Integrated Task Force Artillery Marines send first rounds downrange
As the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force Marines pave the way forward, live-fire training serves as a vital aspect of weaponry familiarization. Marines of Battery A, GCEITF, sent the first rounds down range during a live-fire artillery shoot with the M777A2 Lightweight Howitzer at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Oct.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:53:00 GMT
Pendleton residents save energy in housing
The Department of Defense has made energy conservation a main focus over the last several years, with one program specifically affecting the residents on Camp Pendleton called the Resident Energy Conservation Program. This program’s goal is to encourage energy conservation and reduce electricity costs in more than 7,500 housing units in 20 areas on

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:30:03 GMT
Marines, Sailors Hit the Beaches Ready to Roll
Marines with 1st Transportation Support Battalion and Marine Wing Support Squadron 373, along with Sailors assigned to Assault Craft Unit 5 and Beach Master Unit 1, participated in ship-to-shore drills during exercise Pacific Horizon 2015 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct.23. PH 15 is a scenario driven, simulation supported crisis response

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:22:00 GMT
Special Reaction Team trains critical skills
The Camp Pendleton Provost Marshal Office’s Special Reaction Team conducted live-fire training at Range 300, Oct. 23.  The team handled several weapon systems to include shotguns, rifles and pistols. The weapons they fired are used in critical operations, including hostage situations, breaching structures and unconventional weapons handling. The

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:00:00 GMT
31st MEU Marine goes back to his amphibious roots on the USS Peleliu
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Sy Poggemeyer knew how to get around an amphibious assault ship at the age of four.   “I remember going to my dad’s stateroom, thinking that it was really big. I jumped on his bed; he had the Nintendo [Entertainment System] set up, so there we were, playing the old Mario Bros. game with my dad,” said Poggemeyer, radio

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:51:00 GMT
Exercise program a big HITT with Marines aboard Miramar
Marines with Aircraft Recovery, a unit within Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron (H&HS), took part in a High Intensity Tactical Training workout at the HITT Center aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 22.

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:37:04 GMT
Recruits learn rifle fundamentals during Grass Week
Recruits of Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, learned rifle fundamentals during Grass Week at Edson Range, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 15.  The purpose of Grass Week is to teach recruits the basic fundamentals of marksmanship and learn the functions of the rifle such as how to load, unload and fire the M16-A4 service

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:34:00 GMT
Guatemalan native joins Marine Corps brotherhood
The death of a father, a constant move from state to state and school to school would be enough to make any child question a sense of belonging or family security.  Fortunately, one recruit was able to find a sense of himself, belonging and security in the type of brotherhood the Marine Corps offers.   Private Axel L. Franco, Platoon 1034, Bravo

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:33:00 GMT
Headquarters and Service Company Marines reach foundations of combat conditioning through hiking
In the early morning, just before the sun rose, Marines and sailors from Headquarters and Service Company, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, practiced the basics of combat conditioning as they conducted a four-mile hike aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Oct. 23, 2014.   Marines and sailors wore body armor and carried

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:53:00 GMT
MWSS-373 Marines Build Up for PH 15
Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 373, Combat Engineers Platoon, erected a multipurpose building (SWA hut) during exercise Pacific Horizon 2015 aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 21-22. The wooden structure was built to shelter and support a local population through a notional scenario during PH 15.  PH 15 is a scenario

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:24:08 GMT
5 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Marine Corps Energy (On Target)
Article By Courtesy Story
October is Energy Action Month. If the Marine Corps reduces energy consumption at installations by as little as 10 percent, it could save $26 million. Your feedback can help during this month. We need active duty Marines to  [Read more...]
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The Marine Corps wants your help in reducing the energy used Corps-wide. While October is Energy Action Month, Marines can make simple changes year round to help save energy. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alvin Parson/ Released)

October is Energy Action Month. If the Marine Corps reduces energy consumption at installations by as little as 10 percent, it could save $26 million. Your feedback can help during this month. We need active duty Marines to help out by taking this short survey. Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about Marine Corps energy.

Energy Supply Lines Put Marines at Risk.

Energy is one of the Marine Corps’ most vulnerable commodities. When Marines and Sailors transport fuel, they are vulnerable to attack. Take care of your fellow Marines – use only what you need.

Energy is Mission Critical.

From training and support on base to transport and mission effectiveness on the battlefield, energy supports our mission. Battlefield conditions, natural disasters, and our enemies can limit access to critical energy supplies. Remember: The less energy-dependent Marines are, the more agile and lethal our Corps will be.

Energy is Expensive.

The Marine Corps spent $262M on installation energy alone in FY13 – that doesn’t account for the fuel required for training efforts or deployed environments.  Reducing installation energy use by 10 percent could save the Marine Corps $26M. That is almost the same amount of money it takes to fully execute five Integrated Training Exercises (ITXs), the crux of pre-deployment training. In a time when budgets continue to contract, using only what you need allows Marines to train longer, go further, and be more effective in executing our missions.

Small Steps Can Have Big Impacts.

Small changes in energy use can yield substantial results. Heating and cooling accounts for as much as one half of home energy use. Setting a thermostat back 10-15 degrees for 8 hours a day can save 15 percent of annual heating and cooling costs. Turning off lights at night, when leaving a room, or using natural lighting can also drive big savings.

October is Energy Action Month!

Energy Action Month is a federal program that encourages energy and water savings in federal facilities. Marines are encouraged to develop energy and water saving behaviors, and talk to their leadership, fellow Marines, and Energy Managers about energy use in their unit.

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Marine Corps utilizes energy efficiency to equip warfighters
Col. James Caley, director of the Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Office, talks about how the Marine Corps is taking on use.
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Tips to save money in energy costs.
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Children master mile during Marine Corps Marathon Kids Run [Image 6 of 7]
More than 3,000 children participated in the Marine Corps Marathon Kids Run Oct. 25 at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Children ages 5-12 had the opportunity to get active and run a one-mile lap for fun around the five-sided building.
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Children master mile during Marine Corps Marathon Kids Run [Image 7 of 7]
Sgt. Christopher Key, a trombone instrumentalist with the Quantico Marine Corps Band, performs "The Saints Go Marching In" during the Marine Corps Marathon Kids Run Oct. 25 at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Key, a Detroit, Michigan, native, and the rest of the band present performed for the more than 3,000 children, their families and Marine volunteers.
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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:02:22 -0400
U.S. Marines partner with East African forces
U.S. Marines arrived in East Africa, October 14, to train Ugandan and Burundian forces, preparing them for future deployments.  The forces will practice basic infantry tactics, engineering, logistical support, countering improvised explosive devices, lifesaving techniques, and convoy operations throughout October and December. The U.S. force is

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
U.S., Bulgaria resilient as regional threat looms
U.S. and Bulgarian military exercises demonstrate a combined commitment to preserving European security amidst recent Russian aggression.  As current regional tensions in Eastern Europe intensify, NATO partnerships are vital to deescalating and deterring threats.  During a recent training exercise, the U.S. and Bulgarian forces refined offensive

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Riverine tactics deter illicit activity on Cameroon waterways
Countries in Africa with access to coastal and inland waterways like Cameroon have placed great emphasis on riverine operations and patrolling to help ensure the safety and security of their border.  Marines, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen from Security Cooperation Team 5 Bravo, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa,

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
US Marines provide support to Ebola Response in West Africa
U.S. Marines and sailors assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Africa (SPMAGTF-CR-AF) arrived in Monrovia, Liberia, and are ready to provide support to Operation United Assistance, Oct. 9, 2014.  On Oct. 8, 2014, an alert response force from SPMAGTF-CR-AF consisting of four MV-22 Ospreys, two KC-130J Super

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Finding the ties that bind: Breaking the cycle in West Africa
As any Marine will attest to, the back-bone of the Marine Corps is our strong NCO leadership. The Marine Corps has a proud history of encouraging decentralized leadership and empowering our NCOs to accomplish a given task. This requires a high level of trust plus communication between officers and NCOs and willingness for officers to allow success

Wed, 08 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Final GDP-ISAF Rotation Redeploys Following Successful Partnership with Georgian Armed Forces
Marines and Sailors from Georgia Training Team, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, are nearing the end of their six month deployment supporting the Georgia Deployment Program- International Security Assistance Force. They are the final GTT to train a Battalion from the Georgian Armed Forces to support the ISAF mission in Afghanistan.   Combat

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Ebola: AFL, US enablers key in Liberia's fight against virus
A U.S. military contingent led by Marines are assisting the Armed Forces of Liberia to handle humanitarian and security crises.  Since 2009, U.S. Marines, leading a joint force from U.S. Africa Command, have partnered with the AFL and other West African forces as part of Operation Onward Liberty.   "The AFL has steadily grown in both capability and

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:06:32 GMT
How Marines and West Africans improved relationships through community outreach projects in Senegal
Note: U.S. Marine Capt. Dustin Partridge is the officer-in-charge for the current iteration of the Military Intelligence Basic Officer Course-Africa, a multilateral military training engagement in Senegal. He shares his experiences building positive relationships with the host-nation community in this first-person perspective.    Marines always

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:58:00 GMT
Maj. Gen. Beydler visits SP-MAGTF Africa
Maj. Gen. William D. Beydler, the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Africa, visited here, Sept. 13, to meet the service members of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14. The service members currently assigned to SP-MAGTF Africa 14 are tasked with supporting Marine Forces Europe and

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:11:19 GMT
Tennessee Marine returns from training in Burundi
Major Luke A. Sauber, a Marine with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14, and native of Memphis, Tennessee, recently returned from a theater security cooperation mission in Burundi.    Sauber was part of a small team of Marines and Sailors who trained and advised the Burundi National Defense Force in logistics and engineering,

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:10:43 GMT
MARFORPAC Marines recognized for exceptional work
Master Sgt. Lisa Morales and Staff Sgt. Alfredo Estrella, with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, were recently recognized by the former Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos during the annual Modern Day Marine Exposition award ceremony at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Sept. 24.  The two Phoenix natives were presented with statues of

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:30:00 GMT
Fought war, gained title
Jacob Sprinkle had been tied to the Marine Corps since birth, born little more than a short 13 years ago on November 10 — the Marine Corps' birthday. Sadly, Jacob would never live to serve in the Corps, but now, in death, he bears the title of "Marine." More than 100 guests filled the Jonesville, Virginia Lee County High School auditorium tonight

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:07:00 GMT
1/12 conducts mortar training, preps for deployment
Marines with Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, fired 120mm rounds from the M327 Expeditionary Fire Support System Oct. 7 during one of the battery’s training and readiness evaluations at Schofield Barracks’ newly re-opened ranges. The gun sections were evaluated on timeliness of their fire support, weapon emplacement, and the

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 20:35:00 GMT
MarForPac Band revisits Palau after a 50 year-span
In honor and remembrance of the 70th Anniversary of the landingon Peleliu, the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band visited the Republic ofPalau, Sept. 12 through 18.  The landing on Peleliu still remains as one of the bloodiest battles for the Marines who fought in the Pacific during World War II, also having been the battle where eight of the

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Marines remember the Battle of Peleliu
Rewind to 70 years earlier, and you have a 19-year-old William Darling, a private first class in the Marine Corps at the time, and Kiyokazu Tsuchida, a 24-year-old soldier fighting for the Empire of Japan, on the Island of Peleliu fighting against each other in one of the bloodiest battles that would come out of World War II.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:58:00 GMT
MARFORPAC bids farewell to Robling, welcomes Toolan
In a change of command ceremony, Lt. Gen. Terry G. Robling relinquished command of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, to Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, Aug. 15, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The event also marks the end of a 38-year-long career for Robling, who retired after relinquishing command.  The change of command, which is normally conducted every

Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:50:00 GMT
Philippines host US Marines for non-lethal weapons exercise 2014
Service members from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police and U.S. Marines from 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force, began the field training exercise portion of the Non-Lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2014, Aug. 4. This year marks the 13th iteration of this event, which is held annually by U.S.

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:24:00 GMT
AFP, PNP demonstrate techniques learned throughout NOLES
Service members from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and police officers with the Philippine National Police demonstrated techniques learned throughout the field training exercise portion of Non-lethal Weapons Executive Seminar (NOLES) 2014, August 14, in front of senior leaders from 20 nations. This year marks the 13th iteration of this event,

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:59:00 GMT
JGSDF experience Marine Corps aircraft maintenance
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force officers attended a display of the MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft and machinery used for maintenance on the Marine Corps’ aircraft July 18 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.   The JGSDF officers who attended were pilots and maintenance workers that deal with similar aircraft and responsibilities.   “They have

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:08:23 GMT
CLT-2 takes grenade range on PTA
Headquarters Battery with 1st Battalion, 12th Marines and members of the Indonesian Korps Marinir and Australian Army, all attached to Company Landing Team 2, conducted grenade range operations at Range 5A in Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, July 20, during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014.  RIMPAC is the largest maritime exercise in the

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:24:02 GMT
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