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Jun

2014

Louisiana native serves as Marine infantryman, chaplain assistant

Lance Cpl. Paul Martinez, MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.

Cpl. Christian D. Martinez is a rifleman with 7th Marine Regiment. His former battalion was, the now deactivated, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment, where he deployed twice with the unit’s sniper platoon.




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Jun

2014

I Am Second movement visits the Combat Center

Cpl. Charles Santamaria, MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.

The crowd’s heads bow as the guest speaker leads a prayer. He speaks upon the Bible, religion and how he came to faith while he served as a Navy SEAL. Chief Petty Officer Remi Adeleke, reservist, SEAL Team 17, gave a testimonial for the "I Am Second" movement at the Combat Center’s Protestant Chapel, May 21, 2014.




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Jun

2014

Mixed-martial arts fights heat up Combat Center

Lance Cpl. Paul S. Martinez, MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.

Fighters entered the cage as equals, but would leave as one winner and one loser. A crowd of several hundred Marines, sailors and family members watched as the fighters touched gloves, and almost immediately, the faster of the two seized the opportunity to strike, beating down his opponent as the crowd roared. His arm was held high by the announcer as he is declared the victor. The next pair of fighters prepare for their bout, declaring Summer Fight Night had returned in full swing.




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Jun

2014

‘Phantoms’ welcome new commanding officer

Lance Cpl. Paul S. Martinez, MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.

The winds of change could be felt sweeping across a formation of Marines with Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3. Before their eyes, they witnessed the induction of a new commanding officer and the commencement of a new location to continue their operations, but their mission of maintaining a combat-ready, expeditionary aviation force capable of swift deployment to the Marine Air Ground Task Force fleet, remained the same.




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Jun

2014

Base facilities give opportunities for fun under sun

Cpl. Charles Santamaria, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twetynine Palms Calif.

Whether the children have been released for summer vacation, a Marine has just gotten off duty or the platoon has been dismissed for liberty, the need to find something fun and interesting to do during off-duty hours is always prevalent. As the summer begins heating up the Combat Center, programs are starting for service members and families to




12

Jun

2014

101 Days of Summer: Base gyms, national park create opportunities for rock climbing

Cpl. Charles Santamaria, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twetynine Palms Calif.

A climber hangs on by his fingertips, tirelessly clinging to a small part of the mountain face. Using every limb, the climber inches his way up, methodically placing his feet and hands for each advance. Every grip brings him higher until he reaches the top. With ease, the climber slowly lets go, allowing the retractable rope clipped to his harness




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Jun

2014

What I’ve Learned: Aric Pope

Cpl. Charles Santamaria, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twetynine Palms Calif.

Aric Pope has been climbing and hiking for the 13 years he has lived in Joshua Tree. Since the age of five, he has also ridden dirt bikes, constantly seeking a thrill either in his day-to day life, in the open stretches of sand in the desert, or on the side of a mountain. I’ve lived in Joshua Tree, Calif., for 13 years now and absolutely love the




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May

2014

‘Darkside’ cases colors until next call of duty

Lance Cpl. Paul S. Martinez, MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.

As the adjutant’s command echoed throughout Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field, hundreds of spectators silently watched as the Marines and sailors of 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment, conducted their final pass and review. The battalion, ordered deactivated by the Marine Corps, drew a crowd of distinguished guests and veterans of the unit, which holds a reputation as the most deployed Marine Corps battalion this past decade. They and the Marines and sailors before them knew this wasn’t the battalion’s first deactivation, nor would it be the last.




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May

2014

Twentynine Palms Junior High students, faculty visit Combat Center

Cpl. Charles Santamaria, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twetynine Palms Calif.

The Combat Center enjoys its positive relationship with the local community and was recently afforded the opportunity to host local students aboard the base. Students from Twentynine Palms Junior High School visited the base’s Communications Department and the Provost Marshal’s Office, May 30, 2014, for a glimpse at the day in the life of a Combat




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May

2014

Annual Remembrance Run hosted aboard Combat Center

Cpl. Charles Santamaria, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twetynine Palms Calif.

The runner climbs the hill with each stride. His feet sink into the sand with each step as he inches closer to the top. His muscles begin to burn but he continues his charge, knowing there will be more terrain to traverse after this moment but still, all he can think of is conquering the hill. Many thoughts cross his mind, but the one that remains





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