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Book Review: The Village by Bing West

Posted May 31, 2012 by Cpl. Laura Cardoso

The Village is a great book. It tells the story of 15 Marines assigned to defend a hamlet, working with about the same number of Popular Force militiamen. Of that original group, 7 are killed in the first half of the book, which was intense. As you read you learn how the Marines love their…

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Back to School Jokes for Kids

Posted August 3, 2012 by

Knock Knock! Who’s there? Dewey. Dewey who? Dewey have to go to school today?   Have you heard about the teacher who was cross-eyed? She couldn’t control her pupils!   Teacher: James, where is your homework? James: I ate it. Teacher: Why? James: You said it was a piece of cake!   What’s the best…

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Montreal – Satanic Panic in the Attic

Posted October 4, 2012 by Cpl. Sean Dennison

Satanic Panic in the Attic was my first of Montreal album, and effectively one of my earliest forays into the realm of indie music. I could go on all day about what indie music means to me, and music in general, how it opened up avenues of creativity, and in the process allowed a rush…

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Movie Review: Battle Royale

Posted April 19, 2012 by Lance Cpl. Sean Dennison

Battle Royale is the OG Hunger Games. Beginning as a novel in 1999, with a movie adaptation following shortly afterwards, the novel tells of a dystopian future where high school students are randomly selected to partake in a Darwinistic bloodbath called The Program. Officially touted as a military research program, it is also used to…

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Who Rocks the Cradle? Shifting gender roles in the home, workplace

Posted June 21, 2012 by Capt. Staci Reidinger

It’s 2 p.m. on Wednesday and a young father sits tentatively with his six-year-old son awaiting a doctor’s appointment.  Working as a successful business executive, a wife financially supports her stay at home husband and three children.  As a Monday morning norm before work, a mother cooks breakfast for the family while dad helps the…

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The question: School or no school? One Marine gives his take

Posted August 23, 2012 by Cpl. Sean Dennison

I started college again two days ago at the time of this publication and I don’t know why. Many Marines join the Corps for college. Without having anything to back me up, I predict those types of Marines will swell even with the drawdowns, due to the Afghanistan campaign winding down. There is nothing wrong…

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Posted November 1, 2012 by Cpl. Sean Dennison

Halloween is over but not the disturbance I feel over rereading a childhood classic. Who remembers Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark? Who remembers pulling it out of the school library with adolescent bravado and smirking at the title? Who remembers that smirk dying when you get to the illustrations? Yes, it’s all about…

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Opinion: Tattoos: art or unprofessional?

Posted May 10, 2012 by Cpl. Shelby Shields

Over the past few decades it seems society has become more and more accepting of tattoos. This goes hand-in-hand with the younger generation’s fascination with getting tattoos the second they turn 18. There still are some employers who won’t hire people covered in ink or require they wear long sleeves to completely cover them during…

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5 Questions: Col. Michael Gough

Posted July 19, 2012 by

1. What is the mission of MAG-13 and how does it support the MAGTF? MAG-13’s mission is to provide fixed-wing tactical aviation support to Marine Air Ground Task Force operations form a variety of main bases, forward operating bases, and aircraft carriers.

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Where were you?

Posted September 13, 2012 by

Gunnery Sgt. Lenny Vasquez,  Station Equal Opportunity Adviser “I was Cpl. Vasquez at the time and I was coaching at the pistol range at New River.  When I first heard about the news my gunnery sergeant had the radio and immediately made everybody stop what they were doing. He had everyone get into formation on…

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