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Mar

2015

Marines observe 70th anniversary of the battle of Iwo Jima

Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Throughout World War II, the United States military proved its effectiveness in ways that changed the course of history. After 36 days and 6,821 American lives, the battle of Iwo Jima turned the tide of the war and secured a place in the history and identity of the United States Marine Corps.Marines, veterans, family and friends came together to




10

Mar

2015

FMLA now includes legally married same-sex spouses

Eve A. Baker, Marine Corps Base Quantico

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 gives eligible employees of covered employers the right to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off for specific family and medical reasons.




10

Mar

2015

12th Marine Regiment maneuvers through Dragon Fire Exercise 15-2

Lance Cpl. William Hester, III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office

Rain falls for 18 hours straight onto the rocky, uninhabitable terrain in the Pohakuloa Training Area while Marines rush to break down their combat operations center. Marines start before the sun rises above the Pacific, highlighting the hills and volcanic rock as it rises to meet them 6,000 feet above sea level on the “big island”, Kona, and they




9

Mar

2015

Primed and ready: 2nd CEB conducts urban breach course

Cpl. Justin Updegraff, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines stack up behind each other while one runs up to the door. He tapes the charge to the door, primes it and makes his way back to the stack. He begins the countdown: 5, 4, 3, 2. In a split second the door is engulfed in flames and is thrown off its hinges. The Marines hustle to the now open building to complete their objective.Marines with




9

Mar

2015

Convoy operations prepare junior Marines as future leaders

Cpl. Joshua Murray, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Military vehicles rumbled down the road as the Marines inside watched the terrain around them vigilantly. Corporal Taylor Barnes, a motor transport operator with 2nd Platoon, Truck Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, shouted commands at pedestrians in the area. “Move away from the road! This is a secure area!”All of this was part




9

Mar

2015

2nd Force Recon swiftly trains close-quarters tactics

Lance Cpl. Alexander Mitchell, Defense Media Activity

Navigating narrow hallways, clearing small rooms and extracting unknown targets safely were the objectives of the Marines with 2nd Force Reconnaissance Detachment 6 at Expeditionary Operations Training Group compound at Stone Bay on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, March 6, 2015.Marines trained using close-quarters tactics as part of




9

Mar

2015

2nd MAW Marines participate in Exercise Lagoon Breach

Cpl. U. Roberts, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

More than 100 Marines with 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corp Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, participated in Exercise Lagoon Breach at Marine Corps Outlying Field Atlantic, N.C., Feb. 20-27.The exercise was conducted to hone the Marines ability to conduct command post operations and exercise tactical command and control.  “Lagoon




9

Mar

2015

Warlords conduct first night flights

Cpl. Sarah Cherry, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

A pastel sunset painted the sky in pinks, oranges and blues as Maj. Paul Holst, an instructor pilot with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, flies into Beaufort skies to conduct an F-35B Lightning II night flight for the first time in Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and VMFAT- 501 history, March 2. The sun goes down, and the sides and tail of the jet glow brightly as the wingtip lights flash.




9

Mar

2015

Sharing the backbone – U.S. Marines and Serbian soldiers’ NCO workshop

1st Lt. Sarah Burns, Marine Forces Europe and Africa

Senior noncommissioned officers from the Serbian Armed Forces worked with U.S. Marines during the NCO Workshop to share information about the noncommissioned officer rank and role at the Serbian Armed Forces Training Center Pancevo, March 3-5, 2015.“It is very important to talk about developing NCOs through their career with other armed forces in




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Mar

2015

Exercise Sandfisher opening doors for U.S., Singapore

Lance Cpl. Harley Thomas, Marine Corps Base Hawaii

Marines with Bravo Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion,joined members of the Underwater Demolition Group with Singapore’s Naval DivingUnit, to exchange dive tactics and training Feb. 27, 2015 in one of the School ofInfantry-West classrooms in building 223 aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii.The training was part of Exercise Sandfisher, an





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