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Dec

2001

Marines, Afghanis Work Together Keeping Airport Secure;

Sergeant Joseph R. Chenelly, KANDAHAR, Afghanistan

U.S. Marines with Task Force-58 and local Afghan soldiers are working together daily to maintain the perimeter around the American occupied Kandahar International Airport.   Marines and Afghanis interact daily along the lone road leading to an American controlled entry point, facilitating media, local contractors and governmental officials.




20

Dec

2001

Career Marine advises 'take detours in stride'

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

"You need to take detours in stride," said Staff Sgt. Samuel D. Monk, supply materiel manager here. "If you are trying to get some where and there is a roadblock, you are not going to cancel your trip are you" You just find another route to get to your destination." Monk, a Geneva, Ala., native, referred to his journey of becoming a commissioned




20

Dec

2001

Scouts earn merit badges during advancement camp

David L. Bridges, MARINE CORPS LOGISTIC BASE ALBANY, GA

Editor's note: A Boy Scout from troop 100 wrote the following article when he attended merit badge training here to earn his journalism merit badge.   It was a day of pure mayhem at MCLB Albany, as 75 Boy Scouts ran around, going to and from their merit badge classes, pausing only to eat lunch and take a rest.   The base hosted the Southwest




20

Dec

2001

MCLB Albany prepares for possible Anthrax response

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

Sitting at his desk a base employee opens an envelope he received in the mail. As he tears the envelope open a white powder comes out, getting on his hands and clothes. What should he do"   Maj. Bryan F. Lucas, deputy director of Installations and Logistics, and Dan Gillum, head of the environmental branch here, held an unknown substance




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Dec

2001

MCLB donates computers to local schools, churches;

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

The base donated approximately $360,000 worth of computer equipment to 20 local non-profit organizations during an informal ceremony held here Friday.   The base had made many computer donations since presidential approval of the program about five years ago, and command officials report they expect to continue give computers and computer equipment




19

Dec

2001

BLOUNT ISLAND COMMAND TAKES PART IN NEW JOINT HIGH SPEED VESSEL EXPERIMENTATION PROGRAM

Staff Sgt. Timothy C. Hodge, BLOUNT ISLAND COMMAND, Jacksonville, Fla.

On November 29, 2001 Blount Island Command, Jacksonville, FL conducted an assessment and experimentation exercise with the new Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). Service members from the joint service project evaluated the JHSV's compatibility with the Blount Island port facility and some of the combat vehicles embarked aboard the Marine Corps?




19

Dec

2001

Marines react to threat in Pakistan; vigilance, good attitudes prevail over threats, boredom;

Sgt. Andrew D. Pomykal, PASNI AIRFIELD, Pakistan

"We've got boxes, cans, pallets and lots of dirt," joked Staff Sgt. Eric A. Engerson. "We polish our boots so that the sand sticks to them."   The Ovid, N.Y., Marine is an Amphibious Assault Vehicle section leader and one of many 2d AAV Battalion and 2d Tank Battalion leathernecks who are providing security for the ship-to-shore re-supply point




19

Dec

2001

Marines from the 26th MEU re-establish U.S. Embassy Kabul guard detachment

Sgt. Andrew D. Pomykal, KABUL, Afghanistan

"As soon as we raise the [U.S.] flag, this will become the most valuable piece of property here," said Capt. J.P.  McDonough. "We're on U.S. sovereign territory and we'll protect it as such."   McDonough led the Marines of Kilo Battery (reinforced), Battalion Landing Team 3/6 to the embassy compound after they were dispatched from the 26th Marine




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Dec

2001

Marines from the 26th MEU receive reassuring words, congratulations from four-star general

Sgt. Andrew D. Pomykal, KABUL, Afghanistan

"We are at war and we are probably going to be at war for a very long time," U.S. Army Gen. Tommy R. Franks told Marines here on a recent visit.   The Commander-in Chief of U.S. Central Command briefly addressed the leathernecks of Kilo Battery, Battalion Landing Team 3/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit after attending a ceremony here that served




19

Dec

2001

Gen Jones visits Marines in Kandahar for the holidays

Sgt Thomas Michael Corcoran, KANDAHAR, Afghanistan

Just a few days before Santa made his trip, Marine Commandant Gen. James L. Jones paid a visit to his Marines securing the Kandahar airport Dec. 19.   After briefs from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) command personnel and special operations forces, Gen. Jones made his way through the mine-littered land to visit