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Apr

2014

Maryland educators get an inside look at Marine Corps recruit training

Sgt. Bryan Nygaard, MCRD Parris Island, S.C.

Every year, more than 20,000 men and women are recruited and sent to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., with the hopes of becoming a United States Marine. It is on this island that recruits endure 13 weeks of “boot camp,” which is arguably the most physically and mentally challenging basic training of all the uniformed services.  Forty




16

Apr

2014

Warrior Wednesday: Marine from Watsonville, Calif.

Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.

In his senior year of high school, Sgt. Sigilfredo Garcia had the rest of his life ahead of him and many paths to choose from. At the crossroads of his life, a time when most youth are unsure of which direction to head, Garcia was certain of two things; he wanted to be a Marine and work with his hands.  Having only fired a weapon once in his life,




16

Apr

2014

Retired Air Force major, MCSC employee deploys to Afghanistan

Carden Hedelt, MCSC Corporate Communications, QUANTICO, Va.

It's a cold morning in Virginia and Marianne Lumsden's house is absolutely spotless. The retired Air Force major and current Marine Corps Systems Command employee has everything in its place. Blankets are folded and stowed away perfectly. The floors shine and, save an open laptop and a few papers strewn about her glass-top coffee table-polished to perfection-nothing is out of place.




16

Apr

2014

MARFORRES in Afghanistan

Sgt. Michael Ito, Afghanistan

With media coverage on Operation Enduring Freedom waning, budget discussions about ending funding to the war in Afghanistan, and focus turning away from the Middle East, U.S. forces are slowly being forgotten in the American conscious. But the fact remains that service members are still hard at work, working with and training Afghan troops and




16

Apr

2014

8th ESB stays sharp on trigger

Cpl. Shawn Valosin, CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.

Marines with Alpha Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group assaulted the SR-8 range here with M-249 Squad Automatic Weapons, M-240B medium machine guns and the Corps’ old work horse, the M-2.50-caliber machine gun, April 14.  “We want to familiarize our Marines with the weapons systems they will be using on convoys




16

Apr

2014

DoD unveils improved sexual assault prevention training

Amaani Lyle, WASHINGTON

As part of efforts to eliminate the crime of sexual assault in the military, Defense Department officials today announced improvements to sexual assault prevention and response training for all members of the armed forces and civilian employees.  Officials said the improvements center on development of consistent sexual assault prevention and




16

Apr

2014

Trainers help maintain fitness during pregnancy

Lance Cpl. Sarah A. Luna, MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va.

Marine Corps Base Quantico requires pregnant Marines to complete a Combat Fitness Test and a Physical Fitness Test within six months after their six weeks of postpartum convalescent leave regardless of the time of year. Fitness trainers at Barber Physical Activity Center offer training sessions tailored for pregnant and postpartum active duty and




15

Apr

2014

Pendleton holds annual volunteer recognition ceremony

Sgt. Valerie C. Eppler, CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.

Military and civilian volunteers were awarded for their acts of service at the 2014 Volunteer Recognition Ceremony held at the Pacific Views Event Center here April 10.  All the nominees and their command staff were invited to attend because the winners were not notified until their names were announced during the ceremony.    Volunteers were




15

Apr

2014

Integration of reserve female Marines to select reserve units

Sgt. Jessica Ito, NEW ORLEANS

Effective immediately, female Marines in grades E6 through E7 and O1 through O3, and female naval medical officers, chaplains and hospital corpsmen of the same grades, may be affiliated or assigned to select billets within the following 4th Marine Division and Force Headquarters Group units:  Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marine




15

Apr

2014

Relief society still accepting donations

Lance Cpl. Sarah A. Luna, MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va.

The last day to donate to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society 2014 Active Duty Fund Drive is April 30, 2014. The NMCRS provides financial assistance and education, as well as other programs and services, to members of the Navy and Marine Corps, their eligible family members, widows and survivors, according to NMCRS literature. So far, Marine Corps





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