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June 30, 2013

Marines find focus with photography

Patients at Camp Pendleton’s Wounded Warriors program use cameras as tools for recovery

By Michael Gardner
12:01 a.m.June 30, 2013

Sacramento — The images are haunting and stories powerful.

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June 29, 2013

Ready to Roll: Marine mechanics keep vehicles moving

Story by Lance Cpl. Mel Johnson | Regimental Combat Team-7, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 06.29.2013

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan—Shrill screams of trucks backing up, sounds of clanging wrenches tightening loose screws and music resonate throughout the mechanic shop. Sand-coated grease stains cover the faces of Marines working beneath trucks and repairing damaged vehicles.

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Marines keep skills, equipment fresh while at sea

By Sgt. Jonathan Wright | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | June 29, 2013

USS GERMANTOWN, At Sea -- It’s not unusual for Marines and Sailors assigned to Marine Expeditionary Units to find themselves embarked on naval vessels for a significant amount of time during scheduled patrols. But their time on these ships is not a cruise to their destination - the Marines are on a floating, functional base of operations

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June 28, 2013

BLT 2/4 corpsmen receive FMF pin aboard USS Germantown

By Sgt. Jonathan Wright | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | June 28, 2013


There is a group of Sailors within the United States Navy that accept the responsibility of being medical professionals. Within that small group exists a smaller portion of Sailors that accept the responsibility and the challenge of providing medical care to the Marines.

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June 27, 2013

Top General: Marines 'Not Leaving a Single Thing' in Afghanistan

Marine Corps to remove all equipment from warzone or give it to another country, Commandant James Amos says

By Paul D. Shinkman
June 27, 2013

Marines are not planning a repeat showing of the rusting carcasses of Russian military equipment that litter the ground in Afghanistan following its unsuccessful campaign in the 1980s.

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Marine Barracks Washington Makes History with First Female Post Sgt. Major

Video by Lance Cpl. Lisette Leyva
06.27.2013 4:34PM

Marine Barracks Washington makes history with their first female post. Sgt. Major. Lance Cpl. Lisette Leyva brings us the story. Available in high definition.

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June 26, 2013

Words of a general who lost a son in combat resonate

Jim Michaels, @jimmichaels
9:51 a.m. EDT June 26, 2013

At a time when the divide between the military and civilian world has never been greater, the words of Marine Gen. John Kelly have helped bridge the gap.

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'The Crucible' turns recruits into Marines

By Jed Boal
June 26th, 2013 @ 10:14pm

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The United States Marine Corps calls it The Crucible.

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Budget Cuts Mean 8,000 Fewer Marines, Commandant Says

By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2013 – If sequestration’s annual spending cuts continue past this year, the Marine Corps will lose 8,000 in troop strength, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos said today.

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June 25, 2013

31st MEU embarks for summer patrol

By Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | June 25, 2013

Marines and Sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked on ships of Amphibious Squadron 11 to begin their summer patrol here, June 25.

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June 24, 2013

Four-footed soldiers: Award to honor America's war dogs

Written by Sherry Barkas
The Desert Sun
Jun. 24, 2013

CATHEDRAL CITY — American war dogs, which have put their lives on the line since World War I, are being honored at next month’s Pegasus Riding Academy benefit luncheon where a “Saving American Lives” award is being presented for the first time to the K-9 unit at the Marine base in Twentynine Palms.

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Charlottesville Marine awarded Bronze Star for service in Afghanistan

Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 9:05 pm | Updated: 11:22 am, Tue Jun 25, 2013.

Capt. Daniel O’Brien and his wife, Morgan O’Brien, received a welcome to Charlottesville on Monday that was a little bigger than a backyard barbecue.

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June 23, 2013


By Sam LaGrone
12:01 a.m. June 23, 2013

The U.S. Marines face a daunting challenge as the Corps slowly shifts focus from the well-supplied and well-connected forward operating bases in Afghanistan to the open waters of the Pacific.

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1-star: Corps must 'relearn' UDP rotations

By Gina Harkins
Staff writer
Jun. 23, 2013

Officials with Marine Corps Forces Pacific are trying to match past doctrine with new capabilities as they return their focus to the Unit Deployment Program, which shrank significantly over the past eight years.

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June 22, 2013

A tail-wagging reunion for Marine

Donita Naylor
Published: 22 June 2013 10:48 AM

SCITUATE - State troopers and Marines teared up Friday when a former Marine who earned a Purple Heart in Afghanistan was reunited with his former partner, the bomb-sniffing dog who saved his life.

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June 21, 2013

Training Tank offers new in-water workout program

Story by Cpl. Ali Azimi | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 06.21.2013

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The High Intensity Tactical Training Program arrived at the Combat Center’s West Gym and Fitness Center more than a year ago. Since then, it has helped Marines increase their strength, speed, core stability and flexibility. Now a new workout program at the Combat Center Training Tank aims to do the same in the water.

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June 20, 2013

Combat Center Marines use training to save life

Story by Cpl. William Jackson | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 06.20.2013

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - They were all strangers. The three of them had never met before that evening. Their weekend had just begun like any other. Little did they know they would be thrown into a situation that would save Rebecca’s life after her motorcycle collided with a car on Highway 62.

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June 19, 2013

VMAQT-1 stands up, assumes responsibility for Prowler training

By Lance Cpl. Andrea Cleopatra Dickerson | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | June 19, 2013


Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 1 became Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Training Squadron 1 during a redesignation ceremony aboard Cherry Point Friday.

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June 18, 2013

Saluting a soldier’s last march

By Karla Peterson
6 p.m.June 18, 2013

They are separated by many years and multiple wars, but when 26-year-old Michael Contee presented 96-year-old Imel Willis with a pin and a plaque to commemorate his years of service, the young Marine Corps reservist and the World War II Army vet were a united front. One nation under the call of duty.

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Jordanian-led exercise poses unique challenges to US Marines

By Hendrick Simoes
Stars and Stripes
Published: June 18, 2013

AL QUWEIRA, Jordan — It’s hot, barren and isolated, and the living conditions for the 2,400 Marines here assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, are spartan.

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June 17, 2013

Marines train in Malaysia during CARAT 2013

Courtesy Story | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 06.17.2013

TANJUNG GELANG NAVAL BASE, Malaysia - U.S. Marines with Landing Force Company participating in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2013 (CARAT 2013) began land-based training and amphibious assault operations with Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) June 15.

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June 16, 2013

Wounded SoCal Marine Becomes Underwear Model

The new career came after a years-long dark period following his return from Afghanistan

By Mekahlo Medina and Brandon Lowrey
Sunday, Jun 16, 2013

U.S. Marine Alex Minsky of Venice Beach was caught in a downward spiral.

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Marine adopts dog he served with in Afghanistan

By Linh Ta
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa
Published: June 16, 2013

PARKERSBURG, Iowa --- When Parkserburg Marine Matt Hatala first met Chaney, the two were like oil and water. Both were bull headed and didn't like to listen, and Chaney dragged Hatala all over the place.

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June 15, 2013

Senators side with Joint Chiefs on sex assault law

By Rick Maze
Staff writer
Jun. 12, 2013 - 06:00AM

WASHINGTON — The Senate Armed Services Committee sided with the Joint Chiefs on sexual assault legislation Wednesday, gutting changes passed by a subcommittee on Tuesday that would have created an independent legal command to prosecute serious criminal offenses.

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June 14, 2013

The Future of the Marine Corps

By: Dave Majumdar
Friday, June 14, 2013

After ten years of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Marine Corps is retooling and repositioning itself back into its traditional role as a medium-weight maritime force that can operate with agility from the sea. Instead of training almost exclusively to fight insurgents deep inland, the Marines will focus on roles ranging from conventional warfighting, to conducting humanitarian missions, and to training the armed forces of partner nations. In essence, it will be a case of back to the future for the Marine Corps as it shifts back into its traditional role as the nation’s 911 quick-reaction force, former officials and analysts told USNI News.

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Intel Marines complete interoperability exercise for 22nd MEU deployment

Story by Sgt. Austin Hazard | 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 06.14.2013

MARINE CORPS AIR BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit’s intelligence section will complete integration training with intelligence Marines from its future support elements at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 15, 2013, in preparation for their deployment early next year.

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June 13, 2013

A walk on the dry side: Navy junior officers go ashore with Marines

A walk on the dry side: Navy junior officers go ashore with Marines
By Cpl. Michael S. Lockett
June 13, 2013

The very nature of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, embarking thousands of Marines on Navy amphibious assault ships, means that Marines are, by rote, exposed to the Navy way of life; to watches, to flight quarters, to a life of passageways, ladder wells, decks, and hatches. Occasionally, though, it goes in reverse.

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June 12, 2013

Wounded Warriors Inspire Boston Marathon Amputee

By Terri Moon Cronk
American Forces Press Service

BETHESDA, Md., June 12, 2013 – Wounded warrior amputees at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center here got a chance today to share the wisdom and experience they’ve gained through tough rehabilitation and prosthetic fittings with a man who lost a leg during the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings.

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561 empty chairs: Ret. Gen. John Allen on the sacrifices of the Afghanistan war

By Martha Raddatz, Richard Coolidge & Jordyn Phelps
June 12, 2013

Gen. John Allen recently retired from the military following his post as the commander of the International Security Assistance Force, but the memories of the 561 troops who died under his command - and the many thousands who were wounded - have not retired from his mind.

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Long way home for Marine’s dog tag

By John Wilkens
6 a.m.June 12, 2013

Lanny Martinson lost his during the Vietnam War. On June 4, 1968, he was a 23-year-old Marine at Khe Sanh when his right leg was blown up by an enemy land mine. He came home after the amputation in a wheelchair, without his dog tags.

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US participating in international Eager Lion exercise in Jordan

By Hendrick Simoes
Stars and Stripes
Published: June 12, 2013

AMMAN, Jordan — Eager Lion, a 12-day annual military exercise involving 8,000 personnel from 19 countries, is underway as the civil war rages next door in Syria.

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June 11, 2013

Program Aids Mental Health Care for Transitioning Troops

By Amaani Lyle
American Forces Press Service

ARLINGTON, Va., June 11, 2013 – Service members and veterans transitioning from the military to Veterans Affairs for treatment or between military treatment facilities now have access to greater consistency in psychological health and traumatic brain injury care, a Defense Department official said here today.

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The 26th MEU prepares for Eager Lion

Story by Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels | 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 06.08.2013
Date Posted: 06.11.2013 04:03

AQABA, Jordan – Marines and sailors assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and sailors assigned to the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, are participating in bilateral and multilateral training evolutions in various parts of Jordan during exercise Eager Lion, June 9 to June 20, 2013.

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Wartime PTSD: What Works and How to Care for a Loved One

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD and Sandro Galea, M.D.
Posted: 06/11/2013 11:07 am

June is PTSD Awareness Month, so declares the Veterans Administration. Hundreds of thousands of war returnees from Iraq and Afghanistan have or will develop post-traumatic stress disorder. It is a condition that induces suffering in veterans -- and their families, who can be repeatedly separated from their loved one, live with more limited resources as a member is gone and emotionally contend with anxiety about the possible injury or death of their soldier.

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US Navy and Marine Corps begin multinational amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz 2013

Courtesy Story | 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade | Date: 06.11.2013

SAN DIEGO- Marines and sailors from 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, I Marine Expeditionary Force and the Navy's Expeditionary Strike Group-3, Commander, Third Fleet, announce the official commencement of multinational amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz 2013 off the Southern California coast, June 11-28.

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Marines' role in Australia to expand next year, general says

Jun. 11, 2013 - 06:00AM
By Gina Harkins
Staff writer

The Marine Corps’ presence in Australia will increase fivefold next year as military officials there look to the U.S. for guidance in developing their amphibious capabilities, a Marine general with oversight of operations in the Pacific said June 11

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June 10, 2013

Marine hero's name forever a part of Columbus Park School

by Walter Bird Jr.
Story Created: Jun 10, 2013 at 11:14 AM EDT

US Marine Sgt. William Soutra Jr. ships out later this month for his fourth tour of duty overseas. He heads back to Afghanistan, where on July 11, 2010 he unwittingly assumed the role of hero when his staff sergeant was mortally wounded, leading his platoon to safety out of the "kill zone." He returns a recipient of the Navy Cross for those actions, a distinction bestowed upon him in December. He also returns with his name forever etched into the history of the elementary school where he grew up.

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America’s Battalion returns to southern Helmand

Story by Lance Cpl. Mel Johnson | Regimental Combat Team-7, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 06.10.2013

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan— After years spent in Helmand province, the U.S. Marines are making strides toward bringing the last deployed service members home.

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June 8, 2013

Marine general on sex assault: It's toxic

"The cancer is growing, and we have got to do surgery now"

By Gretel C. Kovach
11:58 a.m.June 8, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON — In the Pentagon’s latest report on sexual assault, the Marine Corps is a sobering standout.

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Basilone Award winner honored to join 'reconnaissance legends'

By Dan Lamothe
Staff writer
Jun. 8, 2013 - 12:09PM

A recent Silver Star recipient has earned another major award, becoming the first Marine reservist to receive the Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone Award for Courage and Commitment.

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June 7, 2013

MCRC Marine earns leadership award

By Cpl. David Flynn | Marine Corps Recruiting Command | June 07, 2013

Tawanda Hanible, diversity operations chief, Marine Corps Recruiting Command, received the Major Megan McClung Leadership Award during the Sea Service Leadership Association’s Joint Leadership Awards Luncheon at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center here, June 6.

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One of 'the few' who served for many

By Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | June 07, 2013

His journey began in the mid-'70s as an adolescent on the streets of Detroit, which he resolved to leave after one day on the "wrong side of 8-Mile Road."

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June 6, 2013

Combat Conditioning Exercise trains recruits minds, bodies

By Lance Cpl. Benjamin E. Woodle | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | June 06, 2013

San Diego --

A drill instructor’s presence can be stressful for most recruits. That stress level can become greatly multiplied when in the face of an enemy during combat. The physical and mental toll taken during such a fight is tremendous, which is why recruits must train and prepare for it. The Combat Conditioning Exercise is one of the few training events that can simulate that physically and mentally exhausting and stressful environment.

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War's fallen get memorial at Pendleton

Monument honors 5th Marines killed in Afghanistan

By Gretel C. Kovach
3:01 p.m. June 6, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON — White-gloved hands carefully withdrew camouflage netting to reveal 89 names etched in granite.

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MAG-49 Marines ‘hustle’ 53s to Pacific

Story by Staff Sgt. David Carbajal
06.06.2013 16:04

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – Marines of Marine Aircraft Group 49 departed their home station at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst May 30-31, 2013, for a deployment to the Pacific as part of the U.S. Marine Corps’ resumption of the Unit Deployment Program.

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Sacramento Marine killed in Afghanistan receives Bronze Star

By Bill Lindelof
Published: Thursday, Jun. 6, 2013 - 8:13 am

Cpl. Gurpreet Singh, an Antelope resident killed in combat in 2011, recently received the Bronze Star in ceremonies at Camp Pendleton.

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June 5, 2013

New vets home a country retreat

In foothills of Alpine, 20 beds now available for homeless vets

By Jeanette Steele
6:21 p.m.June 5, 2013

A new 20-bed center for homeless veterans has quietly opened in the Alpine foothills.

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June 4, 2013

SP-MAGTF Crisis Response Arrives in Spain

By Staff Sgt. Lukas Atwell | Marine Corps Forces Africa | June 04, 2013


Approximately 500 Marines and sailors arrived aboard Moron Air Base, May 5- 13, to serve as Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response, a new expeditionary unit positioned forward to respond to limited crisis within the Mediterranean and African area-of-responsibility .

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Marines take on 'fish from hell' in Quantico snakehead derby

By Joshua Rhett Miller
Published June 04, 2013

The few, the proud, the snakehead hunters.

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June 3, 2013

31st MEU’s “Boat” Company shows Japanese soldiers their craft

Story by Sgt. Jonathan Wright | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 06.03.201

OKINAWA, Japan - A platoon-sized element of Japanese soldiers spent two days learning from the Marines and Sailors of Company F., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, as they conducted small-boat training operations here, June 2 and 3.

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US military on Okinawa eases drinking restrictions

By Travis J. Tritten
Published: June 3, 2013

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The U.S. military has eased a 6-month-old ban on off-base drinking on Okinawa.

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Intel Marines complete new training for 22nd MEU deployment

By Sgt. Austin Hazard | 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit | June 03, 2013

Marines from 2nd Intelligence Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force, completed a new course designed to prepare them for a deployment with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit early next year, at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 22, 2013.

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Everybody Should Read General John Kelly's Speech About Two Marines In The Path Of A Truck Bomb

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Five years ago, two Marines from two different walks of life who had literally just met were told to stand guard in front of their outpost's entry control point.

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June 1, 2013

WWII A war ends twice; SD changes forever

By Peter Rowe and John Wilkens
6 p.m.June 1, 2013

World War II was so big it had two endings.

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Down, dirty at Camp Pendleton Mud Run

By Adrian Vore
5:38 p.m.June 1, 2013

CAMP PENDELTON — Thousands of runners said to heck with a Saturday morning run on San Diego sidewalks and instead took to the wild hills of Camp Pendleton for the World Famous Mud Run.

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Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21—The Crossroads of Marine Aviation

Author: Roxanne Baker

Tourists may know the Emerald Coast as a vacation destination with sugary white sands and tur­quoise waters. But the Marines based at Marine Aviation Training Support Group (MATSG) 21 in Pensacola, Fla., aren’t looking toward the beach. They have their sights locked in on the sky.

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