Friday, October 11, 2013 Vol. 48, No. 40 Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C.
Alpha Company graduates
“The noise you hear is the sound of freedom.”
n Entertainment n News Briefs n Weather n In The Community n Around The Corps n Graduates
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Losing weight the right way Page 4
Air Station participates in Shake Out drill Page 6
Air Station Marine to go to MARSOC Page 14
SHUTDOWN: Department of Veterans Affairs affected Sgt. Terika King Press Chief
Due to the government shutdown, the Department of Veterans Affairs furloughed thousands of employees, causing many of its offices and programs to be affected. While Beaufort’s VA clinic, located at Naval Hospital Beaufort will remain open and fully operational because VA health services are pre-funded for the year in order to protect it from budget problems, other services will either not be available or will operate at a reduced capacity. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans Benefits Administration regional offices which helps process benefit claims will be closed until further notice. The closing of South Carolina’s regional office in Columbia could impact any veteran with pending claims for appeal or remand as those services are suspended until there is a shutdown resolution. This setback comes at an inopportune time as the VA was finally making headway on its backlog of more than 400,000 claims. A statement from the
VA informed veterans that Freedom of Information Act queries and Privacy Act requests will also not be processed. With so many workers furloughed, it is understandable that the VA also enacted a hiring freeze with the exception of applicants for the Veterans Health Administration. VA call centers and hotlines are also affected by the government shutdown. The VBA Educational Call Center and the Inspector General Hotline are suspended and the Consumer Affairs number accessed via the “contact us” function of the va.gov homepage are unavailable. Congressional Liaison Veterans queries is suspended as well. For now, the VA has funding for many veterans compensations and programs for October including funding for payments in the compensation, pension, education and vocational rehabilitation programs. “However, in the event of a prolonged shutdown, claims processing and payments in these programs would be suspended when available funding is exhausted,” a statement from the VA explained.
Voluntary Separation Pay Program Renewed for FY 2014 Active Duty Marines with 6 to 20 years in the Marine Corps may be eligible for voluntary separation pay according to Marine Administrative Message 519/13. The offer is part of an on-going force-shaping effort in order to help the Marine Corps reach its reduced manpower strength. It is not considered an entitlement and requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. By accepting voluntary separation pay, Marines agree to a three year obligation to the Individual Ready Reserve. For more information, see MARADMIN 519/13.
Eligibility: • All Marine staff sergeants of any MOS who have failed selection for promotion to gunnery sergeant at least one time are eligible to apply. • Staff sergeants and gunnery sergeants of selected MOS’s. • At least six years of active service, but less than 20 years of active service. • Have no pending disciplinary action . • Have no pending administrative separation or mandatory discharge. • Must meet reenlistment criteria. • Have an effective date of separation, or end of active service, no later than Sept. 30, 2014.
NHB thinks pink during Breast Cancer Awareness Month Lance Cpl. Brendan Roethel Staff Writer
Naval Hospital Beaufort hosted it’s annual Pink Walk and Breast Cancer Awareness Month Cake Cutting Ceremony, Oct. 3. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services. The event educates men as well as women on the importance of early
detection, self-checking and receiving regular mammograms. “We hold the cake cutting ceremony and walk to raise awareness about the importance of screening and the early detection of breast cancer,” said Cammye Little, the breast care coordinator for Naval Hospital Beaufort. “Women have an increased chance of surviving breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. Statistics show the number of deaths caused by breast cancer has gone down in recent years due to an increase in the number of see
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Tri-Command housing gets facelift Cpl. Brady Wood
project which is currently in the approval process. The project includes the addition of 42 new homes aboard Laurel Bay and Atlantic Marine Corps Communities and 53 duplex-style homes on Naval HospiLend Lease, the parent company for AMCC, tal Beaufort. The commanding general’s celebrated 10 years of privatized housing at home aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot the Laurel Bay community center, Oct. 4. During the celebration, residents learned see Housing, pAge 12 about a new community improvement Staff Writer
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Games and Entertainment
Friday, October 11, 2013
MCAS Beaufort Movie Schedule
Saturday 2 p.m. PG (1:32)
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 (2:10)
Saturday 7 p.m. R (1:35)
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-13 (2:06)
Sunday Lunch Dinner Honey BBQ chicken French fried shrimp and potatoes and tater tots
Sunday 4:30 p.m. R (1:49)
Sunday 7 p.m. R (1:59)
Monday - Friday Breakfast Hot farina, hot hominy grits and oven-fried bacon Monday Dinner Lunch Barbecue spare ribs Cajun lightning and broccoli chicken and rice Tuesday Dinner Lunch Yankee pot roast and Louisiana chicken potatoes and sausage gumbo Wednesday Dinner Lunch Creole shrimp and Bayou jerk pork loin corn and rice Thursday Dinner Lunch Salisbury steak and Indian spiced roast potatoes chicken breast Friday Lunch Baked fish with spinach topping
Dinner Grillled bratwurst and sauteed zucchini
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 facebook.com/MCASBeaufort, Oct. 16.
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.
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 1. Where did Marines first land during the Spanish American War? 2. Cpl. Ira H. Hayes is remembered for participating in the famous flag raising here. 5. Name of the ship captured in 1975 by Cambodians in international waters. 6. Number of Marines that comprised the war party in Tripoli.
ACROSS 3. The Battle of Bull Run in the North is known as what in the South? 4. Name of the ship that was sunk resulting in a war with Spain. 7. Largest amphibious operation in the Pacific. 8. First Marine Corps unit to occupy Japanese soil. 9. Where were Marines evacuated from in Operation Eagle Pull? 10. Established by the Marine Corps in July, 1798, and was the first of any service.
Answer key will be available on facebook.com/MCASBeaufort, Oct. 16.
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Tri-Command Weather 7 Day Forecast
Friday, October 11, 2013
High Shooter Staff Sgt. P.H. Wolfe H&HS
Forecast according to weather.com
Cmdr. Kim Donahue, Marine Aircraft Group 31 group chaplain, is scheduled to hold a Jam Session at the Air Station Chapel every Thursday at 3 p.m. For more information call 228-7200.
Marine Corps Community Services is slated to hold the Harvest Moon 5k Run Oct. 15, aboard MCRD Parris Island at 7 p.m. To register or for more information call 228-1587.
Marine Corps Community Services is scheduled to hold a Harvest Festival Oct. 17, at the MCAS Beaufort Chapel from 5 - 8 p.m. For more information call 228-7775.
Marine Corps Community Services is scheduled to hold a PFT and Pull Up Prep class Oct. 16 and 18, at the MCAS Beaufort Fitness Center at 11 a.m. For more information call 2287010.
The Legends Golf Course at Parris Island is offering a 50 percent discount on Oct. 18, to patrons who wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For more information call 228-2240.
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.
Brain Teaser Peppino bought a new hat and Tito asked what day he bought it. Peppino replied, “If yesterday was tomorrow, today would be Tuesday.” On what day did Peppino buy his hat?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org BFRT_JPAO@usmc.mil Commanding Officer MCAS Beaufort Col. Brian Murtha
Public Affairs Officer Capt. Jordan Cochran
Public Affairs Chief
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Sgt. Terika S. King
Comm/Media Relations Chief Sgt. Marcy Sanchez
Answer for this week’s brain teaser will be available on facebook.com/MCASBeaufort, Oct. 16.
Lt. Brian C. Salter
Today’s military service members and their dependents are confronted with a number of alarming, challenging, and complex issues. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, sexual assault, suicide, marriage, divorce, active shooters, drawdown/reset changes, sequestration, and same sex issues are just a few of the important matters we must daily address. Sometimes I feel like my efforts to address these issues come to a full stop because of barriers. It seems everywhere I turn I hit a wall. I hear, “We would love to do such and such program, but we do not have the money to fund it.” Or, “We implemented such and such to educate on the alternatives to suicide but suicides increased.” Or, “We have to be careful to handle the same sex issue perfectly because there is a low tolerance for error on the matter.” So, I have to resist the urge to stop and give up. Do not misunderstand me. I am by no means condemning all of the above mentioned efforts to address the issues. I know that we must proceed with great care. What I am emphatically doing, however, is encouraging everyone of all ranks to KEEP GOING. The work you are doing is needed, it is effective, and it is awesome! Keep doing what is right and effective. If not effective, find a new way and KEEP GOING. Whatever you do, do not stop and do not give up. One thing I learned in my studies with the Naval War College is that there is no such thing as a perfect
course of action, but an optimal course of action should always be sought. A few years ago I read the Rich Dad, Poor Dad series of books by Robert Kiyosaki. Of all the wisdom contained in those books, my biggest take-away was this: Never say to yourself, “I can’t.” Always ask yourself, “How can I?” Unceasingly seek the answer to that question. Below is a story that I suspect has been passed down with many variations for decades. I heard it from an old country preacher where I grew up and humbly pass down my version to you. There once was an old farmer razing new ground to be used as crop fields. He was making excellent progress until he came upon four massive oak stumps with huge, deep roots. Momentarily, he stopped. Initially he said to himself, “Well, I can’t keep going, those darn stumps are in the way. But this old farmer was determined, so instead of saying “I can’t,” he asked, “How can I raze this new ground despite these four stumps?” The old farmer’s answer was simple. Move the stumps. He knew it would cause delay. He knew it would take a lot longer and require a lot of extra effort, but he did not retreat from the challenge. So, the farmer worked at it and worked at it and worked at it, and then the first stump was moved out of the way. He then went to work on the second stump. Work, work, work…stump gone. He did the same with the third stump and finally got that obstacle out of the way.
After several heavy, labor intensive days of toil with painful soreness and extreme exhaustion set in, the old farmer reached the fourth stump. He was ready to give up but he was too close to stop so after a short break he took a deep breath and determined to KEEP GOING. Just as he was about to begin working on the fourth stump a neighbor from down the way rode up and said, “Hey, why don’t you just go around that big ole stump?” The old farmer, weary and worn out, decided to take his neighbors advice. He plowed around the last stump and kept going, eventually finishing the job and establishing new ground for further use in planting crops. After he was done, he proudly looked over what he had accomplished. It was not perfect. There was that one remaining stump. Nevertheless, the old farmer rested; assured that he had done a good work. Dear reader, I do not have a lot of answers to the questions being asked about the current issues I mentioned at the beginning of this article, but one thing I do have is a commitment to KEEP GOING. I will not say “I can’t get past this or that issue.” I will always and continually ask “How can I optimally address this or that issue?” I may need to work long and hard to move some obstacles out of the way. I may need to be realistic and go around other obstacles. As long as I KEEP GOING, I know that eventually I will establish new ground upon which this Marine Corps I love so much will be primed for success long after I have accomplished my good work.
“What I am emphatically doing, however, is encouraging everyone of all ranks to KEEP GOING. The work you are doing is needed, it is effective, and it is awesome!” - Lt. Brian C. Salter
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Friday, October 11, 2013
Lose weight not health
Lance Cpl. Brendan Roethel Staff Writer
When one thinks of anorexia, thoughts of skeleton skinny runway models or young malnourished women flood their mind, but there is an overlooked group of people also struggling with anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Overweight and obese people are also at great risk for developing eating disorders. These issues are not only limited to civilians, but extend into the Corps as well. Part of being a Marine is staying healthy and in top physical shape to maintain a constant state of readiness. The Marine Corps regulates the health of the Marines by making sure they fall under weight standards as well as body fat and appearance standards. “Some Marines can become more concerned about losing weight in
order to meet the Marine Corps’ standards than their well-being,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Hammond, a corpsman with Marine Aircraft Group 31. “They often wait till last minute to start losing weight, relying on weightloss pills and fasting to meet standards fast. These extreme efforts to lose weight often lead to dehydration, fainting, fatigue, and other serious health issues.” Medical complications are a frequent result of eating disorders. People with eating disorders who use laxatives or other medications to induce vomiting, bowel movements or urination have a higher risk of heart failure. Starvation can also damage organs such as the brain and heart. Other effects of eating disorders are dehydration, anemia, irregular heart rhythms, swollen joints and dry yel-
low skin. Fortunately, these conditions can be reversed when normal weight is reestablished. If a Marine has trouble losing weight there are programs in place to help them create a diet and exercise routine to fit their body’s needs, Hammond said. Marines should contact their medical provider who can figure out if they have a medical condition or need a special diet in order to shed the pounds. Medical can also provide psychological aid to Marines to help find and fight any mental issues that may be feeding their eating disorder. “The best way for Marines to lose weight is through diet and exercise,” Hammond said. “Living a healthy lifestyle at all times, not just waiting until the last minute, will provide them with a healthier outcome.”
Marines bring fight to the rugby field Lance Cpl. Brendan Roethel Staff Writer
Four Tri-command Marines in the Hilton Head Island Rugby Club participated in a home match against the Savannah Rugby Club at Crossings Park in Hilton Head Island, Oct. 5. For these Marines, rugby serves as an outlet to break away from their normal routines, stay in shape, and meet members of the local communities while getting involved in the intense sport. “Rugby is a great sport and opportunity for Marines to get off base, meet new people, and get involved in something different,” said Sgt. Warren Webber, a full-back for HHIRC. “I’ve been playing rugby since 2006, and it has been a big part of my life ever since. I have learned skills on the field that I have been able to transfer to every other part of my life, especially the Marine Corps.” Other than the obvious physicality of the sport, the service members on the team say there’s a definite connection between being a part of the military and being a part of the rugby team. “We go out there on the field all in the same uniform and take hits and shed blood for each other,” Webber said. “We all come out here to accomplish a mission, to improve and ultimately win. We’re just a bunch of brothers out here. We go out there and protect our players
the same way you would protect someone you’re fighting with overseas.” The sport gives players a chance to get rough and tackle other players, get their endorphins rushing, and experience something outside of their daily lives, said Wells Fulton, the coach for the Hilton Head Island Rugby Club. “If you are interested, come to one of our practices. You don’t need any experience just a desire to learn,” Fulton said. “We teach the basic skills of the game, foster development and team work in an intense environment. People who want to learn the game of rugby will get better. You must practice hard to get ahead.” The intense two-hour training sessions focus on physical endurance, core rugby skills and how to communicate with one another on the field. “Each practice, I feel like I’m completing a combat fitness test for two hours straight,” Webber said. “The practices are long and tiring but I love it and encourage any Marine with experience or not in the sport to come out and try it. I love coming out here, getting dirty, fighting and playing. There is no feeling quite like the one I get when I run out onto the field.” For more information about the team and their schedule visit https://www.facebook. com/pages/Hilton-Head-Rugby-Club/71510538336.
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In The Community
Friday, October 11, 2013
What do you think Marines need to do to get back to the basics? Gen. James Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, delivered new initiatives to morally reawaken the Corps and crack down on bad behavior, Sept. 23. The plan calls for security cameras to be installed in the barracks, a more frequent Staff NCO and officer presence, firewatch on each floor of each building and more.
I think requiring Marines to read Sustaining the Transformation and Leading Marines is what really addresses the core problem which is the staff NCO and the NCO leader-
ship. Also, arming duty officers and staff non-commissioned officers while encouraging us Gunnery Sgt. Michael Haga, MALS-31 repair management division Staff NCOIC
to be more involved with the Marines in the barracks will help.
I think our focus should be more towards our professional military education schools because you can really notice the transformation a Marine makes after completing
corporalâ€™s course and they are more confident in taking charge of Marines. The stronger leaders we have in the Corps will provide us the strength to help others who may not be as strong Cpl. Matthew Sheehan, VMFA-122 operations NCO
as a leader or Marine.
We should start strengthening our camaraderie and troop morale through more unit PT events and shop PT. And it can even be scheduled times we all get together as a
shop and play other shops in sports similar to the intermural sport teams we have on base. In Cpl. Youa Yang, VMFA-251
the end it would all make us take pride in what unit and shop we belong to.
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Friday, October 11, 2013
Drop, cover, hold on! Cpl.Timothy Norris Staff Writer
South Carolina is no stranger to natural disasters. Hurricanes hit the coastline almost every year and the Lowcountry has adapted to nature’s fury. Although the local populace may be prepared for wind and rain, another equally dangerous and dormant threat lies beneath the surface. The Air Station and Laurel Bay are scheduled to participate in the Great South East Shake Out, a multi-state earthquake drill spanning several states in the South East, Oct. 17. Shortly after 10 a.m. the drill will be announced over the Air Station’s mass notification system. The emergency management office encourages participants to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.” Drop to the ground, find cover under a desk or table and hold on for 60 seconds. Participants are also encouraged to watch for falling debris. According to www.shakeout.org, practicing responding to an earthquake is important because it may only take seconds before an individual is injured from being knocked over or hit by falling debris. Re-
sponding quickly can prevent individual injury and save lives. Earthquakes are the result of a sudden release of energy in the earth's crust, typically along fault lines, creating seismic waves. In the coastal plains of South Carolina a system of faults lies north of Charleston called the Middleton Place - Summerville Seismic Zone (MPSSZ). This area is one the most seismically active in the Eastern United States with 10 to 15 earthquakes a year, most below a 3.0 magnitude. On August 31, 1886 the Middleton Place - Summerville Seismic Zone produced the most damaging earthquake in the Eastern United States to date. The earthquake caused severe damage in Charleston, South Carolina and was felt from Cuba to New York, and Bermuda to the Mississippi River reaching 7.3 magnitude. Structural damage extended several hundred miles to cities in Alabama, Ohio, and Kentucky. The shake out is designed to prepare millions of participants around the world for earthquakes small and large like the 1886 Charleston earthquake, and prevent injury and loss of life. For more information on the Great South East Shake Out, visit www. shakeout.org
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Seismic Hazard Map
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Friday, October 11, 2013
Werewolves keep Marines, families ready Cpl. Timothy Norris Staff Writer
Marines and families of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122, also known as the Werewolves, attended a town hall meeting with the squadron’s leadership at the Lasseter Theatre aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Oct. 1. The meeting brought attendees important up-to-date information on the squadron’s deployment next spring and gave them the opportunity to ask the command questions. “We wanted to address the Marines and their families to give them an idea of the timeline of the deployment and what the holidays and other important dates will be like,” said Sarhi Wiggins, VMFA-122 family readiness officer. “We wanted to put everything out there and address any questions that might arise.” The Werewolves returned from a deployment in July and currently has an advance party of Marines at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Az. for Weapons and Tactics Instruction, and is scheduled to leave early next year for a deployment to Japan. The Marine Corps units typically spends twice as long in garrison as they do deployed, but with units transitioning to the F-35, F/A-18 squadrons are deploying more frequently, Wiggins said. “We’re looking at a nine month turnaround,” she said. “That’s a lot for families. We’ve also had a big turn-over of new children, marriages, new Marines and Marines retiring.” The meeting served as a pre-deployment brief for Marines, requiring their attendance, and families were encouraged to attend so the command could inform them
of the resources available to them. Families were even given guidance on creating a new family care plan. “Family is very important to me,” said Lt. Col. Douglas Dewolfe the VMFA-122 commanding officer. “We have to take care of our families. I encourage Marines to take leave. If your spouse has a doctor’s appointment or is recognized for something at work, go. Be there for them. Take the time to do it.” Dewolfe strongly promoted the programs available to families to assist them while their spouses would be deployed including the Prevention Relationship Enhancement Program, a resource designed to help prevent divorce by teaching couples to effectively communicate and support each other. According to Wiggins, meetings focused on informing family members are not required by the Marine Corps, but they help tremendously in preparing families for deployments. Sydny Johnson, the spouse of Sgt. Rey Johnson, VMFA-122 communications navigation, weapon systems technician, said she is grateful for these meetings because they make a difference for the families. “Our pre-return brief was really helpful to find out how to reintegrate our Marines back into the family and civilian side of life,” said Johnson. “The Marine Corps has quite a few programs in place to help pass the time while my husband is deployed,” Johnson said. “Like story time at the library, and youth sports, play mornings at the CDC, and Hearts Apart on Laurel Bay. Our FRO works hard to keep us informed of what is out there to help us, and she does a great job promulgating pertinent meetings and the need-to-know for all of us.”
Lt. Col. Douglas Dewolfe, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122 commanding officer, addresses Marines and their families during a promotion and town hall meeting at the Lasseter Theatre aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Oct. 1.
Lance Cpl. Joseph Toma, an avionics technician with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122, receives his current rank during a promotion ceremony at the Lasseter Theatre aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Oct. 1.
CFC offers new method to donate Cpl. Timothy Norris Staff Writer
The Combined Federal Campaign is a consolidated avenue for federal employees to find and donate to the non-profit organizations of their choice from September through December. The program dates back to 1961 when President John F. Kennedy formally organized the campaign. Since then, the campaign has raised nearly $7 billion dollars for thousands of organizations, $5 billion in the last 12 years alone. Sgt. Maj. KeCia Jordan, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort sergeant major, says with the current budget cuts, furloughs, and difficult economy, many federal employees and Marines may be wondering if they can afford
to donate. She says Marines can’t afford not to donate, because many of the organizations listed in the CFC can directly help them in the future and countless others. “There are so many different agencies participating in the CFC that it covers the entire spectrum,” Jordan said. “There is an agency for everything. It’s so amazing that whatever you may need is there.” There are more than 20,000 local, national and international organizations to choose. From the arts to medical research and firefighters to education programs, there is an agency everyone can believe in and help make a difference in someone’s life. “After donating for 26 years I know I’m helping somebody, and that is a good feeling,” she said. “You don’t even need tangible evidence to know that it’s doing good. Some
people may need that tangible evidence, so they can be taken to a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, visit cancer patients in a hospital, anywhere people are hurting so they can see firsthand that they can help. So they can know who the money would go to.” Last year individual donations collected by the CFC collectively reached $258 million. Jordan also recounted the countless Marines she has counseled to seek financial help who were able to gain control of their finances because of the available resources, many of which receive contributions through the CFC. Donations can even be made as expression of gratitude for help received. “If every Marine gave five to ten dollars, not per month but for the whole year, can you imagine how much money that would
be?” Jordan said. “Give the money in your pocket that you would spend on a vice, or that you would spend on a weekend. Just give it up.” To make the process easier to donate, the CFC now can accept donations through the Defense Finance and Accounting Service’s MyPay website in addition to cfcnexus.org. The option is secure, less prone to error, creates no paper waste and is available at any time from any computer. Donors can also search for local, national or international organizations through a filter system to help make the selection process easier. For service members and Department of Defense employees to make a donation, visit www.mypay.dfas.mil, www.cfcnexus.org, or contact your CFC representative.
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Friday, October 11, 2013
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Around The Corps
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Multipurpose canines train like they fight MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Marine military working dog handlers with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command trained with their multipurpose canines (MPC) to prepare for a wide array of missions that include fast roping and Special Patrol Insertion/Extraction training (SPIE), on Camp Lejeune, N.C. Though fast roping and SPIE rigging with canines is not new to the special operations world, this is the first time the program has been tested with a Marine Corps unit. “We try to give our MPC dogs as much exposure to different environments so there’s nothing the dogs won’t try and partake in along with the critical skills operators (CSO),” said the MPC program manager. “If CSOs are jumping, rappelling, SPIE rigging or fast roping, we need our MPC handlers and dogs to be ready to do the same, and that is why we are developing the MPC SOP (standard operating procedures) for MARSOC.” The training was conducted in order to bring the Special Operation Capabilities Specialists (SOCS-D (Multipurpose Canine Handler)) to U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) standards so the dogs and SOCS-Ds are qualified to utilize the USSOCOM platforms and accompany CSOs on missions. “We really need to push our insert capabilities with our dogs,” said an SOCS-D with MARSOC. “No longer will it just be in and out of vehicles and running air ops. Now we are learning techniques on different platforms.” The MARSOC program merges the fast rope, rappel and SPIE masters into one program to meet SOCOM standards, said a CSO assigned as an instructor to Marine Corps Special Operations School. The purpose is to qualify every SOCS-D so they can be incorporated into the Marine Special Operations Team with operators knowing their full capabilities. MARSOC continues to develop the program in order to align itself with SOCOM standards.
Hot, tired, motivated: CLB-2 Marines recount ITX CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marines with Transportation and Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group attended the Integrated Training Exercise aboard Twentynine Palms, Calif., Aug. 20 to Sept. 27. The days were long, the climate unforgiving, but Marines with CLB-2 pushed through to accomplish their mission. “We got overworked quite a bit because the battalion and company were at a third the size, and we were doing support missions,” said Cpl. Shane Todd, a squad leader and wrecker noncommissioned officer with TS Co. Temperatures at ITX reached more than 100 degrees during the day, and dropped into the 50s and 60s at night. The Marines spent 20 hours awake some days. The lack of sleep, unforgiving temperatures and homesickness were just a few of the stressors plaguing Marines, but they fought through the fatigue to maintain mission readiness. Some of the Marines had recently been to ITX, and although they were not thrilled to return to such a grueling operation so soon, they said being there twice in such a brief period kept them battle-ready. “A lot of us were just there not too long ago, so we knew what to expect,” said Lance Cpl. Evan Saunders, a motor transportation operator and machine gunner with TS Co. “It was a lot of work, but we managed to get everything done.” Although the Marines faced discomfort and rough days throughout ITX, they were able to find a light in the darkness. “They took care of us,” said Todd. “The buildings we slept in when we weren’t outside in our sleeping systems were air conditioned, which was really nice.” CLB-2 returned to Camp Lejeune ready to deploy at a moment’s notice.
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Students with Infantry Training Battalion practice basic marksmanship techniques at Camp Geiger, N.C., Sept. 26. The students are part of the first ITB company to include female Marines as part of ongoing research into opening combat-related job fields to women.
First female Marines attend infantry course
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Headquarters Marine Corps
CAMP GEIGER, N.C. -- The first female Marines to ever attend infantry training with the Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry-East, at Marine Corps Base Camp Geiger, N.C., completed the first week of training Sept. 28. Fifteen female Marines began the training following graduation from boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., as part of ongoing research on the incorporation of women into combat-related jobs. The research is a result of the lifting of the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Assignment Restriction earlier this year, which required all services to implement a plan to completely integrate women into combat positions by 2016. The 15 female students were among 119 recent graduates from recruit training. Fortyeight of the women met the initial physical requirements for the course, but only 19 volunteered to join Infantry Training Battalion, or ITB. Four later opted out of the training, instead choosing to attend Marine Combat Training, a course
required for all Marines, regardless of occupational-specialty. All Marines attending the infantry training are expected to meet the same physical standard, known as the “ITB standard,” during scored events — regardless of gender. The standards of the battalion have not changed; they are the same standards outlined by the Marine Corps prior to the start of the current research. The remaining 15 students chose to go above and beyond what is required of female Marines by attending the infantry course. Upon completion of the course, the female Marines will not be awarded the 0311 infantry job designator and will proceed to their previously selected occupational specialty training. “I asked them why they are doing this,” Staff Sgt. Kevin Hayden, a combat instructor with delta company at ITB said. “Their answer to me was that they wanted a challenge. I think all Marines come to the Marine Corps for a challenge, and this was a way for them to put in a little more effort and do something that most people wouldn’t volunteer for.” The students spent the first
week completing rigorous physical screenings to include the physical fitness test, the combat fitness test, the high intensity tactical training assessment and a 5-kilometer hike. Hayden said he and his fellow combat instructors aren’t treating any of the Marines differently. “These are Marines,” Hayden said. “No matter what, they’re going to be treated the same as every other Marine.” One female Marine did not meet the physical fitness test minimum score and chose to drop from the current cycle to work on her strength before attempting the training again with the next cycle. One female Marine did not meet the combat fitness test minimum score and chose to opt out of the training entirely. One male Marine also dropped from the training for failing the physical fitness test. Since the female students are attending the training on a voluntary basis, they are permitted to drop on request at any point during the training with no penalty. In order to accommodate female students into Infantry Train-
ing Battalion, a few adjustments had to be made — including dedicating an existing squad bay for the exclusive billeting of female students and bringing over three female combat instructors from Marine Combat Training, or MCT, to serve as gender advisors to the ITB staff and to provide positive leadership to the female students participating in the research study. The female instructors went through one training cycle with ITB to familiarize themselves with the instruction before assuming their roles during this iteration. The first half of the infantry course roughly mirrors the 29day training cycle all non-infantry Marines complete at MCT. The second half, however, delves into more specific infantry skills. This is the part of infantry training where instructors say many of the Marines begin to struggle. The instructors said injuries are one of the main reasons students drop from training. “It is rigorous training for the body, but they have youth on their side, so a lot of them can put up with it,” 1st Sgt. Shawn Hebert, first sergeant of delta company, Infantry Training Battalion, said. “All of these young Marines are pretty strong mentally, but physically — our minds want to go forever, but our bodies end up failing us.” Among other collection requirements, the question of whether female Marines are able to withstand the physical rigors of entry level infantrytraining is a key data point behind the research at ITB. The Marine Corps plans to continue to send female Marines through the course for the next year, or until they have gathered data from 250 to 300 female students. “This is definitely historic for the Marine Corps,” Hebert said. “The Marines are going to do great things ... I feel privileged to be here at the Infantry Training Battalion.”
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KAHUKU TRAINING AREA, Hawaii - Lance Cpl. Lawrence Manton, team leader with second platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and 20-year-old native of Lester, Pa., patrols through a field during a week-long training exercise at Kahuku Training Area, Sept. 30. The exercise introduced new knowledge and tactics to Marines who recently joined the platoon, which was observed by the squad leader and fellow team leaders.
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MOUNTAIN WARFARE TRAINING CENTER, Calif. -- The MWTC near Bridgeport, Calif., has begun teaching an advanced horsemanship training course in order to teach Special Operations Forces (SOF) personnel the necessary skills to enable them to ride horses, load pack animals, and maintain animals for military applications in remote and dangerous environments. “We’re taking this course so that we can integrate unconventional warfare into the Marine SOF horsemanship program, as vets we can help educate the Marines and other SOF on these matters,” said a SOF veterinarian assigned to U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC). “It’s a very unique course because it combines the conventional warfare tactics of the Marine Corps with the unconventional warfare used by SOF.” The course is designed to aid small specialized units in operating with indigenous personnel who ride and/or pack animals. This includes riding
horses and packing animals for transporting crew served weapons, ammunition, supplies, and wounded personnel to and from terrain that is inaccessible to mechanized and air mobile transportation. “We teach Marines how to use pack animals and riding animals as a means to transport people and supplies when ground vehicles or air support isn’t possible,” said Anthony Parkhurst, 49, Director Animal Packing Program, from Eggers town, Ind. “Even though we use mules and horses here the course teaches principles that can be used on any pack animal; camels, llamas, and donkeys can be used depending on the environment.” Other course subjects included animal care, anatomy of working animals, animal packing techniques, casualty evacuation techniques, animal first aid, bivouac considerations, and horsemanship techniques as well as capabilities of the different animals. “A typical pack animal weighs 800 to 1,000 pounds and can carry one quarter to one third its body weight. Of course the best pack animal is still a
MALS-31 Stingers detachment is deployed to Afghanistan and is augmenting MALS-40 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Mountain Warfare Training Center teaches advanced horsemanship Staff Sgt. Robert Storm
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Marine, since they routinely carry more than half their body weight,” laughed Parkhurst, who retired from the Marine Corps and speaks from personal experience. The Marine Corps quit using pack animals in 1953. In 1983, the course to use pack and ride animals began again as the Department of Defense started a program to test the value of pack animals. Originally the program was only to last three to five years but the success of the course resulted in its continuation at MWTC. The program taught at MWTC is currently the only one of its kind in the Department of Defense. The course simulates the difficulties of mountainous terrain. The training is essential to help Marines and other military members understand the capabilities of the animals and the influence and considerations of both terrain and climate. For many of the Marines this is a unique experience and something different than the normal type of infantry training. The factors that can dictate the use of pack animals vary, many countries have terrain
without roads or otherwise impassable with motor vehicles. Countries that have heavy rain may make many roads impassable. While almost any animal can be trained to pack, the Marine Corps uses nine basic pack species. Dog, elephant, llama, camel, horse, ox, donkey, mules, and even reindeer, while every animal is different, basic mule packing skills are needed to pack any other species. Consideration for each animal is slightly different, animals like dogs and oxen are considered freight animals and are better used for pulling heavy loads. “The course gives commanders a force multiplier. The animals can traverse any type of terrain; they can reach places that vehicles can’t. They make a unit quicker, quieter and more mobile than foot movement alone,” said Gunnery Sgt. Andrew Balcunas, 32, staff noncommissioned officer in charge, animal packing program, from Campbell, Calif. “They never have to use a road or set trail so they never have to worry about IED’s (improvised explosive device) or ambushes or things of that nature.”
Marines and Sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit carry bags down the stairs while disembarking the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) to end their regularly scheduled Fall Patrol here, Sept. 25. The unit returned after spending nearly three months patrolling the Asia-Pacific region and conducting bilateral training exercises with the Australian Defense Forces. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Phrogs finish final flight CAMP KINSER, OKINAWA, Japan -- CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 made their final flight from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma Sept. 30 to await final disposition at Camp Kinser. The CH-46Es, affectionately nicknamed “Phrogs,” were retired to make way for the MV-22B Osprey as part of a one-for-one replacement. The Phrog has been a part of the Marine Corps’ aviation arsenal since the Vietnam War. “What you’re seeing here today is the last (U.S. Marine Corps) CH-46E flight in Okinawa and in the Pacific,” said Brig. Gen. Steven R. Rudder, commanding general of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. “The historic flight marks the finalization of the transition to the MV-22B for VMM262.” The VMM-262 “Flying Tigers” have employed the CH-46E throughout much of the world, including in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Unified Assistance and Operation Tomodachi in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami of March 2011. “The CH-46E has been all over our area of operations,” said Capt. Luke A. Williamson, a CH-46E pilot with VMM-262, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st MAW. “It is a very capable aircraft, very maneuverable. It can get into small landing zones and tight spaces, and it has the ability to do a quick side-flare to stop on a dime – it was a great machine.” This end of an era for Marine Corps aviation was a nostalgic event for the Marines who operated and maintained the CH-46Es. “As we come to the close, Marines from all over Okinawa are coming to say their last goodbyes,” said Lance Cpl. Ranieri A. Rotelli, a CH-46E aircrew chief with VMM-262. “The former CH-46E guys have been coming out to get one last touch on it before it’s laid to rest.” From the pilots to the aircrew, the Marines were feeling sentimental. “It is a privilege to fly the last of the Phrogs and a great honor,” said Williamson. “The CH46E has a long, proud history, and I’m grateful to be a part of that history and that legacy, especially here on Okinawa. I love the Phrog, and I hate to leave it behind. She’s had a good run, but her time is up. We’re on to a newer, faster and higher-flying aircraft.” The Osprey can fly twice as fast, carry three times the weight, and travel four times the distance of the CH-46E. These capabilities strengthen the Marine Corps’ ability to support various missions in the Asia-Pacific region to include supporting partner nations during training, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, and contingencies. The Marines of VMM-262 stand ready for the Osprey to assume the responsibilities that the CH-46E will leave behind.
MARSOC holds symposium, seeks integration with other units Sgt. Chadwick de Bree
U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- With the conflict in Afghanistan coming to an end, the role of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command is being redefined. Commanding generals from North Carolina met on Stone Bay to meet with staff members of MARSOC, Sept. 13, to gain a better understanding of the MARSOC mission and how they can complement the bigger Marine Corps mission.
“Everyone thinks there’s something mystical about MARSOC that separates us form the Marine Corps,” said Maj. Gen. Mark A. Clark, commanding general, MARSOC, during his opening statements during the brief. “There’s nothing mystical about it. We’re just different.” Recently, members of MARSOC trained with a Marine Expeditionary Unit to test the possibilities of integrating teams on ships. “We as Marines all came from the sea, even though most of us haven’t been on a boat in twelve years,” Clark joked. This has been due to the fact that since Sept. 11, 2001, the Marine Corps has
(Pictured left to right) Major Gen. Raymond Fox, commanding general, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Brig. Gen. John Love, deputy commanding general, II MEF, and Maj. Gen. Mark Clark, commanding general, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, met at MARSOC Headquarters, Sept. 13. Clark hosted commanders from North Carolina to discuss special operations’ integration in conventional forces.
primarily focused on deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. During a recent exercise, MARSOC Marines were attached to the 11th MEU to test how MARSOC and conventional Marine forces could work together as the conflict in Afghanistan comes to a close. The Special Operation Forces Liaison Elements will help collaborate special operation efforts and conventional forces efforts to achieve overall mission success from both sides. Though the initial test showed some success, there are still things to be worked on. “The key is the relationship between MARFOR (Marine Forces) and MARSOC units,” said Maj. Gen. Raymond Fox, commanding general, II Marine Expeditionary Force, during the symposium. “We will ultimately be working in the same AO (area of operations). But we need to keep in mind the challenging command structure of the MEU and where MARSOC will fall in with them.” With the Afghanistan mission coming to a closure, each of the Marine Special Operations Battalions will be regionally aligned to a theater of operations in the Pacific Command, Central Command or Africa Command. With assignment to each theater of operation, training for critical skills operators will draw on the area in which they are assigned; to include more advanced language training and cultural awareness for each region. As the Marine Corps begins to draw down its forces, MARSOC is continually trying to build upon its numbers. The need for critical skills operators and special operations capabilities specialists are in high demand to ensure the success of the MARSOC mission.
Philippine Armed Forces members, Marines train CAMP O’DONNELL, Philippines -- Republic of the Philippines Marines and Army forces and U.S. Marines with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Force conducted firing training with the M101 105mm towed howitzer Sept. 18-21 at Crow Valley Range Complex, Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac, Republic of the Philippines during Amphibious Landing Exercise 14. PHIBLEX 14 is a bilateral training exercise designed to demonstrate the commitment of the United States and Republic of the Philippines to mutual security, and ensures the readiness of a bilateral force able to rapidly respond to regional humanitarian crises. During the training, the Marines practiced advanced party operation, which allows scouts to establish a position for the main body of the group to arrive; reconnaissance selection, which clears the area and marks the position to establish the weapons; occupying a firing position by constructing a center of operations and establishing perimeter security; and preparing to fire and engaging the target with the howitzer. The mission of artillery is to support the infantry, according to 1st Lt. Jeff M. Lyon, an artillery officer with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 13th MEU. Lives depend on the accuracy of their fire. Training together with the Philippine Marines and Army builds not only efficiency and teamwork, it offers both sides the opportunity to learn from each other and add more knowledge and experiences to their own arsenalions man with the unit.
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Parris Island, also called Quarters One, will also be receiving up-todate energy efficient appliances. The new project will allow Lend Lease to demolish homes, so they can be rebuilt and given a new look with up-to-date energy efficient appliances. After the ceremony, the local band The Bull Grapes performed behind the community center. Other entertainment included a clown, balloon animals for military children, a coloring station and free food. With the upcoming arrival of Joint Strike Fighter units aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Col. Brian Murtha, the commanding officer for MCAS Beaufort, is hoping that the new homes will encourage servicemembers to live in base housing. “The new homes are meant to serve as a mission enhancer,” said Murtha. “I am hoping these new homes will encourage servicemembers to take advantage of amenities available to them on Laurel Bay.
“Such advantages are being able to go to the pool and even walk around base housing and meet other service members that live around them,” Murtha added. “The quality of houses that Lend Lease and AMCC give us is amazing,” Lend Lease has made improvements to the community over the past 10 years and they intend to do just that for many years to come. “Lend Lease and Atlantic Marine Corps Communities are committed to providing the best places for our military service members, their families and all residents to live and play,” said Kathleen Murney, the vice president of Lend Lease. “Over the next decade and years thereafter, we will continue to maintain our inventory of homes and community amenities by utilizing reinvestment funds to improve the community and homes for the next 40 years.” Upon approval, improvements are expected to commence in six months to one year before the project is underway and will take about 18-24 months to complete.
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women checking themselves and receiving mammograms regularly to check for breast cancer.” There are several types of breast cancer which can grow at different rates, be diagnosed at different stages of development, and can be diagnosed in men as well as women. According to the Center for Disease Control, 39,920 Americans died from breast cancer in 2012. Of those deaths 410 were males. Breast cancer is also the leading cause of death for women ages 40 to 55. “This subject has been near to my heart as I’ve watched my sister battle breast cancer through chemo and radiation therapy,” said Navy Capt. Anne Lear, the commanding officer for NHB. “Treatment has a tremendous impact on the patient and can affect every aspect of that person’s life. We must be aware of not only the disease but its effects and treatment, that way we can be more understanding and support those around us fighting it.” The forms of treatment and side effects differ from person to person. The main forms of treatment are surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and biological therapy. The main side effects associated with these treatment options are loss of appetite, anemia, fatigue, insomnia, nausea, loss of hair, muscular tenderness, scarring, and depression. “I seriously urge all women to get screened, self-check their breasts, and understand that this disease has the potential to affect each and every one of us,” said Little. “The sooner breast cancer is detected; the greater chance it can be successfully treated. I encourage everyone to continue the breast cancer discussion. With awareness, we can save lives.”
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to the fight
Cpl. Sarah Cherry Staff Writer
Sgt. Matthew S. Hamel, a distribution management specialist aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort is scheduled to attend Marine Special Operations School to join Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, or MARSOC, in August, 2014. He was selected after a grueling three week process called assessment and selection. “Of 160 people who showed up, 41 got selected,” said Hamel. “Not a lot of people made it, so that was a pretty good feeling.” The training he’ll undergo consists of an individual training course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape school and language training. “I’m really excited to go. A little nervous, because the school is pretty brutal in and of itself, but looking forward to it a lot. It’s fourteen months of training,” said Hamel. For Hamel, the year long wait for over a year of training is more than worth it. “I enlisted in the Marine Corps to be infantry,” said Hamel. “When I was looking at [different job fields], it really came down between regular 0311 infantry and recon. “I found out more about MARSOC, and that’s the tip of the spear. I decided to give it a shot and I made it.” MARSOC is a fairly new component of the U.S. Special Operation Command, activated in February, 2006. The command includes three Marine Special Operations Battalions, one based in Camp Pendleton, Calif., and two based in Camp Lejeune, N.C. “MARSOC is different from the other special forces,” said Hamel. “You need to be strong, fast and all that, but that’s not the most important thing. The Marine Corps really does look for smart, mature individuals. “I think the coolest thing about MARSOC is the mentality of everybody there. Everyone wants to be there and everyone wants to put forth maximum effort. That’s a really cool environment to be in.” For more information about MARSOC, contact your unit’s career planner or visit the website at http://www.marsoc.marines.mil/ Lance Cpl. Stephen Fox
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Obama: U.S. Will Continue to Pursue Terrorists Overseas Nick Simeone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2013 – Just days after U.S. forces carried out raids in Libya and Somalia to bring wanted terrorists to justice, President Barack Obama made clear today the United States will continue to carry out similar strikes overseas as long as threats to the nation exist. Obama made the comments two days after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the military had seized al-Qaida member Abu Anas al Libi during an operation in Libya. Libi has been indicted in New York in connection with the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. “We know that Mr. al-Libi planned and helped execute plots that killed hundreds of people, a whole lot of Americans,” Obama said in response to a question at a White House news conference that dealt almost entirely with his call for Congress to end the government
shutdown and raise the nation’s debt limit. In a separate raid Oct. 4 in Somalia, U.S. military personnel carried out a targeted operation against Abdikadir Mohamed Abdikadir, also known as “Ikrima,” identified as a top commander of the al-Qaida affiliated al-Shabaab terrorist group. A Pentagon spokesman said that operation did not lead to Ikrima’s capture. “Where you’ve got active plots and active networks, we’re going to go after them,” Obama said, referring to terrorists and others who pose risks to the United States. He said the quick-strike military operations carried out by U.S forces in Libya and Somalia do not signal the opening of a new war against terrorism. “There is a difference between us going after terrorists who are plotting directly to do damage to the United States and us being involved in wars,” and made reference to an address he delivered in May in which he said the United States will continue to dismantle networks that pose a direct danger to the country. “The risks of terrorism and terrorist networks are going to continue for some time,” Obama told reporters today, and added that a long-
term plan is needed to prevent unemployed and uneducated young men from becoming radicalized. “We’ve got to engage in a war of ideas in the region and engage with Muslim countries and try to isolate radical elements that are doing more danger to Muslims than they are doing to anybody else,” he said. A Pentagon spokesman said Libi is being detained under the law of war in a secure location outside Libya. Obama said today that he will be brought to justice. The president added words of praise for the service members involved in the operations. “The operations that took place both in Libya and Somalia were examples of the extraordinary skill and dedication and talent of our men and women in the armed forces,” he said. “They do their jobs extremely well, with great precision, at great risk to themselves.”
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Alpha Company Graduates Honor Graduates Platoon 1072
Pfc. T.C. Savage, Chattanooga, TN Senior Drill Instructor: Staff Sgt. J. Bolanos
Pfc. A.M. Perry, Mechanicsburg, PA Senior Drill Instructor: Sgt. J.C. Sawyer III
Pfc. H.D. Kuzlik, Strongsville, OH Senior Drill Instructor: Staff Sgt. D.D. James
Pfc. W.A. Dudeck, Dade City FL Senior Drill Instructor: Staff Sgt. C.E. Farmer Jr.
Pfc. K.S. Barrett, Woodstock, MD Senior Drill Instructor: Sgt. I.J. Riley
Pfc. K.S. James, Gautier, MS Senior Drill Instructor: Staff Sgt. R.L. Padgett
Platoon 1073 Platoon 1074
Pvt. J. U. Alexander , Pvt. A. M. Alholinna , Pfc. T. M. Antonian* , Pfc. R. J. Bailen , Pvt. S. M. Baillargeon , Pfc. N. A. Baker , Pvt. J. R. Baldwin , Pvt. P. J. Barnett , Pfc. M. S. Becker , Pvt. J. M. Blair II , Pvt. J. T. Brady , Pvt. M. S. Brooks Jr. , Pfc. S. M. Brown , Pvt. K. B. Chambers , Pvt. R. T. Collins , Pvt. B. E. Crump , Pvt. K. V. Davis , Pvt. R. P. Dennis , Pvt. S. M. Desources , Pfc. C. R. Diviak , Pfc. T. B. Dorroh , Pfc. C. A. Elovirta , Pfc. N. D. Feliciano* , Pvt. C. C. Forchhammer , Pvt. J. L. Frederic , Pvt. H. R. Galford , Pvt. E. G. Garcia , Pvt. M. E. Garcia , Pfc. B. D. Garrett , Pvt. N. T. Gibbs , Pvt. C. C. Gibson , Pvt. Z. A. Gorkiewicz , Pfc. D. M. Grabowski* , Pvt. B. A. Greene , Pvt. J. S. Gulette , Pfc. J. L. Hammonds , Pvt. A. J. Hardeman , Pvt. M. J. Hargrow , Pfc. W. J. Hayde , Pfc. D. J. Hazel , Pvt. A. L. Heaton , Pvt. N. A. Hennen , Pvt. S. T. Hess , Pfc. Q. L. Hill , Pfc. I. S. Hurey , Pfc. S. T. Hutton Jr. , Pvt. N. D. Jimenez , Pvt. T. B. Johnson , Pfc. T. B. Jones , Pvt. W. M. Jones , Pvt. J. D. Jury Jr. , Pvt. S. Kim , Pvt. N. W. Kimbrough , Pfc. C. M. Knose , Pfc. A. Kovach , Pfc. D. J. Langlois* , Pvt. D. K. Larochelle , Pfc. C. A. Long , Pvt. L. A. Madrigalsalas , Pfc. R. K. Maki , Pvt. T. C. Marsh , Pfc. J. C. Mcinturff , Pvt. P. T. Merz , Pvt. M. A. Mitchell , Pvt. O. A. Munozmoncada , Pvt. R. L. Murphy , Pfc. Z. A. Murphy , Pvt. A. D. Najarro , Pfc. T. J. Norman , Pvt. J. C. Osorio , Pvt. J. E. Pendley , Pvt. A. H. Popplewell , Pvt. G. R. Rhoden , Pfc. T. C. Savage* , Pfc. T. B. Simpson , Pfc. L. D. Taylor* , Pvt. R. P. Taylor , Pvt. B. A. Thornhill , Pvt. D. J. Towe , Pfc. N. A. Vargas , Pvt. C. C. Vizcarraadkins
Platoon 1073 Pfc. R. M. Anderson* , Pfc. C. M. Atkinson* , Pfc. J. A. Bannerman , Pvt. M. S. Battles Jr. , Pvt. M. C. Bernardini , Pvt. K. T. Blount , Pfc. J. M. Boleware , Pfc. A. O. Broughton , Pfc. K. J. Brunick , Pfc. J. Caballero , Pvt. B. D. Cain , Pfc. D. C. Campbell , Pfc. P. T. Cassarly , Pfc. C. B. Clark , Pfc. E. A. Clay , Pfc. D. A. Cobb , Pvt. S. E. Coombs , Pfc. D. A. Crisp , Pvt. R. M. Crocker Jr. , Pvt. B. M. Desilvey , Pfc. K. R. Diones , Pvt. C. T. Drexler , Pfc. W. K. Dunkelberger , Pfc. J. J. Dunton , Pfc. M. D. Ebner , Pfc. T. H. Fincher III , Pvt. R. S. Fritter Jr. , Pvt. K. M. Gamble , Pvt. M. J. Gianni Jr. , Pfc. P. J. Hennessey Jr. , Pfc. T. D. Horton , Pvt. D. T. Howard , Pvt. K. G. Hudgens , Pfc. C. A. Kenchel , Pvt. P. N. Knauer , Pvt. G. D. Kniseley , Pvt. R. S. Krizanek , Pfc. H. D. Kuzlik* , Pvt. D. M. Lege , Pvt. S. T. Lindsey , Pvt. A. J. Locke , Pvt. T. A. Long , Pvt. A. R. Luttrell , Pvt. D. B. Manktelow , Pvt. C. S. Martin , Pfc. F. W. McCluskey , Pvt. T. I. McMillian , Pfc. J. M. Mendozaguevara , Pfc. C. E. Miller , Pfc. S. L. Moore , Pvt. M. C. Muntean , Pvt. K. L. Murphy , Pfc. H. L. Neely , Pfc. B. S. Niemas , Pvt. M. T. Oliver , Pvt. R. A. Payne , Pfc. R. W. Pease III , Pfc. R. Perez , Pfc. M. J. Pesce , Pfc. S. T. Peterson , Pfc. K. A. Powell , Pfc. S. Quispe , Pvt. E. E. Reese , Pvt. C. B. Reynolds , Pfc. M. W. Riggs , Pvt. R. C. Robinson , Pvt. A. E. Rolison , Pvt. P. R. Salley , Pvt. A. A. Santiago Jr. , Pfc. A. C. Schneider , Pfc. R. C. Shellito , Pfc. A. S. Snipes* , Pvt. J. B. Tarver , Pvt. D. D. Thorington , Pfc. D. J. Tolbert , Pfc. C. M. Towles* , Pvt. Z. I. Ustinovich , Pvt. W. Q. Walker , Pvt. Z. T. Walker , Pfc. J. J. Wampler , Pvt. B. K. Webster , Pvt. B. E. Williams , Pvt. C. E. Williams
Platoon 1074 Pvt. T. D. Abney , Pfc. G. D. Antoniak* , Pfc. J. Azoulay , Pfc. M. H. Barker , Pvt. C. T. Barnes , Pfc. K. S. Barrett , Pvt. A. T. Beck , Pvt. M. J. Beller , Pvt. S. Bravo , Pvt. E. C. Brown , Pfc. J. D. Burch , Pvt. J. S. Carpenter , Pvt. D. J. Cedeno , Pvt. J. S. Champion , Pfc. C. A. Conlon , Pvt. A. R. Connell , Pfc. T. D. Cooper , Pfc. K. L. Crain , Pvt. D. K. Crawford , Pfc. M. R. Crowdus , Pfc. P. K. Davis , Pvt. J. A. Deese , Pvt. S. J. Desiato , Pfc. D. J. Dewey , Pfc. E. R. Diaz , Pvt. T. L. Edwards , Pfc. M. T. Eggleston* , Pvt. B. L. Elliott , Pfc. A. M. Ellis , Pvt. D. A. Fernandez , Pfc. R. E. Fink , Pfc. A. C. Fitzgerald , Pvt. R. A. Fuentes , Pfc. J. T. Galeno , Pvt. S. A. Gibson , Pfc. D. M. Green Jr. , Pvt. C. M. Gribben , Pvt. J. P. Grisewood , Pfc. A. Hall , Pvt. J. T. Hammer , Pfc. M. D Harper , Pfc. C. R. Harrington , Pfc. Z. E. Harville* , Pfc. S. M. Hazlett , Pvt. J. R. Higginbotham , Pfc. A. T. Holdridge , Pfc. M. A. Jones , Pfc. A. D. Klubnik* , Pvt. J. L. Krepps , Pvt. E. R. Lanam , Pfc. A. G. Lawrence , Pvt. J. E. Lawrence , Pfc. J. T. Lawrence , Pvt. K. A. Lopez , Pvt. G. M. Ludden , Pfc. L. C. Maar , Pfc. T. A. Maxwell , Pvt. K. A. Mckinzie , Pfc. R. W. Myers , Pvt. N. E. Orr , Pfc. Z. J. Pickett , Pfc. N. L. Richardson , Pfc. J. M. Ries , Pfc. L. A. Rivasflores , Pvt. J. D. Robinson , Pvt. M. A. Sanchez III , Pfc. K. L. Shoffner Jr.* , Pvt. S. A. Simmons , Pvt. G. W. Smith IV , Pfc. M. L. Smith , Pfc. J. D. Smothers , Pfc. J. D. Snyder , Pvt. K.W. Stanford , Pvt. S. A. Swartz , Pvt. J. A. Tijerina , Pvt. D. P. Wandt , Pvt. N. J. White , Pfc. P. J. Wilkins , Pvt. J. R. Williams , Pfc. L. B. Williams
Platoon 1076 Pvt. W. R. Alderman , Pvt. L. C. Alger , Pvt. N. J. Anderson , Pfc. J. D. Baezclaudio , Pfc. J. C. Bivins , Pvt. S. W. Blankenship III , Pvt. N. W. Bryant , Pfc. A. F. Camacho , Pvt. B. T. Carbaugh , Pvt. A. X. Chan , Pvt. V. B. Cocchi , Pvt. L. M. Comer , Pvt. R. C. Crosley , Pvt. J. P. Davey , Pvt. Z. M. Delong , Pvt. R. J. Diaz , Pvt. V. B. Cocchi , Pvt. S. J. Donegan , Pvt. M. J. Drew , Pfc. R. J. Eller , Pvt. D. W. Ellzey , Pfc. C. F. Fahey , Pfc. I. K. Fay , Pfc. M. L. Fontes , Pvt. D. D. Francis , Pfc. G. R. Gibson , Pfc. S. T. Gray , Pvt. H. B. Groff , Pvt. D. L. Heinrich Jr. , Pfc. I. Herrera* , Pvt. N. J. Horner , Pvt. B. R. Hulin , Pvt. M. C. Itkowsky , Pvt. K. J. Joynes , Pfc. C. J. Kempf , Pvt. E. D. Klemm , Pvt. J. C. Kopach , Pvt. M. P. Koronkiewicz , Pvt. T. L. Lancaster , Pvt. V. A. Larocca , Pvt. A. L. Litchfield , Pvt. C. Lopez , Pvt. M. W. Lynch III , Pvt. M. J. Maggiore , Pvt. K. Maksudovski , Pfc. Z. J. Mann* , Pfc. E. R. Martini Jr , Pvt. N. R. Maruscsak , Pvt. B. K. McNeely , Pvt. D. J. Mertens , Pfc. J. C. Miller , Pvt. Z. M. Mogavero , Pfc. K. J. Nadimi , Pvt. J. M. Nieves , Pvt. L. J. Pagel , Pfc. A. M. Perry* , Pfc. H. A. Potter* , Pfc. C. A. Potts , Pfc. K. J. Quesenberry , Pvt. J. J. Recker , Pfc. J. J. Renfrow , Pvt. P. A. Richert , Pvt. J. L. Riley Jr. , Pvt. D. L. Robinson , Pvt. D. M. Romstadt , Pfc. J. S. Saliba , Pvt. B. D. Seltzer , Pvt. M. L. Short , Pvt. J. P. Stevens , Pfc. I. G. Stringer , Pvt. B. A. Tidwell , Pvt. M. P. Tierney , Pfc. J. L. Tilley , Pvt. N. D. Trottier , Pfc. C. S. Tully , Pvt. N. Vegamanboadh Jr. , Pfc. J. A. Vertrees* , Pvt. S. P. Visocchi , Pvt. M. A. Wade , Pvt. J. D. Walkins , Pfc. M. T. Wenning , Pfc. T. J. Werner III , Pfc. M. B. Wile Jr.
Platoon 1077 Pfc. A. S. Bennett , Pfc. R. A. Best, Pvt. K. H. Blue , Pvt. A. A. Bruneman , Pvt. C. K. Campo , Pvt. J. S. Canalesramirez , Pvt. T. S. Carter , Pvt. C. E. Cash , Pvt. S. T. Chew , Pvt. J. D. Chilton , Pvt. C. A. Cornejo , Pfc. M. A. Davis* , Pfc. G. A. Deras , Pvt. A. M. Deruggiero , Pfc. A. D. Desir* , Pfc. L. T. Devalder , Pvt. S. M. Drew , Pfc. W. A. Dudeck* , Pvt. K. J. Estrada , Pfc. J. A. Facas , Pvt. M. A. Fajardo , Pvt. M. J. Farley , Pvt. A. Fattahi , Pfc. M. Ferraro , Pfc. A. Flores* , Pvt. G. E. Ford , Pvt. J. C. French , Pvt. N. R. Froese , Pvt. S. R. Gagnon , Pvt. W. C. Gantt Jr. , Pvt. N. J. Gerace , Pvt. G. J. Godinez , Pvt. M. M. Gomes , Pfc. Y. Guven , Pvt. L. M. Harris , Pvt. B. L. Howsare , Pfc. A. J. Hubickey , Pfc. J. Jayseus , Pfc. A. R. Kondolojy , Pvt. J. L. Kuecken , Pvt. T. A. Lee , Pvt. J. P. Leidig Jr. , Pvt. A. Macias , Pvt. T. J. Martino III , Pvt. D. N. Mason , Pvt. N. M. Mason , Pvt. V. I. Mendozabonilla , Pfc. A. S. Miller , Pfc. T. J. Miller , Pvt. T. D. Minter , Pvt. A. T. Morgan , Pvt. R. A. Nazaro III , Pfc. R. H. Noles , Pfc. S. N. Perez , Pvt. J. B. Philbrook , Pfc. J. D. Pincay , Pvt. T. L. Quillin , Pvt. C. R. Reeves , Pfc. A. L. Riley , Pvt. T. J. Rivard , Pfc. E. J. Rodriguezcrespo , Pvt. B. D. Rowland , Pvt. A. M. Salas , Pvt. T. J. Santolin , Pfc. C. J. Sellmeyer , Pfc. C. Sepulveda , Pvt. Y. Shvartsman , Pfc. C. G. Soto , Pfc. N. K. Stephens , Pfc. M. J. Striano , Pvt. J. L. Strickland , Pfc. J. R. Taylor , Pvt. B. A. Terry , Pfc. B. D. Tucker , Pvt. M. Vargas , Pfc. L. Vasquez , Pfc. B. R. Watson , Pfc. J. T. Webb Jr.* , Pvt. B. S. Whatley , Pvt. D. J. Wilson
Platoon 1078 Pfc. D. R. Abramov , Pvt. M. E. Amacher , Pfc. M. R. Argona , Pfc. Z. C. Austin , Pvt. T. D. Brown , Pvt. T. J. Burnettparker , Pvt. M. H. Caban , Pfc. J. R. Cambra , Pvt. R. E. Course , Pvt. G. J. Dailey , Pvt. D. W. Detour , Pfc. M. L. Edwards* , Pvt. J. T. Egbetokun , Pvt. T. D. Elkins , Pvt. C. E. Fody , Pvt. D. D. Grayer , Pvt. J. A. Green , Pvt. J. N. Hart , Pvt. A. P. Hernandez , Pfc. V. M. Hitchcock , Pvt. T. M. Hunt , Pfc. K. S. James , Pvt. F. M. Jeannet , Pfc. D. S. Jimenez , Pfc. A. S. Kahlon , Pvt. S. M. Kasperitis , Pfc. J. J. Khabbaz , Pvt. M. E. Krantz , Pvt. R. N. Krontz , Pvt. E. T. Laird , Pvt. R. W. Lincoln , Pvt. J. C. Lindsey , Pfc. T. J. Machnik , Pvt. N. A. Martin , Pvt. A. J. McCullough , Pfc. M. A. McDaris , Pvt. W. R. McLeod , Pfc. J. S. McManus , Pfc. A. Mena , Pvt. C. G. Michael , Pfc. M. A. Mockabee , Pvt. S. M. Morales , Pvt. E. S. Morony , Pfc. N. J. Parmelee , Pfc. J. Perez , Pfc. N. C. Perrow , Pvt. T. K. Perrycosta , Pfc. G. A. Peterson* , Pvt. J. A. Pfeifer , Pfc. I. P. Philpot V , Pvt. D. J. Pollock , Pvt. C. L. Pope , Pfc. A. C. Popp , Pfc. B. J. Provoznik* , Pfc. B. D. Pruskowski* , Pfc. J. Quezada , Pfc. R. P. Ramnath , Pvt. D. A. Reynolds , Pfc. D. A. Robinson Jr. , Pvt. H. L. Rodriguezroman , Pfc. J. A. Ruiz , Pfc. M. R. Saintfleur* , Pvt. A. J. Salcedo , Pvt. N. A. Sanchez Jr. , Pfc. R. M. Sanders , Pvt. K. A. Santee , Pvt. G. W. Shenouda , Pfc. M. A. Silbaugh , Pfc. C. S. Smith , Pfc. T. J. Smith , Pvt. C. J. Snyder , Pvt. B. P. Sousie , Pfc. A. M. Stewart , Pfc. M. C. Stott , Pvt. G. A. Thompson , Pfc. M. D. Tipton , Pfc. M. R. Turcios , Pvt. T. J. Wheaton , Pvt. C. G. Wheeler , Pvt. J. R. Wolfdavidson , Pfc. M. T. Wright , Pvt. N. T. Wright , Pvt. D. L. Young , Pvt. C. R. Zeafla *Denotes meritorious promotion
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