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    2nd Recon Performs Helocast, Parachute Certification Landings - News

    The countdown began in the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter as a reconnaissance Marine held up three fingers signaling how much time remained before the drop. A Combat Rubber Raiding Craft, large enough to fit the six Marines and their combat gear, was packed in the aircraft with Marines in anticipation of employing it.

     
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    Marines Share Communications Practices with Armed Forces of the Philippines - News

    U.S. Marines from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade based out of Camp Pendleton, California, spent the day sharing communications practices with Philippine Marines from 3rd Marine Brigade, Western Command today.

     
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    From Bare Feet to Combat Boots - News

    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. 

     
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    8th ESB Marines Conduct Live-Fire Exercise - News

    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.

     
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    A Pilot's Rare Flight Through the Corps - News

    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.

     
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    Building Schools Shoulder-To-Shoulder During Balikatan 2015 - News

    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.

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

    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.

     
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    Marines Train in Amphibious Assault - News

    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.

     
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    Future Marine Officers Get a Taste of OCS - News

    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.
     

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

    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.

     
  • Zero Dark Thirty Reconnaissance Marines with the 24th MEU's Maritime Raid Force walk toward a UH-1Y Huey on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, prior to conducting low-light fast rope training in the Gulf of Aden, April 28, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joey Mendez/Released)

    Ooh-rah, Sir! Just now, President Barack Obama nominated Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He would be only the second Marine to ever serve in the position. "Gen. Dunford is the very definition of 'Boston Strong'... I know Joe. I trust him." — President Barack Obama Press release: http://go.usa.gov/3KnyG

    A team of approximately 21 Marines, 10 representing the United States, six from Great Britain, and five from Spain, conducted training in countries along the West African coast February through April 2015. The Marines, serving as a part of the Africa,

    Marine and NATO partners work with local forces in Africa to improve regional safety and security. “The sailors showed a real desire to train with us, and after working for three weeks with the unit we built a real camaraderie and learned to work well together.” — 1st Lt. Scott Mahaffey, OIC of the team

    Four MV-22B Ospreys arrived at Tribhuvan International Airport May 3 to support relief efforts in central Nepal after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the country on April 25.An international humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operation has been,

    The Marines have landed. Marines touch down in Kathmandu to support relief efforts in central Nepal following a magnitude 7.8 earthquake which struck the country April 25. Be sure to follow III Marine Expeditionary Force/Marine Corps Installations Pacific and 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade for the latest.

    Teamwork! In this episode, come along during the 31st MEU's recent deployment to the Republic of Korea where U.S. Marines teamed up with the ROK Marine Corps for some awesome training opportunities.

    Monday got you down? Marines with the 31st MEU give you all the motivation you need for the week ahead in this episode of "Welcome to the MEU." Be sure to follow the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit for more in the series.

    You voted and this week's Corps top shot comes from Cpl. Unique Roberts. They captured this photo during aerial refueling training, while flying over North Carolina.

    Sirens screech as two figures fully loaded with safety equipment breeze through the hazy, clouded air. With voices muffled behind gas masks, they shout instructions to each other as they entered the gas chamber, a simulated site of a leaking ordnance,

    CBRN and EOD Marines team up to tackle a simulated leak during a training exercise. “We need repetition to instill confidence in the safety (equipment) as well as the procedures so we can keep everyone safe.” — Lance Cpl. River J. Garza, CBRN specialist

    "A designated marksman's role is to accurately engage multiple targets rapidly, at distances far greater than any regular rifleman can engage." Lance Cpl. Matthew Jennings - Rifleman Marines partner with their instructors for advanced marksman training at the ranges in Camp Lejeune N.C. Marines were taught the fundamentals of long-range marksmanship and then continued to a live-fire range during the second week. U.S. Marine Corps Video by Cpl. Ryan Young

    Civilian leaders from across the country spent a day with the Corps as part of the Marine Corps Executive Forum yesterday. Read more: http://go.usa.gov/3KxyY “I will walk away with a deeper respect for the men and women giving their lives for my country.” — John Del Monte, McEnroe Voice and Data

    Get an inside look into MCAS Yuma's Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course. "The WTI course serves to train individuals in order to become training officers and go back to their fleet Marine units. We expose them to mission sets that they perhaps haven't seen before in order to train them for combat." — Maj. Douglas A. Seich, Operations Officer Watch Full Video: http://ow.ly/Mo7Gt

    Give us 15 seconds and we'll tell you all you need to know about the Corps' latest news. This week's headlines include Marines gearing up to support relief efforts in Nepal, a $5.3 million dollar donation made to the Marine Corps War Memorial, MCI's move to MarineNet, and an update on Exercise Balikatan 15. For more on those stories and other headlines visit: http://ow.ly/MnvSe

    The week's best photos from around the Corps. Help select the "Corps Top Shot" by liking, commenting on or sharing your favorite image. The image with the most combined hits by the end of the day will be crowned as our photo of the week.

    Final Flight Marines with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 774, Marine Aircraft Group 49, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing flew all four CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters in formation for one last time before retiring the aircraft and transitioning to the MV-22B Osprey. Video by Cpl. Jessika Acosta

    Share if you stand with Nepal. #WeStandWithNepal #NepalEarthquake

    Pacific Marines stand with Nepal. Be sure to follow III Marine Expeditionary Force/Marine Corps Installations Pacific and 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade for the latest on the Nepal earthquake relief.

    Today is the last day of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, but our duty to eliminate sexual assault lasts all year. Do you know your part? Watch the full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhiKPgivMTs Marine Corps SAPR experts are on hand now to respond to your questions and comments below. For confidential support visit: https://safehelpline.org/

    The countdown began in the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter as a reconnaissance Marine held up three fingers signaling how much time remained before the drop. A Combat Rubber Raiding Craft, large enough to fit the six Marines and their combat gear, was,

    Wake up and smell the sea spray. Recon Marines gear up to leap out of a Super Stallion and swim undetected to their raiding craft during an exercise in North Carolina, April 23. Is that how you started your day?

    TODAY Maj. Gen. Michael R. Regner, Mr. David M. Rubenstein and National Park Service announced a $5.37 million donation to restore the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. Ooh-rah! Read More: http://go.usa.gov/3BmNC

    Marines Making History Capt. Higgins is the first female pilot to ever perform with the Blue Angels. “I am so glad I get to be a part of the 130 team members who are the best in their field.” — Capt. Katie Higgins (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Harley Thomas/Released)

    The sound of 70-ton tracked machines interrupted the calm hush of the desert as tank after tank rolled over the rugged terrain. They held their formation as they advanced toward anotional enemy position, firing their 120 mm main gun along the way.It was,

    One Marine sheds light on what it's like to operate a tank during Desert Scimitar 2015. “I get to drive a 70-ton monster through the desert and hear a cannon go off right over my head. There is no other experience like that.” — Lance Cpl. Robert Benaridez, tank driver.

    Marines, this week is your last chance to sign up for MCI courses. Courses will transition to MarineNet later this year. Read More in MARADMIN 209/15: http://go.usa.gov/3BbXB

    Monday got you down? Give us 20 seconds and we'll give you all the motivation you need for the week ahead. Marines storm beaches of the Pacific during Exercise Balikatan 2015. Exercise Balikatan is an annual bilateral exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. military.

    Perfect Spot for a Nap — — — Lance Cpl. Curtis E. Sledge, a machine gunner assigned to Weapons Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, relaxes on a rock wall prior to participating in a night raid aboard Marine Corps Training Area Bellows , April 17, 2015. The training was in preparation for Operation Lava Viper. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson/Released)

    What began as a stealthy advance through the trees turned into a barrage of copper, lead and brass as machine guns found their targets. When the machine-gun fire ceased, rifles opened up while teams of Marines bounded forward to their objective.Marines,

    Light Armored Reconnaissance Marines push through the trees and assault their objective during live-fire training at Camp Lejeune. “LAR rarely has time to completely plan an attack due to our reconnaissance mission. We end up having to make up things on the fly as we move forward with whatever we’ve been tasked to do.” — 1st Lt. Bryan Mellon, platoon commander

    Pair of Aces — — — Naval aviators with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 fly above Eastern North Carolina inside of F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter’s during aerial refueling training with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252, April 14, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Unique Roberts/Released)

    Portuguese and U.S. Marines recently exchanged crisis response tactics during an exercise here that could be used to protect other NATO countries.Approximately 60 U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa joined,

    Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa and Portuguese Fuzileiros strengthen their NATO partnership and familiarize each other with weapons and tactics. “We’re going to need you guys, as you will probably need us, one day. We are all NATO, so we have to help each other.” — 2nd Sgt. Nunoel Faustino, assaultman with the Fuzileiros

    Danger Zone — — — A naval aviator with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 flies above North Carolina during aerial refueling training with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252, April 14, 2015. The nearly 33,000 pound aircraft is capable of short takeoff/vertical landing, enabling the Marine Corps to expand its expeditionary force projection capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Unique Roberts/Released)

    “My AMTRAC and I are the defenders of our country. We are the masters of gunnery. We are the saviors from the ocean.” Marines from 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division know these lines well because it comes from their AMTRAC creed.An AMTRAC,

    Amphibious Assault Vehicles transport Marines from ship-to-shore, shore-to-ship and even join in the fight. “I transport troops, I’m able to shoot, move and communicate, and I take the fight closer than what other people can.” — Lance Cpl. Jorge De Jesus, AAV operator

    You voted and this week's Corps top shot comes from Pfc. Casey Scarpulla. She captured a photo of a Harrier pilot reuniting with his wife after a six-month deployment. Capt. Devin Taylor, an AV-8B Harrier pilot with Marine Attack Squadron 211, returns home from a six-month deployment to his wife at MCAS Yuma, Arizona, Saturday, April 11, 2015.

    In this episode, lock and load with Staff Sgt. Tim Cunningham as you tag along with one the most high-speed units in the Marine Corps - Force Recon. #usetheforce

    Applying Force Check out the Force Recon Marines in action in the latest episode of "Welcome to the MEU." Be sure to follow the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit for more in the series.

    The week's best photos from around the Corps. Help select the "Corps Top Shot" by liking, commenting on or sharing your favorite image. The image with the most combined hits by the end of the day will be crowned as our photo of the week.

    Marines who report a criminal offense – including sexual assault – deserve respect. If you see or experience any form of retaliation, which is prohibited by SECNAVINST 5370.7D, contact your SARC, your UVA, the IG, or someone in your chain of command. In addition, Marine Corps Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) and Military Equal Opportunity (MEO) experts are on hand now to respond to your questions and comments below.

    It's Hump Day, and We're Thrilled — — — U.S. Marine Corps officers assigned to Company A, The Basic School (TBS), listen in on a confirmation brief for "The War" field training exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., April 16, 2015. "The War" was the final field exercise that all the officers participated in before their graduation from TBS. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt Ezekiel R. Kitandwe/ Released)

    This is what Chesty had to say about the "Old Corps, New Corps" nonsense — end of debate.

    Marines have landed! Today, infantry Marines with 3rd Marine Regiment stormed the beaches of the Philippines during an amphibious landing as part of exercise Balikatan 2015. Exercise Balikatan is an annual bilateral exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. military and kicked off yesterday. Read More: http://go.usa.gov/3ZZTT (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Matthew Bragg/Released)

    Dust in the Wind — — — Marines assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division brace themselves against rotor wash from a CH-53E Super Stallion during Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) 2-15 at Del Valle Park, Twentynine Palms, California, April 17, 2015. WTI is a seven-week event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One cadre. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jodson B. Graves/Released)

    During the light of day and the cover of darkness, Marines with 2nd Platoon, 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company, II Marine Expeditionary Force conducted close-quarters combat tactics training at range K-501A aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 14-15,,

    Force Recon Marines with II Marine Expeditionary Force sharpen their close quarters combat tactics during day and night live-fire drills. “The Marines will be ready to go in a live-shoot house or onto a vessel with the confidence that they can shoot, move and communicate successfully in a combat environment.” — Capt. Tebias Mason, platoon commander

    Out of the Woodwork — — — A U.S. Marine with Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares to clear the roof of a building during an urban assault course at Fort Pickett, Virginia, April 14, 2015. The 26th MEU and its supporting elements are conducting realistic urban training in preparation for deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility later this year. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joshua W. Brown/Released)

    Monday got you down? Give us 25 seconds and we'll give you all the motivation you need for the week ahead. Team work makes the dream work. Marines with Special Purpose MAGTF-CR-AF train with Portuguese Marines in an assault training exercise.

    Presidential Pilots HMX-1 is the Presidential support squadron based at Quantico, Virginia. Only Marine Corps Officers with strict security clearances may apply to fly with HMX-1. Full video: http://ow.ly/LK24Q

    Maybe He's Born With it, Maybe He's A Marine — — — Lance Cpl. Patrick Defile applies camouflage during an exercise aboard Camp Pendleton, California, April 10, 2015. Defile is a scout with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Detachment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The Marines of the 1st LAR Det train in harsh environments to hone their skills and improve combat effectiveness as a unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jamean Berry/Released)

    Reconnaissance and surveillance patrols are one of a few crucial missions reconnaissance Marines are assigned. They typically involve a clandestine insertion, movement under darkness, surveillance from concealed positions, and an expeditious extraction,

    Recon Marines brave the elements to conduct a 48-hour patrol during a 10-day combat readiness evaluation aboard Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. “The best way to get intelligence is to get eyes on the ground. So recon teams go out and their job is to build a situational awareness for the commander that owns the battle space." — 1st Lt. Patrick O’Mara, platoon commander

    Honey, I'm Home — — — Capt. Devin Taylor, an AV-8B Harrier pilot with Marine Attack Squadron 211, returns home from a six-month deployment to his wife at MCAS Yuma, Arizona, Saturday, April 11, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Casey Scarpulla/Released)

    Searching and sniffing for anything suspicious, military working dog teams provide a unique layer of security for Marines while forward deployed, operating alongside as their handlers clear patrol routes and conduct vehicle searches on the front,

    Military working dogs and their handlers with 1st Marine Division sniff out danger during exercise Desert Scimitar 15. “I need to know that when I send my dog to a certain location, not only will he go there, but he will stay there." — Cpl. Gerard V. Scparta, military policeman

    You voted and this week's Corps top shot comes from Cpl. Todd F. Michalek. He captured this photo of a field radio operator communicating with the USS New York off the shore of Djibouti, March 27, 2015. Lance Corporal Seth Taylor, a field radio operator with Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th MEU, communicates over radio with Marines on the USS New York as a Landing Craft Air Cushion transports Marines and equipment assigned to CLB 24 ashore, Djibouti, March 27, 2015. A contingent of MEU Marines went ashore in Djibouti to conduct scheduled sustainment training. The 24th MEU is embarked on the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of operations.

    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.The Marines used ten Assault Amphibious Vehicles, operated by,

    Marines go from shore to ship and back again during amphibious assault training. “If we are ever in the scenario where we need to do an operation similar to this then the skills are a good asset to have.” — Cpl. Kyle N. Boeck, machine gunner

    Get your knife-hands ready, it's National High Five Day!

    The week's best photos from around the Corps. Help select the "Corps Top Shot" by liking, commenting on or sharing your favorite image. The image with the most combined hits by the end of the day will be crowned as our photo of the week.

    Give us 15 seconds and we'll tell you all you need to know about the Corps' latest news. This episode of the Corps Report includes a MARSOC Marine being awarded the Navy Cross, Exercise Balikatan kicks off, and Civil Affairs Marines head to Belize. Link to full video: http://ow.ly/LF69a

    Marine veteran, survivor of the 1983 Beirut bombing and a New York firefighter said this for the 225th Marine Corps birthday in 2000. He was later killed while responding to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack at Tower 2 of the World Trade Center.

    Safe Helpline provides sexual harrassment, rape and assault help alongside a SARC search to members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force.

    April is both Alcohol Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month. If you have experienced unwanted sexual contact – whether you were drinking or not – talking to someone may help. The DoD Safe Helpline (https://www.safehelpline.org/) can provide secure and confidential support. Marine Corps Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) and Substance Abuse Program (SAP) experts are on hand now to respond to your questions and comments below.