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Aug

2014

VMU-2 refines operational readiness at Avon Park

Cpl. J. R. Heins, Avon Park Air Force Range, Fla.

Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2 conducted training at Avon Park Air Force Range, Fla., July 28 – Aug. 8., working with Marine Special Operations Command and several Air Force fighter wings to refine their interoperability with joint-service ground and air assets.   VMU-2 coordinated with MARSOC and the Air Force’s 75th and 93rd Fighter




12

Aug

2014

1st Recon lets gravity do the work

Lance Cpl. Seth Starr, CAMP PENDELTON, Calif.

Marines with Company B, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force recently conducted proficiency jump training aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 6, 2014, in preparation for deployment with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.  The Marines that participated in training took part in both free




12

Aug

2014

Marines, Sailors aboard USS America visit Rio

Cpl. Christopher J. Moore, RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil

Brazilian diplomats, military personnel and media were hosted aboard the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during a port visit to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Aug. 5 through Aug. 8. During the port visit, the ship hosted tours, a press conference and a formal reception in the ship’s hangar bay.   Tours of USS America were conducted




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Aug

2014

Vietnam veterans attend wreath laying in memorial garden

Lance Cpl. Jenna Loofe, CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.

Alumni from Company H, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division who fought in the Vietnam War gathered in the 5th Marines Memorial Garden aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. on Aug. 7, 2014.  The veterans visited Camp Pendleton for a wreath ceremony at the garden and visit with the Marines currently with the




12

Aug

2014

Greely, Colorado, native receives meritorious promotion while deployed to Afghanistan

Sgt. Jessica Ostroska, CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan

Former U.S. senator, Olympic gold medalist and professional NBA athlete Bill Bradley once said, “Ambition is the path to success, and persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.”  For Sgt. Andrea M. Robb, a 24-year-old from Greeley, Colorado, persistence has paid off on her journey from becoming a U.S. Marine to serving on her first combat deployment




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Aug

2014

Sacramento Marine keeps artillery unit primed during Afghan drawdown

1st Lt. Garth Langley, CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan

Hugging the fence line along the perimeter of Camp Bastion, dusty artillery firing positions are dug into the rocky earth. Three M777 Howitzers nicknamed “Death Wish,” “Steve Bolton” and “Zeus,” peer across the desert horizon, ready for a fire mission at a moment’s notice.  The howitzers safeguard the remaining U.S. and coalition forces serving




12

Aug

2014

Marines Eligible For Selected Early Release Program FY15

Lance Cpl. Sara Graham, NEW ORLEANS

Marine Administrative Message 378/14 announced the start ofthe fiscal year 2015 Selected Marine Corps Reserve Early Release Program. Theprogram is effective Aug. 1, 2014 through Sept. 30, 2015, and focuses on costsaving and sustainment for the Marine Corps.  Marines must meet a list of requirements to be eligible forthe program. Those requirements




12

Aug

2014

Voluntary Education Center celebrates more than 400 recent college graduates

Ameesha Felton, MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va.

Quantico’s Voluntary Education Center held a graduation ceremony celebrating more than 400 college graduates July 24, at the Clubs at Quantico. Marc Cole, a former active-duty Marine who currently serves as an acquisition and procurement advisor at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, was the guest speaker. A veteran and Harvard University




12

Aug

2014

Just part of the job; corpsman treats Marine WWII veteran at Iwo To

Cpl. Henry J. Antenor, CAMP HANSEN - Okinawa, Japan

The 69th Reunion of Honor ceremony at Iwo To (the island formerly known as Iwo Jima) was a tribute to the veterans who fought at the Battle of Iwo Jima and Petty Officer 3rd Class Traciemarie D. San Juan was standing there with the jitters. She didn’t have heightened nerves from the magnitude of the ceremony - this time - but because she was called




12

Aug

2014

What I've Learned: Sgt. Kyle Stewart

Cpl. Charles Santamaria, MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER Calif.

Stewart began his journey into the world of mixed martial arts with American Freestyle Karate at the age of four. He participated in point-fighting and continued with karate for 13 years before delving into boxing and kickboxing. Stewart has trained in several martial arts such as Muai Thai, Kenpo-based Karate, submission wrestling and jiu jitsu





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