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Dec

2001

Scouts Keep Eyes Open As 15th MEU (SOC) Patrols Around Kandahar

Sgt. Joseph R. Chenelly, KANDAHAR, Afghanistan

Continuously scanning the terrain Marine scouts remain alert watching for the slightest peculiarity as they provide security for the flanks and rear of a Light Armored Vehicle on patrol here December 26, 2001.   Scouts from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Light Armored Reconnaissance Company have taken on many tasks during Operation Swift




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Dec

2001

Marines regroup for Christmas in Kabul; Former infantry officer spends evening with 26th MEU warriors

Sgt. Andrew D. Pomykal, KABUL, Afghanistan

"Being here now is like a throw back to when I was a U.S. Marine," said Christopher J. Chivers.   Chivers, 37, a former infantry officer and Gulf War veteran, has been in this region since early October covering the events here as a journalist for The New York Times.   He arranged for Christmas Eve dinner to be catered here by a local restaurant.




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Dec

2001

'Are we there yet?' JTF Enablers' quest for Kandahar

Sgt. Thomas Michael Corcoran, KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN

On Dec. 13, a vital communications link left the belly of the USS Bataan on a long and interesting voyage to the frontline of the "War Against Terrorism." The Joint Task Force Enabler is comprised of Marines with a communications package broad enough to allow a commander to control an air ground task force on a modern-day battlefield. "I can put




24

Dec

2001

Marines, Soldiers Work Together Keeping Suspected Terrorists Locked Up

Sgt. Joseph R. Chenelly, KANDAHAR, Afghanistan

(Editors note: In keeping with the Geneva Convention, photos of the detainees are not included.)   One flat foot in front of another, dust rises with each step down a narrow corridor between a triple-stand of concertina wire and a rusty, aluminum wall.   "Stand," a Marine commands with a tone that would make a drill instructor proud. "Get on your




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Dec

2001

26th MEU Marine serves as ambassador to Afghanistan

Sgt. Andrew D. Pomykal, KABUL, Afghanistan

Corporal Kristapor Boodaghian scored high on the mechanical portion of the Armed Services Aptitude Battery and even though his recruiter strongly suggested that he accept a position as an aviation mechanic, Boodaghian declared that he had other plans.   "I wanted to be a real Marine...[an infantryman]," the rifleman said.   Boodaghian, while




22

Dec

2001

BLT 3/6 snipers provide cover, surveillance for embassy guards

Sgt. Andrew D. Pomykal, KABUL, Afghanistan

He sits for hours behind a three-foot tall wall of sandbags peering through his night vision device into the night's darkness. A man's voice sings out prayers that are broadcasted throughout the city by loudspeaker. Shots are fired nearby. During the day, he manages a few hours of sleep while hunkered down out of the chilly wind. His replacement




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Dec

2001

ARFF Marines tackle courses to earn certification, college credit

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

Knowledge is power. The more a person knows about the job he is doing, the better he will be able to do it.   That's what the Marines at the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting unit at MCB Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, had in mind when 18 of them enrolled in college level classes that will help them perform their daily jobs better.   The training will not




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Dec

2001

Crew saved by 1st Rad. Marines

Staff Sgt. Jesus A. Lora, MCB HAWAII, KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii

Three Marines from Charlie Co., 1st Radio Bn. are receiving Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals for their heroic actions when saving the life of a crewmen pinned under a UH-IN "Huey" helicopter at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma Arizona on Oct. 21.   Sergeant William Gustafson and Lance Cpl. Lance Nicholes Schwab,  both signal operators, and




21

Dec

2001

MCBH helps aid laid-off Hawaii workers

Sgt. Alexis R. Mulero, MCB HAWAII, KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii

A group of eight state workers and a crew leader joined the battle against "Silent invaders" or invasive species at MCB Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, Dec. 10.    The groups' primary objective is to remove invasive plants such as mangrove, which chokes out native bird habitats in the Nu'upia Ponds Wildlife Management Area.   In a time span of three months,




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Dec

2001

Air Traffic Control keeps eyes on Station skies

Lance Cpl. Colin Wyers, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan

Each day, dozens of aircraft take off and land on the Station to accomplish their mission, but they could not do it without one important section aboard the Station.   To keep the aircraft out of harm's way requires Marines on the ground at Station Air Traffic Control to guide them on their way.   "Our mission is the safe, orderly, and expeditious