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Marine Veteran Uses GI Bill to Become Officer

By Sgt Richard Blumenstein

Irfan Siddiqui will be a commissioned Marine Corps officer in 2017, or at least that is his plan.

 
 

Marines, Sailors Donate Books, Read To Local Elementary School

Marines and Sailors with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14 visited a local elementary school, the Istituto Comprensivo Cesare Battisti of Catania, in the San Cristoforo neighborhood, Sept. 25.

2nd MAW Marines Hike, Build Operational Readiness

2nd Marine Aircraft Wing is back to the basics - boots are pounding the pavement to build unit cohesion, camaraderie and reinforce the combat mindset.
 

Service Members Share Day Off With Kids of DYA

Five Marines and four sailors visited children of the Guam Department of Youth Affairs Oct. 4 during Forager Fury III.

New Lance Corporal Battles Injury to Become Marine

Three months in recruit training seems like a long time for some, but for one Marine, he used pure grit and dedication to keep on pushing an extra nine months at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

Marines Patrol the Jungles of Tinian During Forager Fury II

Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 can build expeditionary airfields and establish a local infrastructure anywhere they go, but they must also defend it.

Infantry Officer Course at MCAS Yuma

Infantry Officers Course challenges Marines. 

Lima Company Digs in For Its Final Pre-Deployment Evaluation

Heli-born assault was the first portion of the Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation held at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Sept. 22-27, 2014. The evaluation is one of the final tests to assess the operational capabilities of infantry battalions slated to deploy.

Marianas Native Returns as Marine

LCpl Edward Manibusan, Jr., from Koblerville, Saipan, grew up on a small island with small towns, few city lights and a lot of ocean. 

Marines Learn Combat Tactics In Combined Arms Exercise

Approximately 300 entry-level infantry Marines participated in a Company Integration Exercise at Range 408 on Camp Pendleton, Sept. 25.

2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion Conducts Ship Operation

Marines with Alpha Company, 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, conducted ship operations near Onslow Beach, North Carolina, with the USS Whidbey Island.

Philippine, U.S. Forces Sweat for Common Purpose

Philippine and U.S. forces began building an additional schoolhouse for Maoyon Elementary School Sept. 17 in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines as part of the humanitarian and civic assistance program projects taking place there.

Leadership 101: Marine from Toxey, Ala.

SSgt Cassie Utsey's leadership style encourages independence in her Marines. The 28-year-old from Toxey, Ala., believes Marines gain more experience by taking charge and learning from their mistakes.

Recruits Experience First Marine Corps Inspection

Only 16 days into training, recruits of India Company were also tested on Marine Corps knowledge, uniforms and rifle manual at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

Marine Judge Advocates Share Experience at NLLSA

Marine judge advocates from multiple units joined judge advocates from other branches of the armed forces in attending the 18th Annual National Latina/o Law Student Association (NLLSA) Conference at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.

Marine from San Antonio

U.S. Marine Cpl Monica M. Coleman joined the Marine Corps to serve her country and push her limits. 

Recon Marines Hone Marksmanship Skills

Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, participated in a close-quarters tactics course aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Marines, Sailors, ANA Disrupt Lethal Aid in Helmand Province

Marines and sailors with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, alongside elements of the Afghan National Army's 215th Corps conducted an operation to continue to show a military presence in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

BSRF-14 Marines Fight to Complete Non-Lethal Weapons Training

Marines and Sailors of Black Sea Rotational Force 14 completed a non-lethal weapons training course, Sept. 3-9, on Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania. 

Marine Officers Earn Knowledge for Successful Future Operations

Marine officers with Charlie Company of The Basic School conducted a seven-day War Field Exercise from Sept. 5-12. 

Marines Learn Land Navigation in Mountainous Terrain

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment continued Mountain Exercise 2014 by conducting land navigation training aboard Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif

Service Members Conduct Cleanup Aboard MCAS Miramar

Marines and Sailors with Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing conducted a station wide cleanup aboard the air station, Sept. 4.
 

Final Flight of Huey for 'Red Dogs'

After more than 40 years of service, the Marine Corps retired the aging UH-1N Huey helicopter during a "sundown ceremony" Aug. 28, 2014, aboard Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans.

24th MEU Fast-Ropes Toward Deployment

Marines and Sailors with Lima and Weapons Companies, both from Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Ground Combat Element, received fast-rope qualifications by fast-roping from a 60-foot tower and an MV-22B tilt-rotor aircraft.

Recruits train to lead during the Crucible

Marines of Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, used teamwork and dependability to complete the Leadership Reaction Course, or 12 Stalls, during the Crucible at Edson Range, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

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