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2015

Emerging communications capability set to save lives during critical en-route care operations

Sgt. Laura Gauna, 1st Marine Logistics Group

Whenever a wounded Marine needs critical care in a combat zone, aircraft provide the means to get them to the care they require. However, during these casualty evacuations, each passing minute in flight subtracts from the Marine’s “golden hour.” Communication between the care teams in the helicopter and the care facilities on the ground is critical




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Feb

2015

I MEF welcomes Sgt. Maj. Kasal, bids farewell to Sgt. Maj. Green

Cpl. Christopher J. Moore, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Sergeant Maj. Ronald Green relinquished his post as I Marine Expeditionary Force sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. Bradley Kasal during a relief and appointment ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Feb. 4.As Green closes the chapter on his time with I MEF and prepares to assume his next post as the 18th Sergeant Major of the




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Commandant of Marine Corps recognizes recruiters of year

Lance Cpl. Logan Block, Marine Corps Recruiting Command

Commandant of the Marine Corps General Joseph F. Dunford awarded Gunnery Sgt. Orlando Torres from Recruiting Station Milwaukee and Staff Sgt. Jose Flores from Recruiting Substation Patchogue, New York, as the 2014 Recruiters of the Year at the Clubs at Quantico, January 29.Recruiters put in countless hours of tedious work to enlist young men and




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Feb

2015

Plunge; Ice-breaker drill increases mission readiness

Lance Cpl. Medina Ayala-Lo, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center

Frigid wind blows across Levitt Lake as Marines gather on its frosted, glinting surface. At 9,000 feet, the temperature is well below freezing. With a pack on one shoulder and ski poles gripped tightly, a mountain leader steps onto the skis, sharply inhales the crisp air and prepares to take the plunge into the freezing water below.Marine Corps




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Feb

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Osprey offers new experience for Philippine, U.S. Marines during fast-rope insertions

Lance Cpl. Ryan Mains, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

Philippine Marine Capt. Capt. Rogin Toledo has had a fair share of fast-roping experience, but the same operation from a tiltrotor aircraft like the MV-22B Osprey is anything but routine.“The last time I have done this type of training was six years ago, and it was off of a tower,” said Toledo, commanding officer for the 65th Philippine Marine




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Feb

2015

Japanese forces practice amphibious raids along coast of southern California

Cpl. Angel Serna, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, and members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force conducted amphibious raids and military operations on urban terrain during Exercise Iron Fist 15 aboard Camp Pendleton on Feb. 3, 2015.Exercise Iron Fist 15 is an annual bilateral training exercise between U.S. and Japanese military




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Feb

2015

Romanians, U.S. Marines share time-forged tactics

Cpl. Ashton Buckingham, Marine Forces Europe and Africa

Romanian and U.S. Marines wrapped up a week-long training exercise on Jan. 30, which focused on naval infantry squad-offensive tactics and procedures in Babadag, Romania.The intensive instruction concentrated on troop-leading procedures, such as ambushes and movement-to-contact.“It’s important that we learn from one another to improve our skill




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Feb

2015

Commandant of Marine Corps visits Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force Marines

Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. visited Marines and Sailors of the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Feb. 3, 2015. Col. Matthew G. St. Clair, GCEITF commanding officer, Sgt. Maj. Robin C. Fortner, GCEITF sergeant major, and GCEITF staff and company officers, briefed




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Feb

2015

15th MEU Marines enhance squad tactics

Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Marines with Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit began squad tactics and maneuver training aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 25, 2015.Kilo Co.’s two-week-long training focused on enhancing their combat skills and learning to work as a cohesive unit in preparation for their upcoming




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2015

2nd Assault Amphibious Battalion faces harsh weather, enemy forces during field exercise

Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines with 2nd Assault Amphibious Battalion faced rain, mud and enemy attacks during a week-long battalion field exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., January 22 to 28, 2015.The exercise helped the battalion get into the swing of things after a pause in training seen by many units in the Marine Corps around the start of the New Year. The operations





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