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The legacy of sacrifice Legacy of sacrifice for fallen Airman

By Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro | April 21, 2014

Like a lot of children growing up in the '60s and '70s, Chris Balcom liked to watch TV for fun and entertainment. But on one occasion, Chris wasn't watching passively, or for joy or entertainment. As he watched, his heart wrenched. Chris was watching the repatriation of American prisoners of war and missing in action -- looking for his father.  On MORE
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General encourages social courage to combat sexual assault

By Amaani Lyle | April 21, 2014

With Sexual Assault Awareness Month underway, the Defense Department Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office director encouraged "social courage" and a recognition of the cues and behaviors that lead to the under-reported crime to help eradicate it.  "Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines of all ranks know what right looks like, because it's MORE
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Marines become martial arts instructors

By Lance Cpl. Dylan Bowyer | April 21, 2014

After 15 days training through sweat, blood, mud and tears, students of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor Course finally achieved what they had been striving for — their instructor tab. The course, which took place at Fort George G. Meade, Md., From March 14 to April 4, consisted of Marines from surrounding commands who attended to better MORE
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DoD unveils improved sexual assault prevention training

By Amaani Lyle | April 16, 2014

As part of efforts to eliminate the crime of sexual assault in the military, Defense Department officials today announced improvements to sexual assault prevention and response training for all members of the armed forces and civilian employees.  Officials said the improvements center on development of consistent sexual assault prevention and MORE
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Hearing for proposed fiscal 2015 Defense Authorization panel 2

By Courtesy story | April 11, 2014

April 9, 2014 - Final   GILLIBRAND:   We are expecting a vote around 11, but I'm going to start the next panel, and we'll take a break when the vote starts. So the panel is welcome to come up.   OK. OK. Please join us.   And just take your seats. Good morning.   Please be seated.   On the second panel, we have the senior enlisted advisors of the MORE
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Commanders Series: Gen. James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps

By Courtesy Story | April 09, 2014

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Thanks General Jones for the introduction and Fred for the opportunity to speak today.   I’ll begin with a few thoughts as both a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then as a service chief.  First, let me state up front that I believe that our nation is at a strategic inflection point.  After 12 years of MORE
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Marine uses sign language to connect with community Face of defense: Marine connects using sign language

By Tech. Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar | April 08, 2014

April 7, 2014 – Hands wave through the air in an organized fashion, and children follow the movements as they enjoy the children's story "A Day at the Farm."  Marine Corps Cpl. Parnell Sararana put his Universal Sign Language skills to use here April 4 as he translated while Air Force Staff Sgt. Jon Espinoza read aloud at the Stella Maris School MORE
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Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps (HQMC), located in Arlington, Virginia, consists of the Commandant of the Marine Corps and those staff agencies that advise and assist him in discharging his responsibilities prescribed by law and higher authority. The Commandant is directly responsible to the Secretary of the Navy for the total performance of the Marine Corps. This includes the administration, discipline, internal organization, training requirements, efficiency, and readiness of the service. The function, composition, and general duties of HQMC are defined in the United States Code, Title 10, Subtitle C, Part 1, Chapter 506 (Headquarters, Marine Corps).

The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the U.S. military responsible for providing power projection from the sea, utilizing the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces to global crises. Alongside the U.S. Navy, the Marine Corps operates under the United States Department of the Navy.

The Marine Corps, with authorized end strength of 202,100 active duty and 39,600 reserve Marines, is the smallest of the United States armed forces in the Department of Defense.
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