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August 31, 2015

Tricare Prime fees to increase Oct. 1

By Patricia Kime, Staff writer3:41 p.m. EDT August 31, 2015

Tricare Prime beneficiaries will see a slight uptick in their annual enrollment fees starting Oct. 1.
Individual retirees under age 65 will pay $282, up from the current rate of $277, while those with families will pay $565, up 2 percent from the current rate of $555.

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Cheerleader's High School Sweetheart Serves In The Marines But Refused To Miss Her First Game

Aug 31, 2015

Over the weekend, the St. Louis Rams hosted a game against the Indianapolis Colts and their stadium, the Edward Jones Dome.

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August 30, 2015

Happy 70th, Slinky! How It All Started With the Military

Posted on August 30, 2015 by Katie Lange

Guess what today is?? The 70th anniversary of the Slinky. Happy birthday, Slinky!

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Marine who fought in Battle of Guadalcanal dies at 96

By Matthew L. Schehl, Staff writer 9:45 a.m. EDT August 30, 2015

The Marine Corps lost one of its last surviving veterans of the Battle of Guadalcanal this month.

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1/7 Marines win West Coast Super Squad competition

By James K. Sanborn, Staff writer 10:20 a.m. EDT August 30, 2015

Fifteen West Coast Marines were recently named the top infantrymen in their division after winning the first Super Squad competition held there in 15 years.

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August 29, 2015

'War Dogs' Squad Competition

Courtesy Video
Date Taken:08.27.2015 | Date Posted:08.28.2015 11:16PM

2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, conducted a squad-level training exercise aboard the Combat Center, Aug. 24 through Aug. 28, 2015. The exercise served as a competition and simulated fighting an enemy in desert and urban environments.

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August 28, 2015

Images: New Marines graduate recruit training on Parris Island

Photos by Lance Cpl. Vanessa Austin
Date Posted:08.28.2015 13:27

Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, graduated boot camp Aug. 28, 2015.

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Images: New Marines graduate recruit training on Parris Island

Photos by Lance Cpl. Vanessa Austin
Date Posted:08.28.2015 13:27

Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, graduated boot camp Aug. 28, 2015.

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Army chaplain wins prize to give 9/11 sermon at chapel next to ground zero

By Ula Ilnytzky
Associated Press
Published: August 28, 2015

NEW YORK — An Army chaplain has won a national prize for an original sermon that he will deliver on Sept. 11 at a chapel near ground zero that became a sanctuary of consolation after the terrorist attacks.

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August 27, 2015

Our View: Where Purple Hearts meet white water

Republic editorial board 11:38 p.m. MST August 27, 2015

Early Friday morning, 24 river rafters will board buses in Flagstaff for a three-hour ride to Lees Ferry on the Colorado River.

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August 25, 2015

Tougher than Grease: Dark Horse Ajax Challenge

By Cpl. William Perkins | 1st Marine Division | August 25, 2015

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Marines and Sailors assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, executed the Dark Horse Ajax Challenge aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Aug. 20, 2015.

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August 24, 2015


By Cpl. Ryan Mains, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
24 Aug 2015

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands -- The western North Pacific has historically been one of the most active tropical cyclone areas in the world. Year after year, tropical storms devastate the many islands in the Pacific. In early August, Typhoon Soudelor, the most powerful storm of the year, rocked across the Pacific before finally blowing itself out over China. The first place the typhoon hit was the small island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands, Aug. 2-3.

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August 23, 2015

Academic accommodations can aid troubled veterans

By Heath Druzin
Stars and Stripes
Published: August 23, 2015

PHOENIX — Relocated to an empty clinic in the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System after going public about dangerous patient care problems, Dr. Katherine Mitchell needed a project to stay busy.

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August 22, 2015

Foundation hands home over to injured veteran

By Pat Maio | 6 a.m. Aug. 22, 2015 | Updated, 5:04 p.m. | Aug. 21, 2015

FALLBROOK — U.S. Marine Corps. Sgt. Jason Ross was all smiles Friday at a ceremony where the Gary Sinise Foundation handed him the keys to a new home in Fallbrook that a wheelchair-bound double amputee could want.

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U.S. Marines aid Saipan with typhoon relief efforts

by Cpl Ryan Mains
Date Taken:08.20.2015 | Date Posted:08.22.2015 11:22

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands - The western North Pacific has historically been one of the most active tropical cyclone areas in the world. Year after year, tropical storms devastate the many islands in the Pacific. In early August, Typhoon Soudelor, the most powerful storm of the year, rocked across the Pacific before finally blowing itself out over China. The first place the typhoon hit was the small island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands, Aug. 2-3.

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August 21, 2015

General Reports Progress in Inherent Resolve Operations

By Cheryl PellerinDoD News Features, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, August 21, 2015 — The Iraq Security Forces are making daily progress in Ramadi during a difficult counterattack against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the chief of staff of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve said today.

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August 19, 2015

British Royal Marine First to Embed With US Marines in New Program

Stars and Stripes | Aug 19, 2015 | by Matthew M. Burke

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa -- A mysterious commando has been spotted across Asia, accompanying U.S. Marines from Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, since they arrived in Okinawa on the Unit Deployment Program in February.

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August 18, 2015

Missing Marine's family writes open letter to loved one

Jerick Sablan, (Guam) Pacific Daily News | 9:26 a.m. EDT August 18, 2015

The family of a Marine who went missing while swimming in the Tumon, Guam, area earlier this month has sent an open letter to the 20-year-old service member.

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August 16, 2015

Sacramento Man, 22, Identified As Marine Who Died After Hike At Camp Lejeune

August 16, 2015 3:22 PM

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Officials have identified the Marine who died after collapsing during a training hike at Camp Lejeune on the North Carolina coast.

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August 15, 2015

Video: Marine Forces Reserve, Navy Reserve, and City of Chattanooga Memorial Service for Fallen Service Members - W/ Graphics

DoD News Courtesy Video
Date Posted:08.15.2015 6:04PM

The Navy and Marine Corps family and the City of Chattanooga honor the fallen service members, express appreciation to the Chattanooga Police Department and emergency responders and thank the community for its support. Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Governor of Tennessee Bill Haslam, Sen. Bob Corker, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and City of Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke are expected to attend.

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By Lance Cpl. Fatmeh Saad, II Marine Expeditionary Force
11 Aug 2015

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron 302 and Combat Logistics Battalion 6 participated in a dual-point, external lift training exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Aug. 5, 2015.

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August 14, 2015

Fallen hero returns home to Rhode Island

Published: August 14, 2015, 12:36 pm Updated: August 15, 2015, 2:25 pm

BRISTOL, R.I. (WPRI) — A Bristol native who was struck down fighting for our country in Afghanistan will soon be laid to rest.

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Images: Graduation Ceremony – Mike Company – Aug. 14, 2015

Photos by Sgt. Jennifer Schubert
Date Posted:08.14.2015 11:14

Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, graduated boot camp Aug. 14, 2015.

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August 13, 2015


By Cpl. Sullivan Laramie, II Marine Expeditionary Force
13 Aug. 2015

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, California -- Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 1, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, conducted mounted patrol training during the unit’s Integrated Training Exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Aug. 10, 2015.

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Battle buddy: Canine friend helps Veteran cope with PTSD

Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2015 10:33 am in Health, Top Stories by Tom Cramer

Kenny liked his job. As a 22-year-old Marine participating in the initial invasion of Iraq, life couldn’t have been more exciting.

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Obituary for Matthew Christopher "Hollywood" Horn

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Aug. 13, 2015

Matthew Christopher "Hollywood" Horn (SGT USMC Ret.), graduated from MCRD Parris Island, SC in 2003, passed suddenly on Thursday July 30, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. He was a decorated combat infantryman with the United States Marine Corps having served his country at Guantanamo Bay (GITMO), and two Tours of Duty in Iraq. He earned a Purple Heart for wounds received in action in January 2007 from enemy fire. He received the Combat Action Ribbon, Naval Commendation Medal with Combat V, Navy Unit Commendation with Bronze Star, Presidential Certificate of Appreciation, and numerous other military awards. Matthew was a warrior who was tender, helpful, gentle, kind and of a compassionate demeanor.

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August 12, 2015

Sculptor unveils likeness of first Marine EOD technician killed in Iraq War

By Kelly Humphrey
Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach
Published: August 12, 2015

EGLIN AFB (Tribune News Service) — According to his widow, Niceville resident Sara Clark, Gunnery Sgt. Michael Clark was a low-key, easy going Marine who didn't like a lot of fuss made over him. On Friday, however, Clark's family and friends gathered at the EOD Memorial Wall to remember him in a unique way.

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August 11, 2015

Brig. Gen. Frederick Payne Jr. dies at 104; Marine fighter ace in WWII

By STEVE CHAWKINS contact the reporter Obituaries Obituary Database
August 11, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

One day after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, Fritz Payne's Marine unit headed to sea on the aircraft carrier Saratoga.

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August 10, 2015


By Lance Cpl. Carlos Cruz Jr., Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan
10 Aug 2015

COMBINED ARMS TRAINING CENTER CAMP FUJI, SHIZUOKA, Japan -- Combat Logistics Company 36 Marines and augments returned to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Aug. 4, from Exercise Dragon Fire 2015 at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, Japan.

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August 9, 2015

Oklahoma Patriot Guard Escorts Marine's Ashes On Trip Home To Georgia

Posted: Aug 09, 2015 8:08 PM CDT Updated: Aug 09, 2015 10:33 PM CDT

TULSA, Oklahoma - Oklahoma's Own helped a Marine reach his final resting place.

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Oklahoma Patriot Guard Escorts Marine's Ashes On Trip Home To Georgia

Posted: Aug 09, 2015 8:08 PM CDT Updated: Aug 09, 2015 10:33 PM CDT

TULSA, Oklahoma - Oklahoma's Own helped a Marine reach his final resting place.

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August 8, 2015

Healing but scarred: Marine wounded in July 16 attack is back to recruiting

By Shelly Bradbury
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Published: August 8, 2015

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Tribune News Service) — The bullet holes are everywhere inside the Marine recruiting office on Lee Highway.

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31st MEU and Ashland transport water into Saipan

By Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class David A. Cox, Amphibious Squadron 11 Public Affairs
Date Posted:08.08.2015 20:49

SAIPAN HARBOR, Northern Mariana Islands – The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard USS Ashland (LSD 48) arrived in Saipan on Aug. 9 and is providing disaster relief in the wake of Typhoon Soudelor.

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August 7, 2015

The Purple Heart: How It Has Changed Over Time

Posted on August 7, 2015 by Katie Lange

By Katie Lange
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Today is Purple Heart Day, when we honor United States military members who received the Purple Heart after being wounded or killed in service to our country.

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August 6, 2015


By Cpl. Preston McDonald, II Marine Expeditionary Force
6 Aug. 2015

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina -- Forty Marines with Bravo Company, 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, conducted a week long exercise simulating the protection operations of a submarine during fueling at a port, at range Greater Sandy Run Area Forward Operating Base at Camp Lejeune, August 4-7, 2015.

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As reported by JD News

"Fighting Fourth," 4th Marine Division Association Deactivation Ceremony at Camp Lejeune Thursday morning, August 6, 2015.

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New Marines show motivation during final run on Parris Island

Photos by Sgt. Jennifer Schubert
Date Posted:08.06.2015 16:29

Commanding officer, and commanding officers from 2nd Recruit Training Battalion and 4th Recruit Training Battalion, lead new Marines of Hotel Company and November Company on a motivational run Aug. 6, 2015. The run took place before the new Marines had a few hours to reunite with their friends and families for the first time in more than 12 weeks. Both companies graduated Aug. 7, 2015.

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August 4, 2015

FBI ALERT: Middle-Eastern men harassing US Military families outside their homes

By Michele Katz
Updated: August 4th, 2015

Military families in several states are on edge, after being approached near their homes, by Middle-Eastern men asking suspicious and probing questions.

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Coalition trains Iraqi security forces to defeat ISIL

Story by Cpl Jonathan Boynes
Date Taken:07.27.2015 | Date Posted:08.04.2015 06:52

AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq – With the ever-present threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, having a strong and capable fighting force to defeat them is a priority. The Iraqi army’s 7th Division, with the help of Combined Joint Task Force—Operation Inherent Resolve’s multination coalition forces, are at the forefront of that fight.

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10 Food Favorites Invented by the U.S. Military

AUGUST 4, 2015

Anastacia Marx de Salcedo’s new book Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat explores how many of the processed foods we buy at the supermarket are prepared using technology and techniques invented by the military to preserve and transport food for troops in battle. To celebrate its release, the author gives us a glimpse into the book’s subject with a list that highlights just a few ways military research affects our daily diet.

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August 3, 2015

10 years later: From grief to fellowship for Lima Company survivors

By Holly Zachariah
The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio
Published: August 3, 2015

Note: This article has been corrected.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Tribune News Service) — Sara made the punch, and she lined up the plates of sandwiches and homemade cookies on the antique tables in the dining room of her old, brick farmhouse.

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August 2, 2015

Wounded Marine completes hand-biking trip across USA

Garrett W. Haake, WUSA-TV, Washington, D.C.11:26 p.m. EDT August 2, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. — A wounded Marine is getting some much-needed rest after a 63-day journey across America.

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Heavy Rain, Flood Threat Slowly Decreases Across Southwest

By Becky Elliott, AccuWeather Meteorologist

August 2, 2015; 12:45 PM ET

The stream of moisture into the Southwest is drying out some, so this weekend may not be as wet as the previous few days.

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August 1, 2015


By Cpl. Cuong Le, Defense Media Activity
1 Aug. 2015

CHANTILLY, VA -- The Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight conducted its first flight August 1962 and on August 1, 2015 the Sea Knight made its final flight to the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, in Chantilly, Virginia.

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