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.

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July 12, 2013

Marines and Sailors get a bruising lesson in Brisbane

By Sgt. Paul Robbins Jr. | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | July 12, 2013

BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia -- Looking across the field at their opponents, the mismatched unit of Marines and Sailors could recognize their defeat was imminent. But that couldn’t wipe the smiles from their faces.

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February 5, 2013

More Marines to Japan; Vietnam, Cambodia next

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Feb 5, 2013 20:26:45 EST

The Marine Corps’ shift to the Pacific will ramp up considerably this year, with more personnel and aircraft rotating to Japan and other destinations throughout the region.

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January 13, 2011

Marine general sees some good in Gates' reductions

By Otto Kreisher National Journal January 13, 2011

The Marine Corps' top general Thursday disputed the widely held view that the Marines took the biggest hit in Defense Secretary Robert Gates' latest round of "efficiencies," saying there was "a lot of good" in those actions.

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October 16, 2010

In Afghanistan, the Exit Plan Starts With ‘If’

Published: October 16, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan — After nine years of war, the endgame here has finally begun.

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July 8, 2010

ISAF Investigating Civilian Casualties

KABUL, Afghanistan - On July 8, artillery fire from an ISAF unit was observed falling short of its intended target in Jani Khel district, Paktiya province. Shortly thereafter eight injured Afghan civilians were brought to a nearby ISAF outpost. The wounded were provided immediate care and transported to an ISAF medical facility for further treatment. One of the wounded later died as a result of wounds.

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April 6, 2007

Marine Corps families around the nation to gather for combat deployment support conference

St. Louis, MO – April 6, 2007 - United States Marine Corps family members from around the country will gather in St. Louis at the conference to learn about the Marine Corps, combat deployment, recovery from combat, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and ways to encourage awareness for Troop Support in their own communities. Attendance will range from new Marine families, families experiencing first, second or third combat deployments, and families who have experienced casualties of combat.

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September 18, 2006

Marine commander: Deployments to continue steadily for a few years

CAMP PENDLETON ---- Though the pace of deployments of local troops has slowed a bit, North County Marines will probably continue to be deployed to Iraq every seven months or so for "the next few years," the Camp Pendleton-based commander of the Marines' western bases said last week.

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March 17, 2006

1,000 more sailors expected to join ground forces in Iraq

Three years after Baghdad fell, the Navy is poised to dramatically increase the number of sailors in Iraq and Afghanistan, filling gaps in Army and Marine Corps units.

The seamen, called "individual augmentees," support ground operations thousands of miles from the nearest port, in deployments that can be far different from the Navy's traditional role.

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January 24, 2006

Military Culture Must Change for 'Long War'

As the United States confronts terrorism, military personnel have to make a cultural shift as they fight what officials now call "the Long War," senior DoD officials said.

Army Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, the assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview that the generation of servicemembers entering the military today must focus on how the United States will deal with extremist networks that threaten America and its allies.

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January 21, 2006

Why Tour Length Differs

In Iraq and Afghanistan, the length of time you’ll spend there depends on which service you are in and, to a lesser extent, what you job is.

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January 19, 2006

Secrets to eating more and maintaining a lean body

CAMP FALLUJAH, IRAQ (Jan. 19, 2006) -- The trend across camp is apparent; as service members redeploy back to the states, more and more are attempting to physically burn off those extra servings from the chow hall to produce a leaner, meaner body. It may be too late to burn off the junk food received inside care packages from mom, but it’s never too late to begin the proper exercise program needed to meet personal fitness goals.

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Marines get glimpse of new gear at expo

CAMP PENDLETON – A record number of vendors hawking everything from Amazing Pooh-Powder to socks to virtual convoy trainers packed the 14th annual Marine West Military Exposition yesterday.

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January 13, 2006

ESG -3 Starts Final Work-up Before Deployment

PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Six ships and about 3,500 Sailors and Marines of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3 started their Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) Jan. 13 off the coast of Southern California.

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December 13, 2005

Family Upset After Soldier's Body Shipped As Freight

SAN DIEGO -- There's controversy over how the military is transporting the bodies of service members killed overseas, San Diego TV station KGTV reported.

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Marine dad plans deep talk with son

Editor's note: This is an occasional series featuring stories of soldiers far from home and their loved ones here.

What it's like to be a Marine Reserve with a 5 year old son, and explain to him why Daddy must leave.

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December 9, 2005

Combat Vehicle Operators Course saves lives

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.(Dec. 9, 2005) -- According to Pentagon officials, the leading cause of non-combat deaths in Iraq involve vehicles and can be tolled up to a lack of training, experience, common sense or, in hostile situations, the lack of knowing the proper standard operating procedures while serving in a combat zone. The Combat Vehicle Operator’s Course hopes to improve that statistic.

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"Wishes from Home" Talking Holiday Card

Need a touching, personalized gift for that special loved one overseas?

Talking Holiday Cards is a GREAT idea!- Mail Call never Sounded so good!

Not only is it a great gift idea to send a touch of home to your hero, but it also support a GREAT cause- $1 from every card comes back to, Inc. for the care package project and $.50 from each card goes to a wounded soldiers organization.

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December 8, 2005

Single Parents

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.(Dec. 8, 2005) -- Marines are trained to deploy: Married or single. This includes single parents.

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Failed marriages can often follow wartime romances

Hundreds of soldiers and Marines based in North Carolina flocked to magistrates to be married in early 2003. Young and headed to Iraq, they were joining a romantic tradition as old as war and marriage.

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December 4, 2005

Marines scour area around Fallujah for arms

U.S., Iraqi militaries preparing for Dec. 15 elections

By Andrew Tilghman, Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition, Sunday, December 4, 2005

AL KARMAH, Iraq — About 250 Marines rolled out of Camp Fallujah shortly after dawn Friday and moved into a small, poverty-stricken neighborhood for a house-by-house search of an area believed to be an insurgent stronghold. (2/2 Fox)

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December 2, 2005

Troops Should Talk About Afghanistan, Iraq Successes, Pace Says

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2005 – Senior military leaders - as well as rank-and-file servicemembers - should spread the good news about anti-terrorist and reconstruction successes in Iraq, the U.S. military's top officer said during his Dec. 1 address at the National Defense University here.

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December 1, 2005

Near-instant delivery with MotoMail

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va.(Dec. 1, 2005) -- When Marines read letters from home, “news” is actually old because of the time it takes for normal mail to reach forward deployed areas.

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November 27, 2005

Superstar to troops on the front

Jenny Boyle didn't make it to Hollywood after an "American Idol" audition. And when the 26-year-old pediatric nurse sings in the smoky bars where she's a regular act, she competes with the sports channel and boozy conversations for the attention of customers.

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November 25, 2005

U.S. troops overseas make time for holiday

QAIM, Iraq - Cpl. Brian Zwart set out his turkey, stuffing, corn and mashed potatoes on a makeshift picnic table - the hood of a Humvee - before going out to patrol the Syrian border Thursday to watch for foreign militants sneaking in to join Iraq's insurgency.

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November 21, 2005

Deployed Troops to Get Thanksgiving Meal

Nearly 186,000 pounds of turkey, 108,000 pounds of ham, and 82,000 pounds of stuffing mix will be served for Thanksgiving meals for troops in Iraq and Kuwait, according to officials at the Defense Logistics Agency.
That includes 87,456 pounds each of boneless white turkey meat and boneless dark turkey meat; and 11,000 pounds of whole turkeys. Another 12,050 pounds of boneless turkey and 6,032 pounds of whole turkey are on the menu for Afghanistan.

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Rumsfeld makes no troop withdrawal promises

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld made no promises for a significant withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq next year, sticking to the Pentagon’s long-held assertion that field commanders will determine when to begin a military drawdown.

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November 5, 2005

Blood donations still in high demand

The U.S. military always needs blood in war zones
and now, more than ever, it is depending on troops
at stateside bases to donate.

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Bank Offers Hotline for Deployed Troops


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October 19, 2005

Troops' mental stress is revealed in survey

More than one in four U.S. soldiers have come home from Iraq with health problems that require medical or mental-health treatment, according to the Pentagon's first detailed screening of service members leaving a war zone.

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October 6, 2005

Company to offer high-speed Internet for Deployed Troops

PHILADELPHIA — Starting Thursday, a Massachusetts cable and Internet service provider will offer free high-speed Internet access to immediate families of military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan — for as long as their loved ones are abroad.

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September 27, 2005


Remote-control warfare: How PlayStation 2 saves U.S. lives

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September 26, 2005

Raytheon wins $5.3M Marine Corps contract

Raytheon Co. has been awarded a $5.3 million contract for an advanced air defense guided missile systems launcher for the U. S. Marine Corps.

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September 25, 2005

A son is sent to war

Kenton Dial heads for Iraq, and the hearts of his Sylvania family go with him

This is the third in an occasional series

These stories mark universally common experiences in our lives, the seemingly mundane events that, in fact, are some of the most meaningful moments of human existence.

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Nonstop war duty tests Marines

KANE'OHE BAY — Less than four months ago, Lt. Col. Norm Cooling and his 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines were getting ready to leave Afghanistan after a seven-month deployment.
(includes 3/3 and 1/3)

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September 23, 2005

Murray Protects Veterans with PTSD

Washington, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash) stood up for America's veterans by ensuring that those who need help with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are not scrutinized, stigmatized, or penalized by a planned VA investigation.

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October 29, 2004

The meaning of 'Oorah' traced back to its roots

By Lance Cpl. Paul W. Hirseman III | | October 29, 2004

MCRD/ERR PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. — "Oorah!" Marines hear it each and every day. Ingrained into Marine minds since boot camp, this distinctly Marine call is barked back and forth in an almost endless stream of motivation. However, take a step back and ask that Marine, "where did 'Oorah' come from exactly?"

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