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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 11, 2016

HMHT-302, CLB-2 CONDUCT EXTERNAL LIFTS

By Lance Cpl. Erick Galera, II Marine Expeditionary Force
11 Jan 2016

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron 302 and Combat Logistics Battalion 2 conducted external lifts at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Jan. 6, 2016.

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January 6, 2016

School of Infantry-East Marines conduct Machine Gun Qualification

Date Taken:12.16.2015 | Date Posted:01.06.2016 14:53

Alpha Company, Infantry Training Battalion (ITB), School of Infantry-East, conducted a live fire range as part of their Machine Gunner qualification.

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India Company Marines navigate the confidence course

Date Taken:12.17.2015 | Date Posted:01.06.2016 14:58

Entry-level Marines with India Company, Marine Combat Training Battalion (MCT), School of Infantry-East, navigate the confidence course on Camp Devil Dog, N.C., Dec. 17, 2015. MCT is a 29-day training evolution where entry-level Marines are training in basic infantryman skills.

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January 4, 2016

Today’s Task Force Al Asad

By Gunnery Sgt. Christine Polvorosa | I Marine Expeditionary Force | January 4, 2016

AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq -- At the height of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Al Asad was the second largest U.S. air base in Iraq, and home to thousands of deployed coalition personnel from II Marine Expeditionary Force/Multi-National Force West and other major tenant commands.

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December 27, 2015

WARFIGHTING LABORATORY EXPERIMENTING WITH NEW TECHNIQUES

By Cpl. Michael Dye, II Marine Expeditionary Force
21 Dec 2015

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory/Future Directorate conducted a limited objective experiment, with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment and 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, Dec. 3-11, 2015, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The experiment was designed to evaluate a proposal to improve how direct support artillery can support dispersed forces

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December 21, 2015

BLT 1/6 Attends the Infantry Immersion Trainer

U.S. Marine Corps photos by Lance Cpl. Koby I. Saunders / 22 MEU/Released
Date Taken:12.14.2015 | Date Posted:12.21.2015 15:56

U.S. Marines assigned to Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment (BLT 1/6), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, participate in an infantry immersion training exercise at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 14, 2015. BLT 1/6 conducted the training in preparation for a future deployment with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit.

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December 17, 2015

VA plans to propose expanded disability benefits eligibility for Veterans exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune

Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2015 2:30 pm

VA announced today that it plans to propose expanded disability compensation eligibility for Veterans exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

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December 14, 2015

TRAIN, ASSIST: II MEF TEAM PREPARES FOR AFGHANISTAN OPERATION RESOLUTE SUPPORT

By Cpl. Alexander Mitchell, II Marine Expeditionary Force
14 Dec 2015

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- II Marine Expeditionary Force Marines with 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company conducted a mission rehearsal at Mairne Corps Base Camp Lejeune in support of an upcoming deployment to train and assist coalition forces in Afghanistan under the authority of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2189, Dec. 10, 2015.

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December 6, 2015

Well-oiled and ready to go: Marines with LAR Company maintain LAVs

by Cpl Joshua Brown
Date Taken:12.05.2015 | Date Posted:12.06.2015 11:17

USS KEARSARGE, Arabian Gulf - A light armored vehicle is running and a crewman notices oil leaking from the engine. He notifies an LAV mechanic and the process begins.

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December 3, 2015

STEADY HANDS: EOD TECHNICIANS DISARM GRIFFIN MISSILE

By Courtesy Story, II Marine Expeditionary Force
3 Dec 2015

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Marines with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company practice disassembling the Griffin missile to enhance their skills on unfamiliar weapons disassembly and to document a how-to procedure to safely remove the explosive ordinance from inside the Griffin missile at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Dec. 1, 2015.

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November 22, 2015

Bridging the gap: 8th, 9th ESB concludes MGB Bridge Master’s Course

U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Paul S. Martinez/Released
Date Taken:11.18.2015 | Date Posted:11.20.2015 09:13

Marine students attending the 8th Engineer Support Battalion Medium Girder Bridge Master’s Course during a field exercise at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Nov. 18, 2015.

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November 19, 2015

U.S. Marines send attack jets to kill ISIS fighters in Iraq

By Andrew deGrandpre, Staff writer 6:38 p.m. EST November 19, 2015

Thousands of U.S. Marines and sailors have moved into the Persian Gulf as part of the Obama administration's pledge to ramp up its air campaign against the Islamic State group after last week's terror attacks in Paris.

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November 17, 2015

Marines send more embassy guards to Paris after ISIS attack

By Gina Harkins, Staff writer 2:39 p.m. EST November 17, 2015

The Marine Corps sent additional embassy security guards to Paris following Friday's attack there, which left 129 dead and hundreds more wounded, as officials fear more strikes in Europe.

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Video: Mission Complete: VMFA-251 Returns from Operation Inherent Resolve

by LCpl Jonah Lovy
Date Posted:11.17.2015 3:08PM

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251 returned to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort from Operation Inherent Resolve. The Thunderbolts have been deployed aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt since March. VMFA-251 is with Marine Aircraft Group 31.

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November 12, 2015

Kearsarge Hosts Steel Beach Picnic at Sea

Story Number: NNS151112-17Release Date: 11/12/2015 1:01:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Tyler Preston, USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Public Affairs
RED SEA (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines enjoyed a day of barbeque, games and music during a steel beach picnic on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), Nov. 8.

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November 9, 2015

Marines gather to honor fallen brother’s memory

Story by Sgt Grace L. Waladkewics
Date Posted:11.09.2015 12:21

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C.- Marines and family members gathered at a New River Air Station Chapel with heavy hearts to honor the life and service of fallen Staff Sgt. Denver Sugano during a memorial service at Marine Corps Air Station New River, Nov. 4.

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November 7, 2015

US Marines practice marksmanship at sea

U.S. Marine Corps photos by Staff Sgt. bobby J. Yarbrough/Released
Date Posted:11.07.2015 03:47

Marines and sailors with Company E, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, conduct close-quarter firing drills in the Gulf of Aden aboard the USS Oak Hill, Nov. 7. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit is embarked on the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and is deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

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November 4, 2015

MCTOG graduates instructor class

by LCpl Levi Schultz
Date Taken:10.30.2015Date Posted:11.04.2015 13:38

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group held a graduation ceremony at the MCTOG classroom, Oct. 30, 2015. Maj. Gen. Brian D. Beaudreault, commanding general, 2nd Marine Division, impressed upon the graduates the importance of this training.

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November 1, 2015

Toys for Tots kicks off

By Lance Cpl. Joshua Grant Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
Posted Nov 1, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Updated Nov 1, 2013 at 3:11 PM

The Toys for Tots annual gift-giving program aboard Camp Lejeune and across Onslow County started Nov. 1 and continues until Dec. 16.

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October 31, 2015

Commentary: Looking forward to the float

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

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

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October 23, 2015

USS Arlington action

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

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

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Video: 32nd Beirut Bombing Memorial Observance Ceremony

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Date Posted:10.23.2015 3:05PM

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

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October 17, 2015

26th MEU Marine Dies of Non-Combat Related Illness

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

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

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October 11, 2015

USS Arlington prepares for departure

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

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

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October 8, 2015

Commandant speaks to Marines aboard Camp Lejeune

Posted Oct 8, 2015 at 5:38 PM | Updated at 5:39 PM
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There’s no room for anything less than 100 percent.

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October 7, 2015

Kearsarge ARG Deploys for Europe, Middle East Operations

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

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

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September 28, 2015

MARINES GAIN CONFIDENCE IN OVERTURNED VEHICLES

By Cpl. Paul S. Martinez, II Marine Expeditionary Force
28 Sep 2015

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Marines with 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, conducted vehicle rollover training at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Sept. 23.

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September 5, 2015

Uncle: Fallen Marine was 'one heck of a human being'

By Dianna Cahn
The Virginian-Pilot
Published: September 5, 2015

NORFOLK (Tribune News Service) — The exercise was complex and dangerous, involving rappelling and fast-ropes techniques on a moving helicopter that can enable a Hampton Roads-based anti-terror unit to get into difficult terrain where aircraft might not be able to land.

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August 15, 2015

HMHT-302, CLB-6 PERFORM DUAL TRAINING IN EXTERNAL LIFTS

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

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

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August 6, 2015

SECURITY MEASURES; 2ND LEB PROTECTS VALUABLE ASSETS

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

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

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August 3, 2015

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

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

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

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July 27, 2015

Marines and sailors successfully complete USS Arlington’s first NEO training mission

by Sgt Austin Long
Date Posted:07.27.2015 10:43

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and sailors with the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group aboard the USS Arlington (LPD 24) trained for receiving non-combatant evacuees aboard the USS Arlington (LPD 24) during a mock Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation, July 23, at sea in the Atlantic Ocean.

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July 20, 2015

Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group completes seven-month deployment

Date Posted:07.20.2015 10:33

MAYPORT, Fla. - More than 4,000 Sailors and Marines from the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed a seven-month deployment July 15-20, returning to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., Naval Station Norfolk, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va. and Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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July 18, 2015

Lejeune Marines first to deploy as new deterrence force in Bulgaria

By James K. Sanborn, Staff writer 11:40 a.m. EDT July 18, 2015

About 1,750 North Carolina-based Marines have deployed to Europe for a six-month rotation, including a brand new contingent that will operate in Bulgaria amid growing Russian aggression.

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July 16, 2015

Marines at Al Taqaddum advise Iraqis behind Ramadi takeback effort

By Hope Hodge Seck, Staff writer 5:12 p.m. EDT July 16, 2015

The recent fall of Ramadi to marauding terrorists was a shocking setback to U.S. efforts to turn security over to Iraqi forces and it was a psychic blow to Marines who successfully fought to stabilize the notoriously violent Anbar province. But not quite two months later, Marine leaders on the ground say the momentum is rapidly shifting as better trained and newly inspired Iraqis are being sent back into the fight.

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July 15, 2015

Iwo Jima ARG returning from seven-month deployment

By Lance M. Bacon, Staff writer 6:32 p.m. EDT July 15, 2015

The 4,500 sailors and Marines who comprise the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group are nearly home after a successful, and atypical seven-month deployment to 5th Fleet.

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July 6, 2015

DOD Announces Winners of the 2015 Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence

IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Release No: NR-265-15July 06, 2015

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced today the 2015 recipients of the Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence:

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June 29, 2015

Marines with the 26th MEU conduct a visit, board, search, and seizure off the East Coast of the United States

By Cpl. Jeraco Jenkins
Date Taken:06.27.2015 | Date Posted:06.29.2015 17:48

U.S. Marines assigned to Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conducting a simulated visit, board, search, and seizure off the East Coast of the United States, June 27, 2015. Marines with the 26th MEU and sailors with the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group are conducting an amphibious integration exercise in preparation for a deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operations later this fall

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June 24, 2015

How elite, newly renamed Marine Raider units will visually mark history

By Dan Lamothe June 24, 2015

After years of debate, the Marine Corps’ elite Special Operations force just made a major change, adopting the name of the combat-hardened Raider units that fought in the fierce Pacific island-hopping campaign of World War II. Marine officials marked the decision Friday with a brief ceremony at Camp Lejeune, N.C., 10 months after the decision was made.

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June 22, 2015

Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group departs US 5th Fleet

Story by Lt. Lily Hinz, Amphibious Squadron 8 Public Affairs
Date Posted:06.22.2015 12:32

USS IWO JIMA, Mediterranean Sea - The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (IWOARG), with embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), departed U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO) June 21.

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Marines and Sailors aboard USS Arlington conduct RAS

By Lance Cpl. Dalton A. Precht
Date Taken:06.21.2015 | Date Posted:06.22.2015 23:11

U.S. Marines and Sailors aboard the USS Arlington working together during replenishment at sea off the East Coast of the United States June 21, 2015. Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and sailors with the Kearsarge Amphibious Readiness Group are conducting an amphibious integration exercise in preparation for a deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operations later this fall.

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June 21, 2015

Maritime Raid Force, 26th MEU: swift, silent, deadly

Story by Cpl Joshua Brown
Date Posted:06.21.2015 12:29

USS KEARSARGE — Force Reconnaissance Marines and special amphibious reconnaissance corpsmen provide the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit with capabilities that extend beyond the barriers of every day operations. The MEU becomes more than just combat ready with Recon assets; they gain surveillance, ship-born raid, airborne raid and visit, board, search and seizure capabilities. The Recon Marines comprise more than the standard unit. They are the Maritime Raid Force.

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Marines, families celebrate daddy-daughter dance

Bianca Strzalkowski
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at 12:01 AM

Military dads say it’s the moments together that matter — not the ones spent apart.

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June 16, 2015

24th MEU 'FiST' shapes battlefield during Eager Lion

Story by Sgt Devin Nichols
Date Taken:05.18.2015 | Date Posted:06.16.2015 13:37

JORDAN - Beneath the desert sun in Jordan, a notional enemy of armored vehicles prepares to make a stand against U.S. Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Jordanian armed forces and Italian Marines, who wait just beyond the horizon of the battlefield.

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June 8, 2015

Marines and Sailors remember Midway at sea

Story by Sgt Devin Nichols
Date Taken:06.06.2015 | Date Posted:06.08.2015 22:43

USS FORT MCHENRY, AT SEA — Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Sailors assigned to the dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) paid homage to the Battle of Midway during a ceremony while at sea in the Gulf of Aden, June 6, 2015.

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June 3, 2015

ARFF MARINES TEST SKILLS

By Lance Cpl. Samantha Torres, 10066
3 Jun 2015

BEAUFORT, S.C. -- Marines with the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort put their skills to the test as they rotate teams putting out fuel fires on a model jet, May 28.

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May 26, 2015

Marine court-martialed for refusing to remove Bible verse

By Todd Starnes Published May 26, 2015 FoxNews.com

A United States Marine was convicted at a court-martial for refusing to remove a Bible verse on her computer – a verse of Scripture the military determined “could easily be seen as contrary to good order and discipline.”

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May 12, 2015

Video: US Marines, Sailors Clean Up Park in Romania

by Sgt S.T. Stewart
Date Taken:05.8.2015 | Date Posted:05.12.2015 5:44AM

Approximately 30 U.S. Marines and Sailors with Black Sea Rotational Force volunteered for a park clean up in Constanta, Romania, May 8, 2015.

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May 11, 2015

Marines 'beef up' security on Navy minesweeper

Story by Cpl Todd Michalek
Date Posted:05.11.2015 22:27

USS NEW YORK, at sea — The Marine Corps’ rich history of providing security for naval ships dates back to its inception in 1775. In the 239 years since, the Marine Corps has expanded into a force that excels at missions in the air and on land while remaining faithful to its amphibious, sea-borne capabilities. Given current military technology, U.S. Navy vessels are fully capable of defending themselves from threats, but both the Marine Corps and Navy strive for better ways to improve their fighting strength.

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Video: 22nd MEU, USS Wasp Conclude Fleet Week Port Everglades 2015

by LCpl Kyle Kauffman
Date Taken:05.10.2015 | Date Posted:05.11.2015 9:41PM

The U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy Sailors of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed Port Everglades, Florida, May 10 aboard the USS Wasp (LHD 1) concluding Fleet Week 2015.

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May 9, 2015

Fishing tournament welcomes Marines, Sailors

Story by Sgt James Smith
Date Taken:05.08.2015 | Date Posted:05.09.2015 12:36

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy Sailors with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) spent the day away from their usual tasks to relax with a day of fishing during the seventh annual Take a Hero Fishing Tournament at the Lauderdale Marina in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, during Fleet Week Port Everglades May 8, 2015.

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Hundreds of US Marines heading to Central America

By Carol Rosenberg
Miami Herald (Tribune News Service)
Published: May 9, 2015

Some 280 U.S. Marines are landing in Central America any day now.

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April 24, 2015

8th Comm. Bn. conducts ‘Bring your child to work day’

Story by Cpl Michael Dye
Date Taken:04.23.2015 | Date Posted:04.24.2015 13:22

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marines and sailors at 8th Communications Battalion, spent the day with their children during a "Bring Your Child To Work Day" aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 23, 2015.

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Video: 22nd MEU Marines, Sailors, Coalition Forces Assist Project Homecoming for Navy Week

U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Kyle Kauffman/Released)
Date Posted:04.24.2015 9:36PM

U.S. Marines with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) volunteer along with members of the Canadian Navy and the British Royal Navy for a community relations project for Project Homecoming during Navy Week 2015 in New Orleans, April 24, 2015. Marines and Sailors of the MEU, from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., participated in Navy Week New Orleans April 23-29.

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April 21, 2015

Marines set their sights on Designated Marksman title

Story by LCpl Ryan Young
Date Posted:04.21.2015 16:23

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Patience, breath control, and a slow, steady trigger squeeze make up some of the basics of long-distance marksmanship. These fundamentals and more are taught during the Division Combat Skills Center’s Designated Marksman Course.

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April 17, 2015

Video: 1/6 Counters IED Threats

Date Taken:04.15.2015 | Date Posted:04.17.2015 2:32PM

U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division counter improvised explosive device threats during IED lane training aboard Home Station Training Lane, Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 15, 2015.

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Video: 2nd LAR Uses Stealth and Fire-Power to Surprise the Enemy

by Cpl. Michael Dye
Date Taken:04.16.2015 | Date Posted:04.17.2015 12:16PM

Marines and sailors with 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance, 2nd Marine Division conduct a platoon-size, live-fire exercise attacks aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 15, 2015.

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April 16, 2015

Video: Marines Return from Middle East Deployment

by Sgt Valerie Eppler
Date Taken:04.14.2015 | Date Posted:04.16.2015 7:21PM

Marines and Sailors who deployed with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command returned in several groups to Camp Pendleton April 5-14.

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April 11, 2015

News: ‘Wardogs’ return from special purpose

Story by LCpl Medina Ayala-Lo
Date Taken:04.06.2015 | Date Posted:04.11.2015 21:24

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Proud parents, anxious wives and eager children welcomed home Marines and sailors of 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment at Del Valle Field, April 6, 2015.

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Images: 'Wardogs' return home

Photos by Lance Cpl. Medina Ayala-Lo

Date Taken:03.30.2015 | Date Posted:04.06.2015 12:51

The 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment’s Marines and sailors return to Del Valle Field, March 30, 2015 from deployment. Marines and sailors of 2/7 served as part of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force -Crisis Response- Central Command.

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April 8, 2015

Last 9th Marines battalion deactivates at Lejeune

By Hope Hodge Seck, Staff writer 5:34 p.m. EDT April 8, 2015

The battalion of the Marine Corps' most recent Medal of Honor recipient was deactivated last week in a ceremony at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

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April 6, 2015

Images: USS New York activity

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan B. Trejo
Date Taken:04.02.2015 | Date Posted:04.06.2015 11:50

Marines on the USS New York (LPD 21), conducts a visit, board, search and seizure boarding drill. New York is a part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and, with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).

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April 5, 2015

Images: Marines, Sailors aboard LSD 43 have some fun in the sun

Photos by Sgt. Devin Nichols
Date Taken:04.02.2015 | Date Posted:04.05.2015 15:01

Marines with Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, participate in some fun in the sun “Halfway Block Party” aboard the dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), April 2, 2015.

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24th MEU Marines pinned during promotion ceremony [Image 1 of 5]

Photos by Sgt. Devin Nichols
Date Taken:04.01.2015 | Date Posted:04.05.2015 15:52

Newly promoted Marines with Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), April 1, 2015.

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April 2, 2015

Video: 2nd Bn., 9th Marines Deactivation

Video by Cpl. Krista James
Date Taken:04.1.2015 | Date Posted:04.2.2015 2:14PM

The Marines and sailors of 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division conducted a deactivation ceremony for the unit aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 1, 2015.

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March 31, 2015

MARINES COMPLETE RIOT-CONTROL TRAINING

By Lance Cpl. Fatmeh Saad, Defense Media Activity
31 Mar 2015

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina -- “Shields!” shouts the platoon leader.

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March 20, 2015

MARSOC corpsman awarded Silver Star Medal

Story by Sgt Donovan Lee
Date Posted:03.20.2015 17:27

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin D. Baskin, a special amphibious reconnaissance corpsman with 3rd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, was awarded the Silver Star Medal during a ceremony at Stone Bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 20, for his actions in Afghanistan.

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March 18, 2015

Video: MWHS-2 7 Mile Conditioning Hike

Video by Sgt. Orlando Perez
Date Taken:03.17.2015 | Date Posted:03.18.2015 11:20AM

U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2 conduct a 7 mile conditioning hike at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., March 17, 2015. The conditioning hike was conducted in order to maintain combat readiness, build unit cohesion, increase fitness, and esprit de corps.

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Video: Netherland Marine Corps Fast Rope Exercise

Video by Cpl. James R. Skelton
Date Taken:03.17.2015 | Date Posted:03.18.2015 2:32PM

Korps Mariniers assigned to the Netherland Marine Corps, conduct fast rope exercises at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 17, 2015. The Korps Mariniers were able to conduct the exercise with the assistance, training, and supervision of both Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464 and Force Reconnaissance Company, 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion.

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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 11, 2015

2-star: Rescue efforts continue in helo crash

By Hope Hodge Seck, Staff writer 5:55 p.m. EDT March 11, 2015

The effort to locate 11 missing Marines and guardsmen in a UH-60 Black Hawk that crashed off the coast of Florida Tuesday night remains a search-and-rescue operation and has not transitioned into a recovery mission, according to an Army general.

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March 6, 2015

5th Fleet mission has USS New York showing off its ‘amphibiosity’

By Hendrick Simoes
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 6, 2015

ABOARD THE USS NEW YORK IN THE PERSIAN GULF — “The only solid plan was yesterday’s plan.”

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March 5, 2015

CENTCOM exercise aims to strengthen military ties with Kuwait

By Hendrick Simoes
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 5, 2015

ABOARD THE USS NEW YORK IN THE PERSIAN GULF — As some 700 Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit wrapped up a month of training in Kuwait and returned to ship Sunday, Kuwaiti and U.S. officials were finalizing a large-scale U.S. Central Command exercise later this month in the Persian Gulf state.

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March 4, 2015

24th MEU Marine in footsteps of father

Story by Sgt Devin Nichols
Date Posted:03.04.2015 06:41

USS FORT MCHENRY– Parents often share special bonds with their children, creating relationships that are close and certain. Fathers and sons, in particular, might enjoy playing catch, watching their favorite football team or restoring a car together. Sergeant Cody L. Olson, an M1A1 Abrams main battle tank technician with Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, shares a special bond with his father, Richard—they both belong to the same “gun club.”

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March 1, 2015

Marines continue fighting alongside Georgians in Afghanistan

By Derrick Perkins, Staff writer 10:31 a.m. EST March 1, 2015

As the bulk of the Corps bid farewell to Afghanistan months ago, a small group of Marines stayed behind, continuing the fight in the war-torn country.

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February 28, 2015

24th MEU Conducts Noncombatant Evacuation Operations Training

by Cpl Todd Michalek
Date Taken:02.18.2015 | Date Posted:02.28.2015 18:03

Marines with the India Battery, the artillery attachment for Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct noncombatant evacuation training at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Feb. 18, 2015. A contingent of MEU Marines is ashore in Kuwait as part of scheduled sustainment training.

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February 27, 2015

2nd Marine Logistics Group endures the cold during CPX

Story by Cpl Chelsea Toombs
Date Taken:02.25.2015 | Date Posted:02.27.2015 15:15

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - A variety of weather conditions greeted Marines with Headquarters Regiment, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, during the command post exercise Feb. 20-27, 2015. Marines from Headquarters Regiment stood alongside various units within 2nd MLG during stints of snow, sleet and rain during the weeklong CPX.

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February 20, 2015

‘Zero room for error,’ 2nd MAW Harrier pilot earns Air Medal

Story by Cpl Grace L. Waladkewics
Date Taken:02.12.2015| Date Posted:02.20.2015 08:43

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Capt. William Mahoney took off from the flight deck of the USS Bataan one day in June 2014 expecting nothing more than a routine flight, though there is nothing strictly routine about launching from or landing aboard a moving 840 foot runway at sea.

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February 14, 2015

CLB 24 prepares for HST lift

by LCpl Austin Lewis
Date Taken:02.13.2015 | Date Posted:02.14.2015 11:45

Landing support specialists with Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, sit atop a packaged 8,400 pound rotor head in preparation for helicopter support team operations at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Feb. 13, 2015. The rotor head, a high-priority part, was carried from Djibouti to the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) using a CH-53E Super Stallion from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (Reinforced), 24th MEU. The 24th MEU is embarked on the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

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February 13, 2015

2nd LAAD hones ground-based air defense

Story by Cpl J. R. Heins
Date Posted:02.13.2015 14:50

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Marines with Alpha Battery, 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, conducted ground-base air defense training at Marine Corps Outlying Field Atlantic, North Carolina, Feb. 2-6.

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Iwo Jima Enjoys Grand Opening of "Black Sands Cafe"

Story Number: NNS150213-14Release Date: 2/13/2015 11:20:00 AM
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Megan Anuci, USS Iwo Jima Public Affairs

GULF OF ADEN (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines enjoyed fresh smoothies at the grand opening ceremony the "Black Sands Cafe" aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) last week.

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February 11, 2015

Logistics Combat Element Returns from Africa Deployment

Marine Corps News | Feb 11, 2015 | by 1st Lt. Maida Kalic

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina -- After conducting missions in Africa and remaining alert to respond to crises, the Marines and Sailors of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, also known as Detachment A (Det A), safely returned home to Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb 5.

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February 5, 2015

Give your marriage a fighting edge; going all 12 rounds with CREDO retreats

Story by Sgt Austin Hazard
Date Posted:02.05.2015 09:24

SWANSBORO, N.C. – Marriage in the military can be a real challenge. In some cases, it’s a fight to survive. Every early-morning unit workout is a jab, each training exercise a haymaker and every deployment an uppercut. If you go in unprepared, you might get knocked around or even knocked out.

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Weapons Co. conducts TRAP exercise with French forces

by Cpl Joey Mendez
Date Taken:02.02.2015 | Date Posted:02.05.2015 13:23

Marines with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, run to security positions during a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel drill in Djibouti, Feb. 2, 2015.

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January 28, 2015

Supply on the Fly: Crisis Response Marines Complete External-Load Lift With MV-22 Osprey in Spain

by Sgt Paul Peterson
Date Posted:01.28.2015 10:52AM

U.S. Marine Corps landing support specialists with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response – Africa perform an exercise to maintain their proficiency in conducting single-point external lifts with the Osprey, a versatile vehicle capable of completing vertical lifts. at Morón Air Base, Spain, Jan. 19, 2015.

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Paving the Way: TF Al Asad Trains Iraqi Army in CIED Drills

Story by Cpl Carson Gramley
Date Taken:01.18.2015 | Date Posted:01.28.2015 10:18

U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND - U.S. Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, Task Force Al Asad, facilitated a Counter Improvised Explosive Device class for members of the Iraqi Army to teach them basic IED reaction and mitigation skills at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Jan. 18, 2015.

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January 27, 2015

NATO Allies, Partner Nations and Marines complete Platinum Lion 15

Story by LCpl Ryan Young
Date Posted:01.27.2015 06:21

NOVO SELO TRAINING AREA, Bulgaria - Marines and Sailors from the Black Sea Rotational Force spent the month of January alongside soldiers from the nations of Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania during Platinum Lion 15, a multi-nation training exercise at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria.

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January 20, 2015

Marines poised for crisis response mission in Yemen

By James K. Sanborn, Staff Writer 4:34 p.m. EST January 20, 2015

Marines in Yemen and the surrounding region remain ready to bolster security at the U.S. Embassy there — or even evacuate personnel, if needed — as rebels seized the presidential palace Tuesday morning in the capital of Sanaa.

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Romanian Soldiers, Black Sea Rotational Force Marines partner for Platinum Lion

Story by LCpl Ryan Young
2015Date Posted:01.20.2015 12:35

NOVO SELO TRAINING AREA, Bulgaria - The Romanian soldiers listened intently to their commander, 2nd Lt. Vasile Ionut, as he laid out the plan of action. The commander had to ensure each of his men knew their exact role in the upcoming attack.

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January 19, 2015

24th MEU conducts live-fire exercise aboard USS Iwo Jima

by Lance Cpl. Dani A. Zunun
Date Taken:01.18.2015 | Date Posted:01.19.2015 10:52

Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit participating in a live-fire exercise aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), Jan. 18, 2015.

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January 18, 2015

Marine Prowlers fight Islamic State over Iraq, Syria

Joshua Stewart, Staff Writer
January 18, 2015

They're old, gray and approaching retirement — but the Marine Corps' EA-6B Prowlers are still fighting terrorists. The service's aging fleet of jets used for electronic warfare have flown hundreds of hours over Iraq and Syria in support of the fight against the Islamic State group. They may be some of the final combat missions for Prowler squadrons before the Corps starts to retire the aircraft and adds electronic warfare capabilities to a variety of platforms.

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January 17, 2015

New guided bullet could make Marine snipers deadlier

By James K. Sanborn, Staff Writer 10:36 a.m. EST January 17, 2015

The agency responsible for developing the Defense Department's next generation, science fiction-like technology is working to bring guided bullets that can change direction mid-flight to the military's most elite marksmen.

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January 14, 2015

Marine Corps to end local search and rescue missions

Joshua Stewart, Staff Writer 3:54 p.m. EST January 14, 2015

Budget cuts are pushing Marine aviators out of the search and rescue business.

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January 11, 2015

Cyber Marines get tactical during Bold Alligator

By James K. Sanborn, Staff writer 6:13 p.m. EST January 11, 2015

Developers with the Office of Naval Research are pushing cyber warfare training further than ever by incorporating it into tactical crisis response scenarios, including those at Exercise Bold Alligator 14.

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Iwo Jima ARG/MEU Transits U.S. 6th Fleet to U.S. 5th Fleet

BY DANIELSCHUMACHER – JANUARY 11, 2015
POSTED IN: EUROPE, NEWS - EUROPE

MEDITERRANEAN SEA – The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group/ 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit transits from U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations (AOO) to U.S. 5th Fleet’s area of responsibility Jan. 10, 2015.

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January 10, 2015

24th MEU conducts MOPP gear refresher course

by LCpl Austin Lewis
Date Taken:01.08.2015 | Date Posted:01.09.2015 14:21

Marines with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, participates in a drill to don-and-clear his mission-oriented protective posture (MOPP) gear while aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Jan. 8, 2015.

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January 9, 2015

24th MEU operations

by LCpl Austin Lewis
Date Taken:01.07.2015 | Date Posted:01.09.2015 01:59

In preparation for a live-fire exercise in the Mediterranean Sea the 24th MEU and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group are conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.

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January 8, 2015

Lejeune Marines prepare for deployment to Afghanistan

By Derrick Perkins, Staff Writer 7:52 p.m. EST January 8, 2015

Just months after marking the end of the Corps' combat operations in Afghanistan, officials revealed that Marines are headed back into the war-torn country, but details of the deployment remain scarce.

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January 3, 2015

USS Iwo Jima heads into Mediterranean [Image 1 of 4]

by LCpl Dani Zunun
Date Taken:12.27.2014 | Date Posted:01.03.2015 10:39

The Iwo Jima was transiting through the Strait of Gibraltar. The 24th MEU and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group are conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.

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December 30, 2014

USS Fort McHenry to Spend New Year's in Valencia, Spain

Story Number: NNS141230-05Release Date: 12/30/2014 11:09:00 AM
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam Austin, USS Fort McHenry Public Affairs

VALENCIA, Spain (NNS) -- The Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) pulled in to Valencia, Spain for a scheduled port visit Dec. 29.

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December 29, 2014

U.S. MARINES, SPANISH SOLDIERS TRAIN IN MOUNTAIN WARFARE

By 1st Lt. Gerard Farao, Marine Forces Europe and Africa
29 Dec. 2014

MORÓN AIR BASE, Spain -- U.S. Marines and Sailors assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa conducted mountain warfare training with 1st Mountain Troops Command in Candancu, Spain.

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December 28, 2014

Status of the Fleet: Dec. 27, 2014

BY LADMIN – DECEMBER 28, 2014
POSTED IN: CURRENT OPERATIONS

Sailors, operating forward in the U.S. 6th Fleet, conduct daily operations, port visits and engage with allies and partners to maintain a forward presence throughout Europe and Africa and improve maritime security.

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December 20, 2014

2015 Deployment Week 1

by LCpl Dani Zunun
Date Taken:12.19.2014 | Date Posted:12.20.2014 17:47

Marines with Security Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, in a live-fire shoot on the flight deck of the USS Iwo Jima, Dec. 19, 2014. The 24th MEU deployed last week.

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December 16, 2014

Do tanks really float?

by LCpl Preston McDonald
Date Taken:12.14.2014 | Date Posted:12.16.2014 15:55

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marines with Improved Ribbon Bridge platoon, Bridge Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, conducted river crossing exercises in which they transported M1A1 Abrams tanks across New River aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 14.

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December 15, 2014

U.S. Marines, Moldovan Army partnerships strengthened through Advanced Weapons Workshop

Story by MSgt Chad McMeen
Date Posted:12.15.2014 10:52

BALTI, Moldova – One week after the November 30th Moldovan elections, where pro-European parties maintained their majority in parliament, a military unit here hosted an anti-armor workshop with U.S. Marines.

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U.S. Marines, Moldovan Army partnerships strengthened through Advanced Weapons Workshop

Story by MSgt Chad McMeen
Date Posted:12.15.2014 10:52

BALTI, Moldova – One week after the November 30th Moldovan elections, where pro-European parties maintained their majority in parliament, a military unit here hosted an anti-armor workshop with U.S. Marines.

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December 11, 2014

24th MEU set to deploy

By Daily News Staff - [email protected]
Published: Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 06:24 PM

It’s time to set sail.

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December 9, 2014

Back to basics: Combat engineers conduct platoon defense exercise

Story by Cpl Joshua Brown
Date Posted:12.09.2014 15:26

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Combat engineers work in direct support of infantrymen. Their primary objective is to maneuver an enemy force with the use of obstacles, explosives and other man-designed elements that complicate and disrupt enemy movements. As a combat-arms military occupational specialty, basic infantrymen skills are taught and reinforced during training.

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US Marines visit Japanese high schools, share culture

Story by Cpl Drew Tech
Date Posted:12.09.2014 00:46

KUMAMOTO PREFECTURE, Japan — U.S. Marines participating in exercise Forest Light 15-1 visited with high school students Dec. 5 in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan.

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Pittsburgh Marine earns honor graduate distinction at Officer Candidate Course

Story by Sgt Pedro Cardenas
Date Posted:12.09.2014 07:1

PITTSBURGH - Marine officers exemplify the phrase Ductus Exemplo, Latin for “Leadership by Example.” Some find the task of becoming an officer impossible and are dropped from the course. While others like Staff Sgt. James J.W. Geiger, embrace the challenge.

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December 8, 2014

Images: HMLA-467

Photos by LCpl Olivia McDonald
Date Taken:12.06.2014 | Date Posted:12.08.2014 10:35

Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 467, Marine Aircraft Group 29, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force returned to Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., from a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Dec. 6, 2014.

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November 28, 2014

Hard work recognized in Liberia

Story by SGT Matthew Britton
Date Posted:11.28.2014 15:39

MONROVIA, Liberia – After the daily morning briefing at the Barclay Training Center here, a young U.S. Marine corporal stands in the middle of a sea of Army officers. The commanding general is beside him and is praising the Marine's hard work. The CG hands him an Air Assault coin, shakes his hand and tells him he'll be flying with him today.

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November 24, 2014

Corps' new seminar grooms lance corporals to become NCOs

By Hope Hodge Seck, Staff Writer 7:35 p.m. EST November 24, 2014

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — At zero-six hundred, lance corporals with 8th Engineer Support Battalion dressed in physical training gear took turns staring into a cardboard box filled with assorted office supplies in a race to memorize every detail about the contents before their 30-second time limit was up.

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Corps' new seminar grooms lance corporals to become NCOs

By Hope Hodge Seck, Staff Writer 7:35 p.m. EST November 24, 2014

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — At zero-six hundred, lance corporals with 8th Engineer Support Battalion dressed in physical training gear took turns staring into a cardboard box filled with assorted office supplies in a race to memorize every detail about the contents before their 30-second time limit was up.

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November 19, 2014

Secretary of Defense visits Integrated Task Force Marines

Story by Sgt Alicia R. Leaders
Date Posted:11.18.2014 17:41

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visited Marines with the Anti-Armor Section, Weapons Company, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force during a live-fire MK153 shoulder-launched multipurpose assault weapon (SMAW) rocket launcher shoot at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Nov. 18, 2014.

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November 18, 2014

Deployed sailors, Marines get free phone cards for holidays

By Karen Jowers, Staff writer 4:40 p.m. EST November 18, 2014

Sailors and Marines deployed with more than 70 units and those forward-deployed to overseas ports during the holidays will receive free $10 prepaid phone cards.

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November 15, 2014

Marines, Romanian soldiers build partnership and cohesion during Platinum Lynx 15.3

Story by LCpl Ryan Young
Date Posted:11.13.2014 10:21

FOCSANI, Romania - Marines and Sailors from the Black Sea Rotational Force, along with members of the Romanian Land Forces and 300th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, worked hand-in-hand during training events on exercise Platinum Lynx 15 in Focsani, Romania, Nov. 2-7, 2014.

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November 14, 2014

Cherry Point family celebrates son’s birthday, life at Disney resort

Story by Cpl Unique B. Roberts
Date Posted:11.14.2014 16:56

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Ask any Marine what Nov. 10 means to them and you’re likely to hear a tale of a birth that took place in a Philadelphia tavern in 1775. One Cherry Point family had much more to celebrate this Nov. 10 than the inception of the Marine Corps.

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November 10, 2014

Khe Sanh veterans remember fellow Marines at Vietnam War's bloodiest battle

By Joe DePriest
The Charlotte Observer (MCT)
Published: November 10, 2014

They met on a hill in a far corner of Vietnam.

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November 7, 2014

24th MEU wraps up PTP, ready for deployment

Story by Sgt Devin Nichols
Date Posted:11.07.2014 13:10

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - The Marines and Sailors of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit closed the book on another six-month pre-deployment training cycle after a successful amphibious assault on Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Oct. 27, 2014.

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November 6, 2014

Video: Navy-Marine Team Reaches From the Sea During Bold Alligator 14

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Date Taken:10.31.2014 | Date Posted:11.6.2014 7:35AM

Marines and sailors with II Marine Expeditionary Force utilize amphibious assault vehicles and Navy landing craft air cushions during beach operations for exercise Bold Alligator 14 aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 31, 2014. Service members with 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, II Marine Expeditionary Force and supporting elements conducted operations as part of exercise Bold Alligator, a multi-faceted, joint training event involving thousands of participants and numerous naval vessels in an effort to practice the different roles the Marine Corps may take in a deployed environment.

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November 3, 2014

U.S. Marines to Retire Harrier Fleet Earlier Than Planned, Extend Life of Hornets

By: Dave Majumdar
Published: November 3, 2014 6:12 PM • Updated: November 3, 2014 9:46 PM

The U.S. Marine Corps will phase out the Boeing AV-8B Harrier II jump jet by 2025 — about five years earlier than planned — and will instead extend the life of its fleet of aging Boeing F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters, according to the service’s recently released 2015 aviation plan.

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A Day in the Life: Plastics Room Aboard the USS Iwo Jima

by Cpl Todd Michalek
Date Posted:11.3.2014 10:17PM

Video about the duties of a Sailor who works in the plastics room aboard the USS Iwo Jima.

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November 2, 2014

ACE Marines ‘turn wrenches’ to keep ‘birds’ flying

Story by Sgt Devin Nichols
Date Posted:11.02.2014 12:22

USS IWO JIMA, At Sea—The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Aviation Combat Element is an integral component of MEU operations.

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October 31, 2014

Video: Aircraft operations aboard the USS Kearsarge during exercise Bold Alligator 2014

Video by Cpl James Skelton
Date Taken:10.29.2014 | Date Posted:10.31.2014 3:03PM

U.S. Marines and Sailors land aircraft aboard the USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) in support of exercise Bold Alligator 14 off the eastern coast of the United States, Oct. 29, 2014. Exercise Bold Alligator 14 is a multi-national, synthetic naval amphibious exercise designed to train across the full range of amphibious capabilities in order to provide unique and contemporary solutions to global challenges.

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Video: USS Bataan's Homecoming

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Date Posted:10.31.2014 4:12PM

USS Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is returning home from a nine-month deployment.

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October 30, 2014

Bataan Amphibious Ready Group Returns To Homeport

Story Number: NNS141030-29Release Date: 10/30/2014 10:26:00 PM
By USS Bataan Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- More than 4,000 Sailors and Marines from the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed a nine-month deployment, returning to Naval Station Norfolk, Va. and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va. Oct. 31, and Camp Lejeune, N.C. Oct. 28. While deployed, the Bataan ARG/MEU served in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility (AOR).

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October 28, 2014

Sailors and Marines Visit Jordanian Mosque During COMREL

Story Number: NNS141028-08Release Date: 10/28/2014 2:28:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shannon M. Smith, USS Mesa Verde Public Affairs

U.S. 5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (NNS) -- Twenty-three USS Mesa Verde Sailors and Marines toured the Al-Sharif Al-Hussein bin Ali Mosque as part of a community relations project (COMREL) in Aqaba, Jordan, Aug. 25.

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Video: 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit Homecoming

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Date Posted:10.28.2014 4:01PM

Marines and sailors with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit are reunited with their families and friends aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune after their extended deployment with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group.

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October 26, 2014

24th MEU Marine runs MCM aboard warship at sea

Story 1st Lt. Joshua Larson
Date Posted:10.26.2014 21:17

USS NEW YORK, At Sea - He was perhaps the very first finisher of the 39th Marine Corps Marathon, but he didn’t finish anywhere near Arlington, Virginia. Instead, he finished at sea aboard the USS New York - on a treadmill.

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U.S. Marine from Midland dies during training at Fort Bragg

By Brad Devereaux
October 26, 2014 at 4:04 PM, updated October 26, 2014 at 4:11 PM

MIDLAND, MI — A 24-year-old Marine from Midland died during a training exercise at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, according to his obituary and the Associated Press.

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VMA-223 Homecoming

Video by Cpl Victoria Stewart
Date Posted:10.26.2014 3:06PM

U.S Marines with Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 223 return from a deployment with 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) October 26, 2014, aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. VMA-223 was deployed for over 7 months with the 22nd MEU.

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October 24, 2014

Comfortable in Chaos: 2/6 Marines ready for urban operations

Story by LCpl Tyler Andersen
Date Posted:10.24.2014 17:35

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marines with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division conducted live-fire, close–quarters, battle training with grenades at the MOC-3 range aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Oct. 21.

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October 20, 2014

Nilsson retires following 30 years of service

Story by Cpl Grace L. Waladkewics
Date Taken:10.17.2014 | Date Posted:10.20.2014 17:14

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Sgt. Maj. Lisa K. Nilsson retired from her post as sergeant major of Marine Air Control Group 28 during a retirement ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Oct. 17.

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VMGR-252 conducts FISDU, props up detachment

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Date Posted:10.20.2014 13:37

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 sent one KC-130J Super Hercules to Moron, Spain, on a flight in support of deployed unit Oct. 15-18.

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October 17, 2014

U.S., Bulgaria resilient as regional threat looms

Story by Sgt Derrick Irions
Date Posted:10.17.2014 05:19

PLOVDIV, Bulgaria - U.S. and Bulgarian military exercises demonstrate a combined commitment to preserving European security amidst recent Russian aggression.

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October 10, 2014

1/2 returns from Afghanistan

Story by Lance Cpl. Krista James | II Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 10.10.2014

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - A crowd of more than 300 friends and family members cheered as Marines and sailors with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment returned to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Oct. 9 following a six-month deployment to Afghanistan.

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October 9, 2014

USS Mesa Verde Departs Split, Croatia

Story Number: NNS141009-09Release Date: 10/9/2014 1:36:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shannon M. Smith, USS Mesa Verde Public Affairs

SPLIT, Croatia (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) departed Split, Croatia, Oct. 9, after a scheduled port visit.

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October 7, 2014

USS Mesa Verde Visits Split, Croatia

Story Number: NNS141007-12Release Date: 10/7/2014 3:56:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shannon M. Smith, USS Mesa Verde Public Affairs

SPLIT, Croatia (NNS) -- The USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), arrived in Split, Croatia, for a port visit, Oct. 6.

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October 3, 2014

Bataan Amphibious Ready Group transits Suez Canal, begins journey home

POSTED 2:55 PM, OCTOBER 3, 2014, BY MATT KNIGHT, UPDATED AT 02:56PM, OCTOBER 3, 2014

The ships of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) transited the Suez Canal on Thursday, marking the beginning of their journey homeward.

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September 27, 2014

Corps sending 200 Marines to Central America for disaster relief, training

By Fred Lambert
Sept. 27, 2014 at 6:26 PM

MIAMI, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Marine Corps plans to send 200 men next year to supplement an air-ground task force in the U.S. Southern Command, which oversees disaster relief, training and other operations in Central America and the Caribbean.

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September 17, 2014

Marine from Suffolk killed in Afghanistan

By Ali Rockett [email protected]
5:00 p.m. EDT, September 17, 2014

A Marine from Suffolk was killed in Afghanistan this week, according to a U.S. Department of Defense statement.

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September 13, 2014

'The Hornet's Nest' emphasizes humanity, nobility of war

Sep. 13, 2014 - 10:48AM
By Hope Hodge Seck

Wildly jerky and almost nauseating hand-held camera shots hit the viewer in the early minutes of the film, producing a gut-tensing feeling of running in the middle of a firefight in Afghanistan. Father-and-son filmmakers Mike and Carlos Boettcher captured the helplessness and peril of combat simply by leaving their cameras on record as they dashed for cover from Taliban snipers or hit the ground on a signal from soldiers or Marines.

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September 10, 2014

Marine Harrier strikes Islamic State near Haditha Dam

Story by Joshua Stewart
Sep. 10, 2014 - 03:25 PM

A Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier has struck an Islamic State target near the Haditha Dam in Iraq.

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September 4, 2014

24th MEU fast-ropes toward deployment

By Sgt. Devin Nichols | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | September 04, 2014

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Marines and Sailors with Lima and Weapons Companies, both from Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Ground Combat Element, received fast-rope qualifications by fast-roping from a 60-foot tower and an MV-22B tilt-rotor aircraft, August 20-21, 2014, at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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September 1, 2014

Update: Marine Helicopter Crashes in the Gulf of Aden

Story Number: NNS140901-01Release Date: 9/1/2014 2:03:00 PM
From U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) crashed at 2:00 p.m. (GMT), today, at sea in the Gulf of Aden as it attempted to land aboard USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19).

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August 31, 2014

Bataan group extended in Mideast

By Hendrick Simoes
Stars and Stripes
Published: August 31, 2014

MANAMA, Bahrain — The Bataan amphibious ready group will remain in the Middle East for three more weeks, Navy officials announced Saturday.

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August 29, 2014

'Walking Dead' Marine battalion to be deactivated

By Jonathan Drew
The Associated Press
Published: August 29, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the "Walking Dead."

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Marines, sailors with Bravo Company conduct security patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan

By Cpl. Cody Haas | Marine Expeditionary Brigade - Afghanistan | August 29, 2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- Enemy insurgents continue to operate in Helmand province, Afghanistan. To mitigate this threat, infantry units conduct security patrols to build relationships with locals in the surrounding area of Camps Bastion and Leatherneck, and to rid local routes of improvised explosive devices.

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August 27, 2014

Lejeune mess hall dedicated to Marines who died stopping bomb truck

By Hope Hodge Seck
Aug. 27, 2014 - 05:41PM

Two Marines who earned posthumous Navy Crosses for standing in the way of a truck filled with explosives in Iraq will be honored in the renaming of a mess hall on the base they called home.

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August 26, 2014

Video: 1/2 Charlie Company Deconstructs P.B. Boldak

Video by Cpl John Martinez
Date Taken:08.14.2014 | Date Posted:08.26.2014 6:01PM

U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, conduct retrograde operations aboard Patrol Base Boldak, Helmand province, Afghanistan, from 14 to 19 August 2014. The remediation and closure of Patrol Base Boldak allows Charlie Company to continue their operations aboard the Bastion-Leatherneck Complex.

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1/2 Charlie Company Tears Down P.B. Boldak [Image 1 of 22]

Photos by Cpl John Martinez
Date Taken:08.16.2014 | Date Posted:08.26.2014 16:36

U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment during the retrograde of Patrol Base Boldak in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on August 14, 2014.

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2/8 Marines join forces with MARSOC to enhance partner nation force training capabilities

Story by CPT Barry Morris
Date Taken:08.25.2014 | Date Posted:08.26.2014 15:30

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – As the nature of conflict and challenges to the U.S. and its interests remain constant, so does the demands of the U.S. Marine Corps’ ability to operate and conduct operations as a closely integrated Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) with interagency and multinational partners across the full range of military operations.

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August 22, 2014

Cherry Point Marines, Sailors build home for Marine family

By Lance Cpl. Grace L. Waladkewics | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | August 22, 2014

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. --
More than 30 Marines and Sailors volunteered several weekends this summer with Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point's Single Marine Program and the American Heroes Home Build of Pamlico County to build a home for the family of a fellow service member.

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August 20, 2014

Marines with Weapons Company conduct security patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Cody Haas | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 08.20.2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Enemy insurgents continue to operate in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in the area surrounding Camps Bastion and Leatherneck. In order to mitigate this threat, patrols are conducted to clear the surrounding area of all suspicious individuals and threats.

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August 15, 2014

Marines arrive aboard Mesa Verde, aircraft take cargo

Photos by Cpl Manuel Estrada
Date Taken:07.10.2014 | Date Posted:08.15.2014 10:16

Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), M32 grenadier and MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd MEU, aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) during routine flight operations and taking on cargo. The 22nd MEU is deployed with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout U.S. Central Command and the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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August 14, 2014

24th MEU conducts PMINT

Story by LCpl Joey Mendez and Sgt Devin Nichols
Date Posted:08.14.2014 17:07

USS IWO JIMA, At Sea - Marines and Sailors with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit caught their first glimpse of what their life will consist of while deployed aboard the USS Iwo Jima, USS New York, or the USS Fort McHenry, during Amphibious Squadron/ Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration, or PMINT, August 6—13.

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2/7 Marines Execute Evacuation Drills for Large Scale Exercise 2014

Story by Cpl Ricardo Hurtado
Date Posted:08.14.2014 17:09

MOUNTAIN WARFARE TRAINING CENTER, BRIDGEPORT, Calif. – Marines with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, performed a tactical non-combatant personnel evacuation training mission via aircraft as part of Large Scale Exercise 2014 at the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Aug. 13.

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August 11, 2014

US Marines to Modernize Equipment Stored in Norwegian Prepositioning Caves

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Date Posted:08.11.2014 07:56

TRØNDELAG REGION, Norway – U.S. Marines, in coordination with their Norwegian counterparts, are scheduled to conduct a pre-planned Single Ship Movement and offload of military equipment from a Maritime Prepositioning Force ship in the Trøndelag region of Norway mid-August.

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August 10, 2014

More than 100 aircraft, 8 ships ready for Iraq air campaign

Story by Jeff Schogol
Aug. 8, 2014 - 07:11PM

The U.S. has a massive force of ships and aircraft in the Persian Gulf for the air campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq.

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August 7, 2014

22nd MEU Chaplain earns FMF officer pin

Photos by Sgt Alisa Helin
Date Taken:07.30.2014 | Date Posted:08.07.2014 01:50

U.S. Navy 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) chaplain and native of Panama City, Fla., stands at attention while being pinned with his Fleet Marine Force qualification aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). The 22nd MEU is deployed with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. Central Command and the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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August 6, 2014

The past aligned with the future: MARSOC becomes Marine Raiders

By Gunnery Sgt. Josh Higgins | U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command | August 06, 2014

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- During World War II, four Marine Raider battalions and two Raider regiments were formed and saw action in the Pacific Theater between 1942 and 1944. Formed to conduct amphibious raids and guerrilla operations behind enemy lines, the Raider battalions were the United States’ first special operations units.

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July 26, 2014

Bataan group's long stretch at sea symptomatic of smaller amphibious fleet

By Hendrick Simoes | Stars and Stripes
Published: July 26, 2014

MANAMA, Bahrain — The amphibious assault ship USS Bataan returned to open waters Friday after undergoing much-needed maintenance after its near-record 135 days at sea in an area of heightened tension, which put a strain on the amphibious ready group and the ship’s crew.

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CENTCOM commander visits USS Bataan

Photos by Sgt Alisa Helin
Date Taken:07.26.2014 | Date Posted:07.27.2014 14:03

U.S. Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander, U.S. Central Command, visited on board the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). The 22nd MEU is deployed with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. Central Command and the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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July 25, 2014

Combined Arms Breaching Training during Platinum Lion 14-1

Photos by LCpl Samantha Barajas
Date Taken:07.23.2014 | Date Posted:07.25.2014 02:1

Marines and soldiers from the United States, Azerbaijan and the United Kingdom, along with our Azerbaijani interpreters, complete combined arms breaching training in Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, July 23, 2014.

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July 24, 2014

3/2 Marines are first in more than a decade to receive best rifle squad honors

Story by LCpl Kirstin Merrimarahajara
Date Posted:07.24.2014 08:52

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marines and sailors from 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division were presented winners’ badges in front of the commanding general’s building July 18, 2014, for their performance in a rifle squad competition.

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Marines carry out raid exercise in Natural Bridge

Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014 9:07 pm
By Amy Friedenberger The Roanoke Times

NATURAL BRIDGE -- The sound of an approaching aircraft sent screaming men and women dashing from their housing quarters out into the dark.

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July 23, 2014

8 awarded Purple Heart for action in Afghanistan

By Matthew Adkins - [email protected]
Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 12:10 PM.

Eight military service members from the 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment received Purple Heart medals Wednesday at Camp Lejeune for their actions during their recent deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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July 13, 2014

1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, supply Marines account for $117 million worth of gear

Story by Sgt. Frances Johnson | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 07.13.2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Tracking equipment required to sustain missions for an infantry battalion in a combat zone may seem like it would be the work for an entire battalion itself. For 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, the supply shop consists of only five Marines.

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July 10, 2014

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 deploys to Western Pacific

BY STAFF REPORTS
July 10, 2014

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 departed Beaufort Wednesday, headed for a deployment in the Western Pacific.

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July 7, 2014

Marines, sailors partner with task force in Gabon

Story by 1LT James Stenger
Date Posted:07.07.2014 15:07

NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Italy - Marines and sailors from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14 completed a partnership exercise in Gabon, June 28.

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June 29, 2014

Swim call aboard the USS Bataan in the Mediterranean Sea

Posted 4:18 PM, June 29, 2014, By Matt KniGht, Updated at 04:23PM, June 29, 2014

Swim call is only a short walk away when you serve on an amphibious assault ship. Check out the sailors and marines onboard the USS Bataan enjoying some time in the water.

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Marine's journey ends with ultimate sacrifice

Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2014 9:56 am

By TOM SILEO The Unknown Soldiers

On April 4, U.S. Marine Cpl. Brandon Garabrant updated his Facebook page as the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion left North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune for Afghanistan.

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June 27, 2014

BLT 1/6 rappels, fast ropes at sea

Photos by LCpl Caleb McDonald
Date Taken:06.23.2014 | Date Posted:06.27.2014 08:05

A U.S. Marine with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepares to rappel out of a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during a fast rope and rappel training exercise aboard the USS Bataan (LHD 5), at sea, June 23, 2014. Elements of the 22nd MEU, embarked aboard Bataan, are operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to augment U.S. Crisis Response forces in the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Caleb McDonald/Released)

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No landing gear at sea? No problem for this Marine pilot

BY DAN LAMOTHE June 27 at 1:27 PM

Say you’re a pilot for a minute. You’re in the middle of a deployment, and flying AV-8B Harrier jump jets over water when something scary happens: Your front landing gear refuses to work.

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Stafford County residents welcome home fallen Marine

Posted: Jun 27, 2014 6:40 AM CST Updated: Jun 27, 2014 7:07 PM CST
By Tom Fitzgerald, FOX 5 Reporter

STAFFORD, Va. -

It was a solemn welcome home ceremony for a local Marine killed in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. David Stewart was one of three Marines killed last week. His body arrived home to Stafford County in a patriotic motorcade Friday afternoon.

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June 26, 2014

CARAT 2014

Photos by LCpl Austin Schlosser
Date Taken:06.26.2014 | Date Posted:07.01.2014 11:08

U.S. Marines assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment watch demonstrations during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines 2014. In its 20th year, CARAT is a bilateral exercise series between the United States and the armed forces of nine partner nations in South and Southeast Asia. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Austin Schlosser/Released)

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June 24, 2014

Iowa Marine dies in attack in Afghanistan

William Petroski, [email protected] 8:45 a.m. CDT June 24, 2014

An Ottumwa native known as a hard worker who was always kind to his classmates was one of three Marines killed in a Taliban attack as the United States draws down its military forces in Afghanistan.

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June 14, 2014

Bravo Company keeps Bastion, Leatherneck secure

Story by Cpl. Michael Dye | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 06.14.2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Marines and sailors with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, are tasked with the mission of protecting the Camps Bastion and Leatherneck. To achieve this crucial mission, the unit conducted a security patrol near the base, in Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 3, 2014.

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June 12, 2014

Urban operations put combat engineers to the test

By Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | June 12, 2014

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC -- Incoming rounds popped and whizzed past the heads of Marines, spiking their adrenaline as they darted through streets and around buildings.

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June 11, 2014

MARSOC Marine to receive Navy Cross

By MARSOC Public Affairs
Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 16:31 PM.

Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan W. Gifford, with 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, will be posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic actions while deployed to Afghanistan in 2012.

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June 8, 2014

US completes large-scale Middle East exercise, even with amphibious forces stretched

By Hendrick Simoes
Published: June 8, 2014

AQABA, Jordan — Although officials insisted the annual multinational Eager Lion exercise that ended here Sunday was unrelated to sectarian violence across Jordan’s borders, regional tensions nonetheless affected the course of the two-week exercise.

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US Navy rescues 282 people in Mediterranean Sea

By Hendrick Simoes
Published: June 8, 2014

The amphibious assault ship USS Bataan rescued 282 people in the Mediterranean Sea on Friday and transferred them to Malta’s military the next day, Navy officials said. Five of those rescued had to be medically evacuated.

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June 7, 2014

Family adopts Marine dog that was with their son when he was killed

By Tony Perry
Los Angeles Times
Published: June 7, 2014

CAMP PENDLETON - In a brief but poignant ceremony Saturday, a bomb-sniffing dog was declared retired and officially adopted by the family of his Marine handler who was killed in Afghanistan.

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June 6, 2014

US, Jordanian forces demonstrate combat power at Eager Lion

By Hendrick Simoes
Published: June 6, 2014

JEBEL PETRA, Jordan — Moments after fighter aircraft pummeled the exercise area with bombs, U.S. Marine and Jordanian armored vehicles advanced into it while low-flying AH1-F Cobra attack helicopters zoomed past them to provide cover. Each action was precise, taking place on cue.

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June 2, 2014

VMGR-252 aerial refuels HMX-1 during trans-Atlantic flight

By Cpl. S.T. Stewart | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | June 02, 2014

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. -- Three KC-130J Super Hercules from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 left Cherry Point May 27 for a week-long deployment in support of Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 as the helicopter squadron completed its first trans-Atlantic flight in the squadron’s MV-22B Ospreys.

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May 28, 2014

Marines of 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines take control of the fight in southern Helmand province

Story by Cpl. Michael Dye | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 05.28.2014

PATROL BASE BOLDAK, Afghanistan – Marines and sailors with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, completed the turnover with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, and took control over Patrol Base Boldak and its area of operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 20, 2014.

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U.S. citizens urged to leave Libya; Bataan moves into Mediterranean

By Lolita C. Baldor
May. 28, 2014 - 12:07PM

WASHINGTON — The State Department recommended Tuesday that Americans leave Libya immediately and warned U.S. citizens against any travel to the North African country.

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Marine to get Medal of Honor for blocking grenade; has Gainesville connections

By The Associated Press
Posted: Wednesday, May 28th 2014 at 7:30pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cpl. Kyle Carpenter remembers lying on his back on a rooftop in Marjah, Afghanistan, crammed up against sandbags alongside his friend and fellow Marine, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio.

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May 24, 2014

2nd LAR Marines, sailors remember fallen comrades

By Lance Cpl Krista James | 2nd Marine Division | May 22, 2014

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. --
Marines, sailors and distinguished guests with 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, gathered together at the battalion headquarters aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, for a memorial service, May 21, 2014.

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James Capodanno, who kept alive memory of his brother, Father Vincent Capodanno, dies at 94

By Tom Wrobleski
May 23, 2014 at 4:00 PM, updated May 24, 2014 at 2:18 PM

ELTINGVILLE – James Capodanno, a World War II Marine Corps veteran who kept alive the memory of his hero brother, the Rev. Vincent R. Capodanno, has died at the age of 94, his family said.

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May 19, 2014

It's official: Medal of Honor for Marine Kyle Carpenter

By James K. Sanborn | Staff writer
May. 19, 2014 - 05:24PM

Retired Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, 24, will receive the Medal of Honor for heroism in Afghanistan in 2010, the White House announced today. He will become only the second living Marine to receive the award for actions during the Global War on Terrorism.

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May 15, 2014

MWSS-271 hones communication abilities

Story by Cpl Unique B. Roberts
Date Posted:05.15.2014 12:34

BOGUE, N.C. - Members of Marine Wing Support Squadron 271 conducted their annual Communication Exercise, May 5 – 9 at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, N.C.

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May 12, 2014

Marines stretch sea legs as Afghanistan winds down

By Hendrick Simoes
Stars and Stripes
Published: May 12, 2014

As the U.S. military concludes its mission in Afghanistan and the Marine Corps is in the midst of reducing its current active-duty strength, many Marines are wondering what their postwar role will be.

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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

VMA-223 Marines return from supporting 31st MEU

Story by LCpl Unique Roberts
Date Posted:05.08.2014 16:53

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Approximately 30 Marines with Marine Attack Squadron 223 returned to Cherry Point from Okinawa, Japan, and Korea after supporting the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, during a Unit Deployment Program April 30.

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MALS-14 Marine crowned Ordnance Marine of the Year

Story by LCpl Andrea Cleopatra
Date Posted:05.08.2014 09:16

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - It is initiative that proved vital in the success of Sgt. Jason Connolly, an aviation ordnance systems technician with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14. He recently earned the Marine Corps Aviation Association’s Ordnance Marine of the Year Award.

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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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May 3, 2014

America’s Battalion takes Texas: Destroy the enemy from the air

Story by Cpl Austin Long
Date Posted:05.03.2014 22:11

FORT BLISS, Texas - When troops are in a grueling firefight while on patrol, the sound of an approaching attack helicopter can give hope for the Marines and sailors engaging the enemy. Attack helicopters provide troops with an advantage over ground forces when trying to accomplish a mission. It provides them with a better view point of the battlefield and superior fire power unmatched by enemy ground forces.

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New automatic weapon being fielded at 2nd LAR

Posted: Thursday, May 3, 2012 12:00 am
Lance Cpl. James Frazer 2nd Marine Division

The Marine Corps got its first chance, in December 2010, to test the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle developed by the Heckler & Koch firearm company. Marines with the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, recently got their first chance to try out the newest weapon chosen to join the arsenal of the Marine infantry units.

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April 29, 2014

Combat engineer Marines conduct Transfer of Authority Ceremony in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl Cody Haas
Date Posted:04.29.2014 08:26

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan –Marines and sailors with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion relieved 1st CEB during a transfer of authority ceremony aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, April 20.

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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 13, 2014

USS Bataan activity

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mark Hays
Date Taken:04.12.2014 | Date Posted:04.13.2014 11:53

Sailors and Marines from the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) play basketball during a steel beach picnic April 12. Bataan is the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd 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 Mark Hays/Released) www.facebook.com/ussbataan

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April 11, 2014

MK Airbase showcases capabilities during Different School Week

Story by SSG Alexander Burnett
Date Posted:04.11.2014 02:22

MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania - Romanian and U.S. service members and airport employees showcased their occupational specialties and unique service equipment during Different School Week at Mihail Kogalniceanu Airbase April 7-11.

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Maintenance is key to mission success, readiness

Story by LCpl Jorden Wells
Date Posted: 04.11.2013 09:00

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - Without the hard work and diligent attention to detail that mechanics possess, the many missions that are carried out by squadrons such as Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263 would not be possible, said Master Gunnery Sgt. Michael Keatley, VMM-263 maintenance chief.

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Marine shot at Camp Lejeune took bullet for a friend

Therese Apel, The Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger 11:56 a.m. EDT April 11, 2014

Twins Mike and Mark Boterf knew when they decided to go into the Marines together during wartime that they might not come out of it together.

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April 10, 2014

Farmers market coming to Camp Lejeune

By Cpl. Jackeline Perez Rivera | Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune | April 10, 2014

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --

There’s nothing like strolling through a vibrant farmers market. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables overflowing from baskets; the smell of fresh-baked cookies and pies lingering in the air, and the hum of a community coming together – it’s enough to entice anyone.

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April 9, 2014

North Texas Marine killed in Camp Lejeune shooting

Associated Press
Posted on April 9, 2014 at 10:23 PM
Updated yesterday at 10:37 PM

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday that the fatal shooting of a North texas Marine on guard duty by a colleague at a North Carolina base appears to have been an accident.

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April 8, 2014

Marine guard shot to death by colleague at Camp Lejeune

Hope Hodge Seck, Marine Corps Times 10:32 p.m. EDT April 8, 2014

Military officials are investigating a shooting at Camp Lejeune, N.C., on Tuesday, where a Marine gate guard killed a colleague with his service rifle.

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Official: Marine fatally shoots fellow Marine at Camp Lejeune main gate

By WCTI Staff
POSTED: 7:24 PM Apr 08 2014

CAMP LEJEUNE, ONSLOW COUNTY -

[UPDATE: 4/8 10:15 P.M.] The Marine guard shot and killed by another Marine at Camp Lejeune's main gate died from a single gunshot wound, officials said.

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Marines land in Morocco, demonstrate crisis response capability

Story by CPT David David
Date Taken:04.07.2014 | Date Posted:04.08.2014 09:12

MORON AIR BASE, Spain - In today’s security environment, the ability to quickly place military personnel on a location anywhere on the globe is at a premium. In order to stay ready for that task, the U.S. Marines of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force conducted a training mission in Tifnit, Morocco, April 3, 2014.

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April 1, 2014

Exercise African Lion 2014 is underway in Agadir, Morocco

Courtesy story
Date Taken:03.28.2014 | Date Posted:04.01.2014 19:14

AGADIR, Morocco – Royal Moroccan Armed Forces, members of the Federal Republic of Germany Armed Forces, a small representation of NATO personnel and U.S. personnel with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade along with representatives from 13 African and European partner nations began Exercise African Lion, March 26, 2014.

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March 31, 2014

Marines and Sailors receive two tons of mail aboard the Bataan

Story by Sgt Austin Hazard
Date Taken:03.20.2014 | Date Posted:03.31.2014 02:48

GULF OF ADEN - The U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy Sailors of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and USS Bataan (LHD 5) received and sorted more than 5,000 pounds of mail, one of the largest deliveries to date, aboard the Bataan, March 20, 2014.

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March 28, 2014

Marines and Romanians conduct first live-fire exercise of current BSRF iteration

By Lance Cpl. Scott Whiting | Marine Forces Europe and Africa | March 28, 2014

BABADAG TRAINING AREA, Romania --
Marines with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division assigned to Black Sea Rotational Force 14 got their first taste of what BSRF is all about by participating in their first international military exercise aboard Babadag Training Area in Romania March 26, 2014.

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March 18, 2014

Sailors, Marines Baptized in the Jordan River during Port Visit to Israel

Story Number: NNS140318-05 | Release Date: 3/18/2014 8:52:00 AM
By Seaman Phylicia A. Hanson, USS Mesa Verde Public Affairs

HAIFA, Israel (NNS) -- Sailors attached to amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) and Marines assigned to 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) were baptized in the Jordan River while exploring the Holy sites of Israel during a scheduled port visit March 8.

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March 17, 2014

Time-lapse video: The USS Bataan transits the Suez Canal

Posted on: 4:40 pm, March 17, 2014, by Matt Knight

Check out this time-lapse of the USS Bataan traveling through the Suez Canal. The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit are deployed to the Navy’s 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. The Bataan ARG is comprised of the USS Bataan, USS Mesa Verde, and the USS Gunston Hall.

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March 14, 2014

Marines help in an unusual camel rescue in Afghanistan

By ERIKA I. RITCHIE / STAFF WRITER
Published: March 14, 2014 Updated: March 15, 2014 10:30 a.m.

As the military wind-down continues in Afghanistan, some troops are applying the Marine Oohrah in gentler ways.

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24th MEU Marines recognize the Sgt. Maj. Gallegos legacy

Story by 1LT Joshua Larson
Date Posted:03.14.2014 15:59

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit has a long and illustrious history dating back to the early 1980s, but few would argue that the unit’s 18th sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Octaviano Gallegos Jr., hasn’t made an impact on that unit’s history. The Marines say the Gallegos legacy is simple—a “Marine’s Marine” with selfless devotion and a straightforward, never-give-up, “no-BS” attitude.

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24th Marine Expeditionary Unit welcomes the Marine Corps’ first female MEU sergeant major

Story by Cpl. Joshua W. Grant
Date Posted:03.14.2014 17:18

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Sgt. Maj. Octaviano Gallegos, Jr. relinquished the duties of sergeant major of 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit to Sgt. Maj. Lanette Wright aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, March 14.

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March 13, 2014

Bataan Amphibious Ready Group Enters US 5th Fleet

Story Number: NNS140313-17Release Date: 3/13/2014 2:47:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) John J. Belanger, USS Bataan Public Affairs

USS BATAAN, At Sea (NNS) -- The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (BATARG) with embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) transited the Suez Canal March 13, entering U.S. 5th Fleet's area of operations.

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March 11, 2014

Corps names first woman to serve as MEU sergeant major

Mar. 11, 2014 - 11:31AM
Staff report | Sgt. Rachael Moore/Marine Corps

Sgt. Maj. Lanette Wright will make history this week when she is named the Corps’ first female sergeant major of a Marine expeditionary unit.

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March 9, 2014

Marines and Norwegians firing mounted .50 cal machine guns from BVs

Photo by MSgt Chad McMeen
Date Posted:03.06.2014 10:15

The Warlords of 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division fire .50 caliber machine guns on a range in Norway from mounted BV positions. This live-fire range is part of the integration training prior to the March 10th start of Exercise Cold Response 2014 which is a Norwegian-led multinational exercise above the Arctic Circle designed prepare for crisis response operations. During the exercise forces from 17 countries will unify to strengthen the strong military bond between participating nations.

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March 8, 2014

Deployed Marines gather to remember fallen brother

Story by Cpl. Joshua Young | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 03.08.2014

Marines and sailors with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, gathered to remember a fallen brother aboard Camp Leatherneck, March 7.

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22nd MEU passes through Strait of Messina

by Sgt Austin Hazard
Date Taken:03.06.2014 | Date Posted:03.08.2014 15:40

The USS Bataan (LHD 5) passes through the Strait of Messina March 6, 2014. The MEU is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard/Released)

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March 7, 2014

SMAW Weapons Drills

by Cpl Joshua Rudy
Date Taken:03.5.2014Date | Posted:03.7.2014 5:56PM

U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conduct weapons drills with the Shoulder-launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon aboard the USS Bataan (LHD 5), at sea, March 5, 2014. The MEU is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Joshua M. Rudy/Released)

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March 5, 2014

22nd MEU, USS Bataan Volunteer While at Port

by Sgt Alisa Helin
Date Taken:02.28.2014 | Date Posted:03.5.2014 1:02PM

U.S. Marines with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and U.S. Navy Sailors with the USS Bataan (LHD 5) participate in a community relations event in Lisbon, Portugual, Feb. 28, 2014. The Marines and Sailors picked oranges for a local food bank and volunteered at a local convent. The MEU is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious mission across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Sgt. Alisa J. Helin and U.S. Navy video by MC3 Chase Hawley/Released)

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March 4, 2014

Corpsman with 9th Marine Regiment recognized for actions in Helmand province

Story by Cpl. Cody Haas | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 03.04.2014

PATROL BASE BOLDAK, Afghanistan – If a Marine is seriously injured during a patrol, having a skilled Navy corpsman on the scene can mean the difference between life and death.

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22nd MEU Spanish PHIBLEX Offload

This work, 22nd MEU Spanish PHIBLEX Offload, by Sgt Alisa Helin
Date Taken:02.19.2014Date | Posted:03.4.2014 1:39PM

U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy sailors with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) off-load from the USS Bataan (LHD 5) to begin Spanish Amphibious Bilateral Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2014 at Sierra del Retin, Spain, Feb. 19. Spanish PHIBLEX is an annual exercise designed to improve interoperability, increase readiness and develop professional and personal relationships between U.S. forces and participating nations. The MEU is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious mission across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Sgt. Alisa J. Helin/Released)

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March 1, 2014

1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment Marines patrol Helmand province

Story by Cpl. Cody Haas | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 03.01.2014

PATROL BASE BOLDAK, Afghanistan –Early each morning aboard Patrol Base Boldak, a team of infantry Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, dons their gear and prepares to leave for a daily patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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February 24, 2014

Marines to train with equipment stored underground in Arctic

Cold Response 2014 brings troops from 16 countries to Norway

By Gina Harkins
Staff write
Feb. 24, 2014 - 06:00AM

About 440 North Carolina-based Marines will move prepositioned gear out of caves in Norway for the first time in decades during a multinational exercise aimed at cold weather military training.

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February 21, 2014

22nd MEU to participate in exercise with Portuguese, Spanish forces

02.21.2014 | USEUCOM, AT SEA
Story by Capt. Stewart Coles

ROTA, Spain – U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy Sailors with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) will be working together with Portuguese Marines and Spanish Marines for Spanish Amphibious Bilateral Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2014.

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February 19, 2014

2/6 returns from seven month Japan deployment

By THOMAS BRENNAN Daily News Staff
Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 13:25 PM.

One little princess finally got to bring her king back to his castle.

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February 17, 2014

Lejeune Marine killed in Afghanistan

By Mike Voorheis - StarNews of Wilmington
Published: Monday, February 17, 2014 at 11:34 AM.

Master Sgt. Aaron Torian was remembered Sunday as a dedicated Marine, family man and superior physical specimen by several communities who grew to respect him. Torian died Saturday while deployed in Afghanistan.

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February 13, 2014

Ragnarok Co completes winter training

Posted in The Globe Thursday, February 13, 2014 12:00 am
by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie 2nd Marine Logistics Group

Blinding snow during the day, bitter cold at night and the threat of attack at any moment added to the stress Ragnarok Company faced each day it spent in the mountains.

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February 8, 2014

VMGR-252 returns from Afghanistan

Story by LCpl Victor Arriaga
Date Posted:02.08.2014 14:17

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - More than 80 Marines and Sailors with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point returned from a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan Feb. 2 and 5.

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Warlords ‘fight’ in winter environment

By Staff Sgt. Steve Cushman | 2nd Marine Regiment | February 08, 2014

Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif. – -- A quiet winter morning in a mountain field, the natural silence is shattered by a landing helicopter. Marines quickly exit the helicopter into knee deep snow, and drag their 90-pound packs through the snow to set up security, then rapidly trudge through the snow to the nearby tree line.

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Bataan Amphibious Ready Group Deploys

Story Number: NNS140208-07Release Date: 2/8/2014 5:26:00 PM
By Lieutenant Patricia Kreuzberger, USS Bataan (LHD 5) Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- More than 4,000 Sailors and Marines from the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (BAT ARG) and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed from Naval Station Norfolk for an eight-month deployment, Feb. 8.

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February 5, 2014

Marines, sailors to conduct training in Senegal

Published JDN news: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 09:46 AM

NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Italy - Marines and sailors from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14 recently arrived in Senegal to conduct a theater security cooperation engagement.

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Groups rally to plan dinner for wounded Marine

By Andy Fillmore
Correspondent
Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:19 p.m.

Lance Cpl. David Garrett Burgess, wounded in December while serving with the U. S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan, will be honored Saturday with an official “welcome home” fundraising dinner to benefit him and his wife Emily, and their son Joseph.

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February 4, 2014

22nd MEU Marines, sailors depart for deployment

By USMC
Published: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 13:39 PM.

U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy sailors with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are slated to depart North Carolina and begin their scheduled eight-month deployment with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).

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January 14, 2014

Marine receives award for rescuing young girl

By Cpl. Devin Nichols | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | January 14, 2014

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- With the arrival of the weekend, Marines and their friends gathered together to head to North Topsail Beach, N.C.

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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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Marines train to fight in the cold in Finland

By Gina Harkins
Staff Writer
Jan. 11, 2014 - 06:00AM

Marines with the Black Sea Rotational Force are training with Finnish soldiers for the first time, swapping skills on arctic and urban warfare in areas that average single-digit temperatures in January.

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January 8, 2014

Troopers identify Camp Lejeune Marines found dead in submerged vehicle

Posted: Jan 08, 2014 9:44 AM CST Updated: Jan 08, 2014 1:48 PM CST
By: WECT Staff

CAMPE LEJEUNE, NC (WECT) - The Highway Patrol has identified the two Camp Lejeune Marines who were found dead inside a submerged vehicle, according to WITN.

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Family members identify Lejeune Marines killed on Catfish Lake Road

Mom of victim: Road "is nothing but a death hole"

By Justine Borst, Producer
POSTED: 4:58 AM Jan 08 2014

CRAVEN COUNTY -
Two missing Camp Lejeune Marines were found dead in an overturned car late Tuesday night.

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January 6, 2014

Lake Placid native receives Bronze Star

Story by Cpl Mel Johnson
Date Posted:01.06.2014 18:15

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Corporal Joshua M. McKee, a rifleman with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, received the Bronze Star medal with combat distinguishing device during an award ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 27.

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December 25, 2013

Wounded Marine Behind Viral Email Gets New Helmet Hand-Delivered To Afghanistan By Corps' Top General

Paul Szoldra
December 25, 2013

The Marine behind an email that went viral on military networks was surprised by the Corps’ top general and senior enlisted leader Monday, when they both showed up in Afghanistan to present him with a brand new helmet.

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Abington Marine dies in Afghanistan

Town’s first combat loss since Vietnam

Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Erin Smith

The Abington community was left mourning the loss yesterday of a young U.S. Marine — the town’s first serviceman to die in combat since the Vietnam War.

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December 19, 2013

22nd MEU completes final major pre-deployment exercise

By Sgt. Austin Hazard | 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit | December 19, 2013

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. --

The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed its Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the U.S. Navy Sailors and ships of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 6 off the East Coast, at sea, Dec. 15, 2013.

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December 16, 2013

Field exercise prepares Marines, sailors for overseas service

Story by LCpl Sullivan Laramie
Date Posted:12.16.2013 12:36

Approximately 200 Marines and sailors with Ragnarok Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group participated in a field exercise here Dec. 9 to 12.

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December 15, 2013

In The Heat of Battle: Marines Engage in Hourslong Firefight

By CPL. PAUL PETERSON
SPECIAL TO THE LEDGER
Published: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 11:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 11:47 p.m.

NAD ALI DISTRICT, Afghanistan | A threatening calm settled around 2nd Platoon as the whir of helicopter blades faded into the night. It was 5:15 a.m. with dawn nearing fast

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December 6, 2013

Breaking down the MEU: reinforcements return to parent commands

Story by LCpl Joshua Brown
Date Posted:12.06.2013 14:20

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will decomposite after an eight-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleets areas of responsibility Dec. 6, 2013.

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December 1, 2013

One year later, remembering a fallen Marine

Posted at: 12/01/2013 2:16 AM | Updated at: 12/01/2013 3:59 PM
By: Steve Flamisch

MECHANICVILLE – U.S. Marine Lance Corporals Anthony Denier and Erik Jacobsen were "six feet away" from one another when an enemy combatant opened fire in Afghanistan on Dec. 2, 2012.

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November 25, 2013

3rd Battalion, 8th Marines conducts battalion field exercise

Story by Sgt Ed Galo
Date Posted:11.25.2013 10:21

FORT PICKETT, Va. – In preparation for an upcoming deployment to locations throughout Europe and Africa, Marines and sailors with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment conducted a week long field training exercise aboard Fort Pickett, Va., from Nov. 12-17.

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November 12, 2013

Sailors train with new mobile life support system

Story by LCpl Sullivan Laramie
Date Posted:11.12.2013 09:19

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Sailors with Medical Logistics Company, 4th Medical Battalion, and 2nd Medical Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marines Logistics group trained with a new device for the Portable Patient Transport Life Support System program here Nov. 5 to 7. The training was coordinated by the Combat Support Systems (CSS) program management office of Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC).

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November 11, 2013

Combat Logistics Battalion 8 cases its colors

By THOMAS BRENNAN Daily News Staff
Published: Friday, November 8, 2013 at 07:30 AM.

Combat Logistics Battalion 8 cased its colors for good this week as the Marine Corps continues toward a drawdown.

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November 7, 2013

Corpsman carries on ‘family tradition’

Story by LCpl Jose Mendez Jr.
Date Posted:11.07.2013 14:13

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Family traditions and heritage are like blood – passed down from one generation to the next.

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November 6, 2013

News: 26th MEU returns home with its head held high

Story by Cpl Michael Lockett
Date Taken:11.03.2013 | Date Posted:11.06.2013 11:25

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – The Marines and sailors of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit returned to North Carolina Nov. 1-5, 2013, marking the end to a successful eight month deployment. The Marines and sailors deployed aboard the ships of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, sailing around the world as the Nation’s crisis response force, and participating in training and theater security cooperation exercises with friendly and allied nations across oceans, continents, and hemispheres.

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October 29, 2013

9 Marines, 1 sailor awarded Purple Heart medals

Story by LCpl Michael Dye
Date Taken:10.24.2013 | Date Posted:10.29.2013 08:50

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE – Nine Marines and one sailor with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, received the Purple Heart medal and one Marine received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for their actions in their support of Operation Enduring Freedom, October 24, 2013

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October 26, 2013

22nd MEU continues pre-deployment training with ARG/MEU Ex

By 22nd MEU Public Affairs | 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit | October 26, 2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy Sailors with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) are set to conduct the ARG/MEU Exercise (ARG/MEU Ex) in preparation for their upcoming deployment.

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October 25, 2013

1st MLG commanding general awards Purple Heart to son

Story by Cpl Timothy Childers
Date Posted:10.25.2013 17:49

SCHWENKSVILLE, Pa. – Standing on the porch were two Marines. On the right was an older Marine wearing a service uniform with a stack of ribbons below his left shoulder. To his left was a much younger Marine; a veteran standing at attention as the senior Marine pinned a Purple Heart to his chest. The senior Marine was his father.

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Service Milestones: Combat engineer becomes first female “Gunny”

by Cpl Paul Peterson
Date Posted:10.25.2013 01:00

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Raised rough and tumble in the modest midwestern city of Mineral Point, Wis., Gunnery Sgt. Robin Baker came from an extended family dominated by males.

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October 24, 2013

Images: 26th MEU’s wash down aboard Naval Station Rota

Photos by Cpl Kyle N. Runnels
Date Taken:10.20.2013-10.20.2013 | Date Posted:10.24.2013 04:25

U.S. Marines and Sailors assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) perform duties during the 26th MEU's wash down aboard Naval Station Rota, Spain, Oct. 20, 2013.

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October 21, 2013

Images: 2/2 Fox Co. Returns Home

Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Michael C. Dye
Date Taken:10.18.2013 | Date Posted:10.21.2013 14:26

Marines and sailors with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, return home after about a 8 month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Oct. 18, 2013.

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America’s Battalion returns home

By THOMAS BRENNAN Daily News Staff
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013 at 20:28 PM.

Hundreds of Marines from America’s Battalion returned Monday night under escort of the Patriot Guard.

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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 12, 2013

Marine Corps' supreme fitness center opens at Camp Lejeune

By Thomas Brennan
The Daily News, Jacksonville, N.C.
Published: October 12, 2013

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — The Marine Corps’ largest fitness center opened this week.

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September 30, 2013

Corporal becomes first female Marine assault climber

By Gina Harkins
Sep. 30, 2013 - 06:00AM

A North Carolina-based Marine became the first woman to complete the demanding three-week Assault Climbers Course,which culminates with a near-vertical, 200-foot climb in California’s Sierra Nevada.

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September 16, 2013

Iowa Marine receives Silver Star

Ryan Steinkamp is lauded for leadership in Afghan combat

Written by
William Petroski
Sep. 16, 2013

Hurling hand grenades and with his weapon blazing, Sgt. Ryan Steinkamp led a squad of about a dozen Marines last year on a death-defying mission against Taliban fighters in Afghanistan’s treacherous Helmand province.

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Marines Complete Urban Training in Central Va.

Sept. 16, 2013

The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) has completed its training in Central Virginia.

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September 7, 2013

Through their eyes: Armored vehicle driver in Afghanistan

By Cpl. Paul Peterson | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | September 07, 2013

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- Like many areas of Afghanistan, the shifting desert surrounding the town of Now Zad in northern Helmand province is deceptive. The parched surroundings stand in stark contrast to the village’s tree-lined streets and the emergent green of nearby fields.

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September 6, 2013

Brothers in arms: honoring the past

By Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels | September 06, 2013

USS KEARSARGE, At Sea --
U.S. and French Marines alike are built around their customs, traditions and deep history composed of honor and selfless sacrifice. Quinton Ennius, a poet often considered the father of Roman poetry said, “Let no one weep for me, or celebrate my funeral with mourning; for I still live, as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men.”

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MACS-2 Marines return from operations in Spain

By Pfc. Victor A. Arriaga | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | September 06, 2013

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT,N.C. -- Eight Marines with Marine Air Control Squadron 2 returned to Cherry Point Friday after a five-month deployment to Spain.

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September 5, 2013

Marine extremely humbled to receive Silver Star

September 5, 2013 12:00 am
Lance Cpl. Scott Whiting 2nd Marine Division

Earning a Silver Star is one of the most prestigious achievements for someone in the military, and service members have to distinguish themselves with gallantry in action to be awarded the military’s third-highest honor.

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Last U.S. Marine tank unit heading home from Afghanistan

September 5th, 2013 | Afghanistan Infantry Kajaki Musa Qala Sangin | Posted by Dan Lamothe

The Marine Corps made national headlines in fall 2010 when it sent tanks to northern Helmand province to bolster firepower there. It was a first for the U.S. in the war, which was nine years old at the time.

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September 4, 2013

USS San Antonio arrives in Haifa, Israel

Stars and Stripes
Published: September 4, 2013

NAPLES, Italy — The USS San Antonio, an amphibious ship carrying hundreds of Marines, arrived Wednesday in Haifa, Israel, amid regional tensions over possible U.S. military strikes against Syria.

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R4OG deploy as Corps’ unsung heroes

Story by Cpl Charles Clark
Date Posted:09.04.2013 15:06

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marines and sailors with the Retrograde and Redeployment in support of Reset and Reconstitution Operations Group, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, boarded buses as an advance party deploying to Afghanistan at the Maintenance Battalion’s maintenance bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Aug. 29.

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August 30, 2013

Afghan streets: NYPD officer serves in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Paul Peterson | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 08.30.2013

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Before the War on Terror, the toppling of the oppressive Taliban regime in Afghanistan, or the attacks of Sept. 11, a young boy from the Bronx knew one thing: he wanted to help.

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August 29, 2013

22nd MEU Marines complete non-lethal weapons course

By Sgt. Alisa J. Helin | 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit | August 29, 2013

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. --
Marines with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) participated in a non-lethal weapons course at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 5-16, 2013.

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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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August 25, 2013

BLT 1/6 Marines complete tactical site exploitation training

Story by Sgt Alisa Helin
08.25.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marines with Alpha Co., Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), completed tactical site exploitation training at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 19-21, 2013.

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August 24, 2013

Newest Marine unit trains with Spanish soldiers

Story by 1LT Joshua Larson
08.22.2013

PRINCIPE TRAINING CAMP, Spain – Marines and sailors with the Marine Corps’ newest unit, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response, joined forces with the Spanish army for bilateral live-fire training at the Principe Training Camp in Spain, July 29 through Aug. 1, 2013.

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August 23, 2013

Lightning strikes twice in Beaufort

Story by Sgt Marcy Sanchez
08.23.2013

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C. - Distinguished guests and media witnessed a first in Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort history when the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter debuted to the Beaufort, S.C. community during a showcase of the aircraft aboard MCAS Beaufort, Aug. 20.

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August 20, 2013

HMLA-269 transitions to UH-1Y

By Lance Cpl. Ryan Joyner | Marine Corps Air Station New River | August 20, 2012

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. --
Marines from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269 gained proficiency in the new UH-1Y “Venom” Hueys by practicing flying and landing in confined areas aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Aug. 9.

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August 16, 2013

Combat Logistics Battalion 26 trains in non-combatant evacuation operations

Story by 1LT Gerard Farao
08.16.2013

USS SAN ANTONIO, At Sea – U.S. Marines assigned Combat Logistics Battalion 26, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted training in non-combatant evacuation operations (NEO) aboard the USS San Antonio (LPD 17), at sea, August 16, 2013.

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MWSS-272 conducts MOC during ITX

By Pfc. Andy Orozco | Marine Corps Air Station New River | August 16, 2013

Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. --
Marine Wing Support Squadron 272 Motor Transport Company Marines conducted a motorized operations course aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Aug. 1, as part of the squadron’s Integrated Training Exercise.

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Families, friends welcome VMM-264 home

By Lance Cpl. Jorden M. Wells | Marine Corps Air Station New River | August 16, 2013

Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C. --
After more than seven months in the arid desert of Afghanistan, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 made their triumphant return to their awaiting families in the early morning hours of Aug. 10, inside their hanger aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River

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August 13, 2013

3/9 cases its colors

By By THOMAS BRENNAN - Daily News Staff
Published: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 18:14 PM.

Tuesday marked the fifth time in its history that a specific Camp Lejeune unit has been disbanded.

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August 9, 2013

Marine, Army convoy brings ‘Home’ to Helmand

By Cpl. Paul Peterson | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | August 09, 2013

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- There’s a small, ramshackle hut just beyond the entrance to Forward Operating Base Kajaki, which overlooks an elbow in the Helmand River in southern Afghanistan.

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August 2, 2013

Marines attack Range 401

By Lance Cpl. Alejandro Bedoya | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center | August 02, 2013

Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif. --
Marines and sailors with Company B, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 8th Marine Regiment, participated in a company-sized attack at the Combat Center’s Range 401, July 26.

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July 29, 2013

Area Marine honored for valor

Cpl. Ryan T. McSweeney is a native of Middletown.

By Hannah Poturalski
Staff Writer
Posted: 3:41 p.m. Monday, July 29, 2013

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan —

A Middletown native and U.S. Marine was recently honored for bravery during combat in Afghanistan.

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July 24, 2013

Marine Urges Others to ‘Pay It Forward’

By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Krista James
2nd Marine Division

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., July 24, 2013 – It all started with a note and a piece of candy taped to a barracks room door. The note read, “Pay it forward,” and told the reader to contact the person who put it there if they ever needed anything. It was a small token of kindness with a huge meaning behind it: to do things for other people.

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July 23, 2013

Texas Marine recognized for valor in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Paul Peterson | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 07.23.2013

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Lance Cpl. Joel T. Murray, an engineer heavy equipment operator with Combat Logistics Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, Regional Command (Southwest), received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with “V” device in recognition of his “heroic achievement” during the defense of Forward Operating Base Shir Ghazi in the Helmand province.

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July 20, 2013

3rd Battalion 9th Marines set to deactivate

By Daily News Staff
Published: Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 18:04 PM.

Camp Lejeune will host a deactivation ceremony on Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. for 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines at WPT Field aboard the base.

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July 16, 2013

Gentry Community Mourns Loss Of Marine

Posted on: 2:58 pm, July 16, 2013, by Alicia Agent and Aubry Killion, updated on: 11:19pm, July 16, 2013

The U.S. Department of Defense is investigating the death in Germany over the weekend of a Marine from Gentry.

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July 13, 2013

Warlords protect Bastion, Leatherneck, Shorabak

Story by Cpl. Lia Adkins
07.13.2013

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - With fighting season well underway and in preparation for Ramadan, the Warlords of Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, were in a high operations tempo to counter a possible increase in insurgent activity.

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July 10, 2013

2nd Marine Aircraft Wing & Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Pointt

Story by Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki
07.10.2013

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366 is scheduled to deploy to Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., to support Integrated Training Exercise 5-13, from mid-July to mid-August.

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July 7, 2013

Halfway to home

By Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels | July 07, 2013

USS KEARSARGE, At sea --
Sailing through the Fifth and Sixth Fleet areas of responsibility on three Navy vessels assigned to the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, Marines and sailors with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit have made it to the halfway mark of returning home to their friends and family during their 2013 deployment.

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July 3, 2013

MALS-40 heads to Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing & Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | Date: 07.03.2013

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - More than 50 Marines from Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14 left Cherry Point for Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, June 28.

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2nd MarDiv Band lights up stage for July 4th

Story by Pfc. Jose Mendez Jr. | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 07.03.2013

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - In celebration of July 4th the 2nd Marine Division Band held a concert at the Base Theatre aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, July 2.

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June 29, 2013

Ready to Roll: Marine mechanics keep vehicles moving

Story by Lance Cpl. Mel Johnson | Regimental Combat Team-7, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 06.29.2013

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan—Shrill screams of trucks backing up, sounds of clanging wrenches tightening loose screws and music resonate throughout the mechanic shop. Sand-coated grease stains cover the faces of Marines working beneath trucks and repairing damaged vehicles.

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June 24, 2013

Charlottesville Marine awarded Bronze Star for service in Afghanistan

Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 9:05 pm | Updated: 11:22 am, Tue Jun 25, 2013.
BY LIANA BAYNE

Capt. Daniel O’Brien and his wife, Morgan O’Brien, received a welcome to Charlottesville on Monday that was a little bigger than a backyard barbecue.

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June 19, 2013

VMAQT-1 stands up, assumes responsibility for Prowler training

By Lance Cpl. Andrea Cleopatra Dickerson | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | June 19, 2013

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

Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 1 became Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Training Squadron 1 during a redesignation ceremony aboard Cherry Point Friday.

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June 18, 2013

Jordanian-led exercise poses unique challenges to US Marines

By Hendrick Simoes
Stars and Stripes
Published: June 18, 2013

AL QUWEIRA, Jordan — It’s hot, barren and isolated, and the living conditions for the 2,400 Marines here assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, are spartan.

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June 14, 2013

Intel Marines complete interoperability exercise for 22nd MEU deployment

Story by Sgt. Austin Hazard | 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 06.14.2013

MARINE CORPS AIR BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit’s intelligence section will complete integration training with intelligence Marines from its future support elements at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 15, 2013, in preparation for their deployment early next year.

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June 13, 2013

A walk on the dry side: Navy junior officers go ashore with Marines

A walk on the dry side: Navy junior officers go ashore with Marines
By Cpl. Michael S. Lockett
June 13, 2013

The very nature of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, embarking thousands of Marines on Navy amphibious assault ships, means that Marines are, by rote, exposed to the Navy way of life; to watches, to flight quarters, to a life of passageways, ladder wells, decks, and hatches. Occasionally, though, it goes in reverse.

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June 12, 2013

US participating in international Eager Lion exercise in Jordan

By Hendrick Simoes
Stars and Stripes
Published: June 12, 2013

AMMAN, Jordan — Eager Lion, a 12-day annual military exercise involving 8,000 personnel from 19 countries, is underway as the civil war rages next door in Syria.

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June 11, 2013

The 26th MEU prepares for Eager Lion

Story by Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels | 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 06.08.2013
Date Posted: 06.11.2013 04:03

AQABA, Jordan – Marines and sailors assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and sailors assigned to the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, are participating in bilateral and multilateral training evolutions in various parts of Jordan during exercise Eager Lion, June 9 to June 20, 2013.

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June 10, 2013

America’s Battalion returns to southern Helmand

Story by Lance Cpl. Mel Johnson | Regimental Combat Team-7, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 06.10.2013

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan— After years spent in Helmand province, the U.S. Marines are making strides toward bringing the last deployed service members home.

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June 4, 2013

SP-MAGTF Crisis Response Arrives in Spain

By Staff Sgt. Lukas Atwell | Marine Corps Forces Africa | June 04, 2013

MORON DE LA FRONTERA, Spain --

Approximately 500 Marines and sailors arrived aboard Moron Air Base, May 5- 13, to serve as Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response, a new expeditionary unit positioned forward to respond to limited crisis within the Mediterranean and African area-of-responsibility .

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June 3, 2013

Intel Marines complete new training for 22nd MEU deployment

By Sgt. Austin Hazard | 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit | June 03, 2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
Marines from 2nd Intelligence Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force, completed a new course designed to prepare them for a deployment with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit early next year, at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 22, 2013.

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Everybody Should Read General John Kelly's Speech About Two Marines In The Path Of A Truck Bomb

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Five years ago, two Marines from two different walks of life who had literally just met were told to stand guard in front of their outpost's entry control point.

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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 24, 2013

Physical training: Keeping Marines in shape on ship

By Cpl. Michael S. Lockett
May 24, 2013

USS CARTER HALL, At sea -- Ship life is a triumph of design by efficiency. Each minute of the day is designed to help contribute to the smooth running of the vessel. That means the day to day routine aboard a naval vessel, especially for the Marines it conveys from one shore to the next, can be precisely that: routine. Many Marines need something else in their day-to-day with a bit of variety -- a bit of zest -- to keep things interesting.

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May 21, 2013

U.S. Marines aboard the USS San Antonio

Story by 2nd Lt. Gerard Farao | 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 05.21.2013

USS San Antonio, At Sea – U.S. Marines have been at sea since 1775 and the U.S. Navy has been landing Marine forces ashore since the Battle of Nassau when a battalion of Marines led by Capt. Samuel Nicholas landed on the shores of New Providence in the Bahamas, March 3, 1776, during the Revolutionary War.

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May 20, 2013

Fallen 1/9 Marines legacy set in stone

Courtesy Story | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 05.20.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - More than 300 local residents attended a memorial dedication at Veterans Memorial Park May 20, 2013, honoring seven Marines from 1st Battalion, 9th Marines who died while training nearby.

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May 11, 2013

US Marines pack up in Afghanistan as Taliban wages spring offensive

It's the beginning of the end of an era for U.S. Marines stationed in Afghanistan.

By Jim Maceda, Correspondent, NBC News
May 11, 2013

It was the summer of 2012 and the most dangerous part of the mission – when soldiers get complacent and make mistakes. So, even in 130-degree heat, Cpl. Randy Derstine and his men of the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, patrolled hard in the mountainous, heavily disputed Kajaki Dam area of Helmand province

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May 9, 2013

Technology aids ordnance Marines

By DREW C. WILSON - Havelock News
Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 12:30 PM.

Improvised explosive devices have killed and maimed thousands of U.S. service members serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the number is decreasing today thanks to the use of robots to detect and diffuse the bombs.

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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 6, 2013

Ramsey Graduate Killed in Afghanistan

The 39-year-old Marine will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, family friends say

By Jessica Mazzola
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May 6, 2013

A 1993 Ramsey High School graduate serving overseas in Afghanistan was killed Saturday, according to a friend of the soldier’s family.

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Parker Marine killed in action in Afghanistan, dog tried to save him

By Ryan Parker
The Denver Post
Posted: 05/06/2013 05:10:45 PM MDT
Updated: 05/06/2013 11:52:59 PM MDT

A 23-year-old Marine from Parker — and the Military Working Dog that was trying to save him — were killed during a combat operation in Afghanistan's Farah province Saturday, Major Jeff Landis of the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command told The Denver Post on Monday.

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May 4, 2013

VMM-266 (Rein.) conducts MV-22B maintenance

Story by Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels | 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 05.04.2013

AT SEA - With the help of sailors assigned to the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted maintenance on MV-22B Ospreys on the flight deck of the Kearsarge’s flight deck, at sea, May 4, 2013.

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May 3, 2013

Devil Dog Open drives Marines to links

By Lance Cpl. Glen E. Santy | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | May 03, 2013

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

Kneeling behind the golf ball, Kevin Lagrutta plans his next putt. His friends comedically commentate as if he were making the putt of his career. Lagrutta stands and addresses the ball. A light tap sends it rolling slowly toward the hole. Time nearly stops as it slows to a snail’s pace before dropping into the hole. “It’s hard being this awesome,” said Lagrutta, dropping his club and slowly turning and walking away.

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April 29, 2013

VMA-231 Homecoming

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Date Posted:04.29.2013 10:56PM

Marines with VMA-231 return home from deployment to Afghanistan.

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April 22, 2013

U.S. Marines arrive in Qatar desert for Eagle Resolve 2013

Story by Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston | 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs | Date: 04.21.2013
Date Posted:04.22.2013 12:18

AL-GALAIL, Qatar -- Approximately 300 U.S. artillery, infantry and combat logistics Marines assigned to Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, came ashore from the USS San Antonio (LPD 17) off of the Gulf today, arriving here to participate in Exercise Eagle Resolve 2013.

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April 16, 2013

FAST Marines depart 5th Fleet

Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryan Blair | U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet | Date: 04.16.2013

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Bahrain –Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) Platoon, Marines close the book on a seven-month deployment in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) later this month.

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April 13, 2013

VMAQ-3 Homecoming

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Marines return from Afghanistan.

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April 6, 2013

26th MEU enters 5th Fleet area of responsibility

By Capt. Lucas Burke | April 06, 2013

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY --

The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group entered the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility to assume the duties from the Peleliu ARG, April 5.

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March 29, 2013

Family eulogizes Marine killed in mortar blast

By Michelle Janaye Nealy - The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Mar 29, 2013 17:57:42 EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Family members described William Taylor Wild IV as a loving son, caring brother and consummate Marine during a funeral Friday for the 21-year-old who was killed along with six others last week when a mortar shell exploded during a training exercise at a base in Nevada.

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USS Carter Hall promotes steps to quit tobacco

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Karen Blankenship | Navy Public Affairs Support Element East | Date: 03.29.2013

AT SEA – The amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) kicked off a tobacco cessation program for sailors and Marines on March 25.

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March 28, 2013

The underdog Devil Dogs claim victory in Steel Chef

By Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels | March 28, 2013

USS KEARSARGE, At sea -- Marines assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and sailors aboard the USS Kearsarge went head-to-head in the 2nd Annual Steel Chef competition aboard the amphibious assault ship while at sea March 23, 2013. The team composed of three Marines – team No Mercy – competed against a team made up of three sailors – team Safety Ates.

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March 26, 2013

Remembering the Fallen: the battle of An Nasiriyah

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 03.26.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – As the country reflects on the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the ground war in Iraq, one battle stands alone.

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March 21, 2013

Community rallies around family of killed Severna Park Marine

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 12:07 pm, Thu Mar 21, 2013.
By TIM PRUDENTE Staff Writer

They came in the morning, two Marines, walking up the driveway to the Severna Park home.

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March 20, 2013

Names of seven Marines killed in Hawthorne incident released

Courtesy Story | II Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 03.20.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Seven Marines with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, were killed and eight others were injured, which includes a Navy Corpsman, in an explosion during a live-fire training exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot, Nev., shortly before 10 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2013.

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Nevada town mourns Marines who died in explosion

By SCOTT SONNER and TED BRIDIS | Associated Press – March 20, 2013

HAWTHORNE, Nev. (AP) — Hundreds of residents in a rural community steeped in military history turned out to mourn the loss of seven Marines as investigators arrived at an ammunition depot to try to determine how a mortar shell exploded at the Nevada base and sent shrapnel flying into troops during a training exercise.

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Marines killed in training were young, lives ahead

By A. BREED and EMERY P. DALESIO | Associated Press – March 20, 2013

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — They're called "leathernecks" or "Devil Dogs," but some of the Marines killed in a desert training accident this week were just a year or so out of high school, their boyish faces not yet weathered by life's hardships.

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March 19, 2013

Corps suspends mortar use after blast kills 7

Dead, wounded from 1st Battalion, 9th Marines

By Hope Hodge - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Mar 19, 2013 12:32:03 EDT

Update 4:26p.m. EDT: In a 4p.m. press conference aboard Camp Lejeune, 2nd Marine Division Commander Brig. Gen. Jim Lukeman told reporters the deadly training accident had been the result of a malfunction when the 60mm mortar round exploded inside a tube prior to firing. Contrary to earlier reports, Lukeman said, the Marine Corps did not place a moratorium on all 60mm mortar training following the tragedy, but suspended use of the specific lot of 60mm ammunition that was used in the blast.

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March 18, 2013

Off the map: 26th MEU arrives in Georgia

Story by Cpl. Michael Lockett | 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 03.18.2013

VAZIANI AIR BASE, REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA – Marines and sailors of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in the Republic of Georgia March 15, 2013, to take part in Agile Spirit, a cooperative exercise with the Georgian military in conjunction with the Black Sea Rotational Force 13.

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March 6, 2013

MAG-40 Homecoming

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MAG-40 returns home from an Afghanistan deployment.

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February 27, 2013

26th MEU captain receives Bronze Star

By Hope Hodge - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Feb 27, 2013 11:36:52 EST

A captain with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit received a Bronze Star with combat “V” device while at sea aboard the amphibious assault ship Kearsarge on Feb. 16, the unit reported.

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February 26, 2013

Last Marines arrive, all Guahan Shield personnel here

Story by Capt. Justin Jacobs | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | Date: 02.26.2013

DEDEDO, Guam - The last members of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division arrived here Feb. 25, rounding out the final personnel deployed to Guam in support of Exercise Guahan Shield.

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February 23, 2013

Corpsmen work to keep blood flowing

Story by 1st Lt. Nicole Yuhas | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 02.23.2013

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Two minutes. his is the time it can take for a person to bleed out after suffering an arterial wound.

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February 20, 2013

It’s a girl: Marine father meets baby girl

Story by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 02.20.2013

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - It’s time.

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America’s Battalion: Journey into the IT

Story by Lance Cpl. Mel Johnson | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 02.20.2013

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – A chilling breeze swept across Camp Wilson, as the sun started to gleam over the steeply sloped Californian mountains of the Mojave Desert.

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February 15, 2013

MCAS Beaufort helps student live his dream

Story by Lance Cpl. Sarah Cherry | Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort | Date: 02.15.2013

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C. - Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort helped a Bluffton High School senior experience his dream – before it becomes impossible. Eighteen-year-old Charlie Bowers got a tour of MCAS Beaufort, Feb. 15, and had no idea about the surprise tour until he got to the Air Station.

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Marines prepare for Okinawa

By Lance Cpl. Austin Long | 2nd Marine Division | February 15, 2013

Camp Lejeune, N.C. --
“We are a force in readiness,” said Sgt. Joshua Washington, a squad leader with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. “Although we are training to prepare for our deployment to Okinawa, we still need to be ready to go anywhere in the world.”

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February 14, 2013

Service members spread the Valentine spirit

Story by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | Date: 02.14.2013

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - Soft, harmonious music filled the air as service members escorted residents into the ballroom, which was decorated with heart-shaped balloons, pink tablecloths and red center pieces.

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February 8, 2013

Instructor dedicated to future enlisted leaders

By Cpl. Paul Peterson | 2nd Marine Logistics Group
February 08, 2013

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- He paced the field and quietly made his way from one squad to the next. His time with the Marines was almost over.

Sgt. Ryan J. Schmidt, the chief instructor for 2nd Marine Logistics Group’s Corporals Course, patiently offered advice on tactics and maneuvering as his students prepared for their final head-to-head challenge here Feb. 5 and 6.

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February 5, 2013

Marine crisis response force deactivates after extended deployment

Story by Staff Sgt. Robert L. Fisher III | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 02.05.2013

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marines and Sailors of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit bid each other farewell Feb. 4, 2012, as the unit deactivated after spending 17 months together through an extremely busy work-ups and deployment cycle as America’s expeditionary crisis response force.

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February 4, 2013

2/2 Marines to lead exercises in Eastern Europe

By Gina Harkins - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Feb 4, 2013 7:30:37 EST

The Marine Corps will deploy about 300 infantry Marines to Eastern Europe this spring as part of an annual rotational force slated to train with foreign militaries from 20 countries.

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February 1, 2013

Commanding general shares outlook on 2nd MAW's future

By Cpl. Brian Adam Jones
Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point
February 01, 2013

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. -- Maj. Gen. Glenn M. Walters, commanding general of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, shared his thoughts on 2012 and his outlook for the new year in a recent interview.

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January 22, 2013

1/6 gets crew-served

Story by Lance Cpl. Mel Johnson | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 01.22.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – A breeze blew across the field, picking up dust and depositing it on the Marines preparing themselves for an assault.

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January 18, 2013

After Long Deployment, Leaders Praise Navy-Marine Team

By Cheryl Pellerin
American Forces Press Service
January 18, 2013

WASHINGTON -- The commanding officers of a team of 2,000 sailors and 2,300 Marines sat down yesterday with reporters from the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service to discuss the challenges and successes of their extended nine-month deployment.

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January 17, 2013

II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD) deploys

Courtesy Story | II Marine Expeditionary Force (Fwd) | Date: 01.17.2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marines and sailors of II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) are in the process of deploying to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and will complete the deployment process in February.

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Tax center opens on Cherry Point

Story by Lance Cpl. Paul E. Wyatt | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing & Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | Date: 01.17.2013

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - The Cherry Point Tax Center is set to open Wednesday.

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MAW (Fwd) takes fight to Afghanistan

2nd Marine Aircraft Wing & Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

Story by Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki
01.17.2013

CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Marines from the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) command element and subordinate units deployed to Afghanistan in a series of recent flights. In the coming weeks, 2nd MAW (Fwd.) is scheduled to take over aerial responsibility for southwestern Afghanistan from 3rd MAW (Fwd.) as part of NATO operations in partnership with Afghan National Security Forces.

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January 16, 2013

Harvest HAWK Marines ready for Afghan war

Story by Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing & Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | Date: 01.16.2013

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - More than 80 Marines and four KC-130J Hercules aircraft with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan within the next month.

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January 15, 2013

'Breacher you have control!'

By Lance Cpl. Austin Long
Headquarters Marine Corps
January 15, 2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- A line of eight Marines sprints towards a house with closed doors and windows, one carries explosives and the others carry various tools used to gain entrance into a building. One holds the blast blanket, a flexible shield used by Marines to protect them from the initial blast and flying debris, others provide security, and two Marines plant the explosives on the door. After an instructor checks the placement and safety of everyone, he hands over control to the lead man in the group yelling out, “Breacher you have control!”

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January 11, 2013

2nd Supply Battalion trains for the future

By Cpl Paul Peterson
Marines.mil
Jan 11 2013

Second Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group broke new ground in the area of simulator training while preparing for its future logistics-support roles.

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January 4, 2013

Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 Marines Awarded Air Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device for Valor

Story by 1st Lt. Roberto Martins | Marine Corps Air Station New River | Date: 01.04.2013

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. – Three Marines from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 will be awarded the Air Medal with the combat distinguishing device for valor, during a ceremony at the VMM-266 hangar at 8 a.m. Monday, January 7, 2013.

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December 28, 2012

2012: A year in review for the 26th MEU

Story by Cpl. Michael Lockett | 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 12.28.2012

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - It’s been a long and busy year for the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

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December 27, 2012

Search and rescue Marines stay ready through constant training

By Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom
Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point
December 27, 2012

Frequent, tough, realistic training helps maintain the prowess demanded of America’s expeditionary force in readiness. Marine Transport Squadron 1’s search and rescue members train as often as two or three times a day to be ready in case they have to jump into action.

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December 21, 2012

8th Engineer Support Battalion conducts dismounted patrols

By Cpl. Paul Peterson | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | December 21, 2012

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- What was meant to be an overwhelming ambush quickly shifted into a rolling engagement on multiple fronts for the Marines of Charlie Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group.

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December 20, 2012

Quick, decisive action saves Marine’s life at Camp Lejeune

By 2nd Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs Office | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | December 20, 2012

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- A Marine with Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group saved the life of one of his own in the pre-dawn hours here, Dec. 11.

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Three steps closer to deployment

Story by Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels | 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 12.20.2012

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marines and sailors with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit checked off another box as their group sail, the third major training evolution of their pre-deployment training program, came to an end, Dec. 18, 2012.

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Maritime raid force seizes the USS San Antonio

Story by Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels | 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 12.20.2012

USS SAN ANTONIO - Marines and sailors with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit's maritime raid force conducted a maritime interdiction operation training exercise at sea aboard the USS San Antonio (LPD 17), Dec. 18, 2012.

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December 18, 2012

Trading snow for sand, North Pole Marine deploys to Afghanistan

By Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | Headquarters Marine Corps
December 18, 2012

COMBAT OUTPOST TAGHAZ, Afghanistan -- A Marine from a town most commonly associated with elves, Santa Claus, reindeer and snow has heard all the jokes since he joined the Marine Corps. He is from a town with candy cane themed street lights, a Santa Claus Lane and where thousands of childrens’ letters arrive for Santa. Now with the holiday season upon the Marines, the North Pole, Alaska, native is surrounded by sand and dirt, a long way from the snow and ice he is familiar with this time of year.

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December 16, 2012

24th Marine Expeditionary Unit returns from deployment

Story by Capt. Robert Shuford | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 12.16.2012

OFF THE COAST OF CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit has returned to the U.S. after completing nearly nine months deployed as an expeditionary crisis response force with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group.

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December 14, 2012

Marines, Sailors of 24th MEU prepare for next phase: post-deployment

By Cpl. Michael Petersheim | | December 14, 2012

ATLANTIC OCEAN -- The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit will return home next week, nine months after departing the Carolina Coast near Camp Lejeune, N.C., last March. Surely, smiles and long-anticipated embraces from friends and family members await them, but the MEU’s Marines and Sailors remain focused — they understand the mission isn’t over.

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Operation Coming Home provides wounded Marine veteran with new home

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 12.14.2012

CAMERON, N.C. – The cheers of the gathered crowds overpowered the roaring of the motorcycles that escorted Lance Cpl. Richie Chavis as he arrived at his new home. Marines with 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Chavis’ former unit, joined vendors, friends and family in applause as he arrived to receive the keys.

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December 13, 2012

For 24th MEU, embassy mission was a close call

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Thursday Dec 13, 2012 11:56:36 EST

As violent protests erupted across the Middle East and North Africa this fall, the 4,000 Marines and sailors comprising the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group were on alert, ready to go in. In fact, they remained on that status for 150 days, the majority of their deployment in the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operations.

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VMA-542 returns from Asia-Pacific deployment

By Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki | | December 13, 2012

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (Dec. 9, 2012) -- A detachment of 122 Marines from Marine Attack Squadron 542 returned to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Sunday from a deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, which patrols the Asia-Pacific region.

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December 12, 2012

Sandy Marines return to sea

Story by Cpl. Michael Lockett | 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 12.12.2012

USS BATAAN, At Sea – Embarked aboard the USS Bataan, the USS San Antonio, and the USS Carter Hall, the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit returned to the waves once more Dec. 11, 2012.

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December 11, 2012

Budweiser Clydesdales make a splash at Camp Lejeune

Story by Lance Cpl. Scott Whiting | Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune | Date: 12.11.2012

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - The Budweiser Clydesdale horses recognizable from the brewing company’s Super Bowl commercials and other promotions visited Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Dec. 8 as part of an East Coast military installations tour.

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December 10, 2012

24th MEU to be home for the holidays

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Dec 10, 2012 15:31:40 EST

More than 4,000 Marines and sailors extended on deployment in the Mediterranean Sea last month due to unrest in the Middle East are on their way home — again, an official confirmed Monday.

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December 3, 2012

Mechanicville Marine Anthony Denier killed in Afghanistan

Published: Monday, December 03, 2012
By DANIELLE SANZONE
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Twitter.com/DanielleSanzone

MECHANICVILLE — The last time Mary Morgan heard from her son, Lance Cpl. Anthony Denier, was just a few hours before he was shot by enemy fire in Afghanistan while serving his country with the U.S. Marines.

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November 29, 2012

Return to Marjah: Marines work with much improved ANSF

Courtesy Story | Regimental Combat Team-7, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 11.29.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GERONIMO, Afghanistan - Marines with 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, recently returned to southern Afghanistan, two years after their deployment to the Marjah area.

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November 28, 2012

24th MEU CO updates status

By AMANDA WILCOX - Daily News Staff
Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 20:55 PM.

The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s commanding officer took to Facebook recently to provide families an update on the unit’s status after the MEU’s 8-month deployment was extended indefinitely last week. But a date of return was not a part of that message.

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November 27, 2012

Ocean County Marine dies in Afghanistan

By Tomas Dinges/The Star-Ledger
on November 27, 2012 at 6:27 PM, updated November 28, 2012 at 7:41 AM

OCEAN GATE — Marine Cpl. Christopher Monahan Jr. was the guy everybody looked up to. The oldest of three siblings, he was a guiding light for his mother and a role model for his three young children, family members said.

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November 22, 2012

Marines, sailors celebrate Thanksgiving at sea

Courtesy Story | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 11.22.2012

U.S. 6th FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS – Marines and Sailors from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit celebrated Thanksgiving Day aboard the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, Nov. 22, 2012.

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3/9 celebrates Thanksgiving in Helmand province

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 11.22.2012

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GERONIMO, Afghanistan – Marines with 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, were in the holiday spirit this Thanksgiving.

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November 20, 2012

Navy sends three warships, Marines to waters off Israel

By Cristina Silva
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 20, 2012

NAPLES, Italy — The U.S. Navy directed three warships and the Marines aboard last week to remain on standby near the coast of Israel as a security precaution as the Gaza Strip conflict between Israel and Hamas continued to escalate.

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November 19, 2012

24th MEU extends in 6th Fleet

Courtesy Story | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 11.19.2012

U.S. SIXTH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) have been extended due to operational commitments in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of responsibility until further notice.

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Marines conduct wash down in Spain

By Staff Sgt. Robert Fisher III | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | November 19, 2012

U.S. NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain -- Marines and Sailors from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS New York conducted final wash down operations in Rota, Spain Nov. 11-14, 2012, to prepare for their voyage home after an eight-month deployment in the U.S. European and Central Command theaters of operation.

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November 18, 2012

Marines under microscope, teach Afghan Army proper patrols, tactics

Story by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 11.18.2012

SOUTHERN HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The Afghan sun beat down on the patrol and gusts of wind threw sand and dirt on the faces of the men as they talked to locals and searched for any insurgent activity.

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November 14, 2012

24th MEU celebrates 237th birthday while sailing home

By Staff Sgt. Robert Fisher | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | November 14, 2012

U.S. NAVY 6TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY --

Marines and Sailors with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group celebrated 237 years of Marine Corps history with a cake-cutting ceremony aboard the ships of the Iwo Jima ARG in honor of the Marine Corps birthday, Nov. 10-11, 2012.

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November 12, 2012

Marines arrive at Camp Fuji

By Lance Cpl. Brandon C. Suhr | Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji | November 12, 2012

CAMP FUJI, Japan -- Marines and sailors with Mike Battery and a headquarters element with 12th Marine Regiment deployed to Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji Nov. 6 to conduct Artillery Relocation Training Program 12-3.

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November 10, 2012

Marines conduct underway "wash down" on way home

By 2nd Lt. Joshua Larson | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | November 10, 2012

U.S. NAVY 6TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY -- The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit has been busy aboard the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group the first weeks of November conducting “wash down” operations in preparation for their upcoming scheduled return stateside.

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November 9, 2012

26th Marine Expeditionary Unit lands in Queens

Story by Cpl. Michael Lockett | 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 11.09.2012

AT SEA, USS Wasp – Marines are amphibious in nature. It’s one of the things that set them apart and above any other fighting force in the world; a legacy of spilled blood, hard fought and hard won ground on beaches a world over. But not every beach landing they make is for the purpose of carrying warfare to a foreign country.

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November 7, 2012

Marines push NYC cleanup as new storm looms

By Gina Harkins - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Nov 7, 2012 10:31:39 EST

Marines continue their efforts to clean up areas of New York hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy, even as officials order some in those same communities to evacuate as they brace for a winter storm to slam the already devastated region.

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November 6, 2012

Photo Essay: 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit initiates training engagement team in Jordan; platoon-sized training events provide unique opportunity for junior Marines

By Capt. Robert Shuford | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | November 06, 2012

Jordan --

Over the past couple of months approximately 150 Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit had the unique opportunity to participate in training events at the platoon level with members of the Jordanian Marine Corps in southern Jordan.

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November 1, 2012

26th MEU deploys in support of Hurricane Sandy disaster relief

By Capt. Lucas Burke | Headquarters Marine Corps | November 01, 2012

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Marines and sailors with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit deployed aboard the USS Wasp (LHD-1) on November 1 in support of Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts in New York and New Jersey.

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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 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 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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Warriors and dogs bond on battlefield

Jim Michaels, USA TODAY

1:25AM EDT October 19. 2012 - CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — The shrapnel tore into his midsection and blood was squirting from his right leg. Marine Cpl. Joseph Singer plugged the hole in his leg with a finger and fretted about his dog.

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October 18, 2012

Bill designates road a memorial highway after local Marine

The Sentinel, Carlisle, Pa.
Published: October 18, 2012

A House bill pending the governor's signature would designate a section of Rt. 233 in Cumberland County the Marine Lance Corporal Nicholas B. Morrison Memorial Highway.

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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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October 11, 2012

Dog on patrol: Meet Crank, the bomb-sniffing, cigar-eating wonder

October 11th, 2012 | Afghanistan Animals Embedded journalism Infantry | Posted by Dan Lamothe

COMBAT OUTPOST TAGHAZ, Afghanistan – I was lifting weights Tuesday night in the dusty, prison-inspired gym here when Cpl. Byron Willis ran up to two of his fellow Marines.

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October 6, 2012

On to life on Afghanistan’s frontier at COP Taghaz

October 6th, 2012 | Afghanistan Embedded journalism Infantry | Posted by Dan Lamothe

COMBAT OUTPOST TAGHAZ, Afghanistan – If you’re going to spend a month in Afghanistan, you may as well visit the frontier while you’re there.

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U.S. Marines get promoted while deployed at sea

Story by Capt. Robert Shuford | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 10.06.2012

U.S. NAVY’S 5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – On the first of each month the U.S. Marine Corps authorizes a certain number of promotions for different ranks and job fields. For Marines deployed with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit being deployed at sea doesn’t keep them from moving up to the next rank.

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September 26, 2012

Gas station in the sky - 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit pushes the range of amphibious reach with aerial refueling capability

Story by Capt. Robert Shuford | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 09.26.2012

U.S. 5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – When most people think of amphibious operations they still garner visions of World War II-era assaults on heavily defended beaches. This couldn’t be farther from the truth for the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

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September 24, 2012

Running toward gunfire: Marines, British forces repel insurgents attacking Camp Bastion

9/24/2012 By Sgt. John Jackson , Marine Attack Squadron 211

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan —
Sgt. Rasheem Thomas never thought his first night working on Camp Bastion would turn into a gun battle with 15 insurgents.

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September 23, 2012

A Marine's Death Brings Together His Dad and His Battlefield Buddy

By MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS
Updated September 23, 2012, 2:43 p.m. ET

HOOVER, Ala.—Two years ago, Matthew Proctor dropped to his knees in the Afghan dirt and watched his best friend bleed to death.

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September 21, 2012

Camp Lejeune Marine earned Swain award by helping Afghans

By Rusty Dennen
The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va.
Published: September 21, 2012

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Marine Lance Cpl. Lauren Kohls can't talk much about her work in military intelligence, but others will be happy to do it tonight.

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September 20, 2012

Warrior competition pits U.S. Marines against each other in mountains of Djibouti

Story by Staff Sgt. Robert Fisher | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 09.16.2012
Date Posted: 09.20.2012 04:19

DJIBOUTI – Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit concluded a three-week training package in Djibouti Sept. 16, 2012, with a five-day competition designed to test everything they learned while ashore.

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‘America’s Battalion’ unwinds through battalion Olympics

Story by Cpl. Marco Mancha | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 09.20.2012

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Second Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, gave their weathered camouflage utilities a week-long break to carry out a battalion size Olympics promoting unit cohesion and competitive spirits.

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September 17, 2012

26th MEU Train with AT-4

Video by Gunnery Sgt. Michael Kropiewnicki | 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 09.17.2012

Marines assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), train with the AT-4 light anti-armor weapon during a familiarization and live fire exercise at Fort Pickett, Va., Sept. 17, 2012.

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Marines, sailors execute mass casualty exercise

9/17/2012 By Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels , 26th MEU

FORT PICKETT, Va. — The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted a mass casualty training event at Fort Pickett, Va., as part of their pre-deployment training program Sept. 14.

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September 14, 2012

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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September 11, 2012

Georgia native, corpsman serves country on first deployment

Story by Cpl. Mark Garcia | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 09.11.2012

COMBAT OUTPOST SHIR GHAZAY, Afghanistan – As a senior in high school, Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ricky Lattimore made the decision to serve his country. One month after his May 2008 graduation, he was on his way to basic training.

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September 7, 2012

26th MEU composites to a full Marine Air-Ground Task Force

Story by Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels | 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 09.07.2012

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit command element acquired its three additional elements in order to become a complete Marine Air-Ground Task Force, 2,200 Marines and sailors strong, Sept. 7.

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West Virginia Marine awarded Bronze Star for heroic actions in combat

9/7/2012 By Lance Cpl. Phillip Clark , 2nd Marine Division

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — The first thing Staff Sgt. Matthew E. Faircloth did once he regained consciousness after being shot in the head in a firefight in Afghanistan in 2011 was look at his family picture in the back of his Kevlar helmet. Never mind the blood gushing from the back of his head, he just wanted to make sure the one thing that kept him strong through his deployment was protected – a picture of his wife and three children.

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Military Working Dogs Homecoming

Video by Cpl. Daniel Wulz | II Marine Expeditionary Force | Date: 09.07.2012

Marines of 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion arrive at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune after concluding their deployment to Afghanistan, September 7, 2012.

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September 5, 2012

Marines receive Silver Stars for Afghan heroics

By Gina Harkins - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Sep 5, 2012 13:20:00 EDT

Two Marines have received the nation’s third-highest award for combat valor in recognition of their heroic actions during separate battles last year in Afghanistan.

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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 30, 2012

NAS Pensacola personnel evacuate, return home

Story by Nathan Hanks | Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany | Date: 08.28.2012
Date Posted:08.30.2012 15:59

ALBANY, Ga. - More than 3,900 Marines, Sailors and Airmen from Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., arrived here Monday afternoon to escape Hurricane Isaac’s impending landfall between the panhandle of Florida and the Louisiana Gulf Coast.

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August 28, 2012

Philadelphia native receives Silver Star for valor in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 08.23.2012
Date Posted:08.28.2012 16:20

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – When a patrol of Marines from 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division; Afghan National Army soldiers and Afghan National Civil Order Police patrolmen was ambushed by insurgents March 5, 2011, Cpl. Jason M. Hassinger quickly realized that many of his comrades were trapped, unable to maneuver or engage the attacking enemy. The Marines requested air support, but it was not immediately available, so Hassinger led his section through the gunfire to rescue his trapped brothers in arms.

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August 25, 2012

Following the scent: An explosive detector dog and his handler protect Marines

Story by Staff Sgt. Brian Buckwalter | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 08.25.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Riding in an armored truck over Afghanistan’s rutted dirt roads is scarcely a smooth or comfortable experience.

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August 24, 2012

Rolling thunder: Marine tankers provide safety for operational forces

Story by Cpl. Kenneth Jasik | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 08.24.2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Marines with Bravo Company, 2nd Tank Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 6, have been supporting the most dangerous operations in northern Helmand province since they first arrived about two months ago.

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August 14, 2012

San Diegan among Marines killed in Afghanistan

Shot by Afghan working at shared installation

Written by
Loic Hostetter
7:01 p.m., Aug. 14, 2012

A staff sergeant from San Diego was one of three Marines who were fatally shot Friday night in the Garmser district of southern Afghanistan.

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August 13, 2012

24th MEU, Iwo Jima ARG celebrate hump day

Story by Staff Sgt. Robert Fisher | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 08.13.2012

USS NEW YORK - The Marines and Sailors of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group celebrated the halfway point of their deployment aboard the USS New York, July 28, 2012.

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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 9, 2012

'First step of justice' for ailing Camp Lejeune vets, families

By Tom Philpott
Published: August 9, 2012

President Obama signed a bipartisan bill Monday that, for the first time, offers veterans and family members government-funded hospitalization and medical services for 15 specific ailments presumed linked to drinking water contamination at Camp Lejeune, N.C., over 31 years, ending in 1987.

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August 8, 2012

Marine Declines Scholarship to Serve

By Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Brian Buckwalter
Regimental Combat Team 6

COMBAT OUTPOST JAKER, Afghanistan, Aug. 8, 2012 – For some people, history is just another subject in school. For Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Joshua Taylor, being a part of history was a calling.

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August 6, 2012

37 years later, Marine laid to rest at Fort Rosecrans

Had been shot down off Cambodia during Vietnam War

Written by
Nathan Max
3:36 p.m., Aug. 6, 2012
Updated 5:02 p.m.

There has been a tombstone with U.S. Marine Richard W. Rivenburgh’s name on it at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery since the CH-53 helicopter he was flying in was shot down off the coast of Cambodia in 1975.

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August 5, 2012

Afghan combat support soldiers work with Marine advisors

Story by Staff Sgt. Brian Buckwalter | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 08.05.2012

COMBAT OUTPOST FIDDLERS GREEN, Afghanistan – The future success of Afghanistan’s security depends largely on the abilities of the country’s armed forces.

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August 3, 2012

Logistics battalion field training exercise presents real-life scenarios

8/3/2012 By Cpl. Bruno J. Bego , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — More than 350 servicemembers with Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group participate in a field training exercise here, from July 30 to Aug. 3.

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August 2, 2012

Rancho Cucamonga Marine Joshua Ashley laid to rest on Thursday

By Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 08/02/2012 01:16:50 PM PDT

Rancho Cucamonga Marine Joshua Ashley laid to rest on Thursday.

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Afghan forces increasingly in security lead in southern Helmand province

Story by Staff Sgt. Brian Buckwalter | Regimental Combat Team 6 | Date: 08.02.2012

COMBAT OUTPOST DEHLI, Afghanistan — As Marines drove along the narrow dirt roads of southern Helmand province they watched farmers tend to their corn fields and livestock. They saw children running alongside vehicles and swimming in a river that irrigates the fields surrounding it. Trucks carrying bags of wheat and other products passed the Marines' convoy regularly on their way to deliver their goods to bazaars and customers in the area.

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July 30, 2012

Marines, sailors hone machine gunning skills for Afghan deployment

7/30/2012 By Cpl. Bruno J. Bego , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Marines and sailors of Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group are slated to deploy to Afghanistan in the coming months, but they are not wasting any time preparing each and every member of the unit.

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Decorated MARSOC gunnies killed in Afghanistan

By Andrew deGrandpré - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jul 30, 2012 20:49:42 EDT

Two elite special operations Marines were killed in combat Sunday in northwestern Afghanistan.

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July 26, 2012

Local marine dies in combat in Afghanistan

By Bill O'Brien, and Vanessa McCray [email protected], [email protected]
July 26, 2012

WILLIAMSBURG — A blue spruce stands sentry in the corner of Rick Hansen's back yard, a gift from his son that's grown from sapling to a stout 12 feet or more over the past two decades.

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July 22, 2012

Marine advisors mentor Afghan police in Kajaki

Story by Cpl. Kenneth Jasik | I Marine Expeditionary Force (Fwd) | Date: 07.22.2012

KAJAKI DISTRICT, Afghanistan – Marines with the Kajaki Police Advisor Team have been working with local security officials since they arrived in Afghanistan, nearly a month ago.

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July 20, 2012

Combat engineers conduct expansion operation, increase patrol base size, capabilities

7/20/2012 By Sgt. Michele Watson , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

PATROL BASE EREDVI, Afghanistan — More than 100 Marines from Engineer Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) completed their largest mission to date in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, here, July 15.

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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

Five Cherry Point Marines selflessly save couple on Memorial Day

Story by Lance Cpl. Stephen Stewart | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing & Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | Date: 07.17.2012

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. – When a group of Marines took a trip to Fort Macon Park in Atlantic Beach, N.C., to enjoy the sun and relax over the Memorial Day holiday, they had no clue they would soon find themselves fighting to save the lives of two strangers.

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July 15, 2012

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 14, 2012

Silver Star recipient recalls Marjah attack

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Jul 14, 2012 11:39:37 EDT

Pinned down in a canal under fire and without working radios, Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Cole made a decision: He would face the Taliban with an M240B machine gun.

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Marine brother, Sailor sister link up while deployed at sea

Courtesy Story | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | Date: 07.14.2012

USS SAMPSON, Red Sea - As siblings grow up and lead separate lives it’s sometimes difficult to stay in touch. Add the extra separation of being in the military and deploying around the world and some family members are lucky if they ever see each other.

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July 12, 2012

CLB-8 Marines prepare for deployment to Afghanistan

7/12/2012 By Cpl. Bruno J. Bego , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — More than 100 troops with Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group participated in a pre-deployment training exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., from July 9 to 13, where they received up-to-date instruction on how to operate in Afghanistan.

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July 11, 2012

Georgia Marine awarded Silver Star for heroic actions in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 07.11.2012

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – He watched as five Marines beside him dropped, struck by the sheer force of insurgent machine gun fire. Within seconds, Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Cole joined his brothers as a three-round burst lifted his 200-pound frame and 80 pounds of gear completely off the ground, moved him five feet in the air, and slammed him into the dirt– all in less than half a second.

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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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Coming Home: 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines’ families reunited at last

Story by Cpl. Timothy Solano | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 07.09.2012

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Elements of 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, returned from a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan last week, welcomed by crowds of friends and family outside the Wallace Creek barracks on base.

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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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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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