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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




12

Sep

2002

Unitas Marines Storm Beach In Ecuador

Staff Sgt. Sam Kille, MARFOR Unitas PAO, JARAMIJO, Ecuador

Before the sun made its way over the horizon, nearly 100 U.S. and 80 Ecuadorian Marines, assaulted the beach at the naval base here, Sept. 10, as part of Unitas 43-02-an annual series of training exercises conducted with Latin American maritime forces.   The amphibious training exercise was an excellent opportunity for the two nations to share




12

Sep

2002

MWSS-171 shows true colors

, MARINE CORPS AIRSTATION IWAKUNI, Japan

Since the beginning of the Marine Corps, pride has always been an important virtue to its people, and the Marines here with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 decided to display it in a very colorful way.   For the Marines of MWSS-171, showing their true colors came in the form of a huge mural painted by two very proud MWSS-171 Marines.   Lance Cpl.




12

Sep

2002

Town Hall twist

, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan

It may have been the Town Hall moment of all time, at least Station commanding officer Col. Dave Darrah said he thought so.   Towards the end of the Marine Corps Air Station Town Hall meeting at the Station Chapel Sept. 6, a Navy Airman informed Darrah that he only ate at the chow hall twice a day, and, in all earnest, requested if the government




12

Sep

2002

Off-base trash hurting force protection

, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan

With the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks just two days old, the Station is asking everyone to remain vigilant and to follow the force protection measures that have been put in place for their safety.    Unfortunately, many residents who reside off-base are weakening some of those measures as well as creating other safety hazards




12

Sep

2002

PCS moves made easier with class

, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan

A workshop given by the Marine Corps Community Services Relocation Assistance Office here is providing valuable information to service members and their families who will soon make a Permanent Change of Station.   The "PCS with Success" workshop helps service members and their families by letting them know what to expect at their next duty station.




12

Sep

2002

Tackling Tejas Ranch

, TEJAS RANCH, TAKADA-GUN, Japan

Driving along Route 54, about an hour north of Hiroshima, it is easy to mistake the signs for Tejas Ranch in Takada-gun for, well, just about anything.   Anything, that is, but the Mecca of off-road four-wheel driving in Hiroshima Prefecture.   "One sign has got a picture of a goofy-looking horse with his tongue sticking out next to a coffee cup, a




12

Sep

2002

Fire from above

, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan

A key piece to the operational capability of military aircraft stationed aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni lies in the weapons systems that make the fast movers a force to be reckoned with.   Whether the aircraft are permanent to the Station or part of the Unit Deployment Program, the dependability of the 20 and 25mm guns on the aircraft