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  • Snipers on their Job

    06/23/2020 6:45:29 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 11 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 6/23/20 | D Breteau
    Three Former Marine Corps Scout Snipers Talk About Their Profession - A while back American Sniper movie was a big hit on the silver screen, 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...
  • Marines are finally about to receive their first new pistol in 35 years

    05/22/2020 1:04:47 PM PDT · by PROCON · 124 replies ^ | May 21, 2020 | Jared Keller
    The Marine Corps has officially begun procurement of the Army's Modular Handgun System to replace its existing pistol arsenal, the service announced on Tuesday. The M18 service pistol — a compact variant of the striker-fired M17 that, based on Sig Sauer's P320, the Army adopted under the MHS program in 2017 — will finally see fielding this fiscal year, according to Marine Corps Systems Command. MARCORSYSCOM spokesman Maj. Ken Kunze had previously pegged the start of fielding at some time during the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, with a target completion date in "late 2023." The M18 will replace...
  • Man pushed in front of El train, killed was Marine who served in Afghanistan

    04/09/2020 6:15:06 AM PDT · by Bonemaker · 21 replies
    WGNTV ^ | 04/08/2020 | Tonya Francisco
    CHICAGO — Family members say a former Marine who served two tours in Afghanistan was killed in a Chicago subway tunnel Tuesday after he was pushed onto the tracks and struck by a Red Line train. Al Balde and his daughter came to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office Wednesday to identify the body of 27-year-old Mamadou Balde, who was killed Tuesday.
  • Coronavirus outbreak at Marine Corps boot camp infects dozens of recruits, staff members

    03/31/2020 5:41:46 AM PDT · by outofsalt · 20 replies
    WAPO via MSN ^ | 03/30/2020 | Dan Lamothe
    A coronavirus outbreak has infected dozens of Marine recruits and staff members at the service’s East Coast recruit training center, prompting the suspension of additional arrivals for the foreseeable future, defense officials said Monday. The cases at Parris Island, S.C emerged following a “wave in testing” over the weekend
  • The Marine Corps plans to get rid of its tanks and shrink its force to take on China

    03/24/2020 10:46:40 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 123 replies
    businessinsider. ^ | 3/24/2020 | Jeff Schogol, Task & Purpose 16 hours ago
    The commandant of the Marine Corps is pushing an ambitious plan to shrink the Corps and turn it into a more mobile fighting force. Part of that plan is a reduction in manpower, but the service's top officer also wants to cut a number of other units, including all of the Corps' tank battalions.
  • Pentagon identifies 2 US Marines killed in Iraq firefight with ISIS

    03/10/2020 7:08:22 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 17 replies
    The Defense Post ^ | March 10, 2020 | Jared Szuba
    Gunnery Sergeant Diego Pongo and Captain Moises Navas are the first US service members killed in Iraq since August The U.S. Defense Department on Tuesday, March 10 identified two Marines killed near Makhmour, Iraq during an mission against Islamic State. Gunnery Sergeant Diego D. Pongo, 34, and Captain Moises A. Navas, 34, both of 2nd Marine Raiders Battalion, Marine Special Operations Command, were killed on Sunday. The two Marines were accompanying Iraqi security forces “during a mission to eliminate an ISIS terrorist stronghold in a mountainous area of north central Iraq,” a Defense Department statement read. It took six hours...
  • Roundup of Saudi Royals Expands With Detention of a 4th Prince

    03/08/2020 7:54:35 PM PDT · by bitt · 45 replies
    nytimes ^ | 3/7/2020 | By David D. Kirkpatrick, Ben Hubbard
    The arrests have raised questions about whether the crown prince was on the verge of taking full power from his father, King Salman. The scope of a new roundup of Saudi royals widened on Saturday with word that a fourth senior prince has been detained under orders from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to two Saudis close to the royal family, in a sign that he is determined to crack down on even whispers of dissent. The wave of arrests has ensnared a former head of army intelligence, Prince Nayef bin Ahmed, as well as at least three other...
  • PETA to Marines: Stop Guzzling Snake Blood During Jungle Training

    03/06/2020 5:24:25 AM PST · by major_gaff · 49 replies ^ | 5 Mar 2020 | Gina Harkins
    A top animal rights group wants Marines to trade the reptiles and other animals they're eating during an annual jungle training exercise for plants and other vegan survival options.
  • Marine Corp Commandant order Confederate items removed from bases.

    The Commandant of the Marine Corp, General David Berger, has ordered "the removal of fall Confederate-related paraphernalia from Marine Corp installations. Story at Source URL
  • Report: Marine Commandant Removes Confederate Symbols From All Corps Installations

    02/27/2020 5:59:49 AM PST · by USA Conservative · 88 replies
    Right Journalism ^ | 02.27.2020 | Alex D.
    History defines who we are as a nation, love it, hate it, but learn from it. Liberals have no reason to speak out about Confederate monuments. They became even more aggressive and started to destroy Confederate monuments! The current monuments throughout the country of both the union and confederacy layout an important time in history for our great nation, it provides the stories and timeline of what took place and why we separated as a nation. It also reminds us of the sacrifices all Americans made, and it brings to life the African American heroes of the civil war such...
  • Top Marine stresses need for more female infantry officers, research on 1-year paid maternity leave

    02/25/2020 2:18:38 PM PST · by jazusamo · 98 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 25, 2020 | Douglas Ernst
    The nation’s top Marine, Commandant Gen. David Berger, took to social media Tuesday morning to stress the service’s “most important matters.” A series of eight tweets telegraphed a wide range of areas the officer wants his chain of command to focus on in 2020, which includes a push for more female infantry officers and and examination of the cost of one-year paid maternity leave. Gen. Berger wrote: “While I am aware of the good work already being done across the force in support of my planning guidance implementation, these are some of my most important matters for immediate execution. (1/8)”...
  • Trump faces revolt of the generals

    02/14/2020 6:21:52 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 85 replies
    CNN ^ | February 13, 2020 | Peter Bergen
    Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly said at an event at Drew University on Wednesday that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman did the right thing when he raised concerns about President Donald Trump's call to the Ukrainian president in late July, according to a report in The Atlantic.
  • Marine Plants American Flag Every Mile for Veterans With PTSD

    01/20/2020 10:56:13 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    Runner's World ^ | January 18, 2020 | Andrew Dawson
    To close out her 2019, Lupita Hernandez stopped after every mile to plant a small flag along Interstate-10 between Houston and San Antonio. Each pause in her 200-mile run was to honor a fellow veteran battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), something she has dealt with since she retired from the Marines in 2004. PTSD still affects her life each day, whether personally or in Hernandez’s work in the Veteran Treatment Court in Harris County, Texas. On average, 22 veterans commit suicide everyday, and that’s a statistic that is always on her mind. “I wanted to bring awareness to the stigma...
  • Marine who brought weapons to Strategic Air Command Offutt AFB pleads guilty to gun charges

    01/16/2020 12:17:58 PM PST · by KierkegaardMAN · 21 replies
    Al-kazahy said she thinks he was victimized by the Marines and targeted for prosecution because of racism. “No matter what you do in life, if you are a person of color it’s always going to be 10 times harder for you,” she said. “You have to work 10 times harder than the person who is white.” The Marine Corps said in a statement that an investigation found the accusations of discrimination to be unsubstantiated.
  • Al-Shabaab Claiming Terrorists Attack at Camp Simba (Kenya Navy/US Marines) -Ongoing

    01/04/2020 10:15:04 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 34 replies
    China Daily Africa via Twitter ^ | 1-4-2029 | China Daily
    Lots of tweets and videos showing smoke rising. Akbars claiming “Many casualties and aircraft destroyed” Reports say a suicide car bomb hit the front gate.
  • Marines decide off-duty officers can be armed on base

    01/04/2020 7:16:40 AM PST · by rktman · 52 replies ^ | 1/3/2019 | Staff
    After two recent shootings on military bases, the Marines are changing their rules to allow off-duty law enforcement officers to carry their personal firearms. All bases at the time banned military members from carrying weapons, except for certain limited circumstances. But now, the Marine Corps Times reports the defense corps "has changed concealed carry rules to allow qualified active Marine law enforcement personnel to conceal carry on base while off-duty."
  • Faulty Equipment, Lapsed Training, Repeated Warnings: How a Preventable Disaster Killed Six Marines

    01/01/2020 4:38:58 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 16 replies
    Propublica ^ | Dec. 30, 2019 | Robert Faturechi, Megan Rose and T. Christian Miller
    Marine commanders did not act on dozens of pleas for additional manpower, machinery and time. When a training exercise ended in death, leadership blamed the very men they had neglected.
  • Marine MPs to be allowed to carry concealed firearms on base

    01/01/2020 4:07:35 PM PST · by aimhigh · 28 replies
    Task and Purpose ^ | 01/01/2020 | Gina Hawkins
    Marine Corps law enforcement personnel who meet specific federal qualifications are now authorized to carry their own concealed firearms on base -- even when off duty, a three-star general announced. Marine Corps law enforcement professionals can now carry privately owned weapons "for personal protection not in the performance of official duties," a new service-wide message released Tuesday states. While the new rules apply only to Marine law enforcement personnel, Lt. Gen. George Smith Jr., head of Marine Corps Plans, Policies and Operations, indicated that additional concealed carry policies could be in the works.
  • Siege at the US embassy: Pro-Iran militia storm Baghdad compound for a second day as Marines fire tear gas and video reveals how bloodthirsty Hezbollah fighter vowed to kill every American inside

    01/01/2020 11:26:19 AM PST · by Mariner · 76 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | January 1st, 2020 | By Ross Ibbetson
    Pro-Iran militia have stormed the US embassy in Baghdad for a second day, with US marines firing tear gas on the militants this morning following demands for American blood in retaliation for airstrikes on Iraq. Yesterday thousands of demonstrators - many of them Iran-backed militants - rushed through the heavily fortified Green Zone after US air strikes killed 25 members of the Iran-backed Kataeb Hezbollah in air strikes Sunday night. One furious militant said: 'God willing if this fire reaches inside the embassy, we will not spare a single employee.' The pro-Iran demonstrators finally ended their siege today after commanders...
  • VIDEOS: Ospreys carrying 100 Marines land at US Embassy in Iraq

    12/31/2019 10:28:55 PM PST · by · 116 replies
    American Military News ^ | December 31, 2019 | Laura Widener
    The Pentagon directed at least 100 crisis response Marines to reinforce the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday following violent protests — and released photos and videos of it all. U.S. Marines assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAFTF-CR-CC) 19.2, prepare to deploy from Kuwait in support of a crisis response mission, Dec. 31, 2019. The SPMAGTF-CR-CC is designed to move with speed and precision to support operations throughout the Middle East. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Robert G. Gavaldon)