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Apr

2013

Corps teaches UVAs, SARCs to help victims

Lance Cpl. Lauren A. Kurkimilis, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

In the military, sexual assault response coordinators, uniformed victim advocates and victim advocates are the first line of defense for individuals who become victims of sexual assault. They are trained to provide all the necessary resources to victims after an assault occurs, with care and consideration. The training they receive to become SARCs,




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Apr

2013

Bang for your buck

Cpl. Ali Azimi, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

The Combat Center began selling guns at the Marine Corps Exchange March 6 and has been the first time firearms have been sold on base in nearly 12 years.  The gun shop provides Combat Center residents with a wide variety of firearms, as well Airsoft and BB guns.  The Provost Marshal’s Office has worked with the Exchange since 2011 to ensure all




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Apr

2013

Reductions Won't Affect Most TRICARE Prime Beneficiaries

Military Health System News Release, FALLS CHURCH, Va.

Despite upcoming service area reductions, TRICARE Prime will remain a health care option for 97 percent of the more than 5 million beneficiaries eligible for the health care plan, Military Health System officials said. The 3 percent difference, which comprises about 171,000 beneficiaries who mostly reside more than 40 miles from a military clinic




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Apr

2013

Department of Veterans Affairs Caregiver Program helps families care for wounded

Cpl. Chelsea Flowers Anderson, FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md.

When President Barack Obama passed The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, it allowed the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide increased benefits for injured veterans as well as their caregivers.  One result of this act, passed May 10, 2010, was the VA’s Family Caregiver Program. The program allows wounded 9/11




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Apr

2013

Marine Corps Alcohol Screening Program starts now

Cpl. Tyler L. Main, FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md.

The Marine Corps Alcohol Screening Program was implemented Jan. 1, providing commanders a tool to identify and help Marines and sailors who may struggle with alcohol dependency and abuse.  The goal of the program is to deter service members from reporting to duty under the influence of alcohol and to help identify those who may need counseling or




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Apr

2013

All-Marine Sports Looking For Coaches

Sgt. Jimmy D. Shea, FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md.

The All-Marine sports program is looking for coaches.  The program is designed to give coaches the opportunity to coach at the All-Marine level. “A team coach has the overall responsibility from the beginning of the trial camp until the completion of the Armed Forces Championship,” said Jim Medley, All-Marine Sports Program specialist. “This




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Apr

2013

Marine Corps launches new fitness website

Cpl. Ali Azimi, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

The new Marine Corps fitness website, http://fitness.usmc.mil, is an all-in-one reference for individual and unit physical training. The expansive site provides guides, references and step-by-step workout plans for Marines.  Physical fitness is a part of Marine Corps culture and aids in the combat readiness the branch has come to be known for. The




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Apr

2013

Steps to take for PCSing personal property

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

Editors Note: This is the final article of a three-part series on permanent changes of station. The series focuses on complicated issues when moving from station to station. The summer peak season for the Combat Center’s Distribution Management Office is the busiest of the year. More than 2,500 orders were processed during the summer months in




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Apr

2013

Hagel Details U.S.-Japan Consolidation Plan for Okinawa

Cheryl Pellerin, WASHINGTON

The United States and Japan have announced a new plan that will reduce the U.S. footprint on the island of Okinawa while ensuring an operationally effective U.S. force presence in the region, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today. The plan, released today in Tokyo, is a key step forward in implementing the 2006 Realignment Roadmap. It details




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Apr

2013

Americans, Japanese run until the runnings done during Kintai Marathon

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

A sea of Americans and Japanese covered the IronWorks Gym parking lot here as athletes stretched and prepped for the 46th annual Kintai Marathon, which started in front of the gym April 14, 2013. The event provides a unique venue for bringing American and Japanese cultures together to enjoy a common bond of running. “How many opportunities will