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Milford native still in the fight despite war injuries

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 10:56am
“There was blood down my leg after I got shot.” Lance Cpl. Ethan Burk, a hazardous materials management coordinator, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), was on his way to work when he heard the first rocket- ...

Thunderbolts receive Golden Wrench award

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 10:56am
The Thunderbolts of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251 were awarded the “Golden Wrench Award” while embarked aboard the USS Enterprise.  The award is given every two months to acknowledge a squadron maintenance department whose performance is imp ...

III Marine Expeditionary Force commanding general's statement on arrival of Osprey

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 10:32am
The arrival of MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft in Japan has been the subject of much public interest. The Marine Corps has worked closely with our government of Japan partners to ensure a smooth transition of the aircraft into Japan. The basing and ...

Distinguished visitors tour MV-22

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 5:06am
More than 140 Ministry of Foreign Affairs guests, media and Japanese officials arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Japan to participate in an MV-22B Osprey orientation event as part of the MV-22B Osprey introduction to Japan Sept. 27, 2012. ...

24th Marine Expeditionary Unit pushes the range of amphibious reach

Wed, 09/26/2012 - 4:22pm
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. Throughout its work-up training cy ...

Combat logistics element practices for noncombatant evacuation operations

Wed, 09/26/2012 - 3:32pm
The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit is one of the most versatile units in the Marine Corps, capable of delivering aid with one hand and destroying those who would threaten America with the other. Marines and sailors of the MEU focused on training for ...

Marines work together to navigate movement-to-contact course

Wed, 09/26/2012 - 2:42pm
Bulk fuel specialists are Marines who install, operate, maintain and repair fuel handling units and accessory equipment. But as the old adage goes, every Marine is a rifleman. Therefore, Marines with Bulk Fuel Company, 8th Engineer Support Bat ...

Air superiority – Harriers continue operations over Helmand

Wed, 09/26/2012 - 2:16pm
Two AV-8B Harrier II Plus aircraft appear to dot the gray sky, as ground crewmembers prepare for their arrival. The aircraft are more than 46 feet long and have a wingspan of 30 feet 4 inches. They roar through the Afghanistan sky, a symbol of our a ...

Chemical, Biological, radiological, nuclear specialists work with battalion landing team during helicopter raid

Tue, 09/25/2012 - 10:06am
Approaching the decrepit buildings, gas masks donned and cleared, a company of Marines prepared to clear a town that may have been contaminated. Hearing only the sound of their own breath entering and exiting the chambers of the masks, the Marines s ...

Leadership training is continuous for junior Marines deployed at sea

Tue, 09/25/2012 - 9:41am
Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit completed a Corporal’s Course Sept. 22, 2012, aboard USS Gunston Hall in the Gulf of Aden to develop the leadership abilities of the unit’s junior noncommissioned officers. Twenty-seven corporals to ...

Marines Charged in Desecration Incident Face Trial

Tue, 09/25/2012 - 9:41am
Charges against two Marines were referred to trial by courts-martial Sept. 21 for their alleged involvement in urinating on deceased Taliban fighters and for posing for unofficial photographs with human casualties in Afghanistan. Marine Corps Lt. ...

Fireteam leaders refine skills at Forge Academy

Tue, 09/25/2012 - 9:16am
The fireteam is the smallest unit in the infantry of the Marine Corps. Consisting of just four Marines, the fireteam’s small size influences infantry tactics, and plays a major role in the flexibility and maneuverability of a squad. It is commanded ...

Always remembered, never forgotten: Marines honor fallen brothers

Tue, 09/25/2012 - 8:01am
Hundreds of Marines gathered to honor the lives of two fallen comrades killed during the attack on Camp Bastion, Sept. 14. During the two separate memorial ceremonies, which were held Sept. 19 and 20, Marines paid tribute to Lt. Col. Christopher ...

Surveys Ensure Better-fitting Gear for Soldiers, Marines

Tue, 09/25/2012 - 7:36am
When it comes to combat clothing and gear, size matters for the folks at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center here. It’s not simply a matter of a tailored military appearance, explained Claire C. Gordon, a senior resear ...

Allen: Surge Bought Time for Afghan Forces to Grow, Mature

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 1:27pm
The goal of the just-completed U.S. troop surge in Afghanistan was not to defeat the Taliban, but to provide Afghan security forces the time needed to develop, the commander of NATO forces in the country said today. And, Marine Corps Gen. John R. ...

Australian Army, US Marines combine arms during urban operations

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 9:41am
Marines were positioned and camouflaged throughout a tree line. They waited patiently for their Australian partners to arrive before executing an assault at the urban operations training facility at Mount Bundy Training Area, Northern Territory, Aus ...

Corps changes deployment training

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 8:51am
Since 2001, the Combat Center has provided comprehensive and collaborative training for combat operations in the Middle East. Training exercises have evolved from the Combined Arms Exercise to what is known today as Enhanced Mojave Viper. As the ...

Running toward gunfire: Marines, British forces repel insurgents attacking Camp Bastion

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 8:26am
Sgt. Rasheem Thomas never thought his first night working on Camp Bastion would turn into a gun battle with 15 insurgents. When Thomas was told he was transferring from 1st Platoon to 2nd Platoon, the landing support specialist with Combat Logist ...

Reading program unites deployed servicemembers to families back home

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 8:26am
During their Western Pacific deployment, the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit is participating in a program that links its Marines and sailors to their loved ones back home.  The United Through Reading program helps connect servicemembers to their ...

Recon Marines test their abilities during the 4th Annual Recon Challenge

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 7:11am
On a lightless beach, 28 Marines emerged from the Pacific, ready to embark on a 29.4 mile trek through hills and sweltering heat to complete several missions that will test their endurance, communication skills and commitment to mission accomplishme ...