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Nov

2014

Military Working Dogs play vital role locating Marines

Lance Cpl. Tyler S. Giguere, III Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines accompanied by a working dog descended on a rope from a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter. Once on the ground, the tracking dog led the Marines through the jungle in search of three simulated downed aircrew. The Marines conducting the tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel exercise were with 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine




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Nov

2014

Bold Alligator 2014 moves ashore for beach operations training

Cpl. James Smith, II Marine Expeditionary Force

The silhouettes of U.S. naval ships could be seen in the distance cruising off the coast of Onslow Beach, North Carolina, on the morning of Nov. 4. Marines with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force slipped ashore early in the morning to scout possible landing areas as part of Exercise Bold Alligator 14.




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Nov

2014

Answering crisis’ call; Marines respond during Bold Alligator 2014

Sgt. Terry Brady, Defense Media Activity

2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment participated in a crisis-response training event Nov. 3-5 at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Indiana as part of Exercise Bold Alligator 2014.Bold Alligator is a large-scale amphibious exercise on the East Coast, organized by U.S. fleet forces and Marine Forces Command, designed to train 2nd Marine Expeditionary




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Nov

2014

11th MEU Djibouti sustainment training: 239th USMC Birthday

1st Lt. Colleen Mcfadden, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Two centuries ago, the United States welcomed the humble birth of its elite fighting force, the United States Marine Corps. Over the course of the next 239 years, the Marine Corps has seen action across the face of the earth, “from the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli.” Today, Marines and Sailors from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit




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Nov

2014

24th MEU wraps up PTP, ready for deployment

Sgt. Devin Nichols, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit

The Marines and sailors of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit closed the book on another six-month pre-deployment training cycle after a successful amphibious assault on Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Oct. 27, 2014.The assault showcased the full gamut of the 24th MEU and its organization as a Marine Air-Ground Task Force, which included infantry




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Nov

2014

Marines polish direct fire skills

Lance Cpl. Jonathan Boynes, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Artillery units traditionally support ground troops with precise, long-range indirect fire, and are rarely called upon to engage targets with direct fire. Though direct engagements are not an artilleryman’s primary mission, Marines on the gun line are expected to be adaptable and effective under any and all circumstances.This expectation was put to




07

Nov

2014

Things you (probably) didn’t know about Operation al-Fajr

Cpl. Sara Luna, Defense Media Activity

In March of 2004, I Marine Expeditionary Force assumed full responsibility for the security of Al Anbar Province, Iraq, from the U.S. Army’s 82d Airborne Division.On March 31, 2004, three U.S. contractors were killed by an angry mob, which burned and mutilated the bodies and hung them along the King Faisal Bridge, which runs over the Euphrates




07

Nov

2014

MEB-A Marines return home from Afghanistan

Courtesy Story, I Marine Expeditionary Force

The crowd cheered and clapped, and camera shutters clicked and clacked as buses filled with loved ones came to a stop next to the 21 Area parade deck.Marines and sailors with Marine Expeditionary Brigade – Afghanistan returned home from a historic deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to their families at a homecoming ceremony at




07

Nov

2014

Combat Shooting Team hits center mass during competition

Sgt. Terry Brady, Defense Media Activity

Marines with Combat Shooting Team, Weapons Training Battalion, hosted the 4th Annual Quantico Combat Shooting Match Oct. 28-30 at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. The match was open to all qualified federal and military competitive shooters to test their marksmanship skills against one another.“The biggest draw of this is forcing Marines to




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Nov

2014

Long-term temporary duty rates to change, official says

Claudette Roulo, Defense Media Activity

New long-term temporary duty per diem rules that go into effect Nov. 1 will save the Defense Department about $22 million annually, the director of the Defense Travel Management Office said recently.Long-term TDY is considered to be any temporary duty longer than 30 days. “So, for travel from 31 to 180 days, you will receive a flat-rate per diem of





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