afghanistan – U.S. Marines are well versed in adapting to the ever changing environment inherent to counterinsurgency operations in southern Helmand province.

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March 27, 2012

Pendleton Marines come home to laughs, tears, hugs

Hundreds wait for hours in the early morning cold for their loved ones to return after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.

Published: March 27, 2012 Updated: 5:47 p.m.

CAMP PENDLETON Winston Madrigal promised his son, Ian, he wouldn't surf until the 19-year-old came home safe from his deployment to Afghanistan.

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USS Iwo Jima leads deployment from Norfolk

By Hugh Lessig, [email protected] |
2:55 p.m. EDT, March 27, 2012


— The waters around the Middle East and Africa present a variety of challenges for any Navy ship.

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Iwo Jima ARG deployment could last 8 months

Associated Press| WVEC.com
Posted on March 27, 2012 at 5:55 AM
Updated today at 8:01 AM

NORFOLK (AP) -- Three Hampton Roads-based amphibious ships deployed Tuesday and could be gone as long as eight months.

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Killing Time: Bragging Rights

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 03.27.2012

This is the seventh installment in a series on U.S. Marines and Navy corpsmen from 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, based out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. After laboring through training in the California desert in 2011, they are now supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Grueling days and the absence of home’s amenities here make their work exhausting and their down time precious. They labor with little and appreciate the simple. This is their deployment grind.

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELHI, Afghanistan — The ragged dartboard nestled between camouflage uniform items and a giant American flag has seen better days.

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March 26, 2012

1st Tanks Marine, double amputee named best Marine in 1st MarDiv

Story by Cpl. Sarah Dietz | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 03.21.2012
Date Posted:03.26.2012 19:14

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Cpl. Carlos Torres has a quiet spirit and is a man of few words. He is not arrogant, but he is proud of what he does.

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24th MEU heads out for 8 month deployment

March 26, 2012 4:42 PM

Col. Frank Donovan had a reassuring message for a young boy upset about his father leaving on a scheduled deployment.

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WWR names 2012 All-Marine Warrior Games team

3/26/2012 By Capt. Jill L. Wolf , Wounded Warrior Regiment

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — The United States Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment announced today the final roster of 50 Marines and Marine veterans who will serve on the 2012 All-Marine Warrior Games team.

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Afghan police show respect to villagers, receive cooperation in return

Story by Sgt. Michael Cifuentes | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 03.26.2012

KHAN NESHIN DISTRICT, Afghanistan – A patrol leader with the Afghan Uniformed Police said he’s made substantial progress building rapport with the locals during his three months of service in Khan Neshin district.

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No short days, just short nights

Story by Spc. Chelsea Russell | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 03.26.2012

ZARANJ, Afghanistan - Despite all the bad things that can happen during a deployment, Marine Corps Col. Michael Gann, the II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) operations officer for Afghan National Security Forces Development stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., said his experiences in Afghanistan have taught him to never forget the simple things in life.

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N.M. honors Vietnam MoH recipient with statue

The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Mar 26, 2012 9:57:44 EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Decades after he threw himself on a grenade to save five fellow Marines in the Vietnam War, a Marine with humble beginnings in Farmington at last is getting some hometown recognition.

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Corps explores partnership with hard-core trainer

By Tony Lombardo - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Mar 26, 2012 7:58:04 EDT

You’ve probably seen her picture — sporting serious pythons, rock-hard abs, camouflage pants and an expression that says, “I can destroy you.”

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March 25, 2012

Fort Worth-based 14th Marine Regiment to train with Moroccan military

By Chris Vaughn
[email protected]
Posted Sunday, Mar. 25, 2012

FORT WORTH -- The Fort Worth-based 14th Marine Regiment, on a steady diet of Iraq and Afghanistan deployments for eight years, is readying itself for yet another deployment to a Muslim country.

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Afghan forces, ‘America’s Battalion’ Marines keep Garmsir safe during Afghan New Year

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 03.21.2012
Date Posted:03.25.2012 11:43

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Afghanistan — The celebration of the Afghan New Year was outlawed while Helmand province’s Garmsir district was under insurgent rule prior to the arrival of coalition forces in 2005.

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March 24, 2012

Norway exercise preps Marines for cold combat

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Mar 24, 2012 9:45:12 EDT

A group of reservists recently trekked into the Arctic Circle to prepare for international conflict. Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines, out of Terre Haute, Ind., deployed to Norway for exercise Cold Response 2012.

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Reserve Marines come together, accomplish mission in Afghanistan

3/24/2012 By Sgt. John Jackson , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Of the more than 200 Marines that make up General Support Motor Transport Company, Marine Air-Ground Task Force Support Battalion 11.2, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), all but six are Reserve Component Marines.

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March 23, 2012

3/5 sergeant to be awarded Silver Star

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Mar 23, 2012 19:02:45 EDT

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — The Marine Corps will award the Silver Star next week to an infantry squad leader with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, for leading his men through an unrelenting firefight in Afghanistan nearly two years ago, 1st Marine Division said Friday.

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Fallen Corpsman honored for service, sacrifice

Story by Lance Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 03.23.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II, Afghanistan - “Every corpsman wants to be out there to help protect and save the Marines that we serve with,” said Petty Officer 1st Class George Fricke, leading petty officer, Regimental Aid Station, Regimental Combat Team 6.

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Marine vet biking U.S. for injured Marine fund

The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Mar 23, 2012 9:21:27 EDT

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. — A 71-year-old former Marine is setting out in an unusual manner to raise money for injured and ill veterans and their families.

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Combat Logistics Battalion 4 supports operations in Afghanistan

3/23/2012 By Cpl. Mark W. Stroud , Marine Corps Bases Japan

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 4 conducted a combat logistics patrol supporting counterinsurgency operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, March 4-7.

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March 22, 2012

Marines say Katy Perry video is good publicity

Video features 80 Marines from Camp Pendleton

Written by
Jeanette Steele
6:12 p.m., March 22, 2012
Updated 6:58 p.m. , March 23, 2012

Pop star Katy Perry is known for her blue hair and quirky videos.

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Officials Extend Deadline to Apply for ‘Stop Loss’ Pay

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2012 – Service members and veterans whose military service was involuntarily extended under the “Stop Loss” program between the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Sept. 30, 2009, are eligible for special retroactive pay, and they now have more time to apply for it.

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‘Goliath’ Battery holds the front line at Kajaki

Story by Sgt. Jacob Harrer | 1st Marine Division | Date: 03.22.2012

OBSERVATION POST SHRINE, Afghanistan – The Marines here guard the northeastern frontier in Helmand province. Beyond the boundary of the observation post lies known enemy territory, where insurgent fighters have taken refuge. Farmland and abandoned compounds surround the post. Insurgents sporadically shoot machine gun bursts and launch attacks against the Marines from many different positions, and when the Marines fight back, the enemy forces flee into dry riverbeds deep enough to conceal most movement. For the past four months, the Marines of Golf Battery, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment repelled dozens of attacks and kept enemy forces from moving forward.

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Renewed bazaar a sign of progress in Kajaki

Story by Sgt. Jacob Harrer | 1st Marine Division | Date: 03.22.2012

TANGYE BAZAAR, Afghanistan – When Maj. Joseph R. Jackson arrived here in October 2011, the bazaar was almost completely abandoned. More than 400 stalls lay empty except for a lone bakery supplying bread to the Afghan Uniformed Police and local nationals. Since then, businesses have began opening in the bazaar as Kajaki residents felt safe and optimistic enough to return for the first time since 2006.

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Marine police advisors learn culture to work with Afghan police

Story by Sgt. Jacob Harrer | 1st Marine Division | Date: 03.22.2012

KAJAKI DISTRICT, Afghanistan – Marine advisors with Police Advisory Team 1, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, frequently visit the Afghan Uniformed Police district headquarters here. Before entering the compound, the Marines leave their body armor and helmets in the vehicles outside as a gesture of trust that the Afghan police secured the area, and the Marines would not need their body armor around their counterparts.

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Marines escort Afghan drivers, get fuel to the fight

3/22/2012 By Sgt. John Jackson , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Thirty five civilian trucks carrying approximately 340,000 gallons of fuel left the outskirts of Camp Leatherneck to deliver fuel to forward operating bases in northern Helmand province, Afghanistan, March 13.

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March 21, 2012

Duct tape: An idea that stuck

Born of WWII necessity, duct tape is the Swiss army knife of tape

By Jon R. Anderson - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 18:47:32 EDT

Don’t mess with military mothers. That’s the lesson that sticks with the Duct Tape Guys after finally discovering the hidden history of duct tape’s true origins. Few people know more about duct tape and its many uses than Jim Berg and Tim Nyberg. Together they have collected six books’ worth of material, from the “Ultimate Duct Tape Book” to the “Duct Tape Halloween Guide.”

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Navy: Not so fast on reopening Peralta probe

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 11:28:09 EDT

Navy officials acknowledged they are reviewing new evidence in the valor case of Sgt. Rafael Peralta, but stopped short of describing the review as a “reopening” of the investigation.

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New center for Iraq, Afghanistan vets set to open in May in Madison

DEBORAH ZIFF | Wisconsin State Journal | [email protected] | 608-252-6234 | @DeborahZiff | Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 5:45 am

Veterans returning from World War II came back to their towns and cities and found support at American Legion and VFW halls.

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'Rain Man' keeps 31st MEU systems operating

Story by Cpl. Garry Welch | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 03.21.2012

USS ESSEX, At Sea — The ability to look at problems in a different way, and then solve them when no one else could is what earned him the nickname, “Rain Man.”

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Marine serves two crucial roles for 31st MEU

Story by Cpl. Garry Welch | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 03.21.2012

USS ESSEX, At Sea — Every Marine and sailor aboard the USS Essex serves a crucial role in the success of the mission, but Lance Cpl. Samantha A. Sabalboro serves two.

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March 20, 2012

Navy reopens Marine Corps Medal of Honor case

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Mar 20, 2012 15:29:06 EDT

The Navy Department will reopen the valor case of Marine Corps Sgt. Rafael Peralta based on new evidence that reportedly removes any doubt about the infantryman’s actions during his waning moments of life seven years ago in Iraq.

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Logistics Marines save Corps millions

3/20/2012 By Cpl. Michele Watson , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

CAMP HANSON, Afghanistan — As military operations in Afghanistan begin to shift from a combat role to an advisory role, the Marine Corps has started the process of redistributing gear throughout Afghanistan and shipping supplies back to the U.S.

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After 37 years, Long Beach slaying victim ID'd as Marine

Police use military records to track down the identity of a man found dead in a carport in 1974. The man, Oral Alfred Stuart Jr., was reported absent without authorization from Camp Pendleton 12 days after his body was found.

By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
March 20, 2012

For 37 years, the identity of a young man beaten to death in an carport in Long Beach remained a mystery.

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March 19, 2012

‘Semper Fidelis’ display comes to Kent State, honors man’s journey to learn of his father

By Jim Carney
Beacon Journal staff writer
Published: March 19, 2012 - 12:18 AM

CHAGRIN FALLS: It came to Tom Patrick Kindt Hubbard in 1998 while reading to his 2-year-old son, Calvin.

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A Wave of Military Memoirs With You-Are-There Appeal

Published: March 18, 2012

Now that American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan is winding down, the warriors are telling their stories.

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Corps’ new Australia tours to start in April

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Mar 19, 2012 19:50:12 EDT

The Marine Corps will send a Hawaii-based infantry unit to Australia in April, marking the first rotation there for U.S. forces as part of a new military partnership between the longtime allies.

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March 18, 2012

Recovered dog tags returned to three war veteran

March 18, 2012 9:12 AM

One Onslow County veteran received a special birthday present this weekend.

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Workout tests shooting while under duress

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Mar 18, 2012 11:30:34 EDT

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER, TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Marines here are learning that one of the latest takes on Marine fitness ties together two things they love: exercise and shooting. Throw in a dose of adrenaline from the stress of competing against a clock, and it might just become the next combat-workout craze.

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Cash is out, the eagle is in

Story by Cpl. Michele Watson | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 03.18.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Anyone who has ever used cash to buy something at the exchange in Afghanistan is familiar with the pogs that serve as change for a purchase.

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Colorado Marine teaches discipline through martial arts in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 03.17.2012
Date Posted:03.18.2012 06:36

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan – Black, brown, green, gray and tan. Those are the colors of the belt levels of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program that a ‘user’ can earn.

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Marines find downtime while deployed

Story by Lance Cpl. Mark Garcia | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 03.17.2012
Date Posted:03.18.2012 04:01

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II, Afghanistan —Deployed Marines work grueling hours to accomplish their individual missions; however, the Marines from Regimental Combat Team 6 found time in their busy schedules to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with a barbeque, March 17.

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March 17, 2012

The Brave Ducklings

Tom Sileo
Saturday, March 17, 2012

Earlier this year, Cpl. Philip McGeath was still alive. Today his smile is a cherished memory to his grieving mother.

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U.S. Marines Win Irish Sprint 10K

Marine Corps Public Affairs
Posted : Saturday Mar 17, 2012 16:30:26 EDT

QUANTICO, VA - With the swiftness of leprechauns and dressed in vibrant hues of green, 1,693 runners dashed to the finish in today's Irish Sprint 10K, a festive but challenging 6.2 miles through Prince William Forest Park in Prince William County, VA. U.S. Marines placed first among the men and women running the event with Marine Maj. Jason Kut, 34, finishing in 37:16 and Marine Capt. Erin Demchko, 33, finishing in 41:43.

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TBI sufferers invited to share their stories online to help others

By Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 17, 2012

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is collecting video testimony from people suffering from traumatic brain injury, or TBI.

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I am not a hero

Story by Cpl. Johnny Merkley | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 03.17.2012

PATROL BASE LAMBADAND, Afghanistan — Marines across the globe perform admirably in high stress, difficult situations on a daily basis.

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Tiny robots ready for remote searches

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Mar 17, 2012 9:51:38 EDT

Throwable robots, small enough to fit in a Marine’s cargo pocket, are on their way to infantry units in Afghanistan.

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March 16, 2012

Female Marines aim to blend in, but be visible enough to set an example

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 16, 2012

QUANTICO, Va. — Female Marines don’t like people to focus on their gender. They’re just Marines, they say.

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Insurgents Destroyed US Helicopters Found in Online Photos

InnovationNewsDaily Staff | March 16, 2012

When new U.S. Army attack helicopters landed at an Iraqi base in 2007, soldiers uploaded smartphone photos of the helicopters to the Internet. The soldiers didn’t realize that those pictures contained GPS "geotags," which according to an Army officer allowed insurgents to pinpoint and destroy four Apache helicopters in a mortar attack.

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Recruits find motivation in letters from home

3/16/2012 By Lance Cpl. Crystal J. Druery , Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT, San Diego — During the 12 weeks aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego recruits look for motivation to push through each training day. Most recruits find strength and support through letters they receive during mail call.

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Marine was shot by Afghan soldier: officials

By Robert Burns - The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Mar 16, 2012 8:59:55 EDT

WASHINGTON — An Afghan soldier shot to death a 22-year-old Marine at an outpost in southwestern Afghanistan last month in a previously undisclosed case of apparent Afghan treachery that marked at least the seventh killing of an American military member by his supposed ally in the past six weeks, Marine officials said.

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WWII veteran, historian Jack Hallowell dies at 91

By Jim Sheeler
Special to The Denver Post
Posted: 03/16/2012 01:00:00 AM MDT
Updated: 03/16/2012 10:54:49 AM MDT

From his perch at his regular table in the Red Robin restaurant in Lakewood, the 85-year-old man noticed a uniformed young Marine eating alone. As Jack Hallowell finished his meal, he motioned discreetly to the bartender.

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Arizona Marine takes responsibility to heart, saves lives

Story by Lance Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | 1st Marine Division | Date: 03.16.2012

PATROL BASE ATOLL, Afghanistan — Sergeant Darin Dains Jr., a combat engineer with Bravo Company, 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion (Forward), relaxes on his cot, watching movies while joking with friends. Even when relaxed Dains took the time to ask Marines how they were doing, making sure everything was okay.

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March 15, 2012

Tough first week on the job in Afghanistan

Tensions on war campaign mount amid series of incidents

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
8:24 p.m., March 15, 2012

Maj. Gen. Charles “Mark” Gurganus and the Camp Pendleton force that took command this week of U.S. and international troops in southwestern Afghanistan are beginning their yearlong tour under the shadow of pointed new strains on the war campaign.

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A Marine Wife’s Boot Camp Story

Features, Marines Uncovered // March 15th, 2012 // By Hannah Wetzel

Young men and women fell silent in their private conversations and eyed me as I walked by. I imagine I looked quite out of place. At almost thirty weeks pregnant with my 15-month-old son on my hip, I was the last person one would expect to see at the Military Entrance Processing Station. But I was there. And, I was there for a good reason.

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Karzai: NATO should pull back to big bases

By Amir Shah and Sebastian Abbot - The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday Mar 15, 2012 9:41:32 EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan's president, angered by a U.S. soldier's alleged killings of 16 civilians, demanded Thursday that international troops pull out of villages and rural areas to main bases and let Afghan forces take the lead for countrywide security in 2013, a year ahead of schedule.

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Marines, corpsmen build bonds at Parris Island

Story by Lance Cpl. Francisco Abundes | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 03.15.2012

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. - For 12 weeks, recruits push themselves toward one goal – earning the title Marine. They are constantly challenging their bodies to become physically stronger, but at times, the stressful environment of recruit training can cause their bodies to fail.

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Marine Corps cuts won’t affect current enlistments, top general says

By Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 15, 2012

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The Marine Corps plans to trim its ranks by 20,000 over five years, but no Marines will be forced out of the service early, according to the Marine Corps’ deputy commandant for combat development and integration.

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Afghan who crashed truck where Panetta landed dies

By Chris Carroll
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 15, 2012

KABUL - An Afghan man who barreled onto a runway in a stolen truck and set himself on fire just as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was landing in Afghanistan has died of his injuries, the No. 2 U.S. commander in the country said Thursday.

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Indonesia OKs Marine Corps’ Australia training

By Rod McGuirk - The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday Mar 15, 2012 7:42:44 EDT

CANBERRA, Australia — Indonesian ministers said Thursday they were comfortable with a planned increase in U.S. troops in northern Australia seen as an attempt to contain China and hoped to join in training exercises focused on disaster relief.

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Marines to deploy more troops to Pacific under program

By Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 15, 2012

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan – The Marine Corps plans to reinvigorate a program slowed during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that deploys U.S.-based units to Okinawa and other parts of the Pacific on six-month rotations.

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March 14, 2012

Two Marines honored for valor in Afghanistan

Silver Star, Bronze Star for Camp Pendleton SpecOps personnel

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
8:31 p.m., March 14, 2012

Staff Sgt. Andrew K. Thompson led his Marine special operations team and a company of Afghan soldiers into Shewan village, in Farah province, where they were attacked by a barrage of firepower from machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and recoilless rifles.

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Local bases escape brunt of Marine Corps cuts

Active-duty ranks to be trimmed by 10 percent over five years

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
7:23 p.m., March 14, 2012
Updated 9:12 p.m.

The Marine Corps plans to cut its active-duty ranks by about 20,000 in the next five years, because of the end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq, the rapid drawdown underway in Afghanistan and national budget strains.

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General: More Marines will rotate to Japan

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Mar 14, 2012 18:59:20 EDT

The Marine Corps will increase six-month unit rotations through Okinawa, Japan, a top general said Wednesday, even as the service plans to reduce its permanent presence on the island by 8,000 personnel in coming years.

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US Marines asked to disarm as Panetta speaks in Afghanistan

Updated: Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012, 5:30 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012, 11:30 AM EDT


CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - US Marines attending a speech by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in Afghanistan on Wednesday were ordered to leave their weapons outside the tent where he was giving the address.

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Veterans return to sacred ground

Story by Cpl. Justin Wheeler | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 03.14.2012

IWO TO, Japan — Iwo Jima veterans were honored in front of the 5th Marine Division Memorial during the 67th Iwo Jima Reunion of Honor ceremony here, March 14.

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67th Commemoration of the Battle of Iwo Jima

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 03.14.2012

IWO TO, Japan – The Government of Japan and the U.S. Marine Corps conducted a Reunion of Honor ceremony to commemorate the Battle of Iwo Jima March 14. The event took place on Iwo To, formerly known as Iwo Jima, and included U.S. and Japanese veterans and their families, dignitaries and leaders from both nations, distinguished guests and Marines and sailors from III Marine Expeditionary Force.

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Houston to host parade honoring Iraq War veterans

By Lindsay Wise
Houston Chronicle
Published: March 14, 2012

The Iraq War officially ended with little fanfare three months ago, but Houston service members who fought in the nearly decadelong conflict are about to be treated to a Bayou City-style welcome-home celebration.

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Petition aims to reunite Marine vet, combat dog

The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Mar 14, 2012 9:15:12 EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. — An online petition drive is under way to reunite a former Marine corporal with the combat dog she was injured with in Iraq.

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March 13, 2012

1-star: Corps’ aircraft to back Afghan forces

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Mar 13, 2012 9:33:13 EDT

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. — Marine Corps aircraft will be used to support Afghan ground forces as sizeable numbers of U.S. and coalition infantry units withdraw from Helmand province throughout the coming year.

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From tragedy comes Tomodachi, bonds built out of the Tohoku disaster

3/13/2012 By Cpl. Jonathan G. Wright , 31st MEU

USS ESSEX, At Sea — One year ago on March 11, an undersea earthquake rocked the eastern coast of Japan, its 9.0 magnitude making it one of the five most powerful earthquakes in the world since 1900. Just 70 kilometers off the coast of Tohoku, the quake triggered a violent tsunami which damaged more than one hundred thousand buildings, killed or injured tens of thousands of people and caused meltdowns in reactors of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

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March 12, 2012

A band of brothers to help wounded vet

Rock group led by Gary Sinise to raise funds for an accessible home

By Dennis Yusko
Updated 10:10 p.m., Monday, March 12, 2012

NASSAU — Actor Gary Sinise came to the Capital Region Monday to roll out the red carpet for an Air Force veteran partially paralyzed from exposure to toxic chemicals in Iraq.

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Marine leader at Camp Pendleton to leave

Waldhauser heads for Pentagon; replacement for 1MEF not yet named

Written by
Jeanette Steele
3:54 p.m., March 12, 2012

The Marine Corps general in charge of the 57,000-Marine force based at Camp Pendleton has been nominated to serve as senior military assistant to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

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Wounded EOD Marine receives award from Georgian President

3/12/2012 By Sgt. John Jackson , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Staff Sgt. Marcus Burleson, an explosive ordnance disposal technician and team leader with 2nd EOD Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) was awarded the General Kvinitadze medal, which is given to foreign service members who significantly contribute in the development of Republic of Georgia-foreign nation military cooperation, Feb. 3.

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March 11, 2012

1st Battalion, 8th Marines demolishes insurgent fighting position

Story by Sgt. James Mercure | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 03.05.2012
Date Posted: 03.11.2012

COMBAT OUTPOST PENNSYLVANIA, Afghanistan - Historically, insurgents will fight with increased tenacity during the summer months, and during the winter and early spring they prepare.

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Prosthetics give injured Marine hope for future

By Chris Carroll
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 11, 2012

WASHINGTON — In late July last year, Marine Cpl. Kevin Dubois headed out to take the place of another Marine wounded while guarding a hastily setup landing zone near Sangin, a Taliban hotbed in southern Afghanistan.

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Family copes with loss of sons in Afghanistan

By Jeannie Nuss - The Associated Press
Posted : Sunday Mar 11, 2012 16:29:13 EDT

PRESCOTT, Ark. — When their older brother Jeremy died in Afghanistan, Ben and Beau Wise did what loyal brothers and soldiers do. They stood solemnly in uniform at his memorial, laid red roses in front of his picture, and Ben spoke bravely to a chapel full of loved ones who came to mourn.

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Afghan village shooter said to be American enlisted soldier

By David S. Cloud and Laura King
Los Angeles Times
Published: March 11, 2012

REPORTING FROM WASHINGTON AND KABUL — A U.S. serviceman who went on a house-to-house shooting rampage in a rural Kandahar hamlet, killing 16 people as they slept Sunday, is an enlisted soldier who acted alone, according to a senior U.S. military officer.

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CLB-4 supports intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance operations with combat logistics patrol

Story by Cpl. Mark Stroud | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 03.11.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Marines with Bravo Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), conducted a combat logistics patrol in support of counterinsurgency operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, March 4–7.

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US Army to soldiers: 'Check-ins' can kill

Athima Chansanchai
March 12, 2012

While the U.S. Army knows its soldiers live in the modern world and carry location-aware, socially networked smartphones, it is reiterating the dangers of broadcasting too much information, because oversharing could cost lives.

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March 10, 2012

New prosthetic arm born from ‘Star Wars’

By Joe Gould - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Mar 10, 2012 10:17:55 EST

In the movie “The Empire Strikes Back,” Luke Skywalker’s hand is severed in a battle with Darth Vader and replaced by a futuristic prosthetic. Now science fiction is becoming science fact as the Defense Department funds the development of the “Luke Arm,” which may replace limbs that veterans have lost in battle.

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March 9, 2012

Solemn procession and Taps for fallen Marine

Staff report
10:55 a.m. CST, March 9, 2012

Holding American flags under a crisp blue sky, family and friends of a fallen Marine lined the streets on the Southwest Side this morning to pay their respects as his body was carried in a procession from Midway Airport.

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New Marine Corps non-lethal weapon heats things up

3/9/2012 By Staff Sgt. Will Skelton , Headquarters Marine Corps

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, invited senior members of the Marine Corps and members of the media to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., for a demonstration and first-hand opportunity to feel the effects of the U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate’s Active Denial System March 9, 2012.

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CLB-4 overcomes mud, flooding to deliver supplies

3/9/2012 By Cpl. Mark W. Stroud , Marine Corps Bases Japan

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — During entry-level training, Marines are taught the five stresses encountered during combat: extreme risk or fear, the fog of war, discomfort and fatigue, becoming or dealing with casualties and boredom.

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RCT-6 Marines train for combat first aid

Story by Staff Sgt. Robert Storm | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 03.09.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II, Afghanistan - Marines are known as warriors. They train with near religious zeal to confront, close with and engage the enemy. However, when someone is injured, the Marines from Regimental Combat Team 6 aboard Camp Delaram II are prepared to help by taking the Combat Lifesavers Course.

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March 8, 2012

New ads pitch Corps’ kinder, gentler side

By Pauline Jelinek - The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday Mar 8, 2012 14:24:46 EST

WASHINGTON — They’ve long been known as devil dogs, leathernecks and “the first to fight.” But Marines, with their self-described expertise in “killing people and breaking things,” now want to promote their kinder side as well.

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'Toward the Sounds of Chaos' to showcase Marines' combat, humanitarian capabilities

Story by Lance Cpl. David Flynn | Marine Corps Recruiting Command | Date: 03.08.2012

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – Marine Corps Recruiting Command is set to unveil its new advertising campaign, “Toward the Sounds of Chaos,” during the Big 12 Championship basketball game on ESPN March 10.

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Afghans, Marines brighten horizons for young students

3/8/2012 By Sgt. Michael S. Cifuentes , 1st Marine Division

KHAN NESHIN, Afghanistan — If it’s one thing Cpl. Joshua Brooks likes most about his deployment to Afghanistan, it’s his visits to the school in Khan Neshin.

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A Soldier's Iraq Trek, From Bullets to Ballet

Updated March 8, 2012, 12:50 p.m. ET

As a Marine, Sgt. Roman Baca spent eight months in Fallujah between 2005 and 2006. Now, the Queens resident is headed back to Iraq—but this time it is for a cultural effort connected to his work before and after his military service: dance.

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NCOs step up, serve as HIMARS chiefs in Afghanistan

3/8/2012 By Sgt. Jacob H. Harrer , 1st Marine Division

FORWARD OPERATING BASE EDINBURGH, Afghanistan — The siren went off in the fire direction center, where Marines awaited the targeting data needed to launch rockets to targets. Seconds later, the trucks rolled into position, carrying rocket launcher pods ready to help troops who were receiving mortar fire. In less than five minutes, the rockets were ready to fire because of the work of junior noncommissioned officers serving as section chiefs with 3rd Platoon, Tango Battery, 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment. The soldiers on the ground lost sight of the enemy and called off the mission, and the Marines returned to their posts to await another call for fire.

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March 7, 2012

Mom Copes With the Loss of Marine Son

Circling the Wagons

March 7th, 2012 // By Phyllis McGeath as told to Lance Cpl. Chelsea Flowers

I know what it means to be a Marine mom. I’ve been one since 2008 when my oldest son, Philip, enlisted. Since then, two more of my seven children have become Marines. But this past January, every Marine mom’s nightmare became my reality – I lost a child. On Jan. 18, 2012 my oldest son Philip was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. My life changed forever.

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Major changes for Marines in Afghanistan

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Mar 7, 2012 15:50:18 EST

Marines in Afghanistan face a summer of transition that will include a massive drawdown, continued fighting in northern Helmand province and Afghan forces taking a more prominent combat role, according to the departing top officer in the region.

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Marines to reduce by half in Afghanistan this year

AP National Security Writer
Mar 7, 5:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Marines will lead the U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan this year, reducing by about half their numbers in the key province of Helmand as Afghans move fully into the combat lead there, a top U.S. general said Wednesday.

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WWII lessons from human history books

Jamie Klein
Reading Eagle

Mahlon L. Fink can remember when the American flag was raised on Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi in February 1945.

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Geotagging poses security risks

March 7, 2012
By Cheryl Rodewig

FORT BENNING, Ga. (March 7, 2012) -- "Is a badge on Foursquare worth your life?"

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Homeless veterans receive final salute ex-GIs deserve

By Sig Christenson
Updated 11:56 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, 2012

As burials go, the one for Albert Lee Renfro and Everardo Alvarez-Lara on a misty Wednesday was sad in ways other funerals are not.

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Marine's Facebook page tests military rules

Associated Press
Mar 7, 7:34 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Marine Sgt. Gary Stein first started a Facebook page called Armed Forces Tea Party Patriots to encourage service members to exercise their free speech rights. Then he declared that he wouldn't follow orders from the commander in chief, President Barack Obama.

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Making Strides Behind the Scenes: Afghan forces, Marines serve Garmsir from operational coordination center

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 03.07.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELHI, Afghanistan — Throughout Garmsir district’s developing city centers and sparsely populated desert areas, the familiar sight of Afghan National Security Forces is evidence of the growth in Afghan-led security operations.

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Optimism, thinking outside of the box, Mundy’s standard plan in Afghanistan

Story by Chief Petty Officer Leslie Shively | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 03.07.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- Not long ago, Taliban ruled the roads of Musa Qala, a town in northern Helmand province. Bands of insurgents brandishing soviet-made AK-47s and lugging rocket launchers, crammed themselves into the backs of pickup trucks and paraded through the town, shouting oppressive slogans and terrorizing its residents.

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Marines heed locals’ call, provide long term bridge solution

3/7/2012 By 2nd Lt. Tyler Morrison , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

SHIR GHAZAY, Afghanistan — Combat Engineers with Bridge Platoon, Alpha Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) completed construction on a non-standard bridge that will provide a long term solution for local traffic in the area here, Mar.6.

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March 6, 2012

Marines tear it up with 'Gator' steel

Story by Lance Cpl. James Sauter | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 02.28.2012
Date Posted:03.06.2012 16:23

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII - Marines of Amphibious Assault Vehicle platoon, Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, partnered with members of the Environmental Compliance and Protection Department during the 30th annual Mud Operations, here, Feb. 28 trough March 1.

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Former Marine Gets Medal For Heroism

By Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., March 6, 2012 – With some prodding from his son, Charles P. Barrett Jr. finally received the recognition the Marine Corps says he was due for his actions 60 years ago.

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9th ESB Marines defy challenges, complete construction mission

3/6/2012 By Cpl. Michele Watson , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

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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Marine MPs provide security, keep engineering operations safe

3/6/2012 By Sgt. John Jackson , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Whether the Marines of 9th Engineer Support Battalion are building bridges or roads or constructing new structures on patrol bases throughout Helmand province, the Marines provide tactical logistics support so that other units have what they need to accomplish their mission. However, completing these tasks takes not only the hard work of combat engineers, motor transport operators and heavy equipment operators, but military police Marines to provide security to ensure the mission is accomplished in the safest environment possible.

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March 5, 2012

Texas Marines a ‘jack-of-all-trades’

Story by Lance Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | 1st Marine Division | Date: 03.05.2012

AFGHANISTAN - Despite it being the hottest day in months, the Marine patrols with a constant smile, making jokes with his friends and smiling with the locals, Feb. 27.

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Precision Rocket Artillery changes the Battlefield

3/5/2012 By Sgt. Jacob H. Harrer , 1st Marine Division

FORWARD OPERATING BASE EDINBURGH, Afghanistan — There was enough explosive material to construct hundreds of improvised explosive devices. Marines from 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment lacked the power to destroy the huge IED cache. They called for fire, and eight rockets landed within seconds of being fired. According to the after action report from the artillery platoon, all rounds impacted on target, the site was destroyed, and there was no collateral damage.

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Navy, Marines to Start Random Alcohol Tests

Updated March 5, 2012, 7:19 p.m. ET


NORFOLK, Va.—The Navy and Marines said Monday they plan to introduce random breath tests of personnel on duty as part of a broader health-and-safety push, a move officials concede will be a tough sell with weary troops after a decade of war.

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Wellness initiative to test for alcohol, drugs

Sexual assault prevention training, fitness also included in 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative

By William H. McMichael - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Mar 5, 2012 18:46:31 EST

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK — The Navy and Marine Corps today introduced a wide-ranging wellness initiative with programs ranging from duty section Breathalyzer tests for alcohol use and reliable synthetic marijuana testing to enhanced anti-sexual assault training, greater emphasis on fitness and nutrition, increased on-base prices of tobacco products and the ability to temporarily leave the service, without penalty, to raise children.

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March 4, 2012

Local woman receives congressional Medal of Honor award

by Mike DeFranco
Sunday, March 4, 2012

Tracy Della Vecchia is the founder of MarineParents.com.It's a website she started in 2003 when her son started serving in the Marines overseas.

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'There was no such thing as not being on the firing line'

Fred Glancy has vivid memories of combat on Iwo Jima

Written by
11:13 PM, Mar. 4, 2012

MUNCIE -- The Japanese rifle is a souvenir from Iwo Jima, and when 90-year-old Fred Glancy hands it to you he warns that it is heavy.

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CLB-1 motor transport provides supplies to multiple FOBs

Story by Cpl. Michele Watson | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 03.04.2012

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan – Marines with Motor Transport Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) made good use of their extra day this leap year providing needed supplies to patrol bases in southern Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 29.

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31st MEU embarks for AIT, CERTEX

3/4/2012 By Cpl. Jonathan G. Wright , 31st MEU

USS ESSEX, At Sea — The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit has embarked Navy ships in order to conduct amphibious integration training and a follow on certification exercise before continuing the deployment in the Asia-Pacific region.

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March 3, 2012

CLB-4 maintains physical edge

Story by Cpl. Mark Stroud | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 03.03.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — The Combat Logistics Battalion 4 motor pool hums with activity throughout the day, its frenetic bustle slowing only slightly as the sun sets, and a night-crew replaces their daytime counterparts.

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Chicago Marine killed in Afghanistan

West Beverly family is shaken

By Jonathan Bullington, Chicago Tribune reporter
March 3, 2012

The last time Grace Lavin saw her brother, Marine Lance Cpl. Conner Lowry, it was via an Internet video call in January. From somewhere in Afghanistan, he teared up as they talked, looking very much like he missed home, she said.

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MARSOC Marines will train on dirt bikes

By Andrew deGrandpré - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Mar 3, 2012 10:36:02 EST

Small teams of special operations Marines will learn to ride and repair off-road motorcycles before deploying to Afghanistan.

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Once-homeless vet has hot new career

By GARY WARTH [email protected] | Posted: Saturday, March 3, 2012 9:00 pm

A former Camp Pendleton Marine who spent two homeless years living in a canyon while going to college is finding success with a hot sauce that has landed on the shelves of a national grocery store.

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March 2, 2012

Columbia woman chosen as Citizen Service Before Self Honors finalist

BY Laura D'Angelo
Friday, March 2, 2012 | 8:02 p.m. CST; updated 9:23 p.m. CST, Friday, March 2, 2012

COLUMBIA — It's hard for Tracy Della Vecchia to grasp how deserving she is of a national award — humbling, she said.

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Combat Engineers tear down walls, reduce ANSF base

Story by Lance Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | 1st Marine Division | Date: 03.02.2012

AFGHANISTAN - The bulldozer, unceremoniously, rams into the wall of mud bricks and straw, causing the top half to collapse. With dust and debris forming a cloud around the machine, local Afghans children gather to see what the commotion is about. The bulldozer backs up and plows into the wall again, leaving a pile of rubble where the outer wall once stood. Marines with 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion spent three days leveling part of the patrol base, here, Feb. 23.

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San Diego native uses humor to connect with people of Afghanistan

Story by Lance Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | 1st Marine Division | Date: 03.02.2012

AFGHANISTAN - First one Afghan appears, then another and another. Within minutes, Afghan children surround the patrolling Marine, Feb. 22. The sight is familiar to Lance Cpl. Edgar Lima, an assaultman, for 2nd Squad, 1st Platoon, Lima Company.

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March 1, 2012

Beverly man killed in Afghanistan: ‘His heart was as big as he was’

BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY [email protected] March 1, 2012 10:40PM

Grace Lavin came home from school Thursday to see three U.S. Marines gathered around her mom. Instinctively, she knew what had happened and she screamed.

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CLB-4 conducts convoy

Story by Cpl. Mark Stroud | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 03.02.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WHITEHOUSE, Afghanistan - A Marine convoy delivered supplies to Forward Operating Bases Nolay and Whitehouse here during an operation Feb. 14-16.

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There's No Place Like A Patrol Base

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 02.25.2012
Date Posted:02.29.2012 20:15

PATROL BASE BURY, Afghanistan — Their humble home is exceptionally primitive, but it’s all the deployed infantrymen need.

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Shock trauma platoon awarded for success in Helmand

Story by Staff Sgt. Robert Storm | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 03.01.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II, Afghanistan - The Marines and sailors of the Shock Trauma platoon, 2nd Medical Battalion, received a certificate of commendation aboard Forward Operating Base Delaram II for their work during August 2011 to March 2012.

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