USMC/Sgt. Jennifer J. Pirante

A morning exercise for a 1st Marine Division Amphibious Assault Vehicle crew turned frightening Tuesday morning when their craft burst into flames, sending them scrambling to escape it, Business Insider reported Sep. 13.

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I first met Marine Gen. James Mattis in the summer of 2000 when he took command of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade. After his change of command ceremony, I introduced myself as his new public affairs officer. “PAO, huh?” Mattis said. “What, are you going to follow me around all day and make sure I don’t say ‘fuck?’”

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Elize McKelvey

Marines take pride in our heritage. Every Marine knows the Corps’ motto: Semper Fidelis, and we’re all quick to correct someone when they call us soldiers or sailors.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Jennifer Antoine

On July 1, 2010, Marine Cpl. Larry D. Harris, a mortarman with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, was on a patrol through the Garmsir District in Helmand province, Afghanistan, when his squad came under attack.

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This time of year marks the anniversary of one of the most storied battles in recent Marine Corps history: the Second Battle of Fallujah. The city became the scene of brutal urban combat when American, Iraqi, and British forces launched an all out assault on Nov. 7, 2004, to seize it from Iraqi insurgent hands.

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Image courtesy of Justin Governale

“People think fighting people in cages is crazy,” Marine infantry veteran turned mixed martial arts fighter Justin Governale told Task & Purpose. “I think it’s calm.”

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