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12th Marine Regiment Maneuvers Through Dragon Fire Exercise 15-2

By LCpl William Hester

Headquarters Battery, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force traveled from Okinawa, Japan to PTA, Kona, Hawaii, for Dragon Fire Exercise 15-2. The exercise will take place March 3-13 to improve combat readiness and command and control capabilities.


Search-and-rescue Marines stay ready through constant training

Frequent, tough, realistic training helps maintain the prowess demanded of America's expeditionary force in readiness. Marine Transport Squadron 1's search and rescue members train as often as two or three times a day to be ready in case they have to jump into action.

Flexed-arm hang out, pull-ups in

The Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos announced Nov. 27 that all female Marines will perform pull-ups as a part of their physical fitness tests beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

The Fire House

Firefighters are known for their close-nit units, long days, and willingness to run towards dangerous situations where others would run away. Marines too are known for their camaraderie, courage and honor. Combine the two, and you have Crash Fire Rescue Marines, a unit of individuals willing to put it all on the line at the drop of a hat.

Marine Reflects on 2011 Water Rescue

They were going to drown. No one moved. The crowd just stood there, watching a strong rip current wear out three struggling swimmers.

Marine Corps continues disaster efforts in Philippines

Personnel and aircraft with III Marine Expeditionary Force began providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief support Dec. 8 at the request of the government of the Republic of the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Pablo (international name Bopha), which made landfall Dec. 4.

"The Professionals" depart 31st MEU

Between executing numerous beach assaults and lending a hand to a host of communities, the Marines and Sailors of 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment left their mark in the Asia-Pacific as the battalion landing team of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Navy Vessel Keeps Marines Amphibious

Sailors from Assault Craft Unit 5 utilize their Landing Craft Air Cushion vehicle to bring Marines ashore during Exercise Steel Knight 2013. Sgt Ned Johnson reports from Camp Pendleton, Calif. 

Wounded Warriors return to Afghanistan for Operation Proper Exit

A harsh reality of war is that some service members must pay the ultimate sacrifice, while others are severely injured in the pursuit of freedom.

"Mission to Save Christmas" Lands in New Jersey

The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots "Mission to Save Christmas" is hard at work to ensure children in the New York and New Jersey area who were affected by Hurricane Sandy have a merry holiday season. Pfc. John Tucker brings us the story.

Reservists get ready on the flight line

Marines with Combat Logistics Company 21, 2nd Marine Logistics Group and Marines with 4th Landing Support Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group worked together as an aerial port operations group, or APOG, at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., from Dec. 1 to 2.

Sweating Bullets with CLB-31 Crew-Served Weapons

Marines with the combat logistics element of the 31st MEU stepped outside their normal routine to refresh their skills in security operations. Cpl Jonathan Wright puts us behind the guns to see how and why.

Marine's Life Experiences Lead to Success in the Corps

She began as an artist in Maine, painting celestial representations of people while helping her family coordinate the local lobster festival. Fast forward a few years and she's a steel mill worker in Baltimore. Move ahead a few more years and she's loading rockets onto an AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter in Okinawa.

Marine Becomes More than a Rifleman as Scout Sniper

Snipers have been the focus of envy and the personification of legends in the Marine Corps since men like Carlos Hathcock and Chuck Mawhinney looked down their scopes in the jungles of Vietnam.

HMH-366 adopts local middle school

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366 adopted H.J. MacDonald Middle School during a ceremony at the school in New Bern Nov. 19

31st MEU Marines clean up Okinawan community

On a beautiful Okinawan afternoon, a group of Marines and Sailors passed through the gates of Camp Hansen on their way to a local hot spot. On this occasion, however, their typical activities of dining out and enjoying the nightlife were replaced by performing a few hours of community service.

Building on past traditions, legacy: Marines push forward in Afghanistan

The phrase "The Few, The Proud" has been associated with Marines for years, but for one infantry company the words have a deeper meaning.

Warrior ethos drives recruit to Corps

What lies within a man can be different from what lies within a warrior. A warrior contains a code of conduct within himself—a code that embodies a life where integrity, loyalty, honor, selflessness and courage are one's guide.

Marines Return to Work with Much Improved Afghan Forces

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, recently returned to southern Afghanistan, two years after their deployment to the Marjah area.

Despite spinal cord surgery, Marine continues to push forward on third combat deployment

The drive to become a Marine and gain acceptance into the tight-knit family is what drove SSgt Monica Paz to enlist during July 2000.

Amphibious Landing Exercise brings Marines, Filipinos together

Amphibious Landing Exercise 13 is full of opportunities to build friendships and improve the bond between U.S. and Filipino service members. Airman 1st Class William Branch takes us to the Republic of the Philippines, where Filipino armed forces worked with Marines for the first time during the exercise.

Operation Golden Gate to Connect Afghanistan People

Ground was broken for the start of Operation Golden Gate in the Sangin District of Helmand province, Afghanistan, Nov. 4.

Marines Receive First F-35

The first Marine Corps F-35 "Lightning II" fighter has been delivered to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona.

Marines step up to help Santa

The presence of chilly weather and seasonal retail sales signifies the nearing Christmas holiday. Many cherish the time spent with families, but children wait all year to unwrap presents that magically appear under the tree.

Marines Conduct Mechanized Raids

Marines with K Company, Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducting a mechanized raid exercise at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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