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Volume 8, Number 47 www.yuma.usmc.mil Nov. 25, 2009
VMA-214, MALS-13 Marines Full red jacket
return home from Afghanistan
flight hours in a year,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Justin
Cpl. Pete Zrioka Burdick, VMA-214 maintenance material control officer.
Desert Warrior Staff In addition to the squadron’s mission of providing air
support, armed reconnaissance and air defense for Marine
Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan, they participated in some
After a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan, approxi- nontraditional missions, including maintaining tactical opera-
mately 200 Marines from Marine Attack Squadron 214 and tions of all Marine squadrons at Kandahar.
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13, along with 10 AV-8B This marked the first time a Marine attack squadron has
Harriers, returned to Yuma Sunday. controlled a task force in this fashion, said Lt. Col. Eric
VMA-214 flew 1,374 missions, totaling more than 3,500 Schaefer, VMA-214 commanding officer.
combat hours, and dropped more than 20,000 pounds of ord- Blacksheep pilots also dropped 5,500 pounds of ordnance
nance, while stationed at Kandahar Airfield as part of Marine to destroy 300 tons of confiscated poppy and poppy tar, which
Aircraft Group 40. can be used to produce heroin. The poppy products, found
“In the rear, a nondeployed unit flies approximately 2,200 by Marines of Regimental Combat Team 3, MEB-A, were
soaked with diesel, piled in the
desert and bombed by VMA-214
Flying an average of five mis-
sions a day, the squadron not only
maintained a perfect flight sched-
ule but exceeded expectations,
with no mishaps or cancelled
Despite successes achieved
in Afghanistan, most Marines
were content with finally return-
“It just feels absolutely great
to be home,” said Lance Cpl.
Ernest Carrillo, VMA-214 ord-
nance technician. Photo by Lance Cpl. Austin Hazard
Upon leaving Kandahar,
R. Lee Ermey introduces himself as the audience’s senior drill instructor, quoting
VMA-214 transferred control his famous opening lines from the movie “Full Metal Jacket” at the beginning
Photo by Cpl. Pete Zrioka over to the Cherry Point, N.C.- of his speech as the guest of honor for the Headquarters and Headquarters
based VMA-231. Squadron Marine Corps ball at the Quechan Casino Resort in California Friday.
Lance Cpl. Ernest Carrillo, Marine Attack Squadron 214 ordnance technician, holds his son, Ernest “I love coming down to Yuma,” said Ermey, who visited Yuma three times earlier
The Blacksheep’s next de-
Noel, for the first time in seven months after returning to Yuma Sunday from a deployment to this year to participate in the station’s air show and film two episodes of his
Afghanistan. Approximately 200 Marines from VMA-214 and Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron ployment is slated to be with the show “Lock N’ Load” at the Yuma Proving Ground. “It’s a great place with good
13 arrived on station after spending half a year providing air support, armed reconnaissance and 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Marines. The troops are no different today than they were yesterday.”
air defense for Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan. late next year.
Sgt. Maj. draws hundreds of runners, three winners in raffle
plaque and gift certificate to Yuma Palms shopping center.
Cpl. Pete Zrioka The run began at 6:30 a.m. in front of the station’s
Desert Warrior Staff new Marine Corps Exchange. The run’s route took run-
ners down Martini Avenue, onto O’Neil Street and out
the North gate. The course continued along Avenue 3E,
More than 300 Marines, sailors, soldiers and civilians turning onto to 32nd Street until the turn around point at
turned out to participate in the eighth annual sergeant the Yuma International Airport.
major Fun Run, and win prizes donated by the station The first 250 runners to cross the finish line received
sergeant major and Marine Corps Community Services, medals and all participants entered a raffle to win one of
Thursday. three grand prizes. A 31.5 inch flat-screen TV, a Nintendo
Finishing the 4.2-mile run first with a time of 24 Wii and a GPS were up for grabs, all donated by Sgt.
minutes, 35 seconds, was Gunnery Sgt. Scott Hibbard, Maj. Terry Stanford, station sergeant major.
provost marshal’s office criminal investigator. Rafael The raffle was divided into three categories, E-3s
Chacon, a local Border Patrol agent, was hot on Hibbard’s and below, noncommissioned officers, and staff NCOs,
heels with his second place time of 24:44. Dainiel Conley, officers and civilians, in order to give the junior enlisted
a family member, finished third with 24:46. the first pick of the prizes.
The first female finisher was 2nd Lt. Angelica Valdez, “I want to shine some light on those who are down
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 air intelligence in the weeds, getting things done. That’s the E-3s and
officer, with a time of 28:09. Capt. Christina Zimmer- below,” said Stanford. “You may not be the ultimate
man, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron authority, but you are the majority.”
1 ground logistics officer, followed Valdez finishing at Lance Cpl. Ryan Maynard, a radio technician with
28:15. Rounding out the top three female competitors was Marine Air Control Squadron 1, won the junior enlisted
Bekah DiFelice, Marine Corps Family Team Building raffle and selected the TV. Petty Officer 2nd Class John Photo by Lance Cpl. Jakob Schulz
readiness and deployment support trainer, with a time Conley of the Group Aid Station won the NCO raffle and
Station Marines, sailors, soldiers and civilians start the eighth annual sergeant major Fun Run in front
of 29:52. took home the Wii, and the GPS went to the winner of the of the new Marine Corps Exchange Thursday. The 4.2-mile run took the more than 300 participants all
The top three male and female finishers received a last raffle, Kathleen Sayegh, a Marine family member. the way to the turn around point at the Yuma International Airport.
Maintain fire safety this holiday Snipers miss mark in flag football
home fires nationwide involved are left unattended,” said Lor- record and yet another year’s worth of bragging rights
Lance Cpl. Aaron Diamant cooking equipment on Thanks- raine Carli, NFPA vice president Lance Cpl. Graham J. Benson were on the line.
Desert Warrior Staff giving, more than three times of communications. “As much Desert Warrior Staff The Marines seemed to forget about the rights at stake
the daily average, according to as unexpected guests are some- quickly, however. Sniper’s quarterback Maj. Andrew
the National Fire Prevention times a part of the holidays, you Miller struggled mightily throughout the contest and was
Thanksgiving is traditionally Association. don’t want the fire department Marines from Marine Fighter Training Squadron 401 eventually forced to the bench in the fourth quarter.
a holiday centered around food “Cooking fires can easily arriving because your feast is entered into the fifth annual Toys for Tots, Marines vs. lo- Miller threw a total of three interceptions in the first
and family, but with so many be prevented by following a going up in flames.” cal high school all-stars flag football game Friday held at half, with one of those being returned for a touchdown,
people in the kitchen, it is also few simple precautions such Cooking is the leading cause Yuma High School, with one thing on their mind: taking leaving the score at 14-0.
traditionally the peak day for as staying in the kitchen when the series lead.
kitchen fires. preparing a meal, because fires With the record tied at 2-2 after the Marines’ close 19-16
In 2007, more than 1,300 often start when items cooking see HOLIDAY page 2 victory last year, both teams knew that the overall series see FOOTBALL page 2
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“I think it’s fair to say that our deficit in the first half “No matter who wins or loses it’s a great event because of home fires and home fire injuries, according to an “Even if it is a small fire and you manage to put it
could be almost totally blamed on the miscues of the it helps people in a special time of year, and it gives us NFPA press release. Fires involving cooking equip- out, the fire department still wants to make sure that
quarterback. I’ve got to play better,” said Miller. a chance to play some football. Plus it’s always nice to ment kill hundreds of people and injure thousands everything is OK, and that no one is injured,” said
Throughout the game VMFT-401 found its biggest beat the Marines,” joked the University of Montana- every year in the United States. Turpen. “In base housing, it is required that any fire,
spark through the play of wide receiver Lance Cpl. John bound athlete. “One of the biggest problems is people using deep no matter how small, be reported to the station fire
Teixeira. He racked up almost 80 yards of receiving in Admission to the game was the donation of a new, fryers improperly,” said Peter Turpen, station fire department.”
the first half and continued his big play performance in unwrapped toy to the Toys for Tots program. inspector. “You don’t put a frozen turkey directly A key safety precaution on Thanksgiving is to
the second as well, finishing the game with more than Toys for Tots began in 1947 when a group of Los into a hot deep fryer. It’s an explosion and second- to be aware of your surroundings. A crowded kitchen
120 receiving yards. Angeles-based Marine reservists collected 5,000 toys third-degree burns waiting to happen.” increases the risks of food, cooking oil and clothing
On the high school all-stars’ side of the ball, things for needy children. The program has been in operation Deep fryers are not meant to be used indoors, said inadvertently catching fire.
could not have gone better. ever since and gathers thousands of toys across the Turpen. Keeping children and any combustible mate- “We want to make sure that everybody stays safe at
“I knew coming in that we were going to have a country every holiday season. rials away from them is a good idea as well. home and has a great holiday season,” said Turpen.
great defense,” said Kurt Webber, the all-star team’s For more information regarding Toys for Tots in On occasion, long-sleeved shirts have caught on The NFPA has published a list of safety tips on its
coach who has also coached at Yuma High School for the Yuma area, contact Staff Sgt. Edwin Jose at 928- fire from coming in contact with the flames from a Web site, www.nfpa.org, to help keep you safe while
20 years and himself a former Marine. “We have a lot 269-2181. stove, said Rick Pastrana, station fire inspector. People preparing your holiday feast.
of athletes on both sides of the ball, must be aware of what they are wearing. For additional safety information, contact the sta-
and the speed difference was pretty Ifyouhavethemisfortuneofafirestartinginyourkitch- tion fire department at 928-269-3595.
obvious.” en, notify the fire department immediately, said Turpen.
The Snipers opened the second
half with some inspired defensive
efforts, however the arm of all-stars’
quarterback Lucky Castaneda was
Cooking safety tips • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking
to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire
too strong and eventually the all-stars • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grill- by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the
widened the spread by another 14 ing, or broiling food. stovetop.
points, leaving the game sealed up • If you are simmering, baking, boiling or roast- • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep
at 28-0. The final score was 48-14, ing food, check it regularly, remain in the home the door closed.
breaking the series tie in convincing while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind • When in doubt, just get out! When you
fashion. you that the stove or oven is on. leave, close the door behind you to help contain
Photo by Lance Cpl. Graham J. Benson
“It was a good time as always,” • Keep in mind that you should avoid wearing the fire.
said J.C. Baker, a standout running Roy Thompson, Cibola High School wide receiver, lines up on the line loose clothing or long sleeves while cooking. • If you have young children, use the stove’s
back at Yuma High School the past of scrimmage at Yuma High School during the fifth annual Toys forwas a
Marines vs. local high schools, football game Friday. The game
• If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are back burners whenever possible, and turn pot
two seasons who and has participated relatively lopsided affair, with the high school all-stars dominating 48-14. getting out and you have a clear way out. handles inward.
in three of the Toys for Tots games. The annual game is a fundraiser for Toys for Tots in the Yuma area.
Col. Mark A. Werth Capt. Rob Dolan Gunnery Sgt. Bill Lisbon Staff Sgt. Ryan O’Hare Lance Cpl. Josue Aguirre
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Full throttle Smart & Safe
Where the Wild Things Are (PG)
The following traffic safety courses are offered on station:
Basic Motorcycle Riders Course - Dec. 8-10, 22-24 Couples Retreat (PG-13)
Required for all active duty personnel who ride a motorcycle on or off base
as well as anyone who rides on base. All personnel must possess a valid
state-issued motorcycle endorsement or permit. Motorcycles, gloves and
helmets are provided. The 15-hour course is held 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the
Law Abiding Citizen (R)
first day and 6-11 a.m. on the second and third days. 9 p.m.
Experienced Motorcycle Riders Course - Dec. 1, 29
Required for all personnel within Marine Forces Pacific and its subordinate Saturday
units who ride cruiser-style motorcycles. It must be completed within 120 Whip It (PG-13)
days after completing the Basic Motorcycle Riders Course. Others who are
eligible may also attend. Personnel must possess a state-issued motorcycle 4 p.m.
endorsement, motorcycle and personal protective equipment. The course
is held from 6-11 a.m.
Cloudy With a Chance
Military Sport Bike Riders Course - Dec. 15 of Meatballs (PG)
Required for all personnel who ride sport bike-style motorcycles and must
be completed within 120 days after completing the Basic Motorcycle Riders
Course. Personnel must possess a state-issued motorcycle endorsement,
motorcycle and PPE. The course is held from 6-11 a.m. Sunday
Alive at 25 - Nov. 30, Dec. 8 (remedial), 9 (driver improvement) The Stepfather (PG-13)
Required for all Marines under 26 years of age. Military dependents under
26 may also attend. The course is held from 8 a.m. to noon.
ATV Course and Dirt Bike Course Monday
Where the Wild Things Are (PG)
These courses are required for anyone who rides an ATV or dirt bike on
Department of Defense property. However, the classes are available to all
ATV or dirt bike riders. Participants must supply their own ATV or dirt bike
and PPE. Separate five-hour classes are held on an as-needed basis for
each type of vehicle. Call the traffic safety office to apply. Tuesday
Eligibility: Unless specified above, all courses are available Law Abiding Citizen (R)
to active duty, dependents, retirees, active reservists and 7 p.m.
Department of Defense employees. Contractors are not
Classes are first-come, first-served and class schedules are
subject to change. Registered students will be informed of course
locations and any changes prior to the start of class. *Free admission*
All motorcycle courses must be scheduled through the Couples Retreat (PG-13)
Photo by Lance Cpl. Jakob Schulz student’s unit motorcycle representative. All other courses must 5 p.m.
be scheduled by a staff noncommissioned officer or above.
Rich Kearns, Freestyle Motorcross stunt rider does a backflip during the final day events for the new In order to register for any motorcycle classes, riders must
Marine Corps Exchange grand opening here Saturday. The FMX riders reached heights of more than have motorcycles and PPE inspected by a unit motorcycle
40 feet in the air during their performance in front of the new exchange. The final day also featured a representative or at the station traffic safety office. MOVIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
NASCAR simulator, free prizes and events coordinated by the station’s Single Marine Program. For more information, call the traffic safety office at 928-269- Call 928-269-2358 or visit
5769 or 928-269-5699. http://www.yuma.usmc-mccs.org/theater.htm
MESS HALL MENU
HOURS OF OPERATION
Breakfast: 5:30 - 7:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dinner: 4 - 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday & Thanksgiving
Breakfast/Brunch: 9 a.m. to noon
Dinner: 3 - 5 p.m.
For military without meal cards
Lunch and dinner: $4.25
Weekend brunch: $4.85
Weekend dinner: $5.95
BREAKFAST: Eggs DINNER: Roast Turkey
Hot & Cold Cereals Chicken Noodle Soup
Grilled Ham Slices Roast Beef
Oven-fried Bacon Baked Ham
Hash Brown Potatoes Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Sausage Gravy w/ Biscuits Mashed Potatoes
BREAKFAST: Eggs DINNER: Cajun Roast Beef
Hot & Cold Cereals Fried Chicken
Oven-fried Bacon Red Beans & Rice
Sausage Links Mashed Potatoes
Cottage-fried Potatoes Peas w/ Mushrooms
Creamed Beef w/ Biscuits Dinner Rolls
BRUNCH: Eggs DINNER: Beef Lasagna
Hot & Cold Cereals Caribbean Chicken Breast
Grilled Ham Slices Cilantro Rice
Oven-fried Bacon French-style Green Beans
Turkey Noodle Soup Summer Squash
... and more Garlic Bread
BRUNCH: Eggs DINNER: Ginger Rice
Grilled Ham Slices Teriyaki Beef Strips
Oven-fried Bacon Bean w/ Bacon Soup
Pancakes / Waffles Baked Stuffed Fish
Chicken Sandwich Baked Macaroni & Cheese
... and more Mixed Vegetables
LUNCH: Vegetable Soup DINNER: Meat Loaf
Chicken Cacciatore Cuban Pork Loin
Chicago-style, Mashed Potatoes
Open-faced Sandwich Orange Rice
Steamed Rice Wax Beans
Franconia Potatoes Simmered Carrots
LUNCH: Veal Parmesan DINNER: Swiss Steak
Chicken Noodle Soup Chinese Five-spice Chicken
Honey Lemon Chicken Mashed Potatoes
Spaghetti Buttered Egg Noodles
w/ Marinara Sauce Black-eyed Peas
Long Grain & Wild Rice Garlic Bread
LUNCH: Potato Soup DINNER: Yankee Pot Roast
Kansas City BBQ Brisket Pork Teriyaki Stir Fry
Southern Fried Catfish Confetti Rice
Baked Macaroni & Cheese Buttered Egg Noodles
Oven-browned Potatoes Green Beans
Glazed Carrots Corn