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    HMH-366 Marine Wins 2014 Danny L. Radish Award - News

    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.

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

    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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    Capt Karrie Brimhall Reaches New Heights As Marine Aviator - News

    In 2009, during her first deployment to Afghanistan, Marine aviator Capt Karrie Brimhall knew how much her fellow Marines were in need of supplies.  And with a helicopter full of food, water and other necessities, a 10 thousand foot wall of inclement weather stood between her helicopter, her crew, and the Marines on the other side.  

     
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    Quick Thinking Marine Saves Lance Corporal's Life - News

    A lot ran through Sgt Michael Joseph's mind when he saw the body of a lance corporal on the pavement outside the movie theater on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Feb. 17. 

     
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    Marine Air Control Squadron 4 Reaches 100 Percent Readiness - News

    Marine Air Control Squadron 4 reached 100% equipment readiness when the last bolt was put in a Humvee March 13 on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

     
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    Military Working Dogs Participate In IED Training - News

    Marines patrol the path led by military working dogs, trained to detect improvised explosive devices using scent bags that contain partial ingredients used in making IEDs. 

     
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    Corporals Course Develops New Leaders - News

    Approximately 20 Marine Corporals from 16 various Marine Occupation Specialties graduated from the II Marine Expeditionary Forces Headquarters Group sponsored Corporals Course in class 30-15, Feb. 6, 2015.

     
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    12th Marine Regiment Maneuvers Through Dragon Fire Exercise 15-2 - News

    Headquarters Battery, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force traveled from Okinawa, Japan to PTA, Kona, Hawaii, for Dragon Fire Exercise 15-2. The exercise will take place March 3-13 to improve combat readiness and command and control capabilities.

     
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    Marines Get Their Feet Wet During Swim Qualification - News

    The Marines look left, look right, up and down, and then take a step forward. After an eight-foot drop, they are submerged in water. They resurface and swim 25 meters.

     
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    Convoy Operations Prepare Junior Marines As Future Leaders - News

    Military vehicles rumbled down the road as the Marines inside watched the terrain around them vigilantly. Cpl Taylor Barnes, a motor transport operator with 2nd Platoon, Truck Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, shouted commands at pedestrians in the area.

     
  • 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)

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    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)

    Fighting Back — — — Marines with 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, fire their M203 and M32 grenade launchers with non-lethal rounds down range during a riot control exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, March 24, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kaitlyn Klein/Released)

    Marines don't relax on the beach, they take it by storm. Read More: http://go.usa.gov/3Yq6A 24th MEU Marines are training on the beaches of Kuwait with international partners from around the globe. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Devin Nichols/Released)

    You voted and this week's Corps top shot comes from Sgt. Jamean Berry. He captured this photo of a Marine engaging targets aboard a UH-1Y Venom above San Clemente Island, California, March 20, 2015.

    It's never a bad time to check your settings to make sure you're not sharing more than you want to. Read the Corps' social media handbook for some basic guidance: http://www.hqmc.marines.mil/Portals/61/Docs/Social-Media-Handbook%20REVISED.pdf For more resources visit: http://www.marines.mil/News/SocialMedia.aspx

    Bald is Beautiful When a platoon sergeant's six-year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer, the entire platoon shaved their heads to show their support. Read the inspiring story: http://go.usa.gov/3rJww “I could just imagine how precious hair could be to a six-year-old girl. We just wanted to show that we could sacrifice ours, too, in hopes that she might feel a little better.” — Pfc. Corey Kush (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Preston McDonald/Released)

    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

    The 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Joseph F. Dunford, and the 18th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Ronald L. Green visited Marine Corps Air ...

    A review of the tattoo policy? Senior enlisted leaders will be meeting this month to review the current policy. That's just one insight from Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., and Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Green during their radio interview with AFN Iwakuni. Watch the video to see their responses to other questions from Marines in Japan.

    Take Aim! In this episode, get behind the scope with United States Marine Corps Sgt. Seth Utlser, chief scout sniper with Battalion Landing Team 2d Battalion 4th Marines as he takes aim at targets from the sky.

    Aerial Accuracy See how Marine scout snipers are taking aim from the sky in the latest episode of "Welcome to the MEU." Be sure to follow the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit for more in the series.

    In honor of National Medal of Honor Day, today's motivation comes from our most recent Medal of Honor recipient, Cpl. Kyle Carpenter. Here's five things you probably didn't know about the Medal of Honor: http://go.usa.gov/3rshw

    Iwo Jima Reunion Once Enemies, Now Friends. Video By: Cpl. Isaac Ibarra. Give these veterans a chance to tell you their story during the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima.

    From enemies to friends Iwo Jima veterans return to the iconic black sands of Iwo once again, this time to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the historic battle of Iwo Jima.

    Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit are keeping deployment ready. Read More: http://go.usa.gov/3rn44 "We are one the very few units deployed on the sea right now which means we are the most responsive and the most ready." — Col. Romin Dasmalchi (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ryan Mains/Released)

    Any form of hazing is unacceptable, and sexual assault that happens during an act of hazing is a crime. If you are unsure whether a hazing incident you experienced could also be sexual assault, contact the DoD Safe Helpline. For secure and confidential support, visit: https://www.safehelpline.org/

    You know this Devil Dog is enjoying #NationalPuppyDay. Ooh-rah, Chesty!

    Monday got you down? Give us 20 seconds and we'll give you all the motivation you need for the week ahead. Marines rush forward in a platoon-sized assault exercise.

    Welcome to the MEU: Splashing the AAV In this episode, conduct a ship-to-shore operation alongside U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Aleksandar Antic in his amphibious assault vehicle as he explains what it means to be amphibious.

    Marines take to the seas in their AAVs. See how a #Marine amphibious assault vehicle gets to shore in the latest episode of "Welcome to the MEU." Be sure to follow the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit for more in the series.

    Marines with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment conducted military operations on urban terrain training aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 11.MOUT training prepares Marines for house-to-house combat as was common in battles like Fallujah and Hue City and is,

    Marines go house-to-house, street-to-street during urban combat training on Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. "We have to know how to properly clear buildings and take out the enemy without inflicting unnecessary casualties." — Lance Cpl. Matthew Flickinger, machine gunner

    You voted and this week's Corps Top Shot comes from Gunnery Sgt. Ismael Pena. He captured this photo of Marines conducting a nighttime boat operation exercise aboard the USS Green Bay, at sea, March 11, 2015.

    LIVE in 30: Reunion of Honor Iwo Jima survivors, Marines and Japanese officials return to Iwo To for the commemoration ceremony for the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima. Stream the event live: http://ow.ly/KAbJY (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Thor Larson/Released)

    TODAY: Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin D. Baskin, a special amphibious reconnaissance corpsman with MARSOC-Always Faithful-Always Forward, received the Silver Star Medal for his heroic actions while deployed to Afghanistan in 2013. Ooh-rah, Doc!

    Too much moto for one photo. On this day in 2003, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., and Gen. James 'Maddog' Mattis (a colonel and major general at the time) prepared to cross the line of departure during the initial invasion of Iraq. Ooh-rah, gentlemen!

    Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin D. Baskin, a special amphibious reconnaissance corpsman with 3rd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, will be awarded the Silver Star,

    Badass Alert Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin D. Baskin, a special amphibious reconnaissance corpsman with MARSOC-Always Faithful-Always Forward will be awarded the Silver Star Medal tomorrow for his heroic actions while deployed to Afghanistan in 2013. Baskin exposed himself to accurate enemy fire numerous times, running into the kill zone to provide desperately needed aid to wounded Marines. Although being shot in the back himself, Baskin continued to treat the injured, while refusing to receive medical aid for his own injuries. Semper Fidelis, Doc.

    Marines patrol the path led by military working dogs, trained to detect improvised explosive devices using scent bags that contain partial ingredients used in making IEDs. The dogs detect danger areas and the handlers halt the patrol before Marines enter,

    Military working dogs take point on patrol to sniff-out improvised explosive devices and keep Marines out of the danger zone.

    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 are trained to adapt and overcome all obstacles and challenges. See for yourself.

    We've seen walls before. They always fall.

    Sgt. Maj. Dan Daly, two-time Medal of Honor recipient, said this about service in the Corps in 1919. We're inclined to agree.

    Time to clear out those sinuses! For the full pain and snot-filled video visit: http://ow.ly/Kozge Marines with III Marine Expeditionary Force/Marine Corps Installations Pacific train through an obstacle course while enduring the agony of OC spray to better understand the non-lethal weapon's effects. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Sgt. Matthew Callahan and Cpl. Lena Wakayama/Released)

    Marines with explosive ordnance disposal blow down doors during this breaching exercise. Read More: http://go.usa.gov/3ahrw (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alexander Mitchell/Released)

    The Marines are looking for a few good women to serve in combat but, after more than two years of trying, no woman has made it through the grueling infantry officer school.

    ICYMI: 60 Minutes looks at how the Marine Corps is testing the integration of women in the infantry. "We could make the bars lower, David, but that's really not the issue. The issue is the realities of combat aren't going to change based on gender. The enemy doesn't care whether you're a male or female." — Brig. Gen. George W. Smith, Jr., director, Marine Corps Force Innovation Office

    Monday got you down? Give us 20 seconds and we'll give you all the motivation you need for the week ahead. Marines bring out their crew-served weapons during exercise Eagle Resolve.

    All about the gains! In this episode, watch as #Marines do some heavy lifting as part of the Helicopter Support Team with Combat Logistics Battalion 31.

    Don't lift with your back, lift with your helos. See how a #Marine helicopter support team operates in the latest episode of "Welcome to the MEU." Be sure to follow the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit for more in the series.

    High Security — — — Sgt. Ryan D. Peek, a helicopter mechanic with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365, 24th MEU, observes a high explosive rocket fired from UH-1Y Huey in Djibouti, March 8, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joey Mendez/Released)

    Sgt. Cody Olsen, an M1A1 Abrams main battle tank technician with the 24th MEU, followed his fathers footsteps and carried on the family legacy working with heavy Marine Corps vehicles and machinery. Read more: http://go.usa.gov/3adDV “I'm extremely proud to have a son who is a United States Marine, and the fact that he takes it very serious and is a true professional makes me more proud.” — Marine Veteran Sgt. Richard Olsen

    Combat Engineers with the I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) conduct a ship-to-shore exercise using the Landing Craft Air Cushion March 5, 2015 at Camp Pendleton, California. Full video: http://ow.ly/Kcft4 (U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Christopher J. Moore/Released)

    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 begins with respects to the fallen MARSOC-Always Faithful-Always Forward Marines who perished in a training incident as well as the Marine who was killed on MCAS Yuma as a result of a civilian plane crash. For more on those stories and other headlines visit: http://ow.ly/Kjm8v Helicopter Training Incident: http://ow.ly/KjjOZ Civilian Plane Crash on YumaYuma Plane Crash: http://ow.ly/KjjSO

    Each year, Military Times honors five "Everyday Heroes" -- service members who demonstrate pride, dedication and courage beyond what is expected.

    This weekend is the last chance to nominate a deserving Marine for the Military Times' Service Member of the Year Award. Nominations may be submitted by anyone — including parents, fellow service members, supervisors and commanding officers — making this grassroots award unique.

    Honor the Fallen. Capt. Stanford Henry Shaw III Master Sgt. Thomas Saunders Staff Sgt. Marcus S. Bawol Staff Sgt. Trevor P. Blaylock Staff Sgt. Liam A. Flynn Staff Sgt. Kerry Michael Kemp Staff Sgt. Andrew C. Seif These Marine Raiders with MARSOC-Always Faithful-Always Forward died when the Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter they were flying aboard crashed near Eglin, Florida, at approximately 8:30 p.m. March 10, 2015. Semper Fidelis, Marines. Read More: http://go.usa.gov/3CcCV Watch MARSOC commander interview: http://ow.ly/3xvnvS

    The helicopter crash in the Gulf of Mexico presumed to have killed 11 servicemembers marks another dark chapter for a Marine special operations forces unit that is only 9 years old.

    It is unconscionable that USA Today would use the tragedy of Wednesday's military helicopter crash in Florida to criticize the unit to which the Marines were assigned, citing a controversial incident that occurred eight years ago in Afghanistan. The two events are completely unrelated and the story shamelessly devotes a few paragraphs to the crash in order to rehash old allegations against a small unit within the command -- most of which were found unsubstantiated through investigations and a court of inquiry. Linking the crash with the Afghanistan case was uncalled for and a disservice to the dedicated Marines of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, and their families. Col. Dave Lapan, USMC Director, Office of USMC Communication Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps

    A T-59 Hawk, civilian aircraft, crashed at approximately 11:45 a.m. on a MCAS Yuma runway Wednesday.Lance Cpl. Anthony T. DuBeau died as a result of injuries sustained from the crash when the aircraft impacted a government vehicle. DuBeau was assigned to,

    Honor the Fallen. Lance Cpl. Anthony T. DuBeau with Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron aboard MCAS Yuma, died Mar. 11 when a civilian aircraft impacted his government vehicle. Semper Fidelis, Marine.

    You voted and this week's Corps Top Shot comes from Cpl. Elize Mckelvey. She captured this photo of Marines on a combat rubber raiding craft conducting a precision raid exercise off the coast of San Diego, California, March 4, 2015.

    Out of respect for all family members involved, and as a matter of policy and practice, the identity of the Marines will not be confirmed until 24 hours after the final next of kin notification is complete.

    Search and rescue efforts to find the seven missing Marines and four Army aircrew in Eglin, Florida, shifted to recovery operations today. The implication of that change means officials are not hopeful of finding any survivors.

    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

    A T-59 Hawk, civilian aircraft, crashed at approximately 11:45 a.m. on a MCAS Yuma runway today.The aircraft crash impacted a government vehicle, resulting in a Marine fatality. The Marine was pronounced dead upon arrival at Yuma Regional Medical Center.,

    A T-59 Hawk, civilian aircraft, crashed on a runway on MCAS Yuma, Arizona, today. The aircraft impacted a government vehicle, resulting in a Marine fatality. "Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the Marine we lost in this tragic accident. We stand ready to provide support to his family." — Col. Ricardo Martinez, MCAS Yuma Commanding Officer

    A master sergeant said it originally, reportedly during a barroom argument, but our 35th Commandant made it policy. Once the title is earned it's yours forever.

    Seven Marines assigned to U.S. Marine Corps, Special Operations Command were on board a Louisiana Army National Guard UH-60 aircraft that was involved in a training mishap last night at approximately 8:30 p.m. near Eglin, Florida.

    "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Marines, soldiers and family members of those involved in this mishap. We are working closely with all parties involved to locate our Marines and the Army aircrew as soon as possible." — Maj. Gen. Joseph Osterman, commander of MARSOC-Always Faithful-Always Forward

    Marines with III Marine Expeditionary Force/Marine Corps Installations Pacific highlight the importance of communication during Dragon Fire Exercise 15-2. Read More: http://go.usa.gov/3amx3 The Marines train day and night to improve their combat readiness and command and control capabilities of artillery live-fire exercises.