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Marine Band Drum Major Duane F. King is promoted to Master Sergeant by Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig during a ceremony in John Philip Sousa Band Hall. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Rust/released)
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Marine Band Drum Major Duane F. King is promoted to Master Sergeant by Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig during a ceremony in John Philip Sousa Band Hall. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Rust/released)
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Col. Matthew G. St. Clair, commanding officer, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, presents 1st Lt. Benjamin Sheldon, platoon commander, Company A, GCEITF, with a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat "V" distinguishing device at the task force headquarters, Oct. 10, 2014. Sheldon was awarded for actions during a deployment to Afghanistan with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, from September 2013 to May 2014. From October 2014 to July 2015, the GCEITF will conduct individual and collective level skills training in designated ground combat arms occupational specialties in order to facilitate the standards based assessment of the physical performance of Marines in a simulated operating environment performing specific ground combat arms tasks. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Paul S. Martinez/Released)
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Col. Matthew G. St. Clair, commanding officer, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, presents 1st Lt. Benjamin Sheldon, platoon commander, Company A, GCEITF, with a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat "V" distinguishing device at the task force headquarters, Oct. 10, 2014. Sheldon was awarded for actions during a deployment to Afghanistan with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, from September 2013 to May 2014. From October 2014 to July 2015, the GCEITF will conduct individual and collective level skills training in designated ground combat arms occupational specialties in order to facilitate the standards based assessment of the physical performance of Marines in a simulated operating environment performing specific ground combat arms tasks. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Paul S. Martinez/Released)
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U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. John D. Ward, right, receives a retirement gift from U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. William Sweeney, Recruiting Station Frederick’s sergeant major, before the start of his retirement ceremony in Frederick, Maryland, Sept. 25, 2014. Ward, a career recruiter, retired after 20 years of service. The Green Bay Packers helmet was signed by the many Marines who have worked tirelessly by Ward’s side during his tour as a recruiter and staff noncommissioned officer in charge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Amber Williams/Released)
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U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. John D. Ward, right, is awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal from U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Paul Bock, Recruiting Station Frederick’s commanding officer, during his retirement ceremony in Frederick, Maryland, Sept. 25, 2014. He retired after 20 years of faithful service. The medal was awarded to Ward for his many years of service and dedication and more specifically for the 203 contracts signed on his watch as a Marine on recruiting duty. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Capt. Herman Davis/Released)
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U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. John D. Ward, left, receives his retirement flag from U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Paul Bock, Recruiting Station Frederick’s commanding officer, during his retirement ceremony at RS Frederick in Frederick, Maryland, Sept. 25, 2014. Ward, a career recruiter, retired after 20 years of service. For his dedicated and selfless service to the command and the Corps, Ward was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal during the ceremony. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Capt. Herman Davis/ Released)
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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif - Marine Corps Community Services held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Casa Del Mar, an events center here, Oct. 14. Brig. Gen. Edward D. Banta, center, Commanding General, and Sgt. Maj. Scott R. Helms, left, sergeant major, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Installations - West, were on hand for the ribbon cutting the ceremony. The events center is open for ceremonies and contains a conference room, a dining and banquet hall, a beach supplies shop and a mexican cantina. (Photo by Cpl. Shaltiel Dominguez)
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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif - Marine Corps Community Services held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Casa Del Mar, an events center here, Oct. 14. Brig. Gen. Edward D. Banta, Commanding General, and Sgt. Maj. Scott R. Helms, sergeant major, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Installations - West were on hand for the ribbon cutting the ceremony. The events center is open for ceremonies and contains a conference room, a dining and banquet hall, a beach supplies shop and a mexican cantina. (Photo by Cpl. Shaltiel Dominguez)
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U.S. Marines and Sailors tear down an old chain-link fence while volunteering at Rob Hill Campground in Presidio Park during San Francisco Fleet Week 2014 on Oct. 9, 2014. San Francisco has hosted fleet week for more than 30 years, and has invited Marines and Sailors to showcase a variety of capabilities in response to emerging disasters. The Marines and Sailors are currently assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and USS America. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Leah Agler/ Released)
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U.S. Marines and Sailors run toward the USS America (LHA-6) to man the ship at the commissioning of USS America (LHA-6) during San Francisco Fleet Week on Oct. 11, 2014. The commissioning signifies the start of the new ship's life as part of the Navy Fleet. San Francisco Fleet Week hosted Marines and Sailors that showcased the capabilities of humanitarian assistance disaster relief that the military offers in case of emergencies. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Rodion Zabolotniy/Released)
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Corporal Samuel Ribeiro, adjutant noncommissioned officer in charge on Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Calif., receives invaluable information about higher education, from the base education technicians.
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A recruit with Company A, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, hurdles over a log jump while running the obstacle course at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Calif., Oct. 2.  The hurdle is the first of eight obstacles in the course.  Recruits run the course several times during recruit training.
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Recruits of Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, navigate through the Weaver obstacle during the Crucible Confidence Course at Edson Range aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 30.  The event is part of the Crucible, which is a 54-hour test of endurance in which recruits must conquer more than 30 different obstacles while they experience food and sleep deprivation.
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Recruits of Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, run with ammunition cans during the Crucible Confidence Course at Edson Range aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 30.  Recruits who pushed the hardest and fastest were rewarded by being able to move on to the next obstacle, but those who didn’t had to perform the run again.
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Recruits of Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, carry a simulated casulty during the Crucible Confidence Course at Edson Range aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 30.  Recruits who failed to pay attention to details or did not stay together as a fire-team were penalized by having to redo the entire event but with one of their team members as a simulated casualty.
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