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Maj. Gen. William D. Beydler, the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Africa, visited Naval Air Station Sigonella to meet the service members of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14, Sept. 13, 2014. During his visit Beydler commended them on the work they are doing and stressed the importance of maintaining readiness and being capable of springing into action at a moment’s notice. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Shawn Valosin)
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Maj. Gen. William D. Beydler (right), the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Africa, shakes hands with Cpl. Kevin Peach (center), a Port St. Lucie, Fla., native and rifleman with SP-MAGTF Africa 14, aboard Naval Air Station Sigonella Sept. 13, 2014. Cpl. Kevin Peach and Cpl. Tirrany James, a New Orleans, La., native and fiscal clerk with SP-MAGTF Africa 14, were recognized during the visit for their performance on deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Shawn Valosin)
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Maj. Gen. William D. Beydler (left), the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Africa, shakes hands with Cpl. Tirrany James (center), a New Orleans, La., native and fiscal clerk with SP-MAGTF Africa 14, aboard Naval Air Station Sigonella Sept. 13, 2014. Cpl. Tirrany James and Cpl. Kevin Peach, a Port St. Lucie, Fla., native and rifleman with SP-MAGTF Africa 14, were recognized during the visit for their performance on deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Shawn Valosin)
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Sgt. Maj. James J. McCook, the sergeant major for U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa, speaks with service members from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14 aboard Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sept. 13, 2014 During the visit, Maj. Gen. William D. Beydler, the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Africa, and McCook thanked the service members for their hard work and dedication to mission accomplishment and stressed the importance of maintaining readiness, reminding them that they could be called to action at a moment’s notice. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Shawn Valosin)
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Major Luke A. Sauber, a Memphis, Tenn., native and officer-in-charge of Security Cooperation Team 4, with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa, poses for a photo with children in Burundi, Aug. 25, 2014, while advising the Burundi National Defense Force. Marines are advising African partner nations to address regional security challenges. (Courtesy Photo)
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Gunnery Sergeant Christopher D. Robbins (left) a Knoxville, Tenn., native and engineer equipment mechanic with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14, and Maj. Luke A. Sauber, a Memphis, Tenn., native and officer-incharge of Security Cooperation Team 4 with SP-MAGTF Africa 14 pose for a photo with members from the Burundi National Defense Force, in Burundi, Aug. 27, 2014. SCT-4 conducted a tactical-advising course with the Burundi National Defense Force August through September.  Topics covered included maintenance management planning, counter improvised explosive device, general engineering, troop-leading steps, orders development, combat-lifesaving and trauma care, and convoy planning. SP-MAGTF Africa strengthens U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa and U.S. Africa Command’s ability to assist partner nations in addressing their security challenges. Marines and Sailors with SP-MAGTF Africa conduct theater security cooperation, military-to-military engagements and are trained to provide contingency support to crisis response. (Courtesy Photo)
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Petty Officer 1st Class Mazamesso Solitoki, a New York, N.Y., native and hospital corpsman with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14 and members of the Burundi National Defense Force practice combat-lifesaving procedures in Burundi, Aug. 26, 2014, during  a tactical advising course with the Burundi National Defense Forces. Topics covered included maintenance management planning, counter improvised explosive device, general engineering, troop leading steps, orders development, combat lifesaving and trauma care, and convoy planning. SP-MAGTF Africa conduct theater security cooperation and military-to-military engagements while providing U.S. Africa Command a rapid-response capability in North and West Africa.  (Courtesy Photo)
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Lt. Col. William C. Stophel (left), the commanding officer of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14 is awarded a plaque from Marco Sinatra, the mayor of Vizzini,  for the volunteer work the Marines and Sailors of SP-MAGTF Africa 14 did at the historic site of Cunziria, Vizzini, Sept. 7, 2014,
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Marines and Sailors with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14 stand alongside the Sicilian people enjoying a rendition of Cavalleria Rusticana, or Rustic Chivalry, a drama by famous playwright Giovanni Verga which tells the tale of a soldier who left for war only to return to find his beloved is to be betrothed to another man. The opera was set in the streets of Vizzini, where famous playwright Giovanni Verga was inspired to write the story, Sept. 7, 2014.
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Navy Capt. Christopher J. Dennis (left), the commanding officer of Naval Air Station Sigonella, shakes hands with Marco Sinatra (right), the mayor of Vizzini, during an award ceremony for the restoration of the Cunziria, a historic district of Vizzini, Sept. 7, 2014. The “Marines Meet Verga” project was a clear example of how several different groups of volunteers of varying cultures can come together and unite for a common goal which in turn restored a significant piece of history for Vizzini.
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Lt. Col. William C. Stophel, the commanding officer of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14 poses for a photo with Marco Sinatra, the mayor of Vizzini, in Cunziria, Vizzini, Sept. 7, 2014. At the award ceremony, Mayor Sinatra said “In the world of conflict that we see today, culture is the cradle of civilization…It’s a way to have everybody joining together and [bond] together. This has been a common element, which has brought both Americans and Italians together towards peace, and preserving the historic heritage, which is what we are doing today.”
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Marines and Sailors with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14 pose for a photo with Marco Sinatra, the mayor of Vizzini and Eriberto Muscoso, brother of the event coordinator and director of the “Marines Meet Verga” project, in Cunziria, Vizzini, Sept. 7, 2014. The service members of SP-MAGTF Africa 14 were awarded plaques for the volunteer work they put in to help restore the beauty of Cunziria. After the awards ceremony the Marines and Sailors were privy to a local rendition of Cavalleria Rusticana, or Rustic Chivalry, a drama by famous playwright Giovanni Verga which tells the tale of a soldier who left for war only to return to find his beloved is to be betrothed to another man.
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Marines from Golf Co., 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines make an anti-riot formation to defend against an attacker on Black Sea Rotational Force 14 Sept. 9 during a non-lethal weapons course on Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania. Non-lethal skills and tactics can be taught to partner nations in Eastern Europe to build partner capacity. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alexandria Blanche, 2d MAR DIV, Combat Camera/Released)
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Marines from Golf Co., 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines make an anti-riot formation on Black Sea Rotational Force 14 Sept. 9 during a non-lethal weapons course on Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania. Skills with non-lethal weapons increase our capabilities against civil disturbances; promoting strength in the Eastern European region (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alexandria Blanche, 2d MAR DIV, Combat Camera/Released)
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Marines from Golf Co., 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines make an anti-riot formation on Black Sea Rotational Force 14 Sept. 9 during a non-lethal weapons course on Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania. Sustainment in these skills will improve military-to-military engagements with Eastern European partner nations during the current iteration’s rotation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alexandria Blanche, 2d MAR DIV, Combat Camera/Released)
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A Marine with Black Sea Rotational Force 14 fires on a target using 12-gauge ammunition Sept. 8, during a non-lethal weapons range near Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania. The Mossberg 590A1 is used in non-lethal weapons training with Eastern European partner nations in the Black Sea, Balkan and Caucasus region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ryan Young/released)
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