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Oct

2014

VMFA - 533 goes sky high, Korean Marine Exchange Program 14-13 begins

Cpl. Antonio Rubio, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan

Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533, also known as the “Hawks,” launched their first aircraft during the Korean Marine Exchange Program 14-13, Oct. 13, 2014, on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The program’s goals is to increase the combat readiness of Marine Aircraft Group 12, improve its operating skills as a Marine Air-Ground Task




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Oct

2014

Gunfighters take basics to heart for familiarization training

Cpl. Christopher Johns, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

UH-1Y Huey pilots and crews with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 369 “Gunfighters,” took to the air for familiarization training aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 16. Although this training occurs fairly often, it allows pilots and crew members, or those who haven’t flown in a while, a chance to gain




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Oct

2014

U.S. Marines partner with East African forces

1st Lt. Maida Kalic, "The Commandant's Own"

U.S. Marines arrived in East Africa, October 14, to train Ugandan and Burundian forces, preparing them for future deployments.The forces will practice basic infantry tactics, engineering, logistical support, countering improvised explosive devices, lifesaving techniques, and convoy operations throughout October and December. The U.S. force is from




17

Oct

2014

Passing of Corps; Dunford becomes 36th Commandant

Cpl. Dylan Bowyer, Defense Media Activity

Gen. James F. Amos, the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, relinquished command of the Marine Corps to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., Oct. 17 at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.The ceremony started with musical performances from “The Commandant’s Own,” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps and “The President's Own,” United States Marine Band.




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Oct

2014

U.S., Bulgaria resilient as regional threat looms

Sgt. Derrick Irions, Marine Corps Forces Africa

U.S. and Bulgaria military exercises demonstrate a combined commitment to preserving European security amidst recent Russian aggression.As current regional tensions in Eastern Europe intensify, NATO partnerships are vital to deescalating and deterring threats.During a recent training exercise, the U.S. and Bulgaria forces refined offensive and




16

Oct

2014

Riverine tactics deter illicit activity on Cameroon waterways

Cpl. Shawn Valosin, Marine Corps Forces Africa

Countries in Africa with access to coastal and inland waterways like Cameroon have placed great emphasis on riverine operations and patrolling to help ensure the safety and security of their border.Marines, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen from Security Cooperation Team 5 Bravo, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa,




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Oct

2014

Montford Point Marine widow accepts Congressional Gold Medal

Sgt. Marcy Sanchez, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

African American’s service to the United States can be traced back to the country’s inception. It wasn’t until the twentieth century that service members were truly integrated in military units.In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 8802 permitting African American recruitment in the Marine Corps. These recruits were not




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Oct

2014

Integrated Task Force gunny earns GySgt Carlos Hathcock Award

Cpl. Paul S. Martinez, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force

All Marines are familiar with the legend of Gunnery Sgt. Carlos N. Hathcock II. A renowned sniper known for his exploits in the Vietnam War, Hathcock would leave the Marine Corps a fundamentally improved institution in the grounds of rifle marksmanship. Today, those who strive to put the same effort in supporting marksmanship can be recipients of




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Oct

2014

Fought war, gained title

Cpl. Samuel Ellis, Headquarters Marine Corps

Jacob Sprinkle had been tied to the Marine Corps since birth, born little more than a short 13 years ago on November 10 — the Marine Corps' birthday. Sadly, Jacob would never live to serve in the Corps, but now, in death, he bears the title of "Marine."More than 100 guests filled the Jonesville, Virginia Lee County High School auditorium tonight to




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Oct

2014

Integrated Task Force officer receives award for valor

Cpl. Paul S. Martinez, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force

Marines and sailors with the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force gathered at the task force headquarters to present an award to one of their own, Oct. 10, 2014.Col. Matthew G. St. Clair, commanding officer, GCEITF, formally presented 1st. Lt. Benjamin Sheldon, platoon commander, Company A, GCEITF, with a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement





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