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Future Marine Officers Get a Taste of OCS

By Sgt Erica Kirsop

More than 160 officer candidates from Marine Corps Recruiting Stations San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange County traveled to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton April 10 for a three-day training event to prepare for Officer Candidates School.


Capt Karrie Brimhall Reaches New Heights As Marine Aviator

In 2009, during her first deployment to Afghanistan, Marine aviator Capt Karrie Brimhall knew how much her fellow Marines were in need of supplies.  And with a helicopter full of food, water and other necessities, a 10 thousand foot wall of inclement weather stood between her helicopter, her crew, and the Marines on the other side.  

Quick Thinking Marine Saves Lance Corporal's Life

A lot ran through Sgt Michael Joseph's mind when he saw the body of a lance corporal on the pavement outside the movie theater on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Feb. 17. 

Marine Air Control Squadron 4 Reaches 100 Percent Readiness

Marine Air Control Squadron 4 reached 100% equipment readiness when the last bolt was put in a Humvee March 13 on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

Military Working Dogs Participate In IED Training

Marines patrol the path led by military working dogs, trained to detect improvised explosive devices using scent bags that contain partial ingredients used in making IEDs. 

Corporals Course Develops New Leaders

Approximately 20 Marine Corporals from 16 various Marine Occupation Specialties graduated from the II Marine Expeditionary Forces Headquarters Group sponsored Corporals Course in class 30-15, Feb. 6, 2015.

12th Marine Regiment Maneuvers Through Dragon Fire Exercise 15-2

Headquarters Battery, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force traveled from Okinawa, Japan to PTA, Kona, Hawaii, for Dragon Fire Exercise 15-2. The exercise will take place March 3-13 to improve combat readiness and command and control capabilities.

Marines Get Their Feet Wet During Swim Qualification

The Marines look left, look right, up and down, and then take a step forward. After an eight-foot drop, they are submerged in water. They resurface and swim 25 meters.

Convoy Operations Prepare Junior Marines As Future Leaders

Military vehicles rumbled down the road as the Marines inside watched the terrain around them vigilantly. Cpl Taylor Barnes, a motor transport operator with 2nd Platoon, Truck Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, shouted commands at pedestrians in the area.

2ND CEB Conducts Urban Breach Course

Marines with Mobility Assault Company, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division spent the day breaching and clearing rooms, revisiting the basics of how to properly prime and ignite detonation cord at a demolition range, aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 3.

MARSOC Begins Screening And Assessment

More than 100 Marines accomplished the first step in the grueling process of becoming a Critical Skills Operator after successfully completing Phase I of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command's Assessment and Selection aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 6. 

24TH MEU Completes Containment Training

As the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit enters their third month of deployment, the Marines embarked on the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) made their way back to the ship after completing sustainment training in Kuwait during the month of February 2015. 

U.S. Marines Demonstrate Capabilities To Malaysian Armed Forces

Members of the Malaysian armed forces, alongside Malaysian and U.S. government officials, observed a theater security cooperation event with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit here Feb. 27.

8th ESB Patrols Camp Lejeune

The faint sound of rustling thickets whispered through a training area aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, as Marines from Alpha Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion practiced patrolling tactics, Feb. 26.

From Sudanese Refugee To US Marine

SSgt Kon Biliu is originally from South Sudan. As a young man, he moved along with his family to Yemen where his father taught in high school. In the year 1999 his father lost his job as a teacher and they could not go back home to Sudan due to the ongoing civil war. They had no home country; nowhere to go. They were refugees. But that was all about to change.

Marine Corps Honors Female Aviators

The Marine Corps Women's Reserve was officially established in 1943.  By the end of World War II, more than 20,000 women had served in the Marine Corps, supporting Marines on land, sea and air.

Three Marine Leaders, Three Keys to Success

Leadership is an integral aspect of the Marine Corps. It's who we are. From the days of recruit training to long after earning the title, Marines are leaders.

Marine Draws on Leadership to Train Allies

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl Spencer L. Jimick, a member of the Georgia Liaison Team, has been with the 43rd Georgian Infantry Battalion, since Nov. 4, as an infantry advisor, training the Georgian soldiers in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan. 

Saving Citizens From Disaster: Joint Evacuation Training Exercise

U.S., Thai and Japanese military members and diplomats joined forces to conduct noncombatant evacuation operations as part of exercise Cobra Gold 2015 Feb. 15, 2015 at Utapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield, Kingdom of Thailand.

Service Members Make a Difference to Thai Children

U.S. and Thai service members participating in Exercise Cobra Gold 2015 spend the day with students at Ban Nong Lan Chang School, Feb. 17. 

Survival of the Fittest: Jungle Warfare

See inside the training Marines undergo at the Jungle Endurance Course and Jungle Leaders' Course aboard at Camp Gonsalves. 

Marines Honor Iwo Jima Survivors On 70th Anniversary

Veterans of the battle of Iwo Jima participated in a reunion hosted by the Marine Artillery Detachment at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, February 12, 2015.

7th Marines Conduct Embassy Reinforcement Training

Marines with Company K, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, conducted embassy reinforcement training at Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos, California, from Feb. 8-13, 2015.

ROK, U.S. Marines Train Force-On-Force

It is Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. An unusually chilling breeze sweeps the battlefield as Republic of Korea and U.S. Marines prepare to assault the Cham Sae Mi Close-Quarters Battle Training Facility during Korean Marine Exchange Program 15-17.

Marines Compete For Title Of Top Shooter In 2015 Pacific Division Matches

Marines and their rifles know what counts in war is not the round a Marine fires, the noise of their burst or the smoke they make. They know it is the hit that counts.

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