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Marines bring smiles to front-line troops (Traveling BX)
Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 26, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Wayne C. Edmiston

Posted on 10/26/2005 6:02:47 PM PDT by SandRat

AR RAMADI, Iraq (Oct. 26, 2005) -- Some service members walk away with a snack, maybe a can of soda or a pack of cigarettes, but one thing that everyone walks away with is a smile on their face.

Traveling from Camp Taqaddum, Iraq, a small group of Marines loads up and heads out to various forward operating bases. Their mission -- to provide a small piece of comfort to service members who don’t have the luxury of an immediate post exchange at their location.

Today’s stop is Combat Outpost, located in the heart of Ramadi and the center of the fight, but that doesn’t stop the exchange Marines.

“The mobile PX was something that was used during Operation Desert Storm to bring the exchange to forward deployed troops,” said Master Sgt. Elvis S. Dixon, the operations chief at the Camp Taqaddum post-exchange

These select three Marines are responsible for running an entire store with minimum manpower. The Marines have many responsibilities to include financial and stock management, intense preparation and long hours, said Lance Cpl. Robert C. Owens, an exchange Marine.

“Just being a lance corporal, I have many responsibilities,” said Owens. “When we set up the [exchange] we are open as much as we can, and sometimes just one of us is left to run the store while others are resting.”

Bringing the post exchange to the troops has proven to be a morale booster to the Marines running it as well as the service members benefiting from it.

Seeing a smile on their face is just one of the many things that motivate the Marines participating in the operation, said Owens, a Houma, La., native.

“It is extremely motivating to see [service members] who haven’t had anything for a long time,” said Lance Cpl. Juan J. Rivera, an exchange Marine and Dateland, Ariz., native. “It’s great to see them be able to spend their hard earned money and have them look forward to something; it boosts my morale as much as theirs.”

Being in a combat environment does not intimidate the exchange Marines. Their dedication to providing a little taste of home for the troops here helps them to endure the front, Dixon explained.

“They are out here fighting everyday, and it’s our responsibility to serve them,” Dixon said. “If I could go right to the front lines and sell a couple of Mountain Dews I would.” Dixon also speaks of his Marines’ outstanding performance.

“It’s in Iraq you get to see the potential of many of the young Lance Cpl’s out here,” the Englewood, N.J. native said. “These exchange Marines are doing an outstanding job; sometimes I want to stand back and bow down to them for their cooperation.”


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bring; bx; frontline; iraq; marines; morale; oif; smiles; supplylines; traveling; troops

1 posted on 10/26/2005 6:02:48 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: 2LT Radix jr; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; 80 Square Miles; A Ruckus of Dogs; acad1228; AirForceMom; ..
It may not be the most glamorous job in the Corps but it's a needed job.
2 posted on 10/26/2005 6:03:42 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

That is one of the coolest stories I have ever seen!! Thanks for all your pings SR! And for posting such great stories about our heroes that the MSM ignores.


3 posted on 10/26/2005 6:06:00 PM PDT by StarCMC (Old Sarge is my hero...doing it right in Iraq! Vaya con Dios, Sarge.)
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To: SandRat

Makes one want to weep, when one realizes just how many of our guys are in little out of the way FOB and less, that have nothing. But how little they complain.


4 posted on 10/26/2005 6:06:07 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: SandRat
Being in a combat environment does not intimidate the exchange Marines. Their dedication to providing a little taste of home for the troops here helps them to endure the front, Dixon explained.

Amen, and God bless them! Would like to see a picture of the traveling PX.

5 posted on 10/26/2005 6:08:45 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: operation clinton cleanup

The others might like to see the Traveling BX.


6 posted on 10/26/2005 6:11:04 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat
the sand-roach coach... 8^)
7 posted on 10/26/2005 7:12:42 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: SandRat
The others might like to see the Traveling BX.

Being from the USAF side of the family, the BX was always welcome. But ours never needed wheels since we tended to stay in one place once we got there.

8 posted on 10/26/2005 7:21:30 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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Having the BX/PX roll to you and stop is far, far, far better than having a platoon sundry pack dropped off by duece-n-a-half as it quickly passes by.
9 posted on 10/26/2005 9:15:08 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

BTTT


10 posted on 10/27/2005 3:06:57 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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