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October 31, 2013

Military working dogs, handlers build relationship

By Lance Cpl. Donald T. Peterson | Okinawa Marine | October 31, 2013

"I’m letting my dog go!” warned the dog handler to the fleeing suspect.

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On the roof or the street, ANGLICO stays ready

By Sgt. Paul Robbins Jr. | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | October 31, 2013

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan -- From the rooftops of buildings to the streets winding throughout the base, the Marines tested their skills in nearly every situation they could face in combat.

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October 29, 2013

Five things Marines, sailors should know about new law

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amara Timberlake | Headquarters Marine Corps | October 29, 2013

1. All Americans are required by law to have minimum essential coverage.

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9 Marines, 1 sailor awarded Purple Heart medals

Story by LCpl Michael Dye
Date Taken:10.24.2013 | Date Posted:10.29.2013 08:50

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE – Nine Marines and one sailor with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, received the Purple Heart medal and one Marine received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for their actions in their support of Operation Enduring Freedom, October 24, 2013

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October 28, 2013

Four female Marines pass key hurdle during enlisted infantry training

Oct. 28, 2013 - 06:00AM
By James K. Sanborn
Staff writer

CAMP GEIGER, N.C. — Four female Marines have passed what is considered the most strenuous aspect of enlisted infantry training, prompting officials here at the Marine Corps’ School of Infantry – East to surmise that at least some of the 15 women who began the course in September will graduate next month.

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Photo Gallery: Marine recruits begin journey to title on Parris Island foot prints

Photos by Cpl Caitlin Brink
Date Taken:10.22.2013 | Date Posted:10.28.2013 17:48

New recruits of Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, in-processing.

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October 26, 2013

11th MEU Hikes Through Gas

by LCpl Demetrius Morgan
Date Taken:10.25.2013 | Date Posted:10.26.2013 20:58

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - During every training evolution, there is a discernible goal that is accentuated before, during and after the exercise. It serves as the incentive and motivation for Marines to accomplish a task with the most speed, intensity and efficiency possible.

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22nd MEU continues pre-deployment training with ARG/MEU Ex

By 22nd MEU Public Affairs | 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit | October 26, 2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy Sailors with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) are set to conduct the ARG/MEU Exercise (ARG/MEU Ex) in preparation for their upcoming deployment.

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October 25, 2013

“Docs” compete in Corpsman Cup

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

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan -- A group of sailors walk through the halls of a Marine battalion headquarters with their heads held high. These sailors hold the title of corpsman, a moniker of medical and combat proficiency well respected throughout the Marine Corps.

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Marines activate for Afghan wind down

1st Marine Expeditionary Force Forward heads out in early 2014

By Jeanette Steele
5:35 p.m.Oct. 25, 2013

Camp Pendleton Marines conducted an activation ceremony on Wednesday for the headquarters unit that will supervise the wind down of Marine forces in southern Afghanistan over the next year.

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Marine Corps pulls uniform survey after ‘loud and clear’ opposition

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: October 25, 2013

The Marine Corps Uniform Board has pulled its survey of options for a gender-neutral dress and service cover after widespread negative reaction to one of the options, which has been slammed as “girly” and “appalling.”

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1st MLG commanding general awards Purple Heart to son

Story by Cpl Timothy Childers
Date Posted:10.25.2013 17:49

SCHWENKSVILLE, Pa. – Standing on the porch were two Marines. On the right was an older Marine wearing a service uniform with a stack of ribbons below his left shoulder. To his left was a much younger Marine; a veteran standing at attention as the senior Marine pinned a Purple Heart to his chest. The senior Marine was his father.

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Service Milestones: Combat engineer becomes first female “Gunny”

by Cpl Paul Peterson
Date Posted:10.25.2013 01:00

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Raised rough and tumble in the modest midwestern city of Mineral Point, Wis., Gunnery Sgt. Robin Baker came from an extended family dominated by males.

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With mother at his side, a wounded veteran fights to stay positive

Caitlin Johnston, Times Staff Writer
Friday, October 25, 2013 6:14pm

When asked what gets him out of bed every morning, J.T. Doody's response is simple: Jesus, football and women. • His morning ritual involves an hourlong process in which the 30-year-old Iraq War veteran depends on his mom or a nursing assistant to do everything. Brush his teeth. Scrub his body. Wash his hair. • Doody spends his life in constraints, paralyzed because he contracted a hospital-borne infection while under treatment for injuries suffered in Iraq. • His days consist of a series of movements between his hospital bed, a 375-pound motorized wheelchair, and a sling that transfers him from his bed to his shower. • But Chris Ott refuses to let her son's limitations define his life.

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Battery F returns from CATC Camp Fuji

Story by LCpl Henry Antenor
Date Taken:10.19.2013 | Date Posted:10.25.2013 02:25

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa — Marines and sailors with Battery F returned to Camp Hansen Oct. 17 after completing training at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji in support of Artillery Relocation Training Program 13-3.

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October 24, 2013

Images: 26th MEU’s wash down aboard Naval Station Rota

Photos by Cpl Kyle N. Runnels
Date Taken:10.20.2013-10.20.2013 | Date Posted:10.24.2013 04:25

U.S. Marines and Sailors assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) perform duties during the 26th MEU's wash down aboard Naval Station Rota, Spain, Oct. 20, 2013.

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Marines shoot down Internet story on Obama’s alleged push for ‘girly hats’

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: October 24, 2013

The story is sweeping the Internet: President Barack Obama is trying to emasculate male Marines by making them wear a girly cover with their famed dress uniforms. The only problem? It’s not true.

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October 23, 2013

13th MEU sustains readiness with GCSS-MC

Story by Sgt. Jennifer Pirante | 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 10.23.2013

ARABIAN SEA - No more green logbooks, stubby pencils or fat codebooks.

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Army chief warns: Budget cuts making US military 'dysfunctional'

Cebu : Philippines | Oct 23, 2013 at 2:41 AM PDT
By skooter

Skooter reports 10/23/13

Just two Army brigades are combat-ready, that’s what Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said this week and that with budget cuts the military’s ability to train its own troops is being held back

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October 22, 2013

Marine Corps 2-star: Force of 150K 'unviable'

By Hope Hodge Seck
Staff writer
Oct. 22, 2013 - 05:00PM

The Marine Corps’ representative for the Pentagon’s Quadrennial Defense Review said a pared-down Marine Corps force of 150,000 would require significant changes across the military services, but stopped short of saying such a cut would not happen.

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Echoing through history: The lessons of Beirut remain relevant today

By Gina Harkins
Staff Writer
Oct. 22, 2013 - 11:31PM

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — On a quiet Sunday morning in Beirut, Lebanon, 30 years ago, a truck laden with explosives careened toward the barracks housing U.S. Marines on a peacekeeping mission. The explosion that followed, the largest non-nuclear bomb in history up to that point, leveled the building and killed 241 American troops, including 220 Marines.

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Teacher Who Died Trying To End Shooting Remembered As A Hero

By Scott Neuman
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Michael Landsberry, the 45-year-old middle school math teacher and Afghan War veteran who was killed Monday trying to talk down a student shooter at a Nevada middle school, is being remembered as a hero.

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October 21, 2013

Marine Corps seeks feedback on universal cover for men and women

By James K. Sanborn
Staff writer
Oct. 21, 2013 - 06:00AM

The Marine Corps Uniform Board may recommend the adoption of a universal cover for men and women to be worn with dress and service uniforms.

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Images: 2/2 Fox Co. Returns Home

Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Michael C. Dye
Date Taken:10.18.2013 | Date Posted:10.21.2013 14:26

Marines and sailors with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, return home after about a 8 month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Oct. 18, 2013.

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PHOTOS: Marines from Twentynine Palms on patrol in Afghanistan

October 21st, 2013 | by Crystal Chatham
(Official Marine Corps photos by Lance Cpl. James Mast / Released)

Marines from 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7), who are currently deployed from Twentynine Palms to Afghanistan, were photographed Saturday during a security patrol outside their home away from home.

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Firefighters find hero in 3-year-old boy

By Lance Cpl. Cuong Le | Marine Corps Base Quantico | October 21, 2013

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO Va. -- Tommy is the symbol of what it means to be a firefighter.

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America’s Battalion returns home

By THOMAS BRENNAN Daily News Staff
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013 at 20:28 PM.

Hundreds of Marines from America’s Battalion returned Monday night under escort of the Patriot Guard.

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October 19, 2013

Mountain Exercise (MTNEX) 6-13 at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center (MCMWTC) Bridgeport, California

Photos by Master Sgt. Daniel F. Kauppila, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Combat Camera/Released)
Date Taken:10.19.2013 | Date Posted:10.21.2013 22:02

U.S. Marines from 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5), 1st Marine Division from Camp Pendleton, Calif. conducting battalion training and combined arms operations at MCMWTC Bridgeport, in order to continue pre-deployment training program (PTP).

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Family, friends celebrate life of fallen U.S. Marine

by Matt Doyle
Story Created: Oct 19, 2013
Story Updated: Oct 19, 2013

Milwaukee -- "We just knew we had to get up here for it," U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Brian Harris said.

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13th MEU Marines, Sailors train, venture, volunteer in Goa, India

Story by Sgt Christopher O'Quin
Date Posted:10.19.2013 04:45

GAO, India - Thirteenth Marine Expeditionary Unit has already been deployed more than a month and travelled far from the sunny shores of Southern California. Goa, a state on the Western side of India, known for its fish dishes, spices, beautiful beaches and unique architecture marked this deployment’s first foreign port visit for the Marines and Sailors serving aboard USS Harpers Ferry.

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October 18, 2013

Deadlines for Holiday Mail Delivery Announced

by American Forces Press Service
October 18, 2013 3:45PM

Military Postal Service Agency officials recommend that parcel post packages for troops stationed overseas be mailed by Nov. 12 to ensure delivery by the holidays.

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October 17, 2013

Commandant calls for renewed focus on discipline

Jim Michaels, USA TODAY
6:02 p.m. EDT October 17, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Marine Corps' top officer is calling on the service to renew its focus on discipline and standards amid early signs that 12 years of combat have caused some "fraying" of the service's values.

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Meeting Milestones: The Expansion of the Marine Security Guard Program

Oct. 17, 2013:
By Suzanne S.K. Whang, Public Affairs

Bureau of Diplomatic Security, U.S. Department of State
Talk to anyone who has served overseas, and they will have something positive to say about the Marine Security Guards (MSG) at U.S. embassies and consulates who help safeguard missions worldwide. Here is what a State Department’s regional security officer says about the MSG detachment at U.S. Embassy Tunis.

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October 15, 2013

Marines limiting alcohol sale to curb irresponsible drinking

By Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes
Published: October 15, 2013

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Marines have announced new alcohol restrictions for Marine Corps Exchange stores around the world aimed at curbing irresponsible drinking.

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USS Kearsarge leaves Middle East; Boxer moves in

By Hendrick Simoes
Stars and Stripes
Published: October 15, 2013

MANAMA, Bahrain — Encompassing the volatile Middle East and northeast Africa, the 5th Fleet area of responsibility can be tense at any time. But for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, the past six months were particularly eventful.

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Marines warn against OxyElite Pro, citing liver damage link

By Travis J. Tritten
Published: October 15, 2013

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Marine Corps warned troops on Okinawa Tuesday that a fitness supplement banned from military exchanges in 2011 following soldier deaths might have been a factor into an outbreak of liver disease.

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October 13, 2013

Australia upgrading facilities for expanded Marines contingent

Stars and Stripes
Published: October 11, 2013

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The Australian government is spending $11 million to upgrade facilities at two Darwin military bases in preparation for an increase in the number of U.S. Marines deployed there.

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October 12, 2013

Marine Corps' supreme fitness center opens at Camp Lejeune

By Thomas Brennan
The Daily News, Jacksonville, N.C.
Published: October 12, 2013

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — The Marine Corps’ largest fitness center opened this week.

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October 11, 2013

MAG-39 Marines make PT elementary

Story by Cpl Scott Reel
Date Posted:10.11.2013 14:17

OCEANSIDE, Calif. - Every Tuesday around noon, Marines with Marine Air Group 39 visit Del Rio Elementary School in Oceanside, Calif.

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Crucible - journey from civilian to Marine

New Marines receive Eagle, Globe and Anchor at Camp Pendleton ceremony

By Gretel C. Kovach
07:42p.m. Oct 11, 2013

The recruits are starving and exhausted by the time they crest The Reaper, the last hill at the end of a grim 72-hour stretch of basic training known as The Crucible.

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Jabe Austin Hammack

Published in The Star-Herald from Oct. 10 to Oct. 12, 2013

Our Hero that wore combat boots, United States Marine Lance Corporal Jabe Austin Hammack, 20, of Gering unexpectedly passed away Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 at Camp Pendleton in Calif.

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October 10, 2013

Local group sends checks to families of Marine, soldier

Pentagon says foundation to pay death benefits.

Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm

The founder of a Columbia-based group that supports Marines praised the stopgap measure announced yesterday to provide death benefits to families of fallen soldiers and again called on Congress to end the government shutdown.

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3/4 Marines, sailors return from deployment

Story by LCpl Paul Martinez
Date Posted:10.10.2013 19:38

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marines and sailors with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment, were reunited with their friends and family members after a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan when they arrived at Del Valle Field Oct. 9, 2013.

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Randolph twins progress in their military careers

By Sue Scheible
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Oct 10, 2013 @ 11:26 AM

Sgt. Bill McNamara of the Randolph Police Department has good news about his twin sons, who headed off to serve their country last spring.

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Obama signs bill to restore military death benefits

Measure cleared Senate Thursday
By Rick Maze
Staff writer
Oct. 10, 2013 - 09:05PM

The Senate moved Thursday to put an end the embarrassing situation of military death benefits being canceled because of the partial government shutdown.

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Medical Reports, Veterans' Families Suggest VA Is Overmedicating Vets A number of veterans have died since 2012 after being prescribed multiple anti-pyschotics by the VA

October 10, 2013

In the months before Joseph Petit, a trained Army airborne ranger, died in a bathroom at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, his sister Brandie watched her brother age far beyond his 42 years.

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October 9, 2013

Group Raises Money for Fallen Soldiers

by Mark Slavit
Posted: 10.09.2013 at 6:15 PM

A Columbia-based not-for-profit group supporting military families collected $40,000 during the past 24 hours.

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October 8, 2013

Local group raises money for family of dead Marine

Death gratuity is not being paid during government shutdown.

By Rudi Keller
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Columbia-based not-for-profit Marine Parents raised $10,000 in an hour on Tuesday afternoon, its founder said, when it learned that military death benefits were not being paid and a Wisconsin family needed help covering in the burial and transportation expenses for Lance Cpl. Jeremiah Collins Jr., who died Saturday in Afghanistan.

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Marine Parents Raise $10,000 to Support Marine Funeral Costs

Posted: Oct 8, 2013 7:53 PM by Hailee Hopkins, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Oct 8, 2013 10:24 PM

COLUMBIA - Due to the U.S. government shut down, military families who have lost their loved ones have not been able to receive death benefits.

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October 5, 2013

Brush fire at Camp Pendleton forces housing evacuation

By Tony Perry
October 5, 2013, 5:33 p.m.

A brush fire Saturday afternoon at Camp Pendleton burned more than 250 acres, damaged three buildings and forced evacuation from an housing area, officials said.

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Pendleton blaze sends plume over N. County

Hospital patients, O'Neil housing evacuated
By J. Harry Jones and Gretel C. Kovach 1:57 P.M. OCT. 5, 2013 Updated 5:28 P.M.

CAMP PENDLETON — A large fire on Camp Pendleton Saturday afternoon prompted evacuations at the base hospital and some housing, and sent up an enormous plume of black smoke that could be seen halfway across the county.

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EOD conducts professional exchange with Singapore Navy

by Sgt Jennifer Pirante

CHANGI NAVA BASE, Singapore - U.S. Marine explosive ordnance disposal technicians with Combat Logistics Battalion 13, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, welcomed Cmdr. K.H. Chew, Singapore Navy EOD officer in charge, and 15 Singapore Navy EOD technicians and divers aboard the USS Boxer at Changi Naval Base, Singapore, Oct. 4.

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October 4, 2013

'Lava Dogs' instill squad-level tactics in new Marines

by LCpl Matthew Bragg
10.04.2013 | Date Posted:10.05.2013 01:29

KAHUKU TRAINING AREA, Hawaii — Marines and sailors with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment completed a weeklong exercise at Kahuku Training Area Oct. 4, 2013. The exercise focused on familiarizing new Marines with current training methods used within the company while helping seasoned Marines sustain knowledge they were already taught.

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Red in the face: Marines endure pepper spray training

Story by Sgt Michael Cifuentes

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marines serving with Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, endured what they said was one of the most painful training courses they’ve experienced in the Marine Corps.

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1st Med. Bn. sailor returns from corpsman duty in Brazil

Courtesy story

CAMP PENDLETON Calif. – Working for the Navy can provide opportunities to see the world, broaden horizons and become an effective leader.

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Lima Company returns from Australia

By Cpl. Matthew A. Callahan | Marine Corps Base Hawaii | October 04, 2013

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII -- Marines and sailors with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, returned from their deployment in Darwin, Australia, arriving at the 3rd Bn., 3rd Marines headquarters building Sept. 26, 2013.

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October 3, 2013

Capt. Will Swenson, next Medal of Honor recipient, sends touching invitation to Gold Star families

October 3rd, 2013 | Posted by Dan Lamothe

Former Army Capt. Will Swenson will receive the Medal of Honor on Oct. 15, more than four years after he and other U.S. forces tried desperately to find and save three Marines and a Navy corpsman who were trapped under heavy fire in the infamous Battle of Ganjgal in Afghanistan.

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Mountain Warfare Training Center teaches advanced horsemanship

By Staff Sgt. Robert Storm | U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command | October 03, 2013

The MWTC near Bridgeport, Calif., has begun teaching an advanced horsemanship training course in order to teach Special Operations Forces (SOF) personnel the necessary skills to enable them to ride horses, load pack animals, and maintain animals for military applications in remote and dangerous environments.

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October 2, 2013

Boxer, New Orleans /13TH MEU Visit Singapore

Story Number: NNS131002-21 | Release Date: 10/2/2013 1:57:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer Gold, Boxer Amphibious Ready Group Public Affairs

SINGAPORE (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), and the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), visited Singapore for their second port visit since entering the 7th Fleet area of responsibility, Oct. 2.

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Shoulder-to-Shoulder in the Fight: Chaplains of the 31st MEU

By Cpl. Coday Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | October 02, 2013

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan -- As the morning sun rose and reveille sounded, the Marines started their day by getting out of their dirt-floor beds with rifles in hand. Next to them, however, was one person who was not a Marine but was wearing a camouflage uniform and worked, ate and slept just as they did. The sun caught the golden cross on his lapel as the greetings of “good morning Chaps” started.

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October 1, 2013

Marines set conditions for success in future operations

Story by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 09.30.2013
Date Posted:10.01.2013 19:51

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Every day around the globe Marines are partnering with our nation’s allies, fighting terrorism and assisting thousands affected by natural disasters. And when they aren’t doing these things, they are preparing to do them. This constant state of readiness is what separates the Marine Corps as a service.

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Infantrymen prepare for combat zone convoys

Story by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan | 1st Marine Division | Date: 10.01.2013

YUMA, Ariz. – Whether a vehicle hits an improvised explosive device or comes under heavy enemy fire, Marines need to be ready for anything during convoys in a combat zone.

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US warship in Goa for strategies & fun

By : TNN
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Close to 800 personnel from the US armed forces are looking forward to a week of sun, surf and sand with a touch of Goan hospitality, as the USS Harpers Ferry has dropped anchor at the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT).

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Wounded Marine veteran makes house a home

Story by PFC Brandon Thomas
Date Taken: 09.28.2013. | Date Posted: 09.30.2013 09:43

ELLINGTON, Conn. - Sgt. Greg Caron, a Marine veteran, was presented with a house Sept. 28 by Building Homes for Heroes, a national non-profit organization that supports men and women who have been wounded or disabled in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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