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January 31, 2013

Budget pains could hit Marines

By Gretel C. Kovach6:52 p.m.Jan. 31, 2013

Much deeper cutbacks on top of already curtailed spending are in store for the sea services if Congress can’t resolve looming budget crises, the top officers of the Navy and Marine Corps said Thursday.

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January 30, 2013

Marines increase rocket strikes in Afghanistan

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Jan 30, 2013 19:58:15 EST

Marine artillerymen are raining down rockets on insurgents in Afghanistan at a record pace.

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USMC Female Marine PFT training program online

By Sgt. Rebekka S. Heite
U. S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve
January 30, 2013


Training and Education Command has developed a website, https://fitness.usmc.mil/FPFT, to help female Marines meet the new requirements set forth in All Marine Message 046/12: pull-ups.

The website, designed by TECOM, with help from Semper Fit and the Physical Fitness Advisor at Parris Island, S.C., and their staff, will be updated regularly with different fitness programs and new resources as they become available, said Brian McGuire, Physical Readiness Programs officer.

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Marines, NFL work mutual support at Pro Bowl

By Sgt. D.R. Cotton
U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific
January 30, 2013

AIEA, Hawaii -- A long line of men in uniform lunge from one end of a field to another, twisting their torsos with a “dynamic warm-up” in anticipation of physical exertion. Although this could be a scene from any Marine’s physical training session, these warriors were not preparing to take the field of battle, but the field of play at the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl.

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31st MEU embarks for 32nd iteration of exercise Cobra Gold 2013

By Lance Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | January 30, 2013

White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan -- Marines and Sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked on three ships of Amphibious Squadron 11 to begin their annual Spring Patrol and journey to the Kingdom of Thailand for exercise Cobra Gold 2013, Jan 30.

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January 29, 2013

Executives learn ethics the hard way: From Marines

Jim Michaels, USA TODAY8:33a.m. EST January 29, 2013

QUANTICO, Va. – Sunlight was filtering through the trees as the team trudged up yet another hill to the final objective of the morning.

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Soldier who lost 4 limbs has double-arm transplant

By Marilynn Marchione, AP
January 29, 2013

The first soldier to survive after losing all four limbs in the Iraq war has received a double-arm transplant.

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Media Advisory: Combat Logistics Regiment 15 returns from Afghanistan

Courtesy Story | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 01.29.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – After a successful year-long deployment to Helmand province, Afghanistan, approximately 230 Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Regiment 15 return, here, Feb. 2.

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Before Female Infantry Officers Serve In The Marines, They Have To Survive This Killer Course

Geoffrey Ingersoll and Robert Johnson Jan. 29, 2013, 10:30 AM

The Marine Corps Infantry Officer Course is a grueling unapologetic machine, producing only a few hundred elite, light infantry officers per year.

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January 28, 2013

Marines help WWII vet with cleanup, raise funds

By Gina Harkins - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jan 28, 2013 15:49:26 EST

Marines are stepping up to assist a 93-year-old World War II veteran after learning he returned from a doctor’s appointment to find his home destroyed by vandals.

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Mine sweeper's heroics rightfully noted

By Nathan Max10:24 a.m.Jan. 28, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON — Lance Cpl. Juan Munoz has a harrowing job under normal circumstances.

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January 27, 2013

1st Sgt. receives Bronze Star for actions in Sangin District, Afghanistan

By Cpl. Timothy Childers | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | January 27, 2013

01.26.2013 --

USS RUSHMORE, At Sea – Servicemembers stationed around the world make sacrifices every day for their country. Some expense time away from their families and a number risk their lives to protect their brothers in arms. It is always a special occasion when one is recognized for their actions.

Marines take aim to become scout snipers

Riflemen put through rigorous 'screener'

Sunday, January 27, 2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Drenched in sweat and stomachs growling, Marines serving with 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, tested their bodies limitations during a scout sniper screener here.

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January 24, 2013

Marines refuel Harriers for rapid takeoffs, landings at Ie Shima

By Lance Cpl. Terence G. Brady
Marine Corps Installations Pacific
January 24, 2013

IE SHIMA, Okinawa, Japan -- As AV-8B Harriers rapidly take off and land, Marines on the ground provide the critical support to keep them in the air, ensuring mission accomplishment no matter the environment.

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Defense Department Rescinds Direct Combat Exclusion Rule; Services to Expand Integration of Women into Previously Restricted Occupations and Units

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release
January 24, 2013

Today, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey announced the rescission the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule for women and that the Department of Defense plans to remove gender-based barriers to service.

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January 23, 2013

Two members of 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion awarded Bronze Star

Story by Lance Cpl. Joseph Scanlan | 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.23.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – A Marine and a sailor serving with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion received the Bronze Star with combat distinguishing device during a ceremony here, Jan. 23.

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Report: New vets show Gulf War illness symptoms

By Kelly Kennedy - USA Today
Posted : Wednesday Jan 23, 2013 13:41:17 EST

WASHINGTON — Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may be suffering from the 20-year-old set of symptoms known as Gulf War Illness, according to a new report released Wednesday by the federal Institute of Medicine.

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Bill: Require in-state tuition for GI Bill vets

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Jan 23, 2013 15:01:02 EST

Public colleges and universities would be pressured to charge in-state tuition for nonresident veterans under bipartisan legislation introduced Tuesday in the House of Representatives.

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Marines see fewer attacks in Afghanistan

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Jan 23, 2013 12:00:02 EST

Enemy-initiated attacks on coalition and Afghan forces in southwestern Afghanistan were down 20 percent in 2012, figures that will likely come into play as the U.S. continues its troop withdrawal after 11 years of war.

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January 22, 2013

Marines launch Iron Fist

2013 is largest of annual exercise for U.S. and Japanese forces

By Gretel C. Kovach5:30 p.m.Jan. 22, 2013

Camp Pendleton Marines, Third Fleet sailors and Japanese troops kicked off Iron Fist during a ceremony Tuesday at the base adjoining Oceanside. The annual bilateral exercise that began in San Diego County in 2006 is larger this year and includes nearly a month of training at three Southern California locations.

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1/6 gets crew-served

Story by Lance Cpl. Mel Johnson | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 01.22.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – A breeze blew across the field, picking up dust and depositing it on the Marines preparing themselves for an assault.

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Move over Corpsman

Story by Lance Cpl. Antwaun Jefferson | Marine Corps Base Quantico | Date: 01.22.2013

QUANTICO, Va. - The Basic School holds the future of the Corps’ leadership on their shoulders. Training is rigorous and made to push the mind as well as the body, but when a student’s body begins to give out, Edward J. Sedory, certified athletic trainer, is TBS’s secret weapon.

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Division Marines adjust to new uniform policy

Story by Sgt. Jacob Harrer | 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.22.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines in garrison are now required to wear the seasonal service uniform each Friday.

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January 20, 2013

Marine veteran helps catch Alaska bank robber

The Associated Press
Posted : Sunday Jan 20, 2013 16:24:03 EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A 22-year-old man who just finished serving four years in the Marine Corps was able to track down an alleged bank robber and flag down a police cruiser, helping land the suspect in jail.

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31st MEU Marines and Sailors bowl with Japanese orphans

By Lance Cpl. Codey Underwood
31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
January 20, 2013

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan -- As the bowling ball slammed into the pins, the Japanese kids, surrounded by United States Marines, screeched with excitement while exchanging high fives and laughter.

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West Coast MEU readies for novel deployment

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Jan 20, 2013 17:12:11 EST

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — When the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit gets underway for shipboard pre-deployment training this spring, it will become the first West Coast-based unit to take the MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor out to sea.

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January 19, 2013

15th MEU stays current on fast-roping qualifications

Story by Cpl. John Robbart III | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 01.19.2013

USS PELELIU – Whenever U.S. Marines of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare to conduct a mission, a special team of Marines is identified to provide emergency recovery assistance of aircraft or personnel. Often times, these recovery missions require that these Marines fast-rope into hectic situations.

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Marine Combat Controllers provide crucial service for Marine air

Courtesy Story | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 01.19.2013

DJIBOUTI - A 12 by 6 mile former lake bed, comprised of dry vegetation and compact sand, may seem to be useless ground. However, the Marines from Marine Mobile Air Traffic Control Team see this barren land as an opportunity to create a runway for aircraft as large as a Marine KC-130.

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Marines studying mindfulness-based training

By Julie Watson - The Associated Press
Posted : Saturday Jan 19, 2013 14:28:57 EST

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The U.S. Marine Corps, known for turning out some of the military's toughest warriors, is studying how to make its troops even tougher through meditative practices, yoga-type stretching and exercises based on mindfulness.

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January 18, 2013

Don’t wait, Tax Center offers free 2012 return filing beginning Jan 30

Story by Lance Cpl. Scott Whiting | Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune | Date: 01.18.2013

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Beginning Jan. 30, the Tax Center aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is scheduled to start filing 2012 tax returns for service members and government employees who work on the installation.

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After Long Deployment, Leaders Praise Navy-Marine Team

By Cheryl Pellerin
American Forces Press Service
January 18, 2013

WASHINGTON -- The commanding officers of a team of 2,000 sailors and 2,300 Marines sat down yesterday with reporters from the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service to discuss the challenges and successes of their extended nine-month deployment.

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Former Marine among hurt in avalanche

The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Jan 18, 2013 7:28:34 EST

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H — An avalanche has halted an attempt by a retired Marine and amputee to climb the Northeast's highest peak, but if his past comments are any indication, he'll likely try again.

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Recon Marines dive Hawaiian depths, return to amphibious roots

Story by Cpl. James Sauter | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 01.18.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII — The water of Kaneohe Bay remained calm as the sun broke through thick, grey clouds. The wind whistled gently and light sparkled off of the ocean’s surface while boaters cruised around the bay, enjoying the sunny, serene day.

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‘Kings of Battle’ Marines teach, learn, new firing system

Story by Lance Cpl. Jacob Barber | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 01.16.2013
Date posted: 01.18.2013

KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii - Marines with Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, employed the new Expeditionary Fire Support System M327 120-mm mortar weapon system at Landing Zone 216, Wednesday.

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Death from below

Air defense community comes home

Friday, January 18, 2013 5:30 am
Story and photos by Cpl. William J. Jackson

For more than 50 years, the Marine Corps has trained Marines to operate its expeditionary surface-to-air weapons systems at the U.S. Army Air Defense School, Fort Bliss, Tx. The first ever LAAD class taught at the Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School started its military occupational specialty specific training Monday.

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IRA Donations Get a Break

New Rules Reinstate Tax Treatment for Gifts to Charity

January 18, 2013, 2:05 p.m. ET

Better late than never.

On New Year's Day, Congress renewed the highly popular but expired individual retirement account charitable-rollover provision for people at least 70½ years old. The extension is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2012, and will be in effect until year-end, when it lapses for the fourth time in a decade.

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January 17, 2013

Let the good times roll

Story by Lance Cpl. Antwaun Jefferson | Marine Corps Base Quantico | Date: 01.17.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. - “Rollover, rollover, rollover,” is what Fox Co. lieutenants, at The Basic School, screamed as they bounced off the walls of a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Egress Trainer at Camp Upshur on Jan. 16.

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II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD) deploys

Courtesy Story | II Marine Expeditionary Force (Fwd) | Date: 01.17.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marines and sailors of II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) are in the process of deploying to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and will complete the deployment process in February.

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Tax center opens on Cherry Point

Story by Lance Cpl. Paul E. Wyatt | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing & Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | Date: 01.17.2013

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - The Cherry Point Tax Center is set to open Wednesday.

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III MEF Band entertains ROK Marines

By Lance Cpl. Pete Sanders
Marine Corps Installations Pacific
January 17, 2013

CAMP MUJUK, Republic of Korea -- The III Marine Expeditionary Force Band performed for the Republic of Korea Marine Corps’ 1st Marine Division Jan. 13 at the division’s headquarters in Pohang, Republic of Korea.

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MAW (Fwd) takes fight to Afghanistan

2nd Marine Aircraft Wing & Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

Story by Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki

CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Marines from the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) command element and subordinate units deployed to Afghanistan in a series of recent flights. In the coming weeks, 2nd MAW (Fwd.) is scheduled to take over aerial responsibility for southwestern Afghanistan from 3rd MAW (Fwd.) as part of NATO operations in partnership with Afghan National Security Forces.

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Marines master bridge building

By Lance Cpl. Donald T. Peterson
Marine Corps Installations Pacific
January 17, 2013

CENTRAL TRAINING AREA, Okinawa, Japan -- As Marines traverse through the dense jungle, they stumble upon a 70-foot-wide trench approximately 50-feet-deep. Without hesitation, the Marines pull out a 100-foot rope and lower a Marine down to cross the trench and start building a one-rope bridge.

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Marine Steps Up as Chaplain’s Assistant

By Sgt. Ned Johnson
Headquarters Marine Corps
January 17, 2013

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- As Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Adam Henderson begins his daily assignments here, he knows that most men his age are not making the same sacrifices he makes each day on a deployment.

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Recruits get dose of confidence

By Cpl. Walter D. Marino
Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego
January 17, 2013

San Diego -- Some obstacles were tall, and some were short. Some required finesse and agility, while others required brute strength. However, one thing all the obstacles in the Confidence Course had in common was that they were all challenging.

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Wounded Warrior Regiment promotes basewide discussion of combat stress

Courtesy Story | Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment | Date: 01.17.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va., - Stress is a part of everyday life. However, due to increases in operational tempo and multiple combat deployments many Marines face a greater risk of developing combat stress, post traumatic stress disorder and survivor’s guilt.

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Marine becomes guardian angel

Story by Lance Cpl. Raquel Barraza | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing | Date: 01.16.2013
Date posted: 01.17.2013

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – On a winding narrow back road, a woman cries for help and through the rain she sees a glimpse of hope.

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Marine recruit arrested after running across airport tarmac

by Matt Johnson

SAN DIEGO — A recruit from the Marine Corp Recruit Depot was arrested at San Diego Lindbergh Field early Thursday after he ran across the runway, authorities said.

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January 16, 2013

Harvest HAWK Marines ready for Afghan war

Story by Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing & Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | Date: 01.16.2013

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - More than 80 Marines and four KC-130J Hercules aircraft with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan within the next month.

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California Marine takes leadership by example to heart

Story by Capt. Alfred Reynolds | Regimental Combat Team-7, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 01.16.2013

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan— Most Marines are familiar with the concept of leadership by example. One Marine lives it.

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January 15, 2013

'Breacher you have control!'

By Lance Cpl. Austin Long
Headquarters Marine Corps
January 15, 2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- A line of eight Marines sprints towards a house with closed doors and windows, one carries explosives and the others carry various tools used to gain entrance into a building. One holds the blast blanket, a flexible shield used by Marines to protect them from the initial blast and flying debris, others provide security, and two Marines plant the explosives on the door. After an instructor checks the placement and safety of everyone, he hands over control to the lead man in the group yelling out, “Breacher you have control!”

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January 14, 2013

Marine re-enlists at grave of fallen friend

By Melinda Morales - The Visalia (Calif.) Times-Delta
Posted : Monday Jan 14, 2013 13:41:38 EST

VISALIA, Calif. — When Sgt. Jonathan Diehm decided to sign up for another tour with the Marines, he chose to make it official where a fallen comrade and close friend is buried.

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January 12, 2013

Afghan command vet takes over in Twentynine Palms

Written by Denise Goolsby and Drew Schmenner
The Desert Sun
Jan 12, 2013

On a sunny, unusually brisk afternoon for the high desert, Maj. Gen. David H. Berger on Friday assumed command of the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command and Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms from Brig. Gen. George W. Smith Jr.

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January 11, 2013

Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa Deploys

By Lance Cpl. Caleb McDonald
U. S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve
January 11, 2013


Marines and sailors with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa deployed from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 8, 2013.

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Fraternization class prepares recruits for future fleet duties

By Cpl. Liz Gleason
Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego
January 11, 2013

Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego -- Fraternization policies have existed in the military to maintain good order and discipline. However, not all recruits arrive at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego with an understanding of what that entails. Recruits of Company A, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, attended a class on fraternization taught by their series commander, during recruit training Jan. 4.

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2nd Supply Battalion trains for the future

By Cpl Paul Peterson
Jan 11 2013

Second Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group broke new ground in the area of simulator training while preparing for its future logistics-support roles.

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January 10, 2013

III MEF Band band of year

By Lance Cpl. Pete Sanders
Marine Corps Installations Pacific
January 10, 2013

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa, Japan -- The III Marine Expeditionary Force Band was selected as the Marine Corps band of the year Dec. 18 by a panel of Headquarters Marine Corps judges.

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General provides guidance for 2013

By Cpl. Mark W. Stroud
Marine Corps Installations Pacific
January 10, 2013

CAMP BUTLER, Okinawa, Japan -- Lt. Gen. Kenneth J. Glueck Jr., the commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force, provided guidance to his command Jan. 4 that explained his intent and vision for III MEF during 2013.

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Panetta: ‘Last chapter’ of war in Afghanistan

By Robert Burns - The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday Jan 10, 2013 12:19:57 EST

WASHINGTON — In a notably upbeat assessment of war progress, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday that the U.S.-led coalition has advanced to the “last chapter” of an 11-year struggle to ensure that Afghanistan can defend itself.

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January 9, 2013

Infantry students get hands-on with Corps’ new automatic weapon

By Lance Cpl. Scott W. Whiting | Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune | January 09, 2013


The United States Marine Corps explored many options to replace the currently employed M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, and found an upgrade with the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle.

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Marine to Draw on Past Experiences as Combat Instructor

January 9th, 2013 // By Cpl. Timothy Lenzo

A mortarman turned squad leader plans to use his experiences gained while deployed to teach new Marines as a combat instructor.

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Helo Company conducts raid in Djibouti

Story by Cpl. John Robbart III | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 12.16.2012
Date Posted:01.09.2013 03:21

Djibouti, AFRICA – The dark night wouldn’t allow the human eye to see anything further than two feet ahead, but that didn’t stop the Marines of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit from conducting their mission.

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15th MEU finishes sustainment training in Djibouti

Story by Cpl. John Robbart III | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 01.09.2013

DJIBOUTI – After an extended period at-sea, the west coast’s forward-deployed sea-based Marine Air Ground Task Force stretched its legs for some sustainment training in Djibouti, Africa. Dec. 3-21.

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MCAS Yuma to have full squadron of F-35B fighters by end of year

January 09, 2013 5:43 PM

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 has already received three of its F-35B Lightning IIs and will continue to get more planes, as well as newly-trained pilots and aircraft maintainers in the coming months. In fact, it's expected to have a full squadron of aircraft by the end of 2013.

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January 8, 2013

U.S. Marine Corps leadership visits CJTF-HOA Marines

By Air Force Staff Sgt. Veronica McMahon
Marine Corps Forces Africa
January 08, 2013


U.S. Marine Corps leadership visited the Marines of Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, at an all-call Dec. 28, 2012, to deliver a holiday message and emphasize the important role each Marine plays in Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa’s mission of promoting security throughout the region.

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First female Marine Corps general dies

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff report
Posted : Tuesday Jan 8, 2013 19:57:06 EST

The Marine Corps lost one of its pioneering women last week with the passing of retired Brig. Gen. Margaret A. Brewer.

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U.S. considering no troops in Afghanistan

By Robert Burns - The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday Jan 8, 2013 16:52:28 EST

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration says it might leave no troops in Afghanistan after December 2014, an option that defies the Pentagon's view that thousands of troops may be needed to contain al-Qaida and to strengthen Afghan forces.

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January 7, 2013

Marines told to meet strict fitness standards, or ship out

By Gretel C. Kovach12:01 p.m.Jan. 5, 2013Updated9:29 a.m.Jan. 7, 2013

When he became commandant of the Marine Corps in 2010, Gen. James Amos was dismayed at what he saw on a base tour. Despite what could be described as a fanatical emphasis on fitness in the Corps, too many Marines were too fat for their uniforms.

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January 5, 2013

US pushes to finish Afghan dam as challenges mount

Associated Press
Published: January 5, 2013

KAJAKI, Afghanistan -- In the approaching twilight of its war in Afghanistan, the U.S. is forging ahead with a giant infrastructure project long criticized as too costly in both blood and money.

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‘Cigar Marine’ offers advice to recruits

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Jan 5, 2013 11:03:09 EST

SAN DIEGO — The image is known around the world — a Marine Corps tank commander, borrowed cigar in hand, reveling in the taking of Baghdad during the invasion of Iraq. Retired Gunnery Sgt. Nick Popaditch, immortalized in the April 2003 photograph taken by Associated Press photographer Laurent Rebours, became forever known as “The Cigar Marine.” In fact, he launched his own special line of premium cigars in November to help raise money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

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January 4, 2013

Marine Corps museum, base seek welcome-home signs

By Cpl. Christopher Duncan |
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton |
January 04, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- All the welcome-home signs hung here for those returning from deployment eventually come down. And despite whatever care and sincerity went into delivering the message, the posters and banners often end up either stored away or in a trash bin.

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Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 Marines Awarded Air Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device for Valor

Story by 1st Lt. Roberto Martins | Marine Corps Air Station New River | Date: 01.04.2013

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. – Three Marines from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 will be awarded the Air Medal with the combat distinguishing device for valor, during a ceremony at the VMM-266 hangar at 8 a.m. Monday, January 7, 2013.

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January 3, 2013

Keeping hands busy with automotive work helps disabled Marine heal

By Tony Perry
Los Angeles Times
Published: January 3, 2013

SAN DIEGO -- Marine Cpl. Timothy Read, who lost a leg in Afghanistan and has been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, is applying some Rustoleum to a new drive shaft for his prized 2003 Mustang Mach 1.

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Spencer W. Wing

January 3, 2013

Groton: Spencer W. Wing, 19, of Chipman Corners Road, Groton, NY, died unexpectedly on January 1, 2013.

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Service uniform required on Fridays

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Jan 3, 2013 18:09:54 EST

The Marine Corps will require nearly all Marines to dress up on Fridays beginning this week, following a directive issued by Commandant Gen. Jim Amos.

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January 2, 2013

Marine Corps continues disaster efforts in Philippines

Jan 02 2013

MANILA, Republic of the Philippines (December 12, 2012) – Personnel and aircraft with III Marine Expeditionary Force began providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief support Dec. 8 at the request of the government of the Republic of the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Pablo (international name Bopha), which made landfall Dec. 4.

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January 1, 2013

Conn. veterans to have status on driver's license

The Associated Press
Published: January 1, 2013

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut veterans will soon be able to have their military status marked on their driver's license or state-issued ID card.

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