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Bullheaded: One Pendleton Marine's got pro rodeo on the brain June 6, 2002 — Half an hour before show time, Cpl. Greg Simpson starts to get ready."I'm going to go change my britches," he said, tossing a pair of jeans over his shoulder.When he returns, Simpson changes into red cowboy boots, which he straps on with a piece of rawhide - a precautionary measure to keep his spurs on his boots and his boots on his feet.Finally, MORE
Corps looking for a few good artists May 30, 2002 — Headquarters Marine Corps is on the verge of opening a contest Corps-wide to find an artist to draw a new uniform plate of the new digital camouflage utility uniform. The old plates, or paintings depicting all the of the Corps' uniforms, were drawn in 1983 by Col. Donna J. Neary. The purpose of the prints is to provide an easily understandable, MORE
Uniform board proposes changes May 30, 2002 — The Marine Corps' uniform board submitted their most recent recommendations, one of which is to develop a standard garrison backpack for Marines at military schools, to the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps for initial approval. While the idea's originators at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego want the backpacks, the uniform board MORE
Marine killed in off-duty motorcycle accident on Memorial Day May 30, 2002 — A 20-year-old lance corporal died May 27 when his motorcycle slammed into a rock wall when failing to negotiate a curve on Ortega Highway in Orange County north of base. Lance Cpl. Joshua P. Gruka, a machine gunner with B Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:46 p.m. by paramedics with the Orange County MORE
Exceptional Family Member Program pledges to ease transfers May 23, 2002 — Some families who need the Exceptional Family Member Program aren't using it, program officials say. The program is mandatory for active-duty personnel with a special-needs family member, according to Marine Corps Order P1754.4A. Nonetheless, many don't sign up for fear of putting their career in danger or being "skylined" for certain duties. "The MORE
Tougher, faster AAVs bridge gap until next generation arrives; May 23, 2002 — Camp Pendleton's 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion recently received the first of two command-and-control amphibious assault vehicles, marking a milestone nearing the end of a program to upgrade AAVs with more power, better handling and tougher armor. The upgrades aim to lengthen the life of the AAV and sustain the Corps until its successor, the MORE
Twentynine Palms Marine dies in rollover on Camp Pendleton May 23, 2002 — A Twentynine Palms Marine died and four others were injured May 15 when the light armored vehicle they were riding in rolled over during a night raid exercise in the Papa Three training area near Camp Las Pulgas here. Cpl. Joel E. Puchi, 21, the LAV's assistant driver with Twentynine Palms-based 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, was MORE
Corps attempting to reduce travel card delinquencies May 23, 2002 — To reduce abuse of Government Travel Charge Cards and delinquencies in paying related bills, the Department of the Navy changed policies, outlined in Marine Administrative Message 264/02, referencing the cards May 13. Corps-wide, more than 2,400 Marines currently have unpaid debts totaling $3 million on GTCC. At the close of the April billing MORE
Mess halls to privatize, nearly one-third of food-service jobs will vanish Corps-wide May 23, 2002 — In a move to save upward of $20 million yearly and move more people into operational units Corps-wide, all mess halls, with a few exceptions, are scheduled for privatization as part of the Regional Garrison Food Service contract. The move means nearly one-third of the Corps' food-service workers will need to leave the Marine Corps or find new MORE
Brush fire threat curbs live-fire training at Camp Pendleton May 23, 2002 — Amid prospects for the worst fire season here in 125 years, some live-fire training faces restrictions as Marines prepare for future missions in the war on terrorism and local firefighters try to prevent enormous wildfires. While ranges with impact areas specifically developed for live-fire remain open, perimeter-training areas, which can be used MORE

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