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Dec

2014

U.S. Marines, Moldovan Army partnerships strengthened through Advanced Weapons Workshop

Master Sgt. Chad McMeen, Marine Forces Europe and Africa

One week after the November 30th Moldovan elections, pro-European parties maintained their majority in parliament, and a military unit hosted an anti-armor workshop with U.S. Marines in Balti, Moldova.“We had about 50 [Moldovan] soldiers from three or four different units around the country. We brought 15 Marines here. Some assault men and




16

Dec

2014

U.S. Marines, Benin, Togolese Armed Forces enhance regional security

1st Lt. Maida Kalic, Marine Forces Europe and Africa

Gate sentries are the first line of defense, not only for force protection but also for enforcement of base orders. A strong show of force not only deters potentially dangerous activity but it creates overall stability, safety and security for the base being protected.Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response -




16

Dec

2014

Air Support: U.S. Marines, JGSDF look to sky for Forest Light’s culminating event

Cpl. Drew Tech, III Marine Expeditionary Force

U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force troops simulated a movement to contact and assault on an objective Dec. 9-10 while participating in Forest Light 15-1 at the Oyanohara Training Area in Yamato, Japan.Forest Light is a routine, semi-annual exercise designed to enhance the U.S. and Japan military partnership, solidify regional security




16

Dec

2014

Marines, JGSDF rapidly respond to simulated contaminations

Story by Lance Cpl. Tyler Giguere,

A field and an abandoned structure sustain an unknown, potentially dangerous, contamination leak. U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force service members hastily suit up in Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear in preparation for their mission. They rushed off to the contaminated zone to save lives and contain the leak, requiring both




15

Dec

2014

'Sand Sharks' bite into pre-deployment training

Cpl. Reba James, Marine Wing Support Squadron 371

Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 sharpened their security operation abilities during a four day pre-deployment security force training evolution that came to completion Wednesday at the Auxiliary Landing Field II, at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona. The objective of the exercise encompassed instructing and advising Marines in




15

Dec

2014

Corps to professionalize infantry squad leader in support of future operations

Sgt. Jose D. Lujano, Defense Media Activity

According to an upcoming Marine administrative message, the Squad Leader Development Program will begin in 2015.The program will seek to improve and streamline how infantry squad leaders are trained, educated, and assigned within active component infantry battalions. The intent is to ensure our squad leaders are prepared for the challenges of




15

Dec

2014

Naval aviators refine landing skills in preparation for 24th MEU deployment

Cpl. J. R. Heins, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

Members of Marine Attack Squadron 231 performed field carrier landing practice with AV-8B Harriers at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, N.C., Dec. 3.The squadron is slated to depart in the near future with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit where carrier landings play a key role in supporting the Aviation Combat Element of the MEU. Naval




12

Dec

2014

Tribute to Grunt Padre, Capodanno's Medal of Honor dedicated to chapel

Sgt. Melissa Karnath, Defense Media Activity

Amidst the flying bullets, explosions and chaos of an ambush, a chaplain hurries from one wounded Marine to the next.Wounded and refusing medical evacuation, he seeks to locate, comfort, minister and provide any aid he can to injured troops. Sighting a corpsman wounded in the leg and unable to move, the unarmed chaplain hurries to help. Machine gun




12

Dec

2014

Artillery in air; Landing support platoon facilitates artillery retrograde

Cpl. Christopher J. Moore, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines with Landing Support Platoon, Truck Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 5, conducted helicopter support team training with an M777 Howitzer during Exercise Steel Knight 2015, Dec. 9.The exercise helped develop the level of cohesion needed to allow the air and ground units to rapidly deploy the howitzer, improving the combined team’s




12

Dec

2014

Corpsman uses environment for medical treatment

Cpl. Christopher J. Moore, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Adapt and overcome,This is a phrase often used by Marines in the field. It relates back to the idea of not letting obstacles get in the way of accomplishing the mission.For Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Wilson and the rest of the battalion aid station staff, it means using the environment to ensure service members’ needs are met.Wilson, a hospital





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