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Vol. I No. 3

The Official Newsletter of the 1st Marine Division

Mar. 3, 2009

Suicide Prevention

Ask - If the person is thinking of suicide Intervene Immediately Don't keep it a secret Locate Help Chaplain, BAS, etc. Infrom Chain of Command Find Someone. Do not leave the person alone Expedite. Get Help

In Brief

AID LIFE!

2/4 Marines MOUT up

Suicide Hotline: 1-888-SUICIDE (1-888-784-2433)

24 Hour

Sergeant Major's Corner

Lance Cpl. Jess Grindle, a team leader with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, follows Pfc. Kaleb Chadwick, a rifleman with 2nd Bn., 4th Marines, through a doorway to clear a building at the MOUT town at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Photos and Story by Lance Cpl. John McCall CAMP LAS PULAS, CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. ­ Marines from Company E, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment participated in military operations in urban terrain training at a MOUT town here. The Marines sharpened their urban warfare skills and tactics during a four-day exercise where they learned fundamental skills of movement inside and outside of buildings, breaching techniques and clearing rooms. "They're learning all the important things Marines need to know to succeed in close quarters combat like room clearing and crossing danger zones," said Lance Cpl. Theodore Dlouhy, a mortarman with 2nd Bn., 4th Marines. "We're trying to show them how to be more fluent in actions like firing maneuvers and buddy rushing." See MOUT Page 3

Sergeant Major Randall Carter

Watching out for your fellow Marines

Forty-one Marines died by suicide in calendar year 2008 and another 146 attempted to take their own lives. These are the highest suicide rates the Corps has seen since 1995 and therefore, one of the greatest challenges we as leaders face today. We must be watchful of our Marines and sailors to make sure they receive the proper care and support when they are having any kind of difficulty. Since, every Marine and sailor is critical to our Corps and nation we cannot afford to lose another life to suicide. I challenge you to be engaged and watchful of your Marines and sailors. We will make a difference; but we must remain involved in the fight against suicide.

MHG Changes Command

Cutline and Photo by Cpl. Shawn Coolman CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Colonel George H. Bristol, the commanding officer of I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, relinquished command to Col. Lori E. Reynolds during a change of command ceremony here Mar. 2. Upon graduating from the United States Naval Academy, Reynolds was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1986. After completing The Basic School in 1987, she attended the Basic Communication Officer's Course. Reynolds began her career with Communications Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, serving as communications watch officer and Communication Center platoon commander. Before reporting to I MEF Headquarters Group, Reynolds served as a division chief with the Joint Staff, J-6, in Washington, D.C. Colonel George H. Bristol enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1975 and after attaining the rank of sergeant was commissioned in 1983. After attending his required courses, Bristol served with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment as a rifle platoon commander. Bristol has had operational assignments in the Balkans, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Eastern Europe and Somalia.

Marines immerse in new training

Story and Photos by Lance Cpl. Eugenio Montanez CAMP MARGARITA, CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- More than 50 Marines, assigned to Company G, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines Regiment conducted the Infantry Immersion Trainer course here Feb. 25. The IIT course is an indoor village with close combat quarters and vehicle checkpoints, designed to prepare Marines for combat patrols and interaction with foreign locals during possible deployments. "Just trying to make (the mock locals) understand that you're there to help them, but not knowing how to say that, becomes big barrier," said Pfc. Zach Hogge, a rifleman with Company G. "The only way you can communicate with them is pointing at something and hoping that they understand what you're saying." Marines encountered many real-life situations when they went through the course to prepare them See IIT Page 3

Index:

Division Training...........2 USMC History...............3 Frontlines.....................4 Sports...........................5 Gunnies Funnies...........5

Vol. I No. 3

The Official Newsletter of the 1st Marine Division

Mar. 3, 2009

-Division TrainingNon-infantry Marines train with machine guns

Story and Photos by Lance Cpl. Jeremy Fasci CAMP MARGARITA, CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. ­ Sixty Marines from various units were afforded the opportunity to train with heavy artillery during the non-infantry machine gun course at Division Schools here Feb. 23-27. "This is very informative, handson training taught by a professional staff," said Sgt. Christopher F. Cruz, a student and platoon sergeant for the personal security detachment of 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment. Corporal Joseph E. Nelson, an instructor for the non-infantry machine gun course, said that any unit can send Marines through the course. Units only need to submit the nominations to the Division Schools S-3 in order to place Marines in the course. However, units must make arrangements with their S-4 for the weapons and ammunition used on the range, Nelson said. Students are taught the basic knowledge needed to use machine guns like the MK-19 grenade launcher, the M-240G machine gun and the .50-caliber machine gun. These skills are taught mostly through practical application, which is hands on training that tests instruction from previous classroom teachings, Nelson said. "The course focuses on familiarizing Marines with the weapon systems rather than the tactics needed to employ them," Cruz said. The skills taught during the course are vital to all Marines because when deployed, any Marine can be called upon to use these weapons in combat. The crew-served weapons that Marines receive instruction on during the course are the same weapons that Marines use when they are deployed. "Most operations we conduct are mounted (in vehicles) using crewserved weapons, which is why I convinced my gunnery sergeant to send this unit through the course," Cruz said. The first three days consists of classes in the morning and practical application in the afternoon, testing on the fourth day and firing on the fifth day, Nelson said. At the end of the week, the students receive a certificate of completion stating they are proficient on the weapon systems used in the course. The instructors give them an end of course critique that allows them to give suggestions to the instructors for improvements to the course. In addition, instructors research information from across the Marine Corps about machine gun courses in order to keep the curriculum updated according to the standards set by the training command of the Marine Corps, said Staff Sgt. Jason D. Walker, a chief instructor for the course.

Private First Class Joshua M. Orourke, a student of the non-infantry machine gun course and member of the personal security detachment from 2nd battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, performs the necessary operations check on the .50-caliber machine gun during practical application at Division Schools Feb. 26. The practical application is given the day before students go to the range to fire weapons they have been learning about during the course.

Marines from 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment fire the M-240G machine gun on the final day of the non-infantry machine gun course Feb. 27.

For inquiries about attending the non-infantry machine gun course or other courses sponsored by Division Schools call (760) 725-9760

Corporal Joseph E. Nelson, an non-infantry machine gun course instructor at Division Schools, gives non-infantry machine gun course students instruction before they begin shooting the .50-caliber machine gun Feb. 27.

Headquarters Recruiting Screening Team (HRST) will be briefing and screening eligible Marines for recruiting duties July 25, 2009.

Time: Location: 0745-1600 SOI, Bldg. 520591 Class Rm # 9

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Want to Recruit the next generation?

For more information: POC Gunnery Sgt. Jones (760) 725-7161

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The Official Newsletter of the 1st Marine Division you still have to stay in a combat mindset and treat each situation as if it were real when you go through these buildings," Dlouhy said. Marines found the training helped them become more efficient when patrolling in an urban environment. "This training is very useful and realistic, it really gets you into a combat mindset," said Lance Cpl. Alexander Hitchings, a mortarman with 2nd Bn., 4th Marines. "MOUT is a skill that you have to constantly maintain, the more you do it the better you get at it until your like liquid and you can just flow through it." Marines said repeating these mock patrols and urban assaults proved to be valuable for muscle memory. "We practice until its like second nature to us so that when were really in a combat situation, we don't have to think about it we can just act," Hitchings said.

Mar. 3, 2009

MOUT

cont. from Page 1 Marines went through the town first with their individual squads then worked their way up to full platoons and finally patrolled as an entire company. "We started out in squads first to tighten each other up then patrolled with platoons and the entire company allowing the Marines to get an idea of how to move in different size groups," said Dlouhy, a graduate of the urban assault leader's course. "We make use of the time we have, we want to take advantage of this training and practice as much as we can while were out here." Armed with blank rounds, squads were assigned specific buildings to clear using the techniques they had been practicing days before. "Even though they're just blanks,

Marines from Weapons Platoon, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines stack up outside a building during a military operations in urban terrain training exercise at range 131 MOUT town. Marines with the battalion participated in the four-day MOUT training exercise that took place here Feb. 23-26.

IIT

cont. from Page 1 for anything when they deploy. "The part that I was most interested in was the vehicle checkpoint because you really never know what's going to happen there," Hogge said. "I even found a (mock) dead body in the back part of the truck." The smell, broken walls and even the dust in the air made the Marines feel as if they were in a combat environment, said Pfc. Chase Rutherford, a rifleman with Company G. "It's amazing (how) the site is set up to make you feel like (you're in) a combat zone," Hogge said. "It's something that is going to help us realize what to wait for when were in country." Marines said insurgents shooting kept them on their toes. "We had security patrols all around

the house when the two snipers started to shoot at us," said Pfc. Jaime Stonewall, a rifleman with Company G. "I've done some training patrols, but in this one the insurgents and the snipers made it one of the most realistic patrols I've done."

Marines with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines address a concern of a local during the infantry immersion trainer course Feb. 25. The IIT prepares troops for combat situations and interaction with locals while deployed.

Marines assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment speak with a role player during the infantry immersion trainer at Las Pulgas Feb. 25.

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Does that Star Spangled Banner still wave?

* Editors note - Courtesy of the National Parks Service website Francis Scott Key was born on Aug. 1, 1779, in western Maryland. His family was very wealthy and owned an estate called "Terra Rubra." When Francis was 10, his parents sent him to grammar school in Annapolis, Md. After graduating at the age of 17, he began to study law in Annapolis while working with his uncle's law firm. By 1805, he had a well-established law practice of his own in Georgetown, a suburb of Washington, D.C. By 1814, he had appeared many times before the Supreme Court and had been appointed the United States district attorney. Francis Scott Key was a deeply religious man. At one time in his life, he almost gave up his law practice to enter the ministry. Instead, he resolved to become involved in the Episcopal Church. Because of his religious beliefs, Key was strongly opposed to the War of 1812. However, due to his deep love for his country, he did serve for a brief time in the Georgetown field artillery in 1813. During the War of 1812, Dr. William Beanes, a close friend of Key's, was taken prisoner by the British. Since Key was a well-known lawyer, he was asked to assist in efforts to get Dr. Beanes released. Knowing that the British were in the Chesapeake Bay, Key left for Baltimore. There Key met with Col. John Skinner, a government agent who arranged for prisoner exchanges. Together, they set out on a small boat to meet the Royal Navy On board the British flagship, the officers were very kind to Key and Skinner. They agreed to release Dr. Beanes. However, the three men were not permitted to return to Baltimore until after the bombardment of Fort McHenry. The three Americans were placed aboard the American ship and waited behind the British fleet. From a distance of approximately eight miles, Key and his friends watched the British bombard Fort McHenry. After 25 hours of continuous bombing, the British decided to leave since they were unable to destroy the fort as they had hoped. Realizing that the British had ceased the attack, Key looked toward the fort to see if the flag was still there. To his relief, the flag was still flying! Quickly, he wrote down the words to a poem which was soon handed out as a handbill under the title "Defence of Fort McHenry." It was renamed "The Star- Spangled Ban ner" by an adoring public. It became a popular patriotic song. It was not until 1931, however, that it became our national anthem.

This Week in Marine Corps History:

The view looking down from the ceiling of the National Museum of American History at the Star Spangled Banner and other exhibits just inside the museums Mall entrance.

The Blue Diamond is a Military Publication produced by the 1st Marine Division Public Affairs Office under direction of the Division Public Affairs Officer. It is a weekly publication produced to inform and serve the men and women of the 1st Marine Division. For further information, inquiries, corrections, or additions to The Blue Diamond, please contact the Division Public Affairs Office by phone at 760-725-8766 or by email at [email protected]

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Vol. I No. 3

The Official Newsletter of the 1st Marine Division

Mar. 3, 2009

11th MEU conducts motorized raid training

Story and Photos by Cpl. Jeffrey Belovarac, 11th MEU MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marines have always been ready to move forward at a moment's notice, something that can only be done with a wide range of skills. The "Magnificent Bastards" of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, took part in motorized raid training here Feb. 16-20 in preparation for a deployment with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit later this year. Raids differ from more common operations, like patrolling and convoys, in that during a raid, Marines enter an area, complete an assignment and leave. "We're learning to operate as a raid force instead of a rifle company," said 1st Lt. Jared L. Reddinger, Co. F's commander. The company practiced three raids throughout the five-day course. During one raid, the Marines were inserted and extracted by helicopter. Many Marines in the company have had the opportunity to train with helicopters, and for some, it was their first time flying in one. "I hadn't ridden on one, so it was great to get more used to working with the helos," said Pfc. Scott A. Lusk, 19, from Mitchellville, Iowa. "It was good for us newer guys to get our jitters out about riding in them." Training continued after dark as the Marines conducted raid using night-vision goggles. "You have no peripheral vision

-The Frontlines-

Marines with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment begin a raid after being placed into position by helicopter Feb. 17. The raid was the first done as part of a training evolution Feb. 16-20. The training was done in preparation for their upcoming deployment with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit later this year. when you're running around with the NVGs," said Cpl. Nathan T. Baum, 24, from Dayton, Ohio. "Your depth perception is a little different too, so it can add a little confusion." Preparing for a MEU deployment requires being ready for everything when there is no particular assignment. "We're preparing for what we're going to do: anything," Lusk said. "I might not know where I'll be going, but I know I'll definitely be better at my job after this." The raids helped a lot of Marines understand their roles as individuals, working as part of a larger picture. The Marines worked together, each with a different task, to accomplish the same mission. "Usually we'll practice one skill at a time, like house clearing or fire-team rushes, but seeing it all work together brings your understanding of it to a new level," Baum said. "Knowing how important your role is makes you feel less like a little pawn and a lot more essential to the raids."

A Marine with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment provides security while other Marines in the raid force assault an enemy position along a hill Feb. 17.

Marines with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regimant move up a hill toward an enemy outpost after being placed into position by helicopter Feb. 17. The raid was the first done as part of a mechanized raid training session Feb. 16-20. The training was done in preparation for their upcoming deployment with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit later this year.

IN YOUR AREA!

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Photo by Lance Cpl. Jesse Leger

Area Area Area Area Area

Two members of the Maldives National Defense Force set up a 360-degree perimeter as a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter comes in for landing during exercise Coconut Grove in Maldives Feb. 22. Marines from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and sailors from the Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group are participating in the bilateral, military-to-military and humanitarian assistance engagement to strengthen international relations and build interoperability.

SMP Mission

To enhance quality of life for single servicemembers by providing positive and rewarding outlets through recreation, community involvement, and dynamic facilities.

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Vol. I No. 3

The Official Newsletter of the 1st Marine Division

Mar. 3, 2009

(As of 02-27-09)

NBA STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Southwest:

San Antonio 39 Houston 37 New Orleans 34 Dallas 34 Memphis 15 W L Pct GB W L Pct GB Boston 46 Philadelphia 28 New Jersey 26 New York 24 Toronto 23 13 28 32 33 36 .780 .500 .448 .421 .390 -16.5 19.5 21 23 17 21 22 23 42 .696 .638 .607 .596 .263 -3 5 5.5 24.5

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic:

Cleveland 44 Detroit 27 Milwaukee 28 Chicago 26 Indiana 25

Central:

Northwest:

Denver 12 29 32 32 35 .786 .482 .467 .448 .417 -Portland 17 Utah 16.5 19 21 35 Minnesota 18 Oklahoma City 13 23 39 44 .603 .316 .228 3 19.5 24.5

Photo Courtesy of Yahoo Sports

38 35

20 22

.655 .614

-2.5

Spring into Training

Orlando Atlanta

Southeast:

42 32 15 25 26 35 44 .737 .561 .561 .397 .228 -10 11.5 19.5 29

Pacific:

Miami 30 Charlotte 23 Washington 13

LA Lakers 48 Phoenix 32 Golden State 20 LA Clippers 15 Sacramento 12

10 25 37 43 47

.828 .561 .351 .259 .203

-15.5 27.5 33 33.5

Kansas City Royals shortstop Mike Aviles, top, catches a throw as Texas Rangers' Ian Kinsler slides in safely on a ball hit by Josh Hamilton (not shown) during the first inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, in Surprise, Ariz.

(As of 02-27-09)

NHL STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE

W San Jose Detroit Calgary Chicago Vancouver Columbus Minnesota Dallas Edmonton Anaheim Nasheville St. Louis 42 40 36 34 30 33 30 29 30 30 30 27 L 9 13 18 17 22 23 24 24 26 28 28 26 GP 60 61 60 59 60 59 59 60 61 63 62 61 W Boston Washington New Jersey Philadelphia Montreal NY Rangers Buffalo Carolina Pittsburgh Toronto Ottawa Tampa Bay 42 39 39 33 32 31 31 32 30 24 23 20 L 12 18 19 17 22 24 24 26 26 26 28 29 GP 62 62 61 59 61 61 62 63 62 62 60 61

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Watching: Watchmen

Synopsis by Lance Cpl. Paul Basicano The movie adaptation of "The Watchmen", being released this Friday, is more then just a large budget action movie, rife with special effects. It is based on a graphic novel that has won many honors including making Time magazine's all time 100 novels. Alan Moore wrote "The Watchmen" and it was released as a comic in 1986 and as a graphic novel in 2005. Moore wrote a story that was written with a more adult reader in mind. Issues of morality, the cold war, free will and politics made it a favorite for those looking for more than an average hero comic. The story of "The Watchmen" takes place in an alternate version of our world where costumed heroes and villains exist. Heroes of this world are not super powered, but regular people who fight crime. After most of the villains were arrested, killed or retired, the U.S. didn't need heroes to protect it and declared only government sanctioned heroes legal. The story follows the Nite Owl, the Comedian, Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan, Ozymandias and the Silk Specter as a former super group broken up and now living separate lives. Rorschach investigates the murder of the Comedian, thinking that it might be someone killing off old heroes. He tracks down his old super group and tells them of his suspicions. Dr. Manhattan, the only super powered hero, is accused of causing cancer in his old colleagues. After the government starts taking the accusations seriously Dr. Manhattan exiles himself from humanity and leaves to Mars. With the United State's super powered hero gone, Russia invades Afghanistan. The U.S. threatens Russia with nuclear weapons and tensions rise. Rorschach is set up and arrested for murder, bringing the Nite Owl and Silk Specter out of retirement to figure out who wants to stop him from investigating the Comedians murder. With the world plummeting towards a nuclear engagement, the heroes of the past are the only ones who find the truth and stop the end of the world.

Photo by Sgt. Ray Lewis

Marines assigned to Headquarters and Service Battalion, 1st Marine Division take part in a motivational run at Camp Margarita on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 27. The run also included a colors rededication ceremony.

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