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March 31, 2013

‘Cutting Edge’ family reunites for OIF anniversary

Story by Lance Cpl. Alejandro Bedoya | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 03.31.2013

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Ten years after the invasion into Iraq, Company L, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, reunited at the Combat Center March 21 to celebrate their history and meet the Marines and sailors who filled their shoes after they left active duty.

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March 30, 2013

MEU Benefits From Regional Expertise

Story by 2nd Lt. Matthew Finnerty | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 03.30.2013

AT SEA– The Marine Corps believes in the theory of the, “strategic corporal,” which is a belief that senior Marines are not the only Marines who make decisions that could potentially affect the course of forward-deployed and at-home missions.

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March 29, 2013

Family eulogizes Marine killed in mortar blast

By Michelle Janaye Nealy - The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Mar 29, 2013 17:57:42 EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Family members described William Taylor Wild IV as a loving son, caring brother and consummate Marine during a funeral Friday for the 21-year-old who was killed along with six others last week when a mortar shell exploded during a training exercise at a base in Nevada.

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USS Carter Hall promotes steps to quit tobacco

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Karen Blankenship | Navy Public Affairs Support Element East | Date: 03.29.2013

AT SEA – The amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) kicked off a tobacco cessation program for sailors and Marines on March 25.

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March 28, 2013

The underdog Devil Dogs claim victory in Steel Chef

By Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels | March 28, 2013

USS KEARSARGE, At sea -- Marines assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and sailors aboard the USS Kearsarge went head-to-head in the 2nd Annual Steel Chef competition aboard the amphibious assault ship while at sea March 23, 2013. The team composed of three Marines – team No Mercy – competed against a team made up of three sailors – team Safety Ates.

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March 27, 2013

Marines prep for disaster

Feds, local reps refining coordination for earthquakes, hurricanes

By Gretel C. Kovach
6:56 p.m.March 27, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON — When Hurricane Sandy roared across the Eastern Seaboard last fall, the “superstorm” demanded an all-out response. Northeastern states asked the federal government to send in the Marines. A leatherneck landing force and helicopter fleet steamed north aboard three Navy ships, and grunts who were heading for combat started shoveling rubble to clear streets on Staten Island, N.Y.

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Marine Corps Marathon sells out in record time after computer problems

By Lenny Bernstein, Published: March 27

The 2013 Marine Corps Marathon sold out in a record 2 hours 27 minutes Wednesday, but not before problems with its computerized registration process led to widespread complaints from people trying to sign up for the venerable 26.2-mile footrace.

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Airport screenings eased for injured troops

By Patricia Kime - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Mar 27, 2013 11:07:00 EDT

Starting today, injured service members no longer will need to remove their shoes, jackets or hats at airport security checkpoints, but they must call ahead to qualify for the perk.

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March 26, 2013

Semper Wi-Fi: Marines Get Keyboards Along With Rifles

By Paul D. Shinkman March 26, 2013 | 12:18 p.m. EDT

The military service branch that defines itself on the ability to storm and seize enemy beaches at a moment's notice will soon classify desk jockeys among its most important warriors.

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Hawaii 1st Sgt. receives Bronze Star

By Hope Hodge - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Mar 26, 2013 13:56:42 EDT

A Hawaii-based Marine has received the Bronze Star with combat “V” device for his accomplishments and leadership during a 2010 deployment to Afghanistan.

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Remembering the Fallen: the battle of An Nasiriyah

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 03.26.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – As the country reflects on the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the ground war in Iraq, one battle stands alone.

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March 24, 2013

‘Amazing Race’ Apologizes for Anti-American Episode

By Todd Starnes
March 24, 2013

CBS apologized Sunday night one week after the television show “Amazing Race” broadcast what critics called an “anti-American” segment that offended Vietnam War veterans.

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March 23, 2013

Hundreds of children go hunting

Story by Lance Cpl. Antwaun Jefferson | Marine Corps Base Quantico | Date: 03.23.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. - Hundreds of children accompanied by their parents participated in the Marine Corps Community Services’ Easter Eggstravaganza at Butler Stadium on March 23, 2013.

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March 22, 2013

Real world training prepares Marines for upcoming deployment

Story by Cpl. Mark Garcia | I Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 03.22.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Instructors with Special Operations Training Group conducted Tactical Rescue of Aircraft Personnel training with Marines from 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, at Camp Pendleton, March 21.

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'Fighting 13th' readies command and control for deployment

Story by Sgt. Christopher O'Quin | 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 03.22.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - In the 1984 film "Amadeus," antagonist Antonio Salieri mentions Mozart’s work as miraculous, stating, “Displace one note and there would be diminishment, displace one phrase and the structure would fall”.

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March 21, 2013

31st MEU returns from annual Spring Patrol

By Lance Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | March 21, 2013

WHITE BEACH NAVAL FACILITY, Okinawa, Japan -- More than 2,000 Marines and Sailors from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit offloaded from three ships of the Navy’s Amphibious Squadron 11 here, March 21. The unit returned after spending nearly two months conducting its annual Spring Patrol.

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Community rallies around family of killed Severna Park Marine

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 12:07 pm, Thu Mar 21, 2013.
By TIM PRUDENTE Staff Writer

They came in the morning, two Marines, walking up the driveway to the Severna Park home.

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Son Honors Father's Legacy During Burial at Sea

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Travis DiPerna, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs
Release Date: 3/21/2013 2:50:00 PM

ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) conducted a burial at sea for 11 Sailors, one Marine and one civilian, March 19.

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Congress restores TA through fiscal ’13

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Mar 21, 2013 11:25:40 EDT

Congress has voted to restore the military’s tuition assistance program but has left the Coast Guard behind.

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March 20, 2013

Names of seven Marines killed in Hawthorne incident released

Courtesy Story | II Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 03.20.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Seven Marines with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, were killed and eight others were injured, which includes a Navy Corpsman, in an explosion during a live-fire training exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot, Nev., shortly before 10 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2013.

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Nevada town mourns Marines who died in explosion

By SCOTT SONNER and TED BRIDIS | Associated Press – March 20, 2013

HAWTHORNE, Nev. (AP) — Hundreds of residents in a rural community steeped in military history turned out to mourn the loss of seven Marines as investigators arrived at an ammunition depot to try to determine how a mortar shell exploded at the Nevada base and sent shrapnel flying into troops during a training exercise.

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Marines killed in training were young, lives ahead

By A. BREED and EMERY P. DALESIO | Associated Press – March 20, 2013

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — They're called "leathernecks" or "Devil Dogs," but some of the Marines killed in a desert training accident this week were just a year or so out of high school, their boyish faces not yet weathered by life's hardships.

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March 19, 2013

Better care meant more warriors survived wounds

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Mar 19, 2013 14:30:36 EDT

Over the course of Operation Iraqi Freedom, 3,542 troops were killed and 32,221 were wounded in combat action, according to Defense Department data.

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Iraq’s after-effects

Conflict redefined warfare, altered U.S.’s global role

By Andrew Tilghman - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Mar 19, 2013 14:30:52 EDT

Every major war carries with it many kinds of costs — in lives, limbs and dollars, to name a few.

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Corps suspends mortar use after blast kills 7

Dead, wounded from 1st Battalion, 9th Marines

By Hope Hodge - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Mar 19, 2013 12:32:03 EDT

Update 4:26p.m. EDT: In a 4p.m. press conference aboard Camp Lejeune, 2nd Marine Division Commander Brig. Gen. Jim Lukeman told reporters the deadly training accident had been the result of a malfunction when the 60mm mortar round exploded inside a tube prior to firing. Contrary to earlier reports, Lukeman said, the Marine Corps did not place a moratorium on all 60mm mortar training following the tragedy, but suspended use of the specific lot of 60mm ammunition that was used in the blast.

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Nevada training explosion kills 7 North Carolina unit Marines

Posted: March 19, 2013
By: Associated Press By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Seven Marines from a North Carolina unit were killed when a 60mm mortar exploded unexpectedly at a Nevada military depot that's an important training facility for troops headed overseas, a Marine Corps official said.

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7 Marines killed during explosion at Nevada's Hawthorne Army Depot

Published March 19, 2013

An explosion at a military ammunition storage facility in Nevada during a Marine Corps training exercise killed seven U.S. Marines and wounded several others, military officials said.

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March 18, 2013

BSRE pushes Marines to the limit

Story by Pfc. Cameron Payne | Marine Corps Air Station New River | Date: 03.18.2013

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - During MCT, Marines spend 29 training days learning valuable combat skills including the care, assembly and proper firing techniques of several weapons systems, constructing of fighting positions, and hikes with weighted packs to promote physical fitness.

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Off the map: 26th MEU arrives in Georgia

Story by Cpl. Michael Lockett | 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 03.18.2013

VAZIANI AIR BASE, REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA – Marines and sailors of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in the Republic of Georgia March 15, 2013, to take part in Agile Spirit, a cooperative exercise with the Georgian military in conjunction with the Black Sea Rotational Force 13.

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March 16, 2013

Marines in Iraq: Ten years on

Camp Pendleton force key to invasion, Sunni Awakening in Anbar

By Gretel C. Kovach
3 p.m.March 16, 2013

Ten years ago on March 20, the U.S. went to war with air strikes on Baghdad and fluttering leaflets urging the Iraqi army to surrender. That night along the Kuwait border, Marine Sgt. Maj. Wayne Bell wrote a message on a 155 mm shell. “This one’s for you Saddam,” it said.

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Charlie Blackmore, Wisconsin Marine Corps Veteran, Draws Gun On Suspect In Beating

The Huffington Post | By Andres Jauregui Posted: 03/16/2013 12:35 pm EDT | Updated: 03/17/2013

A Marine Corps veteran with a concealed carry permit stopped a suspect in a brutal beating in West Allis, Wis., on Tuesday morning when he drew his gun and called the police.

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March 15, 2013

Future Marines learn basics of Corp's ethics

By Cpl. Walter D. Marino II | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | March 15, 2013

San Diego --

No matter where you are in the world, ethics are intertwined to some degree in day-to-day life. While ethical codes may differ slightly from country to country, it is undeniable that ethics are an important part of society. In the Marine Corps, recruits are taught early in recruit training how and why Marines should live to a high ethical standard

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Wounded Warrior Accommodations

Special Consideration

15 March 2013

TSA wants to facilitate the screening of injured and wounded service members. To address these specific situations, TSA has established the Wounded Warrior/Military Severely Injured Joint Support Operations Center Program to support and facilitate the movement of severely injured service members and veterans through the security screening process at our nation’s airports.

March 14, 2013

Marine awarded posthumous Silver Star

By Nathan Max
4:16 p.m.March 14, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON — Sgt. Wade D. Wilson didn’t flinch last May when an insurgent began firing an AK-47 at him and four of his fellow Marines in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

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Marines save life in Pohang

By 1st Lt. Jeanscott Dodd | Marine Corps Installations Pacific | March 14, 2013

POHANG, Republic of Korea -- Four Marines rescued a Korean from a burning building after a fire broke out March 8 in Pohang, Republic of Korea.

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Corps seeks to retain Marines, encourages re-enlistments

By Cpl. Matthew Manning | Marine Corps Installations Pacific | March 14, 2013

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa, Japan -- When Marines near their end of active service date and begin contemplating re-enlistment, there are many concerns that need to be addressed before an informed decision can be made.

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March 13, 2013

Eagle Eye

By Sgt. Bobby Yarbrough | II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) | March 13, 2013

PATROL BASE BOLDAK, Afghanistan -- The Marines of 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, had been taking sporadic enemy fire for most of the morning March 2 while conducting their daily patrol through Boldak, a small town interlaced with green fields and large mud compounds about eight kilometers southeast of Camp Leatherneck. Due to their position and the unforgiving terrain of the city, the Marines couldn’t locate the shooter.

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Military Tuition Assistance Suspension

Sparks Uproar From Service Members, Lawmakers

Posted: 03/13/2013 4:10 pm EDT | Updated: 03/15/2013 1:01 pm EDT

WASHINGTON -- While many in Washington continue to obsess over the fact that White House tours are being canceled due to sequestration's budget cuts, service members around the country have a much bigger concern -- the end of a program providing them with tuition assistance to further their education.

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March 12, 2013

A new ‘greatest generation’

Iraq heroes emerge, determined to share stories of the fallen

By Michelle Tan - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Mar 12, 2013 10:53:54 EDT

The Iraq War gave birth to a new generation of American heroes who battled a long and bloody insurgency and pulled that nation back from the brink of civil war.

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Marine awarded Bronze Star for leadership in Afghanistan

By 2nd Lt. Matthey Finnerty | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | March 12, 2013

USS Green Bay --

USS GREEN BAY – The Marine Corps continues to solidify its place in history through exemplary achievement and sacrifice of the country’s bravest men and women. Marines distinguish themselves on a daily basis, however, some standout amongst their peers.

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March 11, 2013

Marine awarded Navy and Marine Corps Medal for lifesaving efforts in Afghanistan

Story by Lance Cpl. James Gulliver | 1st Marine Division | Date: 03.08.2013
Date Posted:03.11.2013 23:00

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – As the sun rose over the Camp Las Flores parade deck here, March 8, Lance Cpl. Benjamin Nalls, a fire team leader serving with Delta Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, stood in front of his fellow infantrymen ready to receive the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his actions in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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Marines save life in Pohang

Story by 1st Lt. Jean-Scott Dodd | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 03.11.2013

POHANG, South Korea - Four Marines rescued a Korean from a burning building after a fire broke out March 8 in Pohang, Republic of Korea.

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Cutting costs: Marines told "save every round"

By Kevin Liptak
March 11th, 2013
02:23 PM ET

United States Marines are being told to preserve ammunition and gasoline as a deal softening the impact of automatic spending cuts continues to elude leaders in Washington.

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Website gives troops, veterans a way to verify their service online

By Cathy Jett
The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va.
Published: March 11, 2013

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Businesses, non-profits and even the government have long been wary of offering exclusive deals online to military personnel, veterans and their families.

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The End of One Road; The Beginning of Another

By Cpl. Michael S. Lockett | March 11, 2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- With a Marine Expeditionary Unit, the process of workups is a long one. The unit has to take three different units- a reinforced infantry battalion, a reinforced squadron, and a combat logistics battalion- and combine them into a seamless whole, able to complete an incredible array of mission sets that may fall to the MEU to accomplish. The 26th MEU, based out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., has accomplished this; its 8-month workup period is done.

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Cyber battlefield grows in importance

Mar. 11, 2013 - 08:36AM
By James K. Sanborn

COLUMBIA, Md. — Buried in an unmarked office, within a nondescript business park just miles from Fort Meade and the National Security Agency, resides what is perhaps the Marine Corps’ most secretive organization.

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March 9, 2013

Feeding an “army”, 42,000 servings at a time

By Lance Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | March 09, 2013

USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea -- Standing over warm trays of food with a serving spoon in hand and a paper hat on his head, an infantry Marine serves his brothers and sisters their afternoon meal.

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Air wing back from war

Miramar general talks Afghan hand-off, accountability after Bastion attack

By Gretel C. Kovach
4:01 p.m.March 9, 2013

Marine aviators, support troops and aircraft headed home at the twilight of the 11-year war. A fledgling regional fleet of Afghan helicopter pilots took flight. And on Sept. 14, insurgents infiltrated the main base, attacked the flight line, killed two Marines — both from the air wing headquartered in San Diego — and set a squadron of AV-8B Harrier jets ablaze.

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March 8, 2013

Deployed Marines ensure everyone looks fresh with a new haircut

Story by Cpl. Timothy Childers | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 03.08.2013

AT SEA - Marines learn many valuable skills throughout their military careers. Some of the skills are far from expected.

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Marines, soldiers, sailors prepare for African Lion 2013

Story by Lance Cpl. Jackeline Perez Rivera | Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune | Date: 03.08.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - The parade deck outside of 2nd Longshoreman Platoon’s home at Stone Bay, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, became a Moroccan port for a short time on the weekend of Feb. 8. Vehicles carrying minor or feigned cargo passed through the gates and, with the help of Marines, soldiers and sailors, navigated checkpoints and obstacles the service members could face in the upcoming US African Command and Morocco annual training exercise, African Lion 2013.

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March 7, 2013

Co. I recruits experience first Marine Corps inspection

By Lance Cpl. Pedro Cardenas | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | March 07, 2013

San Diego -- Recruits stood tall in formation at the position of attention. Their backs straight and their hands by their trouser seams while holding their rifle next to them. Their eyes were fixed as they patiently straight and patient as they wait to be inspected by their drill instructor. Their uniforms are pressed and clean and while they stand stiff, ready for inspection.

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March 6, 2013

MAG-40 Homecoming

Date Posted:03.6.2013 12:58PM

MAG-40 returns home from an Afghanistan deployment.

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March 5, 2013

Unmanned aerial vehicle squadron starts training at Pendleton

By Sgt. Christopher Duncan | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | March 05, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Marine Unmanned Vehicle Squadron 4 conducted its first field training exercises at Camp Talega since the unit’s official move here from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. The unit held its first change of command between Lt. Col. Kyle J. Moore and Lt. Col. Matthew C. Shortal on Feb. 22, symbolizing the squadron's official move from Yuma to Camp Talega, here.

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Marines halt new enrollments in tuition assistance programs; other services could follow

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 5, 2013

WASHINGTON – Some Marines are scrambling to find ways to pay for classes after a surprise announcement that the Marine Corps has stopped new enrollments in its tuition assistance program.

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March 4, 2013

Counting on speed

U.S. took Baghdad quickly but lost hearts, minds with lack of planning

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Mar 4, 2013 11:43:52 EST

Before the fall of Baghdad, the explosion in sectarian violence in Iraq's cities and the capture and execution of Saddam Hussein, uncertainty reigned supreme for the tens of thousands of U.S. troops waiting for war in Kuwait's desert.

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10 years on

Early missteps in Iraq War led to new ideas on how to define, defeat enemy

By Jeff Schogol - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Mar 4, 2013 10:22:06 EST

In the moonless dark of the Kuwaiti desert, U.S. Army troops cut eight lanes through sand-hill berms built along the Iraq border.

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March 2, 2013

As Marines Exit Afghan Province, a Feeling That a Campaign Was Worth It

Published: March 2, 2013

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — On a whirlwind Christmas tour of Helmand Province in 2010, Gen. James F. Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps, visited 11 bases in a single day. At one, thousands of Marines showed up for prime rib, dust-covered and grim-faced after weeks of dodging and delivering gunfire, seeing comrades killed, and sleeping on dirt. Helmand had become Marineistan.

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U.S., Afghan officials at odds over fate of military bases

Afghans want the hundreds of bases and other outposts handed over to them as troops withdraw. But the U.S.-led coalition says Afghanistan lacks the capabilities for maintaining and defending all of them.

By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times
March 2, 2013, 5:50 p.m.

KABUL, Afghanistan — Late last year, before leaving Forward Operating Base Tillman for the last time, U.S. troops took apart every inch of the remote outpost near the border with Pakistan, from the dirt-packed barricades to the flat-screen TVs in the intelligence center.

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Wounded Ohio Marine competes at 2013 Marine Corps Trials

Story by Lance Cpl. Scott Reel | Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment | Date: 03.02.2013

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Lance Cpl. Chad Ohmer, 25, from North Bend, Ohio, had the dream.

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Dedicated Marine, family man honored in Helmand

Story by Sgt. Ned Johnson | Regimental Combat Team-7, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 03.02.2013

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHIR GHAZAY, Afghanistan— The air was dry and warm as Marines and Georgian soldiers stood silent in preparation to honor their fallen comrade.

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March 1, 2013

'Cutting Edge' sharpens their skills

Story by Cpl. Ali Azimi | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 03.01.2013

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marines with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, conducted a series of day and night live-fire squad supported attacks at Range 410A Feb. 26.

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Marine general set Corps on new course in training, education

Maj. Gen. Melvin Spiese honored with medal at retirement ceremony

By Gretel C. Kovach
9:48 p.m.March 1, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON — As he prepares to retire next month after more than 36 years as a Marine, Maj. Gen. Melvin Spiese said a disappointment of his career turned into an opportunity to make a lasting impact on the Corps.

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