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July 31, 2012

Third Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion disrupts enemy passageways

Story by Cpl. Ed Galo | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 07.31.2012

KHANESHIN DISTRICT, Afghanistan – As the morning sun rose, the sound of helicopter rotor blades could be heard from the flight line at Forward Operating Base Payne, July 21, 2012.

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Afghan forces hold training exercise at Combat Outpost Castle

Story by Cpl. Ed Galo | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 07.31.2012

COMBAT OUTPOST CASTLE, Afghanistan – As Afghan forces prepare to take the lead in combat roles, Marines with Police Advisor Team, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 6, and Afghan forces at Combat Outpost Castle held a command post exercise, July 18, 2012.

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July 30, 2012

Marines, sailors hone machine gunning skills for Afghan deployment

7/30/2012 By Cpl. Bruno J. Bego , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Marines and sailors of Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group are slated to deploy to Afghanistan in the coming months, but they are not wasting any time preparing each and every member of the unit.

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Decorated MARSOC gunnies killed in Afghanistan

By Andrew deGrandpré - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jul 30, 2012 20:49:42 EDT

Two elite special operations Marines were killed in combat Sunday in northwestern Afghanistan.

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Afghan, Marine partnership bears fruit through progress, transition in southern Helmand

Story by Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 07.30.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – When the Marines and sailors of Regimental Combat Team 5 arrived here in August 2011, their predecessors from RCT-1 had already planted the seeds of transition with Afghan National Security Forces.

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Harrison Township Marine Patrick Murphy welcomed home from Afghanistan

Published: Monday, July 30, 2012, 4:00 AM
By Joe Green/Gloucester County Times

HARRISON TWP. — One might imagine Patrick Murphy could still feel the weight of a Kevlar helmet and body armor, even though they’re gone for now.

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Credit company to pay $12 million to troops for violating Civil Relief Act

By Erik Slavin
Stars and Stripes
Published: July 30, 2012

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Capital One will pay $12 million to servicemembers and their families to settle claims that it violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, according to documents filed in federal court Thursday.

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31st MEU Marines train in fast-rope insertion

Story by Lance Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 07.30.2012

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan – With a firm grip on a thick rope, the Marines leap from the back of an aircraft hovering 40 feet above the ground. Within seconds, they are setting up security in the drop zone. Within minutes, the entire force of Marines is on the ground.

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Money gurus provide financial expertise, assistance to expeditionary unit

7/30/2012 By Cpl. John Robbart III , 15th MEU

USS PELELIU — Being deployed for extended periods of time can often take its toll on Marines and sailors. To help alleviate the feeling of being homesick, they can purchase comfort food from ship vending machines and stores, which are available on all ships of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group. The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Disbursing Office helps Marines purchase these items.

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July 29, 2012


Specialist in logistics on track to receive college degree and officer’s commission this year

Written by
Lisa Deaderick
12:01 a.m., July 29, 2012
Updated 6:37 p.m. , July 27, 2012

There’s a song that Gunnery Sgt. Gabriel Adibe’s mother used to sing a lot when he was younger: “Jesus first, others second, you put yourself at the end of the line, and then you’ll find true joy in your life. …”

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'Build Brigade' gets to work for wounded vet

Community members help build accessible house

By Kathleen Ronayne
News Staff Reporter
Published:July 29, 2012, 12:08 AM

NORTH TONAWANDA - Dust and the percussion of hammers on nails filled the air as Marine Cpl. Paul Schaus, who lost both legs in Afghanistan, watched his new home take shape Saturday afternoon.

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Marines aim to counter teachers' opposition to recruiting students

By Tony Perry and Howard Blume
Los Angeles Times
Published: July 29, 2012

The bellowing from the drill instructors began as soon as the newcomers arrived.

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July 28, 2012

Surprises mark WWII veterans' Honor Flight visit to memorial

By Carlos Bongioanni
Stars and Stripes
Published: July 28, 2012

WASHINGTON — “It was priceless.”

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Pendleton staff sgt. talks about Silver Star

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Jul 28, 2012 12:22:35 EDT

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — There is little, if any, hint today of the combat wound Staff Sgt. Paul Worley sustained two years ago when he led his squad with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, in an intense battle with the Taliban.

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Final salute for Iwo Jima veteran

Marine battalion commander, 99, is laid to rest at Fort Rosecrans

Written by
Nathan Max
12:01 a.m., July 28, 2012

POINT LOMA — One of the last surviving battalion commanders from the U.S. assault on Iwo Jima during World War II was laid to rest Friday with full military honors at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

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July 27, 2012

Field of Honor: Injured Marine bolstered by citizens’ support

By Piper Haugan of The Montana Standard | Posted: Friday, July 27, 2012 8:30 am

When Lance Cpl. Thomas Parker joined the Marine Corps, it was because he wanted to be a part of something bigger than himself.

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USS Jason Dunham helps sailors keep fit while on deployment

Courtesy Story | U.S. Naval Forces Europe, 6th Fleet Public Affairs | Date: 07.27.2012

MEDETERRANIAN SEA – The Navy Fitness Enhancement (FEP) program aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) helped sailors cultivate a culture of fitness while underway on the ship’s maiden deployment, July 26.

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USS Jason Dunham hosts foreign officers for Damage Control Training

Courtesy Story | U.S. Naval Forces Europe, 6th Fleet Public Affairs | Date: 07.27.2012

MEDETERRANIAN SEA - The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) completed damage control training with international naval officers as a part of the Partnership of Adriatic Mariners, July 25.

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July 26, 2012

Local marine dies in combat in Afghanistan

By Bill O'Brien, and Vanessa McCray [email protected], [email protected]
July 26, 2012

WILLIAMSBURG — A blue spruce stands sentry in the corner of Rick Hansen's back yard, a gift from his son that's grown from sapling to a stout 12 feet or more over the past two decades.

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Marine born in Afghanistan gives back to home nation

Story by Cpl. Mark Stroud | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 07.26.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan —“I remember the day I heard that America was going into Afghanistan,” said Lance Cpl. Behzad Razzada, a member of the Embedded Partnering Team, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward). “My parents were happy because it was a chance for Afghanistan to unite and fight for freedom. They said it was the only way that injustice in Afghanistan would be finished.”

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Iran bolsters retaliation capability in Persian Gulf, experts say

By Joby Warrick, Published: July 26

Iran is rapidly gaining new capabilities to strike at U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf, amassing an arsenal of sophisticated anti-ship missiles while expanding its fleet of fast-attack boats and submarines, U.S. and Middle Eastern analysts say.

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July 25, 2012

Amos sees ‘rolling transition’ in Afghanistan

By Jim Michaels - USA Today
Posted : Wednesday Jul 25, 2012 18:45:04 EDT

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — The surge of Marines and other forces in southwestern Afghanistan has broken the Taliban’s grip on a former stronghold, allowing coalition forces to begin turning over security to Afghans, commanders said.

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Pentagon launches new valor medals database

By Andrew Tilghman - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Jul 25, 2012 11:41:54 EDT

The Defense Department launched a new website Wednesday listing the 10 troops who have received Medals of Honor since 2001, the first step in the creation of an official database designed to deter fraudulent claims of military valor.

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July 24, 2012

Guard duty fundamentals begin in recruit training

By Cpl. Walter D. Marino II | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | July 24, 2012

MCRD San Diego --
At every Marine Corps base there is a Marine somewhere posting watch and whether keeping on the alert at an armory or at a checkpoint the same fundamentals apply.

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July 23, 2012

Lejeune to get $10M battle course in May 2014

By Bethany Crudele - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jul 23, 2012 9:25:38 EDT

Marines training at Camp Lejeune, N.C., will soon battle a simulated enemy and engage in live-fire maneuvers on a new $10 million Infantry Squad Battle Course. The 82-acre range, to be completed in May 2014, is designed to expose infantry squads with II Marine Expeditionary Force to realistic battlefield situations and decision making.

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July 22, 2012

Corpsmen ensure Marines, sailors ready to deploy

7/22/2012 By Lance Cpl. Timothy Childers , 15th MEU

USS PELELIU — When corpsmen take the brave step to wear the “green” uniform and serve alongside Marines, the distance between themselves and their “blue” origins may grow. However, when the “docs” come together, they work cohesively as a blue-green team.

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Marine advisors mentor Afghan police in Kajaki

Story by Cpl. Kenneth Jasik | I Marine Expeditionary Force (Fwd) | Date: 07.22.2012

KAJAKI DISTRICT, Afghanistan – Marines with the Kajaki Police Advisor Team have been working with local security officials since they arrived in Afghanistan, nearly a month ago.

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July 21, 2012

Marines see calm in once-violent Afghan area

Much has changed since Camp Pendleton unit suffered heavy casualties last year

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
noon, July 21, 2012

SANGIN, Afghanistan — In one of the most violent districts in Afghanistan, the line of two dozen Marines walked slowly through the field. Following each other’s footsteps, the infantrymen were careful not to stray from the path marked by an engineer sweeping for bombs.

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Family needs help finding missing dog rescued by Marines in Afghanistan

Kujo missing Afghani dog

July 21, 2012
By: Jerrie Dean

On Friday, a family in Texas has increased the reward for Kujo, their missing dog that was a U.S. Marine squadrons companion while in Afghanistan, reports KWTX news.

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July 20, 2012

A time to honor

Story by Lance Cpl. Ali Azimi | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 07.20.2012

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - At the ceremony, the Marines were awarded two Bronze Star Medals, a Purple Heart Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

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Groups team up to build home for wounded Marine in Virginia

By Jeff Branscome
The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va.
Published: July 20, 2012

Sgt. John Peck says he remembers everything.

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Combat engineers conduct expansion operation, increase patrol base size, capabilities

7/20/2012 By Sgt. Michele Watson , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

PATROL BASE EREDVI, Afghanistan — More than 100 Marines from Engineer Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) completed their largest mission to date in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, here, July 15.

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Marine Corps drawdown increases competition

7/20/2012 By Lance Cpl. Mike Ganahan , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa, Japan — Marine Administrative Messages 357/12 and 358/12, which outline current and revised re-enlistment incentives for fiscal year 2013, were signed July 2.

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31st MEU practices decontamination skills

7/20/2012 By Lance Cpl. Matthew Manning , Marine Corps Bases Japan

KIN BLUE, Okinawa, Japan — Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted a mass-casualty decontamination training exercise at Kin Blue Beach training area July 11.

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July 19, 2012

Marines in Afghanistan Perform ‘Call Me Maybe’

By Suzan Clarke
Jul 18, 2012 7:16pm

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then “Call Me Maybe,” the catchy song from Carly Rae Jepsen, must have many admirers.

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MAWTS-1 Combat Camera provides vital assets to squadron, station, Corps

Story by Lance Cpl. Sean Dennison | Marine Corps Air Station Yuma | Date: 07.19.2012

YUMA, Ariz. - Twice a year, for seven weeks at a time, the station floods with Marines and service members from across the country and around the world. This magical time of congestion is called the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1.

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July 18, 2012

Joyce Orrell serves wounded warriors in Purple Heart Family Support program

July 18, 2012

The soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines in the United States armed forces are some of the toughest, most dedicated, most dependable personnel that make up the most formidable fighting force on earth.

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Diamond Marine critically injured in Afghanistan Locals mobilize to raise funds for family, show support

By: Jessica Shumaker - [email protected]
Created: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 9:00 a.m. CDT

DIAMOND — Area groups are mobilizing to support a local Marine who was critically injured last week by a rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan.

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Building platoon builds camaraderie, brotherhood

By Lance Cpl. Bridget M. Keane | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | July 18, 2012

MCRD San Diego --

The natural progression of a platoon aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego usually starts out the same way. “Too many chiefs, not enough indians,” is a frequent phrase heard throughout training.

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Commandant, Sergeant Major of Marine Corps visit Marines in Afghanistan

Story by Regional Command Southwest Team | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 07.18.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The Marine Corps’ top general and his senior enlisted advisor visited Marines throughout southern Afghanistan to thank them for their service and sacrifice, July 17.

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July 17, 2012

Afghanistan War Diary: A Purple Heart

Marine honored for combat wounds, others warned not to add to casualties at home

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
12:32 p.m., July 17, 2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN — The Purple Heart ceremony was simple. It was the setting that made it unforgettable.

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Camp Pendleton fire has burned 450 acres

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while fighting a fire in Camp Pendleton.

Published: July 17, 2012 Updated: 5:40 p.m.

CAMP PENDLETON – A fire that was sparked during a training exercise Monday night has burned 450 acres, base officials said, but no structures are threatened.

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Marine transforms injured Afghan boy's life

By AJ Willingham
updated 1:18 PM EDT, Tue July 17, 2012

You want to know what it means to be a Marine? You could ask Master Gunnery Sgt. Warren Coughlin.

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Five Cherry Point Marines selflessly save couple on Memorial Day

Story by Lance Cpl. Stephen Stewart | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing & Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | Date: 07.17.2012

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. – When a group of Marines took a trip to Fort Macon Park in Atlantic Beach, N.C., to enjoy the sun and relax over the Memorial Day holiday, they had no clue they would soon find themselves fighting to save the lives of two strangers.

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Texas native serves country by saving lives

Story by Cpl. Mark Garcia | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 07.17.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan – As a senior in high school, Navy Seaman Christian Adkins knew he wanted to serve his country. Two months after his graduation, he was on his way to basic training.

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Radio Operator vital to Personal Security Detachment

7/17/2012 By Cpl. Mark Stroud , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — “Communication is everything for what we do,” said Staff Sgt. Jonathan Morgan, personal security detachment chief, Personal Security Detachment, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward). “If you can’t communicate you don’t know what is happening, you can’t coordinate with other elements and you can’t reinforce yourself; your command and signal is gone.”

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July 16, 2012

Marine earns Silver Star for Afghanistan action

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jul 16, 2012 16:32:59 EDT

A Marine infantry squad leader from Camp Pendleton, Calif., will receive the Silver Star on Tuesday for guiding his men through a hellish five-hour firefight two years ago in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

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Falls County: Reward Grows For Lost Dog That Marines Rescued In Afghanistan

FALLS COUNTY (July 16, 2012)-The reward has been increased for Kujo, a missing 130-pound dog that was rescued by a group of U.S. Marines in Afghanistan and adopted by a Falls County couple.

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Brush Fire Breaks Out On Camp Pendleton; Smoke Drifts Over Valley

A vegetation fire on base was no threat to Southwest Riverside County or Fallbrook, according to the North County Fire Protection District, but the area was getting smoky Monday afternoon.

By Daniel Woolfolk
July 16, 2012

A 75-acre vegetation fire broke out at Camp Pendleton Monday, but there was no threat to the area, North County Fire Protection District is telling its Facebook followers.

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“Duty Expert” keeps combat logistics patrols moving

Story by Cpl. Mark Stroud | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 07.16.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – “Flat tires, blown transmissions, and even vehicle accidents are common occurrences in the harsh environment and inherent danger of a war zone,” said Staff Sgt. Brendan H. Chamburs, company gunnery sergeant, Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward). “The wrecker section has the responsibility to maintain convoy momentum when things go wrong.”

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Backlash builds as for-profit schools rake in GI Bill funds

Critics warn that some for-profit schools mislead veterans, who use their taxpayer-funded GI Bill money on hugely expensive educations with bleak job prospects.

By David Zucchino and Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times

July 16, 2012, 5:00 a.m.
WASHINGTON — After Moses Maddox left the Marine Corps in 2006, he took a sales job with the for-profit University of Phoenix, making up to 100 calls a day to persuade veterans to enroll using their GI Bill benefits.

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July 15, 2012


Goal of Camp Pendleton troops is to eliminate insurgents in remote area

12:01 a.m., July 15, 2012
Updated 9:14 p.m. , July 14, 2012

LWAR BAJIGAR, Afghanistan — The moon is nearly full when the helicopters descend on fields of cucumber and cracked ground strewed with poppy chaff. Eight airborne assault waves of Marines wearing heavy rucksacks and night-vision goggles step into the darkness with rifles drawn, returning to a cluster of villages where they battled insurgents a week before.

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Active-duty and reserve Marines storm the desert for war games

Conduct exercise called Javelin Thrust exercise at Twentynine Palms

Written by
Nathan Max
12:01 a.m., July 15, 2012

The Marine Corps couldn’t have picked a more challenging environment for one of its largest and most important exercises of the year.

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Women in war zone need better health info

By Gregg Zoroya
Posted : Sunday Jul 15, 2012 10:39:41 EDT

The military is falling short in providing equal health care for women on the battlefield even as public pressure grows to give them a broader role in combat, a task force led by female officers has concluded.

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July 14, 2012

Silver Star recipient recalls Marjah attack

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Jul 14, 2012 11:39:37 EDT

Pinned down in a canal under fire and without working radios, Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Cole made a decision: He would face the Taliban with an M240B machine gun.

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Marine brother, Sailor sister link up while deployed at sea

Courtesy Story | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 07.14.2012

USS SAMPSON, Red Sea - As siblings grow up and lead separate lives it’s sometimes difficult to stay in touch. Add the extra separation of being in the military and deploying around the world and some family members are lucky if they ever see each other.

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July 13, 2012

Pendleton Marines volunteer to train Devil Pups

7/13/2012 By Lance Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca , Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

MARINE COPRS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Camp Pendleton Marines worked with members of Devil Pups Incorporated to have a group of Devil Pups perform a 25-foot tower jump at the 62 Area pool, July 12.

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By Union-Tribune
12:01 a.m., July 13, 2012
Updated 7:17 p.m. , July 12, 2012

Today a true American hero retires from the Marine Corps after serving his country with distinction for 30 years.

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Reservists visit MCAGCC for Javelin Thrust

Story by Lance Cpl. D. J. Wu | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 07.13.2012

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - More than 5,000 Marines came to in the Combat Center’s training area from Marine Forces Reserve and I Marine Expeditionary Force to participate in Large Scale Exercise-1/Javelin Thrust 2012 from July 2 through July 12.

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TRAP mission prepares reservists for combat

Story by Lance Cpl. Ali Azimi | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 07.13.2012

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The roar of the propellers above the helicopter was deafening. A screech rang throughout the hull, where eight Marines and the flight crew sat. Their only form of communication was hand signals, but those sitting side-by-side had the luxury of screaming into each other’s ears, hoping the message was comprehended down the row of seats.

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Midway Park, AMCC move into new era for housing

Story by Lance Cpl. Paul Peterson | Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune | Date: 07.13.2012

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — It’s the end of an era for the Midway Park neighborhood aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Residents who lived in the community only five years ago may find it hard to believe, but their old homes are all but gone. The few houses remaining are empty, awaiting the hands of change that tore down the walls next door.

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DOD ban on DMAA

7/13/2012 By Lance Cpl. Ali Azimi , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. — The Department of Defense has put a ban on all products containing DMAA. These products, formerly sold on base at GNC stores, were pulled off shelves at the beginning of this year. Service members are prohibited from using the supplements pending further testing on their health effects.

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July 12, 2012

Huge Camp Pendleton flag to reappear in November

July 12, 2012 10:45 am • By MARK WALKER [email protected]

A giant U.S. flag that Interstate 5 motorists have seen hanging from a Camp Pendleton construction site for the past few months is gone, but expected to re-appear in November.

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Marines teach riot control techniques to West African nations

Story by Sgt. Tatum Vayavananda | U.S. Marine Forces Africa | Date: 07.12.2012

THÍES, Senegal – Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment are spending the next couple of weeks with joint forces from various West African nations to train and exchange their shared experiences of non-lethal weapons and crowd-control tactics as part of Exercise Western Accord 2012, July 11.

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CLB-8 Marines prepare for deployment to Afghanistan

7/12/2012 By Cpl. Bruno J. Bego , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — More than 100 troops with Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group participated in a pre-deployment training exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., from July 9 to 13, where they received up-to-date instruction on how to operate in Afghanistan.

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July 11, 2012

All In A Day’s Work: Explosives Tandem Team From Camp Pendleton

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Two Marines talk about their role as an explosive team. The two Marines partner together when their squad needs to destroy enemy fighting positions, enter compounds and employ demolitions.

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As Marines leave Helmand, focus turns to training those left behind

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

WASHINGTON — U.S. troops are draining out of southwest Afghanistan, while those set to remain are quickly shifting toward training Afghan security forces, Marine Maj. Gen. Charles Gurganus, commander of Regional Command-Southwest, said Wednesday.

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Marine Corps numbers in Afghanistan left fuzzy

July 11th, 2012 | Afghanistan Drawdown Infantry | Posted by Dan Lamothe

The top Marine commander in Afghanistan and Helmand province Gov. Mohammad Gulab Mangal briefed media at the Pentagon today, addressing the evolving mission there as Afghan forces take the lead in providing security.

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Operation Branding Iron II Charlie

Photos by Lance Cpl. Ismael Ortega | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 07.06.2012
Date Posted:07.11.2012 11:19

The Marines conducted Operation Branding Iron II Charlie to disrupt enemy logistics and deny the enemy a safe haven for staging operations.

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Georgia Marine awarded Silver Star for heroic actions in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 07.11.2012

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – He watched as five Marines beside him dropped, struck by the sheer force of insurgent machine gun fire. Within seconds, Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Cole joined his brothers as a three-round burst lifted his 200-pound frame and 80 pounds of gear completely off the ground, moved him five feet in the air, and slammed him into the dirt– all in less than half a second.

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Marines honor fallen brothers in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Mark Garcia | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 07.11.2012

COMBAT OUTPOST TABAC, Afghanistan – On a somber Sunday afternoon, more than 200 servicemembers gathered to honor four fallen comrades during a memorial ceremony, July 8.

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Pentagon: Afghanistan exit will cost billions

By Tom Vanden Brook - USA Today
Posted : Wednesday Jul 11, 2012 6:42:19 EDT

Moving the mountain of military gear out of Afghanistan after more than a decade of war will cost billions of dollars and prove far more difficult than last year’s withdrawal from Iraq, the Pentagon’s No. 2 official said Tuesday.

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Faster airport screening for troops hits snag

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Jul 11, 2012 15:51:57 EDT

Expedited airport screening for service members and their families was ordered by Congress last year, but it won’t happen at every airport until the end of 2013 because of problems verifying that travelers are really military members.

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July 10, 2012

Marines, West African partners kick off Exercise Western Accord 2012

Story by Cpl. Tatum Vayavananda | U.S. Marine Forces Africa | Date: 07.09.2012
Date Posted:07.10.2012 07:06

THIES, Senegal - Approximately 600 U.S. Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen, along with about 600 African partner-nation troops, officially kicked off Exercise Western Accord 2012, with a combined-forces opening ceremony, July 9.

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Pentagon will consider creating medals database

By Andrew Tilghman - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Jul 10, 2012 16:09:20 EDT

After years of rejecting the idea, the Pentagon is now considering the creation of a publicly accessible database of military valor awards as a way to deter military fakers.

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July 9, 2012

New airport security procedures available for wounded warriors

By John Gillie
The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash.
Published: July 9, 2012

The Transportation Security Administration is making a new program available for wounded and injured veterans that’s designed to make their passage through airport security screening easier and more dignified.

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Sgt. Enrique Trevino Supports Wounded Warrior Project By Attempting 1 Million Pushups

Posted: 07/09/2012 10:56 am Updated: 07/10/2012 12:54 pm

When doubters questioned if Sgt. Enrique Trevino could do 1 million pushups in a year, he responded in true Marine form: He simply added on another twist to the challenge.

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Belleau Wood Marines conduct historic transfer of authority in Helmand province

7/9/2012 By Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez , Regimental Combat Team 5

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II — Since their activation in 1917, 5th and 6th Marine Regiments have courageously fought for America, most notably in World War I when they fought side-by-side in the bloody Battle of Belleau Wood.

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Coming Home: 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines’ families reunited at last

Story by Cpl. Timothy Solano | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 07.09.2012

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Elements of 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, returned from a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan last week, welcomed by crowds of friends and family outside the Wallace Creek barracks on base.

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Marine Corps footprint in Afghanistan shifting as drawdown continues

July 9th, 2012 | Afghanistan Drawdown Infantry Marjah | Posted by Dan Lamothe

The Marine Corps’ footprint in Afghanistan is changing dramatically as a drawdown in forces continues throughout the summer.

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MEU members honored during pre-game ceremony

Story by Sgt. Elyssa Quesada | 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 07.08.2012
Date Posted:07.09.2012 13:35

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres honored Marines during a military appreciation day at Petco Park, July 8.

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Marine Corps launches ethics stand-down

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jul 9, 2012 17:26:13 EDT

A new “ethics stand-down” called for by Commandant Gen. Jim Amos begins Tuesday, requiring Marine Corps commanders to discuss good decision making with their troops following a series of embarrassing scandals in the service.

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July 8, 2012

A Grueling Course for Training Marine Officers Will Open Its Doors to Women

Published: July 8, 2012

QUANTICO, Va. — Under the searing sun of one of the worst heat waves in decades, a sweat-drenched Marine second lieutenant stepped from the woods on the base here and reported to an infantry captain standing on a dirt road.

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1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade to exercise command and control at Javelin Thrust 2012

Courtesy Story | 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade | Date: 07.07.2012
Date Posted:07.08.2012 03:09

Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. -Javelin Thrust 2012/Large Scale Exercise-1 is underway at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif.
More than 5,000 Marines from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, part of I Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Forces Reserve are participating in the exercise.

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Beacon improves UAV’s cargo-delivery accuracy

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Jul 8, 2012 10:51:28 EDT

A beacon the size of a hockey puck that can fit in any grunt’s pack could soon give Marines a novel way to call in quick, accurate resupply drops.

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Military brides benefit from national program

By Courtney Mabeus - The Frederick News-Post via the AP
Posted : Sunday Jul 8, 2012 16:27:43 EDT

FREDERICK, Md. — Katie Marks-McAuley’s husband proposed on a Saturday. The couple married on a beach the following Wednesday — just a few days before her groom deployed to Afghanistan.

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July 7, 2012

9th Comm. Bn. establishes communication for Javelin Thrust

7/7/2012 By Cpl. Joshua Young , 1st MEB

Marines with 9th Communication Battalion set up supporting communications and data transmission services for 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade during Javelin Thrust 2012/ Large Scale Exercise-1 at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — The Marines arrived June 18 to set up the brigade’s communications network and support the operation. The exercise serves a part of a three exercise continuum aimed to validate the readiness of 1st MEB as a global crisis response force.

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July 6, 2012

Eagle, globe and anchor make Daytona appearance

Staff report
Posted : Friday Jul 6, 2012 17:32:22 EDT

Marine NASCAR fans should be on the lookout for a cherished Marine symbol during Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

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A day in his boots

7/6/2012 By Lance Cpl. D.J. Wu , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. —

Family members of 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment got a chance to experience a day in the life of their loved ones during the battalaion’s Jayne Wayne Day event June 29, 2012.

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Marines train with Aussies

7/6/2012 By Cpl. Jonathan Wright , Marine Corps Bases Japan

SHOALWATER BAY, Australia — Marines hugged the walls inside buildings as they trained their eyes skyward from the edges of windows. The low hum that drove them to cover grew louder as high above the town hung the silhouette of an Australian unmanned aerial vehicle.

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Military dog gets hero’s welcome at O’Hare

Injured bomb-sniffer passes through O’Hare on way to retirement in Finland

By Marni Pyke
Article updated: 7/6/2012 10:40 AM

It’s humid and crowded at O’Hare International Airport’s Gate K9 Thursday, and you can tell passengers just want to board their flight.

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4th of July Beach Bash held on Pendleton

7/6/2012 By Lance Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca , Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Service members and their families gathered to celebrate Independence Day at Del Mar Beach on Camp Pendleton during the 2012 Beach Bash.

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July 5, 2012

Even without PTSD, not all vets enjoy fireworks

By Gino Vicci - Medill News Service
Posted : Thursday Jul 5, 2012 11:05:14 EDT

While many adults and children revel in the spectacular light displays across the skies on the Fourth of July, others avoid the sounds of fireworks in hopes of dodging memories of war.

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July 4, 2012

July Fourth at war: Marines say don't forget us

Closest most get to fireworks in Afghanistan is an artillery mission

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
2:24 p.m., July 4, 2012
Updated 9:14 p.m.

Forward Operating Base Shir Ghazay, Afghanistan — The Fourth of July isn’t much of a holiday in the war zone. It’s just another work day for many Marines and a reminder of family and friends who are gathering without them back home.

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Marine has the blues in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Ed Galo | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 07.04.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE NOLAY, Afghanistan – One recent morning, while waiting in line for breakfast at the field mess hall at Forward Operating Base Nolay, Marines could hear the sound of blues music coming from a harmonica.

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July 3, 2012

Charlie Company keeps Marines in operations supplied

Story by Cpl. Ed Galo | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 07.03.2012

SANGIN, Afghanistan – Nearly every hour, the sound of explosions echoed through the desert and green valleys of Sangin, Afghanistan.

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S.C. approves more plates recognizing military

By Seanna Adcox - The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday Jul 3, 2012 16:57:09 EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Special license plates that recognize South Carolina’s veterans, active military personnel and their parents are among dozens of new plate designs authorized by legislators.

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July 2, 2012

Discovery's Worldwide Hit Mighty Ships Returns for Season 6 on July 22nd

Monday, 02 July 2012 14:00
Written by Newsdesk

Discovery Channel’s Mighty Ships returns with six all-new episodes offering unprecedented access to today’s most extraordinary vessels.

Premiering Sunday, July 22 at 8 p.m. ET/ PT, Season 6 kicks off with a special two-hour premiere featuring the world’s most luxurious cruise ship – the fantastic Crystal Serenity – immediately followed by an action-packed voyage aboard battle-bound USS New York, the first time the massive amphibious transport has performed all her functions

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Afghanistan War Diary: Welcome (back) to Camp Leatherneck

Where did everybody go?

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
10:11 a.m., July 2, 2012

At first glance little seems to have changed at Camp Leatherneck since Nel and I visited last spring. Generators drone a steady soundtrack at the strategic headquarters for U.S. Marine and NATO operations in southwestern Afghanistan. A British voice broadcast throughout the base alerts medical staff of serious casualties arriving by medevac at Bastion, the adjoining air station. The eerie call comes crackling over the loudspeakers at all hours of the day or night, blaring "Op minimise, Op minimise..."

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No women volunteer for Infantry Officers Course

Corps: Time crunch for those at end of TBS training was factor

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jul 2, 2012 8:57:26 EDT

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — The Marine Corps’ controversial assessment of where women should serve in combat units is progressing, but female volunteers will not report to Infantry Officers Course until at least September, Marine officials said.

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US drawdown in Afghanistan includes many trainers

Associated Press
Jul 2, 1:40 PM EDT

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan (AP) -- For today's drill, an instructor explains, the Taliban will be played by U.S. Marines, and the "village" will be just down from the driving practice loop.

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Effort to 'Find Carol Thompson' ramps up as search enters third week

Posted: 07/02/2012
By: Lindsay Shively

LATHROP, Mo. - A Lathrop, Mo., woman has not been seen in more than two weeks, when friends say she disappeared off of her boyfriend's couch, leaving behind all her belongings - including important medication.

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Fallen Marine's letter to family resonates with many

By Richard Winton
Los Angeles Times
Published: July 2, 2012

Multi-star generals attended his Arlington National Cemetery funeral. His name adorns a fighter jet. His words echo in the halls of Congress.

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Marines brace against Aussie advance during Exercise Hamel 2012

Story by Cpl. Jonathan Wright | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 07.02.2012

SHOALWATER BAY, Australia - The Marines hugged the walls inside the buildings as they trained their eyes skyward from the edges of the windows. The low hum that drove them to cover became louder and high above the town hung the silhouette of an Australian unmanned aerial vehicle.

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July 1, 2012

Dying veteran's wish to see his son graduate comes true

By Sarah Hoye, CNN
updated 5:55 PM EDT, Sun July 1, 2012

Parris Island, South Carolina (CNN) -- Charles Burns steadies himself, using the arms of his wheelchair, before pushing up into a standing position.

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