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Good bye everybody, I’ve got to go

Posted July 19, 2012 by Cpl. Jolene Bopp

Every enlistment must come to an end at some point or another, the question is, when is the right time? I thought I had everything planned out, then I received an email about the Voluntary Enlisted Early Release Program and I feel as though I’ve been thrown a curve ball. The VEERP provides Marines within…

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Chaplain’s Corner: Family Thing

Posted September 13, 2012 by Lt. Cmdr. Timothy Power

The time for family vacations during the summer has passed as children go back to school.  My children were able to visit family out East, spend some time in San Diego, and go camping.  I know they enjoyed their time away, but they are already busy with their daytime school and evening activities. My teenagers…

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Chaplain’s Corner: Reflections of Light

Posted December 6, 2012 by CMDR Tim Power

My son and I were on our way back home from the Arizona Western College Faculty Recital, and we took a short detour through a residential area to see what holiday lights the houses were displaying.  We saw small LED blue lights, multi colored big bulb light strings, and white icicle type strings of lights…

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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: 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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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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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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