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May

2001

Engineers pave river for crossing

Sgt. Robert Piper, PALO VERDE, Calif.

The 1st Marine Division crossed the Colorado River, May 8 and 9, using a ribbon bridge constructed by 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Force Service Support Group, Camp Pendleton, Calif.   The bridging operation is an integral part of the Division's command and control exercise, Desert Scimitar 01, and is the first time the Marine Corps has




17

May

2001

Marine's cultural background proves helpful to Corps' missions

Sgt. Richard W. Holtgraver, Jr., MCB HAWAII, KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii

Behind his prescription glasses are dark eyes that hide his true emotions, and a constant look of focused attentiveness.   His five-foot-six-inch frame rests comfortably in the chair as he leans back with his hands folded across his stomach.   When he speaks, his words are clear and unbroken. There is almost no way to know that he was from anywhere




17

May

2001

Master gunnery sergeant, leads from the front

Cpl. Christina Lovett, MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga.

Almost always, a Marine meets someone during his career who he wants to emulate -- someone who inspires him to be the best. At MCLB Albany, assuredly, many Marines have said that about a master gunnery sergeant who continues to base his entire career on setting the example. "As leaders, we have to make sure our main focus every day when we come to




17

May

2001

MCLB children enjoy baseball experience

Lance Cpl. Phuong Chau, MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga.

Children's laughter and the cracks of baseballs hitting bats fill the air. Encouraging voices come from the viewing stands. Coaches, who want their players to do well, yell out advice. This is baseball, America's favorite pastime.    The YMCA Youth Baseball League season opened April 23 and will continue to June 9. Many of the Marine Base's




17

May

2001

NNOA rewards students

Cpl. Joshua Bozeman, MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga.

The National Naval Officers Association held its sixth annual Scholarship Ball Saturday in which they recognized local high school students for their hard work and dedication to excellence.   Seniors Mary McCavitt and Rebecca Holdorf were honored in the event, each receiving a $1,000 scholarship.   McCavitt, who attends Lee County High School,




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May

2001

Croatian Defense Dignitary Visits West Coast MEU

Coproral Joseph R. Chenelly, ABOARD USS PELELIU

The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit hosted Croatia's Assistant Minister of Defense aboard ship during the MEU's first at sea exercise May 1, 2001.   Minister Ivan Kozlica discussed the MEU's organization, role and training during his visit.   As the Minister debarked a Landing Craft Air Cushion in the ship's well deck, Col. Thomas Waldauser, the




14

May

2001

24TH MEU (SOC) BEGINS SPLIT-ARG, MSSG-24 LEADS THE WAY IN MOROCCO AND BEYOND

1stLt. Daniel J. McSweeney, ABOARD USS PONCE

One of the primary functions of a deployed Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) is providing a forward U.S. presence in theater.  The 24th MEU (SOC), which recently arrived in the Mediterranean for a six-month tour as Landing Force Sixth Fleet, greatly increased the area it is able to cover in this role by splitting into two




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May

2001

SISTERS REUNITE DURING 24TH MEU (SOC) DEPLOYMENT

Sgt. Kevin Dolloson, ABOARD USS KEARSARGE

As predeployment training progresses for most Marine Expeditionary Units, personnel develop a certain bond with coworkers, and they become somewhat of a close-knit family.   Well, for two individuals on the 24th MEU (SOC) deployment, close-knit family runs a little deeper than a coworker or friend.  The Forcellese family, of Baltimore, Md., has two




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May

2001

Hawaii veteran honored

Cpl. Roman Yurek, MCB HAWAII, KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii

Nearly 34 years after his courageous acts in Vietnam, Joseph "Pineapple" Kamaka received his Bronze Star, May 11, at a ceremony at MCB Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.   "On the night of 6 September 1967, Corporal Kamaka, a member of the Second Platoon point element, was ordered to lead his company forward to break through an encircling enemy and effect the




11

May

2001

Secretary of Veterans Affairs reviews Evening Parade

Marine Barracks Washington Public Affairs, MARINE BARRACKS, WASHINGTON

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi observes "8th and I" Marines as they pass in review during the Evening Parade here May 11.    Principi is escorted by Lt. Gen. Bruce B. Knutson Jr., Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, and Col. Richard T. Tryon, Commanding Officer, Marine Barracks Washington.    A combat