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April 30, 2015

Marine faces court-martial for hazing subordinates at Gitmo

By Brock Vergakis, The Associated Press 3:45 p.m. EDT April 30, 2015

NORFOLK, Va. — A decorated Marine accused of humiliating and physically abusing those under his command — ordering one to punch another hard enough to make him urinate blood — is facing a court-martial in Virginia.



Fires Burning at Camp Pendleton Scorch 4,000 Acres

The Camp Pendleton Scout, the base newspaper, reported that the fires are in the live fire impact areas and do not affect buildings.
By MIRNA ALFONSO (Patch Staff)
April 30, 2015

Camp Pendleton personnel Wednesday reported that fires started in the live fire impact range on base have burned some 4,000 acres.

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April 29, 2015

Images: Marine recruits carry tradition on every Marine a rifleman

Photos by Pfc. Vanessa Austin
Date Taken:03.31.2015 | Date Posted:04.29.2015 15:49

Recruits of Platoon 4016, Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, learn marksmanship fundamentals March 31, 2015, on Parris Island, S.C. For one week, recruits learn and practice marksmanship fundamentals before firing the following week.

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Iwo Jima Memorial to Receive a $5.3 Million Facelift

By Ethan Rothstein
April 29, 2015 1:30 pm

One of D.C.’s most prominent philanthropists has turned his eyes — and his wallet — to Rosslyn’s U.S Marine Corps War Memorial.

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The last men who fought in the Vietnam War remember the fall of Saigon

BY MIKE FRITZ AND PAT CLARK April 29, 2015 at 3:17 PM EDT

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — By April 29, 1975, the fall of Saigon was imminent and only a few dozen U.S. troops remained – down from more than half a million in 1969. The war was about to end, Vietnam about to be unified under communist rule. Americans had been evacuating for weeks. And the city was in a state of chaos.

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April 28, 2015

Volunteers needed: VA to study benefits of service dogs, emotional support dogs for Veterans

by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Tuesday April 28, 2015

Joel Nicholson started his military career with the U.S. Marine Corps in 1993. He later joined the National Guard in 2006 and was activated in 2008 with the 56th Stryker Brigade to deploy to Iraq. He spent much of his deployment patrolling route Michigan in between Fallujah and Baghdad.

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April 27, 2015

Images: Always Ready; LAVs got your back

Photos by Cpl. Elize McKelvey
Date Taken:04.19.2015 | Date Posted:04.27.2015 12:25

Certification Exercise (CERTEX) aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 19, 2015 -- The Marines with the 1st LAR Det honed their skills as they prepare for their upcoming deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Elize McKelvey/Released)

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April 25, 2015

Vietnam Veteran receives medals 47 years later

By Tiffany Liou
Published: April 25, 2015, 5:38 pm

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) – After 47 years, a Vietnam veteran from Sterling, Illinois received his wartime medals for the first time. This comes decades later, as he took an early discharge to care for his ill father.

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April 24, 2015

8th Comm. Bn. conducts ‘Bring your child to work day’

Story by Cpl Michael Dye
Date Taken:04.23.2015 | Date Posted:04.24.2015 13:22

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marines and sailors at 8th Communications Battalion, spent the day with their children during a "Bring Your Child To Work Day" aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 23, 2015.

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Images: Graduation Ceremony – Mike Company – April 24, 2015

Photos by Sgt. Jennifer Schubert
Date Posted:04.24.2015 10:56

Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, graduated boot camp April 24, 2015.

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Video: U.S. Marines Connect with Local School Children

U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Ricardo Hurtado
Date Taken:04.20.2015 | Date Posted:04.24.2015 9:30PM

U.S. Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 3rd and 4th Marine Regiments, visited Santa Juliana Elementary School in Crow Valley, Tarlac, Philippines, April 20, during exercise Balikatan 2015. The Marines played games and read with children at the school. Balikatan is an annual Philippines-U.S. military training exercise and humanitarian civic assistance engagement, which highlights the longstanding partnership between both nations. This year's iteration takes place from April 20-30.

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CLB-3 awarded unit, volunteer of year

Story by Kristen Wong
Date Posted:04.24.2015 21:51

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII - Combat Logistics Battalion 3 is the 2015 Volunteer Unit of the Year and had one of their own chosen as 2015 Volunteer of the Year at Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony in the Fairways Ballroom at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, April 16, 2015.

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Video: 22nd MEU Marines, Sailors, Coalition Forces Assist Project Homecoming for Navy Week

U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Kyle Kauffman/Released)
Date Posted:04.24.2015 9:36PM

U.S. Marines with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) volunteer along with members of the Canadian Navy and the British Royal Navy for a community relations project for Project Homecoming during Navy Week 2015 in New Orleans, April 24, 2015. Marines and Sailors of the MEU, from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., participated in Navy Week New Orleans April 23-29.

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April 21, 2015

Images: Marine recruits charge through PT session on Parris Island

Photos by Pfc. Vanessa Austin
Date Taken:03.19.2015 | Date Posted:04.21.2015 15:54

Recruits of November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion during a physical fitness session March 19, 2015, on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits participate in more than 30 physical training sessions throughout boot camp to prepare for the Marine Corps’ high physical fitness standards. November Company is scheduled to graduate May 29, 2015.

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Marines set their sights on Designated Marksman title

Story by LCpl Ryan Young
Date Posted:04.21.2015 16:23

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Patience, breath control, and a slow, steady trigger squeeze make up some of the basics of long-distance marksmanship. These fundamentals and more are taught during the Division Combat Skills Center’s Designated Marksman Course.

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April 17, 2015

Video: 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment Anti-Armor Range

by Cpl Cansin P. Hardyegritag
Date Taken:04.3.2015 | Date Posted:04.17.2015 2:37PM, RELEASED

U.S. Marines with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command conduct anti armor training course on April 3rd, 2015 aboard Al Asad Airbase, Iraq.

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“Quick” on their feet during Exercise Desert Scimitar 2015

By Lance Cpl. April Price, I Marine Expeditionary Force
14 Apr 2015

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. -- Searching and sniffing for anything suspicious, military working dog teams provide a unique layer of security for Marines while forward deployed, operating alongside as their handlers clear patrol routes and conduct vehicle searches on the front lines.

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The Meaning of Their Service

A retired four-star Marine Corps general on the clarifying effect of combat experience, the poison of cynicism and how veterans can help revive American optimism.

April 17, 2015 6:47 p.m. ET
This article was adapted from remarks for the fourth annual salute to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans at the Marines’ Memorial Club in San Francisco on April 16:

Our country gives hope to millions around the world, and you—who knew that at one time your job was to fight well—kept that hope alive. By your service you made clear your choice about what kind of world we want for our children: The world of violent jihadist terrorists, or one defined by Abraham Lincoln when he advised us to listen to our better angels?

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Video: 1/6 Counters IED Threats

Date Taken:04.15.2015 | Date Posted:04.17.2015 2:32PM

U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division counter improvised explosive device threats during IED lane training aboard Home Station Training Lane, Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 15, 2015.

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Video: 2nd LAR Uses Stealth and Fire-Power to Surprise the Enemy

by Cpl. Michael Dye
Date Taken:04.16.2015 | Date Posted:04.17.2015 12:16PM

Marines and sailors with 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance, 2nd Marine Division conduct a platoon-size, live-fire exercise attacks aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 15, 2015.

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April 16, 2015

US Marines return to Okinawa after patrolling the Asia-Pacific

Story by LCpl Tyler Ngiraswei
Date Taken:04.07.2015 | Date Posted:04.16.2015 14:37

OKINAWA, Japan - U.S. Marines and sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit returned to Okinawa April 4 after completing a two-month patrol throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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Video: Marines Return from Middle East Deployment

by Sgt Valerie Eppler
Date Taken:04.14.2015 | Date Posted:04.16.2015 7:21PM

Marines and Sailors who deployed with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command returned in several groups to Camp Pendleton April 5-14.

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April 15, 2015

Marine crisis response group returns home from Mideast

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: April 15, 2015

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A crisis response unit that was created last year and deployed to the Middle East just as tensions were rising in Iraq returned home Tuesday.

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Queen awards British paratroop for saving wounded US Marine

Stars and Stripes
Published: April 15, 2015

A British paratroop who helped save the life of a U.S. Marine officer in Afghanistan has received Britain’s highest award for valor.

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Queen awards British paratroop for saving wounded US Marine

Stars and Stripes
Published: April 15, 2015

A British paratroop who helped save the life of a U.S. Marine officer in Afghanistan has received Britain’s highest award for valor.

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Marine Helicopter Makes Emergency Beach Landing

By Monica Garske
April 15, 2015

A U.S. Marine helicopter made an emergency landing on a beach in north San Diego Wednesday after receiving a low oil pressure indicator, U.S. Marine Corps officials confirmed.

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April 11, 2015

News: ‘Wardogs’ return from special purpose

Story by LCpl Medina Ayala-Lo
Date Taken:04.06.2015 | Date Posted:04.11.2015 21:24

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Proud parents, anxious wives and eager children welcomed home Marines and sailors of 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment at Del Valle Field, April 6, 2015.

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Images: 'Wardogs' return home

Photos by Lance Cpl. Medina Ayala-Lo

Date Taken:03.30.2015 | Date Posted:04.06.2015 12:51

The 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment’s Marines and sailors return to Del Valle Field, March 30, 2015 from deployment. Marines and sailors of 2/7 served as part of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force -Crisis Response- Central Command.

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Marines learn how to call the shots

By DawnThea Price Posted 04/10/2015

Fog hangs low over the firing range, obscuring everything beyond the closest outcropping of trees.

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April 10, 2015

Blue Angels' first female pilot takes flight

APRIL 10, 2015, 8:17 AM
CBS News

When military aviation buffs pack into the Marine Corps Beaufort Air Show in South Carolina, they'll be wowed by the Navy's Blue Angels. But a new kind of history will also take flight in the team: a woman in the cockpit. U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Katie Higgins is the first female pilot in the team's 69-year history. Michelle Miller took to the sky to see how Higgins got her wings.

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April 8, 2015

Last 9th Marines battalion deactivates at Lejeune

By Hope Hodge Seck, Staff writer 5:34 p.m. EDT April 8, 2015

The battalion of the Marine Corps' most recent Medal of Honor recipient was deactivated last week in a ceremony at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

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Gunnery sergeant to receive Navy Cross for Afghanistan valor

The Associated Press
Published: April 8, 2015

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The Marine Corps said Tuesday that a gunnery sergeant will receive the service's second-highest award for enduring heavy assault in Afghanistan while his team leader and another Marine were ushered to safety after being shot and seriously wounded.

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April 6, 2015

Images: USS New York activity

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan B. Trejo
Date Taken:04.02.2015 | Date Posted:04.06.2015 11:50

Marines on the USS New York (LPD 21), conducts a visit, board, search and seizure boarding drill. New York is a part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and, with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).

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Pacific seabasing exercise will highlight new ships

By Hope Hodge Seck, Staff writer
2:47 p.m. EDT April 6, 2015

Navy and Marine officials will be able to put brand-new seabasing ships through their paces next month in a Pacific-based exercise designed to highlight the concept.

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April 5, 2015

Images: Marines, Sailors aboard LSD 43 have some fun in the sun

Photos by Sgt. Devin Nichols
Date Taken:04.02.2015 | Date Posted:04.05.2015 15:01

Marines with Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, participate in some fun in the sun “Halfway Block Party” aboard the dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), April 2, 2015.

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24th MEU Marines pinned during promotion ceremony [Image 1 of 5]

Photos by Sgt. Devin Nichols
Date Taken:04.01.2015 | Date Posted:04.05.2015 15:52

Newly promoted Marines with Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), April 1, 2015.

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Honor a Gold Star family

Lt. Gen. Michael S. Tucker
April 5, 2015

Today has been designated as Gold Star Wives Day.

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April 4, 2015

Video: Ready for the TRAP

by Cpl Tony Simmons
Date Taken:03.17.2015 | Date Posted:04.3.2015 7:27AM

U.S. Marines with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, conduct tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel drills in Central Command’s area of operations. The TRAP force’s mission is to rescue or extract, by surface or air, any downed aircraft, personnel and equipment in the event of an in-flight emergency.

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Images: Graduation Ceremony – Lima & Oscar Companies – April 3, 2015

Photos by Pfc. Vanessa Austin

Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, and Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion graduated boot camp April 3, 2015.

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April 3, 2015


BY NATHAN S. WEBSTER 04.03.1512:30 PM ET

Vietnam’s strong hold—not trauma, maybe, but close—on Michael Herr’s psyche comes across in the final words of his legendary Dispatches: “And no moves for me but to write down some last few words and make the dispersion, Vietnam, Vietnam, Vietnam, we’ve all been there.”

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April 2, 2015

Marine Corps officer candidates tested in mini officer candidate school

Story by PFC Vanessa Austin
Date Posted:04.02.2015 14:38

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. - More than 300 selected officer candidates participated in the 6th Marine Corps District Officer Selection Teams' Annual Field Training Exercise March 27-29, 2015, on Parris Island, South Carolina.

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Video: 2nd Bn., 9th Marines Deactivation

Video by Cpl. Krista James
Date Taken:04.1.2015 | Date Posted:04.2.2015 2:14PM

The Marines and sailors of 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division conducted a deactivation ceremony for the unit aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 1, 2015.

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Army Veteran Writes Children's Book To Explain PTSD To Younger Kids

The Huffington Post | By Lindsay Holmes
Posted: 04/02/2015 7:48 pm EDT Updated: 04/02/2015 7:59 pm EDT

Mental health disorders can be so complex that many adults can't comprehend them. So, how exactly do you explain them to children?

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