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New reenlistment procedures heighten competition

Cpl. Justin R. Wheeler, CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa, Japan

Marines who want to reenlist will find they need to excel above their peers more than ever after a Marine administrative message regarding new reenlistment procedures was released May 11. MARADMIN 273/11 specifies that the Marines who retain Marine Occupational Specialty “boat spaces” should be the most qualified instead of “first to




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Marines prepare for NOLES ‘11

Sgt. Heather Brewer, CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan

Marines and sailors with Special Operations Training Group and Military Police Support Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF, participated in sustainment training here in preparation for the Non-Lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2011 May 23–26. NOLES ‘11, which is scheduled to take place May 30 – June 10 in Chonburi,




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Hydrate to beat summer heat

Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr., CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan

Today begins the Critical Days of Summer campaign that will last through Labor Day weekend. The goal of the Marine Corps Bases Japan Safety Office’s campaign is to reduce the number of mishaps that occur during the summer months by focusing on a topic of safety each week. All Critical Days of Summer topics are important, however, hydration, this




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Marines test warrior spirit at Bushido Challenge

Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr., CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan

More than 150 Marines pushed themselves to the limit during the 2nd Annual Bushido Challenge at Camp Hansen May 20. Hosted by the Single Marine Program, the Bushido Challenge combines eight events including a physical fitness test and combat fitness test to challenge the fitness of each team of four competitors. “The word Bushido stands for ‘the




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Blood donations vital to Pacific Region

Cpl. Megan Angel, CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa, Japan

The U.S. Pacific Command Armed Services Blood Bank Center on Camp Lester is the headquarters of blood operations and the main source of blood products for the entire Pacific theater. As part of the Armed Services Blood Program, the official U.S. military blood program, blood donations serve as a vital link to military service members and their




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Advanced course students beautify Okinawa by cleaning Araha Beach

Sgt. Brandon L. Saunders, CHATAN Okinawa, Japan

More than 30 Marines from the Okinawa Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy’s Advanced Course, class 4-11, volunteered to clean up trash and debris on Araha Beach, Okinawa, May 20. The clean up is one of many community relations projects designed to involve Department of Defense personnel and their families in the local community and help keep the




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Marines conclude multinational match

Lance Cpl. Mark W. Stroud, PUCKAPUNYAL, Australia

The Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting 2011 came to a close here May 19, ending a three-week long marksmanship competition among 13 nations. The annual meeting was designed to test the participants’ combat marksmanship, build rapport among nations and provide a forum for the discussion of training techniques relating to combat marksmanship. The




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2d, 3d MSOB Marines conduct pre-deployment exercise

Cpl. Kyle McNally, 27-May-11

Marines and Sailors from the 2d and 3d Marine Special Operations Battalions, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, recently executed what is perhaps MARSOC’s most realistic and dynamic pre-deployment exercise – a two-week immersion designed to prepare MARSOC Marines for combat operations in Afghanistan. “This exercise provides




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Volunteers, parents, station residents celebrate Kid’s Day with child’s play

Cpl. Marcel Brown, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan

The Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron Family Readiness Office hosted Kid’s Day at the Monzen side baseball field here May 20. “Everybody has been working so hard with Operation Tomodachi and things like that, so we wanted to put something on that the family members can participate in and relax with their children,” said Diane Heard, H&HS




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Station chaplain dies in bicycle crash

Cpl. Marcel Brown, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan

Lt.j.g. Bruce B. West Jr., 41, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron chaplain, a native of Williamsburg, Va., died in a bicycle crash near Yasaka dam Saturday morning. A memorial service in his honor was held Thursday at the Marine Memorial Chapel. “We’re all sad over here,” said Lt. Robert Mills, Deputy Command Chaplain, in a Stars and Stripes