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50,000th Devil Pups Graduates on Pendleton

Mon, 07/30/2012 - 7:16pm
A graduation ceremony was held for the nation’s newest Devil Pups at Camp Pendleton’s 52 Area Parade Deck, July 28. Among the students in the graduating class was the 50,000th graduate of the program, Benjamin Hulbert, a 15-year-old San Diego native ...

Navy officer takes volleyball challenge to Netherlands

Mon, 07/30/2012 - 2:41pm
Dedication and self motivation has taken her places she has always wanted to go. It led her to the United States Naval Academy, and then to the officer ranks of the Navy. It led to her volleyball, and then recently to the Netherlands. Ensign Abbi ...

Marines, sailors hone machine gunning skills for Afghan deployment

Mon, 07/30/2012 - 1:26pm
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. Their mission will be to logi ...

Corps approves Voluntary Enlisted Early Release Program

Mon, 07/30/2012 - 8:26am
  Marines can now exit the Corps with an honorable discharge a year earlier than their original end of active service date. Marine Administrative Message 371/12 approved the start of the Voluntary Enlisted Early Release Program, and gives certai ...

Summer Safety

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 9:11pm
  A common theme throughout Twentynine Palms is the seemingly unbearable sun. To add to the already extreme heat conditions of the desert, it’s summer time. The temperatures will rise far above what we see the rest of the year. This fluctuati ...

The Running Gunny: Marine, mentor, triathlete employs a second chance

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 8:06pm
Two cardiac episodes saved U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Frank Dugger's life. The first one struck him while he was deployed to Afghanistan in September 2009. Dugger, the maintenance control chief for Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463, was medicall ...

More than a medal – One local woman’s journey to track star fame

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 3:31pm
  It’s a moment of clarity. Millions of people are cheering, and she can’t hear a single one. The only thing she hears is a whisper to herself, “God, please guide my feet to run.” She can feel her heart pounding through her chest. She sets, the gun ...

‘1st Tanks’ 1st arrival

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 3:06pm
  The advanced party for Company A, 1st Tank Battalion returned home to the Combat Center July 20, 2012. The 15 Marines will be closely followed by the approximately 100 Marines in the main body, who are scheduled to arrive at the Combat Cent ...

Get Accepted - Military scholars ahead of competition for college admissions

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 3:06pm
  A new academic partnership may mean all the difference for transitioning Marines waiting on acceptance letters to their schools of choice. The Leadership Scholar Program, which is sponsored by Marine Corps Community Services, connects colleg ...

MarAdmin approves VEERP

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 3:06pm
  Marines can now exit the Corps with an honorable discharge a year earlier than their original end of active service date. Marine Administrative Message 371/12 approved the start of the Voluntary Enlisted Early Release Program, and gives certai ...

Amphibious Assault, Marine Corps technology by land and sea

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 2:41pm
  The Marine Corps’ amphibious roots go back to its birth in 1776. However, the more modern-day amphibious vehicles and the battalions responsible for them were developed around the time of the two world wars. Through the decades, the vehicles ...

Ambassador to Afghanistan named Honorary Marine

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 1:26pm
In recognition of his service alongside U.S. Marines throughout a highly distinguished 41-year diplomatic career, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker received the title of Honorary Marine at the International Security Assistance Force Headqu ...

Marine born in Afghanistan gives back to home nation

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 12:36pm
“I remember the day I heard that America was going into Afghanistan,” said Lance Cpl. Behzad Razzada, a member of the Embedded Partnering Team, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward). “My parents were happy because it was ...

Hejlik closes out extensive military career; remains true to Marine core values

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 12:36pm
After nearly 42 years of active service (44 total service years), Lt. Gen. Dennis J. Hejlik, Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe officially retired at a ceremony held at Marine Barracks Washington, often c ...

MV-22 Osprey arrives in Iwakuni

Thu, 07/26/2012 - 8:06pm
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Two engineer support battalions work as one

Thu, 07/26/2012 - 3:06pm
Marines from 6th and 8th Engineer Support Battalions tested their forward deployed capabilities during a week-long exercise here from July 23 to 27. While deployed to places like Afghanistan, engineer support Marines provide servicemembers with p ...

Military Homefront offer assistance for moving

Thu, 07/26/2012 - 12:36pm
Permanent changes in station during a service member’s career can be stressful to Marines and their families. Planning, financing, and the logistics of a PCS can add enough stress to make anyone dread it.  The Department of Defense and Marine Corps ...

One vote can make a difference

Thu, 07/26/2012 - 12:36pm
Did you know as Americans we would be speaking German if it wasn’t for one vote? According to www.usfca.edu, one vote has changed history on numerous occasions such as: Oliver Cromwell given control of England. It also saved President Andrew Jack ...

Marine born in Afghanistan gives back to home nation

Thu, 07/26/2012 - 8:26am
“I remember the day I heard that America was going into Afghanistan,” said Lance Cpl. Behzad Razzada, a member of the Embedded Partnering Team, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward). “My parents were happy because it was ...

MarForCom commander retires at 8th and I

Thu, 07/26/2012 - 8:26am
 Lt. Gen. Dennis Hejlik, commanding general of Marine Forces Europe and Marine Corps Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., bade farewell to the Corps at his retirement ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington July 23.  Hejlik served as both an enlisted M ...