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Mar

2015

MACS-4, ready to roll

Cpl. Thor Larson, Defense Media Activity

Marines crowd around a Humvee to witness, what some consider, a phenomenon.“We call it a unicorn, because you may hear about it, but you’ll almost never see it,” said Chief Warrant Officer Sean C. Flores.Marine Air Control Squadron 4 reached 100% equipment readiness when the last bolt was put in a Humvee March 13 on Marine Corps Air Station




16

Mar

2015

Military working dogs participate in C-IED Training

Lance Cpl. Jenna Loofe, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines patrol the path led by military working dogs, trained to detect improvised explosive devices using scent bags that contain partial ingredients used in making IEDs. The dogs detect danger areas and the handlers halt the patrol before Marines enter the danger zone. Saber, a black lab, notifies his handler of explosive materials by lying flat




16

Mar

2015

1/12 concludes battalion phase of Spartan Fury

Lance Cpl. Khalil Ross, Marine Corps Base Hawaii

The battalion phase of Operation Spartan Fury 15.2 drew to a close for 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment at Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island of Hawaii, March 10, 2015.




16

Mar

2015

Reflections of Iwo Jima; Corporal Raymond Lueb; “32 days on Iwo Jima without scratch"

Sgt. Melissa Karnath, Defense Media Activity

Raymond Lueb from Edmond, Oklahoma enlisted in the Marine Corps because he was going to be drafted and he wanted his choice of branch of service. Lueb spent about six months of initial training and assault training on the beaches of California. Lueb arrived on the black beach of Iwo Jima in the second assault wave. He served as an 81mm mortar man




13

Mar

2015

MARSOC identifies seven Marines who died in accident

Capt. Barry J. Morris, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command

It is with a heavy heart that U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command formally announces the names of the seven Marines who died when a U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter crashed near Eglin, Florida, at approximately 8:30 p.m. March 10, 2015.Dead are:Capt. Stanford H. Shaw, III, 31, from Basking Ridge, New JerseyMaster Sgt. Thomas A.




13

Mar

2015

Civilian aircraft crash, one Marine fatality aboard MCAS Yuma

Capt. Jose M. Negrete, Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron

A T-59 Hawk, civilian aircraft, crashed at approximately 11:45 a.m. on a MCAS Yuma runway Wednesday.Lance Cpl. Anthony T. DuBeau died as a result of injuries sustained from the crash when the aircraft impacted a government vehicle. DuBeau was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron (H&HS) aboard MCAS Yuma."Our hearts and prayers go out




13

Mar

2015

Reflections of Iwo Jima; Corporal Marshall Harris; “The ghost of 2nd Armored"

Sgt. Melissa Karnath, Defense Media Activity

Marshall Harris from Elk River, Minnesota enlisted in the Marine Corps after he graduated from high school early because of World War II. Harris participated in several campaigns throughout the Pacific including Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima.Harris served as a machine gunner and radio operator with the 2nd Armored Amphibian Tank Battalion. While at




13

Mar

2015

Uganda hosts exercise with East Africa partners, U.S. challenging violent extremism

Capt. Richard Ulsh, Marine Forces Europe and Africa

More than 300 service members from East African nations, Europe, and the U.S. are taking part in an exercise aimed at stifling violent extremist groups in the region such as Al-Shabaab.The exercise, Eastern Accord, integrates forces from Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Burundi to improve logistics, intelligence, medical planning, humanitarian




13

Mar

2015

Can’t keep Darkhorse down: Overcoming adversity

Pfc. Alvin Pujols, 1st Marine Division

After taking the reins in Sangin District, Helmand province, Afghanistan, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, began a hard-fought battle. By the time their tour ended in April 2011, the Marines of the battalion suffered the highest casualty rate of any U.S. Marine unit during the past 10 years of Operation Enduring Freedom, losing 25 Marines and




13

Mar

2015

Search, rescue shifts to recovery operations

Capt. Barry Morris, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command

Search and rescue efforts to find the seven missing Marines and four Army aircrew in Eglin, Florida, shifted to recovery operations March 12. The implication of that change means we are not hopeful of finding any survivors.Eglin search and recovery efforts with multiple agencies located the missing Army UH-60 aircraft, and they have begun the





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