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  • Fought Vietcong,Sandinistas,Saddam,Taliban,ISIS but last Vietnam vet in uniform is retiring

    07/02/2015 4:35:31 PM PDT · by vis a vis · 11 replies
    Dailymail.com ^ | 2 Jul 2015 | Daniel Bates For Dailymail.com
    When Sergeant Major Michael Jarnevic finally retires from the Army on July 8, it will be the end of a career that began in 1973 when he enlisted as a Marine and was deployed to Vietnam. He is now nearing his 60th birthday and has spent three quarters of his life fighting for his country. In fact, Sgt Major Jarnevic appears to be the last Vietnam veteran on active duty in the whole of the Army. During his 42 years of service he has served in Honduras during the Contra wars in the 80s and Kuwait in the 90s during...
  • Marines looking to deploy on foreign ships because the U.S. doesn't have enough

    06/22/2015 11:09:11 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    caintv ^ | june 22, 2015 | dan calabrese
    Leading from behind. Anyone who thinks Barack Obama never saw a dollar he didn't want to spend . . . OK, that's probably true, but there are some reasons for spending a dollar for which he doesn't have much use. And as we all know, the military is at the top of that list. Every dollar spent on the Armed Forces is a dollar Obama can't spend regulating industry, having the IRS harass his political opponents or illegally subsidizing health care premiums. So why build enough ships for the Marines to fulfill their responsibilities. President Leading From Behind doesn't want...
  • Rangers, SEALs, now Raiders: Marines resurrect historic name

    06/19/2015 10:37:22 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 32 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 19, 2015 | By Jonathan Drew
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Army has the Green Berets, while the Navy is known for the SEALs. Now, an elite branch of the U.S. Marine Corps will officially be known as Raiders. The Marines will rename several special operations units as Marine Raiders at a ceremony Friday, resurrecting a moniker made famous by World War II units that carried out risky amphibious and guerrilla operations. The exploits of the original Marine Raiders — who pioneered tactics used by present-day special forces — were captured in books and movies including "Gung Ho!" in 1943 and "Marine Raiders" in 1944. The...
  • Rachel Dolezal’s Resignation Letter Is Ridiculous

    06/16/2015 9:55:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/16/2015 | Katherine Timpf
    She just can’t seem to understand why what she did is such a big deal! Rachel Dolezal may have resigned from her position as president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP — but the statement she released seems to suggest that she just doesn’t see why people think what she did is such a big deal. “I have always deferred to the state and national NAACP leadership and offer my sincere gratitude for their unwavering support of my leadership through this unexpected firestorm,” she wrote. Yes — “unexpected.” The white woman who spent years portraying herself as black —...
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger premieres 'Terminator Genisys'

    06/16/2015 2:39:24 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies
    desimartini.com ^ | Jun 16, 2015 | Aseem Sharma
    Actor-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger premieres his upcoming movie ‘Terminator Genisys’ for hundred of Marines at Camp Pendleton. The actor took photos with the fans and also signed autographs for them. The Commando star also greeted the military men and women for their contribution towards the country. Arnold said, "This is the land of opportunity and the greatest county in the world because of you”. He also added, "I was so proud to make the Marines at United States Marine Corps Camp Pendleton the first audience in the nation to see Terminator Genisys today. Thank you for your service”. The actor also...
  • Does This Ballistic Vest Make Me Look Fat?

    06/08/2015 5:02:24 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/08/15 | Michael Shannon
    The Marines have had a great deal of trouble finding a few good women. So far the Infantry Officer Course remains undefeated Developments on the women–in–combat front are cause for concern, even for leftists that have made cognitive dissonance a way of life, because the women don’t seem to be holding up their end of the ideological bargain. If Ranger Sgt. Rosie Riveter is going to be leaping out of aircraft and putting paid to ISIS misogynists — either by a well-placed burst from her rifle or silently dispatching him with the Camel Clutch (first made famous by the Iron...
  • In effort to fix woes in VA care, (Rep.) Moulton (D-MA) taps own experience

    06/07/2015 1:31:16 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 12 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | June 5, 2015 | Jessica Meyers
    Seth Moulton had earned two medals in Iraq for his valor. He’d witnessed brutal combat in four tours with the Marines. But none of that mattered when he showed up at the Veterans Health Administration hospital in Washington, D.C., where staff could not find records. “We’ll consider taking you as a humanitarian case,” a hospital staffer told Moulton, unaware that the would-be hernia patient was also a newly elected Massachusetts congressman. Thus began Moulton’s frustrating experience with the Veterans Affairs health system, a personal sampling of a chronically troubled medical bureaucracy that has drawn complaints from veterans, demands for improvements...
  • Harrisburg police officer wrongly accuses veteran, 75, of 'stolen valor'

    06/04/2015 7:55:33 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 80 replies
    pennlive.com ^ | Christine Vendel
    An Army soldier attending Artsfest on Memorial Day thought something was fishy with the Marine uniform worn by 75-year-old Robert Ford, who was strolling along Front Street. Ford's hat bore some wrinkles, according to the soldier's assessment, and his belt buckle looked too ornate for his rank. The soldier enlisted the help of a Harrisburg police officer working at the event, who was a Marine, and together, they accused Ford of being a fraud. "He's not a real Marine!" the officer shouted to the crowd gathered for the PennLive/Patriot-News Artsfest of Greater Harrisburg. "Stolen valor!" "I was humiliated," said Ford,...
  • Dad: soldier son killed in training crash deserves Arlington Cemetery burial

    05/30/2015 2:45:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 30, 2015
    A soldier from the Louisiana National Guard who died alongside Marines in a training accident deserves to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, his father said Saturday. Former Green Beret Stephen Florich told Fox & Friends it is a “travesty” his son has been denied that honor because he was not on active duty at the time of his death. Most active duty or retired military members of military service are eligible for in-ground interment at Arlington. Members of the reserves or National Guard are not eligible unless they have been on active duty. “I think my son was very...
  • Marine court-martialed for refusing to remove Bible verse

    05/26/2015 1:50:25 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 59 replies
    Foxnews.com/opinion ^ | 5-26-2015 | Todd Starnes
    A United States Marine was convicted at a court-martial for refusing to remove a Bible verse on her computer – a verse of Scripture the military determined “could easily be seen as contrary to good order and discipline.” The plight of Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling seems unbelievable – a member of the Armed Forces criminally prosecuted for displaying a slightly altered passage of Scripture from the Old Testament: “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.” Sterling, who represented herself at trial, was convicted February 1, 2014 in a court-martial at Camp Lejune, North Carolina after she refused to obey orders...
  • A Memorial Day Tribute in Honor of 1st Lt. Nathan Krissoff, USMC - KIA 12/09/06 Anbar province, Iraq

    05/24/2015 2:14:16 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    The Concert for Valor ^ | November 19, 1014 | Steven Spielberg & CDR Bill Krissoff, USN
    This video is a moving tribute to honor an outstanding young Marine Officer by his father, Dr. Bill Kristoff. At the age of 61, Dr. Bill Kristoff of Truckee, CA joined the U.S. Navy Medical Corps in order to honor the memory of his oldest son by serving as a surgeon in Afghanistan to treat wounded Marines. While doing some further research on this amazing family, I found this: The outdoor activities were a joy shared by Nathan, his father, and his younger brother, Austin, 24, who joined the Marines shortly before Nathan died.The family kept word of Nathan's death...
  • After Court-Martial, this Marine Cites Religious Freedom in Her Continued Legal Fight

    05/21/2015 11:20:11 AM PDT · by kristinn · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, May 21, 2015 | Dan Lamothe
    A court case working its way through the military justice system raises a basic question: Should a member of the military be allowed to post a religious passage in her place of work? The case involves Monifa J. Sterling, a Marine veteran who was convicted in a court-martial at Camp Lejeune, N.C., of failing to go to an appointed place of duty, disrespecting a superior commissioned officer and four specifications of disobeying a lawful order. She was sentenced last year to a reduction in rank from lance corporal to private and given a bad-conduct discharge, a status that will stay...
  • Nepal earthquake: Wreck of missing US helicopter found

    05/15/2015 12:06:13 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 15 May 2015
    The wreckage of a US military helicopter that went missing in Nepal has been found, the Nepalese army says. The helicopter went missing earlier this week while delivering aid near the Chinese border, with six US marines and two Nepali soldiers on board. Maj Gen Binoj Basnet told AFP agency that it was not known if there were any survivors. The editor of the Nepal Times, Kunda Dixit, said the wreckage was found 56km (35 miles) from Kathmandu.
  • Operation Jade Helm 15 Arizona 04/17; Assault Support Tactics in Urban Area [Video]

    05/14/2015 5:44:58 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    U.S. Marines from 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division participate in assault support tactics 3 during Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) 2-15 in Yuma, Ariz., April 18, 2015. WTI is a seven week event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) cadre. MAWTS-1 provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (U.S. Marine Corps motion imagery by Sgt. Daniel D. Kujanpaa/Released).
  • The 8 most elite special forces in the world

    05/13/2015 7:45:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/13/2015 | Tomas Hirst
    Elite special forces are some of the best-trained and most formidable units a country can boast. They go where other soldiers fear to tread, scoping out potential threats, taking out strategic targets, and conducting daring rescue missions. These really are the best of the best. Although it's extremely difficult to rank these forces relative to one another, there are some units that rise above the rest in their track record and the fear they instill in their adversaries. These soldiers have been through rigorous training exercises designed to weed out those who can't hit their exacting standards. In a world...
  • Obama to nominate Gen. Dunford as Joint Chiefs chairman

    05/04/2015 4:28:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Market Watch ^ | May 4, 2015 | By Julian E. Barnes
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama plans to nominate Marine Commandant Gen. Joe Dunford as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s most senior military post, according to a senior administration official. Dunford would succeed Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, who is retiring this year as the top military advisor to the president and defense secretary. Officials said Air Force Gen. Paul Selva will be nominated to become the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the senior administration official said.
  • Quake avalanche kills 8 at Nepal's Everest Base camp

    04/25/2015 4:08:17 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/25/15 | Reuters
    An avalanche triggered by a deadly earthquake in Nepal on Saturday buried a part of the base camp for climbers bound for Mount Everest, killing at least eight people, Nepal's tourism ministry said. "The toll could go up, it may include foreigners as well as sherpas," tourism official Gyanendra Shrestha said.
  • Operation Choke Point Strikes Again: Banks Shut Down Business Accounts of Co. Owned by Fmr Marine

    04/21/2015 6:15:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 21, 2015 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Operation Choke Point, the Obama administration’s under-the-radar project involving the Department of Justice, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) whose goal is to shut down industries it does not like by “choking off” their banking relationships, is taking aim at another business. Brian Lynn, CEO of a Jacksonville, Florida based payday lending company that operates 26 stores in Florida, Georgia and Alabama under the Speedy Cash and Lending Bear brands, has been in business for more than 20 years. He confirms to Breitbart News that two major banks closed his company’s accounts with...
  • Pressure grows on Marines to consider lowering combat standards for women

    04/20/2015 8:48:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 19, 2015 | Rowan Scarborough
    Two years ago, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the nation’s top military officer, laid down an edict on the Obama administration’s plan to open direct land combat jobs to women: If women cannot meet a standard, senior commanders better have a good reason why it should not be lowered. Today, the “Dempsey rule” appears to have its first test case. The Marine Corps just finished research to see if female officers could successfully complete its rigorous Infantry Officer Course.
  • Marines launched a ‘kamikaze’ drone from an Osprey aircraft

    04/17/2015 10:10:41 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/17/15 | Dan Lamothe
    Flying a kamikaze drone armed with explosives from the back of an MV-22 Osprey aircraft, and directing it right into the insurgent’s fighting hole. The Marines tested a small unmanned aircraft known as the Switchblade recently at Twentynine Palms, Calif., flying it directly at targets from both the ground and the back of the Osprey, a long-range aircraft that has rotors like a helicopter, but can fly like a plane once they rotate forward. They were “inert,” with no explosives on board, but the mission went off without a hitch, said Col. James Adams, commanding officer of Marine Aviation Weapons...
  • R. Lee Ermey says he’s gonna vote for TED CRUZ

    04/16/2015 2:03:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | April 16, 2015
    This is just a short clip I found of R. Lee Ermey at the NRA convention (I believe) saying that he’s gonna vote for Ted Cruz: (VIDEO-AT-LINK)If Ted Cruz is good enough for Gunny, then you know he’s right for America.
  • Marine Helicopter Unexpectedly Lands on Beach

    04/15/2015 12:14:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Monica Garske
    The CH-53 Super Stallion chopper may have been leaking fuel Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Marine-Helicopter-Lands-Near-Del-Mar-Shores-Beach-299883281.html#ixzz3XV9PVAbB Follow us: @nbcsandiego on Twitter | NBCSanDiego on FacebookA marine helicopter made an unexpected landing near a beach in north San Diego Wednesday, officials confirmed. San Diego lifeguards said a CH-53 Super Stallion marine helicopter landed near Del Mar Shores Beach south of Fletcher Cove at around 11:40 a.m. Firefighters were called to the scene to investigate the chopper for a possible fuel leak. No injuries were reported. Check back for updates on this developing story.
  • Ospreys replace last Marine squadron of Sea Knight 'phrogs'

    04/11/2015 4:38:34 AM PDT · by paterfamilias · 26 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 10, 2015 | Jennifer Hlad
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — MV-22 Ospreys replaced the Marines’ last squadron of CH-46E helicopters Thursday, officially ending the Sea Knight’s 50-year run as the troop and supply transport workhorse of the Corps. Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 164 received the first Sea Knights assigned to the West Coast in early 1965 and introduced the medium-lift helicopter to combat in Vietnam in 1966. Parts of the squadron also flew missions in the evacuation of Saigon, making it the first in and last out of the Southeast Asian country. More than 600 CH-46s, affectionately known as “Battle Phrogs,” were produced over the years,...
  • Marine Corps Gender Integration Program Ends Without A Female Grad

    04/08/2015 7:44:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 8, 2015 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    An 18 month trial period allowing female Marines to attend the Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course will end without a single female graduate, reported the Marine Corps Times. The opportunity for female volunteers is part of a larger effort to determine the feasibility of allowing female officers to take part in ground combat operations. If anyone had successfully completed the course, they would not have earned the occupational designator or entered the infantry, since the program was only an experiment. The IOC began accepting female officers in September 2012, but by July 2014, only 20 female officers had volunteered, and...
  • Bill Whittle: 'Sir, I Will Not Obey that Order' (video)

    04/02/2015 9:32:50 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 42 replies
    TruthRevolt.org ^ | 4-2-2015 | Bill Whittle
    Hi everybody, I’m Bill Whittle and this is the Firewall. Let’s just assume for a moment that you’re a radical, left-wing zealot, who was raised by actual communists, and who, naturally enough views the United States military as the tool of capitalist exploitation and colonial racism. Now, further assume that through a perfect storm of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, fate, money, power and media bias somehow conspired to make you Commander in Chief of those same armed forces. What would you do? You couldn’t very well scuttle 11 carrier strike groups. You can’t just destroy entire...
  • 7 Marines, 4 soldiers missing after Army helicopter crash in Florida

    03/11/2015 3:08:22 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 31 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 11, 2015
    <p>Search-and-rescue crews are looking for seven Marines and four soldiers after an Army helicopter crashed late Tuesday during a routine night training exercise in the Florida Panhandle.</p> <p>Eglin Air Force Base spokesman Andy Bourland told the Associated Press that the helicopter was reported missing at around 8:30 p.m. local time and crews found debris from the crash at around 2 a.m. Wednesday.</p>
  • They Were Heroes: A Sergeant Major's Tribute to Combat Marines of Iraq and Afghanistan

    03/07/2015 4:09:17 PM PST · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    John Batchelor Show ^ | 06 March 2015 | John Batchelor interview author SgtMaj David K. Devaney
    Audio interview 39:32
  • Iran responsible for Beirut bombing, U.S. judge finds / Relatives of 241 Marines seek recompense

    03/03/2015 1:36:49 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 18 replies
    SFGate (posting for Washington Post) ^ | 2003, May 21 | Allan Lengel
    2003-05-31 04:00:00 PDT Washington -- A federal judge ruled Friday that Iran was behind the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241 U.S. servicemen, clearing the way for more than 600 of their relatives to collect financial damages against the Islamic republic. In a 30-page decision that resulted from a lawsuit filed by the families, U. S. District Judge Royce Lamberth wrote that the terrorist group Hezbollah had carried out the attack at the behest of Iran and its Ministry of Information and Security. "The approval of both the Ayatollah Khomeini and President Rafsanjani was absolutely...
  • Marines Allow Operators to Choose Glocks over MARSOC .45s (G-19 9mm are preferred)

    02/28/2015 5:42:59 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 42 replies
    The Marine Corps has authorized MARSOC operators to carry Glock pistols, since most of the elite outfit's members prefer the popular 9mm over the custom .45 pistols the service bought them in 2012. The Corps issued a Feb. 2 Marine Administrative Message, or MARADMIN, that green-lighted Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, or MARSOC, units to use the Glock 19, a proven design used by many units in U.S. Special Operations Command. The reliable, easy-to-maintain 9mm features a polymer frame and a 17-round magazine. The Marine Corps just completed an exhaustive search for a new MARSOC pistol in 2012. The...
  • Remembering Iwo Jima

    02/25/2015 3:58:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | Austin Bay
    From Feb. 19, 1945 (when U.S. Marines assaulted its beaches) to March 27 of that year (the day combat officially ceased), the island of Iwo Jima was hell on earth. In 2009 I began writing occasional columns commemorating the 70th anniversary of key WW2 battles and events. I dedicated them to the WW2 generation. Twenty-year-old Marine vets of February 1945 are now 90, if they are still among us. Iwo Jima was on my list of must-cover subjects. By sheer coincidence, my wife and I spent this past weekend in Dallas, Texas, with the sister of a Marine F4U Corsair...
  • Crew treated after ejecting from S.C.-based Marine jet

    02/23/2015 11:30:22 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 26 replies
    Sun Journal ^ | 2-23-15 | Drew Wilson
    The two-person crew of a Marine Corps jet is safe after a crash Sunday near Statenville, Ga. The F/A-18 Hornet was with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 224 based out of Beaufort, S.C., and was part of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at Cherry Point, according to Michael Barton, deputy director of the public affairs office at Cherry Point. The pilot, Maj. Rick Nicka and the weapons officer, 1st Lt. Robert Reynolds, ejected from the jet and were treated for minor injuries at South Georgia Medical Center 19 miles away in Valdosta, Ga., according to a release. Barton said the plane...
  • Fugitive’s escape ends when he hides in Marine’s yard

    02/22/2015 10:05:39 AM PST · by PROCON · 2 replies
    AP ^ | Feb. 22, 2015
    WALLACE, Idaho — A fugitive’s escape from the Shoshone County Jail ended when he entered the property of a Marine and former law enforcement officer. KXLY-TV in Spokane reports that Roy Bieluch broke out of the jail on Tuesday night after crawling through the ceiling of a storage closet. He bolted past a cleaning woman when she opened the door.
  • 'Always faithful' pals help save Marine's life after snakebite

    02/19/2015 9:58:55 AM PST · by T-Bird45 · 14 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | 2/19/15 | Juliana Keeping
    Second Lt. Anthony Kemp was bitten by a rattlesnake while he and two other Marines were hiking in the Wichita Mountains in southwestern Oklahoma. LAWTON — For three Marines hiking in the Wichita Mountains earlier this month, the Corps’ motto of Semper Fidelis — Latin for “always faithful” — played out in ways none of them expected when a large rattlesnake bit 2nd Lt. Anthony Kemp, 23, almost killing him. “You’re always faithful to your brother,” Kemp said Wednesday from his hospital bed at OU Medical Center, where he is recovering from the bite and the resulting above-the-knee amputation of...
  • ISIS closing in? Terror group seizes Iraqi town 5 miles from Marine base

    02/16/2015 4:18:41 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 14 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Feb 15, 2015
    ISIS closing in? Terror group seizes Iraqi town 5 miles from Marine base Islamic State has reportedly seized al-Baghdadi, in Iraq’s Anbar Province, 5 miles from an air base staffed by U.S. Marines, as the terror group continues its push beyond its bases in Syria and Iraq in an attempt to establish militant affiliates in other countries. Hundreds of Islamic State fighters reportedly captured most of al-Baghdadi, which is 55 miles from the capital Ramadi, on Thursday. On Friday, Iraqi soldiers had retaken several government buildings, but the soldiers withdrew early Saturday, handing the town back to the militants, The...
  • ISIS closing in? Terror group seizes Iraqi town 5 miles from Marine base

    02/15/2015 6:24:50 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/15/15
    Islamic State has reportedly seized al-Baghdadi, in Iraq’s Anbar Province, 5 miles from an air base staffed by U.S. Marines, as the terror group continues its push beyond its bases in Syria and Iraq in an attempt to establish militant affiliates in other countries. Hundreds of Islamic State fighters reportedly captured most of al-Baghdadi, which is 55 miles from the capital Ramadi, on Thursday. On Friday, Iraqi soldiers had retaken several government buildings, but the soldiers withdrew early Saturday, handing the town back to the militants, The New York Times reported, citing local security officials. One local Iraqi official told...
  • Barack Obama: Hand-washer-in-chief

    02/14/2015 8:57:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Powerline ^ | February 12, 2015 | Paul Mirengoff
    Executives are supposed to deal with or avoid problems. Barack Obama, elected U.S. president with essentially no executive experience, prefers to wash his hands of them. He washed his hands of Iraq, though now he has been forced to dirty them there again. He’s trying to wash his hands of Afghanistan. He just washed his hands of Yemen, presiding over an ignominious U.S. exit during which, reportedly, American Marines turned over their weapons, apparently, as a condition of their withdrawal [see UPDATE below]. Today, Obama washed his hands of a totally predictable consequence of Obamacare — reduced staffing and reduced...
  • 300 U.S. Marines Under Siege, Prepare To Defend Against Islamic States Attackers In Iraq

    02/14/2015 3:52:09 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 61 replies
    Daily Sheeple ^ | February 13, 2015 | Staff
    <p>President Obama has repeatedly said that U.S. troops would not be sent into harm’s way to fight ISIS and those who are in the region are there to only provide training and advisory support.</p> <p>But what would happen if Islamic State militants were to directly attack a military base housing several hundred American troops?</p>
  • ISIS Fighters Attack Iraqi Base Wearing Iraqi Army Uniforms

    02/13/2015 7:36:01 PM PST · by rey · 44 replies
    ABC ^ | 13 Feb, 2015 | By MARTHA RADDATZ and LUIS MARTINEZ
    News video at site Between 20 and 25 ISIS fighters wearing Iraqi Army uniforms infiltrated al-Asad airbase Friday -- the sprawling western Iraqi base where 400 American forces are training Iraqi troops -- and tried to enter the base, military officials said.
  • Bombers make it onto Iraq base used by U.S. troops

    02/13/2015 8:08:13 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 30 replies
    CBS News online ^ | 13 February 2015 | N/A
    Eight suicide bombers managed Friday to get onto a sprawling Iraqi military base where hundreds of U.S. Marines are training their Iraqi counterparts, but were killed by an ISF counter attack almost immediately.
  • BREAKING: Reports Claim ISIS Just Captured al-Asad Air Base Where 300 U.S. Marines Could Be Trapped

    02/12/2015 6:30:58 PM PST · by rey · 202 replies
    Liberty News ^ | 12 Fe 2015 | Eric Odom
    This is a story with various reports flying from multiple directions and it’s hard to get a grasp on exactly what’s happening. What we know at the moment is that ISIS is claiming it has seized control of the al-Asad air base in the Ramadi area of Iraq. According to multiple twitter feeds the Iraqi army has lost contact with its people inside the base. From what we can tell the 300 Marines are on location to train Iraqi military. The Pentagon is pushing back on these initial reports about al-Asad. According to the Pentagon ISIS is initiating attacks against...
  • ISIS SEIZES RAMADI CITY – 300 US Marines Trapped at Base – Contact With Base Lost

    02/12/2015 1:26:41 PM PST · by combat_boots · 349 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/12/2015 | Jim Hoft
    ISIS fighters seized most of Ramadi – where 300 US Marines are stationed training Iraqi Forces.Al-Asad base is near the city – where 300 Marines are stationed.The US Marines at Al-Asad airbase has been under frequent attack since January. But today ISIS seized large swaths of the city. UNCONFIRMED: There are initial reports of ISIS attack/capture of al-Asad air base in which there are over 300 U.S. marines— Chemi Shalev (@ChemiShalev) February 12, 2015 The al-Asad air base is near the town of al-Baghadai in Western Iraq, apparently captured a few hours ago by ISIS— Chemi Shalev (@ChemiShalev) February 12,...
  • Clarity on Marine Security Force departure from Yemen (Official USMC Statement)

    02/12/2015 11:30:31 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 55 replies
    USMC.mil ^ | February 11, 2015 | USMC Public Affairs
    HEADQUARTERS MARINE CORPS, WASHINGTON — The Marine Security Force left the American embassy in Yemen for the movement to the airfield as part of the "ordered departure" with only personal weapons. All crew served weapons were destroyed at the embassy prior to movement. None of them were 'handed over' in any way to anyone. The destruction of weapons at the embassy and the airport was carried out in accordance with an approved destruction plan. Upon arrival at the airfield, all personal weapons were rendered inoperable in accordance with advance planning. Specifically, each bolt was removed from its weapons body and...
  • Obama VA secretary insults war-vet congressman: ‘What have you done?’ Vets group outraged

    02/12/2015 7:13:02 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | February 12, 2015 | Nicole Haas
    Tensions ran high when Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald was grilled about mismanagement within the VA system during a House hearing Wednesday – a major veterans group is demanding an apology.Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., a 22-year Marine Corps veteran, who saw combat in Iraq in the 1990s then returned to the country on active service in 2006, was questioning McDonald about Denver’s failed VA hospital construction project and accusing him of glossing over problems within the system when things got testy.After citing cost overrun and scheduling problems with a VA hospital construction in Denver, Coffman said it was a symbol...
  • Yemen Falls Apart: Marines Forced to Destroy Weapons, U.S. Embassy Evacuated,

    02/12/2015 6:29:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 80 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Despite President Obama claiming in September that U.S. strategy used to combat terrorism in Yemen has been a "success," so successful in fact that it should be used to defeat ISIS, the country continues to fall apart. Late yesterday the United States evacuated the U.S. embassy in Yemen and Marines were bizarrely ordered by the State Department to destroy issued weapons on their way out. The British and French also closed and evacuated their embassies yesterday citing safety and security concerns. The Marine Security Force left the American embassy in Yemen for the movement to the airfield as part of...
  • US Marines ordered to SURRENDER WEAPONS before evacuating Yemen Embassy.

    02/11/2015 6:14:17 PM PST · by Toespi · 209 replies
    The Kelly File/Fox News
    Meghan Kelly just reported that Marines were ordered by the state department to remove clips and surrender weapons before leaving the Yemen Embassy. She reports that it is unprecedented, backed up by Jack Keene. Marines under that order are furious.
  • U.S. Marines handed over their guns before leaving Yemen

    02/11/2015 6:11:24 PM PST · by Signalman · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/11/2015 | phil stewart
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Marines handed over their remaining weapons to Yemenis at the airport in the capital, Sanaa, on Wednesday before boarding commercial aircraft to leave the country following the closure of the U.S. embassy, the Pentagon said. The Pentagon said the Marines destroyed heavy weapons in their embassy arsenal, including machine guns, before leaving for the airport but remained armed with smaller weapons until the end to ensure a safe exit from the country. "The movement from the embassy to the aircraft required armed Marines," Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said at a briefing. The U.S....
  • Marines Surrender Weapons Before Yemen Evacuation

    02/11/2015 6:10:24 PM PST · by blueyon · 112 replies
    Military.com ^ | 2/11/15 | Richard Sisk
    U.S. Embassy Marines in Yemen handed over their M-9 pistols and M-4 carbines before evacuating the chaotic country with diplomatic personnel, the Pentagon said Wednesday. The Marines also left behind several vehicles at the airport in the capital city of Sanaa before departing on a civilian flight, said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. Warren said the Marines destroyed their machine guns and other crew-served weapons before leaving the Embassy for the airport. He also said that it was unclear who now had custody of the weapons and vehicles that were surrendered. A Marine spokesman could not immediately say...
  • Marines Surrender Weapons Before Yemen Evacuation

    02/11/2015 6:09:17 PM PST · by The_Media_never_lie · 26 replies
    military.com ^ | Feb. 11, 2015 | Richard Sisk
    U.S. Embassy Marines in Yemen handed over their M-9 pistols and M-4 carbines before evacuating the chaotic country with diplomatic personnel, the Pentagon said Wednesday. The Marines also left behind several vehicles at the airport in the capital city of Sanaa before departing on a civilian flight, said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman.
  • Snipers on their Job

    02/10/2015 8:18:37 AM PST · by w1n1 · 6 replies
    wsj ^ | 2/10/2015 | D Breteau
    Three Former Marine Corps Scout Snipers Talk About Their Profession As the movie American Sniper headed for wide release in mid-January, we checked in with three former Marine Corps snipers for their thoughts on the profession, how it changed them, America’s deadliest marksman Chris Kyle, and advice for aspiring snipers. Caylen Wojcik Former 1st Marine Division Scout Sniper School instructor; deployed as a chief sniper during Operation Iraqi Freedom II; over 100 combat missions; severely wounded by enemy rocket fire during Operation Phantom Fury; founded Central Cascade Precision; now with Magpul Dynamics. Jason Mann Twenty years in the USMC,...
  • The Greatest Gun Never Seen

    02/06/2015 8:43:22 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 30 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/6/15 | LtCol John Velisek USMC (Ret)
    Early in 1996, the Marine Corps started a new organization called the Commandant’s Warfighting Laboratory, later changed to the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, which had the charter to lead the Corps in experimentation with new technologies, techniques, tactics and procedures. It was led by Colonel Tony Wood who was already established as one of the Corps’ most brilliant forward-thinkers and fuelled by a healthy science and technology budget and the full support of the Commandant, General Charles Krulak. The “Lab” quickly set out to test a broad range of emerging technologies along with advanced warfighting experiments. One of those experiments...