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18

Apr

2002

New I MEF sergeant major seeks to change mindsets

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

The new I Marine Expeditionary Force sergeant major says the greatest privelege of rank is leading - not micromanaging - Marines. Accordingly, Sgt. Maj. William Kinney says ideas will flow more than one way - not just from the top - and that his door will be open.   "There will be no hierarchy here - no supreme sergeant major telling all the other




18

Apr

2002

Admin clerk's lethal hands belie gentle, caring touch

Sgt. Matthew Shaw, LOS ANGELES

Deep among the tangled streets of Los Angeles, a homeless man awoke on a sidewalk in front of a sandwich shop and found a gift sitting with his few belongings stashed behind a trashcan.   Cpl. Rodney Solorzano Jr. had bought a sandwich for the man he guessed would wake up hungry.   "I hope he doesn't just throw it away," the 27-year-old Marine




18

Apr

2002

Pendleton Marine is Johnny-on-the-spot for accident victims

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

Cpl. Eric M. Stephens always seems to be in the wrong place at the right time.   You might say he has been a guardian angel in several circumstances, including a recent single-car collision along Interstate 5.   While helping a buddy near the freeway, they heard a loud crash and saw a car emerge from a cloud of dust and head toward onrushing




10

Apr

2002

MEU medical staff wraps up successful smallpox vaccination

, ABOARD USS IWO JIMA

For the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) to be combat ready, the Marines and Sailors must be prepared to counter attacks from every conceivable angle, even those that can?t be seen or heard.   Thanks to the coordinated efforts of the MEU's medical staff, consisting of approximately 85 doctors and corpsman, the more than




09

Apr

2002

1/12 returns from desert fire exercise

Cpl. Jason E. Miller, MCB HAWAII, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii

Marines and Sailors from 1st Bn., 12th Marine Regiment, returned from their Desert Fire Exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, 29 Palms, Calif., April 9. On Feb. 25, the battalion, minus one firing battery, started the seven-day trip across the Pacific aboard the USS Fredrickson, unloaded at San Diego and convoyed to the training area




26

Feb

2002

Paintball used for training

Sgt. Joshua Bozeman, MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga.

Click. Swoosh. Splat.   Splat. Splat. SPLAT. Thud!   "I'm hit!" yelled Lance Cpl. William Davy as he stood up, both arms raised. He looked up from behind the brush he had hoped would protect him to reveal a yellow glob of paint dripping from his facemask.   As he made his way to the side of the playing field, the sounds of Marines firing paintballs




26

Feb

2002

African American contributions celebrated

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

The Base's celebration of Black History Month, or what is now commonly referred to as African American Heritage Month, concluded Wednesday with a breakfast at the Marine Corps Community Services' Crossroads Restaurant.   People may wonder why Black History Month is observed, said Hattie Mosely of the Contracts Business Management Office. Black




25

Feb

2002

Albany Marines honors fallen comrades

Sgt. Joshua Bozeman, MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga.

When a Marine dies, a select group of his brothers-in-arms stand ready to honor his commitment to God, Corps and country by ensuring he receives a proper Marine Corps burial.   The burial detail performs at funerals while the color guard represents the Marine Corps during parades, ceremonies and community events.   Throughout the past two years




25

Feb

2002

African American rights and racism issues discussed

Cpl. Denyelle D. Spillane, MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga.

Does racism still exist? Does what W. E. B. Dubois' book "The Souls of Black Folks," written in 1903, remain relevant today?   These were two primary topics discussed at the Black History Month Luncheon held Feb. 20 at the Marine Corps Community Services' Crossroads Restaurant here.  In Dubois' book he addressed racism and noted how far African




25

Feb

2002

Albany Marine Band performs for Turner County students

Sgt. Phuong Chau, ASHBURN, Ga.

The Albany Marine Band performed here Feb. 20 for more than 500 Turner County students, dispelling any false notions the students may have had about Marines being only infantrymen.   According to Sgt. Jacqueline Hunter, Albany Marine Band French horn musician, the band's performance showed the diversity of career options the Corps offers today's