Maryland educators get an inside look at Marine Corps recruit training Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:10:24 GMT
Every year, more than 20,000 men and women are recruited and sent to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., with the hopes of becoming a United States Marine. It is on this island that recruits endure 13 weeks of “boot camp,” which is arguably the most physically and mentally challenging basic training of all the uniformed services.  Forty

Warrior Wednesday: Marine from Watsonville, Calif. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:05:33 GMT
In his senior year of high school, Sgt. Sigilfredo Garcia had the rest of his life ahead of him and many paths to choose from. At the crossroads of his life, a time when most youth are unsure of which direction to head, Garcia was certain of two things; he wanted to be a Marine and work with his hands.  Having only fired a weapon once in his life,

Retired Air Force major, MCSC employee deploys to Afghanistan Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:02:00 GMT
It's a cold morning in Virginia and Marianne Lumsden's house is absolutely spotless. The retired Air Force major and current Marine Corps Systems Command employee has everything in its place. Blankets are folded and stowed away perfectly. The floors shine and, save an open laptop and a few papers strewn about her glass-top coffee table-polished to perfection-nothing is out of place.

MARFORRES in Afghanistan Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:32:00 GMT
With media coverage on Operation Enduring Freedom waning, budget discussions about ending funding to the war in Afghanistan, and focus turning away from the Middle East, U.S. forces are slowly being forgotten in the American conscious. But the fact remains that service members are still hard at work, working with and training Afghan troops and

8th ESB stays sharp on trigger Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:58:00 GMT
Marines with Alpha Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group assaulted the SR-8 range here with M-249 Squad Automatic Weapons, M-240B medium machine guns and the Corps’ old work horse, the M-2.50-caliber machine gun, April 14.  “We want to familiarize our Marines with the weapons systems they will be using on convoys

DoD unveils improved sexual assault prevention training Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:11:14 GMT
As part of efforts to eliminate the crime of sexual assault in the military, Defense Department officials today announced improvements to sexual assault prevention and response training for all members of the armed forces and civilian employees.  Officials said the improvements center on development of consistent sexual assault prevention and
Trainers help maintain fitness during pregnancy Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:41:00 GMT
Marine Corps Base Quantico requires pregnant Marines to complete a Combat Fitness Test and a Physical Fitness Test within six months after their six weeks of postpartum convalescent leave regardless of the time of year. Fitness trainers at Barber Physical Activity Center offer training sessions tailored for pregnant and postpartum active duty and
Pendleton holds annual volunteer recognition ceremony Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:12:26 GMT
Military and civilian volunteers were awarded for their acts of service at the 2014 Volunteer Recognition Ceremony held at the Pacific Views Event Center here April 10.  All the nominees and their command staff were invited to attend because the winners were not notified until their names were announced during the ceremony.    Volunteers were

Integration of reserve female Marines to select reserve units Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:55:00 GMT
Effective immediately, female Marines in grades E6 through E7 and O1 through O3, and female naval medical officers, chaplains and hospital corpsmen of the same grades, may be affiliated or assigned to select billets within the following 4th Marine Division and Force Headquarters Group units:  Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marine

Relief society still accepting donations Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:23:00 GMT
The last day to donate to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society 2014 Active Duty Fund Drive is April 30, 2014. The NMCRS provides financial assistance and education, as well as other programs and services, to members of the Navy and Marine Corps, their eligible family members, widows and survivors, according to NMCRS literature. So far, Marine Corps
Family Advocacy Program offers crucial class Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:02:00 GMT
Through confused, innocent eyes, knowing what to do may not be within their range of vision.  One in 10 children are sexually abused before their 18th birthday, and less than one-third of the cases are reported, according to  Child sexual abuse is any sexual act between an adult and a minor, or two minors; when one exerts power over
Marines behind scenes, propelling surge: 8th ESB makes magic possible at WTI Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:41:00 GMT
“I don’t ever, ever, ever want to hear the term logistics tail again. If our aircraft, missiles, and weapons are the teeth of our military might, then logistics is the muscle, tendons, and sinews that make the teeth bite down and hold on— logistics is the jawbone!” - Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez, USAF  The commencement of spring season brings the Weapon 

CLB-7 Marines, Afghan soldiers prepare to conduct communication electronics maintenance course Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:56:28 GMT
Afghan National Army soldiers with the 215th Corps visited Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 7 aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, April 6, to review the training curriculum for the upcoming Communication Electronics Maintenance Course.  The training is a 10-day course to establish the communication maintenance process, the fundamentals of

Marine Wing Support Squadron 372 transfers authority to MWSS-274 as last wing support unit in Afghanistan Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:55:29 GMT
It was a cool and bright sunny morning as Marines and sailors with Marine Wing Support Squadrons 372 and 274 gathered for a transfer of authority ceremony aboard Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 7.  During the ceremony, Lt. Col. Sean C. Killeen, commanding officer, MWSS-274 assumed command from Lt. Col. Maura M. Hennigan,

Set high goals; pursue them doggedly Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:52:23 GMT
A rough start didn’t mean a rough ending for this Marine, as she quickly set high goals and was determined to reach them. Sgt. Maj. Laura Brown, the Training and Education Command sergeant major, and former Marine Corps Base Quantico sergeant major, has accomplished almost 30 years of service. Brown faced her first challenge as a Marine when she
13th MEU Marines Honored With Prestigious Communications Awards Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:38:37 GMT
Two communication Marines with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will be the recipients of prestigious communications awards at the C4 Awards Dinner, held at the Marriott Crystal Gateway in Arlington, Va., April 17, 2014.   Captain Jeffrey Rohman, assistant communications officer, 13th MEU, will receive the General Alfred M. Gray Trophy for
Marine awarded for act of courage Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:38:00 GMT
Marines day-in and day-out prove themselves to be a virtuous, proud and strong military force. They train in all climes and places both night and day, and are motivated by the will to raise their own standard. A big part of being a Marine is not only acting as such in uniform, but upholding these standards out of uniform as well.  Sergeant Stephen 

Fueling fight from ship to shore: Bulk Fuel Co. demonstrates capabilities of Amphibious Assault Fuel System Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:49:00 GMT
For the first time since 1997, Marines with Bulk Fuel Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, began construction of an Amphibious Assault Fuel System aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 2, 2014.  The last time the AAFS was set up it was only capable of transporting 600,000 gallons of fuel. In 1998, after looking at

Strengthening brotherhood: CLB-5 trains at leadership reaction course Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:47:00 GMT
With the Kevlar on his head, the encouragement of his brothers, and his bravery, Pfc. John Vernon, landing support specialist, Combat Logistics Battalion 5, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, took hold of the rope firmly, drew in a deep breath, and jumped. After swinging for a moment, he joined his peers on the other side of

No better friend: Marines, sailors showcase humanitarian capabilities during ASEAN conference Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:45:00 GMT
More than 190 Marines from 1st Marine Expeditionary Force embarked as Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force ASEAN to showcase the MAGTF’s territorial defense, humanitarian aid and disaster relief capabilities in support of U.S. Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, during his visit alongside delegates from the Association of Southeast Asian