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February 29, 2016

Va. officer slain day after swearing in grew up in Merrimack

February 28, 2016 3:37 P.M.
New Hampshire Union Leader

MERRIMACK - A Virginia police officer fatally shot in the line of duty the day after being sworn in grew up in Merrimack.

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February 28, 2016

Keeping the rotors spinning: Aviation mechanics keep the 26th MEU ready

by Cpl Joshua Brown
Date Posted:02.28.2016 13:59

USS KEARSARGE, NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN – The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit isn’t just an expeditionary force in readiness. It’s an all-purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force capable of responding to a range of military operations with the right force, at the right time, in the right place. To meet these demands, it is imperative that each of the combat elements of the MEU are fully mission capable.

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February 26, 2016

Video: Bringing a part of Josh home; MWD of fallen handler adopted by family

by LCpl Erick Galera
Date Posted:02.26.2016 9:17PM

Military Working Dog Sirius, who served with 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion, retired during a ceremony at Ashley Kennels at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 26, 2016. Sirius was adopted by the family of his former handler, Sgt. Joshua Ashley, who was killed while he and Sirius were on patrol in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012.

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By Sgt. Dylan Bowyer, Defense Media Activity
25 Feb 2016

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. -- “I haven’t met someone yet who I haven’t been able to train to do a pull-up.”

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Warren, Mich., hockey terror turns Marine

by LCpl Aaron Bolser
Date Posted:02.26.2016 11:51

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. - He could hear faint voices in the distance. Even with his head down, Doug could hear them, like sirens, they were indistinguishable yet slightly alluring. He could even hear them over the rumble of the bus’s engine as it crept down the dark, empty street of a strange place over 900 miles from his home in Warren, Mich.

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February 25, 2016


By Lance Cpl. Aaron Fiala, II Marine Expeditionary Force
25 Feb 2016

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina -- Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 2 learned how to detect improvised explosive devices during a pre-deployment training exercise at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Feb. 23.

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MCCS hosts Father Daughter Dance

by LCpl Levi Schultz
Date Posted:02.25.2016 11:22

Brianna, 6, repositioned her tiara as she waited in line to take a photo with her father. The tiara, matching her white dress, made her feel like a story-book princess.

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By Lance Cpl. Brianna Gaudi, II Marine Expeditionary Force
25 Feb 2016

RENA, Norway -- Combined Arms Company lobbed 155 mm rounds into the Norwegian sky during M777 Howitzer live-fire training Feb. 23, in preparation for Exercise Cold Response 16 later this month. The exercise will include 12 NATO allies and partner nations, approximately 16,000 troops and provides a platform to refine collective crisis response capabilities.

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February 23, 2016

Marines roll out tougher initial strength test for poolees

By Jeff Schogol, Marine Corps Times 8:03 p.m. EST February 23, 2016

Male and female poolees interested in taking combat-related jobs face a tougher initial strength test.

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U.S. Marines Raised The American Flag Over Iwo Jima 71 Years Ago Today

February 23, 2016 5:57 PM

On February 23, 1945, U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima captured Mount Suribachi and raised a pair of American Flags that gave Americans hope that World War II would be coming to an end soon.

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A Marine’s Guide To The 5 Phases Of A Successful Transition

By Dave Smith on February 23, 2016

Here are the five stages of transition for those veterans who may not acclimate to the civilian world right away.

The transition out of the military seems to come in a few important stages. Getting started and being willing to truly do what it takes to begin a recovery is probably the most difficult. After that, taking responsibility, building healthy relationships, finding a supportive community, and staying active are all important self-choices. In the next stage, getting involved and giving back are essential to setting goals and providing a sense of purpose. Finally, seeking professional development, employment, and education will improve confidence and set a stage for continued growth.

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By Gunnery Sgt. Zachary Dyer, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
23 Feb 2016

OKINAWA, Japan -- “A ship without Marines is like a garment without buttons.”

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February 22, 2016

Tricare Dental Coverage Slated to Increase in 2017 with New Contractor

Feb 22, 2016 | by Amy Bushatz

Military dental benefits for active-duty families, National Guard and Reserve members and their families will see expansions under a new contract set to go into effect next year.

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February 20, 2016

Marines Designate Infantry Battalion as New Experimental Unit

Feb 20, 2016 | by Hope Hodge Seck

Marines assigned to the legendary "Dark Horse" battalion may get the chance to try out new gear, technology, and fighting methods before they are introduced service-wide.

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Who you going to call: US Navy Chaplains

by LCpl Alvin Pujols
Date Taken:02.14.2016 | Date Posted:02.20.2016 12:56

Pacific Ocean (Feb. 16, 2016) --- As the Marines and Sailors of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Boxer Amphibious Ready Group begin their deployment through the Pacific and Central Command areas of responsibility, they will continue to push themselves to complete the mission. One way the service members take a breather through this grueling deployment is their religious beliefs and faith practices. And when they’re thousands of miles from their home faith groups, who better to turn to then their friendly, neighborhood chaplains?

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Marines Helocast During Cobra Gold

by Cpl Thor Larson
Date Taken:02.10.2016 | Date Posted:02.20.2016 2:19AM

Royal Thai, Republic of Korea and U.S. Marines helocast from an MV-22B Osprey Feb. 10, 2016 during Cobra Gold 16 in Thailand. This was one of the first times an Osprey has conducted helocasting. CG16 increases cooperation, interoperability and collaboration among partner nations in order to achieve effective solutions to common challenges

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February 19, 2016

Terminal Marine goes on one last ride

By Williams Martinez, Public Affairs Specialist
Friday, February 19, 2016

The Marion VA echoed in motorcycle rumbles and fire and police sirens as over two hundred bikers and supporters came out to go on one last bike ride with Marine Veteran Walter “Vernell” Holderfield. Three lanes of bikers from across Southern Illinois were led by Vernell as he rode on the back of a Harley-Davidson trike, driven by Navy Veteran Mike Harriss. “Riding used to be my therapy,” shares Vernell.

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Co. M - Initial PFT

by LCpl Angelica Annastas
Date Posted:02.19.2016 15:54

Recruits of Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, perform the initial PFT beginning with a three-mile run Feb. 19. To achieve a perfect score of 300, recruits must run three miles in 18 minutes, complete 100 crunches in two minutes and conduct 20 dead hang pull-ups. Mike Company is scheduled to graduate April 15.

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By Lance Cpl. Erick Galera, II Marine Expeditionary Force
19 Feb 2016

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina -- Marines with 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion prepared future security operations during site security operations training at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 17.

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Marine Tankers Learn How to Drift on Ice During Norway Exercise

Stars and Stripes | Feb 19, 2016

U.S. Marines are learning how to "drift" their tanks on sheets of ice, navigating the harsh Norwegian terrain on a training mission focused on improving fighting skills in the increasingly strategic High North.

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19 photos of the Marine Corps’ pursuit of perfection

Jeremy Berke and Amanda Macias
Feb. 19, 2016, 3:52 PM

America's military is known for its high standards — but of all the sister service branches, the Marine Corps take perfection to another level.

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February 18, 2016

Video: Exercise Iron Fist 2016: Bilateral Attack

U.S. Marine Corps Motion Imagery by Lance Cpl. Zachery C. Laning
Date Taken:02.12.20 | Date Posted:02.18.2016 3:34PM

U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment train alongside Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers during a battalion-sized bilateral attack training event during Exercise Iron Fist 2016 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Feb. 12, 2016. Iron Fist is an annual, bilateral, amphibious training exercise, held in Southern California, between the United States Marine Corps and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force.

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By Lance Cpl. Jonah Lovy, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
18 Feb 2016

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, South Carolina -- Marines with the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting conducted a controlled burn training exercise at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina, Feb. 17

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February 17, 2016

Marine Corps Engineer Schools tests new Counter-IED course

by Cpl Garrett White
Date Posted:02.17.2016 20:56

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, IEDs have been the primary cause of death or injury to coalition forces operating in the regions. The U.S. military has had to adapt to this ever-evolving threat and constantly seeks out new methods to counter these deadly devices.

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Funeral for Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey: 'He Cared About Everyone'

By ELIZABETH JANNEY (Patch Staff) - February 17, 2016 2:57 pm ET
Bel Air, MD

Mourners from near and far came together in Joppa to memorialize Harford County Sheriff's deputy killed in line of duty.

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Marine Corps Engineer Schools tests new Counter-IED course

by Cpl Garrett White
Date Posted:02.17.2016 20:56

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, IEDs have been the primary cause of death or injury to coalition forces operating in the regions. The U.S. military has had to adapt to this ever-evolving threat and constantly seeks out new methods to counter these deadly devices.

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Marine who led WWII charge up Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima dies

By Matthew L. Schehl, Marine Corps Times 8:09 p.m. EST February 17, 2016

The Marine who led the charge to place the first American flag above Iwo Jima has died.

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'Terminal Lance' cartoon's popularity leads to book

By Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 17, 2016

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Patrick was hailed as a hero last month after pulling an unconscious man out of his mangled car moments before it burst into flames.

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February 16, 2016

This Marine Is About To Run 161 Miles In Honor Of Fallen Servicewomen

By Sarah Sicard on February 16, 2016

In honor of the 161 women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, one Capt. will run a 161 miles over four days.

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16 Feb 2016
By Lance Cpl. Aaron Fiala, II Marine Expeditionary Force

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. -- Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 conducted section confined area landings and a M2 Browning .50-Cal machine gun shoot from Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, Feb. 10.

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Arkansas, football and military working dogs

by Cpl Joshua Brown
Date Posted:02.16.2016 12:12

USS KEARSARGE -- A small community of farmers occupies Fayetteville, Arkansas. Schools in the area, like Greenland High School, don’t boast large graduating classes; in fact, one Lance Cpl. was one of 56 students in his

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13th MEU Marines hit the high seas

by Sgt Paris Capers
Date Taken:02.14.2016 | Date Posted:02.16.2016 14:01

AT SEA – After six grueling months of pre-deployment training, the Marines and Sailors of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit shoved off from Naval Base San Diego Feb. 12, 2016, to thunderous applause and cheering from family, friends and supporters.

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Air Controller Guides 'Blindfolded' Harrier Pilot to Safe Landing

Feb 16, 2016 | by Hope Hodge Seck

It could have been the start of a nightmare scenario.

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Outstanding Marine recognized for setting the example

By Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel | I Marine Expeditionary Force | February 16, 2016

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – The Marine Corps thrives because of skilled leaders who must be individuals both of action and of intellect according to Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 1: Warfighting. The service makes a point to award those Marines who go above and beyond to embody the spirit of the organization.

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February 12, 2016

Former SgtMaj of USMC to become ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago

By USMC Life|February 13th, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed former Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps John L. Estrada as ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Feb. 12, 2016.

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VMM-165 proves Osprey can support Cal Fire

by LCpl Harley Robinson
Date Taken:02.11.2016 | Date Posted:02.12.2016 17:25

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 165 supported the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) in a fire fighting exercise aboard Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base, California, Feb. 11.

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Video: VMM-166 (Reinforced) embarks for deployment with 13th MEU

by Sgt Michael Thorn
Date Posted:02.12.2016 6:17PM

The aviation element of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadrom (VMM) 166, departs for embarkation in preparation for the unit's Western Pacific/Middle East deployment, Feb. 12. The 13th MEU provides a forward deployed, flexible sea-based Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF).

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Equipment Concentration Site 171 provides supplemental gear

By Laurie Pearson | Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow | February 12, 2016

MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE BARSTOW, Calif. -- Civilians and contractors with Equipment Concentration Site 171, aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow’s Yermo Annex provide supplemental equipment to Army units in the area, Feb 5.

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Navy Medicine Issues Zika Virus Infection Guidance

Navy News | Feb 12, 2016 | by U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Navy Medicine released Zika Virus Infection guidance in NAVADMIN 032/16, Feb. 10, communicating force health protection measures and travel precautions to Navy and Marine Corps personnel.

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4,500 sailors, Marines deploy with Boxer Amphibious group


SAN DIEGO -- More than 4,500 sailors and Marines from the San Diego-based Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit left port Friday morning for the Western Pacific and Middle East.

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Webcast: Marine Commandant discusses future of the Corps with Marines

Scheduled from Feb 12 2016 10:27 AM EST to Feb 18 2016 11:40 AM EST

The 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert B. Neller, will hold a town hall with Marines Feb. 12, 2015, to discuss his planning guidance, expectations for Marines, and the state and future of the Corps.

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February 11, 2016

Video: VMM-166 supports 13th MEU

by LCpl Kimberlyn Adams
Date Posted:02.11.2016 7:53PM

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 166 prepares to deploy from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., in support of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Feb. 11.

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Images: Motivation run pumps up Parris Island’s newest Marines

Photos by Sgt. Jennifer Schubert
Date Posted:02.11.2016 09:43

Commanding officer of the Recruit Training Regiment, and commanding officers from 1st Recruit Training Battalion and 4th Recruit Training Battalion, lead new Marines of Charlie Company and Oscar Company on a motivational run Feb. 11, 2016, on Parris Island, S.C. Both companies are scheduled to graduate Feb. 12, 2016.

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Trespassers Invade Unfenced Areas of Miramar Marine Base


Faced with increasing trespassing problems, military officials are increasing security on the undeveloped outskirts of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, base officials announced Thursday.

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By Pfc. George Melendez, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma
11 Feb 2016

MARINE XORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz. -- The faint whir of helicopter rotors can be heard in the distance and gets louder as it slices through the desert air overhead. The AH-1Z “Viper” attack helicopter comes to a complete stop, hovering steadily in the sky. A red dash of fire suddenly amasses from the aircraft’s mounted rocket launcher, delivering hell’s fury onto simulated enemies beneath, leaving nothing but a lingering blanket of black smoke.

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February 10, 2016

Images: Co. I - Series Commander Inspection

by LCpl Angelica Annastas
Date Taken:02.08.2016 | Date Posted:02.10.2016 17:34

Recruits of India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, during a series commander inspection at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Feb. 8. Although this is a series commander inspection, drill instructors also inspect the recruits to see how they’ve progressed since their initial inspection, the senior drill instructor inspection. This inspection marks the beginning of the third and final phase for recruits. India Company is scheduled to graduate March 11.

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February 9, 2016

Images: Co. K - Receiving

Date Taken:02.08.2016 | Date Posted:02.09.2016 16:41

Recruits of Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Feb. 8 in various stages of receiving. Kilo Company is scheduled to graduate May 6.

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By Cpl. Fatmeh Saad, II Marine Expeditionary Force
9 Feb 2016

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina -- Staff Sgt. Nathan A. Hervey, an instructor with the Advanced Infantry Training Battalion at the School of Infantry-East, was awarded a Bronze Star Medal at Stone Bay rifle range, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Feb. 5.

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February 8, 2016


By Lance Cpl. Harley Robinson, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
8 Feb 2016

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif -- Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 took part in exercise Scorpion Fire 1-16 on and near Naval Air Facility El Centro, California, Jan. 25 to Feb. 5, 2016.

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MWSS-374 constructs memorial to honor fallen pilots

by LCpl Levi Schultz
Date Taken:01.23.2016 | Date Posted:02.09.2016 11:43

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marine Wing Support Squadron 374 unveiled a memorial honoring two Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 pilots at the Strategic Expeditionary Landing Field, Jan. 23, 2016.

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February 6, 2016

Webcast: 2nd Marine Division 75th Anniversary Parade

Scheduled from Feb 06 2016 9:45 AM EST to Feb 06 2016 12:00 PM EST

The 2nd Marine Division is celebrating their 75th
anniversary Feb. 6, 2016, with a parade marking a longstanding relationship
with the city of Jacksonville and the local community. The parade, through
downtown Jacksonville, begins at 10:00 a.m. and is anticipated to conclude
at 12 p.m. The 2nd Marine Division band will perform a free concert at
Northside High School at 6:00 p.m.

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Images: 31st MEU, Bonhomme Richard depart Okinawa

U.S. Marine Corps photos by Gunnery Sgt. Zachary Dyer/Released
Date Posted:02.06.2016 20:44

The USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) pulls out of port at White Beach, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 6, 2016. The Marines and sailors of the 31st MEU and the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group are currently on their spring deployment to the Asia-Pacific region.

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February 5, 2016

10 NFL Players Who Have Served in the Military

Posted on February 5, 2016 by Katie Lange
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Super Bowl 50 is almost upon us, everyone! It’s an annual football, food and fun fest that draws in about 114 million American viewers a year, including service members stationed all over the world.

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Marine Runs 7 Marathons on 7 Continents in 7 Days to Honor Fallen Soldiers

by Fox News Insider
Feb. 5, 2016

An active duty Marine ran seven marathons on seven continents in just seven days to honor fallen soldiers.

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February 4, 2016

90 year old retired sergeant major, MCCS employee challenges Marines to remember legacy

Lance Cpl. Sean J. Berry MCB Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River | Posted: Thursday, February 4, 2016 12:00 am

Every Marine will, at one time in their career, cross paths with a fellow Marine whose story is so remarkable and whose testimony so true, that a legacy is created — an impression never forgotten and always inspiring.

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14 Photos of American Soldiers’ Hands Show the Toll Their Sacrifice Takes


When you first meet someone, you’re most likely looking at their face — their eyes, their smile, even their nose.

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February 3, 2016

Images: New recruits take first steps to becoming Marines on Parris Island

Photos by Sgt. Jennifer Schubert)
Date Taken:02.01.2016 | Date Posted:02.03.2016 14:01

The newest recruits of India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, and Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, begin the transformation from civilian to United States Marine Corps recruit. If successful in training, these recruits will be transformed during the following 13 weeks into basic Marines, representing the epitome of personal character, selflessness and military virtue. Both companies are scheduled to graduate April 29, 2016.

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MCLB Barstow K-9 Unit recogized

By Laurie Pearson | Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow | February 3, 2016

MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE BARSTOW, Calif. --Two K-9 handler's for Marine Corps Police Department on Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, were awarded Meritorious Conduct Medals for their assistance during the Dec. 2 terrorist shooting which occurred in San Bernardino, during an Inland Empire Police K-9 Association dinner and meeting, Jan. 7.

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Corpsman to Get Silver Star for Heroism after Afghan Insider Attack

Feb 03, 2016 | by Hope Hodge Seck

A Navy hospital corpsman serving with the Marines' elite special operations command will be recognized this week for heroism shown when he braved enemy fire to rush to the side of wounded troops in Afghanistan's Herat province in 2014 when they were attacked by a rogue Afghan commando.

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February 2, 2016

Combat engineers teach infantrymen breaching tactics

By Sgt. Brady Wood | 10th Marine Regiment | February 2, 2016

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- As the rising sun warmed the air, Marines placed demolition charges on entryways of an urban combat training environment.

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February 1, 2016

6th ANGLICO conducts live-fire training with 2/23 Mortars

By Cpl. Tiffany Edwards | Marine Corps Forces Reserves | February 1, 2016

CAMP ROBERTS, Calif. -- As clouds rolled across the wide California sky, sending shadows racing across the green hills in Camp Roberts National Guard training center, thundering booms echoed through the valley as mortars found their targets. Half a mile away, Marines with 6th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company relayed target trajectories and coordinates to the mortarmen of 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division. The units partnered together Jan. 23, 2016 to conduct live call-for-fire training with mortars, as well as machine gun ranges to qualify their Marines.

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Thousands of Marines, vets to descend on Lejeune for 75th anniversary

By Lance M. Bacon, Marine Corps Times 11:58 a.m. EST February 1, 2016

The 2nd Marine Division will parade 6,000 Marines and tons of tactical vehicles through Jacksonville, North Carolina, as it celebrates 75 years of heritage.

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Shirtless Marines hit the snow in South Korea during sub-zero temps

By Jeff Schogol, Marine Corps Times 12:18 p.m. EST February 1, 2016

There’s training and then there’s recon training.

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Cobra Gold partners work together to build better community

By Staff Sgt. Jose O. Nava | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | February 1, 2016

BAN CHAM KHO, Thailand -- Royal Thai Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force service members worked alongside one another to construct an open-air multi-purpose educational building Jan. 27 at Ban Cham Kho, Rayong, Thailand, before the official beginning of Exercise Cobra Gold 2016.

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Video: SPMAGTF-CR-AF Transfer of Authority from 6th Marines to 8th Marines

by Sgt Tia Nagle
Date Taken:01.26.2016 | Date Posted:02.1.2016 7:18AM

U.S. Marines and Sailors of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response- Africa held a Transfer of Authority ceremony, where 6th Marine Regiment formally passed command of SPMAGTF-CR-AF to 8th Marine Regiment.

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By Cpl. Paul S. Martinez, II Marine Expeditionary Force
1 Feb 2016

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Marines with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, conducted a week-long field exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Jan. 28.

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