Bench press competition returns to Combat Center Sat, 30 Aug 2014 04:00:00 GMT
1st Lt. Chad Carlson, motor transportation officer, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, won the Bench Press Competition hosted by Semper Fit, High Intensity Tactical Training program and GNC at the East Gym, Aug. 28, 2014.
4th Force Recon wraps up FMP Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:58:00 GMT
Marines assigned to reserve 4th Force Reconnaissance Company conducted sustainment training on and around Marine Corps Base Hawaii for their two-week annual training package, completing a full mission profile, Aug. 23, 2014.

Divers document relics off Kaneohe Bay shores Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:43:00 GMT
A small group of divers teamed up with the Environmental Compliance and Protection Department to observe and document historic landmarks beneath the waves off of Pyramid Rock Beach aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Aug. 22, 2014.
New mess hall competes for William P.T. Hill Trophy Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:42:00 GMT
Throughout history, successful men have detailed ‘the grind,’ or the price of success, whether it be starting a successful business or winning the Super Bowl.  Get up. Get dressed. Another early morning in the Marine Corps is kicked off with the usual run or trip to the gym, leading into a day filled with plenty of work to be done. Like any other

Co. B recruits train in hand-to-hand combat Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:33:00 GMT
Recruits of Bravo Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, learned the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program chokes and counter techniques at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Calif., Aug. 25. The purpose of MCMAP is to teach the basic fundamentals of hand-to-hand combat while instilling warrior ethos in recruits. “Recruits train to use it in

New Marine knows the meaning of brotherhood Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:31:00 GMT
As Pvt. Joel A. Lopez, Platoon 3263, Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, made his way through each event of the Crucible, he knew he was getting one step closer to becoming a part of the Marine Corps’ brotherhood. Eighteen-year-old Lopez, a Houston native, joined the Corps to find a better way of life for himself and his brothers.  Lopez

Recruits face one last Pugil Stick bout before Crucible Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:29:00 GMT
Marines are trained to be ready for any situation. Part of being ready is having a back-up plan, as a bayonet attached to a rifle in case of weapons malfunctions or no ammunition. Recruits of Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion learned confidence and combat readiness during Pugil Sticks III at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Aug.

Active shooter exercise allows for safe training Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:23:00 GMT
Marines, Sailors and civilians participated in an active shooter exercise called “Operation Social Fury,” at the Recycling Center aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 27.

Marines, sailors with Bravo Company conduct security patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:49:12 GMT
Enemy insurgents continue to operate in Helmand province, Afghanistan. To mitigate this threat, infantry units conduct security patrols to build relationships with locals in the surrounding area of Camps Bastion and Leatherneck, and to rid local routes of improvised explosive devices.  Marines and sailors with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd

ANA soldiers graduate first Afghan operated instructor training course aboard Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:07:55 GMT
Soldiers with the Afghan National Army graduated from a six-week  instructor training course at the Regional Corps Battle School aboard Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2014.  The graduation was significant because it was the first instructor course entirely operated by Afghan instructors without any influence by coalition forces.  “This was

New flash-bang launcher expands Marines’ non-lethal capability Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:18:00 GMT
For Marines running roadblocks and vehicle check points, identifying an oncoming vehicle as a threat is a decision that has to happen quickly and at standoff range because lives are on the line. A new system being fielded to II and III Marine Expeditionary Forces, Reserve Units and Marine Corps Forces Central Command will give Marines more

Marines ready for disaster at a moment's notice Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:52:13 GMT
NORFOLK, Va. - Approximately 185 Marines with 2nd Marine Logistics Group assigned to the Defense Support of Civil Authorities, or DSCA, worked with sailors from Navy Expeditionary Combat Command to conduct loading exercises in order to maintain DSCA mission readiness and to strengthen the Navy-Marine Corps relationship Aug. 26-29.  Over the past

Camp Lejeune chow hall renamed in honor of two Navy Cross recipients Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:24:23 GMT
The 8th Marine Regiment held a dedication ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Aug. 28, 2014, to rename the Wallace Creek Dining Hall in honor of two Marines who died protecting their own in Iraq. Cpl. Jonathan T. Yale, an anti-tank missile man with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, from Burkeville,

San Diego Chargers attend military appreciation day aboard MCAS Miramar Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:25:00 GMT
Marines, Sailors and family members attended a San Diego Chargers military appreciation day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 27.

An Introspective Look at Joining Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:35:47 GMT
When I received orders to Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., I was overwhelmed and intimidated at first.  “How is this possible?” “Why me?” “Am I ready for this?” Were the questions that plagued my mind.  Considered hallowed grounds amongst most Marines, I was shocked that the Corps would consider me worthy of this distinct honor. Like most Marines
20-year-old award ceremony honors old and new generation of E Co., 2/7 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:37:00 GMT
The Marine Corps’ storied legacy spans hundreds of years since its humble beginning in 1775. To this day, the Marine Corps takes pride in its traditions. Aboard the Combat Center, E Co., 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, continues a tradition of its own, alongside the 1st Marine Division Association, Phoenix Chapter, which began 20 years

Fightertown fights hunger Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:32:00 GMT
Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort ended its 6th Annual Feds Feed Families Campaign to support food insecure households in the surrounding communities, Aug. 28. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the donations from the Feds Feed Families food drive are especially important because they come at a time of year when donations

Holy Joe’s Café delivers truckloads of coffee for service members Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:31:00 GMT
In the blazing hot sun of the Middle East, on the cold steel of a ship underway and anywhere else service members may deploy, something as simple as a hot cup of coffee can lift their spirits and get them through the day. In this way, a free cup of coffee reminds service members they are not forgotten.  Holy Joe’s Café delivered thousands of boxes

Like father, like son Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:27:00 GMT
In 1986, Richard Burris took the challenge of going through the rigorous 13-week training that is Marine Corps boot camp. Nearly three decades later, Burris’ son followed in those same yellow footsteps that transform young adults into Marines. Now a master gunnery sergeant in the Marine Corps, Burris is known throughout the field of correctional

Marines learn natural horsemanship during volunteer event Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:24:00 GMT
Four Marines walk to a horse stable after a morning of work. A white horse stands tall in front of them, patiently waiting. Its owner slowly approaches and introduces herself by presenting a saddle to place on its back. Marines watch closely, ready to learn anything they can about horsemanship.  The Marines volunteered Aug. 24, 2014, at the Crazy