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9/11 Remembrance Message

Posted September 13, 2012 by Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese

Please take a moment today to pause and remember those who died Sept 11, 2001, in the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Flight 93. We must never forget the 2,996 people who lost their lives that Tuesday morning, including 2,902 Americans and the more than 200 citizens from 40 other…

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Commandant sets Marines on new course

Posted December 6, 2012 by Gretel C. Kovach

Since Gen. James Amos became commandant of the Marine Corps two years ago, the sea service has been challenged on multiple fronts. First the ramping up of combat in Afghanistan, as a surge of Marines flooded violent Taliban strongholds in the south. Now the drawdown and handoff to Afghan national forces, despite no sign of…

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Leader’s Forum: “Thank a teacher – You’ll make their week”

Posted May 10, 2012 by Col. Robert C. Kuckuk

Teacher Appreciation week is this week, May 7th through the 11th. We all put a great deal of time into our mentoring program. We try mightily to get to know our Marines, Sailors and employees, teach them what we know and guide them on the right path. I challenge each of you to think back…

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Leader’s Forum: Culture of Excellence

Posted August 9, 2012 by Col. Bradford Gering

I’ve always believed that a “GOOD unit” is one where the actions of all members are guided by what is expected of them.  They essentially “do the right thing” 24/7/365 in order to meet the expectations of their leadership (all levels).  A “GREAT unit” is one where the actions of all members are guided by…

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Inconsolable Shaheed Shabazz

Posted October 11, 2012 by Cpl. Sean Dennison

Inconsolable by Shaheed Shabazz, featured in this week’s issue, is a radical read. By radical I don’t necessarily mean cool, but I mean it will rock your world and startle your sense of safety. I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical before I first read the book; Shabeez is a Marine, a group of men…

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Book Review: Battle Cry

Posted March 29, 2012 by Cpl. Jakob Schulz

In the novel Battle Cry by Leon Uris, the reader gets taken on an epic journey through the life of Marines during WWII in the Pacific theater of war, focusing mainly on the invasion of Tarawa and Guadalcanal Islands, which were under the control of Japan. The book focuses more on the human side of…

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Movie Review: Battleship

Posted June 7, 2012 by Lance Cpl. Sean Dennison

I remember playing the game Battleship as a kid with my cousins. This would happen every family function up until we were about ten. Birthdays, holidays, funerals, Battleship was the only constant in our celebrations. The thing is, my violent cousins would always win. And by win I mean they would look at my battle…

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The evolution of the cultural norm

Posted June 28, 2012 by Cpl. Aaron Diamant

As I get ready for work most mornings, I watch the news. I can’t tell you if it’s because I’m in the news business myself, or because I like knowing what’s going on in the world, or just because there’s nothing else on. But every once in a while, I see a story that shocks…

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Chaplain’s Corner “Legacy”

Posted August 30, 2012 by Lt. Greg Woodard

Recently my wife Vicki & I went to see The Bourne Legacy. The movie is about the ongoing mission to create super soldiers capable of superhuman efforts (both physical and mental). In the movie, the program is compromised and the managers elect to shut it down by killing everyone involved (participants and researchers included). In…

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Beautiful Ruins

Posted November 8, 2012 by Pfc. Brendan King

Ever want to read a book that opened like one of today’s movies or had the plot of a romantic comedy but still had the thrill of an action film? Well then, the book Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter is just for you. The story is bold and funny and is a prime example of…

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