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2015

Defense Secretary Ash Carter visits Camp Pendleton

Cpl. Seth Starr, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Defense Secretary Ash Carter, visited Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 27 to observe amphibious landings and meet with senior military leaders and servicemembers. Carter’s visit started with an amphibious raid that targeted a small compound, roughly 500 feet off-shore. Amphibious assault vehicles carrying Marine riflemen departed the




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Aug

2015

VMM-166, Infantry Marines conduct predeployment training

Sgt. Lillian Stephens, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 166 (Reinforced) and Marines with Echo, Fox and Golf Companies, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment (Reinforced) conducted predeployment training aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Aug. 18.Marines with VMM-166 (Rein) and Marines with 2/1 (Rein) performed on-off drills with two




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Aug

2015

LAAD gunners aim high

Story by Lance Cpl. Medina Ayala-Lo, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

Through the sights of the weapon, a Marine scans thehorizon, searching for her target. The unrelenting desert sun shines down,failing to break her concentration. Unwaveringly, she continues to gaze throughthe sights, acquiring the target. She locks on and fires.The Marines of Low Altitude Air Defense Gunner’s Course 3-15conducted a Stinger Missile




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Aug

2015

HMHT-302 demonstrates CH-53E capabilities with 2nd Transportation Battalion

Cpl. Paul S. Martinez, 10th Marine Regiment

Ancient Rome was not built in a day, but perhaps it could have been if there were Marines from Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron 302 around to do the heavy lifting.For the Marine Corps, transportation of resources is made expedient thanks to the 16-ton CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter’s capability to carry its own weight. HMHT-302 supported




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Aug

2015

Marine divers train at new open-water site

Carden Hedelt, Marine Corps Systems Command

Marine combatant divers from the National Capital Region and Marine Corps Base Quantico took to Lake Anna, Va., for the first time July 21 to refresh dive skills and maintain qualifications. They used both open-circuit and closed-circuit underwater breathing apparatuses as well as an underwater propulsion device.About an hour southwest of Quantico,




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Aug

2015

Ten years later, Marines remember Hurricane Katrina relief efforts

Sgt. Melissa Karnath, Defense Media Activity

The coastline of southern Mississippi was lined with large, historic houses with lush green yards and tall palm trees. Families had owned houses along the coast for many decades, each with a front walkway and stairs leading to their grand house. There was a charm about the area.   Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area Aug. 29-30,




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Aug

2015

Lieutenant General Frank Petersen dies at 83

Sgt. Terry Brady, Defense Media Activity

Lt. Gen. Frank E. Petersen, Jr. (ret.) the first African-American Marine Corps aviator and the first African-American Marine Corps officer to be promoted to brigadier general, died Aug. 25, 2015.“[He was] a pioneer and role model in many ways, a stellar leader, Marine officer and aviator.” said Gen. John M. Paxton, Jr., the 33rd Assistant




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Aug

2015

Building Marine Corps backbone

Cpl. Khalil Ross, Marine Corps Base Hawaii

A wounded man lies in a vast open field while a cool breeze plays over the grass and flowers. One Marine enters the field, followed by a second, then a third. The Marines walk heel to toe creating the illusion of gliding. Even with rifles and gear they hardly make a sound. As the Marines enter the field their heads swivel to and fro, always




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Aug

2015

2nd Recon Bn. prepares for Marine Combatant Diver Course

Cpl. Chelsea Toombs, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Imagine holding your breath long enough to where your brain is begging you to breathe. Now imagine having to become comfortable with the feeling for two weeks. That’s what the Marines of 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion are doing as they participate in a physically and mentally draining pre-dive training course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 17




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Aug

2015

Sentry savannah 2015 takes off once more

Lance Cpl. Jonah Lovy, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

Marines, airmen and national guardsmen are participating in Exercise Sentry Savannah 2015 hosted by the Savannah Combat Readiness Training Center, Ga. Aug. 21 to Sept. 14.Several squadrons from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, including Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115, flew training exercises for Sentry Savannah, Aug 21. “Sentry Savannah is a





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