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January 25, 2016

NAVY CORPSMEN CONTINUE SUPPORT OF MARINE OPERATIONS, TRAINING

By Cpl. Janessa Pon, II Marine Expeditionary Force
25 Jan 2016

COMBINED ARMS TRAINING CENTER CAMP FUJI, Japan -- For more than 239 years, Navy corpsmen have been known as the enlisted force which has supported Marine operations and training both garrison and the field.

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January 22, 2016

Images: Exercise Iron Fist 2016 Opening Ceremony

U.S. Marine Corps photos by Lance Cpl. Timothy Valero/ Released
Date Posted:01.22.2016 20:35

The opening ceremony of exercise Iron Fist 2016 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 22, 2016 which is an annual, bilateral amphibious training exercise held in Southern California between the United States Marine Corps and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. The Marines taking part in the exercise are from I Marine Expeditionary Force on Camp Pendleton.

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January 20, 2016

Images: 11th Marine Regiment celebrates Saint Barbara's Day

Marine Corps photos by Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel
Date Taken:01.15.2015 | Date Posted:01.20.2015 13:47

The 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, celebrated St. Barbara’s Day at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Jan. 15. Saint Barbara is invoked for protection against fire or explosions and is known as the patron saint of artillery.

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January 18, 2016

Images: MRF Deck Shoot

U.S. Marine Corps photos by Sgt. Hector de Jesus/Released
Date Taken:01.18.2016 | Date Posted:01.19.2016 00:39

U.S. Marines with Maritime Raid Force, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a deck shoot during Sustainment Exercise aboard the USS Boxer, January 18, 2016 in preparation for their upcoming deployment.

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January 14, 2016

MEU Marines train for jungle combat

by LCpl Carl King
Date Taken:01.07.2016 | Date Posted:01.14.2016 07:24

CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan – His bulky, brown pack soaked in rain water made it a challenge to walk up the already steep hills of the jungle. His shoulders ached in a constant, annoying pain from the weight of the pack. The mud under his feet made him slip and fall every 100 steps. Through all these tangible problems and an array of intangibles, the Marine kept his composure and focused on the mission at hand – to locate, close with and destroy his enemy.

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December 23, 2015

Video: 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment mortarman gives a holiday shoutout

by Sgt Owen Kimbrel
12.23.2015 10:20AM

U. S. Marine Corps mortarman with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, gives a holiday shoutout to his friends and family back home.

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December 21, 2015

Eyes from Above: Marines, Soldiers join forces for Steel Knight

by Lance Cpl. Medina Ayala-Lo
Date Posted:12.21.2015 15:52

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marine Corps Reconnaissance units serve as the eyes and ears of the commander, providing information necessary to employ troops effectively. This large undertaking is typically carried out with a small team of specially trained Marines, but that changed during Steel Knight.

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Marines combat an unseen enemy

By Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel | I Marine Expeditionary Force | December 21, 2015

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Marines train diligently every day to ensure their success in subduing very real and dangerous threats around the world, but even those of the most threatening nature cannot always be seen.

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December 17, 2015

Fellow Marine veterans aid in the search for a missing vet

By Staff Writer|December 17th, 2015 | Military News, U.S. Marines

U.S. Marines who served with missing snowmachiner travel to Alaska to help search.

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December 11, 2015

Toys for Tots receives truckload of toys from MCCES

by Cpl Monica Erickson
Date Posted:12.11.2009 12:45

The formation of 1,626 Marines seemed to go on forever as they poured out of the Marine Corps Communications-Electronics School during the Toys for Tots Run at the Combat Center, Dec. 4.

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December 7, 2015

MARINES SWIM THROUGH MARINE CORPS INSTRUCTOR COURSE OF WATER SURVIVAL

By Lance Cpl. Zachary Orr, Marine Corps Base Hawaii
7 Dec 2015

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Hawaii -- Service members enrolled in the Marine Corps Instructor Course of Water Survival strive to achieve the title of a water survival instructor by completing a training program in the classroom and practicing those lessons at the base pool aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Dec.1, 2015.

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December 2, 2015

Essex Ready Group Enters 3rd Fleet Area on Return to San Diego

POSTED BY CHRIS JENNEWEIN ON DECEMBER 2, 2015 IN MILITARY

The Sailors and Marines of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit entered the 3rd Fleet area of operations this week on their way back to San Diego.

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8 Unbelievable Stories From The Second Battle Of Fallujah

By James Clark on December 2, 2015
Veterans from 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines share their incredible stories from the Second Battle of Fallujah.

This time of year marks the anniversary of one of the most storied battles in recent Marine Corps history: the Second Battle of Fallujah. The city became the scene of brutal urban combat when American, Iraqi, and British forces launched an all out assault on Nov. 8, 2004, to seize it from Iraqi insurgent hands.

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December 1, 2015

Law enforcement battalion extends arm of law

By Pvt. Robert Bliss | I Marine Expeditionary Force | December 1, 2015

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- In the early hours of the morning, two companies of Marines received information that the location of a high-value individual had been found. The mission: apprehend the individual with minimal casualties.

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November 25, 2015

Twentynine Palms Marines reflect on Thanksgiving

Denise Goolsby, The Desert Sun 10:23 a.m. PST November 25, 2015

I hung out with some Marines recently at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, where we chatted about a wide range of topics, but nothing dominated the conversation more than the subjects of thankfulness and family.

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November 24, 2015

Combat Skilled, Combat Ready

by LCpl Devan Gowans
Date Taken:11.20.2015 | Date Posted:11.24.2015 14:22

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 11, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, kicked off their round of participation in the Basic Combat Skills Course, Nov. 17, 2015.

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November 20, 2015

CHP officers pay special tribute to Marine killed in crash

By Erin Tracy
The Modesto Bee
Published: November 20, 2015

MODESTO, Calif. (Tribune News Service) — U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Layne Johnson, a Modesto native, was driving back to Fresno from Twentynine Palms on Wednesday when he apparently fell asleep and drifted off the highway.

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November 16, 2015

Images: Swim Call: U.S. Marines walk the plank

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Elize McKelvey/Released
Date Posted:11.15.2015 19:33

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 15, 2015) U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Essex Amphibious Ready Group leap off the side of the USS Essex (LHD 2) during a swim call.

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November 15, 2015

Inside the legacy of the oldest living sergeant major of the Marine Corps

By Gidget Fuentes, Special to Military Times 10:24 a.m. EST November 15, 2015

As Marines gather to celebrate the Corps' 240th birthday, chants of "oorah!" are likely to be heard around the world. That iconic battle cry is just one mark of the long-lasting legacy left by the oldest living sergeant major of the Marine Corps.

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November 14, 2015

Images: Rehearsals: U.S. Marines with Quick Reaction Force stay prepared

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Elize McKelvey/Released
Date Taken:11.14.2015 | Date Posted:11.15.2015 01:18

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 14, 2015) U.S. Marines with Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare for a quick reaction force rehearsal aboard the USS Essex (LHD 2). The 15th MEU is currently deployed in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to promote regional stability and security in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

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November 7, 2015

Video: CLB-11 Completes Final Exercise at MTX 6-15

by Cpl Carson Gramley
Date Taken:11.2.2015 | Date Posted:11.5.2015 1:11PM

Marines and Sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 11, 1st Marine Logistics Group, test their operational capacity and capabilities as a logistics and support unit during Mountain Exercise 6-15 at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, California to be better prepared for their upcoming deployment with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

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November 1, 2015

13th MEU AAVs assault from ship to shore

Story by Sgt Paris Capers
Date Taken:10.22.2015 | Date Posted:11.01.2015 22:35

SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND, Calif. – U.S. Marines and Sailors with Assault Amphibian Vehicle Platoon, Company “E,” Battalion Landing Team 2/1, the ground combat element for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted an amphibious assault on San Clemente Island, California, during Composite Training Unit Exercise, Oct. 22, 2015.

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13th MEU Marines evacuate embassy during COMPTUEX

Story by Sgt Paris Capers
Date Taken:10.26.2015 | Date Posted:11.01.2015 23:14

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - U.S. Marines and Sailors with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted a non-combatant evacuation operation on Camp Pendleton, California, during Composite Training Unit Exercise, Oct. 26, 2015.

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October 31, 2015

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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October 29, 2015

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

'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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October 17, 2015

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 15, 2015

CAMP PENDLETON PREPARES FOR POTENTIAL FLOODING

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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October 7, 2015

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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September 25, 2015

Network it out: Cyber Network Specialists help Marines communicate at PMINT

Story by SSgt Terika King
Date Taken:09.24.2015 | Date Posted:09.25.2015 12:24

NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO, Calif. – U.S. Marines and Sailors with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group have been working around the clock to get Internet networks and cyber communication up and running aboard the USS Boxer, USS New Orleans and USS Harpers Ferry for the PHIBRON-MEU Integration (PMINT) Exercise.

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September 23, 2015

Marine 3-star: Watch Ramadi to see the Corps' impact

By Hope Hodge Seck, Staff writer 8:18 p.m. EDT September 23, 2015

Expect Marines to remain fully engaged in the effort to combat the so-called Islamic State group in Iraq in the coming year, the head of Marine Forces Central Command said.

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Corps reactivates 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, after drawdown save

By Matthew L. Schehl, Staff writer 9:14 a.m. EDT September 23, 2015

One of the Marine Corps’ most deployed units in history celebrated its triumphant return to the force last week.

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September 19, 2015

US Marines team up with French forces in Djibouti

By 1st Lt. Allison Burgos | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | September 19, 2015

USS ANCHORAGE -- Elements of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit are scheduled to participate in a bilateral training exercise with the French 5th Overseas Combined Arms Regiment (RIAOM) from September 21 – October 10 aboard Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.

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August 30, 2015

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 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 13, 2015

CLB-1 PREPARES FOR SP-MAGTF, LARGE SCALE EXERCISE

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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July 17, 2015

Whatever it takes: Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron – 165 celebrates 50 years of aviation

by LCpl Garrett White
Date Posted:07.17.2015 17:03

UNDISCLOSED LOCATION - Marines pride themselves on being willing to take the fight to the enemy in any clime and place, but will never complain about getting a lift. Since the introduction of helicopter squadrons in military operations, Marines have been able to go farther and faster to protect America’s interests. Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron-165 is one such squadron. Having participated in some of recent history’s most iconic moments, on July 17, 2015 the unit celebrates 50 years of dedicated and storied service to Marine aviation.

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July 5, 2015

Arizona Corpsman deploys to Middle East

Story by LCpl Garrett White
Date Posted:07.03.2015 10:35

UNDISCLOSED LOCATION - Since June 17, 1889, sailors of the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps have been providing lifesaving care to the men and women of the U.S. Marine Corps. Marines have no medical services organic to their branch, but Navy Corpsmen have fought in every clime and place, right along their sides.

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July 2, 2015

U.S. Marines save Bunbury bus driver

Story by Cpl Ryan Mains
Date Taken:07.01.2015 | Date Posted:07.02.2015 05:54

BUNBURY, Australia - After being in the everyday routine of life aboard a U.S. Navy ship for almost three weeks, the only thing in mind for most when given four days ashore is to explore the area and have fun with their friends while on liberty. For three Marines, assisting a local who went unconscious behind the steering wheel of a bus wasn’t on their agenda, but they were prepared for it regardless.

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June 15, 2015

Floating base named for legendary Marine arrives in fleet

By Lance M. Bacon, Staff writer 5:44 p.m. EDT June 15, 2015

The newest vessel in the Corps' amphibious arsenal carries the name of its most iconic Marine — and it is ready for action.

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June 11, 2015

‘I saw only one thing in their eyes: courage’

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: June 11, 2015

When the bomb exploded, Navy Chief Petty Officer Justin Wilson didn’t run away.

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May 22, 2015

Second Marine killed in Hawaii Osprey crash identified

By Gina Harkins, Staff writer 1:58 p.m. EDT May 22, 2015
UPDATE: Marine officials released a correction on Lance Cpl. Matthew Determan's hometown on May 22.

Corps officials have identified the second Marine to die as a result of Sunday's MV-22B Osprey crash as Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Determan of Ahwatukee, Arizona.

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May 19, 2015

US Marines conclude successful exercise alongside Canadian Forces

Story by Cpl Owen Kimbrel
Date Taken:05.16.2015 | Date Posted:05.19.2015 13:36

CANADIAN MANOEUVRE TRAINING CENTER, CAMP WAINRIGHT, Alberta – The Marines and Sailors of 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, successfully completed Exercise Maple Resolve 2015 with the Canadian Armed Forces at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Center, Camp Wainwright, Alberta, May 16, 2015.

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May 18, 2015

11th MEU Makes New Friends, Strengthens Ties with Local Community

Story by Cpl Ricardo Hurtado
Date Taken:05.16.2015 | Date Posted:05.18.2015 16:36

YORBA LINDA, Calif. – Communities near military installations have a unique perspective on the lifestyle service members and their families live. They are an integral part of the support system that is essential to maintaining an efficient force. The community of Yorba Linda, California, solidified their support by adopting the I Marine Expeditionary Force's 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

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May 11, 2015

Essex Amphibious Ready Group, 15th MEU Deploy from San Diego

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The ships, sailors and Marines of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit departed San Diego Monday on a deployment that’s expected to last around seven months.

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May 7, 2015

Video: US Marines Make Lightning from the Sky, Thunder from the Sea in Canada

by Cpl Owen Kimbrel
Date Taken:05.5.2015 | Date Posted:05.7.2015 12:25AM

Marines with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company conducted calls for fire with Canadian Armed Forces during Exercise Maple Resolve 2015 aboard Canadian Manoeuvre Training Center, Camp Wainwright, Alberta, May 5, 2015.

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Video: 1st MAW Marines Build Solar Powered Device Out of Leftover Gear

by Cpl Ricardo Hurtado
Date Taken:04.28.2015 | Date Posted:05.7.2015 4:32PM

U.S. Marines with Detachment A, Marine Air Control Squadron 4, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, built a solar powered device made of old military parts to power an AN/TRN-47 Deployable Beacon-Transponder, which provides tactical air navigation services and was tested for the first time during Exercise Balikatan 2015.

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April 30, 2015

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 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 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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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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April 8, 2015

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 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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March 31, 2015

USS Peleliu decommissioned after 35-year career

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 31, 2015

SAN DIEGO — Almost 35 years after the USS Peleliu entered the fleet, the crew of the amphibious assault ship disembarked for the last time in a ceremonial decommissioning Tuesday.

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Video: 1st Marine Division Talks SLDP

by SSgt Wayne Edmiston
Date Posted:03.31.2015 2:15PM

The Commanding General of the 1st Marine Division, discusses the Squad Leader Development program. The operations chief and 26-year infantryman, discusses how the program was developed and how it will improve the readiness of the Marine Corps.

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March 22, 2015

Images: Greyhawks: 15th MEU Marines are cleared hot

Photos by Sgt. Jamean Berry/Released)
Date Taken:03.20.2015 | Date Posted:03.22.2015 22:33

Images of 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, during Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), San Clemente Island, Calif., March 20, 2015. COMPTUEX gives the Marines the opportunity to practice real-world scenarios and hone their skill sets.

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March 18, 2015

MCAGCC Gold holds 7th Regiment Midrange Rifle Competition

Date Posted:03.18.2015 21:56

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - As a shooter positions himself at the 300 yard firing line, he looks through his scope and centers the cross-hairs on the target. He steadies his breathing, and slowly pulls the trigger, commencing the 7th Regiment Midrange Shooting Competition.

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March 15, 2015

Squad Leader Development Program: Your questions answered

By Hope Hodge Seck, Staff writer 10:07 a.m. EDT March 15, 2015

The Marine Corps' new plan for developing infantry squad leaders offers instant promotion, a handsome bonus and a chance to deploy — and some grunts are wondering if there's a catch.

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March 12, 2015

Can’t keep a Darkhorse down: A story of overcoming adversity

Story by PFC Alvin Pujols
Date Taken:03.10.2015 | Date Posted:03.12.2015 11:01

After taking the reins in Sangin District, Helmand province, Afghanistan, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, began a hard-fought battle. By the time their tour ended in April 2011, the Marines of the battalion suffered the highest casualty rate of any U.S. Marine unit during the past 10 years of Operation Enduring Freedom, losing 25 Marines and incurring 184 casualties.

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March 10, 2015

Video: First WTI Course of 2015 Kicks Off at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma

Date Posted:03.10.2015 7:50PM

The newest group of students and instructors for Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 2-15 began the seven-week course at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. The WTI class will be the largest class to graduate from MAWTS-1. Students will learn and apply the latest in air-to-air combat, air-to-ground communications and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief tactics. Highlights of WTI will include a scenario-based, Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation and multiple large-scale, combined arms exercises.

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February 26, 2015

Pendleton Marines train for large-scale deployment

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 26, 2015

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — At the northwestern tip of this massive base, hundreds of Marines spent the last 10 days preparing for full-scale war. It’s the first time in more than a decade they are training for this type of combat, all aligned with new guidance from the commandant.

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February 24, 2015

Marine battalion back at Camp Pendleton after 7-month deployment

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 24, 2015

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The Marines of Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment returned to their families Monday after a packed seven-month deployment that had them getting ready for the worst.

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February 22, 2015

15th MEU Conducts Confidence Chamber

by Sgt Emmanuel Ramos
Date Taken:02.13.2015 | Date Posted:02.22.2015 11:30

15th Marine Expeditionary Unit practices mission oriented protective posture suit training and don their M40 gas masks aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif. Feb. 13, 2015. This training helps the 15th MEU familiarize with and build confidence in their gear and equipment as they prepare for their upcoming deployment this spring.

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February 19, 2015

USMC MV-22 Ospreys prove capable to support any operation around the globe

Story by Cpl Joshua Murray
Date Posted:02.19.2015 03:29

SATTAHIP, Thailand – Five MV-22 Ospreys flew over 2,200 nautical miles to participate in exercise Cobra Gold 2015 Feb. 7-21, and in the process, marked the first time the Osprey has been refueled by the U.S. Air Force KC-10 aircraft in-flight.

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February 13, 2015

3/7 prepares for deployment through TRAP training

Story by LCpl Jonathan Boynes
Date Posted:02.13.2015 19:56

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - The sun crept over distant mountains as dozens of Marines with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 15.2 (SP-MAGTF-CR-CC 15.2) shuffled across a slick carpet of grass and vegetation, filing one by one through the back of two MV-22 Ospreys. Only a short time before this, a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel (TRAP) mission had been called in, and the Marines would soon be on their way to provide support. Once fully loaded, the aircraft lifted off of the ground and sailed over the surrounding mountains to its destination.

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February 7, 2015

No Better Dojo – The Amphibious Assault Ship

Story by SSgt Joseph Digirolamo
Date Taken:02.06.2015 | Date Posted:02.07.2015 08:09

USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At sea - A gymnasium, a boxing ring, a wrestling mat, an octagon, an indoor padded garage or an outdoor spot on the grass - there are many different types of places to practice and learn martial arts. The Japanese call it a Dojo. They are everywhere on Okinawa. But a U.S. Marine will likely tell you there is no better place to train in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program than inside the hull of an amphibious assault ship.

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January 26, 2015

13th MEU Marines and Japanese soldiers kick off Exercise Iron Fist 2015

Story by Sgt Paris Capers
Date Posted:01.26.2015 17:54

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – U.S. Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit stood alongside soldiers of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Western Army Infantry Regiment to kick off Exercise Iron Fist 2015 during an opening ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 26, 2015.

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January 25, 2015

Marines name pilots killed in helicopter crash

Posted 12:01 PM, January 25, 2015, Updated at 04:52PM, January 25, 2015
By FOX 5 Digital Team

SAN DIEGO – The identities of the two Camp Pendleton Marines killed in a helicopter crash in Twentynine Palms were released Sunday.

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January 16, 2015

Mortford Point Marine awarded Congressional Gold Medal

By Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | January 16, 2015

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. -- Frank C. Christl of San Clemente was awarded the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal by Brig. Gen. Edward Banta for serving as a Montford Point Marine from 1944-1946 on Jan. 16.

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January 14, 2015

Warrior Wednesday: Marine from Post Falls, Idaho

by Sgt Emmanuel Ramos
Date Taken:01.13.2015 | Date Posted:01.14.2015 2:27AM

One Marine, from Post Falls, Idaho, inspired by his father, enlisted in the Marine Corps to make a difference and is a team leader with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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December 27, 2014

Peleliu completes its final deployment

By Jeanette Steele7:27 P.M.DEC. 22, 2014

The amphibious assault ship Peleliu will return to San Diego on Wednesday, delivering its crew home in time for Christmas and completing its final tour.

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December 26, 2014

Big year for ship retirements

By Jeanette Steele2:10 P.M.DEC. 26, 2014

San Diego will lose four warships in 2015, continuing a surge in the retirement of U.S. Navy vessels, and the former San Diego aircraft carrier Ranger will pass by our shores as it is towed to the scrapyard.

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December 24, 2014

Yakima Marine awarded Purple Heart

Story by Cpl Cody Haas
Date Posted:12.24.2014 13:48

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Corporal Ulises Zamoramartinez, an optics technician with 1st Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group, was awarded the Purple Heart Medal by Maj. Gen. Vincent Coglianese, 1st MLG commanding general, during a ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 19, 2014.

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Yakima Marine awarded Purple Heart

Story by Cpl Cody Haas
Date Posted:12.24.2014 13:48

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Corporal Ulises Zamoramartinez, an optics technician with 1st Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group, was awarded the Purple Heart Medal by Maj. Gen. Vincent Coglianese, 1st MLG commanding general, during a ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 19, 2014.

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December 11, 2014

H&S; Company takes on Steel Knight

by Cpl Joshua Murray
Date Taken:12.10.2014 | Date Posted:12.11.2014 12:20

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marines with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force conducted amphibious operations aboard the USS Rushmore during exercise Steel Knight, off the coast of California, Dec. 8-11.

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December 7, 2014

11th MEU conducts live-fire exercise

Photos by Cpl Demetrius Morgan
Date Taken:12.05.2014 | Date Posted:12.07.2014 12:42

Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 11, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), participate in a live-fire range aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), Dec. 5.

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December 6, 2014

Marines to invade L.A., but don’t panic

By Veronica Rocha and Tony Perry
Los Angeles Times
Published: December 6, 2014

(TNS) Downtown Los Angeles might look like a scene out of “Call of Duty” next week, but military officials say don’t be alarmed. It’s a drill.

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November 28, 2014

11th MEU celebrates Thanksgiving at sea

Story by Cpl Demetrius Morgan
Date Taken:11.27.2014 | Date Posted:11.28.2014 07:09

5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to come together and enjoy the festivities of the holiday season, while focusing on the things they are most grateful for.

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November 25, 2014

Blindfolded Marines learn to clear firearm malfunctions

James K. Sanborn, Staff writer 11:51 a.m. EST November 25, 2014

Members of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit are getting ready for combat — blindfolded.

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November 21, 2014

Paralyzed Marine with robotic exoskeleton receives Bronze Star with V

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 21, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – When Capt. Derek Herrera was called to stand in the place of honor Friday at his retirement ceremony, he pressed buttons on what appeared to be a wristwatch as a fellow Marine came to his aid.

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MARSOC Marine Retires, Receives Bronze Star Medal

Story by Cpl Ricardo Hurtado
Date Posted:11.21.2014 18:41

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines with 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, friends and family members gathered to witness Capt. Derek Herrera, a special operations officer, accept the Bronze Star with combat V for heroism and medically retire from the Marine Corps, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Nov. 21, 2014.

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November 12, 2014

Sailor receives FMF badge

Story by CPT Joshua Diddams
Date Posted:11.12.2014 12:27

5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – Petty Officer 2nd Class Alex Lada, the senior line corpsman with Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), was awarded the Fleet Marine Force Enlisted Warfare Specialist (FMF) badge, Nov. 6.

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November 11, 2014

Chargers visit AAS Bn during military appreciation campaign

Photos by Sgt Valerie Eppler
Date Posted:11.11.2014 19:39

Players and cheerleaders from the NFL Chargers team visit Marines at the Assault Amphibian School Battalion here Nov. 11.

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11th MEU Djibouti Sustainment Training: 239th USMC Birthday

Story by 1st Lt. Colleen McFadden
Date Taken:11.10.2014 | Date Posted:11.11.2014 13:00

Today, Marines and Sailors from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), reflected on this heritage and joined together to celebrate the birth of the Corps in locations throughout U.S. 5th Fleet, in the deserts of Djibouti, and across the three ships of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG). On ship, Marines celebrated with their Navy brothers and sisters. In Djibouti, Marines celebrated alongside the French armed forces with the French Foreign Legion, displaying the deeply rooted traditions of the traditional Marine Corps birthday celebration. In Kuwait, Marines were joined by Soldiers and Airmen also deployed in U.S. 5th Fleet.

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November 8, 2014

Marine’s best friend

Story by Cpl Anna Albrecht
Date Posted:11.08.2014 21:11

U.S. MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Not everyone training to be part of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s security element walks around on two legs.

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November 5, 2014

Marine commanders reflect on 13 years of war in Afghanistan

By Hope Hodge Seck
Nov. 5, 2014 - 06:08PM

It was late 2010, and Sgt. Philip A. McCulloch Jr. was locked into what may have been the darkest battle of America’s longest war.

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November 4, 2014

15th MEU conducts vertical-assault training

Story by Sgt Emmanuel Ramos
Date Taken:10.31.2014 | Date Posted:11.04.2014 09:35

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – After being briefed by their platoon commander, Cpl. Jose W. Delgado gathered his Marines around a terrain model to go over his squad’s mission.

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November 3, 2014

11th MEU Djibouti Sustainment Training: It’s a Blast

Photos by GySgt Rome Lazarus
Date Taken:11.01.2014 | Date Posted:11.03.2014 12:22

U.S. Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 11, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), take part in sustainment training at D’Arta Plage, Djibouti, Nov. 1. The 11th MEU is deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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November 1, 2014

Camp Leatherneck goodbye

Reporter looks back on history of headquarters given to Afghan troops
By Gretel C. Kovach5 A.M.NOV. 1, 2014

KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — Leaving Camp Leatherneck for the last time as a journalist who traveled there half a dozen times over the years, I felt a mix of pride and relief, sadness and uncertainty, emotions all tempered with disbelief that our long war in Afghanistan is at an end.

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11th MEU Djibouti Sustainment Training: We'll Do It Live!

Photos by Cpl Jonathan Waldman
Date Taken:10.28.2014 | Date Posted:11.01.2014 13:17

U.S. Marines with the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion detachment, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), participate in sustainment training in D'Arta Plage, Djibouti, Oct. 28.

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October 31, 2014

New commanding general finds purpose as Marine

Posted: Friday, October 31, 2014 7:27 pm
By Alexis Cubit Hi-Desert Star

TWENTYNINE PALMS — The image of a Marine can be many different things to many different people. For the Twentynine Palms Marine base’s new commanding general, Lewis Craparotta, being a Marine holds a deep, philanthropic meaning.

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October 24, 2014

Navy, Marine Corps engage in exercise Pacific Horizon 2015

by SN Jonathan Nelson
Date Taken:10.24.2014 | Date Posted:10.25.2014 00:01

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON , Calif. - Expeditionary Strike Group 3 and the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade participated in Navy-Marine Corps joint exercise Pacific Horizon 2015 from Oct. 20-28.

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October 20, 2014

Marines, sailors return from from Down Under

By ERIKA I. RITCHIE / STAFF WRITER
Published: Oct. 20, 2014 Updated: 10:14 p.m.

CAMP PENDLETON – Cpl. Travis Reynders couldn't believe what he saw through his night vision goggles in the pitch-black Australian Outback.

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October 19, 2014

1/2 Promotions on Bastion-Leatherneck Complex

Photos by Cpl John Martinez
Date Taken:10.01.2014 | Date Posted:10.05.2014 02:33

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment stand at attention as their fellow Marines are promoted to the rank of Cpl. aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan on October 1, 2014.

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October 11, 2014

Marines learn raid leader skills

Story by Sgt Emmanuel Ramos
Date Taken:10.08.2014 | Date Posted:10.11.2014 21:01

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, participated in a raid-leaders course here Oct. 8.

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October 10, 2014

15th MEU Composite Ceremony

Courtesy story
Date Posted:10.10.2014 17:19

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit joined together as a Marine air-ground task force today during a ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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October 6, 2014

In the Californian desert, UK and US forces crave 'a crack at the headcutters

Politicians have ruled out western boots on the ground in the fight against Isis but the marines must be ready for anything

Rory Carroll at Twentynine Palms, California
Monday 6 October 2014

It was a victory foretold and started soon after dawn, just as the sun began to bake the desert. Two American F-16 jets roared out of a clear blue sky and dropped heavy payloads on enemy bunkers in the distant foothills.

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October 4, 2014

Fox Company conducts sustainment training

Photos by Gunnery Sgt. Rome Lazarus
Date Taken:10.01.2014 | Date Posted:10.04.2014 08:52

U.S. Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines (BLT 2/1), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conduct a Table 3 combat marksmanship course of fire as a part of sustainment training on the flight deck of the USS San Diego (LPD 22), Oct. 1, 2014.

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October 2, 2014

1/7 transfers authority, ends operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan

Story by SSgt John Jackson
Date Posted:10.02.2014 07:01

TACTICAL BASE DWYER, Afghanistan – First battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, cased their unit battle colors during a transfer of authority ceremony aboard Tactical Base Dwyer, Oct. 1.

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September 30, 2014

5th Marine Regiment will lead new crisis response unit in Middle East

Story by Hope Hodge Seck | Staff Writer
Sep. 30, 2014 - 06:00AM

The Marines’ new crisis response unit in U.S. Central Command will reach initial operating capability tomorrow with Camp Pendleton’s 5th Marine Regiment as its headquarters element, military officials said today.

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September 21, 2014

Video: Kilo Battery Dominates the Battlefield During ARTP 14-2

Story by Sgt Matthew Manning
Date Taken:08.27.2014 | Date Posted:09.21.2014 8:34PM

Marines with Kilo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 11th Martine Regiment, take part in live-fire artillery training during Artillery Relocation Training Program 14-2 at Yausubetsu Maneuver Area in Hokkaido.

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September 19, 2014

Corpsmen conduct MASCAS exercise on Tinian

Courtesy story by Lance Cpl. Luis Ramirez
Date Taken:09.10.2014Date Posted:09.16.2014 05:02

TINIAN, North Marianas Islands – Corpsmen with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 participating in Valiant Shield 2014 conducted a mass casualty (MASCAS) drill here Sept. 10 in anticipation of the commencement of the exercise.

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September 18, 2014

Forecasters prepare for Valiant Shield 2014

Story by LCpl Tyler Ngiraswei
Date Posted:09.18.2014 02:57

TINIAN, North Marianas Islands – It is argued that the weather cost the French the Battle of Agincourt as their horses struggled across the swampy land in pursuit of Henry V’s significantly smaller British Army.

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September 10, 2014

Video: Marine Rotational Force - Darwin

Video by Sgt John Lamb
Date Posted:09.10.2014 11:01AM

Approximately 1,150 Marines deployed to Darwin, Australia 2014 as the third rotation of Marine Rotational Force – Darwin (MRF-D), remaining for approximately six months. MRF-D engaged in a range of training activities and community relations events with the Australian Defense Force throughout the deployment.

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September 8, 2014

11th MEU and Malaysian Armed Forces conduct MALUS AMPHEX 14

By Sgt. Melissa Wenger | 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit | September 08, 2014

Two nations joined forces and jumped in the same boat in the name of enhanced maritime skills and infantry operational excellence.

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MARINES CONDUCT CLIFF ASSAULT TRAINING

By Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos
08 Sep 2014

BRIDGEPORT, California -- Marine Corps training has evolved throughout the Corps’ existence. Mountain warfare training began because of lessons learned from Marines in the Korean War. What started as cold weather training in mountainous terrain has changed into mental and physical preparations for operations in adverse areas.

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September 2, 2014

Peleliu to Embark 31st MEU in Okinawa

Story Number: NNS140902-05Release Date: 9/2/2014 5:36:00 AM
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Will Gaskill,
USS Peleliu Public Affairs

OKINAWA, Japan (NNS) -- The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5), arrived in Okinawa, Japan, to embark the Okinawa-based 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) after embarking Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 while in Sasebo, Japan Aug. 31.

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September 1, 2014

1/7 disrupts Taliban insurgents to assist retrograde operations

Photos by Sgt. Joseph Scanlan
Date Posted:09.01.2014 06:38

Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, operated during a mission in Helmand province to disrupt enemy insurgents while retrograde operations were ongoing nearby, Aug. 16-18.

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August 30, 2014

The Walking Dead’ roll up their colors

Photos by Lance Cpl. Sullivan
Date Taken:08.29.2014
Date Posted:08.30.2014 10:37

Sergeant Maj. Irvin Howard (center left), the sergeant major of 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, and Lt. Col. Corey Collier (center right), the battalion commanding officer, roll and case the battalion’s colors one final time during the unit’s deactivation ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 29, 2014. The colors will be stored at Headquarters Marine Corps until the battalion answer’s the Nation’s call to active service.


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August 26, 2014

1st Marines return to Pendleton for ‘well-deserved break

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: August 26, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — When the 1st Marine Regiment left for Afghanistan in February, they weren’t anticipating being home until the end of the year. But on Monday, they became the last Marine regiment to return from Afghanistan — four months early.

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August 24, 2014

Equipped with monitors and mice, modern Marines train for fast-moving future

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: August 24, 2014

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Beyond the dusty berms, concertina wire and armed guards, in the center of adjoining tents set up like spokes on a wheel, Marines sat at computers, monitoring incoming communications while huge screens full of blue and red icons illustrated the position of friendly and enemy forces.

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How one female officer won over her skeptical combat-arms Marines

Story by Joshua Stewart
Aug. 24, 2014 - 06:00AM

CAMP PENDLETON, CALIF. — Lance Cpl. Eamonn Garber wasn’t sure things would work out, and that was bad mostly because his unit was at war.

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August 22, 2014

Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 1 conduct retrograde operation in Helmand province, Afghanistan

By Cpl. Cody Haas | Marine Expeditionary Brigade - Afghanistan | August 22, 2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- As the U.S. footprint throughout Afghanistan begins to shrink, the extra gear and equipment needs to be retrograded back to the States by a unit capable of moving large items in a timely fashion. For Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 1, it is their mission.

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HMH-462 conducts external lift training with CLR-17

Story by Cpl Owen Kimbrel
Date Taken:08.21.2014 | Date Posted:08.22.2014 18:24

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 462 conducted external cargo lifts in coordination with a Helicopter Support Team with Combat Logistic Regiment 17 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 21.

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August 18, 2014

11th Marine Expeditionary Unit visits Iwo To during transit through U.S 7th Fleet

Story by CPT Joshua Diddams
Date Posted:08.18.2014 13:35

USS MAKIN ISLAND, Pacific Ocean – Marines and sailors with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Squadron 5 were afforded a rare opportunity to visit Iwo To (formally known as Iwo Jima) while transiting through the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility Aug. 16, 2014.

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August 17, 2014

1st Marine Regiment cases colors, ends mission in Afghanistan

Story by 1LT Garth Langley
Date Posted:08.17.2014 09:41

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan - A blinding sandstorm swept across the desert floor surrounding Regional Command (Southwest)’s security-nebulous, Task Force Belleau Wood, Aug. 15, 2014. During a brief pause in the storm, Marines with 1st Marine Regiment held a small ceremony to case the unit’s battle colors for the final time in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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August 16, 2014

Marines with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company provide security for units operating in Helmand province, Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Cody Haas | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 08.16.2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – During the early morning hours before sunrise, Marines with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company donned their gear for a security operation in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 8.

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August 13, 2014

Homecoming for part of the last major Marine command to deploy to Afghanistan

By Jenn Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: August 13, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — First Lt. Caleb Peterson got back just in time.

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2/7 conducts FiST operations during LSE 14

Story by LCpl Angel Serna
Date Taken:08.12.2014 | Date Posted:08.13.2014 22:28

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – Marines with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, conducted fire support operations during Large Scale Exercise 2014 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Aug. 9-10, 2014.

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August 12, 2014

BLT Marines race for time in squad competition

Story by Cpl Henry Anteno
Date Taken:08.08.2014 | Date Posted:08.12.2014 20:15

CAMP HANSEN, Japan - Marines with Company K, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, completed a squad competition at Camp Hansen, Aug 8.

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August 7, 2014

11th MEU concludes first training evolution

Story by Cpl Demetrius Morgan
Date Posted:08.07.2014 20:53

MARINE CORPS TRAINING AREA BELLOWS, Hawaii – For decades, Marine Expeditionary Units have operated alongside their Amphibious Ready Group counterparts throughout the world's oceans as forward-deployed crisis response forces. In the first stop along the 11th MEU's WESTPAC 14-2 deployment, Marines and sailors of the MEU demonstrated their expeditionary nature, and continued their preparation for the uncertainty of world events by way of multiple training events aboard Training Area Bellows, Hawaii.

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July 31, 2014

11th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducts long-range insert

By Courtesy Story | 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit | July 31, 2014

USS MAKIN ISLAND, Pacific Ocean -- Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, supported by sailors from Amphibious Squadron 5 and the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, conducted a long range insertion of more than 800 nautical miles into Bellows Training Area, Hawaii, July 31, 2014.

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July 29, 2014

Marine Proud to Serve Twice during Afghan Drawdown

Marine Corps News | Jul 29, 2014 | by 1st Lt. Garth Langley

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- During America’s longest war, many newly-minted Marines’ have wished for an opportunity to dirty their boots in Afghanistan. In the past year, however, deployments to Helmand have slowed and the remaining forces are focused on the redeployment and retrograde effort, while others continue to advise and assist the Afghan National Security Forces. Regional Command (Southwest) is set to close its doors by the end of 2014, which will mark the end of a significant chapter in the Marine Corps’ role in the Operation Enduring Freedom campaign.

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July 25, 2014

11th MEU departs for Western Pacific

Photos by by LCpl Caitlin Bevel
Date Posted:07.25.2014 17:19

Family and friends gathered to say goodbye as the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit passed by Embarcadero Marina Park, San Diego, July 25. The 11th MEU consists of Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Combat Logistics Battalion 11, and Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (reinforced). They are embarked aboard the U.S. Navy Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group for deployment to the Western Pacific.

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Marines, sailors with Charley Company ensure Camp Dwyer’s safety in Helmand province

Story by Cpl. Cody Haas | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 07.25.2014

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan— Improvised explosive devices and small arms fire from insurgents remain a threat to units patrolling in Helmand province.

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July 23, 2014

CLB-15 conducts pre-deployment training with Special Operations Training Group

Story by LCpl Shaltiel Dominguez
Date Posted:07.23.2014 12:08

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – “We need food and water,” chanted the crowd loudly in Filipino as they grew more and more restless. The few dozen Marines and sailors in the medical aid station did their best to keep the peace while providing treatment to casualties caused by a typhoon that ravaged the area.

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Turret gunners of Combat Logistics Battalion 7 keep convoy safe

By Sgt. Frances Johnson | I Marine Expeditionary Force | July 23, 2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- While most aboard Camp Leatherneck were eating breakfast as the early morning sun began burning the earth in a golden heat wave, turret gunners of Combat Logistics Battalion 7 were already mounting .50 caliber and M240B machine guns inside the turrets of their vehicles, preparing for one of the battalion’s last missions, July 14.

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July 22, 2014

11th Marines welcomes new commanding officer

by LCpl David Silvano
Date Taken:07.22.2014 | Date Posted:07.23.2014 12:35

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.—Colonel Christopher A. Tavuchis, assumed command of 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force from Col. Stephen Liszewski during a change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 22, 2014.

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July 15, 2014

Legendary Marine Maj. Zembiec, the ‘Lion of Fallujah,’ died in the service of the CIA

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff
July 15 at 8:49 PM

In the foyer of the Central Intelligence Agency’s headquarters, there is a marble wall covered in stars. They are carved divots that represent those who have fallen in the service of the CIA. Below them, jutting out from the polished rock, is a black book entombed in a case of glass and steel. The book is a guide to the stars, giving the names of some of those who died and withholding the names of others.

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July 8, 2014

Scout Sniper Platoon mourns loss of fallen brother

By Cpl. Joseph Scanlan | 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment | July 08, 2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- Nearly four months into their combat deployment, Marines and sailors with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, experienced a heartbreaking loss.

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Marines, sailors deploying to board new amphibious assault ship

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: July 8, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The departure was like most other Marine deployments — with camouflage-clad young men and women tagging giant sea bags, smoking and texting loved ones in a dark parking lot as they waited to board a bus for the airport. But there weren’t many tears or hand-lettered signs at this send-off.

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July 4, 2014

Last Marines in Afghanistan proud to serve on U.S. Independence Day

Story by 1LT Garth Langley
Date Posted:07.04.2014 14:51

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan— Thomas Paine once said, "Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." As the nation honors Independence Day during patriotic celebrations across the nation, deployed U.S. service members with Regional Command (Southwest) paused briefly to honor America, July 4, 2014.

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July 2, 2014

Quick reacting Marines aid injured Okinawan motorist

Story by SSgt Joseph Digirolamo
Date Taken:06.27.2014 | Date Posted:07.02.2014 06:35

OKINAWA, Japan – Several Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit rushed to aid an accident victim who was hit by a vehicle while riding his moped on highway 58 in Ginowan city, June 27.

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June 26, 2014

Marines emerge victorious in World Cup tournament at Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan

Story by Cpl Joseph Scanlan
Date Posted:06.26.2014 04:19

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan – When Marines and sailors are not patrolling and supporting missions in Afghanistan, they often exercise to relieve stress and pass time. With the 2014 FIFA World Cup currently underway, the Marines of “Suicide” Charley Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, decided to host their own soccer tournament aboard Camp Dwyer, June 21, 2014.

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June 23, 2014

MRF-D Marines participate in Cross-fit competition

Photos by Cpl James Gulliver
Date Taken:06.21.2014Date | Posted:06.23.2014 01:10

Marines with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force-Darwin, perform various exercises with their Australian teammates during a Cross-fit competition in Darwin, Australia, June 21, 2014. The competition gave Marines a chance to perform workouts with members of the Darwin community, and gave the participants a chance to get to know the Marines. Marine community engagements in the Northern Territory add depth to the U.S. relationship with Australia

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Weapons Company Marines conduct security patrol in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Cody Haas | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 06.23.2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – During the late evening hours under the cover of darkness, Marines and sailors with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, donned their gear, mounted in Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles and convoyed approximately four hours south of Camp Leatherneck.

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June 17, 2014

Marine killed in Afghanistan awarded Bronze Star for bravery

By Tony Perry
June 17, 2014

A Marine killed in Afghanistan was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star for bravery Monday in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton attended by his family members.

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June 14, 2014

Marines endure culminating event during jungle warfare training

By Cpl. Henry Antenor | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | June 14, 2014

CAMP GONSALVEZ, Okinawa, Japan --
Marines slip and slide down red clay slopes. They trudge through neck-high, insect -infested water. They belly-crawl through muddy trenches, wriggle underneath concertina wire, hop over concrete walls, submerge face first into a peanut-butter like sludge and drag themselves through obstacles.

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June 4, 2014

Video: 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment, a look into their history

by Cpl Charles Santamaria
Date Taken:06.3.2014 | Date Posted:06.4.2014 3:12AM

3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment, deactivated for the 7th time and hosted their ceremony aboard the Combat Center May 30, 2014. 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines has been reactivated on several occasions to answer the country's call to battle and has made it's mark in several conflicts throughout history. (Photos by Cpl. Trent Randolph) (Photos by Pvt. Michael Gams) (Photos by Cpl. Seth Maggard) (Photos by Cpl. Ali Azimi) (Courtesy Photos) (Footage by Sgt. Timothy Lenzo) (Footage by Lance Cpl. Jordan Walker) (Footage by Cpl. Charles Santamaria).

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May 30, 2014

Video: 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment Deactivation Ceremony

by Cpl Charles Santamaria
Date Posted:05.30.2014 10:20PM

3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment hosts their deactivation ceremony at Lance Corporal Torrey L. Gray Field. (Footage by Lance Cpl. Hannah Carlson)(Footage by Lance Cpl. Dakim Rucker)(Footage by Cpl. Charles Santamaria).

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May 28, 2014

MRF-D Conducts a Fire Team Leaders Course

Video by Cpl James Gulliver
Date Posted:05.28.2014 1:59AM

KANGAROO FLATS TRAINING AREA, Northern Territory, Australia – Marines with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, and Soldiers with the Australian Army, participate in the fire team leaders course here.

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May 24, 2014

Veterans from Vietnam, Korea see off Marines deploying to Afghanistan

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: May 24, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Veterans who served in 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company in Vietnam and Korea stood shoulder to shoulder Friday evening to shake the hands of 20 Marines deploying to Afghanistan this Memorial Day weekend.

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May 15, 2014

Make-A-Wish, Marines team up to grant San Diego native’s wish

By Sgt. Timothy Lenzo | 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines | May 15, 2014

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. -- He stands noticeably smaller than the Marines to his right and left. Their frames fill out their camouflage utilities and flak jackets, while his looks a couple sizes too small.

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May 14, 2014

Continuing legacies cross paths as 31st MEU rotates infantry battalions

By Sgt. Jonathan G. Wright | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | May 14, 2014

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa, Japan – Each Marine Corps unit is defined by its people or its accomplishments - from famous Marines within the ranks to historic events that turned the tide of battle, the legacy of years past is carried with pride to this day. For two units in particular, those defining years were during the Korean War and the battle of Okinawa.

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May 12, 2014

On the ground in Afghanistan: the last days of a FOB

May 12th, 2014 | Afghanistan Embedded journalism Food | Posted by Hope Hodge Seck

As I prepared for my first embed with in Afghanistan, I figured I might spend some time sleeping under the stars and taking “health and comfort breaks” in the woods as the Marines shut down several of their remaining forward operating bases. I’ve done a bit of tent camping, and I figured I couldn’t be disappointed if I managed my expectations.

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May 10, 2014

Protecting troops at war's end

Base security beefed up at Marine headquarters after 2012 attack, drawdown

By Gretel C. Kovach
11:57 a.m.May 10, 2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — At night, the perimeter of the massive headquarters base for international forces in Helmand Province is ablaze with floodlights that could blind approaching enemy fighters.

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May 8, 2014

CLB-7 Marines, sailors complete convoy out of Forward Operating Base Nolay for final time

Story by Cpl Cody Haas
Date Posted:05.08.2014 06:29

FORWARD OPERATING BASE NOLAY, Afghanistan – Units currently deployed to Afghanistan are conducting missions to decrease the amount of gear and personnel aboard forward operating bases and combat outposts. One of the units providing this type of support is Combat Logistics Battalion 7.

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May 5, 2014

Marines withdraw from Sangin

Afghans secure northern Helmand as NATO combat mission wanes

4:19 a.m. May 5, 2014

SANGIN, Afghanistan — The last U.S. Marines withdrew from northern Helmand early Monday morning, turning their two bases in the hard-fought Sangin district over to Afghan national security forces.

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April 29, 2014

MRF-D Marines jump start mentorship program at Rosebery Middle School

Photos by Cpl Scott Reel
Date Posted:04.29.2014 01:11

Marines with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, exercise with students from Palmerston, Northern Territory, as MRF-D Marines begin their mentorship program at Rosebery Middle School, April 29, 2014. The Marines introduced themselves to the students and led a physical fitness session for the first day of the program.

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April 28, 2014

By air, land and sea: SPMAGTF-ASEAN unwinds at sea

By Lance Cpl. Shaltiel Dominguez | 1st Marine Logistics Group | April 28, 2014

4/25/2014 -- AT SEA - The crowd roared as Lance Cpl. Michael Sigur, a supply clerk with 1st Maintenance Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, finished singing “I Won’t Complain,” a smooth, Southern gospel hymn to a crowd of more than 200 Marines and sailors aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD-23). Raising his hands to the crowd, the judges gave him their critiques, and he stepped off the stage. He would eventually win third place in the Anchorage Talent Show, April 13, 2014.

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1st MLG leaders recognize Family Readiness Program volunteers

Story by LCpl Shaltiel Dominguez
Date Posted:04.28.2014 17:51

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Senior leaders and family readiness officers with 1st Marine Logistics Group recognized more than 45 volunteers for their support in improving troop welfare and morale through the Family Readiness Program during a small get-together aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 27, 2014.

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April 25, 2014

Marines explore Reserve options during road show

By Lance Cpl. Joshua R. Heins | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | April 25, 2014

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. --

Marines from across Cherry Point attended the career transition road show at Miller’s Landing April 15.

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April 23, 2014

13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Returns Home After Eight-Month Deployment

Story by Sgt Jennifer Pirante
Date Posted:04.23.2014 11:50

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – After eight months at sea conducting theater security cooperation exercises with foreign nations throughout the Western Pacific and the Middle East, Marines and Sailors of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (BOXARG) are slated to wrap up their Western Pacific deployment and head home to San Diego, Calif., April 24, 2014.

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Infantrymen disrupt Taliban lethal aid in Helmand province

Story by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 04.23.2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – As the majority of Camp Leatherneck’s residents were still asleep one typical Thursday morning, infantrymen with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, reinforced with Afghan commandos, prepared to depart friendly lines, April 17.

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April 22, 2014

Navy Cross bestowed on heroic Marine

Gunnery sergeant repeatedly braved Taliban fire to rescue, rally troops

By Mark Walker
5:34 p.m. April 22, 2014

TWENTYNINE PALMS — As Americans observed Memorial Day 2012, Marine Gunnery Sgt. Richard Jibson was fighting for his life, his fellow Marines and dozens of Afghan and Georgian forces nearly 8,000 miles away in Afghanistan.

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April 18, 2014

Sense of Duty Inspires Marine to Serve

By Marine Corps Cpl. Joseph Scanlan
Marine Expeditionary Brigade Afghanistan

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SABIT QADAM, Afghanistan, April 18, 2014 – The prestige of the Marine Corps especially appealed to a rifleman and mine sweeper deployed here when he enlisted at the age of 17.

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April 15, 2014

Tank officer who led Marines in 5-day battle to receive Leftwich Trophy

Apr. 15, 2014 - 06:00AM
By Hope Hodge Seck
Staff Writer

A tank officer who led his company to victory in a five-day battle against insurgents in Afghanistan last year will be honored with the prestigious Leftwich Trophy later this year.

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April 12, 2014

Marine wins woman of the year

Story by LCpl Caitlin Bevel
2014 Date Posted: 04.03.2014 12:47

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - A Marine with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion was recently named the Navy League 2014 Senior Enlisted Woman of the Year.

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April 11, 2014

Marines to set sail around South America

Company-size unit will embark with the Navy's newest amphib
Story by Gina Harkins | Staff writer
Apr. 11, 2014 - 06:00AM

Marines will help test a new Navy amphibious assault ship’s capabilities on its maiden transit from the ship yard in Mississippi all the way around South America to its new home in the Pacific — and they’ll make several stops to engage with military partners along the way.

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April 9, 2014

Amphibious Squadron Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration (PMINT)

Photo by GySgt Rome Lazarus
Date Posted:04.09.2014 19:29

Marines with Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct daily morning section physical training on the flight deck of the USS Makin Island during Amphibious Squadron Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration (PMINT), off the coast of San Diego, Calif., April 9, 2014. PMINT is a two-week long pre-deployment training event focusing on the combined capabilities of the Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Rome M. Lazarus/Released)

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April 8, 2014

Viral video shows Magnificent Bastards lined up for miles, saluting Gold Star families during Ramadi 10th memorial ceremony

April 8th, 2014 | Battle Rattle | Posted by James Sanborn

A recent video posted to Facebook captures a touching gesture of respect and honor. In it, members of 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, line miles of road to salute the families of fallen Marines on their way to an April 6 memorial aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., that marked the 10th anniversary of the battle of Ramadi.

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April 3, 2014

CLB-1 prepares for deployment with Integrated Training Exercise

by Cpl Timothy Childers
Date Posted:04.03.2014 12:14

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 1, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, conducted Integrated Training Exercise 3-14 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twenty-nine Palms, Calif., Feb. 28 - March 27, preparing them for the last combat deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom later this year.

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Ohio Marine Participates in Combat Readiness Evaluation with Dark Horse

By Lance Cpl. David Silvano | 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment | April 03, 2014

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- A Marine used to providing security for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps can find it difficult to make the transition to providing security in the field. This was not the case for Lance Cpl. Brandon Bender, a rifleman with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment. He took part in a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation or MCCRE, here, March 17 to March 22, 2014.

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March 28, 2014

Photo Essay: Firing while rocking on the USS Denver

By Sgt. Paul Robbins Jr. | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | March 28, 2014

USS Denver, At Sea -- Marines and Sailors of Company F. and Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, challenged their marksmanship skills by firing multiple weapons from the flight deck here, March 19.

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11th MEU leaps another hurdle on predeployment track

By Sgt. Melissa Wenger | 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit | March 28, 2014

FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. --
The Marines and sailors of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit completed two weeks of land-based predeployment training at Fort Hunter Liggett and nearby Camp Roberts, Calif., March 28.

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March 27, 2014

Pendleton Marines deploy to Australia

West Coast infantry battalion expands Darwin rotation

By Gretel C. Kovach
3:21 p.m. March 27, 2014

A Camp Pendleton infantry battalion deploys Tuesday for Australia, the largest unit by far to join the expanding rotation of U.S. Marines in Darwin.

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3/7 returns from deployment

Story by LCpl Kasey Peacock
Date Taken:03.22.2014 | Date Posted:03.27.2014 20:24

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment returned to the Combat Center after a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan, March 22.

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March 26, 2014

‘Adopted’ Marine unit looking for donations of food for pantry

By Staff on Mar 26 2014

A food drive has been launched to help stock a new pantry that has been established at Camp Pendleton for Poway’s “adopted” Marine Corps battalion.

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March 23, 2014

Marines invade Southern Utah for training: STGnews Photo Gallery

Written by Aspen Stoddard on March 23, 2014

ST. GEORGE – The fine line between reality and fiction blurred into the same realm for some United States Marines this past weekend as they trained in and around the St. George Municipal Airport and the Shivwitz Indian Reservation.

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March 22, 2014

Marines train for post-combat aftermath

Exercise focuses on securing area, providing emergency services

By Gretel C. Kovach
6:41 p.m.March 22, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON — The Marine commander was expecting a grateful reception after routing enemy forces from their village, but town leaders were in no mood to be thankful.

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Images: Aerial delivery training mission unites Marines of 11th MEU

Photos by Sgt Melissa Wenger
Date Taken:03.21.2014 | Date Posted:03.22.2014 01:21

Cargo loaded by Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 11 (CLB-11), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, drifts from an MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th MEU, during an aerial delivery training event at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., March 21. Marines and sailors from the majority of the ground combat element, aviation combat element, logistics combat element and command element of the MEU participated in integrated training events as part of Realistic Urban Training Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise (RUTMEUEX) 14-1. RUTMEUEX allows its participants the opportunity to employ techniques and tactics applicable to their future deployment together.

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March 21, 2014

Images: Western-Pacific Deployment

Photos by LCpl Lonzo-Grei Thornton
Date Taken:03.08.2014 | Date Posted:03.21.2014 18:58

U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron-166 (Reinforced), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conduct schedule maintenance on an MV-22B Osprey aboard the USS Boxer, March 8, 2014. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Lonzo-Grei D. Thornton, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Combat Camera/Released)

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March 18, 2014

1/7 conducts medical training exercise in Afghanistan

Images - 1/7 conducts medical training exercise in Afghanistan

Photos by by Cpl Joseph Scanlan
Date Posted:03.18.2014 06:40

Marines with Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, provide security as Navy corpsmen treat simulated casualties during a training drill aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, March 14, 2014. The drill was designed to ensure accountability of all personnel and gear while practicing movement to muster locations in the event of an emergency. The battalion had Navy corpsmen with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, evaluate the service members as they reacted to the situation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan)

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Images: 11th MEU Marines train with explosive ordnance

Photos by Sgt Melissa Wenger
Date Posted:03.18.2014 23:30

Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines maneuver toward the site of the explosion of an Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System as during a live-fire training exercise as part of Realistic Urban Training Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise (RUTMEUEX) 14-1 aboard Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., March 18. RUTMEUEX is the first large-scale opportunity for integration between the ground combat element, aviation combat element, logistics combat element and command element of the 11th MEU. The training places its participants in environments similar to those they’ll see during their upcoming deployment.

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March 16, 2014

Cutting Edge transfers authority to 1/7

Story by by Cpl Joseph Scanlan
Date Posted:03.16.2014 08:01

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Marines and sailors stood at attention as 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, known as Cutting Edge, handed over the responsibilities for their area of operations in Regional Command (Southwest) to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, known as First Team, during a transfer of authority ceremony aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, March 15.

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March 14, 2014

Marines training at Camp Roberts and FHL

Posted: 2:37 pm, March 14, 2014 by Scott Brennan

Residents near exercises may hear helicopters and weapons fire
Hunting and fishing on Fort Hunter Liggett is closed

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Super Stallion flies with ammo supplies

by LCpl Matthew Bragg
Date Posted:03.14.2014 19:32

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii - Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 conducted several flight missions from Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay to Bradshaw Airfield on the Island of Hawaii, delivering ammunition supplies to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367, March 12, 2014.

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February 24, 2014

1st EOD prepares for deployment to Afghanistan

Photo by Cpl. Laura Gauna | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 02.18.2014
Date Posted: 02.24.2014 00:51

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Since the beginning of the “Global War on Terror,” Marines have deployed to Southwest Asia and the Middle East for combat and support operations.

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February 18, 2014

Silver Stars for Marine assault

Twentynine Palms infantry honored for valor in Afghanistan

By Gretel C. Kovach
9:04 p.m. Feb. 18, 2014

A Marine from Fallbrook and three other infantrymen were honored with medals Tuesday for valor in combat during a six-day assault into a Taliban stronghold in southwestern Afghanistan.

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February 12, 2014

Twentynine Palms Marines to receive Silver and Bronze stars for six-day battle in 2012

By Andrew deGrandprè and James Sanborn
Staff writers
Feb. 12, 2014 - 06:00AM

Four California-based Marines will be recognized for their heroism during a 2012 operation in Afghanistan.

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February 8, 2014

Marines unite old, new Corps

Battle colors ceremony honored 73rd birthday of 1st Marine Division

By Gretel C. Kovach
8:41 a.m. Feb. 8, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON — Old Corps and new Corps. Uniformed members of the 1st Marine Division and veterans of its fiercest battles. Together they marched, one pair after another, toward the flag to rededicate the battle colors.

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February 7, 2014

Eyes in the sky: 1st MLG Marine trains with UAVs

Story by LCpl Keenan Zelazoski
Date Posted:02.07.2014 15:25

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Part of being a Marine is finding ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of your unit, so most units have training noncommissioned officers that find beneficial courses and classes for their subordinates and peers.

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February 6, 2014

Last Marine takes command in Afghanistan

Camp Pendleton brigade replaces southwest force at war's end

By Gretel C. Kovach
4:52 p.m. Feb. 6, 2014

A Marine brigade from Camp Pendleton took command of coalition forces in southwestern Afghanistan as the 13-year campaign enters its critical final phase, the International Security Assistance Force announced Thursday

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January 31, 2014

11th MEU Conducts Nonlethal Training

By Cpl. Demetrius Morgan | 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit | January 31, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --

One by one, Marines reluctantly stood at attention within six feet from an instructor. Some Marines tried to compose themselves with heavy breathing, while others clenched their fists preparing for what was to come. The smelly liquid agony launched from the can onto their faces one after the other.

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January 28, 2014

CLB-6 redeploys, CLB-7 last Marine logistical unit to deploy to Afghanistan

Story by Sgt Jessica Ostroska
Date Taken:01.26.2014 | Date Posted:01.28.2014 10:19

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 6 handed over the responsibilities as the logistics combat element for Regional Command (Southwest) to Combat Logistics Battalion 7 during a transfer of authority ceremony aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Jan. 26.

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January 25, 2014

Marines in tanks unit decorated for bravery in Afghanistan

Jan. 25, 2014 - 06:00AM
By Hope Hodge Seck | Staff Writer

Two noncommissioned officers and a captain from a West Coast tank battalion were honored Jan. 21 for exemplary service and bravery during deployments to Afghanistan.

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January 14, 2014

Marine Band puts on patriotic show

By Linda McIntosh
6 a.m.Jan. 14, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON — Camp Pendleton’s 1st Marine Division Band is putting on a free patriotic concert Jan. 30-31 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

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January 13, 2014

Final rotation of Marines deploys to Afghanistan

I MEF (Fwd.) arrives to bring Marines' war effort to a close
By James K. Sanborn
Staff writer
Jan. 13, 2014 - 08:49AM

When Brig. Gen. Daniel Yoo takes charge as the top Marine commander in Afghanistan this month, he will find the Corps has made significant headway in preparing for complete withdrawal of combat troops by the end of 2014.

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January 11, 2014

Afghan war reaches endgame

Top commanders discuss stakes, prospects in last year of NATO campaign

By Gretel C. Kovach
8:13 a.m.Jan. 11, 2014

SANGIN, Afghanistan — The NATO campaign in Afghanistan may be ending late this year, but the war is not. Insurgent strongholds will remain — 13 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks prompted a U.S. invasion — inspiring anxiety about prospects for long-term stability and a newfound urgency among Afghan national security forces.

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Pride of the Pacific composites with formal ceremony

Story by Sgt Melissa Wenger
01.11.2014

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit gained all the elements necessary to make it a complete Marine Air Ground Task Force Jan. 11. A composite ceremony and static display event here commemorated the activation of the MEU and the journey to its 2014 deployment.

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January 10, 2014

Special Operations Training Group prepares 2/1 Marines for MEU

Story by LCpl Joshua Murray
Date Posted:01.10.2014 11:39

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Special Operations Training Group hosted assault, support, and security training for Marines with 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 7.

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January 7, 2014

Marine gets Silver Star for saving buddy

He carried team leader the distance of 3 football fields

By Jeanette Steele
5:05 p.m.Jan. 7, 2014
Updated 7:06 p.m.

A star running back at his tiny Michigan high school, Staff Sgt. Timothy Williams hoisted the team leader over his shoulder and ran the length of three football fields, as gun muzzles flashed all around.

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December 29, 2013

CMC, SGTMAJ Visit 13th MEU

Story by Sgt Jennifer Pirante
Date Posted:12.29.2013 09:14

ARABIAN GULF - U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps; Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, the 17th sgt. maj. of the Marine Corps; and distinguished guests visited the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), Dec. 27, to thank Marines and Sailors assigned to 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), for their service.

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December 28, 2013

Marines in Persian Gulf stand ready for crisis

By Gretel C. Kovach
2:50 p.m .Dec. 28, 2013

Aboard the USS Boxer — An MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor swooped over the Persian Gulf and dropped the commandant of the Marine Corps onto what military commanders like to refer to as four floating acres of diplomacy.

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December 23, 2013

Fallen Marine, his sister's 'superhero,' laid to rest

Monday, December 23, 2013
By:
Laurel J. Sweet

FAIRHAVEN - U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew R. "Smiley" Rodriguez lived by his tattoo bearing the words: "For those I love, I will sacrifice," his proud sister told a packed church today in the fishing town where her little brother learned to laugh and love during his 19 brief years.

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December 18, 2013

Fairhaven Marine killed in Afghanistan returning home Thursday

By Ariel Wittenberg
[email protected]
December 18, 2013 1:45 PM

Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Rodriguez will be coming home Thursday in a dignified transfer ceremony at the New Bedford Airport.

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December 17, 2013

Exercise Iron Fist 2014 to bring U.S., Japanese forces together

Courtesy Story | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 12.17.2013

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, will partner with soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force to participate in Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Camp Pendleton, from Jan. 23 to Feb. 24.

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Highlanders lead way in Exercise Steel Knight 2014

Story by Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Moore | 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.17.2013

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – Light Armored Reconnaissance Marines are often the tip of the spear in combat environments, conducting operations several hundred miles in front of friendly troops. To effectively complete their missions, they must always remain a force in readiness. Marines with Delta Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, nicknamed the Highlanders, demonstrated this in support of Exercise Steel Knight 2014, Dec. 10 through 16.

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December 13, 2013

Marine from Fairhaven killed in Afghanistan

By Steve Urbon
also by Ariel Wittenberg
[email protected]; [email protected]
December 13, 2013 12:00 AM

A Fairhaven Marine has been killed in Afghanistan while conducting combat operations.

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December 3, 2013

Marine Corps identifies 1,100-man infantry unit for next Australia rotation

Dec. 3, 2013 - 08:13PM
By Gina Harkins

A full battalion landing team out of Camp Pendleton, Calif., will head to Australia next spring, the largest contingent of Marines to head Down Under for a rotational deployment.

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November 28, 2013

A Thanksgiving story: Life-changing injury doesn’t dim Marine’s gratitude

By Derek Herrera 12:17 P.M.NOV. 27, 2013

Thanksgiving is a tremendous opportunity to pause and reflect on the beauty of the human experience. This Thanksgiving, I have much to be thankful for. I consider myself lucky to do so, and like many others who have experienced life-altering events, I have had a cathartic shift in the way I view my role in the world.

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November 27, 2013

Marine Corps folds storied base in Afghanistan

By James K. Sanborn
Staff writer
Nov. 27, 2013 - 09:13PM

The Marine Corps has reached another milestone as it winds down operations in Afghanistan.

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November 24, 2013

Marines rescue downed aviators amid Operation Damayan

Story by 1LT Luke Kuper
Date Posted:11.24.2013 23:38

MANILA, Republic of the Philippines – Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 assisted in rescue efforts of two pilots involved in a civilian helicopter crash Nov. 24 over Manila Bay.

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November 13, 2013

Images: 238th Marine Corps Birthday

Photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Sanchez
Date Taken:11.10.2013 | Date Posted:11.13.2013 07:37

Marines and sailors celebrate the Marine Corps birthday aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert R. Sanchez/Released)

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November 7, 2013

Marines prepare for Forager Fury II

Story by LCpl Antonio Rubio
Date Posted:11.07.2013 05:38

BAKER ISLAND - Approximately 100 Marines with 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, arrived Nov. 6, 2013, at Tinian’s West Field as part of exercise Forager Fury II.

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November 6, 2013

Gators bid farewell to Charlie Company, 3rd AABn

Story by LCpl Christopher J. Moore
Date Posted:11.06.2013 18:28

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines with 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion bid farewell to Charlie Company during a deactivation ceremony here, Nov. 1.

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October 26, 2013

11th MEU Hikes Through Gas

by LCpl Demetrius Morgan
Date Taken:10.25.2013 | Date Posted:10.26.2013 20:58

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - During every training evolution, there is a discernible goal that is accentuated before, during and after the exercise. It serves as the incentive and motivation for Marines to accomplish a task with the most speed, intensity and efficiency possible.

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October 25, 2013

Marines activate for Afghan wind down

1st Marine Expeditionary Force Forward heads out in early 2014

By Jeanette Steele
5:35 p.m.Oct. 25, 2013

Camp Pendleton Marines conducted an activation ceremony on Wednesday for the headquarters unit that will supervise the wind down of Marine forces in southern Afghanistan over the next year.

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October 23, 2013

13th MEU sustains readiness with GCSS-MC

Story by Sgt. Jennifer Pirante | 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 10.23.2013

ARABIAN SEA - No more green logbooks, stubby pencils or fat codebooks.

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October 21, 2013

PHOTOS: Marines from Twentynine Palms on patrol in Afghanistan

October 21st, 2013 | by Crystal Chatham
(Official Marine Corps photos by Lance Cpl. James Mast / Released)

Marines from 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7), who are currently deployed from Twentynine Palms to Afghanistan, were photographed Saturday during a security patrol outside their home away from home.

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October 19, 2013

Mountain Exercise (MTNEX) 6-13 at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center (MCMWTC) Bridgeport, California

Photos by Master Sgt. Daniel F. Kauppila, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Combat Camera/Released)
Date Taken:10.19.2013 | Date Posted:10.21.2013 22:02

U.S. Marines from 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5), 1st Marine Division from Camp Pendleton, Calif. conducting battalion training and combined arms operations at MCMWTC Bridgeport, in order to continue pre-deployment training program (PTP).

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13th MEU Marines, Sailors train, venture, volunteer in Goa, India

Story by Sgt Christopher O'Quin
Date Posted:10.19.2013 04:45

GAO, India - Thirteenth Marine Expeditionary Unit has already been deployed more than a month and travelled far from the sunny shores of Southern California. Goa, a state on the Western side of India, known for its fish dishes, spices, beautiful beaches and unique architecture marked this deployment’s first foreign port visit for the Marines and Sailors serving aboard USS Harpers Ferry.

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October 15, 2013

USS Kearsarge leaves Middle East; Boxer moves in

By Hendrick Simoes
Stars and Stripes
Published: October 15, 2013

MANAMA, Bahrain — Encompassing the volatile Middle East and northeast Africa, the 5th Fleet area of responsibility can be tense at any time. But for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, the past six months were particularly eventful.

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October 10, 2013

3/4 Marines, sailors return from deployment

Story by LCpl Paul Martinez
Date Posted:10.10.2013 19:38

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marines and sailors with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment, were reunited with their friends and family members after a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan when they arrived at Del Valle Field Oct. 9, 2013.

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October 4, 2013

Red in the face: Marines endure pepper spray training

Story by Sgt Michael Cifuentes
10.04.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marines serving with Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, endured what they said was one of the most painful training courses they’ve experienced in the Marine Corps.

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1st Med. Bn. sailor returns from corpsman duty in Brazil

Courtesy story
10.04.2013

CAMP PENDLETON Calif. – Working for the Navy can provide opportunities to see the world, broaden horizons and become an effective leader.

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October 3, 2013

Mountain Warfare Training Center teaches advanced horsemanship

By Staff Sgt. Robert Storm | U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command | October 03, 2013

The MWTC near Bridgeport, Calif., has begun teaching an advanced horsemanship training course in order to teach Special Operations Forces (SOF) personnel the necessary skills to enable them to ride horses, load pack animals, and maintain animals for military applications in remote and dangerous environments.

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October 2, 2013

Boxer, New Orleans /13TH MEU Visit Singapore

Story Number: NNS131002-21 | Release Date: 10/2/2013 1:57:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer Gold, Boxer Amphibious Ready Group Public Affairs

SINGAPORE (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), and the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), visited Singapore for their second port visit since entering the 7th Fleet area of responsibility, Oct. 2.

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October 1, 2013

Marines set conditions for success in future operations

Story by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 09.30.2013
Date Posted:10.01.2013 19:51

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Every day around the globe Marines are partnering with our nation’s allies, fighting terrorism and assisting thousands affected by natural disasters. And when they aren’t doing these things, they are preparing to do them. This constant state of readiness is what separates the Marine Corps as a service.

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Infantrymen prepare for combat zone convoys

Story by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan | 1st Marine Division | Date: 10.01.2013

YUMA, Ariz. – Whether a vehicle hits an improvised explosive device or comes under heavy enemy fire, Marines need to be ready for anything during convoys in a combat zone.

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September 25, 2013

Peralta legacy lives on: USS Rafael Peralta to carry tradition of heroism

By Lance Cpl. Scott Reel | I Marine Expeditionary Force | September 25, 2013

SAN DIEGO -- One of the most heralded Marines from 2004’s Battle of Fallujah was honored during a ship-naming ceremony aboard Naval Base San Diego, Calif., Sept. 20.

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September 18, 2013

3/7 deploys to Afghanistan

Story by LCpl Paul Martinez
09.18.2013

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Three individual contingents with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, staged sea bags and gear in the presence of families and friends before departing for Afghanistan over the course of Sept. 14, 2013 through Sept. 17, 2013 at Felix Field.

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Marine killed, four injured in AAV fire at 29 Palms

By Hope Hodge Seck
Staff Writer
Sep. 18, 2013 - 12:50PM

A Marine was killed and four others injured when an Amphibious Assault Vehicle caught fire Monday morning at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

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September 16, 2013

Guardian angels: Marines deploy to protect embassy

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | 1st Marine Division | Date: 09.16.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines and sailors with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, said their goodbyes to their families and friends at the Camp Horno parade deck here, Sept. 14, as they deployed to provide security for an embassy in the Middle East.

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September 12, 2013

Marines learn ways of SWAT

By LCpl Scott Reel
Marines.mil | Sep 12 2013

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (Aug. 27, 2013) - Marines with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion are training to acquire a military occupational specialty of special reaction team member aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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September 10, 2013

BLT 1/4 Bravo Company trains in paradise

By Sgt. Christopher O'Quin | 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit | September 10, 2013

USS HARPERS FERRY AT SEA -- In the early morning of August 30, 2013, Marines and Sailors with Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit sit on the ramp of USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) lined up waiting to launch in Amphibious Assault Vehicle 7's, from the ship's well deck.

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September 3, 2013

13th MEU maintains cultural awareness amid current events

Story by Sgt. Jennifer Pirante | 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 08.29.2013
Date Posted:09.03.2013 20:55

USS BOXER (LHD 4), AT SEA - After the Marines and Sailors of 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Boxer Amphibious Ready Group departed Naval Base San Diego, Aug. 23, on Western Pacific Deployment, professors from the Naval Postgraduate School kept the units' senior leaders informed about the current state of Middle-Eastern countries through the Regional Security Education Program.

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September 2, 2013

13th MEU sustainment training

Photos by Staff Sgt. Matthew Orr | 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 08.30.2013
Date Posted: 09.02.2013 18:27

Two Reconnaissance Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, provide security while a Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) vehicle drives off a Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) at Bellows Beach on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, during sustainment training Aug. 30, 2013.

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August 28, 2013

Fallen Pendleton Marines to be honored

General spearheading effort to honor every fallen member of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines Association

By Linda McIntosh
6:30 a.m.Aug. 28, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON — A Marine general is spearheading an effort to honor every fallen member of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines based at Camp Pendleton in a memorial at the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park in Virginia.

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August 27, 2013

Marine units positioned near Syria

Staff Report
Aug. 27, 2013 - 06:00AM

Marines in the Middle East, Africa and Europe are poised to reach Syria within hours should President Obama order a strike on the country as officials work to determine whether the government there was involved in a chemical weapons attack against its own people.

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Marines head to college for predeployment training

By Gina Harkins
Staff writer
Aug. 27, 2013 - 07:15PM

About 100 Marines deploying to the Middle East and North Africa did a portion of their predeployment training in an unlikely place — a university classroom.

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August 21, 2013

Boxer warship group departs Friday

4,200 sailors and Marines head off for regular deployment

By Jeanette Steele
12:21 p.m.Aug. 21, 2013

A San Diego-based group of amphibious warships will depart home Friday for a planned half-year deployment.

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August 19, 2013

A couple of ‘friendlies’ amongst friends

By Sgt. Paul Robbins Jr. | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | August 19, 201

SYDNEY, New South Wales, Australia -- The fields on which the Marines and Sailors fought were nearly identical, but the battles were drastically different. One field featured brutal collisions in a continuous struggle for ground, while the other featured complicated maneuvering to gain the advantage for a rare offensive strike.

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August 16, 2013

MAG-24 builds on expeditionary roots

Story by Cpl William Jackson
08.16.2013

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - As the Marine Corps moves closer to its expeditionary roots, Marine Aircraft Group 24 is imparting this mentality on their current combat-level deployment training aboard the Combat Center.

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August 11, 2013

Strengthening the body, sharpening the mind at sea

By Sgt. Paul Robbins Jr. | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | August 11, 2013

USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea -- “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity,” said President John F. Kennedy.

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To him, every day was a good day

Tom Sileo
Published: August 11, 2013

Whenever U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Jason Barfield called his parents from Afghanistan, he had the same message.

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August 10, 2013

After Sangin, still fighting for their lives

Darkhorse Marines from 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, three years later

By Gretel C. Kovach
1:50 p.m.Aug. 10, 2013 Updated3:56 p.m.

Juan Dominguez and his bride Alexis exchanged vows on a warm evening this spring at a Temecula winery. The couple met a year after a bomb buried in the hard ground of Sangin, Afghanistan, blew away his legs and an arm.

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August 9, 2013

13th MEU SCA Team brings security to Boxer Amphibious Ready Group

13th MEU SCA Team brings security to Boxer Amphibious Ready Group
Story by Sgt Christopher O'Quin
08.09.2013

AT SEA - More than 200 years ago, United States Marines deftly and bravely fought with muskets and swords to repel their boarders and ensure no enemy, pirate or military could seize their ships. Now in the 21st Century, Marines from Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit carry on their forefathers’ legacy as part of the Small Craft Action Team (SCAT).

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August 8, 2013

General's fallen son inspires mother

Kelly family helped foundation raise record amount of scholarship funding

By Gretel C. Kovach
3:58 p.m.Aug. 8, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON — When Karen Kelly’s son died in Afghanistan, she felt a duty to honor him and the sacrifices he made as the child of a Marine and later as a Marine himself.

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August 4, 2013

Regimental Combat Team 7 Rolls Up Its Flag In Afghanistan

by Sean Carberry
August 04, 2013 3:58 AM

At the peak of fighting in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, there were 20,000 Marines battling the Taliban. Now there are 8,000 — and more are heading home every month.

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August 3, 2013

Testing mortar skills in the hills of Australia

By Sgt. Paul Robbins Jr. | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | August 03, 2013

TOWNSHEND ISLAND, Queensland, Australia -- Like a drum beat, the cannons of naval vessels, rockets of circling aircraft, and shells of artillery pieces echo across the valley. Sweating under the weight of their armor, mortarmen anxiously wait for the opportunity to add their notes to the song

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31st MEU coordinates large-scale destruction with Australian counterparts

By Sgt. Paul Robbins Jr. | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | August 03, 2013

TOWNSHEND ISLAND, Queensland, Australia -- The fire mission came from an Australian command center, was relayed through an American forward observer, and executed by a team of American artillerymen followed by Australian helicopters in close air support.

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Collaborative cannons in Australia

By Sgt. Paul Robbins Jr. | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | August 03, 2013

TOWNSHEND ISLAND, Queensland, Australia -- The artillery pieces, ammunition and skills were all the same, the only difference was the accent.

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August 2, 2013

Reluctant Marine hero awarded Silver Star

Organized assault in all-day battle against a larger enemy force

By Jeanette Steele
6:39 p.m.Aug. 2, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON — A reluctant hero received the nation’s third-highest combat award at Camp Pendleton Friday.

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Documentary starring Marines to be shown at Oceanside Film Fest

By Linda McIntosh
6:40 a.m.Aug. 2, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON — Camp Pendleton Marines will be featured in the documentary, “Patrol Base Jaker” to be screened Aug. 24 during Oceanside’s International Film Festival

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July 21, 2013

“Helo” company inserts into Talisman Saber 13

By Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | July 21, 2013

SHOALWATER BAY TRAINING AREA, Queensland, Australia --
The gust of the rotors covered the area in dust as the aircraft departed the landing zone, leaving a company of Marines behind. Rifles at the ready, the troops move forward into the seemingly endless Australian vegetation, heading northeast toward their objective.

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July 20, 2013

Company G. lands ground forces during Talisman Saber 2013

By Sgt. Jonathan Wright | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | July 20, 2013

SHOALWATER BAY TRAINING AREA, Queensland, Australia -- Waves of steel vehicles swarmed the beach as helicopters thundered overhead, both units making a formidable show of force as they pushed inland. On the horizon, behind the waves of oncoming armor and weapons, the rising sun silhouetted the two ships responsible for launching the air and ground assets.

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July 17, 2013

The ‘drive’ to learn: Marine qualifies to pilot Navy ships

By Sgt. Jonathan Wright | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | July 17, 2013

USS GERMANTOWN, At Sea -- He spoke at length on plotting courses and directing a ship in the event of unknown contact. He stressed the importance of factoring in distance, weather and sea state. He spoke knowledgeably and without error as only a trained nautical expert could.

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July 15, 2013

Legendary warrior exemplifies what it means to be a Marine

By Dan Lamothe
Staff writer
Jul. 15, 2013 - 09:22AM

CHESAPEAKE, VA. — When Staff Sgt. Cliff Wooldridge arrived here in 2011 to serve as an instructor with Marine Corps Security Force Regiment, he was less than a year removed from beating a Taliban fighter to death in Afghanistan with his own machine gun.

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July 12, 2013

Nations unite for bilateral tank training

Story by Cpl. D.J. Wu
07.12.2013

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The tankers of Company B, 1st Tank Battalion, and Squadron B, 1st Armoured Regiment of the Australian Army seem like they would have a one-dimensional relationship. The Australians arrived at the Combat Center almost a month ago for bilateral and integrated tank operations.

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July 11, 2013

USS Kearsarge, USS San Antonio 'parked off of Egypt'

By Megan McCloskey
Stars and Stripes
Published: July 11, 2013

WASHINGTON – As political unrest continues in post-coup Egypt, two amphibious assault ships have moved to the coast there, the commandant of the Marine Corps said Thursday.

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July 5, 2013

In moving darkness, marksmen are made

By Sgt. Paul Robbins Jr. | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | July 05, 2013

USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea --
In the dead of night, the calming song of the ocean is broken by the distinct crack of rifle fire. Paper snaps and wood splinters as dedicated marksmen use enhanced vision to identify and eliminate their targets.

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July 4, 2013

Celebrating Independence Day at sea

By Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | July 04, 2013

USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea -- Normally covered with aircraft and the sound of whirling rotors, the flight deck of the ship bustled with hundreds of troops enjoying sunshine and fresh barbecue.

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“Fighting Thirteenth” flexes muscles during PMINT Exercise

By Sgt. Christopher O'Quin, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit
Jul 4, 2013 - 7:30:49 PM

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - When one evokes the image of a Marine, one often thinks of the typical grunt storming beaches from the sea. While this image rings true for the Corps after all these years, many types of battlefields have evolved since the days of John Wayne’s “Sands of Iwo Jima”.

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July 3, 2013

1st MLG celebrates 66th anniversary by remembering its roots

By Courtesy Story | 1st Marine Logistics Group | July 03, 2013

7/4/2013 -- CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines and sailors with 1st Marine Logistics Group celebrated the unit’s 66th anniversary aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 1, 2013.

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Adjusting to life after deployment

By Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | July 03, 2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Do to a high tempo work environment, service members face many emotional challenges while deployed. Unfortunately, many of those challenges can continue after returning home.

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June 28, 2013

BLT 2/4 corpsmen receive FMF pin aboard USS Germantown

By Sgt. Jonathan Wright | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | June 28, 2013

USS GERMANTOWN, At Sea --

There is a group of Sailors within the United States Navy that accept the responsibility of being medical professionals. Within that small group exists a smaller portion of Sailors that accept the responsibility and the challenge of providing medical care to the Marines.

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June 24, 2013

Four-footed soldiers: Award to honor America's war dogs

Written by Sherry Barkas
The Desert Sun
Jun. 24, 2013

CATHEDRAL CITY — American war dogs, which have put their lives on the line since World War I, are being honored at next month’s Pegasus Riding Academy benefit luncheon where a “Saving American Lives” award is being presented for the first time to the K-9 unit at the Marine base in Twentynine Palms.

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June 21, 2013

Training Tank offers new in-water workout program

Story by Cpl. Ali Azimi | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 06.21.2013

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The High Intensity Tactical Training Program arrived at the Combat Center’s West Gym and Fitness Center more than a year ago. Since then, it has helped Marines increase their strength, speed, core stability and flexibility. Now a new workout program at the Combat Center Training Tank aims to do the same in the water.

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June 20, 2013

Combat Center Marines use training to save life

Story by Cpl. William Jackson | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 06.20.2013

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - They were all strangers. The three of them had never met before that evening. Their weekend had just begun like any other. Little did they know they would be thrown into a situation that would save Rebecca’s life after her motorcycle collided with a car on Highway 62.

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June 16, 2013

Marine adopts dog he served with in Afghanistan

By Linh Ta
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa
Published: June 16, 2013

PARKERSBURG, Iowa --- When Parkserburg Marine Matt Hatala first met Chaney, the two were like oil and water. Both were bull headed and didn't like to listen, and Chaney dragged Hatala all over the place.

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June 11, 2013

US Navy and Marine Corps begin multinational amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz 2013

Courtesy Story | 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade | Date: 06.11.2013

SAN DIEGO- Marines and sailors from 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, I Marine Expeditionary Force and the Navy's Expeditionary Strike Group-3, Commander, Third Fleet, announce the official commencement of multinational amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz 2013 off the Southern California coast, June 11-28.

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June 7, 2013

One of 'the few' who served for many

By Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | June 07, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --
His journey began in the mid-'70s as an adolescent on the streets of Detroit, which he resolved to leave after one day on the "wrong side of 8-Mile Road."

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June 6, 2013

War's fallen get memorial at Pendleton

Monument honors 5th Marines killed in Afghanistan

By Gretel C. Kovach
3:01 p.m. June 6, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON — White-gloved hands carefully withdrew camouflage netting to reveal 89 names etched in granite.

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Sacramento Marine killed in Afghanistan receives Bronze Star

By Bill Lindelof
Published: Thursday, Jun. 6, 2013 - 8:13 am

Cpl. Gurpreet Singh, an Antelope resident killed in combat in 2011, recently received the Bronze Star in ceremonies at Camp Pendleton.

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June 3, 2013

31st MEU’s “Boat” Company shows Japanese soldiers their craft

Story by Sgt. Jonathan Wright | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 06.03.201

OKINAWA, Japan - A platoon-sized element of Japanese soldiers spent two days learning from the Marines and Sailors of Company F., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, as they conducted small-boat training operations here, June 2 and 3.

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June 1, 2013

Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21—The Crossroads of Marine Aviation

Author: Roxanne Baker
06/01/2013

Tourists may know the Emerald Coast as a vacation destination with sugary white sands and tur­quoise waters. But the Marines based at Marine Aviation Training Support Group (MATSG) 21 in Pensacola, Fla., aren’t looking toward the beach. They have their sights locked in on the sky.

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May 29, 2013

Marine general: Afghans battling for Sangin

Insurgents probing defenses of national forces, locals

By Gretel C. Kovach
4:33 p.m.May 29, 2013Updated10:07 a.m.May 30, 2013

Afghan national security forces have effectively taken the lead for combat operations in the southwest of the country, where they have been battling insurgents for several days in a former enemy stronghold of Helmand Province, according to the Marine general in command of U.S. and international forces in the region.

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May 28, 2013

Artillerymen give back to San Juan Capistrano

Story by Lance Cpl. James Gulliver | 1st Marine Division | Date: 05.28.2013

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. – As the sun rose over the hills of San Juan Capistrano, Marines serving with 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, were already up and hard at work here, May 23.

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May 25, 2013

Afghan forces build confidence, set up checkpoints

Story by Sgt. Ned Johnson | Regimental Combat Team-7, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 05.25.2013

COMBAT OUTPOST NOW ZAD, Afghanistan— As Afghan forces continue to take the lead security role in Helmand province, the Marines are quietly helping them build their confidence.

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Afghan vet, now an MSU student, honors fallen Marines in documentary

By Niraj Warikoo
Detroit Free Press Staff Writer
May 25, 2013

When Logan Stark first set foot in Afghanistan in the fall of 2010 as a U.S. Marine, he wasn’t too worried.

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May 21, 2013

Marines sacrifice at Recon Challenge for those who gave it all

By Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz | Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch | May 21, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Blue chemical lights illuminated the Pacific under a early morning sky as 41 dark figures approached the black waters off San Onofre beach at 4 a.m. and patiently waited in the brisk air for the countdown to honor their fallen comrades to begin May 17.

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May 20, 2013

New memorial honors Camp Pendleton Marines killed in Afghanistan

Granite 7-ton wall delivered after 10-day trip

Joe Little
Posted: 05/20/2013

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - A new memorial honoring Marines killed in Afghanistan arrived Monday at Camp Pendleton following a lengthy journey.

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13th MEU tests new communication game changer for approaching deployment

By Sgt. Christopher O'Quin | 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit | May 20, 2013

NAVAL AIR FACILITY EL CENTRO, Calif. -- The 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit will be first MEU to bring GATR’s with them on their Western Pacific Deployment in 2013. No, not the fearsome jagged toothed reptilians and apex predators, but a state-of-the-art communication tool able to rapidly transmit and receive data. Though actual gators would be an epic mascot for the MEU deployment

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May 18, 2013

No river wide enough: Marines demonstrate bridging capabilities

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | 1st Marine Division | Date: 05.18.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines serving with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion and 7th Engineer Support Battalion set up an Improved Ribbon Bridge with Bridge Erection Boats and an Armored Vehicle-Launched Bridge as part of the battalion’s continued effort to crosstrain their Marines.

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May 17, 2013

Marines set sail post-Benghazi

Col. Scott Campbell of the 15th MEU talks about the amphib future.

By Gretel C. Kovach
5:59 p.m .May 17, 2013

The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit returned to Camp Pendleton this week after an eight-month deployment aboard the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group. The Corps kept its infantry afloat while most Marines fought in the deserts of Iraq or Afghanistan.

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May 16, 2013

Urban combat hits three states over nine days

By Allison Barrie
War Games
Published May 16, 2013
FoxNews.com

A search and rescue of chemical-weapons casualties aboard a U.S. Navy vessel, a helicopter assault on Fort Irwin and an antenna that looks like an inflatable beach ball. What do they have in common?

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May 13, 2013

15th MEU returns, Pelelieu Group on the way

By Nathan Max
4:21 p.m. May 13, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON — Lt. Col. John Field said he has been flying CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters since 1993.

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May 8, 2013

Retrograding Home: Redeployment a focus of effort as Afghanistan exit draws closer

Courtesy Story | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 05.08.2013

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan - In 2009, Camp Dwyer was a sprawling base which housed thousands of service members ready to fight. Most of them were the result of a 30,000 troop surge in Afghanistan introduced by President Barack Obama.

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May 3, 2013

Navy doc awarded Silver Star

Hospital corpsman ignored his own wounds, gunfire

By Gretel C. Kovach
5:57 p.m.May 3, 2013

When the bomb blasted his truck into the air and insurgents started shooting, “Doc Flores” went to work. The Navy hospital corpsman was deafened by the explosion. He couldn’t hear the bullets whizzing by, but he saw his Marines lying in the street.

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Peleliu ARG Arrives in Pearl Harbor

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Michael Duran, USS Peleliu Public Affairs
5/3/2013

PEARL HARBOR – The Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam May 3, after an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility.

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April 30, 2013

Marine awarded Silver Star for actions in Afghanistan

By THOMAS BRENNAN - Daily News Staff
Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 20:51 PM.

A Camp Lejeune Marine was awarded the Silver Star on Tuesday for his actions during a 2011 deployment to Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

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Silver Star for corpsman

Camp Pen sailor's actions recounted in award-winning eyewitness dispatch

By Gretel C. Kovach
4:19 p.m.April 30, 2013

A Navy hospital corpsman assigned to Camp Pendleton will be awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third highest medal for valor in combat, for his actions last year when a suicide bomber struck his convoy in southwestern Afghanistan.

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April 27, 2013

HST trains aboard USS Rushmore

Story by Cpl. Timothy Childers | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 04.27.2013

USS RUSHMORE - When Marines need essential gear, vehicles or equipment in the field, they need it quickly. The helicopter support team, a group of landing support specialists, is called to support this vital mission.

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April 19, 2013

3rd CEB Deployment Workshop

Story by Cpl. Ali Azimi | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 04.19.2013

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Service members with 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion hosted a deployment workshop for the battalion’s children Saturday in response to the unit’s recent deployment to Afghanistan. The workshop introduced 3rd CEB kids to each other and provided games and activities to help understand and deal with the hardships of having a parent deployed.

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April 18, 2013

Marines and sailors train under extreme stress at sea

Story by Cpl. John Robbart III | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 04.18.2013

USS PELELIU, At Sea - Being deployed at sea has afforded Marines and sailors of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit some very unique training opportunities. These opportunities have included training with foreign militaries, fast-roping, rappelling, refining skills in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, shooting and weapons classes to name a few.

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April 16, 2013

Peleliu ARG, 15th MEU arrive in Hong Kong

Story by Lt. Nicole Schwegman | USS Peleliu (LHA 5) | Date: 04.16.2013

HONG KONG – The Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Hong Kong, April 15 for a port visit.

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April 10, 2013

Marine awarded Bronze Star Medal for actions during OEF

Story by Cpl. Marcin Platek | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 04.10.2013

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - 1st Sgt. Anthony J. Velarde, the first sergeant with 1st Civil Affairs Group, Force Headquarters Group, Marine Forces Reserve, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device during a ceremony here, March 11.

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April 8, 2013

3rd CEB deploys to Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. William Jackson | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 04.05.2013
Date Posted:04.08.2013 10:09

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marines and sailors with Support Company, 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, staged their sea bags while family and loved ones took in every minute they had left with their service member before the buses arrived in the late hours of March 28, 2013.

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April 5, 2013

Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group departs 5th Fleet

By Capt. Justin Smith | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | April 05, 2013

At Sea --

The Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group relinquished its duties in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility to the Kearsarge ARG, April 4.

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April 3, 2013

Pendleton Marines in anti-piracy training

By Raquel Maria Dillon,
The Associated Press
Apr. 3, 2013 - 07:30AM

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Camp Pendleton Marines are practicing how to deal with boarding pirate ships in training aboard a ship moored in the port of Long Beach.

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March 31, 2013

‘Cutting Edge’ family reunites for OIF anniversary

Story by Lance Cpl. Alejandro Bedoya | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 03.31.2013

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Ten years after the invasion into Iraq, Company L, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, reunited at the Combat Center March 21 to celebrate their history and meet the Marines and sailors who filled their shoes after they left active duty.

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March 30, 2013

MEU Benefits From Regional Expertise

Story by 2nd Lt. Matthew Finnerty | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 03.30.2013

AT SEA– The Marine Corps believes in the theory of the, “strategic corporal,” which is a belief that senior Marines are not the only Marines who make decisions that could potentially affect the course of forward-deployed and at-home missions.

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March 27, 2013

Marines prep for disaster

Feds, local reps refining coordination for earthquakes, hurricanes

By Gretel C. Kovach
6:56 p.m.March 27, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON — When Hurricane Sandy roared across the Eastern Seaboard last fall, the “superstorm” demanded an all-out response. Northeastern states asked the federal government to send in the Marines. A leatherneck landing force and helicopter fleet steamed north aboard three Navy ships, and grunts who were heading for combat started shoveling rubble to clear streets on Staten Island, N.Y.

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March 22, 2013

Real world training prepares Marines for upcoming deployment

Story by Cpl. Mark Garcia | I Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 03.22.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Instructors with Special Operations Training Group conducted Tactical Rescue of Aircraft Personnel training with Marines from 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, at Camp Pendleton, March 21.

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'Fighting 13th' readies command and control for deployment

Story by Sgt. Christopher O'Quin | 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 03.22.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - In the 1984 film "Amadeus," antagonist Antonio Salieri mentions Mozart’s work as miraculous, stating, “Displace one note and there would be diminishment, displace one phrase and the structure would fall”.

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March 14, 2013

Marine awarded posthumous Silver Star

By Nathan Max
4:16 p.m.March 14, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON — Sgt. Wade D. Wilson didn’t flinch last May when an insurgent began firing an AK-47 at him and four of his fellow Marines in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

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March 13, 2013

Eagle Eye

By Sgt. Bobby Yarbrough | II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) | March 13, 2013

PATROL BASE BOLDAK, Afghanistan -- The Marines of 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, had been taking sporadic enemy fire for most of the morning March 2 while conducting their daily patrol through Boldak, a small town interlaced with green fields and large mud compounds about eight kilometers southeast of Camp Leatherneck. Due to their position and the unforgiving terrain of the city, the Marines couldn’t locate the shooter.

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March 12, 2013

Marine awarded Bronze Star for leadership in Afghanistan

By 2nd Lt. Matthey Finnerty | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | March 12, 2013

USS Green Bay --

USS GREEN BAY – The Marine Corps continues to solidify its place in history through exemplary achievement and sacrifice of the country’s bravest men and women. Marines distinguish themselves on a daily basis, however, some standout amongst their peers.

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March 11, 2013

Marine awarded Navy and Marine Corps Medal for lifesaving efforts in Afghanistan

Story by Lance Cpl. James Gulliver | 1st Marine Division | Date: 03.08.2013
Date Posted:03.11.2013 23:00

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – As the sun rose over the Camp Las Flores parade deck here, March 8, Lance Cpl. Benjamin Nalls, a fire team leader serving with Delta Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, stood in front of his fellow infantrymen ready to receive the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his actions in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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March 9, 2013

Air wing back from war

Miramar general talks Afghan hand-off, accountability after Bastion attack

By Gretel C. Kovach
4:01 p.m.March 9, 2013

Marine aviators, support troops and aircraft headed home at the twilight of the 11-year war. A fledgling regional fleet of Afghan helicopter pilots took flight. And on Sept. 14, insurgents infiltrated the main base, attacked the flight line, killed two Marines — both from the air wing headquartered in San Diego — and set a squadron of AV-8B Harrier jets ablaze.

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March 8, 2013

Deployed Marines ensure everyone looks fresh with a new haircut

Story by Cpl. Timothy Childers | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 03.08.2013

AT SEA - Marines learn many valuable skills throughout their military careers. Some of the skills are far from expected.

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March 2, 2013

Dedicated Marine, family man honored in Helmand

Story by Sgt. Ned Johnson | Regimental Combat Team-7, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 03.02.2013

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHIR GHAZAY, Afghanistan— The air was dry and warm as Marines and Georgian soldiers stood silent in preparation to honor their fallen comrade.

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March 1, 2013

'Cutting Edge' sharpens their skills

Story by Cpl. Ali Azimi | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 03.01.2013

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marines with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, conducted a series of day and night live-fire squad supported attacks at Range 410A Feb. 26.

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February 28, 2013

15th MEU finishes sustainment training in Djibouti

Story by Cpl. John Robbart III | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit
Date Posted:02.28.2013 11:55

DJIBOUTI – After an extended period at-sea, the Marine Corps’ forward-deployed, sea-based Marine Air Ground Task Force reinforced its capabilities during sustainment training, Feb. 8-15.

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February 22, 2013

Translators help Marines, JGSDF understand each other for Exercise Iron Fist 2013

Story by Lance Cpl. Demetrius Morgan | 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 02.22.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - "Translate this for me," is what Marines and Sailors often said when working with members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force during Exercise Iron Fist 2013.

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February 20, 2013

After successful operation, ANCOP stays ahead of insurgents

Story by Sgt. Ned Johnson | Regimental Combat Team-7, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 02.13.2013
Date Posted:02.20.2013 01:41

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Afghanistan— In the middle of the night, more than 80 Afghan National Civil Order Police and less than ten Marines boarded helicopters.

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February 15, 2013

Marine honored, posthumously awarded Bronze Star

Story by Lance Cpl. James Gulliver | 1st Marine Division | Date: 02.15.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – “Always faithful” is a saying that has been a way of life for U.S. Marines since they adopted the motto in the late 1800s. The word continues to echo on the battlefield today.

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February 14, 2013

Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine Who Wrote Goodbye Letter To Be Awarded Bronze Star On Friday

Thursday, February 14, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

The military will posthumously award fallen Marine Sgt. William Stacey the Bronze Star at a Camp Pendleton ceremony Friday, according to 1st Marine Public Affairs.

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February 5, 2013

Iron Fist: Japanese forces take to the desert with Marines

Posted by Gidget Fuentes
February 5th, 2013

Members of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Pendleton, Calif., joined Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces for this year’s “Iron Fist” exercise, held in Southern California. The three-week interoperability training exercise has the combined forces training on this side of the Pacific along the coast, in the desert, out at sea and back ashore as the Marines and soldiers hone their warfighting skills with patrolling, assaults, mechanized attacks and live-fire and maneuver drills. This is the eighth year for the bilateral training, which ”promises to be bigger and better than in previous years,” Maj. Gen. Melvin G. Spiese, the I Marine Expeditionary Force deputy commander, said during the Jan. 22 opening ceremony.

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February 1, 2013

Tax Center opens for business

By Cpl. Ali Azimi | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center | February 01, 2013

Marine Corps Air Grond Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif. --

The Combat Center’s Tax Center opened its doors at Building 1428 Wednesday for this year’s tax season. This center provides free tax preparation services for all retired and active duty service members and their dependents, as well as any reserve service members on orders for more than 30 days.

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1/7 families get taste of their Marines’ life

By Cpl. William Jackson
Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center
February 01, 2013

Marine Corps Air Grond Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif. --

Family members of 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Marines and sailors got a chance to walk in their loved one’s boots for a day Jan. 24, when they geared up and participated in the unit’s Jane Wayne Day aboard the Combat Center and its training areas.

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January 30, 2013

Marines increase rocket strikes in Afghanistan

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Jan 30, 2013 19:58:15 EST

Marine artillerymen are raining down rockets on insurgents in Afghanistan at a record pace.

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January 29, 2013

Media Advisory: Combat Logistics Regiment 15 returns from Afghanistan

Courtesy Story | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 01.29.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – After a successful year-long deployment to Helmand province, Afghanistan, approximately 230 Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Regiment 15 return, here, Feb. 2.

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January 28, 2013

Mine sweeper's heroics rightfully noted

By Nathan Max10:24 a.m.Jan. 28, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON — Lance Cpl. Juan Munoz has a harrowing job under normal circumstances.

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January 27, 2013

1st Sgt. receives Bronze Star for actions in Sangin District, Afghanistan

By Cpl. Timothy Childers | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | January 27, 2013

01.26.2013 --

USS RUSHMORE, At Sea – Servicemembers stationed around the world make sacrifices every day for their country. Some expense time away from their families and a number risk their lives to protect their brothers in arms. It is always a special occasion when one is recognized for their actions.

Marines take aim to become scout snipers

Riflemen put through rigorous 'screener'

Sunday, January 27, 2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Drenched in sweat and stomachs growling, Marines serving with 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, tested their bodies limitations during a scout sniper screener here.

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January 23, 2013

Two members of 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion awarded Bronze Star

Story by Lance Cpl. Joseph Scanlan | 1st Marine Division | Date: 01.23.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – A Marine and a sailor serving with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion received the Bronze Star with combat distinguishing device during a ceremony here, Jan. 23.

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January 22, 2013

Marines launch Iron Fist

2013 is largest of annual exercise for U.S. and Japanese forces

By Gretel C. Kovach5:30 p.m.Jan. 22, 2013

Camp Pendleton Marines, Third Fleet sailors and Japanese troops kicked off Iron Fist during a ceremony Tuesday at the base adjoining Oceanside. The annual bilateral exercise that began in San Diego County in 2006 is larger this year and includes nearly a month of training at three Southern California locations.

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January 19, 2013

15th MEU stays current on fast-roping qualifications

Story by Cpl. John Robbart III | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 01.19.2013

USS PELELIU – Whenever U.S. Marines of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare to conduct a mission, a special team of Marines is identified to provide emergency recovery assistance of aircraft or personnel. Often times, these recovery missions require that these Marines fast-rope into hectic situations.

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Marine Combat Controllers provide crucial service for Marine air

Courtesy Story | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 01.19.2013

DJIBOUTI - A 12 by 6 mile former lake bed, comprised of dry vegetation and compact sand, may seem to be useless ground. However, the Marines from Marine Mobile Air Traffic Control Team see this barren land as an opportunity to create a runway for aircraft as large as a Marine KC-130.

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January 17, 2013

Marine Steps Up as Chaplain’s Assistant

By Sgt. Ned Johnson
Headquarters Marine Corps
January 17, 2013

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- As Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Adam Henderson begins his daily assignments here, he knows that most men his age are not making the same sacrifices he makes each day on a deployment.

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January 16, 2013

California Marine takes leadership by example to heart

Story by Capt. Alfred Reynolds | Regimental Combat Team-7, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 01.16.2013

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan— Most Marines are familiar with the concept of leadership by example. One Marine lives it.

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January 9, 2013

Marine to Draw on Past Experiences as Combat Instructor

January 9th, 2013 // By Cpl. Timothy Lenzo

A mortarman turned squad leader plans to use his experiences gained while deployed to teach new Marines as a combat instructor.

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Helo Company conducts raid in Djibouti

Story by Cpl. John Robbart III | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 12.16.2012
Date Posted:01.09.2013 03:21

Djibouti, AFRICA – The dark night wouldn’t allow the human eye to see anything further than two feet ahead, but that didn’t stop the Marines of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit from conducting their mission.

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15th MEU finishes sustainment training in Djibouti

Story by Cpl. John Robbart III | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 01.09.2013

DJIBOUTI – After an extended period at-sea, the west coast’s forward-deployed sea-based Marine Air Ground Task Force stretched its legs for some sustainment training in Djibouti, Africa. Dec. 3-21.

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January 3, 2013

Spencer W. Wing

Obituary
January 3, 2013

Groton: Spencer W. Wing, 19, of Chipman Corners Road, Groton, NY, died unexpectedly on January 1, 2013.

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December 30, 2012

Commandant of the Marine Corps visits 15th MEU at-sea

Story by Cpl. John Robbart III | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 12.30.2012

USS PELELIU – Leaders at the helm of the Marine Corps spent their holiday with the Marines and sailors of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group, Dec. 28.

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December 28, 2012

Marine at war robbed of everything

Thieves struck while away in Afghanistan; vets offer help

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
7:35 p.m., Dec. 28, 2012

It had been a tough year to begin with. Then Gunnery Sgt. Jamie Hammond discovered that just about everything she owned except the desert camouflage on her back was stolen while she was in Afghanistan.

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"The Professionals" depart 31st MEU

By 1stLt David Baugh
DVIDS | Dec 28 2012

KADENA AIR FORCE BASE, Japan (December 2, 2012) – Between executing numerous beach assaults and lending a hand to a host of communities, the Marines and Sailors of 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment left their mark in the Asia-Pacific as the battalion landing team of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

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December 24, 2012

Little touches make Christmas special for sailors, Marines

Written by
Jeanette Steele
8:26 p.m., Dec. 24, 2012

On a bobbing ship more than 8,000 miles from home, a slice of Americana — pumpkin, apple or in this case, pecan — can make the difference on Christmas.

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December 18, 2012

Logistical hub for northern Helmand keeps Marines equipped

Story by Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 12.18.2012

COMBAT OUTPOST SHAMSHER, Afghanistan – Marines must remain well equipped to be ready for daily operations in Afghanistan.

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December 12, 2012

First deployment to Afghanistan sniper’s dream finally fulfilled

By Cpl. Mark Garcia
December 12, 2012

MUSA QAL’AH DISTRICT CENTER, Afghanistan -- For Cpl. Aaron Clote, the challenge involved with becoming a Marine and the chance to experience the world was something he couldn’t miss out on.

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December 11, 2012

Marine battalion comes home to warm welcome

Story by Lance Cpl. Joseph Scanlan | 1st Marine Division | Date: 12.11.2012

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – As the sun descended behind the mountain ridgeline at Camp Horno, excitement began to build as family members and friends anxiously awaited for their loved ones to return from deployment, Dec. 8.

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December 10, 2012

Marines assault beach at Steel Knight exercise

Ops at sea and Asia deployments increasing in post-Afghan era

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
4:09 p.m., Dec. 10, 2012

CAMP PENDLETON — Waves of amphibious assault vehicles crashed onto the beach Monday at Camp Pendleton, launching the 1st Marine Division back to the Corps’ seafaring roots and ahead to its peacetime future.

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December 8, 2012

Through the Scope: One sniper’s experiences, journey to the top

By Cpl. Jonathan G. Wright
31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
December 08, 2012

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan -- Snipers have been the focus of envy and the personification of legends in the Marine Corps since men like Carlos Hathcock and Chuck Mawhinney looked down their scopes in the jungles of Vietnam. The recent exploits of Chris Kyle, the retired Navy SEAL who now has the most confirmed sniper kills in U.S. military history, modernized the mystique of the military sniper, but few have had what it takes to join the ranks.

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December 3, 2012

U.S. Marines, Kuwait Armed Forces snipers train along-side one another

15th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Story by Cpl. Timothy Childers
Published 12.03.2012 05:52

KUWAIT – Marines shielded their eyes the best they could as a sand storm moved across the firing-range. Wind-speeds reached more than 30 miles-per-hour, which made a dead-center shot at more than 500 yards seem impossible. What may have seemed unfeasible was made achievable by the scout snipers of Battalion Landing Team 3/5, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. They flawlessly brought down targets at a firing-range near Camp Buehring during Exercise Eager Mace 13, Nov. 10.

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November 17, 2012

2/7 Marines provide security for Operation Golden Gate

Story by Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 11.17.2012

AFGHANISTAN- -Combat engineers man their heavy equipment, pushing thousands of pounds of earth around while building and improving an area vital to the progression of southern Afghanistan.

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November 2, 2012

Enid machine gunner makes most of Afghan deployment

Story by Master Sgt. Brenda Varnadore | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 11.02.2012

NOW ZAD, Afghanistan – After three years at Oklahoma State University, it came time for the Enid, Okla., native, to make a decision on his major. Realizing it would affect the rest of his life, he wanted to be absolutely sure. He took a long, hard look in the mirror and made his decision. He wanted to be a Marine.

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October 31, 2012

Combat logistics patrol supports mission, supplies Marines

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 10.31.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – The Marines and sailors supplying the infantry and other coalition forces have a job with long hours, late nights and early mornings.

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October 30, 2012

Peleliu ARG arrives in US 5th Fleet

Courtesy Story | USS Peleliu (LHA 5) | Date: 10.30.2012

INDIAN OCEAN – The Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, Oct. 30.

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October 25, 2012

Deployed Marines mindful of insider attacks

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Oct 25, 2012 21:05:05 EDT

TAGHAZ, Afghanistan — It should have been a straightforward request: A Marine lance corporal needed to relieve himself several hours into a long visit to an Afghan Border Police headquarters. It isn’t that simple, however.

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October 21, 2012

Equipment disposal a daunting job for military

By Bethany Crudele - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Oct 21, 2012 10:12:14 EDT

As the war in Afghanistan continues to wind down, millions of pounds of combat equipment are being received and disposed of each week, according to officials with the Defense Logistics Agency, Disposition Services.

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October 20, 2012

Crewmembers of USS Rushmore relax in Darwin

Story by Lance Cpl. Timothy Childers | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 10.20.2012

DARWIN, Australia - Marines decide to join the Corps for a number of reasons. For the adventurous, the chance to travel the world with a Marine Expeditionary Unit can be a deciding factor.

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October 19, 2012

Into the mountains

Story by Lance Cpl. Ali Azimi | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 10.19.2012

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The War on Terror is not always fought in the urban setting where food, supplies and ammunition can be provided through normal logistical means. Fighting the enemy takes Marines into regions where common modes of transportation, such as armored vehicles or aircraft, cannot reach.

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October 17, 2012

Military Police teach critical security skills to military police and embassy guards

Story by Gunnery Sgt. Jennifer Antoine | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 10.17.2012

DILI, Timor-Leste - Whether it’s standing vigilantly on the walls of an embassy or keeping an eagle’s eye on everything while performing personal security detachment details, at the end of the day, personal safety of “the boss” is paramount.

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October 12, 2012

Afghanistan at a crossroads, in no-man's land

With fewer U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Marines in a desolate patch of Helmand province find themselves vulnerable to Taliban attack. They seek help from locals, who distrust them and the militants.

By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
October 12, 2012, 7:58 p.m.

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — The sun pounds down on the U.S. Marine sergeant and the tribal elder in this faceless, bone-colored plain.

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15th Marines Expeditionary Unit plays Santa

Story by Gunnery Sgt. Jennifer Antoine | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 10.12.2012

DILI, Timor-Leste - Shouts of “Bondia, Bondia, Bondia,” which means good morning in the native language of Tetun, could be heard as the Religious Ministry Team of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit visited school aged children to hand out sporting equipment, books and writing supplies Oct. 12.

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October 11, 2012

Marines continue time-honored tradition in Sangin

10/11/2012 By Cpl. Timothy Lenzo , Regimental Combat Team 6
FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan — It is a military tradition carried out on U.S. bases throughout the world. The raising and lowering of the American flag is not just another duty for Marines, especially while deployed.

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October 9, 2012

US, Philippine Marines patrol, construct hide sites

Story by Lance Cpl. Codey Underwood | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 10.09.2012

CROW VALLEY, Philippines – Completely surrounded in thick vegetation, snipers encase themselves within a wall of camouflage, utilizing their natural surroundings to keep from being compromised.

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Marines aid Afghan soldiers secure area

Story by Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 10.09.2012

TREK NAWA, Afghanistan - Entering the Trek Nawa District of Helmand province, Afghanistan, Marines with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, made a bold military presence absent to the region for nearly a year.

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15th MEU to train with Timor-Leste forces

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Oct 9, 2012 17:41:27 EDT

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — About 1,000 Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit will go ashore to Timor-Leste in Southeast Asia starting Wednesday to train with local military troops and help with medical and community projects.

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October 7, 2012

1/7 Marines help ANSF, Sangin Government stand tall

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 10.07.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SABIT QADAM, Afghanistan – It has been seven long months for the Marines and sailors of 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, but they will soon return home to family and friends from Sangin, Afghanistan.

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October 6, 2012

Marines continue time-honored tradition in Sangin

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 10.06.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan – It is a military tradition carried out on U.S. bases throughout the world. The raising and lowering of the American flag is not just another duty for Marines, especially while deployed.

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October 5, 2012

Marines save motorist's life in Riverside County

Written by
Nathan Max
1:46 p.m., Oct. 5, 2012

Sgt. Ronny Pool and Staff Sgt. Javier Acosta have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan a combined six times.

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At sea, 31st MEU and 15th MEU ready to help

October 5th, 2012 | Allies and training Blue-Green operations MEU operations The Pacific | Posted by Gidget Fuentes

Natural disasters like typhoons and heavy storms that lead to mudslides are no stranger to the Asia-Pacific region, including the Philippines, which sees almost annual devastation from Mother Nature from heavy rains and winds. When that happens, the Marine Corps and the Navy sometimes get the call to respond and help in what’s been a long-running relationship well predating the so-called “pivot” to the Pacific.

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October 4, 2012

Marine killed in Afghanistan was mother of 4

By Sharon Chen
9:09 p.m. PDT, October 4, 2012

SAN DIEGO -- The Pentagon released the name Thursday of a 31-year-old Camp Pendleton-based Marine killed in combat this week in Afghanistan.

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October 3, 2012

Marines have landed, San Francisco is well in-hand

Courtesy Story | 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade | Date: 10.02.2012

SAN FRANCISCO - Marines from Camp Pendleton-based 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Combat Logistics Regiment 1 and the 1st Marine Division Band have landed in San Francisco for Fleet Week 2012, Oct 3-8.

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September 28, 2012

Stocked up, moving out: mobile post exchange serves Marines anywhere

9/28/2012 By Cpl. Timothy Lenzo , Combat Logistics Battalion

FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan — The mobile exchange is a service civilians might not know about, but to Marines serving in Afghanistan, it is something to look forward to.

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September 27, 2012

Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group resupplies, relaxes in Hawaii

9/27/2012 By Lance Cpl. Timothy Childers , 15th MEU

ABOARD USS RUSHMORE — After spending a week at sea, Marines and sailors aboard the USS Rushmore, part of the USS Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group, were given a break when they arrived at U.S. Naval Station Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Many took the opportunity to relax on Hawaiian beaches or shop for souvenirs before continuing on their Western Pacific deployment.

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September 25, 2012

Always remembered, never forgotten: Marines honor fallen brothers

By Cpl. Mark Garcia, Regional Command Southwest
Sep 25, 2012 - 6:53:32 PM

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan – Hundreds of Marines gathered to honor the lives of two fallen comrades killed during the attack on Camp Bastion, Sept. 14.

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Pendleton infantrymen honor the fallen

2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment returned from Afghanistan

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
3:48 p.m., Sept. 24, 2012
Updated 10:54 a.m. , Sept. 25, 2012

A Camp Pendleton infantry battalion that returned this month from Afghanistan will hold a memorial ceremony Friday to mourn the dead.

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September 24, 2012

'It makes you appreciate America'

Marine reflects on recent tour of Afghanistan

By Angeljean Chiaramida STAFF WRITER
September 24, 2012

SEABROOK — Sitting in her grandmother’s living room, petite and pretty Sara Adams looks nothing like the typical “leatherneck.”

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September 23, 2012

Expeditionary armory keeps mission readiness

Story by Lance Cpl. Timothy Childers | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 09.22.2012

USS PELELIU, At Sea - With more than 1, 200 Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Peleliu, the MEU’s armory is at full capacity. Ensuring the weapons are secure and in operable condition, armourers, electric optical ordinance repair technicians and armory custodians work around the clock.

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Reading program unites deployed servicemembers to families back home

Story by Cpl. John Robbart III | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 09.23.2012

AT SEA -During their Western Pacific deployment, the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit is participating in a program that links its Marines and sailors to their loved ones back home.

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September 17, 2012

USS Peleliu Amphibious Group Leaves for Seven Month Deployment (Pictures)

Posted by Kellee Hearther on September 17, 2012

The USS Peleliu and the USS Green Bay make their way out of the channel and into the Pacific for a seven month deployment.

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Peleliu deploys

September 17, 2012 2:22 p.m.

Some 4,000 Sailors and Marines departed Monday morning on the Peleliu ARG/15th MEU for the Western Pacific and the Arabian Sea/CENTCOM.

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September 16, 2012

Pendleton Marines trained in rescue efforts leave for Middle East

Tony Perry
September 16, 2012 | 12:12 pm

Fresh from training on how to rescue Americans from hostile mobs in foreign countries, Marines from the Camp Pendleton-based 15th Expeditionary Unit are set to leave Monday for the western Pacific and Middle East.

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September 14, 2012

Drawdown deployment: "We close this chapter so our sons don't have to finish the war"

September 14, 2012 8:08 AM

(CBS News) A final tour of duty for the last U.S. Marine battalion in Afghanistan begins this week. In a report that aired Friday on "CBS This Morning," CBS News correspondent Jeff Glor reported from the Mojave Desert, where some of the last American troops are finishing their training before deploying to Afghanistan to wrap up the American mission there. The men of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines are being deployed to handle Afghanistan's notoriously troubled Helmand Province. The battalion will face the region alone, just one-third of the amount of troops NATO deployed to manage province.

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Annual ‘Recon Challenge’ underway

By Gidget Fuentes
Posted : Friday Sep 14, 2012 17:49:55 EDT

OCEANSIDE, Calif. – Thirteen two-man teams from around the Marine Corps will tackle the surf, hills and shooting ranges of Camp Pendleton, Calif., tomorrow morning in a daylong timed competition to crown the fastest, if not toughest, reconnaissance team.

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Truck dedicated to fallen 3/5 Marines displayed for “Dark Horse” battalion

Story by Lance Cpl. Joseph Scanlan | 1st Marine Division | Date: 09.14.2012

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. —The parents of a fallen Marine displayed a restored vintage Chevrolet pickup truck, painted with a patriotic mural, for the Marines of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment in a showcasing here, Sept. 13.

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September 11, 2012

Marine surprises children in return from Afghanistan

By Stacy Moore, Hi-Desert Star
Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 10:53 pm

YUCCA VALLEY — The children of a U.S. Marine deployed to Afghanistan got the surprise of a lifetime Friday, Sept. 7, when their dad walked into their classroom at Onaga Elementary School.

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September 10, 2012

1/1 Weapons, brothers in arms with ANA

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 09.10.2012

PATROL BASE DETROIT, Afghanistan – On the edge of Trek Nawa, an area between the Nawa and Marjah districts, stands a small patrol base where Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers come together and work side by side.

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September 8, 2012

From Virginia to Afghanistan, Marine develops his own legacy

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 09.08.2012

PATROL BASE DETROIT, Afghanistan – The Marine Corps is filled with stories of young men and women looking for something different. They are brought together by a bond from the day they receive their Eagle, Globe and Anchor and officially earn the title of United States Marine.

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September 6, 2012

Illinois native bridges language, cultural barriers through Trek Nawa

9/6/2012 By Cpl. Timothy Lenzo , Headquarters Marine Corps

PATROL BASE DETROIT, Afghanistan —
The Marines are down but not out. The late afternoon sun beats on them, and one Marine wipes sweat from his eyes. Across from them, their opponents smile, seemingly sensing the outcome. With the Olympics fresh in their minds, this is not simply a volleyball game, this is a matter of national pride.

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September 5, 2012

Stop Playing 'Modern Warfare' And See What A Real Marines Mission In Afghanistan Looks Like

Geoffrey Ingersoll | Sep. 5, 2012, 1:40 PM

I arrived in the middle of things, just after a hostile action on Afghan police headquarters. The word around camp was:

"Police Chief Wali Koka is officially tougher than Chuck Norris."

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September 3, 2012

Proper equipment saves Wisconsin Marine’s life

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 09.03.2012

PATROL BASE DETROIT, Afghanistan – Every day Marines put on their protective gear and put their lives in danger. They wear a heavy flak jacket, Kevlar helmet and fire retardant clothing. With temperatures reaching more than 130 degrees Fahrenheit, patrolling with all their gear can become tiresome, but there is one Marine who will not hear complaining about the extra weight.

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Ready, Aim, Fire: scout snipers on target throughout Trek Nawa

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 09.03.2012

PATROL BASE DETROIT, Afghanistan – The Marine scout snipers are specialized, trained marksmen. Extensively trained in weapon systems, stalking, concealment and overall field skills, the Marines are able to adapt and run independently as small teams or while partnering with larger patrols.

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Marines overcome language barriers, teach ANA mortar systems

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 09.03.2012

PATROL BASE DETROIT, Afghanistan –Afghan National Army soldiers march in and form a semicircle around their Marine instructor. They pull out notepads and pencils and are already jotting down notes before the class even starts.

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September 2, 2012

Marines train Afghans to defend their own turf

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Sep 2, 2012 10:31:04 EDT

With a mixture of brawn and brains, Marine special operators continue to push their way into villages in Afghanistan, setting up shop alongside Afghan special forces to train those living there to defend their own turf from the Taliban.

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August 31, 2012

Scout snipers keep watch over Marines

Story by Cpl. Ed Galo | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 08.31.2012

AGHA AHMAD, Afghanistan – The snaps and cracks of accurate small-arms fire break the silence of the day.

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Explosive ordnance disposal technicians teach methods to counter improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan

8/31/2012 By Sgt. Michele Watson , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — In today’s war, improvised explosive devices remain the number one threat to Marines and sailors forward deployed to Afghanistan.

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Dynamic training for ‘Thundering Third’

8/31/2012 By Lance Cpl. Ali Azimi , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS Calif. — Marines with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, conducted a series of exercises at Noble Pass and Delta training areas Aug. 23, as part of the unit’s squad certifications.

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August 29, 2012

One Marine feeds a company

8/29/2012 By Cpl. Ed Galo , Regimental Combat Team 6

COMBAT OUTPOST CASTLE, Afghanistan — Whether preparing the ingredients to be used for a meal, preheating ovens or making sure the food doesn’t over cook, feeding 300 people can be a difficult task. It can be even harder in a foreign environment and a single Marine is tasked with the workload.

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August 28, 2012

Marine awarded Silver Star for combat valor

8/28/2012 By Staff Sgt. Robert Storm , Marine Corps Systems Command

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — “I was exactly where I wanted to be, doing exactly what I wanted to do,” said Gunnery Sgt. Joseph F. Lurz, a native of Baltimore.

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August 23, 2012

MARSOC gunnery sgt. to get Silver Star

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Aug 23, 2012 13:32:38 EDT

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — A gunnery sergeant who led a team of special operators through more than 100 enemy attacks in Afghanistan will receive the Silver Star for his heroism on Friday, Marine officials said.

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August 21, 2012

First Time, First Firefight – Marine stays focused during combat

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 08.21.2012

PATROL BASE DETROIT, Afghanistan – It’s a moment of truth for many Marines – the first time they are in combat and their training is put to the test.

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August 13, 2012

Peninsula Marine killed in Afghanistan

Henry K. Lee
Updated 9:12 p.m., Monday, August 13, 2012

U.S. Marine Capt. Matthew Manoukian of Los Altos Hills planned to leave the service next year and enroll in law school, following in the footsteps of his parents who both serve on the bench.

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August 12, 2012

Marines given tragic lessons on desert

Written by
Drew Schmenner
The Desert Sun
1:09 AM, Aug 12, 2012

Every year, approximately 44,500 troops train in the stark, sweltering desert at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. Many have been Marines preparing for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan.

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August 11, 2012

3/5 Marine posthumously awarded Navy Cross

Story by Lance Cpl. Timothy Childers | 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 08.10.2012
Date Posted:08.11.2012 12:35

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Sergeant Matthew Abbate was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the highest decoration that can be bestowed by the Department of the Navy and second highest decoration for valor, during an award ceremony at the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines' Parade Deck here, Aug. 10.

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August 9, 2012

2/5 conducts MCMAP training in Afghanistan

Photo by Lance Cpl. Ismael Ortega | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 07.26.2012
Date Posted:08.09.2012 02:39

U.S. Marines with the 2/5 held a a Marine Corp Martial Arts Program session on Forward Operating Base Shir Ghazay, Helmand province, Afghanistan July 26, 2012. Marines conducted the session as part of the sustainment training required by the program.

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2/5 conducts MCMAP training in Afghanistan

Photos by Lance Cpl. Ismael Ortega | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 07.26.2012
Date Posted:08.09.2012 02:39

U.S. Marines with the 2/5 held a a Marine Corp Martial Arts Program session on Forward Operating Base Shir Ghazay, Helmand province, Afghanistan July 26, 2012. Marines conducted the session as part of the sustainment training required by the program.

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August 4, 2012

Marine special operators fight, live among the Afghans

Teams recruit community police forces, form local governing councils

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
9:30 a.m., Aug. 4, 2012

PUZEH, Afghanistan — Marine special operations forces realized the security situation had changed dramatically in their stretch of the upper Sangin river valley this summer when village boys started playing policeman instead of Taliban insurgent.

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August 1, 2012

Arizona native helps keep rockets’ red glare alive, well in Afghanistan

Story by Sgt. James Mercure | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 08.01.2012

PATROL BASE EREDVI, Afghanistan - The High Mobility Artillery Rocket System delivers target destruction from miles away.

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July 31, 2012

Third Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion disrupts enemy passageways

Story by Cpl. Ed Galo | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 07.31.2012

KHANESHIN DISTRICT, Afghanistan – As the morning sun rose, the sound of helicopter rotor blades could be heard from the flight line at Forward Operating Base Payne, July 21, 2012.

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Afghan forces hold training exercise at Combat Outpost Castle

Story by Cpl. Ed Galo | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 07.31.2012

COMBAT OUTPOST CASTLE, Afghanistan – As Afghan forces prepare to take the lead in combat roles, Marines with Police Advisor Team, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 6, and Afghan forces at Combat Outpost Castle held a command post exercise, July 18, 2012.

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July 30, 2012

Afghan, Marine partnership bears fruit through progress, transition in southern Helmand

Story by Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez | Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division | Date: 07.30.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – When the Marines and sailors of Regimental Combat Team 5 arrived here in August 2011, their predecessors from RCT-1 had already planted the seeds of transition with Afghan National Security Forces.

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Money gurus provide financial expertise, assistance to expeditionary unit

7/30/2012 By Cpl. John Robbart III , 15th MEU

USS PELELIU — Being deployed for extended periods of time can often take its toll on Marines and sailors. To help alleviate the feeling of being homesick, they can purchase comfort food from ship vending machines and stores, which are available on all ships of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group. The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Disbursing Office helps Marines purchase these items.

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July 28, 2012

Pendleton staff sgt. talks about Silver Star

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Jul 28, 2012 12:22:35 EDT

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — There is little, if any, hint today of the combat wound Staff Sgt. Paul Worley sustained two years ago when he led his squad with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, in an intense battle with the Taliban.

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July 27, 2012

USS Jason Dunham helps sailors keep fit while on deployment

Courtesy Story | U.S. Naval Forces Europe, 6th Fleet Public Affairs | Date: 07.27.2012

MEDETERRANIAN SEA – The Navy Fitness Enhancement (FEP) program aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) helped sailors cultivate a culture of fitness while underway on the ship’s maiden deployment, July 26.

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USS Jason Dunham hosts foreign officers for Damage Control Training

Courtesy Story | U.S. Naval Forces Europe, 6th Fleet Public Affairs | Date: 07.27.2012

MEDETERRANIAN SEA - The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) completed damage control training with international naval officers as a part of the Partnership of Adriatic Mariners, July 25.

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July 22, 2012

Corpsmen ensure Marines, sailors ready to deploy

7/22/2012 By Lance Cpl. Timothy Childers , 15th MEU

USS PELELIU — When corpsmen take the brave step to wear the “green” uniform and serve alongside Marines, the distance between themselves and their “blue” origins may grow. However, when the “docs” come together, they work cohesively as a blue-green team.

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July 21, 2012

Marines see calm in once-violent Afghan area

Much has changed since Camp Pendleton unit suffered heavy casualties last year

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
noon, July 21, 2012

SANGIN, Afghanistan — In one of the most violent districts in Afghanistan, the line of two dozen Marines walked slowly through the field. Following each other’s footsteps, the infantrymen were careful not to stray from the path marked by an engineer sweeping for bombs.

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July 20, 2012

A time to honor

Story by Lance Cpl. Ali Azimi | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms | Date: 07.20.2012

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - At the ceremony, the Marines were awarded two Bronze Star Medals, a Purple Heart Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

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July 19, 2012

Marines in Afghanistan Perform ‘Call Me Maybe’

By Suzan Clarke
Jul 18, 2012 7:16pm

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then “Call Me Maybe,” the catchy song from Carly Rae Jepsen, must have many admirers.

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July 17, 2012

Afghanistan War Diary: A Purple Heart

Marine honored for combat wounds, others warned not to add to casualties at home

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
12:32 p.m., July 17, 2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN — The Purple Heart ceremony was simple. It was the setting that made it unforgettable.

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Texas native serves country by saving lives

Story by Cpl. Mark Garcia | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 07.17.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan – As a senior in high school, Navy Seaman Christian Adkins knew he wanted to serve his country. Two months after his graduation, he was on his way to basic training.

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July 16, 2012

Marine earns Silver Star for Afghanistan action

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jul 16, 2012 16:32:59 EDT

A Marine infantry squad leader from Camp Pendleton, Calif., will receive the Silver Star on Tuesday for guiding his men through a hellish five-hour firefight two years ago in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

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July 15, 2012

MARINES CONFRONT AFGHAN ENEMY IN FIREFIGHT

Goal of Camp Pendleton troops is to eliminate insurgents in remote area

By GRETEL C. KOVACH • U-T
12:01 a.m., July 15, 2012
Updated 9:14 p.m. , July 14, 2012

LWAR BAJIGAR, Afghanistan — The moon is nearly full when the helicopters descend on fields of cucumber and cracked ground strewed with poppy chaff. Eight airborne assault waves of Marines wearing heavy rucksacks and night-vision goggles step into the darkness with rifles drawn, returning to a cluster of villages where they battled insurgents a week before.

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Active-duty and reserve Marines storm the desert for war games

Conduct exercise called Javelin Thrust exercise at Twentynine Palms

Written by
Nathan Max
12:01 a.m., July 15, 2012

The Marine Corps couldn’t have picked a more challenging environment for one of its largest and most important exercises of the year.

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July 13, 2012

Pendleton Marines volunteer to train Devil Pups

7/13/2012 By Lance Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca , Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

MARINE COPRS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Camp Pendleton Marines worked with members of Devil Pups Incorporated to have a group of Devil Pups perform a 25-foot tower jump at the 62 Area pool, July 12.

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July 12, 2012

Huge Camp Pendleton flag to reappear in November

July 12, 2012 10:45 am • By MARK WALKER [email protected]

A giant U.S. flag that Interstate 5 motorists have seen hanging from a Camp Pendleton construction site for the past few months is gone, but expected to re-appear in November.

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July 11, 2012

All In A Day’s Work: Explosives Tandem Team From Camp Pendleton

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Video
Two Marines talk about their role as an explosive team. The two Marines partner together when their squad needs to destroy enemy fighting positions, enter compounds and employ demolitions.

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Operation Branding Iron II Charlie

Photos by Lance Cpl. Ismael Ortega | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 07.06.2012
Date Posted:07.11.2012 11:19

The Marines conducted Operation Branding Iron II Charlie to disrupt enemy logistics and deny the enemy a safe haven for staging operations.

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Marines honor fallen brothers in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Mark Garcia | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 07.11.2012

COMBAT OUTPOST TABAC, Afghanistan – On a somber Sunday afternoon, more than 200 servicemembers gathered to honor four fallen comrades during a memorial ceremony, July 8.

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July 9, 2012

Belleau Wood Marines conduct historic transfer of authority in Helmand province

7/9/2012 By Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez , Regimental Combat Team 5

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II — Since their activation in 1917, 5th and 6th Marine Regiments have courageously fought for America, most notably in World War I when they fought side-by-side in the bloody Battle of Belleau Wood.

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Marine Corps footprint in Afghanistan shifting as drawdown continues

July 9th, 2012 | Afghanistan Drawdown Infantry Marjah | Posted by Dan Lamothe

The Marine Corps’ footprint in Afghanistan is changing dramatically as a drawdown in forces continues throughout the summer.

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MEU members honored during pre-game ceremony

Story by Sgt. Elyssa Quesada | 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 07.08.2012
Date Posted:07.09.2012 13:35

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres honored Marines during a military appreciation day at Petco Park, July 8.

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July 8, 2012

1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade to exercise command and control at Javelin Thrust 2012

Courtesy Story | 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade | Date: 07.07.2012
Date Posted:07.08.2012 03:09

Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. -Javelin Thrust 2012/Large Scale Exercise-1 is underway at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif.
More than 5,000 Marines from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, part of I Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Forces Reserve are participating in the exercise.

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July 7, 2012

9th Comm. Bn. establishes communication for Javelin Thrust

7/7/2012 By Cpl. Joshua Young , 1st MEB

Marines with 9th Communication Battalion set up supporting communications and data transmission services for 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade during Javelin Thrust 2012/ Large Scale Exercise-1 at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — The Marines arrived June 18 to set up the brigade’s communications network and support the operation. The exercise serves a part of a three exercise continuum aimed to validate the readiness of 1st MEB as a global crisis response force.

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July 6, 2012

A day in his boots

7/6/2012 By Lance Cpl. D.J. Wu , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. —

Family members of 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment got a chance to experience a day in the life of their loved ones during the battalaion’s Jayne Wayne Day event June 29, 2012.

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Marines train with Aussies

7/6/2012 By Cpl. Jonathan Wright , Marine Corps Bases Japan

SHOALWATER BAY, Australia — Marines hugged the walls inside buildings as they trained their eyes skyward from the edges of windows. The low hum that drove them to cover grew louder as high above the town hung the silhouette of an Australian unmanned aerial vehicle.

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4th of July Beach Bash held on Pendleton

7/6/2012 By Lance Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca , Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Service members and their families gathered to celebrate Independence Day at Del Mar Beach on Camp Pendleton during the 2012 Beach Bash.

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July 4, 2012

July Fourth at war: Marines say don't forget us

Closest most get to fireworks in Afghanistan is an artillery mission

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
2:24 p.m., July 4, 2012
Updated 9:14 p.m.

Forward Operating Base Shir Ghazay, Afghanistan — The Fourth of July isn’t much of a holiday in the war zone. It’s just another work day for many Marines and a reminder of family and friends who are gathering without them back home.

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Marine has the blues in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Ed Galo | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 07.04.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE NOLAY, Afghanistan – One recent morning, while waiting in line for breakfast at the field mess hall at Forward Operating Base Nolay, Marines could hear the sound of blues music coming from a harmonica.

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July 3, 2012

Charlie Company keeps Marines in operations supplied

Story by Cpl. Ed Galo | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 07.03.2012

SANGIN, Afghanistan – Nearly every hour, the sound of explosions echoed through the desert and green valleys of Sangin, Afghanistan.

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July 2, 2012

Fallen Marine's letter to family resonates with many

By Richard Winton
Los Angeles Times
Published: July 2, 2012

Multi-star generals attended his Arlington National Cemetery funeral. His name adorns a fighter jet. His words echo in the halls of Congress.

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Marines brace against Aussie advance during Exercise Hamel 2012

Story by Cpl. Jonathan Wright | 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 07.02.2012

SHOALWATER BAY, Australia - The Marines hugged the walls inside the buildings as they trained their eyes skyward from the edges of the windows. The low hum that drove them to cover became louder and high above the town hung the silhouette of an Australian unmanned aerial vehicle.

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June 30, 2012

Long shot: Artillery battery sets lethal record

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Jun 30, 2012 9:43:37 EDT

A Marine unit that recently returned from Afghanistan killed a team of Taliban insurgents with a record-setting artillery strike.

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Runners bring flag to war veteran

Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012 5:30 am

TWENTYNINE PALMS — A relay team of U.S. Marines crossed the Hi-Desert Friday, bearing an American flag to present to a veteran whose legs were destroyed in Afghanistan.

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June 29, 2012

Detroit Marine Steven P. Stevens II returns home to patriotic welcome

By Gus Burns | [email protected]
Published: Friday, June 29, 2012, 12:37 PM

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI — The appreciation displayed for U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Steven P. Stevens II of Detroit, who lost his life serving in Afghanistan last week, and for his family, was strong Friday.

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June 28, 2012

2/5 Marines in Dah Boba

Courtesy Photo | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 06.28.2012

Marines of 2/5 conducted counter-insurgency operations to disrupt the Taliban to allow Afghan National Army soldiers to move into Dah Boba.

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June 26, 2012

Marines conduct ribbon bridge training with NZ soldiers

Story by Cpl. Jennifer Pirante | I Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 06.26.2012

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marine combat engineers with Bridge Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, conducted joint training exercises with New Zealand soldiers from the Corps of Royal New Zealand Engineers at Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 25-26.

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June 24, 2012

This Is My Life, Episode 3

Video by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | 1st Marine Division | Date: 06.24.2012

This is my life is a video journal blog of Marines in Afghanistan, documenting their daily life. This episode follows an infantryman with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment.

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June 23, 2012

Challenge Accepted; Corpsmen Ready, Serves with Marines

Video by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | 1st Marine Division | Date: 06.23.2012

Petty Officer 3rd Class Norberto Zamora, a corpsman with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, discusses the challenges he's faced during his deployment and why he enjoys working with Marines.

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June 22, 2012

Houston corpsman holds own, saves lives with 2/5 Marines

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | 1st Marine Division | Date: 06.22.2012

KAJAKI, Afghanistan – The brotherhood and friendly rivalry between sailors and Marines spans across the history of both military branches. Whether it’s a sailor jokingly calling a Marine a “jarhead” or a Marine retorting with calling the sailor a “squid,” the two branches are always closely linked. Corpsmen, who support both the Navy and Marine Corps, often find themselves stuck in the crossfire.

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Mexican immigrant serves in Marines, OEF; eyes US citizenship

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | 1st Marine Division | Date: 06.22.2012

KAJAKI, Afghanistan – He stands side-by-side his fellow Marines, pours his blood and sweat into his job and sacrifices time away from his family. He lives driven by a will to earn his way in life and appreciate what’s been given to him.

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June 21, 2012

1st Recon welcomes new commanding officer

Story by Lance Cpl. Tyler Reiriz | 1st Marine Division | Date: 06.21.2012

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Lieutenant Col. Brian L. Gilman relinquished command of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion to Maj. Brian J. Von Herbulis during a change of command ceremony at Camp Margarita, June 21.

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MEB troops to get prestigious valor award

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Jun 21, 2012 16:00:50 EDT

About 28,000 U.S. and coalition forces who fought a thriving insurgency in Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010 under the command of a Marine expeditionary brigade will receive the prestigious Presidential Unit Citation, Marine Corps Times has learned.

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Cottage Grove Marine recognized for outstanding achievements in Afghanistan

6/21/2012
1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan —
Typical mornings for officers and senior enlisted staff members with 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) headquarters begin with an operations and intelligence briefing given to the commanding general and his staff. The service members gather to brief the commanding general about daily activities and ongoing operations throughout Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

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California Marines return after seven months at sea

6/21/2012 By 11th MEU Public Affairs , 11th MEU

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — More than 2,200 Marines and sailors from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit returned here June 21 after serving seven months in the Western Pacific, Middle East and Horn of Africa regions.

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June 18, 2012

Behind the scenes: Administration shop supports hundreds of Marines

Story by Sgt. Michele Watson | 1st Marine Logistics Group | Date: 06.18.2012

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – From reconstructing roads to eliminating insurgents, many Marines and sailors deployed to Afghanistan make an impact that is readily visible.

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Explosive tandem demolishes bunkers, supports Operation Jaws

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | 1st Marine Division | Date: 06.18.2012

KAJAKI, Afghanistan – The Marines rush to take cover behind a berm, as the countdown begins.

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June 15, 2012

Marines Emerge Unscathed From Operation Jaws

June 15th, 2012 // By Cpl. Timothy Lenzo

KAJAKI, Afghanistan – The Marines of 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment added to their rich history when they trekked through Zamindawar, one of the few remaining insurgent strongholds in Afghanistan, May 26-June 9, to disrupt the insurgents’ leadership and logistics chain.

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