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

US Marine News - 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

US Marine News - 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

US Marine News - 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

US Marine News - 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

US Marine News - 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

US Marine News - 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

US Marine News - 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

US Marine News - 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

US Marine News - 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

US Marine News - 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

US Marine News - 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

US Marine News - 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 ...

Phil Vassar performs for Pendleton Marines

US Marine News - 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

US Marine News - 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

US Marine News - 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

US Marine News - 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

US Marine News - 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

US Marine News - 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

US Marine News - 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

US Marine News - 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 ...