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Oct

2014

VMX-22 receives first F-35B aircraft

Cpl. Kathy Nunez, Headquarters Marine Corps

Marine Operational and Evaluation Squadron 22 received its first F-35B aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, California for operational testing Oct. 9, 2014.“VMX-22’s mission is to conduct operational testing and evaluation of U.S. Marine Corps’ fixed, tiltrotor, and rotary-wing aircraft, Unmanned Aerial Systems, and Marine Air Command and Control




09

Oct

2014

Marine Makes MMA Debut

Lance Cpl. Ian Leones, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve

Sitting backstage at the Patterson Civic Center in Louisiana, minutes before his debut mixed martial arts fight, John Zimmer kept his nerves down by cracking jokes.“If I win this fight, I just want the other guy to know that he got beaten up by a nerd,” said Zimmer, a security specialist with Headquarters Battalion, Marine Forces Reserve and a




09

Oct

2014

U.S Marines, Philippines Airmen share tactics

Lance Cpl. Tyler Giguere, III Marine Expeditionary Force

The importance of sharing knowledge, tactics, and experience between allies has always been vital to ensuring different units, militaries and countries can work together to efficiently accomplish the mission. For that reason, members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. Marines shared best practices in several areas, including weapons




09

Oct

2014

Showing appreciation to the nation’s wounded warriors

Cpl. Ricardo Hurtado, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines with Recruiting Station San Francisco and sailors from Navy Recruiting Command San Francisco visited wounded servicemembers at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., Oct. 7.As part of San Francisco Fleet Week 2014, active-duty sea servicemembers visit the wounded warriors to express their appreciation and support for their




09

Oct

2014

Corpsmen set up shock trauma platoon during PHIBLEX 15

Cpl. Henry Antenor, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

Corpsmen with Health Service Support Platoon, Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, established a shock trauma platoon center at here, Sept. 31. It is an emergency care facility – or ER – in the field environment, supporting units training at Ternate such as Force Recon Platoon and Company L, Battalion Landing Team 3rd




09

Oct

2014

Fielding decision made on new civil affairs app

Barb Hamby, Marine Corps Systems Command

After several years in development, the Marine Corps civil affairs community is getting smartphones armed with software that will streamline civil-military assistance operations.Trading pen and paper for smartphone and stylus, the Marine Corps Civil Information Management System, called MARCIMS, will allow civil affairs units to automate their




08

Oct

2014

Forager Fury III comes to close

Lance Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei, III Marine Expeditionary Force

Despite the eye of Typhoon Vonfgong passing by Guam with winds estimated at 105 miles per hour on Oct. 6, Forager Fury III on Andersen Air Force Base was still  a marked success.An estimated 1,300 personnel participated in Forager Fury III, a Marine Corps led exercise, which emphasized unit level tactical aviation and aviation ground support to




07

Oct

2014

Philippine, U.S. Marines complete a mechanized assault at PHIBLEX 15

Lance Cpl. Tyler Giguere, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

Philippine and U.S. Marines conducted an amphibious mechanized assault as part of Amphibious Landing Exercise 15 on Oct. 5, 2014.A section of U.S. Marine Amphibious Assault Vehicles departed from the USS Germantown (LSD-42) to storm the beach. Once on land, Philippine Marines disembarked the U.S. AAVs and maneuvered toward a simulated




07

Oct

2014

Marine Corps heroes: Pfc. Harold Gonsalves

Cpl. Shaltiel Dominguez, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

In recognition of Hispanic-American heritage month, we highlight World War II Medal of Honor recipient Pfc. Harold Gonsalves during World War II. Although there is no way to completely know how events unfolded on that hill in Okinawa in April 1945, we have used historical information about Gonsalves’ life to recreate his story of heroism and




07

Oct

2014

Diversity to Corps: Hispanic Heritage Month

Cpl. Bradley Carrier, 9th Marine Corps District

Americans take time to recognize Hispanic and Latino American’s contributions and celebrate their heritage and culture during National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sep. 15 to Oct. 15.A Hispanic Heritage Week was first observed in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson, but President Ronald Reagan expanded the celebration to a full month on Aug. 17,





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