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Sep

2004

From the streets of Los Angeles to the swamps of Parris Island;Marine makes most of opportunity

Lance Cpl. Darhonda V. Hall, MCRD/ERR PARRIS ISLAND, S.C.

Growing up on the tough streets of Los Angeles and losing both of her parents in a tragic accident before the age of 3, Gunnery Sgt. Nichelle A. Mason, November Co. first sergeant, 4th RTBn., learned from an early age to take advantage of every opportunity. One of those opportunities came when Mason was a senior in high school. The Armed Services




24

Sep

2004

From the streets of Los Angeles to the swamps of Parris Island;Marine makes most of opportunity

Lance Cpl. Darhonda V. Hall, MCRD/ERR PARRIS ISLAND, S.C.

Growing up on the tough streets of Los Angeles and losing both of her parents in a tragic accident before the age of 3, Gunnery Sgt. Nichelle A. Mason, November Co. first sergeant, 4th RTBn., learned from an early age to take advantage of every opportunity. One of those opportunities came when Mason was a senior in high school. The Armed Services




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Sep

2004

26th MEU activates

- 26th MEU Public Affairs Office, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.

The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit officially activated today, assuming operational control of its ground combat, aviation combat and service support elements during an afternoon formation at Goettge Memorial Field House here.   The addition of Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines; Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 162 (Reinforced);




24

Sep

2004

26th MEU Force Recon raids SOTG

Sgt. Roman Yurek, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.

Enemy forces gather in a seemingly abandoned building, unaware of the silent force preparing to enter from the outside.   A team of Marines sets up in front of the main door.  They set an explosive charge and in seconds, the door is blown and the team moves in.  They move room-by-room, eliminating the enemy threat and securing the building.   This




24

Sep

2004

A change of pace: Photo Essay

Lance Cpl. Caleb J. Smith, FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq

Amidst fighting, capturing enemy insurgents, dodging improvised explosives on the roadside, and finding hidden weapon caches used against coalition forces, Marines take every opportunity to do what they can for the innocent people of Iraq who have little but suffered much.In one such humanitarian mission, Marines from Marine Expeditionary Unit




24

Sep

2004

Marine wounded in Afghanistan greets MSSG-22 on North Carolina shores

Sgt. Matt Preston, CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.

He was the first Marine with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit injured in Afghanistan, and he wanted nothing more than to be with his fellow Marines as they returned to Camp Lejeune.   Corporal Daniel Lasko, a motor transport operator from Easton, Penn., welcomed the Marines and sailors from MEU Service Support Group 22 as they unloaded their




23

Sep

2004

Group scouring local military families for makeover candidates

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An organization comprising selected medical professionals, health and wellness experts and beauticians is reaching out to the military community with three free personal makeovers - one of which could probably be categorized as extreme:   It includes some combination of laser vision correction surgery, cosmetic surgery or dentistry, and a




23

Sep

2004

Black, green boots to get the boot Oct. 1

Sgt. Jim Heuston, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.

Say bye-bye, spit shines - as the Marine Corps marches toward an Oct. 1 deadline marking the last day for black boots.   Thereafter, black or green boots no longer will be authorized - even when wearing woodland cammies, according to All Marine Message 028/02. The only exception will be black safety boots called for in certain work environments.




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Sep

2004

State's First Lady helps christen outreach for kids

Lance Cpl. Daniel J. Redding, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.

Buoyed by a visit from California's First Lady, a hefty donation from a major fast-food chain and a commitment from 27 Marine and Navy volunteers with a heart for kids whose parents have gone off to war, "Operation Bigs" was formally launched here Tuesday.   The groundbreaking program, a collaboration between Big Brothers and Big Sisters of San




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Sep

2004

MCLB Barstow Marine selected for Warrant Officer

Lance Cpl. Nich R. Babb, MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE BARSTOW, Calif.

There is not much to do in the town of Pittsfield, Mass., for an excited new high school graduate. An industrial town where most girls her age get married and for fun attend sheeptacular sheep exhibitions with sheep art and shepherd's-pie cook offs, according to the city's Web site. One thing she certainly could do though, is join the United States