RECON CHALLENGE 2019: TEAM LOWLIFE PROVES BONDS NOT BROKEN BY TIME

On October 26, 2010, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jonathon Blank, a reconnaissance Marine, with 1st Force Recon, 1st Marine Division was gathering intelligence on a suspected Taliban compound during Operation Enduring Freedom. When they reached their location early in the morning, the compound appeared uninhabited and extremely quiet, generally raising suspicion.

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MARINE POOLEE SUBDUES COLORADO HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTER

The United States Marine Corps has confirmed that Brendan Bialy, a current poolee in the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program (DEP), assisted in subduing an active shooter at STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7, 2019.

Brendan’s courage and commitment to swiftly ending this tragic incident at the risk of his own safety is admirable and inspiring. His decisive actions resulted in the safety and protection of his teachers and fellow classmates.

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REFLECTING ON OUR ANCESTORS: ASIAN AMERICAN, PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH

The month of May is designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the U.S. This monthlong observance celebrates the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. and recognizes the hardships and challenges they endured. This heritage month also honors their history, traditions and cultures in the U.S.

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CATALINA ISLAND AIRPORT RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY

From dusk to dawn, more than 90 U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 373, Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and U.S. Navy Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 25, paved their way to mission accomplishment while replacing the runway at Catalina Island Conservancy’s Airport in the Sky runway repair project.

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“HAARII!” MARINES, SAILORS COMPETE IN ANNUAL OKINAWAN DRAGON BOAT RACE

Marines and sailors representing the Okinawa Single Marine Program competed in the 45th Annual Naha Dragon Boat Race May 5 at Naha Port, Okinawa.

More than 130 teams participated in the three-day festival. Local schools, public and private organizations, and U.S. military community came together and took part in this famous race, also known as the ‘Haarii.’ The SMP team placed first in their preliminary heat.

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Reflections in Stone

Thoughts during a few moments spent standing, staring at a vertical slate of black marble; only vaguely aware of the rain drenched figure standing, staring back; unable to move any closer; unwilling to turn away. All the names in chronological order, left to right, as need dictated. All needed on a given day clustered together. He was there, but it was so much easier not to look or find. Surrounded by the others, he remained silent. When identified, he would cry out. Raindrops fell and a gentle, cold wind chilled my finger as it traced a path down the dripping slate.

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COURAGE COMPELS COMBAT ENGINEER MARINES TO SAVE LIVES

Courage is the mental, physical and moral strength to persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficulty. It is the heart of the core values instilled in every United States Marine and is what defines their character and warrior spirit.

It is with this courage that Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division were able to do what is right and necessary when they were faced with critical challenges throughout this past year. In the last twelve months, nine Marines from 1st CEB saved the lives of three people in completely separate events in our community.

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