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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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Panetta notifies Congress DOD preparing for furloughs

Posted  February 22, 2013

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has notified Congress that the Defense Department is prepared to implement furloughs for civilian personnel in response to the threat of sequestration. In a memo to all employees, Panetta vowed to continue working with Congress to avoid sequestration, which would add $470 billion to the $487 billion in defense spending…

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MCAS Yuma commanding officer at Gila Ridge High School

Posted  February 22, 2013

Col. Robert C. Kuckuk, commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, addressed a full auditorium of educators from all five of the local Yuma high schools as part of the Yuma Union High School District Professional Development Day, Feb. 15. Kuckuk spoke to those in attendance on the merits of his MCAS Yuma Marines…

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The Avengers assemble in Exchange and Marvel’s latest military-only free comic

Posted  February 22, 2013

Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Hulk, and Black Widow are all making their way to military installations around the world via one million free comic books published exclusively for the Armed Forces by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service and Marvel Custom Solutions.

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VA decision on burial rights departs from past

Posted  February 22, 2013

The government has cleared the first burial of a same-sex spouse of a veteran in a national cemetery, but it’s far from certain how easy it will be for other gay military couples to win the same benefit. Who gets buried where is one of the practical decisions that the federal government is grappling with…

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Drivers continue to find road bumpy after answering automobile ads

Posted  February 22, 2013

An individual or individuals claiming to be “Exchange Inc.” have been placing advertisements in auto magazines and commercial newspapers, leading Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers to believe they’re purchasing a vehicle through the Department of Defense retailer. “This has been a problem for the past few months where someone is using the Exchange’s…

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Changes to TRICARE Prime Service Areas

Posted  February 22, 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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The Flying Dutchmen train at MCAS Yuma

Posted  February 22, 2013

A detachment of F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Dutch Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) is conducting combat training exercises in conjunction with Marine Corps Air Station Yuma based squadrons over Barry M. Goldwater Range West, Feb. 3 – 23.

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VMA-311 Pre-Deployment ITX

Posted  February 15, 2013

In preparation for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Marine Attack Squadron 311 participated in a month-long Integrated Training Exercise

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Yuma F-35B is lifted to new heights by firefighter unit

Posted  February 15, 2013

With the arrival of the F-35B to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine Aircraft Group 13 must run through a gauntlet of tests, protocols and procedures with the new F-35B before it is deemed fully flight operational.

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Relief and Appointment

Posted  February 15, 2013

The transfer of power at a relief and appointment ceremony for Yuma-based Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13 took place at the parade deck aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Feb. 11.

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