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18

Mar

2015

Cutting edge; U.S. Marine, Army special forces prepare for crisis scenarios

Sgt. Paul peterson, Defense Media Activity

Their final strike came at night, when two platoons of U.S. Marines and an Army Special Forces troops slipped in under the cover of darkness.After nearly two weeks of constant training, the Marines of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa locked down a perimeter in Baumholder, Germany, March 11. The base’s abandoned




18

Mar

2015

Street-to-street; 3/8 maintains combat readiness

Cpl. Sullivan Laramie, Defense Media Activity

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment conducted military operations on urban terrain training aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 11.MOUT training prepares Marines for house-to-house combat as was common in battles like Fallujah and Hue City and is a crucial pre-deployment step, especially for Marines new to the Fleet Marine Forces.“A lot of




18

Mar

2015

‘Destiny’ finds BICmd strategic linchpin

Nathan L. Hanks Jr., Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany

Routine sounds of ships’ whistles blowing and mechanics turning wrenches were interrupted by the whipping of helicopter rotor blades during a joint operation at Marine Corps Support Facility, Blount Island Command, Jacksonville, Florida, March 10-11.For the first time, BICmd and the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, joined




18

Mar

2015

Reflections of Iwo Jima; Pfc. James Krodel; 'Remembering friends lost 70 years later'

Sgt. Melissa Karnath, Defense Media Activity

I met James Krodel and his wife Mary on the first day of the Iwo Jima Survivors and Family Association 70th anniversary reunion.  I toured part of a museum at Fort Sill, Oklahoma with James. He taught me about the weapons he used in battle. He showed me a list he carries with him, which names all of the ships he had been on along with his dog




17

Mar

2015

MWDs participate in C-IED Training

Lance Cpl. Jenna Loofe, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines patrol the path led by military working dogs, trained to detect Improvised Explosive Devices using scent bags that contain partial ingredients used in making IEDs. The dogs detect danger areas and the handlers halt the patrol before Marines enter the danger zone. Saber, a black lab, notifies his handler of explosive materials by lying flat




17

Mar

2015

VMM 261 conducts flights to maintain readiness

Cpl. Shawn Valosin, Defense Media Activity

Landing in a war zone comes with a multitude of challenges. Once a landing zone is designated, pilots must take into account factors ranging from terrain features to local weather. To prepare them for any environment and maintain readiness, pilots with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 trained in flight simulators, flew solo and in groups, and




17

Mar

2015

Loud and clear: 8th communication battalion field exercise

Cpl. Justin Updegraff, Defense Media Activity

We came out here and within a seven-hour period we had data, voice and single channel radio services up and operational,” said Capt. Adam Law, Alpha Company Commander with 8th Communication Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force. “We could’ve provided any unit or staff with the ability to communicate and command and control in six to seven




16

Mar

2015

MACS-4, ready to roll

Cpl. Thor Larson, Defense Media Activity

Marines crowd around a Humvee to witness, what some consider, a phenomenon.“We call it a unicorn, because you may hear about it, but you’ll almost never see it,” said Chief Warrant Officer Sean C. Flores.Marine Air Control Squadron 4 reached 100% equipment readiness when the last bolt was put in a Humvee March 13 on Marine Corps Air Station




16

Mar

2015

Military working dogs participate in C-IED Training

Lance Cpl. Jenna Loofe, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines patrol the path led by military working dogs, trained to detect improvised explosive devices using scent bags that contain partial ingredients used in making IEDs. The dogs detect danger areas and the handlers halt the patrol before Marines enter the danger zone. Saber, a black lab, notifies his handler of explosive materials by lying flat




16

Mar

2015

1/12 concludes battalion phase of Spartan Fury

Lance Cpl. Khalil Ross, Marine Corps Base Hawaii

The battalion phase of Operation Spartan Fury 15.2 drew to a close for 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment at Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island of Hawaii, March 10, 2015.





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