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Friday, September 20, 2013 Vol. 48, No. 37 Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C.

Hotel Company graduates

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“The noise you hear is the sound of freedom.”

n Movie Schedules n News Briefs n Weather n In The Community n Around The Corps n Graduates

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Corporals can earn 60 points toward composite score by joining reserves. Gas! Gas! Gas! Page 6

MACS-2 trains with 165th Airlift Wing Page 13

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Hawks fly back to Beaufort

Marines with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533 met their awaiting families and friends upon returning to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Sept. 13. VMFA(AW)-533, also known as the Hawks, returned from a six-month deployment in part of the Unit Deployment Program in the Western Pacific. Lance Cpl. Brendan Roethel Staff Writer

Marines with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533 met their awaiting families and friends upon returning to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Sept. 13. VMFA(AW)-533, also known as the Hawks, returned from a six-month deployment as part of the Unit Deployment Program in the

Western Pacific. The UDP is an opportunity to increase the nation’s presence while training with our allies in the Western Pacific. Increased presence also improves our ability to respond to contingencies throughout the region. Air Station Marines benefit from deployments like these because it’s absolutely necessary to maintain a high standard of readiness. These deployments also help develop strong work habits to make sure aircraft

are properly maintained to support the mission. “Throughout the deployment I watched the Marines reach high levels of stress but pull through as a team,” said Lt. Col. Kevin T. O’Rourke, the commanding officer of VMFA(AW)-533. “The squadron increased their ability to perform at a high level of proficiency under stress all while building unit cohesion. I am proud of my Masee

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Deer season begins Cpl. Rubin J.Tan Staff Writer

Deer hunting has begun aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. The season began Sept. 15 and hunting is currently open to service members, Department of Defense employees, retirees and their families. The season will last until January and there are currently 13 hunting spots aboard Fightertown. Individuals and parties are only allowed to reserve one spot at a time. A hunting license is required to hunt on military installations and a limit of two doe per day is set for both bases. There are currently no limits for bucks. All hunters on the Air Station must check into the Provost Marshall’s Office to reserve their spot and receive identification tags for their hunts. Shotguns used to hunt are to be registered prior by PMO. Restricted items for hunting include rifles, crossbows, muzzle loaders and slug shots. Hunting at night is not allowed aboard military installations and all hunters are required to wear one square feet of orange on their back and chest. For more information about restricted items and how to reserve a spot for hunting on base contact the PMO service desk at 228-6710. The game warden can also be contacted at 321-6453.

Beaufort County cracks down on texting and driving

Sgt. Terika King Press Chief

Beaufort County passed legislation officially banning texting and driving in all unincorporated areas, Sept. 9. The ordinance states it is illegal to “compose, read or send an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle on the streets and roads within the county.” Drivers caught violating this ban could face a $100 fine for the first offense, $200 for the second offense and a $300 fine on the third offense. The ban does not include the use of “global positioning systems or navigational devices that are physically or electronically integrated into the” vehicle per the local ordinance. Texting and driving outside the Beaufort area will cause similar problems for motorists, as the Hilton Head Island Town Council passed similar legislation in July where the penalties are the same per offense. Exceptions to the new ordinance include summoning medical or other emergency assistance, using a citizens band radio, or using a handfree, voice-activated mode that allows the composition, transmission and review of an electronic message without the use of either hand.

Amos: America Needs a Robust Crisis Response Force

Gen. James F.Amos

Commandant of the Marine Corps

Our nation requires a Marine Corps that is ready, forward deployed and able to respond to crisis on a moment’s notice. This will not change for the foreseeable future, no matter the budgetary woes our country faces.

Three years ago, the Marine Corps initiated a Force Structure Review with the mission of re-shaping the Marine Corps for the post-Afghanistan environment. This review sought to find ways to meet our national security responsibilities in a resource-efficient manner. Our goal was to provide the most ready, capable and cost-

effective Marine Corps our nation could afford. Balancing the president’s Defense Strategic Guidance with our internal review, we designed a force of 186,800 people, which is the optimal-sized Marine Corps, fully ready to meet the everincreasing demands of the global security environment. Four months ago, Defense

Secretary Chuck Hagel directed the Strategic Choices and Management Review effort to better inform the Defense Department’s preparation for the Quadrennial Defense Review. Anticipating that sequestration would be signed into law, in February the Corps stood up a working group focused solely on designing a future

force optimized to live within our likely resource constraints. This effort was informed by the realization that, if faced with a continued sequester, the Marine Corps would have to live with severe budget shortfalls that might well threaten its ability to maintain its edge as the nation’s hedge force. Ultimately, we would

build the best force America was willing to afford. As such, the force we have designed is supportable within a reduced fiscal framework, but assumes greater risk to our national security strategy. What was our methodology behind the process? Our see

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Games and Entertainment

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MCAS Beaufort Movie Schedule

Saturday 2 p.m. PG (1:45)

Mess Hall Menu Monday - Friday Breakfast: 6 - 7:30 a.m. Lunch: 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Dinner: 4 - 6 p.m.

Saturday 4:30 p.m. PG-13 (2:09)

Saturday 7 p.m. R (1:49)

MCRD Parris Island Movie Schedule

Saturday, Sunday and holidays Brunch: 8:30 - 11 a.m. Dinner: 4 - 6 p.m.

Midrats Sunday - Thursday 11:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. Takeout Window Hours: Breakfast - Mon. - Fri. 7:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Lunch - Mon. - Fri. 12:45 p.m. - 4 p.m. Dinner - Mon. - Fri. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Saturday Dinner Lunch Grilled steak and Mesquite roasted baked potatoes pork loin

Sunday 2 p.m. PG (1:32)

Sunday Lunch Dinner Honey BBQ chicken French fried shrimp and pinto beans and tater tots

Sunday 4:30 p.m. PG-13 (2:10)

Sunday 7 p.m. R (1:35)


Monday - Friday Breakfast Hot farina, hot hominy grits and oven-fried bacon Monday Dinner Lunch BBQ spareribs and Open faced steak broccoli sandwich and rice Tuesday Dinner Lunch Yankee pot roast and Louisiana chicken rice and sausage gumbo Wednesday Dinner Lunch Texas beef BBQ Chicken parmesan brisket and beans and sweet potatoes Thursday Dinner Lunch Chicken and orzo Jamaican jerk chicksoup and rice en and rice Friday Dinner Lunch Mambo pork roast Maple glazed salmand corn on and green beens

CHapel serviCes Roman Catholic • 9:00 a.m. - Sunday Mass • Confession takes place before Mass • Confession Monday - Thursday at noon Protestant • 9:45 a.m. - Protestant Church School (Sunday School) • 11 a.m. - Protestant Sunday Worship Service (Children’s church is also available at this time) • 5 p.m. - Wednesday Protestant Bible Study • 5 p.m. - Saturday Worship Service at Laurel Bay Youth Center Lutheran • 8:30 a.m. - Sunday Holy Communion Service in the Small Base Chapel

Answer key will be available on, September 25.


Buddhist • 11 a.m. - Saturday Worship Service in the Chapel Fellowship Hall Labyrinth Walk • 8 a.m - 4 p.m. - Monday in the Chapel Fellowship Hall Other Faith Groups • For Jewish, Mormon and Islamic support, contact the Chaplain’s Office at 228-7775 Other Programs • Monday, Wednesday, Friday Alcoholics Anonymous - 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Mission Assurance


MCAS Beaufort Station Inspector Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Force Protection information and concerns PMO Dispatch Severe Weather and Force Protection

228-7789 228-6904 228-6924 228-6710 1-800-343-0639

Sexual Assault The contact number for a Uniformed Victim Advocate is 592-0646. This number can get you in contact with a UVA 24 hours a day.

Fraud, Waste and Abuse

If you know of or suspect any fraud, waste or abuse aboard MCAS Beaufort, call 228-7777. If you know of or suspect any fraud, waste or abuse within MAG-31, call (252) 466-5038. The automated answering service on these lines is available 24 hours a day.

DOWN 2. Where did Smedley Butler win his two Medals of Honor 4. Name of the fort that was taken without a shot 5. Name of the fort taken in the Battle of Tripoli 6. First Marine to win the Medal of Honor 8. Man who adopted the Dress Blue Uniform

ACROSS 1. First general officer in the Marine Corps 3. First Commandant of the Marine Corps appointed by the President 7. Senior officer in the Continental Marines 9. In what battle did the United States defeat, for the first time, communist Chinese forces 10. Most deadly war for the Marine Corps

Answer key will be available on, September 25.

Command Information

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Tri-Command Weather 7 Day Forecast

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High Shooter Staff Sgt. S.E. Sink VMFA(AW)-224


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Happenings Marine Corps Community Services is scheduled to hold a Be Aware Fair, Sept. 28, at the Laurel Bay Ball Park, from 3 - 7 p.m. The fair will consist of food, entertainment, carnival rides and more. For more information call 228-2503.

Marine Corps Community Services is scheduled to hold Operation Ball Gown, Sept. 26, at the MCAS Beaufort Officers’ Club from 6 - 8 p.m. For more information call 2287311.

The 2013 MCRD Parris Island Field Day is scheduled to take place Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. at the MCRD Parris Island Football Field.

The Highway 21 Drive-In is slated to hold a military appreciation night Sept. 28. Highway 21 Drive-in as honoring the military by knocking an extra dollar off their already discounted admission price for military.

The 2013 All-Marine Men’s and Women’s Basketball Team tryouts are scheduled to take place Oct. 13 through Oct. 29. Interested Marines must submit an application no later than Sept. 25. For more information call 228-7192.

The photocopying of U.S. Government identification cards is a violation of Title 18, U.S. Code Part I, Chapter 33, Section 701 and punishable by fine and imprisonment.

Effective June 1, MCAS Beaufort will be in Tropical Cyclone Condition V for Hurricane season until Nov. 30. There are currently no threats. This year will be an extremely active season. Colorado State University is predicting 18 named storms and National Weather Service is predicting 18-20 named storms.

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Contact us: 228-7225 Commanding Officer MCAS Beaufort

Brain Teaser

Col. Brian Murtha

While walking across a bridge I saw a boat full of people. Yet on the boat there wasn’t a single person.

Public Affairs Officer


Press Chief

Capt. Jordan Cochran

Public Affairs Chief

Gunnery Sgt. Stephen Traynham Sgt. Terika S. King

Comm/Media Relations Chief Sgt. Marcy Sanchez

Answer for this week’s brain teaser will be available on, September 25.

On sailboats and redemption Lt. Brian Salter

MAG-31 Deputy Command Chaplain

You don’t have to spend very much time around me to find out that I am a sailor at heart. It’s not just that I have the privilege of serving our nations sea services as a Chaplain, but I actually delight in spending time in, around, and on a sailboat. I delight in a day spend harnessing wind with little more than sailcloth, spars, and line. Even more so, I take great pleasure in reviving old worn out sailboats. One of my favorite hobbies is poking around old boat graveyards on the edge of a marina, or stopping to ask about some derelict wasting away in a field behind someone’s house. It did not take me long to discover that some boats are classics or have enough value still intact to make restoration profitable, and some are lost causes that will be little more than a money pit. The later should generally be avoided at all cost. Craigslist, eBay, and boating classified are full of these restoration projects that were too much for someone to bite off and leave the current owner practically begging for someone to take it off of their hands. For the most part of my history with boats, I have been fortunate enough to stumble upon the former of the aforementioned boats and avoid the later, however, I currently have one of each. One is indeed a classic. Although rough and neglected, she had all of the necessary parts to make restoration possible and equitable. I am well on the way to having this boat completed and ready for the water. Should I decide to, I could probably then sell the vessel and make a profit. The other vessel is not so fortunate. Even though I purchased her for a paltry amount, she is based on a de-

sign that never really took off. She is not considered (by many that is) to be a classic. She isn’t rare or special. She was missing some parts and although she was floating when I bought her, she needs lots of work in order to be truly seaworthy again. She is sitting on blocks with no trailer, and seemingly very little dignity left. So, why do I have the second boat? Why do I not just cut my loses and use a chainsaw to make this second vessel landfill fodder? Well, the truth is, I have a special place in my heart for that second little boat. I had been looking at boats for years, and this particular model stood out to me. I fell in love with the lines of the hull and the cabin. All of the details struck a chord with me. I sought this design out, and when I found one for sale, I bought it. I joke with my wife that it is my retirement boat mainly because that is probably the only time that I will be able to put the elbow

taken a life that we feel was not that valuable to begin with and removed what little value there was abandoning the rest. Even if someone could salvage our useless existence, it just wouldn’t be worth the time. But, that’s not how God sees us. In his letter to the church in Rome, the Apostle Paul shares an astonishing truth with his brothers and sisters living there. Romans 5:6-8, Paul states, “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” A description of us as powerless ungodly sinners doesn’t exactly conjure up a wealth of confidence in the addressee does it? The point that the writer is making is this; No person has enough inherent worth to be considered redeemable in their own right. We are all plagued by subservience to selfish desires, and we are all bound to find our lowest common denominator if left to our own devices! All too often, this path leaves us just like those abandon hulks on the fringes of the boat yard. But God doesn’t see us that way. He has fallen in love with who we are. Where others may see brokenness and unusable waste, God sees limitless potential. He is waiting to unleash his creative and redeeming power on all who will make themselves simply available to him. There is no life that is beyond his restorative reach. There is no situation beyond his expertise. There is no one too far gone as to limit or subdue the ability of the creator of all life. Others may see nothing but a waste of time, but your heavenly father sees someone he loves, someone he cares greatly for, and someone worth giving his very life to redeem.

“Where others may see brokenness and unusable waste, God sees limitless potential.”

Lt. Brian Salter grease into it that is necessary to really make it shine. It may not speak to many people, but it speaks to me. I look at the hulk sitting in the woods, and I see possibilities. I see weekend sails in a sturdy little boat with a solid reputation. I see a salty little turn of the sheer, and a powerful sail plan that can take me anywhere. I will probably never be able to turn the boat over for a profit, but I really don’t care. So many of us at one time or another have been, or at least felt like the second boat. Life has become a used up hulk that sits on the backside of the yard because to dispose of it would cost more than its entire worth. Mistakes or circumstances have, in our minds,


Cpl. John Wilkes

Comm/Media Relations Cpl. Rubin J. Tan Cpl. R.J. Driver

Staff Writers

Cpl. Sarah Cherry Cpl. Timothy Norris Cpl. Brady Wood Lance Cpl. Brendan Roethel

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MAG-31 says farewell to

Lance Cpl. Brendan Roethel

The leadership of Marine Aircraft Group 31 salutes during the pass and review portion of the MAG-31 Post and Relief Ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Sept. 18. Sgt. Maj. John Canty Jr. passed the torch to Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Monssen after serving with MAG-31 for two years. Canty, a native of Sumter, S.C., retired after 30 years of dedicated service to the Marine Corps as a field artillery canoneer which included time spent as a drill instructor and recruiter.

Top: Explosive Ornance Disposal Marines conducted a multi-day field exercise at the Center of National Response, Sept. 2 - 6, in Standard, W.Va. Left: The Memorial Tunnel closed in 1987. In 2007, the tunnel was selected as the facility for CNR’s antiterrorism exercises.

EOD conducts multi-day training Lance Cpl. Brendan Roethel Staff Writer

A robotic arm drops a charge on an improvised explosive device. Crouching in a safe zone, the robot’s operator wipes sweat from his forehead and focuses back on the controls. Backing the robot away from the IED, a Marine ignites the charge setting off an explosion. The team then utilizes the robot to make sure the scene is clear for further inspection. The exercise was part of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal training event at the Center of National Response in West Virginia, Sept. 2-6. The multi-day Explosive Ordnance Disposal field exercise is designed to reinforce and improve the skills they need to protect Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and surrounding counties, said Gunnery Sgt. Jason Chrjapin, the EOD staff noncom-

missioned officer in charge for Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron. During the exercise, Marines practice disarming IED’s in several different scenarios, each created to sharpen a specific skill. “We trained in a broad range of counter IED techniques,” saidChrjapin. “We trained to find the safest route to destroy an IED, different locations where IEDs can be placed and varying scenarios that we could face in the U.S.” As with wartime operations, an EOD technician has to be prepared for stateside operations as well. In the U.S., EOD teams act as an emergency response unit to situations like destroying dud grenades on a military range or supporting local law enforcement officials as bomb squad units. Local agencies request assistance from EOD when they are available to respond to explosive ordnance incidents, when military munitions are found, or when the situation is outside of their capabilities. “In the Air Station and local communities an IED can be

placed anywhere from inside a building or vehicle to fields or main roads,” Chrjapin said. “On the Air Station our training is limited because there are no homes we can use to blow up an IED in. We usually have to remove the explosive from the building before blowing it up. At the Center of National Response we can remove the explosive inside or outside of a building or vehicle, allowing us to train in an environment that better relates to what we would see in the U.S.” The exercise also helped the Marines better define their roles and missions in the event they have to remove an actual explosives threat. “This exercise confirmed my confidence in the unit’s capabilities,” Chrjapin said. “I know that if there is a threat to take out we can remove it the safest way possible. We worked hard and built upon what we already knew to become that much more prepared for an explosives threat.”

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Always ready… Lance Cpl. Brendan Roethel

even for a CBRN attack

Staff Writer

Marines equipped with protective clothing and gas masks conducted annual gas chamber training to maintain a constant state of readiness at the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Training Facility aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Sept. 12. “The class is designed to build confidence in the Marines and give them the knowledge needed to survive a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack,” said Lance Cpl. Kyle Rudd, the training noncommissioned officer for the CBRN Training Facility. “With everything going on in the world, especially in Syria, we make sure to drive the point home that this training is important and can save your life one day.” Prior to entering the gas chamber, Marines took a refresher course to learn about various forms of CBRN attacks and to familiarize themselves with their M50 Joint Service General Purpose Gas Mask and Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear. The gas mask is designed to filter harmful chemical and biological agents to allow the wearer to breathe safely. The MOPP suit is a garment that covers the Marines uniform and protects the wearer’s skin from chemical and biological agents. After the class, Marines lined up outside the chamber door with their gas masks donned, prepared to face the gas chamber. The chemical used during training is chlorobenzylidene malononitrile, or CS gas, a non-lethal substance used by the military and police departments as a riot control agent. The crystalline gas particles get caught in pores, creating a burning sensation on the skin. The gas is heat and water-activated, so if Marines rub their faces they could cause further irritation to their

skin, making the effects of the gas stronger. “The gas chamber provides Marines with serious training, but it was never something I was afraid of,” said Sgt. Colby Jenkins, the warehouse noncommissioned officer in charge for Marine Aircraft Group 31. “I made sure to stay calm, rely on my training and train as if I was going through an actual chemical warfare attack.” The Marines spent approximately five minutes in the chamber performing basic exercises to get their blood pumping, increase respiratory rates and build confidence that their masks won’t come off during movement. This is crucial to teaching Marines the limitations of their gear. “Once I broke the seal of my mask, gas flooded onto my face,” said Jenkins. “Before resealing my mask, I felt my eyes tear up and my throat become sore, but I remained calm. I then cleared my gas-filled gas mask and prepared myself to vacate.” After completing all of the required tasks, the Marines left the chamber and removed their masks once they were at a safe distance from the building to avoid recontamination. The Marines then removed the rest of their gear and made their way back to work, refreshed in their CBRN training, and prepared to face any CBRN attack at a moment’s notice.


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H&HS hosts spouse meet and greet Cpl. Rubin J. Tan Staff Writer

Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron hosted a spouse meet and greet potluck at Afterburners aboard the Air Station, Sept. 13. Lt. Col. Brian Foster, H&HS commanding officer, attended the event to meet spouses and addressed concerns from families. A spouse scavenger hunt was held during the event involving finding others with similar preferences, life experiences and personal attributes. They also played three truths and one lie. During three truths and one lie, players are to write down three things about themselves that are true and one thing that is a lie, other players then guess which statement is a lie. Winners of the events won prizes such as Dunkin Doughnuts gift cards, movie tickets and Marine Corps Exchange gift cards. Participants in the event were also entered for an opportunity to win two free tickets to this year’s H&HS Marine Corps Ball, which will be held at the Hilton Head Resort and Spa on Nov. 16. “It’s important for spouses to know the leadership because it allows them to put a name with a face while also letting them know who they can come to for help,” said Foster. Spouses at the event were very interested to learn more about the commanding officer’s background and his future ambitions as a Marine. “It’s very beneficial for the spouses to be here because when you have a sense of community it supports the squadron and builds unit cohesion,” said Eileen Bertagna, spouse of Maj. John Bertagna, H&HS operations officer. The Child Development Center provided free childcare for spouses whose service members were working. A reimbursement rate of $4 an hour per child was also available if families paid for a babysitter during the event. MCCS provides child care for most events held on base. One event for spouses is the Hearts Apart deployment support group, open to all military spouses who are experiencing or will experience having a deployed Marine or sailor. The support group meets from 10 a.m. to noon every Friday at the Marine Corps Family Team Building House located on Laurel Bay at 487 Laurel Bay Blvd.

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Family fun during Military Appreciation Day Lance Cpl. Brendan Roethel Staff Writer

The sounds of music and parents playing with their children flooded the Laurel Bay community during the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce Military Appreciation Day at Laurel Bay, Sept. 7. Military Appreciation Day, sponsored by the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce, honored local service members and their families for their hard work and sacrifices. The event featured local vendors and restaurants offering free food, music, games, and information on local businesses and the community. “The festival was just a small way for us to thank all of those that help make our community and country such a great place to live,” said Jaime Dailey-Vergara, the communications manager for the BCC.“We understand that service members often work long hours and deploy, taking them away from their families. This is why the event is family focused, so we can provide these families with a fun event to come to while spending quality time with one another.” The festival brought service members, their families, and the local community closer together through good food, fun activities and the appreciation from the local community. “Each year we receive great reviews from those in attendance about the event,” Dailey-Vergara said. “It’s a lot of hard work to put the festival together, but knowing we can do something that thanks the strong men and women that protect our nation each day makes it all well worth it.”


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rines, we have all come a long way.” VMFA(AW)-533 worked hard and prepared to support the Marine Air Ground Task Force in the event the squadron would be needed to support any operation in the South Pacific, O’Rourke said. Throughout the deployment,

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working group set out with the premise to design a range of possible force structures and subject them to both internal and external risk analysis. Aligned with the Defense Strategic Guidance, we wanted a force that was fiscally realistic. Great care was taken to ensure that both the strategic landscape and emerging threats were properly accounted for and balanced against force design risks. We had to make sure our method avoided simple linear reductions of numbers from our current planned end state, in order to achieve an optimum force design that kept the Marine Corps ready and relevant to the security challenges of today and tomorrow. At the end of the day, we needed to be modernized, ready and biased for action, integrated into the Joint Force structure, expeditionary, and right sized,

VMFA(AW)-533 increased their forward presence in the area improving the Marine Corps’ ability to respond to possible conflicts. “While deployed we performed a lot of training,” said Cpl. Michael Douglas, a hydraulic structural mechanic for VMFA(AW)-533. “We accomplished our mission each day and surpassed every goal we set. I have become close to these men and women and know that because of the de-

while retaining our core combined arms and amphibious structure and competencies. What force design optimizes this need, balances risk and is fiscally responsible? Based on the detailed planning of our working group, and in conjunction with independent analysis, we have determined that with sequestered budgets a force design of 174,000 is right-sized to allow the Marine Corps to remain America’s crisis response force (note: this does not account for the 1,000 Marine plus up that Congress has directed to our Marine Security Guard Program). This allows us to achieve a high state of readiness, while maintaining forward presence as a part of the Navy-Marine Corps team. Analysis shows that further reductions will incur heightened and, in some scenarios, prohibitive risk to our National Security Strategy, and unacceptable risk to the internal health of our Corps and its families.

How did we get there? We began by first looking at what Marines are doing today and then widened our look to include those emerging trends that would ultimately frame the future operating environment. Today, Marines are still fighting in Afghanistan, providing crisis response in the Middle East, the African littorals and the Pacific, and standing ready to respond to Humanitarian Assistance/ Disaster Relief efforts around the globe. Today’s Marine Corps also has the capability and capacity to conduct special operations and cyber warfare. We see no shortage of demand for these capabilities in the future operating environment. The bottom line is we are asking more from our Marines today than at almost any other point in our history…a trend that will likely continue and further bound our future. Tomorrow’s Marines will see challenges such as violent extremism, battles for influence,

ployment we will be able to work more efficiently together to accomplish our daily tasks here in Beaufort.” Constant training and hard work were not the only things that helped build a lasting impact on the unit during the UDP. While in the South Pacific, VMFA(AW)-533 stopped at Iwo To, Japan, formerly known as Iwo Jima. Iwo To, was the site of one of World War II’s most impactful battles, which took the lives of 7,000 American troops.

disruptive societal transitions, natural disaster, extremist messages and manipulative politics. We will likely see criminal enterprises wield combat power once associated only with states, as well as separatism, extremism and intolerance that lead to terrorism, protests and violence. We will see new technologies place modern weapons into the hands of developing states and non-state actors while the development and proliferation of advanced conventional weapons challenges our ability to project power or gain access. In this security convergence it will be the forward influence, strategic mobility, effective power projection and rapid response capabilities Marines are known for today that will define those minimum attributes that must endure and frame our future force design. We must maintain a force that can balance an increasing focus in the Asia-Pacific region, while sustaining an

“Being on the beach where so many Marines passed away was the most moving part of the deployment,” said Douglas. “Out of everything that the squadron went through, the stress and long working hours, being on Iwo Jima was the most influential part of the deployment. I will never forget everything I experienced while I was away and know this deployment will carry on with many in the squadron for the rest of our lives.”

ever-watchful eye on the Middle East and African littoral areas. America’s Marines must be positioned forward to counter violent extremists operating across multiple domains. The Marine Corps has faced this challenge before. As was the case in the past, our manpower and investments fluctuated with the onset and conclusion of wars. We are heading down a similar path

today. As our nation reduces its overseas forces, there remains a heightened requirement for a very capable crisis response force, one that can deploy anywhere quickly, provide a variety of response options, a force that can buy time for national decisionmakers when the need arises. The Marine Corps is, and will continue to be, the answer to this need. This is what we do…this is who we are!


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Weapons Training Battalion, 2nd Recon shoots new weapon MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - The mission of the Marine Corps rifle squad is to locate, close with and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver, or repel the enemy assault by fire and close combat. By the end of 2013, the Corps will replace the M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon with the M-27 Infantry Automatic Rifle, enabling Marines to engage the enemy faster and more effectively. More than 30 Marines from Weapons Training Battalion and 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion spent the week learning, shooting and evaluating the IAR at Stone Bay Rifle Range, Sept. 2-6. The IAR is a mere 8 pounds compared to the SAW’s 22 pounds, enabling Marines to engage the enemy quicker and because of its accuracy Marines will require less rounds. Since 1984, the M-249 has been the Corps’ automatic rifle standard. More than 30 Marines spent the week shooting the M-27, which introduced them to a magazine-fed assault rifle that can still make sustained suppressive fire. Even though the weapon has been slowly distributed to infantry units, it has not been introduced to every unit. “I’ve never worked with this weapon system before,” said Sgt. Alonzo Blockett, a marksmanship instructor with Weapons Training Battalion. “It’s the fastest firing automatic weapon I’ve ever shot, and it’s awesome.” “During the courses, we put a lot of emphasis on the history and role of the automatic rifle,” said Peterson. “That explained in detail the intent and purpose of having the M-27 fielded. Now the Marines are aware of its purpose and capabilities.” Before shooting the weapon, the Marines learned the differences between the M-27 and M-249, along with its capabilities.

A landing support specialist with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, watches a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st MEU, prepare to lift a load of cargo off the flight deck here, Sept. 13. The Helicopter Support Team of CLB-31 and the crews of the helicopters play important roles in the 31st MEU’s capability to execute external lifts. The HST provides ground support to the CH-53E, which can lift up to 36,000 pounds. This lift capability can be used to overcome difficult terrain and land-based obstacles when executing logistical re-supply. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region and the only continuously forward deployed MEU.

CLB Marines, Super Stallions team up for heavy lifts

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MWSS-172 refuels helicopters during Exercise Lejeune II CAMP SCHWAB — Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 established forward arming and refueling points Sept. 10 at Landing Zone Phoenix at Camp Schwab to support operations conducted by three Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters during Exercise Lejeune II. MWSS-172 provided refueling support for Marine and Army units during the exercise, which is a joint aerial assault exercise involving 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment; the Army’s 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade; and 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. Both 3rd Bn., 3rd Marines, and 2nd Bn., 6th Marines, are currently assigned to 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program. The exercise is designed to enhance and increase the U.S. Marine and Army forces combat readiness and joint capabilities. “During the exercise, we are working with the Army, so that the helicopters can transport Marines expediently to different parts of the training grounds,” said Lance Cpl. Jose L. Valencia, a bulk fuel specialist with MWSS-172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III MEF. “Usually, we set up refueling stations at established landing zones, but for (FARP training) we go to terrain that has unusual features, so that it feels like a realistic scenario.” The purpose of the FARP is to expediently fuel aircraft at temporary landing zones in order to facilitate immediate takeoff, according to Staff Sgt. Mario A. Diazregalado, a company gunnery sergeant with MWSS-172. The Marines also monitor fuel levels and evaluate fuel potency. The training left the Marines with a healthy appreciation and understanding of the importance of each component of the FARP and the role they play during operations.

USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea -- Hovering above five landing support Marines, a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter slowly descends, dangling a charged hook underneath the hulking aircraft closer to the load sitting on the deck. As one Marine reaches up with a static wand to ground the 200,000 volts rushing through the hook, the other four scramble to secure the load. Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 31 and Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), both with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted external lift training on the flight deck here, Sept. 13. The Helicopter Support Team of CLB-31 and the crews of the helicopters play important roles in the 31st MEU’s capability to execute external lifts. The HST provides ground support to the CH-53E, which can lift up to 36,000 pounds. This lift capability can be used to overcome difficult terrain and land-based obstacles when executing logistical

re-supply. Anything from M777A2 Lightweight Howitzers to a pallet of Meals Ready-to-Eat can be quickly and effectively moved from the ship’s flight deck to the troops in the field. “With the capabilities of the CH-53E, if you can hook it up and its within weight standards, we can carry it,” said Capt. William E. Wilson, a 30-year-old CH-53E helicopter pilot with VMM-265 (Rein), 31st MEU, and a native of Greenwich, Conn. “Having the capability to carry the heavy, unconventional loads, we can move things from the ship to the shore when our other transportation capabilities cannot.” Before the helicopter can lift cargo, the HST Marines must prepare the load for transportation. The team has to ensure the load is properly secured for the lift by using numerous high-yield safety straps. If one strap is not properly locked into place, the several thousand pound load could come loose and fall. Two pre-lift inspections, one by the HST and one by the pilot after landing the aircraft, check every strap

before the lift can begin. Once the inspection is complete, the CH-53E pilots lift the helicopter into the air while the HST Marines don their protective equipment. Because of the 200,000 volts surging through the hook below the helicopter, the HST Marines wear rubber gloves while one Marine carries a static wand. The static wand, a long, yellow grounding tool, removes the charge from the hook as the helicopter moves into range. “Every Marine in the HST recognizes the dangers when the helicopter is coming close to the load,” said Lance Cpl. Jeffrey M. Dobson, a 19-year-old landing support specialist with CLB31, 31st MEU, and a native of Leesburg, Fla. “We have thousands of volts of electricity , a couple thousand pound load and a huge aircraft right above our heads.” While the HST Marines are waiting below the aircraft, the pilots of the CH-53E are completely blind during their descent. The precision placement of the aircraft, and the charged hook, relies completely on the crew chiefs looking out the sides. Guiding the pilots via radio

communication, five feet at a time, the crew chiefs are the pilots’ eyes. Once the hook secures the load and all safety checks are complete and the HST Marines are a safe distance away, the pilots lift the load away from the flight deck. The HST team conducts the entire process before and during every deployment of the 31st MEU. Constant training is necessary, not only for the safety of the Marines but the readiness of the unit. “Without this training on a regular basis, there would be an increased risk of injures because of all the moving parts and the speed of the process,” said Sgt. Daniel A. McGhee, the landing support platoon sergeant with CLB-31, 31st MEU, and a native of Detroit, Mich. “The HST team could be called upon to do this for real and this makes us ready.” The 31st MEU is currently conducting Fall Patrol 13, a regularly scheduled patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region and the only continuously forward deployed MEU.

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BRADSHAW FIELD TRAINING AREA, Australia - Marines fire a shoulderlaunched, multipurpose assault weapon as part of a movement-to-contact training evolution during Exercise Koolendong Sept. 3 at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia. The Marines are with Company L, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force-Darwin, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

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Marines, sailors of 26th MEU make pilgrimage to Jerusalem Jerusalem, Israel -- Marines and sailors assigned to 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and sailors assigned to the USS San Antonio visited Jerusalem, Israel, during a scheduled port visit to the country Sept. 5. The tour started at the top of the Mount of Olives overlooking the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed the night before his crucifixion. They then took a bus to the Dung Gate to enter inside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. “It was an amazing experience,” said Capt. Brent Schiffer, a pilot assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced), 26th MEU. “So many significant events in history have occurred within those three square miles. I never thought that I would have had the opportunity to walk where Jesus once walked and touch where Jesus was anointed before his burial. It was a once in a lifetime experience.” The first stop inside the walls was near the El-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam where it is believed that the prophet Muhammad traveled to from Mecca before ascending into heaven. A short walk away was the next stop, the Wailing Wall also known as the Western Wall as it is the western wall of the Temple built by Herod the Great, it is one of the holiest locations in Judaism. There the Marines and sailors were given the opportunity to touch the wall and pray. They then walked through the streets of old Jerusalem into the market, then to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which was built on the site that Jesus was believed to have been crucified, anointed, buried, and resurrected. There, many of the Marines and sailors prayed, touched the stone on which Jesus is believed to have been anointed before burial, as well as the stone on the location of where Jesus is believed to have been crucified. “I was raised very religious,” said Lance Cpl. Andrew Santos, a machine gunner assigned to Company L, Battalion Landing Team 3/2, 26th MEU. “It really closed the gaps and it was an amazing experi-

ence to walk into the town and see everything, connecting the places priests would talk about in church back home and see it firsthand. I never thought I’d be able to see it.” After a long day of walking, visiting the different sites, they returned to the busses and left to get lunch at a restaurant that served traditional foods before returning to the ship. Also surprised by the small size of the Old City of Jerusalem, was Cpl. Steven Stone, a fiscal clerk assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 26, 26th MEU. “It was really interesting to learn the history behind the stories in the Bible and see everything,” said Stone. “I didn’t realize how close together everything is. I thought that it was more spread out. I also didn’t think the location of where Jesus was crucified and buried was known and it was interesting to see how many people came to visit from all over the world.”

After about four months since the ship’s last liberty port, visiting Israel was a welcome treat, and taking a trip to Jerusalem added even more value to the service members’ short stay in port which can best be described as “an amazing experience,” regardless of their religion. The history and importance of Jerusalem to Christianity, Judaism, and Islam will continue to grow and the memory of visiting Jerusalem will remain with the Marines and sailors from the 26th MEU and USS San Antonio who were fortunate enough to make the pilgrimage to Holy Land during their port visit to Israel. The 26th MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force forward-deployed to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group serving as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious operations across the full range of military operations.

A tour guide explains the importance of the Al-Asqa Mosque to U.S. Marines and sailors assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and U.S. Sailors assigned to the USS San Antonio (LPD-17), Jerusalem, Israel, Sept. 5, 2013. The 26th MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force forward-deployed to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group serving as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious operations across the full range of military operations.

Marines arrive in the Philippines to support PHIBLEX 14 Lance Cpl. Anne Henry

Marine Corps Installations Pacific

CLARK AIR FIELD, PAMPANGA, Republic of the Philippines – U.S. Marines arrived at Clark Air Field, Pampanga, Republic of the Philippines, Sept. 14 to prepare for the U.S.-Philippines bilateral Amphibious Landing Exercise 2014 (PHIBLEX 14). The Marines, from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (3d MEB) and III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF), are part of the PHIBLEX 14 advanced party and will be pro-

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detachment is deployed to Afghanistan and is augmenting MALS-40 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

are currently deployed to the Mediterranean to promote security in the region.

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viding vital support throughout the training areas during the exercise. “Today, we received Marines with the 13th MEU and 3d MEB,” said Sgt. Maximilian Leigh, an embarkation specialist with Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 18, Marine Air Control Group 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. “We have been coordinating incoming flights with the Armed Forces of the Philippines ensuring everything goes smoothly when the Marines arrive.” In order for PHIBLEX 14 to run smoothly from the start, it is critical for a solid logistics

Philippine Air Force Tech. Sgt. Seno Nellas waits as a KC-130 Hercules aircraft arrives Sept. 14 carrying Marines for Amphibious Landing Exercise 2014 at Clark Air Field, Pampanga, Republic of the Philippines. Nellas is the noncommissioned officer in charge of base operations with the 600th Air Base Wing, part of the Philippine Air Force. The arriving Marines are with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade and III Marine Expeditionary Force.

and movement plan to be in place at the beginning, according to Leigh. The main focus of the day was to ensure proper accountability of the incoming Marines and then to move them to their respective locations to prepare for bilateral training. “What we do here is very comprehensive and involves many moving parts,” said Leigh. “As soon as the plane touches down, we are ready with a manifest and joint reception center worksheets in order to maintain accountability.” The incoming flights provide an opportunity for the support personnel involved to do their respective jobs in a real-world, bilateral setting, helping to promote better understanding and increase interoperability. “This whole exercise greatly benefits the relationship between the U.S. and Republic of the Philippines,” said Cpl. Trevor Felten, a joint reception center clerk with 3rd MEB.“Any time we go out on these exercises, both parties can learn from each other and understand different ways of doing things.” PHIBLEX 14 is an annual, bilateral training exercise that enhances security and stability within the region while also helping to prepare for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions. Improving interoperability and working cooperatively with the Armed Forces of the Philippines is critical, according to Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chad Mader, officer in charge, deployment distribution center, 3rd MEB. “We have been operating well with the Philippine forces,” said Mader. “The interaction between us has been very smooth. Whenever we have needed support at the air field, they have been there on spot assisting us with bringing our forces on deck. The reason we are here is to better our forces and to work together to achieve interoperability.”

YUMA, Ariz. - Air-to-ground tactics and war-fighting techniques are a part of the Corps’ dynamic approach to combat. Based on the Marine Air Ground Task Force concept, combat elements in the air and on land work together to bombard the enemy with unrelenting firepower. A select group of Marines exists with the surgeon-like ability to call for that aggressive airborne support at a moment’s notice. As part of Exercise Scorpion Fire 2013, an experienced team of joint terminal attack controllers, or JTACs, with 3RD Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company Marine Forces Reserve, based out of the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Bell, Calif., set up shop in the middle of the Sonoran Desert in order to hone their unique air-arsenal directive skills, Aug. 11-16. Using geographical analysis and a precise system of communication, the JTAC team members set out to practice their rotary and fixed-wing fire support calls through attack briefs known as 9-lines. The 9-line is a list of data gathered by the JTAC to guide a pilot in the air with all of the necessary information to destroy the enemy. A JTAC takes different variables into consideration when making a call for fire. Method of engagement, distance to the target, visual terrain, weather conditions, available assets and ally positioning are some of the factors they consider before delivering a 9-line. Scorpion Fire included night missions, featuring UH-1Y and AH-1Z attack helicopters simulating different scenarios that carried an array of munitions. Through infrared sensors and night vision binoculars, the JTAC’s guided the aircraft that lit up the dark sky with tracers from guided rockets, bullets and bombs. For six scorching days, JATCs spent their time at range 2507, training for missions that called for specific courses of action and unforgiving firepower. This year’s Scorpion Fire exercise afforded them an opportunity to work through the searing heat, the dust and mountainous desert terrain in order to cultivate their combat skills for the day when duty may call.

Infantrymen refine machine gun marksmanship MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – “Five up, two right!” A Marine adjusts his elevation and deflection as he engages his next target at 1,200 meters in the distance. The roar of Mk-19 grenade launcher and .50 caliber machine gun fire engulfs the area as Marines serving with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, conducted a live-fire exercise on Range 222 here, Sept. 4 and 5. During the two days of shooting, the Marines fired Mk-19 grenade launchers, .50 caliber machine guns, M249 squad automatic weapons and M240B medium machine guns to crosstrain and refine their skills with each weapon system. The machine gunners from Alpha Co. fired grenade launchers and heavy machine guns during the first day of shooting, and the riflemen fired SAWs and M240Bs during the second day. The Marines went through extensive classes on weapon safety, maintenance, nomenclature and firing procedures prior to firing on the range. All of the riflemen who attached to the company in the past six months upon completing the School of Infantry had never fired a SAW because it’s no longer included during the rifleman training curriculum at the school since it is now classified as a machine gun. The Marines were on the range honing their skills to build a good baseline of knowledge and marksmanship across the company so any Marine can get behind a weapon system and feel comfortable utilizing it, said 1st Lt. Marc Hildwein, a platoon commander with Alpha Co. and a native of Chicago. Each Marine’s shot groups and confidence was evaluated as he fired each weapon during the two days of shooting to form a foundation of accuracy and expertise in the company. A senior Marine was at each weapon to monitor proficiency, give advice and test the Marine shooting it. After completing the two days of shooting, the company plans to continue marksmanship and infantryman training to maintain deployment readiness.

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The sun is setting in the Lowcountry with a red, purple and blue gradient painted across the sky. Three Marines wearing flak jackets and kevlars run down the airfield aboard the Air Station counting their paces. Every five hundred feet they stop, realign, and mark the left and right lateral limits of a simulated forward arming and refueling point (FARP), using lights visible only with night vision. In the failing light, they count the last of 3,000 feet and mark the end of their expeditionary runway. A few minutes pass and a C-130 Hercules comes into view against the last light of the sun.

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A Marine with a radio guides the pilot to the ground without assistance from radar equipment, and the behemoth lands several feet past the first set of lights. The propellers roar as the aircraft slows to a stop several hundred feet before the end. A moment later the C-130 is back in the air circling around for another approach. Marines with Marine Air Control Squadron 2, Detachment A, assisted the 165th Airlift Wing, stationed at Savannah Air National Guard Base in Pooler, Ga., with assault landing and night vision landing training. The Marines were simultaneously training to be certified mem-

bers of a Marine Air Traffic Control Mobile Team, or MMT, which provides initial rapid response air traffic control services in austere environments for Marines around the world, said 1st Lt. Joshua Langham, MACS-2 watch commander and MMT team leader. The Corps uses MMT’s comprised of six Marines or less to set up short runways where needed to provide forward landing zones for troop movements and evacuations, refuel aircraft or assist with humanitarian operations. “The MMT is the most employable asset the wing has to offer because of how highly versatile we are,” Langham said. “These operations provide real life training and

build confidence and proficiency, so we can go downrange.” The training relationship between MACS-2 and the 165th started with a phone call from the airmen in Georgia requesting to use the airfield for night training. The coordinator referred them to MACS-2 to see if they could provide support. “I let them know we would coordinate for the use of the airfield and requested that they allow us to build their assault landing zone for our training enhancement.” said Staff Sgt. Alexander Bruffy, MACS-2 operations chief. Both units discovered the possibility for reciprocating training opportunities and soon had a

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training plan. “After that it was a verbal handshake and we started working from there,” Bruffy said. “Since then it’s been a mutually beneficial relationship.” It may have been the first time MACS-2 worked with the airlift wing, but it won’t be the last. After several landings in the dark, the C-130 took off and turned south into the starry night returning to Georgia. The giant aircraft disappeared into the blanket of darkness and the sound of the propellers followed shortly after. The Marines gathered their gear quickly and left the runway without a trace of their presence, just as they would downrange.


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Staff Sgt. Christine Mendenhall, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing refrigeration electrician mechanic inspector from Newark, S.C., discusses safety protocols with Sgt. Tony Yates, Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224, hydraulic, pneumatic, structures mechanic from Covington, Ky., during an Aviation Logistics Management Assist Team (ALMAT) evaluation aboard the Air Station, Sept., 10. The squadron achieved an “on track” rating from the team of experts who examined and graded more than 40 programs within VMFA(AW) 224 and trained Marines on areas needing improvement.

Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224 excelled on the arduous Aviation Logistics Management Assist Team (ALMAT) evaluation aboard the Air Station, Sept. 10 through the 13. Experts from 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing evaluate squadrons within the MAW on every aviation program, policy and procedure at least once a year or before deployments. “The inspection allows [2nd MAW] to know how we are performing our jobs and lets us know what we can improve on to better maintain the aircraft and personnel,” said Gunnery Sgt. Shelby Smith, VMFA(AW)-224, quality assurance chief from Stockbridge, Ga. “It is a stepping stone to ensure that we’re running our programs correctly,” he said. “It allows us to get an outside look to better the process and identify how we can improve across the wing.” Gunnery Sgt. Robert Brown, a 2nd MAW aviation life support systems trainer, evaluated VMFA(AW)-224 with 13 other experts in their fields. Together they analyzed more than 40 programs to determine if the program was “on track,” “needs attention,” or “off track.” “We have a mixture of people with many years of knowledge, so we can dig deep,” said Brown, a Virginia Beach, Va., native. Although the evaluation is extensive and important, Brown said his team’s job was more important than a checklist or a passing grade. “The most important thing we do is training,” he said. “When we find something that isn’t being done right, that is when our job truly comes into play. We are here to train and help.” After the evaluation, all the discrepancies are used as a syllabus to train the squadron the following day. “We will sit down and go over every minute detail of a problem until they feel comfortable with it,” Brown said. “We want to assist the squadrons so their programs go in the right direction. When a program is done right they will reach their objectives safely.” The ALMAT team remains constantly on call to provide guidance to Marines stationed throughout the East Coast. “The biggest pride I get out of this job is teaching somebody how to do a job the right way, making a difference,” Brown said. “It is my favorite part of this job. If we are not putting out a safe product or program people can get hurt.”


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Hotel Company Graduates Honor Graduates

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Pfc. D.R. Wentling, Sevierville, TN Senior Drill Instructor: Staff Sgt. A.A. Verduzco

Pfc. J.T. Rose, Lynn, MA Senior Drill Instructor: Sgt. K.J. VanBeekom

Pfc. A.F. Gallagher, Mahopac, NY Senior Drill Instructor: Staff Sgt. J.E. Sypole

Pfc. J.H. Gillis, McLean, VA Senior Drill Instructor: R.C. Portell

Pfc. S.J. Rivercora, Mirmar, FL Senior Drill Instructor: Sgt. M.E. McQueen

Pfc. R.J. Wytas, Ludlow, MA Senior Drill Instructor: Sgt. D.J. Horcharik

Platoon 2073 Platoon 2074

Platoon 2076

Platoon 2077

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Pfc. N.C. Parianos, Beverly, MA Senior Drill Instructor: Sgt. A.J. Andino

Platoon 2072 Pfc. V. M. Acciardo , Pfc. M. T. Anderson , Pfc. C. A. Aramayocarbone , Pfc. S. K. Ayscue Jr , Pfc. D. T. Baker , Pfc. M. A. Battle , Pvt. E. M. Baxmann , Pfc. T. D. Bennett , Pvt. B. L. Bloomer , Pfc. A. J. Bonneville , Pfc. A. Z. Bruening , Pvt. J. F. Cano , Pfc. C. P. Carden , Pfc. B. D. Caston , Pfc. J. M. Cherry , Pvt. S. K. Cisneros , Pfc. J. M. Connor , Pfc. E. F. Davenport Jr , Pfc. J. L. Davis , Pfc. T. C. Dexter , Pfc. D. C. Diaz , Pfc. S. B. Dixon II , Pfc. A. N. Dodson , Pfc. J. C. Farlow , Pfc. K. J. Farrell* , Pvt. S. N. Felder , Pfc. S. J. Fife , Pvt. F. F. Fortuchang , Pvt. T. R. Frost Jr , Pfc. D. R. Gantt* , Pfc. L. N. Hewett , Pvt. M. Ibarra Jr , Pvt. N. T. Joice , Pvt. Z. P. Kemp , Pfc. B. C. Kynard Jr* , Pfc. D. B. Lawson , Pfc. J. H. Long , Pvt. T. Mares III , Pvt. R. D. Mccann , Pvt. P. E. Mckee II , Pfc. W. S. Medley , Pvt. W. W. Mercer , Pvt. H. A. Mooney , Pvt. A. N. Moore , Pvt. M. B. Morrison , Pvt. D. A. Neely , Pvt. Q. R. Newton , Pfc. N. L. Noe , Pfc. J. S. Nowicki , Pfc. E. J. Nunez , Pfc. T. N. Perkins* , Pfc. J. O. Peterson , Pfc. C. A. Platts , Pfc. B. L. Player , Pfc. R. A. Powell , Pvt. J. B. Pritchett , Pvt. N. A. Prosser , Pvt. D. B. Reed , Pvt. E. J. Rogers , Pfc. W. C. Rohling , Pfc. A. J. Schultheis* , Pfc. T. J. Sheppard , Pvt. T. L. Skidmore , Pvt. D. C. Smith , Pvt. J. A. Summerton , Pfc. K. J. Taylor , Pfc. C. J. Thacker , Pfc. M. A. Thompson , Pvt. J. E. Torresestrada , Pfc. W. A. Tyndall , Pfc. G. N. Vazquez , Pvt. S. L. Waldroup , Pvt. J. A. Weikel , Pvt. A. J. Welch , Pfc. J. A. Wells , Pfc. D. R. Wentling , Pvt. D. P. White , Pvt. A. P. Williams , Pfc. D. D. Wimbley , Pvt. T. K. Wischer , Pvt. M. C. Woodward , Pvt. W. L. Young Jr

Platoon 2073 Pfc. R. D. Becouvarakis , Pfc. Z. L. Bissell , Pvt. W. C. Blunt , Pfc. S. Borambayev , Pvt. S. R. Bowdon II , Pvt. B. T. Bryant , Pvt. J. A. Burch , Pfc. E. J. Bush V , Pfc. B. R. Carter , Pfc. M. J. Claytor* , Pvt. S. C. Colemanroush , Pfc. D. Colonalmonte , Pvt. R. E. Colvin , Pfc. T. S. Cook , Pfc. L. A. Cooley , Pfc. V. J. Crespo , Pvt. M. J. Czyznik , Pfc. M. P. Dennison , Pfc. J. W. Dixon II , Pfc. T. E. Dubois , Pvt. C. L. Echavarria , Pfc. C. A. Efurd , Pfc. L. M. Gail , Pfc. A. F. Gallagher , Pfc. M. C. George , Pvt. C. T. Hair , Pvt. L. J. Hand , Pfc. D. A. Handy* , Pvt. C. D. Harbst , Pvt. C. R. Herring , Pvt. D. L. Hersey , Pfc. T. C. Hicks , Pvt. J. M. Hoover , Pvt. D. T. Houston , Pfc. D. J. Howe , Pfc. J. W. Howze , Pvt. J. G. Hubbard III , Pvt. J. C. Humphreys , Pfc. P. N. Jackson III* , Pfc. M. C. Johnson , Pfc. A. J. Jones , Pfc. B. J. Jones , Pvt. C. W. Jones , Pfc. A. C. King , Pfc. N. I. Kursinskis , Pfc. C. A. Lara , Pvt. L. R. Lawrence , Pfc. M. C. Lewis , Pvt. D. M. Lindamood , Pvt. K. D. Mcgill , Pfc. R. D. Mellott Jr* , Pvt. L. C. Mosley , Pfc. P. S. Murphy , Pvt. A. J. Norman , Pvt. B. R. Ortiz , Pvt. A. M. Oshea , Pvt. K. R. Paakanen , Pfc. M. L. Paakanen* , Pvt. C. S. Phillips , Pfc. T. T. Phillips , Pvt. X. I. Prater , Pfc. R. J. Probst , Pfc. E. L. Rainer Jr , Pvt. N. R. Rheaume , Pfc. B. J. Roberts , Pfc. J. W. Ross III , Pfc. A. A. Savino , Pfc. G. T. Sheets , Pfc. N. G. Soria , Pvt. J. W. Spires Jr , Pfc. C. D. Stephens , Pfc. D. J. Stevens , Pvt. L. J. Stevenson , Pvt. J. S. Straight , Pvt. W. Sutton III , Pvt. J. N. Tatum , Pfc. C. S. Ware , Pfc. V. M. Wehking , Pfc. M. H. Whalon , Pvt. O. O. Wheat , Pfc. S. M. White , Pfc. R. L. Wilcox

Platoon 2074 Pfc. L. A. Acosta , Pvt. J. A. Angeles , Pfc. K. M. Bardin , Pvt. C. A. Baumann , Pvt. J. G. Benson , Pvt. D. R. Bird Jr , Pvt. C. L. Bixler III , Pfc. N. J. Bloom , Pvt. G. H. Braden , Pfc. K. M. Bradlow , Pvt. V. C. Brooks , Pvt. A. A. Burkett II , Pfc. C. Camille , Pfc. J. P. Campolito* , Pvt. J. Cardona , Pvt. E. A. Castaneda , Pvt. J. L. Cavazos , Pvt. J. R. Church Jr , Pvt. J. A. Clarke , Pvt. E. L. Cracraft IV , Pvt. J. N. Davis , Pfc. R. H. Dietz Jr , Pvt. J. Dirienzo , Pfc. A. S. Earnest , Pvt. M. H. Elmalawani , Pvt. A. Z. Evans , Pvt. C. Farley , Pfc. F. H. Fenn , Pfc. D. R. Frederick Jr , Pvt. R. G. Gardner II , Pfc. L. W. Garlandcowans* , Pvt. A. J. Gatlin , Pfc. J. D. Geiger , Pvt. M. R. Gonzales , Pvt. S. A. Hamblin Jr , Pfc. E. V. Hamlet , Pvt. J. F. Helb , Pfc. D. J. Heller , Pfc. C. A. Hoffman , Pvt. J. A. Honer , Pfc. J. A. Howard* , Pfc. M. D. Hughes , Pfc. D. W. Huston Jr , Pfc. J. R. Isajiw , Pfc. T. M. Jordan , Pvt. K. A. Kauffman Jr , Pfc. J. C. Letourneau , Pfc. A. B. Lombardo , Pvt. A. Lopez Jr , Pvt. C. E. Martinez , Pvt. D. B. Meadows II , Pvt. A. M. Melendez , Pfc. J. B. Metcalf* , Pfc. R. I. Montgomery III , Pvt. J. M. Mullis , Pfc. A. J. Nelson , Pvt. J. J. Newman , Pfc. M. J. Novak , Pfc. N. A. Nunez , Pvt. K. Obando , Pfc. B. M. Porter , Pfc. S. J. Provance , Pfc. D. S. Pryce , Pvt. K. A. Rhoads , Pfc. S. J. Riveracora* , Pfc. D. C. Roberts , Pfc. W. A. Rudolph , Pfc. D. K. Rutherford , Pvt. J. I. Saltergarcia , Pvt. D. F. Sambrano , Pvt. P. B. Sammon , Pfc. C. R. Schneider , Pvt. N. M. Schultz , Pfc. J. M. Shillingburg , Pvt. W. D. Shoemaker , Pvt. R. C. Simmons , Pfc. N. S. Smith Jr , Pfc. R. C. Staats , Pfc. T. W. Stokes , Pfc. O. A. Strachan , Pvt. J. Villalba , Pfc. K. D. Watts Jr , Pfc. T. A. Wellenc , Pvt. G. P. Whitman

Platoon 2075 Pvt. B. M. Allf , Pvt. A. R. Anderson , Pvt. V. P. Barbato Jr , Pvt. D. C. Bartley , Pvt. A. T. Beech , Pfc. C. S. Brougher , Pfc. D. W. Brown Jr , Pfc. A. T. Candito , Pvt. Y. N. Cherif , Pvt. V. M. Colorado , Pfc. B. L. Costello , Pvt. T. C. Craven , Pvt. B. C. Crochet , Pfc. C. J. Cruz , Pfc. G. C. Cucchissi* , Pvt. C. P. Curry , Pfc. W. F. Dearfield , Pvt. C. F. Dixon , Pvt. C. M. Druin , Pvt. R. A. Farley , Pvt. D. W. Fleming , Pvt. D. L. Foster , Pvt. D. K. Fox , Pvt. J. E. Franklin , Pvt. T. M. Fraulino , Pfc. C. J. Frazier , Pfc. N. R. Froeter , Pvt. C. F. Furlong , Pvt. M. T. Gilliam , Pvt. D. R. Gober , Pvt. A. J. Gosetti , Pvt. M. A. Greer , Pvt. D. W. Griffith , Pfc. L. A. Grise , Pvt. B. W. Harmon , Pfc. R. A. Harvey , Pfc. I. Ibarracochrane* , Pvt. E. Jung , Pfc. A. J. Karlson , Pfc. J. N. Kesterman , Pvt. C. M. Kilgallon , Pvt. L. P. Kram , Pvt. J. G. Lamboy , Pvt. L. R. Lanier , Pvt. A. W. Mahaffey , Pvt. Z. D. Matthews , Pvt. S. A. Mccoy , Pvt. R. H. Mendenhall IV , Pfc. M. A. Mercer , Pvt. J. D. Meylian , Pfc. C. L. Miller , Pvt. J. G. Neumann , Pfc. D. T. Olivera , Pvt. V. L. Opper , Pvt. M. J. Orourke II , Pfc. H. A. Ortega , Pfc. C. A. Palomarpena , Pfc. D. T. Paynter* , Pfc. G. W. Perez , Pfc. N. P. Perkins* , Pvt. H. A. Phillips , Pvt. R. A. Pickup , Pvt. J. D. Porter , Pvt. A. J. Reid , Pfc. M. A. Rogers* , Pfc. J. T. Rose , Pvt. A. J. Ross , Pvt. M. D. Russell , Pvt. P. J. Saoud , Pvt. J. C. Sapp , Pfc. G. H. Schneider , Pvt. L. D. Severino , Pfc. K. M. Shows Jr , Pvt. T. C. Silvia , Pvt. C. J. Steichen , Pfc. L. T. Stephens , Pfc. D. M. Steward , Pfc. R. W. Thompson , Pvt. S. A. Trotter , Pfc. Z. G. Vorce , Pfc. C. J. Walker , Pvt. K. E. Warren , Pvt. S. W. York

Platoon 2076 Pvt. N. A. Barbee Jr , Pvt. A. J. Bliss , Pvt. E. M. Brown , Pfc. A. F. Cabrejoquispesivana , Pfc. T. Charusiripremsakun , Pvt. A. Y. Chen , Pfc. J. P. Christ , Pfc. A. T. Clark , Pvt. T. G. Clark , Pvt. J. E. Coley , Pvt. A. A. Cortez , Pfc. E. K. Dankyi , Pvt. T. L. Dawkins , Pfc. J. M. Disantis , Pfc. N. L. Dunchie , Pvt. B. W. Faurie , Pvt. I. J. Ferman , Pvt. N. R. Fries , Pfc. M. W. Gartland* , Pvt. G. S. Geacolettimartinez , Pfc. J. H. Gillis , Pfc. V. G. Gray , Pvt. A. D. Guy , Pvt. T. R. Hanrahan Jr , Pfc. A. J. Hawk , Pvt. J. D. Hines , Pfc. D. D. Levy Jr , Pvt. J. D. Lewis , Pvt. T. L. Lillard III , Pvt. C. P. Luzzi , Pvt. K. F. Lynch Jr , Pvt. A. J. Magnuson , Pvt. J. Matos , Pfc. M. F. McCloud , Pfc. T. M. Minnig* , Pvt. B. R. Moulding , Pvt. T. J. Myers , Pfc. T. R. Nichols Jr , Pfc. B. C. Norris , Pfc. J. X. Once , Pfc. L. X. Osorio , Pvt. O. E. Paniagua , Pvt. P. A. Patel , Pvt. J. D. Perez , Pfc. K. Perkins , Pvt. B. K. Poole , Pvt. J. B. Powell , Pvt. N. H. Quinones , Pvt. N. R. Raeff , Pvt. A. J. Raffray , Pvt. T. M. Ramey , Pvt. A. K. Rappleyea , Pvt. E. R. Regensburger , Pvt. C. Reyes , Pvt. D. L. Rivera , Pvt. A. R. Roman , Pvt. J. A. Russell , Pvt. K. P. Sablosky , Pvt. T. G. Sage Jr , Pfc. E. E. Santelises , Pfc. A. T. Severns , Pvt. N. M. Shemo , Pfc. D. D. Siegars , Pfc. S. R. Smith , Pvt. K. A. Smithgriffin , Pvt. C. M. Stevens , Pvt. A. M. Suk , Pvt. J. L. Swanger , Pvt. T. L. Swartz , Pfc. S. R. Tatum , Pfc. J. E. Thomas* , Pfc. M. J. Tola , Pfc. T. L. Tran , Pfc. T. M. Tubbs , Pvt. D. R. Vall , Pvt. V. J. Velez , Pfc. V. M. Walker , Pfc. K. W. Weber , Pfc. E. C. West , Pfc. W. A. White* , Pvt. R. S. Wilson , Pfc. S. E. Winans* , Pvt. S. J. Worley

Platoon 2077 Pfc. M. D. Aktas , Pvt. D. A. Anim , Pvt. B. M. Armwood , Pfc. T. D. Ashcraft , Pvt. E. S. Bergested , Pvt. L. E. Bermeoescobar , Pvt. J. L. Bodkins , Pvt. A. L. Bonilla III , Pfc. P. W. Boyce , Pvt. A. D. Brewster , Pfc. R. L. Bridgham , Pvt. C. D. Burnett , Pvt. D. A. Carr Jr , Pvt. M. J. Chalkley , Pfc. J. F. Chico* , Pfc. B. S. Christenbury , Pvt. J. Chung , Pvt. J. L. Clark II , Pfc. E. F. Coleman , Pvt. S. J. Collischonn , Pvt. M. G. Cruzeta , Pfc. E. L. Delgado , Pfc. K. P. Delturco* , Pfc. R. H. Denmark , Pvt. N. J. Derkinderen , Pfc. J. D. Dodson , Pfc. D. H. Eaton* , Pfc. Z. A. Estevezventura , Pvt. A. W. Gordon , Pvt. P. J. Graney , Pvt. A. C. Guldin , Pvt. K. J. Hagen , Pfc. J. R. Helms , Pvt. R. P. Herbert III , Pfc. C. J. Herndon III , Pvt. J. A. Hilliard , Pfc. D. T. Hodges , Pfc. W. J. Holloway , Pfc. J. R. Holzhauer , Pvt. M. D. Humer , Pvt. M. J. Iwasinski , Pvt. M. J. Johnson , Pfc. C. E. Jorden Jr , Pfc. T. Kamara , Pfc. J. C. Lamar , Pfc. C. R. Leek III , Pvt. C. A. Lopezmuniz , Pfc. C. S. Lott , Pvt. N. J. Mcknight , Pvt. H. M. Medina , Pfc. M. T. Mitchell , Pfc. N. D. Moo , Pvt. C. A. Morales , Pfc. A. J. Myers , Pvt. J. J. Notte , Pfc. G. T. Orourke , Pfc. A. J. Pille , Pvt. C. A. Porche , Pfc. I. N. Pulliam , Pfc. A. J. Raguso , Pvt. M. C. Richardson , Pfc. J. B. Rogers , Pvt. D. K. Sanders , Pfc. G. M. Schnurr III , Pvt. J. C. Seymour , Pvt. K. S. Smith , Pfc. M. P. Smith , Pfc. J. H. Streitel , Pvt. C. L. Thomason , Pfc. B. E. Thornton* , Pfc. A. W. Todd , Pvt. T. M. Towne , Pvt. E. J. Urey , Pfc. R. S. Walia , Pfc. C. D. Walker , Pvt. J. O. Waters , Pfc. C. T. Wensel , Pfc. Z. A. West , Pvt. D. A. Womack , Pfc. R. J. Wytas* , Pfc. H. Yau , Pfc. H. Zheng

Platoon 2078 Pvt. D. M. Abbey , Pfc. P. W. Austin* , Pvt. G. N. Barron , Pfc. M. L. Blair , Pvt. M. A. Brewer , Pvt. J. A. Brown , Pvt. J. T. Bullmer , Pvt. T. W. Camp , Pvt. A. K. Chase , Pfc. A. R. Constable , Pvt. L. B. Cotterman , Pvt. S. A. Cowell , Pfc. C. M. Deleon , Pvt. R. J. Denovellis , Pvt. D. M. Dillard , Pfc. T. J. Dunlap , Pfc. B. A. Ebanks , Pvt. I. R. Eid , Pfc. A. H. Esposito , Pfc. K. Eydinov , Pfc. L. R. Ferreira , Pvt. G. A. Fong , Pfc. A. L. Garvey , Pvt. J. M. Gomezperez , Pvt. B. R. Gonzalez , Pfc. K. P. Gorny* , Pvt. A. J. Green , Pfc. Z. T. Greene , Pfc. J. R. Haggstrom , Pvt. S. D. Hartley , Pvt. R. D. Hartmann , Pvt. J. B. Hartom , Pvt. G. M. Heffner , Pvt. A. C. Hernandez , Pfc. Z. A. Hessell , Pfc. Z. B. Hicks , Pvt. C. B. Jablonski , Pvt. C. W. Jacobs , Pfc. A. M. Jarbo* , Pvt. E. M. Jerezaguilar , Pfc. K. P. Johnson , Pfc. N. M. Kelley* , Pvt. J. T. Kolyer Jr , Pvt. T. R. Kudej , Pvt. D. M. Lariviere , Pvt. R. M. Larmore , Pfc. K. W. Lee , Pvt. K. D. Letendre , Pfc. J. S. Lyford , Pvt. M. J. Malay , Pfc. K. A. Maughn , Pfc. T. W. Mcgrath , Pvt. D. B. Mclain , Pvt. K. A. Mcleod , Pfc. J. D. Miller , Pvt. J. F. Morales , Pvt. C. Morel , Pfc. Z. R. Muzzy , Pvt. G. W. Nunez , Pfc. N. C. Parianos , Pvt. E. A. Payton , Pvt. G. H. Persinger , Pvt. D. W. Phillips , Pvt. S. N. Rapp , Pfc. S. H. Rawls , Pvt. A. L. Roman Jr , Pvt. J. P. Ryan II , Pfc. W. P. Ryan , Pvt. C. A. Searchwell , Pvt. A. J. Selvitella , Pfc. V. A. Shirley II , Pvt. D. E. Shistle , Pvt. A. O. Simms , Pvt. T. L. Smith , Pvt. C. O. South , Pvt. A. P. Stroebel , Pvt. M. A. Sweetlindsey , Pvt. M. C. Taylor , Pvt. T. P. Tobin , Pvt. R. Vasquez , Pfc. T. J. Vatercostello , Pvt. L. M. White , Pfc. D. G. Wood , Pfc. J. G. Wyatt

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