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January 31, 2015

Study examines impact of service dogs on veterans with PTSD

By Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes
Published: January 31, 2015

Retired Marine and lifelong New Yorker Matthew Raible knows that service dogs save lives.

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January 30, 2015

Local marine remembered after fatal helicopter crash

By Christina Mora, Anchor/Reporter
Published On: Jan 26 2015 05:44:33 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 26 2015 06:16:42 PM EST

Friends and family are remembering an Oldham County native who died in a helicopter crash in California on Friday

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Sixteen Wounded Warriors Bikes Missing

By Liberty Zabala and Samantha Tatro
Updated at 11:23 AM PDT on Monday, Mar 30, 2015

More than a dozen bikes used by Wounded Warriors are missing from a facility and the Navy is looking for the public’s help in finding them.

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January 28, 2015

Supply on the Fly: Crisis Response Marines Complete External-Load Lift With MV-22 Osprey in Spain

by Sgt Paul Peterson
Date Posted:01.28.2015 10:52AM

U.S. Marine Corps landing support specialists with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response – Africa perform an exercise to maintain their proficiency in conducting single-point external lifts with the Osprey, a versatile vehicle capable of completing vertical lifts. at Morón Air Base, Spain, Jan. 19, 2015.

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Paving the Way: TF Al Asad Trains Iraqi Army in CIED Drills

Story by Cpl Carson Gramley
Date Taken:01.18.2015 | Date Posted:01.28.2015 10:18

U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND - U.S. Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, Task Force Al Asad, facilitated a Counter Improvised Explosive Device class for members of the Iraqi Army to teach them basic IED reaction and mitigation skills at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Jan. 18, 2015.

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January 27, 2015

This Marine Was The ‘American Sniper’ Of The Vietnam War

JAN. 27, 2015, 10:35 AM
This article originally appeared at We Are The Mighty. Copyright 2015.

Long before Chris Kyle penned “American Sniper,” Carlos Hathcock was already a legend.

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NATO Allies, Partner Nations and Marines complete Platinum Lion 15

Story by LCpl Ryan Young
Date Posted:01.27.2015 06:21

NOVO SELO TRAINING AREA, Bulgaria - Marines and Sailors from the Black Sea Rotational Force spent the month of January alongside soldiers from the nations of Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania during Platinum Lion 15, a multi-nation training exercise at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria.

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Obituary: Elizabeth Kealey / Marine Corps pilot didn't waver in wake of challenges

January 27, 2015 12:00 AM
By Jill Harkins / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

When Marine Capt. Elizabeth Kealey returned from a deployment during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, she showed her mom, Chris Kealey-Thompson, photographs of her helicopter covered in bullet holes.

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January 26, 2015

USS Green Bay moves to Japan

By Jeanette Steele1:58 P.M.JAN. 26, 2015Updated9:34 A.M.JAN. 27, 2015

San Diego said goodbye to the amphibious ship Green Bay on Monday, as another local warship transfers to Japan.

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13th MEU Marines and Japanese soldiers kick off Exercise Iron Fist 2015

Story by Sgt Paris Capers
Date Posted:01.26.2015 17:54

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – U.S. Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit stood alongside soldiers of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Western Army Infantry Regiment to kick off Exercise Iron Fist 2015 during an opening ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 26, 2015.

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January 25, 2015

2 Marines identified in deadly California helicopter crash

The Associated Press
Published: January 25, 2015

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Two Marine Corps officers killed when their helicopter crashed during a training exercise in the Southern California desert were remembered Sunday as talented pilots.

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Marines name pilots killed in helicopter crash

Posted 12:01 PM, January 25, 2015, Updated at 04:52PM, January 25, 2015
By FOX 5 Digital Team

SAN DIEGO – The identities of the two Camp Pendleton Marines killed in a helicopter crash in Twentynine Palms were released Sunday.

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January 22, 2015

Privatized housing residents to feel 'BAH' pinch, too

By Tom Philpott
Special to Stars and Stripes
Published: January 22, 2015

Families living in privatized military housing units will not escape the impact of moves Congremade last month to dampen the value of Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), says a Defense Department housing expert who is coordinating with service branches to implement the changes.

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January 21, 2015

Fern Creek Marine ROTC instructor awarded Purple Heart

Posted: Jan 14, 2015 5:32 PM CST
Updated: Jan 21, 2015 5:32 PM CST
By Charles GazawayCONNECT

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A instructor at a JCPS high school has received an overdue honor.

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January 20, 2015

Marines poised for crisis response mission in Yemen

By James K. Sanborn, Staff Writer 4:34 p.m. EST January 20, 2015

Marines in Yemen and the surrounding region remain ready to bolster security at the U.S. Embassy there — or even evacuate personnel, if needed — as rebels seized the presidential palace Tuesday morning in the capital of Sanaa.

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Romanian Soldiers, Black Sea Rotational Force Marines partner for Platinum Lion

Story by LCpl Ryan Young
2015Date Posted:01.20.2015 12:35

NOVO SELO TRAINING AREA, Bulgaria - The Romanian soldiers listened intently to their commander, 2nd Lt. Vasile Ionut, as he laid out the plan of action. The commander had to ensure each of his men knew their exact role in the upcoming attack.

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January 19, 2015

24th MEU conducts live-fire exercise aboard USS Iwo Jima

by Lance Cpl. Dani A. Zunun
Date Taken:01.18.2015 | Date Posted:01.19.2015 10:52

Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit participating in a live-fire exercise aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), Jan. 18, 2015.

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A South Philly Marine's final mission

By Jason Nark, Philadelphia Daily News
Published: January 19, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (Tribune News Service) — Up in the high desert of northeastern Utah near the Colorado border, a teen with a jawline as rugged as the surrounding mountain ranges decided early in life that he was a Marine.

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Locate, Close with and Destroy

Story by Cpl Tony Simmons
Date Taken:01.11.2015 | Date Posted:01.19.2015 02:31

U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY - The mission of the Marine Corps rifle squad is to locate, close with and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver, or repel the enemy assault by fire and close combat; a lesson Marines are taught in boot camp that is carried throughout their entire career.

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January 18, 2015

Marine Prowlers fight Islamic State over Iraq, Syria

Joshua Stewart, Staff Writer
January 18, 2015

They're old, gray and approaching retirement — but the Marine Corps' EA-6B Prowlers are still fighting terrorists. The service's aging fleet of jets used for electronic warfare have flown hundreds of hours over Iraq and Syria in support of the fight against the Islamic State group. They may be some of the final combat missions for Prowler squadrons before the Corps starts to retire the aircraft and adds electronic warfare capabilities to a variety of platforms.

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January 17, 2015

New guided bullet could make Marine snipers deadlier

By James K. Sanborn, Staff Writer 10:36 a.m. EST January 17, 2015

The agency responsible for developing the Defense Department's next generation, science fiction-like technology is working to bring guided bullets that can change direction mid-flight to the military's most elite marksmen.

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January 16, 2015

Avengers Ordnance Marines Inspect What They Expect

by Cpl Tony Simmons
Date Taken:01.14.2015 | Date Posted:01.16.2015 01:26

Aviation ordnance technicians with VMA-211, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, inspect the ordnance of an AV-8B Harrier Vertical/Short Takeoff and Landing aircraft before a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in the Central Command area of operations, Jan. 14, 2015.

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Mortford Point Marine awarded Congressional Gold Medal

By Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | January 16, 2015

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. -- Frank C. Christl of San Clemente was awarded the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal by Brig. Gen. Edward Banta for serving as a Montford Point Marine from 1944-1946 on Jan. 16.

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January 15, 2015

TRICARE Patients Must Attest to Health Care Coverage

By Terri Moon Cronk
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2015 – As tax season begins, Defense Department officials want to remind TRICARE beneficiaries of changes in the tax laws, which require all Americans to have health care insurance or potentially pay a tax penalty.

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Tricare Users Must Self Identify on 2014 Tax Forms

Jan 15, 2015 | by Amy Bushatz

Tricare users will need to identify themselves and their families on their 2014 tax forms as having healthcare coverage, Defense Department officials said, or risk paying a fine.

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January 14, 2015

Our Legacy: John L’Abbe, Battle of Tarawa hero

Story by 1LT Sarah Burns
Date Posted:01.14.2015 15:06

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - “I was hit with a grenade in the leg. While I was down lying on the beach, a Japanese officer – I think he was a warrant officer – came. We looked at each other, and I saw he had his sword. So I put my arm over my head and rolled. He got my arm, and I grabbed it (his sword) and got him.” – John L. L’Abbe

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Warrior Wednesday: Marine from Post Falls, Idaho

by Sgt Emmanuel Ramos
Date Taken:01.13.2015 | Date Posted:01.14.2015 2:27AM

One Marine, from Post Falls, Idaho, inspired by his father, enlisted in the Marine Corps to make a difference and is a team leader with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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Marine Corps to end local search and rescue missions

Joshua Stewart, Staff Writer 3:54 p.m. EST January 14, 2015

Budget cuts are pushing Marine aviators out of the search and rescue business.

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January 12, 2015

Central Command's Twitter, You Tube Hacked To Post Threats to Troops

Jan 12, 2015 | by Richard Sisk

U.S. Central Command social media accounts have been hacked to post threatening messages to U.S. troops, purportedly from sympathizers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Pentagon said Monday.

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January 11, 2015

Cyber Marines get tactical during Bold Alligator

By James K. Sanborn, Staff writer 6:13 p.m. EST January 11, 2015

Developers with the Office of Naval Research are pushing cyber warfare training further than ever by incorporating it into tactical crisis response scenarios, including those at Exercise Bold Alligator 14.

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Iwo Jima ARG/MEU Transits U.S. 6th Fleet to U.S. 5th Fleet


MEDITERRANEAN SEA – The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group/ 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit transits from U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations (AOO) to U.S. 5th Fleet’s area of responsibility Jan. 10, 2015.

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January 10, 2015

24th MEU conducts MOPP gear refresher course

by LCpl Austin Lewis
Date Taken:01.08.2015 | Date Posted:01.09.2015 14:21

Marines with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, participates in a drill to don-and-clear his mission-oriented protective posture (MOPP) gear while aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Jan. 8, 2015.

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January 9, 2015

24th MEU operations

by LCpl Austin Lewis
Date Taken:01.07.2015 | Date Posted:01.09.2015 01:59

In preparation for a live-fire exercise in the Mediterranean Sea the 24th MEU and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group are conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.

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January 8, 2015

VMM-262 passes the sword [Image 1 of 2]

by PFC Juan Esqueda
Date Posted:01.08.2015 04:12

A post and relief ceremony Jan. 8 on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. Sgt. Maj. Devon A. Lee passed his responsibilities as the squadron sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. Timonthy J. Rudd.

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Lejeune Marines prepare for deployment to Afghanistan

By Derrick Perkins, Staff Writer 7:52 p.m. EST January 8, 2015

Just months after marking the end of the Corps' combat operations in Afghanistan, officials revealed that Marines are headed back into the war-torn country, but details of the deployment remain scarce.

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Marines jump in to help woman confronted by robbers

Posted: 7:00 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
By David Ham
KIRO-TV - Seattle

Three U.S. Marine Corps recruiters said they heard repeated honking from inside their office on Tuesday around 5:00 p.m. -- when they ran out to see what was going on.

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January 4, 2015

Off the Leash: LE Detachment Conducts Controlled Aggression Training

by Cpl Carson Gramley
Date Taken:12.28.2014 | Date Posted:01.04.2015 02:48

U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND -- Marines and working dogs with Law Enforcement Detachment, Command Element, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, conducted controlled aggression training in the U.S. Central Command area of operations, Dec. 28, 2014.

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January 3, 2015

USS Iwo Jima heads into Mediterranean [Image 1 of 4]

by LCpl Dani Zunun
Date Taken:12.27.2014 | Date Posted:01.03.2015 10:39

The Iwo Jima was transiting through the Strait of Gibraltar. The 24th MEU and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group are conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.

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January 1, 2015

Mission Ready: New Crisis Response Marines continue operations in Africa, Europe

Story by1LT Sarah Burns
DatePosted:01.01.2015 21:55

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — A five-day certification exercise for more than a thousand new Marines and sailors deploying during January and February in support of crisis and contingency response in the European and Africa Commands’ areas of responsibility concluded on Dec. 18, 2014.

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