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TBS Marines Witness EFSS Mortar's Impact

By John Hollis

More than 40 Marines from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., were at Marine Corps Base Quantico on Aug. 20, 2014 demonstrating the effectiveness of the Expeditionary Fire Support System as a viable tool to extend Marine offensive capabilities with added agility and effectiveness.


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.

Three cousins serve together in Afghanistan

Lucas, Josey and Steven grew up together. They graduated high school together. They joined the Marine Corps together. They completed boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., together. They trained to be helicopter mechanics, and checked into their first unit together.

What it takes to become honor platoon

During the final nine-mile hike of the Crucible, going from Page Field to the Marine Corps War Memorial, each recruit company stops to rest one final time before earning the title Marine.

The Marine Corps' 14 leadership traits – BEARING

June 1, 2011 -- BEARING is this week's Marine Corps leadership trait, and it's defined as, "the way you conduct and carry yourself. Your manner should reflect alertness, competence, confidence, and control."

The Marine Corps' 14 leadership traits – ENTHUSIASM

May 17, 2011 -- Next up on our list of the Marine Corps' 14 leadership traits is ENTHUSIASM, which is defined as, "a sincere interest and exuberance in the performance of your duties. 

News: Aci Castello mayor thanks Sicily based Marines for beach clean-up

NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Sicily, (December 19, 2011) -- The mayor of a seaside Sicilian town presented the commanding officer of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force 12 with a certificate of appreciation Dec. 15 for the beach clean-up efforts of his Marines.

Why Am I Here? A Drill Instructor's Story

Every Marine remembers that ominous feeling of uncertainty as they made their entrance into the squad bays. 

Marines plunge into frigid canal to save nine Afghans

Four Marines saved nine Afghans from a canal during a Dec. 2 night patrol. Near the end of their patrol, a vehicle carrying an Afghan family struck an Afghan National Army soldier and sent both plunging into the frigid canal. The ANA soldiers provided security while the 2nd Platoon Marines braved the swiftly moving current to recover the accident victims.

Band brings holiday cheer to children

The children of Condor Elementary School were in for a surprise during their lunch hour as members of the "Bandini Brass Band," an ensemble with the Combat Center Band, went a' caroling during their last solo performance of the year Dec. 6, 2011

Meyer awarded Medal of Honor

President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Sgt. Dakota Meyer, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House Sept. 15.

Marines prepare for upcoming Combat Fitness Test

In 2008 the Marine Corps implemented a new test to determine Marines' fitness for combat, known as the Combat Fitness Test.

Montford Point Marine legacy

The U.S. Senate voted unanimously Nov. 8 to pass a bill awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the Montford Point Marines.

Brothers in Arms: Marine, Afghan soldier bridge two cultures

Less than a month into his deployment to Afghanistan, Sgt. Benjamin Maldonado found a brother in an unlikely place.

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