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Aug

2014

VMFA-251 soars through SFARP

Cpl. Brendan Roethel, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251 conducted Strike Fighter Advanced Readiness Program training at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 4-22. The training both pilots and aircrew personnel receive during the exercise hones the air-to-air skills a squadron needs for a six month carrier battle group deployment. SFARP consists of a




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Aug

2014

Platinum Lion: Multilateral exercise strengthens humanitarian response, combat readiness

Sgt. Derrick K. Irions, Novo Selo, Bulgaria

Following 11 days of unabated multilateral training, military forces from Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and the U.S. operated side-by-side during the final exercise of Platinum Lion 14-2 Aug. 11 at the Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria.  During the seven-hour humanitarian scenario, an escalating conflict between two socially-divided urban towns




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Aug

2014

Combat shooting takes Marine overseas, shooting professionally for his country

Sgt. Jonathan G. Wright, CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan

It’s not a cliché: every Marine is a rifleman, regardless if they are an infantryman or an administrative clerk. Annual requirements dictate qualifying on a known-distance rifle range and the occasional field exercise, but the minimum expectations don’t inspire Marines to excellence. What, then, if a Marine has a burning passion and the drive to




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Aug

2014

11th Marine Expeditionary Unit visits Iwo To during transit through U.S 7th Fleet

Capt. Joshua Diddams, USS MAKIN ISLAND, Pacific Ocean

Marines and sailors with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Squadron 5 were afforded a rare opportunity to visit Iwo To (formally known as Iwo Jima) while transiting through the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility Aug. 16, 2014.  Through the natural course of transit while deployed during WESTPAC 14-2, the Makin Island Amphibious




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Aug

2014

CLB-15 departs for Mountain Exercise

Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.

The first group of Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group, departed Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton as part of Mountain Exercise training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif., on Aug. 19, 2014.  This is the final exercise the units that comprise the Ground Combat Element




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Aug

2014

15th MEU completes PANAMAX 2014

Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.

Every day U.S. forces train with partner nations to combat global threats. The relationships built through these exercises allow the Marine Corps and its allies to function as a global force in readiness. Recently, Marines and sailors with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit completed PANAMAX 2014, a seven-day multi-national exercise, which began




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Aug

2014

Commandant throws first pitch

Lance Cpl. Cameron Storm, WASHINGTON

Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, threw the first pitch of the Washington Nationals baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on August 20, 2014.  The game was in honor of the Nationals’ U.S. Marine Corps Day, which saluted Marines who have served and are currently serving worldwide.   As




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Aug

2014

Powering the Barracks

Cpl. Dan Hosack, Washington, D.C.

Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., supports events throughout the National Capital Region every day. With thousands of ceremonies and training exercises every year, it takes a dedicated team to make sure everything goes smoothly.    The Marines in the operations section, known as the S-3, at the Barracks coordinate what Marines and materials go




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Aug

2014

Reserve Marines conduct 4th Amphibious Assault Vehicle Launch

Lance Cpl. Sara Graham, JACKSONVILLE,Fla.

 A 26-ton metal vehicle, with the ability to carry 21 fully-loaded combat Marines, plunges into the water after rolling down the back of a ship. Instead of sinking, it quickly pops back up ready to be driven to shore, where it can deliver Marines waiting inside to the fight, and provide support to those already on the ground.   Reserve Marines of




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Aug

2014

Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 1 conduct retrograde operation in Helmand province, Afghanistan

Cpl. Cody Haas, 8/21/2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan— As the U.S. footprint throughout Afghanistan begins to shrink, the extra gear and equipment needs to be retrograded back to the States by a unit capable of moving large items in a timely fashion. For Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 1, it is their mission. Service members with CLB-1 conducted a





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