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Jun

2015

3/8 Marines train for tactical recovery of aircraft, personnel

Cpl. Elizabeth Case, II Marine Expeditionary Force

As the roaring blades of a CH-53 Super Stallion resonate throughout the open field, its rear door lowers to the ground and infantry Marines move out to begin securing the area. Their mission: Find a downed pilot and bring him home.Marines with 4th Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, participated in a Tactical Recovery of




15

Jun

2015

Nations conduct amphibious landing in Sweden

1st Lt. Sarah Burns, Marine Corps Forces Europe

NATO and partner nations stormed the shores of Sweden, June 13, during an amphibious landing part of Baltic Operations 2015. The landing was a rehearsal for the main event happening in Ustka, Poland, June 17.“I’ve been doing amphibious operations in the U.S. Navy for almost 30 years, and never have I seen a staff get together so quickly and execute




12

Jun

2015

U.S., Lithuania go on offensive in Baltics during NATO exercise

Sgt. Paul Peterson and Sgt. S.T. Stewart, Marine Corps Forces Europe

U.S. and Lithuanian forces are partnering with one another during a NATO-backed exercise in the Baltics dedicated to demonstrating the allies’ ability to defend the region, June 9-16, 2015. The exercise is known as Saber Strike. The U.S. force taking part are Marines with the Black Sea Rotational Force based in Romania.“It is the largest exercise




12

Jun

2015

65 Indonesians saved from tragedy by U.S. Marines, sailors

Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Marines and sailors with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the Essex Amphibious Ready Group aboard the USS Rushmore (LSD 47) saved 65 distressed Indonesian mariners from a sinking craft in the Makassar Strait, June 10, 2015.The survivors were saved after four days of clinging to floating debris drifting with the current.Sailors on lookout




12

Jun

2015

Marine recruiter in Idaho saves man’s life after suicide attempt

Sgt. Reece Lodder, Headquarters Marine Corps

*Editor’s Note: The suicide victim’s name has been changed to protect his privacy.Screaming startled him awake.Sgt. Cody Leifheit checked the time: 2 a.m. Sunday, June 7, 2015. Probably people filtering in from the bars, he thought. After moving to Lewiston, Idaho, and into the apartment only a week earlier, he wasn’t yet familiar with the




11

Jun

2015

Crawl, walk, run: Guard Marines hone marksmanship skills

Cpl. Christian Varney, Marine Barracks

In the heart of the nation’s capital, there are Marines that have a special assignment unlike any other. These Marines are specifically trained and equipped to analyze and address any potential threats that intend to cause harm to the Marine Barracks or its’ visitors; they are the infantry Marines of Guard Company. Due to the unique location and




10

Jun

2015

Recon Marines conduct pre-dive training

Lance Cpl. Chris Garcia, II Marine Expeditionary Force

During a normal swim, a Marine travels smoothly through the water. All is going according to plan until an instructor swims down to spin the Marine and disorient him in order to simulate being caught in a wave while underwater. The student loses his breathing apparatus and is turned around facing a direction other than where he needs to be going.




9

Jun

2015

Engineers train in combat maneuvers

Lance Cpl. David Hersey, II Marine Expeditionary Force

The sound of gunfire cracks through the air as the machinegun unloads, suppressing the simulated enemy as the Marines advance on theobjective. Focused on the goal, they move quickly across the terrain,maintaining cover to avoid casualties as they draw steadily closer to theirgoal.Marines with Bravo Company, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion,performed a




9

Jun

2015

Sgt. Rafael Peralta awarded Navy Cross

Cpl. William Perkins, 1st Marine Division

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus awarded the Navy Cross to Rosa Peralta, the mother of the late Sgt. Rafael Peralta, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 8, 2015. According to the award citation, Sgt. Rafael Peralta was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously after sacrificing his life by absorbing the blast of an enemy grenade and




9

Jun

2015

Marine tankers prove mission readiness in 13th annual Tiger Competition

Cpl. Michelle Reif, II Marine Expeditionary Force

The turret of the tank traversed along the horizon, scanning the engagement area for potential threats, looking to destroy them faster than the previous crew. A voice suddenly buzzed in over the radio informing them of an approaching enemy tank. The tank commander tersely instructs the loader and the gunner which ammunition to prepare. Their





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