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Phil Vassar performs for Pendleton Marines

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 8:06pm
Fans cheered and couples danced while Phil Vassar, country artist and song writer, performed during Operation Gratitude’s free concert at the Pacific Views Event Center on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Sept. 20. Operation Gratitude and Go Co ...

U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosts hiring fair for military members, spouses

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 6:01pm
With the veteran unemployment rate peaking at 12.1 percent last year, more service members are taking advantage of the many job fairs geared toward helping veterans and their families find the right fit for a job in the civilian workforce. More ...

Marine pilot presents award to Wold War II veteran after 68 years

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:36pm
Major Josh Vance, a KC-130 Pilot currently stationed at Combat Development Directorate, Combat Development and Integration, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Va., has just seen the reward of more than thirteen months of research and ...

‘America’s Battalion’ unwinds through battalion Olympics

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:36pm
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. The Marine sprints across the green st ...

Reserve battery maintains combat readiness at Fuji

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:36pm
“Fire mission!" The preparatory command echoes across the battery position as teams of Marines prepare their M777A2 155 mm howitzers to fire downrange. Reserve Marines with Oscar Battery trained alongside active-duty service members as part of ...

Range coaches: key to every Marine is a rifleman

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:36pm
In a combat zone, Marines use their weapons, whether a pistol or rifle, to protect fellow warriors and even themselves. Marines must stay prepared at all times to use these weapons properly and most of all effectively. Range coaches and combat ma ...

Face of Defense: Joint Prisoner of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command Strives to Find Missing Troops

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:11pm
Somewhere amid the land and sea battlefields of World War II are more than 73,000 Americans classified as missing in action. Thousands more are listed as unaccounted for in Korea, the jungles of Vietnam, and other conflicts. Each year on the thir ...

Panetta Announces Completion of Afghanistan Surge Drawdown

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:11pm
The drawdown of U.S. surge forces in Afghanistan is complete as scheduled, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced here today during a news conference with New Zealand Defense Minister Dr. Jonathan Coleman. Panetta said the return of 33,000 t ...

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

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 3:56pm
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 ...

Basketball Slam

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 3:56pm
The month-long Basketball Slam Tournament came to a close on Sept. 6, when Too Tight beat Old School 76 - 71 at the West Gym and Fitness Center. “We didn't play as hard as we should of,” said Samuel White, coach of Too Tight. “Half the time I th ...

Marines Got Talent

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 3:56pm
Deep breath. I can probably just leave and pretend I never did this to myself. No, they have my name. It’s too late to turn back now. It’s just the audition right? It won’t be that bad. “What’s your talent?,” the woman asks me. “I sing,” I r ...

Hawaii Marines employ new interactive bomb trainer

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 8:51am
Though the suite of four tan trailers doesn’t look like much from the outside, a short trip inside quickly confirms its worth. Decked out with a plethora of high-definition TVs and intricately crafted visual displays, the trailers form the base’s ...

Prisoner of War, Missing in Action Recognition Day Honors Service Members

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 8:51am
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is Friday, Sept. 21.  Each year, the President issues a proclamation asking Americans to recognize the nation’s service members who were held prisoner or are still missing, and their families.              The day ...

Warrior competition pits U.S. Marines against each other in mountains of Djibouti

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 8:26am
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.  The extensive training and competition, based ...

Department of Defense Sends Marine Team to U.S. Embassy in Yemen

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 3:57pm
A Marine Corps fleet antiterrorism security team, called a “FAST team” is now on the ground in Yemen to help with security at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today. This is the second FAST team, consisting o ...

News Brief: Volunteer for National Public Lands Day Event at Fallbrook Naval Weapons Station

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 2:41pm
Community volunteers will have an opportunity to help improve the native habitat by building bat boxes at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Detachment Fallbrook (also known as the Fallbrook Naval Weapons Station) Saturday, Sept. 29. The 9:00 a.m. ...

Osprey Cleared to Fly in Japan, Improving Alliance Capabilities

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 2:16pm
The V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft is now approved to fly in Japan, Press Secretary George Little said in a statement here today. Little, traveling with Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta in Asia this week, said today the secretary is pleased tha ...

Engineers become jacks-of-all-trades

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 1:02pm
One might not associate bulk fuel specialists with sweeping for mines or water purification specialists with operating heavy machinery. Nevertheless, the Marines of the engineer detachment of Combat Logistics Battalion 26, currently reinforcing the ...

Most decorated infantry battalion returns from Afghanistan

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:36pm
When the father of Cpl. Carl P. Cassels saw his son arrive to the 5th Marine Regiment parade deck here after coming home from Afghanistan Sept. 17, he said an overwhelming feeling of relief swept him over. “Now that he’s home, I can breathe easie ...

Pendleton hosts Multi-Cultural Celebration

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:11pm
  Camp Pendleton service members and families gathered to celebrate the contributions of many diverse cultures during the Multi-Cultural Day event at the Pacific Views Events Center, Sept. 18. The event was held to educate and entertain while ...