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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.

 
 

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. 

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.

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