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Oct

2014

Passing of Corps; Dunford becomes 36th Commandant

Cpl. Dylan Bowyer, Defense Media Activity

Gen. James F. Amos, the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, relinquished command of the Marine Corps to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., Oct. 17 at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.The ceremony started with musical performances from “The Commandant’s Own,” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps and “The President's Own,” United States Marine Band.




17

Oct

2014

U.S., Bulgaria resilient as regional threat looms

Sgt. Derrick Irions, Marine Corps Forces Africa

U.S. and Bulgaria military exercises demonstrate a combined commitment to preserving European security amidst recent Russian aggression.As current regional tensions in Eastern Europe intensify, NATO partnerships are vital to deescalating and deterring threats.During a recent training exercise, the U.S. and Bulgaria forces refined offensive and




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Oct

2014

Riverine tactics deter illicit activity on Cameroon waterways

Cpl. Shawn Valosin, Marine Corps Forces Africa

Countries in Africa with access to coastal and inland waterways like Cameroon have placed great emphasis on riverine operations and patrolling to help ensure the safety and security of their border.Marines, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen from Security Cooperation Team 5 Bravo, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa,




16

Oct

2014

Montford Point Marine widow accepts Congressional Gold Medal

Sgt. Marcy Sanchez, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

African American’s service to the United States can be traced back to the country’s inception. It wasn’t until the twentieth century that service members were truly integrated in military units.In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 8802 permitting African American recruitment in the Marine Corps. These recruits were not




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Oct

2014

Integrated Task Force gunny earns GySgt Carlos Hathcock Award

Cpl. Paul S. Martinez, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force

All Marines are familiar with the legend of Gunnery Sgt. Carlos N. Hathcock II. A renowned sniper known for his exploits in the Vietnam War, Hathcock would leave the Marine Corps a fundamentally improved institution in the grounds of rifle marksmanship. Today, those who strive to put the same effort in supporting marksmanship can be recipients of




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Oct

2014

Fought war, gained title

Cpl. Samuel Ellis, Headquarters Marine Corps

Jacob Sprinkle had been tied to the Marine Corps since birth, born little more than a short 13 years ago on November 10 — the Marine Corps' birthday. Sadly, Jacob would never live to serve in the Corps, but now, in death, he bears the title of "Marine."More than 100 guests filled the Jonesville, Virginia Lee County High School auditorium tonight to




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Oct

2014

Integrated Task Force officer receives award for valor

Cpl. Paul S. Martinez, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force

Marines and sailors with the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force gathered at the task force headquarters to present an award to one of their own, Oct. 10, 2014.Col. Matthew G. St. Clair, commanding officer, GCEITF, formally presented 1st. Lt. Benjamin Sheldon, platoon commander, Company A, GCEITF, with a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement




14

Oct

2014

31st MEU Marines visit Bataan Death March Memorial following PHIBLEX '15

Lance Cpl. Robert D. Williams Jr., 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

Blood, sweat, tears, agony and pain,The Bataan Death March is defined by these words. An 80-mile march destroyed thousands of lives and ruined families. To honor those, who are no longer here is never to forget.Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit visited the Bataan Death March Memorial at Capas National Shrine, Capas, the Philippines,




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Oct

2014

HMH-366 hone aerial refueling skills

Cpl. J. R. Heins, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366 honed their aerial refueling capabilities off the coast of North Carolina Oct. 8.The Marines of HMH-366, Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461 and Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 coordinated the training to increase proficiency.According to Capt. Brent M. Schiffer, a naval aviator with the




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Oct

2014

NATO Chairman visits Marine Corps War College, speaks about future of alliance

Sgt. Jose D. Lujano, Defense Media Activity

Danish Gen. Knud Bartels, Chairman of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Military Committee, visited the Marine Corps War College at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia Oct. 3, during his tour of the United States.“This visit provided a lot of insight to what he does with NATO, the importance of NATO and the current issues NATO is dealing





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