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Volume 7, Number 37                                                                                 www.yuma.usmc.mil                                                                                                Sept. 18, 2008

                                                  Class act                                                                                    2K Marines bound
                                                                                                                                               for Afghanistan
                                                                                                                                                                                Donna Miles
                                                                                                                                                                         American Forces Press Service

                                                                                                                                                   WASHINGTON – The Defense Department reported Monday more Marines are
                                                                                                                                               headed to Afghanistan, following up on President Bush’s announcement last week
                                                                                                                                               that he will beef up the U.S. presence there while reducing it in Iraq.
                                                                                                                                                   Up to 2,000 Marines assigned to an air-ground task force will deploy to Afghani-
                                                                                                                                               stan in November, though whether or not any of those troops will come from Yuma
                                                                                                                                               is unknown.
                                                                                                                                                   The bulk of the force will include 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, from Camp
                                                                                                                                               Lejeune, N.C., said Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said.
                                                                                                                                                   The other 1,000 Marines making up the task force’s headquarters, aviation and
                                                                                                                                               logistics elements can be drawn from other units across the Corps.
                                                                                                                                                   The task force will replace the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and 2nd Battalion,
                                                                                                                                               7th Marine Regiment, both slated to redeploy in November after a one-month extension
                                                                                                                                               of their Afghanistan tour. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates ordered the additional
                                                                                                                                               Marine forces to Afghanistan earlier this year over concerns about a possible spring
                                                                                                                                                   The United States, with 31,000 service members already in Afghanistan, will con-
                                                                                                                                               tinue to be the biggest contributor to NATO’s International Security Assistance Force,
                                                                                                                                               Whitman said. NATO members have promised to commit more troops to ISAF, the
                                                                                                                                               alliance’s first and largest ground operation outside Europe, but continue to come up
                                                                                                               Photo by Cpl. Terika S. King
  First-grader Ricardo Angulo holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem at Valley Horizon Elementary School’s
  Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony in Yuma. During the event, station Marines demonstrated the correct way to fold a flag before raising
  the American flag in front of the school as students watched. The Sept. 11 attacks occurred before Angulo, who is 6, was born.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    see 2K page 2

Off-limits areas updated New hot-pit refueling point
                         pumps up pilot flight hours
                                       Lance Cpl. M. Daniel Sanchez
                                           Desert Warrior Staff

   Marine Corps Installations West released the places for Marines on liberty to avoid in Arizona, California                      Cpl. Michael R. Whitnel
and Mexico Sept. 8, including one in Yuma.                                                                                           Desert Warrior Staff
   The MCI West quarterly report listed seven areas as off-limits completely, two during specific times on
specific days and two from sunset to sunrise all week long in San Diego, as well as three areas in Tijauna,
Mexico, to stay away from.                                                                                               After just four months, the new fixed-wing re-
   Marines and sailors are banned within a one-mile radius of the confluence of the Colorado and Gila                 fueling station has saved thousands of man-hours
rivers in Yuma, also known as S--- Creek, from sunrise to sunset. The area is located north of Route 95 ,             and increased the number of daily flights here.
between South Avenue 4E and west of South Avenue 4 1/2 E.                                                                The fuel point reduce the amount of time air-
                                                                                                                      craft spend refueling by allowing pilots to refuel
                                                                               see OFF-LIMITS page 2                  fixed-wing aircraft with their engines still running,
                                                                                                                      hence the name “hot-pit.”                                                       Photo by Cpl. Michael R. Whitnel
                                                                                                                         It could take 2-3 hours to cold fuel an AV-8B         Pvt. Jamee Cook, Marine Attack Squadron 214

                               Shadow play
                                                                                                                      Harrier and get it back in the air, said Lance Cpl.      ordnance technician, watches as fuel technicians
                                                                                                                      Nick Stamm, Marine Attack Squadron 214 hot-pit           Lance Cpl. Nick Stamm and Edward Williams refuel
                                                                                                                      technician. The hot-pit allows a Harrier to refuel       an AV-8B Harrier at the fixed-wing hot-pit refueling
                                                                                                                                                                               station here Sept. 9.
                                                                                                                      in 15 minutes and be ready to taxi back to the
                                                                                                                      runway.                                                  squadron maintenance controller. Without the
                                                                                                                         The hot-pits can accommodate more than just           pits, the squadron would be pressed for time to
                                                                                                                      Harriers; even a KC-130 can be refueled at the           complete required maintenance before the plane
                                                                                                                      hot-pit. More than 183,000 gallons of fuel have          could take off again.
                                                                                                                      been pumped into 199 fixed-wing aircraft at the             A squadron that would normally fly five sorties
                                                                                                                      hot-pits, according to station fuel’s records.
                                                                                                                         VMA-214 has saved a vast amount of time due
                                                                                                                      to the hot-pits, said Gunnery Sgt. Justice Haggard,                                  see HOT-PIT page 4

                                                                                                                      Marines may reach 202,000 early
                                                                                                                                                                               Robert E. Milstead Jr., commanding general of Ma-
                                                                                                                                                                               rine Corps Recruiting Command in Quantico, Va.
                                                                                                                                American Forces Press Service
                                                                                                                                                                                  “Other services may recruit and offer themselves
                                                                                                                                                                               as a means of something else or something better,
                                                                                                                                                                               saying, ‘We’ll get you a college education,’ ‘We’ll
                                                                                                                                                                               get you financial stability,’ or ‘You’ll improve your
                                                                                                                         WASHINGTON – After a boom year for recruit-           lot in life,’” Milstead said. “But the Marine Corps
                                                                                                                      ers, the Marines anticipate meeting their five-year      offers itself as the destination. We don’t talk college,
                                                                                                                      goal to grow the Corps two years early, the com-         we don’t talk money, and we don’t talk anything
                                                                                                                      mander of recruiting said Friday.                        else. We only make one promise: that you’ll be a
                                                                                                                         Surpassing its monthly recruiting goals by up to      United States Marine.”
                                                                                                                      142 percent each month this fiscal year, the Corps          The potential for deployments with the nation’s
                                                                                                                      made significant gains in its plan to grow its active    current posture in the Middle East hasn’t deterred
                                                                             Photo by Lance Cpl. T.M. Stewman         duty force to 202,000 by 2011.                           recruiting and retention, and the likelihood of
                                                                                                                         And they did it without promising anyone a rose       combat in Iraq and Afghanistan hasn’t presented
  Capt. Andrew D’Ambrogi, Marine Attack Squadron 211 pilot, prepares to land an AV-8B Harrier at
  Auxiliary Airfield II, a simulated amphibious assault ship flight deck on the Barry M. Goldwater Range.
  The training prepared the Avengers for their upcoming deployment early next year.                                      The Marine recruiting message is dynamically
                                                                                                                      different from that of other services, said Brig. Gen.                                see 202,000 page 2
2                   DESERT WARRIOR                              Sept. 18, 2008

                                                                              Do tattoos put a stain on professionalism?
                                                                         After boot camp, I did what a lot of new Ma-                     a Marine with tattoos can’t look or be profes-                   anyone else who is seen in the public eye on a
                 Lance Cpl. T.M. Stewman                              rines do; I went to my local tattoo parlor and got                  sional? It really boggles my mind to wonder                      regular basis. I work in public affairs and I could
                    Desert Warrior Staff                              my first tattoo. It was a motivated “Death Before                   that the Corps, which is known for its “tough                    even see why the policy would make sense for
                                                                      Dishonor” tattoo along my left side.                                guy” persona, would keep its members from                        those in my job field. What I don’t understand
                                                                         I instantly got the ink bug and wanted to get                    body art that they have been known to have for                   is the importance of such a strict policy for your
                                                                      more and more tattoos. I continued to get tattoos.                  many decades.                                                    average wrench-turner out on the flight line. I
       When I first walked into the recruiter’s office                Script text on the inside of both upper arms, block                     Along with being professional, I don’t think                 think that Americans and other countries would
    in early 2005, there was no question in my mind                   text across my chest, a half-sleeve on my left                      effective leadership is affected by the amount of                be more concerned with whether or not a Marine
    that I wanted to be a Marine.                                     arm, an anchor just below that and four numbers                     ink a Marine has. At no time have I ever seen a                  can perform his duties at all cost and not if the
       I’m sure that the other branches of service                    across my right wrist.                                              difference in good leadership, whether it be from                Marine has a sleeve of ink on his arms. That’s
    are great and have a lot to offer, but none fit my                   On March 19, 2007, a Marine Administrative                       a Marine with no tattoos, or a Marine with 40                    really the bottom line for me.
    “Type A” personality like the Corps.                              Message was released that announced changes                         percent of his body covered in ink.                                 In a organization that I joined because of how
       One of the many things that appealed to me                     of the Marine Corps tattoo policy. The change,                          I also don’t understand why now. Why after all               great and professional I thought they looked even
    about the Marine Corps was how brash the Ma-                      which was put into effect April 1 of last year,                     this time would we put such restrictions for tat-                with all the tattoos, I now feel like my passion for
    rines were and yet still so professional. Marines                 would ultimately put a stop to sleeve tattoos and                   toos? Especially now in the United States when                   ink and desire to attain more will make me some
    are known to get a bit wild and crazy, but that                   require the documentation of tattoos to be kept                     it’s more socially acceptable to have them. You                  sort of black sheep in the near future.
    has seldom put doubt in the America public of                     in the Marine’s service record book. Another                        can’t go anywhere without seeing someone with                       But much as I don’t like the policy, I’m going
    whether or not we can get the job done whether                    change to the policy announced Sept. 4 prohib-                      a little ink on their bodies.                                    to follow it and hope that eventually the Corps
    in garrison or in combat.                                         ited Marines with largely visible or sleeve tat-                        I know that the Marine Corps is all about not                will have a change of heart. I’ll continue to get
       I loved the idea of being a part of a group of                 toos from serving as recruiters or Marine Corps                     fitting into the civilian world’s mold, but if we are            more ink, but nothing that will reflect adversely
    individuals that curse like sailors, drink everyone               security guards.                                                    putting restrictions on tattoos because of how the               on my career, my Corps or my country, and I will
    else under the table and were decorated with                         Moving forward as an institution, the Marine                     civilian world sees us, why should it matter?                    continue to do my job to the best of my ability
    ink from head to toe, yet were still revered and                  Corps has decided to become more “profes-                               I do understand how much sense the new                       preserving the standards of a service that will
    respected by practically all.                                     sional.” What does that really even mean? That                      policy makes for security guards, recruiters and                 thrive long after I hang up my combat boots.

2K ... from page 1
   In addition, the 10th Mountain Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, from Fort Drum, N.Y.,
will deploy about 3,700 soldiers to Afghanistan in January 2009, Whitman said. The soldiers were
initially slated to leave for Iraq in November.
   The brigade returned from a deployment to Afghanistan in July 2007.
                                                                                                                                                       Messin’ around
   Bush announced during an address at the National Defense University the United States would
continue to reduce its troop strength in Iraq, based on security progress made as part of the new
strategy and troop surge there. With the Taliban and its al-Qaida allies regaining strength and creating
safe havens in Pakistani tribal areas, Bush said he would redirect some forces headed to Iraq.
   “The mission of these forces will be to work with Afghan forces to provide security for the
Afghan people, protect Afghanistan’s infrastructure and democratic institutions and help ensure
access to services like education and health care,” he said.
   Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the main goal is providing a
level of security in Afghanistan that is sustainable so the other factors to develop the country can
take hold as they have in Iraq.
   “I’m very concerned, and will remain concerned,” he said of conditions in Afghanistan. “I want
to focus on it. I’m optimistic in the long run.”

OFF-LIMITS ... from page 1
   The areas off limits at all times in San Diego are: Club Mustang at 2200 University Ave.; Club
San Diego at 3955 Fourth St.; Get It On Shoppe at 3219 Mission Blvd.; Main Street Motel at 3493
Main St.; and Vulcan Baths at 805 West Cedar St.
   Two other businesses seven miles south of San Diego in National City, Calif., were also banned.
They are Dream Crystal at 15366 Highland Ave., and Sports Auto Sales at 1112 National City
   Service members are also banned from the 2600 to 3600 block of Main Street, including the
Burger King and McDonald’s parking lots on 28th St., from midnight to 5 a.m. on Wednesdays;
and the Dennys’ parking lot at 692 E St., in Chula Vista, Calif., two miles south of National City,
1:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
   Finally, San Diego State Park, at 45th St., and the Otay Mesa area, bordered by Interstate 805
and State Highway 905, are banned from sunset to sunrise, “unless traveling to, from or remaining
at any private residence or business within the district.”
   The MCI West report also included three areas in San Diego, coined areas of caution, that pose
a potential risk to service members.
   These areas include: the 12 block area, bordered by Logan Avenue, and Beardsley, Sampson
and Main streets, from dusk until dawn; the Naval Base San Diego perimeter at night; and trolley
stations, particularly at Palomar Street and San Ysidro.
   Also, service members traveling to Tijuana should also avoid the Libertad, Camino Verde and
Mariano Matamoros areas, in addition to automated teller machines at night.
   Military personnel, grades E-3 and below, must obtain permission to travel to Mexico prior to
going there, receive a brief on the pitfalls of taking liberty in Mexico and ensure they are traveling
with at least one other service member or adult.
   All Marines and sailors approved to travel to Mexico must also carry their special request chits,
signed by their chain of command, on them while in the country.
   The bans on areas listed above apply to all service members and remain in effect until cancelled
or superseded by further instructions from MCI West.

202,000 ... from page 1
itself as a challenge, Milstead said. Regardless of which branch of service, recruits are fully aware
of “what they’re walking into” when they meet with recruiters.
   “Remember, there is no draft,” he said. “All these kids join to serve their nation knowing
that in the Marine Corps, and most likely the Army, they’re going to move toward the sounds
of cannons.”
   Since 2007, the Marine Corps has been pushing recruiting and retention goals to grow its
active-duty force by 27,000 in just five years. But with fiscal year 2008 coming to a close at the
end of September, the Corps already has about 198,000 active duty Marines, putting the goal
well within reach.
   In fact, Milstead anticipates the Marine Corps will reach the end state of its growth as early                                                                                                                                 Photos by Gunnery Sgt. Bill Lisbon
as next year without compromising its high standards for recruits.                                                                  Clockwise from top left, Lance Cpl. Dane A. Howard, Lance Cpl. Jacqueline B. Fredenburg, Cpl. Eric J. Man-
   Milstead noted that 97 percent of Marine recruits this year were high school graduates, well                                     ning and Lance Cpl. Leah N. Racobs show off their colorfully unique face paint during the Headquarters and
above the Defense Department average.                                                                                               Headquarters Squadron field mess night at Ramada Field on Sept. 11. All attendees were required to wear face
   “We’ve been very pleased with our ability to meet our recruiting numbers within the Marine                                       paint, though some Marines with patterns deemed “untraditional,” such as Manning’s homage to pro wrestler
                                                                                                                                    The Ultimate Warrior, were required to drink from the grog bowl, a customary punishment the president of
Corps,” he added. “But bottom line, what it took to be a Marine, two, three, five and 10 years
                                                                                                                                    the mess can sentence to violators. Arguably the most elaborate pattern, Fredenburg’s face paint took her 35
ago, is what it takes to be a Marine today.”                                                                                        minutes to apply.

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                      Col. Mark A. Werth                                                  Capt. Rob Dolan                                                  Gunnery Sgt. Bill Lisbon                                         Lance Cpl. Pete Zrioka
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                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dustin Kellin

   An AV-8B Harrier from Yuma’s Marine Attack Squadron 311 hovers over the flight deck of the USS Peleliu Friday in the Persian Gulf. A detachment of more than 100 Marines from VMA-311 and Marine Aviation
   Logistics Squadron 13 deployed with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit in May. The remainder of VMA-311, with approximately 150 Marines, deployed to Iraq in March. Approximately 25 VMA-311 Marines are
   scheduled to return to Yuma on Sunday, while the remainder of the squadron in Iraq is expected to return home in October.

                                                                                 Pentagon unveils Sept. 11 memorial
                                                                                                                                    Each of the memorial fund’s board mem-           And for those who will not smell the
                                                                                           Fred W. Baker III                     bers lost family in the attacks. Laychak’s       smoke, or feel the heat, or know the horror,
                                                                                       American Forces Press Service             brother, David, was killed at the Penta-         Gates promised one truth.
                                                                                                                                 gon.                                                “The truth that survives the ashes is
                                                                                                                                    Laychak said that the memorial was a          this—the 184 are not forgotten,” Gates
                                                                                                                                 call to remember not only the attacks, and       said.
                                                                                    WASHINGTON – As the bands played             the people who died, but also the swell of          And the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
                                                                                 and the flags waved at the Pentagon here,       patriotism that swept the country in the         Staff Adm. Mike Mullen called the memo-
                                                                                 an airplane flew by.                            following months.                                rial a “vision place of souls.”
                                                                                    As names were read and prayers were             But, it seemed, that the memorial evoked         He said the vision of that day leads our
                                                                                 said, an airplane flew by.                      memories as individual their perspec-            troops into battle now.
                                                                                    As leaders spoke and children squirmed,      tives.                                              “We will never forget, for the vision
                                                                                 an airplane flew by.                               All of those speaking at the ceremony to-     has passed into the souls of our service-
                                                                                    And as more than a dozen airplanes flew      day offered up what they would remember,         men and women. I see it in their eyes …”
                                                                                 by, one-by-one, to land at nearby Reagan        and what America should not forget.              Mullen said.
                                                                                 National Airport Sept. 11, a nation remem-         The president said it simply.                    “It is that resolve that will never allow
                                                                                 bered the morning seven years prior when           “Here we remember those who died,”            us to forget what happened here,” Mullen
                                                                                 one did not simply pass by. Instead, at the     Bush said. “Parents will come here to re-        said.
                                                                                 hands of terrorists, the commercial jetliner    member children … husbands and wives                Former Army Sgt. Jeff Layne said he
                                                                                 slammed its body into the walls of the          will come here to remember spouses               will always remember carrying a huge,
                                                                                 nation’s symbol of military might killing 59    … people from across our nation will             heavy American flag up a ladder to the roof
                                                                                 people on board and 125 in the Pentagon.        come here to remember friends and loved          of the Pentagon. It was Sept. 12 and the
                                                                                    At the Pentagon 9/11 memorial dedica-        ones.”                                           symbol of Layne along with about dozen
                                                                                 tion this morning, more than 16,000 people         Former Defense Secretary Donald H.            first responders unfurling the flag down the
                                                                                 gathered to remember that morning and the       Rumsfeld, who was the top official in the        side of the building was soon a worldwide
                                                                                 friends and family members they lost. They      Pentagon at the time, said he will not forget    symbol of U.S. resilience.
                                                                                 came in uniforms and business suits, T-shirts   how the huge building shook.                        “I don’t think any of us understood the
                                                                                 and jeans, sun dresses and flip-flops.             He will not forget the colleagues and         significance of that moment,” Layne said.
                                                                                    The havoc wreaked at 9:37 a.m. on Sept.      friends who were killed.                         “It was later that we realized, Wow, we
                                                                                 11, 2001, by American Airlines flight 77,          And he called on America to never forget      were part of history.”
                                                                                 was not discriminatory. Old died beside         “those who fell first” in the war on terror.        Layne joined most of the original crew
                                                                                 young, service members beside civilians            Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates             back on top of the Pentagon again today
                                                                                 and men beside women. The ceremony              said the memorial binds those who died           for the ceremony, and again unfurled the
                                                                                 today marked the culmination of more            and those who survived with the rest of          flag.
                             Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess   than two years of building and five years       America.                                            Even though Layne has left the military,
                                                                                 of fundraising toward one goal for those           In fact, the world will never view the        he won’t forget that day, he said.
After an unveiling ceremony Sept. 11, service members stand beside 184           behind its inception.                           Pentagon the same, he said. It is now more          “I think America as a society … they
benches representing the victims of the attack on the Pentagon seven years
earlier. Spread throughout a two-acre plot on the south side of the Pentagon,
                                                                                    “We want people to remember,” said           than a symbol of military power.                 forget too quickly of the sacrifices that the
each bench is inscribed with the names of the 59 people aboard American          James J. Laychak, the president and chair-         “It will also be a place of remembrance,”     men and women in uniform make,” Layne
Ailrlines Flight 77 and the 125 in the building who lost their lives that day.   man of the Pentagon Memorial Fund.              he said.                                         said. “We should never forget.”

Station law center trains to improve citizenship assistance
                                                                               The goal of this partnership is to learn the ins and outs of im-       aid the station’s capability to help service member’s sort through
                    Lance Cpl. M. Daniel Sanchez                            migration from the experts so none of the 10 to 20 patrons who            the immigration process.
                        Desert Warrior Staff                                come to the class here monthly will have to be referred off base,            “With everything going on around the world, the last thing we
                                                                            said Covarrubias.                                                         need is our Marines getting distracted wondering about their natu-
                                                                               “Our goal is to be a one-stop shop for the Marines,” said Lt. Col.     ralization packages,” said Covarrubias.
                                                                            Michael Sayegh, station staff judge advocate.                                This class, combined with Covarubbias working as the new
   The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service recently trained               During the training session, the attendees were presented an           full-time immigration class instructor, is the first step in changing
station law center personnel to answer the tough questions service          overview of the USCIS—formerly known as the Immigration and               the focus and capabilities of the station’s program to provide the
members and their spouses ask about the process of becoming an              Naturalization Service—as well as the Immigration and Nationality         same level of support and knowledge of the immigration process
American citizen.                                                           Act, obtaining visas, requirements of becoming a citizen or perma-        for spouses, retirees and dependents as is provided for active duty
   In a class taught by Yuma’s USCIS adjudicate manager Sept. 10,           nent resident and navigating the service’s Web site.                      service members, said Sayegh.
several law center personnel learned about the complexity of the               The group focused specifically on the processes of becoming an            In the near future, Covarrubias plans to schedule a session
U.S. immigration system, including upcoming changes affecting               American citizen and changing from a temporary visa holder or             with USCIS that will teach the law center personnel how to guide
Marines and their families seeking citizenship.                             foreign national to a permanent resident, which are the two most          Marines in putting together and submitting a naturalization and
   Although the law center provides classes on naturalization and           common issues among military members and families.                        adjustment of status package.
adjustment of status, the process can be complicated for family                Although the class was only an overview of the process, Covarru-          The law center’s next immigration class is scheduled for Thurs-
members since more paperwork and information is needed. As a                bias said he still took away new information which will help him          day at 8:30 a.m. and is held every other week following that. Active
result, service members are often sent off base to get help, said Joe       to better serve the Marines and sailors in Yuma.                          duty and retired service members and their families may attend
Covarrubias, station citizenship and immigration program class                 Speaking with a USCIS case interviewer directly and knowing            the class.
instructor.                                                                 the most recent naturalization and adjustment of status criteria will
4                DESERT WARRIOR                       Sept. 18, 2008

                                                                                                                                      HOT-PIT ... from page 1

         September Promotions                                                                                                         a day could increase to eight if its aircraft used the hot-pits. Before,
                                                                                                                                      aircraft had to fly the extra distance from the range to Naval Air Fa-
                                                                                                                                      cility El Centro, Calif., to be hot-pit refueled.
                                                                                                                                         Pilots have been able to dramatically increase the number of sorties
                    Congratulations to the following Marines who were recently promoted.                                              every day by using the pits for “hot-seating” and “hot-pitting,” said
                 Information provided by the air station’s Installation Personnel Administration Center.                              Capt. Andrew Kano, VMA-214 pilot.
                                                                                                                                         Hot-seating means pilots switch without shutting down the air-
    Lt. Col. Joseph Williams, VMA-211               Cpl. Nicole Faraci, MAWTS-1            Lance Cpl. Vicente Martinez, MALS-13       craft.
    Capt. Andrew Biddell, VMA-513                   Cpl. Jody Smith, MAWTS-1               Lance Cpl. James Weathers, MALS-13
                                                                                                                                         VMA-214 has doubled its flight hours in preparation for an upcom-
    Sgt. Maj. Leonard Maldonado, MACS-1             Cpl. Michael Dessner, MWSS-371         Lance Cpl. Jeremy Martin, MALS-13
    Master Sgt. James Bloomer, MALS-13              Cpl. Gustavo Contreras, MWSS-371       Lance Cpl. Anthony Colangeli, MALS-13      ing deployment.
    Master Sgt. Herbert Smith, MAWTS-1              Cpl. Chad Kurtz, MWSS-371              Lance Cpl. Anthony Sosa, MALS-13              The hot-pits have unquestionably helped VMA-214 make the
    Gunnery Sgt. David Kurz Jr., H&HS               Cpl. Richard Henson, MWSS-371          Lance Cpl. Lynn Ballow, MALS-13            number of sorties and the more than 100 flight hours needed for pre-
    Gunnery Sgt. Henry Acedo, MACS-1                Cpl. Bradlee Harris, MWSS-371          Lance Cpl. Charles Mishakis, MALS-13       deployment training every week, said Maj. Roger Hardy, squadron
    Gunnery Sgt. David Scharf, MWSS-371             Cpl. Michael Ramos, MWSS-371           Lance Cpl. Matthew Paulin, MALS-13
    Gunnery Sgt. Jerry Temple Jr., VMA-211          Cpl. Adam Shaffer, MWSS-371            Lance Cpl. Tarryl Wheeldon, MALS-13
                                                                                                                                      operations officer.
    Gunnery Sgt. Justice Haggard-Wallace, VMA-214   Cpl. Christopher Murphy, VMA-211       Lance Cpl. Jose Flores Jr., MALS-13           “It’s a force multiplier for us. Our struggle is to get the flight
    Gunnery Sgt. Leslie Gill, VMA-311               Cpl. Jonmichael Daniels, VMA-211       Lance Cpl. Daniel Castellanos, MAWTS-1     hours in. The pits help us get the job done,” said Capt. Joel Knutson,
    Gunnery Sgt. Joshua Guell, VMA-311              Cpl. Phillip Belanger Jr., VMA-211     Lance Cpl. Gladumur Bontemps, MWSS-371     VMA-214 pilot.
    Sgt. Ernesto Martinez, H&HS                     Cpl. David Garza, VMA-211              Lance Cpl. Jarrod Littlesun, MWSS-371
                                                                                                                                         The hot-pits will be used during the semiannual Weapons and
    Sgt. George Cooper, H&HS                        Cpl. Tate Trujillo, VMA-214            Lance Cpl. Salvador Dealva Jr., MWSS-371
    Sgt. Christopher Dobbins, H&HS                  Cpl. David Guel Jr., VMA-311           Lance Cpl. Raymond Nitschke, MWSS-371      Tactics Instructors course in the upcoming weeks.
    Sgt. William Reid, MACS-1                       Cpl. Keith Anderson, VMA-311           Lance Cpl. Alvin Cox, MWSS-371
    Sgt. Paul Ramasco, MALS-13                      Cpl. Rickey Wedgeworth Jr., VMA-311    Lance Cpl. Bradley Sheets, MWSS-371
    Sgt. Antonio Benitez, MALS-13                   Cpl. Roger Olson, VMA-311              Lance Cpl. Timothy Corey, VMA-211
    Sgt. Jacob Lightfoot, MALS-13                   Cpl. Lucas Morgan, VMA-311             Lance Cpl. Mark Battles, VMA-211
    Sgt. Jason Hunting, MALS-13                     Cpl. William Rumbaugh, VMA-311         Lance Cpl. Renard Williams, VMA-211
    Sgt. Armando Jasso, MALS-13                     Cpl. John Robinson, VMA-513            Lance Cpl. Justin Pompella, VMA-211
    Sgt. Kamal Sadat, VMA-211                       Cpl. Christopher Singleton, VMA-513    Lance Cpl. Ian Kubista, VMA-211
    Sgt. Jesse Brown, VMA-214                       Cpl. Aaron Peterson, VMA-513           Lance Cpl. Jonathan Holyk, VMA-211
    Sgt. Randall Evans, VMA-214                     Cpl. Ricky Ramirez, VMA-513            Lance Cpl. Richard Guyer, VMA-211
    Sgt. Brett Spangler, VMA-311                    Cpl. Richard Newberry, VMA-513         Lance Cpl. David High Jr., VMA-211
    Sgt. Brandon Southerland, VMA-311               Lance Cpl. Lindsay McCall, CSSD-16     Lance Cpl. Thomas Dipprey, VMA-211
    Cpl. Abraham Miller, CSSD-16                    Lance Cpl. Mario Diaz, H&HS            Lance Cpl. Drew Elliott, VMA-214
    Cpl. Steven Shuffield, CSSD-16                  Lance Cpl. Brian Gonyeau, H&HS         Lance Cpl. Jermaine Johnson, VMA-214
    Cpl. Andrew Holmans, CSSD-16                    Lance Cpl. Nathaniel Dominguez, H&HS   Lance Cpl. Joseph Quiroz, VMA-214
    Cpl. Andres Chavez, H&HS                        Lance Cpl. Rodney Alger Jr., H&HS      Lance Cpl. Erin Stauffer, VMA-214
    Cpl. William French Jr., H&HS                   Lance Cpl. Lawrence Irvine III, H&HS   Lance Cpl. Lucas Brown, VMA-214
    Cpl. Benedict Tedios, H&HS                      Lance Cpl. Amber Castro, H&HS          Lance Cpl. Osemudiame Omoleme, VMA-214
    Cpl. Anthony Minor, H&HS                        Lance Cpl. Travis Carthon, H&HS        Lance Cpl. Sheriff Showunmi, VMA-214
    Cpl. Christopher Gamiddo, MACS-1                Lance Cpl. William Espinoza, H&HS      Lance Cpl. Hong Chen, VMA-214
    Cpl. Alejandro Fraire, MACS-1                   Lance Cpl. Oscar Loya, H&HS            Lance Cpl. Lavoice Newby, VMA-214
    Cpl. James Crawford, MACS-1                     Lance Cpl. Gabriel Ramos, MACS-1       Lance Cpl. Oscar Ortizgonzalez, VMA-214
    Cpl. Morgan Hoffpauir, MACS-1                   Lance Cpl. Allison Fell, MACS-1        Lance Cpl. Brandon Macdonald, VMA-311
    Cpl. John Valenteros, MAG-13                    Lance Cpl. Joshua Medley, MACS-1       Lance Cpl. Marc Longoria, VMA-513
    Cpl. Ron Balsz, MALS-13                         Lance Cpl. Michael Durkin, MACS-1      Lance Cpl. Ryan Hinson, VMA-513                                                       Photo by Cpl. Michael R. Whitnel
    Cpl. James Waddington, MALS-13                  Lance Cpl. Race Gonsalves, MACS-1      Lance Cpl. Michael Bybee, VMA-513
    Cpl. Curtis Duncan, MALS-13                     Lance Cpl. Victor White, MACS-1        Lance Cpl. Ebony Phillips, VMA-513         An AV-8B Harrier with Marine Attack Squadron 214 taxis toward the station’s
    Cpl. Falan Aanenson, MALS-13                    Lance Cpl. Eddie Brown, MAG-13         Lance Cpl. Bradley Morgan, VMA-513         new fixed-wing refueling station here Sept. 9.
    Cpl. Christopher Huff, MALS-13                  Lance Cpl. Trey Rainey, MAG-13         Pfc. Travis Atkins, MALS-13
    Cpl. Alicia Felix, MALS-13                      Lance Cpl. Lewis Hazard, MAG-13        Pfc. Joshua Price, VMA-311
    Cpl. Heather Jacobs, MALS-13                    Lance Cpl. Joshua Carter, MAG-13       Lance Cpl. Jonathan Infantehernandez,
    Cpl. Nelson Dominguez Jr., MALS-13              Lance Cpl. Shawn Diniz Jr., MALS-13    MWSS-371
    Cpl. Ryan Darlin, MALS-13                       Lance Cpl. Raymond Cisneros, MALS-13
    Cpl. Kenneth Burgos II, MALS-13                 Lance Cpl. Joshua Barron, MALS-13
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6                 DESERT WARRIOR                       Sept. 18, 2008

Trashing junk mail key to ID theft success
                                                           be followed for each adult family member.
                                                              • Direct Mail Offers                                                                                                                              Thursday
             Better Business Bureau                           Direct Marketing Association is a trade group                                                                                           X-Files: I Want to Believe (PG-13)
                                                           with 5,200 member companies that use telephone,                                                                                                          7 p.m.
                                                           mail and the Internet to pitch their products directly                           The following courses are offered by the station’s
    Junk mail is a nuisance for many consumers who         to consumers. To stop receiving mailings from DMA                                safety department:
receive daily postcards, flyers, specially-marked          members, consumers can go to www.dmaconsumers.                                                                                                         Friday
envelopes and pre-approved credit card offers. Junk        org/cgi/offmailing. DMA regularly updates its list,                              Alive at 25: required for all Marines 25 & under                    The Mummy:
mail also presents an opportunity for identity thieves     but companies it notifies to remove names from their                                • Oct. 2 (10 seats available)                        Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (PG-13)
to steal important personal information.                   mailing lists may not be as prompt and it may take                                  • Nov. 13 (10 seats available)                                      6 p.m.
    However, consumers can take several steps to           as much as six months before solicitations from all                              Class begins at 8 a.m. in room 206, building
reduce the amount of unwanted mail and the pos-            DMA members stop.                                                                645.                                                            Pineapple Express (R)
sibility of ID theft.                                         • Catalogues                                                                                                                                         9 p.m.
    According to the Environmental Protection Agen-           A consumer’s mailbox can often be overrun with                                Basic Motorcycle Riders Course
cy, Americans throw out more than 4 million tons of        catalogues, even if they’ve never shopped with the                                 • Oct. 21-23 (7 seats available)
junk mail every year, and what is one man’s garbage        company before. This is likely because the consumer                                • Nov. 18-20 (8 seats available)                                  Saturday
is an ID thief’s gold mine.                                has, at some point, made a catalogue or online pur-                              Class begins at 1 p.m. in room 206, building          Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (PG-13)
    A Javelin Strategy and Research survey on ID theft     chase with a company that handed over their contact                              645.                                                                     6 p.m.
estimates that 8.1 million Americans became victims        information to Abacus, an alliance of catalogue and
of ID theft in 2007; with nearly half a million cases of   publishing companies. To stop individual catalogues,                             Experienced Motorcycle Riders Course                              Swing Vote (PG-13)
ID theft occurring as the result of stolen mail.           consumers can contact the specific company in ques-                                • Oct. 14 (8 seats available)                                         7 p.m.
    “Many people view junk mail simply as a daily          tion. To stop mass mailings, consumers can e-mail                                  • Nov. 12 (8 seats available)
nuisance, but if credit card offers and catalogs are       optout@abacus-us.com or write to Abacus, Inc., P.O.                              Class begins at 6:30 a.m. in the building 645
heading to the trash can in tact, that unwanted mail       Box 1478, Broomfield, CO 80038.                                                  parking lot.                                                         Sunday
can become a much more sinister problem,” said                • “Resident” and “Occupant” Mailings                                                                                                    X-Files: I Want to Believe (PG-13)
Steve Cox, BBB spokesman. “Preventing ID theft                Consumers can remove their address from “resi-                                All-Terrain Vehicle Course                                              5 p.m.
perpetrated through the mail requires the two-step ap-     dent” and “occupant” mailings that offer various                                   • Nov. 17 (8 seats available)
proach of reducing the amount of junk mail received,       goods and services by contacting Valassis—formerly                               Class begins at 7 a.m. in the building 645
as well as shredding any sensitive materials, such as      known as ADVO, Inc.—either by phone at 1-888-                                    parking lot.                                                         Monday
credit card offers.”                                       241-6760 or through an online form at: www.advo.                                                                                                    Step Brothers (R)
    People should always shred important documents         com/consumersupport.html. Consumers can also send                                Dirt Bike Course                                                        7 p.m.
and take the following steps to reduce the amount of       a written request to ADVO, Inc. Customer Assistance,                               • available upon request
junk mail they receive that could fall into ID thieves’    P.O. Box 249, Windsor, CT 06095.                                                 Class begins at 7 a.m. in the building 645
hands.                                                        • Coupon Packs                                                                parking lot.                                                        Tuesday
    • Pre-Approved Credit Card Offers                         To stop receiving coupon packs, consumers can                                                                                       Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (PG-13)
    Pre-approved credit card offers are an easy target     visit www.coxtarget.com/mailsuppression/s/Display                                   In order to register for any of the motorcycle,                       7 p.m.
for identity thieves who can steal incoming mail and       MailSuppressionForm and fill out an online request                               ATV or dirt bike courses classes, riders must have
use these offers to open fraudulent credit accounts.       form. Other requests can be directed to the sender on                            their motorcycle/ATV and PPE inspected by the
To opt out of receiving pre-approved credit card of-       the printed envelope received.                                                   safety department first.                                          Wednesday
fers for at least five years, and perhaps permanently,        • Solicitations Sent to Children                                                 Two trainer motorcycles and one ATV are                        *Free admission*
consumers can call 1-888-5-OPTOUT (567-8688)                  If a child under age 13 is being mailed advertise-                            available for riders without bikes. Riders must                   Swing Vote (PG-13)
or visit www.optoutprescreen.com. This service is          ments or credit card offers, it could be a sign that                             at least possess a learner’s permit to operate a                        7 p.m.
offered by the three major credit reporting bureaus,       identity theft has occurred. Parents should contact the                          trainer vehicle.
Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Consumers will           three major credit reporting bureaus and inform them                                To register for any of the safety courses or for
                                                                                                                                                                                                         MOVIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
be asked for personal information, including their         of the situation: Equifax: 1-800-525-6285; Experian:                             more information, call 928-269-5699.                               Call 928-269-2358 or visit
name, address, birth date and Social Security Number.      1-888-397-3742 or TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289.                                       Course dates and seats current as of Tuesday.               http://www.yuma.usmc-mccs.org/
This information is only used to process requests and         For more advice on ID theft prevention, visit www.                                                                                                      theater.htm
will remain confidential. This procedure will need to      bbb.org.

                                       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
                                                                     Breakfast/Brunch—9 a.m. to noon
                                                                             Dinner—3-5 p.m.
                                                                             11 p.m. to 12:45 a.m.

                                                                         For military without meal cards
                                                                           Lunch and dinner—$3.85

                                                              LUNCH: Beef & Vegetable Soup   DINNER: Hungarian Goulash
                                                              Spaghetti w/ Meat Sauce           w/ Noodles
                                                              Herbed Baked Chicken           Asian BBQ Turkey Roast
                                                              Garlic Cheese Potatoes         Rice Pilaf
                                                              Club Spinach                   Vegetable Stir Fry
                                                              Succotash                      Simmered Peas

                                                              LUNCH: Fish Chowder            DINNER: Braised Beef
                                                              Seafood Platter                   & Noodles
                                                              Spicy Beans & Sausage          Cajun Lightning Chicken
                                                              Potatoes Au Gratin             Scalloped Potatoes
                                                              Steamed Rice                   Southern-style Greens
                                                              Green Beans                    Mixed Vegetables

                                                              BRUNCH: Eggs                   DINNER: Steak Ranchero
                                                              Turkey Noodle Soup             Roast Turkey
                                                              Cold Cereals                   Mashed Potatoes
                                                              Sausage Patties                Southwestern Rice
                                                              Oven-fried Bacon               Broccoli
                                                              ... and more                   Glazed Carrots

                                                              BRUNCH: Eggs                   DINNER: Navy Bean Soup
                                                              Grilled Ham Slices             Grilled Steak
                                                              Oven-fried Bacon               Cajun Baked Fish
                                                              Pancakes / Waffles             Baked Potato
                                                              Chicken Sandwich               Parmesan Rice
                                                              ... and more                   Brussels Sprouts

                                                              LUNCH: Minestrone Soup         DINNER: Minestrone Soup
                                                              Roast Beef                     Turkey A la King
                                                              White Bean Chicken Chili       Jerk Pork Loin
                                                              Steam Rice                     Buttered Egg Noodles
                                                              Carrots                        Islanders Rice
                                                              Simmered Peas                  Broccoli

                                                              LUNCH: Potato Soup             DINNER: Beef Pot Pie
                                                              Chili Macaroni                 Bayou Chicken
                                                              Fish Vera Cruz                 Orange Rice
                                                              Grilled Cheese Sandwich        Cauliflower Combo
                                                              Spanish Rice                   Smothered Squash
                                                              Tangy Spinach                  Cheese Drop Biscuits

                                                              LUNCH: Bean w/ Bacon Soup      DINNER: Meatloaf
                                                              Parmesan Basil Chicken         Baked Stuffed Fish
                                                              Pasta Toscano                  Steamed Rice
                                                              Italian Roasted Potatoes       Oven Brown Potatoes
                                                              French-style Green Beans       Mixed Vegetables
                                                              Garlic Bread                   Broccoli

      DESERT WARRIOR   Sept. 18, 2008   7

8               DESERT WARRIOR                   Sept. 18, 2008

Station Marines use spare time for intramural bowling
                    Lance Cpl. T.M. Stewman
                       Desert Warrior Staff

   Marines were given the opportunity to show off their bowling
skills during the first match of the intramural bowling season at the
station bowling alley Monday.
   Only three teams from Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13
showed up for the season opener, but there was no lack in competi-
tiveness or fun.
   The small number of teams meant that the three games would be
used to establish the bowler’s handicaps for the season and though
everyone’s scores would be apparent, there would be no placing
for the teams.
   MALS-13’s “A” team is considered to be the season favorite,
with game scores averaging in the low 200s.
   Their combined team bowling experience gave them an advantage
at the new lanes of station bowling alley, which is currently under-
going renovation. The “A” team’s high bowler was Joel Reynolds
with an average of 209.
   MALS-13’s “#1” team showed promise, bowling with a team
average in the high 150s. Their lead bowler of the match was Justin
Daniel with an average of 149.
   MALS-13’s “Lead Farmers” team will use the handicap rules
to their advantage after a poor showing in their first match. Their
lead bowler for the day was Travis Hammer, with a three-game
average of 138.
   Before any pins were knocked down, Marines voted on whether
or not the season would be scored handicapped or scratch.
   The Marines chose handicapped scoring, which is a way to place                                                                                                                      Photo by Lance Cpl. T.M. Stewman
bowlers and teams with varying skills on an equal playing field
to keep matches competitive even if a team has one or more very         Seth Trombley of Marine Aviation Logistics 13’s “A” team hurls his ball down the lane during an intramural bowling match at the station bowling
                                                                        alley Monday. During the match, Trombley and his team showed the competition that they are the season favorites with game averages in the 200s.
high scores. To get a handicap in a 200 point handicap system, the
                                                                        Though the season has started, Marines and sailors are encouraged to make a team and play next Monday at 11 a.m.
bowler would subtract their average from 200, and then multiply
it by 80 percent.
   “I think playing with a handicap will give the Marines a chance
to have more fun bowling, because scratch bowling could give us
some pretty lopsided matches,” said Kevin Stone, station gym as-
sistant athletic director.
   Marines who still want to bowl can sign up now with Stone and
bring their five-man team to the bowling alley on Monday. Play be-
gins at 11 a.m. and ends when each team has bowled three games.
   “We’re going to bowl no matter how many teams show up, but
we’d love to have more to make the season more competitive,”
said Stone.

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