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February 28, 2014

Marines conduct live fire training with Burundi National Defense Force

Story by Sgt Ed Galo
Date Taken:02.17.2014 | Date Posted:02.28.2014 08:36

CAMP MUDUBUGU, Burundi – While in support of the theater security cooperation mission in Burundi, Marines and sailors with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14.1 have been training a group of soldiers with the Burundi National Defense Force.

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The Lodge at Kaneohe Bay standardizes with Inns of the Corps

By Kristen Wong | Marine Corps Base Hawaii | February 28, 2014


MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII - More than 30 employees at The Lodge at Kaneohe Bay recently completed training in the new standardized procedures that will be applied to more than a dozen temporary lodging facilities Corpswide.

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February 27, 2014

Marine paralympic game trials start

By Linda McIntosh
6 a.m.Feb. 27, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON — Several hundred injured Marines are set to compete in the annual Marine Corps Trials, starting Sunday at Camp Pendleton. The trials help determine who will represent the Marine Corps at the military paralympics, known as the Warrior Games, to be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., this fall.

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February 26, 2014

World War II vet retires after 65 years with Marines

By Linda McIntosh
9:20 a.m.Feb. 26, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON — A Camp Pendleton Marine who joined the Corps in 1942, retired earlier this month from his civilian job at Camp Pendleton.

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February 25, 2014

Rolled sleeves to make return with Marines

By Jennifer Hlad
Published: February 25, 2014

Good news, Marines and fans of Marine biceps (ahem): Rolled sleeves are coming back.

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February 24, 2014

Marines to train with equipment stored underground in Arctic

Cold Response 2014 brings troops from 16 countries to Norway

By Gina Harkins
Staff write
Feb. 24, 2014 - 06:00AM

About 440 North Carolina-based Marines will move prepositioned gear out of caves in Norway for the first time in decades during a multinational exercise aimed at cold weather military training.

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1st EOD prepares for deployment to Afghanistan

Photo by Cpl. Laura Gauna | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 02.18.2014
Date Posted: 02.24.2014 00:51

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Since the beginning of the “Global War on Terror,” Marines have deployed to Southwest Asia and the Middle East for combat and support operations.

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February 21, 2014

22nd MEU to participate in exercise with Portuguese, Spanish forces

02.21.2014 | USEUCOM, AT SEA
Story by Capt. Stewart Coles

ROTA, Spain – U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy Sailors with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) will be working together with Portuguese Marines and Spanish Marines for Spanish Amphibious Bilateral Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2014.

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Rappelling recruits overcome fear of heights on Parris Island

Photo by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 02.18.2014
Date Posted:02.21.2014 09:26

Rappelling is a controlled descent on a rope and is used to help prepare recruits for deploying from helicopters, navigating difficult terrain and gaining access to buildings during raids – as well as overcome fear of heights. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple)

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VA phasing in new ID card with improved security features

Stars and Stripes
Published: February 21, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the phased rollout of a more secure Veteran Health Identification Card.

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February 20, 2014

Battle of Iwo Jima remembrance at Pendleton

Camp Pendleton Marine in "Sands of Iwo Jima" to attend

By Linda McIntosh
11 a.m.Feb. 20, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON — A commemoration of the 69th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima is set for Saturday at Camp Pendleton.

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Gear in, gear out: Marines on retrograde mission pack it up and ship it out

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 20, 2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Forklifts, weapons, radios, tactical vehicles. Containers, trailers, air conditioners, generators. If the Marines brought it to Afghanistan, they need to get it out of Afghanistan, and it’s R4OG’s job to get it done.

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Marine's goal after explosion takes his legs: 'To play with my daughter'

By Justin Zaremba/NJ.com
on February 20, 2014 at 1:47 PM, updated February 20, 2014 at 4:39 PM

BETHESDA, Md. — U.S. Marine Sgt. Aaron Alonso, who was critically injured and lost his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan earlier this month, has a long road ahead in his recovery including "upwards of 100 surgeries," according to his wife.

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Restaurant refuses to seat Marine veteran because of his service-dog-in-training

By Jeff Schogol
Staff writer
Feb. 20, 2014 - 09:15PM

A Marine Corps veteran says he was told to leave a Texas restaurant because he brought his dog in training to be certified as his service animal.

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Marine recruits battle in simulated bayonet fight on Parris Island

Photo by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 02.15.2014
Date Posted: 02.20.2014 14:02

Bayonet training is part of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, which combines hand-to-hand combat skills with mental discipline and character development to help transform recruits into physically and morally sound warriors. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps.

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February 19, 2014

Former President George W. Bush outlines plans to help younger vets

By Jon Harper
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — Former President George W. Bush hosted a Military Service Initiative Summit on Wednesday, and spoke about the many problems facing post-9/11 veterans and how his institute hopes to address them.

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2/6 returns from seven month Japan deployment

By THOMAS BRENNAN Daily News Staff
Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 13:25 PM.

One little princess finally got to bring her king back to his castle.

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February 18, 2014

Silver Stars for Marine assault

Twentynine Palms infantry honored for valor in Afghanistan

By Gretel C. Kovach
9:04 p.m. Feb. 18, 2014

A Marine from Fallbrook and three other infantrymen were honored with medals Tuesday for valor in combat during a six-day assault into a Taliban stronghold in southwestern Afghanistan.

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February 17, 2014

Lejeune Marine killed in Afghanistan

By Mike Voorheis - StarNews of Wilmington
Published: Monday, February 17, 2014 at 11:34 AM.

Master Sgt. Aaron Torian was remembered Sunday as a dedicated Marine, family man and superior physical specimen by several communities who grew to respect him. Torian died Saturday while deployed in Afghanistan.

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In Afghan war’s twilight, two farewells in Mass.

US role ebbs, but pain for families will not recede

By Brian MacQuarrie
Globe Staff
February 17, 2014

Erin Vasselian left her job at Starbucks an hour early on Dec. 23, her mind swirling with thoughts of Christmas preparations and a husband stationed with the Marines half a world away in one of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan.

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Parris Island Martial Art Training

Posted Feb 17, 2014
By Erica Miller @togianphotog

Parris Island Martial Art Training by United States Marines Corp. Photographer Erica Miller is on her third day of documenting the grueling training that recruits endure.

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Before, during and after Marine recruit chow

Posted Feb 17, 2014
By Erica Miller @togianphotog

Recruits at Parris Island only have a short time to eat their meals, here are the scenes from before, during and after a lunch meal on campus.

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February 15, 2014

State of the Corps

Top Marine sounds off on women infantry, warfighter legacy, budget pain

By Gretel C. Kovach
noon Feb. 15, 2014

Gen. James Amos plans to retire in October at the end of his four-year turn as commandant of the Marine Corps.

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February 14, 2014

Recruits learn meaning of Marine uniform

By Lance Cpl. Jericho W. Crutcher | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | February 14, 2014

MArine COrps Recruit Depot San Diego --

The Marine Corps uniforms are a representation of Marines. Therefore, it is critical that every Marine be taught all aspects of the uniforms to create the best image possible.

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Marine Corps Recruit Training Graduation

Courtesy Webcast | DVIDS Hub | Date: 02.14.2014 | Start Time: 8:55AM EST | End Time: 10:05AM EST

Nearly 600 newly minted United States Marines will graduate from recruit training from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. For 13 weeks, the male and female recruits of Companies I and O stayed committed during some of the world's most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment.

Scheduled from Feb 14 2014 8:55 AM EST to Feb 14 2014 10:05 AM EST

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February 13, 2014

Ragnarok Co completes winter training

Posted in The Globe Thursday, February 13, 2014 12:00 am
by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie 2nd Marine Logistics Group

Blinding snow during the day, bitter cold at night and the threat of attack at any moment added to the stress Ragnarok Company faced each day it spent in the mountains.

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Water survival training at Parris Island

Posted Feb 13, 2014
By Erica Miller

Recruits learn combat swim survival at Parris Island. Photographer Erica Miller is on her third day of documenting the grueling training that recruits endure.

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February 12, 2014

Twentynine Palms Marines to receive Silver and Bronze stars for six-day battle in 2012

By Andrew deGrandprè and James Sanborn
Staff writers
Feb. 12, 2014 - 06:00AM

Four California-based Marines will be recognized for their heroism during a 2012 operation in Afghanistan.

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February 10, 2014

Golf Company - Confidence Course - Feb. 4, 2014

Date Taken:02.4.2014
Date Posted:02.10.2014 10:28AM

Recruits of Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, navigate through 15 obstacles on Parris Island's Confidence Course on Feb. 4.

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February 8, 2014

VMGR-252 returns from Afghanistan

Story by LCpl Victor Arriaga
Date Posted:02.08.2014 14:17

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - More than 80 Marines and Sailors with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point returned from a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan Feb. 2 and 5.

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Warlords ‘fight’ in winter environment

By Staff Sgt. Steve Cushman | 2nd Marine Regiment | February 08, 2014

Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif. – -- A quiet winter morning in a mountain field, the natural silence is shattered by a landing helicopter. Marines quickly exit the helicopter into knee deep snow, and drag their 90-pound packs through the snow to set up security, then rapidly trudge through the snow to the nearby tree line.

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EOD Marine is first to receive revolutionary prosthetic implant

EOD Marine is first to receive prosthetic implant
By Hope Hodge Seck | Staff writer
Feb. 8, 2014 - 06:00AM

A year after an improvised explosive device pulled him from the front lines of the battlefield, a Marine staff sergeant stood on the front line of medical science, becoming the first patient to receive an implant that allows him to operate his prosthetic arm with his upper arm muscles.

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Bataan Amphibious Ready Group Deploys

Story Number: NNS140208-07Release Date: 2/8/2014 5:26:00 PM
By Lieutenant Patricia Kreuzberger, USS Bataan (LHD 5) Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- More than 4,000 Sailors and Marines from the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (BAT ARG) and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed from Naval Station Norfolk for an eight-month deployment, Feb. 8.

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Marines unite old, new Corps

Battle colors ceremony honored 73rd birthday of 1st Marine Division

By Gretel C. Kovach
8:41 a.m. Feb. 8, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON — Old Corps and new Corps. Uniformed members of the 1st Marine Division and veterans of its fiercest battles. Together they marched, one pair after another, toward the flag to rededicate the battle colors.

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February 7, 2014

Love letters from the sand

By Jennifer Hlad
Published: February 7, 2014

A muddy piece of Camp Leatherneck in front of a concrete barrier isn't the most romantic of locations, but Thursday morning, it was filled with messages of love.

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Documenting bravery of Korean War heroes

'Finnigan's War' film honors grandfather, others who fought 1950-1953

By Gretel C. Kovach
1:28 p.m. Feb. 7, 2014

Toward the end of “Finnigan’s War,” a documentary about Korean War veterans, filmmaker Conor Timmis stands in a clearing in the trees, one hand resting on a tall stone inscribed in memory of Cpl. Mitchell Red Cloud Jr.

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Eyes in the sky: 1st MLG Marine trains with UAVs

Story by LCpl Keenan Zelazoski
Date Posted:02.07.2014 15:25

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Part of being a Marine is finding ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of your unit, so most units have training noncommissioned officers that find beneficial courses and classes for their subordinates and peers.

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February 6, 2014

Corpsmen perfect lifesaving steps

By Pfc. Donald T. Peterson | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | February 06, 2014

CAMP FOSTER -- Twenty-six corpsmen with various units within the III Marine Expeditionary Force participated in a forward resuscitative care course Jan. 27-30 at the Simulated Trauma Advanced Training Center on Camp Foster.

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3rd Maintenance Battalion completes exercise at Kin Blue

By Lance Cpl. Pete Sanders | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | February 06, 2014

KIN BLUE, Okinawa -- Members of 3rd Maintenance Battalion participated in Maintenance Exercise 14-1 Jan. 27 to Feb. 1 at the Kin Blue Training Area near Camp Hansen.

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Last Marine takes command in Afghanistan

Camp Pendleton brigade replaces southwest force at war's end

By Gretel C. Kovach
4:52 p.m. Feb. 6, 2014

A Marine brigade from Camp Pendleton took command of coalition forces in southwestern Afghanistan as the 13-year campaign enters its critical final phase, the International Security Assistance Force announced Thursday

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February 5, 2014

Marines, sailors to conduct training in Senegal

Published JDN news: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 09:46 AM

NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Italy - Marines and sailors from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14 recently arrived in Senegal to conduct a theater security cooperation engagement.

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New GI Bill tool helps calculate benefits, compares schools

By Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 5, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a new tool to help service members, veterans and their families calculate Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and compare schools and training programs nationwide.

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Groups rally to plan dinner for wounded Marine

By Andy Fillmore
Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:19 p.m.

Lance Cpl. David Garrett Burgess, wounded in December while serving with the U. S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan, will be honored Saturday with an official “welcome home” fundraising dinner to benefit him and his wife Emily, and their son Joseph.

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Marines board USS Denver at Okinawa, head for Cobra Gold

By Lisa Tourtelot
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 5, 2014

WHITE BEACH NAVAL FACILITY, Okinawa — The USS Denver made a brief stop at Okinawa on Wednesday to pick up members of the 3rd Marine Division and their gear before proceeding to Thailand in support of Exercise Cobra Gold 2014.

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Intrepid cooks try working magic with military rations

By J. Freedom du Lac
Article posted: 2/5/2014 2:03 PM

WASHINGTON — Amateur chef John Crist reached into the box and blindly pulled out his secret ingredients — two Department of Defense field rations, otherwise known as "Meals, Ready-to-Eat," or MREs.

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February 4, 2014

CMC Awards MCRC Recruiters of the Year

Story by Lance Cpl. Francisco Martinez | Marine Corps Recruiting Command | Date: 02.03.2014
Date Posted: 02.04.2014 16:09

QUANTICO, Va. - Exceptional work ethic, dedication to service and commitment to excellence are just a few things in which Marines take pride. Marines who put all the energy, knowledge and skills they possess into their work are recognized as the best of the best and a step above their peers.

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22nd MEU Marines, sailors depart for deployment

Published: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 13:39 PM.

U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy sailors with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are slated to depart North Carolina and begin their scheduled eight-month deployment with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).

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February 3, 2014

Why Does WUNC Pronounce 'Camp Lejeune' With An 'R'?

By Carol Jackson
Mon February 3, 2014

Camp Lejeune is one of the Marine's largest bases. Here at WUNC, we report on the base regularly because it's located in North Carolina. We used to call it Camp "Luh-JOON". But we recently started pronouncing it "Luh-JERN". How come?

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Corps restores tuition assistance money

Funds will begin flowing before end of February, officials say

By James K. Sanborn
Staff Writer
Feb. 3, 2014 - 06:00AM

After months of reduced funds and uncertainty about the future, a robust Tuition Assistance Program is back, according to Marine officials. Within weeks, millions more dollars will become available to help Marines pay for school.

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February 1, 2014

'Semper Fi' for sale: Marines increasingly raise money from branding

By Jim Michaels
Published: February 1, 2014

WASHINGTON — Over its storied 238-year history the Marine Corps has built a powerful brand.

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