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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.


Master Sergeant James Clark, a profound patriot

Master Sergeant James Clark marked the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, terror attacks in a special way – he signed on for three more years of service in the Marine Corps.

Pendleton warriors compete during the Tactical Athlete Challenge

Warriors gathered at Camp Pendleton's Paige Fieldhouse to compete in the Tactical Athlete Challenge, Aug. 28.

Corporals Leadership Course: History and Tradition

At 23, serving as a squad leader during a fight against enemy forces in Iraq 2004, Cpl Jason Dunham led his squad into an engagement, then stopped to search seven Iraqi vehicles attempting to depart the area.

Marines search for hazardous materials

The detection and neutralization of hazardous materials is a mission the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit must prepare for and be ready to execute when called upon. Sgt Paul Robbins, Jr. shows us how the 31st MEU trains for this situation.

Marine Mechanics replace Humvee engine in Korea

Marines replaced an engine July 20 in Tonghyeon-Ri, Republic of Korea during the Korean Marine Exchange Program 12-7.

Marines strike FAST during training

As the smoke cleared in the small room, a Marine bellows "Room clear!"

Joint training puts the sting in Scorpion Fire

Marines with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company and 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion from Camp Pendleton, Calif., conducted combined arms attacks with air and ground assets to enhance proficiency controlling fixed wing and rotor wing aircraft during Scorpion Fire, a two-week training evolution beginning Aug.6, at two training sites outside of Yuma, Ariz.

Attack helicopter Marines practice close-air support, Integrate with ground troops at Camp Lejeune

When a platoon of 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion Marines was pinned down on the rooftops of a small town by guerrilla fighters, a forward air controller called for air support.

Marine Corps shooting teams: Competition breeds excellence (Part 2)

The majority of the team's competitions occur midyear, between April and August. They compete in inter-service competitions such as the Army inter-service pistol competition at Fort Benning, Ga., and the rifle inter-service match at MCB Quantico.

Marine Corps shooting teams: Competition breeds excellence (Part 1)

A Marine stares through the rifle combat optic of his weapon at a target just 200 yards away. His finger rests lightly on the trigger as he breathes in slowly and steadily.

The Art of Military Bearing

Marines put a lot of stock in bearing. One of the 14 Marine Corps Leadership Traits is defined as: "The way you conduct or carry yourself. Your manner should reflect alertness, competence, confidence, and control."

Marines complete 7th annual memorial challenge

Running through the salty water of the Pacific Ocean with a 30 pound ruck sack, Marines sang cadence while sweat dripped down their faces as they ran the 7th annual PFC Ryan Jerabek USMC Memorial Challenge here, Aug. 11.

Patriotism reason for serving country

Love for country coursed through PFC Cody Mauro's, Platoon 2122, Company F, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, veins from a very young age and the best and only way he thought he could show it was by becoming a United States Marine.

1/1 Weapons, brothers in arms with ANA

On the edge of Trek Nawa, an area between the Nawa and Marjah districts, stands a small patrol base where Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers come together and work side by side.

From Virginia to Afghanistan, Marine develops his own legacy

The Marine Corps is filled with stories of young men and women looking for something different. They are brought together by a bond from the day they receive their Eagle, Globe and Anchor and officially earn the title of United States Marine.

Vengeance in Afghanistan

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, "Vengeance," demonstrates the value of close-air-support in Afghanistan.

Faces of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit part 12 SSgt Jeffrey Perry, a motor transportation chief

SSgt Jeffery Perry is a Spartan. Or at least that is what Marines call him after experiencing one of his hand-tailored CrossFit workouts.

Marines complete first unmanned landing support in Helmand Province

Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2, the "Night Owls," made history in May when they completed the first "hot hookups" between landing support Marines on the ground and a hovering Kaman K1200, "K-MAX," unmanned helicopter in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Marines, sailors hone machine gunning skills for Afghan deployment

Marines and sailors of Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group are slated to deploy to Afghanistan in the coming months, but they are not wasting any time preparing each and every member of the unit.

Combat Cargo takes on full-size responsibility

The Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group faces a full-sized logistical challenge every time they prepare to leave port. One team of Marines accepts that challenge and ensures all vehicles, supplies and personnel for ship-to-shore operations are embarked and ready to go.

Behind the scenes

Behind the action of the air and ground combat elements of the Marine Air Ground Task Force, is the command element that coordinates the vigilant ballet of war.

Police Advisor Team develops, mentors Afghan police

As Afghans assume more security responsibilities in southern Afghanistan, Marines are focused on training Afghans who want to protect their districts and villages.

TRAP mission prepares reservists for combat

The roar of the propellers above the helicopter was deafening. A screech rang throughout the hull, where eight Marines and the flight crew sat. 

L.I.N.K.S. provides insight to life in military

Newcomers to the military lifestyle are thrown into a labyrinth of unfamiliar customs, acronyms and a new community that works differently than any they were a part of before.

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