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November 29, 2012

Return to Marjah: Marines work with much improved ANSF

Courtesy Story | Regimental Combat Team-7, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 11.29.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GERONIMO, Afghanistan - Marines with 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, recently returned to southern Afghanistan, two years after their deployment to the Marjah area.

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Vets’ newest weapon

Google innovation helps ex-service members find civilian jobs

By Fred Milgrim Thursday, November 29, 2012

For countless military veterans, transitioning from service into the civilian job market is daunting. Just finding the starting line is overwhelming for many.

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November 28, 2012

24th MEU CO updates status

By AMANDA WILCOX - Daily News Staff
Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 20:55 PM.

The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s commanding officer took to Facebook recently to provide families an update on the unit’s status after the MEU’s 8-month deployment was extended indefinitely last week. But a date of return was not a part of that message.

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Marines prepare to deploy and train African partner nations

By Cpl. Jessica Ito | U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve | November 28, 2012


More than 130 Marines from 32 different Reserve training centers came together at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. last month to get to know each other and prepare to face the unique challenges presented by operating independently in Africa.

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Marine special operations team draws top combat medals

Navy Secretary to award Navy Cross and Silver Stars at Camp Pendleton

Written by Gretel C. Kovach
4:46 p.m., Nov. 28, 2012
Updated 3:24 a.m. , Nov. 29, 2012

The secretary of the Navy is expected to present four members of a Marine special operations team from Camp Pendleton with top awards for valor in combat on Monday, for their actions in Afghanistan two years ago.

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November 27, 2012

Afghan combat yields 4 valor awards for MARSOC

By Andrew deGrandpré - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Nov 27, 2012 21:12:43 EST

Three Marines and a sailor assigned to an elite Marine unit at Camp Pendleton, Calif., will receive top valor awards for their combat heroics more than two years ago in Afghanistan.

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Servicewomen demand right to serve in combat

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012
KTVU.com and wires

Four female service members filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the Pentagon's ban on women serving in combat, hoping the move will add pressure to drop the policy just as officials are gauging the effect that lifting the prohibition will have on morale.

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Ocean County Marine dies in Afghanistan

By Tomas Dinges/The Star-Ledger
on November 27, 2012 at 6:27 PM, updated November 28, 2012 at 7:41 AM

OCEAN GATE — Marine Cpl. Christopher Monahan Jr. was the guy everybody looked up to. The oldest of three siblings, he was a guiding light for his mother and a role model for his three young children, family members said.

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November 26, 2012

The Hard Road Back

Learning to Accept, and Master, a $110,000 Mechanical Arm

Published: November 26, 2012

SAN ANTONIO — After the explosion, Cpl. Sebastian Gallegos awoke to see the October sun glinting through the water, an image so lovely he thought he was dreaming. Then something caught his eye, yanking him back to grim awareness: an arm, bobbing near the surface, a black hair tie wrapped around its wrist.

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Afghanistan vet adopts bomb-sniffing dog

By Scott Brand - The Evening News via AP
Posted : Monday Nov 26, 2012 9:13:00 EST

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — When word recently arrived in the Sault that Willy was ready for adoption, Gage LaMothe didn’t hesitate.

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Despite spinal cord surgery, Marine continues to push forward on third combat deployment

Story by Cpl. Mark Garcia | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 11.26.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – The drive to become a Marine and gain acceptance into the tight-knit family is what drove Staff Sgt. Monica Paz to enlist during July 2000.

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The View from the Ledge: The Fiscal Cliff and How it Affects Military Families

By Maranatha Bivens, Communications Editor
November 26, 2012

You’ve seen the scene before—the football playing, letterman jacket wearing, small-town-sweetheart finds himself on the wrong side of the tracks, and accepts a drag racing challenge from the east side toughs. The game is chicken, with both drivers racing toward dead man’s bluff to see who bails out first. Racing toward the cliff, small-town-sweetheart tries to get out of the car, but his seatbelt is stuck. Will he make it out before reaching the edge?

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November 22, 2012

Marines, sailors celebrate Thanksgiving at sea

Courtesy Story | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 11.22.2012

U.S. 6th FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS – Marines and Sailors from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit celebrated Thanksgiving Day aboard the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, Nov. 22, 2012.

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3/9 celebrates Thanksgiving in Helmand province

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 11.22.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GERONIMO, Afghanistan – Marines with 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, were in the holiday spirit this Thanksgiving.

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November 21, 2012

Kentucky Marines return home from Afghanistan deployment

By Cpl. Nana Dannsa-Appiah | U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve | November 21, 2012


The Marines of Company E, 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, returned home to their friends and families Nov. 15 after a six-month deployment to Afghanistan, marking the end of an era for the 4th Marine Division and the Marine Corps Reserve.

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November 20, 2012

Navy sends three warships, Marines to waters off Israel

By Cristina Silva
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 20, 2012

NAPLES, Italy — The U.S. Navy directed three warships and the Marines aboard last week to remain on standby near the coast of Israel as a security precaution as the Gaza Strip conflict between Israel and Hamas continued to escalate.

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November 19, 2012

24th MEU extends in 6th Fleet

Courtesy Story | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 11.19.2012

U.S. SIXTH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) have been extended due to operational commitments in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of responsibility until further notice.

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Marines conduct wash down in Spain

By Staff Sgt. Robert Fisher III | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | November 19, 2012

U.S. NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain -- Marines and Sailors from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS New York conducted final wash down operations in Rota, Spain Nov. 11-14, 2012, to prepare for their voyage home after an eight-month deployment in the U.S. European and Central Command theaters of operation.

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Marine Corps' first lady releases first edition recommended reading list

By Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | November 19, 2012

CA -- Camp Pendleton’s Marine Corps Community Services held a First Lady of the Marine Corps Reading List kickoff and book review seminar here Oct. 29.

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November 18, 2012

Corps of brothers help toast dad on Marine Corps birthday

Karina Bland
Sun, Nov 18 2012 2:56 PM

I pull open the door to the Silver Pony Bar & Grill at 4 p.m. sharp and blink as my eyes adjust to the dim light inside.

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Marines under microscope, teach Afghan Army proper patrols, tactics

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 11.18.2012

SOUTHERN HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The Afghan sun beat down on the patrol and gusts of wind threw sand and dirt on the faces of the men as they talked to locals and searched for any insurgent activity.

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November 17, 2012

War-time instinct takes over in train crash

By Juan Carlos Llorca - The Associated Press
Posted : Saturday Nov 17, 2012 11:17:12 EST

MIDLAND, Texas — With the thunderous crack of a freight train slamming into a parade float carrying his fellow war veterans, Sudip Bose went to work.

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2/7 Marines provide security for Operation Golden Gate

Story by Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 11.17.2012

AFGHANISTAN- -Combat engineers man their heavy equipment, pushing thousands of pounds of earth around while building and improving an area vital to the progression of southern Afghanistan.

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November 16, 2012

Returning Marine gets surprise welcome

The Telegraph
Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012 7:00 am

WOOD RIVER — Marine Cpl. Luke Malone got the “Thanksgiving” welcome home Thursday he didn’t quite expect.

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Orders lift the spirits of recruits

By Cpl. Walter D. Marino II | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | November 16, 2012

MCRD San Diego --
Recruits of Company F, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, gathered in an auditorium to receive their orders following graduation from recruit training. The orders came just one week prior to their Crucible and brought a pleasant surprise aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Nov. 6.

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U.S. Marine Surprises Sons at College Football Game

By Katie Kindelan
Nov 16, 2012 1:41pm

When 10-year-old Noah Ricafrente and his 8-year-old brother, Elijah, got tickets to the Eastern Carolina University football game with the rest of their Pop Warner football team, it was a big deal.

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Marines form transition-assistance networks

By Gina Harkins - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Nov 16, 2012 15:15:36 EST

Marines are using their own experiences in transitioning out of the Corps to help fill gaps in the system and to remind their comrades that the brotherhood doesn’t end once they’re out of uniform.

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November 15, 2012

Doc Bradley corpsman school; where blue become green

Story by Pfc. Joshua Grant | Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune | Date: 11.15.2012

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Six men hoisted the American flag over Iwo Jima during World War II, but contrary to popular belief, not all were Marines. John Bradley, a Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class, was one of the heroic men that day, and his name and valiant actions live on at the Navy Field Medical Training Battalion aboard Camp Johnson.

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1/12 Marine awarded Purple Heart Medal

By Kristen Wong | Headquarters Marine Corps | November 15, 2012

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Kaneohe Bay -- On an August evening in Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Cody Rhode and his fellow Marines were nearing the end of their deployment and anticipating the return home. Until then, they went about their normal routines.

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Camp Lejeune celebrates history, tradition

By Lcpl. Joshua W. Grant | CAC - ID Card Center | November 15, 2012


The birth of every branch of the U.S. military is significant in our nation’s history, but it’s through traditions and legacies those birthdays are carried on. The Marine Corps takes special pride in honoring past and present Marines and their dedication to teamwork with other services by hosting the Joint Daytime Ceremony.

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November 14, 2012

24th MEU celebrates 237th birthday while sailing home

By Staff Sgt. Robert Fisher | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | November 14, 2012


Marines and Sailors with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group celebrated 237 years of Marine Corps history with a cake-cutting ceremony aboard the ships of the Iwo Jima ARG in honor of the Marine Corps birthday, Nov. 10-11, 2012.

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November 13, 2012

Toys for Tots putting smiles on the faces of children since 1947

By Pfc. Norman Eckles | U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve | November 13, 2012

BARSTOW, Calif. -- In December 1947, Maj. Bill Hendricks, United States Marine Corps Reserve, and a group of Marine reservists collected and distributed more than 5,000 toys to children in low income families throughout the city of Los Angeles, thus sparking the idea of the Toy for Tots program.

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November 12, 2012

Okinawa rotations may uproot permanent troops

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Nov 12, 2012 8:23:15 EST

By early next year, the Marine Corps plans to send a second infantry battalion to Okinawa for six months as part of the resumption of the Unit Deployment Program in Japan. A third is expected to follow later in 2013.

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Marines arrive at Camp Fuji

By Lance Cpl. Brandon C. Suhr | Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji | November 12, 2012

CAMP FUJI, Japan -- Marines and sailors with Mike Battery and a headquarters element with 12th Marine Regiment deployed to Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji Nov. 6 to conduct Artillery Relocation Training Program 12-3.

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USPS Lift on Lithium Ban Good for Online Merchants

By Ina Steiner
November 12, 2012

Online merchants sending electronics internationally will be pleased to learn that, after banning them in May, U.S. Post Offices will once again accept packages containing lithium batteries installed in electronic devices bound for many international destinations, as well as Army (APO), Fleet (FPO) and Diplomatic Post Office (DPO) locations.

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November 10, 2012

Vets preserve memories of war with their own art

By Sharon Cohen
The Associated Press
Published: November 10, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) – The fallen Iraqi soldier's face is frozen in agony, his eyes and mouth wide open, his arms spread in surrender, his death in the Kuwaiti desert captured for posterity.

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My date with Mila Kunis: Marine’s untold story

Taking a celeb to the birthday ball has pros, cons

By Gina Harkins - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Nov 10, 2012 9:58:21 EST

Only a Marine would think to bring his date a bottle of vodka instead of a corsage.

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Marines conduct underway "wash down" on way home

By 2nd Lt. Joshua Larson | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | November 10, 2012

U.S. NAVY 6TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY -- The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit has been busy aboard the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group the first weeks of November conducting “wash down” operations in preparation for their upcoming scheduled return stateside.

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November 9, 2012

26th Marine Expeditionary Unit lands in Queens

Story by Cpl. Michael Lockett | 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 11.09.2012

AT SEA, USS Wasp – Marines are amphibious in nature. It’s one of the things that set them apart and above any other fighting force in the world; a legacy of spilled blood, hard fought and hard won ground on beaches a world over. But not every beach landing they make is for the purpose of carrying warfare to a foreign country.

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Pentagon Ceremony Marks Marine Corps’ 237th Birthday

By Amaani Lyle | Headquarters Marine Corps | November 09, 2012


As the U.S. Marine Corps approaches its 237th birthday Nov. 10, military officials gathered at the Pentagon today to enjoy a slice of both the service’s storied history and its ceremonial cake.

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Acts of valor and ethical troop welfare: a look at ‘Chesty’ Puller

By Cpl. Thomas A. Bricker | Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow | November 09, 2012

Marine Corps Logistics Base, Calif. -- In the United States, Veterans Day pays homage to service men and women of the nation’s military, those who currently wear the uniform and those who came before.

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November 8, 2012

McCain: Never forget those who sacrificed

By Erin Kelly, Gannett Washington Bureau

2:00PM EST November 8. 2012 - WASHINGTON — When Sen. John McCain looks back on the nearly six years he endured as a prisoner of war in Hanoi, what he remembers most is the Americans who saved him when he was left for dead by his North Vietnamese captors.

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O-course challenges Company H

By Cpl. Matheus J. Hernandez | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | November 08, 2012

MCRD San Diego --

On training day nine, recruits of Company H, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, found themselves facing the obstacle course once again during recruit training aboard Marine Corps Recruit San Diego Nov. 1. However, this time was different. Recruits were challenged with facing the course back-to-back.

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Restaurants to offer free food on Veterans Day

By Bruce Horovitz - USA TODAY
Posted : Thursday Nov 8, 2012 6:57:15 EST

For veterans, this is the three-day weekend to stop counting calories and start devouring free grub.

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November 7, 2012

Marines push NYC cleanup as new storm looms

By Gina Harkins - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Nov 7, 2012 10:31:39 EST

Marines continue their efforts to clean up areas of New York hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy, even as officials order some in those same communities to evacuate as they brace for a winter storm to slam the already devastated region.

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One simple gesture embodies Marine Corps history, tradition, brotherhood

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 11.07.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – It is the defining moment during boot camp, and I remember it well. Tired, dirty and sweaty after the Crucible, the final test before recruits earn the title United States Marine, I marched back realizing weeks of training were leading me to this moment.

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Written by
Linda McIntosh
12:01 a.m., Nov. 7, 2012
Updated 12:26 p.m. , Nov. 6, 2012

Randy Abbott used to surf in Todos Santos, Mexico. But after a back injury forced him to use a wheelchair, the Marine veteran thought he could never surf again. Now he rides the waves every Thursday off Del Mar.

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November 6, 2012

Denise Joanne Wilson

Gold Star Marine mom

Posted : Tuesday Nov 6, 2012 13:17:30 EST

Once upon a time there lived a young man named Ivan Irl Wilson. He is my son and also a U.S. Marine. He joined the Delayed Entry Program (U.S. Marines) on Aug. 24, 2005, and on Sept. 11, 2005, he left for Boot Camp. He landed his feet down on the ever famous yellow boot prints at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego on Sept. 12, 2005. For Ivan, this was a big adjustment in his young life. Prior to joining the Marines, he was living a wayward life. Ivan was stationed in Twentynine Palms, Calif., and began his life as a U.S. Marine. He was deployed to Iraq in 2007 and Afghanistan in 2008.

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Photo Essay: 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit initiates training engagement team in Jordan; platoon-sized training events provide unique opportunity for junior Marines

By Capt. Robert Shuford | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | November 06, 2012

Jordan --

Over the past couple of months approximately 150 Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit had the unique opportunity to participate in training events at the platoon level with members of the Jordanian Marine Corps in southern Jordan.

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Team week allows recruits to build teamwork, camaraderie

By Lance Cpl. Bridget M. Keane | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | November 06, 2012

MCRD San Diego --

A big lesson learned in recruit training is teamwork, which requires recruits to put aside their differences to complete a common goal.

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Recruits learn hand to hand combat skills

By Cpl. Walter D. Marino II | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | November 06, 2012

MCRD San Diego --

After a quick demonstration of rifle butt strokes, recruits of Company I, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, donned protective gear and faced one another in pugil stick match ups, aboard Marine Corps Recruiting Depot San Diego Oct. 25.

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Log drills require teamwork from recruits

By Cpl. Walter D. Marino II | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | November 06, 2012

MCRD San Diego --

Prior to starting a log drill exercise drill instructors stressed to recruits in order to carry an approximately 250 pound log, between eight recruits, it would behoove them to work as a team.

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November 5, 2012

Marines past and present celebrate birthday

Cake ceremony at VA San Diego brings recruit depot, vets together

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
5:48 p.m., Nov. 5, 2012

Brig. Gen. Daniel Yoo used a sword to cut the birthday cake frosted with an eagle, globe and anchor, commemorating 237 years since the founding of the Marine Corps on Nov. 10, 1775.

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My unit is going away... Now what?

By Cpl. Nana Dannsa-Appiah | U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve | November 05, 2012

BILLINGS, Mont. --

Marines from 2nd and 3rd Platoon, Company D, Anti-Terrorism Battalion, 4th Marine Division, listened to their future options to continue serving in the Marine Corps. Their infantry company is being transformed into a military police company.

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November 3, 2012

Marines arrive in N.J. to help with recovery

By Andrew deGrandpré - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Nov 3, 2012 12:29:57 EDT

A contingent of Marine Corps engineers arrived Saturday in Hoboken, N.J., a storm-ravaged community across the Hudson River from New York City, to assist local authorities overwhelmed with the destruction created by Hurricane Sandy.

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November 2, 2012

Fighter jet flies for Medal of Honor recipients

Commandant dedicates training jet at Miramar honoring war heroes

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
6:16 p.m., Nov. 2, 2012

Four F/A-18 Hornet jets streaked high over Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Friday afternoon in a missing man formation. When Number 222 peeled away from the others and landed, it was obvious that the latest aircraft added to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 101 was something special.

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Marine back from Afghanistan surprises little brother during school play

By Ioanna Makris
Updated 8:57 a.m., Friday, November 2, 2012

Fourth graders at Highland Park Elementary School in Nederland held a music program for veterans day Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. One of the fourth-graders, Justice Kay, right, was surprised because his big brother, Sheridan Davis, left, came home from Afghanistan for a quick visit and came to the show without any notice to his little brother ahead of time.

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Enid machine gunner makes most of Afghan deployment

Story by Master Sgt. Brenda Varnadore | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 11.02.2012

NOW ZAD, Afghanistan – After three years at Oklahoma State University, it came time for the Enid, Okla., native, to make a decision on his major. Realizing it would affect the rest of his life, he wanted to be absolutely sure. He took a long, hard look in the mirror and made his decision. He wanted to be a Marine.

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November 1, 2012

Marine rushes to teen’s aid after car accident

By Cpl. Tyler J. Bolken | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | November 01, 2012

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (Nov. 1, 2012) -- A Marine and his wife were chatting as they prepared for bed around 10 p.m., Oct. 23, when they heard the sound of squealing tires not far from their home in rural Newport, N.C., just east of the air station.

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26th MEU deploys in support of Hurricane Sandy disaster relief

By Capt. Lucas Burke | Headquarters Marine Corps | November 01, 2012

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Marines and sailors with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit deployed aboard the USS Wasp (LHD-1) on November 1 in support of Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts in New York and New Jersey.

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Navajo Code Talker George Smith dies

The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday Nov 1, 2012 7:47:54 EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Flags across the Navajo Nation are flying at half-staff in honor of Navajo Code Talker George Smith, who died Tuesday at 90.

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