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Nov

2003

Holiday season means busy time for Parris Island band

Pfc. Justin J. Shemanski, MCRD/ERR PARRIS ISLAND, S.C.

With the holiday season well under way, families gather, gifts are exchanged and bands perform.   Playing many of their concerts during the last few months of each year, the Parris Island Marine Band is working overtime during this busy season.   On top of everything they have to do on a weekly basis -- Morning Colors, drill, and graduations - the




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Nov

2003

Steelers' cheerleaders dominate state competition

Cpl. Alisha R. Fitzgerald, MCRD/ERR PARRIS ISLAND, S.C.

The Marine Corps Community Services-South Carolina Laurel Bay Steelers 11- to 12-year-old girls cheerleading squad was named the Grand Champion of the state cheerleading competition in Irmo, S.C. Saturday.   The girls, made up mostly of 10-year-olds, started from scratch at the beginning of football season with a new coach and little or no




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Nov

2003

Toys for Tots provides chance to give back for Christmas

Cpl. Thomas Perry, MCRD/ERR PARRIS ISLAND, S.C.

The most recent War in Iraq and the continuing Middle East turmoil has entrenched the Marine Corps mantra that "Every Marine is a rifleman," in the minds of the American people. However, the Marine Corps' contributions to the home front community can often be lost among the heroic headlines.   The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is




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Nov

2003

Veterinary clinic warns of rabies virus, urges caution

Cpl. Jennifer Brofer, MCRD/ERR PARRIS ISLAND, S.C.

Most Depot residents have probably seen a cat or two scurrying around, but do not stop to think about the dangers these seemingly harmless strays can bring.   In 2001, there were 143 cases of rabies reported in animals in South Carolina, according to the Center for Disease Control. In light of the possibility of spreading to Parris Island, the




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Nov

2003

Shooters take aim at Rod and Gun Club's Turkey Shoot

Cpl. Jennifer Brofer, MCRD/ERR PARRIS ISLAND, S.C.

Aiming in downrange at a paper target 25 yards away, more than 500 service members, civilians and their families tested their shooting skills during the Rod and Gun Club's annual Turkey Shoot at the old skeet range Saturday.   At $1 per shot, relays of 20 participants lined up in front of the targets using a 410-, 12-, 16- or 20-guage shotgun in an




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Nov

2003

Battle shines on drill field despite life's challenges

Cpl. Thomas Perry, MCRD/ERR PARRIS ISLAND, S.C.

Sergeant Sheri Battle's booming voice ripped through her squad bay like a bolt of lightning that had just found its mark, while one of her recruits stumbled nervously through a report.   "What time of day is it recruit?" asked Battle, already knowing the answer to the simple question. "Have you eaten afternoon chow?"   "No ma'am," answered the




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Nov

2003

CSSB springs counter-ambush

Lance Cpl. Samuel Bard Valliere, MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.

Combat Service Support Battalion 10 Marines are making sure they're ready for convoy attacks by enemy fighters should they deploy to Iraq.   The unit conducted convoy operations Nov. 18-20 as part of a stepped-up training regiment as I Marine Expeditionary Force Marines prepare should their unit be tagged.   U.S. military and coalition convoys




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Nov

2003

Sergeants take charge, command 'the fight'

Lance Cpl. Samuel Bard Valliere, MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.

Noncommissioned officers might be the backbone of the Marine Corps, but at a recent exercise, they served as the brain trust.   Combat Service Support Battalion 10 ran the whole show Nov. 18-20 at a field excecise called Operation Bloodstripe, a training exercise designed to test noncommissioned officers' combat leadership.   The exercise allowed




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Nov

2003

13th MEU(SOC) Marines wield paint brushes, knock out civil assistance projects in Djibouti

SSgt. April D. Tuggle, CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti

Paint brushes took the place of rifles in the hands of more than 40 Battalion Landing Team 1/1 Marines and Sailors who participated in civic assistance projects in two Djiboutian towns recently.   The 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) ground combat element Marines ashore in Djibouti worked with Djiboutian locals and Army




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Nov

2003

Competition tests 13th MEU's Bravo Company squad skills

SSgt. April D. Tuggle, CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti

Marines and Sailors of Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/1, competed for the title of "Best Squad" during a competition Nov. 15 in Djibouti's Hol-Hol training area.   The 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) ground combat element Marines and Sailors pushed through stations designed to challenge the mental and physical