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May 31, 2012

Afghan Army, Marines investigate Wushtan

Story by Lance Cpl. Tyler Reiriz | 1st Marine Division | Date: 05.31.2012

WUSHTAN, Afghanistan- Helicopters landed in a field during the early morning darkness, May 17, delivering the Marines of Baker Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, and soldiers of the Afghan National Army to the outskirts of the town of Wushtan to begin Operation Sangin United Horizons.

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May 30, 2012

Wing Chaplain provides spiritual help on the fly

Photos by Cpl. Isaac Lamberth | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing | Date: 05.27.2012
Date Posted:05.30.2012 10:39

Navy Cmdr. Francis Foley, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) command chaplain, and Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Randall, a religious program specialist were at Combat Outpost Now Zad, Afghanistan, May 27. Foley and Randall delivered care packages to the Marines at the outpost.

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RCT-6 Commanding Officer's Weekly Message

Courtesy Video
Date Posted:05.30.2012 3:32AM

The commanding officer of Regimental Combat Team 6, Col. John Shafer, updates family members of RCT-6 Marines and Sailors on ongoing operations in the region.

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May 29, 2012

Corps IDs units for women-in-combat research

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday May 29, 2012 8:28:00 EDT

Women will be assigned to up to 19 combat units in the Marine Corps beginning Friday as part of a pilot program to assess how female personnel could be further integrated into them, Marine officials said.

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May 28, 2012

Memorial Day for Marines at Afghanistan’s Helmand post honors fallen warriors

Story by Master Sgt. Grady Fontana | 1st Marine Division | Date: 05.28.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan—As the blistering sun sets, disappearing in the horizon, a solemn wind of silence breezes through the dusky sky along with the first hints of cool evening air here at this remotely located operating base in Helmand province at precisely 7:12 p.m., May 28, 2012.

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Fallen Marine's letter marks Memorial Day in Kabul

By SEBASTIAN ABBOT Associated Press
Posted: 05/28/2012 06:35:04 AM PDT

KABUL, Afghanistan -- U.S. Marine Sgt. William Stacey was killed earlier this year by a homemade bomb in southern Afghanistan, a tragedy for which he prepared by writing a letter to his family explaining why he was fighting that was to be read in the event of his death.

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May 27, 2012

For Marine's widow, Memorial Day has extra meaning

Staff. Sgt. Joseph Fankhauser was killed in Afghanistan last month when he stepped on an improvised explosive device. 'We live with death' in Explosive Ordnance Disposal, his wife, Heather, says.

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
May 27, 2012

CAMP PENDLETON — Marine Staff Sgt. Joseph Fankhauser had been inAfghanistan'svolatile Helmand province for barely two weeks when he stepped on what the military calls an improvised explosive device. He was on his fifth combat deployment.

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Symbolic stamp would support veterans

By Richard Simon
Los Angeles Times
Published: May 27, 2012

WASHINGTON - During World War II, Americans of all ages shelled out dimes and dollars for the war effort.

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Logistics Marines, sailors transfer excess medical supplies to Afghan National Army

5/27/2012 By 2nd Lt. Tyler Morrison , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Marines and sailors with the Marine Air-Ground Task Force Material Distribution Center, Supply Company, 1st Maintenance Battalion (-) (Reinforced), 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) sorted, staged and delivered more than $85,000 worth of consumable medical supplies to Afghan soldiers with Regional Logistics Support Command-Southwest, May 24.

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May 26, 2012

As Memorial Day Nears, a Single Image That Continues to Haunt

May 25, 2012, 12:38 pm

Memorial Day. The unofficial kickoff to summer. Barbecues sizzling. Lawn sprinklers hissing. Local marching bands tooting out Sousa. Red, white, and blue bunting hanging from the porch railings, and on TV, someone begins a recitation of Lt. Col. John McCrae’s classic poem: In Flanders field, the poppies blow/Between the crosses row on row …

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Cpl. Keaton Coffey, Oregon Marine killed Thursday in Afghanistan, was to be married in July

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2012, 8:20 PM
By Nicole Dungca, The Oregonian

Cpl. Keaton G. Coffey was just weeks away from a new chapter of his life.

The gifts had been registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond, and the invitations had been sent: In July, the 22-year-old planned to marry Brittany Dygert, a local hair stylist whom he met through his mother.

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Tom Manion: Why They Serve—'If Not Me, Then Who?'

After more than a decade of war, remarkable men and women are still stepping forward.

May 24, 2012, 7:09 p.m. ET

I served in the military for 30 years. But it was impossible to fully understand the sacrifices of our troops and their families until April 29, 2007, the day my son, First Lt. Travis Manion, was killed in Iraq.

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Memorial Day: Remembering fallen of two wars

By Allen G. Breed - The Associated Press
Posted : Saturday May 26, 2012 11:25:43 EDT

Most people run marathons to challenge themselves. Maj. George Kraehe runs them to challenge others. As a member of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors’ “run & remember team,” the New Mexico Army National Guard officer has participated in 20 races.

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Oregon veterans of several wars share memories, go fishing Memorial Day

By Bill Monroe, Special to The Oregonian
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2012, 8:05 AM Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2012, 10:16 AM

CARVER -- Mike Rhoads looked up at the sodden gray sky. Its promise would soon soak us all and run down his camouflaged military-issue rain pants into his tennis shoes.

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12:01 a.m., May 26, 2012
Updated 9:08 p.m. , May 25, 2012

U.S. Marines deployed to what has been the most violent province in Afghanistan for coalition forces are handing over control to Afghan forces at a pace faster than the one set for the country as a whole.

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Maintenance Marines keep battalion rolling

Story by Cpl. Mark Stroud | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 05.26.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan ——“Maintenance is the lifeblood of the battalion,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Troy C. Havard, maintenance officer, Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward).

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By the numbers: Veterans and Memorial Day

By Amy Roberts and Lindsey Knight, CNN Library
updated 7:37 AM EDT, Sat May 26, 2012

Washington (CNN) -- As the country heads into the Memorial Day weekend, there are still almost 1.5 million U.S soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines deployed in war zones or combat missions worldwide, and the 3,000th coalition service member, a U.S. sailor, has died in Afghanistan.

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Volunteers Place Flags at Cemetery for Veterans

By Jillian Petrus, Reporter
Story Created: May 26, 2012

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Every Memorial Day volunteers, families, service men and women place 1500 small flags at the graves of veterans in Cedar Memorial Cemetery. Those, flags mark the graves of men and women who bravely served our country.

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May 25, 2012

Fresh wounds

Families meet for closure and stories

By Julie Schimmelpfennig
Pekin Daily Times
Posted May 25, 2012 @ 09:46 PM

PEKIN, Ill. —
A mother’s love never ends.

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1st LAR Marines return from Afghanistan in time for Memorial Day

Story by Cpl. Benjamin Crilly and Sgt. Jacob Harrer | 1st Marine Division | Date: 05.25.2012

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Five pink shirts. The family of Lance Cpl. Louis C. Orta was ready for him to return home, and they dressed in their own unique uniform for him: pink t-shirts with “welcome home” written on them.

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Indiana Marine builds bonds with Afghans

Story by Lance Cpl. Tyler Reiriz | 1st Marine Division | Date: 05.25.2012

WUSHTAN, Afghanistan - During a halt in a security patrol here May 18, Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Barth, a native on New Albany, Ind., sat down next to Muhammed Hasim, one of his counterparts with the Afghan National Army, and struck up a conversation.

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New York Detective puts skills to use in Afghanistan

Story by Lance Cpl. Tyler Reiriz | 1st Marine Division | Date: 05.25.2012

WUSHTAN, Afghanistan - Marc Davis took a few minutes to talk to an old Afghan man on the road, May 19. As a veteran of the New York City police force, it is a scenario he has been through hundreds of times. The only difference is that instead taking place on a busy city street surrounded by towering skyscrapers, it’s happening on a dirt road next to a mosque surrounded by small mud buildings in Washtun, Afghanistan.

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Marines to offer early retirement, with benefits

By Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes
Published: May 25, 2012

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Marine Corps soon will offer early retirement with benefits to some troops as part of force-shaping efforts aimed at cutting 20,000 jobs from the rolls over the next four years, Corps officials said this week.

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May 24, 2012

War winding down, but strain on military continues

Combat stress conference in San Diego emphasizes building resilience

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
6:53 p.m., May 24, 2012

The military is expanding its stress control programs and studying ways to protect against the strains of combat and nonstop deployments, adding psychological armor to its kit bag in the same way it once up-armored Humvees.

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U.S. troops winning war against IEDs of Taliban

Dogs and devices sniff out top killer

By Rowan Scarborough
The Washington Times
Thursday, May 24, 2012

The U.S. military is on a path toward significantly fewer battlefield deaths in Afghanistan this year because it has become better at detecting the No. 1 killer of U.S. troops: the improvised explosive device (IED).

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Dog Company Marines bite down on insurgency with Afghan forces during Operation Sangin United Horizons

Story by Lance Cpl. Mark Garcia | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 05.24.2012

COMBAT OUTPOST TABAC, Afghanistan – During a time in which Marines are continually withdrawing from Afghanistan, Marines and Afghan National Security Forces put continued pressure on the insurgency during Operation Sangin United Horizons, a battalion-sized operation that took place, May 17-20.

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General restricts war-zone photography

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday May 24, 2012 20:46:40 EDT

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Marine commanders in Afghanistan have cracked down on war-zone photography in the wake of two international scandals this year in which U.S. troops were depicted posing with dead Taliban fighters.

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High school students get to experience engineering first-hand

Story by Lance Cpl. Scott Whiting | Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune | Date: 05.24.2012

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Math and science are two subjects the average high school student hates. For the students who embrace these studies however, engineering is a viable career choice.

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One stop morale shop: Warfighter Exchange Services Team travels throughout Helmand Province

Story by Sgt. John Jackson | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 05.24.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – “Whenever anybody sees the PX truck, that is all you hear about – people saying ‘Oh, the PX truck is here,’” said Lance Cpl. Cody Turner, a combat engineer with 9th Engineer Support Battalion. “It’s definitely a morale booster for all the Marines at the [Forward Operating Bases].”

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Country star donates 25 homes to injured vets

By Chris Talbott - The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday May 24, 2012 8:42:53 EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tim McGraw will be saluting veterans in a big way while on tour this summer.

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May 23, 2012

From the couch to combat

Story by Cpl. Lisa Tourtelot | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing | Date: 05.23.2012

Sgt. Enrique Zamora, a crew chief with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466 and Los Fresnos, Texas, native, keeps an unusual collection with him on flights: a selection of Chevrolet Hot Wheels cars.

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New York City readies for Fleet Week

The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday May 23, 2012 10:06:33 EDT

NEW YORK — Naval vessels ranging from a U.S. amphibious assault ship to a Finnish minelayer are participating in New York City’s Fleet Week, which runs Wednesday through May 30.

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May 22, 2012

Americans train Ugandans for Somalia mission

By: DAVID RISING | The Associated Press
Published: May 22, 2012

KAKOLA, Uganda --

American military advisers in Uganda are drawing on lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan to help train African Union soldiers to fight Somalia's most powerful insurgent group, al-Shabab.

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Combat: Behind the scenes

Story by Cpl. Ed Galo | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 05.21.2012
Date Posted:05.22.2012 11:19

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II, Afghanistan — The Marines and sailors with Regimental Combat Team 6 and its subordinate battalions have been working nonstop on a combat operation referred to as Operation Jaws since February.

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Marines implement recycling program, save battalion thousands of dollars

Story by Cpl. Mark Stroud | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 05.22.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Lance Cpl. Matthew S. Belk, a motor vehicle mechanic with Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), came up with a plan to help his battalion save money in a combat zone through recycling.

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1,600 museums offer troops free tickets

By Brett Zongker - The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday May 22, 2012 8:49:06 EDT

WASHINGTON — More than 1,600 museums across the country will offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families this summer in a program that has more than doubled in size since 2010.

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Taylor Swift sends flowers, condolences to family of marine killed in action

Published May 22, 2012

Taylor Swift offered condolences to the family of a marine killed in action by sending flowers to his home and calling his parents.

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May 21, 2012

Taylor Swift To Honor Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine In New Video

Monday, May 21, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Country music superstar Taylor Swift plans to honor fallen Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Wade Wilson by wearing his dog tags in her next music video.

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Marine, leader, friend remembered during memorial

Story by Kenneth Jasik | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 05.18.2012
Date Posted: 05.21.2012 00:45

FORWARD OPERATING BASE EDINBUROUGH, Afghanistan – Marines gathered to remember and celebrate the life of a squad leader with Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, May 18.

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'Forrest Gump' actor Sinise to raise money for vet

Associated Press
May 21, 8:22 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Actor Gary Sinise is keeping a promise to help raise money for a southwest Virginia Marine who lost his limbs in Afghanistan.

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Corpsmen rescue wounded Marine during firefight

Story by Cpl. Kenneth Jasik | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 05.21.2012

MUSA QA’LEH DISTRICT, Afghanistan – When the Marines reached the hilltop, they knew it was going to be a rough day.

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May 20, 2012

Va. wounded warrior retreat breaks ground

By Patricia Kime - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday May 20, 2012 15:40:50 EDT

A group of investors, government officials, business executives and former military personnel broke ground May 18 on a private retreat they hope will become a premier getaway for wounded warriors recovering in the Washington, D.C., region.

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May 19, 2012

Special ceremony for a special bugle call, the mournful taps

By Caitlin Gibson, Published: May 19

To prepare for the day he’d been waiting for, John Blair donned a white and black service uniform. He polished his silver trumpet, the one he first played back in 1985 as a high school junior. He packed the instrument carefully in its leather bag and drove through a clear May morning to Arlington National Cemetery.

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May 18, 2012

CLR-37 deploys to Afghanistan

5/18/2012 By Lance Cpl. Matthew Manning , Marine Corps Bases Japan

KADENA AIR BASE, OKINAWA, Japan — More than 100 Marines with Combat Logistics Regiment 37 gathered on Kadena Air Base to deploy to Afghanistan May 13.

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May 17, 2012

Pick, pack, ship: Marines support units across Helmand Province

Story by Sgt. Michele Watson | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 05.17.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – The Supply Management Unit aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, is home to more than 500,000 pieces of gear and supports 56 units throughout Regional Command Southwest.

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Lejeune Marines clear Afghan valley of insurgents

Story by Cpl. Ed Galo | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 05.17.2012

NIMRUZ PROVINCE, Afghanistan — As the early morning sun peeks over the mountains the Nimruz province of Afghanistan, the Marines and sailors with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, began an operation in the Gostan Valley.

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Sangin Marines brace for summer of combat

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday May 17, 2012 14:45:19 EDT

SANGIN, Afghanistan — Lying on a dusty rooftop, Lance Cpls. Jacob Bisek and Daniel Buzalsky watched suspiciously as a man down the road peered at them. He was pointing at the Marines and holding a cell phone, raising the prospect he was a Taliban spotter.

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May 16, 2012

Combat Logistics Battalion 4 assists realigning Marine Corps forces in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Mark Stroud | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 05.16.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Service members attached to 1st MLG (Fwd) provide tactical logistics support to adjacent units in Regional Command (Southwest) and assist in the Marine Corps’ reset and reconstitution effort. Whether it is engineering operations, maintaining vehicles, supplying units or identifying excess gear, 1st MLG (Fwd) Marines and sailors get the mission accomplished.

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May 15, 2012

At 100, spirit of Marine flight soars

San Diego aviators celebrate Marine centennial

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
6:35 p.m., May 15, 2012

When “flying leathernecks” look back on the history of Marine aviation, their flight log tracks dramatic technological change, inevitable turbulence over new aircraft and flight methods, and a cockpit view ranging from Atlantic ocean battles to the mountains of Afghanistan.

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Marine remembered at funeral for ‘determination’

By Hannah Poturalski, Staff Writer Updated 6:08 PM Tuesday, May 15, 2012

SHARONVILLE — On what would have been his 26th birthday, friends and family of Sgt. John Patrick “J.P.” Huling gathered for his funeral.

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Cleveland youth learn wrestling from the Corps' best

Story by Lance Cpl. David Flynn | Marine Corps Recruiting Command | Date: 05.15.2012

LAKEWOOD, Ohio – With Marine Week Cleveland 2012, slated for June 11-17, only weeks away, the Corps is making efforts to build and maintain relationships with local communities before the first boots hit the ground. Aiding in that effort was the Camp Lejeune, N.C.-based All Marine Wrestling Team, in town to share their knowledge of Greco-Roman wrestling with over 60 students and coaches from the Cleveland area during a two day clinic at St. Edwards High School, May 8-9.

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Marines capture 20 during operation in northern Musa Qa’leh

Story by Kenneth Jasik | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 05.15.2012

MUSA QA’LEH DISTRICT, Afghanistan – Marines with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment disrupted insurgent activity in northern Musa Qa’leh district during Operation Ox Bow, May 8-12.

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Future of Garmsir in Afghan hands, ‘America’s Battalion’ completes final Helmand tour

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 05.15.2012

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Afghanistan — In the fall of 2004, the Marines and sailors of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment began a challenging journey that took them to the Middle East and central Asia.

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Marines Forces Europe Honor Belleau Wood Through History, Education

5/15/2012 By Cpl. Tatum Vayavananda , Marine Forces Europe

STUTTGART, Germany — Marines with U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa are getting a chance to reflect back on the history, sacrifice and legend that shrouds the battlefields of Belleau Wood. The series of classes are in preparation for the 94th-year anniversary of the battle with a Memorial Day ceremony in Aisne-Marne, France, slated for May 27.

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May 14, 2012

24th Marine Expeditionary Unit participates in largest partnered exercise in the Middle East

Courtesy Story | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 05.14.2012

USS IWO JIMA, At Sea — Approximately 1,000 Marines and sailors from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit are set to participate in the largest multi-nation exercise in the Middle East region this year.

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Afghanistan battles yield two Navy Crosses

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Monday May 14, 2012 20:29:36 EDT

Two California-based Marines are scheduled to receive Navy Cross awards on Friday for their actions during separate battles in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

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AP Exclusive: Moderate Taliban speaks of divisions

Published May 14, 2012
Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan – One of the most powerful men on the Taliban council, Agha Jan Motasim, nearly lost his life in a hail of bullets for advocating a negotiated settlement that would bring a broad-based government to his beleaguered homeland of Afghanistan.

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May 13, 2012

RCT-6 Weekly Message

Courtesy Video | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 05.13.2012

RCT-6 sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Jamie Deets updates families on their deployed Marines and Sailors and what is happening within the unit.

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Ready or not, Afghan forces taking control

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday May 13, 2012 10:18:18 EDT

SANGIN, Afghanistan — Sgt. Johnathan Cook leads his squad of Marines through the narrow alleys and dusty compounds in this district’s dangerous “Fish Tank” region, facing insurgents armed with grenades, machine guns and improvised explosive devices.

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Yankees honor Marine, bomb-sniffing dog at game

By Howie Rumberg - The Associated Press
Posted : Sunday May 13, 2012 17:07:13 EDT

NEW YORK — Through two tours of duty in Iraq Sgt. Rex was by Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey’s side.

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May 12, 2012

Marines in Afghanistan thinking about mom at home

Story by Sgt. Michael Cifuentes | 1st Marine Division | Date: 05.12.2012

CAMP HANSON, Afghanistan - U.S. Marines serving in Marjah, Afghanistan, say when they have the time, they often think about the luxuries and comforts they miss at home. Naturally, there’s always one lady missed very much by a deployed Marine – his mother.

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May 11, 2012

Overseas shipping of many electronics banned

By Jon Anderson and Karen Jowers - Staff writers
Posted : Friday May 11, 2012 17:49:32 EDT

Starting next week, the U.S. Postal Service will prohibit shipping of lithium or products containing lithium to international, APO, FPO and DPO addresses.

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Motivated NCO improves self, Marines

Story by Lance Cpl. Manuel Estrada | Marine Corps Air Station New River | Date: 05.11.2012

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. - As a sergeant of Marines, one must set the example for others to emulate, be professional both on and off duty, be responsible for the accomplishments of assigned missions and for the safety, professional development and well-being of the Marines under his charge. A sergeant must embody the Marine Corps institutional core values of honor, courage and commitment while leading his Marines with firmness, fairness and dignity.

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May 10, 2012

USS New York marks another milestone

Completed successful Suez Canal transit

Updated: Thursday, 10 May 2012, 6:17 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 10 May 2012, 1:44 PM EDT

USS NEW YORK, at sea (WAVY) - USS New York continues to meet milestones. The latest was on May 9, when the amphibious transport dock ship completed a successful transit through the Suez Canal.

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May 9, 2012

U.S. military snipers are changing warfare

By Jim Michaels, USA TODAY
May 09, 2012

QUANTICO, Va. – When Marine Sgt. Jonathan Charles' unit arrived in Afghanistan, the American troops faced an entrenched enemy that picked a fight with the Marines almost every time they stepped off base.

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May 8, 2012

26th Marine Expeditionary Unit returns home

5/8/2012 By Cpl. Michael S. Lockett , 26th MEU

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — From April 9, 2012, when they departed aboard the USS Wasp from Norfolk Naval Station, Va., to May 2, 2012, when they returned to Camp Lejeune, N.C., the Marines and sailors of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit supported fleet week celebrations in New Orleans and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., representing the inherent strength of today’s Navy-Marine Corps team to the local people.

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Marines reduce footprint in Marjah

Story by Sgt. Michael Cifuentes | 1st Marine Division | Date: 05.08.2012

Marines here are making big moves for the future of Afghanistan.

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May 7, 2012

Local Marine victim of deadly trend

Attacker wore Afghan Army uniform

7:55 PM, May. 7, 2012
Written by
Jennifer Edwards Baker and Janice Morse

WEST CHESTER TWP. — A local Marine was killed by someone “wearing an Afghan National Army uniform” – a person supposed to be an ally of U.S. forces – the Department of Defense confirmed Monday.

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Marines and sailors aboard Makin Island head home

Amphibious Ready Group finishing sea tour

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
5:13 p.m., May 7, 2012

Marines and sailors deployed with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group are heading home to San Diego after handing off responsibility in the northern Arabian Sea, the Navy announced today.

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Junior Marines ready for more responsibilities in rifle platoon

Story by Sgt. Michael Cifuentes | 1st Marine Division | Date: 05.07.2012

CAMP HANSON, Afghanistan - Lance Cpl. Taylor Adkins has been a Marine for nearly a year and a half and is already taking advantage of leadership opportunities.

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A Marine’s perspective on progress in Helmand province

Story by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 05.07.2012

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Afghanistan — Over the past seven months, I’ve seen and experienced progress in Afghanistan most Americans will never hear about from mainstream media.

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Marine killed by man in Afghan army uniform

By Chris Blake - The Associated Press
Posted : Monday May 7, 2012 9:13:11 EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan soldier killed one Marine and wounded another before being shot to death in return fire in southern Afghanistan, the latest in a series of attacks against foreigners blamed on government forces working with coalition troops.

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New Puma UAV well-suited for Marines

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Monday May 7, 2012 8:27:57 EDT

The Marine Corps is buying a new drone that can land and take off in water, unlike any other aircraft in the service’s unmanned fleet.

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Sighting in on the big picture, Afghans see independence

5/7/2012 By Cpl. Timothy Lenzo , 1st Marine Division

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GERONIMO, Afghanistan — The unmistakable sound of gunfire breaks the mid-morning calm. The Afghan instructor paces behind several Afghan National Army soldiers, who are lying in the prone position. The sun is rising to their backs, casting long shadows, stretching before the green targets in front of them.

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U.S. Marine Corps Wrestling Team to Train Cleveland High School Wrestlers

5/7/2012 By Capt. Craig Thomas , Marine Corps Recruiting Command

LAKEWOOD, OHIO — In the lead up to Marine Week Cleveland 2012, Marines from the United States Marine Corps Wrestling Team are conducting a two-day wrestling clinic for Cleveland high school students at St. Edwards High School May 8-9, from 5 to 7 p.m. Cleveland native Staff Sergeant Jesse Clark, a 1996 Padua Franciscan High School Ohio State Champion Wrestler and U.S. Marine Corps Wrestling Team alumnus, will attend and work with the students.

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May 6, 2012

V-mail and Gmail

Story by Isaac Lamberth | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing | Date: 05.06.2012

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan - On April 28, 1941 – 71 years ago today as I write this – Leo Morgenstern, my great grandfather, wrote a letter from Nazi-occupied France to his son in America, asking for bribe money to facilitate his escape. The letter arrived in January, 1944, having been held up by a British censor due to concerns over its origins behind enemy lines. If only he could have sent an e-mail, he might not have perished at Auschwitz.

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Taliban test Afghans as Kajaki handoff looms

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday May 6, 2012 13:59:07 EDT

KAJAKI, Afghanistan — It was an eerie mission: The Afghan police wanted to crash a Taliban funeral, and they needed Marines to help.

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May 5, 2012

Another year, another country for Clifton native

Story by Spc. Chelsea Russell | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 05.05.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - When Cpl. Erica Adams decided to join the Marine Corps Feb. 7, 2010, she knew she wanted to be a motor transportation mechanic. Although it’s a choice most people might question, especially for a female, Adams is passionate about her job.

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Female Marines bond with Afghan women, children

Story by Kenneth Jasik | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 05.05.2012

MUSA QA’LEH DISTRICT, Afghanistan – It’s common in Afghan culture for men to refrain from talking to women they aren’t related to.

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Pendleton Marines prepare to transfer patrol base to Afghans

Story by Kenneth Jasik | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 05.05.2012

PATROL BASE HABIB, Afghanistan – Marines with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, are leaving the place they’ve called home for the past two months to head to Camp Leatherneck, the main base of operations for Marines in Helmand province.

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Marines, Afghan police patrol in Musa Qa’leh

Story by Kenneth Jasik | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 05.05.2012

MUSA QA’LEH DISTRICT, Afghanistan – Marines with Police Advisor Team 2, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, conducted a partnered patrol with the Afghan National Police, May 2.

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Former Marine’s pub name brews trouble

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday May 5, 2012 10:55:27 EDT

When former Cpl. Nick Velez bought a restaurant in the Los Angeles suburb of Downey, he decided to name the new pub “Bastards.”

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Marines shifting mission is Afghanistan, general says

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday May 5, 2012 16:09:26 EDT

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — The Marine Corps will shift its main focus in Afghanistan to security force assistance as it pulls thousands of personnel from Helmand province this summer, the top commander in the region said Saturday.

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May 4, 2012

CLB-4 expands patrols to new supply route

5/4/2012 By Cpl. Mark W. Stroud , Marine Corps Bases Japan

Afghanistan — Marines with Company A, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, conducted a combat logistics patrol along Route Red-West for the first time recently.

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May 3, 2012

Yellow footprints: The initial step into recruit training

5/3/2012 By Lance Cpl. Bridget M. Keane , Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT, San Diego — Every step recruits take during recruit training brings them closer to earning the title of United States Marine, but one of the first steps they take is upon the infamous yellow footprints at Receiving Company aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

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Sketching veterans recovering from war, so their stories aren't lost

By Chip Reid
May 3, 2012

(CBS News) For nearly 100 years, since World War I, the U.S. military has used combat artists to create a visual record of America's wars.

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Senior drill instructors' mentorship critical in transformation process

5/3/2012 By Lance Cpl. Bridget M. Keane , Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT, San Diego — The vigorous training cycle that recruits endure while aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego can be repetitive and tiring. This can make it easy for recruits to lose sight of their goals and the reason they enlisted in the Marine Corps.

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Corps' largest MCX opens for business

5/3/2012 By Lance Cpl. Trevon Peracca , Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The largest shopping experience in the Marine Corps was introduced to service members and their families aboard Camp Pendleton, May 3.

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Wisconsin native leads Marines through firefights during deployment

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | 1st Marine Division | Date: 05.03.2012

TREK NAWA, Afghanistan – Leadership is a fundamental part of the Marine Corps. Leaders train new leaders: from a fire team of four, to Marines at the highest levels.

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Celebrate the Heritage: Marine rehearses for Air Show performance

Story by Lance Cpl. Andrea Dickerson | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing & Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | Date: 05.03.2012

CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Clad in traditional Tahitian warrior attire on the flightline at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Sgt. Nathaniel Z. Duarosan channeled his inner warrior April 25 and perfected his Polynesian dance preparing to perform in front of thousands of people at the 2012 Cherry Point air show, May 6.

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Lejeune Marines and Afghan forces unleash Operation Reservoir Dogs

Story by Sgt. James Mercure | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 05.03.2012

SABZIKAR, Afghanistan -- After the sun came up, all hell broke loose.

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Breaking bread key to building trust between Afghans, Marines

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | 1st Marine Division | Date: 05.03.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GERONIMO, Afghanistan – “Shana ba shana” is a Dari saying that Sgt. Christopher Scott has heard since he arrived here in December 2011. The saying translates to shoulder-to-shoulder. Afghan forces say it’s a way to describe someone’s work ethic and shows the effort they put in with others.

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May 2, 2012

USMC general details women’s infantry training

By Gina Harkins - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday May 2, 2012 16:51:18 EDT

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — The first female Marine officers to attend infantry training will encounter the same rigorous physical demands men face while learning how to lead ground troops into battle, says an influential Marine Corps general.

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The Last Patrol: ‘America’s Battalion’ Marines near completion of Helmand tour

Photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 05.02.2012

On the final patrol of their seven-month deployment, the Marines toured the Durzay region of Helmand province's Garmsir district to disrupt possible insurgent activity. After arriving in Garmsir in October 2011, the Marines aided Afghan National Security Forces in assuming lead security responsibility of the district, developing and expanding legitimate Afghan governance by defeating insurgent forces and securing the people of Garmsir.

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2D Battalion 5th Marine Regiment Interior Guard

Photos by Lance Cpl. Ismael Ortega | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 04.26.2012
Date Posted: 05:02:2012

Marines with Fox Company, 2D Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, man various machine guns at a guard post on Combat out Post (COP) 7171, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 26, 2012. They are responsible for the interior guard of the COP.

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Georgia native goes above and beyond for man’s best friend

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | 1st Marine Division | Date: 05.02.2012

TREK NAWA, Afghanistan – Many children beg their parents for a dog. The floppy ears and wagging tail seems to attract children to man’s best friend. But many parents know that caring for a dog means a lot of responsibility, training and effort.

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May 1, 2012

Journey Through the Snow (Part 3)

By Lance Cpl. Ali Azimi // May 1st, 2012

On the last leg of our training, we had to leave Grouse Meadows and head up to Summit, almost 1,000 feet higher in elevation. We filled in the trenches and holes where our tents used to sit, packed up our gear and headed out

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'America's Battalion' Marines patrol Garmsir as district prepares for transition

Photos by Cpl. Reece Lodder | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 04.28.2012
Date Posted:05.01.2012

The 3/3 India Marines gave a battlefield tour of the Safar region to their replacements with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment. After arriving in Helmand province's Garmsir district in October 2011, the 'America's Battalion' Marines are nearing the end of their seven-month deployment. During the deployment, they aided Afghan National Security Forces in assuming lead security responsibility of Garmsir, developing and expanding legitimate Afghan governance by defeating insurgent forces and securing the people of Garmsir.

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The complete IED detection team

Story by Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 05.01.2012

KHAN NESHIN DISTRICT, Afghanistan – A team of two jumped out of the vehicle as it came to a stop at a chokepoint on the road.

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First lady kicks off 2012 Warrior Games - Marines prepared for a three-peat

5/1/2012 By Sgt. Aaron Hostutler , Headquarters Marine Corps

The U.S. Olympic Committee and Department of Defense held its opening ceremony today for the 2012 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Afghanistan: April 2012

May 1, 2012
Alan Taylor

Gathered here are images of those involved in this conflict over the past month, as part of the ongoing series here on Afghanistan.

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From USMC website:

Marines are first to fight because of their culture and because they maintain a forward-deployed presence near various global hotspots. The Marine Corps' forward presence consists of multiple Marine Expeditionary Units, or MEUs. MEUs spend at least six months training for a variety of amphibious operations before they are deployed. Then, for six months at a time, Marine Expeditionary Units embark upon United States Navy warships and prepare to launch a range of missions—from humanitarian and peacekeeping missions to full-scale combat engagements, on extremely short notice. Few have what it takes to become Marines, but now many have the opportunity to delve into the training and mindset of these elite, prepared warriors. This behind-the-scenes glimpse of an actual MEU training exercise reveals what it takes to maintain this constant state of readiness. You've heard of their "First to Fight" reputation. Now see them earn it.

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For instant morale – just add water

5/1/2012 By Sgt. Michele Watson , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WHITEHOUSE, Afghanistan — After a 12-hour foot patrol in the baking heat of the Afghan desert, a shower to wash away the grime and the grit could be the one oasis the Marines and sailors here look forward to upon completing their arduous task.

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