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    Marine Corps Announces The Semper Fidelis All-American Program - News

    The United States Marine Corps has announced the launch of the Semper Fidelis All-American Program, a nationwide initiative that will recognize 100 high school students who pursue academic and athletic achievement, as well a, in their communities and in the classroom. 

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    Seattle-Based U.S. Marine Aids in Cascade Pass Rescue - News

    "I often think about how I can't climb a mountain without a team; rarely do I think about how we'll descend the same mountain while dealing with an emergency situation like this."

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    Marine Lawyer Uses Track, Determination to Overcome Adversity - News

    "Ten weeks of trying to impress this group of extremely talented Marines, trying to prove that you're good enough to join this organization, that you're good enough to join this family. Then you get your eagle, globe and anchor, and they're shaking your hand... It's an indescribable feeling."

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    Bold Alligator Provides Platform to Test New Warfighting Concepts - News

    Bold Alligator is widely known as the largest joint, multi-national amphibious assault exercise series on the East Coast. However, a lesser-known aspect of the series includes limited objective experimentation to expose participants to new technologies, applications and concepts that will inform future warfighting capabilities.

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    Sights and sounds of the Marine Corps take over Nashville - News

    For four days, the country and western sounds of Nashville, TN were turned down-if only slightly-to make way for the sounds of the United States Marine Corps. 

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    No Stranger to Trouble - News

    Samuel L. Posey is no stranger to trouble, much to the dismay of his mother Pamela. He recalls a time in the seventh grade when he was hanging out at Quail Pointe apartments in Spartanburg, South Carolina, a place his mother had warned him not to be.

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    U.S. Marines Train for Garrison and Operational Environments - News

    U.S. Marines with Combat Logistics Company 36 conducted chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense training at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Aug. 10, 2016.

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    'First Team' Marine Saves Drowning Sailor - News

    Standing well above 6 foot tall, with a clean haircut, fresh shave and an air of confidence, LCpl Troy Yakin is what many would consider a typical Marine. But even the most typical of Marines have a thread of heroism woven within.

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    New Marine Endures Six Months of Training to Earn the Title - News

    When recruits step aboard the depot, they have to learn to take care of their bodies and try to prevent themselves from injuries.

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    Artillery Marine Strives to Push Physical Limits - News

    Heaving 590 pounds onto his shoulders, Sgt Ryan King repeated a motion he had practiced thousands of times. As the new guy on the block, the section chief for K battery, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, broke two California state records during his first weight-lifting competition in May.

  • You voted and this week's Top Shot comes from Gunnery Sgt. Robert B. Brown Jr. from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. He captured Marines and Sailors standing in formation prior to going underway with the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25).

    The new Blended Retirement system is taking effect January 1, 2018. Find out more about how you can start planning for your financial future: http://go.usa.gov/xkvsS

    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.

    Ready to start celebrating the 241st Marine Corps Birthday a little early? Here is the Commandant's Birthday Message to Marines.

    Desert Night U.S. Marines and Soldiers from the Singapore Armed Forces stage their vehicles in preparation for the final exercise of Exercise Valiant Mark 2016 Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms , California Oct. 11, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Akeel Austin/Released)

    Bird Watching U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 363, Special Purpose MAGTF - CR - CC, prepare to land before a live-fire raid training event during Mission Rehearsal Exercise 2016 in southern Jordan, Sept. 12, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Trever Statz)

    Welcome Home A Marine embraces his loved one during a deployment homecoming aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina Oct. 15. (Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mackenzie Gibson)

    Four Marines are recognized for an act of kindness during Memorial Day Weekend. Full Story: https://youtu.be/xC0DvjMXZzI

    Give us 20 seconds and we'll give you all the motivation you need for the week ahead. This week, a sneak peek at the 2016 Marine Corps Birthday Message. Check later today for the full Birthday Message.

    Marines from Special Purpose MAGTF - CR - CC participated in the MRX this week, a collective training event where the MAGTF elements collaborate to strengthen individual and cooperative capabilities.

    Free Fallin' Marines with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division parachute from the sky at Camp Pendleton. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Frank Cordoba)

    You voted and this week's Top Shot comes from Sgt. Lillian Stephens from MCAS Miramar and 3rd MAW. She captured a UH-1Y Huey preparing to land during a fast-rope drill at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California.

    This week, Marines react to hurricane Matthew both in the United States and across the globe and we celebrate the U.S. Navy's 241st birthday.

    Yesterday, Medal of Honor recipient, Master Sergeant Richard A. Pittman, passed away. He served with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines during the Vietnam War and earned the Medal of Honor for his relentless fight against the enemy on July 24, 1966 that advanced his platoon's position and saved many of his fellow Marines' lives. "Sergeant Pittman's daring initiative, bold fighting spirit and selfless devotion to duty inflicted many enemy casualties, disrupted the enemy attack and saved the lives of many of his wounded comrades." — President Lyndon B. Johnson Semper Fidelis, Marine.

    Gen. James Mattis talks about the importance of protecting what we've earned together. More Mattis-isms: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EYU3VTI3IU

    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.

    Happy #241NavyBday! Tough. Bold. Ready. 241 years and counting!

    Here's to another 241 years. Happy Birthday, Navy!

    We sat down with Gen. James Mattis (Ret.) and asked him your questions. Full Answers: https://youtu.be/3EYU3VTI3IU

    Tune in now to see what the Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert B. Neller has to say to the Marines of III MEF: #ForwardFaithfulFocused U.S. Marine Corps AFN Okinawa AFN IwakuniPacific Marines

    Tune in now to watch the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert B. Neller, speak to Marines in Okinawa, Japan, about being a global force in readiness.

    U.S. Marine Corps LIVE in 2 hours | Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert Neller, speaks to Marines and Sailors in Okinawa. Watch right here on III MEF Marines in a Facebook Live event. Event will also be radio broadcast live on AFN Okinawa and AFN Iwakuni. Event starts at 1115 JST / 2215 EST.

    Watch live at 10:15 p.m. EST as Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert B. Neller, addresses Marines in Okinawa, Japan, about the importance of being a force in readiness.

    After nearly a week away from their home station, recruits, drill instructors and support personnel from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., have departed Albany’s Marine base, heading home.

    After nearly a week away from their home station, recruits, drill instructors, and support personnel from MCRD PARRIS ISLAND, SC - OFFICIAL PAGE have departed Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, to resume training. More than 6,000 recruits and permanent personnel evacuated from the training depot on October 5 to avoid destructive weather expected from Hurricane Matthew.

    Into Chaos A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flies toward a supply distribution point in Jeremie, Haiti, Oct. 10, 2016 to support Joint Task Force Matthew. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kimberly Aguirre)

    Can you believe how much stuff just one of these CH-53 Super Stallions can carry? Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit left #USSMesaVerde with VMM-365's heavy lifters and picked up humanitarian relief supplies from #USAID for delivery to the Haitian people.

    The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is hard at work assisting the Haitian people during the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Follow their page for the latest updates.

    Search and Destroy Lance Cpl. Aaron Kempster, a combat engineer with Task Force Koa Moana 16-4, explains how to use the compact metal detector to confirm the location of a training IED in Taliai, Tonga Oct. 4, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. James Treviño)

    Give us 20 seconds and we'll give you all the motivation you need for the week ahead. This week, Marines and sailors train in the jungle with French forces during Task Force Koa Moana 16-4.