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Jan

2013

Return to the sea from whence we came: 26th MEU sets sail for final exercise

Cpl. Michael S. Lockett, USS KEARSARGE, At Sea

The soul of the Marine Corps was born at sea; naval infantrymen meant to support boarding actions through accurate, long-range fire from the fighting tops and decks of sailing ships. The role of the Corps expanded to amphibious operations, an area of warfare the Army was unequipped to handle, and from there to prolonged campaigns ashore, operating




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Jan

2013

Japanese, U.S. athletes compete during Open Bench Press Competition

Lance Cpl. Benjamin Pryer, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan

The sound of heavy metal thundered throughout the gym as athletes forced their bodies to their limits during the Open Bench Press Competition, inside the IronWorks Gym Sports Court here, Jan. 19, 2013. “This is a great opportunity for people who like to bench press,” said Abe Roman, bench press competition judge. “It’s a popular exercise and a




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Jan

2013

Marine Combat Controllers provide crucial service for Marine air

Gunnery Sgt. Jennifer Anotoine, 01.19.2013

DJIBOUTI - A 12 by 6 mile former lake bed, comprised of dry vegetation and compact sand, may seem to be useless ground. However, the Marines from Marine Mobile Air Traffic Control Team see this barren land as an opportunity to create a runway for aircraft as large as a Marine KC-130. This six-man team from the Marine Mobile Air Traffic Control




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Jan

2013

15th MEU stays current on fast-roping qualifications

Cpl. John Robbart III, 01.19.2013

USS PELELIU – Whenever U.S. Marines of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare to conduct a mission, a special team of Marines is identified to provide emergency recovery assistance of aircraft or personnel. Often times, these recovery missions require that these Marines fast-rope into hectic situations. More than 50 Marines of Weapons Company,




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Jan

2013

Recon Marines dive Hawaiian depths, return to amphibious roots

Cpl. James A. Sauter, Marine Corps Base Hawaiian

 The water of Kaneohe Bay remained calm as the sun broke through thick, grey clouds. The wind whistled gently and light sparkled off of the ocean’s surface while boaters cruised around the bay, enjoying the sunny, serene day.   Far from the observation of curious eyes, reconnaissance Marines of 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion from Okinawa and members




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Jan

2013

Combat Center welcomes new Commanding General

Cpl. William J. Jackson, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Maj. Gen. David H. Berger took charge of the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command and Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, after relieving Brig. Gen. George W. Smith Jr., during a change of command ceremony Jan. 11, at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field. In the 18 months as commanding general, Smith oversaw pivotal changes and




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Jan

2013

‘Back in the Saddle’ training focuses on safety

Sgt. Brandon L. Saunders, 01/18/2013

Marines, Sailors and Civilian-Marines stationed aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany received ‘Back in the Saddle’ training at Thomason Gym, Jan. 8.  Marine Corps Logistics Command hosted the training.  Back In the Saddle training is an organized, all-hands, training regimen which reiterates and stresses responsibility and safe practice in and




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Jan

2013

MMEA Roadshow Monitors educate Marines in career paths, discuss future assignments

Nathan L. Hanks Jr., 01/18/2013

Marine Corps Logistics Command and Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany leathernecks met with Headquarters Manpower Management Enlisted Assignment monitors during a visit held at the Base Conference Center, Jan. 10.  The MMEA team conducted 100 interviews during the one-day session, which was sponsored by a collaborative effort between MCLC and MCLB




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Jan

2013

Benefit Run for K9 for Warriors

Catherine Jones, 01/18/2013

Deerfield Windsor School and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church sponsored a Benefit Run for K9 For Warriors Jan. 5 at the Marine Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia. The benefit run’s objective was to assist a local veteran in getting a service dog through the K9 for Warriors organization.  The K9 for Warriors Organization rescues dogs in shelters and




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Jan

2013

First ITX: Corps initiates new pre-deployment training

Cpl. William J. Jackson, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Since the early 1990s, the Combat Center has provided thousands of Marines with the necessary training to conduct combat operations in a combined arms environment. Training exercises have given Marines the readiness to adapt to an ever-changing battlefield. As the requirements and missions for the Marine Corps changed during Operation Iraqi Freedom