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Marine Corps Celebrates Its 239th Birthday

By Sgt Devin Nichols

The Marine Corps commemorates 239 years of distinguished service. 


Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 12.2 Marines participate in crisis response training

Reserve Marines and sailors with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-12.2 participated in familiarization fire and sustainment exercises with crew-served machine guns and non-lethal weapons systems, June 8-9.

Midshipmen participate in urban warfare training on Pendleton

Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp's (NROTC) midshipmen participated in urban warfare training during the Annual Career Orientation for Midshipmen Summer Training Program at Camp Pendleton, June 14.

Journey Through the Snow (Part 3)

On the last leg of our training, we had to leave Grouse Meadows and head up to Summit, almost 1,000 feet higher in elevation. We filled in the trenches and holes where our tents used to sit, packed up our gear and headed out

Journey Through the Snow (Part 2)

Our first few days were spent acclimating to the elevation. I had a really bad headache the entire first day. I talked to a hospital corpsman, also known as "doc," about it. Apparently my brain was expanding because of the decrease in air pressure.

Journey Through the Snow (Part 1)

I'm not an infantryman. I've never been part of a grunt unit. But, I'll be spending the next month with them in the wilds of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Marine Corps to launch new holistic fitness program

You may be physically fit, but are you MCFIT? The Marine Corps is developing a new fitness program called Marine Corps Fitness Improvement Tool to improve awareness of the total fitness of Marines.

Pushing yourself to the limit

Working out. What does that mean to you? Is it an hour at the gym before work, a jog during your lunch break or swimming laps at the pool after work? 

Aviation Combat Element Keeps BSRF Aloft

Approximately 350 Marines and sailors with Black Sea Rotational Force 12 are well into their six-month deployment which includes training exercises with 19 nations planned throughout the Black Sea, Balkan and Caucasus regions.

Marines Remember Their Fallen at Belleau Wood for Memorial Day

Towered by a Romanesque chapel and flanked by 2,289 epithets of the fallen, U.S. Marines and citizens, along with French troops and locals of the town of Belleau, gather to honor the fallen at Aisne-Marne American Memorial Cemetery, May 27.

Helicopter Support Team conducts night operations via sling load

The calming shade of blue makes the water enticing under the intense Afghan sun, but the currents are relentless. When the Helmand River is too deep to ford while delivering supplies, the helicopter support team is called in.

Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel Platoon trains to rescue downed pilots

In the unfortunate event that an aircraft goes down, pilots can rest assured the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit has trained a 24-man platoon to come and get them.

Cyclops fuels up 1st Tanks

After being delayed by rain and high winds, a small break in the clouds opens, allowing a short window for two CH-53E Super Stallions from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466 to deliver much needed fuel and supplies to 1st Tank Battalion, operating in northern Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 26.

Mobile air traffic control Marines stand watch over Afghan skies

SSgt James Fishburne and Sgt Travis Shiflett, a Marine Air Traffic Control Mobile Team leader and an air traffic controller, respectively, with Marine Air Control Squadron 1, clear two AH-1W Super Cobras to land at their airfield aboard Forward Operating Base Edinburgh, known as FOB Edi, April 28, 2012.

Marine aviator of the year recalls historic mission in Libya

The magnitude of the moment came to him over the radio, in a hoarse whisper.

Avionics Marines keep Bolts striking

The systems military aircraft use for defense, navigation, and commu­nications are essential to ensure mission accom­plishment.

Celebrating 100 Years of Marine Corps Aviation

This May, Marine Corps aviation will celebrate its 100th birthday.

Marines conduct night helicopter raid

‘Train how you fight,' rang true when more than 100 Marines and sailors with Battalion Landing Team 3/5, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted their helo raid at night as a part of MEU Exercise, at Range 800, here, April 9.

Warriors in the Making (Part 3)

The Marines of Infantry Officers' Course performed a mountain attack in the culminating event during their Palm Field Exercise in the Combat Center's Bullion Training Area March 21, 2012.

Warriors in the Making (Part 2)

The lieutenants of the Infantry Officers' Course tackled Range 410A and developed their skills at assaulting entrenched positions March 17, 2012.

Warriors in the Making (Part 1)

Four Marines line a corner of a building. As one of them peek around, he spots someone dressed as a member of the Afghan Security Forces walking directly toward them. Something is not right. His helmet is off and he's not carrying a weapon. He isn't friendly.

Follow the leader

In Afghanistan, the Marine who goes first is the point man. He is the first to jump across a canal, enter a farm field and tread ground that is potentially laced with improvised explosive devices.

A Marine's Journal (Respect and Suspicion)

The explosion was loud, powerful and sudden. Instantly everyone in the Joint Operations Center (JOC) hit the floor–standard procedure for a potential rocket or mortar attack, but a new experience for me.

Afghans, Marines brighten horizons for young students

If it's one thing Cpl Joshua Brooks likes most about his deployment to Afghanistan, it's his visits to the school in Khan Neshin.

Faces of Transition (Passing the Torch)

A jagged line of boot prints ends at the edge of a dusty field tended by Afghan farmers, signaling the Marines have halted their patrol.

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