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Jun

2006

MWSS-273 corpsmen prepare for Iraq

Pfc. Jason D. Mills, YUMA PROVING GROUND, ARIZ.

The corpsmen of Marine Wing Support Squadron 273 are refining their skills in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Iraq later this year.   The corpsmen of MWSS-273 held mass casualty drills during Desert Talon at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., in order to assess the proficiency of all medical personnel.   A mass casualty is any medical




23

Jun

2006

Marines stay fit on deployment

Pfc. Nikki M. Fleming, USS ENTERPRISE

Most Marines routinely devote time for PT.  Whether preparing for their next Physical Fitness Test, or just trying to stay in shape, Marines are known to use workouts to not only maintain a sharp physical appearance, but also manage their stress levels.    For the Thunderbolts of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251, currently deployed aboard the




23

Jun

2006

Sweat Hogs shift gears in Arizona

Pfc. Jason D. Mills, YUMA PROVING GROUND, ARIZ.

Every Sweat Hog in Marine Wing Support Squadron 273 with a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle license is attending a combat vehicle operator training course in Yuma, Ariz., during Desert Talon.   The CVOT course began on the first day of training and will not end until the last day of training, making it the longest training exercise at




22

Jun

2006

3/2 Marine wife provides ‘reading rainbow’ for Marine wives with deployed husbands

Lance Cpl. Ray Lewis, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, NC.

A Marine wife might have the hardest job in the Marine Corps.Marine wives have to single-handedly clean house, take care of the kids and hold down the fort while their husbands are away at war.One Marine wife here is providing a “reading rainbow” for such situations.Jennifer Smart started a weekly Book Club here to help military wives cope with




22

Jun

2006

MCCS battles gas prices

Cpl. Samuel Palmer, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.

With gas prices rising  across the nation, Marine Corps Community Services is fighting  tooth and nail to keep as much money in Camp Pendleton drivers’ pockets as possible.   “The price of gasoline is always a concern on base, and the playing field is levied when compared to outside gasoline retailers,” said George W. Ladd, director of retail




22

Jun

2006

Camp Pendleton officials dispel myths, address child care

Sgt. Luis R. Agostini, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON,

Marine and Family Services representatives are urging Camp Pendleton families to research opportunities available for child care on and off base.   With approximately 354 trained, certified child-care employees, including 110 family child care providers in government quarters, along with six child development centers, three youth/teen centers and




22

Jun

2006

EOD makes their own heat at Mojave Viper

Cpl. Scott L. Eberle, TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.

Marines and sailors of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit recently finished over a month of training exercises at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms’ Mojave Viper training area where they received extensive insight and training on Improvised Explosive Devices.   What made this exercise unique compared to the many other




22

Jun

2006

Slaughter leaves 1st Tanks, Corps as Stopa takes command of tankers

Lance Cpl. Michael S. Cifuentes, MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.

Commanding officer of 1st Tank Battalion, Lt. Col. Aaron T. Slaughter, retired from the Marine Corps and relinquished his command to Lt. Col. James B. Stopa in a change of command ceremony June 22 on the commanding general’s parade field.   Slaughter had been a part of 1st Tank Battalion since 2001 as the battalion executive officer; he became




22

Jun

2006

Sun sets on 12 ‘Cutting Edge’ Marines

Cpl. Heidi E. Loredo, MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.

With a slow sunset a sorrowful backdrop, the families and friends of Marines killed during their last deployment gathered June 22 for a memorial service filled with prayer and tribute.   Third Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment deployed to Iraq early September 2005 and returned late March after spending seven months in the Al Anbar province. But the




22

Jun

2006

ASYMCA Wounded Comrades Fund reaches out to those in need

Lance Cpl. Katelyn A. Knauer, MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.

Lending a helping hand is nothing new to the men and women of our armed forces, so when it comes time, the Armed Services YMCA extends a helping hand to wounded service members and their families through the Wounded Comrades Fund.   The fund was designed in January to assist wounded service members and their families with financial needs such as