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Sep

2014

Marines with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion shoot “modified” table four

Lance Cpl. Justin Updegraff, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division completed a live-fire exercise at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, Sept. 2.Over two weeks, the unit conducted a battalion-level field exercise. The marksmanship training was part of the battalion’s training and readiness standards. During the field exercise, the battalion also evaluated its




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Sep

2014

3/1 Readies for Deployment aboard 15th MEU

Lance Cpl. Seth Starr, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, recently conducted training at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, California, Aug. 18 to Sept. 17, 2014.The unit arrived in Bridgeport Aug. 17 to begin their training in preparation for a deployment with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit scheduled to




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Sep

2014

Marines train resupply techniques with pack animals

Lance Cpl. Seth Starr, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines from 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, recently conducted training aboard Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, California, Aug. 18 to Sept. 17, 2014.The Marines of 3/1 arrived in Bridgeport Aug. 17 to begin their training in preparation for deployment with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit




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Sep

2014

Marines train for grappling tournament

Cpl. Shaltiel Dominguez, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Grappling is Cpl. Sean Cooley’s passion. As team captain of the Headquarters and Support Battalion grappling team here, he trains with his teammates at the Las Flores gym every week, perfecting their positions, transitions and submissions. Their goal is to take first place in the upcoming Commanding General’s Cup grappling tournament at the Paige




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Sep

2014

Valiant Shield Shows Positive Impact on Tinian

Staff Sgt. Warren Peace, III Marine Expeditionary Force

Citizens of Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, say Exercise Valiant Shield 2014 is boosting their economy, creating part-time jobs and building lasting relationships.About 450 members from the U.S. Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Guam National Guard are on Tinian as of Sept. 18 for VS14. U.S. forces use Tinian’s airfields for




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Sep

2014

Recon Marines infiltrate beach, conduct raid

Cpl. Lena Wakayama, III Marine Expeditionary Force

Reconnaissance Marines conducted a simulated limited scale raid Sept. 20 at U.S. Naval Base Guam during Exercise Valiant Shield 2014.The goal of the raid is to neutralize a command and control cell in order to aid a company of infantry Marines seize an airfield.The Marines, with 3rd Recon Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary




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Sep

2014

Infantry Marines play vital role in Valiant Shield 2014

Staff Sgt. Warren Peace, III Marine Expeditionary Force

U.S. infantry Marines conducted an island seizure exercise on Tinian Sept. 20 during Exercise Valiant Shield 2014.Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only biennial exercise focusing on the integration of joint training among the Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Army. The exercise consists of several different smaller exercises, or vignettes, one of which is




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Sep

2014

3/2 Marines maximize training at Fort A.P. Hill

Cpl. Jorden Wells, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division conducted live-fire drills at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, Sept. 11.Their training range, which was specially built to meet the unit’s needs, allowed the battalion to flex its muscle away from its base of support at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.“Doing




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Sep

2014

Navy corpsman receives valor award for actions in Helmand province

Staff Sgt. John Jackson, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Van Horn was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device, Sept. 17, during a small ceremony aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.Van Horn is currently on his second deployment in Helmand province. The 28-year-old Akron, Ohio, native wanted to join the Navy to serve his




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Sep

2014

Bravo Company Marines, sailors, ANA deter insurgent operations in Helmand

Cpl. Cody Haas, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines and sailors with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, alongside Afghan National Army counterparts, disrupted insurgent activity during a security operation in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Sept. 9-11.During the 72-hour operation, two sections of Marines and ANA soldiers conducted dismounted patrols on foot at alternate times





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