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2015

Marines unload during Mk 19 qualifications

Cpl. Kirstin Merrimarahajara, II Marine Expeditionary Force

“Full load!” shouts a machine-gunner, signifying that he is ready to unload grenades onto a target. A rhythmic burst explodes from the gun, followed by a cloud of red dust engulfing an abandoned tank. His aim was spot on.Approximately 20 Marines with Scout Platoon, 2nd Tank Battalion qualified using a Mk 19, a 40 mm, belt-fed automatic grenade




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Jan

2015

James L. Fowler, founder of the Marine Corps Marathon, dies at 84

Emily Langer (The Washington Post), U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve

James L. Fowler, a Korean and Vietnam war veteran who dreamed up the event that became the Marine Corps Marathon, the annual race that has drawn tens of thousands of athletes to the capital over nearly four decades, died Jan. 20 in Alexandria, Va.He was 84.The cause was congestive heart failure, said his wife, Betsy Fowler.The Marine Corps




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Jan

2015

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation receives donation for brighter future

Cpl. Cuong Le, Defense Media Activity

The 2013-2014 college school year had price tags ranging from $8,000 to more than $30,000.The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation received a $1.25 million dollar donation from PwC Charitable Foundation on Jan. 14, 2015. The donation will help mitigate the cost of higher education for the children of Marines and Navy corpsman.            “We really




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Jan

2015

Integrated task force AAV platoon takes aim on gunnery skills

Cpl. Paul S. Martinez, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force

Marines with Amphibious Assault Vehicle Platoon, Company B, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, conducted a live-fire exercise at Range SR-10 aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Jan. 20, 2015.The platoon focused on firing tables three and five of the AAV gunnery manual, with a particular emphasis on their competency with




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Jan

2015

Stewart passes U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace to O’Donohue

Sgt. Terry Brady, Defense Media Activity

Maj. Gen. Vincent R. Stewart, The Commanding General of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace, relinquished authority to Maj. Gen. Daniel J. O’Donohue during a change of command ceremony, Jan. 21, at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.Stewart will be promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and will assume the duties as the 20th director of Defense




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Jan

2015

Motor T drives mountains

Lance Cpl. Kaitlyn Klein, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Motor transportation Marines with 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, and Combat Logistics Battalion 26, Headquarters Regiment, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, expanded their horizons during small unit support vehicle and mountain driving courses Jan. 14, 2015, at Bridgeport, California, in preparation for mountain warfare and survival training in the




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Jan

2015

Convoy training prepares riflemen for future operations

Cpl. Luis Ramirez, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan

Riflemen with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, conducted convoy operations training, Jan. 14, 2015, at Penny Lake Fields aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.The training is part of combined arms training focused on improving unit cohesion and combat readiness.As part of the training, Marines learned basic skills on dismounting




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Jan

2015

DieSeL Classic bolsters camaraderie

Lance Cpl. Medina Ayala-Lo, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center

The Combat Center hosted its Combat Center DieSeL Classic at the base qualification Range, Jan. 17, 2015.This is one of several competitions the Combat Center shooting team participates in each year. The DieSeL Classic is the mid-range match, a competition where shooters fire from the 300, 500 and 600 yard lines. Marines, sailors and service




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Jan

2015

Serbian soldiers and U.S. Forces unite i urban warfare training

Sgt. Russell Midori, Marine Corps Forces Africa

Marines and Serbian soldiers shared skills for urban warfare in Bulgaria Jan 17 as part of Exercise Platinum Lion 15.The tactics exchange was led by Marines from Black Sea Rotational Force 14, which have been operating with NATO Allies and partners in the Black Sea Region since August. The rotational force is supplemented by 2nd Battalion, 2nd




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Jan

2015

Remembering Kobe, Learning the Lessons

Robert D. Eldridge, Ph.D., III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office

Twenty years ago today on 17 January at 5:00 a.m., I awoke and began my morning routine of making coffee and sitting down to a good book. It was actually lying down, as I lived in 4.5 tatami mat size room and my bed also served as my couch. I had returned to Japan on 15 January, following a trip to the United States to celebrate Christmas with the





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