President Barack Obama recently signed a proclamation designating the month of November, 2014, as Native American Heritage Month, a tradition that dates back to 1990, when President George Bus…
The sun rests low in the sky as families gather at Del Valle Field. Across the field, miniature princesses, monsters, and superheroes gather for the festivities. Marine Corps Community Services held their annual Family Fall Festival, Oct. 24.
Darren the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Lion diligently led the group of runners in some motivational stretches. The runners anxiously waited for the count down. 3 … 2 … 1: the siren blared and the crowd of runners launched from the starting line with each participant maneuvering their way through the pack.
Sounds of laughter and music filled the air as people gathered at the Felix Field track. Children played in bounce houses while participants waited, donning pink attire, ready for the festivities to begin at the first Combat Center Pink Walk for breast cancer awareness.
An early morning breeze blows and people rise as the Marines begin to march across the field. When the music stops, everyone takes their seats. The Lifestyle, Insights, Networking, Knowledge and Skills program held its 10th Annual Combined Arms Exercise for spouses at Felix Field, Oct. 23, 2014.
HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — The final United States Marine Corps command and service members from the United Kingdom have departed Regional Command (Southwest) in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Monday.
Marines and sailors wait patiently as they hear footsteps approaching their tent. The first three causalities are escorted in and immediately cared for. The severity of the injuries are different but the service members have a mission; to keep their patients alive. The introduction of their first severely injured patient marks the beginning of Final Exercise I.
School districts provide programs and purchase supplies for their schools with funding provided by local property taxes and business taxes. For some school districts, it poses a challenge to meet the No Child Left Behind Act because of boundaries that encroach into federally owned land that is exempt from federal and state tax.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Lance Cpl. Johnson has been in the Marine Corps for almost two years and plans on pursuing a career in music when she gets out. She draws her musical inspiration from artists such as Tupac, Missy Elliot and Mark Morrison. >I wrote a lot of poetry when I was younger. My mom has all the poems that I’ve ever written; she always encouraged me to go with it. My little sister would always ask me to write her a song. My older siblings are grown so they didn’t live with us but they were always supportive of everything that I did. >It was just a school project at first. >In my junior year of high school, I was in this media class and my teacher had equipment to record on. I was doing a project for this contest, so I used my imagination and came up with this song. I created the beat and I won first place. From that point, I started writing random songs. >My first song was about equality. To me, it had a message because back then I never used profanity in my music. I wanted people to get the message without me having to get angry or express myself in that type of way. >A lot of my music was about my life, situations I’d been in or situations I’d seen my friends go through. >I make all my beats. At first, they were horrible. Then my teacher showed me some things and I thought, ‘I don’t like his idea that much.’ Yeah it’s cool, but I want it to be my own. >I still write. I pick and choose beats from YouTube because I don’t have a laptop to create my own but I still write songs to them. >My mood impacts my words; people around me could impact my words. Life impacts my words. I could read a story and want to write about it. It’s kind of crazy how my mind works, it’s the little things. It’s the character of the person I respect, that’s where my writing comes from. >I listen to all types of music. I listen to rap, country, rock, gospel, I listen to everything. My favorite type of music would have to be old-school rap. >They actually are speaking about life and it’s real. It’s not about money or sex or cars. They’re saying you made me feel this type of way, this is how I feel and I’m going to express this through a song. Or I went through this as a kid but it doesn’t matter because I’m here now and I’m making music for people who haven’t made it yet. Stuff like that inspires me, it motivates me. >A lot of my music is old and soulful. I like to chill, I think a lot. I use my brain a lot because I write a lot. >I’m in college. I’m learning about music history and how to mix things. Kind of like a producer type stuff. >I love basketball. I played basketball from the time I was in elementary school all the way up until middle school and high school. I was a starter all four years of my high school basketball team. >I’m a point guard ... can’t touch me from the three point line. >With me being in school and being in the Marine Corps, it motivates me a little bit more to study harder or to actually go on and do my classes. >Music and writing, all the togetherness of it, is my safe zone. It is my golden era. >In the Marine Corps, if you want something you have to work for it. Nothing is given, everything is earned. What the Marine Corps has taught me so far is if I want to pursue something, I have to go get it myself. >If I look back 20 years from now on my life and I get my music degree, I know that was my golden era because, I did that.
Forty Marines from Marine Wing Support Squadron 374, amidst the desert heat, finished replacing the approach section of an expeditionary runway on the Strategic Expeditionary Landing Field at Camp Wilson, Monday.
“Relationships Should Be Safe,” is the theme for this year’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month. While this simple statement should make sense to any reasonable person, it is ironic how many people seem to forget this during times of marital conflict or when caring for children.
MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – An education fair was held at the West Gym Sept. 17 for service members and dependents aboard the Combat Center to provide insight on colleges and job opportunities outside the Marine Corps.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - 3rd Light Armor Reconnaissance Battalion Marines conducted live-fire training with 1st Company, 17th Battalion, United Arab Emirates Presidential Guard Reconnaissance Group, aboard the Combat Center Sep. 17 and 18.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - October marks the month of Domestic Violence Awareness and Marine Corps Community Services, Marine and Family Programs will be partnering with various organizations aboard the base to raise awareness and educate people on healthy relationships.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Bandeira has been break dancing for six years and performed frequently throughout high school. Although almost no one in his town used this form of expression, Bandeira continued to practice and teach other kids in his neighborhood under the "B-Boy" name, Riser. He still practices in the Marine Corps and wants to continue for the rest of his life.
TWENTYNINE PALMS,Calif. - Erie cries for help and startling gunshots echoed through the night as a CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter descended on the country of Red. A riot of angry protestors surrounded the Sofitel Hotel, where trapped inside were American non-combatants. As the heavy-lift helicopter ominously hovered above its objective, sand, rocks and debris rocketed at the surrounding crowd in a wave of brief deterrence. The Marines of Infantry Officers Course 4-14 emerged from the belly of the massive aircraft, fast roping one-by-one on to the roof of the hotel, as a mob swarmed around the building, threatening the Americans inside and the small group of Marines who had come to their rescue.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Combat Center Marines and sailors came together for an evening of friendly competition at the Single Marine Program’s weekly pool tournament held at The 5th Street Zone, Tuesday.
Vietnam-era 3/7 Marines exited the bus and greeted Franco. When the former Marines met the present-day Marines, it was two generations looking at each other. For one generation, time of service had ended decades ago while the other’s continues on. During the visit, Marines and veterans shared stories, showcased weapon systems and ate chow with their comrades.
MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER, TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – Elements of 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment returned to a crowd of anxious family members of the Marines and sailors with Headquarters and Support and Weapons Companies on Sept. 11. More than 200 Marines and sailors marched towards their loved ones with immense intensity to finally see their families again.
> I have been doing photography since I was 10 years old. I started showing interest in it because my dad was a photographer and it looked like a fun job. There’s a lot of room for creativity and different techniques; there’s not really one way to take pictures.
Third Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment held a family day for their Marines, sailors and family members at Desert Winds Golf Course Sept. 5. The family day offered an opportunity for attendees to gather and socialize with one another.
Service members and their families swarmed the field ready to interact with other families. Children eyed the games and waited in line to get their faces painted by volunteers. The Front Porch Series was a family fun event for all to enjoy.
The Marine lies on the bench and slowly places his chalk-covered hands on the cold, iron bar. The cumulative weight, more than 300 pounds, is now only supported by the Marine’s arms. He eases it down to his chest and hears the word ‘Press!’ prompting the Marine to push. As his arms shake, the Marine gives his last bit of strength to push the weight and ends by extending his arms and racking the weight.
Four-time Mr. Olympia winner Jay Cutler visited Marines Aug. 27 at the Main Exchange to show his appreciation for military service members. Marines, civilians and international military members stood in line for a chance to meet a world-renowned bodybuilder who has inspired them for more than 20 years.
When the staff of the Archeology and Paleontology Curation Center began creating a series of outdoor gardens to showcase plants native to the Combat Center, they had no idea a cheeky little girl named Mabel and her family would take over.
This year’s Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Intramural Shooting Matches are scheduled for Sept. 22 to Oct. 10 and the installation’s Marksmanship Training Unit encourages all who are interested in signing up.
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 ago.
MORONGO VALLEY, Calif. — 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. The Marines watch closely, ready to learn anything they can about horsemanship.
MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - When the staff of the Archeology and Paleontology Curation Center began creating a series of outdoor gardens to showcase plants native to the Combat Center, they had no idea a cheeky little girl named Mabel and her family would take over.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - With a new school year quickly approaching, Marine Corps Community Services organized an entire week of activities from Aug. 11 to Aug. 15 for children who are going back to school Aug. 25, 2014.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - To be evaluated by a board of your superiors on knowledge, drill, physical fitness and military appearance is no easy task, but the opportunity for accelerated advancement to the next level of leadership is well worth the ordeal for those who are willing to endure the test. Meritorious promotion boards afford Marines that chance.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Stewart began his journey into the world of mixed martial arts with American Freestyle Karate at the age of four. He participated in point-fighting and continued with karate for 13 years before delving into boxing and kickboxing. Stewart has trained in several martial arts such as Muai Thai, Kenpo-based Karate, submission wrestling and jiu jitsu over the 19 years he has been training. He is currently a member of the Fight Club 29 MMA Team aboard the Combat Center.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - As the red curtain at the Combat Center’s Sunset Cinema was drawn, the spotlights illuminated iconic American celebrities, known worldwide for positively impacting the lives of children for more than 45 years. The theatre was filled with Marines, sailors, spouses and their children, who were there not just to enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, but to better understand the story of the military child through song, dance and Jim Henson’s brightly colored Muppets. The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families performed one of four shows for the Combat Center, Aug. 9, 2014 “Today we had a free show for military families,” said Nicole McClendon, Tour Manager, Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families. “This show lets military children know that the USO and Sesame Street are here for them and we understand that they make great sacrifices.” The plot of the show was brought to life in 2011 and was specifically designed for military children. “This show centers around a very special Muppet named Katie, who happens to be a military child herself,” McClendon said. “In the show, she’s just found out that her family is about to move to another base, which is something that all military families go through. Katie is very nervous about this, but she talks to (the Sesame Street characters) and they teach her how to stay in touch with the friends she’s already made and how to make new friends.” Two teams of volunteers from the Bob Hope USO Palm Springs came to assist the tour’s visit to the Combat Center at all four showings, two on Aug. 8 and two on Saturday. “This is beneficial to our military families in that they are always moving and it’s the children (who) take the brunt of it sometimes,” said Teresa Cherry, Center Manager, Bob Hope USO Palm Springs. “It can be very difficult because they are the new kid in school and it can be hard to make new friends. (The character) Katie helps the military child because they can relate to her.” Sesame Street and the USO have collaborated on projects like this for many years and progressively tailored their mission to meet the needs of their military fan base. They began with a project called, ‘Talk, Listen and Connect,’ a DVD series for military families, which originated from Sesame Street’s Military Families Initiative. In 2008, they partnered with VEE Corp., responsible for arena tours like Sesame Street Live, and they created the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families. “It’s great because Sesame Street obviously understands kids and the USO understands military families,” McClendon said. This is the second version of this show. In 2008, Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families performed their first show ever at the Sunset Cinema and that version of the show focused on the effects a deployment has on military families and how children could cope with a parent being gone for a long time. In 2011, the show was changed to its current format in order to broaden the focus to a topic that all military families experience; a Permanent Change of Station. “I think it’s important to know that people like (those with) Sesame Street are behind the military,” Cherry said. “They do understand that it’s tough on the children and it’s tough on the family.”