Marines ROKs face off in live-fire competition


Winner: 1st Place Sports Article, 2008 USMCCCA ROKs stun Marines Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, Republic of Korea – Sgt. Deandray L. Dyer didn’t think it was going to be much of a competition. Until the ROKs started shooting. The Marines of 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance soon found themselves down 2 – 0 at the hands […]

Servicemembers unite in effort to save Iraqi girl’s life

Operation Iraqi Freedom

Winner: 2nd Place Outstanding New Writer, 2006 USMCCCA The Girl, The Grunt, The Miracle NINEWEH PROVINCE, Iraq The Girl In the afternoon of Oct. 13, 9-(and-a-half)-year-old Riyam was in her aunt’s house playing with her cousin. A few hours later, many doubted she would live to play again. The Grunt Marine Cpl. Justin T. Abraham […]

Iraqi Army takes big step toward independent operations


First ever battlespace changeover in Anbar HABBINIYAH, Iraq – “Today marks the first day, of the first step of that journey… I am convinced that we will be successful,” said Maj. General Richard C. Zilmer on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006. Zilmer, commanding general of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Fwd.), spoke in Camp Habbaniyah during a […]

Navy Captain crusades against TBI in Anbar


TQ Treatment Center first of its kind AT Taqaddum, Iraq – His crusade spanned two years. He travelled to triages and hospitals across Anbar in 2006. He worked tirelessly with his stateside colleagues in 2007. Two years of toiling all to gather enough evidence, or “data” as he calls it, to make his case. Now, […]

Diablos test water with patrol in unfriendly city


Winner: Honorable Mention Combat Reporting, 2008 USMCCCA Marines prepare to ‘De-Mitt’ Transition Teams NINEWEH PROVINCE, Iraq – It wasn’t long after breakfast on Nov. 12, that Lance Cpl. Russell L. Pope was sitting in the cold in the back of a Light Armored Vehicle driving through a small town in western Nineveh province. He wasn’t […]

Marines train border Quick Reaction Force


Syrian arms dealers to feel the pressure Border Fort Nine, Iraq – Smugglers don’t waste time when they cross from Syria into Iraq. “We need a force that can move fast and be mobile in order to interdict anything that happens along the border,” said 1st Lt. Andrew R. Scheuer, infantry adviser, Border Transition Team […]

Navy ‘Doc’ only medic for miles in remote Anbar


A lot of pressure for the one-man hospital Border Fort Nine, Iraq – He can be an intimidating sight to his patients, but as the Border Transition Team 4222 corpsman, he’s always there to help. At 6’3″ and 210 pounds, Petty Officer 2nd Class John H. Holscher is a veritable tower of care and comfort […]

Remotest Marine unit stays tight knit, trains border police


Border Fort Nine essence of term ‘outpost’ Border Fort Nine, Iraq – They are alone, but they are not afraid. They are the Marines of Border Transition Team 4222, and they’re mission is train, mentor and advise the Iraqi border police battalion that is split into nine border forts scattered across approximately 140 kilometers of […]

Corps, Iraqi Army ready to take the gloves off


Winner: 1st Place Combat Reporting, 2008 USMCCCA Marines prepare to ‘De-Mitt’ Transition Teams Combat Outpost Warhorse, Diyala, Iraq – The Corps helped write the book on counterinsurgency, and Iraqi soldiers have been studying. In the wake of al-Anbar’s continued success against al-Qaida insurgents, and the recent advent of Provincial Iraqi Control, some of the top […]

Security Company “Misfits” ensure Marines, vehicle get to the fight


Add-on missions and IED’s spell adaptation for Marines AL-QAIM, Iraq – It wasn’t the improvised explosive device which detonated on the patrol route, or the add-on mission that had Sgt. Kevin W. Fennel impatient at 8:30 p.m., Aug. 4, 2008. Fennel, convoy commander, just wanted his interpreter back. Despite unforeseen delays and the ever-changing nature […]

Combat Cable Marine connects wounded with parents, plays piano, improves morale

Operation Iraqi Freedom

Cpl. Damon Mulazzi is the ‘hook up’ for higher morale AT TAQADDUM, Iraq – When his mother passed away, he turned feelings of grief and loss into a motivation for higher service. Now whether it’s at Taqaddum Surgical or during his weekly appearances at TQ’s main side chapel, people here recognize Cpl. Damon D. Mulazzi […]