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It was a Saturday morning when Chaplain (Capt.) Steven De Haan, with the 1034th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 734th Regional Support Group, Iowa Army National Guard, received a phone call as he was driving to Camp Dodge for drill.

The phone call informed him of the death of a Soldier’s spouse and De Haan was asked to be there when the Soldier was notified.

This was one of the toughest moments in De Haan’s career as an Army chaplain, he said. Over the years, he’s learned to handle those tough situations with silence.

“As a chaplain, most of the time, I let Soldiers cry,” he said. “I give them space to grieve. Most of the time, words, when you’re grieving like that, aren’t very helpful.”

 

 

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On Monday, April 24, members of the Tooele Army Depot (TEAD) Fire Department along with Soldiers from the Utah National Guard (UTNG) 85th Civil Support Team (CST) and Wyoming National Guard (WYNG) 84th CST held an emergency response exercise in a vacant troop area on the depot.

The exercise was part of a quarterly program instituted to test the emergency response and mitigation of incidents on TEAD. This training allows seasoned, as well as new TEAD fire personnel the opportunity to practice the use of Incident Command System methods and procedures while working with an outside support agency.

The training began when the TEAD Fire Department was called to respond to a reported fire in a vacant two-story building. Upon arrival, firefighters entered the structure (filled with smoke from smoke machines for the exercise) to search for victims and find the seat of the fire. Once inside, firefighters ceased primary search and continued hazardous materials (HAZ MAT) protocol due to finding a potential lab. Personnel were instructed to withdraw from the building and the incident commander (IC) was notified. The IC immediately contacted the UTNG 85th CST for assistance.

 

 

 

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A crew from the Colorado National Guard assisted with flood response Thursday, when four soldiers evacuated residents trapped by high water and debris following flooding in the Beulah area.

No injuries were reported in the flood.

Soldiers responded when Governor John Hickenlooper issued an executive order authorizing use National Guard resources. The order was coordinated by the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management as part of the larger response efforts.

The four soldiers, from Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, used a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter to assist members of the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office in reaching people stranded by the flood waters and washed-our roads.

“The Colorado National Guard stands ready to provide additional support to help the people of Buelah,” said Maj. Gen. Michael A. Loh, the state’s adjutant general. “We’re your neighbors, and we’re here to help.”

 

 

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The U.S. Marine Corps has filmed an explosive TV ad, targeting the recruitment of women, after having long been perceived as being the least welcoming of the military services for women.

The ad is being released this Friday and features a marine in full combat gear, gripping an M-16 rifle, moving through dark, frigid waters.

Titled, ‘Battle Up’ the female Marine plunges under barbed wire and through a submerged drainage pipe, yelling orders over the sounds of explosions.

 

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Now that the Marine Corps is about to get its first new amphibious vehicle in forty-five years, it’s discovered a problem.

The Amphibious Combat Vehicle, or ACV, can’t sail quickly to distant locations, nor can it swim through rough waters. So the Marines want a fast, long-range robot barge to carry the ACV from ship to shore.

The problem with the $6.2 billion ACV program, now in the prototype stage, is that due to “the limitations of the ACV 1.1 in open water, it will not be able to transit long ranges at high speeds as desired by the USMC,” according to a new Navy Small Business Innovation Research solicitation.

The range issue is important. In 2014, several retired Marine officers complained that because of the proliferation of antiship missiles, Navy transports would need to remain one hundred miles from hostile shores. The ACV has a sea range of twelve miles.

 

 

 

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U.S. Marines with Marine Rotational Force-Europe conduct a live-fire range in preparation for Exercise Joint Viking, in Porsangmoen, Norway, on March 1, 2017. Many Marines found their cold-weather gear coming up short during the deployment. Sgt. Patricia A. Morris/Marine Corps

 

VAERNES GARRISON, Norway — A hump through the snow-covered sub-freezing moonscape of the Arctic is the wrong time to find out your boots won’t stay latched into your skis.

But that’s what happened to many troops from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, as they completed an extended stretch of cold-weather training in Porsangermoen, nearly 1,000 miles north of their headquarters position here at Vaernes.

During this first deployment for Marine Rotational Force-Europe, troops spent weeks training and operating in gear they described as badly in need of an overhaul: inflexible zippers, seams that separated and tore, pack frames that snapped, and boots that pulled loose from ski fastenings over and over.

 

 

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Prince Harry is set to replace his grandfather Prince Philip as the head of the Royal Marines.

It comes after the 95-year-old Duke of Edinburgh announced he would be stepping down from public duties by this autumn.

He has been the ceremonial head of the elite unit since 1953 but is set to be replaced by the 32-year-old prince.

It is understood Harry has been approved by Major General Rob Magowan, who is Commandant General of the Corps, but The Queen will make the final decision.

 

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ABOARD THE USS BATAAN, May 11, 2017 — It’s early in the morning and the sun fills the hangar bay aboard the Navy’s amphibious assault ship USS Bataan. Already, sailors and Marines are tinkering away on numerous pieces of equipment and aircraft.

One of them is Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Andre Pedro, a ground support equipment mechanic assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Currently, the 24th MEU is deployed with the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan and its ready group in support of maritime operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

Pedro, originally from Portugal, moved to Farmingville, New York, with his family when was 12 years old. He finished his schooling and graduated from Sachem East High School in June 2009.

In June 2013, Pedro joined the Marine Corps because he wanted something new and more in his life.

 

 

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Madelaine Jordan, 4, of San Clemente, holds a sign welcoming her dad Capt. Morgan Jordan, of the Recon Marines of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, back from his seven month deployment in the Western Pacific, Middle East and Africa, on Friday morning, May 12, 2017. More than 2,400 Marines and Sailors scheduled to return to Camp Pendleton this week. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Charlotte Jordan was days old when her father, Capt. Morgan Jordan, deployed for a seven-month mission across the Pacific Ocean, around the Horn of Africa and through the Middle East.

On Friday, May 12, the San Clemente man was among 35 Recon Marines headed for family reunions by way of two U.S. Navy ships — the USS Makin Island and the USS Somerset — anchored a couple of miles off Camp Pendleton’s beaches.

Family members waited on shore with signs, posters and balloons, as the Marines landed at Del Mar Boat Basin in rubber raiding crafts.

“She’s gotten so big and beautiful,” said Jordan, 36, looking at the smiling 7-month-old brunette wearing a dress he last saw when she was a newborn. “It feels good to be back.” 

 

 

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After carrying the M16 or one of its cousins across the globe for more than half a century, soldiers could get a peek at a new prototype assault rifle that fires a larger round by 2020.

Army researchers are testing half a dozen ammunition variants in “intermediate calibers,” which falls between the current 7.62 mm and 5.56 mm rounds, to create a new light machine gun and inform the next-generation individual assault rifle/round combo.

The weapon designs being tested will be “unconventional,” officials said, and likely not one that is currently commercially available.

Some intermediate calibers being tested include the .260 Remington, 6.5 Creedmoor, .264 USA as well as other non-commercial intermediate calibers, including cased telescoped ammo, Army officials said.

If selected by senior leaders, the weapon could resolve a close-quarters weapons debate about calibers that critics say dates to the 1920s and has influenced military small arms ever since.

 

 

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