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NHCP to Participate in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 26, 2014
Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton is hosting the Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Apr. 26 for all TRICARE beneficiaries in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration to help prevent medication misuse, abuse and theft. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:57:41 GMT
Marine Forces North hosts DCSA executive summit
Marine Forces North hosted the Defense Support of Civil Authorities executive summit at the Federal City Auditorium in New Orleans, April 23, 2014. The summit brought together representatives from each of the U.S. military services as well as numerous government agencies to collaborate and learn the intricacies of how DSCA works and how each organization can better work together during domestic crises.


Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:24:41 GMT
2nd MAW Marine, Sailors share hometown ties
Cherry Point is home to thousands of service members filling a variety of roles in support of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. With such a large number of service members spread across dozens of squadrons, new faces can be seen around every corner.  It was for this reason that when the wing surgeon of 2nd MAW, the executive officer of Marine Aircraft


Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:43:51 GMT
Headquarters squadrons face off in annual field meet
A step up from last year, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron won the annual field meet against Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., April 18, 2014.   H&HS’s top leadership won the trophy during a tie-breaking relay race between the squadrons’ commanding and executive officers and sergeants major.


Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:38:00 GMT
Young Marines take little trip
These children are part of the Excelsior High Desert Young Marines, a youth education and service program for boys and girls ages 8 through 18. It is the focal point


Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:52:00 GMT
HMLA-467 pilots, crew refine skills
Pilots from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 467 improved their flying abilities by sharpening their skills with visual and instrument flight rules with the UH-1Y Venom at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., April 21, 2014.  During VFR, pilots use visual references to guide their aircraft in flight. During IFR, pilots use


Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:37:24 GMT
MCPD stays on point
An active shooter incident is where one or more shooters are looking to harm as many people as possible, explained Tom Streeter, lead training instructor for MCLB Barstow’s MCPD. The 2009 and recent shootings at Fort Hood


Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:33:00 GMT
Carolina Hurricanes honor two RS Raleigh Marines during final game of season
Sgt. Thomas S. Otwell and Sgt. David A. Miller, recruiters with Marine Corps Recruiting Station Raleigh, were honored as the Chevy Service Members of the Week by the Carolina Hurricanes during the team’s final game of the season against the Washington Capitals at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., April 10.  The Marines were given free entry to the

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:16:00 GMT
Coalition forces enhance leadership skills during noncommissioned officer symposium
Multinational noncommissioned officers with Task Force Belleau Wood enhanced their leadership skills during a Coalition Committed and Engaged Leadership Symposium aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, April 20.  Task Force Belleau Wood is comprised of approximately 3,400 Marines as well as a multitude of NATO International Security Assistance Force


Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:57:15 GMT
Infantrymen disrupt Taliban lethal aid in Helmand Province
As the majority of Camp Leatherneck’s residents were still asleep one typical Thursday morning, infantrymen with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, reinforced with Afghan commandos, prepared to depart friendly lines, April 17.  Their two-day mission was to disrupt lethal enemy aid and to search three compounds of interest in an


Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:50:00 GMT
 
Core Values a Family Affair for Father, Daughter (Features) (Marines Uncovered)
Article By Cpl. Anne Henry
With frequent moves and deployments a common factor shared by all Marines, they are afforded the unique opportunity to work with individuals whom they never would have met as civilians. What is even more unique  [Read more...]
Article By Cpl. Anne Henry
Master Gunnery Sgt. Corey L. Croom, left, and his daughter Lance Cpl. Chesney A. Croom pose for a photo at the summit of Mount Suribachi April 11 during a professional military education tour to Iwo To, formerly known as Iwo Jima. "It's surreal because, in 26 years, I never pictured myself getting an opportunity to even land on Iwo To," said Corey Croom. "To experience this with my oldest daughter, who happens to be a lance corporal in the United States Marine Corps, is (even more unique)." Corey Croom is the operations noncommissioned officer in charge with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 1, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and Chesney Croom is a logistics embarkation clerk with MWHS-1, 1st MAW, III MEF. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Anthony J. Kirby/Released)

Master Gunnery Sgt. Corey L. Croom and his daughter Lance Cpl. Chesney A. Croom pose for a photo at the summit of Mount Suribachi April 11 during a professional military education tour to Iwo To, formerly known as Iwo Jima. “It’s surreal because, in 26 years, I never pictured myself getting an opportunity to even land on Iwo To,” said Corey Croom. “To experience this with my oldest daughter, who happens to be a lance corporal in the United States Marine Corps, is (even more unique).” Corey Croom is the operations noncommissioned officer in charge with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 1, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, and Chesney Croom is a logistics embarkation clerk with MWHS-1, 1st MAW. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Anthony J. Kirby/Released)

With frequent moves and deployments a common factor shared by all Marines, they are afforded the unique opportunity to work with individuals whom they never would have met as civilians. What is even more unique and rare is to spend time in the Marine Corps serving side by side with a family member.

Although they joined the Marine Corps decades apart, Master Gunnery Sgt. Corey L. Croom and his daughter Lance Cpl. Chesney A. Croom are currently assigned to the same unit in Okinawa, Japan.

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“My daughter already had core values growing up,” said Master Gunnery Sgt. Croom, the operations noncommissioned officer in charge with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 1, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. “The Marine Corps is building on that. I see my daughter now, 15 months after leaving for boot camp, and she is still the same mature young woman she was when she was living in my house. The only difference now is that she is (a lance corporal). It is surreal.”

Before recruit training, Lance Cpl. Croom spent three years on Okinawa in a dependent status. Upon leaving her military occupational specialty school, she received orders to return to the Asia-Pacific region.

“I lived over here for three years and left last year for Mississippi,” said Lance Cpl. Croom, a logistics embarkation clerk with MWHS-1, 1st MAW, III MEF. “Upon graduating my MOS school, I received orders right back here. It is bittersweet.”

For Lance Cpl. Croom, joining the Marine Corps was not quite the adjustment it may have been for some recruits.

“I joined the Marine Corps knowing what it was since I grew up in it,” said Lance Cpl. Croom. “It has been exactly what I thought it was, so there really have been no surprises.”

It is unusual for Marines to be able to work on a day-to-day basis with family members, according to Master Gunnery Sgt. Croom. For father and daughter, sharing the title “Marine” and its associated experiences are a special blessing.

“Last week, we had the opportunity to go to Iwo Jima together,” said Master Gunnery Sgt. Croom. “We didn’t really see the big deal about it until we thought about the things we have been able to do together. I now not only get to be with my junior Marines, but also with my oldest daughter.”

In any work environment, and more so in the military, it is necessary that customs and courtesies are followed. This can be difficult when coworkers are accustomed to addressing each other with more familiarity.

“I always catch myself calling her nicknames,” said Master Gunnery Sgt. Croom. “It’s when she looks at me that I know I have to correct myself and address her as lance corporal.”

Although his daughter may be following in her father’s footsteps, she is taking responsibility for her own success in the Marine Corps, according to Master Gunnery Sgt. Croom.

“This is her own journey,” said Master Gunnery Sgt. Croom. “She is now making a name for herself.”


Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:21:52 +0000
 
Marines become martial arts instructors
After 15 days training through sweat, blood, mud and tears, students of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor Course finally achieved what they had been striving for — their instructor tab.
Marines become martial arts instructors
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:45:00 -0400
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Sgt. Joshua Rangle, a student with the Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor Course, competes in a pull-up competition, the losing team had to perform 10 burpees March 24, 2014. Marines from commands surrounding Fort George G. Meade, Md., attended the course March 14 through April 4. The competition was a part of the daily warm up, exercise and flexibility.
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Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:43:05 -0400
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Sgt. Justin Boling drags Sgt. Joshua Rangle, students with the Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor Course, during a buddy warm-up, exercise and flexibility April 24, 2014. Marines from commands surrounding Fort George G. Meade, Md., attended the course March 14 through April 4. The students completed five exercises with 10 repetitions each in between dragging a fellow Marine and preforming different exercises in between cones.
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Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:42:39 -0400
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Sgt. Justin Boling and Cpl. Austin Ross, students with the Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor Course, complete the NATO course at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., March 24, 2014. Marines from commands surrounding Fort Meade attended the course March 14 through April 4. Earlier in the day, the students toured Raider Hall at the Martial Arts Center for Excellence, the students went there to study the history of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.
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Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:42:33 -0400
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Master Sgt. Jason Whitesel, a Martial Arts Instructor Trainer, lectures students of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor Course at Fort George G. Meade, Md., March 24, 2014. Marines from commands surrounding Fort Meade attended the course March 14 through April 4. The students received lectures, classes on Marine Corps and Marine Corps Martial Arts history as well as guidance on the proper way to instruct.
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Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:42:13 -0400
 
Mandatory On-post Housing & Changes to POV Shipping
  Mandatory On-post housing:  The Mandatory Housing Assignment Policy #63 is effective this year to reduce the number of on-post housing vacancies.   We encourage sponsors for new community members to inform incoming servicemembers of this policy. To view the letter, please visit the following link: MANDATORY HOUSING ASSIGNMENT POLICY LETTER

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:47:00 GMT
US Marines, sailors to conduct training in Nigeria
Approximately 20 Marines and sailors from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14 will travel in April to Nigeria to conduct a theater security cooperation mission designed to improve the military capacity of our African partners and better enable them to prevent conflict and increase regional security. The American service members


Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:10:28 GMT
SP-MAGTF Africa Marines continue donating to relief society
Every year between March and April, Marines and sailors participate in an annual fund drive for the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society.  The NMCRS provides financial assistance to service members with the Navy and Marine Corps, their family members, widows and survivors.  According to 1st Lt. Wes Roberts, the adjutant for Special-Purpose Marine


Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:50:51 GMT
U.S., Estonian service members meet with Latvian high school students
United States Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force 14, from 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, are currently in Latvia training with the local army for exercise Summer Shield along with Estonian and Lithuanian service members, but they were able to make a special trip to a small school in the rural Latvian countryside to


Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:30:00 GMT
Multinational participation plays key factor to Exercise African Lion
In the current global-security environment, one nation isn’t enough. After decades of overseas contingency operations, from the sands of Afghanistan to the jungles of Mali, coalitions are a clear indicator of partner nations’ commitment to worldwide stability and security.   Exercise African Lion is U.S. Africa Command’s flagship program in


Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:50:00 GMT
US Marine, Coastguardsman work together, train with Togolese Navy, Gendarmerie
A U.S. Marine and U.S. Coastguardsmen traveled to Lomé, Togo, to demonstrate small-boat engine mechanics to a group of sailors and Gendarmerie from the Togo Navy, March 22-29.  Lance Cpl. Tyler Jackson, a Marine with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14.1, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian Spence, a Coastguardsman with U.S. Coast


Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:15:50 GMT
Marines land in Morocco, demonstrate crisis response capability
In today’s security environment, the ability to quickly place military personnel on a location anywhere on the globe is at a premium. In order to stay ready for that task, the U.S. Marines of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force conducted a training mission in Tifnit, Morocco, April 3, 2014. Their mission was executed in conjunction with


Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:25:55 GMT
International military police officers find common ground at African Lion 14
Military police officers from the U.S. Marines, Army and Air Force, along with Royal Moroccan soldiers specializing in riot-control, found common ground as enforcers of the law during African Lion 14.  The training engagement, out on the desert-lined coast of Tifnit, Morocco, focused on more than training alongside partners; it integrated the


Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:13:00 GMT
Marines conduct non-lethal weapons training in Nigeria
A group of Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14.1 recently returned from a five-day training exercise in Abuja, Nigeria, March 22.  The group of four Marines trained approximately 20 Nigerian soldiers on basic non-lethal weapons techniques in support of U.S. Africa Command and Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa’s


Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:33:00 GMT
US Marines demonstrate non-lethal weapons to Ghanaian sailors
Three Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14.1 trained a group of sailors from the Ghana Navy in non-lethal weapons tactics in Takoradi, Ghana, March 17-21.  Capt. Travis Posey and Lance Cpls. Sheridan Halfacre and Dewayne Gregory traveled from Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, with members of a small theater security


Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:10:00 GMT
 
Marine Corps Warfighting Lab begins ship-to-shore landing craft
Members of the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab arrived here to test a model version of the Ultra Heavy-lift Amphibious Connector (UHAC) March 3. The UHAC is an amphibious craft that has three times the lift capacity and greater coastal access than the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC.) “It’s promising because it allows a greater lift and it’s exciting

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Marines and Australians train together in the Top End
Marines slowly edge their way to the firing line as adrenaline courses through their veins. Assuming their firing positions, they insert their magazines and prepare to fire. As the command was given, the sharp crack of rifles could be heard through the jungle as Marines and Australian Soldiers sent rounds downrange towards their targets.  Marines

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:40:00 GMT
Australian general welcomes MRF-D aboard
Brig. Gen. John Frewen, 1st Brigade commanding general and senior Australian Defence Force officer for Robertson Barracks, spoke to Marine Rotational Force – Darwin Marines about expectations for the six- and the significance of their presence, here, April 11.   Each company formed into perfect alignment and waited for the command to gather around


Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Marines increase presence in Australia with third iteration of MRF-D
Service members at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay departed here, March 25, to begin a six-month deployment to Australia’s Northern Territory as part of Marine Rotational Force – Darwin. Approximately 100 Marines from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 (HMH-463) and Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 24 (MALS-24), as well as four CH-53E


Thu, 27 Mar 2014 01:14:00 GMT
Marine Corps Warfighting Lab begins testing ship-to-shore landing craft
Members of the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab arrived here to test a model version of the Ultra Heavy-lift Amphibious Connector (UHAC) March 3. The UHAC is an amphibious craft that has three times the lift capacity and greater coastal access than the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC.) “It’s promising because it allows a greater lift and it’s exciting


Wed, 19 Mar 2014 02:47:00 GMT
Exercise Cobra Gold 2014 concludes
Exercise Cobra Gold 2014 concluded Feb. 21 following a multilateral combined arms live-fire exercise at Royal Thai Navy Tactical Training Center Ban Chan Krem, Kingdom of Thailand.  Cobra Gold is the largest multinational and multiservice exercise in Southeast Asia, which takes places annually throughout the Kingdom of Thailand. This year’s


Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:21:00 GMT
Culminating event strengthens interoperability at Cobra Gold
The roar of jets overhead diverts the attention of the crowd to the sky as aircraft drop various types of ordinance. The rumble of tanks approaching is heard at the same time as the crack of the explosion. The combined arms live-fire exercise has started.  Marines from the Republic of Korea, Kingdom of Thailand and United States came together in


Fri, 21 Feb 2014 20:31:00 GMT
Royal Thai, US Marines practice entry methods
Royal Thai and U.S. Marines conducted methods of entry training Feb. 15 at Ban Chan Krem, Kingdom of Thailand during Exercise Cobra Gold.   The purpose of the training was to demonstrate to Royal Thai Marine infantrymen and combat engineers the Marine Corps explosive ordinance disposal’s tactics, techniques and procedures for breaching an   


Fri, 21 Feb 2014 07:34:00 GMT
Osprey supports multinational Marine fast-rope drills
Ever since the MV-22B Osprey was fully implemented into the Marine Corps, U.S. Marines have been riding, rappelling and parachuting out of them as part of operations and exercises.   Royal Thai, Republic of Korea and U.S. Marines conducted fast-rope drills out of an MV-22B Osprey Feb. 18 in Hat Yao, Kingdom of Thailand during Exercise Cobra


Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:16:00 GMT
Royal Thai, U.S. Marines partner to improve combat accuracy, effectiveness
“Shooters, STANDBY!” echoes across the range as a line of Royal Thai and U.S Marines bring their rifles up to their shoulders and lean forward into their buttstocks.  Each shooter stands prepared to fire on the appropriate command. When that moment comes, the smell of sulfur fills the air as each Marine starts taking steps toward their target,


Wed, 19 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT
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