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October 31, 2014

Mexican Court Orders US Marine Reservist Released

October 31, 2014

U.S. Marine reservist Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, jailed in Mexico on gun charges since March, was ordered released by a judge in Mexico on Friday, according to documents released by the court.

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Obama Designates November as Military Family Month

DoD News, Defense Media Activity
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2014

Noting that the selflessness of military families “tells a story of unfailing duty and devotion,” President Barack Obama today signed a proclamation declaring November as Military Family Month.

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New commanding general finds purpose as Marine

Posted: Friday, October 31, 2014 7:27 pm
By Alexis Cubit Hi-Desert Star

TWENTYNINE PALMS — The image of a Marine can be many different things to many different people. For the Twentynine Palms Marine base’s new commanding general, Lewis Craparotta, being a Marine holds a deep, philanthropic meaning.

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DoD Authorizes Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for Operation Inherent Resolve

Release No: NR-553-14
October 31, 2014

The Department of Defense announced today that service members deployed abroad in support of Operation Inherent Resolve are eligible for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica Wright signed a memorandum authorizing award of the medal.

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Video: Aircraft operations aboard the USS Kearsarge during exercise Bold Alligator 2014

Video by Cpl James Skelton
Date Taken:10.29.2014 | Date Posted:10.31.2014 3:03PM

U.S. Marines and Sailors land aircraft aboard the USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) in support of exercise Bold Alligator 14 off the eastern coast of the United States, Oct. 29, 2014. Exercise Bold Alligator 14 is a multi-national, synthetic naval amphibious exercise designed to train across the full range of amphibious capabilities in order to provide unique and contemporary solutions to global challenges.

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Video: USS Bataan's Homecoming

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Date Posted:10.31.2014 4:12PM

USS Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is returning home from a nine-month deployment.

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October 30, 2014

Bataan Amphibious Ready Group Returns To Homeport

Story Number: NNS141030-29Release Date: 10/30/2014 10:26:00 PM
By USS Bataan Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- More than 4,000 Sailors and Marines from the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed a nine-month deployment, returning to Naval Station Norfolk, Va. and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va. Oct. 31, and Camp Lejeune, N.C. Oct. 28. While deployed, the Bataan ARG/MEU served in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility (AOR).

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Marine recruits earn title, emblem on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink
Date Taken:10.25.2014
Date Posted:10.30.2014 14:10

Recruits of Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, repeat the oath of enlistment during an emblem ceremony Oct. 25, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Repeating the oath is a custom that helps reaffirm their commitment to defending the nation. Kilo Company is scheduled to graduate Oct. 31, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915.

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October 28, 2014

Sailors and Marines Visit Jordanian Mosque During COMREL

Story Number: NNS141028-08Release Date: 10/28/2014 2:28:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shannon M. Smith, USS Mesa Verde Public Affairs

U.S. 5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (NNS) -- Twenty-three USS Mesa Verde Sailors and Marines toured the Al-Sharif Al-Hussein bin Ali Mosque as part of a community relations project (COMREL) in Aqaba, Jordan, Aug. 25.

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Marine corporal is reclassified as 1st to die in Operation Inherent Resolve

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: October 28, 2014

The death of Marine Cpl. Jordan L. Spears has been reclassified to indicate he died in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday.

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Video: 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit Homecoming

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Date Posted:10.28.2014 4:01PM

Marines and sailors with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit are reunited with their families and friends aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune after their extended deployment with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group.

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A marine gets the gift of a lifetime, and the keys to his future

POSTED 7:04 PM, OCTOBER 28, 2014

BROOKLYN–He served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and now the community is serving him. Marine Pfc. Robert Vardaro was injured in three separate IED attacks while on combat missions in Afghanistan, and, as he continues to heal from the brain injuries he sustained, he has been given the keys to a new life.

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October 27, 2014

Parris Island recruits gain new confidence after completing Confidence Course

Photos by Cpl. David Bessey
Date Taken:09.29.2014
Date Posted:10.27.2014 07:39

Recruits of Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, pull themselves up a Confidence Course obstacle Sept. 29, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. The course is comprised of multiple obstacles that test recruits’ strength, endurance and courage. Delta Company is scheduled to graduate Dec. 5, 2014.

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October 26, 2014

24th MEU Marine runs MCM aboard warship at sea

Story 1st Lt. Joshua Larson
Date Posted:10.26.2014 21:17

USS NEW YORK, At Sea - He was perhaps the very first finisher of the 39th Marine Corps Marathon, but he didn’t finish anywhere near Arlington, Virginia. Instead, he finished at sea aboard the USS New York - on a treadmill.

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U.S. Marine from Midland dies during training at Fort Bragg

By Brad Devereaux
October 26, 2014 at 4:04 PM, updated October 26, 2014 at 4:11 PM

MIDLAND, MI — A 24-year-old Marine from Midland died during a training exercise at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, according to his obituary and the Associated Press.

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VMA-223 Homecoming

Video by Cpl Victoria Stewart
Date Posted:10.26.2014 3:06PM

U.S Marines with Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 223 return from a deployment with 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) October 26, 2014, aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. VMA-223 was deployed for over 7 months with the 22nd MEU.

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US Marines hand over military bases to Afghan military 13 years after the invasion that launched the war against the Taliban

PUBLISHED: 12:33 EST, 26 October 2014 | UPDATED: 13:07 EST, 26 October 2014

US Marines and British troops ended their combat operations in Afghanistan on Sunday, 13 years after a US-led invasion launched the long and costly war against the Taliban.

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October 24, 2014

At Marine Corps Marathon, runners find their own reasons

By James Wagner October 24, 2014

On Sunday, 30,000 runners from a broad range of ages will line up near Arlington Cemetery at the starting line of the annual Marine Corps Marathon. The elite runners will finish in about 2 hours 15 minutes. But for most, the daunting task of running 26.2 miles isn’t about a finishing time but about the motivation behind it.

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Comfortable in Chaos: 2/6 Marines ready for urban operations

Story by LCpl Tyler Andersen
Date Posted:10.24.2014 17:35

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marines with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division conducted live-fire, close–quarters, battle training with grenades at the MOC-3 range aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Oct. 21.

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Navy, Marine Corps engage in exercise Pacific Horizon 2015

by SN Jonathan Nelson
Date Taken:10.24.2014 | Date Posted:10.25.2014 00:01

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON , Calif. - Expeditionary Strike Group 3 and the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade participated in Navy-Marine Corps joint exercise Pacific Horizon 2015 from Oct. 20-28.

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Riverside Marine dies in Iraq, second to die in Islamic State mission

By Tony Perry, W.J. Hennigan
October 24, 2014

A 19 year-old Marine from Riverside has died in Iraq, becoming the second U.S. military member to die as the U.S. fights the advance of Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal, a specialist in the use of mortars, died in a “non-combat related incident” Thursday in Baghdad, the Department of Defense announced Friday. The incident is under investigation.

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October 23, 2014

Fallen Marine awarded Bronze Star for heroism in 'Operation Nightmare'

Oct. 23, 2014 - 11:36AM
By Hope Hodge Seck

The family of fallen Marine Sgt. Daniel Vasselian accepted his Bronze Star with combat “V” device last week for heroism in Afghanistan.

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October 20, 2014

Nilsson retires following 30 years of service

Story by Cpl Grace L. Waladkewics
Date Taken:10.17.2014 | Date Posted:10.20.2014 17:14

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Sgt. Maj. Lisa K. Nilsson retired from her post as sergeant major of Marine Air Control Group 28 during a retirement ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Oct. 17.

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Sit, stay, rappel: Dogs fast rope with their handlers

Story by LCpl Ryan Mains
Date Taken:10.07.2014 | Date Posted:10.20.2014 19:39

CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan – Military working dog handlers put a spin on the old adage, ‘teach an old dog new tricks,’ by participating in a fast-roping exercise with their dogs Oct. 7 at the Camp Hansen rappel tower.

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HMLA-169 Marines help Carlsbad community with post-fire cleanup

Story by Cpl Michael Thorn
Date Taken:10.18.2014 | Date Posted:10.20.2014 18:25

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Marines from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 169 aid local volunteers by cleaning up a fire-damaged area, in Carlsbad, Calif., Oct. 18.

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VMGR-252 conducts FISDU, props up detachment

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Date Posted:10.20.2014 13:37

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 sent one KC-130J Super Hercules to Moron, Spain, on a flight in support of deployed unit Oct. 15-18.

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Marines, sailors return from from Down Under

Published: Oct. 20, 2014 Updated: 10:14 p.m.

CAMP PENDLETON – Cpl. Travis Reynders couldn't believe what he saw through his night vision goggles in the pitch-black Australian Outback.

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October 19, 2014

VA explores alternative therapies

By Emily Wax-Thibodeaux | The Washington Post | Published: October 19, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. — The acupuncturist in his glow-in-the-dark yellow Crocs gently leaned over the burly and bearded Army Special Operations officer, who was stretched across a bed in the "zen den" of the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center.

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1/2 Promotions on Bastion-Leatherneck Complex

Photos by Cpl John Martinez
Date Taken:10.01.2014 | Date Posted:10.05.2014 02:33

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment stand at attention as their fellow Marines are promoted to the rank of Cpl. aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan on October 1, 2014.

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October 17, 2014

Graduation Ceremony – Bravo Company – Oct. 17, 2014

Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink
Date Taken:10.17.2014
Date Posted:10.17.2014 12:04

Pfc. Richard Mendez III, the Bravo Company high shooter from Platoon 1072, scored 331 points out of 350 points. Mendez graduated boot camp Oct. 17, 2014, and is from Argillite, Ky.

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Family looks to return Marine Corps ring to it's owner

Published: Oct 17, 2014 4:18 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 17, 2014 6:33 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- It's a story you'll see only on WINK News. A mystery in Cape Coral. We all know that sinking feeling when something we value goes missing. Today, what was lost is now found, except for the object's owner.

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U.S., Bulgaria resilient as regional threat looms

Story by Sgt Derrick Irions
Date Posted:10.17.2014 05:19

PLOVDIV, Bulgaria - U.S. and Bulgarian military exercises demonstrate a combined commitment to preserving European security amidst recent Russian aggression.

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U.S. Marines partner with East African forces

Story by 1st Lt. Maida Kalic
Date Posted:10.17.2014 13:37

SIGONELLA, Italy - U.S. Marines arrived in East Africa, October 14, to train Ugandan and Burundian forces, preparing them for future deployments.

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Dunford takes over for Amos as commandant of the US Marine Corps

By Jon Harper
Stars and Stripes
Published: October 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — Gen. Joseph Dunford became the 36th commandant of the Marine Corps on Friday, as Gen. James Amos closed the curtain on his controversial tenure.

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October 15, 2014

Marine recruits maneuver through combat course on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. David Bessey
Date Taken:09.23.2014
Date Posted:10.15.2014 13:52

Recruits of Bravo Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, clear an obstacle during a combat training course Sept. 23, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits learned to communicate and maneuver in a simulated combat environment. Recruits learn the primary mission of a Marine Corps rifle squad, which is to locate, close with and destroy an enemy by using fire and maneuver. Bravo Company is scheduled to graduate Oct. 17, 2014

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WATCH: U.S. Marines faceoff against Republic of Korea Army in amazing drum battle

By Jim Gearhart October 15, 2014 9:30 AM

This is absolutely fantastic to watch. Check out the drum battle between III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF) Band and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Army Band.

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October 14, 2014

Marine Corps Heroes: Col. Jay R. Vargas (Retired)

By Cpl. Shaltiel Dominguez | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | October 14, 2014

As Hispanic-American Heritage month draws to a close, we take the time to recognize retired Col. Jay R. Vargas in a fictional account between a veteran Marine and a reporter, using historical information to retell his story of leadership and courage in the face of fire

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The Amos legacy: How the first aviator commandant will be remembered

By Hope Hodge Seck
Oct. 14, 2014 - 06:00AM

As Gen. Jim Amos neared the start of his final year leading the Marine Corps, his staff at the Pentagon asked a select group of senior officers for suggestions on how he and the service could improve.

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Marine runs, rides her way through recovery

October 14th, 2012 // By Sgt. Priscilla Sneden

Gunnery Sgt. Barbra Brown joined the Marine Corps in 1994. She spent the next 16 years dedicating her life to her family and the Corps. What she didn’t know was those experiences were preparing her to face the biggest challenge of her life.

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October 11, 2014

New travel pay rates mean less money for TAD

Oct. 11, 2014 - 01:01PM
By Andrew Tilghman

Traveling on temporary duty is not as lucrative as it used to be. Effective Oct. 1, the Pentagon made several revisions to its travel regulations that will mean less money for service members when they go on TAD. It’s part of a broader cutback on government travel in recent years and just the latest in a long string of policy changes that will shave money from Defense Department budget accounts. Across the board, per diem rates will be slashed for long-term assignments, and troops will have to pay for a few more things with out-of-pocket cash. And your command might start picking up the tab for your duty-related cellphone calls. The details are threaded throughout a new 1,634-page version of the venerable document known as the “Joint Travel Regulations.” Here’s a short take on the five things you need to know:

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Marines learn raid leader skills

Story by Sgt Emmanuel Ramos
Date Taken:10.08.2014 | Date Posted:10.11.2014 21:01

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, participated in a raid-leaders course here Oct. 8.

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October 10, 2014

Oscar Company recruits conquer Confidence Course on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Jennifer Schubert
Date Taken:10.01.2014
Date Posted:10.10.2014 10:29

Recruits of Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, balance on a Confidence Course obstacle Oct. 1, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. The course is comprised of 15 obstacles designed to help Marine Corps recruits build confidence by overcoming physical challenges. Oscar Company is scheduled to graduate Dec. 5, 2014.

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15th MEU Composite Ceremony

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Date Posted:10.10.2014 17:19

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit joined together as a Marine air-ground task force today during a ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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1/2 returns from Afghanistan

Story by Lance Cpl. Krista James | II Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 10.10.2014

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - A crowd of more than 300 friends and family members cheered as Marines and sailors with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment returned to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Oct. 9 following a six-month deployment to Afghanistan.

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October 9, 2014

Charlie Company conquers classroom

Photos by Cpl. Jennifer Schubert
Date Taken:08.25.2014
Date Posted:10.09.2014 10:16

Recruits of Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, learned how to formally and informally seek assistance from their chain of command during a class Aug. 25, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Although learning is continuous on Parris Island, recruits are scheduled to receive 58 formal classes covering topics like problem solving techniques, combat care and Marine Corps history. Academics is only one obstacle these recruits will have to overcome on their journey to earn the title Marine. Charlie Company is scheduled to graduate Nov. 7, 2014.

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US Marines provide support to Ebola Response in West Africa

Story by 1st Lt. Gerard Farao
Date Posted:10.09.2014 13:21

MORÓN AIR BASE, Spain – U.S. Marines and sailors assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Africa (SPMAGTF-CR-AF) arrived in Monrovia, Liberia, and are ready to provide support to Operation United Assistance, Oct. 9, 2014.

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USS Mesa Verde Departs Split, Croatia

Story Number: NNS141009-09Release Date: 10/9/2014 1:36:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shannon M. Smith, USS Mesa Verde Public Affairs

SPLIT, Croatia (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) departed Split, Croatia, Oct. 9, after a scheduled port visit.

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October 8, 2014

Sick Marines a medical whodunnit for Navy doctors

By Matthew M. Burke
Published: October 8, 2014

When Navy Lt. Cmdr. Joy Dierks arrived at work last month, she found 31 sick Marines waiting for her.

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Pentagon: 100 US Marines heading to Liberia

Published October 08, 2014
Associated Press

The Pentagon says 100 Marines will go to Liberia on Thursday with helicopters and other transportation to help the military get to locations around the country and help with the Ebola fight.

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October 7, 2014

Search suspended for Marine missing in Guam

Oct. 2, 2014 - 03:07PM
By Kyle Daly
(Hagatna, Guam) Pacific Daily News

Search efforts for a Marine who went missing last week while swimming off the coast of Tinian were suspended Wednesday morning.

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USS Mesa Verde Visits Split, Croatia

Story Number: NNS141007-12Release Date: 10/7/2014 3:56:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shannon M. Smith, USS Mesa Verde Public Affairs

SPLIT, Croatia (NNS) -- The USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), arrived in Split, Croatia, for a port visit, Oct. 6.

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October 6, 2014

Marine Lost at Sea Was Living Dream: Father

The Navy called off the search for Cpl. Jordan L. Spears, 21, on Thursday
By Vanessa Herrera
Monday, Oct 6, 2014 • Updated at 4:13 PM PDT

The father of a Marine corporal presumed dead at sea says it was his son’s childhood dream to serve.

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In the Californian desert, UK and US forces crave 'a crack at the headcutters

Politicians have ruled out western boots on the ground in the fight against Isis but the marines must be ready for anything

Rory Carroll at Twentynine Palms, California
Monday 6 October 2014

It was a victory foretold and started soon after dawn, just as the sun began to bake the desert. Two American F-16 jets roared out of a clear blue sky and dropped heavy payloads on enemy bunkers in the distant foothills.

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October 5, 2014

Typhoon Phanfone Hits Okinawa And Central Japan, 3 U.S. Airman Swept Out To Sea

Posted: 10/05/2014 11:20 pm EDT | Updated: 10/06/2014 3:59 am EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful typhoon that washed three American airmen in Okinawa out to sea, killing at least one, slammed central Japan on Monday, stalling trains and flights and triggering mudslides, before swerving to the Pacific Ocean.

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October 4, 2014

Fox Company conducts sustainment training

Photos by Gunnery Sgt. Rome Lazarus
Date Taken:10.01.2014 | Date Posted:10.04.2014 08:52

U.S. Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines (BLT 2/1), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conduct a Table 3 combat marksmanship course of fire as a part of sustainment training on the flight deck of the USS San Diego (LPD 22), Oct. 1, 2014.

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Marine's F-35B jet makes debut at Miramar Air Show

Eras begin, end as CH-46 helo flies last performances
By Gretel C. Kovach9:23 P.M.OCT. 4, 2014Updated10:02 P.M.

Spectators at the Miramar Air Show witnessed the end of an era in Marine aviation and a beginning, when a helicopter that served in the Vietnam War flew its last active duty performance and a stealthy, supersonic F-35B fighter jet flew its San Diego debut.

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October 3, 2014

Three women pass grueling endurance test at Marine Infantry Officer Course

Oct. 3, 2014 - 06:00AM
Staff report

Three women have passed the grueling Combat Endurance Test on the first day of the Marine Corps Infantry Officer Course, officials told Marine Corps Times Friday morning.

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Soldiers' families and homes may be IS targets, Army threat center reports

Oct. 3, 2014 - 06:00AM
Staff report

Soldiers and their families should be warned the Islamic State is calling on its followers in the United States to use social media sites to “find the addresses of service members, show up [at their homes] and slaughter them,” according to the Army Threat Integration Center.

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Bataan Amphibious Ready Group transits Suez Canal, begins journey home


The ships of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) transited the Suez Canal on Thursday, marking the beginning of their journey homeward.

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October 2, 2014

Army warns US military personnel on ISIS threat to family members

By Catherine HerridgePublished October 02, 2014FoxNews.com

An Army intelligence bulletin is warning U.S. military personnel to be vigilant after Islamic State militants called on supporters to scour social media for addresses of their family members – and to “show up [at their homes] and slaughter them."

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1/7 transfers authority, ends operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan

Story by SSgt John Jackson
Date Posted:10.02.2014 07:01

TACTICAL BASE DWYER, Afghanistan – First battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, cased their unit battle colors during a transfer of authority ceremony aboard Tactical Base Dwyer, Oct. 1.

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October 1, 2014

New online tool helps troops overseas vote

By Jon Harper
Stars and Stripes
Published: October 1, 2014

WASHINGTON — With the midterm elections approaching, voting activists have developed a new online tool to make it easier for servicemembers deployed overseas to cast their votes.

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Study Finds Troops Aren't Ready for Civilian Life

San Antonio Express-News | Oct 01, 2014 | by Sig Christenson

A new study released Tuesday says half of U.S. troops return to civilian life with untreated mental and physical illnesses, and one in every 10 has thought of suicide or planned to take their lives.

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