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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...
  • Golden, Colo., native keeps communication running

    12/03/2005 2:07:43 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 317+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 3, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Joel Abshier
    CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq (Dec. 3, 2005) -- Holding an AN/PRC-119 field radio to his ear, a Marine communicates with the lead vehicle about the status of the convoy. Whether it’s providing communication for convoys or units inside the wire, field radio operators directly contribute to the success of the Marine Corps mission while in Iraq. Lance Cpl. John A. McLaughlin, with Headquarters and Service Company, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), routinely ensures Marines within his unit have continuous radio accessibility. “Being a radio operator I also make sure convoys have [communication],” McLaughlin said. “Without Communication the mission would be virtually...
  • Lorain, Ohio native receives Bronze Star

    12/01/2005 4:10:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 449+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 1, 2005 | Pfc. Terrell A. Turner
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Dec. 01, 2005) -- Marines often go unrecognized for the jobs they do. The faithful service, self-sacrifice, and adaptability in tough situations often go unseen. Marines don’t fight for recognition. They fight for freedom and strive to keep the band of brothers they left with safe, so they can all return home together. Corporal Matthew D. Palacios of Lorain, Ohio, is a prime example that these good deeds do not go unnoticed. The combat engineer with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion was awarded the Bronze Star medal with a combat distinguishing device here Nov. 22...
  • Payne, Ohio native bounces back after injury

    11/21/2005 4:30:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 377+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 21, 2005 | Pfc. Terrell A. Turner
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Nov. 21, 2005) -- Every Marine goes through stressful situations in the Marine Corps. Sometimes its life altering circumstances that can make or break a career. Marines are forced to reach within themselves and find a strength they thought was lost. Whether a Marine’s down, he’s definitely never out for the count. For Lance Cpl. Timothy M. Amstutz of Payne, Ohio, who sustained injury while deployed fighting the Global War on Terrorism, the future is still very bright. Amstutz, an assaultman with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom...
  • Queens, NY, native helps affect change in Iraq

    11/18/2005 3:44:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 312+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 18, 2005 | Sgt. Ryan S. Scranton
    CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, RAMADI, Iraq (Nov. 18, 2005) -- Sergeant Mohamed S. Salim moved from Guyana to Queens, NY when he was 15 years-old to make a better life for himself and to join the rest of his family. At 27, Salim is again trying to make a better life, only it’s for someone else. Salim is a platoon sergeant with the camp’s guard force. Since his arrival in late August, Salim has conducted nearly 100 patrols through the streets of Ar Ramadi that surround the camp here. “Most of the people I’ve met here are pretty good people,” Salim...
  • North Brunswick, N.J. native receives Bronze Star

    11/18/2005 3:41:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 290+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 18, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Lucian Friel
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Nov. 18. 2005) -- A North Brunswick, N.J. native and commanding officer of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division received the Bronze Star Medal at a ceremony here. Captain Christopher S. Ieva, a 1996 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy received the award for heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. During Operation Matador, Marines destroyed enemy strongholds north of the Euphrates River, in the city of Ubaydi, Iraq. From May 8 to May 14, Ieva achieved battle momentum that...
  • Three-time Iraqi war veteran, Athens native, awarded Purple Heart Medal

    11/16/2005 5:47:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 488+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 16, 2005 | Cpl. Mike Escobar
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Nov. 16, 2005) -- An Athens, Ga. native was presented the Purple Heart Medal here Nov. 10 for wounds received in combat in Iraq. Lance Cpl. John T. Shepard, a 31-year-old boat mechanic formerly with Small Craft Company, Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, and several members of his unit had been conducting a foot patrol through Ramadi’s streets in August when they were ambushed by several insurgents. The capital city of western Iraq’s Al Anbar province is located approximately 100 kilometers west of Baghdad, and has been a focal point of resistance against U.S....
  • Korea native carries on Marine, martial arts tradition

    11/16/2005 3:35:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 426+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 16, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Josh Cox
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (Nov. 16, 2005) -- America has been a haven for people to build a path for fulfilling their dreams. The Marine Corps has given one Marine a stone to begin. Lance Cpl. Joon-Hyun Ryu, 20, was born in Korea, but moved to the United States with his mother to grasp the opportunities available in America. “My parents wanted me to have a better opportunity for education,” said Ryu, a refrigeration mechanic assigned to 8th Communication Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD). “I started learning the alphabet on the plane to America.” Ryu, a reserve Marine, said he...
  • Freehold, N.J., native receives Purple Heart for wounds in combat

    11/14/2005 4:03:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 331+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 14, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Lucian Friel
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Nov. 14, 2005) -- A Freehold, N.J., native was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he received during combat operations in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. Lance Cpl. John Myslinski, 27, a Marine with Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division received the medal for his actions in Ramadi, Iraq back in June. The Purple Heart was established by General George Washington in Newburgh, New York, on Aug. 7, 1782, during the Revolutionary War later awarded to servicemember who was wounded by direct result of enemy action. While Myslinski, a 1996 Freehold Borough High School...
  • Cataula, Ga., native conduct patrols to assist local population

    11/10/2005 9:20:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 350+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 10, 2005 | Pfc. Chistopher J. Ohmen
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (Nov. 10, 2005) -- Staff Sgt. Jason P. Bennett and his fellow Marines with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment frequently conduct patrols of the villages in their area of operations. During these patrols, the Marines and the 30-year-old provisional platoon commander for 4th Platoon, Company G, locate the local leaders at each village and discuss the concerns and needs of their community. Bennett and his Marines completed a number of these operations from Sept. 6 through the 8. “We come to the small areas a lot to see what we can provide for the locals,” said the...
  • L.A. native mans posts to keep Marines safe

    11/10/2005 9:13:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 323+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 10, 2005 | Cpl. Adam C. Schnell
    BARWANA, Iraq (Nov. 10, 2005) -- Being an infantryman and standing security posts go hand in hand when in Iraq. While some are in security positions and others are regulating traffic, these posts are an important part of keeping Marines safe here. Standing many hours on these posts keeping his fellow Marines with Company L, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, safe is Los Angeles native, Lance Cpl. Steve Nuno. The automatic rifleman spends hours everyday manning the entry control point and other security position at the base here. His job while spending time on these mostly uneventful posts is to...
  • Victorville, Calif., native leads census patrol in Barwana

    11/10/2005 9:08:11 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 233+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 10, 2005 | Cpl. Adam C. Schnell
    BARWANA, Iraq (Nov. 10, 2005) -- Just days after Company L, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment arrived here, an early morning patrol left their firm base Oct. 26 to learn more about the community. Corporal Ralph E. Arzate of Victorville, Calif. led the census patrol from house to house as they gathered basic information about each family in the community. Arzate, some Marines with the company, and an interpreter went to each house in a three-block area, meeting the people and gathering information like names, the number of people in the family, weapons in the house, occupations and vehicles they...
  • Akron, Ohio, native deployed to Iraq sees birth of child via internet

    11/08/2005 4:25:36 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 319+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 8, 2005 | Pfc. Chistopher J. Ohmen
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (Nov. 8, 2005) -- While deployed to Iraq, many Marines of 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, will unfortunately miss important family events that happen only once a year or perhaps once in a lifetime. But one Marine, Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Hutchison, a combat cameraman with the battalion, was fortunate enough to see one of the most important events in his life, his first child being born, via video transmitted across the World Wide Web. He received some help from the hospital and fellow deployed Marines, allowing him to see the birth shortly after the actual event....
  • Merrillville, Ind., native passes word to Iraqis

    11/08/2005 4:14:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 443+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 8, 2005 | Sgt. Ryan S. Scranton
    AL KHAFFAJIYAH, Iraq (Nov. 8, 2005) -- While many Marines use the cover of darkness to secretly infiltrate and secure cities and towns across Iraq, Lance Cpl. Pedro L. Rangel is doing his best to be seen and heard. The 21-year-old, Merrillville, Ind., native, with Regimental Combat Team 2, uses a mobile loud speaker to blare messages to local Iraqis once coalition forces have entered a city. “A lot of times we’ll sneak into a town late at night when everyone is sleeping so no one knows we’re there.” Rangel said. “But early the next morning, I’m usually out and...
  • Miami native tanker awarded Bronze Star

    11/08/2005 4:09:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 364+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 8, 2005 | Pfc. Terrell A. Turner
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Nov. 07, 2005) -- When Marines encounter tough situations, they can fall back on training, but basic preparation sometimes isn’t enough. A Marine’s survival instinct combined with combat training could make a Marine an effective force in any situation. Sergeant Anthony J. Gantt of Miami is a prime example of an effectively trained Marine and he was awarded the Bronze Star medal with a combat distinguishing device Oct. 31, for actions performed during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served as a tank commander with 2nd Platoon, Company A, 2nd Tank Battalion. During a combat operation,...
  • Utah Native Continues Family Legacy

    11/03/2005 3:46:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 285+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Nov 3, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Josh Cox
    U.S. Marine CorpsCpl. Quinnon W. Duke Utah Native Continues Family Legacy By Lance Cpl. Josh CoxII Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq, Nov. 3, 2005 — A young boy looked up to his grandfather, a Bronze Star recipient who served in the Army during World War II, and grew up to follow a legacy that he continues today in Iraq. Cpl. Quinnon W. Duke, 27, said his grandfather's service called him to pursue a career in the military, and the nobility of the Corps motivated him to become a Marine. “My grandfather was a strong man with good...
  • Athol, Mass., native keeps it cool in Ramadi

    11/03/2005 3:30:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 244+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 3, 2005 | Sgt. Ryan S. Scranton
    CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, AR RAMADI, Iraq (Nov. 3, 2005) -- What Cpl. Jeffery R. Lyskawa does here is not flashy or sexy. He doesn’t fly planes or stalk the enemy through the night. The 23-year-old Athol, Mass., native maintains and repairs dozens of air conditioners and generators that keep the 2nd Marine Division’s Communications Company up and running. It’s the type of thankless, sweaty job that leaves dirt under his fingernails at the end of the day. Lyskawa is like the Maytag Repair Man for Communications Company, which provides the main conduit for all internet, phone and radio communications flowing...
  • "Hi-ye-tay" Dr. Samuel Billison (November is Native American Month)

    11/02/2005 5:26:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 461+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Nov 2, 2005 | Dr. Samuel Billison
    11/1/2005 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFPN) -- With November being American Indian Heritage Month, I reminisce about a very special World War II veteran whose tour of duty played a very integral role in American military history. In February 2002, I had the distinct honor of meeting a Navajo Code Talker who was also the first Navajo Indian to receive a doctorate degree. I didn't just accidentally meet Dr. Samuel Billison. I looked him up on the Internet and invited him to come to my daughter's elementary school for our 6th Annual Cultural Diversity Assembly. That year was...
  • Columbus, Ga., native aids in fight, one package at a time

    11/02/2005 4:45:01 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 314+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 2, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Josh Cox
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (Nov. 3, 2005) -- The mission of postal Marines in Iraq is vital to the morale of troops serving in operations, and one Marine here is helping in the fight, one package at a time. Corporal Marcus D. Kibble, inspecting noncommissioned officer, Postal Detachment 6, Service Company, Headquarters and Service Battalion, 2nd Force Service Support Group (FWD), serves as a link between Marines here, and their families at home. The Columbus, Ga., native became interested in the Marine Corps as an athlete in high school. “I was interested my freshman year,” he said. The sports enthusiast played...
  • Comanche code talker answered ‘Call to Duty’ (Remembering a Veteran)

    11/01/2005 3:47:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 14 replies · 582+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Nov 1, 2005 | David Vergun
    He became a legend in the Army, as well as in his native Comanche tribe in Oklahoma. Charles Chibitty, 84, the last of the Comanche “code talkers,” died July 20 this year in Tulsa, Okla. He also reportedly was the last hereditary chief of the Comanche, having descended from the great leader, Chief Ten Bears. “Code talkers” is the term used to describe Soldiers from various Indian tribes who communicated on radios, telephones and telegraph during World Wars I and II. They spoke in their own languages and dialects, many of which were not written down and all of which...
  • Houston native's former DI now his platoon sergeant

    10/27/2005 11:41:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 562+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 27, 2005 | Cpl. Tom Sloan
    AR RAMADI, Iraq (Oct. 27, 2005) -- Like many new Marines fresh out of their military occupational specialty school, Lance Cpl. Richard D. Poulis was worried he wouldn't know anyone in his unit. The 26-year-old from Houston didn't carry that concern long, though. He soon encountered someone he knew all to well, Gunnery Sgt. Walter G. Siquieros, his senior drill instructor from Marine Corps Recruit Training Depot San Diego. "I did a double take when I saw him at (Camp San Mateo, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif)," said Poulis. Poulis and Siquieros were checking into 1st Battalion, 5th Marine...
  • Erie, Penn., native leads seasoned squad of Marines

    10/26/2005 5:00:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 347+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 26, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Zahn
    FALLUJAH, Iraq (Oct. 26, 2005) -- The sound of magazines being slapped into weapons and bolts chambering rounds cuts through the dust-filled air. The men adjust their flak jackets and Kevlar helmets to ensure the maximum amount of comfort over the next two hours. Once these final preparations are made, they all look at their leader. Every man is in his place and knows his role in the mission. They won’t move however, unless they receive the order to do so. The commanding voice of their leader bellows out, “Hey, are ya’ll ready?” The voice receives a chorus of affirmative...
  • Idaho Falls native keeps convoys safe in Iraq

    10/26/2005 4:53:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 319+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 26, 2005 | Cpl. Adam C. Schnell
    HADITHA DAM, Iraq (Oct. 26, 2005) -- Traveling on the roads in Iraq can be dangerous as insurgents continue placing roadside bombs and targeting Marines and civilians. On the road everyday, helping keep many of the convoys for 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment safe, is Idaho Falls, Idaho, native Cpl. Christopher L. Carney. The convoy security element commander with the battalion’s motor transport section is seen on nearly every convoy above the first vehicle in the gunner’s seat. Being the first vehicle in the convoy helps him see what lies ahead of the convoy and be the first line of...
  • Kokomo, Ind., native rides again, on fourth deployment to Middle East

    10/24/2005 5:08:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 353+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 24, 2005 | Cpl. Micah Snead
    AL ASAD, Iraq (Oct. 24, 2005) -- The current operational tempo of the Global War on Terrorism means many Marines are deploying to combat zones on a yearly basis. Back-to-back combat tours can cause headaches for Marines and heartaches for their families, but for Sgt. C. Alexander Wolf, it’s just another day at the office. Wolf, the signals intelligence chief for 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), is on his fourth deployment to the Middle East, dating back to 2003. The Kokomo, Ind., native, works for the Wing’s intelligence division, whose duties range from intercepting and analyzing electronic communications signals to...
  • Missoula, Mont., native seeing the world and loving it

    10/21/2005 4:23:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 416+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 21,2005 | Cpl. Shane Suzuki
    AR RAMADI, Iraq (Oct. 21, 2005) -- People join the military for many reasons. Some join for adventure, some for college money, some for travel and some join for the experience and chance to serve their country. Lance Cpl. Brandon Holland, a 20-year-old from Missoula, Mont., decided to enlist and become a Marine for all those reasons and more. Holland, a heavy machine gunner with Platoon Black, Combined Anti-Armor Team, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, grew up in Montana and always knew that the world was a bigger place than his home state. “I always wanted to join,”...
  • Chicago native finds direction, guidance in the Marine Corps

    10/21/2005 4:16:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 227+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 21,2005 | Cpl. Shane Suzuki
    AR RAMADI, Iraq (Oct. 21, 2005) -- Some people need the guidance and direction the Marine Corps provides and Pfc. David Smush, a machine gunner with Weapons Platoon, Company L, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, was one of them. A Chicago native, Smush was working odd jobs and struggling to find direction when he stumbled into a Marine Corps recruiting office one day. “It was a spur of the moment thing,” the 19-year-old said. “I was tired of being at home all the time. I worked at a gas station and sometimes at a fire station. I needed something more.”...
  • Orange County, Calif., native joins Corps for many reasons

    10/21/2005 4:12:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 293+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 21,2005 | Cpl. Shane Suzuki
    AR RAMADI, Iraq (Oct. 21, 2005) -- Lance Cpl. James Loomis joined the Marine Corps for a number of reasons. While some people join for adventure or college money, others join for the chance to travel and experience other cultures. Loomis, a machine gunner from Orange County, Calif., enlisted in the Corps for all those reasons and more. Loomis, who is with Company L, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, grew up in southern California and always knew that the world had more to offer than the odd jobs he worked before enlisting. “I didn’t have any scholarships for college and...
  • Centralia, Wash., native doing his part in Ar Ramadi

    10/21/2005 4:10:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 256+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 21,2005 | Cpl. Shane Suzuki
    AR RAMADI, Iraq (Oct. 21, 2005) -- Many young men and women harbor dreams of serving their country and enlisting in the Marine Corps. Joe Bier from Centralia, Wash., is following that dream. Corporal Bier, a 21-year-old machine gunner, is on his first tour in Iraq and looks back on his decision to enlist with pride. “(Joining the Marine Corps) was something I wanted to do for a long time,” he said. “If I didn’t do it when I did, I would have never joined and regretted it for the rest of my life.” Becoming an infantryman and deploying to...
  • Stafford, Va., native serves in Operation Iraq Freedom

    10/21/2005 4:04:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 249+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 21,2005 | Cpl. Shane Suzuki
    AR RAMADI, Iraq (Oct. 21, 2005) -- Being a Marine is something Lance Cpl. Joel Mulligan always wanted to be. Coming from a military family, the choice wasn’t hard for the 20-year-old from Stafford, Va. “I’d always wanted to be a Marine,” said Mulligan. “Plus my best friend’s dad was a recruiter, so I learned a lot about the Corps through him.” Mulligan, who eventually left for recruit training Nov. 10, 2003, actually postponed his entry date so he could become a machine gunner in the Marine Corps. “I had to wait more than eight months to get the (Military...
  • Edgewood, Iowa native gets college and whole lot more

    10/20/2005 4:24:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 468+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 20, 2005 | Cpl. Shane Suzuki
    AR RAMADI, Iraq (Oct. 20, 2005) -- For many, getting a four-year degree from a college or university is the path to accomplishing their career goals. However, for a number of people, the cost of attending those schools is prohibitive. Private First Class David Shellito Jr., found a way to pay for his school, as well as gain valuable leadership skills when he joined the Marine Corps. The Edgewood, Iowa native chose the Marine Corps when he decided to attend college, but still needed time to decide on what career path he would take. “I joined to get help paying...
  • Loganville native proud to serve third tour in Iraq

    10/14/2005 4:55:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 268+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 14, 2005 | Sgt. Josh H. Hauser
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (Oct. 14, 2005) -- Some people go their whole life wondering if they ever made a difference. Marines don’t have that problem. –Ronald Regan, 40th President of the United States of America. One Marine who says he will never have that problem as well is Cpl. David P. Dees of Loganville, Ga. Dees is a motor transportation operator assigned to Transportation Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Force Service Support Group (Forward), here. At 22 years of age, Dees has just begun his third tour in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His first stint...