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Jul

2011

Marines keep rolling through dangerous terrain

Cpl. Marco Mancha, Forward Operating Base Edinburgh, Helmand province, Afghanistan

Engine roars burst under the sunny morning sky from the monstrous trucks and off they go outside their protected walls, where potential threats are constant and the terrain is unforgiving. From sunrise to sunset, these hard-working Marines are always on the move. It’s their mission to roll through the rough roads of Afghanistan from patrol base to




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Jul

2011

Substance abuse counseling services return to Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow

Keith Hayes, MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE BARSTOW, Calif.

Marines battling drug or alcohol problems now have a resource aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Calif., to turn to for help. Manuel E. Llanura has been the substance abuse counselor aboard MCLB Barstow since April 26, taking on a billet that has been vacant for two years. The retired Navy chief petty officer has had extensive training and




13

Jul

2011

Iraq veteran awarded Purple Heart

Keith Hayes, VICTORVILLE. Calif.

Former Marine Sgt. Adolfo M. Bayardo was presented the Purple Heart by Col. Daniel P. Ermer, commanding officer, Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Calif., during a special ceremony at the High Desert Veterans Center in Victorville, Calif., June 27. Bayardo was accompanied by his wife, three children, parents, in-laws and extended family when




13

Jul

2011

US Marines, Australian Defence Force practice weapons drills during Talisman Sabre

Senior Airman Sara Csurilla, CAMP ROCKY, Rockhampton, Australia

From a distance, it looked like a normal training exercise taking place on any U.S. military installation, but up-close it looked a bit unusual.  The U.S. Marines were training Australian soldiers on weapons drills here as part of Talisman Sabre 2011.  “A weapons drill is an exercise where we move a weapon system from one location to another in as




13

Jul

2011

MWSS-274 dedicates first pitch to Marine family

Pfc. Cory D. Polom, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C.

Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 274 and their families took part in a unit-wide family day event at the Cherry Point softball complex July 8.  “We put on this event to help build esprit de corps and to show our appreciation to the families,” said 2nd Lt. Britin Ellard, the adjutant for MWSS-274. “The families are very important to this




13

Jul

2011

Schaefer takes post at MWSS-271

Pfc. Cory D. Polom, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C.

After a year of serving as Marine Wing Support Squadron 271’s sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Brett C. Scheuer passed on the unit’s enlisted sword to Sgt. Maj. Douglas B. Schaefer during a relief and appointment ceremony at the squadron headquarters building July 7.  “This squadron and all its Marines have been on their A game from day one,” said




13

Jul

2011

Behind the scenes: Aircraft maintainers help Marine jets keep pressure on insurgents

Pfc. Sean Dennison, KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan

Unsightly sweat stains mark another Afghan day for Lance Cpl. Joseph Gonzalez, but appearances are the farthest thing from his mind. Beneath the implacable sun, it’s his charge to ensure the AV-8B Harrier in front of him is ready for take-off. Gonzalez, a Marine Attack Squadron 513 powerline plane captain and Pasadena, Texas, native, goes through




13

Jul

2011

Marine Corps UAVs get new home in Afghanistan

Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington, CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan

Marine Corps unmanned aerial vehicles have a new home at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 formed a new detachment located here to help 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support in southwestern Afghanistan.  The new detachment became fully operational when




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Jul

2011

Logistics squadron keeps Marine aircraft flying in Afghanistan

By Cpl. Rashaun X. James, CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan

Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40 has one mission, to guarantee 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) squadrons are never left without ordnance, working equipment or the parts they need to keep aircraft in the fight in Afghanistan.  Maj. Michael Kline, the executive officer of MALS-40, explained how this is accomplished and what sets his squadron




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Jul

2011

Wounded Marines are provided specialized transition assistance

Aquita Brown, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., (July 13, 2011)

Wounded, ill and injured Marines lined the halls of the South Mesa Club aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., for the Hiring Heroes Career Fair today.  The career fair is a part of the Department of Defense’s Civilian Personnel Management Service, Recruitment Assistance Division’s outreach program that provides specialized transition