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Jul

2015

Five NATO nations kick off Platinum Lion 15-3

Staff Sgt. Wayne Edmiston, Marine Corps Forces Europe

Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force and service members from Bulgaria, Romania, the United Kingdom and Albania started Exercise Platinum Lion 15-3, July 6, 2015 at the Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria. The two-week training exercise is designed to strengthen the partnerships between the NATO nations and share knowledge to help improve their




6

Jul

2015

Troops open lines of communication from behind scenes

Lance Cpl. Samantha Villarreal, III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office

Few plans survive contact with the enemy. No plan survives without a group of men and women standing behind the scenes tying all units together into a cohesive whole.In order for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 to adhere to the commanders’ plans, U.S. Marines with 7th Communication Battalion established communication channels in Australia before the




6

Jul

2015

Raids with Romanians

1st Lt. Sarah Burns, Marine Corps Forces Europe

U.S. Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force 15.1 concluded their final week-long infantry tactics and live-fire range with Romanian marines at the Babadag Training Area, Romania, June 28 – July 3. “We did raids and patrolling this week which culminated in a raid live-fire range. We supported the Romanians’ attack with our mortars, and we showed




6

Jul

2015

31st MEU to participate in Talisman Saber 2015

Courtesy Story, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

More than 2,000 Marines and Sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit will participate in exercise Talisman Saber 2015, a bilateral exercise taking place in a number of locations in Australia from July 7-18. Talisman Saber 15 officially kicked off with an opening ceremony at the Darwin Showground July 5, with thousands of local visitors




5

Jul

2015

Sustaining partnerships; U.S. Marines train Senegalese to fight

Cpl. Lucas Hopkins, Marine Corps Forces Africa

A team of approximately 10 U.S. Marines, Sailors and Coastguardsmen assigned to Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa began training with the Companie Fusilier de Marine Commandos near St. Louis, Senegal, June 1.Throughout the nearly six-week training evolution, the Marines will teach the Senegalese small-unit infantry




3

Jul

2015

Military police train forces to augment base security

Lance Cpl. Kimberlyn Adams, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

The Provost Marshall’s Office, with the assistance of the Marine Corps Police Academy West, conducted a two-week security augment force (SAF) training aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, June 22 to July 2.During the first week of training, service members learned arrest techniques, defensive tactics, and how to properly use hand




2

Jul

2015

Marines on target with F-35 live-weapons release

Cpl. Alissa Schuning, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, also known as the “Green Knights,” conducted the first F-35B operational ordnance expenditures June 22 to 26.Pilots employed the ordnance in Restricted Area 2507 in southeastern California.A total of 14 pilots used six F-35Bs to employ both inert and high-explosive munitions. In total, 18 Guided Bomb Unit




2

Jul

2015

Interservice rifle competition comes to a close, shooters make mark

Sgt. Terry Brady, Defense Media Activity

The 54th Interservice Rifle Championship wrapped up July 1, at Marine Corps Base Quantico.During the competition, shooters from across the Department of Defense competed in a myriad of matches consisting of individual and team scored shoots, varying from distances between 200 – 1,000 yards. “These are all the best military shooters,” said Col.




2

Jul

2015

SECNAV announces new maternity leave policy

The Office of the Chief of Information, Defense Media Activity

Secretary Ray Mabus triples maternity leave: 18 weeks for women in the Navy and Marine Corps.July 2, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that effective immediately, women who serve in the Navy and Marine Corps will have 18 weeks of maternity leave available to use during the first year of her child's life. "In the Navy and the Marine Corps,




2

Jul

2015

Shooting team selects few, proud

Sgt. Terry Brady, Defense Media Activity

Mastery of marksmanship is one of the fundamental traits of a military member. It allows the warrior to accurately hit their target from known and unknown distances.Some marksmen in the military, such as the members of the Marine Corps Shooting Team, have taken it upon themselves to take their skills to the next level and compete against other





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