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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.


Cedar Creek Pushed to Their Limit by Marines

Recruiting Station New Jersey hosted an Enhanced Leadership Seminar meant to impart Marine Corps leadership principles, discipline and camaraderie to members of the Cedar Creek High School football team at Naval Weapons Station Earle.

ROK, U.S. Marine Planners Prepare for Combined Combat

Leaders of units participating in Korean Marine Exchange Program 14-12 held a plans and operations meeting July 21 to finalize training at 1st Republic of Korea Marine Division Base, Pohang, South Korea.

1st LEB Conducts Security Classes Alongside K-9 Division During ITX

The Provost Marshal's Office K-9 Division conducted a class on vehicle searches for members of Marine Wing Support Squadron 374.

Polish Armed Forces Observe Marine Corps' Fire Support Team

Polish Army leaders visited the Combat Center during Integrated Training Exercise 4-14 to observe Marine Corps fire support teams and how they incorporate advanced calls for fire and train.

Marine Mechanics Ensure Success During Combat Operations in Afghanistan

To ensure the force's vehicles can move to and from objectives, which can entail a life or death situation, motor transportation mechanics are relied on to keep each vehicle properly functioning at all times.

British Commandos Learn Marine Corps Tactics

British commandos with 148 Battery, Royal Artillery conducted Exercise Burmese Chase alongside of Marines from 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 2014.

Forging a Leader

For more than two centuries, the Corps has produced countless leaders who have excelled both in and out of the military. That legacy continues today with thousands of young men and women within its ranks rising up to become leaders.

VMU-2 Marines Keep UAVs Aloft

Marines with 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing's Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2 departed Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, July 28, taking their UAVs to the field to test their abilities in an expeditionary environment at Avon Park Air Force Range, Florida.


Marines Paint Mural for City of Seattle

Marine basic production specialists from Quantico, Camp Pendleton, and Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, came together from July 21st thru July 25th for Marine Week Seattle to create a mural that ties together the Marine Corps with the city of Seattle.

Blue Angels Roster Includes Cherry Point Pilots

Capt Katie A. Higgins, the first female Marine pilot to be selected for service with the Blue Angels, and Maj Mark Hamilton are among the total of 16 Marines and Sailors who will join the squadron in 2015.

Midshipmen Ascend New Heights at Mountain Warfare Training Center

The 155 NROTC Midshipmen from 62 colleges and universities and 23 Naval Academy midshipmen were scheduled to train for 10 days in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range gaining exposure and learning to operate in a mountainous environment.

Working Dog, Handler Prove Useful in Afghanistan

To help mitigate the threat of improvised explosive devices, working-dog handlers and IED detection dogs are used to find possible IEDs before Marines get too close.

3rd Marines Take Action to Water, Train With AAVs

Marines assigned to Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, practiced amphibious assault vehicle operations, June 30, 2014.

Infantrymen Engage Taliban Insurgents

While many Americans in the United States were celebrating during the Fourth of July weekend, Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, were engaging Taliban insurgents in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 

Recruits Work As A Team To Finish Log Drills

Under a hot summer sun at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California, recruits of Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, were already sweating; and it was only the end of their warm-up drills.

Marines, Sailors Volunteer at Boston Children's Hospital

Marines were asked who would like to spend a few hours visiting with children at the Boston Children's Hospital and Dana Faber Cancer Center on July 3. LCpl Priscilla Garza jumped on the opportunity - a chance for her to give back once again.

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

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. 

Devil Dog at 7

Seven-year-old Andrew Starr II received the title of "Honorary Marine" at his home in Springfield, Va., on June 30, at the hands of MajGen Frederick Padilla.

24th MEU 'Raids' By Land, Air, Sea

During the month of June, Marines and sailors with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted a series of raid packages throughout the training areas at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, in preparation for their deployment at the end of the year.

Young Corporal Follows Dream of Leading Marines

Cpl Michael Kean knew from a very young age that he wanted to lead Marines. He knew that the core values the Marines stood for - honor, courage, and commitment - were traits he wanted to emulate.

Midshipmen Train With Marines in Spain

This past summer, four midshipmen left the pristine halls and classrooms of the U.S. Naval Academy and stepped into a new environment of rigorous training with the Marines.

MCRD San Diego Receives Words of Wisdom from American Hero Kyle Carpenter

Cpl William K. Carpenter (retired) is the newest recipient of the Medal of Honor for his selfless acts during Operation Enduring Freedom in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in 2010. 

NCOs Embrace Grit, Fortitude From On Endurance Course

Marines of the 2nd Marine Logistics Groups set out on the course to ensure combat readiness and develop camaraderie and leadership skills among new noncommissioned officers, June 26.

8th Engineer Support Battalion Helps Build Home For Family In Need

Marines with Bravo Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, based out of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., attended a Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity home dedication ceremony for the Brimmer-George family in Newport, North Carolina, June 26. 

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