Sep 09

PI028: Why Are There Construction Signs By The Traffic Circle?

Speed Limit Sign Reducing Speed In Construction Area

Every time I see new roads and buildings going up on the base it reminds me of my first trip Beaufort, South Carolina.  In those days many of the roads were two lanes, few had over head lights and at first we found it difficult to drive around at night.  Our realtor Betsy, gave us a tour of …

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Aug 14

PI027: Rich Brown’s Story Of Missed Opportunity

Rich Brown

No one expected to see news of Robin William’s death on August 11th.  I thought we would experience at least 20 more years of movies and comedy specials and then maybe one day I’d sneak back stage after one of his weekly shows in Vegas and get his autograph and a picture. Unfortunately I will never get the chance to meet …

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Jul 09

PI026: Information You Need To Know From the Training Matrix

Training Matrix

What is the Training Matrix? The Training Matrix is a handy dandy one page calendar which arranges Boot Camp into blocks that give a glimpse of what goes on each day.   It is a great tool to keep track of what is going on with your recruit during those 12 long weeks. Download your copy …

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Jun 09

PI025: How About Bowling A Few Good Games?

Rediscover bowling at MCRD PI

Imagine stepping up to the lane, positioning a pair of carnival colored shoes on the red dots; lifting your eyes and concentrating on red arrows as you line up the shot.  You thrust a brightly colored ball out in front of you, then slowly swing it as you move forward, one two, three steps and release.  You watch, the ball …

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May 21

PI024: Memorial Day, A Great Day For Shopping

Memorial Day

Memorial Day signals the beginning of summer In addition to great deals at the mall, my memories of the first day of summer include claiming the best spot near the swimming pool for my towel, watching hot dogs and hamburgers sizzle on the grill, scooping potato and macaroni salads onto my paper plate and sliding …

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Apr 28

PI023: Recruits Learn Combat Basics On Parris Island

Recruits learn combat basics on Parris Island

Story by Lance Cpl. David Bessey MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. – It’s as old as warfare itself. Experienced warriors imbue the next generation with their well-earned skill and knowledge. Marines like Sgt. Paul Greenfield, 29, assistant Basic Warrior Training chief, Weapons and Field Training Battalion, and an Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation …

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Mar 31

PI022: Graduation Gifts For Your New Marine

Graduation Ceremony MCRD PI

Graduation Day is finally here and you are so proud.  You don’t need to buy anything at all, but wouldn’t it be nice to give a little token to recognize the hard work your son or daughter put into becoming a Marine?  But what do you get someone who just graduated boot camp?  Here are …

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Mar 24

PI021: Month in Review


  It’s been a busy month for Parris Island. On March 15th the 17th Annual Parris Island Sprint Triathlon took place and I’m proud to say I know some of the people who participated.  Congratulations to everyone!                       Wednesday March 19th at 11 am the Marine Corps …

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Feb 26

PI020: Parris Island Posts New Sergeant Major

Sgt. Maj. Gary Buck turns in his sword of office to Brig. Gen. Lori Reynolds, commanding general of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., on Feb. 21, 2014, as part of a relief and appointment ceremony for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and Eastern Recruiting Region sergeant major. Buck retired after 29 years of service to the Corps and was replaced by Sgt. Maj. Paul Archie.

Story by Cpl. MaryAnn Hill Friday, February 2, 2014 PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. – The Marine Corps Recruit Depot and the Eastern Recruiting Region headquartered here welcomed a new Sergeant Major Feb. 21, 2014, although his retiring predecessor will not be going far. Sgt. Maj. Gary Buck retired after 29 years of service to the Marine …

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Feb 09

PI019: Have Commissaries Reached Their Expiration Date?

PI Commissary Meat Counter

Commissaries are grocery stores that sell items at cost to active duty, retirees and dependents.  They are considered a valuable non-pay benefit because they provide a way for military families to put quality food on the table no matter where they are stationed.  In response to mandatory budget cuts, the Department of Defense (DOD) is …

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