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Historic Marine base gets 1st-ever female general

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For the first time in its 96-year history, a female general is taking charge at the famed Marine Corps training depot at South Carolina's Parris Island.

Brig. Gen. Loretta Reynolds, who is also known as the first female Marine to ever hold a command position in a battle zone, takes charge Friday at the installation south of Beaufort.

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Aboard an Osprey in Helmand Province

Aboard an Osprey in Helmand Province, Afghanistan – Osprey-bashing is still much in style in Congress and other venues, but not in the southern deserts of Afghanistan.

The ungainly aircraft, which lift off and land like a helicopter and fly like a fixed-wing prop aircraft, have gone into the short-haul business of ferrying troops and cargo for the Marine Corps in Helmand province, and they’ve begun shedding their bad reputation in the process.

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