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June 30, 2012

Long shot: Artillery battery sets lethal record

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Jun 30, 2012 9:43:37 EDT

A Marine unit that recently returned from Afghanistan killed a team of Taliban insurgents with a record-setting artillery strike.

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Runners bring flag to war veteran

Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012 5:30 am

TWENTYNINE PALMS — A relay team of U.S. Marines crossed the Hi-Desert Friday, bearing an American flag to present to a veteran whose legs were destroyed in Afghanistan.

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On June 22, 2012, Lance Corporal Eugene C. Mills, III (USMC) was assigned 1st Battalion 8th Marines Bravo Company 2nd Marines Division was killed in action by enemy small fire while conducting combat operations in Sagin Valley, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

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June 29, 2012

Fallen Marine not forgotten

6/29/2012 By Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Marines and sailors with 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group filled the pews of the Protestant Chapel here, June 29, during a memorial service to commemorate the life of one of their own.

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Lansing Marine receives hero's welcome

June 29, 2012 • By Carrie Steinweg Times

LANSING | There were splashes of red, white and blue all around Lansing on Thursday and it wasn’t just because Independence Day is approaching.

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Detroit Marine Steven P. Stevens II returns home to patriotic welcome

By Gus Burns | [email protected]
Published: Friday, June 29, 2012, 12:37 PM

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI — The appreciation displayed for U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Steven P. Stevens II of Detroit, who lost his life serving in Afghanistan last week, and for his family, was strong Friday.

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Combat Camera Marine documents war, progress in Kajaki, Afghanistan

Story by Sgt. James Mercure | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 06.29.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KISHTIWAN – He carries a copy of the U.S. Constitution on every combat operation he’s documented and returns with history in his camera.

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June 28, 2012

Court rejects Stolen Valor, suggests rewrite

By Andrew Tilghman - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Jun 28, 2012 20:05:42 EDT

Military fakers scored a major victory at the U.S. Supreme Court when the justices struck down the Stolen Valor Act, the 2006 law that made it a federal crime to lie about receiving military medals.

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2/5 Marines in Dah Boba

Courtesy Photo | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 06.28.2012

Marines of 2/5 conducted counter-insurgency operations to disrupt the Taliban to allow Afghan National Army soldiers to move into Dah Boba.

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Marines perform moonlight maintenance in Kuwait

6/28/2012 By Staff Sgt. Robert Fisher , 24th MEU

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait — The Marines of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit maximized mission readiness by working the graveyard shift to avoid the daily heat during a maintenance stand down upon their arrival to Camp Buehring, Kuwait, in June.

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The USMC Gets Back To Its Roots

June 28, 2012: After spending nine years heavily involved in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Marine Corps has most of its troops again training for duty at sea and the kind of raiding operations the marines have long specialized in. While some marines will remain in Afghanistan until next year, most are now regaining their seagoing and raiding skills. The marines also believe that there will be more need for short term operations, where getting there fast is more important than staying around for a long time. To that end, the marines and the navy are scheduling a lot of amphibious exercises over the next year, something there has not been a lot of in the last decade.

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June 27, 2012

Father of fallen U.S. Marine talks about his last phone call

By: Cheryl Conner
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

LAUREL, Md. - Gene Mills walked out his front door on Father's Day 2008. He grew up in Laurel, graduated from High Road Academy, and before he turned 18 his dad signed the papers for him to join the U.S. Marines. It’s a mission he had since 9-11.

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Marine rotational force returns to Australia

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 06.27.2012

ROBERTSON BARRACKS, NORTHERN TERRITORY, Australia – Approximately 200 Marines with the Marine rotational force in Darwin returned to Australia June 26 and 27 to continue training with the Australian Defence Force. The Marines first arrived in Australia on April 3, 2012, following the force posture initiative announced by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and U.S. President Barack Obama on November 16, 2011.

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Montfort Point Marines recognized at last

The nation’s first black Marines, who trained in a segregated camp at Montfort Point, N.C., were presented with the Congressional Gold Medal

By Todd Spangler - Detroit Free Press
Posted : Wednesday Jun 27, 2012 18:14:05 EDT

The ravages of age — the failing eyesight, the shuffling gaits, the graying hair — couldn’t hide the valor and pride, not to mention the surprise, of the nation’s first black Marines, at long last receiving their just due from Congress.

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June 26, 2012

Hand-held scanner can detect brain injuries

By Gina Harkins - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Jun 26, 2012 17:46:38 EDT

A new hand-held, battery-operated sensor that can help detect the most serious of brain bleeds could soon make its way to Marines in Afghanistan.

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Marines conduct ribbon bridge training with NZ soldiers

Story by Cpl. Jennifer Pirante | I Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 06.26.2012

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marine combat engineers with Bridge Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, conducted joint training exercises with New Zealand soldiers from the Corps of Royal New Zealand Engineers at Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 25-26.

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Young Marine killed in Afghanistan never got to hold his son

By Elisha Anderson and Christina Hall
June 26, 2012

His son was born just eight days after Pfc. Steven Stevens II was deployed to Afghanistan.

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June 25, 2012

Soldier returns lost dog tags to WWII Marine

By Regina Ford - Green Valley (Ariz.) News
Posted : Monday Jun 25, 2012 9:26:29 EDT

GREEN VALLEY, Ariz. — Marine veteran John Joseph Keker got an unexpected surprise in the mail recently when his military dog tag was returned to him more than 67 years after he lost it in World War II.

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Course teaches young Marines to make decisions

Training for junior infantrymen modeled on officer instruction

By James K. Sanborn - Staff report
Posted : Monday Jun 25, 2012 17:51:31 EDT

Junior enlisted infantrymen are now completing the first round of a new program that prepares them to make critical, life or death decisions with limited commander’s guidance.

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Fighting Irish: deployed crew chief fulfills dream

Story by Cpl. Lisa Tourtelot | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing | Date: 06.25.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Flying over southwestern Afghanistan, a voice came over the radio, drawing the crew chiefs’ attention to a large truck and SUVs racing through the desert. Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, “Vengeance,” were performing aerial reconnaissance in the area, looking for any suspicious vehicles or potential insurgent activity.

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June 24, 2012

This Is My Life, Episode 3

Video by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | 1st Marine Division | Date: 06.24.2012

This is my life is a video journal blog of Marines in Afghanistan, documenting their daily life. This episode follows an infantryman with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment.

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Farm program aims to help returning veterans find peace, purpose

By Chuck Haga
Grand Forks Herald, N.D.
Published: June 24, 2012

SAN DIEGO — On a small organic farm outside San Diego, a former combat Marine has found peace and purpose in the tending of plants and in providing other combat veterans a way to find their places in life after war.

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Marine Eugene C. Mills III of Maryland is killed in Afghanistan

By Martin Weil, Published: June 24

The people who knew Eugene C. Mills III, and watched him grow up in the Maryland suburbs, could not praise him enough. In part, they said, it was his family who made him the man he was, and it was also the Marine Corps.

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3/8 Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers patrol in Garmsir District

Courtesy Photos | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 06.24.2012

U.S. Marines with 2nd Squad, 1st Platoon, Kilo Company, 3D Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment (3/8), Regimental Combat Team 5 patrol out of Forward Operating Base Dehli, Garmsir District, Helmand province, Afghanistan June 17, 2012.

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June 23, 2012

Challenge Accepted; Corpsmen Ready, Serves with Marines

Video by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | 1st Marine Division | Date: 06.23.2012

Petty Officer 3rd Class Norberto Zamora, a corpsman with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, discusses the challenges he's faced during his deployment and why he enjoys working with Marines.

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June 22, 2012

Houston corpsman holds own, saves lives with 2/5 Marines

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | 1st Marine Division | Date: 06.22.2012

KAJAKI, Afghanistan – The brotherhood and friendly rivalry between sailors and Marines spans across the history of both military branches. Whether it’s a sailor jokingly calling a Marine a “jarhead” or a Marine retorting with calling the sailor a “squid,” the two branches are always closely linked. Corpsmen, who support both the Navy and Marine Corps, often find themselves stuck in the crossfire.

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5th ANGLICO returns home

6/22/2012 By Lance Cpl. Matthew Manning , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan — More than 70 Marines with 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company returned to Camp Hansen from Afghanistan June 11.

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US Marines work with Latvians during mortar missions at Saber Strike 2012

6/22/2012 By Sgt .Ray Lewis , Marine Forces Reserve

ADAZI, Latvia — Marine mortarmen of 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment worked with the Latvian army during a recent mortar firing training exercise at Saber Strike 2012.

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5th ANGLICO honors, remembers fallen brother

6/22/2012 By Lance Cpl. Matthew Manning , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan — Marines and sailors with 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company gathered in the Camp Hansen chapel June 14 to honor the life of Sgt. Julian C. Chase.

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Mexican immigrant serves in Marines, OEF; eyes US citizenship

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | 1st Marine Division | Date: 06.22.2012

KAJAKI, Afghanistan – He stands side-by-side his fellow Marines, pours his blood and sweat into his job and sacrifices time away from his family. He lives driven by a will to earn his way in life and appreciate what’s been given to him.

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June 21, 2012

1st Recon welcomes new commanding officer

Story by Lance Cpl. Tyler Reiriz | 1st Marine Division | Date: 06.21.2012

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Lieutenant Col. Brian L. Gilman relinquished command of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion to Maj. Brian J. Von Herbulis during a change of command ceremony at Camp Margarita, June 21.

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MEB troops to get prestigious valor award

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Jun 21, 2012 16:00:50 EDT

About 28,000 U.S. and coalition forces who fought a thriving insurgency in Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010 under the command of a Marine expeditionary brigade will receive the prestigious Presidential Unit Citation, Marine Corps Times has learned.

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Cottage Grove Marine recognized for outstanding achievements in Afghanistan

1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

Typical mornings for officers and senior enlisted staff members with 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) headquarters begin with an operations and intelligence briefing given to the commanding general and his staff. The service members gather to brief the commanding general about daily activities and ongoing operations throughout Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

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California Marines return after seven months at sea

6/21/2012 By 11th MEU Public Affairs , 11th MEU

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — More than 2,200 Marines and sailors from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit returned here June 21 after serving seven months in the Western Pacific, Middle East and Horn of Africa regions.

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June 20, 2012

Marines honor their brother with 160-mile run in the desert

By Sara Bruestle | Jun 20, 2012

A U.S. Marine from Mukilteo is running an American flag more than 50 miles in the desert to raise funds for a wounded fellow Marine.

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Area Marine receiving congressional medal

Yellow Springs man was among the nation’s first black Marines.

By Andrew McGinn, Staff Writer 7:53 PM Wednesday, June 20, 2012

YELLOW SPRINGS — The Tuskegee Airmen and Navajo Code Talkers of World War II are household names for what they did and who they were.

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Summer poses toughest test for Afghan forces

By Donna Cassata - The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Jun 20, 2012 18:35:49 EDT

WASHINGTON — This summer’s fighting in Afghanistan will be the toughest test for the country’s evolving security forces as they try to root out insurgents in the more heavily populated regions, senior defense officials told skeptical lawmakers on Wednesday.

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Long Island native uses years of mechanical expertise to keep logistics Marines mission ready

Story by Cpl. Mark Stroud | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 06.20.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan —“When you have a [mechanically inclined] mind and you are familiar with how an engine works and how a vehicle works, you can solve a lot of the problems and issues that come up on convoys, that you otherwise wouldn’t have been able to [fix],” said Cpl. Jason K. Fricke.

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Reserve Marine instructs Caribbean veterans in Barbados

Story by Cpl. Nana Dannsaappiah | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 06.20.2012

CHRIST CHURCH, Barbados – Twenty seven-year-old Sgt. Andrew Mercer spoke loudly, gesturing with his hands as he fluctuated between two groups of students. The two platoons that flanked him, law enforcement and defense veterans from various Caribbean islands, directed their attention to the lead instructor, Mercer, and his five assistant instructors.

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June 19, 2012

Training the trainer: Reserve Marines share proven tactics with Caribbean troops

Story by Cpl. Nana Dannsaappiah | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 06.19.2012

CHRIST CHURCH, Barbados - On a grassy hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, a handful of Marines from Headquarters Company, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, participated in training with a coalition of law enforcement and defense personnel from a host of Caribbean nations June 16 during Exercise Tradewinds 2012.

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June 18, 2012

Behind the scenes: Administration shop supports hundreds of Marines

Story by Sgt. Michele Watson | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 06.18.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – From reconstructing roads to eliminating insurgents, many Marines and sailors deployed to Afghanistan make an impact that is readily visible.

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Explosive tandem demolishes bunkers, supports Operation Jaws

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | 1st Marine Division | Date: 06.18.2012

KAJAKI, Afghanistan – The Marines rush to take cover behind a berm, as the countdown begins.

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Combat Logistics Battalion 4 supports Operation Branding Iron

Story by Cpl. Mark Stroud | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 06.18.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Marines and sailors with 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), provided sustained logistics support to Regimental Combat Team 6, north of Musa Qal’ah, May 27-June 11, in support of Operation Branding Iron.

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June 17, 2012

A poignant Father's Day at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

By Natalie DiBlasio, USA TODAY
June 17, 2012

WASHINGTON – Every Father's Day, Mike Cruden comes to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to lay down a red rose in memory of his Marine father.

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Military families the focus of fallen Marine family brunch

Story by Cpl. Chelsea Flowers | Marine Week | Date: 06.17.2012

CLEVELAND - Chloe Knight is almost 8 years old. She has her father’s eyes, a contagious smile and will talk your ear off. Like most little girls, her daddy is her hero. But unlike most kids, Chloe has never met her dad.

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Marine Week in Cleveland wraps up Sunday

The Associated Press
Posted : Sunday Jun 17, 2012 12:07:18 EDT

CLEVELAND — A high-profile visit by almost 800 Marines in Ohio wraps up Sunday after amphibious assault exercises on Lake Erie this weekend.

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Where will Hawaii-bound Marines live and work?

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Jun 17, 2012 11:03:51 EDT

The U.S. military’s plan to shift as many as 2,700 Marines from Okinawa, Japan, to Hawaii raises a key question: Where will they work and live?

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June 16, 2012

Clevelanders remark on Marine Week Cleveland

Story by Sgt. Shannon Yount | Marine Week | Date: 06.16.2012

CLEVELAND - Thousands of Clevelanders and visitors from as far away as Virginia came to see more than 750 Marines showcase their skills, equipment, vehicles and aircraft during Marine Week Cleveland June 11-17.

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Marines demonstrate their capabilities by air, land, sea

Story by Cpl. Chelsea Flowers | Marine Week | Date: 06.16.2012

CLEVELAND, Ohio - More than 50,000 Clevelanders gathered at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland for a Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration during Marine Week Cleveland June 16.

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Corps tests energy bars as recovery aid

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Jun 16, 2012 15:00:54 EDT

A pilot program is underway to test how nutritional supplements can help recruits and officer candidates recover more quickly from the grueling training sessions that mold them into Marines.

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June 15, 2012

Marine Week Cleveland Saturday events

Courtesy Story | Headquarters Marine Corps | Date: 06.15.2012

Marine Day at Burke Lakefront Airport
All attendees must enter Burke through Gate 9 located off North Marginal, which will be closed to vehicle traffic to ensure the safety of attendees walking from the parking lot to the gate. Gates will open at 10 a.m. and Marine Day activities will begin at 11 a.m. Spectators are encouraged to use public transportation, as parking will be limited to the municipal lot located across the shoreway from the track/airport. Parking is also available at Tower City and various parking lots located throughout downtown.

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Marines Emerge Unscathed From Operation Jaws

June 15th, 2012 // By Cpl. Timothy Lenzo

KAJAKI, Afghanistan – The Marines of 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment added to their rich history when they trekked through Zamindawar, one of the few remaining insurgent strongholds in Afghanistan, May 26-June 9, to disrupt the insurgents’ leadership and logistics chain.

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Marines with 9th ESB return from Afghanistan

6/15/2012 By Pfc. Codey Underwood , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan — 9th Engineer Support Battalion returned home and were greeted by their friends and family at Camp Hansen June 5 after a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan.

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June 14, 2012

Sixteen Marines come home from Afghanistan, joyful to see family and remembering one who didn’t return

By Hana Engroff
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ashley Owens burst into tears when she saw U.S. Marine Sgt. Arthur Ramirez on Thursday. She hadn’t seen him in seven months — and any doubts the 14-year-old from Jupiter had about seeing him again were gone.

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Young widow says Minn. Marine had passion for life

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press
Posted: 06/14/2012 12:47:12 PM PDT
Updated: 06/14/2012 04:27:07 PM PDT

MINNEAPOLIS—A Minnesota Marine who was killed in Afghanistan never took a day of his life for granted, his 20-year-old wife said Thursday.

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Fallen Marine to receive Navy Cross

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Jun 14, 2012 18:54:57 EDT

The ferocious fighting that the men of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, encountered during their 2010-11 deployment to Afghanistan with Regimental Combat Team 2 — and the valor with which they fought — has been hailed yet again with an award for “extraordinary heroism” in combat.

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Marine from Andover, a newlywed, killed in Afghanistan

Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune Updated: June 14, 2012 - 10:35 AM

A 21-year-old Marine from Andover, married three months ago to his high school sweetheart shortly before his deployment, was killed in combat Wednesday in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said Thursday.

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Marines Reflect on Deployment

by Stacie N. Galang
Jun 14, 2012

Lt. Col. William Vivian realized late on the morning of February 9 that it was his 25th year in the U.S. Marine Corps.

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Marine Week Cleveland Thursday events

Courtesy Story | Headquarters Marine Corps | Date: 06.14.2012

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Marine Week, a celebration of community, country, and Corps, continues to showcase the unique aspects of America’s Marine Corps through more than 60 events including civic engagements, band performances and much more, June 11-17.

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Infantry battalion arrives at Schwab

Story by Lance Cpl. Erik Brooks | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 06.11.2012
Date Posted:06.14.2012 19:53

CAMP SCHWAB, Okinawa, Japan — Fourth Marine Regiment welcomed 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, June 11, as the first infantry battalion in the unit deployment program to deploy to Camp Schwab in several years.

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June 13, 2012

The flight line footprint: ‘The first and finest’ Harrier squadron ramps up for Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Tyler J. Bolken | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing & Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | Date: 06.13.2012

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. – Urgency is settling in as the Corps’ oldest aviation squadron, “the first and finest since 1919,” prepares its Marines and AV-8B Harriers for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

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Marines overcome insurgents, clear Kajaki town during Operation Jaws

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | 1st Marine Division | Date: 06.13.2012

KAJAKI, Afghanistan - The Marines of 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment added to their rich history when they trekked through Zamindawar, one of the few remaining insurgent strongholds in Afghanistan, May 26-June 9, to disrupt the insurgents’ leadership and logistics chain.

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Boy made honorary Marine before he dies

Wednesday - 6/13/2012, 1:01pm ET

Meera Pal, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - Before he died, 12-year-old Cody Green achieved his dream of becoming a United States Marine.

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Marine Boot Camp: A recruit's first steps

More than 450 new recruits begin journey toward becoming a Marine

CHELSEA DAVIS Courier Staff Writer

June 13, 2012

SAN DIEGO — “Aye aye, sir!”

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Marine Week Cleveland Wednesday events

Courtesy Story | Headquarters Marine Corps | Date: 06.13.2012

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Marine Week, a celebration of community, country, and Corps, continues to showcase the unique aspects of America’s Marine Corps through more than 60 events including civic engagements, band performances and much more, 11-17 June.

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June 12, 2012

Marine Week Cleveland MCMAP demonstration wows crowd

Story by Lance Cpl. Michelle Piehl | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing | Date: 06.12.2012

CLEVELAND – Community members are able to get a unique look into the heart of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program during Marine Week Cleveland, June 11-17.

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June 11, 2012

Pentagon to soon deploy pint-sized but lethal Switchblade drones

The drones, which U.S. officials hope will help reduce civilian casualties in war zones, pack tiny explosive warheads that can destroy targets with pinpoint accuracy.

By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times

June 11, 2012, 5:00 a.m.
Seeking to reduce civilian casualties and collateral damage, the Pentagon will soon deploy a new generation of drones the size of model planes, packing tiny explosive warheads that can be delivered with pinpoint accuracy.

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Workload Grows for Logistics Crews in Afghanistan

Jun. 11, 2012 - 05:32PM |

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — The drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan has required an expansive effort to sort, identify and ship unused equipment stored in theater as the Marine Corps withdraws thousands of troops from Helmand province this summer.

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The Marines Have Landed

Courtesy Story | Headquarters Marine Corps | Date: 06.11.2012

CLEVELAND, Ohio – It’s Game Day, and the United States Marine Corps has landed in Cleveland for Marine Week 2012! A celebration of community, country and Corps, the weeklong campaign will showcase the unique aspects of America’s Marine Corps through more than 60 events including civic engagements, military demonstrations, band performances and much more.

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June 10, 2012

Pioneers who helped break Marines’ color barrier await honor

By Gracie Bonds Staples
The Atlanta-Journal Constitution
Published: June 10, 2012

ATLANTA — In the decades since World War II ended, they’ve never once looked back on their service in the U.S. Marine Corps with bitterness.

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Legacy Marine: Wayne Steele has 41 years in

This colonel has served longer than most leathernecks have been alive

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Jun 10, 2012 12:27:10 EDT

Col. Wayne R. Steele despises the term “lifer.” He’s a “professional Marine,” thank you very much. Yet after 41 years (and counting), Steele, 61, has spent the better part of his time on earth serving in the Marine Corps, obtaining an astounding 17 ranks along the way, pulling duty at darn-near every base or air station in the service, and deploying in support of multiple operations dating back to the 1970s.

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Corps evaluating female assignments to ground combat units Women in the Marines are beginning to take up combat roles after changes in military policy that recognize contributions of women in war

By Gretel C. Kovach • U-T
12:01 a.m., June 10, 2012
Updated 2:38 p.m. , June 9, 2012

The first female Marines have begun reporting for combat positions newly opened to them, including personnel assigned to the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton.

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Slain Marine loved the Corps

Serving in Afghanistan, Anthony Servin, of Moreno Valley, had just re-enlisted before he was killed

[email protected]
Published: 10 June 2012 06:25 PM

A Marine corporal from Moreno Valley killed in combat in Afghanistan last week loved the Corps and had just re-enlisted, his aunt said Sunday, June 10.

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Family, friends gather to remember fallen Marine

BY CAROL ROEHM Commercial-News
June 10, 2012

COVINGTON, Ind. — Family and friends gathered Sunday afternoon at Covington High School to remember the life of fallen Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Witsman.

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June 8, 2012

3/11 returns

Story by Sgt. Heather Golden | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 06.08.2012

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - When Cpl. Don Robinson left to join the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit with the rest of Lima Battery, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, in November, his daughter Samira was a tiny 2-month-old.

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Marines from Twentynine Palms hit insurgents

June 08, 2012 6:00 am • By Lance Cpl. MARK GARCIA United States Marine Corps

COMBAT OUTPOST TABAC, Afghanistan ---- As allied forces begin their drawdown in Afghanistan, Marines and Afghan National Security Forces applied increased pressure on the insurgency during Operation Sangin United Horizons ---- a battalion-sized operation that took place May 17 to 20.

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June 7, 2012


By Eric Rassbach
12:01 a.m., June 7, 2012
Updated 5:13 p.m. , June 6, 2012

The hills of Arlington Cemetery are covered with crosses, Stars of David and other symbols showing where fallen soldiers lie. These symbols are found all around the world, from the shores of Normandy to the hills of the Philippines. Wherever American service members have fought and died they have sought not just to bury their dead, but to commemorate them.

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Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

Confidence through inspections

By Lance Cpl. Crystal J. Druery | MCRD San Diego | June 07, 2012

San Diego, Calif. --

Company K drill instructors ran with intensity into squad bays to inspect their recruits standing in formation June 1 aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

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June 6, 2012

68 years after D-Day, a Bronze Star

Corpsman was among first wave on the beaches of Normandy

Written by
Nathan Max
7:08 p.m., June 6, 2012

CORONADO — Frank H. Walden was among the first wave of military personnel to storm the beaches of Normandy, France, on D-Day almost seven decades ago.

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June 5, 2012

Senator stirs pot by suggesting closure of Marine Corps recruit depot possible


U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s recent assertion that the Marine Corps could be forced to shutter one of its recruit depots has added a new cultural dynamic to the gloomy forecast about sequestration, the series of federal budget cuts looming if the U.S. government doesn’t find another way to reduce its deficit.

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June 4, 2012

Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

Co. K earns tan belt

By Lance Cpl. Crystal J. Druery | MCRD San Diego | June 04, 2012

San Diego, Calif. --

Recruits must pass a variety of important tests while aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in order to earn the title Marine.

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June 2, 2012

Family mourns Marine killed in Afghanistan

By TINA REED Staff Writer
Posted: Saturday, June 2, 2012 6:00 am | Updated: 12:25 am, Sat Jun 2, 2012.

A 22-year-old Marine from Edgewater was killed on Memorial Day while serving in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense said this week.

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June 1, 2012

Green meets blue during integration exercise

6/1/2012 By Cpl. John Robbart III , 15th MEU

USS PELELIU — Recovering a stolen German vessel from pirates off the coast of Yemen and providing disaster relief in Pakistan are just a few of the accomplishments the 15th MEU conducted on its previous deployment; successes that would not have been possible without the help of their Navy counterparts.

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Green meets blue during integration exercise

6/1/2012 By Cpl. John Robbart III , 15th MEU

USS PELELIU — Recovering a stolen German vessel from pirates off the coast of Yemen and providing disaster relief in Pakistan are just a few of the accomplishments the 15th MEU conducted on its previous deployment; successes that would not have been possible without the help of their Navy counterparts.

To continue reading: