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I’M LANCE CORPORAL DYLON GRASSO WITH YOUR MARINE MINUTE. GOLD STAR MOTHER’S AND FAMILY DAY IS TRADITIONALLY OBSERVED ON THE LAST SUNDAY IN SEPTEMBER. THIS YEAR IT FALLS ON SEPTEMBER 25TH. GOLD STAR MOTHERS AND FAMILIES REPRESENT THOSE WHO’S SONS AND DAUGHTERS HAVE PASSED AWAY IN THE LINE OF DUTY WHILE SERVING IN THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES. THE HOLIDAY IS OBSERVED TO EXPRESS OUR NATION’S GRATITUDE AND RESPECT FOR OUR GOLD STAR FAMILIES. DURING WORLD WAR I, GRIEVING MOTHERS WOULD HONOR THEIR LOVED ONES BY PLACING SYMBOLS OUTSIDE THEIR HOMES, TYPICALLY A FLAG WITH A BLUE STAR. IN 1918,… [...]

Marine Minute: Gold Star Mother's And Family Day

Every year on the last Sunday of September, the United States celebrates Gold Star Mother's and Family Day. Gold Star Mother's and Families represent those who's sons and daughters have passed away in the line of duty while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday is observed to express our Nation's gratitude and respect for our Gold Star Families. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cp. Dylon Grasso) [...]

Marine Minute: Gold Star Mother's And Family Day (AFN Version)

Every year on the last Sunday of September, the United States celebrates Gold Star Mother's and Family Day. Gold Star Mother's and Families represent those who's sons and daughters have passed away in the line of duty while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday is observed to express our Nation's gratitude and respect for our Gold Star Families. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cp. Dylon Grasso) [...]

Gold Star Mother

Jenny Smith speaks about her son, Staff Sgt. Jason A. Rogers, who died while serving in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Staff Sgt. Charles Plouffe) [...]

Marine Minute: National Preparedness Month

September is observed as National Preparedness Month and brings awareness about the importance of being ready for disasters; man made or natural, and emergencies. It's important for Marines to stay ready, be prepared, and help reduce the danger of large-scale emergencies. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Joseph Cooper) [...]

MRF-D Demonstrates Range and Reaction Capability with Trans-Pacific Tactical Redeployment

Marine Rotational Force-Darwin 22 conducted a trans-pacific tactical redeployment of forces and equipment, primarily consisting of a team from the aviation combat element to further demonstrate the range and quick reaction capability of the MAGTF from 12 – 17 September. [...]

Towards the sounds of chaos: CID Marine awarded Jim Kallstrom Award for bravery for her actions during 2021 Kabul airport attack

A massive blast shakes the ground as the Marines arrive at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Chaos erupts before their eyes as they attempt to approach the airport gate. Vehicles shake and people scream and run in terror as Marine Sgt. Leilana TupuaRodriguez tries to orient herself to figure out what is going on... [...]

MRF-D 22 Tests EABO Concepts on South Pacific Island

Marine Rotational Force-Darwin 22 completed Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations Exercise, or EABOEX, to practice and refine expeditionary concepts in a realistic, South Pacific island environment from August 31 – September 4. Led by India Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, MRF-D Marines and Sailors traveled from Darwin to South Goulburn Island in the Arafura Sea and conducted a series of force-on-force events to simulate seizing... [...]

Commandant Says Innovative Marines Key to Battlefield Success

The Marine Corps is blessed to have leaders at all levels who are creative and adept at taking the initiative, Gen. David H. Berger, its commandant, said today in a speech at Defense One's virtual State of Defense... [...]

The King Stallion’s First Exercise

Arid, hot air sits heavy over the mountains. Soon, the autumn winds will sweep the lands to chase away the heat, but before they can, the chop of helicopter rotor blades can be heard through the valleys. Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461 has been here before, but never with the latest innovation in Marine Corps aviation: the CH-53K King Stallion... [...]

Marine 1st sergeant uses combat experience to save man hit by car

The civilian man initially had no pulse, and bystanders told the Marine they assumed he was dead. [...]

3D animation shows the inner-workings of an AR-15

The video explains why the rifle is such an efficient, and ultimately dangerous, weapon. [...]

Everything we know Gen. Milley has told the Jan. 6 panel

Here is all of the publicly released testimony by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in one place. [...]

As Ukraine highlights value of killer drones, Marine Corps wants more

These drones can remain airborne until a target is identified ― at which point they set a course for that target and go out in a blaze of glory. [...]

USS Abraham Lincoln strike group returns from deployment

The seven-month underway spanned the Pacific Ocean and included exercises with Japan and other nations. [...]

Police bodycam of homeless Army vet’s controversial arrest released

An attorney assisting the veteran hopes the release of the bodycam will push Gastonia police to take accountability for the incident. [...]

Reflecting on burn pits after the passage of the PACT Act

Kelly Kennedy, War Horse managing editor, was the first reporter to cover burn pits and the resulting illnesses in service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. [...]

Biden signs burn pit exposure health bill into law

Biden called the PACT Act one of the most important changes to veteran support policies in decades. [...]

Remains of WWII soldier identified as North Carolina man

Army Pfc. David Owens will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. [...]

What are military burn pits? And why are veterans worried about them?

The fires used in combat zones to dispose of waste may have caused serious illnesses in hundreds of thousands of U.S. service members. [...]