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Dec

2001

MSG screening team finds Corps' best

Cpl. Kurt Fredrickson, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan

The Marine Security Guard screening team visited Iwakuni recently during their annual Western Pacific tour to find Marines with the potential to perform one of the most prestigious jobs in the Corps.   Although the team was only in Iwakuni for one day interviewing interested individuals, the screening process is an important part in the road to




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Dec

2001

Toys for Tots gives to community

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

While the Marines are well known around the world as America's "first to fight," some children around the community remember the Marines for an altogether different reason.   "They know when the Marines come into the orphanages, they're going to get a toy, and that's exciting for them," said Lavonne Lessard, Single Marine Program assistant




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Dec

2001

MWSS-171 spreads holiday cheer

Cpl. Kurt Fredrickson, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION, IWAKUNI

For many people the holiday season means buying gifts for loved ones, but for the Marines and Sailors of Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 who volunteered to sponsor Japanese orphans, it means giving the gift of love and friendship to those less fortunate.    For 55 children from the nearby Yahata Orphanage, the memories of a day spent with Sailors




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Dec

2001

Fightertown doc joins NASA for recent Endeavour launch

Cpl. S. K. D'Alessio, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C.

A flight surgeon with Marine All-Weather Attack Squadron 533 participated in NASA's most recent shuttle launch at Cape Canaveral, Fla. Dec. 4 at 5:45 a. m.   Lieutenant Commander Brian K. Barryman, a Cleveland, Okla. native and osteopathic physician, was chosen to fly with one of the helicopter rescue crews during the launch and recovery mission of




12

Dec

2001

Chelsea, Mass. native awarded medal

Lance Cpl. Zachary W. Lester, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.

Marines face extreme hardships deployed to Iraq at a young age that most regular citizens don’t ever see in a lifetime.   Lance Cpl. Fernando Camacho, a scout with 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (LAR), 2nd Marine Division, received numerous awards for the work he did during Operation Iraqi Freedom.    The Chelsea Mass. native was on




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Dec

2001

22d MEU Marines and Sailors Reach out to Community During TRUEX

Gunnery Sgt. Keith A. Milks, 22d MEU, CAMP LEJEUNE, NC

Hosting the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit's (MEU) Training in an Urban Environment Exercise (TRUEX) subjected the residents of several central Virginia communities to an array of inconveniences largely unseen in the past.   For two weeks in late October and early November, the thumping of helicopter rotors and sudden explosions in the night




11

Dec

2001

Marines Ask for Humanitarian Air Drop

Capt Stewart T. Upton, USMC, CAMP RHINO, Afghanistan

U.S. Air Force C-17 aircraft dropped more than 17,000 food pockets along the Arghanab (pronounced ARE-GHAN-AHB) River Tuesday.  The humanitarian aide was requested by Marines for the villagers after they stopped in a village and asked for directions last week.   The Marines were looking for a place on the river shallow enough to tow a vehicle




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Dec

2001

Kabul, Afghanistan Marines return to reclaim their post

1st Lt. James D. Jarvis, 26th MEU Public Affairs Officer, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

For the first time in more than 12 years, U.S. Marines reentered the compound that housed the U.S. Embassy in Kabul today, signifying America's continuing commitment to the people of war-ravaged Afghanistan.   Reentering the embassy grounds for the first time since security concerns forced the embassy's closure in January 1989, nearly 80 Marines




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Dec

2001

22d MEU Artillerymen Prepare for Possible Embassy Reinforcement Mission

Gunnery Sgt. Keith A. Milks, 22d MEU, CAMP LEJEUNE, Nc

When the artillerymen of Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 10th Marines recently trudged across the sands of Onslow Beach, they did so without their M198 155mm Howitzers in tow.   Instead, the battery carried riot shields, shotguns, and most importantly, the knowledge that the training mission they were preparing to carry out might soon become a




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Dec

2001

Barracks Marines honor fallen CIA officer

Cpl. Chad C. Adams, ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETARY

Body Bearers from "B" Company, Marine Barracks, Washington, carry out the solemn duty of folding the colors once draped from the casket of slain CIA officer, and former Marine, Johnny Micheal "Mike" Spann during a full honors funeral at Arlington National Cemetery.    A former artillery captain, Spann left the Marine Corps more than two years ago