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Sep

2002

Hawaii has top woman shooter

Pfc. Monroe F. Seigle, MCB HAWAII, KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii

Every Marine is a rifleman first, and from Day One of basic training, recruits are instructed in the hallmark skill of the Corps - marksmanship.    Marines are held to higher standards than any other branch of the armed forces, and from their ranks come those who can excel far beyond minimal standards.  Gunnery Sgt. Tamara L. Fode, the legal chief




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Sep

2002

Blood Bank thanks MCAGCC Marines, Sailors

Cpl. Julie A. Paynter, MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Community Blood Bank affiliates hosted a luncheon and tour of the CBB's Rancho Mirage facilities and the Eisenhower Medical Center for Marine and Sailor unit representatives from the Combat Center Sept. 12.   "Our Marine Corps and Navy have always been heroes whenever and wherever enemies threaten the peace of the innocent," read a caption on one




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Sep

2002

Career planner secures futures, takes honors

Cpl. Jeff M. Nagan, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C.

A gunnery sergeant with Marine Wing Support Squadron 273 was named The Career Planner of 2002 for 2d Marine Aircraft Wing.   After aiding the Sweathogs in reaching more than a 40-percent retention rate, Gunnery Sgt. Steven Diaz competed against hundreds of other career planners of the 2nd Marine Air Wing and MWSG-27 to earn the nomination.




20

Sep

2002

11th MEU training lifts cargo, spirits

Sgt. Brian J. Griffin, CENTRAL COMMAND AREA OF OPERATIONS

Standing in the eye of a man-made tornado, sand, pebbles and debris whirl around the Marines concentrating on their task.   The thundering clap of rotor blades from a 16,500-pound helicopter hovering overhead reduces communication to hand and arm signals.   The 100 mph downwash of a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter isn't enough to prevent the members




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Sep

2002

24th MEU (SOC) Marines turnover with Austrians in Kosovo

Cpl. Jeff Sisto, GLOBO HILL, Kosovo

In a scenic mountainous setting, Marines from Company G, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Bn., 2nd Marines, held a turnover ceremony with a company of Austrian soldiers that has been operating in mountains of the Multi-National Brigade South Area of Operations since May.  The ceremony marked the arrival of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special




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Sep

2002

24th MEU (SOC) arrives in Kosovo

Sgt. Zachary A. Bathon, PRIZREN, Kosovo

As darkness began to set on the evening of Sept. 19, most of the people aboard Camp Able Sentry in the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia were winding down and preparing to call it a day.   But this wasn't the case for Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable). Their night was just beginning. They were




19

Sep

2002

Mounted Color Guard helps Patriot Day honors

Sgt. Joseph Lee, MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE BARSTOW, Calif.

In the darkness of the early morning, a crowd of local citizens is gathered together in prayer.   Flashing lights from surrounding emergency vehicles randomly illuminate the faces of local service members dressed in their formal uniforms, as well as police, fire and medical personnel.   There is a feeling of sorrow in the air.   The rhythmic beat




19

Sep

2002

Thrift Shop breathes life into pre-owned merchandise ;

Cpl. Nicholas Tremblay, MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, GA

Many people want to find a bargain -- good items at low prices, and bargains are sometimes hard to find. One place base patrons can go to buy items for less is the Staff Noncommissioned Officers Wives Club Thrift Shop.   The Thrift Shop is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. It offers a variety of merchandise such as uniform




19

Sep

2002

Base honors POWs/MIAs;

Cpl. Phuong Chau, MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, GA

Fourteen returned prisoners-of-war were honored as the base's special guests at the 16th Annual POW/MIA Recognition Breakfast Friday. Base commanding officer Col. Joseph R. Wingard, welcomed the returned prisoners of war and the families of Americans missing in action to the annual event and thanked them for their courage and devotion to duty. "We




19

Sep

2002

Moving Vietnam Memorial preparations begin;

Cpl. Joshua Bozeman, MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, GA

FORT BENNING, Ga. - Not even the remnants of a tropical storm could keep a group of the legendary Navy Seabees from completing their mission Saturday. Eleven Sailors from the Columbus, Ga., reserve unit and one retired Army Special Forces veteran who volunteered, 'weathered' the storm to construct the foundation for the moving Vietnam Memorial. The