The Combat Center’s Government and External Affairs G-5 hosted members of the Drug Enforcement Administration Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association of Los Angeles, during a tour of the Combat C…
>Before I joined the Marine Corps I did a lot of skateboarding. Now that I have more time, I have gotten back to doing it again. I thought that it would be hard but I got right back on the board like I never got off.
Here at the Combat Center, it is our mission to not only conduct training that prepares our fighting forces for what they may encounter while forward deployed, but to ensure the best possible quality of life for Combat Center patrons and all who call our installation home. In order to ensure the safety of pedestrians, drivers and children, the Combat Center is beginning its first phase of a zero-tolerance speeding policy, which will be outlined in Combat Center Order 1630.8F, the new guidance on traffic safety.
As the crown jewel of the Marine Corps, the Combat Center’s mission is to provide a realistic training environment for the operating forces by conducting relevant live-fire combined arms training, urban operations, and joint/coalition-level integration training. For more than 200 years, Marines have been fighting our nation’s wars and because of installations like the Combat Center Marines are able to conduct the training needed to remain the nation’s force in readiness. With more than 1,100 square miles of mountainous terrain and dynamic training opportunities, units are prepared for the scenarios they may encounter throughout the world, making them truly ready to fight in for any clime or place.
Brig. Gen. William F. Mullen III, Combat Center Commanding General, fired the ceremonial first shot to kick off the annual High Desert Regional Shooting Match at the Combat Center shooting range Dec. 16-18, 2016.
Marines of 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, call sign “Havoc”, bid farewell to their commanding officer during the battalion’s change of command ceremony at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field, Dec. 15. Lt. Col. Christopher T. Steele relinquished command of 2/7 to Lt. Col. Jonathan Q. Kenny.
Marines from 4th Tank Battalion partnered with the Redlands Airport Association to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate children during the 2nd annual Toys for Tots Fly-in, Saturday.
Holiday music danced through the air as children played, wielding balloon swords, puppies and hearts; only stopping to be made into a face-painted persona or to refuel on cookies and hot chocolate. Inside the gymnasium, Marines and sailors wait with their children who were eager to partake in the enchantment of the holidays during a toy giveaway at the West Gym, Saturday.
Corpsmen of Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms and the Adult Medical Care Clinic held a point of dispensing exercise at the Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School aboard the Combat Center, Tuesday through Thursday.
For more than 19,000 service members and their family members who live and work aboard the Combat Center, time spent with loved ones can often be scarce. The holiday season provides an opportunity for those who live aboard the installation to unite with friends and family and partake in the seasonal cheer. Marine Corps Community Services helped make time spent together worthwhile with the annual Combat Center Holiday Show at Sunset Cinema, Saturday.
As an ongoing effort to be the premier self-sufficient expeditionary force, the Marine Corps is striving to make itself leaner, meaner and “greener” as it takes a look at energy use across the Corps, equating the efficient use of vital resources with increased combat effectiveness.
Knowledge, speed and accuracy; every gun crew in 11th Marine Regiment put these talents to the test to attain the title of “Top Gun” in the regiment during the annual Top Gun Competition aboard the Combat Center, Saturday.
Marines with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, participated in Integrated Training Exercise 1-17 aboard the Combat Center, Oct. 21-Nov. 12. The training is in preparation for an upcoming deployment with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response and the Black Sea Rotational Force.
First Tank Battalion conducted an operational pause at Del Valle Field, Nov. 29, in accordance with the All Marine Corps Activities 037/16 from Gen. Robert B. Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps. Neller has asked all Marines to participate in a corps-wide professional development operational pause for units to guard against complacency and a lack of focus at home station.
A cool autumn night in the southern Mojave Desert, a chill settles over the Marines of “First Team’; the only visibility comes from the pale moon light. A palpable silence settles over the Marines. Then, as quick as lightning strikes, a breaching charge explodes rupturing the tranquility with a litany of mortars launching and machine guns firing.
> I have a lot of family history in the military. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do once I graduated high school so I decided to join the military. It seemed like a great opportunity with good benefits. I felt like the Marine Corps was the best fit for me.
Since its inception, the Marine Corps has been known as the nation’s force in readiness. Marines are recognized by the way they train, the customs they uphold, and the morals they possess. Although the organization continues to grow, many of the customs have remained the same.
Through the month of October, the Combat Center collectively cycled 12,201 miles and burned 668,659 calories, all while preserving the environment by reducing 6,893 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. According to nationalbikechallenge.org, the installation’s 58 riders who participated in the inaugural “Get on Your Bike and Ride” month ranked 6th in the nation for total miles logged in October.
The Combat Center hosted Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Tuesday. Carter visited the installation to observe a combined arms live-fire exercise (CALFEX), meet with Combat Center leadership, and address Marines and sailors stationed aboard the installation.
Flames flickered across the surface of the frigid waters as plumes of smoke climbed upward, bleeding seamlessly into the night sky. A lone swimmer, heaving line in tow, made his way toward a stranded man through the wreckage of the Soviet oceanographic vessel. Raising himself onto the flotsam, the U.S. sailor assured the wounded Russian, and they began their arduous swim back to the USS Permit.
The Marine Corps was born on November 10, 1775 in Tun Tavern, a small Philadelphia pub. On that day, the Continental Marines were established with the intended purpose of being able to fight for independence on land and at sea. Over the years the Marine Corps has evolved into a force capable of defending its people and providing humanitarian aid to the nation and its allies from air, land and sea, all while maintaining itself as a force in readiness.
For 241 years Marines have served as the nation’s force in readiness, always prepared to defend our country and Constitution from America’s adversaries. Over the years, Marines have donned many different uniforms to meet the needs of the time and to remain ever-ready to answer the call of duty.
Marines with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, based out of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., are putting their own spin on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center’s Integrated Training Exercise. The 28-day exercise is currently the longest-lasting training evolution that occurs aboard the installation and involves a series of progressive live-fire exercises that assess the ability and adaptability of a force of more than 3,500 Marines and sailors.
ARLINGTON, Va. — More than 30,000 runners took their places at the starting line for the 41st Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Va., Sunday. Established in 1976, the MCM is the sixth largest marathon in the United States and the twelfth largest in the world.
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz.—A Humvee door handle might not seem like the start of a new era in the Marine Corps, but the Marines of Marine Wing Support Squadron 372 believe that this small piece of plastic is exactly that. Embracing Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller’s recent push for Marines to innovate, MWSS-372 is one of the first units to experiment with 3-D printing.
>I was born and raised in Kenya. Growing up in Kenya was very different from living here. I would go to school from 6 in the morning to 6 in the evening. There was public transport but if you missed the bus you had to walk the 10 miles to school.
Combat Center Marines led the way during the 2016 Pioneer Days Parade in Twentynine Palms, Calif., Saturday. Installation leaders and various units represented the installation as part of the City of Twentynine Palms’ 79th annual Pioneer Days, a tradition that dates back in the local community to 1937.
For the third year in a row, the Officer’s Spouse’s Club held their Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Walk at Felix Field aboard the Combat Center, Oct. 14, 2016, to raise awareness of and money for breast cancer research.
As members of the nation’s force in readiness, Marines may be tasked to evacuate U.S. citizens abroad in a time of crisis. To prepare, Marines with Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One from Yuma, Ariz., conducted a Non-combatant Evacuation Operation exercise aboard the Combat Center, Oct. 14, as part of Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 1-17.
>Golfing means a lot to me. I started when I was five with some guidance from my grandfather. On my high school team, I competed in two state competitions. I still enjoy competing in various tournaments around Twentynine Palms.
The month of October is the Combat Center’s inaugural Get on Your Bike and Ride Month. Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs encourages base patrons to help reduce their environmental impact by leaving their keys on the counter and riding bicycles to places like work or the store, as well as riding for leisure.
U.S. Marines with Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, and soldiers with the Singapore Armed Forces exchanged techniques and tactics during platoon-level training at Range 410A aboard the Combat Center, Oct. 4-5, as part of Exercise Valiant Mark 2016.
MARINE CORPS MOUNTAIN WARFARE TRAINING CENTER, BRIDGEPORT, Calif. — The Sierra Nevada Mountain Range is as unforgiving as it is beautiful. Tracing California’s eastern border, the range boasts the tallest summit within all of the continental United States and the largest alpine lake in all of North America. Northeast of Yosemite National Park, carved out of granite on the 38th parallel, is the Marine Corps’ most austere and remote of duty stations; a place from which generations of Marines have been forged into mountaineers, the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif.
The Combat Center’s Maritza Carrillo, financial management analyst, G-8 Comptroller, received the 2016 Latina Style Incorporated Distinguished Civilian Award. The award is designed to recognize women in the military and the DoD civilian workforce who, through their service, have enhanced the role of Latinas in their organization.
Today the Combat Center will be participating in National Preparedness Day as part of America’s Prepare-A-Thon 2016, a presidential initiative geared toward arming Combat Center residents with the knowledge needed to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters and man-made incidents.
Dorothy (Einerson) Angil has been named 2016 Pioneer Day’s Military Grand Marshall. Dorothy enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Reserve on February 24, 1943, with her sister, Mildred, just days after the service opened its ranks to women.