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Dec

2014

VMM-265 lands at MCAS Iwakuni, begins preparation for support of Exercise Forest Light

Sgt. Benjamin Pryer, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan

Three MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 landed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Dec. 6, 2014, to refuel and begin planning for support of Exercise Forest Light in Kumamoto Prefecture.Forest Light is a routine, semiannual training exercise that enhances the readiness of the U.S. Marine Corps and




08

Dec

2014

US Marines complete two months of support to Ebola Response in West Africa

1st Lt. Gerard Farao, Marine Forces Europe and Africa

Since Oct. 8, 2014 a detachment of 100 U.S. Marines and sailors from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa (SPMAGTF-CR-AF) provided support to Operation United Assistance (OUA), the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis in Liberia.The rapid self-deployment of SPMAGTF-CR-AF Marines and sailors by four MV-22 Ospreys and two




05

Dec

2014

Serving sea services; Eighth chaplain of Marine Corps laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery

Cpl. Eric Keenan, Defense Media Activity

U.S. Navy chaplain Capt. Eli Takesian was ceremonially laid to rest at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia on Dec. 4, 2014. Takesian served as the eighth Chaplain of the Marine Corps and during his career he earned the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars and four Presidential Unit Citations. Upon retiring in 1987, he had given




05

Dec

2014

MCMAP instructor course tests Marines endurance on beaches of Okinawa

Cpl. Joey Holeman, III Marine Expeditionary Force

In the summer of 1945, near the end of World War II, Marines stormed the beaches of Okinawa, which later became known as the bloodiest battle of the Pacific. Marines were ready to survive by all means necessary, which included hand-to-hand combat on the shores of Okinawa. After World War II, the Marine Corps started to emphasize the importance




04

Dec

2014

Senators contribute to Toys for Tots

Cpl. Sarah Luna, Defense Media Activity

White boxes overflowed with colorful, shiny new toys when senators, their families, aids and other staff members gathered at the Russell Senate Office Building to give to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation on December 3, 2014.Every year the foundation ran by the United States Marine Corps Reserve, collects new, unwrapped toys through public




04

Dec

2014

DOD submits its progress report to president on sexual assault in military; USMC demonstrates progress

Cpl. Lisette Leyva, Headquarters Marine Corps

The Office of the Secretary of Defense submitted a sexual assault prevention and response progress report to President Barack Obama, Dec. 2, 2014. The report’s intent is to demonstrate progress across five primary lines of effort: prevention, investigation, accountability, victim advocacy/assistance and assessment. The progress report includes




04

Dec

2014

Platinum Wolf 15 in Serbia demonstrates Europe's collective security

Sgt. Derrick Iriorns, Marine Corps Forces Africa

With the unpredictability of the global security environment, Partnership for Peace countries continue to build extensive relationships with U.S. and NATO forces; through standardization, integration and cooperation, these exercises improve combined-force capabilities and demonstrate a collective commitment to preserving European stability. “The




04

Dec

2014

Outstanding Marine wins Bulk Fuel Specialist of Year

Pfc. Carlos Cruz Jr., Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan

Of all the bulk fuel specialists in the Marine Corps, one went above and beyond the others and was rewarded for his hard work.Corporal Tyler P. Saffore, a bulk fuel specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, received the Bulk Fuel Specialist of the Year award, Dec. 3, 2014, at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.After winning such a




04

Dec

2014

Chaplains celebrate 239th Anniversary of Chaplain Corps

Lance Cpl. Jenna Loofe, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Navy Captain Guy M. Lee, command chaplain of I Marine Expeditionary Force, hosted the 239th United States Navy Chaplain Corps Birthday Ball at the Pacific View Event Center aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 1, 2014.  In attendance for the evening’s events were Lt. Gen. David Berger, Commanding General of I MEF, and the guest




04

Dec

2014

Bang for buck: 3/12 takes control for ARTP 14-3

Sgt. Jen S. Martinez, III Marine Expeditionary Force

Okinawa based Marines began preparing for artillery live-fire training with a command post exercise on mainland Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji Oct. 30-31. The Marines are with Battery I, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment; and Battery B, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines currently assigned to 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III





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