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Aug

2014

Teamwork helps recruits prevail during Crucible

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

Some obstacles can be performed individually, but certain tests are impossible without teamwork. Recruits of Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, utilized just that for their biggest test in recruit training, the Crucible, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 20.The Crucible is a 54-hour exercise that tests the skills recruits




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Aug

2014

A Long Way from Home

Cpl. Dan Hosack, Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.

Fresh dew wets the grass as the sun slowly rises over the countryside. The only sounds that can be heard are birds chirping and a lawnmower in the distance. It is a sharp contrast from the fast-paced life of Washington, D.C.            This is the type of difference Cpl. Megan Hancock, a native of Sheridan, Ill., has had to adjust to when she moved




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Aug

2014

Marine assaultmen rocket back to their roots

Lance Cpl. William Perkins, Defense Media Activity

Assaultmen with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, conducted a live-fire range with MK153 Shoulder-Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapons aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, August 21-22, 2014. For the Marines, the training provided extra trigger time using integrated elements such as coordinated volleys and an evaluated night




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Aug

2014

Marines, Army look to future of autonomous ground vehicles

Cpl. Terry Brady, Defense Media Activity

Distinguished military and civilian personnel visited the Savannah River Site in Aiken, South Carolina during the Autonomous Mobility Applique System Joint Capability Technology Demonstration Aug. 20.“The JCTD is a joint effort between the Marine Corps and the army to come up with standardized robotic kits for their tactical wheeled vehicles,” said




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Aug

2014

Marines train for pilot recovery in jungle

Lance Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei, Defense Media Activity

A Marine pilot finds cover in the forest sending multiple distress signals after his plane crashes deep in enemy territory.His broken leg makes getting back to friendly lines unlikely. Remaining hidden, he hears a helicopter approaching in the distance, and shortly afterward he sees Marines weave through the jungle to rescue him.Marines with




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Aug

2014

More upgrades coming to Quantico 50M pool next season

Ameesha Felton, Marine Corps Base Quantico

More improvements are on the horizon at the Quantico 50M Pool. The pool will close for the season Sept. 2. However, Lindsay Leach, aquatics director, said they’re already working on new items and renovations that will improve user experience next summer. The Olympic-sized pool will be outfitted with new ladders, lounge chairs and children’s




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Aug

2014

475 compete in 2nd annual Quantico Tri

Sgt. Rebekka S. Heite, Marine Corps Base Quantico

Approximately 475 athletes signed up to compete in the 2nd annual Quantico Tri, the Marine Corps Marathon Event Series triathlon, on Aug. 24 on Marine Corps Base Quantico. The results for 388 competitors are available on www.marinemarathon.com. Luis Morales, a wounded warrior featured in last week’s paper, finished in 187th place with an overall




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Aug

2014

Marine Shooting Team heads to England for international competition

John Hollis, Marine Corps Base Quantico

The weapons they use will be somewhat different, but members of the U.S. Marine Corps Shooting Team say the principles will remain constant when the head to England next month to compete in the Royal Marines Operational Shooting Competition. “That’s why we train,” said Sgt. Thomas Cruz, U.S. Marine Corps Shooting Team, Weapons Training Battalion.




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Aug

2014

Creative, strategic thinking key to effectively leading in warfighting arena

Ameesha Felton, Marine Corps Base Quantico

Although Marine Corps commanders have a wealth of experience, the challenge many face is taking their accumulated knowledge and adapting it on a strategic level. That’s because of a gap in Professional Military Education between Top Level School, which most take as lieutenant colonels, and the Capstone, which is a general officers course. To help




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Aug

2014

Montford Point Marine earns Congressional Gold Medal

Joycelyn Biggs, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany

A Montford Point Marine was honored posthumously when his widow received the Congressional Gold Medal Friday at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany.Pfc. James Windom, one of the original Montford Point Marines, served as an infantry rifleman during World War II in the Marine Corps. His military career began in





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