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Joint Strike Fighter conducts first aerial refuel

Posted October 11, 2012 by Photos by Cpl. Brian Adam Jones

Two F-35B Joint Strike Fighters conduct the first aerial refueling of its kind with a KC-130J Hercules in the sky above Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 2. Previous aerial refueling operations with the F-35 had been conducted with test aircraft. Two F-35B Joint Strike Fighters conduct the first aerial refueling of its kind with…

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MCAS Yuma’s Color Guard represents centuries of success

Posted October 11, 2012 by Story and photo by Cpl. Sean Dennison

It’s one of the most preeminent standards of Corps tradition: the color guard. Every unit, installation and command echelon within the Corps has one…

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JSF Auxiliary landing field construction update

Posted October 4, 2012 by Compiled by Desert Warrior Staff

Sundt Construction, Inc.has been awarded a $24.2 million contract to build an auxiliary landing field at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma that will be used in training F-35B Joint Strike Fighter pilots prior to their deployment. The project includes construction of an air operation facility; aircraft direct fueling station, maintenance shelter and vertical take-off and…

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Allen Discusses Insider Attacks in ‘60 Minutes’ Interview

Posted October 4, 2012 by Story by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

WASHINTON — In a recent interview on the CBS program “60 Minutes” the commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan said he takes his mission personally…

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Life after the Corps

Posted October 4, 2012 by Cpl. Aaron Diamant

As the Corps shrinks and thousands transition back to civilian life, opportunities to succeed are out there. It may take some effort to find some of them, however, the resources available to transitioning Marines are more numerous and available than ever. The Transition Assistance Management Program helps station Marines and Sailors prepare for life after…

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Yuma ARFF Marines cool off during fireman competition

Posted September 27, 2012 by Story by Cpl. Sean Dennison

Several Marines with the station’s Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting section cooled off with some much-needed fun at Camp Pendleton, Calif…

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Yuma Marine lives life through the lens

Posted September 20, 2012 by Story by Lance Cpl. Zac Scanlon

Staff Sgt. Aaron Belford, the Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron substance abuse control officer and a native of Minneapolis, Minn., looks up…

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Throw some CH-53Ds on it: the history of the Sea Stallion

Posted September 20, 2012 by Story by Cpl. Laura Gauna

After more than 40 years of service, the Marine Corps retired the aging CH-53D heavy lift helicopter after it completed its final combat operation in Afghanistan last month.

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Love and War Part III: Final

Posted September 20, 2012 by Sgt. Heather Golden

Photo by Lance Cpl. JD Wu Retired Cpl. Anthony Villarreal and his wife, Jessica, share a kiss during a recent visit back to Twentynine Palms. Anthony lost 80 percent of his skin, his right arm and all the fingers on his left hand during an improvised explosive device attack in Afghanistan in June 2005. Since…

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Love and War Part II

Posted September 13, 2012 by Sgt. Heather Golden

Courtesy photo Retired Cpl. Anthony Villarreal and his wife, Jessica, smile outside of their home in Lubbock, Texas, in 2011. Anthony was injured in Afghanistan is 2008 when his vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device. MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.  — When you’ve practically lost yourself to a wartime attack,…

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