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    2nd Recon Takes Leap - News

    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.

     
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    MARSOC Marine to Receive Navy Cross - News

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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. 

     
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    Challenges of Earning Sea Legs - News

    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.

     
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    Recon Marines Perfect Internally Transportable Vehicle Insertion Capabilities - News

    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.

     
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    MCT Marines Participate In Fire, Movement Range - News

    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.

     
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    Marines Show Courage For Katie - News

    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.

     
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    Lejeune Leadership Institute Tailors Leaders to Fit Marine Units - News

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

     
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    Marines Special Operations Team Conducts Advanced Amphibious Training - News

    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. 

     
  • 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!

    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.

    The Doc with a Glock: In this episode, we take a behind the scenes look at the highly trained corpsmen who serve in the recon community - the Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman (SARC).

    "To me, a SARC is someone who puts in time and effort, on top of his heart and soul, in to his job for the sole purpose of taking care of your Marines." — HM2 Matt Carlson, Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman Be high-speed, low-drag alongside a SARC in the latest episode of "Welcome to the MEU." Be sure to follow the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit for more in the series.

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    On this day 11 years ago, Cpl. Jason Lee Dunham saved the lives of at least two other Marines when he shielded them from a grenade by covering it with his helmet and body. He was the first and only Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He died of his wounds eight days later at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, at the age of 22. Semper Fidelis, Marine. Read his story:

    Smoke poured out of the front doors of St. Elizabeth’s East hospital, Washington, D.C. Marines and corpsmen with Chemical Biological Incident Response Force took over the grounds and cleared the four-story building, room by room.The force was responding to,

    Marines and corpsmen with Chemical Biological Incident Response Force respond to a simulated attack during Exercise Silent Ghost. “Each section figures out exactly what they have to do to work seamlessly together to start effectively and quickly pulling victims out and getting the situation under control.” — Lance Cpl. Levi Schalot, CBIRF Marine

    Monday got you down? Give us 30 seconds and we'll give you all the motivation you need for the week ahead. Marines showcase the lethal combination of hueys and howitzers.

    Blue Sky Bullseye — — — Scout snipers fire down range at Range 10 aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, April 8, 2015. Marines improve their sniper proficiency by utilizing the base's natural resources to execute their training exercise. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Julian Temblador/Released)

    Yeah Bro, Park Your LCAC Anywhere — — — 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. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Todd F. Michalek/Released)

    Marines with a scout sniper platoon take aim from elevated positions and learn the challenges elevation brings. “Getting correct formulas is absolutely critical. If they don’t know how to do this, (they are ineffective shooters).” — 1st Lt. Jeff Diprimio, scout sniper platoon commander Full story: http://go.usa.gov/3DwJj

    Six Stallions on a Hill — — — Marines with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, participate in a heavy helo raid during Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 2-15 at K-9 Village, Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona, April 8, 2015. The exercise is part of a seven-week training event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One cadre. MAWTS-1 provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (U.S. Marine Corps photograph by Staff Sgt. Artur Shvartsberg/Released)

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of Operation Starlite. We're looking for veterans of the operation to feature in an anniversary video. Did you serve, or do you know someone who served in Starlite? Please direct message our page with your story.

    Welcome to the Gear Locker. Each month, we'll share key stats for gear that enables Marines to reach out and touch someone. This month's highlighted weapon of choice is the M32 multiple grenade launcher.

    An urban training town at Camp Pendleton, California, was tranquil during the afternoon of April 1, 2015. Targets were spread across the town to simulate enemy insurgents, but they remained in position without harassment. Only small gusts of wind were,

    Recon Marines make quick work of this urban training town before they deploy in support of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. "So we go in, find a high-value individual, high-value target, or sensitive materials, and head out.” — Gunnery Sgt. David Kahill, platoon sergeant

    You voted and this week's Corps top shot comes from Lance Cpl. Jodson B. Graves. He captured this photo of officers preparing to conduct a fast rope exercise during Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) on Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., March 27, 2015. U.S. Marines attending the infantry officer course prepare to conduct a fast rope exercise during Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) on Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., March 27, 2015. WTI is a seven-week event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) cadre. MAWTS-1 provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics.

    Earlier today, Gunnery Sgt. Brian C. Jacklin was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic actions while deployed to Afghanistan in 2012. The MARSOC-Always Faithful-Always Forward critical skills operator orchestrated a counterattack after his unit began taking heavy enemy fire. The MARSOC Raider prosecuted direct, indirect and aviation fires on the enemy while coordinating evacuation of the casualties. While securing a landing zone, he remained in the open and rained M203 grenades on the enemy until the aircraft could land and evacuate the wounded. He voluntarily stayed behind, and provided vital intelligence, tactical assistance and deadly accurate personal fires during a raging battle all the next day. Give one to the Gunny, Ooh-rah!

    #OTD in 1942, Filipino and American POWs began a forced 60-mile march during WWII, now known as the Bataan Death March. Marines took to the desert terrain of White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico to honor the service members who lost their lives during the march in 1942. Read more: http://go.usa.gov/3bQYw "My lower body ached and all I could think about was, 'What if I had to march knowing I may never see my loved ones again, like the prisoners, who walked the 60 miles urged on by the Japanese Imperial Army?" — Sgt. Justin Boling's experience from the Bataan Memorial Death March.

    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.

    This year will mark the 50th anniversary of Operation Starlite — the first major offensive operation by a purely American unit during the Vietnam War. We're looking for veterans of the operation to feature in an anniversary video. Did you serve, or do you know someone who served in Starlite? Please direct message our page with your story.

    America's deadliest sniper, Chris Kyle, had this to say after fighting alongside Marines. Marines never fail to impress.

    Sexual assault affects both men and women. If you have questions about an unwanted sexual experience, contact the DoD Safe Helpline: https://www.safehelpline.org/ The Safe Helpline has no connection to your base or chain of command. You can also contact your Uniformed Victim Advocate. Marine Corps Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) experts are on hand now to respond to your questions and comments below.

    Top Off the Humvee While You're At It — — — A CH-53E Super Stallion conducts an aerial refuel while executing an external lift near Yuma, Ariz., April 3, 2015. The exercise was part of Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 2-15. The goal of the exercise was to provide standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine aviation training and readiness and assist in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jorge A. Dimmer/ Released)

    Gunnery Sgt. Brian C. Jacklin, a critical skills operatorwith 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces SpecialOperations Command, will be awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic actions whiledeployed to Afghanistan in 2012. The award,

    Badass Alert Gunnery Sgt. Brian C. Jacklin, a MARSOC-Always Faithful-Always Forward critical skills operator will be awarded the Navy Cross this Thursday for his heroic actions while deployed to Afghanistan in 2012. Taking heavy enemy fire, Jacklin seized control of the situation and orchestrated a counterattack. He began prosecuting direct, indirect, and aviation fires on the enemy, while simultaneously coordinating evacuation of the casualties. He courageously led his team out of their compound and secured a landing zone. Jacklin remained in the open, raining M203 grenades on the enemy and directing the fires of his team, until the aircraft could land and evacuate the wounded.

    Get to the Choppa! In this episode, follow Capt. Marianne Sparklin as she takes to the skies in a UH-1Y Venom "Huey" helicopter. #gettothechoppa #minigun #huey

    A little bird with a big bite. See what the Huey is capable of in the latest episode of "Welcome to the MEU." Be sure to follow the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit for more in the series.

    Monday got you down? Give us 20 seconds and we'll give you all the motivation you need for the week ahead. Marines go to the sandbox and execute battalion-level training drills.

    Marines with the 1st Marine Logistics Group built a bridge near Lake Elsinore, California to refresh their engineering skills. Link to full video: http://ow.ly/L7JDA (U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Owen Kimbrel)

    We hope this Scout Sniper didn't hide your Easter eggs, you'll never find them. Ooh-rah, Marines. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Timothy Lenzo/Released)

    The role of infantry squad leader demands the most qualified and competent Marines. See how the Squad Leader Development Program aims to formally train infantry sergeants to become proficient leaders. Link to full video: http://ow.ly/L7JXN (U.S. Marine Corps video by Staff Sgt. Wayne Edmiston/Released)

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    ICYMI ISIL's recently published list of 100 service members online wasn't the result of hacking, but doxxing with information from public websites. Never heard of doxxing? A MARADMIN published earlier this week explains the practice and charges Marine Corps commanders with ensuring you know more about how to mitigate online threats: http://go.usa.gov/3j9Ax "Commanders are responsible to educate their Marines, civilians, contractors, and family members on the benefit of routinely reviewing their online and social media presence and behavior." For more social media guidance, visit: www.marines.mil/socialmedia.aspx

    The Spanish Marine Corps training facility in Sierra del Retin, Spain, hosted both U.S. and Spanish Marines for familiarization training that included a live-fire exercise with AT-4 anti-armor weapons, M240B machine guns, and M67 fragmentation grenades,,

    Marines and their Spanish counterparts team up to familiarize each other with their capabilities. “Our intention was to maintain the combat readiness and capacities of [the unit].” — 1st Lt. Pablo Torres Fernandez del Campo, a platoon commander with the Spanish battalion.

    You voted and this week's Corps top shot comes from Sgt. Daniel D. Kujanpaa. He captured this photo of CH-53E Super Stallion idling beneath the stars near The Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, California, March 27, 2015. Marines assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) break down a rapid ground refueling during the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) near 29 Palms, California, March 27, 2015. MAWTS-1 provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics.

    Georgian soldiers, alongside U.S. Marines, will deploy together as part of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan after a ceremonial departure ceremony last Tuesday at Vaziani Training Area, approximately 180 kilometers south of Russia’s,

    Marines and Georgian soldiers will deploy together as part of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. “It is truly impressive how far we have come together as a team in our ability to prosecute a mission on behalf of NATO and the international coalition.” — Brig. Gen. Norman L. Cooling, deputy commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa.

    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

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month (SAAPM). Every Marine has a part in eliminating sexual assault. Know your part. Do your part. Visit www.safehelpline.org for more information.

    ISIL's recently published list of 100 service members online wasn't the result of hacking, but doxxing with information from public websites. Never heard of doxxing? A MARADMIN published today explains the practice and charges Marine Corps commanders with ensuring you know more about how to mitigate online threats: http://go.usa.gov/3j9Ax "Commanders are responsible to educate their Marines, civilians, contractors, and family members on the benefit of routinely reviewing their online and social media presence and behavior." For more social media guidance, visit: www.marines.mil/socialmedia.aspx

    Give us 15 seconds and we'll tell you all you need to know about the Corps' latest news. This week's headlines include Gen. Dunford and Sgt. Maj. Green announcing their decision to review the Marine Corps' tattoo policy, a reminder about the importance of online security, and how Marine Veterans flew to Mt. Suribachi to pay respects to the fallen on the 70th anniversary of the end of the battle of Iwo Jima. For more on those stories and other headlines visit: http://ow.ly/L664U

    Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, made this observation about Marines in 1917. He wasn't wrong then and he isn't wrong now.

    Locked on Target! Learn how to operate a stinger missile with Marines form 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense as they take down UAVs in training operations. U.S. Marine Corps video footage by Cpl. Waiyan Tin, edited by Cpl. Clayton Filipowicz

    The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit made the first-ever Osprey landing on the flight deck of a Republic of Korea Navy amphibious assault ship. Read more: ow.ly/L1WSB This marked the beginning of the Korean Marine Exchange Program 15.1, an exercise that will help strengthen and increase military capabilities between the two forces.

    Pit Stop — — — U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) refuel a UH-1Y Venom during Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) near Twentynine Palms, California, March 27, 2015. WTI is a seven-week event hosted by MAWTS-1 cadre. MAWTS-1 provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine aviation training and readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jodson B. Graves/Released)

    Check out the MarinesMobile app in action! For the latest Marine Corps news and push notifications, download the free app today. Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.marines.mil&hl=en Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/marines-mobile/id947183374?ls=1&mt=8

    Monday got you down? Give us 20 seconds and we'll give you all the motivation you need for the week ahead. Marines conduct riot control training and non-lethal weapons drills.

    Blast Off! — — — A Marine with 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose MAGTF - CR - CC, fires an AT4 anti-tank rocket launcher in the Central Command area of operations, March 23, 2015. The Marines participated in a range that tested their ability to conduct an integrated combined arms assault against a simulated enemy position. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Will Perkins/Released)

    Marines adapt and overcome. These engineers don't let anything get between them and the objective during this training evaluation at The Combat Center at Twentynine Palms. Read More: http://go.usa.gov/3rJZJ (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Paul S. Martinez/Released)