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2014

Forest Light brings Japan forces, U.S. Marines together

Cpl. Drew Tech, III Marine Expeditionary Force

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members and U.S. Marines came together in a ceremony Dec. 1 to open up exercise Forest Light 15-1 at the Oyanohara Training Area in Yamato, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan. Forest Light is a routine, semi-annual exercise designed to enhance the U.S. and Japan military partnership, solidify regional security agreements and




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Dec

2014

One Shot: Marines, JGSDF complete sniper training

Cpl. Drew Tech, III Marine Expeditionary Force

U.S. Marine Corps scout snipers collaborated with Japan Ground Self-Defense Force snipers during a lesson in stalking Dec. 2 in the Oyanohara Training Area in Yamato, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan. The training is part of Forest Light 15-1, a semi-annual, bilateral exercise consisting of a command post exercise and field training events conducted by




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Dec

2014

Finding best: Silent Drill School

Cpl. Miles Manchester, Marine Barracks Washington

Each year, the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon conducts Silent Drill School from November until the beginning of March in order to select new Marines for the upcoming parade season.




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Dec

2014

MARSOC Marines, sailors ride to remember

Sgt. Donovan Lee, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command

Marines and sailors with U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command and volunteers and staff with Operation One Voice bicycled 465 miles from North Carolina to Georgia during the eighth annual Honor Ride Sept. 8-12.Sponsored by Operation One Voice, the Honor Ride has been held each year since 2007 to honor an individual or group of




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Dec

2014

Boise, Idaho native overcomes tumor in spine to become a Marine

Sgt. Walter D. Marino II, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

When Esra D. Mullner was taken to a doctor for consistent back pain he had no idea doctors would find a tumor in his spine.At the time, he was just 11 years old and doctors advised against the surgery because of the high risk and low success rate of the procedure.“I remember my mom told me and at the time I didn’t understand what a tumor was,” said




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Dec

2014

US, Nigerian forces train for maritime security

1st Lt. Maida Kalic, Marine Forces Europe and Africa

Illicit and uncontrolled activities, including trafficking, piracy, and illegal and unregulated fishing are a few of the security challenges Africa faces on the maritime front. The safety of the security sector at sea is important not only to the communities that live near the sea but also to maritime trade, ocean resources and multilateral




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Dec

2014

2014 Colonel Justice Marion “Jumping Joe” Chambers Award for outstanding leadership selection board

Lance Cpl. Ian Ferro, Headquarters Battalion

Marine administrative message 616/14 announces the 2014 Colonel Justice Marion “Jumping Joe” Chambers Award selection criteria and solicits nominations of eligible Reserve company grade officers. The award is presented annually in memory of Col. Chambers, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, to recognize officers who best demonstrate the outstanding leadership qualities exemplified by Chambers during World War II.




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Dec

2014

15th MEU Marines participate in ground interoperability training

Cpl. Anna Albrecht, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit

U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit participated in ground-interoperability training aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., which began Nov. 13, 2014.Ground interop was the start of workups for the elements of the Maritime Raid Force. This allowed them to come together and start working as a team. The MRF is made up of primary assaulters,




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Dec

2014

US, Ghanaian forces enhance maintenance capacity

Cpl. Shawn Valosin, Marine Forces Europe and Africa

Marines with SPMAGTF Crisis Response - Africa are conducting a maintenance training engagement with noncommissioned officers of the Ghanaian Armed Forces, Nov. 30, 2014.The Marines of the Mobile Training Team will work with partner militaries to enhance motor transportation maintenance and basic daily operations to include safety, records




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Dec

2014

Navy Cross presented to MARSOC Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman

Lance Cpl. Steven Fox, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command

Heroism; bravery; valor: these are qualities which are defined and made familiar to Marines and sailors alike upon entering the service. They are further illustrated in the numerous chronicles of battles past, and the heroes of those battles. The service members who embodied, and truly exemplified those noble qualities in the direst of





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