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Biden, Carter Applaud ‘Team MRAP’ as Production Ends

US Marine News - Tue, 10/02/2012 - 1:26pm
Vice President Joe Biden today joined Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter at a Pentagon ceremony marking the end of production of the mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle. There are seven MRAP variants, and nearly 28,000 of the vehicles ...

Pendleton honors Korean War veterans

US Marine News - Tue, 10/02/2012 - 1:01pm
In 1950, U.S. President Harry S. Truman authorized a strategic yet dangerous amphibious assault. U.S. forces navigated the tidal flats of northern Inchon's Red Beach surprising an invading North Korean Army and vaulting themselves into the Korean Wa ...

Elemental mercury discovered in pipe at Hadnot Point Water Treatment Plant: Tests confirm no mercury in water supply

US Marine News - Tue, 10/02/2012 - 11:21am
During routine maintenance of the Hadnot Point Water Treatment Plant on Sept. 15, workers found a silvery substance later determined to be non-soluble, elemental mercury in a pipe within the facility.  Tests conducted after the discovery showed no m ...

MCSC spotlights Sandra Peña Switzer for Hispanic Heritage Month

US Marine News - Mon, 10/01/2012 - 4:46pm
Diversity at Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) starts near the top with Sandra Peña Switzer, Deputy Chief Management Officer (CMO) and Department Head for the Strategic Management and Performance Department (SMPD). Both of her parents are Mexican- ...

Marine Corps Installations Pacific Command reaches full operational capability

US Marine News - Mon, 10/01/2012 - 2:41pm
After a year of transition during its initial operating capability period, Marine Corps Installations Pacific achieved full operational capability Oct. 1. After its establishment, MCIPAC possessed an initial operational capability to perform its ...

2nd Tank Battalion crew earns title as Marine Corps’ best tank crew for 2012

US Marine News - Mon, 10/01/2012 - 2:16pm
Marines from 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, claimed the title as best tank crew in the Marine Corps for 2012 by placing first in the 10th annual Tiger Competition aboard Camp Lejeune Sept. 27. The crew consisting of Sgt. Linh Ngo, tank ...

Allen Discusses Insider Attacks in ‘60 Minutes’ Interview

US Marine News - Mon, 10/01/2012 - 1:51pm
In an interview on the CBS program “60 Minutes” last night, the commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan said he takes his mission personally and is angered by insider attacks by Afghan security forces and militants wearing Afghan unifo ...

MCSC spotlights Corporal Rodolfo Estrada for Hispanic Heritage Month

US Marine News - Mon, 10/01/2012 - 11:21am
Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) is proud to highlight members of its workforce family in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 – Oct. 15. Corporal Rodolfo Estrada is glad that MCSC is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. “It reall ...

Marines sight in aboard USS Rushmore

US Marine News - Mon, 10/01/2012 - 9:41am
The pang of M16 and M4 rifles echoed across the ocean as paper targets where filled with shot holes. It was obvious that the Marines were doing work on the flight deck. During the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group’ ...

Marines kick into high gear to prepare for air show

US Marine News - Mon, 10/01/2012 - 9:41am
Before aircraft can soar above cheering crowds, Marines with operations and logistics spend months in advance coordinating and preparing safe boundaries with fencing and provide seating, water stands and restroom facilities for the comfort of specta ...

Computer Users Must Practice Cybersecurity

US Marine News - Mon, 10/01/2012 - 9:16am
National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October lasts just 31 days, but practicing good cybersecurity is important 365 days a year, the Defense Department’s deputy chief information officer said yesterday. Because users engage with the network ...

A decade later: prior Marine, Seabee reunite in Afghanistan

US Marine News - Mon, 10/01/2012 - 9:16am
The sound of power tools and commands come from the battalion aid station startling a few Marines walking by. Two corpsmen stick out from the crowd of sailors inside the building, working to remodel their work area. The two servicemembers started ...

Roth Contributions to Open to All Active-duty Troops

US Marine News - Mon, 10/01/2012 - 8:26am
Beginning Oct. 1, 2012, active-duty members of the Army, Navy and Air Force will be able to contribute to the Roth Thrift Savings Plan as part of their investment planning, Defense Financing and Accounting Service officials said today. The after- ...

1/3 conducts final CHB-4 exercise

US Marine News - Fri, 09/28/2012 - 1:26pm
Marines with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, conducted the Clear, Hold, Build-4 portion of their Enhanced Mojave Viper training Monday at Range 215’s military operations on urban terrain town. This CHB-4 was the last to be conducted as EMV,w ...

2nd Recon Air Raid

US Marine News - Fri, 09/28/2012 - 1:26pm
The hour and a half flight was fatiguing. Even though the KC-130 flew through clear skies, the high buzz of the propellers sounded as if sand was being thrown into it. A platoon of reconnaissance Marines were crunched in its cargo area awaiting ...

Belle of the Ball

US Marine News - Fri, 09/28/2012 - 1:26pm
The Marine Corps Birthday Ball is a long-standing tradition and a magnificent affair. For Megan Drake, it will be unlike anything she has ever experienced. Megan Drake is going to be treated like a celebrity. She’s going to be the center of atte ...

Recon Marines wrap up final qualifications with dive in unique territory

US Marine News - Fri, 09/28/2012 - 1:01pm
Select reconnaissance Marines from Reconnaissance Platoon, Battalion Landing Team 3/5, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Force Reconnaissance Platoon, 15th MEU, dove in to a unique opportunity to honor the fallen and to start the Western Pacific 1 ...

Combat engineers train with Marine Corps’ big guns

US Marine News - Fri, 09/28/2012 - 1:01pm
Every Marine is trained as a rifleman. Some Marines, however, were lucky enough to take their weapons training to the next level with the Corps’ big guns Sept. 18-19 at Camp Schwab. Combat engineers with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine ...

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

US Marine News - Fri, 09/28/2012 - 12:36pm
The mobile exchange is a service civilians might not know about, but to Marines serving in Afghanistan, it is something to look forward to. The warfighter exchange service team runs the mobile exchange unit, traveling throughout the area and reac ...