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Book Review: The Old Man’s Trail

Posted May 10, 2012 by Cpl. Laura Cardoso

The Old Man’s Tail was a very informative and engrossing read. A.U.S. Vietnam veteran, Tom Campbell, presents the war from his enemy’s perspective: a platoon of 15-year-old boys ordered to carry a ton of cargo 650 miles along a primitive network of trails. Campbell, a Marine veteran of 29 years and several tours in Vietnam,…

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Chaplain’s Corner: Uncertainty

Posted August 9, 2012 by Lt. Greg Woodard

Over the course of my time here in Yuma, I have assisted several individuals who had come to a point where suicide seemed like a viable option. And I have met with Marines who have lost people that they love. I bring up these events to bring into focus the idea of uncertainty. One of…

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Of Four Branches, One Department

Posted October 4, 2012 by Cpl. Aaron Diamant

Make no mistake, the Corps is a brotherhood, and sisterhood. But is there more? Do we feel a similar bond with other branches of the military? Sure, there’s always going to be that healthy inter-service rivalry between us, but does the fact we all put on a uniform and defend our nation count for something?…

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Opinion: Commend the deserving, encourage the wayward

Posted March 29, 2012 by Cpl. Jakob Schulz

All too often I see the line between noncommissioned officers and junior enlisted Marines blurring. I see lance corporals and privates first class talking back to corporals and sergeants, and NCO’s getting too friendly with the Marines they’re supposed to be leading and setting the standard for. When I picked up…

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Opinion: The conquest of fear, the terror of ourselves

Posted June 7, 2012 by Lance Cpl. Bill Waterstreet

Recently I saw a horror film where all the characters were continuously running scared in the traditional horror fashion. Normally, I don’t put much stock on such movies on an intellectual level, but as the story progressed I realized many of their predicaments resulted from them acting on the sole basis of fear. They might…

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Chaplain’s Corner: Keeping your life “stress free”

Posted June 28, 2012 by Lt. Cmdr. Timothy Powers

Every once in awhile I remind myself not to worry about negative outcomes that I can’t control.

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Hastings Entertainment

Posted August 30, 2012 by Cpl. Sean Dennison

Hastings is the go-to place for Yumans who have a bit of money to spend. Books, magazines, movies, music, video games, musical instruments, clothes, it’s all here and for very affordable prices. I asked how a chain like Hastings came to be. The answer I got from the frumpy, harried cashier went like this: since places like Yuma are not anyone’s idea of an epicenter of crossculturalism,…

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Station Anti-Terrorism Officer: Tim Beeler

Posted November 1, 2012 by

Is ALL travel to Mexico prohibited and why is there such confusion regarding this policy?   No. Certain areas are restricted and some areas are not.  All areas require permission from at least an O6 and other travel requirements must be met. Where are military members authorized to travel within Mexico without command approval?  There…

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Chaplain’s Corner: “Is Image Everything?”

Posted April 19, 2012 by LT Greg Woodard

We live in a world where “image is everything.” Every shiny magazine cover, store, and television program proclaims the message that how you look, what you own, where you live, what you wear, or what you drive, determiners of worth. None of us want to be superficial, but honestly, it is hard not to allow…

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Entertainment Review July 26, 2012

Posted July 26, 2012 by Lance Cpl. Sean Dennison

The Rantouls are a saccharine trio from San Jose, Calif., and make way better music than your favorite 60s pop group ever did. The band first surfaced through San Francisco’s Chocolate Covered records after releasing some singles…

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