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MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII — On May 1, 1968, while suffering from shrapnel wounds incurred while relocating his unit under heavy artillery fire the previous day, Capt. Jay R. Vargas, the commanding officer of Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 9th Amphibious Brigade, combined his company with two others and led his men in an attack on the fortified village of Dai Do in the Republic of Vietnam.
“Our experimentation focus for the upcoming year will center on Third Battalion, Fifth Marines as the base unit of an experimental force. This battalion will be reconfigured, re-equipped, and will receive additional training as it progresses through its training and deployment,” said Gen. Robert B. Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps.
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, NC — Montford Point, North Carolina. This was segregated training ground from 1942 to 1949 for the nation’s first African-American Marines. Now, a new memorial stands outside the gates of Camp Johnson to commemorate their historic achievements in the face of racial segregation.
MARINE CORPS MOUNTAIN WARFARE TRAINING CENTER BRIDGEPORT, Calif. — Sgt. Maj. Steven Brunner relinquished his post as the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center’s sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. Jonathan Cagle during a relief, appointment and retirement ceremony at MCMWTC, July 26.
As Marines advance on the range, the night is silent. Breaking the serenity, an instructor’s shout incites a fire team to lay suppressive fire on a notional enemy and then locate the nearest protective cover. As they find their bearings, they begin to advance, conducting fire and maneuver tactics in pairs.
With the sun casting light on a scenic mountain range and in the presence of friends, family and esteemed colleagues, Col. Scott D. Leonard relinquished command of Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center to Col. James E. Donnellan at the expeditionary airfield, July 22, 2016.
Standing well above six foot tall, with a clean haircut, fresh shave and an air of confidence, Lance Cpl. Troy Yakin is what many would consider a typical Marine. But even the most typical of Marines have a thread of heroism woven within. Whether at home or on the battlefield, answering the call of duty is less of a cognitive thought than it is an instinct.
Earning the title United States Marine is a remarkable accomplishment in itself. But for some, it is just the beginning. Becoming a leader is what Marines strive to do, and for those who possess exemplary leadership skills, transitioning from enlisted to officer (E to O) can be the next leadership opportunity in their career.
“In the Marine Corps, your buddy is not only your classmate, […] he is also the Marine under your command. If you don’t prepare yourself to properly train him and support him on the battlefield then you’re going to let him down. That is unforgivable,” Lt. Gen. Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller told his men in 1936.
Heaving 590 pounds onto his shoulders, Sgt. Ryan King repeated a motion he had practiced thousands of times. As the new guy on the block, the section chief for K Battery, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, broke two California state records during his first weight-lifting competition in May.
Brigadier General Mullen was commissioned via the NROTC program at Marquette University in 1986 and assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines where he served as a rifle and weapons platoon commander, and Battalion training officer from 1987 to 1990.
In, out. In, out. In, out. That is the steady rhythm of the men’s breath as they slowly but swiftly approach a closed door, weapons at the ready. The lead man reaches the door and with a barely discernible movement, signals his team. Lightning quick, they move in.
Maj. Gen. Lewis A. Craparotta relinquished command of Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, to Brig. Gen. William F. Mullen III during a change of command ceremony at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field, Thursday.
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Maryland -- The Marine Corps has announced today that revisions have been made to its physical fitness program, to include the Physical Fitness Test (PFT), Combat Fitness Test (CFT) and the Body Composition Program (BCP). Changes to BCP will take effect immediately, while PFT and CFT changes will be implemented starting Jan. 1, 2017.
Whether in air, on land or sea, Marines are always looking for new and improved ways to train. Ripper Academy, 7th Marine Regiment’s latest training development, is a video streaming channel designed for Marines and sailors to view and share video content.
On a warm summer night friends and family, young and old gather to celebrate. The sounds of live music, excited chatter and laughter fill the air as children leap and bound with glow sticks in hand; a precursor to the spectacular fireworks display that will soon illuminate the desert sky.
A commute or long distance ride rarely seems more appealing in a car than on a motorcycle. But when the temps climb up and over the 100 degree mark, even some of the most hard core riders begin to miss the niceties of the four wheeled vehicle (air conditioning, cup holders filled with ice cold beverages, etc.)
Marines of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment, and Marine Aircraft Group 39 conducted a Marine Air Ground Task Force Integration Exercise at the Chocolate Mountain Training Area in Yuma, Ariz., June 22.
When Gunnery Sgt. Ira Heide first enlisted in the Marine Corps he never imagined he would become a father. As he quickly rose through the ranks, his focus was on being an exemplary Marine and having children wasn’t ever in the cards. Everything changed at 4:01 a.m. the day before Halloween, when his son, Jessen, was born and he held him for the first time. Military careers change, as do family dynamics, but in the years to come, Heide would learn to master the craft of balancing the responsibilities of a Marine Corps gunnery sergeant and those of a single father.
As the main event begins, Gabriel Pena and Rudy Revillas closed the distance between them; the crowd gets louder, cheering on their favorite fighter of the match. As eyes focused on the octagon on Del Valle Field, fighters focused on one goal – victory.
Representatives of Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs recognized students from Twentynine Palms and Condor Elementary Schools June 2 and 6, for their participation in the 2016 Earth Day Poster Contest.
Lt. Col. Dennis A. Sanchez relinquished command of Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, to Lt. Col. Michael Cable during a change of command ceremony at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field, Wednesday.
Communication Training Battalion partnered with Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council to host the Classroom to Career Day aboard the Combat Center May 26. CTB and the Girl Scouts organized the event to enable youth toward professional development and foster community relationships.
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz. — Tactical Training Exercise Control Group conducts the Long Range Raid exercise at the Combat Ville training area as part of the 28-day Integrated Training Exercise held aboard the Combat Center three times each year.
BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif., – Celebrations honoring the fallen soldiers of the Civil War began the year after the war ended in 1866. Once known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day was established as a federal holiday meant to unify the celebration as a national day of remembrance. On Monday, Combat Center leadership visited ceremonies throughout the community and dedicated their Memorial Day to the remembrance of America’s fallen heroes.
The Combat Center is the largest Marine Corps base in the world and is home to the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command. The installation’s mission is to conduct relevant live-fire combined arms training, urban operations and joint/coalition-level integration training that promote operational forces’ readiness.
Marines with 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment fired six Pilot Production M776 Chrome Tubes for the 155mm M777A2 Light-weight Towed Howitzer in the Lead Mountain Training Area aboard the Combat Center May 3.
Sgt. Maj. Darren E. Sullivan relieved Sgt. Maj. Chasen E. Getty as squadron sergeant major for Marine Wing Support Squadron 374 during the squadron’s relief and appointment ceremony at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field, Thursday.
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, ARIZ.—Col. James Adams relinquished command of Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One, to Col. James Wellons May 12, aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.
Cyclists from the Combat Center and across the Morongo Basin gathered to complete a 50-mile ride through Joshua Tree National Park during the Park-to-Park Bike Ride at Knott’s Sky Park in Twentynine Palms, Calif., Saturday.