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Sgt. Harry J. Benoit grips the MK19 40 mm grenade launcher during training at range 9 at Camp Hansen Sept. 12.

Supply Marines get familiar with grenade launcher

CAMP HANSEN - From out of the rack to waiting at the armory, Marines awoke with every intention of firing on the range.

As they stepped off...

 Pfc. Anthony A. Gajewski, left, and Lance Cpl. Austin E. Richard, right, check their corners as they clear a room during live-fire grenade training at Camp Hansen Sept. 14.

Marines blast into training

CAMP HANSEN - "Frag out!" The final warning sounds before a Marine throws a grenade and awaits the thunderous blast before clearing the...

Marines advance alongside an Australian M1A1 tank during a bilateral assault at the urban operations training facility at Mount Bundy Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, Sept. 5.

Australian Army, US Marines combine arms during urban operations

MOUNT BUNDY TRAINING AREA, Northern Territory, Australia -- Marines were positioned and camouflaged throughout a tree line. They waited patiently...

Marines advance alongside an Australian M1A1 tank during a bilateral assault at the urban operations training facility at Mount Bundy Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, Sept. 5.

Australian Army, US Marines combine arms during urban operations

MOUNT BUNDY TRAINING AREA, Northern Territory, Australia -- Marines were positioned and camouflaged throughout a tree line. They waited patiently...

Brig. Gen. Frederick M. Padilla prepares a piece of birthday cake for both the longest-serving and newest division Marines during the 70th birthday ceremony for 3rd Marine Division at the division’s headquarters building Sept. 17. Padilla is the commanding general of the division, which is part of III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Daniel E. Valle)

3rd Marine Division celebrates birthday

CAMP COURTNEY -- Marines with 3rd Marine Division held a ceremony in honor of the division's 70th birthday at their headquarters building at...

Kadena Special Olympics athletes release balloons at the end of the Kadena Special Olympics opening ceremony on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 5, 2011.

Kadena raising funds, awareness for Special Olympics

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- "When Kadena Special Olympics started, the former commander asked, 'What can we do for Okinawan people? What...

Photo by Matt Orr, Stars and Stripes

Gotcha! More paintballers take aim

At the referee’s signal, players rush behind inflatable pylons while frantically squeezing off rounds from their guns, filling the air with...

Express mail available for military ballots

Effective Sept. 1, 2012, through Nov. 30, 2012, customers can mail their Casted Absentee Ballots back to the United States for free using express...

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Col. Oka Moto, right, hands Lt. Col. Terry M. Paustenbaugh a plaque at the closing ceremony of Exercise Forest Light 12-01 at the Hijudai Maneuver Area, Oita prefecture, Japan, Aug. 31. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Jose D. Lujano)

Bilateral Exercise Forest Light concludes

HIJUDAI MANEUVER AREA, Oita, Japan -- As service members wait for battle orders, they position themselves and get ready to make the next move. The...

Lt. Col. William L. DePue Jr. and Sgt. Maj. Russell A. Strack case the colors of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 during a ceremony to redesignate the unit as Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma Sept. 7 (Photo by Lance Cpl. Nicholas S. Ranum)

HMM-265 redesignated, awaits Ospreys

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, Okinawa, Japan -- Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 held a redesignation ceremony here Sept. 7.

HMM-...

Brig. Gen. Niel E. Nelson pins the Bronze Star onto Capt. Aaron F. Fisher during an award ceremony at the 9th Engineer Support Battalion physical training field at Camp Hansen Sept. 5. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Daniel E. Valle)

9th ESB Marines receive Bronze Stars

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan -- Captains Aaron F. Fisher and Christopher M. Kaprielian were awarded Bronze Star medals during a ceremony at the 9th...

Col. James G. Flynn meets with Atsushi Sakima, the mayor of Ginowan City, aboard Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to sign a mutual agreement Aug. 23, allowing emergency vehicles from the city to pass through Futenma, facilitating faster emergency response. Flynn is the commanding officer of MCAS Futenma. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Mike Granahan)

Futenma, Ginowan sign first-responder pact

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, Okinawa, Japan -- Col. James G. Flynn met with Atsushi Sakima, the mayor of Ginowan City, Aug. 23, to sign a...

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