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Mar

2016

Combat engineers build, breach, shoot in unit competition

Cpl. Paul S. Martinez, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion competed against one another in a series of training exercises to determine the best sapper squad across Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, March 21 – 25.The event was organized as an internal competition meant to challenge individual squads in their proficiency at executing engineer-based




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Mar

2016

Recon Marines conduct shooting package to prepare for 11th MEU

Lance Cpl. Justin Bowles, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines stood on-line and performed pistol drills as an instructor yelled the importance of performing weapon fundamentals properly.Marines with Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, conducted a combat marksmanship program led by Expeditionary Operations Training Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, March 17, 2016, at Marine




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Mar

2016

U.S., Morocco improve demining capability, work on center of excellence

Cpl. Olivia McDonald, Marine Corps Forces Africa

Students from across the Moroccan military branches are working together with U.S. Marines from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa to build up Morocco’s demining capabilities.The training is part of the U.S. Humanitarian Mine Action Program, formerly called U.S. Humanitarian Demining Program, which has been




23

Mar

2016

Take aim: 2nd LAR conducts gunnery training

Cpl. Shannon Kroening, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines with 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion conducted annual gunnery qualification training at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, March 18-22, 2016.The Marines of 2nd LAR conduct their qualifications with the M242 Bushmaster 25 mm chain-driven auto-cannon and the M240B 7.62 mm machine gun to maintain their proficiency and




23

Mar

2016

MWSS-272 demonstrates expeditionary capabilities

Cpl. Kaitlyn Klein, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272 demonstrated their expeditionary capabilities during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, North Carolina, March 14-18, 2016.“Our mission here is to construct a 96-by-96 AM-2 aluminum matting vertical take-off and landing pad,” said Master Sgt. Jason




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Mar

2016

Intel Marines mold future of Marine Corps

Lance Cpl. Julien Rodarte, Defense Media Activity

Intelligence Marines from throughout the Marine Corps presented software they created to leaders of the Marine Corps Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Enterprise accelerator program in Stafford, Virginia, March 4, 2016.The accelerator program is a 12-week course that brings Marines back into the development process of the gear they will use




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Mar

2016

U.S., Senegal continue fight against illicit trafficking in West African nation

Staff Sgt. Bryan Peterson, Marine Corps Forces Africa

Senegalese soldiers completed a month-long training exercise with U.S. Marines, March 18, at a military training facility in Thies, Senegal.U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, trained their counterparts with Senegal’s Compagnie Fusilier de Marin Commando, or COFUMACO, in infantry tactics, making




22

Mar

2016

2nd MAW Marine rushes into crash scene, helps save injured

Cpl. Neysa Huertas Quinones, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

On an early morning while heading to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point for work, Cpl. Joseph Currey found himself rushing to aid the victims of a crashed ambulance on the side of a busy road. The Marine joined others at the scene as they quickly reacted to the crash and provided medical aid to the injured patient and paramedics.Before Currey




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Mar

2016

Marine awarded Silver Star for heroic actions in Afghanistan

Sgt. Kirstin Merrimarahajara, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Sgt. Matthew S. Parker (ret.), received a Silver Star medal on base March 18, 2016.The Silver Star is the third highest military combat decoration and was awarded to Parker for his bravery and composure during an attack in Afghanistan on May 21, 2011, while he was deployed as a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment during Operation




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Mar

2016

Marine Raiders march 770 miles in remembrance

Sgt. Donovan Lee, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command

A little over a year ago on March 10, 2015, seven Marine Raiders and four Louisiana Army National Guard soldiers lost their lives in a tragic helicopter crash off the coast of the Florida Panhandle. On March 10, 2016, 14 Marine Raiders from Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command met in Navarre, Fla., for a memorial service to honor there





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