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  • Norwalk, Calif., native keeps commander safe

    01/16/2006 10:52:35 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 270+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jan 16, 2006 | Cpl. Adam C. Schnell
    HADITHA DAM, Iraq (Jan. 16, 2006) -- The job of lead vehicle gunner for a convoy in Iraq is one of the most dangerous and demanding jobs for a Marine, as insurgents continue to place roadside bombs aimed at injuring Marines, Iraqi soldiers, police and civilians. Norwalk, Calif., native, Cpl. Jason M. Farias, isn’t just the lead gunner on some convoys, he is the first line of defense for 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment’s commander as he travels to visit Marines in the area. With his M-240G machine gun, he sits high above the lead vehicle to provide fire support...
  • Los Angeles native trains Iraqi soldiers

    01/13/2006 4:34:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 243+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jan 13, 2005 | Sgt. Stephen M. DeBoard
    AL ANBAR PROVINCE, Iraq (Jan. 13, 2006) -- Any drill instructor can tell you that making warriors out of young men and women fresh from the civilian world is challenging, but ultimately a rewarding task. The long hours, the high expectations and the cost of failure all weigh heavily before the ultimate day of graduation and the turning over of their charge to the wide world mark their success. Marines from D Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., can perhaps understand a little more clearly exactly what kind of challenge it is to train...
  • Boone, N.C. native lives childhood dream, follows in family footsteps

    01/12/2006 3:35:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 444+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jan 12, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Zahn
    CAMP BAHARIA, Iraq (Jan. 12, 2006) -- The right to wear the eagle, globe and anchor and be considered among the world’s finest is a privilege that is hard earned. Lance Cpl. Josslyn D. Selzer, a 19-year-old Boone, N.C., native with Headquarters and Service Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, is living out that dream. “I have always wanted to be a Marine, since I was about 8,” said Selzer, an ammunition technician for the battalion. “My sister, Deadra, is in the Marines; she joined a year-and-a-half before me, but I knew I wanted to join long before she ever...
  • Mansfield, Ohio, native earns Bronze Star Medal

    01/10/2006 4:32:01 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 309+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jan 9, 2005 | Cpl. Matthew K. Hacker
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Jan. 9, 2006) -- Navy Lt. John G. Meeting of Mansfield, Ohio, the comptroller for the Naval Dental Center was awarded the Bronze Star Medal during an awards ceremony Dec. 16 for his service while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 04 - 06. In January 2005, Meeting deployed as the commander for Surgical Company A, 2nd Medical Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group. Meeting’s company deployed to Kuwait to relieve a National Guard unit. “There were about 100,000 service members in Kuwait at the time we got there, so it was a little...
  • Lexington, N.C., native serves as protector

    01/10/2006 4:21:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 238+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jan 10, 2005 | Sgt. Jerad W. Alexander
    CAMP AL QA’IM, Iraq (Jan. 10, 2006) -- The commander of 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, Lt. Col. Julian D. Alford, has his hands full as the senior commander in the Al Qa’im region. Almost daily, Alford moves from battle position to battle position, meeting to meeting … managing and controlling his forces and the reconstruction efforts in his area of western Al Anbar province. Keeping him safe is his personnel security detachment or Praetorian as they’re called. Lexington, N.C., native, Sgt. Phillip J. Michael, is a member of Praetorian. “We’re tasked to escort (Alford) and provide security for him...
  • Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native keeps Division rolling in Iraq

    01/10/2006 4:02:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 280+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jan 10, 2005 | Sgt. Ryan S. Scranton
    CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, AR RAMADI, Iraq (Jan. 10, 2006) -- When Lance Cpl. Paul E. Harden was told he would be leaving for Iraq with Truck Company from the Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, he didn’t know what to think. He was young, enthusiastic and relatively new to the Marine Corps. The only images he could conjure up were those of the resulting damage left behind after the battle for Fallujah in November of 2004. When the 21-year-old, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native and motor-transport mechanic got here in February last year, he was surprised. Instead of demolished buildings and a...
  • Ellenburgh, N.Y., native supports front lines

    12/30/2005 5:18:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 339+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 30, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Joel Abshier
    CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq (Dec. 30, 2005) -- There are more than 22,000 Marines with II Marine Expeditionary Force units deployed in Iraq. Many of them are serving on the front lines, outside the wire, however, they would not be operating successfully without having proper administrative support backing them. Administrative Marines like Lance Cpl. Lee R. LaValley Jr., an administration clerk with 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), routinely ensure Marines within their respective units have continuous administrative support. “I like working here compared to Camp Lejeune, [N.C.],” LaValley admits. “Although the weather is ridiculous, I know this...
  • Reydon, Okla., native adapts, overcomes in Iraq

    12/21/2005 3:42:24 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 358+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 21, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Zahn
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (Dec. 21, 2005) -- Marines are known for their ability to adapt and overcome any challenge. A Marine from Reydon, Okla. is living up to that ability while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with Regimental Combat Team 8. Lance Cpl. Steven L. Bentley, a 20-year-old radio operator, is proving he is flexible in his job. He is not working in his primary military occupational specialty. Instead, he is developing critical skills in another MOS -- 0861, fire support man. “As a fire support man, I am part of a team that coordinates all indirect fire...
  • Auburn, Wash., native helps put Iraqi city back on track

    12/21/2005 3:40:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 16 replies · 506+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 21, 2005 | Sgt. Stephen M. DeBoard
    HUSAYBAH, Iraq (Dec. 8, 2005) -- Western Iraq, along the Syrian border, is a far cry from the mountains of Washington and sunny days and summer afternoons partying on a lake. The physical distance is measured in thousands of miles, but the difference in atmosphere, environment and mentality may as well be a galaxy away. Corporal Jason L. Johnson, a reservist from Auburn, Wash., closed that gap when he volunteered for mobilization and assignment June 2005 to 6th Civil Affairs Group, out of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. It brought him to this small, dusty city in Iraq’s Al...
  • Gardner, Nev., native educates ISF in basic marksmanship, provides DTC with communications

    12/21/2005 3:32:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 387+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 21, 2005 | Staff Sgt. Timothy S. Edwards
    CAMP HABBANIYAH, Iraq (Dec. 21, 2005) -- Marines deployed on a combat tour to Iraq find many different ways to relax and spend their free time. They play video games, watch movies, read books and even take online college courses. One Marine, though, uses his free time to make a direct impact oh the mission to turn Iraq over to a stable government capable of protecting its citizens. Cpl. Russell R. Hall, a wire man assigned to a six-man communications detachment with the 2nd Marine Division Training Center here, spends his free time ‘instructing the instructors’ as members of the...
  • New Orleans native gives up basketball, stays Marine

    12/20/2005 4:46:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 583+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 20, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Lucian Friel
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Dec. 20, 2005) -- When Donald R. Williams, Jr. played basketball for Marion-Abramson High School in his hometown of New Orleans, he had everything all planned out. The young basketball star wanted to attend Louisiana State University on a basketball scholarship and then the sky was the limit. He soon found out that things don’t always go one’s way. After graduating in 1997 and receiving only a partial scholarship for basketball, Williams decided it was time to look at other options. “Because I didn’t get the full scholarship I needed to go to college,...
  • Marine, Senegal native fights in Iraq

    12/14/2005 5:33:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 365+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 14, 2005 | Cpl. Ruben D. Maestre
    CAMP KOREAN VILLAGE, Iraq (Dec. 14, 2005) -- Many people traveling to America arrive seeking personal gain and economic opportunity. Three weeks after Lance Cpl. Pascal R. Cisse arrived in the States from Germany, he elbowed his way into Marine Corps recruit training and eventually into the famed Marine Corps infantry. “The recruiter told me I could go to boot camp in two months,” said the native of Dakar, Senegal. “I told him I wanted to join as soon as possible.” The Marine recruiter he contacted in Tukwila, Wash., highlighted some of the job opportunities offered by the Marines, but...
  • Woodland, Calif., native leads team in patrol

    12/14/2005 5:10:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 250+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 14, 2005 | Cpl. Adam C. Schnell
    HAQLANIYAH, Iraq (Dec. 14, 2005) -- Woodland, Calif., native Lance Cpl. Chris P. Stabler was leading his team down a street here Nov. 27 when suddenly the unusual sound of cheering crowds drew the attention of the patrol. When Stabler looked down the street, the sounds they had heard were citizens cheering on their family members during a game of street volleyball. It is because of Marines like 21-year-old Stabler that the streets here are safe enough for simple recreational activities. Stabler and other Marines with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, go on these security patrols every day...
  • Springfield, Ill., native glad to be helping build Iraqi Army

    12/14/2005 5:06:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 319+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 14, 2005 | Cpl. Shane Suzuki
    AR RAMADI, Iraq (Dec. 14, 2005) -- As Operation Iraqi Freedom moves closer to 2006, the Marines of 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment are working more and more with local platoons of Iraqi Army soldiers in order to prepare them for the day when coalition forces leave Iraq. While most Iraqi soldiers go through rudimentary training, nothing replaces the experience and knowledge gained by patrolling through hostile neighborhoods. To help them gain that knowledge, Marines from Company I, including Lance Cpl. Ryan Burg, routinely patrol alongside the IA to guide them through the lessons the Marines have learned during their...
  • San Jose, Calif., native proud to be working with Iraqi Army

    12/14/2005 5:04:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 178+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 14, 2005 | Cpl. Shane Suzuki
    AR RAMADI, Iraq (Dec. 14, 2005) -- Marines from Company I, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, recently worked with a platoon of Iraqi Army soldiers during a security patrol through the streets here Nov. 18. Private First Class Chase Nelson, an infantryman with Company I, was one of the Marines on the patrol and was impressed with the improvements that the Iraqi Army has made during the last three months since the battalion came here. “We took the IA out and let them conduct their own patrol while we watched over them and helped critique them,” said the 20-year-old San...
  • Eastland, Texas, native helps Iraqi Army train

    12/14/2005 5:01:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 353+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 14, 2005 | Cpl. Shane Suzuki
    AR RAMADI, Iraq (Dec. 14, 2005) -- Marines with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, and soldiers from the local Iraqi Army recently conducted a patrol through the streets here Nov. 18. The patrol, which was the first to be planned and executed by the IA, is an example of the growing cooperation between Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces, said Lance Cpl. Kevin Wollam, an infantryman with Company I. “We took two squads of IA out and helped them perform the basics of a patrol,” said the 20-year-old Eastland, Texas, native. “It went really well, especially compared to previous...
  • San Antonio native, fellow MTU instructors teach Iraqi soldiers weapons basics

    12/14/2005 4:55:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 266+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 14, 2005 | Staff Sgt. Timothy S. Edwards
    CAMP HABBANIYAH, Iraq (Dec. 14, 2005) -- The majority of professional armed forces worldwide receive some form of standardized training in the operation and handling of the weapons they will use in combat. The fledgling Iraqi military and police forces didn’t receive this type of training until May 10, when instructors like Sgt. Michael Magallanez created the Iraqi Small Arms Weapons Instructor Course (ISAWIC) at the newly formed 2nd Marine Division Training Center (DTC) here. The 13-day course is the primary focus of the DTC and teaches Iraqi soldiers and American service members the fundamentals of marksmanship and the AK-series...
  • Michigan native extends life of service to battlefield

    12/12/2005 3:21:36 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 371+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 11, 2005 | Cpl. John E. Lawson, Jr.
    AL ASAD, Iraq (Dec.11, 2005) -- The life of Alton R. Gehringer is one of service. At home in Dolton, Mich., the 34-year-old would listen to the radio and hear the news of the war in Iraq while running radar in his police cruiser. Before coming to Iraq, he worked for the Plainwell Department of Public Safety in Michigan. Technically, he still works there in a firefighter, police and Emergency Medical Services job. His employers gave him a leave of absence to enlist in the United States Navy and serve his country. “It just didn’t seem right for me to...
  • Munce, Mont., native enjoying working with Iraqi cultures

    12/09/2005 3:00:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 310+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 9, 2005 | Cpl. Shane Suzuki
    AR RAMADI, Iraq (Dec. 9, 2005) -- One of the many tasks assigned the Marines of 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, is to work with the Iraqi Army and help them become a self-sufficient force able to serve the needs of the fledgling democracy of Iraq. One Marine, Lance Cpl. Cameron Tillman, a rifleman with Company I, recently conducted a patrol alongside the IA and was impressed by how far they’ve come in the few months the battalion has been in Iraq. “We conducted a basic security patrol to help train the IA,” said the 18-year-old Munce, Mont., native. “This...
  • Edison, N.J., native brings joy to Iraqi children (born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil)

    12/09/2005 2:33:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 426+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 9, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Zahn
    FALLUJAH, Iraq (Dec. 9, 2005) -- One year after the city was secured by Coalition Forces as part of a major counter-insurgency offensive, parts of Fallujah are still in disrepair. Bullet holes in buildings, piles of rubble and the smell of burning trash permeates the air throughout the city. Despite the unpleasant living conditions, children roam the streets here playing with their new friends, the U.S. Marines. A group of laughing kids surrounds one Marine in the street. The Marine, Lance Cpl. Felipe SantosMesquita, a squad automatic weapon gunner with 2nd Squad, 3rd Platoon, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine...