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Sterling Global Operations completes U.S. Navy project to clear munitions, firing range and target debris from Arizona Marine Corps Air Station range

Sterling Global Operations, Inc., in a two-year project for the U.S. Navy, removed or recycled some 5.9 million pounds of munitions, firing range and target debris from Marine Corps Air Station at Yuma, Ariz. Sterling Global returned the proceeds from the recycled materials back into the Navy range clearance project. “The resale of recycled materials…

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Joint Light Tactical Vehicle ‘closes capability gap,’ Army says

While the Humvee has served the Army well for some 25 years, there's a "capability gap" in what it can do for warfighters on a 21st-century battlefield, said the Soldier responsible for overseeing its replacement.

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VMA-211 change of command

Marine Corps photograph by Cpl. William Waterstreet Lt. Col. Troy Pehrson, the outgoing commander of Marine Attack Squadron 211, center, passes the Marine Corps Colors to Lt. Col. Cory Simmons, the incoming commander of VMA-211, left, as Sgt. Maj. Michael Cayer, the sergeant major of VMA-211, right, salutes this symbolic act of the changing of…

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Marine Corps photograph by Lance Cpl. Uriel Avendano Cpl. Jose Luis Hernandez, a Marine Attack Squadron 513 power line mechanic and a native of Willacoochee, Ga., proposes to his longtime girlfriend Zuleika Oleo, a native of Yuma, Ariz., after returning from a six month deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard Marine Corps Air…

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Yuma community residents adopt a squadron

Aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., a squadron adopting a local school or highway is a commonplace occurrence, since volunteer service is a direct reflection of the ideals of the Marine Corps.


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F-35B successfully completes AIM-120 separation

Posted  March 29, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph On March 26, the F-35B Lightning II became the first F-35 variant to complete airborne weapons separations on three different munitions, the most of any model. Navy test pilot Lt. Cmdr. Michael Burks released an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile from BF-3 over water in the Atlantic Test Ranges. The F-35B is…

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In Brief – March 22, 2013

Posted  March 22, 2013

U.S. training accident kills seven Marines A Marine Corps official says the seven Marines killed in Nevada died after a 60mm mortar exploded unexpectedly during a training accident, March 18. The Marines immediately issued an indefinite moratorium on firing of all such mortars worldwide until an investigation clears as safe the type of weapon and…

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Marine Corps’ first operational F-35B conducts initial Vertical Landing

Posted  March 22, 2013

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 watched in amazement and satisfaction as the Corps’ first operational F-35B Lightning II squadron conducted its first Short Take Off, Vertical Landing operations aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. March 21, 2013.

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Yuma key to Marine pilot training, VMAT-203 acknowledges

Posted  March 22, 2013

Working together to complete a common goal is the backbone of the Marine Corps and something that the pilots learn quickly at the beginning stages of flight training. Many new Marine pilots travel to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma throughout the year to receive follow-on aviation training, and for good reason. “Coming out here I…

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Yuma-based Marine awarded Marine Corps Installations West Achievement Award

Posted  March 1, 2013

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. – Leonardo Da Vinci

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Changes to TRICARE Prime Service Areas

Posted  March 1, 2013

Prime Service Areas are geographic areas where TRICARE Prime is offered. These PSAs were created to ensure the medical readiness of the active duty force by augmenting the capability of military hospitals and clinics. Effective Oct. 1, 2013, TRICARE Prime will no longer be available to beneficiaries living in certain areas of the United States…

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Silent Drill

Posted  March 1, 2013

Marine Corps photograph by Pfc. Brendan King Marines from the Silent Drill Platoon move as one entity at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Feb. 25. The platoon is based out of the historic Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., and is currently on tour and ready to perform here at MCAS Yuma, Ariz. Marine Corps photograph by…

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POW recalls ‘hidden treasure’ in lessons learned

Posted  March 1, 2013

Courtesy photograph Retired Col. Lee Ellis, a prisoner of war who spent five and a half years in the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War, spoke at the Air Force Academy’s National Character and Leadership Symposium Feb. 21-22, 2013. A prisoner of war held in the “Hanoi Hilton” for five and a half years shared…

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F-35s grounded as precaution after crack found in engine blade

Posted  March 1, 2013

All F-35s have been grounded as a precaution after a routine engine inspection revealed a crack on an engine blade, Defense Department officials said Feb. 22. Officials call this a “cautionary suspension of flight.” The Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fly F-35s. Inspectors found the crack in an F135 engine installed in an F-35A…

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F-35B successfully completes first operational flight at MCAS Yuma

Posted  February 22, 2013

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 conducted its first operational F-35B Lighting II flight at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 21, 2013.

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