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2011

2/6 conducts counter insurgency training

Cpl. Ed Galo, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Marines with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, conducted counter insurgency training in which they patrolled through scene that resembles an Afghanistan town searching for possible improvised explosive devices and interacted with role players who dressed like citizens of Afghanistan, August 17-18.  The training was done in preparation




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Division Marines run, row, cycle for wounded vets

Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde, CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Afghanistan

Day-shift workers in 2nd Marine Division’s (Forward) intelligence section wait until nightfall to squeeze in their cardio. They are tired from working all day, but they have committed to a goal of running hundreds of miles in a mere six months and aren’t going to get there by sleeping.  These Marines are participating in the Leatherneck 236




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UFG Marines reset after typhoon

Lance Cpl. Tyler C. Vernaza, CENTRAL TRAINING AREA, OKINAWA, Japan

Marines with 7th Communication Battalion reestabished communications Aug. 8 for Exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian, immediately after Typhoon Muifa’s passing. UFG is an annual joint/combined command post exercise which demonstrates the U.S. commitment to the ROK-U.S. alliance. UFG is a defense-oriented, routine exercise that enhances the ability of




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2011

Marine Corps Bases Japan continues tsunami readiness

Cpl. Megan Angel, CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, Japan

Military officials recently initiated measures to ensure Marine Corps Base Camp Butler residents are better prepared before tsunamis. Tsunami hazard signs were installed in low-lying areas of the Marine bases here. Typhoon hazard areas include areas below 30 feet of elevation. During this effort, upgrades to the base public announcement systems are




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2011

Marines practice rapid refueling

Lance Cpl. Tyler C. Vernaza, IE SHIMA, OKINAWA, Japan

Marines with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265, currently attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted rapid ground refueling training here Aug. 12. The training was intended to increase the rapid ground refueling skills of the Marines. “Our job is to find a usable space for the aircraft to land on, and use it as a forward




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Aug

2011

PMO conducts alarm-response drills

Pfc. Brianna Turner, CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, Japan

This was the only warning given before doors slammed open during the Provost Marshal’s Office alarm-response training held at Futenma Housing on Camp Foster Aug. 16. The Marines, a part of Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, conducted a variety of scenarios to prepare themselves for responding to alarms. The training




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2011

H&HS cleans up children’s center

Lance Cpl. Courtney G. White, OKINAWA CITY, OKINAWA, Japan

Marines from Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron volunteered at the Okinawa Child Development Center in Awase Aug. 13. Marines with the squadron, part of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, volunteered their Saturday morning at the center, which cares for children and adults with disabilities, to clean up after Typhoon Mufia. “We are trying to




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Aug

2011

DPD deploys underwater from combat rubber raiding crafts

Lance Cpl. Mark W. Stroud, CAMP SCHWAB, OKINAWA, Japan

Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion executed a series of submerged movements off the beaches of Camp Schwab using diver propulsion devices Aug. 9. The DPD is a battery-powered vehicle capable of carrying two divers and their gear while submersed out of sight. “The (DPD) is the Marine Reconnaissance’s miniature submarine, if you will,” said




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2011

Marines reclaim beach from trash, debris

Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr., KIN RED BEACH, OKINAWA, Japan

Retrieving one piece of misplaced trash at a time, Marines from bases throughout Okinawa helped beautify local beaches during a beach cleanup at Kin Red beach Aug. 13. Foregoing the usual Saturday morning ritual, more than 50 Marines made the trek from their barracks rooms to Kin Red and a neighboring beach to donate time and energy to the




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On-base beaches have much to offer

Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr., OKINAWA, Japan

Much of Okinawa’s coast is made up of white sand beaches and crystal-clear blue waters. The subtropical climate allows for year-round outdoor activities, and a day at the beach or a tropical weekend get away is no more than a 90-minute drive away. Okuma Recreational Facility, White Beach and Oura Wan Beach are three of several on-base beaches that