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Dec

2001

Programs assist visually impaired achieve independence

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

 Most people strive to be independent, but independence doesn't always come easy. For individuals with disabilities the struggle for independence can be a tough battle.   Through state funded programs three individuals on base own their own businesses and are independent.   Kathryn H. Estes, a Lafayette Ala., native, has managed the Bldg. 3500




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Dec

2001

ARFF, EOD demo hazardous clean up

Lance Cpl. Jason E. Miller, MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII KANEOHE BAY, Hi

With new fears of chemical and biological attacks plaguing the country, MCB Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay residents may be happy to know that a hazardous material decontamination crew may be added to the base to help mitigate the effects of such an attack.   Marines of the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting unit along with the Explosive Ordinance Disposal




04

Dec

2001

Call for Anti-terrorism Ideas Showing Fruit

Jim Garamone, American Forces press Service, WASHINGTON

DoD wanted the good ideas Americans had in combating terrorism. Officials issued a broad agency announcement in early November to solicit their ideas.   The announcement searches for ideas in combating terrorism, conducting protracted operations in remote areas, defeating difficult targets and developing countermeasures to weapons of mass




04

Dec

2001

26th MEU (SOC) sends in their 'cavalry'

Sgt Thomas Michael Corcoran, ABOARD THE USS BATAAN

Marines from the Combined Anti-Armor Team and Light Armored Reconnaissance of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) left the USS Bataan and arrived at a forward operating base near Kandahar on Dec. 4.  This was the second Marine unit to land in Afghanistan.   The 15th MEU (SOC), from Camp Pendleton, Calif., has been at the




03

Dec

2001

ENLISTED CAREER COUNSELING UPDATE

Enlisted Career Counseling Unit (MMEA-64), HQMC, HEADQUARTERS MARINE CORPS, Washington, D.C.

The Calendar Year-2001 Staff Noncommissioned Officer Active Duty Selection Boards are on the horizon and the Enlisted Career Counselors routinely come across Marines with incomplete records.   This may affect them in the selection process. The individual Marine is fully responsible for his or her own records and for the most part, having an




03

Dec

2001

Savings Program Allows Deployed Troops to Earn Extra Cash

, American Forces Press Service

Service members supporting Operation Joint Guard may now enroll in a special savings program and earn 10 percent annual interest on their deposits while deployed in the Balkans.   Under the Savings Deposit Program, troops deployed in combat zones, qualified hazardous duty areas or certain contingency  operations may deposit all or part of their




03

Dec

2001

Harrier fighters make first combat footprint;for the 26th MEU (SOC) in Afghanistan

Sgt Thomas Michael Corcoran, ABOARD USS BATAAN

The AV-8B+ Harrier pilots of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) have been among the first Marines to see combat in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, America's ongoing campaign against the 'war on terrorism' in Afghanistan.   The Harriers have been flying regular offensive air support missions from the USS Bataan,




02

Dec

2001

U.S. Marine Combat Power Building In Afghanistan

Sergeant Joseph R. Chenelly, MARINE FORWARD OPERATING BASE, Southern Afghanistan

Augments are flowing into the desert airstrip here enhancing Marine Task Force-58's strength and capabilities in support of Operation Swift Freedom December 2, 2001.   Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) patrolled the open desert for enemy forces and AV-8 Harrier Jets dropped 500-pound bombs on targets here




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Dec

2001

15th MEU (SOC) Dig In Afghanistan

, MARINE FORWARD OPERATING BASE, Southern Afghanistan

Within striking distance of the Taliban held city of Kandahar, the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) stands ready for follow on missions after seizing a forward operating base here in southern Afghanistan.   A large percentage of the 15th MEU (SOC) is working around the clock within the confines of the compound's walls




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Nov

2001

Station stand-down emphasizes safety

Cpl. Trent Rundell, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI

The Marine Corps is presenting information to Marines with a series of safety stand-down briefs to prepare them for the upcoming holiday season.   The Station held six separate stand-down briefs at the Sakura Theater Nov. 21, 22 and 23.  The briefs covered many topics that will help service members stay safe when it comes to force protection,