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Silver Spring, Md., Native Commissioned As Marine Corps Officer

By Sgt Bryan Nygaard

During the late morning hours of June 6, Jasmyn Smith found herself standing in the main rotunda of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, surrounded by friends and family. She stood at the position of attention, wearing her dress blues, as she was commissioned a second lieutenant. 


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. 

A Look At Cobra Gold

From its beginning in 1982, Cobra Gold has been a vital part of United States strategy in the Pacific.

First In Flight

In Dec. 1947, the Marine Corps organized Marine Helicopter Squadron One to test how to use helicopter support with airborne ship-to-shore troop movement in its amphibious assault tactics.

Guardian of patrols: Afghan dog fights like Marine

He defends Marines and sailors with love and tenacity, protecting them as any Marine would protect a brother-in-arms.

What's next for the F-35?

According to a recent National Defense magazine article, the Marine Corps would be weakened if the Joint Strike Fighter, the world's first supersonic and radar-evading stealth aircraft with short take-off and vertical landing capabilities, isn't approved.

From the Sands of Iwo Jima to Life on the Seven Seas

Experiencing things for the first time can be a scary or exciting moment in the lives of most people. Whether it is your first day of school, starting a new job, driving a car or for military members going on deployment; these firsts can at times be hectic.

Through the Ranks: Sergeant

Through the Ranks,' is a recurring commentary about a day in the life of a deployed Marine from 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. Each commentary will highlight an individual's personal experience through the perspective of his rank.

Through the ranks: Corporal

Cpl. Michael Kelley glances at the sea of rations baking in the plus-100-degree sun, walks away and returns with several more Marines.

Reserve Marines actively prepare for deployment

Reserve military members often wake at a normal hour after sunrise and go to their civilian jobs or college classes.

Through the ranks: Lance Corporal

Rocks crunch under the boots of a Marine walking a seemingly endless patrol route. He scans 360 degrees for suspicious activity as the sun slides beneath the horizon.

Through the ranks: Private First Class

Quiet, muffled conversation leaks from a guard tower, but only one Marine can be seen inside. His mouth moves in sync with both sides of the discussion.

Motor Transport: A day in the life of

Endless days of traveling across the hot, unforgiving desert of Iraq, that might be how to best describe the lives of some Marines engaged in operations throughout Al Anbar Province.

Marines Love Helmand Night Sky

The night sky is filled with more stars than a Marine can count, unobstructed by light pollution, and a moon that lights up the hills of Afghanistan. 

Unit arrives for exercise in Cambodia

Marines and sailors of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit came ashore from amphibious ships here Dec. 11, to begin a cooperative exercise with the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces focusing on medical subject-matter-expert exchanges, mass-casualty response, community outreach, jungle familiarization and platoon and company movements.

Post-9/11 GI Bill assists service members, families

Recent changes have been made to the Post-9/11 GI Bill taking the guesswork out of applying for and using the benefit.

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