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Nov

2001

New plan helps retain career Marines

1st Lt. Megan Ball, HEADQUARTERS MARINE CORPS, WASHINGTON, D.C.

Headquarters Marine Corps has created a new retention program aimed at keeping career Marines in the Marine Corps.   On Oct. 1, 2001, the Subsequent Term Alignment Plan began.  Similar to the First Term Alignment Plan, which targets young Marines for retention, the new program aims to retain career Marines in the sergeant to gunnery sergeant




15

Nov

2001

Military Academic Skills Program Opens Doors to Future Success;;

Sgt. M. V. Trindade, MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va.

Most Marines can remember taking the seemingly days-long Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery Test in order to join the Marine Corps, a set of scores that will follow a Marine until the end of their career.   Sometimes however, at the end of an enlistment, a Marine may want to switch jobs, but find they don't have the ASVAB scores needed to




14

Nov

2001

'Homeland Defense' Marines get tested

Cpl. Roman Yurek, CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii

Early Nov. 14, intelligence intercepted a call from Hawaii to Afghanistan with the following message, "the fireworks start tonight."   Later that day, an anonymous phone call was received asking the location of the command building.   As a build up of information indicated a possible terrorist attack on the base, Base Cluster Command X-ray formed




10

Nov

2001

MCI tackles challenges of recent postal delays

Lance Cpl. Travis W. Shiflett, MARINE BARRACKS, WASHINGTON

Operations at the Brentwood mail processing  center here in Washington was recently suspended due to the nationwide threat of Anthrax contamination, and the flow of mail into the Marine Corps Institute (MCI) was shut off.     However, Marines who might be relying on the extra points that completed MCI courses can bring them (for promotion) can




10

Nov

2001

15th MEU Conducts Humanitarian Assistance Operation

Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Decker, USMC, PELELIU AMPHIBIOUS READY GROUP, HOL-HOL, Djibouti

Djibouti Humanitarian Assistance Operation --Marines and Sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) from the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) provided humanitarian assistance to the people of Hol-Hol for a week while the remainder of the ARG continued to support Operation Enduring Freedom in the North Arabian




09

Nov

2001

A-76 study gets local endorsement

Sgt. Richard W. Holtgraver Jr., MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii

With the stroke of a pen, Col. John A. LeMoine, deputy commander of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, signed the Management Plan of the Congressional A-76 study Friday.   The signature endorses the hard work the A-76 team has done for the past year.   The Management Plan is a procurement - sensitive document that contains the Marine Corps plan on how the




08

Nov

2001

13th MEU vies for SOC crown

Cpl. Nathan J. Ferbert, ABOARD USS BONHOMME RICHARD

The 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit wasted no time "being ready," as President George W. Bush demanded of all U.S. forces in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.   Finishing its Special Operations Capable Exercise a month ahead of schedule, "The Fighting 13th" executed 11 ship-to-shore missions during a 13-day at-sea period off the Southern




06

Nov

2001

Troops to Teachers program touches down in Hawaii

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

Active and retired servicemembers  interested in furthering their service to the government not by staying in the military, but by assuming the role of an educator, gathered at Windward Community College Nov. 6, to learn more about the Troops to Teachers program that could possibly allow them to achieve such a goal.   The Defense Activity for




04

Nov

2001

Shore Patrol, it could be worse

Sgt Thomas Michael Corcoran, SOUDA BAY, CRETE

The USS Bataan, carrying Marines and Sailors of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) and Amphibious Squadron-8, pulled away from the Pier with a renewed spirit Nov. 4, after a few days of well-deserved liberty in the Cretan town of Chania. Service members enjoyed downtown Chania's tourism, shopping, excellent food and




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Oct

2001

Marines finalize international exercise with an 'occupational specialty'

Sgt Thomas Michael Corcoran, ABOARD USS WHIDBEY ISLAND

The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), along with amphibious forces from Spain and Egypt, performed a coordinated beach assault north of Mubarak Military City, Egypt Oct. 23.  The demonstration was the culmination of more than two weeks of coalition training during Exercise Bright Star 01-02.   For those who participated