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Marines Report From The Field:

Stories and Photos from the Marines who are there.


Marines respond to Hurricane Katrina

Marines in awe of Katrina’s power (Sept. 9 - 11, 2005)
Marines of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, and Bravo Company, 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion, are witnessing the power of mother nature first hand.

Bravo 1/8, 4th Tracks continue search for Katrina survivors(Sept. 11, 2005)
The empty silence of a decimated New Orleans street is broken by the call of an infantryman, "United States Marines. Is anyone in there?"

Unmarked obstacles no match for 4th AAV tracks(Sept. 7, 2005)
NEW ORLEANS -- “Unanticipated setbacks” in training are something Marines include in a training exercise, but when those setbacks come in a real-world scenario, it’s the true test of competency for a unit.

BLT 1/8, 4th AAVs rescue victims of Hurricane Katrina (Sept. 9, 2005)
Katrina, which left a path of destruction and a desperate situation; once, by Marines, whose efforts saved lives and secured neighborhoods for humanitarian operations.

1/8, 4th AAV settles in Michoud to aid hurricane victims (Sept. 9, 2005)
Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air/Ground Task Force Katrina planted their boots in New Orleans Sept. 3 to react to Louisiana’s natural disaster. Only a one day later, the SPMAGTF grew a branch in eastern New Orleans, which became the new home of 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment and 4th Amphibious Assault Battalion.

Marines Forward Deployed

‘Green Dragons’ repelled insurgents, explosives (Oct. 23. 2005)
AL AMARIYAH, Iraq -- The convoy of assault amphibian vehicles came up on a cluster of houses here during an operation late last summer.

‘Tracks’ backbone for summer ops (Oct. 22, 2005)
Al AMARIYAH, Iraq -- Marines and Iraqi soldiers moved through the town of Al Amariyah and the settlement known as Ferris Town during the early morning hours of Aug. 25 and 26.

Operation Southern Fire pushes forward (Sept. 1, 2005)
CAMP SMITTY, Iraq -- Coalition forces under 2nd Marine Division and II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD), kicked off Operation Southern Fire in Al Anbar province, Iraq, in preparation for the upcoming elections in the fall.

Texas tracker takes the rough road in Iraq (June 19, 2005)
THAR THAR REGION, Iraq -- The hulking, metal juggernaut rumbles down the miles of stark wasteland. As the noonday sun blazes high overhead, one figure peers out from atop the armored beast to scan the surrounding desert fields for enemy activity.

Virginia-based unit provides armored asset to infantry in Iraq (May 3, 2005)
CAMP RIPPER, AL ASAD, Iraq -- Lance Cpl. Chimbuoyim Okoli Jr. and his fellow Marines with 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion recently conducted operations in a unique environment.

AAVs take the high, low, wet road(Oct. 6, 2004)
CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait -- The Amphibious Assault Vehicle platoon, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Bn., 3rd Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, has been gearing up for action in the scorching sands of Kuwait for almost a month.

Marines patrol for their brothers.(Aug. 10, 2004)
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq. -- Marines from Alpha Company, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, conduct continuous patrols to prevent attacks on Multi-National Forces and innocent Iraqis.

Marines prepare to meet future challenges

AAVs brave treacherous surf to carry out their mission(April 22, 2005)
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Despite severe weather that halted much of the training during the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit's recent Amphibious Specialty Training, one group pushed through the adversity to accomplish their mission.

EFV—Corps’ future amphibian visits Combat Center(Oct. 22, 2004)
MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. -- One of the Corps’ future weapons, the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, debuted here last week.

CAB Marines make a splash(Aug. 27, 2004)
CAMP SCHWAB, OKINAWA, Japan -- An assault amphibian vehicle travels 500 meters off the coast of a beach. It stops, and suddenly, seven Marines jump into the water one by one, wearing camouflage uniforms and life jackets.

Lima Warriors roll in to assault objective.(Aug. 21 - 22, 2002)
Marines from Assault Amphibian Vehicle platoon, Battalion Landing Team 3/1 train in Jordanian desert during Exercise Infinite Moonlight.


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