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Devil Dog at 7

By Cpl Samuel Ellis

Seven-year-old Andrew Starr II received the title of "Honorary Marine" at his home in Springfield, Va., on June 30, at the hands of MajGen Frederick Padilla.

 
 

Marines, Sailors Volunteer at Boston Children's Hospital

Marines were asked who would like to spend a few hours visiting with children at the Boston Children's Hospital and Dana Faber Cancer Center on July 3. LCpl Priscilla Garza jumped on the opportunity - a chance for her to give back once again.
 

Silver Spring, Md., Native Commissioned As Marine Corps Officer

During the late morning hours of June 6, Jasmyn Smith found herself standing in the main rotunda of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, surrounded by friends and family. She stood at the position of attention, wearing her dress blues, as she was commissioned a second lieutenant. 

24th MEU 'Raids' By Land, Air, Sea

During the month of June, Marines and sailors with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted a series of raid packages throughout the training areas at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, in preparation for their deployment at the end of the year.

Young Corporal Follows Dream of Leading Marines

Cpl Michael Kean knew from a very young age that he wanted to lead Marines. He knew that the core values the Marines stood for - honor, courage, and commitment - were traits he wanted to emulate.

Midshipmen Train With Marines in Spain

This past summer, four midshipmen left the pristine halls and classrooms of the U.S. Naval Academy and stepped into a new environment of rigorous training with the Marines.

MCRD San Diego Receives Words of Wisdom from American Hero Kyle Carpenter

Cpl William K. Carpenter (retired) is the newest recipient of the Medal of Honor for his selfless acts during Operation Enduring Freedom in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in 2010. 

NCOs Embrace Grit, Fortitude From On Endurance Course

Marines of the 2nd Marine Logistics Groups set out on the course to ensure combat readiness and develop camaraderie and leadership skills among new noncommissioned officers, June 26.
 

8th Engineer Support Battalion Helps Build Home For Family In Need

Marines with Bravo Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, based out of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., attended a Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity home dedication ceremony for the Brimmer-George family in Newport, North Carolina, June 26. 

24th MEU Marines Knuckle Up

MSgt Donald W. Johnson's profession isn't fighting in a ring-it's just one part of a journey that began 20 years ago when he raised his right hand and repeated the oath of enlistment. 

Marines Learn Basic Lifeguard Skills

Marine Corps Community Services Semper Fit hosted an American Red Cross lifeguard certification course for active-duty Marines June 4-6 at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany's pool.

Tailors Set Corps' Image With Each New Marine

Recruits of Bravo Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, received their first uniform fitting aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, June 11.  

Haiti Native Becomes U.S. Citizen, Marine

For one new Marine, America offered much more than the hope of opportunity. It gave him the brotherhood he'd been searching for in the United States Marine Corps.
 

Marines Inspire Athletes, Remember Hometown Hero

In honor of a forgotten hero, the City of Glen Cove, New York, will be the site of the Inaugural Dan Daly Cup lacrosse all-star game. 

Marines Fight With Hearts of Lions

CWO4 Armand K. Rupert, a Marine stationed aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, and Kelly Grissom, Brazilian Jujitsu instructor, along with five of Grissom's students, traveled to Senegal for ten days demonstrating, training and sharing mixed martial arts.

Urban operations put combat engineers to the test

Marines with Alpha Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group spent a week training for Military Operations in Urban Terrain at the Camp Lejeune's realistic urban training facility.

Corporals Course grooms future leaders

The Corporals Course is the first in a series of professional military education courses offered by the Marine Corps to teach corporals the standards for their rank and to prepare them for promotion to the rank of sergeant.

Marine recruits build esprit de corps during competition

Recruits aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island participate in a filed meet to build camaraderie and esprit de corps. 

1st Recon conducts breaching exercise

Marines from 1st Reconnaissance Battalion conducted a Methods of Entry proficiency training exercise aboard Camp Pendleton Calif., June 10.  

Community members kayak to finish line, support wounded warriors

Local active duty, retired and prior service military members joined together to celebrate and honor wounded warriors during the 7th Annual Kayak for the Warriors competition at Pine Knoll Shores June 7.

26th MEU Marines bring up their motivation, exercise esprit de corps

The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Marines and sailors conducted a noncommissioned officer led physical training session.

'Rhinos' visit Landers Elementary

Combat Center Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 374 volunteered in an Adopt-a-School event at Landers Elementary School.

Teacher gives up classroom for dress blues

 Many would say that being a teacher could be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding, yet hard and stressful jobs around. Cpl Joshua Braun, a ground radio technician with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14, would agree. 

'America's Battalion' improves infantry skills during Island Viper

Exercise Island Viper was conducted to train three of the four infantry battalion core mission essential tasks; amphibious operations, offensive operations and stability operations.

Family, military sacrifice inspires recruit to give 100 percent

He never knew his mother, but for Recruit Trajon L. Griffis, guide, Platoon 2161, Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, his father was more than enough.

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