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MCIEAST, MCB Camp Lejeune merge under single command NAT FAHY Marine Corps Installations East

Beneath a cloudless sky Tuesday, several hundred Marines representing Camp Lejeune units participated in a formal re-designation ceremony held at W.P.T. Hill Field to recognize the official merge of Marine Corps Installations East and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune under the singular command of Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Gorry. In front of more than

300 onlookers and assisted by their sergeants major, outgoing base commander Col. Daniel Lecce and Gorry encased their respective unit colors representing MCIEAST and Camp Lejeune. Shortly afterward, Gorry unfurled a new set to recognize the re-designated command. This change in command structure was in response to an earlier decision by Headquarters Marine Corps to realign installation commands to optimize support to

CPL. DAMANY S. COLEMAN Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune


ince he took charge of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in June 2010, Col. Daniel J. Lecce has taken the role of base commanding officer to a level never seen before. April 3, during the MCB Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Installations East redesignation ceremony, Lecce turned his duties and responsibilities over to Maj. Gen. Thomas A. Gorry, the commanding general of MCIEAST. Lecce took a few moments to answer several questions about his unique tenure spent as the last field-grade officer in command of MCB Camp Lejeune. Q: What comes to mind when someone says, “natural disasters?” A: My tenure here at Camp Lejeune immediately comes to mind. They’re kind of connected but we rose to the occasion every time, a very Marine-like way of handling one bad news story after another. The Emergency Operations Center, the base Web page and the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Facebook page were working like a dream. As bad as it was, almost 40 hours being in the same place, we really reacted very well and got back to normal quickly. Q: What do you think you will miss the most about being the base commander? A: I think without question, I’m going to miss the young Marines. The demographic in the Marine Corps is 27-years-

Marine Corps operating forces and tenant commands. According to HQMC, these organizational changes are consistent with efficiencies initiatives ongoing throughout the Marine Corps to implement more effective ways for mission accomplishment. Originally stood up in October 2005, MCIEAST is one of three other regional commands that now fall under Marine Corps Installations Command at Headquarters Marine Corps. Since it

of-age or under. There is no greater honor than to lead Marines. Q: What were your expectations coming to this command and how did that match up to your experiences? A: I expected fewer natural disasters but it’s the typical Marine Corps: it puts you in a job where you either grow or sink. None of us are brought up as installation commanders. The staff I had was tremendous; the community here in Onslow County has been very cooperative. After the first couple of months, it didn’t become easy to work here but it became more and more of a pleasure to do it. Q: You have used the phrase “Stay hard, stay Marine,” on numerous occasions before. Can you explain? A: It means a lot of things. It means live the code. It’s the unsaid code that we all share, honor, courage and commitment. You have to live those words, you have to personify them. It means doing the right thing when no one is looking and that your word is your bond. When you say something, without question, 100 percent of the time I can trust you. That’s what it is to be a Marine. What causes someone to walk into a situation where death is almost assured? It’s the code and worse than death, is dishonoring that. Q: Over the past two years, you’ve become a part of the Camp Lejeune and Onslow County communities. How important is the military community to you? A: The community here is tremendous. I get people

was formed this past fall, the aim of MCICOM is to better increase the management and operations of the installations with a clarification of authority and responsibility. In addition, MCICOM hopes to standardize installation functions across the Marine Corps to better support the warfighting mission. The other commands include Marine Corps Installations Pacific in Okinawa, Japan, and Marine Corps Installations West in Camp Pendleton, Calif.

In a speech commending Lecce’s ability to take care of tenants and families while fostering critical relationships with the community, MCICOM Commanding General Maj. Gen. James Kessler remarked, “In the case of Dan Lecce, he has knocked the ball out of the park in all three areas.” Lecce was awarded a second Legion of Merit for his role in overseeing and protecting the 157,000-acre base, all while it underwent the largest construction boom

since the 1950s. According to the citation, he oversaw more than $1.5 billion in construction-related expenses in support of the Grow the Force initiative and Global War on Terrorism. Indeed, by all accounts, he had one of the most memorable tours of duty reconciling these activities with record rainfalls, a blizzard, a tornado, a 10,000 acre wildfire and a hurricane that dramatically impacted the base. SEE MERGE 7A

Photo by Cpl. Damany S. Coleman

Colonel Daniel J. Lecce, commanding officer of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, speaks to service members, families and friends before stepping down as the base commander during the MCB Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Installations East re-designation ceremony, April 3. (voicing their opinions) about many different things but the vast majority of them want to try and improve things. Every event that I’ve been to or any time I leave the base, everyone has been very gracious and very kind. It’s a community that you feel a part of. You don’t get this everywhere and the community experience that we have here, New River and all of Onslow County has been a great experience. Q: When the history of Camp Lejeune is written, what

are they going to say about your last few years here? A: They are going to talk about the unprecedented destructive weather and manmade disasters. There are people that have been here for more than 40 years who have never seen this. My change of command was during a horrible lightening storm and in 26 years (in the Marine Corps) I’ve never seen an entire formation run off of a field. That was a foreshadowing, because after that, we had 29 inches of rain in SEE MEU 7A

three days. After that, we had record snowfall. After that, a 10,000-acre wildfire. After that, a tornado. Then, a lightning bolt hit a tree at the base stables, which four horses were standing beneath. The horses were standing in water and because one of them was wearing metal shoes, they were all (electrocuted). When I got there, it was a mess. After it was over, it was one of those things that got everybody involved and we were all SEE LECCE 7A



Afghan police show respect to villagers, receive cooperation in return SGT. MICHAEL CIFUENTES

Regimental Combat Team 5


A patrol leader with the Afghan Uniformed Police said he’s made substantial progress building rapport with the locals during his three months of service in Khan Neshin District. This is no small feat for a person from the opposite side of the country and one who speaks a different language than the population he protects. He said there is one key element that takes him far when interacting with the people of Khan Neshin – respect. “When we show them respect, they return to us with respect. After that, we have their attention, we have their cooperation and more importantly, we have their respect,” said Bismullah Khaliq, a patrol leader with the Khan Neshin AUP precinct. During a foot patrol, March 24, to Wali Jan, a village almost three miles away from the precinct headquarters, Khaliq made sure that members of his patrol were giving proper greetings to villagers along the way, and were polite to motorists they

stopped and searched. It was an AUP-led patrol, with two Marines and a Navy corpsman attached to provide guidance and advice as needed. “The closer you can get with the people of the community, they’ll see you as approachable, and the closer they’ll get with you,” said Khaliq through an Uzbek to English linguist. He said it is difficult getting cooperation from the people in the southern Helmand area when the police walking through their villages are Uzbeks from northern Afghanistan. To further complicate the matter, the residents in this part of Khan Neshin are mostly Pashtuns. Though the Uzbek members of the AUP know only their native language and Dari, Khaliq still finds a way to relate. When the patrol reached the village, he spoke to the elders, who at first seemed reluctant to speak to the leader of a six-man Uzbek outfit, with three American advisers in tow. “I know we’re not from here. I know this is your village we’re entering, but we traveled this far to tell you that we are here for you,” Khaliq told the two SEE POLICE 7A

Photo by Sgt. Michael Cifuentes

Bismullah Khaliq, the patrol leader with a team of Afghan Uniformed Police based out of the Khan Neshin precinct, speaks with Staff Sgt. Alejandro Santiago, an assistant team leader with the Police Adviser Team, Company D, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, through a Dari to English linguist during a patrol here, March 24.

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Traffic violations aboard Camp Lejeune

MAN ON THE STREET Now that Spring is here what activities are you looking forward to doing? “Hiking. It’s something you can only do outside and it’s not as fun to do it in the winter. It’s something that I’m looking forward to.” Staff Sgt. Rosilene Deoliveira

2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force Providence, R.I.

“I’m looking forward to putting on a 50-pound rucksack and running 10 miles.”

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Retired master sergeant Dry Prong, La.

“I’m going to have to say fishing. That’s why I’m at the (Marine Corps Exchange).”

This graph represents traffic violations and driving while intoxicated / driving under the influence refusals for Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, March 26 through March 30. Traffic violations are defined as: driving while license revoked; speeding in excess of 15 mph or more; traffic crashes; seatbelt, cellular telephone and motorcycle personal protective equipment violations. Source: Command Inspector General’s Office for Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

Lance Cpl. John Figueiredo

Power Outage

Headquarters Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group Southington, Conn.

“Fishing. It’s really relaxing and it’s my favorite thing to do.”

Outage will effect all of Midway Park (housing and MCCS facilities) April 9 from 7 to 11 a.m. Outage is in support of the Solar Farm project outside of the Main Gate area (off of Highway 24).

Holcomb Blvd turn lane project Starting Sunday, April 8 work is scheduled to begin near Brewster Boulevard to extend existing turn lanes to improve stacking capacity along Holcomb Boulevard. This in turn will help with the ongoing traffic issues on Holcomb by pulling cars out of the through/passage lanes and into the dedicated turn lanes. There will be minimal impact on the base and traffic as the work will be done from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Weather permitting, the project should be complete by early May.

Cpl. William Harris

1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division Newport News, Va.

“Fishing and getting out to the beach. My family really enjoys those activities and I like to be with my family.”

Maj. Steven Murphy

Company A, Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Atlanta

Advance equipment, innovation to be shown at Marine South 2012 PFC. NIK S. PHONGSISATTANAK

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

Cutting edge gadgets and innovations will be showcased at the Marine South 2012 military exposition, sponsored by the Marine Corps League and Marine Corps Systems Commanded and hosted at the Goettge Memorial Field House aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, April 11 through 12. A large tent will facilitate more than 170 vendors and defense contractors who will be presenting a wide variety of products from improved combat boots designed to endure rough terrain without compromising comfort to robotic exoskeleton suits that make carrying 100-pound loads a breeze. Event coordinators encourage commands to give their Marines the opportunity to attend the event. Mark Dayoc, the operations specialist with Marine Corps Installations East-Marine Corps Base Camp

Lejeune, said the purpose for the Marines to show up is to provide feedback to the companies that put this equipment out for the Marine Corps. Their input is solicited to help the companies improve their equipment to best fit the needs of the Marine using the wares in combat. Attendees will have the opportunity to review and critique new products, up-close and hands-on. The feedback between the users and contractors contributes to the vision and goal of implementing new and advanced technologies and innovations to assist the Marine Corps with future challenges. Collaborative efforts between the user and maker help to fabricate the ideal product for the Marines. “The input the Marines give to make the equipment better is the most important aspect that will take place,” said Dayoc. “There’s a lot of equipment that has been presented in the past and is now implemented in the Marine Corps.”

More than 4,000 spectators are expected to arrive daily. The commanders preview reception is scheduled for April 11, from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Followed by the opening ceremony with Lt. Gen. John Paxton, commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Unit, who will give opening remarks. The event will be open to all patrons April 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on April 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and advance registration is not required for attendees. Marines in uniform may enter the event without a registration badge. Other military personnel and patrons will need to register on-site and obtain a complimentary attendee badge during the registration open hours. For more information on the event, visit marine-south.shtml or visit and reference in their event calendar.

Customer Appreciation Day Mess Hall 128 on “A” street is hosting a Customer Appreciation Day meal during lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 12 for all active-duty personnel

Retired Military Breakfast April 28

Located at the Ball Center (Old Staff NCO Club) Social hour will begin at 7 a.m., with breakfast at 8 a.m. All retirees, active duty, reserve, veterans and community friends are invited to attend the breakfast. For more information, contact Retired Sgt. Maj. George F. Meyer at 938-1610.

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Weapons platoon adapts, overcomes in southern Helmand CPL. ALFRED V. LOPEZ Regimental Combat Team 5

Marines are well versed in adapting to the ever-changing environment inherent to counterinsurgency operations in southern Helmand province. The warfighters of weapons platoon, Company A, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, have been utilizing this skill since they began operating here last October. Weapons platoon is composed of Marines holding the 0300, or infantryman, military occupational specialty code. Light armored reconnaissance vehicle drivers, crewmen, mortarmen, anti-tank missile men and scouts form the platoon, which usually specializes in providing fire to support those Marines most forward in the fight. “Traditionally, my (mortar) section sits in a defensive area to provide indirect fire and battlefield illumination,” explained Staff Sgt. Joshua Chitwood, the weapons platoon commander. “The antitank section sits in an overwatch position to provide support by fire and missiles for maneuver elements.” Since transitioning authority of the Khan Neshin District with 2nd LAR five months ago, weapons platoon has stepped away from its traditional role and adapted to any mission that has come their way. “We started off working for the (1st LAR) operations chief by escorting our command and staff to battlefield circulations,” said Chitwood. “We’ve also acted as a rifle platoon for Charlie and Delta companies.” “We’ve pretty much worked as a maneuver element in every area of operation for the battalion,” added Chitwood. The platoon has performed several functions as a maneuver element, escorting explosive ordnance disposal Marines to disable improvised explosive devices and perform blast analysis tasks, conducting patrols to interact with the population and sweep for weapons caches, and establishing overnight posts in the farthest corners of Khan Neshin. The platoon’s motto, “Make it happen weapons,” channels each Marine’s ability to improvise, adapt and overcome any challenges they come across. “Any tasks that my Marines have been given, they find it as a challenge and they love it,” said Chitwood. “They’ll make it happen … whether it’s 72 hours in a observation post, coming back and pushing

Photo by Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez

(Above) Marines with weapons platoon, Company A, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, cross a canal as they head to an overnight post, March 23. The patrol was one of many missions the platoon has conducted since deploying to southern Helmand in October 2011. Marines with weapons platoon have taken on multi-faceted assignments like company and battalion quick reaction missions, battlefield circulations, and traditional rifle platoon duties. (Below) Lance Cpl. John Amore, a team leader and mortarman with weapons platoon, Company A, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, encrypts a radio during an overnight post, March 23. out again to a census patrol, there’s not a task that we’ve been given that we’re not going to be able to do.” Adapting to these diverse missions requires some of the weapons Marines to rely on experience from a previous deployment, while others were required to learn skills completely foreign to their primary MOS. “I had to learn how to program a radio,” said Lance Cpl. John Amore, a team leader and mortarman with weapons platoon, Company A, 1st LAR. “I did a lot of dismounted patrols last year, so I was used to that.” For the platoon’s newest warriors, their first deployment is a testament to

the teachings of their combat instructors from the School of Infantry. “There wasn’t much difference from what my instructors taught us (at SOI),” said Lance Cpl. Fabian Aguilar, an assistant gunner with weapons platoon, Company A, 1st LAR. “They taught us to adapt and overcome and learn from the constant training that we conduct, even while we’re out here,” said Aguilar, currently on his first deployment. As their current deployment begins to wind down, the Marines of weapons platoon will continue to answer the call in Khan Neshin, employing their versatile skill set to any mission that needs to be accomplished. “There’s no such thing as being out

of my element,” explained Amore. “I’m a United States Marine Corps infantryman.” Editor’s note: First Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion is part of Regimental Combat Team 5, 1st Marine Division (Forward), which works in partnership with the Afghan National Security Forces and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to conduct counterinsurgency operations. The unit is dedicated to securing the Afghan people, defeating insurgent forces and enabling ANSF assumption of security responsibilities within its area of operations in order to support the expansion of stability, development and legitimate governance.

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No short days, just short nights SPC. CHELSEA RUSSELL Regional Command Southwest

Despite all the bad things that can happen during a deployment, Col. Michael Gann, the II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) operations officer for Afghan National Security Forces Development stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, said his experiences in Afghanistan have taught him to never forget the simple things in life. Gann and his men were awaiting a return flight to Camp Leatherneck after completing a mission in

Zaranj when he noticed a couple of Afghan civilians had arrived at the airfield. It was a Friday morning, so it was a holiday. There was a little girl with them. Gann said he was standing there in all of his battle gear when the little girl just started walking toward him. She wasn’t the least bit deterred by his intimidating appearance. Gann slowly squatted down and held out his hand to her. She fearlessly grabbed ahold of it and smiled up at him. “She didn’t know the difference between good, bad or evil,” Gann explained, recollecting his

awe at the fearlessness of the young girl. “And I thought, as cynical as I’d become in this deployment from seeing all the bad things that happen, here was a kind of situation that gave me pause to reconsider a bit.” Gann has been on numerous deployments since joining the Marine Corps Jan. 10, 1983. He’s been deployed to Somalia, Iraq, Japan and various other locations throughout the world. He said his deployment to Afghanistan had a different dynamic than his previous ones. “In the past, it was somewhat kinetic, this

not so much,” said Gann. “There was a lot more interaction on my part with the various entities out there in the battlespace. My experiences pretty much ran the gamut.” He said there’s been a lot accomplished in regard to preparing the Afghans on how to defend their country against the Taliban. “When we got here there was absolutely zero involvement with the Afghans in the process,” said Gann. “We knew that between now and 2014 we had to get those guys on board. They had to start

taking ownership of the things happening here on a day to day basis.” He’s witnessed a vast improvement in the way Afghan leaders are preparing for the future. “We have started getting them engaged in planning for their future,” he said. “We’ve gotten them out of that mindset where they’re just worried about the next day or the next week. They’ve started to think about what it’s going to be like when we roll out of here.” Gunnery Sgt. Barry Huffman, a reports chief for ANSF Development

with II MEF (Fwd.) who is stationed at MCB Camp Lejeune, said Gann exemplifies what it means to be a good leader. “He is very disciplined,” said Huffman. “There are times when he can be demanding, but he encourages you to do your best and keeps you accountable for your actions.” Although he will always value the experiences he gained while deployed to Afghanistan, every day was a challenge in its own way, Gann said. “There’s no short days when you’re deployed,” he said. “Just short nights.”

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Lance Cpl. David Kasper, an instructor for Reception, Staging, Onward movement and Integration training at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, shows elements of lane recognition to Marines from 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. Kasper, explained they should never be too sure of anything. The all-day training is a refresher for counter improvised explosive device awareness.


Coalition forces train on improvised explosive devices PETTY OFFICER 3RD CLASS MONIQUE LAROUCHE II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward)

The counter improvised explosive device course, which is part of Reception, Staging, Onward movement and Integration, is more than just a refresher — it is a safety net for all who deploy to Regional Command Southwest. The eight-hour counterIED course is given daily on Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, and it prepares service members who recently arrived in country a last chance to get real experience. The training is unique in its own way because it allows the students to be creative with combat scenarios and allows new members to ask questions from Marines who just got back from the fight. The course is available to all coalition forces including Americans, Georgians, Jordanians, Dutch and Department of Defense civilians. The instructors are DOD civilians, Marines, a Navy corpsman and a detection dog. Although some of the day is classroom instruction, most of the training is hands-on with members performing battlefield exercises. The visual and training aids are a guide to assist in what to look out for in the field. The instructors lay out the differences between rockets and missiles, homemade explosives and unknown bulk explosives.

They emphasized that making a bomb is not rocket science, but explosives are a deadly force. Lance Cpl. David Kasper, an instructor, took the group out to the lane recognition part of the training. He explained they should never be too sure of anything. “If you didn’t check it yourself, then it was not checked,” said Kasper, “The safest ground is the ground you are standing on.” He gave the new group advice based on his experience as a tanker in Sangin Valley. The next part of the training is the IED detection dog. Cpl. David Norris, a dog handler with the cadre, talked about his experiences with his dog, Crash. Norris volunteered to be a dog handler during June 2011 and said it’s a great experience. He and Crash have become close and they train together every day. They workout together and run through different training exercises daily. “Crash was skittish at first. But after working with the explosives for awhile, he got used to it. Now he is well trained and does a great job,” said Norris. The augments from 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, who were recently in Sangin, told the group of their experience, and answered any questions. Most of the questions were about their area of operation, what local life is like, and what it’s like to work with interpreters. On the IED lanes, Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian

Derheimer, an explosives ordnance disposal technician, and Douglas Briganti, Counter IED Mobile Training Team instructor, showed the group how to handle metal detectors. “One of the big advantages we have on the RSOI lanes here at Camp Leatherneck is that we are so close to the fight,” said Briganti. “We are able get the devices being used by the insurgents in near real time.” Briganti finds his experience rewarding. “I get to work one-on -one with Marines and soldiers, and give them the benefit of my experience,” Briganti said. Briganti, a former FBI agent and retired Naval special operations officer, explained that the course is also taught to special operations forces, Afghan soldiers, EOD and troops from other countries. Role playing is an important part of the training, said Sgt. Seth Regeczi, chief instructor at the RSOI course. Regeczi, teaches the students that many different situations can happen while out there. Having them play out some of the scenarios empowers the Marines to think on their feet. Regeczi told them of his experiences as he ran the mass-causality course; he added chaos by shouting orders and pushing the Marines to move smarter. The Marines receive lastminute battlefield reminders — how to call in a 9-line medical evacuation, tactical field care and practice on dismounted patrols. Although the training is intense, the instructors

want the students to also have fun. “It does not hurt to practice,” said Gunnery Sgt. Daniel Perez-Lopez, the

noncommissioned officer in charge at the RSOI course. “It puts the Marines in reallife situations and prepares them with the last-minute

reminders before going out.” “The training is vital in keeping the Marines and soldiers safe,” Briganti said.

Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Monique LaRouche

Marines from 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, observe the different types of improvised explosive devices at Reception, Staging, Onward movement and Integration training at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. The all day training is a refresher for counter IED awareness.

Photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Monique LaRouche

(Above) An improvised explosive device is detonated at the Reception, Staging, Onward movement and Integration course at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. The course was designed to prepare troops for last-minute reminders before going into real-life combat situations. (Right) Crash, an improvised explosive device detection dog, waits for his reward after finding an improvised explosive device. Crash works with his dog handler, Cpl. David Norris, an instructor of Reception, Staging, Onward movement and Integration course at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. The two of them work on training exercises and physical exercise daily.

APRIL 5, 2012



Recon Marines compete for spot to splash at dive school CPL. WALTER D. MARINO II

2nd Marine Division

The smell of chlorine wafted in the air and splashing echoed against the walls of the pool house, but this was not a fun day at a water park for Marines competing for seats at an elite diving school. Limited school seats and a large demand require only the best candidates to attend the Marine Combatant Diver Course. A two-week, pre-dive challenge serves only as the filter. Three Marines with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, were graded on their swimming techniques at the Courthouse Bay swimming pool and bay, March 28, as part of a two-week evaluation course. All reconnaissance battalions accross the Marine Corps are assessing their best swimmers to compete for school seats in the diver course, ensuring the top-

rated swimmers in the recon community are filling the seats. The numerous tests challenged Marines’ physical capabilities, to include Marines swimming laps with their hands and feet tied. “This training equips us with the tools to excel in dive school,” said Sgt. Michael W. Elliot, a 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion Marine competing for a seat, with a confident grin. “I’m doing this so Marines can say, ‘Oh, all these guys are dive certified — we can send them on a dive insert.’ I’m doing this for my platoon. This gives us tools to complete different missions. It makes us more well-rounded reconnaissance Marines.” These Marines took their complicated swimming techniques and perfected them into an art, gliding like sea lions through the water, seemingly effortless. Marines treaded water while fitted with oxygen tanks, fins and goggles for

LECCE FROM 1A just very appreciative that we came together. It just goes to show you that a little bit of involvement brings everyone closer. It turned out as good as something like that can. Q: What’s next for you? A: I’m going to United States Southern Command, located and headquartered in Miami. It’s going to be a change but I’m looking forward to it. During the re-designation, Lecce received

their last pool exercise: treading water while manually blowing up a flotation device. “We’re training more divers for the battalion to help the amphibious mission,” said Staff Sgt. Chris A. Flynn, a dive locker instructor with the battalion. “We’re also increasing the divers’ water confidence and skills that could possibly save their lives one day.” However daunting the task, there was certified dive Marines on the watch, encouraging their every move with advice. Marines put on wetsuits to challenge the chilly harbor water after completing their pool exercises. Before entering the water, Flynn gave them some straightforward advice before starting their test. “Push yourself as hard as you can, and there shouldn’t be any problems,” said Flynn. Two safety boats filled with dive-certified Marines took to the sea to watch over the swimmers.

the Legion of Merit with a gold star in lieu of second award. Despite his bad luck with Mother Nature, Lecce still completed his tour of duty exceptionally well and thrived as a base commander on many different fronts. According to the citation, and everyone in attendance who could vouch for him, “Lecce was responsible for maintaining and protecting a 157,000-acre training base, more than 6,600 facilities, 1,000 miles of

MERGE FROM 1A “There might be a few folks that are just a little happy to see you leave,” Kessler joked. In his exit speech, Lecce deadpanned, “I just want to say from the outset, none of these disasters were my fault — I just had to manage them. Yet, through all (of them), the community that we have here is second to none. Thank you very much for everything you do to support the base.” After a couple months attending joint professional military education classes, Lecce will transfer to U.S. Southern Command based in Miami, to be the staff judge advocate later this summer. As the newly-appointed, dual-hatted commander of MCIEAST and Camp Lejeune, Gorry had a special message for the row of generals in attendance representing II Marine Expeditionary Force. “We will do our utmost to support you and the quality of life for your Marines, sailors and their families.” In his current capacity, Gorry will be the sole authority for all matters related to Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Stations New River and Cherry Point, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga., Marine Corps Support Facility Blount Island, Fla., Marine Corps Air Facility Quantico, Va., and Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C. ensuring an acceptable, consistent level of service is provided to Marines, sailors, and their families across the region. He is supported in the execution of his duties by a deputy commander and a chief of staff.

Although the sun was out and temperatures were mild, a chilly breeze was a reminder that it wasn’t summer. “The water’s cold,” said Sgt. Justin A. Kozlowski, a certified dive reconnaissance Marine with the battalion, as he touched the water outside the small motorboat. Marines were armed with fins, snorkel, and compass and were told to swim approximately 1,000 yards to selected targets. The catch: their heads had to be submerged in the water, and they could only use their compasses for navigation. Flynn explained the training is vigorous because of what will be required of them at the dive school. One of their most daunting exercises in the challenge will include an approximate 10,000-yard swim, very similar to what is done at the Marine Combatant Diver Course at the Navy Diving and Salvage Training Center, Panama City, Fla.

Photo by Cpl. Walter D. Marino II

Sergeant Daniel Thienal (right), a reconnaissance Marine with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, dives into the Courthouse Bay swimming pool to start a swimming exercise requiring them to tread water and manually inflate a flotation device, March 28. “Usually, you see a huge increase. They learn to control their bodies with less oxygen, learn to make precise movements, opposed to jerking motions,” Kozlowski said about Marines who attend the dive course. “Going through the training

roadway, a railroad line, five water treatment plants and a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant.” Lecce also supervised the execution of $1.5 billion in construction and the completion of the United States Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command complex, the first phase of the Wallace Creek complex, base housing and an elementary school – all part of the largest construction growth since the 1950s.

POLICE FROM 1A village elders in Dari, a language the three Afghans in the conversation shared. “We are from this country too, so we are your sons — we are your brothers. We came a long way to make sure you are well. We’d like to know if you have any problems here. That’s why we are here.” Any feelings of anxiety were immediately relieved when the elders smiled and invited Khaliq to sit, lean his back against their mud hut and take a load off his feet. The elders also showed welcoming gestures to the rest of the patrol when they summoned their children to lead some of the police to the water pump to fill their water bottles. “All it takes is some courtesy and professionalism to make friends with the people who live here,” said Mohammad Nasim, a policeman on Khaliq’s patrol. “They’ve all treated us well here. But, it can be worse - you treat them badly and they’ll easily be a part of the enemy.” Staff Sgt. Alejandro Santiago, an assistant team leader with the Police Adviser Team, Company D, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, said cultural sensitivity is a small but important part of the training the AUP receive at the Khan Neshin precinct. He said Khaliq and his team of police didn’t really need that portion of the training – they were already on the same page. “You can tell in the tone of their voice that they’re respectful and professional,” said Santiago. “I never had to remind them of it.” Khaliq and his men came to the Afghan police force on the same page. They are all from the same village in the northern part of the country. Most of them knew each other when they

teaches them to be able to trust their bodies. Usually, in the beginning, they’re a little shaky. But later on in the week, they continue to get better. This is built to build confidence. You can’t be shaky in the water and put everyone’s life in jeopardy.”

Lecce’s advice for all oncoming and current service members and families was to maintain those basic attributes that got them where they are today. “(Those attributes) will take them far,” said Lecce. “Obviously the construction is going to be a physical change to the base and the drawdown will be ongoing, but frankly, I don’t think the base will change that much. The personality of the base will stay the same.”

joined, and group by group, trickled down to the precinct in Khan Neshin for duty after graduating from the AUP academy in Kabul. Khaliq even works side-by-side with his younger brother. Santiago said just like any other military force, it takes time and experience to gain rank in the AUP. While Khaliq has three months serving in the blue uniform, the respect he’s gained as the team’s patrol leader was garnered from his time with the Afghan National Army. Khaliq served as a soldier for three years in northern Afghanistan. His older brother was part of the Afghan National Civil Order Police, who he said was a well-known leader with more than 500 policemen under his command. Tragically, he was killed during a firefight with insurgents. His brother’s death is what motivated Khaliq and other men in his home village to join the Afghan police force. “(Khaliq) has the respect of all his men here – and there’s never any question about it,” said Santiago. “Because of his leadership, these guys take a lot of pride in what they do.” Khaliq said all he wants is what’s best for his country – and he wants it done in “the right way.” The village elders in Wali Jan didn’t have any complaints for the police. As their meeting came to a close, the elders agreed to spread the word to more distant villages about what Khaliq and his men are here to do. “If you have no problems, then we’re happy,” Khaliq told the elders. The patrol then continued their three-mile trek back to the precinct headquarters. Bolstered by another positive interaction with the people of Khan Neshin, Khaliq and his team remain optimistic about operating independently in the future.

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Tournament unites students, Marines, retirees in long-standing tradition JESSIE HEATH Sports editor


olf is a mental game. It requires supreme concentration, longlasting devotion and steadfast patience. Even the most devoted golfer gets tired, but quitting is never an option. In the most painful moments, when players want to drop their heads and avert their eyes, another hole must be played, another shot must be made and another course must be completed. As 31 collegiate teams converged on Paradise Point Golf Club aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune for the 41st Marine Federal Credit Union Intercollegiate Golf Championship, they shook off nerves

and steeled themselves for a long weekend of competition, bracing for their highlights, their pitfalls and all the moments in between. A tournament many of the Division 3 colleges in attendance look forward to every year, the 41st Marine Federal Credit Union Intercollegiate Golf Championship is a 54-hole event held over a period of three days aboard MCB Camp Lejeune. The first event was held in 1972 and boasted a unique format that made it stand apart from most other college tournaments. Each collegiate team consists of five players, who spend the first two days of the tournament paired with an amateur golfer and a student athlete from SEE GOLF 7B

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(Above, left) Omar Tejeira, a member of the St. Thomas University golf team, watches his ball make its way toward the hole for the game-winning putt that earned Tejeira the 2012 Medalist title at the 41st Marine Federal Credit Union Intercollegiate Golf Championship at Paradise Point Golf Course aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Sunday. (Above, right) Members of the Methodist University golf team stand with MCB Camp Lejeune commanding officer, Col. Daniel J. Lecce, after being named the first place winners of the 41st Marine Federal Credit Union Intercollegiate Golf Championship aboard MCB Camp Lejeune, Sunday.

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J.B. Eksteen, a member of the Lee University golf team, keeps his eye on his ball during the 41st Marine Federal Credit Union Intercollegiate Golf Championship at Paradise Point Golf Course aboard MCB Camp Lejeune, Sunday. Eksteen was the second place medalist of the weekend.

2B APRIL 5, 2012


Spring fishing takes off as warmer weather arrives

Anglers continue to rejoice over the arrival of the pinfish, the North Carolina harbingers of springtime fishing. As the weather warms and the water temperatures steadily rise, spring fishing has started with a resounding bang. In the last week, fishing has picked up with gusto and anglers have been filling their coolers to the brim. The sea mullet, also known as whiting, northern kingfish and virginia mullet, has been nothing short of remarkable. Bogue Pier, Beaufort Inlet and Dead Tree Hole have all produced a high number of fish. Many of the fish caught are large enough to keep and anglers have been reporting some large catches as the waters warm and the fish look for food to feast on. According to North Carolina state law, sea mullet must be at least one and a half pounds. Unlike last year, when anglers had a hard time finding fish large enough to keep,

dozens of these tasty fish meet the citation requirements this year. Bait options for the sea mullet are still limited to shrimp, which seem to be welcomed under the water. Recently, I have heard of some anglers who decided to try using sand fleas for bait. However, the sand fleas, even the large and egg-laden ones, have had only limited success. My advice for anglers would be to stick to shrimp or alternatives like blood worms, fishbites and cut bait. The piers have continued to receive reports of pufferfish and bluefish, most of which range from one and a half to two pounds. There have been reports of larger bluefish showing up around Ocracoke and Topsail beaches, so anglers in the Onslow County area shouldn’t have to wait much longer to see larger fish headed their way. Boaters are still reporting successful ventures in the inlets and are returning with grey trout and croakers, along with sea mullet. I have heard reports of large schools of bluefish near the offshore reefs AR 315 and 320. I’ve also heard that anglers are finding grey trout near the high-rise bridges up and down the North Carolina coastline. For anglers who prefer to fish from the short,

there is no shortage of fish to catch. Fort Macon has reported sea mullet, red and black drum. Speaking of drum, there are still slot red drum around the Lookout Shoals area. These fish have been there for weeks and show no signs of leaving any time soon. Large schools of red and black drum have also been spotted in the middle marshes and the haystack marshes, as well as the Bogue Sound and Swansboro Creek marshes. With the mild winter, unlike the previous one, most of the fish remained inside and around the inlets and not out in the ocean. Many are now repopulating the marshes. The only downside to a great week of warm weather fishing has been the offshore report. Rough weather kept many boaters from making it offshore last weekend. However, anglers who managed to get offshore brought back reports of gaffer dolphin, blackfin tuna, yellowfin tuna and wahoo, which are still biting between the Big Rock and the Swansboro hole areas. The newly refurbished wildlife boat ramp has opened in Cedar Point. After months of waiting, anglers can enjoy the new launching and dock fishing. Featuring two sideby-side ramps, floating docks and a 70-foot fishing pier, the ramp is sure to please anglers. The newly paved parking lot will accommodate 40 cars

with trailers, as well as several vehicles without trailers. This is a result of our fishing licenses at work and anglers have already started to enjoy the new ramp. Finally, the Coast Guard is offering another round of boating safety classes. This one-day seminar will take place April 21. The seminar will meet the North Carolina State boater safety education requirements for boaters under 26 operating vessels. This course is very well planned and highly recommended, and will take place at the Emerald Isle Coast Guard Station. There is a registration and class fee of $25 per person. A Global Positioning System for Mariners class will be held April 28. The half-day seminar provides an introduction to using the GPS navigational systems for recreational boating. Participants should bring their own handheld GPS. This class will be held at the Emerald Isle Coast Guard Station. The cost of this class is $30. Additional family members may attend the course for an additional $10. The Ask Dr. Bogus Fishing show can be heard every Monday morning at 7:30 on 107.1 FM and 1240 AM and can be accessed on the Coastal Daybreak Facebook page. For more information on the boater safety and the GPS for Mariners courses, call 252-393-2436.

You can’t stop a Marine

Combat veterans, wounded warriors retrace historic 600-mile running route JESSIE HEATH Sports editor

“It was 1985 and there were no cell phones, computers or global positioning systems at our disposal,â€? David English joked. “What we had was a road map, a caravan of cars and a group of Marines and corpsmen who were dedicated to running 610 miles from Camp Geiger to Jersey City.â€? English, a former Marine, had no idea that the 610-mile route he designed in 1985 to raise money for the Statue of Liberty Restoration Project would turn into a legacy. All he knew was that he had time on his hands and the Marine Corps had taught him how to run. With 18 other Marines and three corpsmen, all from 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, $1,400 in the bank and a camper attached to the back of a truck, English set out to accomplish his mission of raising money for the Lady Liberty. The run began at 10 a.m. June 19, 1985, when a group of six Marines left the gate of Marine Corps Base Camp Geiger and started to make their way North. Clutching small American flags in their hands and running in front of a black car, with only a few supporters to see them off, the group had no idea the affect their trip would have. Broken into three relay teams, comprised of six men each, the group started their slow and steady pace toward Jersey City. Each relay team took a 25 to 30mile stretch of road, with each runner jogging four to six miles before they could rest. Through exhaustion, rain, heat, wind and darkness, they ran for four days straight. How did they do it? English had no answers. All he knows is that somewhere along the way, word got out. Word spread like wildfire, and when they started the last stretch of their run, with all runners in two lines, they were greeted by hundreds of people, waving flags, cheering them on and leading them to the finish line – Flag Plaza, Liberty State Park, New Jersey. “We started with so little publicity and so little funds, but by the time we got to Jersey City, we had $5,000 and the run had turned into something really good,â€? said English. “We finished because you can’t stop a Marine.â€? Now, 26 years later, their route is being retraced. The Honor – Courage – Commitment run, named for the Marine Corps core values, will follow the footsteps of the original runners in an effort to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project and the Wounded Warrior Regiment. “Every penny we raise is going straight back to Matt Pasco, Chief Warrant OfďŹ cer 2, and his daughter Delilah, a St. Jude patient

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The original 18 runners make their way across the finish line at Liberty State Park in New Jersey, June 22, 1985. Twenty-six years later, a group of combat veterans and wounded warriors are preparing to retrace the footsteps of their brothers in arms by running from New Jersey to North Carolina to raise funds for the Semper Fi Fund, the Wounded Warrior Regiment and the Wounded Warrior Project. organizations that are grassroots groups, like the Wounded Warriors and the Semper Fi Fund,� said English. “We picked those organizations because we can really see where the funds are going, we can see how they are being used and we can watch them at work.� The group of runners will start their trek at the Purple Heart Memorial in Jersey City, April 16, and head south along the coastline until they reach the Beirut Memorial, April 21. With every historical step, the meaning of their journey will be seeped in American history and pride. Upon their arrival at the Beirut Memorial, the runners will take part in a commemoration ceremony and a wreath presentation. “This is an opportunity for us to bridge a generation gap,� explained English. “All our original runners were affected by what happened in Beirut and this is a chance to bridge the gap between what happened then and what these young warriors are experiencing now. “Back then, they called it shell shocked,� English continued. “That’s what they said. We didn’t have a lot of support when we came home, and I want to make sure that never happens again. That’s what this run is about – supporting our wounded warriors and

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(Above, left) Marine Corps veteran Mark P. O’Brien engages his target during an archery competition at the 2012 Marine Corps Trials at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, recently. O’Brien went on to earn the gold in compound and was subsequently named to the All-Marine Warrior Games team. (Above, right) Capt. Jonathan Disbro, left, and Cpl. Kionte Storey, right, sprint down the track for the 2012 Marine Corps Trials 100-meter dash in Camp Pendleton, Calif., recently. Storey finished first, earning the gold medal and Disbro second, earning the silver. Both Marines were selected to join the 2012 All-Marine Warrior Games team and will compete in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 30 to May 6.

Wounded Warrior Regiment names 2012 All-Marine Warrior Games team CAPT. JILL WOLF

Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment

The United States Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment announced today the final roster of 50 Marines and Marine veterans who will serve on the 2012 AllMarine Warrior Games team. Thirty four Marines on active-duty and 16 veteran Marines comprise the team that will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., to compete against the Army, Navy and Coast Guard, Air Force, and Special Operations Command for the Warrior Games Chairman’s Cup, April 30 through May 6. For 17 of the athletes, it is their second or third trip to the games, providing seasoned athletes to mentor those who are new to the competition. These wounded, ill and


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injured athletes from the WWR, other Marine Corps units and communities across the nation will come together and work to defend their firstplace title. The Warrior Games provide competition in archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field and wheelchair basketball. The athletes on the All-Marine team are no strangers to these sports, most having competed in the Wounded Warrior Regiment’s Marine Corps Trials in February aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. The WWR used the Trials as a forum to select

most of the athletes named to the team. The trials provided a competitive opportunity for wounded, ill and injured Marines, Marine veterans and international service members with skills from novice to elite. Approximately 300 athletes were divided into four teams - East, West, Veteran and International. The International team consisted of service members from Australia, Canada, Columbia, France, Germany, Netherlands and United Kingdom. The four teams fiercely competed against each other in the same sports featured at the Warrior Games.

The Trials also included a Warrior Pentathlon competition, where Marines competed in 50-meter swim, 100-meter track, cycling, shot put and 10-meter air rifle prone events to be named all-around top athlete. The Warrior Pentathlete for the Marine Corps Trials, for the second year in a row, is Capt. Jonathan S. Disbro. Disbro is also the

reining Warrior Games Ultimate Champion, a competition similar to the Marine Corps’ Warrior Pentathlon. This will be his third trip to the Warrior Games, where he will compete to maintain his Ultimate Champion title. Disbro is currently serving on active duty at Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity, a component of

Marine Corps Systems Command, aboard MCB Camp Pendleton.

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THE GLOBE, CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. GOLF FROM 1B another school. Together, these three-man teams shoot two 18-hole rounds. On the first day of the tournament, half of the teams compete on the Scarlet course while the other half compete on the Gold course. The next day, the courses are switched, giving everybody the opportunity to play both courses. Scores are tallied incorporating the amateur golfer’s handicap and his two collegiate counterparts total scores. For the colleges involved, it’s not only the tournament format that makes the championship a worthwhile event - it’s the learning experience that accompanies the tournament. In addition to the 31 collegiate teams, a five-man Marine team joins the competition. Many of the amateur golfers involved in the competition are retired service members, who are more than ready to tell stories of days gone by, when they worked as young Marines, sailors, soldiers or airmen. When golfers are not competing, they spend time fostering relationships with the amateurs and Marine team, and gain a deeper understanding of the environment surrounding the intercollegiate tournament. Rick Kunkle, manager of the Paradise Point Golf Course aboard MCB Camp Lejeune, understands the unique format of the Marine Federal Credit Union Intercollegiate Golf Championships, including the main ingredient that makes it so different - the service members. “Adding the amateurs, who by and large are veterans and retirees from the different branches of the service, puts these kids in a new situation,” said Kunkle. “Compared to most of the tournaments they play in, they are exposed to a different lifestyle that they might not experience otherwise, which is a great thing for young men.” “It’s great fun to play this tournament and be out here in such a different setup,” said Andy Thorne, a member of the Averett University golf team. “I am

paired with a Marine for the tournament and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know him. “This is different than most tournaments we play because we are with the Marines here,” Thorne continued. “We are here to play the best golf we can, but there is something about being here with these gentlemen that makes this more relaxed. It’s a nice change from going to play golf and leaving, to learning about somebody’s life and their service to their country.” Admiration for the unique tournament atmosphere is mutual for the student athletes, the coaches and the amateur players, many of whom have been participating in the tournament for a long time and ask to be paired with the same students they played with the year before. Former Marine Robert Simpson, who now works as a civilian at the School of Infantry East, has been participating in the tournament since 1983, when he was an active-duty Marine. The intercollegiate tournament has become such a part of his life that he invites friends from Pennsylvania to join him for the weekend-long tournament. “This is a great opportunity for the base community to reach out,” said Simpson. “From the perspective of a former service member, it gives the amateurs the chance to spend some time with well-rounded young college men, many of whom have never and never will experience the workings of a military base. It lets them see what it is like to be a service member.” Simpson played the first two days of the tournament with student golfers from Webber International University and California University of Pennsylvania. His team won the 2012 Best Ball Championship award after the first two days of competition, for having the lowest combined score. With more than 80 amateurs, 150 college students and five Marine competitors, the tournament seems daunting to outsiders, but for Kunkle, it’s easier than

RUN FROM 2B helping our young generation of veterans as they return.” English admits that he didn’t realize what a large undertaking the original run was going to be until he was already on the road, trying to deal with the challenges the relay teams were facing. “We ran through all kinds of weather that week,” English said. “We got to Newark and actually lost Max Dominguez and he had to run around the city for several hours at night without any idea where the rest of the group was. Eventually, we all found each other again. The whole trip was magical and funny like that.” With help from the Jersey City Police Marines Association, English has created a careful collection of route notes for the runners to use to keep them from getting lost. With the invention of cell phones, computers and GPS devices, along with the notes English kept from the original run, the route has been carefully orchestrated every step of the way. “When we started reaching out to wounded warriors who wanted to participate, we had to make sure we had everything in place,” said English. “We couldn’t just stick them out on the road like we did the first time. We’ve taken special considerations and safety measures, and we’ve set things up in a way that their case workers don’t have to worry about them while they’re running.” Wounded warriors who are taking part in the event will be paired with another runner, to ensure safety and protection, as well as boost camaraderie and unity. While 26 years have passed since the original Liberty Run Group made their journey north, the spirit, determination and dedication of the runners involved in the original run is mirrored in those who are planning to take part in the Honor - Courage - Commitment run. “It’s been really great to see these young wounded war-

most would expect. “With a tournament like this, you do a lot of preparation beforehand, prepare for the worst and hope for the best,” said Kunkle. “We plan everything before the weekend begins and the tournament just falls into place. These kids know what they are here to do and they want to do it.” In contrast to a regular weekend, when anything can happen, the strategically planned schedule keeps the golf tournament running smoothly and allows Kunkle to keep track of who is doing what throughout the weekend. “There is only one way to run this tournament,” explained Kunkle. “That’s the right way. We run it the right way and, as long as the weather agrees with us, things go very smooth.” Regardless of playing through rain showers Saturday morning, which slowed down the pace at which the teams moved across the courses, the tournament moved as scheduled. It took nearly five hours for each team to finish an 18-hole game, longer than the average game time, something that, according to Kunkle, was “to be expected at a tournament like this.” “These kids are here to win and they are going to take their time and play slowly to make sure they are doing their best,” said Kunkle. “Yes, it takes a while longer, but they aren’t just out here to play your average 18-hole day. They are serious. The whole reason they are here is to compete and they aren’t going to get in a rush about it. That’s the nature of the beast and it’s impossible to make it take less time.” Kunkle added that the level of play the colleges compete at is higher than what most people would expect from Division three schools. “They are impressive and very talented,” said Kunkle. On the third and final day of the tournament, the collegians are presented with the last opportunity to prove exactly how talented they are. Playing with-

out the amateurs beside them, the collegiate teams compete against each other for the title win. Individual scores are tallied for member of the collegiate teams and totaled together to make a team score. The teams are split into two groups. The top 16 teams after the first two days of game play, play their final round of golf on the Gold course. The bottom 16 teams play the final round of golf in a consolation tournament. The top three teams are announced at the end of the tournament, along with the top three individuals from both courses. After three rounds of golf, families, collegiates and amateurs who returned to watch their teammates play Sunday, were eager to see who shot the best game. To the surprise and excitement of the crowd, three collegians stood above the rest after all the scores were tallied. Tied for first place, with a total score of 206, were J.B. Eksteen, from Lee University; Omar Tejeira, a student at St. Thomas University; and Dakum Chang, a professional golf management major from Methodist University. With baited breath, spectators gathered for a playoff tie-breaker between the three collegiates. Over a period of three shots, the collegiates battled for the title of the 2012 Medalist. In the end, Tejeira was awarded first place, Eksteen came in second and Chang placed third in overall scores. After presenting the individual medalists with their awards, the team awards were announced. After three days of competition, Greensboro College was awarded third place. Oglethorpe University placed second and Methodist University left the tournament as the first place winners. After a rocky showing at the 40th Marine Federal Credit Union Intercollegiate Championship in 2011, the members of the Methodist University team and their coach, Steve Conley, were relieved to be taking home

riors so energized about this run,” said English. “It reminds me of how excited we were and it helps me look forward to running this course again, alongside them.” English, who has been preparing to run the course for the second time, said that this time around, it’s about the men and women he’ll be running beside. “I wasn’t on board with this unless we had young Marines participating, because they are the ones we are doing this for,” said English. “They’re the ones who make this worthwhile.” With Marines and combat veterans from multiple areas across the East Coast energized about their upcoming trip, English is looking forward to one particular aspect of the trip, more than anything else. “We were a band of brothers,” said English, referring to the Liberty Run Group. “There’s a lot you can talk about while you’re running and I can’t wait to talk to these young Marines. They are hard-charging kids and it’s an honor to run with them and hear their stories.” In keeping with the crowd that met the Liberty Run Group when they arrived in Jersey City, a large group will be waiting to cheer on the runners as they cross the finish line in Jacksonville in April. As the event grew and word spread to local businesses and organizations, English received a call from Rolling Thunder Inc. Chapter 5 out of


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Omar Tejeira, left, stands beside Col. Daniel J. Lecce, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune commanding officer, as he receives his trophy for the 2012 Medalist of the 41st Marine Federal Credit Union Intercollegiate Golf Championship, at Paradise Point Golf Course aboard MCB Camp Lejeune, Sunday. their ninth win. “This tournament is a tradition for our team,” said Conley. “Coming off last year’s tournament, we knew we had to be more determined and pull ourselves away from our seventh place finish last spring. We all knew we were better than that.” While Conley said he felt comfortable with his team’s performance on the first two days, he wasn’t sure if they would win the championship or not. “It’s not over until all five of our guys have turned everything in and everything is totaled and handed out,” said Conley. “Anything can happen. Even if we hadn’t done

as well as we did this year, this tournament would still be worth coming,” Conley continued. “We come from a small school, but we take golf very seriously and our men know what they are doing. To come out to a tournament like this one, where they can seriously compete but also have fun and be comfortable in a different setting is something we look forward to every year and something we will be planning to attend again next year.” For a complete listing of the 41st Marine Federal Credit Union Intercollegiate Golf Championship scores, visit

Hubert, N.C., asking what they could do to help. After several conversations with chapter president Paul Levesque, the Chrome and Fire Salute took shape. As the runners approach the Beirut Memorial, April 21, bikers will be waiting on both sides of the road. As the group of runners passes every bike, the motorcyclists will fire their engines. “This is going to be a really big thing for us to see take shape,” said English. “It’s going to be a big moment, full of noise and meaning for every person in attendance.” Online registration for the Fire and Chrome Salute is open to the public and English hopes to see it gain popularity as the run draws closer. Individuals can also choose to sponsor runners along the way or donate to the cause online. In addition to the Fire and Chrome Salute and the wreath presentation, a concert for the benefit of the Wounded Warrior Project will take place April 21 at 5 p.m. “We have lots of things happening to get people involved,” said English. “Now, we’re ready to see it fall into place and help the members of the younger generation.” For more information on the Honor-Courage-Commitment Run, or to sponsor a runner, visit For more information on the Wounded Warrior Project, visit

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Students of the new Special Reaction Team course train to fire on the move with the aid of their fellow classmates at a Stone Bay range aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, March 22.


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Special reaction teams stand poised to deliver tactical support to Marine Corps installations nationwide. The teams act as small, tactically proficient units designed to respond to a variety of security and law enforcement threats. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is no exception to these threats, and now it is home to the first Headquarters Marine Corps certified course designed to train SRT personnel aboard a Marine base. “Each Marine Corps installation has a need and is required by the law enforcement manual to maintain a special reaction team capability,” said Maceo B. Franks, the executive director for Marine Corps Police Academy East and HQMC’s East Coast senior law enforcement coordinator. “One of the problems we have run into in the past is a difficulty in acquiring enough school seats. Headquarters Marine Corps has decided to pull together our resources and put on and sponsor our own Special Reaction Team course.” It is a first for the Marine Corps. Before the SRT school aboard MCB Camp Lejeune, Marine and civilian SRT members were trained at other schools such as the one at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. The new school is designed to help fill the training needs of Marine Corps installations, augmenting the training that is done at the other facilities. Franks said the search for a suitable location to train SRT personnel lead them to MCB Camp Lejeune, where they can make use of the resources aboard the Stone Bay rifle range and Lejeune’s urban terrain training facilities. The school, which will graduate its first class in April, also trains civilian law enforcement, said Franks. Some Marine installations partner with local law enforcement to fulfill their SRT requirement in the way of memorandum of agreements. Since the Marines and civilians may face threats while working together in the field, the school

trains its students to operate in a blended environment. “We want to ensure that both civilians and military police working side by side on the same team have the same tactics and training,” said Franks. “What people don’t realize when they look at an SRT member is that that person has been trained in additional special tactics as it relates to going out and performing law enforcement missions. They may be asked to perform at a higher standard than a traditional officer.” Each member receives training on various weapons systems, communication, breaching equipment, casualty care, stronghold assaults, hostage rescue and a host of other small unit tactics. Both civilian and military students are required to perform a first-class physical fitness test and qualify as expert on both the pistol and rifle range. The current class consists of 30 students who will have to complete three weeks of training to receive certification. The course itself went through a pilot phase last August to determine where it could be improved. “We got back very positive feedback and it was more so in what additional tactics we need to include and what would not be as relevant to our Marines and civilian personnel,” said Franks. “So we trimmed the fat and we came up with a three-week curriculum.” The blended training teaches the students how to work as a team. They are given periods of instruction followed by the chance to hone their skills on the range and in tactical exercises. The teamwork is important because units are only as strong as their weakest link, said Franks. They will rely on each other in the field, and the blended training allows the various law enforcement personnel to work together. Franks also said there are plans to expand the training. In addition to three annual SRT classes of around 30 students, the school will also conduct three certifying courses in SRT leadership, command and marksmanship. Plans also include a possible school on the West Coast in the near future.

Smoke filled the rooms of a house the evening of March 26. It pooled in the rafters and leaked out through a hole at the top of the building, choking out the light and hiding the numerous obstacles inside. Three Camp Lejeune firefighters donned their masks and prepared to negotiate the dark gauntlet within, unsure of what to expect. Fortunately, no one needed rescuing that night. No flames gutted the building. The smoke and darkness were all part of a carefully constructed training facility built by the firefighters of Fire Station Two at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune’s Midway Park. The facility allows firefighters from the various stations around MCB Camp Lejeune to immerse themselves in unique and challenging situations. “They’re in total darkness and the only thing missing from that environment is heat,” said Captain Eric Baker, the supervisory firefighter and paramedic at Fire Station Two. “The best part about it is that it takes a firefighter and it tells him, ‘If I ever find myself in this situation, this is what I can do.’ It gives him options.” The structure contains numerous challenges that force the firefighters to become more comfortable with their equipment and confident in their ability to ‘self-rescue’. As they progress through the course, the firefighters have to pass over obstacles, navigate a room of gear-entangling wires, properly report their situation after encountering a structural collapse and successfully pass through a 14-by-16 inch hole. SEE FIREFIGHTERS 2C

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A firefighter from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune’s Fire Station Two works his way through the maze of obstacles in a training facility constructed at MCB Camp Lejeune’s Midway Park housing area.

Unseasonal weather brings early transition to air conditioning LANCE CPL. JACKELINE M. PEREZ RIVERA Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

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Colonel Barry J. Fitzpatrick, commanding officer of School of Infantry – East, hands a portrait of Cpl. John “Jack” Loweranitis, a time honored Marine who lost his life in the Battle of Getlin’s Corner, to a family member during a barracks dedication ceremony, March 30.

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Marines with the School of Infantry-East, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune were on hand to witness the ribbon cutting for their

new barracks, March 30. Their new home was opened with a dedication ceremony at the covered pavilion on the grounds of the newly renovated barracks. The barracks was named Loweranitis SEE BARRACKS 2C

Members of the community aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River will get their air conditioning on a little earlier than normal this year. Due to unseasonably warm temperatures, the Public Works Division decided to begin the process of transitioning from heating to cooling facilities aboard the installations. “Under normal conditions we would turn off the heat around April 15 and turn on the cooling around May 15,” said Neal Paul, the operations superintendant with the operations branch of Public Works Division aboard MCB Camp Lejeune. “This isn’t a normal spring so we’re turning on the (air conditioning) earlier than we normally do by about six weeks.” The transition began March 21 and is scheduled to finish around April 9. For some buildings it was a simple one day process. For others, typically older buildings such as most barracks, the transition takes two steps. First, contractors come and turn off the heating, leaving the system to cool for at least 24 hours. While there they look for any damage or maintenance issues. The contractors later return to turn on the air conditioning.

“We’re doing everything we can as fast as we can,” said R. Scot Williams a planner and estimator with the operations branch of Public Works Division “A little bit of patience goes a long way.” He added that accelerating the process could lead to damaged equipment and a longer wait for cool air. Williams also said that service members should report any problems in the barracks through the proper channels rather than taking it into their own hands. They should report problems to their barracks manager who should pass it onto S-4. S-4 will notify Public Works. He also cautioned S-4 against delaying when reporting problems, even if it is only one case. Williams said when service members try to handle the machinery themselves, not only does it constitute vandalism, but it hurts the system and has amounted to thousands of dollars in damages. In the past the transition was implemented the same day every year regardless of the temperature. However, Public Works has taken extra steps to make accommodations for the unseasonably warm weather. “I’m happy with the service we provide,” said Paul. “As tough as the Marines are working, at the end of the day they need to have a place they can go and be comfortable. To me, that is the most important thing we’re doing.”

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Employees of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune’s commissary gather for a photo to celebrate the commissary’s nomination for the “best superstore” competition, March 26.

Lejeune commissary recognized for performance LANCE CPL. PAUL PETERSON Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune’s commissary recently received a unique distinction for its service to the base community. The commissary was nominated for the “best superstore” competition, which pits various stores from around the world against each other. MCB Camp Lejeune’s commissary will compete against other superstores in the U.S. The store received numerous “noteworthy performance” awards over the years, said Michael Dunn, the commissary’s director, who has worked for the store aboard MCB Camp Lejeune for eight years now, but this is the first time the store was able to nab a spot in the superstore competition. “It’s a highlight,” said Dunn. “It’s a very high distinction to be selected. It means that your sales are doing great and your inventory is good. All the figures they use are (hitting the mark).” There are around 30 superstores serving the military communities worldwide. MCB Camp FIREFIGHTERS FROM 1C Each team member is forced to remove his self-contained breathing apparatus, pass it through a small opening in the wall and replace his equipment in order to make it through the course. They do it all in near total darkness, roughly 50 pounds of gear limiting their mobility. The firefighters must resist the urge to remove their masks at all costs. Their labored breathing creates an audible sucking noise as they slide their hands along the walls of the home, searching for a clear path out. “This is more of a mental challenge,” said Baker. “Yes, there is some physical challenge and you have to be able to do it, but this is more mental training. It’s your brain going, ‘I can get through this.’ If you have any claustrophobia at all, it is going to be revealed here.” It’s a training facility for firefighters, built by firefighters. The members of Fire Station Two took it upon themselves to build the facility in one of the vacant homes at

Lejeune’s commissary will compete with other stores catering to people in the U.S., and it is the only store nominated from the eastern region for the superstore category. The store has improved in its sales and inventory, giving it that extra boost needed to make it into the competition. In fact, the commissary aboard MCB Camp Lejeune has been quite fortunate, said Dunn. The larger the store, the harder it is to meet the criteria for the competition. The commissary’s inventory, a prime factor in the competition, is the best it’s been in years and the sales numbers are also up. “We have anything from the relatively inexpensive up to some of the premium items,” said Dunn. “With the military, it’s so much different because it’s not like a retail store with a select clientele. In the military, we’ve got anybody from anywhere.” It takes a team to put up the numbers seen at MCB Camp Lejeune’s commissary. Superstores often bring in more than $4 million per month. A combination of commissary employees and contract workers help

fulfill the labor needs for such an operation. Contract employees help with things such as stocking and some of the special services provided at the commissary. The sushi sold at the store is one of the many services they provide. Dunn also has a team of around 90 commissary employees. The store also has baggers, many of whom are military retirees and dependents, but not paid by the commissary. Rather, they’re pay comes from the tips provided by patrons. It’s pretty much a 24-hour process, said Dunn. The commissary is technically only closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. It all comes as a service to the military community. Commissaries date back to the days of the western frontier. While the military has long since set aside its spurs, the commissary still brings a taste of home to service members, their families and retirees around the world. What is more, the commissary does not function for profit. “We’re selling at cost,” said Dunn. “This is a benefit for the military.”

the Midway Park residential community. Building the course on their own time, the firefighters used waste materials destined for disposal to lay out a custom-built house of hazards. “We brainstormed here as a fire station and came up with something like a maze for confidence building,” said Baker. “I have a very eager-tolearn crew. They are always looking to better themselves.” Once word of the training facility spread, members of other fire stations began to come down to train with Fire Station Two, said Lieutenant Robert Thompson III, a driver operator for station two. The firefighters from the other stations don’t know the layout of the courses and just have to endure the unknown. “During one evolution of the training, we had somebody that said they couldn’t get through (the small exit),” said Thompson. “We had to just slow him down and tell him to stop. Once we slowed him down, he got through it.”

Thompson said the facility allows them to conduct training they cannot do during live burns, where a structure is set on fire for instructional purposes. It’s repeatable and the course can be reorganized to further throw off participants. The ability to reuse the building allowed the team to make additions based on their own experiences. In the long run, the building will be torn down to make room for further military housing. When that happens, the team at Fire Station Two plans to simply move shop to another house and start again. Thompson says the team enjoys the training and has even lost track of time, training well into the night. It is a chance to practice their procedures in a way that other training facilities don’t allow. “You’ve got to incorporate some kind of fun into it,” said Baker. “If you just did the same training that we’re required to constantly do, instead of adding some fun and challenging activities, firefighters will get extremely bored.”

Photo by Cpl. Miranda Coleman

Marines, family and friends join together for a ribbon cutting of a new bachelor enlisted quarters named Loweranitis Hall, named after Cpl. John “Jack” Loweranitis, who made the ultimate sacrifice 45 years ago during the Battle of Getlin’s Corner in the Republic of Vietnam, March 30. BARRACKS FROM 1C Hall in honor of Cpl. John “Jack” Loweranitis, who paid the ultimate sacrifice 45 years ago during the Battle of Getlin’s Corner in the Republic of Vietnam. His selfless actions resulted in the posthumous awarding of the Navy Cross and Silver Star. According to an article published in Leatherneck, “When the firing started, Loweranitis had fought his way through the mortar and machine-gun fire, grabbing wounded Marines on the hill’s slope and dragging them to safety. As the North Vietnamese Army assaulted, he calmly aimed his rifle and shot five dead ... Everybody wanted him around when things got hot.” It is only fitting that the new members of the Corps, those infantry leaders of tomorrow, should know and take pride in the heroic deeds of this Marine, an extremely proficient mortarman who embodied the ideals of the “fighter leader.” “This ceremony honors a fallen hero,”

For many manly men, crocheting may seem a bit on the feminine side. However, crocheting is being used at to help soothe the minds of service members at the Inpatient Mental Health Unit, Directorate for Nursing, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. “I walked into the American Red Cross office and saw lots of yarn laying around. I then got the idea to bring it here, and with some communication, they accepted,” said Rosemary Dow, assistant station manager for the American Red Cross inside the NHCL. The mental health unit was also looking for additional alternative therapy to provide to their patients. Crocheting is a remedy added into a list of activities that includes spirituality, yoga and arts and recreations. “They have to be busy with their hands which requires (hand-eye coordination),” said Cmdr. Jean Fisak, the former division officer for the Inpatient Mental Health Unit. “For some, crocheting brings up fond memories of their mothers and grandmothers.” For others, crocheting is a brief diversion from whatever troubles them and it helps to break communications barriers. “I had one fella’ say, ‘It gives me something to do with my hands and makes me concentrate so it’s not all going on in my head,’” said Dow. “It helps them escape if only for a little while from whatever’s troubling them, and that’s always a good thing.” Through crocheting, medical personnel have opened up a new way in which to better communicate with their patients. While crocheting in a

said Col. Barry J. Fitzpatrick, commanding officer of SOI-East. “It ties you, who are learning what it takes to be an infantryman, to those who went before you and made the sacrifice.” Former assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, Maj. Gen. Richard I. Neal, spoke of the solid obligation Marines take on when they accept the eagle, globe and anchor. “That obligation is to make sure we look out for the men and women on our left, our right, in front of us and behind us and that obligation includes that if in fact something happens to them, they know that we will remember them and we will carry the memory of them throughout our lives … to our last breath,” Neal said. After the ceremony, Marines, friends and family of Loweranitis were invited into the newly renovated hall for a reception and tour. The barracks is currently occupied by the Marines of Company Bravo, Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry – East.

group environment, a simple question from a medical officer can lead to conversations about their hometowns and even mutual acquaintances. For many service members at the Inpatient Mental Health Unit, this may be the first time they held a crochet hook, it is a learning experience. A few of the patients can get the hang of it fairly easily while others need more assistance with holding the yarn and crocheting needle. “I’ve had people come in who spent a whole hour trying to crochet but just couldn’t get the hang of it,” said Dow. “But we’re here to help them and even if they didn’t get far, it takes their mind off other things.” Crocheting also provides the patients with the opportunity to make things like scarves, socks, beanies, shawls, slippers and bracelets for their loved ones. “Some service members who come through here suffer from (traumatic brain injury) and (post-traumatic stress disorder) and everyone is giving to them,” said Dow. “Some of the patients want to give back but don’t know how. With crocheting, they can make something with their own hands and give it to someone they care about.” Hospital personnel plan on keeping the crocheting courses going for now, and with the help of the American Red Cross volunteers, they can hopefully, continue to open more lines of communication with mental health patients. “This is a great program. We’ve received good reviews from our satisfaction survey, with many saying they want to continue crocheting once they get out,” said Fisak. “We’ve seen their behavior change during and after crocheting. They’re more talkative about their problems and the (American) Red Cross workers sit there and talk to them and truly enjoy it.”

Photo by Lance Cpl. Paul Peterson

Three firefighters from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune’s Security and Emergency Services enter a house filled with smoke and obstacles, March 26. The house is part of a training facility built by the firefighters at no cost to MCB Camp Lejeune.

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(Top) Children race to gather Easter eggs while others pose with Gunny Bunny (above) during the annual Meggahunt at the Tarawa Terrace baseball fields aboard the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune housing area, Sunday.


ide the eggs and get ready to hunt. Easter is on its way. Service members and their families hopped down the bunny trail for an afternoon of fun at the Meggahunt at the Tarawa Terrace baseball fields aboard the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune housing area, Sunday. “This is by far our best attended event,” said Lorraine Fuller, Tarawa Terrace Community Center recreation assistant. “It tripled in numbers since last year.” The soggy weather forced many of the local hunts to cancel their festivities on Saturday. So when the sun poked its way through the clouds Sunday afternoon, eager egg hunters maneuvered their way through the mud for a chance to find their prizes. Nearly 2,000 people flooded the fields in anticipation – many more than were expected. “We typically get a great turn out, but this year was huge,” noted Fuller. “Most of our programs have been steadily increasing, but this was a big jump.” Fuller and her team of volunteers, including several members of the Single Marine Program, worked tirelessly to make sure every family had a fun day. “We will give g them the SEE HUNT 4D

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(Left) Volunteers with the Single Marine Program participate in their most important mission, manning the face painting table, at the Meggahunt at the Tarawa Terrace baseball fields, Sunday. (Above) An eager egg hunter prepares for the friendly competition by camoflauging herself as a bunny at the face painting tables during the Meggahunt, Sunday.

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‘Gone’ sets suspenseful tone for spring season Now playing at Camp Lejeune “GONE” (PG-13) “Gone” is a suspense thriller that focuses on a woman who believes her sister has been abducted by a serial killer. Amanda Seyfried (“In Time,” “Red Riding Hood,” “Dear John”) stars as Jill Parrish who, after coming home late from a night shift, discovers her sister Molly missing. Jill immediately believes that her sister has been abducted. That is because a year before, Jill herself had been kidnapped and held hostage; however she escaped and now is convinced that the same serial killer has come back and taken Molly. She believes the killer came back to bring horror into her life. Since the killer leaves no trace, the police do not have any evidence and therefore cannot help her. They also believe that Jill might be mentally unstable. Jill is afraid that Molly will be dead before nightfall. So she sets out alone on a nail-biting chase that might bring her face to face with the killer. No one believes Jill, but nothing will stop her determination. But will Jill have enough time to find and outwit the killer and can she expose his secrets and save her sister? Co-starring are Emily Wickersham (“Remember Me”) as Molly; Jennifer

Carpenter (“The Exorcism of Emily Rose”) as Sharon Ames; Wes Bentley (“Jonah Hex”) as Peter Hood; Sebastian Stan (“Black Swan”) as Billy; and Daniel Sunjata (“One for the Money”) as Powers. Hector Dhalia (“Adrift,” “Drained”) directed this traumatic tale. “Gone” is a chilling and dark suspense thriller about a woman on the trail of a serial killer.

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FRIDAY “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,” PG-13, 6:30 p.m.; “Act of Valor,” R, 9:15 p.m. SATURDAY “Journey 2: Mysterious Island,” PG, 3:30 p.m.; “Gone,” PG-13, 6:30 p.m.; “Act of Valor,” R, 9:15 p.m. SUNDAY “Journey 2: Mysterious Island,” PG, 3:30 p.m.; “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds,” PG-13, 6:30 p.m. TUESDAY “Act of Valor,” R, 7:30 p.m.


ROMAN CATHOLIC Saint Francis Xavier Chapel (Bldg. 17) Weekend Mass: Saturday 5 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. & 11 a.m. Weekday Masses: Monday through Thursday 11:45 a.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament First Friday of every month: 11:45 a.m. Benediction at 6 p.m. Holy Day Masses: As announced, 11:45 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Confession: Saturday 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Or by appointment, by calling 451-3210

FRIDAY “Journey 2: Mysterious Island,” PG, 7 p.m.; “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,” PG-13, 9:30 p.m. SATURDAY “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,” PG-13, 7 p.m.; “Wanderlust,” R, 9:30 p.m. SUNDAY “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds,” PG-13, 3 p.m.; “Wanderlust,” R, 6 p.m. MONDAY “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds,” PG-13, 7 p.m.


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LATTER DAY SAINTS Camp Geiger Chapel Worship Service: Sunday 5 p.m. Courthouse Bay: Sunday 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 381-5318. 2T7:1 LIVE (Youth Group) Meets in Bldg. 67 (Second Deck in Classroom 2) Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. PROTESTANT Main Protestant Chapel (Bldg. 16) Worship Service: Sunday 10 a.m. Children’s Church and Youth Service provided

Tarawa Terrace Chapel Main TT Chapel (Bldg. TT-2469) Worship Service: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Courthouse Bay Chapel Main Courthouse Bay Chapel (Bldg. BB-16) Worship Service: Sunday 9 a.m. & Wed. 6:30 p.m. Camp Geiger Chapel Main Camp Geiger Chapel (Bldg. TC 601) Worship Service: Sunday 5 p.m. Camp Johnson Chapel Main Camp Johnson Chapel (Bldg. M-101) Worship Service: Sunday 8:30 a.m. JEWISH The Jewish Chapel (Bldg. 67) Sabbath Service: Friday 7 p.m. Jewish School: Sunday 10 a.m. For information about other faith provisions (Muslim, Buddhist, etc), call 451-3210.

a boisterous and funny revival of the original comedic sitcom. The creators of this movie have accomplished a tremendous task in reviving the old and updating it with finesse and humor; and pairing Hill with Tatum was a clever move. Ms. Huneycutt is the public affairs assistant at the Base Public Affairs Office.

For information on concerts, festivals, special events and classes up and down the Carolina coast, check out What’s happenin’ Carolina each week. To add your event, e-mail Space is limited to availability.

Little black dress party April 14, 7 to 10 p.m. Break out your best and dress to impress. Midway Park Community Center will host a girls’ night in for authorized Department of Defense identification cardholders who are 18 years and older. Regular admission is $7 and includes hors d’oeuvres, tea, a cash bar with cocktails and mocktails, games, manicures, pedicures and a chance to win a free chair massage. For those who want to feel even more special, the V.I.P. price will be $15, include all of the above plus a free drink, extra entries for prize drawings and a gift bag. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information, call 451-1807 or visit Farmers’ Market opening April 14, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Onslow County Farmers’ Market will open its new season with locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. There also will be baked goods, jams and jellies, local honey, arts and crafts and more. Live music will be performed from 10 a.m. until noon. The farmers’ market is located at 4024 Highway 258 in Jacksonville, N.C. For more information, call 455-5873. “President’s Own” United States Marine Band April 13, 10:30 a.m. The 2nd Marine Division Band along with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band presents “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave,” a Coats of Red and Blue concert, at Building H-1 aboard MCB Camp Lejeune. The band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 449-9961.

EASTERN ORTHODOX St. Nicholas Chapel, Camp Johnson Divine Liturgy: Sunday 10 a.m. Holy Days: As announced, 6 p.m. For more information, call 450-0991.

Midway Park Chapel Contemporary Praise & Worship Worship Service: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Youth Group, Children’s Church and Nursery provided

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Klutz Build-A-Book April 15, 2 and 3 p.m. Let your kids’ imaginations run wild and create worlds of their own. To celebrate Month of the Military Child, the Harriotte B. Smith Library will host the free event where kids come in and leave as authors. They will learn how to tell their stories and actually create their own books. The free event is open to all children of authorized DOD identification cardholders. Registration is required. For more information, call 451-3026. Sesame Street/USO Experience April 25 and 26 Sesame Street and the USO are bringing the furry, fuzzy and friendly muppets to the Base Theater aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. The free show will be open to all authorized DOD indentification cardholders and will be available at Midway Park Community Center, Tarawa Terrace Community Center and Information Tickets and Tours aboard base and base housing areas. There is a limit of six tickets per DOD identification cardholder and distribution is on a first come first served basis. For more info, visit www.mccslejeune. com/sesamestreet.


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AMCC presents new SNCO community Watkins Grove housing area goes green CPL. MIRANDA COLEMAN Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

During a ribbon cutting ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Actus Lend Lease and Atlantic Marine Corps Communities presented their newest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design community for staff noncommissioned officers and their families in the Watkins Grove housing area, March 29. The community features 136 three-and four-bedroom duplex and single-family homes boasting 1,667 to 2,024 square feet. Construction commenced in 2011 with completion expected in the fall. New residents will be able to move into a new Watkins Grove home over the next several months as construction continues to Courtesy photo progress throughout the Area officials and the Hernandez family cut a ribbon on the new housing area, community. Watkins Grove, during its grand opening event, March 29. Not only is the housing

Don’t forget your Hero at Home AMY BINKLEY

Assistant managing editor

Sometimes it’s hard to spot a hero. They’re experts in hiding behind the scenes, avoiding recognition and chalking up any outstanding qualities they possess to nothing special. Yet, if you know where to look, you’ll find heroes everywhere. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune saw the deployment and the return of thousands of Marines and sailors over the past year, and while their heroism is unquestionable, it is the loved ones they left behind who have gone without recognition. Heroes at Home, Landmark Media’s annual event to honor the spouses of service members, has taken on the challenge of not only finding the homefront heroes but giving them the salute they all deserve since 2007. For five years, service members in the area have nominated their significant others, sharing stories of acts of unselfishness, determination and how they overcame obstacles against all odds. After a long year of combat, both across the globe and here at home, choosing just one winner from hundreds of heroes will be a difficult task. Heather Miller Gibson was involved with the event’s inception and will serve as a judge for the fifth anniversary. “The stories are real, the dedication and loyalty that our military spouses have is amazing,” she said. “It’s a great reminder to me of the sacrifice that our military families go through each and every day.” What sets military spouses, both wives and husbands, apart is that many times they face the everyday challenges of paying bills, making dinners and taking care of children alone while their partners are fighting an enemy they don’t know in countries they can’t pronounce. Any phone call could bring bad news. Any knock on the door could change their world. Though the weight of the world is on their shoulders, many times they set their own needs and worries aside to make a difference in someone else’s life. “What they do to support their active-duty spouse is incredible,” Gibson noted. “These folks deserve to be celebrated by their family, friends and community. They’re the glue that holds it all together.” Christina M. Scaglione, director of finance and administration for the United Way of Onslow County, will also serve as a judge for Heroes at Home. As a military spouse herself, she knows exactly what many of the nominees have gone through and believes this event is a great way to spotlight their heroism. “I know we don’t always get the ‘thank you’ we deserve and a nomination is a nice public way do just that,” she encouraged. “I think it is especially important for service members to nominate their spouses to acknowledge the strengths, leadership skills and sometimes sacrifices military spouses make to support their service member and the country.” Every story is important, but the competition for the top honor this year is stiff. “All the nominees are phenomenal,” Gibson acknowledged. “The difference for me is trying to finding those very special people that contribute in all the judging categories which include volunteering, fortitude and personal sacrifice, supporting other military families and having the greatest impact on the community. Many (of the nominees) go above and beyond the role of military spouse.” Scaglione also recognizes the difficulty in finding the one person who stands out from the rest. “In this year’s winner I am looking for inspiration,” she admitted. “When I read his or her story I want to be inspired to do better in my own life.” Nominations will be accepted until April 11 at noon, and Gibson hopes every service member takes just a few minutes to make sure their spouse is included in the mix. “Sometimes we take our military spouses for granted,” she said. “Sometimes we forget to tell them how wonderful that they are. Nominating (your) spouse gives you the opportunity to shout it from the mountaintops just how much you appreciate and value them.” To nominate a military spouse, visit

area the newest aboard the base, it’s also the greenest. All of the homes are LEED-certified, making them better for the environment. A LEED-certified home is designed and constructed in accordance with the rigorous guidelines of the LEED for Homes green building certification program. LEED for Homes is a consensus-developed, third party-verified, voluntary rating system which promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. According to AMCC, “the benefits of building a LEED home include lower utility costs by utilizing dual flush toilets, energy efficient appliances, (compact fluorescent light) lighting, insulation and more.” The new homes will also use recycled content material and provide better air quality for residents. Col. Daniel J. Lecce, commanding officer of

MCB Camp Lejeune, said building environmentally friendly houses is just one benefit of the new houses. The biggest benefit is giving families a nice place to live. The new community for enlisted families is a major accomplishment for the Marine Corps and for Camp Lejeune, he added. “Lend Lease and Atlantic Marine Corps Communities’ mission is to take care of our families in family housing, so the Marines and sailors have nothing to worry about while overseas or preparing for their mission,” said Lecce. “Thank you for allowing our Marines and sailors the opportunity to live in quality housing.” The new neighborhood is part of one of the largest green building projects in the country when coupled with other similar communities being built at other nearby installations. For more information, visit or call 866-509-2424.

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Chaplain’s Corner

Easter brings promises LT. MYRON MCCONVILLE

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

Everyone dies. I was a young child when I first realized this dreadful fact. Everyone, someday, will be dead. Death is no respecter of persons. Regardless of our age, whether we live to be 100 or suffer some disease early in life, we are all going to die. Those are harsh words. But it is reality. As Jim Morrison once sang, “no one here gets out alive.” What a depressing thing to write just before Easter. Well, it’s only depressing if all there is to life are the years we live on this Earth. God, however, offers us much more. When the disciples learned that Jesus was dead, their hope in an earthly, political kingdom died with him. He was the king who was to liberate them from their oppressors and restore them to their rightful place before the nations. After he died, they were lost, hopeless, confused, and fearful. They witnessed this man demonstrate power over nature, sickness, and even death. He could raise the dead, but could not prevent his own death, so it seemed. What good is a king if he’s dead? Then there was the empty tomb discovered by the women and the later realization that Jesus did not stay dead, but had in fact rose from the grave just as he said he would. “He is not here; he is risen.” In the span of a weekend, the disciples’ state of mind went from hopelessness and despair to victorious triumph. Jesus, their king, was no longer dead, but alive. His resurrection from the dead was a declaration of victory over death. Death no longer reigns. Death does not have the final say. The Apostle Paul sums this up nicely in 1 Corinthains 15:54-56, “Death has been swallowed up in victory. The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God. He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Because Jesus has risen from the dead, we too shall rise. Jesus’ victory over death is a promise that we will also overcome death. He is the firstborn over the dead, paving the way for those who trust in him to also taste eternal life in a new, resurrected body, never again to taste death or suffer loss. Yes, everyone dies. Unless Jesus returns in our lifetime, we all will die. But death will not have the final say. Death is not final. Because Jesus lives, we too will live with him for all eternity. That is the promise of Easter! “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

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(Above) Siblings pose with their Easter spoils after participating in the annual Meggahunt at the Tarawa Terrace baseball fields aboard the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune housing area, Sunday. (Top right) Gunny Bunny leads Marines to the Meggahunt at Tarawa Terrace, Sunday. (Bottom right) A Marine spins his daughters as they wait their turn to hunt for Easter eggs at the Meggahunt, Sunday.

HUNT FROM 1D experience,” she promised. “I want everyone to come in and have the best time ever.” Some SMP members took their posts at the face painting station where their creativity came to life as they drew whiskers and bunny noses on hundreds of children’s faces. Others took on the challenge of handling the young crowd at the games and bounce houses before the hunts began. Parents were thankful for the fun activities and took the opportunity to get to know some of their fellow military families. “We brought the kids for a good time,” said Tricia Thorman, a military Photo by Amy Binkley spouse. Excited egg hunters rejoice over their lucky finds Thorman also reached at the annual Meggahunt at the Tarawa Terrace out to Ashley Arreola, baseball fields, Sunday. who was recently stationed at MCB Camp Lejeune with her family. “I’m new and didn’t know anyone,” she explained. “(Thorman) invited me and here I am.” As anticipation grew for the main attraction of the day, the handful of egg hunts, a special guest arrived to get everyone in the Easter mood. Gunny Bunny, dressed in his uniform, marched his way through the crowd Cory • Deanna • Stacy • Ashley • Kristen • Lana with a full formation Now offering of active-duty Marines 113-B Western Blvd - Jacksonville yelling an Easter-themed Civilian loans! cadence behind him. “Kids can see the Easter bunny anywhere,” Call or Come By Our Office TODAY! Fuller pointed out. “What’s unique with ours SLOW CREDIT • NO CREDIT • PRIOR BANKRUPTCIES BANKRUPTCIES is that we’re on a military All loans are subject to our liberal credit policy & credit limitations, if any. base. We wanted to offer something tailored specifically for our community.”

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Sarah Fox, a military spouse and parent, brought her daughters to participate in the activities and easily grasped the main purpose for the event. “It’s good for the military community to come together and have fun,” she commented. “Our favorite parts are the hunt and, of course, the Easter bunny.” To be fair, the hunts were divided by age groups, including a family hunt where parents were allowed to help their children search for the prizes. Organizing the older kids for later hunts proved to be much easier than the kick off with the 3 to 4 year olds, and when one excited youngster broke rank, a mild bit of Meggahunt mayhem ensued. However, Fuller and her Marine volunteers regrouped and restructured for the rest of the hunts and were able to ensure every child left with at least a few eggs. “I’m happy for the participation,” Fuller acknowledged. “We were very excited and it made us even more excited for next year. We’re hoping to extend it into an all-day event.” Gunny Bunny stayed until the last child was able to have their picture made and hopped back home, happy and ready to prepare for the mission of Meggahunt 2013. Pictures made with Gunny Bunny can be picked up at the TTCC. For more information, call 450-1687.

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Da Capo joins New River Harmony in Irish a cappella program can be heard but not seen, and the only instrument on display is that of the human voice. New River Harmony ferried hundreds of music aficionados across the sea to the shores of the Emerald Isle during their spring concert, “Irish Mothers and Sweethearts,” at Southwest High School in Jacksonville, N.C., Saturday. “We started learning the music last July,” said chorus director Johnny Thompson. “The hardest thing is getting everyone to sing in the right key.” The group has tackled the chal-


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usic is a magical thing. Creating worlds with notes and transporting its listeners to exotic locations with crescendos and reprises, it is a universal language, usually constructed with varying types of visible instruments. The realm of a cappella, however, is composed when the familiar beats of the drum and the tinkering of the piano

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Da Capo (Top) the 2011 A Cappella Harmony Sweepstakes National Champions, wow the crowd during New River Harmony’s spring concert at Southwest High School in Jacksonville, N.C., Saturday. Other featured performers included the Four Vets (middle) and Crystal Clear Harmony (bottom).

lenges of a cappella since 2001 when it became the local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, which is dedicated to promoting quartet and chorus sing of barbershop-style music. The idea for the Irish-themed program had been thrown around for many years, and the group finally decided to attempt it this spring. “It was a lot of work,” noted Elton Sandridge, New River Harmony president. Even though St. Patrick’s Day, the country’s most notable holiday, had already passed, chorus members kept

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Hobbyists, lifelong learners and those looking to advance their careers have a new reason to rejoice. Marine Corps Community Services’ Headquarters Library Program has brought about a new method to learn for patrons of MCCS libraries. Through Universal Class, an online school, patrons will be able to explore more than 500 classes on a wide variety of subjects ranging from business and medicine, to meditation and paranormal investigation. “It’s for everyone,” said Suzanne Dickson, a library technician with the Harriotte B. Smith Library aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. “We get teenagers, spouses and Marines who would benefit from this program.” For instance, a colleague of Dickson’s at the library took a knitting class. She found the

classes to be well presented with good visual instruction. “People can get accurate, in depth information on (various subjects) through these classes,” said Dickson. The program is the first continuing education service of its kind used in the library. It has selfpaced courses that are led by an instructor and are available at all times. They include thorough lessons, assignments and assessments. Students enroll in each class for a six-month period and can take five classes at a time. The instructors of the class are easily reachable through an in-class e-mail program and generally reply promptly. Most courses can be completed within 10 to 20 hours. “It’s worth it,” said Dickson. “It opens people to ideas, not just opportunities to take a class for work, but it opens their mind to other opportunities. They may find a hidden skill they never knew they had.” While many classes focus on things relating to

For more information about New River Harmony, call 455-1528 or 324-6006.

MCB Camp Lejeune Chapels’ Holy Week, Easter schedule Protestant Camp Johnson Chapel April 8: Easter Sunday Worship Service 8:30 a.m. Courthouse Bay Chapel April 4: Holy Week Wednesday Service 6:30 p.m. April 8: Easter Sunday Worship Service 4 p.m. Tarawa Terrace Chapel April 8: Easter Sunday Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Midway Park Chapel April 8: Easter Sunday Worship Service 10:45 a.m. Mainside Protestant Chapel April 6: Good Friday Worship Service 12 p.m. April 8: Easter Sunday Worship Service 10 a.m. Camp Geiger Chapel April 8: Easter Sunday Worship Service 5:30 p.m. Roman Catholic St. Xavier Chapel April 5: Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper 6 p.m. April 6: Good Friday Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 6 p.m. April 7: Easter Vigil 8 p.m. April 8: Easter Mass 8 and 11 a.m. Jewish Stables (Stone St. Lodge) April 6: Annual Passover Seder 6 p.m *RSVP in advance.

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to sing for.” The members of Da Capo hail from the Washington, D.C., area and include two music educators, a farmer and a computer geek. Besides Colosimo, the group also includes tenor Ryan Griffith, baritone Joe Sawyer and bass Wayne Adams. Their soaring harmonies swept the audience off their feet with their diverse repertoire of songs ranging from the Beatles’ classic “With a Little Help from My Friends” to the military-friendly “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Sawyer, a former sailor, was happy to be back in the presence of his fellow service members and pointed out a similarity between the military and the quartet. “The comraderie that is formed all needs to be there to work,” he said. “(Both are) very much like a family.” Da Capo’s ease and onstage antics made the crowd roar with laughter and as they hit their final notes, every person in the auditorium was giving a standing ovation. “We’re surrounded by military or government all the time,” Griffith admitted. “We wouldn’t be able to do this without the (service members).” Adams, the quiet bass of the group, shared his appreciation to the special audience. “Thanks so much for your sacrifice and service,” he said. Da Capo joined the members of New River Harmony for the evening’s final song, a musical rendition of the traditional Irish blessing, and wished their fans luck in future endeavors.

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work, such as office skills, other classes take a turn toward the fun aspects of life. There are classes on drawing, knitting, writing short stories for children and even coaching little league baseball. The only requirement to use the program is an active library account in good standing. To access the programs patrons should register at the library, once registered they can access the Universal Class at home. While classes taken through this program will not transfer as college credit, they have been approved by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training, an organization that has set the standards for programs that continue education for more than 40 years. To view and to get more information on specific classes, visit To register for the program and for more information, call the Harriotte B. Smith Library at 451-5724.




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