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October 31, 2012

Marines help save 14 New Yorkers trapped by Hurricane Sandy

Story by Cpl. Michael Ito | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 10.31.2012

NEW YORK - Winds, close to 80 mph, whipped the 14-foot floodwaters through the streets of New York Monday night as Hurricane Sandy bore down on the city. During the height of the storm, a detective from the New York Police Department approached the duty noncommissioned officer of 6th Communications Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group in Brooklyn, N.Y., and requested assistance for a rescue operation.

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Combat logistics patrol supports mission, supplies Marines

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 10.31.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – The Marines and sailors supplying the infantry and other coalition forces have a job with long hours, late nights and early mornings.

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Mess halls to offer Corps' birthday meal

By Cpl. Michelle Brinn | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | October 31, 2012


In celebration of the Marine Corps' 237th birthday Nov. 10, all federal employees, family members and guests are invited to dine at their closest mess hall here for a celebratory meal Nov. 7 or Nov. 15.

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October 30, 2012

As Marines leave Afghanistan, more go to sea

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Oct 30, 2012 17:06:31 EDT

It’s official. The Marine Corps has returned to its amphibious roots.

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Peleliu ARG arrives in US 5th Fleet

Courtesy Story | USS Peleliu (LHA 5) | Date: 10.30.2012

INDIAN OCEAN – The Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, Oct. 30.

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Company G earns Eagle, Globe, and Anchor on top of Reaper

By Lance Cpl. Bridget M. Keane | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | October 30, 2012

San Diego -- The stars were still out when the mentally and physically exhausted recruits of Company G, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, finished a grueling 12-mile hike Oct. 25 in the hills of Edson Range aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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October 29, 2012

Unit Deployment Program provides Marines with valuable skills

By Cpl. Michael Ito | U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve | October 29, 2012


Gunnery Sgt. Raoul P. Sheridan has deployed before. He’s been to the cities and deserts of Iraq, where he provided fire support for Marines. But his last deployment was unlike any other.

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Marine’s Two Dogs Go Nuts When He Returns From Afghanistan – Watch

Mon, October 29, 2012 10:20am EDT by Chloe Melas

A dog really is a man’s best friend. Nic Dunsworth was gone for months in Afghanistan and there were two ladies that really missed him: his Siberian Huskies, Zoie and Isibella.

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October 28, 2012

Marines going green during WTI course

By James Gilbert
The (Yuma) Sun
Published: October 28, 2012

The U.S. Marine Corps has already taken solar power to the front lines. Now officials are looking to take it to other parts of the battlefield as well.

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Wounded Marine gets boost in rebuilding life

By Martin Griffith - The Associated Press
Posted : Sunday Oct 28, 2012 11:53:38 EDT

RENO, Nev. — A Marine who has undergone 22 surgeries and lost a leg since being critically wounded in an explosion in Afghanistan is getting a big boost in rebuilding his life in Nevada.

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Army specialist wins Marine Corps Marathon

By Kelly Gustafson - The Medill News Service
Posted : Sunday Oct 28, 2012 15:56:30 EDT

WASHINGTON — Although forecasters were predicting a wet and windy 26 miles for runners in the 37th Marine Corps Marathon, Hurricane Sandy held out, at least in terms of rain, for this year’s race.

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Marine Corps host 37th annual Marine Corps Marathon

By Sgt. Kuande L. Hall | Headquarters Marine Corps | October 28, 2012

Not even the threat of a hurricane could prevent the running of the 37th Marine Corps Marathon Oct. 28. As the District of Columbia braced for the winds and rain of Hurricane Sandy, 23,864 runners and thousands of spectators filled the streets of the nation’s capital for the historic 26.2-mile endurance challenge.

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October 27, 2012

Gunny battles cancer, prepares for marathon

By Erin Massey - Medill News Service
Posted : Saturday Oct 27, 2012 10:04:07 EDT

Gunnery Sgt. Jerry Embry and his nurse, Agnes Sicat, know what it’s like to face hurdles. In 2011, Embry, a motor transport mechanic and 22-year Marine, was diagnosed with a form of blood cancer known as non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

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October 26, 2012

Miramar fighter jets deployed in secret to Mideast

Unannounced Marine tour comes amid tensions over Iranian nuclear program

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
10:14 a.m., Oct. 26, 2012

Amid mounting concern over Iran’s nuclear program and violence elsewhere in the region, U.S. Central Command quietly dispatched a Marine fighter jet squadron from San Diego to an undisclosed country in the Middle East, U-T San Diego has learned.

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Marine injured in Afghanistan throws first pitch at World Series

Tony Perry in San Diego
October 26, 2012 | 10:23 am

Marine Cpl. Nicholas Kimmel, who lost both legs and his left arm in Afghanistan, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Thursday's World Series game in San Francisco: a strike.

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October 25, 2012

Water survival starts in recruit training

By Cpl. Walter D. Marino II | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | October 25, 2012

MCRD San Diego --
After a quick 25 meter swim assessment, recruits of Co. I, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, were classified as either strong or weak swimmers. Strong swimmers proceeded to advanced swim training and the others received assistance on becoming a better swimmer before proceeding.

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Marines remember “they came in peace”

By Lance Cpl. Scott W. Whiting | Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune | October 25, 2012


It was a quiet morning in Beirut, Lebanon. With the country divided during a civil war, Marines and other service members were present in the country conducting peacetime operations and took up headquarters at the Beirut International Airport. No one could have guessed on this morning at approximately 6:20 a.m., the Marine Corps, and the United States Military as a whole would experience one of its most devastating blows in recent history.

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Deployed Marines mindful of insider attacks

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Oct 25, 2012 21:05:05 EDT

TAGHAZ, Afghanistan — It should have been a straightforward request: A Marine lance corporal needed to relieve himself several hours into a long visit to an Afghan Border Police headquarters. It isn’t that simple, however.

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October 24, 2012

Video: Marine meets daughter for first time

WIVB4 News
Published : Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (CNN/WTSP) - She was born while he was overseas in Afghanistan. And this week, a U.S. Marine got to hold his infant daughter for the first time.

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October 23, 2012

USMC museum installs statue of Chesty Puller

Posted : Tuesday Oct 23, 2012 11:12:19 EDT

TRIANGLE, Va. — The most decorated Marine in the Corps’ history is getting another honor.

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Confidence gained through ability to perform

By Lance Cpl. Bridget M. Keane | Marine Corps
Recruit Depot San Diego | October 23, 2012

San Diego -- There are some recruits that glanced back at the 60-foot drop behind them as they placed their heels on the edge of the tower. Others take a deep breath and fearlessly began their descent without any hesitations.

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October 22, 2012

Arlington Cemetery debuts new interactive map

By Matthew Barakat - The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Oct 22, 2012 20:39:14 EDT

WASHINGTON — Arlington National Cemetery on Monday made available to the public a massive electronic database detailing the gravesites of the roughly 400,000 people buried there.

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Photo of WWII vet casting vote captures hearts

By Audrey McAvoy - The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Oct 22, 2012 12:35:38 EDT

HONOLULU — A photograph of a 93-year-old World War II veteran casting what will likely be his last ballot has captured the hearts of tens of thousands of Internet users.

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Ryan Wayne Scoville


Scoville, Ryan Wayne
22, of Peoria, AZ passed away on Oct. 21, 2012 in Crawfordsville, IN.

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October 21, 2012

Equipment disposal a daunting job for military

By Bethany Crudele - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Oct 21, 2012 10:12:14 EDT

As the war in Afghanistan continues to wind down, millions of pounds of combat equipment are being received and disposed of each week, according to officials with the Defense Logistics Agency, Disposition Services.

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Military role on US soil a complex challenge

By Bryan Bender | Globe Staff
October 21, 2012

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. — The rusted, twisted girder, recovered from the ashes of the World Trade Center, stands sentry outside the tunnel entrance, pointing eastward toward New York City

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As fewer serve in the U.S. military, are presidential hopefuls with such experience a thing of the past?

Written by
John Wilkens
12:01 a.m., Oct. 21, 2012
Updated 8:30 p.m. , Oct. 20, 2012

President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney spend a lot of time on the campaign trail talking about their differences.

One similarity they rarely mention: Neither served in the military.

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October 20, 2012

Crewmembers of USS Rushmore relax in Darwin

Story by Lance Cpl. Timothy Childers | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 10.20.2012

DARWIN, Australia - Marines decide to join the Corps for a number of reasons. For the adventurous, the chance to travel the world with a Marine Expeditionary Unit can be a deciding factor.

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October 19, 2012

Actor Gary Sinise as ‘the new Bob Hope’

Advocate for wounded troops performing at Naval Medical Center San Diego

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
6:13 p.m., Oct. 19, 2012

Some of actor Gary Sinise’s most memorable roles have been public servants injured in the line of fire who found solace in the healing power of relationships.

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Into the mountains

Story by Lance Cpl. Ali Azimi | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 10.19.2012

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The War on Terror is not always fought in the urban setting where food, supplies and ammunition can be provided through normal logistical means. Fighting the enemy takes Marines into regions where common modes of transportation, such as armored vehicles or aircraft, cannot reach.

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Warriors and dogs bond on battlefield

Jim Michaels, USA TODAY

1:25AM EDT October 19. 2012 - CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — The shrapnel tore into his midsection and blood was squirting from his right leg. Marine Cpl. Joseph Singer plugged the hole in his leg with a finger and fretted about his dog.

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States struggling to meet deadlines for delivering absentee ballots

By Joyce Tsai
Stars and Stripes
Published: October 18, 2012

WASHINGTON — Nearly three years after Congress passed a law to guarantee military and overseas voters receive their absentee ballots at least 45 days before a federal election, several states are still failing to comply with the law.

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October 18, 2012

Bill designates road a memorial highway after local Marine

The Sentinel, Carlisle, Pa.
Published: October 18, 2012

A House bill pending the governor's signature would designate a section of Rt. 233 in Cumberland County the Marine Lance Corporal Nicholas B. Morrison Memorial Highway.

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October 17, 2012

Military Police teach critical security skills to military police and embassy guards

Story by Gunnery Sgt. Jennifer Antoine | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 10.17.2012

DILI, Timor-Leste - Whether it’s standing vigilantly on the walls of an embassy or keeping an eagle’s eye on everything while performing personal security detachment details, at the end of the day, personal safety of “the boss” is paramount.

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October 16, 2012

Marines pave way for larger force in Australia

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Oct 16, 2012 9:13:25 EDT

This year’s first rotational deployment of a Marine Corps infantry company to Australia proved successful, from the low-key nature of the Marines’ conduct Down Under to the improved ties with their Australian army hosts.

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Beirut Memorial Observance Ceremony set to remember the lost

By Lance Cpl. Jackeline M. Perez Rivera | Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune | October 16, 2012

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- When the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, was struck by terrorists on Oct. 23, 1983, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and the Jacksonville community suffered severe losses.

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October 15, 2012

Co. A learns communication and teamwork through Crucible

By Lance Cpl. Bridget M. Keane | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | October 15, 2012

San Diego -- The sun shined brightly Oct. 10 aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, as recruits of Company A, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, marched toward a large sign with white lettering on it.

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Co. E improves through ability groups

By Lance Cpl. Bridget M. Keane | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | October 15, 2012

San Diego -- Physical development is important throughout recruit training. Recruits are tested during each phase to see where they stand through training events, which are designed to measure one’s physical strength, agility, endurance and improvement.

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October 14, 2012

‘Iceman’ aids others with post-combat stress

By Bethany Crudele - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Oct 14, 2012 12:29:41 EDT

In “Generation Kill,” he was known as the Iceman. Today, nearly 10 years removed from the events that inspired the popular book and subsequent TV miniseries, Master Sgt. Brad Colbert is still one cool customer.

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October 13, 2012

WWII Purple Heart presented to family

By Mark Wineka - The Salisbury Post via AP
Posted : Saturday Oct 13, 2012 11:55:46 EDT

CHINA GROVE, N.C. (AP) — Lynn White Polasit never knew her Uncle Olin. He lost his young life with 163 other crew members who went down with the USS Drexler May 28, 1945, just northwest of Okinawa.

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October 12, 2012

Afghanistan at a crossroads, in no-man's land

With fewer U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Marines in a desolate patch of Helmand province find themselves vulnerable to Taliban attack. They seek help from locals, who distrust them and the militants.

By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
October 12, 2012, 7:58 p.m.

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — The sun pounds down on the U.S. Marine sergeant and the tribal elder in this faceless, bone-colored plain.

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Osprey in the spotlight at air show

Marines tout hybrid tilt-rotor as Corps builds fleet at Miramar

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
8:24 p.m., Oct. 12, 2012

The Osprey MV-22, a hybrid tilt-rotor that takes off like a helicopter and flies like a plane, has been featured in the Miramar Air Show for years. Until now, the revolutionary aircraft with a notorious early development history merely played a supporting role in the simulated combat assault by the Marine Air Ground Task Force.

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15th Marines Expeditionary Unit plays Santa

Story by Gunnery Sgt. Jennifer Antoine | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 10.12.2012

DILI, Timor-Leste - Shouts of “Bondia, Bondia, Bondia,” which means good morning in the native language of Tetun, could be heard as the Religious Ministry Team of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit visited school aged children to hand out sporting equipment, books and writing supplies Oct. 12.

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October 11, 2012

Marine steps in to help boy finish triathlon

By Gina Harkins - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Oct 11, 2012 10:19:52 EDT

On the morning 11-year-old Ben Baltz was preparing to race in a triathlon, his dad gave him a piece of dark chocolate. When he opened it, the inside of the foil wrapper contained a message for the young athlete — “You’re exactly where you need to be.”

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Marines continue time-honored tradition in Sangin

10/11/2012 By Cpl. Timothy Lenzo , Regimental Combat Team 6
FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan — It is a military tradition carried out on U.S. bases throughout the world. The raising and lowering of the American flag is not just another duty for Marines, especially while deployed.

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Dog on patrol: Meet Crank, the bomb-sniffing, cigar-eating wonder

October 11th, 2012 | Afghanistan Animals Embedded journalism Infantry | Posted by Dan Lamothe

COMBAT OUTPOST TAGHAZ, Afghanistan – I was lifting weights Tuesday night in the dusty, prison-inspired gym here when Cpl. Byron Willis ran up to two of his fellow Marines.

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October 10, 2012

Strike up the band! Marine musicians among favorites at annual State Fair of Texas

ERIC AASEN The Dallas Morning News
October 10, 2012 - 9:19 am EDT

DALLAS — In the late afternoon, in a quiet corner of the State Fair, the crowds flocked to the bleachers, surrounding the dozens of musicians who stood on the field in perfectly straight lines.

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Tricare to end mail-in premiums for 2 programs

By Patricia Kime - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Oct 10, 2012 17:16:12 EDT

Tricare will stop taking premium payments by mail for the Tricare Reserve Select and Tricare Retired Reserve programs at the end of the year.

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October 9, 2012

New Miramar commanders talk air show, ops, family life

Q and A with Maj. Gen. (select) Steven Busby and Col. J.P. Farnam

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
7:02 p.m., Oct. 9, 2012

More than 500,000 people are expected to flock to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar this weekend for the annual three-day air show that begins Friday. The event billed as the nation’s largest is a chance for the Defense Department to wow the tax-paying public with full-throttle demonstrations of costly newer aircraft such as the F-22 Raptor performing this year.

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Long-missing Marine’s remains brought home

By Dan Elliott - The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday Oct 9, 2012 10:54:34 EDT

DENVER — For 37 years, Delouise Guerra never knew for certain what happened to the young man she called her baby brother, an 18-year-old Marine from Colorado who was missing and presumed dead after a helicopter crash on the other side of the world.

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US, Philippine Marines patrol, construct hide sites

Story by Lance Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 10.09.2012

CROW VALLEY, Philippines – Completely surrounded in thick vegetation, snipers encase themselves within a wall of camouflage, utilizing their natural surroundings to keep from being compromised.

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Marines aid Afghan soldiers secure area

Story by Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 10.09.2012

TREK NAWA, Afghanistan - Entering the Trek Nawa District of Helmand province, Afghanistan, Marines with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, made a bold military presence absent to the region for nearly a year.

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15th MEU to train with Timor-Leste forces

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Oct 9, 2012 17:41:27 EDT

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — About 1,000 Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit will go ashore to Timor-Leste in Southeast Asia starting Wednesday to train with local military troops and help with medical and community projects.

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October 7, 2012

1/7 Marines help ANSF, Sangin Government stand tall

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 10.07.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SABIT QADAM, Afghanistan – It has been seven long months for the Marines and sailors of 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, but they will soon return home to family and friends from Sangin, Afghanistan.

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October 6, 2012

Marines continue time-honored tradition in Sangin

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 10.06.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan – It is a military tradition carried out on U.S. bases throughout the world. The raising and lowering of the American flag is not just another duty for Marines, especially while deployed.

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On to life on Afghanistan’s frontier at COP Taghaz

October 6th, 2012 | Afghanistan Embedded journalism Infantry | Posted by Dan Lamothe

COMBAT OUTPOST TAGHAZ, Afghanistan – If you’re going to spend a month in Afghanistan, you may as well visit the frontier while you’re there.

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U.S. Marines get promoted while deployed at sea

Story by Capt. Robert Shuford | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 10.06.2012

U.S. NAVY’S 5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – On the first of each month the U.S. Marine Corps authorizes a certain number of promotions for different ranks and job fields. For Marines deployed with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit being deployed at sea doesn’t keep them from moving up to the next rank.

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October 5, 2012

Marines save motorist's life in Riverside County

Written by
Nathan Max
1:46 p.m., Oct. 5, 2012

Sgt. Ronny Pool and Staff Sgt. Javier Acosta have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan a combined six times.

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At sea, 31st MEU and 15th MEU ready to help

October 5th, 2012 | Allies and training Blue-Green operations MEU operations The Pacific | Posted by Gidget Fuentes

Natural disasters like typhoons and heavy storms that lead to mudslides are no stranger to the Asia-Pacific region, including the Philippines, which sees almost annual devastation from Mother Nature from heavy rains and winds. When that happens, the Marine Corps and the Navy sometimes get the call to respond and help in what’s been a long-running relationship well predating the so-called “pivot” to the Pacific.

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October 4, 2012

Marine killed in Afghanistan was mother of 4

By Sharon Chen
9:09 p.m. PDT, October 4, 2012

SAN DIEGO -- The Pentagon released the name Thursday of a 31-year-old Camp Pendleton-based Marine killed in combat this week in Afghanistan.

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Insider outrage: Families feel added sense of violation, betrayal

By Megan McCloskey
Stars and Stripes
Published: October 4, 2012

The attacks are personal.

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USMC general details training changes

By Gina Harkins - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Oct 4, 2012 11:02:59 EDT

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — Marines are about to see a lot of changes in their training as the Corps shifts from steady combat in Afghanistan to new missions focused on U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific region.

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October 3, 2012

Marines have landed, San Francisco is well in-hand

Courtesy Story | 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade | Date: 10.02.2012

SAN FRANCISCO - Marines from Camp Pendleton-based 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Combat Logistics Regiment 1 and the 1st Marine Division Band have landed in San Francisco for Fleet Week 2012, Oct 3-8.

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Honor for Marine came just in time

By Rusty Dennen
The Free Lance-Star
Published: October 3, 2012

Back in June, I got a handwritten note from Lawrence "Reggie" Lucas. He asked whether I might be interested in mentioning that he'd be getting some recognition for a long-ago stint in the Montford Point Marines.

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Debate over military voting heats up

By Hugh Lessig
Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)
Published: October 3, 2012

Military families are a key voting bloc in battleground Virginia, but one group fears its voice will be under-represented on Election Day.

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Military Child of the Year nominations open

By Karen Jowers - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Oct 3, 2012 9:39:08 EDT

Nominations open today, Oct. 3, for Operation Homefront’s 2013 Military Child of the Year awards, which recognize military children who have shown resilience and strength of character and who thrive in the face of the challenges of military life.

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October 2, 2012

A Marine Corps 1st: Women take infantry course

Jim Michaels - USA Today
Posted : Tuesday Oct 2, 2012 21:23:31 EDT

QUANTICO, Va. — It was 10 a.m., and the Marines trudging along the road bordered by thick Virginia woods had been up for seven hours already.

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IAVA releases voter guide on veterans issues

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Oct 2, 2012 9:55:10 EDT

A major veterans group has issued a election scorecard for its members to use to decide whether candidates for federal office support initiatives important to returning combat veterans.

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October 1, 2012

$3 billion task: Getting gear home

By Bethany Crudele - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Oct 1, 2012 8:37:36 EDT

Marine Corps Logistics Command faces one of the most daunting challenges of the coming year or two: Bring home the tens of thousands of weapons, vehicles and gear, large and small, from Afghanistan; repair or replace them; and get the new or refurbished items back to the fleet as it prepares for the pivot to the Asia-Pacific region.

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Roth Contributions to Open to All Active-duty Troops

10/1/2012 By Terri Moon Cronk , Headquarters Marine Corps

WASHINGTON — Beginning Oct. 1, 2012, active-duty members of the Army, Navy and Air Force will be able to contribute to the Roth Thrift Savings Plan as part of their investment planning, Defense Financing and Accounting Service officials said today.

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Official says MRAPs made the difference in wars

By Tom Vanden Brook - USA TODAY
Posted : Monday Oct 1, 2012 9:31:50 EDT

WASHINGTON — Data collected from roadside explosions in Afghanistan and Iraq show troops in Mine Resistant Ambush Protected trucks are as much as 14 times more likely to survive the blast than those riding in Humvees, the Pentagon’s No. 2 official told USA TODAY.

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