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Jan

2006

Marines, Iraqis patrol streets, open doors of Hit

Cpl. Cullen J. Tiernan, HIT, Iraq

Walking through the marketplace, buying goods from vendors, being invited into houses to drink chai tea, Iraqi Soldiers and Marines with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), are patrolling the streets of Hit, Iraq, and winning the trust of its people.   When the Marines with Charlie Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st




25

Jan

2006

II MEF gets shooters back in the black

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

Every recruit becomes a rifleman when they become a Marine. The title remains throughout a career, along with the skill of marksmanship.   Most Marines are required to re-qualify on the M-16A2 service rifle each year. For Marines with military occupational specialties that orient around the rifle, annual re-qualification is another day in the




25

Jan

2006

Fort Worth, Texas native rules road in Iraq

Pfc. Christopher J. Ohmen, CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq

When Marines from 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment head out into their area of operation, they are transported in armored personnel carriers by Marines who have volunteered to drive them.   Sergeant Daniel W. Robnett, a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement driver with 2nd Platoon, Company F volunteered for the seven-month deployment to Iraq.   “I




25

Jan

2006

2nd Marines leathernecks recognized for sacrifice, valor

Cpl. Mike Escobar, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.

In 1943, the 2nd Marine Regiment spearheaded the battle to take the Japanese-held Tarawa atoll, a series of islets in the central Pacific, as U.S. forces pressed toward the Land of the Rising Sun.  The Corps lost more than 1,100 men as they were cut down by Japanese machine gunners on the shores and beaches, while of the 4,700 Japanese defenders,




25

Jan

2006

Clarence Center, N.Y. native honored with award;

Cpl. Athanasios L. Genos, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.

There they were, moving into an area known to be a hot spot for insurgent activity when it happened Oct. 2, 2005.  Gunfire, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades began flying around them as they took cover and started their assault on the enemy’s position in Karmah, Iraq.   Lance Cpl. Michael A. McGraw, a 20-year-old automatic rifleman with 2nd




25

Jan

2006

LAR corpsman receives Bronze Star for multiple incidents

Lance Cpl. Lucian Friel, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.

In combat, Navy corpsmen are relied on to be ready to treat any type of injury or mass causality situation, sometimes risking their own lives in the process.   Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason C. Deguzman, from Santa Rosa, Calif., did this more than once, earning him the Bronze Star Medal for his achievement during combat operations.   On May 13,




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Jan

2006

'Wild Goose' hosts 4th MAW leaders in Iraq

Cpl. Micah Snead, AL ASAD, Iraq

Marines and Sailors from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 774 recently received a very personal message of appreciation.   Brigadier Gen. R. David Papak, the commanding general of 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, and Sgt. Maj. Jimmy D. Cummings, the Wing sergeant major, visited the Wild Geese of HMM-774, Jan. 18, at Al Asad, Iraq. The visit was much more




25

Jan

2006

Every Marine plays vital role during convoys

Cpl. Cullen J. Tiernan, FORWARD OPERATING BASE HIT, Iraq

Convoys or combat logistics patrols of the Marine Expeditionary Unit Service Support Group 22 are constantly on the move delivering supplies and transporting Iraqi soldiers and Marines throughout the Al Anbar province of Iraq.   Every Marine and sailor knows their role aboard the convoys rolling through treacherous terrain.   Some are prepared to




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Jan

2006

Ace relives days as Camp Pendleton's top entertainer

Lance Cpl. Patrick J. Floto, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.

Very few Marines from the Corps’ latest generation would recognize this particular charismatic 70-year-old man smoking vintage cigarettes but 35 years ago every Marine across the globe knew his name.   This man is Ace London, the former husband of the Angel of Camp Pendleton: Jean London. He was also the co-producer and director of the Camp




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Jan

2006

Experience pays off for Destin, Fla., native

Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Zahn, FALLUJAH, Iraq

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror; I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do,” Eleanor Roosevelt once wrote.   For one Marine, past experiences have