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The Price We Pay For Staying Ready

On 30 July, 8 Marines and 1 Sailor went out to conduct another training exercise out in the west coast, not knowing it would be their last.Unfortunately, these 9 lives were lost in the AAV mishap and after over 40 hours of rescue operations, it was turned into a recovery mission. The remains of seven Marines and a Sailor recovered Aug. 7 off the coast of San Clemente Island following the assault amphibious vehicle mishap were transferred Aug. 12 to Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. Six pallbearers of Marines and Sailors escorted each casket aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III bound for Dover AFB for final preparation for burial before being...

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Enjoy the journey: Reflecting on 17 years of service

Enjoy the journey, friends.You’ll never know where life will take you. Never would have I imagined as a young Corpsman in 29 Palms at my first duty station, that I’d still be in this journey the Navy has me in.It’s been a long road. But this too will end. I’ve made mistakes along the way, but I’ve learn a great deal from them. More importantly, I’ve learn from other people’s mistakes.When you’re young and feel like nothing can get in your way, you tend to get in your own way. Sometimes they need to learn the hard way.I had no plans of making this a career, but I eventually it become that and more. I’m so thankful and appreciative of...

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Experience with Military Training Team

My 3rd deployment I was bored. Not to say our job wasn’t important, it was just a different deployment from my first two.For the first couple months, I worked at a makeshift clinic, seeing not only Marines, but TCNs and Local nationals.I was thankful it wasn’t like 04 and 06, but I felt like I wasn’t doing my part. Like I wasn’t making an impact. So when an opportunity came up to attend an academy for me to work as part of a Military Training Team (MTT), I volunteered.I went in with a crew that were already working together for months, trying to see where I could fit in. All of them were from different units in Lejeune, while I...

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Happy 122nd Birthday Hospital Corps!

122 years of Selfless Service. ⠀ Since 1898, the Hospital Corpsmen have served the Navy and the Marine Corps with distinction.You are given a sacred trust to assist and care for the sick and injured, supporting the Navy’s mission across the globe on naval vessels, operational units, overseas assignments, foreign embassies, and medical facilities here at home.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Cherish and uphold this trust with the utmost pride as the lives that you have saved and the ailments you have cared for have played a significant role in the improvement of our nation.  

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The Meaning of the 13 Folds...

The 1st fold of our flag is a symbol of life.The 2nd fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.The 4th fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.The 5th fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our Country”, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still...

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