Integrated Task Force Artillery Marines send first rounds downrange Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:53:00 GMT
As the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force Marines pave the way forward, live-fire training serves as a vital aspect of weaponry familiarization. Marines of Battery A, GCEITF, sent the first rounds down range during a live-fire artillery shoot with the M777A2 Lightweight Howitzer at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Oct.

Pendleton residents save energy in housing Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:30:03 GMT
The Department of Defense has made energy conservation a main focus over the last several years, with one program specifically affecting the residents on Camp Pendleton called the Resident Energy Conservation Program. This program’s goal is to encourage energy conservation and reduce electricity costs in more than 7,500 housing units in 20 areas on

Marines, Sailors Hit the Beaches Ready to Roll Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:22:00 GMT
Marines with 1st Transportation Support Battalion and Marine Wing Support Squadron 373, along with Sailors assigned to Assault Craft Unit 5 and Beach Master Unit 1, participated in ship-to-shore drills during exercise Pacific Horizon 2015 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct.23. PH 15 is a scenario driven, simulation supported crisis response

Special Reaction Team trains critical skills Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:00:00 GMT
The Camp Pendleton Provost Marshal Office’s Special Reaction Team conducted live-fire training at Range 300, Oct. 23.  The team handled several weapon systems to include shotguns, rifles and pistols. The weapons they fired are used in critical operations, including hostage situations, breaching structures and unconventional weapons handling. The

31st MEU Marine goes back to his amphibious roots on the USS Peleliu Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:51:00 GMT
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Sy Poggemeyer knew how to get around an amphibious assault ship at the age of four.   “I remember going to my dad’s stateroom, thinking that it was really big. I jumped on his bed; he had the Nintendo [Entertainment System] set up, so there we were, playing the old Mario Bros. game with my dad,” said Poggemeyer, radio

Exercise program a big HITT with Marines aboard Miramar Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:37:04 GMT
Marines with Aircraft Recovery, a unit within Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron (H&HS), took part in a High Intensity Tactical Training workout at the HITT Center aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 22.

Recruits learn rifle fundamentals during Grass Week Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:34:00 GMT
Recruits of Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, learned rifle fundamentals during Grass Week at Edson Range, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 15.  The purpose of Grass Week is to teach recruits the basic fundamentals of marksmanship and learn the functions of the rifle such as how to load, unload and fire the M16-A4 service

Guatemalan native joins Marine Corps brotherhood Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:33:00 GMT
The death of a father, a constant move from state to state and school to school would be enough to make any child question a sense of belonging or family security.  Fortunately, one recruit was able to find a sense of himself, belonging and security in the type of brotherhood the Marine Corps offers.   Private Axel L. Franco, Platoon 1034, Bravo

Headquarters and Service Company Marines reach foundations of combat conditioning through hiking Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:53:00 GMT
In the early morning, just before the sun rose, Marines and sailors from Headquarters and Service Company, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, practiced the basics of combat conditioning as they conducted a four-mile hike aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Oct. 23, 2014.   Marines and sailors wore body armor and carried

MWSS-373 Marines Build Up for PH 15 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:24:08 GMT
Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 373, Combat Engineers Platoon, erected a multipurpose building (SWA hut) during exercise Pacific Horizon 2015 aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 21-22. The wooden structure was built to shelter and support a local population through a notional scenario during PH 15.  PH 15 is a scenario

Warrior Wednesday: Marine from Galveston, Texas Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:17:26 GMT
Unsure of what he wanted out of life, Sgt. Michael Clifton decided to take the challenge he was offered by a Marine Corps recruiter. It was a decision the 24 year old from Galveston, Texas, would look back on as one of his greatest accomplishments of his life.  In this interview Clifton, an AN/TRC-170 technician with the 15th Marine Expeditionary

A Dark Horse bond like no other: Grandfather, Grandson serve in same Battalion 50 years apart Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:03:00 GMT
Lance Corporal Benjamin J. Ferry joined the Marine Corps because of his grandfather.   “My grandpa always said I could go in any branch, and die in any branch, but if I joined the Army he would shoot me tomorrow,” said Ferry, a 23 year-old from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. “I always wanted to be a Marine so that’s the way I chose to

Firefighters teach kids about fire safety Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:33:14 GMT
Members of the Miramar Fire Department finished Fire Prevention Week by teaching fire safety aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 14. The classes taught were for none other than the children of service members at the air station’s Child Development Center. They taught five classes, which reached about 130 preschool children.

MCAS Miramar Falcons win first playoff game Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:59:00 GMT
The Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Falcons’ football team defeated the 3rd Amphibian Assault Battalion Gators in their first playoff game, 30-0, at Paige Fieldhouse aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 21.

Recruits check off MCMAP test Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:05:00 GMT
Recruits of Company E, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, sparred their way through the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program test at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Oct. 8. The MCMAP test was given to ensure they retained all of the techniques they learned during recruit training. “Recruits begin the process of learning MCMAP techniques during the

Fitness challenges recruits to improve physically and mentally Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:02:00 GMT
Many professional athletes need both strength and endurance for peak performance and do not solely focus on one muscle. Instead they work multiple muscle groups to improve these attributes. Recruit training is no different. Through 13 weeks of training, recruits receive various types of physical challenges designed to improve cardiovascular and

Passing of Corps; Dunford becomes 36th Commandant Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:07:00 GMT
Gen. James F. Amos, the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, relinquished command of the Marine Corps to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., Oct. 17 at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.  The ceremony started with musical performances from “The Commandant’s Own,” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps and “The President's Own,” United States Marine

Commanding General's Cup football playoffs (Falcons vs. Gators) Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:35:00 GMT
The Miramar Falcons knocked the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion Gators out of the playoffs in the first round with a dominant 30-0 victory at Page Fieldhouse, Oct. 21.   The Falcon’s defense forced a three-and-out to start the game, leaving their offense at the 35-yard line in excellent field position to find the end zone early.   After two short

State, Federal organizations collaborate to host II MEF Safety Expo Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:00:00 GMT
More than 20 local, state and federal organizations from across the nation collaborated with the II Marine Expeditionary Force to host a safety expo at the Marston Pavilion, Oct. 22, 2014.   Participants included the Red Cross, multiple North Carolina law enforcement agencies, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

Take a stand against domestic violence Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:59:00 GMT
One Marine’s personal account Domestic violence can occur anywhere. It can happen in the military. It can happen to a person of any rank.  Domestic abusers do not seem to discriminate over personality traits. There is no stereotypical victim. It can be anyone who is in a relationship with an abuser. The following story comes from a Marine who might