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17

Apr

2014

Last U.S. Forces leave Nimroz province, Afghan National Army is ready to stand on their own

Sgt. Frances Johnson, FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II, Afghanistan

An estimated 7 million Afghans were able to successfully and peacefully vote in the recent Afghan national elections due to the security provided solely by Afghan National Security Forces.  The Afghan National Army and other ANSF pillars stood strong, ensuring a peaceful voting process for their fellow Afghans after years of training and advising




17

Apr

2014

Under Secretary of Defense Visits Camp Pendleton

Lance Cpl. Ricardo Hurtado, CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.

Secretary Jessica L. (Garfola) Wright, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, visited Marines and Sailors aboard Camp Pendleton Calif., April 7.  Wright visited Camp Pendleton to familiarize herself with the Marine Corps and to meet with officials from I Marine Expeditionary Force and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.  Wright toured the




17

Apr

2014

2nd MAW, Cherry Point volunteers recognized for contributions

Lance Cpl. Unique Roberts, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C.

Marine Corps Community Services held the 2014 “Celebrate Service” Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point April 11, 2014.  As local volunteers filled the banquet room, representatives from each unit and organization aboard the air station gathered and awaited the presentation of certificates from Maj. Gen. Robert




17

Apr

2014

Marines HITT field to support heroes

Lance Cpl. Grace Waladkewics, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C.

Marines are known for their strength and skill, and are recognized by the country’s citizens as America’s expeditionary force in readiness. As the nation’s first line of defense, Marines have a huge load to carry to support the citizens as well as their brothers and sisters fighting beside them.  Marine Air Control Squadron 2 hosted its first HITT




17

Apr

2014

Easter ‘eggcitement’ comes to Cherry Point

Lance Cpl. Victor A. Arriaga, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C.

“Get ready, set, go!” sounded from behind the caution tape as children ran toward the little colored eggs scattered all across the ground at the Shady Grove picnic area. Hidden under pine needles, behind trees and even under tires, the children searched for the eggs left behind by a little furry friend.   Service members and families of Marine




17

Apr

2014

American league wins Quantico Intramural Basketball All-Star game

Lance Cpl. Cameron Storm, MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va.

The Quantico Intramural Basketball 2014 3-Point Challenge and All-Star game took place April 7, 2014, at the Barber Physical Activity Center. The National League team held off the American League to win, 51-42. Before the All-Star game started, there was a 3-point challenge where players from each league signed up to take 15 shots from beyond the




16

Apr

2014

Maryland educators get an inside look at Marine Corps recruit training

Sgt. Bryan Nygaard, MCRD Parris Island, S.C.

Every year, more than 20,000 men and women are recruited and sent to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., with the hopes of becoming a United States Marine. It is on this island that recruits endure 13 weeks of “boot camp,” which is arguably the most physically and mentally challenging basic training of all the uniformed services.  Forty




16

Apr

2014

Warrior Wednesday: Marine from Watsonville, Calif.

Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.

In his senior year of high school, Sgt. Sigilfredo Garcia had the rest of his life ahead of him and many paths to choose from. At the crossroads of his life, a time when most youth are unsure of which direction to head, Garcia was certain of two things; he wanted to be a Marine and work with his hands.  Having only fired a weapon once in his life,




16

Apr

2014

Retired Air Force major, MCSC employee deploys to Afghanistan

Carden Hedelt, MCSC Corporate Communications, QUANTICO, Va.

It's a cold morning in Virginia and Marianne Lumsden's house is absolutely spotless. The retired Air Force major and current Marine Corps Systems Command employee has everything in its place. Blankets are folded and stowed away perfectly. The floors shine and, save an open laptop and a few papers strewn about her glass-top coffee table-polished to perfection-nothing is out of place.




16

Apr

2014

Marine Reservists in Afghan Theater

Sgt. Michael Ito, Afghanistan

With media coverage of Operation Enduring Freedom waning, budget discussions about ending funding to the war in Afghanistan, and focus turning away from the Middle East, U.S. forces are slowly being forgotten in the American conscious. But the fact remains that service members are still hard at work, working with and training Afghan troops and





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