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Sep

2002

Hagee pegged as new CMC

Sgt. Robert Piper, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.

Camp Pendleton's highest-ranking officer is on his way to becoming the Marine Corps' commander in chief.   President George W. Bush  nominated Lt. Gen. Michael W. Hagee, currently the I Marine Expeditionary Force's commanding general, Friday to become the new commandant when Gen. James L. Jones vacates the post next year to become NATO's Supreme




15

Sep

2002

Evacuation procedures, techniques tested by 15th MEU during MEUEX

Cpl. Anthony R. Blanco, CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.

Exactly one year after the horrific events that transpired on September 11, 2001, Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit trained for a Non-combatant Evacuation Operation near Las Pulgas during the one-week MEU-EX in order to enhance their evacuation procedures of American Citizens and Third Country Nationals from Hostile or uncertain




13

Sep

2002

Red Lions roar during turf manuevers, externals, weapons training

Pfc. Monroe F. Seigle, ISLAND OF KAUAI, Hawaii

ISLAND OF KAUAI, Hawaii - Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 stationed at MCB Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, deployed to the Pacific Missile Range Facility here Sept. 13, to conduct a variety of weapons training and tactical aerial maneuvers.   Aircrew members and aerial observers trained with the .50-caliber, helicopter-mounted machineguns during




13

Sep

2002

AAV maintenance keeps tracks afloat

Cpl. Jason E. Miller, MCB HAWAII, KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii

When many people think of United States Marines, immediately visions of amphibious assaults like the one on Iwo Jima appear in their minds.   They picture platoons of warriors running into a hail of gunfire as they approach in armored vehicles from the sea.   What they may not realize, however, is what goes on behind the scenes of an amphibious




13

Sep

2002

Kaneohe Marines zero in at III MEF sniper contest

Sgt. Robert Carlson, MCB HAWAII, KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii

Two snipers representing 1st Bn., 3rd Marine Regiment, took out their competitors and brought back first place honors in the recent III Marine Expeditionary Force Scout Sniper competition in Okinawa, Japan.   Corporal David A. Bendinger and Cpl. Wayne G. Altheuser, both with 1/3's Scout Sniper Platoon, were on the top of the heap when scores were




13

Sep

2002

24th MEU (SOC) harriers conduct training in Rota, Spain: Photo Essay

Gunnery Sgt. Mike Dougherty, USS NASSAU AMPHIBIOUS READY GROUP, MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Underway)

Marines from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 263 (rein) AV8-B Harrier detachment arrived in Rota, Spain, for two weeks of aerial combat training. After completion, the detachment will fly to Decimomannu, Italy for bilateral training with the Gruppo Aerei Imbarcati, an Italian Harrier squadron.




13

Sep

2002

Code Talker legacy deployed with 24th MEU (SOC)

Cpl. Jeff Sisto, USS NASSAU Amphibious Ready Group (Underway)

When the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) left Camp Lejeune, N.C. for their deployment to the Mediterranean and Arabian Seas, the unit brought with it a living piece of Marine Corps history. Cpl. Arceno Jake is the grandson of David Jordan, a World War II veteran and Navajo Code Talker.   As a tank mechanic with




13

Sep

2002

Life aboard the USS Austin and USS Tortuga: Photo Essay

Gunnery Sgt. Mike Dougherty, USS NASSAU AMPHIBIOUS READY GROUP, MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Underway)

Principal staff members of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) recently visited the smaller ships of the Amphibious Ready Group. This gave them an opportunity to conduct business and see Marines and Sailors working together aboard the USS Austin and USS Tortuga. Aboard the smaller ships, Marines compared their




13

Sep

2002

ACE Marines keep helicopters operational aboard the USS Nassau: Photo Essay

Sgt. Bryan P. Reed, USS NASSAU AMPHIBIOUS READY GROUP, MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Underway)

Various maintenance sections from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 263 (HMM-263) the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Aviation Combat Element (ACE), work to keep their helicopters and planes operational and flying. Whether it is equipment worn by the pilots and crew, or the engines that power the aircraft, there is a maintenance section specified




13

Sep

2002

BLT 2/2 sharpens nighttime firing skills aboard the USS Nassau: Photo Essay

Cpl. Jeff Sisto, ;USS NASSAU AMPHIBIOUS READY GROUP, MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Underwa

After Marines of Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines were able to Battle Sight Zero their weapons and hone their marksmanship skills during day time live-fire exercises conducted on the USS Nassau (LHA-4), they elevated that training by firing at night. Marines practiced using their Night Vision Goggles on the flight deck under a