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Marine Corps Recruit Depot

Eastern Recruiting Region

Parris Island, South Carolina
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Weapons experts demonstrate how M2-Flamethrowers were once used to destroy Japanese bunkers June 7, 2014, during World War II Weekend in Reading, Pa. Flamethrowers like these were once used throughout the Pacific Theater of the war to destroy Japanese bunkers and were banned from U.S. military use in 1978. The weekend transported visitors back in time as they were surrounded by thousands of re-enactors in period-style uniforms representing various nations. The weekend also featured period entertainment, weapons demonstrations, mock battles and an air show. (Photo by Cpl. David Bessey)
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The old Marine exchange building is scheduled for demolition in May 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. The building was built in 1969 and was shut down after the completion of the current Marine Corps Exchange in 2008. In recent years, the building was used as temporary office space. Parris Island’s intent is to eventually transform the site, through a separately funded project, into a park that can be used by visitors and families who travel to here for graduations. (Photo by Cpl. David Bessey)
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After 48 years, Sgt. James A. Reeves was surprised when his buddies from boot camp arranged for him to be formally presented with the Silver Star during the morning colors ceremony April 25, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C.
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Staff Sgt. Brian Sixto, a drill instructor for Platoon 3034, encourages Rct. Edgar Barua-Gomez, Platoon 3034, Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, to respond to orders March 12, 2014, during an incentive training session on Parris Island, S.C. Discipline, defined as the instant and willing obedience to all orders, respect for authority and self-reliance, is a key trait drill instructors like Sixto, 28, from Hobson, Texas, must instill in recruits. Barua-Gomez, 23, from Kensington, Md., is scheduled to graduate May 23, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)
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Midge Scott, the SARC for Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., and the Eastern Recruiting Region, was named the Corps’ 2014 exceptional coordinator on March 4, 2014. Scott, a 39-year-old native of Vidalia, Ga., showed superior devotion and compassion to the victims of a crime plaguing American society and the military. During her time here, Scott has created training for both recruits and Marines to educate them on sexual assault and how to help reduce it. Parris Island’s commanding general, Brig. Gen. Lori Reynolds, nominated Scott for the award, writing, “Her passion, winning personality and exceptional managerial skills have won the year for sexual assault prevention and response.”  (Photo by Cpl. MaryAnn Hill)
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Karen Kelly discusses various methods for identifying and managing stress with spouses April 8, 2014, during a seminar on Parris Island, S.C. Kelly, the wife of Gen. John F. Kelly who leads U.S. Southern Command, and whose son was killed in action in November 2010, discussed various methods for coping with stress, as well as provided information on other resources provided by the military. (Photo by Cpl. MaryAnn Hill)
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Karen Kelly discusses various methods for identifying and managing stress with spouses during a seminar April 8, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Kelly, the wife of Gen. John F. Kelly who leads U.S. Southern Command, and whose son was killed in action in November 2010, discussed various methods for coping with stress, as well as provided information on other resources provided by the military. (Photo by Cpl. MaryAnn Hill)
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Family members embrace their new Marine of Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, following the Family Day ceremony April 3, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. The Marines spent nearly three months training to earn their places in the Corps. Charlie Company graduated April 4, 2014. (Photo by Cpl. Octavia Davis)
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Drill instructors with Platoon 3032, Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, wait to unleash themselves on their recruits shortly after being introduced March 1, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. This was the first encounter the recruits had with the Marines responsible for the following 12 weeks of training. Mike Company is scheduled to graduate May 23, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)
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After being relieved of his post, Sgt. Maj. Gary Buck receives a Legion of Merit Feb. 21, 2014, following his relief and appointment ceremony for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and Eastern Recruiting Region sergeant major on Parris Island, S.C. Buck retired after 29 years of service to the Corps, and was replaced by Sgt. Maj. Paul Archie.
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Sgt. Maj. Gary Buck turns in his sword of office to Brig. Gen. Lori Reynolds, commanding general of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., on Feb. 21, 2014, as part of a relief and appointment ceremony for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and Eastern Recruiting Region sergeant major. Buck retired after 29 years of service to the Corps and was replaced by Sgt. Maj. Paul Archie.
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After being relieved of his post, Sgt. Maj. Gary Buck stands with his wife Tammy Buck on Feb. 21, 2014, during a relief and appointment ceremony on Parris Island, S.C. Gary Buck retired after 29 years of service to the Corps and was replaced by Sgt. Maj. Paul Archie.
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Rct. Julian Morris carries Rct. Jacob Ligon, both with Platoon 2028, Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, during a martial arts endurance course Feb. 6, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. The course consists of different stations at which recruits practice martial arts techniques they learned earlier in training to increase their proficiency, strength and stamina. The course is part of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, which combines hand-to-hand combat skills with mental discipline and character development to help transform recruits into honorable warriors. Morris, a 20-year-old native of Dover, N.J., and Ligon, a 19-year-old native of Monroe, La., are scheduled to graduate April 11, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple)
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Members of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association salute the casket of Medal of Honor recipient John James McGinty III, during his funeral Jan. 23, 2014, at Beaufort National Cemetery in Beaufort, S.C. McGinty, a decorated Vietnam War hero and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island veteran, died Jan. 17, 2014, in his home in Beaufort at the age of 73.
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Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. John Paxton Jr. presents the national flag to John James McGinty III’s son during the funeral of the former Medal of Honor recipient Jan. 23, 2014, at Beaufort National Cemetery in Beaufort, S.C. McGinty, a decorated Vietnam War hero and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island veteran, died Jan. 17, 2014, in his home in Beaufort at the age of 73.
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Marines from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island’s burial team salute the nation’s flag as it is held over the casket of Medal of Honor recipient John James McGinty III, during his funeral Jan. 23, 2014, at Beaufort National Cemetery in Beaufort, S.C. McGinty, a decorated Vietnam War hero and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island veteran, died Jan. 17, 2014, in his home in Beaufort at the age of 73.
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