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Apr

2004

MCMAP sustainment keeps skills sharp

Lance Cpl. Justin V. Eckersley, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, SC

During Marine Corps Martial Arts Training sustainment, Marines work hard to perfect moves they have already learned.   Sustainment training is required for every level after tan belt, according to Marine Corps Order 1500.54A. This training is necessary to ensure that as new skills are learned, old ones are not forgotten.   “With training, you must




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Apr

2004

MCAS Beaufort aces air show

Cpl. Micah B. Snead, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, SC

The Air Station hosted the 2004 Lowcountry Air Show April 24 and 25.   A crowd of more than 100,000 spectators gathered on the flightline over the weekend for a glimpse of the best and brightest from military aviation past and present.   More than a dozen aerial acts lured “oohs” and “ahhs” from the crowd before the climactic Navy Blue Angels




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Apr

2004

ACE maintainers withstand hostile Afghan climate

Sgt. Matt C. Preston, KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan

Though most enemy anti-aircraft guns were destroyed when U.S. forces entered Afghanistan in 2001, the climate remains hostile to the aircraft of the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable).   With high temperatures reaching well past the 100 degree mark and peak wind speeds of 60 knots blowing dust and other debris into engines,




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Apr

2004

Marines are gunning for goliath

Cpl. Robert M. Storm, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.

Tanks are some of the most awesome and terrifying vehicles on the modern-day battlefield, and to actively hunt them down with light infantry weapons takes a special type of Marine — or at least Marines who are mad.   Riding around in humvees, Marines from Combined Anti-Armor Team Platoon, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, use




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Apr

2004

Station prepares after record-setting typhoon season

Lance Cpl. Lukas J. Blom, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan

The Station sustained more than $1 million in damages as a result of Typhoon Songda, Sept. 6, 2004, most of which could have been prevented with simple precautionary actions.   Typhoon season in the local region begins June 1 and runs through Nov. 30. Last year, 13 typhoons hit Japan, a record year, nine of which caused Iwakuni to go into increased




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Apr

2004

America goes way of Samurai

Lance Cpl. David Revere, IWAKUNI, Japan

Thousands of Japanese gathered at the Kintai Bridge April 29 to celebrate the 26th Annual Kintai Bridge Festival.   Among the locals, service members and family members from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni attended the festival to not only experience the culture, but participate as well.  The Daimyo and Young Warriors Procession Parade, the main




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Apr

2004

Marine band swaps notes with Darton musicians

Cpl Isaac Pacheco, MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga

Two local musical powerhouses made some noise last week when they combined forces for a performance at Darton College in Albany, Ga.   The Albany Marine Band and Darton College Concert Band teamed up April 20 for a night celebrating patriotic music and other classics.  Several hundred people packed into the Darton Theater to enjoy the festive union




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Apr

2004

Maintenance center enters second phase of hardening its rolling stock

Colie Young, MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga

Maintenance Center Albany recently completed the armoring of 192 High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle undercarriages for the Corps' 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, which is deployed to Afghanistan.   According to Gary McAllister, MCA's project manager for armor, the Marine Corps has entered the second phase of hardening its rolling stock for




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Apr

2004

‘America’s Battalion’ brightens Afghan childrens' day

Lance Cpl. John E. Lawson Jr., SUROBI DISTRICT, Afghanistan

Hundreds of Afghan children, some barefoot, form a single-file line with anxious looks on their faces. Smiles break through the dirt caked to their faces.   “Our American friends came to visit, and they brought gifts,” seemed to be what the children were thinking.   Their friends, the Marines and sailors of 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, based at Camp




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Apr

2004

Marines liven up career day at World Financial Center

Cpl. Beth Zimmerman, NEW YORK

"Marines have a special way of greeting each other," explained Gunnery Sgt. Jeffrey Green, from 6th Communication Battalion in Brooklyn N.Y.  "And since you all are Marines for the day, I'm going to teach you how to greet each other like Marines."   A roomful of 10-year-old kids looked intently back at the muscled Marine that stood in front of