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May

2002

MSSG-24 plays vital part at TRUEX

2nd Lt. Cameron Wilson, BASE CAMP WARRIOR, ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga.

They move behind the curtain and in the shadows performing their duties, without any expectation for praise. Often referred to as a mile wide and an inch deep, Marine Expeditionary Unit Service Support Group 24 (MSSG) is a representation of all the elements of the 2d Force Service Support Group (FSSG). However, the 24th MEU would not be the force




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May

2002

CAX 7/8: Reserve activations cause challenges, force New Orleans staff to step up to the plate

Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Apprendi, NEW ORLEANS

When the Marine Corps decided to activate the 25th Marines regimental headquarters back in December for Operation Enduring Freedom, the planners for the largest annual reserve training exercise disappeared. A team from Marine Forces Reserve headquarters and 4th Marine Division stepped up to take over the monumental task of planning and conducting




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May

2002

Former CG honored at HPU

Hawaii Pacific University, HONOLULU, Hawaii

Hawaii Pacific Uni-versity has named Retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. H. C. "Hank" Stackpole, who is president of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, the recipient of the Fellow of the Pacific Award - the Univer-sity's highest accolade.  The award was given at HPU's spring commencement exercises Wednesday, where Lt. Gen. Stackpole delivered




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May

2002

MSSG-24 practices strikes, blows, throws at TRUEX: Photo Essay

Cpl. David A. Hudson, BASE CAMP WARRIOR, ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga.

In order to remain proficient in the new martial arts training, Marines from Marine Expeditionary Unit Service Support Group 24 recently practiced strikes and blows at Base Camp Warrior, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.Marines attached to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit engaged in throws, kicks, strikes and blows to meet the requirements required to




14

May

2002

Joint Task Force Enabler obtains SOC qualification

Sgt. Zachary A. Bathon, BASE CAMP WARRIOR, ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga.

One of the major requirements placed on Marine Expeditionary Units is to become Special Operations Capable (SOC) qualified before embarking on regularly scheduled six-month deployments.   For most of the elements of the MEU this doesn't occur until late in training, specifically during the Special Operations Capable Exercise (SOCEX). But one




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May

2002

Headquarters Battalion holds annual NCO Mess Night

Cpl. Phuong Chau, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga.

Marines have many traditions that distinguish the green warriors of the sea from other military services. Respected by friends and feared by enemies, Marines hold these traditions close to their hearts.   Noncommissioned officers here took part in a mess night May 9 to remember the Marines of the past and present and to pay tribute to the




12

May

2002

Reserves represent Corps with display on the National Mall;;

Cpl. Nelson Akeredolu, WASHINGTON, D.C.

Recently, American citizens got an opportunity to take an inside look at the Marine Corps and other organizations that help make their lives better and safer.  Three Marine Forces Reserve units joined over 100 federal government, military, private and non-profit organizations to celebrate Public Service Recognition Week with a large exhibit on the




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May

2002

Ultimate Challenge Mud Run: Can You Handle It?

Maj. Kevin McNerney, COLUMBIA, S.C.

Marines from Company D, 8th Tanks hosted the 9th Annual Ultimate Challenge Mud run, here, May 11. This year's event was the biggest ever and a tremendous success with over 200 four-person teams competing. The course was a grueling 4.2 miles long over "terrain" that includes 32 obstacles. Any obstacle you can imagine was built into the course:




11

May

2002

Translating for the MEU

1stLt Michael W. Armistead, ;CENTRAL COMMAND AREA OF OPERATIONS

"Monsieur, Monsieur!" yelled excited children with outstretched hands as Lance Cpl Nixon Jean passed out cream-filled cookie treats to a throng of children gathered around a band of Marines just outside the store where another Marine had purchased the "Bon Bons". As he made sure that each and every one of the children present received a cookie, his




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May

2002

Great Amerithon, Former Marine corporal runs across US

GySgt. John Cordero, MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE BARSTOW, Calif.

The former Marine corporal looked like a well-aged Forrest Gump as he continued his coast-to-coast mega-marathon May 10 in front of Headquarters Battalion Marines at MCLB Barstow.With a slow but steady pace, 64-year-old Kenn Kemper, sporting a foot-long silver beard and wearing a white "Great Amerithon" hat, ran with active-duty Marines for the