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2005

Marines sharpen skills at CPX

Cpl. Rocco Defilippis, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.

As the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit Command Element begins training for its deployment next spring, the Marines and sailors built on the real-world experience gained from supporting humanitarian efforts in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.   During the MEU’s command post exercise Oct. 24-27, the Marines used lessons learned during their




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3/7 Marines honor fallen brother

Cpl. Shane Suzuki, AR RAMADI, Iraq

A memorial service for a Marine killed in action Oct. 23 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom was held at the Camp Ramadi chow hall Oct. 25. Lance Cpl. Jonathon Spears, an infantryman from Company I, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, was killed while on patrol through Ar Ramadi. “Lance Cpl. Spears was a damn good Marine,” said Capt.




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Company L works with ISF on humanitarian mission

Cpl. Shane Suzuki, AR RAMADI, Iraq

Marines from Company L, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines recently assisted members of the local Iraqi Security Force and 6th Civil Affairs Group in delivering more than $500,000 of medical supplies to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital here Oct. 25.   Operation Doctor is an example of the new philosophy the battalion is using to win the support of the




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3/7 Marines, ISF work together during Operation Doctor

Cpl. Shane Suzuki, AR RAMADI, Iraq

Marines from Company L, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, and local Iraqi Security Forces recently distributed much-needed medical supplies during Operation Doctor at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Ar Ramadi Oct. 25, 2005.The operation, led by Civil Affairs Group 6, supplied the hospital and the local Ministry of Health with more than




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Oct

2005

Purple Hearts help their own

Sgt. Tracee L. Jackson, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.--

Six Purple Heart recipients from the II Marine Expeditionary Force skipped a routine week of work fishing for funds to help other Marines and sailors with combat injuries.   The five Marines and Navy Corpsman hopped a plane to the Virgin Islands to compete in a deep-sea fishing tournament sponsored by the Injured Marine Semper Fi Foundation and




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Oct

2005

Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps visits Camp Lejeune

Lance Cpl. Ryan M. Blaich, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.

The 15th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. John L. Estrada, visited Lejeune and addressed II Marine Expeditionary Force units Oct. 21.   “I am committed to you. I am your speaker to the Commandant,” Estrada told Marines gathered at the base theater.   Estrada praised Marines for their service and duty throughout these crucial times.




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Oct

2005

2/3 proves no mountain too tall

Sgt. Robert M. Storm, JALALABAD, Afghanistan

Marines and sailors of 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, conducted Operation Pil in the Watapor Valley Oct. 16-23 in order to improve security and assist in stabilizing the government in the troubled region.Operation Pil was the latest mission launched by the Marines and sailors aimed at improving security within the problem areas of the region.




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Oct

2005

Ammo technician learned much from life in the rear

Sgt. Joe Lindsay, MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

There are many stories of Marines from 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, based out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, who distinguished themselves on the battlefield in Iraq with valor and bravery.   These 1/3 Marines, along with all American and coalition forces service members serving on the front lines, deserve the thanks of a grateful




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Oct

2005

Memorial gym helps service members relieve combat stress

Cpl. Ken Melton, CAMP RIPPER, Iraq

After a long day’s work here, Marines need a way to relieve stress and relax from the rigors of being in a combat zone. Nothing serves better than a good workout.   Until a few months ago, the gym was barely large enough to hold a dozen people and equipment. The RCT-2 Headquarters & Support Company Commanding Officer and his Executive Officer




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Oct

2005

Kokomo, Ind., native rides again, on fourth deployment to Middle East

Cpl. Micah Snead, AL ASAD, Iraq

The current operational tempo of the Global War on Terrorism means many Marines are deploying to combat zones on a yearly basis. Back-to-back combat tours can cause headaches for Marines and heartaches for their families, but for Sgt. C. Alexander Wolf, it’s just another day at the office.   Wolf, the signals intelligence chief for 2nd Marine