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Silver Spring, Md., Native Commissioned As Marine Corps Officer

By Sgt Bryan Nygaard

During the late morning hours of June 6, Jasmyn Smith found herself standing in the main rotunda of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, surrounded by friends and family. She stood at the position of attention, wearing her dress blues, as she was commissioned a second lieutenant. 


Leadership 101: Marine from Pennsylvania

MSgt Scott Svetkovich has lead Marines for more than 16 years using his signature style of leadership. 

11th MEU and PHIBRON 5 unite for the first at-sea period

Marines and sailors with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Squadron 5 (PHIBRON 5) completed two weeks of sea-based predeployment training off the coast of San Diego.

Twins carry brotherhood, legacy to Corps

Nothing is more unique than the brotherhood of identical twins taking the challenge together to carry on a family legacy of serving in the Marine Corps.

Company K crawls through CCX

Recruits of Company K, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, conquered the Combat Conditioning Exercise aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. 

8th ESB stays sharp on trigger

Marines with Alpha Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group assaulted the SR-8 range here with M-249 Squad Automatic Weapons, M-240B medium machine guns and the Corps' old work horse, the M-2.50-caliber machine gun.

Marines HITT field to support heroes

Marine Air Control Squadron 2 hosted its first HITT for Heroes event April 11 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point with a goal of supporting local Marines and Sailors wounded and injured in combat. 

Marines visit Oak Roads, share experiences about jobs

Marines with Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point's Single Marine Program shared information about their jobs in the Marine Corps with students during career day at Oaks Road Elementary School April 4. 

U.S. and Estonian service members meet with Latvian high school students

United States Marines with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division assigned to Black Sea Rotational Force 14, are currently in Latvia training with the local army for exercise Summer Shield along with Estonian and Lithuanian service members, but they were able to make a special trip to a small school in the rural Latvian countryside to meet the students there.

PFC Cody Troxel follows dream to become Marine

Life is full of journeys and new beginnings. For some they are either welcome or un-welcome. But, for anyone beginning a new career, you've got to start from the bottom and work your way up. 

Marine NCO discusses mission, sets example for junior Marines

Gen Bernard Montgomery once said, "My own definition of leadership is this: the capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence."

Kenyan Marine one step closer to achieving his dream

Cpl Cecil Otieno always wanted to be a military officer, but growing up in Kenya, he faced many challenges.

31st MEU Marines spend day with orphans in Pohang

Marines and sailors from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit help the Pohang Orphanage commemorate the Arbor Day holiday in South Korea April 5.

Marines land in Morocco, demonstrate crisis responsibility capability

In today's security environment, the ability to quickly place military personnel on a location anywhere on the globe is at a premium.

Marine sheds 85 pounds to join the Corps

Pvt Logan R. McEachern lost 85 pounds to join the Marine Corps and another 30 pounds during recruit training.

Baton Rouge La. native leads Marines in Afghanistan

Noncommissioned officers are often considered the backbone of the Marine Corps. One NCO, Sgt Warren Sparks, currently has a crucial role as an infantry squad leader with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, in Helmand province, Afghanistan. 

Marine connects using sign language

Marine Corps Cpl Parnell Sararana put his Universal Sign Language skills to use April 4 as he translated while Air Force SSgt Jon Espinoza read aloud at the Stella Maris School Belize Academy for the Deaf.

Students take on Sergeant's Course

Part of the Marine Corps noncommissioned officer's responsibilities is teach and mentor their Marines into future leaders.This week, a class full of sergeants was given the opportunity to go a few steps further and pass on their leadership skills to a class of local students.

Marine visits orphanage with students during Military Intelligence Basic Officer Course

On March 15th the students and instructor cadre of The Military Basic Intelligence Officer's Course, Africa 10 (MIBOC-A ) conducted a community relations project at the Chamazi Orphange, simply named after the Chamazi area of Dar Es Salaam. 

Women's basketball coaches get a taste of boot camp courtesy of the Marines

Drill instructors led a morning workout with coaches from high schools to collegiate programs of all divisions to get a glimpse of Marine Corps leadership and physical fitness. 

Navy JROTC gets a taste of Marine life

Eighteen students from the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps class at Dreher High School, Columbia, S.C. visited multiple facilities around the base here to get a feel of what it's like to be a Marine March 27.

Bridging the gap: 7th ESB Marines train in Colorado River

Marines with Bridge Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group traveled 300 miles to Laughlin, Nev., for the opportunity to face the challenging current of the river, and put their training to the test.

U.S. Marines rock rappel during ROK Marine Mountain Warfare Course

U.S. Marines learned how to rappel down rocky surfaces and cross rope bridges from Republic of Korea Marines March 19 during the second day of the three-day Mountain Warfare Training Course at the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Pohang, Republic of Korea.

MSgt Julia Watson makes history at 2014 CIAP Western Divisional

For MSgt Julia Watson, this year's Competition-In-Arms Program (CIAP) Western Divisional marksmanship competition aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., was far from her first rodeo.

Gloversville, N.Y. native excels as Marine, looks toward future

According to Cpl Ashley N. Rowback, in order to stay competitive in today's shrinking Marine Corps, Marines need to excel constantly.

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