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October 31, 2015

Commentary: Looking forward to the float

Story by Cpl Joshua Brown
Date Posted:10.22.2015 02:34

USS KEARSARGE— The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD) and the dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD). Marines and sailors aboard the ships live and work together each day, operating like a small city, with a common mission guiding them. Their personal expectations of the deployment will influence their experience while they are embarked.

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Images: Long Range Raid

U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Briauna Birl/RELEASED
Date Taken:10.30.2015 | Date Posted:10.31.2015 01:50

U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 2/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), return to the USS Boxer after conducting a raid on a simulated hostile village during Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) at sea, Oct. 30, 2015.

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West Coast Marines could get their own Iwo Jima memorial

Matthew L. Schehl, Staff writer 3:51 p.m. EDT October 31, 2015

Seventy years after one of the Marines’ deadliest battles, a California nonprofit is on a mission to bring the original statue of the iconic flag raising on Iwo Jima to the West Coast.

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7 Things I’ve Learned Since the Loss of My Child

OCTOBER 31, 2015
by Angela Miller

Child loss is a loss like no other. One often misunderstood by many. If you love a bereaved parent or know someone who does, remember that even his or her “good” days are harder than you could ever imagine. Compassion and love, not advice, are needed. If you’d like an inside look into why the loss of a child is a grief that lasts forever, here is what I’ve learned in my seven years of trekking through the unimaginable.

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Images: USS Rafael Peralta

U.S. Marine Corps photos Sgt. Gabriela Garcia/Released
Date Posted:10.31.2015 22:10

The Marine Corps Sgt. Rafael Peralta's family members and friends, the Commandant of the Marine Corps and the Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps were in attendance for the christening of the destroyer which was named after Sgt. Peralta who was killed during the second battle of Fallujah in 2004, Oct. 31, 2015.

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October 30, 2015

Marine Corps 'Tribute to the Fallen' Run Begins at Fort Gordon

The Augusta Chronicle, Ga. | Oct 30, 2015 | by Travis Highfield

With a steady drizzle falling on Fort Gordon's Barton Field, Sgt. Easton Bertelsen took a fistful of ammunition and began his 3.2-mile jog around a now-muddied track.

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Family praises Navy corpsman's aid to rider in fatal motorcycle crash

By Matt McNab
The (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) Island Packet (TNS)
Published: October 30, 2015

(Tribune News Service) — Inside the store, there was no screeching of tires, no crunching of metal to signal what was about to come.

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October 29, 2015

IMAGES: Participants in 'Old Glory Run' carry U.S. flag on 3,540-mile journey

Posted: Oct 29, 2015 4:24 AM CDT
Updated: Oct 29, 2015 9:02 AM CDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A single American flag is making its way across the United States.

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Marines were once saved by candy from the sky

By Blake Stillwell - Published October 29, 2015

Over the course of 17 days, Marines fighting at North Korea’s Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War put out a call for “Tootsie Rolls,” their code for 60mm mortar rounds. When supplies were finally airdropped to them on the ground, they opened the crates to find… candy. Thousands of actual Tootsie Rolls.

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October 28, 2015

Hotel Company sights in on the rifle range

By | 10th Marine Regiment | October 28, 2015

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton -- Once recruits reach the second phase of training, they take on the challenge of becoming a rifleman at Edson Range, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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Injured marine coping with depression through sports

By Danielle Avitable
Published: October 28, 2015, 10:41 pm Updated: October 28, 2015, 10:43 pm

Trey joined the marines in the summer of 2004.
He got deployed to Africa for 9 months and came back without a scratch.
It was an accident on base in Alabama that altered his life.

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Marine exercise on Okinawa includes 2 amphibious landings

Stars and Stripes
Published: October 28, 2015

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Marines and sailors are building up their seaborne, rapid-reaction capabilities during Blue Chromite 16, a large-scale training exercise underway on Okinawa.

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'Magnificent Seventh' returns

Story by LCpl Levi Schultz
Date Taken:10.27.2015 | Date Posted:10.28.2015 13:06

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - A crowd of elated family members and friends welcomed home Marines and sailors of 7th Marine Regiment during the regiment’s homecoming at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field, Oct. 23, 2015. ‘Magnificent Seventh’ deployed as part of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command 15.2.

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Retired gunny honored for completing 439 MCI courses

By Matthew L. Schehl, Staff writer 5:05 p.m. EDT October 28, 2015

A retired gunny has gone on record as being the most-Marine-Corps-Institute-educated devil dog of all time.

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October 26, 2015

Bringing the Individual Ready Reserve into the 'total force'

By Andrew Tilghman, Staff writer 1:14 p.m. EDT October 26, 2015

While most military recruits sign up for active or Reserve component duty for three or four years, their enlistment contracts actually obligate them to a total service agreement of eight years.

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October 24, 2015

Destroyer USS Rafael Peralta, named for Marine killed in Iraq, to be christened

By Beth Brogan
Bangor Daily News, Maine
Published: October 24, 2015

BATH, Maine (Tribune News Service) — The future USS Rafael Peralta, the 35th Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer to be built by Bath Iron Works, will be christened on Oct. 31.

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October 23, 2015

Video: The 240th Marine Corps Birthday Message

Courtesy video, (U.S. Marine Corps courtesy motion media/Released):
Date Posted:10.23.2015 6:26PM

Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller and SgtMaj of the Marine Corps Ronald Green speak to Marines and Sailors about our history, esprit de corps and "The Legacy Within."

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USS Arlington action

United States Marine Corps photos by Sgt. Austin Long/ Released
Date Taken:10.22.2015 | Date Posted:10.23.2015 12:57

During Trident Juncture 15, U.S. Marines with the Helicopter Support Team, Landing Support Detachment, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, embarked aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington in an external lift training exercise. Trident Juncture is a NATO-led exercise designed to certify NATO response forces and develop interoperability among participating NATO and partner nations.

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Video: 32nd Beirut Bombing Memorial Observance Ceremony

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Date Posted:10.23.2015 3:05PM

The 32nd Beirut Memorial Observance Ceremony, a special ceremony to honor the fallen service members and survivors who served in Lebanon from 1958 to 1984 and in Grenada. was held at the Beirut Memorial in the Lejeune Memorial Gardens on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. Oct. 23.

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Family, friends of F/A-18 pilot killed in UK crash share tributes

By Jennifer Svan and Adam Mathis
Stars and Stripes
Published: October 23, 2015

Maj. Taj Sareen, the Marine Corps pilot killed Wednesday when his F/A-18C Hornet fighter jet crashed near RAF Lakenheath in England, left behind a young daughter and a close-knit family in Hillsborough, Calif.

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October 22, 2015

Images: 'Cutting Edge' welcomed home

Official Marine Corps photos by Lance Cpl. Levi Schultz/Released
Date Taken:10.19.2015Date | Posted:10.22.2015 14:54

3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment photos during the battalion’s homecoming at Del Valle Field, Oct. 19, 2015. ‘Cutting Edge’ deployed as part of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command 15.2.

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Marines Identify Maj. Taj Sareen as Pilot Killed in England Hornet Crash

By: Sam LaGrone
October 22, 2015 8:05 PM

The Marines have identified the pilot who died following a Wednesday fighter crash in England.

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October 20, 2015

Navy to name ship after Medal of Honor recipient Hershel 'Woody' Williams

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
by Elaina Sauber, Putnam County Reporter

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Tuesday applauded the Navy for its decision to name a ship after Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams, seen here with Manchin in 2014 after addressing the Marine Corps League National Convention at Embassy Suites. Hershel is the last surviving veteran of the Battle of Iwo Jima to have been awarded a Medal of Honor.

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18 Tips to Safeguard Your Mobile Devices, Social Media

Posted on October 20, 2015 by Katie Lange, DoD News, Defense Media Activity

It’s 2015. Most of us have computers, smartphones, tablets, even smartwatches. But are you taking the right precautions to keep the personal information that’s stored there safe?

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Retired Marine On Marathon Streak To Raise PTSD Awareness

By John Hanc TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2015, 4:35 PM

Hank can relate to the people he’s running for.

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October 19, 2015

How a recruit becomes a Marine in 13 weeks


It starts with yelling.

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October 18, 2015

Vets dismayed by VA payback rules on separation pay

By Andrew Tilghman, Staff writer 9:57 a.m. EDT October 18, 2015

Stephen, a Marine Corps staff sergeant, agreed to leave service a few years ago when the Corps offered him voluntary separation pay in an effort to trim its personnel ranks.

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Tricare Help: Uncertain times and the '20/20/20' rule

10:16 a.m. EDT October 18, 2015

Q. I’ve been married 40 years. My husband was on active duty for 20 years and has been retired for more than 20 years. We were married for 18 of his active-duty years. I’m retiring soon and wondering whether to cancel my employer insurance and its high premiums, knowing that I could get Tricare if we divorced. We live in uncertain times and you never know what may happen.

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October 17, 2015

26th MEU Marine Dies of Non-Combat Related Illness

Daily News Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2015 at 1:06 PM
Updated Oct 17, 2015 at 1:09 PM

A Camp Lejeune Marine has died of a non-combat related illness.



U.S. Marines run, grapple, shoot

U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Anna Albrecht/Released
Date Taken:10.16.2015 | Date Posted:10.17.2015 08:03

ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 16, 2015) U.S. Marines with Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, run, grapple and shoot aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). The 15th MEU, embarked aboard the ships of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, is deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

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October 16, 2015

Lucky Charms to Release Extremely Limited Number of Boxes of Marshmallow-Only Cereal


General Mills has produced an extremely limited number of boxes of marshmallow-only boxes of Lucky Charms, but the variation of the popular cereal won’t be available on store shelves.

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Music therapy provides Veterans with creative outlet

Posted on Friday, October 16, 2015 2:19 pm Posted in VA Adaptive Sports by Gary Kunich

When Elvis came on stage to sing “If I Can Dream,” it was the exclamation point on his 1968 comeback television concert. Now Thad Holloway and Michael Slatton will sing it as a duet for the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival— a fitting song since music, they said, was their comeback after returning home from Vietnam.

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Quantico Injured Military Sportsman Association accepts the Spirit of Hope Award

Story by Cpl Kathy Nunez
Date Posted:10.16.2015 17:05

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense honored the Quantico Injured Military Sportsman Association with the Spirit of Hope award Oct. 16, 2015, at the Pentagon.

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October 15, 2015

Parris Island celebrates 100 years

By Matthew L. Schehl, Staff writer 7:29 p.m. EDT October 15, 2015

The Cradle of the Corps is turning 100.

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By Carlos Correa
Story Published: Oct 15, 2015 at 4:19 PM PDT
Story Updated: Oct 15, 2015 at 5:09 PM PDT

CAMP PENDLETON -- Leaders at Camp Pendleton are preparing for what is expected to be an extremely rainy winter thanks to strong El Nino conditions. From clearing drainage channels to having extra sand bags handy.

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Marines Reunite With Dogs They Served With in Middle East After Years Apart

Oct 15, 2015, 4:48 PM ET

After years apart, a dozen Marine are being reunited with the explosives-detecting dogs who served at their sides during deployment in the Middle East.

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Student Whose Army Dad Has PTSD Creates App to Help Vets Sleep

NEWS OCT 15 2015, 8:21 PM ET

A college student whose soldier dad was having trouble sleeping after experiencing combat and his friends are helping veterans with a new app that tracks their sleep.

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October 14, 2015

Marine gets upgrade to Navy Cross 46 years later

By Heath Druzin
Stars and Stripes
Published: October 14, 2015

First, an ancient tape surfaced, then a letter that had been locked away for 40 years. Finally the full picture of Marine Sgt. Kenneth Altazan's bravery on a harrowing day in Vietnam began to emerge.

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MCRD Parris Island Centennial Motivational Run

Date Taken:10.13.2015 | Date Posted:10.14.2015 5:33PM
by Cpl Rafael Rodriguez, U.S. Marine Corps motion imagery by MCRD Parris Island Combat Camera/Released

U.S. Marines and Sailors with Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island participate in a depot motivational run at MCRD Parris Island, S.C., Oct. 14, 2015. The Marines and Sailors ran 3.1 miles around the depot to celebrate 100 years of making Marines.

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October 13, 2015

A ‘Cush’ Landing

By Cpl. John Baker | I Marine Expeditionary Force | October 13, 2015

SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Marines are known for their ability to stay calm under pressure and approach problems with a keen understanding of the dangers around them. For everything that could go wrong, no matter how unlikely, there is a plan in place that Marines are ready to execute at a moment’s notice.

The Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command’s Capt., a pilot with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 165 along with his crew, proved once again that there’s nothing they’re not ready for.

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October 11, 2015

USS Arlington prepares for departure

Photo by Cpl. Jeraco Jenkins
Date Taken:10.09.2015 | Date Posted:10.11.2015 11:30

A CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 162 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), lands on the flight deck of the USS Arlington (LPD 24) Oct. 9, 2015. The Arlington is deployed as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility as part of a regularly scheduled deployment.

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October 9, 2015

Marines honor fallen during concert

Story by Sgt Cuong Le
Date Posted:10.09.2015 21:04

SAN FRANCISCO - The 1st Marine Division Band performed for civilians and service members during the “Honor the Fallen” concert Oct. 8, 2015, at the Marines Memorial Club and Hotel as part of San Francisco Fleet Week 2015.

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Vietnam Memorial wall replica coming to Morongo Basin

Posted: Friday, October 9, 2015 11:09 pm

MORONGO BASIN — The traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall will begin a journey to Twentynine Palms Wednesday with an escort by motorcyclists who ride to bring attention to POW/MIA issues and race cars dedicated to servicemen and women who have died in the line of duty.

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Vietnam Veterans Traveling Memorial Wal

Posted 2 days ago, October 9, 2015 by Lee Erwin

The Vietnam Veterans Traveling Memorial Wall is now on display at the War Memorial Walking Trail, 101 Walter Garrett Lane in Oak Grove, Kentucky. The Memorial Wall will be on display for visitation 24 hours daily now through Tuesday morning, October 13 at 8:00 a.m.

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October 8, 2015

Kilo Company – Emblem Ceremony – Oct. 3, 2015

Photos by Lance Cpl. Aaron Bolser

Date Taken:10.03.2015 | Date Posted:10.08.2015 16:33

The Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblem is earned only by those who are imbued with the Corps’ core values and have proven themselves worthy of belonging to the few and the proud. Kilo Company is scheduled to graduate Oct. 9, 2015.

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Commandant speaks to Marines aboard Camp Lejeune

Posted Oct 8, 2015 at 5:38 PM | Updated at 5:39 PM

There’s no room for anything less than 100 percent.

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October 7, 2015

Letters Kept Soldier Connected to Home, Fiancee during Vietnam

Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier | Oct 07, 2015 | by Melody Parker

WATERLOO -- Sometimes Carolyn Lowe went two or three weeks without receiving a letter. Then she'd open the mail box and seven or eight would tumble out into her hands. On those days, Carolyn felt reassured her fiance Mike Norris was still alive on the other side of the world.

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Kearsarge ARG Deploys for Europe, Middle East Operations

By: Megan Eckstein
October 7, 2015 11:46 AM

The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit departed Oct. 6 from the East Coast for a deployment to the Middle East.

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Combat Center receives DOD sustainability award

Story by LCpl Connor Hancock
Date Taken:10.01.2015 | Date Posted:10.07.2015 19:24

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The Department of Defense awarded the Combat Center the 2015 Secretary of Defense Sustainability Award in the non-industrial installation category, at the Combat Center Commanding General’s Conference Room, Oct. 1, 2015.

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October 5, 2015

Fallen veterans exhibit leaves Columbia

Posted: Oct 3, 2015 6:52 PM by Adam Pressler, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Oct 5, 2015 6:50 PM

COLUMBIA - Saturday marked the final day of the Remember Our Fallen exhibit at the Columbia Mall. The moving exhibit honors soldiers who served during the Iraq War. The Missouri exhibit was unveiled in 2011 and honors 152 service members.

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October 4, 2015

Remembering Our Fallen

“Remembering Our Fallen” is a war memorial that consists of individual state memorials created to remember our country’s Fallen from The War on Terror since the Twin Towers fell on September 11, 2001. But unlike most war memorials made of brick and mortar, these are designed to travel so that more people can have the opportunity to remember our Fallen while being reminded of the tremendous cost of our freedom. Its legacy will be that these men and women will be remembered and their names will be spoken.



October 3, 2015

Marine Corps set to field new augmented reality trainer

Matthew L. Schehl, Staff writer 11:40 a.m. EDT October 3, 2015

The Marine Corps is on track to bring the next generation in augmented reality training technology to the field.

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Marine Corps set to field new augmented reality trainer

Matthew L. Schehl, Staff writer 11:40 a.m. EDT October 3, 2015

The Marine Corps is on track to bring the next generation in augmented reality training technology to the field.

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October 1, 2015

Marines identify units that will move from Japan to Guam

By Gina Harkins, Staff writer 12:27 p.m. EDT October 1, 2015

One of the Marine Corps' oldest infantry regiments will be among the units moving from Japan to Guam over the next few years.


Military Update | Congressional conferees shape leaner budget for military pay, benefits

By Tom Philpott
Published: October 1, 2015

The U.S. Capitol.
Military members and families have little to cheer from compromises House and Senate conferees have reached as they finalized details of key personnel provisions in the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill.

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