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.”
MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – British Royal Marines, with United Kingdom Amphibious Forces, participated in Large Scale Exercise 2014 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Aug. 8-14, 2014.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - A crowd of families slowly gather at the edge of the parking lot as a white bus begins to come into view. Family members begin waving American flags and signs that read “Welcome Home” as the sound of the bus's breaks pumping begin an uproar of cheering from families eager to see their Marines. As the bus door opens, Marines who have returned from deployment rush to embrace their loved ones and the two groups merge into one.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - “The Marine looked me straight in the eyes and said, I’ll make sure you get home safe, don’t worry sir,” said Sam Fedele, comedian. “It really hit me at home. I was just doing a show for them in Iraq and he was protecting me from anything that might harm me. To think this is what they do every day is truly amazing. Performing and making them smile is the least I can do.”
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - A gray truck slowly comes to a stop at a checkpoint where military policemen are conducting vehicle searches. The moment the vehicle is ready, military working dog Colli leaps out of the police vehicle and begins sniffing his way through the truck while guided by his handler.
MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - A crowd of family and friends gathered to honor the life of Bobby Kirchner during a memorial held at Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms, California, Saturday.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Coordinates are communicated between members of a fire support team and relayed back to the support aircraft. The pilot’s voice is heard through the speaker of the radio: “10 seconds till impact.” The room falls silent as a puff of smoke rises in the distance, signaling the forward observer to indicate a hit with the word, “splash.”
MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Albers is currently a cultural resources specialist at the Combat Center's Curation Center. She is also a fan of fashion, sports cars, and participated in the Clinton Campaign in the 90's. I grew up in an oil town so there was a lot of money because of people in the oil business. I grew up going to a public high school that was fabulous. I had a fabulous education I also went through a lot of tornados but it was a very good experience growing up there. I have always liked to read and I have always been into cars. My dad gave me a car when I was 16. It was a red Fiat convertible and then i got an MGA convertible. After that, i got into sports car racing. I didn’t actually do the racing but I went along. I went to a lot of races. I would say my dad is the one who got me into cars. He loved buying and selling cars. He would buy a car, fix it up, and then sell it. I really miss it. I am no longer involved but it was very exciting. When I was learning to drive stick shift, I was with my younger brother, and I ended up stalling the car in the middle of an intersection while making a left turn. I couldn’t get it started and my brother got so upset that he got out of the car and walked home. I ended up attending the University of Tulsa and I worked in retail. I managed a small women’s store. My major was liberal arts. I really didn’t know what I wanted to do back then. I got married and was moving around with my husband, so I didn’t really choose a career until I was about 26. I really loved the fashion world; it was really exciting to me. It started me on a route to good costumer service and good communication. It really taught me that you never know, by looking at someone, who or what they are and that you should treat everyone the same. I started working with animals once I moved to Monterey, Calif. It all started because I started volunteering. A position opened up and it kind of all went from there. I wrote some volunteer manuals and worked with wild life. I have always had animals. I currently have three dogs and five cats and most of them are rescues. All but one, I found on my own when I was out and about. I started working for environmental organizations. I had the opportunity to work in the Clinton Campaign and other local political campaigns. I really enjoyed it and it made me realize the political system. I continued volunteering until about 2003. I then became the director of a program to raise money for education and scientific research for sea otters. I loved it and continued doing it for about four years. In 2007, I got a job with Defenders of Wildlife and moved here. My job was to raise awareness of the desert tortoise. Once my contract ended, I got my job here aboard the base. I was very excited coming into my job with Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs. It was similar but different to my other jobs. It gave me a chance to see a different side of archaeology. We started the gardens out here, which I always enjoyed gardening. I was still able to talk to people about wildlife. I can do this for fun. To me, this job is very fun. I was amazed coming out here. I knew nothing about the military but the Marines do so much for the preservation of the land, animals, and other treasures out here. It really educated me about the background of the military. This is a dream job. It is amazing to think that we are walking around the same place as people did 2,000 years ago. What they did for their time, I feel, is just as advanced as the things we are doing now. I have gone to places where I can touch the wall and almost feel those people from many years ago. It is pretty amazing. One of my biggest goals for my job out here is to show the Marines and their families that the desert is not that bad. The desert has some very unique things about it. There is so much history here and I hope they can learn to appreciate it. If anybody has a problem getting a job, volunteering is a perfect way to get involved and to get experience. If you are in a group of people, you’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish compared to working by yourself. Much like the Marines. It is very important to try and do something that you love doing because, at that point, its not really a job.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - “I donate to this cause every single year,” said Mira Kozell, quality assurance, Combat Center commissary. “If each person could just donate one item each time they come to the commissary, it would be a lot of help. This program is helping feed Marine Corps families.”
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - An announcement was heard through the halls of Condor Elementary School, but was not the usual morning announcement. It was the voice of a staff member urging teachers to secure their classrooms due to an active shooter being present in the building.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Combat Center Marines received a special opportunity to learn their Marine Corps history as it was retold by the Dine Navajo Code Talkers at the Protestant Chapel, July 11, 2014.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The handler lets go of the tightly threaded, black leash, letting the full force of Baby, a military working dog, come upon Cpl. Paul Kelley, military working dog handler, Provost Marshal’s Office. With one furious leap, Baby pushes Kelley into the pool with her teeth firmly clamped onto the arm of his bite suit. Her jaw remains locked down as her handler maintains control with verbal commands and escorts the simulated perpetrator out of the pool.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Combat Center Marines arrived at the Little Church of the Desert for an opportunity to give back to community. They worked tirelessly, cleaning the dining hall, preparing the tables, and readying the kitchen for more than 100 members of the Twentynine Palms, Calif., community. With smiles on their faces and sincerity in their hearts, the Marines fed their community and helped spread charity and kindness throughout Twentynine Palms.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The children sat outside anxiously waiting for the beginning of the presentation. A dog appeared at the corner of the field and received the command from his handler to attack. A Marine stood on the other end of the field wearing a bite suit. He then began to run away, but military working dog, Colli quickly closed the distance. The working dog sank its teeth into the Marine’s arm and wasn’t going to let go. The simulated criminal tried his best to break free, but Colli did not loosen his grip until the handler yelled the command to release.