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Friends, family recall dedication of slain Marine from Minnesota, Means

Marine Lance Cpl. Dale Means wasn’t afraid of going to Afghanistan and saw it as an opportunity to honor his country, a family member said, reflecting on the death of the 23-year-old soldier from Minnesota. Means was killed Sunday while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, the U.S. Department of Defense said Tuesday. Means’ sister, [...]

“We’re proud of our family’s service,” said Kelly Condit, 40, whose son Thomas Condit, 19, graduated from basic training in October. “We put the big sign on the corner to welcome our son home. We wanted everyone to know about him.” The young man’s father, Steve Condit, 35, served in the Marines from 1996 to [...]

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John F. Kelly, 62, is now at the helm of the military command, known as Southcom. Having taken over from retiring Air Force General Douglas Fraser. <!– –> MIAMI, United States, Thursday November 22,2012 – A Marine Corps General has taken charge of the United States military command here that oversees mission to Latin American [...]

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The holidays are made a little brighter for needy children in southeast Michigan when a new toy is delivered by Toys for Tots–that is the mission of the United States Marine Corps Reserve’s program said Staff Sergeant Robert Stoddard, this year’s Marine Coordinator. Stoddard is assigned to the 1st Battalion 24th Marines at Selfridge Air [...]

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Since Gen. James Amos became commandant of the Marine Corps two years ago, the sea service has been challenged on multiple fronts. First the ramping up of combat in Afghanistan, as a surge of Marines flooded violent Taliban strongholds in the south. Now the drawdown and handoff to Afghan national forces, despite no sign of [...]

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For some U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Thanksgiving was just another day, but surviving a roadside bomb was one reason to give thanks. With their “family right now,” many enjoyed a traditional meal. U.S. soldiers and NATO servicemembers stand in line for a Thanksgiving meal at the U.S.-led coalition base in Kabul.(Photo: Musadeq Sadeq, AP) Story [...]

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Marti Gatlin 1st Sgt. James Watson, left, and Master Sgt. Mark Clark, both with Detachment 2, Supply Company, 4th Supply Battalion, retired from the Corps on its 237th birthday at Schmid Field here, Nov. 10. ALBANY, Ga. – With 54 years of collective service between them, two Detachment 2, Supply Company, 4th Supply Battalion Marines [...]

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They have been branded “traitors” by the Taliban, which has said for years that it will kill any Afghans working for the NATO-led coalition. With the majority of U.S. and NATO-led troops set to leave the country in 2014, many Afghans working in support positions look ahead with trepidation. Their fears appear to be well-grounded. [...]

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By Andrea Shalal-Esa Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:36pm EST (Reuters) – The U.S. Marine Corps on Tuesday established its first operational squadron of F-35 fighter jets at an air station in Yuma, Arizona, a move that officials said showed progress on the Pentagon’s biggest and most scrutinized weapons program. Three F-35B fighters built by Lockheed [...]

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Lejeune-based Marine killed in Afghanistan MINNEAPOLIS — The sister of a Minnesota Marine says her brother has been killed in Afghanistan. JoLyn Means says the Marines told her family Sunday night that her 23-year-old brother, Lance Cpl. Dale Means, was killed by an improvised explosive device in southern Helmand province. Dale Means was deployed to [...]

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