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Future Marine Officers Get a Taste of OCS

By Sgt Erica Kirsop

More than 160 officer candidates from Marine Corps Recruiting Stations San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange County traveled to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton April 10 for a three-day training event to prepare for Officer Candidates School.


From Bare Feet to Combat Boots

People come from different climes and places, from around the world, to join the ranks of the Unites States Marine Corps. For one Marine in particular, earning the title meant the biggest opportunity of his life. 

A Pilot's Rare Flight Through the Corps

Playing a favorite instrument, kicking in doors, and flying an aircraft are some of the different career opportunities in the Marine Corps. In the case of Capt Sean M. Stephenson, he would do a little bit of everything, or so it would seem, on his journey to his current rank and position.

8th ESB Marines Conduct Live-Fire Exercise

Marines with Engineer Support Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, conducted a live-fire training exercise at the SR8 multipurpose machine gun range aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 14-15, 2015.

Building Schools Shoulder-To-Shoulder During Balikatan 2015

Balikatan, which translates to "shoulder-to-shoulder" in Filipino, is an annual bilateral exercise between the AFP and the U.S. military, which focuses on improving security cooperation activities, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities, and crisis response throughout the region in accordance with the Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board.

2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion Conducts Ship-To-Shore Exercise

An AMTRAC (Amphibious Tractor) is an amphibious assault vehicle used to provide the necessary transportation of troops from land to sea, and vice versa. Not only do AAV operators bring Marines where they need to go, but they can also fight alongside their brothers-in-arms.

Marines Train in Amphibious Assault

Amphibious assault and movement to contact training was conducted by Marines with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, on Onslow Beach at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 9, 2015.

From Foster Homes to Marine Corps Family, Newark Native's Future Looks Bright

Whether it was moving foster home to foster home, living out of his car, leaving college after one year, or deciding to join the United States Marine Corps, one thing is for sure; PFC Michael D. Dickens has more life experience than most 19-year-olds.

VMM-163 Commanding Officer Goes Out With Large Scale Training Op

Nearly two years ago, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 conducted a large-scale division flight to test their efficiency, readiness, and capabilities. Today, the squadron flawlessly executed the same flight, symbolizing continuity in light of the changing winds.

U.S. Marines Train Tanzanians In Fight Against Trafficking

More than 40 Tanzanian park rangers graduated from a counter illicit-trafficking course on the Selous Game Reserve in Matambwe, Tanzania, March 27, 2015.

MARSOC Marine to Receive Navy Cross

GySgt Brian C. Jacklin, a critical skills operator with 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, will be awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic actions while deployed to Afghanistan in 2012.

2nd Recon Takes Leap

Marines with 2nd Reconnaissance Bn. conducted their monthly airborne military free-fall and double-bag static line jumps at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, March 31 through April 2, 2015.

Republic of Korea, U.S. Marines Coordinate Fire During Exercise

U.S. Marines with 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company completed integrated fire support coordination and close air support training with Republic of Korea Marines March 23-28 at Susungri Range and Pilsung Range in South Korea.

Challenges of Earning Sea Legs

Enhancing core infantry skills on a naval vessel comes with a set of unique challenges. Space and time are huge limitations for the Marines here who are accustomed to setting up shop on large ranges to get the job done.

What I've Learned: Ra'Anna L. Gordon

LCpl Ra'Anna L.Gordon shares what she's learned through Marine Corps service. Gordon has participated in various sports since the age of 12. She attributes her involvement in sports to setting her up for the Marine Corps. 

Recon Marines Perfect Internally Transportable Vehicle Insertion Capabilities

On March 15, 2015, Marines from Force Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, conducted one method of aerial insertion from a CH-53E Super Stallion during a reconnaissance and surveillance training exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif.

MCT Marines Participate In Fire, Movement Range

More than 300 Marines with Kilo Company, Marine Combat Training Battalion completed a fire and movement live-fire exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, March 24, 2015.

Marines Show Courage For Katie

Imagine a man who is tough and rugged. He looks intimidating from afar, and he's different once you get close and he speaks to you. You see him as one who keeps his emotions to himself, always making you wonder what might actually be going on inside. But this day, it's different. He is choked up when he speaks. You finally get a glimpse.

Marines Special Operations Team Conducts Advanced Amphibious Training

On a warm February day, at a harbor in Key West, Florida, two men fixed their footing on the edge of a dock and surveyed the water below and along the boardwalk in search of the soon-to-arrive Marine scout swimmers. 

Lejeune Leadership Institute Tailors Leaders to Fit Marine Units

The Lejuene Leadership Institute conducted a two-day leadership development workshop on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, Mar 18-19, 2015.

U.S. Marines Simulate Spain To Italy Training Exercise

U.S. Marines and Sailors with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa conducted a surprise, quick response training exercise launched from Moron Air Base, Spain, and ending aboard Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, March 13-14.

U.S. Marines, Tanzanians Work to Fight Illicit Trafficking

Tanzanian park rangers worked with U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa to help counter illicit trafficking throughout the country.

Marines Donate Time At Greater Boston Food Bank

A group of more than 20 Marines with U.S. Marine Forces Command and II Marine Expeditionary Force aboard the USS Arlington (LPD-24) amphibious transport dock ship could have spent their time exploring the city of Boston but instead they chose to volunteer their time at the Greater Boston Food Bank, March 17.

HMH-366 Marine Wins 2014 Danny L. Radish Award

A Marine with  Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., was awarded the Enlisted Aircrewman of the Year Award for 2014.

1st Battalion, 12th Regiment Wraps Battalion Phase Of Spartan Fury

The battalion phase of Operation Spartan Fury 15.2 drew to a close for 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment at Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island of Hawaii, March 10, 2015.

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