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Jun

2002

Chapel congregation 'thanks' fathers

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

Members of the base community attended a Father's Day breakfast, which was prepared by the Protestant Women of the Chapel, here Sunday   The breakfast was one way to honor fathers for the roles they play in the world. People have different ideas of what roles fathers do play.   "We are truly a family here and appreciate what our fathers do," said




19

Jun

2002

I MLE directs fire at MCAGCC

Cpl. Brent Walker, MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Putting steel on target is what the Marine Corps is all about, and few do it as effectively as one of the Corps' newest, but largely unknown, units.   The Camp Pendleton-based I Marine Expeditionary Force Liaison Element spent last week aboard the Combat Center practicing its battlefield mission, which includes directing artillery, mortars, Naval




18

Jun

2002

Navy, Marine air asset integration working at MCB Hawaii

, MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII

While talk of integrating Navy and Marine Corps air assets has been up in the air for some time, Marines and Sailors at MCB Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, are already making it happen on a daily basis.    Since the addition of several naval squadrons from Naval Air Station, Barber's Point, a single unit made up of both Marines and Sailors has had the job of




17

Jun

2002

Despite Bad Experience, Marine Returns to Corps for Camaraderie

Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Apprendi, MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.

They are the front line of the Marine Corps.  Every other Marine supports them to complete the mission.  They are one of the most disciplined and highly trained warriors in the world -- they are the infantry.   It's amazing where these Leathernecks find the inner strength to carry packs weighing around 80 pounds -- not to mention the ammo, weapons




17

Jun

2002

'Pirates' plunder Yukon vessel

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

Like modern-day pirate raiders, Marines from 2nd Bn., 3rd Marine Regiment,  climbed aboard the USNS Yukon at Pearl Harbor Naval Complex, Monday, to perform a mock takedown of the vessel.  Golf Co. Marines arrived early in the morning, running through several tours and rehearsals of the drill, before finally kicking off the training evolution and




17

Jun

2002

Marines fall for 26th MEU

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

Over the city, a helicopter hovers above a building.  Seconds later, two ropes come hurdling out of the aircraft and just as the ropes touch down, two Marines follow.   Though this feat may seem dangerous to some, to the Marines it is just another way to adapt when an area is not suitable to use as a landing zone.   To acquire the skills of




15

Jun

2002

Alabama Marines Tackle Live-Fire Range at CAX

LCpl Matthew J. Apprendi, MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.

Amid the endless sand and rocks of the Mojave Desert, and under a sun that pushed temperatures to 115 degrees, Marines from Company L, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division, Montgomery, Ala., set out to conquer a live-fire range during Combined Arms Exercise 7-02.   It was a chance to see how these Marines handle working together as a




15

Jun

2002

Weapons Platoon packs big punch

LCpl Matthew J. Apprendi, MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.

Green figures darted up a desert mountain carrying their savior -- M240G machine guns with thousands of rounds of ammo - and, out in the distance, more of the same men dashed down toward a small valley in the Mojave Desert clutching their 60mm mortars with rounds and sights.   The mission of these Leathernecks is to provide support for rifle




14

Jun

2002

Planting rice for friendship

Cpl. Jayson Price, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan

Station residents participate in many cultural exchanges which appear to be as varied and diverse as the people involved.   Children from Matthew C. Perry Elementary helped Japanese children plant rice June 7 at a rice plantation to participate in a cultural exchange of their own.   "It was a great opportunity for us to get out and meet local




14

Jun

2002

Grace under pressure

Cpl. Joe Lindsay, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan

Who says you can't go home again?   After finishing his three-year Iwakuni tour today, Station Executive Officer Lt. Col. William Grace, who has logged a nearly unheard of 6,000 flight hours as a Marine Corps pilot, is headed back to where it all began - sort of.   The Portland, Ore., native and Texas A & M graduate's next residence will be