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Recon Marines Perfect Internally Transportable Vehicle Insertion Capabilities

By PFC Alvin Pujols

On March 15, 2015, Marines from Force Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, conducted one method of aerial insertion from a CH-53E Super Stallion during a reconnaissance and surveillance training exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif.


Black Sea Rotational Force 13 deploys

Marines and sailors with Black Sea Rotational Force 13 deployed from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., to Eastern Europe today for a six-month tour.

Battle Color brings brass and bayonets to Pendleton

More than 1,000 spectators flocked to Camp Pendleton for the Battle Color ceremony featuring the Silent Drill Platoon, the Commandant's Own Drum and Bugle Corps and the Marine Corps Color Guard.


Squadron gets HITT Hard

More than 100 Marines with Marine Air Control Squadron 2 spent the morning sweating on their physical training field, where Semper Fit instructors led them in a squadron-wide workout designed to boost Marine Corps warrior athletes' skills.

Cpl Plumeri and specialized search dog, Gulliver

Cpl Matthew Vincent Plumeri, 25, from Millbrook, New York, describes his relationship and training with his specialized search dog, Gulliver

Follow me: Marines renew airborne certification

More than 20 Marines from Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group waited anxiously for a C-130 Hercules to arrive at Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C.

Eagle Eye

The Marines of 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, had been taking sporadic enemy fire for most of the morning March 2 while conducting their daily patrol through Boldak, a small town interlaced with green fields and large mud compounds about eight kilometers southeast of Camp Leatherneck

Marines, dogs practice lifesaving

Communication can be a challenge in a combat environment, as gunfire, smoke, shouting and rapid movement can lead to challenges between members of a team. It becomes more of a challenge when one of the team members can only bark and motion.

BSRE pushes Marines to the limit

Of the many pressures in life, there is one that Marines face on a daily basis. The pressure to perform, or to execute a plan exactly as specified is a prospect that most Marines use to drive them toward success.

Marines team up with Guam's SWAT for marksmanship training

The smell of sulfur combined with the all-too-familiar pop of gunfire permeates the air. Marines clad in flak jackets and Kevlar helmets line up and wait for the command to fire.

MCRC releases plan to strengthen female poolees and officer candidates

Marine Corps Recruiting Command has delivered guidance to recruiters, Officer Selection Officers (OSO) and recruiting support personnel with an eye on improving the upper body strength of female poolees and officer candidates before the implementation of new Physical Fitness Test (PFT) standards in 2014.

Maritime Raid Force practice rappelling techniques

The sun rose as Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit rigged themselves with harnesses and carabineers as they prepared themselves to drop more than 30 feet with nothing more than a rope and the trust and confidence in a fellow Marine.

'Kings of Battle' polish Howitzer proficiency

Marines from Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment fired live ammunition with the M777 155 mm howitzer system, during Operation Spartan Fury at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii.

First Contact

The air was still and the fading sounds of morning prayers echoed throughout the valley as our convoy lumbered to a halt.

Second Tanks crashes Onslow Beach

The sounds of a 70-ton tracked machine interrupts the usual soothing sounds of Onslow Beach.

Co. I recruits experience first Marine Corps inspection

Recruits stood tall in formation at the position of attention. Their eyes were fixed as they patiently wait to be inspected by their drill instructor.

Cutting Edge sharpens skills

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, conducted a series of day and night live-fire squad supported attacks at Range 410A Feb. 26.

Marine body-builder gives advice on pull-ups

With the Marine Corps transitioning pull-ups into the female physical fitness test repertoire, the exercise is more in the spotlight than ever

Marines train at sea to bolster blue-green interoperability

Marines assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit took advantage of their time at sea to conduct Maritime Interoperability Training aboard the USS Rushmore.

Marines fire howitzers in deep snow, frigid conditions

Marines and sailors with Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, conducted artillery live-fire training with M777A2 155 mm howitzers Feb. 19 at the Ojojihara Maneuver Area in Miyagi prefecture, Japan.

Women Marines share experiences from 1943 to present

Women Marines, past and present, gathered at the National Museum of the Marine Corps for lunch Feb. 27 to celebrate the anniversary of the establishment of the Marine Corps Women's Reserve and the birthday of one who joined the very first day.

Goodbye CH-46

Melei Nguyen Kelly and her mother Thai Nguyen pose for a photo in front of a CH-46 helicopter, after a Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 64 graduation ceremony, Feb. 20.

KC-130's flexibility extends commander to reach further

Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 (Rein.) is the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Aviation Combat Element, providing a wide range of capabilities to the MEU's commanding officer. Many of these tasks would not be possible without the assistance of Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352. 

Marine resilient despite adversity

Since LCpl Ryan Nicolai was young he felt it was his calling to serve his country as a United States Marine. However, before he could follow his dream, he knew his duty was to take care of his parents.

Marines turn up the heat at MCAF

Normally people back away from a fire that has engulfed an object the size of an aircraft. Yet, without hesitation, Marines who are part Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting at the Marine Corps Air Facility, rushed into a wall of fire to put out several fires during a training evolution on Feb. 12.

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