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February 28, 2015

MCAS Yuma Airshow Takes Community, Supporters by Storm

Story by Cpl James Marchetti
Date Posted:02.28.2015 22:14

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz. - The only military airshow in Arizona for this year started with the evening Twilight Show at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 27, 2015. Open to the public, the event included aerial pyrotechnics, a concert and performances by civilian and military aircraft.

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24th MEU Conducts Noncombatant Evacuation Operations Training

by Cpl Todd Michalek
Date Taken:02.18.2015 | Date Posted:02.28.2015 18:03

Marines with the India Battery, the artillery attachment for Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct noncombatant evacuation training at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Feb. 18, 2015. A contingent of MEU Marines is ashore in Kuwait as part of scheduled sustainment training.

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Homeless Oklahoma Veteran’s Dying Wish to Be Granted

POSTED 11:52 AM, FEBRUARY 28, 2015, UPDATED AT 11:54AM, FEBRUARY 28, 2015

After being diagnosed with terminal cancer and given only three weeks to live, a beloved Marine had one last wish: to be buried in uniform, along with a Marine Corps flag.

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February 27, 2015

Graduation Ceremony – Kilo & Oscar Companies – Feb. 27, 2015

by PFC Vanessa Austin
Date Posted:02.27.2015 12:17

Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, graduated boot camp Feb. 27, 2015.

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Graduation Ceremony – Kilo & Oscar Companies – Feb. 27, 2015

by PFC Vanessa Austin
Date Posted:02.27.2015 12:17

Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, graduated boot camp Feb. 27, 2015.

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2nd Marine Logistics Group endures the cold during CPX

Story by Cpl Chelsea Toombs
Date Taken:02.25.2015 | Date Posted:02.27.2015 15:15

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - A variety of weather conditions greeted Marines with Headquarters Regiment, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, during the command post exercise Feb. 20-27, 2015. Marines from Headquarters Regiment stood alongside various units within 2nd MLG during stints of snow, sleet and rain during the weeklong CPX.

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February 26, 2015

Marine recruits build marksmanship fundamentals on Parris Island

by Cpl Jennifer Schubert
Date Taken:01.22.2015 | Date Posted:02.26.2015 16:21

Recruits of Platoon 1016, Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, practice marksmanship fundamentals Jan. 22, 2015, on Parris Island, S.C. For one week, recruits learn and practice the fundamentals of marksmanship before shooting live ammunition. Charlie Company is scheduled to graduate March 6, 2015.

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Pendleton Marines train for large-scale deployment

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 26, 2015

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — At the northwestern tip of this massive base, hundreds of Marines spent the last 10 days preparing for full-scale war. It’s the first time in more than a decade they are training for this type of combat, all aligned with new guidance from the commandant.

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February 24, 2015

Marine battalion back at Camp Pendleton after 7-month deployment

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 24, 2015

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The Marines of Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment returned to their families Monday after a packed seven-month deployment that had them getting ready for the worst.

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February 23, 2015

Echo Company finds mark during land navigation training

By Sgt. Benjamin E. Woodle | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | February 23, 2015

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Out in the field, when navigational equipment fails, one must rely on the tools few thought they would ever need. Land navigation skills still hold great value in today’s battlefield due to their ability to potentially save the lives of a Marine and his team.

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February 22, 2015

15th MEU Conducts Confidence Chamber

by Sgt Emmanuel Ramos
Date Taken:02.13.2015 | Date Posted:02.22.2015 11:30

15th Marine Expeditionary Unit practices mission oriented protective posture suit training and don their M40 gas masks aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif. Feb. 13, 2015. This training helps the 15th MEU familiarize with and build confidence in their gear and equipment as they prepare for their upcoming deployment this spring.

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Why 70-year-old Iwo Jima photo became iconic

By Ruth Ben-Ghiat
Updated 10:31 PM ET, Sun February 22, 2015

(CNN)Seventy years ago, on February 23, two American flags were planted on the peak of Mount Suribachi, located on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima. Coming five days into one of the most ferocious battles of World War II, the first flag-raising, by a group of United States Marines, was emotional, and a Marine photographer captured it.

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February 21, 2015

Post of Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps changes hands

Story by Cpl Cuong L
Date Posted:02.20.2015 15:09

FORT GEORGE G. Meade, Md. -- The 17th Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett relinquished his post to the 18th Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green on Feb. 20, 2015, at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.

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Green becomes Corps' new sergeant major as Barrett retires

By Hope Hodge Seck, Staff writer 3:17 p.m. EST February 20, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. — The mercury read a bitter 6 degrees here as the post of sergeant major of the Marine Corps changed hands from Sgt. Maj. Micheal Barrett to Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green.

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February 20, 2015

Video: Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Relief and Appointment

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Date Posted:02.20.2015 12:16PM

The relief and appointment ceremony for the Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps at the United States Marine Corps War Memorial. During the ceremony Sgt. Maj. Micheal Barrett turned over the office to Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green.

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Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Relief and Appointment Ceremony

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Date Posted:02.20.2015 13:53

Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett and Sergeant Major Ronald L. Green at the Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, Virginia, Feb. 20, 2015 in a relief and appointment ceremony. The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps is selected by the Commandant, and typically serves a four-year term, though his service is at the discretion of the Commandant.

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Marine dies during training at Camp Pendleton

By Tony Perry
February 20, 2015 7:50 A.M.

A Marine has died during training at Camp Pendleton, the Marine Corps said.

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From one Marine to another: Iwo Jima recollections

By Meredith Tibbetts
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 20, 2015

TRIANGLE, Va. — Marine Corps veterans of the Battle of Iwo Jima gathered at the National Museum of the Marine Corps on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, as part of ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary.

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‘Zero room for error,’ 2nd MAW Harrier pilot earns Air Medal

Story by Cpl Grace L. Waladkewics
Date Taken:02.12.2015| Date Posted:02.20.2015 08:43

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Capt. William Mahoney took off from the flight deck of the USS Bataan one day in June 2014 expecting nothing more than a routine flight, though there is nothing strictly routine about launching from or landing aboard a moving 840 foot runway at sea.

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February 19, 2015

USS Green Bay arrives in Sasebo

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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Edward Guttierrez III, USS Green Bay Public Affairs
Date Posted:02.19.2015 01:14

SASEBO, Japan - Sasebo, Japan –- USS Green Bay (LPD 20) arrived in Sasebo February 19 bringing the Navy’s latest technology to its largest numbered Fleet after transiting the Pacific Ocean from its former homeport of San Diego.

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Marine dies in training at Camp Pendleton

The Associated Press 7:03 p.m. EST February 19, 2015

MAYBEE, Mich. — The family of a southeastern Michigan Marine says the 25-year-old was killed in a training accident at Camp Pendleton in California.

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USMC MV-22 Ospreys prove capable to support any operation around the globe

Story by Cpl Joshua Murray
Date Posted:02.19.2015 03:29

SATTAHIP, Thailand – Five MV-22 Ospreys flew over 2,200 nautical miles to participate in exercise Cobra Gold 2015 Feb. 7-21, and in the process, marked the first time the Osprey has been refueled by the U.S. Air Force KC-10 aircraft in-flight.

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Images: Cold weather training

by LCpl Issac Velasquez
Date Taken:02.13.2015 | Date Posted:02.19.2015 13:43

U.S. Marines of 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve participate in Exercise Frozen Riley II which is a multinational exercise between the Canada and the United States military to promote interoperability and train for cold weather crisis response.

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Images: Cold weather training

by LCpl Issac Velasquez
Date Taken:02.13.2015 | Date Posted:02.19.2015 13:43

U.S. Marines of 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve participate in Exercise Frozen Riley II which is a multinational exercise between the Canada and the United States military to promote interoperability and train for cold weather crisis response.

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February 17, 2015

American –Thai U.S. Marine builds community in Thailand during CG 15

Story by Cpl Ricardo Hurtado
Date Posted:02.17.2015 10:51

LOP BURI, Thailand - Exercise Cobra Gold has taken place in Thailand for the past 33 years. During its 34th iteration, Cobra Gold 2015 focuses on humanitarian civic action, community engagement and medical activities to support the needs and humanitarian interests of civilian populations in the region. This year, the 24 participating nations are working together to advance regional security and practicing effective responses to crises in the area.

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U.S. and Thai military members conduct CBRN training together

Story by Cpl Joshua Murray
Date Taken:02.16.2015 | Date Posted:02.17.2015 02:55

SATTAHIP, Thailand - U.S. Marines, Sailors and Thai military members joined forces to conduct chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear response training for exercise Cobra Gold 2015 Feb. 16, 2015 at Camp Samaesan, Kingdom of Thailand.

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February 14, 2015

CLB 24 prepares for HST lift

by LCpl Austin Lewis
Date Taken:02.13.2015 | Date Posted:02.14.2015 11:45

Landing support specialists with Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, sit atop a packaged 8,400 pound rotor head in preparation for helicopter support team operations at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Feb. 13, 2015. The rotor head, a high-priority part, was carried from Djibouti to the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) using a CH-53E Super Stallion from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (Reinforced), 24th MEU. The 24th MEU is embarked on the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

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Marine veteran finds healing through throwing

By Nate Gotlieb
The Free Press, Mankato, Minn.
Published: February 14, 2015

MANKATO, Minn. (Tribune News Service) — Physically, Joshua Jablon appeared unhurt. But mentally, he was deteriorating.

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Corps, FDA: Caffeine powder can be deadly

James K. Sanborn 2:41 p.m. EST February 14, 2015

Quantico officials have released a Corps-wide warning about the dangers of pure caffeine powder, a teaspoon of which can contain the equivalent of about 25 cups of coffee and result in a dangerous overdose.

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February 13, 2015

Survivors honored, remember battle for Iwo Jima 70 years ago

Story by Sgt Melissa Karnath
Date Posted:02.13.2015 15:25

FORT SILL, Okla. - Veterans of the battle of Iwo Jima participated in a reunion hosted by the Marine Artillery Detachment at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Feb. 12, 2015.

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2nd LAAD hones ground-based air defense

Story by Cpl J. R. Heins
Date Posted:02.13.2015 14:50

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Marines with Alpha Battery, 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, conducted ground-base air defense training at Marine Corps Outlying Field Atlantic, North Carolina, Feb. 2-6.

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3/7 prepares for deployment through TRAP training

Story by LCpl Jonathan Boynes
Date Posted:02.13.2015 19:56

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - The sun crept over distant mountains as dozens of Marines with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 15.2 (SP-MAGTF-CR-CC 15.2) shuffled across a slick carpet of grass and vegetation, filing one by one through the back of two MV-22 Ospreys. Only a short time before this, a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel (TRAP) mission had been called in, and the Marines would soon be on their way to provide support. Once fully loaded, the aircraft lifted off of the ground and sailed over the surrounding mountains to its destination.

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Hagel Bids Farewell to Defense Department Workforce

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2015 – As he prepares to leave office, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today said farewell to the military and civilian men and women of the Defense Department’s workforce in a statement, noting it’s been “a tremendous privilege” to serve as the nation’s top defense official. Here is Hagel’s statement:

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Iwo Jima Enjoys Grand Opening of "Black Sands Cafe"

Story Number: NNS150213-14Release Date: 2/13/2015 11:20:00 AM
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Megan Anuci, USS Iwo Jima Public Affairs

GULF OF ADEN (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines enjoyed fresh smoothies at the grand opening ceremony the "Black Sands Cafe" aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) last week.

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February 12, 2015

Why a Capitol Police Officer gave her beloved dog to a U.S. Marine

POSTED 12:21 AM, FEBRUARY 12, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. – Spike is a member of the K-9 patrol with the Virginia Capitol Police. Sweet as he is though, Spike, is also a heartbreaker. He didn’t mean to be – he just got caught in a love triangle. At the State Capitol in Richmond on Wednesday Spike was reunited with U.S. Marine Jared Heine. They hadn’t seen each other in three years.

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POW/MIA agency dig site could hold Marine missing from Vietnam War

By Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 12, 2015

The newly established Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has dispatched a remains recovery team to the Cambodian island of Koh Tang, where three Marines were left behind following the final battle of the Vietnam War.

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February 11, 2015

Logistics Combat Element Returns from Africa Deployment

Marine Corps News | Feb 11, 2015 | by 1st Lt. Maida Kalic

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina -- After conducting missions in Africa and remaining alert to respond to crises, the Marines and Sailors of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, also known as Detachment A (Det A), safely returned home to Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb 5.

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Military spouses targeted in twisted ‘CyberCaliphate’ hack

By James Rogers
Published February 11, 2015 FoxNews.com

Military spouses are the latest target of the hacking group describing itself as “CyberCaliphate,” which claims affiliation to the Islamic State.

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February 9, 2015

Dates announced for spring US-South Korea exercises

By Ashley Rowland
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 9, 2014

SEOUL — The U.S. and South Korea announced plans Monday for two annual spring military exercises, which come amid questions of whether Seoul will assume wartime control of allied forces as planned next year.

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February 7, 2015

No Better Dojo – The Amphibious Assault Ship

Story by SSgt Joseph Digirolamo
Date Taken:02.06.2015 | Date Posted:02.07.2015 08:09

USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At sea - A gymnasium, a boxing ring, a wrestling mat, an octagon, an indoor padded garage or an outdoor spot on the grass - there are many different types of places to practice and learn martial arts. The Japanese call it a Dojo. They are everywhere on Okinawa. But a U.S. Marine will likely tell you there is no better place to train in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program than inside the hull of an amphibious assault ship.

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February 6, 2015

Photo Gallery: Parris Island recruits survive encounter with Marine Corps drill instructors

by Sgt Caitlin Brink
Date Taken:01.10.2015 | Date Posted:02.06.2015 19:58

Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion on Parris Island, S.C. is scheduled to graduate April 3, 2015. This was the first encounter the recruits had with the Marines responsible for the next 12 weeks of training.

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Images: Operation Inherent Resolve [Image 8 of 18]

Photos by LCpl Skyler Treverrow
Date Taken:01.22.2015 | Date Posted:02.06.2015 09:18

Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command, Task Force Al Asad, in support of an Operation Inherent Resolve Build Partnership Capacity mission, Jan. 22, 2015. The Marines, sailors, soldiers and airmen participating in the BPC mission work closely with Iraqi Security Forces to build military capability and capacity through training in small-unit tactics, sustainment improvement, and air-ground integration.

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February 5, 2015

Give your marriage a fighting edge; going all 12 rounds with CREDO retreats

Story by Sgt Austin Hazard
Date Posted:02.05.2015 09:24

SWANSBORO, N.C. – Marriage in the military can be a real challenge. In some cases, it’s a fight to survive. Every early-morning unit workout is a jab, each training exercise a haymaker and every deployment an uppercut. If you go in unprepared, you might get knocked around or even knocked out.

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Weapons Co. conducts TRAP exercise with French forces

by Cpl Joey Mendez
Date Taken:02.02.2015 | Date Posted:02.05.2015 13:23

Marines with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, run to security positions during a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel drill in Djibouti, Feb. 2, 2015.

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February 3, 2015

N.J. Marine killed in Vietnam will get posthumous Purple Heart

By Katie Lannan | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on February 03, 2015 at 8:30 AM, updated February 05, 2015 at 12:16 PM

ELIZABETH — A Marine first lieutenant who landed his aircraft under heavy enemy fire to rescue four of his fellow Marines will be honored posthumously with a Purple Heart on Saturday.

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February 1, 2015

Alpha and Oscar Companies - Swim Qualification

Photos by Cpl. Jennifer Schubert
Date Taken:07.21.2014
Date Posted:08.04.2014 11:38

Recruits of Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, tread water during basic water survival training July 21, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. All recruits must pass water survival qualification to advance in training. The training was designed to increase recruits’ self-confidence, reduce fear and ensure they can survive in water. Oscar Company is scheduled to graduate Sept. 19, 2014 (Photo by Cpl. Jennifer Schubert)

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