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Nov

2014

Marines polish direct fire skills

Lance Cpl. Jonathan Boynes, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Artillery units traditionally support ground troops with precise, long-range indirect fire, and are rarely called upon to engage targets with direct fire. Though direct engagements are not an artilleryman’s primary mission, Marines on the gun line are expected to be adaptable and effective under any and all circumstances.This expectation was put to




07

Nov

2014

Things you (probably) didn’t know about Operation al-Fajr

Cpl. Sara Luna, Defense Media Activity

In March of 2004, I Marine Expeditionary Force assumed full responsibility for the security of Al Anbar Province, Iraq, from the U.S. Army’s 82d Airborne Division.On March 31, 2004, three U.S. contractors were killed by an angry mob, which burned and mutilated the bodies and hung them along the King Faisal Bridge, which runs over the Euphrates




07

Nov

2014

MEB-A Marines return home from Afghanistan

Courtesy Story, I Marine Expeditionary Force

The crowd cheered and clapped, and camera shutters clicked and clacked as buses filled with loved ones came to a stop next to the 21 Area parade deck.Marines and sailors with Marine Expeditionary Brigade – Afghanistan returned home from a historic deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to their families at a homecoming ceremony at




07

Nov

2014

Combat Shooting Team hits center mass during competition

Sgt. Terry Brady, Defense Media Activity

Marines with Combat Shooting Team, Weapons Training Battalion, hosted the 4th Annual Quantico Combat Shooting Match Oct. 28-30 at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. The match was open to all qualified federal and military competitive shooters to test their marksmanship skills against one another.“The biggest draw of this is forcing Marines to




05

Nov

2014

Long-term temporary duty rates to change, official says

Claudette Roulo, Defense Media Activity

New long-term temporary duty per diem rules that go into effect Nov. 1 will save the Defense Department about $22 million annually, the director of the Defense Travel Management Office said recently.Long-term TDY is considered to be any temporary duty longer than 30 days. “So, for travel from 31 to 180 days, you will receive a flat-rate per diem of




05

Nov

2014

Marines to return from Afghanistan's Helmand province Thursday

Courtesy Story, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Media are invited to attend the homecoming Thursday of Marines and Sailors from Afghanistan’s Helmand province at approximately 1:30 p.m. PST aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.The returnees will include Brig. Gen. Daniel Yoo, commanding general of Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan and the last commanding general of International




05

Nov

2014

A look at crash fire rescue

Cpl. Matthew Callahan, Marine Corps Base Hawaii

"WATER!" bellowed a Marine clad in aluminized protective gear; water hose brandished and at the ready. His rescue man stood at his back, with one hand firmly gripping the slack of the fire hose and the other pointing at a rapidly growing blaze engulfing an aircraft.The hand line man spun his forearm, signaling the P-19 fire truck to feed him




05

Nov

2014

2/8 conducts embassy reinforcement during Exercise Bold Alligator

Lance Cpl. Preston McDonald, II Marine Expeditionary Force

More than 40 Marines with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment conducted an embassy reinforcement operation during Exercise Bold Alligator 2014 aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Oct. 29.The Marines from the battalion boarded two MV-22B Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162 at Marine Corps Air Station New River and




04

Nov

2014

Otis supports special operations, refines fundamentals

Cpl. J. R. Heins, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 supported United States Special Operations Command with an aerial delivery and insertion at Hurlburt Air Force Base, Florida, Oct. 24.Two KC-130J Super Hercules departed Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, traveling to Hurlburt, where 50 SOCOM operators and four Combat Rubber Raiding Craft were loaded onto




04

Nov

2014

15th MEU conduct vertical-assault training

Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit

After being briefed by their platoon commander, Cpl. Jose W. Delgado gathered his Marines around a terrain model to go over his squad’s mission.“There’s nothing routine about this, gents,” said Delgado, a squad leader with Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. “We’re the main effort





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