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MARSOC Marine to Receive Navy Cross

By Headquarters of the Marine Corps

GySgt Brian C. Jacklin, a critical skills operator with 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, will be awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic actions while deployed to Afghanistan in 2012.


Women Marines share experiences from 1943 to present

Women Marines, past and present, gathered at the National Museum of the Marine Corps for lunch Feb. 27 to celebrate the anniversary of the establishment of the Marine Corps Women's Reserve and the birthday of one who joined the very first day.

Goodbye CH-46

Melei Nguyen Kelly and her mother Thai Nguyen pose for a photo in front of a CH-46 helicopter, after a Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 64 graduation ceremony, Feb. 20.

KC-130's flexibility extends commander to reach further

Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 (Rein.) is the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Aviation Combat Element, providing a wide range of capabilities to the MEU's commanding officer. Many of these tasks would not be possible without the assistance of Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352. 

Marine resilient despite adversity

Since LCpl Ryan Nicolai was young he felt it was his calling to serve his country as a United States Marine. However, before he could follow his dream, he knew his duty was to take care of his parents.

Marines turn up the heat at MCAF

Normally people back away from a fire that has engulfed an object the size of an aircraft. Yet, without hesitation, Marines who are part Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting at the Marine Corps Air Facility, rushed into a wall of fire to put out several fires during a training evolution on Feb. 12.

Terrain dictates leadership at JWTC

The endurance course stretches for miles, filled with winding, dense jungle and nearly vertical slopes. Marines encounter rivers, flooded trenches and submerged tunnels filled with waist-deep mud and cable bridges that must be traversed to reach the end.

1/4 Conducts Training Exercise With JGDSF

U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, wrapped up live-fire training with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force as part of Exercise Iron Fist 2013, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Jan. 25, 2013.

31st Marines execute amphibious assault alongside Royal Thai Marines

Drenched in salty water, more than a dozen amphibious assault vehicles cut through the white sand and climb their way out of the surf. Steel doors on the rear of the vehicle steadily lower, revealing scores of United States and Royal Thai Marines prepared for a fight.

IED training: More than meets the eye

A Marine cautiously raked the inside of a doorway with a pole twice his height. He skirted the left side of it, drawing the metal hook slowly through the dirt... nothing. He shifted to the right, gently pulled the hook through the ground, and froze.

Osprey pilot realizes dream in the Corps

Some people go through life not knowing exactly what it is they want to do when they grow up. This was not the case with 1stLt Jamie Bunce.

2nd Supply Battalion gears up for Rolling Thunder

Marines and sailors with 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group spent a week in the field, from Feb. 4 to 7, to train on communications, security and logistical support techniques, which are all key elements for Exercise Rolling Thunder.

Marine connects with past during visit with Thai children

Marines are men and women of diverse cultures, ethnicities and lifestyles who volunteer to serve in the armed forces for many different reasons. What varies even more are the life experiences each Marine brings with them to the Corps.

Exercise Fire Dragon 13-2 commences at Camp Fuji

Marines began regimental-level artillery Exercise Fire Dragon 13-2 Jan. 28 at the North and East Fuji Maneuver Areas.

Marines Respond to New York Storm

Marines recently displayed their unique ability to go wherever they are needed with short notice during relief efforts in New York. This video is a look back on their achievement in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Corps' top leaders address lifting of Combat Exclusion Policy

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta officially announced the end of the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule excluding women from assignment to units and positions whose primary mission is to engage in direct ground combat, Jan. 24.

Marines provide guidance and encouragement to young women during mentoring weekend

As part of the Marine Corps' national partnership with the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation, six senior female Marines from Marine Corps Recruiting Command engaged 100 young women from the Atlanta metropolitan area in the second annual "Girls Who Rule the World" mentoring weekend in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Passion to lead drives Marine to new heights

When he was 16 years old, he was a supervisor at a scrap-metal yard, and he served as the captain for his high school wrestling team. Today, he's a sergeant in the Marine Corps and a youth basketball coach.

Corps shooting team teaches marksmanship

Being recognized as the best at anything is an accomplishment in itself. Being recognized as the best shooters in the Marine Corps is an honor some consider second to none.

Artillerymen receive assault amphibious vehicle familiarization at Camp Fuji

Marines with 12th Marine Regiment received assault amphibious vehicle (AAV) familiarization training with members of Combat Assault Battalion Jan. 24 in the North Fuji Maneuver Area at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji on mainland Japan.

Ospreys conduct low-altitude training in Philippines

Three MV-22B Ospreys and approximately 30 Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 conducted low-altitude flight training here Jan. 23-24, marking the Marine Corps' first Osprey training in the Republic of the Philippines.

Marines, athletes partner to serve community

Two days before 100 of the country's top high school football athletes battled it out on the football field at the 2013 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, they met in the community parks of Carson and Long Beach to mentor children from the area.

The perfect PFT

Marines are required to complete a physical fitness test semi-annually. To score a perfect 300, any male must run three miles in under 18 minutes; perform 20 consecutive pull-ups and complete 100 crunches in two minutes (EDITOR'S NOTE: To score a perfect 300, females must run three miles in under 21 minutes; perform 70-second flexed-arm hang or eight consecutive pull-ups and complete 100 crunches in two minutes).

Gravity does most of the work

"You're falling to the Earth, to your death, unless you do something about it," said Senior Chief Anthony Schudel, the Master Diver for 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division. "There are a lot of things beyond your control that can go wrong with parachuting."

Marine Combat Controllers provide crucial service for Marine air

A 12-by-6 mile former lake bed, comprised of dry vegetation and compact sand, may seem to be useless ground. However, the Marines from Marine Mobile Air Traffic Control Team see this barren land as an opportunity to create a runway for aircraft as large as a Marine KC-130.

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