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Bronx Native Overcomes Adversity, Sets the Standard

By Sgt Samuel A. Nasso

Young men and women join the United States military for varying reasons; whether it is for the pride of belonging, the daily challenge, or to simply defend their country. 


Variety of physical fitness makes well-rounded Marines

The recruits of Company G, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion challenged their physical fitness and endurance while learning different exercises during the Circuit Course event aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

U.S. Philippine Marines hit bull's-eye

Marines and Sailors with Company B., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted a combat marksmanship program alongside Philippine Marines, April 8.

Marine breaks stereotypes throughout career

In nearly 20 years in the Corps, GySgt Lisa Kulczewski has continually overcome stereotypes of female Marines. 

Marines refresh, test skills during aerial gunnery training

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 engaged in an aerial gunnery training exercise March 27 at range W-176, about 25 miles off the coast of Okinawa.

U.S. Marines cross-train with U.K. soldiers

Marines with General Support Combat Logistics Company (GS CLC), Combat Logistics Regiment 2, teamed up with British Army soldiers from 1 Close Support Battalion, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (1 CS Bn REME), to conduct joint coalition training during the last month.

Eyes of Marine Corps Air Station always alert

Miscommunication or failure to communicate between units on the flight line can be the difference between life and death. To prevent any equipment from damage or malfunction, an elite group of Marines and sailors regularly manages the radar system to keep Marine Corps Base Hawaii running on all cylinders

India Company trains with French Legionnaires

For three days, Marines and sailors from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit had the privilege of training alongside the French Foreign Legion. 

Yuma Marines assist local MCJROTC

Maj Brian M. Bell and MGySgt Eric Holland, both retired, lead 135 students from Yuma, Arizona's Marine Corps Junior ROTC program to Kofa High School through a mock Crucible on March 28, 2013.

No prisoners: Marines train to retake facility from terrorists

"The aggressors are inside our compound... there will be no prisoners." The words launched the battle to retake 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group's facilities from simulated terrorists, who infiltrated the site.

MV-22 Osprey thunders through Stuggart skies

In coordination with U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Africa, the community of U.S. European Command, U.S. Africa Command, and USAG Stuttgart had "hands-on" experience with the MV-22B Osprey.

California Marine connects Marines, wants to travel the globe

When people talk about traveling the world, they might think of places like Rome, Australia, and the Caribbean. LCpl Nickolas Franklin said Helmand Province, Afghanistan, is just one of the many destinations he wants to visit.

Corporals conquer jungle, gain leadership skills

Marines crawled through the flooded trench, sliding through cold, muddy water while keeping a low profile to avoid detection and maintaining a focus on developing leadership in a setting far different from the classroom they frequented the week before.

Recon Marines practice fundamentals, train as riflemen

Marines with 3rd Recon Bn., 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, exercised their fundamentals as riflemen March 25 at Range 10 near Camp Schwab during weapons familiarization and sustainment training with the M27 infantry automatic rifle, M249 squad automatic weapon and M240B medium machine gun.

Black Sea Rotational Force 13 deploys

Marines and sailors with Black Sea Rotational Force 13 deployed from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., to Eastern Europe today for a six-month tour.

Battle Color brings brass and bayonets to Pendleton

More than 1,000 spectators flocked to Camp Pendleton for the Battle Color ceremony featuring the Silent Drill Platoon, the Commandant's Own Drum and Bugle Corps and the Marine Corps Color Guard.


Squadron gets HITT Hard

More than 100 Marines with Marine Air Control Squadron 2 spent the morning sweating on their physical training field, where Semper Fit instructors led them in a squadron-wide workout designed to boost Marine Corps warrior athletes' skills.

Cpl Plumeri and specialized search dog, Gulliver

Cpl Matthew Vincent Plumeri, 25, from Millbrook, New York, describes his relationship and training with his specialized search dog, Gulliver

Follow me: Marines renew airborne certification

More than 20 Marines from Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group waited anxiously for a C-130 Hercules to arrive at Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C.

Eagle Eye

The Marines of 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, had been taking sporadic enemy fire for most of the morning March 2 while conducting their daily patrol through Boldak, a small town interlaced with green fields and large mud compounds about eight kilometers southeast of Camp Leatherneck

Marines, dogs practice lifesaving

Communication can be a challenge in a combat environment, as gunfire, smoke, shouting and rapid movement can lead to challenges between members of a team. It becomes more of a challenge when one of the team members can only bark and motion.

BSRE pushes Marines to the limit

Of the many pressures in life, there is one that Marines face on a daily basis. The pressure to perform, or to execute a plan exactly as specified is a prospect that most Marines use to drive them toward success.

Marines team up with Guam's SWAT for marksmanship training

The smell of sulfur combined with the all-too-familiar pop of gunfire permeates the air. Marines clad in flak jackets and Kevlar helmets line up and wait for the command to fire.

MCRC releases plan to strengthen female poolees and officer candidates

Marine Corps Recruiting Command has delivered guidance to recruiters, Officer Selection Officers (OSO) and recruiting support personnel with an eye on improving the upper body strength of female poolees and officer candidates before the implementation of new Physical Fitness Test (PFT) standards in 2014.

Maritime Raid Force practice rappelling techniques

The sun rose as Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit rigged themselves with harnesses and carabineers as they prepared themselves to drop more than 30 feet with nothing more than a rope and the trust and confidence in a fellow Marine.

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