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Jun

2011

Remembering the fallen at the Gold Star Mothers’ brunch

Lance Cpl. Chelsea Flowers, ST. LOUIS

The beautiful room at the St. Louis Union Station Marriott was filled with large round tables and crowded with women in white dresses, men in suits and Marines in uniform. People laughed and smiled as they enjoyed brunch together. Onlookers would never imagine that hidden behind the laughter, lies unimaginable heartache.  The women in white




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Jun

2011

2nd Marine Division Band on the road again

Cpl. Johnny Merkley, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.

The 2nd Marine Division Band traveled to Southport, N.C., to perform at the historical revolutionary war site of Ft. Johnston.  The concert opened the town’s week-long Fourth of July festival, a tradition the band is very familiar with.  “The concert was held to kick off the town’s local Fourth of July celebration,” said Staff Sgt. Chris Dwyer, the




26

Jun

2011

Ballistic Underwear Make Their Way to Marines in Afghanistan

Cpl. Marco Mancha, Ballistic Underwear Make Their Way to Marines in Afghanistan

Once you get past the humor of “ballistic underwear,” the threat it helps mitigate is real and the protection is necessary.  The new ballistic underwear to better protect against life-altering injuries is here and has already become a standard in proper protective equipment for almost every unit when they go outside any forward operating base in




26

Jun

2011

CLB 22 Marines Conduct Mass Casualty Training

Sgt. Amber Blanchard, Sierra Del Retin, Spain

Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 22, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted a mass casualty exercise aboard the Sierra Del Retin Training Center, Spain, June 26, 2011.  This training was designed to provide security to an area while treating and evacuating casualties as quickly as possible.  “We go in, secure the area, and




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Jun

2011

Former enlisted Marine soars through ranks to fly helicopters in Afghanistan

Cpl. Rashaun X. James, CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan

“I grew up right in the flight path of Camp David,” said Erich Lloyd. “I would see the presidential helicopter coming to and from the retreat there, and I remember thinking how I always wanted to fly helicopters.” In his adolescence the Frederick, Md., native joined the Civil Air Patrol and Young Eagles aviation programs, cementing his interest in




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Jun

2011

Don't rain on my parade

Cpl. Jeremy Ware, St. Louis

St. Louis — A torrential downpour flooded central Missouri, and slowly crept its way across the state toward the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis, as Lance Cpl. Jason Wynn donned his ceremonial dress blue white uniform in preparation for the most important show of his career.  Wynn, a ceremonial marcher with the US Marine Corps Silent Drill




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Jun

2011

CLB 22 Marines Conduct Humanitarian Assistance Training

Sgt. Amber Blanchard, Sierra Del Retin, Spain

Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 22, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted a humanitarian assistance training operation aboard the Sierra Del Retin Training Center, Spain, June 25, 2011.  During the training, Marines established a humanitarian assistance camp, including an administrative processing tent, a medical tent and sleeping




25

Jun

2011

Spanish, American Marines Conduct Mechanized Raid

Cpl. Dwight A. Henderson, SIERRA DEL RETIN, SPAIN

U.S. Marines from Easy Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Spanish Marines from 9th Mechanized Company, 3rd Mechanized Landing Battalion, conducted a mechanized raid aboard Sierra Del Retin, Spain, June 25, 2011.  The exercise was part of the Spanish Amphibious Bilateral Exercise,




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Jun

2011

LAR trains with Spanish Piranhas

Cpl. Dwight A. Henderson, SIERRA DEL RETIN, SPAIN

U.S. Marines with Light Armored Reconnaissance Platoon, Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted bilateral, mounted, counter improvised explosive device training with Spanish Marines assigned to reconnaissance platoon, 3rd Mechanized Landing Battalion, Spain, June 25,




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Jun

2011

TRICARE’s online smoking cessation helps kick the habit

Cpl. Salvador R. Moreno, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.

 Quitting smoking is only a click away for service members and dependants thanks to TRICARE’s new online counseling service.  All TRICARE members are eligible to receive tobacco cessation support through the Department of Defense website, www.ucanquit2.org.  It’s a free online support system that prepares tobacco users to quit the habit, using