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Bronx Native Overcomes Adversity, Sets the Standard

By Sgt Samuel A. Nasso

Young men and women join the United States military for varying reasons; whether it is for the pride of belonging, the daily challenge, or to simply defend their country. 


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.

First meeting in a recruiting office, now training in the Philippines

When enlisting into the Marine Corps, the recruiter is usually the first Marine an enlistee meets. Because an enlistment can be a defining moment in a young person's life, recruiters can leave a lasting impression on young men and women.

The Marine Sentries

There are many Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) and billets in the Marine Corps. One of the special assignments Marines can receive is to be a Sentry at The White House.

Generations of Marines Connect Through the Eagle, Globe and Anchor

It is the defining moment during boot camp, and I remember it well. Tired, dirty and sweaty after the Crucible, the final test before recruits earn the title "United States Marine," I marched back realizing weeks of training were leading me to this moment.

Trails dedicated to the heroism of Marines from Fallujah, Sangin and Kunar

When prospective lieutenants report to Officer Candidates School, they spend months eating, sleeping, sweating and bleeding surrounded by the storied history of the institution with streets, buildings, and even trails named after famous battles and Marines.

Drill Instructor a role model for recruits

He was the first in his family to join the military and since his enlistment two of his siblings have followed his footsteps. Sgt Juan E. Duque, senior drill instructor, Platoon 1041, Company C, says he was a role model for his younger brother and older sister who have both joined the service.

1/7 Honors Fallen Brothers

Warriors of today are courageous patriots who, on their own will, devote their lives to protect the citizens of the United States of America.  They stood before their family members and peers and swore to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic and to bear true faith and allegiance to the same.

Legendary Marine Corps Leader: Chesty Puller

In the United States, Veterans Day pays homage to service men and women of the nation's military, those who currently wear the uniform and those who came before.

Marines run to honor heritage

Headquarters Marine Corps personnel ran with Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett in honor of the 237th Marine Corps birthday Nov. 9.

Growing up in Alaska Prepares Marine To Be a Scout Sniper

A six-man team of scout snipers hiked through snowy, mountainous terrain under heavy winds. With freezing temperatures and no warming layers packed, the Marines looked to Sgt Emmanuel P. Velayo to get them through their mission during mountain scout sniper course at the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif.

Team week allows recruits to build teamwork, camaraderie

A big lesson learned in recruit training is teamwork, which requires recruits to put aside their differences to complete a common goal. 

Marines respond to disaster on home soil: Hurricane Sandy

Marines respond to disaster around the globe. After the intense storm of Hurricane Sandy swept through the Northeast, Marines responded to the call to help their fellow Americans in their time of need.

"Grand Old Man" Continues to Impact Marines

Twenty years is the retirement goal for many young Marines, but one Marine's time in service nearly doubles the mark.

For Honor, For Country: 2012 Marine Corps Birthday Message

The Commandant and SgtMaj of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos and SgtMaj Micheal P. Barrett, present the 2012 Marine Corps Birthday Message.

Recruits learn of Corps' triumphs

Since the birthday of the Marine Corps, Nov. 10, 1775, Marines have fought in numerous battles across the globe. During recruit training recruits are taught about these major battles and how each has affected how the Marine Corps trains, as well as the appearance of their dress uniform aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Sept. 7.

A Message from the Commandant of the Marine Corps


26th MEU deploys in support of Hurricane Sandy disaster relief

Marines and sailors with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit deployed aboard the USS Wasp (LHD-1) on November 1 in support of Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts in New York and New Jersey.

'Every Marine a Rifleman' during training package in Djibouti

Non-infantry Marines mix it up with their infantry brothers in Djibouti, with both groups becoming more familiar with each other's roles in a Marine Air Ground Task Force.

From Bronx to Sandbox: New York native keeps forward operating base running in Afghanistan

Volunteering to deploy to what has been one of the most volatile areas in Afghanistan may come as a tough decision for some, but for LCpl Marbelyn Cepeda, the decision was easy.

Marines help save 14 New Yorkers trapped by Hurricane Sandy

Winds, close to 80 mph, whipped the 14-foot floodwaters through the streets of New York Monday night as Hurricane Sandy bore down on the city. During the height of the storm, a detective from the New York Police Department approached the duty noncommissioned officer of 6th Communications Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group in Brooklyn, N.Y., and requested assistance for a rescue operation.

Fly by: Cpl Siobhan Garro

When Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 employ or repair aircraft, those operations and repairs are recorded on a network of servers. Cpl Siobhan Garro, an aircraft maintenance administration specialist with VMGR-252, turns information given to her by pilots, crew chiefs, mechanics and other personnel into useful logs and archives.

Technicians provide critical communication

Attaching antennas to communication interface systems, plugging in cables and configuring systems may not make it into the movies, but military units working behind the scenes play just as big a role in operations as those fighting on the front lines.

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