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February 28, 2013

15th MEU finishes sustainment training in Djibouti

Story by Cpl. John Robbart III | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit
Date Posted:02.28.2013 11:55

DJIBOUTI – After an extended period at-sea, the Marine Corps’ forward-deployed, sea-based Marine Air Ground Task Force reinforced its capabilities during sustainment training, Feb. 8-15.

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Inspired by a WWII Hero

Story by Cpl. Nana Dannsaappiah | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 02.28.2013

NEW ORLEANS - What makes Sgt. Delshayne John stand out from his fellow Marines at Marine Corps Support Facility New Orleans isn’t the fact that he rose through the ranks to be meritoriously promoted to sergeant in less than three years.

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February 27, 2013

26th MEU captain receives Bronze Star

By Hope Hodge - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Feb 27, 2013 11:36:52 EST

A captain with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit received a Bronze Star with combat “V” device while at sea aboard the amphibious assault ship Kearsarge on Feb. 16, the unit reported.

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February 26, 2013

Last Marines arrive, all Guahan Shield personnel here

Story by Capt. Justin Jacobs | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 02.26.2013

DEDEDO, Guam - The last members of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division arrived here Feb. 25, rounding out the final personnel deployed to Guam in support of Exercise Guahan Shield.

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Hunter: New medal is no Purple Heart

By Jeanette Steele
5:44 p.m.Feb. 26, 2013

U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, and two other military veterans in Congress have introduced legislation to downgrade the Pentagon’s newly announced medal for non-combat troops such as drone pilots and cyber warfare operators.

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February 25, 2013

Sea changes coming to MARSOC

2-star: Marine spec ops will get back to being a maritime component

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Feb 25, 2013 7:41:50 EST

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — The Marine Corps’ elite special operations force is preparing for life after Afghanistan, shifting its emphasis for the future to maritime missions it could take on across the globe, said its two-star commander.

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Marines Contracting Out Training for Force Recon

By Mark Thompson
Feb. 25, 2013

The Marines deem themselves to be elite, and their Force Recon units – special-ops-capable Marines who specialize in going deep into enemy territory to scout out the bad guys — are among the most elite of the elite.

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Women at Marine boot camp

February 25, 2013
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Photos during boot camp February 25, 2013 at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. All female enlisted Marines and male Marines who were living east of the Mississippi River when they were recruited attend boot camp at Parris Island. About six percent of enlisted Marines are female.

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February 23, 2013

Corpsmen work to keep blood flowing

Story by 1st Lt. Nicole Yuhas | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 02.23.2013

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Two minutes. his is the time it can take for a person to bleed out after suffering an arterial wound.

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February 22, 2013

Translators help Marines, JGSDF understand each other for Exercise Iron Fist 2013

Story by Lance Cpl. Demetrius Morgan | 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 02.22.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - "Translate this for me," is what Marines and Sailors often said when working with members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force during Exercise Iron Fist 2013.

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February 21, 2013

Cobra Gold 2013 concludes with combined arms live-fire exercise

Story by Sgt. Catherine Sinclair | 122nd Public Affairs Operations Center | Date: 02.21.2013

SUKHOTHAI PROVINCE, Kingdom of Thailand – Royal Thai and U.S. Marines and soldiers conducted a combined arms live-fire exercise Feb. 21 in Ban Dan Lan Hoi, Sukhothai province, Kingdom of Thailand, marking the conclusion of exercise Cobra Gold 2013.

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Corps moving on Africa crisis-response unit

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Feb 21, 2013 16:53:52 EST

The Marine Corps is on the verge of announcing the formation of a new crisis-response unit that would be put in place to respond to emergencies in northern Africa and eastern Europe, according to a Marine official with knowledge of the plan.

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Women in combat: 'A Marine is a Marine'

Published: Feb. 21, 2013 Updated: Feb. 22, 2013 2:49 p.m.

Staff Sgt. Nanette Lugo joined the U.S. Marine Corps for the ultimate challenge.

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February 20, 2013

It’s a girl: Marine father meets baby girl

Story by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 02.20.2013

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - It’s time.

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31st MEU learns jungle tricks from Thais

Story by Lance Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 02.20.2013

HAT YAO, Thailand - Surrounded by thick jungle as far as the eye can see, a Marine separated from his unit must come to the realization that survival requires effort. Finding food, water and shelter is the difference between life and death. From the leaves on the trees to the bugs crawling across the ground, anything around you can either harm you or help you.

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America’s Battalion: Journey into the IT

Story by Lance Cpl. Mel Johnson | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 02.20.2013

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – A chilling breeze swept across Camp Wilson, as the sun started to gleam over the steeply sloped Californian mountains of the Mojave Desert.

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Pair of Marines reunite after 52 years

Posted at: 02/20/2013 9:23 PM | Updated at: 02/20/2013 9:25 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Lloyd Downey served his country for decades.

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After successful operation, ANCOP stays ahead of insurgents

Story by Sgt. Ned Johnson | Regimental Combat Team-7, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 02.13.2013
Date Posted:02.20.2013 01:41

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Afghanistan— In the middle of the night, more than 80 Afghan National Civil Order Police and less than ten Marines boarded helicopters.

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February 19, 2013

More than 200 Marines, sailors return home after yearlong deployment in Afghanistan

Vanessa Van Hyfte
Posted: 02/19/2013

SAN DIEGO - It was an emotional day on Monday for 240 Marines and sailors who returned home from Afghanistan after a yearlong deployment.

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February 18, 2013

Parsippany Hills H.S. teammates reunite as Marines in Afghanistan

Written by
Michael Izzo
Feb 18, 2013

PARSIPPANY — Most people have their high school reunions in their old cafeteria, or a hotel or restaurant.

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Surfers, Marines in a tussle over Trestles

A disagreement over whether the famed surf break should be listed as a historic site is threatening to drive a wedge between two groups that had recently set aside differences and become allies.

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
February 18, 2013, 6:50 p.m.

A disagreement over a well-known slice of the Southern California coast is threatening to drive a wedge between Marines and surfers, groups that had recently set aside differences and become political allies.

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Sergeants Course Marine named Combat Center’s Instructor of the Year

By Lance Cpl. Sarah Anderson | | February 18, 2011

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. -- Staff Sgt. Elmer Estes, a native of Harlan, Ky., was named the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center’s Instructor of the Year in February, for standing out among his peers as a Sergeants Course instructor at the Twentynine Palms Staff Noncommissioned Officers Academy.

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February 17, 2013

In Arduous Officer Course, Women Offer Clues to Their Future in Infantry

Published: February 17, 2013

Last fall, two newly minted female lieutenants joined about 100 men in Quantico, Va., for one of the most grueling experiences that soldiers not in war can experience: the Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course.

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Pendleton general reflects on deadly Afghan region

Year as commander in Helmand and Nimroz marked by insider attacks, withdrawal push

By Gretel C. Kovach
12:01 a.m.Feb. 17, 2013

The suicide attack last March by a supposed Afghan ally was a sign of what was in store for Maj. Gen. Charles “Mark” Gurganus during his year in charge of international troops in southwestern Afghanistan.

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February 15, 2013

MCAS Beaufort helps student live his dream

Story by Lance Cpl. Sarah Cherry | Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort | Date: 02.15.2013

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C. - Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort helped a Bluffton High School senior experience his dream – before it becomes impossible. Eighteen-year-old Charlie Bowers got a tour of MCAS Beaufort, Feb. 15, and had no idea about the surprise tour until he got to the Air Station.

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Marine honored, posthumously awarded Bronze Star

Story by Lance Cpl. James Gulliver | 1st Marine Division | Date: 02.15.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – “Always faithful” is a saying that has been a way of life for U.S. Marines since they adopted the motto in the late 1800s. The word continues to echo on the battlefield today.

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Marines prepare for Okinawa

By Lance Cpl. Austin Long | 2nd Marine Division | February 15, 2013

Camp Lejeune, N.C. --
“We are a force in readiness,” said Sgt. Joshua Washington, a squad leader with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. “Although we are training to prepare for our deployment to Okinawa, we still need to be ready to go anywhere in the world.”

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New Medal Recognizes Changing Face of Conflict, Official Says

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2013 – The new Distinguished Warfare Medal recognizes the changing face of conflict in the 21st century, said Juliet Beyler, the acting director of officer and enlisted personnel management in the Pentagon.

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February 14, 2013

Former Westboro protester apologizes to mother of slain soldier

By Liz Goodwin, Yahoo! News | The Lookout
February 14, 2013

A former member of the Westboro Baptist Church–a fringe group based in Topeka, Kan., that pickets soldiers' funerals–apologized to the mother of a 21-year-old soldier killed in Afghanistan on a talk show on Wednesday.

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Marine Officers leading the way with fast rope concept training

By Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos | Marine Corps Base Quantico | February 14, 2013

Marines are transitioning from their counterinsurgency mission in Afghanistan and redirecting more of their attention back to seaborne crisis response in the Pacific.

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Service members spread the Valentine spirit

Story by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 02.14.2013

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - Soft, harmonious music filled the air as service members escorted residents into the ballroom, which was decorated with heart-shaped balloons, pink tablecloths and red center pieces.

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Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine Who Wrote Goodbye Letter To Be Awarded Bronze Star On Friday

Thursday, February 14, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

The military will posthumously award fallen Marine Sgt. William Stacey the Bronze Star at a Camp Pendleton ceremony Friday, according to 1st Marine Public Affairs.

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February 12, 2013

Registration opens for Mud Run on base

By Linda McIntosh
9 a.m.Feb. 12, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON — Registration is open for Camp Pendleton’s World Famous Mud Run.

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Summary of the the Marine Band's History

Courtesy Story | "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band | Date: 02.12.2013

WASHINGTON - For more than two centuries, the United States Marine Band has been part of the events that have shaped our nation. As “The President’s Own,” its omnipresent role has made it an important thread in the fabric of American life.

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Half of troops in Afghanistan home in 1 year

By Jeff Schogol - Staff writer
Posted: Tuesday Feb 12, 2013 10:44:06 EST

President Obama will announce tonight that 34,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan will return home by this time next year — halving the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, senior administration officials confirm.

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New barracks set to open at School of Infantry

By Linda McIntosh6 a.m.Feb. 12, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON — Construction is being completed this month on 119,000-square foot barracks near the School of Infantry to house 860 Marines. The $44 million project is one of more than two dozen barracks/bachelors quarters totaling more than $650 million that have been built or renovated by Harper Construction since 2010 and is part of a barracks building boom on base.

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February 10, 2013

Dunford takes charge of forces in Afghanistan

By Patrick Quinn - The Associated Press
Posted : Sunday Feb 10, 2013 9:33:12 EST

KABUL, Afghanistan — Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford took charge of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan on Sunday as the coalition enters the final stretch of the more than 11-year-old war. The new commander faces daunting challenges, including making sure Afghan government forces are ready to take control and orchestrating the withdrawal of foreign forces during the next 23 months.

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February 9, 2013

Love letters from history's front lines

By Peter Rowe
6 p.m.Feb. 9, 2013

On March 3, 1945, Pfc. Alfred Campbell scribbled a quick note to his new bride. From the intimate and affectionate tone, there’s no doubt this is a love letter — but one written from a howling abyss.

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Marine’s journey puts smiles on faces of Thai children

By Lance Cpl. Jose Lujano
U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific
February 09, 2013

PHITSANULOK, Thailand --

Marines are men and women of diverse cultures and ethnicities who volunteer to serve in the armed forces for many different reasons. What varies even more are the life experiences each Marine brings with them to the Corps.

For Lance Cpl. Cuong V. Cao, a combat engineer with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, the journey to the Ban Kuad Nam Man School in the Chat Trakarn district, Phitsanulok province, Kingdom of Thailand, is like a journey back in time, reminding him of his youth.

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February 8, 2013

Instructor dedicated to future enlisted leaders

By Cpl. Paul Peterson | 2nd Marine Logistics Group
February 08, 2013

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- He paced the field and quietly made his way from one squad to the next. His time with the Marines was almost over.

Sgt. Ryan J. Schmidt, the chief instructor for 2nd Marine Logistics Group’s Corporals Course, patiently offered advice on tactics and maneuvering as his students prepared for their final head-to-head challenge here Feb. 5 and 6.

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Original Iwo Jima monument to be auctioned

By Ula Ilnytzky - The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Feb 8, 2013 8:55:00 EST

NEW YORK — A long-forgotten piece of America’s military history is going up for sale.

The original smaller statue of the iconic raising of the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima in 1945 is expected to fetch up to $1.8 million later this month at a New York auction dedicated to World War II artifacts.

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Delco-Based US Marine Battalion Returns Home From Afghanistan

February 8, 2013 3:59 PM
By Steve Tawa

FOLSOM, Pa. (CBS) — About two dozen local members of the US Marine Forces Reserve got a big welcome home today from their families and friends at the Marines Recruiting Center in Folsom (Delaware County).

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February 6, 2013

New female cover on horizon

By Cpl. Andrea Cleopatra Dickerson | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | February 06, 2013

The female dress cover may change soon, more than 11 years after Gen. James T. Conway, the 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps, started an initiative to make the change.

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February 5, 2013

More Marines to Japan; Vietnam, Cambodia next

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Feb 5, 2013 20:26:45 EST

The Marine Corps’ shift to the Pacific will ramp up considerably this year, with more personnel and aircraft rotating to Japan and other destinations throughout the region.

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Iron Fist: Japanese forces take to the desert with Marines

Posted by Gidget Fuentes
February 5th, 2013

Members of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Pendleton, Calif., joined Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces for this year’s “Iron Fist” exercise, held in Southern California. The three-week interoperability training exercise has the combined forces training on this side of the Pacific along the coast, in the desert, out at sea and back ashore as the Marines and soldiers hone their warfighting skills with patrolling, assaults, mechanized attacks and live-fire and maneuver drills. This is the eighth year for the bilateral training, which ”promises to be bigger and better than in previous years,” Maj. Gen. Melvin G. Spiese, the I Marine Expeditionary Force deputy commander, said during the Jan. 22 opening ceremony.

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2nd MAW heads out for Afghanistan

By Drew C. Wilson - Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 09:57 AM.

HAVELOCK — Like all good Marines, Gunnery Sgt. Mathew Strother is ready to go to Afghanistan and get the job done.

“I’m confident in our abilities to do our job,” said Strother, who is the operations chief for the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Tactical Air Center. “We’ve done a lot of training and we’ve done a lot of work to get ready. They’re real good Marines.”

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Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir Opens

Tuesday, February 05, 2013
By Eric Brandner

There were large scissors. There was a large ribbon. And when the ceremonial cuts were finally made, the USO fulfilled one of the most ambitious goals in its 72-year history.

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Marine Takes Charge, Earns Silver Star

Story by Cpl. Marcin Platek | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 02.05.2013

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT, SAN DIEGO-- A Silver Star Medal was presented to Sgt. Miguelange G. Madrigal of 3rd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Force Headquarters Group, Marine Forces Reserve, at a ceremony aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Jan. 31st.

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Marine crisis response force deactivates after extended deployment

Story by Staff Sgt. Robert L. Fisher III | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 02.05.2013

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marines and Sailors of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit bid each other farewell Feb. 4, 2012, as the unit deactivated after spending 17 months together through an extremely busy work-ups and deployment cycle as America’s expeditionary crisis response force.

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February 4, 2013

2/2 Marines to lead exercises in Eastern Europe

By Gina Harkins - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Feb 4, 2013 7:30:37 EST

The Marine Corps will deploy about 300 infantry Marines to Eastern Europe this spring as part of an annual rotational force slated to train with foreign militaries from 20 countries.

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Course Prepares Marines, Sailors For Civilian Life

Story by Cpl. Kenneth Jasik | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 02.04.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Life in the military is very different than in the civilian world. Marines living in the barracks don’t worry about rent, and most civilians don’t wake up at 5 a.m. for physical training.

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Area teachers are boot-camp serious about delving into Marine experience

February 04, 2013 6:00 am • By TONY REID

MOWEAQUA — The few. The proud. The teachers?

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Marine Wounded Warrior Regiment To Host Third Annual Marine Corps Trials

Story by Aquita Brown | Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment | Date: 02.04.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - The U.S. Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment will host the third annual Marine Corps Trials for wounded, ill and injured Marines aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 1-6.

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February 3, 2013

Afghans Prepare for U.S. Drawdown

February 3, 2013

Photos from Forward Operating Base Castle in Khan Neshin, Afghanistan as Marines pack up to vacate the base which will close this March.

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February 2, 2013

Marines reset training for the next war

By Gretel C. Kovach
noon Feb. 2, 2013

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — The U.S. military spent the last decade fighting entrenched insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan. What will the next war be like? Will it involve desert, mountains or jungle? An enemy who speaks Farsi or Korean? A national army fighting with tanks, or guerillas planting homemade bombs?

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February 1, 2013

Tax Center opens for business

By Cpl. Ali Azimi | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center | February 01, 2013

Marine Corps Air Grond Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif. --

The Combat Center’s Tax Center opened its doors at Building 1428 Wednesday for this year’s tax season. This center provides free tax preparation services for all retired and active duty service members and their dependents, as well as any reserve service members on orders for more than 30 days.

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Warrior Voices

Veterans learn to write the words they could not speak.

Published: February 1, 2013

RON CAPPS sat alone in a truck in a Darfur desert preparing to shoot himself in the head. He had been in the military for 22 years, serving in the Army and working for the Foreign Service in the world’s hot spots, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Sudan and Rwanda. He’d debriefed Iranian terrorists held in Iraq, observed rebel forces and assessed the carnage they’d left behind in Sudan, counted the mass graves of the hundred thousand killed in the civil war in Zaire — and reported all back to Washington. After five wars in 10 years, Mr. Capps had developed post-traumatic stress disorder, and it was killing him.

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Troops in Afghanistan get Super Bowl feast

By Karen Jowers - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Feb 1, 2013 10:46:46 EST

Troops in Afghanistan not only will be watching the Super Bowl, they’ll be chowing down on 49,000 pounds of chicken wings, 40,000 frozen pizzas and 2,200 gallons of chili — and washing it down with 9,800 cases of non-alcoholic beer, thanks to the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support.

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1/7 families get taste of their Marines’ life

By Cpl. William Jackson
Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center
February 01, 2013

Marine Corps Air Grond Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif. --

Family members of 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Marines and sailors got a chance to walk in their loved one’s boots for a day Jan. 24, when they geared up and participated in the unit’s Jane Wayne Day aboard the Combat Center and its training areas.

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Commanding general shares outlook on 2nd MAW's future

By Cpl. Brian Adam Jones
Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point
February 01, 2013

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. -- Maj. Gen. Glenn M. Walters, commanding general of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, shared his thoughts on 2012 and his outlook for the new year in a recent interview.

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