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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. 

 
 

Marine learns leadership through adversity

Every recruit that steps onto the famous yellow footprints aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego has their own story. 

Marines and Australians aim to shoot each other's weapons

Marines with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force - Darwin, and soldiers with Delta Company, 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, conducted their first bilateral training exercise and sent rounds down range using each other's weapon systems during a familiarization shoot May 10.

Having a blast: Marines train with explosives

A ball of fire exploded into the distant sky. It was followed closely by a pillar of dark smoke, which lingered for a moment before fading slowly into the wind. The Marines were silent, waiting for the low, delayed boom that followed moments later.

November Company recruits improve physical training

November Company recruits aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island complete physical training.

11th MEU participates in gas chamber training

The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit has participated in many training events and annual training requirements. MEU personnel demonstrated once again that they are ready for any circumstance.  

Marines practice new pistol qualify at the range

One of a Marine's best friends is his or her rifle. Marines master it as they master their lives. But if a Marine runs out of ammo or their rifle stops working during combat, a pistol could be their backup weapon.

Cal Fire trains Marines to combat Wild Land Fires

Crew Chiefs SSgt Brian Dinning and LCpl Gary Persall count down "Four. Three. Two. One," as Maj Mike Davidge, the pilot of CH-46 E helicopter dubbed "Knightrider," positions it's whirling blades and fire bucket over Lake Talega during the 6th annual Wild Land Fire Fighting Exercise May 9. 

Pham on Discipline

See 1stLt Pham define discipline through the eyes of an infantryman. Learn more about how Marines receive a Warrior's Education.

Light armored reconnaissance Marines test rapid deployment capabilities

Marines serving with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion practice loading and unloading light armored vehicles from C-17 Globemaster cargo planes during a training exercise April 24.

Fears conquered with confidence

Recruits of Company G, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, received a boost of confidence after conquering the Confidence Course aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego April 16.

Marines test water purification equipment, systems

Utilities Platoon with Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, executed water production operations on Kin Blue beach near Camp Hansen April 29 to May 3 in order to train new Marines and test the functionality of the water purification systems.

What is MCMAP?

The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, in its basic form, is an abundance of hand-to-hand combat techniques that enable the user to use his body as a weapon. 

Every Marine a rifleman

Marine Wing Support Squadron 272 participated in a squadron-sized field training exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, April 15-19.

Fox Company Basic Warrior Training

The recruits of Fox Company learn some of the skills they need to become basically trained Marines during Basic Warrior Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. 

Rifle issue instills responsibility early in training

Throughout history, Marines have been known to possess a one shot, one kill mindset that allows them to manipulate a rifle to deliver accurate shots with desired results. This state of mind and skill begins when a recruit is first introduced to his rifle in recruit training.

Training Combat Hunters

Marines put their searching skills to the test during the tracking portion of the Combat Hunter course at Kahuku Training Area.

MCSC trains Marines on new Close Quarters Battle Pistol

Marine Corps Base Quantico Special Response Team along with Marines from the Weapons Training Battalion at Quantico, participated in New Equipment Training, or NET, for the M45A1 Close Quarters Battle Pistol.

Marines forward-arm, refuel helicopter during FARP exercise

Aviation Operations Company Marines set up a forward-arming and refueling point April 3 at the Central Training Area near Camp Hansen to support flight operations conducted by three CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters and one AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262, Marine Aircraft Group 36.

'The Professionals' build camaraderie, strength through endurance hike

Marines serving with 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, participated in a conditioning hike to prepare them mentally and physically for future combat operations. 

Recruit learns life lessons through adversity

The phrase "adapt and overcome" is often used in the Marine Corps to describe the long legacy of Marines who were faced with extenuating circumstances, yet refused to let the challenge defeat them. For Pvt Jeremiah Owens, Platoon 3242, Company L, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, this trait wasn't something new; it has been his way of life since he was young. 

Transformation begins before Recruit Training

Poolees in the DEP participate in pool functions designed to prepare them for the rigors of Marine Corps Recruit Training.  

Recruits honored to wear U.S. Marine Corps uniform

Being able to wear the Marine Corps uniform during Recruit Training gives recruits a taste of what they are working toward.

U.S. Marine from Ghana teaches leadership principles to Ghanaian sailors

GySgt Richard Koffi Gyabin, Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 13 administrative chief, was born and raised in Ghana.

Marksmanship coaches teach more than shooting

One shot, one kill is a phrase that every Marine has heard at one time or another while qualifying on the rifle range, which is an annual requirement. One of the tools the Marine Corps provides to all of its shooters that are re-qualifying on the rifle range is a marksmanship coach.

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