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Aug

2015

2016 Selected Marine Corps Reserve Early Release Program

Cpl. Sara Graham, Marine Corps Forces Reserves

The fiscal year 2016 Selected MarineCorps Reserve Early Release Program establishes the authority, eligibility andprocedures for the voluntary early release of enlisted Marines in the SMCR. The program will start onSeptember 1, 2015 and end on September 30, 2016. Marineseligible for this program must be serving their first-term and have a




24

Aug

2015

Marines depart Saipan after typhoon relief mission

Capt Jennifer Giles, Marine Corps Activity Guam

Marines and sailors withthe 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit have departed Saipan after completing theirtyphoon relief mission. The MEU isleaving after local and federal authorities have determined militarycapabilities are no longer required to continue typhoon relief efforts inSaipan. Duringtheir time supporting relief efforts, Marines and sailors




23

Aug

2015

Taking care of our own

Cpl. Carson Gramley, 1st Marine Logistics Group

Marines are known for and take pride in the fact that they unwaveringly protecteach other, against any and all odds. It’s called protecting our own. Marineswill hold onto this as long as they live, and with the help of a gratefulnation, amazing things can be accomplished.In 2011 Staff Sgt. JasonRoss, an explosive ordnance disposal technician,




22

Aug

2015

Art Petty remembers Vietnam, Operation Starlite 50 years after

Sgt. Melissa Karnath, Defense Media Activity

Arthur "Art" Orville Petty Jr. served on active duty in the Marine Corps during World War II and the Vietnam War. Enlisting March 13, 1941, Petty would have never guessed the struggles and challenges he and his Marines would have to endure during his time in the Corps.“I was 18 when I joined. I went to boot camp in SanDiego, California. We slept in




21

Aug

2015

Offload preparation party stays sharp during Marine Prepositioning Force Exercise 2015

Sgt. Shawn Valosin, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Approximately 50 Marines with Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, have been living aboard the USNS 1st Lt Jack Lummus since Aug. 5, initially preparing for, and then actively engaging in a Marine Prepositioning Force Exercise aboard Marine Corps Support Facility Blount Island, Jacksonville, Fla., Aug. 10 —Sept. 9.Service




21

Aug

2015

Mike Jenkins remembers Vietnam, Operation Starlite 50 years after

Sgt. Melissa Karnath, Defense Media Activity

Homer “Mike” Kesler Jenkins actively participates in military ceremonies for holidays and funerals throughout his hometown community wearing the same Marine uniform he wore in the 1960s. However, after more than six decades, memories of battles in Vietnam are still active in his mind. “It’s an emotional trip to be a survivor. ‘Why me? Why did I




21

Aug

2015

Construction underway on F-35B hangar

Lance Cpl. Jonah Lovy, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

Construction is underway on an F-35B Lightning II hangar aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. Slated to be completed next year, the new hangar will be utilized by future F-35 squadrons in the coming years. Until future aircraft arrive, Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 is the only F-35 squadron aboard the air station training pilots




21

Aug

2015

Rzr course certifies recon Marines

Lance Cpl. Aaron Fiala, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines with Force Reconnaissance Platoon, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit participated in an all-terrain vehicle course aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Aug. 18, 2015. Marines drove Polaris Rzr tactical vehicles along Lejeune’s tank trails and performed various types of vehicle tests to become certified to drive these vehicles.The Marines faced




20

Aug

2015

'Lava Dogs' bring heat during Large Scale Exercise 15

Pfc. Levi Schultz, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

One hundred twenty-degrees of heat bore down on the ‘Lava Dogs’ as they coordinated with artillery, mortars and close-air support, maneuvering across approximately 50 kilometers of desert to reach their objective as part of Large Scale Exercise 15. Marines with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment participated in a live-fire and maneuver exercise in




20

Aug

2015

Ben Palermo remembers Vietnam, Operation Starlite 50 years after

Sgt. Melissa Karnath, Defense Media Activity

Benjamin "Ben" Palermo loved traveling the world and seeing new places as a Marine. Palermo never imagined that when he volunteered to go to Hawaii that he'd soon be experiencing combat in Vietnam. During Operation Starlite, he was fired at from every direction as he saw helicopters shot out of the sky. Fear stirred up inside him as he realized





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