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Sep

2014

Gen. Mattis honored by No Greater Sacrifice

Sgt. Melissa Karnath, Defense Media Activity

To most Marines this man is a legend. To other Americans he would just be another veteran sporting tightly cropped white hair and a face worn from years of combat. When he speaks listeners hear sincerity, confidence and blunt wisdom. He is a legend among those new and old to the Corps—He is retired Marine Gen. James Mattis. During the afternoon of




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Sep

2014

Arresting gear gives pilots no need to fear

Cpl. D.A. Walters, III Marine Expeditionary Force

Marine Wing Support Squadrons 171 and 172 completed the installation of the M31 Marine Corps expeditionary arresting gear system at West Field, Tinian, in preparation of Valiant Shield 2014, which began Sept. 15. The movable arresting gear is a system of cables and shock absorbers, which can be set up on a runway to help aircraft safely stop in




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Sep

2014

VMA-223 Marines train during Exercise Green Flag

Lance Cpl. Grace L. Waladkewics, II Marine Expeditionary Force

More than 170 Marines with Marine Attack Squadron 223 departed Sept. 10 for a month-long exercise at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev. Green Flag is an exercise , which occurs 10 times per year and serves to support ground combat forces, according to Lt. Col. Roger T. McDuffie, commanding officer of the squadron. Eight of the squadron’s




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Sep

2014

1st MLG welcomes Colombian military leaders

Sgt. Laura Gauna, 1st Marine Logistics Group

More than thirty officers from the Colombian School of Advanced Warfighting and Brig. Gen. Leonardo Pinto Morales, commander of the 7th Division of the Colombian Army, visited 1st Marine Logistics Group leaders as part of the Colombian Observance Exchange Program Sept. 2, 2014 at Camp Pendleton, California.The program allowed members of both the




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Sep

2014

Commandant, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps visits SP-MAGTF Africa

Cpl. Shawn Valosin, Marine Forces Europe and Africa

The 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps General James F. Amos and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett visited Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily, Sept. 3, to meet the Marines, sailors and coastguardsmen of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14.During the visit, Amos and Barrett walked through individual work




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Sep

2014

Marine Corps archer takes gold by one point

Courtesy Story, Wounded Warrior Regiment

Marine Corps Maj. Richard Burkett Jr. brought the United States another gold medal with his win in the Mixed Individual Compound Open archery match here Sept 12.Tensions were high as Burkett and the audience waited to hear the judge’s decision on his last shot, which was too close to call with the naked eye. After roughly two minutes of




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Sep

2014

OPG leads way as Marines, JSDF join disaster preparedness training

Lance Cpl. Pete Sanders, III Marine Expeditionary Force

Members of the Okinawa Prefectural Government hosted a series of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief drills with the Japan Self-Defense Forces and U.S. Marines on and around Miyako Island Sept. 6.This year’s exercise was the first time OPG asked the Marines to participate, understanding the immense capability the Marine Corps brings in the




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Sep

2014

Marine officers earn knowledge for successful future operations

Cpl. Jose D. Lujano, Defense Media Activity

As warfare and needs of the world evolves so must the Marines, who answer the call to action. Marine officers with Charlie Company of The Basic School conducted a seven-day War Field Exercise from Sept. 5-12. The Marines began their evolutions on ships at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.  “I have never been on a Naval vessel before, and it’s a lot




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Sep

2014

Marine band plays respects to 9/11 fallen, first responders

Cpl. Terry Brady, Defense Media Activity

The Quantico Marine Band journeyed to New York City, New York, to perform at various ceremonies as part of the New York 9/11 Commemoration event, Sept. 11, 2014.The band performed along with the New York City Police Department and New York City Fire Department to honor the people, who made the ultimate sacrifice saving lives 13 years ago during the




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Sep

2014

BSRF-14 Marines fight to complete non-lethal weapons training

Lance Cpl. Ryan Young, Marine Forces Europe and Africa

For more information on the State of the Corps: http://www.marines.mil/sotcMIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania — Marines and Sailors of Black Sea Rotational Force 14 completed a non-lethal weapons training course, Sept. 3-9, on Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania. The course began with level one exposure to Oleoresin Capsicum spray with a





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