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Aug

2011

Helo raid force from sea refuels in desert

Sgt. Elyssa Quesada, YUMA PROVING GROUND, Ariz.

Marines in the desert here refueled helicopters carrying riflemen from an oceangoing ship 200 miles away, allowing a heliborne raid company to press on to its nighttime training objective miles away Aug. 17. Marines serving with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s reinforced helicopter squadron had two days earlier set up and manned the forward




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Aug

2011

Marines, Seabees complete road in Helmand province

Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Snodgrass, NOW ZAD DISTRICT, Afghanistan

Marines with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), and Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4 held a "golden spike" ceremony to celebrate the completion of route red west, in Now Zad District, Helmand province, Aug. 5.  Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan, Commanding General of Regional Command Southwest, was on




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Aug

2011

Lone Star Marines guide Afghan soldiers to new battlespace

Cpl. Adam Leyendecker, CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan

Marines with the Houston-based 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, also known as the Lone Star Battalion, provided security and guidance to Afghan National Army soldiers traveling through Helmand province, Aug. 5.  The 650 ANA soldiers were traveling from basic training at the Consolidated Fielding Center in Kabul to their assigned battle-space in




15

Aug

2011

Mesa, Ariz., Marine keeps watchful eye during Operation Black Sand

Cpl. Bryan Nygaard, COMBAT OUTPOST SHUKVANI, Afghanistan

As a torrent of bullets whizzed past their heads, the Marines in Observation Post 8 quickly dropped to the ground, narrowly avoiding what could have been their deaths. As they lifted themselves off of sandbags covering the bottom of the small bunker, they looked up to see Staff Sgt. Christopher Sharp smiling down at them.   “What are you ducking




15

Aug

2011

Texas Marines wrap up Afghan police training mission

Cpl. Adam Leyendecker, CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan

In the mountains of Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan, a small group of Marines are wrapping up a successful tour of training Afghan National Security Forces.   The Marines, reservists with the Houston-based 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, deployed to Training Site Survey Lone Star in February and have spent the last several months




15

Aug

2011

Cultivating a counterinsurgency mindset: 3/3 Marines polish infantry skills for fall deployment

Cpl. Reece Lodder, MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII

Shielded behind the walls of an enemy compound, a heavily armed squad of Marines huddled together and impatiently waited for the command to enter. Toiling through obnoxious heat in Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s new military operations in urban terrain training facility, these infantrymen with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment,




15

Aug

2011

Yuma Marines reenlist in Afghan skies

Pfc. Sean Dennison, HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan

A group of Marines in Afghanistan recently extended their service to the Corps, not on the sands of the country’s battlefields, but thousands of feet above it.  The three Marines, all with Marine Attack Squadron 513, reenlisted aboard a Marine Corps KC-130J Hercules aircraft from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252, Aug. 13. Cpl. Shawn




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Aug

2011

Raid on mock pirated vessel planned, launched from sea base

Gunnery Sgt. Scott Dunn, PACIFIC OCEAN

Training to retake a hijacked seagoing vessel, maritime raiders boarded their floating objective miles from Southern California's San Clemente Island Aug. 14, while overhead, helicopters flew unseen snipers and heavy guns. The raid force’s assault element – Marines and sailors serving with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit – launched from USS New




14

Aug

2011

The ‘dog’ days of summer

Cpl. Jeff Drew, CAMP HANSON, Helmand province, Afghanistan

Dependability, integrity, endurance, unselfishness, courage, enthusiasm, loyalty – these are just a few of the leadership traits Marine Corps drill instructors aim to instill within their recruits.  The black and yellow labs partnered with Marine infantrymen of 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, are a great deal like Marine recruits.  They need to




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Aug

2011

Marines in Afghanistan run in honor of fallen sister

Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington, CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan

More than 500 U.S. Marines and deployed troops participated in a 5-kilometer memorial run to honor the life and service of Maj. Megan McClung at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Aug. 13. McClung, a public affairs officer, was the first female Marine Corps officer to die in combat in Iraq. She was killed Dec. 6, 2006, by an improvised explosive device