Gina Harkins

Gina Harkins

Multimedia journalist

Gina Harkins has reported on Marines from the U.S., Central and South America, and at sea. She holds a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

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Marines find culture of hazing, abuse at boot camp after recruit's death at Parris Island

Multiple investigations into the death of a Muslim military recruit at the Marine Corps’ fabled Parris Island training center have uncovered a troubling pattern of mistreatment, and officials are responding with a series of policy changes designed to improve accountability.

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The Marines will remove the word 'man' from these 19 job titles

Thousands of Marines serving throughout the infantry and in other key positions are about to get new gender-neutral job titles, but the service's top leaders are pushing to leave the word "man" in some of its most iconic occupations.

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The long, lonely battle to vindicate two dishonored military pioneers

Darkness engulfed the Arizona desert as the first of two aircraft closed in on the landing zone. The mission, part of the Marine Corps' controversial evaluation of the V-22 Osprey, called for a simulated communication blackout.

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Parris Island purgatory: Why these recruits spent 16 months at boot camp

Inside the ordeal that left two Marine recruits stuck at Parris Island for more than 500 days.

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A Marine's Silver Star brings closure and hope to this once-dishonored battalion

When Col. Chris Dixon recalls his unit's 2011 deployment to Afghanistan, he doesn't dwell on the grainy 40-second video that made international headlines.

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Chattanooga shooting: Marine shielded his daughter from terrorist's rampage

It was 60 seconds of sheer horror. These recruiters' incredible untold story.

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Female Marines on women in combat: 'We're ready'

The Marine Corps will immediately begin implementing new policies following the defense secretary's decision to open all combat fields to women, and female Marines who've been waiting for the ban to lift have one message: They're ready.

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Gen. John Kelly: Military partnerships are vital in the Americas

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT – When Washington wanted answers this summer about the hordes of unaccompanied kids illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, Gen. John Kelly was thrust into the spotlight.

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11 secrets Marine drill instructors hide at boot camp

The images stay with you for the rest of your life: Screaming drill instructors, in your face, in your space, in your nightmares.

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How to approach wounded warriors, a Marine vet's tips

Justin Constantine defied the odds when he made it home from Iraq.

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Controversial Marine Corps unit recognizes a war hero

A Marine infantry battalion that was embroiled in a war-zone scandal will present a former squad leader with the nation's third-highest valor award this week — nearly five years after he led his comrades out of an intense firefight in Afghanistan.

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Marines weigh stripping the word 'man' from all job titles

One of the most time-honored phrases in the Marine Corps — "every Marine a rifleman" — could get an update as the service's top leaders consider new gender-neutral job titles for all positions.

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Marine Corps boot camp, job titles to be gender neutral by April

The Marine Corps was given 15 days to devise a plan to make its entry-level training coed and make many military job titles gender-neutral....

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The Marine Corps' crisis response plus-up

Marines take on new missions to prevent another Benghazi.

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Marines unveil new gender-neutral standards for 29 jobs

Marine Corps officials have unveiled new physical standards for more than two dozen ground combat jobs. They took effect Sept. 30....