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U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command

Camp Pendleton, CA

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Gunnery Sgt. Michael Nastasi, the communications chief and Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) active duty fund drive coordinator for Marine Special Operations Support Group speaks to a crowd of Marines, sailors and civilians of the MARSOC headquarters, explaining to them the many benefits of contributing to the NMCRS.  “Many moons ago when I was a PFC stationed in Okinawa, my grandfather had passed away.  At that time I couldn’t afford the $1,800 plane ticket from Naha to the U.S., explained Nastasi.   “The NMCRS stepped in when I really needed them the most, and helped me pay for the ticket.  To this day I am grateful for their service and the assistance they provided me.”  This year's drive will continue through April 15, and there is still time to donate.  Allotments are the preferable method of contributing; however, cash donations are also accepted. To find out more about the NMCRS or for additional information about the drive, contact Jesey McManus at (910) 451-5584.  Also, Maj. Kevin Kratzer, the 2014 NMCRS coordinator for MARSOC, can be reached at (910) 440-2733.
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Dr. Author Finch, a renowned Special Operations Forces (SOF) psychologist speaks with Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Marines, sailors, civilians and their families during a recent MARSOC Preservation of the Forces and Family (MPOTFF) event held here, Feb. 10, 2014.  Finch, who has been practicing psychology for over 14 years, and has 11 years experience working with both the U.S. Army Rangers and U.S. Army Special Operations Command, paid a visit to MARSOC to share his inside knowledge, perspective and strategies in managing the demands placed on Marines and their families who are a part of the special operations community.
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Maj. Gen. Mark A. Clark, commanding general of Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, address the families of both Staff Sgt. Sky Mote and Capt. Matthew Manoukian, and all Marines present during a Navy Cross presentation ceremony, held at the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion headquarters Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 18, 2014.  Mote and Manoukian were awarded the Navy Cross, posthumously, for their heroic and selfless actions during Operation Enduring Freedom.
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Maj. Gen. Mark A. Clark, commanding general of Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, and Lt. Col. John Lynch (far left), commanding officer, 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion present the Navy Cross Medal to Socrates Manoukian and Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian, for their son's, Capt. Matthew Manoukian's heroic and selfless actions taken during Operation Enduring Freedom., by Maj. Gen. Mark Clark, second from right, and Lt. Col. John Lynch.
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Photos of Staff Sgt. Sky Mote and Capt. Matthew Manoukian, were displayed in front of the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion headquarters building during a Navy Cross presentation ceremony, held at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 18, 2014.  Mote and Manoukian were awarded the Navy Cross, posthumously, for their heroic and selfless actions during Operation Enduring Freedom.
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Maj. Robb McDonald, air officer with 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, from Yuma, Ariz., speaks to members of the official party before receiving the Silver Star for his efforts against an enemy attack aboard Camp Bastion, Afghanistan in 2012. Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force pinned the nation’s third highest award on McDonald aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 9.
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Maj. Robb McDonald, air officer with 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, from Yuma, Ariz., speaks to members of the official party before receiving the Silver Star for his efforts against an enemy attack aboard Camp Bastion, Afghanistan in 2012. Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force pinned the nation’s third highest award on McDonald aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 9.
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The I Marine Expeditionary Force commanding general, Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan speaks to Marines and media during the ceremony honoring Maj. Robb McDonald and his actions at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. McDonald receives the Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest combat valor award, for his role in repelling an enemy attack inside Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. McDonald was serving as the executive officer of Marine Attack Squadron 211, III Marine Aircraft Wing. The ceremony took place at the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion command building at Camp Pendleton Dec. 9. 

According to the award citation on Sept. 14, 2012 15 insurgents infiltrated Camp Bastion and attacked the coalition forces stationed there. McDonald took charge after the commanding officer, Lt. Col. Christopher Raible, was mortally wounded. He risked his life to lead Marines away from a building that could have become a death trap had the troops remained there. He later shot and killed one attacker and directed two helicopter attacks that killed several other insurgents.
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Participants of a Jane Wayne Day event raid a town during the last portion of a simulated special operations mission on Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 19, 2013.  The event was organized by Marine Special Operations Regiment, allowing wives of MARSOC personnel to experience firsthand how Critical Skills Operators train for missions.  This Jane Wayne Day event immersed participants in an interactive scenario comprising patrols, a run through an obstacle course, rides on zodiac boats, encounters with role-players and a simulated raid on a town.  MARSOC Marines supervised the entire event, and assisted the family members throughout the scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Steven Fox/Released)
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Participants of a Jane Wayne Day event raid a town during the last portion of a simulated special operations mission on Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 19, 2013.  The event was organized by Marine Special Operations Regiment, allowing wives of MARSOC personnel to experience firsthand how Critical Skills Operators train for missions.  This Jane Wayne Day event immersed participants in an interactive scenario comprising patrols, a run through an obstacle course, rides on zodiac boats, encounters with role-players and a simulated raid on a town.  MARSOC Marines supervised the entire event, and assisted the family members throughout the scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Steven Fox/Released)
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Participants of a Jane Wayne Day event raid a town during the last portion of a simulated special operations mission on Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 19, 2013.  The event was organized by Marine Special Operations Regiment, allowing wives of MARSOC personnel to experience firsthand how Critical Skills Operators train for missions.  This Jane Wayne Day event immersed participants in an interactive scenario comprising patrols, a run through an obstacle course, rides on zodiac boats, encounters with role-players and a simulated raid on a town.  MARSOC Marines supervised the entire event, and assisted the family members throughout the scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Steven Fox/Released)
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Participants of a Jane Wayne Day event raid a town during the last portion of a simulated special operations mission on Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 19, 2013.  The event was organized by Marine Special Operations Regiment, allowing wives of MARSOC personnel to experience firsthand how Critical Skills Operators train for missions.  This Jane Wayne Day event immersed participants in an interactive scenario comprising patrols, a run through an obstacle course, rides on zodiac boats, encounters with role-players and a simulated raid on a town.  MARSOC Marines supervised the entire event, and assisted the family members throughout the scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Steven Fox/Released)
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Participants of a Jane Wayne Day event raid a town during the last portion of a simulated special operations mission on Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 19, 2013.  The event was organized by Marine Special Operations Regiment, allowing wives of MARSOC personnel to experience firsthand how Critical Skills Operators train for missions.  This Jane Wayne Day event immersed participants in an interactive scenario comprising patrols, a run through an obstacle course, rides on zodiac boats, encounters with role-players and a simulated raid on a town.  MARSOC Marines supervised the entire event, and assisted the family members throughout the scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Steven Fox/Released)
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Participants of a Jane Wayne Day event raid a town during the last portion of a simulated special operations mission on Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 19, 2013.  The event was organized by Marine Special Operations Regiment, allowing wives of MARSOC personnel to experience firsthand how Critical Skills Operators train for missions.  This Jane Wayne Day event immersed participants in an interactive scenario comprising patrols, a run through an obstacle course, rides on zodiac boats, encounters with role-players and a simulated raid on a town.  MARSOC Marines supervised the entire event, and assisted the family members throughout the scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Steven Fox/Released)
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Participants of a Jane Wayne Day event raid a town during the last portion of a simulated special operations mission on Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 19, 2013.  The event was organized by Marine Special Operations Regiment, allowing wives of MARSOC personnel to experience firsthand how Critical Skills Operators train for missions.  This Jane Wayne Day event immersed participants in an interactive scenario comprising patrols, a run through an obstacle course, rides on zodiac boats, encounters with role-players and a simulated raid on a town.  MARSOC Marines supervised the entire event, and assisted the family members throughout the scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Steven Fox/Released)
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Participants of a Jane Wayne Day event raid a town during the last portion of a simulated special operations mission on Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 19, 2013.  The event was organized by Marine Special Operations Regiment, allowing wives of MARSOC personnel to experience firsthand how Critical Skills Operators train for missions.  This Jane Wayne Day event immersed participants in an interactive scenario comprising patrols, a run through an obstacle course, rides on zodiac boats, encounters with role-players and a simulated raid on a town.  MARSOC Marines supervised the entire event, and assisted the family members throughout the scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Steven Fox/Released)
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