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06

Oct

2014

Heavy Metal; Sound of tanks

Lance Cpl. Kristin Merrimarahajara, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Heavy metal is what moves approximately 70 Marines with 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, around to various landing zones aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, during their tank maneuver exercise on Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2014.Alpha company used the 70-ton armored beasts, complete with a 120 mm main gun, a .50-caliber machine gun




06

Oct

2014

FASTPAC, 31st MEU reinforce embassy during PHIBLEX 15

Lance Cpl. Robert Williams Jr., 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

There are many challenges when operating in the Asia-Pacific region. Whether it is the destructive powers of nature or the effects of human conflict, thankfully there are forces in the region equipped to help stop the chaos.The Philippine Air Force joined alongside U.S. Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Fleet Antiterrorism




06

Oct

2014

Philippine, US Marines sharpen amphibious operations during PHIBLEX 2015

Sgt. Anthony Kirby, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

U.S. and Philippine Marines raided a small island Oct. 2 utilizing combat rubber raiding crafts during Amphibious Landing Exercise 15.The Philippine Marines are with the 12th Marine Battalion and the U.S. Marines are with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.For the U.S. Marines, the raid was




03

Oct

2014

Commandant decides against uniform changes

Pfc. Julia D’Agostino, Headquarters Marine Corps

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos decided against the proposed insignia modification that would have changed the enlisted rank worn on woodland utilities from black to brushed brass, and against the proposed requirement for all officers to own and wear the Sam Browne belt while in the dress blue uniform.The uniform board sent out a




03

Oct

2014

2nd Maint. Bn. demonstrates readiness in field

courtesy story, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Thunderous explosions from hand grenades, continuous cracks of machine-gun fire and the unique sound of tank tracks tearing through the mud created the symphony of a battalion field exercise.Marines and sailors with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, conducted a field exercise Sept. 18-Oct. 1, 2014, to reinforce their ability to




03

Oct

2014

Marines remember Battle of Peleliu during 70th anniversary

Cpl. Drew Tech, III Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines with Combat Logistics Detachment 379 participated in the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Peleliu Sept. 15 during a ceremony at the Peleliu Elementary School in the Republic of Palau.The Marines with CLD-379 and the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band attended the ceremony as active duty Marine Corps representatives to pay homage to the




03

Oct

2014

First Fightertown F-35B training course takes off

Cpl. Brendan Roethel, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

The Pilot Training Center and Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 are slated to kick off the first F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter pilot training course, also known as the F-35B Safe for Solo course, aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Oct. 6.The three-month course is the formal instruction period that trains and certifies




03

Oct

2014

Search-and-Rescue operations end for aircrew member

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command News Release, Defense Media Activity

U.S. forces in the North Persian Gulf concluded a search-and-rescue operation for a missing U.S. Marine Corps aircrew member Oct. 2, 2014 after efforts to locate him were unsuccessful.The Marine is presumed lost at sea.The Marine aircrew member went into the water yesterday when the aircraft he was aboard lost power shortly after takeoff from the




02

Oct

2014

40 years of leadership comes to close

Sgt. Terry Brady, Defense Media Activity

How about that? 40 years. It’s amazing isn’t it?” said Lt. Gen. Robert E. Milstead Jr.  “It’s inconceivable to my young lance corporals and corporals.Milstead is a surfer, a father, a husband and a pilot, but more importantly a leader of America’s premier fighting force. He spent many years taking care of Marines and learning about how he can lead




02

Oct

2014

Energy conservation, lifeline for warfighters

Cpl. Eric Keenan, Defense Media Activity

During the last 13 years spent fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Marine Corps has focused on its combat effectiveness and shear lethality.Improving tactics on an unconventional battlefield against an insurgency forged a new and better Corps, but required a lot of energy to fuel.“The weapons systems we now use have more armor, we have more





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