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MARINE CORPS SEARCHES FOR NEW SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM

Giving Marine Commanders the means to communicate beyond line of sight while forward deployed is a critical and necessary capability. A Marine Corps Systems Command-led working group is actively pursuing updates to the Very Small Aperture Terminal Family of Systems, which has been deployed for nearly a decade. The mission: to develop and deliver an updated, cost-effective, reliable solution.

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A different kind of weapon used by the VC/NVA

Let me start by saying that if I get this information wrong, please feel free to explain what I’m trying to describe . I can assure you my friends, my feelings will not be hurt.

As it was told to me, the VC/NVA would collect the 250 lb. bombs that didn’t go off when they hit. They would tie this bomb on a small tree, pull it back, and place a small explosive charge under the tree. When the smaller explosive went off, it would cause the small tree to spring forward with more tension and consequently forcing the bomb in to the air with some power. We would hear the smaller explosion and the bomb cutting through the air. I’m not sure how to spell the sound it would make but if one was ever thrown at you, you know what I mean when I say “cutting through the air”. The worst of it all, you didn’t know what to do (‘to sh– or get’)! Anything that big doesn’t have to land on top of you to “put your health records in to the red”. The upside to all of this, believe it or not, is that the bomb still had to hit on it’s head in order to detonate. Still, I don’t know too many guys who didn’t need to go to the head after going through something like that.

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One Marine killed at School of Infantry, another in custody

One Marine was killed and another taken into custody after a fight broke out at Camp Pendleton’s School of Infantry on Tuesday, according to a Marine official.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the Marine was fatally stabbed.

“An NCIS [Naval Criminal Investigative Service] investigation has been opened, and is currently ongoing,” Marine Capt. Joshua Pena, a spokesman for the Corps’ Virginia-based Training and Education Command, told Marine Corps Times Tuesday.

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IDAHO FALLS FUTURE MARINE SEEKS TO BETTER HIMSELF, INSPIRE COMMUNITY

Born in Fort Washakie, Wyoming, a trouble maker and full of attitude, Devin Nagitsy moved from a reservation to his great grandmothers in Idaho in 2006. Today, he is a Future Marine recruited out of Pocatello, ready to leave for recruit training and earn the title of United States Marine.

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MARINE OF THE WEEK // SELFLESS SACRIFICE:

MARINE OF THE WEEK // SELFLESS SACRIFICE:

Sgt. Rafael Peralta
1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division
Fallujah, Iraq, November 15 2004
Award: Navy Cross (Posthumously)

Clearing scores of houses in the previous three days, Sergeant Peralta asked to join an under-strength squad and volunteered to stand post the night of 14 November, allowing fellow Marines more time to rest. The following morning, during search and attack operations, while clearing the seventh house of the day, the point man opened a door to a back room and immediately came under intense, close-range automatic weapons fire from multiple insurgents. The squad returned fire, wounding one insurgent. While attempting to maneuver out of the line of fire, Sergeant Peralta was shot and fell mortally wounded. After the initial exchange of gunfire, the insurgents broke contact, throwing a fragmentation grenade as they fled the building. The grenade came to rest near Sergeant Peralta’s head. Without hesitation and with complete disregard for his own personal safety, Sergeant Peralta reached out and pulled the grenade to his body, absorbing the brunt of the blast and shielding fellow Marines only feet away. Sergeant Peralta succumbed to his wounds. By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty, Sergeant Peralta reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

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The day it rained trees

The 3rd.Platoon of Golf Co. 2/5 was placed on Hill 34 for road security. The
story about the 81-M Mortar Team that got their guns turned around in the wrong
direction during a fire mission and blew away a village was being pass around.
The Platoon Lt. ask me about my MOS of 0341 and if I could call in a fire
mission. It had been two years since my training at Camp Geiger but I stated
that I felt pretty sure of my skills (I mean—I am a Marine after all!). Well,
there was a 81-M team at our position and the Lt. challenged me to order a fire
mission on a ridge line that he spotted. I found the position on the map, give
them to the mortar team and order one H.E.round for adjustment. I didn’t have to
adjust anything. The round hit dead center on the spot the Lt. was looking at.
And then showed him that I knew how to move the rounds right-left, up-down, and
“walk them in”. The Lt. informed me that I would be his backup for F.O. if it
became necessary. I wasn’t all that grateful for this opportunity to be a
Forward Observer. I shared this experience for three reasons: 1. This Platoon
Lt. didn’t trust the men in his platoon to know their jobs and do them—there
for my challenge. 2. His radioman was a big kiss-ass (to get rank) and would
tell the Lt. anything on the men in order to look good, whether they were true
or not. 3. The reason the Lt took me a long with him on this walk.

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Grenadier E4

I was with Hotel 2/5 and we did the same mine sweep as mentioned. It was very dangerous duty. It was a 10 mile sweep. We were ordered how to do it by headquarters and we obeyed orders as a well trained Marine would do. It did not include eating the food for the Marines at the base camp. However well intentioned, this issue is against military orders. It was a selfish thing to do and other Marines weren’t taken care of like brothers. I cannot call you brother after this incident! “Obey orders and do your duty as told and nothing else.”

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Sr Vice Commandant Marine Corps League Detachment 270 Hamilton County OH

10 November 2017 the Marines of Detachment 270 celebrated the 243rd Birthday of the Marine Corps at Montgomery Inn in Montgomery OH. We had an absolute wonderful event. The Emerald Society Fire and Police Pipe and Drum Corps opened our ceremonies with a 15 minute concert of patriotic songs concluding with the “Marine Corps Hymn”. Then followed by the traditional Birthday Ball Ceremonies. Our Keynote speaker was Marine Corps Lt Col Amy McGrath, the first woman to fly an F 18 in combat. She flew 89 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her presentation was excellent and inspired everyone in the room. After reiterating some of the difficulties she had early in her career path someone from the cheap seats asked how did she overcome all these obstacles. She replied, “I had my shit together” and the crowd went wild giving her the first of several standing ovations! The evening concluded with dancing and music supplied by Marine D J “Big Daddy Walker”. Most fun I had in years and I can not express my thanks enough to Lt Col McGrath.

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COORDINATING TOGETHER GUARANTEES MISSION SUCCESS

U.S. Marines with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12, Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 and Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, all based out of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, conducted hot-pit refueling and hot-reload training on U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18D Hornets at Naval Air Station Pohang, Republic of Korea, Dec. 12-13, 2017.

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