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May

2002

Brush fire threat curbs live-fire training at Camp Pendleton

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

Amid prospects for the worst fire season here in 125 years, some live-fire training faces restrictions as Marines prepare for future missions in the war on terrorism and local firefighters try to prevent enormous wildfires.   While ranges with impact areas specifically developed for live-fire remain open, perimeter-training areas, which can be used




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May

2002

Mess halls to privatize, nearly one-third of food-service jobs will vanish Corps-wide

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

In a move to save upward of $20 million yearly and move more people into operational units Corps-wide, all mess halls, with a few exceptions, are scheduled for privatization as part of the Regional Garrison Food Service contract.   The move means nearly one-third of the Corps' food-service workers will need to leave the Marine Corps or find new




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May

2002

Corps attempting to reduce travel card delinquencies

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

To reduce abuse of Government Travel Charge Cards and delinquencies in paying related bills, the Department of the Navy changed policies, outlined in Marine Administrative Message 264/02, referencing the cards May 13.   Corps-wide, more than 2,400 Marines currently have unpaid debts totaling $3 million on GTCC. At the close of the April billing




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May

2002

Twentynine Palms Marine dies in rollover on Camp Pendleton

Staff Sgt. Bill Lisbon, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.

A Twentynine Palms Marine died and four others were injured May 15 when the light armored vehicle they were riding in rolled over during a night raid exercise in the Papa Three training area near Camp Las Pulgas here.   Cpl. Joel E. Puchi, 21, the LAV's assistant driver with Twentynine Palms-based 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, was




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May

2002

Tougher, faster AAVs bridge gap until next generation arrives;

Cpl. Jose E. Guillen, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.

Camp Pendleton's 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion recently received the first of two command-and-control amphibious assault vehicles, marking a milestone nearing the end of a program to upgrade AAVs with more power, better handling and tougher armor.   The upgrades aim to lengthen the life of the AAV and sustain the Corps until its successor, the




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May

2002

Exceptional Family Member Program pledges to ease transfers

Cpl. Jose M. Montes, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.

Some families who need the Exceptional Family Member Program aren't using it, program officials say.   The program is mandatory for active-duty personnel with a special-needs family member, according to Marine Corps Order P1754.4A. Nonetheless, many don't sign up for fear of putting their career in danger or being "skylined" for certain duties.




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May

2002

Environmental Division wins SecNav award

Barstow Log Staff, MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE BARSTOW, Calif.

     Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow was recently recognized for its environmental achievements by winning the Secretary of the Navy's Pollution Prevention award for an Industrial Installation and also being runner-up for the Department of Defense's award for fiscal year 2001.   The awards were presented to representatives from winning




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May

2002

Yermo rail crew proves vital in offloading operations

Rob L. Jackson, MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE BARSTOW, Calif.

      "People get ready, there's a train a comin'," a song by Curtis Mayfield and Impressions from 1964, comes to mind when watching the train movements at the Yermo side of MCLB Barstow.   Several tons of steel, known in some circles as "whispering death," rumbling along at approximately 10 mph and loaded with cargo is no easy thing to stop once




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May

2002

Burial details pay final respects to Corps' own

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

A gray sky and dark clouds loom over a peaceful graveyard foreshadowing the event that is about to take place. Tears pour as the muffled sound of a spouse crying on the shoulder of a family member underscored the finality of the occasion.   Mourners wear solemn expressions that show their sadness at a fallen Marine's funeral. But the Marines




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May

2002

Vacation Bible School, fun for kids

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

The Chapel was recently transformed into a jungle for the base's Vacation Bible School. Vines hung from the lights and ferns and other plants swayed in the gentle breeze that flowed through the chapel, while children danced and sang songs praising the Lord. Children's voices echoed through the high ceiling at the Base Chapel Monday night during the