TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marathons began as races of various long distances. Today, they are 26.2 mile races through a variety of different terrains. The London, Boston, and Paris marathon a…
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The Lifestyle, Insights, Networking, Knowledge and Skills program invited children aboard the Combat Center to learn more about Marine life during a mock combined-arms exercise at Felix Field Tuesday.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Service members and civilians aboard the Combat Center got a look at cutting-edge, next-generation products developed by various companies during a technology exposition held at the Officers’ Club Nov. 19, 2013.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marines from the Combat Center’s Wounded Warrior detachment participated in an adopt-a-school event at Onaga Elementary School Nov. 14. The Marines spent the day with children of different grade levels playing bingo, board games, and building blocks. “I came here last year to do the same types of things with the kids,” said Staff Sgt. Sean O’Leary, patient, Wounded Warrior West: Detachment Twentynine Palms. “These kids look up to the Marines. Spending time with the kids is good for the Marines, but it is a huge deal for the kids.” When the Wounded Warriors arrived at the elementary school, children immediately noticed and began to smile, wave and thank them for their service. After the warm greetings from the children, the Marines split up, integrating into classes from kindergarten to sixth grade. The Marines introduced themselves to the students and were assigned different stations throughout the classroom. The stations consisted of bingo, building blocks and board games. The students had 15 minutes at each station until the bell rang to switch. The teachers gave the students the signal for lunch and while the children were eating, the Marines remained in the classrooms to help the teachers with different tasks including organizing papers, books and assignments. “I really appreciate the help,” said Margarita Ramirez, 2nd grade teacher, Onaga Elementary. “The Marines are so willing, and take such good care of the children.” The students returned from lunch with smiles on their faces after seeing the Marines were still in the classrooms. The Marines then began to help teach the children in different subjects including math and reading. The Wounded Warriors each took a couple of the children to separate parts of the classroom and helped teach the material assigned to the students. “The Marines are awesome,” said Hector, 2nd grade student. “They are a lot of fun and I can’t wait until they come back to visit us again.” After a couple of lessons from the Marines, the children said their final goodbyes and the Wounded Warriors left the elementary school until the next time they are offered a chance to return.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, Marine Corps Air Ground Task Force Training Command, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center commanding general, presented the Combat Center with the Commander in Chief’s annual Installation Excellence Award Tuesday.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The ground shook as a convoy of Humvees, 7-ton trucks, and Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles trekked up a passage in the Combat Center’s Lava Lake Training Area. The vehicles lined the route while helicopters flew overhead providing air support. A combat logistics platoon navigated the terrain, stopping at designated areas to fire on mountainside targets. The Marines progressed through the Lava Lake Corridor simulating combat scenarios during the unit’s participation in Integrated Training Exercise 1-14. Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 7 performed a Combat Logistics Patrol, Nov. 15 to prepare Marines for situations that may occur when traveling between checkpoints in a hostile area, such as enemy engagements, ambushes, and casualty evacuations. The Combat Center’s Lava Lake Training Area allowed the convoy to react to various scenarios, from different perspectives, which provided effective training for Marines on the ground. “The Lava Corridor on the Combat Center allowed for 360 degree live-fire training,” said 1st Lt. David Heuwetter, platoon commander, Engineer Support Company, CLB-7. “It gave the Marines on the convoy a realistic experience of the angles of fire that they could expect on terrain like this.” The unit conducted drills to prepare for casualty evacuations, landing zone preparation, vehicle dismount, convoy maneuvers and suppressive fire. CLB-7 participated in smaller training events, which culminated during this simulated convoy with enemy aggression and casualties. “This is a culmination of all the maneuver-element events,” Heuwetter said. “It was great to see all the training come together for this.” The exercise also gave small-unit leaders the opportunity to implement critical decision-making skills with their troops. “You have to keep your head on a swivel,” said Cpl. Edgar Arreguin, fire team leader, Engineer Support Co., CLB-7. “I have to make sure that no matter what the convoy may encounter, myself and the junior Marines under me know what they’re doing and are ready for me to relay information.” Key points in the exercise will require guidance from the leaders in order to navigate the terrain and handle obstacles in the training area. “There’s going to be a lot of decision points in this exercise. It will require the quick-thinking of my non-commissioned officers and vehicle commanders to successfully navigate the constricted terrain of the corridor, which is good training for what we’re preparing for,” Heuwetter said. ITX 1-14 was completed Friday. CLB-7 is scheduled to deploy early next year as the Logistics Combat Element in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - A Muslim prayer echoed through the streets as platoons of Marines began to advance through the outskirts of town. Their objective could only be reached by using streets riddled with hidden improvised explosive devices, unidentified vehicles and hostile insurgents waiting to catch them off-guard.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - “I pledge to be drug free” was proudly exclaimed by Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms elementary school students as they raised their right hands and took a vow to live healthy, drug-free lives.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marines, sailors and families with the Combat Center’s Headquarters Battalion came together to celebrate the Marine Corps’ 238th birthday at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Sunday.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marines with 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment supported 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment and 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment during the Integrated Training Exercise 1-14 in an artillery suppression exercise aboard the Combat Center Nov. 12 and 13, 2013.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The Marine Corps is a melting pot of different cultural identities which come together to form a single fighting force. Diversity throughout the Corps provides insight into cultures that Marines may otherwise know nothing about.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The year is 1775. On Nov. 10, men of different ages and occupations gathered in a dusty, candle-lit bar to listen as two individuals offered them a chance to be the first of a new breed fighting for independence. A breed that would be known as the United States Marines. As the men prepare to answer this call to arms, more join them within the walls of this place, known as Tun Tavern. Located in Philadelphia, Penn., this establishment played an integral role in not just the birth of the Marine Corps, but the early days of the United States.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Sgt. Maj. Scott Cooper passed on the non-commissioned officer’s sword, to Sgt. Maj. Abel Leal, marking the relief and appointment of duty as sergeant major of Headquarters Battalion, Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command / Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, during a ceremony held at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Grey Field Nov. 1, 2013.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - A thunderous roar echoed through the desert as a line of tanks and Amphibious Assault Vehicles rolled through the terrain, lifting debris, crushing rock and tactically advancing toward the objective. The Marines were on the offensive as they patiently waited in the rumbling assault vehicles for their chance to take on the rugged terrain of Range 210.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marines, sailors, veterans, friends, and family of the Combat Center experienced the history of the Marine Corps during the 238th Marine Corps Birthday Uniform Pageant at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field Nov. 7, 2013.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marines and family members with Company E, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, volunteered their time in an effort to help beautify the community in Copper Mountain Mesa, Calif., Oct. 26, 2013. The Copper Mountain Mesa neighborhood watch requested the Marines to help in the effort to remove trash from more than 30 sites within the area, which have been used as unauthorized dumping sites.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The mission of the American Red Cross is to provide care to those in need. The Red Cross is supported by people who donate, volunteers, and employees who all share the same mission.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Combat Center Marines participated in the monthly Headquarter Battalion Dirt Day at the Joshua Tree Dry Lake Bed Oct 25, 2013. All service members and their families were invited to bring their off-road vehicles and participate in the event.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Lifestyle, Insights, Networking, Knowledge and Skills hosted the annual combined-arms exercise for Combat Center spouses at Felix Field Oct. 24, 2013. The spouses participated in different mock-training events that their Marines are regularly required to conduct.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - * I got my first job when I was 11 at a little surf shop. I made a dollar an hour plus free pizza. I grew up with pretty much just my mom so this family gave me a job to sort of keep me out of trouble. * I was never really into conventional sports. Growing up, I did BMX, dirt biking and freestyle. I also skate boarded and I surfed. I did all of those things practically my whole life. * I also worked making t shirts later on and the next thing you know, I’m making jerseys of my favorite motor cross riders like Jean-Michel Bayle, Jeff Ward and Ricky Johnson. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. * I always thought I was right, and maybe that’s something I never quite got rid of, but I’m at least a lot more patient now. * I worked for my wife’s dad as a handyman for a camp at United Methodist Church in Mission Hills. I worked a lot with my hands and it was only 10 minutes away from the beach so for a guy like me it was perfect. * I admired her family so much. I guess you could say her father was kind of like a dad to me but kind of had more of a competitive rivalry. He’s like the master of all trades. He always said that it was good to know a little about a lot of things. * When I think back, it’s kind of funny. There was this kid in high school named Chris, and he’d always have the high-and-tight and the red poolee jacket and we thought, “Dude, what a dork.” So, I never thought I’d be in the military. I wanted to get in to construction because that’s what my buddies were doing. * I owe it all to my recruiter, Sgt. Sullivan, and I think my mom for calling him. He chased me down relentlessly. He even called my work and eventually, he finally cornered me and he goes, “Hey! Hey you! You had an appointment with me.” He told me that since I made a commitment to talk to him, that I needed to step up and do that. So, I did. I don’t know what my life would have been like if he hadn’t been so persistent. * I’m an engineer by trade and initially I joined for the job. I had no idea what the title was but at some point, I really got the Marine part of it and I fell in love with that. * One of the turning points was probably in my first unit, when I was running up cardiac and they just gave me the guidon and said get up front. I didn’t ask for it and kind of didn’t want it, but they said, “Cooper, get up front with this next to the (Commanding Officer) and I don’t even know how it happened but suddenly, I became the guide for Bravo Company, 3rd (Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.) I thought to myself, “I’m the freakin’ welder. How the hell am I up here in the front of an infantry platoon?” It just hit me like a ton of bricks * Right around the time I was coming to the end of my first enlistment, a Master Gunnery Sgt. Jana brought be in and said, “Cpl. Cooper, you do a damn good job. You should stick around.” Honestly, I think it was because someone had believed in me that I kept going. * My mom and my wife were always my biggest supporters. Every enlistment, they told me that they liked what I was doing and how proud they were of me. * My wife is such a sweetheart and she doesn’t get caught up with rank. Her theory was that she’s not in the Marines; her husband is but she is not. I think that when you get up there in rank, you sort of get caught up in the lifestyle and it’s almost like they are serving in the military too. There’s a way you can balance it all and it’s tough, but now I’m coming home. * I have a 13-year-old son, an 18-year-old daughter, and a 20-year-old daughter. My 20-year-old is out of the house and she has a son. I got them all into dirt biking from the time they could balance on one. My daughters both did it and my son, Kirby, is actually better than I am now. *They’re going to be tired of me when I retire and I’m going to be glad. The words stay-at-home dad have actually come up and stay-at-home grandpa. * Cpl. Cooper certainly wasn’t perfect but I had a good work ethic and a respect for the institution and I didn’t ever mistake what the Marines Corps’ mission was. That was to be ready to fight whenever the nation called and whether that meant you got recalled off your honeymoon to go to Desert Storm or you missed Christmas to go to Somalia it’s just what you had to do. * The Marine Corps gave me an opportunity to grow up and be a part of something. It’s been a great ride. There have been a few bad days but it has all been worth it.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - McGregor grew up playing baseball and later represented his state in nation-wide tournaments. He continues his love for the sport by playing softball aboard the Combat Center.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Royal Marines from 40 Commando Royal Marines culminated weeks of training and preparation aboard the Combat Center with an assault on Range 210 as part of Exercise Black Alligator 13, Oct. 20, 2013.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Jerrod Sherwood spent several years working on and building cars prior to joining the Marine Corps. From racing in classic sports cars to off-roading in trucks, his appreciation for automobiles remains strong.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marines and sailors with 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion's advanced party returned home to the Combat Center Oct. 11, 2013. The Marines and sailors were deployed to Afghanistan for seven months.
Nearly 100 service members and spouses began the 4-mile race in the deep sand alongside the streets of the Combat Center. Sand and dirt flew behind the line of contestants as each runner took on the course against the cold, desert wind with nothing more than the clothes on
> I was just a kid growing up on the outskirts of Philadelphia. I never would have thought I would be where I am today. I had grand fathers who served in the Navy and the Army but I just wanted to go to school for criminal justice.
People fared the crowds at the Combat Center Fire Department to get in line for one of their locally- famous bowled of chili. Laughs and conversation filled the air as patrons are seated in the truck bay.
Marines and sailors with 1st Tank Battalion supported the Reach Out Morongo Basin community service program by performing community service throughout the Morongo Basin Oct. 4. The Marines and sailors performed tasks such as yard work and construction for elderly and disabled locals.
Marines and sailors with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment, were reunited with their friends and family members after a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan when they arrived at Del Valle Field Oct. 9.
During this time of year, it’s likely that more people gather on couches in front of a TV than in pews at church. This is when a person’s attire consists of their team’s jersey, lucky socks and a magical headband that brings their team good luck. An essential part of the ‘game-time’ attire is superstitious items fans carry with them. These fans have a drive like no other. It is not the appeal of a gameday barbeque or the ice-cold drinks, it is the roaring cheer through four quarters of bone-breaking anticipation. It’s football season.
Student Marines with the Combat Center’s Marine Corps Communication- Electronics School, were invited to Big Bear City, Calif., to witness and learn about the history of the Vietnam War and American Veterans Traveling Tribute Sept. 27.
Fifteen Marine fireteams stood outside the combat operations center for 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Reigment shortly before sunrise. They were the Marines of Company E, 2/7, ready to embark on a rigorous, 7-mile race with seven obstacles in various locations aboard the Combat Center Sept. 26.
Tactical Training Exercise Control Group held a family day for its Marines and their family members at Victory Park Sept. 27, which included a bounce house near the park’s playground, as well as food and drinks.
Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 pushed their envelope of training when they arrived at the Combat Center Aug. 14, to conduct a variety of training exercises during the Integrated Training Exercise. What was extraordinary about this iteration of the ITX was that the squadron heavily expanded on their initial training utilizing every available asset.
Acool September breeze and the warm glow of an early evening sunset accompany the players on the Felix Field. Their children watch through chain-linked fences, laughing and teasing opponents as men and women from all over the Combat Center take the field and have fun with a simple game of softball.
The Combat Center offers elementary-level education at Condor Elementary School. However, while the Combat Center does not educate at the middle or high school levels, other schools within the Morongo Unified School District are providing children with that opportunity outside the gates.
The rifle and pistol competition, or intramural competition, tests the installation’s best shooters. It challenges them through a match-style course of shooting and an infantry team match. The shooters qualify with both M4 and M16 A4 service rifle, and the M9 pistol.
This is the first time 3rd Marines has been to the Combat Center for this type of exercise and the fourth regiment to conduct an ITX. Their mission is to control the East and West corridors of the training area and the personnel within them.
Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 7, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, and 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion participated in the annual Fiesta Days Parade held in Morongo Valley Sept. 14.
Military spouses and representatives of the Officer-Spouses Club met to discuss quality-of-life improvements and social events for military spouses stationed the aboard Combat Center, Sep. 13. Today marks their 58th anniversary as an organization striving to better the lives of spouses that support the warfighters of our country. The OSC started at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., in 1948 and continues today.