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Marine Veteran Uses GI Bill to Become Officer

By Sgt Richard Blumenstein

Irfan Siddiqui will be a commissioned Marine Corps officer in 2017, or at least that is his plan.

 
 

Final Flight of Huey for 'Red Dogs'

After more than 40 years of service, the Marine Corps retired the aging UH-1N Huey helicopter during a "sundown ceremony" Aug. 28, 2014, aboard Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans.

24th MEU Fast-Ropes Toward Deployment

Marines and Sailors with Lima and Weapons Companies, both from Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Ground Combat Element, received fast-rope qualifications by fast-roping from a 60-foot tower and an MV-22B tilt-rotor aircraft.

Recruits train to lead during the Crucible

Marines of Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, used teamwork and dependability to complete the Leadership Reaction Course, or 12 Stalls, during the Crucible at Edson Range, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

TBS Marines Witness EFSS Mortar's Impact

More than 40 Marines from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., were at Marine Corps Base Quantico on Aug. 20, 2014 demonstrating the effectiveness of the Expeditionary Fire Support System as a viable tool to extend Marine offensive capabilities with added agility and effectiveness.

Like Father, Like Son

The story is common in the military; following a family tradition and serving country. What isn't common is the opportunity for father and son to serve side by side in the same work environment.

New Marine Knows the Meaning of Brotherhood

Pvt Joel A. Lopez, a Houston native, joined the Corps to find a better way of life for himself and his brothers.

Marines Conduct Rappel Assault Course

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment rappelled off cliffs during rappel assault training as part of Mountain Exercise 2014 aboard Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif.

Company B Recruits Train in Hand-to-Hand Combat

Recruits of Bravo Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, learned the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program chokes and counter techniques at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

Echo Company Introduced to Marine Corps Physical Fitness

Recruits of Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, began their first Circuit Course event during forming week at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Aug. 11.

Quantico Marines Recognized for Efforts During Navy Yard Shooting

Two Marines aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico received letters of commendation from Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, for their efforts in the speedy delivery of 1,000 Meals Ready to Eat during the active shooter incident at the Washington Navy Yard last year.

Just Keep Swimming

Marines and sailors stationed at Camp Hansen along with their families were able to swim and play with children with Nagomi Nursery Home for Children and their caretakers Aug. 13 at the Camp Hansen Aquatics Center. 
 

Edson Range Brings Second Female PMI in History

It takes talented instructors to teach rifle fundamentals. One Marine at Edson Range holds the honor of being the second female to hold this important position, in the historically male dominant role.

Company M Pushes Through Fatigue for Final CFT

The recruits of Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion were challenged by both forms of duress as they pushed themselves to their limits during a recruit training exercise.

Lynchburg Teen Drops 84 Pounds to Enlist in Marine Corps

For 19-year-old Lynchburg, Va. native Aaron Hunter, earning the title of Marine has been a dream since he was 10. There was only one thing holding him back.

MCAS Iwakuni Maintainers for F/A-18 Hornets

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 Maintainers makes sure their fighter jets are operational and ready to destroy the enemy when they go up in the sky. 

Multilateral Exercise Strengthens Humanitarian Response, Combat Readiness

Following 11 days of unabated multilateral training, military forces from Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and the U.S. operated side-by-side during the final exercise of Platinum Lion 14-2 Aug. 11 at the Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria.

SPMAGTF-South Conducts Theater Security Cooperation in Brazil

U.S. and Brazilian Marines conducted bi-lateral combat marksmanship practice for two consecutive days at a shooting range at Marambaia Island, Brazil. 

From Africa to America and Now a Marine

Before he was born, Pvt Arthur G. Whisnant, had already moved once. While his mother was pregnant with him, she moved from Monrovia, Liberia, in order to protect her unborn child from the hazards of civil war.

U.S. Marines Train AFP, PNP on Taser Techniques

Philippine Armed Forces and Philippine National Police trained with U.S. Marines from 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force, on how to use the X26 Taser, at Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown, August 7, as part of Non-lethal Weapons Executive Seminar (NOLES) 2014.

VMR-1 Hones Skills over Water

Marines with Marine Transport Squadron 1 supported a casualty evacuation drill outside of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. in conjunction with Coast Guard central security forces July 30.

Marines Conduct Leadership Seminar with Xenia HS Football Team

The Xenia High School football team, known as "The Buccaneers", are now ready to start their upcoming season after receiving a visit from their local Marine Corps recruiters during a leadership seminar conducted at Xenia High School in Xenia, Ohio, July 31.

2nd AAB Train with USS Kearsarge to Refresh Amphibious Capabilities

Marines with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, conducted well-deck qualification training with the Kearsarge in the waters off the coast of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, July 31.

Jungle Patrol Tests ROK, U.S. Marines Tactics

U.S. Marines squared off in a mock battle with Republic of Korea Marines during a patrol training event July 22 near the military operations on urbanized terrain training area at the 1st ROK Marine Division Base, Pohang, South Korea.

Cedar Creek Pushed to Their Limit by Marines

Recruiting Station New Jersey hosted an Enhanced Leadership Seminar meant to impart Marine Corps leadership principles, discipline and camaraderie to members of the Cedar Creek High School football team at Naval Weapons Station Earle.

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