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Jul

2014

Fool’s Gold found along Quantico Creek

Tiffiney Wertz, MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va.

The effects of the Civil War in the mid 1800s left the south in disarray and in search of economic stability. During this time of Reconstruction, John Detrick, from Baltimore, trekked along the Quantico Creek and spotted a shiny object in the water.  The object was iron pyrite, commonly known as Fool’s Gold, chemically it is called iron sulfide.




10

Jul

2014

HMLA-467 conducts first combat deployment supporting operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan

Sgt. Frances Johnson, CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan

Marine Aircraft Group-Afghanistan has different air assets contributing to the last operations in Regional Command (Southwest), and Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 467 brings the multirole versatility needed for combat operations in southern Afghanistan.  The unit, known as the Sabers, is currently deployed from Marine Corps Air Station




10

Jul

2014

Weapons sets sights on Sons of Pitches

Nathan L. Hanks Jr., July 10, 2014

Weapons dominated the Sons of Pitches, 21-2, in a makeup intramural softball game July 3 at Crouch Field, here.   Coming off a loss to Old School, Weapons zeroed in on its opponent, scoring five runs in the first inning. The oldest softball team in the base league, Weapons scored two more runs in the top of the second, increasing the lead,




10

Jul

2014

Scout Sniper Platoon mourns loss of fallen brother

Cpl. Joseph Scanlan, CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan

Nearly four months into their combat deployment, Marines and sailors with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, experienced a heartbreaking loss.  Sergeant Thomas Z. Spitzer, a team leader with Scout Sniper Platoon, 1st Bn., 7th Marines, was killed while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 25.  Spitzer, a 23-year-old




10

Jul

2014

R4OG: no gear left behind

Sgt. Jessica Ostroska, CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan

As troops continue to draw down from Afghanistan and head back to the United States, their tactical equipment needs to be redeployed as well.  Redeployment and Retrograde in support of Reset and Reconstitution Operations Group was established aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, during April 2012. They have a significant role as




10

Jul

2014

Veteran, beloved Marine leader takes over SMP

Ameesha Felton, MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va.

The Single Marine Program’s new coordinator aims to reenergize participation, modernize the facility and the connect with Marines on a personal level.  To most Marines aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Michael Moore is known as sergeant major, as he is the former sergeant major of Headquarters and Services Battalion. However, as SMP coordinator,




10

Jul

2014

Camp Upshur welcomes all units for training

Tiffiney Wertz, MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va.

About 10 miles past the Ponderosa Gate, empty roads snuggled between thousands of acres of training and live-fire ranges, sits Camp Upshur on the grounds of what was, in 1942, the home to The Officer Candidates School.  Since 2008 a hi-tech, training area exists for reservists, active duty Marines and non-military, government-agency personnel to




10

Jul

2014

SACOs help Marines kick substance abuse habits

Ameesha Felton, MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va.

The Consolidated Substance Abuse Counseling Center wants Marines who are struggling with a drinking or a drug problem to know they have a direct path out of that trap.  Each unit provides a designated Substance Abuse Control Officer, who can evaluate Marines and set them on a path to recovery by referring them to the right services. SACOs are not




10

Jul

2014

Report confirms high-quality drinking water across base

Chuck Jenks, MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va.

The 2013 Drinking Water Quality Report has confirmed that the three main sources of drinking water at Quantico are below or well below Environmental Protection Agency and Virginia Department of Health regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. "The Marine Corps Base Waterworks Department has




10

Jul

2014

All hands welcome new Combat Center Commanding General

Lance Cpl. Paul S. Martinez, MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.

All hands aboard the Combat Center gathered at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray field to witness a historic moment in Combat Center history as Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, former Combat Center Commanding General, formally relinquished his command to Maj. Gen. Lewis A. Craparotta, Combat Center Commanding General, in a change of command ceremony, July 10, 2014.





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