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II Marine Expeditionary Force

Readiness. Standards. Core Values.

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
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Marines train Afghan police to handle special tactics missions August 29, 2011 — CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Marine Corps instructors at the Joint Sustainment Academy Southwest at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, are in the process of training an elite group of Afghan Uniformed Police in a first-of-its-kind training program.In the Provincial Response Company Course, or PRC, selected Afghan law enforcement officers are MORE
Volunteers build pathway for heroes August 29, 2011 — CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Within the military, it is said that service members look out for their own. In combat, brothers and sisters in arms have given life and limb for one another countless times throughout the history of our nation’s military. On Aug. 20, those service members who gave more than asked to got a little in return as MORE
Lone Star Battalion Marines, ANA escort Washir district governor August 29, 2011 — Marines with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, provided transportation for Daoud Mohammad, the Washir district governor, and Afghan National Army soldiers from the 215th Corps, during shuras, or meetings, with local Afghans outside of Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Aug. 19.Mohammad, who represents the district which Camp MORE
Ramadan impacts Afghan training, but mission still on target August 24, 2011 — CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Coalition forces instructors at the Joint Sustainment Academy Southwest aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, have stayed on target training Afghan National Security Forces throughout the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and its accompanying sunrise to sunset fast.Ramadan is held during the ninth month of the MORE
Coalition, Afghan leaders share iftar meal at Camp Leatherneck August 24, 2011 — CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Senior Afghan provincial and military officials from Helmand and Nimroz provinces attended an iftar dinner hosted by Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general, Regional Command Southwest, to break their daily fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Aug. 20, at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province. The MORE
Muslim chaplain ministers at Camp Leatherneck during Ramadan August 24, 2011 — CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — The month of Ramadan is observed by Muslims all over the world as a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God and practice self-sacrifice. During this occasion, Muslims abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs during daylight hours. Once night falls, an Azan, or call to prayer, is made, breaking MORE
Food service Marines offer coalition forces taste of home August 19, 2011 — CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Luxuries in the desert of Helmand province are hard to come by, but at Camp Leatherneck coalition service members are the benefactors of one of them: hot meals.Whether supervising a mess hall kitchen or heating up pre-made meals in more remote areas of the province, food service Marines work relentless hours to make MORE
Explosives chief ticks down final chapter of ordnance disposal career August 19, 2011 — CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Senior Chief Petty Officer Ronald G. Ameika, an explosive ordnance disposal expert, is ready to turn the page. The final chapter in a long Navy career will soon come to an end, marking the end of 30 salty years of service.It’s a journey that began soon after high school graduation in New London, Conn.“At the tender MORE
Anaheim cop patrols mean streets of Afghanistan August 19, 2011 — PATROL BASE ERTOBA, Afghanistan — Lt. Raul Cantu was returning from a patrol in the southern portion of Musa Qal’ah District, Helmand province, when the mine resistant ambush protected vehicle he was riding in struck an improvised explosive device. The explosion jostled everyone inside. “I just remember a flash of light, hitting the ceiling, MORE
From zero to hero: Texas Marine overcomes homeless childhood August 18, 2011 — CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — At age 10 many children are busy learning at elementary school. However, one boy was already on his own during a typical day, trying to sell candy for more than the original price so he could buy food. Many times kids from the school would come by and make fun of him and throw rocks. One day, the boy thought he had MORE

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