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Marine Visits Hometown High Schools

By Cpl Francisco Martinez

MGySgt Kevin Buckles, Drum Major, United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, visits his alma mater and other schools in his hometown of New Orleans. 

 
 

Passion to lead drives Marine to new heights

When he was 16 years old, he was a supervisor at a scrap-metal yard, and he served as the captain for his high school wrestling team. Today, he's a sergeant in the Marine Corps and a youth basketball coach.

Corps shooting team teaches marksmanship

Being recognized as the best at anything is an accomplishment in itself. Being recognized as the best shooters in the Marine Corps is an honor some consider second to none.

Artillerymen receive assault amphibious vehicle familiarization at Camp Fuji

Marines with 12th Marine Regiment received assault amphibious vehicle (AAV) familiarization training with members of Combat Assault Battalion Jan. 24 in the North Fuji Maneuver Area at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji on mainland Japan.

Ospreys conduct low-altitude training in Philippines

Three MV-22B Ospreys and approximately 30 Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 conducted low-altitude flight training here Jan. 23-24, marking the Marine Corps' first Osprey training in the Republic of the Philippines.

Marines, athletes partner to serve community

Two days before 100 of the country's top high school football athletes battled it out on the football field at the 2013 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, they met in the community parks of Carson and Long Beach to mentor children from the area.

The perfect PFT

Marines are required to complete a physical fitness test semi-annually. To score a perfect 300, any male must run three miles in under 18 minutes; perform 20 consecutive pull-ups and complete 100 crunches in two minutes (EDITOR'S NOTE: To score a perfect 300, females must run three miles in under 21 minutes; perform 70-second flexed-arm hang or eight consecutive pull-ups and complete 100 crunches in two minutes).

Gravity does most of the work

"You're falling to the Earth, to your death, unless you do something about it," said Senior Chief Anthony Schudel, the Master Diver for 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division. "There are a lot of things beyond your control that can go wrong with parachuting."

Marine Combat Controllers provide crucial service for Marine air

A 12-by-6 mile former lake bed, comprised of dry vegetation and compact sand, may seem to be useless ground. However, the Marines from Marine Mobile Air Traffic Control Team see this barren land as an opportunity to create a runway for aircraft as large as a Marine KC-130.

Marines impact local communities through service

On Thanksgiving 2012, United States Marines from Recruiting Station Baton Rouge and Marine Corps Recruiting Command helped serve hundreds of New Orleans citizens at the 38th Annual Orleans Parish Sheriff's Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration.

ARFF Marines battle the blaze

It's the early morning at the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting squadron when the call goes out. Intercom screaming, ear-piercing sirens blaring, Marines rush to get into place for an emergency they trained and prepared for since entering their military occupational specialty.

Answering the Call to Serve at Home and Abroad

Marines are always making headlines for their uncompromising dedication to serving others, both at home and abroad. GySgt Tawanda "Tee" Hanible is one such Marine, whose inspiring story sparked national interest and led to a feature article in the Heroes Edition of Newsweek Magazine that hit newsstands this past November.

Recruits get dose of confidence

Some obstacles were tall, and some were short. Some required finesse and agility, while others required brute strength. However, one thing all the obstacles in the Confidence Course had in common was that they were all challenging.

Lifting of the 1994 Combat Exclusion Policy-SgtMaj of the Marine Corps Responds

Since 1918, women have been an integral part of the Marine Corps and for the past 11 years of fighting, have proven themselves worthy in the face of the enemy. SgtMaj of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett addresses the recent lifting of the 1994 Combat Exclusion Policy and assures Marines that this will not affect mission accomplishment or lower standards.

Marines master bridge building

As Marines traverse through the dense jungle, they stumble upon a 70-foot-wide trench approximately 50-feet-deep. Without hesitation, the Marines pull out a 100-foot rope and lower a Marine down to cross the trench and start building a one-rope bridge.

Nighttime squad challenge prepares Marines for upcoming deployment

Fatigue consumed their bodies as their muscles trembled and minds strained while they made their way through an obstacle course during the night's darkness.

Let the good times roll

"Rollover, rollover, rollover," is what Fox Co. lieutenants, at The Basic School, screamed as they bounced off the walls of a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Egress Trainer at Camp Upshur on Jan. 16.

Marine to draw on past experiences as Combat Instructor

A mortarman turned squad leader plans to use his experiences gained while deployed to teach new Marines as a combat instructor.

15th MEU finishes sustainment training in Djibouti

After an extended period at-sea, the west coast's forward-deployed sea-based Marine Air Ground Task Force stretched its legs for some sustainment training in Djibouti, Africa. Dec. 3-21.

Infantry battalion shifts focus to jungle training

Marines with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, which is currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program, conducted hasty rappel training at JWTC on Camp Gonsalves Jan. 8 as part of a nine-day course Jan. 7-15.

General provides guidance for 2013

LtGen Kenneth J. Glueck Jr., the commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force, provided guidance to his command Jan. 4 that explained his intent and vision for III MEF during 2013.

Marines return to amphibious roots

The Marines stood on top of the dive tower, looking down into the deep blue pool, hearts beating through their chests as the countdown began.

The Original Steel Knights

1st Tank Battalion has had a stake in Exercise Steel Knight since the program's inception in 1991. The battalion is still participating to this day.

2nd MAW Marine awarded for heroism in Afghanistan

1st Sgt Reginald Daniels received the Bronze Star Dec. 14, during a special ceremony at Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28 headquarters.

San Francisco Marine prepares for life outside the Corps

Many Marines enlist soon after high school and range in age from 18 to 20. When a Marine joins later, he often has a different perspective of life.

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