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Oct

2014

Bronze Star awarded posthumously to Marine for valor in combat

Cpl. Tiffany Edwards, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve

"He was killed stepping out of a doorway so someone else didn’t have to,” said Sgt. Christopher Leonard, the former first fire team leader for 2nd Squad, 1st Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. “He would never let someone else put their life on the line when they didn’t have to.”Sgt. Daniel Vasselian is remembered by his Marines




21

Oct

2014

11th MEU begins Cougar Voyage 15

Cpl. Demetrius Morgan, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit

As the United States continues to reaffirm their commitment to allied forces working around the globe, Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are doing their part to help strengthen military-to-military relationships with partner nations. One way the 11th MEU and Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island make a difference




21

Oct

2014

VMAQT-1 Marines conduct historic fly-by, lauded for excellence

Cpl. J. R. Heins, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Training Squadron 1 was recently named the recipient of the 2014 Association of Old Crows Marine Corps outstanding unit award. The squadron celebrated by making Marine Corps aviation history by conducting a single squadron seven-aircraft fly-by at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Oct. 16.The




20

Oct

2014

VMFA - 533 goes sky high, Korean Marine Exchange Program 14-13 begins

Cpl. Antonio Rubio, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan

Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533, also known as the “Hawks,” launched their first aircraft during the Korean Marine Exchange Program 14-13, Oct. 13, 2014, on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The program’s goals is to increase the combat readiness of Marine Aircraft Group 12, improve its operating skills as a Marine Air-Ground Task




20

Oct

2014

Gunfighters take basics to heart for familiarization training

Cpl. Christopher Johns, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

UH-1Y Huey pilots and crews with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 369 “Gunfighters,” took to the air for familiarization training aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 16. Although this training occurs fairly often, it allows pilots and crew members, or those who haven’t flown in a while, a chance to gain




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Oct

2014

U.S. Marines partner with East African forces

1st Lt. Maida Kalic, "The Commandant's Own"

U.S. Marines arrived in East Africa, October 14, to train Ugandan and Burundian forces, preparing them for future deployments.The forces will practice basic infantry tactics, engineering, logistical support, countering improvised explosive devices, lifesaving techniques, and convoy operations throughout October and December. The U.S. force is from




17

Oct

2014

Passing of Corps; Dunford becomes 36th Commandant

Cpl. Dylan Bowyer, Defense Media Activity

Gen. James F. Amos, the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, relinquished command of the Marine Corps to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., Oct. 17 at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.The ceremony started with musical performances from “The Commandant’s Own,” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps and “The President's Own,” United States Marine Band.




17

Oct

2014

U.S., Bulgaria resilient as regional threat looms

Sgt. Derrick Irions, Marine Corps Forces Africa

U.S. and Bulgaria military exercises demonstrate a combined commitment to preserving European security amidst recent Russian aggression.As current regional tensions in Eastern Europe intensify, NATO partnerships are vital to deescalating and deterring threats.During a recent training exercise, the U.S. and Bulgaria forces refined offensive and




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Oct

2014

Riverine tactics deter illicit activity on Cameroon waterways

Cpl. Shawn Valosin, Marine Corps Forces Africa

Countries in Africa with access to coastal and inland waterways like Cameroon have placed great emphasis on riverine operations and patrolling to help ensure the safety and security of their border.Marines, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen from Security Cooperation Team 5 Bravo, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa,




16

Oct

2014

Montford Point Marine widow accepts Congressional Gold Medal

Sgt. Marcy Sanchez, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

African American’s service to the United States can be traced back to the country’s inception. It wasn’t until the twentieth century that service members were truly integrated in military units.In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 8802 permitting African American recruitment in the Marine Corps. These recruits were not





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