Archive for the ‘Marine Corps Multimedia Stories’ Category

In 2008 I traveled with a team of Army doctors to a remote region of Cambodia. The objective was to treat patients in an austere location, while teaching and learning from counterparts in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces. The medical exercise is part of an ongoing bi-lateral relationship between the RCAF and the United States military.

IED’s have killed and maimed thousands of service members overseas. In 2007 Explosive Ordinance Disposal became a topic every Marine had to be aware of. To understand munitions disposal, Marines at Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji Japan, disposed of a whole host of weapons on a winter afternoon in 2008. Out of all the stories I did in the Marine Corps, this was the most entertaining. Not only was it awesome seeing a bunch of shit blow up, but I also got to do a priceless interview with LCpl. Fernandez. She was the only female among 20 Marines that day, but other than her ponytail, five foot stature, and the lack of dip in her mouth, she was the stereotypical Marine.  I say that in an endearing manner, because out off all the Marines there that day, she KNEW  she wanted to take apart bombs for a living.  Her military occupation was supply, but she was trying to make her way into the male-domintaed EOD field.  I wish I could have aired my full interview with her, but her language was not agreeable with the American Forces Network broadcasting standard. After I told her repeatedly  she couldn’t say “fuck” or any derogatory terms for Iraqi’s, she gave me a brief soundbite that was semi-acceptable.  Thank you LCpl. Rachelle Fernandez!

Marines Renovate School from daniel restivo on Vimeo.

The Marine Corps gave me a multitude of opportunities, but I cherish none more than traveling to remote areas of the globe.  Once you witness third-world poverty you realize how fortunate America is.  In 2008 I joined the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit during a bi-lateral training excercise with the Filipino Armed Forces.  While the exercise focused on military readiness, I was assigned to cover the community relations aspect of the operation.  I was sent to a remote village where U.S. and Filipino Marines were renovating classrooms that made my high school like an Ivy League prep school .

Combat Casualty Care from daniel restivo on Vimeo.

While serving with the American Forces Network in 2008, I had the privilege to cover one of the largest military medical conferences in the world.  The Asian Pacific Military Medicine Conference invited military doctors from across the pacific to share their research with fellow counterparts in Singapore. During the weeklong summit, United States Army Major General George W. Weightman, lectured about a new and low-cost breakthrough in battlefield medicine.

Bangladesh from daniel restivo on Vimeo.

In November 2007 I was sent to Bangaldesh with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit after Cyclone Sidr ravaged a large portion of the coastal area.   The poverty stricken South Asian country lacked the necessary tools to distribute vital aid to it’s people.    After the deaths of nearly 2,000 people, Marines and sailors aboard the 11th MEU provided much needed aerial support for a vital humanitarian relief operation.