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Marine Corps Celebrates Its 239th Birthday

By Sgt Devin Nichols

The Marine Corps commemorates 239 years of distinguished service. 

 
 

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.

Afghanistan defines Marine pilot's career

Before 9/11, LtCol Jay Holtermann was unsure whether he would continue his military career.

Company H Recruits test their mental, physical strength

Recruits of Company H, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, tested their strength and endurance in their final Combat Fitness Test (CFT) aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego December 20.

2nd Supply Battalion trains for the future

Second Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group broke new ground in the area of simulator training while preparing for its future logistics-support roles.

Search-and-rescue Marines stay ready through constant training

Frequent, tough, realistic training helps maintain the prowess demanded of America's expeditionary force in readiness. Marine Transport Squadron 1's search and rescue members train as often as two or three times a day to be ready in case they have to jump into action.

Flexed-arm hang out, pull-ups in

The Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos announced Nov. 27 that all female Marines will perform pull-ups as a part of their physical fitness tests beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

The Fire House

Firefighters are known for their close-nit units, long days, and willingness to run towards dangerous situations where others would run away. Marines too are known for their camaraderie, courage and honor. Combine the two, and you have Crash Fire Rescue Marines, a unit of individuals willing to put it all on the line at the drop of a hat.

Marine Reflects on 2011 Water Rescue

They were going to drown. No one moved. The crowd just stood there, watching a strong rip current wear out three struggling swimmers.

Marine Corps continues disaster efforts in Philippines

Personnel and aircraft with III Marine Expeditionary Force began providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief support Dec. 8 at the request of the government of the Republic of the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Pablo (international name Bopha), which made landfall Dec. 4.

"The Professionals" depart 31st MEU

Between executing numerous beach assaults and lending a hand to a host of communities, the Marines and Sailors of 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment left their mark in the Asia-Pacific as the battalion landing team of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Navy Vessel Keeps Marines Amphibious

Sailors from Assault Craft Unit 5 utilize their Landing Craft Air Cushion vehicle to bring Marines ashore during Exercise Steel Knight 2013. Sgt Ned Johnson reports from Camp Pendleton, Calif. 

Wounded Warriors return to Afghanistan for Operation Proper Exit

A harsh reality of war is that some service members must pay the ultimate sacrifice, while others are severely injured in the pursuit of freedom.

"Mission to Save Christmas" Lands in New Jersey

The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots "Mission to Save Christmas" is hard at work to ensure children in the New York and New Jersey area who were affected by Hurricane Sandy have a merry holiday season. Pfc. John Tucker brings us the story.

Reservists get ready on the flight line

Marines with Combat Logistics Company 21, 2nd Marine Logistics Group and Marines with 4th Landing Support Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group worked together as an aerial port operations group, or APOG, at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., from Dec. 1 to 2.

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