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  • Hillary Clinton’s claim that she tried to join the Marines

    11/12/2015 11:18:19 AM PST · by simpson96 · 68 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/12/2015 | Glenn Kessler
    "He looks at me and goes, 'Um, how old are you. And I said, 'Well I am 26, I will be 27.' And he goes, 'Well, that is kind of old for us.' And then he says to me, and this is what gets me, 'Maybe the dogs will take you,' meaning the Army." -Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking at a breakfast, Manchester, N.H., Nov. 10, 2015One Clinton story that has often been greeted with skepticism is her claim, first made in 1994, that she once tried to join the Marines in 1975. On the campaign trail,...
  • Torn Asunder in 1943 Battle, Twins Are Reunited Under Florida Soil

    11/11/2015 4:26:41 PM PST · by Theoria · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10 Nov 2015 | Kirk Semple and Lance Speer
    James P. Reilly and Michael J. Reilly, fraternal twins born on Nov. 9, 1923, remained close throughout their abbreviated life together. As allies and co-conspirators, they were always within each other’s orbit, attending the same public schools in Queens, playing sports together and jointly enlisting in the Marines. During World War II, when they were 20, the brothers were part of a unit that stormed the beach of a small Japanese-held island in the Pacific. It would be their last hour together. James was killed by gunfire, his body falling only feet from Michael; he was interred in a battlefield...
  • The Freeper Canteen Salutes the U.S. Marine Corps on its 240th Birthday!

    11/09/2015 5:57:55 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 107 replies
    Serving the Best Troops and Veterans in the World! | 10 November 2015 | The Canteen Crew
    The FReeper Canteen Salutes theU.S. Marine CorpsOn Its 240th Birthday10 November 1775 ~ 10 November 2015 Semper Fidelis!(Always Faithful!) O ETERNAL FATHER, we commend to Thy protection and care the members of the Marine Corps. Guide and direct them in the defense of our country and in the maintenance of justice among nations. Protect them in the hour of danger. Grant that wherever they serve they may be loyal to their high traditions and that at all times they may put their trust in Thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Marine Corps Prayer by Bishop SherrillFormer Presiding Bishop...
  • They Think They've Got Ben Carson with a Very Cleverly Written Politico Story

    11/06/2015 2:02:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 6, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Yeah, well, we were just poking along here about 10 minutes ago. It looked like it was actually gonna be kind of a slow day. And then everything blew up here, and then we -- JOHNNY DONOVAN: And now, from sunny south Florida, it's Open Line Friday! RUSH: Yeah. And I still don't know what to make of this. There's something that smells about this still, and I can't put my fingers on it. But we're gonna have to get into it. Anyway, welcome to Open Line Friday. Whatever you want to talk about is fine and...
  • 4 Things Why I Wouldn't Trust the 1911 with my Life

    11/03/2015 7:47:07 AM PST · by w1n1 · 98 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 11/3/2015 | D Shaw
    Daniel Shaw, retired US Marine Infantryman and Combat Weapons Master Instructor, explains why the 1911 is not the defensive gun he chooses to carry. Shaw gives us four reasons why he opts to go with something aside from John Browning's classic handgun: limited magazine capacitysafety leverreliabilitymagazine compatibility The former Marine is careful to note that this is his opinion, based on his experience, and acknowledges that everyone is free to pick the platform that’s right for them. With that in mind, what are your thoughts on the 1911? Do you trust your 1911 with your life? Do you have four...
  • U.S. Marines react to switch from M16 to M4

    11/02/2015 8:26:38 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 78 replies
    UPI ^ | 11/2/2015 | Ryan Maass
    U.S. Marines are largely supportive of their commandant's decision to drop the M16 rifle for the M4 carbine as the standard infantry weapon. The U.S. Marine Corps will officially recognize the M4 carbine as the standard weapon for infantry personnel beginning in September 2016, following the approval by Commandant Gen. Robert Neller. The move has been welcomed with optimism from infantry. Sgt. Jonathan Ferriera, a mortarman with 1st Battalion 8th Marines who used the M4 during his deployment in Afghanistan says "it's about time." "The M4 holds every quality that the M16 does: everything an M16 can do, the M4...
  • Warship honoring Marine christened at Maine shipyard

    10/31/2015 4:50:47 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 31 Oct 2015
    The mother of Sgt. Rafael Peralta asked God to bless the ship named for her son and keep the crew safe before smashing a bottle of Champagne on the ship's bow Saturday. Peralta, who pulled a grenade against his body to protect his fellow Marines during close combat with insurgents in Fallujah, Iraq, on Nov. 15, 2004, is believed to be the first serviceman born in Mexico to have a naval warship named in his honor.
  • Why The Military Is Moving On From The M16

    10/29/2015 8:47:15 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 48 replies
    Task & Purpose ^ | October 28, 2015 | By Christian Beekman
    The M16A4 may soon retire. This week, the Marine Corps announced via internal memo that the M4 carbine will become the primary-issued rifle in infantry and security units, as well as replace the M16 rifle in supporting training schools by September 2016. Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller approved the change, which was first proposed to the previous commandant, Gen. Robert Dunford, according to Marine Corps Times. This decision falls in line with the Army’s phased transition away from the M16 over the past few years. The M16A4 is on the outs simply because it is outdated, and...
  • The Marines' last stand

    10/28/2015 8:41:29 PM PDT · by pboyington · 10 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 28, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    Leave it to the Marines to make the US military’s last stand. It’s the last stand for the Marines, the last stand for reality, the last stand for the military to function as a cohesive war fighting organization and not a Santa Monica yoga class. In America 180, everything is upside down. What kind of madcap lunatic asylum do we live in when the military has to ask for exemptions to keep women out of combat? This is what happens when policy is being dictated by radicals whose idea of combat is elbowing for a place in line at the...
  • Marine Corps' new helicopter completes its first flight

    10/28/2015 4:07:49 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 28, 2015 | Allison Barrie
    King Stallion, the U.S. Marine Corps brand spanking new helicopter, completed its first flight Tuesday. The Marines new helo is incredibly advanced - it will be able to lift a whopping three times more weight than its predecessor.
  • Viral Photo Captures the 'Aggie Spirit'

    10/27/2015 2:31:36 PM PDT · by TADSLOS · 21 replies
    KHOU ^ | 27 Oct, 2015 | Staff
    (KHOU) -- It was only a photo of the stands at a Texas A&M home football game. But the commandant of the Corps of Cadets took to social media to say that the story behind that photograph captured what the Aggie Spirit is all about. The photo shows the Corps of Cadets section at the Kyle Field when the Aggies hosted Mississippi State on Oct. 3. As the cadets stand to cheer for the team in the fourth quarter, one cadet stands quietly holding his 6-year-old son. Despite the noise, the boy is asleep his feet resting on the...
  • ISIS Has A Message (ISIS Threatens Medal Of Honor Recipient-Then He Pulls Over His Truck)

    10/15/2015 7:52:41 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 44 replies
    Dakota Meyer's Video on Facebook via The Political Insider ^ | October 1, 2015 | Medal of Honor Recipient Dakota Meyer
    Dakota Meyer is a Medal of Honor receipent and an American hero. He went above and beyond the call of duty while serving our nation. So when the Islamic State (ISIS) released a warning to Meyer and threatened his life, Meyer responded in an EPIC way! Watch (below) as Meyer pulls over his truck and records this video message for ISIS. Hes ready for Islamic terrorist thugs and knows how to fight. Incredible! Thank you Dakota Meyer for your service.
  • MUST SEE: U.S. Marine SLAMS Obama by Standing by the Road with THIS Sign

    10/10/2015 5:59:28 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 18 replies
    The case of Bowe Bergdahl is a tragic and shameful one. The Obama White House claimed he served with honor and distinction but the Army just charged him with desertion. He deserves a serious sentence If not the death penalty, he should be behind bars forever. Why? Because a handful of our troops DIED trying to locate him. Bergdahl also apparently was too willing to assist the enemy, giving up critical troop locations and sharing other information. And our Campaigner-in-Chief Barack Obama violated the constitution and illegally traded him for five high-profile terrorists, most of whom have returned to the...
  • U.S. Marines introduce 29 gender-neutral jobs

    10/06/2015 8:48:39 AM PDT · by PROCON · 52 replies
    UPI ^ | Oct. 6, 2015 | UPI
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) The U.S. Marine Corps has unveiled new physical standards that all recruits male and female must meet to qualify for 29 of the branchs jobs. The new gender-neutral standards could make it a lot harder for boot camp recruits and Officer Candidates to obtrain certain positions, according to the Marine Corps Times. These fields include infantry, combat engineering, tanks and amphibious assault vehicles, close-air support, and ground ordnance. One of the standards all recruits must meet is being able to evacuate a casualty, and conduct an MK19 grenade launcher lift. Most posts in...
  • Neller takes over as top Marine as Dunford moves on to chairman of Joint Chiefs

    09/24/2015 6:08:05 PM PDT · by opbuzz · 9 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | September 24, 2015 | Corey Dickstein
    WASHINGTON Hailed as a tested warrior and an innovative strategist, Gen. Robert Neller accepted command of the U.S. Marine Corps on Thursday morning during a traditional ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington. Neller who was pinned with a fourth star Thursday became the Corps 37th commandant, taking over for Gen. Joseph Dunford, who held the post for less than a year. Dunford will become the 19th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Friday during a ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., replacing retiring Army Gen. Martin Dempsey.
  • Tensions rise over women in combat

    09/20/2015 1:06:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 20, 2015 | Kristina Wong & Rebecca Kheel
    A battle is brewing in Washington over the military's push to open all combat units to women. The Marine Corps is reportedly poised to ask that some positions remain available only to men, following a nine-month study that found units with all genders did not perform as well in combat. The issue is stirring a passionate debate in the military community, pitting the Marine Corps against its own service secretary and creating a bitter divide on the House Armed Services Committee. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who is the service secretary for the Marine Corps, blasted the study of the Marine...
  • Navy, Marines To Open All Jobs to Women

    09/16/2015 7:57:49 PM PDT · by markomalley · 61 replies
    Defense One ^ | 9/15/15 | Bradley Peniston
    Ray Mabus has made up his mind: theres no job in the Navy or Marine Corps thats going to be off-limits to women.With more than a month to go before the deadline, the Navy Secretary made it clear on Monday: he will not be requesting any exceptions to the Pentagon edict that all U.S. military jobs be opened to women.Nobodys asking for an exemption in the Navy, Mabus told an audience at the the City Club of Cleveland. And Ive been pretty clear about this for a while Im not going to ask for an exemption for the Marines.That...
  • Mabus Throws Down: All Combat Positions In Dept Of Navy Will Open To Women

    09/16/2015 7:43:51 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 46 replies
    /dailycalle ^ | 09/15/2015 | Jonah Bennett
    Despite considerable backlash from within the service, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said again Monday that the Marine Corps infantry and Navy SEALs will open up to women, no matter what. After receiving heated comments from both male and female Marines who participated in and ran a Marine Corps integration study, Mabus clarified Monday at a forum by the City Club of Cleveland that many of the gender gaps on performance could be closed with more training and leadership. What this means is that hes sticking to his original plan that all combat jobs in the Department of the Navy will...
  • Why Marines, unlike Army and Navy, are so against women in combat

    09/15/2015 10:54:57 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 57 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 09/11/2015 | By Anna Mulrine
    The Marines made it known this week that they see the idea of women in combat as a disaster waiting to happen. That contrasts sharply with how the Army has approached the topic. It puts the Pentagon in a potentially tough spot. Washington This week, the Marine Corps left very little doubt about its view of women in its combat ranks: It does not want them. A study by the corps released Thursday painted a bleak picture of the effectiveness of women in combat, suggesting they are weaker, more prone to injury, less adept at shooting weapons accurately, and...
  • Not A Big Surprise: The Marines' F-35 Operational Test Was Far From Operational

    09/14/2015 10:05:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 9/14/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has a damning report on the F-35Bs shipboard Operational Test trials that occurred last May. It paints a dismal picture of an aircraft that is so far from being operationally capable its almost comical at this point. As a result, it proves what many of us already know: the Marines declaration of F-35B initial operational capability made this Summer was a farce. The F-35Bs Operational Test trials aboard the USS Wasp late last May were widely portrayed as a big success and proof that the troubled aircraft had progressed past many of the issues...
  • Marine experiment finds women get injured more frequently, shoot less accurately than men

    09/10/2015 3:06:22 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 60 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 10, 2015 | Dan Lamothe
    Women in a new Marine Corps unit created to assess how female service members perform in combat were injured twice as often as men, less accurate with infantry weapons and not as good at removing wounded troops from the battlefield, according to the results of a long-awaited study produced by the service. The research was carried out by the service in a nine-month long experiment at both Camp Lejeune, N.C., and Twentynine Palms, Calif. About 400 Marines, including 100 women, volunteered to join the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, the unit the Marine Corps created to compare how men...
  • One Marine killed, 11 hurt in helicopter accident in North Carolina

    09/03/2015 5:42:53 PM PDT · by 2111USMC · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 3, 2015 | Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago and Letitia Stein in Tampa, Fla.
    One U.S. Marine was killed and 11 were injured when a helicopter made a hard landing during a training exercise at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, the Marines said on Thursday. The accident, which occurred around 9 p.m. on Wednesday with a CH-53E helicopter, is under investigation, the Marines said in a statement. A hard landing occurs when an aircraft touches down with greater force and speed than normal, typically after a particularly fast or steep descent, according to the statement. Of the injured, two were hospitalized in stable condition. Nine were scheduled to be released after medical evaluation, the...
  • UFC champ Ronda Rousey accepts date to Marine Corps Ball

    09/01/2015 7:55:23 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 1 Sept 2015 | Greg Botelho
    Days after Jarrod Haschert asked his "celebrity crush" Rousey to the annual Marine Corps Ball at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, he scored big-time when the mixed martial arts fighter accepted his proposal.
  • Cost of Lower Standards for Women in Marine Recruitment

    08/30/2015 7:55:01 AM PDT · by rey · 7 replies
    NYT ^ | 25 Aug 2015 | KYLEANNE HUNTER
    The recent success of two female officers, both West Point graduates, in passing the Armys grueling Ranger School has bolstered arguments for the full integration of women into the militarys front-line combat units. In becoming the first women to receive the coveted Ranger tab, the two officers proved that women can handle not just the physical challenges but also the psychological and leadership tests posed by the nine-week course. cut As that deadline looms, the Marine Corps is dealing with its own gender-related controversy. In June, Lt. Col. Kate Germano was removed from her position as commander of the Fourth...
  • First black Marine Corps pilot dies: Frank E. Petersen Jr.

    08/28/2015 5:41:10 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 08/28/2015 | TIM MACFARLAN
    The first ever black Marine Corps pilot, who fought endemic racism to rise to the rank of three-star general, has died aged 83. From the moment he signed up to the Navy as a seaman apprentice in 1950 Frank E. Petersen Jr. was under no illusions as to the challenge he faced. The native of Topeka, Kansas, aced his entrance exam but was called a few days later and asked to re-take it because it was thought he had cheated.
  • Unarmed hero US marine took bullet in..neck as he+colleague tackled euro-train gunman armed w/AK47

    08/21/2015 7:44:01 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 95 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 21 August 2015 | DARREN BOYLE
    A US Marine who foiled a terrorist attack on a French-bound train was shot in the neck while disarming the crazed gunman. The marine, one of two unarmed servicemen, spotted the 26-year-old Moroccan acting suspiciously and heard him trying to arm his weapon in the toilet of the high speed train between Amsterdam and Paris. The gunman got on the train in Brussels and attempted his attack soon after crossing the French border. The 26-year-old Moroccan national, who was known to security services, came out of the toilet brandishing the gun and opened fire. Fortunately, the Marines were nearby and...
  • BREAKING NEWS:Unarmed US Marines 'take down' gunman onboard a high-speed train (France)

    08/21/2015 12:44:58 PM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 104 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 13:34 EST, 21 August 2015 | Darren Boyle
    A gunman opened fire on board a high speed train in northern France. Eyewitnesses said three U.S. Marines on the train disarmed the gunman. The man was armed with a deadly a Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle. Three people were wounded and the gunman is currently in police custody.
  • Unarmed US Marine 'in critical condition' after Kalashnikov-wielding suspected terrorist

    08/21/2015 1:20:41 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 104 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/21/15 | MIA DE GRAAF
    Unarmed US Marine 'in critical condition' after Kalashnikov-wielding suspected terrorist on board high-speed train between Amsterdam and Paris. An unarmed US Marine who ambushed a Kalashnikov-wielding gunman on a train between Amsterdam and Paris is in critical condition, according to French media reports. The serviceman, who has not been named, was one of two Americans who tackled the 26-year-old Moroccan national to the ground after hearing him load up a gun in the toilet. In the scuffle, one of the Marines was shot and another stabbed. France Info reports one is in a critical condition. Addressing reporters at the station...
  • Gunman 'injures three after firing Kalashnikov' on Amsterdam-Paris train: latest

    08/21/2015 11:29:48 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 45 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 8/21/15 | James Rothwell
    A man has been arrested after firing a Kalashnikov rifle on board an Amsterdam-Paris train, according to French media. Le Parisien reports that a Briton and an American are "seriously" wounded. A third person, the French actor Jean-Hugues Anglade, was also wounded and is said to have raised the alarm. La Voix du Nord, a newspaper in the Calais region, said a man was arrested on suspicion of firing the weapon on a Thalys train near the northern town of Arras. Police say that have not ruled out terrorism as a possible motive and Bernard Cazeneuve, the French interior minister,...
  • Davis: F-35B External Weapons Give Marines 4th, 5th Generation Capabilities in One Plane

    08/13/2015 11:23:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    USNI News ^ | August 13, 2015 | Megan Eckstein
    Lockheed Martin test pilot Billie Flynn puts F-35B test aircraft BF-02 into pre-contact position behind a US Air Force KC-135 tanker on the range near NAS Patuxent River, Md., on 5 September 2014. Photo courtesy F-35 Lightning II Program Office. The Marine Corps Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) will have the stealth of a fifth-generation fighter and a weapons payload surpassing a fourth-generation fighter by the time a software upgrade is ready for fielding in 2017, the Marines top aviator said this week. The aircrafts ability to alternate between accessing contested areas and deliverying heavy fire...
  • Just War And Where Snipers Fit In

    08/07/2015 10:48:44 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    Ammoland.com ^ | August 5, 2015 | Wayne Laugesen via Lt. Col. Robert K. Brown USAR (Ret.)
    Boulder, CO -(Ammoland.com)- You shall not kill. As a Catholic altar boy and student at St. Judes School near Boston, Jack Coughlin learned the Fifth Commandment early in life. As a Marine Corps sniper and devout pro-life Catholic, Coughlin killed for a living. From rooftops, hillsides and shelled-out buildings, he focused the crosshairs on distant individuals, squeezed the trigger and ended their lives. By the time he retired, Coughlin had accumulated 60 confirmed kills in Somalia, Iraq and other foreign battlefields he will not identify. Coughlin, author of the autobiography Shooter ( tiny.cc/40gh1x ) , has little trouble...
  • Documents: Marine on Capitol grounds had 2 loaded guns, 114 live rounds

    08/05/2015 9:22:45 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 64 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Aug 5, 2015 | Hannah Hess
    The Marine Corps congressional fellow arrested Tuesday on Capitol grounds was carrying two loaded guns, 114 rounds of live ammunition, a military ballistic vest and two knives in his car, court documents state. Gunnery Sgt. Peter James Boby pleaded not guilty Wednesday to three misdemeanor charges in D.C. Superior Court. His wrists and ankles were shackled during the brief arraignment. Boby, who wore a plaid shirt and jeans, was released from custody on his personal recognizance. He told CQ Roll Call he had no comment on the case. Court documents state that Boby approached a Capitol Police barricade on C...
  • Disney's Bambi was a U.S. Marine!

    08/03/2015 6:56:36 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 10 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 8/3/2015 | Danielle Breteau
    Donnie Dunagan became the youngest-ever US Marine Corps drill instructor in 1952 and consequently completed three tours in the Vietnam where he received, in his words, holes that god did not give me. What most people do not know is, among his three purple hearts and Bronze Star history, Dunagan is the famous voice of Bambi; the nasally little fawn on shaky legs that we all know, hold dear and often make reference to when referring to innocence on a grand scale. Dunagan held this secret closely during his tenure as a tough and seasoned drill sergeant, but has always...
  • Marines Declare F-35B Operational, But Is It Really Ready For Combat?

    07/31/2015 8:48:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 7/31/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    The Marine Corp has declared initial operational capability for their first squadron of F-35Bs. The announcement is seen by some as more of PR achievement as the aircraft still has years of testing ahead of it. Others will argue that it represents a major accomplishment for the beleaguered F-35 program. But regardless of who you agree with, the USMC have succeeded at ramming the aircraft through a marker post that has always been a huge point of contention. Commandant of the Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford made the following statement: I am pleased to announce that VMFA-121 has achieved initial...
  • Caption this Marine Recruit picture (Vanity)

    07/28/2015 11:01:34 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 67 replies
  • Climate change poses undeniable threat to national security

    07/31/2015 7:17:33 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 43 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 7/30/2015 | BRIG GEN Stephen Cheney USMC (RET)
    Having spent more than 30 years in the US Marine Corps, I know what constitutes a national security threat. Climate change, caused in large part by the carbon pollution we dump into our air, presents risks to the safety of both our nation and our world at large. The threats of climate change include extreme weather, rising sea levels, reduced military capacity, and conditions that can enable worldwide violence and perpetuate terrorism. To address this challenge, well need to both prepare for the effects of climate change and reduce the pollution that is causing it. As the Environmental Protection Agency...
  • Marines Ditch the M-16, What?

    07/29/2015 6:40:26 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 102 replies
    Marine Corps Times ^ | 7/29/2015 | James K Sanborn
    Marine leaders have made the momentous recommendation to ditch the iconic M16 in favor of the M4 carbine as the new universal weapon for infantrymen. The recommendation to swap the venerated rifle that has served as the grunts primary implement of war since Vietnam now sits on the commandants desk, pending his final review and a decision. But, the swap appears imminent and if approved will relegate the M16 to a support role. It follows a similar shift already underway in the Army. With the endorsement of several major commands already supporting the switch including Marine Corps Combat Development...
  • Remains of 36 unidentified Marines from WWII battle return

    07/27/2015 5:55:13 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 8 replies
    The military and a private organization have brought home the remains of 36 Marines killed in one of World War II's bloodiest battles. A group called History Flight recovered the remains from the remote Pacific atoll of Tarawa, the U.S. Marine Corps said. A ceremony was held Sunday in Pearl Harbor to mark their return.
  • Marines Epic Response to Not Wearing His Uniform for His Own Protection

    07/25/2015 7:09:05 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 47 replies
    Washington Standard ^ | July 25, 2015
    Just a few days ago, the Obama Pentagon refused to acknowledge the rights of its military members to arm themselves at recruitment offices. Instead, they told them the same thing troops were told in Europe back in November: Don’t wear your uniforms and “close the blinds” for their own protection. However, one Marine had an epic response to the ridiculous recommendations and, no doubt, it will go viral. John McCall is a motor transportation operator in the United States Marine Corps. He has been serving since October of 2009, as well as being the Director of Marketing for Visalus Sciences...
  • Marines SACRIFICED THEMSELVES to save the lives of others in Chattanooga jihad massacre

    07/23/2015 8:01:45 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 12 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | July 22, 2015 | Pamela Geller
    Anyone who doesnt weep reading this has no heart. Marines SACRIFICED THEMSELVES to save the lives of others in jihad shooting. Obama sacrifices American lives to protect Islam. Some of the Marines who died at the hands of the Muslim Jihadi terrorist willingly put themselves in the line of fire to save the others and this new revelation of their heroism must be told. Hopefully more details will come out in the near future: NEW YORK TIMES Some of the Marines who were shot to death last week in Chattanooga, Tenn., effectively sacrificed themselves to save the lives...
  • These Marines Lost Legs in Afghanistan and Now Hunt Child Predators

    07/22/2015 8:14:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Military.com ^ | Richard Sisk | Jul 16, 2015
    The fist bump was their thing in Afghanistan, where both Marines lost legs in the same attack, and the fist bump is still their thing in the hunt for child predators under a special law enforcement program to train and hire medically retired veterans. Cpl. Justin Gaertner and Sgt. Gabriel Martinez in their dress blues bumped fists at an event earlier this year in Florida, just as they bumped fists while recovering from their wounds. Gaertner, 26, of Tampa, Fla., has been partnered for the last two years with retired Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Nathan Cruz, 42, executing the...
  • Chattanooga Marines Reportedly Sacrificed Themselves to Protect Innocents

    07/22/2015 12:51:21 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 23 replies
    mediaite ^ | July 22nd, 2015 | Alex Griswold
    According to reporting from The New York Times, some of the Marines killed in the Chattanooga shooting were killed trying to draw the gunmans fire away from another, larger group of innocent bystanders. Some of the Marines who were shot to death last week in Chattanooga, Tenn., effectively sacrificed themselves to save the lives of others, diverting the gunman away from a larger group of potential victims, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation into the killings, reports New York Times reporters Richard Prez-Pea and Matt Apuzzo. This could have been a lot worse, they quote the...
  • Armed Marine vet standing guard outside recruiting center told to leave or hell be arrested

    07/22/2015 7:38:33 AM PDT · by Jacvin · 47 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 7/22/2015 | Tom Tillison
    A Marine veteran standing guard outside an Armed Forces Recruiting Center has been told he is no longer welcome and ordered off the property. Matthew Benack took up a sentry post outside the Center in Jacksonville, Fla., in response to the deadly attack on five members of the U.S. military last week in Chattanooga, Tenn., WNCT reported. Police said the vet was within his constitutional rights to have a loaded weapon outside the center as long as the unidentified property owner gave permission.
  • Navy officer, Marine reportedly returned fire at Chattanooga gunman

    07/22/2015 6:59:19 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 18 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 22, 2015
    Navy officer, Marine reportedly returned fire at Chattanooga gunman Published July 22, 2015FoxNews.com A Navy officer and one of the Marines murdered in last week's attack on a military center in Chattanooga fired their personal weapons at the gunman, according to a report published Wednesday. The Navy Times, citing multiple military officials familiar with internal reports on the tragedy, reported that Lt. Cmdr. Timothy White, the commanding officer at the Navy Operational Support Center, fired his sidearm at Mohammed Abdulazeez during Thursday's attack. The paper, citing a Navy official, also reported that one of the four Marines killed in the...
  • Marines Issue Policy For Off-Duty Personnel To Cover Heads With Bags (SATIRE)

    07/20/2015 6:39:48 AM PDT · by rey · 11 replies
    Duffleblog ^ | 20 July 2014
    (SATIRE) QUANTICO, Va. Following a terrible mass-shooting at a Marine Reserve Center last Thursday, the Marine Corps has vowed to take swift protective measures including a policy that will issue bags for all off-duty Marines to cover their heads with. The new policy, discussed in MARADMIN 365/15, not only prohibits all Marines, including recruiters, from wearing their uniforms off-base, but also instructs them to cover their heads with a large bag which prevents personal identification. All commands are initially instructed to disseminate money valuable bags, sandbags (preferably empty), or paper bags to all personnel to ensure immediate compliance. Col....
  • Marine Corps special operators returning for New Orleans training

    07/18/2015 7:58:21 PM PDT · by BBell · 14 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 7/17/15 | Paul Purpura, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    The last time Marine Corps special operators trained in New Orleans, military helicopters appeared suddenly in the night, dropping troops onto an Algiers building for a mock raid as thousands of people watched Endymion roll on Canal Street. The Marines are coming back for more. A 10-day exercise begins Saturday (July 18), in the New Orleans area and two sites in Mississippi, a Marine Corps Special Operations Command spokesman said this week in alerting the public.Calling it "realistic military training," the command puts Marines through scenario-based exercises in and near civilian communities "to replicate realistic conditions," Capt. Barry Morris said...
  • PENTAGON: Recruiting Centers to Remain Unarmed, Unguarded; Recruiters Told to Not Wear Uniforms

    07/17/2015 7:19:52 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 138 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7-17-2015 | Kristinn Taylor
    Army chief of staff Gen. Ray Odierno said on Friday he has no plans to arm recruiters or add security patrols to military recruitment centers in the wake of the Islamist terror attacks on unarmed, unguarded military offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Thursday. Odierno basically said he doesn’t trust his troops to handle their weapons properly.Also on Friday, the Marine Corps ordered recruiters to not wear their uniforms at work for ‘force protection.’Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, one four Marines killed in Islamist terror attack in Chattanooga, Thursday, July 16, 2015. Photo: Screen grab.Odierno made his comments at a breakfast...
  • Army Boss: Letting Soldiers Defend Themselves from Terrorists "Causes More Problems Than it Solves"

    07/17/2015 11:04:07 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 76 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | July 17, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Ladies and gentlemen, the modern military where our best weapons is tolerance, our strength is diversity and gun control is the answer to fighting terrorists. The Tennessean reports that Abdulazeez pulled in front of a recruiting location, shared by various military branches, and shot holes through the doors and glass [of] the Air Force, Navy and Marine offices. He allegedly did this while sitting in his car. Ironically, one of the earliest post-attack photos of the recruiting center shows shattered glass and bullet holes by the very sign that designated the office a gun free zone. But don't get...
  • Chattanooga shooting: Springfield native Thomas Sullivan among Marines killed

    07/17/2015 9:32:36 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 11 replies
    masslive.com ^ | 7/17/15 | Conor Berry
    He grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, survived two tours of duty in Iraq, and earned a Purple Heart. But, according to his family, he died in a domestic terrorist attack on Thursday, July 16, 2015, at the hands of a madman in Chattanooga, Tennessee, who shot up a military base, killing four Marines and wounding three others. His name is Thomas J. Sullivan, 40, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, one of three kids of Jerry and Betty Sullivan. He grew up in the East Forest Park section of Springfield, graduated Cathedral High School and went on to serve...
  • Convoy carrying slain Chattanooga Marines travels through Tri-Cities

    07/17/2015 9:07:05 AM PDT · by don-o · 14 replies
    WJHL-TV ^ | July 17, 2015
    SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN (WJHL) A Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesperson confirmed Friday morning that troopers were part of a multiple vehicle escort Friday carrying the bodies of Marines killed in Thursdays shooting in Chattanooga. THP Lt. Bill Miller said troopers were escorting the bodies of those killed up Interstate 81 to the Virginia state line, where Virginia State Police troopers were then set to take over the escort.