MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Marines eager to sew on that next chevron or rocker need to take a glance at the new promotion requirements put into effect with Marine Administr…
PALM SPRINGS — As the sound of two Pratt and Whitney jet engines echoed through the San Jacinto Mountain Range, one of the last four Navy EA-6B ‘Prowler’ fixed-wing aircraft still in service, made its triumphant final fly-by over the Palm Springs Air Museum, Nov. 21.
MARINE CORPS MOUNTAIN WARFARE TRAINING CENTER BRIDGEPORT — At approximately 6,000 feet above sea level, the sun begins to crest over the mountain tops of northern California as Marines demonstrate different mountain survival skills to Tajik delegates during an international visit to the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeportf.
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Marines with Tank Platoon, Company B, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, conducted a three-day field training exercise at Landing Zone Hawk aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Nov. 12-14.
The air was filled with anticipation as service members and civilians stood, waiting as Sgt. Maj. Karl Villalino, Combat Center sergeant major, aims an M14 service rifle from the 1,000-yard firing line. After a few seconds, the sergeant major pulled slowly on the trigger and fired the first round of the 55th Annual High Desert Regional Shooting Competition and with it, an explosion at the target line to start the competition off with a bang.
From the main gate of the Combat Center to Shadow Mountain housing, Marines lined the streets. Some held welcome home posters and others waved miniature American flags, all waited for one person. The sound of approaching motorcycles grew louder. He was getting closer.
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 Bush signed the first proclamation. While 1990 may seem recent, every president since Gerald Ford designated a day, a week, or a month in honor of our country’s Native Americans. On the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the western hemisphere, President Bush proclaimed 1992 to be the Year of the American Indian. Though the recognition was bittersweet to many Native Americans, for many others it was a time to celebrate Native American culture and their historical legacy.
YUCCA VALLEY — The sun shined on a picturesque day as the National Anthem was sung and the Combat Center color guard presented the American flag. A sense of patriotism and pride was felt over the crowd of veterans, active-duty service members and civilians at the 15th Annual Morongo Basin Veterans Day Tribute at the Yucca Valley community center in Yucca Valley, Tuesday. The event alternates where it is held each year between Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms. It offered static displays of military vehicles and equipment like the Logistics Vehicle System Replacement, a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacemenwwt and a High Mobility Multi-purposed Wheeled Vehicle from the Combat Center and other vehicles from law-enforcement agencies in the area along with a free barbecue lunch.
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK -— The sun shines bright over a mountainous landscape as one-by-one, Marines ascend the rock face. As they climb higher, they look for natural grooves in the rock to better anchor them on their way to the top. Joshua Tree Uprising in association with Mil-Tree, a non-profit organization, hosted a rock-climbing event for Marines at Joshua Tree National Park, Sunday.
SAN BERNARDINO — A radio is playing music through a portable speaker and the smell of onions fills the air of the worn down warehouse where volunteers spend their spare time seven days a week. From the outside, the building looks abandoned and graffiti covers the surrounding areas making it obvious that this neighborhood isn’t the most fortunate. It is a neighborhood that is located in the second most poverty stricken city in America. There is a small sign on the door that says ‘Helping Hands Food Pantry’ and a very welcoming gentleman just on the other side of it.
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.