VMA-214, MALS-13 Marines return home from Afghanistan

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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
                                                                                                     Harriers.
                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                     missions.
                                                                                                        Despite successes achieved
                                                                                                     in Afghanistan, most Marines
                                                                                                     were content with finally return-
                                                                                                     ing home.
                                                                                                        “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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FOOTBALL ... from page 1                                                                                                                  HOLIDAY ... from page 1
   “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
                                                                                                                   Tots,
                                                                                                                                                 • 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.



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                              Full throttle                                                                           Smart & Safe
                                                                                                                      Calendar                                                                                  Thursday
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Where the Wild Things Are (PG)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 5 p.m.

                                                                                                                      The following traffic safety courses are offered on station:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Friday
                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  6 p.m.
                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    7 p.m.
                                                                                                                      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)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   5 p.m.
                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 7 p.m.
                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                      eligible.
                                                                                                                        Classes are first-come, first-served and class schedules are
                                                                                                                      subject to change. Registered students will be informed of course
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wednesday
                                                                                                                      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




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                                                                         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.

                                                                                     Prices
                                                                     For military without meal cards
                                                                            Breakfast: $2.30
                                                                        Lunch and dinner: $4.25
                                                                        Weekend brunch: $4.85
                                                                         Weekend dinner: $5.95
                                                                              Thanksgiving
                                                                                dinner: $7


                                                               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
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