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Cedar Creek Pushed to Their Limit by Marines

By LCpl Brandon Thomas

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.

 
 

Warriors in the Making (Part 1)

Four Marines line a corner of a building. As one of them peek around, he spots someone dressed as a member of the Afghan Security Forces walking directly toward them. Something is not right. His helmet is off and he's not carrying a weapon. He isn't friendly.

Follow the leader

In Afghanistan, the Marine who goes first is the point man. He is the first to jump across a canal, enter a farm field and tread ground that is potentially laced with improvised explosive devices.

A Marine's Journal (Respect and Suspicion)

The explosion was loud, powerful and sudden. Instantly everyone in the Joint Operations Center (JOC) hit the floor–standard procedure for a potential rocket or mortar attack, but a new experience for me.

Afghans, Marines brighten horizons for young students

If it's one thing Cpl Joshua Brooks likes most about his deployment to Afghanistan, it's his visits to the school in Khan Neshin.

Faces of Transition (Passing the Torch)

A jagged line of boot prints ends at the edge of a dusty field tended by Afghan farmers, signaling the Marines have halted their patrol.

2nd Marine Division Making Mehraj Safe

Every drop of sweat from their foreheads cools their faces as Marines patrol through the Afghan heat. Every cautious step through the cratered terrain and dusty roads is a step closer to completing the mission. Every hour spent standing watch brings them closer to the sweet smell of home-cooked meals or catching the big game on a Monday night.

Toward the Sounds of Chaos

Marines are forged in the crucible of training in order to face down the threats of our time at a moment's notice.

Through the Eyes of Infantrymen

Infantry Marines deployed to Afghanistan endure trials that Americans unfamiliar with military life cannot begin to fathom.

They Made History

As the first African Americans to serve in the Marine Corps, Montford Point Marines changed the face of the United States Marine Corps forever.

Marines observe 236 years of history

Marines and civilian-Marines from Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany and Marine Corps Logistics Command, as well as other invited guests, celebrated the Marine Corps' 236th birthday, Nov. 10, at Darton College in Albany, Ga.

Tactical Leaders Course

The new Tactical Leaders Course at the Joint Sustainment Academy Southwest, teaches Afghan Officers how to better lead their troops. 

St Louis Semper Fi Swearing In Ceremony

Each year, the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis hosts an annual, all hands Marine Corps Birthday Luncheon.

Marines help repair school in Thailand

As the Thai people rebuild following the devastating floods, Joint U.S. Forces assist in repairing a school. Lance Cpl. Matheus Hernandez has more.

Okinawa Marines train with mounted weapons

Marines in Okinawa prepare to fight with mounted weapons in a mountainous terrain prior to deployment.

Recon Marines return from Afghanistan

Approximately 175 Marines and sailors with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion returned here from a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Dec. 12.

Recruits gain confidence

When recruits come to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, they don't realize how many challenges they will face.

One Marine's journey from Alaska to Afghanistan

One Marine's decision to enlist took him from an icy landscape above the Arctic Circle to the dust-covered deserts of Afghanistan.

Birth of a motto

The phrase, "every Marine a rifleman" is so overused it's gone from motto to cliché, but if Cpl. Eric Ramirez has his way a new battle cry will emerge — every Marine an infantryman.

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232

VMFA-232 is the Corps' oldest active fighter squadron.  The squadron's mission is to provide expeditionary air support on short notice, around the world.

Recruit motivates platoon

A motivated recruit runs while yelling at the sound of his name coming from one of his drill instructors. Although the recruits are told from day one to be loud and motivated at all times, one stands out above the rest.

Making Marines: The Armory

The relationship between a Marine and his rifle begins when a depot armorer hands a brand-new recruit his M16. This is how the depot armorers contribute to the mission of making Marines.

Raid force fast-ropes at sea

From a helicopter hovering above the amphibious transport dock New Orleans here Dec. 2, approximately 60 Marines and sailors slid 30 feet down a rope to the swaying flight deck. 

Marines collect toys for Christmas bliss

Stacks of unwrapped new toys including race cars, dolls and board games fill the Toys for Tots collection boxes set out by the Marines of 4th Tank Battalion throughout the San Diego area in the days leading up to the holiday season. 

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